Goessel’s Eden Hiebert (7) hits past the block attempt during their first-round match Northern Heights at the Class 2A sub-state hosted by Marion. The Bluebirds, new to Class 2A this fall, will take their 39-0 record to the 2A state tournament in Emporia on Friday and Saturday.VOLLEYBALL

• Goessel volleyball, no stranger to state tournament play, will be heading back to state again this year, but in Class 2A instead of 1A.

The Bluebirds swept all three matches Saturday at the 2A regional tournament hosted by Marion.

Goessel handled North­ern Heights easily in the opening round with a 25-11, 25-7 victory. In the semifinals, the Bluebirds defeated Hillsboro, 25-15, 18-25, 25-11, then earned their ticket to state with a 25-22, 25-8 win over Olpe.

With the sub-state sweep, Goessel will compete Friday at the Class 2A state tournament in Emporia with a 39-0 record and the top seed.

Goessel will begin pool play at 4:30 p.m. Friday at White Auditorium in Emporia when then take on eighth-seeded Leon Blue­stem (19-20) at 4:30 p.m. The Blue­birds will take on No. 5 Meade (32-8) at 6:30 p.m. and No. 4 Smith Center at 8:30 p.m.

If the Bluebirds make it out of pool play, bracket play begins at 2 p.m. Saturday.

• Canton-Galva lost its first-round game with Olpe, who came to the 2A sub-state tournament in Marion with a 31-5 record. Olpe prevailed in two sets, 25-11, 25-4. The Eagles completed their season with a 9-22 record.

• Centre and Peabody volleyball teams met in the first round of the Class 1A sub-state at Lebo on Satur­day. The Cougars, seeded fourth, defeated the No. 5 seeded Warriors, 25-22, 25-17.

Advancing to the semifinals against Rural Vista, the Cougars ended their season with a 25-16, 25-18 loss.

Peabody-Burns completes its season with a 2-29 record while Centre finished with a 6-24 mark.


• Goessel will be represented by senior Julia Nightengale at the Class 2A cross-country meet Satur­day at Wamego. Nightengale was the lone Bluebird to qualify for state by finishing eighth in a field of 54 runners at the Oct. 21 regional race in Meade. Her time of 23:04 over the challenging 5-kilometer route at the Meade Golf Course was her season best by 10 seconds.

Also completing the girls’ race were Elyse Boden (23rd, 24:58), Cassandra (27th, 25:31), Katelyn Olson (28th, 26:53) Porclein Unruh (31st, 26:14) and Edel Miller (36th, 26:51).

In the boys’ race, Dawson Duerksen led the team with a time of 19:50 to finish 15th among 70 runners. He was followed by Jerah Schmidt (17th, 19:53), Nate Impson (37th, 21:08), Zach Guerrero (40th, 21:21), Noah Regier (42nd, 21:31), David Sawyer (46th, 21:50) and Brendon Hicks (47th, 21:53).

“This is the first time Goessel cross-country has ran this course and the reputation of difficulty did not disappoint as this is the most challenging course we have had all year,” said coach Brian Lightner. “The elevation changes with 30 mph winds gusting to 40 straight out of the north made the last climb to the finish line one that would rather be forgotten.”

Lightner added that inosite of the course, eight Goessel runners had either season bests or personal records today. I am really proud of how they rose to the challenge of being 2A and gave a good and honest effort to attempt to qualify.”

Nightengale’s 2A state race will start at 12:20 p.m. Saturday at the Wamego Country Club.

• Canton-Galva had three runners competing in the Class 2A regional at the Meade Golf Course.

For the boys’ race, Chase Klinkerman placed 34th in the field of 70 runners with a time of 20 minutes, 52 seconds. Dawson Minson placed 62nd in 23:22.

“Chase was 40 seconds faster on the Meade course this year than he was last year, and today the conditions made it tough to show improvement,” coach Lyle Silsby said. “The wind was a big factor and he showed his toughness.

“Dawson didn’t run his fastest time of the season, but he did run his best race of the season,” Silsby said. “After fighting through injury most of the season he ended his senior season on a good performance.”

Leah Silsby, the lone female competing the eagles, placed 20th in a field 54 runners in 24:46.

“Leah ran her life-best time today,” her coach said. “She also has battled injuries this season, but has shown marked improvement over the past three weeks, and it was great to see her run the way I knew she could. She missed going to state by 42 seconds.

“All three kids that ran today ran their best races of the season, and I am very proud of all of them.”


• Canton-Galva 46, Goessel 0. Dylan Woods scored for five running touchdowns in a lopsided win at Goessel.

Woods scored on runs of 41, 72 and 18 yards in the first quarter, than added scoring runs of six and four yards in the second quarter. Kineer Colgin caught a 1-yard pass from Landon Everett for a 46-0 halftime lead and final score.

Canton-Galva outgained the Bluebirds 322-30 in total offense, with all but 24 yards coming on via the ground game.

Wood ended with 215 yards on 15 carries; Everett added 64 yards on seven carries and completed three of four passes for 24 yards.

With the win, Canton-Galva improved to 4-4 for the season and 2-2 in 8-man Div. I district play. Goessel slipped to 2-6 and 2-2.

This week, Canton-Galva will travel to Ellinwood (1-7, 4-0) while Goessel heads to Central Plains (7-1, 4-0) for their final regular-season games.

• Centre (4-3) ran away from Valley Falls (0-8) for a 68-6 victory Friday, improving their district record to 3-2. Centre will host Rural Vista (4-4, 2-2) on Thursday in their final regular-season game.

• Peabody-Burns (2-6) was overwhelmed by a strong Central team Friday ain a 60-14 loss at Peabody.

After the Raiders scored at the 10:36 mark of the opening quarter, Peabody-Burns countered 44 seconds later when Jess Philpott broke loose for a 48-yard touchdown run. Matthew Montigny caught the 2-point conversion pass from Bryant Young to take an 8-6 lead.

Unfortunately, Central responded with eight unanswered first-half touchdowns halftime before the Philpott returned a kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown with 1:13 left in the half. The Warriors failed to convert the 2-point conversion pass.

For the abbreviated game, Central rolled up 353 yards of total offense and limited Peabody-Burns to 112.

Trey Hamilton of Central contributed 266 rushing yards on 31 carries. Philpott led Peabody-Burns with 66 yards on eight carries.

With the loss, Peabody-Burns slipped to 2-6 for the year and 1-3 in district play. Central improved to 4-4 overall and 4-0 in 8-man-Div. I District 2.

The Warriors will complete their regular-season schedule Thursday with a game verus Dexter (3-5, 1-3) at Cedar Vale.

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