Sports

Wed
16
Jan

Wilson boys check off win against Longhorns

BEN NONDORF/For the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Ethan Dlabal goes for the basket in this file photo from a game earlier this season against Otis-Bison.

Wilson’s Tristan Soukup led the Dragons Friday night with 17 points as they defeated Thunder Ridge 50-37 at home.

He was followed closely by Ethan Dlabal with 12 points. Senior Brady Mermis added nine and Westin Hughes and Connor Weinhold each had one.

The two teams battled through numerous turnovers during the first eight minutes as Wilson held an 11-9 lead. The Dragons extended their lead to 24-17 at halftime despite both Soukup and Dlabal having to head to the bench with three fouls each. The two players remained on the bench for the first three minutes of the second half and Thunder Ridge cut Wilson’s lead to 29-27.

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Wed
16
Jan

Ellsworth drops two to Sacred Heart

SHIRLEY COX SCHROEDER/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Bearcat Jace Turnipseed sends the ball to the bucket Friday night in Salina against the Sacred Heart Knights.

Ellsworth couldn’t overcome 19 turnovers Friday night as it dropped a North Central Activities Association game to Sacred Heart 64-59 at Salina.

With the loss, the Bearcats fell to 1-8 overall and 1-4 in league.

Sacred Heart scored the first 10 points of the second quarter to take control of the game and survived a six-minute dry spell spanning the third and fourth quarters to remain unbeaten in the NCAA at 5-0.

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Wed
16
Jan

Ellsworth drops two to Sacred Heart

SHIRLEY COX SCHROEDER/Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Lady Bearcat Halle Bohl maneuvers past Lady Knight Ally Cochran towards the basket Friday night at Salina.

And then came the fourth quarter. The Ellsworth girls spent the better part of Friday night going point-to-point with the Lady Knights of Sacred Heart — until the game’s final stanza.

The score was 47-35 by the time the game ended at Sacred Heart in Salina.

The Lady Knights scored the last four points in the third quarter to go in front of the Lady Bearcats for good, then reeled off five more to start the fourth after neither team led by more than three points for the first three periods.

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Wed
09
Jan

Wilson kicks off second part of season with win

The Wilson Dragons boys’ basketball team defeated Southern Cloud at home Friday night, winning 43-32 in their second match-up of the season.

In early December, Southern Cloud defeated Wilson 48-29 during the Tescott Tip-Off, but on Friday night that all changed. Fresh off a 61-48 win over the Natoma Tigers before Christmas break, the Dragons were ready to resume the season.

The win puts the Dragons at 3-0 in league and 5-3 overall.

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Wed
09
Jan

Lady ‘Cats bury Republic County

The Ellsworth Lady ‘Cats basketball team rolled over the Republic County Lady Buffaloes Friday night, winning 44-27.

The win was the second of the season for the Lady Bearcats, who are now 2-2 in league play and 2-6 overall.

Ellsworth fired on all cylinders in a game that saw the Bearcats outscore the competition in each quarter except the third. Overall, the ‘Cats shot 56 percent from the field and 50 percent from the line.

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Wed
09
Jan

‘Cats take third place at Ellsworth Invitational

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Nienke gets a pin Saturday in Ellsworth,

MARK McCOY/Ellsworth County I-R

Teagan Nienke gets a single-leg takedown Saturday in Ellsworth,

The up and coming Bearcat wrestling team placed third with 104 points Saturday at the 46th annual Bearcat Invitational Wrestling tournament in Ellsworth.

Perennial powerhouse Hoisington won the tournament with a total of 176.5 points and Hill City, another well-respected grappling school, placed second with 143. A total of 12 teams participated in the tournament.

The ‘Cats were led by undefeated heavyweight grappler Tyler Walford (7-0) who pinned his way to the championship. Walford forced opponents Noah Hopkins of Ell-Saline; Isaac Quintero of Garden Plain; Alex Koehn of Hesston; and Josiah Moore of Southeast of Saline to inspect the ceiling of the Ellsworth gymnasium before defeating Hoisington’s Riley Philbern in the second period of the championship match.

Wed
02
Jan

The Oilers’ humble, hard working dynamo

MIKE COURSON/For the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter

Central Plains’ Emily Ryan dribbles around an opponent during a game earlier this season.

Emily Ryan does not look like the best basketball player in Kansas. She’s thin, not real tall, and though humble is not a physical attribute, it’s a trait so embodied by Ryan one can almost see it.

But make no mistake about it: no one in Kansas put up numbers like Ryan in the 2017-18 season. Now, the reigning Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year is ready for her junior campaign at Central Plains High School.

“Emily is a very special person and player,” said Lady Oiler coach Pat Stiles.“Her work ethic is second to none. Emily is the ultimate gym rat; she spends countless hours in the gym on top of team practices.”

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Wed
02
Jan

And then there were nine OTs

The grainy black and white photo from the Marion Chronicle of more than a half-century ago doesn’t begin to tell the story of that year’s Liberty Center Lions.

Compared to today’s super-charged teams, the Lions — most of them closer in height to Danny DeVito than Arnold Schwarzenegger — probably wouldn’t qualify to be on a basketball court. Yet there they were — winners of their county sectional for the first time in 20 years, defeating Bluffton, the big guys on the block. Next came regionals. Liberty Center was the smallest school of the 64 still in competition for a State championship.

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Wed
26
Dec

BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL

Photo courtesy of Courtney Wise

Ellsworth High School senior Josiah Bolton signs with Friends University to run cross country next fall. Front row, from left, Steve Bolton, Josiah Bolton and Nancy Bolton. In the back row are, from left, Micah Bolton and two representatives from Friends University.

ALAN RUSCH/Ellsworth County I-R

Wilson Lady Dragon Basketball standout Haleigh Hanzlick signed a letter of intent Nov. 29 to play basketball for the Kansas Wesleyan University Coyotes in Salina. Haleigh, front row, middle, is shown signing the letter flanked by her parents, Audie Hanzlick, left, and David Hanzlick, right. KWU head basketball coach Ryan Showman is in the back row on the left, along with Haleigh’s sisters, Addison, Kinsley and Macy.

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Wed
26
Dec

Oiler boys pull away from Ellinwood

Few teams have found a way to slow the Central Plains boys — winners of their last 32 games entering the Dec. 18 year-end contest at Ellinwood. The Eagles held Central Plains to just 43 points but the Oilers still cruised to a 43-21 win.

The stall began in the second quarter. By then, Central Plains already led 17-9 thanks to an eightpoint first quarter from Brett Liebl and nine combined points from seniors Devin Ryan and Alex Hickel.

With Ellinwood moving the ball around the perimeter in search of an opening, the teams combined for just 10 points in the second quarter.

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