Sports briefs

Bethel volleyball
team falls to Doane

CRETE, Neb. — The Bethel College women’s volleyball team knew it had a tough road ahead of it when the team faced 22nd-ranked Doane College Saturday in Crete in the first round of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Volleyball Championships.
“Going into the match, we really felt like Doane and us were very similar teams,” Bethel head coach Chad Schilling said. “We both played good defense, and we both had more than one hitter that you have to worry about. And, in the first two games, that showed. Both teams played great defense, and we both were hitting on all cylinders.”
Bethel fell to Doane three games to one. Doane topped Bethel by scores of 25-17, 23-25, 25-8 and 25-15.
“In game 3 and 4, something just changed; we all of sudden couldn’t do anything right, and everything went Doane’s way.
“Fortunately, we know that this one match doesn’t define the season that we had. We had a great season, winning both the regular season and conference tournament championships for the first time since 2000. Winning 20 or more matches for the fifth year in a row.  And, of course, qualifying for the NAIA National Volleyball tournament for the first time since 1983. What a fantastic year!”
Bethel’s Mallory Gaedt had 13 kills, while Bethany Thiesen had 11. Top servers were Morgan Peters and Alyssa Schrag, each of whom had 17 aces.
On defense, Kari Thimm had 24 digs, Kristen Schag had 23 and Addison Wolf added 21.

‘Back to the Basics
Basketball Clinic’
set in Wichita

WICHITA — The Wichita Department of Parks and Recreation is offering a basketball clinic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the Lynette Woodard Recreation Center at 2750 E.18th St. 
The clinic will focus on the basic fundamentals of basketball while stressing teamwork.
Mentors and volunteers will assist with the program.
There is a registration fee of $5. The clinic is for ages 6 through 12 years with a maximum of 100 participants.
Free T-shirts will be given away. Lunch will be provided.
For more information, call (316) 337-9191.

GM ends 9-year deal with Tiger

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is bailing out on Tiger Woods.
Woods, a global icon in sports with his 14 major championships, has been carrying the Buick logo on his golf bag for the last nine years and still had one year left on his contract.
But General Motors Corp. was looking to cut costs and hoard cash while trying to survive the worst sales downturn in a quarter-century. And it said Monday the world’s No. 1 golfer wanted more time for himself, especially with a second child on the way.
The endorsement deal is believed to be worth at least $7 million a year.