Area Sports Roundup 1/12/22


Girls Basketball—The Goessel girls basketball team squeaked out a victory over Rural Vista last Friday, 48-45, in a league match-up.

Goessel got off to a hot start, 17-10, but Rural Vista climbed back and closed the gap, making it a 25-24 Blue Bird lead at half.

Just two points separated the teams in the second half, where they went back and forth at one another.

Cheyenne Sawyer led the Bluebirds with 14 points and four rebounds, while Kaleigh Guhr chipped in 11 points and four rebounds for the game.

Coming—Goessel will match-up with Canton-Galva on Jan. 14 at home prior to a break during the boys mid-season tournaments.

Boys Basketball—The Bluebird boys walloped Rural Visita last Friday, 63-24. Goessel got out to a fast start, outscoring Rural Vista 21-8 in the first quarter before taking in a 41-11 lead into half.

The second half never got any closer, and Goessel cruised to a league victory. Caleb Burkholder led the way for the Bluebirds with 14 points, while Caiden Duerksen chipped in 13 for the game.

Coming—The boys will play in the Burrton Mid-Season Tournament on Jan. 17-18 and 20-22.



Hillsboro’s Garrett Hellmer wrestles against Onaga in a tournament at Herington on Saturday. Helmer took second for his weight division.


Wrestling—The wrestling team was back in action last week with a dual against Smoky Valley and a trip to the Herington Invitational.

Hillsboro lost the dual, 39-30, with individual scores following:

113: Takoda Hauck (LSV) over Emery Dalke (HILL) (Fall 1:02)

120: Connor Barnes (LSV) over Aidan Simmons (HILL) (Fall 1:00)

126: Justice Gardner (LSV) over (HILL) (For.)

132: David Sample (LSV) over (HILL) (For.)

145: Andrew Young (LSV) over (HILL) (For.)

152: Garrett Helmer (HILL) over Wyatt Johnson (LSV) (Fall 3:42)

160: David Schafer (HILL) over (LSV) (For.)

170: Tristan Rathbone (HILL) over Richard Zeller (LSV) (Fall 3:50)

182: Geo Luis (LSV) er Filow Cruz (HILL) (Fall 0:52)

195: Lane Rogers (HILL) over Alex Grosland (LSV) (Fall 0:21)

220: Justin Holt (LSV) over Deon Weeks (HILL) (Dec 9-4)

285: Angus Duell (HILL) over (LSV) (For.)

At the Herington Invitational, the Trojans finished seventh among 18 schools at the tournament. The following Hillsboro wrestlings placed in the tournament:

Aidan Simmons placed sixth after getting hurt during the tournament. Garrett Helmer placed second at 152 lbs. David Schafer placed seventh at 160 lbs. Tristan Rathbone placed second at 170 lbs. Lane Rogers placed fifth at 182 lbs. Logan Rogers placed sixth at 195 lbs. Deon Weeks placed fifth at 220 lbs; and Angus Duell placed eight at 285 lbs.

“The Smoky Valley dual and Herington Invitational provided our team with some quality competition coming out of Christmas break,” Hillsboro head coach Scott O’Hare said. “Overall, we were very pleased with how the guys performed on Thursday and Saturday. They made some nice progress with practices over break and continue to improve. The schedule this entire month of January will continue to provide our guys with various challenges to test them technically, physically and mentally. We are excited to see them step up to those challenges.”

Hillsboro’s Matthew Potucek drives to the basket against Halstead last week.

Boys Basketball—2022 has started off hot for the Hillsboro boys basketball team, which beat Hutchinson-Trinity Catholic, 63-36, and Halstead, 80-35, last week.

Against Trinity, the Trojans got out to a 17-14 lead before pulling away in the second quarter to carry a 34-22 lead into half.

The defensive clamps went on in the second half, and Hillsboro built their lead even more, rolling to a victory.

“I was really happy with the win. Hutch Trinity is always a tough opponent,” Hillsboro head coach Darrel Knoll said. “We weren’t as sharp as we have been in terms of consistent execution, but we made a lot of really good plays and played well overall.”

Hillsboro shot 50 percent from the field, with Brekyn Ratzlaff leading the way with 21 points and five assists. Gayson Ratzlaff had 17 points and five rebounds, while Matthew Potucek chipped in 10 points, six rebounds, and four assists for the game.

“We locked in much better after the first quarter and made it tough for Trinity to score,” Potucek said. “It was another really good team effort.”

Against Halstead, it was more of the same. Hillsboro was outstanding defensively, holding Halstead to just three points in the first quarter and building a quick 24-3 lead.

Stunned, Halstead never recovered, and Hillsboro built on their lead throughout the game, forcing 27 turnovers.

“The defensive intensity was excellent in the first quarter and then solid the rest of the game. I loved the intensity level of each player in this game,” Knoll said.

Both Potucek and Grayson Ratzlaff had 21 points to lead the Trojans in scoring. Brekyn Ratzlaff chipped in 13 points and six assists, as well.

Coming—The Trojans have a league match-up on the road at Lyons on Jan. 14 before hosting the Trojan Classic from Jan. 18-22.


Hillsboro’s Emersyn Funk makes her way to the basket in the game against Halstead last week.

Girls Basketball—The Hillsboro girls basketball team managed a 1-1 record out of break with a win over Hutchinson Trinity-Catholic, 30-13, and a loss to Halstead, 60-54.

Against Trinity, the Trojans got out to a lead, thanks to their defense, holding the Celtics to just five points in the first half. They led 16-5 at half.

Trinity managed to play Hillsboro to a stalemate in the third quarter, before the Trojans closed the door on a come-back in the last quarter with an 8-2 run.

Zaylee Werth really carried the team during the first half, scoring 13 and grabbing eight rebounds. Emersyn Funk had eight points and four rebounds as well in the game.

“During the night, we would get some good looks, but we really struggled to get any offensive flow going. The one thing I was pleased with was that we continued to play solid defense,” Hillsboro head coach Nathan Hiebert said. “There are usually some games throughout the season that are a struggle offensively, but I was proud of how we continued to defend and got the win, even when it was a little off at times.”

Against Halstead, Hillsboro got out to a quick start, 21-15, and led at halftime, 38-28. The offense fell off in the second half, though, and Hillsboro scored just 16 points the rest of the game, allowing Halstead to crawl back and earn the win.

“We did some really good things at times. We shot better than we had the previous couple of games, which was great, but we lost the turnover battle, which really was a huge factor,” Hiebert said. “This is a great learning opportunity to grow in our composure, execution and unity. When our girls play together, we can be pretty tough, but we are still working through finding our flow and rhythm as a team.

Coming—The Trojans have a league match-up on the road at Lyons on Jan. 14 before hosting the Trojan Classic from Jan. 18-22.


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