Category: Sports

THE BENCH PRESS- Thomas and Biggio headed for Hall

Frank Thomas hit his 500th home run last week. I saw a headline for one of Rob Neyer?s columns on ESPN.com that read ?500 is the new 400.? I didn?t read the whole thing, partly because I?m sick and tired of the idea that hitting a home run today matters less than hitting a home run 80 years ago did.

In 1921, Babe Ruth hit 59 homers, but all of six other guys topped 20 that season.

In contrast, Thomas plays in an era when the number of players who smack 20 home runs a year is huge. But I don?t think the era he played in should count against him when it comes time to decide if he should be admitted to the baseball hall of fame.

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Hillsboro girls win league softball title
Hillsboro girls win league softball title

Hillsboro girls win league softball title

SoftballChamps100_3627.jpg Click image to enlarge The Hillsboro 12-and-under girls? softball team won the league tournament championship game held in Marion Thursday night against Marion Body Shop by a score of 3-2. The team went 8-0 in regular season play and extended its record to 11-0 with three consecutive playoff wins. Pictured are: front row (from left), Katie Claassen, Sierra Benda, […]

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Gottsch signs five more athletes for Tabor

The Tabor College has signed five more athletes for its football program. Timothy Sheppard of Houston, Texas, is a 6-feet, 200-pound linebacker who played for Madison High School, which posted a 14-1 record and qualified for the state semifinals. ?Timothy will be competing at an outside linebacker position,? Bluejays coach Mike Gottsch said. ?He will bring an upbeat attitude and […]

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Hillsboro goes 2-2 on road swing, now 12-4
Hillsboro goes 2-2 on road swing, now 12-4

Hillsboro goes 2-2 on road swing, now 12-4

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Aaron Burnett blocks the plate and tags Jacob Fish in the top of the second inning of the first game of a doubleheader in Peabody on Thursday. Fish was out, but Hillsboro scored early and often, and Legion Post 366 won the games by scores of 16-1 and 19-2. Andrew Ottoson / Free Press. Click image to enlarge.

American Legion Post 366 played all its games on the road this week, and was swept in a doubleheader for the first time this season.

Hillsboro took two losses at Chase County on Tuesday, 10-6 in Game 1 and 7-6 through six innings in Game 2.

?Coming into the season, one of our goals was to take at least one game of every set we played,? coach Tim Hein said. ?We were coming from behind in the second game, but they called it out of time before we could finish it off.?

Hillsboro bounced back on Thursday, defeating Peabody 16-1 and 19-2 to improve its season record to 12-4.

Peabody?Post 366 took a 1-0 lead in the first frame of Game 1, and added four more in the third.

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Swimmers take 3rd at Solomon meet

The Hillsboro swim team third at a meet at Solomon on Saturday.
?It was a good meet for us if you consider we had about half our swimmers there,? coach John Vineski said.
Solomon scored 580 and took the top spot, Council Grove followed with 385 and Hillsboro finished with 307.

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Pair wins tourney title

Shelley Dunham and Jenny Gihring combined for a one-over-par 36 to win the Hillsboro Ladies Golf Invitational Tournament June 21.

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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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