Thursday's sports in brief
HC names first athletes of yearHESSTON — Hesston College named Pierre Zook, Krista Rittenhouse and Emily Wagner-Davis its first athletes of the year Tuesday at the HC annual sports banquet.Zook, a freshman from McMinnville, Ore., is a guard on the men’s basketball team. He led the nation (National Junior College Athletic Association Division II) in 3-pointers with 127, also a school career record. He averaged more than 20 points a game.Rittenhouse, a sophomore from Mt. Pleasant, Pa., is a member of the HC cross country team. She placed 47th at the national championships in a time of 20:53.57, earning Academic All-America honors.Wagner-Davis, a sophomore from Roseville, Calif., is an outfielder for the softball team. She is second for the Larks all-time in hits and sixth in RBIs. “Athletics play a pivotal role at Hesston College,” athletic director Joel Kauffman said. “We’re proud of what our student athletes contribute to our college, both in the athletic venue and around our campus and community. Pierre, Krista and Emily are excellent examples of the type of athletes we look for at Hesston College.”Newton grad takes honorsWICHITA — Newton High School graduate Colby Tessendorf, a senior at Tabor College, was named the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball player of the week for the week ending Sunday.In four games against Friends, Tessendorf hit .500, with seven hits, including a double and two home runs. He had nine RBIs and four runs scored.Newton JV golfers winHAYSVILLE — The team of Ryan Secrest and Cory Lunow won the Campus Junior Varsity Golf Invitational Tuesday at the Pine Bay Golf Course in Haysville.The nine-team tournament was played as a two-player scramble.Secrest and Lunow shot a one-under 35.Connor Rhodes and Sam Welch placed 15th with a 43. D.J. Anderson and Cale Preston placed 22nd with a score of 52.Newton hosts the Newton JV Invitational Monday at Fox Ridge.CHL finals to openWICHITA — The Central Hockey League President’s Cup Finals will begin at 7:05 p.m. Saturday and 5:05 p.m. Sunday at Intrust Bank Arena.Wichita will play the winner of today’s Missouri-Fort Wayne game, the seventh game in that series.A tailgate party will be held before game two from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Wichita Ice Center. Fans with a ticket to Sunday’s game will receive free ice skating and skate rental.There will be inflatables from Big Sky Inflateables, along with face painting, a baloon artist and a DJ.Fans are encouraged to bring canned goods, which will be donated to the Red Cross for tornado relief. Food also will be for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to tornado relief.