Cozad’s Second Half Scoring Surge Powers Past Lady Badger Hoopsters

Finishing with authority, the Lady Haymakers defended their home turf in defeating SWC-foe Valentine, 48-37 at the Barn on Saturday evening.
Getting off to a fast start was instrumental for the Red and Black-clad cagers to keep the contest close on the scoreboard, 11-10 with Valentine having a slight edge after the first eight minutes were completed. Playing with gumption Sarah Yocom netted six of the Lady Haymakers 10 points in the period.
Staying on the offensive, the Cozad shooters found the range from beyond the arc, with Sarah Yocom and Sadie Rush hitting nothing but the bottom of the net on trifectas to score a 20-20 deadlock at the halftime break.
Using their balanced attack, the Lady Haymakers saw four different players reach the scoring column in the third stanza, with Emily Reyes leading the charge with five points. The Cozad defense and rebounding were up to the challenge, as the Red and Black outscored Valentine 11-6 during the period.
The Lady Haymakers entered the fourth quarter with a 31-26 lead. Looking to leave no doubt on the scoreboard, the Cozad shooters heated up and were clicking on all cylinders as they posted their biggest scoring quarter of the contest. The Lady Haymakers netted 17 points in the final stanza with Emily Reyes slicing through the Badger defense numerous times for eight points in the period. The Valentine offense put forth a valiant effort to rally for the comeback in the final minutes, but it wasn’t enough to dethrone Cozad’s cushion on the scoreboard that resulted in a 48-37 home court victory for the Lady Haymakers.
For the game, the Lady Haymakers shot 39 percent from the field while connecting on 42 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc. Cozad hit nothing but the bottom of the net on 10-of-15 free throw attempts.
Backcourt standout Sarah Yocom led the Lady Haymakers offensively with 20 points.
Guard Emily Reyes finished with a fury offensively when it was needed the most, with 15 points. Reyes scored 13 of her points in the second half for the Red and Black.
In the paint, Alec Geiger netted six points to contribute greatly for Cozad.
Valentine    11    9    6    11    37
Cozad    10    10    11    17    48
Cozad: Sarah Yocom 20, Emily Reyes 15, Alec Geiger 6, Becca Etherton 4, Sadie Rush 3.

FINDING A GAP in the Badgers defense is Cozad guard Sarah Yocom (21) as she releases on a short jumper for two of her team-leading 20 points on Saturday evening at the Barn.

Haymaker’s Strong Defense Trumps Valentine In Home Hoops Opener

Suffocating defense and timely scoring in the first half gave the Haymaker hoopsters the ability to cruise to a 45-38 victory over SWC-foe Valentine on Saturday in a contest that wasn’t near as close as the score indicates.
Cashing in on their scoring opportunities, the Cozad boys netted an early lead on a 9-2 scoring run that resulted in a 15-6 lead when the horn sounded on the first quarter.
The Haymakers continued to be very stingy on defense. Cozad was able to convert many defensive turnovers into transition scoring opportunities to turn their lead to double-digits and into a major cushion, as the Red and Black outscored Valentine 15-4 during the period to enter the halftime break with a comfortable 30-10 lead.
The Badgers regrouped during the intermission as they needed to cut into the large deficit to give themselves a chance during the last two quarters of regulation. The Valentine shooters found their rhythm and doubled-up Cozad’s scoring in the third quarter 16-8, to make the score 38-26 with just one quarter remaining in the contest.
During the final eight minutes of hoops action, the Cozad defense again flexed their muscle to limit the score for much of the fourth quarter. The Haymakers grinded out the clock on offense to work for the high-quality scoring opportunities to the tune of a 7-2 scoring run that resulted in Cozad grabbing a 45-28 lead with just 2:52 left in the contest.
Over the final three minutes, the Haymakers were able to gain valuable playing time for many of the key substitutes. That will pay off dearly down the stretch of the season, as Valentine was able to dent the deficit to make the final score 45-38 as time expired.
Cozad shot 43 percent from the field compared to Valentine’s 37 percent effort. The Haymakers dominated in the board with 28 caroms corralled to the Badgers 12 rebounds.
Leading the way for the Red and Black was Senior center Jason Finnegan with 19 points and five rebounds.
Colin Wetovick dropped in nine points while keying the Haymaker offense from his point guard position.
Conor Young and Austin Turek chipped in with five and four points for Cozad.
Showing his unselfishness, Chase Dugan dished out a team-high four assists.
Valentine    6    4    16    12    38
Cozad    15    15    8    7    45
Cozad: Jason Finnegan 19, Colin Wetovick 9, Conor Young 5, Austin Turek 4, Chase Dugan 3, Sam Cole 2, Jordan Henry 2, Andrew Sayer 1. 

