Sports

Wed
22
Mar

Central Plains places eight on CPL honors teams

Freshman Emily Ryan, far left, and her sister, senior Janae Ryan (33), were both unanimous selections to the 2017 Central Prairie League’s first All-league team.

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Wed
22
Mar

Bearcats place five on NCAA honors teams

Ellsworth senior Kaden Davis was named to the 2017 North Central Activities Association’s All-league first basketball team.

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Wed
15
Mar

Central Plains tames Lady Dragons

By Mark McCoy

MANHATTAN — The Lady Oilers defeated a good Valley Falls team, 53-41, Friday in the semi-final 2A State championship game in Manhattan.

The patience and ball-handling skills of the Lady Oilers came into play early in the first quarter as the Lady Oilers struggled to open up the paint. Central Plains has a lot of girls that can hit the trey and utilizes those 3-ball shooting skills to get to the bucket.

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Wed
15
Mar

Lady Oilers four-peat

By Mark McCoy

MANHATTAN — The topranked, undefeated and threetime defending 2A champion Lady Oilers won the 2A girls’ basketball crown for a fourth consecutive season. The Lady O’s beat Wabaunsee County, 60-48, Saturday in the championship game of the 2A State basketball tournament at Bramlage Coliseum on the campus of Kansas State University in Manhattan.

It is hard for any team to repeat a State title, much less grab four consecutive State championship trophies. At the end of last season, head coach Pat Stiles told the I-R that it takes a lot of hard work, luck and getting through the season without injuries to achieve a State title.

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Sat
11
Mar

Congratulations to the Lady Oilers for claiming a 4th straight 2A State BB championship!

Senior Lady Oilers Keeley Hipp, Cassidy Crites, Kylee Kasselman, Janae Ryan, and Chelsea Bieberle pose with their fourth 2A State title trophy Saturday in Manhattan. I/R photo by Mark McCoy

MANHATTAN — The top-ranked,undefeated and three-time defending 2A champion Lady Oilers of Central Plains defeated the Lady Chargers of Wabaunsee, 60-48, Saturday to claim a fourth consecutive 2A State basketball championship trophy in Manhattan.

Lady Oiler Kylee Kasselman, who injured her ankle in the middle of the fourth quarter in the victory over Valley Falls, iced her ankle throughout the night and returned to the hardwood for the gamer.

Read about the Lady Oilers at the tournament in the March 16 edition of the I-R.

Sat
11
Mar

Friday's 2A-State tournament results

Lady Oiler Emily Ryan’s shot is blocked by a Lady Dragon Friday in Manhattan. I/R photo by Mark McCoy

MANHATTAN — The top-ranked,undefeated and three-time defending 2A champion Lady Oilers of Central Plains defeated the Lady Dragons of Valley Falls, 53-41, Friday getting one game closer to claiming a fourth consecutive 2A State basketball championship trophy in Manhattan.

It was a costly victory however, as Lady Oiler Kylee Kasselman, the team’s fierce rebounder and a top scorer, rolled her ankle in the middle of the fourth quarter and did not return to the hardwood.

The Lady O’s will compete against Wabaunsee for the title at 4 p.m. Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum on the campus of Kansas State University in Manhattan.

On the boys’ side, the St. John-Hudson Tigers defeated Bishop Seabury Academy 52-51 in six overtimes — although the Warriors won possession of the ball at the tip-off and literally held the ball for three minutes and 45 seconds of several of the four-minute periods.

Thu
09
Mar

Thursday's 2A-State tournament results

Lady Oiler Kirsten Gunder makes an assist in the win over the Lady Bulldogs Thursday in Manhattan. I/R photo by Mark McCoy

MANHATTAN — The top-ranked,undefeated and three-time defending 2A champion Lady Oilers of Central Plains terminated a good Chase County team, 60-30, Thursday on their quest to claim a fourth consecutive 2A State basketball championship trophy in Manhattan.

The Lady O’s dominated first quarter, scoring 15 points and holding the Lady Bulldogs to a mere four. Chase County never recovered from the full court press utilized by Central Plains early in the period.

The Lady O’s will compete against the victor of the Lady Dragons of Valley Falls versus Elbin Berean Academy at 3 p.m. Friday at Bramlage Coliseum on the campus of Kansas State University in Manhattan.

The halftime score of the Lady Dragon/Lady Warrior game was 17-12 at post time in favor of Valley Falls.

Keep up with the Lady O’s tournament results on this website and read about the games in the March 16 edition of the I-R.

Wed
08
Mar

Norton defeats ‘Cats

By Mark McCoy

RUSSELL — Third-ranked 3A Norton defeated Ellsworth, 67-30, in the second round of the Russell 3A sub-State basketball tournament Friday in Russell.

The Bluejays scored 14 unanswered points in the first quarter and added 22 point while holding the Bearcats to eight to have a 36-8 halftime lead.

Norton scored 14 points and the Bearcats scored 11 in the third stanza to set the score at 50-19 in favor of the Bluejays.

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Wed
08
Mar

Lady 0’s make fourth trip to State

By Mark McCoy

GREENSBURG — The top-ranked, undefeated and three-time defending 2A champion Lady Oilers of Central Plains will defend their 2A crown for a fourth consecutive season. The Lady O’s defeated the Lady Coyotes of Kinsley, 68-34, Saturday in the championship game of the Kiowa County 2A sub-State basketball tournament in Greensburg.

The Lady Oilers pulled to a 19-6 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. The Lady O’s rolled 23 points through the net and held Kinsley to 13 in the second period to have a 42-19 halftime lead.

Conditioning came into play in the third stanza as the machine-like, rapid pace of the Central Plains girls appeared to wear upon the Lady Coyotes. The Lady O’s scored 17 points and the Lady Coyotes made three in the third quarter for a 59-22 score at the end of the period.

Sun
05
Mar

Saturday’s sub-State tournament wrap-up

Central Plains Cassidy Crites, left, grabs an offensive rebound March 4 in Greensburg. /I-R photo by Mark McCoy

LADY OILERS WIN FOURTH STRAIGHT SUB-STATE TITLE

GREENSBURG  — The top-ranked, undefeated and three-time defending 2A champion Lady Oilers of Central Plains will return to Manhattan to defend their title following a 68-34 victory over a good Kinsley basketball team Saturday in Greensburg.

The Lady O’s (23-0) will begin their quest for a fourth-straight conquest of the hardwood against Chase County (15-8) at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 9 on the Lady Oiler’s home-away-from-home court, Bramlage Coliseum on the campus of Kansas State University in Manhattan.

The top-ranked St. John-Hudson Tigers worked to defeat the 10th-ranked O-men, 51-45, Saturday in the championship 2A sub-State game in Greensburg. It was four exciting quarters of a 2-point ballgame.  

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