ROLL CALL (this … is spring?)


Is it? This weather? This no golfing, no fun, no lazy days on a patio rut we’re stuck in? Wait, wait, wait … I’m sorry. I’m whining like Woody Austin on Sports Daily Wednesday morning (PA-PA-PA-POOR ME WHY’S EVERYBODY LIKE TIGER SO MUCH I-I-IMA MISUNDERSTOOD THEY’S ONLY 30 EVENTS ON THE TOUR AND HE’Z ONLY AT 19 THAT LEAVES LIKE … 20 or more THAT HE’S NOT AT! HIBBIDY HOO WHERES MY PUTTER MA?)

Anyways. Here’s Roll Call, and FYI Wichitan Megan VinZant had a big week for Friends:




HEARTLAND: Newman catcher Trent Bierman did pretty well by himself in two wins over Incarnate Word this week, going 7 for 13 with three doubles and five runs to grab Heartland Conference player of the week honors. The Jets travel to play Lincoln (Mo.) starting Friday.

KCAC: Kansas Wesleyan senior outfielder Brandon Mathes took co-KCAC player of the week honors after the Mustang, Okla., native went 12 for 18 this week … and his most impressive outing was in a loss to Wichita State where he went 4 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI. Nice. He shared the award with Tabor’s Paul Bridenbaugh. KWU’s Brian Dobyns was the pitcher of the week.




Welcome to the home run-friendly part of Roll Call. KCAC co-player of the week Megan VinZant, a senior shortstop from Kapaun, went 9 for 12 in four games for Friends last week, hitting 2 doubles, 3 homers and putting 11 RBIs in the books. As for Cowley College sophomore Kashilia Young … how’s 32 home runs last year (first in the nation) and 17 so far this year (2nd so far)? PING (hear that?) PING!!!! Bethany’s Jacquelyn Hernandez shared honors with VinZant while Bethany’s Stephanie Taylor and Sterling’s Jaime Quick were co-pitchers of the week in the KCAC.


MIAA. Bryan Haynes. Fort Hayes State. Pitt State meet. 1st in the 100. 1st in the 200. What more can I say?

Emporia State’s Josh Honeycutt put a stranglehold on field athlete honors, posting a school-record in the triple jump — 53 feet, 9.25 inches — which qualified him for the NCAA DII nationals and was the 14th best jump in the world so far this year.

Southwestern sprinter Collon Siler was the track athlete of the week in the KCAC and teammate Erica Joiner took women’s honors. Southwestern javelin thrower Andy Baron was the field POW as was Ottawa’s Courtney Harris. Yes, Southwestern is good.




Washburn’s Matt Ewald is nice on a golf course. Dude went down to the Northern Alabama Classic, only got to play two rounds and took home medalist honors by shooting 1-over in really bad weather. He’s not giving anybody else in the MIAA much breathing room right now … this is the third straight golfer of the week honor for Ewald. Ottawa’s Zach Kasletic and Amy Wolfe swept the KCAC awards.


Back to Newman, where Megan Lowe was the Heartland Conference player of the week. Lowe helped the Jets to an 8-1 win over Oklahoma Wesleyan with a win at No. 2 doubles and No. 2 singles.

That’s it. It’s raining. My advice? Go see this movie, it’ll cheer you up. I’m OUT.