Sports briefs

Mark Schnabel
The Kansan


Wedgewood Senior Men






Jayhawk Conference

Division II

Pre-Season Poll

1. Johnson County CC

2. Highland CC

3. Cowley

4. Kansas City (Kan.) CC

5. Labette CC

6. Allen County CC

7. Neosho County CC

8. Hesston College

9. Fort Scott CC

10. Coffeyville CC

11. Cloud County CC

Thaw takes state honors

TOPEKA — Newton High School gymnastics coach JoAnne Thaw has been named the state coach of the year for the 2019-20 school year by the National Association of State High School Federations, Kansas Coaches Association and Kansas State High School Activities Association.

Thaw recently finisher her 47th season as the Railer coach.

Newton has finished seventh in the state meet in each of the last two seasons.

Baseball club seeking players

The Newton Baseball Club is accepting registration for the upcoming season.

The club is open to players ages 7 to 12 as of May 1, 2021.

More information is available at

Musselman to be inducted

TOPEKA — Former Halstead High School coach and Kansas State High School executive director Gary Musselman has been selected to the KSHSAA Hall of Fame for the 2021 class.

He led the KSHSAA for 22 years and served as an assistant director for eight years.

The initiatives under his tenure include the Student Advisory Team, the Officials Recognition Program, the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, the League Commissioners Summit, the Officials Advisory Committee, the Game Day Spirit Showcase Competition, the Spirit of Sports and Heart of the Arts and interscholastic bowling.

He served on the National Federation of High School Associations board of directors and was the president in 2016-17.

He also served as a teacher and coach at Independence, Andover and Beloit. He was a principal at La Crosse.

Bethel track team ranked 15th

The Bethel College men’s indoor track team was ranked 15th in this week’s NAIA poll taken by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Bethel moved down from 11th in the initial rankings.

Two other Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference teams were also ranked — Saint Mary in fifth and Friends in sixth.

Austin Cheatham is ranked fifth in the shot put at 16.21, hit at last week’s Washburn Open.

The medley relay team is ranked ninth. Mauro Arancibia is ranked 12th in the mile at 4:24.14. Kemroy Cupid is 18th in the 200-meter dash. Trey Palmer is 18th in the 60-meter dash.

Bethel hosts the Bethel Invitational Saturday at the Heskett Center on the Wichita State Invitational.

MEYER TAKES HONORS — Bethel sophomore Stephany Meyer was named the KCAC women’s field athlete of the week.

Meyer competed at the Washburn Open, taking 22nd in the long jump in a school-record mark of 4.87 meters (15-11 3/4). The mark led all NAIA competitors at the meet and is fifth in the KCAC.

It was the second time this season she’s been honored.

Washburn Open

Bethel results


400-m. dash — 38. Aubry Grame 1:05.55.

800-m. run — 19. Haley Robinette 2:37.61, 30. Charlotte Ehrmann 2:58.22.

60-m. hurdles — 33. Aubry Grame 10.96.

4x400-m. relay — 13. Bethel (Aubry Grame, Haley Robinette, Natalie Graber, Stephany Meyer) 4:29.35.

Distance medley relay — 10. Bethel (Haley Robinette, Stephany Meyer, Aubry Grame, Natalie Graber) 13:55.65.

Long jump — 22. Stephany Meyer 4.87 m. (15-11 3/4).

Weight throw — 20. Kalyn Corley 12.06 m. (39-7).


60-m. dash — 10. Trey Palmer 6.93, 13. Kemroy Cupid 6.97, 34. Amondre Shumpert-Street 7.13, 43. Rudy Juarez 7.25, 59. Sebastian Formento 7.70.

200-m. dash — 11. Kemroy Cupid 22.11, 28. Trey Palmer 22.47, 36. Rudy Juarez 22.70, 55. Amondre Shumpert-Street 23.26.

400-m. dash — 50. Laytham Magana 55.31, 51. Even DePriest 55.37, 54. Sebastian Formento 56.59.

Mile run — 10. Mauro Arancibia Campos 4:24.14, 28. Robbie Crager 5:09.15.

3,000-meter run — 34. Carter Funk 10:08.69.

5,000-meter run — 30. Johnny Yang 18:05.99.

4x400-m. relay — 13. Bethel (Nick Morgan, Isaiah Bartel, Mauro Arancibia Campos, Laytham Magana) 3:39.23.

