Bethany President Sends Students Powerful Message About Service

By Tina Goodwin, Bethany College
August 26, 2016

Bethany College President Will Jones, demonstrated a powerful message about service today at the college’s opening convocation by washing the feet of a student.

In his address to students, faculty and staff, President Jones stated he wanted his actions to speak louder than his words, when he washed the feet of Bryanna Taylor, a senior from Monrovia, California. He challenged those at the convocation to join him in making a public statement about their willingness to serve others.

At the close of the convocation, students, faculty, staff and community members were invited to gather in the two fountains outside of the college library to wash the feet of another. “Let’s tell the wider world that Bethany College dares to be servant leaders,” President Jones said in his challenge to campus.

Jones, joined Bethany College as its 14thpresident on July 1, 2016. Today was the first time he addressed the entire campus and he focused on the college’s core value of servant leadership.

“I want to be a servant leader,” he said. “As someone who sincerely desires to follow Christ, and as a public statement of my hope that Bethany College will be a college committed to seeing our students becoming successful graduates who love God and love people, I want my actions to speak louder than my words today.”

Bethany College began classes Thursday with the largest freshman class in more than 15 years. According to preliminary registration numbers, this year’s group of 288 new students, which includes freshman and transfer students, is also the largest in more than 20 years.

Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning and service. Bethany College is on the Web atwww.bethanylb.edu.

Matthews leaves New Mexico State

By Steve Sell
August 26, 2016

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Tyler Matthews, who shattered most of McPherson High’s passing records during his two years in the program as he threw for nearly 6,000 yards, has left the New Mexico State football team, according to published reports and his own Twitter account.

“He decided he didn't want to play," New Mexico State head coach Doug Martin said in a statement released online. "I wish the kid would have stayed, but we have to move on." 

It’s been a circuitous route for Matthews. He started his career at TCU, but lost out to Trevone Boykin for the starting job. He then transferred to Southern Mississippi, where Nick Mullens put up huge numbers in front of him and was entrenched as the starter.

Matthews was a four-star recruit out of McPherson High and played in a national All-Star Game in San Antonio.

Matthews posted this on his Twitter account:

“In the past, I have been fortunate enough to have been around successful coaches who hold every player to a high standard on AND off the field. Due to the mishandling of events inside the program, I decided to part ways with New Mexico State football program. And, if I ‘quit’ because I was “named the backup,” I would have quit playing football 4 years ago.”

The incident Matthews was referring to was that junior quarterback Tyler Rogers was arrested recently for misdemeanor battery. Rogers, however, reportedly is still the starting quarterback. Reportedly, the two were nearly even during the preseason.

MHS netters may have set the tone

By Steve Sell
August 26, 2016

Friday’s favorites...

• GREAT START FOR NETTERS, MHS FALL SPORTS — Thursday’s narrow victory in the Hesston Invitational Girls Tennis Tournament could be the firestarter for a massive fall sports season at McPherson High.

The Bullpups, with three state returnees among their top six, were given a mighty push from county school Smoky Valley, which appears to have one of the best teams in coach John Bellah’s career. MHS finished just a single point ahead of the Vikings, whose No. 1 doubles team of Katie Bellah and Emily Roets was upset in the first round and that changed the entire complexion of the tournament. Bellah and Roets were fifth in the state last year.

Optimism is brimming for all MHS sports. The volleyball team, which opens Saturday at Hutchinson, should again be among the top teams in Class 4A Division I after finishing second in the state last year. The boys soccer team has a great chance to make the Final Four if some younger players can augment a strong group of returnees. The football team will tackle one of the toughest schedules in school history, but if it stays healthy should have an outstanding year. And Aspen Frey has brought a lot of optimism as the new cross country coach.

Check out all the teams, as well as the McPherson Middle School teams, at tonight's Fall Preview at McPherson Stadium. A list of events is posted elsewhere online.

• BIG WEEKEND FOR ROYALS — Kansas City's offense was rather sleepy in Miami — six runs in three games — but nevertheless the Royals came away with another series victory by taking two of three.

Kansas City really needed that game. I have a feeling it could be a rough go when the Royals play three this weekend at Boston, which has been slugging teams into submission. But at least the Royals have Ian Kennedy, Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura going, their three hottest pitchers.

The Royals can ill-afford a slump of any kind right now as they have such little margin for error. While they're not that far back in the wild-card race, there's a lot of teams between them and a playoff spot. 

The highlight of the Royals' game Thursday was Jarrod Dyson's amazing first-inning catch when he made like Spiderman scaling the wall. Dyson doesn't see much time anymore due to the emergence of Paulo Orlando and his own declining production, but that catch made everyone remember "that's what speed do," as Dyson likes to say.

 • CHIEFS AT CHICAGO — The Chiefs play their third of four exhibition games at noon Saturday in Chicago.

Somebody is going to win for the first time as both teams are 0-2. However, little stock is put in exhibition records as the Chiefs' front-line players have left each of the first two games with the lead.

The good news coming out of KC camp is that Eric Berry reportedly is going to return to the team for the first time on Sunday. He has stayed away from camp due to a contract dispute.

The secondary, at least from what I've seen, has been the weak link so far. Without Berry and the departed Sean Smith (who signed with Oakland), the back four suddenly looks vulnerable. Because of the absence of linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston due to injuries, even more pressure is on the secondary to make plays.

I'm sure Berry has kept himself in top shape and he'll make a seamless transition. While he's lost a step or two speed-wise, he's still smart and cagey, not to mention a big hitter.

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