Area Sports Roundup 10-9-19

Caleb Potucek (Senior, #8) leaping over a Charger defender for another Trojan touchdown in the fourth quarter. Karrie Rathbone/Free Press
Caleb Potucek (Senior, #8) leaping over a Charger defender for another Trojan touchdown in the fourth quarter. Karrie Rathbone/Free Press

Cross Country—Morgan Becker bettered his own school record by 20 seconds Thursday at the Berean Academy meet at Harvey County East Park. Becker crossed the finish line in 17 minutes, good for second place and just 8 seconds behind Remington’s Asher Brown.

“Morgan ran an outstanding race,” coach Lyle Silsby said. “He was in fourth place at the mile mark, second at the 2-mile, and was able to hold off a fast-charging Ian Carroll from Trinity Academy at the finish line to hold on to the second-place position.”

Not far behind, Christian Darrah finished eighth in a personal-best 17:39.

“Christian’s goal had been to run under 18:00, and he did that handily today with the cool temps and the slight breeze,” Silsby said. “He and Morgan run together every day, pushing each other to get better, and it shows.”

Meanwhile, in the girls’ race, Sofia Boninsegna was 30th (23:30).

In the junior varsity boys’ race, Ethan Unruh was 24th (22:04) and Isaiah Patton 33rd (22:57).

In the junior varsity girls’ race, Aleah Peres was fifth (25:45) and Sarah Kendall 18th (31:29).

Football—The Eagles shutout Peabody-Burns Friday, 56-0, in a game that ended at halftime.

Canton-Galva scored 28 points in each of the first and second quarters.

Quarterback Landon Everett threw four touchdown passes, opening the game with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Rummel, then connecting with Kinser Colgin for a 9-yard touchdown midway through the opening period. Everett completed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Tyson Struber, then Brayden Collins rushed for a 68-yard touchdown with 20 seconds left in the first quarter, bringing the score to 28-0.

Everett threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Struber 39 seconds into the second quarter, and later, recovered a fumble for a touchdown. Collins found the end zone again on a 15-yard run, and Everett recorded a 4-yard touchdown run 51 seconds before halftime to conclude scoring for the game.

The Eagles rolled up 267 yards of offense while limiting Peabody-Burns to 30 yards.

Canton-Galva Cross County Morgan Becker breaks his own school record at a meet on Thursday. Photo Provided
Canton-Galva Cross County Morgan Becker breaks his own school record at a meet on Thursday. Photo Provided
Canton-Galva rushed for 146 yards, led by Collins with six carries for 97 yards and two touchdowns. Everett was 7-for-18 for 121 yards and four touchdowns. Kinser Colgin led the defense with five solo tackles.

Volleyball—The Eagles went 2-3 at their invitational Saturday and finished fourth.

Canton-Galva lost to Halstead (25-17, 25-9), then defeated Sunrise Christian (25-20, 23-25, 25-20). Following a win over Solomon (25-18, 22-25, 25-23), the Eagles lost their final two matches to Little River (25-9, 25-17) and Wichita Home School (25-12, 25-17).

“Our morning started out rough as one of our seniors went down with an ankle injury,” coach Cloe Hedlund said. “We had to continue to adjust to a new line up throughout the day and struggled to keep the ball on our side of the court. Our defensive game was pretty good throughout the day, but we couldn’t keep our offensive game going, which resulted in a couple of games going to three sets and late losses. It was a long day of change and adjustments. We are proud of the players for taking on the challenge and still getting out of pool play.” 

The Eagles swept two matches at Centre Tuesday, defeating Elyria Christian (25-22, 25-9) and defeating Centre (23-25, 25-21, 25-20).

“We started off a little slow against Elyria but kept the serve game consistent, and that helped us pull off the win,” coach Cloe Hedlund said. “Centre is a strong and big hustle play team; they make it hard for teams to not get frustrated. We struggled in the first set to play as a unit and keep the ball on our side of the net. Once we started making our serves and keeping them, we could take time to set up our offense. Our key focus tonight was consistency, and the players did that well the last two sets of the Centre game.” 

Marion freshmen Tristen Dye leads the Warrior boys at the Halstead Invitational on Thursday. Bill Bush / Free Press
Marion freshmen Tristen Dye leads the Warrior boys at the Halstead Invitational on Thursday. Bill Bush / Free Press


Football—The Cougars defeated Waverly Friday, 46-0.


