Area Sports Roundup (10-30-19)

The Hillsboro Volleyball girls beat Chase County 25-13 and 25-15, and then went on to defeat West Elk 2-0, advancing to the championship game in sub-state. They lost the first game to Belle Plaine, came back to win the second game and then lost the final game,ending up sub-state runner ups.
The Hillsboro Volleyball girls beat Chase County 25-13 and 25-15, and then went on to defeat West Elk 2-0, advancing to the championship game in sub-state. They lost the first game to Belle Plaine, came back to win the second game and then lost the final game,ending up sub-state runner ups.
Canton-Galva

Cross Country—Two Eagles qualified for the state meet with Top-10 performances at the Class 2A regional meet hosted by Buhler at Hutchinson’s Prairie Ridge Cross Country Park Saturday.

Morgan Becker paved the way with a second-place finish in the boys’ race with a time of 17 minutes, 47 seconds, behind Remington’s Asher Brown, who won in 17:35.

Christian Darrah finished fourth in 18:04.

Both will compete at the Class 2A state meet in Wamego Saturday.

“I am very proud of the boys and the way they competed today,” coach Lyle Silsby said. “They are both great kids and work hard in practice and in the offseason, and it’s great to see all that hard work pay off for them.”

Rounding out the boys’ team were: Hayden Lance, 38th (20:40), Ethan Unruh, 53rd (22:09) and Isaiah Patton, 54th (22:16.

As a team, the boys finished fourth, 20 points shy of third-place Ell-Saline. Ellsworth won the meet.

Meanwhile, Sofia Boninsegna led the girls’ team with a 19th-place finish in 24:01. Aleah Peres was 43rd (28:33) and Sarah Kendall, 45th (30:39).

“All of the kids ran good races today,” Silsby said. “I didn’t expect anyone to set any personal records today, but all of the kids ran pretty close to their best times, and all competed well.”

Football—Canton-Galva defeated Herington, Friday, 70-0. The Eagles scored 58 points in the first quarter and sealed the win by halftime after adding a 42-yard touchdown run by Andre Patton—his third rushing touchdown of the night, and an interception returned for a touchdown by Ryder Norstrom.

Patton opened the game with a 24-yard touchdown run, and scored again with less than a minute left in the first quarter on a 62-yard run. In between, quarterback Landon Everett completed an 8-yard touchdown pass to Kinser Colgin, Cyler Johnson rushed for a 7-yard touchdown, the Eagles added a safety, Everett rushed for a 5-yard touchdown, Colgin rushed for a 39-yard score and Garrett Maltbie completed an 18-yard touchdown pass to Colgin.

Canton-Galva rolled up 247 yards of offense, including 212 rushing yards, led by Patton with four carries for 134 yards and three touchdowns.

Through the air, Everett was 1-for-2 for 8 yards and one touchdown, and Maltbie was 2-for-2 for 27 yards and one touchdown.

Colgin led the defense with four tackles. The Eagles limited Herington to -1 yards of offense. Canton-Galva maintained possession of the ball for 6:52 of game time, compared to 29:08 for Herington.

Volleyball—The Eagles concluded their season with a loss to Bennington in the Class 2A sub-state hosted by Ell-Saline Saturday. Seeded sixth, Canton-Galva lost in two sets to the No. 3 Bulldogs (25-18, 25-15). The Eagles conclude the season with an overall record of 16-18.

Centre

Football—Centre defeated Marais des Cygnes Valley, 56-6, Friday.

Heidi Grimmett with the medal she won on Saturday in Buhler. She will compete at state for Marion this Saturday.
Heidi Grimmett with the medal she won on Saturday in Buhler. She will compete at state for Marion this Saturday.

Volleyball—Centre finished one win from advancing to sub-state at the Class 1A regional tournament the Cougars hosted Tuesday. Seeded sixth, Centre defeated No. 3 Solomon in the quarterfinals (25-13, 25-12), then lost to No. 2 Burlingame in the semifinals (25-19, 25-20). The top two teams in the regional—Rural Vista and Burlingame—advanced to sub-state. The Cougars conclude the season with an overall record of 7-19.

