Category: Strive (Spring)

Bluejay all-KCAC duo leading early baseball resurgence
Bluejay all-KCAC duo leading early baseball resurgence

Bluejay all-KCAC duo leading early baseball resurgence

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The Tabor College baseball team has two all-conference performers returning from last year. At left is Tyler Sizemore, a junior who earned honorable mention last year. On the right is senior Chris Brown, who earned second-team recognition.

The Tabor College baseball team was picked to finish seventh out of seven teams in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.

But first-year head coach Chad Newhard has his players firing on all cylinders in the early going, and the Bluejays shot to the top of the standings in the first weeks of conference play.

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Tabor tennis teams building on last year’s foundation
Tabor tennis teams building on last year’s foundation

Tabor tennis teams building on last year’s foundation

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The women?s tennis team has first-team all-KCAC and ?Player of the Year? Laurel Delamater (far left) back for her senior season. The men?s team brings back (from left, after Delamater) Chad Gayer, Shane Miller, Jason Reiswig, Aaron Friesen. Emerson Kochem. Kochem, a sophomore, earned all-KCAC first-team honors and was named ?Freshman of the Year.? Gayer and Friesen, both juniors, are second-team all-KCAC returners.

Entering the second year under coach Michael Hagen, the Tabor College tennis teams have their sights set on building on the foundations laid last year.

The men?s team qualified for regionals a year ago; the season ended with a loss to conference powerhouse Bethany.

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Bluejay softball will show ‘significant improvement’

The 2008 season of Tabor College softball opened Feb. 27. The Bluejays are 1-9 so far, but have already tied last year?s total for victories.

Tabor won a total of one game a season ago?a 7-2 slugging of Saint Mary in late April.

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Peabody-Burns track is deep and experienced for 2008
Peabody-Burns track is deep and experienced for 2008

Peabody-Burns track is deep and experienced for 2008

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The Peabody-Burns track team is experienced with 12 seniors and letter-winners returning. Pictured are: back row (from left), Ethan Riggs, Adam Benson, Andrew Loucks, Kendall Wiebe, Aaron Topham; front row, Danielle Savage, Denise Percival, Marissa Jantz, Traylee Woodruff. Not pictured is senior Trevor Hamm.

In Shawna McCartney?s eighth season as head track coach at Peabody-Burns, the Warriors have a deep, experienced squad that will challenge for a return trip to the state meet.

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PBHS golf team aims for fifth straight state appearance
PBHS golf team aims for fifth straight state appearance

PBHS golf team aims for fifth straight state appearance

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The Peabody-Burns golf team has five returning lettermen: (from left), Brian Wingert, Joseph Zappone, Thomas McGee, Travis Pohlman. Not pictured: Jason McClendon.

The Peabody-Burns golf team has three returning letter-winners in senior Thomas McGee and juniors Brian Wingert and Joseph Zappone. The Warriors also have a former letter-winner?Travis Pohlman?who rejoins the squad after a one-year hiatus.

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Numbers low but aspirations high for CHS track team
Numbers low but aspirations high for CHS track team

Numbers low but aspirations high for CHS track team

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The Centre High School returning seniors and letter-winners for track and field are (from left) sophomore Dallas Rosenow, senior Nellie Hill, sophomore Carlye Simons, sophomore Josie Peterson and senior Kylie Burhoop. Not pictured is sophomore Samatha Seifert, who will join Simons, Rosenow and Burhoop on the Cougars? 4×100 relay.

The Centre High School track team, though short on both numbers and experience, has high aspirations headed into the new season.

Centre has 12 boys participating, eight of whom throw in one or more event.

Michael Kaiser, the only senior for the boys, is one of two distance runners on the team.

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Remnant of state runner-up team to lead GHS in ’08
Remnant of state runner-up team to lead GHS in ’08

Remnant of state runner-up team to lead GHS in ’08

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The Goessel High School track team was hit hard by graduation, but with first-year coach Curtis Guhr at the helm, the team will continue to aim high. The returning seniors and letter-winners are: back row (from left), Travis Fensky, Anthony Esau, Craig Banman, Weston Hiebert, Cameron Stultz, Grady Stultz; front row, Aleesha Hines, Kristen Hoffman, Aspen Frey.

The Goessel High School track squad and first-year coach Curtis Guhr have intact a strong remnant of the 2007 regional champion boys? squad that placed second at state.

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Four letter-winners to lead GHS golf toward state goal
Four letter-winners to lead GHS golf toward state goal

Four letter-winners to lead GHS golf toward state goal

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The Goessel High School golf squad back has a roster of 18 that will be led by these returning letter-winners: back row (from left), Derek Brown, Nathan Ensz, Cameron Voth; front row, Sam Lehrman, Tyler Schmidt, and Jake Schrag. All are seniors except Schmidt, who is a sophomore.

Coming off a sixth-place finish at the Class 1A state meet, the Goessel High School golfers have four returning senior letter-winners at the top of the roster.

The team, headed by Nathan Ensz and Derek Brown, has 18 on the roster, and is a expected to be deep and highly competitive by coach Greg Bontrager.

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Qualifying athlete for state is hope of CG track coach
Qualifying athlete for state is hope of CG track coach

Qualifying athlete for state is hope of CG track coach

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Key contributors to this year?s Canton-Galva track team include: back row (from left), Troy Vogts, Jesse Evans, Bo Moddlemog, Marc Jowers; front row, Allie Enns, Kaitlin Dailey, Caitlin Nelson, Marianna Redden, Shannon Williams, Sara Unruh, Sabrina Hamilton.

Canton-Galva High School track coach Lyle Silsby comes into spring with the hope that the new season will see at least one Eagle qualify for state competition.

Silsby said that the regionals last year were disappointing on account of not having a state qualifier. Contending with limited numbers, Silsby also said relays will be hard to put together and will ?mainly be for fun.?

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Speed and experience will fuel Eagle baseball success
Speed and experience will fuel Eagle baseball success

Speed and experience will fuel Eagle baseball success

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Forming the heart of the Canton-Galva baseball team this year are: front row (from left), Brett Middleton, Bryant Baldwin, Logan Rierson, Cody Johnson; back row, Eric Larson, Andrew Westbrook, Ted Regehr, Brett Williams, Taylor Myers.

With speed on the base?paths and a solid set of veteran batters, the Canton-Galva baseball team has its sights set on coach Joe Rierson?s first trip to the state tournament since 1998.

Rierson guided the team to a state championship in 1996 and has a core of seven returning letter-winners, six of whom earned all-league honors a season ago.

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