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Bethel back

in poll

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After a four-game winning streak, the Bethel College football team has landed back in the NAIA Top 25, ranked 25th on this week’s coaches poll.

The Threshers are coming off a 48-3 win over the University of Saint Mary Saturday to improve to 8-2, 7-2 in KCAC play. It is the second time this season the Threshers have landed in the top 25. Bethel was 25th in the Sept. 30 poll, but dropped out after back-to-back losses.

Morningside is the top-ranked team this week, followed by Marian (Ind.) and Kansas Wesleyan.

Other Kansas teams in the poll are Baker in 15th and Benedictine in 20th. Sterling also received votes, missing the top 25 by one spot.

The Threshers play at 1 p.m. Saturday at Kansas Wesleyan, which is 10-0 after a 38-13 win over Sterling last week. The Coyotes have already clinched the KCAC title outright. A win will likely clinch a first-round home game in the NAIA playoffs.

The champions of the 12 qualifying conferences or divisions receive an automatic bid to the NAIA playoffs (if that team finishes in the top 20), along with four at-large teams selected on the basis of their position in next week’s NAIA final regular-season rankings.

Bethel would likely have to win and move up 13 to 15 spots in the poll to have a chance at a playoff berth.

This week’s poll is listed below:

2019 NAIA Football

Coaches' Top 25

TW;LW;SCHOOL [FPV];REC.;PTS.

1;1;Morningside (Iowa) [17];9-0;392

2;2;Marian (Ind.);8-0;369

3;3;Kansas Wesleyan;10-0;357

4;4;Grand View (Iowa);10-0;352

5;5;Northwestern (Iowa);9-0;328

6;6;College of Idaho;9-0;322

7;7;Lindsey Wilson (Ky.);9-0;310

8;8;Cumberlands (Ky.);9-0;287

9;10;Keiser (Fla.);9-0;269

10;11;Saint Xavier (Ill.);7-2;258

11;13;Saint Francis (Ind.);7-2;234

12;14;Concordia (Mich.);7-2;224

13;15;Reinhardt (Ga.);8-2;201

14;16;Southeastern (Fla.);8-1;193

15;18;Baker;8-2;185

16;19;Ottawa (Ariz.);8-1;165

17;9;Evangel (Mo.);8-2;148

18;20;Dickinson State (N.D.);8-2;131

18;21;Siena Heights (Mich.);7-2;131

20;12;Benedictine;7-3;114

21;22;Langston (Okla.);7-2;102

22;NR;Carroll (Mont.);6-3;53

23;17;Montana Tech;6-3;47

24;NR;Dordt (Iowa);7-3;34

25;NR;Bethel;8-2;32

Dropped Out: Sterling, Indiana Wesleyan and Montana Western.

Receiving Votes: Sterling 20, Indiana Wesleyan 16, Montana Western 12 and Waldorf (Iowa) 9.

KCAC Standings

;Conf.;overall

;W;L;W;L

Kan.Wes.;9;0;10;0

Bethel;7;2;8;2

Sterling;7;2;7;2

Avila;6;3;6;3

McPherson;5;4;5;5

Tabor;4;5;5;5

S-western;4;5;4;6

Bethany;3;6;3;6

Friends;3;7;3;7

Ottawa;2;7;2;7

St. Mary;0;9;0;10

Combs leads

Thunder to win

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Jack Combs scored a pair of goals and goaltender Evan Weninger stopped 34 of 36 shots on goal to lift the Wichita Thunder to a 4-2 win over the Kansas City Mavericks Monday in ECHL play at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence.

Down 1-0 after the first period, Wichita struck for three goals in the second period. Each team added a goal in the third.

Stefan Fournier and Beau Starrett each added a goal for the Thunder. Spencer Dorowicz and dished out two assists.

Rocco Carzo and Loren Ulett each scored a goal for Kansas City. Nick Schneider stopped 23 of 27 Wichita shots in goal for the Mavericks.

Kansas City drops to 5-7-0-0, while Wichita improves to 7-3-3-0, winning four of its last five games. Wichita is tied for third in the ECHL Mountain Division, while Kansas City is in sixth

Wichita hosts the Rapid City Rush at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, followed by the Idaho Steelheads at 7:05 p.m. Friday. Both games are slated for INTRUST Bank Arena.

SALVAGGIO RETURNS — The Wichita Thunder acquired forward Jason Salvaggio from the Allen Americans for future considerations.

The University of New Hampshire product is a second-year pro. He played four games in 2018 with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League after finishing at UNH. He split last season in the ECHL with the Maine Mariners and Wichita, scoring 16 goals and 22 assists in 60 games.

In 10 games with Allen this season, he scored a goal with two assists. He picked up an assist Monday in his return to Wichita.

Regional CC

meet slated

KENOSHA, Wis. — The Foot Locker Cross County Championships Midwest Regional meet will be 10 a.m. Nov. 30 at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha.

The meet is open to runners of all ages from the states of Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin and U.S. citizens in Overseas Military Installations.

Races held will freshman-sophomore boys, championship girls, championship boys, youth (eight-grade and younger), freshman-sophomore girls, junior-senior boys and open (middle school, adult and masters).

All races will be 5,000 meters except youth, which will be 3,000 meters. The top 10 finishers in the championship boys’ and girls’ races will qualify for the nationals Dec. 14 in San Diego.

The final registration deadline is Nov. 27.

Registration information is available at http://www.footlockercc.com/.