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The Kansan - Newton, KS
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  • Runner wins Race for CureWICHITA — Erin Topham of Valley Center won the female competition of the Race for the Cure Saturday in WIchita. Topham, 11, won the 5,000-meter race in 19:54. It was the second straight year she won the competition.Bethel spikers stop USMLEAVENWORTH — The Bethel College volleyball team downed University of Saint Mary in three sets Thursday night in KCAC play in Leavenworth. The Threshers toppled the Spires 25-18, 25-18, 25-18. Stats were not reported at press time. Saint Mary falls to 7-13, 3-6 in conference play. Bethel improves to 9-12, 3-6 in KCAC play. The Threshers host Sterling at 7 p.m. Monday at Thresher Gym.Newton spikers sweep triangularGREAT BEND — The Newton High School volleyball team claimed a pair of three-set wins Thursday in non-league road play at Great Bend. The Railers downed top-ranked (Kansas Volleyball Association, Class 3A) Hillsboro 25-16, 23-25, 25-18. Hillsboro is the defending Class 3A state champions. It was Hillsboro’s second loss of the season. Newton then downed Great Bend in three sets, 23-25, 25-16, 25-14. The wins put the Railers at 23-7. Newton plays Saturday at the Derby Invitational. Newton will play Liberal, Wichita Heights, Derby and Wichita South in pool play. In the other pool are Garden City, Maize South, top-ranked (Class 6A) Washburn Rural, Wichita East and Wichita West.Swathers drop two matchesELLINWOOD — The Hesston High School volleyball team dropped a pair of matches Thursday at Ellinwood. Hesston fell to Southeast of Saline 23-25, 25-19, 25-13; and Ellinwood 25-23, 25-27, 25-22. “It was a rough night for us, as we were still feeling the effects of our tough matches the past week,” Hesston coach Jason Peters said. “We were one step behind most of the night, and had trouble building any momentum. Our passing and hitting were not nearly as good as they have been the past couple of weeks. We had our chances in both matches, but both teams had some strong hitters and played very scrappy defense, and we weren’t able to get several key points that could have changed the momentum in our favor.” Against Southeast of Saline, Caylee Richardson had nine kills for Hesston, followed by Ali Jost with seven and Jessanna Nebel with three. Jost served four aces, followed by Nebel with two and Kate Bean with one. Megan Voth set 18 assists. Alex Deegan had two blocks. Voth had 13 digs, followed by Hannah Schmitt with eight, Jost with seven and Cami Richardson with six. Against Ellinwood, Caylee Richardson had 17 kills, followed by Jost with 15 and Deegan with four. Bean served three aces, followed by Jost with two and Caylee Richardson with one. Voth set 35 assists. Schmitt had 17 digs, followed by Voth with 14, Jost with 11, Taylor Esau with eight and Nebel with seven. Deegan downed four blocks, followed by Kelsey Unruh with three, Richardson with three and Voth with two. “It was a disappointing night in that we were not able to continue the intensity and strong play that has helped us to compete very well the past week,” Peters said. “We need to get some rest after nine tough matches in six days. The last two weeks of our schedule do not get any easier for us and we will need to be sharp to be successful.” Hesston is 18-9 and plays at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Pratt with Sterling to conclude Central Kansas League play. JUNIOR VARSITY — Southeast of Saline def. Hesston 25-15, 25-18; Ellinwood def. Hesston 25-15, 25-13; Southeast of Saline C def. Hesston C 25-12, 25-12.Newton frosh drop threeThe Newton High School freshman volleyball team dropped three matches Thursday in a quadrangular at Newton. Newton fell to Pratt 25-19, 17-25, 15-10; Andover Central 25-21, 13-25, 15-9; and Bishop Carroll 25-13, 25-21. Bishop Carroll downed Andover Central 25-16, 25-22; and Pratt 25-22, 25-18. Andover Central downed Pratt 25-21, 25-14. Newton plays Thursday at Maize South.McPherson-Tabor game canceledWICHITA — The Tabor-McPherson football game slated for Oct. 20 at McPherson has been canceled. According to a Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference press release, the decision to cancel the game “was based upon the desire to honor the memory of Brandon Brown, a Tabor College student and football player, and to respect the needs of an ongoing criminal investigation.” Two former McPherson College players were arrested in Brown’s death. The following joint statement was made by Tabor president Jules Glanzer and McPherson president Michael Schneider: “The focus of both the McPherson College and Tabor College communities must be on our students right now. We are committed to support each other, to pray for each other and to unite our students in peace. We are planning a series of events in the coming year between Tabor and McPherson to continue developing the harmony between our communities. We will continue to find opportunities for our campus families to heal together following this tragedy.”

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