Golden Moment For Lex’s Hernandez
Getting the chance to win your final match is an elite status that was achieved by Lexington’s Dakota Hernandez on Saturday at the Nebraska State Wrestling Championships that were held in Omaha.
By winning a state championship at 160 lbs., Dakota Hernandez etches his name among the notables that have donned the threads of the Lexington Minutemen Wrestling program.
During his tenure as a member of the Lexington High School Wrestling program, Hernandez has racked up 155 wins with the last one being the favorite for him. Hernandez without a doubt feels that when the time expired during the state championship match, that was his best moment as a wrestler. “The feeling was unexplainable,” expressed Hernandez. “It feels great, this is what I have worked for my whole high school career. All the hard work to get to this point was totally worth it.”
Hernandez has been involved in the Lexington wrestling program since he was in the first grade. He didn’t get real serious about the sport until he was an eighth grader. While getting deeply involved in the sport, Dakota attended a Nebraska Wrestling Camp and got the chance to see legendary grappler Jordan Burroughs as one of the camp counselors before he won his National Championship and Olympic Gold Medal.
It was through camps and hard work, that Hernandez started to realize that his dream could come true. “I always thought I could be a state champion, but when I really realized that I could win a state championships is when I started competing and beating state medalists when I was a sophomore.”
Starting the third period, Hernandez trailed 1-0 to Beatrice’s Chase Nelson. “I planned to get an escape and then a takedown to win,” explained Dakota. “A win is a win even when it is just by one point.”
That is all it took, as Hernandez’s game plan worked to perfection during the third period and he walked away with a (3-2) one-point win.
Haymaker’s Messersmith Is Runner-Up
limbing atop the medal stand after shining in the limelight was Lexington’s Dakota Hernandez as he was the individual state champion on the mat to lead all TRIBUNE area grapplers that competed in the 2015 Nebraska State Wrestling Championship held at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Lexington Senior Dakota Hernandez was crowned the champion at 160 lbs when he edged Chase Nelson of Beatrice 3-2 in the finals to push his season record to 45-3. It was a hard-fought battle for Hernandez to reach the gold medal match as he earned a sudden victory (SV-1, 5-3) over Marcus Dodson of Columbus Scotus in the semifinal round. In his first two matches of the event, Hernandez pinned Tyler Zeigler of Adams Central and scored a shootout victory over Jake Oson of Gretna, 15-8.
Cozad Senior Brian Messersmith was the silver medalist at 152 lbs. Messersmith was edged in the final minute by Ty Snyder of Syracuse, 3-1 in the championship match. Messersmith was an offensive force in reaching the medal round with a semifinal 7-2 victory over Skyhawk Curt Randall. In the opening rounds, Messersmith scored a 5-1 win over Jake Bressman of Bennington and a 14-0 major decision over Duke Jameson Nickels.
Fellow Haymaker Senior Jacob Hoffman also finished his final State championships on the medal stand in fourth place at 126 lbs. Hoffman started off his push for a medal with a 12-9 win over Levi SaBell of Aurora and a quarterfinal round 5-1 win over Pioneer Enrique Aldana to reach the semifinal round. In the semifinal round, Hoffman was defeated by eventual gold medal champion Joe Berg of West Point-Beemer by technical fall, 15-0. Hoffman recovered quickly to earn a 3-0 win over Anthony Red of York to punch his ticket to the consolation finals match. In his final match, Hoffman was defeated 3-1 by Shamrock Mason Brandenburg to earn the fourth place accolades.
In the loaded field of grapplers at 152 lbs. , Lexington’s Moises Garcia was able to finish sixth place overall. Garcia was defeated by familiar foe Austin Cooper of Northwest in the fifth place match 7-5. Garcia won his first round match by pin over Kyle White of Wahoo, but it was in the quarterfinals that Cooper of Northwest pinned Garcia to drop the Minuteman into the consolation bracket. Garcia then recorded two straight victories over Austin West by major decision and a 5-3 chess match with Swede Jayden Miller. In the consolation semifinals, Moises was nipped 3-1 by Curt Randall of Omaha Skutt to qualify for the fifth place matchup.
