The annual Lions Club track meet ran Tuesday in Belleville. At right, Pike Valley’s Anton Reeves leads the pack to take first in the mile run in the lower division. Below left: Republic County’s Matthew Cole throws in shot put,(above), while Coby Marquis, Pike Valley, competes in the 100m prelims. At right, Clint Calloway (above) set a personal record in triple jump. Below, Deon Dyke competes in long jump.
The Republic County High School played a hot had on a warm day Monday, winning their own nine team invitational at The Belleville Country Club. The Buffs out shot the second place team by 58 strokes for the deciding win. As a team RCHS carded a four-man 18-hole total of 338. Thayer Central was second with a 396, followed by Southeast of Saline at 432 and Concordia with a 453.
Trey Kuhlman was one of two medalists for the Buffs, finishing second with a 78. He was followed by Justin Tietjen who was third one stroke back at 79. Rounding out four-man play for the team from Belleville was Kendsey Johnson, 14th with an 89 and Harlan Reed, 18th with a 92. Logan Waite, 25th with a 96 and McKenzie Cromwell, 44th at 112 also competed on the varsity level. Republic County also fielded a junior varsity tam in the home invitational finishing 18 hole six-man play at 709.
The Republic County High School gold team kicked off their 2017 campaign in gold medal form last week finishing in a first place tie at the Washington County Invitational. The Buffs carded a two round total of 361 in four-man play, tied with Nemaha Valley.
Third place went to Vermillion with 366, followed by Riley County at 422, Valley Heights with 432, Linn at 455, Onaga with 485 and the host school, Washington, 535. Justin Tietjen was gold medalist among all golfers carding a 41-38, 79. Trey Kuhlman also medaled for the Buff scoring a 42-47, 89 for seventh place.
The Republic County High School softball team experienced both the highs and lows last week, falling in a pair of games to Southeast of Saline, before coming back to take two from Lincoln. The Lady Buffs fell 2-0 in their first game at SES and fell 18-0 in the nightcap.
"In the Southeast game we played six great innings of softball in game one," Coach Steph Mettlen said. "SES hit a home run in the first game to make the score 2-0 and it seemed like we couldn't bounce back from that; it really got (them) going and they continued to roll in the second game."
Buff lifters 4th in 2A State Powerlifting Championship
Seven power lifters combined strength for a fourth place finish for Republic County High School at the 2A Championship in Solomon Friday and Saturday. A total of 26 teams and 128 individuals were entered.
Seniors Ashton Holmes claimed the first place medal in the 198 lbs. division, with individual first place honors in the bench (290 lbs.) and squat (400 lbs.) divisions, and second in the clean. He lifted a total of 930 pounds in the three division.
The Republic County girls' softball team launched their 2017 season with two wins at home last week, rolling over Sylvan Grove in a double-header. The Lady Buffs claimed the opener 15-0 and finished the nightcap 16-1, both in shortened innings.
According to RCHS Coach Steph Mettlen the team's offensive juggernaut rolled up 31 runs on 15 hits with 26 RBI's. This included three triples as well as a trio of doubles. Audrey Sheets, Madison Hammond and Sadee Graves each had two hits on the night.
Mia Scott, daughter of Jeff and Michel Scott of Highland, Kans., and granddaughter of Mike and Carolyn Kasl of Belleville was selected to participate in the 31st annual Northeast Kansas All-Star Weekend April 2 in both volleyball and basketball.
Mia is a senior at Doniphan West High School. She is a four-year volleyball starter, setter for three years, and co-captain her senior year. She was also a four-year starter in basketball, captain her senior year, and averaged eight points per game with her career high scoring of 24 points coming from her final game against the Onaga Buffaloes.