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Cobra Lane Holliday (shown above, middle) corrals a rebound between teammates Braden Dohl (left) and Brady Holliday (right) at a recent practice. All three of those players, among several others, are fighting for playing time early on this season as part of a very competitive team, according to coach Chris Brown.
  For a team featuring a lot of first-year starters last season, the Jackson Heights boys basketball team sure didn’t look like an inexperienced and tentative bunch in 2014-2015. Given that the Cobras (21-3) went on to claim a share of the Northeast Kansas League title and make it to the Class 2A...
Holton's Sarah Sweet (shown above, at left) attempts to put a shot up on the post while teammate Quinn Holaday defends during a scrimmage at a recent practice.
  In some ways, the past couple of seasons have been like a prolonged period of growing pains for the Holton girls basketball team. With several upperclassmen back to lead the team in 2015-2016, though, HHS coach Jon Holliday is hoping that pays off for a veteran group of Wildcats this winter. “It’...
Holton's Justin Pool (shown above, at right) tries to get the outside for a big run in last Saturday's state championship game. Field conditions prevented HHS from making those big plays on offense, while Holcomb got just enough to claim the 4A-DII state title.
  In more ways than one, Holton was in a familiar position in Salina on Saturday in the Class 4A-Division II state championship action. The Wildcats were making their seventh state title game appearance over the weekend, but some bad habits from earlier in the season came back to bite the team...
  Northeast Kansas League basketball competition is set to pick up again this Friday, as the nine NEKL squads open the 2015-2016 campaign. On the girls side, the league teams will be chasing Valley Falls for the NEKL title once again as the defending champion returns four All-League players (Ali...
The Wildcat offensive line (shown above) fires off the ball in the second half of the sub-state game against Columbus. Now, HHS is getting set for its final test against Holcomb in the 4A-DII state title game this weekend.
  As the high school football season draws to a close with only the state championship game remaining, Holton’s final goal is fairly simple. The team just has to “finish.” Following a comeback victory over Columbus in the sub-state round, HHS coach Brooks Barta is hoping his team has learned its...
Members of the All-County volleyball team are pictured above and include (front row, from left to right) Megan Rhule (HHS), Courtney Boswell (HHS), Ashlyn Weilert (HHS), Ali Bryan (RVHS), (back row, left to right) Katelin Strube (JHHS), Hannah Williams (JHHS), Hayley Thompson (HHS), Macy Putnam (RVHS) and Kate Hanson (RVHS).
  Jackson County volleyball teams may not have been playing on the final weekend of competition this fall, but that didn’t detract from three pretty good seasons all-around. Holton, Jackson Heights and Royal Valley all finished in the top half of their league standings this season. In fact, the...
The Holton High School football players celebrate a come-from-behind 23-22 victory over Columbus in the sub-state round of the playoffs, which earned them a spot in the 4A-DII state championship game.
  Nobody can say Friday’s 4A-DII sub-state contest between Holton and Columbus was lacking for drama, as for the second year in a row one yard and one point were the only things separating the winner and the loser. The stakes were admittedly higher this time around, with a spot in the state...
Cobra fullback Adam Brey (shown above, second from left) puts his shoulder down and tries to charge forward for a few extra yards in Friday's playoff game at Olpe. While Brey and his fellow running backs racked up the yards, Heights could not translate that into points, ultimately bringing an end to the Cobras' 8-2 season.
  At first glance, the score of Friday’s Class 2-1A sectional contest between the football teams from Jackson Heights and Olpe tells a one-sided tale. For much of the game, however, the Cobras and Eagles were locked in a back and forth battle in Olpe and Heights was within striking distance of the...
Cross country runners selected to the All-County boys team are pictured above and include (front row, left to right) Garrett Hicks (RVHS), Westin Jacobsen (JHHS), Andrew Pino (JHHS), (back row, left to right) Darius Frisby (RVHS), Kwaki Spoonhunter (RVHS), Xavier Fritz (JHHS) and Dalton Chartier (JHHS).
  Cross country competition for the Jackson County boys this season was defined by team success as none of the three teams had a true “front-runner,” but the Cobras and Panthers in particular showed a penchant for being able to “pack it in” no matter the size of the race. In Jackson Heights’ case,...
Members of The Holton Recorder’s All-County girls cross country team are pictured above, including (front row, left to right) Katie Hanshaw (RVHS), Faith Little (JHHS), Hanna Davault (JHHS), (back row, left to right) Alexis Coverdale (HHS), Kaytlyn Gooderl (RVHS), Kiikto Thomas (RVHS) and Brianna Cattrell (JHHS).
  There is strength in numbers. Unfortunately, that is not a strength the girls cross country teams in Jackson County could rely on this fall as Royal Valley was the only school to field a full five-member team throughout the entire season. While the Cobras, Panthers and Wildcats may have been...

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