Haymakers Challenge Kearney Catholic In Turf Action

Stepping up to the challenge were the Haymakers as they went toe-to-toe with the host Kearney Catholic Stars in a gridiron showdown played at Miles Field in Kearney. The Stars were able to take advantage of their opportunities to score a 41-6 victory over Cozad on Friday evening.

In the early going, the Kearney Catholic passing offense was able to prosper when Bryce James caught a Matt Masker pass and then raced into the endzone for a 40-yard touchdown to give the Green and Gold a 6-0 lead with 10:18 to play in the first quarter.

Throughout much of the remaining time of the first quarter, the Cozad offense was able to work a good balance of passing and running, only to see their drives stalled without scoring. The Haymaker defense was able to settle down and entrench themselves on the turf to keep the Stars potent offense from scoring to keep the score at 6-0 at the end of the first quarter.

The score remained 6-0 until the Stars quarterback Matt Masker was able to connect with John Husmann on a 22-yard scoring play through the air to give Kearney Catholic a 14-0 lead with 5:58 left in the second period. Masker completed the two-point conversion to John Baack in the process. For the remainder of the first half of play, defense ruled supreme for both Cozad and Kearney Catholic which resulted in the score remaining at 14-0 heading into the halftime break.

Making adjustments and fine tuning their game plan during the halftime break were both the Haymakers and Stars. The Kearney Catholic Stars offense was able to flex their muscle on the opening play of the second half when Bryce James took the handoff and squeezed through the middle of the Cozad defense to dart into the endzone on a 61-yard run to make the score 21-0 with 8:55 left in the third quarter.

The Cozad offense responded by putting together a sustained drive down the field that was halted when Kearney Catholic’s Brady Holtmeier made a great catch on an interception, as he nearly returned it for a ‘pick six’, only to be knocked out of bounds on the five yard line. On the ensuing play, Holtmeier scored on a five-yard run that pushed the Stars lead to 28-0 with 7:23 left in the third period.

Soon thereafter, Cozad took to the turf in hopes of denting the deficit on the scoreboard. The Haymakers were able to string together a couple first downs, but it was the Kearney Catholic defense that cashed in, by forcing a punt.

On the ensuing possession, the Stars offense went back to the aerial attack, after seeing their running game limited with the great defense being played by the Haymakers. The Kearney Catholic gridders increased their lead to the tune of 35-0 when Brady Holtmeier snared a 30-yard pass from Matt Masker to bring the Stars faithful to their feet with 11:55 left in the final quarter of regulation.

During the next possession, the Cozad offense was able to get on track in a big way, when Andrew Sayer caught a short pass from Sam Cole and then made a couple tacklers miss, to then win the sprint race into the endzone to make the score 35-6 on a 60-yard scoring connection between Sayer and Cole with 10:48 left in the fourth quarter.

Much of the remaining time of the fourth quarter, Cozad and Kearney Catholic struggled to sustain drives against stifling defensive efforts. As time was dwindling down, the Kearney Catholic offense was able to cap off the scoring in the contest when Marcus Benesch lofted a 13-yard scoring pass to Noah Tillman with 1:36 left to play in regulation and clinch the 41-6 win for Kearney Catholic over Cozad.

“The boys will continue to work hard and get better each week,” expressed Cozad Head Coach Brian Cargill. “We will focus on being assignment sound in all aspects of the game.”

The Haymakers rushed for 107 yards in the contest. Leading the way on the ground for the Red and Black was Matt Menagh with 46 yards gained.

Haymaker Sam Cole rushed for 29 yards and also completed four passes for 85-yards and a touchdown.

Andrew Sayer had a notable game with three receptions for 77 yards and a score.

Ben Wetovick and Jordan Henry led the Haymaker defense with six tackles apiece. Jordan Henry also did an outstanding job of keeping the Haymakers defense in an advantageous field position with his punting. Henry launched six kicks for a 37.8 yard average.

Swedes Edged By Ogallala in SWC Football Action

In a chess match played on the gridiron, the Indians were able to score a big win over host Gothenburg 22-7 in a Friday evening matchup of Southwest Conference (SWC) foes.

Neither the Ogallala or host Gothenburg offenses were able to reach the endzone during the first half of play with the score remaining 0-0 at the halftime break.

During their first possession of the second half, the Tribe’s offense was able to break the ice on the scoreboard. Ogallala’s Brandon Raffaeli was on the receiving end of a six-yard pass from Brittan Hoppens that made the score 7-0 after Raffaeli booted the extra point at the 9:10 mark of the third quarter of play.

Soon thereafter, the Gothenburg offense started churning up yards with gumption. The Swedes efforts paid off when the home fans ignited to a deafening roar as a result of Patrick Messersmith lofting a throwback pass to Dawson Graham on a 25-yard scoring play that knotted the score at 7-7 with 5:59 to play in the third quarter of play.

