Sports Briefs | Cross country, tennis earn medals

Wurtz finishes 1st at Silver Lake

Cross Country opened its season Saturday with two individual medals at the Silver Lake Invitational. 

Sophomore Payton Wurtz finished first in the girls race with a time of 19:55.89.

“I’m really happy with how the race went. I think I ran a smart race. I want to cut my time down, but it was a nice start to the season,” Wurtz said. Senior Rebekah Stuhlsatz finished 7th. The girls team placed 2nd behind West Franklin.

On the boys team, sophomore Rhett Parry led with a 27th place finish at 20:37.28.

“I’m really proud of my team. You know it’s just getting past the first meet, it’s like once you get past the first one it’s like you did it a billion times, it’s just running,” senior AJ Grutsch said. 

The team races again Saturday morning at Wamego.

Tennis earns 2 medals at Seaman

The tennis team brought home two medals from the Seaman Invitational Saturday. Junior Baylie Tharman and sophomore Meredith Denton took 1st in #1 doubles. Sophomore Ava Huske took 3rd in #1 singles. 

“I think we did really well playing for the first time together. We definitely didn’t start out very well but as the day kept going we got better,” Tharman said. 

Tharman also earned a 2nd place finish at Clay Center Thursday.

Coach Brendan Praeger was happy with the team’s performance. “I think they all played really well. That’s usually a meet that’s very difficult, so to bring home medals is encouraging. The other girls who didn’t medal all played really well and moved forward. So last week was a really good start to the season.”

Volleyball goes 1-1 at home

The varsity volleyball team went 1-1 Tuesday against Chapman and Riley County. The team beat Chapman 25-23, 25-22. 

They went to three sets against Riley County, but came up short during the third set, losing 15-25, 25-17, 23-25.

Junior Kaci Meseke led the team in kills and right behind her was junior Alexus Ford. The team plays again at the Lyndon Tournament Saturday.

Football loses close game at Troy

Football kicked off its season at Troy Friday, losing a close game 28-22. The team took a 22-20 lead with 4:20 left, but but after a turnover Troy regained the lead. 

“I think we should have won, but we didn’t execute and had too many turnovers,” junior Zach Frank said.

The team opens at home Friday against Northern Heights.

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