Area Sports Roundup (10-2-19)

Sofia Boninsegna set a school record with her time and took sixth place at the cross country meet on Thursday. Provided photo
Sofia Boninsegna set a school record with her time and took sixth place at the cross country meet on Thursday. Provided photo
Canton-Galva

Cross Country— The Eagles set two school records at the Marion meet Thursday.

Morgan Becker bettered his own school record in the boys’ race with a time of 17 minutes, 20 seconds, good for the silver medal.

“Morgan said he felt really good through the first two miles and was able to push through the third mile to finish a strong second place behind Asher Brown of Remington, who won in a time of 16:47,” coach Lyle Silsby said.

Canton-Galva’s two additional varsity boys also set personal records: Christian Darrah was third in 18:00, and Hayden Lance was 16th (20:02).

Meanwhile, Sofia Boninsegna set a school record in the girls’ race with a time of 22:50, good for sixth place.

“I knew the way she has been training that she would probably get the record by the end of the season, but now she has several more attempts to better it,” Silsby said. “We will see how it goes.”

In junior varsity boys’ action, Ethan Unruh was fifth (personal-best 21:54), Isaiah Patton 10th (personal-best 22:08) and Andrew Prieb 29th (29:06).

In the junior varsity girls’ race, Aleah Peres was fifth (personal-best 25:43) and Sarah Kendall 13th (personal-best 31:10).

“It is great to see the kids seeing the payoff of all the hard work they have been putting in,” Silsby said. “I know they all have more in the tank and will keep improving as the season progresses.”

Football—The Eagles defeated Bennington, 56-8, Friday, in a game that concluded at halftime.

Dustyn Gagnon and David Sawyer pace themselves in their race in Lawrence on Saturday. Provided photo
Dustyn Gagnon and David Sawyer pace themselves in their race in Lawrence on Saturday. Provided photo
Canton-Galva outscored the Bulldogs, 26-0, in the first quarter, setting the tone when Tyson Struber returned the opening kickoff for a 70-yard score. Brandon Huff rushed for a 5-yard touchdown, and Landon Everett completed a pair of touchdown passes, first, a 13-yard strike to Kinser Colgin, and the second, an 18-yard pass to Struber to conclude scoring in the quarter.

Bennington scored first in the second quarter, but it was all Canton-Galva after that, as Everett connected with Colgin for a 44-yard touchdown pass, then rushed for a 45-yard score at the 5:53 mark. Brayden Collins crossed the goal line on an 8-yard run, and Everett completed a 24-yard touchdown pass to Struber with 1:45 left in the half to bring it to the final spread.

The Eagles rolled up 288 yards of offense, while limiting Bennington to 61 yards.

Through the air, Everett was 11-for-16 for 197 yards and four touchdowns.

The Eagles rushed for 91 yards, led by Everett, with three carries for 54 yards and one touchdown.

Huff led the defense with five tackles.

Volleyball—Canton-Galva concluded a nine-match week with a fourth-place finish at the Herington tournament Saturday.

The Eagles went 2-1 in pool play, defeating Council Grove (25-22, 14-25, 25-23), losing to Sedgwick (25-15, 25-13) and defeating Centre (25-17, 25-22).

In bracket play, Canton-Galva lost to Rural Vista (25-13, 25-13), then lost to Sacred Heart in the third-place match (25-18, 25-12).

“In the match to get into the championship, we could not keep our offense moving against a strong Rural Vista team,” coach Cloe Hedlund said. “We played Sacred Heart for third and again struggled to keep the ball on our side of the court consistently.

“This was a tough and tiring week for our players; there was a lot of good volleyball played. We continue to work on keeping our energy up and working as one unit on the court.”

Hunter Hein makes a catch midfield in the first quarter, while being brought down by Jared McCartney a Sacred Heart defender. Karrie Rathbone/Free Press
Hunter Hein makes a catch midfield in the first quarter, while being brought down by Jared McCartney a Sacred Heart defender. Karrie Rathbone/Free Press
The Eagles swept two teams Thursday, defeating Burrton (26-24, 26-24) and Elyria Christian (25-21, 25-16).

“There was some great volleyball played by all teams tonight,” coach Cloe Hedlund said. “Lots of hustle and passion displayed on the court. We continue to work on consistency on our side of the court, working to set up our offense every time we have the ball.”

Canton-Galva split two matches Tuesday, defeating Peabody-Burns (25-21, 25-23) and losing to Little River (25-16, 25-20).

“As a team, we struggled to keep our offense going and made too many errors throughout the matches,” Hedlund said. “I am proud of the team for fighting after getting behind and making adjustments when needed.”

Goessel

Cross Country- Competing against 44 schools, the varsity boys’ team finished as the top Class 1A school in the Blue division at the Rim Rock Farm Classic in Lawrence Saturday.

