Area Sports Round-up 4.27.22

Hillsboro Free Press
Canton-Galva’s Brinley Becker won the long just (14-1.5) at the Haven meet on April 19.
Canton-Galva’s Wyatt Collins placed 3rd in shot put at the Haven meet on April 19.
The Canton-Galva Powerlifting team competed at state over the weekend with 50 schools and over 500 participants. The girls came in 13th overall and the boys came in 3rd overall.


Track: Canton-Galva’s high school track team went to Haven on April 19 for a meet also attended by Elyria, Hutchinson Central Christian, Douglass, Peabody-Burns, and Haven.The boys came in second while the girls came in fourth.

The two girls representing the women’s team earned medals in all of their events to finish 4th as a team. Junior Mimi Craig won shot put (34-4) and discus (84-8), which were season bests for her in both events. Sophomore Brinley Becker won the long jump (14-1.5), was 2nd in 200 (30.09), and 3rd in 100.

The boys team finished 2nd as a team behind Hutchinson Central Christian. The boys won 9 events, but didn’t have the depth needed to score enough points to win the team title. Senior Tyson Struber, sophomore Lane McMannis, and senior Christian Darrah won gold in all of their individual events. Struber won the 100, 200, and javelin. McMannis won 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, and 400. Darrah won 800 and 3200. Those three joined junior Tanner Koehn to win the boys 4×400 relay. Other top three finishers included Tanner Koehn with 2nd in 400, Isaiah Patton with 3rd in high jump, Wyatt Collins with 3rd in shot put, and the 2nd place 4 x 100 relay (Jaden Ediger, Collins, Ethan Alkire, Patton).

With some strong wind gusts and a fast-paced meet, some of the athletes had events very close together, sometimes even back-to-back. There weren’t as many PRs due to those factors, but the short recovery times let the athletes work on endurance and perseverance. “We are building our strength and looking forward to the last few weeks leading up to the end of our season. A couple throwers who did make improvements on their season PRs today were Preston Minson and Brayden O’Hara in discus,” said head coach Tina McMannis.

Coming – The Eagles next meet will be Tuesday, April 26, at Douglass, followed by the James Thomas Invitational held in Hillsboro on Friday, April 29.

Powerlifting: Canton-Galva had a great weekend at the KEMFA state powerlifting meet in Claflin over the weekend. There were over 50 schools represented and over 500 participants in total. The girls took 13th overall and the boys took 3rd overall.

“Many PRs were set and they represented our school and communities very well,” said head coach Tyler O’ Connor.


HHS Senior Filow Cruz running anchor in the 4X800 relay at Solomon
HHS Senior Samantha Saunders running the Hurdles at Solomon.
HHS senior Emersyn Funk winning the 3200 meter run at Solomon
HHS seniors Jamari Harris handing off to Nate Hein in the 4X100 relay at Solomon.
Hillsboro’s Emersyn Funk won the 3200 meter run at Solomon.
Hillsboro’s CollinVoss in javelin.


Baseball: Week four of the Trojan baseball season saw the young men traveling to Hoisington on Tuesday, April 19. In the first game of the afternoon the Trojans gave the Cardinals their second win of the season with a score of 3-13. Leading early in the game, the Trojans saw that lead slip away and were not able to recover. Hoisington started off the game with a double and two singles in the first inning. Hillsboro struggled to put runs on the board and had a tough time defensively containing Hoisington.

Alex Caldwell started the game on the mound for Hillsboro. The right hander surrendered six runs on six hits over three innings, striking out three. Blane Bernhardt threw one inning out of the bullpen. Phillip Young and Dawson Boldt each had one hit for the Trojans.

In the second game of the afternoon the Trojans found their stride and defeated Hoisington 9-8. After a slow start, Blane Bernhardt started off the second inning with a double. Boldt and Caldwell both got on

base with a hit by pitch and walk, respectively. Jaxxon Hanschu came up to the plate and hit in the two runners with a single. In the third inning Caldwell and Hunter Navrat each got on base with a single and Hanschu scored Caldwell with a sacrifice fly. Young contributed to the effort with a single in the third and a triple in the 6th inning.

