Archive for Thursday, February 2, 2006

Sports Briefs

February 2, 2006

Games rescheduled

Because of the regional wrestling tournament Feb. 17 at Eudora High School, the boys basketball games scheduled for that night were moved to Feb. 16, which will also be the winter sports coronation.

The junior varsity boys basketball tournament scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 18 will take place at Eudora Middle School, 2635 Church St.

The girls basketball games scheduled for Feb. 17 were played at an earlier date.

Middle school basketball

The eighth-grade boys junior varsity basketball team suffered a 34-14 loss Monday against the Wheatridge Mustangs at Gardner.

The first quarter was a fairly even match-up between the teams, but the rest of the game belonged to Wheatridge.

Josh Ricley and Casey Boone had three each. Jon Woodgate and Caleb Hines finished with two apiece and Matt Jump had one.

  • The eighth-grade varsity game Monday was exciting from beginning to end.

The two teams were deadlocked for much of the game. However, Wheatridge gained a seven-point lead with a minute and a half to go.

Good offensive movement and\ clock management saw the boys pull within two with nine seconds left and Wheatridge on the foul line. After only one free throw was made and Eudora was down by three, the ball was pushed up court for a final try. A

couple of miscues saw the ball go out of bounds to Wheatridge.

The Cardinals stole the inbounds pass but could not get the final shot in the air before the buzzer sounded and lost a tight 41-38 game.

Justin Ballock led the team with 16. Joel Lauer had 11. Drew Noble finished with four. Reece Long had three and Brian Katzfey added two.

  • The seventh-grade junior varsity squad that fell to Wheatridge a week ago, 36-4, showed some major signs of improvement in their second matchup with Wheatridge Monday, but still came up short, 48-20.

After spotting the Mustangs 16 points in the first quarter, it looked as though there was no answer to the Mustang defense.

Newcomer Jon Murray added a spark, as well as both Nabus boys, running the floor and finishing several layups in the second half.

Scoring for the Cardinals were Darren Nabus with eight points, Jacob Beck, six, Murray, four, and Daniel Nabus, two.

  • The seventh-grade varsity came out playing with fire Monday in the second half after a sluggish first half.

After digging themselves into a 24-6 hole in the first half, the Cardinals played with intensity and much smarter in the second. The Cards came up short, however, losing 39-18.

The team shot a 2-for-10 from the free-throw line.

Caleb Clayton-Molby led the Cardinals with seven points. Jordan Plaice and Christian Richardson each had four. Brandon West had two and Ian Scrimsher finished with one.

Youth wrestling

The Eudora Jr. Cardinal Wrestling Club traveled to Salina Jan. 28 to compete in the Tournament of Champions. More than 1,100 wrestlers from the state of Kansas and Oklahoma were in attendance.

Caleb Clayton-Molby took second in the 12-and-under, 165-pound weight division.

Other wrestlers who competed were Siam Boyd, Cameron Foster, Noah Katzenmeier, Elijah Kennedy, Chandler Schram, Matthew Buchhorn, Grady Cain, Tucker Gabriel, Aaron Foster, Griffin Katzenmeier, Noah Kennedy, Thaius Boyd, Andrew McLees, Gregory Snell and Thomas McLees.

The club travels to Tecumseh Saturday to compete in the Thunderbird Open/Novice tournament.

Hines rodeo all-star pick

Leaders of the National High School Rodeo Association Wrangler Division, the newest junior high rodeo program in America, appointed Caleb Hines, Eudora, to the NHSRA Wrangler Division All Star Rodeo Team, the first-ever corporate-sponsored youth rodeo team.

The NHSRA Wrangler Division All Star Rodeo Team is fashioned after Wrangler's Champion Pro Rodeo Team, which includes superstars like Ty Murray, Joe Beaver, Dan Mortensen, Charmayne James, and Hall-of-Famer Jim Shoulders.

Hines earned a position on the NHSRA Wrangler Division All Star Rodeo Team based on leadership qualities, academic eligibility and athletic achievements.

"We are excited this year to expand Wrangler's rodeo sponsorship program at the middle school level," Karl Stressman, special events manager for Wrangler Rodeo, said. "As always, it gives us a tremendous sense of pride to associate the Wrangler brand with promising young men and women. We're confident each member of the team will be an outstanding goodwill ambassador for the sport of rodeo."

Members of the team receive official competition apparel consisting of a shirt embroidered with the team logo and one pair of competition jeans as well as an official team certificate signed by Shoulders and Murray.

Soccer registration

Soccer sign ups will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Nottingham Elementary School, 1428 Elm St.

Graff, Ballock honored

Eudora High School athletes Emily Ballock and Brittney Graff were recognized at the Women's Sports Awards Celebration luncheon Feb. 1 at Crown Center.

The event is in conjunction with National Girls and women in Sports Day. It is the largest luncheon of its kind in the country with more than 1,100 in attendance.

Each year, five local women are honored for the impact they have made within the community through sports and fitness as well as local female high school state champions.

Ballock won the class 4A state championship in the 300-meter hurdles. Graff won the state championship in cross country.

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Heitzman in top four

Eudora's Paul Heitzman was among the top-four finishers in the Masters 800 at Saturday's Jayhawk Invitational conducted at Anschutz Pavilion on the Kansas University campus.

The top four included Wally Brawner, 66, Tonganoxie, first, 2:53.05; Ross Greathouse 67, Lincoln, Neb., second; 25:56.29; Heitzman, 74, third, 2:57.41; and Mike Lundgren, 54, Fairway, fourth, 3:01.83.

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