Cozad Linksters State Bound
Playing on their home course three times within the past week along with the momentum of experience at Cozad Country Club, the Lady Haymakers were able to overcome the effects of the strong winds to create their own storm of emotions as they finished as the runner-up in the team race at the 2016 C4 District Golf Championships that was held on Monday.
The Cozad linksters combined to score a 395, trailing only Kearney Catholic’s championship winning total of 386. The Lady Haymakers and Kearney Catholic will be joined by third place finisher Broken Bow in playing in the 2016 Class C State Championships that will be held in North Platte this coming week.
“All of the girls played really well battling the wind throughout the day to finish second overall in the team standings,” expressed Lady Haymaker Head Golf Coach Teresa Osborn.
Leading the way for the Lady Haymakers was the one-two punch of Abby Cornelius and Kaylei Becker with top five accolades being earned by the dynamic duo.
Lady Star Morgan Thiele was the gold medalist with a score of 75. Amanda Fay of Grand Island Central Catholic was second overall with a score of 83.
One stroke behind Lady Crusader Fay was Cozad’s Abby Cornelius with a score of 84 in third place, after finishing her round with a remarkable back nine score of 39.
Three strokes back of Cornelius was fellow Lady Haymaker Super Senior Kaylei Becker with a score of 87. Becker shot a score of 40 on the front nine to stay within contention of the leaders throughout the event.
Doing her best to contribute the most at the best time possible, Aaliyah Wilkins circled the course to score a 104 with her best part of her day being on the front nine with a score of 49. Wilkins just missed on making the top ten individual medal winners.
Cozad Freshman Ayden Ourada started off her day with a 55 on the back nine which contributed to her 18-hole score of 120 to chip in to the Red and Black’s final tally.
Belle Hagan scored a score of 138 with a back nine score of 59 for the Lady Haymakers.
C4 District Championships
Kearney Catholic 386; Cozad 395; Broken Bow 401; Grand Island Central Catholic 413; Arcadia-Loup City 426; Doniphan-Trumbull 453; Ravenna 470; Cambridge 474; Minden 489; Gibbon NTS; Hastings St. Cecilia NTS.
Haymakers & Swedes Compete In SWC Golf Championship
It turned out to be a great day to enjoy a trip around the Cozad Country Club for the Lady Swedes and host Haymakers during the playing of the Southwest Conference Championships on Thursday.
In the team race, McCook was the champion with a score of 354. Cozad was fourth with a 391 and Gothenburg compiled a score of 437 in sixth place overall.
Cozad’s Kaylei Becker was the bronze medalist with a score of 81, just three shots back of champion Kacee Samway of McCook.
Lady Haymaker Abby Cornelius was sixth with a score of 84.
Gothenburg was led by Delaney Harm with a score of 103.
SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM STANDINGS
McCook 354; Ogallala 367; Broken Bow 379; Cozad 391; Valentine 426; Gothenburg 437; Minden 454; Ainsworth NTS.
Individual Top Ten Scores
1. Kacee Samway McCook 78
2. Hannah Kohl McCook 79
3. Kaylei Becker Cozad 81
4. Taylor Kissinger Minden 82
5. Kira Mestl Ogallala 83
6. Abby Cornelius Cozad 84
7. Sheridan Bancroft Valentine 84
8. Gracie Williams Broken Bow 90
9. Harley Hildebrand Ogallala 91
10. Abby Olson Broken Bow 95
Kaylei Becker 81, Abby Cornelius 84, Aaliyah Wilkins 106, Ayden Ourada 120, Belle Hagan 127.
Delaney Harm 103,Emma Jorgenson 109, Devyn Ostendorf 112, Georgina Dishman 113, Kenzie Graham 117, Grace Aden 130.
Lex, Cozad, Swedes, Knights & Pirates Run Well At Gothenburg Invite
The harriers from Lexington, Cozad, Elwood and Eustis/ Farnam joined with the host Swedes in taming the Wild Horse during the annual running of the Gothenburg Invitational on Thursday which featured over 30 teams competing in the event.
Lexington was on a mission in the team races, as both the Minutemaids and Minutemen brought home hardware. The Minutemen were the team champion with 37 points and the Maids were second overall with 54 points. The Lady Haymakers were third overall in the girls race with 69 points. The Gothenburg girls and boys both finished in sixth position with 104 and 131 points, respectively.
