VOLLEYBALL

Kansas Collegiate

Athletic Conference

Pre-Season

Coaches Poll

Ottawa 140 pts. (8 first place votes)

Kansas Wesleyan 133 (4)

McPherson 121 (1)

Oklahoma Wesleyan 105

Tabor 95

Saint Mary 82

Sterling 75

Friends 74

Bethany 49

Avila 46

Southwestern 41

York 27

Bethel 26

Baseball club

evaluations set

The Newton Baseball Club will host evaluations for the 2019 season Saturday at Kenny Williams Field at Centennial Park.

The 11U and 12U teams will hold evaluations from 9 to 11 a.m.

The 13U and 14U teams will be from 1 to 3 p.m.

The evaluations will be conducted by Newton High School baseball coach Mark George and his staff.

Bethel games

webcast

WICHITA — A pair of Bethel College football games will be webcast on ESPN3 as part of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference’s game of the week package.

In addition, two games will be on the KCAC Radio Network, which is carried on select Rockin’ M Media stations in Kansas.

Bethel’s opener Sept. 1 at home against Ottawa and the game Oct. 13 in Leavenworth against Saint Mary will be webcast on ESPN3, which can be viewed on most browsers, as well as on the ESPN+ and WatchESPN apps on most mobile devices. The games also can be viewed on many smart TVs using RoKu, Apple TV, Android TV, Hulu, etc.

In the Wichita area, the games will be available over the air on low-power station KSMI-LD, channel 30.1 (generally not receivable in the Newton area), which also is carried on the AT&T U-Verse service.

The radio games will be Oct. 6 at home against McPherson and Nov. 10 at home against Sterling.

The complete ESPN3 package is listed below:

Sept. 1 Ottawa at Bethel 7 p.m.

Sept. 8 Friends at (21) Kansas Wesleyan 5 p.m.

Sept. 15 Southwestern at McPherson 7 p.m.

Sept. 22 Saint Mary at Avila 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 29 (17) Tabor at Ottawa 1 p.m.

Oct. 6 Bethany at Friends 3 p.m.

Oct. 13 Bethel at Saint Mary 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 20 (16) Sterling at (17) Tabor 2 p.m.

Oct. 27 Avila at Bethany 1:30 p.m.

Nov. 3 McPherson at (16) Sterling 1:30 p.m.

Nov. 10 (21) Kansas Wesleyan at Southwestern 1 p.m.

The radio package is listed below:

Aug. 25 Graceland at Southwestern 7 p.m.

Sept. 1 Avila at (16) Sterling 6 p.m.

Sept. 8 Saint Mary at Ottawa 6 p.m.

Sept. 15 (17) Tabor at Friends 7 p.m.

Sept. 22 Friends at (16) Sterling 6 p.m.

Sept. 29 (21) Kansas Wesleyan at Bethany 7 p.m.

Oct. 6 McPherson at Bethel 7 p.m.

Oct. 13 (17) Tabor at (21) Kansas Wesleyan 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 20 Ottawa at Avila 12 p.m.

Oct. 27 McPherson at (17) Tabor 1:30 p.m.

Nov. 3 Southwestern at Saint Mary 1:30 p.m.

Nov. 10 (16) Sterling at Bethel 1:30 p.m.

Reed named

Tabor AD

HILLSBORO — Tabor College has named women’s basketball coach Shawn Reed as its interim athletic director.

He assumed the position July 1.

Reed succeeds Rusty Allen, who has been promoted to Tabor’s executive vice president for operations.

“Shawn has a broad base of experience in Christian higher education,” Allen said. “Coupled with his great work in the athletic department, he has demonstrated an attitude excellence and a heart for seeing young men and women come to grow in relationship to Christ.”

“Rusty Allen provided fantastic leadership and vision to our department during his tenure in this position and my job is to keep us on that same path,” Reed said.

The search for a permanent AD will go on during the school year.

Wingnuts sweep

Sioux City

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Troy Thomas went three for four with a home run and four runs driven in to lead the Wichita Wingnuts to a 10-5 win over the American Association South Division leading Sioux City Explorers Wednesday night at Mercy Park.

Wichita (47-29) sweeps the three game series and moves to within nine games of the 56-20 Explorers with 24 games remaining.

Wichita also remains 2 1/2 games behind the Kansas City T-Bones for second place in the South.

Thomas hit a three-run double in the first inning for Wichita. Chase Simpson added a sacrifice fly.

In the second inning for Wichita, Logan Watkins and Zach Nehrir each drove in a run with a double. Angel Reyes drove in Nehrir with a single.

Sioux City scored a run in the top of the fourth on a bases-loaded double play.

Wichita responded in the top of the fifth with a Thomas solo home run.

Blake Schmit hit an RBI double for the Explorers in the bottom of the sixth. Dexture McCall followed with a two-run triple.

In the top of the eighth for Wichita, Abel Nieves drew a bases-loaded walk. Reyes drove in a run on a fielder’s choice. Thomas drove in run on a single.

McCall hit an RBI single for Sioux City in the bottom of the ninth.

Casey Harman (9-3) went 5 2-3 innings for the Wingnuts, allowing four runs, four hits, five walks and six strikeouts. Scott Kuzminsky held the Explorers scoreless in 1 1-3 innings, allowing three hits. Seth Harvey finished the game, allowing a run on two hits with a strikeout.

Keith Picht (5-3) lasted just 2 2-3 innings for Sioux City, allowing six runs, seven hits, three walks and three strikeouts. Dominic Topoozian went 4 2-3 innings, allowing three runs, four hits, a walk and four strikeouts. Ryan Flores finished the game, allowing a run on two hits with two walks.

McCall finished three for four for Sioux City, driving in three runs. Schmit went two for three.

Leo Vargas finished four for five for Wichita. Watkins finished three for six.

Wichita takes a travel day today and opens a four-game series at Cleburne at 7:05 p.m. Friday. The Wingnuts return home Tuesday to host Lincoln to open a nine-game home stand.

Wichita;330;010;030;—10;13;1

Sioux City;000;103;010;—5;9;2

Harman (W, 9-3), Kuzminsky 6 and Nester; Picht (L, 5-3), Topoozian 3 and Kelly. HR — W: Thomas (19). Time — 3:24. Attendance — 1,204.