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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

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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

Salina Central outlasts Hays High -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Tigers' Lehman earns seventh MIAA honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

FHSU's Samac earns MIAA men's honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

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Wichita State easily beats weakened Missouri State -2/8/2015, 4:52 PM

FHSU men hold off Hornets -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

TMP's Rhoades third in Phillipsburg -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

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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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HHS set to begin search for replacement

Published on -1/10/2014, 10:21 AM

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By AUSTIN COLBERT

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Monday was the final day of winter recess for Hays High School. It was a last chance for the students to spend the morning in their warm beds, trying to ignore what was ahead of them when they returned to the classroom the next day.

For the teachers, Monday meant a return to work. And for HHS principal Marty Straub and athletic director Clint Albers, it was a day to recuperate from a tough loss and to prepare for what looked to be a long week ahead.

"There is almost a mourning process we go through," Straub said. "I think I had that Sunday night when I knew what was coming around the corner. I didn't sleep very well, and neither did Clint, I'm sure."

It was Sunday night when Ryan Cornelsen, the Indians' football coach the past five seasons, made his decision to accept a job as the football coach at Hutchinson High School. That decision was known to few until Tuesday morning, when Cornelsen broke the news to his players before the start of school.

It didn't take long before the phones started ringing.

"It's been a busy couple of days with phone calls and emails and texts. I've had to charge my phone several times throughout the last couple of days," Albers said.

"Our first priority was he be able to talk to the kids first so they heard it from him before they heard it being tweeted out by someone. In this day and age, it's hard to keep something like that quiet because if one person knows, the world knows."

Cornelsen will move to Hutchinson in the summer to replace Randy Dreiling, who in 17 years won 160 games and seven state titles with the Salthawks. Dreiling resigned in December to become the coach at St. Thomas Aquinas in Overland Park.

Now Straub and Albers are beginning the process of replacing Cornelsen, who in five years has changed the landscape surrounding Hays High football. Cornelsen went 35-12 in those five seasons, taking the Indians to the state playoffs in 2011 and 2012, the first time the school ever made it to the postseason in back-to-back years. Its last playoff appearance before that was in 1995.

It's a far cry from where the program was following the resignation of former coach Rick Blosser, which led to HHS hiring Cornelsen -- who had just finished his sixth season at La Crosse -- in January 2009.

"They (coaches) want to leave it in better shape than when they took over. And he's done that, definitely," Albers said of Cornelsen. "This job is an attractive job now to people, as evident by the amount of interest I've had. It's a much more attractive job now that it was five years ago when he took the job."

According to Straub, the main difference between now and then is expectations. The goals set by players prior to Cornelsen often included being a starter and winning the WAC. But under Cornelsen, "those two things weren't good enough."

Cornelsen expected players to compete for starting spots and win WAC titles, but he also expected winning records and trips to state playoffs, all goals that were achieved nearly every season he was at Hays High.

"The impact that Ryan Cornelsen had ... you know, he made an impact on a ton of kids and that's very, very positive for our school and those kids," Straub said. "He's not running from anything -- he is running to something. He is proud of what he's done here. We are proud of what he's done here."

Straub and Albers know replacing Cornelsen won't be easy. The 35-year-old is 88-25 in 11 seasons as a football coach and has also coached the Hays High track and field program, leading the boys' team to four straight Class 5A state titles.

But with all the success on the football field in recent years, Albers said he has seen a "great deal of interest" in regards to the open coaching position.

As of Thursday evening, the paperwork regarding Cornelsen's resignation had yet to be processed, meaning the job opening has yet to be officially announced. Albers expects it to be completed in the next few days, allowing the school to begin a more formal coaching search.

Until then, Straub and Albers spend most of their time fielding calls from various individuals who just want to know more details about the opening. Once the formal application process begins, a search committee will be created to help select the new coach.

"I won't put a number to it, but we've had a lot of phone calls and emails and inquiries about the job the last few days," Albers said. "As far as a selection committee, we haven't organized that yet because we are not ready to interview. Once we get ready to interview we will organize that selection committee and it will obviously involve more than myself."

Albers feels there is no rush to name a new coach. Neither he nor Straub have any specific criteria they are looking for and want "somebody that is going to be good for our kids and for our program."

They said the committee would take as long as it needs to in order to find the right person for the job.

"You hire the best person that you can and keep them as long as you can. And I guess Ryan's stay here ran its course," Straub said. "I'm optimistic. Not that I won't miss Ryan, but I can't miss him too much. There will be a time for all of us to move on just like he's had to do. When we see one another we will shake hands and enjoy the conversation and reminisce a little bit, too. No hard feelings.

"He is a good guy, a good person, and we will do our best to find a good person, too. He will make it easier. He doesn't want somebody to have failure when they come here. I think that speaks to his character," Straub added. "We wish him the very best."

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