Sports

Wed
10
Jan

Central Plains defeats Macksville

By Addison Crites and Rachel Lamatsch

The No. 1 ranked team in 2A, the Central Plains Oilers, traveled to Macksville to take on the Mustangs for the start to Central Prairie League action. The Oilers were victorious in the highly- anticipated match-up with a 64-54 win. Central Plains will face another league opponent this Friday against the Victoria Knights.

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Wed
10
Jan

OILER COURT

Central Plains High School is pleased to announce the Winter Royalty Court. A ceremony for the Central Plains High School Winter Royalty Court will take place Friday, Jan. 12 between the varsity games against Victoria. Court members are: front row, from left, Kylie Lamatsch, Mikayla Menges, Julie Donecker, Darian Hubbard, Taylor Oeser and back row, from left, Colton Potts, Philip Donecker, Lee Letourneau, Anthony Oberle and Kade Beck.

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Wed
10
Jan

Bearcats to the Mat

by the I-R Staff

The Ellsworth Bearcat wrestlers hosted the Ellsworth Invitational meet Saturday at Ellsworth High School.

At 106-pounds, Ellsworth’s freshman grappler, Teagon Nienke placed 4th with two wins and three losses for the day. He defeated Larned 2-7 (Fall 0:27) and Hoisington 11-9 (Dec 9-2). He lost to Russell, Ell-Saline and Hill City.

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Wed
03
Jan

SCENE FROM THE HARDWOOD

Bearcat Drew Kratzer eyes the court for an open pass.

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Wed
03
Jan

EYE TO THE FUTURE

Kolby Davis, a senior at Ellsworth Junior/Senior High School, signed Dec. 7 to play basketball at Barton County Community College for Cougar’s head coach Alan Clark next fall, 2018. She was awarded a full scholarship. In the photo above, Davis, (center) is flanked by her parents, Dina Davis and Ron Davis. Back row: Lady Bearcat basketball assistant coach Kevin Haxton, left, and Lady Bearcat basketball head coach Ken Cravens.

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Wed
03
Jan

Lady O’s ring in the summer Solstice

Editor’s Note — The Central Plains Lady Oilers are defending champions of Kansas 2A state basketball. This story was written this past summer by I-R sports editor Mark McCoy for Kansas Hardwood magazine.

By Mark McCoy
Ellsworth County I-R

CLAFLIN — The summer Solstice of 2017 ( June 21) was a special day for the Lady Oilers of Central Plains, as the girls returned to the Oilerdome to pick up their Kansas 2A State basketball championship rings. The Lady Oilers began a tradition of purchasing championship rings with their first State basketball title in the 2013-14 season.

Wed
27
Dec

Wilson sweeps Natoma

By the I-R staff

Riley Dietz scored 19 points and Katie Zelenka added 10 as the Wilson Lady Dragons pulled away from a feisty Natoma squad 55-25 Dec. 19 in girls basketball action at Wilson.

Wilson led 9-3 after the first quarter but in the second period Hannah Chambray helped draw the Lady Tigers closer with six points to cut the deficit to 19-12 by halftime.

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Wed
27
Dec

Ellsworth falls to tough Russell team

By the I-R staff

The Lady Bearcats failed to overcome a talented Russell team Dec. 19 at Ellsworth. The final score was 48-38, leaving the Lady Broncos in sole possession of first place in the North Central Activities Association as the holiday break starts.

Ellsworth was forced to play catch up from the first quarter, which ended with Russell ahead 12-9. The second quarter ended with 10 points for Russell, compared to Ellsworth’s 7. The Lady ‘Cats put another 7 points on the scoreboard in the 3rd quarter. Russell posted 15 points.

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Wed
27
Dec

‘Cats post win over rival Russell

By the I-R staff

The Ellsworth boys held Russell to a season-low 30 points in league play Dec. 19 at Ellsworth. The Bearcats led 19-14 at the half, 36-22 after three quarters.

The ‘Cats were up by as many as 21 in the fourth and final quarter.

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Wed
20
Dec

Central Plains maintains perfect records

By Addison Crites and Rachel Lamatsch

The second-ranked 2A Lady Oilers remained perfect in this early season with a 79-13 win over Larned.

Julie Donecker put up the first points of the game, 48 seconds in, after making two foul shots.

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