Strive- Spring Sports 2008
Written by Don Ratzlaff Thursday, 27 March 2008 08:58Nine seniors and letter-winners comprise a veteran corp for this year’s HIllsboro softball team. Pictured are: back row (from left), Amanda Bina, Jenesa Klose, Jandi Nikkel, Suzi Lindsay; front row, Briana Loewen, Amber King, Meghan Jost and Jessica Klose. Not pictured: Steph Abbott.
When you have a core of seniors that is large in number and long in varsity experience, expectations for success run high.
No one is expecting more from this year’s...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Thursday, 27 March 2008 08:52Six letter-winners will lead the Hillsboro tennis team this season. Pictured from left are Mathew Brown, Mark Prieb, Taylor Hagen, Ben Bebermeyer and Clay Shewey. Shewey placed eighth at the Class 3-2-1A state tournament last spring as a sophomore.
Hillsboro High School’s only state qualifier from a year ago returns this spring to lead the Trojan tennis team in 2008.
Clay Shewey, who finished eighth in singles at the Class 3-2-1A tournament as a sophomore in 2007, returns taller and more experienced this spring.
He’ll be joined by four other returning letter-winners: Mathew Brown, Ben Heyen, Mark Prieb, all seniors, and sophomore Taylor Hagen.
“Of course, each year players must earn varsity...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Thursday, 27 March 2008 08:33Three varsity veterans return to lead the Hillsboro golf team in 2008. From left are Daniel Dick, Daniel Kunantaev and Justin Kent. Kunanteav placed fourth at state last season as a freshman and Kent placed 12th as a sophomore.
The Hillsboro golf team returns two-thirds of a triple threat that carried the Trojans to a regional championship and a fifth-place finish at the Class 3A golf tournament a year ago.
Whether the return of Daniel Kunantaev, who finished fourth at state as a freshman, and Justin Kent, who placed 12th as a sophomore, will be enough to leverage the Trojan team back into a state berth may be the biggest unknown facing coach Scott O’Hare this spring.
“I think we can still be...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Thursday, 27 March 2008 08:22C
The sun may have set on one of the brightest eras in track and field at Hillsboro High School, but head coach Dennis Boldt does not see dark days ahead in 2008.
Particularly on the girls’ side, the graduation of JuliAnne Chisholm, Hannah Marsh and Tina Frick marked the end of a four-year run that produced two state championships and two runner-up trophies.
“Of all the sports these past few years, the most success has come from these girls, and it’s a credit to their athletic ability and their interest in the sport,” Boldt said. “We lose two thirds of our points from last year.
“But you keep going on,” he added. “When someone leaves a position, it opens it up for someone else...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Thursday, 27 March 2008 08:16The HHS baseball team returns eight members from the 2007 team that posted an 8-9 record. From left are: Mitchell Koop, Daniel Jost, Isaac Leihy, Chris Couts, Devin Funk and Jacob Edwards. Not pictured: Tyler Ediger and Jacob Fish.
Having graduated a core of six seniors that accounted for nearly two-thirds of the offense from last season’s 8-9 squad, and with a current roster of 14 players with 12 underclassmen, Hillsboro baseball coach Phil Oelke knows his Trojans are in a rebuilding mode this spring.
“Realistically, it’s going to be a tough season for us, and they know that,” said Oelke, who has compiled a 103-47 record through seven seasons.
“If we can win the games we should win, and...
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