Area Sports Roundup 11-6-2019



Cross Country—Both Eagle competitors earned medals Saturday at the Class 2A state meet in Wamego.

Morgan Becker paved the way with an eighth-place finish in the boys’ 5-k race with a time of 17 minutes, 25.19 seconds.

Not far behind, Christian Darrah placed 12th in 17:34.43. “Both of the boys ran really good races, and it was a great way for them to end their sophomore year cross country season,” coach Lyle Silsby said. “I am really proud of the way these two kids competed, and, like them, am ready to see what next season has in store for them.”

Football—Canton-Galva defeated Chase County in the first round of the Class 8-man, Division I playoffs Thursday, 46-0.

The Eagles scored 30 points in the first quarter, with Brayden Collins rushing for touchdowns of 15- and 9-yards, respectively. Brandon Huff rushed for a 2-yard touchdown, then Landon Everett scored on a 32-yard touchdown run with 14 seconds left in the opening period.

Everett crossed the goal line again on a 31-yard touchdown run with 10:54 left in the first half, and Collins scored on a 3-yard run at the 3:25 mark to bring it to the final, 46-0 spread, by halftime.

Canton-Galva recorded 225 yards of offense, including 169 rushing yards, led by Everett, who carried the ball seven times for 104 yards and two touchdowns.

Through the air, Everett was 5-for-9 for 56 yards.

Conner Koehn led the defense with six tackles.

Chase County, meanwhile, recorded 92 yards of offense.

Centre Football—Centre defeated Altoona-Midway, 56-0, in the first round of the Class 8-man, Division II playoffs Thursday.

The Cougars recorded 287 yards of offense, including 211 rushing yards.

Jensen Riffel recorded six carries for 121 yards and three touchdowns and hauled in two receptions for 40 yards and one touchdown.

Through the air, Braxton Smith was 4-for-5 for 76 yards and two touchdowns.

He carried the ball three times for 43 yards and one touchdown.

Luke Hudson hauled in two receptions for 36 yards and one touchdown, and also recorded a 33-yard rushing touchdown.

Lane Methvin led the defense with 10 tackles. Smith had one fumble recovery.




Goessel’s Elyse Boden and Jerah Schmidt with their medals from state cross country.


Cross Country—Two Bluebird seniors represented Goessel at the Class 1A state meet at Wamego Saturday.

Elyse Boden placed ninth among a field of 85 competitors in the girls’ race with a time of 21:25.10.

Meanwhile, Jerah Schmidt finished 16th of 87 in the boys’ race in 18:08.70.

“According to the records I have found so far, this may be the first time in GHS history that a girl and boy have both medaled at the state meet in the same year,” coach Brian Lightner said. “Both Elyse and Jerah were able to run smart and aggressive races as they moved up throughout the race, and they both finished ahead of several runners who had beat them the previous week at regionals.”

Football—Goessel suffered a 58-8 defeat at Lebo Thursday in the first round of the Class 8-man, Division I playoffs.

Lebo scored 28 points in the first quarter, and held a 50-0 lead before Dylan Lindeman completed a 47-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Hagewood with 40 seconds left before halftime.

Lebo scored with 14 seconds left in the first half to bring it to the final, 58-8 spread.

Goessel recorded 133 yards of offense.

Lindeman was 8-for-17 for 83 yards and one touchdown. Hagewood hauled in two receptions for 52 yards and one touchdown.

The Bluebirds rushed for 50 yards, led by Hagewood with seven carries for 31 yards.

Nate Zogleman led the defense with 3.5 tackles.

Goessel turned the ball over three times. The Bluebirds end the season with an overall record of 5-4.


Hillsboro photos by Karrie Rathbone

Jamari Harris (sophomore, #28) with an endzone touchdown catch in the third quarter with Pleasanton.


Hillsboro’s Emersyn Funk medaled at state cross country with her 16th place finish.



Cross Country—Hillsboro’s three state cross-country qualifiers competed in Class 2A at Wamego Saturday, where Emersyn Funk led the way by placing 16th in the girls’ 5-k race with a time of 21 minutes, 11.29 seconds.

In the boys’ race, Tristan Reed finished 22nd in 18:15.20, and Caleb Diener 59th in 18:56.95.

Football—The Trojans defeated Pleasanton in the first round of the Class 1A playoffs Friday, 49-0.

Jamari Harris scored Hillsboro’s first three touchdowns—a 2-yard run in the first quarter for a 7-0 Trojan lead by the end of the period; a 7-yard run in the second quarter for a 15-0 margin at halftime; and a 29-yard leaping touchdown reception in the end zone from quarterback Matthew Potucek as he rolled to his right.

Fueled by an interception by Caleb Potucek, Matthew Potucek recorded a 6-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter, then Caleb Potucek, after returning a punt to the Pleasanton 20-yard line, crossed the goal line on a first-down touchdown run that made it 36-0 by the end of the third quarter.

Caleb Potucek scored on a 3-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter for a 42-0 lead, then Dillon Boldt recovered a fumble that set up a 58-yard touchdown run by Matthew Potucek that put a running clock into effect for the duration of the game.

Hillsboro rolled up 381 yards of offense, including 284 rushing yards, led by Caleb Potucek with 20 carries for 123 yards and two touchdowns.

Through the air, Matthew Potucek was 7-for-12 for 97 yards and one touchdown. Hunter Hein hauled in four receptions for 52 yards.

Garrett Helmer led the defense with six tackles.

Pleasanton managed 158 yards of offense and committed four turnovers.

Marion Cross Country—Heidi Grimmett represented the Warriors at the Class 2A state meet at Wamego Saturday, where she placed 10th among a field of 96 runners with a time of 20 minutes, 44.44 seconds.

“(Heidi) was seeded 15th coming in based on regional times, so we knew that she would have to work very hard during the race in order to finish in the Top 10,” coach Grant Thierolf said. “The course is the toughest that we run all year, and she was up to the task as she stayed in the Top 12 throughout the whole of the race. She had a little stumble just after passing the 2-mile mark but recovered.

“One of the great things about athletics is that it teaches you how to get up after you have been knocked down, and Heidi was able to do that during the race. She has had a great season and by placing 10th at the Class 2A state meet, she has medaled and finished in the Top 10 in every meet this year.”

Football—Marion lost to Uniontown Friday in the first round of the Class 1A playoffs, 33-8.

Uniontown led 21-0 at halftime and took a 27-0 lead before Braedon Mercer crossed the goal-line on a 25-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to make it 27-8. Uniontown scored once more to bring it to the final spread.

Marion recorded 247 yards of offense, including 188 rushing yards, led by Calib Mallory with 13 carries for 94 yards. Mercer recorded 16 carries for 70 yards and one touchdown.

Through the air, Seth Lanning was 4-for-14 for 59 yards. Bryce Mermis hauled in three receptions for 51 yards.

Luke Lanning led the defense with six tackles. The Warriors committed three turnovers.

Marion concludes the season with an overall record of 2-7.

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