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Chargers Start Season With W

Posted 12/8/2016

GOESSEL – The Burrton High boys basketball team got off to a great start by beating Elyria Christian Monday night to begin the new season.

Burrton had three players in double digit scoring. Brendan Dick led the Chargers with 26 points in the 78-69 win. He was followed by Cooper Zehr with 19 and Bryce Meacham with 12.

Corey Smith came out firing and buried three 3-pointers in the first half to lift the Chargers and finish with 9.

“Our three point shooting got us off to a quick start and we played well through the first half,” said head coach Robbie Wright, who got his first win of his high school coaching career.MORGAN REEVES PHOTO
BRADLEY Cooprider defends the goal for the Chargers during their season-opening win Monday.
MORGAN REEVES PHOTO BRADLEY Cooprider defends the goal for the Chargers during their season-opening win Monday.

Burrton scored 36 points in the first half but Elyria Christian made a run.

“I was impressed by the boys’ confidence in themselves when Elyria Christian made a run in the second half and really challenged us,” Wright said.  

“Brendan scored a lot of baskets down the stretch and some timely shooting from Cooper and Bryce sealed the game for us.  It was an exciting way to start the season.”

Other scorers for Burrton were Bradley Cooprider with 5, Michael Rimbey with 5 and Anthony Schmitt with 2.

Burrton continues play in the Goessel Tournament Saturday with times and opponent to be announced.


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Lady Dragons Fail To Make Comeback Against Remington

Posted 12/8/2016

JUNIOR Daphne Williams goes for a lay-up Friday night. Williams led the team with 20 points, including four three-pointers. 
JEFF FRAZELL PHOTO JUNIOR Daphne Williams goes for a lay-up Friday night. Williams led the team with 20 points, including four three-pointers. By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD—After being down by 10 points in the third quarter, the Halstead Lady Dragons nearly had a comeback win against Remington Friday night, even leading by three points with just four minutes left in the game. They fell short in the end, 54-49, opening the season 0-1.

“I was really happy with our effort,” Head Coach Derek Schutte said. “At times we were just exhausted. We’re a little short on varsity experience still.”

The first quarter saw several lead changes as Halstead tried to take the lead, but the Broncos began pulling ahead in the second quarter. Mackenzie Anderson scored from beyond the arc at the buzzer to put Halstead down four points going into halftime, 24-20.

The third quarter saw the Broncos extend their lead even further. A pair of three-pointers put them up 10 points, 32-22, the biggest deficit of the game.

Down seven points early in the fourth quarter, the Lady Dragons tied things up at 44-44 with a free throw from Adelle Runnebaum and three-pointers by Anderson and Daphne Williams. Tied again at 46-all with just under five minutes to go, the Lady Dragons took the lead for the first time since the first quarter with help from free throw by Anderson and a basket by Kodie Casey.

The Broncos caught up with just two-and-a-half minutes left, the score now tied at 49-all. But Remington crept ahead with three points off of free throws, and then put the game out of reach with a two-point basket.

Scoring totals for Halstead were Williams with 20, Anderson with 14, Kayla Newman with six, Runnebaum with five and Casey with four.

“I thought our girls executed really well for their first game,” Schutte said.

The Lady Dragons as a team went 18 for 39 on field goals, shooting 46 percent, compared to Remington’s 18 for 43, or 42 percent. Remington also added 14 points from free throws from Halstead’s 10 fouls. Schutte said his team had fouled more than they wanted to.

Results from Tuesday’s game at Solomon were unavailable at press time. Next up the Lady Dragons will host Bennington at 6 p.m. Thursday. They’ll follow this up Friday night on the road against Minneapolis and next Tuesday at Sedgwick.

For more coverage of Halstead sports, please see this week's print edition.

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Morris Undefeated As Halstead's Sole Wrestler

Posted 12/8/2016

By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD—Two meets into the wrestling season, senior Tony Morris has been the only Halstead representative on the mat so far due to injuries and other reasons, but he’s off to a hot start, having pinned all his opponents so far.

Halstead opened the season hosting Hillsboro and Minneapolis on Dec. 1. Morris competed in an exhibition match against a Hillsboro wrestler and quickly pinned his opponent.

“Although Tony’s match lasted 26 seconds, I was pleased that he was able to go out and pin his opponent,” Head Coach Chris Wilson said. “It allowed him to see a different opponent and style than what he has been seeing in the weight room with only one other practice partner.”

With only one wrestler, no team duel took place for Halstead. Minneapolis beat Hillsboro in their team duel.

Morris was Halstead’s sole wrestler again on Saturday at the Flinthills Tournament. Here he went 5-0 on the day with five first-period pins, wrestling at 170 pounds. 

Halstead’s small team has been plagued with injuries early on. Senior Ryan Stepanek has an injured hip, sophomore Cayden Brandt has a torn meniscus, and senior Lane Boswell has an injured wrist. Wilson said they were waiting on the doctor to know when they would be able to return.

This Saturday, Halstead will compete at the Hesston Tournament, which begins at 9 a.m.

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