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Halstead Invitational Shortened Due To Weather

Posted 1/19/2017

By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD—Sixteen wrestling teams were in town last weekend for the 42nd Annual Halstead Invitational Wrestling Tournament, which was held in a condensed time frame this year due to forecasts of icy weather. Normally a two-day event, this year’s tournament all took place Friday night.

“The coaches voted and decided to just finish up the tournament on Friday,” Halstead Head Coach Chris Wilson said. “This made for a late evening, but allowed teams to stay home (Saturday) and not worry about traveling in bad weather.”

As it was, six schools decided not to risk making the trip Friday night. 

TONY Morris pins Chase Beckner of Remington just 50 seconds into the match. Morris was 2-1 at the tournament and took second in his weight class. TONY Morris pins Chase Beckner of Remington just 50 seconds into the match. Morris was 2-1 at the tournament and took second in his weight class. To speed things up, time lengths in consolation rounds were shortened, and the medal ceremony was also eliminated. The tournament finished at 11:30 p.m.

“It took a lot of help from all our workers and volunteers to be able to pull it off,” Wilson said.

With just two wrestlers representing the Dragons, Halstead had fewer opportunities to score team points, finishing 16th with 23 team points. Douglass claimed the team title over second-place Marion, who had been looking to defend their title of tournament champion from the past two years. 

Senior Tony Morris led the way for Halstead, going 2-1 for the night and placing second in the 170-pound weight class. In the first round, he quickly pinned his Remington opponent in 50 seconds. In the semifinals, Morris battled it out against Leon Bluestem and won in a 7-2 decision.

In the championship finals, Morris was up against a Nickerson wrestler who is 11-3 for the season. After a scoreless first round, Nickerson edged ahead. Morris scored two points at almost the end of the third with a near fall but still came up short, 4-5.

“I was very pleased to see him come back in a match like that and not give up,” Wilson said. Morris is now 13-4 for the year.

Senior Lane Boswell went 1-2 on the night in the 160-pound weight class, bringing him to 3-6 for the season. His first match was against Wichita Independent, where he was pinned in the third round at 5:34.

He won his second match, pinning the wrestler from Chase County in 1:45. During the second round of consolation, Boswell was pinned by a wrestler from Douglass in 2:47.

This week the Dragons will be at Lyons on Thursday for a double dual with Lyons and St. Johns Military Academy. Saturday’s tournament scheduled at Stafford has been canceled.

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


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Rimbey Makes Winning Shot For Streaking Chargers

Posted 1/19/2017

BURRTON – The Burrton High boys basketball team is in the midst of its mid-season tournament that will conclude Saturday. A tournament bracket is in this week’s edition of the Independent.

Heading into the tournament, the team bombed Cunningham last Tuesday 62-33 and then won a thriller, 49-48,  over Attica.

Against Cunningham, Burrton came out strong and led 21-17 after a period. Cooper Zehr led the team with 16 points and he made four 3-pointers. Brendan Dick scored 12 points and Corey Smith scored 9 as did Bryce Meacham.

The boys were 10-of-11 at the foul line. The Chargers had scored 60 points after three quarters but backed off and made one basket in the fourth period.

The Chargers upped their record to 6-2 going into the tournament with the Attica win. It was a game where Michael Rimbey had a moment he will remember for a while. He made the winning shot at the buzzer after following up on a rebound.

“It was an exciting finish,” said  head coach Robbie Wright.

The Chargers started slowly and scored just two points in the first quarter. Burrton came back with a super second quarter (18 points) behind the shooting of Cooper Zehr. He scored 10 points in the period.

Burrton was very balanced in its scoring. Zehr had 10 points, Dick had 10 and Anthony Schmitt had 10 to lead the team.

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

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Lady Cardinals Face Tough Opponents

Posted 1/19/2017

SEDGWICK junior Sydney Hilliard brings the ball up the court.  SEDGWICK junior Sydney Hilliard brings the ball up the court. By Pilar Martin

SEDGWICK – The Lady Cardinals have had to play the toughest part of their schedule in this new year, according to Coach Aaron Stucky.  The team was 6-0 before the Christmas break and now their record is 7-3, 1-3 in District play.

On Tuesday, Jan. 10, Sedgwick played host to the Berean Academy Warriors. In the first quarter Sydney Hilliard made a three point play, making her foul shot. Macie McGinn and Grace Thompson each scored two points each. Valerie Hicks also knocked in two foul shots. The Warriors led by four at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Hilliard was the only player to get on the scoreboard, making three out of four foul shots. Berean led 19-11 at the half.

In the third quarter, Shae Ware, Gracie Mabry, and Avery Blank all made their baskets. McGinn added two baskets and a foul shot. Berean still led 27-22 at the start of the last quarter.

In the fourth, the Lady Cardinals were held to just six more points, two from Hilliard and another four from McGinn. Berean took the win 35-28.

Stucky said, “I think they (Berean) are the best team in the league. We didn't play well offensively in the first half.  We were much more patient in the second half and that resulted in better shots.  Defensively we were pretty good most of the game and battled well against their size.  We are playing the toughest part of our schedule right now.  We have lost to the two best teams in the league and there is no shame in that, but we need to find a way to be patient and disciplined offensively against the good defensive teams like Remington, Berean, and Moundridge.”

Total scoring for Sedgwick were Ware – 2, Mabry – 2, Hilliard – 7, McGinn – 11, Blank – 2, Thompson – 2, and Hicks – 2.

On Friday, Jan. 13, Sedgwick traveled to Moundridge to take on the Wildcats. Moundridge was on the defensive early, sending three Lady Cardinals to the foul line. Ware made both of her free throws, Kylie Charles made one, and Thompson hit one of her two attempts. Hilliard managed a basket and Thompson hit a three. Moundridge took the lead 11-9.

In the second quarter Hilliard and Thompson both hit threes. Ware, Hilliard, and Blank each knocked in baskets. Moundridge still kept the lead at the half 25-21.

In the third quarter, Ware drilled in her 3-point attempt. Hilliard, McGinn, and Thompson scored. The Lady Cardinals were more aggressive, sending the Wildcats to the foul line for four extra points.

In the fourth quarter, Hilliard made her second three and McGinn hit her first. Hilliard and Thompson each added a basket and Moundridge won 54-41.

Total scoring for Sedgwick, Ware – 7, Hilliard – 14, McGinn – 5, Charles – 1, Blank – 2, and Thompson – 12.

The Lady Cardinals played at home Tuesday, Jan. 17 against Haven. They host their own tournament beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

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