Area Wide Sports 1-11-23

by Karrie Rathbone

Hillsboro/Canton-Galva’s Isaiah Patton wrestles his opponent during the home dual on Thursday. Hillsboro fell just short with a final score of 41-39.

 by Karrie Rathbone

Hillsboro’s Sutton Redger gains the edge over his opponent during the home dual against Smoky Valley on Thursday. Hillsboro fell just short with a final score of 41-39.


Girls basketball – The Bluebird girls played Solomon and won 58-16. Goessel got off to a fast start with a 20-2 run and never let up.

Cheyenne Sawyer led the way with 24 points and a remarkable 12 steals on the night. Abbigail Funk had 11 points as well.

Coming – Goessel continues league play next Tuesday as they host Little River.

Boys basketball – The boys lost to Solomon with a final score of 51-44. The game was tight early, with Goessel holding a 14-11 lead. A poor scoring output in the fourth ultimately cost Goessel though as they only put up six points in the final quarter to allow Solomon to make a second half comeback.

Noah Schrag led the Bluebirds with 15 points and seven rebounds, while Joey Lapp had 13 points and two rebounds on the game.

Coming – Goessel continues league play next Tuesday as they host Little River.


Girls basketball – The Trojans played at Hutch Trinity on Tuesday, Jan. 3 where they won 51-20.

“The girls played well and continue to get better. It was a good game coming off of Christmas break and gives us some things to build off of and work on,” Hillsboro Head Coach Micah Ratzlaff said.

Hillsboro wasted no time on the road, opening the game with a 18-5 run. They followed that up with a 16-3 run in the second quarter and held a halftime lead of 34-8.

The Trojans never let up in the second half and cruised to a victory.

“Zaylee Werth lead us with 19 points and really did a great job controlling the game for us,” Ratzlaff said.

Boys basketball – The Trojan boy scored a 56-49 win at Hutch Trinity last week. Things were close early with Hillsboro holding a narrow 14-13 lead after the first quarter, and a 28-24 margin at half.

There best scoring output of the night came in the third quarter where Hillsboro widened their lead to 44-36 margin and never let go of it.

“This was a great team win with key contributions from each player. It was a physical basketball game played in a tough environment, and I felt the difference was that we maintained our poise, which allowed us to make plays down the stretch. I was impressed with how hard we played and how we continued to battle to the end,” said Hillsboro Head Coach Darrel Knoll.

Brekyn Ratzlaff tied for a team high 11 points, and added seven rebounds, three steals, and four assists on the game. Tyson Plenert also had 11 points and four rebounds to help the victory.

Wrestling- The Trojan wrestlers hosted a dual against Smoky Valley on Thursday, Jan 5. The teams were close with Hillsboro falling just short with 39 to Smoky Valley’s 41.

Some of the highlights were:

138: Aaron Hein (HILL) over Hayden Gehrke (LSV) (Fall 1:13)

144: Isaiah Patton (HILL) over Andrew Young (LSV) (Dec 4-1)

157: David Schafer (HILL) over Gavin Stambaugh (LSV) (Fall 0:35)

165: Sutton Redger (HILL) over Geo Luis (LSV) (Fall 3:33)

175: Lane Rogers (HILL) over Sam Zeller (LSV) (Fall 0:52)

“Almost all of our wrestlers got some significant competition experience, with most getting at least three matches and some getting as many as six matches between the dual on Thursday and the tournament.on Saturday,” said Coach Scott O’Hare. “Overall, we were pleased with how they competed. Although we lost a close dual to Smoky Valley, we actually won five of the nine matches contested and lost the dual due to the number of forfeits from open weights classes.”

The team competed at the Herington match over the weekend and took 4th out of 18 teams.

O’Hare said the Herington Tournament always provides the team with some great competition against several teams that they don’t see otherwise throughout the season.

“We chose to have a few of our younger, less experienced wrestlers that are typically in the varsity line-up participate in the JV division to gain some confidence in what they are doing,” said O’Hare.

As a result the team was a bit shorthanded with only eight participating in the varsity division. “I was thrilled to have five of them earn medals and finish in the top four in the team standings. We also had five wrestlers earn medals in the JV division as well as Rachel Schafer earning her first medal of her short career in the Girls Division, finishing as the runner-up in the 140 lb division,” said O’Hare.

Seniors David Schafer and Lane Rogers continued to lead the way for the team earning medals at 157 and 175 lbs respectively.

“They are getting nice support from Aaron Hein, 138 lbs, and Sutton Redger, 165 lbs, as these two continue to have solid freshmen campaigns, placing third and second respectively,”said O’Hare.

Sophomore Aidan Simmons had a solid performance, earning his first career medal in a varsity tournament.

O’Hare said, “We plan to get in some solid work this next week to clean up some issues with fundamentals and technique going into the two day Halstead Invitational Tournament on Friday and Saturday. Twenty-three teams are scheduled to participate in the tournament, which will have both a varsity boys and girls division.”


Swimming – The Warrior boys competed at a swim meet in Newton on Thursday. Some of the results were as follows:

Event # 4 Boys 50 Free:

25.22Y F Tristen Dye SR 15th

25.96Y F Arthur Thornhill FR 19th

33.41Y F Zachary Schlesner FR 31st

Event # 6 Boys 100 Fly:

1:09.86Y F Tristen Dye SR 8th

Event # 7 Boys 100 Free

1:18.53Y F Zachary Schlesner FR 28th

Event # 11 Boys 100 Breast

1:18.40Y F Arthur Thornhill FR 12th

Girls basketball- The Warrior girls beat Bennington 37-34 on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

“The first game back from break is always tough to get back into the flow of things and pick up running again. We knew there was going to be stretches of this game that we were going to get tired, and we talked about being able to get a second wind and keep competing. This group did that tonight. We battled against size and everyone did a great job of helping out down low and forcing their bigs to take tough shots,” said Marion Head Coach Jason Hett.

The girls lost to Moundridge 51-39 on the following Friday.

“Our girls again came out ready to play tonight and did a good job of taking care of the basketball and getting good shot and knocking them down early. We also did a great job of containing their big inside and forcing her into some tough shots with good defense. We have to continue to work on our rebounding and be aggressive to the box out, but have gotten better. Losing Grace in the second half to an injury caused us to have to look to others to step up and handle, and I was proud of our response. This group is competing and improving and they play hard. We are headed in the right direction,” said Hett.

“We have two home games next week against a good Remington and Inman team, but this group has been up to the challenge of competing and I know they will be,” said Hett.

Boys basketball – The Warrior boys played against Bennington on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Bennington beat Marion 75-45. They played Moundridge on Friday and lost with a final score of 65-45.

Wrestling- The Warrior Wrestlers competed in the Herington tournament on over the weekend. Five competed in JV and three competed in the Varisty tournament.

“Overall I thought we did well as a whole team. Almost everyone secured a win, and everyone came home with a medal,” said Coach Tyler McMichael. “I saw some good things from our younger wrestlers that we can use to build into the later part of our season. We also got to match up with some good 4a competition that we don’t normally see. Our biggest issue that is coming up in most of our matches is our conditioning. Once we got tired in a match, we made some mistakes that caused us to lose some matches. The positive note there is that we can easily work on our conditioning and build it up to where it needs to be before our end of the season run.”

Some Individual results for JV were as follows:

Kellen Waner (120) went 4-0 and took 1st place.

Eldon Smith (144) went 2-2 and took 3rd place.

Caleb Darrow (150) went 4-1 and took 3rd place.

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