Sports briefs

Newton Kansan


NAIA Preseason

Top 25



1;1 (I);Westmont (Calif.) [17];27-3;586

2;2 (I);Wayland Baptist (Texas) [4];31-2;563

3;2 (II);Marian (Ind.);31-3;545

4;4 (I);Campbellsville (Ky.);29-3;534

5;5 (I);The Master's (Calif.);29-3;529

6;3 (I);Oklahoma City;30-2;486

7;3 (II);Southeastern (Fla.);27-3;464

8;12 (II);Dordt (Iowa);24-8;438

9;8 (I);Shawnee State (Ohio);29-4;437

10;9 (I);Vanguard (Calif.);23-6;416

11;1 (II);Concordia (Neb.);32-2;413

12;5 (II);College of the Ozarks (Mo.);29-4;343

13;20 (I);Clarke (Iowa);25-7;327

14;6 (I);Bethel (Tenn.);29-4;302

14;21 (I);Thomas More (Ky.);22-10;302

16;8 (II);St. Francis (Ill.);29-5;276

17;6 (I);Central Methodist (Mo.);31-2;274

18;11 (I);Lyon (Ark.);29-3;268

19;10 (I);Talladega (Ala.);28-5;247

20;17 (I);Carroll (Mont.);21-10;198

21;15 (I);Columbia (Mo.);25-7;179

22;6 (II);Indiana Tech;30-4;155

23;9 (II);Saint Xavier (Ill.);29-5;154

24;10 (II);Morningside (Iowa);23-10;146

25;13 (I);Our Lady of the Lake (Texas);26-6;144

Receiving Votes: Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 122, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 102, Indiana Wesleyan 98, Bryan (Tenn.) 73, Loyola (La.) 71, Providence (Mont.) 50, WVU Tech (W.Va.) 42, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 27, Sterling (Kan.) 25, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 12, Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 6, Union (Ky.) 4, Antelope Valley (Calif.) 3, Rust (Miss.) 3, Bushnell (Ore.) 3.



1;1 (I);Georgetown (Ky.) [12];30-2;578

2;2 (I);Mid-America Christian (Okla.) [3];30-2;563

3;2 (II);Indiana Wesleyan [5];29-4;555

4;5 (I);William Penn (Iowa);30-3;512

5;6 (I);Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) [1];29-3;506

6;3 (I);LSU Shreveport (La.);29-3;498

7;3 (II);Morningside (Iowa);27-3;467

8;1 (II);College of Idaho;31-3;436

9;17 (I);Arizona Christian;25-8;426

10;9 (I);John Brown (Ark.);28-5;407

11;16 (I);Providence (Mont.);24-8;360

12;6 (II);Marian (Ind.);25-7;328

13;13 (I);LSU Alexandria (La.);25-6;293

14;5 (II);Ottawa (Kan.);28-6;283

15;14 (I);Cumberlands (Ky.);24-8;282

16;21 (I);Loyola (La.);23-10;278

17;4 (II);Olivet Nazarene (Ill.);30-3;268

18;4 (I);Dalton State (Ga.);30-3;257

19;19 (I);The Master's (Calif.);23-8;231

20;10 (I);Xavier (La.);27-6;193

21;12 (I);Carroll (Mont.);24-9;176

22;11 (I);SAGU (Texas);25-7;161

23;7 (II);Oregon Tech;26-7;149

24;16 (II);Union (Ky.);24-10;138

25;9 (II);Antelope Valley (Calif.);28-4;115

Others Receiving Votes: Thomas More (Ky.) 108, Westmont (Calif.) 107, Southeastern (Fla.) 97, Oklahoma Wesleyan 91, Saint Francis (Ind.) 67, Indiana Tech 55, Central Baptist (Ark.) 43, Washington Adventist (Md.) 39, Holy Cross (Ind.) 39, Faulkner (Ala.) 39, Bellevue (Neb.) 36, Indiana East (Ind.) 36, Park (Mo.) 35, Northwestern (Iowa) 31, Talladega (Ala.) 16, Dillard (La.) 9, Harris-Stowe State (Mo.) 7, Southern Oregon 4, Shawnee State (Ohio) 4, Cornerstone (Mich.) 4, Dordt (Iowa) 4.