Goessel

Cross Country—Two Bluebirds qualified for the state meet with Top-10 finishes at the Class 1A regional meet hosted by Wichita-East at the Cessna Activities Center Saturday.

Elyse Boden led the Bluebirds with a sixth-place finish in a personal-best time of 21 minutes, 8.6 seconds, which set a new school record by 20 seconds.

“After cruising to easy wins the past two weeks, Elyse’s ability to go with the lead pack early on in the race set her pace that helped her achieve the school record,” coach Brian Lightner said. “She began the race around 10th, moved as high as fourth before finishing in sixth.”

Completing the girls’ team were Porclein Unruh, 35th (25:25.1), Katelyn Olson, 45th (27:55.9) and Alyssa Boden, 50th (season-best 29:01.2).

As a team, the girls finished fifth, 13 points shy of a fourth-place, state-qualifying berth. Berean Academy won the meet.

“For the girls, this was just the second time the entire team has run in the past month due to injuries, and every single one of them left it all on the course,” Lightner said. “The fifth-place finish is higher than anticipated for this meet that contained numerous teams that are serious podium contenders at Wamego next week. All times were close to or better then their season bests, and the level of competitiveness was high.”

Meanwhile, Jerah Schmidt led the boys with a state-qualifying, 10th-place finish in 17:59.8.

Jacob Schrag was 22nd (19:14.4), Jaime Fabrellas 26th (personal-best 19:18.1), Dawson Duerksen 42nd (19:59.9), Ben Olson 46th (20:17.4), Timothy Schrag 50th (20:44.0) and David Sawyer 54th (21:08.5).

As a team, the boys finished fifth, 21 points behind fourth-place Caldwell. Berean Academy won the meet.

“The boys’ race was similar to the girls as there were five very capable teams contending for four spots, and unfortunately we did not run well enough on this day to place in the top four,” Lightner said. “The runners we needed to beat went out at paces faster than I anticipated, literally leaving our back guys in the dust. We gave up too much of a lead and weren’t able to overcome the deficit by the end of the race.”

Elyse Boden and Schmidt will represent the Bluebirds at the Class 1A state meet at Wamego Saturday.

Football—The Bluebirds suffered a 56-54 overtime defeat at Bennington Friday.

Goessel led, 28-12 at halftime and 36-26 after three quarters, but Bennington outscored the Bluebirds 22-12 in the fourth quarter to force the extra period, then successfully executed a two-point conversion run which was the difference in the game.

The Eagles rolled up 423 yards of offense, compared with 440 for Bennington.

Quarterback Dylan Lindeman was 15-for-17 for 259 yards and seven touchdowns. Three receivers recorded touchdowns. Jacob Hagewood hauled in four receptions for 123 yards and three touchdowns, including a 42-yard strike midway through the third quarter. Nate Zogleman recorded five receptions for 79 yards and three touchdowns, including a 45-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. Caiden Duerksen had one 20-yard touchdown reception with 8 seconds left in the first half.

The Bluebirds rushed for 159 yards, led by Kale Funk with 19 carries for 65 yards. Lindeman scored one rushing touchdown and led the defense with eight solo tackles.

Volleyball—Goessel concluded its season with a semifinal loss at the Class 1A sub-state tournament hosted by Rosalia-Flinthills Saturday. Seeded second, the Bluebirds lost to No. 3 Udall in three sets (25-21, 20-25, 25-23).

Earlier in the week, Goessel advanced to sub-state by winning the Class 1A regional tournament it hosted Tuesday. As the No. 1 seed, the Bluebirds received a first-round bye, then defeated No. 4 Elyria Christian in the semifinals (25-18, 25-19). Goessel defeated No. 2 Burrton in the championship (25-16, 16-25, 25-20). As the top two finishers, both Goessel and Burrton advanced to sub-state.

