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    Saint Francis Indians Dominate Hornets

    The Dighton Hornets’ nine players came to play at Friday’s game against the Indians’ 24 players. The Hornets lost their sting in the second half and the Indians chopped up a homecoming victory, 54-20. 

    In the first few quarters the Indians made two touchdowns and one two-point conversion, which just kept them even or just ahead of the Hornets.

    “It was a slow start because we underestimated them by the size of their team,” said Senior Cody Baxter. 

    Sophomore Adam Krien said the Hornets were the first team that scored on the Indians. 

    “It was a really fun game because they were the best team we’ve played against so far this season,” Krien said. “There’s still work to be done before we play harder teams. We had a hard time covering their passing game at the beginning, but towards the end we wore them out and won the game.”

    At halftime, the drill team performed their dance to the Saint Francis Indian Band’s version of Portugal The Man’s “Feel It Still.” 

    After the drill team’s performance, the homecoming candidates made their way to the field to be crowned. Seniors Richard Johnson III and Jessica Confer became royalty as the 2018 Homecoming king and queen. 

    “I was surprised and it was pretty cool to be honored that way,” said Confer. “It means a lot to be voted for by my peers.”

    After halftime, the Indians came back out on the field and kept extending the lead as the Hornets ran out of steam. One Dighton player got hurt in the second half, which left the Hornets with only eight players able to finish the game.

    Caleb Todd, freshman, said he got a good view of the game from the side lines. 

    “In the beginning it was kind of bad because we weren’t playing very good,” Todd said. “But we started to improve and improved throughout the game, which is why we won.”

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  • JV Indians Lose to DCS

    The junior varsity football team played their first game of the season on Monday, September 17, in St. Francis. The JV Indians took on a good Dundy County-Stratton team losing the contest by a score of 22-38.

    The first quarter ended with the score tied at 8-all. St. Francis earned their 1st-quarter touchdown on a three-yard run by Josiah Sims. Kobe Tice ran for the conversion points. Dundy County-Stratton (DCS) increased their lead to 20-8 in the second period.

    In the third quarter, DCS scored twice more to increase their advantage. Mid-way through the period, St. Francis earned another touchdown on a 6-yard run by Kobe Tice. The conversion try was unsuccessful. St. Francis trailed 14-32 after three quarters of action.

    The Tigers scored once more in the final period to move the scoreboard to 14-38, but the Indians kept working hard and earned another touchdown with just over a minute to play on an 8-yard run by Josiah Sims. Kobe Tice ran for the conversion points. St. Francis lost to DCS 22-38.

    The junior varsity Indians will play Quinter, at Quinter, on Monday, September 24 at 5:00 p.m.

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    Homecoming Activities Enjoyed

    September 10-15 was Homecoming Week for St. Francis Community Schools. Many activities were enjoyed throughout the week leading up to the homecoming football game with the Dighton Hornets on Friday and the Homecoming Dance on Saturday. Each day was given a "theme" for Homecoming Week.

    Monday was "Meme Day." Students were encouraged to dress up as their favorite meme. In the afternoon, the cheerleaders went to the Grade School to teach cheers to the elementary students. The senior football players also took their football gear to the Grade School to allow the younger students to try on their equipment. Both the older and younger students seemed to have a great time. In the evening, the seniors "painted the streets" following a long-time tradition for Homecoming Week. After the streets were painted a "shaving cream and water fight" was held in the City Park. Check the "Photos" page for pictures of "painting the streets" and other activities held during the week.

    Tuesday was designated as "Career Day," and students dressed as their desired career. The day was also "Volleyball Recognition Day." The volleyball team traveled to Sharon Springs and defeated Wallace County 26-24, 25-15 and Greeley County 25-13, 25-12. The junior varsity team won the only matched they played against Wallace County 25-21, 25-12.

    The theme for Wednesday was "PJ Day." Students wore their favorite pajamas to school. Also on Wednesday, the FFA Land Judging Team will participated in the district land judging contest in Norton.

    Thursday was "Nerd Day" and student were seen in many "nerdy" costumes. On Thursday, the volleyball teams hosted Lone Star. There was only one best 3 of 5 varsity match. The Lady Indians won the match 25-11, 25-11, 25-14 in dominating fashion. The junior high volleyball and football teams also played in Dighton. The Homecoming Bonfire was held at the High School at 8:00 p.m. An ice cream social sponsored by the First National Bank was held in the High School Cafeteria after the bonfire. Below is a clip of the class yells at the Ice Cream Social.

     

    On Friday, "Green and Gold Day," almost everyone dressed in green and gold to show support for the Indians. In the afternoon, the Homecoming Parade traveled down Washington Street while the junior high and elementary students and fans lined the streets. After the parade, a pep rally was held in the High School Gymnasium. Here are a few short excerpts from the parade and class skits at the pep assembly:

     

    Senior Skit

    Junior Skit

    Sophomore Skit

    Freshman Skit

    Friday evening, the Indians defeated the Dighton Hormets in the homecoming football game on Greene Field 54-20.

    On Saturday, September 15, the Homecoming Dance was held in the High School Cafeteria from 8:00-11:30 p.m. Everyone seemed to enjoy the week's activities.

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    Indians Control #10 Ranked Dighton.

    The Indians proved to be too strong for the #10-ranked (1A-DII) Dighton Hornets on Friday, September 14. Though the Hornets put up a good fight, the Indians controlled the game with hard-hitting defense, big offensive plays, and over-all good play. St. Francis defeated Dighton 54-20 on Greene Field in St. Francis.

