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Forrestal Hickman (shown above) explodes upwards during a plyometric drill as part of a workout with Russ Riederer in the HHS weight room recently. The former Wildcat will be reporting to training camp with the San Diego Chargers at the end of the month.
  Take one look at Holton native Forrestal Hickman and one of the first thoughts that will probably cross your mind is, ‘that guy looks like an NFL player.’ At 6’ 6” and 320 lbs., the question seemed to be where, rather then when, the 22-year-old undrafted rookie would get his shot at playing...
Jamie Johnson-Shaffer competes in the 10K Cauldron Run at the Sunflower State Games recently, with her top finish in her age group a year ago qualifying her to compete in the State Games of America this summer.
  While running may be a more communal experience than some other sports, individual results are still measured by how far and how fast your legs can carry you. For one local runner, her work has carried her onto a national stage and a great honor, as Mayetta’s Jamie Johnson-Shaffer is getting set...
  Six Kansas City Royals played in the Major League Baseball All-Star game in Cincinnati on Tuesday night and, contrary to popular belief, the sport of baseball didn’t spontaneously combust. That may be going a little far in summing up the backlash that the record-setting number of seven KC All-...
Panther Jarrett Roy (shown above, front left) tries to corral a loose ball for a rebound in a summer league game held at Rossville recently.
  Like people and snowflakes, no two high school classes are quite alike. There may be some classes loaded with singular talents; others will be full of role players, and if this summer is any indication, the senior class on the Royal Valley High School boys basketball team will be loaded with...
Current Holton school board member Bob Phillips was recently elected to serve on the board of directors for the Kansas State High School Activities Association starting in the 2015-2016 school year.
  Holton school board member Bob Phillips has a long history with high school athletics, having served as a coach in some capacity during his 27 years of teaching in the Holton school district and beyond. Phillips has worn a lot of hats in his 38-year overall coaching history, whether it was...
Jackson Heights' Mason Thomas (second from back left) skies up and tries to corral a rebound in summer basketball action at the season-ending tournament, which JH would go on to win, in Sabetha recently.
  While the Jackson Heights boys basketball team entered the summer with a few holes to fill after the graduation of a small but crucial senior class, it was nothing compared to the rebuilding job that needed to be done prior to last season. In addition, the Cobras were afforded the stability of...
Royal Valley High School's Karsen Smith (shown above, left) and Washburn Rural High School's Dominic Holthaus (right) hit the mat during practice at the fourth-annual Royal Valley Medalist Wrestling Camp.
  Even when things are supposed to be more laid back, the Royal Valley wrestling team can’t seem to catch a break. After dealing with their fair share of injuries this past winter, the Panthers saw three more varsity wrestlers (Blake Garrison, Noah Hart and Zack Lux) sidelined through the offseason...
  Making the World Series seems to have its perks, as the Kansas City Royals are sating themselves on success this season after ending a prolonged playoff drought in 2014. Taking the American League crown and coming one game short of a World Series title looks to have sparked the “Boys in Blue” to...
Lyle Alley (shown above, at right) may have stepped down as the head cross country and track coach for JHHS at the end of this past season, but a familiar name will be taking over as his son, Brad (left), will fill those same roles starting in the 2015-2016 school year.
  For 36 years, Jackson Heights coach Lyle Alley has cultivated a familial atmosphere in the Cobra cross country program. “We have been a family in Jackson Heights cross country. That’s the way I’ve always approached it,” Alley said. “Even to this day, I’ll see runners who ran for me in 1979 and...
Panther Lexi Baker (shown above, with ball) passes off to teammate Levanna Biggoose on the baseline during summer league action at the RVES gym.
  It may be too early to tell for sure, but if the start of summer league play is any indication, then the Royal Valley girls basketball team should be in good shape heading into the 2015-2016 season, according to coach Corey Katzer. After getting through team camp at the end of May, the Panthers...

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