Written by Hillsboro Free Press Thursday, 08 May 2008 04:28Coach Mike Gottsch inked six players besides American Samoa-born cousins Buddy Tuamasaga (6-4, 325 pounds) and Rodney Finau (6-2, 325 pounds) in April. But adding 650 pounds of muscle to the defensive line is some big news for the Bluejays.
The fact that both are strong and athletic players makes it even better, according to Gottsch.
“I’ve seen some big guys that aren’t very good,” he said. “But I think these guys are big and good.”
Gottsch also said the two players were so impressed with Tabor’s educational opportunities and the football program during their recent visit to Hillsboro that they signed with Bluejays before returning home to L.A.
At East Los Angeles Community College, both players played both ways as...
Written by Andrew Ottoson Thursday, 08 May 2008 04:25Zac Rembolt and Justin Ball make their move around the pack at the beginning of the 800. Amber Wiens heads down the home stretch during her all-conference honorable mention 1,500 meter run. Andrew Ottoson/Free Press
The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference outdoor track and field championship meet record in the women’s 4x800 relay wasn’t broken at Friends University Friday.
It was demolished.
The dynamite foursome of Liz Kleinsasser, Amber Wiens, Shelby Miller and Heidi Schmidt blew the old record away, stopping the clock at 9:26.79—26 full seconds earlier than the previous meet record of 9:53.
They also shattered their own school record, set at 9:43.03 in perfect conditions on their home track...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Thursday, 08 May 2008 04:14Tabor College standouts Chris Brown and Alfred Wilson have been named first team all-KCAC baseball selections by the conference’s coaches.
Brown, a senior catcher from Grass Valley, Calif., was among the conference leaders in hits, home runs and RBI the entire season.
Wilson, a senior outfielder from New Orleans, La., was among conference leaders in hits and runs, setting the school record for doubles in a season (17), which ranked third overall in the conference.
“I am proud of the accomplishments of these two men, they both played a major role for this team and their production will be missed,” coach Chad Newhard said.
Brown batted .338 for the year and led the Bluejays in RBIs and home runs. His 41 RBIs and his seven home...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Thursday, 08 May 2008 04:12The Tabor College tennis teams each had one athlete named to an all-conference team. Senior Laurel Delamater was a unanimous first-team selection on the women’s side and junior Aaron Friesen was a second-team selection.
Delamater and Friesen also won the tennis Scholar-Athlete awards.
The Tabor women’s team placed third overall with a record of 3-3. The Tabor men’s team placed fourth, also with a record of 3-3.
Written by Andrew Ottoson Thursday, 08 May 2008 04:11With four forfeits, Johnny Bassett’s first season coaching the Tabor College softball season ended abruptly and on a slightly sour note two weeks ago.
But an optimistic offseason is cropping up. Having met a measure of frustration with the business-as-usual approach that relied heavily on multi-sport athletes and walk-ons to keep a team on the field, Bassett is aiming to build a roster replete with softball specialists.
Lacking pitching depth, the Bluejays’ season was severely compromised by injuries to starters Kalie George and Samatha Heldenbrand. Other injuries followed, and the season came apart at the seams when the usual rites of spring—vacations and weddings—reduced the Jays roster to eight.
The forfeits meant...
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