Area Sports Roundup 9-27-23

Senior #2 QB Dawson Boldt connects with #8 Seth Driggers for the 2 pt conversion in the first quarter for Hillsboro.
Completed pass to #7 Senior Wyatt Plenert for the Hillsboro touchdown in the first quarter against Ellsworth.



Volleyball – The Bluebirds went 2-0 on Tuesday, Sept. 19. Scores were as follows: Goessel defeated Wichita Classical 25-17, 25-16; Goessel defeated Canton-Galva 25-21, 25-15.

Goessel won the Olpe Round Robin Tournament on Saturday. Scores were as follows:

Goessel defeated Madison 25-5, 25-17; Goessel defeated Bishop Seabury 24-26, 25-20, 25-15; Goessel defeated Wabaunsee 21-25, 25-18, 25-13; Goessel defeated Northern Heights 25-23, 25-12; Goessel defeated Olpe 25-17, 25-20

The Bluebirds move to 16-4 on the season. They resume play on Tuesday night at home.

Football – The Bluebirds lost to Herington in triple overtime for their 8-man, Division 1, District 4 game on Friday night. The final score was Herington 40 – Goessel 34.

Cross Country – The Bluebirds participated in the Marion meet on Thursday, Sept. 21.

Javin Schmidt brought home 7th place in the boys varsity with a time of 18;21.

Eli Gaeddert brought home 12th place in varsity 19;05.

“Delaney was our top girl with 12th place 24;06 in varsity. Finnja Kula brought home 7th place in the JV race,” said Coach Donna Washmon. “Even though Levi Olson and Aidan Impson didn’t bring home a medal they each had a PR 19:39 and 20:50 respectively.”


Cross Country – The Trojan girls had another first place finish at the Marion meet last week. Leading the ladies this week was Riley Richert (20:46 PR) with a 2nd place finish followed by Quinlyn Funk 5th (21:28), Nora Hein (25:33), Jaidyn Frantz (25:41), Mariah La Plante (26:52 PR), Trudy Hein (27:07) and Grace Hein (28:36 PR).

On the boy’s side, Casen Steinert led the team with a time of 24:28 followed by Gavin Bennett (30:20).

Tennis – The Trojan girls had to meets this week.

“This was a tough week as three of our girls were missing class and practice due to illness. However, they showed up and played hard in our tournaments despite not feeling one hundred percent. My hope is that they all get well over the weekend as we push into the last weeks of our season,” said Coach John Ruder.

The girls playing in Lyons on Monday in a three-team competition.

Annalise Jorgenson finished 1st at 1 singles defeating Mia Bryant from Lyons 6-0 and Maylee Smith of Nickerson 6-0.

Cassidy Bernhardt finished 1st at 2 singles defeating Kendal Webb of Lyons 6-0 and Macy Weidemn of Nickerson 6-0.

Claire Morey finished 1st at 3 singles defeating Nevaeh Becker of Lyons 6-1 and Brocken Keemun of Nickerson 6-0.

Annalise and Cassidy finished 1st at 1 Doubles defeating Mia and Wils Bryant of Lyons 6-1 and Kelmun and Chestnut of Nickerson 6-0.

Claire Morey and Maylee Hardey finished 1st in 2 doubles losing to Webb and Becker of Lyons 5-7 and defeating Smith and Wiedemn of Nickerson 6-1. They took first as all three teams ended 1-1, but they won 57.9% of their games, Lyons won 47.6% of their games and Nickerson won 43.8% of their games.

The team played at home on Thursday.

“Annalise Jorgenson was one of our girls battling illness. She played extremely well at number one singles, though not feeling one hundred percent to finish in 6th place with a 1-2 showing,” said Ruder. She lost to Meredith Kuntz of Chapman 5-8, defeated Emma Sherwood of Circle 8-3 and then lost to Baylie Tharman from Wabaunsee 7-8 (5) in a tiebreaker.

“It was an extremely long and close match with lots of close games and some very long rallies. Annalise continues to work hard and improve,” said Ruder.

Violet Klein and Cassidy Bernhardt were also 1-2 in the tournament and finished in seventh place at number 1 doubles. They lost to Avery Baer and Tanith Elliott from Chapman 2-8 and Wendy Candia and Hope Hughes of Pratt 6-8 in a very close match. They then defeated Mylee Smith and Macy Weideman of Nickerson 8-1.

“They are improving, but have not been able to work together very much over the last two weeks because of illness. I’m looking forward to them getting healthy for the rest of the season,” said Ruder.

Claire Morey and Maylee Hardey were another doubles team fighting through illness. They were also 1-2, finishing in 6th place at number 2 doubles. They lost to Clara Gfeller and Zoey Saum of Chapman 3-8, then defeated Hazel Wuertz and Aissa Lorden of Hutch Trinity 8-2 before losing 4-8 to a team of Riley and Thompson from Pratt.

“I looking forward to the next two weeks as the girls continue to improve. This week we go to Ellsworth on Tuesday and then to Lindsborg on Saturday for our League tournament,” said Ruder.

Volleyball – The Trojans played in the Larned Triangular on Tuesday, Sept. 19. The results were:

Hillsboro def. Larned 25-8, 25-18; Hillsboro def. Halstead 25-12, 25-23.