The first race of the day featured a showcase of TRIBUNE-area female harriers.
Crossing the finish line in fourth place overall was Elwood’s Tiffany Dickau with a time of 19:57.
Close behind her was Lexington’s leading runner Leah Treffer with a time of 20:16 in sixth place overall.
Finishing strong and running together for much of the race, Lady Haymakers Whitney Applegate and Ashley Burkholder crossed the finish line stripe in 20:30 and 20:40, respectively. Applegate was 8th and Burkholder was10th overall.
Running a strong final two miles of the race, Courtney Harpole of Gothenburg netted a 12th place finish in 20:54.
On the boys side of the quation, Lexington’s Damian Ramirez was the silver medalist with a time of 16:37.
Scoring valuable points for the Minutemen was Yanni Vasquez with a fourth place finish in 17:01.
The duo of Gavin Strauss and Hector Melendez, both of Lexington was 14th and 17th for the Orange and Black.
The Haymakers top finisher in the vent was Austin Werner, who crossed the finish line stripe in 25th place with a clocking of 17:58.
Gothenburg’s Ryan Healey was the leader of the pack of Swedes as he crossed the finish line stripe in 28th place with an elapsed time of 18:12.
Lady Haymakers Win Thriller Over Gothenburg Nine
Big scoring innings proved to be the difference as Cozad scored a 10-4 victory over the Lady Swedes in a diamond showdown held in Gothenburg on Thursday evening.
In the top of the first inning, the Lady Haymakers were able to break the ice on the scoreboard when Sammy Crick singled and then scored on an RBI-single off the bat of Ali Arndt to make the score 1-0.
In the bottom of the first inning, Kasey Wellmann led off the inning getting hit by a pitch and then working her way into scoring range. Just as she has before and she will do again, Wellmann scored on a passed ball to make the score 1-1 at the end of the first inning.
The score remained at 1-1 until the Lady Haymakers got a one-out single off the bat of Ali Arndt. Courtesy runner Hailey Wilson substituted in for Arndt and used her speed to score on Alynne Myers RBI-single into deep centerfield to make the score 2-1 at the end of the third stanza.
Gaining a cushion on the scoreboard, the Cozad offense pushed across three runs apiece during the fourth and fifth innings. During the fourth inning pinch runner Taylor Hoff, Jercey Irish and Sammy Crick scored for the Lady Haymakers.
In the top of the fifth inning, Alynne Myer led off with a solo homerun deep into the night beyond the fence in right field. Chloe Lundgren followed up the power surge with an RBI-single of her own that scored Emilia Carlos. Soon thereafter, Lundgren would score as well to increase the Cozad cushion on the scoreboard to 8-1 at the end of the fifth frame.
During the bottom of the sixth inning, the Gothenburg offense flexed their muscle with Kaitlyn Aden leading off with a double to centerfield that nearly left the yard. On the ensuing play, Karleigh Kleinknecht connected on an RBIsingle that scored Aden. After a Bryse Young single, Nikita Wear connected on a two-RBI double into centerfield to make the score 8-4 before all the smoke cleared in the bottom of the sixth inning of play.
Looking to regain the cushion and score insurance runs, the Cozad offense got going with the bottom of the batting order coming up big. Chloe Lundgren connected on a mishandled ball into left field that move her onto the basepath’s. Jercey Irish followed up the play with a slaphit into left field to put the Lady Haymakers in business.
Lundgren would score during the ensuing at-bat when Sarah Yocom hit an RBI-single past third base to make the core 9-4. Facing a final out, Brenna Dugan connected on an RBI-single into right field that scored Irish to make the score 10-4.
Down to their final outs, Gothenburg’s Josee Hota earned a walk. An Ali Arndt strike out thrown was sandwiched by a pair of popflies caught to end the contest, with Cozad scoring the 10-4 victory.
Alynne Myer finished 4-4 at the plate with a run scored, a solo homerun and two RBI’s.
Nikita Wear was 1-3 at the dish with a a double and two RBI’s for Gothenburg.
