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Wed
12
Dec

Wilson takes on Tescott Invitational

The Wilson Dragons receive some timeout advice during the first game of the season. The Dragons played this past week in the Tescott Invitational. Named to the alltournament teams were Lady Dragons Kaleigh Hanzlick and Macy Hanzlick and Dragon Brady Mermis. Mermis also placed second in the free throw competition with 24 or 30 shots. Mermis and Ethan Dlabal tied for the honor with Mermis winning the tiebreaker with the most consecutive made free throw. He hit 12 in a row, while Dlabal hit seven. Tournament champions were Southern Cloud on the girls’ side and Sylvan-Lucas for the boys. The Southern Cloud girls are coached by Ellsworth High School graduate Tyler Williams.

File photo courtesy of Ben Nondorf

The Wilson High School Lady Dragons lost 36-32 to the Tescott Trojans during the opening round of the Tescott Tip-Off on Monday, Dec. 3.

The Lady Dragons were led by Kaleigh Hanzlick with 15 points, including six rebounds, six assists, eight steals, three turnovers and five blocks.

She was followed by Macy Hanzlick with nine points, six rebounds, one assist, eight steals, five turnovers and one block; Kaitlyn Hoeffner with eight points, seven rebounds, one steal, three turnovers and one block; and Kami Thrasher with three rebounds, two steals, six turnovers and one block.

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Wed
12
Dec

Ellsworth fields disappointment at Russell

At left, The Bearcats defense stiffens as a Russell Bronco drives towards the goal. I-R Photos by Alan Rusch and Mark McCoy

Below, Lady ‘Cat Lakyn Tenbrink (15) battles for the ball Dec. 6 in the Amos Morris Basketball Tournament at Russell.

The third-seeded Ellsworth Lady Bearcats opened the 2018 Amos Morris Classic tournament in Russell this past week against the fourth-ranked Smith Center Lady Reds.

But the meeting didn’t end as Ellsworth hoped as the Bearcats were defeated 51-28 in the first round. The Lady ‘Cats were unable to put points on the board, sinking just 11 of 35 total field goals attempted.

At the line, Ellsworth made four of six free throws. The Lady Bearcats were led by Lakyn Tenbrink, with 13 points, including three free throws.

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Wed
12
Dec

Oilers take Russell tournament — again

The Central Plains Oilers swept the Amos Morris Classic tournament, downing Phillipsburg 46-27 to win Saturday’s boys championship game.

But the tournament game not only decided who would be crowned champion, but also served as a rematch between the Panthers and the Oilers.

One year ago, Central Plains outscored Phillipsburg, 59-27, in the tournament, giving the Panthers their only loss during the regular season.

During Saturday’s game, Central Plains’ Brett Liebl led the Oilers, scoring 17 points. Teammate Alex Hickel added 11 points.

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Wed
12
Dec

Oilers take Russell tournament — again

Central Plains’ Emily Ryan scored 29 points, with seven steals and six assists, to lift the Oilers past the Phillipsburg Panthers to win the Amos Morris Basketball Classic championship Saturday in Russell.

It was the second time the two teams squared off during the 2018 tournament. And in both games, Central Plains not only won, but did so by nearly 50 points in the first game and by a margin of more than 50 points in the final matchup. Avery Hurley scored 12 points, and Rachel Lamatsch added nine points. The Oilers led 28-4 after the first quarter, maintaining a lead of 46-10 at halftime. In the end, the Oilers defeated Phillipsburg, 66-19 for the win.

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Wed
05
Dec

Hanzlick shines for Lady Dragons

BEN NONDORF/For the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Lady Dragon Kaleigh Hoeffner pushes the defense with a drive to the basket during Friday’s game with Otis-Bison.

BEN NONDORF/For the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Tristan Soukup moves the defense during Friday’s game against Otis-Bison. It was the first outing of the season for the Dragons.

The Wilson High School Lady Dragons opened their season at home Friday in a non-conference game against the Otis-Bison Lady Cougars.

Small, but mighty, the five-member team played tough on defense, making its presence known on the court, but couldn’t put points on the board.

In the end, the Cougars won the game 46-26.

Lady Dragon Kaleigh Hanzlick led her team with 14 points, including 10 points from the field and chipping in four points from free throws.

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Wed
05
Dec

Oilers knock off Hoisington with double win

MIKE COURSON/for the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Central Plains senior Devin Ryan guards a drive from Hoisington’s Mason Haxton. The Oilers held the Cardinals to just eight field goals on the night.

