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?63 Durham Hornets set for honor

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In a ceremony slated for Aug. 1 at the Washburn University Student Union in Topeka, the 1963 Durham Hornets will be inducted into the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association hall of fame in recognition of the team?s 26-game undefeated run to the state championship.

The history of those Hornets, as well the 16 other Class BB state champions, is documented in the book ?Title Towns: Class BB Boys Basketball Champions of Kansas? by Steven Michael Farney of McPherson.

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TC Recruits to add Kansas emphasis

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With the start of training camp less than a month away, Tabor College head football coach Mike Gottsch is pleased with the off-season recruiting he and his staff have accomplished so far.

?If the head coach is looking at the problem the right way, you have to try to sign every spot again, and every year you?ll have the same needs,? he said.

With 33 recruits, Gottsch is confident that the team?s depth has increased in nearly every area.

?I feel, coming from the head coach?s standpoint, you have to bring in new players at every position during the off-season,? he said.

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How Clete Boyer?s death led to thoughts on golf

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The e-mail I received recently from longtime friend Frank Mize was short and to the point.

?I just learned that Clete Boyer died yesterday, which immediately reminded me of you. Would you like to get together for lunch today? It?s my turn to buy.?

Hey, it seemed like a bit of an odd lunch invitation, but since Frank was buying, who was I to argue?

Like many kids growing up in the 1960s, Frank and I were big Yankees fans. We found it easy to jump on the bandwagon of such stars as Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Bobby Richardson, Whitey Ford and Clete Boyer, to name a few. In any case, Frank recently sent an e-mail to me touting golf?s many virtues. He could always golf circles around me, which isn?t saying much since my golf game in high school was consistently erratic.

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Former Tabor center signs with European pro team

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Former Tabor College post Martin de Boer rips a rebound away from an opponent during a contest against Central Methodist University in January 2005. De Boer recently signed to play basketball professionally with Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Click image to enlarge

Former Tabor College standout Martin de Boer recently signed to play basketball professionally with a team in The Netherlands provincial capital of Rotterdam.

De Boer transferred to Tabor from Cloud County Community College in fall 2004 and made a huge impact on the 2005 Bluejays.

Standing 6 feet, 7 inches, de Boer led the team in rebounding, averaging more than five per game and was the squad?s third-leading scorer, averaging over 10 points.

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Football covers more ground than it used to

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I was pleasantly surprised on Friday afternoon when a publication previewing over 200 high school and college football teams came to my desk.

The first mention of the coming football season is something I?m never quite ready for, no matter how early or late in the year it happens. It always takes me a moment to adjust to my new surroundings.

It?s like walking into a really dark hallway, or one of those over-anxious retail stores that dials up Christmas music 12 seconds after the last box of Halloween decorations skids to a stop in the center of the storage room.

The only difference is that sooner or later, the eyes finally figure out how to cut through the darkness and the ears let the ambient electronic rendition of Jingle Bells fade into the background, whereas football moves continually closer to the center of attention.

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