Area wide sports 9-21-22

HHS Junior #7 Wyatt Plenert taking the run to the sidelines to evade the Hesston defense.

HHS Senior #33 Pedro Nieto on the kickoff return

HHS Senior #11 Nick Smith with a return/touchdown in the 3rd quarter.

Marion boys took 1st place at the Herington meet on Thursday.

Goessel

Volleyball- The Bluebirds went 2-0 in league play on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at Wakefield. Scores were as follows: Goessel defeated Rural Vista 22-25, 25-23, 25-15; Goessel defeated Wakefield 25-16, 25-12.

Goessel moved to 3-1 in league play and 6-5 overall.

They resumed play on Thursday in non-league action at Douglass with Chaparral where they won both matches. The scores were: Goessel defeated Chaparrel 25-12, 25-18; Goessel defeated Douglass 23-25, 25-17, 25-19

Goessel’s overall record moves to 8-5.

Cross Country – Goessel competed on Thursday at the Bennington meet held in Rock City at a new course.

I had 5 medalist— Delaney Gibson, 12th time of 25:18, Cheyenne Sawyer, 17th 27:47 and Braylyn Hoopes, 20th 28:28, were the girls, and the boys were Javin Schmidt, 14th 20:45, and Joey Lapp, 20th 21:22,” said Coach Donna Washmon.

Both teams were 4th.

Hillsboro

Football – Hillsboro had some big plays from Nick Smith and clawed their way into the lead, but in the end, Hesston was too much for the Trojan football team.

Hesston led for most of the game and opened the game with a 14-point lead.

With seven minutes remaining in the second half, Hillsboro had a successful drive, capped off by Dawson Boldt scoring from two yards out. After a failed extra point, Hesston led 14-6.

The Trojans defense held, and the Hillsboro offense took over.

Boldt connected on a 63-yard pass to Nick Smith, and after a failed point after, the score at half was 14-12, with Hesston leading.

Smith then took a kickoff return to begin the half, running it back for a score, bringing Hillsboro into the lead 18-14.

Hesston shut out Hillsboro the rest of the game and was able to burn plenty of clock with its run-based offense.

Hesston ran 35 times for 348 yards. It won 28-18 against Hillsboro.

Besides Smith, quarterback Boldt had a good night, completing 14 of his 22 passes for 231 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.

Up next will be a Friday away game against Ellsworth, followed by a Sept. 30 home game against Halstead.

Cross Country – The Trojans participated in the Herington meet on Sept. 15.

Quinlyn Funk led the lady Trojans with a 4th place finish at a time of 21:58.1. Ainlsey Duell came in 5th at 22:09.5, Moriah Jost came in 10th at 23:56.1. The rest of the ladies were as follows: Nora Hein 24:59.8, Trudy Hein 28:56.3, Grace Hein 33:47.8 and Claudia Soo Hoo 33:50.5. The girls team placed 2nd overall.

Deon Weeks led the boys side with an 8th place JV finish with a time of 23:27.9 and Casen Stinert followed with a time of 24:41.5.

Volleyball – The Trojans played well in the Southeast of Saline Tournament on Sept. 10. The results were: Pool play – Circle def. Hillsboro, 21-25, 25-14, 25-20; Hillsboro def. Concordia, 25-17, 25-12; Hillsboro def. SE of Saline, 25-18, 25-22. Semi-finals Hillsboro def. Beloit, 25-18, 18-25, 25-12. Finals – Hillsboro def. Smoky Valley, 25-20, 25-13.

We suffered our first loss to a strong Circle team at the Southeast of Saline tourney. I wasn’t sure how we would respond to that. At first I wasn’t so sure it was going to be good but then we really seemed to pull together and got us two nice wins over a tough Beloit team and Smoky Valley team to come back and win the tournament. I was very proud of the girls, particularly in their ability to withstand challenges and bounce back.,” said Coach Sandy Arnold.

The girls played on Tuesday, Sept. 13. The results were: Hillsboro def. Lyons, 25-13, 25-9; Hillsboro def. Smoky Valley, 25-19, 25-20.

After defeating Lyons, we played state ranked Smoky Valley for the third time this season. It is always hard to beat a team three times in a season, let alone in their home gym. But the girls played with a lot of enthusiasm and fire and made some nice adjustments to pick up the win in two games,” said Arnold.

Marion

Cross Country – The Warriors competed at Herington on Thursday. The course is on the golf course and is mostly flat.

“The saying that hard works pays off held true today for our XC runners. They have had a hard, but great week of practice this week and they showed up and showed out today at Herington. We had a very strong showing today,” said Coach Jason Hett.

Gavin Wasmuth ran his best time on the season and placed 1st.

“Fun watching him run. Luke Wessel is allowing Gavin to push him and is making him a better runner, and it showed today with a great 2nd place finish,” said Hett.

Freshman Eli Klenda ran a great race with a PR and coming in 7th place to round out the medelers.

“Our seniors Christopher (Berry) and Tristen (Dye) ran a great race today and continue to help lead this group. Harrison Beery and Owen White ran well today and will continue to move up each week. It was a great showing today from Keenan Lange,” said Hett. “We have talked a lot this week about believing he can do it, and today proved he can.”

Jaxon Salsbury is continuing to have a great season and improving each week. Lange and Salsbury both medaled today in the JV race. Logan Amos, closed the gap today and looked strong with a great finish.

“It was great to have Sam (Calvert) run this first race of the season and look good doing so. The team took home 1st place today and this group is not done,” said Hett.

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