Written by Andrew Ottoson Wednesday, 17 October 2007 12:23When it rains, it pours—and in a cold, blustery torrent at Saint Mary’s home away from home in Platt City, Mo., the Tabor College football team committed four crippling turnovers Saturday and lost to the Spires, 30-14.
With the loss, Tabor slid to 0-5 in conference play for the first time since 1999, and lost to the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference’s perennial whipping boy for the first time in five years.
But the Spires, aided by the rain and two critical fumbles, stepped out of their traditional role and stopped Tabor twice inside its 5-yard line in the first half.
“We go up there, we know the weather is going to be nasty from the start, and you always want to score early in those games,” coach Mike Gottsch said...
Written by Andrew Ottoson Wednesday, 17 October 2007 12:20Tabor College freshman Liz Kleinsasser placed eighth among 210 finishers Saturday at the NAIA Mid-States Classic at Southwestern.
Kleinsasser turned in a personal-record-tying 5-kilometer time of 19 minutes, 16 seconds and led the Bluejays to 14th place among 31 competing teams.
“Liz ran an outstanding race and, on this day, was the first conference runner to cross the finish line,” coach Karol Hunt said. “Her performance was especially satisfying because eighth is the highest finish we have had at this meet.”
Following her were Heidi Schmidt (48th, 20:30), Amber Wiens (101st, 21:24), and Jera Teselle (111th, 21:41), Ashley Schmidt (139th, 22:21), Leah Kopper (147th, 22:36), Shelby Miller (159th, 23:06), Carrie Schroeder...
Written by Andrew Ottoson Wednesday, 17 October 2007 12:02The Tabor College volleyball team defeated two conference opponents, ran its overall record to 14-10 and leapfrogged into a tie for third place in the KCAC standings last week.
Having edged out McPherson (33-31, 30-26, 24-30, 30-27), Tabor hammered Friends (30-25, 29-31, 30-16, 30-25) on Thursday.
“We had a great week of volleyball,” coach Amy Ratzlaff said. “The women really started playing well together and our offense took a step forward.
“You can see that in our hitting percentages and kills-per-game stats,” she added. “Overall, I think we’re really starting to play some good volleyball, working the bugs out and getting used to each other.”
Taylor Lawrence smashed 23 kills and had only two attack errors in...
Written by Andrew Ottoson Wednesday, 10 October 2007 12:50Click to buy photos RIGHT: The Bluejay defense swarms around Sean Dahley on Saturday in the middle of Tabor’s bid for a fourth-quarter comeback. ABOVE LEFT: Demetrius Cox runs through a defender’s tackle. After trailing 19-7 at halftime, Tabor rallied to take a 20-19 lead. But the Swedes refused to go down, bouncing back for a 29-27 win in Hillsboro. Free Press photos by Andrew Ottoson
Football is a game for playmakers, and Tabor came up one play short of securing first conference win under head coach Mike Gottsch this week.
Bethany beat the Bluejays 29-27 Saturday at Reimer Field, but the game came down to the wire.
“It was really a shame to lose the game despite beating them in every statistical...
Written by Andrew Ottoson Wednesday, 10 October 2007 12:11Click to buy this and similar photos
Andy Adrian vies for the ball against two Southwestern defenders last Wednesday. Building on Wednesday’s a 3-1 win over Southwestern, the Tabor College men’s soccer team trounced Bethany 7-2 on Saturday. Adrian notched three assists against Bethany and has tallied a total of two goals and four assists in 10 games so far. The team (4-7 overall) improved to 2-3 in conference play. The Southwestern women defeated Tabor 6-1 and Bethany won 4-0. The Bluejay women are 0-5 in conference play and 0-10 overall. Both of the college’s squads have four games remaining on the regular season slate. The women play Friends at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Wichita, Ottawa at 1 p.m. Saturday in...
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