GOLF

Wedgewood Senior Men

1. Don Yoder, Dick Morrison, Del James, Josh Talbott -6.

2. Phil Considine, Dennis Carter, Jim Loflin -2.

3. Kent Conner, Tom Logue, Dennis Frank -2.

Closest to hole 3 — Josh Talbott. Closest to hole 9 on second shot — Dick Morrison.

Senior men’s tournament Thursday.

Newton events

cancelled

The Newton varsity and junior varsity baseball games scheduled for Thursday at Derby have been cancelled and will not be made up. Newton, 11-7, open regional play next week. Pairings are expected to be made Saturday.

The Newton varsity and junior varsity girls’ soccer games at Andover Central have been cancelled and will not be made up. Newton ends the season at 13-2 and clinches a top-two seed in regionals, which start next week. Pairings are expected to be made Saturday.

Hesston team

takes honors

HESSTON - The Hesston College men’s cross country team was named the top academic team in the country in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Hesston held a team grade-point-average of 3.911.

The Hesston women were ranked eighth at 3.755.

The rankings are based on teams that nominated at least five Academic All-Americans.

The Hesston men have been ranked in the top 10 academically every year since the program was established in 2010. The women have been ranked in the top 10 three times.

“I don’t feel like I can take much credit for it,” HC coach Gerry Sieber said. “It’s remarkable and I’m proud of this fantastic achievement. It feels good for them to have this kind of success.

“I think it’s a reflection of the culture on the campus of Hesston College and on the culture that we have created in our cross country program that values academics. Everyone on Hesston’s campus has contributed to our runners’ success.”

“Our athletic department and Hesston College community are extremely proud of this accomplishment by the cross country team and Coach Sieber,” HC Athletic Director Rob Ramseyer said. “They exemplify what we hope for and expect out of our athletic teams through their positive impact in their sport and in our community.”

Bethel signs

three players

Bethel College men’s basketball coach Tony Hoops signed three players to letters on intent to play for the Threshers beginning this fall.

Jarrett Sommers is a 6-foot-2 guard from Remington High School. He averaged 5.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. He had a season high of 19 points. He led the team in blocked shots. He helped lead Remington to a 13-10 record and a sub-state semifinal berth.

"Jarrett is an outstanding young man from a great program and community," Hoops said. "Coach (Matt) Regier has done a tremendous job developing Jarrett's game and we look forward to helping him grow as a person and player here at Bethel as well."

"I'm excited for the opportunity to continue playing the game I love," Sommers said. "I look forward to working with the team and becoming part of the Bethel family both on and off the court. Thank you, Coach Hoops!"

Sommers also played football and baseball at Remington, leading the Broncos to the Class 3A title game last year in the team’s second season. He volunteered in a mentoring program and was on the honor roll for four years.

He intends to major in athletic training.

Gideon Gardner of Pawnee, Okla., played last season at Northern Oklahoma College-Enid, where he 2.7 points and .9 rebounds a game as a freshman. He helped lead the Jets to the second round of the NJCAA National Championships in Hutchinson.

At Pawnee High School, Gardner helped lead the team to the Class 2A state semifinals as a senior. He was the Class 2A player of the year, averaging 27 points a game and leading the state in 3-point shooting percentage.

"Gideon is a young man we recruited extensively in high school and are very pleased to get him out of a solid junior college program," Hoops said. "He had an outstanding high school career, and played meaningful minutes this past season on a national tourney qualifying team in Enid. We look forward to seeing the impact he has on Thresher Basketball for the next three years."

Cole Taylor is a 6-1 guard who played for Andover Central High School. Taylor played just five games this season because of injury, but all came in the post-season, leading the Jaguars to a fourth-place finish at the state tournament. He averaged 12.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists a game.

He is a two-time All-Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division II second-team selection and was all-state honorable mention as a junior.

"Cole is a young man that endured a lot his senior season, coming off a torn ACL in football,” Hoops said. “However, to be able to come back in sub-state and lead his team to a fourth place finish at state was remarkable. Cole is a very smart, hard working young man with great leadership skills. We are blessed to have him in our program.”

"I am blessed to have committed to Bethel for the next four years," Taylor said. "They have stuck with me over the last year despite an injury and I believe in what Coach Hoops is doing. I can't wait to be part of something special.”

Taylor also played football and baseball, where he earned All-AV-CTL II honorable mention in both sports. He intends to major in physical therapy at Bethel.

Bethel golfer

earned honors

GREENWOOD, Ind. — Bethel College senior golfer Brian Krehbiel was named to the 2016-17 College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District At-Large Team.

Krehbiel was the first Bethel golfer ever named to the team and the second BC athlete this year to garner such honors, joining basketball player Jacob Miller.

The at-large team covers athletes in golf, swimming, gymnastics, tennis, fencing, ice hockey, lacrosse, wrestling, rifle, water polo and men's volleyball.

Krehbiel’s name will be placed on the ballot for the CoSIDA Academic All-America honors at the College Division (NAIA, NJCAA and Canadian colleges).

Bethel signs

cheer athlete

Bethel College competitive cheer coach Joseph Gogus signed Tori Riddick of Aztec, N.M., to a letter of intent to compete for the Threshers beginning this fall.

Riddick was both a base and a flyer at Aztec High School, where she is a four-time All-American.

"I am excited to add Tori to our team,” Gogus said. “She is an amazing athlete, who has a ton of potential to be very successful at the collegiate level. She will without a doubt contribute to our team's future successes."

"I am beyond thankful for this amazing opportunity I have been given," Riddick said. "This is an amazing team and I am beyond excited to become a part of it. We're going to go far this season and I cannot wait.”

She intends to major in nursing.

Doerksen named

SC cheer coach

WINFIELD — Newton High School graduate and Bethel College competitive cheer assistant coach Erin Doerksen has been named the cheer coach at Southwestern College in Winfield.

She spent the last year as assistant cheer coach at Bethel, helping lead the squad to a KCAC title and a national championship berth.

She was a four-year member of the BC cheer team, leading the team to an eighth-place finish as a senior.

She was a multi-sport athlete at Newton High School.

"We are excited to add Erin to our staff," Southwestern athletic director Matt Shelton said. "She has played an important role in helping transform Bethel into a nationally-respected program, and we are excited to see what she can do for us as we move toward becoming a competitive cheer program."

Doerksen also served as a substitute teacher and special education paraeducator at Slate Creek Elementary in Newton.

Southwestern expects to become a varsity competitive cheer team by the 2018-19 season.

"I'm excited to help the team switch gears toward becoming a competitive program," Doerksen said. "Southwestern is very proud of its athletic programs, and I'm excited to help build the cheer program into something to be proud of as well."