Swedes Fast Start, Strong Finish Powers Past McCook Hoopsters
A Swede fast start and strong finish was more than enough needed for Gothenburg to surge past McCook and earn the 64-47 victory on the Bison’s home hardwood on Tuesday evening.
Doing their best to create a scoring storm of their own the blitzkreig attack of the Swedes netted a 15-10 lead as the action reached the initial eight minute mark of the contest.
The scoring efforts of the Gothenburg shooters did not simmer during the second quarter. Scoring in transition as well as in the half court, the Swedes stood strong to the tune of a 31-24 lead at the halfway point of the contest.
Benefitting greatly from the lockerroom chalk talk, the Swedes cashed in on their scoring opportunities to flex the net for 19 points during the third quarter which in turn increased the Gothenburg lead to 50-37 with just eight minutes remaining in regulation.
During the final frame of the contest, the Gothenburg offense worked their magic on offense, looking for quality possessions and on the flipside, stood strong and limited second chance scoring opportunities. The Swedes continued to flourish on the offensive end which resulted in a 14 point effort for Gothenburg to cruise to the convincing 64-47 win over host McCook.
Gothenburg guard Dawson Graham scored a team-leading 22 points to go along with six assists.
Making his presence felt in the paint, Swede Ty Clement had a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Gothenburg 15 16 19 14 -64
McCook 10 14 13 10 -47
Gothenburg: Dawson Graham 22, Collin Hahn 11, Ty Clement 10, Will Healey 9, AJ Whiting 6, Grant Sell 4, Bennett Folkers 2.
Lady Swedes Win Defensive Thriller Over McCook Cagers
Playing with gumption, the Lady Swedes scored an early lead and secured a 36-34 win over host McCook in Tuesday evening hoops action.
Hitting the door running, the Gothenburg offense rang the bell to the tune of a 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
During the second stanza, the Lady Bison had a stampede on both ends of the floor and outscored Gothenburg 12-4 to then lead by one-point, 19-18 at the halftime break.
The scoring efforts were at a premium throughout much of the third quarter of play. The visiting Lady Swedes were able to hold the edge on the scoreboard when the horn sounded. Gothenburg had regained the lead, and held a three-point edge, 28-25 with just one quarter remaining in regulation.
The defensive efforts stood even stronger than they had in the past eight minutes during the fourth quarter of play, with Gothenburg and McCook putting their best foot forward in hopes of garnering the pendulum swing of momentum.
The host Lady Bison were able to out score Gothenburg 9-8 during the period but it wasn’t enough in the end, as the Lady Swedes scored the 36-34 victory.
Gothenburg was led by the efforts of Gracie Stienike with a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds.
McKenna Peterson flexed the net for 11 points.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Gothenburg 14 4 10 8 -36
McCook 7 12 6 9 -34
Gothenburg: Gracie Stienike 15, McKenna Peterson 11, Trystan Baker 4, Arleigh Costello 3, Kasey Wellmann 2, Kaitlyn Kleinknecht 1.
Pirate Cagers Duel With Cardinals In Hardwood Classic
The action on the hardwood was smoking hot during the showdown between Alma and host Elwood in the basketball doubleheader on Thursday evening.
The Lady Pirates defended their home court by earning the 43-42 victory over the Alma cagers.
During the first quarter, the scoring efforts of Tiffany Dickau led the Lady Pirates but it wasn’t enough to overcome the scoring of Kaitlyn Harrison for Alma to net the 11-10 lead at the end of the first quarter of play.
During the second stanza, Dickau was joined by Felicia Knoerzer and Baylee Diefenbaugh in flexing the net to power the Lady Pirates to stay in contention, 27-20 at the halftime break.
During the third quarter, the Elwood shooters started denting the deficit with 12 points in the period to make it, 38-32 with just one period left in regulation.
Katie Kleine and Knoerzer hit nothing but nylon on a pair of treys to go along with the sharpshooting of Dickau and Diefenbaugh from the charity stripe to power the Lady Pirates past Alma, 43-42 in a thrilling contest.
Tiffany Dickau netted a team-high 18 points for the Lady Pirates.
