The new Newton High School boys’ basketball coach will be a familiar face.
NHS activities director Brian Becker announced Wednesday that Andy Preston will be returning as the Railer coach, succeeding Andy Hill, who resigned to become the new boys’ basketball coach at Wichita Northwest High School.
Hill served two seasons at Newton, going 18-25 overall and 14-10 in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I play. In the 2016-17 season, Hill led Newton to its first sub-state finals in a number of years.
Preston was an assistant coach at Valley Center and Newton for five years. He was the head coach for the 2015-16 season, succeeding his former coach Don Cameron.
As a head coach at Newton, Preston was 6-14 overall and 3-9 in AV-CTL I play.
Preston left Newton to become assistant girls’ coach at Mill Valley High School in the Kansas City area.
Preston also will resume his role as assistant baseball coach, a position he held before leaving Newton.
“We are excited for coach Preston’s return to the sideline at NHS, and know that he will continue to work hard to develop and grow the boys basketball program,” Becker said. “He brings a tireless
work ethic that will benefit our student athletes both on the court and in the classroom. Andy also understands the rich history and tradition of Railer Basketball, and what it takes to compete in the AV-CTL.”
Preston also will serve as an assistant summer strength and conditioning coach.
The Bethel College women’s tennis team won a pair of KCAC dual meets, while the BC men finished 1-1.
The women Bethel downed Bethany 8-1 and Sterling 5-4. The men fell to Bethany, which received votes in the NAIA poll 9-0, but beat Sterling 8-1.
Sterling is in its first season of play and coached by former Bethel coach Lonnie Isaac.
The women are 12-2, 5-1 in KCAC play. The men are 9-4, 3-3 in KCAC play. Bethel hosts Tabor at 3 p.m. today.
Bethel 8, Bethany 1
SINGLES — Laura Pilacan, Bethany, def. Jennifer Harrison, Bethel, 3-6, 6-3, 10-0; Erica Ebenkamp, Bethel, def. Katie Klassen, Bethany, 6-0, 6-1; Samantha Koch, Bethel, def. Suzy Duarte, Bethany, 6-0, 6-0; Bethel won fourth, fifth and sixth singles by default.
DOUBLES — Ebenkamp-Koch, Bethel, def. Pilacan-Klassen, Bethany, 8-5; Bethel won second and third doubles by default.
Bethel 5, Sterling 4
SINGLES — Jenae Ryan SC def. Rachel Herzog BC 3-6, 6-2, 4-0, ret.; Keeley Hipp SC def. Kimberly Buzbee BC 7-6(7-2), 2-5, ret.; Maddie Thrasher SC def. Jennifer Harrison BC 6-3, 6-2; Serena Wong BC def. Briseyda Ponce SC 6-2, 6-1; Mallory Meier BC def. Lauren Robben 6-0, 6-0; Erica Ebenkamp BC def. Carissa Smith SC 6-1, 6-0.
DOUBLES — Hipp-Ryan SC def. Herzog-Harrison BC 8-6; Buzbee-Wong BC def. Thrasher-Robben SC 8-5; Ebenkamp-Koch BC def. Ponce-Campbell SC 8-4.
Bethany 9, Bethel 0
SINGLES — Nino Krneta, Bethany, def. Dylan Miera, Bethel, 6-0, 6-1; Teodor Antelj, Bethany, def. Gabe Johnson, Bethel, 6-2, 6-0; Hugo Pallez, Bethany, def. Ryan Lacombe, Bethel, 6-0, 6-0; Andres Ricaurte, Bethany, def. Tyler Shima, Bethel, 6-0, 6-1; Miguel Abete, Bethany, def. Grant Bellar, Bethel, 6-0, 6-0; Alejandro Viedma, Bethany, def. Jordan Singh, Bethel, 6-0, 6-0.
DOUBLES — Nino Krneta-Andres Ricaurte, Bethany, def. Ryan Lacombe-Dylan Miera, Bethel, 8-6; Edward Sengai-Hugo Pallez, Bethany, def. Gabe Johnson-Jordan Singh, Bethel, 8-0; Teodor Antelj-Ryan Telesford, Bethany, def. Tyler Shima-Grant Bellar, Bethel, 8-1.
Bethel 8, Sterling 1
SINGLES — Drew Wright SC def. Dylan Miera BC 6-1, 7-5; Gabe Johnson BC def. Kyler Comley 6-3, 3-6, 6-0; Ryan LaCombe BC def. Dylan Deluca 6-3, 6-1; Zachary Shima BC def. Nick McCreight 6-2, 6-0; Tyler Shima BC def. Trinity Parriman 6-2, 6-1; Grant Bellar BC def. Blake Gladson 6-4, 6-0.
DOUBLES — LaCombe-Miera BC def. Wright-Comley 9-7; Singh-Johnson BC def. Deluca-McCreight SC 8-2; Z.Shima-Shawn Bontrager BC def. Parriman-Gladson 8-0.