PENETRATING THE DEFENSE is Cozad Senior Chase Dugan (right) past Badger defender Reece Weber during the early moments of the third quarter on Saturday evening.

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


Former Lexington Minutemen standout, Jake Mandelko earned All-Nebraska Division II defense honors along with being the honorary captain of the defense. Mandelko finished the season as the team leader in tackles (90), interceptions (6) and pass breakups (10).



Lady Bison Kay Broekemeier propelled Central City to an easy win over the Lady Haymakers of Cozad, 60-38. Cozad dug themselves a hole with only two first half buckets. Leading the second half comeback attempt was Lady Haymaker Allison Hendricksen with 16 points. Sara Kloepping contributed seven second-half points for Cozad.
Central City’s boys cagers used a strong second quarter along with forcing 30 turnovers to escape with a victory over Cozad, 64-51. Dreu Young and Cuyler Henry were the big scoring guns for the Haymakers. Young had a team-high 12 points while Henry dumped in 11 points, nine of them coming from beyond the arc.



Cozad’s girls won the consolation trophy in the Fairbury Holiday Basketball Tourney. The Lady Hay-makers downed Superior in the closing bout, 57-40. Melanie Dorsey scored 30 points in the victory.
Fairbury buried Cozad in boys Holiday Tournament basketball, 82-40. Jason Ritterbush and Brock Nelson led Cozad scorers with 10 and nine points respectively.
Lexington’s girls used a strong second half to knock out Grand Island Northwest in the Columbus Holiday Tourney, 63-48. The Minutemaids profited by converting 19 of 22 foul shots. Jenica Albus and Erin Jones sparked Lexington scorers with 16 and 14 points.
Eustis/Farnam won the boys division of the Maxwell Holiday Tourney. The Knights claimed a 56-51 victory over McPherson County in the finals. Andy and Chris Cochrane were the 1-2 scoring punch for Eustis/ Farnam, they netted 17 and 10 points, respectively.



Unbeaten Wood River (7-0) raced past Cozad in girls hoops, 66-38. Crystal Jareske, Cathy Wilson and Stormy Hare were the main scorers for the balanced Lady Haymaker attack with 10, eight and eight points.
Eustis/Farnam fell in a squeaker against Maxwell in girls basketball, 38-36. Kacy Taylor scored a team-high 10 points for the Lady Knights.
Josh Kuecker and Ryan Bliven pumped in 19 and 16 points as Lexington shelled Grand Island Northwest in boys basketball, 66-48.



Minden rolled past the Lady Haymakers in a SWC hoops contest, 49-39. The Whippets outscored Cozad 16-6 in the fourth quarter to assure the win. Mary Mackowski scored 15 points for Cozad.  
Brendan Holbein ripped the cords for 32 points as Cozad raced past Ord in boys basketball, 75-58. Scott Mackowski supported the cause with 16 points.
Kearney overpowered Cozad in a grappling dual, 41-33. Haymaker wrestlers picking up wins were Chuck Gomez (119), Peter Gomez (130), Tyrone Hoffmaster (140), Jake Vetter (160) and Matt Burkholder (171).
Bertrand was an easy winner over Eustis in girls basketball, 63-36. Lawanda Gengenbach paced the Lady Tiger scoring with nine points.
Axtell roared past Farnam in a girls cage match-up, 60-34. Gretchin Kotschwar scored nine points for the Lady Greenbacks.



Bump Novacek of Gothenburg was named as the ‘Most Valuable Player’ in the Southwest Conference for the 1984 football season. Jeff Curtis of Ogallala was second in the voting for the honor.
The Minutemen skimmed past Lincoln Pius X in a double-overtime thriller, 72-67. Chris Neill scored 25 points to lead the assault for Lexington

