TRIBUNE-Area Sports Rewind
FIVE YEARS AGO
The Haymakers were victorious 28-26 in a thrilling girdiron contest over Centura. The Cozad gridders were able to hit the door running to score a 21-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Centurions were able to score just before halftime to make the score 21-12. Centura was able to reach paydirt twice in the fourth quarter to take a 26-21 lead with just 1:49 left in regulation. Going to work, the Haymakers benefitted greatly with Nate Bubak being on the receiving end of a Micah Neill 20-yard scoring pass to give Cozad the lead 28-26 with just 29 seconds left, which resulted in the Haymakers netting the win. Cozad had 310 total yards with 205 coming on the ground. Jake Paulsen had 155 yards and a pair of scores on the ground for the Haymakers. Jacob Rush led the Cozad defense with 15 tackles, 10 being unassisted.
10 YEARS AGO
The Eustis/Farnam girls won the Cambridge Cross Country Invite team crown with a grand total of 20 points, with Dundy County’s total of 32 earning silver hardware in the team standings. Knight seniors Amanda Buehner and Hillary Wills were second and fourth overall with clockings of 17:17 and 18:24, respectively. Johanna Nutt, Taylor Martin and Erin Sheffield were seventh, ninth and tenth to round out the E/F scoring runners.
With the use of a potent rushing attack, the Haymakers pitched a 34-0 shutout victory over Gothenburg in Southwest Conference regular season gridiron action. Eric Love led the Cozad attack with 140-yards rushing along with four touchdowns. Gothenburg’s Justin Wilson rushed for 38-yards to pace the Swedes balanced attack. Luke Pinkelman and Jared Crick tallied ten and nine takedowns in the contest.
15 YEARS AGO
The Knights stood tall and flexed their muscle in pitching the shutout 24-0 win over Overton. Stellar defense and a good mix of pass/run combination powered Eustis/Farnam. Kole Kugler passed for a touchdown to Nate Lehmann and ran for a 49-yard scamper to paydirt. Chase Wolf powered for a 15-yard touchdown for the Knights also.
Gothenburg’s running game was too potent for the Sailors, as the Swedes notched a 34-20 victory. Jake Deaver rushed for 143-yards and a pair of touchdowns on just ten carries. Gothenburg quarterback Blake Houchin completed six-of-nine passes for 89-yards to keep the Sutherland defense reeling.
20 YEARS AGO
Broken Bow’s Stiff defense and ball control rushing attack defeated Cozad 21-0 in a Southwest Conference football headliner match-up. Troy Daum was Cozad’s best offensive threat, in rushing for 54-yards.
Cozad’s Sal Hernandez and Alan Neben of Lexington were among the overall season champions at the Dawson County Speedway. Hernandez won the Bronco division and Neben captured the crown in the IMCA modified division.
25 YEARS AGO
The Lexington Maids harriers had little trouble defending their Cozad Invite title. Lex easily outdistanced runner-up Kearney by the margin of 12-45. Another familiar sight was the first two finishers. Becky Stieb and Kay Cee Muma separated themselves from the pack early and cruised to a one-two finish, with Stieb stopping the watch at 13:01 and Muma at 13:03.
A highly competitive field battled for top honors at the Lexington Labor Day Tennis Tournament, with over 149 competitors.
30 YEARS AGO
The Lexington defense played well in the Minutemen’s season opener at home, but the McCook Bison took home the victory, 12-0. Mike Rosenthal led the Lex defenders with eight unassisted tackles and five assists. Troy Higgins was in on 13 takedowns, four unassisted and Dan Jensen was credited with nine tackles.
Jim Hoyt of Fairfield captured the state horseshoe pitching championship, held in Cozad. Glen Hawks of Lexington and Gothenburg’s Dorothy Gerdes paired up to win their division in doubles pitching competition.