Cozad Softball Seniors:
TRIBUNE-Area Sports Rewind
FIVE YEARS AGO
Ace pitcher Amanda Barkmeier was instrumental in the Gothenburg Lady Swedes winning the C6 District Softball Tournament. Barkmeier was a workhorse in hurling three straight shutouts, as the Lady Swedes outscored their opponents 30-0 in the tournament. In the championship the Lady Swedes cruised past Southern Valley 12-0. Siera Schwanz was 2-2 at the plate with a pair of singles and one run scored. The RBI-queen of the game was slugger Brit Munster with three RBI’s.
Sweeping top honors were the Haymakers and Lady Haymakers in winning the Southwest Conference Cross Country Team Championships. Lady Haymaker Jessica Vazquez was the gold medalist on the girls side in the race held in Broken Bow with fellow Cozad harriers Samantah Carlson and Riley Sigler finishing in third and fourth place, respectively. Gothenburg’s Brett Dockweiler was the the gold medalist on the boys side, as he and his Swede teammates combined to finish as the team runner-up. Dereck Rosas of Cozad was the bronze medalist.
10 YEARS AGO
Cozad qualified for the Nebraska State Softball Tournament for the eighth year in a row, by defeating Hastings 6-1 in the B-5 District Championship. Laura Fritz finished the contest, 3-4 at the plate with a trio of singles.
There is a first time for everything and for the Gothenburg Softball squad, they went against all-odds and Edged Adams Central 4-1 and 5-3 in back-to-back championship games to clinch the C-6 District Crown and punch their ticket to the state tournament in Omaha for the first time in GHS history.
15 YEARS AGO
The Lady Haymakers Softball team finished the season right where it started, at the top of the Class C rankings. The Haymakers won the Nebraska Class C State Championship by outscoring their opponents, 20-1. Cozad won the crown, with a 7-0 shutout of Ashland/ Greenwood.
Jake Saulsbury finished fourth in No. 1 singles play to help the Lexington boys tennis team to a fifth-place finish in the Class B State Tennis Tournament. Aaron Konen and Michael Ambriz also notched fourth place accolades at No. 1 doubles for the Minutemen.
20 YEARS AGO
The Gothenburg and Cozad linksters finished fourth and fifth in the team race at the Southwest Conference Girls Golf Championships, held in Cozad. The Lady Swedes were led by the golfing efforts of Kai Friesen, who carded a score of 93, good enough for fifth place. Cozad’s best performance came from the swing of Mandy Christer’s carded score of 110.
Jason Strong went on a scoring fury, leading the Knights to a 57-7 victory over Brady. Strong scored five touchdowns on the ground for Eustis/ Farnam. Strong scampered the turf for 131-yards on just nine carries.
25 YEARS AGO
Medaling a host of Haymaker golfers in the top ten, Cozad cruised to winning the Class B-4 District Golf Championship in Sidney. Junior Robyn Weatherly led the Lady Haymaker efforts by shooting a 89. Joining Weatherly in the top ten were Tonya Bean, Gina Baack and Mandi Keller. Bean prevailed in a playoff for fourth while Baack charged to sixth place. Keller was Cozad’s final medalist with a 99 for ninth place overall.
‘A win is a win’, isn’t just a choice, but a lifestyle. Neither coach felt her team played as well as they could have, yet Lexington Head Volleyball Coach Tammy Kenton and the Maids earned a 15-9, 15-9 win over Gothenburg. Taking scoring honors was Claudine Gill with 13 points on 17 of 18 serving, with two aces. Defensively, the Lady Swedes collected an astounding 23 blocks, including nine by Shannon Pramberg.
30 YEARS AGO
Cozad took advantage of a pair of Lexington turnovers to spoil the Minuteman Homecoming, 14-3 in Southwest Conference (SWC) gridiron action. The Minutemen rushed for 131-yards and the Haymakers had 91-rushing yards. In the air, the Minutemen were 3-14 for 30 yards and Cozad was 3-6 for 24 yards, giving Lex a total of 161 yards to Cozad’s 115. The telling stat was the turnovers. Lexington fumbled six times losing the ball four of those times. Adding four interceptions and the Lex offense was held out of the end zone.