Lex Battles With Dusters In Hardwood Showcase

Looking to gain the upper hand in bragging rights, the Lexington hoopsters engaged in a girls/boys showdown with Holdrege on Thursday in Lexington.
The Minutemaids quick start wasn’t enough to thwart off the hard-charging Holdrege cagers from claiming a 41-23 victory.
Lexington flourished in the early going with an 8-3 lead at the end of the first quarter in front of the large crowd in attendance at the annual showdown.
During the second quarter, the Holdrege offense was able to fuel their fire with clutch shooting that result in the Dusters outscoring Lexington 11-6 heading into the break to make the score deadlocked at 14-14 at the halftime break.
Coming out of the intermission, the Holdrege defense was able to step-up their pressure and in turn it limited the Lexington offensive scoring opportunities. The Minutemaids were able to stay within contention though, as they entered the final eight minutes of regulation, trailing by just five points, 22-17.
Using their defense to create offense was the difference in the fourth quarter as Holdrege was able to finish strong to the tune of a 19-6 scoring surge in the fourth quarter to make the final score 41-23 before all the smoke cleared at the end of the fourth quarter.
Lexington was led by Junior guard Hannah Ostrom with 13 points, seven rebounds and four steals.
Ellie Rowe and Guadalupe Garcia dropped in three points apiece to contribute greatly for Lexington.
Rowe and Blaire Edeal both ripped down six caroms apiece for the Minutemaids.
Holdrege    3    11    8    19    41
Lexington    8    6    3    6    23
    Lexington: Hannah Ostrom 13, Ellie Rowe 3, Guadalupe Garcia 3, Lili Fattig 2, Kaelyn Pack 2.  
In the nightcap of the double-dip, The Lexington Minutemen engaged in a physical battle with Holdrege that came down to the final minutes. The Dusters were able to hold off the late charges of the Lex hoopsters to earn the 54-42 victory.
In front of an electric home crowd, the Minutemen stormed out of the gates and held a 13-10 lead at the end of the first quarter of play.
During the second quarter, the tides turned as Holdrege was able to hold a slight edge in the scoring department 12-9. Lexington’s Seth Soderlund and Kolin Kenton paced the Minutemen to enter the halftime break in a stalemate, 22-22.
During the third quarter, the Dusters were able to inch away with the use of stiff defense and transition scoring opportunities. The Lexington faithful were still standing strong for the Minutemen as they got back on the offensive and trailed by just three points, 35-32 at the end of the third quarter of play.
Over the final eight minutes, the scoring opportunities by Minutemen Soderlund, Kenton and guard Trevor McKeone weren’t enough to simmer the surge by the Dusters that was fueled by sharpshooting from the charity stripe. Holdrege was able to outscore Lexington 19-10  in the period to earn the hard-fought 54-42 victory.
For the game, Lexington shot 37 percent from the field to the Dusters effort of 41 percent. From the charity stripe, Holdrege sank 19-of-30 attempts for 63 percent whereas Lexington sank just 6-of-13 attempts.
Lexington was led by the scoring efforts of Seth Soderlund with 13 points and five rebounds.
Minuteman center Kolin Kenton flirted with a double-double with 11 points and eight rebounds along with three steals.
Trevor McKeone chipped in with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Holdrege    10    12    13    19    54
Lexington    13    9    10    10    42
Lexington: Seth Soderlund 13, Kolin Kenton 11, Trevor McKeone 10, Willy Mendoza 4, Easton Young 2, Tyson Block 2.

Swedes Engage In Basketball Thrillers With Southern Valley

Hoops action heated up in Gothenburg on Thursday evening, as the host Swedes battled with Southern Valley in  a girls/boys doubleheader.
Going the distance and more was needed to determine a victor, as the Eagles of Southern Valley were able to score a victory in overtime 42-40 to defeat the Gothenburg girls.
The scoring was at a premium in the opening quarter with defensive pressure being very evident. At the end of the initial eight minutes of action, the Eagles led 7-6 over Gothenburg.
During the second stanza, it seemed that the Southern Valley shooters were awoken by the buzzer at the end of the first quarter. The Eagles stormed ahead to score 21 points and take a ten-point, lead 28-18 into the halftime break.
Just as it was in the early going of the contest, the third quarter started out with defense being the strength for both Southern Valley and Gothenburg on the hardwood. Despite the defensive chess match, the Lady Swedes were able to dent the deficit and allow just one-point to make the score 29-22 with just eight minutes remaining in regulation.
During the fourth quarter, the Gothenburg offense hit their stride and rallied in front of the home crowd to outscore the Eagles 16-9 during the fourth period and force overtime with the score knotted at 38-38.
Southern Valley was able to work their offensive system to net four points during the extra frame and limit Gothenburg to just two points. The Eagles escaped with the 42-40 victory.
Gothenburg and Southern Valley both shot 40 percent from the field, but it was in the rebounding battle that the Lady Swedes held a distinct advantage, 28-17 over the Eagles.
Lady Swede Mady Vogel scored a team-high 13 points while ripping down eight rebounds.
Kaitlyn Aden netted 12 points for Gothenburg.
Getting the ball to the open shooters earned Katlin Harm 10 assists.
Southern Valley    7    21    1    9    4    42
Gothenburg    6    12    4    16    2    40
Gothenburg:  Mady Vogel 13, Kaitlyn Aden 12, Amanda Kowalewski 7, Keely Lecher 2, Katlin Harm 2, Kim Whiting 2, Gracie Steinike 2.
In the nightcap of the doubleheader, the Gothenburg boys wasted no time in established a great inside-outside scoring punch, as they cruised past the Eagles 59-38.
Wasting no time at all, the Swedes went to work and were able to build their lead to ten-points, 19-9 by the time the horn sounded on the first quarter of play.
Sticking to their initial game plan of working the ball into the paint on offense, the Gothenburg cagers were able to hold onto their 10-point lead, as they score stood at 31-21 at the halftime break.
Starting the third quarter with gumption, the Swedes extinguished the comeback chances with a 20-10 scoring effort to build the Cardinal-clad cagers lead to a 20-point cushion, 51-31 with just eight minutes remaining in regulation.
The pace of the contest slowed, as Gothenburg worked their offensive system for high percentage scoring attempts. The Swedes were able to outscore Southern Valley 8-7 during the final period to score the convincing 59-38 victory.
Gothenburg shot 58 percent from the field and held the Eagles to 33 percent shooting. The Swedes dominated in the board battle 38-19.
Tanner Borchardt posted a double-double with team-highs of 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Collin Hahn netted 12 points that included a pair of treys for the Swedes.
Dawson Graham and Jacob Clark chipped in with six and four assists, respectively.
Southern Valley    9    12    10    7    38
Gothenburg    19    12    20    8    59
Gothenburg:  Tanner Borchardt 20, Collin Hahn 12, Ty Clement 9, Connor Schwanz 7, Dawson Graham 4, Patrick Messersmith 3, Jacob Clark 2, Ryan Rehbach 2.

Garcia, Hernandez Win Crowns To Pace Lex At Holdrege Mat Invite

Paced by the efforts of two gold medal champions, the Lexington grapplers finished third overall in the team race at the Holdrege Wrestling Invitational on Saturday.
Minutemen Moises Garcia and Dakota Hernandez were the class of the field of grapplers in their weight classes with gold medal finishes.
Garcia defeated Austin Cooper of Northwest 8-6 in the decisive match at 152 lbs. Garcia pinned two of his opponents and recorded one major decision as well.
Hernandez was a forced to be reckoned with as he won gold at 160 lbs. Dakota scored a pair of second period pins a major decision (12-0) and a technical fall (17-0).
Austin Probasco was the runner-up at 120 lbs as a result of being defeated 7-4 by Devon Schmidt of Northwest. Probasco finished the day with three big wins, two via pins and the third on a technical fall by the count of 17-2.
Alex DeSantiago was second overall at 126 lbs. DeSantiago was edged by Jackson Knorr of Lincoln Southwest in the final round 8-2.
Rodrigo DeLa Torre had a dynamite day on the mat at 138 lbs to finish second overall. DeLa Torre was defeated by Skyhawk Jake Oltman 20-5 in the first round and then rolled off four straight pins in the round-robin format to earn silver medalist honors.
Josue Ayala scored big points for the Minutemen in the 220 lb. division with a runner-up finish. Ayala started the day with four straight pins before being caught by gold medalist Lincoln Southwest’s Kyson Schnell at the 1:19 mark of their decisive matchup.
Pierro Garcia finished third at 113 lbs with a technical fall (15-0) over Tyler Johnston of Holdrege in the consolation final round.
Andy Rojas (106 lbs.), Tomas Margritz (132 lbs.), Ethan Woehrle (170 lbs.) and Armando Pinedo (195 lbs.) all finished fourth overall for the Orange and Black.
Lincoln SW 223.5; Northwest 214.5; Lexington 174.5; Holdrege 171; Broken Bow 124.5; Minden 69; McCook 67; Chase County 43.  
Championship Results
--106 lbs: Bryan Haines (NW) pinned Caleb Smith (BOW), 0:54.
--113 lbs: Jason Christiansen (LSW) dec. Clayton Glendy (BOW), 5-0.
--120 lbs: Devon Schmidt (NW) dec. Austin Probasco (LEX), 7-4.
--126 lbs: Jackson Knorr (LSW) dec. Alex DeSantiago (LEX), 8-2.
--132 lbs: Cameron Williams (LSW) maj. dec. over Devon Logston (HOL), 13-2.
--138 lbs: Jake Oltman (LSW) tech. fall Rodrigo DeLa Torre (LEX), 20-5.
--145 lbs: Karson Sok (NW) pinned Bryson Fisher (CC), 1:19.
--152 lbs: Moises Garcia (LEX) dec. Austin Cooper (NW), 8-6.
--160 lbs: Dakota Hernandez (LEX) dec. Josh Reimers (NW), 7-2.
--170 lbs: Colgrove Tristan (HOL) dec. Garrett Ulmer (BOW), 6-2.
--182 lbs: Ty Johnson (NW) pinned Tommy McCormick (BOW), 2:16.
--195 lbs: Bailey Dishman (NW) pinned Derek Greenwald (LSW), 0:30.
--220 lbs: Kyson Schnell (LSW) pinned Josue Ayala (LEX), 1:19.
--285 lbs: Dalton Goodenberger (MC) pinned Charles Davis (BOW), 1:25.

