Area sports roundup

Sedgwick Girls Basketball Tournament – All-Tournament Team. (From left) Ashtyn Schroeder – Inman, Rachel Harman – Inman, Taylor Bohannon – Belle Plaine, Tia Moddelmog – Canton Galva


Basketball—A combination of points and defense led to a knockout performance as Rural Vista turned out the lights on Canton-Galva girls basketball team, 50-19, last week. Canton-Galva grabbed a win over Solomon, 43-34, earlier in the week.

The Canton-Galva boys basketball team split the week, losing to Solomon, 73-63, and then beating Rural Vista, 53-42, later in the week.


Basketball—The Centre girls basketball team had an up-and-down week, losing to Rural Vista 52-30 last Tuesday and then beating Solomon at home, 56-23, to take their record to 6-8 on the season.

Against Rural Vista, Centre got behind the No. 3 ranked Class 1A team when Rural Vista had a solid run to close out the first quarter. Centre tried to claw back into the game but never got over the hump.

Against Solomon, the game was very different. Centre got out to a 6-0 lead and then built on good ball movement and shooting. Alyssa Espinoza scored a career-high 28 points.


Basketball—The Goessel girls basketball team had a tough loss against Elyria, 32-21, while the boys basketball team got a solid win over the same team, 43-39. Goessel continues play when they face Little River on Friday.


Teegan Werth (Junior #2) with a scoring jump-shot in the paint.

Basketball—It was a week of close games for the Hillsboro girls basketball team, who narrowly beat Smoky Valley, 30-27, and then lost a nail biter against Hesston, 37-34, later in the week.

Against Smoky Valley, the Trojans got out to a quick 5-2 lead, but went into half down 11-10. The big difference in the game was a 14-10 run by Hillsboro to close the game and get the three-point victory. Teegan Werth led the team with 15 points and three rebounds for the game.

It was an ugly game that really lacked much flow. We defended well—only two, three possessions that I felt we missed our assignments. Offensively, we struggled and tried to force a lot of quick shots; we also had several balls just slip through our fingers. Our reserves helped us get going a little bit in the third quarter. They showed discipline and patience on offense. I felt like they helped us see the value of patience, and we got three, four good looks in a row which hadn’t happened,” said head coach Nathan Hiebert. “We also increased the pressure in the fourth quarter and caused some issues for Smoky. Once we got the lead mid/late in the fourth, our girls did a great job of showing patience and also made some key free throws to keep the lead. It was ugly, but thankful for the road win.”

Against Hesston, the story was slightly different. Hillsboro got down 8-4 early in the game but climbed back to close the half down 15-14. Hesston would only outscore Hillsboro by two points in the second half in what was a very close game throughout.

Werth again led with 16 points and six rebounds, while Kinsey Kleiner chipped in 10 points and two rebounds in the game.

Our girls did an incredible job on Friday against a tough Hesston game. We once again defended well and offensively showed a lot better composure and patience,” Hiebert said. “We defended the paint well, limiting their fast break opportunities. Teegan lead us offensively again, and Kinsey had a good second half. I was pleased with our discipline and execution on our sets. We continue to see growth. We had two three-point opportunities with under 10 seconds left, and just couldn’t get them to fall.”

Dillon Boldt (HHS, Junior) with an open 3pt shot in the first quarter.

The Hillsboro boys managed to split the week, beating Smoky Valley, 64-57, and losing to Hesston, 60-44.

Against Smoky Valley, the boys were down early, 15-14, but closed the half strong and had a 31-26 lead at half. They carried that lead and built on it in the second half to close out the victory.

Matthew Potucek led the Trojans with 16 points and six rebounds, while Caleb Potucek, 11 points and four rebounds; Dillon Boldt, 11 points; and Jamari Harris, 10 points and three rebounds, were all in double figures for the game.

Against Hesston, the Trojans got out to a 18-16 lead to open the game, but Hesston turned it on in the second, and Hillsboro was down 36-25 going into halftime. Hesston wasn’t denied in the second half and earned the win.

Matthew Potucek led the team in scoring with 14 points and two rebounds.


Andre Patton (CG, Senior) wrestling Logan Doshier (Cheney) in the finals at the 160 weight division.  Andre went on to win 6th in the Circle Wrestling Tournament.  

Wrestling—Hillsboro placed 14th with a team score of 61 at the Circle Invitational Wrestling Tournament.

Garrett Helmer placed fifth in the 132-pound weight class, Jordan Bachman placed third in the 145-pound weight class, and Andre Patton placed sixth in the 160-pound weight class.

This was our first year to attend this tournament, and I am very excited to have it on our schedule now. It is an extremely competitive tournament with several teams that we do not see throughout the season. While missing one of our team’s top point scorers in Tristan Rathbone, our team finish was respectable,” Hillsboro head coach Scott O’Hare said.


Basketball- The Marion girls basketball team got a solid win over Sedgwick last week, 43-36. Chloe Burkholder and Jayden May both led the team in scoring with 14 a piece.

The Marion boys basketball team had a rough week with losses to both Sedgwick, 56-17, and Sterling, 62-26.


Basketball- The girls lost to Elyria on Friday. The final score was 32-24.

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