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.
82nd Annual NBC World Series
The Santa Barbara Foresters defeated the Hays Lark 6-2 to win 2016 NBC World Series.
The title is the sixth for the Foresters, who went undefeated in pool play and won three more games in the single-elimination playoffs to join previous titles in 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2014.
The 82nd annual tournament was the first one under a pool play/knockout round playoffs, in which 16 teams battled in four pools of four teams each. The pool champions in the first week played for the right to advance to Championship week, while during Championship Week both the pool winners and second-place teams advanced to the single-elimination quarterfinals, finals and championship.
2016 Greater Wichita Sports Banquet
June 30, 2016 -
It was an evening of celebration at the 19th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet as local awards were handed out in various categories. The event concluded with Johnny Bench, former Cincinnati Reds catcher and Hall of Famer, as he presented the Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com to Miami catcher, Zack Collins. Logan Ice of Oregon State and Keith Skinner of North Florida were also finalists for the award.
The annual banquet recognizes the achievements and dedication of local youth, high school, college and professional athletes and coaches. The winners were:
Former MLB catcher, Jim Sundberg delivered the keynote address, delivering an inspiring message about turning negatives into positives in order to persevere and keep going forward.
As a token of appreciation, Johnny Bench gave his commemorative ring celebrating the Reds 40th anniversary of their World Series to Bob Hanson for his work on the annual award.
“The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission would like to congratulate all of the award finalists and especially Zack Collins, the Johnny Bench National Collegiate Catcher of the Year,” stated Bob Hanson, president/CEO. “They represent their teams and universities in a remarkable manner.”
|Amanda Kakoulias, Andover Central High School – Lynette Woodard High School Female Athlete of the Year||Creighton Sanders, Wichita Heights High School – Barry Sanders High School Male Athlete of the Year|
|Antwain Scales, Wichita South High School – High School Coach of the Year (Women’s Sports)||Mitch Fiegel, Wichita Collegiate High School – High School Coach of the Year (Men’s Sports)|
|Brynn Minor, Butler Community College – Junior College Female Athlete of the Year||Brylie Ware, Neosho County Community College – Junior College Male Athlete of the Year|
|Cacy Williams, Wichita State University – College Female Athlete of the Year, accepted by her grandpa Bill Casey.||Ron Baker, Wichita State University – College Male Athlete of the Year, accepted by assistant coach Kyle Linsted.|
|Doug Chance, Butler Community College– Gene Stephenson Coach of the Year||Clarence Anderson, Wichita Force – Professional Athlete of the Year|
|Wichita Force – Award of Success||Jim Sundberg delivering the keynote address.|
|Zack Collins, Keith Skinner, Logan Ice & Johnny Bench||Zack Collins addresses the audience after being named the 2016 Johnny Bench National Collegiate Catcher of the Year.|
2016 Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com
June 6, 2016 3:00 p.m. CST
The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced today the finalists for the 2016 Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com.
The Johnny Bench Award finalists are (in alphabetical order):
• Zack Collins, University of Miami JR
• Logan Ice, Oregon State University JR
• Keith Skinner, University of North Florida SR
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 19th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 30, 2016.Read more...
2016 Prairie Fire Spring Half Marathon
Sunday, May 1, 2016 - It was a cool, Spring day as 2,400 runners took to the streets of Wichita for the 2016 Prairie Fire Spring Races.
Peter Chebii of Wichita won the men's half marathon in 1:07:42. Valentine Kibet of High Falls NY took the ladies crown with a time of 1:18:04.
In the 5K race, Matt Fouts of Goddard led the pack with a time of 18:48. The female winner, Jalayne Bacon of Wichita, finished in 2nd overall with a time of 19:12.
The Prairie Fire Marathon will take place on October 9, 2016. Along with the 26.2 mile event will be a half marathon, 5K, youth marathon and one mile fun run/walk.
Visit www.prairiefiremarathon.com to view a complete list of race results or to learn how you can participate in the fall races.