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Indians take down Crusaders By Shana Gregory and Travis Mounts

The Clearwater Indians football team started the season with a strong performance, beating the Wellington Crusaders 4113 at Sellers Park in Wellington. Coach Dirk Ankerholz said he was happy with the way the whole team played, but was very impressed by runningbacks Ethan Ellis and Colin Ellis. Ethan Ellis ran for 212 yards and Collin Ellis added 150 yards. “They both had a really great game,” Ankerholz said. Clearwater took over the game in the third quarter. Wellington began the quarter with a touchdown drive that cut the Indians’ lead to just a point, 14-13. The Indians answered with a pair of third quar-

ter scores that gave them a 27-13 lead and control of the contest. The first score came on a seven-play drive covering 78 yards. Collin Ellis capped the drive with a 7-yard rush and a touchdown, his second of three touchdowns in the game. After the Indians’ defense forced Wellington to punt, Clearwater scored on the next play when Ethan Willis broke free for a 59-yard touchdown run. The Indians added two more scores in the fourth quarter, one each by Collin Ellis and Ethan Ellis, to seal the victory. In the first quarter, Clearwater took a 6-0 lead on a touchdown run by Cody Layton. The Indians attempted a 2-point conversion but did not score. In the second quarter, a Clearwater fumble

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Clearwater football players Collin Ellis, left, Konner Wells, Brady Helton and Kale Mills stand together before the start of the Indians football game at Wellington last Friday.

gave Wellington a scoring chance. The Crusaders took advantage with a 23yard touchdown run and led 7-6. The Indians responded

with an eight-play, 58-yard scoring drive. Collin Ellis’ 4-yard run gave Clearwater a 14-7 lead, which was the score at halftime. “It was a great feeling,”

Ankerholz said. “It always is during the first game. We came out prepared.” Ankerholz said that before this Friday’s game, the Indians plan to work on

cleaning up mistakes made in the first showdown. “That first game shows you a lot,” he said. Clearwater plays at Augusta this Friday.

Penalties, turnovers and a win for the Owls Pauly rushes for 287 yards By Travis Mounts

There’s an old phrase among coaches: “I’d rather win ugly than lose pretty.” Make no mistake – Garden Plain’s 33-27 win over Hesston was an ugly performance by both teams. But it was a win nonetheless. The teams combined for 33 penalties, including 22 by the Owls, who were penalized for 145 yards. The Swathers were hit for 110 yards in penalties. A second-quarter drive encapsulated the entire game. Leading 14-7, the Owls drove 71 yards on 15 plays, scoring on a 5yard run by quarterback Nate Pauly. The Owls were called for three falsestart penalties. Yellow flags rained down on the Swathers, too, who were whistled for a personal foul that gave Garden Plain a first down and for an encroachment penalty. The Owls also converted a trio of fourth-down plays. In a second-half drive, Garden Plain committed penalties on three straight plays; a hold was followed by two false starts. There were six turnovers in the game, four by Hesston. And Garden Plain seemed to force those turnovers at key times.

“I was pleased with the effort. Obviously, we made a lot of first-game mistakes that we need to correct, but the effort that was there. All the mistakes are correctable. We had a lot of guys in new positions,” said second-year head coach Ken Dusenbury. The Owls started the game with an 80-yard touchdown drive capped by a 23-yard run by Pauly,

who rushed for 287 yards and four scores. Three plays into Hesston’s first drive, Cody Hendryx recovered a Swathers’ fumble. The Owls needed just four plays to cover 76 yards and Pauly rushed for an 11-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead. In the second quarter, Hesston took advantage of a Garden Plain interception, scoring on a 29yard passing touchdown

on the drive’s first play to make it 14-7. That’s when Garden Plain staged its 71-yard, penalty-filled drive for a 21-7 lead. Hesston answered with a 10-play, 80-yard scoring drive, and the Owls led 21-14 at halftime. Garden Plain grabbed momentum at the start of the second half. Hesston had an impressive drive going, but Pauly intercept-

ed Hesston quarterback Zach Esau in the end zone. The Owls then went 80 yards on four plays, most of that yardage coming on

