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October 20, 2016
Harvey County IndependentOctober 20, 2016 Harvey County Independent

Lady Dragons To Take On Difficult Sub-State Bracket

Posted 10/20/2016

SENIOR Kodie Casey serves against Hillsboro last Tuesday.SENIOR Kodie Casey serves against Hillsboro last Tuesday. HALSTEAD—The Lady Dragons have wrapped up regular season play and are looking to compete in sub-state tournament this Saturday at Cheney High School. Brackets had not yet been set as of press time.

“Our sub-state has been called the most difficult in the state,” Halstead Head Coach Diana Schutte said. “We have four ranked teams in our sub-state, so several of those games will be state quality games.”

Schutte said that the team its final few practices this week focusing on working on communicating better with each other as well as specialty hits and more aggressive serves.

“It’ll be a tough sub-state to compete in, but if anyone can compete, it’s this group of girls,” Schutte said. “They are small, but they work so hard in practice and they understand the game. When these girls understand their potential and compete to that level, good things will happen to them.”

Halstead ended its regular season play with a home tri last Tuesday against Hillsboro and Haven. Schutte said the team’s performance fell short of their expectations.

“Last week was a rough, rough week for us,” Schutte said. “I was very confident we would end our Tuesday night with two wins and we actually ended up 0-2. I just knew we would go into sub-state with two more wins under out belt, with a lot of confidence, so now we are approaching our sub-state differently.”

In the first two sets against Hillsboro, Halstead started out with early leads but allowed the Trojans to catch up, finishing with a win and a loss. Going into the third set, the Lady Dragons were up 24-19, but after several missed hits they lost 24-26.

“I think the loss against Hillsboro might have been the hardest loss we have had all year,” Schutte said. “The girls were disappointed in their efforts. I was a hard pill to swallow, but hopefully we learned from our mistakes and will be mentally tougher the next time to finish the game.”

Trying to move past this hard loss, the Lady Dragons took on Haven but were unable to pull out the win, losing in two sets 17-25 and 21-25.

“Even though we played better, we still couldn’t pull out a win,” Schutte said.

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

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BHS Ready For Regional At Cessna Center

Posted 10/20/2016

HARVEY COUNTY –  The Burrton High Cross Country team will be at the regional meet at the Cessna Activity Center Saturday.

Burrton is coming off a meet last Thursday held at West Park for Burrton’s Heart of the Plains league meet and the Wheat State League meet.

This was the first year for the Heart of The Plains and the Wheat State Leagues to come together to run their league meets. Organizers say it was an opportunity for more runners to participate in a single meet and to provide even more competition. It was run as a single race with both leagues taking the time for their runners out of the Challenge.  It also gave participants a chance to medal in two meets in one race.

“We ran our best times of the season on Thursday,” said head cross country coach Patty Dole.  “Everyone was on their game. All four runners  came away with new PRs . This is the time of the year that they should begin running their best, peaking at the end of the year.”

On the girls side, Kassi Salgado placed 5th in the challenge and third in the league with a new personal record of 23:11. Amairani Salgado placed 10th in the challenge and sixth in the league with a new PR of 23:50. 

On the boys race, Stephen Canada placed 29th in the Challenge  and 14th in league with a new PR of 19:48. Matthew Whitehurst ran his best time of the season with a 22:01. He placed 48th in the challenge and 24th in league.

“We are looking forward to running  back at Cessna Activity Center on Saturday after an absence of couple of years. East High runs a really great meet on a very challenging course,” Dole said.

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

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Cardinals Survive Scare Against Moundridge

Posted 10/20/2016

By Pilar Martin

SEDGWICK – Cardinal fans sat through another nail-biter last Friday night as Sedgwick came from behind to defeat Moundridge 24-20.

The game started out even with Moundridge scoring first in the first quarter, and Sedgwick answering with their own seven points.

Brayden Francis scored the first touchdown on a 16-yard run, then followed up with his own kick through the goalposts to tie the score 7-7.

In the second quarter, Neal Bever scored six more points on an 11-yard run. Francis kicked in the extra point.  Moundridge managed to pile on another 13 points to take the lead at half, 20-14.

In the third quarter, Francis racked up another touchdown and extra point, then kicked a 30-yard field goal for another three points. The Cardinals kept Moundridge from scoring in the third quarter. Sedgwick took the lead 24-20.

The fourth quarter, was a back-and-forth struggle for the ball. The Cardinals prevailed and ended the game victorious with a score of 24-20.

Colton Smith rushed for 134 yards in 24 carries. Francis caught the ball six times for 59 yards. QB Hooper Schroeder completed 16 of 24 for 146 yards.

Coach Doug Mabry said, “Moundridge had a good game plan and executed well against us.  They deserve a lot of credit for their performance on Friday. Our game plan was not very good, and the coaching staff takes full responsibility.  We will work hard to ensure that we make the necessary improvements this week.”

Sedgwick is now 5-2 on the season. The Cardinals know they have to work hard to get ready when Remington comes to town this Friday.

“Remington is coming off of their best game of the year, a 58-35 win vs Inman.  We will have to play extremely well to take the next step toward winning our district,” Mabry added.

Friday’s home game begins at 7 p.m. Cross Country and football seniors will be recognized.

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

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