Young got the start for the Trojans. He went two and two-thirds innings, allowing four runs on four hits and striking out two. Matthew Potucek came in the fifth inning to finish out the game as the winning pitcher.

Navrat, Young, and Caldwell each collected two hits to lead Hillsboro.

On Friday, with gale force winds blowing from the south, the Hillsboro Trojans swept the Nickerson Panthers 15-5 and 10-0. In game one, it took until the third inning for the Trojans to put a run on the

board. Caldwell and Navrat got on base by way of a walk and Hanschu scored Navrat with a single, followed by Potucek scoring Caldwell with a single. The Trojans pulled away for good with five runs in the fourth inning. Blane Bernhardt singled on a 1-2 count, scoring two runs. In the sixth inning multiple Trojans hit for RBIs including Caldwell, Potucek, Young and Bernhardt.

Caldwell earned the victory on the mound for the Trojans. He allowed eight hits and five runs over five innings, striking out seven and walking one. Bernhardt threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen. The Trojans tallied 12 hits. Potucek, Hanschu, Navrat and Caldwell each had multiple hits.

Young threw a gem for the second game of the evening. He allowed one hit, zero runs, seven strikeouts and bested Nickerson by a score of 10-0. The Trojans opened up scoring in the first inning

when Zander Haslett drew a walk, scoring one run. Hillsboro put up five runs in the fourth inning. The offensive onslaught by the Trojans was led by Young who had two RBIs in the inning.

The Trojans racked up seven hits on the day with Navrat and Young managing two hits each. The Trojans didn’t commit a single error on the field.

Coming – The Trojans will travel to Lyons on Friday.

Softball: The Trojans girls struggled to contain the high-powered offense of Hoisington giving up 15 runs at Tuesday’s first game. Hoisington fired up the offense in the first inning, when a player singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run. The Trojans tallied three runs in the fifth inning.

The Trojans batters contributing to the big inning included Kirsten Kluver, Anslee Brewer and Cassidy Bernhardt, all driving in runs in the inning. Kori Arnold took the loss for the Trojans. Arnold surrendered 15 runs on 16 hits over four and two-thirds innings, striking out five.

Hoisington smacked two home runs on the day. The Trojans racked up six hits on the day. Skylre Stucky and Bernhardt each collected multiple hits for Trojans. Bernhardt and Stucky each collected two hits to lead the Trojans.

Nothing came easy for the Trojans in the second game on Tuesday, as they fell 17-4 to Hoisington. Hoisington took an early lead in the first inning when Jordyn Boxberger grounded out, scoring two runs. Hoisington then took the lead for good with five runs in the third inning. In the third an error scored one run for Hoisington and then they scored eight runs in the fourth inning. Boxberger earned the victory on the rubber for Hoisington, KS. The ace lasted five innings, allowing seven hits and four runs while striking out one.

Stucky took the loss for Trojans. The right hander went four innings, allowing 17 runs on 11 hits, striking out five and walking one.

Arnold led Trojans with three hits in three at bat.

Hoisington scattered 11 hits in the game and they didn’t commit a single error in the field.

Jenna Friesen came to the ballpark and meant business on Friday, driving in four on two hits to lead the Trojans past Nickerson 18-6 on Friday. Friesen drove in runs on a single in the first, a single in the second, and a groundout in the third.

Bats blistered as the Trojans collected 15 hits and Nickerson tallied six in the high-scoring game.

The Trojans got things started in the first inning. Kirsten Kluver drew a walk, scoring one run.

They scored six runs in the third inning. The offensive onslaught by the Trojans was led by Arnold, Stucky, Kluver, Friesen, and Reese Hefley, all driving in runs in the frame.

Nickerson scored three runs in the fourth inning. Arnold was the winning pitcher for the Trojans. The right-hander lasted five innings, allowing six hits and six runs while striking out five. The Trojans tallied 15 hits on the day. Hefley, Friesen, Ryleigh Petersen, Arnold, and Keeley Brewer all had multiple hits for the Trojans. Hefley led the Trojans with three hits in three at bat.

