Bethel signs

Heights senior

Bethel College volleyball coach Stacy Middleton signed Kendra Gooden of Wichita to a letter of intent to play for the Threshers beginning this fall.

A 5-foot-10 middle hitter and right-side hitter, Gooden played at Wichita Heights. She was named most improved player as a senior. She also plays for FSC Cougars.

“Thankful for this amazing opportunity and continuous check-ins and little talks from Coach Stacy,” Gooden said. “I’m excited to meet new people, have fun and be pushed.”

“We’re excited to sign Kendra to our program,” Middleton said.

“She brings versatility to the front row along with a big block. She is a hard working student-athlete that will bring excellence to the classroom and on the court. She and her family have been huge Bethel supporters and now she gets to wear the BC uniform this fall.”

Gooden was active in Falconettes, Madrigals and concert choir. She will continue to sing at Bethel. She was a four-year academic letterwinner at Heights.

She chose Bethel over Friends and Pratt Community College.

She intends to major in biology at Bethel.

Swathers sweep

dual meets

CONWAY SPRINGS — The Hesston High School boys’ tennis team claimed a pair of dual meet wins Friday at Conway Springs.

Hesston downed Conway Springs 8-1 and Central Plains 7-2 in college-style dual meets.

“We played a little different format today in playing a dual format,” Hesston coach Mark Dahlsten said. “It is good for our kids to play both singles and doubles. We played very well and all six guys had good moments. We handled a pretty good Conway team today. It is always good in this format to get five wins quickly and we did that after the singles portion. We then proceeded to play good doubles.

“Central Plains has been ranked first in the state all year and is a very good team. Logan (Gamble) beat (Devin) Ryan, who finished fifth in the state last year and Jeb (Carlson) and Jorge (Morales) beat (Kade) Beck and Brett (Liebl), who finished as state runners-up last year, so those are two impressive wins. Daniel (Casimir) went 4-0, Isaac (Decker) and Rhain (Isaac) 3-1 on the day. We had a total team effort today and played very well on the day. We are looking forward to having a few days before we compete again to work on a few things.”

Hesston plays today at the Hillsboro Invitational.

Hesston 8, Conway Springs 1

SINGLES — Logan Gamble H def. Luke Bellar CS 8-0, Jorge Morales H def. Trenton Jones CS 8-2, Jeb Carlson H def. Jacob Kautz CS 8-2, Rhain Isaac H def. Peyton Winter CS 8-7 (7-5), Colt Shobe CS def. Isaac Decker H 8-7 (7-2), Dabiel Casimir H def. Joshua Koester CS 8-1.

DOUBLES — Morales-Carlson H def. Winter-Koester CS 8-0, Decker-Caismir H def. Jones-Shobe CS 8-3, Gamble-Isaac H def. Bellar-Jones CS 8-3.

Hesston 7, Central Plains 2

SINGLES — Gamble H def. Devin Ryan CP 8-4, Brett Liebl CP def. Morales H 8-4, Carlson H def. Paxton Hammeke CP 8-3, Isaac H def. Kade Beck CP 8-4, Decker H def. J.J. Heredia CP 8-3, Casimir H def. Colton Potts CP 8-5.

DOUBLES — Morales-Carlson H def. Beck-Liebl CP 8-3, Casimir-Decker H def. Potts-Heredia CP 8-1, Ryan-Hammeke CP def. Gamble-Isaac H 8-2.

State tennis

rankings set

Below are the weekly Kansas Tennis Coaches Association prep boys’ tennis team rankings:

Class 6A — 1. Shawnee Mission East (last week 1), 2. Blue Valley West (2), 3. Blue Valley-Stilwell (3), 4. Lawrence Free State (4), 5. Blue Valley North (NR). Others: Blue Valley Northwest (5), Topeka Washburn Rural, Shawnee Mission Northwest.

Class 5A — 1. Wichita Carroll (1), 2. Valley Center (2), 3. Maize (3), 4. Salina Central (4), 5. St. James Academy (5). Others: Andover, Olathe West, Goddard Eisenhower.

Class 4A — 1. McPherson (1), 2. Wichita Collegiate (2), 3. Andover Central (3), 4. Arkansas City (4), 5. Topeka Hayden (5). Others: Smoky Valley, Buhler, Independence.

Class 3-2-1A — 1. HESSTON (2), 2. Maranatha Academy (3), 3. Central Plains-Claflin (1), 4. Sterling (4), 5. Conway Springs (5). Others: Ellsworth, Wichita Independent, Kansas City Christian.

Thunder drops

two games

WICHITA — The Wichita Thunder is down two games in a best-of-seven series against the Colorado Eagles in the ECHL Kelly Cup divisional semifinals.

Colorado won 2-1 in overtime Sunday and 5-2 Monday. Both games were at the INTRUST Bank Arena.

In Sunday’s game, Wichita scored in the first period on a goal by Lane Bauer with assists from Etienne Boutet and Steven Iacobellis.

Colorado tied the game midway in the third period on a power-play goal by Drayson Bowman with assists from Michael Joly and Brady Shaw.

J.C. Beaudin scored the game winner 5:23 into the overtime period with assists from Matt Register and Collin Bowman. The game-winner was a short-handed goal.

Wichita was outshot 39-14. Joe Cannata had 13 saves for Colorado. Shane Starrett had 37 saves for Wichita.

In Monday’s game, Wichita took a 2-1 lead, but gave up four unanswered goals. Joey Ratelle had a goal with an assist to lead the Eagles. Collin Bowman, Ryan Olsen, Joly and Julien Nantel each added a goal. Beaudin, Register and Drayson Bowman each had two assists.

Travis Brown has a goal with an assist for Wichita. Dyson Stevenson added a goal.

Wichita was outshot 33-27. Cannata had 25 saves for Colorado. Starrett had 28 saves for Wichita.

Game three is 8:05 p.m. Wednesday in Loveland, Colo.