Area Sports Roundup


Volleyball: On Tuesday, Sept. 8, Canton-Galva traveled to Goessel for a quad where they played Little River and Peabody-Burns. The scores for the night were: Little River: Set 1 – 21-25 (lost); Set 2 25-19 (won); Set 3 14-25 (lost) Peabody-Burns: Set 1 25-19(won); Set 2 25-22 (won) “We continue to improve at matches and in practice. When we play as a team, we are doing a lot of things right. I was impressed by our serving and overall fight tonight. We have worked hard all week on passing and that showed tonight when we got to set the ball up and run some offense. We are very proud of these ladies effort and look forward to continuing to get better through the season.,” said head coach Cloe Hedlund. The Eagles helped host the Goessel tournament at CGHS on Saturday, Sept. 12. There were four teams: Halstead, Sedgwick, Wichita Independent and CGHS. Sedgwick Cardinals were the champions of the tournament. Scores for the day were: Sedgwick-CGHS: Set 1 – 13-25 (loss); Set 2 12-25 (loss) Halstead-CGHS: Set 1 – 16-25 (loss); Set 2. 13-25 (loss). Wichita Independent-CGHS: Set 1 – 18-25 (Loss); Set 2 20-25 (loss). CGHS played the consolation game versus Wichita Independent. Scores were: 9-25 (loss), 25-21 (win) and 19-25 (loss) “We faced some great competition today, all the teams we played were very competitive and well-coached. We improved throughout the day and had some great moments. In the end, we couldn’t keep our offense in system and that kept us on the defensive side of the ball most of the matches. It is great to see quicker offenses this early in the season and we will continue to work to improve on reading that better. We played hard and I am proud of the team. If we work as a team, we have some amazing moments. We will continue to work on getting more of those moments more consistently throughout the matches we play,” said Hedlund. Coming—The Eagles will play at Goessel at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Cross Country: The Canton-Galva Eagles Cross Country team had a meet on Saturday in Hesston. “It was another strong performance for the duo of Morgan Becker and Christian Darrah at the Hesston Invitational Meet. They both competed in the 1-2-3 A, Junior Boy Division race,” said head coach Lyle Silsby. Becker finished 2nd with a time of 17:11, and Darrah finished 12th with a time of 18:01. “They both started the race well, and were both fairly strong through the two-mile mark. Both said the third mile was tough today, but both were able to finish strong at the end, and Christian was able to fight off a hard-charging competitor at the finish line. Both boys continue to get a little better each day, and we just hope to keep that trend going,” said Silsby. Sarah Kendall was the other Eagle runner and competed in the 1-2-3 A Senior Girl Division race. Kendall finished 27th in a time of 35:13. “Sarah ran a better race today than last week, and continues to get stronger every day,” said Silsby. “It was tough to know how the kids really did until all the races were completed today with the format that they implemented because of COVID, but it did allow us to run against some amazing athletes from Smoky Valley and Wichita Collegiate, which I think helped the boys push themselves.” Coming—The Eagles will run next week at Herington.

Football: Canton-Galva routed Moundridge 62-6 in the second week of action last Friday. The Eagles got up early with a 24-0 first quarter, and then threw up 38 in the second to end the game at halftime. Canton-Galva racked up 280 yards of offense with Tyson Stuber catching three passes for 111 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Eagles. Garrett Garrett Malbie went 3-5-111-3TDs at quarterback and added four rushes for 79-yards and one touchdown. Coming—The Eagles play at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept 18 at Washington Co.


Volleyball: Centre hosted a volleyball quad at home on Saturday. The Cougars did well and came out with an overall score of 2-1. They scored as followed: Herrington defeated Centre 25-16, 25-11 Centre defeated Wichita Classical 25-14, 25-12 Centre defeated Little River 25-18, 27-25 Coming—The Cougars will play at Herrington at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept 19. Goessel Volleyball: The Goessel girls volleyball played on Tuesday, Sept. 8. They went 1-1 to start league play. Goessel defeated Peabody 25-16, 25-22 Little River defeated Goessel 25-23, 25-23 On Saturday, Goessel hosted half of its home tournament while Canton-Galva hosted the other half. Goessel’s scores were as follows: Goessel defeated Moundridge 32-30, 25-15, 26-24 Goessel defeated Burrton 25-20, 25-19 Goessel defeated Central Christian 25-18, 25-17 Moundridge defeated Goessel 25-18, 25-13 The Bluebirds overall record moved to 4-4 Coming- Goessel played on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at Wakefield. They will play Tuesday, Sept. 22 at Canton-Galva.

