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Tigers fall, need win to host first round -2/27/2015, 10:20 AM

Tiger women, MIAA champs, hang on -2/27/2015, 10:29 AM

Monarchs survive on senior night -2/27/2015, 12:17 PM

With KU back in control, Jayhawks prepare for 'high drama' -2/27/2015, 10:19 AM

Nino Williams takes long road to success at Kansas State -2/27/2015, 10:18 AM

Sub-state basketball pairings -2/26/2015, 10:37 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Younger part of youth movement for Railers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

Big 12 reprimands K-State after court-storming -2/26/2015, 10:53 AM

Hays High's top four headed to Salina -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- HDN area state qualifiers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Porsch seeks a repeat in state finale -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Freshman Hutchinson leads young group of Redmen -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Norton steps up again to have shot at 3-2-1A state crown -2/26/2015, 10:50 AM

Shockers fight past Indiana State, set up big Saturday -2/26/2015, 10:27 AM

Rhoades back at state -- this time in 4A -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

TMP survives Plainville -2/25/2015, 11:26 AM

K-State issues apology -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

HHS swept at Dodge -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/25/2015, 10:21 AM

Royals still hoping for Starling to break out -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Penske revels in Logano's victory at Daytona 500 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcat's win throws a roadblock at Jayhawks -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

KBCA prep basketball rankings, Feb. 23 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcats get it done -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

No-name Hahn wins Northern Trust Open -2/23/2015, 10:24 AM

FHSU softball splits on Sunday in Minnesota -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Logano wins first Daytona 500 -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Lutz: VanVleet has another day to remember -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

VanVleet takes Wichita State's assists title in win -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

'Cats seek confidence before game with KU -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

Perry Ellis, No. 8 Kansas rebound from loss, beat TCU -2/22/2015, 12:47 PM

Baylor drills K-State -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

Monarch girls run away from Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:38 PM

TMP wins physical game at Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Mathews all-state for HHS -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

HHS wins at Garden, jumps back into WAC race -2/22/2015, 12:41 PM

Wrestling roundup -- Hays High sends four to 4A state -2/22/2015, 8:19 PM

Victoria puts together complete game in win at Ness City -2/22/2015, 12:40 PM

HHS girls fall down early, lose at Garden -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Earnhardt Jr. makes Duel history, Patrick qualifies -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

HHS sends relays to state -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Tiger baseball takes two from UCM -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Gene Stephenson says he's filed his own appeal -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

TCU takes out K-State -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Bohuslavsky keys win for Tiger women -2/19/2015, 10:59 AM

Tiger men rally for MIAA win -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Tiger women No. 1 in Central Region -2/18/2015, 5:04 PM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/18/2015, 11:22 AM

Barton's Hensley named Player of the Week -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

TMP boys win, girls fall in Great Bend -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

K-State hopes to build some momentum at TCU -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

Two in a row for HHS girls -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

Hot early, HHS boys get win at Abilene -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

All is possible at Daytona -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

WVU tops Jayhawks in wild finish -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chiefs can find impact receiver in NFL draft -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chargers set sights on LA, push San Diego officials for action on stadium -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Defense a constant for Shockers -2/17/2015, 10:26 AM

FHSU, UCM series moved to Hays -2/16/2015, 10:55 AM

KU prepares for full-court press -2/16/2015, 10:17 AM

Foster lifts Kansas State past Oklahoma on Saturday -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Three Tigers crowned MIAA champs -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Bowyer, after crash, slams qualifying format -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Phillipsburg girls knock off TMP at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Hays High girls snap losing skid -2/15/2015, 2:21 PM

Hays High stunned by Liberal at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger women's streak halted at Pitt State -2/15/2015, 10:26 AM

Tiger softball 1-3 to start season -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger men fall at Pitt -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tigers drop to 0-2 with losses to Mines, Regis -2/15/2015, 1:10 AM

KU coach kicks off tour in Hays -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

K-State guard Johnson laughs off hecklers at W. Virginia -2/13/2015, 10:13 AM

The Tigers' do-it-all Shaw -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

Samac staying on court, providing big games for Tigers -2/13/2015, 11:09 AM

Wichita State baseball players see winning as antidote to distractions -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals, Herrera agree -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals purchase contract of Derek Gordon -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

KU's Ellis near 1,000 points -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Hoxies' record just a matter of time? -2/12/2015, 3:26 PM

New coach, new season for FHSU softball -2/12/2015, 11:25 AM

Tigers look for better pitching in 2015 -2/12/2015, 10:14 AM

Shox roll to win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

Kansas State rally again falls short at W. Virginia -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

FHSU wrestling rolls to dual win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

2015 Eight-Man All-Star rosters -2/11/2015, 11:54 AM

Indiana State backcourt thrives with new characters -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Scott City rolls over TMP -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Jayhawks cruise past Texas Tech -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Kansas State braces for Mountaineers' full-court press -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Salina Central outlasts Hays High -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Tigers' Lehman earns seventh MIAA honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

FHSU's Samac earns MIAA men's honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

