The 2015 Fall Sports Teams Are Prepared To Showcase Skills

Kick-off, first serve, opening pitch and the starting line are fast approaching, as many of the TRIBUNE-area athletic teams have jump-started into fall practice schedules for the 2015 seasons.
Cozad, Lexington, Gothenburg, Elwood and Eustis/Farnam all have scrimmages open to the public planned to debut their respective athletic teams.
Admission to these displays of Haymaker talent is one sports drink to get the chance to see Cozad’s Cross Country, Volleyball and Football squads; as they work together  on Friday, August 21st to ignite an excitement for the upcoming fall sports campaign.
The Volleyball team will duel at the net Friday, August 21st at 4:30 p.m. in the Cozad High School gym.
The Red and Black-clad harriers will start their competition with a run on August 21st at 5:30 p.m. as well, with an event that will start and finish at Haymaker Stadium.
Following the hardwood showcase, the Haymaker Football team will have their scrimmage to put the finishing touches on their skills on August 21st at 7 p.m. at Haymaker Stadium.
Lexington High School will be holding most of their scrimmages on August 21st. On August 21st at 4 p.m. the Plum Creek Park will be host to the girls and boys Cross Country teams, for their Watermelon Run. The Lexington Boy’s tennis team will host a ‘Powerade’ scrimmage at 5 p.m.
Lexington High School will showcase  their Volleyball team with the playing of a ‘Powerade’ scrimmage at 6 p.m. in the Lexington High School gym.
The nightcap will be a ‘Powerade’  scrimmage at 7 p.m. for the Minutemen Football squad at Ray Ehlers Stadium.
The Gothenburg athletic squads will fine tune their skills in sports drink scrimmages. The Swedes will hit the ground running in gridiron action with a sports drink scrimmage on August 21st at 7 p.m. The Gothenburg netters will showcase their talents at the net on Thursday, August 27th at 6 p.m.
The Elwood Lady Pirate netters will have their first competitions in Gatorade scrimmages on Thursday, August 27th. The volleyball contest will start with first serve at 5 p.m. The Elwood football time will be preparing for their upcoming season with an extensive practice regime before their scheduled regular season contests.
The Eustis/Farnam athletes will be using their  preseason practice time to fine tune their skills and talents to be put on display once the regular season starts for the Knights 2015 Fall campaign.

GETTING PHYSICAL during their first days in pads was Haymaker running back Matt Menagh (left) as he prepares for contact in a tackling drill on Monday afternoon. 

