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Dragons End Sub-State In Round Two

Posted 3/8/2017

KADEN Kraus takes the ball to the net Friday night against Conway Springs. The Dragons fell to Conway Springs, 45-56.KADEN Kraus takes the ball to the net Friday night against Conway Springs. The Dragons fell to Conway Springs, 45-56.By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD—The Dragons’ basketball season came to an end Friday night as they fell to Conway Springs in the second round of Sub-State, 56-45. They closed the season with a 12-10 record, the first time the team has had a winning record in recent years.

During the Conway Springs game, freshman Kaden Kraus got Halstead on the scoreboard with a three-pointer followed by a free throw to tie the game up 4-all. A few minutes later, sophomore Braden Gerber made a bucket to give the Dragons their first and only brief lead of the game, 8-7.  The Cardinals took back a one-point lead by the end of the quarter, 8-9.

During the second period, the Dragons managed to keep pace pretty well against the Cardinals. A free throw by Dalton Kraus tied the game at 16-all with 2:30 to play in the half, but then the Cardinals went on a fast 7-0 run to put the Dragons down 16-23 at halftime.

The Dragons responded at the start of the third quarter with a run of their own. Gerber and Wyatt Seibel both made baskets, and then Kason O’Neal got a steal and easy lay-up to put the Dragons back within one point, 22-23. The Dragons battled on, helped by another basket from O’Neal and a three-pointer from K. Kraus, closing the third quarter down five, 27-32.

Going into the final quarter, the Cardinals carried an 8-0 run that put them up by 11 before Halstead could score again. But the damage was already done, and Halstead never closed the gap to less than eight, trailing by as much as 13 several times.

This was a high-scoring quarter, with Halstead making 18 points but Conway Springs making 24, most of which came from free throws for both teams.

Earlier in the week, the Dragons had defeated Anthony-Harper Chaparral, 47-38, in the first round of Sub-State.

Closing the first quarter 12-10 in Halstead’s favor, the Dragons extended their lead to 23-18 by halftime. In the third quarter, the Dragons were buoyed by threes from Andrew O’Brien and D. Kraus and three free throws by Gerber. They closed the third quarter ahead seven points, 32-25.

“We kind of lived and died by the three,” Head Coach Lonnie Lollar said.

The Roadrunners rallied in the fourth quarter with a couple threes of their own and a lay-up to give them a one-point lead, 34-35. The two teams exchanged leads several times before three-pointers by Baylor Bohling and O’Brien reasserted the Dragons’ dominance, 42-37. For the last two minutes the game came down to free throws, with Halstead coming out on top, 47-38.

“Credit Chaparral,” Lollar said. “We tried to knock them out. Once we figured out how to get the ball to the baseline and get that extra pass in we were OK.”

O’Brien led the Dragons with 14 points. Gerber scored 10, D. Kraus had nine and Bohling had seven.

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Chargers Bounced From Playoffs, Finish 15-6

Posted 3/8/2017

SENIOR Brendan Dick works inside during sub-state action last Friday.SENIOR Brendan Dick works inside during sub-state action last Friday.BURRTON – The season ended last Friday night for the Burrton High boys basketball team as the Chargers were knocked out of the state playoffs in the second round.

A tall and quick Rural Vista team beat No. 3 seed Burrton 53-41. The Chargers were close most of the game but made mistakes down the stretch that allowed the Rural Vista Heat to pull away.

“Through three quarters we were right there,” said head coach Robbie Wright. The game was tied at halftime and Burrton trailed 36-34 going into the fourth period.

“We went into desperation mode,” Wright said. “We were not patient. We were prepared and I believe we were evenly matched with them.”

Rural Vista, the No. 2 seed, fielded a 6-foot-6 senior post and another 6-4 player. Rural Vista rebounded well and contested shots throughout the game.

Playing in the final high school game of his career, Burrton’s Brendan Dick scored 12 points and had to work for them. Burrton was led by freshman Cooper Zehr who poured in 16 points, including three 3-pointers. Bryce Meacham had 9 points.

Burrton opened sub-state last Tuesday with a win over Peabody, 46-32. Zehr scored 20 points in the game and Dick had 12. Burrton also beat Peabody earlier in the season.

The Chargers finish the season 15-6.

The Chargers lose few to graduation as Dick, Yunho Hong and Dawson Ryan were seniors.

“Losing Brendan is huge,” Wright said. “But next year we have almost everyone coming back. I feel good about next year.”

