Bethel College men’s basketball coach Tony Hoops signed Danen Kistner of Hartford to a letter of intent to play for the Threshers this fall.
Kistner is a senior at Hartford High School. A 6-foot-1 guard, Kistner averaged 22 points and nine rebounds a game in four years. He is a three-time All-Lyon County League first-team selection. He helped lead Hartford to a 20-6 season this year, finishing second in the Class 1A, Division II state tournament, falling to Wallace County 69-54 in the state finals. The team was state runner-up in 2016, took fourth in 2015 and reached state in 2014.
He was named the Kansas Freshman of the Year by Prep2Prep. He also was a first-team all-state selection. He has more than 2,000 points, which puts him in the top 20 all-time among Kansas scorers.
He played club basketball for Kansas Triple Threat.
His high school coach, Pat Garder, is a former BC player and a teammate of coach Hoops.
"I am very excited to be part of the Bethel Thresher family,” Kistner said. "I can't wait to be on campus next year taking classes and playing basketball."
"Danen is a young man we feel very fortunate to have join our program,” Hoops said. “He comes from a great program at Hartford, having played in the state championship game the past two years. Danen is a winner and a tremendous scorer. He simply finds ways to win games with his leadership and scoring ability. We look forward to seeing him do the same here at Bethel."
Kistner is a four-time academic all-league selection. He intends to major in communications at Bethel.
KSHSAA to host
TOPEKA — The Kansas State High School Activities Association is hosting its annual Kansas Basketball Officials camps June 9 to 11 in Wichita and June 16 to 18 in Lawrence.
The camp is open to anyone interested in becoming a basketball officials. It is used as a recruiting took for the KCAC, Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference and the KSHSAA.
Officials have the chance to work AAU and MAYB teams. There also will be classroom sessions and film sessions. Lunch will be provided on Saturday.
Applications are available on the Jayhawk Conference, KCAC and KSHSAA Web sites. For more information, e-mail John Blazek at email@example.com, Monty Applebee at firstname.lastname@example.org, Fran Martin at email@example.com or Joan Blazek at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WICHITA — The Wichita Wingnuts baseball team signed pitchers James Campbell and Ryan Kussmaul for the 2017 season.
Campbell is a fourth-year pro, who played in the Los Angeles Dodger system, reaching as high as Class A advanced. He is 3-16 lifetime with a 5.01 earned-run-average, 97 strikeouts and 86 walks.
He last played in 2015 with Rancho Cucamonga of the California League and Great Lakes of the Midwest League, along with two rehab games with the Dodgers Arizona Rookie League team, going 0-4 with a 4.05 ERA.
He also played in the Australian League.
Kussmal is a nine-year pro, who spent time in the Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondback organizations.
Lifetime, Kussmal is 31-15 with 62 saves, 550 strikeouts and 176 walks.
He started last season with Wichita, where he played in three games with no decisions. His contract was purchased by the Diamondbacks, who sent him to Mobile of the Class AA Southern League, where he was 1-0 with a 4.96 ERA before ending the season on the disabled list. He also played in the Domincan and Venezuelan winter leagues.
Wichita pitcher Gage Smith cleared waivers and is a free agent.
Wichita has five players under contract for the upcoming season.