KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Seven Bethel College winter sports athletes have been named National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Scholar-Athletes for the 2017-18 season.
Named from the competitive cheer team was Lily Funk, a junior from Olathe.
Named from the men’s basketball team were Chase Banister, a senior from Douglass; and Trey Sleep, a junior from Holcomb.
Named from the women’s basketball team were Ciara McKinney, a senior from Moore, Okla., Kylee Schunn, a senior from Whitewater; Riley Schmeider, a junior from Wellman, Iowa; and Michelle Schrag, a junior from Moundridge.
To be named to the team, an athlete must be nominated by the school’s head coach or sports information director, have attended the school for at least one year, must be a junior or senior and have a grade-point-average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
HILLSBORO — Tabor College named Sara McAllister as its new volleyball coach, succeeding longtime coach Amy Ratzlaff, who stepped down to take a full-time faculty position.
McAllister is a Tabor grad who was KCAC freshman of the year in 2000. She was first-team All-KCAC for the next three seasons and was KCAC setter of the year and offensive player of the year as a senior.
She has spent the past 13 years with the Choice Premier Volleyball Club in Fort Collins, Colo. Before that, she spent two seasons with the 14- and 15-year-old teams for the Heartland Volleyball Club.
WINFIELD — Southwestern named Sarah Bollinger women’s wrestling coach.
Bollinger spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Missouri Baptist, where she coached six All-Americans and a national champion. She also coached an NAIA Champions of Character Award winner.
This season, Missouri Baptist finished 4-1 in dual meets and finished 11th out of 32 teams at the Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association National Championships, claiming two medalists.
She also coached Team Missouri and the USA Wrestling High School National Team.
She is a 2016 MBU graduate and will complete her master’s degree in May. She is a three-time All-American.
WICHITA — The Wichita Wingnuts signed two players for the 2018 spring training roster — pitcher Fernando Martinez, pitcher Carlos Diaz and infielder Logan Trowbridge.
Wichita also acquired pitcher Ryne Willard from the Texas AirHogs for a player to be named later.
Martinez is a rookie who played two years at Wharton County Junior College, a season at Lamar and a season at Louisiana State-Alexandria.
At Warton County, he was 0-1 as a freshman with a 4.17 earned-run-average in 11 games. As a sophomore, he was 6-4 in 16 games with a 3.24 ERA, 45 strikeouts, 12 walks and two saves.
At Lamar, he was 2-3 in 17 games with a 2.74 ERA, allowing 35 hits in 46 innings.
At LSU-Alexandria, he was 8-3 with a 4.05 ERA, 70 strikeouts and 24 walks. The Generals finished 33-24, 22-5 in the Red River Athletic Conference, winning the conference title. The team reached the NAIA Regionals.
Trowbridge is a third-year pro. He spent his rookie season with Great Bend of the Pecos League, where he batted .359 with five home runs and 45 RBIs. He played 71 games last season with the Salina Stockade, a travel team in the American Association, hitting .224 with a home run and 22 RBIs. He also played five games with Tucson of the Peco League, hitting .278 with two RBIs.
Trowbridge played two seasons at College of San Mateo and two seasons at Cal State-Bakersfield. As a senior, CSUB went 37-24-1, 17-9-1 in the Western Athletic Conference, winning the WAC post-season tournament and finishing 1-2 in the NCAA Regionals. Trowbridge threw out 16 of 29 base stealers as a senior.
Wichita has 16 players under contract for training camp, which begins May 6. A team is allowed 28 under AA rules.
Diaz played five seasons in the Chicago White Sox organization, four in the Dominican Summer League and last season in the Arizona Rookie League. Last season, he was 0-1 with a 7.36 ERA in 15 games with 16 strikeouts and eight walks.
He also played a season in the Venezuelan Winter League.
For his career, he is 10-12 with a save, a 2.71 ERA, 187 strikeouts and 75 walks.
Willard is a second-year pro. He spent his rookie season with Washington (Pa.) of the Frontier League, hitting .156 in 12 games.
Last season, he played 76 games with the AirHogs, batting .210 with a home run and 29 RBIs.
Willard played a year at Towson College, a year at Tallahassee Community College and two seasons at North Carolina State.
WICHITA — Preparing for the final run before the playoffs, the Wichita Thunders signed forward Mitch Maloney and acquired defenseman Nolan Descoteaux from the Wheeling Nailers for cash.
Maloney is a rookie who just finished play at Ferris State, where he scored 34 goals and 23 assists. In his senior season, Maloney scored 15 goals with 10 assists in 36 games.
Maloney led FSU to a Western Collegiate Hockey Association title in the 2015-16 season, reaching the NCAA West Regional Finals before falling to Denver 6-3.
The Bulldogs were 14-23-1 this season, 11-16-1 in WCHA play.
Maloney was a WCHA All-Academic selection last season. He was the NCAA Second Star of the Week for the week of Nov. 28.
Descoteaux is a fifth-year pro who spent his entire career in the ECHL with Gwinnett, Allen, Rapid City, Atlanta, Missouri, Alaska, Indianapolis and Wheeling. He has 16 goals with 58 assists in 221 games. He also played in eight playoff games with Allen in 2015.
He played 43 games this season with Indy, scoring a goal with 15 assists and six games with Wheeling.
Descoteaux spent four seasons at the Rochester Institute of Technology scoring 12 goals with 23 assists in 139 games. He helped lead RIT to the Atlantic Hockey Association regular-season conference title as a freshman.
ECHL CHANGES — The ECHL Board of Governors announced two changes for the 2018-19 season.
St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada has been granted an expansion franchise, owned by Deacon Investments Ltd., a group controlled by Dean MacDonald. Glenn Stanford lead team operations.
The Quad City Mallards have withdrawn from the league effective the end of the season and will fold. The Mallards played in the Colonial Hockey League/United Hockey League from 1995 to 2007. That team folded and was replaced by a new Mallards team in 2009, playing in the International Hockey League. That team joined the Central Hockey League in 2011, joining Wichita. The entire CHL joined the ECHL at the start of the 2014-15 season.
The Mallards were affiliates of the Vegas Golden Knights, an NHL expansion team that began this season.
Owner Jordan Melville cited financial losses and health problems in his decision to fold the team. Quad City averaged 3,303 fans a game this season with a capacity of 5,200.
The division alignment for next season is as follows:
Adirondack Thunder, Brampton Beast, Maine Mariners, Manchester Monarchs, Reading Royals, St. Johns, Worcester Railers.
Atlanta Gladiators, Florida Everblades, Greenville Swamp Rabbits, Jacksonville Icemen, Norfolk Admirals, Orlando Solar Bears, South Carolina Stingrays.
Cincinnati Cyclones, Fort Wayne Komets, Indy Fuel, Kalamazoo Wings, Toledo Walleye, Wheeling Nailers.
Allen Americans, Idaho Steelheads, Kansas City Mavericks, Rapid City Rush, Tulsa Oilers, Utah Grizzlies, Wichita Thunder.
Pitch, Hit and Run
WICHITA — The National Baseball Congress is sponsoring MLB Pitch, Hit and Run competitions 2 p.m. March 24 at Hoover Field in Wichita, 9 a.m. April 21 at the Valley Center Sports Complex and 10 a.m. April 28 at the Andover 13th Street Sports Park.
The competition is open to youth ages 7 to 14 as of July 17, 2018.
Registration information is available at https://www.pitchhitrun.com/.