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  • Butler advances
    at nationals
    COCOA, Fla. — With Newton High School grad Kelsi Langley in goal, the Butler Community College women's soccer team has advanced to the semifinals of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I soccer championships in at Eastern Florida State College.
    Butler opened pool play with a 1-1 tie against Owens Community College (Ohio), losing the penalty kick shootout 4-3. Butler then tied fourth-seeded Darton State (Ga.) 1-1, winning a penalty kick shootout.
    All three teams in the pool finished 1-1 with all three games going to penalty kick shootout. Butler then had to play Darton in a 20-minute, sudden victory mini-game, with Butler winning 1-0.
    Langley had five saves against Darton. Stats against Owens and the mini-game were not reported.
    Butler, 21-2-2, will play Navarro Community College (Texas) at 8 p.m. today in the semifinals. The championship game is 6 p.m. Saturday.
    Bethany ranked
    10th in wrestling
    LINDSBORG — The Bethany College wrestling team is ranked 10th in the latest NAIA poll released Thursday.
    It is the first top-10 ranking for Bethany. The Swedes are ranked fourth in the Central Qualifying Group.
    Newton High School grad Quintin Harrison is a freshman for the Swedes. Harrison is 5-6 this season, finishing 1-2 last weekend at the Dakota Wesleyan Open.
    Bethany competes this weekend at the Lindenwood Open.
    Hall of Fame
    event rescheduled
    WICHITA — The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame event with Ted Owens has been rescheduled for Dec. 3 at the Wichita Boathouse.
    For more information, call (316) 262-2038 or visit the Website www.kshof.org.
    Wild signs
    two players
    PARK CITY — The Wichita Wild indoor football team re-signed two players from last season — defensive back Kendrick Harper and wide receiver Joe Kassanavoid.
    Kassanavoid had 53 catches for 655 yards and 20 touchdowns, which led the league.
    Harper had 52 total tackles and 11 interceptions, returning one for a touchdown.
    Both players were All-Championship Professional Indoor Football League selections.
    Wichita opens the 2014 season Feb. 28 at Lincoln.
    KCAC football
    playoff capsules
    (From the KCAC)
    Ottawa (8-3) at Grand View (Iowa) (10-0)
    Game Time: 1 p.m.
    Location: Des Moines, Iowa
    History: first meeting.
    Ottawa is making their fifth consecutive appearance in the Football Championship Series after receiving an at-large berth. On the season, the Braves have a record of 8-3 with a 5-1 home record, a 3-2 away record, and a 7-2 conference record. Ottawa's three losses this season came at Baker 25-24, on Sept. 7, at Sterling, 30-18, on Oct. 19, and at home against Tabor 23-20, on Nov. 16. Ottawa is ranked No. 15 in the final 2013 NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll.
    Page 2 of 5 - In the NAIA, the OU offense ranks fifth in passing efficiency at 161.6, is fifth in total points with 464, is sixth in scoring offense with 42.2 points per game, is seventh in rushing yards with 2,679, is ninth in rushing yards with 243.5 per game, is 23rd in total offensive with 425.1 yards per game, and is 45th in passing yards with 1,997. The OU defense is ranked fourth in defensive passing efficiency at 93.2, is 18th in scoring defense at 21.2, is 27th in defending the pass at 193.1, is 31st in total sacks with 22, is 36th in sacks per game with two, and is 47th in total defense at 396.9. Special teams are third in kickoff return yards per attempt with 26, are eighth in punt return yards per attempt with 15, are 25th in field goal percentage at .667 and are 32nd in punting yards per attempt at 38.1.
    Team leaders for Ottawa: Luke Lundy in rushing with 1,418 yards, averaging 128.9 per game. Michael Behr in passing with a 66% completion percentage, averaging 168.1 yard per game. Jon Hilliger in receiving with 52 catches, averaging 4.7 per game. Deron Bruce in tackles with 89, averaging 8.1 per game, and in sacks with 12.0. Erik Brown in interceptions with eight, ranking first in NAIA. Joshua Stangby in all purpose yards with 1,493, and in kickoff returns with 989 yards, averaging 30 yards per return. Jeff Stamp in field goals with 12.
    Grand View is 10-0 for the first time in program history, and is making their second Football Championship Series appearance. The Vikings received an automatic berth into the FCS after winning the Mid-States Football Association Midwest League title, their third-straight. Grand View is ranked No. 2 in the final 2013 NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll.
