Bethel signs

Remington senior

Bethel College volleyball coach Stacy Middleton signed Sage Westerfield of Whitewater to a letter of intent to play for the Threshers this fall.

Westerfield, a 5-foot-11 outside hitter, played at Remington High School, where she had 443 career kills, 220 blocks, 108 aces and 613 digs. She had a .214 kill percentage. She was a first-team All-Heart of America League selection as a senior and an honorable mention All-HOAL pick as a junior.

“I am thrilled to be going to Bethel next year,” Westerfield said. “I think it will be a great fit for me. I'm excited to get back on the court next year and work with Coach Stacy. I

believe she'll push me to be a better athlete and an even better student off the court.”

“Sage is a ‘go getter’ and a driven individual,” Middleton said. “She has proved that with many aspects of her life. Her great work ethic will serve her well as she continues to rehab from a knee surgery. She is a great student that will work just as hard in the classroom as she will on the court. I look forward to having her join our community and program.”

Westerfield also played basketball at Remington and was a first-team All-HOAL and an honorable mention all-state pick as a junior.

She intends to major in nursing.

BC players

take honors

GREENWOOD, Ind. — Two members of the Bethel College women’s basketball team were named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District Team.

Riley Schmeider, a junior from Wellman, Iowa, was a first-team selection. Kylee Schunn, a senior from Whitewater, was a second-team selection.

To be eligible for the award, players must hold at least sophomore standing with a grade-point-average of 3.3 or above on a 4.0 scale and be major contributors to the team.

Both are the first two BC women’s basketball players ever to be named to the team. Schmeider is eligible for the CoSIDA Academic All-American Awards, which will be selected later this month.

KCAC tennis

teams named

WICHITA — Below are the All-KCAC pre-season tennis teams as named by the conference coaches:


Jessica Emoto, sr., Tabor, Gresham, Ore.

Brittany Zipf, so., McPherson, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia

Allison Corfield, sr., Ottawa, Jamberoo, New South Wales, Australia

Paola Vargas, fr., Kansas Wesleyan , Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Besa Bwalya, so., McPherson, Hoisington

Anna Mankoski, sr., Southwestern, Winfield


Ahmed Lahlou, sr., McPherson , Casablanca, Morocco

Hector Carrillo Perales, sr., McPherson, Barcelona, Spain

Teodor Antelja, so., Bethany, Belgrade, Serbia

Franco Poi, so., Southwestern , Cordoba, Argentina

Mario Rincon, jr., Kansas Wesleyan , Bogota, Colombia

Ronald Rufyikiri MuhetoBet, jr., Ottawa, Burundi, Africa

BC women win

two of three

FREMONT, Neb. — The Bethel College women’s tennis team opened the season by winning two of three matches on a swing through Nebraska.

Bethel lost to Midland 5-4, beat the College of Saint Mary 5-4 and beat NCAA Division III Nebraska Wesleyan 7-2.

Bethel swept the doubles against Midland, but dropped the singles 5-1. Against Saint Mary, Bethel won two of three doubles matches and finished 3-3 in singles.

Bethel swept the doubles against Nebraska Wesleyan and won four of six singles matches.

Mallory Meier finished 3-0 in singles play and 3-0 in doubles play and was named the KCAC women’s tennis player of the week for the opening week of the season.

Bethel is 2-1 and will play Westminster at 3 p.m. today on a four-match trip to the St. Louis area.

Midland 5, Bethel 4

SINGLES — Gretchen Cooper M def. Rachel Herzog B 6-3, 7-6 (7-3); Annie Allmond M def. Kimberly Buzbee B 6-1, 6-2; Sarah Wood M def. Jennifer Harrison B 3-6, 6-0, 10-5; Christina Villarreal M def. Serena Wong B 7-5, 6-4; Carolyn Hawton M def. Breanne Rogers B 0-6, 6-3, 10-7; Mallory Meier B def. Danielle Martin M 6-1, 6-1.

DOUBLES — Rachel Herzog-Jennifer Harrison B def. Gretchen Cooper-Annie Allmond M 9-7; Kimberly Buzbee-Breanne Rogers B def. Sarah Wood-Christina Villarreal M 9-7; Serena Wong-Mallory Meier B def. Danielle Martin-Carolyn Hawton M 9-8 (8-6).

