Bethel team

takes honors

The Bethel College men’s golf team has been named the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Buffalo Funds Five-Star Champions Team of Character for the 2017-18 season.

The team earlier was named the KCAC Team of Character.

This is the first time a Bethel team has received the national award.

"Character is important to me because it shows who a person is and what they represent," Bethel coach Gregg Dick said. "Wins are an important part of competition and we are always striving to win but our team character is the most important element and whether you win or lose, you do it with character."

According to the release, “Teams that receive this prestigious award demonstrate in every day decisions integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. These institutions and athletic programs strive for excellence in and out of competition and are part of communities throughout the country dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics.”

The team performed many service activities both during the season and in the off-season, including offering instruction at a Christian sports camp for inner-city youths, meat canning for the Mennonite Central Committee and serving food at the Kansas MCC Sale in Hutchinson.

"Character is something that manifests itself in several areas of one's life," 2018 senior Sam Bertholf said. "While a team's raw performance is important, what is more important, in my mind, is having a team full of guys that do the right thing day in and day out regardless of the circumstances.

“This is frequently stressed by Gregg, and it is a mindset that we have that has payed dividends for us this season. We have had tournaments where we have not played up to our expectations, but we have not hung our heads about it, we just show up ready to work and get better the next day. We have also had a tournament where we broke the school record for team scoring. The practice after that tournament resembled any other practice, everyone was focused on getting better. This consistency in character has helped us improve over the course of the season, both as golfers and as people."

Newton 14U

falls to Inman

The Newton 14U baseball team fell to the Inman Diamond Dusters 7-3 Tuesday at Kenny Williams Field.

Inman led 7-2 after two innings. Newton added a run in the fourth.

Newton was held to two hits. Joel Franz had an RBI for Newton.

Newton used three pitchers with starter Andrew Barron taking the loss. Derek Johnson went three innings for the win, allowing two hits with no earned runs, two walks and four strikeouts.

Newton is 3-7 and plays Saturday and Sunday in Augusta.



Johnson (W), Harder 4 and n/a; Barron (L), Slechta 1, Koontz 2 and n/a.

Wingnuts game


WICHITA — The Wichita Wingnuts game scheduled for Tuesday at home against the Cleburne Railroaders was rained out and will be made up at 5 p.m. today as part of a doubleheader.

Tickets from either Tuesday’s or Wednesday’s games will be honored for Wednesday.

ECHL names new


PRINCETON, N.J. — Ryan Crelin has been named the new commissioner and treasurer of the ECHL, of which the Wichita Thunder is a member.

Crelin succeeds Brian McKenna, who has served for the past 16 seasons.

Crelin has served with the ECHL in 2005. He was named Chief Operating Officer in May 2017.

During his time, Crelin has worked on “financial initiatives, league-wide partnerships/contracts and signature league showcase events such as the annual all-star game and marketing meetings.”

He will assume the role before the start of the 2018-19 season.