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Goddard wins in 2 OTs Staff report

The Goddard Lions opened their season Friday night with a double overtime game against the Olathe Northwest Ravens, winning 27-26. “They all played their tails off,” Goddard coach Scott Vang said. “A few little things were off, but they kept fighting and did a win.” Forty-eight minutes wasn’t enough for the two teams. The game went back and forth, and when the horn sounded at the end of the fourth quarter, the teams were tied 14-14. The Ravens had the ball first. They scored on a 9-yard pass and attempted a two-point converstion. The attempt failed, and Northwest led 20-14. Goddard answered as quarterback Blake Sullivan ran in for the tying score. The Lions had a

chance to win on the extra point kick, but Zack True’s attempt was not good, and the teams were tied 20-20. The Lions went right back on offense, getting the ball first in the second overtime. Again the Lions scored on a Sullivan touchdown run, this time from 2 yards out. Gentry Cole came in and made the extra point kick; the Lions led 27-20. Northwest found the end zone on its try, scoring on a 2-yard run. The Ravens opted to try another 2-point conversion, but the attempt failed, and the Lions walked off the field victorious. Northwest had the game’s only score in the first half, a touchdown on a 14-yard pass that gave the Ravens a 6-0 halftime lead. Goddard took a 7-6 lead in the third quarter when Sullivan con-

nected with Bryant Mocaby on a 10-yard pass. The Lions went up 14-6 in the fourth on a 2-yard Sullivan run, but Northwest answered with a touchdown of its own and tied the game 14-14 when it made a 2-point conversion. Goddard missed a possible game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter. Vang said there is plenty to work on despite the positive outcome of this game. “We need to work on consistency,” Vang said. “We need to make better reads, better blocks, play a little better defense – just a lot of those first-game things you always do, but with the first game comes a lot of improvement. You can better identify things maybe you couldn’t see in

3A champ Garden Plain opens with pair of wins By Michael Buhler

The Garden Plain Owls began the 2016 volleyball season like they ended the previous one – with a pair of opening-night wins. The Owls opened the season last Thursday with a triangular at Bluestem High School, downing Sedgwick 25-17, 25-22 and host Bluestem 25-11, 2518. “The win against Sedgwick was a really good win for us because Sedgwick is always a good team,” Garden Plain coach Gina Clark said. “They’re very well coached. You know if you get a win against them

to open the season, you’ve done something right.” In the opener against Sedgwick, Michelle Youngers led the way for Garden Plain with 10 kills, while Piper Bourne added five and the duo of Ryann Flax and Taylor Joplin had four apiece. Bourne added 14 digs and a pair of aces, while Flax added 10 digs. Nikole Puetz added 14 assists, while Kara Heimerman had nine. Flax and Youngers had seven kills each against Bluestem, while Joplin had a pair of aces. Bourne had seven digs, while Puetz added 12 assists and

Heimerman had six assists. “Bluestem’s better than they have been in the past,” Clark said. “Everybody got in during that match. I felt good about that.” The Owls take on Medicine Lodge and St. John on Thursday, then head to Haven on Saturday for a round-robin tournament. “Kingman is there as well as Cheney,” Clark said. “Cheney returns a lot of its starters from last year. We know that’s going to be a good grudge match. There’s nobody in that tournament that you can overlook.”

Clearwater splits in season-opening tri By Michael Buhler

The Clearwater Indians opened the volleyball season with a mixed set of results last Tuesday, defeating Collegiate Prep 25-23, 25-20 and dropping a tight battle with Augusta 25-20, 25-27, 18-25 at Collegiate. “For the first night out, I was pleased with the effort I saw in both matches,” Clearwater coach Trista Bailey said. “For a fairly young group, I thought we played solid defense all night.” Alli Klausmeyer and Kylee Harman had eight kills each against Collegiate, while Grace Pracht had 23 assists. Lindsey Wolf had 12 digs, while Lacey Wolf had eight, and the duo of Kylee Harman

and Olivia Helmers each had seven. Harman had eight kills against Augusta, while Klausmeyer and Lindsey Wolf had six each and Pracht again had 23 assists. Lindsey Wolf led the way with 19 digs and Lacey Wolf added 17. “Against Collegiate, we were able to finish big rallies and relied heavily on our senior setter, Grace Pracht, to get the ball where it needed to be in our offense,” Bailey said. “In the Augusta match, we had several opportunities to finish in the second set, but couldn’t come up with the back-to-back points that we needed. We were up 20-14 and 23-16 in the

second set and got stuck in a rotation that Augusta picked apart.” Clearwater hosted Andale and Collegiate earlier this week and will compete at the Valley Center tournament on Saturday. Andover, Garden City, Campus, Rose Hill, Salina Central, Bishop Carroll, Wichita North and Wichita West will join Clearwater and host Valley Center at the tournament. “The first night out is always eye-opening for the players and as a coach,” Bailey said. “We identified some strengths in our defense but also learned that all of our hitters have to take an active role in our offense in order for us to be successful.”

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Kendall Gonzales drags down an Olathe Northwest player during Goddard’s game on Friday. Goddard won in double overtime.

Tennis roundup

Three sisters meet in doubles match By Sam Jack

Kelly Truong, a freshman at Eisenhower High School, joins her older sisters, junior Amy and senior MyLinh, on the Tigers tennis team this year. At the first meet in which all three competed, Sept. 1’s McPherson Invitational, the sisters found themselves facing off across a net. The doubles team of MyLinh and Kelly Truong went down to Riley Wedel and Amy Truong in the tournament’s third-place match, 8-6. EHS senior singles player Maddie Watson also found herself in a third-place match, after losing a lopsided semifinal to Ashley Sherrow of Derby. She rallied to take third, beating Rachel Ivers of McPherson 8-6.

After an 8-0 first-round win, Taylor Daugherty lost in the second round to eventual singles champion Ellea Ediger of McPherson. She ended up in sixth place after a win in the consolation bracket. As a team, the Tigers finished second in Wellington, only five points behind McPherson. “Everybody came out firing and won their first one, which in a bracketed tournament, you’ve got to win your first to really compete,” said coach Brad Zubke. “They all came out and did what they needed to do.” At a quad in Wellington Aug. 30, the Tigers claimed first in two of the four events, but were still edged out by Wellington for the overall team

victory. Maddi Watson won the No. 1 singles, beating Wellington’s Abby Lowe 8-1, Conway Springs’ Erica Ebenkamp 8-5, and Buhler’s Lucy Mann 8-2. The #No. 2 doubles team of Riley Wedel and Amy Truong also finished first, beating teams from Wellington, Conway Springs and Buhler by scores of 8-6, 8-6 and 8-4. Alex Taylor, playing No. 2 singles, and the No. 1 doubles team of MyLinh Truong and Bailey Beauchamp, failed to win any matches. The Goddard Lions competed at the Maize tournament Sept. 1 to start their season, scoring 11 team points to take fifth. See TENNIS, Page 4B

Lions sweep league foes By Michael Buhler

The Goddard Lions earned a pair of hard-fought victories on the volleyball court in their only action last week. The Lions took a pair of three-set wins against Derby and Maize South at home last Tuesday. Goddard rallied past Derby 23-25, 2516, 25-21 and also came from behind to defeat Maize South 21-25, 25-21, 25-21. “One of the things that I think sticks out for us is our middles are getting a lot kills,” Goddard coach Jessica Keys said. “Our passing is really good and it has allowed our middles to get a lot of kills.” The win against Derby avenges a loss to the Panthers that Goddard suffered the previous weekend in the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League preseason

tournament at Hutchinson. With the two wins, the Lions entered this week with a record of 5-3. “I think it really shows how much effort that they’ve put in to get to this point,” Keys said. Grace Hall and Sydney Morrow have been leading the Lions in kills, while Montana Soderberg has made her presence felt at libero. “Montana Soderberg is digging up everybody’s stuff, whether they’re hitting hard or hitting soft,” Keys said. “She’s pulling some big numbers for digs in each game.” Goddard hosted a triangular with Eisenhower and Valley Center earlier this week. The Lions are slated to head to Arkansas City on Saturday for a tournament.

