Bethel netters get ranking

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Bethel College women’s tennis team was ranked 20th in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics pre-season poll. Bethel was 15-6 in dual meets last season and 6-0 in Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference duals. Bethel won both the KCAC regular-season title and post-season tournament. The Threshers lost in the first round of the NAIA national tournament to 12th-ranked Shorter University. Auburn-Montgomery is the top-ranked team in the pre-season poll, followed by Embry-Riddle (Fla.), Brenau (Ga.), Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and Concordia (Calif.). Breanna Horner, a freshman from Shawnee, is ranked 38th in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association NAIA individual rankings. Bethel opens the spring season Feb. 16 in Lincoln, Neb., against 24th-ranked Nebraska Wesleyan and NCAA Division II William Jewell. Bethel’s home opener is March 1 against 18th-ranked Oklahoma Baptist.

Pairing set for PL Tourney

MAIZE — The pairings have been set for the Pioneer League Division basketball tournaments, which begin Saturday in Maize. In the seventh-grade girls’ tournament, Newton plays Haysville West at 1 p.m. Saturday at Maize South High School. If Newton wins, the Railers play the Maize-Maize South winner at 5 p.m. Monday at Maize South. The championship game is 5 p.m. Tuesday at Maize Middle School. Newton is the second seed. In the eighth-grade girls’ tournament, Newton plays Hutchinson at 10 a.m. Saturday at Maize Middle School. If Newton wins, the Railers play Haysville West in the semifinals at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Maize Midddle School. The finals are 15 minutes following the seventh-grade finals at Maize Middle School. The Newton eight-graders are seeded fourth. In the seventh-grade boys’ tournament at the Maize South Middle School auxiliary gym, Newton plays Maize at 10 a.m. Saturday. The winner meets Maize South in the semifinals at 6:30 p.m. Monday. The finals are 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Maize South Middle School main gym. Newton is seeded fourth. In the eighth-grade boys, Newton plays Maize South at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Maize South Middle School main gym. The winner meets Maize or Haysville West at 5 p.m. Monday in the semifinals. The championship game is Tuesday following the seventh-grade finals. Newton is the sixth seed.

Baseball club hosting meeting

The Newton Baseball Club is hosting an organizational meeting at 3 p.m. Feb. 10 at St. Mary’s School in Newton. The club is forming a 9-year old and 10-year old team for its first season. According to a release, “The mission of the Newton Baseball Club is to provide and organize a competitive opportunity for youth baseball players who are committed to the goal of playing baseball at a higher level, promote strong character and sportsmanship in the Newton community, and promote the game of baseball by fostering a sound understanding of the fundamentals.” Evaluations for the 9-year-old team will be 3 to 4:30 p.m., followed by the 10-year-old team from 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24 and March 3 at St. Mary’s. The team will play in the Heights League in Park City and in tournaments. For more information, call Mark George at (316) 644-1379, or e-mail

Pairings set for JV tourney

BUHLER — The Newton High School boys’ and girls’ junior varsity basketball teams will play Saturday and Monday at the Buhler Invitational. The Newton boys will play Valley Center and Hutchinson at the Salt Hawk Activity Center in Hutchinson. The medal game will be Monday. The girls’ tournament is at Buhler High School. Newton will play Hutchinson and Haven in pool play Saturday. The finals are Monday. Game times were not set at press time.

Middle school wrestlers 2-1

The Newton middle schools wrestling team opened the season 2-1 in dual meets. Newton downed Goddard Eisenhower 45-39 and Buhler Prairie Hills 70-22. Newton lost to Valley Center 59-21. Individual results were not listed.

Hole-in-one shot in Hesston

HESSTON — Dennis McCreary shot a hole-in-one Jan. 17 at the Hesston Golf Course. McCreary used a nine-iron to ace the 107-yard eighth hole. Witnesses includes Floyd Sowers, Lowell Roth and Mike Tate.

Bowhunters convention set

WICHITA — The Kansas Bowhunters Association is hosting its 40th anniversary convention Feb. 22 through 24 at the Ramada Convention Center in Hutchinson. For more information or to make reservations, call Bob Griffin at (785) 806-1493 or e-mail

Wild sets ticket prices

PARK CITY — The Wichita Wild indoor football team has set new ticket prices for the 2013 season. Gerenal admission seating in section 101 will be $5 per ticket. General reserve seating is $9 a ticket. Player bench level seating is $12 a ticket. Season tickets range from $24 to $84. For more information, call (316) 927-3999 or visit the Web site Wichita will play six home games this season as part of the new Champions Professional Indoor Football League. Wichita opens the season March 9 in Tulsa, Okla., against the Oklahoma Defenders. Wichita’s home opener is March 23 against the Kansas Koyotes.