Area Wide Sports 1-25-23

Brekyn Ratzlaff drives the ball down the court in the game against Riley County during the Trojan Classic. Image by Karrie Rathbone.
Anders Weibeck goes in for a layup against Riley County during the Trojan Classic. Image by Karrie Rathbone.
Zaylee Werth passes the ball during the Trojan last week. Image by Karrie Rathbone.
Savannah Shahan makes a shot during the Trojan Classic last week. Image by Karrie Rathbone.

Goessel

Girls Basketball- In their only game of the week, Goessel lost to Moundridge, 44-40, in a hard-fought battle.

Goessel got behind early, 16-4, but began to claw back later in the first half with a 10-6 run. Down, 22-10 at half, Goessel opened the second half with a 13-5 run, but Moundridge closed out Goessel in the final frame shutting the door on a comeback.

Cheyenne Sawyer led the way for Goessel with 12 points while Braylyn Hoops had 10 points in the contest.

Boys Basketball- The winner of the third place game between Goessel and Central Christian won’t be known until Wednesday at 6 p.m. as the Burrton Invitational Tournament had to reschedule basketball games on Saturday due to weather.

Goessel ended up in the third place game by beating Fairfield, 63-48, and then losing to Little River, 70-37, in the second round.

Against Fairfield, the Bluebirds got off to a hot start and went into halftime with a 27-19 lead. Goessel kept building their lead in the second half, and cruised to a victory.

Noah Schrag led the offense with 15 points and four rebounds while Koy Smith had 14 points and four rebounds for the game.

Against Little River things were much tougher for Goessel as they produced 16 first half points to Little River’s 39 and the deficit was too much to overcome in the second half.

Schrag was Goessel’s leading scorer with 11 points and was the only Bluebird in double-digits for the game.

Goessel will play it’s third place game at Burrton on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m.

Hillsboro

Boys Basketball – The boys played Riley County on Tuesday and won 63-47.

“We played with great intensity this game. Defense was the key to this win. We opened the game with a 19-2 run. Our press sped them up and turned them over. Our effort was what impressed me most for this game,” said Hillsboro Head Coach Darrel Knoll. “It’s always great winning the opening game in the Trojan Classic. The team met the challenge versus Riley County.”

Hillsboro opened the game with a 19-2 run and used that big margin to keep Riley County from making a comeback bid throughout the game.

Brekyn Ratzlaff led the way with 16 points and seven assists, while Tyson Plenert had 14 points, going perfect from the floor. Lincoln Wichert chipped in 12 points and four rebounds to round out the top scoring for Hillsboro.

The boys played Hesston Friday night in the semi-finals and lost, 48-33.

“The intensity level of this game was extremely high. Hesston shot the ball incredibly well, and we didn’t make our shots. Hesston had all the momentum, and we were down 19-2 at the end of the first,” said Knoll. “It was great to see us finally settle down offensively in the second quarter. We played tougher defense and we converted offensively. We cut the lead to eight but were down 10 at the half.”

Hillsboro wasn’t able to close the gap on Hesston in the second half despite playing the Swathers very close.

“I just told the players to keep playing, not give in, and fight to give ourselves a chance. We played Hesston fairly even the second half. We had several chances to get cut the lead to under nine in the fourth quarter, but we just didn’t finish shots. In the end, Hesston made their free throws to extend their lead,” Knoll said. “I was proud of the team for battling the entire game. Hesston is a really good team, and the fact that we were able to make it a game and give ourselves a chance says a lot.”

Ratzlaff led the way with 13 points and three rebounds for the game.

Hillsboro played Clay Center for third place on Tuesday but the results came after press time for this week.

Girls basketball – The girls kicked off their week of play in the Trojan Classic Tournament playing against Republic County where they won 46-15.

“Our girls played well tonight. We did not shoot at a high percentage but were able to show up and make a lot of plays throughout the game. We continue to defend well but will also continue to defend even better. That’s all I ask,” said Hillsboro Head Coach Micah Ratzlaff. “The rest of the week will get a lot tougher and I’m excited to see how our team will respond. Zaylee Werth led us in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks.”

On Friday, the girls played Holcomb and just barely lost 49-46.

“This was a tough one, we played hard throughout the game but couldn’t execute well enough especially defensively down the stretch. We will take this tough loss and get better on both ends of the court. Tomorrow we have a chance to respond against Eureka who is another extremely tough opponent,” said Ratzlaff.

The girls ended the week playing against Eureka who they lost to with a final score of 47-43.

“We played much better Saturday compared to Friday. That was our challenge to the girls. They responded well but we played a very good team in Eureka and they made a couple more plays down the stretch which was the difference. I am enjoying tough competition. That is what this team needs. Proud of our girls effort Saturday,” said Ratzlaff.

Wrestling – The Trojans competed at the Eureka Invitational on Saturday where they finished 17th out of 28 teams.

“This Eureka Invitational is always a great challenge for everyone at this point in the season. It is a large tournament with several solid teams and every bracket is deep with talented wrestlers. We came in a bit short-handed once again, as we have several wrestlers nursing some nagging injuries that we are hoping to get healed up as we get near the CKL League and 3-2-1A Regionals Tournaments in February,” said Coach Scott O’Hare. “Unfortunately, one of our senior leaders, Lane Rogers, suffered an injury on Saturday that required him to injurydefault out of the tournament after his quarterfinal match.”

Freshmen Aaron Hein and Sutton Redger both had solid performances to lead the team.

“In a unique bracket format in which you must advance to the semifinals in order to finish at least in the top 4, they each won opening round matches, but lost in the quarterfinals. Therefore, the best they could finish was fifth,” said O’Hare.

Both bounced back from their losses to win three matches in a row to do just that. Redger had a dominant run through the consolation bracket, winning all three matches by fall and improving his overall season record to 18-5.

Hein had a more difficult road to his fifth place finish. In his final two matches, winning both by a single point, he scored within the last twenty seconds to seal the wins. One of those came against an opponent he had lost to twice this season in previous meetings.

Junior Rachel Schafer continues to pave the way for the Hillsboro Girls Wrestling program as she earned her third straight performance into the medal round of a tournament. The girls division at Eureka was very competitive with several state ranked girls and large brackets. After an opening round loss, she pulled off two wins to get into the medal round once again.

Coming—Thursday, Jan. 26-Dual at Council Grove; Friday, Jan. 27-Hoisington Boys and Girls Cardinal Classic Tournament; Saturday, Jan. 28-Marion JV Tournament

Marion

Wrestling – The Warrior Wrestlers traveled the Eureka Tournament over the weekend were they placed 22nd out of 28 teams.

“It was another rough weekend for the Warrior wrestlers at a very tough Eureka tournament. This is the biggest that the Eureka tournament has been in a long time. Almost every bracket was full or just shy of being full. It is awesome to see the numbers are growing throughout all of the teams,” said Coach Tyler McMichael.

The Warriors did not fare very well at the tournament.

The leader on the weekend was Chance Shults at 132 lbs. Chance went 3-2 and placed 6th.

Brian Nguyen (190 lbs) was the other placer, going 2-2 and placing 6th as well.

Everyone else on the team fell short of placing.

Colby Lollar (138 lbs) was one match away from placing and ended his day going 2-2.

Others competing were Wyatt Soyez (120 lbs), Eldon Smith (144 lbs) and Jameson Looper (150 lbs) who all went 0-2 on the day.

Coming—The team travels to Hoisington on Friday and hosts a home JV meet Saturday.

“Hoisington is a very tough tournament where we get to see some Western KS teams that we don’t get to see anywhere else. Some of our Warriors will be in action Friday, others will be on Saturday,” said McMichael.

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