Local high school golf teams tee off new season By Travis Mounts

Eisenhower opened the local girls golf season on Aug. 29 at the Derby tournament. The Tigers shot 210 to place fifth in the 10-team field. Maize and Andover shared the title, with each team shooting 193. Hutchinson (207) and Winfield (208) were next. Eisenhower finished five strokes in front of Derby. Kensey Arlt was the Tigers’ top finisher. She shot 48 and finished in a twoway tie for 10th, and she took 11th on the scorecard playoff. “Kensey shot our best score, but didn’t feel well and had a couple tough holes,” said Eisenhower head coach Cliff Hartzog. With only five varsity play-

ers, it’s more of a challenge to get four good scores for team results. “We’re constantly looking for that fourth score. We played about average. We definitely have to find a fourth score if we want to compete for medals. And everybody can do their part to help lower score,” he said. “Considering everything, we were where I thought we’d be.” Brooke Pogue shot 51 to tie for 14th. Jade Wedel shot 52, good for a fourway tie at 16th. Hannah Prince shot 59 and tied for 34th. Andale-Garden Plain and Cheney both played at Nickerson’s tournament on Aug. 30. Andale-Garden Plain and Trinity

Academy both shot 169 to lead the field, but Andale-Garden Plain was second, losing the tiebreaker with Trinity. Cheney shot 201 to place fourth. Andale-Garden Plain’s Morgan Brasser shot 37 and tied for second place. Jaci Anderson tied for eighth with a score of 47. Tori Ward tied for 13th with a 49. Garden Plain’s Isabelle Fontes shot 51 to tie for 19th. Jacqueline Strunk was 24th a 55, and Hope Seiwert shot 58 and took 29th. “Morgan played really well. Jaci and Tori had a high numbers on a couple holes which hurt them,” Andale-Garden Plain head coach Irv Schueller said. Cheney was led by Macy

Wallace, who was part of the tie for eighth place with her 47. Amy Akler shot 48 and was tied for 11th. Kylie Young’s 49 put her in a tie for 13th. “We need to be more consistent. We had a couple holes here and there where the scores were a little too high. That will come as they play more and more,” said Cheney head coach Randy Leroux. Wallace’s score was the lowest nine-hole score of her high school career. “Macy did well. To do that in the first tournament of her senior year is encouraging,” Leroux said. Andover Central’s tournament at Sierra Hills was Tuesday. Cheney, Goddard and Eisenhower compet-

ed there. Andale-Garden Plain split its squad; the Andale girls went to Sierra Hills, while the Garden Plain girls competed at Medicine Lodge. Sierra Hills is an executive course, with 14 par-3 holes and four par-4 holes. There are no par-5 holes on the course, and par is 58 rather than the normal 72. Results were not available at press time. The tournament was the season’s first for Goddard. Goddard and Eisenhower will compete at Mariah Hills in Dodge City on Thursday. Andale-Garden Plain will compete at Pratt on Monday. Eisenhower will host its annual tournament next week Thursday at Tex

Consolver Golf Course in west Wichita. Goddard and Cheney will compete there. That is Cheney’s next competition. That same day, Andale-Garden Plain will compete at Prairie Trails Golf Course in El Dorado.

Correction GARDEN PLAIN – Last week’s Times-Sentinel incorrectly stated that Jacqueline Strunk was the first female golfer from Garden Plain to earn a State medal. Emily Rausch placed 14th at the 2010 3-2-1A State tournament. The top 20 individuals medal each year.


