Category: Season Previews

Marion girls expect to improve on last season’s
Marion girls expect to improve on last season’s

Marion girls expect to improve on last season’s

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In his first year at the wheel, coach Randy Savage will have seven returning seniors and letter-winners to shuffle around his Warrior girls? lineup. They are: back row (from left), Kristen Steinborn, Lindsey Hett, Julia Zeiner and Kaylee Heerey; front row, Amanda Richmond, Lauren Helmer, Kimber Hardey.

After an 0-11 season in league play and a 2-15 mark overall, the Marion High School girls? basketball team will have plenty of room to improve.

Randy Savage, in his first year as head coach, will have a deeper rotation at his disposal than his predecessor, Daryl Enos, had last year.

The Warriors lost Erin Carr and Morgan Cady to graduation, but bring back Kimber Hardey, Lauren Helmer and Austin Percell for their senior seasons.

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Marion wrestlers build new team with 3 state qualifiers
Marion wrestlers build new team with 3 state qualifiers

Marion wrestlers build new team with 3 state qualifiers

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Three state qualifiers headline a group of six seniors and letter-winners returning to Marion?s wrestling program this year. They are: back row (from left), Thomas McGee, Hank Collett, Chuck Holub; front row, Cody Wildin, Dillon Wildin and Pascal Otterbach.? Andrew Ottoson / Free Press

After a successful season in his eighth year, Marion High School wrestling coach Chad Adkins expects more of the same from his squad this year.

Despite having graduated seniors John Barr, who qualified for state at 152 pounds, and Ben Leppke, who wrestled at 160, the Warriors will have veteran depth through the midsection of their lineup.

Led by three returning state qualifiers, the Warriors have high hopes for building on the foundation for success they laid a year ago.

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

Centre

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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New TC Coach, senior nucleus out to ‘Restore the Order’
New TC Coach, senior nucleus out to ‘Restore the Order’

New TC Coach, senior nucleus out to ‘Restore the Order’

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Coming off a 6-4 record in 2006, the Tabor College football team features 19 seniors this fall. Pictured are: back row (from left), Matt Fox, Steven Chisholm, Philip Unruh, Zach Coon, Nick Brown; middle row, Zach Peters, Billy Hickman, Derik Martinez, Caleb Marsh, Lance Baar; front row, Marcus Manny, DeJaun Jones, Phillip Robben, Andy Bartell, John Mark Phelps. Not pictured: John Sigle, Mike McNatt, T.J. Jackson, Matt Vaughn. Andrew Ottoson. Click image to enlarge

Three weeks ago, the Tabor College football team was rated fifth in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference by both media and coaches around the conference.

Those results came on the heels of a tumultuous season during which the Bluejays collected a 5-4 record in conference play and went 6-4 overall.

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Tabor cross-country teams have depth to compete in KCAC
Tabor cross-country teams have depth to compete in KCAC

Tabor cross-country teams have depth to compete in KCAC

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The Tabor College cross-country program has 12 seniors and letter-winners returning in 2007. Pictured are: back row (from left), Caleb Schroeder, Ric Johnson, Dan Sigley, Zac Remboldt; front row, Heidi Schmidt, Sarah Fogle, Ashley Schmidt, Leah Kopper, Jera Tessel, Shelby Miller, Amber Wiens, Carrie Schroeder. Andrew Ottoson. Click image to enlarge

Tabor College cross country coach Karol Hunt enters the 2007 season with a deep and experienced group of runners on the women?s team. For the men, the top three runners return to a squad that is smaller in number but stronger in depth.

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TC men?s talent exceeds low prediction
TC men?s talent exceeds low prediction

TC men?s talent exceeds low prediction

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Ten seniors and starters return to the Tabor men?s soccer team in 2007. Pictured are: back row (from left), J Hull, Ben Ruzinsky, Luke Froese, Andy Adrian, Aaron Schmucker, Sam Flaming; front row Pa Nyang, Silas Hibbs, Chris Adrian, Dallas Pruitt. Andrew Ottoson. Click image to enlarge

With a new head coach taking the helm, the Tabor College men?s soccer teams dropped to ninth place Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference preseason coaches polls after finishing sixth in 2006 with a conference record of 4-5.

Coach Grant Brubacher, former all-conference player for Tabor, said the slide does not reflect his team?s capabilities.

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Bluejay women lack numbers but not skills
Bluejay women lack numbers but not skills

Bluejay women lack numbers but not skills

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The Tabor College women?s soccer team will rely heavily on six returning starters in 2007. Pictured are: (from left) Sheena Ruzinsky, Erin Vance, Jessica Burden, Leigh Costello and Kelly White. Not pictured: Aubrey Whitehorn. Andrew Ottoson. Click image to enlarge

In the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference preseason coaches poll, the Tabor College women?s soccer team was picked to finish in last place.

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HHS will counter smaller size with strength, speed and talent
HHS will counter smaller size with strength, speed and talent

HHS will counter smaller size with strength, speed and talent

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Although Hillsboro coach Len Coryea lost a sizeable senior class from last year?s 9-4 team, he has 15 seniors and letter-winners as a solid foundation for his 2007 team. Pictured are: back row (from left), Andy Klassen, Daniel Roble, Tyler Lofton, John Hein, Ishamel Morris, Tyler Jones, Daniel Jost; front row, Mitchell Koop, Dustin Strunk, CJ Shaw, Michael Scheele, Zach Jost, Grant Schneider, Jacob Yoder, Spencer Brown. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press. Click image to enlarge

For most small-town high school football coaches, having a talented quarterback move to town with a couple of years of eligibility left is a dream that rarely if ever comes true.

But for Hillsboro High coach Len Coryea, it?s happened two years in a row.

Last fall, Spencer Brown stepped in as a junior from Minneapolis High and led the Trojans to a 9-4 record and an unprecedented three victories in the state-playoffs.

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Trojan seniors out to prove they can continue winning ways
Trojan seniors out to prove they can continue winning ways

Trojan seniors out to prove they can continue winning ways

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Hillsboro has nine seniors and letter-winners that will form the nucleus of this year?s volleyball team. Pictured are: back row (from left), Corissa Bartel, sophomore Dakota Kaufman, Chelsea Bebermeyer, Amy Neufeld, Samantha Heinrichs; front row, Amanda Bina, Jessica Klose, Bobbi Jo Carlson, Jenesa Klose. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press. Click image to enlarge

Followers of Hillsboro High volleyball can be forgiven for dwelling on key players lost from last season?s 35-3 squad that finished third in Class 3A.

Graduating two NCAA Division I signees (JuliAnne Chisholm and Tina Frick) and a league honorable-mention setter (Jenny Whisen?hunt) would be a significant loss for any Class 3A program.

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