Area sports round-up

Savannah Shahan puts a shot up against Haven last week.
Zayley Werth puts a shot up at home against Haven last week for the Hillsboro girls.



Girls basketball – The Cougar girls played at home against Goessel on Tuesday, Jan. 30 and lost 45-13. They played #1 ranked Little River away on Friday and lost 58-7.

Coming—The Cougars play at home against Peabody for Homecoming on Feb. 9.


Boys basketball – The Trojan boys played Haven at home on Tuesday, Jan. 30 and lost 45-42.

“We came up short in double overtime. We had a chance to send into triple overtime at the buzzer, but weren’t able to convert. Lincoln Wichert led us in scoring with 12 points. Nash Dickinson led us in rebounds with eight. One thing I love about this team is their willingness to fight to the end. They proved that against Haven,” said Coach Kyle Kroeker.

Next, the boys played away against Hesston and lost with a final score of 55-35.

“We really struggled to score in the first half and slow down their scoring. We dug ourselves a large hole that we weren’t able to overcome. Wichert and Wyatt Plenert both had 10 points to lead us in scoring. Logan Frantz led us in assists with three. Hesston is a tough team and we will use this experience to prepare us for the remainder of the season,” said Kroeker.

Coming—The Trojans will play at home against Halstead on Friday, Feb. 9.

Girls basketball – The Trojan girls played Haven at home on Tuesday, Jan. 30 and won 41-29.

The girls next played away against Hesston on Friday and won 34-27.

“Big time game on the road against a very good Hesston team. Our girls showed up and battled for four quarters. It wasn’t all that pretty but we found a way to get the win. I thought our girls defended extremely well without any letup the entire game and that was the difference. It was a team effort and fun night for the girls. Extremely proud of them,” said Coach Micah Ratzlaff.

Coming—The Trojans will play at home against Halstead on Friday, Feb. 9.

Wrestling – The Hillsboro/Canton-Galva Wrestling team competed in the two-day Circle Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 2 and 3.

As usual, this was a very deep and competitive tournament with 27 teams on the boys side and 28 teams in the girls event with several highly ranked individuals. Most weight classes were full 16-man brackets with several requiring preliminary wrestle-in matches due to having more than sixteen competitors.

Once again, the team was short handed with three of the top wrestlers out with injuries and two others unable to compete due to illness. With only three wrestlers in the line-up with more than a couple years of wrestling experience (Fickes, Hein, and Rogers), the young group continues to gain tremendous experience that will serve them well over the next several years.

“They are learning to compete at this level. Their technique continues to improve, but they still have to learn how to take advantage of the 50-50 positions that they get into and learn how to finish in those positions. Their progress may not yet be showing up in wins vs losses, but I am confident they are heading in the right direction. Now they have to learn to trust the process and get mentally and physically tougher,” said Coach Scott O’Hare.

According to O’Hare, someone that has bought in and trusts the process is sophomore Aaron Hein.

“He continued his stretch of earning tournament medals, finishing third in a very deep 144 pound bracket. He has wrestled well the past few weeks and continues to take positive steps as the post-season nears. He picked up several dominant wins as well as a quality overtime win in the consolation semifinals against McClellan from Cheney,” said O’Hare.

Going 5-1 over the weekend, Hein has improved his overall season record to 20-8 and is poised to make a run this week at the CKL Tournament and next week at the 3-2-1A Regional Tournament at SE of Saline in an effort to earn a second straight trip to state.

“We are hopeful that sophomore Sutton Redger and freshman Jaxon Chrislip are able to return this week from injuries to compete at the CKL Tournament as well as Rachel Schafer is able to return to make a run in the Girls Regional Tournament on Saturday,” said O’Hare.

Coming— Boys Central Kansas League Tournament this Thursday at Hoisington and 4-3-2-1A Girls Regional Tournament on Saturday at McPherson.

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