Category: Season Previews

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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Hillsboro Softball team sets its focus on first state berth
Hillsboro Softball team sets its focus on first state berth

Hillsboro Softball team sets its focus on first state berth

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Nine seniors and letter-winners comprise a veteran corp for this year?s HIllsboro softball team. Pictured are: back row (from left), Amanda Bina, Jenesa Klose, Jandi Nikkel, Suzi Lindsay; front row, Briana Loewen, Amber King, Meghan Jost and Jessica Klose. Not pictured: Steph Abbott.?

When you have a core of seniors that is large in number and long in varsity experience, expectations for success run high.

No one is expecting more from this year?s Hillsboro softball team than those eight seniors, who have played together since age 10.

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Shewey heads list of five veterans for Trojan tennis
Shewey heads list of five veterans for Trojan tennis

Shewey heads list of five veterans for Trojan tennis

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Six letter-winners will lead the Hillsboro tennis team this season. Pictured from left are Mathew Brown, Mark Prieb, Taylor Hagen, Ben Bebermeyer and Clay Shewey. Shewey placed eighth at the Class 3-2-1A state tournament last spring as a sophomore.

Hillsboro High School?s only state qualifier from a year ago returns this spring to lead the Trojan tennis team in 2008.

Clay Shewey, who finished eighth in singles at the Class 3-2-1A tournament as a sophomore in 2007, returns taller and more experienced this spring.

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Three golfers return from HHS state-qualifying team
Three golfers return from HHS state-qualifying team

Three golfers return from HHS state-qualifying team

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Three varsity veterans return to lead the Hillsboro golf team in 2008. From left are Daniel Dick, Daniel Kunantaev and Justin Kent. Kunanteav placed fourth at state last season as a freshman and Kent placed 12th as a sophomore.

The Hillsboro golf team returns two-thirds of a triple threat that carried the Trojans to a regional championship and a fifth-place finish at the Class 3A golf tournament a year ago.

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Trojan track teams down, but not out, for 2008 success
Trojan track teams down, but not out, for 2008 success

Trojan track teams down, but not out, for 2008 success

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The sun may have set on one of the brightest eras in track and field at Hillsboro High School, but head coach Dennis Boldt does not see dark days ahead in 2008.

Particularly on the girls? side, the graduation of JuliAnne Chisholm, Hannah Marsh and Tina Frick marked the end of a four-year run that produced two state championships and two runner-up trophies.

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Gaining experience main goal for HHS baseball squad
Gaining experience main goal for HHS baseball squad

Gaining experience main goal for HHS baseball squad

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The HHS baseball team returns eight members from the 2007 team that posted an 8-9 record. From left are: Mitchell Koop, Daniel Jost, Isaac Leihy, Chris Couts, Devin Funk and Jacob Edwards. Not pictured: Tyler Ediger and Jacob Fish.

Having graduated a core of six seniors that accounted for nearly two-thirds of the offense from last season?s 8-9 squad, and with a current roster of 14 players with 12 underclassmen, Hillsboro baseball coach Phil Oelke knows his Trojans are in a rebuilding mode this spring.

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