Haymakers Edge Longhorns In Gridiron Thriller

Taking advantage of great field position powered the Haymakers to earn a 14-12 victory over host Chase County in a smashmouth showdown on Friday night in Imperial.

For much of the first quarter of play the defenses reigned supreme, and offensive systems struggled to develop a continuity to sustain a drive, despite the great field condition.

Facing a short field, the Cozad offense hit their stride when it counted the most, as Conor Young plunged into the endzone on a one-yard sneak. Andrew Sayer booted the extra point to go along with the Young touchdown to give the Haymakers a 7-0 lead during the early going of the second quarter with 8:01 left to play before the intermission.

With limited time remaining in the first half of play, the Cozad offense worked to make progress towards extending their lead from 7-0. Time was dwindling fast, but it wasn’t quick enough for the Chase County defense, as Conor Young flung a deep pass that Colin Wetovick ran under to score on a 37-yard touchdown connection to make the score 14-0 with just 0:37 left after Sayer split the uprights on his extra point attempt.

For much of the third quarter, the Cozad and Chase County offenses worked to gain confidence, but it was toughsledding against the opposing defenses that thwarted off sustained drivers with gumption. Using great field position, the Longhorns were able to final dent the deficit, despite the suffocating defense that Cozad was playing. Chase County runner Kelton Fisher rumbled six yards to score to make the scoreboard shine 14-6 with 1:20 left in the third quarter.

Cozad worked to grind out the clock and churn up yards in the final quarter of regulation, but they weren’t able to reach the endzone. Chase County was able to strike in the fourth quarter with limited time remaining when Kelton Fisher connected with Dakota Wallin on a 20-yard scoring pass to cut the deficit to just two-points, 14-12. A dropped pass reception on the two-point attempt kept the score at 14-12 over the final three minutes of the contest.

The Haymakers were able to churn up the yards and get a first down and in the process, the Red and Black ran out the regulation clock.

Offensively, the Haymakers rolled up 296 yards, 191 coming on the ground.

Senior running back Colin Wetovick racked up 71 yards on the ground and 83 yards and a score through the air.

Dual-threat gunslinger Conor Young rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown and passed for another score along with piloting the aerial attack with 94 yards passing.

Taking advantage of great opportunities, Colt Leibhart rushed for 42 yards on just seven carries from the fullback position for Cozad.

Defensive end Jordan Henry and linebacker Jason Finnegan led the Haymakers with nine tackles apiece.

Cozad (3-0)    0    14    0    0    14
Chase County (2-1)    0    0    6    6    12   



Cozad, Swedes & Maids Battle At Lex Links Invite

Braving the adverse weather conditions were the Lady Haymaker, Lady Swede and Minutemaid golfers as they competed for honors at the Lexington Links Invitational held at the elegant Lakeside Country Club on Friday.

Paced by individual gold medalist Paige Kristensen, the Minden girls won the team crown with a combined score of 366. The Cozad foursome scored a collective 398 to earn third place accolades in the team race. Gothenburg was sixth and Lexington was tenth overall.

Lady Swede McKinley Harm was on top of her game to score a seventh place medal against stiff competition with a score of 93.

Senior Molly Cornelius had an up and down day throughout her 18-hole score of 95 to finish in ninth place overall for the Lady Haymakers.

Doing her best to cut down on wasted strokes was the name of the game on the links for the Cozad’s Tazah Weinmaster with a score of 96 to score a valuable tenth place honor for the Red and Black.

Kaylei Becker (102) of Cozad, Lady Swede Taylour Marshall (103) and Lexington’s Brooke Speer (104), just missed out on earning top ten medalist honors.  

LEXINGTON Invitational
team standings
Minden 366; Holdrege 395; Cozad 398; North Platte 400; York 429; Gothenburg 441; Perkins County 512; Broken Bow 513; McCook 518; Lexington 594; Hastings 621; Cambridge 665.   

Individual top Ten scores
1. Paige Kristensen    MIN    84
2. Courtney Kohl    NP    86
3. Kacee Samway    MC    89
4. Jessica Rehtus    MIN    90
5. Sam Redfern    YRK    91
6. Ashton Boldt    MIN    92
7. McKinley Harm    GOT    93
8. Sydnie Schmidt    HOL    93
9. Molly Cornelius    COZ    95
10. Tazah Weinmaster    COZ    96

Molly Cornelius 95, Tazah Weinmaster 96, Kaylei Becker 102, Emily Ratkovec 105, Alyson Smock 126.  

