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“A leader is someone who thinks about his teammate’s success before himself. A leader wants his team to do well, but also feel like they matter. A leader also helps the team reach their goals,

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The senior is looking forward to competing and representing Smoky Valley. His future plans include college and pursuing a degree. “I plan on running in college and majoring in either Exercise Science/ Sports Performance or Fire Science. I have not decided on where I will be attending yet,” said Heline.

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When Macey Pond of South Haven High School suffered a serious injury to her ACL and meniscus while playing basketball, everyone knew the road to recovery was a long one. Her mother, Sarah Pond, helped the four-sport athlete stay focused on the task at hand while supporting her every step of the way.

“My mom would help me lift my leg up when I was too weak to do it myself after surgery. She drove me to my first physical therapy appointment and would always reassure me when I was feeling down. I’m not quite sure how but my mom has been positive throughout my recovery. It hurts her just as much as me, that I’m not able to play sports yet,” said Macey.

Sarah said the injury has brought them closer and she’s proud of the way her junior in high school has handled it. “At the beginning, this injury was devastating and most definitely life changing, but it has brought us closer together. She has needed support and encouragement especially through the pain of recovery. More than anything she needed to hear that she was going to thrive and come out on top,” said Sarah. “Her recovery has been rough. She has had several setbacks and difficulty getting her muscle tone back. Through all of this she has stayed positive and continued to push. She has her eye set on the basketball court! Our kids know that someone will be at every event because we make it a priority. When they are grown and are telling stories to their kids, I want them to be able to say “My mom didn’t miss a game.”

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The Hillsboro volleyball team had significant experience returning this season that led to abounding optimism.

The Trojans also brought back honorable mention all-league outside hitter Jess Saunders and honorable mention all-league setter Kinsey Kleiner.

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“Our theme for the season is “Now or Never” – we know we are lucky to even be able to play this season and are acutely aware it could end abruptly, so we try to play each match like it might be our last,” Arnold said. “Maybe that’s part of the reason these girls have shown so much fight. Whatever it is, I hope they continue to show it the rest of the season.”

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Hillsboro returned Sammie Saunders, who was a second team all-league outside hitter last season. She is second on the team in kills (111).

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That optimism increased even more when the Trojans won the Douglass Tournament in early October. Hillsboro went from a team that was likely going to have a winning record to a team that was one of the best in Class 2A.

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said. “The girls have had a lot of varsity experience, but I think the one thing that has surprised and impressed me the most is their “never say die” attitude. There have been multiple games where we have been down and have clawed our way back to go ahead and eventually win the match.”

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A M E R I C A N FA M I LY AT H L E T E S P O T L I G H T

American Family Athlete Profile: Claire Thiessen Inman High School senior Claire Thiessen is a middle hitter on the varsity volleyball team. Getting back to a normal routine was an exciting moment for Thiessen.

“I knew it was going to be different with CPVOD-19, but I have been so thankful for every practice and game that we have had so far together as a team,” said Thiessen. “This year has really shown me what a true team looks like, not only do we do everything for the benefit of the whole, but we all get along so well. Practices are fun yet focused and that is how we have to play as well. If we aren’t being goofy and having fun together on the court, it doesn’t end up good for us.” Thiessen said this season has been exciting thanks to a new coach and a new direction.

“This year we have a new coach and she has really devoted herself to correcting our bad habits as well as teaching us to see the great team that we are and the potential we have. Our community has also really shown out this season despite all the restrictions, they are involved by getting excited in

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After graduating, Thiessen plans to attend Bible School for one year then make a decision on her future plans.

“I am just trying to see what God has planned for me,” said Theissen. “I have made some major changes in the past year to be able to grow closer to God and they have all helped me to have a better mindset and be a better teammate on the court. Putting my focus on the Lord in all that I do takes some of the pressure off of school and volleyball because I know he has huge plans for me.”

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Wichita West’s practice field was chosen as the Hellas Field of the Month for October.

The turf field was originally installed in 2010 and then new turf from Hellas last summer after researching several companies. “The district researched many turf fields and Hellas stood out far ahead of all other companies,” West Athletic Director David Clark said. “Their product is far superior than any other turf company we found.”

With the new installation, a cushion drain pad was replaced in order to improve drainage and shock absorption. The Matrix turf has Helix technology which features shape memory, resiliency and minimize fly out and looks like grass.

“With multiple activities, such as football, soccer, band and PE classes we needed a turf that we knew would hold up,” Clark said. “Hellas is that turf.” “They (Hellas) are a turn-key business, so you are only working with one company which makes the customer service phenomenal,” Clark said. “I would highly recommend Hellas for any of your athletic surface needs.”

