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2019 Central Kansas League Preseason Volleyball Tournament 8-31-19

The volleyball teams of the Central Kansas League gathered in Hesston on August 31st for the league Preseason Volleyball tournament.

The host team, Hesston, came in ranked fourth in Class 3A in the Kansas Volleyball Association poll. Their toughest competition on the day would come from the other ranked team, Nickerson, who were selected seventh in the Class 4A poll.

Both teams advanced out of pool play into the semi-finals. They then won each of their respective matches to square off for the championship.

It took three games to decide the winner. In the end, the hosts fell to Nickerson. The Lady Panthers enjoyed their first ever victory in the tournament.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

Pratt Football vs Hoisington 8-31-18

Week one of the high school football season saw two Central Kansas League teams square off as the Pratt Greenbacks traveled to face the Hoisington Cardinals.

Going into the game, the buzz was on Pratt’s #5 Travis Theis moving from running back to the quarterback for the team. An All-State rusher last year, many wondered how calling the plays would affect his stats. The answer, no change at all.

Theis recorded twelve rushes for a total of 204 yards and four touchdowns. He accounted for all but one of the Greenbacks touchdowns.

On the other side of the ball, Pratt’s defense held Hoisington scoreless all night long. The final score was 34 to 0.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

Halstead Dragons vs Hoisington Cardinals Baseball 4-27-18

A lovely Spring evening made a great setting for the second game of the Halstead Dragons at Hoisington Cardinals baseball double-header.

Both teams scored in the first inning with Halstead plating one run and Hoisington getting three. The Cardinals added more runs in every inning but the sixth. Halstead tried to catch up but ultimately fell by a score of 10 to 6.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

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Halstead Lady Dragon Softball vs Hoisington Lady Cardinals 4-27-18

On a beautiful spring afternoon, the Halstead Lady Dragons traveled to Hoisington to face the Lady Cardinals in a softball double-header.

Game one of the twin bill started off with both teams going scoreless until the bottom of the second inning. The Lady Cardinals put two on the board then and kept adding runs in the third, fifth, and finally the sixth inning to win the game 12 to 2 in a run rule shorted game.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

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Smoky Valley Football vs Larned 9-8-17

With second week of football, some schools enjoy their first home game. The Smoky Valley Vikings traveled to Larned for the Indians first home game which was also their Homecoming festivities.

The hosts received the opening kick off and proceeded to march down the field for a touchdown. Smoky Valley tried to respond, but they could not find a reliable way to shut down the Larned rushing attack.

By the end of the night, the Indians recorded their first victory of the night winning the game over Smoky Valley by a score of 28 to 14.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

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Pratt Baseball vs Hoisington 5-9-17

On a beautiful Spring evening, the Pratt Greenbacks took on the Hoisington Cardinals in the second game of a double-header.

Pratt jumped out to a quick three to nothing lead in the First Inning. Hoisington tried to get on the board, but they never could manufacture a run. The Greenbacks added to their lead every inning ending the game in the Fifth with a score of 12 to 0.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

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Lyons Football versus Hoisington 10-27-16

The Ninth and final week of the regular season for football brought a lesson in things that are bigger than the game itself.

For a second year, the Lyons Lions and the Hoisington Cardinals faced off with heavy hearts. Last year, Lyons lost a player in a tragic fire. This year, a Hoisington player and his manager brother lost their father just days before the match up.

The Cardinals took control of the game from the start and did not let go until the final moments when Lyons recorded their first points. A 62 to 3 final score stood on the scoreboard, but a bigger gesture commanded notice.

As the teams filed past and shook hands, Lyons players would give an extra moment to #60 Jeremy Breit. They would express condolences and give encouragement, remembering their own grief and sadness from a year earlier.

Then both teams met up and joined hands in prayer. Just minutes earlier they fought each other, now they kneeled united as teammates and brothers to comfort someone in need.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

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Hoisington Football vs Pratt 9-30-16

Week Five of the Football season brought two teams together to decide a league title. The Hoisington Cardinals traveled to face the Pratt Greenbacks in their first home game of the season.

Both teams came into the game with undefeated records and the chance to claim the best record in the Central Kansas League.

In a battle of running games, the Cardinals got on the board first. After a second Hoisington touchdown, Pratt tallied one of their own. Hoisington added one more before Halftime and put away the game later in the Fourth Quarter to win 32 to 14.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

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