Category: Sports

Marion wins mid-season tournament

The fourth-seeded Marion boys’ basketball team won the Cougar Classic tournament hosted by Centre last week by defeating Elyria Christian, 47-36, Thursday. The Warriors played three games in three days when the tournament schedule was readjusted because of weather concerns. Thursday’s championship game began with the second-seeded Eagles claiming a 7-5 lead after one quarter and Marion drawing within 16-15 […]

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Trojan wrestlers show out in Halstead Tournament

Trojan wrestlers show out in Halstead Tournament

Tristan Rathbone (Freshman) maintaining control on the mat against Owen Thiel (Remington) winning third in the 145 weight division. Karrie Rathbone/Free Press Hillsboro showed up and worked hard at the 44th Annual Halstead Invitational Wrestling Tournament on Friday and Saturday. They came in 10th out of 23 teams. “This was another pretty solid performance from this young team. Overall, it […]

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Hillsboro struggles with a dominate Haven squad

Hillsboro struggles with a dominate Haven squad

Kinsey Kleiner drives to the basket, past a Haven defender, for a shot attempt in the second half on the road. Hillsboro lost 54-26 against Haven on Friday. Joey Young / Free Press HAVEN- Against one of the best girls basketball teams in Class 3A, the Hillsboro Girls Basketball team struggled to get stops and lost on the road to […]

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Marion drops two over week

The Marion girls’ basketball team suffered a 45-17 defeat at Hutchinson Trinity Friday. The Celtics burst out of the gate by outscoring Marion, 21-6 in the first quarter, aided by four three-pointers. Meanwhile, Destiny Boudreaux and Corrina Crabb each made a three-pointer for Marion. Jayden May made Marion’s only basket of the second quarter, and Trinity led, 25-8, at halftime. […]

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Hillsboro drops close one on road

Hillsboro drops close one on road

Darian Ratzlaff drives to the basket in the second half of Friday’s game against Haven on the road. Joey Young/Free Press HAVEN- A late Haven three ended up burring the hopes of the Hillsboro Boys Basketball team to steal a road win over a good Wildcat team, 64-59. With less than a minute left in the game Haven’s Jamar Miller […]

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Marion has tough week against good opponents

The Marion boys’ basketball team lost to Hutchinson Trinity Friday, 74-46. The Celtics rank ninth in Class 2A, marking Marion’s third-consecutive state-ranked opponent. Marion enjoyed a 14-13 lead after one quarter of play, with Sam Zinn, Eli Hett and Evann Heidebrecht each draining three-pointers in the quarter. But the Warriors made just two baskets and four free-throws in the second […]

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Marion Wrestling has nice showing in Halstead

The Marion wrestling team competed at the Halstead Invitational Friday and Saturday, with the exception of Charlie Nordquist, who competed in Newton. Todd Palic paved the way at Halstead with a second-place finish at 182 pounds with a 2-1 record. Following a first-round bye, Palic pinned Ivan Smith of Effingham-Atchison County Community, then won by injury default over top-ranked Tyson […]

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Student-athletes are participating in record numbers

I don’t like losing … at anything. OK, maybe I’m a little too competitive. I hate to lose, whether it’s playing checkers, ping pong or any sport. Well, hate is a bit strong, I suppose, but losing irks me. When I was a kid growing up, my dad let me beat him from time-to-time when we played ping pong. Eventually […]

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A good shot

A good shot

Creed Werth, 6, shot a button buck with a crossbow while hunting with his grandpa, Glenn Ratzlaff, in November. He waited patiently for several two-hour shifts until the young buck came along and hit it in the lung with his first shot. Werth also shot a turkey with the same crossbow this past spring.

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Hillsboro falls to visiting Halstead

Hillsboro falls to visiting Halstead

Addie Berens and Grayce Tankersly defend against Halstead during the first game back after Christmas break. Laura Fowler Paulus/Free Press HILLSBORO- After playing Halstead close in the first quarter, 19-14, the Hillsboro Girls Basketball team’s offense stalled, and eventually lost to the Dragons, 52-27 last week. The game was the first game back from Christmas Break and the rust might […]

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