Articles By: Janae Rempel

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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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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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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