Moundridge 53, Sedgwick 33
CANTON — The Moundridge Wildcats used an 18-3 first quarter to get by Heart of America League rival Sedgwick 53-33 Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Canton-Galva Invitational in Canton.
Moundridge avenges a loss to the Cardinals Friday in league play.
Moundridge led 33-22 at the half and put the game away with an 11-3 third quarter.
“Lost by 16 to this same Sedgwick team last Friday night,” Moundridge coach Vance Unrau said. “They controlled the pace of the game so I knew we had to dictate tempo. I knew we had to be more patient on offense and the kids carried out the game plan and we got good shots within the offense. Dillon Vogts got us into our half-court and he took care of the ball versus pressure. Dan Kaufman gets the blue collar award tonight and the rest of the team fed off of his energy coming off the bench. We turned the tables on the glass tonight and out-worked them for the 50-50 balls, something we didn't do the first time we played. Now we have to come back and play Bennington. A team that has only one loss and has some quality wins on their resume.”
Noah Eichelberger led Moundridge with 19 points, followed by Vogts with 15.
Hooper Schroeder led Sedgwick with eight points.
Moundridge is 5-4, while Sedgwick is 6-5.
Moundridge plays Bennington at 6 p.m. today. Sedgwick faces Salina St. John’s Military at 3 p.m. today.
MOUNDRIDGE (5-4) — Eichelberger 7-13 4-4 19, Vogts 6-11 3-7 15, D.Kaufman 2-2 2-3 6, Helms 3-5 0-0 6, Fast 1-2 0-0 3, J.Kaufman 1-1 0-0 2, Schlosser 1-1 0-0 2, Creed 0-0 0-1 0, TOTALS 21-35 9-15 53.
SEDGWICK (6-5) — H.Schroeder 2-6 2-2 8, Lacey 1-2 2-3 5, Francis 1-6 3-3 5, Bever 2-5 0-0 4, Bright 1-2 0-0 3, Horning 1-3 1-2 3, Helstrom 1-4 0-0 2, Carson 1-2 0-0 0, Smith 0-0 1-2 0, Crumrine 0-2 0-0 0, Burns 0-1 0-0 0, K.Schroeder 0-1 0-0 0, TOTALS 10-34 9-12 33.
Total fouls — Mdg. 15, Sed. 19. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — none. 3-point shooting — Mdg. 2-5 (Eichelberger 1-3, Fast 1-2), Sed. 4-15 (H.Schroeder 2-6, Lacey 1-1, Francis 0-2, Bright 1-1, Horning 0-1, Burns 0-1, K.Schroeder 0-1). Rebounds — Mdg. 20 (Eichelberger 5, Fast 5), Sed. 15 (Lacey 3, Helstrom 3). Assists — Mdg. 11 (Vogts 3, Fast 3), Sed. 0. Turnovers — Mdg. 8 (Helms 2, Fast 2), Sed. 14 (Francis 2). Blocked shots — Mdg. 1 (Vogts 1), Sed. 0. Steals — Mdg. 11 (Eichelberger 3, Vogts 3), Sed. 5 (H.Schroeder 1, Francis 1).
Bethel College volleyball coach Stacy Middleton signed Julie Donecker of Claflin to a letter of intent to play for the Threshers beginning this fall.
Donecker is a 5-foot-11 right-side hitter for Central Plains High School, where she had 286 career kills, 75 total blocks, 50 assists and 59 digs. As a senior, she had 171 kills, 54 total blocks, 18 assists and 20 digs.
She was a two-time All-Central Prairie League honorable mention as a senior. She helped lead Central Plains to a Class 2A state title as a sophomore, a runner-up finish as a junior and a sub-state runner-up spot as a senior.
“We're excited to sign Julie to our program,” Middleton said. “She is an outstanding young woman with strong core values that will be a great addition to our campus and community. Julie is a very coachable kid and she brings a big block to the right side.”
