Area schedule

changes

The following schedule changes have been made for area teams because of the weather:

Newton baseball and softball

The games scheduled for Friday at Valley Center will be played Wednesday.

Hesston High School softball

The games scheduled for Friday at home against Pratt was postponed. No make-up date was listed.

Bethel softball

The games scheduled for Saturday at Bethany have been moved to 5 p.m. Monday in Lindsborg.

Bethel golf

The starting time for the Bethel Invitational has been moved to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Hesston Golf Course.

Hesston College baseball

The games Sunday against Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa has been moved to Enid, Okla. The games start at 1 p.m.

Hesston College softball

The Hesston College games scheduled for Saturday at home against Johnson County Community College have been rescheduled for 4 p.m. April 20.

Railer netters

win opener

EMPORIA — The Newton High School boys’ tennis team opened the season Thursday by winning the Emporia Invitational.

Newton edged Blue Valley West 47-43 for the title. Derby was third at 42, followed by Arkansas City at 40, Blue Valley Southwest and Salina South each at 30, Bishop Miege at 22 and Emporia at 18.

“Very happy with the result,” Newton coach Nick Sisson said. “Doubles did a good job to both make the finals. Proud of the singles players as well, they had to fight in some tough conditions. Our next meet is in Ark City on Tuesday with 15 other teams. Arguably the toughest meet of the year.”

Newton dominated the doubles bracket with both entries reaching the finals. Cody Murrell and Jason Wong downed teammates Max Karst and Jordan Singh in the finals 8-6. Murrell and Wong were the lower seeded entry.

In singles play, Brandon Murrell finished sixth at 2-2. Seth Bontrager finished 12th at 1-3. Two of Bontrager’s losses were by tie-breaker.

Newton competes at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Arkansas City Invitational.

Emporia Invitational

Thursday

Team scores — Newton 47, Blue Valley West 43, Derby 42, Arkansas City 40, Blue Valley Southwest 30, Salina South 30, Bishop Miege 22, Emporia 18.

Newton results

Singles

6. Brandon Murrell (2-2): 1. W Ethan Kardin Der. 7-2, QF. L Pierce Klaassen AC 7-0, CSF. W Phillip Linn BVW 7-0, 5th. L Jarrett Bowman Der. 7-4.

12. Seth Bontrager (1-3): 1. L Jarrett Bowman Der. 7-6 (7-4), CQF. W Ryan Salge BVSW 7-2, CSF. L Garrett Hagen BM 7-3, 11th. L Same Rose BVSW 7-6 (7-5).

Doubles

1. Murrell-Wong (4-0): 1. W Corredor-Acuff BM 7-3, QF. W Allis-Truhe SS 7-5, SF. W Palmer-Simmons Der. 7-6 (8-6), F. W Karst-Signh New. 8-6.

2. Karst-Sighn (3-1): 1. W 16 Endreshak-Newman SS 7-1, QF. W Larson-Karsak Der. 7-1, SF. W Wenzl-G. Stout BVW 7-1, F. L Murrell-Wong New. 8-6.

Baseball, softball

regionals set

TOPEKA — The Kansas State High School Activities Association has set the regional sites for area baseball and softball teams.

The sites are listed below:

SOFTBALL

May 15 to 18

Class 5A

Two regionals will be formed from the following pool — Newton, Andover, Emporia, Salina Central, Salina South, Valley Center, Wichita Heights and Kapaun-Mount Carmel.

State — May 25 and 26 at Two Rivers Youth Complex, Wichita.

Class 3A

Halstead, Hesston, Remington at Marion with Southeast of Saline, Hutchinson Trinity, Lyons and Sterling.

Sedgwick at Cheney with Chaparral, Belle Plaine, Douglass, Southwestern Heights and Wichita Independent.

State — May 25 and 26 at Twin Oaks Complex, Manhattan.

Class 2-1A

Moundridge at Moundridge with Canton-Galva, Hillsboro and Little River.

State — May 25 and 26 at Green Sports Complex, Pratt.

BASEBALL

May 15 to 18

Class 5A

Two regionals will be formed from the following pool — Newton, Andover, Emporia, Salina Central, Salina South, Topeka West, Valley Center and Wichita Heights.

State — May 25 and 26 at Eck Stadium, Wichita.

Class 3A

Halstead, Sedgwick at Douglass with Chaparral, Belle Plaine, Cheney and Wichita Independent.

Remington at Southeast of Saline with Beloit, Hillsboro—Peabody-Burns, Marion-Centre and Minneapolis.

State — May 25 and 26 at Tointon Family Stadium, Manhattan.

Class 2-1A

Moundridge at Moundridge with Canton-Galva, Inman, Bluestem and Flinthills.

State — May 25 and 26 at Great Bend Sports Complex.

Thunder tops

Tulsa Oilers

TULSA, Okla. — Ryan Rupert scored two goals to lead the Wichita Thunder to a 4-1 win over the Tulsa Oilers Friday night in ECHL play at the BOK Center in Tulsa.

Tulsa drew first blood on a Dennis Brown power play goal 3:57 into the second period with assists from Wes Cunningham and Danick Patrick.

Wichita came right back with a pair of power-play goals from Rupert and Louick Marcotte.

Rupert struck again with 2:03 remaining in regulation. Blake Tatchell scored an empty-netter with 1:44 to play.

Chris LeBlanc and Zach O’Brien each had two assists. Jeremy Beudry and Ryan Tesink each added an assist.

Wichita was outshot 37-28. Drew Owsley had 36 saves for Wichita. P.J. Musico had 24 saves for Tulsa.

Wichita improves to 19-41-5-1. Tulsa drops to 26-34-6-2. Wichita hosts Missouri at 7:05 p.m. today.