McKinley Harm 93, Taylour Marshall 103, Morgan Weaver 121, Delaney Harm 124, Geogina Dishman 159.

Brooke Speer 104, Jamie White 145, Samantha Rimpley 165, Erin Green 180.  


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

SPORTS REWIND: A look back at 30-years from the TRIBUNE files
Finishing with an unblemished 2-0 record the Lady Swedes defended their home turf in winning the team crown at the Gothenburg Softball Invite. The Lady Swedes cruised past Southern Valley 14-4 and Minden 11-1 in the early rounds of competition. The biggest challenge for the Gothenburg Nine was against St. Paul. The Wildcats took an early 2-0 lead in the third inning, but that was all they could muster. The Lady Swedes rallied for four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and scored an insurance run in the sixth inning to power Gothenburg to the 5-2 victory. Showing off their depth on the mound, Lady Swedes Bre Messersmith, Amanda Barkmeier and Jordyn Haake all earned wins.


The Lexington and Gothenburg girls each shot team scores of 215 in a links quadrangular at Wild Horse Golf Club near Gothenburg. Erin Ondrak had the low score, as she shot a 40 for Lexington. Gothenburg’s best round came from Katie Keiser, who finished at 47. Katie Standage led Cozad with a 62. Collectively, the Lady Haymakers shot a 291.


Lexington’s softball team split a season-opening doubleheader with Grand Island Northwest. “The girls played hard but timid in the first game,” expressed Minutemaid head coach Laura Winter. “They played hard and aggressive and wanted the win in the second contest. They knew what to look for.” The Maids dropped a 3-1 decision in the opener in the third city, but came back for a 6-5 win in the nightcap. Samia Maloley recorded 13 strikeouts in 8.33 innings of pitching in the doubleheader for Lexington. The Orange and Black had 15 base runners in the first game, but stranded 12. Two were put out on the bases. Ashley Speak got the lone run for the Minutemaids, as she led off the sixth inning with her second hit of the game. Jessica Glaze, Samantha Oyler, Emily Moore and Brenna Bowers each had two hits in the game. Maloley had eight of her strikeouts in the second contest.


Defense posed a concern for veteran coach Gene Hunting, but Cozad raced past Ogallala in a Southwest Conference Football test, 52-26. In post-game comments, Hunting said that the defense did not play with a ‘lot of emotion’ and noted that the intensity level was ‘not there’. The Haymakers did bound back when Junior Aaron Brockmeier pounced on a fumble at the Ogallala 12 yard line. A few plays later, Zane Malcom powered into the endzone on a three-yard run, 6-6. Cozad scored again when Todd Linke intercepted an Indian pass and sprinted 38 yards for a touchdown.


Lexington and North Platte captured girl/boy titles in the Cozad Cross Country Invitational. Coach Don Bader’s Minutemaids, behind a 1-2 finish by Becky Stieb and KayCee Muma, won the girls division by posting a comfortable  advantage over McCook, 17-26. North Platte held a 409-48 edge over Kearney in the final standings of the boys division. Gothenburg rallied for a sixth place finish with 86 points. Lexington (134) and Cozad (198) were seventh and tenth, respectively. Stieb and Muma were by far the class of the girls field of harriers. Stieb earned the gold medal with a 12:42 clocking. Muma was close behind in hitting the wire at 12:49.


The Swedes of Gothenburg got off to a good start in the 1984 football campaign with a 28-7 victory over Broken Bow in Southwest Conference action. Gothenburg scored in each of the quarters to dominate the contest. Swedes head coach Novacek had praise for the entire team and for sophomore quarterback Shane Geiken. ‘Geiken played reasonably well for his first time out. We didnt’ run the option much, but when we did he ran it well,” said Novacek. “He threw the ball well, but his receivers dropped a couple of passes.”

Cozad Softball Invite Moved To Hastings

The Cozad Softball Invitational was moved to the Smith Softball Complex in Hastings as a result of recent rain dashing the hopes of the Lady Haymakers getting to host the annual carnival on Saturday.     

The Lady Haymakers got off to a fast start in their opening contest of the event by defeating Southern Valley by the score of 14-0 in a four inning battle shortened by the run-rule.

