Sports

Wed
26
Dec

Holiday Scores

The Lady Oilers are favorites in most ball games they enter. Central Plains made the short trip to Ellinwood Dec. 18 for the 2018 finale. Facing a diminished Lady Eagle squad, the Lady Oilers scored the first 19 points of the game and never looked back in an 86-15 win.

Emily Ryan was again a big factor early on with 15 points in the first quarter. Her basket just over three minutes in made the score 15-0, then she scored on a pass from Avery Hurley 40 seconds later. A Delaney Rugan basket made for the 19-0 score before Ellinwood got on the board at the 3:02 mark.

“(Coach) told us when they run the flex to just jump to the ball,” Rugan said. “We really came through on that and held them to just a few points in the first quarter and half.”

Wed
19
Dec

Lady ‘Oilers start slow, finish strong

MIKE COURSON/For the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Lady Oiler seniors Rylee Cunningham and Avery Hurley battle for a loose ball during Tuesday’s 54-28 win over St. John.

The gap atop the Central Prairie League is a large one. St. John could contend for the No. 2 spot in the league later this season.

A week ago at Claflin, the Lady Tigers slowed Central Plains to just 22 points at the half. The top-ranked Lady Oilers still came up a basket shy of a running clock in a 54-28 win.

“I have some awesome kids,” said Lady Oiler coach Pat Stiles.“They just always come through. They’re really good basketball players and they love playing for each other.”

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Wed
19
Dec

Dragons notch wins

Above, Brady Mermis and Kory Kriley listen to Wilson coach Jake Stoppel in a time out at a game earlier this season.

At left, Macy Hanzlick goes in for a layup.

File photos by Ben Nondorf

Despite a rough start to the season, the Wilson Lady Dragons picked up a win this past week on the road against Palco High School, defeating the Roosters 40-31 on Dec. 11.

Lady Dragon Macy Hanzlick led her team with 18 points, five rebounds, seven steals and three turnovers. She was followed by teammate Kaleigh Hanzlick, who scored 13 points, and had five rebounds and six steals. Kaleigh also had nine turnovers and two blocks.

Other scorers were Kami Thrasher with four points, Bryna Hill with three points and Kaylee Boxberger with two points. Boxberger also had eight rebounds. Lady Dragon Kaitlyn Hoeffner had three rebounds, a steal, five turnovers and a block.

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Wed
19
Dec

Ellsworth’s Walford takes his bracket at Russell wrestling meet

MARK McCOY/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Ellsworth’s Tyler Walford is on his way to a pin Friday in Russell.

Bearcat heavyweight grappler Tyler Walford won his bracket Friday at the Lincoln/Russell Round Robin wrestling tournament in Russell.

Five teams competed in the contest with 6A Hays taking the team title with 219 points. The ‘Cats placed fourth with a total of 70.5 points.

The Bearcat Wrestling Clan was well represented, including many former Bearcat grapplers and their families.

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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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