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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

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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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Kimminau, FHSU prepare for weekend slate

Published on -4/3/2014, 10:20 AM

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By CONOR NICHOLL

cnicholl@dailynews.net

Junior Kelsey Kimminau opened her career at NCAA Division I University of Minnesota. Kimminau, from Arvada, Colo., delivered a 5.32 earned-run average in 23.2 innings as a freshman and a 5.44 ERA in 36 innings last season. Then, she transferred to Fort Hays State University, and, along with sophomore Paxton Duran, are the Tigers' two starting pitchers.

Kimminau enjoys Hays, coach Erin Kinberger and three-year starting senior catcher Callie Wright. Especially early, Kimminau pitched very well and even started some Game 1s of doubleheaders, usually reserved for the team's ace.

"They know how to work hard for it," Kimminau said of the differences between Hays and Minnesota. "Instead of just hoping that it's given to them. Everybody wants it out here. Everybody is out here, and they are having fun and playing a game they have played since they were little kids instead of just showing up at the ball field. It's nice, everybody works hard."

Kimminau has been up-and-down recently, one of the reasons why Fort Hays is 8-8 in its last 16 games. FHSU, still receiving votes in the latest NCAA Division II poll, stands at 22-13, 11-5 MIAA, good for third place in the league standings.

This weekend, Fort Hays has two key road doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday at Missouri Western State University (22-14, 7-7 MIAA) and Northwest Missouri State University (14-18, 7-7 MIAA). Start time is 4 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday.

"I have been trying to do too much lately, and I just need to keep it simple," Kimminau said. "My teammates helped me realize that."

Last Saturday, Kimminau, a hard throwing right-hander, worked a 7-0 complete game home shutout against Lincoln (Mo.) University.

"We all knew that Kelsey had all that power in her," sophomore third baseman Jenna Lang said. "We have seen it practice all the time, so it was good for it to come out in a game."

Kimminau mixed several pitches, including a fastball, changeup, drop and screwball. Her favorite pitch is the changeup, which caught several Blue Tigers off-guard.

"She kept her ball down and inside was throwing us off," Lincoln coach Nicole Stacy added. "We are not one to swing at the inside."

Kimminau, allowed five hits and struck out six against zero walks.

"I still don't think you have seen Kelsey's 'A' game," Kinberger said. "I think that she has got even more to offer in the circle for us. I am proud of the way that she came out (Saturday)."

On Sunday, though, Kimminau struggled in a 10-3 loss against Lindenwood (Mo.) University, a sub-.500 team. She allowed seven hits and four runs (none earned) in 1.2 innings.

Overall, Kimminau stands at 8-6 with a 3.01 ERA. Tiger sophomore ace right-hander Paxton Duran is 13-5 with a 2.48 ERA.

In 16 starts, Kimminau has allowed zero earned runs four times - same as Duran.

The difference comes in consistency. Duran has allowed more than three runs four times; Kimminau has done in seven times.

Duran has moved into the league's elite pitchers with a 5-0 mark and 0.99 ERA in her last six appearances with five complete games in five starts.

In her last eight starts, Kimminau has two shutouts - but pitched less than five innings five times.

"If she can keep the teams to five hits or less, then we are going to find a way to win for her," Kinberger said.

Kimminau's performance is likely key for the Tigers staying among the top three in the conference as the regular season enters its final full month. Emporia State is 16-0 and ranked No. 7 nationally, while defending national champion University of Central Oklahoma sits at 15-1 and is receiving votes.

Teams three through eight are all .500 or better in league play and sit with five, six or seven losses, including the Tigers, Missouri Western and Northwest Missouri.

Missouri Western has senior right-hander Jackie Bishop, a former All-American, MIAA Pitcher of the Year and two-time first team all-league pitcher. Bishop stands at 14-6 with a 0.92 ERA with three no-hitters this season.

Last year, Bishop and FHSU All-American ace Maddie Holub dueled in a classic, a 2-1, 12-inning Tiger victory in Hays. All three runs scored by the international tiebreaker. Holub threw 195 pitches, Bishop 155. Then, FHSU defeated Bishop again, 3-0, in the MIAA tournament on a three-run seventh-inning homer by center fielder Amanda Vaupel.

Tiffany Gillaspy paces the Griffons in hitting and batted .615 last week en route to MIAA Player of the Week honors. FHSU sophomore second baseman Courtney Dobson leads the Tigers with a .387 average.

Bishop, UCO ace Kalynn Shrock and Duran stand 1-2-3 in the league in opponents' batting average, strikeouts and rank 2-3-4 in wins. FHSU is 5-3 in the last four doubleheaders with all three losses coming in Kimminau's starts.

On March 25, Kimminau was knocked out early in a non-conference loss to Metropolitan State College of Denver. Afterward, Kinberger said Kimminau needed to improve "her mental toughness," also a theme for the team.

Wright has also helped better Kimminau's mindset. Four days later, Kimminau bounced back with the big performance against Lincoln - followed by the struggles versus Lindenwood.

"I have learned how to keep my head," Kimminau said. "Coach K is a very strong mentally coach. She has got it together, and she is trying to teach us how to be strong, and it's a process, and I think that's what I am learning from her. ... I definitely trust her, she knows what she is doing."

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