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  • Mathis claims national titleROME, Ga. — Incoming Bethel College football coach Marty Mathis will bring a national championship ring with him. Mathis, who was named to the Bethel post Nov. 20, finished his tenure as defensive coordinator at Marian University Dec. 13 with a 30-27 overtime win against Morningside College in the NAIA Championship game in Rome. Marian trailed 14-10 at the half and 20-10 after three quarters, but came back in the fourth quarter, tying the game on a 35-yard Mike Josifvoski field goal as time expired. Josifvoski hit a 26-yard field goal in overtime to give Marian its first-ever national title. It was the first time the NAIA Championship game was decided in overtime Marian finished the season 12-1. Mathis takes over a Bethel program that was 0-10 last season. He succeeds Jim Dotson, who served last season on an interim basis when Travis Graber resigned before the start of pre-season practice.Bethel athletes take honorsNine Bethel athletes were named Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athletes for the fall season. To be honors, an athlete must be of at least junior academic standing with a minimum grade-point-average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale. In volleyball, senior setter Amber Blount of Topeka, junior right-side hitter Katie Regier of Whitewater and senior middle hitter Whitney Steingard of Henderson, Neb., were honored. In women’s cross country, junior Susan Morris of Hutchinson, senior Emily Gundy of Halstead, senior Mariah Hostetler of Dodge City and junior Nicky Smith of Elkhart, Ind., were honored. Named in women’s soccer were Brooke Banning, a junior midfielder from Lenexa; and Lizzie Shelly, a senior defender from Lenexa.Tickets available for Dodge City TOCDODGE CITY — Tickets are now available for the 2013 Dodge City Tournament of Champions boys’ basketball tournament Jan. 17 to 19 at the United Wireless Arena. The tournament includes Newton, Dodge City, Shawnee Mission South, Derby, Buhler, Scott City, Wichita North and Wichita South. Reserved and single-game tickets are available, along with reserved tournament passes. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com (search for United Wireless Arena) or call (800) 745-3000.Wingnuts set 2013 scheduleWICHITA — The Wichita Wingnuts baseball team set its 2013 schedule. Wichita will play 100 games this season. The Wingnuts open the season May 16 at home against the Kansas City T-Bones. Other league members include the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks, the Sioux Falls Pheasants, the Saint Paul Saints, Winnipeg Goldeyes, Gary-Southshore Railcats, Lincoln Saltdogs, Sioux City Explorers, Amarillo Sox, El Paso Diablos, Grand Prairie Airhogs and Laredo Lemurs. For the second straight year, the American Association will play an interlocking schedule against the eastern-based Can-Am League. Wichita will host the New Jersey Jackals May 23 through 25. Wichita will play a 10-game road trip at New Jersey, Rockland Boulders and Newark Bears. Wichita will host exhibition games May 5 at home against Friends, May 6 at home against Emporia State, May 8 at home against Kansas City and May 15 at home against Winnipeg. The complete schedule is listed at www.wichitawingnuts.com.GOLFNewton Public Golf Course Senior Men Dec. 11 1. Ken Lieska, Clayton Sadowski, Leo Griffith, Walt Long -4. 2. Dave Hestand, Harold Reid, Fred Caruthers, Bob Schmidt, Mel Buxman -3. 3. Bill Nelson, Ken Prockish, Al Gann, Bud Malone -3. 4. Carvin Thiessen, Tim Holdeman, Bob Smith, Jim Zook -1. Closest to pin 2 — Bob Schmidt. Closest to pin 7 — Mel Buxman. Dec. 18 1. Carvin Thiessen, Paul Kalberer -2. 2. Ed Graf, Ken Prockish, Al Gann -2. 3. Will Martling, Clayton Sadowski, Bill Rosing -1. 4. Dane Lawrence, Leo Griffith, Bob Dilly -1. 5. Ken Lieske, Tom Pryor, Jim Zook -1.  

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