Strive Spring Sports Preview 2011
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 29 March 2011 16:02With the boys’ and girls’ team each boasting a returning state medalist and potential school-record challenger—plus a half-dozen or so mostly young returning letter-winners—the Hillsboro track and field team will be looking to make some waves in 2011.
Coach Dennis Boldt sees middle- and long-distance events being the strength of his boys’ team, led by senior Joel Allen, who placed third in Class 3A in the 3,200 meter last spring.
This past fall, Allen set the...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 29 March 2011 16:01With eight returning letter-winners from a team that went 18-8 and placed third in the Class 3A state tournament, Hillsboro baseball coach Doug Dick knows this year’s team has potential for significant success.
How much success, the second-year head coach isn’t prepared to say just yet. But with the Trojans making it to state the previous two seasons, Dick knows expectations are hopeful for a third straight trip to Manhattan.
“Anytime you’re returning some key players, your expectations are higher that you’re going to have a good season,” he said. “Obviously, we’ve had some success the past couple of years. Hopefully, we can keep that kind of thing going.”
Part of Dick’s challenge will be replacing four key...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 29 March 2011 15:59Unprecedented success has created unprecedented expectations for this year’s Hillsboro High School softball team.
As freshmen, the sizable core group of this team powered the Trojans to the first state berth in program history. Last year, as sophomores, they claimed the first win at state and shattered the record for wins in a season with a sparkling 23-3 mark.
Now as juniors, what will they do for an encore?
For Stephanie Sinclair, in her sixth year as head coach, the expectation is clear: Play well one game at a time.
“We’re just going to go out each playing day to take care of business for that day and stay focused on who we’ve got right in front of us,” she said.
The Trojans lost two starters from last year: third...
Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 29 March 2011 15:58The Tabor College men’s and women’s track team have set their sights on success at both the conference and national level, banking on experienced returners and young talent.
“I’m excited about both teams,” coach David Kroeker said. “We’ve got a good group of kids who are working really hard.”
“My men’s team is going to be a lot more competitive than we were last year,”?Kroeker said. “I think I have a 4x400 team that can do some fun things at nationals. I have a good group of throwers on the guy’s side, in the hammer primarily.”
Hillsboro native Ishmael Morris has foregone playing football at Tabor and will focus on track.
“Ishmael has been good in the sprints,” Kroeker said. “He’s...
Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 29 March 2011 15:58The Tabor College softball team will look to their experienced upper-classmen and all-conference players to lead them to a successful season this spring.
The Bluejays’ only senior, Margaret Cornish, was an all-conference player at second base last year and has played shortstop and outfield.
“She is a very consistant hitter, makes very few strikeouts, and will put the ball in play,” coach Suzanne Unruh said. “She’s our lead-off hitter and can play anywhere but pitcher to help our team be the best defense we can be.”
Unfortunately for the Bluejays, Cornish dislocated her thumb in their March 18-19 tournament at Sterling College and is predicted to be out for a month.
Sophomore Taylor Funk was also an all-conference player...
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