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Salina Area DB Poll Winner: Jayden Dukes - McPherson

Jayden Dukes By Matt Browning Jayden Dukes of McPherson was voted as the Salina-area Preseason Defensive Back of the Year. Dukes received over 10,000 votes, which was 64 percent of the vote. Dukes, who is a junior, was a second team all-league defensive back for the Bullpups last season, where he finished with 25 tackles and two interceptions.

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“This season has been strange,” Dukes said. “With so many teams not being able to play on a weekly basis, we have been fortunate to play every week. I’m honestly just happy to be on the field every week and that my teammates and coaches have remained healthy.”

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“It means everything to be voted for this award,” Dukes said. “I have a lot of respect for the other candidates and I’m honored that so many people took the time to vote for me every day.”

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“We had a great summer leading up to the season,” Kilgore said. “I think that the kids not being able to compete last spring really helped out our summer work-outs. We still have a lot of improving to do but the kids are working hard every day.”

Hynes also leads Solomon on defense with 66 tackles, 12 of which were for a loss, a sack and a fumble recovery.

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With so much uncertainty with the 2020 season, Kilgore and the Gorillas are choosing to focus on weekly goals and being grateful to play, rather than what the rest of the season might hold.

“A successful season is meeting our weekly goals and winning every play that we get to play,” Kilgore said. “If our guys can do that then everything in the postseason is extra. A team goal is to make it to the playoffs which will be tough in the district that we are in and to have a winning season.”

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Now in its third year, Maize South is one of the state’s budding trap-shooting teams. Under first-year “I love most about being outdoors is how you can just feel free coach Chris Morrison, who credits a group of team dads who help coach as well, Maize South has 25 Mavericks nature out for the team. the spring, which is the main season Kansas high school is,” trap and watch andBysee how beautiful thisforworld truly shooting, they could have 40 out. Morrison has extensive outdoors background, as he’s an avid said Vaden. “My favorite place and fish is on a family hunter and fisherman. The Mavericks use theto Ark hunt Valley Gun Club for practice and competition. farm.”

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Student of the Month Xavier Westbrook Canton-Galva Xavier Westbrook is a three-sport student-athlete at Canton-Galva High School. The football, basketball and baseball standout is currently a junior and looking forward to returning to competition after suffering an injury that sidelined him. “I got a bilateral fracture on my L5 vertebrate, a bulged disc, and a grade two spine slippage,” said Westbrook. Now going through rehab at APT, Westbrook said the work to get back on the field has gone better than he expected and the team at APT has been great. “Rehab has gone well, I’ve enjoyed the monster walks and side shuffles with the resistance bands as well as inchworms,” said Westbrook. The positions he plays are speed and agility type positions. On the football field, Westbrook is a wide receiver and cornerback. Two positions that require quick stops and starts. On the basketball court he

plays guard, which requires lots of quickness and agility with the basketball ball. As a baseball player playing in the outfield and at second base, Westbrook depends on his ability to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time. This means his back must be 100 percent before he returns to action. The junior does have another year of competition as a member of the class of 2022, but he is focused on returning to action as soon as he is released. “I feel great and I’m anxious to get back in action, but I’m not fully cleared yet,” said Westbrook. APT has continued to help with his goal of returning to competition. Westbrook said there are many things he has enjoyed about his treatment. “We do lots of flexibility stretches and just trying to help my mobility,” said Westbrook. The future 2022 graduate said he is looking forward to attending college after he graduates and believes he has found his calling once he receives his degree. “I plan to attend college and to become a physical therapist.”

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Salina Area DL Poll Winner: Curtis Landrum - McPherson By Matt Browning Curtis Landrum of McPherson was voted as the Salina-area preseason defensive lineman of the year. Landrum received 9,331 votes, which was 44 percent of the overall vote.

Landrum was a second team all-league defensive end as a sophomore last season for the Bullpups.

“It means a lot to me (to be voted) especially because I’m not that big compared to some of these other players,” Landrum said.

Landrum was especially effective against the run last season, racking up 49 tackles and four of those were for a loss. But he struggled rushing the quarterback, registering just two sacks.

“This year I’m trying to work on my pass rush because last year I was good at stopping the run but I struggled with the pass rush,” Landrum said. Being only a junior, Landrum still has plenty of time to decide what he wants to do after high school, but he already

Curtis Landrum has an idea.

“I want to play football in college. I haven’t decided where I want to go it just depends on who I get an offer from,” Landrum said.

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Southeast of Saline Cross Country By Matt Browning

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“We have a good group of middle school kids that are experiencing some success this year and have the potential to be successful at the high school level if they put in the time and effort that it takes to be successful,” Caselman said.

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“Both teams have had a lot of success this season and of course we want nothing more than to win state championships for both the girls and boys,” Caselman said. “If they go out and compete to the very best of their abilities and we come short it would be disappointing but they are always going to be winners to me and the rest of our coaching staff.”

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Every runner from those teams is back this season.

