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The Newton Kansan

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NHS makes

changes

The Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Preseason Volleyball Classic has been split up and moved to three sites for Saturday.

The sites are Hutchinson, Newton and Goddard-Eisenhower.

Play at Newton will begin at 9 a.m. and will feature five rounds of round-robin play with Newton, McPherson, Derby, Valley Center and Garden City.

According to Newton athletic director Brian Becker, attendance will be limited to 50 spectators per school for a total of 250. Players and coaches have put names of family members on a list and no one not on the list may purchase tickets.

Matches will be streamed online on the National Federation Network at https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/schools/newton-high-school-newton-ks. A subscription is required.

The Newton soccer game scheduled for Saturday at McPherson will have attendance limited to two spectators per participant (players and coaches). Those participants (both home and away) will have two wristbands to distribute and a wristband is required to purchase a ticket.

Becker said complete guidelines for Newton sporting events will be issued shortly. He did say events at Ravenscroft Gym and Fischer Field will be restricted to 25% capacity (770 for Fischer Field and 250 for Ravenscroft Gym).

Events at the two venues will be streamed on the National Federation Network.

Protective face coverings will be required and social distancing will be enforced.

Becker said for home soccer games, visiting fans will be seated in the south stands.

Newton has added two more soccer games to make up for the loss of the Titan Classic.

Newton will host Bishop Carroll at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8 and will play Kapaun-Mt. Carmel at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Stryker Complex in Wichita.

Newton will not attend the cross country meet scheduled for Sept. 3 at Great Bend.

HC sets fall

sports schedules

HESSTON — Hesston College has set its conference schedules for the fall sports that have been moved to the spring because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The schedules are listed below:

VOLLEYBALL

Jan. 28 @ Neosho County CC

Feb. 1 Coffeyville CC

Feb. 4 Johnson County CC

Feb. 6 @ Allen County CC

Feb. 8 @ Cloud County CC

Feb. 11 Cowley

Feb. 13 @ Labette CC

Feb. 15 Highland CC

Feb. 18 @ Fort Scott CC

Feb. 22 Kansas City CC

Feb. 27 Neosho County CC

March 1 Coffeyville CC

March 4 @ Johnson County CC

March 8 Allen County CC

March 11 Cloud County CC

March 15 @ Cowley

March 18 Labette CC

March 22 @ Highland CC

March 25 Fort Scott CC

March 29 @ Kansas City CC

April 2 NJCAA Division II District Tournament

April 8-10 NJCAA Division II Championships TBA

SOCCER

April 7 @ Central (Neb.) CC

April 10 @ Southeast (Neb.) CC

April 14 Highland CC (women only)

April 17 Allen County CC

April 21 @ Pratt CC

April 24 Central (Neb.) CC

April 28 Southeast (Neb.) CC

May 1 @ Highland CC (women only)

May 5 @ Allen County CC

May 8 Pratt CC

May 15-18 NJCAA Division II Region VI-IX Tournament (W) @ Higher seed

May 16-19 NJCAA Division II Region VI-IX Tournament (M) @ Higher seed

TBA NJCAA Division II District Tournament @ Iowa

June 3 NJCAA Division II Women’s Championships

June 6 NJCAA Division II Men’s Championships

KVA sets

rankings

TOPEKA — The Kansas Volleyball Association has released its preseason rankings for the 2020 season.

The classifications shown are based on last season and will be adjusted when the new classifications are updated at the end of September. Class 1A has been split to two divisions this year. The divisions shown in the preseason rankings are based on last year’s enrollment and will be adjusted when the new classifications are made.

The rankings are listed below:

Class 6A — 1. Washburn Rural, 2. Blue Valley, 3. Blue Valley West, 4. Olathe Northwest, 5. Shawnee Mission Northwest, 6. Blue Valley North, 7. Gardner-Edgerton, 8. Lawrence Free State, 9. Blue Valley Northwest, 10. Olathe West.