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Eisenhower sweeps tri By Michael Buhler

The Eisenhower Tigers continued their hot start to the volleyball season in their only action last week, sweeping a triangular against Cheney and Arkansas City here last Tuesday. The Tigers held off Cheney 25-21, 26-24 and rolled past Ark City 25-21, 25-3. “I’m incredibly proud of the team for those wins, as our libero and one of our opposites were out sick,” Eisenhower coach Bethany Trimble said. “The girls had to adjust to gameday lineup changes, so to finish with two wins speaks to their ability to work together as a team. That has been one of my biggest

concerns early on – we struggled with communication last weekend at our Hutch preseason tournament and emphasized that in practice last Monday.” Jordan Evans had eight kills and a pair of aces against Cheney, while Ryleigh Jackson added three kills, three blocks and eight digs. Brooke Smith had three blocks and three kills, while Morgan Bryand had three kills and five digs. Lainey Kastens added 16 assists and Bailee Hickle finished with eight digs. Against Ark City, Trinity Pfaff had seven kills, while Jackson added five kills, five aces and four blocks. Evans had five kills and six digs, while Smith had three

kills and three blocks, and Bryand added three kills and a pair of blocks. Kastens finished with 22 assists. “Lainey Kastens did a great job running our offense,” Trimble said. “She distributed the ball well, which keeps blockers guessing. All of our passers did a nice job of adapting to new serve-receive rotations and picking up the serves that Alyssa Arnold, our libero would normally take.” Eisenhower (7-1) traveled across town earlier this week to take on Valley Center and Goddard. The Tigers head to Maize on Tuesday to take on Maize South and Andover Central.

Cheney volleyball starts strong By Michael Buhler

The Cheney Cardinals started the volleyball season against a group of mostly larger schools – and the Cardinals did well, winning three of their four matches to open the season last week. The Cardinals opened with a triangular in Arkansas City last Tuesday, downing the host 25-9, 2522 and dropping a close decision to Eisenhower, losing 21-25, 24-26. Both schools are Class 5A schools, and Eisen-

hower played at the State tournament last fall. “I thought we played okay for our first matches of the year,” Cheney coach Sara Walkup said. “I believe we have a much higher ceiling than what we showed last Tuesday, but it was a start for what we hope are great things to come this season.” Maddy Freund led Cheney in kills at Ark City, while Kristen Wewe led the Cardinals in digs. “Seniors Haley Albers and Maddy Freund led the

team like the veterans they are with smart plays and lots of productive play and point scoring,” Walkup said. Two nights later, the Cardinals swept a triangular at Nickerson, downing the host 25-22, 25-21 and defeating The Independent School of Wichita 25-12, 25-27, 254. Cheney (3-1) played at Smoky Valley earlier this week and will compete at a round-robin tournament at Haven on Saturday.

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Cheney’s Maddy Freund, left, goes up for a block against Eisenhower’s Riley Jackson during last week’s matchup at a triangular in Arkansas City.

Davis wins big at Clearwater Invitational By Sam Jack

Clearwater High School freshman Aimee Davis began her high school cross country career with a victory at her home invitational. Davis easily bested the rest of the field in the girls open 5K. Her time of 19:04.55 was nearly two-and-a-half minutes faster than that of her nearest competitor, Andale’s Jayden Nilles. “She put in a great summer of running and was ready to race fast the first meet,” said coach Michael Bredehoft. “She runs with the varsity boys in practice. We look forward to seeing her run on the State meet course at Wamego on Saturday.” Other notable performers at Clearwater included Cheney’s Mollie Reno, who finished 2nd in the freshman/sophomore 2-mile run, and Kale Ramos, who finished 2nd in the junior/ senior 2-mile run for Goddard. Dylan Helten of Cheney and Kora Taylor of Goddard each finished third in their respective races at Clearwater. Eisenhower High School competed at the Bishop Carroll Invitational, held at Lake Afton on Saturday. Veronica Embrey had the best individual result for the Tigers, finishing 15th in a time of 21:51. Ben Roberts’ 18:26 finish led the boys team. Goddard and Clearwater next compete at Wellington, Sept. 10 starting at 9:30 a.m. Eisenhower and Cheney will race at Hesston Thursday, Sept. 8, starting at 3:30 p.m. The Garden Plain-Andale team competes at Wamego Sept. 10, and a couple Clearwater athletes will also be in Wamego to preview the State course. Clearwater Invitational, Sept. 1 Cheney Boys Fr./Soph. 2-Mile: Dylan Helten, 3rd, 11:51.87; Robert Clear, 50th, 14:00.05; Lane Grace, 80th, 15:53.08; Tyler White, 89, 16:58.30; Ryne Asbury, 100th, 23:19.02 Boys Jr./Sr. 2-Mile: Sam Reno, 8th, 11:57.74; Matt Atkinson, 48th, 14:13.40; Zach Trego, 60th, 15:10.11. Boys Open 5K: Logan Nuessen, 22nd, 20:06.65; Corbin Meireis, 28th, 20:26.78;

