SPORTS REWIND: A look back at 30-years from the TRIBUNE files
FIVE YEARS AGO
Logan Hunke was a catalyst for the Cozad Reds offensive explosion that resulted in a 12-6 win over district foe Broken Bow on the diamond. Hunke finished the contest 3-3 at the plate with a double, a run scored and four RBI’s.
Finishing off his prep career with a win was Pedro Garcia of Cozad as he won 5-0 over Izzy Martinez of Madison in the NSWCA All-Star Wrestling Dual Championships.
10 YEARS AGO
Lexington’s Nate Jaeger was fourth overall at the Nebraska Class B State High School Golf Championships. Jaeger carded a two-day total of 149. Also competing at the state meet was Cozad’s very own Chase Tellus who carded a total score of 173.
Taking advantage of playing in the 29th annual West Nebraska All-Star Gridiron Classic were a large contingency of TRIBUNE-area standouts from the fall campaign. Playing on the East team that will be lead by Gothenburg head coach Craig Haake is: Joe Libal, Kurt Gill and Dreu Young from Cozad; Andrew Wilson and Brian Gronewold of Gothenburg and Curtis Roemmich of Lexington.
15 YEARS AGO
The Cozad U14 Classics won three consecutive games to earn the right to play in the championship game of the Lexington Tournament, where they were defeated by North Platte’s Junior Belles 5--0. In the opening game, Chelsey Munster struck out 14 batters to lead the Classics past Holdrege, 3-1.
The Holdrege midgets scored five times in the home half of the sixth inning to pull out an offensive shootout 15-13 win over Cozad. The sweet bat stroke of Andrew Chrisinger was very evident, as he had two singles and a triple and Ryan Wolf singled and doubled to lead the way offensively for the Reds. Chrisinger, who stole four bases in the game, scored four times for Cozad and Wolf three, respectively.
20 YEARS AGO
Eric Acker of Cozad competed in the pole vault event at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics Nebraska State Championships. Acker soared past the field to place first in his age division with a vault of 12’6”. His finish qualified him for the National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships, which will be held in Texas.
The Cozad Junior Legion baseball notched wins over Minden and Broken Bow. Cozad put on an offensive clinic against Minden with a 14-run second inning, which resulted in a 17-2 final count. The Cozad nine scored two in the first to get things started, then followed with the second-inning landslide. Pitcher Brian Wilson, who scored twice himself, was credited with the win. Cozad edged Broken Bow 8-7 to win in a thriller. Nic Smith took the win from the mound in the game that featured a two-out, three-run David Ciavarella homer in the fourth.
25 YEARS AGO
Cozad pitcher Cory Barnes threw a complete game, striking out 11, and walking just six Lexington batters. Unfortunately, three of those free passes led to runs and ultimately the loss, as the Minutemen escaped with a 4-1 victory. Lexington’s Eric Jamros earned the mound win for the Orange. Jamros struck out 11, and allowed only four base runners.
When Mary Karol Raymond decided to go to Doane College after graduating from Gothenburg, she had dreams of becoming legendary on the hardwood. But it is a safe bet she will always be remembered for her accolades in track and field. Raymond recently competed in the NAIA National Track and Field Championships in Texas, as part of the Lady Tiger track squad. Raymond un-corked a 143’10” throw in the Javelin to secure a fifth place finish and All-American honors.
30 YEARS AGO
The second annual Farnam youth pentathlon was a huge success with nearly double the athletes competing from a year ago. Farnam and Curtis each had three champions followed by Bartley with two winners. Gretchin Kotschwar, Steve Franzen and Kerri Taylor were the Greenback champions. Kotschwar won the girls age 9-10 division with 2,608 points. Lesley Ringenberg of Eustis was second with 2,487 points and Greenback Jody Poffendorf was third with 2,321 points. Kotschwar won the high jump, shotput and long jump. In the boys 13-14 division, Franzen set a new tournament total points record with 4,902 points. The Greenback won all five events in his class, two with meet records. It was Taylor winning the girls 13-14 championship with 3,206 points. Taylor won only the 100 meter dash.
Steve Suhr opened the 1986 Southwest Conference Junior Legion baseball season with a two-hit pitching gem for Gothenburg over the Cozad Juniors. Suhr, in his first season as a Junior, allowed just two Cozad hits and one run in the sixth inning to post the victory. Gothenburg jumped on Cozad starting hurler Tim Cass for three runs on five hits in the top of the first inning.