Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 12 March 2013 13:59The girls of Hillsboro High School first ventured to the state tournament in 1979. They had nearly qualified the previous season, losing in the sub-state finals. The 1978 squad ended the year with a mark of 14-9.
The 1979 season brought good reason for optimism. Coached by first-year boss Leland Albrecht, many of the players from the previous campaign were returning. Team members included Kelly Laubhan, Sandy Funk, Michelle Helmer, Bev Just, Shelly Helmer, Sherri Enns, Lynn Isaac, Leann...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 12 March 2013 13:57Turnovers paved the way to an early exit for the Centre girls at the Class 1A-Division 1 state tournament Wednesday in Emporia. The Cougars short-circuited 36 possessions to help St. John-Hudson cruise to a 55-26 victory in the quarterfinals.
The start of the game set the tone for the evening, as the No. 6 seeded Cougars lost their first four possessions while the No. 3 seeded Tigers built a 6-0 lead less than 2:30 into the game.
Makenzie Dienes scored Centre’s first two points of the night at the 4:54 mark. St. John Hudson led 12-4 by the end of the period.
The Cougars’ struggles continued into the second period with 12 more turnovers and one field goal—a three-point basket by Cacey Simons at the 2:25 mark—in only four...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 12 March 2013 13:54They didn’t win the state championship they had set their hearts on, but the Hillsboro girls proved once more that they are champions of resilience and character.
With disappointment still lingering after a loss in the semifinals the previous night, the Trojans came back to defeat Russell, 59-44, for third place at the Class 3A state tournament in Hutchinson.
This is the third straight year the Trojans have come back less than 16 hours after a heartbreaking defeat to end their season with an impressive victory in the consolation matchup.
“It’s a big accomplishment,” coach Nathan Hiebert said. “It’s not what they wanted, but I’m proud how they came out really focused early. They didn’t want to leave with a...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 05 March 2013 14:32GIRLS
Canton-Galva—The Eagles entered the Moundridge Class 2A sub-state as the No. 8 seed and lost a 72-16 quarterfinal contest to No. 1 Moundridge.
Moundridge (20-3) went on to earn the championship with wins over Peabody-Burns and Berean Academy.
The Eagles ended the season with a 2-19 record.
Centre—The Cougars earned a berth in the Class 1A-Division I state tournament this Saturday with a 60-37 win over Langdon-Fairfield in the championship game of their sub-state tournament at Burrton.
The Cougars came in to the sub-state tournament as the No. 2 seed. After a first-round bye, the Cougars defeated Pretty Prairie, 44-33, Thursday.
Shelby Makovec led the Cougar attack with 13 points. Beka Basore added 10.
The Cougars then...
Written by Don Ratzlaff & Janae Rempel Tuesday, 05 March 2013 14:28Trojans endure rough first quarter, fall by one.
It was somehow fitting that the Hillsboro boys ended an “if only” season with an “if only” 44-43 loss to Haven in the final seconds of Friday’s sub-state semifinals.
Hillsboro, who lost five games during the regular season by a margin of four points or less, overcame a 20-8 first-quarter deficit to lead by as much as 41-35 after three quarters. But victory proved to be elusive one last time.
Haven made about everything it threw up in the first quarter to build that 20-8 lead.
“Everything they did went their way, and we missed layups in the first part of the game when we were just pressing too hard,” coach Darrel Knoll said. “If we make a couple of those, it’s a...
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