Three runners in the top ten places was not enough for Gothenburg to defend their home turf, as they weren’t able to win their own boys cross country invite. Grand Island Northwest took home the team trophy with 34 points. Gothenburg was second with 41 points. The Vikings were led by Derek Bryer (16:00) and Lanny Boltz (16:41) in first and second place. Gothenburg claimed the fourth, fifth and tenth place medals. Jason Dean was fourth for the Swedes at 16:47. Not far behind was Will Bonsack in fifth at 17:01. Joe Hudson added a medal in 10th place at 17:16.
Swedes Cruise Past Chase County In Football Action
Pounding the rock was the name of the game for Gothenburg as they cruised to a 35-14 victory over host Chase County on Friday.
Kaihden Dorsey led all rushers with 170 yards and a touchdown for the Swedes.
Dawson Graham and Bennett Folkers also scored rushing touchdowns.
In an attempt to keep the offense near the balanced side of things, Graham tossed a pair of touchdowns for Gothenburg.
On the receiving end of those two scoring plays was Bennett Folkers and Landon Rosse for the Swedes.
Collectively, the Cozad defense racked up six turnovers in the smashmouth contest.
Zander Paulson and Vincent Nichols led the Swedes defense with team-leading efforts of seven takedowns.
Hunter Education Course Offered
A firearm hunter education course will be offered by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission volunterr instructors in Cozad on September 26, 27 and 28 along with October 3&$th. The sessions will take place at 7 p.m. and end by 9 p.m.
The free course will be held at the Paulsen offices on east highway 30. The course will provide instruction in the areas of safe firearms use, shooting and sighting techniques, hunter ethics, game identification and conservation management. Students must attend all of the sessions to complete the course
In Nebraska, hunters ages 12-29 must have on their person proof of successful completion of fireman hunter education while hunting with a firearm or crossbow.
For more information, call Tim Wolf 784-2587 or Gordon Linstedt at 784-3172. Participants must register for the course at HuntSafeNebraska.org.
Cozad, Swedes & Maids Battle At Lexington Golf Invitational
Just one rung away from the top of the medal stand was Cozad’s Kaylei Becker with a runner-up finish to lead all TRIBUNE-linksters at the Lexington Golf Invitational that was played at Lakeside Country Club on Friday.
Lady Haymaker Becker circled the course to score an 80, trailing only Hannah Kohl of McCook with a score of 78.
Along with Becker, Lady Haymaker Abby Cornelius earned a top ten finish in eighth place with a carded score of 87.
Lexington’s Brooke Speer had a stellar day on the course that she has the most experience on. Speer led the Minutemaids with a 12th place finish with a 18-hole round score of 95.
Leading the way for the Lady Swedes young squad of linksters was Delaney Harm with a score of 98 being scored inside a logjam for 17th place overall.
Aaliyah Wilkins of Cozad and Lexington’s Samantha Rimpley contributed greatly for their respective teams with matching scores of 111.
Cozad was fourth overall in the team race with a combined score of 383. Earning podium finishes in the team races were McCook (345), Holdrege (372) and North Platte (382). Gothenburg was eighth in the team standings and Lexington earned a 10th place finish.
McCook 345, Holdrege 372, North Platte 382, Cozad 383, Broken Bow 389, Hastings 396, York 402, Gothenburg 435, Cambridge 453, Lexington 481, Minden 489.
Individual Top Ten Scores
1. Hannah Kohl MC 78
2. Kaylei Becker COZ 80
3. Morgan Lashley NP 82
4. Anna Cafferty HAS 83
5. Kacee Samway MC 83
6. Aly Schroeder HOL 83
7. Sam Redfern YRK 87
8. Abigail Cornelius COZ 87
9. Joelle Sanger BOW 89
10. Cassidy Redi MC 89
Kaylei Becker 80, Abby Cornelius 87, Aaliyah Wilkins 101, Ayden Ourada 115.
Delaney Harm 98, Georgina Dishman 115, Emma Jorgenson 111, Devyn Ostendorf 111, Grace Aden 116.
Brooke Speer 95, Samantha Rimpley 101, Khadra Council 136, Abby Zerr 149, Alyssa Hoisington 153.