    In the NAIA, the GVU offense is ranked sixth in first downs per game at 24.5, is sixth in passing efficiency at 159.7, is 11th in total offensive yards per game with 453.9, is 12th in scoring offense per game at 37.1, is 19th in rushing yards per game ;with 202.5, is 20th in total passing yards with 2,514, is 20th in passing yards per game ;at 251.4, is 25th in total sacks against with 15, and is 25th in total rushing yards at 2,025. The GVU defense is ranked 1st in sacks per game at 3.8, first in total sacks with 38, second in defending the run at 77.8, second in total defensive yards per game with 266.6, is third in scoring defense per game at 15.5, is fourth in opponent first downs at 150, is eighth in defensive passing efficiency at 99.9, is 10th in opponent third down conversion (31%), and is 23rd in defending the pass at 188.8. Special teams are ranked 14th in kickoff return yards per attempt at 22.7, are 37th in PAT kicking percentage at .913, and are 49th in punting yards per attempt at 36.7.
    Team leaders for Grand View: Darryl Ford in rushing with 209 attempts, 997 yards, and 10 touchdowns and in all purpose yards with 1,060. Gregory Charles in passing with 159 completions at 58.9 percent for 1,898 yards and 17 touchdowns. Taylor Goebel in receiving with 39 catches for 505 yards and five touchdowns. Jon Higgins in sacks with 7.5. Jason Gladfelder in tackles with 61.0
    Page 3 of 5 - Sterling (9-2) at Baker (10-1)
    Game Time: 1 p.m.
    Location: Baldwin City.
    History: 12th meeting (Baker leads 10-1).
    Sterling, appearing in their first-ever Football Championship Series, received an automatic berth after winning their first-ever Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. On the season, Sterling is 9-2, with a 4-1 home record, a 5-1 away record, and a 8-1 conference record. Sterling's two losses this season came at Panhandle State (Okla.) in its season opener, 35-15, on Sept. 7, and at home to Friends, 35-0, on Sept. 21. Sterling is ranked No. 13 in the final 2013 NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll.
    In the NAIA, the SC offense ranks 10th in total scoring with 415 points, is 12th in rushing offense with 2,472 yards, is 13th in rushing offense with 225 yards per game, is 10th in pass efficiency at 153 and is 45th in total offensive yards with 361 yards per game. The SC defense ranks 16th in pass defense efficiency at 107.5, is 26th in sacks with 23.0, is 27th in opponents third down conversions at 34.1 percent, and is 33rd in scoring defense at 25.3 points per game. Special teams are 1st in kickoff return yards at 29 yards per attempt.
    Team leaders for Sterling: Reggie Langford in total yards with 2,523 yards. Langford in rushing with 1,099 yards, averaging 99.9 yards per game. Langford in passing with 129.5 yards per game at a .546 completion percentage. Dentton Hudspeth in receiving with 43 catches, averaging 4.3 catches per game. Kris Lehmann in tackles with 95, averaging 8.6 tackles per game. Lehmann in sacks with 7.5. Antonio Bray in all purpose yards with 2,235, averaging 203.2 yards per game. Eddie Juarez in field goals with eight and in point after touchdowns with 46.
    Baker is making their 13th all time appearance in the Football Championship Series, having received an automatic berth after winning a share of the Heart of America Athletic Conference. On the season Baker is 10-1, with a 6-0 home record, a 4-1 away record, and a 8-1 conference record. Baker's only loss this season came at Benedictine 42-28 Sept. 21=. Baker is ranked No. 4 in the final 2013 NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll.
    In the NAIA, the BU offense is ninth in scoring offense per game at 38.5, is ninth in total scoring at 424, is 12th in first downs per game at 23.5, is 15th in rushing offense per game at 210.4, is 16th in pass efficiency at 139.4, is 20th in total offense yards per game at 436.9, is 22nd in total pass offense at 2,492, and is 27th in passing offense per game at 226.5. The BU defense is eighth in scoring defense per game at 18.5, is 16th in pass defense efficiency at 107.5, is 27th in rushing defense per game at 141.0, is 27th in total defense per game at 350.5, is 32 in total sacks at 22.0, and is 45th in pass defense per game at 209.4. Special teams are 18th in field goal percentage at .727.