Trey Akler, 30th, 20:33.21; Trent Van Nordstrand, 55th, 26:17.90 Girls Fr./Soph. 2-Mile: Mollie Reno, 2nd, 14:09.00; Aubrey Ferris, 6th, 15:16.87; Blaire Hoeme, 28th, 17:01.90; Laney Womack, 66th, 22:19.46 Girls Jr./Sr. 2-Mile: Taton Bennett, 51st, 20:53.40 Girls Open 5K: Kaleigh Black, 17th, 26:16.96; Renee Sturchio, 24th, 28:57.68 Clearwater Boys Fr./Soph. 2-Mile: Trent Klausmeyer, 67th, 14:54.40; Hunter Shore, 71st, 15:15.27; Boys Jr./Sr. 2-Mile: Bryce Connor, 55th, 14:31.24 Boys Open 5K: Tyler Soliz, 8th, 18:39.37; Mateo Perea-Gowdy, 15th, 19:27.11; Kaleb Powell, 24th, 20:14.55; Nathan Wells, 36th, 21:17.81; Gavin Mount, 39th, 21:31.21; Logan Mount, 47th, 22:35.52 Girls Fr./Soph. 2-Mile: Hope Struthers, 17th, 15:41.71; Sami Demuth, 31st, 17:10.49; Sydney Bennett, 39th, 17:43.18; Karson Finney, 41st, 18:00.93; Angelina Griner, 51st, 19:10.34; Addison Swardtfiger, 56th, 19:48.84; Elan Imlay, 57th, 19:56.78; Addison House, 58th, 20:06.49; Ashlyn Wright, 62nd, 20:36.81 Girls Jr./Sr. 2-Mile: Sherys Mellen, 8th, 14:41.96; Kylinn Chambers, 49th, 19:59.46; Mariah Macy, 53rd, 22:14.30 Girls Open 5K: Aimee Davis, 1st, 19:04.55 Garden Plain Boys Fr./Soph. 2-Mile: Chandler Kreutziger, 54th, 14:14.52

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Runners from several schools competed at the Clearwater Invitational last Thursday, including the Indians’ Aimee Davis, left, and Goddard’s Kale Ramos, above.

Goddard Boys Fr./Soph. 2-Mile: Dalton Pruitt, 14th, 12:30.87; Jason Henschel, 40th, 13:33.65; Brandon Rose, 65th, 14:49.71; Peyton Bulla, 78th, 15:44.68; Boys Jr./Sr. 2-Mile: Kale Ramos, 2nd, 11:20:58; Andrew Sheridan, 6th, 11:49.71; Ethan Delay, 19th, 12:50.49; Connor Lancaster, 53rd, 14:19.34; Girls Fr./Soph. 2-Mile: Kora Taylor, 3rd, 14:20.00; Kamille Clark, 13th, 15:29.08; Marissa Brown, 15th, 15:36.78; Caleigh Lancaster, 36th, 17:29.02; Jocelyne Van Meter, 47th, 18:51.27; Ellie Willinger, 61st, 20:35.11 Girls Jr./Sr. 2-Mile: Shea Witherspoon, 12th, 15:42.65; Shannon Rose, 21st, 16:15.71; Sarah Tomtschik, 46th, 19:17.99

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Bishop Carroll Invitational, Sept. 3 Eisenhower Boys 5K: Ben Roberts, 40th, 18:26; Grant Clothier, 47th, 18:37; Michael Greening, 53rd, 18:48; Brandon Martin, 56th, 18:53; Jason Lu, 73rd, 19:20; Devin Adams, 89th, 20:08; Adam Whitmore, 101st, 20:33; Hans Schroeder, 115th, 21:08; Austin Ahlstedt, 122nd, 21:48. Team finish: 7th of 12. Girls 5K: Veronica Embrey, 15th, 21:51; Alyssa Nelson, 25th, 22:02; Brooklyn Terstriep, 50th, 23:14; Ahlyia Al-Birekdar, 65th, 24:12; Katherine Berner, 92nd, 25:41; Caleb Sifuentez, 97th, 27:06. Team finish: 8th of 9.