“We played our 3rd league night on Tuesday, Sept 12 at Larned. This was the first time playing Larned but we were able to avenge a Halstead loss at the CKL pre-season tournament in August. The girls used an offensive mindset throughout the evening to come away with two wins. Using aggressive serving and attacking we were able to keep Larned out of system. Five different Hillsboro hitters contributed kills during the match and two girls went on serving strings of 10 and 7,” said Coach Sandy Arnold.

Against Halstead the team jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first game and never let up. While Ella Potucek used her serving, Zaylee Werth, Anslee Brewer and Kingzley Ratzlaff led the way on the front row. Later, ahead 16-10 Potucek went on another 7 serve run to put the Trojans up 22-10. Halstead only managed two more points before Hillsboro finished the game. The second game was a lot closer. Each time Hillsboro made a run, Halstead seemed to have an answer. The game went back and forth all the way to 21. The Trojans went up 24-21 behind the strong serving of Savannah Shahan but Halstead came back to 24-23 before Hillsboro could put the game away. Zaylee Werth led the way with 15 kills and a 45.5% kill percentage. Werth, Shahan, Brewer, Ratzlaff, Lauryn Vogt and Talia Jost all frustrated Halstead hitters with their blocks and touches at the net. Libero Amyah Werth and Shahan combined for 26 digs in the back row.

On Saturday, September 23, Hillsboro traveled to Douglass for their 3rd tournament of the season. The final results were: Hillsboro def. El Dorado 25-8, 25-12; Hillsboro def. Leon-Bluestem 25-7, 25-11

Hillsboro def. Kansas City Christian 25-6, 25-15; Hillsboro def. Douglass 25-7, 25-7; Hillsboro def. Garden Plain 25-13, 29-27.

The girls went 3-0 in pool play to finish first. The team took matches from El Dorado, Leon-Bluestem, and Kansas City Christian – each in two games. In the first round of bracket play the Trojans were matched up with Douglass. The girls continued to serve well, taking Douglass out of their game. In the first set Lauryn Vogt went on a 10-point serving run to finish out the game. Half of her serves resulted in aces. In the second game it was Ella Potucek who went on a serving run scoring the last 13 points of the game. She also had 5 aces in that string of serving. In addition to the serving, the Trojans played well at the net frustrating the Bulldog hitters.

In the championship match Hillsboro faced traditionally strong Garden Plain. The Trojans jumped out to an early lead but had to erase their efforts due to a serving order error. Despite the loss of points, the Trojans fought to another big lead at 10-4 behind the serving of Kingzley Ratzlaff. Ahead 16-6 Hillsboro then went up 21-7. Garden Plain clawed their way back to 13 points before the Trojans were able to close out the game. The second game was a different story. The Trojans found themselves in a hole at 5-10 and 14-21. But Hillsboro didn’t give up and chipped away, cutting the lead each time. Down 17-22 Savannah Shahan helped serve the Trojans to 20-22. Garden Plain was up 23-21 when Lauryn Vogt began a 3 point serving run that put the Trojans up 24-23. But the Owls then claimed the next point to tie it up. At that point the game went back and forth with both teams having several chances at game point. Finally at 27-27, Amyah Werth served the final two points of the game and the Trojans completed the comeback to win 29-27.

“It was a fantastic first place finish for the Trojans. That Garden Plain game was taxing both mentally and emotionally. It was really our toughest competition of the day and I was very proud of the girls for staying focused and mentally strong when it could have been easy to fold when we were down and just go to a third game. The girls played well together and all contributed throughout the whole day. We are excited to come home with first place in the tournament,” said Arnold.

Shahan, Zaylee Werth and Amyah Werth made the 10 member All-tournament team.


Cross Country – The Warriors hosted their home meet on Thursday, Sept. 21.

“What a beautiful day for our home meet! A lot of work goes into hosting our meet and we could not do it without everyone who helped and Coach Thierolf who got our course ready to go! A BIG thanks to everyone who helped,” said Coach Jason Hett.

The boys had a great day.

Jaxson Salsbury and Josh Smith ran PR times today in the JV race.

“Sam (Calvert) had a great finish at the end, and it was great seeing Damian Trask running this first meet for the Warriors,” said Hett.

On the varsity side, Senior Gavin Wasmuth placed 1st.

“Proud of him. He wanted to go out at home on top as a senior and was determined to do so,” said Hett. Luke Wessel placed 2nd, running a strong race after battling some soreness this week in his knee.

“Eli Klenda placed 5th.

“He continues to push this team to the next level,” said Hett.

Harrison Beery and Owen White ran a strong race, pushing each other all the way.

“Those two have closed the gap, and we look forward to seeing how much more they can close in the next few weeks,” said Hett.

Freshman Zayden Janzen continues to improve each week.

“He really pushes himself and it makes our team better,” Hett said.

Rounding out the top 7 was Keenan Lange, who finished in 49th place. The boys won the meet for the 3rd year in a row.

“Very proud of this group. We are going to keep working hard and make that push to break the wall and get back to Wamego,” said Hett.

Coming – The team will next compete on Thursday, Sept. 28 at Wedgewood Golf Course.

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