Author Archives: Conor Nicholl

Football in Kansas: “Heart of a lion” – How retooled Hill City built Eight-Man, Division I’s best statistical defense after three weeks

Hill City’s two-front defense with the wide outside linebacker (No. 7 Aiden Amrein) has contained three high-scoring offenses (Photo by Conor Nicholl

By CONOR NICHOLL

KENSINGTON – Hill City met on the football field immediately Read Story

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American Implement Western KS Team of the Week: Lakin football with the state’s biggest statistical upset in Week 3 behind Oldham’s big game

Lakin is 3-0 after a big home win versus Goodland.

By CONOR NICHOLL

Kenneth Massey is a longtime national statistician with well-known rankings. Massey’s formulas incorporate strength of schedule and quality of opponent, among other Read Story

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Craw-Kan SE Kansas Team of the Week: Girard cross country runs well at big Missouri meet

By CONOR NICHOLL

The Missouri Southern Stampede, held in Joplin, is one of the largest regional cross country meets of the fall. The competition features multiple races of high school and college. This year’s competition Read Story

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Volleyball in Kansas: Macksville among state’s biggest turnarounds; looking at Andale’s winning streak, statewide performers

By CONOR NICHOLL

Macksville’s Jennifer Gillespie is in her 24th season with Mustang volleyball. She has won more than 330 career matches. This season is special for Gillespie in several ways. First, Macksville is significantly Read Story

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American Implement Western KS Team of the Week: Goodland volleyball with continued milestones, achievements for highly decorated group

By CONOR NICHOLL

Goodland senior Talexa Weeter has exceeded 1,000 career kills in volleyball and 1,000 career points in basketball. Weeter has recently committed to Fort Hays basketball.

The senior class for Goodland is highly Read Story

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Football in Kansas: Canton-Galva’s Jett Vincent ties three state records on the same night; Who else impressed in Week 3?

Jett Vincent of Canton-Galva is one of the best players in the state regardless of classification. Photo: Chet Kuplen

By CONOR NICHOLL

The interception mark has always been one of the most elusive records in Read Story

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Football in Kansas: 4.36 speed and positional changes up front – Supporting casts helping Maize, Council Grove and Victoria to historic starts

By CONOR NICHOLL

Maize’s offensive line has helped the Eagles significantly increase its yards per play and yards per pass attempt from last year’s 5A state runner-up team. (Photo by Dustin Baker).

“Just run fast” Read Story

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Craw-Kan SE Kansas Team of the Week: Since the start of ’21, Girard football has the second-best 3A record

By CONOR NICHOLL

Since the start of 2021, Andale has the best winning percentage among current 3A teams. The Indians are 15-0 and have a 40-game winning streak, easily Kansas’ best current run.

Second-best? Girard Read Story

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Volleyball in Kansas: How the “Flying Squirrel” and other lineup changes have helped Andover Central; AVCA Phenom List, notes, stats around the state

Andover Central has enjoyed a great start this year and is up to No. 8 in 5A with just one loss. Junior libero Willow Deckinger (with ball) has been one of the state’s top back
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Football in Kansas: Who has the best home field advantage? How the number zero, a Spartan statue and smoke bombs play a role

By CONOR NICHOLL

Wichita Collegiate has not lost a home game since it built the Spartan statue before the 2021 season (Photo by Bethany Bowman)

La Crosse’s Jon Webster is the all-time winningest head football Read Story

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Craw-Kan Southeast Kansas Team of the Week: Colgan football solidifies preseason ranking with big Week 1 win

By CONOR NICHOLL

A major preseason trend involved the 51 teams that dropped down a classification. This helped bump Class 1A to 42 squads. KSHSAA sanctioned six-man football for the first time, and the class Read Story

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Volleyball in Kansas: Back from injury, Olathe West’s Amber Allen leads KS in assists; notes and stat leaders across the state

By CONOR NICHOLL

Olathe West senior setter Amber Allen (No. 9) currently leads Kansas in assists after injuries in previous seasons. OW won the Hays tournament and has opened 8-2.

HAYS – Olathe West senior Read Story

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