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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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Tuesday

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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Tiger women look to make next leap

Published on -11/9/2012, 10:50 AM

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By CONOR NICHOLL

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Tony Hobson always knew the Fort Hays State University women's basketball team would break through. It nearly happened in his second season when FHSU won 15 games.

However, the Tigers had several season-ending injuries to key players the last two seasons. Last winter, Fort Hays broke through and finished 20-9 overall and 12-8 in the MIAA, the Tigers' best season since 2005-06.

"It was just a matter of when, and so I am glad that it did," said Hobson, in his fifth season at FHSU.

Because of the success, Hobson said spring practice was "easier, more enthusiastic." The players worked hard during the summer and return four starters this season, including junior forward Katelyn Edwards and sophomore center Kate Lehman.

Edwards collected second-team all-MIAA honors, while Lehman was a third team pick and earned all-league defensive team.

"I have never been on a team where girls outside of practice have worked so hard," Edwards said.

The upperclassmen have effectively led the team and the squad is farther ahead in preseason than it's ever been with Hobson. The differences could help Fort Hays create a winning tradition in the difficult MIAA.

"I don't want to be an up-and-down," Hobson said. "Like OK, you have got a couple of good players for two years, you are good for two years and now you are down here again. I like to be consistent. I think that is a true test of a program is to maintain and it's much easier to get there than it is to stay there."

On Saturday, Fort Hays opens its season with a home contest against McPherson College. Game time is 2:30 p.m. at Gross Memorial Coliseum.

The Tigers were picked fifth in the MIAA preseason coaches' and media polls behind four teams that all made the NCAA tournament in Washburn University, Pittsburg State University, Emporia State University and MIAA newcomer Northeastern State (Okla.) University. The league expanded to 15 teams this winter.

"I just want to be up there every year, and whether we are able to do that, if you have a 15-team league and you have everybody trying to do the same thing," Hobson said. "It's not as easy as it might seem.

"We could have a better team than we had last year and finish worse," he added. "It's absolutely possible; What is hard to judge and hard to measure is how many junior college kids and transfers people bring in."

Two key players from last year's squad, senior point guard Kaiameka Brown and senior forward Kelsie Sorenson, have been limited in the preseason. Brown was a key reserve last season and started the first exhibition game of the season against Kansas State University before she hyper-extended her knee with about two and a half minutes left.

"I think she will be ready to play Saturday, but we are just being careful with it," Hobson said. "We are pretty sure there is nothing real, real serious wrong with it."

Sorenson, known for her defense and rebounding, started for the last two years. She developed mononucleosis near the end of last year and has had some continued issues with her health. Sorenson has played just six minutes in each of the exhibition contests.

Senior Melissa Nelson, who suffered a season-ending knee injury two years ago, averaged 6.4 points per game last winter and has started both of the exhibition games.

Last year, Fort Hays averaged 72.1 points per contest, but much of the offense came from rebounding and free throws. FHSU collected 700 free throw attempts, third-most in school history, and 451 offensive rebounds, fifth-most in Tiger annals. Fort Hays shot 40.4 percent from the field.

The Tigers return senior starting guard Traci Keyser and sophomore guard Keriann Shaw and also brought in several new players who are expected to play key roles, including freshman guards Taylor Chandler, Beth Bohuslavsky and Paige Lunsford and junior forward Tera Ingalsbe.

"I think that our scoring is going to way more diversified this year, because Mel came back so much stronger," Edwards said. "I think she is going to be one of our top scorers this year."

Edwards collected 14.6 points and eight rebounds per game, both team-highs, while Lehman finished second on the squad with 10.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and set a school mark with 96 blocks. Lehman is stronger than she was last season -- "not even comparable," Hobson said. Hobson would like Lehman to see improve in two areas: finishing from the field and the line and defensive positioning.

Against Kansas State, Lehman collected 17 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks in 25 minutes (Hobson counted eight blocks when he watched the film). Against Kansas, Lehman tallied 16 points, three rebounds and three blocks.

"I think it's almost scary," Edwards said. "Even in the K-State and KU games, Kate looks like she belongs out there. I think this year in our conference, just looking at last year and everything, she has grown so much and she just has that much more room to grow. I can see her growing throughout this season."

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