Greater Wichita Sports Banquet featuring the
Wichita Corporate Challenge
Prairie Fire Marathon October 9, 2016
Welcome to the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission
We have compiled a listing of sporting events, attractions, tournaments and facility information which we hope you will find helpful and beneficial.
This Week's Events in Wichita
Thursday, May 26
Friday, May 27
KSHSAA Softball KSHSAA State Track
Saturday, May 28
KSHSAA State Track
7:00pm Force vs. Sioux City
Monday, May 30
7:00pm Wingnuts vs. Laredo
2016 Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com
May 18, 2016 - Semifinalists Announced
WICHITA, KANSAS - The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced today the fifteen semifinalists for the 2016 Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com.
The 2016 Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com semifinalists are (in alphabetical order):
Riley Adams, University of San Diego SO
Zack Collins, University of Miami JR
Brady Cox, University of Texas, Arlington JR
Brett Cumberland, University of California, Berkeley SO
Logan Ice, Oregon State University JR
Henri Lartigue, University of Mississippi JR
Jeremy Martinez, University of Southern California JR
Chris Okey, Clemson University JR
Joey Roach, Georgia State University SR
Keith Skinner, University of North Florida SR
Evan Skoug, Texas Christian University SO
Deon Stafford, Jr., Saint Joseph's University SO
Matt Thaiss, University of Virginia JR
Michael Tinsley, University of Kansas JR
Harrison Wenson, University of Michigan JR
Catchers on the watch list were nominated by their schools. Statistics to compare them were pulled on May 5, 2016. One key criteria in determining the semifinalists is that they must be the starting catcher for their team in 75% of the games. This year there were several offensively strong nominees that did not meet the criteria to move forward in the selection process.
Ballots will be sent to the national voting panel at the end of May for a vote to determine the three finalists. The finalists will be announced June 6, 2016. A final vote among the national committee will occur during the College World Series. All finalists will be brought to Wichita and the winner will be announced at the 19th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 30, 2016.
Bench’s career honors include: National League Rookie of the Year (1968); National League Most Valuable Player (1970, 1972); World Series Most Valuable Player (1976); 14-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner. In 1980, he set an endurance record by catching 100+ games for 13 consecutive seasons. Bench was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in January 1989 with the fourth highest percentage of total votes cast.
2016 Greater Wichita Sports Banquet
2016 Greater Wichita Sports Banquet
2016 Johnny Bench Award Catchers' Camp
Join us on Thursday, June 30th at Century II Exhibition Hall as we celebrate sports excellence in south central Kansas. Awards presented include: High School and College Male and Female Athletes of the Year; Professional Athlete of the Year, the Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com and many more!
Former MLB catcher, Jim Sundberg will be the evening's keynote speaker. Johnny Bench will also be on hand to announce the Johnny Bench National Collegiate Catcher of the Year.
Hey Catchers! Here is your chance to learn from some of the best!
The Johnny Bench Award Catchers' Clinic features demonstrations, tips and instruction assisted by the three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award and/or their coaches. Instruction and drills conducted by area coaches and players from “Just Block It”.
Thursday, June 30, 2016 9AM-11:30AM at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium
|Ticket Order Form||Clinic Online Sign Up|
2016 Prairie Fire Spring Half Marathon
Sunday, May 1, 2016 - It was a cool, Spring day as 2,400 runners took to the streets of Wichita for the 2016 Prairie Fire Spring Races.
Peter Chebii of Wichita won the men's half marathon in 1:07:42. Valentine Kibet of High Falls NY took the ladies crown with a time of 1:18:04.
In the 5K race, Matt Fouts of Goddard led the pack with a time of 18:48. The female winner, Jalayne Bacon of Wichita, finished in 2nd overall with a time of 19:12.
The Prairie Fire Marathon will take place on October 9, 2016. Along with the 26.2 mile event will be a half marathon, 5K, youth marathon and one mile fun run/walk.
Visit www.prairiefiremarathon.com to view a complete list of race results or to learn how you can participate in the fall races.