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Cooprider Signs With McPherson

Posted 4/18/2018

BRADLEY Cooprider, a senior at Burrton High School, signed a letter of intent Tuesday morning to play football at McPherson College this fall. Seated with him are McPherson’s recruiting coordinator Travis Kincheloe and parents Lanie and Cory Cooprider. Standing behind is the Burrton football coaching staff, from left, Robbie Wright, Craig Lane, Chris Jensen and Terry BrutonBRADLEY Cooprider, a senior at Burrton High School, signed a letter of intent Tuesday morning to play football at McPherson College this fall. Seated with him are McPherson’s recruiting coordinator Travis Kincheloe and parents Lanie and Cory Cooprider. Standing behind is the Burrton football coaching staff, from left, Robbie Wright, Craig Lane, Chris Jensen and Terry BrutonBy Jared Janzen

BURRTON—Tuesday morning, Bradley Cooprider became the first student from Burrton High School in four years to hold a college athletic signing.

Cooprider committed to play football at McPherson College this fall.

The 6-foot-6-inch, 220-pound senior will be a defensive end for the Bulldogs.

Cooprider said he is looking forward to playing football at McPherson. He plans to double-major in automotive restoration and health and physical education.

“I really liked their football program and auto restoration program,” he said about his college decision.

During his senior season at Burrton, Cooprider had 18 catches for 157 yards and four touchdowns. On defense, he made 57 tackles and six sacks. He earned all-league honors of first-team defensive line through the Heart of the Plains League and second-team defensive end in the all eight-man division II, district 2.

Burrton head football coach Chris Jensen said Cooprider had been one of the best team captains that he’s coached at Burrton.

“One of the things I’ll miss about him is that he sprinted everywhere he went—in practice and in games,” Jensen said. “He always had a great attitude and always worked his tail off.”

Jensen also noted the significance of Cooprider becoming Burrton’s first athlete in recent years to pursue college athletics.

“This doesn’t happen very often,” he said.

Travis Kincheloe, McPherson College’s recruiting coordinator and run-game coordinator, said the team is looking forward to welcoming Cooprider into its ranks.

“He’s been a pleasure to talk to over the last several months,” Kincheloe said. “He’s had an interest in McPherson since the beginning for our automotive restoration program, and we’re excited to have him on campus and join the Bulldog family next year.”

For more coverage of the Chargers, please see this week's print edition.

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Sedgwick Girls Take First At Burrton Track Meet

Posted 4/18/2018

LAUREN Griggs winds up before throwing the discus.LAUREN Griggs winds up before throwing the discus.By Pilar Martin

SEDGWICK—The Sedgwick Cardinals track team had its first meet in Burrton on Tuesday, bringing home a first-place finish for the girls and fourth for the boys.  The girls managed five first-place medals, nine second-place medals, and four third-place medals. The girls’ team dominated in the 100 and 400, and took first in both the 4x100 and the 4x400 relays.

The boys’ team brought home three first-place medals, three second-place medals, and a third-place medal for the 4x800 relay.

The Cardinals competed at Fairfield on Tuesday. This Friday they’ll travel to Halstead to take part in Conrad Nightingale Meet.

For more coverage of Sedgwick sports, please see this week's print edition.

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Dragon Runners Medal At Pre-State Meet

Posted 4/18/2018

By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD—Last weekend the Halstead track and field got a taste of how it might stack up at state competition during the pre-state meet hosted at WSU. While the Dragons didn’t snag any first-place finishes at the pre-state meet, they did manage to bring home some medals.

For the boys, Josh Talbott took second in the 800-meter run (2:04.02) and third in the 1600 (4:51.88). Kameron Freeman, meanwhile, took third in the 300 IM (42.56).

The boys 4x400 relay team of Freeman, Talbott, Dakota Blaylock and Braden Gerber also finished second (3:40.16). Halstead’s 4x800 relay team, which holds last year’s state title under a different lineup, finished sixth (Braden Gerber, Andrew O’Brien, Dakota Blaylock, Talbott—8:35.94).

For the Halstead girls, the best finish of the day came from the 4x100 relay team of Madison McClain, Karenna Gerber, Katylynn Millspaugh and Magdalena McKee, which claimed bronze (52.04).

Halstead was also able to secure some nice finishes at the Sterling meet on April 10.

The boys squad brought home a second-place team finish with 96 points, falling shy to Berean Academy (109). The girls team finished third with 71 points after first-place Sterling (153) and second-place Berean Academy (102).

Halstead had 10 first-place finishes on the day, including Millspaugh in the 400-meter dash (1:07.22), Dakota Blaylock in the 800-meter run (2:09.53) and Talbott in the 1600-meter run (5:04.07).

Halstead took gold in all three of the boys relay teams: the 4x100 (Freeman, Gage Larson, Kason O’Neal, Aric Propst—45.51), the 4x400 (Freeman, O’Neal, Dakota Blaylock, B. Gerber—3:39.35) and the 4x800 (Gerber, Dakota Blaylock, O’Brien, Talbott—8:39.56).

The girls 4x800 relay (K. Gerber, Jayden Siebert, Kaia Siebert, Lydia Johnson—11:14.74) also claimed first.

Halstead’s first-place finishes in field events were Harley Lang in discus (103-02), Larson in pole vault (11-00) and Propst in shot put (43-06).

Results from Tuesday’s meet at Haven were unavailable at press time. Halstead’s annual Conrad Nightingale meet is this Friday, with 16 teams lined up to compete. Events being at 2:30 p.m.

The team will follow this up next week by hosting a quint on Tuesday.

For more Halstead sports news, please see this week's print edition.

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