Sedgwick reaches

HOAL semifinals

MARION — The Sedgwick High School volleyball team finished 4-1, falling in the semifinals of the Heart of America League volleyball tournament Saturday in Marion.

Sedgwick won its pool, beating Ell-Saline 25-22, 25-21; Sterling 25-14, 25-16; Hutchinson Trinity 24-26, 25-16, 25-12; and Moundridge 25-8, 25-21.

In the semifinals, Sedgwick fell to Marion 25-17, 25-23. Marion beat Hutchinson Trinity 25-23, 25-23 in the finals.

Moundridge finished 2-2, beating Ell-Saline 26-24, 25-21; and Sterling 16-25, 25-23, 25-12; and lost to Hutchinson Trinity 23-25, 25-23, 25-12; and Sedgwick.

Berean Academy finished 3-1, beating Bennington 26-28, 25-12, 25-21; Remington 25-11, 25-8; Inman 25-17, 24-26, 25-22; and losing to Marion 25-20, 25-22. Berean, Inman and Marion all finished 3-1 in pool play, but Berean finished third in the tie-breaker.

Remington finished 1-3, beating Bennington 25-18, 25-23; losing to Marion 25-20, 25-13; Inman 25-17, 20-25, 26-28; and Berean Academy.

Sedgwick competes in the Class 3A regional Saturday in Chaney. Remington competes in the Class 3A regional Saturday in Eureka. Berean Academy competes in the Class 2A sub-state Saturday in Rosalia. Moundridge competes in the Class 2A sub-state Saturday in St. John.

Heart of America

League Volleyball

Saturday at Marion

Pool 1 — Marion def. Bennington 25-15, 25-12; Marion def. Remington 25-20, 25-13; Marion def. Inman 25-17, 25-22; Remington def. Bennington 25-18 25-23; Marion def. Berean Academy 25-20, 25-22; Inman def. Remington 25-17, 20-25, 26-28; Berean Academy def. Bennington 26-28, 25-12, 25-21; Berean Academy def. Remington 25-11, 25-8; Berean Academy def. Inman 25-17, 24-26, 25-22; Inman def. Bennington 25-11, 25-15.

Pool 2 — Sedgwick def. Ell Saline 25-22, 25-21; Sedgwick def. Sterling 25-14, 25-16; Sedgwick def. Hutchinson Trinity 24-26, 25-16, 25-12; Ell-Saline def. Sterling 18-25, 25-15, 25-19; Sedgwick def. Moundridge 25-8, 25-21; Hutchinson Trinity def. Sterling 25-17, 25-17; Moundridge def. Ell Saline 26-24, 25-21; Moundridge def. Sterling 16-25, 25-23, 25-13; Hutchinson Trinity def. Moundridge 23-25, 25-23, 25-12; Hutchinson Trinity def. Ell Saline 25-12, 19-25, 25-19.

Semifinals — Hutchinson Trinity def. Inman 25-18, 25-19; Marion def. Sedgwick 25-17, 25-23.

Finals — Marion def. Hutchinson Trinity 25-23, 25-23.

Hesston takes

third at tourney

CLEARWATER — The Hesston High School volleyball team placed third Saturday at the Clearwater Invitational.

In pool play, Hesston downed Clearwater 25-18, 25-16; Haven 25-9, 25-22; and Wichita Trinity Academy 25-15, 17-25, 25-22.

“This is always a great tournament for us to play in the week before sub-state, and we had several very competitive matches this year as well,” Hesston coach Jason Peters said. “We started a little slow against Clearwater, but then picked it up to finish the match strong. We played well against Haven in the first set, but couldn’t put them away in the second due to a number of our errors. Against Wichita Trinity, we played very well in the first set, but then allowed them to find their rhythm and come back in the second with too many errors and not moving as well on defense. We were able to pull ahead late in the third set to finish the match and take first place in our pool.”

In the semifinals, Hesston fell to Douglass 28-26, 20-25, 25-19.

““We have battled Douglass at this tournament several times over the past few years, and they have always seemed to find a way to win close matches against us,” Peters said. “We battled back in the first set after falling behind 10-2 early and were down 23-18 and 24-21, before we made a run and tied it up to send it to extra points. We carried the momentum of that comeback that just fell short into the second set, where we dominated from the start. In the third set, we ran out of gas and were not able to side-out as well as we had earlier in the match.”

In the third-place match, Hesston fell to Trinity Academy 25-20, 20-25, 25-20.

“We played Wichita Trinity in the third place match next, and struggled with energy as we had just played six consecutive sets without much break,” Peters said. “We gave up an early lead and couldn’t recover in the first set, but came back in the second from an early deficit to pull ahead midway through. In the third set, we led 15-10, but couldn’t find the last bit of energy to finish out the match.”

Kailey Jo Ince and Alaina Dunlavy were both named to the all-tournament team. Hesston is 29-6 and hosts Lyons and the Wichita Home School defenders at 5 p.m. today. Hesston plays in the Class 3A sub-state Saturday in Beloit.