Cozad was able to score four runs in the top of the first inning with Reilly Goings RBI-single doing the most damage to give the Red and Black a 4-0 lead.

The Lady Haymakers threw the knockout punch in the fourth inning with six runs being plated. Hitting RBI-singles in the fourth for Cozad were Erika Smith, Sarah Yocom and Bri Loftin to push the Lady Haymaker lead to 14-0.

Sammy Crick earned the win on the mound for Cozad allowing just three hits while striking out three batters.

Emily Reyes was 3-4 at the plate with a triple, run scored and two RBI’s.

Score By Innings
Cozad    4006-    14
Southern Valley    0000-    0

In the Minutemaids opener, they battled St. Paul. The Lexington offense scored in four of the five innings to earn a 12-4 victory over the Lady Wildcats.

The biggest difference maker, was the Lexington bats scored 10 runs in the first three innings.
The Lexington offense exploded for six runs in the bottom of the second inning to create the an 8-2 cushion as a result of Blaire Edeal and Aly Leger connecting on RBI-singles to lead the charge.

 The Lexington offense cashed in with two runs in the third inning and fifth innings to reach the run-rule and notch the victory.

Hannah Ostrom did an outstanding job of helping out her own cause during the contest. Ostrom homered in the fifth inning and had a total of three RBI’s. On the hill, Ostrom struck ouf five batters while allowing just four hits and two earned runs.  

Score By Innings
St. Paul    020    11-    4
Lexington    262    02-    12

In the second round of contests, the Lady Haymaker bats were never able to cash in on scoring opportunities and the Cozad Nine were defeated by Grand Island Central Catholic, 10-0.

The Crusaders got off to a fast start with five runs in the first inning and supported their offensive surge with two runs in the third inning and another three in the fourth stanza.

Taking the loss on the hill for the Lady Haymakers was Alison Arndt.

Score By Innings
Cozad    0000-    0
Grand Island CC    5023-    10

 Continuing to swing a hot bat were the Minutemaids in their second round contest against Minden, as they notched a 13-1 win in three innings.

The Lexington offense got off to a fast start to erase the 1-0 deficit when Hannah Ostrom and Ariel Hernandez hit RBI-singles to lead the Orange and Black charge to snare a 4-1 lead at the end of the first inning.

The offensive surge continued into the second and third innings with four runs and five runs, respectively to create the cushion needed on the scoreboard for Lexington to score the 13-1 victory.

Ariel Hernandez was 3-3 at the plate with two runs scored a homerun and five RBI’s for Lexington.

Score By Innings
Minden    100-    1
Lexington    445-    13

In their final contest, Cozad defeated St. paul 9-1 to finish the day with a victory.

A big scoring second inning was the difference maker for Cozad.

Sammy Crick was credited with the win on the mound for the Lady Haymakers.

Score By Innings
St. Paul    010    000-    1
Cozad    062    001-    9


Lexington finished the tournament by challenging eventual champion Grand Island CC and were edged 5-1.


Aly Leger took the loss on the mound.


Score By Innings
Lexington    0100    000-    1
Grand Island CC    0020    03x-    5



Minutemaids Win Pair At Dundy County-Stratton Net Triangular

Defense wins championships has always been the belief of sports fans and for the Gothenburg Lady Swedes, it was the formula for success at the Scottsbluff Softball Tournament that was played on Friday and Saturday.

The Lady Swedes were crowned the champions after finishing in a three-way tie with Gering and Scottsbluff with round-robin records of 4-1 overall. The tiebreaker that determined the winner was the fewest runs allowed.

In their opening contest on Friday, Gothenburg finished strong to earn a 6-0 win over the host Lady Bearcats.

The score remained 0-0 until the Lady Swedes were able to push a pair of runs across to score in the bottom of the fourth inning when Becca Riley and Kerry Wellmann both singled which resulted in Riley and pinch runner Klie Koehler scored to make the score 2-0.

After adding an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth inning to make it 3-0, the Lady Swedes found the rhythm in the bottom of the sixth inning  with four runs being scored by Kassidy Kottwitz, Ebony Anderson, Josee Hotz and Kasey Wellmann to power Gothenburg to the 6-0 win.

Kasey Wellmann finished the contest 2-3 at the dish with two runs scored and an RBI.

Score By Innings
Scottsbluff    000    000-    0
Gothenburg    000    214-    6

In their second contest of the day, the Gothenburg offense was flying high by scoring in every inning to score a 12-4 victory over Chadron on Friday.

Kasey Wellmann and Kaitlyn Aden scored in the opening inning for Gothenburg to grab a 2-1 lead.

An Olivia Lafleur RBI-single to right field led the Lady Swedes to score three run in the second inning to push their lead to 5-1.

During the third inning, the Redbird defensive miscues allowed Kerry Wellmann, Ebony Anderson and Nikita Wear to all score to push the lead to 8-1.

Gothenburg never looked back in notching the 12-4 decision over Chadron.

Katlin Harm, Olivia Lafleur and Kerry Wellmann all had two-hit games for Gothenburg.

Score By Innings
Gothenburg    233    22-    12
Chadron    100    21-    4

In their final contest of the first day of softball, the Lady Swedes engaged in a diamond battle with Gering.

The Lady Dawgs were able to edge Gothenburg 8-6 in a five inning thriller.

After Gering scoring in the opening inning, the Gothenburg offense evened the score when Katlin Harm belted a RBI-single into centerfield to score Kaitlyn Aden to make it 1-1.

The Lady Dawgs were then able to churn out three runs in the top of the second inning and the Lady Swedes equalled the output in the bottom half of the inning. Gothenburg’s scoring surge was led by Karleigh Kleinknecht hitting an RBI-double.

Being knotted at 4-4 didn’t last long though, as Gering scored in the third inning and then scored a trifecta in the fourth inning to make the score 8-4.

 Gothenburg plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning Kaitlyn Aden’s RBI-triple leading the charge but it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit and the Lady Swedes were defeated 8-6.

Score By Innings
Gering    131    30-    8
Chadron    130    20-    6

The Lady Swedes started out Saturday on a mission with a 11-0 win over Alliance.

Gothenburg scored four runs in the first inning and finished off with seven more runs in the fourth inning to claim the run-rule victory.

Third baseman Becca Riley was 2-3 at the plate with a double, homerun, two runs scored and three RBIs.

Score By Innings
Alliance    0000-    0
Gothenburg    4007-    11

In their final game of the tournament, the Lady Swedes defeated Chase County 7-3 with timely hitting in the third and fifth innings.

Seniors Becca Riley and Kerry Wellmann both had three hit games for the Lady Swedes.

Score By Innings
Chase County    300    000-    3
Gothenburg    103    03x-    7




Gothenburg Edged In Gridiron Slugfest With Central Catholic

Gothenburg wasn’t able to overcome the fast start by the Crusaders that resulted in a 24-13 victory over the Swedes in a gridiron showdown played at Grand Island’s Memorial Stadium on Friday evening.

On their opening drive Grand Island Central Catholic lit up the scoreboard when Joe Krajicek snared a Brady Brokaw 17-yard scoring pass to make the score 7-0 at the 8:38 point of the opening quarter.

Less than three minutes later, the Crusaders struck again, when Brokaw connected with Youhanna Ghaifan on a 27-yard pass play that pushed the Central Catholic lead to 14-0 with 5:41 left to play in the first quarter.

The score remained 14-0  deep into the second stanza, until Swede dual-threat quarterback Dawson Graham kept the ball on a keeper play and outran the defense to greener grass on an 85-yard run that cut the deficit in half, 14-7 with 7:17 left before the halftime break.

With limited minutes remaining, the Crusaders were able to sustain a successful scoring drive, when Dillon Rork ignited the Central Catholic faithful with a six-yard run that increased the lead to 21-7 with 3:13 remaining in the second quarter.

During their first drive of the second half, Gothenburg was in business and knocking on the door of scoring, as they took the ball deep into the redzone to the 15-yard line. The Swedes had a miscue on a fourth down and short play, that resulted in an attempted field goal that didn’t slip between the pipes and kept the score at 21-7.

For the remainder of the third quarter, the Crusaders churned up yards and ate up the clock. Grand Island drove inside the redzone and were able to convert on a Bryce Sealock 20-yard field goal to improve their lead to 24-7 in the early moments of the fourth quarter.

With their backs against the wall, Gothenburg took to the turf in hopes of rallying offensively. The Swedes continued to work their magic on offense in hopes of scoring. Their magic and hard work paid off when Zach Wolf powered into the endzone on a one-yard run with less than 20 seconds remaining in the contest to make the score 24-13.

