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This Week's Issue:February 4, 2016 February 4, 2016

 

Swathers Go 5-0 in Duals;Place 10th at Garden Plain

Posted 2/5/2016

By BLAKE SPURNEY

Hesston Record Staff

Hesston won five consecutive wrestling duals last week, accomplishing a feat that hasn’t been done in at least eight years.

The Swathers defeated Halstead, Cheney and Herington on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Two days later, they defeated Southeast of Saline and Remington.

Head coach Doug Broadfoot said Hesston hadn’t won five straight since 2007 or 2008. The team finished with a 7-3 dual record on the season.

Hesston’s closest match during the streak was its 39-33 victory Jan. 28 against Southeast of Saline. Juan Guzman lost 10-5 against Abel Alvarez, the second-ranked wrestler in Class 3A among 220-pounders. The final score was Alvarez’s closest match of the season. Patrick Deegan clinched the victory with a forfeit win.

Hesston’s four biggest wrestlers all won their matches against Remington. Broadfoot said he was impressed with Guzman and Deegan.

Broadfoot said he rested some of his older wrestlers on Jan. 26 to give younger ones some varsity time. David Merchant won his two matches against touch competition, and Deegan looked as physical as Broadfoot had ever seen him against Herington’s Nate Bachus.

On Friday, Hesston placed 10th out of 14 teams in a loaded Garden Plain Invitational.

“I was expecting more, but in retrospect, I think we finished about where we should have,” Broadfoot said. “Everybody there was good.”

According to him, the competition was the touchest Hesston will see this season. Bishop Carroll, Wichita East and Dodge City were among the teams at the tournament.

Jake Wingfield went 2-2 and placed third in the 182-pound bracket. Merchant, Guzman and Tyler Bachman each finished fourth. Merchant bit through his lip during his final match against Lakin’s Luis McPerson. Merchant had pinned McPerson in the opening round, but he lost a 12-5 decision in the rematch.

Tanner Bachman, Matt Whitsitt and Deegan placed sixth. Deegan had to withdraw from his final match due to a back injury.

The Swathers have one more tournament this Friday and Saturday at Circle High School in Towanda before they get ready to play host for the Central Kansas League tournament. After the league meet, they head to regionals Feb. 19-20 at Marion.

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Lark Softball Comes Out Swinging With More Experience

Posted 2/5/2016

By Rusty Whitcher

Last year, the Hesston College softball team may have peaked very early.

Hesston finished the year 16-28, never getting on a typical HC roll struggling in Region VI Division II play.

This year, Head Coach Andrew Sharp is thrilled about his squad.

“Last year’s team never really reached its potential,” Sharp said. “When I look at this team I think balance. We have four pitchers and some flexibility in the lineup. I’d like to think we have some depth. We showed in the fall we can compete very well.”

The Larks return seven sophomores with eight newcomers. Sharp was beyond pleased with how the returners arrived on campus, ready to approach the fall season.

“They have answered the bell,” he said. “It was apparent in August they came ready to go and again over Christmas break.”

With four pitchers on the staff, Sharp is optimistic about the chances from the pitching circle.

“I expect our staff to be more competitive,” he said. “We gave away way too much free stuff last year. We were our own worst enemy.”

Gabby Willis, a sophomore from Rusk, Texas slides over to shortstop to anchor the Lark infield. Dakoda Lee, a sophomore from Boise, Idaho, and Flagstaff, Ariz. sophomore Riley Hannemann are the two returning arms for the Larks with freshmen Dezz Bretado and Jerrica Brown rounding out the rotation.

Hesston kicks off the season with the earliest its ever started, with a trip to the Cowtown Classic in Fort Worth on the weekend of Feb. 5 and 6. The Classic is a three weekend event, with junior colleges playing in the first and third as the second weekend is for NAIA schools and the Larks will play five games in two days.

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New Coach At The Helm For Larks Baseball

Posted 2/5/2016

By Rusty Whitcher

To be honest, the Hesston College baseball team fell flat on its face. With a chance to host the District tournament, the Larks never got rolling on the field, falling to Brown Mackie in the best-of-five series three games to one.

New faces have moved to guide the Larks, with Kyle Howell taking over the head coaching duties. Howell, an assistant coach last year, is joined by Courtney Spitz and Skylar Hill this season. The Larks start off their season with a four game series with Richland Community College on the weekend of Feb. 5 through Feb. 7., the earliest a Hesston College baseball team has started.

“It was more about being able to go south,” Howell said. “We’ve got so many kids from Oklahoma and Texas, that area. It helps recruiting and it also gives a chance to get into that region in terms of parents seeing games, kids feeling comfortable and it’s supposed to be 70 and sunny. We found a good opponent and a good playing surface, it just made sense.”

Howell admits the Larks are young, with the freshmen having to come along quickly Howell cited there is a difference between fall game speed and spring game speed.

“As far strengths, I don’t know,” he said. “We added a couple of transfers on the mound. We return Jake Shelby who committed to Tarleton State in Texas. We’re running a lot of things through him.”

The Larks are built around an offensive mentality of gap to gap power, with some speed sprinkled in. Howell is using a blend of former coach Rob Ramseyer’s philosophy and his own idead.

“I think a lot of the things which have gone on differently have been things which have come off the field,” Howell said. “Rob did so many good things in terms of personal relationships and offensive schemes so a lot of those things have carried over and I had the ability to learn from him last year. It’s things I’ve picked up along the way that I said ‘if I ever have the opportunity these are the things I really want to do to create a different culture.”

 

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