Moreno named interim AD at Bethany

By Sara Killgore, Bethany SID
March 22, 2019

LINDSBORG – Bethany College announced on Friday that Laura Moreno will serve as interim athletic director.

"Coach Moreno has the right set of skills, competitive drive and core values to serve as an excellent leader of our athletics division. She is the quintessential Bethany alumna, a successful professional who loves God and who loves people," Bethany President Will Jones said.

Moreno will immediately take on this role along with her duties as head softball coach. Her appointment as interim athletic director is for one year.

She replaces Dane Pavlovich, who recently resigned his position.

“I would like to thank President Jones for entrusting me to serve as the interim athletic director. As a Bethany alumna, I am honored, humbled and excited for the opportunity to help lead the Bethany College athletics division," Moreno said. "Bethany is a tremendous institution that holds a special place in my heart and I am thrilled to work with a quality group of coaches, students, staff, faculty, and administration. Rockar Stockar, Go Swedes.”

Moreno has been a member of the Bethany College community since she arrived as a student on campus in August of 2007. She was a two-year member of the Bethany softball team and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sports Management with Magna Cum Laude honors.

Moreno served as an assistant softball coach for the Swedes for a year before moving to a head coaching position at Brown Mackie College in Salina. She was at Brown Mackie from August 2013 to July 2015. While at Brown Mackie, Moreno led her team to two NJCAA Region VI Tournament qualifications and a 27-26 record in 2012, the most wins in over 11 years of the program. Her team earned an average GPA of 3.0 in 2013 and 3.2 in 2012, earning NJCAA All-Academic Team honors in 2012. During this time, Moreno also recruited the most softball student-athletes in school history.

Moreno then returned to Bethany to serve as an assistant softball coach, athletics administrative assistant and assistant sports information director. After two years, Moreno stepped into the head softball coaching position, adding the responsibilities of Assistant Athletic Director in September of 2017.

While serving as a head coach at Bethany, Moreno has maintained a 45-plus program roster. She also coached 17 All-Kansas Collegiate Athletics Conference (KCAC) selections, 27 KCAC Scholar Athletes, 14 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes, and helped lead the 2016 team to a KCAC Tournament Championship Runner-Up finish. Moreno serves as the Bethany College Champion of Character liaison to the KCAC and her teams earned KCAC Team of Character honors in 2017 and 2018. Moreno has also served on Bethany College Staff Senate and the Strategic Planning Committee.

"At the end of this year, it is my hope to name coach Moreno as the dean of athletics. This period of time will provide her with an opportunity to earn the position and to decide if full-time athletic administration is a vocation she would like to pursue," President Jones stated.

MHS to host baseball, softball quads next week

By Steve Sell
March 22, 2019

McPherson High will be hosting baseball and softball quads on Monday and Tuesday at Grant Complex.

On Monday, here are the JV baseball matchups:

4:00 — McPherson vs. Great Bend (Field C); Andover vs. Junction City (Field D)

6:00 — McPherson vs. Junction City (Field C); Andover vs. Great Bend (Field D)

Here are the JV softball matchups for Monday:

4:00 — McPherson vs. Manhattan (Field B); Great Bend vs. Andover (Field A)

6:00 — Winners of 4:00 games on Field B; losers on Field A

On Tuesday, here are the varsity pairings for baseball:

4:00 — McPherson vs. Great Bend (Field C); Andover vs. Junction City (Field D)

6:00 — McPherson vs. Junction City (Field C); Andover vs. Great Bend (Field D)

Here are the pairings for varsity softball:

4:00 — McPherson vs. Andover (Field B); Great Bend vs. Manhattan (Field A)

6:00 — Winners of 4:00 games on Field B; losers on Field A.

Is KU starting to turn it around?

By Steve Sell
March 22, 2019

Day 1 of the Kansas Jayhawks’ redemption tour began on Thursday as the Crimson and Blue scored an unlikely 87-53 rout of overmatched Northeastern in Salt Lake City.

It seems when they were a No. 1 or 2 seed, the Jayhawks typically let their first-round opponent hang around before pulling away in the final 10 minutes.

But on this day, the Jayhawks — a lowly No. 4 seed by their standards — took command midway through the first half and turned it into a laugher with a 32-6 blitz during the second half.

I’m not sure many people saw this coming since the Jayhawks have been wildly erratic and have been downright pedestrian away from Allen Field House.

But they played to their strengths and took away the Huskies’ strength — 3-point shooting. Northeastern, reputed to be one of the best 3-point teams in the country —  made only 6 of 28 from beyond the arc and star sniper Vasa Pusica endured a miserable 2-of-13 day from the field. Nearly half of Northeastern’s shots came from beyond the arc (28 of the 57) and KU took advantage of its size to dominate the glass for a 45-27 margin.

It’s just one complete game and I wouldn’t read too much into it, as KU fans should be wary of Saturday’s game with Auburn, which survived to win its opener with New Mexico State by a single point. The Tigers have been playing well in March and certainly will be a handful.

There were several positives to take away from Thursday though. Even though the game will quickly be forgotten, KU can build on...

... KJ Lawson emerging from being MIA. The “other” Lawson scored 13 points off the bench and played 23 minutes. He’s virtually contributed nothing all year, other than to cheerlead for his younger brother.

... Dedric Lawson’s latest double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds. He had a big advantage inside and was able to finish. He showed more strength and energy as he’s seemingly been exhausted in recent games despite putting up decent numbers.

... Devon Dotson’s continued success. He’s a rising star and has cast a huge shadow over his more heralded teammate Quentin Grimes, who scored just 3 points and couldn’t throw it in the ocean from 3. Dotson scored 18, but did tweak an ankle. Why Bill Self had him on the floor at the 5-minute mark is a mystery.

.... Ochai Agbaji’s shot came back from the dead. His line drive jumper was on the mark as he made 5 of 5. He played like the Agbaji of the first 10 games.

... Marcus Garrett had yet another unsung game — 8 points, 5 rebounds and great defense.

... Mitch Lightfoot, who Self still doesn’t trust, scored 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in just 13 minutes. Free Mitch! He should be playing more.

I would just like to see the Jayhawks make the Sweet 16. Given all they have been through this year, just to have a chance to play North Carolina and old coach Roy Williams would be a positive. I don’t think they would stand a prayer against the Tar Heels, but at least getting there salvages the season.

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