Sports briefs

Newton Kansan

GOLF

Wedgewood Senior Men

1. John Wilson, Bill Wilson, Roman Mannibach, Randy Evans -5.

2. Dave Mason, Jerry Schmidt, Bob Schmidt, Bill Ewert -4.

3. Sam Farmer, Paul Normandine, Jack Bender, Dick Hushka -3.

4. Dave Stallbaumer, Ed Graff, Sam Griffin, Leo Griffith -2.

Closest to hole #3 — Roman Mannibach. Longest putt on #9 — George Eason.

Next Play — 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Thunder

makes offers

WICHITA — The Wichita Thunder hockey team made qualifying offers to eight player for the 2020-21 season:

Defensemen (3): Jacob Graves, Sean Allen, Patrik Parkkonen.

Forwards (4): Jason Salvaggio, Fabrizio Ricci, Lane Bauer, Billy Exell.

Goalie (1): Mitch Gillam.

According to the release:

“Each team was entitled to reserve the rights to a maximum of eight qualified players. Of the eight qualified players, no more than four could be veterans (260 regular season professional hockey games played as of the start of the upcoming 2020-21 season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded.

“The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until July 16 at which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season.”

If the player does not sign by July 16, a veteran player becomes a restricted free agent and can field offers from other teams. If not signed by Aug. 1, a restricted free agent becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Wichita has already signed three players for the upcoming season — Spencer Dorowicz, Jay Dickman and Peter Crinella.

OU names

director

OTTAWA — Ottawa University named Shayla Siebenthall as director of cheer, stunt and dance.

She will oversee all three programs, including the stunt program, which was just established.

She will hire the head coaches for the cheer and stunt team and the dance team.

She was head cheer and dance coach at Ottawa from 2012 to 2019, winning the 2014 NDA national title. She coached 21 All-KCAC cheer and 12 All-KCAC dance selections. Her teams reached the NCA National Championships for seven straight years, claiming six top 10 finishes. She was named the 2019 cheer coach of the year.

She spent two years as cheer coach at Pratt Community College, finishing second in the small college division of the 2010 NCA summer camp. The team placed fifth in the NCA College Nationals in 2012 in the junior college division.

Siebenthall spent 11 years at Lawrence High School. She also was co-owner of the Lawrence Cheer Academy.

"I'm excited to be back working with the cheer and dance programs in this new role as Director of cheer, dance and STUNT the sport," Siebenthall said. "I'm looking forward to hiring and supporting new head coaches for both cheer and dance. I believe this new organizational structure will improve the competitiveness of both programs while enhancing the overall student-athlete experience.”

A native of Larned, she attended Barton County Community College and the University of Kansas, where she graduated in 2001.

HCC names

new coach

HUTCHINSON — Hutchinson Community College named Alyssa Freeman as its new spirit squad head coach.

Freeman succeeds Kala McElhaney, who resigned in the spring.

Freeman spent last season as the head cheer coach at Tulane University in New Orleans. She also spent a year as head coach at Oklahoma Panhandle State, winning the Tabor College cheer competition. She was an assistant at Cumberland University, where she graduated in 2018.

“We look forward to coach Alyssa Freeman carrying on the great tradition of Blue Dragon Cheer and Dance,” HCC AD Josh Gooch said. “Coach Freeman’s experience at the collegiate level will help make for a smooth transition.”

A native of Midlothian, Texas, she played basketball for two years at Tabor. She then transferred to Northwest Oklahoma State, where she was on the cheer team. She completed her master’s degree in sports administration from East Central University.