HHS Senior #5 Matthew Potucek running the ball in for a Trojan touchdown. Hillsboro took away the win at 55 Trojans: 8 Marion Warriors.

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HHS senior #2 Jaxxon Hanschu with an amazing catch in the first quarter for the Trojans. Hillsboro took away the win at 55 Trojans: 8 Marion Warriors.

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HHS Senior Callie Plenert played well in the Hillsboro Tournament on Oct. 8.

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Marion Varsity boys took 1st at the Eureka XC meet on Oct. 5. Gavin Wasmuth took 1st, Luke Wessel took 2nd, Chris Beery took 4th and Tristen Dye took 8th.

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The Marion Cheerleaders provided some halftime entertainment for the Marion/Hillsboro game on Friday night in Marion.

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The Marion and Hillsboro football teams both gathered together to pray for Coach Shaun Craft’s wife Jenny and her parents who are all three hospitalized with COVID-19. Several students also held a bake sale at the game with all of the proceeds going to the family.

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Christian Darrah took first in the race at Burrton on Thursday, Oct. 7.


Volleyball- The Eagles traveled to Herington on Tuesday, Oct. 5 to play Herington and Rural Vista. The scores for the evening were: Herington- Set 1 – 7-25 (loss), Set 2 – 17-25 (loss); Rural Vista- Set 1 – 22-25 (loss); Set 2 – 25-23 (win); Set 3 – 12 -25 (loss).

We came alive in the second set against Herington. The players did a nice job of playing defense and keeping the ball alive. It was impressive to see them put up a good fight and play against a very good Herington team. We struggled to continue to play as a team against Rural Vista, our second set we came back with a fight but couldn’t keep the momentum on our side through the final set,” said Coach Chloe Hedlund.

Coming—The Eagles will next play on Oct. 16 at Centre.

Cross-country- Canton-Galva competed on Thursday, Oct. 7 at the Burrton Cross Country meet.

“It was a great day to be an Eagle at the Burrton meet today for senior Christian Darrah. Christian was able to win the varsity boys 5k race in a time of 16:15, which broke the former school record, held by his teammate Morgan Becker,” said Coach Lyle Silsby.

Darrah led the race from the start and never looked back, bettering the second place runner by 27 seconds.

“Christian has been running well all season, and has been able to improve a little each week and has been really fun to watch. He’s a great kid, and I am so happy for him to do as well as he is,” said Silsby.

Morgan Becker was able to return to racing action actually feeling fairly good, and placed 3rd in a time of 17:07, only 7 seconds off his personal best time.

“He still is not 100%, but it is encouraging to see him run again and not feel just terrible the whole time. I can only wonder what times he would be running had he been feeling good the whole season. The kid is tough as nails, physically and mentally, and is doing everything he can to get back to as close to normal before regionals,” said Silsby.

Garrett Silsby ran in the high school boys JV race and ran a personal best time of 20:50, finishing 7th. “Garrett just keeps getting a little better each week too. It has been great for him to be able to run with the two senior boys and learn each day from their example,” said Silsby.

Coming—The Eagle travel back to Burrton next week for the Wheat State League XC meet.


Football- Centre crushed Western Plains last week, 54-7.


Cross Country- Goessel cross country competed at the Burrton Invitational held at the prickly Harvey County West Park.

“Stickers and sand are abundant at certain spots along the route so routine taping of shoelaces helps relieve finger pricks along the way. The weather was warmer this meet again but it ended up being just right for another round of significant personal records,” said Coach Brian Lightner.

Overall the girls placed second as a team and the boys won the meet for the first time beating Halstead by one point. The top four runners were counted in the team scoring for this meet.

Cheyenne Sawyer’s time of 23:22 places her fifth all time in the Goessel individual girls 5K ranking. Ben Olson’s time of 17:40 is the second best time in recent history (in the last ten years, just two seconds behind Jerah Schmidt from two years ago). Overall he is now the tenth fastest individual time in Goessel boys 5K history.

Coming—Wheat State/Heart of the Plains Joint League meet at Harvey Country West Park. Girls race will start at 4:00, followed by the boys race at 4:30 with the league title on the line! The top three runners will make up the team scoring next week.


Football- In the always anticipated inner-county rivalry, it was Hillsboro which got the upper hand last Friday against Marion, 56-8.

Hillsboro got up early when Matthew Potucek plunged forward for a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to put the Trojans up 7-0. He followed up with a 57-yard touchdown pass for another score, but the kick was no-good putting Hillsboro up 13-0.

Marion got on the board in the second quarter, but was unable to mount a comeback. Overall, Hillsboro produced 496 yards of offense while holding Marion to just 126 yards for the game. Hillsboro also forced three Marion fumbles on the night.

Jamari Harris led the Trojans in rushing with 159 and three touchdowns, while Potucek had 122 yards and three touchdowns on the ground and 188 passing yards and one touchdown through the air for the game.

Coming— The Trojans will play on Friday, Oct. 22 at home against Hutch-Trinity.

Cross country- The Trojan girls placed 4th overall on Thursday’s meet in Sterling. Emersyn funk finished with a time of 20:29.4. Moriah Jost had a time of 21:31.4. Ainsley Duell was right behing her with a time of 21:44.2. Trudy Hein finished at 25:55.4 and Grace Hein came in at 29:58.4.

Deon Weeks finished at 21:45.6 for the boys and Nathan Lopex came in at 24:31.5.

Coming—The Trojans compete next on Oct. 14 at League.

Volleyball-Hillsboro played well on Tuesday, Oct. 5. The final results were: Hillsboro over Pratt 25-17, 25-17; Pratt over Haven 25-20, 25-15; Hillsboro over Haven 25-21, 25-4.

Coming—The Trojans will next play on Oct. 16 at home.


Cross Country – The Warriors competed at the Eureka Invitational Cross Country meet on Tuesday, Oct. 5.

Great job and congratulations to the Marion Warriors Boys’ Team for winning the Eureka Invitational Cross Country Meet Great job by all of the runners in gaining our second team championship this season. The course measured a little long but our runners were up to the task of running a little extra,” said Coach Grant Thierolf.

Gavin Wasmuth won his second meet of the year, finishing in 18:58.

What a great sophomore year he is having. Hard work does pay off,” said Thierolf.

Luke Wessel ran well coming in second with 19:22.

He is having a very good freshman season, medaling in all of the meets to this point,” said Thierolf.

Christopher Beery was the third runner in, finishing fourth at 19:48. He has been consistently medaling this year.

Good to get that hardware.” said Thierolf.

Tristen Dye finished inside the top 10 as well, winning an 8th place medal with a run of 20:08.

He is having a very good season and does a great job of leading our team.,” said Thierolf.

Hayden Mendoza finished off the boys’ day with a run of 25:01 for a 31st place finish.

Thierolf said, “Great job by the Warriors Boys.”

Heidi Grimmett continued her strong senior year by finishing 8th in a time of 23:20; a solid time on a long course.

Good job of running today,” said Thierolf. “Thanks to Mrs. Metro for driving, Mr. Hett for driving and coaching, Sadie and Jayda for getting times, and all runners who bust their tails in practice to represent their school to the best of their abilities. Well done!”

Coming—They will run next on Oct. 14 at home against Hutch-Trinty.

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