Area Sports Roundup (10-23-19)

Caleb Potucek, senior, headed into the endzone in the first quarter.Hillsboro won the home game against Bluestem with a final score of 73-0. Karrie Rathbone/Free Press
Caleb Potucek, senior, headed into the endzone in the first quarter.Hillsboro won the home game against Bluestem with a final score of 73-0. Karrie Rathbone/Free Press

Cross Country—Morgan Becker led the Eagles by winning the Wheat State League meet championship Thursday at Harvey County West Park with a time of 17 minutes, 29 seconds.

Christian Darrah earned the bronze medal with a time of 18:32.

Rounding out the boys’ team were: Hayden Lance, 11th (20:19), Ethan Unruh, 18th (22:25) and Isaiah Patton, 21st (23:44).

Meanwhile, Sofia Boninsegna earned the silver medal in the girls’ race with a time of 24:41. Aleah Peres was fifth (27:30) and Sarah Kendall 10th (29:19).

“All the kids ran good races today,” coach Lyle Silsby said. “We ran the same course at the Burrton meet last week, and the course was rougher today than last week, but all the kids but one ran faster times. So even with the adversity of the footing, they put in great efforts.”

Football—Canton-Galva defeated Solomon, 60-0, Friday, scoring 40 points in the first quarter en-route to a victory secured at halftime.

The Eagles enjoyed five rushing touchdowns in the first quarter, the first four by Brayden Collins for distances of 3-, 7-, 34- and 36-yards, respectively. Landon Everett rushed for a 1-yard score with 56 seconds left in the opening period to give the Eagles a 40-0 lead.

Canton-Galva added to its advantage in the second quarter when Everett completed a 39-yard touchdown pass to Kinser Colgin at the 8:59 mark. Brandon Huff rushed for a 10-yard score, and Andre Patton recorded a 32-yard touchdown run with 2:20 left in the half to bring it to what became the final margin.

The Eagles recorded 244 yards of offense while limiting Solomon to 39 yards.

Canton-Galva rushed for 205 yards, led by Collins with eight carries for 131 yards and four touchdowns.

Through the air, Everett was 1-for-3 for 39 yards and one touchdown.

Nick Pearson led the defense with four solo tackles.

Volleyball—The Eagles went 1-4 at the Wheat State League tournament at Rural Vista Saturday. Canton-Galva lost its first four matches: to Goessel (17-25, 26-24, 25-19), Rural Vista (25-12, 25-7), Herington (25-11, 25-17) and Little River (25-18, 25-23) before defeating Elyria Christian to conclude the day (25-9, 25-13).

“Our players started off strong with a win in the first set against Goessel but struggled to stay consistent in the last two sets so couldn’t pull off the win,” coach Cloe Hedlund said. “We struggled the next three matches to keep our offense alive, which resulted in a lot of hustle on defense but couldn’t get points on the board. Our last game against Elyria, we were much more consistent, and we served the ball well.”


Volleyball—The Cougars lost two matches at Sedgwick Tuesday, losing to Sedgwick (25-6, 25-13) and Sterling (25-15, 25-19).


Cross Country—Both Bluebird teams were named Wheat State League champions at the Wheat State League/Heart of the Plains League Challenge Thursday.

Elyse Boden won the girls’ race with a time of 22 minutes, 12 seconds. Also earning medals were Porclein Unruh, sixth (27:07), Katelyn Olson, eighth (27:39) and Alyssa Boden, 13th (31:20).

“Each girl had a job to do today, and the important thing was to finish the race and get a team score,” coach Brian Lightner said. “I am very proud of each of them for their effort and intensity today. The girls finished in third in the challenge behind Pretty Prairie and Pratt-Skyline.”

Meanwhile, Jerah Schmidt led the boys’ team by finishing as league runner-up with a time of 18:22. Jacob Schrag was fifth (18:59), Dawson Duerksen sixth (19:31), Timothy Schrag seventh (19:58), Jaime Fabrellas eighth (20:05), Ben Olson 10th (20:18), David Sawyer 15th (21:12), Dustyn Gagnon 17th (21:22) and Dominic Englestad 22nd (25:16).

“The goal for our boys was to run with passion for each other and for ourselves,” Lightner said. “We knew Canton-Galva had two very good runners and wanted to get all seven of our scorers across the finish line before their third runner. We came close with six, but we had done enough to edge the Eagles 20-27.”

Volleyball—Goessel went 2-3 at the Wheat State League tournament at Hope Saturday.

After defeating Canton-Galva (17-25, 26-24, 25-19), the Bluebirds lost to Rural Vista (25-12, 25-9). Goessel defeated Elyria Christian (25-14, 28-26), then lost to both Little River (25-14, 25-12) and Herington (26-24, 25-12).

The Bluebirds lost two matches Tuesday, losing to Moundridge (25-11, 25-21) and Inman (25-22, 25-21).


Cross Country—Emersyn Funk led the Trojans with a fourth-place finish at the Central Kansas League meet at Larned Thursday with a time of 22 minutes, 41.2 seconds.

Ainsley Duell was 12th (24:47.5), Moriah Jost 19th (25:52.1), Millie Sechrist 28th (28:10.4) and Karley Loewen 32nd (29:31.9).

