Sports

Wed
28
Nov

Ellsworth High School Bearcat Basketball Team — 2018-19

MARK MCCOY/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Members of the Ellsworth High School basketball team are: Back row, from left — Bransen Schulte, Grant Gwinner, Josiah Bolton, Hayden Rogers, Braden Schulte, Avery Haxton, John Kyler, Sam Farthing and Yousoph Mostafa; and front row, from left — Luke Sharp, Jace Turnipseed, Dalton Zelenka, Tucker Huseman, Austin Stroede, Gavin Webber, Parker McGowen. Not pictured — Jaxson Stefek, Dorian Stroede and Patricio Hernandez.

Ellsworth returns three players taller than 6 feet who during the 2017-18 season combined for an average of 19 points per game and 11 rebounds.

The Bearcats finished the season with an overall record of 16-7 and a league record of 8-4. Their final game came in the 3A substate finals.

Returning starters from that team are: seniors 6’1” Bransen Schulte (4 pts., 3 rebounds) and 6’2” Grant Gwinner (10 pts., 5 rebounds).

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Wed
28
Nov

EHS Wrestlers - 2018-19

MARK MCCOY/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Members of the Ellsworth High School wrestling team. The Bearcats first challenge comes Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Salina South Invitational. The wrestlers are Back row, from left — Brendan Tripp, James Urbanek, Tyler Walford, Gavin Tully, Ethan Pflughoeft, Clayton Vague, Bradley Vopat. Front row, from left — Teagon Nienke, Kash Travnichek, Dayton Davis, Tyson Hall, Jonathan De La Cruz, Eryk Andalon, Morgan Kelley.

Ellsworth coach Steve Thorburn and his wrestlers are looking forward to a more successful season after struggling at times in 2017. “Our kids attended and learned a ton at summer camp in Missouri this past June,” he said. “We are led by senior Tyson Hall, who we are expecting big things from this year.

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Wed
28
Nov

Ellsworth Lady Bearcat Basketball Team — 2018-19

MARK MCCOY/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Members of the Ellsworth High School Lady ‘Cats gather in the gymnasium for a team photo. They are: Back row, from left — Shelby Ellegood, Maggie Hays, Lizzy Hipp, Makenzie Stroede, Caidence Bailey, Nicole Haase, Lakyn Tenbrink, Mariah Burt, Jaide Talbott, Hannah Wilson, Sara Klein, Mileena Shipshee, Lilly DeCouteau. Front row, from left — Connie Burt, Joni Schroeder, Halle Bohl, Brenna Pruitt, Kate Wacker, Shaylee Leiker, Savannah Hellebust, Maggie Windholz, Sydney Wilson, Stormy Thompson, Nakita Barta, Merle Friedrich, Kristen Meier, Stephanie Soukup.

Wed
28
Nov

OILERS CLAIM STATE TITLE

MARK MCCOY/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

The undefeated Central Plains Oilers celebrate their state victory Saturday at Newton against the Gorillas of Solomon High School.

MARK MCCOY/Ellsworth County I-R

Oiler Grant Heldstab streaks towards the goal line.

NEWTON — The undefeated Central Plains Oilers won the 2018 8-man Division I Football title Saturday, with a bruising 52-6 victory over Solomon in just three quarters of football at the championship game in Newton.

With a perfect 12-0 record coming into the game, Central Plains earned home field advantage against the Gorillas (11-1) and the forest green of the Oiler Nation almost filled the north grandstand of Fischer Field. To the south, the scarlet of Solomon overflowed the visitor stands and lined the oval fence surrounding the gridiron.

Two things made the Oiler Nation a bit uneasy prior to kickoff.

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Tue
20
Nov

Central Plains is headed to State

By MARK McCOY
Ellsworth County I-R

CLAFLIN — Central Plains’ Death Valley claimed another tribe of gridiron warriors as the Oilers blanked the St. Francis Indians, 42-0, Saturday in the semi-final 8-man Division I playoff game in Claflin.

Once again, it was cold. Temperatures hovered at the 28-30 degree mark with north-to-northeast winds gusting at over 25 m.p.h. as the contest began. The brave (or foolish) souls of the Oiler Nation that witnessed the most recent massacre at Death Valley (instead of watching the live-stream from the warm comfort of their homes) were bundled in layers upon layers of clothing with insulated coveralls being the most popular fashion choice.

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Wed
14
Nov

More volleyball honors

The post season honors continue to mount for Ellsworth area volleyball players.

Congratulations to Lakyn Tenbrink for being selected to the Kansas Volleyball Association’s 2A All State 2nd Team and to Sierra Kraatz for making the 2A All State Honorable Mention Team.

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Wed
14
Nov

Perfect Season

BY MARK McCOY
Ellsworth County I-R

HOXIE — Topranked Central Plains destroyed defending 8-man Division I champion and fifth-ranked Hoxie, 54-6, Friday in Hoxie.

It was cold, although members of the Oiler Nation attending the game agreed it was not as brutal as the 2014 match-up against the Eagles in Ness City. The temperature was 20 degrees as the game began and steadily declined during the course of action.

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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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