KCAC pre-season

soccer teams

WICHITA — Below are the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference pre-season soccer teams as selected by the coaches:

WOMEN

M Valerie Ochoa, Kansas Wesleyan, so., Monrovia, Calif.

D Nia Burrell, Kansas Wesleyan, sr., Palmdale, Calif.

G Jane Potter, Kansas Wesleyan, sr., Huntington Beach, Calif.

F Caroline Jenkins, Ottawa, sr., Golden, Colo.

M Ady Barraza, Ottawa, jr., Olathe

D Naysla Munoz, Ottawa, sr., Bellflower, Calif.

M Sydney Alexander, Ottawa Univeristy, sr., Overland Park

M Hanna Gallant, Friends, so., Arlington, Texas

D Janae Slater, Friends, sr., Wichita

F Kaja Cremin, Oklahoma Wesleyan, RS-jr., Tulsa, Okla.

M Ashley Sarmiento, Oklahoma Wesleyan, sr., Mansfield, Texas

F Dakota Spencer, Tabor, so., Denver

MEN

F Marcos Recio Blaco, Friends, jr., Santarder, Spain

D Jared Robbins, McPherson, sr., Cotati, Calif.

F Aleksandar Simovic, Oklahoma Wesleyan, sr., Belgrade, Serbia

F Markel Aznal, Oklahoma Wesleyan, so., Debo Guipuzcoa, Spain

M Daniel Cordeiro, Oklahoma Wesleyan, sr., Belo Horizonte, Brazil

D Nikola Fimic, Oklahoma Wesleyan, so., Novi Sad, Serbia

F Teylor Cubero^ Friends, so., Valverde Vega, Costa Rica

M Ruben Cura Pose, Friends, jr., Ponteuedra, Spain

M Luke Walters, Kansas Wesleyan, sr., Nottingham, England

D Cam Hunter, Kansas Wesleyan, sr., Pomona, Calif.

M Leonardo Machado, Oklahoma Wesleyan, sr., Sao Paulo, Brazil

M Ross Anderson, Ottawa, sr., Glasglow, Scotland

Conference adds

women’s wrestling

WICHITA — The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference added women’s wrestling as a championship sport beginning this school year.

Five schools will compete in the conference in the initial season — full-time conference members Ottawa and the University of Saint Mary; and sport-specific associate members Jamestown (N.D.), Midland (Neb.) and Missouri Valley (Mo.).

"Following our associate member sport model developed for men's and women's lacrosse, I am pleased to have the collaboration from these five programs coming together for the further development of women's wrestling," KCAC Commissioner Dr. Scott Crawford said. "This effort puts the KCAC and these five programs at the forefront of helping the NAIA take women's wrestling from an emerging sport to an eventual championship sport."

"Over the last two years, women's wrestling has been a great addition to our athletic department sports offerings at OU,” Ottawa University athletic director Arabie Conner said. “We're very pleased to see the growth of the sport at the high school level and regionally with more and more collegiate opportunities for women. Having other regional institutions that sponsor women's wrestling join the KCAC in partnership to enhance the experience for the student-athletes is a great to see."

The sport is classified as an emerging sport at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics level, of which the KCAC schools are aligned with.

The only other NAIA conference offering the sport is the Mid-South Conference with five schools. Ten other NAIA schools offer the sport. The NAIA currently does not offer a women’s wrestling championship or invitational. An NAIA Invitational will be held when there are 25 or more schools. Full championship status is granted when 40 or more schools offer the sport.

Wingnuts rally

to stop T-Bones

WICHITA — Richard Prigatano scored on a wild pitch with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Wichita Wingnuts to a 4-3 win over the Kansas City T-Bones Wednesday in American Association play at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.

The win was Wichita’s third straight win.

Wichita scored in the bottom of the first on an RBI triple by Brent Clevlen. Two errors in the top of the second led to a pair of T-Bone runs. An error in the top of the third led to another Kansas City run.

Clevlen added an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth.

Leo Vargas tied the game with an RBI single in the sixth inning.

Jordan Cooper threw six innings for Wichita, allowing four hits, three unearned runs, a walk and six strikeouts. Austin Boyle and James Campbell each threw a scoreless inning, striking out one. Campbell (3-1) got the win.

Ryan Kussmaul struck out two of the three batters he faced in the top of the ninth for the save.

Clevlen finished two for three hitting. Martin Medina went two for four.

Kansas City starter Calvin Drummond threw five innings, allowing two runs on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Myles Smith gave up a run one a hit with a walk and two strikeouts in the sixth. Jeff Walters allowed a walk and a strikeout in the seventh. Grant Sides (1-3) allowed a run on a hit with a strikeout in the eighth.

Wichita is 49-32, 12 1/2 games ahead of Cleburne in the AA South. Wichita has 18 games remaining, while Cleburne has 16. Wichita is 1 1/2 games behind Lincoln for the best record in the league. Winnipeg is one game behind Lincoln for the best record in the league.

Kansas City drops to 47-35, four games behind Lincoln in the AA South. The T-Bones currently leads Gary SouthShore by 1/2 game for the league’s wildcard playoff spot.

Wichita and Kansas City close out their five-game series at 7:05 p.m. today at Lawrence-Dumont.

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Drummond, Smith 6, Walters 7, Sides (L, 1-3) 8 and Chavez; Cooper, Boyle 7, Campbell (W, 3-1) 8, Kussmaul (S, 2) 9 and M.Medina. Time – 2:53. Attendance — 1,527.