Lady Haymakers and Swedes Finish Second & Third In SWC Tournament

 
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The action was very heated between familiar foes as the Lady Haymakers and Lady Swedes competed in the final four of the Southwest Conference (SWC) shootout on Friday and Saturday in Kearney. 
The Cozad cagers finished as the tournament runner-up and the Gothenburg hoopsters finished strong to the tune of a third place finish. 
Showcasing strong defense  was the name of the game for the Lady Haymakers as they used the opportunities to score a 39-23 win over Ogallala in the semifinal round of the SWC Tournament on Friday. 
In the early going, the Ogallala defense was able to trump the efforts of the Lady Haymakers. The Lady Indians were able to score an 8-5 lead before the horn sounded on the first quarter of play. 
It seemed as if the sounding of the horn woke up the sleeping giant, as the Lady Haymakers turned the tides by outscoring Ogallala 16-5 during the second quarter to enter the halftime break with a eight-point lead, 21-13. 
With the added influence on the defensive ends, the Ogallala and Cozad hoopsters tightened up the reins to limit the offensive scoring during the third quarter of play. In a showdown that resembled a slugfest, with neither side backing down, the Lady Haymakers and Lady Indians stalemated during the frame with both teams netting eight points, to make the score 29-21 with just one quarter remaining in regulation. 
Just as they had in the second quarter, the Lady Haymakers took the bull by the horns and finished strong during the fourth quarter of play. The Cozad hoopsters took advantage of the opportunities and flourished on the defensive end by limiting Ogallala to just two points while countering with their own offensive surge that tickled the twine with 10 points to give the Lady Haymakers a 39-23 victory over Ogallala. 
Cozad collectively shot 34 percent from the field and held Ogallala to just 24 percent shooting for the contest. The Lady Haymakers dominated on the boards with a 33-18 edge over the Lady Indians. 
Leading the way for the Red and Black was Kennedy Berreckman with 12 points and six rebounds. 
Cozad Senior Sarah Yocom had a stellar game despite the defensive attention by netting 11 points, seven rebounds, four steals and a pair of assists. 
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Ogallala  8   5  8   2 -23
Cozad     5 16  8 10 -39
Cozad: Kennedy Berreckman 12, Sarah Yocom 11, Hanna Wright 8, Abby Cornelius 3, Alyssa Schneider 3, Ellie Stallbaumer 2. 
In Gothenburg’s semifinal contest, they stepped up to the plate and battled top seed Minden. The Lady Swedes led early but it was the pressure defense and timely scoring that resulted in the Whippets earning the 55-21 win over the upset minded Gothenburg hoopsters on Friday. 
The Lady Swedes snared an early 6-0 lead but it was the Minden shooters that responded to score a 13-8 lead at the end of the first quarter of play. 
Continuing to work their offensive system with success during the second stanza, the Lady Swedes netted six points in an attempt to keep pace with the hot shooting Minden cagers that flexed the net for 13 points in the period to hold a 26-14 lead at halftime. 
Coming out of the break, the Lady Swedes displayed consistency by netting six points to trail by the count of 37-20 with just one quarter remaining in regulation play. 
During the fourth quarter, the Lady Whippets were able to secure their win by outscoring Gothenburg. The Lady Swedes  were defeated by Minden, 55-21. 
Leading the way for the Lady Swedes was Gracie Stienike with 14 points, five rebounds and three steals. 
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Gothenburg  8   6  6    1  -21
Minden       13 13 11  18 -55
Gothenburg: Gracie Stienike 14, Jaci Teahon 2, McKenna Peterson 2, Kasey Wellmann 2, Arleigh Costello 1. 
As a result of their semifinal defeat, the Lady Swedes would face off with Ogallala in the consolation finals of the SWC Tournament on Saturday.
The Lady Swedes fast start and strong finish was the winning formula for Gothenburg in a 45-42 slugfest victory over Ogallala for third place honors.
Gothenburg got out of the gates with gumption to lead by the count of 12-8 by the time the first quarter ended. 
It was during the second period that the Lady Indians of Ogallala returned the favor with their own offensive surge to cut the deficit to just a Gothenburg one-point lead, 21-20 at the halftime break.  
Cashing in on their opportunities during the third quarter, the Lady Swedes were able to inch away on the scoreboard to lead by two-points, 32-30 with just one quarter left in regulation. 
Gothenburg was able to score from the charity stripe down the stretch to net a 45-42 win over Ogallala to finish in third place. 
The Lady Swedes were led in scoring by the inside-outside combination of Gracie Stienike with 15 points and McKenna Peterson netting 12 points. 
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Ogallala        8 12  10  12 -42
Gothenburg 12  9  11  13 -45
Gothenburg: Gracie Stienike 15, McKenna Peterson 12, Trystan Baker 7, Jaci Teahon 5, Arleigh Costello 4, Natalie Kennicutt 2. 
With their semifinal win, the Lady Haymakers would face top seed, Minden in the SWC Finals on Saturday.  
Cozad fell behind early and wasn’t able to recover. The Lady Whippets were able to build an early lead and score a 65-32 win over the Lady Haymakers. 
At the end of the first quarter, the Cozad cagers trailed 17-7 and then 32-15 entering the halftime break in the action. 
The intermission didn’t simmer the hot shooting Whippets that pushed further ahead during the third quarter, with a 17-7 scoring surge that moved the Whippets lead to 49-22 and finally at 65-32 when the final horn sounded.
Cozad was led by the efforts of Sarah Yocom with 12 points, 10 rebonds and four assists. 
Brenna Dugan and Kennedy Berreckman dropped in six and five points, respectively. 
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Cozad     7  8   7  10 -32
Minden 17 15 17  16 -65
Cozad: Sarah Yocom 12, Brenna Dugan 6, Kennedy Berreckman 5, Ellie Stallbaumer 4, Abby Thramer 3, Abby Cornelius 2. 

