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The Kansan - Newton, KS
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  • Newton tennis?meet postponed

    The Newton High School boys’ tennis meet scheduled for Monday at McPherson was postponed because of the weather.?The meet will be played at 3 p.m. today.

    Bethel golfers?11th at meet

    WINFIELD — The Bethel College men’s golf team placed 11th out of 12 teams March 18 and 19 at the South Central Kansas Spring Invitational at the Quail Ridge Golf Course in Winfield.?Bethany won the meet at 592, followed by Southwestern at 604 and Dakota Wesleyan at 611. Bethel had a team score of 683 (335 in the first round and 348 in the second round).?Ben Johnson of Bethany was the top medalist with an even-par 144, posting 72s both rounds. Austin Hieb of Dakota Wesleyan was second at 147. Matt O’Neill of Bethany, Seth Bryan of Southwestern and Shane Gilbert of Southwestern tied for third at 148.?Bethel was led by Abram Rodenberg, who tied for 42nd at 83-83—166; Matt Diller, who tied for 47th at 81-87—168; Matthew Dewberry, who tied for 58th at 83-89—172; Ethan Rodenberg, who placed 68th at 88-92—180; Chris Santoya, who placed 70th at 98-89—187; and Garrison Grady, who tied for 73rd at 92-102—194.?Bethel competes Saturday at the Hastings College Invitational at the Lochland Country Club in Hastings, Neb.

    CHL playoff?series to start

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Wichita Thunder will start the Central Hockey League Ray Miron Presidents’ Cup Playoffs at 6:35 p.m. Thursday at Intrust Bank Arena against the Arizona Sundogs.?Wichita finished second in the CHL standings at 39-19-8, one point behind regular-season champion Allen. Arizona finished seventh at 30-26-10.?Wichita was 1-1-1 against Arizona this season, losing the first meeting in a 2-1 shootout loss, losing the second meeting 4-3 and winning the third meeting 4-3 in a shootout.?THUNDER PLAYERS HONORED — Wichita Thunder defenseman Kevin Young was named the Outstanding Defenseman of the Year by the Central Hockey League. Travis Wight was named Man of the Year in the CHL. Greg Hansen was named to the CHL All-Rookie Team.?Young scored 20 goals with 33 assists. leading the league in scoring by defensemen. He had a plus/minus ratio (goals scored vs. goals scored against while the player is on the ice) of +12. He scored 10 power play goals. He is the third Thunder defenseman to win the award, joining Andrew Martens (2010-11) and Paul Esdale (2004-05).?Man of the Year honors are given to players based on leadership qualities shown on and off the ice. Wight was a volunteer for ARC, which works with people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. He served as a student teacher at Goddard Eisenhower High School and Explorer Elementary School. He helped promote a partnership between the Thunder and Eagle Med, an air medical transport service.?WIND OWNER DIES — Wichita Wind owner Larry Gordon died March 21. He formed the team in 1980. The team reached the finals of the original CHL playoffs that season, finishing 32-45-3. The team finished 44-33-3 the following year and 29-48-3 in its final season. The team moved to Billings, Mont., for the 1983-84 season.?The Wind was Wichita’s first professional team in 40 years. After the Wind moved, Wichita wouldn’t get pro hockey until the Thunder formed in 1992.?The playoff schedule is listed below:

    Game 1: Thursday Arizona at Wichita, 6:35 p.m.?Game 2: Saturday Arizona at Wichita, 7:05 p.m.?Game 3: April 2 Wichita at Arizona, 6:05 p.m.?Game 4: April 3 Wichita at Arizona, 6:05 p.m.?*Game 5: April 6 Arizona at Wichita, 7:05 p.m.?*Game 6: April 7 Arizona at Wichita, 5:05 p.m.?*Game 7: April 10 Wichita at Arizona, 7:05 p.m.?*if necessary

    Wingnuts exhibition?game set for May 12

    WICHITA — The Wichita Wingnuts will play an exhibition game against the Kansas City T-Bones at 2:05 p.m. May 12 at Joe Becker Stadium in Joplin, Mo.?“We are very excited for the opportunity to showcase two of the very good organizations within the American Association in the great city of Joplin, Mo.,” Wingnuts general manager Josh Robertson said. “We hope that this will help start the movement to bring professional baseball back to Joplin.”?With the game falling on Mother’s Day, all mothers are admitted free with a paid general admission. 

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