Cozad, GBurg & Lex Bring Home Hardware From Burke Stadium
Getting the chance to step on the big stage in front of thousands of spectators, the Cozad, Gothenburg and Lexington boys that qualified for the 2015 Nebraska Class B State Championships shined bright despite the overcast conditions at Omaha Burke on Friday and Saturday.
Gothenburg Senior Tanner Borchardt finished his Swede career in ‘Sweet Fashion’ with an All-Class Gold Medal winning performance in the shotput with a throw of 59’6.25”. “I came down to State ready to go and was motivated to cap off a successful career,” expressed Borchardt after winning the gold medal in the shotput. “The biggest difference this year was more focus and concentration on my technique instead of just using my arm strength.”
Along with his gold medal winning effort in the shotput, Borchardt was the silver medalist in the discus with a top spin of 173’1”. Lexington’s Kolin Kenton stepped up to the challenge and launched the discus 152’9” to just miss the medal stand in ninth place overall.
Cozad Senior Conor Young had a great weekend in the timber runs, earning hardware in both hurdling events. Sprinting to the finish, Young was fourth overall in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 15.15 in the finals. Breaking the tape in 39.74 seconds, Young was the bronze medalist in the 300-meter hurdles.
Haymaker teammate Colin Wetovick and Jacob Clark of Gothenburg also conquered the 300-meter timbers at Burke Stadium. Wetovick and Clark finished the preliminary races in 40.83 and 43.72 seconds, respectively.
Wetovick was eighth overall in the 110-meter high hurdles finals with a time of 15.49 seconds.
Staying near the front throughout the race, Cozad Senior Graham Applegate sprinted down the stretch run to earn a fourth place finish in the 1600-meter run with a time of 4:33. Gothenburg miler Collin Hahn wasn’t far behind, finishing the four-lap affair in 4:38 in ninth place.
Lexington Senior Isaac Zitterkopf competed in all three jumping events. In the triple jump, Zitterkopf went deep to the tune of 44’3” to earn the sixth place medal.
In the high jump, Zitterkopf was joined by the Gothenburg duo of Dylan France and Seth Eggleston in competing for accolades. Zitterkopf had a clean slate to the tune of clearing 6’2” to finish fourth overall. Dylan France also cleared 6’2” but as a result of prior unsuccessful attempts, just finished out of medal contention in a tie for tenth place. Eggleston cleared 5’10” as well.
Against a loaded field of half-mile runners, Haymaker Jason Finnegan and Chandler Flynn of Lexington finished in the logjam around the two-minute mark. Finnegan stopped the watch in 2:02, just outside the top ten while Flynn got caught in traffic and his final sprint down the stretch resulted in a time of 2:04 for the two-lap race.
In the 400-meter dash, Flynn burned rubber to the tune of a 52.26 second lap tour of Burke Stadium.
Being among the elite, Jonathan Regalado of Lexington sprinted his way to a time of 11.43 seconds in the 100-meter dash.
Going from the short to the longest, Lexington was well-represented in the 3200-meter run with John Mark Shields completing the eight-lap tour in 10:05, god enough for a tenth place finish.
The Haymakers quartet of Omar Carlos, Graham Applegate, Jason Finnegan and Daniel Alvarado were sixth overall in the 3200-meter relay with a collective time of 8:16.
Finishing strong, the Lexington contingency had the foursome of Chandler Flynn, Andy Manzo, Michael Rodriguez and Isaac Zitterkopf competing in the 1600-meter relay. The Foursome sped around the oval to score the eighth place medal in 3:28, just three seconds back of the gold medalist.
Nebraska Class B State
Track & Field Championships
Sidney 42; Scottsbluff 40; Crete 37.5; Seward 35; Columbus Scotus 29; Holdrege 28; Mitchell 26; McCook 22.5; Mount Michael 22; Boys Town 22; York 21; Beatrice 21; Ogallala 21; Plattsmouth 20.5; Cozad 20; Northwest 18; Gothenburg 18; Elkhorn 18; Omaha Concordia 16.5; Syracuse 16; Nebraska City 16; Douglas County West 14; Fort Calhoun 14; Waverly 13.5; Adams Central 13.5; Milford 11; Norris 10; Blair 10; Alliance 9; Omaha Gross 9; Lexington 8.5; Kearney Catholic 8; Ashland/Greenwood 6; Wahoo 5; Chadron 5; O’Neill 4; Gretna 4; West Point-Beemer 2.5; Falls City 2; David City 1; Pierce 1; Aurora 1.
--Long Jump: 1. Cale Wagner (SEW) 21’11”; Isaac Zitterkopf (LX) 20’1”.
--Triple Jump: 1. Trent Koehler (YRK) 44’11.75”; 6. Isaac Zitterkopf (LX) 44’3”.
--High Jump: 1. Jacob Heitkamp (SYR) 6’6”; 4. Isaac Zitterkopf (LX) 6’2”; Dylan France (GT) 6’2”; Seth Eggleston (GT) 5’10”.
--Pole Vault: 1. Ty Johnson (NW) 14’8”.
--Shotput: 1. Tanner Borchardt (GT) 59’6.25”.
--Discus: 1. Cameron Jurgens (BEA) 176’6”; 2. Tanner Borchardt (GT) 173’1”; Kolin Kenton (LX) 152’9”
--110 meter hurdles: 1. Luke Siedhoff (CRE) 14.09; 4. Conor Young (CZ) 15.15; 8. Colin Wetovick (CZ) 15.49.
--300 meter hurdles: 1. Cale Wagner (SEW) 38.9; 3. Conor Young (CZ) 39.74; Colin Wetovick (CZ) 40.83; Jacob Clark (GT) 43.72.
--100 meter dash: 1. Javon Hopkins (BT) 10.86; Jonathan Regalado (LX) 11.43.
--200 meter dash: 1. Javon Hopkins (BT) 22.18;
--400 meter dash: 1. Cody Mroczek (CSO) 49.72; Chandler Flynn (LX) 52.26.
--800 meter run: 1. Mason Grinvalds (DCW) 1:58; Jason Finnegan (CZ) 2:02; Chandler Flynn (LX) 2:04.
--1600 meter run: 1. Matthew Barraza (SB) 4:30; 4. Graham Applegate (CZ) 4:33; Collin Hahn (GT) 4:38
--3200 meter run: 1. Austin Yardley (ELK) 9:43; John Mark Shields (LX) 10:05.
--400 meter relay: 1. Mitchell 43.7.
--1600 meter relay: 1. Sidney 3:25; 8. Lexington 3:28.
--3200 meter relay: 1. Scottsbluff 8:08; 6. Cozad 8:16.
Maids, Haymakers & Swedes Among Elite At State Championships Event
Climbing atop the medal stand to finish off the 2015 season was the goal for the Cozad, Gothenburg and Lexington girls as they challenged for supremacy at the Nebraska Class B State Track and Field Championships that were held at Omaha Burke Stadium on Friday and Saturday.
Finishing her high school track career achieving a pair of All-Class Gold Medals was Gothenburg Senior Tiani Reeves. “Its feels amazing to win both the long and triple jump all-class gold medals. One of my goals for this meet, was to win an all-class gold medal because I haven’t won one yet, now I have two,” expressed an excited Tiani Reeves. “The biggest difference this year is that I came to State to do what I needed to do and good things happened.”
In the long jump, Reeves put on a dominating performance by winning by more than a foot and a half with a top leap of 18’1.75”. Fellow Swede Kasey Wellmann reached past the 14’7.25” mark to just miss out on being in the final round.
Going deep into the sand, Reeves took flight in launching herself past the 38’7.75” mark to earn her second all-class gold medal, over two feet better than the runner-up.
Along with Reeves, Gracie Stienike of Gothenburg and Lexington’s Hana Brock competed in the triple jump. Stienike’s top effort was 32’2.25”. Brock scored big for the Maids with a sixth place finish as she soared past the 35’1.75” mark.
Cozad was led by the jumping ability of freshman phenom Kennedy Berreckman earning a fifth place finish in the high jump. Berreckman had better than average conditions to step into the spotlight and shine by clearing 5’2” to earn fifth place accolades.
On the oval, Tiani Reeves showcased great speed to finish fifth overall in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.43.
Reeves joined fellow Swedes Kasey Wellmann, Andie Geiken and Kayla Weyers to earn an eighth place medal in the 1600-meter relay with a collective clocking of 4:08.
In their strongest individual events Geiken and Weyers were just outside of the medalist honors. Geiken circled the Burke oval in 1:01 in the 400-meter dash. Weyers showcased her endurance and closing speed to finish the 800-meter run in 2:26.
Putting her name among the elite was Lady Haymaker distance runner Whitney Applegate with a time of 12:25 in the 3200-meter run to set a new Cozad School Record time in the eight-lap event.
It was just a blink of an eye that kept Gothenburg sprinter Madi Gilg from making the finals in the 100-meter dash. Gilg finished her preliminary race in 12.82 seconds and missed the finals by just two-tenths of a second.
The Gothenburg throwers showcased their strength. Senior Becca Riley finished tenth overall in the discus with a top throw of 109’10”. Mady Vogel muscled the ironball past the 35’6.25” mark in the shotput to finish out the strong Swede showing in the ring.
Nebraska Class B State
Track & Field Championships
Holdrege 57; Platteview 56; York 55; Northwest 52; Ord 48; Plattsmouth 27; Waverly 27; Gothenburg 25; Boone Central/Newman Grove 22.33; Wayne 21; Minden 20; Gretna 20; Aurora 19; Beatrice 19; Sidney 16.5; Norris 16; Pierce 16; Kearney Catholic 15.5; Mitchell 12; Wahoo 10; Seward 10; Omaha Mercy 9; Auburn 9; Elkhorn 8; Ralston 7; Omaha Roncalli/Duchesne 6.33; Scottsbluff 6; Bennington 6; Omaha Skutt 5; Nebraska City 4; Omaha Gross 4; Cozad 4; David City 4; Adams Central 4; Gering 4; Columbus Scotus 3; Lexington 3; West Point-Beemer 3; O’Neill 3; Chadron 2; McCook 2; Columbus Lakeview 1; Ogallala 1; Fort Calhoun 0.33.
--Long Jump: 1. Tiani Reeves (GT) 18’1.75”; Kasey Wellmann (GT) 14’7.25”.
--Triple Jump: 1. Tiani Reeves (GT) 38’7.75”; 6. Hana Brock (LX) 35’1.75”; Gracie Stienike (GT) 32’2.25”.
--High Jump: 1. Shalena Brown (NOR) 5’6”; 5. Kennedy Berreckman (CZ) 5’2”.
--Pole Vault: 1. Celeena Holt (HOL) 11’4”.
--Shotput: 1. Kenzie Kulm (PLV) 41’6.5”; Mady Vogel (GT) 35’6.25”.
--Discus: 1. Tianna Hausman (BEA) 134’8”; Rebecca Riley (GT) 109’10”.
--100 meter hurdles: 1. Kayla Bachle (NW) 15.13.
--300 meter hurdles: 1. Tori Beran (ORD) 45.3.
--100 meter dash: 1. Mackenzie Zach (PLV) 12.43; Madi Gilg (GT) 12.82.
--200 meter dash: 1. Mackenzie Zach (PLV) 25.54; 5. Tiani Reeves (GT) 26.43.
--400 meter dash: 1. Mackenzie Zach (PLV) 57.9; Andie Geiken (GT) 1:01.
--800 meter run: 1. Erin Lee (YRK) 2:15; Kayla Weyers (GT) 2:26.
--1600 meter run: 1. Erin Lee (YRK) 5:04
--3200 meter run: 1. Erin Lee (YRK) 10:51; Whitney Applegate (CZ) 12:25.
--400 meter relay: 1. Waverly 49.23.
--1600 meter relay: 1. Ord 3:58; 8. Gothenburg 4:08.
--3200 meter relay: 1. Plattsmouth 9:34.
SPORTS REWIND: A look back at 30-years from the TRIBUNE files
5 YEARS AGO
During the rivalry renewal on the diamond, Lexington and Cozad earned a Juniors/ Seniors split during the hardball doubleheader. The Reds Juniors scored a 12-0 shutout win over Lexington. Logan Klapperich went the distance on the mound, allowing just one-hit while striking out three batters. As a team, Cozad stole 15 bases in the contest. Cozad’s Micah Neill was 1-2 at the plate with a double, two runs scored, three stolen bases and a pair of RBI’s. Lexington’s Nery Cabrera was 1-2 at the plate with a double. In the nightcap, Lexington scored early and often to secure a 9-3 win over Cozad. Lex’s Aaron Luther notched the mound win. Lexington was led at the dish by Spencer Long with a 3-5 outing with a pair of doubles, two runs scored and three RBI’s. Jake Paulsen led Cozad, going 1-2 at the plate with a run scored and an RBI.
10 YEARS AGO
Gothenburg’s Jeremy Jorgensen rushed for 64 yards on 18 carries, to lead the East squad; despite faltering in overtime of the West Nebraska All-Star Football game in Scottsbluff. Fellow Swede James Carlson and Cozad’s Cale Osborn also played significant roles for the East squad.
Melon Andy Mitchell became the first Gothenburg pitcher to pitch a perfect game in defeating the Lexington Juniors, 8-0. Andy Aden was 2-3 at the plate with two runs scored.
Creighton senior Melanie Dorsey earned a spot on the All-Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) girls softball team. Dorsey led the MVC with 23 stolen bases and maintained a .410 batting average for the season.
15 YEARS AGO
The Cozad Reds juniors exploded past Broken Bow 19-4. The Juniors pounded out 17 hits in the contest. Outfielder David Cummings was 3-4 at the dish, with three runs scored. Catcher Brandon Ross drove in five RBI’s in the win.
Twenty-six teams played in the annual Father-Daughter golf tournament. Kenny Walters teamed with Taylor Munson to win the age 14 and younger division, and then Walters combined with Amy Munson to win the age 16-28 competition. Jerry Wetovick and Renee Hueftle captured the crown in the age 30 and older division.
Former Battle Creek head coach, Scott Bokelman has been named the head boys coach of the Gothenburg Swede cagers, replacing Dan Yilk.
20 YEARS AGO
A trio of Cozad anglers, Justin Sander, Joey Cochran and David Cochran reeled in a lunker of a bass that tipped the scales over six pounds, earning Master Angler honors.
Cody Naprstek of Lexington completed the eight seconds, to score a 70 and finish fourth in the bullriding competition at the Stapleton High School Rodeo.
The Gothenburg Juniors and Midgets made ‘quick work’ of their opponent, St. Paul on the diamond. The Melon Juniors declawed the Cats 15-0, and the Midgets posted a 10-0 shutout victory. Jeff Pramberg, the winning Junior hurler gave up only one hit in the contest. In the midget game, Matt Pramberg picked up the win on the hill.
25 YEARS AGO
The Lexington Juniors edged Cozad 10-9, scoring four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to earn the victory. Cozad was led by Yancy Werner and Mark Ferguson, both with two hits, in the contest.
Hunt’s Cleaners was led by Tina Dishman’s double and triple to notch a 11-1 win over Superior Plastics. Plastic’s lone run was scored by Teri Hanson.
Judd Dannehl pounded a grand slam home run against Kearney, to propel the Lexington Juniors to a 11-4 win over the Kearney Bluejays. Kurt Weeder also hit a home run, while going 3-3 at the plate in the contest. Picking up the win on the mound, was Darrel Svoboda.
30 YEARS AGO
Gothenburg’s Bump Novacek and Cozad’s Jill Fox were chosen as Southwest Conference (SWC) Athlete’s of the Year. Novacek led the Swedes to a state runner-up spot in football, was a member of the basketball team and set the state pole vault record at 16’0”. Fox placed third overall at the State golf meet, averaged 14.7 points per game on the hardwood, to lead the Lady Haymakers and finished her stellar season with runner-up finishes in the shotput and discus to teammate Nancy Vasey at the Nebraska State Track and Field meet.
The Cozad Midgets jumped on Holdrege pitcher Jack Lindsted for five runs on four hits in the first inning and then held on for the win 7-5. Greg Krason went the distance on the hill, striking out seven, to pick up the win.
Brent Frauen Unveiled As New Lady Haymaker Hoops Coach
There will be a new face at the helm of the Lady Haymakers Basketball Program for the 2015-2016 campaign. Brent Frauen was named the new head coach after being approved by the Cozad School Board during a meeting on Friday afternoon.
Along with his coaching responsibilities, Frauen will be a Social Studies Teacher at Cozad Middle School.
Frauen comes to Cozad Schools from being a teacher and coach at Lex High School, where he had been a Social Studies Instructor since 2004. He has been an assistant coach in both the girls and boys hoops programs in Lex as he assumed the head coaching role for the Maids during the 2011-13 seasons.
Frauen will be a Social Studies Teacher at Cozad Middle School to go along with his coaching duties. “It will be great to have the opportunity to work with an excellent group of girls that have the potential to be very successful,” stated Frauen.
Elwood, Eustis/Farnam Excel At NE Track & Field Championships
Getting the chance to perform on the big stage the Eustis/Farnam and Elwood tracksters did their best to compete for top honors against Nebraska’s best at the 2015 Class D State Track and Field Championships held at Omaha Burke on Friday and Saturday.
The Lady Pirates were able to finish strong with a sixth place finish in the final event of the competition. The Elwood quartet of Morgan Hodgson, Tobie Carlberg, Alyssa Bourbon and Aspen Sitorius completed the exchanges to finish sixth overall in the 1600-meter relay with a time of 4:16.5.
Elwood Senior Alyssa Bourbon had a great run in the 300-meter hurdle preliminary race in which she finished third with a time of 49.58, just missing out on qualifying for the finals.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights of Eustis/Farnam was Jessica Deterding. Deterding was among the best in the triple jump with a reach past the 33’1.25” mark to earn an eighth place medal in the event. Deterding also competed in the long jump with her top effort being 15’3.75”. On the oval, Deterding challenged for accolades in the 400 (1:03) and 800-meter (2:37) running events.
The Elwood quartet of Sitorius, Carlberg, Bourbon and Hodgson also competed in the 400 and 3200-meter relay’s where they finished with times of 53.89 and 10:52, respectively.
On the boys side, Zack Hackbart led the Pirates with a time of 55.52 in the 400-meter dash.
Hackbart started off the State Carnival by teaming up with Blake Tiede, Keith Murphy and Deone Wilson to compete in the 3200-meter relay. The foursome finished the eight-lap affair with a time of 8:43, just missing an eighth place medal which went to Exeter-Milligan with a time of 8:42.
Class d state championships
Giltner 38; Wynot 36; Axtell 36; North Central 35; Riverside 32; South Loup 32; Lawrence-Nelson 21; BDS 30; Lourdes CC 22; Pawnee City 21; Stapleton 20; Bertrand 19; Cedar Bluffs 19; Scribner-Snyder 16; Howells-Dodge 16; Humphrey SF 16; Fullerton 16; Anselmo-Merna 15; Mead 15; Loomis 14; Elm Creek 14; Brady 13; Maywood 12; Mullen 11; Falls City SH 10; Stuart 10; Sterling 10; Pleasanton 8; Emerson-Hubbard-Pender 8; Friend 8; High Plains 8; Lyons-Decatur NE 6; Diller-Odell 5; Potter-Dix 5; Hampton 5; Spalding Academy 5; Leyton 4; Paxton 4; Allen 4; Osceola 4; Exeter-Milligan 4; Deshler 4; Randolph 4; Twin Loup 3; St. Mary’s 3; Elwood 3; Ewing 3; Heartland 2.5; Wilcox/Hildreth 2.5; Sutherland 2; Maxwell 2; Bancroft-Rosalie 2; Creek Valley 1; Eustis/Farnam 1; Arapahoe 1.
--Long Jump: 1. Karen Schmeits (RSD) 17’1”; Jessica Deterding (EF) 15’3.75”.
--Triple Jump: 1. Jordan Rush (SL) 36’2.25”; 8. Jessica Deterding (EF) 33’1.25”.
--High Jump: 1. Shayla Dockweiler (SL) 5’5”.
--Pole Vault: 1. Catherine Mick (BDS) 12’3”; Cassie Jorges (ELW) 7’0”.
--Shotput: 1. Kelbie Lyon (GLT) 40’11.75”.
--Discus: 1. Addie Shaw (NC) 118’1”.
--100 meter hurdles: 1. Catherine Mick (BDS) 15.35.
--300 meter hurdles: 1. Catherine Mick (BDS) 45.39; Alyssa Bourbon (ELW) 49.58.
--100 meter dash: 1. Jordan Hansen (GLT) 12.42.
--200 meter dash: 1. Jordan Hansen (GLT) 26.23.
--400 meter dash: 1. Cortney Arkfeld (WYN) 59.18; Jessica Deterding 1:03.
--800 meter run: 1. Holly Podliska (HSF) 2:20; Jessica Deterding (EF) 2:37.
--1600 meter run: 1. Molly McCartney (LN) 5:28
--3200 meter run: 1. Natalie Jones (STP) 12:03.
--400 meter relay: 1. Axtell 51.02; Elwood 53.89.
--1600 meter relay: 1. Fullerton 4:05; 6. Elwood 4:16.
--3200 meter relay: 1. Wynot 10:07; Elwood 10:52.
Giltner 57; Bertrand 47; Brady 32; Wausa 30; Potter-Dix 30; Amherst 29; North Central 28; Parkview Christian 25; Falls City SH 24; Mullen 20; Scribner-Snyder 18; Diller-Odell 18; Medicine Valley 17; CWC 16; McCool Junction 16; Garden County 15; Wynot 13; Osmond 13; Walthill 12; Kenesaw 12; Cody-Kilgore 12; Silver Lake 11; High Plains 10; Sandhills-Thedford 10; Anselmo-Merna 10; Heartland 9; Pawnee City 9; Wallace 9; Elm Creek 8; Twin Loup 8; Elkhorn Valley 8; Banner County 8; Stapleton 8; Southwest 8; Ansley-Litchfield 7; BDS 6; Randolph 6; St. Edward 5; Lewiston 5; Sutherland 5; Lyons-Decatur NE 4; Exeter-Milligan 4; Sterling 4; Allen 3; Loomis 3; Osceola 3; Axtell 3; Humphrey SF 2; Dorchester 2; Arapahoe 2; Fullerton 2; Spalding Academy 1; Meridan 1; Stuart 1; Maywood 1.
--Long Jump: 1. Cody Stratman (WYN) 21’6.5”.
--Triple Jump: 1. Breydon Eckhout (AMH) 43’0”.
--High Jump: 1. Stetson Meyer (D-O) 6’5”.
--Pole Vault: 1. Tyrell Younger (BER) 14’8”.
--Shotput: 1. Jayle Hinkle (CWC) 52’7.75”.
--Discus: 1. Bruce Schulenberg (SS) 147’6”.
--110 meter hurdles: 1. Jared Hastings (GLT) 15.19.
--300 meter hurdles: 1. Jared Hastings (GLT) 40.30.
--100 meter dash: 1. Austin Hegge (WAU) 11.22.
--200 meter dash: 1. Austin Hegge (WAU) 22.88.
--400 meter dash: 1. Ryan Smith (GC) 51.33; Zack Hackbart (ELW) 55.52.
--800 meter run: 1. Cole Kennedy (BER) 2:01.
--1600 meter run: 1. Colin Erickson (NC) 4:31.
--3200 meter run: 1. Cameron Moes (OSM) 9:54.
--400 meter relay: 1. Giltner 44.55.
--1600 meter relay: 1. Brady 3:31.
--3200 meter relay: 1. Potter-Dix 8:21; Elwood 8:43.
West Nebraska All-Star Volleyball And Football Rosters Unveiled
The 2015 West Nebraska All-Star Volleyball and Football games will take place on Saturday, June 13th in Scottsbluff.
The 31st annual volleyball game will be played at 3 p.m. at Cougar Palace on the campus of Western Nebraska Community College.
Coaching in the volleyball game will be Katie Helms of Cambridge for the East squad. Assisting Helms with the East, will be Lynne Johnson of Brady. The West team will be lead by Chase County head coach Jodi Schuller and assistant coach Angie Hiemstra from Alliance.
The rosters have an abundance of talent from the Nebraska High School ranks that have been divided into East and West squads.
Players on the East volleyball team are:
Shayla Dockweiler, South Loup; Sydnee Harchelroad, Wauneta-Palisade; Brooke Hays, Southern Valley; Jessy Hunt, North Platte; Sloan Johnson, Cambridge; Bailee Keller, Maxwell; Hanna Lane, Ansley; Jessica Lovitt, Mullen; Shawna Paitz, Litchfield; Josie Palmer, Brady; Kayla Reynolds, Litchfied; Jordan Rush, South Loup; Lesley Towery, Wauneta-Palisade.
Players on the West volleyball team are:
Jill Behrends, Creek Valley; Kennedy Cyza, Alliance; Kelsey Higgins, Thedford; Emily Jensen, Alliance; Madison Kelber, Valentine; MaKenna Ketter, Chase County; Katelyn Lower, Mitchell; Leah Newman, Gering; Chellani Parriott, Bayard; Paige Spady, Chase County; Kaylee Spreier, Gering; Precious Williams, Alliance; McKenna Zulkoski, Mitchell.
The 37th annual football game will be played at 8 p.m. at Bearcat Stadium. Leading the East team will be Jeff Rowan of Lexington. Assisting Rowan will be Dreu Young of Cozad, Ryan Jones of Maxwell and Elm Creek’s Jayce Dueland. The West will be led by Ryan Smith of Hershey. The West gridders assistant coaches will be Randy Heimstra of Hemingford, Nick Kuxhausen of Kimball and Chadron’s CJ Bach.
Gridders on the East squad are:
Brandon Araujo, Lexington; Cody Aspenleiter, Medicine Valley; Christian Best, Elm Creek; Alex Burke, Cambridge; Jacob Clark, Gothenburg; Joey Colfack, Bertrand; Nicholas Crowley, Elm Creek; Brayden Davis, Sargent; Levi DeStefano, Brady; Layton Dockweiler, South Loup; Jason Finnegan, Cozad; Mitchell Fischer, Cozad; Dylan Folkers, Gothenburg; Kolbey Fourtner, North Platte SP; Austin French, Broken Bow; Trent Geiser, Anselmo-Merna; Devon Halliwell, Elm Creek; Jeffrey Harms, Wallace; Jeremiah Keith, Maxwell; Kolin Kenton, Lexington; Tyler Knox, Rock County; Brennan Koller, Arapahoe; Trevor Mann, Brady; Miguel Martinez, North Platte SP; Britt McIntosh, Mullen; Andrew O’Neill, North Platte SP; Armando Pinedo, Lexington; Robbie Strudivant, Maxwell; Kylen Thompson, Anselmo-Merna; Colin Wetovick, Cozad; Zach Wolf, Gothenburg; Tyler Yarrington, Broken Bow.
Gridders on the West squad are:
Stetson Anderson, Scottsbluff; Chance Anglin, Sidney; Cole Beckius, Ogallala; Alex Closson, Gering; Chayton Crow, Hershey; Jackson Dickerson, Chadron; Jeffrey Dickey, Chase County; Tristan Donelson, Scottsbluff; Kelton Fisher, Chase Coutny; Colt Foster, Hemingford; Dalton Goodenberger, McCook; Jacob Hand, Valentine; Bryce Hargens, Bayard; Mathew Hessler, Morrill; Jackson Hinze, Scottsbluff; Keenan Johnson, Chadron; Jacob Kugler, Hershey; Colton Lashley, McCook; Justin Lee, Thedford; Gaige Marshall, Hershey; Trever Matson, McCook; Seth Nowak, Hay Springs; Spencer Powell, McCook; Damien Rutledge, Kimball; Vosinh Sayaloune, Chadron; Ethan Skinner, Hemingford; Michael Isaac Sorensen, Chase Couty; Garrett Sterkel, Mitchell; Brady Turek, Hemingford; Jonathon Withrow, Kimball; Matthew Wood, Hemingford; Nathan Woodrum, Sioux County.
Maids Step Up To The Challenge At State Tennis Championships
Competing for all the marbles were the Lexington Minutemaids as they played with gumption at the 2015 Nebraska Class B Girls State Tennis Championships that were held at the Woods Tennis Center in Lincoln on Thursday and Friday.
Finishing the season strong was Lexington Junior Hannah Ostrom (32-10) with an appearance in the quarterfinals at #1 Singles. Fourth seed Ostrom breezed through her first two opponents. Hannah defeated Megan O’Grady of Hastings St. Cecilia 6-2 and 6-0 in the opening round before dispatching of Katie Noble of Grand Island Central Catholic, 6-0 and 6-0. In the quarterfinal round, Ostrom was defeated by eventual bronze medalist Chloe Dworak of Lincoln Christian by the score of 6-2 and 6-2.
Lexington’s Brylee Lauby found it to be toughsledding in a loaded field of netters at #2 Singles. Lauby tried her best to fend off a tough pairing, as she faced 10th seeded Casey Reefe of Omaha Duchesne Academy in the opening round. Lauby took an early lead, but it was Reefe that then gained the momentum and scored the 2-6, 6-4 and 6-2 victory over the Minutemaid.
Getting their monies worth was the Lexington doubles duo of Zoie Allen and Lili Fattig (21-13) at #1 Doubles. Tenth seeded Allen and Fattig engaged in a marathon match with Margaret Weedman and Ameya Kutty of Brownell-Talbot/Concordia in the second round. Allen and Fattig were defeated by Weedman/Kutty by the score of 6-4 and 7-6 (13-11). Allen and Fattig advanced to the second round in fine fashion with a first round dominating victory 6-0 and 6-1 over Jordy Cerveny and Madison Troshynski of Wilber-Clatonia.
The Minutemaids Junior tandem of Ellie Hobelman and Ana Ward competed at #2 Doubles for the Orange and Black. In the opening round, Hobelman and Ward defeated the Alliance duo of McKenna Romick and M’Kayla Steen, 6-1 and 6-4. It was in the second round that Hobelman and Ward ran into a buzzsaw, as they were defeated by eventual champion Marin Laferla and Ella Healy of Omaha Skutt, 6-2 and 6-1.
Nebraska Class B State
Elkhorn South 49; Omaha Skutt 44; Grand Island CC 33; Kearney Catholic 30; Lincoln Christian 23; Scottsbluff 22; Brownell-Talbot/Concordia 18; Holdrege 18; McCook 18; Norris 18; Adams Central 14; Lexington 14; Gretna 12; York 12; Hastings 10; Omaha Duchesne 8; Nebraska City 6; Alliance 4; Beatrice 4; Omaha Gross 4; Ralston 4; Wilber-Clatonia 4; Elkhorn 2; Ogallala 2; Waverly 2.
--#1 Singles: (First round): Hannah Ostrom (LX) defeated Megan O’Grady (HSC), 6-2, 6-0. (Second round): Ostrom (LX) defeated Katie Noble (GIC), 6-0, 6-0. (Quarterfinals): Chloe Dworak (LNC) defeated Ostrom (LX), 6-2, 6-2.
--#2 Singles: (First round): Casey Reefe (OD) defeated Brylee Lauby (LX), 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.
--#1 Doubles: (First round): Zoie Allen/Lili Fattig (LX) defeated Jordyn Cerveny/Madison Troshynski (WC), 6-0, 6-1. (Second round): Margaret Weedman/Ameya Kutty (BT/C) defeated Allen/Fattig (LX), 6-4, 7-6 (13-11).
--#2 Doubles: (First round): Ellie Hobelman/Ana Ward (LX) defeated McKenna Romick/M’Kayla Steen (ALL), 6-1, 6-4. (Second round): Marin Laferla/Ella Healy (OSK) defeated Hobelman/Ward (LX), 6-2, 6-1.