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Malia Yoder leads Ravens in loss to No. 11 Mepo

Hillcrest freshman Malia Yoder had her second double-digit effort of the new year for the Ravens in a 60-29 loss to the conference leader, Mediapolis. Yoder equalled a career-high with seven … more

Ravens fall to Mediapolis

The shorthanded Ravens struggled early on Tuesday against Mediapolis, but pulled within two after scoring the first two points of the fourth quarter.  more

Senior showdown: Chown vs. Hughes

LONE TREE Let’s just call it Senior Night. When Lone Tree’s girls basketball team hosted Hillcrest Academy on Tuesday night, the game showcased the dominating skills of Lone Tree … more

Hillcrest tops Lone Tree for 7th straight victory

LONE TREE Lone Tree’s Lions were confident, speedy and ready. Coming off their first road win of the season Monday at Midland, the Lions greeted Hillcrest Academy witb a full-court … more

Hughes can't stop

There is no offseason for Hillcrest senior Esther Hughes.  From volleyball to basketball, from soccer to softball — Hughes is always active. And that’s the way she likes … more

A look back at 2021

Over the past year, the Mid-Prairie girls continued their dominance on the track and cross country course. The Golden Hawks won a third straight track & field title in May, and a fifth straight … more

Dominant defense leads Huskies past Ravens

KALONA Highland girls basketball coach Jody Fink had the Huskies defense clearly focused in their game at Hillcrest Academy on December 21. The mission was simple and complex all at the same … more

Ravens survive battle against Highland for 6th straight win

KALONA The gym at Hillcrest Union was packed on the night of December 21. Sure, a boys basketball game between Southeast Iowa Super Conference rivals Hillcrest Academy and Highland High School … more

Photos: Hillcrest Academy Alumni Night Celebrates Coach Gingerich

The center of attention at Hillcrest Academy's Alumni Night on December 21 was boys basketball coach Dwight Gingerich, who won his 702nd game with a victory over conference rival Highland. Gingerich … more

Hughes leads Ravens with 14 points in loss at Pekin

The Hillcrest girls basketball went on a run in each half, but couldn’t come back from an early deficit in a 36-21 loss at Pekin on Friday.  The Ravens struggled on both ends of the … more

Hillcrest finds answers in overtime win

The Hillcrest basketball team entered this season with a few questions after graduating a pair of first-team all-conference seniors.  After halftime in Pekin on Friday, the Ravens got a few … more

Ravens get first win of the season

Esther Hughes and Leah Bontrager were sophomores the last time that Hillcrest Academy had scored a win in girls basketball. More than 22 months had passed. The winless streak ended last … more

Ravens win fourth straight

Gingerich won his 700th career game Saturday as the Ravens drilled Rivermont Collegiate in a nonconference game. Hillcrest junior forward Grant Bender scored a game-high 21 points and had 7 … more

Gingerich congratulated after reaching milestone

Alex Niemeyer, a senior on this year’s Hillcrest Academy boys basketball team, leaped at the ball underneath the basket in an attempt to keep possession for the Ravens. It didn’t … more

A team-first teacher

The locker room at Hillcrest was quiet before Saturday’s game.  The lights were turned out.  Some quiet music played. And the Raven basketball players took a few minutes to relax … more

699 wins for Hillcrest Academy's Dwight Gingerich

KALONA Blink, and you would have missed it. Hillcrest Academy boys basketball coach Dwight Gingerich, who is on the edge of Iowa basketball history, didn’t dare blink. Trailing 6-2 in … more

Ravens can't keep up with Arrows in 44-28 loss

The Hillcrest Ravens used the 3-point shot to match Wapello through three quarters, but the Arrows pulled away in the fourth for a 44-28 win.  Norah Yoder hit key 3-pointers in the second and … more

Ravens hold off Wapello for first win

Playing in front of a home crowd for the first time this season, the Hillcrest Ravens got into an offensive flow in the first half.  But over the next ten minutes, a 15-point halftime lead … more

Grant Bender fits big piece of Hillcrest's hoops puzzle

KALONA The transformation of Hillcrest Academy junior forward Grant Bender hit like a freight train the night of November 22. Here the Ravens and Bender were, playing for the first time this … more

Ravens edged by Tri-County in return of varsity girls hoops

After Hillcrest Academy had fallen behind by 18 points in its season opener last Friday, Ravens senior Esther Hughes figured it was go time. The Ravens had not scored a point in the third quarter … more
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