Football: There was no question who had the better football team when Goessel took on Herington last Friday. Goessel won 32-14 after scoring the first 14 points the ball game and never relinquishing that lead. Despite only out gaining Herington by 42 yards on the game and losing the turnover battle 2-1, Goessel won the time-of-possession battle and converted 78 percent of their third-downs to ensure their victory. Kale Funk led the team with 80 yards rushing ad a touchdown, averaging a cool five yards a carry on 16 attempts. Caiden Duerksen landed 11.5 talks for the game to lead Goessel on defense. Coming—The Bluebirds play at Little River at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18.


Football: In a close contest between good football teams, the Hillsboro Trojans were edged by Hesston, 44-39 on the road last Friday night. Down 8-0 early in the game, Hillsboro’s Frank Wichert picked off a Hesston pass for a 36-yard return touchdown to put Hillsboro down 8-7 in the first quarter. Hillsboro took the lead midway through the second quarter with a 62-yard Jamari Harris touchdown run and then a Dillon Boldt pass to Matthew Potucek for 22-yards and a score to put Hillsboro on top 20-16, but Hesston closed the half with two touchdowns and held the lead the rest of the game behind a dominate passing attack. Potucek led the Trojans offensively going 10-20-180-2 TDS through the air and adding 12 rushes for 91 yards on the ground. Boldt had 120 yards and two touchdowns receiving, and Tristan Rathbone got eight tackles and two sacks to lead the defense. Coming—The Trojans kick off at home against Smoky Valley on Friday, Sept. 18.

Tennis: On Saturday, Sept. 12, the Hillsboro Girls Tennis Team traveled to Hesston to compete in the Hesston Tennis Invitational. There were seven teams at the tournament, Hillsboro, Hesston, Central Plains, Salina Sacred Heart, Smokey Valley, Wichita Collegiate, and Wichita Independent. The Hillsboro Girls finished 5th in the team competition behind Wichita Collegiate, Salina Sacred Heart, Hesston, and Smokey Valley. “This was a good tournament for our team as all of our players had the opportunity to play against some very solid tennis teams. I was proud of the way they played,” said head coach John Ruder. In singles, Kyla Isaac was 3-1 and finished 5th and Kailee Funk was 1-2 and finished 10th. In doubles, the team of Callie Plenert and Callie Barnhardt were 2-2 finishing 10th, while the team of Kate Maxfield and Cheyenne Funk went 1-3 and finished 12th. “I am extremely pleased with the progress the girls are making. There are noticeable improvements in their game every week. With their positive attitude and work ethic, I am looking forward to seeing just how high they can lift their level of play before we get to the regional tournament,” said Ruder.

Cross Country: The Cross Country team had a great race on Saturday, Sept. 12 in Wamego. Out of 146 girls, Emersyn Funk came in at 15th place. Moriah Jost came in at 47th place. Trudy Hein came in at 119th. For the boys, 155 runners participated. Freshmen Levi Allen came in at 16th. Senior Tristan Reed was right behind him at spot 17. Senior Caleb Diener came in at 73rd and Senior Carson Linnens finished at 116 after taking a few years off.


Volleyball: Marion played at Remington on Tuesday. They won. Ma-R 25-17, 25-19 Ma-R 28-26, 25-22 The Marion Warrior girls played their first match against Wichita Homeschool on Saturday. They won 2-0. The Warriors also played well in their second match-winning 2 to 1. They beat Rural Vista: 25-22, 18-15, 25-17 “Marion played in a tournament at Hope – the Centre Tournament on Saturday. We went undefeated,” said head coach Kris Burkholder. Coming —They will play at 4p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24 at home against Ell-Saline.

Football: Marion had a rough night on the gridiron last week when it lost 28-0 to Ell-Saline. Stats weren’t available to the Free Press as of press time. Coming—The Warriors will play at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18 in Kingman. Cross Country: The MHS Cross Country team showed up on Saturday at their meet in Hesston and has a great day in spite of a long, wet week. “We ran on the altered course that was set up for wet conditions. The course was relatively flat and fast. It was good that we ran early as the course was in great condition for a fast run,” said head coach Grant Thierolf. Heidi Grimmett finished with a time of 20:30. Christopher Berry has a time of 19:20.8. Tristen Dye came in at 19:02.4. Hayden Mendoza finished at 21:38.4. Gavin Wasmuth completed his race at 18:08.0, Cooper Bailey came in at 21:32.1 and Wyatt Helmer finished at 24:51.1. “It was a great day to race and a great day for the Marion Warriors. We had all six boy runners PR at the meet and that was so much fun to watch. We did a great job of racing and our split times went down significantly from last week. The day started with Heidi running a very strong race for this early in the season. She was right in the middle of a pack of runners from Great Bend and finished her race strong. She is getting stronger and her racing legs are coming around, which is very good for us. The boys team had a fantastic day; fun to watch them realize what they can do. Gavin led us again, finishing 6th in Group 2, with a time that was a minute faster than he ran last week,” said Thierolf.

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