Jayden Miller of Gothenburg was also in that loaded field of competitors in tyhe 152 lb. bracket. Miller saw his season end in the consolation third round when he was edged by Lexington’s Garcia. Miller finished the event with a 2-2 record with a first round win over Trojan Sam Wortmann via pin and a consolation second round pin over Viking Dominick Henk.
Swede Bryce Larson also finished the event with a 2-2 record at 120 lbs. Larson pinned his first round opponent Justin Williamson of Plattsmouth at the 5:06 mark, before falling to fifth place finisher Hunter Schroeder of West Point-Beemer in the quarterfinal round. In the consolation bracket, Larson got off to a good start with an 8-4 win over Seward’s Callen Christensen before being defeated by Joe Ritzen of Chadron in the third round of consolation action.
Gothenburg’s Trevor Holley gained valuable experience in finishing with a 1-2 record at 113 lbs. Holley was pinned in his first match and then earned a 1-0 win as a result of a disqualification. As a result of the win by disqualification, Holley was injured and not able to compete in his second round consolation match.
Cozad’s Cameron Griffis and Zeke Derr gained an abundance of valuable experience that they will be able to use in future years. Griffis lost a pair of close matches at 138 lbs with losses to eventual fourth place Cadet Jesus Cervantes, 7-3 and Redbird Joel Meyer, 7-5. Derr was defeated by fourth place finisher Marcus Dodson of Columbus Scotus by pin and Boys Towns grappler Telvin Davis by the count of 7-5.
Scoring big points for Lexington with a 2-2 finish was Josue Ayala at 220 lbs. Ayala’s two losses came to fourth place De Terrance Smith of Boys Town via pin and fifth place finisher Kendall Oberheide of Adams Central, 8-6. Ayala was able to score a 7-0 win over Caleb Lefferdink and then got a consolation second round pin over Jacob Baldwin of Alliance.
Tomas Margritz of Lexington also finished the event with a 2-2 record. Margritz was defeated by Dragon Dan Zeleny in the 132 lb. first round by major decision. Margritz got back on track with two straight wins over Austen Eisenhauer of West Point-Beemer and a 4-2 win over Roger O’Dell of Douglas County West. Margritz’s comeback efforts were halted when fourth place finisher Hunter Weiss of Beatrice scored a 9-0 win over the Minuteman.
Lexington’s Alex DeSantiago (126), Rodrigo De La Torre (145) and Armando Pinedo (182) were not able to overcome the tough draws, but gained valuable experience in participating in the State Championships.
THROWING THE crossface is Minuteman Moises Garcia (top) as he overpowers Austin Cooper during the 152 lb. fifth place match on Saturday morning in Omaha.
CLASS ‘B’ TEAM STANDINGS
Omaha Skutt 119; Scottsbluff 117.5; Plattsmouth 116; Ashland/Greenwood 88; West Point/Beemer 85; Columbus Scotus 81; Gretna 81; Syracuse 81; Beatrice 76.5; Northwest 62; Chadron 56.5; Blair 45; Lexington 43; Adams Central 41; Bennington 40.5; York 38.5; Aurora 38; Nebraska City 38; Holdrege 37; Alliance 36.5; Sidney 34; Broken Bow 31; Cozad 31; Ogallala 26; Seward 25; Waverly 24; Boys Town 19; Fairbury 19; Schuyler 18; Norris 17; McCook 16; Columbus Lakeview 15; Gothenburg 15; Wahoo/Cedar Bluffs 9; Boone Central 7; DC West 6; Gering 4; Milford 4; Hartington CC 2; Wayne 2; Crete 1.
CLASS ‘B’ FIRST ROUND RESULTS
--113 lbs: Korbin Meink (OSK) pinned Trevor Holley (GOT), 1:23.
--120 lbs: Bryce Larson (GOT) pinned Justin Williamson (PLM), 5:06.
--126 lbs: Jacob Hoffman (COZ) dec. Levi SaBell (AUR), 12-9. Mason Brandenburg (CSC) dec. Alex DeSantiago (LEX), 5-0.
--132 lbs: Dan Zeleny (GRE) major dec. Tomas Margritz (LEX), 14-3.
--138 lbs: Jesus Cervantes (WPB) dec. Cameron Griffis (COZ), 7-3.
--145 lbs: Jake Fox (Ashland/Greenwood) dec. Rodrigo De La Torre (LEX), 4-2.
--152 lbs: Jayden Miller (GOT) pinned Sam Wortmann (HCC), 1:50. Brian Messersmith (COZ) dec. Jake Bressman (BEN), 5-1. Moises Garcia pinned Kyle White (WCB), 5:50.
--160 lbs: Marcus Dodson (CSC) pinned Zeke Derr (COZ), 0:37. Dakota Hernandez (LEX) pinned Tyler Zeigler (ADC), 1:41.
--182 lbs: Brendon Wheeler (OSK) pinned Armando Pinedo (LEX), 0:49.
--220 lbs: Josue Ayala (LEX) dec. Caleb Lefferdink (SYR), 7-0.
--120 lbs: Hunter Schroeder (WPB) dec. Bryce Larson (GOT), 4-1.
--126 lbs: Jacob Hoffman (COZ) dec. Enrique Aldana (NC), 5-1.
--152 lbs: Ty Snyder (SYR) pinned Jayden Miller (GOT) 1:57. Brian Messersmith (COZ) major dec. Jameson Nickels (YRK), 14-0. Austin Cooper (NW) pinned Moises Garcia (LEX), 4:38.
--160 lbs: Dakota Hernandez (LEX) dec. Jake Olson (GRT), 15-8.
--220 lbs: Terence Smith (BT) pinned Josue Ayala (LEX), 2:32.
CONSOLATION FIRST ROUND RESULTS
--113 lbs: Trevor Holley (GOT) by DQ over Mario Vanzor (SCH).
--126 lbs: Eithan Ludwig (PLM) pinned Alex DeSantiago (LEX), 1:09.
--132 lbs: Tomas Margritz (LEX) pinned Austen Eisenhauer (WPB), 4:37.
--145 lbs: Tucker Hancock (WCB) pinned Rodrigo De La Torre (LEX), 4:07.
--160 lbs: Telvin Davis (BT) dec. Zeke Derr (COZ), 7-5.
--182 lbs: Thaddeus Eason (NOR) pinned Armando Pinedo (LEX), 2:36.
CONSOLATION SECOND ROUND RESULTS
--113 lbs: Preston Jurgens (BEA) by injury dflt Trevor Holley (GOT).
--120 lbs: Bryce Larson (GOT) dec. Callen Christensen (SEW), 8-4.
--132 lbs: Tomas Margritz (LEX) dec. Roger O’Dell DCW), 4-2.
--152 lbs: Jayden Miller pinned Dominick Henk (CLV), 2:31. Moises Garcia (LEX) major dec. Austin West (BEA), 11-3.
--220 lbs: Josue Ayala (LEX) pinned Jacob Baldwin (ALL), 0:51.
CONSOLATION THIRD ROUND RESULTS
--126 lbs: Joe Ritzen (CHD) dec. Bryce Larson (GOT), 4-0.
--132 lbs: Hunter Weiss (BEA) major dec. Tomas Margritz (LEX), 9-0.
--152 lbs: Moises Garcia (LEX) dec. Jayden Miller (GOT), 5-3.
--220 lbs: Kendall Oberheide (ADC) dec. Josue Ayala (LEX), 8-6.
HAYMAKER SENIOR Brian Messersmith (left) works to score the escape against Ty Snyder of Syracuse during the Class B 152 lb Championship match on Saturday afternoon in Omaha.
