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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

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

Sports Scores

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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Game of the Week: Ellis in roller-coaster season

Published on -10/18/2012, 12:02 PM

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By CONOR NICHOLL

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ELLIS -- Butch Hayes is in his 10th season on the Ellis High School football staff, the last six as head coach. The Railroaders have reached the playoffs every season Hayes has coached, including six straight district championships. At times, Ellis hasn't posted outstanding records. It went 3-7 in 2003 and 5-5 four other times, including the last two years. However, 2012 is the most up-and-down season in Hayes' tenure.

In Week 1, the squad lost 16-6 to La Crosse, currently ranked No. 1 in Class 2-1A in the statewide media poll. The defeat is the Leopards' closest game.

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In Week 2, Ellis had negative total yardage and lost 56-0 to Plainville, a squad that is already out of the playoff race.

Then Ellis defeated Ellinwood 40-18 and blew out then-unbeaten Larned, 36-0. A 39-8 loss to Norton tied the biggest margin of defeat against the Bluejays under Hayes. After a big victory against a struggling Leoti-Wichita County team, Ellis suffered a key district defeat, 38-22, at St. Francis last week.

"We play well against teams like La Crosse and then we come back the next week and don't play as well," Hayes said. "I can't put my finger on it, but it has been kind of a roller-coaster of a season for us, and losing last week to St. Francis, it was one of those games where we played with a lot of emotion. I thought we played hard, but something just didn't click for us."

Still, Hayes has been pleased with how his squad has continually bounced back from adversity. Last week, senior starting quarterback Blake Hudson went down with an ankle injury in the second series. Sophomore Eli Lohrmeyer stepped in and completed 6 of 19 passes for 107 yards with a touchdown against three interceptions. Ellis trailed 12-0 at halftime, but battled back to make it 20-14. Then, St. Francis returned an interception for a touchdown. Ellis closed the game to four points, but never took the lead.

"It wasn't a good feeling," senior wideout/outside linebacker Jared Mick said. "We came into the game thinking we could win, but we know we have to work hard these next two weeks to win districts and make the playoffs."

It was the second time in three seasons St. Francis defeated Ellis in district play. In 2010, Ellis rebounded with a 35-8 victory against Oberlin-Decatur Community and a 23-15 victory versus Oakley to clinch the district title.

A similar scenario exists this year for the Railers (3-4, 1-1 Class 2-1A, District 7). Ellis plays host to Oberlin (3-4, 1-2) on Friday. If Oberlin beats one-win Leoti-Wichita County in Week 9 and Ellis loses Friday, the Railers won't reach the playoffs. If the Railers beat Oberlin and then Oakley in Week 9, they captures another district title. Senior running back Gage Younger said starting fast is key Friday.

"When they score on us and get up on us, we don't bring it," Younger said. "We kind of fold. We have to go right away. If we don't have a good start, we don't really respond as well. That's how it has been in the past so far."

A win Friday and a loss against Oakley would cause tiebreakers to factor into the playoff picture. Hayes labeled Hudson, also the team leader with three interceptions, questionable.

"I was very proud of the way that we came back in the second half and played," Hayes said of last Friday. "I expect our kids to do the same these next two games. I expect them to take this adversity and use it to fuel themselves, and the way we play this Friday and next Friday."

Last year, Ellis started 0-4 before it went undefeated in district play and lost in the final seconds to Johnson-Stanton County in the first round of the playoffs. This fall, the Railers have stuck with the spread offense behind an experienced offensive line that includes juniors Nick Gehring and Skyler Tebo and senior Logan Fuchs.

Hudson and Lohrmeyer haven't matched the passing numbers of all-state quarterback Riley Hunsicker from last season (21 total TD passes and 185.5 passing yards a game). They have combined to go 42 of 107 for 437 yards with a 4/11 TD/INT ratio.

Still, Hayes has praised Hudson's work ethic, leadership and helping a strong running game. Ellis averages 190 rushing yards a contest, 6.3 yards per carry and 26.7 points per game. Since Hayes became head coach, it's the second-highest points per game, second-highest yards per carry and third-most rushing yards per contest.

Against St. Francis last week, Ellis made a change and got Hudson outside of the pocket.

On the first series of the game, Hudson led the Railers down the field and completed 3 of 5 passes for 44 yards, his third-most passing yards in a game this season. Then, he was injured. Still, Lohrmeyer helped the Railers pass for a season-high 151 yards and open holes for 165 rushing yards, including a career-high 148 from Younger.

"He came in with a lot of confidence and I thought he did pretty good," Mick said. "He is pretty inexperienced, but he stepped up for us and made some nice throws."

Despite the turnovers, Ellis scored 22 second-half points and kept the margin close.

"(Eli) was just kind of getting his feet wet and then had some success there in that third quarter," Hayes said. "We felt like we were getting back to having some success on offense. The (interception for a TD) just kind of took the wind out of our sails a little bit, but I was happy with the way our kids after that interception responded."

On Friday, Hayes will look for a similar bounce-back effort -- and a win to keep the Railers' playoff streak afloat.

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