Jerah Schmidt paved the way, finishing 49th among a field of 311 with a personal-best time of 18 minutes, 24.8 seconds, trimming four seconds from his previous best.

Jacob Schrag bettered his personal record by nine seconds, finishing 98th in 19:12.1.

Dawson Duerksen was 162nd (season-best 19:56.9), Timothy Schrag 206th (season-best 20:31.4), Jaime Fabrellas 233rd (personal-best 20:53.6), and Ben Olson 239th (season-best 20:53.6).

As a team, the boys placed 25th.

“The guys started off well, running a good pace through the first mile, and their second mile times were only 20 to 30 seconds slower than their first, which is really good,” coach Brian Lightner said. “The third mile included multiple steep climbs and downhills that we were not prepared for, and it really affected our final time. Several guys were run down and passed in the last 50 meters, which did make an impact on our team finish and shows how much those hills affected us. Overall the boys ran extremely tough as they gutted out the last 1,000 meters, and I am very proud of them.”

Kyla Issac took second in doubles in Thursday's meet. The Trojans played at home. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press
Kyla Issac took second in doubles in Thursday's meet. The Trojans played at home. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press
Earlier in the week, every Bluebird runner competing at the Marion Invitational Thursday at Big “M” Farms set either a season- or personal-best time.

“This was the first year it was not held at the country club, and the rough terrain and cow patties made it feel like a true cross-country course,” coach Brian Lightner said. “The weather has finally cooled off, and today we were able to enjoy racing for the first time this season and run some fast times.”

Elyse Boden trimmed 1:16 from her previous personal-best time, crossing the finish line in 21:59.7, good for third place among a field of 36 runners.

“Personal records for freshmen are fairly easy to come by,” Lightner said. “But a personal record for a senior is special, and to set it by 1:16 is almost unheard of.”

Porclein Unruh was 21st (season-best 25:11.2).

Meanwhile, David Sawyer trimmed six seconds from his previous-best, finishing 27th among a field of 62 with a time of 20:51.86.

Dustyn Gagnon won the junior varsity boys’ race (personal-best 21:00.7); Joey Lapp was second (21:05.7) and Sam Herrel eighth (21:51.6).

In the junior varsity girls’ race, Katelyn Olson was eighth (26:55.5) and Alyssa Boden ninth (30:10.9).

Football—Goessel defeated Solomon, 36-26, in a game started Friday and completed Saturday because of a weather delay.

The Bluebirds held a narrow, 22-20, halftime lead Friday when play was postponed because of weather but used a third-quarter effort to seal the win.

To begin, Solomon scored less than a minute into the game, but the Bluebirds tied the game on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Dylan Lindeman to Jacob Hagewood at the 3:33 mark. A Gorilla touchdown 20 seconds later made it 14-8 by the end of the first quarter.

After a third Gorilla touchdown, Goessel took the lead by halftime, scoring two rushing touchdowns in the second quarter—Hagewood recorded an 11-yard score, and Luke Wiens crossed the goal line from 8 yards out.

When play resumed Saturday, Goessel outscored Solomon 14-0 in the third quarter, courtesy of rushing touchdowns by Wiens for 12- and 44-yards, respectively. A fourth-quarter Solomon touchdown brought it to the final, 10-point spread.

The Bluebirds recorded 312 yards of offense, including 250 rushing yards, led by Wiens with eight carries for 108 yards and three touchdowns.

Through the air, Lindeman was 5-for-6 for 62 yards and one touchdown.

Wiens led the defense with nine solo tackles.

Volleyball—Goessel went 2-3 at the Olpe round robin tournament Saturday, opening by defeating Madison (25-20, 25-15), then losing to both Bishop Seabury (28-26, 25-20) and Wabaunsee (25-16, 25-20) before defeating Northern Heights (25-23, 25-23) and losing to Olpe (25-16, 25-15).

The Bluebirds split two matches Tuesday, losing to Herington (25-12, 25-22) and defeating Wichita Classical (25-19, 25-18).

Goessel moves to 9-10 overall.

Hillsboro

Cross Country—Emersyn Funk paced the Trojans at the Southeast of Saline Invitational Thursday, placing 10th in the girls’ race with a time of 21 minutes, 22.1 seconds. Moriah Jost was 23rd (23:51.1).

In the boys’ race, Tristan Reed finished 20th (18:02.2), Pedro Nieto 34th (18:41.4), Nicholas Cunningham 70th (21:21.8), Nathan Lopez 78th (24:25.2) and Jason Latham 81st (25:55.6).

As a team, the boys finished 10th.

Football— Hillsboro defeated Sacred Heart, 39-6, in a game started Friday and postponed until Saturday because of weather. As a result of another lightning delay Saturday, the game was called with about 8 minutes left in the third quarter.

