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    Fox Ridge Wednesday Scramble
    1. Phil Breon, Danny Rhodes, Rick Altum, Rich Edwards 31.
    2. Aaron Thompson, Eric Thompson, Tim Thompson, Ryan Hoyme 31.
    3. Narci Larez, Cole Rother, Tom Pryor, Dewayne Morgan 31.
    Closest to hole 7 — Jerry Friesen. Longest putt on 3 — Mario Garcia.
    Next play — 6 p.m. Wednesday.
    Fox Ridge Senior Men
    1. Don Schmidt, Wayne Stevens, Dick Hushka, Berle Higgins, Bob Schmidt 31.
    2. Joe Ryan, Del James, Dennis Carter, Ron Ward 33.
    3. Dave Stallbaumer, Bob Gaede, Fred Caruthers, Leo Griffith 33.
    Closest to hole 3 — Joe Ryan. Longest putt on 9 — Dan Shaffer.
    Next play — 9 a.m. Monday.
    Pine Edge Men
    1. Chris Bencken, Cameron Voth, Rick Krehbiel.
    2. Chet Roberts, Delbert Peters, Mark Lindenberger.
    Closest to the pin — Cameron Voth. Longest putt — Clyde Goering.
    Next play — Tuesday.
    Wedgewood Ladies
    Two-woman scramble:
    First flight — 1. Terri Wittrig, Donna Caywood; 2. Mary Divine, Marilyn Smith; 3. Jenny Gehring, Vicki Mester.
    Second flight — 1. Carly Winans, Betty Smith; 2. Helen Hersh, Cindy Langlois; 3. Marilyn Wasser, Judy Strecker.
    Third flight — 1. Rose Stucky, Kathy Casper; 2. Janie Harris, Rhonda Scheffler; 3. Rene Roy, Sheryl Rowe.
    Closest to pin 3 — Martha Graber. Closest to line 2 — Ruthe Spexarth. Longest drive on 9 — Carly Winans. Longest putt on 6 — Linda Frey. Longest drive over 60 — Vicki Mester.
    Regular play:
    Two-woman scramble winners on June 24 were LaJune Thrasher and Diona Lloyd.
    KWGA Low Net winners July 1 were Martha Gartner, A flight; Joyce DuBois, B flight.
    Soccer tryouts
    set Thursday
    Newton United will hold tryouts for its U9 to U14 teams from 7 to 9 p.m. at the 12th and Boyd fields in Newton.
    Birthdays on Aug. 1, 2006, and later are not eligible for tryouts.
    Former Thunder
    coach hired
    DALLAS — Former Wichita Thunder coach Derek Laxdal has been named as the head coach of the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League.
    Laxdal coached Wichita from 2002 to 2005, going 87-58-8. He reached the playoffs in two of his three seasons. He later coached the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL from 2005 to 2010, winning the league playoff title in 2007. He spent the last four seasons with the Edmond Oil Kings of the major junior Western Hockey League, winning two league playoff titles and the 2014 Memorial Cup, the championships of Canadian major junior hockey.
    Laxdal played professionally from 1986 to 2001. He played in 67 NHL games in five seasons, scoring 12 goals with seven assists.
    Texas is the top minor league affilate of the Dallas Stars, playing in Round Rock, Texas, a suburb of Austin.
    Page 2 of 2 - Texas is the defending Calder Cup champions.
    Couples withdraws
    from Senior Open
    EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — Fred Couples withdrew from the U.S. Senior Open on Thursday because of a back injury, and Craig Stadler and Graham Marsh also pulled out of the event next week at Oak Tree National.
    Couples, second in the 2010 tournament, was replaced by John Harris, the first alternate from the Byron, Minnesota, sectional qualifier.
    Stadler also cited a back injury, and Marsh, the Australian who won the 1997 U.S. Senior, pulled out because of an undisclosed injury. Stadler was replaced by David Ishii, and Marsh's spot went to Bruce Vaughan.
    Highland coach
    sentenced
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The women's basketball coach at Highland Community College in northeast Kansas, who once coached at Southeast Missouri State University, was sentenced to three years of probation for his part in a car theft ring that used several illegal schemes to collect insurance money.
    William J. Smith, 49, of Highland, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in St. Louis for five counts of mail fraud and one count of conspiracy. He was also ordered to pay almost $160,000 in restitution.
    Prosecutors contend Smith is one of 21 people who stole luxury vehicles from individuals and dealerships in Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana. More than 120 vehicles were involved in schemes to stage accidents and file false theft reports, The St. Joseph News-Press reported (http://bit.ly/1rnse76 ).
    Prosecutors said the ring also obtained some vehicles by making false statements on loan applications and submitting fraudulent earnings statements to obtain loans. The defendants used and then sold or disposed of the vehicles while the loan defaulted.
    Smith pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy and to obtaining fraudulent transfer titles from the Osage Nation for five vehicles, which allowed the vehicles to be resold. Other counts of mail fraud and receipt of stolen vehicles were dropped as part of the plea agreement.
    Smith was the women's basketball coach at Highland Community College for three years, with an overall record of 85-13. His team was second in the National Junior College Athletic Association's Division II championship tournament in March.
    Smith coached four seasons at Southeast Missouri State and led the Lady Redhawks to their first NCAA tournament. He resigned in 2006 after he was placed on paid administrative leave for personal reasons. There was also an NCAA investigation into the women's basketball program.

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