LOCAL AND STATE
WU's Ballentine to play in Senior Bowl
Washburn senior cornerback and kick returner Corey Ballentine has been selected to play in the 2019 Senior Bowl, which is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Ladd-Peeble Stadium in Mobile, Ala.
Ballentine is the first Ichabod ever selected for the Senior Bowl, which features senior collegiate football players and NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South. He is a two-time first-team All-MIAA defensive back who also earned third-team honors as a return specialist this past season.
Senior Bowl practices on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday leading up to the Saturday game will be televised live by NFL Network. The Wednesday and Thursday practices also will be covered live by ESPN and ESPNU.
"We are thrilled that Corey Ballentine will be coming to the Senior Bowl this year," Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy said. "He is a really intriguing player. His speed was obvious when we saw him play live this fall. Just as important as the physical talent, he is also the type of high-character person that NFL teams will want to try to develop. Corey has a chance to be one of the highest drafted small-school players in this year's draft."
A former Shawnee Heights standout, Ballentine finished his career with 186 tackles, including 50 as a senior. He added 10 tackles for loss, five interceptions and four blocked kicks, which ranks second on WU's career chart.
Ballentine also ranks seventh at WU with 1,166 career kickoff return yards.
Three WU spikers earn all-region accolades
Washburn's Allison Maxwell earned first-team recognition and Chris Herron was named coach of the year Wednesday when the American Volleyball Coaches Association released its All-Central Regional volleyball team.
Setter Shayla Conner also received honorable-mention all-region honors for the Ichabods.
Maxwell, a 6-foot-1 sophomore middle hitter, is the 26th Ichabod to be named to the AVCA's all-region first team. The native of Jefferson City, Mo., leads the Ichabods in kills (371) and blocks (120).
Herron, who is 503-102 in his 17th season at Washburn, was named the region's top coach for the second time in his career. He has led Washburn to a 32-4 record and the Central Region championship this season entering next week's national quarterfinals at Pittsburgh.
The Ichabods are seeded fifth in the Elite Eight and will play No. 4 seed Wingate (34-1) at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29.
Conner, a senior from Kearney, Neb., heads to the Elite Eight with 1,225 assists.
Hayden product Arnold an all-region pick
Former Hayden standout Kalie Arnold was one of three Rockhurst volleyball players named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Midwest Region first team on Wednesday.
Arnold, a senior libero, broke Rockhurst's single-season record for digs with 913 this year and ranks No. 4 all-time at the school with 1,725 career digs. She leads NCAA Division II in total digs this year.
Joining Arnold on the all-region first team from Rockhurst were junior outside hitters Karli Reichert and Alyssa Woodman.
Reichert, who led the Hawks with 522 kills, was selected as the Midwest Region player of the year by the AVCA. Woodman was second on the team with 494 kills, helping No. 22 Rockhurst to a 32-7 record that included a loss to Lewis in the Midwest Regional championship match.
Zumach leads K-State past TCU
Redshirt senior Kylee Zumach stroked a season-high 21 kills Wednesday afternoon to lead Kansas State to a 25-27, 25-23, 25-21, 25-21 victory against TCU in the regular-season finale for both teams at The Rickel in Fort Worth, Texas.
Zumach hit .409 to help K-State (15-12, 5-11 Big 12) snap a four-match losing skid to TCU (15-12, 7-9). Gloria Mutiri, a freshman, contributed 15 kills on .419 hitting with 11 digs for her third double-double of the season. Brooke Heyne added 11 kills for the Wildcats.
Setter Sarah Dixon orchestrated K-State's attack, delivering 56 assists, a career high for a four-set match, and leading the Wildcats to a 67-56 edge in total kills.