Threshers ninth

at Bethany

SALINA — The Bethel College golf team finished ninth Friday at the nine-team Bethany Invitational in Salina.

Host Bethany won the tournament at 307-276—583, followed by Southwestern at 303-287—590, Bethany II at 310-290—600, Sterling at 316-289—605, Bethany III at 316-298—614, Ottawa at 322-297—619, Friends at 335-306—641, Kansas Wesleyan at 344-317—661 and Bethel at 358-317—675.

Lewis Blair of Bethany III was the top medalist at 73-70—143, winning a playoff over Ben Johnson of Bethany (76-67) and Seth Bryan of Southwestern (73-70).

For Bethel, Matthew Dewberry tied for 15th at 83-70—153, followed by Ethan Rodenberg at 92-81—173, Jaden Schmidt at 96-79—175, Chris Santoya at 90-88—178 and Kyle Regier at 93-87—180.

Also golfing for Bethel, Drew Trollope shot a 106-86—192, followed by Tevin Walker at 106-89—195.

Bethel hosts the Bethel Invitational today and Saturday at Sand Creek Station and the Hesston Golf Course.

Regional tennis

assignments set

TOPEKA — The Newton High School boys' tennis team will compete at the Class 5A tennis regionals May 10 at Valley Center.

Other teams in competition include Great Bend, Hays, Maize South, Salina Central and Salina South.

The state meet is May 16 and 17 at the Kossover Tennis Center in Topeka.

Pistorius trial

delayed over illness

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has been delayed until April 7 because one of the legal experts who will assist the judge in reaching a verdict is sick, abruptly ending expectations Friday that the double-amputee athlete was about to testify on his fatal shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Judge Thokozile Masipa announced the delay in court on the day Pistorius' defense lawyers were due to begin presenting their case after four weeks of prosecution-led testimony and a two-day adjournment.

"One of my assessors is not well, so this court is not properly constituted," Masipa said. "I suggest that we postpone this matter until the seventh of April."

Masipa has two assessors who sit on either side of her in the Pretoria courtroom. South Africa does not have a jury system, and Masipa will deliver a verdict with help from the two assessors, who have limited roles in the day-to-day court proceedings but are there to help Masipa reach a decision.

Pistorius faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder for killing Steenkamp, and also could be sent to prison for years if convicted of murder without premeditation or negligent killing.

Pistorius says he shot Steenkamp by accident, mistaking her for an intruder in his home and opening fire through a closed toilet door in the early hours of Feb. 14, 2013. Prosecutors say he killed her after a Valentine's Day argument. The world-famous athlete pleaded not guilty to the murder charge and also not guilty to three other firearm-related counts.

After prosecutors wrapped up their case against the Olympian this week, one of the defense lawyers said Pistorius would likely testify.

Legal experts say Pistorius, 27, is expected to testify because he has admitted killing Steenkamp, 29, and must explain to the court why so it can take his version into account. It's common in South Africa for the defendant to be the first person the defense calls, the experts said, unless there are exceptional reasons why another witness should testify ahead of him.

When Pistorius testifies he would also open himself up to cross-examination and likely uncomfortable questions from chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel.