Area Wide Sports 10-4-23

Goessel High School Volleyball player Aimee Funk crossed the 1000 career assists mark last week while playing against Solomon. “It’s always nice to give credit to setters when they cross a milestone because setters are so often underappreciated. Aimee has settled nicely into this position for us and it was an honor to celebrate her achievement on Tuesday evening,” said Coach Crysta Guhr.



Volleyball – Goessel went 2-0 in league competition on Tuesday, Sept. 26. Scores were as follows:

Goessel defeated Wakefield 25-4, 25-5; Goessel defeated Solomon 25-10, 25-12.

The Bluebirds took 3rd at the Canton Galva Tournament. Scores were as follows in pool play: Little River defeated Goessel 25-20, 25-16; Goessel defeated Canton-Galva 25-13, 25-19

Goessel defeated Wichita Home School 25-15, 23-25, 25-16. Semi-finals: Halstead defeated Goessel 18-25, 21-25; 3rd Place Match. Goessel defeated Solomon 25-16, 26-24.

Goessel moves to 21-6 on the season.

They resume play on Tuesday at Little River.


Cross country – Leading the Trojan girls this week was Riley Richert (22:30.56) followed by Quinlyn Funk (22:45.02), Trudy Hein (29:43.33), Nora Hein (29:59.27), Jaidyn Frantz (31:21.80) and Grace Hein (35:02.22).

On the boy’s side, Casen Steinert led the team with a time of 25:30.59, followed by Ben Werner (27:34.26).

Tennis – Overall, the Trojans finished 6th out of the nine teams in the league.

Violet Klein and Cassidy Bernhardt finished fourth at #1 Doubles. They defeated Pratt’s 4th seeded team of Candia and Hughes 6-2, 3-6, (10-5) in the tiebreaker that was played in lieu of a third set. They then played the # 1 seeded team of Kramer and Griffen from Hesston in the semi-finals losing 0-6, 2-6. Then, in the third place match, they lost to the # 3 seeded team from Larned of Henken and Hemken 3-6, 3-6.

“They played excellent tennis and are getting better all the time,” said Coach John Ruder.

Annalise Jorgensen finished 5th in # 1 Singles. She lost in the first round to Reese Merlau of Hoisington 3-6, 3-6. Then, she defeated Shah from Nickerson 9-0 and Jill Hett from Smokey Valley 9-0 in the consolation finals.

“She played exceptionally well. Unfortunately, since the tournament was played at two different sites, I was unable to give her the support she needed in her first-round match as I was at the other site with our number-one Doubles team. This is one of the huge disadvantages of having only one coach. As the only coach, I am forced to make the difficult decision of where I will be during the match. However, she played exceptionally well in her final two matches,” said Ruder.

Claire Morey and Maylee Hardey finished 7th in # 2 Doubles. They won their play-in match vs. Kelman and Chestnut of Nickerson 9-0 before losing to the # 1 Seeded Doubles team from Hesston (Bailey and Watkins) 0-6, 1-6. They lost their second match to Haven’s Minnis and Cooprider 2-9. Then won their match against Peter and Clayton of Lyons, who defaulted.

“The girls played hard and fought for every point, playing very close games. I look forward to seeing how they perform in our Regional Tournament on Friday,” said Ruder.


Cross country – The Warriors competed at Wedgewood Golf Course for the Halstead meet on Thursday.

“It was a challenging day for our Warrior runners. The Halstead meet is a very competitive meet with many larger schools in attendance, and it was warm today. We struggled a little bit today with our pace being slower than we were striving for,” said Coach Jason Hett.

Jaxon Salsbury medaled in the JV race coming in 23rd place.

Josh Smith, Damian Trask and Sam Calvert rounded out the JV race today.

“The varsity race saw some of the top runners in the state, and we came out a little off pace today,” said Hett.

Gavin Wasmuth was the top finisher coming in 10th place. He was followed by Eli Klenda at 16th and Luke Wessel at 17th place.

“Harrison Beery, Owen White, Zayden Janzen, and Keenan Lange were off their pace today as well, but know what they need to do,” said Hett.

There were 109 runners in the varsity boys race. The boys finished in 5th place as a team.

“This group was not satisfied with our results. We will regroup and continue to make the push in these next few weeks to reach our goals we have set for us this season,” said Hett.

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