Newton grad

plays in WNIT

RUSTON, La. — Newton High School and Hutchinson Community College grad Taylor Stahly will play in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament with Louisiana Tech.

The Lady Techsters will host Missouri State Thursday with the game time to be announced later today.

"We are very pleased to be participating in postseason play for the second straight year," Tech coach Brooke Stoehr said. "This group has worked hard all season and is deserving of this opportunity. I am thrilled for this team to be able to continue their season and compete together again. As we continue to build and lay a championship foundation, it is important for our students to experience postseason play and compete for championships."

Tech is 19-11, falling to North Texas 76-69 in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA Tournament.

Stahly is a junior at Louisiana Tech, averaging 11.0 points and 2.3 rebounds a game with 46 assists and 21 steals. She has 83 3-pointers for the team. She needs four more to tie the school record for 3-pointers in a season, a record she also holds at Hutchinson Community College.

Hesston swept

by NOC-T

TONKAWA, Okla. — The Hesston College baseball team dropped a pair of games Saturday to Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa on the road.

Hesston dropped the first game 10-0 in five innings and the second game 11-1. The first game ended in five innings on the eight-run rule.

In the first game, Hesston was held to three hits.

Jack Edmunson, 4-0, went the distance for NOC-T, allowing one walk with four strikeouts. Bradley McBride, 0-1, took the loss for Hesston, allowing nine earned runs on 12 hits with four walks and a strikeout,

Kade Marlatt went three for three hitting for Tonkawa, driving in three runs. Rhett Rutledge went two for two with two RBIs. Cacy Harper and Tanner Long each went two for three. Long, Eric Gutierrez and Gabe Griffith each drove in a run.

In the second game, Tonkawa led 8-1 after three innings. The Mavericks used four pitchers. Korde Busby went four innings for the win, allowing an unearned run on four hits with two walks and three strikouts. Chase Bridges struck out two.

Kalen Haynes took the loss for Hesston, striking out three in two innings. Kantaro Sekiya and K.T. Gearlds each struck out two.

Tanner Long went three for four hitting for NOC-T, driving in three runs. Joey Pena went two for three with two RBIs.

The Mavericks, rankled fifth in the NJCAA Division II poll, improve to 23-1.

Monday, Hesston hosted the McPherson College junior varsity. Hesston won the first game 6-3 and the second game 9-7. Stats from the games have not been posted.

Hesston is 11-11 and plays at 2 p.m. today at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park.

First game



McBride (L, 0-1) and Deckinger; Edmunson (W, 4-0) and Pena.

Second game



Haynes (L, 0-1), Huckaby 3, Sekiya 3, Perez 5, Gearlds 6 and Deckinger, Aguilar; Busby (W, 2-0), Foster 5, Bridges 6, Long 7 and Francis.

HC softball

splits games

HESSTON — The Hesston College softball team split a pair of games Saturday at home against Garden City Community College.

Garden City won the first game 5-2 in eight innings. Hesston won the nightcap 8-5.

In the first game, Garden City scored two runs in the top of the first. Hesston scored a run in the fifth and another in the sixth to tie the game. Garden City scored three runs in the top of the eighth.

Samantha Akers went the distance for Garden City, allowing two runs on eight hits with a walk and three strikeouts.

In the second game, Hesston led off with three runs in the first inning. Garden City scored four in the top of the third, but Hesston added three runs in the bottom of the third. Garden City scored a run in the fourth, but Hesston put things away with two runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Bailey Brawner went three innings for the loss for GCCC, allowing four earned runs on seven hits. Ariel Denney finished the game, allowing two runs on four hits with four strikeouts.

Angel Jimenez had two hits for Garden City.

Hesston’s stats were not listed.

Hesston is 16-7 and plays at 2 p.m. today against Hutchinson Community College at the Fun Valley Sports Complex.

Sowers 10th

at Evangel

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Hesston College golfer Sam Sowers tied for 10th Friday and Saturday at the Evangel Spring Invitational at the Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield.

Sowers had rounds of 80 and 77 for a 13-over par 157.

Sowers finished 17 strokes out of first. Dylan Bekemeier of host Evangel won the tourney at four-under 140.

Hesston competes March 27 and 27 at the Kansas Wesleyan Invitational at the Salina Country Club.

Bethel JV

sweeps Hesston

The Hesston College tennis teams dropped a pair of matches to the Bethel College junior varsity Monday at the Marty Ward Tennis Center in North Newton.

The Bethel women won 8-1. The Bethel men won 6-3.

Individual matches were not reported.

The Hesston men and women are each 0-5. Hesston plays today against the Friends junior varsity in Wichita.

Bethel hosts NCAA Division II Colorado Christian at 3 p.m. Thursday in another match that won’t count on the Threshers’ record.