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Wed
20
Feb

Central Plains finishes perfect regular seasons

Central Plains, like other Kansas Class 1A schools, ended its regular season Friday night as the Oilers prepare for this week’s regional tournament play.

At the end of the night, both the girls’ and boys’ teams ended their seasons undefeated, with identical 20-0 records. It’s a prestigious and select club as only 13 teams remain undefeated across the state.

But there’s little rest for the Oilers, who are the top-seeded favorites, receiving first-round byes and advancing right to the semi-finals.

The Lady Oilers are scheduled to play tonight (Thursday), while the boys will play Friday.

 

 

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Wed
20
Feb

Ellsworth earns two wins on Lincoln’s court

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Bearcat Avery Haxton goes all in to gain possession of the ball Friday against Lincoln.

LINCOLN — The Ellsworth Bearcats boys’ and girls’ teams proved to be double trouble for the Lincoln Leopards Friday night, defeating the home team and earning two late-season victories. Both Ellsworth teams made their presence known early and often as they outscored Lincoln by more than 30 points in each matchup.

Ellsworth Bearcats (Boys) 58, Lincoln Leopards 26

Despite a slow start, the Bearcats led the game 14-8 by the end of the first quarter. That lead was enough to spark the Bearcats, which headed into halftime on top, 30-16. Even with the halftime break, Ellsworth only gained momentum, leading 44-20 by the end of the third quarter. In the final minutes of the game, Ellsworth shut down Lincoln’s attempts to close the gap. Leading the Bearcats were Bransen Schulte, with 14 points and John Kyler with 12 points. Avery Haxton and Braden Schulte each had 10 points while Hayden Rogers had eight points.

 

 

Wed
20
Feb

Three ‘Cat wrestlers qualify for State

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Ellsworth junior Morgan Kelley goes for the pin on his way to qualifying for state competition this weekend at Hays.

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Ellsworth senior Tyson Hall brought home a second place at this past weekend’s Beloit Regionals.

BELOIT — Senior Bearcat Tyson Hall placed second; junior Tyler Walford placed third and junior Morgan Kelley placed fourth as the Ellsworth wrestling team will continue the tradition of sending grapplers to the 3A-2A-1A State tournament.

The ‘Cats placed eighth in team points (58) Saturday at the Beloit Regional wrestling tournament — their first top 10 placement in … well a long time. Smith Center made a strong showing on the backside of the bracket and placed first with 143, upsetting second place Hoisington (119).

Hall has worked hard in his fouryear wrestling career and currently maintains a 25-14 record, wrestling in the 126-pound weight class. His determination and learned skills over the years placed him in the championship match against top-seeded Jacob Sisson (26-5) of Phillipsburg, who pinned Hall in the exciting title bout.

 

 

Wed
13
Feb

Dragons have a mixed week on the court

Wilson Dragon Brady Mermis stretches to keep the ball in possession during Friday nights Homecoming game against Sylvan-Lucas.

SHIRLEY COX SCHROEDER Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

See another Wilson photo on Page B2.

WILSON — Kaleigh Hanzlick scored a whopping 25 points Friday night, but it wasn’t enough to stop Sylvan-Lucas, who defeated the Wilson Lady Dragons, 61-47.

The Lady Mustangs took control early with a 10-0 lead. Despite Hanzlick’s defensive efforts, Sylvan-Lucas led 31-22 at halftime.

Wilson stayed close in the third quarter, but the Lady Mustangs began pulling away. Despite the Lady Oilers catching up in the fourth quarter, they couldn’t hold the Mustangs, who improved to 11-5 overall and 7-1 in the Northern Plains League.

 

 

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Wed
13
Feb

Ellsworth pins fourth place at Minneapolis

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Bearcat grappler Tyson Hall is entangled in a scramble with his opponent during the NCAA High School League Wrestling Tournament at Minneapolis.

MINNEAPOLIS — Strong performances helped the Ellsworth High School Bearcats wrestling team capture fourth place Feb. 7 during the 2019 North Central Activities Association wrestling tournament.

The meet was a warm-up to the upcoming state high school 3-2-1A regional tournament Friday and Saturday at Beloit High School. Thursday’s tournament gave wrestlers a taste of what’s to come on the road to the state meet the following weekend in Hays. But instead of facing six teams, this weekend’s tournament pits the Bearcats against more than 20.

Beloit easily won the league tournament with 177.5 points, followed by Minneapolis with 124.5 points and Republic County High School with 114.5 points.

