AREA HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS ROUNDUP

CROSS COUNTRY

Centre?Nellie Kasse?baum paced the Cougar girls at the Halstead Invitational Thursday with a 31st-place finish in 20 minutes, 9 seconds. Ally Basore was 37th (20:30).

In the boys? race, Kevin Lewis was 62nd (24:31).

The Cougars will compete at Burrton Thursday.

Goessel?Sophie Freuler led the Bluebird girls at the Berean Invitational Thursday with a 17th-place finish in 18 minutes, 39.7 seconds. Jen Meysing was 23rd (19:11), Riley Jarvis 40th (21:17), Mayuko Kanda 48th (22:59) and Merle Weiden?ham?mer was 50th (23:25).

Heath Goertzen led the boys with a 27th-place finish (19:59). Ben Wiens was 39th (21:00), Nils Erdoesi 55th (23:14) and Aaron Woelk was 62nd (25:14).

Both the girls? and boys? teams finished seventh among eight teams.

In the junior varsity races, Kara Schmucker was 21st for the girls (28:19) and Leighton Wagner 41st for the boys (25:09).

FOOTBALL

Canton-Galva?The Eagles dropped a 40-12 contest to Central Plains Friday. They will play at Solomon (5-0)?at 7 p.m. Friday.

Peabody-Burns at Centre?Centre defeated Peabody-Burns, 14-8, Friday.

Each team scored eight points in the first quarter, and Centre scored the winning touchdown in the final quarter.

Fred Winsor led the Warrior rushing attack with 22 carries for 85 yards and one touchdown. Braxton Kyle was 8-for-17 passing for 79 yards. Xavier Jabary led the defense with 10 tackles.

Centre (4-2)?will play at Cedar Vale/Dexter (1-4) at 7 p.m.?Friday, while Peabody-Burns (4-1)?will host Hart?ford (0-4).

Goessel?The Bluebirds improved to 2-3 with a 34-32 win over Tescott Friday.

Goessel led 10-0 at halftime after a first-quarter safety and second-quarter 5-yard touchdown run by Chase Flaming. Miguel Guerrero ran the 2-point con?version.

The teams traded scores in the second half. Tescott drew within 10-8 on a 48-yard run, but Goessel?s Kellen Froese scored on a 3-yard run and added the 2-point conversion for an 18-8 score.

Tescott scored again on a 75-yard kickoff return to draw within 18-16.

Froese scored on a 4-yard run, but Tescott cut the lead to 26-24 with 7:15 to play.

With 3:14 to go, Froese scored on a 2-yard run. Tescott scored with 1:08 left, but Goessel held on for the two-point win.

Froese led the Bluebirds with 138 yards and three touchdowns on 38 carries. Guerrero added 122 yards on 19 carries.

In the passing game, Chase Flaming was 1-for-2 for 4 yards, and Lucas Hiebert was 1-for-3 for 12 yards.

Goessel finished with 354 yards of total offense.

Froese led the defense with 51?2 tackles.

Goessel will play at Nor?wich (1-4)?at 7 p.m. Friday.

VOLLEYBALL

Canton-Galva?The Eagles lost two games Tues?day, starting with a 25-23, 17-25, 15-25 loss to Moundridge.

?We served well, played tough defense and hit the ball aggressively,? coach Jenny Loyd said. ?I?m pleased we came out strong winning the first set, but frustrated that we let the momentum slip away. We need to find ways to keep the momentum on our side and play from start to finish with enough intensity and mental toughness to win.?

Canton-Galva followed with a 21-25, 15-25 loss to Bennington.

?Unfortunately, we played volleyball on Bennington?s skill level and not the volleyball we are capable of,? Loyd said. ?This was one of those matches the team wishes they could physically and mentally restart and play over. Sports, as well as life, doesn?t work that way. Hopefully, we can internalize this lesson and up our level of play, no matter who we face across the net.?

In the Canton-Galva tournament, the Eagles lost to Hillsboro (25-14, 25-10) and Halstead (25-15, 25-12) before winning the final game of pool play over Central Christian (25-10, 25-17).

The Eagles then faced Little River to play for fifth place and won.

Erika Smith was named to the all-tournament team.

The Eagles were scheduled to host a triangular Tuesday and will compete at the Heart of America league tournament Oct. 19 at Ell-Saline. Matches begin at 9 a.m.

Centre?The Cougars swept two games at Rural Vista Tuesday.

Centre defeated Little River, 25-22, 25-15. Shelby Makovec had three service aces, while Bryanna Svo?boda led with seven kills.

The Cougars then defeated Rural Vista, 25-14, 25-18. Makovec led with three aces and Svoboda recorded six kills.

Centre was scheduled to play at home Tuesday and will compete at Moundridge Oct. 15.

Goessel?The Bluebirds concluded regular-season league play at Wakefield Tuesday with a 25-16, 25-9, victory, then defeated non-league opponents Flinthills Christian (25-5, 25-10) and St. Xavier (25-3, 25-7).

Goessel is 7-0 in the Wheat State League.

The Bluebirds placed third with a 4-1 record at the Canton-Galva tournament played at Goessel Saturday.

In pool play, Goessel defeated Little River (25-14, 25-18), Solomon (25-9, 25-10) and Sunrise Christian (25-17, 25-16).

Halstead defeated Goessel in the semifinals (25-22, 23-25, 25-17), pitting the Bluebirds against Sunrise Christian for a second time. Goessel won (25-15, 21-25, 25-19) to claim third.

Page Hiebert and Erin Brubaker were named to the all-tournament team.

The Bluebirds, 20-7 overall, were scheduled to play at home Tuesday. Goessel will compete at Inman Oct. 15.

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