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Wildcat Luis Butto (shown above) gets a hold of a pitch and puts it in play during the first game of Holton's home doubleheader against Falls City to start the season. Butto came through with a big RBI double to help HHS start the season with an 8-2 victory over the Tigers.
  Holton had two very different games in a home doubleheader against Fall City (Neb.) to start the baseball season on Saturday, though the Wildcats started things off on the right foot. Starting pitcher Justin Rieschick, who HHS coach Joe Purcell said was in solid early season form, cruised through...
Panther Hayden Fenske (shown above, at left) slides safely into third base during the first game of a doubleheader against Clay Center on Monday. Fenske and his teammates put together a strong all-around effort, especially in the sixth inning, to pick up a 10-4 victory over the Tigers.
  “Textbook” would be a good word to describe how Royal Valley baseball’s home opener went against Clay Center on Monday. After coach Scott Ternes said he felt his team would have a chance to win some close games this season if it just hung around, the Panthers went out and proved his point as they...
Holton's Hayden May (shown above) tees off during a practice round earlier this spring. With a wide open competition to fill the varsity roster, according to coach Don Swisher, May and any other number of Wildcats could contribute to the team this spring.
  It may not be 11 straight, but with Holton High School’s golf team entering the season as three-time defending league champs there’s room to draw comparisons to a very successful Kansas basketball program. Like the Jayhawks, the HHS wildcats seem to reload rather than rebuild, though Holton has a...
  This past weekend, the first of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, was nuts, but for an entirely different reason than usual. The lack of major upsets meant the second and third round of the tourney was like a Mounds candy bar. Some teams can make you feel like a nut. This year, very few...
With the conclusion of the high school basketball season last weekend, several leagues released their All-League teams this week and the Big Seven and Twin Valley leagues were among those groups. Multiple Wildcats and Panthers made it onto the Big Seven All-League roster and a handful of Cardinals...
Jackson Heights' Lane Slocum (shown above, at right) goes up for a put back in a Class 2A state quarterfinal game against Central Plains, but it wasn't quite enough as the Cobras fell to the Oilers 67-42.
  MANHATTAN—Experience can be so crucial in state tournament competition, no matter the sport. So, while the Jackson Heights and Central Plains boys basketball teams entered their Class 2A state quarterfinal game on nearly equal footing as far as tournament experience was concerned, individual...
  DODGE CITY— Going into Class 1A-DII state basketball action, Wetmore girls coach Perry Smith noted his team was ready to embrace its underdog role, especially after surviving the tough Twin Valley League schedule this season. The Cardinals proved how much bite they had in quarterfinal action on...
  In a very literal sense, this year’s Jackson Heights boys basketball team is the “little brother” to last year’s squad after the team saw five senior starters graduate last spring. Four of those starters from last year (Cole Olberding, Preston Richter, Trevin Jacobsen and Cameron Thomas) have...
Holton's Garett Beecher (shown above, middle) tries to maneuver around an Atchison defender in the 4A-DII sub-state championship game in Hoyt. Beecher went over the 1,000-point milestone for his career in the game, but the Wildcats came just short of making it back to the 4A-DII state tournament in a 67-63 loss to the Redmen.
  After narrowly missing out on a match-up at the midseason Tonganoxie Invitational basketball tournament, it seemed like the Holton and Atchison boys were on a collision course when it came to sub-state competition. The fifth and eighth-ranked teams in Class 4A-DII, respectively, met in Saturday’s...
Wildcats Sarah Sweet (shown above, middle) and Hayley Thompson (right) fight for a rebound while teammate Courtney Boswell (left) looks on in the sub-state championship game against Jeff West. Rebounding was an advantage for the Tigers and helped the team hold off a late rally from Holton on the way to a 35-26 victory.
  As well as everything went for the Holton girls on offense in Friday’s sub-state semifinal game, things quickly turned sour for the Wildcats in Saturday’s championship game against Jeff West. The Wildcats still flashed that trademark defensive intensity, which kept the team in the game in the...

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