FIVE YEARS AGO
There were a quartet of Gothenburg and Cozad volleyball standouts that were recognized by the coaches of the Southwest Conference (SWC) when they unveiled the All-SWC Net Volleyball Squads. Senior libero Ali Clark of Gothenburg was instrumental to the success of the Lady Swedes with her backrow play, earning her first team honors. Sophomore Lady Swede standout Jacey Wiggins was etched as a second team selection. Lady Haymaker Senior Madison Hueftle used her height and athleticism to standout in the middle hitter position for Cozad to earn second team All-SWC accolades. Cozad middle hitter Nicole Zook was an honorable mention selection on the squad.
Eustis/Farnam was well-represented on the D2-9 All-District football team. Earning first team honors were quarterback Djorn Dunlap, lineman Braden Rieker and receiver/kicker Carson Bellamy. Spotlighted on the second team were: Kaleb Hueftle, Shane Robbins, Jacob Widick, Jerod Strong and defensive honors to Dunlap, Rieker and Bellamy.
10 YEARS AGO
The Cozad Lady Haymakers got off to a great start to the season, by defeating Red Cloud 39-34 in the seventh place game in the highly touted Hastings College Tournament. Venny Alub led the Red clad hoopsters with 15 points. Mallory Nutt and Allison Hendricksen poured in eight and seven points, respectively for Cozad.
Coming out of the halftime break on fire, the Lexington Minutemen powered past Ogallala 56-41. Jake Zlatkovsky led the Lexington charge with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Nate Jaeger contributed nine points for the Orange.
Cozad picked up a hard-earned victory on the hardwood over Lincoln Lutheran 50-39 in the second round of the Hastings College Tournament. Twin towers Dreu Young and Jared Crick dumped in 15 and 14 points to lead the Haymaker cagers.
15 YEARS AGO
Cozad’s Starr Sander joined Erin Clark and Lindsay Evans of Gothenburg as second team members of the All-Southwest Conference Volleyball honor squad. Bobbi Jo Karre of Cozad was selected to the mythical third team.
Former Lexington standout and current Nebraska-Kearney starting defensive end Brad Kjar finished his final season as an All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) first team selection. Kjar was the team-leader in tackles for loss and sacks as he racked up 17 tackles for a loss of 81-yards and sacked the quarterback 5.5 times.
A trio of Eustis/Farnam netters earned All-Central Platte Conference (CPC) postseason honors. Sophomore Sarah Davis was named to the All-CPC first team. Junior Sandra German and Sophomore Trista Schultheiss were both selected as honorable mention honors.
20 YEARS AGO
Cozad was selected by the coaches as the Southwest Conference (SWC) Wrestling Pre-Season choice to win the SWC crown. “If we get the kids at the right weights and stay healthy, we could be very strong, expressed Cozad High School coach Mike Shoff.
The Minutemaids returned four starters for the upcoming hoops season. Leading the way for the Lexington cagers were Seniors Kim VerMaas and Danielle Wemhoff and Juniors Megan Jones and Melissa Sunquist.
Gothenburg’s girls basketball team have eight returning letterwinners and the sky is limit for them on the hardwood. The top veterans that will be donning the Lady Swedes threads are Keri Schlake, Alison Bryant, Tiffiny Stevens, Haley Bartlett, Michelle Sitorious, Lindsey Stevens, Brooke Streeter and Crystal Jareske.
25 YEARS AGO
Cozad grad Matt Burkholder was the starting tailback on the Dartmouth University freshman team during the Green’s 2-4 season. In Dartmouth’s big victory over Columbia, Burkholder found paydirt twice while rushing for 77-yards.
The hitting combination of Jill Laux and Monica Weeder led Lexington to a season 11-10 record. Laux edged Weeder in kills, with 47 kills to Weeder’s 42 knockdowns.
As a team, the Cozad netters combined to serve up 54 ace serves during this past season. The Lady Haymakers hosted a ‘block party’ as they totalled 463 blocks.
30 YEARS AGO
It was an outstanding year for Nebraska deer hunters as they recorded an all-time record of 30,575 deer taken during the regular firearm season. The hunter success rate was 66 percent.
Meeting at the halfway point, the Doane Tigers battled the Chadron State women’s hoops team in Gothenburg. Leading the Eagles was Mary Perrien. The dynamic duo of Betty Nienkamp and Ginger Hornik were the clutch cagers for Doane.
Cozad hosted a slow-pitch softball tournament to benefit the Carol Haussler Liver Transplant fund. There were 16-teams that played in the double elimination tourney.