K-State opens

season with tie

EUGENE, Ore. — The Kansas State women’s soccer team opened the season Friday night with a scoreless tie against Oregon State in Corvallis.

The Wildcats were outshot 21-7, 8-1 on goal.

Miranda Larkin had eight saves in goal for the Wildcats. Bella Geist had one save for Oregon State.

Newton grad Brookelynn Entz made her collegiate debut, taking three shots for K-State.

Sunday, K-State fell to Oregon 2-0 in Eugene.

Marissa Everett scored both goals for the Ducks. Halla Hinriksdottir had three saves in goal for Oregon, 1-1. The goals came in the 27th and 49th minutes.

Kansas State was outshot 23-5, 9-3 on goal. Entz had two shots for the Wildcats, one on goal.

Larkin had seven saves for the Wildcats.

“We can’t be satisfied with the first game of a weekend,” K-State coach coach Mike Dibbini said. “The mentality has to be there and the attention to detail has to be there for both games. I think the approach has to be a little bit different. As a team we have to understand we need to continue to play a little more aggressive and add a little more pressure in certain parts of the game and not be intimidated or be scared. We just didn’t have it today and we played a very good team. Give them a lot of credit. We had moments, but consistently from start to finish today we didn’t have it. The quality of play by Oregon forced us to back away instead of playing to our strengths of playing a little more aggressive.”

Kansas State plays at 7 p.m. Thursday at Oral Roberts in Tulsa.

Bethel grad

takes job

LINDSBORG — Bethel College graduate Logan Palenske has been named the men’s and women’s tennis coach at Bethany College.

Palenske has served as head tennis professional at Genesis Health Clubs in Salina. He served as boys’ and girls’ tennis coach at Lakewood Middle School in Salina. He led three teams there to undefeated seasons.

At Bethel, Palenske was a three-time All-KCAC selection, an NAIA All-American and KCAC Newcomer of the Year. He was ranked in the top 15 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central rankings for all three seasons.

"I am very excited to have Logan taking over our tennis programs," Bethany Dean of Athletics Dane Pavlovich said. "He has a great knowledge of the game and the KCAC, having a successful playing career in the league himself. He will be a great asset to our department and I am eager to see where he takes the programs.”

"I have such a passion for the game of tennis and helping people reach their potential," Palenske said. "This job, in addition to being the head tennis professional at Genesis Health Clubs is the ideal combination for where I am at in my professional career. I am beyond excited to be chosen to lead a program that has such a prestigious and unprecedented history, and am so thankful to be a part of a truly great college. I can't thank President Jones and Mr. Pavlovich enough for offering me this great opportunity. As the head coach, I will work my hardest to have a team that players, students, faculty, and community, past and present will be proud of off and on the court."

Wingnuts denied

clinching division

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A two-run Dan Johnson home run and a complete-game five hitter for pitcher Dustin Crenshaw handed the St. Paul Saints a 2-1 win over the Wichita Wingnuts Monday night in American Association play at CHS Field in St. Paul.

Wichita, 52-34, needed a win or a Cleburne loss to clinch the American Association South. Cleburne stayed alive with a 6-3 win over the Kansas City T-Bones in a game called after five innings because of rain.

Wichita is 12 games ahead of the Railroaders with 13 games remaining. Wichita also drops to two games behind Lincoln for the best record in the league and is tied with Winnipeg for the second-best record.

St. Paul improves to 45-42, 7 1/2 games behind Winnipeg in the North Division.

Crenshaw (2-1) allowed a run on five hits with four strikeouts. Wichita’s Jordan Cooper (6-2) lasted seven innings, allowing two runs on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Josh Goossen-Brown finished the game, allowing a hit, two walks and a strikeout.

With one out in the top of the second, Richard Prigatano doubled and came jome on a Zac Fisher single.

With one out in the bottom of the fourth, Brady Shoemaker drew a walk, followed by Johnson’s home run, his second of the season.

Wichita outhit St. Paul 5-4.

Game two of the four-game series is at 7:05 p.m. today.

PRIGATANO HONORED — Wichita outfielder Richard Prigatano was named the American Association Player of the Week for the week ending Sunday. In eight games, Prigatano went 11 for 29 hitting with 10 runs scoredm nine RBIs and seven stolen bases. He also drew four walks. For the season, Prigatano is batting .330, fourth in the league. He is the third Wichita player honored this season.

Monday’s game

Wichita;010;000;000;—1;5;0

St. Paul;000;200;00x;—2;4;0

Cooper (L, 6-2), Goossen-Brown 8 and M.Medina; Crenshaw (W, 2-1) and Lubach. HR — SP: Johnson (2). Time — 2:03. Attendance — 6,430.

Saturday’s game

Texas;100;001;000;—2;7;1

Wichita;000;200;01x;—3;9;0

Gomez, Morris (L, 1-3) 7, Blanco 8 and Miller; Guitrrez, Pratt 6, Boyle 7, Devine (W, 3-4) 8, Kussmaul (S, 3) 9 and M.Medina. HR — T: Scott (5). W: Fisher (9). Time — 2:39. Attendance — 3,059.

Sunday’s game

Texas;010;101;002;—5;10;3

Wichita;100;206;00x;—9;8;0

Bozeman (L, 5-6), Cotton 6, De La Cruz 6, Mendoza 8 and Wagner; Kane (W, 10-1), Goossen-Brown 7, Boyle 8, Harvey 9 and Fisher. HR — T: Grider (5), Phipps (10). W: M.Medina (6). Time — 2:55. Attendance — 1,820.