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Ichabod football pumped for game-type action against Orediggers

Rick Peterson

By RICK PETERSON

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It hasn't really been five years since Washburn University played a football game. It just seems that way.

The Ichabods' last game was a 57-41 MIAA victory at Nebraska-Kearney on Nov. 16, 2019, exactly 17 months as of Friday, before the entire 2020 season wiped out by COVID-19.

Washburn will finally get to line up against another team on Saturday in Golden, Colo., facing the Colorado School of Mines in a 1 p.m. controlled scrimmage.

And while it's not an official game, after more than 500 days of inactivity, the Ichabods are just as excited.

"It's definitely been a long time," Washburn junior defensive back Kevin Neal said. "(We're) 100% approaching it like it's a game. We've been working hard this whole spring, whole winter, two years -- five years it feels like -- so we're definitely treating it like it's a game."

WUkickingWashburn coach Craig Schurig (left) looks on as the Ichabods go through place-kicking drills Thursday at Yager Stadium. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

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Seaman baseball sweeps West, pushes win streak to seven games

Rick Peterson

By RICK PETERSON

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Since suffering an early-season loss to Centennial League foe Manhattan, Seaman is looking more and more like the program that has won nine Class 5A state championships and made 16 consecutive state appearances.

And Viking coach Trent Oliva said that defeat may have been good for team, which ran its win streak to to seven games with an 11-0, 18-0 league sweep over Topeka West Thursday at Hummer Sports Park, improving to 8-1 on the season.

"It may have gotten our attention a little bit more, it maybe helped us focus a little bit more,'' Oliva said of the Manhattan loss. "We did a good job responding that night, winning the second game of the night and then we've been able now to keep that ball rolling.''

Seaman baseball coach Trent Oliva (center) talks to his team after the Vikings swept Topeka West Thursday night to improve to 8-1 and increase their win streak to seven games. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]Seaman baseball coach Trent Oliva (center) talks to his team after the Vikings swept Topeka West Thursday night to improve to 8-1 and increase their win streak to seven games. [Photo by Rick Peterson/TSN]

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