KCAC Preseason Polls



Sterling 139 (8 FPV)

Kansas Wesleyan 134 (5)

Bethany 119

Tabor 113

Bethel 94

Oklahoma Wesleyan 81

Friends 76

McPherson 66

Avila 59

Ottawa 40

Southwestern 40

Saint Mary 40

York 13


Sterling 271 (14)

Kansas Wesleyan 257 (5)

Bethany 222

Tabor 218 (2)

Bethel 194

Oklahoma Wesleyan 167 (1)

Avila 166

Friends 140

McPherson 120

Southwestern 94

Ottawa 74

Saint Mary 56

York 23



Oklahoma Wesleyan 126 (7)

Ottawa 119 (4)

Southwestern 111

Kansas Wesleyan 104 (1)

Bethel 92

McPherson 83

York 72

Friends 71

Bethany 40

Saint Mary 38

Avila 33

Tabor 33

Sterling 14


Oklahoma Wesleyan 283 (19)

Ottawa 256 (3)

Southwestern 223

Kansas Wesleyan 205

Bethel 196

McPherson 179

Friends 169

York 122

Avila 98

Saint Mary 84

Bethany 75

Tabor 65

Sterling 47


Central Kansas League




Smoky Valley;9–0;23–1











Wedgewood Senior Men

1. Dane Lawrence, Sam Griffith, Tom Pryor, Roman Mannibach -4.

2. Dave Mason, Dennis Frank, Jerry Schmidt -3.

3. Ed Hodge, Wil Besore, Wayne Stevens, Joe Ramos -3.

Closest to hole #3 — Wil Besore. Longest putt on #9 — Ed Hodge.

Next play — 1 p.m. Tuesday (note new start time).

Fan restrictions

for BC events

Fans will not be permitted at the following Bethel College athletic events:

• The Bethel men’s soccer game against McPherson at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Thresher Stadium.

• The Bethel Invitational cross country meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the BC cross country course.

According to the release, “This comes from an administrative decision to reflect the campus' current safety procedures following the report of on-campus COVID-19 positive test results last week. All student-athletes who participate in these events will continue to adhere to the symptom checking policies put in place by the KCAC and NAIA for the 2020-2021 sports season.”

The events will be streamed at

Changes made

for NHS events

For Newton High School and Chisholm Middle School events scheduled for Oct. 19 to 25, no spectators will be allowed.

The seventh- and eighth-grade football games Oct. 19 against Salina Lakewood have been moved to Fischer Field with a start time of 3:30 p.m. The freshman football game against Salina South on Oct. 19 will start at about 6:45 p.m. The junior varsity football game has been canceled.

The Newton High School soccer and volleyball matches scheduled for Oct. 20 will take place as scheduled.

The sub-state volleyball tournament scheduled for Oct. 24 at Newton has been moved to Andover Central to accommodate spectators.

Events scheduled for Newton teams on the road will take place as scheduled and will follow the guidelines of the host school concerning spectators.

Events scheduled at Newton for the remainder of this week will take place as scheduled with current restrictions in place.

Home events will be streamed at

Hesston spikers

win two matches

BROOKVILLE — The Hesston High School volleyball team won a pair of college-style matches Tuesday at Ell-Saline.

Hesston downed Central Plains 25-14, 25-18, 25-15; and Ell-Saline 24-26, 25-18, 25-16, 25-21.

“We started the night against a solid Central Plains team, playing consistently throughout with strong serving and one of our best team hitting percentages of the season,” Hesston coach Jason Peters said. “Central Plains passed well as was very scrappy, keeping a lot of balls alive, but we stayed aggressive with fewer errors than we have had in recent matches.

“Ell-Saline has some very athletic hitters that hit around our block very well at the start of the match. We dug ourselves a hole in the first set and made a comeback to tie it at 24, but couldn’t finish. We had a much better start in the other three sets, serving and hitting aggressively. We also made some adjustments on defense to finish the match with 10 team blocks and had some great defensive plays to keep balls alive.”

Hesston improves to 10-14. The Swathers play at quad Saturday at Clearwater and host Inman and Lyons Tuesday to end the regular season.

“This was a long but good night for us, and we are grateful that it worked for the other two teams to come together to make the evening work after it was scheduled and planned just over 24 hours earlier,” Peters said. “We took several steps forward tonight and hopefully can keep it going in that direction for the rest of the season.”

Hesston stats

vs. Central Plains

Kills: Katie Kueker 10, Sophia Becker 10, Harley Ferralez 9, Alex Martin 7, Addi Copeland 4, Brooklyn Diederich 1, Caryn Yoder 1.

Assists: Anna Humphreys 19, Ferralez 17, Brynn Johnston 2.

Aces: Becker 2, Humphreys 2, Kueker 1, Ferralez.

Blocks: Kueker 3, Martin 3, Copeland 1, Becker 1, Ferralez 1.

