We may look back someday to the past decade or so as a golden age for girls’ athletics at Hillsboro High School. The volleyball team added fodder to that fire this past weekend by claiming the first back-to-back state volleyball titles in school history with a second straight 5-0 run through the Class 3A tournament at Salina. For good measure, this year’s team finished with a 42-3 record, which sets a new school mark for most wins in a season.
State tournament appearances generally are a rarity and a championship is almost beyond reasonable expectation. To win one, it takes a combination of committed and talented athletes, excellent coaches and the alignment of circumstances that are otherwise beyond anyone’s control.
We salute coach Sandy Arnold, who has taken seven teams to the state tournament during her nine-year stint at the Trojan helm. But Arnold is the first to admit she has been blessed with a run of talented athletes who have made it possible for Trojans fans to “Rethink Possible” in this and other athletic endeavors—to the point of being spoiled by such a consistent level of achievement.
While we’re on this topic, kudos to sophomore Allison Weber for earning a state medal in tennis earlier this month, and to Emily Sechrist for being a state runner up in cross-country this past weekend.
And, lest the boys be jealous, we can’t overlook the state medal Josh Richert won at the state cross-country meet, and the football team’s undefeated run through the regular season under first-year coach Lance Sawyer. This has been a fall of unprecedented athletic success at HHS. Thanksgiving should come easily this year for Trojan supporters. —DR