    Dighton won the coin-flip and elected to defer. Jayce Nider returned Dighton's squib kick to the St. Francis 31 yard line. Before the first snap would occur, the Hornets jumped off-side. The first play from scrimmage found Brady Dinkel diving up the middle for a short gain. On 2nd-&-3, Jordan Raby moved the ball within a foot of the line-to-gain on a dive to the right. Dinkel's run over the left side earned a first down at the Dighton 35. After a carry by Shadryon Blanka earned one yard, Dinkel gained 5 over the left side. On 3rd-&-4, Raby rounded the right end and sprinted 29 yards for the first St. Francis score. The conversion attempt, a dive by Dinkel, fell short of the goal line. St. Francis led 6-0 with 9:22 left in the first period.

    Dighton senior Dalton Hoffman (5' 9" 155 lb.) returned Brady Dinkel's kick-off to the Hornet 22 yard line where he was stopped by a tackle by Adam Krien. Before the first snap of the possession, Dighton again was penalized; this time for procedure. On the Hornets' first carry, Blair Hoffman (5' 10" 165 lb. Sr.) ran the left side gaining 10 yards before being stopped by Dinkel. D. Hoffman earned 3 on the next dive. He was tackled by Jesse Baxter. On 3rd-&-2, B. Hoffman rounded the left end moving the football to the 38 yard line. On the next play, Marcus Rowe (6' 3" 180 lb. Jr.) powered over the right side gaining 7 yards. The Hornets had certainly demonstrated that they were talented and ready to play. B. Hoffman's next carry moved the ball to the Indian 30 yard line before Connor Keller made the tackle. On the next play, B. Hoffman ran into the middle of the St. Francis defense and fumbled on a Jordan Raby tackle. The Hornets recovered at the 20. D. Hoffman earned 3 on a carry into the middle, before a pass in the right flat was nearly intercepted by Tiernan Poling on second down. On the next play, Krien's tackle stopped B. Hoffman for a 2-yard gain over the right side. Facing 4th-&-5, B. Hoffman's pass to David Cramer (5' 11" 165 lb. Sr.) tied the game at 6-all on the 15-yard play. The conversion try, an option to the right, was stopped short. 

    Adam Krien returned the kick-off to the SF 25 yard line were Tyler Walker (5' 10" 180 lb. Jr.) and Cramer made the tackle. Quarterback Brady Dinkel ran over the right side earning three before being stopped by Cramer. Jordan Raby took the next two carries and earned a new series at the 36. Three more Raby carries netted only two yards as the Dighton defense stiffened. On 4th-&-8, a pass from Dinkel, intended for Connor Keller, was knocked down by a Hornet defender. 

    Dighton took possession on the St. Francis 34 yard line. After an incomplete pass on first down, quarterback B. Hoffman ran a draw gaining 8 up the middle. On the next play, a fumble moved the Hornets back to mid-field due to a Colton Neitzel tackle. Facing 4th-&-2, the Hornets called time-out to discuss strategy with 46.3 seconds left in the 1st period. The next play, a reverse by Cramer, was halted by a Neitzel tackle for a loss.

    St. Francis took possession on their own 32, where Jordan Raby and Shadryon Blanka combined for three carries netting one yard. On 4th down, a deep pass intended for Raby fell incomplete. The last 11 plays by the Indians had netted a total of 10 yards against a stingy Hornet defense.

    Dighton took possession at the SF 34 yard line. D. Hoffman ran around the right end gaining two yards. The next play, a pass from Hoffman to Marcus Rowe covered 46 yards and gave the Hornets a 6-12 advantage. The conversion attempt, a pass caught in the back of the end zone, was ruled out-of-bounds. With 10:28 left in the second period, the Indians trailed 6-12.

    From this point in the contest, the Indians seemed much more determined to impose their will on the Hornets. After a return to the 35, Jordan Raby ran right to the Dighton 11 yard line. Shadryon Blanka ran right earning 3 before being tackled by B. Hoffman. On 2nd-&-7, Raby rounded the left end and sprinted into the end zone. The conversion run by Dinkel followed good blocking over the left side and was good. With 9:25 left in the first half, St. Francis had taken a 14-12 lead.

    Kobe Tice tackled the Hornet return man at the Dighton 17. A run by B. Hoffman was stopped for no gain by Shadryon Blanka. A 2nd-down pass intended for David Cramer was broken up by a vicious hit by Brady Dinkel. After a Dighton time-out at 8:28, Adam Krien and Jesse Baxter combined to sack the Hornet quarterback for an 8-yard loss. Facing 4th-&-18, the Hornets punted.

    Brady Dinkel slipped on the return and went down at the Dighton 39. St. Francis ran the next three plays using no huddle. A dive by Dinkel earned 6, and a carry by Raby earned a new series. Dinkel's next carry gained 4 before Raby rounded the left end for another first down at the Dighton 18. After a Raby dive gained only one, Shadryon Blanka ran the right end for a 17-yard touchdown with 5:49 left in the half. Raby was slowed short of the goal on the conversion, but stretched the ball over the goal line for the score. St. Francis had earned a 22-12 advantage.

    After Dinkel's kick-off sailed into the end zone, the Hornets set up offense at the 15. Two carries by D. Hoffman earned the Hornets a 3rd-&-1. On the next play, Tiernan Poling's tackle stopped the dive play for a 3-yard loss. On 4th-&-4, the Hornets ran a fake punt earning a new series at the Dighton 28. The next play, a reverse to Rowe, was stopped by a Raby tackle. A 2nd-down pass from Hoffman to Rowe gained two yards in the right flat. On 3rd-&-6, B. Hoffman's screen pass to D. Hoffman was good for a first down gaining good yardage before being stopped by Jayce Nider at midfield. D. Hoffman's next carry was met by Jesse Baxter for a short gain. On second down, Hoffman was forced to scramble and was sacked by Nider for a loss. With Dighton facing 3rd-&-15, the Indians called time-out with 2:12 on the clock. The third-down pass from Hoffman to Hoffman gained 10 yards before the tackle was made by Hunter Helton and Poling. The 4th-down pass attempt intended for Cramer was well-defended by Connor Keller and fell incomplete.

