Bethel signs two players

Bethel College softball coach Stacy Middleton signed her first two players for the 2014 season. Signed were Baylee Teach of Halstead and Britani Shrum of Eudora. Teach is a first baseman at Halstead High School, where she was a second-team All-Central Kansas League pick as a junior. She hit .435 last season with runners in scoring position and had an .800 fielding average. Teach chose Bethel over Kansas Wesleyan, Newman and Hesston College. “Baylee brings a great work ethic to both the classroom and the softball field,” Middleton said. “I am excited to get her on our roster. She will bring depth at first base for us.” “I absolutely cannot wait to become a Bethel Softball player,” Teach said. “The minute I went to campus and met Coach Stacy, I knew this is where I wanted to be for the next four years.” Teach is a member of the dance team, the yearbook editor, a member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, vice president of Spanish club, KAYS and is a MMC Pre-K Teacher. She intends to major in education. Shrum is a utility player from Eudora High School. A three-year letterwinner, Shrum hit .451 as a junior with a .517 on-base-pecentage. “We are excited to add Britani to our roster,” Middleton said. “She is very fundamentally sound and will definitely raise our level of play. She is a very versatile player which gives us depth at a variety of positions and she brings a strong bat at the plate.” “I am really looking forward to joining the Bethel College Softball team in the fall,” Shrum said “All of the players and coaches were very welcoming and made me feel at home when I visited. I am ready to start this new chapter in my life. “ Shrum played for the Kansas City Titans club team. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America. She was on the honor roll for four years. Shrum intends to major in athletic training.

Salsbery signs with Sterling

Newton High School senior Alexa Salsbery signed a letter of intent to play golf at Sterling College beginning this fall. Salsbery helped lead Newton to an eighth-place state finish last fall in Class 5A. She finished tied for 17th. She tied for 57th at state as a junior. She qualified for state as a sophomore and a freshman. She helped lead Newton to a regional title as a senior. She was fourth at the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I meet as a senior to earn first-team honors. Sterling is in its second year of women’s golf.

Newton grad signs with ISU

HUTCHINSON — Newton High School graduate Miguel Johns signed a letter of intent to play football at Indiana State University beginning this fall. Johns is a 5-foot-11, 181 pound wide receiver, who played the past two seasons at Hutchinson Community College. He was an honorable mention All-Jayhawk Conference selection as a sophomore at both wide receiver and punt returner. In the regular season, Johns caught 54 passes for 843 yards and eight touchdowns. He returned nine punts for 107 yards and a touchdown. He returned 16 kickoffs for 292 yards. Johns helped lead HCC to a 9-3 record, 6-1 in Jayhawk Conference play. Hutchinson reached the finals of the NJCAA Region VI playoffs, falling to Butler. Hutchinson beat Iowa Central 41-21 to win the Salt City Bowl. In the bowl game, Johns caught seven passes for 107 yards and four touchdowns. He had six punt returns for 96 yards and two kickoff returns for 46 yards. At Newton, he was a four-year letterwinner. He was first-team All-Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail Division II in 2008 and 2009 and co-offensive player of the year in 2009. He was a 2010 Shrine Bowl selectee. Indiana State is an NCAA Division I-Football Championship Series team. The Sycamores were 7-4 last season, 5-3 in Missouri Valley Football Conference play. The team is coached by Mike Sanford. Johns is not the first Newton grad to play at ISU. Jayden Everett played for three years at ISU, earning Academic All-America honors and all-conference honorable mention. He graduated in 2009. Everett currently coaches running backs at ISU. Johns intends to major in exercise science.

HC signs runner

HESSTON — Hesston College cross country coach Gerry Sieber signed Jason Schroeder of Anthony to a letter of intent to run for the Larks this fall. Schroeder was a four-year letterwinner at Chaparral High School. He helped lead Chaparral to top-three team finishes in every regular season meet this season. Schroeder took fourth in the Central Plains League meet as a senior. He was 20th at regionals. He was named to Chaparral’s all-time runners list. “I'm excited that Jason has chosen to join our cross country family,” Sieber said. “He has an impressive resume having participated in five sports at Chaparral, is an excellent student and was active in instrumental and vocal music. He’s a well-rounded young man and will thrive in his liberal arts Hesston Experience. I expect him to mature and grow as a member of our cross country program.” He is a National Honor Society Member and is on the honor roll. He attends Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church in Harper, where he is active in the youth group. Schroeder intends to major in engineering at Hesston.

Larks sweep season opener

HESSTON — The Hesston College baseball team opened the season with a pair of wins over Independence Community College. Hesston won 5-2 and 14-4. In the opener, Hesston scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to overcome a one-run deficit. Tatsuzo Baba hit a two-run home run. Scott Cooper and Nick Yoder each added RBIs. Jesse Yoder went three innings of relief for the win, allowing three hits, two walks and three strikeouts. Starter Brandon Kutrubs went four innings, allowing nine hits, two runs, two walks and a strikeout. Brenton Washausen went three for three hitting for Independence. Matt Higginbothan went two for three. Galen Keys took the loss in relief of Jacob Reid. In the second game, Hesston scored seven runs in the fifth inning to break the game open. Dustin King threw six innings for the win, allowing four hits, three runs and two strikeouts. Tyler Bratton finished the game. Devin Word went three for four hitting with five RBIs. Scott Cooper went four for four with two RBIs. Jarrett Wolf went two for two with two RBIs. Seth Davenport drove in three runs. Ryan Justice went two for four with two RBIs for Independence. Travis Teague took the loss. Hesston plays 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Northwestern Oklahoma State University junior varsity.

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Pairings set for tourney

Below are the pairing for the Newton High School Freshman Girls’ Invitational Basketball Tournament, which begins Monday: (r-Ravenscroft Gym, w-Willis Gym) Monday’s quarterfinals Newton vs. Central Plains 7 p.m.-r Hutchinson vs. Campus 5:30 p.m.-r Bishop Carroll vs. Little River 5:30 p.m.-w Buhler vs. Maize South 7 p.m.-w Thursday’s games Consolation semifinals Central Plains-Newton loser vs. Hutchinson-Campus loser 7 p.m.-r Bishop Carroll-Little River loser vs. Buhler-Maize South loser 7 p.m.-r Semifinals Central Plains-Newton winner vs. Hutchinson-Campus winner 7 p.m.-r Bishop Carroll-Little River winner vs. Buhler-Maize South winner 7 p.m.-r Saturday’s games Seventh place 10 a.m. Fifth place 11:30 a.m. Third place 1 p.m. Finals 2:30 p.m.