Sports Round-up 3-8-23


Brekyn Ratzlaff became the All-Time Leading Scorer at Hillsboro High School with 1436 points! “Brekyn is an excellent point guard and a truly great passer and playmaker who I am thankful to have had the opportunity to coach! Congratulations, Brekyn, on an outstanding career that included State Championships in 2021 & 2022 and a Co-Championship in 2020,” said Coach Darrel Knoll.


Boys Basketball- After winning their first game of the sub-state tournament against Solomon, the Goessel Boys Basketball team struggled and lost in the second round to Elyria Christian, 57-28, ending their season. Elyria Christian went on to win the sub-state tournament and will play in the state tournament next week.


Boys basketball – All good things must come to an end, and a years-long domination by the Hillsboro Boys Basketball team came to a close with a loss to Sacred Heart High School, 54-31, in the sub-state tournament in Hillsboro last week.

Brekyn Ratzlaff broke the Hillsboro Boys Basketball Career Scoring Record when he sank a free throw mid-way through the third quarter. Craig Duerksen, 1992, held the record with 1425 points prior to Ratzlaff breaking it. Ratzlaff finished the game with 15 points and 1436 for this career.

“I am so happy for Brekyn,” Hillsboro Head Coach Darrel Knoll said. “Brekyn has spent quality time both during season and in the off-season practicing to become an excellent basketball player. He earned this honor with hard work, great shot selection, and by playing within the offense. It is an impressive accomplishment.”

Outside of the record breaking, the game was tough for Hillsboro fans who watched their team go down 22-10 in the first half.

“We played hard, but we really struggled to make shots, and it is really hard to win when you fail to convert on the offensive end. We shot 19.5% (8-41) from the field and 66.7 percent from the line (10-15). Most of the shots were open looks, but the more we missed, the harder it was for us to get anything going,” Knoll said. “We played overall good defensively through the first 3 quarters and were only down by 13, which is not an insurmountable deficit, but Sacred Heart scored the opening basket and then a pair of free throws to go up 17. We did press to try to make a comeback, but Sacred Heart did a nice job breaking the press and we failed to respond with points of our own.”

Knoll went on to say that he was glad to be given the opportunity to coach the seniors over their careers.

“I am glad to have had the opportunity to the seniors over their careers. Each made great contributions this year. Nick’s (Smith) 19-point game versus Moundridge was definitely a highlight. Tyson (Plenert) had multiple games in double figures led the team in rebounds and was part of two state championship teams. Brekyn led the team in scoring, assists, deflections, and steals, and started on a Co-Championship 2020. Thank you to the seniors for your contributions to Hillsboro Basketball and wishing each of them the best in their future plans.”

Below are career scorers for Hillsboro Boys Basketball:

Trojan Career 1000+ Point Scorers:

Brekyn Ratzlaff ’23 1436 (15.0)

Craig Duerksen ’92 1425 (15.7)

Eric Jones ’91 1321 (16.1)

Micah Ratzlaff ’98 1124 (14.4)

Matt Potucek ’22 1100 (12.0)

Eric Driggers ’95 1093 (13.3)

Darian Ratzlaff ’19 1077 (12.0)

Trojan Top 5 Career Scoring Average Leaders:

Eric Jones ’91 16.1 

Craig Duerksen ’92 15.7

Brent Kyle ’95 15.1

Brekyn Ratzlaff ’23 15.0

Shawn Winter ’89 14.6

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