Lady Swedes Battle The Best At State Softball

Battling for supremacy, the Lady Swedes competed in the Nebraska Class C State Softball Championships held at the Smith Complex in Hastings on Wednesday and Thursday.
In their opening contest, the Gothenburg Nine weren’t able to overcome costly errors and were defeated 7-5 by Wahoo.
Scoring first in the bottom of the first inning, the Lady Swedes Kasey Wellmann got on base as a result of a walk. Katlin Harm got hit-by-pitch to put runners in scoring position. Wellmann and courtesy runner Kylee Beyea both scored on Olivia Lafleur’s two-RBI double into right field to make the score 2-0 at the end of the first inning.
Wahoo was able to knot the score 2-2 in the top of the second inning when Kelsey Tomjack scored via an error and Alexis Libal scored on a sacrifice fly by Madison Patridge to end the scoring threats in the second inning.
The Warriors offense continued to flourish in the top of the third inning with two more runs being scored. An RBI-single off the bat of Kelsey Tomjack powered the scoring effort for Wahoo to lead 4-2 at the midway point of the third inning.
The Gothenburg bats responded in the bottom of the third inning when Becca Riley doubled and then scored on Katlin Harm’s fielders choice to make the score 4-3.
The score would remain 4-3 until Wahoo was able to manufacture a run in the fifth inning. Tomjack walked and then scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Makeda Russ to give the Warriors a 5-3 lead.
The Gothenburg offense found a rhythm in the bottom of the fifth inning. Kasey Wellmann led off with a double and then scored on Becca Riley’s two RBI-double. Kaitlyn Aden who singled right before Riley’s bomb also scored to tie things up, 5-5 with just two innings left in regulation.
Just as they had previously, Wahoo responded to the scoring surge by Gothenburg with two runs in the top of the sixth inning. Tiana Wilcox and Brittany Vech circled the sacks for the Warriors to snare a 7-5 lead that would hold until the final out was recorded.
Senior Becca Riley was 2-4 in the contest with two doubles, a run scored and two RBIs.
Karleigh Kleinknecht scattered eight hits over seven innings along with four strikeouts for Gothenburg.
Score By Innings
Wahoo    0220    120-    7
Gothenburg    2010    200-    5
As a result of the loss, the Lady Swedes engaged in a diamond duel with Southern.
Timely hitting and good defense powered Gothenburg to  the 5-1 victory.
The Lady Swedes broke the ice in the second inning when Katlin Harm led off with a walk and then courtesy runner Kylee Beyea scored on a passed ball after working her way into scoring position to give Gothenburg a 1-0 lead.
The 1-0 lead would gain insurance runs in the top of the fifth inning when the Lady Swedes caught fire. Katlin Harm belted an RBI-single to score Kaitlyn Aden and move Becca Riley to third base after her double. Soon thereafter, Becca Riley and courtesy runner Kylee Beyea both scored on Olivia Lafleur’s hard-to-handle hit into centerfield to make the score 4-0.
Gothenburg finished off their scoring in the top of the seventh inning when Becca Riley doubled and then scored on an error by the Southern catcher to make the score 5-0.
Southern was able to work their magic to see Jadrien Long score in the bottom of the seventh, but the Raiders ran out of outs and were defeated 5-1.
Becca Riley again was 2-4 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored.
Using her speed wisely, Kylee Beyea scored twice also.
Score By Innings
Gothenburg    0100    301-    5
Southern    0000    001-    1
On Thursday morning, the Lady Swedes would face off with perennial power Wayne.
The Blue Devils were able to take advantage of scoring opportunities to notch a 9-2 win over Gothenburg.
In the top of the second and third innings, the Wayne offense found an answer to net a 4-0 lead with Kortney Keller connecting on an RBI-single to lead the scoring surge by the Blue Devils.
The score remained 4-0 until Wayne doubled down in the top of the sixth inning to the tune of 8-0. A Danica Schaefer bases-clearing triple did the most damage for the Blue Devils.
Gothenburg responded by denting the deficit with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning when Kerry Wellmann hit a two-RBI double into left field to score Kaitlyn Aden and Becca Riley to make the score 8-2.
Wayne scored an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning to make the score 9-2.
Gothenburg’s scoring rally fell just short in the bottom half of the inning, as they ran empty of outs and were defeated 9-2 by the Blue Devils.
Kasey Wellmann was 2-3 at the dish with a double.
Kerry Wellmann had a pair of RBIs on her clutch double for Gothenburg.  
Score By Innings
Wayne    0220    041-    9
Gothenburg    0000    020-    2



LAYING DOWN a picture perfect sacrifice bunt is Gothenburg catcher Katlin Harm on Wednesday afternoon during the Lady Swedes victory over Southern in Hastings.

