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Season ends for FHSU men -3/3/2015, 10:20 AM

Claflin great Jackie Stiles inducted into NFHS Hall of Fame -3/3/2015, 10:19 AM

KU's Big 12 streak one for the ages -3/3/2015, 10:10 AM

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

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

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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

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Tescott 41, Rock Hills 33

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Holub gets help: Newcomers complement her on the mound

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Holub gets help: Newcomers complement her on the mound

Published on -3/20/2013, 10:55 AM

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By CONOR NICHOLL

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Fort Hays State University senior Maddie Holub briefly thought back to last year during Monday's Tiger softball practice. In 2012, Holub, a four-year starter, finished 19-9 with a 1.62 earned-run average. She worked 195 of her team's 332 innings in a 31-19 season.

However, the team's pitching staff struggled mightily behind Holub. Kaitlyn Shattleroe finished 8-5 with a 5.01 ERA, while Abby Morrison went 4-5 with a 7.00 ERA.

This season, Holub is again delivering a dominant season, but she has help. Freshman Paxton Duran has elevated the team's pitching staff as the No. 2 starter and junior transfer Jordan Jones has thrown well in the third slot.

"We obviously struggled last year with a second pitcher, and kind of a short pitching staff," Holub said. "Paxton, she is a freshman, but she is good. She is a good freshman; she is a good pitcher. It means a lot to have that depth there, to have somebody that we can rely on other than myself to finish a game. It's really comforting. You have no idea. It's really, really comforting."

The 5-foot-5 right-handed Duran, from Brighton, Colo., represents arguably the biggest upgrade at any position for the Tigers, No. 21 in NCAA Division II at 21-3 overall. Fort Hays, which swept a road doubleheader Tuesday at Colorado Christian, is ranked in the top 25 for the first time in the program's 14-year NCAA history.

"It's really good," Duran said. "I think we complement each other really well. We work together. It's kind of like, she is the big girl and I am the little one, but we are complementing each other. I am glad I need to contribute with doing what needs to be done in order to take the 'W,' and putting my team in a position to win, so that's good knowing that I am helping out a lot."

Holub, a Thomas More Prep-Marian graduate, already has earned MIAA Pitcher of the Week honors three times, Hitter of the Week once and National Pitcher of the Week once. She is 12-0 with a 0.80 ERA, while Duran is 7-3 with a 2.11 ERA, and Jones has delivered a 2-0 record and 2.93 ERA in five appearances.

Against Colorado Christian, Holub struggled for the first time all year in Game 1. Then Duran came in, pitched well and earned her first save in the Tiger victory. In Game 2, the roles reversed. Duran struggled and Holub relieved and collected the win.

"It's been great catching Pax," junior catcher Callie Wright said. "Pax has been a freshman that you don't always see. She is really smart and really aggressive with what she needs to work on and what she wants to improve on.

"She stays really focused during the game and expects her best every single day, which you don't see out of freshmen," Wright added. "You will see some people tend to break under the pressure. But in general, our whole staff, obviously Maddie does work and then Paxton is right there to follow up, and then having Jordan having a No. 3 also, it's just been great to have a team that we can work off each other."

Jones, a 5-foot-6 right-hander from Connors State (Okla.) College, has collected several nicknames.

"Jordan, she has great work ethic, and she comes ready to pitch every single day, ready to work her butt off," Wright said. "She is also a great comic relief for our team conversations. To have someone come so focused and so determined, she has got a mean face, she has got that pitcher's glare. When you see her ready to play every single day, it's inspiring, and it's great to have her. Also, it's a teammate on the fun side, and she really pushes everyone to do their best."

Second-year coach Erin Kinberger calls Jones "poker face" because Jones doesn't talk in front of her. However, Jones recently raised her hand in a team meeting and challenged the hitters. Around the players, she exudes a fun personality.

"She just doesn't talk around coach, but she is a little spitfire," Duran said. "She has her little attitude. She is a great person to be around. She always helps me pitching. I called her my momma bear the other day, because I was struggling throwing my changeup in the game, and she helped me. She was like, 'Look, you need to do this. You can do this' and just talking to me. I was like, 'OK, you are my momma bear right now.'"

Like Holub, Duran likely could have pitched Division I. But Kinberger sold Duran on what the freshman called "a sense of family," something Duran said many other schools didn't have.

"I just remained persistent with her," Kinberger said. "I didn't take no for an answer. There is a lot of coaches who said this kid is going Division I, that kid is going to go Division I, and I said, 'Well, I want a shot,' and we just clicked. I got her out here on a visit. We spent some time together. I think that when the glove fits, you wear it, and I think that's what she did."

Duran throws an arsenal that includes a rise, drop and changeup. Before Tuesday, she has allowed more than three runs in an outing just once and has two seven-inning shutouts in 13 appearances.

"She is a difference maker," Kinberger said. "She is going to have her freshmen bumps her and there, but the same thing is, when the lights come on, she turns into the same animal Maddie does. She wants to win. She works hard, she is dedicated to the team, to the game. She is a learner of the game. Kids like that that you can reason with and explain situations, and they can get it is just a coaching dream."

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