Cheney Cardinals This week’s Times-Sentinel Athlete of the Week is Macy Wallace of Cheney. The Cardinals’ senior began the season with a career best score over nine holes, shooting 47 to help pace the Cardinals to a fourth-place finish at Nickerson’s invitational. Wallace is part of a group of six players that returned after competing as a team at last year’s 3-21A State tournament.

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Early hole too deep for Cardinals Owls By Travis Mounts

The Cheney football team fell behind 15-0 in the first quarter in Friday’s season-opening game at Trinity Academy and spent the rest of the night trying to catch up before losing 36-21. The Knights took an early lead with touchdown passes of 18 and 29 yards, and took a 22-7 lead into the locker at halftime. A pair of unanswered touchdowns in the second half gave Trinity a 36-14 fourth quarter lead. “The first quarter, they came out in a defensive front we weren’t prepared for. And their quarterback is one of the best athletes we’ve seen in a long time. It took a while to adjust to his speed and his accuracy. He took over the game for

a while,” said head coach Cory Brack. Twice the Cardinals were able to pull to within eight points. After Trinity’s opening salvo, Micah Grover connected with Trent Scheer for a 24-yard touchdown pass that pulled Cheney to within 15-7. The Cardinals opened the second half with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Grover to Hunter Adolph, finishing a 64-yard drive to pull to within 8 points at 22-14. But Trinity’s next two scores put the game away. Cheney’s second drive of the half started with a penalty followed by a blown play. “We shot ourselves in the foot too many times. We could have had a better outcome than we did,”

Brack said. Cheney added a late touchdown on a 2-yard run by Grover. Cheney’s offense struggled early. The Cardinals started the game with two punts and a turnover on downs. Communication was the focus as the team reviewed game film Monday. “We wanted to show communication is the key for us. It’s basic, fundamental football. At times, we played really well, and at times really bad. We need more consistency,” Brack said. Trinity gained 367 total yards, throwing for 210 yards and outgaining Cheney on the ground 157-88. Grover went 19-for-28 for 210 yards. Scheer caught six passes

for 68 yards, and Adolph grabbed six passes for 46 yards. Austin Ray was Cheney’s top runner with 48 yards. The Cardinals will be at home for their next two games, starting with Belle Plaine on Friday night. The Dragons have struggled lately, going 0-9 the past three seasons. They lost 48-8 to Conway Springs last week. Belle Plaine’s last victory was 19-14 over Douglass on Oct. 19, 2012. Brack said the Cardinals need to be careful, however. He said the Dragons are well-coached and have some good athletes. Their biggest challenge is depth. “If we don’t come out focused, we could be the guys that give them their first win,”

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But the Owls fumbled the ball away on their next possession. The Swathers drove 53 yards for a touchdown that trimmed the Owls’ lead to 27-21 late in the third quarter. The Owls returned the favor in the fourth quarter. An interception by Hendryx – the third pick by Garden Plain’s defense – gave the ball back to the Owls. They needed just one play as Pauly scampered 68 yards for a score, limping the last 10 yards due to leg cramps. That gave the Owls a 3321 lead with 2:51 to play. They needed that cushion. Hesston put together a 73-yard scoring drive in just 1:06, cutting Garden Plain’s lead to 33-27. The Swathers’ onside kick failed, however, and the Owls ran out the clock. Pauly was impressive in his debut as quarterback. He ran for 287 yards on 30 rushes, averaging nearly 10 yards a carry. He was 4-for-6 passing for 48 yards and one interception. He also made an interception on defense. “You can’t say enough about a performance like that. He’s a special athlete. The guys play really, really hard for him, very unselfish. It shows in how they block and the fakes,” said Dusenbury. “Nate’s the first one to acknowledge those guys. And a player like Nate makes everybody better. You don’t have to hold your blocks long. He turns bad breaks into

