Dean Backes

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Wildcats get bigger, stronge, faster
Burton, Grizzles excel in summer conditioning
August 11, 2005
It gets pretty quiet in the De Soto High School weight room when Pat Burton maxes out in a lift. But that’s because all eyes are on him.
Mature Burnett expecting freaky senior season
August 11, 2005
Ever since he was a skinny little freshman, Taylor Burnett has been making his presence felt on a football field. Now a senior, Burnett could use his presence to dictate what opposing offenses will try to do.
Petty’s North team clawed by future K-Staters
August 11, 2005
Former Wildcat guard Amy Petty had her moments for the North squad in the 2005 Kansas Basketball Coaches Association’s All-Star game at Washburn University in Topeka, scoring seven points and connecting on a 3-pointer.
Hawley likes challenge of sports scheduling
August 11, 2005
As De Soto’s athletic director, one of Roy Hawley’s responsibilities is to make sure the Wildcats’ teams have enough games scheduled so they can be competitive. As simple as that sounds, a lot more goes into his job than meets the eye.
Heinen looks to build on solid freshman year
August 4, 2005
Former Wildcat Allie Heinen logged 394 minutes of experience last season for the Baker University women’s basketball program. That experience should come in handy during the 2005-2006 season, especially since the Wildcats were hit hard by graduation.
Transfers give Cats new look
August 4, 2005
If De Soto boys basketball players felt like they were being watched under a scope this summer, they were.
Erisman earns seventh-place at national tournament
August 4, 2005
After falling short of All-American status at last year’s Junior Freestyle National Wrestling Championships in Fargo, N.D., De Soto’s Neil Erisman was back in his groove at the 2005 edition of the nations top high school-aged wrestling tournament.
LTMS Wiebe’s summer running down
July 28, 2005
The Lexington Trails Middle School associate principal always wanted to try his hand at competing in a triathlon but for whatever reason never got his feet wet in the sport.
Erisman looking for second national title
July 28, 2005
The list of names on the brackets at the Asics Vaughn Junior National Wrestling Tournament in Fargo, N.D., this week will read much like a who’s who list of high school wrestlers.
Vikings end Wildcats tournament
July 28, 2005
De Soto’s senior league baseball team appeared headed for the championship game of the 3 and 2 Baseball Club of Johnson County’s post-season American League tournament.

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