Wrestlers win

Pioneer League

DERBY — The Newton middle school wrestling team won the Pioneer League Division I title Saturday at Derby North Middle School.

Newton edged McPherson 196.5-184 for the title, followed by Salina Lakewood at 160.5, Derby at 153.5, Salina South at 124, Hutchinson at 114 and Derby North at 106.

Newton claimed 12 medalists.

Winning titles for Newton were Ben Reyes at 148 pounds (2-0, both pins), Jamie Gonzalez at 155 pounds (3-0, three pins), Kenyon Forrest at 165 pounds (3-0, two pins and an injury forfeit) and Rio Gomez at 215 pounds (3-0, two pins and a technical fall).

Taking second were Bobby Southern at 100 pounds (1-1, one win by fall), Clayton Kaufman at 105 pounds (1-1, one win by fall), Clayton Smith at 141 pounds (2-1, two wins by fall) and Nathaniel Garcia at 180 pounds (1-1, one win by major decision).

Konner Jaso took third at 95 pounds (2-1, two wins by fall). Aaron Downey took third at 110 pounds (2-1, one win by fall, one win by decision). Spencer Stienmetz took third at 134 pounds (2-1, two wins by fall).

Brody Harper took fourth at 115 pounds (1-2, win by injury default).

Also competing were Braxden Lopez (80, 0-2), Eli Hensley (85, 0-2), Julieen Wald (90, 0-2), Dylan McBee (120, 0-2) and Jacob Peterson (265, 0-2).

Newton was open at 127 pounds.

Roberts places

at nationals

LUBBOCK, Texas — Newton High School graduate Payton Roberts claimed a medal at the National Junior College Athletic Association Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday in Lubbock.

Roberts is a sophomore at Iowa Central Community College.

Roberts took fourth in the shot put at 14.27 meters (46-9 3/4).

Roberts earned NJCAA All-American honors for her finish. It was her second year as a medalist in the event, taking fifth last year.

Iowa Central took third in the team standings at 89 points, behind New Mexico Junior College at 120 and South Plains Community College at 90.

She begins her spring outdoor season March 23 and 24 at the Arkansas Spring Meet in Fayetteville, followed by three straight meets in Kansas (March 31 at Emporia State, April 13 and 14 at K.T. Woodman Invitational at Wichita State and April 20 and 21 at the Kansas Relays in Lawrence).

KCAC baseball

team named

WICHITA — Below is the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference pre-season baseball team as selected by the conference coaches:

1B Lane Fleming, McPherson, jr., Council Grove

2B Augie Isaacson, Friends, jr., New Prague, Minn.

3B John Lantigua, Oklahoma Wesleyan, jr., Quebec City, QC, Canada

SS Abdiel Alicea, Tabor, sr., San Juan, Puerto Rico

C Billy Damon, York, sr., Reno

C John Gardner, Friends, sr., Douglass

DH/UTL Hunter Henry, Oklahoma Wesleyan, sr., Kent, Wash.

DH/UTL Evan Willow, McPherson, sr., Victoria, B.C., Canada

DH/UTL Connor Towle , York, jr., Keller, Texas

OF Christopher Acosta-Tapia , Oklahoma Wesleyan, sr., Deauville Laval, QC, Canada

OF Rex Campbell, Kansas Wesleyan, sr., Roseville, Calif.

OF Ryan Lujan-Leonard, Oklahoma Wesleyan, sr., Moore, Okla.

OF Tobias Culpepper, Sterling College, sr., Fort Meade, Fla.

OF Jaxon Hooge, Tabor College, sr., Calgary

OF Casey Wagnon, York College, jr., Fresno

P Matthew Green, McPherson, jr., Torrance, Calif.

P Yorberth Marchan, Bethany, sr., Barquisimeto, Venezuela

P Tyler Shumpert, Oklahoma Wesleyan, sr., Oak Ridge, Texas

P Sean Cruz, Friends, sr., Tasi Yona, Guam

P Ulysses Ramos, Sterling, sr., Union City, Calif.

P Corey Mixon , York College, sr., Lake Isabella, Calif.

Thunder trades

for F Low

WICHITA — The Wichita Thunder sent forward Nick Bligh to the Quad City Mallards for forward Brayden Low and future considerations.

Low is in his second season as a pro. In 58 games with Quad City, he has 17 goals with 22 assists.

Last season, he played 42 games with the Rapid City Rush, scoring three goals with seven assists.

In the 2015-16 season, he played 21 games with the University of Alberta, scoring a goal with three assists.

He also played parts of five seasons the Canadian Major Junior Western Hockey League with Portland and Everett, scoring 26 goals and 32 assists in 187 games. He also scored five goals with four assists in 22 playoff games. He played parts of two seasons in the Junior A British Columbia Hockey League with Merritt and Powell, scoring nine goals with 16 assists in 61 games and a goal with an assist in nine playoff games.

Bligh is a second-year pro, who has played with four different teams in the ECHL, scoring 24 goals with 26 assists in 76 games. In 11 games this season with Wichita, he has a goal with five assists. He came to Wichita earlier this season after 24 games with the Indy Fuel. Bligh played four years of collegiate hockey at Dartmouth.

Wingnuts concert

set for June 16

WICHITA – The third annual Wichita Wingnuts Community Benefit Concert will be June 16 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita with the country music duo of Big & Rich headlining.

Supporting acts will be announced at a later date.

Ticket sales will begin Friday through 50 non-profit organizations. Tickets also may be purchased on line at https://wichitawingnuts.com/concert/, or in person at the Lawrence-Dumont ticket offices.

“With the tremendous success our local non-profit partners have had the past two years, we are excited to announce our Third Annual Community Benefit Concert,” Wingnuts General Manager Brian Turner said. “This event was devised to bring our community together to support 50 very different, but very important causes. It truly is an event like no other. Nowhere else can you enjoy some of country music’s greatest entertainers at an affordable price, knowing half of your ticket cost goes to support the non-profit of your choice.”

Past acts have included The Band Perry, Chris Janson and Billy Currington.

THUNDER SIGNS DEAN — The Wichita Thunder re-signed catcher and outfielder Brent Dean for the upcoming season. Dean is a 10-year pro, who spent three seasons with Wichita before playing last year with Lincoln.

After spending his rookie season with Sioux City of the American Association in 2009, he spent four seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers organization, reaching as high as Class A Advanced.

Dean played 55 games with Lincoln last season, hitting .225 with five home runs and 19 RBIs. He helped lead Lincoln to a Central Division title.

In three years with Wichita, he hit .275 with seven home runs and 63 RBIs. He threw out 15 baserunners in 69 attempts. He helped lead Wichita to three division titles and the 2014 AA Championships.

Wichita now has 11 players under contract. A team may carry 28 players into training camp, which begins May 6.