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The Horton cross country and volleyball teams were in action this week, as the teams begin to get a feel for their seasons. Both teams competed Hiawatha over the past few days, as the cross country team ran at the Hiawatha Country Club and the volleyball squad took part in the Hiawatha Invit…

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Hiawatha High School hosted the Hiawatha Invitational Cross Country meet on Thursday afternoon at the Hiawatha Country Club, and both varsity teams, as well as the boys junior varsity squad, registered impressive results on the day.

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For the second year in a row, the Hiawatha Lady Red Hawk volleyball team have flexed their muscles on their home court, winning the Hiawatha Invitational in back to back seasons after capturing the tournament championship on Saturday afternoon.

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Friday night did not turn out the way the Hiawatha Red Hawks had envisioned, as they fell behind early against the visiting Riverside Cyclones and could never get their offense on track as the game got away by a score of 42-0.

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The Horton Charger volleyball squad traveled to Rock Creek on Saturday for a tournament against several other local schools. Unfortunately, the team could not get on track for the day, and found themselves bounced without a win.

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Friday night may not have been a great moment in Horton Charger football history, as the team fell 46-6 at Saint Mary’s, but the team certainly took strides forward from their first outing of the season, and Coach David Losey sees progress as the team looks for a different outcome in the win…

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A last minute change in schedules for the weekend sent the Hiawatha Lady Red Hawks to Rock Creek on Saturday, where they took on a pool of Rock Creek, Horton, Marysville and Sabetha. The Hawks did not finish with the top spot in the meet, but went a solid 2-2 and never surrendered a match in…

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The Hiawatha Red Hawk cross country squad hit the course at the Banner Creek Reservoir in Holton on Thursday afternoon, and both teams had an outstanding afternoon, as the Lady Red Hawks took a resounding 1st place overall, and the boys ran a strong 3rd place as a group.

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Friday night’s matchup between the Hiawatha Red Hawks and the Perry Lecompton Kaws was indicative of the way the teams’ seasons ended a year ago, as the State-runner up Kaws put the hammer down on the Hawks, who managed just one win a year ago, securing the 47-7 win.

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Year three for Coach Andrea Keller will feature a roster heavy with seniors and returning varsity experience, after losing just one player, strong contributor Makinley Smith, to graduation. Keller said the team was up and down last year, but found a groove late in the season.

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Entering year two leading the Lady Charger volleyball squad, Coach Shelly Smith is looking for contributors. Five of the team’s six starters graduated this summer, leaving room for new faces to play important roles.

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The Hiawatha Red Hawk football team will have a different look in 2020. Coach Michael Downard returns for year two, but some key names from recent years have graduated, leaving room for the next wave.

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A strong season a year ago with very little attrition should mean big things for the Hiawatha cross country squad in Coach Becky Shamburg’s sixth season running the program. Madison Gilbert was the lone graduating senior among the girls and boys teams, and a handful of young runners will bat…

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2020 marks the start of another new phase in Lady Red Hawk tennis, as Coach Kelsey Hubin takes over for her inaugural season at the helm. In Hubin’s debut season, she is graced with five seniors on the roster to help guide the team. “My leaders are my seniors,” says Hubin, “Laurel Madere, Cy…

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Year five for Coach Brenda Siebenmorgen at the helm of the Red Hawk volleyball team has the potential to be the best yet, as a pair of All-Big 7 performers are back, along with other strong players and some talented underclassmen that should make an impact.

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The Horton Chargers are hoping another season of change will bring a spark, as David Losey takes over for his first year as head coach of the program. A pair of winless seasons have been rough, but a new coach and some fresh faces may be the shakeup the team needs.

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The Horton Charger cross country team continues to grow under Coach Skylar Wikle, who enters his fifth season with the squad in 2020. Four-year runner Dennis Rush is gone, but the rest of the group returns with some additions who will help this year become the first putting forth full teams …

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Injuries and low numbers have held the Mustang football team back in recent years, as the team has dropped to 8-man football and has been competitive but fallen short of their goals. With just sixteen players out for the squad, numbers will not be a strength, but Coach Perry Smith hopes the …

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The 2019 season is proof for third year coach, Gina Clevenger, that competition breeds success. The girls squad featured two top runners who went back and forth all season taking turns breaking the school record on the way to championship finishes in the TVL, Regionals, and 1A State.

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The Hiawatha Lady Red Hawk tennis team took part in a match at Seaman High School on Saturday, and Coach Kelsey Hubin said her team is continuing to grow.

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The Hiawatha Red Hawk cross country squad opened their year on Saturday with a race at Marysville. Both the boys and girls teams took 2nd overall in the meet, led by a pair of familiar faces.

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The Horton Charger volleyball and cross country teams were both in action this week, with the volleyball squad hosting a triangular on Tuesday night and the cross country squad took part at the Marysville Invite over the weekend.

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Doniphan West’s Mustang volleyball is now in week two of competition. They hosted Centralia and Wetmore on Tuesday, Sept. 1. Both varsity and junior varsity beat Wetmore and lost to Centralia.

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Friday night’s long-awaited return to high school sports looked to be a nail biter between the Hiawatha Red Hawks and the visiting Troy Trojans, but the Hawks shook things up in the second half, running off three quick touchdowns late in the third and early in the fourth to stretch a 3-0 lea…

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The Hiawatha Lady Red Hawks saw their first action on the courts last week, as the team kicked off the season at Hayden Catholic School in Topeka.

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The option for an alternative season for Kansas High School fall athletics was approved Friday by a vote of 45-29 in a Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) Board of Directors meeting.

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Cases of Covid-19 for two local high school football teams have shaken up the early schedule for themselves and several others in the area.

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Even though there are a few questions remaining about what fall sports will look like, many schools have already started practice according to guidelines put out by the Kansas State High School Activities Association.

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The dominoes have started to fall in the landscape of the upcoming football season in recent days, as universities, conferences and schools have begun to pull the plug on the 2020 season.

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In the states bordering Missouri, the majority of high school athletic programs are gearing up to take fields and courts for the first time in more than five months.

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The Kansas State High School Athletic Association board met on Tuesday afternoon, and after hearing recommendations to push the start date of competitions back, the group instead voted 5-4 against making any changes to the start dates of practices or competitions.

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With the results of the Kansas State School Board of Education vote Wednesday, the KSHSAA Executive Board met that afternoon. During the meeting, the group approved a remote learning policy which districts may choose to implement for the fall semester. This new policy is available via “Remot…

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The Kansas High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) had originally planned on announce guidelines this Friday for fall activities to begin August, 17 but that has now changed due to Governor Laura Kelly issuing an executive order that pushed the opening of schools to September, 9.

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While the school year may have drawn to an unceremonious close, the Hiawatha High School Facebook page has lit up over the past few weeks with various honors and recognitions of students. This week, the Red Hawks named Michael Moreno as Male Athlete of the Year and Madison Gilbert and Jaye H…

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Maryanna Randall, a 2020 graduate of Horton H.S. in Horton, KS has committed to play Volleyball and Women’s Basketball for the Iowa Lakes Lakers in Estherville, IA.

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This week marks the third Senior Salute page — a tribute to those athletes and students involved in spring activities at Hiawatha High School.

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(Editor’s Note: Next week we will feature additional track athletes and also in the coming weeks we plan to feature seniors in clubs, music and band in the upcoming weeks. Congratulations to all of the seniors!)