Area Sports Roundup 12-18-19


Basketball—The Eagles competed at Goessel’s Bluebird Classic last week, where both teams finished fifth.

The Eagle girls went 0-2 in pool play, losing to Little River, 40-35, Tuesday, and to Elyria Christian, 38-29, Friday. Canton-Galva defeated Goessel, 43-41, Saturday to claim fifth place.

The Eagle boys, meanwhile, went 0-2 in pool play, losing to Little River, 48-20, Tuesday, and to Elyria Christian, 34-28, Friday.

The boys defeated Burrton, 72-35, in the fifth-place game Saturday.


Basketball—The Cougar girls finished fourth at the Herington preseason tournament last week.

The Cougars lost to Chase County Thursday, 52-27. Samantha Espinoza led the team with seven points.

Chase County, an experienced team that has been successful the last couple of years, jumped on us early with a mixture of defensive pressure which was coupled with great ball movement and shooting on the offensive end,” coach Alan Stahlecker said. “They had us totally out-of-sync in the first quarter and the first half, pushing their lead to nearly 30 in the first half. We played better in the second half, but did not challenge them in the way we need to.”

Centre defeated Herington in overtime Friday, 50-40.

Samantha Espinoza scored a career-high 16 points. Kelsey Hett also scored 16. Alyssa Espinoza scored 10.

We were fortunate to get off to an early lead in the overtime and just kept pushing the lead until we hit a number of free throws late for the 10-point, overtime win,” Stahlecker said.

The Cougars lost to Lebo, 49-38, Saturday in the third-place game. Alyssa Espinoza and Samantha Espinoza each scored 10 points.

Lebo got off to a good start with some good shooting from both mid-range and three-point land, shooting that would carry them throughout the game,” Stahlecker said. “We were able to keep them from scoring much around the rim, but they scored from outside well throughout the game.”  


Basketball—The Goessel boys won the Bluebird Classic tournament last week with a 3-0 record.

The Bluebirds were 2-0 in pool play, defeating Central Christian Tuesday, 49-46, and defeating Burrton Friday, 58-18. Goessel defeated Elyria Christian in the first-place game Saturday, 47-27. Dylan Lindeman led all scorers with 18 points in the championship game.

The girls, meanwhile, were 0-3, losing to Central Christian Tuesday, 46-22, and to Burrton Friday, 39-26. The Bluebirds lost to Canton-Galva in the fifth-place game Saturday, 43-41. In that game, Elizabeth Schmucker scored a team-high 14 points. Porclein Unruh scored 10.


Jordan Bachman won third place at the Ellis-Raider Wrestling Scramble in the 145 weight.

Wrestling—The Trojans finished eighth as a team at the Ellis Railer Scramble Tournament Friday.

There were several outstanding individual performances where we saw some positive things from a technique standpoint,” coach Scott O’Hare said. “We also witnessed several guys show a lot of determination to win difficult situations within matches as well as tremendous resiliency to grind out wins in some tough matches. However, we also had some weaknesses exposed, including technical, physical and mental weaknesses. We will focus this week on cleaning up some of these issues and continue building on what we have.”

Two Trojans finished second.

Tristan Rathbone went 4-1 at 152 pounds, pinning his first two opponents, then winning a 10-9 decision in Round 3 before winning by fall in the semifinals. He lost by fall to Beloit’s Hunter Prochaska in the first-place match.

Andre Patton went 4-1 at 160 pounds, pinning his first three opponents, then winning an 11-10 decision. He lost to Ellis’ Konnor Pfeifer in the finals by 5-1 decision.

Two Trojans placed third. Garrett Helmer went 3-2 at 132 pounds, winning his first two matches by fall, then claiming a third by 5-3 decision. He lost a pair of decisions, 7-0 in Round 4, and 8-6 to Hoisington’s Evan Foltz to end the day.

Jordan Bachman also placed third with a 3-2 record at 145 pounds. He pinned his first two opponents before losing by fall in Round 3. Bachman lost by major decision, 14-2, before defeating Hoisington’s Dayne Yott by major decision, 14-3, in the third-place match.

Ryder Norstrom went 4-1 to place fourth at 138 pounds. Following a first-round loss by fall, Norstrom won four in a row, the first two by fall, the third by major decision, 11-2, and the fourth by fall over Council Grove’s Colton Tiffany.

Deon Weeks went 2-3 at 182 pounds to place sixth. After winning a 5-4 decision, Weeks lost twice by fall before earning a win by fall. He lost by fall to Osborne’s Lance Kaser in the fifth-place match.

Lane Rogers went 2-3 at 170 pounds to place seventh. After losing by fall and by 7-4 decision, Rogers won a major decision, 12-4, then lost by fall. He pinned Cimarron’s Ivan Legg in the seventh-place match.

Completing the team: Eli Dalke (138) went 1-2; Charlie Major (120) went 0-3 and Isaiah Patton (126) went 0-4.


Basketball—The Warriors hosted the 12th annual Marion Classic last week, where the girls went 1-2 to finish fourth. Marion lost to Eureka, 53-21, Thursday, then defeated Remington, 36-34, Friday. The girls lost to Berean Academy, 37-18, in the third-place game Saturday.

The Marion boys went 0-3 and finished sixth, losing to Eureka, 65-36, Thursday; to Remington, 54-26, Friday; and to Peabody-Burns, 64-46, Saturday in the fifth-place game.

Wrestling—Two Marion wrestlers competed at the Wellington Invitational Saturday. Both finished third.

Nathan Hoffner went 2-2 at 138 pounds. He opened the day with a win by fall, then lost by fall in Round 2. Following a third-round victory by fall, Hoffner lost to Andover’s Brenden Alfers by fall to conclude the day.

Todd Palic went 2-2 on the mat at 182 pounds. Following a first-round bye, Palic won by fall, before losing a pair of matches by fall. Palic defeated Mulvane’s Jon Meek by 6-1 decision in the third-place match.

As a team, Marion finished 11th.


Basketball—The Warriors competed in the Marion Classic last week.

The girls went 0-3 and finished sixth, losing to Wichita Homeschool, 72-23, Tuesday; to Berean Academy, 51-11, Thursday; and to Remington, 64-30, Saturday in the fifth-place game.

The boys went 1-2 and finished fifth, losing to Wichita Homeschool, 86-45, Tuesday; and to Berean Academy, 58-16, Thursday; then defeating Marion, 64-46, in the fifth-place game Saturday.

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