Sports

Wed
30
Jan

Dragons fire two wins against Rock Hills

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Wilson’s Tristan Soukup moves in for a layup during Friday night’s game against Rock Hills.

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Lady Dragons Kaylee Boxberger (back) and Bryna Hill protect the ball during Friday’s game.

WILSON — A five-member Lady Dragon team soundly thrashed Northern Plains League rival Rock Hills, 53-26, Friday at the Dragon Den in Wilson.

Of the 11 girls attending Wilson High School this winter, senior Kaleigh Hanzlick; junior Kaitlyn Hoeffer; sophomores Kaylee Boxberger, Bryna Hill, Kami Thrasher and freshman standout Macy Hanzlick comprise this season’s squad.

Thrasher is currently on the team’s injured list, but is expected to return to the hardwood soon. Thus, Wilson hosted a 1A varsity girls’ basketball game with five girls in uniform. For a lot of schools in this situation, this would almost guarantee a winless or a couple of wins during season.

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Wed
23
Jan

Bad weather disrupts NPL Tournament

While this year’s Northern Plains League Basketball Tournament is in the books for the Wilson High School Lady Dragons, the story isn’t finished being written for the boys’ team.

With bad weather forecast, district officials decided to cancel all Friday games, and instead, played tournament games Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Lincoln and at Sylvan-Lucas High School.

Because of schedule changes, the boys’ team will play against Sylvan-Lucas on Feb. 8 at Wilson.

The fifth-seeded Dragons opened the tournament Jan. 14 against the 12th-seeded Lincoln Leopards. But the Leopards were no match for Wilson, who defeated them 53-35 in the first round.

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Wed
23
Jan

Ellsworth participates in Winter Jam

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Ellsworth’s Jaide Talbott gives the basket her full attention during a game with Pratt.

HOISINGTON — The Lady ‘Cats of Ellsworth rolled over LaCrosse, 53-35 to claim seventh place at the annual Hoisington Winter Jam basketball tournament Saturday in Hoisington.

The Bearcats did not compete Tuesday, following the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The win gives Ellsworth a 3-9 record for the season. The Lady ‘Cats will face North Central Activities Association rival Southeast of Saline (7-4) at 6 p.m. Friday in Gypsum.

Hoisington defeated Ellsworth 43-37 Jan. 17 at Hoisington to place them in the seventh place game.

Statistics of the above games were not available at press time.

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Wed
23
Jan

Ellsworth participates in Winter Jam

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Bransen Schulte drives to the basket during this past week’s Hoisington Winter Jam basketball tournament.

HOISINGTON — Otis-Bison defeated the Ellsworth Bearcats, 48-37, in the fifth place game Saturday at the annual Hoisington Winter Jam basketball tournament in Hoisington.

Bransen Schulte led the scoring for Ellsworth and was in double digits with 14 points; John Kyler scored eight; Braden Schulte scored five; Grant Gwinner and Josiah Bolton each made four and Hayden Rogers scored two. Bransen Schulte scored three assists.

Avery Haxton and Bransen Schulte each had eight rebounds; Bolton had four; Gwinner scored three; Braden Schulte and Jace Turnipseed each had two; Kyler and Rogers scored one.

The Bearcats did not compete Tuesday, following the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The ‘Cats, now 2-10 for the season, will face North Central Activities Association rival Southeast of Saline at 7 p.m. Friday in Gypsum.

Wed
16
Jan

Wilson boys check off win against Longhorns

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Ethan Dlabal goes for the basket in this file photo from a game earlier this season against Otis-Bison.

Wilson’s Tristan Soukup led the Dragons Friday night with 17 points as they defeated Thunder Ridge 50-37 at home.

He was followed closely by Ethan Dlabal with 12 points. Senior Brady Mermis added nine and Westin Hughes and Connor Weinhold each had one.

The two teams battled through numerous turnovers during the first eight minutes as Wilson held an 11-9 lead. The Dragons extended their lead to 24-17 at halftime despite both Soukup and Dlabal having to head to the bench with three fouls each. The two players remained on the bench for the first three minutes of the second half and Thunder Ridge cut Wilson’s lead to 29-27.

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Wed
16
Jan

Ellsworth drops two to Sacred Heart

SHIRLEY COX SCHROEDER/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Bearcat Jace Turnipseed sends the ball to the bucket Friday night in Salina against the Sacred Heart Knights.

Ellsworth couldn’t overcome 19 turnovers Friday night as it dropped a North Central Activities Association game to Sacred Heart 64-59 at Salina.

With the loss, the Bearcats fell to 1-8 overall and 1-4 in league.

Sacred Heart scored the first 10 points of the second quarter to take control of the game and survived a six-minute dry spell spanning the third and fourth quarters to remain unbeaten in the NCAA at 5-0.

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Wed
16
Jan

Ellsworth drops two to Sacred Heart

SHIRLEY COX SCHROEDER/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Lady Bearcat Halle Bohl maneuvers past Lady Knight Ally Cochran towards the basket Friday night at Salina.

And then came the fourth quarter. The Ellsworth girls spent the better part of Friday night going point-to-point with the Lady Knights of Sacred Heart — until the game’s final stanza.

The score was 47-35 by the time the game ended at Sacred Heart in Salina.

The Lady Knights scored the last four points in the third quarter to go in front of the Lady Bearcats for good, then reeled off five more to start the fourth after neither team led by more than three points for the first three periods.

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Wed
09
Jan

Wilson kicks off second part of season with win

The Wilson Dragons boys’ basketball team defeated Southern Cloud at home Friday night, winning 43-32 in their second match-up of the season.

In early December, Southern Cloud defeated Wilson 48-29 during the Tescott Tip-Off, but on Friday night that all changed. Fresh off a 61-48 win over the Natoma Tigers before Christmas break, the Dragons were ready to resume the season.

The win puts the Dragons at 3-0 in league and 5-3 overall.

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Wed
09
Jan

Lady ‘Cats bury Republic County

The Ellsworth Lady ‘Cats basketball team rolled over the Republic County Lady Buffaloes Friday night, winning 44-27.

The win was the second of the season for the Lady Bearcats, who are now 2-2 in league play and 2-6 overall.

Ellsworth fired on all cylinders in a game that saw the Bearcats outscore the competition in each quarter except the third. Overall, the ‘Cats shot 56 percent from the field and 50 percent from the line.

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Wed
09
Jan

‘Cats take third place at Ellsworth Invitational

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Nienke gets a pin Saturday in Ellsworth,

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Teagan Nienke gets a single-leg takedown Saturday in Ellsworth,

The up and coming Bearcat wrestling team placed third with 104 points Saturday at the 46th annual Bearcat Invitational Wrestling tournament in Ellsworth.

Perennial powerhouse Hoisington won the tournament with a total of 176.5 points and Hill City, another well-respected grappling school, placed second with 143. A total of 12 teams participated in the tournament.

The ‘Cats were led by undefeated heavyweight grappler Tyler Walford (7-0) who pinned his way to the championship. Walford forced opponents Noah Hopkins of Ell-Saline; Isaac Quintero of Garden Plain; Alex Koehn of Hesston; and Josiah Moore of Southeast of Saline to inspect the ceiling of the Ellsworth gymnasium before defeating Hoisington’s Riley Philbern in the second period of the championship match.

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