TRIBUNE-Area Sports Rewind
FIVE YEARS AGO
Earning the top honors at the Amherst Triangular were the Lady Knights of Eustis/Farnam in a volleyball three-way battle for Fort Kearny Conference (FKC) bragging rights. The Lady Knights were victorious in a three-set battle over Elwood, 19-25, 25-19 and 25-12 and then defeated SEM 25-18 and 25-10. “Once the girls got their fire under them, the team came back and played much better,” stated Eustis/Farnam head coach Trista Koch. Against the Lady Pirates, Preston Rieker had a dynamic night at the net with 11 kills. Keying the transition game for the Lady Knights, Rieker and Andrea Werth had eight and seven digs, respectively. Melissa Johnson dished out 11 set assists in the match. In the nightcap, Andrea Werth was swinging with authority to score a game-high eight kills. Paloma Giffoni dished out 12 set assists for the Silver and Black. Melanie Johnson was on cue from behind the service line with four ace serves. Shelby Ferrell had three ace blocks and libero Alex Pleschourt ran down 10 digs to lead the Lady Knights defensive efforts.
10 YEARS AGO
Defending their home turf, Maria Rodriguez and Nate Rios led the Maids and Minutemen at the Lexington Cross Country Invitational with runner-up finishes. Lady Swede Anna Keiser was fourth overall in the girls race. Lexington’s Daniel Avalos edged the Gothenburg duo of Andrew Collins and Manu Segre, as the trio locked up third through fifth place.
Blowing up offensively, the Elwood Pirates breezed past Brady 46-10 in football action. Bryson Mahlberg was stellar in rolling up 220-total yards of offense, along with having a hand in three of the touchdowns.
15 YEARS AGO
The Minutemen tennis squad put on a dominating performance in cruising to the team championship at the Lincoln Pius X Invitational. The Minutemen scored 39 points to win, whereas York tallied 26 for runner-up honors. It marked the first time ever that Lexington won the Pius X Invitational. Jake Saulsbury won the #1 singles title for the Minutemen. The #1 doubles team of Aaron Konen and Michael Ambriz were also crowned champions.
Kelly Keiser and Jena Anderson shot matching scores of 94 to lead the Lady Swede linksters to hoist the hardware at the Dawson County Golf Championships. Anderson won a playoff to claim individual top medalist honors. The Swedes finished with a 512 total to 559 for Lexington. Maid Tiffany Wagner was the bronze medalist in the with a carded score of 97. Gothenburg’s Nicole Krukemeyer finished fourth overall, followed by Cozad’s Megan Cornelius, Lady Haymaker Natalie Hart, Lady Swede Jill Clymer and Amanda Wolf of Lexington.
20 YEARS AGO
Gothenburg’s Velma Smith and Loraine Gerdes of Cozad finished second and third overall in the women’s division of the Nebraska State Horseshoe Pitching Championships.
Eustis/Farnam scored early and often in pitching a shutout 47-0 over Wilcox. Mike Loshonkohl and Jason Strong, both scored two touchdowns apiece. Strong was the workhorse in the rushing attack with 135-yards on 17 carries.
25 YEARS AGO
Playing on the familiar confines of Lakeside Country Club, Lexington claimed the Dawson County Girls Golf Championship. Paced by Kate Valish’s round score of 86, the Minutemaids edged runner-up Cozad 495-501. Gothenburg was third in the team race with a 570. Lady Haymaker Tonya Bean shot an 89 to lead the Red and Black linksters. Lady Swede Amy Jensen powered Gothenburg with a bronze medal winning round of 90.
Maid Becky Stieb kept her win streak intact by kicking stronger down the stretch against Central City’s Christy Rice for gold medal accolades at Central City’s Cross Country Invitational. Stieb crossed the finish line in 15:02, just four seconds ahead of Rice, who stopped the watch in 15:06. Lexington cruised to the team title by the score of 15-38 over runner-up Grand Island Northwest. KayCee Muma ran a strong race and finished with the bronze medal with a clocking of 15:27. Melissa Matson was fifth and Kari Schukar was right behind her in sixth place.
30 YEARS AGO
Linkster Stacy Baack fired a nine-hole score of 48 to lead Cozad to shoot the low team score at the Lexington Triangular at the Lakeside Country Club. The Lady Haymakers shot 211 to defeat North Platte’s 218 and Lexington’s 265. Heather Waring had the third lowest score of the meet with her 53. Maid Crystal Long led the Orange, with a carded 57.