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Wedgewood Tuesday Seniors

1. Dave Mason, Paul Flores, Roger Bratland, Bill Humphery -6.

2. Dave Stallbaumer, Wil Besore, Ken Lieske, Al Gann -4.

3. Sam Farmer, Ed Hodge, David Jackson, Walt Long -3.

Closest to hole 3 — Ed Hodge. Longest putt on 9 — John Wilson.

Next play — 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Bethel 30th

in poll

The Bethel College football team was ranked for the second time in a pre-season poll.

Bethel was ranked 22nd in the College Football America NAIA Top 30.

KCAC members Kansas Wesleyan was ranked 11th. Avila was ranked 25th and Sterling was ranked 30th.

Other Kansas schools in the poll included Baker in 10th and Benedictine in 18th.

The complete poll is listed below:

2020 College Football

America NAIA

Preseason Top 30

1. Morningside

2. Grand View

3. Lindsey Wilson

4. Marian

5. Cumberlands (Ky.)

6. Northwestern (Iowa)

7. Saint Xavier

8. College of Idaho

9. Kesier

10. Baker

11. Kansas Wesleyan

12. Saint Francis (Ind.)

13. Concordia (Mich.)

14. Reinhardt

15. Ottawa (Ariz.)

16. Siena Heights

17. Evangel

18. Benedictine (Kan.)

19. Southeastern

20. Dickinson State

21. Montana Western

22. Bethel (Kan.)

23. Carroll (Mont.)

24. Dordt

25. Avila (Mo.)

26. Langston

27. Valley City State

28. Lyon

29. Walford

30. Sterling

Thunder signs

D Clarke

WICHITA — The Wichita Thunder hockey team signed defenseman Cam Clarke for the upcoming season.

Clarke is a rookie from Ferris State University, where he scored three goals with 30 assists in 126 games.

Clarke was named to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association All-Academic Team.

Clarke signed with the Thunder after the college season ended, playing in three games before the season was ended because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Clarke was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the fifth round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, but elected to play college hockey.

HCC grad

earns honors

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Former Hutchinson Community College basketball player Darius Johnson-Odom was named the Most Valuable Player at the 2020 The Basketball Tournament (TBT) following the championship game Tuesday at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

Johnson-Odom scored 15 points with three assists for the Golden Eagles in a 78-73 win over Sideline Cancer in the championship game.

The Golden Eagles are comprised of Marquette University alumni. The team finished 4-0 in tourney play.

Johnson-Odom played for HCC in the 2008-09 season, earning NJCAA Division I All-America honors. He played three seasons at Marquette.

Johnson-Odom played for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the D-League (now the G-League). He also played for Springfield and Iowa of the D-League. He also played in Russia, China, Greece, Turkey and Italy. He currently plays in the Italian league.

Hackett named

Avila SID

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tim Hackett has been named the sports information director at Avila University in Kansas City.

Hackett came to Avila from Learfield IMG College, where he produced college football, basketball, lacrosse and baseball broadcasts. He also served as a broadcaster, writer and editor for, which covers high school sports in North Carolina.

Hackett holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

Ottawa named

soccer director

OTTAWA — Ottawa University named Ben Boehner as director of soccer.

In addition, men’s soccer coach Ryan Pow has resigned and Edward Maya has been named interim men’s soccer coach.

Boehner will continue to serve as the OU women’s coach.

According to the release, “Boehner will manage the administrative operations for both programs, including staff mentoring and development, recruiting strategies, and budget management and oversight.”

Maya was a graduate assistant for the Braves soccer teams in 2019. He served as a student assistant in 2017, working with goalkeepers.

Maya played at Ottawa in 2015 and 2016. He also played and coached at Rio Hondo College, a junior college in California.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Ottawa in 2017.