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Pioneers football to play at ODAC

With the home grandstand at Pioneer Stadium condemned, MidAmerica Nazarene University’s football team will play its home games at the Olathe District Activity Center for the 2012 season.

The Pioneers’ aging on-campus stadium was deemed unsafe by structural engineers in the spring and a search for a new home immediately got underway.

Led by coach Jonathan Quinn, MNU is 32-5 with two Heart of America Athletic Conference titles and three playoff appearances in the last three seasons.

The Pioneers, who reached the NAIA semifinals in 2010, open the season ranked No. 5 in the nation.

The first home game at ODAC will be at 6 p.m. Sept 8 against No. 9 Missouri Valley.

Stewart adds another honor

Olathe East sophomore Allison Stewart was among 30 players chosen as ESPNHS softball All-Americans.

Stewart, who will be a junior pitcher and first baseman next season for the Hawks, was one of two sophomores to receive the honor.

She was a first-team All-America pick as an infielder after batting .532 with five home runs and a school-record 52 RBIs in helping East win the Kansas 6A state championship.

Stewart, who has committed to Arkansas, also was the Kansas Gatorade player of the year after going 13-0 with 118 strikeouts and a 0.20 ERA.

Hawks softball staff receives honor

Stewart’s coaches also received a high honor when Olathe East’s softball staff was selected as the National Fast-Pitch Coaches Association South-Central Region coaching staff of the year.

Led by head coach Jeff Hulse, the Hawks went 24-1 and claimed the seventh Kansas 6A state title in program history with a 5-2 win against rival Olathe South.

East wound up 13th in the final NFCA/USA Today national high school softball poll led by Stewart and fellow NFCA All-American Kiki Stokes.

Hulse’s assistant coaches are Teddi Ewing, Amber Magee and Shelly Shaw.

Springer falls in Kansas Amateur second round

Alex Springer was the only golfer from Olathe to reach the match play bracket for the 102nd Kansas Amateur Championship, which continues through the weekend at San Creek Station Golf Course in Newton.

Springer, who attends Olathe East, qualified as the No. 32 seed and won his first-round of match play 3-and-2 against Marion’s Luke Gordon on Thursday.

But Springer was eliminated in the second round Friday by top-seeded Miller Myles from Wellington, who advanced to the round of 16 with a 4-and-3 victory.

MNU announces volleyball camp

MidAmerica Nazarene University’s volleyball team, which is the reigning Heart of America Athletic Conference champion, will host a High School Volleyball Prep Camp on Aug. 11.

The camp, which costs $60, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If six players from the same school register, the cost drops to $50. It drops to $40 with 10 players from the same school.

To register, visit www.mnusports.com. For more information, email Pioneers coach Kristin Steele at sksteele@mnu.edu.

Hawks announce alumni soccer game

The Olathe East soccer program’s annual alumni game is set for Aug. 5.

The women’s game is scheduled for 6:30-7:30 p.m. followed by the men’s alumni contest at the Hawks’ on-campus turf practice field.

Seniors who graduated in odd years should wear black and those who graduated in even years should wear white. All are invited.

| Tod Palmer, tpalmer@kcstar.com

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