Happenings from around the state’s small-college conferences:
-Fort Hays State senior defensive lineman Aaron Burton played well in a season-opening loss to Emporia State. Here’s an article on Burton from Conor Nicholl of the Hays Daily News. The Tigers get a shot at redemption on Saturday when they host No. 15 Washburn, where FHSU coach Chris Brown was a coordinator at before he came to Hays.
-It’s no surprise that Emporia State’s volleyball team is off to a 4-0 start and in first place in the MIAA. The team that is a surprise at 4-0 is Fort Hays State, which is off to its best start since 2004.
-Bethany’s football team was the lone winner out of the KCAC in openers – here’s my story from Kansas.com and in Wednesday’s Eagle. Bethany sophomore defensive end Steven Williams (8 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack) was named KCAC defensive player of the week.
-McPherson goalie and Wichita native Taylor Parrott was named the KCAC defensive player of the week after shutting out York in the second half and overtime of the Bulldogs’ 2-1 win. McPherson trailed 1-0 before rallying.
-Butler football opened up $12 million BG Products Veterans Sports Complex with a 28-10 win over No. 5 Navarro in front of over 6,000. Here’s the story from The Wichita Eagle’s Jeff Lutz, who was in El Dorado.
-Top-ranked Cowley volleyball started the season 6-0, but has been off since Aug. 28 and have a big Jayhawk East test on Wednesday at Coffeyville. The Red Ravens are 6-1.