Area Wide Sports 12-21-22

HHS Junior (#22) Zaylee Werth driving to the basket in the fourth quarter against SouthEast of Saline. Hillsboro fell to SES 40 to 45 in a hard-fought game.
HHS Senior (#11) Nick Smith in a tight maneuver against the South East of Saline defense.
HHS Senior (#0) Brekyn Ratzlaff driving the lane against the  South East of Saline defense.
HHS Freshman Sutton Redger went undefeated in the 190 weight class.
Marion Wrestler Trevor Schafers went 3-0 and the Team was 7th out of 16 for the Marion County Duals.


Boys Basketball- The Bluebirds completed the Dec. 2 Goessel vs. Marion varsity boys game on Saturday, Dec. 17. The game had been postponed due to a power outage. Goessel won 63-43. Goessel also got the win over Rural Vista last week, 62-39 in a dominant victory.

Girls Basketball- The Goessel Girls Basketball team beat Rural Vista, 41-26 in their contest last week. The Bluebirds went coast-to-coast with the lead with Rural Vista never giving them a scare.

Sheyenne Sawyer led the way for Goessel with 12 points and four rebounds while Braylyn Hoopes chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds for the game.


Wrestling – The Trojan wrestlers participated in the Marion Co. Dual Tournament co-hosted by Hillsboro and Marion on Friday, Dec. 16. Hillsboro finished 6th out of 16 teams with a dual record of 3-2 on the day.

“Overall I thought the wrestlers competed hard. A few of our more experienced wrestlers had some great performances. This tournament was a nice measuring stick as we saw some solid competition throughout and got a lot of quality mat time. It helped us see areas where we have made improvements, but it also exposed some things that we really need to work on over Christmas break practices,” said Coach Scott O’Hare.

Some of the individual highlights included:

Gavin Bennett (113) went 3-2

Anthony Fickes (120) went 3-2

Aidan Simmons (126) went 3-2

Aaron Hein (138) went 4-1

David Schafer (157) went 3-2

Lane Rogers (175) went 4-1

Sutton Redger (190) went 5-0

Logan Rogers (215) went 3-2

O’hare said, “At this early stage in the season, we are thrilled with the overall attitude and effort of this group. We just have a big challenge of getting a relatively young group ready to compete at this level, both from a technique standpoint, but also with the mental aspect of the sport. Our group of juniors and seniors have been great leaders by example up to this point. They are doing a nice job working with the younger wrestlers in practice as well as modeling how to get physically prepared for competition.”

Boys Basketball – The boys lost to Southeast of Saline on Thursday, Dec. 13 with a final score of 56-37.

“We competed well in the first quarter, but we were stagnant offensively and didn’t shoot well. As the game progressed, we gave up a few transition baskets, which allowed SE to extend their lead in the second quarter,” said Coach Darrel Knoll. “SE of Saline is an outstanding team, so it was good to see us cut into the lead in the 4th quarter.”

The Trojans have several young players who are improving, and hopefully they will continue to get tougher defensively and more consistent offensively.

Dawson Boldt had his best game of the year, scoring 11 points on 57% shooting. He also grabbed two rebounds and one steal.

Lincoln Wichert also played solid defense and scored seven points on 75% shooting.

“It was good to see Wyatt Plenert play tough,” said Knoll. “Brekyn (Ratzlaff) was hampered with a hip injury and aggravated it during the game. He left the game at the end of the 3rd quarter. Hopefully, he will be able to play at Council Grove.”

Girls Basketball- The Hillsboro Girls Basketball team lost to Southeast of Saline, 45-40 last week. The Trojans got down early, 12-9, but staged a comeback before half with an 11-5 run to take a 20-17 lead into halftime.

A rough third quarter doomed Hillsboro though as Southeast of Saline outscored them 17-8 and the Trojans weren’t able to pull off any late game heroics.

Zaylee Werth led Hillsboro with 14 points and six rebounds for the game.

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