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Swather Girls Going To Finals Saturday At 4; Seniors Realize Finality Of Season

Posted 3/14/2015

 By Blake Spurney

Hesston Record Staff

HUTCHINSON – Time is winding down on the careers of Hesston's senior basketball players, and they definitely can sense it.

Jessanna Nebel maintained her hot hand in making all three of her attempts from beyond the arc, but she excelled even more on the defensive end.

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Energetic Collegiate Bounces Swathers From State Tournament

Posted 3/13/2015

By Blake Spurney

Hesston Record Staff

HUTCHINSON – Hesston High’s boys basketball team found an answer for Wichita Collegiate's full-court pressure defense, but unfortunately for the Swathers, that solution triggered an even bigger conundrum.

The long and athletic Spartans (21-3) owned the paint while sending Hesston home with a 57-44 loss in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament Thursday night. Collegiate had a plus-10 rebounding margin and outscored Hesston 13-3 in second-chance points.

Head coach Greg Raleigh said Collegiate was a tough match-up for the Swathers (21-3).

"We tried to go small, and they beat us on the boards," he said.

Sophomore guard Zach Vogt checked into the game early at just under the five-minute mark of the first quarter, while 6-foot-4 Levi Caffrey went to the bench. Zach Esau, another sophomore guard, came off the bench to play 19 minutes. Both exhibited a lot of composure in their trial by fire.

"I go against the varsity in practice, so I just have confidence, I guess," Vogt said.

"We just felt like we needed a smaller lineup," Raleigh said. "We needed to have four guards out there."

Hesston started out with a couple of turnovers against Collegiate's trapping press, but the Swathers did a respectable job of holding onto the ball. The Swathers committed only 11 turnovers compared to 13 for Collegiate. But the problem was they could find few open looks in their half-court offense. The Spartans recorded eight blocked shots on the night, including three in one possession in the fourth quarter when Hesston was trying to claw its way back into the game.


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Swather Girls Basketball

Robotics Team Defending State Title

Posted 3/12/2015

Record Staff

Seven Hesston Robotics Teams will be making the trip to Hutchinson for Robotics State Competition.  The program, only in its third year, is the defending VEX State Champions.  They will be competing in Hutchinson on March 28 at the Hutchinson mall beginning at 10 a.m. 

Headed into State competition, the Swathers had one team in their sights – a private school from Missouri.  

“A team from Belton just showed up [last year] to just show off. We are really tired of it. We really, really want to beat Belton. We have a chance to do that if we stick together as a group,” said Kendrick 

On Saturday in Hillsboro Weaver and his teammate Zach Rizza brought home the Tournament Champions trophy as well as the Design Award, chosen by the judges. 

Swathers Austin Weaver and Riley Armstrong were awarded the Excellence Award, the highest honor at a robotics competition. 

“The Excellence Award is picked by the judges for the best design, teamwork, most prepared.  And, it qualifies you for Worlds.  But it costs $850 just to register for worlds,” explained Weaver. 

Faced with stiff competition, the Swathers did not make their usual run through opponents. 

“ There were three really good teams at Hillsboro; there were five teams that could have been picked for winners,” said Rizza.  

Weaver added the veteran robotics students are seeing strong competition from within the Swather ranks.

“It wasn’t as easy. There are a lot of rookie teams that did well. We had to step it up.  The autonomous portion is what determined a lot of matches. Most were won with 10 points or less,” he said. 

To read more see this weeks print edition

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Students Travel The World In Topeka

Posted 3/12/2015

By Record Staff

Hesston’s Model UN students traveled to Topeka this past weekend to take part in the Model UN Summit meeting for the 2014/14 school year. 

Sponsor Mariel Dryton took students to the state capitol to represent the countries of Angola, Ireland, Israel, Liberia, North Korea, South Africa and Sweden.  

Sophomore Reuben Peachey-Stoner established the Model UN organization once again at Hesston High after a brief hiatus.  

“I asked to do it. I heard from Jacob Penner he had a great time. So, I asked Miss [Mariel] Dryton if she would sponsor us.  And, Sam [Hunsberger] was walking down the hall and I asked him as he was walking by if he wanted to be in it and he said yes,” said Peachey-Stoner. 

The group began adding members as word spread about Model UN at Hesston.

“I heard about it and it seemed like a really great opportunity to speak,” said Kitt Regier. 

Junior Kendric Weaver said it was an easy decision to join because, “my friends are in it.” 

Each nation representative was given a packet on their country and was expected to do outside research and write a proposal for the UN. 

“We were assigned South Africa. Our proposal was focused on HIV/AIDS treatment,” said Weaver, who was partnered with Regier. 

Sam Hunsberger and Peachey-Stoner were paired to represent Israel. 

“Education of refugees was the crux of our proposal. We wanted to do other things, but we got voted down,” said Peachey-Stoner. 

To read more see this weeks print edition

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Candidate Forum

Posted 3/12/2015

Record Staff

The Hesston Record will be hosting a candidate form at the Hesston Area Senior Center on March 26, a date change from March 19, at  6:30 p.m. 

All candidates for Hesston City Council: Lee Birch, Randal J. Morell, Larry E. Fuqua, Gary Pauls and C.F. (Clare) Moore, have been invited to the event. 

There are three seats up for election on City Council. Lee Birch is the only incumbent running for office.  

USD 460 School Board candidates incumbent appointments Michael Weber and Delvin Wohlgemuth, incumbent Brenda Nebel, Susan Lamb, Annette Lamp and Susan Rostetter are on the ballot for the four seats. 

All city council and school board seats are at-large seats.  A primary election will not be needed this year.  

Voting will take place at Kingdom Life Church on Tuesday, April 7.  

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