Sports

Thu
08
Nov

Three from Ellsworth make first team

Three Ellsworth High School Lady Bearcat volleyball players were named to the North Central Activities Association first team — from left, junior Lakyn Tebrink, sophomore Shaylee Leiker and senior Sierra Kraatz. “This is quite an honor,” said head coach Amy Johnson. They joined five players from Beloit, three from Minneapolis and one from Republic County on the first team.”

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Thu
08
Nov

Oilers continue march to state

By Jennifer McDaniel
For the Ellsworth I-R

The undefeated Central Plains Oilers are one step closer to the state championship after beating the Ness City Eagles 50-0 Friday night.

When the Oilers faced off against the Eagles in the first game of the season, Ness City managed to score two touchdowns. While it wasn’t enough to win the game (Central Plains won 30-14), the Eagles were only one of two teams to score any points this season against the Oilers. Victoria, which played Central Plains the following week, was the other.

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Wed
31
Oct

Ellsworth ends football season with loss

BY TAYLOR HOLECEK
For the Ellsworth County I-R

The Ellsworth Bearcats played their final game of the season against the Cimarron Bluejays Friday.

The final score was 52-14, with each of the Cats’ scoring plays coming in the final quarter. Those touchdowns were each on passes to Bransen Schulte. On the first, the Ellsworth offense run in a two-point conversion with just under five minutes left, and, on the second, PAT play was no good.

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Wed
31
Oct

Top-ranked Oilers roll on

By MARK McCOY
Ellsworth County I-R

CLAFLIN — Top-ranked Central Plains crushed the South Gray County Rebels 50-0 in the first round (or cross-bracket) of the 8-man Division I football title Friday, in Claflin.

The Oilers, as District 5 Champions, won home field advantage against the Montezuma Rebels, who placed fourth in the District 6 race.

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Wed
31
Oct

Bearcat runners take 5th place at State

By JENNIFER McDANIEL
For the Ellsworth County I-R

Most cross country runners learn the challenges they’ll face on each course, and tuck that knowledge away to use year after year.

On some courses, it’s the hills. But on others, it’s the narrow straightaways that won’t afford runners the chance to pass their opponents. But for most runners, there’s always one course that seems to elude them. It’s the one that only the best of the best high school cross country runners in Kansas run each year.

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Wed
24
Oct

Wilson drops game to Sylvan-Lucas

BY MARK McCOY
Ellsworth County I-R

WILSON — The Mustangs of Sylvan-Lucas Unified romped to a 46-0 win in an 8-man Division II District 5 football game Friday in Wilson. The win gave the Mustangs a 5-3 overall record; a third-place finish in the district with a total of 17 district points and a berth in next week’s cross-bracket playoffs. The Dragons finished last in District 5 with -105 points and were eliminated from the Kansas State High School Association football playoffs.

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Wed
24
Oct

Bearcats shut out TMP in last regular season game

By Taylor Holechek
For the I-R

The Ellsworth Bearcats blew out the Thomas Moore Prep-Marian Monarchs with a score of 48-0 for their second win of the season Friday at Shanelec Field. To begin the game, the Cats kicked towards the north and instantly made a tackle on the receiving Monarch.

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Wed
24
Oct

Ellsworth runners capture league

By JENNIFER McDANIEL
For the Ellsworth County I-R

The last time Ellsworth had a cross country team compete at the state meet was in 2008. That changed Saturday when the boys’ captured first place at the 2A regional cross country in Belleville. The win also made the team the first to be named regional champions since the Lady ‘Cats won the Ellsworth regional in 2005. Sophomore Noah Erichsen led the boys’ team with a 10 th -place finish, running 18:10. Erichsen led the pack for most of the first mile. Although he dropped back, Erichsen remained within top-10 contention, qualifying him for a run at the state meet in Wamego.

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Wed
17
Oct

Oilers remain on top after another Friday night shutout

By MIKE COURSON
For the I-R

The small things add up for a football team that has won its last 15 and 24 of its last 25 regular-season games, usually by wide margins. For the top-ranked Oilers Friday night, that small thing might have been a stop on fourth-and one. Central Plains halted Moundridge and on that drive and many times over as part of another mercy-rule win at 52-0.

“They’re not a bad team,” said Oiler coach Chris Steiner. “They fly around and they’ve got some good kids. (Moundridge running backs Daniel Kaufman and Cody Hazelton) both ran around really hard.

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Wed
17
Oct

Ryan takes second at State tennis

By MIKE COURSON
For the I-R

Progress was made but it was not enough. Last fall, a pair of sophomores emerged as the new State powers in Class 3-2-1A. Kansas City Christian’s Lilly McNeill dominated Central Plains’ Emily Ryan for her first State title.

The rivalry renewed itself Saturday in Pratt in the finale of the Class 3-2-1A State Tennis Championships. After a 6-2, 6-0 loss to McNeill last year, Ryan opened this year’s title match with a quick 4-0 lead. “I came in strong and she had some jitters,” Ryan said. “She wasn’t hitting some of the shots she was hitting later in the match. She was amazing at the end.”

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