Area Sports Roundup (10-16-19)

Goessel’s Ben Olsen came in at 22nd place with a time of 21:07 on Thursday in the Burrton Invitational at Harvey County West Park. Goessel earned two gold medals overall. Bill Bush / Free PressCanton-Galva

Cross Country—The Eagles competed at the Burrton meet at Harvey County West Park Thursday, where Sofia Boninsegna led the Eagle girls with a second-place finish with a time of 24 minutes, 26 seconds.

Meanwhile, Morgan Becker led the Eagle boys with a sixth-place finish in 19:23. Christian Darrah was 18th (20:41) and Hayden Lance 20th (21:02).

In the junior varsity girls’ race, Aleah Peres was first (27:05) and Sarah Kendall third (34:28).

In the junior varsity boys’ race, Ethan Unruh was fifth (22:35), Isaiah Patton 12th (24:28) and Andrew Prieb 20th (32:53).

Football—The Eagles secured a convincing, 60-0 shutout of Goessel Friday, recording 350 yards of offense while limiting Goessel to 75 yards.

The Eagles scored 38 points in the first quarter and 22 in the second to seal their victory by halftime.

Through the air, quarterback Landon Everett was 9-for-11 for 170 yards and three touchdowns—a game-opening, 31-yard strike to Tyson Struber, a 15-yard touchdown pass to Struber with 3:17 left in the first quarter, and a 24-yard pass to Kinser Colgin with 3:53 left in the first half that concluded scoring for the game.

Everett added two rushing touchdowns—a 6-yard scamper with 6:30 left in the first quarter, and a 3-yard run with 6:11 remaining in the second.

Also getting in the scoring column were Brayden Collins, who rushed for a 1-yard touchdown with 4:25 left in the first quarter and Brandon Huff, who rushed for a 4-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Struber returned an interception for a touchdown late in the first quarter.

Canton-Galva rushed for 180 yards, led by Collins with 13 carries for 111 yards and one touchdown.

Huff led the defense with five solo tackles.

Volleyball—Canton-Galva dropped two matches Tuesday, losing to Herington (25-15, 25-12) and to Goessel (25-16, 25-18).

“We had a rough night on our last league game night,” coach Cloe Hedlund said. “We played two very competitive teams, and we were not prepared or game-ready on our side of the court. As a team, we have a lot of work to do in the next two weeks.”


Football—The Cougars defeated Wakefield, 50-0, Friday.


Cross Country—Goessel earned two gold medals at the Burrton Invitational at Harvey County West Park Thursday.

Elyse Boden won the varsity girls’ race with a time of 22 minutes, 54 seconds.

Katelyn Olsen was 14th (30:29), and Alyssa Boden 17th (31:12).

“Elyse Boden won the race by taking control by the one-mile mark and pulling away for an easy victory,” coach Brian Lightner said. “Her main competition that day—Schroeder from Halstead—had been sick and did not compete, and Elyse did well to pace herself with the lead cart as she traversed the trails. It was good to see Katelyn and Alyssa back running again after missing last week, and we’ll need to continue to improve to win the league title again against Little River next week.”

Meanwhile, Jerah Schmidt won the boys’ race with a time of 18:35. Jacob Schrag was fourth (19:22), Timothy Schrag 13th (20:23), Jamie Fabrellas 15th (20:31), Ben Olsen 22nd (21:07), Dawson Duerksen 23rd (21:19) and David Sawyer 27th (22:00). As a team, the Bluebirds finished second behind Halstead.

“Jerah Schmidt won the boys’ varsity race, pulling away the last mile and a half,” Lightner said. “Many of the kids did well starting off a little slower today—which wasn’t too hard considering the temperature—and working at moving up throughout the race. Each of the varsity guys were given a specific group or runner from another school to track during the race, and many of them were able to do that.

