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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

Big day for Plainville grad Dani Winters -2/9/2015, 11:24 AM

Cowboys' Forte plays through flu -2/9/2015, 10:17 AM

At KU, Smith played on scout team -2/9/2015, 10:16 AM

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

TMP girls win 13th straight -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

Defense lifts TMP boys past Norton -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

La Crosse boys nab big road win -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

Hays High's Hannah Hearld will miss softball season -2/8/2015, 12:46 PM

Tiger women outlast ESU for 21st straight win -2/8/2015, 1:13 PM

Sports Scores

Tuesday

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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Hays High's Clark, Zimmerman sign letters

Published on -5/9/2014, 10:09 AM

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By AUSTIN COLBERT

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While many people won't answer a call when they don't recognize the number -- especially ones with different area codes -- Lane Clark isn't one of them. At least he wasn't the day he received a call from Tennessee State University about the idea of him playing football for them.

"Got a call during physics class. Didn't recognize the number. Just thought I'd take it so I kind of snuck out of class," said Clark, a senior at Hays High School. "I was surprised by everything. They were interested in me. Made a visit over spring break. Loved everything about it: Nashville, the campus. Everybody was friendly and welcoming. It felt like the right decision right from there."

Clark finalized his decision on Thursday in the Hays High cafeteria when he signed his National Letter of Intent to play football for Division I Tennessee State, which competes in the Football Championship Subdivision, formerly known as 1-AA.

Clark -- a four-sport athlete at Hays High in football, soccer, basketball and golf -- will go to TSU as a kicker, a goal he began to pursue as a junior when he started attending numerous camps and training sessions. He has worked with former Kansas State University kicker Anthony Cantele as well as former University of Missouri kicker Jeff Wolfert, and it was through these camps that TSU caught wind of Clark's powerful leg.

"I'm sure Tennessee State just saw a couple of videos of me online and that's where they got interested," Clark said. "Everyone there had a smile on their face, were welcoming. I met a couple of the professors and they seemed interested in me coming. They put interest in me, and I put interest in the school as a whole. It just seems like something I should pursue."

TSU, which is located in Nashville and plays its home football games at LP Field -- also the home of the NFL's Tennessee Titans -- hasn't been very successful this century, but is coming off a breakthrough season in which it went 10-4 and advanced to the second round of the FCS tournament.

Clark plans to major in biology at TSU and then pursue a career as a medical doctor. And while it's not necessarily an immediate plan of his, knowing Vanderbilt University, which has one of the best medical programs in the country, is literally right down the road from TSU certainly didn't hinder his decision to attend the university.

"It's like six blocks down the road. I don't see why not," Clark joked about possibly attending Vanderbilt after his time at TSU. "I'm excited. It's a big step going from 5A football to Division I, but hopefully I can perform the best I can."

While it is a big step, no one who knows Clark will believe he can't handle the pressure. He has been able excel in clutch situations his entire athletic career and proved how bighis leg is repeatedly for the Indians as a senior.

Ryan Cornelsen, Clark's football coach at Hays High the past four seasons, said his ability to get touchbacks on kickoffs and his skill at kicking field goals from as far as 50 yards made him an invaluable weapon.

But more than that, his ability to cope with everything off the field is why there is little doubt about him as he begins his journey at TSU.

"He is just a great kid. Any time you have a kid that can compete in four different sports, two at one time, and be a leader in each one of the sports is an amazing accomplishment," Cornelsen said. "If you look at what he's able to do kicking the ball for us, it's been a huge factor in our team the last two years. I can't say enough about just the type of kid he is."

Zimmerman signs with FHSU track

Also on Thursday in the HHS cafeteria, Hays High senior Wendy Zimmerman signed her National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field for Fort Hays State University next season.

Zimmerman, a long time staple of the Indians' cross country and track and field teams, has battled numerous injuries much of her career. When healthy she has proven to be one of the state's best jumpers and has been an exceptional medium distance and relay runner.

She has been so good, in fact, that even Wichita State University took notice of her at the K.T. Woodman/pre-state track meet at FHSU earlier this spring. But her relationship with the FHSU coaching staff was the ultimate decider in her becoming a Tiger.

Zimmerman's diverse skill sets on the track make her a rare multi-event talent.

"She's a great athlete and a great kid. It's not been a great situation with the number of injuries she's had," said Cornelsen, Hays High's track and field coach.

"To be able to keep bouncing back from those and be able to be the athlete she is and be able to perform at the highest level is amazing. I'm just proud of her. A lot of kids with those kinds of injuries might not have kept working at it but she does. She takes it in stride and when she's healthy she is extremely good."

Zimmerman underwent abdominal surgery in the fall and injured her ankle this spring playing soccer. She has missed the last month in both track and soccer, but was able to return to practice this week. Cornelsen hopes to have her back for running events at the WAC meet, which is May 15 in Dodge City. If all goes well, Zimmerman should be able to jump when the Indians go to regionals on May 23.

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