Articles By: Don Ratzlaff

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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Sechrist wins 5th race this season

A second consecutive windy outing Thursday didn?t keep Hillsboro?s Emily Sechrist from winning her fifth race in six starts, but it may have thwarted a run for the record books at the Ster?ling Invitational. The Trojan junior finished the 4-kilometer course in 15:23 to outpace runner-up Halle Helfrich of Pratt by 16 seconds. ?The windy conditions slowed everyone?s times and […]

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Fed up

Americans are fed up with Washington. Congress is unable to do its job. It lurches from crisis to crisis, each one self-manufactured in an effort to postpone the reckoning from some earlier crisis. It shut the government down over a temporary budget. Now it?s threatening the financial credibility of the U.S. government and the welfare of the American people. Too […]

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Sporting goods store fires post-retirement passions

Sporting goods store fires post-retirement passions

Craig Dodd has found fulfillment since opening Chisholm Trail Outfitters two years ago in Hillsboro Heights. ?Selling a gun is not the primary objective,? he says. ?Meeting people and having the opportunity for younger people to get into the sport? is what motivates him. A current TV commercial asks, ?If you could get paid for doing what you love, what […]

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Big night with big trucks

Big night with big trucks

Families could inspect about a dozen vehicles donated by various businesses and entities, including a city dump truck, firetruck, tire-service truck and cement truck. More than 300 children and adults from 95 young families participated in the 11th annual Big Truck Night Oct. 8 at the Hillsboro Elemen?tary School. The county-wide event originally was scheduled for Sept. 19, but was […]

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Hillsboro defeats Remington, 43-17

Hillsboro defeats Remington, 43-17

Hillsboro's Jesse Meier (54) brings down Remington runningback Todd Ensz in the Bronco end zone for a game-changing 2-point safety late in the first half. It took the Hillsboro football team almost a full half to rediscover its moxie after back-to-back blowout losses to undefeated teams the past two weeks. But once they found it, the Trojans rolled to a […]

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Hats help in the knit of time

Hats help in the knit of time

Anne Auld (left), of the Kansas Children?s Service League in Wichita, poses with purple-hat creators Rhonda Brenzikofer, Tillie Schafers and Madonna Schafers (from left). The pile of hats before them numbers 1,035. Tillie Schafers contributed 800, Brenzikofer added 140 and Madonna Schafers 95?all in an effort to remind new parents not to shake their infant child. Sometimes failing to keep […]

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