Kansas freshman Ricardo Amezcua has earned an individual berth into the NCAA cross country championships. Amezcua placed sixth at the NCAA Midwest Regional last Saturday in Ames, Iowa.
Under NCAA guidelines, the top two teams from each regino, four at large teams and the top three runners not from those teams earn automatic bids to the NCAA meet. Nebraska was selected as an at-large team Monday, moving Amezcua into the top three individual finishers in the region.
"He is very deserving," KU coach Gary Schwartz said. "With competition like that, there are a lot of deserving people and he had to work very hard to get there. With his training, his mind and the course at Furman (University), he has a chance of being an All-American."
The NCAA meet will be held Nov. 24 in Greenville, S.C.
with Emporia State
Lawrence High senior Todd Heitshusen, an all-Sunflower League performer as a junior, has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Emporia State.
Heitshusen, a 6-foot-1 guard, averaged 19 points a game to lead the Lions last season. He made 33 three-pointers and shot 80 percent from the free-throw line.
Lawrence High senior Laura Rhodes has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Rockhurst in Kansas City, Mo.
Rhodes, a 5-foot-10 forward, averaged seven points a game for the Lions last season. She recently was named to the all-Sunflower League volleyball team's second squad.
South girls basketball falls
Olathe -- South's ninth grade girls basketball team fell to Olathe Oregon Trail, 38-31, on Monday. Katie Bell led the Cougars with 13 points, Emily Schwartz had eight points and Katie Booker contributed five. South travel to Central today.
to Topeka Logan
Central dropped a ninth-grade girls basketball decision to Topeka Logan on Monday at Central. Joy Jackson led the Mustangs with 11 points. Central's ninth-grade B-team beat Logan, 23-19.
Logan also beat Central in the eighth-grade A-team game, 27-22. Sarah Rooney scored 10 points for Central. The Mustangs' B team beat Logan, 27-22. Staci Garland scored eight points in both the A- and B-team games.
Central will entertain South today in ninth-grade games, and South will play host to Central's eighth-grade teams.
tops McPherson, 77-60
Baldwin -- Baker University's men's basketball team jumped to a 43-29 lead in the first half and cruised to a 77-60 victory over McPherson College on Monday.
The Wildcats (3-2) were led by Brent Dorsey, who had 22 points, and Kyle Deterding, who added 12 points and five rebounds. Baker drained seven of 11 three-point field goals before intermission.