Sports

Thu
21
Mar

FROM OILER TO TIGER

Myles Menges, Central Plains High School senior, has signed a letter of intent to play football at Fort Hays State University.

During his last two seasons, Menges has completed 136 of 207 passes for 2334 yds, 44 TD’s and only 8 Interceptions, 100 carries for 645 yds, 14 TD’s and 27, 2-pt conversions. This season Myles had 70 total tackles — 42 solo tackles and 1 tackle for loss; 7 interceptions for 130 yards and 1 TD; and 5 broken up passes. Team accomplishments include a state championship in 2018, sectional runnerup in 2017 and regional runner-up in 2016.

 

 

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Thu
21
Mar

DRAGON STARS

Shirley Cox Schroeder/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Wilson Dragon basketball players named to the 2018-19 Northern Plains All-League teams are, from left: Ethan Dlabal, 2nd team; Macy Hanzlick, 3rd team; Kaleigh Hanzlick, 1st team and All-Star team; and Brady Mermis, 3rd team and All-Star team.

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Thu
21
Mar

Best in their Leagues

Shirley Cox Schroeder/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Ellsworth Bearcat North Central Activities Association All-League players for 2018-19 are: from left Bransen Schulte, honorable mention; Jaide Talbott, honorable mention; Avery Haxton, honorable mention and Laykin Tenbrink, 1st Team.

More than a dozen student basketball players have been named to All-League teams for the 2018-19 school year. Central Plains, which captured double state championships earlier this month, fielded the most players. The Oilers play in the Central Prairie League.

Boys

First team — Brett Liebl, senior guard; Alex Hickel, senior guard; and Devin Ryan, senior guard. Second team — Myles Menges, senior forward.

Girls

First team — Emily Ryan, junior guard. Second team — Avery Hurley, senior guard; Rachel Lamatsch, junior guard; and Delaney Rugan, junior guard.

 

 

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Wed
13
Mar

Oiler seniors end career with second perfect season

MIKE COURSON/For the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

The Central Plains boys celebrated a second-straight state title and perfect season with a 40-28 win over St. John in Saturday’s Class 1A state championship game at Dodge City’s United Wireless Arena. This year’s team is, back row from left: Jacob Oberle, Coach Brett Rolfs, Alex Hickel, Brett Liebl, Myles Menges, Devin Ryan, Brett Thompson, Katie Gunder, and Asst. Coach Aaron Gonzalez. Front row: Bralen Thompson, Tyler Holmes, Ethan Hurley, Jerred Bieberle, Lawson Oeser, JJ Heredia, and Dylan Kitchen.

MIKE COURSON/For the Ellsworth County I-R

Central Plains senior Alex Hickel accepts his state medal and a hug from head coach Brett Rolfs.

MIKE COURSON/For the Ellsworth County I-R

The location of Saturday’s championship games may have changed but a rabid fan base, clad in green, showed up to support both Central Plains basketball teams.

DODGE CITY — The Central Plains-St. John rivalry is well-established in Central Kansas. The Central Prairie League powers have fought for the top spot in the league over the last seven seasons, often knocking one another out of substate and meeting in the Class 2A state championship game in 2015.

Saturday night in Dodge City the teams again met for a state title, this time in Class 1A. In 2015 the Tigers won 49-45 as part of their state-record 63 consecutive wins. Saturday night the Oilers prevailed 40-28 to extend their own win streak to 53 games.

 

 

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Wed
13
Mar

Oilers celebrate two state titles

MIKE COURSON/For the Ellsworth County I-R

The Central Plains girls defeated Hanover 52-34 in the Class 1A state championship game Saturday at Dodge City’s United Wireless Arena. The Lady Oilers have now won six-straight state championships and 111 consecutive games. The team is, back row from left: Coach Pat Stiles, Zoe Potter, Emily Ryan, Jennah Jeffrey, Lexi Oeser, Addison Crites, Kassidy Nixon, and Asst. Coach Jim Ryan. Front row: Delaney Rugan, Avery Hurley, Rylee Cunningham, and Rachel Lamatsch.

DODGE CITY— With the sound of the final horn Saturday at Dodge City’s United Wireless Arena, Central Plains senior Avery Hurley joined just a handful of other Kansas players in history to complete a perfect basketball career.

The Lady Oilers furthered their championship record to six with a 52-34 win over two-time reigning Class 1A champion Hanover.

 

 

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Wed
06
Mar

Ellsworth finishes season at Sterling

SHIRLEY COX SCHROEDER/Ellsworth County I-R

Ellsworth’s Avery Haxton goes low to avoid a guard in sub-state action against Sacred Heart.

STERLING — For the second time in a week and the third time this season, the Ellsworth Bearcats boys’ team faced off against the Sacred Heart Knights.

But in the end, Sacred Heart came out on top, defeating Ellsworth 54-36 during the Class 2A substate semifinals Feb. 28 at Sterling High School.

 

 

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Wed
06
Mar

Oiler boys also headed to state as top seed

WaKEENEY — The top-ranked and undefeated Central Plains Oilers clinched the WaKeeney 1A Sub-State Championship Saturday with a 54-31 defeat of Sharon Springs-Wallace County in WaKeeney.

Game time was moved from the scheduled 7 p.m. tip-off to 5:30 p.m. start to accommodate the semi-weekly blizzard that has become prevalent on the tundra of New Antarctica (Kansas).

 

 

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Wed
06
Mar

Six in a Row?

MARK McCOY/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

The Central Plains Oilers are headed to the 1A State Championship March 6-9, at Dodge City’s United Wireless Arena.

SHIRLEY COX SCHROEDER/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Lady Oiler Avery Hurley closely guards her Buffalo opponent at Friday’s substate championship game at Great Bend.

GREAT BEND — The Central Plains Lady Oilers didn’t just simply win Saturday’s Class 1A sub-state championship.

For them, the 69-13 victory over Atwood-Rawlins County was so much sweeter than that.

 

 

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Wed
27
Feb

Lady ‘Cats almost close gap against Sacred Heart

The Ellsworth Lady ‘Cats gave a heart-stopping performance against Sacred Heart during the final minutes of the last regular season matchup Feb. 21 at Ellsworth.

Going into the fourth quarter, the Knights had an 11-point lead. But it all came down to Ellsworth needing only three points to tie the game.

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Wed
27
Feb

Ellsworth wrestlers come up short at State

MARK McCOY/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Ellsworth’s Tyson Hall pins Zacharias Lough of Douglass.

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Ellsworth’s Tyler Walford represents the Bearcats at Hays.

HAYS — Three Ellsworth grapplers competed with the elite wrestlers of the 3A-2A-1A classifications Friday and Saturday in Hays, despite blizzard and whiteout conditions that closed I-70 from Salina to Colorado.

Senior Tyson Hall, wrestling at 126 pounds, pinned Zacharias Lough of Douglass in the all-important first round. However Alec Segarra of Hill City, the eventual third-place wrestler, pinned Hall late in the first round to put him in the consolation bracket. Riley County’s Grayden Jackson won by fall in the third period to eliminate the tough Bearcat from the tournament and end his grappling career.

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