Marion County Sports Roundup (9-11-19)

The Trojans lost to the Hesston Swathers 43-14 on Friday at home. Matthew Potucek had a lot of field play including a 56 yard run. The Trojans host Lyons for their homecoming game on Friday, Sept 13. Karrie Rathbone/Free Press
The Trojans lost to the Hesston Swathers 43-14 on Friday at home. Matthew Potucek had a lot of field play including a 56 yard run. The Trojans host Lyons for their homecoming game on Friday, Sept 13. Karrie Rathbone/Free Press
Tennis

Tuesday

Hillsboro came in third place out of six teams in the Hillsboro Invitational.

Volleyball

Tuesday

Centre lost to Inman at Canton-Galva, 2-1 (25-16, 17-25, 25-15).

Canton-Galva lost to Inman, 2-0 (25-15, 25-13).

Goessel lost to Ell-Saline, 2-1 (25-21, 22-25, 25-20).

Thursday

Marion defeated Central Christian, 27-25, 25-20, 25-23.

Football – Friday, Sept. 6

Marion lost to Hutchinson Trinity, 14-8.

Goessel lost to Moundridge, 18-12.

Hillsboro lost to Hesston, 43-14.

Cross Country, Thursday, Sept. 5

The Marion cross-country team opened its season at Abilene Thursday with a 2-mile race. Heidi Grimmett paved the way with a third-place finish in the girls’ race with a time of 14 minutes, 48.7 seconds.

Alfwenna Meyer was 29th (20:05.0) and Bethany Grimmett 33rd (25:16.0).

Meanwhile, Tristen Dye led the Warrior boys, earning his first high school medal by placing 18th in 12:56.0. Colton Boudreaux was 21st (13:03.2), Christopher Berry 31st (13:43.3), Nathan Shields 33rd (13:55.5) and Hayden Mendoza 46th (14:58.5).

Cade Alleven tackles Celtic ball-carrier Lucas Hammeke after a third-quarter interception Friday. Hutchinson Trinity defeated Marion, 14-8, in the Warriors’ season-opener. Janae Rempel / Free Press
Cade Alleven tackles Celtic ball-carrier Lucas Hammeke after a third-quarter interception Friday. Hutchinson Trinity defeated Marion, 14-8, in the Warriors’ season-opener. Janae Rempel / Free Press
“This was a good first meet for us and we ran decently,” coach Grant Thierolf said.

Coming—Marion will compete at Hesston Thursday.

Goessel Cross Country

Goessel cross country began their competitive season at the Abilene Invitational. Seven schools were represented ranging from 1A through 4A sizes.

The girls race took out quick with a couple high profile runners that have done well at previous state meets competing today. The girls have really committed to each other as they only have four on the team (need five for a team score) and that definitely showed as they all persevered through the strenuous conditions to finish the race.

Elyse Boden was able to pace herself to a top ten finish which is really good with the competition that was there.

Sixty-nine runners took to the line for the boys race, twenty-nine of those were either from Goessel or Southeast of Saline. SES returns almost every runner back from a 3A state championship team last season and Jerah Schmidt was able to keep them from sweeping the top five spots by placing fourth.

The first XC race is very mentally challenging due to the warm conditions in the middle of the afternoon and I am very proud of each kid for completing the course without stopping.

The boys placed third as a team behind Abilene and SES, both larger schools.

The Goessel Cross Country team placed well at their first meet of the season.
The Goessel Cross Country team placed well at their first meet of the season.
Two of many memorable moments for Coach Lightner wer watching Dominic Englestad run for the first time after being injured last year and seeing how much Sam Herrel had improved his 2-mile time from track last spring (16:28-14:53)

Up next: Hesston XC on Sept 12. Meet at Hesston Golf Course, races start at 3:30.