100th Meridian Road Race A Big Success On Saturday

Doing their best to run through the heat and humidity for a great cause were over 125 competitors that challenged the course of the C.E.B. Memorial 100th Meridian Revival. Endurance runners competed for top honors and accolades in their specific divisions in the 5K and 10K distances on Saturday morning as they ran through the streets of Cozad.
 Bringing home the gold and the top honors of the overall 5K competition was Mikayla Rhone of Omaha (21:46) and Austin Werner of Cozad (20:38) breaking the tape first overall.  
The 100th Meridian Road Races longest competition, the 10K, was a great display of endurance with Melissa Bell of Gothenburg (46:51) and Brian Bergt of Amherst (40:55) persevering through the grueling course, to stop the clock with the fastest times.
“It was an awesome day to remember and honor his memory. We hope that the race was enjoyed by all and that everybody will “Be There” next year to celebrate the life of Claude E. Berreckman,” expressed the CED Memorial Race Committee.
Proceeds from the run will fund the Claude Berreckman Memorial Scholarships for Cozad High students pursuing a college education.
5K Results
Females age 19 and under
    1. Ashley Burkholder 22:38; 2. Valeria Estrada 25:15; 3. Katrina German 25:15; 4. Whitney Applegate 25:16; 5. Karyn Burkholder 25:40; Natalie Engel 26:03; Bristen Wuehler 26:05; Natalie Kennicutt 26:20; Kayla Weyers 26:20; Margaret Lafuze 27:10; Neligh Andersen 27:33;; Margaret McGinnis 27:34; Megan Burkholder 27:35; Chlara Richerson 27:48; Marley Kennicutt 27:50; Andie Geiken 28:43; Samantha Carlson 29:26; Bayleigh Nemeth 30:50; Molly Cornelius 31:15; Haley Werner 31:37; Amanda German 31:37; Addy Hergenrader 32:26; Haley Schram 36:58; Kayley Kadow 36:59; Hayleigh Huff 38:23; Ashtyn Snider 41:59.   
Females age 20-29
    1. Mikayla Rhone 21:46; 2. Brianda Prado 31:13; 3. Erin Horse 31:53; 4. Stephanie Finnegan 33:14; 5. Jessica Finnegan 33:15; Blanca Prado 34:24; Brittany Hild 36:58; Janelle Bauer 37:15; Melanie Melcher 43:04.
Females age 30-39
    1. Jennifer Hunke 25:23; 2. Larisa Ong 30:05; 3. Michaela Arndt 30:34; 4. Aimee Davis 34:10; 5. Megan Fales 36:20; Amanda White 36:21; Bri Snider 42:00; Jill Reynolds 48:25; Heather Garcia 48:26; Erin Buhring 51:28; Megan Kock 53:24.
Females age 40-49
    1. Anne Burkholder 25:41; 2. Tracy Olnhausen 26:58; 3. Stacy Weller 30:32; 4. Thea Cole 31:15; 5. Julie Niles 33:13; Brandee Schram 34:16; Megan Wetovick 46:27; Julie Linn 48:50.
Females age 50-59
    1. Stacy Evertson 35:32; 2. Jan Nichols 51:17; 3. Pam Tingelhoff 51:26; 4. Mary Rhone 51:30; 5. Debbie Hein 51:33; LoriAnn Scroggin 53:24.  
Females age 60 and above
    1. Linda Rutter 34:58; 2. Sharon Maas 34:59; 3. Karen LaBrayere 42:54; Kathleen Garcia 51:25.
Males age 19 and under
    1. Austin Werner 20:38; 2. Chandler Brock 20:52; 3. Omar Carlos 20:55; 4. Sean Worthman 22:37; 5. Nathan Karel 22:52; Quin Karel 23:07; Alec Hein 23:44; Jason Finnegan 24:09; Brayden Schram 24:11; Kolton Morse 24:31; Kaden Garcia 24:32; Trevor Linn 27:52; Jacob Engel 28:24; Paul Cole 28:50; Nolan Wetovick 28:50; Oliver Davis 33:16; Braiton Snider 37:48; Sam Hergenrader 41:27; Ethan Garcia 41:30; Jack Cornelius 51:28; Colin Wetovick NT.
Males age 20-29
    1. Austin Scroggin 25:11; 2. Kyle Carlson 27:29; 3. Chris Tvrdy 28:06; 4. Zach Horse 35:31; 5. Austin Garvin 38:17; Jacob Garvin 38:18.
Males age 30-39
    1. Jasa Rhone 22:07; 2. Bryan Bazata 26:11; Darrick Arndt 28:20; 4. Brian Davis 28:29.  
Males age 40-49
    1. David Schram 24:10; 2. Jack Cole 28:04; 3. Matt Burkholder 29:46; 4. Mony Silbernaqel 40:18; 5. Pat Wetovick 46:28; Joe Linn 48:49.
Males age 50-59
    1. Christopher Olguin 33:47; 2. Lyle Davis 38:16.
Males age 60 and above
    1. Steve Scoville 27:09; 2. Neil Grothen 27:10; 3. John Grinde 28:08; 4. Del Vanderwerff 32:02; 5. Dallas Nichols 51:17; John Garcia 51:26.
10K Results
Females age 20-29
    1. Emily Young 55:46; 2. Heather Wellman 63:57.  
Females age 30-39
    1. Melissa Bell 46:51; 2. Kristen Bennett 47:01; 3. Michelle Walters 59:00; 4. Maria Andersen 61:45.
Females age 40-49
    1.Carol Keiser 56:06; 2. Claudine Kennicutt 61:34.
Females age 50-59
    1. Jean Berreckman 58:21; 2. Jodi Kocher 59:48; 3. Jane Dosch 68:38.
Males age 20-29
1. Shaun Howard 49:44.  
Males age 40-49
    1. Mike Beiber 59:11.
Males age 50-59
    1. Brian Bergt 40:55; 2. Steve Wolford 44:19; 3. Roger Malcom 50:20; 4. Claude Berreckman 59:58; 6. Bob Fink 59:59; Stephen Nemeth 68:35.

FINISHING STRONG is Mikayla Rhone of Omaha in winning the overall champions honors for the Women’s five kilometer event on Saturday with a time of 21:46.

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


In a very smashmouth clash on the gridiron, the Swedes of Gothenburg earned a 14-6 victory over Ord in the season opener for both squads. Gothenburg trailed 6-0 before Dillon McMichael was able to score on a sweep play from 30-yards out to give the Swedes a 7-6 lead at the break. GBurg running back Logan Sheets sealed the deal with a 65-yard score in the third quarter. Sheets lead the Swedes with 111 yards rushing. Tyler Aden had 15 tackles in the contest.



