Prairie Fire Spring Half Marathon
Prairie Fire Marathon
2017 Greater Wichita Sports Banquet featuring the Johnny Bench Award
Welcome to the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission
We have compiled a listing of sporting events, attractions, tournaments and facility information which we hope you will find helpful and beneficial.
Sports Commission adds two to staff
The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced that Josh Howell has been named the Director of Development, Events & Marketing and Carson McAfee is now the Volunteer and Event Coordinator.
Howell joins the Sports Commission after a three-year stint at INTRUST Bank Arena. He also has experience working in the athletic departments at the University of Arkansas, Wichita State University and the University of Arizona. He received his Masters of Education in Sports Management from Wichita State University.
McAfee began his duties as the volunteer and event coordinator on September 6th. He is a recent graduate of Wichita State University, earning his B.A. in Sports Management. The Wichita native is a graduate of Wichita Northwest High School.
Welcome to the team!
Welcome Home Nico!
Congratulations Olympian, Nico Hernandez, on your bronze medal!
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.|