Written by Janae Rempel Tuesday, 02 April 2013 12:28Marion enters the 2013 baseball season having just missed qualifying for the state tournament last spring.
The Warriors finished second in the Heart of America League with a 10-2 record and were 17-6 overall. They ended the season as regional runners-up after a 3-0 loss to Sacred Heart.
Losing only four players to graduation the past two years, third-year coach Roger Schroeder said the experience on his roster will lead to good things this season.
“We return basically our entire roster,” he said. “We’ve got some things to improve on of course, but we’re going to be in good shape.”
Pitching and catching
The Warriors return 100 percent of their pitching staff and will look to the mound to fuel their success.
Written by Janae Rempel Tuesday, 02 April 2013 12:26With first-year coach John Ruder at the helm, the Tabor College tennis teams will look to build on last year’s season.
The Bluejay women finished second in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference with a 4-2 record and were 9-5 overall; the men finished third at 4-2 and were 8-8 overall.
Ruder brings 28 years of coaching experience to Tabor, his first collegiate job. Prior to moving to Kansas, Ruder led the tennis team at Denton Ryan High School in Texas.
“I always wanted to coach at a Christian college, so when I saw the opportunity to coach here, I really fell in love with the school and wanted to be here,” he said.
With only six players on the roster—three sophomores and three juniors—a key for the...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 02 April 2013 12:25Coach Doug Dick’s recipe for baseball success at Hillsboro this spring starts with a small but solid nucleus of experienced upperclassmen.
To that, he’ll add a healthy dose of moderately seasoned sophomores, then sprinkle in a couple of spicy first-year prospects.
By the end of the regular season, Dick hopes to savor a state-bound team following a less than satisfying 8-13 season a year ago.
“For whatever reason, we just didn’t get it all put together,” Dick said of 2012. “Obviously, when you’re used to going to state—three years in a row—and you end up 8-13, that’s not where you hope to finish.”
At the top
The critical ingredient will be Dick’s upperclassmen, which include seniors Lucas Sinclair, Kale...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 02 April 2013 12:24For the first time in school history, a Hillsboro softball team began preseason practices carrying the mantle of “defending state champions.”
Guess what? It doesn’t make much difference, according to coach Stephanie Sinclair.
“Every year I feel we start over,” she said. “My husband sometimes has to remind me that we’re the defending state champions. I just want our kids to be good at what they’re doing.”
Gone are last year’s core of five seniors who contributed to four consecutive regional titles, and ultimately the state crown.
But the shelf this spring is hardly empty for Sinclair.
Leading the list of returning players is Danae Bina, who was selected as a first-team pick for both the Central Kansas League...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 02 April 2013 12:21Even though overall numbers are down slightly, thanks to smaller classes, Hillsboro track and field coach Dennis Boldt believes he has enough quality athletes to make an impact at the large meets this season—including state.
“I definitely think when you have kids who can bring home gold medals—like Shaq Thiessen, Tyler Proffitt, Josh Richert, Emily Sechrist and Karen Leihy—you put yourself in an opportunity to do well in the big meets,” said Boldt, now in his 23rd year at the helm.
“If you have a supporting cast that can get those (lower) places, all of a sudden those points start adding up.”
Forming the nucleus of this year’s team are seven returning state qualifiers.
Sechrist, a sophomore...
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