Area Sports Round-up 5-8-24

Lincoln Wichert hits his tee shot on hole #5 at Hillsboro Golf Course on Friday, May 4.

Centre

Boys track – The Cougars competed at the Steve Hermann Invitational in Herington on Thursday, May 2. They came in 9th place out of nine teams. The following are some of the results:

Micah Carlson – 400 Meters – 59.14 – 6th place

Gentri Holub – Javelin – 133’ 4” – 5th place

Samuel Rziha – 400 Meters – 59.14 – 5th place

Coming—The team will next compete on Thursday, May 9 at Wheat State League at Solomon.

Girls track – The Cougars competed at the Steve Hermann Invitational in Herington on Thursday, May 2. They came in 5th place out of ten teams. The girls team with 57 points scored the most points a Centre girls team has scored at an Invitational meet since 2014.

The following are some of the results:

Kaitlynn Bina – 1600 Meters – 5:39.02 – 1st place; 3200 Meters – 12:39.37 – 1st place

Olivia Carlson – 100 Meter High Hurdles – 18.45 – 1st place; Long Jump – 14’ 3.25” – 3rd place; Triple Jump – 30’ 5.5” – 6th place

Jimena Sanchez – 400 Meters – 1:09.27 – 2nd place

Allie Stuchlik – 1600 Meters – 6:19.81 – 3rd place; 3200 Meters – 13:45.07 – 3rd place

Coming—The team will next compete on Thursday, May 9 at Wheat State League at Solomon.

Hillsboro

Baseball – The Trojans played at home against Pratt on Friday, May 3. The scores were Pratt 4 Hillsboro 2 and Pratt 13 Hillsboro 1.

Coming—The Trojans will play at Regionals May 13-15.

Softball – The Trojans played at home against Pratt on Friday, May 3. The scores were Pratt 22 Hillsboro 5 and Pratt 22 Hillsboro 0.

Coming—The Trojans will play at Regionals May 13-15.

Golf – The Trojans played on Tuesday, April 30 at the Halstead Invitational but were only able to play three to four holes before the event was canceled due to weather.

“It was unfortunate that the event at Halstead was cancelled on Tuesday. Our golfers are learning so much from every competition that they play in,” said Coach Scott O’Hare.

On Friday, May 3, the Trojans played a 36-hole tournament in the Marion County Invitational co-hosted by Hillsboro and Marion.

43 golfers from 11 teams participated on Friday.

The event started at 8 a.m. with an 18-Hole Tournament at Marion. After lunch, teams travelled west to complete the afternoon 18-Hole Tournament at Hillsboro.

Awards were presented to the Top 10 individual golfers and Top 3 teams from each event, as well as for the combined 36-Hole totals.

Hillsboro finished 5th with a score of 775 for the 36-hole total.

“Friday turned out to be the nicest day, as far as the weather, that we have had for a tournament all season. Cool temperatures in the morning, a bit of cloud cover most of the day, and less wind led to some great scoring opportunities,” said O’Hare.

O’Hare said it was exciting to see Junior Lincoln Wichert take advantage of the nice weather.

“He posted his lowest career score in the morning, shooting a solid 4 over par (76) to win the top medalist honors. His previous best competition round was an 82. Wichert got off to a solid start at Hillsboro in the afternoon, playing the front 9 holes at 2 over par. However, like everyone in the tournament, he started to struggle a bit on the back 9 and ended up posting a score of 81. He was not pleased with how he played the back nine, but it was still good for a fourth place finish and left him in a tie with Kory Meireis from Kingman for the individual 36-Hole medalist honor,” said O’Hare.

Senior Annaliese Jorgenson battled through some back pain all day to post her low round of the season at Hillsboro in the afternoon.

Senior Monroe James and Sophomore Reese Duerksen both shot career low 18 hole rounds on Friday afternoon.

The team also posted their best two team scores of the season on Friday.

“This tournament is such a great test of physical stamina and mental toughness. Walking an 18-hole tournament is difficult in itself. To follow it up with another 18-hole tournament with only about an hour, maybe an hour and half between rounds requires a strong mind and body. I am extremely proud of our golfers, not only for continuing to compete but also for posting some of their best rounds of the season in the process,” said O’Hare.

Coming—The Trojans will compete in the 2A Regional Tournament at Eureka on Monday, May 13.

Marion

Boys track – The warriors competed at the Remington Relays on Friday, May 3.

“You know, we had a pretty good day, setting 9PRs and competing very well,” said Coach Grant Thierolf.

Brian Nguyen was the leader at this meet, setting PRs in the shot put and discus and throwing really well in the javelin.

“He, Jackson Bitonti and Jackson Howard have really pulled their weight in the throwing events. Our triple jumpers came up huge, securing 2nd, 4th, and 6th place. Jesse Snyder leads that group and Jackson and Hitch Soyez keep jumping better,” said Thierolf.

Kellen Waner had a big day in the pole vault, going over 12 feet for the first time.

Jesse Snyder, Wyatt Soyez and Tripp Peterson scored points in the short sprints and Luke Wessel came through with points in the 400M. Wessel led the distance group by winning the 800M.

Eli Klenda and Zayden Janzen joined in by placing in the 16ooM and 3200M, respectively.

“Our boys 4 x 400 relay welcomed back Jonathan Frese and he blistered the third leg of the relay to help them set a season best time. A good time to have a good track meet as we set our sights on the HOA League meet at Moundridge next Friday,” said Thierolf.

Girls track – The Warriors competed at the Remington Relays on Friday, May 3.

“Just like the boys team, we had a very good day at Remington, setting twelve PRs and competing well in all areas,” said Coach Grant Thierolf.

Kenna Wesner had a fantastic day in the jumps, garnering first in the triple jump and second in the long jump.

Kate Wessel and Addison Cooper jumped well to add to the improvements that we are seeing.

Madisyn Hulett and Sofia Dye picked up big points in the three throws and their distances are getting a little farther each week.

Taryn Kraus had a great day on the track, setting a PR in the 3000H and gutting her way to a second place finish.

Gabby Newell remains remarkably consistent in the 100H, scoring fourth place points. Maria Carlson ran a superb 800M, breaking under the 2:40 mark for the first time.

Dylan Kraus ran a gritty 400M, fighting to a second place finish in that tough race.

“Our 4x400M relay ran a good race for the second week in a row and are bringing that time down. Good to see as we head to HOA League at Moundridge this Friday,” said Thierolf.

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