BC events

reschedules

The Bethel College softball games against Kansas Wesleyan scheduled for Saturday have been rescheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at Wedel Field.

The Bethel College track invitational has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday at Thresher Stadium, Joe W. Goering Field.

Bethel football

schedule released

The Bethel College football team had its schedule released for the 2018 season.

Bethel will play a 10-game schedule that includes Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference newcomer Avila Sept. 15 at Thresher Stadium. No non-conference games have been scheduled for the season.

Bethel opens the season Sept. 1 at home against Ottawa and closes the year Nov. 10 against defending conference champion Ottawa.

The season will be the first under incoming head coach Terry Harrison.

The schedule is listed below:

Sept. 1 Ottawa 7 p.m.

Sept. 8 @ Bethany 7 p.m.

Sept. 15 Avila 7 p.m.

Sept. 22 @ Tabor 7 p.m.

Oct. 6 McPherson 7 p.m.

Oct. 13 @ Saint Mary 1:30 p.m.

Nov. 20 @ Southwestern 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 27 Kansas Wesleyan 1:30 p.m.

Nov. 3 @ Friends 1:30 p.m.

Nov. 10 Sterling 1:30 p.m.

Bethel signs

Aussie spiker

Bethel College volleyball coach Stacy Middleton signed Australian Sabrina Lowe for the 2018 season.

Lowe is a 5-10 sophomore outside hitter and opposite side hitter for Dodge City Community College and is a native of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

Last season at Dodge City, she played in 61 sets over 24 matches. She had 68 kills, three assists, five aces, 33 digs and 17 total blocks. As a freshman, she played in 18 sets over 13 matches, with seven kills and a block. She had a season high 12 kills in a four-set win over Lamar Community College last fall.

Last season, Dodge City was 19-15, 5-11 in Jayhawk West play. Dodge City fell to Hutchinson Community College in three sets in the Region VI, Division I playoffs.

She attended Benowa State High School before attending DCCC.

"After visiting Bethel and meeting coach Stacy, I just had such a good feeling, and knew this is where I wanted to be," Lowe said. "I'm so greatful to have been given the opportunity to study and play here, and I can't wait for next year.”

"It's always great to sign a junior college player, and Sabrina brings experience and leadership to our team that will continue to push us forward," Middleton said. "She is a good student-athlete with high character and will work hard to get this program back on track. It's also exciting to sign our first international player.”

Lowe intends to major in business administration at Bethel.

State prep

tennis rankings

Below are the Kansas Tennis Coaches Association high school boys’ tennis team rankings:

Class 6A — 1. Shawnee Mission East (2), 2. Blue Valley West (1), 3. Blue Valley (3), 4. Lawrence Free State (4), 5. Blue Valley Northwest (5). Others: Blue Valley North, Washburn Rural, Manhattan.

Class 5A — 1. Bishop Carroll (1), 2. Valley Center (2), 3. Maize (3), 4. Salina Central (4), 5. St. James Academy (5). Others: Andover, Olathe West, Goddard Eisenhower.

Class 4A — 1. McPherson (1), 2. Wichita Collegiate (2), 3. Andover Central (3), 4. Arkansas City (4), 5. Topeka Hayden (5). Others: Smoky Valley, Buhler, Abilene.

Class 3-2-1A — 1. Central Plains (2), 2. HESSTON (1), 3. Maranatha Academy (3), 4. Sterling (4), 5. Conway Springs (5). Others: Wichita Independent, Ellsworth, Kansas City Christian.

Thunder falls

in finale

LOVELAND, Colo. — The Wichita Thunder ended the regular season with a 5-1 loss to the Colorado Eagles Saturday night in the season finale of ECHL play at the Budweiser Events Center.

Colorado scored three goals in the first period and held off the Thunder the rest of the way.

Michael Joly scored two goals with an assist for Colorado. Matt Garbowski added a goal with an assist. Matt Register and Brady Shaw each added a goal.

Ryan Stralen scored for Wichita with assists from Etienne Boutet and Jeremy Beaudry.

Wichita was outshot 34-28. Joe Cannata had 27 saves for the Eagles. Dylan Wells had four saves for Wichita and three goals against in just under 11 minutes of play. Shane Starrett finished the game and had 25 saves.

Colorado ends the season 48-18-4-2, winning the Mountain Division. Wichita ends the season 34-30-6-2, taking fourth place in the division.

The two teams meet in a best-of-seven series beginning 4:05 p.m. Sunday at Intrust Bank Arena. Wichita reached the playoffs for the first time since joining the ECHL at the start of the 2014-15 season.

Wichita last qualified for the playoffs in the 2012-13 Central Hockey League season, losing to the Allen Americans in seven games in the Miron President’s Cup finals.

BEAUDRY HONORED — Wichita player Jeremy Beaudry was named the recipient of the ECHL Community Service Award.

Beaudry attended more than 20 community appearances during the season, including “non-profit events and fundraising, animal shelter volunteering, elementary school visits, hospital visits, retirement home visits, junior-youth hockey volunteering and non-profit post-game meet and greets.”

Each team in the league was eligible to nominate one player. He is the first Wichita player to be named to the award.

ECHL Kelly Cup

Division Semifinals

Wichita vs. Colorado

Game 1 at Wichita Sunday 4:05 p.m.

Game 2 at Wichita Monday 7:05 p.m.

Game 3 at Colorado April 18 8:05 p.m.

Game 4 at Colorado April 20 8:05 p.m.

Game 5 at Colorado April 21 8:05 p.m. (if necessary)

Game 6 at Wichita April 23 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)

Game 7 at Colorado April 25 8:05 p.m. (if necessary)

Wingnuts sign

more players

WICHITA — The Wichita Wingnuts announced the following signings to the team’s spring training roster:

P Casey Harmon (last team Laredo 2014)

P James Campbell (Wichita)

IF Logan Watkins (Toledo IL, Erie EL)

P Travis Banwart (Columbus IL, Akron EL)

Wichita also acquired pitchers Jesse Pratt and Kevin Hilton from the Texas AirHogs in exchange for outfielder Greg Golson.

BASEBALL

JV

Hesston 11, Halstead 5

Hesston 15, Halstead 3