Newton senior

signs with Bethany

Newton High School senior Lexi Pauls signed a letter of intent to play golf at Bethany College beginning this fall.

Pauls was a two-time state qualifier for the Railers, taking 11th at state as a senior. She was a first-team All-Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League pick as a senior. She was third at regionals as a senior and 10th as a junior.

"We are extremely excited to have Lexi join our program," said Bethany coach Jon Daniels. "She comes from a very supportive family and she will not only add an impact on the golf course, but also in the classroom."

Pauls holds a 4.0 grade-point-average.

Pauls is a recipient of a Kansas Golf Foundation Kansas Junior Golf Scholarship awarded "based on academic performance, community service and leadership, financial need, and the student’s essay about how he or she has benefitted from the game of golf. Scholars must attend a Kansas college or university."

Pauls is one of five Kansas junior golfers honored.

Bethel signs

softball players

Bethel College softball coach Stacy Middleton signed Megan Dike of Lansing and Gretchen Maddox of Wichita to letters of intent to play with the Threshers this season.

Dike will be a sophomore at Bethel. She played this season at Kansas City (Kan.) Community College, where she hit .365 with a home run and 16 RBIs. She helped lead KCKCC to a third-place finish in the NJCAA Division II, District E Tournament. The team was 32-15, 14-12 in Jayhawk Conference play.

She was a second-team All-District E selection.

"I'm very excited," Middleton said. "Megan is a good catcher and a great hitter; fundamentally solid and well coached. She's going to bring a great work ethic to our program."

"Bethel is getting an incredible player," KCKCC coach Kacy Tillery said. "She calls a game as well as any catcher we've had here and she pitches as well so she has the know how to help a pitcher out when in trouble."

Dike intends to major in education.

Maddox is a utility player for Wichita Heights High School. She is a club player for the Lady Reds.

"I am very excited to have Gretchen joining us," Middelton said. "She brings a great work ethic to the field and to the classroom. She will be a great addition to our team and to our campus."

Maddox picked Bethel over Bethany, Sterling and Tabor. She was on the honor roll and a member of the Falconettes all-girls' choir.

She intends to major in socal work.

Threshers sign

soccer player

Bethel College women's soccer coach Anthony Turini signed Lacey Pfannenstiel of Hays to a letter of intent to play for the Threshers this fall.

Pfannenstiel is a midfielder. She was honorable mention All-Western Athletic Conference last season. Hays is 10-3-1 this season with two games remaining. She was All-Academic as a junior.

"Lacey is an attacking minded midfielder who will help our team transition from defense into the attack quickly," Turini said. "We are very excited that she has chosen to come to Bethel and wants to be a part of building a successful program here."

Pfannenstiel is a member of the National Honor Society and the Catholic Youth Organization. She was on the high honor roll and a recipient of the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award.

Hesston signs

volleyball players

HESSTON — Hesston College volleyball coach Jessica Cleveland signed Sarah Stephens of Valley Center and Jacey Guy of Meridan to letters of intent to play for the Larks this fall.

Stephens is a 6-foot, middle and right-side hitter who played at Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita.

"I'm excited to watch Sarah develop," Cleveland said. "She has a strong block at the front row and it will be fun to see her transition to the college level."

Stephens also competes in soccer, tennis and track. She is a National Honor Society member and is on the honor roll at SCA. She intends to major in philosophy.

Guy is a 5-10 outside hitter for Jefferson West High School, where she helped lead the team to a 24-14 record and a Class 4A, Division II state berth.

"Jacey has a powerful arm swing that will earn lots of kills," Cleveland said. "She has a no-fear mentality on the court and has a great volleyball instinct and big-play ability."

Guy will major in engineering at Hesston.

Dragon softball

team swept

HALSTEAD — The Halstead High School softball team dropped a pair of games Monday to Smoky Valley in CKL play.

Halstead lost 12-2 and 13-3. The first game was called after five innings on the 10-run rule.

