HESSTON — Newton High School senior Cesar Sanchez signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Hesston College beginning this fall.
Sanchez is a winger who earned second-team All-Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I honors as a senior.
“Cesar brings excellent speed and versatility to our squad,” HC coach Michael Armstrong said. “I’m looking forward to what he will bring to our team both on and off the field.”
Bethel College softball coach Stacy Middleton signed Jasmine Wann of McPherson to a letter of intent to play for the Threshers beginning this fall.
Wann is a catcher and utility player for McPherson. She helped lead the Bullpups to a second-place finish last season in the Class 4A, Division I state tournament. She hit .393 last season with two home runs and 17 RBIs. She also played club softball with the Lady Express.
"Jasmine is a very strong, athletic player and I am looking forward to her versatility on the field," Middleton said. "She has lots of power at the plate and is a dynamic leader as well. She has the capability to do some great things early in her career at Bethel. She is going to be an asset on the field and will perform great in the classroom too. I am excited to have the opportunity to tap into some untouched talent."
Wann also competed in bowling at McPherson, taking 12th in the Class 5-4-3-2-1A state tournament individually and leading the team to a state title.
She intends to major in graphic design and business at Bethel.
Bethel College signed Riley Schmieder of Wellman, Iowa, to a letter of intent to play basketball beginning this fall.
Schmieder, a 5-foot-9 guard-forward, plays at Iowa Mennonite High School. She averaged 5.9 points a game as a freshman with 15 assists, 18 steals, six blocks and 79 rebounds. As a sophomore, she averaged 7.4 points a game with 45 assists, 40 steals, 16 blocks and 77 rebounds. Last season, she average 9.9 points a game with 38 assists, 41 steals, 25 blocks and 134 rebounds. For this season (through Jan. 6), she averages 13.3 points a game with 15 assists, seven steals, five blocks and 39 rebounds.
She is a three-time all-conference honorable mention and an academic all-conference selection as a senior.
"We’re excited to have Riley commit to Bethel," Bethel coach Mark Fox said. "Our staff was impressed with her competitive side when she played with us during her visit, and we feel like she’s just scratching the surface of her abilities. Our team, as well, really took to her and she should be a great fit with our family and with Bethel College. We look forward to working with her, and watching her grow, as an athlete, a student, and as a person over the next four years."
She also competed in volleyball, cross country and track. She was a state qualifier in cross country and an all-conference selection. She earned multiple all-academic honors in all three sports.
She is active in FFA, Physics Olympics, youth group, dance and as a lifeguard. She spent four years on the first honor roll and was named to Youth Salute.
She intends to major in biology.
ANDOVER — The Newton middle school wrestling team split a pair of dual meets Tuesday at Andover.
Newton downed Andover 60-36 and lost to Hutchinson 77-24.
Newton competes Saturday at the Valley Center Invitational.
Newton to host
Newton will host the Pioneer League Division I girls' basketball tournaments Feb. 7 through 12 at Chisholm Middle School.
Teams competing will be Andover, Derby, Haysville West, Hutchinson, Maize, Maize South and Newton.
The seventh-grade tournament will be at the auxiliary gym, while the eighth-grade tournament will be at the main gym.
Quarterfinal games begin at 10 a.m. Feb. 7. The semifinals begin at 5 p.m. Feb. 10. The seventh-grade girls' finals are 5 p.m. Feb. 12 at the main gym, followed by the eighth-grade finals at 6:30 p.m.
The Newton Invitational track meet will be April 6 this year and not as listed on some calendars.
compete at Augusta
Below are the results for the Newton Wrestling Club competitors at the Augusta Open and Novice tournaments Saturday in Augusta:
First Place — Karston Wall 8U/58, Adrian Vela 8U/55, Cole Chalashtari 8U/HWT, Grant Treaster 12U/96 and 14U/95, Maverick Lies 6U/52, Nick Treaster 10U/55, Dylan Hedrick 6U/61, Lucas Kaufman 8U/49, Garrett Schroeder 8U/67, Logan Buchanan 8U/110, Braxden Lopez 10U/52.
Second Place — Boone Roberson 12U/92, Chayton Lopez 6U/55, Gaige Llamas 12U/76, Jonah Remsberg 10U/70, Jett Brackeen 10U/79, Jacob Schmidt 10U/95, Clayton Kaufman 10U/73, Josh Edson 12U/100, Nathan Barron 8U/70, Trevor Waldrop 12U/105, Bobby Southern 12U/64.
Third Place — Kaden Chalashtari 6U/55, Trevor Beyer 6U/52, Keon Edwards 8U/67, Bobby Southern 10U/64, Major Giles 6U/55, Joshua Torrez 8U/95, Dakota Thompson 10U/110.
Fourth Place — Elijah Robinson 8U/52, Kolby Clanton 12U/150
Fifth Place — Colton Waltner 8U/64, William Blount 8U/88
Also Participating — Wyatt Mayes 8U/55, Eddy Southern 8U/58, Colin Bybee 10/67, Kade Weeks 6U/55, James Johnson 8U/58, Jacob Bruner 10U/70, Rio Gomez 12U/165, William Morris 6U/37.
honored at TOC
DODGE CITY — Newton High School basketball player Jack Kingsley was named to the all-academic team at the Dodge City Tournament of Champions, which concluded Saturday.
Cheerleader Natalia Ramos-Thas was named to the cheerleader all-academic team.
fifth at tourney
BALDWIN CITY — Newton High School grad Quinton Harrison placed fifth at the Kansas Cup at 125 pounds Sunday in Baldwin City.
Harrison, a sophomore wrestler at Bethany, finished 2-2.
to team of week
PARK CITY — Wichita B-52s defender Alex Moseley was named to the Major Arena Soccer League team of the week for the week ending Sunday.
Moseley scored three goals Saturday in a 9-8 overtime win over St. Louis in St. Louis. Wichita trailed by as many as four goals in the game. A Wichita goal with 0.1 seconds remaining in regulation tied the game. John Markey scored the game winner in overtime.
Wichita is 8-7 with five games remaining. The B-52s play Saturday at Chicago, which is in second place in the MASL Central Division. Wichita is in fourth place.
WICHITA — The Wichita Thunder signed forward Justin Bernhardt for the remainder of the season. He was then placed on reserve.
Bernhardt played with ESV Buchloe in Germany to start the season, scoring seven goals with 12 assists in 15 games. His is a fifth-season pro, who has played in both the ECHL and the American Hockey League.
A native of Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada, Bernhardt was signed in 2009 to an entry-level contract (similar to a baseball minor league contract) by Phoenix.
WICHITA — The Wichita Wingnuts re-signed relief pitcher Chase Johnson for the 2015 season.
A six-year pro, Johnson pitched in eight regular-season games with Wichita last year, going 1-0 with one save and a 1.12 earned-run-average. He spent the first three years of his career in the Philadelphia Phillies organization.
Lifetime, he is 15-18 with a 3.35 era and 50 saves. He has 252 strikeouts with 118 walks.
Johnson is the 12th player Wichita has signed.