Minutemen Battle Patriots In Overtime Turf Thriller

Going to the extra frame to determine a victor, the Minutemen were within a half a yard from forcing another frame, but it was the Adams Central Patriots that escaped with a 20-18 win in overtime over host Lexington in a crucial district contest on the gridiron on Friday evening.
Using ground-based rushing attacks, neither Lexington nor the Patriots were able to reach paydirt in the opening quarter, as the score remained 0-0.
It wasn’t too long into the second quarter, that the Minutemen found an answer to the scoring equation, as Rene Lazo took the ball on a sweep play and scored on an 18-yard run to give the Orange and Black a 6-0 lead with 10:42 left in the second stanza.
The score remained 6-0 throughout the remainder of the first half, as Lexington entered the intermission with the lead. The Minutemen lead held at 6-0 until the Orange and Black’s dual-threat quarterback called his own number and scored on a five-yard jaunt into the endzone to make the score 12-0 with 1:18 left in the third quarter.
During the ensuing drive by the Patriots, they were showing great variety with a spread-based attack along with a trickle of Maryland I running plays. The Adams Central drive reached into the fourth quarter, as Ben Kiolbasa got behind the Lexington defense and Breckon Reed launched a 41-yard scoring pass in his direction to make the score 12-6 with 11:44 left in regulation.
With limited time remaining in the fourth quarter, the Patriots went back to the aerial attack again, this time on a 10-yard scoring connection between Kyler Wormstadt and Breckon Reed to knot the score at 12-12.
The Lexington offense was then in business, as they worked their magic in an attempt to get within field position to kick a field goal. The Orange and Black faithful ignited in a fury of excitement, as the Minutemen lined up to boot a field goal as time expired, but it wasn’t meant to be as the kick just missed, despite the very heavy rush from Adams Central. With the score tied, overtime would be the determining factor in declaring a victor.
In overtime, Adams Central went back to the well with their aerial attack, as Breckon Reed threw his third touchdown of the contest, this time connecting with Jerome Halsey on a 10-yard scoring pass. The Patriots converted on the two-point conversion as Kyler Wormstadt rushed to paydirt to make the score 20-12.
During Lexington’s half of the first overtime period, Dakota Hernandez was able to stretch past the goal line to score on a two-yard rush to make the score 20-18. On the ensuing two-point conversion, the Minuteman ball carrier stretched towards paydirt, but fell just a half yard short from converting on the two-point conversion. The Patriots escaped with the 20-18 come from behind victory in overtime.
Lexington racked up over 265 total yards, which included 180-yards on the ground.  
Rene Lazo was the leading rusher for the Minutemen with 70-yards gained and a touchdown on just nine carries.
Doing his best to contribute big yards between the tackles, Raul Marroquin rumbled for 63-yards for the Orange and Black.
Lexington quarterback, Tyson Block completed 9-of-14 pass attempts for 85-yards in the contest.
On the receiving end of many of Block’s completions was Seth Soderlund with seven catches spanning 66-yards to lead the passing attack of the Minutemen.
Defensively, Armando Pinedo had a team-high 14 tackles. Rene Lazo, Jacob Mustard and Brandon Araujo all had 11, 10 and 10 takedowns, respectively.
Adams Central (3-5)    0    0    0    12    8    20
Lexington (3-5)    0    6    6    0    6    18



STRETCHING FOR the endzone is Lexington Senior quarterback Tyson Block (13) during the third quarter of the Minutemen’s turf showdown with Adams Central on Friday night.


