Sedgwick coach

named to bowl

SPRING HILL — Sedgwick High School football coach Jeff Werner has been named an assistant coach for the West squad of the 2020 Shrine Bowl.

Werner is the Class 1A West representative. Tommy Beason of Goddard is the West head coach.

Werner led Sedgwick to a 10-1 season, winning the Heart of America League title and falling to Smith Center in the Class 1A playoff quarterfinals.

The game will be played 7 p.m. July 18 at Yager Stadium, Moore Bowl on the Washburn University campus in Topeka.

KCAC extends


WICHITA — The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference extended its partnership with the Great Bend Athletic Commission to continue to play the KCAC baseball and softball post-season tournaments at the Great Bend Sports Complex through the 2023 season.

The tournaments have been played in Great Bend since 2014.

The Great Bend Recreation Commission is in the process of making improvements to the complex, which include an infield tarp on each field, a playground area, additional field drainage and enhanced internet connectivity in the press boxes.

A study is also being made for synthetic turf.

"I am so pleased we will be able to continue this partnership and reach ten years of working together," KCAC commissioner Dr. Scott Crawford said. "We appreciate the new levels this partnership will reach in providing a great tournament experience for our Softball and Baseball student-athletes. The city of Great Bend and the Great Bend Recreation Commission have proven time and again how much they have embraced these two important KCAC championship tournaments."

KCAC sets


WICHITA — The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference will hold a men’s and women’s fall match-play event Oct. 4 though 6 at the Mariah Hills Golf Course in Dodge City.

"We are excited, as a conference, that we have decided to move forward with the concept of a Match Play conference event in the fall," Bethel coach and KCAC men’s golf chair Gregg Dick said. "It gives our players an opportunity to participate in a competitive and fun environment in the fall against our conference schools. We look forward to this becoming as good of an annual event in Dodge City as our spring conference tournament has become in Garden City."

Ottawa names

tennis coach

OTTAWA – Ottawa University named Jacob Mishkin as its head men’s and women’s tennis coach.

He came to Ottawa from NCAA Division III New Jersey City University, where he was the team’s first head coach.

He was an assistant coach at NCAA Division I Fairleigh Dickinson University from 2016 to 2018.

He was an assistant at Kansas in 2016.

He was a three-year letterwinner at NCAA Division I St. Bonaventure University, graduating in 2015.

Thunder falls

to Allen

ALLEN, Texas — The Wichita Thunder fell to the Allen Americans 5-1 Tuesday at the Allen Events Center.

Oliver Archambault scored a goal with two assists to lead the Americans. Gabriel Gagne, Brett Pollock and Alex Breton each added a goal with an assist. Josh Brittain also scored a goal. Tyler Sheehy had two assists.

Jake Paterson had 29 saves in goal for Allen.

Riley Weselowski scored for Wichita with assists from Sean Allen and Cameron Hebig.

Mitch Gillam had 20 saves in goal for Wichita.

Allen leads the ECHL Mountain Division at 17-4-3-0. Wichita is in fourth at 11-9-5-0. Wichita plays a three-game series at Tulsa beginning at 7:05 p.m. Friday.

LAXDAL PROMOTED TO NHL — Former Wichita Thunder coach Derek Laxdal has been named an assistant coach for the Dallas Stars.

Laxdal began his professional career as a player with the St. Catharines Saints of the American Hockey League in the 1984-85 season. He played three games with the Toronto Maple Leafs that season.

His playing career lasted through the 2000-01 season, playing with the Odessa Jackalopes of the Western Professional Hockey League.

He played in 67 NHL games through six seasons, scoring 12 goals with seven assists. He also had two assists in a playoff game.

He was a member of the Canadian National Team in 1992-93.

His coaching career began in the 1994-95 season as a player-assistant with the Roanoke Express. He was an assistant with Odessa from 2000 to 2003.

He was named Wichita’s head coach midway through the 2002-03 season and coached the team for the next two seasons, reaching the second round of the Central Hockey League playoffs twice. He was 87-58-8 with Wichita.

He spent five seasons as the head coach of the Idaho Steelheads, winning an ECHL title and reaching the finals one other time.

He spent four seasons with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Canadian major junior Western Hockey League, winning two titles and reaching the finals one other time. His team won the Memorial Cup, the Canadian Major Junior championship on 2014.

He started the 2014-15 season as the head coach of the Texas Stars of the AHL, reaching the playoffs in three of the five seasons and losing in the finals in 2018.

GILLAM HONORED — Wichita Thunder goalkeeper Mitch Gillam was named the ECHL goaltender for the week for the week ending Sunday. In two games, he was 2-0-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against-average and a .946 save percentage. He had 53 saves against 56 shots.

SHIPLO TRADED — The Thunder sent defenseman Luke Shiplo to the Jacksonville Icemen for future considerations.

A rookie from Quinnipiac University, Shiplo played 17 games with the Thunder, scoring a goal with five assists.