Category: Extra Point (Fall)

New coach, young players form ‘new’ Trojan program
New coach, young players form ‘new’ Trojan program

New coach, young players form ‘new’ Trojan program

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The HHS tennis team returns only two letter-winners after the graduation of eight seniors from last year?s team. Senior Kelsey Bartel (left) and sophomore Becky Faber will lead a young and relatively inexperienced team this fall for first-year head coach Bob Woelk.

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Trojan boys return 7 of 9 top runners from last season
Trojan boys return 7 of 9 top runners from last season

Trojan boys return 7 of 9 top runners from last season

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The Trojan cross-country team returns nine letter-winners from a year ago: (from left) Cody BlackKetter, Matthew Klenda, Clara Ens, David Ratzloff, Heidi Schroeder, Brandon McMillen, Jessica Elliott, Nathan Vogel, Nicholas Mueller.

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Core four to fill graduation void for Trojan volleyball
Core four to fill graduation void for Trojan volleyball

Core four to fill graduation void for Trojan volleyball

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Coach Sandy Arnold will form the foundation of her 2008 volleyball team with six seniors and letter-winners. Pictured from left are Jet Skiles, Candace Weinbrenner, Dakota Kaufman, Kassidi Luthi, Tiffany Rooker and Cassie Kroeker.

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Large HHS squad aims for big impact in ‘small’ division
Large HHS squad aims for big impact in ‘small’ division

Large HHS squad aims for big impact in ‘small’ division

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Coach Len Coryea has a large nucleus of seniors and letter-winners on this his largest roster in memory. Sporting new ?away? uniforms and hoping to improve on Hillsboro?s 6-5 record a year ago are: front row (from left), Jacob Caney, Ben Bebermeyer, Jacob Edwards, Chris Couts, Taylor Hagen, Jacob Fish; middle row, Andy Klassen, Justin Wodke, Tyler Lofton, Tyler Jones, Brandon Brown, Jacob Kenney; back row, John Hein, David Loewen, Ben Gottsch, Ishmael Morris, Dustin Jost, Isaac Leihy.

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TC Soccer teams should take another step toward success
TC Soccer teams should take another step toward success

TC Soccer teams should take another step toward success

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The Tabor men?s soccer team returns eight starters from the 2007 team: front row (from left), Jake Riley, Josh Reiswig, Silas Hibbs, J.D. Tippin; back row, Andy Adrian, Aaron Schmucker, Dallas Pruitt, Ben Ruzinsky.

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The Tabor women?s soccer team returns eight starters: front row (from left), Erin Vance, Leah Costello, Adria Whitehorn; back row, Kelly White, Amy Dueck, Faith Wanja, Jessica Burden and Aubrey Whitehorn.

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Kleinsasser to set the pace for Tabor cross-country squad
Kleinsasser to set the pace for Tabor cross-country squad

Kleinsasser to set the pace for Tabor cross-country squad

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The Tabor College cross-country team?s returning seniors and letter-winners: front row, Carrie Schroeder, Jera Teselle, Tessa Siebert, Liz Kleinsasser, Tasheena Ruzinsky; back row, Nathan Adamyk, Dan Sigley, Ric Johnson, Zac Remboldt, Justin Ball.

Having placed fourth as a team at the NAIA regional, the Tabor College women?s cross-country team returns top runner Liz Kleinsasser for her sophomore season.

As a freshman, Kleinsasser placed fourth at the conference meet and 11th at the regional meet, earning all-conference and all-regional honors and leaving little doubt as to who the team?s No. 1 runner will be this season.

Kleinsasser qualified for and ran at the NAIA national meet last November, and she will look to improve on her personal record time of 18 minutes, 42 seconds this fall.

Tabor also returns juniors Jera Teselle, Carrie Schroeder, and Leah Kopper, all of whom will play key roles following the graduation of Sara Fogle, Shelby Miller, Heidi Schmidt and Amber Wiens. Teselle, Schroeder and Kopper typically ran between fourth and seventh on the 2007 team.