    St. Francis took possession on their own 35. After an 8-yard run by Jordan Raby, Brady Dinkel followed the line up the middle. After a measurement determined that the Indians had earned a new set of downs at the Dighton 35, Dinkel passed to Shadryon Blanka. A pass-interference penalty on the Hornets advanced the football to the Dighton 20. On the next play, Connor Keller sprinted 20 yards for another St. Francis score. A strong run by Blanka added the conversion points. St. Francis led 30-12 with 1:05 left in the first half.

    The Indians' kick-off went out-of-bounds, and Dighton elected to take the football at their own 25. B. Hoffman ran the left side gaining four yards before being tackled by Shadryon Blanka. On 2nd-down, a very strong run by D. Hoffman earned the Hornets a first down at the Sainty 39. On the final play of the half, a Hornet pitch was fumbled resulting in a loss. The teams went to the locker room with the Indians leading 30-12.

    At halftime of the homecoming game, Jessica Confer, daughter of Steve and Jean Ann Confer, was crowned homecoming queen and Richard Johnson, son of Richard and Kim Johnson and Paige Johnson, was crowned homecoming king by a vote of the student body.

    The second half kick-off return made it to midfield before a tackle by Tiernan Poling stopped the play. Trailing, the Hornets threw the ball more in the second half showing a talented passing attack. B. Hoffman's run to the right side was stopped by Hunter Helton's tackle after a five yard gain. The next play, a pass intended for David Cramer, fell incomplete after a powerful hit by Jordan Raby. A carry by Cramer into the middle, was stopped for a short gain by Adam Krien. On 4th down, Hoffman's pass to Kaden Bradstreet (6'3 200 lb. Jr.) earned a first down at the SF 23. Jesse Baxter stopped the next play for no gain. A 2nd-down pass fell incomplete in the end zone. On third down, a screen pass to the right earned 4 yards after being caught by Rowe. On 4th-&-6 at the 20, Krien and Jesse Baxter sacked Hoffman for a loss.

    The Indians took over on their own 26, but fumbled the first snap. Dighton recovered at the SF 35.

    On first down, the Hornets completed a pass from Hoffman to Cramer, but a chop-block on the play moved the ball back to the 20. On 1st-&-30, B. Hoffman ran up the middle earning 7 yards before being tackled by Cody Baxter and Adam Krien. On the next play, Jesse Baxter sacked Hoffman for another loss. A 3rd-down swing-pass to Bradstreet was defended by Hunter Helton. Facing 4th-&-forever, the Hornets punted.

    Brady Dinkel returned the punt to the SF 35, but a holding penalty on the Indians backed them up to the 16. On the next play, Jordan Raby bolted 64 yards for a touchdown around the right end. Shadryon Blanka's conversion run was also good. With 5:46 left in the 3rd period, St. Francis led 40-12. 

    Dalton Hoffman's kick return was ended by Tiernan Poling's tackle at the Dighton 20. Jayce Nider stopped a Dighton dive for a one-yard loss on the next play. Poling's next tackle stopped a pass from Hoffman to Cramer for no gain in the left flat. After a procedure penalty and time-out at 3:44, Dighton ran a quarterback draw ending with an Adam Krien tackle. Facing 4th-&-12, the Hornets punted again.

    Brady Dinkel returned the punt to the Dighton 23. Runs by Jordan Raby, Shadryon Blanka, and Dinkel set up a 4th-&-1 for the Indians. On the next play, a fumble resulted in a loss of possession.

    Dighton set up at their own 22. An option to the left to D. Hoffman was stopped by Jordan Raby for a one-yard loss. Raby also ended B. Hoffman's run around the right end for a very short gain on the next play ending the third period. Richard Johnson sacked the Dighton quarterback on the following play resulting in 4th-&-15. Again, the Hornets were forced to punt by a good defensive stand by the Indians.

    Dinkel's return was nullified due to block-in-the-back by the Indians. St. Francis set up shop on their own 27. A two-yard gain by Jordan Raby, was followed by a very powerful run by Shadryon Blanka around the right end. The 7-yard gain set up a 3rd-&-1. Unfortunately, a procedure penalty occurred before the next snap backing the Indians up five yards. D. Hoffman's tackle stopped Dinkel for no gain on the ensuing play. On 4th-&-6, Dinkel found Blanka wide-open for a touchdown pass covering 23 yards. Blanka also ran around the right end for the conversion points. The margin had increased to 48-12 with 8:54 remaining in the contest.

    D. Hoffman's return took the ball to the Dighton 24. Some of the St. Francis substitutes entered the contest gaining valuable experience. After a run by B. Hoffman earned one yard, Marcus Rowe powered around the left end gaining 5 before being stopped by Kobe Tice. D.Hoffman then earned a first down before being forced out-of-bounds by Adam Krien at the SF 33. After a five-yard penalty on the Hornets, D. Hoffman ran the right side earning 5 before another Krien tackle. Hoffman then ran left again stopped by Krien with help from Richard Johnson. A third-down pass to Cramer in the right flat only earned two yards due to good coverage by Tiernan Poling. On 4th-&-4, B. Hoffman threw a touchdown pass to David Cramer covering 26 yards. Hoffman's dart to Cramer on a slant accounted for the conversion points. Dighton had narrowed the margin to 48-20.

    Dighton's kick-off went out-of-bounds, but a personal-foul penalty on the Indians caused the play to be replayed. Adam Krien returned the kick to midfield. Two runs by Jordan Raby, both to the right side, gained yardage, but a holding penalty on the Indians changed the situation to 2nd-&-19. A misdirection carry by Tiernan Poling lost two more. On 3rd-down, Brady Dinkel's pass intended for Shadryon Blanka fell incomplete. After a St. Francis time-out at 4:08. Dinkel ran left but failed to reach the line to gain.