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


Starting fast and finishing strong, the Knights of Eustis/Farnam dispatched of Silver Lake 36-14 in the first round of the State Football Playoffs. Knight dual-threat quarterback Drew Wetovick was clutch in completing 14-of-33 passes for 286-yards and four touchdowns. On the receiving end of many of Wetovick's passes was Djorn Dunlap with 155-yards receiving. Jerod Strong caught a pair of touchdowns thrown by Wetovick for the Silver and Black. Shinning bright on defense, Wetovick had a team-high 15 tackles. Jacob Widick and Djorn Dunlap contributed greatly with 13 tackles apiece..



Cozad’s football team threw a huge scare into top-ranked Chadron in the opening round of the state play-offs. The Cardinals used their depth and  experience advantage to put up 18 points in the fourth quarter to win a hard-fought 29-21 decision. Haymakers Justin Strickland and Eric Love both rushed for over 100-yards in the contest.
Third basemen Allison Hendricksen of Cozad earned first-team All-State softball honors after posting a batting  average of .366 during the season.
Cozad finished third, and the Lady Swedes earned fifth place honors at the SWC volleyball tourney. The Lady Haymakers defeated Broken Bow in the consolation final 25-23, 14-25, 25-21, 23-25 and 15-13.



Heath Oberg’s interception return for a touchdown turned the momentum in favor of Eustis/Farnam in the Knights win over Pleasanton 22-7. The victory earned Eustis/Farnam a ticket into the first round of the Class D-1 State Football Play-offs.
Lexington defeated the Holdrege Dusters 33-7 with the use of a punishing rushing game that totaled 341-yards on the ground. Alex Long led all ground gainers with 136-yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Gothenburg’s football team couldn’t cash in on three different chances in the red zone  and fell just short on the scoreboard to Chase County, 13-6 in the qualifying round of the Class C-1 play-offs. The Swedes balance on offense was led by Luke Franzen with 61-yards and Jeremy Yilk contributed 54-yards on the ground.



Lexington was defeated by the Holdrege Lady Dusters 15-6 and 16-14 to earn a fourth place finish at the SWC volleyball tourney.
Long drives were plentiful Cozad socked Ord in the regular season football finale 41-6.  Coach Gene Hunting’s club scored on sustained drives that extended over 90, 66, 72 and 54-yards. Haymakers Zane Malcom and Bobby Griese each found the endzone twice in the contest.
The Lady Knights of Eustis/Farnam breezed in their opening volleyball game against Arnold 15-4 and 16-14.
Kristine Hueftle’s 11 service points were a team high.
Kayla Widick was the leading hitter with five kills



Cozad capped a near-perfect regular football season by spanking Ord, 34-0. Mark Ferguson and Brendan Holbein each had over 100-yards on the ground.
The Minutemen encountered little difficulty as they raced past the Grand Island CC Crusaders, 34-6 to finish the regular season with an 8-1 record.
Scoring 36 points in the first quarter against Overton, the Pirates tallied eight points in the second and again in the fourth quarter, to put away the Eagles 52-6 on the gridiron. Scott Franzen scored four touchdowns on the night.



Cozad’s volleyball team avenged a regular season loss to Gothenburg with a two-game  victory in the third place match at the Southwest Conference Tournament. Pam Davis had five ace serves and totalled 15 points to lead the Lady Haymakers.
After a hard-fought 13-12 win over Minden, the Gothenburg Swedes were playoff bound after earning the SWC Conference Championship with the win. Bump Novacek carried the load for the Swedes in the rushing department with 161-yards and a touchdown, and was the golden toe that kicked the winning PAT.

