FIVE YEARS AGO
The Lexington Seniors were edged by Omaha Roncalli 8-4 in the semifinal round of the Nebraska Class B?State Baseball Tournament. Roncalli took the lead in the opening inning 2-0 and never looked back.
The Lexington offense was led by Nate Araujo with a homerun and three RBIs.
10 YEARS AGO
The Cozad football team will be looking to improve in a 2-6 record from a year ago. In order to do that, the Haymakers will need good play from the lineman. “We have depth at the skill positions, yet we are not as experienced in the line,” Coach Ron Bubak said. “Exactly how our linemen progress and play throughout the season will be a big key to our success.”
Returning starters include Cale Osborn, Josh Pinkelman, Austin Brockmeier, Kyle Wolfe, Justin Lemmer, Justin Strickland, Mark Robles, Eric Love and Luke Pinkelman.
15 YEARS AGO
Roger Koehler and Craig Haake are optimistic about the Gothenburg football team’s chances during the upcoming season. The Swedes were 7-3 a year ago and finished 4-1 in Southwest Conference play, finishing in the runner-up spot behind Ogallala. Gothenburg got to see the second round of the playoffs, losing a 25-21 decision to Hemingford.
Eight players who started on either one or both sides of the ball returned for Gothenburg. Justin Geiken, Pat Clark, Jake Fecht and Justin Carlson are the returning two-way starters. Jeremy Yilk, Luke Franzen, Wade Houchin and Brandon Koch are the one-way returnees.
20 YEARS AGO
Visions of football success will focus around 19 veterans at Cozad High School this fall. Coach Gene Hunting has nine players who at one time or another filled a starting position during a 7-3 season a year ago.
A dozen seniors and seven juniors are among the experienced athletes. Junior quarterback Aaron Hendricksen, an all-Southwest Conference selection a year ago, is among the vets. At 6’4” and 175 pounds, Hendricksen is expected to be an extremely effective passer. Split-end Todd Linke will be among the primary receivers. A 6’4” senior, Linke was an all-league performer in ‘93 too. Tony Guerra, another SWC honoree, also returns for battling. He is listed as a 215-pound tight-end.
Other regular starters in tow from last fall include Zane Malcom, Aaron Brockmeier and Bill Simants. Malcom figures as a top running back again, Brockmeier and Simants are good-sized linemen at 215 and 260 pounds. Part-time starters in ‘93 who are returning include Bobby Griese, Mark Carlson and Brian Collicott.
25 YEARS AGO
The availability of eight seniors bolster the girl’s volleyball debut for new Lexington coach Tammy Kenton.
Among the seasoned players reporting for action are Nickie Rowe, Heather Motzner, Mel Hall, Brenda Hilkeman, Jody Margritz, Karen Phillippi, Stefanie Smith and Darla Glaze. Kenton has other good talent in juniors Mindy Cramblet, Nikkie Jensen and Monica Weeder on the varsity lineup.
Overall the squad also boasts nine junior and 20 sophomores.
30 YEARS AGO
Lexington remained unde-feated in the Class B Area 6 Junior Legion Baseball Tour-nament in Minden with a 19-0 win over Cozad. The loss ended the year for the Cozad nine. The victory ran Lex’s record to 17-14. Lex advanced to meet McCook in the semifinals. Lex used an eight run second inning and a seven run fifth inning to take the victory. Cozad used three pitchers in the contest while Todd Mettenbrink went the distance for Lex. Lex scored eight runs in the top of the second inning on just three hits.
Two Cozad errors added to the big inning for Lex. Cozad pitchers also gave up five walks in the inning. Kerry Andersen, Brad Samway and Greg Hollinger each had hits in the inning for Lex. Lex added three runs in the third inning on one hit and two more Cozad errors.
A run in the fourth for Lex made the score 12-0 heading into the fifth inning.