Gothenburg’s Kasey Bogus recorded a hole-in-one on the Cozad Frisbee golf course at Muni Park. Bogus aced the par three 157’ ninth hole.
Seth Ryker takes the reins to lead the Gothenburg Swedes activities, as the new athletic director.
The Billiards doubles teams of Richard Kleinjan, Mike Joliffe and Dustin Helmuth, Jeff Underwood punched their tickets to compete in the APA National 8-Ball Team Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada.



The duo of Greg Awtry and Joe Welch won a unique 27-hole golf tournament at Cozad Country Club, with a carded 103. The tournament was unique due to the format followed, with the first nine being ‘best ball’; a scramble in round two and alternating shots during the closing round.
The Minuteman to UNK Loper pipeline was prevalent, with a trio of former Lexington gridders, Garth Mins, Brad Kjar and Brett Kjar donning the Loper blue.
The team of Chris Denker, Ty Wisdom, Tom Fagot and Mitch Hock shot an 18-hole score of 59 to win the Bethpage Benefit Tournament crown by three strokes. The biggest excitement of the day was a hole-in-one by Gothenburg’s Roger Brand.



Cozad’s very own, Lorraine Gerdes was crowned the champion of the Class ‘B’ division 30-foot world horseshoe pitching championships.  Gerdes finished with an overall record of 13-4.
Every stroke counts, especially when Cozad’s Bill Rosenstiel and Mullen’s Dale Ginkens combined efforts resulted in a carded 103, to win the 27-hole two-man golf tournament at the Cozad Country Club by one stroke, over Todd Bubak and Dale Brownfield’s score of 104.
Cozad Schools unveiled the renovation to the Cozad Middle School gymnasium that took place over the summer, which involved painting the walls white and laying down a light-colored plastic floor.



Hitting an ace on the par three, 135-yard third hole at the Cozad Country Club was Roscoe ‘Rusty’ Garner, with a  No. 4 wood.
Gothenburg linkster Lyle Trullinger was crowned the champion at the Cozad Calcutta Golf Championships with a net score of 62. Two strokes back, in second place was Roger Maack with a carded 64.



Gothenburg’s hopes in the Nebraska Class ‘C’ State Midget baseball tournament were dashed by Tekamah, 5-2. Tekamah built an early lead of 3-0 after the third inning and never looked back. Scoring for Gothenburg in the contest was Shane Geiken and Eric Millsap.
Putting on a dominating performance, Dale and Barb Landercasper were the first flight victors at the Mr. and Mrs. Golf Tournament at the Cozad Country Club. The Landercasper’s carded a pair of 39’s to cruise to the victory. The duo of Norm and Cleo Wilkins combined to shoot an 85, to finish as the runner-up in the first flight.  
Suiting up one last time for Gothenburg’s Pat Novacek, an assistant for the North team in the Nebraska Shrine Football Game were Swede standouts Monte Kratzenstein and Bump Novacek

Hunter Safety Course To Be Offered In Cozad

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission volunteer instructors will offer a firearm hunter education course on September 14th, 15th, 16th, 21st and 22nd. The free class sessions will take place at 7 p.m. at the Paulsen Offices on East Highway 30.
    In Nebraska, hunters ages 12 through 29 must have on their person proof of successful completion of firearm hunter education while hunting with a firearm or a crossbow.
    Participants must register for the course online at:

Football Fever Contest In This Week’s Edition

The 49th Annual TRIBUNE Sports Prediction contest, which is sponsored by area businesses and professional firms, will “kick-off” soon, as the gridiron season gets closer each and every day.
    The first contest of the year is available in the print edition of today’s TRIBUNE. 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.



Cozad Country Club Summer Golf Leagues

Standings as of August 17th
Wellman/Howerter    188.5
Adkisson/Block    183
Weatherly/Atchison    180.5
Cornelius/Macken    177.5
Seaman/Jackson    171.5
Geiser/Geiser        170
Karre/Horstman    169.5
Berreckman/Cornelius    165
Malcom/Weinmaster    162.5
Young/Young        160.5
Henry/Henry        157
Henry/Woldt        152.5
Smith/Priel        150.5
Arndt/Jacob        149.5
Ross/Koch        145
Werner/Merritt        140
Fellers/Mins        111
MEN’S White League
Bean/Maack        193
Zeigler/Fales        180.5
Grinde/Koch        177.5
Holen/Phaby        176
Fink/Hupf        172.5
Wolf/Coenen        171.5
Smock/Worrell    166.5
German/Worrell    165
Deboer/Kinnan    164.5
Hansen/Anderson    162
Rodriguez/Thompson    157
Love/Horse        153.5
Sassali/Doudney    151.5
Svajgr/Birgon        146
Hickenbottom/Standage    146
Boshart/Askelson    131
Mackowski/Blumanhourst    128.5
McGinnis/Montgomery    100.5

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