Category: High School

HHS gets four all-MCAA picks

Four members of Hillsboro?s league-champion volleyball team have received all-league recognition from the coaches of the Mid-Central Activities Association.

Marion was represented on the all-league list by two sophomores.

Representing the Trojans (31-6) on the first team are sophomore outside hitter Dakota Kaufman, one of four unanimous picks, and senior outside hitter Amy Neufeld.

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Conway Springs’ superior line play prevails over a heroic effort by Hillsboro
Conway Springs’ superior line play prevails over a heroic effort by Hillsboro

Conway Springs’ superior line play prevails over a heroic effort by Hillsboro

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In the top left photo, Hillsboro?s Daniel Roble wraps up Conway Springs? runner Chris Gerber (9) after a hit by Andy Klassen (45) knocks the ball loose. Daniel Jost scooped up the ball and returned it 42 yards to the Trojan 17-yard line. Four plays later, Jost made the leaping touchdown grab (top right photo) in the end zone to give Hillsboro an early 7-0 lead. Jacob Yoder (Bottom left photo) looks for daylight on a run around left end. The senior standout found precious little over the course of the game, finishing with a season low 16 yards on 15 carries. Bottom right photo: Ben Gottsch (sweatshirt) and Spencer Brown watch from the sideline during Saturday?s regional contest against Conway Springs. The twosome started the season as hot contenders for the starting quarterback spot, but both went down with injuries. Junior varsity starter Jacob Fish stepped up big time in his first varsity start, throwing for 215 yards and two touchdowns. Tom Stoppel / Free Press

Facing tradition-rich Conway Springs, owner of five Class 3A state championships since 1998, the Hillsboro Trojans had the added challenge of playing without starting quarterback Spencer Brown, who was injured Tuesday night at Sedgwick.

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Trojans roll past Sedgwick in bi-district battle
Trojans roll past Sedgwick in bi-district battle

Trojans roll past Sedgwick in bi-district battle

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Hillsboro defensive end Andy Klassen dives on the football following a fumble by Sedwick?s Nathan Shaw (7) on the kickoff return late in the second quarter of last Tuesday?s bi-district game. Hillsboro had just gone ahead 21-7. Four plays after the fumble recovery, the Trojans were in the end zone again and on their way to a blowout victory over the Cardinals. Don Ratzlaff /Free Press

Two quick touchdowns near the end of the second quarter transformed a close ball game into a rout Tuesday night, as Hillsboro rolled to a 48-13 victory at Sedgwick in bi-district play.

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C-G bounced from state tourney by Olpe, 21-13

On a rare night when Eagles matched up against Eagles, Canton-Galva hung tough but ultimately fell short of defeating Olpe on the road last Tuesday night, 21-13.

At stake was an opportunity to face third-ranked Pittsburg-Colgan in Saturday?s Class 2-1A regional round.

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HOA names CHS duo to first team

Centre senior Kylie Burhoop was named to the 2007 Eisenhower all-league first team, as was junior Leann Pankratz. Senior setter Samantha Alvarez received honorable mention. Five players represented Hope on the all-league first team, with White City and Wakefield each receiving two nods from the selectors.

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Area Football Roundup (10-31-07)

Goessel vs. Centre

The Bluebirds defeated the Cougars convincingly, 58-0, Thursday at home.

Goessel scored early and often, beginning with a 16-yard pass from
Austin Unruh to Kendall Voth that provided the only score GHS would
need.

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Up, down?and past
Up, down?and past

Up, down?and past

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LEFT: Zach Jost hauls down Remington running back Wayne Bennett during Thursday?s district showdown. The Trojan senior lineman made several big plays for the defense, including a fumble recovery and a blocked pass on a 2-point conversion attempt.

RIGHT: Jacob Yoder looks upfield after eluding a Remington defender. The Trojan standout ran for 152 yards on 24 carries?and made several key plays on defense, too.

Striking early and striking late, the Hillsboro Trojans survived an aerial dogfight with the Remington Broncos on Thurs?day to advance to the state playoffs with a 33-26 victory at Reimer Field.

The win qualified the Trojans, 2-1 in District 11, for bi-district play Tuesday against Sedgwick.

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Faded hopes
Faded hopes

Faded hopes

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McMillen, who had established himself this season as one of the top performers in Class 3A, faded toward the end of the 5-kilometer route and finished 41st in the field of 104 runners.

Trouble at the top meant trouble for the team.

On a day when cross-country runners do everything to be at their physical best, it just didn?t happen that way for the top two runners from Hills?boro.

The Trojans, with a realistic hope of coming home from the Class 3A state race at Wamego with a top-five team finish, settled for ninth as Cody McMillen and Nicholas Mueller struggled with physical ailments along the challenging hills of the Wamego Country Club.

McMillen, who had established himself this season as one of the top performers in Class 3A, faded toward the end of the 5-kilometer route and finished 41st in the field of 104 runners.

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MHS ends its season with loss to Swathers
MHS ends its season with loss to Swathers

MHS ends its season with loss to Swathers

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Justin Heidebrecht looks for daylight as the Hesston defense closes in during Thursday?s season finale. The Warrior senior finished his MHS career with 87 kickoff return yards, including this 30-yard run.

Unbeaten Hesston hammered the Marion Warriors 42-15 Friday, scoring six times in the first half to engage the running clock for the entire second half.

But with time ticking down on their season, the Warriors came up with a quick stop against the Swather varsity and tallied two scores before the clock ran out. 

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Hesston flexes its Swather muscle
Hesston flexes its Swather muscle

Hesston flexes its Swather muscle

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Ishmael Morris escapes the grasp of Hesston?s Connor Dyck as the Trojan junior heads for his first touchdown of the evening, a 7-yard score right before halftime. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press

The Hillsboro Trojans flirted for 2 1⁄2 quarters with the thin possibility of upsetting the third-ranked team in Class 3A. But a pair of relatively quick touchdowns in the third period tipped the scale in favor of unbeaten Hesston Friday night.

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