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Lady Cardinals Pull Off Huge Win Versus Goessel

Posted 9/22/2016

HANNAH Christie (5) jumps for joy after winning a hard-fought point against  Goessel at last Thursday’s home meet. Grace Thompson (21) and Macy McGinn (14) look on. HANNAH Christie (5) jumps for joy after winning a hard-fought point against Goessel at last Thursday’s home meet. Grace Thompson (21) and Macy McGinn (14) look on. By Pilar Martin

SEDGWICK – At a pep rally on last Monday, volleyball player Bailey Zerger asked students to come to their home match on Thursday.

“It’s a really big game for us. We haven’t beat Goessel since I have played here. We want to beat them bad,” said the junior. 

Well the students showed up to cheer on the Lady Cardinals, and the volleyball team did not disappoint.

In a nail-biting struggle, Sedgwick took control and finished the first set 25-12. They struggled for every point in the second game and came up short by two, losing to powerhouse Goessel 25-23. 

Forced into a third game, the Lady Cardinals came out on top, 25-19, beating Goessel for the first time in years. 

“Goessel had not been beat for two years,” Coach Karen Stuckey said. “They were 1A state champions last season and went undefeated; then, in 2014 they lost only one match and it was in the state championship finals.”

In the second round game, Sedgwick went on to beat Moundridge, 25-23 and 25-8. The victories were a great addition to the homecoming celebrations that week.

“The best part of Thursday night's win over Goessel was the confidence that we brought into the match and maintained throughout all three sets,” Stuckey said. “We have been working on some very specific skills, and to see us be able to put them into live action was very rewarding. Our programs are very similar and we have great girls who play high intensity volleyball. It was just a great match to watch.”

The Lady Cardinals now have a 13-3 record.  Their next home match will be Tuesday, Sept. 27, when Berean Academy and Bennington come to town. Play starts at 4 p.m. with JV games.

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

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Lady Chargers Hovering Around .500

Posted 9/22/2016

BURRTON – Last week, the Burrton Lady Chargers played a lot of matches with mixed results.

When it was all over, the Lady Chargers stood at 8-8 on the year and 2-1 in league play. Last Tuesday, Burrton hosted St. John, Macksville and Stafford with the Lady Chargers going 1-2.

Burrton lost to St. John 19-25, 24-26 and Macksville 22-25, 19-25. Burrton beat Stafford 25-7, 25-20.

The Lady Chargers had strong serving in all matches, serving over 90   percent.

“We have had some mental lapses and players need to determine what we want our level of success to be. There are times I think they want it as bad as I do and then other times we show no emotion at all,” said head volleyball coach Kelli Zehr.

“Volleyball is a game where you always have to be ready, intense and communicating. Changing that mentality is key to our future success this year.”

At Goessel, Burrton played some larger schools, losing to Halstead, Sedgwick and Central Christian but beating South Haven.

Next Tuesday, Burrton hosts a triangular with Cunningham and Norwich and it will be senior night.

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

 

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HMS Cross Country Has Busy Week

Posted 9/22/2016

HALSTEAD—Middle school cross country in Halstead had a busy week last week, competing in two meets. They ran at Lake Afton on Sept. 13 and followed it up two days later at the Herington meet.

At Lake Afton, the seventh graders finished 17th out of 18 teams and the eighth graders finished 14th out of 15 teams.

“They have been working hard in practice to try and stay physically and mentally sharp,” Head Coach Curtis Vermillion said. “I was again proud of the way the runners competed. All ran hard and ran well.”

In a field of 131 runners in the seventh grade one-mile race, Kaden Gall took 60th (7:09.7), Christopher Walters took 73rd (7:23.2) and Braxton Siebert took 98th (7:41.5).

In the eighth grade 1.5 mile race of 92 runners, Thomas Porch finished 41st (10:27.9), Sebastian Forsythe finished 45th (10:31.9), Jadine Romine took 61st (11:11.2) and Blake Bush took 62nd (11:11.3).

Vermillion said this meet had more difficult terrain than at the middle-schoolers’ first meet in Clearwater. The course’s grassy, rough rolling hills provided a challenge for the runners.

 

Lake Afton Results

7th Grade Boys: (1 mile) 131 runners

Kaden Gall – 60th (7:09.7)

Christopher Walters – 73rd (7:23.2)

Braxton Siebert – 98th (7:41.5)

 

8th Grade Boys: (1.5 mile) 92 runners

Thomas Porch – 41st (10:27.9)

Sebastian Forsythe– 45th (10:31.9)

Jadine Romine – 61st (11:11.2)

Blake Bush– 62nd (11:11.3)

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

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