TRIBUNE-Area Sports Rewind
FIVE YEARS AGO
Ace pitcher Amanda Barkmeier was instrumental in the Gothenburg Lady Swedes winning the C6 District Softball Tournament. Barkmeier was a workhorse in hurling three straight shutouts, as the Lady Swedes outscored their opponents 30-0 in the tournament. In the championship the Lady Swedes cruised past Southern Valley 12-0. Siera Schwanz was 2-2 at the plate with a pair of singles and one run scored. The RBI-queen of the game was slugger Brit Munster with three RBI’s.
Sweeping top honors were the Haymakers and Lady Haymakers in winning the Southwest Conference Cross Country Team Championships. Lady Haymaker Jessica Vazquez was the gold medalist on the girls side in the race held in Broken Bow with fellow Cozad harriers Samantah Carlson and Riley Sigler finishing in third and fourth place, respectively. Gothenburg’s Brett Dockweiler was the the gold medalist on the boys side, as he and his Swede teammates combined to finish as the team runner-up. Dereck Rosas of Cozad was the bronze medalist.
10 YEARS AGO
Cozad qualified for the Nebraska State Softball Tournament for the eighth year in a row, by defeating Hastings 6-1 in the B-5 District Championship. Laura Fritz finished the contest, 3-4 at the plate with a trio of singles.
There is a first time for everything and for the Gothenburg Softball squad, they went against all-odds and Edged Adams Central 4-1 and 5-3 in back-to-back championship games to clinch the C-6 District Crown and punch their ticket to the state tournament in Omaha for the first time in GHS history.
15 YEARS AGO
The Lady Haymakers Softball team finished the season right where it started, at the top of the Class C rankings. The Haymakers won the Nebraska Class C State Championship by outscoring their opponents, 20-1. Cozad won the crown, with a 7-0 shutout of Ashland/ Greenwood.
Jake Saulsbury finished fourth in No. 1 singles play to help the Lexington boys tennis team to a fifth-place finish in the Class B State Tennis Tournament. Aaron Konen and Michael Ambriz also notched fourth place accolades at No. 1 doubles for the Minutemen.
20 YEARS AGO
The Gothenburg and Cozad linksters finished fourth and fifth in the team race at the Southwest Conference Girls Golf Championships, held in Cozad. The Lady Swedes were led by the golfing efforts of Kai Friesen, who carded a score of 93, good enough for fifth place. Cozad’s best performance came from the swing of Mandy Christer’s carded score of 110.
Jason Strong went on a scoring fury, leading the Knights to a 57-7 victory over Brady. Strong scored five touchdowns on the ground for Eustis/ Farnam. Strong scampered the turf for 131-yards on just nine carries.
25 YEARS AGO
Medaling a host of Haymaker golfers in the top ten, Cozad cruised to winning the Class B-4 District Golf Championship in Sidney. Junior Robyn Weatherly led the Lady Haymaker efforts by shooting a 89. Joining Weatherly in the top ten were Tonya Bean, Gina Baack and Mandi Keller. Bean prevailed in a playoff for fourth while Baack charged to sixth place. Keller was Cozad’s final medalist with a 99 for ninth place overall.
‘A win is a win’, isn’t just a choice, but a lifestyle. Neither coach felt her team played as well as they could have, yet Lexington Head Volleyball Coach Tammy Kenton and the Maids earned a 15-9, 15-9 win over Gothenburg. Taking scoring honors was Claudine Gill with 13 points on 17 of 18 serving, with two aces. Defensively, the Lady Swedes collected an astounding 23 blocks, including nine by Shannon Pramberg.
30 YEARS AGO
Cozad took advantage of a pair of Lexington turnovers to spoil the Minuteman Homecoming, 14-3 in Southwest Conference (SWC) gridiron action. The Minutemen rushed for 131-yards and the Haymakers had 91-rushing yards. In the air, the Minutemen were 3-14 for 30 yards and Cozad was 3-6 for 24 yards, giving Lex a total of 161 yards to Cozad’s 115. The telling stat was the turnovers. Lexington fumbled six times losing the ball four of those times. Adding four interceptions and the Lex offense was held out of the end zone.
Three runners in the top ten places was not enough for Gothenburg to defend their home turf, as they weren’t able to win their own boys cross country invite. Grand Island Northwest took home the team trophy with 34 points. Gothenburg was second with 41 points. The Vikings were led by Derek Bryer (16:00) and Lanny Boltz (16:41) in first and second place. Gothenburg claimed the fourth, fifth and tenth place medals. Jason Dean was fourth for the Swedes at 16:47. Not far behind was Will Bonsack in fifth at 17:01. Joe Hudson added a medal in 10th place at 17:16.