Category: Sideline Slants

Some summertime musings to ponder

So much to write about and so little time. Let’s cut to the chase and look at some timely topics. The Kansas City Royals have a decent team, but no one will confuse them with the old Bronx Bombers. The Royals addressed their lack of hitting by changing hitting coaches. But no matter how many hitting coaches the Royals try, […]

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Determining a champion imperfect at best

I don’t care if we’re talking about high school, college or pro sports. Devising the best way to crown a champion is complicated. Nearly every year, one organization or another goes about tweaking its system. High school sports may be the most constant because they don’t have a lot of money to invest in changing the system. The most noticeable […]

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Respect, not envy, for marathon runners

There are some devoted, albeit crazy, people in our community. My dad used to be one of them. I’m talking about those who run marathons for the fun of it. Frankly, I respect them. I admire them. But I don’t envy them. It makes no sense to me why so many people pay race organizers for the privilege of running […]

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Tabor baseball bigger and better than ever

Tabor College baseball has reached historic highs. While the program has had occasional success in the past, the past six years under Coach Mark Standiford have been utterly amazing. Credit Standiford with doing a remarkable job of recruiting talent and fielding exceptionally competitive teams in Hillsboro. Consider that Tabor finished in the top six in the NAIA this year, going […]

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Brubacher savors good memories from Tabor days

Many of former Tabor College coach Don Bru­bacher’s successes have been noted in recent weeks, leading up to his induction into Tabor’s Athletic Hall of Fame. There’s no need to repeat all of his successes, but I thought it would be interesting if Don had an opportunity to share some of his memories, considering he started coaching men’s basketball in […]

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Appreciating the past and moving forward

Tabor College’s Athletic Banquet was more emotional than usual this year. It’s not every day you induct a living legend and the most successful long-term coach in Tabor history into the Hall of Fame. And while Don Brubacher would never say it, that’s exactly what he is. After leaving Tabor six years ago for reasons known only to a few […]

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Observations from a retired official

Question my sanity if you want. You wouldn’t be the first. Why would anyone officiate basketball for 40 years? After choosing to hang up my whistle, I can honestly tell you, I don’t know. Like I often told coaches, “I hope you don’t question my judgment tonight, because if I had good judgment would I be here doing this?” But […]

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Football taking a hit because of injury?

As the most popular sport in America, football appears invincible, and it probably is for the near future. But as research on concussions continues to bring bad news, one wonders if football proponents will accuse those of us who are concerned about head injuries guilty of piling on. Fact is, the number of high school football players around the country […]

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More than one way to succeed in NCAA basketball

The formula for winning NCAA Div. I basketball games has changed over time. Decades ago, nearly all student-athletes stayed in college for four years. Imagine how good KU might be if all of its players stayed in school for three or four years. Once the rules changed, some talented athletes went straight to the NBA. More changes created what is […]

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Quite a year for local basketball

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, something happens that causes you to shake your head in amazement. Hillsboro has been blessed with good to great high school basketball teams for several decades. But I don’t remember a year quite like this when both high school teams and both Tabor College teams won postseason tournaments to advance to state […]

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