Sports

Wed
13
Feb

Ellsworth pins fourth place at Minneapolis

SHIRLEY COX SCHROEDER/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Bearcat grappler Tyson Hall is entangled in a scramble with his opponent during the NCAA High School League Wrestling Tournament at Minneapolis.

MINNEAPOLIS — Strong performances helped the Ellsworth High School Bearcats wrestling team capture fourth place Feb. 7 during the 2019 North Central Activities Association wrestling tournament.

The meet was a warm-up to the upcoming state high school 3-2-1A regional tournament Friday and Saturday at Beloit High School. Thursday’s tournament gave wrestlers a taste of what’s to come on the road to the state meet the following weekend in Hays. But instead of facing six teams, this weekend’s tournament pits the Bearcats against more than 20.

Beloit easily won the league tournament with 177.5 points, followed by Minneapolis with 124.5 points and Republic County High School with 114.5 points.

 

 

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Wed
06
Feb

Beloit dampens Ellsworth’s Homecoming

Photo Courtesy of Steph Soukup

Lady ‘Cat Jaide Talbott handles the ball against Beloit.

The Lady Trojans of Beloit defeated Ellsworth 48-36 Friday, in a Homecoming basketball game at Ellsworth.

The Lady Bearcats had a good first quarter and stayed close with the taller Beloit squad in the second as the Lady Trojans posted a 24-17 lead with 3:56 left on the clock in the period.

Hannah Wilson’s bucket at the 3:18 mark pulled the Lady ‘Cats within five points of the Beloit lead (24-19). Jaide Talbott’s score 20 seconds later made it a 24-21 ballgame and the Bearcat Backers in the stands came alive.

 

 

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Wed
06
Feb

Beloit dampens Ellsworth’s Homecoming

Photo Courtesy of Parker McGowan

Bearcat Avery Haxton finds himself surrounded by the Trojans defense.

The Beloit Trojans defeated the Bearcats, 52-37, Friday in a Homecoming basketball game at the Bearcat Lair in Ellsworth.

The Trojans used outside shooting to begin the scoring with a 3-ball at the 7:19 point of the first period. The teams entered a long defensive struggle with Bransen Schulte getting the ‘Cats on the board with a goal, 3-2, with 4:08 on the clock. Beloit hit another trey and added two goals to have a 10-2 lead before Grant Gwinner’s charity shot made it 10-3. A Beloit 3-ball and field goal ended the quarter with a Trojan 15-3 lead.

 

 

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Wed
06
Feb

Lady Oilers make it 100 in a row

Eliza Jeffrey’s sign at the conclusion of Saturday’s game was the only marker of Central Plains’ 100th-consecutive win. The Lady Oilers defeated Concordia — a much larger school — 72-25.

Photo by Mike Courson

The Oiler Way does not leave much room for vanity. With a 92ndstraight win, the Central Plains girls moved to No. 2 on the state’s all-time consecutive-win list. But there’s something nice about a round number.

Saturday night in Concordia, without much fanfare, the Lady Oilers secured their 100th consecutive win with a 72-25 rout of the Panthers.

“Right now we’re just focused on Meade,” said Lady Oiler coach Pat Stiles.“All year long we’ve just talked about getting ready for the next game. That’s the most important game. I don’t think the girls think about it too much. When everything is done they’ll be able to look back and say,‘Wow, that was pretty cool.’”

 

 

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Wed
30
Jan

Ellsworth wrestlers take on Russell, Classic

SHIRLEY COX SCHROEDER/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Bearcat grappler Brad Vopat defends a takedown attempt by Bronco Caden Pfeifer.

The Ellsworth High School wrestling team had a busy week on the road with a dual in Russell Jan. 24 and the Hoisington Cardinal Classic on Friday.

Thursday’s dual at Russell High School saw the Bearcats defeat the Broncos 42-24.

On Friday, Ellsworth competed against 12 teams during the annual Cardinal Classic. In the end, the Bearcats took seventh place. Beloit won the event with 171 points, followed by Hoisington with 137 points and Cimarron with 119.5 points. Ellsworth had 68.5 points.

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Wed
30
Jan

Dragons fire two wins against Rock Hills

MARK McCOY/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Three of Wilson’s five Lady Dragons are shown during Friday night’s game against Rock Hills. Members of the 2018-19 team are: Kaitlyn Hoeffner, Kaylee Boxberger, Bryna Hill, Macy Hanzlick, Kami Thrasher and Kaleigh Hanzlick. Kami Thrasher, who makes it six for the Lady Dragons, is temporarily sidelined with an injury.

WILSON — The Wilson Dragons forced a running clock in the final seconds of the 76-46 victory over Rock Hills Friday in Wilson.

Coached by first-season head coach Trenton Ptacek and assisted by former Fort Hays State University standout Jake Stoppel, the Dragons have a lot of depth, height, and raw athletic talent this season. Ptacek and Stoppel are also former Dragons and teammates.

Wilson scored the first bucket and Kory Kriley added a shot as Wilson jumped to a 4-0 lead with 6:23 left in the first period. The Grizzlies got on the scoreboard with a field goal at the 6:07 mark. Brady Mermis’ back-to-back buckets made the score 8-2 and Wilson added a shot for a 10-2 lead before the Grizzlies sank a trey at the 4:38 mark for a 10-5 tally.

Wed
30
Jan

Dragons fire two wins against Rock Hills

MARK McCOY/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

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

MARK McCOY/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

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

MARK McCOY/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

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

MARK McCOY/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

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.

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