TRIBUNE-Area Sports Rewind
FIVE YEARS AGO
Earning the top honors at the Amherst Triangular were the Lady Knights of Eustis/Farnam in a volleyball three-way battle for Fort Kearny Conference (FKC) bragging rights. The Lady Knights were victorious in a three-set battle over Elwood, 19-25, 25-19 and 25-12 and then defeated SEM 25-18 and 25-10. “Once the girls got their fire under them, the team came back and played much better,” stated Eustis/Farnam head coach Trista Koch. Against the Lady Pirates, Preston Rieker had a dynamic night at the net with 11 kills. Keying the transition game for the Lady Knights, Rieker and Andrea Werth had eight and seven digs, respectively. Melissa Johnson dished out 11 set assists in the match. In the nightcap, Andrea Werth was swinging with authority to score a game-high eight kills. Paloma Giffoni dished out 12 set assists for the Silver and Black. Melanie Johnson was on cue from behind the service line with four ace serves. Shelby Ferrell had three ace blocks and libero Alex Pleschourt ran down 10 digs to lead the Lady Knights defensive efforts.
10 YEARS AGO
Defending their home turf, Maria Rodriguez and Nate Rios led the Maids and Minutemen at the Lexington Cross Country Invitational with runner-up finishes. Lady Swede Anna Keiser was fourth overall in the girls race. Lexington’s Daniel Avalos edged the Gothenburg duo of Andrew Collins and Manu Segre, as the trio locked up third through fifth place.
Blowing up offensively, the Elwood Pirates breezed past Brady 46-10 in football action. Bryson Mahlberg was stellar in rolling up 220-total yards of offense, along with having a hand in three of the touchdowns.
15 YEARS AGO
The Minutemen tennis squad put on a dominating performance in cruising to the team championship at the Lincoln Pius X Invitational. The Minutemen scored 39 points to win, whereas York tallied 26 for runner-up honors. It marked the first time ever that Lexington won the Pius X Invitational. Jake Saulsbury won the #1 singles title for the Minutemen. The #1 doubles team of Aaron Konen and Michael Ambriz were also crowned champions.
Kelly Keiser and Jena Anderson shot matching scores of 94 to lead the Lady Swede linksters to hoist the hardware at the Dawson County Golf Championships. Anderson won a playoff to claim individual top medalist honors. The Swedes finished with a 512 total to 559 for Lexington. Maid Tiffany Wagner was the bronze medalist in the with a carded score of 97. Gothenburg’s Nicole Krukemeyer finished fourth overall, followed by Cozad’s Megan Cornelius, Lady Haymaker Natalie Hart, Lady Swede Jill Clymer and Amanda Wolf of Lexington.
20 YEARS AGO
Gothenburg’s Velma Smith and Loraine Gerdes of Cozad finished second and third overall in the women’s division of the Nebraska State Horseshoe Pitching Championships.
Eustis/Farnam scored early and often in pitching a shutout 47-0 over Wilcox. Mike Loshonkohl and Jason Strong, both scored two touchdowns apiece. Strong was the workhorse in the rushing attack with 135-yards on 17 carries.
25 YEARS AGO
Playing on the familiar confines of Lakeside Country Club, Lexington claimed the Dawson County Girls Golf Championship. Paced by Kate Valish’s round score of 86, the Minutemaids edged runner-up Cozad 495-501. Gothenburg was third in the team race with a 570. Lady Haymaker Tonya Bean shot an 89 to lead the Red and Black linksters. Lady Swede Amy Jensen powered Gothenburg with a bronze medal winning round of 90.
Maid Becky Stieb kept her win streak intact by kicking stronger down the stretch against Central City’s Christy Rice for gold medal accolades at Central City’s Cross Country Invitational. Stieb crossed the finish line in 15:02, just four seconds ahead of Rice, who stopped the watch in 15:06. Lexington cruised to the team title by the score of 15-38 over runner-up Grand Island Northwest. KayCee Muma ran a strong race and finished with the bronze medal with a clocking of 15:27. Melissa Matson was fifth and Kari Schukar was right behind her in sixth place.
30 YEARS AGO
Linkster Stacy Baack fired a nine-hole score of 48 to lead Cozad to shoot the low team score at the Lexington Triangular at the Lakeside Country Club. The Lady Haymakers shot 211 to defeat North Platte’s 218 and Lexington’s 265. Heather Waring had the third lowest score of the meet with her 53. Maid Crystal Long led the Orange, with a carded 57.
Lady Haymakers & Swedes Shine At Cozad Volleyball Invitational
Showcasing great team work, the Lady Swedes and host Haymakers finished fourth and fifth overall at the Cozad Volleylball Inviational on Saturday afternoon and evening.
