— Sports Corner —
Watch for the NFL draft
?The NFL draft is coming double time, as it already begins this week with the first round picks, continues on Friday with rounds two and three and ends Saturday with rounds four through seven.
We will take a look at what the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos should be looking at and pick.
The Chiefs need an infusion of young wide receivers and there is a lot of talent available.
K.C. should be able to pick from a good crop at number 23 overall. They should pick a talented one, for sure.
Kansas City also is in dire need of offensive linemen. There is a deep talent pool here, but most of them may be used as projects to begin with. Still, there’s a lot of talent to fill their needs.
The Chiefs need another defensive back, as well. There is a good pool of talent there, too.
A real good thing about this year’s talent pool is that it has just what K.C. needs at the positions they need them.
With the new regime in place, it’s hard to judge what they will pick. They could surprise all of us just like years past by picking another quarterback or tight end.
Then again, they could wrangle a trade for their first pick to pick up proven talent. We shall see.
The Denver Broncos have filled some of their glaring needs with free agent signups.
They need more defense, and again — more defense. Then they need a lineman or two on offense. They, like the Chiefs, can surprise us, as well.
Tune in this week on ESPN and see first hand who the two teams pick.
See you next week with my take on the Chiefs’ and Bronco’s picks.
Buff golfers finish fifth
at I-70 Classic tourney
?The full Buff varsity golf team played together for the first time this year at the 1-70 Classic last Thursday.
They played in both Ellis and Trego with 11 teams in the competition. Rawlins County finished fourth at Ellis and fifth at Trego for an overall fifth place tourney finish.
“Most of our top five golfers had not played a competitive round in over a week,” Coach Steve Woody said. “Our team scores were not where we need them to be with our full varsity competing. With a lot of work the next two weeks, perhaps we can get to where we need to be for regionals.”
Jake Williams placed sixth at Ellis and ninth at Trego. Overall, he finished in seventh place out of 60 plus golfers.
Hunter Leibbrandt placed ninth at Ellis.
Two junior varsity Buff golfers competed in a 9-hole tourney in Oakley last Friday.
“Matt Hanzlick and Parker Merz represented Rawlins County very well,” the coach said. “At the end of the day, Matt won a third place medal and Parker was but three strokes from a top 15 medal with over 65 golfers in the competition.”
Woody said the golf schedule gets intense the next two weeks. Both the varsity and J.V. will be entered in at least two events per week.
Varsity played in Oakley Tuesday and the J.V. team went to Norton. The team plays in Colby Thursday with tee off time at 3 p.m.
Junior high team
burns up home track
?Rawlins County’s junior high track teams earned high marks at their home meet May 2.
“The 7th and 8th grade boys placing first at home was really exciting,” said Coach Gloria Lankas. “It is fun to have enough diverse talent that we can maneuver them around into different events and make it a strategic win.”
8th grade boys
Will Crouse discus first 117 ft. 1in.; shot second 34 ft. 6 in.; 100m third 13:18; Braden Leitner second pole vault 7 ft. 6in.; triple jump second 33 ft. 10.5 in.and long jump fourth 15 ft. 5 in. Jerry Oelschlger triple jump third 33 ft. 8 in. and 100m first 12.59. Maverick Green triple jump sixth 30ft 6.5in. mile first 5:48; 800m second 2:39; Colton Tiemeyer mile second 5:51; 200m hurdles fifth 34.06. Joseph Romme 2 mile second 14:19.
7th grade boys
Jorge Chacon 200m hurdles first 31.37; 100m hurdles first 17.18 and contributing to sprint relay first; Martin Sanchez 100m hurdles sixth 20.5.
The 7th/8th grade 4 x 100 team of Leitner, Chacon, Crouse and Oelschlager finished first in 53.28.
The 4 x 400 team of Oelschlager, Tiemeyer, Chacon and Sam Hurst placed first in 4:27.
Junior High Girls
“Our eighth grade girls have really come along this year,” Coach Lankas said. “They continuously place in their events at each meet. I’m pretty proud of how they work on their events and get a little better all the time.”
Natalie Hawkins shot second 31ft. 6 in.; 200m hurdles fourth 35.74; high jump second 4ft 2 in. and 100m hurdles second 18.4. Lidia Hurst high jump third 4 ft.; long jump fifth 13ft 1 in.and triple jump fifth 26 ft. 1.5 in.; Chinai Pearce high jump fifth 4 ft.; 200m fourth 30.87.
Seventh grade girls
Amy Crouse 200m hurdles third 34.35; 100m third 14.31 and 100m hurdles third 18.87. Kaity Livas 100m fourth 14.55. Emily Trail 800m third 2:57 followed quickly by a 200m fifth 31.18.
The 7th/8th mixed 4 x 100 relay team of Trail, Hurst, Livas and Crouse placed third.
The mixed team of Destanie Clymer, Dalyn McFee, Jordynn Fields and Pearce placed second in the 4 x 200m relay.
The junior high team has a meet in St. Francis before competing in Leoti May 15 at the NWK league meet.
Full stories in this week's
issue of The Square Deal.