 

 

Knights Duel With Host Elwood Hoopsters

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The Eustis/Farnam hoopsters were able to earn the bragging rights by defeating the host Pirates in a Highway 23 girls/ boys hoops doubleheader held in Elwood on Thursday. 
The Lady Knights were able to flex their muscle on the offensive end during the second quarter to gain a lead that they never relinquished in scoring a 44-33 win over Elwood. 
Throughout the first quarter of play, the Lady Knights and Pirates defensive efforts stood strong with the Eustis/Farnam girls holding a slight edge, 8-7 as the horn sounded in the opening quarter of play. 
During the second stanza, the Lady Knights were able to outscore Elwood 16-8 to enter halftime with a 24-13 lead. 
The scoring punch by the Lady Knights continued to flourish in the third quarter as the Black and Gold were able to inch away 33-20 with just one quarter remaining. 
Elwood connected on a pair of trifectas in the fourth quarter  but it wasn’t enough to overcome the sharpshooting from the charity stripe by Eustis/Farnam that propelled them to a 44-33 victory. 
Ali Jones and Micky Blender led the Lady Knights with 14 points apiece. 
The Lady Pirates were led by Manon Martin with nine points.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Eustis/Farnam  8 16 9  11 -44
Elwood            7  6  7  13 -33
Eustis/Farnam: Ali Jones 14, Micky Blender 14, Leigh-Anne Lehmann 7, Sammy Jack 7, Sara Pleschourt 1, Valan Bellamy 1. 
Elwood: Manon Martin 9, Tiffany Dickau 7, Felicia Knoerzer 7, Katie Kleine 5, Taylor Hickey 3, Baylee Diefenbaugh 2. 
In the second half of the double-dip, there was an offensive shootout that lit up the scoreboard. The Knights strong second half powered Eustis/ Farnam to a 65-53 win over the host Pirates of Elwood. 
In the opening quarter, the fast break scoring of the Pirates was able to net a 19-16 lead. 
Fending off foul trouble, the Knights did their best in hopes of staying in contention entering the halftime break as they netted 16 points to enter the intermission trailing 38-34.  Aaron Clouse had a strong first half for the Pirates with 16 points in the period. 
During the third frame of play, the Eustis/Farnam shooters started heating up as Hayden Rupe hit a pair of threes that sandwiched a trifecta from Shaye Collins that propelled the Knights to take a 45-44 lead with just one quarter remaining in regulation. 
During the final eight minutes, the Knights went ballistic for 23 points that included Shaye Colllins and Kaleb Gibbens dialing long distance twice to power Eustis/Farnam to the 65-53 victory. 
Kaleb Gibbens led the Knights with 23 points. 
Hayden Rupe and Shaye Collins dropped in 20 points apiece for Eustis/Farnam. 
Sharpshooter Aaron Clouse led the Pirates with a team-high 19 points. 
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Eustis/Farnam 16 16 13 23 -65
Elwood           19 19  6   9 -53
Eustis/Farnam:  Kaleb Gibbens 23, Hayden Rupe 20, Shaye Collins 20, Taylor O’Connell 2. 
Elwood: Aaron Clouse 19, Kallen Nickell 13, Jake Gydesen 12, Kalyn Beam 6, Timmy Smith 10. 

Nebraska State High School Cheer & Dance Championships Will Be Held February 17-18th

The 10th annual Nebraska State High School Cheer & Dance Championships will take place at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island on Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18. Nearly 2,100 athletes from across the state will showcase their athletic skills in both cheerleading and dance performances in eight total categories.17-18
Classes A & B will perform on Friday, while Classes C1, C2 and D will compete on Saturday.
A detailed schedule of the performances will be posted by February 1 at www.ncacoach.org/cheerdance.php
Championship results will also be posted at the same location at the conclusion of each day’s overall competition.
The gates at Heartland Events Center will open to the public at 8:00 am each day with performances starting at 9:00 am. This annual event not only serves as a championship platform for high school student- athletes, but also serves as a significant fundraising event for the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame located in Lincoln. Daily admission is $8 for adults and $6 for students K-12. Pre-K and younger are free.

