Category Archives: Bethel

Wichita Wild sign Bethel’s James McCartney

JAMES McCARTNEY

JAMES McCARTNEY

Just got this little tidbit from the Wichita Wild — they’ve signed Bethel defensive lineman James McCartney. JM, if you remember, was the KCAC defensive player of the year the last two seasons … he’s a Hesston native, about 6-feet tall and 300 pounds. Salina Journal sports guru Bob Davidson told me he might be the best KCAC d-lineman he’d ever seen, and I don’t think I saw anybody that could block him in the two years I covered him . I’m excited to watch him play for the Wild — I like that they’re not adverse to signing KCAC guys, as they had former Friends linebacker Tanis Ready on their roster last year. The Indoor game might take some getting used to, but JM could be invaluable.

Here’s our release:

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The Wild indoor team signed defensive linemen Colin Bryant and James McCartney. Bryant played for the Wichita Stealth in 2004 and spent the 2005-07 seasons in the Arena Football League. McCartney finished his collegiate at career at Bethel last fall as the KCAC’s defensive player of the year.



Bethel College’s crazy trick play

You’ve got to check this out — it got picked up as one of the lead stories on Yahoo! – This really is nuts. I guess when it’s your last game …

Bethel’s Mike Moore resigns

MIKE MOORE

MIKE MOORE

Just got off the phone with Mike Moore, who resigned after 10 seasons as the Bethel football coach today. It’s a situation where Moore wants to spend more quality time with his family — he’s got kids that are 15, 13 and 11 — and something he said he’s been thinking about for awhile now. My take? Great coach — and a great hire for any area high school program, which would make sense because he’s going to keep his family in the community. And he wouldn’t have to be out recruiting, which eats up the biggest portion of your time in the offseason.

I’ve got a story about this in tomorrow’s Eagle, until then here’s the release from Bethel, including defensive coordinator Travis Graber being named the interim coach:

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Paige McKinney

PAIGE MCKINNEY

PAIGE MCKINNEY

Props to Bethel’s Paige McKinney — the tennis standout from Newton HS was named a first-team NAIA All-American earlier this week. That’s nothing to sneeze at in a sport dominated by warm weather schools, i.e. Cali and the South. McKinney was the only KCAC player to make the team after leading the Threshers to the KCAC Tournament title and the NAIA National Tournament.

You’ll see the Bethel Web Site lists her as a junior but the KCAC and the NAIA both have her as a senior. By my math this should be her junior year … I found a story from September 2004 by yours truly in his Eagle correspondent days that said she was a junior so that would have made her Class of 2006. Just wondering.

Here’s a crazy fact — out of the 16 first-teamers this year, they represent 14 different countries.

But there’s only one from Kansas.

-TA

Volleyball madness is spreading

There is no shortage of potent volleyball matches and great storylines headed into the weekend, with the Wasbhurn-Emporia State tilt Friday in Topeka getting top billing.

ARICA

ARICA

Where to start with this one? Two top ten teams squaring off (Washburn is No. 9, ESU is No. 10)? The MIAA

ASHLEY

ASHLEY

title on the line? Or the sister vs. sister battle between Emporia State All-American hitter Arica Shepard and twin sister Ashley, the top hitter for Washburn?

I’ll take ‘em all.

The Hornets are on a 19-match winning streak, and are 8-0 in MIAA play. They’ve never won an MIAA title. Washburn’s two conference losses were on the road to ranked opponents Truman State (No. 12) and Central Missouri (No. 14). I’m otherwise occupied, otherwise I’d be up the Turnpike to see this one. Go if you can and let me know about it. Will all of Rossville be there? I hope so.

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Braden Dragomir and Ryan Covey

Big props to Bethel football player Braden Dragomir and Sterling soccer player Ryan Covey for their national awards this week — Dragomir was named the NAIA special teams player of the week and Covey was the NAIA men’s soccer player of the week. Not bad work, fellas. Dragomir made one field-goal attempt (52 yards), made 5 of 5 PAT attempts, and had 6 kickoffs for 310 yards (long 70 yards). The 52-yard field goal set a new school record for the longest field goal made, breaking a nine-year-old record set back in 1999. Covey recorded a hat trick and two assists in Sterling’s 6-2 victory over Southwestern on Tuesday. Covey then again scored three goals in their 4-0 shutout over Bethel on Saturday. He now has scored thirteen goals and has five assists so far this season.

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