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Baseball game sites changed


The sites of the Newton-Hutchinson varsity and junior varsity baseball games have been switched.

The May 8 game will be played at Bud Detter Field in Hutchinson. The May 10 game will be played at Klein-Scott Field in Newton. The junior varsity game will start at 4 p.m., followed by the varsity game.


Nickel places in triathlon


GALVESTON, Texas — Goessel High School and Tabor College graduate Kevin Nickel placed sixth in his division and 36th overall in a triathlon in Galveston.

Nickel finished in a time of four hours, 21 minutes and seven seconds.

The event was 70.3 miles (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run).

“I felt this race was a good solid first race,” Nickel said. “I finished strong and felt good with my run for the first time in quite a while in a half ironman.”

Nickel competed in a field of 2,670, 300 in his age division. Former Tour de France champion Lance Armstong competed in the event. Nickel finished ahead of Armstrong by a minute in the run.

Nickel was in 18th place in his age group after the swim, 12th after the bike and sixth after the run.


Regional sites named for track


TOPEKA — Below are the assignments for May 18 regional meets for area track teams:

Class 5A

Newton at Salina Stadium (Field 3 p.m., running prelims 4:30 p.m., running finals 6 p.m.) with Andover, Andover Central, Great Bend, Hays, Salina Central, Salina South, Valley Center.

Class 4A

Hesston at Buhler (girls’ pole vault 2 p.m., other field events 3 p.m., running prelims 5 p.m., running finals 6:30 p.m.) with Abilene, Chapman, Clay Center, Colby, Concordia, Hiawatha, Holton, Royal Valley, Larned, Smoky Valley, McPherson, Nickerson, Topeka Hayden, Wamego.

Class 3A

Halstead, Moundridge, Sedgwick, Remington at Marion (field events 3 p.m., running prelims 4:30 p.m., running finals 6 p.m.) with Chaparral, Belle Plaine, Conway Springs, Douglass, Garden Plain, Southeast of Saline, Hillsboro, Hutchinson Trinity, Kingman, Leon-Bluestem, Wichita Independent.

Class 2A

Berean Academy, Peabody-Burns at Mound City Jayhawk Linn (field events 3 p.m., running prelims 5 p.m., running finals 6:30 p.m.) with Arma Northeast, Chase County, West Elk, Lebo, Lyndon, Marias des Cygnes Valley, Marmaton Valley, Olpe,

Oswego, Oxford, Pleasanton, Uniontown, Yates Center.

Class 1A

Goessel, Burrton at Burlington (hosted by Southern Coffey County) (field events 3 p.m., running prelims 4:30 p.m., running finals 6 p.m.) with Altoona Midway, Central of Burden, Caldwell, Cedar Vale, Chetopa, Colony-Crest, Dexter, Hamilton, Hartford, Hope, Hutchinson Central Christian, Elk Valley, Centre, Madison, Kansas School for the Deaf, Rosalia-Flinthills, St. Paul, South Haven, Udall, Waverly, White City.


Swathers claim sweep over Haven


HAVEN — The Hesston High School softball team claimed a pair of wins Tuesday at Haven in Central Kansas League play.

Hesston won the first game 7-4 and the second game 16-0 in three innings on the 15-run rule.

In the first game, Aubrey Denno claimed the win, allowing 10 hits, three earned runs, three walks and eight strikeouts.

Jordan Shirley went three for three hitting with a home run and four RBIs. Abby Shirley went two for four.

In the second game, Hesston scored 10 runs in the top of the third. Denno threw a no-hitter, allowing two walks and five strikeouts.

Tayler Suhler went two for three hitting with a home run and two RBIs. Denno went two for three with three RBIs. Jordan Shirley added two RBIs. Darian Gonzalez went two for two with an RBI.

Hesston is 5-5 overall and in the CKL. Hesston hosts Smoky Valley at 4:30 p.m. today.


Bethel signs Oklahoma golfer for this fall


Bethel College golf coach Gregg Dick signed Matthew Dewberry of Blanchard, Okla., to a letter of intent to play for the Threshers beginning this fall.

Dewberry is a four-year letterwinner and was named his team’s player of the year twice. He is a three-time Class 4A regional qualifier and two-time state qualifier. He was a three-time conference runner-up and first-team all-conference selection.

“I am excited about Matthew joining the Bethel golf team next year,” Dick said. “He brings with him a lot of experience, excitement, and knowledge of the game. He has a great demeanor and carries him self well on the golf course. Matthew has been a very successful Oklahoma high school golfer and I look for him to be a vital part of our team next year.”

Dewberry intends to major in business at Bethel.


HC signs Arkansas senior Lasater


HESSTON — Hesston College signed Maggie Lasater of Bella Vista, Ark., to a letter of intent to play volleyball beginning this fall.

Lasater is a 5-foot-7 setter-right side hitter for Bentonville High School, where she helped lead the team to Class 7A state titles in 2010 and 2011. She received the Academic Excellence Award at Bentonville for four years.

“Maggie is a versatile athlete who was recruited primarily as a setter but is capable of playing any position,” HC coach Jessica Cleveland said. “She is a quiet and respected leader who knows how to run an offense. Maggie will be a positive influence both on and off the court at Hesston College. I am excited to add her to our program.”

