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Swathers Pick Up Two Wins During ‘Good Week’

Posted 2/8/2018

By Blake Spurney

Hesston Record StaffPHOTO BY PAM WEAVER
REESE Nebel skies above a couple of Haven defenders Tuesday, Jan. 30, during a 72-62 victory.PHOTO BY PAM WEAVER REESE Nebel skies above a couple of Haven defenders Tuesday, Jan. 30, during a 72-62 victory.

Hesston remains in the hunt for its sixth straight Central Kansas League crown after knocking off Haven 72-62 at home Tuesday, Jan. 30, and surviving 72-70 on Friday at Smoky Valley.

“We just need somebody to knock off Halstead,” said head coach Greg Raleigh. “We should have, but we didn’t take care of business.”

On Friday, the Swathers (11-4 and 5-1) overcame foul trouble and a second-half surge by the Vikings. Hesston actually led 37-19 in the second quarter, but Smoky Valley ended the half with a 6-0 run. The Swathers led 51-44 heading into the final quarter after Cameron Cox sank a three-pointer. Then things got dicey.

Trailing 63-56 after Jacob Adams scored inside, the Vikings switched to a full-court press in the final three minutes. Hesston committed three turnovers within a minute, and Smoky Valley pulled within 63-62. Ben Bollinger’s three-point play on an inside basket and free throw was matched by Nick Reinert’s three-pointer. The teams played on even terms until Reese Nebel sank two free throws with 35 seconds remaining to put Hesston up 72-69. After Adams made one free throw, Hesston turned the ball over on an in-bounds play with 21 seconds left. By this time, Cox had fouled out.

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Lark Softball Returning With Solid Foundation Of Sophomores

Posted 2/8/2018

By Rusty Whitcher

Hesston Record Staff

Coming off the most wins in a season, the bar was set very high for the Hesston College softball team. 

The Larks finished 26-24 last year, with a wonderful foundation of sophomores to make some waves in the ultra-competitive Region VI.

“Our freshmen had a lot to do with our success last year,” Head Coach Andrew Sharp said. “I think that class in particular, sophomores of course this year, is going to be looked on to carry those leadership roles. We certainly have some freshmen who are going to be able to jump right in and contribute.”

Sophomore Ashley Yasin and freshman Kaylen Lassley will be asked to shoulder most of the pitching load this season with some other options as well. Yasin went 14-10 with a 3.65 ERA while striking out 136 in 157 innings pitched.

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Whitsitt Powers Through Circle Opponents

Posted 2/8/2018

By Blake Spurney

Hesston Record Staff

Matt Whistitt made short work of three out of four opponents and brought home a gold medal Saturday from the Circle Invitational.

The 160-pound senior pinned his first two opponents in less than a minute, and he won his semifinal match against Council Grove’s Alvin Holmes via a 16-1 technical fall.

Whitsitt said he got two takedowns, a reversal and 10 points off near falls.

“He wouldn’t flatten out, so I was trying to get as many points as possible,” he said.

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