Category: Sports

‘I know other people struggle’

Most track athletes compete in relative obscurity compared to those playing popular team sports. Unless you follow college track closely, you’ve probably never heard of Wichita State’s Rebekah Topham, but she’s a winner. She has won nine conference track titles in the Missouri Valley Conference and American Athletic Conference, highlighted by earning Most Valuable Performance honors in the AAC 2019 […]

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Traditions: MLB may break a few this summer

Tradition was a major theme in the musical “Fiddler on the Roof.” Thanks to COVID-19 we may see more than a few traditions disappear in a sport built on the status quo. Granted, some traditions have been eroding for awhile, such as the use of a designated hitter in the American League, but many traditions have remained intact. Assuming that […]

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Hosting a track meet

Hosting a track meet

(from left) Luke Freeman, Jerah Schmidt, Porclein Unruh, Elyse Boden. Jerah and Elyse will be running XC/Track at Tabor and Bethany respectively this fall. Porclein will be playing basketball at Hesston. Goessel hosted the 1st ever HS Relay Track Meet on the evening of May 1 beginning at 8:20 p.m. This single event meet was participated in by four of […]

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In need of a pep talk? Don’t give up!

If you participated in sports in school or in a summer rec program, you undoubtedly needed or received an occasional pep talk from your coach. The fact is we all can benefit from a timely pep talk in life. COVID-19 and social distancing are the issues front and center in 2020. If you haven’t felt any anxiety, stress, or discouragement […]

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When it comes to sports, security matters

Whatever the age of athletes, from T-ball to pro sports, we look forward to seeing athletes perform again someday. For those involved with game administration, thoughts will return to making the games safe for the officials and fans, especially at the end of the game. During my time as a soccer and basketball official, I wasn’t aware or that concerned […]

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Reflecting on one of the former great pitchers in baseball

Unless you enjoy watching replays of great sporting events of years gone by or enjoy watching former and current NBA and WNBA stars play games of Horse via social distancing, you probably aren’t watching as much sports as you did before COVID-19. That may not be entirely a bad thing. Look at the time and money you’ve saved. It’s probably […]

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Let’s ponder life issues in the midst of social distancing

It has been an interesting and weird year so far, wouldn’t you say? Bye bye NBA, NHL, March Madness, the start of Major League Baseball, the Masters Golf Tournament, the Kentucky Derby, and the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. This is the first time in memory that the Kansas High School State Basketball Tournament canceled the semifinals and finals after playing […]

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Coronavirus brings sports as we know it to a screeching halt

When you turn on the TV to watch a sporting event, you often see thousands of fans cheering wildly. Is it real or a mirage? That was how I began this column before the coronavirus recently brought the sports world to a halt. This time March Madness actually was madness. I mean, people hoarding toilet paper? Seriously? We’ll live without […]

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Trojans win state game, tournament canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

Trojans win state game, tournament canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

The Hillsboro Trojan bench and crowd respond to the first lead of the night with the promise of victory in sight. The HHS Trojans beat the top-seeded Skyline Thunderbirds in the quarterfinals for State Basketball. Dillon Boldt (Junior #3) goes for a layup from a pass by Matthew Potucek (Sophomore #5). There is a reason they play the games. Despite […]

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Area sports round-up 3-4-20

Area sports round-up 3-4-20

Tristan Rathbone (HHS Sophomore) wrestling Steinert from Hoisington at 3-2-1A State Wrestling in the 152 weight division.   Ryder Norstrom wrestling at 3-2-1A State Wrestling in the 138 weight division.   Canton-Galva Basketball—Their game was snowed out and they didn’t reschedule. Coming— The teams are now in substate play. The Eagle girls played Monday in Salina, but the final score […]

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