Area Sports Round-up 2-15-23

David Schafer placed fourth at CKL League meet on Thursday. Hillsboro placed 9th as a team.

Emery Dalke placed fourth at CKL League meet on Thursday. Hillsboro placed 9th as a team.

Aaron Hein placed sixth at CKL League meet on Thursday. Hillsboro placed 9th as a team.

Aidan Simmons placed fourth at CKL League meet on Thursday. Hillsboro placed 9th as a team.

Zaylee Werth drives the ball in for a basket at the Hillsboro game against Halstead on Friday. The girls won 35-32.

Hillsboro’s Lauryn Vogt holds her own against Halstead on Friday night. The girls won 35-32.

Hillsboro’s Lincoln Wichert looks to get the ball in the game against Halstead on Friday night. The boys won 64-31.

Hillsboro’s Wyatt Plenert with a basket in the game against Halstead on Friday night. The boys won 64-31.


Boys basketball- It was an up-and-down week for the Goessel Boys Basketball team who lost to Elyria, 58-34, but beat Herington later in the week, 54-52. Against Elyria, the Bluebird offense struggled, scoring only 15 points in the first half. Down 10 going into the second half Goessel couldn’t claw back and dropped the game without much drama. That wouldn’t be the case against Herington though. Goessel got out to a fast 15-8 run out of the gate, but was down at half, 26-25 after suffering an 18-10 Herington run to close the half. The game was won in the third quarter where Goessel edged Herington by four points as they played to a practical stalemate in the fourth quarter. Noah Schrag led the Bluebirds with 16 points and seven rebounds. Both Joey Lapp and Jake Wiens had 12 points and Caleb Burkholder had 10 points and seven rebounds for the game.


Boys basketball – The Trojan boys beat Larned at home on Tuesday, Feb. 7 with a final score of 63-28. “Defense was the key against Larned. We made 12 steals and forced 20 turnovers, which led to 20 points off turnovers,” said Coach Darrel Knoll. Brekyn Ratzlaff led Hillsboro in scoring with 32, followed by Tyson Plenert with 7 and Seth Driggers with 6. Brekyn Ratzlaff also led the team with 5 steals and 5 assists. Lincoln Wichert added 4 assists, and Wyatt Plenert grabbed a team-high 5 rebounds. The game was even with three minutes left in the first quarter, but the Trojans finished with a 6-0 run to take an 11-4 lead. “From there, our defensive pressure sped them up and forced contested shots and turnovers. Offensively, we shot 10-13 from the field and outscored Larned 22-5 and a 33-9 halftime lead,” said Knoll. “I was happy with our effort the second half. We continued to play solid basketball and finished the game strong. It is nice to see us shooting the ball more efficiently.” The team finished 57.6 percent from two-point territory and 35.3 percent from three. “Our shot selection was good. It was a good team win,” said Knoll. The team played Halstead on Friday and won 64-31. “It was an excellent effort start to finish against Halstead. We opened the game on a 9-2 run and finished the quarter with an 18-7 lead. We kept the intensity up and took a 39-15 halftime lead and finished strong the second half,” said Knoll. “I was impressed with our effort and intensity throughout the game. We forced Halstead into tough shots and executed on offense. It was another excellent team win.” Brekyn Ratzlaff led all scorers with 29, and Tyson Plenert finished with 12. Ratzlaff grabbed a team high of 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. The stats for the rest of the team were fairly even. Several players made assists and grabbed several rebounds. Coming—The Trojans play against Lyons at home on Friday, Feb. 17.

Girls basketball – The Trojans played against Larned at home on Tuesday, Feb. 7 where they won 52-15. “The girls executed extremely well on both ends of the floor against Larned from start to finish. We were able to control the tempo and play really unselfish basketball. It always helps when we are taking care of the ball and hitting shots. Kori Arnold got hot from the three in the first half which gave us a huge boost and set the tone for the rest of the game. The girls continue to get better and our coaches are really proud of their hard work and seeing it pay off,” said Coach Micah Ratzlaff. The girls played against Halstead on Friday, Feb. 10. They won 35-32. “This was a tough road win for our Trojans at Halstead. We had a tough time getting going and Halstead defended us really well throughout the game. The

Wrestling – The Trojan wrestlers competed in the CKL Tournament on Thursday, Feb. 9 and placed 9th out of 10 teams.

“Emery Dalke, Adidan Simmons, David Schafer and Dallas Whorton all earned top four finishes, but the real bright spot for the tournament was freshman Sutton Redger earning a CKL individual championship at 165 lbs. He has improved his season record to 28-8,” said Coach Scott O’Hare.

The team was missing two key athletes due to injuries.

“It was nice to get more of our line-up back in action together at the CKL Tournament on Thursday. However, we were missing two important team members. Senior team captain Lane Rogers is still nursing an injury from back in mid-January and junior Anthony Fickes re-aggravated a shoulder injury that had caused him to miss some time earlier in the season. We are hopeful to get them both back in the line-up to compete next Saturday in the 3-2-1A Regional Tournament in Marion,” said O’Hare.

On Saturday, freshman Emily Gilkey became the first girl to represent Hillsboro High School in an officially sanctioned KSHSAA Girls Regional Tournament.

“Unfortunately, her teammate Rachel Schafer was unable to join her. Rachel suffered an injury a couple weeks ago, forcing her to miss the last couple weeks of the season. Although Emily did not place to qualify her for the state tournament, I am very proud of both of these girls and their efforts over the course of the season. They both made tremendous progress and are paving the way for other girls to follow, hopefully helping grow the girls wrestling program at HHS,” said O’Hare.

Coming—KSHSAA Boys 3-2-1A Regional Tournament on Saturday at Marion.


Boys basketball- The Warriors played against Ell-Saline on Friday, Feb. 10. They lost with a final score of 66-28.

Girls basketball- The Warriors played against Ell-Saline on Friday, Feb. 10. They lost with a final score of 48-30.

Wrestling- The Warriors competed in Chase County on Thursday, Feb. 9. The team placed 4th.

“We had a good showing at the Chase County tournament on Thursday. Our evening was led by Colby Lollar at 138 lbs, going 4-0 and placing 1st,” said Coach Tyler McMichael.

Chance Shults (132 lbs.) also had a great showing by going 3-1 and placing 2nd. Shults pinned Koelling from Onaga who was currently ranked #6 in the state.

“I saw some promising things from a lot of our wrestlers headed into Regionals next weekend. We are going to have to carry our success and stay healthy this week so that we have our best chance to qualify for State in Hays. It is going to be a grind and we have to be at our best coming into Regionals Saturday at home. Everyone is dangerous at the qualifying tournament because no one wants their season to end, so we cannot afford to overlook anyone. It’s all about who comes in ready to battle and give everything that they can,” said McMichael.

Coming—Regionals will take place on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Sports and Aquatic Center in Marion. Wrestling begins at 10 a.m.

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