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Holton golfer Cali Smith (shown above) tries to tap a putt in during competition in Topeka earlier this season. Smith and the rest of the Wildcats turned in some of their top scores in regional competition last week, coming just a few strokes short of qualifying for state as a team.
  Compared to last year, any outcome at the regional tournament would have been better for the Holton girls golf team. Last fall, the Wildcats slogged through some miserable weather that greatly affected the team’s final results. It was a night and day difference in Meriden on Tuesday, as Holton...
Panther Jarrett Roy (shown above, at left) gets congratulated by his teammates after recovering a fumble early in Friday's league contest at Sabetha. Royal Valley went on to score after that turnover and never looked back on the way to a 20-12 victory over the Blue Jays.
  Going into the heart of its football schedule, there were bound to be some road bumps for fourth-ranked (Class 4A-DII) Royal Valley. While they presented themselves early in the team’s final non-district game at Sabetha on Friday, the Panthers quickly adjusted course and cruised in the second...
Panthers Kate Hanson (shown above, at left) and Sarah Beam (back right) look on as teammate Macy Putnam returns a serve in league competition against Holton on Tuesday night. Royal Valley fought to the end in each set, but Holton was able to pick up the sweep on its home court.
  Both Holton coach Janelle Noel and Royal Valley coach Denise Visocsky were quick to point out before the season how much of a dogfight Big Seven competition could be. Never did their words ring truer than when the rival Wildcats and Panthers met on the court for a pair of matches in Holton on...
  After having so much success at the high school level, it’s not surprising to see many Jackson County athletes moving on to the collegiate level and continuing to pile up the accolades. That’s just what several former Cobras, Panthers and Wildcats have been doing this fall, turning in strong...
From left to right, Jackson Heights' Xavier Fritz, Dalton Chartier and Royal Valley's Ninahii Frisby lead a pack of runners at a recent meet in Hoyt. All three turned in solid performances again at Horton last Thursday, helping their teams to fourth and fifth-place finishes respectively.
  Competition is heating up for area cross country teams with regionals drawing near and both Jackson Heights and Royal Valley got a taste of that in the Horton Invitational last Thursday. One of the largest meets of the season (along with the following meet in Sabetha), Horton served as sort of a...
  With less than a month until postseason competition starts, area teams learned their fates last week as regional and sub-state assignments were announced. Following the classification changes the previous week, that meant there was plenty of shifting for area teams regarding postseason...
Cobra Hannah Williams (shown above, at right) blocks a ball back onto Oskaloosa's side of the net during a match on Tuesday. Williams was a force in the middle and helped JHHS sweep both McLouth and Oskaloosa in the home matches.
  Since a big breakthrough at the Lyndon tournament more than two weeks ago, the Jackson Heights volleyball team has been stuck in a rut. To be fair, the Cobras have also faced three of the top four teams in the Northeast Kansas League in their matches following that tournament, but the coaches and...
Holton's Justin Pool (shown above, middle) fights for some extra yardage, while teammates Justin Wells (#76, at left) and Will Wright (#9) work to clear a path for the running back in Friday's game at Hiawatha.
  From the way the game started on Friday, it looked like the Holton football team was primed to open up and roll to a big victory on the road in Hiawatha. While the Wildcats took a commanding 27-0 lead into halftime, they got bogged down in a quagmire in the second half as sloppy play persisted in...
  Redemption is not easy to come by, but the Royal Valley football team made it look pretty simple in a non-league match-up against Santa Fe Trail on Friday night. The Panthers likely weren’t lacking motivation on homecoming night, but the sting of two losses in the team’s previous two meetings (...
Holton's Courtney Boswell (shown above, back left) and Shari Riley (back right) look on as teammate Ashlyn Weilert (front) dives forward to return a serve in a match against Sabetha. That trio has anchored the back row for the Wildcats' strong defense, which helped the team to a sweep of Jeff West in its most recent matches.
  In the span of a week now, the Holton volleyball team has faced off against the top three teams in the Big Seven League standings (prior to Tuesday night). With the Wildcats dropping three of four matches to Sabetha and Nemaha Central last week, that forced the team to discuss some hard truths...

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