Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 09 September 2008 14:49As teammate Brandon Brown (56) looks for the next block, Hillsboro running back Isaac Leihy attempts to break the grip of a Sacred Heart defender during the first quarter of Friday’s game. Leihy gained seven yards on this run and finished the game with 80 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.
A game that turned into a shootout between two young squads ended when the Hillsboro Trojans stopped Sacred Heart’s do-or-die bullet in the final seconds to escape...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 09 September 2008 14:47Battling big-school competition and a wet and sometimes muddy course, the Hillsboro High cross-country team made its debut Saturday morning at the J.K. Gold Classic on the Raft Golf Course near Augusta.
“Overall, the kids ran well,” said coach Stuart Holmes. “The times were a little slow due to the rain and the muddy conditions in a few spots.”
For the boys’ team, Nicholas Mueller led the way by covering the 5-kilometer course in 18 minutes, 15 seconds, good for 26th place.
Crossing the finish line after him were Nathan Vogel (43rd, 19:06), Brandon McMillen (44th, 19:07, Robbie McClelland (46th, 19:14), David Ratzloff (59th, 20:12), Cody Blackketter (63rd, 20:24) and Matthew Klenda (67th, 20:45).
Hillsboro’s team score...
Written by Andrew Ottoson Tuesday, 09 September 2008 14:46Trojans Allie Faul (left) and Taryn Mayfield attempt to block a hit by Haven’s Megan Troyer during Hillsboro’s championship match.
Marion’s Kathy Goering elevates and looks to block an attempt by the Hoisington front line during the pool play round on Saturday in Marion.
With five wins in five games at the Mid Central Activities Association pre-season volleyball tournament, the Hillsboro High School squad waved goodbye to the thought of a slow start to the 2008 season and again greeted the high expectations that the program has lived with in recent years.
Though winning the tournament title Saturday in Marion came as a bit of a surprise to Trojans coach Sandy Arnold...
Written by Andrew Ottoson Tuesday, 09 September 2008 14:43Marion quarterback Mitchell Leppke strains to break loose from a Lyons defender during the second half of Friday’s 21-6 win.
The Marion High School football team began its season with a 21-6 win at Lyons, and breathed a collective sigh of relief when the final horn sounded.
“Sometimes in the first game of the year everybody’s a little tight, and that’s part of what happened,” coach Grant Thierolf said. “But we also did not play with much fire or emotion.”
“But we didn’t have to make any big adjustments during halftime—there wasn’t fire and brimstone in the locker room—we just said, ‘we did not work so hard all summer long to play like that,” he said.
After one truly...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 09 September 2008 14:40A young Hillsboro HIgh tennis team placed third among five teams at the Sterling Invitational on Thursday.
The Trojans finished with 12 points. Sterling won with 37, followed by Hutch Trinity with 27, then Hillsboro, St. John (10) and Greensburg (8).
Hillsboro placed third in both No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to lead the way. The No. 1 team of Kelsey Bartel and Becky Faber went 2-2, as did the No. 2 team of Elise Heyen and Hayley Pankratz.
In singles, Emma Heyen went 0-4 in No. 1 singles and Aubrey Meier was 2-2 in No. 2.
“This continues to be a steep learning curve for our inexperienced players,” coach Bob Woelk said. “I was proud of Emma Heyen, who stepped in at No. 1 singles and held her own with the best players in the meet...
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