Washburn's Jacob Klemz and Mackenzie Heiman each garnered MIAA Athlete of the Week honors for their performances last week.

Klemz, meanwhile, was named men's cross country runner of the week after claiming the title at the Southwest Baptist Invitational in Bolivar, Mo., last Saturday. Klemz completed the 7-kilometer course in 21 minutes, 45.57 seconds and won the race by nearly 55 seconds. It was Klemz's second straight win at that meet.

Heiman was named the MIAA defensive player of the week after helping the Ichabods to back-to-back shutouts to start the season. Washburn allowed just five shots on goal in the wins, yielding none in the win over Upper Iowa. Heiman also scored the only goal in the Upper Iowa win.


K-State volleyball sweeps Missouri State

Kansas State rolled in its home opener at Ahearn Field House on Tuesday night, using a balanced attack to sweep visiting Missouri State 25-18, 26-24, 25-8.

The Wildcats recorded nine service aces and double-digit blocks for the second straight match to improve to 5-1 on the season. The only threat from the Bears came in the second set when Missouri State took a 24-23 lead.

But K-State scored the final three points, capped by an ace from Kylee Zumach, who led the Wildcats with 10 kills and also had eight digs.

"What I really liked was the comeback in Game 2," Wildcat coach Suzie Fritz said. "We got a little bit nasty there at the end of Game 2 defensively. That's been an area of persistent work right now so to be able to see some things come together when it really mattered was meaningful."

Zumach and Topeka native Peyton Williams led K-State with four block assists and Gloria Mutiri had three. Zsofia Gyimes had four aces and Silver Lake product Alyssa Schultejans had three, including back-to-back aces to end the first set.


Sporting KC sign four to multi-year deals

Sporting Kansas City announced Tuesday it had signed four MLS All-Stars — defenders Mike Besler and Graham Zusi and midfielders Roger Espinoza and Ilie Sanchez — to multi-year contracts.

The quartet have all contributed to Sporting KC's must successful era in club history, highlighted by four major championships since 2012 and seven-year playoff streak. An Overland Park native, Besler is the club's all-time leader in appearances, starts and minutes played and is a five -time All-Star and was named 2012 MLS defender of the year.


Royals announced minor-league affiliate extension

The Kansas City Royals and Lexington Legends announced a two-year extension to their Player Development Contract on Tuesday, extending the partnership through the 2020 season.

Lexington is a member of the South Atlantic League and has served as a Royals' Single-A affiliate since 2013. The Legends clinched the second-half Southern Division title last week and opens the SAL playoffs Wednesday night.

Among the Royals' current 25-man roster, nine players spent time with Lexington during their minor-league careers.