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In late May, the Junction City Brigade convened for the first time at Rathert Field. A lot entered Junction City from different backgrounds and other parts of the country, but a lot of them had similar goals for the summer.

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The Junction City Brigade started off on the right foot Friday night in its quest to defend the Cowdin Cup Championship that it won a year ago.

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Clinching the No. 1 seed in the playoffs has its benefits. One is that your team receives a bye, and doesn’t have to compete in a postseason game until the semi-final round. The second is that you play the worst seed remaining in the playoffs by that point. But with those elements working in…

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In the final regular season home game for the Junction City Brigade, the ball was in the hands of ace pitcher Riley Taylor Sunday night. Taylor has had plenty of success in front of the JC crowd at Rathert Field, and he had another good outing. It turned out to be one of his best games of the year.

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Monday was a scheduled off-day for Junction City Brigade catcher Dylan Thurber. But in the seventh inning, his number was called to enter the game and catch for new pitcher Drew Repp. And when he got to the plate, Thurber made his mark on the game. Thurber utilized his at-bat in the bottom o…

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After splitting a two-game series with the Kansas City Monarchs this week, the Junction City Brigade returned to Rathert Field Friday night to face the Topeka Golden Giants. The Brigade needed a lift in their pitching and hitting, especially with the season winding down. The season is in the…

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The Kansas City Monarchs visited Rathert Field Monday night with just nine players and an empty dugout. The KC team the Junction City Brigade saw on the field was what they were going to compete against for the game’s entirety. 

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Coming into a two-game series with Barn Baseball Academy, Junction City Brigade head coach Derek Francis stressed the importance of not sleeping on the Barnstormers. With the Midwest A’s coming into town for a doubleheader Saturday, it was crucial to not overlook the Barnstormers in preparat…

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After taking the first two games of the series last week, the Junction City Brigade looked to sweep the Barn Baseball Academy Saturday night in front of its home crowd on Military Appreciation Night. Pitcher Jack Christian took the mound for the Brigade, and he delivered. 

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Head coach Derek Francis and the Junction City Brigade wanted to get some innings out of starting pitcher Jayton Haggard Thursday night. Haggard delivered by giving them six of them; six strong ones. It was a good enough outing to give the Brigade a win in the first game of three against The…

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With lightning in the area, play at the Junction City Brigade’s game Tuesday night was delayed for more than 45 minutes night against the Topeka Golden Giants. When the weather temporarily cleared up, JC pitcher Bryce Hestand took the mound and gave the Brigade another successful start in fr…

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After the Junction City Brigade offense exploded for 20 runs in its last outing, the pitching took center stage in Friday night’s win over the visiting Liberty Monarchs. JC pitchers Riley and Jacob Taylor combined for a shutout in front of a well-engaged Junction City crowd at Rathert Field. 

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With the Junction City Brigade trailing 12-7 to the Baldwin City Blues heading into the bottom of the ninth inning Monday night, it was not a fun baseball game by any means, according to head coach Derek Francis. 

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Although players only had a couple practices together, and he still didn’t have a full roster at his disposal, Junction City Brigade head coach Derek Francis was happy to see his team in some live action against the Kansas City Knights Friday night.

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Keiana Newman left her mark in the Junction City High School track program after adding another 100-meter hurdle state championship to her resume. She finished with a time of 14.85 seconds at the state track meet in Wichita this weekend. Despite accomplishing this feat, Newman realized it wa…

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The Junction City track and field team participated in the Kansas State High School Activities Association 6A regional track meet at Lawrence Free State High School Friday. The top four finishers in each event qualified for the state tournament, and JC will have many athletes moving on to th…

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The Junction City softball team suffered a 13-1 loss to Topeka High School in the regional playoff round Thursday afternoon, but coach Aaron Craig’s head is not hanging low. Remembering where this team was just a year ago from now, he is encouraged with the current track the team is on.

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The thing about playing the same team in both the first and last games of the season to Junction City girls soccer coach Mitchell Dehoff is that it’s a good measuring stick. It’s a culmination of everything the team has gone through over the course of a long season.

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Junction City senior swimmer Reece Boland (right) is being considered to compete at state. Boland recently scored a personal best time in the 100-yard breast stroke with a time of 1.16:26. She also placed third at league Friday, earning a medal. Paperwork has been sent to officials and Bolan…

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Chapman baseball coach Judd Liebau and the rest of his staff saw a doubleheader sweep coming. With wins hard to come by for a large part of the season, the Fighting Irish’s work ethic never faltered. And their hard work paid off Friday afternoon in a doubleheader sweep against St. Mary’s.

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In his fourth year as Junction City’s head girls soccer coach, this year’s team features the first senior class Mitchell Dehoff has coached for four years. 

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It’s all about the start, Junction City head softball coach Aaron Craig said. A start to a game often dictates how the rest of the game will go, and that was certainly the case Friday afternoon as JC dropped two games to Emporia.

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Out of the 80 minutes his team played Friday night, head soccer coach Mitchell Dehoff thinks the Lady Jays played 75 great ones. But, it was the five minutes in which they didn’t that ended up costing them.

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The Junction City Blue Jay tennis team participated in a quadrangular Tuesday afternoon against Manhattan, Marysville and Highland Park High School. Aaron Reutzel finished in second place by leading his team in the top singles flight. Reutzel dropped his first match to Marysville, but came b…

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