Elwood sharpshooters Felicia Knoerzer and Katie Kleine both flexed the net for seven points apiece.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Alma 11 16 11 4 -42
Elwood 10 10 12 11 -43
Elwood: Tiffany Dickau 18, Felicia Knoerzer 7, Katie Kleine 7, Baylee Diefenbaugh 6, Taylor Hickey 5.
Hitting their strides and lighting up the scoreboard were the Redbirds of Alma and the host Elwood sharpshooters during a Thursday evening showdown on the hardwood. The Alma shooters were able to stay ‘In the Zone’ throughout the contest to earn the hard-fought, 67-49 win over the host Pirates.
Durign the first quarter of play, the dynamic duo of Aaron Clouse and Zacob Evans flexed the net for 12 of the Pirates 16 points to make the score 18-16 in favor of the Redbirds.
Alma continued to flex the net in the second quarter, but it was Clouse and Kallen Nickell leading the Pirates offensively. The Redbirds netted a 36-31 lead at the halfway break.
Cashing in on opportunities, Alma was able to extend their lead during the third quarter by surging for an 18-7 scoring run to give the Redbirds a 54-38 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The scoring efforts of Tyelon Hackbart and Aaron Clouse led the Elwood hoopsters during a comeback attempt during the final eight minutes of hoops action. The Pirates comeback attempt fell short and Alma netted the 67-49 victory.
Aaron Clouse led the Pirates scoring attack with a team-high 23 points.
Kallen Nickell and Zacob Evans contributed greatly with nine and seven points, respectively.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Alma 18 18 18 13 -67
Elwood 16 15 7 11 -49
Elwood: Aaron Clouse 23, Kallen Nickell 9, Zacob Evans 7, Tyelon Hackbart 5, Cody Gutierrez 3, Timmy Smith 2.
TRIBUNE-Area Sports Rewind:
FIVE YEARS AGO
Paced by the backcourt, the Haymakers cruised past Wood River 54-44 in the consolation clash of the Sandy Creek Holiday Tournament. Cozad rolled out to a 15-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back to as they led 26-20 at the halftime break. Colin Wetovick led the way for the Haymakers with 15 points and eight rebounds. Cozad guards Jake Paulsen and Jacob Rush flexed the net for ten and nine points, respectively.
10 YEARS AGO
Plagued by turnovers, the Cozad girls were defeated 64-34 by the host Lady Dusters in the opening round of the Holdrege Holiday Tournament. Coming up big in the scoring column for the Lady Haymakers were the duo of Gretchen Clark and Mallory Nutt with 12 and 10 points.
The Cozad boys hoopsters exploded for 23-fourth quarter points to power past Hershey 60-41 in the consolation finals of the Holdrege Holiday Tournament. Cozad led from the beginning as they were up 13-9 at the end of the first quarter, and improved their lead to 27-19 at the break. Leading the way offensively for Cozad were the trio of Justin Standage, Jared Crick and Jason Luong with 14, 13 and 11 points scored.
15 YEARS AGO
Lexington’s boys basketball team dropped a pair of close decisions in the Columbus Holiday Tournament. The Minutemen fell behind by 12 points after one quarter and wound up falling short by the count of 66-54 to Norfolk. The host Discoverers of Columbus edged the Minutemen for third place, 57-55.
The Haymaker hoopsters found it to be toughsledding in the Nebraska City Holiday Hoops Tournament. The Cozad boys dropped an 88-41 decision to perennial power Beatrice. In the consolation finals the host Pioneers of Nebraska City exploded offensively in the second half to notch a 60-37 win over Cozad. Haymaker cager Dustin Foged led the way on offense for Cozad with 14 points against the Pioneers.
Fremont’s girls used clutch shooting from deep to hold off Lexington 59-52 in the championship game of the Columbus Holiday Tournament. Lex fell behind by four-points at the end of the first quarter, but came back in a big way with 24 points in the second stanza to take a 30-28 lead. Nicole Shirley scored 16 points to lead the Minutemaids. Katie Ellingson added seven for the Orange and Black hoopsters.
20 YEARS AGO
Lexington’s Carrie Knapp of Dana College was named to the first Nebraska-Iowa Athletic Conference (NIAC) all-conference team for women’s soccer. Knapp made the All-NIAC team as a midfielder.
