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Hayden taps Lebo coach, former ESU assistant Paul to guide Cats

Rick Peterson

By RICK PETERSON

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Dwayne Paul became intrigued with Hayden High boys basketball long before the Wildcats' coaching position opened up.

And when Torrey Head stepped down following the 2020-21 season, Paul knew that's where he wanted to be. 

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"There were so many things that attracted me to the Hayden job -- the tradition, the history, the support that you get,'' said Paul, a former Emporia State assistant coach who most recently served as head coach and athletic director at Lebo. "I was at Emporia State and I was on my way to Southwest Baptist and I stopped in to watch Hayden play Emporia High. It was just such a great atmosphere and I was like, "This is crazy. I'm not even coaching a game, I'm just sitting here watching, and I'm sweating like I'm actually in the game.'

"I wanted to be a part of that and when the opportunity presented itself I had to go full force for it.''

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Hayden responds after injury to standout pitcher Droge with dramatic doubleheader sweep over 6A foe Manhattan

Rick Peterson

By RICK PETERSON

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Hayden's softball team suffered a big blow in Monday's doubleheader sweep over Junction City when standout sophomore pitcher Alyssa Droge suffered a potentially-serious knee injury in the first game.

But the Wildcats responded with a couple of big blows of their own in Tuesday's home twinbill against Class 6A opponent Manhattan, rallying from behind in both games to stretch their winning streak to 10 games with a 6-5, 8-7 sweep over the Indians, taking an eight-inning victory in the nightcap.

"When Alyssa got hurt in the first game yesterday, it took the wind out of all of us,'' Hayden coach Carvel Reynoldson said. "Today I felt like we had energy warming up, but when we were playing from behind we needed some sort of spark and we got it with some really good at-bats.''

E0Br7wgWEAcJYmpHayden begins its celebration as sophomore Maylee Burris (30) scores the winning run in the Wildcats' 8-7 eight-inning victory over Manhattan Tuesday at Hayden. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

E0BshURXEAgRtqhHayden celebrates its 8-7 eight-inning, second-game win over Manhattan Tuesday at Hayden. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

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