    Dighton took possession at midfield. On first down, a carry by Jaden Coleman (5' 6" 115 Fr.) was ended by a tackle by Adam Krien. Hoffman's 2nd-down pass attempt to Rowe fell incomplete in the end zone. The next pass attempt to Coleman also was incomplete. On 4th-&-7, a pass from Hoffman to Cramer earned a first down at the SF 28. The play was halted by a tackle by Connor Keller and Hunter Helton. The next Dighton pass, a slant to Cramer, was stopped by Dinkel, but not before the Hornets had advanced to the 17. Dighton's next pass attempt was intercepted by Shadryon Blanka.

    With 1:53 remaining, St. Francis took over on their own 31. An illegal shift nullified Dinkel's run on first down. On 2nd down, Cody Baxter broke several tackles to score a touchdown covering 54 yards with 1:27 to go. St. Francis led 54-20. The conversion run failed. 

    B. Hoffman returned the kick-off to the D 20. Three plays later, the clock expired. St. Francis defeated a good Dighton team 54-20.

    The Indians will play Decatur Community in Oberlin on Friday, September 21.

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    Lady Indians Smack Longhorns

    On Thursday, September 13, the Lady Indians hosted the LoneStar Lady Longhorns in high school volleyball. Only one match (best 3 of 5) was played. St. Francis controlled the match throughout the competition, jumping out to large leads, and playing a large number of players throughout each set. St. Francis scored 10 runs of three or more points in the match; LoneStar earned only four. The Lady Longhorn team had 7 freshman and sophomores and a total of 8 players. St. Francis won the match 25-11, 25-11, 25-14. 

    In set one, St. Francis trailed 1-2 early. It was the only time the Lady Indians trailed in the entire match. A 4-point run boosted the Lady Indians to a 5-3 advantage before a four-hit call stopped the run. In the run, Lindsey Johnson earned two kills and Lauren Johnson made a diving save to continue a volley that the Lady Indians won. Runs of 5, 4, and then 8 widened the margin to 22-6 before the Lady Indians began substituting players. Along the way, kills were recorded by Hannah Zimbal (3), Mia Morrow (4), and Lauren Johnson. Lindsey Johnson also earned a stuff-block. With the wide margin, several young Lady Indians received playing time including McKenna Poling, Alondra Gomez, and Jordyn Faulkender. With the score 24-8, St. Francis allowed the Lady Longhorns a 3-point run narrowing the advantage to 24-11. A missed serve closed set one. St. Francis defeated LoneStar 25-11.

    The ensuing sets were much the same. Two strong serves by Karly Bandel led to LoneStar passing errors early in set two. A deep-tip by Mia Morrow moved the scoreboard to 3-0 before a missed serve slowed the Lady Indians. After a kill by LoneStar's Kayleigh Lockard (Fr.), St. Francis reeled off an 8-point run to led 11-2. in the run, kills were recorded by Jessica Confer (2), Lindsey Johnson, Mia Morrow, Lauren Johnson, and Emma Johnson while Mia Morrow scored on three ace serves. After a Longhorn time-out, the Lady Indians missed another serve to halt this run. St. Francis began substituting with the score 13-4, and soon earned a three-point run and a five-point run to lead 21-6. During the action, kills were recorded by Emma Johnson and Hannah Zimbal but most of the scores came on errors by the Lady Longhorns. LoneStar earned a 4-point run to close the gap to 21-10 on an ace by Jayna Lockard (So.) and a spike that hit the net by Idahly Martinez (So.). A tip-kill by Emma Johnson stopped the run. A strong serve by ZImbal then caused a LoneStar passing error. After a LoneStar time-out at 23-10, an attack error and two missed serves closed the match. St. Francis won set two 25-11.

    Set three opened with a 6-point St. Francis run followed by a 5-point one to give the Lady Indians an 11-1 advantage. Enroute, kills were earned by Jessica Confer (3) and Lindsey Johnson, and aces were recorded by Mia Morrow and Emma Johnson. Morrow also had two aggressive attacks that led to passing errors. The first two St. Francis runs again ended on Lady Indians serving errors. The young Lady Indians entered the action a bit earlier in set three. Following a kill by Lindsey Johnson, the Lady Indians soon earned a 6-point run to stretch the lead to 18-3. In the run, Hannah Zimbal earned a kill, Lauren Johnson served and ace, and Kattie Wurm earned a kill on a set by McKenna Poling. Trailing 21-6, the Longhorns earned runs of 3 and 6 to trim the Lady Indian advantage to 23-14, before a tip by Lauren Johnson and an ace by Morrow closed the set. Lady Indians, Hadleigh Hilt, Bailey Workman, McKenna Poling, Perla Yanez, Alondra Gomez, Hailey Robbins Kattie Wurm, and Jordyn Faulkender all contributed positively to the match win. St. Francis won set three 25-14.

    St. Francis will play Bethune (CO) and Weskan in St. Francis on Tuesday, September 18. The Lady Indians will also host Chase County and Dundy County-Stratton on Thursday, September 20, at home.

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    Senior pursues career goals, passions

    Already halfway there is Senior Joslyn Ketzner. Dreaming of being a nurse since she was a little kid, Ketzner has done everything she possibly could to make sure her dream comes true. While having her plan all mapped out, it still hasn’t been an easy task. Ketzner is enrolled in five online classes this year, which will all add 15 hours of college credit. She also took five credit hours over the summer; so she will graduate high school with a total of 35 credit hours and will be entering college as a sophomore. “I am taking all of these hours of online classes so I can go right into nursing school,” said Ketzner.  