Class 5A — 1. St. Thomas Aquinas, 2. Spring Hill, 3. St. James Academy, 4. Lansing, 5. Bishop Carroll, 6. McPherson, 7. Bonner Springs, 8. Topeka Seaman, 9. Andover, 10. Maize South.

Class 4A — 1. Andale, 2. Topeka Hayden, 3. Circle, 4. Louisburg, 5. Bishop Miege, 6. Eudora, 7. Nickerson, 8. Independence, 9. Holton, 10. Wamego.

Class 3A — 1. Royal Valley, 2. Cheney, 3. Wichita Trinity Academy, 4. Thomas More Prep-Marian, 5. Phillipsburg, 6. Silver Lake, 7. Nemaha Central, 8. Smoky Valley, 9. Beloit, 10. West Franklin.

Class 2A — 1. Valley Heights, 2. St. Mary’s-Colgan, 3. Garden Plain, 4. Ellinwood, 5. SEDGWICK, 6. Jefferson County North, 7. Sterling, 8. Trego Community, 9. Belle Plaine, 10. Chetopa-St. Paul.

Class 1A, Division I — 1. Rural Vista, 2. Lebo, 3. Olpe, 4. Victoria, 5. Rawlins County, 6. Clifton-Clyde, 7. GOESSEL, 8. Pretty Prairie, 9. Burlingame, 10. Beloit St. John’s-Tipton Catholic.

Class 1A, Division II — 1. Central Plains, 2. Cunningham, 3. Attica, 4. Argonia, 5. St. Francis, 6. Wheatland-Grinnell, 7. Golden Plains, 8. Waverly, 9. Ingalls, 10. Logan-Palco.

Thunder signs

F Merasty

WICHITA — The Wichita Thunder re-signed forward Shaquille Merasty for the 2020-21 season.

Merasty is a fourth-year pro from the University of Manitoba, where he scored 33 goals with 31 assists in 82 games over three seasons. He played his freshman season at NCAA Division III Adrian College in Michigan.

Merasty made his professional debut with the Thunder in the 2017-18 season, but was sent to the Rapid City Rush after 20 games. He started the 2018-19 season with Rapid City, but finished with the Orlando Solar Bears.

He started last season with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, then went to the Birmingham Bulls of the Southern Professional Hockey League. He returned to the ECHL with the Fort Wayne Komets and finished the season with Wichita, where he scored two goals with three assists in 18 games.

In 125 pro games, Merasty has 23 goals with 29 assists.

Force sets

2021 schedule

WICHITA — Below is the 2021 schedule for the Wichita Force indoor football team: (game times not set)

March 27 @ Sioux City

April 2 Arlington

April 10 @ Oklahoma

April 17 @ Omaha

April 24 Oklahoma

May 8 Salina

May 16 @ West Texas

May 21 Omaha

May 29 @ Salina

June 5 West Texas

June 13 Sioux City

Ottawa hires

cheer coach

OTTAWA — Ottawa University named Casey Jamerson as its new competitive cheer and STUNT coach.

Jamerson led the competitive cheer program at Independence High School since 2018. The team reached the finals of the D1 Super Large Varsity in the 2019 UCA National High School Championships. The team took fourth in the 2020 Super Large Varsity Game Day division, eighth in the Super Large Varsity Tradition division.

"It is an absolute honor to be named the Ottawa University head cheer and STUNT coach," Jamerson said. "I'm grateful for the opportunity to create growth within the current cheerleading program as well as make a name for OU in the newly founded, STUNT The Sport. I have a passion for coaching student-athletes and I'm very excited to take this team to the next level. After meeting with the athletic staff at Ottawa University, and hearing how important their athletes are to them, I knew I wanted to be a Brave."

Jamerson was a four-time High School National Champion cheerleader and was an Indiana All-State Individual Championship.

She was a member of the cheer squad at Indiana University. She also was in the cast of "Bring it On: The Musical" in New York City and in the national tour. She also was a Cirque Performer in Australia, Canada, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. She has been a tumbling and stunt coach for six years in Indiana and Tennessee.