Sports briefs

Mark Schnabel
The Kansan


Circle Thunder 9, NBC Railers-Horton 12U 4

Royals 14U 9, 316 Elite Baty 14U 2

Royals 14U 7, Wichita Vipers Brewer 4

KCAC has change in officials

WICHITA — Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference coordinator of football officials Kurt McAfee is resigning from that position.

Danny Harris has been named the new coordinator of football officials.

"I have enjoyed my time as coordinator of football officials," McAfee said. "I have had the privilege to work for (KCAC commissioner) Dr. (Scott) Crawford, the conference presidents, athletic directors, coaches, SID, and players. I have the utmost respect for the KCAC and it is truly a conference that exemplifies Champions of Character."

McAfee has held the position since 2007.

"We began by mandating a summer referee camp in conjunction with the KJCCC," McAfee said. "The camp is run by Big XII officials from each position. Our staff works scrimmages with a Divison I football official standing behind them and guiding them through the process as plays develop. I think this has been the most impactful tool we have utilized since I have been here. We have expanded our search looking for the best young talent. We have utilized crew members from Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, and Iowa."

Harris began officiating in 1990, spending 21 years in the NCAA Division II Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

He was named lead official for 11 seasons. He retired after the 2016 season to help with development of new officials.

He worked three NCAA Division II bowl games and two junior college bowl games.

He served as coordinator of football officials for the Heart of America Athletic Conference from 2014 to 2021. He has been the NAIA national trainer of football officials from 2016 to the present.

He also serves as the NCAA Division II post-season game-film coordinator since 2012.

"I am excited about stepping into the role of Coordinator of Football Officials for the KCAC," Harris said. "Kurt has done a great job and it will be challenging to continue the growth of officials within our demographic. I am confident that with the support of our Conference leaders, our institutions and the number of higher-level mentors that all of us together can continue the development of our staff."

Wind Surge downs Poodles

AMARILLO, Texas — The Wichita Wind Surge has won two straight over the Amarillo Sod Poodles, winning 4-3 Thursday in Double-A Central League play in Amarillo.

Jermaine Palacios, Spencer Steer and Aaron Whitefield each hit RBI singles in the top of the ninth to rally Wichita to the win.

Steer hit a solo home run in the top of the third. Dominic Fletcher tied the game in the bottom of the third, grounding into a fielder’s choice to drive in a run.

Mikey Reynolds hit a two-run home run for Amarillo in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Steer finished the game three for five. Whitefield went two for five.

Reynolds went two for four for Amarillo.

Wichita starter Bryan Sammons struck out seven in four innings. Jovani Moran struck out five in 2.1 scoreless innings. Ryan Mason (3-2) struck out two in 1.2 innings, claiming the win. Zach Neff allowed a hit and a strikeout in the bottom of the ninth four his second save of the season.

Matt Brill (1-2) took the loss for Amarillo.

WEDNESDAY’S GAME — A Luis Alejandro Basabe home run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning broke up a no-hitter attempt for the Wichita Wind Surge, but that was all the Amarillo Sod Poodles were able to come up with in an 8-1 loss Wednesday in Amarillo.

Wichita starter Jordan Balazovic (1-1) lasted 5.2 innings pitching, allowing two walks and six strikeouts. Alex Phillips, Jhonleider Salinas and Adam Lau each contributed to the one-hitter. Phillips struck out three.

Ryne Nelson (0-1) took the loss for Amarillo, striking out six in 4.1 innings.

Wichita’s Steer went two for four hitting with a home run and three RBIs. B.J. Boyd went two for four with a home run and two RBIs. Trey Cabbage had two doubles with two RBIs.

Wednesday’s game



Balazovic (W, 1-1), Phillips 6, Salinas 8, Lau 9 and Williams; Nelson (L, 0-1), Holton 5, L.Kelly 8, Stumpo 9 and Miroglio. HR – W: Boyd (3), Steer (1). A: Basabe (7) Time — 2:55. Attendance — 4,289.

Thursday’s game



Sammons, Moran 5, Mason (W, 3-2) 7, Neff (S, 2) 9 and Williams; Frias, Bain 5, Lemieux 7, Brill (L, 1-2) 8 and Re.Martinez. HR — W: Steer (2). A: Reynolds (3). Time — 3:04. Attendance — 5,508.