Hoops Showdown:

DRIVING BASELINE is Lady Haymaker Hannah Thramer (left) as she draws the defensive attention of Valentine’s Savannah Dean (14) during the fourth quarter of the Cozad girls 48-37 home hardwood victory on Saturday evening.

Cozad, GBurg Grapplers Step Into Spotlight At Nebraska Duals Invite

Millard South (10-0); Papillion LaVista (10-0); Elkhorn South (9-1); York (8-2); Norfolk (6-4); Omaha Bryan (5-4); Gothenburg (5-5); Columbus Scotus (5-5); Neligh/Oakdale (4-6); Cozad (2-8); Blue Valley West (2-8); High Plains (1-8); Malcom (1-8); Field Kinley (1-9).
Battling against open weight classes, the Gothenburg and Cozad grapplers measured up against some of the state’s best in the highly competitive Nebraska Duals Invitational held in Columbus on Friday and Saturday.
As a team, the Swedes finished with a 5-5 record whereas Cozad finished with a 2-8 record.   
 The Haymakers Brian Messersmith (145 lbs.) was named to the all-tournament team with a 9-1 record.  Messersmith had five pins and his lone defeat was to Ryan Kostszewa of Millard South 4-2.
 Gothenburg was led by the efforts of Noah Larson (7-3) and Jayden Miller (6-4). All three of Larson’s losses came to Class A competition to go along with his three pins and a major decision at 106 lbs. Miller had five wins by pin at 152 lbs.  
    Scoring big points for the Haymakers in the event were Jacob Hoffman (132 lbs) with a 5-2 record and Cameron Griffis (138 lbs.) and Zeke Derr (170 lbs.) with matching 6-4 overall records.  
    Chandler Brock (106 lbs.) and Wyatt Schutte (182 lbs.) contributed greatly with four wins apiece for Cozad.  
Bryce Larson (126/132 lbs.), Tyler Alvarez (126/132 lbs.) and Darin Colson (220/285 lbs.) all scored five victories for the Swede grapplers.
The quartet of Quinten Fair (113 lbs.), Trevor Holley (120 lbs.), Kaihden Dorsey (138 lbs.) and Tyler Miller (182/195 lbs.) all netted four wins for Gothen-burg during the two-day event.
Cozad wrestlers results
106 lbs: Chandler Brock    4-6
113 lbs: Taylor Samford    2-0
120 lbs: Luke Gengenbach    2-8
126 lbs: Jasper Dinges    2-8
132 lbs: Jacob Hoffman    5-2
138 lbs: Cameron Griffis    6-4
145 lbs: Brian Messersmith    9-1
152 lbs: Brandon Koch    3-7
170 lbs: Zeke Derr    6-4
182 lbs: Wyatt Schutte    4-3
285 lbs: Gunnar Pollat    2-7
106 lbs: Noah Larson    7-3
113 lbs: Quinten Fair    4-2
113/120 lbs: Trevor Holley    4-5
126/132 lbs: Bryce Larson    5-5
126/132 lbs: Tyler Alvarez    5-5
138 lbs: Kaihden Dorsey    4-6
145 lbs: Wyatt Anderson    2-8
152 lbs: Jayden Miller    6-4
160 lbs: Brandon Stevens    2-7
170/182 lbs: Noah Gugleman    3-7
170/182 lbs: Pat Hudson    1-6
182/195 lbs: Tyler Miller    4-5
195/220 lbs: Dalton Sylvan    3-7
220/285 lbs: Darin Colson    5-5

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