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Hesston Record 9.11

Hesston Record 9.11

Lady Swathers Riding 5-Game Winning Streak

Posted 9/11/2014

By Blake Spurney

Record Staff Writer

The Hesston Lady Swathers got their first opportunity to avenge their only loss of the season Tuesday in a home triangular with Sterling and Smoky Valley.

The Lady Swathers (8-1) fell 25-20 and 25-21 to Sterling on Aug. 30 at home in the semifinals of the Central Kansas League Pre-Season Tournament. Results of Tuesday’s action were not available at press time.

“The girls are looking forward to playing Smoky and Sterling tonight,” said head coach Jason Peters. “They know that they didn't play their best when we lost to Sterling the first time, and we have been playing much better over the past week. We have worked on reducing mistakes, and have been able to overcome mistakes better by keeping a positive attitude and high energy throughout the match.”

Hesston has been riding a five-match winning streak since then. On Sept. 4, the Lady Swathers trimmed Hutchinson Trinity (25-16, 21-25 and 25-15) and downed Minneapolis (25-23 and 25-15) in a triangular at Minneapolis.

“This was a great triangular, with three very competitive teams who are all going to have successful seasons this year,” said coach Jason Peters. “I was very pleased that we were able to come away with two wins. We did a much better job of battling through our mistakes and played with a lot of energy and focus in the sets that we won. “

Peters said the Lady Swathers would need to maintain their intensity heading into league play. They finished second last season.

On Sept. 2, Hesston swept Moundridge (25-18 and 25-16) and Conway Springs (25-13 and 25-18).

“We had a balanced attach with all of our hitters contributing,” Peters said.

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Runners To Invade Town For Swather Special

Posted 9/11/2014

By Blake Spurney

Record Staff Writer

After winning the Viking Invitational on Sept. 4, Hesston’s boys cross country team gets to test its mettle a much bigger pool of competition today at the historic Swather Special at Hesston Golf Park.

“It’s huge. We’ll have over 1,000 runners,” said head coach Nealee Johnston. “It’s kind of organized chaos. It’s one of the biggest meets in the state,”

Besides the tradition of an event that has been drawing teams from far distances for decades, athletes like it because they get to see how they measure up against runners their age from different classifications. A different class of boys and girls takes off every 15 minutes, and all runners in 1-3A head into one chute at the end of the course, and runners in 4-6A run into another.

“It’s usually a pretty fast course as well,” Johnston said.

“It’s a fast, awesome course, one of my favorites” said junior Samatha Hastings.

The first race featuring freshman girls starts at 4 p.m. The final race of senior boys starts at 5:45 p.m.

Johnston said that an hour after 1,000 runners finish their competition, no one would suspect an hour later that the event was held.

Local businesses reap some benefits from the meet.

“We get pretty busy,” said Delynn John, a manager at Sonic Drive-In. “It’s probably twice the amount of customers.”

The Swathers won the Viking Invitational by taking five of the top eight spots. Junior Austin Bollinger took top honors among the six teams competing with a time of 18 minutes, 52 seconds. Teammates Luccas Schmucker and Kelson Claassen finished right behind him with times of 19:53 and 19:58 respectively.

The Lady Swathers finished second out of three teams. Junior Mikala Heddin won with a time of 17:31. Senior Anna Grimsley took third (21:12), and Sofia Goodman finished seventh (24:05).

“I have a lot of kids who want to work hard, and they want to do well,” Johnston said when asked to explain the success of the Swathers’ cross country program.

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