The Bluebirds conclude the season with an overall record of 19-19.

Hillsboro

Cross Country—Three Trojans qualified for state with Top-10 performances at the Class 2A regional meet hosted by Buhler at Hutchinson’s Prairie Ridge Cross Country Park Saturday.

Emersyn Funk earned the bronze medal to lead the girls, crossing the finish line in 21 minutes, 55.5 seconds.

Moriah Jost was 14th (23:27.6), Ainsley Duell 35th (25:38.1), Millie Sechrist 37th (26:02.3) and Karley Loewen 41st (27:40.8).

As a team the girls finished fourth behind Remington, Ellsworth and Hutchinson Trinity.

Meanwhile, Tristan Reed paced the boys, finishing fifth in 18:09.7. Caleb Diener was ninth (18:32.1), Pedro Nieto 43rd (20:58.1), Joshua Diener 69th (24:54.4), Jason Latham 72nd (25:15.8), Nathan Lopez 75th (25:35.9).

As a team, the boys finished seventh of 11. Ellsworth won the meet.

“All the runners worked hard all season,” coach Kodi Panzer said. “They put up great times all year, and that hard work paid off at the regionals.”

Funk, Reed and Diener will represent the Trojans at the Class 2A state meet at Wamego Saturday.

Football—The Trojans lost to Olpe Friday, 55-21.

After holding the Trojans scoreless in the first half, Olpe took a 34-0 lead in the third quarter before Caleb Potucek put Hillsboro on the board with an 88-yard kickoff return. By the end of the third period, Olpe had extended its lead to 49-6. In the fourth quarter, Hunter Hein hauled in a pair of touchdown receptions from Matthew Potucek—for distances of 26- and 37-yards, respectively, to bring it to the final spread.

Hillsboro recorded 158 yards of offense, including 142 passing yards. Matthew Potucek was 8-for-14 for 142 yards and two touchdowns. Jamari Harris had four carries for 16 yards. Frank Wichert led the defense with five tackles.

Volleyball—Hillsboro concluded the season as sub-state runners-up at the Class 2A tournament hosted by Leon-Bluestem Saturday.

Seeded third, Hillsboro defeated No. 6 Chase County in the quarterfinals (25-13, 25-15), then defeated No. 2 Howard-West Elk in the semifinals (25-17, 25-18).

That pitted the Trojans against No. 1 Belle Plaine in the championship. Hillsboro lost in three sets (26-24, 23-25, 25-20).

“We played well Saturday at the sub-state tourney, but just came up short,” coach Sandy Arnold said. “It was a disappointing end to a great day, but I am proud of the girls for the fight they showed. … The championship match with No. 1 seed Belle Plaine was close and intense from the very beginning. The girls fought hard against a scrappy and athletic team. We blocked exceptionally well and served and passed well, and those things kept us in the games. Unfortunately the ball didn’t always bounce our way, and Belle Plaine pulled away from us in the last game.”

Earlier in the week, Hillsboro went 1-1 at the Hutchinson Trinity triangular Tuesday, losing to Sterling (25-22, 17-25, 25-19) and defeating Hutchinson Trinity (25-22, 25-23).

Hillsboro finished third in the Trojan Classic Oct. 19 with a 3-2 record.

The Trojans conclude the season with a 4-5 record in the Central Kansas League, 21-19 overall.

“The girls grew in leaps and bounds this season—particularly in the last few weeks of competition,” Arnold said. “The girls handled adversity and many lineup changes and were starting to gel just as the season came to an end. We gained ground in both our physical skills as well as our mental skills. With the core of this team returning, hopefully we will pick up next fall right where we left off here at the end of the season.” 

Marion

Cross Country—Heidi Grimmett led Marion by winning the girls’ race at the Class 2A regional meet hosted by Buhler at Hutchinson’s Prairie Ridge Cross Country Park Saturday.

Grimmett crossed the finish line in 21 minutes, 14 seconds, more than 30 seconds ahead of second place. She will represent the Warriors at the Class 2A state meet at Wamego Saturday.