 

 

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Wed
06
Feb

Beloit dampens Ellsworth’s Homecoming

Photo Courtesy of Steph Soukup

Lady ‘Cat Jaide Talbott handles the ball against Beloit.

The Lady Trojans of Beloit defeated Ellsworth 48-36 Friday, in a Homecoming basketball game at Ellsworth.

The Lady Bearcats had a good first quarter and stayed close with the taller Beloit squad in the second as the Lady Trojans posted a 24-17 lead with 3:56 left on the clock in the period.

Hannah Wilson’s bucket at the 3:18 mark pulled the Lady ‘Cats within five points of the Beloit lead (24-19). Jaide Talbott’s score 20 seconds later made it a 24-21 ballgame and the Bearcat Backers in the stands came alive.

 

 

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Wed
06
Feb

Beloit dampens Ellsworth’s Homecoming

Photo Courtesy of Parker McGowan

Bearcat Avery Haxton finds himself surrounded by the Trojans defense.

The Beloit Trojans defeated the Bearcats, 52-37, Friday in a Homecoming basketball game at the Bearcat Lair in Ellsworth.

The Trojans used outside shooting to begin the scoring with a 3-ball at the 7:19 point of the first period. The teams entered a long defensive struggle with Bransen Schulte getting the ‘Cats on the board with a goal, 3-2, with 4:08 on the clock. Beloit hit another trey and added two goals to have a 10-2 lead before Grant Gwinner’s charity shot made it 10-3. A Beloit 3-ball and field goal ended the quarter with a Trojan 15-3 lead.

 

 

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Wed
06
Feb

Lady Oilers make it 100 in a row

Eliza Jeffrey’s sign at the conclusion of Saturday’s game was the only marker of Central Plains’ 100th-consecutive win. The Lady Oilers defeated Concordia — a much larger school — 72-25.

Photo by Mike Courson

The Oiler Way does not leave much room for vanity. With a 92ndstraight win, the Central Plains girls moved to No. 2 on the state’s all-time consecutive-win list. But there’s something nice about a round number.

Saturday night in Concordia, without much fanfare, the Lady Oilers secured their 100th consecutive win with a 72-25 rout of the Panthers.

“Right now we’re just focused on Meade,” said Lady Oiler coach Pat Stiles.“All year long we’ve just talked about getting ready for the next game. That’s the most important game. I don’t think the girls think about it too much. When everything is done they’ll be able to look back and say,‘Wow, that was pretty cool.’”

 

 

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Wed
30
Jan

Ellsworth wrestlers take on Russell, Classic

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Bearcat grappler Brad Vopat defends a takedown attempt by Bronco Caden Pfeifer.

The Ellsworth High School wrestling team had a busy week on the road with a dual in Russell Jan. 24 and the Hoisington Cardinal Classic on Friday.

Thursday’s dual at Russell High School saw the Bearcats defeat the Broncos 42-24.

On Friday, Ellsworth competed against 12 teams during the annual Cardinal Classic. In the end, the Bearcats took seventh place. Beloit won the event with 171 points, followed by Hoisington with 137 points and Cimarron with 119.5 points. Ellsworth had 68.5 points.

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Wed
30
Jan

Dragons fire two wins against Rock Hills

MARK McCOY/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Three of Wilson’s five Lady Dragons are shown during Friday night’s game against Rock Hills. Members of the 2018-19 team are: Kaitlyn Hoeffner, Kaylee Boxberger, Bryna Hill, Macy Hanzlick, Kami Thrasher and Kaleigh Hanzlick. Kami Thrasher, who makes it six for the Lady Dragons, is temporarily sidelined with an injury.

WILSON — The Wilson Dragons forced a running clock in the final seconds of the 76-46 victory over Rock Hills Friday in Wilson.

Coached by first-season head coach Trenton Ptacek and assisted by former Fort Hays State University standout Jake Stoppel, the Dragons have a lot of depth, height, and raw athletic talent this season. Ptacek and Stoppel are also former Dragons and teammates.

Wilson scored the first bucket and Kory Kriley added a shot as Wilson jumped to a 4-0 lead with 6:23 left in the first period. The Grizzlies got on the scoreboard with a field goal at the 6:07 mark. Brady Mermis’ back-to-back buckets made the score 8-2 and Wilson added a shot for a 10-2 lead before the Grizzlies sank a trey at the 4:38 mark for a 10-5 tally.

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