Articles By: Janae Rempel

Marion Track pole vault coach honored

Marion Track pole vault coach honored

Marion assistant track and field coach Jerry Smith was recognized as the Class 2A pole vault coach of the year at the Kansas Cross Country and Track and Field Coaches Association Recognition Luncheon Saturday in Junction City. Smith has coached Marion vaulters for the past 20 years and has had a state medal recipient in each of those years. He […]

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A rollercoaster of emotion: Hoppes leads Eagles to unprecedented comeback in state title game

A rollercoaster of emotion: Hoppes leads Eagles to unprecedented comeback in state title game

Shelby Hoppes and the Canton-Galva football team accomplished an unprecedented comeback in the 2019 Class 8-Man, Division I state title game by erasing a 36-point deficit to win, 66-36. In three years at the helm of the Eagle football program, Hoppes has established a winning tradition with a record of 27-7. Shelby Hoppes glanced at the scoreboard, which read 36-0. […]

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Not ready for a life without baseball

Sometimes I wonder what I’d write about if there were no sports. Actually, just thinking about a world without sports makes me much more sad than the depressing thought that there are exactly 143 days until the return of Major League Baseball on March 26. Not that anyone’s counting. The World Series ended five days ago, and I’m already going […]

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It always takes time to develop roots

I “plant-sat” a miniature banana tree for a friend this fall. I don’t have a green thumb by any stretch of the imagination, and the thought of caring for a large plant for an extended period of time was daunting. I prepared a sunny spot for the tree next to my kitchen window and watered it faithfully once a week. […]

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Canton-Galva football heads to State

For the second consecutive week, the Canton-Galva football team knocked off an unbeaten opponent, this time defeating Madison, 46-6, for the chance to play in the state title game Saturday.  The Eagles never trailed, scoring a first-quarter touchdown on a 65-yard pass from Landon Everett to Tyson Struber for an 8-0 advantage. Canton-Galva added to its lead in the second […]

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Goessel gets big win over Peabody-Burns

Goessel gets big win over Peabody-Burns

Goessel’s Jacob Hagewood rushes for a 37-yard touchdown to give the Bluebirds an early, 8-0 lead over Peabody-Burns.Janae Rempel/Free Press Big plays contributed to a 56-8 victory for the Goessel football team over Peabody-Burns Friday. The Bluebirds rolled up 463 yards of offense, fueled by quarterback Dylan Lindeman, who completed 10 of 12 pass attempts for 279 yards and three […]

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Hillsboro secures overwhelming victory

Hillsboro secures overwhelming victory

A Marion fumble was recovered by the Trojans’ #67, Tristan Rathbone. Karrie Rathbone / Special to the Free Press In an intra-county district football matchup on a night when temperatures dropped into the 30’s, both Hillsboro and Marion started a bit cold by trading fumbles on each of their first possessions. But although the teams combined for eight turnovers in […]

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Celebrate the smaller things

Isn’t fall great? I’m enjoying that narrow window of time where it’s cool enough without air conditioning and warm enough without heat. There’s a crispness in the air, perfect for mid-afternoon jogging, and hot drinks are more appealing than ever on chilly mornings. (But let’s be honest. I certainly don’t wait for fall to drink coffee). Technically, autumn began Sept. […]

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Canton-Galva dominates Centre, 48-0

Canton-Galva dominates Centre, 48-0

The Canton-Galva football team lived up to its billing as the top-ranked team in Class 8-man Division I by defeating a short-handed Centre squad Friday, 48-0. The Eagles rolled up 306 yards of offense and scored on every possession in a mercy rule game that ended at halftime. “This week we preached and preached that no matter who the opponent […]

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Hillsboro beats Lyons on Homecoming

Hillsboro beats Lyons on Homecoming

Hunter Hein (senior #12) leaps into the end zone off a run in the second quarter. Karrie Rathbone/Special to the Free Press Victory was sweet for the Hillsboro football team, who, in front of its homecoming crowd earned its first win of the season Friday by defeating Lyons, 27-14. The Trojans led from start to finish, striking first when Matthew […]

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