“(Heidi) took control of the race at the half-mile mark, worked a 30-second lead on the rest of the runners and kept that lead all the way to the finish line,” coach Grant Thierolf said. “She showed at Hutchinson why she is one of the top distance runners in Class 2A and why she will compete for a medal at Wamego.”

Bethany Grimmett finished 36th in a personal-record 25:54.7, trimming nearly 9 seconds from her previous season-best.

“To set a PR in the last race that she will run for Marion High School was the absolute best way to close out a career,” Thierolf said. “To hang in there everyday like Bethany does and then to finish with the best time of her life was the ideal way to end a season.”

Meanwhile, Colton Boudreaux paced the boys with a 39th-place finish (20:40.7).

Tristen Dye was 42nd (20:44.9), Nathan Shields 47th (21:28.1), Hayden Mendoza 52nd (22:02.6) and Christopher Berry 65th (23:52.9).

As a team, the boys finished 10th of 11. Ellsworth won the meet.

“Our boys’ team ran as hard at regionals as they have all season,” Thierolf said. “Colton ran his best race of the year, leading our team in placing. Tristen and Christopher each had a great year for us, and we need them to keep improving as we head into next year. I thought Nathan and Hayden ran their best races of the year at regionals. They ran tough, and they competed the whole 5-k, and we look forward to them returning next season.”

Football—Marion defeated Leon-Bluestem, 46-6, Friday.

Relying on their ground game, the Warriors rolled up 355 yards of offense, including 311 rushing yards.

Braedon Mercer led the Warriors’ rushing attack with 15 carries for 159 yards and three touchdowns, including Marion’s two second-quarter touchdowns on runs of 8- and 20-yards, respectively, that gave the Warriors a 30-0 halftime advantage.

Mercer crossed the goal line on a 2-yard run in the third quarter to make it 38-0, which held through the end of the period.

Calib Mallory, meanwhile, carried the ball 10 times for 84 yards and two touchdowns—Marion’s first two scores of the game, including a 9-yard run and a 2-yard run to give the Warriors a 16-0 lead after one quarter of play.

Jaxton Tracy rushed for a 6-yard score in the fourth quarter to make it 46-0 before Leon-Bluestem scored with 2:34 left in the game.

Through the air, Seth Lanning was 1-for-5 for 44 yards.

Luke Lanning led the defense with three solo tackles. Marion limited Leon-Bluestem to 114 yards of offense.

Volleyball—The Warriors ended their season with a 1-1 outing at the Class 2A sub-state tournament at Leon-Bluestem Saturday.

Seeded fifth, Marion defeated No. 4 Dexter/Cedar Vale in the quarterfinals, 2-0 (25-15, 25-19). That pitted the Warriors against No. 1 and eventual-champion Belle Plaine. Marion lost the semifinal matchup in two sets (25-18, 25-18).

The Warriors conclude the season with an overall record of 15-19.

Peabody-Burns

Football—Peabody-Burns lost to Solomon Friday, 36-26.

Solomon built a 28-12 lead by halftime, and although the Warriors outscored Solomon 14-8 in the second half, Peabody-Burns came up short.

Through the air, Phillip Young was 4-for-6 for 53 yards and one touchdown, while Rocco Weerts was 2-for-7 for 36 yards and one touchdown. Thomas Page recorded two touchdown receptions for 48 yards.

Andrew Hauck led the Warrior rushing attack with four carries for 79 yards and one touchdown.

Weerts led the defense with 9.5 tackles.

Volleyball— Peabody-Burns was one win from qualifying for sub-state at the Class 1A regional tournament hosted by Goessel Tuesday. The No. 3-seeded Warriors defeated No. 6 Classical School in the quarterfinals (25-14, 25-12), then lost to No. 2 Burrton in the semifinals (25-19, 25-14). The top two teams in the regional—Goessel and Burrton—advanced to sub-state. The Warriors conclude the season with an overall record of 10-17.