Schedule

changes

The following events have been postponed because of the weather (make-up dates):

• Bethel tennis vs. Friends Thursday at Bethel (4 p.m. today)

• Moundridge baseball and softball Friday at Ell-Saline (no make-up date set)

• Newton JV boys’ golf Thursday at Winfield (May 8)

• Newton JV track Thursday at Wichita Northwest (cancelled)

• Hesston middle school track Thursday at Hillsboro (cancelled)

Halstead swept

by Independent

WICHITA — The Halstead High School baseball was swept by Wichita Independent Thursday in non-league play at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita.

Halstead lost the first game 10-0 and the second game 7-3. The first game was called after six innings on the 10-run rule.

Independent held Halstead to one hit in the first game. M Dougherty allowed a hit in four innings with four strikeouts for the win. Caden Springer walked one and struck out two.

Luke Boline went three for four hitting for Independent with four RBIs. Brendan Allen drove in two runs.

Lane Boswell had Halstead’s hit. Dalton Kraus took the loss for the Dragons.

In the second game, Halstead led 3-2 after four innings, but gave up four runs in the fifth inning and one in the sixth.

Boline went 6 1-3 innings for the win, striking out six. Jeb Sauer pitched the last two outs.

David Schulte took the loss for Halstead.

Sauer went three for three for Independent with an RBI. Garnett Tate went two for four with an RBI.

Dalton Krause went three for four hitting for Halstead with an RBI. Schulte went two for four hitting with an RBI. Tony Morris and Boswell each went two for four.

Halstead opens Central Kansas League play Tuesday at home against Smoky Valley.

First game

Halstead;000;000;—0;1;2

Independent;041;401;—10;12;0

D.Kraus (L, 0-1) and n/a; Springer, Dougherty (W, 1-0) and n/a.

Second game

Halstead;011;100;0;—3;10;2

Independent;020;041;x;—7;9;1

VanSteenburg, Schulte (L, 0-1) and n/a; Boline (W, 1-0), Sauer (S, 1) and n/a.

Bethel to

dedicate field

Bethel College will dedicate its softball field to Allen Wedel during the Threshers doubleheader against McPherson College, which begin at 1 p.m. April 8.

A community barbeque will follow the games for all in attendance with hot dogs and hamburgers being served.

Wedel is the vice president for business affairs at Bethel, a position he has held since 2009.

"Allen Wedel has been behind this program since the word 'GO!'" BC coach Stacy Middleton said. "We have benefited from his support greatly in the building of our sport. We have been blessed with additions and improvements to our field every year."

The softball program is in its sixth season. The field was completed for the 2015 season. Before then, Bethel played home games at Kelsch Field at Athletic Park and at the Centennial Park softball field.

Recent improvements to the field include oversized dugouts, a permanent outfield fence and supplies for the the field surface. A new scoreboard was unveiled for this season.

Wedel will throw out the first pitch.

KSHSAA sets

date for decisions

TOPEKA — The Kansas State High School Activities Association board of directors will meet at 4 p.m. April 28 to act on several major changes on the classification system for both football and other activities, as well several new rule proposals.

The proposed classification system will put the 36 largest schools in the state in Class 6A, followed with the next 36 in Class 5A, the next 36 in Class 4A, the next 64 in Class 3A, the next 64 in Class 2A and the remaining schools (approximately 117) in Class 1A.

Currently there are 32 teams in Class 6A and Class 5A with 64 teams in Class 4A, 3A and 2A with the remaining schools in Class 1A.

Class 4A is divided into two divisions in basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball. Class 1A is divided into two divisions in basketball, volleyball and scholar’s bowl. Those divisions would be eliminated under the proposed system.

In football, there would be 32 schools in Class 6A, followed by 32 schools in Class 5A, 32 schools in Class 4A, 48 schools in Class 3A, 48 schools in Class 2A and the remaining schools (approximately 35) would be placed in Class 1A.

Eight-man teams would be divided into two divisions as they are currently.

The playoff system for Class 6A and 5A would remain unchanged with eight playing dates, followed by an open playoff system beginning in week nine. Class 4A would use the same schedule as Classes 6A and 5A.

Classes 3A through 1A would play district games in weeks four through eight with the playoffs beginning in week nine. The eight-man schedule would remain unchanged.

The Tuesday playoff games will be eliminated for all classes.

If the board approves the proposals, the proposals go to a vote of the member schools. An overall majority of the schools must approve the changes, as well as a majority of the schools in each current classification.

Another major proposal is five days of heat acclimation at the start of fall sports practices. During these five days, sports may practice no more than three hours, including warm-up, stretching, conditioning and weight lifting. Two-a-day practices during these five days are prohibited. A one-hour “walk through” will be allowed, which must be separated by three hours from the main practice. During the walk-through, coaches may conduct teaching sessions but no protective equipment or other sports-related equipment may be used. The walk through must be non-contact with no physical exertion.

Two-a-days will be permitted on practice days six through 14, but can’t be held on consecutive days. Practice time is limited to five hours a day with no practice session to exceed three hours.

Additional proposals to limit contact in football practices are being proposed.