This was Wright’s first season as head coach. He improved upon last year’s results as the Chargers became a balanced scoring team.

“This year was a lot of learning for me and for the guys as well,” he said. “They were willing to change a few things. That shows a lot about them.”

Wright said he planned to coach the Chargers again next year.


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Cardinals Finish Season Against Conway Springs

Posted 3/8/2017

SEDGWICK—The Sedgwick Cardinals closed out their basketball season falling to Conway Springs in the first round of sub-state play. Sedgwick was ranked seventh while Conway was ranked second in the sub-state bracket.

The game started out tight, as Sedgwick scored none points in the first quarter to Conway Springs’ 10 points. Neal Bever put a three on the board in the first quarter and Trey Bright scored a field goal. Bever and Mason Lacy added two foul shots each.

In the second quarter, Brayden Francis scored a three plus a basket. Caleb Carson got on the board with two, and Marshall Rutschman managed two field goals. Conway led at the half 31-20.

In the third quarter Sedgwick outscored Conway 23-19. Bever hit his second three of the game, plus two baskets. Francis and Colton Smith each had a field goal. But it was the foul shots, 11 points, that made up the difference in the score. Bever and Smith had two apiece, and Francis knocked in eight. Conway led at the end of third by seven, 50-43.

In the fourth quarter, Bever scored another three-pointer. Bever and Rutschman  scored field goals and Carson knocked in a pair of baskets. Bever also scored two more foul shots.

Conway won the contest 69-56. Sedgwick was 100 percent from the foul line, compared to Conway’s 60 percent. Conway would go on to defeat Halstead in the second round, and play Cheney for the Championship. Cheney came out as the Sub-State Champion.

“Although our record might not indicate it, this was a successful season for our team,” Coach Darren Crumrine said. “We had a group of young players that learned to compete at the varsity level. We made a lot of progress from the beginning of the season to the end.  We will lose Marshall Rutschman and Chris White. Both were unselfish players that were bought into the team concept. With a majority of the team returning next season, we feel like the opportunity is there to have a very successful season next year. The key will be how motivated the players are to improve this off-season.”

The Cardinals finished 10-11 for the season.

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Lady Dragons End Historic Season

Posted 3/2/2017

KAYLA Newman looks for an opening against Garden Plain Monday night in the opening round of Sub-State. Halstead lost, 34-46. KAYLA Newman looks for an opening against Garden Plain Monday night in the opening round of Sub-State. Halstead lost, 34-46. By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD—Although they did not advance beyond the opening round of the Sub-State tournament, this has nevertheless been a monumental season for the Halstead Lady Dragons. The finished the season tied for third in the Central Kansas League with a 15-6 record, the best that the team has had since 1989. This is also their first winning season since 2008-09 when the team went 14-9.

Over the course of the season, the Lady Dragons won first place in both the Tri-County Preseason Tournament and the Berean Midseason Tournament. This was their first midseason tournament championship since 1999.

“I am extremely proud of the girls’ efforts this season,” said Head Coach Derek Schutte.

Schutte said he would miss coaching this year’s group of seniors and highlighted each one for their contributions to the team.

He described Katelyn Boston as an all-star teammate.

“She really took on the role of being a defensive stopper and usually guarded the other team’s best offensive player,” he said. “She is someone who hustled at all times and it is unfortunate that she got injured at the end of the season.”

Schutte called Kodie Casey the heart of the team and their vocal leader.

“She really helped us establish an identity early in the year,” he said. “She is tough and strong and just a rock inside. She scored when we needed her to and rebounded and defended well.”

He said that Adelle Runnebaum really provided energy to the game.

“She has a knack for offensive rebounds and made big plays throughout the year,” Schutte said. “Her versatility to play inside and out was extremely valuable throughout the season.”

Mackenzie Anderson, he said, was the motor of the team.

“Her ability and skill in the open court is a rare trait,” he said. “Her improvement in passing and finishing really took her and our team to another level this season. I may never coach a player that can do some of the things that she can do with the basketball.”

Schutte added that the team’s returning players would have to work hard over the summer to continue the high expectations the team set this season.

“Daphne Williams and Kayla Newman have been our second and third leading scorers the past three seasons and will need to continue to grow and take on leadership roles next year,” he said.

The season came to an end for the Lady Dragons Monday night when they fell to fifth seeded Garden Plain, 34-46, in the opening round of the Sub-State Tournament.

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Lady Charger Season Over After Sub-State Loss

Posted 3/2/2017

BURRTON – The Burrton High Lady Chargers ended their season Monday with a loss at sub-state, falling 42-28 to Little River.

