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The Newton Kansan

Junior Knightgames canceled

The Newton Junior Knights baseball games against Andover scheduled for Tuesday at Klein-Scott Field were canceled and will not be made up.

Newton will play at 6 p.m. Thursday at McPherson.

Heat 10Uwins two

The G2 Heat U10-Carbajal softball team downed the Buhler Crusaders 10U 9-6 and the 620 Fastpitch 10U 12-0 Monday.

The team is 11-3.

Newton Smithdowns Weeks

The Newton Baseball Club 8U-Smith team downed the Newton 8U-Weeks team 7-5 Monday at Centennial Park.

Railers 14Uwept by Buhler

BUHLER — The Newton Railers 14U baseball team dropped a pair of games Tuesday at Buhler.

Newton lost the first game 13-2 and the second game 10-0.

In the first game, Kale Degenstein and Ian Baker each drove in a run. James Hulse had two hits.

A.J. Carbajal and Hulse each pitched.

In the second game, Jackson Marlar and Austin Aarons pitched for Newton. The team was held to three hits.

The Railers are 4-8.

Rangers 9Uclaim win

WICHITA — The Westurban Rangers 9U team of Newton downed the Wichita Sluggers 10-9 Tuesday.

The Rangers are 1-4.

KCAC namesaward winners

WICHITA — The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference named four award winners for the 2019-20 school year.

Rob Ramseyer of Friends was named Athletic Director of the Year, James Zimmerman of Saint Mary was named Faculty Athletics Representative of the Year, Kate Pierce of Saint Mary was named Athletic Trainer of the year and David Tolle of Kansas Wesleyan was named Sports Information Director of the Year.

Ramseyer, a former A.D. at Hesston College, finished his second year at Friends.

In the past year, the Falcons won conference championships in men’s soccer, women’s cross country and women’s indoor track. The student-athletes at Friends posted a 3.24 cumulative grade-point-average.

Also in the past year, the school started a competitive powerlifting program, a graduate intern program and partnered with the city of Wichita to improve the city’s athletic facilities in exchange for use of the facilities. The school also started a Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter.

For the conference, Ramseyer “served on the AD Summit Planning Task Force, the Conduct and Ethics Committee, the Nominating Committee, and the Fall 2020 COVID-19 Task Force. Ramseyer is a part of the National Administrative Council at the NAIA level.”

"I am honored and grateful to receive this award," Ramseyer said. "There are many athletic directors in this conference that I have a great deal of respect for, and to be selected by them is a humbling honor. However, athletic directors receive this award because they work with good people. We have dedicated student-athletes, great coaches and staff, and a supportive university administration. I am proud of what we have accomplished together."

Zimmerman has served in his capacity for the 12th year. Among his duties and accomplishments, “He serves as the university's sport management program director in the Division of Business and Information Technologies. To further the program's reach, Zimmerman assisted in the development of an internship partnership with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer. Zimmerman's article, ‘Will the NCAA Stand Their Ground,’was published in The Sports Digest this year. The piece addressed the issue of amateur athletes' opportunity to use their name, image, and likeness to earn money while playing college sports. The article is the most read article in the ‘College’ category this academic year.”

He also developed the school’s coaching workshop.

"The FAR position is often a thankless position," Zimmerman said. "It can be a stressful and tedious job for all FAR's across the country. Often times FAR's have to tell students they are ineligible to do what they love to do, and that is tough. I take great pleasure, as an FAR, in the times I can assist students in becoming eligible or deliver positive news to someone that may have been struggling. I've always enjoyed working with student-athletes, and this award is much appreciated. It comes from the recommendations of my peers around the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, and I hope to represent them well. There are many deserving FAR's throughout the KCAC, and it's been my pleasure to work with them over the past 12 years."

Pierce came to Saint Mary in 2019 after 10 years at Kansas Wesleyan.

According to the release, “In her first semester at Saint Mary, Pierce was integral in the process of converting one of the athletic department's (graduate assistant) positions to two full time athletic trainers. She also lead a design team that worked with the institution's Master Building Planning committee to add on to the department's athletic training room. Many of the ideas provided by her team made their way into the final design. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Saint Mary with their Master's of Athletic Training education program, teaches Pharmacology and Organization and Administration of Athletic training, as well as serving as a lead preceptor within their clinical sites.”

She serves as the conference’s athletic trainer group’s secretary and is on the NAIA athletic training association newsletter committee.

"This was quite unexpected and humbling," Pierce said. "All the nominees are amazing at what they do; so I feel even more honored to receive this recognition. I feel empowered and fortunate to work with such a hard-working and collaborative group of athletic trainers at Saint Mary and in the KCAC to ensure the safety and well-being of all conference athletes. I would like to thank Raeann Bromert for the nomination; for pushing me out of my comfort zone and to be a better athletic trainer.”

Tolle is a repeat selection, last receiving the award in 2011-12. He has served as SID at Kansas Wesleyan for the last 19 years.

Among his accomplishments this year, “He led the complete redesign of Kansas Wesleyan's athletic website, saving the institution significant money in their budget. Toelle served on the committee that was responsible for selecting Wilson as the new athletic director at Kansas Wesleyan. In the nomination process, several of his peers pointed to Toelle's acumen in developing and improving Kansas Wesleyan's presence on social media, working with the local media, and providing up-to-date, accurate, and engaging content about the Coyotes. He serves on multiple committees on campus, both in a volunteer and appointed basis, in addition to his sports information duties.”

Tolle serves as vice chair of the conference’s SID committee.

"I am humbled and honored to be chosen as the SID of the Year," Toelle said. "There's so many quality athletics communication professionals in the conference, I am sure that the choice was difficult. The KCAC is a special conference, and I am glad to be a part of it. Some of the best times are when all the SIDs come together to ensure that championship events are run well and to help each other out in times of need."

The four will be honored at the conference’s sport management conference Aug. 4 at Bethel.

NAIA makeschanges

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, of which Bethel College is a member, announced several changes to its postseason championships beginning with the 2020-21 school year.

"We are pleased with the approval of these changes, as they will enhance the experience of the NAIA's national championship structure," said Jim Carr, NAIA president and CEO. "These changes will also greatly assist our schools in lowering costs, which was also a focus from a national perspective."

In women’s volleyball, 48 teams will play in a single match with the 24 winners advancing to the national site.

In men’s volleyball, the national championship field will be expanded to 12 teams. At large berths will increase from two to as many as six.

In men’s and women’s swimming, the field will be capped at 316 — 300 swimmers and 16 divers — based on qualifying standards.

In both men’s and women’s soccer, there will be 10 first-round sites with four teams each. The regional winners will advance to a single-elimination national tournament.

In men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and softball, conference members will be sent to separate regional sites as much as possible.

The NAIA also announced that women’s lacrosse will be granted full championship status beginning in the spring of 2021.

The sport now has more than 40 members, which is the NAIA’s threshold for fully sanctioning a championship.