Berean girls

third at state

WAMEGO — The Berean Academy girls’ cross country team claimed a third-place team finish at the Class 2A state meet Saturday at the Wamego Country Club.

Heart of America League rival Bennington won the team title at 24 points, followed by Ellinwood at 121 and Berean at 122.

Halle Johnson of Bennington won the race in 19:14.1.

Berean’s Erin Topham finished fifth in 20:27.7, her third straight top 10 finish.

Brooke Wiebe claimed a medal with a 17th-place finish in 21:24.4.

Miranda Wiebe was 44th in 23:21.8, followed by Brittany Wiebe in 49th in 23:35.8, Ashtyn Matzek in 61st in 23:53.8, Mia Krebs in 67th in 24:24.7 and Alexis Harms in 92nd in 27:51.7.

All seven runners for the Warriors are underclassmen.

For the Berean Academy boys, freshman Trey Topham was 51st in 19:08.6.

Goessel senior Julia Nightengale finished 28th in 22:32.5.

“Julia capped off her senior year by running her best time of the season (by 32 seconds) when it mattered most and also set a course PR by bettering her time from last year by eleven seconds,” Goessel coach Brian Lightner said. “This improvement is a testament to her desire to be the best that she can be and the hard working attitude she brought to practice and to her running not just in season, but during the off-season as well. In a sport that can easily be dominated by underclassmen, Julia was the fifth senior to cross the finish line as there were only four ahead of her and 23 underclassmen.”

Bethel men

drop opener

The Bethel College men’s basketball team was edged by future KCAC opponent Avila 93-87 Saturday afternoon at Thresher Gym.

Bethel trailed 43-41 at the half. There were 11 ties and 23 lead changes in the game. Bethel was tied 81-81 with three minutes remaining, but was outscored 12-6 down the stretch.

Shandon Boone scored 35 points to lead Avila. Dominique Washington and Tevin Taylor each added 16 points. Tajh Downs scored 10 points.

Bethel newcomer Joe Rushing led the Threshers with 26 points. Chase Bannister scored points. Maurice Jordan scored 10 points.

Bethel plays Hastings at 4 p.m. Friday at the McPherson Classic.

AVILA (1-0) — Daniel Head 1-1 1-2 3, Byron Cooke 3-5 0-1 6, Josh Benford 0-0 0-0 0, Shandon Boone 10-19 8-10 35, Steven Gramblin 0-1 0-0 0, Dominique Washington 6-10 3-4 16, Tajh Downs 4-10 2-4 10, Darnell Miller 1-1 0-0 3, James Thomas 1-4 2-4 4, Tevin Taylor 5-9 6-8 16, Trey Heinrich 0-0 0-0 0, Kenric Twine 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-60 22-33 93.

BETHEL (0-1) — Chase Banister 5-12 0-0 14, Maurice Jordan 4-8 1-2 10, Kolton Stacy 0-0 0-0 0, David Harris 1-4 2-2 5, Joe Rushing 8-12 8-10 26, Poe Bryant 2-6 4-5 9, Trey Sleep 2-2 2-2 6, Sam Morgan 2-8 0-0 5, Layton Leydig 0-0 0-0 0, Elijah Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, Dakota Foster 1-3 2-2 4, Terrell Marshall 3-5 2-2 8. Totals 28-60 21-25 87.

Avila;43;50;—93

Bethel;41;46;—87

Total fouls — AU 24, BC 26. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — none. 3-point shooting — AU 9-20 (Boone 7-14, Gramblin 0-1, Washington 1-1, Miller 1-1, Thomas 0-1, Taylor 0-2), BC 10-28 (Banister 4-11, Jordan 1-2, Harris 1-3, Rushing 2-5, Bryant 1-1, Morgan 1-4, Foster 0-2). Rebounds — AU 29 (Washington 11), BC 35 (Rushing 7). Assists — AU 15 (Cooke 6), BC 17 (Jordan 3, Stacy 3, Rushing 3, Marshall 3). Turnovers — AU 14 (Boone 6), BC 16 (Rushing 4). Blocked shots — AU 4 (Downs 3), BC 3 (Banister 1, Jordan 1, Bryant 1). Steals — AU 4 (Boone 2), BC 3 (Jordan 1, Rushing 1, Marshall 1).