Knights Rushing Attack Cruises Past Wildcats

Eustis/Farnam ‘Pounded the Rock’ to the tune of over 300-yards rushing and a big scoring second quarter that empowered the Knights to cruise past Wallace 46-6 in a district showdown under the Friday Night Lights in Eustis.
    The Knights got on the scoreboard first, when Collin Thompson powered into the endzone on a three-yard run to give the Silver and Black a 6-0 lead in the first quarter.
    Wallace was able to answer the score, with Bi Gatobu breaking into the open and reaching paydirt on a 24-yard run to make the score 6-6 to cap the first quarter scoring.
Running the ball sets up the passing game for the Knights, as Chris Werth launched a scoring pass to Kaleb Gibbens on a 23-yard connection to score the 14-6 lead after Isaac Hueftle scored on the two-point conversion.
Soon thereafter, the Knights were in business again, when Collin Thompson scored his second touchdown of the contest on a two-yard run to push the Eustis/Farnam lead to 22-6.
The Knights were able to increase their lead even more when they went back to the aerial attack when Chris Werth and Kaleb Gibbens connected on their second scoring play, this time on a 29-yard connection that pushed the cushion to 30-6 for the Eustis/Farnam gridders into the halftime break.
Staying on the offensive, the Eustis/Farnam offense got on the scoreboard first during the third quarter. Senior Chris Werth scored on a 10-yard run to paydirt to increase the Knights lead to 38-6 to conclude third period scoring.
Eustis/Farnam put the icing on the cake, when Collin Thompson scored his third touchdown of the game when he surged forward for a seven-yard run. Kaleb Gibbens added the two-point conversion to make the final score 46-6 in favor of the Knights.
The Knights offense had 416-total yards with 304 yards coming on the ground.
Eustis/Farnam dual-threat quarterback Chris Werth rushed for 98-yards and a touchdown along with completing six pass attempts for 112-yards and two touchdowns.
Knight powerback Collin Thompson rushed for 87-yards and a trifecta of touchdowns.
In the passing game, Kaleb Gibbens and Mitch Rieker contributed greatly with 52 and 49-yards receiving for the Silver and Black.
On the flipside, Isaac Hueftle and Hayden Rupe led the Knight defense with 16 and 13 tackles, respectively.
Wallace (2-5)    6    0    0    0    6
Eustis/Farnam (3-4)    6    24    8    8    46



EUSTIS/FARNAM RUNNER Isaac Hueftle (12) attracts the attention of Wildcat defenders Andrew Gardner (15) and a diving Jeff Harms (44) during the second quarter on Friday night.

Lex, Cats Battle With Swedes In Net Triangular

Fine tuning their game on the hardwood were the Minutemaids and Bearcats as they battled with host Gothenburg in a Volleyball Triangular on Thursday at the Swede Dome.
In the night’s first match-up, Kearney was clicking on all-cylinders and defeated Gothenburg 25-21 and 25-17.
For the match, Kearney hit .302 to the Lady Swedes .167 hitting percentage.
The Bearcats had the edge from beyond the service line with eight aces.
Gothenburg was led at the net by the hitting of Tiani Reeves from her middle hitter slot, she was able to hit .350 while knocking down 10 kills. Showcasing great athleticism, Reeves connected on eight digs to key the transition game for the Lady Swedes.
Throwing a block party was Mady Vogel with three total blocks in the match.
Gracie Stienike and Sara Brown both had five digs for Gothenburg.
Doing her best to get to the ball to the open hitter, setter McKenna Peterson dished out 13 set assists.
Kearney    25    25    
Gothenburg    21    17
In the sandwich showdown, Lexington battled GNAC-foe Kearney.
The Minutemaids had their chances, but it was strings of points in the second half of their sets that powered the Bearcats to defeat Lexington 25-15 and 25-16.
Lilli Fattig and Karina Manzo both had ace serves in the contest.
At the net the efforts of Karina Manzo earned her a team-high four kills.
Zoie Allen and Margarita Penaflor both knocked down three kills.
Lilli Fattig was good as golden with nine digs to setup the transition game for the Orange and Black.
Ellie Rowe dished out 11 set assists in the match for the Minutemaids.
Kearney    25    25    
Lexington    15    16
In the nightcap, the Minutemaids dueled with host Gothenburg.
The Lady Swedes and Lexington engaged in a trying battle in the first set, but it was the firepower of Gothenburg that prevailed with a 25-16 and 25-5 victory.
At the net, Senior Tiani Reeves was ‘en fuego’ hitting .647 and knocking down 12 kills.
Mady Vogel chipped in with seven kills while hitting .455 for the match.
Kim Whiting served up four aces to lead all servers.
Blaire Gibbens had a team-leading 12 digs for Gothenburg.
McKenna Peterson dished out 23 set assists.
Lexington’s Ellie Rowe had a team-high four kills and five set assists.
From her Libero position, Joelly Anderson converted on a team-leading effort of seven digs.
Lexington    16    5
Gothenburg    25    25   




ATTACKING THE BLOCK is Lady Swede middle hitter Tiani Reeves (2) against the double teaming effort of Lexington’s Zoie Allen (11) and Margarita Penaflor on Thursday.

