NHS grad leads Hutch to winHUTCHINSON — Newton High School graduate Miguel Johns caught seven passes for 107 yards and four touchdowns to help lead Hutchinson Community College to a 41-21 win over Iowa Central Community College Saturday in the Salt City Bowl at Gowans Stadium in Hutchinson. Trailing 21-14 in the third quarter, Hutchinson scored four unanswered touchdowns. Johns caught touchdown passes of 32, nine, 22 and 13 yards for scores. All four came from quarterback Kody Cook, who finished the game 20 of 30 passing with five touchdowns, one interception and 272 yards. Cook added a rushing touchdown. Cook entered the game at quarterback after starter Luke Barnes injured his hand. Antonio Johnson had 10 catches for 122 yards and a touchdown for the Blue Dragons. Johns set Salt City Bowl records for touchdowns scored and touchdown passes caught. Hutchinson finishes the season 9-3. Iowa Central finishes the year 6-5. For the season, Johns had 61 catches for 950 yards and 12 touchdowns. Johns had 11 punt returns for 203 yards and a touchdown. Johns had 18 kickoff returns for 33 yards. Johns is second at HCC in all-time catches in a season.Eighth graders open seasonThe Newton middle schools eighth-grade girls’ basketball teams opened the season with two games. The A team beat Derby 44-9 and lost to Haysville West 38-34. “The girls started the season off right,” Newton coach Bob Graber said of the Derby game. “They were aggressive, intense and worked hard, dominating the game from the beginning. ... We dominated the boards and played great team ball. “(The Haysville West game) was an exciting game to watch. The game was tied with 19 seconds to go, and a couple of questionable calls in those 19 seconds provided the four-point difference. I was extremely pleased with, and proud of the girls play. The girls need to learn to believe in themselves and make much better passing choices and passing execution under pressure. The girls handled themselves well under adversity.” The B team downed Derby 20-17 and Haysville West 34-20. “The eighth-grade B game was exciting to watch and played well in their first game,” Newton coach Chris Headrick said. “They came out in fine fashion, playing aggressive defense and at a fast pace on offense. I was proud to have all 10 girls playing and being a contributing factor in our first win. “The B team girls continue to show great improvement (against Haysville West) in their shooting and rebounding with some outstanding performances from Brooke Lachenmayr and Dawson Long.” The A team is 1-1. The B team is 2-0.A team vs. Derby NEWTON — Akers 12, Harris 12, Schmidt 8, Entz 4, Stenzel 2, Long 4, Lachenmayr 2. Newton 16 8 16 4 —44 Derby 2 3 2 2 —9 vs. Haysville West NEWTON — Akers 13, Harris 10, Schmidt 4, Boston 5, Entz 2. Newton 15 6 6 13 —34 H.West 10 6 12 10 —38 B team vs. Derby NEWTON — Lachenmayr 6, M.Regier 5, Long 4, A.Regier 3, Lujano 2. Newton 4 10 4 2 —20 Derby 2 7 4 4 —17 vs. Haysville West NEWTON — Lachenmayr 14, Long 4, M.Regier 4, Perez 4, A.Regier 4, Loyd 2, Rostetter 2. Newton 6 8 10 10 —34 H,.West 2 6 6 6 —20Changes made to KCAC-HAAC seriesKANSAS CITY, Mo. — The season opening opponent has changed for the Bethel College football team in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference-Heart of America Athletic Conference Challenge Series. The KCAC-HAAC Challenge Series, set for Sept. 14, is based on the conference finish for each team in the two conferences. Bethel, which finished 10th in the KCAC, was set to host Culver-Stockton College, the 10th-place finisher in the HAAC. Instead, Bethel will host Central Methodist, after that school self-reported the use of an ineligible player and forfeited two wins. Central Methodist now drops to 10th place in the HAAC. CMU falls to 0-10, 0-9 in HAAC play. Bethel finished 0-10, 0-9 in KCAC play.Thunder splits weekend gamesDENVER — The Wichita Thunder made its first-ever trip to Denver, getting a weekend split against the expansion Cutthroats in Central Hockey League play. Friday, Wichita downed Denver 5-3. Kevin Young scored two goals with an assist for Wichita. Ian Lowe and Matt Summers each added a goal with an assist. Neil Trimm added a goal. Nathan Lutz had two assists. Kevin Regan stopped 30 of 33 shots in goal for the Thunder. For Denver, Brad Smyth scored two goals with an assist. A.J. Gale added a goal. Troy Schwab had two assists. Kiernan Millan had 27 saves in goal. Saturday, Denver won 2-0 to stop a five-game Wichita winning streak. Schwab and Smyth each had a goal. Gale had two assists. Kent Patterson stopped all 29 Wichita shots for the shutout win. Regan had 27 saves in goal for Wichita. It was Denver’s second shutout win in team history. It was the second time Wichita was shut out this season. Wichita is 11-6-2, three points behind first place Allen. Denver is 10-8-1, tied for fourth in the CHL. Wichita plays today at Rapid City and hosts Tulsa Friday. At Friday’s game, Pearl Harbor veterans Paul Aschbrenner and Arthur Dunn will be honored. The two are among about 10 Pearl Harbor survivors remaining in Kansas.Swim meet time changesThe Newton High School boys’ swimming team meet Jan. 10 at Emporia has been moved to 4 p.m.