Sports briefs

Newton Kansan

Railer-Weeksfall to Buhler

The Newton Railers 12U-Weeks baseball team dropped a pair of games Thursday against Buhler.

Newton fell 10-6 and 12-8.

The team is 3-8.

Railers 14Ufall to Andover

The Newton Railers 14U baseball team fell to the Andover Cyclones 10-1 Thursday at Kenny Williams Field in Newton.

Newton was held to two hits. Kale Degenstein took the loss, striking out three in two innings. Austin Aarons struck out one in 1.2 innings.

Newton is 6-12 and plays the Winfield Warriors at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Southwest Boys Club in Wichita.

HCB Rebelssweep Buhler

HUTCHINSON — The HCB Rebels baseball team of Newton claimed a pair of wins over the Buhler Nationals 11U team at the Fun Valley Sports Complex in Hutchinson.

The Rebels won 6-3 and 11-8.

The Rebels are 8-6 and face the Newton Baseball Club 12U Weeks team at 6 p.m. Thursday at Centennial Park.

Rangers 9Ufall to 316

The Westurban Rangers 9U baseball team fell to the 316 9U team 8-4 Thursday.

The Rangers are 4-8.

Bethel golfteam honored

WICHITA — The Bethel College men’s golf team was named the top Scholar Team in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference for the 2019-20 school year.

The team with the top GPA in each sport is designated the conference champion.

The Bethel golfers had a team GPA of 3.601. The team with the highest GPA was McPherson’s men’s tennis team at 3.857 and Tabor at 3.839. Saint Mary had the most teams on the list at eight.

To be eligible, a team must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.

The team champions are listed below:

Baseball, 3.359, Friends

Basketball — Men, 3.088, Friends

Basketball — Women, 3.650, Tabor

Cheer, 3.384, Saint Mary

Cross Country — Men, 3.517, Saint Mary

Cross Country — Women, 3.662, McPherson

Dance, 3.730, York

Football, 3.030, Southwestern

Golf — Men, 3.601, Bethel

Golf — Women, 3.796, Bethany

Indoor Track & Field — Men, 3.253, Saint Mary

Indoor Track & Field — Women, 3.702, York

Lacrosse — Men, 3.148, St. Ambrose

Lacrosse — Women, 3.550, Benedictine

Outdoor Track & Field — Men, 3.253, Saint Mary

Outdoor Track & Field — Women, 3.702, York

Soccer — Men, 3.304, Saint Mary

Soccer — Women, 3.665, Tabor

Softball, 3.581, Saint Mary

Swimming & Diving — Men, 3.575, Saint Mary

Swimming & Diving — Women, 3.797, Saint Mary

Tennis — Men, 3.857, McPherson

Tennis — Women, 3.839, Tabor

Volleyball, 3.722, Friends

Wrestling — Men, 3.353, Oklahoma Wesleyan

Wrestling — Women, 3.487, York

Sedgwick nativesigns with SIU

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Former Sedgwick native Janell Douvier signed a letter of intent to play for Southern Illinois.

Douvier, a 6-foot-1 forward, played the past two seasons at Pratt Community College, where she played 59 games. She started 54 games.

Douvier averaged 8.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals in two seasons for the Beavers. She is a two-time All-Jayhawk Conference selection, helping PCC to two NJCAA Region VI tourney berths.

She played high school basketball at Wichita Independent, where she averaged 13.4 points and 10.8 rebounds a game as a senior. She was a two-time All-Central Plains League selection and an all-state selection as a senior.

"Janell impressed me with her work ethic, killer jump shot and her athleticism," SIU coach Cindy Stein said. "She is a high energy player with outstanding character. I am so excited for this great addition to our family and team."

Ottawa offersSTUNT team

OTTAWA — Ottawa has become the second school in the state to offer STUNT, beginning in the 2021-22 school year.

"The sport of STUNT is an intriguing and a natural growth opportunity for us given the storied success of our competitive cheer program combined with the popularity of the sport," said OU Director of Athletics Arabie Conner. "We believe this addition will enhance the experience of many of our current cheer student-athletes who we anticipate will embrace this new competitive opportunity and challenge. From a recruitment standpoint, we expect this will be attractive to prospective student-athletes seeking scholarships in the sport they've enjoyed in high school, while others new to the sport will find new ways to showcase their athleticism, further develop their skills and compete. With an adjustment to our organizational structure and enhancement of our staffing, we believe this program can excel. Further, we are pleased to be able offer expanded programming and opportunities for female athletes."

According to, STUNT is "the fastest growing female sport in the country.“ STUNT removes the crowd-leading aspect of cheer and focuses on a head-to-head competition, featuring partner stunts, pyramids, basket-tosses and tumbling.

Teams consist of 12 to 30 female athletes. Teams “perform short routines head-to-head on the floor at the same time. There are four quarters of play with the winning team of each quarter earning a point. USA Cheer created STUNT to meet the Title IX requirements of collegiate athletics.”

The other college in Kansas starting a STUNT team is Independence Community College.

There are currently 47 teams among NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA schools.

Thunder signsfirst players

WICHITA — The Wichita Thunder hockey team signed their first three players of the year — forward Peter Crinella, forward Spencer Dorowicz and forward Jay Dickman.

Crinelle enters his second pro season. He was signed by the Thunder last season, scoring 19 goals with 13 assists in 52 games. He came to Wichita after four seasons at Holy Cross.

"I'm excited to have Peter back for another season," Thunder coach Bruce Ramsay said. "Peter is an extremely versatile player who had a good season for us last year. I expect him to take that next step and play in every situation for us this coming season."

Dorowicz begins his third full pro season. A graduate of Robert Morris University, he spent the end of the 2017-18 season with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, scoring a goal in eight games.

He played 31 games in 2018-19 with the Cincinnati Cyclones, scoring seven goals with six assists.

He played 55 games with Wichita last season, scoring 15 goals with 19 assists.

Dickman is a graduate of Bemidji State. He played three games in the 2018-19 season with the Florida Everblades, posting an assist.

He split last season between the Indy Fuel and the Thunder, scoring three goals with two assists in 14 games.

"I'm excited to have both of these guys back in the fold for next season," Ramsay said. "Dorowicz was a solid player for us last year who I could plug into any situation. He played power play, penalty kill and is a great teammate. Jay joined us late last year and didn't get much of a chance to show his skills during his first year as a pro. He is a big body who can help us on the power play and is still considered a rookie due to the amount of games he played. That experience will be big for him this season."