Distance medley relay — 9. Bethel (Mauro Arancibia Campos, Rudy Juarez, Nick Morgan, Isaiah Bartel) 10:38.31.

Long jump — 28. Evan DePriest 5.74 m. (18-10), 31. Laytham Magana 5.27 m. (17-3 1/2).

Shot put — 4. Austin Cheatham 16.21 m. (53-2 1/4).

Railer bowlers compete at Campus

WICHITA — The Newton High School boys’ and girls’ teams each finished third Tuesday in a three-team meet hosted by Campus at Seneca Bowl.

Campus won the girls’ competition at 2,573, followed by Hutchinson at 1,757 and Newton at 1,698. Campus won the boys’ competition at 2,637, followed by Hutchinson at 2,257 and Newton at 2,033.

In the girls’ competition, Campus had the top five series, led by Dakota Lennen at 674. Kenzie Kling had the high game of 257.

Newton was led by Mariah Nicholson at 477. Nicholson had Newton’s high game of 181.

Ryan Nguyen of Campus had the high series for the boys at 677. Nguyen had the high game of 242.

Newton was led by Cooper Burns, who was fifth at 618. Burns had Newton’s high game of 216.

Newton competes against Hutchinson and Maize Tuesday at the Alley in Hutchinson.

Campus tri



St. Peter, Anna;155;114;155;—424

Brockman, Emma;101;117;105;—323

Nicholson, Mariah;155;181;141;—477

Altum, Cadence;161;124;125;—410

Grattan, Hailey;124;128;132;—384

Shepherd, Abigail;88;71;97;—256



Baxter, Ciandra;135;117;135;—387

Dube, Ellie;80;97;103;—280

Glaser, Chloe;130;157;148;—435

Goans, Cassidy;176;127;155;—458

Philbrick, Brecken;134;191;152;—477



Reams, Piper;233;215;196;—644

Adkins, Ella;141;207;178;—526

Lennen, Dakota;219;208;247;—674

Hsu, Savannah;201;196;183;—580

Kling, Kenzie;257;204;203;—664

Feast, Casey;155;182;170;—507




Burns, Cooper;216;190;212;—618

Brackeen, Jett;137;140;184;—461

Mick, Christopher;152;110;180;—442

Ebert, Carsen;134;108;206;—448

Baldwin, Callan;125;111;113;—349

Montano, Alfred;153;152;118;—423



Bloesser, Hayden;173;164;142;—479

Green, Jaxson;238;170;184;—592

Jefferson, Ethan;116;138;124;—378

Lang, Tyler;204;233;173;—610

Ummel, Brody;202;200;190;—592

Zizumbo, Nick;150;161;144;—455



Reed, Jake;235;237;169;—641

Thanasouk, V-Thoon;200;226;205;—631

Clough, Cole;202;181;158;—541

Nguyen, Ryan;235;200;242;—677

Flinn, Alex;213;236;192;—641

Lindsey, Rayghan;192;190;214;—596



Campus 2,190, Newton 1,209, Hutchinson 814

Newton JV;gm1;gm2;gm3;ser.

Downey, Aaron;108;152;110;—370

Bailey, Aydan;159;107;130;—396

Bailey, Cameron;86;93;91;—270

Belgard, Dylan;51;69;53;—173


HC baseball splits opener

TONKAWA, Okla. — The Hesston College baseball team opened the season with a split against Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa on the road.

Hesston lost the first game 8-2 and won the nightcap 10-9.

Stats were unavailable.

Hesston plays at 1 p.m. Friday against Allen County Community College in Iola.

Hesston spikers fall to Coffeyvill

HESSTON — The Hesston College volleyball team fell to Coffeyville Community College in four sets Monday in Hesston.

The Larks fell 26-24, 22-25, 25-19, 27-25.

For Coffeyville, Bridgette Graham had 13 kills. Malia Mack had kills. Heather Stiles set 32 assists. Paola Molina served three aces. Mack downed five blocks.

For Hesston, Jessica Wilson had 18 kills and Tannah Tilley had 16 kills. Alexis Zehr set 24 assists, McKayla Long had 20 digs.

Hesston is 0-4, 0-2 in Jayhawk Conference East play. Hesston hosts Johnson County Community College at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Berean grad takes honors

WICHITA — Berean Academy graduate Ashtyn Wiebe has been named the KCAC Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending Sunday.

