Articles By: Don Ratzlaff

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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Peabody girl enhances look of courthouse

Peabody girl enhances look of courthouse

Nicole Sanders of Peabody poses with the landscaping project she completed on the southwest corner of the Marion County Courthouse during September. She took on the project with the hope of earning a Silver Award, the highest award for a Cadette in Girl Scouts. Nicole Sanders didn?t let her age or the prospect of hard work keep her from accomplishing […]

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Hillsboro falls to undefeated Smoky Valley, 48-12

Hillsboro falls to undefeated Smoky Valley, 48-12

Hillsboro?s Jordan Faul hauls in an interception against Smoky Valley as teammates Evan Ollenburger (4), Levi Mendosa (68) and Jesse Meier (54) close in. Faul also recovered a fumble for the Trojans Friday, but the undefeated Vikings prevailed, 48-12, For the second week in a row, the Hillsboro football team took on an undefeated Central Kansas League foe, and for […]

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Trojans roll to C-G Invit. title

Trojans roll to C-G Invit. title

Hillsboro?s Emily Jost (17) and Alex Ratzlaff attempt to block a hit by Canton-Galva?s Caley Johnson during the first pool-play match at the Canton-Galva Invitational on Saturday. The Trojans won the tournament to improve to 23-0 for the season. The Hillsboro volleyball team capped a 7-0 week with its third tournament title of the season Saturday at the Canton-Galva Invita?tional. […]

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Two Trojans medal at Berean Invitational

Two Trojans medal at Berean Invitational

Hillsboro?s Karyn Leihy closes in on a 13th-place medal at the Berean Invitational. Hillsboro?s Emily Sechrist finished first for the fourth time in five races this season with a 23-second victory Thursday at the Berean Invitational at Harvey County East Park. The Trojan junior, battling warm temperatures and a strong south wind, covered the 4-kilometer course in 16 minutes, 11 […]

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