Athletes and teams from the six schools in the Free Press coverage area battled last week for the opportunity to compete at the state level in their respective sports. Two area teams made it by winning their regional tournaments: Hillsboro softball, which is headed to the Class 2A tournament in Great Bend, and Marion baseball team, which is headed to the Class 3A tournament in Topeka. Track and field athletes from five of the six schools will be competing individually at the state meet in Wichita. For a complete report of these achievements, see Sports, starting on Page 8.
Members of the Hillsboro softball team are: front row (from left), Savannah Unruh, Kalen Moss, Danae Bina, Bradli Nowak, Allison Weber, Shannon Heiser; back row, coach Stephanie Sinclair, Julie Sinclair, Emily Jost, Mesa Merrell, Madison Klein, Kennedy Lucero, manager Claire Heyen, Destiny Sharp, assistant coach Jill Hein.Members of the Marion baseball team are front row (from left), coach Roger Schroeder, Peyton Heide?brecht, Caleb Williams, Dylan Seacat, Bret Voth, Luke Steele, Taylor Heide?brecht, Remington Putter, assistant coach Jordan Metro; back row, Raul Villaplana, Hikaru Kikirikura, Jacob Baldwin, Zac Lewman, Dylan Cochran, Grif Case, Timo Zech, Trevor Kruse, Seth Savage, Nathan Baldwin, Dylan Pippin, Zach Robson.