Area roundup: Vikings make postseason

By Steve Sell
October 24, 2015

The Smoky Valley Vikings are heading to the playoffs.

The Vikings clinched a spot in the Class 4A Division II playoffs with a 44-0 rout of Chapman on Friday.

Smoky Valley, 2-0 in the district and 6-2 overall, hosts Clay Center next week in the game that determines which team will host a postseason game while the other will be on the road.

The Vikings’ punishing ground game and flawless defense keyed the win. Amazingly, Chapman ran only 26 plays and had 18 yards of total offense as Viking sacks led to minus-23 yards rushing.

Riley Odell charged to 104 yards and a score, while Brett Heitschmidt added 83 on 11 totes and also found the end zone. Kyle Anderson scored twice and rushed for 65 yards, while Tim Lambert and Cort Elliott also scored. Skyler DeMott chipped in with a field goal.

Zach Able led the defense as he was the top tackler. Beck Elliott had a pair of quarterback sacks.

• Moundridge 33, Medicine Lodge 0 — All the Wildcats can do is wait and hope.

MHS finished its district play at 2-2 by hammering the Chiefs, the only winless team in the district. The Wildcats play next week at Peru, Okla. in a non-district game.

Moundridge had 433 yards of offense. Dylan Sugars pounded out 131 yards and scored twice, while Jerod Kaufman had 86 yards and a score. Cody Hazelton had only 10 carries, but had 80 yards. Parker Lange caught a TD pass from Anthony Otte and the other score came from Damian Calderon.

Sugars also was the tackle leader.

• Inman 38, Christ Prep 15 – The Teutons made it three wins in four weeks after an 0-4 start with a non-conference cruise.

Payton Froese was 20 of 27 for 276 yards and two TDs. Jaxon Eddy rushed for 100 yards on 11 carries.

Kane Thimmesch scored two rushing TDs and Froese had one. Froese hooked up with Ethan DeWitt five times for 107 yards and two scores.

Inman is 2-1 in district play and hosts Sedgwick next week in the game that has major implications. If the Teutons win, they’re in. If not, then it goes to the points.

• Canton-Galva 40, Goessel 32 – The Eagles are still alive, even though they need a lot of things to happen.

C-G improved to 2-2 in district play and 2-6 overall behind a terrific offensive performance.

Reed Wiens was 10 of 13 for 110 yards and two scores, while backs Jonah Sargent (16 for 66), Wiens (18 for 56) and Dylan Wood (18 for 95) led a ball-control offense.

C-G is on the road next week to Ellinwood.

• Ellinwood 58, Little River 36 — The Redskins are still alive, but Ellinwood won for the first time in district play as Little River is now 3-5 overall.

The loss spoiled a solid game by Clay Zeller, who threw for 194 yards and three scores while rushing for another.

Payton Harvey had 10 catches for 171 yards and three touchdowns. Hunter Thomas had a TD run.

Little River is now 2-2 in the district and plays at St. John next week. Central Plains is the district leader, while Little River, Canton-Galva and Ellinwood all still alive.

• Hesston 34, Southeast of Saline 26 — Hesston has all but clinched a 3A playoff spot, handing Southeast its first loss of the year.

The Swathers are 2-0 in the district and 5-3 overall as their fourth straight win. They wrap up home field for sure next week if they can win against Marion.

The game wasn’t as close as the final indicates as the Trojans scored two late touchdowns.

Parker Roth ran for 127 yards and two scores to lead Hesston, which also received two TD passes and a scoring run from Zach Esau. Esau was 12 of 17 for 150 yards and rushed for 79 more. Zach Vogt caught both TD passes.

MC spikers avenge loss to Friends

By Steve Sell
October 24, 2015

For McPherson College volleyball coach Jessica Cleveland, this was personal.

Cleveland’s Bulldogs took on the Friends Falcons on Friday at the Sport Center and were hoping to avenge a three-set loss from earlier in the season.

The night didn’t start well for the Bulldogs as they lost the first two sets (14-25, 21-25). But after winning a thrilling third set 28-26, the Bulldogs rode the wave for 25-18, 15-12 victories.

“After coming out 0-2, I didn't think we had it to win, but the girls proved me wrong," said Cleveland, who beat her alma mater for the first time as a four-year coach. "They came out and had a change of heart and played great. We are extremely excited for this win after losing in three sets the first time around."

Lexi Kite had a monster night for the Bulldogs with 21 kills and 20 digs. Emily Warner hustled to 33 digs, while Kaitlyn Heinis and Morgan Little notched 27 and 26 assists, respectively. Jessica Sanders and Leia Seiler had 10 kills apiece.

The victory improved Mac to 10-7 in the KCAC and 17-9 overall as it continues to play upper-division volleyball. The Bulldogs play Monday at Saint Mary, then host KCAC-leading Ottawa on Wednesday.

Bullpups advance to the playoffs

By Steve Sell
October 21, 2016

WAMEGO — McPherson High’s football team completed the first step in the two-step process Friday night.

With a 27-0 rout of Wamego, the Bullpups clinched their 10th playoff spot in the last 11 years.

Now they want to win the district and secure homefield advantage for the first round.

"First off and foremost, we got ourselves in the playoffs," said MHS coach Jace Pavlovich, whose team is now 6-2 and erased the pain of last year's playoff miss. "If we play that poorly and still win a game, we feel pretty good where we're at."

The Bullpups are 2-0 in district play and a plus-42. The real shocker came in Hays as the Indians handed Abilene its first loss, 23-12. That makes Abilene 1-1 and plus-10, while Hays is 1-1 and minus-10. Wamego is 0-2 and minus-42.

The Bullpups head to Abilene next Friday and could win the district even with a loss if it  has the better point differential. According to reports, Abilene was without starting quarterback Ryan Wilson in its loss due to an injury suffered last week.

The district winner is home for the first round of the postseason, while the loser goes on the road.

The Bullpups either will be hosting Andale or going on the road for a rematch with Buhler, which defeated MHS 27-13 the opening week of the season. Both the Indians and Crusaders have been ranked in the Top 5 all season, but Buhler outlasted Andale 28-21 in the first week of district play.

The victory was the Bullpups’ sixth straight, but this is the first time time they had endured some shaky moments since Week 2. They led only 7-0 at the half, but senior Jack Reifschneider stepped up with two huge plays early in the second half to allow the Bullpup fans to exhale.

A 43-yard Reifschneider punt return led to a 6-yard walk-in by Tyson Stites that made it 14-0. Three plays later, Reifschnieder picked off a pass and Casen Hoover scored on a one-yard run moments later for his second TD of the game as he had accounted for the only scoring in the first half on a 2-yard dive.

Before the quarter was over, Reifschneider caught a 47-yard TD pass from Hoover, which turned out to be the final MHS points.

"He's special," Pavlovich said of Reifschneider, who has played on through some nagging injuries. "We keep track of it, how many times does Jack touch the ball. He's got to touch the ball at least five times to 10 times a game depending on how close the game is."

The Red Raiders actually snapped it 56 times to 50 for the Bullpups as running back Alex Vontz had gritty game with 28 carries for 131 yards. Wamego moved it between the 20s, but MHS was able to keep the shutout.

Stites had 15 carries for 94 yards to lead the Bullpups. Reifschneider had 66 yards on four catches.

The Bullpups did force five turnovers, including picks by Reifschneider, Ben Nikkel and Gunner Reiss.

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