Category: Sports

Tabor women drop KCAC tennis opener vs. Bethel

In the first conference match of the season, the Tabor College women?s tennis squad absorbed a 6-3 loss at the hands of Bethel College on Thursday.

Tabor is 2-4 against non-conference opponents this season.

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Tabor softball team still looking for first win

This week, the Tabor College softball team played doubleheaders against Sterling and South?western, but is still in search of its first win of the season. A doubleheader at Bethany scheduled for Saturday was postponed.

Southwestern ?In Game 1 on Thursday, the Bluejays jumped to a 3-0 lead in the third inning.

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Weather Fouling up spring schedules

It was raining Friday?with a snow-mix beginning?outside his office at Hillsboro High School when Max Heinrichs was asked the opening question: Have you ever seen a spring sports season quite like this one?

?You don?t want me to start cussing, do you?? said the veteran activities director with a laugh that indicated he was coping with the craziness better than you might expect.

Of the first 20 competitive events planned for the five HHS spring-sports teams, 10 have needed to be rescheduled because of bad weather.

That includes a softball doubleheader and a track meet planned for that very Friday.

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Trojan softball team wins one at Halstead, rain claims Game 2
Trojan softball team wins one at Halstead, rain claims Game 2

Trojan softball team wins one at Halstead, rain claims Game 2

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Hillsboro catcher Jessica Klose (right) chats with first-base coach Jill Hein during a Halstead timeout for a talk with the pitcher. Klose had just driven in two runs with a base hit to give HHS a 10-6 lead in the top of the fifth inning.

The Hillsboro High softball team endured cold and wet conditions long enough to secure an 11-7 win at Halstead on Tuesday.

The weather eventually won out, as officials called Game 1 after five innings and nixed Game 2 of the scheduled doubleheader because of field conditions.

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HHS Baseball splits at Smoky Valley
HHS Baseball splits at Smoky Valley

HHS Baseball splits at Smoky Valley

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Hillsboro?s Aaron Stepanek dives back to first base in reaction to a pick-off attempt by Smoky Valley pitcher Ben Mack in Game 1 of Thursday?s doubleheader. First baseman Casey Miller prepares to receive the throw, which was late.

The Hillsboro High baseball team shut down Smoky Valley for all but two innings in the second game of their doubleheader Thursday at Memorial Field.

But that gave the Vikings enough room to crawl out of an early hole and defeat the Trojans 8-5 and escape with a split.

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Trojans, Warriors go toe-to-toe in Hillsboro
Trojans, Warriors go toe-to-toe in Hillsboro

Trojans, Warriors go toe-to-toe in Hillsboro

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Marion?s Travis Hett watches his tee shot sail toward the green on Hole 3. Hett shot a 74, which tied him with Hillsboro?s Justin Kent for the best individual score of the day at the Hillsboro Invitational on Thursday.

For the second time in two tournaments this season, golf teams from Hillsboro and Marion divided most of the spoils of victory.

The two schools met again Thursday at the 10-school Hillsboro Invita?tional, which had been postponed one week because of rain from its original schedule.

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Tabor men open KCAC play with wins against Bethel
Tabor men open KCAC play with wins against Bethel

Tabor men open KCAC play with wins against Bethel

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Tabor?s Kyle Kroeker, a Hillsboro High alum, fires a forehand shot during his doubles match against Bethel. Kroeker and teammate Shane Miller won in two sets.

With the tennis season two weeks from its end, the Tabor College men defeated rival Bethel on Thursday, 5-4.

It was the team?s fourth consecutive victory and the first of its conference schedule.

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Depleted HHS squad 0-2 vs. Panthers
Depleted HHS squad 0-2 vs. Panthers

Depleted HHS squad 0-2 vs. Panthers

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Jacob Fish delivers a pitch during Game 1 against Nickerson. Fish came on in relief of starter Travis Riesen.

The Hillsboro High baseball team absorbed a pair of lopsided losses to Nickerson, 19-8 and 23-9, in its season opener last Tuesday at Memorial Field.

With seven players, including four to five likely starters, attending a church conference, Trojan coach Phil Oelke filled the holes in his lineup with four freshmen and two sophomores who were seeing their first varsity action.

?There?s only one way to look at a game like that, and that is to find as many positive things as you can,? Oelke said. ?The (young) guys got a lot playing experience. So I was pretty pleased with them.?

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Trojans rally to sweep Nickerson
Trojans rally to sweep Nickerson

Trojans rally to sweep Nickerson

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Jenesa Klose winds and fires in the season opener. After notching six strikeouts in the first game, Klose and the Trojans limited Nickerson to two hits and three baserunners in the second game, a 2-0 win for the Trojans.

Aside from a blustery cold northwest wind, the first games of the season proved to be a tougher test than the Hillsboro High softball team may have expected.

But the Trojans passed it anyway, sweeping a salty Nickerson squad last Tuesday at the Sports Complex. In Game 1, the Trojans erupted for five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning for a come-from-behind 7-3 victory, then squeezed out a 2-0 win in Game 2.

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SIDELINE SLANTS- Ratzlaff is Brubacher?s hand-chosen successor

Tabor College football coaches have come and gone with regular frequency. In most cases, the head coach left with a gentle shove after a brief stay. There have only been a few cases where the head coach decided to leave on his own to advance his career.

The history of TC basketball is just the opposite. Yes, there have been times when a head coach was asked to leave, but more often than not, the men?s and women?s basketball programs have been models of consistency.

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