Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 12 February 2013 12:05Coming off the Central Kansas League wrestling tournament Saturday at Lyons and a double dual event Thursday at Hoisington, Hillsboro coach Scott O’Hare and his athletes are focusing on the Class 3-2-1A regional tournament Friday and Saturday in Fredonia.
The Trojans finished fourth at the seven-school league tournament. Smoky Valley won the title with 142 points, followed by Pratt with 117, Lyons 83, Hillsboro 69, Hesston 62, Halstead 60 and Nickerson 24.
Tyrell Thiessen won the...
Written by Janae Rempel Tuesday, 12 February 2013 12:04Seven top-four finishers propelled Marion to third place as a team at the Chase County Wrestling Invitational Saturday.
Brody Carroll and Evan Slater paved the way for Marion with winning their respective weight classes. Carroll went 3-0 at 152 pounds and Slater went 4-0 at 220.
“(Brody) is wrestling tough right now,” coach Chad Adkins said. “(Evan) wrestled really well.”
Two Warriors earned second place finishes. Zac Lewman went 3-1 at 170 pounds and Adam Janzen went 2-1 at 182.
“(Zac) wrestled better than he has all year,” Adkins said. “His whole situation is all about leverage, and he either has it or he doesn’t. If he doesn’t have it, he gets beat. If he has it, he can beat a lot of people, and once he figures...
Written by Janae Rempel Tuesday, 12 February 2013 12:03Another first-quarter struggle for the Marion girls was a key factor in the Warriors’ 57-45 loss to Bennington Friday, even though the Warriors picked up the pace in the next three quarters.
Marion scored only two baskets in the first quarter. The Bulldogs then built a 17-6 lead with 6:30 left in the second quarter. Marion never closed the gap within seven points the first half.
Erin Meierhoff scored seven points for the Warriors in the second period, but the Bulldogs led 27-17 at the break.
“(Bennington) shot a bunch of free throws in the first half, and we didn’t because we weren’t as aggressive as they were with the basketball on the offensive end,” coach Kelly Robson said. “So we tried to commit more in the second...
Written by Janae Rempel Tuesday, 12 February 2013 12:01After bursting out of the gate with a 10-0 start, the Marion boys endured an ugly second quarter and never fully recovered in Friday’s 52-41 loss to Heart of America leader Bennington.
The Warriors came out on fire, scoring 10 points on two three-point baskets by Ethan Hett and two baskets by Jacob Harper over the first 2:14.
But when the Warriors lost steam on offense, the Bulldogs closed the gap to 12-9 by the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter proved fatal for the Warriors, who did not score a point during the period.
“We got rattled for a long stretch and didn’t get too far behind because we were still defending pretty well,” coach Jeff McMillin said. “But offensively we began doing many uncharacteristic...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 12 February 2013 11:57Momentary lapse too much to overcome for girls
One rough patch late in the game proved to be decisive as the Hesston Swathers, ranked No. 5 in Class 4A, slipped past the Hillsboro Trojans, ranked No. 3 in 3A, 40-37, to pull into a tie for the Central Kansas League lead.
Hillsboro came into Friday’s game at Hesston with a 5-0 record in the league and 15-1 overall, while the Swathers were second at 4-1 and 14-2.
But there was more on the line for the home team. It was clear from the start that Hesston was determined to avenge a 52-34 loss to Hillsboro during the Trojan Classic three weeks earlier. And it also was clear that defense was going to be the primary theme for both teams.
Hillsboro led after one quarter, 9-7, but the...
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