    Ketzner also works as a CNA at Cheyenne County Hospital. She started a year and a half ago, and she said she has really enjoyed it. Ketzner took the class to become a Certified Nurse’s Aide in July of 2017 and got her license the following August. 

    Ketzner has grown up in 4-H and has showed in county and state fairs and nation-wide shows. “My experience in 4-H has given me life skills that I believe will only help me to succeed in my nursing goals. I take great pride in knowing that the skills I have acquired in raising and showing livestock has helped me become the person I am today. Caring for livestock has taught me patience, respect, how to remain calm in stressful situations, and how to achieve my goals,” said Ketzner. 

    Ketzner said one of her best friends is Senior Lauren Johnson. Johnson said Ketzner is a trustworthy friend. “Joslyn is a great friend to have! ” said Johnson. “I can talk to her about anything and know she won’t go and tell a soul about it.” 

    Ketzner plans on attending college in Manhattan, Kan., at Manhattan Area Technical College. 

    “My sister is very smart and I am going to miss her,” said her brother Jade Ketzner, sophomore. 

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    Junior High Volleyball To Host Quad

    The junior high volleyball teams will be competing in a quadrangular on Saturday, September 22, 2018, in St. Francis. Matches will be played in both St. Francis school gymnasiums. A-team matches will be held in the St. Francis High School Gym. B-team matches will be held in the St. Francis Grade School Gym. Matches begin at 9:00 a.m. A 30-minute break will be taken between matches 3 and 4.

    Concessions will be available in the High School only. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for students. The match schedule is listed below.

    High School Gym - A-Team Match # Grade School Gym - B-Team
    St. Francis vs Goodland 1 St. Francis vs Goodland
    Wallace County vs Decatur Community 2 Wallace County vs Decatur Community
    St. Francis vs Decatur Community 3 St. Francis vs Decatur Community
    Goodland vs Wallace County 4 Goodland vs Wallace County
    Goodland vs Decatur Community 5 Goodland vs Decatur Community
    St. Francis vs Wallace County 6 St. Francis vs Wallace County

     

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    Lady Indians Win All Matches in Sharon Springs

    The Lady Indian volleyball team traveled to Sharon Springs for competition on Tuesday, September 11, and came home with a clean sweep of all matches played. The Lady Indian junior varsity defeated Wallace County 25-21, 25-12 in the only junior varsity match of the evening. The varsity Lady Indians earned victories over Wallace County 26-24, 25-15 and Greeley County 25-13, 25-12.

    The Lady Indians were a bit sluggish in the first set against Wallace County (WC) and trailed most of the set. St. Francis jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but a few Lady Indian errors soon tied the match. Lauren Johnson's kill gave St. Francis a 4-3 advantage, but a WC kill off-the-net tied the set again. Kills by Lindsey Johnson and Emma Johnson increased the margin to 7-5, but a stuff-block by Aubrey Kuhlman (5' 8" Jr.) and kills by Jessie Carman (5' 7" So.) and Kuhlman (2) recovered the lead (9-7) for the Lady Wildcats. The run was stopped by a kill by Hannah Zimbal, but a Lady Indian missed serve slowed momentum. After a St. Francis time-out at 8-11, Zimbal smashed an aggressive kill, but WC answered with a three-point run including a stuff by Haylee Hennick (5' 11" Jr.) and a kill by Leah Ayers (5' 6" Jr.). The Lady Indians now trailed by five (9-14). Two WC errors and a kill by Jessica Confer narrowed the difference to 12-14. Confer sandwiched a kill between kills by Ayers and Hennick to advance the scoreboard to 13-17. A foot-fault on a serve also helped the Lady Indians' cause. Another three-point WC run included kills by Hennick an Tori Springsteel (5' 7" So.) and led to St. Francis using their final time-out. After returning to action, the Lady Indians earned kills by Confer, Lindsey Johnson, Zimbal, and Mia Morrow, and an ace by Emma Johnson. The five-point run closed the gap to 21-22, and included a WC time-out. After a SF attack error, a strong attack by Morrow led to a passing error by the Lady Cats. Confer followed with a stuff-block on a Hennick attack tying the set at 23-all. WC then committed a setting error, but St. Francis followed with an attack error. Tied 24-24, the Lady Indians earned an over-set tip and a kill by Confer to close the set. St. Francis had earned a come-from-behind 26-24 victory.

    In the first volley of set two, Hannah Zimbal made an amazing save pancaking a well-placed WC attack. The first three volleys ended on WC attack errors. Two aces by Karly Bandel gave the Lady Indians a 5-0 lead. Another run of three points increased the margin to 8-1 and included a kill by Jessica Confer, a dump-set by Lauren Johnson, and an ace serve by Mia Morrow. The advantage grew to 10-2 on two more WC attack errors, before Makenna Chaney (5' 7" So.) smacked one to the floor for the Lady Wildcats. WC slowly closed the gap to 13-7, but the Lady Indians rolled again scoring a five-point run to lead 18-7. During the run, Zimbal tallied three kills and a stuff, and Emma Johnson added an ace. The teams traded a few points with Carmen scoring an ace and Chaney another kill. St. Francis earned an ace from Bandel and a dump-set kill from Lauren Johnson. The next three-point run belonged to WC (SF service error, kill, ace) and reduced the margin to 21-14. St. Francis closed well earning points on four of the next five volleys (Lindsey Johnson kill, Emma Johnson kill, Confer a "smokin" ace, and Lauren Johnson kill). St. Francis controlled the second set 25-15.

