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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

FHSU's Keehn wins second MIAA title in track -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Wessel continues to spark Shockers -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

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

Wichita State captures MVC crown by beating Northern Iowa -3/1/2015, 9:30 AM

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

Hays High's Deterding second in 4A -3/1/2015, 9:58 AM

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

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

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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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Eagles ready to play at home for WWF

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Eagles ready to play at home for WWF

Published on -7/4/2014, 1:25 PM

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By NICK McQUEEN

nmcqueen@dailynews.net

On June 2, the Hays Legion Eagles baseball team opened its season at Larks Park with a win against the Hays Monarchs. Two nights later, the Eagles defeated Russell, 9-5, at HHS Field.

That's the last time anyone saw the Eagles take the field in their hometown.

"It's been a long month," Eagles coach Brad Kelly said.

This morning in the Wild West Festival Tournament, the Eagles finally will get to play a home game after a 17-6 run through June that saw Hays play in three different tournaments, and have a handful of scheduled doubleheaders called off due to weather.

The Eagles were scheduled to play at Larks Park on Wednesday, but decided against it to keep pitchers fresh for this weekend's run in the WWF tourney. Hays plays Rock Creek in the 11 a.m. game today at Larks Park.

"Even yesterday, we had an opportunity to play a home game," Kelly said. "With our staff, we're kind of thin after last week in Oklahoma (a 4-1 tournament showing). We knew we had enough pitching to play one doubleheader, but we probably didn't have enough to do two."

Hays is coming off a road sweep of Great Bend in a doubleheader Tuesday, and has won six of its last eight games.

"I'm pretty pleased with where we're at," Kelly said. "I was really pleased with that Oklahoma tournament. I thought we faced some pretty good teams, and faced some pretty good pitchers. We handled them pretty well for the most part."

And with pretty much all of its pitchers rested, Hays feels confident it can make a good run in its home tournament, though the Eagles haven't been there much. The Eagles' only other scheduled home doubleheader in June with the Hays Monarchs called off.

"It will be nice to be at home and not have to travel five hours to get to a game."

Having played just one doubleheader this week, Kelly said the Eagles should have their full pitching staff ready to go with Kade Parker, Layne Downing, Cole Schumacher, Kaden Rohr, Brady Bieker and Marcus Altman all capable of making starts through the weekend. The pitching staff has combined for a 3.00 earned-run average and has struck out 93 batters in 147 innings. Downing is 4-0 with a 1.38 ERA in 25.1 innings. He leads the club with 25 strikeouts to 13 walks. Schumacher (5-0, 1.75 ERA) has struck out 20 to just nine walks in a team-high 28 innings. Brady Bieker has made a team-high eight appearances.

"We're good on that," Kelly said of the pitching rotation. "All our guys are ready to go. Marcus pitched on Tuesday, so we might have to pitch him later in the weekend.

"But, Kade, Layne, Cole, Kaden, all good to go. Even Brady Bieker pitched on Tuesday, but his count was low. So all our arms should be ready to go."

The offense hasn't been a slouch either. Parker leads the way with a .436 average, one of three Eagles hitting at least .403. Downing is at .426 and Zack Legleiter .403. That trio combines for 63 of the team's 153 RBIs.

"We can always improve. Eliminate errors, and maybe some base-running mistakes,"  Kelly said. "Our pitching can always be a little better, too, but for the most part, I'm pleased with how we've done and where we're at right now."

The tournament field is 16 teams, and the Eagles' pool includes two teams from Colorado and Rock Creek.

"It will be a good tournament," Kelly said. "Using the wood bats kind of equalizes things a little bit. It puts pitching at a premium, and maybe kind of lessens the impact good offensive teams have. You still have to pitch it, hit it and play sound defense."

Hays finished 4-1 in last year's tournament field.

Monarchs enter tourney 12-3

After the Hays Monarchs' 8-1 win against Ellis on Wednesday, the Monarchs take a 12-3 record into today's 11 a.m. opener at HHS Field against the Wichita Greys.

The Monarchs enter the tourney on an eight-game winning streak, and look to improve upon last year's 3-2 finish. The Monarchs also play against Canon City, Colo., in the 5 p.m. game at TMP Field.

"It's going to be a very good tournament, probably as good as it has been in a long time," Monarchs coach Dustin Schumacher said. "They'll be a lot of good teams there. Our pool is tough."

The Monarchs had some pitching questions Wednesday and were just going to wait and see whether or not Braiden Werth and Jared Vitztum were going to be available for play.

The Monarchs' offense is fueled by the play of Ryan Ruder, who is batting .500 in 13 games, and Jordan Gottschalk (.488 in 15 games). Gottschalk, Grant Romme and Ryan Schippers are the only Monarchs who have played in every game this summer. Before Wednesday, Hays went through a nine-day layoff because of a rainout.

"We'll see some good pitching I'm sure," Schumacher said. "Our guys will have to adjust at the plate. We've pitched really well this summer, but our guys are going to have to step it up even more."

The only pitching decision Schumacher made as of Wednesday was Kameron Schmidt (4-0, 1.34 ERA) would make the start in the last game today against Canon City.

Ellis (9-8) faces Erie, Colo., in the 3 p.m. game today at HHS Field, then faces the Wichita Canons' 17s at 7 p.m. at TMP Field.

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