Cozad faced an 11-point deficit with just over three minutes to go in the first half, but held composure and flourished in defeating Broken Bow 62-56 in an opening Southwest Conference (SWC) boys tournament shootout. Haymaker guard Brian Davis topped all scorers in the game with 29 points. Davis was money in the bank from the charity stripe, sinking 14-of-18 attempts. Zach LaBrayere and Nic Smith both contributed greatly with 10 points apiece.
Unlike an earlier clash – Gothenburg dominated Ogallala 55-38 in a SWC girls basketball showdown at Broken Bow. Coach Tom Tvrdy’s Lady Swedes used their usual full-court defensive pressures and profited on a balanced offensive attack to win.
25 YEARS AGO
Coming off an impressive showing at the Columbus Holiday Tournament, the Lexington Minutemen continued their winning ways by dispatching of Grand Island Northwest 66-55 on the hardwood. For the game, Lex’s Jeff Sykes was virtually unstoppable, finishing with 19 points and a team-high 12 rebounds, including five offensive caroms. Joining Sykes in the double-figure scoring department were Chad Jaeger, who led the Minutemen with 20 points and Dan Neil with 16 points.
As a result of their blistered cold shooting night, the Cozad Lady Haymakers fell short in their attempt to win the Cozad/ McCook Holiday Tournament. Cozad shot just 34 percent from the floor and 42 percent from the charity stripe to falter against Ogallala 45-53. Leading the way for the Lady Haymakers was the dynamic duo of Tiffany Stoll and Kristin Mitchell, with 13 and 11 points scored, respectively. Mitchell also collected eight of the Lady Haymakers stellar 25 steals.
30 YEARS AGO
The Lexington Minutemaids hoopsters moved up to number three in the Class B state rankings with a 38-24 win over Grand Island Northwest. The Maids improved their record to 6-0 with the impressive win. Wendy Millard led the Orange and Black in scoring with 13 points. Maid Alynn Jaeger contributed greatly offensively with seven points.
Lexington and Broken Bow wrestlers welcomed the 1987 portion of the season with a close dual on the mats. Lex earned the win, 31-25, but had to win three of the last four matches to get the victory. Mike Warta pinned Tony Sanches in 3:33 to get the first Lex points of the match. Ryan Rogers added pin points at 119-pounds when he stuck the shoulders of Steve Mack to the mat at the 3:21 mark.
Cozad High Set To Host Wrestling Invitational
Cozad High School is getting the winter sports season started in teh right way by hosting the Cozad Wrestling Invitational on Saturday, December 5th.
There will be 14 teams that will bring their grapplers to compete for top honors in both a junior varsity and varsity tournaments. Teams that will make the trek to Cozad for the Invitational are Adams Central, Alliance, Aurora, Chadron, Gering, Gothenburg, Lexington, McCook, Ogallala, Plattsmouth, Seward, Sidney, Wahoo will all join the host Haymakers.
The wrestling action starts promptly at 9:30 a.m. for the junior varsity matches in the wellness center and 9:30 a.m. for the varsity brackets in the Barn. Team Championship and runner-up hardware along with medals for the top six individual finishers in each class will be awarded.
No coolers will be allowed in the high school gymnasium or the Wellness Center. Teams and fans are asked to keep coolers in their locker area or the hall by their locker. Fans need to keep coolers in the commons area.
If you are unable to attend the meet and wish to follow the action online, trackwrestling.com will be used during the event to provide up-to-the-minute results for anybody with internet access.
Minutemen Hoopsters Optmistic In 2016-2017
Blessed with three returning starters and four returning lettermen gives first year Minutemen Head Coach Jonah Bradley a sense of excitement for the upcoming 2016-2017 season on the hardwood.
“We are young and lack height, however we have speed and the ability to shoot the basketball. We have some newcomvers that will have the opportunity to contribute,” explained Lexington Head Coach Jonah Bradley.
The Lexington athleticism and speed will be used wisely on both ends of the floor to creat the best opportunities to be successfu
The Minutemen return a trio of guards that have done a tremendous job of distribution the ball to the open man and the hot hand during the past season.