Haymakers Gain Steam At Raymond Central Invite

 While competing against some of the best Class B wrestlers that Eastern Nebraska has to offer, the Haymakers finished quite well after hard-earned hardware was returned back to Cozad. 
In the team race, the Haymakers were eighth overall with 86 points, Schuyler was able to claim the crown with 195 points. 
Leading the way for the Red and Black were runner-up finishes by Jace Russman at 120 lbs. and Zeke Derr at 182 points. Russman was edged 5-4 by Celvin Lopez of Schuyler in the championship match. Derr was defeated in an offensive shootout 10-8 by Gavin Eason of Norris in the final round. 
Finishing with bronze medalist honors for their work on the mat was Breckin Loftin (106) and Taylor Yancy (170). Lftoin was defeated in the quarterfinal round, only to recover quite nicely with four straight wins to earn third place. Yancy was also defeated in the quarterfinals and climbed back onto the medal stand with three straight pins. 
Haymakter strongmen Robbie Fisher and Cade Stott brought home fifth and sixth place medals, respectively. 

Lexington Powerlifters Shine In Beatrice Meet On Saturday

The Lexington Powerlifters had a superb day competing in the Beatrice Powerlifting meet on Saturday
Lexington won the girls team race and the boys team was the runner-up. Combined the Lexington athletes finished second overall in the co-ed division. 
In their individual weight divisions, Lexington had three first place finishers: Makenna Johnson, Alexis Nava and Justina Hoisington. Johnson was named as the Lifter of the Meet. 
Joana Castillo, Mallory Olmstead and Maria Zamora earned silver medalist honors for the girls squad. 
Sandra Adame and Gabriela Plazas were bronze medalists. 
On the boys side, Lexington had a pair of first place finishers with Gerardo Caldera and Freddy Lopez earning top honors. 
Earning silver medalist accolades were: John Howard, Mark Barrientos, Armando Guido, Luis Lam and Oracio Corona. 
Bring home the bronze medal for their efforts were: Fredy Velasquez, Kobe Lo, Jairo Alvarez, Jose Morelos and Rafael Hernandez. 
The Lexington athletes competed against lifters from Beatrice, Columbus Scotus, Southern Valley and Lincoln High School. 

