HMS eighth-grade boys stay alive in tourney

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN BY BRIAN HUXMAN
The Hillsboro Middle School eighth-grade team kept its season alive Monday night at the MCAA league tournament by defeating host Haven in the opening round, 51-44.

Hillsboro trailed big early, and was down 23-11 after one quarter. But a strong second quarter brought the Trojans to within three points. Still trailing by four heading into the fourth quarter, Hillsboro turned on the jets for the win.

?Using the half-court trap and forcing the ball down to our post resulted in quite a few turnovers which got us back within three at the half,? said coach Dennis Boldt. From then on, the guys regained their confidence and simply outhustled then in the second half.?

Hillsboro was led by Tyler Peachey and Aaron Yoder with 19 and 18 points, respectively. Toby Berg added six, Brodie Unrau five, Jared Fish two and Kyle Jilka one.

With the win, Hillsboro advances to the semifinals against Hesston at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Haven High School gymnasium. If they win Thursday, the Trojans play the winner of the Wichita Collegiate-Halstead game at 3:15 Saturday at the same location. If Hillsboro loses, they will play in the third-place contest Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

Sterling?The HMS seventh-grade and mixed basketball teams ended their seasons with wins Thursday night.

The eighth-grade game was close throughout, but Sterling pulled away late with a 14-6 run in the fourth quarter, topping the Trojans 43-32.

Aaron Yoder led Hillsboro with 13 points, while Tyler Peachey scored 10, Kyle Jilka 5 and Jared Fish and Brodie Unrau two each.

The seventh-grade team jumped to a 21-10 lead over Sterling, then battled them even in the second half to stay on top for a 31-20 win. The seventh-grade team finished 8-6.

Eric Weinbrenner led Hillsboro with eight points, Derek Hamm scored seven, followed by Dan Deckert and Sammy Espada with six each. Tyler Goldsby and Michael Roble each scored two.

The mixed team outscored Sterling 14-7 in the second half and won 26-17 behind a solid performance from Drew Waldbauer, who scored 10 points. Tim Glahn added six for Hillsboro, while Lance Bartel scored four and Derek Conrad, Lee Sorensen and Randy Klassen put in two apiece.

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