Area Sports Roundup 1-29-2020


Basketball—The Eagle girls defeated Goessel, 45-36, Tuesday. Tia Moddelmog led all scorers with 12 points.

The boys, meanwhile, hosted a tournament last week and finished sixth.

The Eagles lost to Sedgwick, 64-51.

Canton-Galva defeated Ell-Saline Thursday, 69-33. Brayden Collins led the team with 17 points. Tyson Struber scored 13, and Xavier Westbrook 10.

In the fifth-place game, Canton-Galva lost to Wichita Classical.


Centre hosted the Cougar Classic last week, where both Cougar teams finished third.

The girls opened with a 33-21 victory over Elyria Christian.

The girls then lost to eventual-champion Rural Vista in the semifinals, Friday, 66-40. Kelsey Hett led the Cougars with 20 points, scoring nine of those points in the fourth quarter.

Centre defeated Marion in the third-place game, 44-43. Kelsey Hett led the team with 18 points. Alyssa Espinoza scored 14.

“With our limited numbers, the injuries, and foul trouble we experience, this was truly one of the most remarkable wins I have been associated with,” coach Alan Stahlecker said. “Our girls played with such tenacity, and they needed to against a wonderful effort by Marion. Neither team had a bit of quit in them.”

Meanwhile, the Centre boys defeated Wakefield in the opening round, 36-31.

The boys lost to Solomon in the semifinals, then defeated Peabody-Burns in the third-place game, 55-22.


Basketball—The Bluebird girls lost to Canton-Galva Tuesday, 45-36. Emily Flaming and Elizabeth. Schmucker shared top scoring honors with nine points each. The girls lost to Moundridge Friday, 46-30. Schmucker led the team with 13 points. Riley Graber scored 11.

Meanwhile, the boys finished fourth in the Burrton Invitational tournament last week. Goessel defeated Fairfield to open the tournament Tuesday, 61-16. Caiden Duerksen led all scorers with 19 points. Dylan Lindeman scored 18, and Skyler Wuest 10.

Goessel then lost to Little River Thursday, 59-49. Lindeman led the team with 13 points. Skyler Wuest scored 10.

The Bluebirds concluded with a 57-38 loss to Inman Saturday in the third-place game.



Basketball—Hillsboro hosted the Trojan Classic last week.

The girls finished second, opening with a 42-33 victory over Republic County Tuesday. Teegan Werth led all scorers with 20 points.

“We did a great job early on taking them out of their offense and getting great looks offensively,” coach Nathan Hiebert said.

The girls then defeated Holcomb Friday, 53-40. Werth and Kinsey Kleiner shared top scoring honors with 18 points apiece.

“Holcomb was a great challenge for our team,” Hiebert said. “They had five or six girls that could play on the perimeter and also post up. They also have been very strong on the offensive boards. We once again did a solid job defensively.”

The girls concluded with a 36-25 loss to Riley County Saturday. Werth led all scorers with 13 points.

“Our posts did a great job early of being active and attacking the basket,” Hiebert said. “We pulled out to a quick lead but then went into a major drought (where) we didn’t score for about 12-14 minutes. We lacked movement and were settling for jump shots.”

Hiebert said he is pleased with his team’s progress.

“It has been several years since we have had the opportunity to play in

the finals,” he said. “I have been very pleased over the last couple of weeks on our girls’ level of focus and defensive intensity. We also have showed glimpses of being able to score effectively, we just need to be more consistent.”

Meanwhile, the boys opened with a 65-54 victory over Eureka Tuesday. Brekyn Ratzlaff led all scorers with 23 points. Matthew Potucek scored 12, and Caleb Potucek and Caleb Diener each scored 11.

The boys then lost to Holcomb Friday, 45-40. Matthew Potucek scored 16 points to lead the team. Brekyn Ratzlaff scored 12.

The boys concluded with a loss to Riley County, 50-44, Saturday. Caleb Potucek led all scorers with 15 points. Matthew Potucek scored 10.

Wrestling—Hillsboro finished eighth of 21 teams at the Eureka Invitational Saturday.

“The Eureka Invitational is traditionally a very deep and competitive tournament that gives our wrestlers a great opportunity to get some great experience against some quality kids,” coach Scott O’Hare said. “This year did not disappoint, and our wrestlers competed pretty well overall.”

Fifth-ranked Jordan Bachman led the Trojans by winning the 145-pound weight class with a 4-0 record. He won the tournament with a 3-2 decision over Trent Jones of Iola, who ranks fifth in Class 4A.

“Jordan had a great tournament in what was arguably the deepest and toughest overall bracket in the tournament,” O’Hare said. “Although Jordan has wrestled at a high level over the past couple seasons, this was probably one of his best overall performances of his career.”

Three Trojans placed fourth: Garrett Helmer went 1-2 at 132 pounds; Tristan Rathbone went 2-2 at 152 pounds; and Dakota Ely went 1-2 at 130 pounds.

Charlie Major placed sixth at 120 pounds with a 3-2 record.

Completing the team were: Ryder Nordstrom (1-2 at 138 pounds), Andre Patton (1-2 at 160) and Lane Rogers (1-2 at 170 pounds).


Basketball—The Warriors competed in Centre’s Cougar Classic tournament last week.

The Marion girls finished fourth. The Warriors opened with a victory over Herington, 42-41. Marion then suffered an overtime loss to Wakefield in the semifinals before concluding the tournament with a 44-43 loss to Centre in the third-place game Saturday. Chloe Burkholder and Jayden May shared top scoring honors with 13 points apiece.

The boys, meanwhile, finished seventh in the tournament. Marion lost to Elyria Christian in the opening round, 44-18.

The Warriors then lost to Herington, 43-34, before concluding the tournament with a 31-30 victory over Wakefield in the seventh-place game Saturday.

Wrestling—Todd Palic led the Warriors at the Eureka Invitational by winning the 182-pound weight class with a 3-0 record. Palic won by 3-1 decision over Winfield’s Cole Finley in the first-place match.

Also placing for the Warriors was Nathan Hoffner, who went 3-1 at 138 pounds to place fifth.

Completing the team, Forest Slater went 2-2 at 113 pounds; Luke Lanning went 2-2 at 170; Calib Mallory went 1-2 at 145 pounds; and Chance Shults went 0-2 at 120.

As a team, Marion finished 10th of 21.


Basketball—The Warriors competed in Centre’s Cougar Classic tournament last week.

The girls finished eighth, losing to Rural Vista, 63-10, losing to Elyria Christian, and losing to Solomon 35-22 in the seventh-place game Saturday.

The boys finished fourth. Peabody-Burns defeated Herington in the opening round, 40-35. The Warriors then lost to eventual-champion Elyria Christian in the semifinals.

Peabody-Burns concluded the tournament by losing to Centre in the third-place game Saturday, 55-22.

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