Area sports roundup 1-22-2020


Basketball—The Eagles lost a pair of games to Little River Tuesday. The girls lost, 37-21, and the boys lost, 58-41.

Canton-Galva’s games with Goessel scheduled for Friday were postponed because of an illness-related school closure at Goessel.

The girls were scheduled to play at Goessel Jan. 21, while the boys will travel to Goessel Jan. 28.

The Eagles will host Goessel Feb. 13.


Basketball—The Cougars lost two games at Herington Tuesday. The girls lost, 37-33, and the boys lost, 32-23.


Basketball—The Bluebirds swept Solomon Tuesday.

The girls won, 40-19, and the boys won, 53-15.

Goessel’s games with Canton-Galva scheduled for Friday were postponed as a result of an illness-related school closure. The Bluebird girls were scheduled to host Canton-Galva Jan. 21, while the boys will host Canton-Galva Jan. 28.

The games scheduled for Feb. 13 will be played at Canton-Galva.

The Bluebirds will play Rural Vista Feb. 17.


Basketball—The Trojans swept Pratt Tuesday.

The girls won, 38-36.

After an even, 8-8, first quarter, Hillsboro took the lead by halftime, 21-15.

Pratt closed the gap to 33-30 after three quarters, but Hillsboro did just enough to earn the two-point win.

We struggled early on offensively, taking some quick (and) poor shots and fumbling the ball a lot,” coach Nathan Hiebert said. “Thankfully our defense was solid. … We were able to find a groove as we went into the second quarter. Our posts got several offensive rebound put-backs, and we executed better.

Pratt came out sharp in the third quarter, and we were able to withstand their run and then have a little run of our own. When we were patient and executed, we got easy (and) high-efficient shots.”

Hillsboro made 33 percent of its field goal attempts for the game (16-for-48). Teegan Werth led the Trojans with 11 points and scored the game-winning basket with 5 seconds left. Pratt, meanwhile, shot 31 percent (14-for-45).

The boys won, 66-36. The Trojans claimed a 17-8 lead after the first quarter and extended it to 33-15 at halftime. A 19-13 effort in the third quarter gave Hillsboro a 52-28 cushion, and a 14-8 fourth quarter solidified the 30-point win.

The Trojans shot just under 45 percent from the field (26-for-58), while limiting Pratt to about 35 percent (15-for-43).

Matthew Potucek and Caleb Potucek provided a one-two punch as each scored 20 points to lead all scorers. Caleb Potucek drained four three-pointers. Caleb Diener also scored in double digits with 13 points.

Hillsboro’s games with Haven originally scheduled for Friday were played Saturday because of weather.

The Trojans lost both games.

The girls lost, 46-26, falling behind 15-7 after the first quarter, then playing nearly evenly through the second for a 25-18 halftime deficit. Haven outscored Hillsboro, 21-8 in the second half to claim the 20-point win.

The Trojans made around 31 percent of their field goal attempts (11-for-36), while Haven made around 41 percent (20-for-49).

Teegan Werth led the Trojans with 10 points.

Haven is normally a very physical team. They post hard, rebound hard, defend with a lot of contact and they did not disappoint. I was very pleased with how our girls responded, they were very aggressive defensively and we did a great job frustrating Haven – especially the first half – this kept us within striking range,” said Head Coach Nathan Hiebert. “I was proud that we won the second quarter. We even kept it close for most of the third. Our defense gave us a chance in this game. Offensively, I felt like we did well second quarter. Teegan did a nice job of finding open opportunities and had a couple drives to get easier opportunities, but other than that we struggled to find points.”

The boys, meanwhile, lost, 59-41. Haven took a 12-6 lead after the first quarter, and led, 24-17, at halftime. The Wildcats solidified their advantage with a 22-13 third-quarter effort, and although Hillsboro nearly matched Haven’s production in the fourth-quarter with a 13-11 showing, the deficit was too large from which to recover.

The Trojans made around 30 percent of their field goal attempts (14-for-47). Haven, meanwhile shot around 43 percent from the field (23-for-54).

Matthew Potucek led Hillsboro in scoring with 14 points. Caleb Potucek scored 10.

Wrestling—Tristan Rathbone led the Trojans at the Halstead Invitational, which was moved to Saturday because of weather. Rathbone went 4-0 to win the 152-pound weight class, concluding with a win by fall over Colton Scholz of Effingham-Atchison County.

Jordan Bachman went 3-1 at 145 pounds to place third, concluding with a win by fall over Francis Stuhlsatz of Garden Plain.

Two Trojans placed fourth.

Garrett Helmer went 4-2 at 132 pounds, recording four pins, and Ryder Norstrom went 3-2 at 138 pounds.

Andre Patton went 2-3 at 160 pounds to place sixth.

Completing the team, Lane Rogers went 1-2 on the mat at 170 pounds; Austin Rempel went 1-2 at 182; and these Trojans went 0-2: Charlie Major (120), Lyle Fickes (126), Isaiah Patton (126) and Deon Weeks (182).

Overall we are pleased with how the team competed on Saturday. Most weight classes were full, or nearly full, 16-man brackets, and all of them had some quality wrestlers in them. This tournament provided us with some great match-ups and gave us some great feedback in regards to where we stand.,” said head coach Scott O’Hare. “With the cancellation of the Herington Tournament last week, the team had not wrestled in a competition in almost a month. Through Christmas break and these past couple weeks since we returned to school, as coaches, we have been extremely pleased with how they have managed to keep a high level of focus and energy through practices. However, we really needed this competition for them to see where they are and for us to find out exactly what we need to work on most. Matches this weekend gave us a much better feel for what is working and what each individual needs to work on to continue progressing.”

As a team, Hillsboro finished sixth of 22 with 95 points. Douglass won with 139.


Basketball—The Warriors lost two games to Berean Academy Tuesday.

The girls lost, 49-19, and the boys lost, 64-37.

Marion’s games with Hutchinson Trinity originally scheduled for Friday were played Saturday because of weather. The girls lost, 59-24, and the boys lost, 65-23.

Wrestling—Todd Palic led the Warriors at the Halstead Invitational, which was moved to Saturday because of weather, by winning the 182-pound weight class with a 3-0 record. Following a first-round bye, Palic won by fall, by major decision (15-4) and by fall over Keyon Baccus of Minneapolis in the first place match.

Three Warriors placed fifth.

Forest Slater went 2-2 on the mat at 113 pounds, concluding with a win by 10-7 decision over Jamison Richie of Minneapolis.

Nathan Hoffner went 4-2 at 138 pounds, pinning three opponents en-route to fifth place.

Luke Lanning went 2-2 on the mat at 170 pounds, concluding with a win by fall over Cody Wohlgemuth of Hesston.

Completing the team, Chance Shults (120) and Calib Mallory (145) went 0-2.

As a team, Marion finished tied for 14th of 22 with 59 points. Douglass won with 139.


Basketball—The Warriors split two games with Rural Vista Tuesday. The girls lost, 55-8, and the boys won, 52-43.

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