The Marion and Bennington wrestling squads each had a nice showing at regionals. The Moundridge girls and Bennington boys also secured league basketball titles.
The Warrior wrestlers placed fourth at the Class 3-2-1A regional tournament with 118.5 points. Fredonia won with 170.5 points, and Marion missed third placed by less than 10 points. The Warriors will send five wrestlers to this weekend’s state tournament at Fort Hays State University.
Senior Brody Carroll led the back. The No. 6 ranked wrestler in the state claimed a 152-pound title with a second period pin over Cherryvale. Carroll improved to 37-2 on the year. Only one other Marion wrestler reached the championship match. In that final, sophomore Beretta Janzen lost a 4-0 decision to unbeaten Trey Francka, the No. 1 wrestler in the state at 113 pounds. At 220 pounds, senior Evan Slater (33-6) finished third. Sophomore Adam Janzen (23-9) placed fourth at 182 pounds, and senior Eric Regnier (17-23) placed fourth in the 126-pound class.
The Bulldogs wrestlers finished fifth out of 23 teams at the Garden Plain Class 3-2-1A regional tournament on Friday. No. 2 Hoisington ran away with the tournament with 169.5 points. Lyons finished second with 111.5 points. Five Bulldogs will head to the state tournament in Hays this weekend.
No Bennington wrestlers reached the finals, but several on light end had success on the consolation side. At 106 pounds, freshman Kody Kind improved to 21-15 en route to a third-place finish. Freshman T.J. Ragnoni also claimed third place at 126 pounds, taking a 24-10 record to state. In a tough class that saw some of the best matches of the tournament, senior Austin Werner finished fourth. He heads to Hays with a 25-17 record. Freshman Kyler Mick will wrestle in his first state tournament with a 21-8 record after finishing fourth at 138 pounds. Finally, in a class that featured the top wrestler in the state, senior Jacob Stewart placed fourth and heads to state at 26-16 overall.
Both of the Cardinal basketball teams went 1-1 in week 11 of action. The boys lost their Tuesday game to Berean Academy 37-28, but downed Council Grove 65-64 on Friday. In that win, Sedgwick had to battle back from a 22-13 first quarter deficit. They outscored Council Grove 17-10 in the second quarter and 14-11 in the final eight minutes to get the one-point win. Logan Thompson led all scorers with 23 points. Drake Standefer added 12 points, and Connor Tobisch and Chris Agee each scored 11 points.
The Lady Cardinals managed to get by No. 8 Berean 46-38 on Tuesday but fell to Council Grove 60-50 on Friday. Tuesday, the girls led Berean 31-21 after three quarters and held off a late Lady Warrior comeback bid. Annabelle Little and Jamie Lovett each scored nine points.
The Celtic basketball teams struggled to a 1-3 week. The Trinity girls picked up the lone win with a 36-33 win against Bennington on Tuesday. They fell 39-20 on the road at Hoisington on Friday. In Tuesday’s win, the Celtics hit the half with Bennington tied at 15. They outscored the Bulldogs 10-8 in the third quarter and 13-10 in the final quarter to preserve the win. Brooke Racette hit three three-pointers and led all scorers with 16 points. Mariah Hammersmith finished with 11 points.
The boys had a tough week against two opponents with a combined four losses on the year. The Celtics lost to Bennington 62-42, and fell to Hoisington 57-35.
The Teuton boys are simply on fire. A week after picking up two wins over ranked opponents and pushing a win-streak to nine games, Inman did it again. Tuesday, the No. 6 Teutons downed No. 8 Marion 56-54 in double-overtime. Friday, they won their 11th-straight with a 50-37 win against No. 10 Little River. In Friday’s win, Inman outscored the Redskins 28-14 in the second half to take the 13-point win. Justin Friesen and Tyler Cottam each scored 11 points, followed by 10 points from Cody Seiler.
Struggles continued for the Lady Teutons as they fell to Marion 34-31, but defeated Little River 46-39. In Friday’s win, Inman outscored Little River 27-14 in the middle quarters. Kaitlynn Goalden finished with 15 points.
Both Bronco basketball teams posted a 1-1 mark in week 11 of the season. The teams had success against Canton-Galva on Tuesday. The girls won their game 49-29, and the boys won 63-33. Friday, the teams traveled to Berean Academy. The girls dropped to 12-7 with a 48-38 loss to the No. 8 Lady Warriors. The boys are also 12-7 following a 46-33 loss.
Tuesday, the Lady Broncos dominated Canton-Galva in the first and third quarters, outscoring the Eagles 30-10 in that stretch. The girls did it without a single three-pointer. Junior Kylee Schunn nearly had a double-double with 16 points and nine steals. Sophomore Kristyn Wedel did secure a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards. The boys led the Eagles 41-21 by halftime on Tuesday. Caleb Tanner went off for 25 points and Kyle Regies was the only other Bronco to reach double-figures with 12 points.