Written by Andrew Ottoson Wednesday, 27 February 2008 10:13There are two Internet videos I’ve been watching almost daily since the first time I saw them.
One is an animation of the various internet browser logos acting like morons until Firefox finally gets fed up with the rest of them and tells them all to shut up.
The other is a montage of Dwight Howard’s dunks at the NBA all-star game. The Superman “dunk” probably would have been the coolest to watch live, without instant replay, but the lefty-tap-to-the-glass-to-the-right-hand-jam is without question the single greatest dunk I’ve ever seen. I just wish it had a better name.
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You ever wonder why there’s so much rap music played at basketball games? I did some research. The connection between the sport and the sound...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Wednesday, 20 February 2008 10:25To make it the high school state wrestling tournament even once in a career is no small feat. To qualify three out of four years is rare.
But to compete all season with the constant threat of a recurring shoulder injury—and then achieve a dominant season and a third state tournament berth to boot approaches legend.
Against all odds, Hillsboro senior Jacob Yoder will get a chance to achieve his goal of earning a medal at state when he walks onto the mat in Busch-Gross Coliseum in Hays this weekend.
“I really wanted to finish the season out and do my best at state—and I wanted to get that state medal,” he said.
Yoder separated his shoulder about midway through a standout football season that culminated with his recent selection...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Wednesday, 20 February 2008 10:23Alex Jost finishes off an opponent on his way to qualifying for his second berth in the state tournament. Jost will meet Herington’s John Redetzke in the first round at Busch-Gross Coliseum on the Fort Hays State University campus Friday.
Aside from finding a winning lottery ticket lying in the gutter on the way to the parking lot, it’s hard to imagine a weekend that could have gone much better for the Hillsboro wrestling team than this one did at Eureka.
Eight Trojans qualified for the state tournament, the team took first place and coach Scott O’Hare came home with the 3-2-1A regional coach-of-the-year award.
“I am obviously very proud of these guys for winning the regional title, which is...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Wednesday, 20 February 2008 10:00Hillsboro senior Spencer Brown gets into the thick of it against Collegiate Saturday in his first week back on the hardwood.
Poor play at start of each half created a hole Hillsboro could not climb out of against No. 1 ranked Collegiate Saturday in Wichita. The Spartans prevailed in the rescheduled rematch, 56-44.
Hillsboro started the game with four turnovers and a missed shot in its first five possessions as the Spartans jumped to a 6-0 lead. Clay Shewey finally got Hillsboro on the board, scoring the Trojans’ only basket of the quarter from 3-point range at the 4:11 mark. By the end of the period, Hillsboro was looking up from a 14-4 deficit.
But the Trojans picked up their game in the...
Written by Andrew Ottoson Wednesday, 20 February 2008 09:52The Tabor College men defeated Bethel College 60-52 in Newton Saturday. It was Tabor’s second win of the season against the Threshers.
Combined with the 58-57 Valentine’s Day upset of Southwestern in Hillsboro, the rivalry win evened up the team’s conference record.Bethel
After Tabor took a 14-6 lead 6:09 into the first half, Bethel rallied to take a 22-20 advantage. A field goal by Kyle Kroeker knotted it 4:38 before the half expired.
Then Mike Rousell got a hand on a pass, setting up a steal by Kyle de Blonk. De Blonk sent a lead pass to Rousell, who finished the fast break with a 1-handed dunk.
Tabor at that point had a 24-22 lead, but entered intermission tied with the Threshers 25-25.
Zach Vanselow dominated the...
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