Sports briefs

The Newton Kansan

GOLF

Wedgewood Senior Men

1. Dewayne Morgan, Paul Normandine, Jack Bender, Dick Hushka -5.

2. Roger Bratland, Dennis Frank, Bob Wilson, Roman Mannibach -4.

3. Dave Stallbaumer, Jim Mendenhall, Jerry Schmidt, Joe Ramos -4.

4. Dave Mason, Wil Besore, Bob Schmidt, Jim Loflin -4.

Closest to hole 3 — Dick Hushka. Longest putt on 9 — Narci Larez.

Next play — 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Bethany names

new SID

LINDSBORG — Bethany College named Brad Yoder as its new sports information director.

Yoder has served as the assistant men’s basketball coach for the past three seasons, a role he will continue.

"We are thrilled to have Brad step in as our new sports information director,” Bethany Dean of Athletics Laura Moreno said. “He has a tremendous work ethic that will benefit our athletic programs, department and institution. We look forward to working with Brad as we work to support the Swedes.”

"I'm excited to get started in this new role; it allows me to serve Bethany College and our students in a broader range than I've been able to do previously. I'm grateful to Interim President Dr. Elizabeth Mauch and Dean of Athletics Laura Moreno for entrusting me with this responsibility,” Yoder said.

Bethany adds

esports for 2021

LINDSBORG — Bethany College will add esports to its athletic offerings beginning in the fall of 2021.

The team will practice and compete in the lab at the Mingenback Art Center, which features 16 gaming stations, including “keyboards, mouse and pad, gaming chair and headsets.”

The specific games the team will compete in has yet to be determined. The school is conducting a search for a head coach.

"In meetings with numerous industry experts, they indicated that esports is one of the fastest-growing sports nationally at the collegiate level," Bethany Dean of Athletics Laura Moreno said. "We have learned that esports students are extremely competitive, hard workers, valuable team members and look forward to them adding an exciting new dynamic to our campus."

Bethany will be the fifth school in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference to offer esports, joining Kansas Wesleyan, McPherson, Ottawa and Saint Mary.

Southwestern

names coach

WINFIELD — Southwestern College named Tim Thompson as its head men’s and women’s track coach.

Thompson spent the last two seasons as an assistant at NCAA Division I Arkansas State, where he coached sprinters, hurdles and relays. At ASU, he coached two NCAA All-Americans, seven Sun Belt Conference champions, nine NCAA regional qualifiers and 30 all-conference performers. He also oversaw three school-record holders, one SBC-record holder and 13 all-time top 10 performers for the school.

Among those he coached was Caitland Smith, who was a three-time All-American and was on the U.S. National Team at the 2019 IAAF World Championships.

He previously coached at Kansas Wesleyan and Nebraska.

Thompson is a graduate of Texas-Arlington.