Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 30 September 2008 16:31Nathan Vogel bears down on a personal best 5-kilometer time of 18:17 at Southeast of Saline. He placed 11th out of 103 runners. Phyllis Richert photo
The Hillsboro boys finished as the runners-up in a 14-team field at the Southeast of Saline Invitational cross-country meet Tuesday, Sept. 23.
The Trojans accumulated 85 points to place second to Berean Academy with 75 and ahead of Sterling in third with 111.
Setting the pace for the Trojans was Nicholas Mueller...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 23 September 2008 18:57Goessel—The Bluebirds crushed Fairfield 54-8, but Friday’s game with looked to be a battle of defenses for the first five minutes. Goessel had the opening possession and turned the ball over to Fairfield on fourth down.
Two plays later, the Fairfield quarterback picked up a high snap and tossed the ball downfield for a touchdown.
Goessel then scored 54 straight points, as the defense stiffened and a mixture of passing and running plays helped the Bluebirds to their third lopsided win of the season.
Goessel (3-0) will have a district game at home on Friday with Claflin. —Delbert Peters
Canton-Galva—The Eagles were defeated 36-0 by Pretty Prairie. Trailing 14-0 at half, CGHS allowed 16 points in the third quarter and six in...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 23 September 2008 17:09Justin Wodke latches on to Ellinwood’s Glenn Whitaker in the backfield early in Hillsboro’s 41-21 win over the Eagles. Whitaker scored twice, but the Trojans, following a week of solid practice, took control early and never let Ellinwood out of their grasp. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press
The Trojans jumped on the home team early when Daniel Jost returned the Eagles’ punt at the end of the opening possession for 58 yards and a score. Jake Wiebe kicked the extra point and the Trojans led 7-0 less than 2 minutes into the contest.
Daniel Jost returns a punt during the second half of the game against Ellinwood. He returned a punt in the first half for a touchdown to give the Trojans a 7-0...
Written by Andrew Ottoson Tuesday, 23 September 2008 16:45A wiped-out Wildcat snags Drew Maddox by the aglets and holds on long enough to bring the Warrior running back down at the end of a 7-yard run. Maddox carried five times for 28 yards. Andrew Ottoson / Free Press
The Marion Warriors celebrated homecoming with a 21-14 win over Nickerson Friday, gashing the Panthers for 31 rushing yards and a touchdown with an 11-play series out of the gate.
Nickerson received the opening kickoff and fumbled the ball away on its third play from scrimmage. Brad Klenda recovered the loose ball.
The offense then converted on fourth-and-one twice, setting the stage for a four-yard touchdown run by Mitchell Leppke and a 7-0 lead 6:20 into the contest.
But Nickerson repaid...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 23 September 2008 16:34The Hillsboro volleyball team split a pair of matches at a triangular last Tuesday in Nickerson.
Hillsboro easily dispatched winless Lyons, 25-13, 25-7, but lost to the home team, 17-25, 25-25, 25-20, in the first league match for both teams.
The split put Hillsboro at 9-2, but 0-1 in league play.
Coach Sandy Arnold said she wasn’t surprised that Nickerson gave her team a battle.
“Already in preseason I thought Nickerson would be a good team,” she said. “They play a lot of club ball in the summer. I think club ball is a lot faster pace, and they play that kind of style.
“They also have two good middles—all their hitters could place the ball, and they exposed some of our weaknesses on defense. I think club helps with...
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