In their opening match, Cozad was edged by Centura, 25-15, 18-25 and 25-17.
Sadie Rush dished out 13 set assists along with having nine kills for the Red and Black.
Carissa Jenson and Hanna Wright scored seven and six kills, respectively.
In the Lady Swedes opening match, they defeated Perkins County, 27-25 and 25-23.
Hitter Arleigh Costello had a game-high 11 kills.
Ainsley Rickertsen connected on five ace serves.
Mckenna Peterson dished out 18 set assists for Gothenburg.
In their consolation semifinal match, Cozad edged Valentine, 25-22, 21-25 and 28-26.
Sadie Rush and Kennedy Berreckman led the hit parade for Cozad with nine and seven kills. Berreckman also had five ace serves.
Madie Weatherly and Hanna Wright had 12 and 13 digs, respectively.
In the semifinal round, Gothenburg was defeated 25-14 and 25-17 by Ogallala.
In their medal round match, Cozad cruised past Perkins County 25-13 and 25-14.
Carissa Jensen and Hanna Wright both connected on seven kills.
Sadie Rush dished out 12 set assists for the Lady Haymakers.
In the consolation finals, Gothenburg was defeated by Centura, 26-24, 22-25 and 25-17.
Haymakers Score Lead Early And Earn Win Over Swedes
A fast start and strong finish was the formula for success for the Lady Haymakers to defend their home turf by a score of 10-2 against Gothenburg in a highly-anticipated softball showdown that was in front of a large contingency of diamond fans on Thursday at the Hay Field in Cozad.
Gothenburg tried to break the ice on the scoreboard when Kasey Wellmann singled then advanced around to third base where she was stranded and the score remained 0-0.
The Haymakers were able to get sway the momentum in their favor in the bottom of the first inning when Alyssa Schneider connected on a two-out double into left field. During the ensuing at-bat, Ali Arndt helped out her own cause by connecting on an RBI-double into left field to score Schneider and make the score 1-0. Courtesy runner Hailey Wilson would then score on Alynne Myer’s single into right field to make the score 2-0 before Gothenburg retired the side.
The Lady Swedes were able to dent the deficit in the top of the second inning when Nikita Wear hit an RBI-double deep into to centerfield that scored Kaitlyn Kleinknecht to make the score 2-1. Wear was then able to circle and score on a single by Lauryn Cardenas to make the score 2-2 at the midway point of the second inning.
The Lady Haymakers were able to answer the scoring effort by Gothenburg with their own rendition of the Big Red Machine. Cozad’s Sammy Crick and Emilia Carlos both got on base the hard way by getting hit by pitches. Soon thereafter, Sarah Yocom connected on a two-RBI drive into left field to push the Lady Haymakers lead to the count of 4-2. Yocom was chomping at the bit to score from second base and got just what the doctor ordered when Brenna Dugan hit an RBI-single into centerfield to make the score 5-2 before the smoke cleared on the second inning of play.
The pitching prowess of Ali Arndt for Cozad and Lady Swede Karleigh Kleinknecht flexed their muscles in the third inning by keeping the the score at 5-2 despite the efforts to break the ice on the scoreboard for the inning.
During the top of the fourth inning, Kylie Koehler singled to lead off the inning for the Lady Swedes. She soon was stranded on first base with a pair of flyouts off the bats of Karleigh Kleinknecht and Nikita Wear and then Ali Arndt retired the side with a strikeout issued to keep the score at 5-2.
Looking for more insurance on the scoreboard, the Cozad offense went to work again in the bottom half of the fourth inning. Sarah Yocom doubled into left field to lead off for the Red and Black. In the process of a Brenna Dugan sacrifice, Yocom advanced to third base. Yocom would then score during the ensuing at-bat when Alyssa Schneider put a charge into an offering that snuck into left field. Schneider would then advance to third base and score on Ali Arndt’s double into the gap in centerfield to give the Lady Haymakers a bigger cushion at 7-2. Hailey Wilson was the courtesy runner for Arndt that circled third and then scored on Chloe Lundgren’s fielders choice to make the score 8-2 at the end point of the fourth inning.
Going into the fifth inning of play, the score remained at 8-2.
