Casey named

HC coach

HESSTON — Hesston College named Casey Cole as its new head volleyball coach, succeeding DeeDee Landes.

Cole was an assistant coach and a student success specialist at Hesston. She previously served as an assistant coach at NCAA Division II Southern Nazarene and Southern Wesleyan University.

She was an NAIA All-American in volleyball and basketball at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fla., where she holds a degree in business and sports management. She holds a master’s degree in management at Southern Nazarene.

“God has brought me on an amazing journey of developing my different skills and learning different lessons to prepare me for this time and season.” Cole said. “… I am excited, honored and humbled to be entrusted with this program here at Hesston College,” said Cole. “I look forward to pouring out my heart, investing with the students and walking alongside them as they become better athletes and individuals. They will also help me to grow in my journey.”

“Casey brings a heart for mentoring young women,” HC athletic director Nachtigall said. “She has a desire to see excellence in Hesston College Athletics which makes her a perfect fit for who we are as a department.”

Cole inherits a team that finished 13-17 last season, 3-7 in its first season of play in the Jayhawk Conference East. Hesston lost a tie-breaker for a spot in the NJCAA District Tournament.

Thaw takes

NFOA award

Justin Thaw of North Newton was named the 2018 state official of the year in wrestling by the Kansas State High School Activities Association and the National Federation Officials Association.


tourney set

The JQ 3-on-3 basketball tournament will be April 13 and 14 at Thresher Gym in North Newton.

Eighty percent of the profits will go to the New Hope Homeless Shelter.

Teams get a three-game guarantee.

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SC coach


STERLING — Sterling College track and field and cross country coach Jack Dillard announced his resignation effective March 1.

Dillard has coached at Sterling for 15 years.

His athletes have won 21 KCAC titles, 43 second-place finishes and 38 first-place finishes. He has sent athletes to the NAIA national championships in cross country, outdoor track and indoor track.

He was the KCAC women’s outdoor track coach of the year in 2012 and the NAIA Region 4 coach of the year in 2008. He twice won the KCAC Coach of Character Award.

KWU names

new coach

SALINA — Kansas Wesleyan University named Myers Hendrickson as its new head football coach, succeeding Matt Drinkall, who resigned to take a position with the football program at the United States Military Academy (Army) in West Point.

Hendrickson was a graduate assistant at KWU in 2014 and 2015. He spent two seasons as offensive coordinator at NCAA Division III Coe College in Iowa and spent last season as the offensive coordinator at NCAA Division II Northern State (S.D.).

At Coe, he team went two rounds in the NCAA Division III playoffs in 2016, winning the American Rivers Conference title.

Hendrickson inherits a team that finished 13-1, 10-0 in the KCAC, and fell to cross-state rival Benedictine 43-21 in the NAIA Playoff Semifinals.

The Coyotes finished fourth in the NAIA polls.

Thunder makes

player moves

WICHITA — The Wichita Thunder sent forward Quintin Lisoway to the Fort Wayne Komets for financial considerations.

A rookie who spent two seasons at the University of Manitoba, Lisoway played 19 games for Rapid City, scoring a goal with an assist. He then played four games for Wichita with one assist.

Forward Dominic Zombo was sent to the Kalamazoo Wings for future considerations.

A graduate of Nebraska-Omaha, Zombo is a fourth-year pro who has played with the Toledo Walleye, Cincinnati Cyclones and Thunder, posting 26 goals with 48 assists in 224 pro games. He came to Wcihita from Cincinnati, and has a goal in five games with the Thunder.

Defenseman Jared Wilson has been placed on loan to Wichita from the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League.

Wilson, a rookie, played 25 games with Wichita this season, scoring a goal with nine assists. He played one game with Bakersfield.

After graduating from NCAA Division I Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he played 10 regular season games and 10 playoff games last year with the Toledo Walleye, posting four assists in the regular season.

Nolan Vesey, a rookie forward, was recalled by the Edmonton Oilers and assigned to Wichita.

The University of Maine graduate scored three goals with five assists in 26 games with Wichita and dished an assist in six games with Bakersfield.

In other moves, rookie forward Steven Iaconbellis was returned to Wichita after a game with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL. He has 15 goals and 31 assists in 39 games with Wichita and is third in the ECHL in scoring, second among rookies.

Forward Taylor Cammarata was sent to Wichita from the Norfolk Admirals in a trade for defenseman Eric Roy.

A second-year pro from the University of Minnesota, Cammarata played in 49 games last year with the South Carolina Stingrays, scoring 12 goals with 19 assists. In 42 games with Norfold, Cammarata has 12 goals with 18 assists.

Roy is a four-year pro from the Brandon Wheat Kings of the major junior Western Hockey League. He played parts of four seasons with the Allen Americans and 10 games with the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL, scoring 45 goals with 65 assists in 210 pro games. He also has six goals and 22 assists in 41 playoff games, winning a league title with Allen in 2016.

Wichita hosts


WICHITA — Koch Arena in Wichita has been selected as a regional site for The Basketball Tournament (TBT) July 25 through 28.

A total of 64 teams will compete at eight regional sites.

The winner at each site advances to the quarterfinals Aug. 1 through 6 at DePaul University in Chicago. The winning team receives $2 million.

One of the teams committed to playing at Wichita will be the AfterShocks, comprised of former Wichita State players.

Ticket information is available at