    St. Francis controlled the Greeley County match throughout play. Karly Bandel opened the match with an ace serve. Jessica Confer ended the next volley with a stuff. Greeley County's (GC) Brianna Hill (5' 2" Fr.) tied the set with an ace at 2-all. A kill by Confer and an ace by Mia Morrow put St. Francis back in front. After trading missed serves, St. Francis scored five consecutive points to lead 9-3. The run included two aces by Lauren Johnson and a kill by Lindsey Johnson. GC then scored the first of two runs they would earn in the set, getting four points; three due to the Lady Indians' difficulty handling the serves of Aly Chanez (5' 4" Fr.) and one on a GC kill. The action narrowed the St. Francis lead to 9-7. St. Francis responded with a 7-point run and a 6-point run allowing only one GC point between them. St. Francis earned kills by Lauren Johnson, Lindsey Johnson (3), Hannah Zimbal, and Morrow (2) to take a 22-8 advantage. A dump-set by Emma Johnson and a nice off-speed kill by Morrow moved the score to 24-12. The teams traded missed serves to close the set. St. Francis won set one 25-13.

    In set two, Greeley County earned two runs of three points each. St. Francis made runs of 5, 5, 4, 3, and 4 to control the set. Jessica Confer's opening kill was followed by a joust won by GC's Mattie Brandl (5' 5" So.). A 5-point SF run included a kills by Emma, Lindsey, and Lauren Johnson, and a stuff by Emma to move the score to 7-2. GC narrowed the gap on three consecutive errors by the Lady Indians. Another five-point run advanced the score to 12-5 and included an over-pass tip kill by Emma Johnson, an aggressive smash by Hannah Zimbal, a passing error caused by a strong attack by Lindsey Johnson, and a joust won by ZImbal. GC then scored three more, getting a kill off-a-block by Kamryn Youmans (5' 3' So.), an over-set kill by Autumn Vasquez (5' 4" Jr.), and a SF passing error. Kills by Lauren Johnson and Mia Morrow coupled with two aces by Lindsey Johnson moved the score to 16-8. During the next few volleys, the teams traded errors and aces (Bandel and Chanez). An aggressive kill by Confer was followed by a deep-tip by Lauren Johnson and another Confer kill. It was time for some substitute players who had just entered the gym after concluding the junior varsity contest. The last four volleys ended in the Lady Indians' favor (Emma Johnson kill, Kattie Wurm ace, Confer kill, Lindsey Johnson kill). St. Francis won the set and the match 25-12.

    The Lady Indians will play Lone Star (CO) on Thursday, September 13, in St. Francis. The match will be played best 3 of 5 beginning at 4:30 p.m. There will be no junior varsity contest.

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    Lady Indians Place 2nd in Gove County Classic

    The Lady Indians played very well in the Gove County Classic Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, September 8, in Grainfield. The Lady Indians went 4-1 on the day placing second in the very competitive tournament.

    Wheatland-Grinnell

    The Lady Indians opened the day with a victory over previously undefeated Wheatland-Grinnell. St. Francis earned an exciting 25-19, 27-25 win over a very good Lady Thunderhawk team. In set one, the Lady Indians earned three three-point runs to gain a slight edge in a highly competitive set. The Lady Indians' performance was consistent enough to only allow one run (of 5 points) to the Thunderhawks. The Lady Indians started the match executing very well. After an opening kill by the Lady Thunderhawks outstanding senior Mikayla Heier, St. Francis earned kills by Lindsey Johnson (2), Jessica Confer (2), and Hannah Zimbal and received an ace from Lindsey Johnson to earn a 10-4 advantage. The Thunderhawks used their first time-out to slow the Lady Indians' momentum. The Lady Indians did not earn another kill for an extended period of time. The next Lady Indian kill came from Zimbal as part of a three-point run moving the score to 18-10. Again, Wheatland-Grinnell (WG) used a time-out and followed with a five-point run including a kill by Heier, a kill by Jordan Vincent (5' 8" Jr.), two blocks, and an ace serve. The advantage quickly narrowed to 18-15. Fortunately for St. Francis, the Lady Thunderhawks missed a serve slowing their momentum. The next St. Francis three-point run included a spike by Lauren Johnson and a strong serve by Karly Bandel; both causing Thunderhawk errors. The run moved the scoreboard to 23-17. The set closed on alternating kills by Vincent and Confer. St. Francis won set one 25-19.

    An exchange of kills by Mia Morrow, Mikayla Heier, Livia Schultz (5' 8" Fr.), and Jessica Confer brought set two to a 2-all tie. The next kill resulted from an aggressive serve by Lauren Johnson setting up an over-pass kill by Confer. The spike gave St. Francis their first lead of the set, 4-3. A kill by Lindsey Johnson tied the set at 5, but Jordyn Vincent answered on the next volley. St. Francis then earned their first run of the set, three points, getting a kill and ace from Lindsey Johnson and a kill from Emma Johnson to lead 8-6. Again, the Lady Indians consistent play limited their opponent to one run (three or more points) in set two. But.....the Thunderhawk run was an extended one--covering 12 points. Only two of the points came on Lady Thunderhawk kills, both by Livia Schultz. The outburst gave WG a commanding 8-18 advantage. The Lady Indians held strong and soon began chipping away at the deficit. Back-to-back kills by Hannah Zimbal plus a hitting error by WG trimmed the margin a bit. Emma Johnson then sandwiched a kill in between ones by Vincent and Schultz (12-20). The next SF run resulted from an attack error by WG, an ace by Morrow, and a well-placed tip by Confer. The action caused a WG time-out at 15-20. On the next serve, WG scored on a over-pass kill. A stuff-block by Confer and a kill by Schultz preceded the next Lady Indian run. The Lady Indians earned six consecutive points on an ace from Confer, an over-pass kill by Emma Johnson, and a dump-set by Lauren Johnson as well as three WG errors. The Lady Indians had recovered from a 10-point deficit to take the lead 23-22. Vincent re-tied the set at 23 with another strong spike, but the Lady Thunderhawks missed their next service attempt. Another Vincent kill tied the set at 24-all. An ace serve by Morgan Zimmerman (5'3" Jr.) put the Lady Indians in a difficult position; needing three points to win with only one error to give (24-25). St. Francis closed the next three volleys with kills by Morrow and Zimbal (2). The Lady Indians had won in outstanding come-from-behind fashion to earn a 27-25 victory. In the match, WG missed 5 serves, St. Francis missed 2.

