No 1 Hesston teams solidify ranking

By Steve Sell
January 15, 2013

The Hesston High basketball teams are now both ranked No. 1 in Class 3A and they celebrated in style Tuesday night.

The Swathers had little trouble in sweeping Haven.

The Hesston girls, who have been No. 1 all year, swamped the Wildcats, 52-21. The first quarter set the tone, as the Swathers jumped out to a 16-4 lead, keyed by a pair of Megan Voth 3-pointers.

Voth went on to lead the Swathers, who led 26-8 at the half, with 14 points. Nine Hesston players entered the book.

The Hesston boys, who this week ascended to No. 1 for the first time, stretched their legs in racing to a 71-55 success. The second half keyed the win with 39 points as the Swathers simply wore down the Wildcats.

Hesston placed four players in double figures — Ryan Schadler (18), Tyler McCartney (14), Wyatt McKinney (11) and Grant Raleigh (11).


• Inman boys 56, Canton-Galva 32 — The Teutons led this one from start to finish.

“(Canton-Galva) coach (Shane) Duncan does a good job with his team, they play hard and scrappy,” Inman coach Brett Froese said.

Barkley Williams continued his string of fine performances for Inman with 14 points. Justin Friesen and Tyler Cottam chipped in with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

• Canton-Galva girls 46, Inman 41, OT — Canton-Galva outscored inman 9-4 in overtime to come away with the win.

Erika Smith's 16 points led C-G, while Zoe Unruh and Cassidy Enns chipped in with 10 apiece. Kaitlynn Goalden and Naomi Williams led the Teutons with 15 and 12 points, respectively.

• Trinity boys 38, Moundridge 34 — It turned into more of a football game, as the Celtics outpounded the Wildcats.

“It was a physical, physical game. We didn’t handle it very well,” said Moundridge coach Vance Unrau, whose team lost for only the second time this year.

The game was remarkably close, as neither team ever went on a serious run. The Celtics were up two at the half and the Wildcats tied it by the end of the third quarter. 

Garrett Higgins led MHS with nine points, all coming in the first half.

• Trinity girls 40, Moundridge 37 — Trinity stormed back in the second half against the Wildcats after being down by eight points at intermission.

Moundridge played airtight defense the first 16 minutes in building a 21-13 lead. MHS, though, went cold in the third quarter with just four points and the Celtics wound up outscoring the ‘Cats 27-16 in the second half.

MacKenzie Suderman’s 10 points led the Wildcats.

• Little River boys 70, Centre 59 — At some point you’d think the Little River boys might start getting noticed by the state raters.

The Redskins continued their excellent season by scoring 43 points in the middle two quarters.

Grant Harvey and Tevin Renken led the Redskins with 18 and 17 points, respectively. Renken also had a big game off the glass with 13 rebounds.

 Trevor Smyres chipped in with 15 points. 

• Little River girls 45, Centre 39 — The Redskins found themselves in a predicament at halftime, down 21-13, but exploded in the second half, keyed by a 19-point third quarter.

Little River had nice balance, as Skylar Johnston scored 13 points, Emily Baldwin added 12 and Kasey Zeller chipped in with 10. Johnston also pulled down eight rebounds.

• Haven boys 59, Smoky Valley 19 — Haven threw up a fortress around the Vikings’ basket to come away with the victory.

Smoky Valley simply couldn’t get the ball in the basket. Cole Norberg’s six points led the Vikes.

• Haven girls 45, Smoky Valley 26 — A one-point second quarter led the Vikings to their setback as they trailed 22-8 at halftime.

Smoky Valley’s Hannah McBride did what she could by scoring 13 points, half the team’s total.

• Elyria Christian School had the night off.