Bethel signs

Hesston standout

Bethel College volleyball coach Stacy Middleton signed Hesston High School senior Mia Loganbill to a letter of intent to play for the Threshers beginning in the fall of 2018.

Loganbill, 5-foot-9, had 523 career kills, 378 digs, 108 blocks and 93 aces. She has earned both All-Central Kansas League and Kansas Volleyball Association Class 3A All-State honors.

She helped lead the Swathers to a Class 3A state runner-up finish as a junior and a third-place state finish as a senior.

"What drew me to Bethel College is its great volleyball tradition and its outstanding social work program," Loganbill said. "Volleyball has always been a passion of mine and I am so thankful for the opportunity to be able to play for four more years. Bethel College's reputation for academic excellence was also an overall factor into my decision. Also, the majority of my family has attended Bethel so I am honored to carry on that tradition. I am looking forward to the fall of 2018 to begin the next step in my academic and athletic career."

"I am super excited to sign Mia as our first 2018 recruit," Middleton said. "She is an outstanding student-athlete that will bring a great presence at the net immediately for us next year. She has a fire within her that will help push our team to improve every day. Mia knows the rich tradition of our volleyball program and she is ready to help us get back on track."

Loganbill will be a second-generation Thresher athlete. Her mother, Lisa Loganbill, was a four-time All-Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference selection with the Threshers. She also was an assistant coach on the 1981 team that finished third at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Tournament, the highest finish for a BC team at the national level.

Her father Blair also is a Bethel alumn.

Loganbill has been named to the honor roll at Hesston for six semesters and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Barger commits

to Baker

Newton High School senior Caroline Barger announced that she committed to play volleyball at Baker University in Baldwin City.

In her senior season, Barger, 5-foot-11, had 116 kills, 10 aces, 70 total downed blocks and 60 assists.

For her prep career, she had 162 kills, 10 aces, 97 total blocks, 77 digs and five assists.

A two-year letterwinner, she earned All-Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I honorable mention as a senior.

She helped lead the Railers to back-to-back league titles and Class 5A state tournament berths.

Baker is a member of the NAIA and the Heart of America Athletic Conference. The Wildcats were 13-19 last season, 6-13 in the HAAC

Area volleyball

players honored

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Several area volleyball players have been named to the NAIA Scholar-Athlete Team for the 2017 season.

To be named, a player must be nominated by her head coach or sports information director, hold a grade-point-average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale, attend the institution for at least a year and be a junior or higher.

Players named include Newton High grad Megan Regier, a senior at Friends; Moundridge grad Brooke Holloway, a senior at Tabor; Hesston grad Megan Voth, a senior at Tabor; and Hesston grad Ali Jost, a senior at Hesston.