Area wide sports round-up 2-5-2020


Basketball—The Eagle girls participated in a tournament at Sedgwick last week.

Canton-Galva suffered a first-round loss to Wichita-Independent Thursday, 58-27. Tia Moddelmog led all scorers with 18 points.

The girls defeated Chaparral, 42-27, Friday, after holding Chaparral scoreless in the first quarter. Moddelmog led all scorers with 20 points. Alexa Bell scored 14.

Canton-Galva finished sixth after a 50-49 loss to Belle Plaine Saturday. Moddelmog again led all scorers with 31 points, including four three-pointers. Bell scored 14.

Moddelmog was named to the all-tournament team.

The boys, meanwhile, lost to Goessel Tuesday, 45-37. Tyson Struber led all scorers with 17 points.


Basketball—The Cougar girls defeated Peabody-Burns Friday, 61-34. Kelsey Hett led all scorers with 26 points. Alyssa Espinoza scored 21, including five three-pointers and Samantha Espinoza scored 10.

The game had a slow start for us as we trailed by up to seven points in the first quarter,” coach Alan Stahlecker said. “Peabody came out and hit a couple of quick shots and we were impatient on offense, settling for good shots when we could have gotten better ones.  Halfway through the quarter we began to take better shots and started to hit them. We continued to play that way through the rest of the first half and the third quarter, including a number of transition baskets.”

The boys defeated Peabody-Burns, 55-34.


Basketball—The Bluebird boys defeated Canton-Galva Tuesday, 45-37. Skyler Wuest led Goessel with 11 points. Jacob Hagewood scored 10.

The boys lost to Moundridge Friday, 51-45. Dylan Lindeman, Wuest and Caiden Duerksen shared top-scoring honors for the team with 12 points apiece.

The girls, meanwhile, participated in the Falcon Invitational. Goessel lost to Stafford Monday, 46-38. The Bluebirds lost to Central Christian Thursday, 46-31, then concluded the tournament by defeating Fairfield, 51-49.


Basketball—The Trojans lost two games at Sterling Friday.

The girls lost, 58-40, falling behind after the first quarter, 17-6, a deficit that proved too large to overcome. Teegan Werth led all scorers with 16 points. Kinsey Kleiner scored 13.

The boys lost, 47-42, despite holding a 22-15 lead at halftime. The Black Bears outscored the Trojans, 32-20, in the second half. Brekyn Ratzlaff led the Trojans with 11 points. Matthew Potucek scored 10.

Earlier in the week, the girls lost to Halstead, 29-27, Monday, despite holding an 18-9 halftime advantage. An 11-3 third-quarter effort by Halstead closed the gap. Teegan Werth led the team with 11 points.

In the end, we had several opportunities but we didn’t handle their pressure well and turned the ball over,” coach Nathan Hiebert said. “Our girls are defending really well. We just need to continue to grow offensively.”




Wrestling—The Trojans defeated Council Grove Thursday, 52-30. Hillsboro enjoyed nine victories in a row, including a win by forfeit, for the come-from-behind win. Recording victories were: Garrett Helmer (132 pounds), Ryder Norstrom (138), Jordan Bachman (145), Tristan Rathbone (152), Andre Patton (160), Lane Rogers (170), Deon Weeks (182), Austin Rempel (195) and Ethan Plenert (220).

Our home dual against Council Grove on Thursday provided an electric atmosphere for our wrestlers to compete in,” coach Scott O’Hare said. “Thanks to the energy and enthusiasm of the crowd, matched with the intense competitiveness of the wrestlers, this dual ranks as one of the most exciting moments in my years as the head coach.”  

In the Hoisington Cardinal Classic Friday, Jordan Bachman went 5-0 to win the 145-pound weight class, including a sudden victory in overtime over Beloit’s third-ranked Tate Kadel in the first-place match.

Garrett Helmer went 4-1 at 132 pounds to place second, while Tristan Rathbone went 4-1 at 152 pounds to place third.

Andre Patton (160 pounds) and Ryder Norstrom (138) each placed fourth with 2-3 records. Charlie Major (120) and Austin Rempel (182) each placed fifth with 3-2 records.

Ethan Plenert (195) went 1-4 and placed ninth. Lyle Fickes (126) went 0-4 on the mat and placed eighth, while Lane Rogers (170) went 0-4 and placed ninth.

Enjoying the emotional high from Thursday’s dual, the guys had a very short turnaround to make a two-hour bus trip to Hoisington, make weight again, and compete in the tough Hoisington Cardinal Classic Tournament on Friday,” O’Hare said. “I was a bit nervous about how the team would respond and with their ability to refocus. Although the day at Hoisington was an emotional roller coaster and a physical grind, overall the guys responded very well and wrestled hard.” 

In junior varsity action, Deon Weeks went 2-0 at 182 pounds to place first, including a win by fall over Cimarron’s Layne Johnson.

As a team, Hillsboro finished sixth of 10 with 77.5 points.

In the Marion junior varsity tournament Saturday, Ryder Norstrom won the 138-pound weight class with a 5-0 record; Eli Dalke (3-2 at 138) placed third; and three Trojans placed fourth: Charlie Major (2-2, 120), Lyle Fickes (1-2, 120) and Ethan Plenert (1-3, 195).





Basketball—The Warriors lost two games to Council Grove Thursday. The girls lost, 59-18, and the boys lost, 52-23.


Wrestling—The Warriors competed at Hoisington’s Cardinal Classic Friday, where Todd Palic paved the way by winning the 182-pound weight class.

Palic went 5-0 to win the tournament, including an 8-6 decision over Beloit’s Brennan Walker in the championship.

Forest Slater went 1-2 at 113 pounds to finish third, while Luke Lanning (170 pounds) went 3-2 to finish fifth.

Two Warriors finished seventh: Chance Shults (120) went 1-4, and Nathan Hoffner (138) went 2-3. Calib Mallory (145) went 0-5 and finished eighth.

As a team, Marion finished ninth of 10 with 40 points.

At the Marion junior varsity invitational Saturday, Nathan Hoffner placed second at 138 pounds with a 4-1 record, and Chance Shults placed third at 120 with a 1-2 record.


Basketball—The Warriors lost a pair of games to Centre Friday. The girls lost, 61-34. Eldridge led the team with 24 points. The boys lost, 55-34.

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