The Hillsboro Girls Basketball team celebrate after beating long-time rival Halstead on Friday night. The final score was 33-31.

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Boys basketball- The bluebirds had a busy week starting out with a league game at home against Elyria on Tuesday, Feb. 6 where the boys lost with a final score of 66-19.

Next up the boys played a rescheduled game at home against Canton-Galva where they lost with a final score of 45-38.

They ended the week with a win against Herington at home. The final score was 50-45.

Girls basketball – The girls played at home against Elyria on Tuesday, Feb. 6 where they came close to beating Elyria but fell short. The final score was 28-25.

Next up the girls played a rescheduled game at home against Canton-Galva where they won with a final score of 40-34.

They ended the week with a win at home against Herington. The final score was 46-21.

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Boys basketball- The Trojan boys played in Larned on Tuesday and won 52-36.

“Our 2nd and 4th quarters proved to be the difference in the game. We were able to lock down on defense and find great shots on offense in these quarters. We capitalized on creating turnovers,” said Coach Kyle Kroeker. “Lincoln Wichert led the way with 17 points followed by Easton Shahan with 10 points. Noah Beavers led with seven rebounds. The team was able to battle out the win on the road 52-36.”
On Friday, the boys played at home against Halstead.

“We were able to pull off a 12 point win against Halstead mainly by our ability to score inside. We were also able to get some timely steals for layups that gave us a boost in the second half. We were led in scoring by Wichert with 17. Beavers and Seth Driggers followed with 10 points each. Wyatt Plenert worked to clean up the boards with eight rebounds. We continue to have contributions from a lot of guys to lead us to victory. That is what we will continue to focus on going forward,” said Kroeker.

The team won with a final score of 58-46.

Coming—The Trojans play at Lyons on Friday, Feb. 16.

Girls basketball – The Trojans played an exciting game on Friday, Feb. 9 at home against Halstead which they won at the very end 33-31 thanks to a winning shot by Bailee Gawith.

“It was a dog fight Friday night against a really good Halstead team. Halstead hit some really big shots throughout the game but our girls continued to battle and defend at a high level. I thought our girls handled their press really well and that kept Halstead from getting steals and easy points like they are used to,” said Coach Micah Ratzlaff. “We struggled a bit offensively, but Zaylee Werth came through with a huge steal and an awesome buzzer beater for the win. She is a winner and does a great job leading this team. Everyone played hard and executed down the stretch. Very proud of the team. Great win.”

Coming—The Trojans play at Lyons on Friday, Feb. 16.

Wrestling – The Hillsboro/Canton-Galva wrestlers participated in the Boys Central Kansas League Tournament on Thursday, Feb. 8 and came in 10th out of 10 teams.

“Sophomore Aaron Hein put together another solid tournament in what I would have considered the hardest and deepest bracket in the tournament,” said Coach Scott O’Hare.

All six wrestlers came into the meet with winning records including four of them with 20+ wins.

Hein won a solid 5-2 decision over Melhorn from Pratt before picking up three straight pins to advance to the championship match. In the finals he lost a hard fought match to Loughrie from Haven by a score of 7-3. Loughrie is ranked fourth in the most recent Class 3-2-1A state rankings.

“A combination of lack of experience, strength, and toughness showed a bit for the rest of our line-up on Thursday. The CKL is a pretty solid wrestling league and almost every weight class has several quality wrestlers. Beyond Aaron’s performance, the rest of the group struggled to pick up wins. However, I am very happy with the technical progress some of these less experienced guys are showing. They are learning and improving, although it doesn’t always show in the win-loss outcomes. I am proud of them for continuing to show up and battle. As they continue to develop strength, skills, and confidence, I believe they will start seeing more success on the mat as well,” said O’Hare.

The girls participated in the 4-3-2-1A Regional Tournament at McPherson on Saturday, Feb. 10 where they finished 26th out of 31 teams.

“Unfortunately none of our girls were able to make it to the podium to earn a trip to the girls state tournament. All three of our girls that competed Saturday are in their first or second year participating in the sport of wrestling. Girls wrestling has exploded so fast statewide and having 4A through 1A all combined has made all of the girls regional tournaments large and very competitive,” said O’Hare.

Freshman Aimee Kelley and sophomore Claire Morey both showed tremendous improvement throughout the season in their young careers.

“I am excited to have these two back in the program next year to help lead and grow our girls wrestling team,” said O’Hare.

Although still not 100%, Rachel Schafer made the decision to return from a shoulder injury to compete at regionals. Through the early portion of the season, she had compiled a 13-1 record and earned tournament championships at McPherson and Herington before injuring her shoulder. After missing four weeks from early January through the beginning of February, she returned to practice this last week to attempt to compete for a chance to qualify for state.

Schafer picked up where she had left off, earning a first-period pin in her opening round match. She then defeated the four seed with a solid 6-0 decision in the quarterfinals. She lost in the semifinals to the number one seed, leaving her in a position needing to earn one more win against a very strong, athletic girl from Mulvane to qualify. She came up short of her goal, ending her season with a solid 15-3 record in only her second year of wrestling.

“Rachel has set a great example of what is possible for girls interested in taking up the sport of girls wrestling. She has been a positive leader for our younger girls that are just getting started. I appreciate the leadership she has provided and the commitment she made to improve at a fast rate,” said O’Hare. “I am hopeful that these three young ladies, along with our coaching staff and wrestling families can continue to recruit to get more girls to open their eyes to this opportunity and encourage them to come give it a try. It is a great opportunity for young ladies to develop confidence and life-changing skills.”

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