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FHSU's Keehn wins second MIAA title in track -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Wessel continues to spark Shockers -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Ronda Rousey's fast work, like at UFC 184, a big draw -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Minnie Minoso's love of baseball never waned -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

FHSU wrestling sending four to nationals -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Kansas State rallies late to put away Iowa State -3/1/2015, 9:33 AM

No. 8 Kansas holds on to defeat Texas, 69-64 -3/1/2015, 9:31 AM

Wichita State captures MVC crown by beating Northern Iowa -3/1/2015, 9:30 AM

Ellis' Younger cruises through Friday at 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Hays High's Deterding second in 4A -3/1/2015, 9:58 AM

Norton wins title with backside points -3/1/2015, 9:36 AM

Hoxie's Porsch repeats in 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:43 AM

FHSU splits at Northeastern State -3/1/2015, 9:41 AM

HHS girls win on senior night -3/1/2015, 9:40 AM

HHS boys roll by Great Bend -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Class 3-2-1A State Wrestling finals results -2/28/2015, 9:37 AM

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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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

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FHSU getting closer to being good team

Published on -10/30/2013, 11:34 AM

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By CONOR NICHOLL

cnicholl@dailynews.net

Coach Chris Brown knows some players and fans don't see change until it shows up in the win column.

Even though his Fort Hays State University football team opened with four straight losses to teams currently ranked in the top 14 in NCAA Division II, Brown saw continued improvement from each week.

Brown noticed the difference when players honed in more on their technique, fundamentals, film study, practice and "doing the things that we asked them to do."

"I saw a lot of improvement from game one to game two to game three to game four," he said.

That trend has helped Fort Hays win four in a row and enter the season's final third at 4-4, 3-4 MIAA after a 45-35 comeback victory at Lincoln (Mo.) University on Saturday.

"We found the way to get it back in the fourth quarter," Brown said. "It was just another way to get a win and to see our kids fight through and battle and make something happen. I am proud of the way that they came back."

For the first time this season, FHSU trailed in the second half and won. Fort Hays led 14-0 early, but trailed 25-24 at halftime and 35-31 after three quarters before it finished with 14 straight points.

Prior to Saturday, Fort Hays trailed William Jewell (Mo.) College 10-7 for about eight and a half minutes in the second quarter in Week 5 before a 34-17 victory.

"They are coming close to being a pretty good team, but they are not quite there yet," Brown said. "They feel like a family, they are acting like a family, they are doing things that they need to do."

Postgame, sophomore quarterback Treveon Albert said Fort Hays wouldn't have been able to come back had it been earlier in the season. Albert enjoyed a big game with 22 of 34 passing for 294 yards with three scores against no interceptions.

"It was good for them to know that we can count on everybody to help us come back and get that win," Albert said in the team's weekly news conference Tuesday. "That's a huge step, because now we know that everybody trusts each other. It's not one person trying to make a play, and then they end up messing up, and then it becomes a bigger play for the other team. When everybody does their job, and you make plays and that's the type of (result) that we get -- and now everybody sees that."

This week, FHSU plays host to non-conference South Dakota School of Mines. Fort Hays defeated the Hardrockers 41-27 on the road last season. Mines is 5-3 this season, including a 70-48 victory against William Jewell and a 45-20 loss to MIAA Missouri Southern State University.

"Very, very good team," Brown said. "On offense, they have got two great quarterbacks that play at any time during the game. They have got some great receivers. They have got a great tailback as well, and their o-line is very solid. Defensively, from what we've seen, they are a solid defense and are going to play some man coverage."

In Albert's eyes, he started to see improvement in a Week 3 home loss to Northwest Missouri State University, now ranked No. 2 nationally when FHSU delivered 365 yards of offense. In each of the four wins, FHSU has at least 396 yards of offense, including 463 last Saturday.

"Northwest game, we beat ourselves offensively," Albert said. "I was like, 'If we can move the ball on these guys like this and put up this type of yards, I know we can do it against anybody.' "

Throughout last week, Brown let FHSU know Lincoln would talk and even taunt the Tigers. Before the game, the Blue Tigers came to midfield and jawed to Fort Hays.

"Very scary," Brown said.

A couple times, Fort Hays said something in retaliation, but the coaching staff and teammates kept the squad calm and collected. Even when Fort Hays trailed, Brown said the team believed it "had the game won."

"There was no negativity, they weren't pointing any fingers," Brown said.

Albert feeling OK

Two weeks ago, Albert suffered a hip pointer injury late in the first half and missed the rest of the game. Albert went to treatment all last Monday. He could walk and do small things, like go up stairs. On Tuesday, he tried to practice, but felt a lot of pain and no power on the throws. On Wednesday, he wasn't at full speed, but felt a lot better.

"By me not being at full speed, the practices were going kind of slow," he said. "I had to step it up and tell (backup Edin) Kovac that we had to step it up as the quarterbacks so the practices could go better. Thursday, I come out and the practices go a whole lot smoother."

Last week, Albert rushed nine times for 25 yards, but mainly stayed in the pocket.

"I just noticed that I can't be running and take a lot of hits," Albert said. "Just because I was already hurting, so I just decided to make quick reads, to get the ball out on time. Everything should be all right. I knew this game would be a good passing game for us offensively. I just had to be ready to go."

Albert currently ranks ninth in the MIAA in total offense at 228.4 yards per game. The top-10 is all quarterbacks and Albert's 406 rushing yards stands second, 12 behind Emporia State University's Brent Wilson. However, Albert's big passing game has helped build his confidence.

"Now that I had a good game passing, I know that I can sit up there and do that," Albert said.

Dreiling could break Brown's tackle record

Pittsburg State University senior linebacker Nate Dreiling, from Victoria and Hutchinson, has 457 career tackles. He is 14 away from breaking Brown's school mark. Brown was a three-time All-American for the Gorillas. The MIAA mark is 489 stops by Truman's Marti Rave from 1977-79. Dreiling wears No. 11, also Brown's collegiate number.

"He is a great player," Brown said. "He is a great kid. He has got a great family. I wish him the best of luck. I know that he is going to get it. I am proud of him for getting it. He is wearing the same jersey, and that's kind of neat to see. Records are made to be broken, and he is one of those kids that deserves to get that record. He has worked his tail off for it."

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