LINDSBORG — Bethany College and Kansas Wesleyan created the “Smoky Hill Showdown” last year, with a cup going to the school that won the most events during the school year.
As it turned out, nobody won. The schools split 44 events, which included a Red Cross blood drive, reading program and an event called the pigskin pass to go along with the regular athletic events.
Kansas Wesleyan was up early, going 11-3 during the fall. But the Swedes came roaring back, going 8-4 over the winter and 11-7 during the spring.
“The First Bank Kansas Smoky Hill Showdown was a great way to feature one of the best rivalries in the NAIA," Bethany Athletic Director Dane Pavlovich said in a release. "Not only did the format allow us to feature great competition, but it also emphasized some of the great service activities that our student-athletes participate in. We are excited to break the tie from this year during the 2018-2019 year and bring the trophy to Lindsborg."