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 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.


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

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.

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.

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.


Hillsboro wins 3, now 10-2

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.

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.