For the Lady Swedes, Kasey Wellmann singled into left field and then stole second base to get into scoring position. Wellmann would then advance to third base when Kaitlyn Aden connected on a two-out single. The scoring threat was extinguished when Lady Haymaker Sarah Yocom extended to snare a Bryse Young line drive to end the top of the fifth frame with the score remaining at 8-2.
To start off the bottom of the fifth inning for the Lady Haymakers, Yocom and Brenna Dugan both singled. Yocom was then able to advance and score on a Gothenburg miscue that also allowed Dugan to advance to third base. Dugan was then able to trot home and score on an Ali Arndt RBI-single to finish the contest due to run-rule, 10-2.
Ali Arndt earned the mound win for Cozad while allowing just two runs and striking out four batters.
Arndt and Sarah Yocom both finished the contest 3-4 at the dish with two doubles apiece. Arndt had three RBI’s and Yocom had two to go along with her three stolen bases.
Kasey Wellmann and Kaitlyn Aden led the Lady Swedes with two hits apiece. Wellmann also had a pair of stolen bases.
Score By Innings
Gothenburg 0 2 0 0 0 -2
Cozad 2 3 0 3 2-10
Swedes Claim Thriller Over Holdrege On Friday
The Swedes used a great mix of running and passing attacks to score a season opening 17-14 win over Holdrege on Friday evening in less than ideal conditions on the gridiron.
The Gothenburg defense flexed their muscle to keep the Dusters from scoring on their opening possession.
The Swedes offense were able to methodically work down the field to within scoring range, as Dominic Long put a charge into a 22-yard field goal to give Gothenburg a 3-0 lead with 2:59 to play in the opening quarter.
Holdrege was able to regain some of the lost momentum with a big kickoff return that gave them an advantageous field position. The Dusters cashed in on the opportunity with Alex Wells powering into the endzone on a one-yard run with 11:56 left in the first half to make the score 7-3.
Sticking to their game plan of mixing the run and pass, Gothenburg was able to work the chains to put a scoring drive together that benefitted greatly with Bennett Folkers being on the receiving end of a Dawson Graham 14-yard scoring pass to make the score 10-7 with 5:04 to play before the halftime break.
The Swedes held a 10-7 lead entering the break and they were able to build on that momentum in a big way in the third quarter. Making the defense pay was Bennett Folkers as he caught a short pass and went the distance for a 72-yard touchdown reception from Dawson Graham with 5:04 left in the third quarter.
With their backs against the wall and a deficit of 17-7, Zach Hurlbert found Dalton Harrel for a 12-yard scoring connection to cut into the deficit 17-14 with just 4:44 left in regulation.
Despite the Dusters attempts, Gothenburg’s defense stood strong and turned Holdrege away when Dawson Graham netted an interception to end all scoring threats with Gothenburg netting the 17-14 victory.
Swede signal-caller Dawson Graham completed 13-of-18 pass attempts for 194 yards ad two touchdowns.
Gothenburg’s Bennett Folkers reeled in four receptions for 130 yards and two scores.
Holdrege (0-1) 0 7 0 7 -14
Gothenburg (1-0) 3 7 7 0 -17
Cozad's Becker Wins Gold At Kearney Catholic Invite
Kearney Catholic 391; Grand Island CC 412; Ravenna 419; Doniphan-Trumbull 429; Arcadia-Loup City 438; Gothenburg 456; Kearney Catholic JV 469; Cozad 487.
The competition was stiff and the course was very challenging with tight pin placements at the Kearney Catholic Golf Invitational held at Meadowlark Hills Golf Course on Thursday.
Despite the challenging layout, Lady Haymaker Kaylei Becker was up to the challenge in scoring a 18-hole score of 79 and then winning in the playoff to be the gold medalist over Kearney Catholic’s Morgan Thiele, who also scored an 18-hole score of 79. Becker closed out her round with a great amount of momentum with a score of 37 on her final nine holes.
Starting off her sophomore season on the links circuit strong was Cozad’s Abigail Cornelius with a dynamite score of 91 to earn fifth place accolades for her efforts with scores of 47-44.
Just two strokes back from Cornelius was Gothenburg’s leading linkster Delaney Harm with a score of 93. Harm started her day with a 49 and finished the rally with a score of 44 on the final nine holes.
