The following coaches and state qualifier wrestlers will be headed to Hays, KS this Friday and Saturday representing Hillsboro and Canton-Galva at 3-2-1A State Wrestling.Coach Tyson Reimer, Ryder Norstrom (CG Freshman, 138), Tristan Rathbone (HHS Sophomore, 152), Garrett Helmer(HHS Sophomore, 132), Andre Patton (CG Senior, 160), Jordan (HHS Junior, 145), Coach Tagen Lambotte, Head Coach Scott O’Hare.
Tristan Reed (#11 Junior) driving to the basket for the Trojans
Basketball— The Centre Girls Basketball team beat Canton-Galva on the road, 54-36 last Tuesday. After a fast start by Canton-Galva, Centre was able to put the defensive clamps on.
“This is a solid win over a team that we had lost to by two on our home court back in January,” Centre Head Coach Alan Stahlecker said. “The defense, particularly in the middle quarters, was key to our success and they all contributed a good effort and strong rebounding on the defensive end.”
Kelsey Hett led Centre with 24 points in the game while Samantha Espinoza scored 12 points in the game.
On Friday, the Centre Girls took on Chase County and lost, 44-35.
“Despite our deficit in height, we competed well with them on the boards and defensively,” Stahlecker said of Centre’s effort.
Chase County beat Centre by 25 points early in the season, using their height, good shooting and transition offense. Centre played them much closer in their second meeting.
The game was the final regular season match-up for Centre as they ended the regular season 10-10 after starting the season 1-6. They host Solomon in the first round of regionals on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.
Basketball— On Tuesday, the boys plays Wichita Classical and won 41-38. On Friday, they would lose to Berean Academy, 55-32.
Against Wichita Classical, the boys got down early, and went into half down two, but a strong fourth quarter 14-9 run pushed them ahead to the victory.
Dylan Lindeman led the way with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Nate Zogleman had 10 points and five rebounds.
Basketball— The Hillsboro Girls Basketball team got a big win over Hoisington, 48-37, last Tuesday and then edged Lyons, 34-24, at home on Friday.
Against Hoisington, the girls fell behind early by four, and went into half down 25-22. A big 17-5 surge in the fourth quarter gave them the win.
Teegan Werth led the way with 19 points, three assists, and three rebounds; while Kinsey Kleiner had 10 points and six rebounds for Hillsboro.
Against Lyons, Hillsboro got up 7-2 in the first quarter, and kept the defensive clamps on in the second quarter, giving up just four more points in the half. Hillsboro held the halftime lead, 12-6. They kept things going in the second half and cruised to a victory.
Werth led the team with 18 points, four rebounds, and an assist.
The Hillsboro Boys won an exciting overtime game with Hoisington, 64-62, last Tuesday, and then lost another close game to Lyons on Friday, 57-53.
Against Hoisington, the boys were down 28-25 at half after a very close start. Hillsboro closed the gap in the third quarter, but lost their small edge in the fourth quarter to leave regulation tied. The Trojans edged Hoisington, 8-6, in the overtime period winning the game.
Matthew Potucek led the way with 19 points, nine rebounds, and three steals. Brekyn Ratzlaff had 15 points and four assists; while Jamari Harris had 10 points and four rebounds for the game.
Against Lyons, the boys got down big early, 16-9, and then started clawing back best they could. They went into half down, 29-21, but a big third quarter gave the Trojans life, 16-10, getting the game to 39-37. Hillsboro couldn’t finish the comeback though and fell in the fourth quarter despite a good effort.
Ratzlaff led the team with 13 points and five rebounds, while Potucek had 10 points and eight rebounds for the game.
Coming—The Trojans play away against Nickerson on Tuesday, Feb. 25.
Wrestling – Due to the cooperative agreements in ‘individual’ sports, Hillsboro and Canton-Galva had to split for the Regional Tournament. Therefore, they wrestled as separate teams as far as scoring and representation. In the team scoring, the Hillsboro wrestlers finished in ninth place and Canton-Galva finished in 12th place. The combined score would have been a strong fifth place finish behind Republic Co., Beloit, Larned, and Hoisington, all four of whom are ranked in the Top 10 in Class 3-2-1A.
Those who placed were: Garrett Helmer, 132 lb weight class, who placed second; Jordan Bachman, 145 lb weight class, placed fourth; Tristan Rathbone, 152 lb class, finished third; Ryder Norstrom, 138 lb weight class, finished second; and Andre Patton, 160 lb weight class, finished fourth.
“As with every year, the Regional tournament is such an emotional roller coster,” Head Coach Scott O’Hair said. “Every win brings a wrestler closer to their goal of being a state qualifier and each loss means the season is coming closer to an end. For our program, we are thrilled for the five individuals that have qualified and are very excited to help prepare them for the state tournament next weekend in Hays.”
The first round match-ups for state are the following:
132: Garrett Helmer, soph, 23-11 vs Camdyn Unterseher, Norton, sr, 29-13
138: Ryder Norstrom, freshman, 18-13 vs Mason Hernandez, Goodland, freshman, 34-12
145: Jordan Bachman, jr, 30-6 vs Brody Harrison, Eureka, soph, 26-9
152: Tristan Rathbone, soph, 25-5 vs Kaden Dillon, Sabetha, jr, 20-6
160: Andre Patton, sr, 20-15 vs Anthony Signs, Wellsville, sr, 29-2
Coming – The wrestlers will wrestle at the state tournament in Hays this weekend. There will be a send off on Thursday around 1 p.m. downtown on Main St. Please show your support with Trojan wear and signs and send them off in style!
Wrestling— The Warriors wrestled at the regional tournament in Eureka on Friday and Saturday. Forest Slater, 113 lbs, was the regional champion. Chance Shults, 120 lbs, placed third. Todd Palic, 182 lbs, got a pin in the finals and also became regional chamion. All three qualified for state.
Coming – The three Warriors will wrestle at the state tournament in Hays this weekend. There will be a town send off on Thursday at 1 p.m. in front of the high school for those interested in showing their support!