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In her first three years as a Topper, Taelyn Smith has seen a little bit of everything when it comes to adversity.   Low numbers in the program have made wins harder to come by and injuries … more
Fourteen Hillsboro wrestlers made the trip to Rochester on Saturday, Jan. 21, for this year’s 14-team Rocket Invitational. Ten of those 14 earned spots on the podium at Rochester as the … more
Danger exists when a varsity team squares off with a junior varsity team in a high school basketball tournament; that happened in the just-completed Rick McGraw Memorial Invitational Tournament in … more
Before the Hillsboro/Nokomis boys’ basketball game played Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Rick McGraw Invitational Tournament held in Litchfield High’s bigger gym, the Toppers had won 72 of the … more
All three Montgomery County boys basketball teams who participated in the 2023 Rick McGraw Memorial Invitational won their final games at the 12-team Litchfield tournament, so it was only appropriate … more
For a half the Ramsey Rams were as good on the scoreboard as their bigger school opponent, Hillsboro, when the two met in Pool C play late Monday afternoon, Jan. 16; at halftime, the Toppers were … more
The challenge of the Highland Girls Basketball Tournament is that even the consolation side of the bracket is full of heavy hitters. Hillsboro knew this going into the annual event and nothing … more
Basketball fans typically like to see their favorite teams play opponents they can whip, so one fan base or the other will be upset by the final score if victory is the only criteria. Hillsboro … more
The Hillsboro wrestling team picked up a pair of victories on Wednesday, Jan. 11, as the Toppers defeated Pittsfield and Carlinville in Hillsboro. The Toppers yielded just 18 points in their win … more
After starting the season with four losses, the Hillsboro girls basketball team had won 15 of their next 17 games. But the Toppers' last two games have been two of their toughest of the season as … more
The Hillsboro wrestling team held their first meet of the new year on Tuesday, Jan. 10, as they played host to Robinson and Shelbyville. The meeting with the Maroons, who made the four-hour … more
The depth and defense of the Hillsboro girls basketball team helped the Toppers defeat Wesclin on Monday night, Jan. 9, in Hillsboro. The Toppers outscored the Warriors 17-5 in the first and 14-7 in … more
A tight game became a runaway in the second quarter at Carlinville Friday night, Jan. 6, when Hillsboro outscored the home Cavaliers 28-0 en route to a 61-32 victory. The Toppers didn’t have an … more
More than anything else, Hillsboro’s trip to the sixth annual Abe’s Rumble dual team tournament in Springfield on Dec. 29-30 was about giving the Toppers something that Coach Garrett … more
The Hillsboro girls basketball team improved to 4-0 in the South Central Conference with a pair of victories over Vandalia and Southwestern on Jan. 5 and 7 to end the week. On Thursday, the Lady … more
The Hillsboro girls basketball team hasn’t played a home game since before Christmas, but at least the Lady Hiltoppers have been familiar with their surroundings in their six games since the … more
Hillsboro’s boys’ basketball team fell to the visiting Alton Marquette Explorers 68-61 when the Metro-East team ventured to Hillsboro on Tuesday night, Jan. 3, to open the new calendar … more
The Hillsboro girls basketball team came within two seconds of a spot in the first place bracket at the Riverton Christmas Tournament, but when that fell through, the Toppers did the next best … more
If a team loses in the semifinals of bracket play in any tournament, the best they can hope for is a third place finish. Hillsboro’s boys’ basketball team accomplished that best Thursday … more
Two good high school basketball teams clashed in the second semi-final of the fifty-sixth Carlinville Holiday Basketball Tournament December 28; though the record of the East Alton Wood River Oilers … more
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