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MLS and players reach deal -3/5/2015, 10:58 AM

KU's Ellis out vs. OU -3/5/2015, 10:58 AM

Kacperska ready to step up -3/5/2015, 10:58 AM

Gregorian: Royals' bats come alive in exhibition -3/5/2015, 10:57 AM

Wichita State's Wessel, Carter chosen for MVC's Most-Improved Team -3/5/2015, 10:57 AM

TV analyst Mark Adams loves the MVC -3/5/2015, 10:57 AM

Bills get their workhorse back in LeSean McCoy -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Perry Ellis will miss regular season finale -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Kansas rallies, wins Big 12 outright -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Wildcats have shot at tourney? -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Lehman, Hobson collect MIAA honors -3/4/2015, 1:44 PM

Two headed to nationals for Tiger track -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Tiger softball earns Tuesday sweep -3/3/2015, 7:45 PM

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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

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Dodge City 71, Hays High 28

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Lehman making case for MIAA's best

Published on -3/3/2014, 10:06 AM

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By CONOR NICHOLL

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Fort Hays State University junior center Kate Lehman smiled and laughed when asked if she was the MIAA's best player this winter.

"That's a loaded question," Lehman said. "I feel guilty answering it."

Lehman does believe she and University of Central Missouri senior Keuna Flax are the two leading contenders.

By statistics, Lehman said she is "probably" MIAA's Player of the Year. Flax, a returning honorable mention All-American, averages 20.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and shoots 56.4 percent from the field with 13 blocks.

The Jennies are 23-3, 17-2 in conference play, ranked No. 11 in NCAA Division II and just clinched their first outright MIAA title since the 1990-91 season.

Lehman averages 16.8 points and 11.4 rebounds with a nation-best 140 blocks. She also shoots 56.4 percent from the field.

FHSU finished the regular season 19-7, 12-7 MIAA and in fifth place.

"Flax is very good from Central Missouri, and she is a senior," Lehman said. "...If you look at seniors and everything else, it will be her. Just because if I was a senior, I would want it to be like that."

Flax and Lehman could repeat as first team all-league selections, and Lehman could collect league Defensive Player of the Year honors for the second straight season. Awards should be released early this week. Lehman has the opportunity to become the first Tiger to win two first-team all-league awards since Shauna Porter won three in a row from 1997-2000.

However, FHSU coach Tony Hobson and Northeastern (Okla.) State University coach Randy Gipson believe Lehman could be the league's best player.

"To me, there is no doubt," Hobson said. "There is nobody in our league that influences both ends of the floor."

"You could sure make a strong argument," Gipson added.

Tonight, the Tigers and Lehman receive their next opportunity to continue a historic season in the first round of the MIAA postseason conference tournament. FHSU, receiving votes in the national poll and No. 10 in the Central Region rankings, faces No. 12 seed University of Nebraska-Kearney (10-16, 6-13 MIAA).

Fort Hays has won seven straight versus the rival Lopers, including two this year.

"We have to win Monday or it's all over, but from there, anything can happen," senior Katelyn Edwards said.

A victory would give Fort Hays its third straight 20-win season, a new school mark. Start time is 7 p.m. at Gross Memorial Coliseum. The winner faces No. 4 seeded Missouri Southern State University at 2:15 p.m. on Thursday from Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.

Winning those two games puts the Tigers closer to an NCAA tournament berth. The winner of the conference tournament receives an automatic bid.

"We could possibly get a bid into regionals if we don't win out," Edwards said. "We still believe that we can win the conference tournament, and we have a lot of faith in ourselves."

Lehman, looking to become the first All-American in the Tigers' Division II era, has boosted her resume with the two Kearney games.

"What is great about our team is that the rest of her teammates enable her to be that," Hobson said. "They get her the ball. They guard off the screens, so she doesn't have to be out there chasing around and hedging and all that. She can set back in there and just eat them up."

In the first matchup, an 85-67 road victory on Feb. 4, Lehman collected a career-high 33 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocks. In the second one, an 81-53 home win on Feb. 22, Lehman had 26 points, 12 rebounds and nine blocks.

"Kate and I have had a great relationship on the basketball court," Edwards said. "We came here at the same time, and we have been here for three years together. Kate has just been an amazing player here. She is by far, one of the best, if not the best players I have ever played with my whole life."

Flax leads the MIAA in scoring, while Pittsburg State University junior Lizzy Jeronimus, a two-time honorable mention All-American, is second. Lehman stands third. She is 2.2 rebounds ahead of anyone else in the MIAA.

"Which is dominating," Hobson said.

Only Emporia State's forward Merissa Quick (76 blocks) is within 86 of Lehman. Flax, Lehman and Quick are tied for first in field goal percentage.

"When you are third in scoring, and lead the league in field goal percentage and you are the best defender, and the leading rebounder, please," Hobson said. "...To me, I would not trade Kate Lehman for anybody in our league. Whether she gets player of the year, I don't know. To me, she is better than anybody in the conference."

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