--126 lbs: Joe Berg (WPB) tech. fall Jacob Hoffman (COZ), 15-0.
--152 lbs: Brian Messersmith (COZ) dec. Curt Randall (OSK), 7-2.
--160 lbs: Dakota Hernandez (LEX) dec. Marcus Dodson (CSC), Sv-1, 5-3.
CONSOLATION SEMIFINAL RESULTS
--126 lbs: Jacob Hoffman (COZ) dec. Anthony Red (YRK), 3-0.
--152 lbs: Curt Randall (OSK) dec. Moises Garcia (LEX), 3-1.
Fifth place results
--152 lbs: Austin Cooper (NW) dec. Moises Garcia (LEX), 7-5.
THIRD PLACE RESULTS
--126 lbs: Mason Brandenburg (CSC) dec. Jacob Hoffman (COZ), 3-1.
--152 lbs: Ty Snyder (SYR) dec. Brian Messersmith (COZ), 3-1.
--160 lbs: Dakota Hernandez (LEX) dec. Chase Nelson (BEA), 3-2.
SPORTS REWIND: A look back at 30-years from the TRIBUNE files
5 YEARS AGO
Cashing in at the free throw line was the demise of the Eustis/Farnam Knights as they were edged by Sandhills-Thedford 56-49 in the D1-6 District Championship. The Knights held a 14-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Sandhills-Thedford defense was prospering and gaining strength in the second quarter that turned into a 22-19 lead in their favor. During a scoring spree that was powered by Drew Wetovick, Djorn Dunlap and Jorden Bendler, the Knights of Eustis/Farnam regained the lead at 36-34 with just eight minutes remaining. During the final quarter, the Sandhills-Thedford shooters scored the 56-49 win for the Green and White-clad faithful. Drew Wetovick led the Knights of Eustis/Farnam with 14 points and six rebounds..
10 YEARS AGO
Lexington High School wrestlers Neal Maloley and John Rodysill were the winners of the Humberto Solache and David Applet Awards at the Annual Winter Sports Banquet held at LHS.
Dustin Helmuth of Cozad and Lexington’s Jeff Underwood qualified for the National 8-ball doubles pool championships in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Minutemen hoopster Nick Barnes was the winner of the Mark Gruntorad Award during the Lexington Awards Banquet.
15 YEARS AGO
Nick Maaske, a former Cozad wrestler, won the 171 lb. title in the intramural tournament at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Lexington toppled Schuyler in the first round of the Nebraska State Class ‘B’ girls basketball tournament, 37-33. Erin Jones led the Maids scoring attack with 12 points. In the semifinals, Lexington fell victim to Alliance by the count of 51-35. Jones’s 10 points, was again the top scorer for the Minutemaids.
20 YEARS AGO
The Chip Bahe coached Lexington Minutemen qualified for the ‘Big Dance’ in Lincoln with a district finals 53-45 win over Holdrege. Justin Thomalla scored 16 points to spark the Minutemen. Ryan Bliven added 15 points for Lex.
Highly-touted Ogallala, the SWC champion got a big scare from Cozad in the first round of the Class ‘B-7’ boys district basketball tournament in North Platte. However, the Indians escaped with a 55-51 decision. Aaron Hendricksen scored 16 points to pace the Haymakers. Chad Rosenstiel and Charlie Gillen both jammed home 10 points.
The Lexington Boxing Club honored John Rohnert of Johnson Lake for his lifetime contribution to boxing. He was involved in the sport for over 50 years. He earned Golden Glove titles himself in 1942 and 1947.
25 YEARS AGO
Area players named to the All-SWC basketball team were Laura Miner, Lexington; Mary Karol Raymond, Gothenburg; Rebecca Hecox, Gothenburg; Mary Mackowski, Cozad; Beckie Stieb, Lexington; Lisa Collins, Gothenburg; Heather Rhoadarmer, Cozad and Monica Weeder, Lexington.