“I am thrilled that I will be attending Bethel this fall to further my athletic and academic careers,” Donecker said. “Athletics have always been a huge part of my life, and I feel greatly blessed for this opportunity to continue playing volleyball. I am also extremely impressed by the education department at Bethel, and I am looking forward to earning my
teaching degree. Most importantly, I am happy that I will be living in an environment where faith will be a huge factor of my everyday life. I am excited for all of the opportunities that await me, on and off of the court.”
She also helped lead Central Plains to three Class 2A state basketball titles, a state individual powerlifting title last year and a team state powerlifting title last year.
She also participated in cheer, dance, National Honor Society president, scholar’s bowl, O-Club, Core 112 (USD 112 Leadership Team), student council treasurer, book club, junior and senior class student council representative, sophomore class president, CPHS Leadership Team, KAY and FCCLA vice president.
She was a two-time KVA All-Academic First-Team selection, was on the honor roll for seven semesters, was a Kansas Honor Scholar as a senior and was the CPL Honor Award winner as a junior.
She intends to major in elementary education.
WICHITA — Bethel College athletes Julio Martinez and Jen Andres have been named the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s and women’s indoor track athletes of the week respectively.
Martinez, a senior from Phoenix, won the 800-meter run at the Scott Nisely Memorial meet Saturday in a school-record time of 1:57.89.
Andres, a freshman from Newton, took second in the 200-meter dash in 26.13 and third in the 60-meter dash in 7.87. She set school records in both events. She ran a 7.85 in the 60-meter dash prelims, breaking the NAIA B qualifying standard.
HILLSBORO — Tabor College volleyball coach Amy Ratzlaff has resigned as coach after 19 seasons leading the Bluejays.
She will become an assistant professor of health and physical education.
“One of the most special things about coaching at Tabor are all the alumni and families that have been a part of my life,” Ratzlaff said. “I am so thankful for the time I have had with so many amazing people making memories for a lifetime. But, as a mother, this move will allow me to be more available to attend all the events that my older children are now involved in.”
A Hillsboro native, Ratzlaff played at Bethel College.
She finishes her coaching career at Tabor 368-227, 266-84 in KCAC play. Her teams won eight KCAC titles, four KCAC post-season tournaments and two NAIA National Tournament berths, including this past fall. Her team finished 28-12 last season, 17-5 in KCAC play. Tabor won the post-season tournament.
Tesha Werth has been named the interim coach. Werth is a former TC player and has served as an assistant coach for the past eight seasons.
WICHITA — The Wichita Wingnuts baseball team traded first baseman Matt Chavez, outfielder T.J. Mittelstaedt and pitcher Mike Devine to the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League for players to be named later.
Wichita traded pitcher Alex Boshers to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League for a player to be named later.
Pitcher Josh Goossen-Brown has been traded to the expansion Chicago Dogs for a player to be named later.
Wichita released pitcher Ryan Kussmaul, pitcher Danny Gutierrez, second baseman Christian Stringer, catcher Martin Medina and catcher Zac Fisher. All five players become free agents.
PRESIDENT/GM STEPS DOWN — Wingnuts general manager and president Josh Robertson will step down from his roll effective immediately.
Assistant general manager Brian Turner will become the new GM, while team owner Nate Robertson will serve as team president.
Josh Robertson was became GM when the franchise was founded in 2008. He also spent eight seasons as assistant GM and one as co-GM for the Wichita Wranglers (now the Northwest Arkansas Naturals).
During his tenure, Wichita finished 617-420, 28-23 in the post-season. The Wingnuts won eight division titles in eight seasons and won the league pennant in 2014. The team reached the finals of the American Association playoffs four other times.
During his tenure, 42 players were signed by MLB organizations with four eventually reaching the majors.
WICHITA — The Wichita Thunder signed forward Nick Latta for the remainder of the season. A five-year pro, Latta signed with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League in 2014, scoring a goal with an assist in 11 games. He then spent four seasons with the Cologne Sharks of the German national league, scoring 17 goals with 18 assists in 123 games. He added two goals with two assists in 18 playoff games.
Before turning pro, he spent four seasons with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League, scoring 68 goals with 42 assists in 237 games and three goals in 10 playoff games.
Oklahoma Wesleyan 72 (10 first place)
York College 44
Kansas Wesleyan 18
Saint Mary 1