No first game jitters, no rust. The Oiler Way was alive and well in Central Plains’ seasonopener against Hoisington Friday night. The Lady Oilers jumped out to a 33-4 lead after one quarter and never looked back in an 81-19 win.

“We don’t underestimate the competition but it’s a pretty great feeling the first night,” said senior Avery Hurley.

All eyes were on junior Emily Ryan, the leading scorer in Kansas last year. But it was almost everyone but Ryan finding the net early on. Central Plains took a minute to get on the board with a bucket from junior Addison Crites. Hurley added a basket 30 seconds later, then Ryan took a steal the distance for her first points of the season and a quick 6-0 lead at the 6:15 mark.

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Wed
28
Nov

Ellsworth High School Bearcat Basketball Team — 2018-19

MARK MCCOY/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Members of the Ellsworth High School basketball team are: Back row, from left — Bransen Schulte, Grant Gwinner, Josiah Bolton, Hayden Rogers, Braden Schulte, Avery Haxton, John Kyler, Sam Farthing and Yousoph Mostafa; and front row, from left — Luke Sharp, Jace Turnipseed, Dalton Zelenka, Tucker Huseman, Austin Stroede, Gavin Webber, Parker McGowen. Not pictured — Jaxson Stefek, Dorian Stroede and Patricio Hernandez.

Ellsworth returns three players taller than 6 feet who during the 2017-18 season combined for an average of 19 points per game and 11 rebounds.

The Bearcats finished the season with an overall record of 16-7 and a league record of 8-4. Their final game came in the 3A substate finals.

Returning starters from that team are: seniors 6’1” Bransen Schulte (4 pts., 3 rebounds) and 6’2” Grant Gwinner (10 pts., 5 rebounds).

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Wed
28
Nov

EHS Wrestlers - 2018-19

MARK MCCOY/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Members of the Ellsworth High School wrestling team. The Bearcats first challenge comes Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Salina South Invitational. The wrestlers are Back row, from left — Brendan Tripp, James Urbanek, Tyler Walford, Gavin Tully, Ethan Pflughoeft, Clayton Vague, Bradley Vopat. Front row, from left — Teagon Nienke, Kash Travnichek, Dayton Davis, Tyson Hall, Jonathan De La Cruz, Eryk Andalon, Morgan Kelley.

Ellsworth coach Steve Thorburn and his wrestlers are looking forward to a more successful season after struggling at times in 2017. “Our kids attended and learned a ton at summer camp in Missouri this past June,” he said. “We are led by senior Tyson Hall, who we are expecting big things from this year.

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Wed
28
Nov

Ellsworth Lady Bearcat Basketball Team — 2018-19

MARK MCCOY/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Members of the Ellsworth High School Lady ‘Cats gather in the gymnasium for a team photo. They are: Back row, from left — Shelby Ellegood, Maggie Hays, Lizzy Hipp, Makenzie Stroede, Caidence Bailey, Nicole Haase, Lakyn Tenbrink, Mariah Burt, Jaide Talbott, Hannah Wilson, Sara Klein, Mileena Shipshee, Lilly DeCouteau. Front row, from left — Connie Burt, Joni Schroeder, Halle Bohl, Brenna Pruitt, Kate Wacker, Shaylee Leiker, Savannah Hellebust, Maggie Windholz, Sydney Wilson, Stormy Thompson, Nakita Barta, Merle Friedrich, Kristen Meier, Stephanie Soukup.

Wed
28
Nov

OILERS CLAIM STATE TITLE

MARK MCCOY/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

The undefeated Central Plains Oilers celebrate their state victory Saturday at Newton against the Gorillas of Solomon High School.

MARK MCCOY/Ellsworth County I-R

Oiler Grant Heldstab streaks towards the goal line.

NEWTON — The undefeated Central Plains Oilers won the 2018 8-man Division I Football title Saturday, with a bruising 52-6 victory over Solomon in just three quarters of football at the championship game in Newton.

With a perfect 12-0 record coming into the game, Central Plains earned home field advantage against the Gorillas (11-1) and the forest green of the Oiler Nation almost filled the north grandstand of Fischer Field. To the south, the scarlet of Solomon overflowed the visitor stands and lined the oval fence surrounding the gridiron.

Two things made the Oiler Nation a bit uneasy prior to kickoff.

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