KBCA rankings, Feb. 9 -2/9/2015, 1:47 PM

Big day for Plainville grad Dani Winters -2/9/2015, 11:24 AM

Cowboys' Forte plays through flu -2/9/2015, 10:17 AM

At KU, Smith played on scout team -2/9/2015, 10:16 AM

North Carolina coaching icon Dean Smith dies at 83 -2/8/2015, 5:19 PM

Wichita State easily beats weakened Missouri State -2/8/2015, 4:52 PM

FHSU men hold off Hornets -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

TMP's Rhoades third in Phillipsburg -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

Sports Scores

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Prep basketball

Boys

Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

Girls

Dighton 44, Atwood 11

Dodge City 71, Hays High 28

Hesston 51, Goodland 18

Hoisington 60, Victoria 46

Hoxie 65, St. Francis 13

Lincoln 33, Lakeside 26

Minneapolis 47, Otis-Bison 24

Osborne 59, Wilson 34

Sharon Springs 63, Oberlin 42

Sylvan-Lucas 43, Natoma 41 (ot)

Tescott 41, Rock Hills 33

Trego 56, Leoti 27

Thunder Ridge 33, St. John's Beloit-Tipton 30

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Tigers look to become more disciplined

Published on -9/12/2012, 10:16 AM

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By CONOR NICHOLL

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Discipline. Players staying in the program. Becoming a family. Taking care of business on the field and in the classroom. Working hard in the summer. Playing smart.

These are aspects that Fort Hays State University second-year coach Chris Brown, senior bandit backer Austin Hubert and true freshman running back Addie Brown see as the main reasons for the gap between the nation's elite and Fort Hays State University.

For the last several years -- and especially the last two weeks -- FHSU has struggled against the nation's ranked teams.

This year, Fort Hays already has lost 41-18 to an much improved Emporia State University squad and 45-20 to Washburn University.

ESU isn't nationally ranked yet, but is 2-0 and stands 10th in NCAA Division II in scoring offense and sixth in passing offense.

"Emporia has improved tremendously under a one-year time," coach Brown said of a Hornet program that finished 5-6 last year, including a loss to Fort Hays.

Last Saturday, the Tigers trailed 42-0 at halftime en route to a big home loss to the Ichabods, now ranked No. 9 in NCAA Division II. Fort Hays has lost 12 in a row to ranked teams. On Tuesday, Brown met with the team before practice.

"We have got to be disciplined on the field and in the classroom, watching our film, study halls," Brown said in his weekly news conference Tuesday. "Everything in life, it's about discipline. If you are not disciplined in life and on the field, you are going to get beat.

"That's something I really harped on the kids today about is doing things the right way and being disciplined in everything that we do," he added. "If we do all of those things, we will be a Washburn, a Northwest, a Pittsburg State, a Mo. West in the future. We have got to start now."

On Saturday, Fort Hays' early season road remains difficult with a road game at Northwest Missouri State University, ranked No. 13 nationally at 1-1, 0-1 MIAA. Fort Hays is 0-2, 0-2 MIAA. Game time is 1 p.m.

"Maryville is the best place to play in the conference, that's for sure," Hubert said. "Pitt State and Maryville, they will pack the stands and it's going to be loud, so we have got to communicate well and come out there and start fast this game."

Fort Hays has lost eight in a row to the Bearcats. That included permitting a school-record 70 points in a 53-point defeat last fall. FHSU could have the nation's hardest schedule after Saturday. Masseyratings.com currently ranks FHSU with the nation's fourth-toughest slate.

"That's some good competition, and that's where we want to get to," Brown said. "I kind of like our guys seeing the competition, the level of play that those guys are at, because maybe it will motivate them to start doing some different things.

"Especially with the weight room and study habits and eating properly and taking care of our bodies," he added. "Just look at the difference in those guys and you guys right now. They do everything perfect, and we are far from that right now, and that's where we have got to get to."

Brown believes the foundation starts in the summer. Fort Hays had more players stay in the summer this year than 2011, but it still wasn't enough for the coach's liking.

"It's what we didn't do the last three months of summer," Brown said. "Didn't prepare us for the season, and that's really when our season comes along, is in the summer.

"Because everything that we did, the eight months that we put in in the fall and in the spring was lost the last three months because now we came back and we are in the same boat as the year before," he added. "Not very strong and not very agile and not very fast."

Hubert, a fifth-year player and a veteran of 32 games with the Tigers, has seen dozens of players leave the program in his tenure. Fort Hays has 19 seniors, just eight who have been with FHSU their entire careers. Northwest Missouri counts 23 seniors. Pittsburg State's national championship squad last season had 21 seniors.

"In the five years I have been here, we have had a lot of guys quit and I know at places like (ranked teams), almost every one of their players redshirts and so they will have guys around for five years," Hubert said. "I know that's what our coaches are trying to do."

"They are trying to build this from the bottom up," he added. "It's frustrating as a senior, but I would do the same thing. That's the biggest thing is, you have got to keep players in the program, build it that way."

Last week, Addie Brown noticed the closeness of an Ichabod program that has perennially ranked in the top 25.

"They are very bonded," Brown said.

In Addie Brown's eyes, Fort Hays doesn't have that close bond yet. On the field, Coach Brown noticed Fort Hays allow several big plays, commit penalties and have what he labeled "stupid mistakes." But Brown believed one day Fort Hays will play at a level of an elite squad.

"It will just take some time and some effort on their part," he said. "... I think they are going to improve each week and get better, and that's all that we can ask for."

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