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Tiger women, MIAA champs, hang on -2/27/2015, 10:29 AM

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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

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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

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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

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Tiger baseball takes two from UCM -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

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TCU takes out K-State -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

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Tiger men rally for MIAA win -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

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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

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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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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

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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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FHSU men hold off Hornets -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

TMP's Rhoades third in Phillipsburg -2/8/2015, 8:58 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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Trego girls carry on strong

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Trego girls carry on strong

Published on -5/1/2014, 10:20 AM

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By CONOR NICHOLL

cnicholl@dailynews.net

WaKEENEY -- Because of high winds and cold conditions, the WaKeeney-Trego Community High School track team practiced inside Tuesday afternoon. Assistant coach Pat Haxton, with his high-energy persona, ran the Golden Eagles through 12 minutes of virtually continuous sprinting at the start of practice in the gymnasium.

Haxton told the team to not bend over when they were tired and stay strong. However, as the drill progressed, virtually the entire squad was bent at the waist, gasping for breath.

Senior Addie Zeman stood at one end of the line. During the entire drill, Zeman stood straight up, a stoic expression on her face.

When the sprinting concluded, Haxton walked over to Zeman and told her he was impressed with how she stayed upright. Haxton said her teammates watched how Zeman reacted. After a drink, senior Payton Nowlin went to freshman Cheyenne Nickelson and told her good job.

"Leaders are leaders, whether good or bad," Haxton said.

Nowlin and Zeman, longtime friends, have exemplified positive leadership for Trego. This spring, the two look for their third straight state appearance.

"People kind of look up to us, and we try and push people as well, lead them," Nowlin said.

As sophomores, they qualified in the 400- and 1,600-meter relays. Last year, they reached state in the 3,200-meter relay.

In 2012, Nowlin and Zeman were part of the Golden Eagles' school-record 3,200-meter relay time of 10 minutes, 49.18 seconds.

This season, Trego has a strong chance to make state in either the 1,600 or 3,200 relay, while Nowlin has an opportunity in the 400 and 800.

"Probably our work ethic in practice and the workouts that coach gives us are pretty tough," Zeman said of the Golden Eagles' relay success. "I think our drive to want to appear at state again and again is pretty strong."

Zeman, Nowlin, Nickelson and sophomore Elyssa Carr have formed the 1,600 relay. Nowlin, Zeman, Carr and junior Peyton Desormiers return from the state qualifying 3,200 relay that finished 13th in 1A last season at 10:51.8.

"I really like the 4x4, it's a lot of fun to run in, and I like the 4x8 because we have a good team," Nowlin said.

They have helped Trego continue on with a solid season after Lexi Riedel graduated two years ago, Jerris Reeder graduated last year and Clayton Riedel transferred to Hays High School this school year. Lexi Riedel and Reeder are on the Fort Hays State University track team, while Clayton Riedel has committed to play FHSU football.

"They just keep holding each year," seventh-year coach Jeff Rhoden said. "They are competitors. They are as reliable as any I have had. We have had Lexi come through here and Jerris, but those two are there day in and day out. Those two are the leaders of this team. You don't see that from the girls' side as often, so it's a pretty neat thing."

Zeman, Nowlin, Nickelson, the relays and senior shot putter/sprinter Devon Ghumm stand the best chances for state qualification for the Golden Eagles, back in Class 2A after a year in Class 1A.

One of the highlighted events of this Friday's Goldsmith Relays in WaKeeney is the girls' 800-meter run, which will likely feature at least five girls who can break 2:37 in Ness City seniors Jessie Rubottom and Emily Hahn, Thomas More Prep-Marian's Melissa Pfeifer, Norton's Katelyn Engelbert and Nowlin.

"It's a really difficult race, but I like being able to do well in it, because at some meets, I really do excel and at others, it's tougher, and I am challenged, but I do like the challenge," Nowlin said.

Rhoden's team-building philosophy centers around the two longer relays. Many years, Rhoden doesn't focus on the 400 relay as much because any small mistake can cost the team.

Trego has qualified at least one girl relay to state in four of the past five years. The only year the Golden Eagles missed was 2011, when Zeman, in position to qualify, tripped in the 400 relay at regionals.

"Continue to build your team and excitement around it, you take relays to state," Rhoden said. "You take more people, and that's kind of what we have focused on."

Zeman likes team sports and enjoys the team aspect of relays. She has tried other events, but the three relays are her core events.

"That's really not attainable so much on the guys' side, but with the females, you can see them run maybe all three relays," Rhoden said.

"Fast enough to run that 100, but still endurance and in shape to run that 800. That's what she will continue to do."

Nowlin wasn't supposed to run the open 400 last week at Oakley, but Rhoden looked at the entry marks and told her she could place high in the event.

She ran a 64.7, her personal best for an open 400 and has run a 63-second 400 in the relay. Her best open 800 is 2:36. Nickelson has run a 63.1 400 this year.

Rhoden believes around 63 seconds will qualify for state. Likely 2:30 or lower will qualify in the 800 at a difficult Smith Center regional.

Nickelson also does the high jump and pole vault, but might cut the high jump based on regional rankings in other events.

"I feel like I am off to a fairly good start, not completely sure if I am going to be running the 800 or the 400, and I have a chance at both, is what my coaches said," Nowlin said. "Just trying my best to do my best in both of them."

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