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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

Wessel continues to spark Shockers -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

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

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

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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

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

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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 girls still rolling

Published on -12/19/2013, 10:14 AM

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By CONOR NICHOLL

cnicholl@dailynews.net

The Hoxie High School basketball teams displayed its impressive mix of talent and experience - and several improvements - in back-to-back semifinal contests last Friday at the Quinter Castle Rock Classic.

The girls, currently on a 52-game winning streak, defeated Dighton 64-56 in a game marked by 21 points from junior Carly Heim and strong 3-point shooting, especially from sophomore Terran Hoyt, senior Gabi Spresser and Heim.

On Saturday, Hoxie defeated Ellis for the championship by the same margin. Both opponents were ranked; Hoxie is ranked No. 1 in Class 1A, Division I and has won back-to-back state championships.

"I have been playing with these girls since I have been in kindergarten, and we have played together our whole lives and this is the year that I have been waiting for, and we are all readwwy to go out there and show everybody what we can do," Hoyt, daughter of coach Shelly Hoyt, said.

Then, the boys, known for their high-scoring offense behind senior guards Kade Spresser and Chase Kennedy, defeated Dighton, ranked seventh in Class 1A, Division II, 55-28. It marked the fewest points for the Hornets since a 59-27 loss to Tribune-Greeley County on Jan. 14, 2011.

The next night, Hoxie completed the team sweep with a 68-47 victory against an Ellis squad that won its semifinal contest with two buzzer-beaters.

Through five games, Hoxie has outscored teams by an average margin of 58-39. Last year, the margin was 58-52 after five contests.

"That was great for us," coach Aaron Dardis said. "That's what we said at halftime, and what we have said all along. We have to be able to win in a grind-it-out game, and the shots don't fall, but you can still win it with defense and rebounding."

Hoxie, ranked No. 5 in Class 1A, Division I, improved to 4-1 after a 59-18 victory Tuesday night against WaKeeney-Trego.

The girls are 5-0 following a 78-18 win versus the Golden Eagles. Hoxie hasn't lost since the finals of the Castle Rock Classic against Wichita Word of Life two years ago.

Coach Hoyt doesn't talk about the winning streak with a veteran group that has a four-year starter in Kristina Farber, two three-year starters in Heim and junior Lexi Schamberger, and Spresser and senior Natasha Allmer, Indians who have played significantly all four years. Coach Hoyt believes this season's squad isn't as deep as last year's 26-0 team, but is probably more talented among the core players.

"When one of us needs to score, we always have somebody that we can do it whether it's Tina or Lexi or Terran, we all just play together and we all just trust each other," Heim said.

Hoxie is long known for its hard work. Terran Hoyt said players routinely stay after practice to shoot or come over the house for a key.

"I have always loved the Lady Indians, I still love the Lady Indians, and it's the most amazing thing to be a part of, it's so incredible," Hoyt said. "Every practice, they are my best friends, they are my family. It's just so cool to ever be a part of something like that. I am really lucky."

Hoyt tries to make 300 shots on the shooting gun after each practice. Hoyt has a high arcing shot, a trait she believes comes from practice.

"The guns' net is pretty high, so I have got to get it over that," Hoyt said.

Last year, The boys' side opened 3-2 and was 3-3 before Christmas break last season before it ran off 17 straight wins once play resumed.

This year, Hoxie opened the year with a 69-54 loss to Wallace County, currently ranked No. 1 in Class 1A Division II. Last season, Hoxie fell 77-71 to the Wildcats.

In the last four games, Hoxie has won by 24, 27, 21 and 41 points. They've allowed just 31, 28, 47 and 18 points. Opponents have shot just 28 percent in the four games, including 4 of 36 from 3-point range.

"Good rotations, good ball pressure," Dardis said. "We really work on pressuring on misses. I think last year, the M.O. of our team was that we were great on makes, not as great on misses. That's something that we tried to develop on our defense, and I think (against Dighton) you saw the benefit of it."

Spresser had a back injury last spring and Dardis said, at one point, the team was worried the returning first team all-area selection wasn't going to play this season. However, Spresser has averaged 21 points and nine rebounds a game. Kennedy and junior Connor Katt have combined for 21 points, eight rebounds, six steals and five assists a contest.

"We are just thankful of each day that (Kade) gets and hopefully, he can keep doing what he is doing," Dardis said.

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