In the first game, Halstead was held to three hits by Smoky pitcher Brynne Stockman, who struck out seven for the win. Candace Drake took the loss.

Hannah Morrical had three hits for the Vikings with an RBI. Hannah McBride and Keni Campbell each had two hits. McBride drove in three runs. Stockman had two RBIs.

In the second game, Smoky Valley was aided by 11 Dragon errors. Ally Karber had three hits for the Vikings. Morgan Loder and Carly Kolling each had two. Loder drove in three runs.

McBride pitched for the win, striking out four. Drake took the loss, striking out seven.

Halstead is 3-13, 1-13 in CKL play. Halstead hosts Hillsboro at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

First game

Sm.Val. 034 05 —12 10 0

Halstead 000 11 —2 3 3

Stockman (W) and n/a; Drake (L) and n/a.

Second game

Sm.Val. 202 340 5 —16 9 3

Halstead 002 010 0 —3 3 11

McBride (W) and n/a; Drake (L), Werner 7 and n/a.

Wildcats sweep

rival Inman

INMAN — The Moundridge Wildcat softball team won a pair of games from rival Inman Tuesday in Heart of America League play in Inman.

Moundridge won the first game 4-0 and the second game 6-0.

The Wildcats improve to 11-5, 9-3 in HOAL play.

In the first game, Elizabeth Ratzlaff tossed a two-hit win, striking out seven. Kristen Knackstedt took the loss for the Teutons, striking out nine.

Chelsea Knight, Michelle Schrag and Emily Knight had two hits each for the Wildcats. Ratzlaff drove in two runs. Chelsea Knight added an RBI.

"This was a quality win for us as Inman is a solid team," Moundridge coach Clark Wedel said. "Elizabeth Ratzlaff did a nice job of pitching and our defense was solid behind her. We tallied 9 hits for the game which is a pretty good outing for us. 6 different players were able to register a hit in the game. It's a real plus when we can hit up and down our lineup."

In the second game, Emily Knight tossed a five-hit shutout, striking out six. Jewell Croley took the loss for Inman.

Cheslea Knight had three hits and two RBIs. Brynne Wedel had two hits. Schrag and Baylie Blouin each added an RBI. Krystan Miller had two hits for Inman.

"Once again we had an outstanding pitching performance from Emily Knight," Wedel said. "Anytime we can record a shutout it means a great job by our pitcher and that our defense was solid. Our offense once again recorded 9 hits for the game. It was a struggle to get the timely hit in this game but we finally did get those hits later in the game to give us a little cushion.

"Overall, I was really pleased with our performance. It was a really hot day and our players handled it well."

Moundridge plays Friday at Herington.

First game

Mound. 020 101 0 —4 9 3

Inman 000 000 0 —0 2 2

Ratzlaff (W) and n/a; Knakstedt (L) and n/a.

Second game

Mound. 010 120 2 —6 9 3

Inman 000 000 0 —0 5 5

E.Knight (W) and n/a; Croley (L) and n/a.

Moundridge swept

by Teutons

INMAN — The Moundridge High School baseball team dropped a pair of games Tuesday at Inman in Heart of America League play.

Moundridge fell 15-13 and 15-0. The second game was called in four innings on the 15-run rule.

In the first game, Inman led 5-3 after five innings. Each team scored 10 runs in the sixth inning. DeVore had three hits for Inman. Almquist had two hits and four RBIs. Blake Drueker and Jonathan Landeros each had three RBIs.

Garrett Higgins had two hits for Moundridge.

Higgins pitched five innings for Moundridge, striking out six. Drueker and Tuscan each struck out two for Inman.

Inman scored in every inning of the second game. Noah Tuscan went the distance for Inman for the win. Kyle Stucky struck out three batters in 1 2-3 innings. Corey Barton threw 1 1-3 innings.

Taylor Almquist had five RBIs for Inman. Treyton DeVore had two hits and three RBIs. Zach Spiece had two RBIs.

