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The Kansan - Newton, KS
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  • Area events postponed
    The following area events have been postponed: • Bethel at Tabor Invitational track Wednesday (make-up Friday) • Bethel softball at Southwestern Wednesday (make-up 2 p.m. Sunday) • Newton middle school track Thursday at Hutchinson (make-up May 2) • Newton middle school track Wednesday at Maize South (no make-up date set)
    Kansas Hall sponsors tourney
    WICHITA — The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame will host its first ever benefit poker tournament 10 a.m. Aug. 3 at the Wichita Boathouse. The tournament will benefit the hall’s youth education programs. Registration will be 9 a.m. the day of the tournament. Pre-registration and more information is available at the KSHOF Web site www.kshof.org. More information also is available by calling Jordan Poland at the hall at (316) 262-2038.
    Wild player takes honors
    LAWRENCE — Wichita Wild player Tywon Hubbard was named the Champions Professional Indoor Football League co-special teams player of the week. Hubbard returned six kicks for 198 yards and a touchdown in Wichita’s 49-35 win over Bloomington Friday in Bloomington. His touchdown was a 56-yard return, which ties the league record for the longest kick return. For the season, Hubbard averages 26.8 yards a return. Hubbard shares the honor with Sioux City kicker Max Martin. R.J. Rollins of Omaha was named offensive player of the week. Teon Wilson of Kansas City was named defensive player of the week.
    Wingnuts sign DH Rodriguez
    WICHITA — The Wichita Wingnuts re-signed designated hitter John Rodriguez for the upcoming season. Rodriguez hit .332 last season with 16 home runs and 81 RBIs. He drove in five runs in the playoffs. He was named the team’s MVP at the end of the season. Rodriguez is a 17-year pro. He spent two seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, winning division titles both years. The Cards won the 2006 World Series. Rodriguez hit .298 with seven home runs, 46 runs scored and 43 RBIs in 158 Major League games. Wichita has 25 players under contract. The team can have 28 players at the start of spring training, which begins May 4. Wichita also announces the retirement of relief pitcher James Baker. Baker started last season with Southern Maryland of the Atlantic League. He came to Wichita in a mid-season trade. He played in 24 games with Wichita. He had a 2.49 earned-run-average in 25 1-3 innings witrh 23 strikeouts. He finishes his pro career 18-16 in seven seasons with a 3.49 ERA in 199 games. He played in the Atlantic, CanAm and Northern leagues as well as the American Association.
    Jayhawk schedules with Iowa conference
    The Iowa Community College Athletic Conference and Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference have agreed to an interlocking schedule in football for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. The three ICCAC football schools — Ellsworth Community College, Iowa Central CC and Iowa Western CC — will play the eight KJCAA football schools — Butler, Hutchinson, Fort Scott, Independence, Coffeyville, Highland, Dodge City and Garden City. The cross-conference games will not count in the conference and district standings.
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