But, Hillsboro rolled past Salina Sacred Heart for a comfortable 39-6 victory on September 28. The Trojans jumped in front of the Knights 7-0 to begin the second quarter. Both teams were scoreless in the second half.

Tennis— The Hillsboro girls placed first as a team at the invitational they hosted Thursday, finishing ahead of Chapman, Circle, Hutchinson Trinity, Nickerson and Douglass.

Kailee Funk finished second in No. 1 singles, going 2-0 in pool play before losing, 8-1, to Chapman’s Jones in the first-place match. Jessica Ryder finished fifth, concluding the day with an 8-5 victory over Nickerson’s Rosenberg.

In No. 2 singles, Callie Bernhardt finished second, also going 2-0 in pool play before losing, 8-5, to Circle’s Cornali in the first-place match.

Meanwhile, in doubles, Kyla Isaac and Callie Plenert finished second in No. 1 doubles, going 2-0 in pool play before losing, 8-0, to Adams and Chase of Circle.

In No. 2 doubles, Kate Maxfield and Cheyenne Funk finished second, recorded a 2-0 record in pool play before losing, 8-5, to Armbuster and Mosher of Chapman in the finals.

“I was very pleased how everyone played overall on Thursday. We need to continue building our records and getting the wins where we can as we approach regionals,” said Head Coach Erin Hein.

Volleyball— The Trojans split two matches Tuesday, defeating Larned (25-20, 25-16), then losing to Halstead (25-17, 25-20).

“It was nice to host our first triangular of the season on Tuesday. It was even nicer to come away with a win against Larned. We served and hit aggressively which was the reason for the positive outcome in the match,” said Head Coach Sandy Arnold. “Unfortunately we did not play as aggressively against a talented Halstead team. We made too many errors in serving and attacking and also had trouble with passing. We must become a more consistent and aggressive team in order for us to be successful. The talent is there. We will continue working to improve the rest.”

The team finished third in their tournament in Douglass on Sept 28. Hillsboro defeated Winfield (25-19, 25-17), Mulvane (25-15, 25-14) and Augusta (25-10, 25-16). They lost to Garden Plain (29-27, 25-22) and El Dorado (25-15, 24-26, 25-15).

“We lost to the two teams who were 1 and 2 in the tourney. We made improvements from our previous playing date as well as throughout the day. I am looking forward to seeing these girls make continued progress as we head into the second half of our season,” said Arnold.

Marion

Cross Country—All eight Warriors turned in season-best performances at Marion’s home meet Thursday.

“Best day of the year for a cross-country meet, and our runners continued to improve,” coach Grant Thierolf said. “It was so much fun to actually have a home course and (to) run well on the course was enjoyable to watch.”

Heidi Grimmett trimmed about 30 seconds from her previous best, crossing the finish line in 21 minutes, 37.9 seconds, good for second place in the girls’ race.

“Heidi ran her fastest time of the year in finishing second this week,” Thierolf said. “Another strong showing, and the race gave us some things to work on for next week.”

Bethany Grimmett finished 30th in 27:04.6, while Alfwenna Meyer was 32nd in 27:28.5.

“Very proud of our two senior runners who cut minutes off their best times of the year,” Thierolf said. “Bethany and Alfwenna got a whole lot better this week and push one another in practice and at the meets.”

Meanwhile, Tristen Dye paced the boys, finishing 14th in 19:58.4 and trimming one second from his previous-best.

Completing the boys’ results: Christopher Berry was 17th (20:03.2), Colton Boudreaux 22nd (20:15.2), Nathan Shields 31st (21:09.2) and Hayden Mendoza 41st (23:24.7).

“Once again, Tristen and Christopher led our boys’ team, each running a season’s best time,” Thierolf said. “As they push each other in practice, our whole team gets better. Colton and Nathan ran much better races this week; they improved their times significantly in a week’s time. Hayden also ran a PR and is figuring out the sport a little more each week.”

Volleyball—Marion split two matches at Moundridge Thursday, defeating Southeast of Saline (25-22, 25-15) and losing to Sacred Heart (25-17, 26-24).

Marion split two matches at Berean Tuesday, defeating Moundridge (25-19, 15-25, 25-23) and losing to Sedgwick (25-18, 25-17).

Peabody-Burns

Volleyball— Anna Eldridge hits the ball over the net on Tuesday during their game against Solomon.

The Warriors split two matches Tuesday, losing to Canton-Galva (25-15, 25-23) and defeating Solomon (25-15, 14-25, 25-20).

Football- Peabody-Burns turns out the lights on Herington

Peabody-Burns played the role of Thor, dropping its hammer on Herington during a 54-14 beating in a Kansas high school football matchup on September 27.

Centre

Football— Centre High School played the role of Thor, dropping its hammer on Herington during a 54-14 beating in a Kansas high school football matchup on September 27.