The Trojans are currently 7-5 for the season.

Coming—The Trojans have a make-up game against Haven on Tuesday, April 26 and then play at Lions on Friday, April 29.


Marion’s Tristan Dye competed at the track meet in Haven on April 19.
Marion’s Grayce Tanksersly in long jump.
Marion’s Grayce Tankersly (middle) and Grace Hett competed at Halstead on Friday, April 22.
Marion’s McKinnon Waner competed at Halstead on April 22.


Track: The warriors competed on Friday, April 22 at the Halstead meet.

“Even though we didn’t score well as a team, this was a good meet for us. It is always fun to compete against really good competition and we had that at Halstead. With the wind blowing as it was, it was not the best conditions for a great meet but we did a pretty good job of hanging in there and working to get better,” said head coach Grant Thierholf.

The hurdlers had another very good night. Campbell Winter ran personal records in the 110 Highs and the 300 Intermediates, and this was after missing three days of practice. Chance Shults ran a great 300 M race and then came back to start our 4×400 Relay with a blistering opening leg. Luke Wessel ran a PR in the 1600M and came back to run a very fast leg in the 4×400 Relay. Tristen and Christopher both ran well in brutal conditions.

“We were also pretty happy with Kellen Waner who ran a leg in the 4×800 relay for the first time,” said Thierolf. “Kayden Nelson and Landon Dye had PRs in the throws so we are getting better in those events. We look forward to the next week of practice and getting to Beloit on Friday. Always a fun day.”

Just like on the boys side of the meet, this was a tough one for the girls team but a great one for the competition.

“We had some young ladies do really well in this meet, which was a surprise considering the brutal winds we were dealing with,” said Thierolf.

Mckinnon Waner had a solid day in the throws and a great day in the discus, upping her PR by almost 10 feet.

“She is finding that all the hard work she has done is finally paying off in performance,” said Thierolf. Sophia Dye increased her PR in the javelin by 13 feet, placing fourth in a very good field of throwers. Gabby Newell took over one half of a second off her PR in the 100H, placing fifth in a fast group of hurdlers. Kenna Wesner and Grace Hett competed well in the triple jump with Wesner ending up in 5th place. Heidi Grimmett ran a very good 1600M, getting a 4th place medal in a very good field of runners.

Thierolf said, “Our 4×100 and 4×400 Relays ran better at this meet. We are looking forward to going to Beloit next week and seeing some new schools. It will be a great meet for us.”

Coming- The Warriors will compete next on Tuesday, April 26 at Douglass and then on Friday, April 29, they will compete at Beloit.

Swim: The Warriors hosted a swim meet on Friday, April 22. They placed 3rd out of eight teams.

“I am proud of the girls but still unfinished business to tend to. We just gotta get better everyday,” said head coach Randy Carlson.

Some of the results include:

200 yard medley relay – 10 Macy Priest, Ainsley Duell, Katie Rempel and Tanner Plett took fifth.

200 yard IM – Amy Gale took fourth with a time of 2:42.56.

50 yard freestyle – Macy Priest placed sixth with a time of 29.30 and Ainsley took 7th with a time of 29.50.

100 yard butterfly – Caitlin took 5th place with a time of 1:14.88 and Katie Rempel took 8th with a time of 1:29.70.

100 yard freestyle – Macy Priest secured 5th place with a time of 1:05.94.

500 yard freestyle – Tanner Plett took 4th with a time of 7:14.86 and Hannah May came in at 6th at 7:43.00.

200 yard freestyle relay – Relay A took first: Thornhill, Priest, Duell and Gayle 1:55.20; Relay B placed 8th: Leah Brunner, Plett, Rempel and May at 2:11.24.

100 yard backstroke – Gayle took 4th with a time of 1:12.36.

100 yard breaststroke – Thornhill took 3rd with a time of 1:24.43; Brunner took 4th at 1:25.36; Duell came in at 6th with a time of 1:27.17.

Coming—The Warriors will compete next on April 30 at Maize.

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