Area wide sports 2/2/22

Senior Eli Dalke pins his Council Grove opponent in the 160 weight class.
Junior David Schafer pins his Council Grove opponent in the 160 weight class.
Junior David Schafer wrestles at Hoisington
Junior Lane Rogers lifts his opponent at Hoisington

Hillsboro

Girls basketball—The Lady Trojans are now 8-5 on the season after defeating Lyons, 35-32, in their contest last week.

Hillsboro held a tight lead, 19-17, at half but clamped down in the third quarter, holding Lyons to just one point and bringing their lead to 28-18.

Lyons tried to claw back into the game in the fourth quarter with a 14-6 run but ran out of time, and the Trojans walked out with the victory.

Savannah Shahan led the way for Hillsboro with 19 points, while Zaylee Werth chipped in nine points, seven rebounds, and two blocks in the game.

Coming—The Trojans will play Pratt at home on Thursday, Feb. 4.

Boys basketball—Hillsboro kept up their winning ways when they faced off with league foe Lyons last week and won, 47-35.

“We played well enough to win,” Hillsboro head coach Darrel Knoll said.

Hillsboro got out to a fast 16-8 lead and held a 31-16 lead at halftime but scored just 16 points the rest of the way, which allowed the game to get closer in the second half.

“Defensively, we made it tough for Lyons to score, which is why we were able to win this game,” Knoll said. “To their credit, Lyons played well, especially down the stretch. It was good to get the win at a place that is historically a tough place to play well.”

Matthew Potucek led the way offensively for Hillsboro with 13 points on 6/9 shooting. Duncan Duell was also in double-figures with 11 points and five rebounds in the game.

Coming—The Trojans will play Pratt at home on Thursday, Feb. 4.

Wrestling—The Trojans competed in a dual vs. Council Grove on Thursday, Jan. 27, where they lost by a team score of 30-45.

“Although we lost the dual, it was actually a very competitive team event. Of matches that were contested, each team won five matches. It is very hard to win duals when you give up 18 team points in forfeits. Overall, the guys competed hard, and we saw a lot of positives to take from this dual meet,” said Coach Scott O’ Hare. “A highlight of the evening came from Tristan Rathbone. With his win in the dual, Tristan recorded his 73rd pin in his high school career and broke the record for the most career pins in Hillsboro High School history.”

The Trojans came back strong on Friday, Jan. 28, at the Hoisington Cardinal Classic. Hillsboro came in at sixth place out of 12 teams with a team score of 93.

“This is always a very good mid-season tournament for us. We have an opportunity to see a few opponents that we matched up with back in December, and we also get to see a few new teams that we have not met up with previously,” said O’Hare. “This year, eight of the 12 participating schools were teams that will be in our regional tournament in three weeks, so it was a great opportunity to see how we match up. Due to illness, injury, and other commitments, we were short-handed with only seven wrestlers competing, but five of them placed in the top four.”

Senior Garret Helmer placed first in his 152 weight class, bringing his record to 28-4. He won three rounds by fall and made it to the championship bracket, where he won by fall over Colby Johnson of Cimarron. Helmer then won by fall over Caden Anderson of Beloit in the first-place match.

Senior Tristan Rathbone (29-3) also had a great meet, placing second in the 170 weight class. Rathbone won by fall in all three rounds and went on to the championship bracket, where he won by fall over Alex Sefried of Cimarron. He lost by decision to Tate Kadel of Beloit in the first-place match.

“Individually, seniors Helmer and Rathbone continued to compete very well, both reaching the championship finals with four consecutive dominant wins. In his finals match, Helmer earned his fifth win by fall of the day, his 73rd in his high school career, and matched Rathbone’s feat of breaking the school record for most career pins. These two will be battling down the stretch to determine who holds that spot in the record books officially, but they will end the season as number one and two in that record category,” said O’Hare.

Junior David Schafer (13-14) placed third in the 160 weight class.

Junior Lane Rogers placed first in the 182 weight class. He won all five rounds by fall over his opponents bringing his record to 21-6.

“We saw solid breakout performances by juniors David Schafer and Lane Rogers. Schafer, in only his second season competing in wrestling, placed third at 160 pounds, and Rogers had five dominant wins to earn the championship at 182 pounds. This was Schafer’s first career top-four finish and Rogers’ first individual championship in a varsity tournament. These two continue to make significant progress in their technique and their confidence continues to grow,” said O’Hare.

Coming—The team heads to a tournament at Circle Feb. 4-5.

 

 

Goessel’s Caiden Burkholder goes in for a basket during a make-up game against Canton-Galva on Saturday. Goessel won 59-45.
The Lady Bluebirds got a nice win over Canton-Galva, beating them 41-17.
Goessel’s Kaleigh Guhr defends the basket during a make-up game against Canton-Galva on Saturday. The Bluebirds won 41-17.

Goessel

Girls basketball—The Goessel girls beat Canton-Galva, 41-17, in a big-league match-up last week.

Coming—The Bluebirds will play Elyria at home on Thursday, Feb. 4.

Boys basketball—It was a tough game for Goessel, who lost to Moundridge, 54-38, last week. Skyler Wuest led the way for Goessel with 13 points in the game, while Caiden Duerksen chipped in 10 points.

Goessel also beat Canton-Galva in a league match-up, 59-45, last week.

Coming—The Bluebirds will play Elyria at home on Thursday, Feb. 4.

 

Peabody-Burns

Boys basketball—Chase County defeated Peabody-Burns, 50-22, in last week’s game.

Coming—The Warriors will play Solomon at home on Feb. 4.

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