3 area teams lose in sub-state finals

By Steve Sell
March 05, 2017

Elyria Christian School’s boys couldn’t keep pace with the offensive prowess of Central Christian on Saturday in the championship game of the Sylvan Lucas Unified Class 1A Division II sub-state.

Central Christian was red-hot all night and came away with a 66-52 victory. Elyria ended its season under first-year coach Zach Goodrich with 15-8 record.

The middle two quarters were the difference as the Cougars outscored the Eagles, 28-18.

Tyler Thiessen led Elyria with 17 points, while Caleb Froese scored 12 and Aidan Fields chipped in with 11. All are underclassmen.

“It was a growing year from the very start,” Goodrich said. “Our goal was to get better every single day and to have the opportunity to play in the sub-state finals was a highlight for sure. I believe we took tremendous strides from the first game of the year, from depending on a couple guys to score to becoming a complete team. We definitely are disappointed that we couldn't make it to next week, but we lost to a great team that has been there before. We're looking forward to next year and I'm excited to see the growth that these boys will continue to show. I believe these boys will be ready to take that final step.”

Seniors for the Eagles were Ryan Huxman, William Unruh, Will Ediger and Seth Prieb, 

• Chase County girls 36, Moundridge 32 — Moundridge could not take advantage of its terrific defense in the middle two quarters and wound up being upset in the finals of the Canton-Galva sub-state.

The Wildcats, the No. 1 seed, held Chase County scoreless in the second quarter and to just 4 points in the third.

But Chase County had 17 points in the first quarter and 15 in the fourth.

Moundridge, which finished its year 18-5, was led by Kassidy Kaufman with 9 points.

• Rural Vista boys 52, Little River 50 — A huge charge by Little River, 20 points in the fourth quarter, wasn’t enough as the Redskins’ season came to an end with a 13-10 record.

Little River had upset top-seed Centre in the semifinals and were locked in a halftime tie with the Heat. Rural Vista led by 5 going into the fourth quarter.

Clay Zeller had a terrific game with 22 points. Levi Swenson chipped in with 12.