Area Sports Round-up 4/20/22

Tyson Struber in the 200 m at Moundridge.
Senior Reese Hefley #22 batting for the Trojans against Remington.
Senior Skylre Stucky #13 pitching for the Trojans
Senior Blaine Bernhardt pitching for the Trojans against Larned.
Junior Jake Thiessen batting for the Trojans in a win over Larned.
Jaxxon Hanschu batting against Larned on April 14. Hanschu went 3-6 on the night with two walks and a two RBI single.



Canton-Galva’s high school track team competed at Moundridge on Tuesday, April 12. Wind gusts made it very difficult for some events, but the Eagles pushed through to win nine medals, two of them gold.

On the girls side, junior Mimi Craig won 3rd in both her throwing events, shot put (32-0) and discus (81-5). Sophomores Brinley Becker and Emily Lance finished just out of the points, but earned PRs in events (Becker in the 100 and Lance in the 100 hurdles).

For the boys, Christian Darrah won the first gold medal of the day in the 3200 and followed it up later with a 2nd place finish in the 1600. Sophomore Lane McMannis brought home the other gold in the 300 m. hurdles. McMannis was just out of the medals in the 110 hurdles and javelin, with 4th place finishes. Senior Tyson Struber won medals in all three of his events, 2nd in javelin (with a PR of 149-1) and 3rd in the 100 and 200 m. dashes. Junior Isaiah Patton won 3rd place in the high jump and was 5th in the triple jump with a PR of 37-0. In a tough field of shot put and discus throwers, CG athletes were out of the points, but had a couple athletes with PRs: junior Tanner Koehn in the shot put and freshman Brayden O’Hara in discus.

“It’s exciting to see kids continuing to improve as we approach the middle of our season,” said head coach Tina McMannis.

Coming— Canton-Galva has a week off before traveling to Haven for their next meet on Tuesday, April 19.


Baseball: Week three of the season was played at Hillsboro with gale-force winds blowing and a definite chill in the air. Tuesday night the Trojans took on Remington and won the first game 9-5. In the first inning the Trojans offense started when Jacob Thiessen drew a walk, scoring a run. Remington scored two runs in the top of the fourth, but the Trojans answered with two of their own.

Phillip Young singled, scoring one run and Zander Haslett drew a walk scoring one run. The game was tied at five with the Trojans batting in the bottom of the sixth when an error scored two runs for the Trojans. Alex Caldwell was on the mound and took the win allowing zero hits, zero walks and four strikeouts over two innings. Hunter Navrat led the Trojans with two hits in five at bats.

In game two of the evening, the Trojans were able to hold off the Mustangs to win the game 7-6. An

early lead helped to propel the Trojans to victory. The Trojans scored on a groundout by Caldwell, a

single by Navrat and a double by Jaxxon Hanschu in the second inning. Phillip Young led the Trojans to victory on the mound. He went four innings, allowing two runs on two hits, striking out two and walking zero. Matthew Potucek, Jacob Thiessen, and Haslett all put in work as relief pitchers. Potucek recorded the last three outs to earn the save for the Trojans. Potucek also put up a whopper of a home run in the fourth inning. Potucek, Navrat, and Haslett all collected multiple hits for the Trojans. Navrat went 3-for- 4 at the plate to lead the Trojans in hits.

The Trojans closed out the third week of the season on Thursday against Larned with a couple of ‘walk-off’ victories. The game was tied at two with the Trojans batting in the bottom of the sixth when Caldwell’s sac fly scored one run to take the lead. Larned came back and knotted the game up at three in the top of the seventh inning. The Trojans won the game when Jaxxon Hanschu, who had gotten on base with a single, scored when there was a pass ball to end the game. Caldwell pitched “lights out” and ledthe Hillsboro Trojans to victory on the hill. He went seven innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, striking out 12 and walking one. There were nine hits by the Trojans in the game. Potucek and Hanschu each managed multiple hits.

In the final game of the evening the Trojans came away with a nail biter win of 8-7. No scoring was done until the third inning when Larned scored four runs. The Trojans answered in the bottom of the inning with six of their own. By the end of the fifth inning Larned tied things up at six and the following inning they took the lead 7-6. In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Trojans were down one run with two outs and the bases loaded when Potucek hit an infield single driving in the tying run, followed by a throwing error on the play by Larned that allowed the winning run to cross the plate.

Young led things off on the mound for the Trojans. He allowed six hits and four runs over three innings, striking out four and walking zero. Potucek recorded the last eight outs to earn the save. Navrat, Young, Hanschu, Potucek and Dawson Boldt each managed one hit to lead the Trojans.

Coming —The Trojans travel to Hoisington on Tuesday, April 19 and are back home on Friday, April 22 to face Nickerson.

Softball: The girls beat Remington on Tuesday, April 12. The final scores were 17-7 and 19-5.

They played Larned on Thursday, April 14 and won both games: 15-12 and 16-6.

Coming —The Trojans travel to Hoisington on Tuesday, April 19 and are back home on Friday, April 22 to face Nickerson.


Track: Marion competed in Chase County on Thursday, April 14 and the boys came in second.

“This was a fun meet for us. We were just three points out of first place as a team and it was fun to be at a track and field meet in Chase County for the first time in over 20 years. Our distance crew had a really good day with Tristen Dye winning the 1600M and Christopher Beery winning the 3200M. Both of these runners also placed high in other events but it is always fun to win a race.,” said head coach Grant Thierolf.

Luke Wessel ran very well, earning a silver in the 1600M and a bronze in the 800M. Logan Amos rounded out the day by scoring in the 3200M.

Quade Williams continues to get better each week in the javelin, finishing a solid third this week. Landon Dye, Kayden Nelson, and Brian Nguyen also improved their throws this week and Thierolf said they are headed in the right direction in the throws. Campbell Winter and Chance Shults scored their usual points in the pole vault and hurdles and each of them ran a fantastic leg in the 4 x 400M Relay. Tristen and Jonathan Frese completed this relay and we just got nipped at the wire, running a season-best time for the effort.

“Great day to run distance for the Warriors. Pretty pleased with all of the athletes who competed at this meet. This is an enjoyable group of athletes to work with and we keep getting better each week. We had six PRs set and just had a good day of competition,” Thierolf said.

The girls competed hard finishing second to Burlington at the meet.

“We learned how to compete and how not to let disappointment in one event cause our next event to suffer,” said Thierolf.

The girls led at this meet by Heidi Grimmett who ran very well in winning the 800M and 1600M races. Thierolf said, “She was never really challenged in either race and had her best day of the year. Good to see her running so strong.”

Mckinnon Waner continued to improve in the throws, scoring in all three of disciplines and winning the discus. Sophia Dye also continues to get better notching her first medal at an invitational meet. The team scored some good points in the two horizontal jumps with Kenna Wesner winning the long jump and Grayce Tankersley placing second, just a quarter-inch behind. Addison Cooper jumped well in the triple jump and secured a fourth place finish. All three of the hurdlers scored points for the team at this meet with Gabby Newell placing third in the 100H, Kenna right behind at fourth, and Taryn Kraus earning a fifth-place finish in the 300H. Claire Bradfield rounded out the scorers by earning a point in the pole vault.

“This may have been the first track and field invitational we have been to that had every athlete earn at least a point in the meet. Well done Lady Warriors,” said Thierolf.

Coming—The Warriors compete next on Tuesday, April 19 at home and then at Halstead on Friday, April 22.

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