As a team, the girls finished third behind Pratt and Smoky Valley.

Meanwhile, Caleb Diener led the boys’ team with a 15th-place finish in 19:05.7. Tristan Reed was 20th (19:27.4), and Jason Latham 56th (26:35.4).

In the junior varsity boys’ race, Josh Diener was 32nd (24:03.8) and Nathan Lopez 39th (24:49.6).

Football—Hillsboro improved to 2-0 in district play with a 72-0 victory over Leon-Bluestem Friday.

Hillsboro scored 35 points in the first quarter and added 37 in the second to put a running clock into effect.

The Trojans rolled up 487 yards of offense, including 422 rushing yards led by Matthew Potucek with seven carries for 156 yards and two touchdowns. Caleb Potucek also surpassed the century mark, carrying the ball eight times for 146 yards and one touchdown.

Jamari Harris scored a pair of rushing touchdowns, and Nate Hein had one rushing touchdown.

Through the air, Matthew Potucek was 5-for-7 for 65 yards and three touchdowns. Dillon Boldt hauled in three receptions for 26 yards and two touchdowns, while Jaxxon Hanschu had one, 21-yard touchdown reception.

The Trojans added two points on a second-quarter safety, and Frank Wichert had a 40-yard fumble return for a touchdown later in the period.

Leon-Bluestem, meanwhile, managed 107 yards of offense and committed five turnovers.

Volleyball—The Trojans finished third at the 26th annual Trojan Invitational Saturday behind Circle and Augusta.

Hillsboro went 2-1 in pool play, losing to Chapman (25-17, 25-10) before defeating both Halstead (28-26, 25-15) and Minneapolis (25-22, 25-20).

The Trojans lost a three-set match to Circle in the semifinals (25-16, 19-25, 25-20), then defeated Chapman in the third-place match (21-25, 25-22, 25-18).


Cross Country—Heidi Grimmett earned the bronze medal at the Heart of America meet at Prairie Ridge Park in Hutchinson Thursday with a time of 21 minutes, 52.8 seconds.

Alfwenna Meyer was 42nd (29:07.4) and Bethany Grimmett 43rd (29:09.4).

“Great job by Heidi in the varsity girls’ race—she ran right with the returning champions and state placers and finished a strong third,” coach Grant Thierolf said. “Great season so far and two more meets to go. Alfwenna and Bethany each ran hard and fought all the way to the finish line.”

Meanwhile, Tristen Dye led the boys’ team with a 28th-place finish in 21:03.6. Christopher Berry was 37th (21:42.3), Colton Boudreaux 39th (21:57.3), Nathan Shields 43rd (22:35.9) and Hayden Mendoza 48th (23:21.3).

“This meet was tough and every bit as hard as the regional will be next week, and Tristen ran a very competitive race today,” Thierolf said. “Our next four finishers were pretty tightly bunched, and Christopher, Colton, Nathan and Hayden all ran as hard as they could.”

Football—Marion lost to Olpe Friday, 48-6. The Warriors move to 0-2 in district play.

Volleyball—Marion hosted the Heart of America league tournament Saturday and went 1-3.

In a 2-0 loss to Sterling (25-22, 25-13), Megan Neufeld, Chisholm Waner and Anne Baliel each had three kills. Waner and Lily Lundy had one service ace apiece, and Baliel and Laura Savage each had three solo blocks. Chloe Burkholder had 11 assists.

Marion lost to Hutchinson Trinity in three sets (16-25, 25-14, 25-14). Savage led the attack with eight kills, while Chloe Burkholder and Calli Burkholder each had two service aces. Baliel and Savage each recorded one solo block. Chloe Burkholder had 22 assists.

The Warriors defeated Berean Academy (25-20, 25-15). Cameron White led the team with five kills. Jayden May had three service aces, Baliel recorded four solo blocks, and Chloe Burkholder had 19 assists.

Marion lost to Bennington in three sets (25-19, 21-25, 25-18). Baliel recorded 10 kills to lead the attack. Lundy and Chloe Burkholder each had one service ace. White and Baliel each recorded two solo blocks. Chloe Burkholder had 30 assists.

Earlier in the week, Marion went 2-1 at Berean Academy Tuesday to conclude the regular season.

Marion defeated Peabody-Burns (25-14, 25-19). Laura Savage and Cameron White led the attack with five kills each. Chloe Burkholder had three service aces and 20 assists. White, Lily Lundy and Savage each had one solo block.

The Warriors lost to Remington (25-22, 25-23). Savage led the team with 10 kills. Jayden May and Chisholm Waner each had two service aces. Anne Baliel and Savage each had one solo block. Chloe Burkholder had 24 assists.

The Warriors concluded the evening by defeating the home team (25-17, 25-15).

White and Lundy each recorded five kills, while White and Burkholder each had one service ace. Baliel led the team with three solo blocks, and Burkholder had 20 assists.


Volleyball—The Warriors went 1-2 at Berean Academy Tuesday, defeating the home team (25-21, 11-25, 25-23) and losing to both Marion (25-14, 25-19) and Remington (25-20, 25-21).