Bethel player

takes honors

WICHITA — Bethel College softball player Kerrigan Simons was named the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference softball player of the week for the week ending Sunday.

Simons played in four games, all Bethel wins, posting seven hits in 11 at bats with three runs scored, a walk, a double and two triples. He drove in four runs and stole three bases in three attempts.

Simons is a junior from Riley.

Simons is the first Bethel player to take KCAC weekly honors this season and the first Bethel player to take weekly honors as a field player.

HC softball

team sweeps

HESSTON — The Hesston College softball team swept the Kansas State club team Sunday at Hesston.

The Larks won the first game 4-0 and the second game 10-2 in five innings in the eight-run rule.

In the first game, Chelsea Smith tossed a complete-game one-hitter, allowing two walks and striking out 16.

Kaylen Lassley, Amy Bretado and Adrianna Ruiz each drove in a run.

No player had more than one hit.

In the second game, Lassley went five innings for the win, allowing four hits, one earned run, two walks and three strikeouts.

Jessie Miranda had four hits and drove in two runs. Bretado went two for four with two RBIs. Alexis Avalos drove in two runs. Jenna Schneider and Jenna Garcia each drove in a run. Paige Bittle went two for four hitting.

The Larks have now won eight straight.

Hesston is 11-8 overall and plays at 2 p.m. Thursday at Highland Community College.

First game



Kansas State battery n/a; Smith (W) and McCrary.

Second game



Kansas State battery n/a; Lassley (W) and Leatherman.

Bethel signs

football player

Bethel College football coach Terry Harrison signed Bryan Parker of Lewisville, Texas, to a letter of intent to play for the Threshers beginning this fall.

Parker was a defensive lineman at Lewisville High School. In five games last season, he had 10 total tackles.

He helped lead Lewisville to a 9-3 record last season, 6-1 in district play. The team fell in the second round of the Class 6A, Division I, playoffs. Parker earned all-district honors.

He intends to major in business administration at Bethel.

Force falls

in opener

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Wichita Force indoor football team opened the season with a 76-24 loss to the Duke City Gladiators Saturday in Champions Indoor Football play in Albuquerque.

The Force trailed 21-3 after the first quarter, 28-3 at the half and 49-3 after three quarters.

Duke City quarterback Donovan Porterie hit 15 of 27 passes for 166 yards and seven touchdowns. Porterie also rushed for a score. Dello Davis had five catches for 64 yards and three touchdowns. Demarius Washington had four catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns. Sedrick Johnson and Romello Brown each added a receiving touchdown. Javin Kilgo had a rushing touchdown.

Wichita quarterback Joe Hubener hit 21 of 33 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. Jack Thomlinson had 10 catches for 99 yards and a score. Bethel senior Gary Jolivet Jr. made his professional debut with five catches for 61 yards and a touchdown.

Donteye Rivera rushed for a touchdown. Jordan Drake hit a 17-yard field goal.

Jolivet added six kickoff returns for 81 yards with a long of 30 yards. Jolivet Jr. also had a tackle.

Other Bethel players on the Force roster this season include wide receiver-linebacker Adrian Palmore, wide receiver Montero DuBose and defensive lineman Michael Bell. Palmore had a tackle for a loss.

Wichita hosts the Texas Revolution at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at INTRUST Bank Arena.

Thunder swept

by Oilers

WICHITA — The Wichita Thunder dropped a pair of games to the Tulsa Oilers Saturday and Sunday in ECHL play at INTRUST Bank Arena.

Wichita dropped both games 6-5. Sunday’s loss was in overtime, giving Wichita a point in the standings.

In Saturday’s game, Alex Dostie and Stephen Perfetto each scored two goals with an assist. Adam Pleskach scored a goal with two assists. Charlie Sampair added a goal. Jared Thomas had three assists. Steven Kaunisto had two assists. Ian Keserich had 21 saves in goal.

For Wichita, Calder Brooks scored two goals. Pierre-Cedric Labre, Corey Kalk and Jakob Stukel each added a goal. Marc-Olivier Creview-Morin had two assists. Devin Buffalo had 10 saves in goal. Stuart Skinner had 12 saves.

In Sunday’s game, Dostie scored the game winner in overtime. Perfetto and Kaunisto each scored a goal with two assists. Pleskach, Roman Ammirato and Ryan Tesink each scored a goal. Dylan Bredo had two assists.

Keserich had 11 saves in goal. Devin Williams had six saves.

Mark MacMillan had two goals and two assists for Wichita. Stukel had two goals with an assist. Fournier added a goal. Skinner had 23 saves in goal.

Tulsa is 38-21-4-2, one point out of first in the ECHL Mountain Division with seven games remaining.

Wichita is 24-30-8-3. With seven games remaining, Wichita is 10 points (five games) out of fourth place, the final playoff spot in the Mountain Division.

Wichita hosts Utah at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday.

STUKEL RECALLED — Rookie forward Jakob Stukel has been placed on loan to the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League by the Edmonton Oilers. For the season, Stukel has 19 goals with 22 assists in 55 games. He scored five goals with four assists in his last six games. In three games with Bakersfield this season, he has two goals.