Southeast of Saline started cross country in 1983 and the boys won their first time just three years later. Both the boys and girls programs won titles in the 1990s and have sustained the success since.

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The Southeast of Saline cross country program has established itself as not only a top program in Class 3A but in the entire state.

at least one team competing at the state meet,” Southeast of Saline coach Wade Caselman said. “The starting of the junior cross country program has helped feed into the high school program. The kids have bought into our program and philosophy and work hard to achieve their goals and team success.”

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Salina Regional Coach of the Month: Sharlene Ramsey Sharlene Ramsey, the volleyball coach of Smoky Valley, was chosen as the Salina Regional Coach of the Month for October. The Vikings are one of the top teams in Class 3A this season.

“First of all, we are so blessed to be with so many outstanding young ladies each day,” Ramsey said. “They care about each other, they push each other and they also want to hold each other accountable. In addition, their level of volleyball IQ is phenomenal and it makes it so fun as a coach to explore options and figure out game strategy.” Ramsey has been the head coach at Smoky Valley for four years, but has coached previously at Salina Central in the 1990’s. Once she and her husband decided to start a family, Ramsey got out of coaching for a period. She is also

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“I think coaches have a tremendous opportunity to impact players in ways beyond the court experience,” Ramsey said. “While I know our job is to produce a competitive team, I think our biggest job is to help these young ladies be better people, better friends, better teammates than what they were before they joined the team.”

While the Vikings have had a successful season, Ramsey acknowledged the 2020 season has had its share of challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I think probably every coach would tell you this year that the most challenging aspect has been the unknowns,” Ramsey said. “We try to look just at the week ahead of us, knowing that at any time, we could be in quarantine. We try to remind our girls to celebrate every opportunity we have to compete since we don’t know what the next day may bring and we want to make sure we have no regrets.”

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Salina Area OL Poll Winner: Sterling Harp Southeast of Saline By Matt Browning Sterling Harp of Southeast of Saline was voted as the Salina-area preseason offensive lineman of the year. Harp received 306 votes, which was 62 percent of the overall vote.

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“I would like to give back to the sports (football and wrestling) that have made me a better person as I have grown up,” Harp said. “I would like to coach kids after I graduate from college. I would also like to pursue a high school teaching degree.”

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Harp spent much of his downtime at the end of last school year working on his physique and technique in preparation for the 2020 season. “I have used this downtime that we had at the end of the last school year to get stronger, quicker, and work on my technique to be a better lineman,” Harp said. “I have set personal records in my bench press, squats, and cleans.”

Hunter Schroeder of Concordia was chosen for the Salina-area Hog Wild Performance of the Month for October. Schroeder rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries against Council Grove on September 25th. The Panthers made it a point to run the ball early and often against Council Grove. “We are a predominantly run-first team,” Schroeder said. “We came out and scored on the first four possessions.” Through five games, Schroeder has rushed for 420 yards and eight touchdowns on 72 carries. Concordia is ranked No. 9 in VYPE’s Salina-area Power Rankings. Schroeder thinks the Panthers can sustain their success through the rest of the season. “We just need to stay focused and keep getting better every week,” Schroeder said. Schroeder is not sure if he wants to play football in college, but he is sure as to what he wants to major in. “I plan to major in Construction Management,” Schoreder said. “I will just see what college is the best fit for me.” 

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Harp was a first team all-league performer last season and was also an honorable mention all-state lineman. “I am very honored to have been selected for this award,” Harp said. “I have worked this summer with a lot of the area lineman at the Sharp Performance Elite Prospect camps. I have drilled with many of the top area linemen at this camp and respect all of them because they worked hard just like myself.”

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TEAM OF THE MONTH

Rose Hill Soccer The Rose Hill boys soccer team was chosen as the Visit Wichita Team of the Month for October. The Rockets traveled to McPherson and defeated the Bullpups 4-0 on September 29. The Rockets lost their third game of the season, but have not lost since.

“After competing so well in a college summer league, I figured that we would be a hard team to beat,” Rose Hill head coach Jerry Treat said.

The Rockets’ senior class came in as heralded freshmen four years ago and many have started since day one. According to Treat it took some time for them to physically mature and catch up with their natural ability.

“One thing we had to wait for was the physical maturity of these players,” Treat said. “Many of them just hit their growth spurts last year.” Two of Rose Hill’s top players are Caden

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Dinkel, who was a first team all-state forward last year and Drew Leck, who was a second team all-state midfielder last year.

While some might be surprised at the Rockets’ success, Treat was expecting this type of season. Our schedule is favorable for us this season and our 10-1-1 record is about where I thought we would be,” Treat said.


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Luke Gleason Southeast of Saline Southeast of Saline senior Luke Gleason participates in cross country. As one of the leaders on the team and one of the top cross country runners in the area, Gleason said he enjoys being part of the team and what his teammates bring to every race.

