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September 3, 2015September 3, 2015

Lark Women Set School Scoring Record

Posted 9/4/2015

BY RUSTY WHITCHER

It seems as though history just keeps writing itself for the Hesston College women’s soccer team.

The Larks set a school record for goals in a game in a 15-0 shellacking of Neosho County Community College on Aug. 25 before notching the first ever 3-0 start by an HC women’s soccer team with a 3-0 shutout of Mountain View College in Dallas on Aug. 28.

“We got off to a slow start on Friday, but began to play better as the game went on,” Head Coach Bryan Kehr said. “The slow start may have been due to the seven hour road trip; the traffic in Dallas slowed us up a bit.”

Genessis Martinez scored the first Lark goal on a pass from Sarah Hoover in the 22nd minute. Martinez’s goal was the lone tally of the first half as the Larks held the 1-0 advantage.

Allison Ebersole continued her torrid scoring, finding the back of the net off of a pass from Mika Matsuda to extend the Lark lead to 2-0. Jayme Bowers, who started in goal in the first half for the Larks, switched positions and recorded her second goal of the season in the 86th minute.

“Rachel Brown, our central defender from McKinney, Texas played an inspired game and along with the rest of the defenders, Chief, Meredith, Chase and Jenna, really limited Mountain View's scoring chances,” Kehr said. “We also missed some good chances early on, but in the second half we kept the pressure on for a great road victory. Bowers and Cassidy Bontrager again shared goalkeeping duties and together recorded the shutout.We have great team cohesion and players who are playing not only for themselves but for each other.  Our sophomores are providing great leadership in practice and in games.”

Competition will pick up as the Larks take on Region VI foe, Dodge City Community College on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 5 p.m. before returning home to host Kansas City Kansas Community College on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 5 p.m.

 

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Spikers Win PreseasonTournament for First Time in 8 Years

Posted 9/3/2015

By Blake Spurney

Hesston Record Staff

Even with four starters gone from a team that won a school-record 36 games last season, Hesston remains a formidable threat to win the Central Kansas League volleyball title.

The Lady Swathers (5-0) won the CKL Preseason Tournament on Saturday in Hoisington for the first time since 2007 by dispatching nemesis Hillsboro 11-25, 25-17 and 25-22 in the finals. It marked Hesston’s first victory against the Lady Trojans since 2010. Hillsboro prevented Hesston from advancing to the semifinals of the Class 3A state tournament last October.

To get to the finals, the Lady Swathers swept Halstead and Nickerson and pool play and then downed Larned 25-11 and 25-21 and then rallied past Pratt 21-25, 25-23 and 25-18.

“Definitely good potential for another good season,” said head coach. “It just depends on how that comes together and how quickly that happens.”

Hesston went into the tournament with high expectations, but Peters said he didn’t know what to expect with so many players having little to no varsity experience.

“We continued to figure things out and communicate better throughout the day, and the girls did a great job of keeping a positive attitude even when things didn’t go our way,” he said

Peters said league competition remained strong this season, and the Lady Swathers need to continue working on getting better.

Senior Cami Richardson was named the Kansas player of the week by the American Volleyball Coaches Association for the numbers she put up during the tournament. She racked up 51 kills for an average of 4.25 per game. She also had 34 digs, 76 receptions, five aces and three blocks.

Joining her as an outside hitter is sophomore Kailey Jo Ince, who recorded 62 kills in the tournament. Ince played on a club team that competed in a national tournament in Florida this past summer.

Junior Cameron Denno and sophomore Mia Loganbill are the middle hitters, and senior Shaelin Dunlavy and sophomore Alaina Dunlavy are the other outside hitters. Alaina had 126 assists in Hoisington.

Seniors Kylie Brenneman and Katie Thrasher and junior Kennedy Teach are the top players on the back row. Other contributors are seniors Amelia Broadfoot, Katrina Heinrichs and Lauren Clark.

Peters said the team also had a good freshman class that would contribute to the junior varsity squad and possibly the varsity.

“There’s good potential, just a matter of getting experience and getting people used to playing at the varsity level,” he said.

Besides Hillsboro, Sterling and Kingman can be expected to compete for the league crown.

Hesston plays a home triangular at 5 p.m. today against Minneapolis and Hutchinson Trinity.

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Lark Mens Soccer Nets First Win

Posted 9/3/2015

By Rusty Whitcher

Finally, the wait is over.

It took an entire season and the beginning of this season, but second year Head Coach Michael Armstrong finally notched his first win at the helm of the Hesston College men’s soccer team.

The Larks picked up a convincing 10-0 drubbing of Calvary Bible College on Aug. 29.

“It was a nice win,” Armstrong said. “Not my ideal way of getting one, but nice. We were able to get a lot of guys on the score sheet which is also nice. Esteban Michel was able to really begin to display his ability to dominate opposing teams. Guershon Safari also had a strong game being able to show his individual talent and technical ability. The man on match has to go to Christian Buerge, Chris plays one of our defensive mid positions and dominated the center of the park. He dictated play and was a wall in defense. Chris has a great amount of experience and it showed through on Saturday.”

Cody Lebert started the scoring off in just the sixth minute with Michel adding another tally a minute later. Safari made it 3-0 in the 14th minute followed by a Ryuta Hayakawa goal in the 25th minute. With the Larks up 4-0, Michel and Hayakawa both scored once more giving the Larks a 6-0 lead at the intermission.

Buerge put his name in the scoring column in the second half as did Leonardo Arruda and Justin Short. Lebert finished off the onslaught with a goal in the 75th minute.

“Major credit needs to be given to Calvary, they played hard, and never quit,” Armstrong said.  “They kept pushing up until the final whistle, I can respect that, and I understand what it is like to be on the opposite side of the ball.”

The Larks travel to Dodge City Community College for a 7 p.m. date with the Conquistadors on Saturday, Sept. 5 before returning back home on Tuesday, Sept. 8 with a 7 p.m. match with Kansas City Kansas Community College. 

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