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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

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

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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

'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

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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

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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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Tiger men fall at Pitt -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

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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

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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

Sports Scores

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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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Hoxie up for another challenge

Published on -11/14/2013, 10:31 AM

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By CONOR NICHOLL

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The Hoxie High School football team lost to Wallace County, undefeated in Eight Man Division II, 36-28, in the season's second contest. Then, the Indians rolled off six straight wins and faced modest challenges from just two teams, Dighton and Ness City.

In Week 9, Hoxie faced rival and then undefeated-Atwood. The Indians led just 6-0 after the first quarter, but opened it up to a 54-28 victory. Hoxie rushed for 339 yards, 47 more than the Buffs, had an 82-3 edge in passing yards.

"We never got down," Hoxie coach Lance Baar said. "We were always ready to fight and ready to keep going."

The following week, Hoxie played Spearville in the first round of the Division I playoffs. The Indians fumbled, the Lancers picked the ball up and scored. But Hoxie didn't flinch. Spearville held a 30-28 lead entering the fourth quarter and the Indians rallied for a 44-38 victory. At that point, Baar knew his team could accomplish something special. His squad had overcome adversity and delivered quality wins, traits that form deep playoff runs.

"You know that they are going to be tight games," Baar said.

Last week, Hoxie built its resume further and continued a remarkable turnaround in Baar's five-year tenure. Hoxie defeated Kiowa County 38-8, moved to 10-1 and into this Friday's sub-state championship game against Jetmore-Hodgeman County (11-0). Game time is 6 p.m. in Jetmore.

Eight-Man Division I has had several surprise state game participants the last two years with Mankato-Rock Hills and Montezuma-South Gray. Neither Hoxie nor Hodgeman County were ranked in the preseason or during the regular season. The Longhorns have outscored teams 530-132 and rank No. 1 in scoring defense.

"They stack their defense in there," Baar said. "They have five, six guys right up there, right around that line of scrimmage. They definitely want to stop that inside run game, and be tough and physical up front."

Hoxie has played the No. 8 strength of schedule and has a collective score of 502-170, according to preppowerindex.com. Senior quarterback Chase Kennedy has 928 rushing yards and 609 passing yards. Junior running back Connor Katt has 1,905 all-purpose yards (1,516 rushing) and 26 rushing scores.

"He runs harder and harder every game," Kennedy said.

Hoxie has enjoyed the third-best season in school annals; the Indians earned runner-up finishes in 1978 and '81.

"I think that's just the mental toughness and just believing in themselves and knowing that they are never out of a ballgame as long as they keep fighting as hard as they can," Baar said.

Baar, in his first head coaching job, came to Hoxie after a 1-8 season. The Indians finished 2-7 in the program's last year of 11-man football. Then, Hoxie finished 6-3, 6-3 and 7-3 with a first round 50-12 loss to Hodgeman County last year. Baar is proud of his players for the turnaround, hard work and a changed mentality. Even in his second and third seasons, if Hoxie didn't score early, the game turned.

"You would just feel it," Baar said. "All of the air in our guys is out. At that point, we were pretty much defeated. We don't have that anymore. Once we get down, we have our battle gear on, and we are ready to go. We want to do whatever it takes to get back into the ball game."

Against Kiowa County, the Indians' defense corralled Maverick senior quarterback Trever Powell and held him to 37 carries for 194 yards. Powell has rushed for 2,474 yards this season. On film, Baar noticed opponents playing aggressive with Powell.

Opponents rushed Powell hard and took themselves out of the play. Instead, Hoxie focused on containment. If a lineman pulled, Hoxie stayed close. That allowed Powell to come to Hoxie. Then, the linebackers and defensive backs flowed well.

"Just kind of slow played it," Baar said.

Senior Chance Hoeting had missed several games with a concussion, but responded with a game-high 12 tackles and two sacks. Hoeting starts at linebacker and goes to the line when Hoxie plays a four-front. Senior Mitchel Johnson has played well at nose guard (team-high 85 tackles) and juniors Tanner Smith (Indian-best nine tackles for loss) and Tyler Ewers are at defensive end. Senior Tyler Kaus moved back to linebacker and Katt sometimes comes down from safety to play linebacker.

"They are all physical, tough kids who have a lot of fight in them," Baar said. "That's what it takes to be in the trenches there. I have been really proud of them, and I have been telling them all week at practice that we have got another challenge this week."

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