With the minutes dwindling down in the stanza, the Ogallala offense continued to push forward against the stiff Swede defense. The Indians were able to finally break through for a rushing touchdown when Brittan Hoppens called his own number on a quarterback keeper that spanned a 16-yard run to paydirt. The Ogallala scoring effort made the score 14-7 after Cobe Hinton split the uprights on the extra point at the 2:40 mark of the third quarter of play.

Despite their continued effort to mix in the run with the passing attack, the Gothenburg offense wasn’t able to cut into the deficit during the remaining time in the third quarter and the early minutes of the fourth quarter of play.

It was during the waning minutes of the contest, that Ogallala was able to score an insurance touchdown with 2:52 to play in regulation when Jake Estrada rumbled 23-yards into the endzone to cap off the scoring at 22-7 in favor of Ogallala earning the win over Gothenburg.

The Swedes combined for 208 total yards with 122-yards coming through the aerial attack.

Patrick Messersmith was the leading ground gainer for Gothenburg with 42 yards gained.

Dawson Graham passed for 97-yards for the Swedes potent passing attack.

Defensivley, Ethan Bihlmaier racked up a team-leading 11 tackles, four unassisted for the Swedes.

Patrick Messersmith and Patrick Peterson chipped in with eight takedowns apiece for Gothenburg

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

Lexington was edged in a shootout with Seward 47-45,  that featured over 90 points and 1150 yards. The Minutemen had a  21-7 lead at halftime and led 33-21 with just one quarter remaining to play in regulation. During the fourth quarter, the Bluejays rallied for 26 points in the fourth quarter to trump the Orange and Black’s 12 points during the period. Lexington had a total of 598 yards to the Jays 556 yards. The Minutemen rushed for 293 yards and aired it out to the tune of 305 yards. Patrick Berke and Tyler McKeone both rushed for over 100 yards. Berke was good on a team-high 177-yards and four touchdowns on the ground along with another two scores through the air. McKeone was 28-of-32 foer 305 yards and three touchdowns for the Orange and Black.  Abe Pop snared nine receptions for 94 yards and one touchdown. 
A stellar offensive effort coupled with six interceptions powered the Haymaker gridders to a 62-10 victory over Ainsworth. Cozad rushed for 363 yards on the ground. Eric Love was the leading ground gainer with 145 yards and two touchdowns. Joe Libal and Khoa Vu notched nine and eight tackles to lead the defense. 
Gothenburg was third overall at the Nebraska Class ‘C’ State Golf Championships played in Grand Island. Lady Swede Katie Keiser was ninth with a carded 178. Contributing greatly to the success was Amy Keiser with a 188, Heather Teahon with a 200, Kylee Philips with a 200 and Amy Yancy with a 216. 
Minutemen Jake Linch and Jake Zlatkovsky earned first round wins, but then were sidelined as they led Lexington in the Nebraska Class ‘B’ Tennis State Championships in Lincoln. 
The Haymakers had an outstanding second half, shutting down Ogallala, but it was the Indians first half of taking advantage of Cozad miscues that resulted in a 27-0 victory for the SWC-foe Ogallala. Leading the defensive charge for the Haymakers was Jeremy Koch with a team-high 13 tackles and an interception. 
Showing that they were worthy of a wild-card for the second year in a row, the Cozad Lady Haymakers Softball team cruised to a 14-2 win over Scottsbluff. Kayla Parker led all hitters with a trio of hits, which included a double and a pair of RBI’s. 
The Lexington Tennis Association crowned their champions of the fall leagues, earning the esteemed recognition were Becky Schroeder, Jerry Lauby, Anne Eilers, Janice Lans and Judy Moomey. 
Lexington signal caller Brad Carpenter keyed the Minutemen’s Aerial Attack with 136-yards to power the Orange past Beatrice 34-6. Linebacker Brad Kjar had a team-high 11 tackles for the Lexington defense. 
Cozad routed Cairo Centura 34-0 in the opening round of the Nebraska Class C-1 Football playoffs. Aaron Hendricksen threw for a touchdown and ran for another touchdown to clinch the win for the Haymakers. 
Haymaker Brendan Holbein was virtually unstoppable in rompin for 310 yards rushing and three touchdowns to lead Cozad past Southwest Conference foe Holdrege, 39-0. As a team, the Haymakers steamrolled to 519-yards rushing. 
It was a battle until the end with Cozad’s Carson Davis and Whippet Marc Hultquist dueling on the Minden Country Club during the Southwest Conference Cross Country Championships. Hultquist would win the crown in 16:39, just three seconds ahead of the Haymakers Davis in 16:42. The Lexington boys squad had a great day in finishing fourth in the team race, led by top finishes by Mike Steele and Ryan Rummel.
Lexington, Cozad and Gothenburg swept the top three spots in the team race at District Golf, to all punch their tickets to the State Golf Meet. The Maids won the District Crown by shooting a combined 420. Cozad and Gothenburg were close behind carding team scores of 426 and 430. Lexington linkster Stacey Daberkow fired a low round score of 97 to lead the Maids. The Cozad contingency was led by the high finishes of the trio of Robyn Weatherly, Mandi Keller and Tonya Bean in sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively.
Gothenburg won the Dawson County Golf meet by the slimmest margins. The Lady Swedes posted a score of 540 on their home course to edge Cozad’s combined score of 541. Lexington placed third overall with a score of 628. Cozad’s Shawnda Hatcher claimed the individual crown over Gothenburg’s Amy Pospisil in a playoff. Both Hatcher and Pospisil shot round scores of 99 to force the playoff.
Playing against the top-ranked Vikings of Grand Island Northwest, the Gothenburg gridders needed to be near perfect. The Swedes turnovers were converted into points, and created the difference on the scoreboard 34-8. Shane Geiken threw for 114-yards and a touchdown to lead the Gothenburg offense. 

