Newman baseball chasing school history


Here’s my feature on the Newman University baseball team from – it will run in Thursday’s Eagle. Interesting to watch the evolution of this team over the last two years under coach Zane Ehling, a Hutch native who also played for Butler Community College and Newman. Ehling’s grass-root recruiting efforts are paying big dividends for the Jets – 26 of the 32 players on the Newman roster have Kansas connections either via high school, the Jayhawk Conference or both. And their top guys – pitchers Brandon Droge (Topeka ¬†Hayden/Johnson CC), Kyle Burkhardt (Topeka Highland Park/Highland CC) and catcher Ruben Marrero (Cowley) are all prime examples of that.

The Jets have a home game next Tuesday against Emporia State that should draw a pretty big crowd to McCarthy Field – where fans, for the first time, have real bleachers to sit in.

Also, here’s an article by Eagle correspondent Paige Feikert on the Newman women’s bowling team heading to the national tournament.