Two members of the Bethel College women’s soccer team were named to the 2019 College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) Academic All-District first team in the NAIA Division.
Players named to the team were Alayna Wallace, a junior from McPherson; and Payton Walters, a junior from Highland Ranch, Colo.
The two are the first Bethel soccer players ever named to the team and the only two selected from the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.
To be nominated, an athlete must be “a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution.” The athlete must have played in at least 50 percent of the team’s games and completed at least one year at their current institution and reached at least sophomore athletic eligibility.
Wallace is a junior majoring in natural sciences. A two-time All-KCAC pick, she scored five goals with three assists this season for 13 points, all personal bests.
Walters is a junior nursing major. She is a two-year starter who missed all last season with an injury. She helped lead Bethel to five shutouts this season.
The two are now nominees for the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team.
Below is the All-Central Kansas League volleyball team as selected by the CKL coaches:
u-Talby Duerksen, sr., OH, Hesston
u-Abby Rose, so., MH, Smoky Valley
Celbi Richardson, sr., S, Hesston
Kristina Head, sr., MH, Lyons
Morgan Stout, sr., MB, Nickerson
Cyra Kelley, sr., OH, Nickerson
Karenna Gerber, jr., MH, Halstead
Sammie Saunders, so., OH, Hillsboro
Elise Kaiser, sr., OH/MH, Hesston
Bri Franklin, jr., MH, Smoky Valley
Daci Stover, sr., S, Lyons
Faith Paramore, sr., OH, Haven
Josie Engel, jr., S, Halstead
Suzanne Schneider, jr., OH, Hoisington
Madi McClain, jr., OH, Halstead
Maguire Estill, jr., OH/S, Haven
Sara Yutzy, sr., OH, Haven
Kylie Hefling, sr., MH, Haven
Harley Ferralez, so., L, Hesston
Kinsey Kleiner, jr., S, Hillsboro
Jess Saunders, jr., MH, Hillsboro
Josie McLean, fr., S, Nickerson
Ava Jones, fr., RS/MB, Nickerson
Lauren Kolm, jr., M, Pratt
Kyra Johnson, sr., OH, Pratt
McKinley Johnson, jr., S, Smoky Valley
PARK CITY — The Wichita Wings named Roger C. Downing III as its new head coach.
The Wings have been revived for this season to play in the Major Arena Soccer League II, a second-division indoor league. It is the third team to carry the Wings name.
Downing is the coach at Goddard Eisenhower High School. The boys’ team is currently 18-0-1 and in the semifinals of the Class 5A boys’ state soccer tournament. The team won the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division II title and Class 5A regional title.
Downing played college soccer at Wright State University, an NCAA Division I school in suburban Dayton, Ohio. After professional trials in England, he played indoors with the Cincinnati Kings, Cincinnati Saints, Dayton Dutch Lions and outdoors with the Gunners FC.
“Coming into a start-up program with high expectations is tough, but I relish the opportunity,” Downing said. “My main goal to get started is getting everyone on the same page and having an open book policy with the players. I find if the team takes ownership in each other and a program, the rest takes care of itself.”
The team also announced its first player signing in defender Kevin Ten Eyck. A Friends University three-year starter and All-Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference selection, Ten Eyck currently serves as an assistant men’s and women’s coach for the Falcons.
He played two seasons with the second incarnation of the Wings and two seasons with the Kansas City (Missouri) Comets. He was named to the Major Indoor Soccer League All-Rookie team in 2011-12. He also played two seasons outdoors with FC Wichita. He played for the USA Men’s National Fustal Team.
The Wings have an exhibition game slated for Nov. 15 against the Comets and open the season Dec. 14 and 15 against the Austin Power.
PARK CITY — The PRCA Championship Rodeo will be Jan. 24 and 25 at Hartman Arena in Park City.
Competition will be held in bareback Rriding, tie-down Roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, ladies barrel racing, team roping and bull riding.
Competitors will be earning points to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals in Las Vegas.
Discounted “early bird” tickets will be available until Dec. 1. Tickets prices will also increase the day of the show. For the Jan. 24 performance, tickets for youth under 12 are free with a paid adult admission.
Tickets are available at the Hartman Arena box office or at ticketmaster.com.
WICHITA — The Wichita Thunder hockey team acquired rookie defenseman Matt Brassard from the Fort Wayne Komets for future considerations.
A seventh-round draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks in 2017, Brassard spent four seasons in the Canadian major junior Ontario Hockey League, where he scored 40 goals with 103 assists in 232 games. He also scored three goals with 12 assists in 27 playoff games. He played with Barre, Oshawa and Niagra
He played three games with Fort Wayne, scoring a goal with an assist.