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2017 Greater Wichita Sports Banquet featuring the Johnny Bench Award
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We have compiled a listing of sporting events, attractions, tournaments and facility information which we hope you will find helpful and beneficial.
Was Johnny Bench the Greatest Catcher of All-Time?
January 9, 2017 - ESPN.com posted an article today debating who was the greatest catcher of all-time. We may be biased but we agree with the author that Johnny Bench was the greatest catcher ever. We can't wait for Johnny to join us again this year for our annual sports banquet in June.
Is Ivan Rodriguez the Greatest Catcher Ever?
by: David Schoenfield, SweetSpotBlogger via ESPN.com
“I don’t want to embarrass any other catcher by comparing him to Johnny Bench.” -- Sparky Anderson
The legend of Johnny Bench began when he was still 18 years old and playing for Class A Peninsula in the Carolina League. When it was announced late in the season that he was getting promoted to Triple-A Buffalo, the team held a pregame ceremony and retired his uniform number. Everyone knew Bench was special, including Bench. The story goes that when he was called up to the majors, still just 19, he announced to the clubhouse that he didn’t come up to be the backup catcher.
During his rookie season in 1968, reports already were glowing about Bench’s potential.
“The question isn’t how good a catcher 20-year-old Johnny Bench is,” began an AP story in July, “but how great he will become.”
Giants manager Herman Franks said Bench already was the best catcher in the National League since Gabby Hartnett in the 1930s.
“With more experience, he could be the best the league has ever had,” Franks said.Read more...
Waterman Street Gets a New Name
In honor of the Wichita State University men’s basketball game, the city has approved the temporary renaming of Waterman Street to WuShock Way. INTRUST Bank Arena staff in conjunction with Wichita State Athletics staff officially renamed the street today, on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 1:00 p.m. and it will remain in effect through the Wichita State versus Oklahoma State game on Saturday, Dec. 17. The public was invited to attend the street renaming.
Representatives from the Wichita State Athletic Department, Sedgwick County, the Greater Wichita Area Sports Comission, the Arena’s Founding Partners, and SMG were also in attendance to assist with the renaming.
For the seventh consecutive year, the Wichita State’s men’s basketball team will play a game at INTRUST Bank Arena, an SMG-managed facility. The Shockers will face the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday, Dec. 17 in front of a sold-out crowd and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3. The Shockers have an undefeated record when playing downtown at INTRUST Bank Arena and will look to improve their record to 7-0 this Saturday. The game is set to tip-off at 6:00 p.m.; doors will open at 4:30 p.m.
Wichita Selected for 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Qualifying Season
WICHITA, Kan. (Nov. 3, 2016) — U.S. Figure Skating announced last week the selection of host cities for the 2018 regional and sectional championships and synchronized sectional championships. Wichita, Kansas, was selected for the 2018 Midwestern and Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships, which are slated for January 24-28, 2018, with all competitions being conducted at INTRUST Bank Arena and practices taking place at the Wichita Ice Center
The qualifying teams from the Midwestern/Pacific Coast sectional championships will take on the qualifying teams from the Eastern competition being held in Fort Meyers, Florida.
“After years of conversation with Wichita, U.S. Figure Skating is thrilled to bring the synchronized skating sectional championships to the community for the first time,” said U.S. Figure Skating Events Manager Mia Corsini. “We look forward to hosting our athletes, coaches, officials and fans in one of the Midwest’s preeminent cities. INTRUST Bank Arena is a premier, award-winning venue, and we are confident our entire athletes will have a great competitive experience there.”
Providing local support to host the competition is the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission, Visit Wichita and the Wichita Figure Skating Club.
“Wichita is very excited to welcome U.S. Figure Skating to the community in 2018,” said Bob Hanson, President & CEO of the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission. “In collaboration with Visit Wichita, INTRUST Bank Arena and the Wichita Figure Skating Club, the Sports Commission is thrilled to have these athletes compete in our city.”
The competition will attract more than 160 teams and 6,000 athletes, coaches and their families to Wichita and is estimated to generate more than $3.4 million in local economic impact. Those competing will range in age from 7 to 70.
2016 Prairie Fire Races
Congratulations to everyone that participated in the 2016 Prairie Fire Races! We also want to give a huge thank you to our sponsors and volunteers. Without them, the Prairie Fire Races would not be possible!
We would like to send a special congratulations to our race champions!
|Prairie Fire Marathon||Prairie Fire Half Marathon||Mayor's 5K|
|Robert Gititu||Hillary Too||Asher Fusco|
|Morristown, NJ||Morristown, NJ||Long Island City, NY|
|Svetlana Pretot||Tonya Nero||Cindy Blakeley-Camero|
|Morristown, NJ||Wichita, KS||Westwood, KS|