After riding a three-game win steak this month, the Lady Chargers struggled late in the year and only got a No. 5 seed for sub-statSENIOR Maddie Winter pushes the ball upcourt on Senior Night, which was a victory for the Lady Chargers over Chase.SENIOR Maddie Winter pushes the ball upcourt on Senior Night, which was a victory for the Lady Chargers over Chase.e after winning five games in the regular season. Burrton lost earlier in the season to Little River.

Senior Kaylee Matlack, in her last game as a Charger, scored 11 points to lead Burrton in what as a slow night offensively for the team. The Lady Chargers were behind 25-11 at halftime. The next highest scorer was Ronni Salgado with 6. Salgado, a junior, has a year left to play.

In the final regular-season game played last Friday, the Lady Chargers defeated Chase 48-41. Matlack had a huge game, scoring 18 points on senior night and making eight free throws. Lexi Zehr, a freshman, stepped up with 12 points.

Burrton led 32-28 at the half.

Last Tuesday, the Lady Chargers were beaten 52-20 by Norwich. Senior Maddie Winter had 8 points to lead Burrton.

The Lady Chargers finish the year 5-15. Last season Burrton played with six players and finished 6-16. It was hoped with a deeper bench the team could improve for 2016-17.

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Lady Cardinals Fall To Hesston In Sub-State

Posted 3/2/2017

By Pilar Martin

SHAE Ware is seen dribbling past an Argonia  opponent. Ware, a four-year starter, played her last high school basketball game on Monday at Hesston. SHAE Ware is seen dribbling past an Argonia opponent. Ware, a four-year starter, played her last high school basketball game on Monday at Hesston. SEDGWICK—The Lady Cardinals closed out their basketball season Monday night, falling to Hesston in the first round of Sub-State play. They finish with a 15-6 record.

In the first quarter, Shae Ware and Grace Thompson both hit field goals. Ware knocked in two of her three foul shots while Thompson hit one of two. Valerie Hicks was also sent to the line making two for two. Hesston took the lead 18-9.

In the second quarter Sydney Hilliard and Thompson both hit three-pointers. Thompson added another bucket for eight points in the quarter. Hesston led at the half 36-17.

The third quarter had Ware scoring two baskets, while Hilliard and Macie McGinn each added one. Hilliard also made one of her four foul shots.

In the lat quarter Ware, Hilliard and Thompson each scored field goals. Hilliard hit both of her foul shots. Hesston won the contest 62-34.

Scoring for Sedgwick were Ware – 10, Hilliard – 10, McGinn – 2, Thompson – 10, Hicks – 2.

On Thursday, the Lady Cardinals hosted Argonia for Senior Night and took the win 59-34. Hilliard came out hot scoring two three-pointers in the first quarter. McGinn and Thompson each added two field goals, and Thompson made both of her foul shots. Sedgwick took the lead 16-10.

In the second quarter Hilliard made another three-pointer, as did Ware. Ware and McGinn added a couple of baskets each, and Thompson added one. The Lady Cardinals were in front 33-18 at the half.

When the third quarter rolled around, Celeste Storey, Gracie Mabry and Valerie Hicks came out on the court and all knocked in baskets. Hicks made her attempt a three-point play. McGinn and Thompson also scored two, and Thompson hit her only three-point shot of the game.

Sedgwick went into the fourth quarter with a comfortable 27-point lead. Bailey Zerger and Jacquez both got on the board with two. Ware and Hilliard also scored two, and McGinn made a three-point play. Sedgwick won 59-34.

Scoring for Sedgwick were Ware – 9, Mabry – 2, Storey – 2, Zerger – 2, Hilliard – 12, Jacquez – 2, McGinn – 14, Thompson – 13, and Hicks – 3.

Coach Aaron was proud of his Lady Cardinals.

“We had a great season,” he said. “I’m proud of how the girls performed all year long.  They were fun to watch. We were pretty consistent this year with a few bumps along the way.” 

This marks one of the most successful seasons in Sedgwick’s school history with a 15-6 record. 

“Unfortunately we were not rewarded for our regular season success with the sub-state that we were put in,” Aaron added. “Sub-states should be seeded at the end of the year and winning teams should be rewarded for their success in the regular season.”

He added that it would be hard to let go of Shae Ware, who was a four-year starter. 

“She had an excellent career, and she will be missed,” he said. I look forward to coaching this group again next year.”

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