Category: Sports

Tabor College should be a force again this year

Mike Gardner is beginning his 12th year as the Bluejays head football coach. Last season, his team his two All-American players. Many of the team’s key players return this season including sophomore quarterback Trey McGee, junior Derek Harper, junior AJ Williams, senior Josh Lauese, Sr, and First Team All-Conference Josh Johnson. Another key player is Seth Swedorsky. According to Gardner […]

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A coach’s words of wisdom to fans

At a recent fall sports kickoff at a high school in Marion County, a new coach introduced his team to fans in the stadium. The coach began by having all of the parents of his athletes stand up to be acknowledged. He also thanked them for allowing him to coach their sons. The coach then introduced his team of football […]

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Vogt breaks swimming records

Vogt breaks swimming records

Lauryn Vogt, sixth grade, was awarded on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Shawnee Mission North High School in Overland Park KS. She received the Missouri Valley Top 5 Award and she was also recognized for the Missouri Valley record she broke….10 year old, 400 IM record. The record was from 2009 and a time of 6.23.23 and she broke it […]

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Off-the-field issues present challenges for athletes, coaches and their teams

High school, college, and professional teams take an inconsistent approach in dealing with athletes who have off-the-field and off-the-court struggles. That isn’t surprising, considering the complexity of some situations that arise. Domestic violence and related incidents rank among the NFL’s biggest off-the-field problems. The only crime category with a larger number of arrests involving NFL players is DUI. Still, the […]

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Caution: You’re entering the replay zone

With football season rapidly approaching, it’s time to revisit the role of replay. We can debate to what extent replay should be used in football, but there’s little doubt it’s here to stay. Let’s start with the premise that the goal of replay is getting the proper call made on the field in a reasonable amount of time. In the […]

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Talent plus youth equals big payday

We know that Major League Baseball players make a boatload of money, right? Consider that at least 10 players are making $100 million or more because they can hit, pitch, or field a baseball. In the five months since free agency began last year, teams committed to around $4 billion in future salaries to players. Mike Trout is getting upward […]

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Area swim team participates in league meet

Area swim team participates in league meet

Left: Quin Janzen, Pearl Schmidt, Brianna Driggers, and Madelyn Olson competed as a team in the 8 and under medley relay for Hillsboro. Right: Lane Rogers, Bryant Dalke, Tristen Dye, and Zachary Denholm won first in the 13-14 yr old 200 yard freestyle relay. The swim teams of Marion Co joined other area swim teams for the final league tournament in […]

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Area team makes state tournament

Area team makes state tournament

Front row from left: Ashton Talkington, Peyton Miller, Jacob Tharp, Zayne Haslett, Aiden Hurst and Cooper Jirak. Middle row from left: Jacob Sibayan, Hitch Soyez, Tripp Peterson, Kyson Gawith, Dalton Philpott, and Colin Groff. Back row from let: Coaches Clayton Philpott, Jim Philpott and Kevin Jirak. Boys from Marion County played in the Cal Ripken 10 U State Tournament in […]

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‘A time to cry; a time to laugh; a time to grieve’

Parents lost a son. Siblings lost a brother. Friends lost one of their own. Hillsboro lost a 16-year-old student, who also was known as an athlete and actor. The news that Demarius Cox died while attending a church camp last month in Colorado came as a shock and gave the community a real gut check. Many people commented on social […]

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Local softball team finishes second at state tournament

Local softball team finishes second at state tournament

Hillsboro 10U softball team placed second at the state softball tournament in Cottonwood Falls on July 6. The team also won Best Sportsmanship Award. From left: Khloe Funk, Ella Potucek, Abby Beavers, Brooklyn Thiessen, Cheyanne Plenert, D’Asia Cox, Rylee Voran, Mackenzie D’Albini, Haley Gilkey, Chloe Dirks, and Makenna Fenske. The team was coached by Carissa Thiessen, Wendy Funk, and Erin […]

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