Area Sports Roundup 1/19/22


Hillsboro Senior Frank Wichert with the jumper under the basket against Hoisington last week.

Boys Basketball—Hillsboro kept up it’s dominant ways against Hoisington last week, winning the contest, 58-28, while holding Hoisington to 25.6 percent shooting for the game.

Hillsboro scored 19 points off of 23 forced turnovers against Hoisington, and offensively, they moved the ball well and shot the ball effectively, outscoring Hoisington 48-14 in the paint alone.

“I am pleased with our effort tonight,” Hillsboro head coach Darrel Knoll said. “Hoisington always plays tough, and in a physical game, like this one, we kept our poise and were able to battle to a 30-point win against a solid team.”

Brekyn Ratzlaff led the Trojans with 23 points, two assists, two steals, and two blocks, while Matt Potucek scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds.

Hillsboro was supposed to play Lyons last week, but the game was canceled due to COVID concerns by Lyons.

Coming—Hillsboro will continue to play in the Trojan Classic this week before taking a trip to Lindsborg to play Smoky Valley on Feb. 1.


Halstead tournament champions – Tristan Rathbone weight class 170 and Garrett Helmer weight class 152- pose for a photo with their brackets.

Wrestling—Last week, the Hillsboro wrestling team finished sixth out of 19 teams at the Halstead Invitational.

“Each season, the Halstead Invitational provides our team with their first opportunity to compete in a two-day tournament, requiring them to make weight twice as well as remain locked in mentally for two days,” Hillsboro head coach Scott O’Hare said. “Although we were a bit short-handed due to a few wrestlers battling injuries and illness, overall, the guys that competed wrestled pretty well.”

Two wrestlers finished top at their weight. Garrett Helmer placed first at the 152-pound weight class, dominating his field with three straight pins on his way to the final match, where he handed Minneapolis’s Austin Wolff only his second loss of the season.

Tristan Rathbone also won the 170-pound weight class, improving to 20-2 on the season. In the quarterfinals, he achieved his 100th career victory for the Trojans, joining a group of only seven wrestlers in program history to do so.

Also placing at the tournament was Anthony Fickes, who placed third in the 120-pound weight class; Lyle Fickes, who placed sixth in the 145-pound weight class; and Deon Weeks who placed sixth in the 220-pound weight class.

Coming—Hillsboro will travel to the Eureka Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 22.

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