"After our 10-run sixth inning, we got too relaxed and obviously let Inman back in the game and could not get an out," Moundridge coach Lynn Eichelberger said. "We did some good things but give Inman credit, they did a nice job of hitting at the end of the game.

"We could not recover from the game one collapse and we showed no enthusiasm or desire to play the second game."

Moundridge plays at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Herington.

First game

Mound. 000 0 —0 2 4

Inman 461 4 —15 8 1

Stucky, Barton, n/a and n/a; Tuscan (W) and n/a.

Second game

Mound. 100 02(10) 0 —13 10 2

Inman 201 02(10) x —15 11 6

Higgins, n/a and n/a; Drueker (W), DeVore 6, Tuscan (S) 7 and n/a.

Hesston splits

with Kingman

KINGMAN — The Hesston High School softball team split with Kingman Tuesday in CKL play in Kingman.

Hesston won the first game 11-9. Kingman won the nightcap 13-3. The second game was called after five innings on the 10-run rule.

In the first game, Hesston scored seven runs in the first inning and two more in the second to lead 9-0, holding off a Kingman comeback late.

Abby Shirley had five hits for the Swathers. Emily Shirley had three hits with two RBIs. Morgan Estep drove in three runs. Aryzona Becker added three hits.

Makayla Holopirek pitched for the win for Hesston, striking out seven.

Down 4-3 after three innings in the second game, Hesston gave up four runs in the fourth and five in the fifth.

Becker and Abby Shirley each had two hits for Hesston. Holopirek took the loss.

Hesston is 4-12, 4-10 in CKL play. Hesston plays 4:30 p.m. Friday at home against Sterling.

First game

Hesston 720 002 0 —11 19 4

Kingman 001 134 0 —9 9 1

Holopirek (W) and n/a; Kelley (L) and n/a.

Second game

Hesston 201 00 —3 7 5

Kingman 202 45 —13 12 1

Holopirek (L) and n/a; Kelley (W) and n/a.

Bethel to host

summer program

Bethel College cross country coach Ray Bourque is hosting a summer fitness camp at Bethel for athletes in grades two through 12.

Sessions will be June 9 to 27 and July 7 to 26. Elementary students will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. Middle school students will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. High school students will meet from 6 to 7 p.m.

For more information, call Bourque at (316) 990-2387 or e-mail

Wingnuts sign

three catchers

WICHITA — The Wichita Wingnuts signed three catchers for the upcoming season.

Signed were Chris McMurray, Mike McCarthy and J.T. Wise.

McMurray is a seven-year pro who spent time in the Arizona and Chicago White Sox farm systems, reaching as high as Class AA.

McCarthy is a second-year pro, who spent last year with Roswell of the Pecos League, where he hit .328 in 53 games. He played college baseball at Vermont and Texas-Pan American.

Wise is a sixth-year pro who spent time in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, where he played Class AA ball the past two seasons. Wise also will be used at first base and designated hitter.


Kansas Tennis

Coaches Association

Prep rankings

Class 6A — 1. Shawnee Mission East (Last week 1), 2. Blue Valley Northwest (2), 3. Blue Valley North (3), 4. Olathe Northwest (4), 5. Blue Valley West (5). Others: Washburn Rural, Blue Valley, Shawnee Mission Northwest.

Class 5A — 1. Salina Central (1), 2. NEWTON (2), 3. Kapaun-Mt. Carmel (3), 4. Andover (4), 5. Goddard (5). Others: St. Thomas Aquinas, Arkansas City, Topeka West.

Class 4A — 1. Topeka Hayden (1), 2. McPherson (2), 3. Independence (3), 4. Andover Central (4), 5. Buhler (NR). Others: Bishop Miege (5), Winfield, Wichita Trinity Academy.

Class 3-2-1A — 1. Wichita Collegiate (1), 2. Kansas City Christian (2), 3. HESSTON (3), 4. Central Plains (5), 5. Wichita Independent (4). Others: Conway Springs, Sterling , Marysville.