Farnam lost their first round game in the Nebraska Class ‘D’ High School girls basketball championships against Wheeler Central, 39-27. Denise Messersmith led the Lady Greenbacks in scoring with nine points
30 YEARS AGO
Lexington St. Ann’s lost a first round game in the Nebraska Class ‘D’ Boys State Tournament in Lincoln. Hildreth was the spoiler, 63-53 over St. Ann’s. Tom and Jason Lauby led the Knights with 18 and 12 points, respectively.
Area players named to the All-SWC basketball team were Monte Kratzenstein, Gothenburg; Chris Neil, Lexington; Bump Novacek, Gothenburg; John Richman, Lexington; Aaron Strauss, Gothenburg. Rick Krushenisky of Cozad received honorable mention.
GBurg Cagers Battle Against Whippets In Postseason Opener
The season wins/losses records can be tossed aside when the postseason starts each campaign. Despite the new portion of the season, it was still the Lady Whippets of Minden that were able to score an early lead and hold onto that lead to the tune of a 55-28 win over Southwest Conference (SWC)-foe Gothenburg during the semifinals of the Class C1-10 Subdistricts that were held in Lexington on Tuesday evening.
Minden was able to use their pressure defense and transition scoring to blast out of the gates and hold an early lead on the scoreboard. When the horn sounded on the first quarter of play, the Lady Whippets held a 12-2 lead over the Lady Swedes of Gothenburg.
During the second quarter of play, Gothenburg attempted to adjust their attention to the offensive firepower of Minden’s Taylor Kissinger. The Lady Whippets were able to take advantage of the situation and prosper to the tune of a 15-3 scoring run that gave the Purple-clad contingency a sigh of relief for the time being. Minden had a 27-5 cushion on the scoreboard entering the halftime break.
Adjusting to the defensive pressure and holding onto the ball with consistency, the Lady Swedes were able to gain confidence on offense and the added character was prominent in Gothenburg netting 10 points in the third quarter.
Minden was able to thwart off the scoring rally by Gothenburg with their own 16 point quarter to extend their lead to the tune of 43-15 with just one quarter remaining in regulation.
During the final eight minutes of hoops action, Gothenburg cashed in on the added confidence on offense. The Lady Swedes were able to run their half court offense as well as produce in transition with many scoring opportunities resulting in the Lady Swedes outscoring Minden 13-12 during the period. The Gothenburg offensive effort of 13 points wasn’t enough to overcome the early deficit and the Lady Whippets of Minden scored the 55-28 victory.
Gothenburg shot 30 percent from the field, whereas Minden flexed the net at 37 percent from the floor. At the Charity stripe Minden was able to sink nine of fourteen, good enough for 64 percent. In limited scoring opportunities from the free throw line, Gothenburg shot just 44 percent.
Minden held a slight advantage in the rebounding battle that resulted in the Whippets edging Gothenburg 32-27. The Lady Swedes were able to corral 10 offensive caroms in the contest.
Gracie Steinike led the Lady Swedes with 10 points and three rebounds.
It was crazy eights for Gothenburg center Mady Vogel with eight points and eight rebounds, five coming on the offensive end.
Swede Senior guard MaKaela Franzen displayed great toughness in the backcourt with six rebounds and a team-high three steals.
Gaining confidence with her shot, sharpshooter Kim Whiting flexed the net for six points in the contest.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Gothenburg 2 3 10 13 28
Minden 12 15 16 12 55
Gothenburg: Gracie Steinike 10, Mady Vogel 8, Kim Whiting 5, McKenna Peterson 2, Amanda Kowalewski 2, Jaci Teahon 1.
ATTACKING THE DEFENSE is Gothenburg Senior guard MaKaela Franzen (right) as Lady Whippet Matty Hoskins attempts to close off the sideline during the third quarter on Tuesday.