Also returning are three additional letter-winners: junior Tasheena Ruzinsky and sophomores Tessa Siebert and Elissa Richert. All ran their first season of college cross country in 2007. Coach Karol Hunt expects that the experience they gained will pay dividends this season.

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Tabor volleyball retools to pursue a ‘memorable season’
Tabor volleyball retools to pursue a ‘memorable season’

Tabor volleyball retools to pursue a ‘memorable season’

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The Tabor College volleyball team will be led this season by seniors Audrey Schellenberg, Heather Whitham and Clancey Kelley.

In senior Audrey Schellen?berg and junior Ashley Cohlmia, the Tabor College volleyball team has a pair of all-conference second-teamers returning as part of a group of eight who played on coach Amy Ratzlaff?s varsity squad a year ago.

Schellenberg is the team?s most experienced player, and perhaps the most important.

?When you talk about dynamic setters, you should mention whether they?re in a 6-2 system,? Ratzlaff said. ?In a 6-2 like the one we play, the setters get half the usual number of rotations. So for Audrey to set up seven assists per game is remarkable.

?She?s been on two championship teams and is bringing a lot of leadership from her experience with that,? Ratzlaff said.

The group of eight includes 2007 ?Freshman of the Year? Jordan Crosson, opposite-side hitter Carly Kroeker, outside hitter and defensive specialist Audra Atwell and setter Beth Romero.

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The Road back
The Road back

The Road back

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To anchor a large influx of recruits, Tabor coach Mike Gottsch begins his second year as coach with a solid core of seniors. Pictured are: back row (from left), Darrin Fisher, Joe Wuest, Drew Looper, Zach Helgesen, Jacob Sivells, Cody Duff, Marcus Manny; front row, Sean Retting, Phillip Robben, Phillip Garcia, Kevin Carroll, Kyle Basinger, Seth Mills, Tex Rogers, Mario Nava, Demetrious Cox.

With the graduation of offensive standouts Caleb Marsh and Billy Hickman, kicker Derik Martinez, and defensive standouts Zach Peters, T.J. Jackson and Andy Bartell, only a few players remain on the 2008 Tabor College football roster that made the post-season trips Sioux Falls in 2004 and 2005.

Tabor has not returned to the playoffs since then, but for the first time since those years the Bluejays will be coached by the same man in consecutive seasons.

During his first full set of games at the college level in 2007, Mike Gottsch coached the Bluejays to a 1-9 record, the first and only win coming against Oklahoma Panhandle State during the third week of September.

During his first full off-season, Gottsch assembled his first full recruiting class. Having these milestones, Gottsch and the Bluejays take aim at one first that has proved elusive so far: winning a conference game.

?We were one turnover away from winning three different games last year,? Gottsch said. ?We?ve got more guys out this year, which will give us more depth and better practice squads, and that will go a long way for us.?

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Area Volleyball Roundup (Week of Oct. 10, 2007)

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The Cougars finished second to Hope at the Eisenhower League volleyball tournament at Hope.

Centre, the fourth seed, defeated fifth seed Flint Hills (25-17, 25-14) and sixth seed St. Xavier (25-9, 25-12) before losing to top seed Hope (23-25, 9-25).

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Reloaded- Junior core will lead Tabor’s title defense
Reloaded- Junior core will lead Tabor’s title defense

Reloaded- Junior core will lead Tabor’s title defense

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This group of talented juniors, three of them newcomers, will form the nucleus of Tabor?s volleyball team this fall. Pictured are (from left) Clancey Kelley, Audrey Schellenberg, Heather Witham, Maggie Weinman, Taylor Lawrence, Jesica Brucks. Despite an absence of seniors, the Bluejays are considered favorites to win their sixth KCAC title in seven years. Andrew Ottoson. Click image to enlarge

After a sixth consecutive conference championship season and the graduation of six top-flight seniors, the Tabor College volleyball program has much to do to stay at the top of the Kan?sas Collegiate Athletic Conference.

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