Bethel signs

softball player

Bethel College softball coach David Middleton signed Ariole O’Neal of Newkirk, Okla., to a letter of intent to play for the Threshers beginning in the upcoming school year.

O’Neal is a transfer from NCAA Division II Newman University, where she played in five games last season — starting three. She hit .182 with an RBI. As a freshman, she played in 41 games, starting in 37. She hit .243 with two home runs and nine RBIs. She was 2-3 pitching with a 6.52 earned-run-average, 16 walks and four strikeouts.

She played at Newkirk High School, where she pitched, played outfield and third base.

She will be a junior at Bethel.

“We are really excited to welcome Ariole to our program,” Middleton said. “As an incoming transfer she will bring experience and has great knowledge of the game. She’s very versatile as an infielder and can also pitch. We’re looking forward to having her on campus and adding depth to team.”

“I am very blessed to have the opportunity to start this new chapter

here at Bethel,” O’Neal said. “I have had nothing, but awesome and positive experiences thus far. Bethel and the coaches are like a breath of fresh air. I am really looking forward to bettering my education as well as working with them to continue to grow with the sport that I love.”

O’Neal intends to major in psycology at Bethel.

Hicks signs

with Bethel

Bethel College competitive cheer coach Joseph Gogus signed Morgan Hicks of Murfreesboro, Tenn., to a letter on intent to compete with the Threshers beginning in the upcoming school year.

Hicks graduated from Blackman High School in Murfreesboro, where she was a cheerleader for four years. She also competed with Premier Athletics and Ace Cheer, winning an NCA national title.

"I am excited and proud to continue my cheer career at Bethel," Hicks said. "I look forward to being a part of this growing program. Coach Gogus and the team have made me feel welcomed and like a part of their family."

"I am ecstatic that Morgan has chosen to join our program!" Gogus said. "She brings a wealth of experience and talent to our program and will make a profound impact as a new Thresher."

Hicks intends to study pre-med at Bethel.


opens for United

The Newton United Soccer organization has opened registration for the 2018-19 season.

Last season, Newton United fielded eight boys’ and two girls’ teams.

The registration form is available at

Elite 316

2-1 in play

OLATHE — The Tulsa Elite 316 Prospects 14U girls’ softball team is 2-1 in play in a tournament in Olathe.

Tuesday, the Elite downed the SD Renegades 7-0. Mallory Seirer of Newton had a hit and an RBI for the Elite.

The Elite beat the Texas Blaze 5-2. Seirer had a hit.

Wednesday, the Elite fell to the Iowa Premier Black 7-2. Seirer had a hit an an RBI.

Toria Thaw of Newton also played in all three games for the Elite.

The team is 25-15-3.

Wingnuts blow

lead to FM

WICHITA — The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks scored six runs in the top of the ninth to overcome a three-run deficit and down the Wichita Wingnuts 8-5 Wednesday morning in American Association play at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.

Leobaldo Pina singled to lead off the ninth, followed by a Keury De La Cruz home run. After a pop fly for an out, Chris Jacobs singled and Steve Zimmerman reached on an error. An other pop fly led to the second out. Brennan Metzger tied the game on a single. Devan Ahart singled for the go-ahead run. Charlie Valerio followed with a two-run double.

Daniel Tillman (1-3) pitched the ninth for Wichita to take the loss, allowing two earned runs on six hits.

Reese Gregory (3-2) pitched three scoreless innings of relief for the win, allowing two hits and striking out three. Geoff Broussard pitched the bottom of the ninth, allowing a hit, for the save.

Pina hit an RBI single for Fargo in the top of the first. In the bottom of the first, Logan Trowbridge drew a bases-loaded walk, followed by a Ryne Willard sacrifice fly and a Hunter Clanin RBI single.

Yhoxian Medina drove in a run with a double for Fargo in the top of the fifth. Nick Rotola answered with an RBI double, followed by an RBI single for Logan Watkins.

Wichita starter Travis Banwert tossed six innings, allowing two runs, seven hits and two strikeouts. Seth Harvey went two innings, allowing a hit with three strikeouts.

Fargo starter Sebastian Kessay lasted just 4 1-3 innings, allowing three earned runs on eight hits with four walks and four strikeouts. Two other pitchers followed before Gregory got the win.

Pina finished three for five at the plate. Metzger, Ahart, Valerio, De La Cruz and Medina added two hits each for the RedHawks.

Watkins finished four for five hitting for Wichita. Trowbridge went two for four.

The RedHawks win two of the three games in the series, improving to 27-23. Wichita drops to 30-20. Wichita falls to 7 1/2 games behind AA South leader Sioux City. Fargo-Moorhead is tied for first in the North with St. Paul pending the Saints outcome with Cleburne.

Wichita takes Thursday off and opens a three-game series against the Texas AirHogs at 7:05 p.m. Friday.



Kessay, Ballew 5, Pacillo 5, Gregory (W, 3-2) 6, Broussard (S, 1) 9 and Zimmerman; Banwart, Harvey 7, Tillman (L, 1-3) 9 and Trowbridge. HR — FM: De La Cruz (6). Time — 3:36. Attendance — 2,543.

Thunder signs

rookie defenseman

WICHITA — The Wichita Thunder signed rookie defenseman Justin Lemcke for the 2018-19 season.

Lemcke spent the last five seasons in the Canadian Major Junior Ontario Hockey League with the Belleville Bulls/Hamilton Bulldogs (the team moved in 2015). In 258 junior games, he scored 30 goals with 75 assists. In 32 playoff games, he scored three goals with nine assists.

He helped lead Hamilton to the OHL Championship title last season and a third-place finish in the 2018 Memorial Cup.

"Justin is a guy that leads by example and sets the tone for his team," Wichita coach Malcolm Cameron said. "It's rare that a player is a three-year captain at the junior level, but Justin was just that. He is held in high esteem by his peers as he was awarded the Mickey Renaud Captain's Trophy this past year. We're excited to add Justin this season."

Wichita also signed second-year pro Lane Bauer, a forward. Bauer played in 63 games with Wichita last season, scoring nine goals with 28 assists. In six playoff games, he scored a goal with three assists.

Bauer came to Wichita after four seasons in the major junior Western Hockey League, 3 1/2 with the Edmonton Oil Kings and a half season with the Kamloops Blazers.