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This Week's Issue:September 22, 2016 September 22, 2016


Spartans Slay HMS Swather Kickers

Posted 9/29/2016

Record Staff

On Tuesday, The Emporia Middle School Spartans proved to be too much to handle on the Swather’s home turf on Tuesday afternoon.

The Spartans came away with a sweep of the two Hesston Middle School Swather Soccer teams, 2-6 in the “A” game and 0-4 in the “B” game.

In the “A” game the Swather’s came out and started the game very strong and scoring firs at the 10-minute mark from a rebound scored by Kolton Evancho.

The Spartans were quick to answer, scoring just minutes later tying the game at one goal apiece.  The Spartans then took the advantage putting another goal away before the Swathers were able to regain the confidence they needed to find another goal from Matthew Waltner.

The scoring line would remain the same going into the break.

In the second half the Swathers were knocked back on their heels with Spartans dominating the midfield. The Spartans would put three more goals away before the final whistle would sound.

Coach Andrew Stauffer found the positive in this loss saying, “It is always tough to swallow another loss, but I am very pleased in the direction we are moving as a team this year, every game we get better.

“And we finally found the back of the net tonight, this just means there are a lot more goals to score for us, this is going to be a very fun team to watch coming down the stretch!”

In the “B” game the Swathers were just never able to find their rhythm as the Spartans were constantly on the attack.

Gracie Dawes was able to repeal countless shots from the Spartans only allowing two goals in the first half.

The second half proved to be no different for the Swathers as they tried to ward of countless attacks from the Spartans. The Spartans were able to find the back of the net 2 more times to end the half.

Stauffer said this B game was also a tough loss for his team.

“This one was tough loss to swallow, our team just has to find their confidence in their skills that they are developing and use them. If can the team can utilize their skill sets that we have seen from them in practice there is nothing in this world that can stop them,” he said.

The Swathers played Monday Sept. 26 in their final home game of the season, results were not available as of press time. 

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Lark Women Continue To Thrash Competition

Posted 9/29/2016

By Rusty Whitcher

Right now, it doesn’t seem to matter whether the game is on the road or at home; the result seems to be the same.

Hesston College’s women’s soccer team stacked up and knocked down three more opponents in a hectic week, two of which were Region VI foes.

A long van ride to Goodland resulted in a 3-1 win over Northwest Kansas Technical College on Sept. 20. After a scoreless first half, Kenzie Johnson put the Larks on the board first. NWKS equalized just nine minutes later. Allison Ebersole gave the Larks the lead with a goal in the 64th minute before Johnson added another tally in the 88th minute.

Hesston followed up the road trip by defending its home turf against Barton Community College on Sept. 23, with a 4-1 victory.

Christy Kauffman scored in the fourth minute to set the tone, with Mika Matsuda adding a goal just two minutes later. Alica Ramirez found the back of the net in the 18th minute for a 3-0 Lark lead. Johnson added a goal late in the second half before the Cougars got on the board in the 82 minute.

Johnson continued her personal mission as a one-woman wrecking crew against Bethany’s JV on Sept. 26 as her hat trick paced the Larks to a 6-0 win. Matsuda, Miho Okuda and Dakoda Lee all added goals as well.

Hesston hosts Garden City Community College on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 5 p.m. Hesston now owns a 9-1 record with a 5-0 mark in Region VI play. 

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Spikers Avenge Loss to Garden Plain

Posted 9/29/2016

By Rusty Whitcher

The Hesston Lady Swathers took big step forward Thursday, Sept. 22, when they defeated the Class 3A defending state volleyball champions in a home dual.

Hesston downed Garden Plain (21-25, 25-18, 25-15 and 25-14) in a best-of-five match in front of an enthusiastic home crowd.

“It was huge because we lost to them last year in state,” said sophomore Rylie Schilling. “It felt good to prove it to them. Yeah, they beat us at state, but we can beat them too.”

Head coach Jason Peters said the Lady Swathers played with their highest energy level of the season.

“We’ve struggled with energy and staying positive throughout,” he said.

Hesston built a 14-9 advantage in the first set after senior Kennedy Teach served an ace. The Lady Owls rallied to force a 15-15 tie and a Hesston timeout. The visitors then closed with a 10-4 rally. Even so, the Lady Swathers (14-3) didn’t get down on themselves. That may have something to do with the raucous student section yelling encouragement.

“That was so cool,” said junior Mia Loganbill. “The student section almost filled up the whole section. That helps us a lot. It gets us pumped up.”

Senior Cameron Denno said the number of fellow students was the most she had seen at a home match.

“I think it’s going to give us a lot of confidence, for sure, beating the defending state champs, she said. “We’re not going to take it for granted. We’re going to work harder, just because we have our eye on the prize. We can do it if we set our minds to it.”

Peters said Hesston stepped up its serve receive and defense after the first set. Schilling led the defense with six blocks.

“It was an amazing night,” Schilling said. “It was definitely one of the best games I’ve had for the season.”

The Lady Swathers also excelled at serving, recording a 96-percent success rate and 10 aces. Junior Alaina Dunlavy accounted for five of the aces.

Loganbill said beating Garden Plain had an extra-special quality.

“We’re kind of rivals with Garden Plain now because we always play them in football and volleyball,” she said. “They’re a really good team, so we like to beat them.”

Peters said he had been talking about talking about energy with the players all week.

“It was a great night with a lot of positive energy,” he said. “It’s something we’re going to have to be consistent with if we’re going to have a good season. When we’re on with that, we play well.”

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, Hesston defeated Larned and Haven in straight sets in a home triangular.

The Lady Swathers return home this coming Tuesday for Dig Pink Night. They will face Halstead and Hoisington.

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