Centre’s Jayden Hallowell (4) passes to set up a hit by teammates Samantha Espinoza (7) or Kate Basore (32) during the Centre Invitational on Saturday. The Cougars finished fourth.  FOOTBALL

• Centre 66, Goessel 20. The Cougars overwhelmed the Bluebirds Friday night in a Wheat State League contest.

Centre led 30-8 after one quarter and 44-14 at halftime and never looked back in this 12 touchdown game.

Scoring for Centre were Jensen Riffel on a 3-yard run, Xavier Espinoza on an interception return, Braxton Smith 49-yard run, Espinoza 21-yard pass from Smith, Espinoza 26-yard pass from Smith, Max Svoboda 7-yard run followed by a 12-yd run, and Riffel on a 7-yard run and 6-yard run.

Goessel scored all three of its touchdowns through the air. Dylan Lindeman connected with Jacob Hagewood for a 32-yard pass, with Jordan Griffin on a 14-yard pass and again to Hage­wood on a 33-yard pass.

Centre finished with 401 yards total offense, Goessel with 214.

Svoboda and Riffel each exceed 100 yards rushing at 108 and 105, respectively.

Riffel led Centre’s defense with six tackles and eight assists.

Goessel’s Luke Wiens was credited with six tackles and 11 assists and Zach Zogle­man added three solo tackles and 14 assists.

This Friday, Centre (1-1) will play at Herington (0-2), while Goessel (0-2) will play at Solomon (2-0).

• Canton-Galva (1-1) defeated Rural Vista, 62-6. The Eagles’ next game will be at home versus Peabody (0-2).

• Peabody-Burns (0-2) lost to Wakefield (2-0), 62-26. The Warriors will play at Canton-Galva (1-1).


• Goessel won its home tournament Saturday with a perfect 5-0 record. In pool play, Goessel defeated Central Christian, 25-2, 25-3; South Haven, 25-13, 25-13; and Halstead, 25-23, 25-15.

In bracket play, the Blue­birds, ranked No. 2 in Class 1A-Division 2, knocked off Wichita Independent, 25-16, 25-8, in the semifinals, then outplayed Sedgewick, 25-19, 25-20 in the championship match.

The title gives Goessel a 9-0 record for the season. The Bluebirds are scheduled to host Elyria Christian and Canton-Galva Sept. 12, then play at Moundridge Sept. 14.

• Centre finished fourth at its home invitational Saturday. In pool play, the Cougars defeated Berean Academy, 25-12, 25-13, lost to Rural Vista, 25-17, 25-16, and defeated Wichita Home­school, 13-25, 25-15, 30-28 to advance to bracket play.

Centre lost to Marion in the semifinals, and then lost to Herington in the third-place match.

Centre was scheduled to host a double dual Sept. 12, then will compete at the Marion Spikefest on Satur­day.


• Goessel competed Sept. 7 at the Swather Special in Hesston. Runners competed in 5-races organized by gender and grade in school.

For the girls, Julia Nigh­tengale placed 13th among 38 runners in the senior race in 24 minutes, 37 seconds. Maddy Meier placed 28th in 28:01.

In the junior race, Edel Miller placed 29th among 44 runners in 28:23.

Elyse Boden finished 16th among 51 runners in the sophomore race in 25:22. Porclein Unruh was 25th in 26:42 and Katelyn Olson 40th in 29:29.

In the freshman race, Cassandra Rust placed 15th among 43 runners in 26:32. Neviah Impson finished 29th in 28:55.

The Goessel girls placed 15th among 26 teams with 44 points. Doug­lass won the girls’ division with 10.

For the boys, Nate Imp­son placed 26th among 62 runners in the junior race in 21:08.

In the sophomore race, Jerah Schmidt finished 19th among 61 runners in 21:33 and Zachary Guerro was 32nd in 23:14.

Dawson Duerksen placed 22nd among 46 runners in the freshman race with a time of 20.59. Noah Regier finished 36th in 22:40 and David Sawyer was 43rd in 23:30.

The Bluebird boys finished 16th among 22 teams with 135 points. Halstead placed first with 18.

“The excitement of the well-attended meet tends to speed up the first mile and only a few of the older kids were able to hold their pace through the course,” coach Brian Lightner.

Goessel will compete Sept. 14 at Bennington. Races begin at 4:15 p.m.

• Canton-Galva runners competed at the Swather Special Sept. 7.

Maddie Snow recorded the best overall finish, placing 12th our 38 runners in the senior girls’ race in 24:33.

In the junior race, Whitney Nightingale was 28th among 44 runners with a time of 28:18.

In the freshman girls race, Leah Silsby placed 21st in a field of 43 in 27:30, Courtney Meador was 42nd in 39:35 and Sarah Kendall was 43rd in 41:50.

For the boys, Chase Klinkerman placed 16th in the sophomore race in 21.04. Logan Miller placed 51st among 62 runners in junior race with a time of 24:28.

Cash Toews turned in the best placement with a 13th-place finish amid 64 runners in the senior race with a time of 19:46. Dawson Min­son placed 50th in 25:18.

Canton-Galva’s next race will be Sept. 14 at Herington.

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