Knights Werth Finishes Third At Class D Nebraska State Meet
Getting the chance to extend their season on the mat, Chris Werth of Eustis/Farnam and Cole Remmenga of Elwood competed in the 2015 Nebraska Class D State Wrestling Championships held in Omaha at the CenturyLink Center on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The Fort Kearny Conference was well-represented with Amherst winning the team title. With limited wrestlers competing the Eustis/Farnam and Elwood team scores were outside the top fifteen in the final standings.
Leading the way for the Eustis/Farnam grapplers in the State carnival in Omaha was Senior Chris Werth with a third place finish at 138 lbs. Werth got a first round bye and then dispatched Chandler Donscheski of Palmer in the quarterfinal round via pinfall at the 1:03 mark of the match. In the semifinal round, Werth was edged by eventual silver medalist Drew Loberg of Randolph by the score of 3-2 on Friday evening.
Looking to make a statement, Chris Werth put on a clinic on Saturday. Werth defeated friendly rival Bo Slingsby of Ansley/Litchfield via pin in just 0:33 in the 138 lb consolation semifinal round.
One step better, Werth defeated Chandler Donscheski of Palmer in just 0:18 to win the third place medal.
Elwood’s lone grappler competing, Cole Remmenga got a first round pin for the win over Hay Springs grappler Kolten Marx before being pinned by eventual gold medalist Nick Arlt of Oakland-Craig in the quarterfinals.
In his final match of the meet, Remmenga was pinned by Will Meyer of Fullerton.
CLASS ‘D’ TEAM STANDINGS
Amherst 201; Friend 95.5; Oakland-Craig 76; Creighton 71; Randolph 58; Neligh-Oakdale 54; North Platte SP 54; Scribner-Snyder 50; Palmer 49.5; Winside 49; Sutherland 44; Elkhorn Valley 41; Sandhills/Thedford 39; Pleasanton 36; Maxwell 35.5; Central Valley 34; Southwest 34; Freeman 32; Elm Creek 31; Franklin 31; West Holt 29.5; Nebraska Christian 29; Weeping Water 29; Crawford 27; Howells-Dodge 27; Pender 26; Fullerton 25; Arapahoe 23; Fremont Bergan 23; Clearwater/ Orchard 23; Eustis-Farnam 22; Meridian 22; Overton 22; Morrill 21; North Central 21; Harvard 19; Hay Springs 19; Anselmo-Merna 18; Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 18; Ansley-Litchfield 17; Elgin Public/Pope John 16; Mullen 16; St. Mary’s 15; High Plains 14.5; Shelby-Rising City 11; Cambridge 10; Hemingford 10; Axtell 9; Medicine Valley 9; South Loup 8; SEM 8; Thayer Central 8; Hastings SC 7; Hyannis 7; Palmyra 5; Elwood 4; Dundy County-Stratton 3; McCool Junction 3; Wilcox-Hildreth 3; Garden County 2; Southern 2; Tri County 2; Perkins County 1.
CLASS ‘D’ FIRST ROUND RESULTS
--138 lbs: Chris Werth (EF) by forfeit Kevin Ross (WIN).
--160 lbs: Cole Remmenga (ELW) pinned Kolten Marx (HSP), 1:30.
--138 lbs: Chris Werth (EF) pinned Chandler Donscheski (PAL), 1:03.
--160 lbs: Nick Arlt (O/C) pinned Cole Remmenga (ELW), 2:27.
--160 lbs: Will Meyer (FUL) pinned Cole Remmenga (ELW), 2:15.
--138 lbs: Drew Loberg (RAN) dec. Chris Werth (EF), 3-2.
CONSOLATION SEMIFINAL RESULTS
--138 lbs: Chris Werth (EF) pinned Bo Slingsby (A/L), 0:33.
THIRD PLACE RESULTS
--126 lbs: Chris Werth (EF) pinned Chandler Donscheski (PAL), 0:18.
EUSTIS/FARNAM’S Chris Werth (right) wrestles to gain the escape against Drew Loberg of Randolph in the 138 lb semifinals showdown on Friday. Werth was defeated by Loberg 3-2.
Cozad Edged By Scorching Hot Shooting Lady Stars
The Lady Haymakers looked to dethrone the Kearney Catholic cagers and their top five rating during the C1-10 Girls Subdistrict semifinals held in Lexington on Tuesday evening.
Firing on all-cylinders from the opening tip, the Lady Stars of Kearney Catholic looked to be on a mission, as they shot the lights out to earn the 66-27 victory over the Lady Haymakers of Cozad.
Using a potent pressure defense and clutch sharpshooting, the Kearney Catholic offense was able to light up the scoreboard and score an early 31-6 lead before the smoke cleared on the opening quarter of play.
Adjusting to the pressure defense and the showing great patience and awareness, the Lady Haymakers were able to find gaps in the pressure defense and exploit the defense to the tune of 11 points in the second quarter. Many of those scoring opportunities happened as a result of great hustle to score in transition. The Kearney Catholic shooters continued to flex the net with scorching hot consistency. The Lady Stars were able to claim a 50-17 halftime lead over the Lady Haymakers.
Coming out of the break, the Lady Haymakers were able to break the pressure with greater frequency and as a result were able to work their magic on the offensive end. The Cozad contingency was able to tickle the twine for eight points, even though the Lady Stars of Kearney Catholic were able to inch away on the scoreboard as a result of scoring 13 points in the period.
The Kearney Catholic girls held a 63-25 lead at the end of the third quarter of regulation.
During the final eight minutes of regulation, the Cozad and Kearney Catholic hoopsters struggled with continuity as a result of many key contributors getting into the action. The sharpshooting fire was extinguished as a result of stellar defense and the patience and poise being displayed on offense.
When the final horn sounded, the Kearney Catholic Stars were able to score a 66-27 win over the Lady Haymakers.
For the contest, the Lady Haymakers shot 30 percent from the field, whereas Kearney Catholic was able to top 50 percent shooting that included five trifectas. Cozad was able to sink four of their nine attempts from beyond the arc.
Kearney Catholic held a 37-26 rebounding edge over the Red and Black-clad cagers.
Senior guard Emily Reyes was the leading scorer for the Haymakers with eight points.
Showing great poise, Freshman Sadie Rush netted six points and had a pair of steals for the Lady Haymakers.
Rebecca Etherton was the leading rebounder for Cozad with four caroms ripped down.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Cozad 6 11 8 2 27
Kearney Catholic 31 19 13 3 66
Cozad: Emily Reyes 8, Sadie Rush 6, Sarah Yocom 5, Rebecca Etherton 4, Hannah Thramer 4.
LADY HAYMAKER Senior Emily Reyes (right) looks to set up the offense while drawing defensive attention from Whitney Colling of Kearney Catholic during the third quarter on Tuesday evening. Reyes scored a team-high eight points in the contest.
Omaha Gold Rush:
CELEBRATING WITH the Cozad contingency are Jacob Hoffman (left) and Haymaker head coach Derek Hammerlun after Hoffman’s 5-1 quarterfinal victory over Enrique Aldana of Nebraska City on Thursday evening in Omaha.
Haymakers Score Early & Often In Win Over Bison
Balanced scoring and suffocating defense was the formular for success for Cozad as they breezed past host 41-23 on Saturday night.
The Haymakers flexed the net for a first quarter lead of 12-2 that turned built into a 22-11 lead at the halftime break.
Extinguishing the chance of a comeback, the Cozad shooters outscored the Bison 19-12 during the second half to score the 41-23 victory.
Cozad was led by Conor Young with 10 points and six rebounds.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Cozad 12 10 15 4 41
McCook 2 9 8 4 23
Cozad: Conor Young 10, Andrew Sayer 7, Austin Turek 7, Colin Wetovick 6, Jordan Henry 5, Mitchell Wolf 4, Jason Finnegan 2.