TENNIS

Kansas Tennis

Association

Prep Girls’

Rankings

Class 6A — 1. Blue Valley North (2), 2. Shawnee Mission East (1), 3. Blue Valley West (3), 4. Manhattan (4), 5. Blue Valley (5). Others: Lawrence Free State, Blue Valley Northwest, Olathe East.

Class 5A — 1. Kapaun-Mt. Carmel (1), 2. McPherson (2), 3. Salina South (3), 4. Salina Central (4), 5. Topeka Seaman (NR). Others: Bishop Carroll (5), St. James Academy, Andover.

Class 4A — 1. Wichita Collegiate (1), 2. Buhler (2), 3. Independence (3), 4. Circle (4), 5. Wellington (5). Others: Smoky Valley, Topeka Hayden, Wichita Trinity Academy.

Class 3-2-1A — 1. Kansas City Christian (1), 2. Conway Springs (2), 3. HESSTON (3), 4. Central Plains (5), 5. Salina Sacred Heart (4). Others: Sterling, Ellsworth, Meade.

BC gridders

receive votes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The 3-0 start for the Bethel College football team hasn’t gone unnoticed by the pollsters for the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics.

Bethel received three points in the latest NAIA rankings, good for a tie for 29th.

It was the first time Bethel received mention in the polls since receiving votes Nov. 10, 2008. Bethel’s last ranking came Nov. 3 of the same season, when the Threshers landed 23rd.

The final poll is used for seedings and to determine the at-large teams for the NAIA Playoffs. There are 12 automatic bids for conference and some conference division winners. Four at-large teams are then selected in order of poll standings.

Three other teams in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference also received mention in the polls — Kansas Wesleyan, ranked fourth; Sterling receiving 27 points and Ottawa receiving three points.

Other Kansas teams in the rankings are Benedictine at second and Baker at 22nd. Morningside is ranked first.

Bethel hosts 3-0 Sterling at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

NAIA Top 25

RANK;LW;SCHOOL [FPV];REC.;POINTS

1;1;Morningside (Iowa) [17];3-0;392

2;2;Benedictine;4-0;377

3;3;Saint Francis (Ind.);2-0;362

4;4;Kansas Wesleyan;4-0;344

5;6;Concordia (Mich.);3-0;329

6;7;Marian (Ind.);2-0;318

7;9;Grand View (Iowa);4-0;292

8;10;Northwestern (Iowa);3-0;276

9;5;Saint Xavier (Ill.);1-1;262

10;11;College of Idaho;3-0;257

11;12;Lindsey Wilson (Ky.);4-0;254

12;14;Evangel (Mo.);4-0;219

13;14;Cumberlands (Ky.);2-0;216

14;8;Reinhardt (Ga.);3-1;193

15;17;Southeastern (Fla.);2-0;171

16;16;Dickinson St. (N.D.);2-1;167

17;18;Bethel (Tenn.);2-1;142

18;19;Langston (Okla.);2-1;141

19;20;Montana Western;3-0;127

20;22;Siena Heights (Mich.);3-0;96

21;23;Ottawa (Ariz.);3-0;85

22;13;Baker;2-2;65

23;25;Cumberland (Tenn.);3-0;58

24;NR;Keiser (Fla.);2-0;51

25;NR;Montana Tech;2-1;38

Dropped Out: Ottawa (Kan.), Others Receiving Votes: Sterling 27, Carroll (Mont.) 10, Pikeville (Ky.) 3, Ottawa (Kan.) 3, Bethel 3.

Bethel keeper

takes honors

WICHITA — Bethel College goalkeeper Ashtyn Brown was named the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference defensive player of the week in women’s soccer for the week ending Sunday.

In the sole game of the week for Bethel, Brown had five saves in a 1-0 win over Oklahoma City University.

It was Brown’s second shutout of the season.

She is the second BC player to takes the honors this season, joining Katy Ponce in week two.

Bethel is 4-2 for the season.

Thunder sends

player to Reading

WICHITA — The Wichita Thunder traded forward Ralph Cuddemi to the Reading Royals for two future considerations.

Cuddemi fifth-year pro, who has played with Florida, Utah, Fort Wayne and Wichita, all of the ECHL. He has 84 goals with 77 assists in 212 pro games. He also has a goal with five assists in 11 playoff games.

In 69 games with Wichita last season, he scored 22 goals with 28 assists.

Reading owes Wichita three players from recent trades.

EIGHT IN AHL CAMPS — Eight players under contract to Wichita have been given invitationals to attend tryout camps by American Hockey League teams.

Matthew Whittaker, Fabrizio Ricci, Peter Crinella, Luke Shiplo, Sean Allen, Brendan Smith and Brendan De Jong are all in camp with the Bakersfield Condors, the top farm club for the Edmonton Oilers, Wichita’s parent team.

Goaltender Mitch Gillam will be in camp with the Toronto Marlies, the top affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs.