Swedes, Haymakers Earn Accolades On C1-7 All-District Football Teams

The representatives for the schools assigned to the C1-7 District have unveiled the post-season All-District Football squads for 2014.
Gothenburg and Cozad were both well represented on the first team offense and defensive teams.
A quartet of Swede gridders along with a foursome of Haymakers earned first team offense honors. Gothenburg linemen Dylan Folkers and Tyler Baker were joined by wide receiver Jacob Clark and running back Zach Wolf on the first team. Cozad gunslinger Conor Young and workhorse running back Colin Wetovick were joined by lineman Mitchell Fischer and tight end Jason Finnegan as members of the first team offense, representing the Red and Black-clad Haymakers.
\Defensively, Cozad defensive lineman Dallas Maack and Jordan Henry were joined by linebackers Chase Dugan and Austin Turek as Haymakers to earn All-District defensive honors. Gothenburg had a terrific pair on the mythical defense, in defensive lineman Tanner Borchardt and defensive back Dawson Graham.  

C1-7 All district Football
First Team Offense
OL    Cade Svoboda    Ord
OL    Dylan Folkers    Gothenburg
OL    Tyler Baker    Gothenburg
OL    Mitchell Fischer    Cozad
OL    Gunnar Hitchcock    Valentine
OL    Tyler Yarrington    Broken Bow
TE    Jason Finnegan    Cozad
TE    Austin Reynolds    Broken Bow
RB    Tony Smith    Ord
RB    Zach Wolf    Gothenburg
RB    Colin Wetovick    Cozad
RB    Jacob Hand    Valentine
QB    Conor Young    Cozad
WR    Colton Zulkoski    Ord
WR    Jacob Clark    Gothenburg

First Team Defense
DL    John Radil    Ord
DL    Tanner Borchardt    Gothenburg
DL    Dallas Maack    Cozad
DL    Jason Hahlbeck    O’Neill
DL    Noah Garey    Broken Bow
DL    Jordan Henry    Cozad
LB    David Fox    O’Neill
LB    Chase Dugan    Cozad
LB    Austin Turek    Cozad
DB    Brady Volf    Ord
DB    Dawson Graham    Gothenburg
DB    Jake Young    O’Neill
DB    Austin French    Broken Bow

Honorable Mention
Ord: Brady Rogers and Jesse Ritterbush. BROKEN BOW: Travis Kleeb, Jacob Anderson and Josey Evans. VALENTINE: Caden Billings and Colby Lamb. GOTHENBURG: Jake Peterson and Herschel Foster. o’neill: Levi Ethington, Jacob Emme and Kedron Koehler. Cozad: Brian Messersmith.

Knight Standouts Recognized On D2-8 All-District Football Teams

The representatives for the schools assigned to the D2-8 District have just recently met and determined the winners of the post-season All-District Football honors for 2014.
Eustis/Farnam is well-represented.
Tight end Mitch Rieker and defensive back Isaac Hueftle both earned First-Team honors.
The quarterback and running back duo of Chris Werth and Collin Thompson earned all-district second team offensive honors.
Werth was also slated on the all-district second team defense as a linebacker.
Knights Kaleb Gibbens, Mitch Head and Marcus Wilcox were etched on the honorable mention list for the district accolades.  

D2-8 All district Football
QB    Cody Aspenleiter    Medicine Valley
RB    John Rippen    Hitchcock Co
RB    Garrett Fries    Southwest
OL    TJ Aanenson    Medicine Valley
OL    Jackson Porter    Southwest
OL    Connor McConville    Southwest
E    Daniel Arp    Hitchcock Co
E    Mitch Rieker    Eustis/Farnam
ATH    Chase Barthel    Medicine Valley
P    Cody Aspenleiter    Medicine Valley
KR    John Rippen    Hitchcock Co

DL    Justin Kershaw    Hitchcock Co
DL    Brett Jones    Medicine Valley
DL    Josh May    Wallace
LB    Jeff Harms    Wallace
LB    Keaton Lenz    Medicine Valley
LB    Levi Baughman    Hitchcock Co
DB    Keith Helm    Southwest
DB    Isaac Hueftle    Eustis/Farnam
K    Michael Lord    Southwest
PR    Zach Cook    Hitchcock Co

QB    Chris Werth    Eustis/Farnam
RB    Collin Thompson    Eustis/Farnam
RB    Brenton Ellis    Southwest
OL    Jeff Harms    Wallace
OL    Chris Nichols    Hitchcock Co
OL    Lance Kelley    Southwest
E    Zane Mickelsen    Medicine Valley
E    Michael Lord    Southwest

DL    Nabii Gatobu    Wallace
DL    Michael Lord    Southwest
DL    Jackson Porter    Southwest
LB    Chris Werth    Eustis/Farnam
LB    Austin Minard    Southwest
LB    Garrett Fries    Southwest
DB    Brenton Ellis    Southwest
DB    John Rippen    Hitchcock Co

Honorable Mention
Hitchcock county: Coleton Doetker and Dakota Hagan. EUSTIS/ FARNAM: Kaleb Gibbens, Mitch Head and Marcus Wilcox. MEDICINE VALLEY: John Klintworth and Austin Phillips. SOUTHWEST: Alec May and James Sughroue.

SPORTS REWIND: A look back at 30-years from the TRIBUNE files


Lexington was able to earn a hard-fought 40-38 victory in overtime over Gothenburg in a boys hoops showdown. The Minutemen led 10-4 at the end of the first quarter and held the lead 19-15 at the break. Gothenburg was able to rally for 15 points in the fourth quarter to knot the score at 38-38. In the final frame, Andrew Rios hit nothing but the bottom of the net on a pair of free throws to power Lexington to the victory.
    Gothenburg's Landen Haake scored a game-high 19 points and had 10 rebounds in the contest. Lexington's Hawken Albus posted a double-double as well with 14 points and 10 rebounds.



A desperation shot from beyond 40 feet was drained by Kiley Peterson at the buzzer to lift Gothenburg over Lexington 39-37 in girls basketball action. Peterson had a game-high 20 points for the Lady Swedes. Sister, Kaitlyn had 10 points for Gothenburg. The Minutemaids were led by Christine Rickertsen with 15 points.
Dustin Walker was Mr. Everything in Gothenburg’s 52-30 win over Lexington. Walker scored 11 first-quarter points enroute to a game-high 29 points. The Minutemen were led in scoring by Ryan Gruntorad with eight points.
Miguel Macias of Lexington was chosen as a member of the All-State Cross Country team that was nominated by the Nebraska Coaches Association (NCA).



Cozad converted10-12 free throws in the fourth period to assure a 69-59 boys basketball victory over Sidney. Jason Ritterbush pumped in 16 points to lead the Haymakers. David Cumming and Brock Nelson added 14 and 13 points respectively for Cozad.
Mike Rimpley (103), Solomon Chee (125) and Marcus Fitzgerald (189) won gold medals as Lexington captured the title in the Cozad Wrestling Invitational. The Minutemen outscored McCook, 143-126. The host Haymakers were fourth with 95.5 points. Underclassmen Justin Kinnan was the 130 lb. champion for the Haymakers.



Cozad was upset by Gibbon 27-22 in the wrestlers season opener for both grappling squads. Picking up wins for the Haymakers were Steve  White (119), Josh Henry (151), Darrick Arndt (160), Aaron Brockmeier (215) and Bill Simants (HWT).
Eustis/Farnam’s Steve Einspahr was named as a member of the All-State Cross Country team by the Nebraska Coaches Association (NCA). Einspahr was the runner-up finisher at the Class D State Harrier meet in Kearney.
Lexington charged past Cozad in girls hoops action 41-36. Danielle Wemhoff sparked the Minutemaids as she totalled 12 points. Crystal Jareske dropped in 11 points for Cozad.



Brendan Holbein converted on the only successful three point bucket of the game with less than a minute to play and Cozad escaped with a thrilling 51-48 hoops victory over Lexington. Holbein finished with 18 points for the night. Kurt Richman was Lex’s top scorer with nine total points.
Gothenburg fell to the Ogallala Indians 76-63 in a boys basketball contest. Despite the setback, Todd Geiken  was the big gun offensively for the Swedes with 27 points.



The Haymakers successfully opened the season with a 52-46 win over Sidney. James Bratton and Rick Krushenisky  each scored 14 points for Cozad. Cozad led 19-5 at the end of the first quarter and held score advantages of 29-24 and 35-27 at the end of the next two breaks.
A tenacious defensive effort keyed Lexington to a 55-44 conquest of Gothenburg. Brad Samway popped the cords for 20 Minutemen points. Monte Kratzenstein sparked the Swedes by sinking 14 points.
Lexington prevailed as the champion in the Cozad Wrestling Invitational. Brad Woehrle (98), Dale Johnson (119), Tyler Fiene (185) and Kerry Anderson (HWT) were individual champs for the Minutemen. Cozad’s  Mael Carranza, Trent Netherton and Ken Highley brought home individual runner-up honors.

Cozad Has Fantastic Campaign On The Gridiron

Finishing the season deep into the playoffs was the Cozad Haymakers football squad that finished the regular season as the district champion in 2014.
The Red and Black finished the 2014 campaign with a 10-2 record with their lone losses coming to a pair of teams that were also semifinalists in the playoffs.
Cozad averaged 28.4 points per contest and allowed just 13.9 points per game. The Haymakers benefitted greatly from 29 total forced turnovers this past season.
Offensively, the Red and Black rolled up 297.4 yards per contest with 187.3 yards coming via the ground and pound running game.
Senior dual-threat quarterback Conor Young threw for 1311-yards and 17 touchdowns for Cozad along with running for 982-yards and nine more touchdowns. Defensively, Young was in on 79-tackles with 49 coming unassisted. Patrolling the secondary, Young had a team-leading six interceptions.
From the running back position, Colin Wetovick caused much of the damage as he rumbled for 876-yards and nine touchdowns while fending off a nagging leg injury this season. In the passing game, Wetovick had 348-yards and four touchdowns receiving. Coming off the edge on defense, Wetovick had four sacks and 11 tackles for loss.
Senior Brian Messersmith rushed for 232 yards and three touchdowns for the Red and Black. Defensively, Messersmith had 60 total tackles.
In the passing game, Senior Chase Dugan had a knack for getting behind the defense to snare a team-leading 21 receptions for 437-yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Dugan had four interceptions and 67 tackles.
Senior Jason Finnegan snared six touchdowns to go along with his 340 yards receiving. Finnegan was in on 67 tackles from his lineback position.
Senior linebacker Austin Turek had a team-leading effort of 84 tackles for Cozad.
Defensive end Jordan Henry was a sack artist for the Haymakers with eight total.
Rushing Yards    2247    187.3
Passing Yards    1322    110.2
Total Yards    3569    297.4
        C    YDS    TD
Conor Young    149    982    9
Colin Wetovick    150    876    9
Brian Messersmith    69    232    3
Colt Leibhart    38    131    1
Cameron Griffis    14    32    0
Tyler Yancy    3    30    0
Austin Turek    5    6    0
Chase Dugan    1    -1    0
Matt Menagh    7    -1    0
Klint Gill    9    -3    0
Ben Wetovick    3    -4    0
Jordan Henry    2    -33    0
    TOTAL    450    2247    23
    C/A    YDS    TD    INT
Young    74/152    1311    17    8
Cole    1/3    11    0    1
   TOTAL    75/155    1322    17    9
        R    YDS    TD
Chase Dugan    21    437    3
Colin Wetovick    19    348    4
Jason Finnegan    20    340    6
Sam Cole    11    179    4
Austin Turek    2    16    0
Brian Messersmith    2    2    0
    TOTAL    75    1322    17
        UT    AT    T
Austin Turek    29    55    84
Conor Young    49    30    79
Jordan Henry    37    39    76
Chase Dugan    34    33    67
Jason Finnegan    32    35    67
Brian Messersmith    31    29    60
Dallas Maack    17    35    52
Colin Wetovick    25    26    51
Sam Cole    21    13    34
Mitchell Wolf    17    15    32
Mitchell Fischer    11    20    31
Cameron Griffis    9    9    18    
Neil Henderson    6    11    17

RUNNING FOR DAYLIGHT is Cozad’s Conor Young on one of his many highlight reel runs during the 2014 season that was jam-packed with success for the Red and Black.

Minutemen Honored On All-District Football Squad

Shining bright under the ‘Friday Night Lights’ were many Lexington gridiron greats that earned B-7 All-District honors for their hard work and success on the turf.
Lexington’s Armando Pinedo, Brandon Araujo and Kolin Kenton all earned first-team honors.
Minutemen Dakota Hernandez, Wes Winter, Joel Burkholder, Rene Lazo, Seth Soderlund and Josue Ayala all were etched on the honorable mention listing.   

B-7 District Football
Armando Pinedo    Lexington
Ben Pfeiffer    Adams Central
Brandon Araujo    Lexington
Breckon Reed    Adams Central
Bryce Lyons    McCook
Cale Peak    Adams Central
Colton Lashley    McCook
Colton Sis    McCook
Dalton Goodenberger    McCook
Dylan Steikruger    Adams Central
Jeff Keele    Hastings
Jerome Hasley    Adams Central
Kasey Taylor     McCook
Keaton Garcia    McCook
Kendall Oberheide    Adams Central
Kolin Kenton    Lexington
Kyler Wormstadt    Adams Central
Morgan Karloff    Hastings
Phillip Pedroza    Hastings
Riley Loop    McCook
Sam Reimer    Hastings
Spencer Powell    McCook
Trevor Matson    McCook
Vinny Schmidt    Hastings

Honorable Mention:
Addison Belau    Hastings
Bret Baumbauch    McCook
Caleb Sheets    McCook
Colton Molcyk    McCook
Dakota Hernandez    Lexington
Jared Bryant    McCook
Joe Schlager    McCook
Joel Burkholder    Lexington
Josh Meyer    Adams Central
Josue Ayala    Lexington
Logan Bunger    McCook
Luke Curl    McCook
Matt McBride    McCook
Michael Collicott    Hastings
Rene Lazo    Lexington
Seth Soderlund    Lexington
Travis Hartwig    Hastings
Trevor Bumgardner    Adams Central
Tyler Musgrave    Hastings
Wes Winter    Lexington

Lady Swedes, Haymakers Named To SWC Net Squad

Battling the best at the net were the volleyball squads of the Southwest Conference (SWC) during the 2014 campaign on the hardwood.
Earning first-team SWC honors from Gothenburg was middle hitter Tiani Reeves.
Middle hitter Mady Vogel of Gothenburg and Freshman phenom Sadie Rush of Cozad both earned All-SWC second team accolades.
Lady Haymaker Hannah Thramer shined on the outside as a hitter for the Red and Black. Gothenburg setter Madi Gilg did an outstanding job of delivering the ball to the open hitters for the Lady Swedes. Both Thramer and Gilg were etched on the All-SWC third team.

Southwest Conference Volleyball
Kendall Schroer    Ogallala
Alison Rowse    Minden
Tiani Reeves    Gothenburg
Addison Woodward    Minden
Shelby Welsh    Ogallala
Krisha Scott    Broken Bow
Ellie Carr    Ainsworth

Jenna Paloucek    Ogallala
Madison Kelber    Valentine
Sophia Arensdorf    Ogallala
Rebecca Stewart    Minden
Laura Peters    Ainsworth
Mady Vogel    Gothenburg
Sadie Rush    Cozad

Hannah Thramer    Cozad
Layna Garey    Broken Bow
Nicole Lurz    Valentine
Kacey Jaeger    Ogallala
Lexie Berghorst    Broken Bow
Madi Gilg    Gothenburg
Macey Mathis    Valentine

Great Season:


RUNNING FOR tough yards inside for Cozad as well as lead blocking for the Haymakers during the 2014 Football Season was Colt Leibhart. Leibhart rumbled for 131-yards in limited attempts.

Lady Pirates, Knights Earn FKC Volleyball Accolades

Working hard and being rewarded for your efforts is the name of the game at the net, as the Fort Kearny Conference coaches and administrators have unveiled the 2014 All-FKC Volleyball squads.
Earning first-team honors from Elwood was Senior Anna Eggers.
Lady Pirate Felicia Knoerzer’s stellar efforts during her freshman season were awarded with a ticket to earn her a position on the FKC second-team.
Using great athleticism and explosiveness earned third-team All-FKC accolades for Eustis/Farnam’s Jessica Deterding.  

Fort Kearny Conference Volleyball
Hannah Kring    Axtell
Kit Wells    Axtell
Shelby Ferguson    Elm Creek
Anna Eggers    Elwood
Brieanna James    SEM
Courtney Martenson    Amherst
Season Mellema    Axtell

Sophia Gruwell    Wilcox/Hildreth
Tristen Trampe    Amherst
Ashley Snell    Axtell
Felicia Knoerzer    Elwood
Reilly Jenkins    Wilcox/Hildreth
Sydney Taubenheim    Amherst

Claire Cornell    Elm Creek
Colette Thorell    Loomis
Hannah Robbins    Elm Creek
Alicia Pierce    SEM
Jessica Deterding    Eustis/Farnam
Kayla Stubbs    Pleasanton

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