Thursday's sports in brief


Seventh graders 1-5 in games

The Newton middle schools seventh-grade girls finished a recent slate of games 1-5.

The A team lost to Andover 34-20, Andover Central 31-3 and Goddard Eisenhower 26-24.

The B team downed Andover 17-8, lost to Andover Central 14-13 and lost to Goddard Eisenhower 17-14.

Newton plays Jan. 5 at Goddard.

Thunder player honored, recalled

WICHITA ó Wichita Thunder defenseman Andrew Martens was named a Central Hockey League All-Star starter.

An hour later, he was called up to the Oklahoma City Barons of the Class AAA American Hockey League.

Martens, a seven-year pro, leads the CHL in scoring by a defenseman with eight goals and 14 assists for 22 points. He also leads the league in plus-minus ratio (goals scored versus goals against while a player is on the ice).

An alumni of Bemidji State University, he spent time with Lake Erie (Cleveland), Mantoba (Winnepeg) and Toronto of the AHL.

Martens scored 54 points in 65 games for the Thunder last year. He was named the CHLís Outstanding Defenseman and was an All-CHL post-season pick, Wichitaís first since 2005.

The CHL All-Star Game is Jan. 11 in Prescott Valley, Ariz. The CHL All-Stars will play the Arizona Sundogs. The all-stars are selected by a vote of CHL coaches, communications staff members and select media members in CHL cities.

2011 CHL All-Star Starters

F Bruce Graham, Allen

F Jesse Schultz, Rapid City

F Brandon Marino, Quad City

D Andrew Martens, Wichita

D Jeff Terminesi, Tulsa

G Nick Boucher, Fort Wayne

óMark Schnabel/Newton kansan