Bethel splits

with Central

McPHERSON — The Bethel College softball team gained a split against Central Christian College Tuesday in McPherson.

Central won the first game 9-4, while Bethel won the nightcap 5-4.

In the first game, Bethel broke to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Central came back with four runs in the bottom of the third. After Bethel tied the game with two runs in the top of the fourth, Central scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth and added another in the fifth.

Constance Baker led Central, going three for four hitting with a home run and four RBIs. Kasi Kraus went three for four with two RBIs. Cheyenne Reynolds went three for four hitting. Ashley Westgarth went two for four.

Victoria Roberts led Bethel, going three for four hitting. Alexis Brewer drobe in two runs. Jeni Reichenberger and Alyssa Sullivan each added an RBI.

Kristen Hall threw four innings for the win for Central, striking out five. Cristina Insua struck out two in three hitless innings for the save. Megan Dike took the loss for Bethel, striking out two in three innings. Sarah Cunningham finished the game.

In the second game, with base loaded and one out in the top of the seventh, Sullivan hit a two-run single to put the Threshers ahead. With bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh, a strikeout ended the game.

Cunningham went the distance pitching for Bethel in the second game, allowing one earned run on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Insua pitched 6 2-3 innings in the loss, allowing four earned runs on nine hits with two strikeouts, Kasi Kraus closed out the game.

Sullivan and Cunningham each went two for four hitting for Bethel. Sullivan finished with three RBIs. Reichenberger also drove in a run.

Nelson went two for three hitting for Central. Westgarth went two for four. Baker drove in two runs. Mandy Jacques added an RBI.

Central is 5-13. Bethel is 3-10 and hosts Bethany at 4 p.m. Tuesday to open KCAC play.

First game

Bethel 200 200 0 —4 9 2

Central 004 410 x —9 16 1

Dike (L), Cunningham 4 and Sullivan; Hall (W), Insua (S) 5 and Nelson. HR — C: Baker.

Second game

Bethel 100 020 2 —5 10 5

Central 000 103 0 —4 6 2

Cunningham (W) and Lawless; Insua (L), Kraus 7 and Nelson.

Pauls competes

at Ottawa

LAWRENCE — Newton High School grad Lexi Pauls, a freshman golfer at Bethany College, placed 38th Monday and Tuesday at the Ottawa Spring Invitational in Lawrence.

Pauls shot rounds of 102 and 98.

Bethany took sixth in the team standings.

Bethany competes March 23 and 24 at the first KCAC tournament in Junction City.

Collegiate tour

stops at Newton

The 2015 Collegiate Barnstorming Tour will make a stop at Newton High School at 6 p.m. April 11.

The game will feature senior college basketball players from Kansas against area senior high school players. An autograph session will be held from 5 to 6 p.m.

The roster for the college stars will be announced shortly after the conclusion of the NCAA Division I men's tournament.

For more information, call Will Tate at 288-4422, Ed Fritz at (913) 219-4518 or David Devaney at (816) 786-2319.

Summer lecture

series slated

The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in Wichita will host its Summer Lecture Series at 4 p.m. May 13 at the Wichita Boathouse with "Athletic Cathedrals of Kansas: Sports Venues Across the Sunflower State."

Other lectures in the series include:

• "Title IX and Female Athletes in Kansas" at 4 p.m. June 10

• "Kansas City Monarchs in Our Hometown" at 6:30 p.m. July 28

• "The Forgotten Jayhawk: John B. McLendon, Basketball Legend and Civil Rights Pioneer" at 6 p.m. Aug. 5

The series is free and open to the public. The series is supported by the Kansas Humanities Council and private donations. More information is available at

Oldham returns

for Wingnuts

WICHITA — The Wichita Wingnuts re-signed utility player Taylor Oldham for the 2015 season.

Oldham is a third-year pro with a .262 lifetime batting average, 14 home runs and 73 RBIs. He played in 54 games with Wichita last season, hitting .285 with three home runs and 25 RBIs. He also pitched a scoreless inning for a save. He was named Wichita's Unsung Hero Award winner last season.

He played 15 games at second base, seven at right field, seven at third base, six at shortstop, five at third base and three in left field. He had just one error in 114 fielding chances.

Oldham played college baseball at Covenant College and Tennessee Wesleyan. He played with London, Washington and the Road Warriors of the Frontier League in 2012. He spent the 2013 season with Taos of the Pecos League.

Oldham is the 18th player under contract for Wichita. The team can sign up to 26 players for training camp, cutting down to 22 by the start of the season.

Thunder tops

Allen in OT

ALLEN, Texas — Kirill Tulupov scored the game winning goal with 19 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Wichita Thunder a 5-4 win over ECHL Central Division leader Allen Tuesday night at the Allen Events Center.

Allen led 4-3 after two periods. Mike Wilson scored midway in the third period to tie the game and send it into overtime.

Danick Gauthier scored two goals with an assist to lead Wichita. Wilson and Eric Meland each added a goal with an assist. Todd Hosmer posted two assists.

For Allen, Chad Costello scored a goal with two assists. Gary Steffes and Jamie Schaafsma each scored a goal with an assist. Patrik Valcak added a goal.

Tim Boron played the first two periods in goal for Wichita, stopping 14 of 18 shots. Grant Rollheiser finished the game, stopping all 19 shots faced for the win. Riley Gill took the loss in goal for Allen, stopping 33 of 38 shots.

The overtime loss still gives Allen a point and keeps the Americans tied for second overall in the ECHL at 39-13-5-3, one point behind Idaho. Wichita is 29-23-2-6 and tied with Tulsa for fourth in the ECHL Central Division. Wichita is one point out of third and three points out of second with 12 games remaining. The top four teams in the division advance to the playoffs.

Wichita and Allen meet again at 7:05 p.m. today in Allen.