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The Kansan - Newton, KS
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  • Bethel signs
    softball player
    Bethel College softball coach Stacy Middleton signed Alyssa Sullivan of Kansas City, Kan., to a letter of intent to play for the Threshers beginning with the 2014-15 school year.
    Sullivan is a senior at Kansas City Piper High School, where she is a catcher. Last season, she hit .415 with 27 hits, five doubles and 14 RBIs. She was second-team All Kaw Valley League as a junior and honorable mention All-KVL as a sophomore.
    She competed in the Colorado Sparkler All-Academic Game in 2013 and 2012. She competed in the 2011 Colorado Sparkler All-Star Game as a freshman.
    "I am very excited to join the Bethel softball team, and cannot wait to work with coach Middleton and all of my new teammates," Sullivan said. "I've always dreamed of playing college softball, and am thrilled that my years of softball will continue. I'd like to thank all of my coaches, as well as my parents, for helping me develop into the player that I am today."
    "Alyssa is a very solid player both defensively and at the plate," Middleton said. "She will be a great addition to our team and in the classroom. Alyssa brings a great work ethic and will be a huge addition to our program. She is our first 2014 commitment and we are thrilled to have her."
    She is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Key Club, theater (building and technical crew), International Thespian Society, National Honor Society, the school newspaper editor in chief and competed in debate.
    She was on the pricipal's honor roll (all As) and won a scholar's letter.
    Sullivan intends to major in special education at Bethel.
    Thunder player
    to retire
    WICHITA — Wichita Thunder defenseman Travis Wight announced his retirement Wednesday.
    Wight is an eight-year pro who began play in 2006 after a four-year stint at the University of Maine. He has played in 414 professional games. He has five goals and 68 assists. He has played in 62 playoff games, scoring two goals with nine assists.
    He spent the past four seasons in Wichita, scoring four goals with 31 assists in 214 games. He played in 36 playoff games in Wichita, posting seven assists. He finished 11 games short of tying Jason Duda's franchise record for most consecutive games.
    In his rookie season, Wight's Idaho Steelhead team won the ECHL's Kelly Cup title. He was in the Central Hockey Team's President's Cup Championship finals the past two seasons with Wichita. He also won a title in Europe in the 2009-10 season.
    He was named the CHL Man of the Year last year.
    "Wichita was a great career move for myself," Wight said. "Not only did I experience a great hockey program, I received a Master's Degree from Newman University, student taught in the Goddard school division and was involved in the community as much as I could be. I made a lot of great connections here and would like to thank the fans, families and friends I have met along the way."
    Page 2 of 2 - Wight will finish the season as an assistant coach and also will work in the community relations department.
    LIZON RETURNS — Right winger Erick Lizon has been assigned to the Thunder by the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League.
    Lizon is an eight-year pro. He played 12 games with the Barons this season with no scoring. Oklahoma City is the Class AAA affiliate of Edmonton Oilers. He split time between Oklahoma City and Wichita last season, scoring two goals with three assists in 30 games with Wichita and playing in 17 games with the Barons. He scored a goal in 15 playoff games with Wichita last season.
    Defenseman Tyler Hostetter and forward Thomas Klempa both were activated from the injured reserve. Forward Nick McParland was placed on the seven-day IR. Forward Alexandre Carrier was waived.
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