Andrew Saiz only stands 5’10” but there are many moments during the past seasons that he plays bigger than life and is lethal from beyond the arc. Saiz can get on a scoring run and change the momentum and course of the game in a heartbeat. Saiz has the tenacity as well to attack the basket as well.
Junior Easton Young has been a varsity guard throughout his high school career. Young has the potenntial to also ‘heat up’ from the field while shooting the ball. Just like Saiz, if Young starts heating up the Orange and Black will have to feed the shooter and rave reviews will result.
Doing his best to manage the game as well as score when he is needed is Kobe Block. Block was in the starting lineup as a freshman until injuries sidelined the standout. Block has the ability to just slow down and process the situations happening in front of him with actually slowing down and looking. Block has done the work in the offseason that has improved his shot as well as contiuing to polish his overall skills. Kobe Blocks improvements from freshman to sophomore year will for sure be noticeable by fans in the stands.
Doing his best to make everybody around him better, Jake Leger is always keeping his eyes up and down the court in hopes of finding a streaking teammate to convert the lay-up or high percentage scoring opportunitie. Leger also has the athleticism to attack the rim and finish or dump off the pass for an open shot from one of many of the his fellow Minutemen that are just chomping at the bit for an open look at the basket.
Helping out in the paint for the Minutemen will be Jonah Martin. Martin has the ability to stray away from the paint and has the range to make the defense pay from beyond the three-point arc.
Hunter Kiburz and Nick Saiz will see their roles continue to expand as they gain valuable experience on the hardwood.
Five Returning Letterwinners To Lead Minutemaids
There will be a youthful and exuberant contingency of hoopsters that don the threads of the Minutemaids during the 2016-2017 hoops campaign under new head coach Hailey Mandelko.
The Minutemaisds return five letterwinners and all five letterwinners have spent time in the starting lineup during past seasons.
The Minutemaids have a ton of athleticism that will allow for the Orange and Black to do their best of controlling the tempo of the contests.
Senior Blaire Edeal brings great speed and a competitive nature to the hardwood that will allow her to be a fierce shutdown defender. Edeal has the potential to be a standout on the offensive end if she is allowed to gain some momentum and confidence in her shot then she is a tough cookie to stop for defenders.
Senior Lili Fattig has the size and strength to play in the paint and the quickness and sharpshooting ability to prosper on the wing as well. Lili has a great touch around the hoop in the paint and numerous times this past season found the offensive rebound land right in her hands where she returned it to sender for an easy two points. Fattig potentially will be crucuial to the success of the Minutemaids because of her inside presence.
Junior Brylee Lauby has seen her chances where she is shooting the ‘lights out’ and regardless of who is guarding her or what defense is being played, she reaches that ‘Zone’. Lauby as an upperclassmen will recognize that she needs to assist in the ballhandling and also with the added intensity, it should result in Lauby being a catalyst for the Orange and Black-Clad cagers.
Doing her best as a primary ball handler, Beverly Trevino will see her roles expand greatly as the pressure situations from opponents start gaining weight. Trevino is an excellent ball handler and has experience in dealing with the full-court pressure situations that present themselves.
After having a fabulous freshman year on the hardwood, where she was a starter for much of the year, guard Courtney Hanson looks to improve on her past season’s statistics while doing her part in empowering the Minutemaids to success. Hanson has gained height and confidence in her offensive skills. Defensively, Courtney Hanson has the potential to be a suffocating defender and to step into the roll of taking the opponents best player will only help dramatically in building confidence and feeding the fierce competitor that she can become. Hanson has the potential to be an offensive force to be reckoned with a flair of confidence.
Currently the five standouts leading the way for the Minutemaids are just the tip of the iceberg of the excitment brewing in the Minutemaids preseason camp in anticipation of Lexington’s regular season contests.
Gothenburg Hoopsters Destined For Success
The sky is the limit for the Swedes during the upcoming 2016-2017 season where Gothenburg hopes to return to Lincoln for the State Championships
There will be eight letterwinners that will lead the way for the Swedes.
Senior Dawson Graham netted 19.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per contest. Graham has the potential to replicate if not increase his efforts for the Swede scorer. Graham has the potential to come up the big on the biggest stages. Graham has the habit of playing his best when the lights are the brightest.