The duo of Georgina Dishman and Devyn Ostendorf scored valuable scores and finishes for the Lady Swedes with matching scores of 119. Both Dishman and Ostendorf cashed in with stellar back nines of 55 and 54 to finish the invitational stronger than they started.
Gothenburg’s Emma Jorgenson scored a 125 with a notable front nine score of 57 to her credit.
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIFTEEN SCORES
1. Kaylei Becker CZ 79
2. Morgan Thiele KC 79
3. Sidney Rash D-T 83
4. Amanda Fay GIC 83
5. Abigail Cornelius CZ 91
6. Delaney Harm GOT 93
7. Bailee Labs GIB 100
8. Brooklyn Fiddelke KC 100
9. Blakely Wooden GIC 100
10. Maddie Drozd KC 101
11. Adyson Otte RAV 104
12. Addie Mitchell KC 104
13. Lauren Klemme GIC 105
14. Taylor Griffifth ALC 106
15. Macy Unick RAV 107
Kaylei Becker 79, Abigail Cornelius 91, Ayden Ourada 148, Belle Hagan 169.
Delaney Harm 93, Georgina Dishman 119, Devyn Ostendorf 119, Emma Jorgenson 125, Julyssa Rocha 135.
Minutemen Tennis Squad Scores Win Over GNAC-Foe Hastings
Experience and the gumption to defend home turf stood strong in the Minutemen’s 6-3 victory over GNAC-Foe Hastings at Plum Creek Park on Thursday evening.
“It’s always good to start the year off with a win. While I am happy with a win, we had more first match jitters than I expected to see,” expressed Lexington Head Tennis Coach Ben Klein. “Which is something that will work itself out as the season progresses.”
“Kobe Lo, Josue Avila and Bryan Nguyen played really well today. All three had struggles in their respective matches and they overcame them to win,” stated Klein.
In doubles action, Tanner Rowe and Kobe Lo were dynamite in defeating Lando Power and Austin Seaman by the count of 8-0.
Lexington’s Henry Chacon and Jonas Martin were edged by the score of 8-6 by Nathan Zimmerman and Ben Howie.
The Minutemen duo of Josue Avila and Bryan Nguyen scored an 8-3 win over Evan Davis and Arich Frenhlin.
In singles action, Kobe Lo (8-1), Josue Avila (8-2), Jonas Martin (8-2) and Bryan Nguyen 8-6) all scored victories for the Orange and Black-clad netters.
Lexington Battles Highly Touted Red Raiders On The Gridiron
Taking advantage of miscues, the Sidney Red Raiders were able to score a 49-7 victory over Lexington in the season opening battle on the gridiron on Friday evening in Sidney.
After a pair of miscues resulted in safeties, the Red Raiders got a big sway of momentum when Cody Haas returned the kickoff 70-yards to paydirt to increase the Sidney lead to 11-0 during the first quarter of play.
Sidney was soon within range to score again before the end of the first quarter. The Lexington defense stood strong and forced a field goal be attempted. The Red Raiders were able to cash in on the opportunity when Jon Smith split the uprights with a 32-yard field goal to extend the Sidney lead to 14-0 just before the horn sounded on the first quarter of play.
During their first drive of the second quarter, the Lexington offense was able to put together a sustained drive that resulted in rave reviews as Javier Rivas powered into the endzone on a four-ayrd run. Armando Guido booted the extra point to make the score 14-7 with 9:25 left to play before the halftime break.
The Sidney offense responded with a Cade Lewis one-yard run to push the Raiders lead back to 21-7 with 5:02 left before half.
For much of the final five minutes of the first half, the defensive intensity of the Minutemen stood strong until Cade Lewis rumbled into the endzone for his second score of the contest on an eight-yard run with just 0:43 left before the halftime break.
Sidney was able to score in the third quarter on a Derek Robb one-yard run that was followed by a pair of rushing scores in the fourth quarter to net the Raiders a 49-7 victory.
Dual-threat quarterback Clay Hernandez led the Lexington offense with 105 yards passing and 49 yards rushing.
Javier Rivas and Emmanuel Perez chipped in with 44 and 32 yards rushing for the Minutemen offense.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Lexington (0-1) 0 7 0 0 -7
Sidney (1-0) 14 14 7 14 -49