Lasater is a member of Cross Church in Rogers, Ark., where she is involved in the pre-school ministry.


Hesston signs Derby senior


HESSTON — Hesston College softball coach Andrew Sharp signed Alyssa Gustafson of Derby to a letter of intent to play for the Larks.

Gustafson is a shortstop-outfielder for Derby High School. She hit .425 as a junior, earning All-Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League second-team honors. She helped lead the Panthers to a Class 6A state berth.

“Alyssa felt right at home during her campus visit,” Sharp said. “Our players all loved her, and I’m looking forward to having her here this fall. She’s a versatile player from a great program and will make a smooth transition to Hesston. She’ll have a chance to help us in a number of ways.”

Gustafson was on the honor roll. She is a member of First Christian Church in Derby.


KWGA sets summer schedule


The Kansas Women’s Golf Association is sponsoring the following tournaments:

• June 12 and 13: 25th Senior and Super Senior Amateur, Firekeeper GC, Prairie Band Hotel and Resort, Prairie Band Potawatomie Nation, near Mayetta; Entries open May 4, close May 25 or when full.

• July 10 through 13: 90th Kansas Women’s Amateur and Open Championships, Manhattan Country Club; Entries open June 1 and close June 22 or when full.

• Aug. 7 through 9: 45th Tee-Fore-Two Championships, Carey Park, Hutchinson; Entries open June 29 and close July 20 or when full.

Events are open to all KWGA members ages 18 and older. Entrants must have an established USGA GHIN handicap and be a Kansas resident 60 days before the first day of competition. Non-residents may enter if they have been a KWGA member for one year.

Other events:

• May 9 and Sept. 19: 18-hole partner events, six hole scramble, six holes foursome, six holes four ball, Prairie Trails Country and Golf Club, El Dorado.

Entry and more information is available at


Wingnuts sign more players


WICHITA — The Wichita Wingnuts baseball team signed six more players for the upcoming training camp.

Players signed include pitchers Jared Simon and Derrick Miramontes, third baseman Jared McDonald, catcher Taylor Freeman, infielder Steve Carillo and outfielder John Rodriguez.

Simon played for Wichita last season, going 4-5 with a 2.93 earned-run-average. He pitched 55 1-3 innings with 48 strikeouts and 21 walks. In the post-season, he pitched in three games, going 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA, four strikeouts and two walks. He is a sixth-year pro with a 15-11 record, 49 saves and a 3.16 ERA.

Miramontes is a fourth-year pro. He spent last season with the River City Rascals of suburban St. Louis. He was 9-2 last season with 17 saves. In 53 innings, he allowed 25 walks and struck out 68. In his professional career, he is 12-6 with 22 saves and a 2.86 ERA in 114 games. He played collegiately at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

McDonald played last season for the Yuma Scorpions of the North America League, where he hit .329 with six home runs and 53 RBIs. He scored 44 runs with 17 doubles, three triples and 17 stolen bases. McDonald is a four-year pro, spending two years in the Chicago White Sox system, where he was drafted. He played collegiately at Arizona State, where he reached the semifinals of the College World Series.

Freeman sat out the 2011 season. He played for St. Lucie in the Class A Advanced Florida State League in 2010. He was drafted by the Mets in 2009. He played two years at Seminole State College and two years at McNeese State, where he hit .352 in 99 games with 20 home runs.

Carillo also sat out last season. He played the 2010 season with the Grand Prairie Air Hogs of the American Association, hitting .264 with a home run and 10 RBIs. He played at California State-Dominguez Hills, where he hit .329 as a senior with five home runs and 34 RBIs in 61 games.

Rodriguez played last season for the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League, where he hit .313 with 18 home runs and 81 RBIs in 82 games. He played two seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he batted .298 with seven home runs and 43 RBIs in 332 at bats. He is a 16-year pro, playing seven years in Class AAA, three years in Class AA and two years in the Mexican League.

Wichita sold the contract of pitcher Junior Guerra to Marineros de Esenda of the Mexican League North.

Wichita has 23 players under contract. Team may carry 28 players into training camp, which begins May 5.


Central Hockey League expands to Denver


GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Central Hockey League, of which the Wichita Thunder is a member, has announced an expansion franchise for Denver for the 2012-13 season.

The team’s investment group is led by John Hayes, president of the Ball Corporation of Broomfield, Colo.

Brad Lund will serve as general manager. Lund was GM of the Oklahoma City Blazers of the CHL from 1992 to 2008. He also served as GM of the Missouri Mavericks for one season and was interim GM of the Bloomington Blaze.

The team will be coached by Derek Armstrong, who played in the NHL for 14 seasons.

The team will play in the Denver Coliseum, which opened in 1951 and seats 8,140 for hockey. The arena is owned by the City of Denver. It has hosted four minor league teams.

and was home to the Denver Rockets of the original ABA (now the Denver Nuggets of the NBA).


Thunder signs amateur to roster


WICHITA — The Wichita Thunder signed amateur forward Matthew Brown to the playoff roster.

Brown played this season with the Cowichan Valley Capitals of the British Columbia Hockey League, where he scored 32 goals and 31 assists in 50 games. He was named the team’s MVP and most popular player. He was a second-team all-star. He spent four years playing in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.