Sports Briefs | Cross Country, football earn victories

Cross Country competes at Northern Heights

The cross country team ran at Northern Heights Thursday. Sophomore Payton Wurtz finished first with the time of 19:48, and two other girls Rebekah Stuhlsatz and Jenna Donaldson placed in the top 15. The team placed 2nd. “Even though I finished first, there is still lots of room for improvement,” Wurtz said. The boys team placed 7th. Sophomore Rhett Parry led the boys and finished with the time of 20:59 and 31st place. 

As our workouts continue to increase in distance and intensity, we sometimes see

a little more fatigue on meet days. I saw a little of that at this meet, but we still had 8 season best times. We’ve also been fighting a few injuries, but this group continues to battle,” coach Roger Alderman said.

The next meet will be the Jason McKinney Invitational at home Thursday afternoon. Races begin at 4 p.m., with the high school starting at 4:50.

Pictured above: Jenna Donaldson runs at Northern Heights. Donaldson finished 10th with a time of 25:13.

Football defeats Jefferson County North

Football went into Winchester Friday to defeat Jefferson County North 24-8. The Chargers went down 8-0 early in the second quarter, but scored 24 unanswered points to end the game. Junior Zach Frank rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns. Junior Wyatt Wurtz scored a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. Wurtz also intercepted two passes. 

The Chargers will face state powerhouse Smith Center this Friday. The Redmen are 2-1 on the season.

Volleyball struggles at Saint Marys

Volleyball played in a Tri at Saint Marys with Marysville September 13. The Chargers lost to both teams but they battled pretty well against tough competition. The team lost to Saint Marys 11-25, 22-25 and Marysville 15-25, 15-25. 

The team played again at Saint Marys Tuesday, losing 26-6, 25-10. They travel to Olpe Saturday. 

Tennis faces tough competition at Ellsworth

Tennis traveled to Ellsworth Thursday for an 8-team meet. Sophomore Ava Huske finished 6th, defeating Charlotte Bettenbrock from Ellsworth, but losing close matches to Sterling, Phillipsburg and Ellsworth. 

“We had a tough day, battling some sickness and weather, but the competition was also really tough,” coach Brendan Praeger said. “We travel a long way West to play some of the best teams in the state, which is worthwhile, but it makes for a rough day when the girls are struggling.”

After returning to action at Perry-Lecompton Tuesday, the varsity heads to Hillsboro Thursday. The JV competes at Baldwin.

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