Using his height to his advantage was Senior Ty Clement in averaging 12.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per contest this past season. Clement has the potential to take over a game from the low block and/or turn around and face up for a short jumper.
Senior sharpshooter Collin Hahn is a gunslinger that takes chances on the defensive end that have paid off dearly with lay-ups and assists to other customers. When Hahn gets on a roll from deep, he could put togehter a big scoring run.
Senior Will Healey did an outstanding job of coming into the game firing on all cylinders as he came off the bench this past season. Healey continued to get more and more time as a result of his favorable results while being on the floor.
Guard’s Bennett Folkers, Grant Sell and Zander Paulson all will continue to work their magic to keep within the rotation.
In the paint, AJ Whiting will add bulk and enforcement of rules and regulations. Whiting is now in his Junior season and should see an expanded role.
Lady Swedes Are Optimistic For 2016-17 Season
The Lady Swedes enter the upcoming 2016-2017 season with an abundance of experience that includes six letterwinners doning the Cardinal- threads this season to lead the Gothenburg girls hoopsters.
The athleticism of the Lady Swedes is overflowing. There is great potential on the Gothenburg girls hoops squad.
Leading the way for the Lady Swedes will be Gracie Stienike from her swing position. Stienike was a force to the tune of 9.5 points and 6.8 rebounds a contest this past season. Entering her Junior season on the hardway, Stienike needs to continue to thrive for continuity. Gracie is one of those ‘lead by example’ type of athletes that will hold teammates to high standards that are similar to her own feelings and thoughts.
The Senior trio of Jaci Teahon, McKenna Peterson and Kasey Wellmann have played a ton of basketball for Gothenburg during their prep careers.
Wellmann is a fearless defender that learned long ago that her speed and quickness would never be threatened. She will be a great on-the-ball defender.
McKenna Peterson has been involved within the offense as a primary ball handler for much of her career as a Lady Swede cager. Peterson has the potential to be a consistent shooter, and could cash in if needed in certain circumstances.
Jaci Teahon is a coaches favorite, as she is very good at a lot of things and cares about success of the team. Teahon does a lot of the little things that aren’t found in statistical boxscores.
Eustis/Farnam Wrestling Has Line-UIp Of Young Grapplers
The Eustis/Farnam wrestling team are a young squad that will battle through their bumps and bruises in the early season to only see the progress gained by the end of the campaign. The Knights return only one letterwinner from this past years matmen squad.
“The Eustis/Farnam wrestling team is looking to build-on this year’s team with there being only one returning letterman,” expressed Knight Head Coach Travis Metzler. “I will look towards our Seniors and returning letterwinner to lead our team. Though the team may be young, we have high hopes and expectations to be competitive in all tournaments.”
Returning letterwinner for the Eustis/Farnam grapplers is Sam Lister. Lister will see his experience and strength gained increase his overall all-around efforts and technique on the mat. Lister will continue to get better and better every day for the Knights.
Senior Adrian Gerken has been around the Eustis/Farnam program when greatness was achieved and he knows what it takes to reach that pinnacle. Gerken will continue to thrive in the lower weight classes and have great success because of his prior experiences. With the added height to his attack, Gerken has opened the door for himself to a whole new scenario as an experienced and eager wrester.
Senior Alex Bethancourt will continue to get better and better each and every day with the impact coming from his practice partners each and every day.
Junior Cameron Land has taking his lumps in the upperweights, but it is now time for himself to flip the switch and be a force on the mat for the Knights in the upperweights.
Sophomore Bryan Herrick will challenge for suprmacy on the mat in nearly every invitational that is on the Knights schedule.
Freshmen Mason Head and Isaiah Young will make big-time strides during their training in the Knights own practice room throughout this upcoming season.
Eustis/Farnam Girls Returning Letterwinners for 2016-17
Knights Athleticism & Quickness To Be Strengths in 2016-17
The Eustis/Farnam Knights seek a stellar 2016-2017 season full of success on the hardwood with a three starters returning with an abundance of experience.
The Knights will also have the advantage of seven returning lettermen that are hoping to help with the resurgence of the Eustis/Farnam hoops squad.