Cross Country—Jerah Schmidt paved the way for the Bluebirds at the Berean Academy meet at Harvey County East Park Thursday, earning the seventh-place medal with a time of 17 minutes, 38.4 seconds, a personal-best by 46 seconds and the fastest time recorded by a Goessel student in the past nine years.

Jacob Schrag was 22nd (personal-best 18:32.4), Dawson Duerksen 30th (season-best 18:56.7), Timothy Schrag 47th (personal-best 19:29.7), Jamie Fabrellas 50th (personal-best 20:01.5) and Ben Olson 52nd (20:10.8).

As a team, the Bluebird boys placed fourth of eight behind Berean, Hesston and Augusta and ahead of Mulvane, Moundridge, Hillsboro and West Elk.

“The varsity team finished fourth out of eight teams, the highest finish by Goessel at this meet in recent history,” coach Brian Lightner said. “Our team average for the top five finishers was about 20 seconds faster than last year at this meet, and we’ll continue working at getting all varsity runners under 20:00 heading into our regional meet.”

Hillsboro junior Dani Klein attempting a return on the back line against the Marian Monarchs. Bill Bush / Free Press
Hillsboro junior Dani Klein attempting a return on the back line against the Marian Monarchs. Bill Bush / Free Press
Meanwhile, Elyse Boden represented the girls’ team, finishing ninth in a personal-best 21:34.1.

“Elyse was our lone girl competitor today, and she continues to improve each and every day,” Lightner said. “She did a wonderful job of racing at her speed the entire time and really turned it up the last mile.”

In the junior varsity boys’ race, David Sawyer was 10th (personal-best 20:48.5), Joey Lapp 12th (personal-best 20:56.4), Sam Herrel 21st (21:56.1), Dustyn Gagnon 28th (22:38.5) and Dominic Englestad 42nd (personal-best 24:55.3). As a team, the Bluebirds finished third.

“The return of Dominic allowed our JV to score as a team, and I was really pleased with how each one of them was able to run near or improve on their times from last week,” Lightner said. “I hope each one is able to build on the confidence they are gaining as we approach our league meet.”

Football—The Bluebirds shutout Herington Friday, 48-0.

Goessel relied on its ground game, rushing for 262 yards and six touchdowns.

Three Bluebirds found the end zone in the first quarter: Luke Wiens on a 21-yard run, Kale Funk on a 22-yard run and Jacob Hagewood on a 3-yard run, bringing Goessel’s advantage at the end of the first quarter to 20-0. Funk rushed for a 9-yard touchdown with 9:55 left in the first half, and Jacob Hagewood recovered a fumble for a touchdown less than 2 minutes later. Luke Wiens rushed for a 46-yard touchdown at the 4:06 mark to bring the halftime score to 42-0. Jake Wiens rushed for a 9-yard touchdown in the third quarter to end the game.

Goessel recorded 281 yards of offense, while limiting Herington to 76 yards.

Luke Wiens led the Bluebird rushing attack, carrying the ball three times for 98 yards and two touchdowns.

Through the air, Dylan Lindeman was 2-for-4 for 19 yards.

Luke Wiens led the defense with six solo tackles and one interception.

Volleyball—The Bluebirds went 2-2 at the Canton-Galva tournament Saturday, losing to both Little River (25-19, 25-15) and Wichita Home School (25-17, 25-16) before defeating both Ark City Christian (25-9, 25-16) and Solomon (25-17, 25-15).

Goessel split two league matches Tuesday, defeating Wakefield (25-15, 25-22) and losing to Rural Vista (25-11, 25-22).


Cross Country—Emersyn Funk led the Trojans at the Berean Academy meet at Harvey County East Park Thursday, finishing 10th in the girls’ race with a time of 21 minutes, 40.9 seconds.

Ainsley Duell was 24th (22:34.4), Moriah Jost 35th (24:26.4) and Millie Sechrist 44th (26:29.1).

Meanwhile, Caleb Diener paced the boys, finishing 12th in 17:56.0. Tristan Reed was 18th (18:27.6), Nathan Lopez 67th (24:20.3), Jason Latham 68th (24:30.0) and Josh Diener 69th (24:36.1).

As a team, the boys finished seventh of eight.

Tennis- The Hillsboro High School Varsity Tennis Women headed to Pratt for their League meet on Monday after weather caused it to be postponed on Friday.

Kyla Isaac and Callie Plenert placed third in the number one doubles spot while Kate Maxfield and Cheyenne Funk got eighth in number two doubles.

