FIVE YEARS AGO
Lexington won the bragging rights by winning the Dawson County Links Champions that was held at Wild Horse Golf Club in Gothenburg. The Minutemen had to go to golf’s version of overtime to determine a team champion as both Lexington and Cozad were knotted at 424 at the end of regulation play. Lexington edged Cozad during the second playoff hole to claim the crown. Gothenburg was third overall with a combined score of 433.
Winning the individual gold medal was Tarron Hecox of Cozad with a carded score of 73. Alex Peden of Gothenburg and Lexington’s James Leibhart were deadlocked with scores of 74 to tie for runner-up honors. Rounding out the top five linksters were Derek Franzen (77) of Gothenburg and Minutemen RJ Seberger with a score of 78.
10 YEARS AGO
Luke Pinkelman of Cozad and Gothenburg’s Matt Hilderbrand were gold-medal winners at the Cozad Invita-tional Track and Field Meet last week. Pinkelman won the shot with an effort of 50 feet, 5.25 inches, while Hilderbrand toured the 400-meter dash in 52.7 seconds. No team scores were kept in the meet, which involved North Platte, Hastings and Ogallala, in addition to Cozad and Gothenburg. Cozad and Gothenburg grabbed a total of nine second-place finishes.
Cozad’s Justin Lemmer was second in the pole vault and the team of Brian McBride, Chris Smith, Ciro Saenz and Ric Brundidge placed second in the 3,200-meter relay.
Gothenburg’s seven second place medals came from Chad Koch (110-meter hurdles), Brady Fickenscher (1,600), Dustin Ehlers (shot), Jeremy Jorgensen (300-meter hurdles), Kiel Holmes (high jump), Iain McDiarmid (800) and the 1,600-meter relay team of Hilderbrand, Fickenscher, Jorgensen and Jasen Rudolph.
15 YEARS AGO
Toby Arnold shot a 1-over-par 73 to lead Cozad to the team title in the Dawson County Golf championship last week. The Haymakers finished with a 394 total, compared to 404 for Lexington and 421 for Gothenburg. Each team used eight players, with the five best scores counting toward the team total. Arnold had nine-hole scores of 37 and 36 for his 73. Teammate Graham Johnson was next at 78, with Greg Davis of Cozad and Brian Fehr of Gothenburg each shooting 79.
Lexington’s best score of 80 came from Ty Wisdom and Chris Denker. Nick Konen and Grant McGee both shot 81 for the Minutemen, as did Chad Atchison of Cozad.
20 YEARS AGO
Cozad sprinter Ryan Kauffman was a double winner during the Southwest Conference (SWC) Track and Field Championships for boys. Kauffman emerged ahead of the field over 200 meters with a 22.7 clocking and topped the 400-meter corps with a 50.8 performance. Discus thrower Brian Urban (153’9”) and 800 standout Ty Denney (2:02.8) earned solo titles for Lexington.
Gothenburg stepped to the front off efforts from shotputter Chris Metzger (53’8.5”), 300 hurdler Der-rick Penner (41.0) and the 400-meter relay (44.8). The Haymakers bolstered their performance with an excel-lent second place effort by Terry Dishman in the discus (149’4”) and a 3:35.4 runner-up clocking in the 1600-meter relay. Members of the Haymaker baton crew included Clinton Yeutter, Nic Smith, Todd Linke and Kauffman.
25 YEARS AGO
Lexington capitalized on familiarities with the home course to earn the 1989 Southwest Conference golf championship. Competing on the Lakeside Country Club layout, Coach Tom Wisdom’s unit out-fired Cozad in the race for the team title. The Minutemen posted a combined 335 stroke total, compared to 343 by the Haymakers. Minden 345 and Gothenburg 356 followed.
Gothenburg’s Warren Brock was the gold medalist, completing the 18-hole circle with a 77. Lexington’s Kurt Richman 78 and Troy Cumpston and Chad Beavers both of Cozad scored 81’s to be close behind. Randy Weatherly penciled an 89 and Travis Schweitzer posted a 92 in other leading Cozad finishes. Eric Jamros notched an 86 for Lexington.
30 YEARS AGO
Lexington made it look easy Saturday in Minden in claiming the 1984 Southwest Conference boys team championship. The Minutemen scored 129 points for the title. Gothenburg, without the services of Bump Novacek, was second with 84 points.
The tight race of the meet was for third place. Four teams were with in four points. Ogallala finished third with 67 points. Cozad and Holdrege tied for fourth scoring 65 points and Minden was sixth coming in with 63 points. Not that far back in seventh was Broken Bow with 52 points. Novacek sat out of the meet with a pulled muscle in his stomach. He would have given the Swedes many points, but Lexington’s winning margin was 45 points and that would have been hard to make up. Lexington claimed just five gold medals, two by senior Tom Trueblood, scored in 15 of 17 events to use team balance for the victory.
Trueblood lowered his SWC leading time in the 400-meter dash for his first victory during the rain-plagued meet. He held off a serious challenge from Todd Mannon of Gothenburg and Tim Yocom of Cozad to take the victory in 51.21 seconds. Later in the day Trueblood returned to the 300-meter intermediate hurdles for the first time this spring.
He did so in fine fashion upsetting teammate Darren Stoll. Trueblood crossed the tape in 40.60 seconds and Stoll was second at 41.63 seconds. Stoll was an individual winner for the Minutemen in the 110-meter high hurdles. His winning time was 15.74 seconds. Stoll also placed second in the long jump (21’-9.25”) and third in the triple jump at 40-3.5.