The Midstate Conference Cross Country meet was held at Weigand Recreational Area on Oct. 10. The event began with the girls’ 5k race. The Lady Warriors competed against seven separate schools in the cold and windy environment.
Leading the team was sophmore Kiera Altwine, who finished at 22:04.59 and placed 13th. “The wind was my biggest obstacle,” Altwine commented. Charging behind Altwine, came junior Kelsey Schieffer who placed 14th and timed 22:05.40.
The next bunch of Crofton runners was led by junior Abigail Steffen, who crossed the line at 23:51.05 and placed 28th. Sophomore Ashley Tramp was next to cross the finish line at 23:55.51 and placed 29th. Sophomore Emma Neuhalfen finished at 23:57.35 in 30th.
Freshman Ariel Lammers completed the race at 26:41.98 and placed 37th. Senior Keirra Vornhagen followed with a time of 25:49.07, taking 38th. Sophomore Brooklynn Fiscus placed 40th, timing 26:50.22. Junior Anastacia Suing tailed Fiscus in 41st with a time of 27:18.22. Freshman Kayla O’Connor ended the race at 43rd and timed 29:57.77.
The final race of that day was the men’s 5k race. The first to finish this race for Crofton was junior Connor Arens, who placed 2nd, crossing the finish at 17:05.13. The next Warrior to finish was junior Colby Zuhlke who placed 13th, running a time of 18:18.29. The next pair of runners was led by sophomore Roy Knapp, timing 20:15.76 and placing 42nd. Junior David Phillips came close behind, finishing at 20:17.75 and came in at 43rd. Sophomore Austin Guenther placed 50th and timed 21:27.37. The final Warrior to finish was senior Thomas Honeywell who placed 52nd and ran a time of 21:42.18.
Many CHS runners reached new personal records at the Conference meet. Kiera Altwine, Kelsey Schieffer, Abigail Steffen, Emma Neuhalfen, Ariel Lammers, Keirra Vornhagen, Brooklynn Fiscus, Anastacia Suing, and Kayla O’Connor were the Lady Warriors who had PRs. The boys who achieved new PRs include Roy Knapp, David Phillips, Austin Guenther, and Thomas Honeywell. “I am proud of everyone’s PR’s, but a little disappointed from not placing,” commented coach Mickey Doerr.
The Warrior Cross Country teams will compete in districts on Thursday Oct. 17 at Rolling Hills Golf Course in Wausa.
The Crofton Lady Warriors suffered a loss to the Wayne Lady Blue Devils on Oct. 10, losing in three sets.
The first set ended with a score of 25-11. The Lady Warriors came close to winning the second set after switching to a rotational defense, but ended up losing 26-24. The girls lost the third set 25-10. “Our team is one where once the game gets close, we push ourselves harder,” said senior Taylor Schieffer. “We’re really good about not getting flustered when the time comes.”
Senior Ryah Ostermeyer and junior Kaley Einrem led the team in kills, finishing the game with nine kills each. Sophomore Ella Wragge followed close behind them with six.
Senior Taylor Schieffer led the team in assists with 17 total. Einrem followed behind her with 11.
Schieffer also led the Warriors defense with 18 digs. Sophomore Alexis Folkers joined in with 16, and Ostermeyer followed with 14 digs.
“Wayne is a good team,” senior Alexis Arens commented, “and they capitalized on our weaknesses.” The Lady Warriors will play Thursday, Oct. 17 against Guardian Angel Central Catholic Bluejays in West Point, and will compete next week in the Midstate Conference tournament. Site and schedule for the conference tournament are yet to be determined.
The 1-6 Crofton Warriors were looking to check a rivalry win against the 4-3 Hartington Cedar Catholic Trojans at home on a cold, windy night on Oct. 11. Senior Nathan Schmidt said that it was “a hard fought game,” but Crofton fell short with a score of 13-7, in what turned out to be a defensive battle. Crofton’s defense kept the Trojans running game under control throughout most of the contest. Crofton held Cedar Catholic to only 162 yards rushing while the previous week, the Trojans ran for 321 yards against Norfolk Catholic. “I was very proud of how the boys competed throughout the game,” head coach Tom Allen said, “We had our chances, but just fell a little short.”
In the first quarter, sophomore James “Jimmy” Allen ran 33 yards before being stopped inside the red zone. Allen then crossed the goal line with help from a block from senior Paul Burbach. The point-after-touchdown from senior Cody Crosley was good, making the score 7-0. “On the defensive side of the ball, we shut down their key players and made them look for something else in order to move the ball,” senior Jarrin Sage commented.
Cedar Catholic didn’t score until late in the second quarter, tying the score 7-7. After halftime, junior Austin Tramp kept the drive alive for the Warriors with a big catch to convert a fourth down with thirteen yards. That drive stalled. Sage halted the Trojan offense with a sack, but Cedar Catholic was able to score on a long second down play. The PAT was blocked by a group effort, leaving the score 13-7.
In the fourth quarter with time running out, Cedar Catholic tried to tack onto their lead with a field goal attempt, the field goal was blocked by another group effort, giving Crofton time for one last offensive drive to take the lead. Aided by solid running and a timely penalty, the Warriors had the ball near the mid-field stripe with a minute left in the ball game. A Cedar Catholic interception ended the Warrior campaign and gave the Trojans the win. “On the offensive side, the effort was there and everybody was ready to play the first half,” Jarrin Sage explained, “In the second half, one of our key players was injured, and you could tell it affected everybody and the momentum started slipping.”
The Warriors will take on the Ponca Indians in a homecoming match on Friday, Oct. 18. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m.
Crofton High School Homecoming Royalty was named at Coronation on Oct.13.
Last year’s homecoming royalty, Jessica Lange and Robert Poppe, crowned Paul Burbach and Keirra Vornhagen as the 2019 Homecoming King and Queen.
Senior attendants are Gabriel Potts, Justin Potts, Nathan Schmidt, Elyssa Tramp, Alexis Arens, and Taylor Schieffer. Jack Lange and Hope Steffen were named as the junior attendants. Sophomore attendants include Izaac Sukovaty and Kiera Altwine. Jeffrey Birger and Rori Schmidt are the freshman attendants.
After coronation the band performed their field show, “Superheroes.” Principal Johnnie Ostermeyer led a pep rally.
A kickball tournament pitting classes against each other was held next. The seniors beat the freshmen 14-7. The sophomore class beat the junior class 15-9. The seniors were named kickball champions after defeating the sophomores 14-7. Senior Andy Knapp commented, “I think the main reason the seniors won is because we were more prepared than the other classes and we had more energy and that’s why we got the win.”
Homecoming festivities will continue through the week.
Crofton Homecoming will take place October 13th through October 18th.
Starting with coronation & activities on Sunday October 13th at 6:00pm in the HS Gym
After coronation there will be games for everyone to enjoy or participate in.
Homecoming dress up days include:
Theme of the Day Camo/Orange
Activity: Hallway Decorating
Theme of the Day Safari
Activity: Minute to Win It Games
Theme of the Day Teacher/Student Opposite
Activity: Pep Rally
Theme of the Day Favorite Holiday
Activity: Prediction of Football Scores
Theme of the Day Spirit
Activity: Decorating Floats