Basketball—The Cougars lost two games at Bennington Friday. The girls lost, 67-36, and the boys lost, 48-37.
Basketball—The Bluebirds lost two games to Inman Friday.
The Bluebird girls lost, 33-15. Inman outscored Goessel, 14-2 in the first quarter, creating a deficit too large from which to recover.
Elizabeth Schmucker led the Bluebirds with 11 points on 5-for-11 shooting from the field, including one three-pointer.
Porclein Unruh had nine rebounds.
As a team, the Bluebirds were 5-for-27 from the field (19 percent).
The Goessel boys lost, 37-31.
The Bluebirds trailed, 9-5 after one quarter, and 23-13 at halftime. A 10-5 Inman advantage in the third quarter made it 33-18 before Goessel’s fourth-quarter, 13-4 effort came up just short. Jake Hiebert scored all five of his points in the fourth quarter.
Jacob Hagewood led the team with eight points and eight rebounds.
As a team, the Bluebirds made 19 percent of their attempts from the field (10-for-53).
Teagan Werth drives the lane for a layup in the first half with Belle Plain.
Basketball—The Trojans opened the season by splitting a pair of games with Belle Plaine Friday. The Trojan girls won, 49-45, while the Hillsboro boys lost in double overtime, 67-64.
Garret Helmer pinning his Minneapolis opponent in the 138 weight division.
Wrestling—Hillsboro opened its season with a 1-1 effort at the Halstead Double Duals Thursday.
The Trojans lost to Minneapolis, 54-14. Three Hillsboro wrestlers earned wins. Wrestling at 138 pounds, Garrett Helmer won by fall over Reece Wilson; Jordan Bachman (145 pounds) won by fall over Austin Wolfe; and Tristan Rathbone (152) won an 8-4 decision over Chase Anderson.
Hillsboro then defeated Halstead, 36-30. Three Trojans scored points on the mat: Charlie Major (120) won by fall over Dakota Schreibuegel; Jordan Bachman (145) won by fall over Patrick Mueller; and Tristan Rathbone (152) won by fall over Ivan Gutierrez. Dakota Ely (132), Garrett Helmer (138) and Ethan Plenert (195) won by forfeit.
Saturday, at the McPherson JV and girls’ varsity tournament, Dakota Ely from Canton-Galva went 2-1 and placed second at 136 pounds. After suffering a first-round loss by fall, Ely then pinned Teresa Garcia of Great Bend and won by 7-2 decision over McPherson’s Jessica Kelling to place second.
“These opening duals on Thursday, as well as the girls’ tournament on Saturday, gave all of our wrestlers an opportunity to take the mats to gain valuable competition experience,” said coach Scott O’Hare. “These matches gave us some quality feedback in regards to the things we need to start focusing on in practice in order to continue progressing.
“Overall, we are pleased with where we are at this point in the season. Our more experienced wrestlers did some things really well on Thursday, and the less experienced wrestlers competed hard and showed some good things.”
Burton Harshman dribbles past a Southeast of Saline defender. Marion lost its season-opener, 52-26, Friday.
Basketball—The Warriors opened the season with a pair of losses to Southeast of Saline Friday. The girls lost, 51-31, and the boys lost, 52-26.
Wrestling—Marion opened the season with a 1-4 showing at Burlington’s Wildcat Duals Friday.
The Warriors lost to Blue Valley Southwest in Round 1, 67-3. Scoring Marion’s only points, Luke Lanning won by 6-3 decision over Samuel Butler at 170 pounds.
Marion lost to Washburn Rural, 71-9. Forest Slater (113 pounds) won by fall over Preston Gengler; Todd Palic (182) won by 14-11 decision over Remington Stiles.
In Round 3, Marion lost to West Elk, 36-18. Two Warriors won by fall: Lanning (170) pinned Arron Hall, and Palic (182) pinned Kolton Branch. Slater (113) won by forfeit.
Marion lost to Baldwin, 62-17, in Round 4. Three Warriors earned victories: Slater (113) pinned Caden Englert; Lanning (170) pinned Wesley Martin; and Palic (182) defeated Zayne Nowak by technical fall, 16-0.
In the ninth-place match, Marion defeated Circle, 18-12. Palic (182) earned Marion’s only victory on the mat, pinning Rylan Rose. Slater (113) and Lanning (170) won by forfeit.