The 5-foot-8 Tabor College junior guard from Elbing scored 14 points with 11 rebounds, four assists, a blocked shot and six steals for the week. Tabor was 2-1 in that span.

Friends coach to step down

WICHITA — Friends University men’s soccer coach Joe Dincecco will step down at the end of the season.

He led the Falcons to a 17-3-1 record in 2019 and was named the KCAC coach of the year. The team lost in the first round of the NAIA Championships.

The team is 5-3 this season and will resume play in the spring.

Brack named e-coach at OU

OTTAWA — Ottawa University named Sergio Brack as the director of eSports.

He previously served as president of eSports at the University of Mississippi, where he was the head coach of the school’s Call of Duty Team. He also founded College COD, “an organization with a mission to provide ‘an exemplary competitive experience for college students through our games, our engagement with the players, and through our pursuit of professional-grade services and support.’”

Faber to retire at Friends

WICHITA — Friends University men’ basketball coach Dale Faber announced his retirement effective at the end of the current season.

Faber has coached at Friends since the 2003-04 season, winning 297 games. He is a two-time KCAC Coach of the Year (2010, 2014) and has reached the NAIA National Tournament seven times.

He will stay at the school in a fundraising capacity.

Sterling swimming coach resigns

STERLING — Sterling College men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach Gary Kempf will resign as the end of the current season.

He served as Sterling’s athletic director from 2011 to 2018 and served as swimming coach from the program’s founding in 2019 to the present.

The Sterling women were fourth and the men were sixth in the KCAC championships last season. This year’s meet is this weekend.

Kempf coached at the University of Kansas, leading the women for 24 years and the men for 18. (The men’s program has since been discontinued). He was named to the KU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998.

Associate head coach Laryssa McMartin will lead the program at the end of the current season. She is a graduate of Grace University. She was an assistant at the College of Saint Mary (Neb.), and the University of the Cumberland

Tucker to coach eSports at York

YORK, Neb. — Collin Tucker has been named the eSports coach at York College, which will begin competition in the fall of 2021.

Tucker is a 2015 York grad. He has served as in the IT and Student Development departments at York and was director of Resident Life from 2018 to 2020.

He recently held a position at Cornerstone Bank.

Kelly Cup format set

PRINCETON, N.J. — The format has been set for the 2021 ECHL Kelly Cup playoffs.

The top four teams in both the Eastern and Western conferences will advance to the playoffs.

There will be three rounds, each best-of-five. In the conference semifinals, the fourth-place team will face the first-place team and the second-place team will face the third-place team.

The higher seed in each round had the choice of hosting the first two games or final three games of the series.

The ECHL regular season will end June 5 with the playoffs to start June 7. The playoffs are expected to last until July 3.

The Wichita Thunder is currently in second place in the Western Conference, seven points (3 1/2 games) behind Allen, which beat Wichita 4-3 Wednesday in Allen.

Thirteen teams are currently competing in the ECHL with Fort Wayne to resume play this month.

The remaining 12 teams in the league suspended play this season because of restrictions imposed because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

THUNDER HONORES — Wichita Thunder goaltender Evan Weninger has been named the ECHL Goaltender of the Month for January.

Weninger was 4-1-1 with a 1.97 goals-against-average and a .941 save percentage. He has allowed just two goals or less in his six games last month.

Defenseman Jacob Graves has been named the ECHL Plus Performer of the Month for January. He holds a plus/minus rating (goals scored for/goals scored against when player is on the ice) of +13. He had a rating of +5 in an 8-4 win over Kansas City. He has a goal and four assists in 13 games.

SKINNER WINS — Former Wichita Thunder goaltender Stuart Skinner made his NHL debut Feb. 1 for the Edmonton Oilers, beating the Ottawa Senators 8-5.

Skinner posted 33 saves on 38 shots.

Skinner played 41 games for Wichita in 2018-19 and three games in 2019-20. He also played with the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League.

Hartman hosts MMA cards

PARK CITY — Hartman Arena in Park City will host LFA 99 at 8 p.m. Feb. 12 and LFA 100 at 8 p.m. Feb. 19.

