5 Years Ago
Haymaker Tanner Sturgeon was the lone TRIBUNE-area grappler to step atop the medal stand and claim gold at the Cozad Wrestling Invitational. Sturgeon won his gold hardware by winning the 189 lb. division and also earning the accolades as the Most Outstanding Wrestler. Cozad’s Andrew Lemmer was third overall at 215 lbs. and Lexington 285 lb. grappler Eric Freeland earned a bronze medal for his efforts.
10 Years Ago
Aurora’s wrestlers won four individual divisions as the Huskies laid claim to the Cozad Invitational championship. Cozad pushed Aurora throughout the meet, but came up just short. The Huskies finished with 189 points to 170 points for the Haymakers. Lexington wound up in eighth place with 55 points. Cozad crowned four individual champions in the tournament. Micah and Andrew Chrisinger won titles at 103 and 135 pounds, respectively. Justin Lemmer took the 140-pound crown, while Ryan Wolf claimed the 160-pound division. Nick Smith earned a silver medal for Lexington.
15 Years Ago
Ogallala defended its title in the Cozad Wrestling Invitational. But, several athletes from Lexington and Cozad shared the individual spotlights. Lexington out dueled the champs in the battle for individual golds, 5-4. The Haymakers got their share of stardom when heavyweight Jeff Brecks won gold. Lex’s crowns were earned by Jeremy Wozny, Solomon Chee, Adrian Robertson, Justin Moomey and Brad Johnson.
20 Years Ago
After a near dead-even opening quarter, Cozad and Lexington counter-punched each other in the middle two periods. The haymakers owned the second to take a nine-point lead at the half, but Lex returned the favor in the third to force a 46-all tie as the final stanza began. But the Cozad boys, playing their season opener on the road, were up to the challenge. Coach Lee Gillen’s Haymakers held the Minuteman charge and squeaked to the win, 58-56. Lex’s top scorers were senior Jason Carpenter and sophomore Josh Kuecker, who opened scoring after half-time with a goal apiece to ignite a Minuteman charge.
25 Years Ago
The Minutemen beat Gothenburg 68-63 in Southwest Conference boys basketball action in Lexington. Marc Hock led Lex in scoring with 28 points by making 14 field goals. Teammate Dean Brand scored 17 points during the game by hitting five field goals and seven out of eight free throws. Matt Brass led Gothenburg in points by scoring five field goals, including two three-point shots, and three out of four field goals. Todd Geiken scored 13 points before he fouled out in the fourth quarter. He hit five field goals for the Swedes and three out of five free throws.
30 Years Ago
The Haymakers got off to a slow start at home against Sidney, but a strong third quarter led to a 47-45 win over the Red Raiders. Cozad captured the lead late in the third quarter. Chris Muirhead hit on a jumper with 5:04 left in the period to give Cozad a 37-35 lead and the Haymakers never looked back. Muirhead was the leading scorer for Cozad with 16 points.