The Swedes last ditch efforts were turned away as the Crusaders earned the 24-13 victory.

Gothenburg had 249-total yards to Central Catholic’s 351-yards. The Swedes rushed for 153-yards.
Leading the way for the Cardinal-clad rushing attack was Senior Zach Wolf with 91-yards and a touchdown.

Dawson Graham did his best as a dual-threat quarterback for Gothenburg with 69-yards and a touchdown on the ground to go along with his 96-yards passing.

Jacob Clark was good on the edge for the Swedes with seven receptions for 92-yards.

Ethan Bihlmaier and Tanner Borchardt were forces to be reckoned with on defense with 13 tackles apiece.

Gothenburg (1-2)    0    7    0    6    13
Grand Island CC (2-1)    14    7    0    3    24   

Haymakers Edge Longhorns:


STRETCHING OUT for more yards is Cozad Fullback Colt Leibhart (44) as he works to break free from Longhorn safety Kelton Fisher during the first quarter on Friday.

GBurg, Cozad Battle For Supremacy At Haymaker Volleyball Invitational

Hitting their stride on the hardwood were the Lady Haymakers and Swedes as they challenged for supremacy at the Cozad Volleyball Invitational that was held Saturday.

The Lady Haymakers finished fourth and Gothenburg was sixth overall.

In Cozad’s decisive consolation final contest, they went the distance and were edged in a marathon match with Southwest Conference (SWC) foe Valentine 25-16, 18-25 and 25-19.

Showing great firepower, Senior outside hitter Kenzie Klein had 11 kills for the Lady Haymakers.

Doing their best to contribute at the net with authority was Hannah Thramer and Sadie Rush with six and five kills, respectively. Rush also dished out 11 set assists.

Abbi Etherton was also up to the task of getting the ball to the hitters with 12 set assists and a pair of ace serves.

Cozad    16    25    19
Valentine    25    18    25

In the Lady Swedes final contest, they also engaged in a battle with a SWC foe, Ainsworth. The Bulldogs were able to take advantage of momentum swinging in their direction to earn a 25-16 and 25-23 victory over Gothenburg.

At the net, the Lady Swedes were led by Tiani Reeves and Kim Whiting with six and four kills. Reeves also had four blocks on the defensive side of the net.

Reeves and Mady Vogel both served up a pair of aces for Gothenburg.

Blaire Gibbens and Madi Gilg both keyed the transition game for the Lady Swedes with five digs apiece.

Ainsworth    25    25    
Gothenburg    16    23

In the semifinal round, the Lady Haymakers battled eventual runner-up Centura in a very close 25-21 and 25-21 win for the Centurions over Cozad.

The hit parade was balanced for the Red and Black with Hannah Thramer connecting on five kills, while Shelby Ferrell and Kenzie Klein both had four kills each.

Doing an outstanding job of getting the ball to the hitters was Sadie Rush and Abbi Etherton, both had nine set assists for the Lady Haymakers.

Centura    25    25    
Cozad    21    21

To advance to the fifth place match, the Gothenburg netters took control early and ran away with a 25-14 and 25-8 win over Perkins County. 

At the net, the Lady Swedes hit .514. Leading the charge was Tiani Reeves and Mady Vogel with seven and six kills.

Behind the service line, Mady Vogel was money in the bank with six aces.

Gracie Stienike and Madi Gilg chipped in with team-high efforts of five digs.  

Gothenburg    25    25    
Perkins County    14    8

In their opening match, the Lady Swedes struggled to gain the momentum and were edged by Centura, 26-24 and 25-19.

Senior middle hitter Tiani Reeves paced the Gothenburg hitters with nine kills.

Madi Gilg and Kim Whiting were able to knock down six and five kills as well.

Gilg and freshman phenom Gracie Stienike both had three ace serves in the match.

Sara Brown and Blaire Gibbens did their best to keep the ball alive with 11 and 10 digs, respectively.

Centura    26    25    
Gothenburg    24    19

Getting off to a fast start, the Lady Haymakers cruised past Perkins County 25-10 and 25-13 in their first round contest.

From her middle hitter position, Alec Geiger was ‘in the zone’ with nine kills.

On the edge, Kenzie Klein connected on seven kills for Cozad.

Seniors Shelby Ferrell and Haley Werner both had three ace serves.

Cozad    25    25    
Perkins County    10    13

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