Digs: Yoder 13, Ferralez 6, Martin 6, Humphreys 3, Becker 3, Johnston 2.

vs. Ell-Saline

Kills: Ferralez 17, Martin 12, Becker 9, Kueker 7, Copeland 1, Diederich 1, Yoder 1.

Assists: Humphreys 28, Ferralez 12, Yoder 1, Johnston 1, Kueker 1.

Aces: Martin 3, Humphreys 3, Becker 3, Ferralez 2.

Blocks: Martin 6, Copeland 5, Ferralez 3, Kueker 3, Becker 1.

Digs: Yoder 15, Martin 10, Humphreys 9, Ferralez 6, Becker 4, Johnston 3, Faith Elliott 3, Diederich 1.


for finals

TOPEKA — The Kansas State High School Activities Association begins its first set of state championships this weekend with girls tennis Friday and Saturday and girls golf Monday and Tuesday.

For ticketed events — volleyball, gymnastics, boys’ soccer and football — attendance will be limited to 50% capacity.

Tickets will be available at

For state cross country, tickets will be limited to an allotment given to the qualifying schools.

Live webcasts of state volleyball, gymnastics, boys soccer and football will be available on the NFHS Network at

The Game Day Spirit and Dance Showcase will be held in a virtual format. Viewing details will be made available at a later date.

“We are very proud of the students, coaches and administrators who have faithfully adhered to the mitigation strategies put forth that have allowed us to progress through the fall season while also allowing teaching and learning to continue in schools,” said KSHSAA executive director Bill Faflick.

Wichita selected

for NCAA events

WICHITA — The Wichita area was selected Wednesday for a pair of NCAA events.

INTRUST Bank Arena will host first- and second-round games for the 2025 NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament.

“We’re thrilled to have an opportunity to host NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship First and Second Rounds for the third time in eight years,” said Brad Pittman, senior associate athletic director at Wichita State University (WSU). “We’re grateful for the entities that pulled together to make this happen and look forward to another opportunity to showcase our university and community.”

The arena is currently scheduled to host men’s first- and second-round games in 2021 and women’s regional semifinal and final games in 2022.

Hartman Arena in Park City will host the 2024 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships.

“We are very excited to bring Division II championships to the Wichita community, not only for Newman University but for the MIAA conference, one of the premiere conferences in the country,” said Joanna Pryor, athletic director of Newman University. “This opportunity will showcase our D2 student-athletes in a city that is known for its love of sports and athletic excellence. We're proud to be a host for these great events.”

Hartman Arena will host the NAIA National Wrestling Championships March 5 and 6, 2021. Hartman Arena hosted the tournament in 2020.

Thunder signs

F Fournier

WICHITA — The Wichita Thunder hockey team re-signed forward Stefan Fournier for the 2020-21 season.

Fournier also will serve as a player-assistant coach.

Entering his eighth season, Fournier has 79 goals with 56 assists in 310 games. He played 52 games with Wichita last season, scoring 24 goals with 18 assists. It was his most productive pro season.

Fournier has played with Hamilton, St. John’s, Springfield, Tucson and Syracuse of the American Hockey League; and Wheeling, Brampton, Kalamazoo, Orlando and Wichita of the ECHL.

Thunder announces

start of schedule

WICHITA — The Wichita Thunder hockey team announced the schedule of its first 10 games for the start of the 2020-21 season, spanning the first six weeks of the season.

Wichita will open the season Dec. 11 against the Tulsa Oilers in Tulsa. The Thunder’s hope opener is Dec. 19 against the Kansas City Mavericks at INTRUST Bank Arena.

Last season was ended early because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The playoffs were canceled. Wichita had 10 games remaining on its schedule before the cancellation of the season. Other teams lost between nine and 13 games.

Wichita was 24-30-8-0 when the season ended, 10 points out of a playoff spot.

The ECHL earlier announced a split-season concept with 13 teams, including Wichita, playing a full 72-game schedule beginning in December.

The remaining teams, with the exception of Atlanta, will play a 62-game schedule beginning Jan. 15, depending on local jurisdictional approval.

Atlanta took a voluntary year off and plans to return for the 2021-22 season.

The Thunder is set to begin its 29th season, seventh in the ECHL.

Wichita’s initial schedule is listed below: (Game times have not been released)

Dec. 11 @ Tulsa

Dec. 19 Kansas City

Dec. 26 Kansas City

Dec. 27 Kansas City

Dec. 31 @ Allen

Jan. 1 Allen

Jan. 2 Allen

Jan. 6 @ Rapid City

Jan. 8 @ Rapid City

Jan. 9 @ Rapid City