Area Wide Sports 9-20-23

Kingzley Ratzlaff slams the ball against opponent Smoky Valley at Hillsboro’s home opener last week. The Trojans defeated Smoky Valley in two games.


The Marion High School Cross Country team took first as a team at the Herrington meet on Thursday, Sept. 14.



Cross country – The Bluebirds were at the Rock City meet hosted by Bennington on Thursday, Sept. 14. They brought home 4 medals.

The results were Javin Schmidt 7th with a PR of 18;20, Eli Gaeddert 14th with a PR of 19:10 and Levi Olson 17th with a PR of 20:10 for the boys. Delaney Gibson was the lone girl medalist with 13th. She bettered her time from last year on this course.

Football – The Bluebirds played Chase County on Friday, Sept. 15. Chase County won 48-0.

Volleyball – Goessel went 2-0 in a non-league night hosted by Moundridge on Thursay, Sept. 14. Scores were as follows: Goessel defeated Chapparal 13-25, 25-18, 25-21; Goessel defeated Douglass 25-22, 25-13.

Goessel moves to 9-4 on the season. They resume play on Tuesday at Canton-Galva.


Volleyball – September 5-12 was a busy week for the Hillsboro High School Volleyball Team. The Trojans played 9 matches in the one week span. The results were as followed.

Hesston Tri Sept. 5 – Hillsboro faced the traditionally strong Cheney Cardinals. The match was part of a triangular at Hesston. After a slow start in the first game Hillsboro bounced back to win the next two. Cheney was a very scrappy team, making the Trojans work twice as hard on many points. Strong serving for Hillsboro, however, helped give them the edge in the last two games. The final results were:

Hillsboro def. Cheney 19-25, 25-19, 25-16.

In the second match of the evening, Hillsboro faced the hometown Swathers. This match would be the first of CKL league play. The first game was back and forth the whole way until the Trojans were able to pull away at the end. Hillsboro’s strong serving once again seemed to give the Trojans an advantage as they used it to claim the second game from Hesston. The match win gave the Trojans a 1-0 record in the CKL and an 8-1 record overall.

The final results were: Hillsboro def. Hesston 25-22, 25-18.

The Trojans played at their second tournament of the season on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Southeast of Saline. The tournament boasted four pre-season ranked teams and the matches did not disappoint. Hillsboro started pool play at 9 a.m. against Concordia. The Trojans were tested from the start as the Panthers used scrappy play and smart attacks to keep Hillsboro within reach. It took the Trojans three games to beat the Panthers, but they held on for a solid win. The final results were Hillsboro def. Concordia 25-13, 17-25, 25-15.

In the second game of pool play, Hillsboro faced familiar league foe and #7 3A ranked Smoky Valley. The two had met at the pre-season league tournament in August. Hillsboro came away with a 2-point win in a three-game match. Smoky Valley came out strong as the two teams battled back and forth. Down 13-12 in the first game, the Vikings went back to serve and rattled off five points to claim a 4-point lead. That little run proved to be the difference in the game as Smoky held on for the win. In the second game Hillsboro gained a little advantage behind the serving of senior Savannah Shahan. This was the boost that the Trojans needed to win the second game. The third game was also close and wasn’t until the 19-19 mark that Smoky made a small run that was just big enough to win it for the Vikings. The final results were: Smoky Valley def. Hillsboro 25-22, 21-25, 25-22.

The final match of pool play for Hillsboro was against the #2 3A ranked Beloit Trojans. It was Beloit’s tough serving that got Hillsboro rattled in this match. With the score of the first game knotted at 16, two of Beloit’s servers went on three and five-point runs to take the game out of reach for Hillsboro. Hillsboro worked their way to an early 11-8 lead in the second game but Beloit responded out of a timeout and did not turn back. The final results were: Beloit def. Hillsboro 25-17, 25-17.

Finishing third in their pool, Hillsboro returned to action after lunch in the consolation bracket. The Trojans met Salina South in the first round. It was a tough fought match with a smart and much improved Salina South team. It wasn’t until the middle of either game that Hillsboro was able to slightly pull away from the Cougars. The final results were: Hillsboro def. Salina South 25-21, 25-19.