For singles, Kailee Funk placed seventh in number one and Callie Bernhardt placed fifth at number 2.

“We did some good things today at league,” said Head Coach Erin Hein. “We also have some things we need to work on as we approach regionals this Friday.”

Regionals will be held at home starting at 10 a.m. both Friday and Saturday.

Football—Hillsboro enjoyed a 34-0 shutout at Wabaunsee Friday.

After a scoreless first quarter, Matthew Potucek put the Trojans on the board with a 16-yard touchdown run in the second period. A 13-yard pass from Potucek to Hunter Hein extended Hillsboro’s lead to 12-0 by halftime.

Caleb Potucek scored Hillsboro’s next two touchdowns—an 11-yard run in the third quarter for a 19-0 margin, and a 9-yard run in the fourth quarter. Dillon Boldt hauled in a 16-yard pass from Matthew Potucek to conclude scoring for the game.

Hillsboro rolled up 435 yards of offense, including 306 rushing yards. Two Trojans surpassed the century mark, with Matthew Potucek recording 20 carries for 162 yards and one touchdown, and Caleb Potucek carrying the ball 16 times for 130 yards and two touchdowns.

Through the air, Matthew Potucek was 6-for-17 for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Hein hauled in five receptions for 113 yards and one touchdown.

The Trojans limited Wabaunsee to 82 yards of offense. Austin Rempel led the defense with four tackles, including one sack, and a forced fumble. Frank Wichert recorded two interceptions.

Volleyball—The Trojans split two matches Tuesday, losing to Thomas-More Prep-Marian (15-25, 28-26, 25-17) and defeating Sunrise Christian (25-9, 25-19).


Cross Country—Six Warriors recorded season-best times at the Halstead Invitational Thursday.

Heidi Grimmett finished seventh in the girls’ race with a season-best time of 20 minutes, 50.1 seconds.

“Heidi led the way again for us, and she ran against some fantastic competition,” coach Grant Thierolf said. “She is closing the gap on some of the best runners in the state, and it is fun to watch her get better.”

Bethany Grimmett was 68th (season-best 26:03.1) and Alfwenna Meyer 73rd (season-best 27:17.3).

Meanwhile, Tristen Dye led the Warrior boys with a 60th-place finish in a personal-best 19:45.1.

“Tristen ran 13 seconds better than he has ever run a 5-k, and that is continuing to be a great trend that he is pursuing—that of getting better every meet,” Thierolf said.

Colton Boudreaux was 70th (season-best 20:12.9), Christopher Berry 82nd (20:52.9), Nathan Shields 85th (21:33.9) and Hayden Mendoza 91st (season-best 21:50.7).

“I thought our older runners had a good day,” Thierolf said. “Bethany, Alfwenna and Colton all ran their best times of the year, and that is what we expect out of our leaders. As they continue to work to get better, it helps everyone on the team stay focused on improving as individuals and as a team.

“Christopher and Nathan both ran gutsy races, and Hayden knocked close to 2 minutes off of his best time. We have improved so much since our first practice.”

Football—Marion suffered a 49-0 defeat at Sedgwick Friday, recording 139 yards of offense and turning the ball over five times.

In the passing game, Will Alleven was 3-for-6 for 53 yards. Ian Ingels recorded a 43-yard reception.

Braedon Mercer led Marion’s rushing attack with 16 carries for 58 yards. Mercer also led the defense with four solo tackles.

Sedgwick, meanwhile, rolled up 357 yards of offense.

Volleyball—The Warriors went 1-3 at the Concordia tournament Saturday, losing their first three matches to Clay Center (25-22, 25-20), Beloit (25-10, 25-16), and Minneapolis (19-25, 25-10, 25-16) before defeating Southeast of Saline (25-20, 19-25, 25-23).

Marion won two matches on senior night Tuesday, defeating Berean Academy (25-23, 25-16) and defeating Wichita Classical (25-10, 25-13).


Football—The Warriors lost to Canton-Galva Friday, 56-0, in a game that concluded at halftime.

Peabody-Burns managed just 30 yards of offense.

Quarterback Phillip Young was 8-for-17 for 49 yards, with Noal Reynolds hauling in two receptions for 30 yards.

The Warriors recorded -19 yards rushing. Reynolds led the Warrior ground game with four carries for 21 yards. Reynolds also led the defense with three solo tackles.