Bouts scheduled on the LFA 99 card include:

Main Event — Light-Heavyweight Title Bout (205 pounds): Myron Dennis (18-7) vs. Fabio Cherant (6-1)

Co-Main Event — Lightweight Bout (155 pounds): Brant Moore (8-1) vs. Ago Huskic (8-2)

Featherweight Bout (145 pounds): Fernando Padilla (12-4) vs. Nate Richardson (8-2)

Middleweight Bout (185 pounds): Cody Brundage (5-1) vs. Joe Kropschot (4-1)

Women's Flyweight Bout (125 pounds): Valerie Soto (3-2) vs. Flore Hani (2-1)

Welterweight Bout (170 pounds): Darian Weeks (4-0) vs. Nikolay Veretennikov (7-3)

Heavyweight Bout (265 pounds): Trevor Wallace (3-0) vs. Cesar Gutierrez (2-2)

Preliminary Card (Available worldwide on

Women's Flyweight Bout (125 pounds): Gerrica Trias (0-0) vs. Kawehi Wallace (0-0)

Flyweight Bout (125 pounds): Manuel Medina (0-1) vs. Chancey Wilson (2-4)

On the LFA 100 card are:

Main Event — Flyweight Title Bout (125 pounds): Victor Altamirano (8-1) vs. Carlos Mota (5-0)

Co-Main Event — Middleweight Tournament Semi-Final Bout (185 pounds): Anthony Adams (8-2) vs. Gregory Rodrigues (7-3)

Featherweight Bout (145 pounds): Steven Nguyen (6-1) vs. Raihere Dudes (8-1)

Flyweight Bout (125 pounds): Charles Johnson (7-2) vs. Karlee Pangilian (6-0)

Bantamweight Bout (135 pounds): Christian Natividad (2-0) vs. Evan Woolsey (1-1)

Ticket information is available at or at the Hartman Arena box office.

FC Wichita joins leagues

WICHITA — FC Wichita’s men’s team has been accepted in USL League Two, while the women’s team has been accepted in the United Women’s Soccer Division I.

The men’s team was established in 2013. The team played in the National Premier Soccer League from 2015 to 2019, winning three division titles. FC Wichita has qualified for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup three times, reaching the third round in 2018.

The NPSL is considered an open league. Players are not paid to preserve college eligibility, but play under professional conditions. It is on the fourth level of the U.S. soccer pyramid.

The USL2 is on the fourth level of the pyramid and is also a non-professional league.

The league was originally known as the USL Premier Development League and began play in 1995. Eighty-five teams are expected to play this season.

FC Wichita will play in the Heartland Division of the Central Conference. Other teams in the division include Chicago FC United, the Des Moines Menace, Green Bay Voyageurs FC, Iowa Raptors FC, Kaw Valley FC (Lawrence-Topeka), FC Manitoba, Peoria City and the St. Louis Lions.

The Flint City Bucks are the defending champions. The 2020 season was canceled because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

FC Wichita will be the third team to play in the USL2. The Wichita Blue/Blue Angels played from 1995 to 1997 and again in 1999. The Wichita Jets played in 2001.

The FC Wichita Women began play in 2017 as members of the Women’s Premier Soccer League. Like the WPSL, the UWS will sit on the second level of the women’s soccer pyramid, behind the NWSL.

There are 40 teams in the UWS First Division. FC Wichita will play in the Central Conference with the Gretna Elite Academy (Omaha), Kansas City Courage, Springfield Demize and St. Louis Scott Gallagher.

The defending champion is LA Galaxy OC. The league canceled its 2020 season.

Both Wichita teams will play at the Stryker Complex, which recently expanded the capacity of the main stadium to more than 5,000.

T-Bones now Monarchs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Mo., has reached an agreement with the Kansas City T-Bones minor-league baseball team.

The team will now be known as the Kansas City Monarchs.

The Monarchs was the longest-playing franchises in the Negro leagues, playing from 1920 to 1965. The team won 12 league titles and won the Negro World Series in 1924 and 1942.

The Monarchs produced 13 Hall of Famers, including Satchel Paige, Ernie Banks, Cool Papa Bell and Jackie Robinson.

The former T-Bones were founded as the Duluth-Superior Dukes of the Northern League in 1993. The team moved to Kansas City, Kan., in 2003. The team joined the American Association in 2011.

The team won league pennants in 2008 and 2018. The team won a division title in 2019.

The team’s stadium has been renamed T-Bones Stadium. 

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