    Weskan

    After setting out two matches, the Lady Indians played Weskan. The Lady Indians defeated Weskan in straight sets, 25-15, 25-12. In set one, St. Francis earned four runs of three or more points and did not allow three consecutive points to the Lady Coyotes at any time. The first run, four points in length, gave St. Francis a 4-1 lead and included a kill by Mia Morrow and two ace serves by Karly Bandel. A deep-tip by Emma Johnson started a five-point run for the Lady Indians moving the scoreboard to 9-3. The run included a nice stuff by Lauren Johnson. A kill by Lindsey Johnson preceded a kill by Weskan's Jenna See and stuff-block by JC Allen. Emma answered with a kill and an ace serve making the score 12-6. The margin grew to 16-9 on a Lady Coyote passing error. Another three-point run moving the score to 19-11 was highlighted by a stuff-block by Lauren Johnson and an over-pass kill by Lindsey Johnson. A five-point St. Francis run extended the lead to 24-13. During the flurry, Jessica Confer earned a kill, Emma Johnson recorded a stuff, Lauren Johnson smashed a kill, and Lindsey Johnson powered a spike through an attempted block. The final point of the run was scored on a stuff-block by McKenna Poling receiving her first action of the tournament. Senior Jessica Confer finalized the set with an aggressive kill giving St. Francis a 25-15 win in set one.

    The Coyotes would not earn a run of three points (or more) in the entire match. After missing their first two serves of the match, St. Francis earned an 8-4 lead capitalizing on a tip-kill by Jessica Confer, a stuff-block by Emma Johnson, and Hannah Zimbal winning a joust at the net. Weskan took a time-out, but soon a five-point run by the Lady Indians gave St. Francis a 15-6 lead. The run included two ace serves by Emma Johnson and two kills by Mia Morrow. The run ended on another missed serve by the Lady Indians. Weskan missed their next four serves in  succession. With some of the younger Lady Indians seeing action, St. Francis cruised to a 25-12 win in set two. In the closing action, Lindsey Johnson earned a kill and a stuff, and Emma Johnson and Mia Morrow each recorded kills.

    Greeley County

    The Lady Indians jumped out to a 5-0 lead in set one against Greeley County (GC). In the run, Lauren Johnson recorded a kill, Karly Bandel served two aces, and Jessica Confer earned a kill. A kill by Kamryn Youmans (5'4' Jr.) and an illegal alignment call against the Lady Indians reduced the lead to 5-3. The Lady Indians then scored three consecutive points on a kill by Emma Johnson and two kills by Lindsey Johnson before missing a serve. Following the service error, Confer recorded another kill. St. Francis extended the lead to 7 after earning kills by Emma Johnson, Hannah Zimbal (2), and Mia Morrow. GC then earned a three-point run recording a kill and a service ace. The Lady Indians responded with a six-point run recording kills by Emma Johnson, Confer, and Lauren Johnson as well as three aces by Karly Bandel. The point-spread moved to 19-10. It was again time for some substitute players to see some action. Three consecutive attack errors by the Lady Indians gave GC their second three-point run of the set. The Lady Jackrabbits would only record one other run in the remainder of the match. Alondra Gomez, Lindsey Johnson, and Jessica Confer recorded back-to- back kills increasing the margin to ten (23-13). GC then scored on a first-ball-over kill, a free-ball kill, and ace by Brianna Hill (5' 2" So.). St. Francis closed with kills by Confer and Lauren Johnson.

    Greeley County opened set two with a kill followed by a missed serve. St. Francis returned the favor missing their service attempt also. A strong attack by Jessica Confer led to a passing error by GC tying the set at 2-all. St. Francis then took a narrow lead, but a stuff-block by Mattie Brandl tied the set at 4. Hannah Zimbal's kill on the next volley gave St. Francis the lead for good. St. Francis then earned runs of 4 and then 3 points to lead 13-7. Along the way, kills were recorded by Mia Morrow, Emma Johnson, Zimbal, and Confer. Karly Bandel added an ace serve. The next Lady Indian run--eleven points in length--placed the set out-of-reach at 24-8 and rewarded several Lady Indian substitute players with court time. In the extended run, Morrow served two aces, and kills were earned by Lauren Johnson (2), Confer, and Lindsey Johnson. Freshman Jordyn Faulkender also recorded two kills in her first tournament action. St. Francis won the set 25-9.

    Cheylin

    Going undefeated in pool play, St. Francis earned the top seed from Pool A. The matches from Pool A had moved quickly, and the Pool A teams waited approximately and hour-and-a half for Pool B to complete play. St. Francis' first opponent in bracket play was Cheylin--#2 from Pool B. In set one versus Cheylin, the Lady Cougars earned runs of 3 and then 5 to lead 2-8. The flurry included a block and a kill by Cheylin's Jesie Frisbie (Sr.), but also included two missed serves and several attack errors by the Lady Indians. The action caused a St. Francis time-out for discussion. St. Francis responded with an 8-point run to take a 10-8 lead. The Lady Indians earned three consecutive kills by Jessica Confer and one each by the Johnson twins. It was Cheylin's turn for a time-out. The teams then battled somewhat evenly for a while before aces by Confer and Lindsey Johnson helped move the score to 14-10. A kill by Josie Frisbie (Sr.) narrowed the lead to 15-12, then the Lady Indians reeled off a 4-point run ending with a Karly Bandel ace and a stuff by Confer to lead 19-12. Unfortunately, the Lady Indians slowed themselves with another missed serve; their 5th of the set. Kills by Emma Johnson (2), Lindsey Johnson, and Confer sealed the win at 25-15.

