Articles By: Janae Rempel

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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It’s nice to come home

I stood at the top of the stairs at Eisenhower National Airport awaiting the arrival of two very dear people. It wasn’t enough to wait in the cell phone lot; I wanted to be there to greet them off the plane at my very first opportunity. As passengers filed past me and down the escalator to the baggage claim, I […]

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Canton-Galva to have a strong Cross Country team

Led by a returning state-qualifier, the Canton-Galva cross-country team will field multiple contenders this season, according to 13th-year coach Lyle Silsby. “I am very optimistic for the upcoming cross-country season,” Silsby said. “We are not long on numbers, but neither are we short on talent. We have what I feel are three legitimate contenders to make it to state at […]

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Marion Cross Country led by returning state qualifier

Paced by a returning state qualifier, the Marion cross-country team is primed for success under the direction of second-year coach Grant Thierolf. Heidi Grimmett returns for her sophomore season, having capped her freshman campaign with a trip to the Class 2A state meet, where she placed 31st with a time of 22 minutes, 26 seconds. She crossed the finish line […]

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Marion sports young but very talented team

With the loss of several seniors from last year’s 2-7 campaign, the Marion football team and second-year coach Shaun Craft will rely on the contributions of younger athletes on the gridiron this season. “We have a lot of players getting their first opportunity to start at the varsity level this season,” Craft said. “With the loss of several seniors from […]

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Strong cross county team in Hillsboro this fall

A large incoming freshman class will provide enough cross-country runners for Hillsboro to field both girls’ and boys’ teams this season for second-year coach Kodi Panzer. Returning state-qualifier Caleb Diener, a junior, will anchor the boys’ team this season. At the Class 2A state meet a year ago, Diener covered the 5-k course in 18 minutes, 57.7 seconds, good for […]

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Seasoned Hillsboro team looks to reach a new level of play

Seven starters return to anchor the Hillsboro volleyball team this season, bringing experience 16th-year coach Sandy Arnold said will pay dividends this year. “This year’s team will return a large number of girls with varsity experience,” Arnold said. “They have always had a passion for the game, but hopefully now their experience and game knowledge, in addition to their athleticism, […]

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Writer marks a couple parks off the list

Writer marks a couple parks off the list

For those of you following my quest to watch a game at all 30 Major League Baseball ballparks, I’m happy to report that this summer I checked off two more stadiums. I bookended a trip to Washington, D.C. with a pair of baseball games, the first to watch the Royals face the Nationals in the final game before the all-star […]

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