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Tigers fall, need win to host first round -2/27/2015, 10:20 AM

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

Monarchs survive on senior night -2/27/2015, 12:17 PM

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

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

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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State volleyball - La Crosse, Hoxie prepared for Division I field

Published on -10/31/2013, 10:09 AM

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By NICK McQUEEN

nmcqueen@dailynews.net

As the No. 3 seed in last week's Class 1A Division I sub-state tournament in Lincoln, La Crosse High School volleyball coach Mindi Dreiling knew her club had a shot to advance.

When top-seeded Victoria fell in the first semifinal, it really boosted the Leopards' confidence.

"When we saw Victoria lose, I could see it in their eyes," Dreiling said of her young club, which has just two seniors and starts a freshman and a sophomore. "I said 'We have to focus now on Lincoln.' I kept looking at them and saying Lincoln was on my mind."

The Leopards responded by beating second-seeded Lincoln, 25-14, 25-11, then survived upset-minded Macksville in the title match.

"We're very excited," Dreiling said. "We really had a good chance going in, but the girls accomplished a lot through that weekend. So happy for them."

Now the Leopards get to play the underdog role in this weekend's Division I state tournament at Gross Memorial Coliseum in Hays. The only team under .500, the Leopards enter with a 16-20 mark and will play top-seeded Caldwell (36-3) in the first match of pool play at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

It's La Crosse's first state tournament appearance since 2004 when it finished 0-3 in pool play in Class 1A. Prior to that, La Crosse had not been to state since 1985. The three opponents the Leopards will face Friday --  along with No. 4 Spearville and No. 5 Goessel -- have just 17 losses combined, but the Leopards are excited about the opportunity.

"I don't really think our record reflects us completely," said Dreiling, in her second year at the helm. "We've had our ups and downs, but when we play really good, we are really good."

La Crosse is fueled by the play of its top three players; junior Alyssa Oborny, sophomore Morgan West and freshman Olivia Baus.

At 5-foot-9, West averages right around three kills per set and carries a .372 hitting average. Baus, at 5-11, averages just less than two kills per set.

"Our strength is in our middle," said Dreiling, a Scott City native who played one season at Garden City Community College. "They kind of control the net for our team."

On the outside, Oborny, just 5-5, has racked up 141 kills, and is the team's top server.

"She has an amazing serve she's been working on all year, and has just been getting better," Dreiling said.

While the Leopards are making a rare appearance in the state finale, in the other pool, state-tournament mainstay Hoxie brings a 35-3 mark and earned the bracket's No. 2 seed. The Indians landed in a pool that combines for just 31 losses and will play No. 7 seed Scandia-Pike Valley (25-12) in the 8:30 a.m. session Friday.

"Hopefully, we can overcome that," Hoxie coach Shelly Hoyt said of the tough pool that includes powerhouse Centralia (34-5) and Waverly (30-8).

Hoxie played Centralia and Waverly last season in pool play, and was the No. 2 team with a loss to the Panthers.

Then, Hoxie lost in the semifinals to Centralia and finished fourth for the fourth time since 2001.

Hoxie hopes again to contend for its first state volleyball title.

"It's always nice --  a feeling that I hope they feel lucky to have this opportunity," Hoyt said. "This group is still learning a lot, and that's the exciting part.

"They have some room to grow yet, and it's just fun and exciting to go to practice every day, because there's something for them to gain out of it every day," Hoyt added.

Hoxie is led by its usual suspects, a group that has helped fuel the last two state basketball titles in Class 1A Division I. Seniors Gabi Spresser and Kristina Farber are among four seniors in their final season. Hoxie will suit up eight for state.

Farber leads the team with 210 kills and senior Natasha Allmer has 208. The Indians also pass the ball well with sophomore Terran Hoyt and junior Carly Heim at 317 and 348 assists, respectively.

Just like in basketball, Hoxie's stats don't jump off the page because of the team's balance.

"They're just so many kids that can step up for us," coach Hoyt said. "The setters do a great job of sharing the ball and they move it around. We have some kids that can hit the ball a little bit harder, but they're all pretty darn accurate.

"They do what they need to do."

Hoxie's three losses have come at the hands of perennial Class 3A contender Phillipsburg, Class 1A Division I qualifier Spearville and Class 3A Norton. The Indians swept through last week's sub-state, and were 6-0 at the Northwest Kansas League Tournament on Oct. 19, defeating two state qualifiers and one of the favorites in a 2A sub-state, Atwood, a schedule Hoyt said she hoped prepared her club for the challenge it will face Friday.

"Our league tournament was a great opportunity to play against some strong teams," Hoyt said. "They're all very tough teams."

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