“There were a number of times today when we played well today and looked like a very strong team,” Peters said. “We have had a tough stretch of 16 matches in the past two weeks against good competition that has worn us out a bit, but has also pushed us to play at a higher level and identify areas to keep working on. If we can put together those stretches of high energy and good defense at the right times next week, we will have a chance to compete well at sub-state.”

Goessel wins

WSL tourney

GOESSEL — The Goessel High School volleyball team wrapped up the regular season by winning the Wheat State League tournament Saturday in rural Lost Springs.

Goessel won the league tourney six straight years to go with seven straight WSL regular-season titles.

Goessel downed Herington 25-10, 25-8; Canton-Galva 25-15, 25-16; Solomon 25-8, 20-25, 25-10; Rural Vista 25-18, 25-16; and Centre 25-3, 25-5.

Goessel improves to 35-1 and plays in the Class 1A, Division I sub-state Saturday in Peabody.

Bluebirds stop

St. John-Hudson

ST. JOHN — The Goessel High School football team downed St. John-Hudson 56-6 Friday in Eight-Man I district play in St. John.

The game was called at halftime on the 45-point rule.

Goessel held a 465-110 advantage in total offense. Josh Schmidt hit six of six passes for 233 yards and four touchdowns. Schmidt rushed for 175 yards on seven carries with a touchdown. Jordan Griffin had four catches for 149 yards and three touchdowns. Trevor Beisel had a rushing touchdown and caught a touchdown pass. Zach Zogleman added a rushing touchdown.

For St. John-Hudson, Keven Neri-Leon had 13 carries for 83 yards and a touchdown.

Goessel improves to 5-2, 2-1 in district play. St. John-Hudson falls to 3-4, 1-2 in district play. Goessel plays Friday at Canton-Galva.

Halstead gridders

down Haven

HAVEN — The Halstead High School football team opened Class 3A district play with a 46-0 win over Haven Friday in Haven.

Halstead led 22-0 at the half.

Layke Heimerman had 14 carries for 159 yards and two touchdowns for the Dragons. Tony Morris added 10 carries for 131 yards and two touchdowns. Morris also returned a kickoff 78 yards for a score. Aric Popst added a rushing touchdown.

Haven falls to 1-6 overall and in the Central Kansas League and 0-1 in district play. Halstead is 6-1 overall and in CKL play and 1-0 in district play.

Halstead plays Friday at Hutchinson Trinity.

Bethel drops

two matches

The Bethel College volleyball team dropped a pair of matches in a span of three days.

Saturday, Bethel fell to York College in three sets in York, Neb. Monday at Thresher Gym, Bethel fell to Bethany in three sets.

Bethel fell to York 25-21, 25-16, 25-15. Halie Ewing had 14 kills for York, followed by Kylie Wroot with 10. Jolene Herzog set 36 assists. Wroot served four aces. Ewing had eight digs. Kayliana Cox downed three blocks.

For Bethel, Katie Neira had eight kills. Amber Munoz set 10 assists and served two aces. Taylor Buessing had nine digs.

Bethel fell to Bethany 25-22, 25-23, 25-19. Nikita Nelson had 12 kills, followed by Carli Vasholtz with 11. Eileen Vlamis set 23 assists, followed by Opel Drapau with 17. Kacie Larsen, Nelson and Conner Stolley each served two aces. Stolley had 17 digs.

For Bethel, Neira had 12 kills. Munoz set 15 assists, followed by Avery Myatt with 13. Myatt served two aces. Buessing had 12 digs, Neira downed three blocks.

Bethel falls to 0-17, 0-15 in KCAC play. Bethel plays Wednesday at Oklahoma Wesleyan.

BC men fall

to Wesleyan

SALINA — The Bethel College men’s soccer team fell to Kansas Wesleyan 3-0 Saturday in KCAC play in Salina.

Jesse Lennon, Cam Hunter and Jordan Zentner each scored a goal for KWU, 8-4-1 overall and 5-0-1 in KCAC play. Miguel Garcia-Rosas had two assists.

Bethel was outshot 22-4. Kobi Russom had three saves in goal for Bethel. Fauris Franco had two saves for the Coyotes.

Bethel falls to 2-10, 1-5 in KCAC play, and hosts Sterling at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

BC women drop

road contest

SALINA — The Bethel College women’s soccer team fell to Kansas Wesleyan 7-0 Saturday in Salina.

KWU led 3-0 at the half. Bethel had just 11 players dressed in the game.

Taylor Veloz scored two goals for KWU, 11-0-2 overall and 6-0 in KCAC play. Jen Rogers scored a goal with two assists. Valerie Ochoa added a goal with an assist. Cynthia Chavez, Kirsten Anderson and Marissa McAllister each added a goal. Sarah Granato and Victoria Marquez each added an assist.

Bethel was outshot 41-1. Kimberly McLaughlin had 14 saves in goal for Bethel. Jane Potter and Alison Casey each played a half in goal for KWU with Casey posting a save.

Bethel is 3-9, 0-6 in KCAC play. Bethel hosts Sterling at 5 p.m. Wednesday.