Sports

Wed
29
Nov

Bolton joins Blazers for run

By Shirley Cox Schroeder
Ellsworth County I-R

Josiah Bolton, a junior at Ellsworth Jr./Sr. High School and state cross country medalist, had the opportunity to run with the Brokaw Blazers Saturday, Nov. 18, in the 2017 Cross Country Coaches National Cross Country Youth Championships near Cincinnati, Ohio.

Bolton ran a personal best time of 17:35 and placed 42 out of 98 in the 15-16-year-old division. His team received a 3rd-place medal.

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Wed
29
Nov

Lady Dragons look forward to a good 2017-18 season

By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

This season has the potential for success written all over it for Wilson’s Lady Dragons. Head coach Rod Seehafer returns four of his top scorers from the 2016-17 team.

Seniors Katelyn Zelenka, 5’6 guard, averages 12 points per game, and seniors Riley Dietz, 5’7” guard, averages 11.

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Wed
29
Nov

Lady Oilers shoot for five in a row

By MATT DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

A year ago, Independent-Reporter sports editor Mark McCoy wrote this about the Lady O’s.

“It’s no secret that the three-time 2A State champion Lady Oilers of Central Plains have a target on their back as the dominant girls’ basketball team in Central Kansas for the past three years.”

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Tue
21
Nov

Young, larger group readies for grappler action

By MATT DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

Ellsworth is still a young wrestling team; however, several Bearcats have another year of experience under the belts that should help as the season continues.

“We have a fairly larger group than in past years,” said head coach Steven Thorburn. “We have some freshmen that we expect to see great things from in the future and good Bearcat senior leadership.

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Tue
21
Nov

Another season, another opportunity for improvement

By MATT DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

The Bearcats seem to improve with the seasons.

In 2015-16, Ellsworth ended with a 12-10 win-loss record, but had several close games, including pulling within five points at half-time with second- ranked 2A Sacred Heart in the North Central Activities Association league game in Salina.

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Tue
21
Nov

This could be a very good year for Lady ‘Cats

By MATT DENNING
Ellsworth County I-R

Head coach Ken Cravens appears to have turned around the culture of the Lady ‘Cats basketball program, as Ellsworth comes off one of its best seasons in several years.

From a 4-17 win-loss record in 2015-16 to a 16-6 record this past season, Cravens has players who have bought into the program.

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Wed
15
Nov

Four Lady ‘Cats on NCAA honors team

Lady Bearcats Kolby Davis and Sierra Kraatz were named to the North Central Activities Association’s all-league volleyball first team for 2017.

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Wed
15
Nov

Spearville halts Oilers title quest

By Addison Crites and Rac hel La matsch

SPEARVILLE — Last Friday, one of the biggest rivalries in 8-man division 1 took place in Spearville. The past three meetings has ultimately resulted in a state playoff berth for the winning team. Looking for the playoff win, as well as revenge for the past two years the Oilers played what could be considered the best football game of their season. Unfortunately, the Oilers lost 28-32 in a heartbreaking last second play which ended their season with a 9-2 record.

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Wed
08
Nov

Bearcat football to go from 3A to 2A

By Jennifer McDaniel
For the Ellsworth I-R

Recently released Kansas high-school football classifications for the 2018 and 2019 seasons are changing the landscape for some prep teams after a proposal passed this summer restructuring certain classes.

The Kansas State High School Activities Association released the new classification list in late-September, about three months after the organization’s member schools approved a proposal to reclassify classes 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A in football. Of the 288 member schools, 215 backed the measure. Those changes will take place in September 2018 and will last through the 2019 football season.

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Wed
08
Nov

Moving on to Sectional competition

By Addison Crites and Rachel Lamatsch

CLAFLIN — The first playoff game of the 2017 season for 8-man division 1 proved to be one successful night for the Central Plains Oilers. They earned a 58-12 victory over the Macksville Mustangs at home. The Oilers’ record improved to 9-1 as they move on to sectional competition where they will take on the Spearville Lancers at 7 p.m. Friday, in Spearville.

The game would kick off with a fumble recovery at 8:36 by junior Mason Doll ending up in the end zone. Junior quarterback Myles Menges earned the PAT for the O-men. Under two minutes later, junior Alex Hickel’s 53-yard dive brought in another touchdown for the Oilers. The attempt for the two extra points failed.

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