Sports

Wed
13
Mar

Oilers celebrate two state titles

MIKE COURSON/For the Ellsworth County I-R

The Central Plains girls defeated Hanover 52-34 in the Class 1A state championship game Saturday at Dodge City’s United Wireless Arena. The Lady Oilers have now won six-straight state championships and 111 consecutive games. The team is, back row from left: Coach Pat Stiles, Zoe Potter, Emily Ryan, Jennah Jeffrey, Lexi Oeser, Addison Crites, Kassidy Nixon, and Asst. Coach Jim Ryan. Front row: Delaney Rugan, Avery Hurley, Rylee Cunningham, and Rachel Lamatsch.

DODGE CITY— With the sound of the final horn Saturday at Dodge City’s United Wireless Arena, Central Plains senior Avery Hurley joined just a handful of other Kansas players in history to complete a perfect basketball career.

The Lady Oilers furthered their championship record to six with a 52-34 win over two-time reigning Class 1A champion Hanover.

 

 

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Wed
06
Mar

Ellsworth finishes season at Sterling

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Ellsworth’s Avery Haxton goes low to avoid a guard in sub-state action against Sacred Heart.

STERLING — For the second time in a week and the third time this season, the Ellsworth Bearcats boys’ team faced off against the Sacred Heart Knights.

But in the end, Sacred Heart came out on top, defeating Ellsworth 54-36 during the Class 2A substate semifinals Feb. 28 at Sterling High School.

 

 

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Wed
06
Mar

Oiler boys also headed to state as top seed

WaKEENEY — The top-ranked and undefeated Central Plains Oilers clinched the WaKeeney 1A Sub-State Championship Saturday with a 54-31 defeat of Sharon Springs-Wallace County in WaKeeney.

Game time was moved from the scheduled 7 p.m. tip-off to 5:30 p.m. start to accommodate the semi-weekly blizzard that has become prevalent on the tundra of New Antarctica (Kansas).

 

 

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Wed
06
Mar

Six in a Row?

MARK McCOY/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

The Central Plains Oilers are headed to the 1A State Championship March 6-9, at Dodge City’s United Wireless Arena.

SHIRLEY COX SCHROEDER/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Lady Oiler Avery Hurley closely guards her Buffalo opponent at Friday’s substate championship game at Great Bend.

GREAT BEND — The Central Plains Lady Oilers didn’t just simply win Saturday’s Class 1A sub-state championship.

For them, the 69-13 victory over Atwood-Rawlins County was so much sweeter than that.

 

 

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Wed
27
Feb

Lady ‘Cats almost close gap against Sacred Heart

The Ellsworth Lady ‘Cats gave a heart-stopping performance against Sacred Heart during the final minutes of the last regular season matchup Feb. 21 at Ellsworth.

Going into the fourth quarter, the Knights had an 11-point lead. But it all came down to Ellsworth needing only three points to tie the game.

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Wed
27
Feb

Ellsworth wrestlers come up short at State

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Ellsworth’s Tyson Hall pins Zacharias Lough of Douglass.

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Ellsworth’s Tyler Walford represents the Bearcats at Hays.

HAYS — Three Ellsworth grapplers competed with the elite wrestlers of the 3A-2A-1A classifications Friday and Saturday in Hays, despite blizzard and whiteout conditions that closed I-70 from Salina to Colorado.

Senior Tyson Hall, wrestling at 126 pounds, pinned Zacharias Lough of Douglass in the all-important first round. However Alec Segarra of Hill City, the eventual third-place wrestler, pinned Hall late in the first round to put him in the consolation bracket. Riley County’s Grayden Jackson won by fall in the third period to eliminate the tough Bearcat from the tournament and end his grappling career.

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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

MARK MCCOY/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

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

MARK MCCOY/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

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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