— Sports Corner —
Dago looks ahead
?Just a brief column this week as this old man is preparing for minor repairs.
This weekend, we have our Buff wrestlers at the state tournament in Hays.
Our Lady Buffs will be playing in sub-state basketball action, as will the Buffs.
Good luck to all our teams.
The NFL scouting combine held their annual draft-eligible player tryouts this past week. This year’s draft is scheduled to begin May 8. It is considered to be very deep in talent. We shall see.
The major league baseball teams will begin their exhibition games in both the AL and NL as they head toward opening day.
It’s a busy time and we all hope for the Royals to continue their great season of a year ago.
Look to the Colorado Rockies to show improvement.
For now, “let’s play ball!”
See you soon.
Dighton Hornets sting Buffs 50-57
?The RCHS boys played the Dighton Hornets for the third time this season and the results were much as the first two games. The Buffs played their hearts out, but still lost 50-57.
The boys trailed 7-19 at the end of the first quarter. They fought back to trail 18-22 at the half.
Rawlins County played a good second quarter, out scoring the Hornets 11-3. The edge in the third quarter put Dighton up 31-39.
Scoring was led by Dylan Tiemeyer with 17 points and Cameron Ginther pushed in 16 points. James Peterson added 12 and Drew Lankas had 5 points.
The Buffs worked hard on the boards with Peterson grabbing 9 rebounds, Ginther 7, Drew Lankas 4, Robert Brown 3, Tiemeyer 2 and Keith Vrbas grabbed 1.
Brown, Tiemeyer and Ginther all had 1 steal each. Peterson had 4 assists and Ginther dished out 3 and Brown got one assist.
Lady Buffalos fall to Dighton 27-53
?The Lady Buffs felt the sting from Dighton’s Hornets last Friday in a 27-53 loss.
Katie Withington led the rebounding, grabbing 4 of them.
The ladies hit 10 of 43 shots for 23 percent. Dighton was 23 of 53 for 43 percent.
RCHS was 4 of 8 at the free throw line, while they hit 5 of 8.
K. Withington was the leader with 13 points. Gracie Higley and Keshia Green both had 6 points. Nikki Hemel added 2 points in the game.
Junior High Buffs wrestle well
?Rawlins County’s junior high wrestlers finished their season with two events last week. They wrestled in St. Francis and hosted the league tournament.
At league, the Buffs faced St. Francis, Leoti, Tribune, Trego, Oberlin and Hoxie.
Six of the seven RCJH athletes earned league medals Feb. 24.
Colton Tiemeyer, 92 pounds 2nd place.
Braden Leitner was league champion at 116 pounds. It was his second league championship.
Jalen Kurep placed 3rd at 130 pounds. Maverick Green finished 2nd at 138 pounds.
Nick Withington placed 3rd at 146 pounds. Cauy Hayes wrestled at 154 pounds but did not place.
Will Crouse placed 2nd at 170 pounds.
Last Thursday, the team competed in a round robin at St. Francis with Leoti and Tribune.
The coach had praise for his eight wrestlers and said they improved from the start of the season.
Two Buff wrestlers earn state berths
?Macrae Migchelbrink won the regional gold at 126 pounds and earned a trip to state this weekend.
Rhett Mizer finished second at regionals in the 138 pound class, so he will have a chance for a state medal at Hays.
Hunter Leibbrandt, Cody Wright and Anthony Merida were all just one match away from qualifying for state and Jonathan Markland was three matches away.
Frank Nasta 0-2, Leibbrandt 3-2, Cole Sramek 1-2, Sawyer Skolout 1-2, Markland 2-2, Will Ginther 1-2, Merida 3-2, Wright 2-2, Cameron Colgan 1-2, Bryce Henry 2-2.
Rawlins County was regional seventh with 72 points.
Norton won the tournament with 230.5. Phillipsburg had 178, Oberlin 120.5, Oakley 81, Smith Center 80, Ellis 79.
Hoxie was 10th with 53 points and St. Francis 11th with 46.5 points. There were 23 teams in the competition.
The coach said they wrestled younger guys in the regionals so they could get a feel for that density of competition and come back next year with varsity and regional experience.
Lady Cougars making
hoop victory tracks
? The Cheylin girls racked up triple wins last week. They defeated St. Francis 64-51, Palco 66-61 and Healy 50-20.
The Indians fell on Tuesday. The score was 14-5 and the end of one and 31-20 at halftime. The Lady Cougars never trailed and three of them scored in double figures.
Elizabeth Keltz made 22 points, Danea Magnani 17 and Shayla Hubbard 15.
Allie Frisbie put in 8 points and Kalin Ritchey added 2.
Keltz also led the rebounding with 16 boards.
The Palco team played in Bird City Feb. 20 and went home with a close loss, 66-61.
The game remained close from the start with Cheylin behind 14-19 at the end of the first quarter, but the game was tied at 28 by halftime. The game’s outcome was determined in the last few minutes.
Hubbard was leading scorer with 18. Magnani made 13 points and Keltz 11. Both Frisbie and Diana Garcia made 8 points, Ritchey made 6 and Kelsey Miller added 2.
Keltz had 13 rebounds, Garcia 10 and Miller 6.
Friday night, the Lady Cougars bounced Healy by a resounding 30 points. They led from the opening whistle to the last buzzer.
Magnani led the scoring with 17 points. Ritchey made 8, Frisbie 6, Keltz 5, Stephanie Granadoes 4, Hubbard 3, Miller 2, Itzel Cobos 2, Yasmin Yanez 2 and Garcia 1.
Keltz grabbed 9 rebounds, Ritchey 9, Garcia 8, Cobos 4, Yanez 3, Hubbard 2 and Frisbie 1.
At this point in the season, the Cheylin girls are 13-5 and 8-0 in league action.
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