Spotlight Winter Sports Preview 2010
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 30 November 2010 17:30One of the most popular movies of the past 25 years was “Hoosiers,” which was inspired by the true story of tiny Milan High School defeating mighty Muncie Central High for the Indiana State Basketball title.
The movie, loosely based on this actual game which took place in 1954, captured the imagination and hearts of millions of movie-goers around the country. Kansas has its own version of the story.
On Jan. 16, 1964, the Mullinville Tigers squared off against the Shawnee Mission North...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 30 November 2010 17:29The Peabody-Burns boys’ basketball team will have a new look and a new league home this season after a successful 2009-10 campaign in which the Warriors finished 16-5 overall and 8-3 in the Heart of America League.
All five starters and a key contributor from that team graduated last spring.
Coach Brian Simmonds will begin his third year as head boys’ coach with only one returning varsity letter-winner: Storm Pickens, a 5-foot, 9-inch senior who average 2.7 points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal a year ago.
“We will be looking for several players to step up to the varsity level as starters, and others to make contributions coming off the bench,” said Simmonds, who has a 30-12 record as PBHS boys’ coach.
Written by John Giffin Tuesday, 30 November 2010 17:26
The Peabody-Burns girls’ basketball team will open 2010-2011 in a new league.
Coming off a 5-16 record overall and a 2-8 mark in the former Eisenhower League, the Warriors started and ended 2009-10 on a five-game losing streak.
The Warriors struggled offensively, averaging 29.8 points per game.
Moving into the Wheat State League this season, Peabody-Burns features several seniors and returning letter-winners.
The Warriors, coached by Darren Schroeder, return Heather Brooks, Paige Lewis, Jessica Noble, Tori Schroeder, Michaela Methvin, Rayna Barnes and Sarah Hofkamp.
PBHS opens its season Dec 3 at Chase County.
Written by John Giffin Tuesday, 30 November 2010 17:25The Centre girls’ basketball team will enter its first season in a new league led by several players with game experience.
Finishing 8-13 overall and 4-4 in Eisenhower League play in 2009-10, the Cougars lost their leading scorers—Carlye Simons, 12 points per game, and Shelby Deines, nine points—to graduation but return senior post player Allison Shields.
As a junior, Shields led the Cougars in rebounding with 10 per game and averaged seven points while playing primarily in the paint.
Shields will be joined near the basket by fellow senior Ripley Howard, who averaged 3.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Her best game came against White City, when she scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
On the perimeter, the Cougars...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 30 November 2010 17:24The Centre Cougar boys appear to be loaded for bear this season as they return four senior starters and five letter-winners from a squad that went 12-9 a year ago and swept its Eisenhower League schedule with a 6-0 record.
Coach Greg Wyatt, now in his second year as boys’ coach after a previous tenure with the girls’ team, will have a pair of Eisenhower all-league performers at the heart of his year’s squad.
Earning league recognition for their hoops prowess were Tanner Johnson, a 6-foot, 2-inch forward who averaged nine points, eight rebounds and two assists per game, and Brian Burhoop, a 6-2 guard who scored seven points, pulled down six rebounds and handed out two assists per contest.
They will be complemented by...
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