In their final contest of the day, Hillsboro played Abilene for 5th place bragging rights. The long day of many three-game matches seemed to take a toll on the Trojans. After a game one win, Hillsboro fell to Abilene in game two. In the final game, the girls jumped out on top of the Cowgirls but they would not go away. Despite a four-point run, Hillsboro held on for the win and 5th place in the tournament. The final results were: Hillsboro def. Abilene 25-18, 20-25, 25-19.

“It was definitely not the best day for our girls. We did not seem to click and we definitely had to work for every point in every match. Nothing came easy for us. I was proud of the girls for sticking with it after the pool play disappointment and finishing out the day with two wins,” said Coach Sandy Arnold.

Hillsboro Tri Sept. 12 – Hillsboro held their 2023 home opener on Tuesday, Sept. 12 It was another league night with Lyons and Smoky Valley coming to town.

Hillsboro first played and defeated the Lyons Lions in two games. In the late match, Hillsboro played host to the Smoky Valley Vikings. This would be the third matchup for these two teams this season. The most recent coming on Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Southeast of Saline Tournament.

Coming into the night the teams had split their earlier contests. As expected the first game was close. Smoky got down 13-20 but with a four-point run of their own closed the gap to only three. It was at this time that Hillsboro took off on a five-point run to close out the game.

In the second game, Hillsboro jumped out to an early 7-1 lead behind the serving of freshman Amyah Werth and strong attacks from the Trojan front row. Another freshman, Ella Potucek, went on a serving run of her own. Hillsboro never relinquished the lead and won the match in two games.

The final results were: Hillsboro def. Lyons 25-15, 25-11; Hillsboro def. Smoky Valley 25-17, 25-17.

Hillsboro now stands at 13-3 overall and 3-0 in the CKL. They will travel to Larned on Tuesday, Sept. 19 to take on Larned and the Halstead Dragons.

Cross Country – The Trojans competed at the Herington meet on Thursday, Sept. 14.

The Trojan girls had a first place finish as a team. Leading the ladies was Quinlyn Funk with a 3rd place finish (21:12.99), followed by Riley Richert (21:13.92), Jaidyn Frantz (24:53.95), Nora Hein (26:14.82), Mariah Le Plante (27:46.42), Trudy Hein (27:58.15) and Grace Hein (30:50.05).

On the boys’ side, Ben Werner led the team with a PR of 23:48.86, followed by Casen Steinert (25:29.63) and Gavin Bennett (27:54.98PR).

Coming—The Trojans compete next at the Marion meet on Thursday, Sept. 21.


Cross Country – The Warriors competed at Herington on Thursday, Sept. 21 where they took first place as a team.

“Our Warriors had a great week of practice and were pushed to continue to challenge themselves. We had a great showing today,” said Coach Jason Hett.

The team was led by senior Gavin Wasmuth who placed 2nd with a season-best time of 16:42.67. “Gavin is a fun runner to watch and a leader for this team,” said Hett.

Luke Wessel finished in 2nd place getting under 17 minutes for the first time this season.

Eli Klenda placed 3rd with a great run and finish.

“What a statement made by our next three: Harrison Beery, Owen White and Zayden Janzen. They are getting pushed each week to close the gap and today we did just that,” said Hett.

Keenan Lange ran a very good race with another season best time.

“He has really started to tap into his potential,” said Hett.

Jaxson Salsbury medaled in the JV race coming in 10th place.

“Great runs by Josh Smith and Sam Calvert today with season best times and a great confidence boast going into our home meet next week. The varisty boys took 1st place today for back to back years in this meet. We ended tied with Hoisington, and had to go to our 6th place runner, which was Zayden and he broke the tie in our favor with his great run today,” said Hett. “Proud of this group for responding to a challenging week and looking forward to our home meet next week as we continue to earn respect and break the wall.”

Coming—The warriors host their home meet on Thursday, Sept. 21.

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