Bethel 5, Saint Mary 4

SINGLES — Christina Ternent SM def. Rachel Herzog B 6-2, 6-1; Katie Gelka SM def. Kimberly Buzbee B 3-6, 6-2, 12-10; Allyah Raygan SM def. Breanne Rogers B 6-2, 6-1; Jennifer Harrison B def. Marissa Newman SM 6-0, 6-1; Serena Wong B def. Bria Menagh SM 6-3, 6-4; Mallory Meier B def. Adriana Olague SM 7-5, 3-6, 10-2.

DOUBLES — Christina Ternent-Katie Gelka SM def. Rachel Herzog-Jennifer Harrison B 8-6; Kimberly Buzbee-Serena Wong B def. Allyah Raygan-Adriana Olague SM 8-5; Mallory Meier-Samantha Koch B def. Nora Staudenmaier-Carly Bindl SM 8-1.

Bethel 7, Nebraska Wesleyan 2

SINGLES — Kimberly Buzbee B def. Bridget McKeegan NW 6-2, 6-4; Jennifer Harrison B def. Elia Healey NW 4-6, 6-2, 10-7; Torey Kepel NW def. Breanne Rogers B 5-7, 6-4, 11-9; Jordan Fossell B def. Serena Wong B 6-2, 7-5; Mallory Meier B def. Sami Slizoski NW 6-0, 6-0; Samantha Koch B def. Katie Kjendal NW 6-0, 6-1.

DOUBLES — Jennifer Harrison-Kimberly Buzbee B def. Bridget McKeegan-Elia Healey NW 8-2; Breanne Rogers-Serena Wong B def. Torey Kepel-Jordan Fossell NW 8-0; Mallory Meier-Samantha Koch B def. Makinzie Vanderledge-Katie Kjendal NW 8-2.

Bethel men

split matches

FREMONT, Neb. — The Bethel College men’s tennis team opened the season 1-1 in a weekend trip to Nebraska.

Bethel fell to Midland 8-1 and beat NCAA Division III Nebraska Wesleyan 7-2.

Zach Shima finished 2-0 in singles play.

Bethel is 1-1 and plays Westminster at 4 p.m. today to open a four-match swing into the St. Louis area.

Midland 8, Bethel 1

SINGLES — Jack Fryer M def. Dylan Miera B 6-1, 6-0; Dylan Hataneas M def. Gabe Johnson B 6-0, 6-1; Sacho Borel M def. Ryan LaCombe B 7-6 (7-1), 6-2; Ryan Vitera M def. Tyler Shima B 6-0, 6-0; Zach Shima B def. Enrique Lopez M 5-7, 6-4, 10-6; Alex Willer M def. Grant Bellar M 6-0, 6-2.

DOUBLES — Sacho Borel-Dylan Hataneas M def. Ryan LaCombe-Gabe Johnson B 8-5; Jack Fryer-Enrique Lopez M def. Dylan Miera-Jordan Singh B 8-1; Christian Slupe-Ryan Vitera M def. Zach Shima-Shawn Bontrager B 8-3.

Bethel 7, Nebraska Wesleyan 2

SINGLES — Dylan Miera B def. Adam Olson NW 2-6, 6-3, 10-8; Gabe Johnson B def. Hale Breit NW 6-2, 2-6, 10-6; Ryan LaCombe B def. Matheus Bustamante NW 6-4, 6-3; Gabriel Sellmer NW def. Tyler Shima B 6-3, 6-4; Zach Shima B def. Jordan Pieper NW 6-0, 6-2; Jordan Singh B def. Jared Schilling NW 6-3, 6-4.

DOUBLES — Adam Olson-Hale Breit NW def. Ryan LaCombe-Gabe Johnson B 8-5; Jordan Singh-Tyler Shima B def. Jordan Pieper-Nathan Seaton NW 8-6; Zach Shima-Shawn Bontrager B def. Jared Schilling-Caleb Thiessen NW 8-1.

HC softball

sweeps SECC

HESSTON — The Hesston College softball team swept Southeast (Neb.) Community College Monday at the Hesston City Field.

