Articles By: Don Ratzlaff

HHS cruises to 4th tournament title

HHS cruises to 4th tournament title

Hillsboro?s Shannon Heiser scores on a block against Rock Creek?s Lyla Lenauer during the first set of the championship match. The Trojans claimed their fourth regular-season title with a two-set win over the Mustangs at the 20th Trojan Invitational. You have to be a pretty good team when you win your home invitational tournament with a 5-0 record and in […]

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?Post? time

It seems like only a couple of weeks ago that we were trumpeting the start of the fall sports season. Suddenly, high school teams are knocking on the door of post-season opportunities and challenges. Girls? tennis, always the early-bird sport in fall, has already completed its state tournament?and we congratulate Hillsboro?s Allison Weber for achieving a sixth-place medal with her […]

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KDHE denies permit for feedlot near Canton

Concluding the project would pose a threat to groundwater, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment denied a permit for the creation of a 9-acre feedlot for up to 999 cattle between Canton and Goessel. Developer Brad Klaassen had applied for the permit for a facility that was to be located at 29th Avenue and Iron Side Road?about five miles […]

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Hillsboro volleyball seeded No. 1 at Herington sub-state

Hillsboro will begin its post-season quest for a third consecutive state volleyball title Saturday as the No. 1 seed at the Class 2A sub-state tournament in Herington. The two-time defending 3A champs will bring a 35-1 record against a first-round opponent to be determined by a play-in game between Solomon (10-24) and Berean Academy (6-21). If Hillsboro wins in the […]

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Moundridge wins 40-35 shootout over Hillsboro

Moundridge wins 40-35 shootout over Hillsboro

Hillsboro linebacker hits Moundridge quarterback Garrett Higgins as he prepares to fire a first-half pass during Friday's game. The first round of district play Friday turned into a shootout between two teams with two different attack strategies. In the end, the ground game of Moundridge prevailed over the passing attack of Hillsboro, 40-35, on a damp and cold night at […]

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Good eats for Goessel

Good eats for Goessel

Branding Iron Cafe owners Rod Boese (left) and John Soller Jr. have passed the one-year anniversary of the opening of their ?burger joint? in Goessel. Despite a few naysayers at the start, the two friends say the community has ?done real well? in supporting the enterprise. Having passed the one-year anniversary earlier this month, Branding Iron Cafe owners and managers […]

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Classification changes reflect enrollment loss

The classification changes announced earlier this month by the Kansas High School Activities Asso?cia?tion caused a stir for Marion County?s two largest school districts, Hillsboro and Marion. Hillsboro High School slipped from 3A to 2A for the first time in 35 years, except for football. Marion barely remained in 3A, but will slip to 2A for football next year. The […]

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Trojans split 5A test at Newton

Trojans split 5A test at Newton

Hillsboro?s Addie Lackey pushes the ball cross-court during the Trojans? three-set victory over Great Bend Thursday. The Panthers were ranked No. 8 in Class 5A. Hillsboro?s annual venture into Class 5A volleyball gave the undefeated Trojans all the challenge they were looking for Thursday in New???ton. Unfortunately, the even?ing ended with the Tro?jans? first loss. Hillsboro opened with a 23-25, […]

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Safety first / Defensive play kick-starts HHS surge

Safety first / Defensive play kick-starts HHS surge

Hillsboro?s Jesse Meier (54) tackles Remington running back Todd Ensz to score a 2-point safety for the Trojans late in the first half. The play gave Hillsboro its first lead of the night at 8-6, and sparked a surge that continued into the second half of a 43-17 victory. It took Hillsboro almost a full half Friday to recover its […]

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Weber qualifies for third state berth

For the third straight year, Hillsboro?s Allison Weber has qualified for the state Class 3-2-1A state tennis tournament. The Trojan junior followed through on her No. 2 seeding at regionals in Leavenworth Saturday by finishing as the tournament runner-up in singles. Weber defeated Asbell Blythe of KC Maranatha 6-1, 6-0, Alexa Menold of Sabetha 6-0, 6-1 and Megan Bowlin of […]

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