Sports

Wed
31
Oct

Top-ranked Oilers roll on

By MARK McCOY
Ellsworth County I-R

CLAFLIN — Top-ranked Central Plains crushed the South Gray County Rebels 50-0 in the first round (or cross-bracket) of the 8-man Division I football title Friday, in Claflin.

The Oilers, as District 5 Champions, won home field advantage against the Montezuma Rebels, who placed fourth in the District 6 race.

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Wed
31
Oct

Bearcat runners take 5th place at State

By JENNIFER McDANIEL
For the Ellsworth County I-R

Most cross country runners learn the challenges they’ll face on each course, and tuck that knowledge away to use year after year.

On some courses, it’s the hills. But on others, it’s the narrow straightaways that won’t afford runners the chance to pass their opponents. But for most runners, there’s always one course that seems to elude them. It’s the one that only the best of the best high school cross country runners in Kansas run each year.

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Wed
24
Oct

Wilson drops game to Sylvan-Lucas

BY MARK McCOY
Ellsworth County I-R

WILSON — The Mustangs of Sylvan-Lucas Unified romped to a 46-0 win in an 8-man Division II District 5 football game Friday in Wilson. The win gave the Mustangs a 5-3 overall record; a third-place finish in the district with a total of 17 district points and a berth in next week’s cross-bracket playoffs. The Dragons finished last in District 5 with -105 points and were eliminated from the Kansas State High School Association football playoffs.

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Wed
24
Oct

Bearcats shut out TMP in last regular season game

By Taylor Holechek
For the I-R

The Ellsworth Bearcats blew out the Thomas Moore Prep-Marian Monarchs with a score of 48-0 for their second win of the season Friday at Shanelec Field. To begin the game, the Cats kicked towards the north and instantly made a tackle on the receiving Monarch.

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Wed
24
Oct

Ellsworth runners capture league

By JENNIFER McDANIEL
For the Ellsworth County I-R

The last time Ellsworth had a cross country team compete at the state meet was in 2008. That changed Saturday when the boys’ captured first place at the 2A regional cross country in Belleville. The win also made the team the first to be named regional champions since the Lady ‘Cats won the Ellsworth regional in 2005. Sophomore Noah Erichsen led the boys’ team with a 10 th -place finish, running 18:10. Erichsen led the pack for most of the first mile. Although he dropped back, Erichsen remained within top-10 contention, qualifying him for a run at the state meet in Wamego.

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Wed
17
Oct

Oilers remain on top after another Friday night shutout

By MIKE COURSON
For the I-R

The small things add up for a football team that has won its last 15 and 24 of its last 25 regular-season games, usually by wide margins. For the top-ranked Oilers Friday night, that small thing might have been a stop on fourth-and one. Central Plains halted Moundridge and on that drive and many times over as part of another mercy-rule win at 52-0.

“They’re not a bad team,” said Oiler coach Chris Steiner. “They fly around and they’ve got some good kids. (Moundridge running backs Daniel Kaufman and Cody Hazelton) both ran around really hard.

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Wed
17
Oct

Ryan takes second at State tennis

By MIKE COURSON
For the I-R

Progress was made but it was not enough. Last fall, a pair of sophomores emerged as the new State powers in Class 3-2-1A. Kansas City Christian’s Lilly McNeill dominated Central Plains’ Emily Ryan for her first State title.

The rivalry renewed itself Saturday in Pratt in the finale of the Class 3-2-1A State Tennis Championships. After a 6-2, 6-0 loss to McNeill last year, Ryan opened this year’s title match with a quick 4-0 lead. “I came in strong and she had some jitters,” Ryan said. “She wasn’t hitting some of the shots she was hitting later in the match. She was amazing at the end.”

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Wed
17
Oct

Ellsworth vs Ellsworth at State tennis

By MIKE COURSON
For the I-R

The luck of the draw, or lack thereof, forced a showdown between both Ellsworth doubles teams in action at the Class 3-2-1A State tournament this past week at Pratt.

Seniors Kassie Sheridan and Cassidy Kroboth went on to earn State medals as sixth-place finishers. Junior Jaide Talbott and sophomore Jaycee Cunningham had a rough finish to medal in 12th.

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Wed
10
Oct

Ellsworth teams qualify for state; Oiler Ryan wins spot in singles

By the I-R staff

The Ellsworth High School girls’ tennis team returned home from WaKeeney this weekend with a regional team championship, edging out Victoria by a fraction of a percent.

Central Plains placed 8th; however, the Oilers captured first place in singles, thanks to the skilled play of Emily Ryan (32-0). Ryan is unbeaten in singles heading into the 3-2-1A State tennis tournament Oct. 12-13 at Pratt.

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Wed
10
Oct

Lady ‘Cats push ahead in tough league

By JENNIFER McDANIEL
For the Ellsworth County I-R

The Ellsworth Lady ‘Cats volleyball team started out strong this season, but tough matches in recent weeks have caused the Bearcats to lose some momentum as they move toward the latter part of the season.

On Oct. 2, the varsity squad dropped two home matches to Beloit, losing 25-20, 25-23 and 25-17, 25-18.

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