Prairie Fire Spring Half Marathon
Prairie Fire Marathon
2017 Greater Wichita Sports Banquet featuring the Johnny Bench Award
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We have compiled a listing of sporting events, attractions, tournaments and facility information which we hope you will find helpful and beneficial.
Wichita Selected to host NCAA 1st/2nd Rounds in 2021
Area basketball fans won't have to wait long for another taste of March Madness. Wichita has been selected as a First and Second Round site for the 2021 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championships, the NCAA announced today.
Wichita State University will serve as host, in partnership with INTRUST Bank Arena, Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission, Visit Wichita, Sedgwick County and the City of Wichita.
In November of 2014 members of that group completed a successful bid for 2018 First and Second Round games, returning the NCAA Men's Basketball Championships to Wichita for the first time in 24 years. Tuesday's announcement continues the momentum.
"Landing the 2018 tournament was significant, but our goal all along has been to make Wichita a regular host. Securing a second bid for 2021 is another step in that direction," said WSU Associate Athletic Director and tournament manager, Brad Pittman. "We're grateful for the many groups that pulled together to make this happen and look forward to another opportunity to showcase our university and community."
The four First Round contests on Friday, March 19, 2021 and two Second Round matchups on Sunday, March 21 will all take place at INTRUST Bank Arena in downtown Wichita.
2017 Greater Wichita Sports Banquet
Join us on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at the Hyatt Region Wichita as we celebrate spor ts excellence in south-central Kansas at the 20th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet! Various awards will be given out, including the annual Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com.
This year's keynote speaker is Tom Paciorek, who played eighteen seasons in Major League Baseball as an outfielder and first baseman. He appeared twice in the postseason, with the National League (NL) Champion Dodgers in 1974 and the American League (AL) West-winning White Sox in 1983.
Paciorek played baseball and football for the University of Houston from 1965 to 1968. A defensive back, he was picked by the Miami Dolphins in the ninth round of the 1968 NFL Draft. As a part of the Houston Cougars baseball club, he was named to the All-Tournament team after the Cougars became the national runner-up in the 1967 College World Series. He was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016.
Following his retirement as an active player, he worked as a color commentator for various MLB clubs
This Week's Events!
Tuesday, April 18
6:00pm Friends BSB vs. Oklahoma City University
Wednesday, April 19
3:00pm WSU SB vs. Missouri St. DH
3:00pm NU BSB vs. William Jewell
6:00pm WSU BSB vs. KU
Friday, April 21
4:00pm Newman SB vs. St. Edward's DH
Saturday, April 22
9:00am WSU TennisW vs. Illinois State, Bradley
12:00pm Newman SB vs. St. Edward's
1:00pm Friends SB vs. York DH
3:00pm Friends Tennis vs. Kansas Wesleyan
2017 Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com
The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission has added ten catchers to the official watch list the 2017 Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com:
Brent Diaz Lousiana Tech University JR
Ignacio Diaz University of Californa, Davis SR
Alex Dunlap Stanford University SR
Joe Freiday, Jr. Virginia Tech JR
Brett Helmbrecht Coppin State University JR
Grant Koch University of Arkansas SO
Zach Minnick Campbell University SO
Adan Ordonez North Carolina A&T University JR
Cody Roberts University of North Carolina SO
Brock Weimer Southern Illinois University Edwardsville SO
So far, 107 catchers have been nominated by their schools for the award.
The watch list will be narrowed down to the semifinalists, whom will be announced May 17, 2017. Ballots will be sent to the national voting panel at the end of May for a vote to determine the three finalists. The finalists will be announced June 5, 2017. A final vote among the national committee will occur during the College World Series. All finalists will be brought to Wichita and the winner will be announced at the 20th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 29, 2017.
2017 Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com Watch List (updated 4/21/17)