BC women fall

in opener

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Bethel College women’s basketball team fell in the season opener to Mid America Christian 87-67 Saturday in Oklahoma City.

The game marked the debut of head coach Drew Johnson.

Bethel fell behind 14-6 after the first quarter and trailed 29-24 at the half. Mid America pulled away in the third quarter with a 27-16 run. The Evangels also won the fourth quarter 31-27.

Alexis Shannon led MACU with 20 points, followed by Jessica Fairley with 17, Janaya Hines with 16 and Jennah Coffman with 13.

Jade Brown scored 19 points in her Thresher debut. J’Daijon Sumpter added 12 points.

Bethel hosts Central Christian at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

BETHEL (0-1) — Kylee Schunn 1-4 1-3 3, Ciara McKinney 2-7 2-7 6, J'Daijon Sumpter 3-6 6-8 12, Karlie Schroeder 0-3 1-2 1, Riley Schmieder 1-3 0-0 2, Michelle Schrag 4-4 0-0 8, Fantasia Johnson 1-5 0-2 2, Abby Schmidt 1-3 1-4 3, Allexis Bowman 0-0 0-0 0, Kelsey Potter 1-5 2-4 5, Jade Brown 7-12 3-5 19, Karyssa Henry 3-6 0-0 6. Totals 24-58 16-35 67.

MID AMERICA CHRISTIAN (1-0) — Jennah Coffman 5-15 0-0 13, Shelby Thrailkill 0-0 0-0 0, Chelseah Savage 0-5 1-2 1, Jaidan Alley 0-1 0-0 0, Nevada Denton 1-5 0-0 2, Mykayla Flores 3-9 2-3 8, Janaya Hines 7-8 0-2 16, Brittany Thompson 2-3 1-2 5, Jessica Fairley 5-10 4-6 17, Alexis Shannon 7-13 4-5 20, Rebekah Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, Ossyana Ozoani 2-5 1-2 5. Totals 32-74 13-22 87.

Bethel;6;18;16;27;—67

MACU;14;15;27;31;—87

Total fouls — BC 25, MA 29. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — BC: Schmidt. MA: Wilson, Coffman. 3-point shooting — BC 3-9 (Schroeder 0-2, Johnson 0-1, Potter 1-3, Brown 2-3), MA 10-28 (Coffman 3-9, Savage 0-3, Denton 0-2, Flores 0-1, Hines 2-3, Fairley 3-6, Shannon 2-4). Rebounds — BC 38 (Schmidt 6), MA 50 (Shannon 8). Assists — BC 8 (Schroeder 2, Potter 2), MA 18 (Flores 7). Turnovers — BC 24 (McKinney 5), MA 18 (Shannon 3, Flores 3). Blocked shots — BC 1 (Schmidt 1), MA 6 (Coffman 3). Steals — BC 2 (Johnson 1, Potter 1), MA 7 (Savage 2, Flores 2, Shannon 2).

Bethel men’s

soccer team falls

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — The Bethel College men’s soccer team fell to nationally-ranked Oklahoma Wesleyan 12-0 Saturday in KCAC play in Bartlesville.

The loss was one of the largest for the Threshers in the modern era of BC soccer.

Alberto Picchi scored three goals with an assist to lead the Eagles. Daniel Cordeiro scored two goals with four assists. Stefan Lukic scored two goals with an assist. Jovan Petrovic and Machado Leonardo each scored a goal with an assist. Jorge Garcia-Fernandez added a goal.

Bethel was outshot 31-3, 20-1 on goal. Marco Sierra had five saves in one half of play for Bethel. Albert Bratthammar had three saves. Dusan Djordjev had one save for OWU, 15-1-1 overall and 10-0 in KCAC play. The win clinches the conference title for the Eagles.

Bethel drops to 7-10, 3-7 in KCAC play. Bethel plays at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ottawa. Bethel needs a win and some help to qualify for the KCAC playoffs.

Thresher women’s

soccer falls

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — The Bethel College women’s soccer team fell to Oklahoma Wesleyan 7-0 Saturday in Bartlesville.

Marjolen Nekesa scored three goals for the Eagles. Taylor Gross added two goals. Kaja Cremin scored a goal with two assists. Lori Storie scored a goal with an assist.

Bethel was outshot 32-5, 13-1 on goal. Maddie McDaniel had six saves for Bethel. Sydney Vickers had one save for OWU.

