Area Wide Sports 12-14-22


Girls Basketball- The Goessel Girls Basketball team hosted their annual Bluebird Classic last week with the home team taking fifth place in the tournament.

Goessel beat Burrton 43-41 in the fifth-place game on Saturday. They lost to Canton-Galva, 53-43, in the first round, and also lost to Central Christian 47-28 prior to the Burrton win.

Against Burrton, the Bluebirds got out to a good start, 9-7, and then took a 23-19 lead into halftime. A rough third quarter let Burrton back into the game, but Goessel closed out the visiting Chargers with a 15-10 run in the fourth to win the game.

Cheyenne Sawyer led Goessel with 15 points and three rebonds while Abbigail Funk had 13 points and three rebounds for the game.

Boys Basketball- The Goessel Boys Basketball team took fourth in the annual Bluebird Classic last week after losing to Little River, 66-46 in the third place game.

Goessel got a win over Central Christian, 50-39 and lost to Canton-Galva, 42-36, in the first two rounds.

In the third-place game against Little River, the Bluebirds kept the game close early, 16-14 but got behind in the second quarter to leave halftime with a 32-21 deficit. In the second half, Goessel wasn’t quite able to close the gap.


Boys basketball – The Hillsboro Boys Basketball team left the Moundridge Tournament with two wins after losing to Inman, 54-21, and then beating Moundridge, 52-49 and Lyons, 74-56 to close the tournament.

After losing to Inman in an ugly game where Hillsboro wasn’t feeling it offensively, they had to rally to beat Moundridge and did so early with a 14-10 run to open the game.

A shaky second quarter left Hillsboro with a halftime deficit of, 26-22, but the Trojans got back on track in the second half and closed out Moundridge with 28 second-half points. The last three being a Brekyn Ratzlaff game-winning three with less than a second on the clock.

“We executed the last 20 seconds of the game perfectly,” Hillsboro Head Coach Darrel Knoll said. “Brekyn was able to get space, use a shot fake, and then knock down the shot. I knew it was in as soon as it left his hand.”

He finished the game with 14 points, 11 assists, and four rebounds in a big game. Nicholas Smith chipped in 19 points as the leading scorer for the Trojans.

I was really happy with our overall effort and intensity in this game. We came out focused, moved the ball well and made shots,” Knolls said. “We had solid play out of everyone tonight. It was a great team win.”

No late-game heroics needed in the next game against Lyons as Hillsboro controlled the game throughout and won by nearly 20 points.

Ratzlaff erupted for 40 points adding four steals and two assists for the game.

Lincoln Wichert added 10 points on 50 percent shooting and two steals and two assists as well.

“Brekyn is the third player during my tenure to score 40 points. Brent Kyle did it vs. Wichita Collegiate in December of 1994 and Micah Ratzlaff scored 40 v. Sterling in February 1998. The scoring record is 41 by Craig Duerksen v. Peabody in February of 1992,” Knoll said.

Wrestling: The Trojans took fourth place in the 2022 Railer Round Robin.

“The guys competed hard and did a lot of good things on Friday. As far as the overall team performance, I felt very good with a top four team finish with only three upperclassmen in the line up compared to nine freshmen & sophomores. We have a lot of technique to add and improve on, but the guys battled and gave great effort against some solid competition,” said Coach Scott O’Hare.

Sutton Redger (2-1, weight class 190)) placed 2nd after winning round 1, 2 and 3.

Aaron Hein (4-3, weight class 138) placed 4th after winning round 2 and 3.

“Two of our more experienced freshmen, Aaron Hein and Sutton Redger, also earned spots on the podium with top four finishes. This was a good way to start their high school wrestling careers. Several other underclassmen picked up nice wins to contribute to the team scoring,” said O’Hare.

Anthony Fickes (3-3, weight class 120) placed 2nd after winning round 1, 2 and 4.

David Schafer (6-1, weight class 157) placed 1st after winning round 2, 3, 4 and 6.

Lane Rogers (5-1, weight class 175)) placed 2nd after receiving a bye for round 1 and then winning round 2, 3 and the championship bracket by falls.

“We are certainly proud of our juniors and seniors in the way they led the team with all three finishing in the top two in their weight classes. Anthony Fickes and Lane Rogers both had solid tournaments, finishing as the runner-up at 120 lbs and 175 lbs respectively. David Schafer had a breakout performance, upsetting the #4 ranked wrestler in the state in Class 3-2-1A enroute to the 157 lb championship,” said O’Hare. “We look forward to seeing how this group continues to improve. They have been working hard everyday and continue to make some great progress. With each tournament, they will hopefully gain necessary experience competing at this level and it will also get them an increased level of confidence.”


Girls Basketball- The Marion Girls Basketball team took fourth place in the Annual Marion Classic last week, losing the third place game to Wichita Independent, 70-39. Prior to that game, Marion beat Wichita Homeschool, 63-38, and lost to Eureka, 69-27.

Boys Basketball- The Marion Boys Basketball team lost the third-place game of the Annual Marion Classic to Halstead, 54-51. Prior to the game, they lost to Wichita Homeschool, 68-48 and then beatEureka, 54-51.

Wrestling: It was a bit of a rough week for the wrestling team due to sickness.

“We only took three wrestlers to our tournament in Wellington. Out of the three, we compiled a record of 8-6. Our wrestlers were Colby Lollar at 138lbs, Caleb Darrow at 157 lbs and Brian Nguyen at 190 lbs,” said Coach Tyler McMichael.

Lollar and Nguyen had great tournaments on Saturday, both going 4-1 on the day. Lollar placed 3rd and Nguyen placed 5th. Darrow rounded out the day going 1-3 and placing 7th.

“The wrestlers did a great job stepping into another big school tournament and doing well. Wellington’s tournament is mostly 4a and 5a teams. I am excited to continue to grow our team and see what we can do against schools our own size. We will get that chance more next Friday when we co-host the Marion County Dual Tournament with Hillsboro. Since this is a dual tournament, it will be a great team competition to see what we have gotten better with since our first tournament. It will be a great way to end our first part of our season before heading into Christmas break. If we can stay healthy throughout the week, we should have 11 wrestlers competing in the Marion County Duals,” said McMichael.

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