Category: Sports

SIDELINE SLANTS- Kids’ ‘Blastball’ may be too much too soon

If it?s true that too much pressure is put on children to participate in an adult-organized sport at an early age, then a case could be made that the Hillsboro Recreation program for 3- and 4-year-olds called BlastBall is unnecessary or at the least, premature.

Count me among those questioning the need for this summertime offering.

Nevertheless, I enrolled our 4-year-old son, Nathan, in the program to see what BlastBall was all about.

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Atwood lands lake-record catfish
Atwood lands lake-record catfish

Atwood lands lake-record catfish

atwood and catfish.jpg Gene Atwood holds the 68-pound catfish he landed at Marion Reservoir May 10. He later released it back in the lake. Don?t call him Ishmael. Call him Gene Atwood. On May 10, Atwood hooked a lake-record 681⁄2-pound flathead catfish at Marion Reservoir. ?My wife and I were trolling for walleye in 22 or 23 feet of water,? […]

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Hillsboro wins 3, now 10-2
Hillsboro wins 3, now 10-2

Hillsboro wins 3, now 10-2

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Aaron Stepanek dives back into first base ahead of a pickoff attempt and inadvertantly touches off a dust storm in the first inning of a 6-4 victory over Abilene. Stepanek was safe, then went on to steal second base and came around to score on a triple by Travis Riesen. Click image to enlarge.

Hillsboro Legion Post 366 won three of four games last week to raise its season record to 10-2.

On Tuesday, Post 366 lost the first game of a doubleheader with Moundridge, 5-3, but rallied in Game 2 for a 5-1 win.

Two days later, Post 366 won both games at Abilene, 6-4 and 6-3.

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TC football sets coaching staff

With the addition of special-teams co-coordinator Edward King, the Tabor College football coaching staff is now in place.

Head coach Mike Gottsch describes King as someone with ?great character? who will ?make an immediate impact on the lives of students.?

The Bluejays? newest addition will coach defensive line and outside linebackers as well as serving as special teams co-coordinator.

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Phillips signs with Tabor
Phillips signs with Tabor

Phillips signs with Tabor

TommyPhillipsSignP6122190.JPG Click image to enlarge. Former Peabody-Burns High School standout Tommy Phillips signed a letter last week to play football at Tabor College this fall. Phillips will be transferring from the University of San Diego.

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THE BENCH PRESS- Smart drafts key to NBA success

Ever heard news that hit you like you just saw someone kick your dog? Fans of the Boston Celtics know exactly what I?m talking about.

Aftershocks of Boston slipping to third in NBA draft lottery are still rippling through the national sports media.

If you haven?t heard, Portland and Seattle now hold the top spots, and Lady Luck left the Celts in perfect position to draft some Chinese guy named Yi Jianlian.

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I?m calling a time-out for a quick golf take. Before I go any farther, I should remind everyone that I don?t actually know anything about golfing.

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State champion team from Burns gather for reunion
State champion team from Burns gather for reunion

State champion team from Burns gather for reunion

1953 BurnsHornets.jpg Click image to enlarge.   The 1953 Burns Hornets gathered for a book signing of ?Title Towns! Class BB Boys Basketball Champions of Kansas? written by Steven Michael Farney at a reunion on May 26 at Burns. From left: Jack Heyman, assistant coach Bob Dvorak, Ronald Kirkpatrick, coach Harvey Loy, Don Nightengale, Elwyn Fink, Eugene Graves, Danny Stucky […]

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With four wins, Legion team improves to 7-1
With four wins, Legion team improves to 7-1

With four wins, Legion team improves to 7-1

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Travis Riesen snaps off a curve ball and strikes out a Lyons batter looking to end the fourth inning on Thursday. He struck out nine and Legion Post 366 claimed a 7-1 win. Andrew Ottoson / Free Press. Click image to enlarge.

Hillsboro American Legion Post 366 added four more wins to its resume this week and improved its record to 7-1.

Hillsboro outscored Peabody 11-4 and 16-11 on Tuesday. On Thursday, Hillsboro tallied a 7-1 win over Lyons before eking out a 12-11 victory in the second game.

Lyons?Travis Riesen took the hill for the first game and allowed one run and six runners in seven innings.

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SIDELINE SLANTS- Baseball has its share of all-star cheaters

How is it that we wink or look the other way concerning some aspects of cheating in baseball while we act shocked and appalled on other occasions?

A story on ESPN.com about the biggest cheaters in baseball noted that ?this could also be called the worst cheaters because the best cheaters are the ones we don?t know about who still haven?t been caught.?

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Tabor adds three more athletes by transfer

The Tabor College Athletic Department has announced the signing of additional athletes for the new school year.<p>Jason Aubrey, Bartlesville, Okla., has signed to participate in football. He will transfer from Emporia State University.<p>According to Mike Gottsch, Bluejay head coach, Aubrey was ?an exceptional passing quarterback? at Bartlesville High School.<p>?He is very competitive and will bring solid leadership qualities to the team,? Gottsch said. ?He is a young man of faith and will be a very positive influence on the Tabor campus.?

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