Sports

Wed
19
Apr

Lady ‘Cats are 5-1 for the season

By Mark McCoy

MINNEAPOLIS — The Lady Bearcat softball team swept the April 13 double-header in Minneapolis with a 19-4 victory in the opener and a 6-5 win in the nightcap. Ellsworth grabbed a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning and added four runs for a 7-0 lead by the bottom of the third. The Lady ‘Cats had a big third inning, scoring eight runs and holding the Lady Lions to one. Ellsworth scored four runs in the top of the fifth for a commanding 19-1 lead. The Lady Lion’s rally ended with three runs in the bottom of the inning, giving the Lady ‘Cats the 15-run lead needed to call the game at the send of the stanza.

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Wed
12
Apr

Goldwater takes second place

By Mark McCoy

BENNINGTON — The Wilson Dragons placed seventh out of 12 teams with 29 points Friday at the Bennington Invitational meet. Bennington won the meet with a total of 108 points.

It was a perfect day with temperatures in the low 80s and a slight (for Kansas) 10-15 m.p.h. breeze.

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Wed
12
Apr

Lady ‘Cats win track meet

By Mark McCoy

RUSSELL — The Lady Bearcat track team won the tough Russell Invitational, scoring 68 points out of nine teams April 6 in Russell. The Lady Greenbacks of Pratt, a 4A school, placed second with 67.33 points.

It’s unknown when the Lady ‘Cat track team last won a track meet, but it’s a good bet it has more than a decade.

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Wed
05
Apr

Oilers track at La Crosse

By Mark McCoy

LA CROSSE — The Lady Oilers track team placed third March 30 with a total of 59 team points at the fifth annual La Crosse Invitational meet in La Crosse. Ellis, with 138 points, won the meet out of eight teams.

It was a cool and windy day but sunshine kept the track dry as the athletes competed. It was the first season Central Plains has competed at the relatively new meet. The Oilers formerly opened the track season at the Kinsley Invitational.

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Wed
05
Apr

Ellsworth Co. teams top Hoisington meet

By Mark McCoy

HOISINGTON — The Central Plains Oilers won the Hoisington Invitational tennis meet March 30 with 30 team points, edging the Ellsworth Bearcat squad who placed second with 25. Five teams competed in the round-robin tournament including Larned, Hoisington and Trego Community.

It was a cold and blustery day with overcast skies threatening rain, but the precipitation did not fall and the meet forged ahead as scheduled.

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Wed
29
Mar

Hellebust signs with Labette

Cheyenne Hellebust, a senior at Ellsworth Junior/Senior High School, recently signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for the Lady Cardinals of Labette Community College in Parsons. From left is mother Shawn Hellebust, Hellebust, head Lady Bearcat coach Amy Johnson and step-father Sean Peterson. Not pictured is father Wayne Hellebust.

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Wed
29
Mar

‘Cats land D-1 football coach

By Mark McCoy

The Ellsworth Bearcat football team will enter the 2018 season under the direction of former University of Kansas linebacker and Northern Illinois University safety coach Josh Homolka.

Homolka was announced as the new Bearcat head football coach at the Feb. 13 meeting of the Ellsworth-Kanopolis-Geneseo school board meeting.

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Wed
22
Mar

Central Plains places eight on CPL honors teams

Freshman Emily Ryan, far left, and her sister, senior Janae Ryan (33), were both unanimous selections to the 2017 Central Prairie League’s first All-league team.

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Wed
22
Mar

Bearcats place five on NCAA honors teams

Ellsworth senior Kaden Davis was named to the 2017 North Central Activities Association’s All-league first basketball team.

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Wed
15
Mar

Central Plains tames Lady Dragons

By Mark McCoy

MANHATTAN — The Lady Oilers defeated a good Valley Falls team, 53-41, Friday in the semi-final 2A State championship game in Manhattan.

The patience and ball-handling skills of the Lady Oilers came into play early in the first quarter as the Lady Oilers struggled to open up the paint. Central Plains has a lot of girls that can hit the trey and utilizes those 3-ball shooting skills to get to the bucket.

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