Lex Battles At The Net At State Tennis Tourney

The Minutemen were up to the task of battling the state’s best, as they competed in the 2014 Nebraska Class B State Tennis Championships held in Lincoln on Thursday and Friday.
In the team race, the Lex-ington netters finished in a tie for 13th place with 10 points,
The doubles duo of Caleb Doyle and Alvin Hua were the sixth seed in the #1 doubles division. They dominated in their first round bout by defeating Cole Barley and Collin Peterson of Omaha Gross, 6-1 and 6-4. In the quarterfinal round, the Minutemen pair were defeated by third seeded Jackson Hitzemann and Alex Hotovy of Mount Michael, 6-2 and 6-1.
The doubles efforts of Juan Dominguez and Caleb Lauby earned a first round win over  Demetrius Sigowa and Taylor Hillhouse of College View Academy, 6-2 and 6-2. In the following round Dominguez and Lauby were defeated by Mount Michael’s Luke Krajewski and Alex Stoupa, 6-0 and 6-1.
In the #1 singles tournament, Henry Chacon was edged in the opening round by Haydn Muir of Elkhorn, 6-0 and 6-1.
Lexington netter Tanner Rowe battled familiar foe Matthew Moller of Adams Central in the opening round at #2 singles. Moller got the early lead and was able to hold off all charges by Rowe to score the 6-1 and 6-1 decision.                                      

State Tournament Action:


DISCUSSING THE scouting report against Wayne is Lady Swede Head Coach Roger Neujahr (right) and the Gothenburg softball squad on Thursday morning in Hastings.

Cozad, Gothenburg Well Represented At State Golf

Hitting the links to compete for State Championship accolades, the Lady Haymakers and McKinley Harm of Gothenburg did their best while competing at Quail Run Golf Course in Columbus on Monday and Tuesday.
The Cozad girls finished ninth overall in the team race with a score of 858, Minden cruised to the team crown with a score of 750.
Leading the way for the Lady Haymakers was Molly Cornelius with a score of 191. Shooting a 96 on day one and finishing with a 95 to finish in a two-way tie for 16th place overall.
Cozad’s Kaylei Becker showed great improvement from day one to day two, carding an overall score of 202, with a 96 scored on the second day to finish in 31st.
Gothenburg’s McKinley Harm was close behind with a score of 203 for the event, she led off with a score of 98 on day one. Harm finished in a tie for 32nd place honors.
Tazah Weinmaster earned a top 40 finish with a score of 211 for the Red and Black.
Completing the team score for the Lady Haymakers were Andrea Neill and Emily Ratkovec with two-day totals of 254 and 267, respectively.
2014 NSAA Class C
Girls Golf Championship
team standings
Minden 750; Columbus Scotus 766; Lincoln Lutheran 778; Grand Island CC 814; Kearney Catholic 841; West Point-Beemer 850; Dundy Co/Stratton 857; Cozad 858; Columbus Lakeview 861; Battle Creek 869; Wayne 870; Norfolk Catholic 906; Valentine 907; Wahoo 912; Bridgeport 961.
Individual top TEN scores
1. Morgan Thiele    KC    168
2. Brandi Lemek    DT    170
3. Ashton Boldt    MIN    171
4. Melissa Kyncl    BC    178
5. Paige Mestl    HRT    181
6. Ricki Hickstein    CHD    182
6. Jessica Rehtus    MIN    182
6. Lacie Fox    WPB    182
9. Kelsey Bignell    CLV    185
10. Mackenzie Hale    WH    186
Molly Cornelius 191, Kaylei Becker 202, Tazah Weinmaster 211, Andrea Neill 254, Emily Ratkovec 267.
McKinley Harm 203.

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