    Page 4 of 5 - Team leaders for Baker: Jake Morse in total offense with 1,944 yards. Dillon Baxter in rushing with 194 attempts, 984 yards, and five touchdowns. Morse in passing with 159 completions at 59 percent completion percentage and 20 touchdowns, averaging 207.1 yards per game. Tyler Hatcher in receiving with 34 catches, 459 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 13.5 yards per catch. Camren Torneden in all purpose yards with 1,432, averaging 143.2 yards per game. Darrick Smith in interceptions with seven. Austin Hamm in sacks with 6.0. Tucker Pauley in tackles with 73, averaging 6.6 tackles per game. Clarence Clark in field goals with 16 made at a 0.727 percentage.
    Tabor (9-2) at Benedictine (10-1)
    Game Time: 1 p.m.
    Location: Atchison
    History: fifth meeting (Benedictine leads 4-0)
    Tabor is making their first appearance since 2005 in the Football Championship Series, after receiving an at-large berth. On the season, the Bluejays are 9-2, with a 5-1 home record, a 4-1 away record, and a 7-2 conference record. Tabor's two losses this season came Sept. 28 at Sterling, 46-45, and Nov. 2 at home against Bethany, 24-17. Tabor is ranked No. 11 in the final 2013 NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll.
    In the NAIA, the TC offense ranks first in total rushing offense at 3,694, is second in rushing offense per game at 335.8, is 10th in first downs per game at 23.9, is 11th in third down conversions at 45.6%, is 13th in total scoring offense with 382 points, is 18th in scoring offense per game at 34.7, and is 22nd in total offense yards per game with 430.6. The TC defense is fifth in pass defense efficiency at 94.2, is sixth in total defense per game at 287.2, is 12th in pass defense per game at 159.5, is 13th in scoring defense per game at 19.2, is 15th in rushing defense per game at 127.7, and is 26th in total sacks with 23.0. Special teams are 12th in PAT kicking percentage at 0.96, and are 25th in field goals percentage at 0.67.
    Team leaders for Tabor: James Monroe in total offense with 1,682, averaging 152.9 yards per game. Monroe in rushing with 330 attempts for 1,674 yards and 15 touchdowns, averaging 5.1 yards per carry. Ryan Nelson in passing with 50 completions at a .543 completion percentage for 738 yards and five touchdowns. Scott Bauer in receiving with 24 catches for 419 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 17.5 yards per catch. Monroe in all-purpose yards with 1,721. Anthony Daniel in interceptions with six. Terach Antoine in sacks with 8.0. Antoine in tackles with 75, averaging 6.8 tackles per game, and Jared Slavens in field goals with eight made at a 0.667 percentage.
    Benedictine is making their 12th appearances in the Football Championship Series, having received an automatic berth after winning a share of the Heart of America Athletic Conference. On the season, the Ravens are 10-1, with a 5-0 home record, a 5-1 away record, and a 8-1 conference record. Benedictine's only loss this season came Nov. 9 at Missouri Valley, 42-14. Benedictine is ranked No. 8 in the final 2013 NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll.
    Page 5 of 5 - In the NAIA, the BC offense ranks seventh in total scoring offense with 448, is eighth in third down conversions at 46.4%, is 10th in total offense yards per game with 457.4, is 12th in total pass offense with 2,878, is 13th in first downs per game with 23.4, is 11th in sacks against at 1.2, is 16th in pass efficiency at 140.3, is 16th in pass offense per game with 261.6, is 17th in total rushing offense with 2,135 and is 24th in rushing offense per game with 195.7. The BC defense is 31st in pass defense efficiency at 115.7, is 36th in scoring defense per game at 25.9, and is 48th in total sacks with 18.0. Special teams are 10th in PAT kicking at .966, are 10th in punt yards per attempt at 41.9, are 21st in kickoff return yards per attempt at 21.4, and are 22nd in field goals percentage at 0.706.
    Team leaders for Benedictine: Bill Noonan in total offense with 2,676, averaging 243.3 yards per game. Cameron Fore in rushing with 213 attempts for 1,342 yards and 25 touchdowns, averaging 6.3 yards per attempt. Noonan in passing with 195 completions at a .606 completion percentage for 2,762 yards and 18 touchdowns, averaging 251.1 yards per game. Jerrin Walton in receiving with 49 catches for 745 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 15.2 yards per catch. Fore in all purpose yards at 1,418, averaging 128.9 yards per game. Dylan Meisenheimer in interceptions with five. Alex Hibler in sacks with 3.5. Ely Hendricks in tackles with 83, averaging 8.3 tackles per game, and Zach Keenan in field goals with 12 at a .706 percentage.
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