“Jacob was able to break into a pack of Halstead runners adding to their team score, Timothy finished right behind a talented runner from Burrton, and the race of the day may go to Jaime who finished fourth on the team as Dawson had an off day. Jaime raced down a pack from Moundridge that had finished ahead of him at the last two races.”

In the junior varsity boys’ race, Joey Lapp was sixth (22:40), Dustyn Gagnon ninth (23:32), Sam Herrel 11th (24:23) and Dominic Englestad 17th (25:58).

Football—The Bluebirds suffered a 60-0 defeat to Canton-Galva Friday.

Goessel managed 75 yards of offense, including 46 rushing yards led by Jacob Hagewood with seven carries for 27 yards.

Through the air, Luke Wiens was 4-for-11 for 29 yards. Jake Wiens recorded one 12-yard reception.

Luke Wiens led the defense with four solo tackles.

Volleyball—Goessel swept its opponents in its final regular-season league matches Tuesday, defeating Solomon (25-19, 25-23) and Canton-Galva (25-16, 25-18).

The Bluebirds concluded Wheat State League play with a 6-3 record.


Cross Country—Emersyn Funk paced the Trojans at the Sterling Invitational Thursday with a 17th-place finish in the girls’ varsity race with a time of 20 minutes, 42.4 seconds. Ainsley Duell was 35th (22:29.4), Moriah Jost 41st (23:02.9) and Millie Sechrist 56th (25:10.6).

Meanwhile, Tristan Reed was the varsity boys’ top finisher, crossing the finish line in 17:31.6, good for 21st place. Caleb Diener was 26th (17:55.6), and Jason Latham 91st (24:03.6).

In the junior varsity boys’ race, Nathan Lopez was 27th (22:57.3).

In the freshman girls’ race, Karley Loewen was 14th (26:43.1), while in the freshman boys’ race, Josh Diener was 19th (23:45.5).

Tennis—The Trojans hosted a Class 3-2-1A regional tennis tournament Friday and Saturday.

In singles, Callie Bernhardt went 1-1, defeating Grace Lauer of Marysville, 6-1, 6-4, before losing to Autymn Schreiner of Wabaunsee, 6-0, 6-1.

Kailee Funk lost to Bailey Wheeler of Perry-Lecompton, 6-7(5), 6-1, 10-3.

In doubles, Kate Maxfield and Cheyenne Funk lost to Guess and Leming of Perry-Lecompton, 6-2, 6-2.

Kyla Isaac and Callie Plenert lost to Bolinder and Feyh of Wabaunsee, 6-2, 6-2.


Cross Country—Heidi Grimmett trimmed 20 seconds off her season-best time to lead the Warriors with a first-place finish at Eureka Thursday with a time of 20 minutes, 30.7 seconds.

“Heidi ran her best race of the year, moving away from the pack after the first mile and winning the race by almost a minute,” coach Grant Thierolf said.

Bethany Grimmett was 23rd (26:44.0) and Alfwenna Meyer 28th (28:40.1).

“Pleased with Bethany Grimmett as she ran in the 26-minute range again this week,” Thierolf said. “Alfwenna had a good day; she will be used to hills by the time we get to regionals.”

Tristen Dye paced the boys’ team, finishing 22nd in 19:45.7. Christopher Berry was 35th (20:54.9), Colton Boudreaux 37th (21:11.5), Nathan Shields 39th (21:28.8) and Hayden Mendoza 54th (23:14.1).

“Tristen led our boys’ team again today, running a near season’s best time again,” Thierolf said. “He is getting very consistent breaking 20 minutes and will be ready to cut some more time off his run in the next couple of weeks. Christopher, Colton, Nathan and Hayden ran in a pack for much of the race and ran well, but we know they will run faster next week.”

Volleyball—Marion split two games at the Bennington modified quad Tuesday. The Warriors lost to Bennington (25-12, 17-25, 25-19) and defeated Ell-Saline (23-25, 25-19, 27-25).


Football—The Warriors lost to Bennington, 53-6, Friday.

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