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HHS tennis begins season with one returner on varsity

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Don Ratzlaff / Free Press

Five returning players and a foreign-exchange student from Germany will form the nucleus of the HHS tennis team this spring. Pictured are: back row (from left) Mark Prieb, Matthew Brown; front row, Max Thiel, Clay Shewey and Ben Bebermeyer.

Having lost five-sixths of last year?s varsity lineup to graduation, Hillsboro High boys? tennis coach Kory Unruh sees this season?s challenge quite clearly.

?Starting my sixth year, this is the first time I can definitely say we?re starting a full rebuilding year,? Unruh said.

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High sights for softball

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With a strong core of juniors, Trojans hope to sweep league and make first state visit

Coming off the best won-loss record in the nine-year history of the program (18-3), this year?s Hillsboro High softball team is setting its sights on even bigger accomplishments in 2007.

TITLE DEFENSE

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Trojans prove the adage:  aggressive defense wins state championships

It was a march to glory that Civil War general William T. Sherman would have loved.

On the way to winning the Class 3A title last week for the first time in 11 years, the Hillsboro High girls used an uncommon confidence and defensive fury to torch the opposition with an average victory margin of 20 points a game.

Bluebirds fly fourth at 1A state tourney

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Goessel opened the game with a 3-pointer by Travis Buller, and the teams see-sawed back and forth, ending the first quarter 11-10 in Goessel’s favor.

The Bluebirds outscored the Eagles 16-9 in the second quarter. They put on a 7-1 run in the last minute, capped by Jordan Voth’s 3-pointer to pull out to a comfortable eight-point lead by halftime, 27-19.

Olpe’s 6-feet, 4-inch junior, Seth Pargman, drew his third foul and grabbed some bench time, making him ineffective in scoring the first half.