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Heasley’s fam, friends see him deal

Royals.comSeptember 26, 2021

DETROIT -- As any good father would, Rick Heasley just wanted his son to succeed. Rick didn’t wish for a no-hitter or a pile of strikeouts on Saturday; he just wanted his son, Royals righty Jon Heasley, to be able to walk off the mound with his head held high. Rick’s morning text to Jon that day contained just two simple prayers: one for good command and another for an exte...

Smart Insurance FB Coaches Corner – 9/25

Pat StrathmanSeptember 25, 2021

Hear from different coaches during the Smart Insurance Coaches Corner, every Saturday morning from 8 to 9. Smart Insurance will help you find the right policy to protect your belongings with homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, life, automobile, motorcycle, farm, boat and personal watercraft, umbrella liability and valuable property. Smart Insurance – with locations in Salina and Abilene. T...

First Half Explosion Propels Central Mustangs to Win at Valley Center

Ethan DentonSeptember 24, 2021

CENTRAL 42, VALLEY CENTER 24 In the first half at Valley Center on Friday, the Salina Central Mustangs probably played their best half of football in at least a couple of years. They were superb in execution and dominated the Valley Center Hornets in every phase on their way to a 39-point halftime lead. The Mustangs were not nearly as sharp in the second half, but nonetheless picked up an impress...

Southeast of Saline Cruises to 4-0 with Win over Russell

Pat StrathmanSeptember 24, 2021

Back-to-back 70-point outings for Southeast of Saline. Five different players recorded a rushing touchdown, the defense didn't give an inch, and Southeast of Saline dominated Russell 71-0 Friday night. The Trojans improved to 4-0 with the win. Southeast raced out to a 22-0 advantage. Luke Gebhardt scored on a seven-yard scamper followed by a 30-yard pass to Michael Murray. The second quar...

Minneapolis Wins Thriller in District Opener

Sam HendersonSeptember 24, 2021

Not many games come down to the last play. Friday's district-opening game between Minneapolis and Norton did. Minneapolis (2-2 overall; 1-0 District 2A-8) used a strong defensive performance on its homecoming night to shut the door on Norton and win 15-7. Norton had the ball with just under a minute left in the game with no timeouts from its own 19-yard line. The Bluejays efficiently drov...

Big Second Quarter Propels Solomon to Win over Herington

Pat StrathmanSeptember 24, 2021

Solomon trailed Herington early, but changed the game with a crucial second 12 minutes of action. Jarret Baxa ran for 149 yards and two scores, Solomon outscored Herington 24-8 in the second, and the Gorillas hung on for a 46-26 victory over the Railers Friday night. Solomon improved to 3-1 with the win. Herington drew first play with a 34-yard TD run by Easton Idleman midway through the fir...

Eagles Soar Over the Vikings

Don BengtsonSeptember 24, 2021

On a crisp September night in western Kansas, the Colby Eagles took command on the gridiron, defeating the Smoky Valley Vikings 39-14. After both squads being held scoreless after the first quarter, Kade Blanchat took a pass from Karson Pihl 40 yards to the endzone for the game's first touchdown. Pihl then connected with Ethan Able for the two-point conversion to give the Vikings an 8-0 lead wi...

Derby Rolls Salina South, 77-7

Pat StrathmanSeptember 24, 2021

Derby football continues to be a perennial power. Division I prospect Dylan Edwards scored four touchdowns, Derby started every drive in the first half in Salina South territory, and the Panthers dominated the Cougars 77-7 Friday night at Salina Stadium. Derby improved to 3-0, picking up its seventh straight win over South. The Cougars fell to 1-3. The difference of the game - field position...

Plainville Spoils Ell-Saline’s Homecoming

Clarke SandersSeptember 24, 2021

In a battle of the Cardinals, it was Plainville travelling to Brookville and shutting out Ell-Saline on Friday night 36-zip. After a scoreless first quarter, Plainville got it in high gear in quarter number 2.  Senior Ben Hansen scored the first touchdown of the game on an 11-yard run with 7:47 to go before halftime.  On their next drive senior QB Ethan Hamilton connected with senior Andres D...

Christ Prep’s Stingy Defense Holds off Abilene in 14-7 Victory

Trent SanchezSeptember 24, 2021

It was Homecoming night in Abilene, the Cowboys hosted Christ Prep Academy Olathe in the first ever meeting between the two schools.  This year’s Homecoming Queen is Aelyn Pecina.  Abilene and Christ Prep were supposed to play last year but the game was canceled because of Covid.  Friday night, no one was expecting a defensive battle but that’s what transpired in the Patriots 14-7 victory. ...


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