Hurst wins JV golf tournament, Kunantaev second in two varsity meets
Hillsboro High School junior Dakota Kaufman headlined a week in Trojan athletics with a record-breaking triple jump April 7 at the Halstead Central Kansas Track League meet.
She also was first in the long jump, second in the javelin, and ran a leg with the first-place 4x100-meter relay team.
“She finished the day with some excellent jumps,” said HHS head coach Dennis Boldt.
In all, the girls’ team placed in 13 events while the boys earned 14 medals.
Tiffany Rooker was the only other first-place finisher on the girls’ team, after clearing 8-feet-6-inches in the high jump.
The team finished third out of five teams.
Nathan Vogel and Ishmael Morris were the top Trojan boys’ finishers.
Vogel’s time of 52.91 seconds in the 400m dash and Morris’ 200m dash of 23.28 earned them first-place medals.
The 4x800m relay team of Nicholas Mueller, David Ratzloff, Matt Klenda, and Vogel, as well as the 4x400m team of Klenda, Brandon McMillen, Morris, and Vogel each took first place.
HHS was fourth out of five teams.
“The athletes really performed well above expectations,” Boldt said. “I was concerned that not having a track facility and the poor weather would hinder our performances a great deal, but the team really came through for the first meet.”
As young as the HHS softball team is, coach Step Sinclair was thrilled to start the season 2-0 with an April 7 sweep at Wichita Collegiate.
The Lady Trojans banged out 29 hits and 32 runs in the two games to win 15-2 and 17-5.
Weber picked up the victory on the mound in game one, while freshman Franny Gottsch earned the “W” in game two.
The Trojans used four extra base hits in game one, including a double from Gottsch, two triples from fellow freshman Steph Sanders, and an inside-the-park homerun from Taylor Nikkel.
Sanders was at it again in game two with a double, while Loewen hit two and Reimer added a two-bagger.
“We played well,” said head coach Steph Sinclair. “They were fun games to start the season.”
The Hillsboro tennis team went 5-9 in singles and doubles matches April 7 at Smoky Valley.
The team’s meet Thursday at Hillsboro was postponed because of inclement weather and will be rescheduled.
The tournament was not broken down into number one and number two singles and doubles. Instead, there were 16 singles, and 16 doubles teams vying for first place.
The doubles team of Nolan Dirks and Ben Gottsch were the only Trojans to win more than one match, going 2-2 on the day.
However, the victories came on the consolation side of the bracket and the duo took 13th place.
Taylor Hagen and Clay Shewey won their first match as a team, and took eighth place.
Jarod Hamm and Grant Shewey each won a match and tied for 13th in singles competition.
“It is still early in the season and that showed today,” said HHS head coach Stu Holmes after the matches. “We’ll work hard over the next few weeks to developed more consistency.”
Daniel Kunantaev is up to his old tricks.
The junior, who played in the state tournament his freshman and sophomore seasons, finished second in two tournaments this past week.
In a rain-shortened, nine-hole tournament Thursday at Hillsboro, Kunantaev shot 38, three strokes behind champion Luke Gordon of Marion.
The Trojans were first in the six-man competition, third in the four-man, and fourth in the two-man.
In a joint varsity/junior varsity tournament April 6-7 at Lyons, the Trojans took second place.
Kunantaev shot 80 in the second-place finish, and freshman Thane Hurst won the junior varsity tournament with a nine-hole score of 44.
“Although I am pleased with the team finishing near the top in all of the tournaments last week, we still certainly have a lot of work to do,” said head coach Scott O’Hare.
After losing its first two games of the season April 3, the Trojan baseball team did not play this past week because of inclement weather.
Hillsboro was originally rained out Friday at Marion, and again Monday when the two teams tried again to play a doubleheader.
The third time could be the charm as the teams will try again at 4:30 p.m. Thursday to play two games.
Despite having an 0-2 record Trojan batters have gotten off to a hot start with Jacob Fish leading the way with a .667 batting average in six at bats.
Daniel Jost is hitting .625 (5-8) while Jacob Edwards and Aaron Bina are both hitting .429 (3-7).
Jost is the team’s RBI-leader with two.
After the Marion contest, the Trojans will play Friday at home against Smoky Valley.
For full results of all Trojan athletic teams, see Page 6.