BC's Johnson continues to be decorated with honors

By Steve Sell
July 24, 2014

LINDSBORG — Bethany College’s Ben Johnson was a star both on and off the golf course this past year.

Johnson, the Swedes’ mainstay, recently was named a 2014 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar.

"Ben has certainly worked hard over his career in order to achieve such awards,” Bethany coach Jon Daniels said. "It is a credit to him and his work ethic. He makes me a better coach every day."

In order to be eligible for the Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar honor, an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50 percent of his team's competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I, 78.0 in Division II, 77.0 in NAIA, and 79.0 in Division III and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2. In addition, a recipient must be of high moral character and be in good standing at the college or university.

There were 207 players in Division I to earn the honor, followed by 75 in Division II and 11 in NAIA. In addition, 46 honorees were added to the Division III category that had been previously released.

Johnson needs to back up the truck for all the honors he received this past year. He was named NAIA PING All-Region, NAIA Nationals All-Tournament Team, and was a NAIA third-teamAll-American.He was also a KCAC Scholar-Athlete.

He finished in a tie for 12th at NAIA Nationals at the LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. with a three-round total of 216. During the year, he won three tournaments, tied for first in another and was named KCAC Men's Golfer of the week three times. 

His 36-hole score of 137, a third-place finish at the Oklahoma Baptist University Invitational, is tied for third on the all-time Bethany College record list for the best 36-hole tournament. He is also tied for third on the list for his 18-hole performance at the OBU Invitational, a first-round 67, and for his 67 at the Salina Municipal Golf Course on the second day of the Swede Spring Invitational.

Post 24 stays alive at state with 11-1 rout

By Steve Sell
July 24, 2014

LEAVENWORTH — The long road back through the loser’s bracket of the Class A American Legion State Baseball Tournament is an arduous one.

So McPherson Post 24 didn’t want to waste any more time than it had to in its first game of what it hopes to be a lengthy run.

McPherson plated eight first-inning runs Thursday morning as a springboard to an 11-1 rout of Dodge City, a game ended in just over an hour because of the run-rule.

McPherson moves on to play at 12:30 p.m. Friday against the loser of today’s semifinal game between Paola and Doniphan.

“We played much better today,” said McPherson coach Tony Schmidt, whose team improved to 23-7. “We were much more relaxed. Everybody hit the ball.”

Micah McCulley worked the first two innings before Jack Reifschneider came on after McPherson had built its substantial lead. Schmidt said by limiting McCulley’s innings, he’ll be available as early as Friday. One thing McPherson has going for it in a double-elimination tournament is plenty of arms to call on.

Schmidt said Post 24 hit up and down the lineup, but a key play was a bunt in the first inning by Casen Hoover, which wound up scoring two runs.

McPherson has yet to use standout pitcher Caleb Schmidt, so it appears to be in good shape for the long haul.

Former Bethany baseball star Fields burning up the basepaths

By Steve Sell
July 24, 2014

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Former Bethany College star outfielder Roemon Fields is speedily making his mark at the professional baseball level.

The former NAIA honorable mention All-American recently broke the single-season stolen base record of the Low Class A Vancouver Canadians with his 26th pilfer of the year.

He actually tied and broke the record on the same night, stealing second base before moments later stealing third.

Fields, from Seattle, Wash., is a member of the Toronto Blue Jays’ organization. He went undrafted out of Bethany, where hit hit .348 his senior year in 2013. Following graduation, he was working as a mailman before learning of a showcase tournament, where he caught the eye of a Toronto scout, who quickly signed him.

Through 37 games, Fields is hitting .300 with 28 steals in 33 attempts.  He also has collected nine doubles and two triples, while still seeking his first homer of the season.

He is playing at a level where most of the teams are made up of teenagers just out of high school, but his speed and ability on the basepaths will surely catch the eye of the organization.

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