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Smoky Valley Vikings versus Hoisington Cardinals 2-6-20

The Hoisington Cardinals hosted the Smoky Valley Vikings in a makeup game on Thursday night. The original game had to be moved due to inclement weather.

The two teams kept it a fairly even battle in the first half. Hoisington led by only two points at halftime.

The Cardinal defense stamped their name on the game in the third quarter as they only allowed one point for the entire eight minutes.

Hoisington won the game with a score of 51 to 35.

Below are some of the photos I took at the game.

Andover versus Great Bend 9-6-19

The Andover Trojans traveled to Great Bend for an exciting start to the 2019 football season.

Some games are decided long before they end. Some games take longer for one team to build up a lead over the other. Then there are games that change in a minute, the last minute to be more specific.

Andover scored the first touchdown of the game early in the first quarter. Then to close out the first half, David Kemp kicked a 49 yard field goal to give the Trojans a 10 to 0 lead.

For most of the game, Great Bend’s offense could not sustain a drive. Their defense, on the other hand, held Andover’s offense mostly in check. They forced three turnovers, that the offense could not capitalize on.

With under three minutes to go in the game, the Panthers had three cracks at scoring a touchdown from one yard out. They could not get across the goal line. Andover celebrated their successful goal line stand.

The Trojans took over the ball on their one yard line. Great Bend’s defense held them to only a few yards of gain. Forced to punt from the end zone, Andover’s punter, quarterback Eli Fahnestock, saw his punt get blocked. In the scramble after the block, Fahnestock knocked the ball out the back of the end zone. This gave Great Bend a Safety and two points.

The Panthers now had 54 seconds and 50 yards to get eight more points to tie up the game. Their first three plays only netted six yards. On the fourth down, quarterback Dalton Miller heaved a Hail Mary pass to the end zone and receiver Alex Schremmer. Schremmer caught the ball and scored the touchdown as time expired for the game. They quickly converted the two point conversion to tie the game at 10 points all.

In overtime, Andover had the ball first, but they were unable to score. They attempted a field goal from about 26 yards out, but it barely missed.

Great Bend took the ball but were forced to attempt a field goal. Their kicker, Angel Razo, never attempted a field goal or even a point after touchdown in a game before. He stepped up and made the 29 yard field goal to win the game.

Afterwards fans dubbed the game the “Miracle on Morton.” Needless to say, it made for an exciting end to the first game of the season.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

Great Bend Football Jamboree 8-30-19

For the first time ever, Great Bend hosted a football jamboree with Hoisington and Scott Community High Schools.

The jamboree is a preseason gathering of three or four schools to scrimmage against each other.

In the past, most schools would hold a soap scrimmage. In a soap scrimmage, the varsity side would line up against the junior varsity. For a jamboree, two school’s varsity teams would face each other for a set number of plays.

This format gives a coach a chance to see his team against different competition for the first time in a season. The players also get some idea of how they are performing as they head into their first game week.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

2019 Central Kansas League Preseason Volleyball Tournament 8-31-19

The volleyball teams of the Central Kansas League gathered in Hesston on August 31st for the league Preseason Volleyball tournament.

The host team, Hesston, came in ranked fourth in Class 3A in the Kansas Volleyball Association poll. Their toughest competition on the day would come from the other ranked team, Nickerson, who were selected seventh in the Class 4A poll.

Both teams advanced out of pool play into the semi-finals. They then won each of their respective matches to square off for the championship.

It took three games to decide the winner. In the end, the hosts fell to Nickerson. The Lady Panthers enjoyed their first ever victory in the tournament.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

2019 Grapple on the Gridiron 6-28-19

For the second year, Great Bend High School hosted the Grapple on the Gridiron team dual wrestling camp.

Wrestlers from 20 high schools came to Central Kansas to get in some mat time and learn how to be a better grappler.

Unfortunately, the Kansas heat kept the wrestlers inside instead of wrestling under the lights of the football stadium for the final round of the first day.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the camp:

Great Bend Girls Swimming Invitational 4-26-19

Nine teams of swimmers went to the pool in the Kirkman Center on the campus of Barton Community College for the Great Bend Girls Swimming Invitational.

Manhattan dominated the meet winning seven of the twelve events and taking first as a team. Newton took first in the other five events but finished third in the team competition twelve points behind host Great Bend.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the meet:

Plainville Boys Basketball vs Hoisington 2-5-19

The final game of the evening saw the Plainville Cardinals face off with the Hoisington Cardinals.

Hoisington scored the first points of the night. Plainville then took the lead thanks to some accurate three-point shooting. At one point they were 5 of 9 from behind the arc in just the first quarter. Hoisington worked hard to overcome the deficit and led at the end of the first quarter by four points.

The hosts never surrendered the lead. Plainville would try to mount a comeback, but Hoisington weathered those challenges and foul trouble to continue building on their lead.

At the final whistle, Hoisington won by a score of 70 to 53.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

Plainville Girls Basketball vs Hoisington 2-5-19

The Plainville Lady Cardinals traveled to Hoisington to face the Lady Cardinals in a Tuesday evening matchup.

Plainville lead for most of the game. Hoisington would narrow the lead at times to approximately four. The hosts just never found the run to take the lead. By the final few minutes, Plainville began to extend their lead.

The game finished with the visitors on top 49 to 35.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game: