Written by Don Ratzlaff Wednesday, 31 October 2007 11:51Click to buy photos
LEFT: Zach Jost hauls down Remington running back Wayne Bennett during Thursday’s district showdown. The Trojan senior lineman made several big plays for the defense, including a fumble recovery and a blocked pass on a 2-point conversion attempt.
RIGHT: Jacob Yoder looks upfield after eluding a Remington defender. The Trojan standout ran for 152 yards on 24 carries—and made several key plays on defense, too.
Written by Don Ratzlaff Wednesday, 31 October 2007 11:31Click to buy photo McMillen, who had established himself this season as one of the top performers in Class 3A, faded toward the end of the 5-kilometer route and finished 41st in the field of 104 runners.
Trouble at the top meant trouble for the team.
On a day when cross-country runners do everything to be at their physical best, it just didn’t happen that way for the top two runners from Hillsboro.
The Trojans, with a realistic hope of coming home from the Class 3A state race at Wamego with a top-five team finish, settled for ninth as Cody McMillen and Nicholas Mueller struggled with physical ailments along the challenging hills of the Wamego Country Club.
McMillen, who had established himself this...
Written by Andrew Ottoson Wednesday, 31 October 2007 10:10Click to buy photo Justin Heidebrecht looks for daylight as the Hesston defense closes in during Thursday’s season finale. The Warrior senior finished his MHS career with 87 kickoff return yards, including this 30-yard run.
Unbeaten Hesston hammered the Marion Warriors 42-15 Friday, scoring six times in the first half to engage the running clock for the entire second half.
But with time ticking down on their season, the Warriors came up with a quick stop against the Swather varsity and tallied two scores before the clock ran out.
What started as a tough night ended with all smiles for the slew of Marion fans that turned out for the finale on a cold evening. The Warrior faithful were treated to a...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Wednesday, 24 October 2007 09:09Click to buy photo Ishmael Morris escapes the grasp of Hesston’s Connor Dyck as the Trojan junior heads for his first touchdown of the evening, a 7-yard score right before halftime. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press
The Hillsboro Trojans flirted for 2 1⁄2 quarters with the thin possibility of upsetting the third-ranked team in Class 3A. But a pair of relatively quick touchdowns in the third period tipped the scale in favor of unbeaten Hesston Friday night.
The Swathers clinched the District 11 title with a 35-22 victory at Reimer Field in only two rounds of district play.
“They’re just big, and they saddled up to match it,” Hillsboro coach Len Coryea said of a worthy opponent. “I thought we played as...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Wednesday, 24 October 2007 08:58Click to buy photo Matthew Klenda rounds a bend in the high bluestem grass at El Dorado State Park Saturday. Klenda placed 36th out of 85 runners, and the Trojan boys edged Sedgwick to earn a place among the meet’s top three teams. A top-three finish qualified the team to run among elite runners from across Kansas at the state meet in Wamego. Free Press photo by Don Ratzlaff
Battling warm winds and some long, uphill grades—not to mention a strong field of competitors—the Hillsboro boys’ cross-country team qualified for state by finishing third in its Class 3A regional race Saturday at El Dorado State Park.
Marion, meanwhile, qualified two runners from its boys’ team. Neither Hillsboro nor Marion...
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