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Marysville rolled to a 24-0 lead against Royal Valley before halftime and never looked back en route to a 60-28 victory.

The anticipated showdown between No. 1-ranked Hanover, a team on a 43-game winning streak, and No. 2-ranked Axtell, a team that has won five straight, kicks off a three-week district battle for the top seed going into the playoffs.

Marysville spotted Wamego 14 points and then ruined the Red Raiders’ homecoming Friday to march on to a 5-0 record, 2-0 in district play.

It was a Kamble Haverkamp Friday night as the Centralia quarterback rushed 23 times for 315 yards and three touchdowns and completed 75 percent of his passes for 62 yards and a touchdown.

Shuffling will start to happen in the eight-man Division II District 3 standings where Frankfort leads at 4-0 and Axtell and Hanover are tied for second at 3-0.

Four games into the season and with district play well underway, Hanover, Axtell and Frankfort, all undefeated, hold the top three spots.

Hanover’s 46-0 win against visiting Randolph-Blue Valley Friday earned the Wildcats their 42nd straight win and the longest winning streak for an eight-man team since the inception of the Kansas State High School Activities Association.

Centralia and St. Mary’s-Colgan have a little history between them that usually centered on football playoff advancement.

Marysville’s usual varsity lineup in boys’ cross country did not run last Thursday opting for Saturday’s race at Rim Rock Farm north of Lawrence.

Olivia Kuckelman, Centralia, and Quinn Buessing, Axtell, ran away from the field to win 5K races last Thursday at the Nemaha Central Invitational.

In football, Marysville and Sabetha have a few things in common. Both have been ranked all season — MHS at No. 3 and the Bluejays at No. 1. Both are 3-0.

Marysville grabbed a 14-0 lead by the end of the first quarter and mixed up the run and the pass to collect a 28-12 win at Concordia Friday night. 

Like last fall, Axtell, Frankfort and Hanover are each 2-0 and the three are assigned to the same district that will soon be in a flurry of action.

The competition and the hills at Wamego Country Club Saturday were challenges for Marysville cross country runners in their second meet.

Reaching 2-0 wasn’t a problem once Marysville denied Clay Center’s offense and opened the Tigers defense to make room for Bulldog Atreyau Hornbeak.

Valley Heights reached 2-0 with a 54-0 shutout at Horton and Centralia rebounded from its opening loss to Rossville to win 54-32 against Riley County in football games Friday night.

Things are starting to fall into place for Marysville’s volleyball team, which took third Saturday in the Nemaha Central invitational.

Travis Jewell, Cairo, Neb., set a blistering pace in the first Pony Express Half-Marathon Saturday in Marysville, and only Eddie Grier, Manhattan, kept up.

Valley Heights and Troy football players took the field two-by-two Friday night to open the season with a dedication and a moment of silence for former VHHS assistant coach Lew Edward Whitson III.

Frankfort finished by halftime in its eight-man Division II season opener against visiting Linn Friday. Hanover won its 39th straight game, and Axtell, Valley Heights and Marysville opened the season with wins.

Valley Heights remained ranked No. 6 in 2A, and Centralia slipped from No. 1 to No. 2 in 1A in the Kansas Volleyball Association's poll released Wednesday. 

A football jamboree gave Axtell an idea of what it needed to work on to be ready for the 7 p.m. kickoff to the season Friday against Beloit-St. John’s/Tipton.

Hanover and Axtell start the eight-man football season expected to challenge each other with the top two rankings in Division II, according to kpreps.com.

Registration closed Monday with 210 individuals entered in the sixth annual Pony Express 120 Gravel Dash, which is Saturday in Marysville.

Valley Heights avenged an earlier loss to Concordia to win 22-25, 25-14, 25-17, and finish in third place in Saturday’s Marysville Volleyball Invitational.