6A champ Derby rolls past Ike By Shana Gregory

Last year, the Tigers were one game away from going to 5A State at the end of the season. They found out on Friday night how far they have to go in their current season, starting with playing against the reigning Class 6A champion Derby Panthers. Eisenhower lost to the Panthers 55-20, but coach Marc Marinelli said the team doesn’t shy away from playing any team, and takes losses as chances

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practice.” The Lions’ schedule doesn’t get any easier. They play the reigning

to improve. “Teams can complain all they want about having to play a bigger school, but we knew if we played a great team, our mistakes would be shown and we could then correct them for when the season matters, and that is the playoffs,” Marinelli said. “No matter what happens on Friday night, I’m always proud of my team.” Derby scored three times in the first quarter to take a 20-0 lead. The Tigers put together

class 6A champion, Derby, on Friday. “We don’t fear anybody,” Vang said. “I feel like our kids can go compete with anybody. We are not an untalented team. We are pretty talented.” Kickoff is at 7 p.m. in Derby.

a 77-yard drive in the second quarter that cut the deficit to 20-7. That drive showed “what the team is capable of when we trust each other and play together,” Marinelli said. The Tigers added a couple more scores in the second half, but by that time, the Panthers had the game in hand. “We played with solid effort, but you can’t make the mistakes we made and expect to beat a team like Derby,” Marinelli said.

“We would have nine out of 11 doing the right things, but then two not, and it wasn’t the same two at anytime.” Going into this Friday’s game against Maize, Marinelli said the team will work on fixing mental mistakes, with some of the “coaching staff taking the blame for not having our kids prepared to play,” he said. The Tigers will host Maize on Friday at the Goddard District Stadium. The Eagles beat Newton 49-27 last week.

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In No. 1 singles, junior Sydney LeFevre took third, a good finish in a very competitive field. “Sydney was pretty excited, since that was the first time she medaled at a meet,” said Goddard coach Bryce McClung. The No. 2 doubles team of Sharon Geary and Makayla Keller finished fourth after a competitive 8-6 loss to Collegiate’s No. 2 team. “Sharon’s always been a doubles player, but Keller, this is her first year of playing doubles, and

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her first year on varsity, so it was kind of a warmup to get introduced to varsity games,” said McClung. “They’d never played together before, so I put them together to see how it worked. In their last match, they were down 1-6, and they rallied back to make it 6-8. They fought really, really hard.” Goddard’s No. 1 doubles team, Morgan Jilka and Dori Freund, was eliminated after two straight losses. No. 2 singles competitor Shannon Gary rallied from an 8-2 first-round loss to win her second match. She then lost the fifth-place match to Buhler’s Lucy Mann, 8-3.

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good ones.” Landwehr gained 115 yards on 17 carries. Hendryx led the defense with two interceptions. “Marty doesn’t come off the field. He was a tired, tired kid. He played his heart out trying to chase down that quarterback. And Cody Hendryx did a great job coming up with big plays. He made good plays on both interceptions, especially the last one as they were driving for the go ahead score,” Dusenbury said. Nick Dooley caught a pair of passes for 18 yards and ran for 3 yards before being sideline with a leg injury. Drew Wilson had 22 receiving yards. Dusenbury noted that offensive lineman and linebacker Dylan Gordon also had a good game on both sides of the ball. The teams combined for 904 offensive yards, with the Owls having a 461-443 edge. The Owls were all about the run, with 413 rushing yards and 48 in the air. The Swathers were a bit more balanced, throwing for 287 and rushing for 156. The Owls are in the middle of a three-game homestand to open the season. On Friday, they will host Trinity Academy, which beat Cheney 36-21 last week. “They have a couple of Division I-type players on their team. Those kinds of athletes will give you a heck of a hard time. And they’re surrounded by a well-coached, fast offense. They throw the ball very effectively. That could put us in a jam,” Dusenbury said. On Sept. 16, Kearney Catholic of Nebraska visits.

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