HHS boys? teams in new book

Most people my age know what streaking is. The Hills?boro High School boys? basketball teams of 1998 and 1999 also know what streaking is, but of a different kind.
They put together 41 straight victories over those two years to hold one of the longest winning streaks in Kansas high school boys? basketball history.
The point is that those two teams will be recognized during the homecoming football game Sept. 26, along with Coach Knoll and others. So mark your calendars to attend the celebration of this remarkable streak.
A nice hardcover book that recognizes all of the long winning streaks for both boys? and girls? basketball teams in the state has been written and published by Steven F. Farney of McPherson. He chronicles each streak, including each game that was part of it. He also has an introduction and photo for each team profiled.
The challenge inherent to this celebration is to notify all of the players from those teams about it and invite them back to town to celebrate. So, if happen you know one of the team members of the 1998 or 1999 teams, please let them know they are invited to the party.
In addition to the recognition on Friday night, a get-together is planned for 2-5 p.m. at El Lorito Restaur?ant Saturday, Sept. 27, for a reunion and an autograph party for those who wish to purchase the book as a keepsake or a gift for that special someone.
The 1999 team was the first team to be covered by the Free Press as we started publishing in August 1998.
Hard to believe these guys are now in their early to mid-30s now. I am pretty sure I attended all or most of the games described in the book. Reading about them makes that whole exciting time come alive again.
One of the key players of that era, Micah Ratzlaff, is now head men?s basketball coach at Tabor College.
Hillsboro High School?s football season got off to a great start Friday night with a shelling of Sterling at Joel H. Wiens Stadium.
Right on cue, our local weather turned to the kind you would expect for football.
It was a double win for me as I?held the winning ticket for a stadium seat that was given away by the Trojan Booster Club. I asked Superintendent Steve Noble if I was going to receive a 1099 for it, but he didn?t think so.
Do I need to report this on my taxes?
My teams all did quite well this past weekend. We drove up to Lawrence Saturday afternoon to meet the Ranneys for the KU game. On the way I caught part of the Tabor football game on my phone and kept up with twitter. Looking toward the upcoming week.

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