Category: Spotlight (Winter)

GHS boys primed to challenge for WSL title
GHS boys primed to challenge for WSL title

GHS boys primed to challenge for WSL title

With three starters and four letter-winners returning from last season?s 11-11 squad, look for the Goessel Bluebird boys to soar above sea level this winter. Even with three starters back, coach Justin Coup said this year?s rendition will have a very different look. ?This group will be completely different than any team we have had,? said Coup, who is in […]

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Marion wrestling team returns 3 state qualifiers
Marion wrestling team returns 3 state qualifiers

Marion wrestling team returns 3 state qualifiers

Last season, the Marion Warriors wrestling team sent seven people to state, four of them placed. Among those who made the trek to Hays were five underclassmen who return to the Warriors squad this season. The lone placer is Colten Johnson. He finished 2009-10 fifth as a sophomore in the Class 3-2-1A 160-pound weight division with a 4-2 record. Senior […]

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Marion boys begin new league with some veterans
Marion boys begin new league with some veterans

Marion boys begin new league with some veterans

Finishing the 2009-10 season 7-14 overall and 3-8 in the Mid-Central Activities Association, the Marion boys will return players with court experience this season. Marion ended its season with a 54-36 loss to Council Grove in the opening round of the Class 3A sub-state in Council Grove. Marion beat Council Grove 55-49 one week before the sub-state opening loss. After […]

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MHS girls will work to fill void created by graduation
MHS girls will work to fill void created by graduation

MHS girls will work to fill void created by graduation

This season, Randy Savage will face a challenge he hasn?t had as Marion girls? basketball coach. The challenge of playing a season without Julia Zeiner, Lindsay Hett, Kayley Heerey, Bridget Lundy and Kristen Steinborn. Taking the helm before their sophomore season, Savage and those five girls embarked on a three-year journey that ended 10 points shy of the Class 3A […]

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HHS boys will rebuild with tough defense
HHS boys will rebuild with tough defense

HHS boys will rebuild with tough defense

You can?t blame Hillsboro boys? coach Darrel Knoll for keeping his eyes fixed on the year ahead. The year past was pretty ugly. Not only did Knoll endure his first losing season in 21 years at HHS, the Trojans, at 1-20, finished with the lowest winning percentage of any Trojan team since the start of record keeping in 1925. ?Last […]

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Trojan girls will use depth to fuel success
Trojan girls will use depth to fuel success

Trojan girls will use depth to fuel success

To lose the post player and point guard from a state-qualifying team is challenging enough. When they?re both all-league performers, the void feels even bigger. Despite the graduation of standouts Dakota Kaufman and Candace Weinbrenner, Hillsboro coach Nathan Hiebert is upbeat about this year?s squad. ?We lost our top assist person, our top rebounder and our top scorer?now it?s just […]

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Wrestlers ?losing? to fill weight-class lineup
Wrestlers ?losing? to fill weight-class lineup

Wrestlers ?losing? to fill weight-class lineup

Hillsboro wrestling coach Scott O?Hare says a little losing now will increase his team?s chances of winning later. By ?losing,? he?s referring to weight reduction. ?We?ve got some kids working pretty hard to get some weight off so they can compete in a lower weight class,? O?Hare said. ?We probably won?t be there by our first matches, but I?m hoping […]

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New-look TC women start season with a bang
New-look TC women start season with a bang

New-look TC women start season with a bang

The Tabor College women?s basketball team has a new look for this season. With many new faces on the perimeter and a lot of experience in the post, the Bluejays started the season with an upset win over No. 11 ranked Concor?dia. All-KCAC returner, sophomore Tynan Honn (5-feet, 11 inches), scored the first two baskets for Tabor, but spent most […]

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Solid core returns to lead Tabor men this year
Solid core returns to lead Tabor men this year

Solid core returns to lead Tabor men this year

With seven of its first nine games away from Hills?boro, the Tabor College men have come through the first eight with a 4-4 record. Opening with a come-from behind, 70-60, victory at Benedic?tine College, Tabor has only dropped two contests to NAIA opponents, Baker and Bellevue. Coming off a season with a 10-18 record overall and 7-11 in the Kansas […]

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New Start
New Start

New Start

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First-year coach Nathan Hiebert has six returning letter-winners at the core of his Hillsboro girls? team. Pictured from left are Abi Humber, Samantha Heinrichs, Amy Neufeld, Dakota Kaufman, Kassidi Luthi and Amanda Faber. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press

The Hillsboro High School girls? basketball team will take the court as the defending Class 3A state champions this winter, but the makeup of this year?s squad will be very different from the one that roared through post-season play a year ago.

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