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The state football playoffs are nearing their culmination, and a trio of Big 7 schools were still in the hunt this week, as Perry Lecompton and Holton locked up for a shot at the big game, while Nemaha Central hosted Rossville in their own semifinal game.

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The Kansas high school football state title picture is starting to form clearly over past few weeks, and a few local teams are left on the state radar.

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The Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) Executive Board unanimously approved a proposal Wednesday that would delay Winter Activity competitions to Jan. 15. The proposal will be voted on Tuesday in the special Board of Director Meeting.

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The fall sports season has come to a close, and the Big 7 League has announced their All-League teams in football, volleyball and cross country, with several Hiawatha Red Hawk athletes earning recognition for their efforts this year.

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The Kansas high school football playoffs continue to roll this week, and several teams from the northeast Kansas area are still very much alive and vying for State glory.

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The Horton Chargers had one last opportunity to grab their first win of the season on Friday night, as they traveled to Lyndon in a State playoff eliminator, but were turned away by a score of 57-6.

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The Hiawatha Middle School basketball teams have been busy the past two weeks.

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Doniphan West football finished its season with a 48-30 win at Solomon, Kan. on Friday, Oct. 30. The Mustangs finish the season at 4-3. Pictured are the Mustangs' two seniors, Fletcher Penny and Lafe Blevins, after their last game.

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Saturday marked the final race of the season for the Hiawatha Red Hawk cross country team, as seniors Kate Madsen and Justin Hodge represented the State meet in Wamego. Hodge earned All-State honors with a 12th place finish, while Madsen had a strong day of her own, finishing in 21st, just o…

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The Doniphan West cross country girls brought home their second consecutive state championship trophy after an outstanding team and individual performances at the Sand Plum Nature Trail in Victoria, Kan. on Saturday, Oct. 31.

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The 2020 football season has come to an end for the Hiawatha Red Hawks, but the squad went out in style on Friday night, as the Hawks picked apart the visiting Osawatomie Trojans by a score of 52-14.

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The Horton Lady Charger volleyball team returned from their recent quarantine this weekend just in time to compete in Saturday’s Class 2A Sub-State tournament hosted by JCN in Winchester. Unfortunately, the rust of extended time off was evident, as the girls took on the 2nd-seeded MHMA Raven…

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The Doniphan West Lady Mustangs’ volleyball season has come to an end, not as they hoped — with a trip to the state playoffs, but they can be proud of being sub-state runners up.

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The Hiawatha Lady Red Hawk volleyball team took a major step forward in 2020, as moments of good play in previous seasons stretched into prolonged periods of outstanding play this year. The team’s core of underclassmen gelled this season in a way that they had not in the past, as the Red Haw…

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The Hiawatha cross country squad traveled to Riley County on Saturday, where the team took part in their 3A Regional meet, with the opportunity to send teams and individuals to State on the line.

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It was not exciting or a thing of beauty, but the Sabetha Bluejays came out with a very specific game plan in mind against the Hiawatha Red Hawks on Friday night, and the Jays stuck to the plan, chewing through clock and steadily putting points on the board as they outscored the Hawks 28-7.

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A recent cold streak has hit the Hiawatha Lady Red Hawks, as they dropped a few matches to Nemaha County foes a week ago, and did not have the showing they would have liked over the weekend at the Sabetha Invitational Tournament.

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The Hiawatha Red Hawks rolled into Hoyt on Friday night to take on the Royal Valley Panthers and exorcised their recent string of tough outcomes, as the Hawks kept the ball on the ground for much of the game and grinded out a 28-14 win over the Panthers.

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The Horton Charger cross country team took part in the Sabetha Invitational last week. The team ran well and continues to put in solid work as postseason races near.

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It took three sets to get it done, but the Horton Charger volleyball squad finally cashed in on their first win of the year in a quad contest with Troy last Thursday in what was a busy week of play for the Horton team.

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The Hiawatha Red Hawks’ last cross country meet of the regular season was anything but regular, as the team took part in the Saint James Relay Carnival, which allows teams to compete against high level competition, but in a relaxed setting and with unusual rules.

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Homecoming is always circled on a high school team’s calendar before the season begins, but from the day the slate was announced, Hiawatha knew that beating up on the visiting Holton Wildcats would be a tall task.

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After a week off, the Lady Chargers played ACCHS and Jackson Heights in a dual on Tuesday evening. The Chargers fell 25-14 to the Tigers. In the second match of the night, the Cobras bested Horton by a score of 25-10, 25-20. The Lady Chargers are now 0-22 on the year, with a quad at Valley F…

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While the varsity girls have been garnering a lot of attention for their impressive run on the volleyball courts, this weekend it was the Lady Red Hawk JV that stole the show, as they claimed the championship of the Doniphan West Invitational Tournament.

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The Hiawatha Lady Red Hawks have been as busy as they could hope to be, and maybe a little more, as their unbeaten streak came to an end this week, followed directly by a stretch of 0-4.

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Playing just to half-time, the Doniphan West football team defeated Maranatha 52-0 on Friday, Oct. 2. Next up for the Mustangs is hosting Clifton-Clyde on Friday, Oct. 9.

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Momentum swung back and forth in the opening half of Friday night’s football game between the visiting Hiawatha Red Hawks and the Jeff West Tigers, but the Tigers were able to grab the reins by halftime and ride to a 45-14 win.

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The Hiawatha Red Hawks took part in the Horton Invitational cross country meet on Thursday afternoon, and earned some solid results as the team finished near the top of every division.

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Despite the less than perfect circumstances surrounding this year’s Homecoming celebrations, Hiawatha High School is finding new ways of keeping beloved traditions alive.

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Three weeks remain before postseason play begins for the Lady Red Hawks volleyball team, and the Hiawatha squad keeps on rolling as they ramp up for a chance at the State tournament, as the girls picked up a sweep of Jeff West on Tuesday night.

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The Lady Red Hawks tennis squad kept their rackets hot this week, as the team played in three meets in seven days, including back-to-back tournaments.

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It looked like the Hiawatha Red Hawk cross country team might not make the Nemaha Central Invite on Thursday afternoon, but after a late change in position on extracurricular activities, the Hawks found both the starting line and finish line, putting in strong times at the competition.

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The Horton Charger cross country team took part in the Nemaha Central Invite on Thursday afternoon, as the squad continues to improve heading toward postseason races. Maliyah Soto finished 21st to lead the girls team, coming in at a time of 26:36.50, followed by Maggie Heinen in 31st, Julia …

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The Hiawatha Red Hawks struck first in Friday night’s high school football matchup with the Rock Creek Mustangs, but that early surge was wiped out by a tidal wave of scoring from the visiting opponents, and Hiawatha could never quite find their footing again in the 51-12 defeat.

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The Lady Red Hawks followed up Saturday’s HIT championship with a little more home cooking on Tuesday evening, as the girls hosted and swept the Riverside Cyclones.

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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…