“I love my team for their work ethic and their determination to become a better person and a better runner,” said Gleason.

Gleason did play basketball last season, but this year he is focused on improving his times and preparing for the upcoming track season in the spring. “The most challenging thing in athletics for me is probably is trying to become a better leader for my team,” said Gleason.

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Like other athletes, cross country runners face challenges unique to the sport such as foot, toe and numerous types of leg injuries. Before entering high school, Gleason suffered an injury which sidelined him for a time. Fighting through that situation has given Gleason a perspective on injury recovery and what it takes to stay healthy throughout the season.

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“I have suffered an injury, but it was back in my eighth grade year I had a stress fracture in my toe and I did a lot of swimming and biking,” said Gleason. Gleason has enjoyed his time on the cross country team and is looking forward to taking the next step towards his future of becoming a collegiate athlete.

“The best thing about being a student-athlete at SES is that you can experience so much more. You can enjoy all of your classes and then you can go do what you love as a sport,” said Gleason. “As of now I have verbally committed to Emporia State to run cross country and track.”

The memories he’s made at SES will stick with him throughout his college days and beyond.

“My favorite memory is my sophomore year after I ran a not so good race at the state meet at rim rock. I went off by myself and thought that I ruined our chances to win state as a team. I get called in to a huddle and my coach told us

Luke Gleason we won the team state title. That was the best memory,” said Gleason.

Outside of athletics, Gleason is involved in Student Government and he serves as President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter at SES.


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“I got started in bowling the winter of my eighth grade year with my cousin. We joined a league with our dads and I just decided I wanted to go out for school after that,” said Peterson. “I enjoy that my teammates and I get along.”

Peterson has enjoyed his time as a bowler for Salina South and he is looking forward to taking that next step after he graduates. “I am a senior this year and I plan on bowling for Barton Community College next year for bowling,” said Peterson.

He will always remember his time on the bowling team. Peterson said he’s made some great memories with his teammates. “My favorite memory was when me and Jordan Anderson went out for lunch before one of our make-up meets and were excited to bowl that day.” Away from the bowling alley, Peterson also competes with the tennis team.

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“Defensively this year I am personally working on getting off blocks quicker and meeting the play quicker,” Koch said. “In past years on film, and even the beginning of this season, I have been slow getting off blocks which keeps me from meeting the play as quickly as I need to.”

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“This year we knew we had a tougher schedule to begin the season than last year,” Koch said. “Week two we took on another state ranked team in Little River who’s a very good team. We got a big win in overtime against them.”

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“It is very humbling to be voted for the award,” Koch said. “It really shows the immense support there is for our sports teams in the community. We have a great fan base who supports us very well.”

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DRIVE TO ZERO STUDENT OF THE MONTH Paige Parker, Bennington Paige Parker is a junior at Bennington High School where she’s involved in volleyball, softball, cheer and dance. Parker also enjoys being active in SAFE and for the last two years she has worked to help educated her classmates about the program. “The appeal was thinking of keeping everyone safe or helping to push that. I want to help my classmates understand the dangers that come along with driving and any distractions while driving and also spread the word of the importance of wearing your seatbelt when going anywhere,” said Parker. The SAFE program has been an important mission for Parker.

Being involved in multiple athletic teams certainly keeps Parker busy. On the volleyball team Parker plays middle hitter and on the softball team she plays every position but catcher. “In sports you have to be able to trust the people around you. When I’m playing with my teammates, we all have to believe in each other to carry out the game that’s in motion. The family aspect you get when playing with each other and hanging out during practice is what makes

As a student-athlete at Bennington, Parker said the small town atmosphere is one reason she loves being part of the Bennington family. “Like I said we are such a small town so everyone knows everyone. Our town and school are like a family. Not to mention our staff. Some of the staff here are the nicest people you will meet. The connections here at Bennington make it a safer place and more comfortable,” said Parker. Academics are also high on the priority list for Parker. She is now a member of the National Honor Society and believes academics are the most important aspect of high school. College is certainly in the plans after graduation. “Right now, I’m undecided but higher education is a goal of mine. I want to do something in the medical field. I’m not sure if that means going straight to college or serving my country beforehand,” said Parker. Parker offers this advice to anyone looking to get involved with the SAFE program. “If you’re thinking about joining SAFE, do it. Safe teaches you life lessons that you will use the rest of your life. You get to socialize with other kids that have the same “drive” to keep your community safe. You get to be involved in fun activities that help Engage the community around you which over all is worth it!”

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“Growing up in a small school you are close with everyone and care about the wellbeing of friends and family. To know that you are doing something to help make sure your classmates will make it home safe or to their next destination means a lot. The impact the SAFE program has on the community in the long run makes it all worth it,” said Parker.

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