Area Sports Roundup Dec. 8


Boys Basketball- Goessel Boys Basketball had an intra-county matchup with Marion last Friday and won, 59-26. The Bluebirds got off to a hot start with a 14-4 run and then built on that in the second quarter to go into the half with a 26-14 lead.

A huge third quarter where Goessel held Marion to just two points helped secure the victory and ensure there was no comeback from the Warriors.

Caiden Duerksen led the way for the Bluebirds with 17 points and four rebounds, while Skyler Wuest had 15 points and seven rebounds on the night.

Coming— The Bluebirds will next host a tournament Dec. 6-11 while the Marion Warriors host the Marion Classic On Dec. 6,7,10 and 11.


Boys basketball- The Trojans kicked off their season with a 48-30 win over Sterling on Friday night on the road.

After a close first half, 25-19, Hillsboro kicked the defense into high gear and held Sterling to just 10 second-half points and just 30 percent shooting on the night.

“We started the game a little stagnant offensively, but our defense was solid, forcing several turnovers and creating some easy scoring opportunities for us,” Hillsboro Head Coach Darrel Knoll said.

“Our defense was the difference in this game. Each player was solid and forced Sterling to take contested shots. Offensively, we were a little stagnant and not as sharp as we need to be, but we will continually get better as the season progresses. It was a great team effort tonight. We had good energy and solid play from each player off the bench. I was happy with a good win to start the season.”

Grayson Ratzlaff led the way with 12 points, seven rebounds, and four steals on the night, while Frank Wichert had 11 points and four steals for Hillsboro.

Girls basketball- The Hillsboro Girls put up a good fight against the defending 2A State Champions from last year, Sterling, but lost, 51-32.

“We headed to Sterling on Friday to play the top-ranked Sterling Blackbears. They won the 2A State Championship last year, they returned all their starters and also had a 6’4” freshman play this year as well,” Hillsboro Coach Nathan Hiebert said.

Hillsboro tried to stay with the dominant Sterling girls early but got down 20-11 early. Despite clawing, the deficit kept building and Hillsboro was down 34-20 at the half.

“Our ladies did not give up and they kept fighting, I felt like we continued to learn and grow through the game,” Hiebert said.

Savannah Shahan led the way for the Trojans with 10 points while Zaylee Werth had nine points and six rebounds against Sterling.

Coming— The Trojans will play next at the Moundridge Tournament on Dec. 7, 9 and 10.

HHS senior Filow Cruz pinning his Minneapolis opponent. Photo by Karrie Rathbone.

HHS senior Filow Cruz wrestling his Halstead opponent

HHS senior Garrett Helmer hand fighting his Minneapolis opponent

HHS senior Garrett Helmer pinning his Minneapolis opponent while the team celebrates


Wrestling- The Hillsboro and Canton-Galva wrestlers got their season started at home on Thursday. They wrestled two duals against Minneapolis and Halstead and came up just short with a score of 36-42 and 27-42.

“Although it is hard to be pleased coming up short in both duals to open the season, overall, we saw some good things from the guys. Our more experienced wrestlers looked pretty solid and some of our new wrestlers and less experienced guys did some good things. Many of the matches lost and points scored on us were due to some details in positioning and technique. Those are the mistakes we can work on and hopefully fix quickly. Overall, I thought most everyone in the line up showed great effort and competed hard,” said Coach Scott O’ Hare.

Some of the highlights in the match against Minneapolis included:

152: Garrett Helmer (HILL) over Austin Wolff (MINN) (Fall 4:46)

160: David Schafer (HILL) over Keillon Smith (MINN) (Fall 2:40)

170: Tristan Rathbone (HILL) over Brody Murk (MINN) (Fall 1:41)

182: Filow Cruz (HILL) over Robert McCain (MINN) (Fall 0:55)

195: Lane Rogers (HILL) over (MINN) (Open.)

220: Deon Weeks (HILL) over (MINN) (Open.)

For the Halstead dual, the highlights included:

120: Anthony Fickes (HILL) over Luke Overton (HALS) (Fall 3:17)

152: Garrett Helmer (HILL) over Aaron Caldwell (HALS) (Fall 1:16)

170: Tristan Rathbone (HILL) over Conner Herman (HALS) (Fall 0:32)

195: Lane Rogers (HILL) over Gage Meyer (HALS) (Dec 8-1)

“The team effort was led by returning senior state qualifiers Garrett Helmer and Tristan Rathbone, who picked up solid wins in both of their matches,” said O’Hare. “It was nice to get this first competition under our belts. Seeing the guys compete in live-action gives us a much better idea of the things we need to focus on in preparation for our next tournament in Ellis on Friday.”

Coming— The team competes next on Friday, Dec. 10 at Ellis.

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