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Bills get their workhorse back in LeSean McCoy -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

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Kansas rallies, wins Big 12 outright -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Wildcats have shot at tourney? -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Lehman, Hobson collect MIAA honors -3/4/2015, 1:44 PM

Two headed to nationals for Tiger track -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Tiger softball earns Tuesday sweep -3/3/2015, 7:45 PM

Season ends for FHSU men -3/3/2015, 10:20 AM

Claflin great Jackie Stiles inducted into NFHS Hall of Fame -3/3/2015, 10:19 AM

KU's Big 12 streak one for the ages -3/3/2015, 10:10 AM

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Ronda Rousey's fast work, like at UFC 184, a big draw -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Minnie Minoso's love of baseball never waned -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

FHSU wrestling sending four to nationals -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Kansas State rallies late to put away Iowa State -3/1/2015, 9:33 AM

No. 8 Kansas holds on to defeat Texas, 69-64 -3/1/2015, 9:31 AM

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Ellis' Younger cruises through Friday at 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

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Norton wins title with backside points -3/1/2015, 9:36 AM

Hoxie's Porsch repeats in 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:43 AM

FHSU splits at Northeastern State -3/1/2015, 9:41 AM

HHS girls win on senior night -3/1/2015, 9:40 AM

HHS boys roll by Great Bend -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Class 3-2-1A State Wrestling finals results -2/28/2015, 9:37 AM

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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Phillipsburg girls knock off TMP at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

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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

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Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

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FHSU softball begins season on road

Published on -2/14/2014, 10:13 AM

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By CONOR NICHOLL

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The Fort Hays State University softball team finished 47-12, hosted a NCAA Division II regional and completed the spring ranked No. 16 nationally, the best season in school history. The Tigers return all but one player, first team All-American pitcher/outfielder Maddie Holub.

However, FHSU is one of eight teams that dropped out of the top 25 when this year's preseason poll was released.

Even though FHSU has plenty of talent and the most depth in Erin Kinberger's three years as head coach, Kinberger isn't surprised the Tigers aren't ranked.

"We earned our way into the top 25 last year, and the last thing I want is these girls thinking that they deserve something based on last year," Kinberger said. "We don't. It's a new year. No one cares what we did last year. The only one who cares is someone who is going to read it a program about last year."

The Tigers were set to open the season with doubleheaders today, Saturday and Sunday in the Arkansas-Monticello 8-State Classic in Bentonville, Ark. First game was scheduled for 11:30 a.m. today against East Central (Okla.) University.

"The successes that we had last year are not going to help us for this year other than momentum and mentality," Kinberger said. "I expected us to drop out of the top-25, and I expect us to earn our way back into it, so I am all about earning what you get."

Holub, who leaves in approximately a month to play for an Italian professional team, delivered the greatest year in Tiger history with a .426 average, 19 homers and 56 RBIs. She went 29-4, pitched two perfect games and carried a 1.03 earned-run average.

Using the Runs Created formula, an advanced offensive statistic that shows how many runs a single player contributed, Holub was responsible for 80 runs, 29 percent of the team's total.

"We have discussed that it's good to be underestimated, because then people just want to look over you," said sophomore Paxton Duran, last season's No. 2 pitcher and this spring's projected ace. "We are ready. We are going in, and we are attacking full on, and that's the best thing is people are underestimating. We are going to be like, 'Watch this, we are going to show you.' "

Duran went 15-7 with a 3.09 ERA as a freshman. Reserves Jordan Jones and Katlyn Kern return and FHSU has added two more pitchers with juniors Kelsey Kimminau, a pickup from NCAA Division I University of Minnesota, and Sarah Cochran, a Garden City Community College signee.

"We are being underestimated," Wright said. "We are ready to show some people wrong, and we have been preparing."

Kinberger has done some shifting with the veteran personnel. Senior Danie Brinkmann started at shortstop three years ago. Then, she redshirted the 2012 season because of injury. Last year, she started every game at third base and carried a .317 average.

This spring, Brinkmann moved to first base. She had ankle surgery in December and has been out of a boot for two weeks. Playing first base will cut down on her lateral movement. Brinkmann will hit third.

"Danie didn't do anything wrong at third," Kinberger said. "Just thought that she would be a better asset there" at first.

Sophomore Tori Beltz, last season's starting first baseman, hit .300 with eight homers. Kinberger expects Beltz to bat cleanup and likely be the designated hitter.

Sophomore Jenna Lang, mainly the starting right fielder in 2013, will battle with freshman Kylie Strand for the starting third base job. Sophomore Courtney Dobson is back at second base, but will bat fifth instead of second like last spring. Senior Kellsi Olsen returns at shortstop and will hit ninth again.

"This team has all the potential in the world," senior catcher Callie Wright. "We showed last year what a lot of our returners can do. We have only gained from last year."

Wright, a terrific leader, is back for her third season behind the plate. Wright hit .258 in 2012, but slumped to .082 last year. Wright has improved her mindset for this spring.

"Being senior year, it's almost a personal matter," Wright said. "You know the girls you are playing. You know the pitchers that you are playing, and I have been preparing myself to do more for the team. I am ready, and I am eager to come out offensively and really make a statement, because you have got to hit to play."

Junior Amanda Vaupel, who collected second team all-MIAA honors and carried a .337 average with 47 RBIs, will start in center field for the third straight season.

Senior Bianca Adame (.325 average, team record 40 steals) returns as left fielder and leadoff hitter. Kinberger said sophomore Rilee Krier, a transfer from Division I University of Northern Colorado, will start at right field and bat second. Adame and Krier are both speedy slappers.

"Rilee, she is awesome," Duran said. "She is a great asset. We have always talked about how we need someone with Bianca, and they push each other day in and day out - who is the fastest, who is going to make it to first, who is going to beat out that bunt."

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