Wollenberg named Newton coach
According to a Tweet on the Newton High School athletics Twitter account, Nate Wollenberg has been named the new NHS football coach. Wollenberg was head football coach at Hesston High School from 2005 to 2009, where he was 38-14. His teams made the playoffs in three of those seasons, reaching the third round of the Class 3A playoffs in 2005. He previously coached at Minneapolis. His head coaching record overall is 52-20. He was an assistant coach at Bethel in 2010 and 2011, coaching running backs. Wollenberg succeeds Brent Glann, who resigned at the end of the season after 13 seasons. Newton was 3-6 last season, 1-4 in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I play and 1-2 in district play. The Railers were knocked out of the playoff race with a last-second field goal by Andover in a 30-27 loss. Wollenberg is a Bethany College grad who holds a masters degree from Wichita State.
Goessel senior signs with Bethel
Goessel High School senior Tia Goertzen signed a letter of intent to play at Bethel College beginning this fall. Goertzen is a 5-9 senior outside hitter. As a senior, she had 278 kills (3.5 kills per game) with 283 digs, 11 total blocks and 20 aces. She was a first-team All-Wheat State League selection. She helped lead the team to a 29-10 record, 8-0 in WSL play. Goessel lost in the Class 1A-Division I sub-state finals to Olpe. She is a member of the first recruiting class of incoming BC head coach John Marble. Bethel was 12-19 last season, 6-12 in KCAC play.
Hesston signs two players
HESSTON — Hesston College volleyball coach Jessica Cleveland signed two players to letters of intent to play for the Larks this fall. Signed are Hayley Johnson of Topeka and Ashleye Adkins of Krum, Texas. Johnson is a 5-foot-7 setter from Jefferson West High School, where she was a three-year starter and a first-team All-Big Seven Conference selection as a senior. She helped lead her team to a 32-7 record, winning the league title. “Hayley is a well-rounded athlete who knows how to take control of the game,” Cleveland said. “Her quickness and consistency are valuable qualities for a setter. We are looking forward to see her progress in the fall.” Johnson is a member of St. David's Episcopal Church. She intends to major in education. Adkins is a 6-2 right-side hitter and middle blocker from Krum High School, where she was a second-team all-district selection. She helped lead her team to a 24-11 record and a berth in the regional quarterfinals. “Ashleye's height will bring a big dimension to the net that we’ve been missing,” Cleveland said. “She has an aggressive and strong presence that will allow her to dominate in offensive hitting and defensive blocking. Ashleye has many skills that we can utilize to make our team more versatile. I look forward to finessing her talents and watching her grow as a Hesston College student athlete.” Adkins attends Hope of Glory Church in Denton. She intends to study education.
HC signs two softball players
HESSTON — Hesston College softball coach Andrew Sharp signed two players for the 2013-14 school year — Cheyenne Cherubini of Flint, Mich., and Victoria Cortez of Moreno Valley, Calf. Cherubini is a first baseman and pitcher from Kearsley High School in Flint. As a junior, she had nine wins with a 3.03 earned run average in 101 innings. “Cheyenne is a big pickup for us,” Sharp said. “She’s a self-motivated student athlete who is excited about this opportunity. She will have a chance to make an immediate impact for us, and I’m looking forward to working with her.” Cherubini is an honor roll student. She intends to major in education. Cortez is a two-time second-team All-Inland Valley League selection from Vista Del Lago High School in Folsom, Calif. She is an infielder. “I’m thrilled to add Victoria to our school and softball program,” Sharp added. “She had an outstanding campus visit, and I know she’ll fit in very well here. Victoria will push for playing time right away this fall.” Cortez intends to study film production at Hesston.
Schedule set for CHL finals
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The schedule for the 2013 Central Hockey League Ray Miron Presidents' Cup finals has been set. The Wichita Thunder will face the Allen Americans beginning April 30 in Allen, Texas. Wichita advanced to the finals with four-game sweeps of Arizona in the first round and Fort Worth in the semifinals. Allen beat expansion Denver in five games in the first round and Missouri in seven games in the semifinals. Wichita reaches the finals for the fifth time in the team's 21-year history, winning in 1994 and 1995. Allen is making its second trip to the finals, losing to Rapid City in 2010. The complete playoff schedule is listed below: Game 1: Tuesday Wichita at Allen, 7:05 p.m. Game 2: May 2 Wichita at Allen, 7:05 p.m. Game 3: May 4 Allen at Wichita, 7:05 p.m. Game 4: May 5 Allen at Wichita, 5:05 p.m. *Game 5: May 7 Wichita at Allen, 7:05 p.m. *Game 6: May 10 Allen at Wichita, 7:05 p.m. *Game 7: May 11 Wichita at Allen, 7:05 p.m. *if necessary
Wingnuts sign three pitchers
WICHITA — The Wichita Wingnuts signed three relief pitchers to the 2013 spring training roster — Nathan Kilcrease, Daniel Bennett and Tyler White. Kilcrease played last season with the Burlington Bees (Class A, Midwest League) of the Oakland Athletics organization and the West Virginia Power (Class A, South Atlantic League). He had 15 saves in 15 chances with 42 strikeouts and 11 walks in 49 1-3 innings. He had 1.28 earned run average in 37 games. Kilcrease is a third-year pro, who played at the University of Alabama. Bennett played last season in the Detroit organization with Lakeland (Class A Advanced, Florida State League) and West Michigan (Class A, Midwest League). He was 7-3 with 11 saves and a 2.94 ERA. He struck out 61 in 52 innings. He struck out nine in 5 2-3 innings in the playoffs. Bennett is a third-year pro who played two years at Florida State, reaching the College World Series in 2010. He also played at Tallahassee Community College for two years. White also played at Lakeland and West Michigan last season, where he struck out 67 in 57 1-3 innings. He did not allow a run in the post season last year. White is a fourth-year pro, who played at Alabama. Wichita placed infielder Marc Tarantola on waivers, giving the Wingnuts 27 players under contract. Teams may carry 28 into training camp, which begins May 4.