The Eagles improve to 15-1-1, 10-0 in KCAC play. OWU clinches a tie for the conference title.

Bethel drops to 4-12, 1-9 in KCAC play. Bethel closes the season at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Ottawa. Ottawa is 14-2-1, 9-1 in KCAC play, and needs a win, coupled with an OWU loss to York, to claim a share of the conference title.

Hesston spikers

win finale

HESSTON — The Hesston College volleyball team ended the season with a three-set win over the Bethel College junior varsity Saturday at Yost Center.

Hesston downed its sister school 25-11, 25-13, 25-20.

Sierrah Long and Kylee Kasselman each had eight kills for Hesston. Faith Hallmark set 24 assists. Hallmark and Kasselman each had six digs. Cassidy King downed three blocks.

Hesston ends the season 12-17.

Thunder stays

unbeaten

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — The Wichita Thunder remained unbeaten with a 4-1 win over the Kansas City Mavericks Saturday in ECHL play at the Silvertein Eye Centers Arena in Independence.

Wichita is the sole unbeaten team in the league.

The Mavericks scored first on a goal by Darren Nowick from Dan Correale and Kayle Doetzel. Wichita scored with 36 seconds remaining in the first period on a goal by Zach O’Brien and Matt DeBlouw.

Jeremy Beaudry put Wichita in the lead 3:56 into the second period with assists from Louick Marcotte and Kyle Platzler.

Mark MacMillan scored twice early in the third period. Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin and Istavan Sofrom assisted on the first goal 48 seconds into the period. Dyson Stevenson and Sofron assisted the second goal.

Wichita was outshot 41-27. Shane Starrett had 40 saves for Wichita. Tyler Parsons had 23 saves for Kansas City.

Wichita is 6-0-0-0, while Kansas City falls to 3-2-0-0. Wichita hosts Allen at 7:05 p.m. Friday.

WICHITA ADDS PLAYER – Wichita acquired defenseman Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel from the Wheeling Nailers for financial considerations.

A 14-year pro and a native of Bordeaux, France, Dieude-Fauvel spent his first five seasons and two games into his sixth season playing in the French national league. He scored 15 goals with 14 assists in 120 games.

He played 450 pro games in the Central Hockey League, ECHL and American Hockey League, scoring 44 goals with 102 assists. He helped lead the Quad City Mallards to the CHL’s final playoff title in 2014, scoring a goal with an assist in 14 playoff games.

He played in three games with Wheeling this season with no points.

He played for Team France in three World Championships.

CAMERON REACHES MILESTONE — Wichita Thunder coach Malcolm Cameron moved into fifth place on the ECHL all-time win list with 344. Cameron is in his 10th season coaching in the ECHL and second with Wichita. He is 344-216-73 all-time with Cincinnati, Long Beach, Texas, Florida, Elmira and Wichita.

The all-time leader is Jason Christie with 547.

RODEWALD MAKES NHL DEBUT — Former Wichita Thunder player Jack Rodewald made his NHL debut Friday night with the Ottawa Senators in a 5-4 shootout loss against New Jersey. He played 18 minute in the game. He also played seven minutes in Sunday’s 8-3 loss to Montréal. Rodewald is the first Thunder player to reach the NHL at the ECHL level and work his way up. He is the third Thunder player overall to reach the NHL.

Wingnuts release

manager Rose Jr.

WICHITA — The Wichita Wingnuts announced Monday that manager Pete Rose Jr. will not be retained for the upcoming season.

Rose Jr., son of all-time hit leader Pete Rose Sr., was 122-77 in two seasons, 10-7 in the post-season. He led Wichita to an American Association division title in each of his two seasons and to the AA Championship finals, losing both series to Winnipeg in five games each.

"As our end of season evaluation began, we talked about the past year, future goals, and what steps the Wingnuts need to take for next season’s campaign,” Wichita general manager Josh Robertson said. “We feel it's in the best interest of our organization that we have a new approach with the manager position. I have the utmost respect for Pete, and want to thank him for all that he has done with the Wingnuts. We appreciate his professionalism and dedication the past two seasons, and wish him nothing but success in the future.”

“Me and my family love Wichita, it’s an amazing place with outstanding fans,” Rose Jr. said. “We had a good two-year run, and we left it all out on the field with no reason to hang our heads. The Wingnuts organization is a great place to work, and I’ll miss going to work every day in Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.”