NAIA Pre-Season Poll

1. St. Francis (16);13-1;366

2. Baker;14-1;351

3. Reinhardt;13-1;327

4. Morningside;10-2;319

5. Marian;11-1;305

6. Montana Tech;10-2;297

7. Eastern Ore.;10-3;292

8. L.Wilson;11-2;268

9. Grand View;9-3;259

10. Tabor;8-3;219

11. Doane;9-2;214

12. Mo. Valley;9-3;213

13. Robert Morris;7-3;183

14. Sterling;8-3;162

15. Dickinson St.;9-4;156

16. S-eastern (Fla.);6-3;137

17. Dakota Wes.;8-3;122

18. Ariz. Christian;7-3;113

19. Mont. Western;7-4;88

20. Kan. Wesleyan;9-2;86

21. Georgetown (Ky.);7-4;82

22. Langston;7-2;76

23. Wm. Penn;7-4;51

24. Saint Xavier;5-6;34

25. So. Oregon;5-6;30

Others Receiving Votes: Concordia (Neb.) 28; Benedictine 23; Faulkner (Ala.) 19; Carroll (Mont.) 19; Pikeville (Ky.) 9; Warner (Fla.) 5; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 5.


Pine Edge Men

1. Mike Cavanaugh, Dale Dick.

2. Chet Roberts, Karl Brubacher, Rick Krehbiel.

Closest to the pin — Chet Roberts. Longest putt — Myron Schmidt.

Next play — 6 p.m. Tuesday.


rained out

WICHITA — The Wichita Wingnuts game against the Lincoln Saltdogs scheduled for Wednesday in Wichita was rained out.

The game was the final meeting of the year between the two teams and will not be made up.

Ticket holders of Wednesday’s game may exchange tickets for any future home game.

Wichita take a travel day and opens a three-game series at Winnipeg beginning at 7 p.m. Friday.

Winnipeg leads the American Association North Division, while Wichita leads the South Division.

WINGNUTS SIGN PITCHER — Earlier in the day, Wichita signed pitcher Danny Gutierrez for the remainder of the season. Gutierrez signed with Wichita before the start of the season, but was picked up by Tijuana of the Mexican League. He also spent part of the season playing for for Leon. Gutierrez went 1-2 with Leon with a 9.18 earned-run-average and 4-3 with Tijuana with a 4.97 ERA. In 18 games, Gutierrez had 56 strikeouts against 19 walks.

Gutierrez is an 11-year pro who spent his first five years in the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers farm systems, reaching as high as Class AA.

He also played with St. Paul, Fargo-Moorhead and Grand Prairie in the American Association.

Lifetime, he is 31-42 with a 4.05 ERA, three saves, 591 strikeouts and 251 walks.

Wichita placed pitcher Eddie Medina on the disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 4.

Thunder signs

two players

WICHITA — The Wichita Thunder hockey team added two more players for the upcoming season — forward Justin Crandall and defenseman Jamie Doornbosch.

Crandall was obtained in a trade with the Reading Royals for the rights to defenseman Nolan Zajac.

Crandall is a fourth-year pro with 41 goals and 78 assists in 133 regular season games. In 20 playoff games, he scored four goals with six assists.

Crandall spent three seasons in Reading with a pair of American Hockey League call-ups to Chicago and Albany, scoring a goal with two assists in nine games.

He played four seasons at Minnesota-Duluth, scoring 40 goals with 39 assists in 145 games. During that time, he helped lead the Bulldogs to a pair of NCAA Tournament berths. He was an academic all-conference selection at UMD.

"I really enjoyed my time in Reading and can't thank my coaches and teammates enough for a great year," Crandall said. "However I am extremely excited to get a fresh start and join the Thunder this year. I've heard nothing but great things about the organization and Coach Cameron. From the players already signed it looks like we should have a really strong team and I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and getting the season started.”

"Justin is a dynamic offensive threat and has a very high hockey IQ," Wichita coach Malcolm Cameron said. "With the players we have signed and expect to get from our affiliate, he will fit in nicely."

Doornbosch is a second-year pro. In 44 games with Wichita last season, he scored 10 goals with 20 assisrs. He also played eight games with Binghampton of the AHL.

He played one game with the New York Islanders in the 2010-11 season and played five seasons with St. Mary's University in Canada.

"I'm excited to come back to Wichita and get a fresh start," Doornbosch said. "I've had a really good summer with my training. I'm looking forward to October and to get this year started."

"Jamie had a solid rookie season for us and his excellent play was rewarded with call-ups on two separate occasions," Cameron said. "He's solid on the power play, is reliable and a very hard worker. We look forward to seeing him back on the blueline."

Wichita has 11 players under contract for the upcoming season, which begins Oct. 13.