Coach Kelsey Merchant Depth is the name of the game for Coach Kelsey Merchant and her Lady Red Hawk softball team in 2019. Despite a 5-16 season, Merchant says her team and grew by leaps and bounds in 2018, playing competitive ball with some of the top teams in the league.

Back at the helm of the Lady Red Hawk tennis program after a year away, Coach Kelsey Lee leads an experienced team into 2018, hoping to see that experience translate into success for a pair of seniors and juniors.

Skylar Wikle is back for his second season at the helm of the Horton Charger cross country program. Wikle added middle school contingent of the team, this year, with three 7th graders joining the squad. With a young team, the Chargers struggled to make their mark in the result sheets a seaso…

After a 2-7 season in Coach Ted Brown’s final year at Hiawatha, Curtis Myers steps into the head coach role for the 2018 season. The Red Hawks hit some bumps in the road last year as the team debuted many underclassmen getting their first taste of varsity action.

The Lady Chargers enter the season without some longtime contributors, as well as without Coach Kristin Fassnacht, as Atchison’s Todd Dulac begins his tenure as Horton’s head man. The Chargers will look to improve on last season’s 3-11 Northeast Kansas League showing with some experienced an…

A new coach, and new challenges face the Horton Charger football team this fall, as Mark Friess takes over after Nick Dowell stepped down to an assistant position after ten years guiding the team. Restructured districts move 3A juggernauts Nemaha Central into the Chargers’ yearly rotation, w…

The 2018 cross country season at Hiawatha will again be a highly anticipated affair. A pair of top-10 State finishes in 2017, including the girls’ squad’s very first State Championship has the team targeting a repeat run.

After a rebuilding year in 2017, Coach Brenda Siebenmorgen has 32 players out for the team this year, and believes her team is on track to be an improved unit that returns a ton of experience from last year’s squad.

The Doniphan West Mustang cross country team returns with some experienced runners who will look for individual success in 2018, as Coach Gina Clevenger returns at the helm of the program, after guiding much of her young team during their middle school cross country careers. Mustang runners …

It is a time of major transition for the Doniphan West football program, as the Mustangs slide over into the 8-man portion of the Twin Valley League. Also adding a new twist, Coach Rob Randall is gone, making way for Coach Jeff Savage to take over the program. The team also lost seven senior…

A new coach means a new era of Mustang volleyball, as Andrea Keller kicks of her Doniphan West debut in 2018. A former coach at Elwood in the early 2000s, and more recently at Highland Community College, Keller takes over a team that was 6-23 in 2017, and lost a trio of key players whose pro…

There is plenty of buzz around the start of the season for the Red Hawk baseball squad, as the inaugural season of Hiawatha High School baseball looks to start off with a bang. Coach Curt Weldon returns to the HHS sidelines, and is excited about the group he has on the field every day at pra…

After another successful season on the track, the Hiawatha High School Red Hawks return a contingent of State competitors, including a State champion, as they take aim at another strong year. Coach Ben Kettler returns for the Red Hawks in his tenth season, as Hiawatha sets its sites on a str…

Most of the familiar faces that have had prominent roles for the Hiawatha tennis program are gone in 2018, which makes room for a new wave of Red Hawks on the hard court. Coach Andrew Eckert is back for year two manning the helm, after taking a pair to the State tournament last season, and h…

For the fifth consecutive year, Coach Kelsey Merchant’s Lady Red Hawk softball program has continued to grow, suiting up a team-high 23 athletes for the 2018 season.

The Horton Chargers return one State competitor to their 2018 squad, and will look for outstanding individual seasons out of several competitors this season, as well as increased production from the team as a whole. In Coach Nick Dowell’s tenth season at the reigns of the program, the Charge…

After a year that ended with the team’s first individual trip to the State tournament in several seasons, the Horton Charger golf squad returns in 2018 with a less experienced team overall, but with plenty of potential for growth throughout the season. State-competitor Cameron Smith has grad…

This season marks year two for Coach Jeff Spiker at the head of the Mustang program. After the team took their lumps a season ago with a roster heavy on freshman, they return for 2018 a more veteran team set to put up solid numbers. After earning their stripes with a tough 0-19 2017 season, …

First year coach Marty Allen takes over a Doniphan West track program that returns one State competitor and just a few other experienced athletes who will be joined by a good number of new and young runners. Allen likes the look of his team’s present and future, as he will run nine freshmen,…

Adding another competitive club to Hiawatha’s spring activities, the Red Hawk Trap Club begins its inaugural season in 2018. Though not tied directly to the school itself, the club has obtained permission to be recognized under the school’s banner as a Red Hawk team. The team will operated a…

Attrition is the name of the game for the Red Hawk golf club and Coach Gordon Gunderson in 2018, as five of the team’s six lettermen from a year ago have either graduated or switched sports this season, including last year’s State competitor, Tom Nolte. Caden Lillie returns as Gunderson’s lo…

The 2017-18 season will mark the second straight year that 4th year head coach Brady Jasper will have to replace the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, but this season is unique, in that he will also have to replace nearly every single varsity minute from a season ago. After losing Emily G…

After two seasons as State playoff contenders, the Doniphan West Mustangs were supposed to be in rebuilding mode a season ago. All the team did was finish 9-3 in Twin Valley League play and 14-10 overall, including a run to the Sub-state title game. Coach David Johnson brings back that upsta…

Coach Nick Dowell is in his 10th year leading the Horton powerlifting program, and once again has a talented cadre of lifters who should dominate their classes throughout the 2018 season. The Chargers lost quite a few of their top athletes to graduation, including Madison Blackburn, Tannis S…