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Swathers’ Title Bid Falls Short in OT

Posted 12/1/2016

By BLAKE SPURNEY

Hesston Record Staff

HUTCHINSON — The Hesston Swathers trailed for just two minutes in the Class 3A championship game here Saturday, but the Rossville Bulldogs showed why they are three-time state champions by tying the game with 1:22 left to play and winning on their first offensive play in overtime.

Rossville won the coin toss before the extra period and elected to play defense. On third down, the Bulldogs recovered quarterback Zach Esau’s fumble at the 1.

Rossville quarterback Jacob Bradshaw, who gouged Hesston with 283 rushing yards, then sealed the game with a 10-yard sweep to the left corner of the end zone.

Hesston’s players were inconsolable after the loss. Head coach Clint Rider said he told Esau, “That I love him. I mean, we obviously would not have been in that game. We wouldn’t have been in that game if it wasn’t for him. So he needs to hold his head high. He should be very proud.”

“I mean, we don’t have anything left,” Jake Wingfield said about Swathers’ effort.

“It was loud on the field,” said Zack Ledford. “Give a big thank you to the crowd that came out. We played the best we could. The odds just weren’t with us today.”

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Old-School Coach Has Been Bringing It for 24 Years

Posted 12/1/2016

By BLAKE SPURNEY

Hesston Record Staff

Doug Broadfoot still recalls Hesston jumping out to a 28-0 halftime lead against Andale in a 1992 district contest.

That score held up, and the Swathers eventually won the Class 3A state championship. Broadfoot and the gold and black were done for the season. Instead of seeing red — he’s never been one to accept losing lightly — he was wearing red two years later.

“I guess if we couldn’t beat them, I’d join them,” he said about leaving Andale to come to Hesston.

He’s been a fixture on the sidelines at Hesston games ever since, a span covering the tenures of five football coaches.

“It just doesn’t seem like it’s been that long,” he said. “That’s the crazy thing about it, until I look around and don’t see many guys my age doing it.”

The pursuit of victory is a trait he got honest. His father, Ken, spent a career coaching in northeast Kansas. His grandfather, Clarence Peter, known as CP, was a preacher who drove Rossville students to track meets and basketball games. Uncle Clarence coached basketball in Baldwin City before he moved to San Diego, and his son, Parker, coaches alongside him.

“Oh no, I still want to win badly,” he said. “Fewer things bug me than they used to, and I don’t know, I still feel pretty competitive. I don’t know how you can do it and still not be somewhat competitive.”

“My dad was really competitive, oh my God, just embarrassingly so sometimes. Even track. He pushed people pretty hard, but they responded pretty well, too, if I recall.”

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HC Casting Wide Net For Community Theater

Posted 12/1/2016

By Jackie Nelson

Hesston College is calling all aspiring playwrights to have their work seen on stage with the Pen to Paper Performances. The 10-minute plays will be written entirely by community members and produced an performed by the Hesston College Theater Department.

The performances for the plays will take the stage on April 28-29. The deadline for submission is Feb. 15.

Department head Rachel Jantzi said the Pen to Paper performances give residence the opportunity to see their written creations come to life.

“Everyone has a story and everyone appreciates being heard. This is just one way they can do that safely,” she said.

To encourage writers to submit plays, Jantzi said not only will writers be recognized for their original creations in the program, but playwrights will also receive a cut of the box office proceeds.

Jantzi said for this first-ever community callout for plays, she would like to receive two-dozen original works.

“If this blows up, we might ask for permission to stick a play on the shelf for next year.  I would love for this to be a yearly spring event,” she said.

Jantzi said she plans to run five to eight of the performances back-to-back.

For those submitting pieces, Jantzi said the writers will be entrusting their work to the directors and actors at Hesston College.

“They’re not the producer or the director. The playwright trusts that their work will be done respectfully,” she said.

Jantzi added, for writers who are interested in incorporating a specific non-modern time into their piece, the department has some costuming options, but can also be creative in their approaches. 

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Bots Doing Battle This Saturday At Hesston High

Posted 12/1/2016

Record Staff

Bots will be battling it out at Hesston High School for the first time this season on Saturday, Dec. 3.  The VEX robotics competition will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning and continue through noon and resume at 12:30. 

Robotics teacher Trevor Foreman said there will be 24 teams in attendance, including teams from long-time rival Hillsboro along with Junction City. 

This year new teams - Lyons and St. John High School - will make a stand in the ring as first-time competitors.

This year’s game features strategy both on offense and defense as teams hoist objects over a fence and defend various zones of their side of the fence. 

The next Swather robotics competition will take place at home on Jan. 21. 

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