Sedgwick senior Nic Johnson nearly won a state wrestling title. Unfortunately, he ran into a now three-time champion Saturday in Hays.
Cardinal senior Nic Johnson made it all the way to the Class 3-2-1A State wrestling finals at 145 pounds. There he met one of the top wrestlers in the state in Rossville junior Tagen Lambotte, who downed Johnson 20-8 for his third title in as many years. Johnson (39-7) pinned his first two opponents at the tournament, then used a 4-1 decision against Norton’s Cody Ellis to advance.
The Sedgwick boys basketball team takes a 10-10 record into the Conway Springs sub-state where they will host a first-round game against No. 6 seed Garden Plain (7-13) on Tuesday. The Lady Cardinals (9-11) will travel Wichita to play to No. 4 seed Douglass (11-9) on Tuesday.
The Lady Warriors finish the regular-season on the outside looking in at the Class 2A rankings. They still knocked off Goessel 46-33 in Tuesday’s regular-season-finale. Berean already led 12-7 after one quarter before blanking Goessel in the second quarter for a 27-7 halftime lead. Abbi Landis scored 11 points in the win, followed by eight points from Hannah Weber and seven points from Xannie Quiring. The Lady Warriors (15-4) are the No. 2 seed at the Moundridge sub-state. They will host No. 7 Burden Central (5-16) on Tuesday.
The Berean boys played even closer to Goessel in a 44-36 win. The Warriors outscored the Bluebirds 26-11 in the middle quarters. Dallas Wiebe tied for game-high honors with 16 points. Loren Pearce finished with 13 points. The Warriors will have to work to get back to the state tournament. As the No. 3 seed, Berean (12-7) will play No. 6 Herington (9-11) in round one. Burden Central (19-1) and Moundridge (15-5) fill out the top of the bracket.
The No. 6 Lady Cats survived a scare against Ellinwood on Tuesday. The Lady Eagles were coming off a win against a ranked Ell-Saline squad and held a 40-30 lead heading into the final quarter. Moundridge figured it out to pull off a 44-42 win. MacKenzie Suderman led all scorers with 19 points. Michelle Schrag finished with 12 points, and Brooke Holloway scored 10 points. The girls (17-3) take the top seed into at their own sub-state. They will play No. 8 Canton-Galva (2-18) on Tuesday.
The No. 9 boys had an easier time with Ellinwood, dispatching the Eagles 66-35. They led 36-17 by the half of that contest. Daniel Ratzlaff poured in 20 points, and Colton Frazer finished right behind him with 19 points. The Wildcats (15-5) earn a No. 2 seed at sub-state and will play No. 7 Chase County (2-18) in the first round.
The Teuton boys continue to win. Tuesday, the squad closed out the regular-season with a 13th-straight win by defeating Herington 52-30. Inman closes the regular-season at No. 6 in the Class 2A ranks. The Lady Teutons outscored Herington 13-12 in the final quarter to force overtime in a 44-40 loss. Abby Ropp and Savannah Case each scored 11 points.
The boys (15-5) still enter the Sterling sub-state as a No. 2 seed. They will host Ellinwood (5-15) in round-one, then will likely see No. 1 seed Little River (16-4) in Thursday’s semifinal. The Teutons recently defeated Little River 50-37. The Lady Teutons (6-14) will open their sub-state at ninth-ranked Sterling (17-3) on Tuesday.
The Eagle basketball teams combined for just two wins in the regular-season. Tuesday, the squads were swept on the road at Little River. The boys fell to the No. 10 Redskins 48-31. The Lady Eagles fell behind 26-7 in the first half of a 49-22 loss. Erika Smith scored 10 points in the loss. Keana Haydon added four points as the only other Lady Eagle to score more than two points.
The boys take a 1-19 record into the Moundridge sub-state where they will face top-seed Burden Central (19-1). The Lady Eagles hit sub-state at 2-18 and will play No. 1 seed Moundridge (17-3) on Tuesday.
The No. 4 Bulldogs barely escaped the regular-season with a win on Tuesday. Solomon hung with Bennington all night, taking a 51-47 lead into the final quarter. The Bulldogs collected themselves to put up 20 points and leave town with a win. Bennington made just 12-of-24 free throw tries in the win. Zach Fief did not shoot a free throw but hit two threes to lead the team with 16 points. Derek Stanley went 5-of-7 from the stripe for 15 points. Drake Juenemann added 14 points and Jacob Arnold 13 points and 14 rebounds. The Lady Bulldogs came up short 54-43 in their game.
The boys take a 19-1 record into the Belleville sub-state. After a first-round bye, they will get the winner of the No. 4 Washington County (12-7)/No. 5 Ell-Saline (8-11) game in Thursday’s semifinal. The girls (5-15) enter as the No. 6 seed at Ell-Saline (14-5) on Tuesday.
The Bronco basketball teams closed out the regular-season with two wins on the road at Oxford. The boys squeaked by 42-38. The Lady Broncs cruised to a 40-22 win, holding Oxford to just four points in the second and third quarters combined to establish a 36-12 lead. The girls emptied the bench with 13 players seeing action. Sophomore Kristyn Wedel paced the squad with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Kylee Schunn added six points.
Both squads hit sub-state in favorable positions. The No. 2 seed boys (13-7) will host Bluestem (4-16) on Tuesday. Wichita Independent is the top seed at 15-5. The girls (13-7) will play host to No. 6 seed Independent (6-14) on Tuesday.