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Late escape
Late escape

Late escape

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Hillsboro?s Spencer Brown puts a move on Marion defenders Derek Riggs (left) and Tylor Neil (center). Brown gained 104 yards on the ground and threw for 109, but the Trojan signal-caller made no play bigger than the game-winning extra point he booted through the uprights in Hillsboro?s 20-19 overtime win at Marion. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press.

Delay. Determination. Drama.

The district football opener between Hillsboro and Marion had a lot to ?D-light? high school football fans Friday night.

In the end, though, it was Hillsboro fans who experienced deliverance and Marion fans who suffered disappointment in a 20-19 overtime decision at Warrior Stadium.

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HHS takes 2nd at MCAA meet
HHS takes 2nd at MCAA meet

HHS takes 2nd at MCAA meet

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Nathan Vogel strains toward the finish line at the MCAA league cross country meet. Vogel narrowly missed out on all-league honors, placing 18th. Courtesy Photo by Kathy McMillen

The Hillsboro cross-country boys performed up to expectations Thursday, running to a second- place finish at the Mid-Central Activities Association league meet at Hoisington.

With three of the top four finishers in the race, Sterling, the 2006 Class 2A state champions and the No. 1 ranked team in 2A this season, defended its league title with a team-low 40 points.

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Trojans finish second at home tourney
Trojans finish second at home tourney

Trojans finish second at home tourney

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Chelsea Beber?meyer (left) and Corissa Bartel alter the course of a Sterling hitter?s attack. Hillsboro trounced the Black Bears 25-14, 25-21 in pool play, and ran the table to earn a shot at Class 3A?s No. 1 ranked team, Hoisington, at the Trojan Invitational on Saturday. HHS fell to the Cardinals 21-25, 25-22, 21-25 in their only loss of the day. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press

A loss to top-ranked Hoisington in the finals of the 14th annual Trojan Invitational on Saturday ended Hills?boro?s otherwise radiant day on a cloudy note.

But even in that disappointing three-game loss to the Cardi?nals, Trojan coach Sandy Arnold saw a silver lining.

?I like it that we went to three (games),? Arnold said. ?We got them in one (game), and that proves to my girls that we can beat them.?

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Swede-ish ‘D’ slows Bluejays, staves off late rally 29-27
Swede-ish ‘D’ slows Bluejays, staves off late rally 29-27

Swede-ish ‘D’ slows Bluejays, staves off late rally 29-27

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RIGHT: The Bluejay defense swarms around Sean Dahley on Saturday in the middle of Tabor?s bid for a fourth-quarter comeback. ABOVE LEFT: Demetrius Cox runs through a defender?s tackle.? After trailing 19-7 at halftime, Tabor rallied to take a 20-19 lead. But the Swedes refused to go down, bouncing back for a 29-27 win in Hillsboro. Free Press photos by Andrew Ottoson

Football is a game for playmakers, and Tabor came up one play short of securing first conference win under head coach Mike Gottsch this week.

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HHS cross country runs 3rd, 5th at Sterling
HHS cross country runs 3rd, 5th at Sterling

HHS cross country runs 3rd, 5th at Sterling

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Jessica Elliott keeps a steady pace on the way to a sixth-place finish at the Sterling Invitational. She and Heidi Schroeder, who placed 10th, earned their first varsity medals of the season. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press.

Battling runners from 19 other schools, not to mention a strong south wind, the Hillsboro cross-country team made an impressive debut Thursday at the Sterling Invitational.

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Vikings sack Trojans 34-21 at Reimer Field
Vikings sack Trojans 34-21 at Reimer Field

Vikings sack Trojans 34-21 at Reimer Field

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Grant Schneider eludes a Smoky Valley tackler during his return of a Viking fumble early in the fourth quarter. The return spaeked a 61-yard drive that led to Hillsboro?s final touchdown. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press

Smoky Valley flexed its muscles early and never really were threatened as Hillsboro lost a key divisional matchup by a score of 34-21 Friday at Reimer Field.

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HHS duo edged out of state qualifier
HHS duo edged out of state qualifier

HHS duo edged out of state qualifier

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Free Press photos by Don Ratzlaff. Hillsboro High doubles partners Amanda Faber (left) and Greta Wiebe show the form that carried them to the title match at the Class 3-2-1A regional in Hillsboro last Thursday at the Sports Complex. By finishing second, the duo qualified for the sub-state tournament on Saturday in Sterling.
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MHS defense tames hapless Lyons, 28-0
MHS defense tames hapless Lyons, 28-0

MHS defense tames hapless Lyons, 28-0

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Chase Carlson (3) and Charlie Holub knock Casey Dwyer to the turf Friday at Lyons. Marion?s stifling defense downed Lyons 28-0.? Andrew Ottoson / Free Press

Despite Lyons High School?s best efforts to gain the upper hand?including a stirring rendition of Abba?s 1975 mega-hit ?Dancing Queen? incorporated by the marching band into pre-game homecoming festivities?the Marion Warriors cruised to a 28-0 win Friday.

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TC Soccer teams stay the course
TC Soccer teams stay the course

TC Soccer teams stay the course

TCmenSoccerPA033674.jpg Click to buy this and similar photos Andy Adrian vies for the ball against two Southwestern defenders last Wednesday. Building on Wednesday?s a 3-1 win over Southwestern, the Tabor College men?s soccer team trounced Bethany 7-2 on Saturday. Adrian notched three assists against Bethany and has tallied a total of two goals and four assists in 10 games so […]

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TC whacks Builders, Warriors to set up KCAC stretch run

The Tabor College volleyball team closed the book on the first half of its conference season by defeating Southwestern (30-17, 30-22, 30-17) and improving its record to 6-3.

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