Thinking Outloud

Stepping out of a person’s comfort zone is never an easy task, there are so many times that a person would rather back track that go ahead and face the darkness that is in the future. Why can’t there be glimpses of the future or even headlamps that could be handed out to people willing to step into the future? 
Speaking of headlamps, isn’t it strange how some people will poke fun at people that are dressed for their jobs, such as wearing a headlamp because they work in caves or darkness. The person that shows up to the gun fight with just fists is usually not going to fair very well. On the flipside though, I believe it is the wise tale of ‘The person that shows up to a fist fight with a gun is the one that gets shot’. 
There are so many different quotes and wise tales that we hear on a daily basis that they have become mainstream in our lives, even if it is with a headlamp strapped around my forehead. 
I recently was here at the office after business hours working and the power flashed off. You want to talk about darkness. I wasn’t worried at that time about my future but if I was going to be able to see well enough or ‘feel’ my way out of the office in hopes of a little daylight or the return of power. Lo and behold, the power turned back on and I nearly had that Margo and Todd moment from Christmas Vacation, as I nearly fumbled and fell over my desk and couch. It definitely tested a person’s comfort zone in the comforts of my own office. You never know when the tides may turn or the temptation to go out of your comfort zone will bee the best choice. 

Football Fever Contest In Full Swing

  The 49th Annual TRIBUNE Sports Prediction contest, which is sponsored by area businesses and professional firms, is in full swing. Pick up a print edition of the TRIBUNE for your entry. 
   The winner will be awarded $25. In the event of a tie, the contestants will be separated via the point division of the contest and/or the prediction of most points scored by one of the listed teams. 

  At the end of the prediction season, all of the weekly winners will be entered into a drawing for $100 to be given to the name drawn.
  Games are featured in each advertisement on the contest pages. Entrants must record their expert guess behind the sponsor's name on the official entry blank.
    Winners will be announced weekly.

Lexington YMCA Hires Gruntorad As New Manager

The YMCA of the Prairie has announced the hiring of a new manager at its Lexington location.
Lexington native and former Lexington school employee Riley Gruntorad will lead branch operations at the Orthman Community YMCA.
Gruntorad, a 2004 Lexington High School graduate, began work August 3rd as the branch executive director.
Gruntorad has a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and graduated with a master’s degree in educational administration from Chadron State College in May. He also served in the Army National Guard for six years.
He has been involved in the Y since it opened in Lexington in 2010 as a member and boot camp instructor.
When he’s not working, Gruntorad enjoys sports, being outside and spending time with his family, which includes 7-month-old twins, Baylor and Carter.

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Dawson County Golf Championships As Good As Advertised

Paced by the efforts of the top three golfers on the leaderboard, the Lady Haymaker golfers walked away with the team championship and bragging rights at the 2015 Dawson County Golf Championships that were held at Lakeside Country Club on Friday in less than ideal weather conditions. 
The Cozad linksters scored a team total of 495, the Minutemaids were the runner-up with a score of 548. Gothenburg finished third overall with a score of 567. 
Doing her best to circle the course in fine fashion, Kaylei Becker of Cozad carded a score of 89 to win the gold medal accolades. 
Three strokes back of Becker was fellow Lady Haymaker Abby Cornelius with a score of 92 to finish second overall, which was outstanding for the Freshman Phenom. 
On Cornelius’s heels was Cozad teammate Tazah Weinmaster with a score of 93, good enough for third overall. 
On their home course, the Minutemaids were led by the efforts of Samantha Rimpley with a round score of 94. 
Earning fifth place honors was Gothenburg freshman Delaney Harm with a score of 97. 
Lexington Senior Haley Ringenberg did an outstanding job of staying the course and keeping the wasted strokes to a minimum to finish sixth overall. Ringenberg scored a 102, with a front nine effort of 49 to get off to an outstanding start. 
Aaliyah Wilkins and Andrea Neill both scored valuable scores of 104 for the Lady Haymakers to clinch the crown.  
Brooke Speer and Jami White scored matching scores of 104 for the Maids. 


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