Hesston won 7-1 and 9-4.

In the first game, Ashley Yasin allowed a run on four hits with two walks and 15 strikeouts for the win. Taylor Martin went two for three with two RBIs. Nine other players posted one hit. Five players drove in a run.

Jenny Eacker took the loss for SECC, striking out three.

In the second game, Hesston scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to overcome a one-run deficit.

Sam Amarante went two for three with a home run and three RBIs. Sierrah Long went two for three with a home run and two RBIs. Jenna Schneider went two for three with two RBIs.

Kelsey Markey and Brooke Brestel each drove in two runs for Southeast.

Yasin pitched two innings in relief of Kaylen Lassley for the win, striking out four. Jessica Lusk took the loss for Southeast.

Hesston is 9-4 and hosts the Kansas State club team Sunday.

First game



Eacker (L, 0-3), Rumery 5 and Brestel; Yasin (W) and Amarante.

Second game



Lusk (L, 0-3), Whiting 6 and Gragg; Lassley, Yasin (W) and Amarante. HR — H: Amarante, Long.

Bethel sweeps

Haskell INU

LAWRENCE — The Bethel College softball team extended its winning streak to four games, sweeping Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence.

Bethel won the first game 11-1, the first time Bethel has hit three home runs in a game in five years. The game was called after six innings on the eight-run rule.

Bethel won the second game 14-2 in five innings.

In the first game, Raegan Beckley went four innings for the win, striking out four. Baileigh finished the game, striking out one.

Madison McDowell went three for four hitting with three RBIs. Leslie Hoffman went two for three with a home run and three RBIs. Alexis Wilson went two for four with a home run and two RBIs. Jeni Reichenberger went three for four with an RBI. Katie Schrag hit a solo home run.

Bobbi Mulvihill took the loss for Haskell.

In the second game, three Bethel pitchers held Haskell to two hits total. The Thresher offense was aided by five Haskell errors.

Krystin McKelpin went three for four with four RBIs to lead the Bethel offense. Hoffman and Katie Schrag each drove in two runs.

Malaja White hit a two-run home run for Haskell. Kylee Sellers took the loss for Haskell.

McDowell was credited for the win for Bethel. Scudder struck out two in one inning.

Bethel is 5-3 and plays Oklahoma Science and Arts, Mount Mercy and Doane Friday at the Friends Invitational at the Two Rivers Youth Club complex in Wichita. Bethel plays Northwestern (Iowa), Bacone and Morningside Saturday.

First game



Beckley (W), Rager 5 and K.Schrag; Mulvihill (L) and White. HR — B: Hoffman, K.Schrag, Wilson.

Second game



McDowell (W), Scudder 3, Rager 4 and K.Schrag, Overbay 3; Sellers (L) and White, Foster 4. HR — H: White.

Thunder signs

forward Ryan

WICHITA — The Wichita Thunder signed forward Ryan Van Stralen for the remainder of the season.

Vam Stralen recently finished play for Carleton University, where he scored 48 goals with 45 assists in 97 games. As a senior, he helped lead the Ravens to a 17-7-4 record. The team lost in the first round of the Ontario University Athletics playoffs to Ottawa University in three games of a best-of-three series.

Before college, he played for the Ottawa 67s of the major-junior Ontario Hockey League, scoring 52 goals with 63 assists in 182 games. He also scored a goal with an assist in 18 playoff games.

Wingnuts sign

OF Aluko

WICHITA — The Wichita Wingnuts signed outfielder Isaiah Aluko and traded outfielder Richard Prigatano to the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League for a player to be named later.

Aluko missed the 2017 season. After signing with the Minnesota Twins organization, he played with the Gulf Coast Twins of the Rookie level Gulf Coast League in 2016, playing in just five games and hitting .133 with a home run and two RBIs in 15 at bats.

Aluko played college baseball at Columbia State Community College and NCAA Division II Valdosta State, hitting .235 with two home runs in 17 games.

He played in the NBC World Series with Fairbanks Goldpanners and Everett Merchants.

Prigatano is a fifth-year pro, who spent his last two seasons with Wichita, hitting .289 with 13 home runs and 99 RBIs in 175 games. He also spent two seasons in the Colorado Rockies organization.