“The Knights will have several experienced players returning this season,” expressed Eustis/Farnam Head Coach. Brian Hubbert. They will also look to some younger players and newcomers for valuable minutes. The Fort Kearny Conference (FKC) will be a challenging conference again this year. The Knights are looking to be in the hunt come tournament time.”
Leading the way for the Knights is forward Kaleb Gibbens with efforts of 10.7 and 8.7 rebounds per contest. Gibbens is definite mismatch in the wing as well as in the paint. Gibbens has deceptive speed and quickness and his ‘want to’ is a big factor in Kaleb winning the ball and ripping down the amount of rebounds per contest. Gibbens plays with great confidence and leads by example for the Knights.
Guard Hayden Rupe does an outstanding job of being one of the primary ballhandlers for the Knights. Lining up scoring efforts from ‘downtown’, Hayden sticks to his guns to the tune of 9.5 points per game during the past 2015-2016 season on the hardwood.
Shaye Collins is a solid all-around player that does a lot of little things that make the Knights better,” expressed Brian Hubbert.
The foursome of Christian Timm, Spencer Pleschourt, Jordan Fangmeyer and J.D. Bartell will fill out the rest of the starting lineup as well as compete for starting positions for Eustis/Farnam. Timm brings a speed element to the equation that can’t be coached. Spencer Pleschourt and Jordan Fangmer along with JD Bartell. will see plenty of minutes on the hardwood for the Knights this season.
Senior Taylor O’Connell and Junior Riley Eisenhauer add a height element to the equation for the Silver and Black this season.
Looking to leave their mark during their initial season of hoops are freshmen Colby Fasse, Tanner Fangmeyer, Blake Schmidt, Andy Jack and Jacob Rupe.
Providing Leadership For The Elwood Girls Hoops Squad:
Great Potential For The Pirate Grapplers
The practice room is full of quality over quantity for the Pirate grapplers under the direction of Head Coach Andrew Chrisinger with a pair of lettermen returning with a hunger to achieve and chase that cherished ticket of competing in the State Meet in Omaha.
Ben Bogle is a battle tested grappler that has seen the ‘best-of-the-best’ throughout his career on the mat. Bogle will continue to fine tune his craft and has the potential to make some noise at the ‘big show’ in Omaha. Bogle has the potential to have a notable season for the Pirate grapplers.
Letterman Kent Rae is a seasoned veteran grappler that will benefit greatly during the early portion of the season against many novice grapplers that are practicing currently. Rae has great quickness that will pay divdends for Elwood grapplers.
Gavin Fullmer, Caleb Werger and Cauy Bennett will all be engaged in a battle for the right to compete in the middle weights for the Pirates this season.
Nine Lettermen Return To Lead Haymaker Matmen
The current Haymakers wrestling squad is battle-tested as the youngsters that fill the lineup have been baptized under fire against some of the best wrestlers. All of the prior experiences and knowledge gained has the potential to lead to another great season on the mat for the Red and Black.
There are a pair of state qualifiers returning to the mat for the Haymakers.
Senior Zeke Derr has the potential to leave his mark on the storied Haymaker wrestling program. Derr has great strength and his experiences in the lower weights make him a dangerous opponent in the upperweights. Derr finished the 2016 season with a record of 31-11 and he has reached the ‘Big Daddy’ of them all, the State Championships before and should have the ability to repeat that feat this season.
Reaching the state tournament as a freshmen is a great accomplishment and Jace Russman looks to keep his string of success going in a positive direction. Russman has been around the Haymaker program for quite some time and totally understands what it takes to be among the greats that wore the threads of the Haymakers. Russman has great strength and uses it wisely in the lower weight classes. The added strength and experience will pay divdends for Russman this season.
Returning to the mat on a mission, Senior Cameron Griffis has the potential to achieve greatness this season. Griffis has been among the medalist in the middleweights and now that he is back from injury and has the experience on his side of a storied youth career on the mat, the sky is the limit for Griffis this season.
Blake Hoffmaster finished 26-18 as a freshmen in a tough weight class, the experience will pay dividends for him this season. Hoffmaster has the potential to be in the thick of the medal stand each meet this season.
Sophomores Fabian Chacon, Nathan Smock and Taylor Yancy along with Josh Stallbaumer have the potential to score valuable points for Cozad this season.