Area Sports Round-up

Hillsboro’s Lincoln Wichert competes at State Golf on Monday. He was not finished at press time so results were unavailable.


The Hillsboro softball team won regionals last week and will be headed to State on May 25 and 26.
Kori Arnold pitched two games at Substate on Wednesday, May 17 —one a no-hitter against Canton-Galva.
The Marion High School baseball team will be headed to state after winning regionals on Wednesday, May 17. They will play at state in Great Bend on May 25 and 26.


Track – The Cougars competed at 1A KSHSAA Regionals on May 19 at Iola.

The results for the boys were:

Gentri Holub – Javelin – 136’5” – 6th place. Holub qualified for the finals in 5th place, but was unable to improve in the finals and dropped to 6th.

The other two boys who participated had personal records in at least one event, with Anthony Rziha improving his time in the 300 Intermediate Hurdles by more than a second and a half while Robert Spohn improved on his Long Jump mark by nearly two inches.

The girls results were:

Olivia Carlson – Long Jump – 14’ 7” – 6th place. Carlson also participated in the finals of the Triple Jump where she ended up 7th.

Kaitlynn Bina – 1600 Meters – 5:57.90 – 3rd place.

“She earned her first state qualification with a strong run just fractions of a second off her personal record,” said Coach Alan Stahlecker.

Bina – 800 Meters – 2:39.74 – 2nd place.

“With a great finish down the last straightaway, Kaitlynn moved into 2nd place and closed to within a couple of seconds of the Regional champion and earned her 2nd berth in the State Track Meet. This was a personal record run for her,” said Stahlecker.

Bina – 3200 Meters – 13:46.65 – 6th place.

“This race started just more than 10 minutes after the finish of the 800. She ran comfortably in 5th place for the first five laps before fading a bit in the finish for her third race of the day,” said Stahlecker.

Coming – Kaitlynn Bina will compete at the state track meet on Saturday, May 27. The finals of the 1600M will be at 1:25 p.m. and the finals for the 800M will be at 5:10 p.m.


Golf- The Trojans competed at 2A Regionals at Salina Municipal last week where the team fell just short of qualifying for state when they came in 4th out of nine teams. The top three teams moved on to state along with the best five individual scores for those not on the qualifying teams.

“Although it was disappointing to miss out qualifying as a team by such a small margin, overall I am very happy with how this season went. All of our varsity golfers shot a personal low round within the last two weeks of the season. We will miss our seniors that participated this year but will have a nice core of players coming back next season in hopes of continuing the positive progress of the Hillsboro HS Golf Team,” said Coach Scott O’Hare.

Sophomore Lincoln Wichert qualified for state when he came in at 11th place with a score of 88.

O’hare said, “This week I have just been working with Lincoln on improving his short game. We have been doing a lot of chipping work and putting drills to improve his consistency and confidence. Otherwise, we have just been getting out on the course and playing, trying to help with course management, recovery from bad shots, and just working on scoring regardless of the situation. Right now he is feeling pretty good with where his game is, and he is excited to participate at state golf again.”

Senior Bryant Dalke tied for 13th with a score of 94, and Josh Siebert and Annaliese Jorgenson both came in 27th with a score of 102.

Coming — All 2A state golf qualifiers played on Monday at Hesston Golf Park with tee times beginning at 9 a.m. The top six teams, along with individual golfers not on one of those teams that brings the total to 54 golfers (plus ties) qualified to participate on Tuesday. The results were not available at press time.


Track – The Warriors competed at the 2A KSHSAA Regionals on May 18 in Marion.

Coach Grant Thierolf said, “This Regional was every bit as tough for the girls as it was for the boys. We had some very good performances that did not get rewarded with a trip to State but that is what we knew we were going to face when we saw the quality of the teams in our Regional.”

Mckinnon Waner had a great season as a thrower for the Warriors.

“She led our throwers group this season and they really developed into a significant scoring segment of our team. Mckinnon has been such a good leader for us and we know that the work that she put in will help our younger throwers in the years to come,” said Thierolf.

Gabby Newell concluded a very solid junior season in the 100M hurdles.

“We are going to rely on her to help lead our team next year,” said Thierolf.

He added, “Good day for Sophia Dye in the throws with two PRs in the big meet of the year. She has great promise as a thrower. Happy for Maria Carlson and Shyann Harris as both of these freshmen set PRs on a day when they had to compete at their best. It was a good year for the girls’ track and field team and with an awful lot of hard work, we have a chance to improve a great deal in the next year.”

The boys also had steep competition.

“We knew it was going to be tough and we were more than right. We had so many good performances today that did not get tangibly rewarded, but that is what happens when the competition is as good as it was at our Regional,” said Thierolf.

The Warrior boys have one individual and one relay team going to State in Wichita. Chance Shults continued to stay hot in the pole vault, qualifying for the third straight year in the event. He had a great run in the 110M hurdles and is finishing his career in a great way.

Thierolf said, “Our 4 x 800M Relay team punched their ticket to state with a fourth-place finish in one of the great races of the day. Tristen Dye led off with a great opening leg and then Christopher Beery and Eli Klenda kept us in the race, setting Luke Wessel up with a chance to get this group to Wichita.” Wessel ran a sub-two minute 800M and gutted his way to the finish line in a state qualifying fourth-place finish.

“Great job by all four runners. Quade Williams finished his career in the shot put and we loved having him help lead our team. He didn’t get the results at Regionals that he would have liked but those things happen. Very proud of the development that Quade has shown these last couple of years,” said Thierolf.

Coming—Those qualifying for state will compete on Saturday, May 27.

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