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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

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

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

KBCA rankings, Feb. 9 -2/9/2015, 1:47 PM

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North Carolina coaching icon Dean Smith dies at 83 -2/8/2015, 5:19 PM

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

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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Prep preview '13 -- Huskies' backfield looking to improve game

Published on -9/5/2013, 10:40 AM

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By CONOR NICHOLL

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ALMENA -- Almena-Northern Valley senior running back Jordan Baird has rushed for 2,204 yards and 36 TDs in his career. That included a 1,160-yard season as a sophomore and 993 yards last year. Overall, he has accumulated 2,951 all-purpose yards, 121 tackles and 42 scores.

Senior quarterback Hunter Chandler has collected 2,003 rushing yards and 35 scores, including a 1,111-yard season in 2012. Passing-wise, he has completed 37 of 100 for 363 yards with a 3/6 TD/INT ratio.

No returning area players have rushed for more yards than the Husky duo; Baird has a slight edge over Osborne senior Kenton Ubelaker (2,921 yards) in the all-purpose lead.

However, both Chandler and Baird have yet to participate in a playoff game -- and believe they can each greatly improve for the 2013 season. Chandler wants to step up more as a leader and improve his passing, while Baird has normally used his good vision and quickness for yards. Since track season, Baird remained around 175 pounds, but is much stronger.

"I think this year, he is going to run over somebody," coach Chuck Fessenden said.

Plus, the Huskies have junior fullback Phillip Bryant, who led the team with 108 tackles and rushed for 811 yards. The trio paced the Huskies to 337 rushing yards per game and a 7-2 mark.

Bryant "has got decent speed and runs hard and then he is also a real good blocker," Fessenden said.

Behind those three is a junior who was hurt last season and a freshman. Sophomore Eli Lowry would have played, but injured his knee in basketball during the summer. The Huskies have just 18 players and nine that are considered varsity-ready. Staying healthy is crucial for a district that has Kensington-Thunder Ridge, St. John's Beloit and an improving Natoma squad.

"Hopefully we can take the next step," Fessenden said.

Baird's and Chandler's fathers, Shane and Shad, played on state title teams in the 1980s under Fessenden, now in his 37th year with Northern Valley. Shane Baird still holds the single-season record with 1,573 yards in 1984. Jordan Baird and Hunter Chandler are now on the top-20 list for single season rushing under Fessenden.

Chandler started playing quarterback in seventh grade and has played it each fall except in his freshman year.

"I try to be a leader," he said. "Sometimes I don't have the right work ethic, but I try to be. I just try to keep the guys calm during games. Even if they make a mistake, I don't want my players to get down on themselves. I try to keep them up during games and try to make them feel good and tell them they are doing a good job throughout the whole game."

The 6-foot-1, 156-pound Chandler has worked on improving his strength and passing ability.

"I have just gotten a lot stronger since I was a sophomore, because back then I couldn't lift very much," he said. "I have been lifting a lot of weights since then. So far, we have been working with a lot of the same people the last couple of years. I think this year, we will have a lot of team chemistry."

Chandler has attended a camp to work on his throwing. Last season, he had an 0/5 TD/INT ratio. Fessenden wants his quarterback to be able to run effectively and lead the offense and pass when needed.

"Ever since I was very little, I just couldn't throw the ball very good, but I could usually run, because I was pretty tough," Chandler said. "... I am just trying to get better form, so I can pass better. So far it's been working good."

Fessenden said Baird "has lifted a lot" in the last several months. Northern Valley is 13-5 the last two seasons with two of those defeats by a combined eight points. The other three were blowout losses to Kensington-Thunder Ridge (twice) and Victoria, programs known for their physical play. Fessenden said the team had solid numbers -- "a little better summer than we have normally had" -- in the weight program.

"We just need to get stronger and that's what we worked on during the summer because usually in the last couple of years, they have just manhandled us," Chandler said of Thunder Ridge.

"I don't think we have beaten them since junior high. They have just been really strong; and they have been really good at leading. I just think that we need to get stronger to be able to beat them."

Baird has ran well in the open field and often broke big runs. He scored at one TD every game last season and had at least a 20-yard run in the first eight games, including a 65-yard burst against Thunder Ridge, his season-high. As a sophomore, he had a run of at least 38 yards in five contests.

This season, though, Baird comes with a different attitude knowing its his last year. It could translate into some different, more physical runs this fall.

"I still need to work on my speed and my strength," Baird said. "I need to start just running people over."

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