ORIGINALLY WRITTEN BY BRIAN HUXMAN
The host team Hesston swept the Hillsboro Middle School boys? basketball team Monday night.
Hesston jumped on the eighth-grade team early and often, leading 14-2 after one quarter. The Swathers went on to win, 42-30.
?We spotted them 12 points in the first quarter,? coach Dennis Boldt said.
?Once we found out we could play with them, we moved the ball with confidence, but couldn?t make up the deficit.?
Tyler Peachey led Hillsboro with 12 points, while Dan Yoder added seven and Jared Fish scored five. Aaron Yoder, Brodie Unrau and Toby Berg each scored two points.
The seventh grade team also came up short. Only four Hillsboro players reached the scorebooks as Hesston topped the Trojans, 46-31.
Sammy Espada led Hillsboro with 10 points, while Eric Weinbrenner scored nine, Derek Hamm eight and Dan Deckert four.
The Hillsboro mixed team was blown out by Hesston, 53-9. Mike Bookless led the Trojans with three points. Lance Bartel, Justin Hein and Drew Waldbauer added two points each.
Ellinwood?The HMS boys took two-out-of-three games from Ellinwood last Thursday.
After following behind 12-0, the eighth-grade team won 46-35 behind solid performances from Aaron Yoder and Kyle Jilka.
?After switching defenses and making a few changes on offense we began a slow comeback and brought the score to 19-20 at the half,? coach Dennis Boldt said. ?From there, the kids showed great composure until they took the lead, which they never relinquished.
?I have rarely been as proud of a group of guys pulling together when it got real tough,? he added. ?These guys took a great step forward tonight.?
Yoder led the comeback with 16 points, while Jilka added 11 and Peachey and Fish scored eight points each. Unrau added two points for Hillsboro, and Dan Yoder chipped in with one.
The seventh-grade team was not as fortunate, falling just short of a miraculous comeback, losing 43-39.
Hillsboro fell behind 20-14 before halftime, and used a strong fourth-quarter to make the game close.
?Being completely outsized, the seventh grade did a phenomenal job at playing this evening,? Boldt said. ?Scrappy play toward the end of the game brought us close.?
Weinbrenner led the seventh-graders with 15 points. Hamm added nine points and Espada scored seven, Deckert five and Lee Sorensen three.
The mixed team pulled out a big win, 29-20, outscoring Ellinwood in three of the four quarters.
Bookless led the way for Hillsboro with 14 points. Randy Klassen scored four points, Tim Glahn three, and Wade Kimbrel, Derek Conrad, Waldbauer and Hein two points each for Hillsboro.