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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

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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

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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Russell falls, finishes fourth in Class 3A

Published on -3/10/2013, 8:30 PM

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By BRETT MARSHALL

Special to The Hays Daily News

HUTCHINSON -- The one thing Frank Schulte told his Russell High School girls' basketball team Friday following their 57-35 Class 3A semifinal loss to Garden Plain was the consolation game on Saturday was both a learning tool for next year, as well as a character examination for the team's final game.

It's always difficult to come back from a disappointing loss in the season's most important game to play for third place.

On Saturday at the Sports Arena, there were lessons learned in the Broncos' 59-44 loss against the Lady Trojans, giving the Broncos a fourth-place finish.

It had been nearly four decades, 39 years to be exact, since the Russell girls had competed at the 3A state tournament, and despite the 1-2 record in three days of play, Schulte and his team will take plenty of positives home with them.

"We took a really big step this year by making state," said Schulte, himself a Russell native who played on the Broncos' boys' 1979 state championship team. "It's important to the program. Last year, we came close. This year, we got it done getting here. We won one game here against some of the best teams in the state, and we are excited for the future."

In Hillsboro, the Broncos were facing a team that had been ranked No. 1 for much of the season, and Schulte knew that it would be a tall order after losing to Garden Plain on Friday.

Russell never led the game, and had the game tied only once at 13 early in the second quarter.

With just under two minutes left in the first half, the Broncos found themselves within three of the Trojans.

Then, in what became the first of two critical runs, Hillsboro finished off the second quarter on an 8-0 run, producing a 33-22 halftime advantage.

The Broncos stayed within range during the third, down only six, 36-30, with 1:35 on the clock. As it had happened in the second quarter, Hillsboro had an 8-2 finish to the third, providing the Trojans with a 44-32 lead heading to the final eight minutes. The lead never went under that margin in the fourth.

Madison Beagley, one of just three seniors on the team, finished her career with 20 points off 8-of-14 shooting, including 3 of 6 from 3-point range. She had 17 of those points to keep the Broncos close in the first half.

"We needed that out of her," Schulte said of Beagley's performance. "She's moving on and it's a great way to end her career."

Beagley, who will play at Iowa Western Community College next year, said it was a bittersweet day to the end of a four-year span in which she, along with senior teammates Savanna Huff and Chantal Prester, helped pull the program from the doldrums into a state-caliber team.

"When we were little and playing MAYB, we were just terrible and couldn't score," Beagley said of her early years of playing. "Just to make it to state was amazing. I'm thankful that I had a chance to play with these girls and for coach Schulte. The outcome here wasn't what we hoped for, but still we're very proud of what we've done."

Indeed, after a long drought of not playing in the state tourney, Beagley feels she and the others, including this year's nine underclassmen, have established a legacy.

"We've been able to bring back some pride to the community and to the school," Beagley said. "It's a very nice feeling. I think they're already looking forward to next season."

In fact, there were three juniors, two sophomores and four freshman on this year's state roster for Schulte, a businessman who took over the program and has seen it go 7-14, 15-7, 15-8 and now 19-7.

"This year, the girls got a taste of what a state basketball tournament is all about," Schulte said. "I've known it, but now they have an idea of what it takes to compete. The seniors have worked hard, have left their legacy and we have a lot to look forward to in the future. This group (seniors) will always be remembered as the group that got the building of the program started."

Schulte got into coaching five years ago at the middle school where his girls' team went 11-1. That next season, he was on the bench coaching the Broncos' varsity team. Things have been on the uptick ever since.

He said his postgame talk in the locker room was one of encouragement with an eye on the future.

"The underclassmen were emotional for the seniors," Schulte said. "They want to win. We will take some momentum into next year. It should be a fun time. I never thought I'd be coaching girls basketball at age 51, but I'm having a great time."

In addition to Beagley's 20 points, junior Janna Schulte added 10. Hillsboro got a game-high 21 points from Danae Bina and 16 points from Tena Loewen. Hillsboro had a slight 28-27 edge in rebounding.

Notes

When the Broncos made their 1974 appearance, they won their opening game 61-45 over Garnett. They lost to Goodland in the semifinals, 71-46, before winning third with a 58-56 victory over Haven. This year, they opened with a 50-42 victory over No. 3-seeded Caney Valley.

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