    Cheylin opened the second set with a four point run on a kill by Jesie Frisbie and three SF errors. The action led to an early St. Francis time-out. After returning to action. Cheylin missed their service attempt. An ace by Lauren Johnson pulled St. Francis within one (5-6), but a strong stuff by Jesie Frisbie slowed the Lady Indians advance. A four-point run including a back-row kill and a dump-set by Lauren Johnson and a over-pass tip by Emma Johnson finally earned the lead (9-8) and caused a Cheylin time-out. The next Lady Indian run--6 points in length--followed an over-set kill by Hannah Zimbal, two aces by Emma Johnson, and a kill by Mia Morrow. The action gave the Lady Indians a 16-10 advantage. Cheylin then made a move closing within three (16-13). A dump-set by Lauren Johnson, a first-ball-over kill by Karly Bandel, an aggressive kill by Jessica Confer, and a stuff-block by Lindsey Johnson earned St. Francis a 22-14 lead. The Lady Indians would close with kills by Confer and the Johnson twins to win 25-17.

    Wheatland-Grinnell

    Wheatland-Grinnell (WG) advanced to the championship match with an exciting win over a very good Golden Plains team in bracket play. Though the Lady Indians had defeated the previously undefeated Lady Thunderhawks in pool play, this match would be different. The Lady Thunderhawks were outstanding in their play both offensively and defensively and kept the Lady Indians scrambling to recover. After missing their opening serve, the Lady Indians soon found themselves down 4-0 after a stuff-block and kill by Mikayla Heier (5' 9" Sr.) and an ace serve by Jessica Heier (5' 4" Jr.) The Lady Indians took an early time-out to re-group. The margin grew to five points (1-6), but an ace by Lindsey Johnson and a powerful kill by Jessica Confer trimmed the margin to three (4-7). WG then reeled off 6 straight points to lead 5-13. An over-pass kill by Hannah Zimbal stopped the run, and was followed by a Zimbal tip-kill. The momentum was killed by another missed serve--the third of the set by the Lady Indians. After trailing 8-16, a three-point run by St. Francis trimmed the deficit to 11-16 and included a Confer kill and an ace by Morrow off-the-net. The Thunderhawks answered with a three-point run of their own (11-19). The Lady Indians kept plugging away, gradually earning a stuff-block by Confer, a kill by Emma Johnson, a powerful kill by Lindsey Johnson, and two kills and a stuff by Zimbal to narrow the deficit to 19-22. It was as close as the Lady Indians would get. The Thunderhawks closed the set with kills by Jordyn Vincent (5'8' Jr.) and Mikayla Heier. St. Francis lost their first set of day, 19-25.

    The Lady Thunderhawks play was excellent in set two. Though the Lady Indians did many things well, they could only muster one run in the set of three-points. WG earned runs of 6, 3, and 3 to take the advantage. In the first 10 volleys of the set, St. Francis earned one point on an ace by Lauren Johnson. WG recorded kills by Jessica Bernbeck (5' 4" Jr.), Mikayla Heier (2), and Kiersten Schroeder (5' 9" So.), and Livia Schultz (5' 8" Fr.) as well as a stuff by M. Heier. The Thunderhawks powered their way to a 2-8 lead. A kill by Jessica Confer and a dump-set by Lauren Johnson narrowed the margin, but soon an three-point WG run extended the lead to 4-11. After a St. Francis time-out, the teams continued to battle, mostly evenly, to a 7-16 score. During the action, St. Francis earned two more kills--one each by Mia Morrow and Lauren Johnson. The next few volleys belonged to WG. Two aces by Morgan Zimmerman (5' 3" Jr.) were interspersed with two kills by Vincent stretching the lead to 8-20. St. Francis then earned their only 3-point run of the set; all coming on WG errors (11-20). Though the Lady Indians made some beautiful plays in the closing volleys and earned kills by Lindsey Johnson, Morrow, Emma Johnson, and Hannah Zimbal; the Lady Indians also missed three consecutive serves. St. Francis placed second in the Gove County Classic Volleyball Tournament losing set two to Wheatland-Grinnell 16-25.

    A summary of scores from the tournament is below. (Winning teams denoted in bold type.)

    Pool A - Wheatland HS Pool B - Quinter HS
    Wheatland-Grinnell vs St. Francis 19-25, 25-27 Quinter vs Cheylin 18-25, 16-25
    Weskan vs Greeley County 24-26, 14-25 Golden Plains vs Decatur Community 26-24, 23-25, 22-25
    Wheatland- Grinnell vs Greeley County 25-7, 25-5 Quinter vs Golden Plains 21-25, 18-25
    Weskan vs St. Francis 15-25, 13-25 Cheylin vs Decatur Community 25-19, 26-24
    Wheatland-Grinnell vs Weskan 25-11, 25-17 Decatur Community vs Quinter 25-17, 24-26, 23-25
    Greeley County vs St. Francis 16-25, 9-25 Cheylin vs Golden Plains 25-17, 25-23
    Bracket Play
    Golden Plains vs Wheatland-Grinnell 25-19, 21-25, 25-21 Weskan vs Decatur Community 16-25, 25-27
    St. Francis vs Cheylin 25-15, 25-17 Greeley County vs Quinter
     3rd Place - Cheylin vs Golden Plains 20-25, 25-19, 17-25 7th place -
    Championship - St. Francis vs Wheatland-Grinnell 19-25, 16-25 5th place -

    The Lady Indians will play Wallace County and Greeley County in Sharon Springs on Tuesday, September 11th

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