Cozad, Gothenburg and Lexington Dig For Gold At John Higgins Invitational

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The John Higgins Wrestling Invitational hosted 16 teams competing for top honors and bragging rights on Saturday in Lexington.
Lincoln Southwest (157) won the team crown with host Lexington finishing as the runner-up (149.5), the Swedes of Gothenburg were sixth and the Cozad grapplers were 14th overall in the team standings. 
Swede Bryce Larson stepped into the spotlight as a weight division champion to lead the the Cardinal-clad grapplers. 
Gothenburg’s Bryce Larson won the gold medal at 126 lbs. by earning an 8-4 decision for the win over Kaden Wren of Scott City in the finals. To reach the championship match, Larson pinned Chayton Koch of Lincoln Southwest and recorded a technical fall win, 19-4 over Ben Garland of Beatrice at the 3:50 mark of their match.  
GOLD MEDAL CHAMPIONS
Bryce Brown (Hastings)106 lbs
Jayson Scott (North Platte)113 lbs
Trey Arellano (Sidney)120 lbs
Bryce Larson (Gothenburg)126 lbs
Connor Laux (Hastings)132 lbs
Jake Cluxton (Bennington)138 lbs
Josh Pokorny (Bennington)145 lbs
Derek Robb (Sidney)152 lbs
Wyatt Hayes (Scott City)160 lbs
Prestin Melroy (Holdrege)170 lbs
Justin Shaw (Lincoln Southwest)182 lbs
Jarrett Myers (Lincoln Southwest)195 lbs
Connor Clanton (Lincoln Southwest)220 lbs
Hunter Brenn (Holdrege)285 lbs
Scoring big points for the host Minutemen were a quartet of silver medalists that included Andy Rojas, Austin Probasco, Pierro Garcia and Jade Wurth. 
 In the medal round, Andy Rojas was dfeeated by major decision (11-2) by Hastings grappler Bryce Brown. Rojas was able to showcase his offensive mat skills in winning a technical fall (18-0) over Carson Richards of McCook and pinning Corben Linch of Gothenburg to reach the final round at 106 lbs. 
In a mat chess match, Austin Probasco was edged by Jake Cluxton of Bennington in the championships at 138 lbs. by the score of 3-1. Probasco worked his way to the final round by defeating Brody Raines of Sidney (8-6) and pinning Kanyon Eckard of Cozad. 
Having a ton of success on Saturdaty was Pierro Garcia at 160 lbs. as he finished second as a result of getting pinned by Wyatt Hayes of Scott City. To advance to the final round, Garcia defeated Jacob Pinkerton of Beatrice (10-3) and had an opening round pin of Dunncan Rogers of McCook. 
In a slugfest at 285 lbs., Jade Wurth was the runner-up to Hunter Brenn of Holdrege via pinfall. Wurth was able to showcase great mat presence to win a 1-0 decision over Jason Brunk of Bennington after he pinned Josh Callejas of Hastings in the opening round. 
Lexington got big points from the likes of Brady Fago (113), Trystan Berry (132) and Tomas Margritz (152) all finishing fourth overall. 
Riley Kopf (145) was fifth and Josh Duncan was sixth at 170 lbs. 
Coach Derek Hammerlun’s   Haymakers also profited with a pair of grapplers making the medal stand despite the outbreak of sickness at Cozad High School. 
Haymaker Zeke Derr was a pinning artist in the early rounds to then meet up with highly ranked Justin Shaw of Lincoln Southwest. Shaw was able to score the major decision (9-1) win over Derr, who took home the silver medalist honors. Derr pinned Zane Platte of Gothenburg and Beatrice’s Jason Stevens to reach the medal round. 
Flyweight Jace Russman used his strength to his advantage to earn fourth place honors at 120 lbs. Russman was forced to settle with fourth place as a result of the five-match limit being reached. After a first round win via major decision, Russman was defeated by Jacob Kubicka of Adams Central. Russman then won three straight matches to reach the consolation final round. 
Cozad’s Breckin Loftin (106), Cade Stott (195) and Robbie Fischer (220) were one win away from medaling. 
Along with Larson, there were eight Swedes that earned hardware at Lexington. 
Noah Gugleman scored big for Gothenburg with a bronze medal finish at 195 lbs. Gugleman was able to pin Kyle Sherwood of Scott City at the 2:45 mark of their consolation finals match. Noah reached the medal round as a result of a pin and a major decision. 
Wyatt Hotz (120) and Trevor Holley (113) finished fifth overall in their respective weight divisions. 
Taking home sixth place medals for Gothenburg were: Noah Larson (132), Kaihden Brown (145), Wyatt Anderson (152) and Zane Platter (182). 
HIGGINS INVITATIONAL
Team Standings
Lincoln Southwest 157; Lexington 149.5; Holdrege 143.5; Bennington 139; Scott City 119; Gothenburg 113.5; McCook 113; Hastings 109; Adams Central 95; Sidney 85.5; Beatrice 79.5; Bellvue West 67.5; North Platte 66; Cozad 48; Hershey 36. Holyoke 0. 
CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
--106 lbs: Bryce Brown (HAS) maj. dec. Andy Rojas (LX), 11-2.  
--113 lbs: Jayson Scott (NP) pinned Blayne Kile (HAS), 5:02. 
--120 lbs: Trey Arellano (SID) pinned Broc Hall (BEN), 3:57. 
--126 lbs: Bryce Larson (GOT) dec. Kaden Wren (SC), 13-1. 
--132 lbs: Connor Laux (HAS) dec. Devin Delancey (BEN), 3-0. 
--138 lbs: Jake Cluxton (BEN) dec. Austin Probasco (LX), 3-1. 
--145 lbs: Jos Pokorney (BEN) pinned Zach Hurlbert (HOL), 4:00. 
--152 lbs: Derek Robb (SID) maj. dec. Jarret Jurgens (SC), 8-0. 
--160 lbs: Wyatt Hayes (SC) pinned Pierro Garcia (LX), 1:46. 
--170 lbs: Preston Melroy dec. Braiden Ruffin (NP), 4-3. 
--182 lbs: Justin Shaw (LSW) maj. dec. Zeke Derr (CZ), 9-1. 
--195 lbs: Jarrett Myers (LSW) pinned Jaret Matson (MC), 6:00. 
--220 lbs: Connor Clanton (LSW) pinned Kaleb Taylor (MC), 3:17. 
--285 lbs: Hunter Brenn (HOL) pinned Jade Wurth (LX), 3:59. 
CONSOLATION FINAL RESULTS
--106 lbs: Carson Richards (MC) dec. Tanner York (BEA), rule. 
--113 lbs: Threon Tucker (SC) dec. Brady Fago (LX), 14-8. 
--120 lbs: Jacob Kubicka (AC) dec. Jace Russman (CZ), rule.  
--126 lbs: Nolan Barry (AC) dec. Joel Smith (HAS), 8-2. 
--132 lbs: Oscar Baird (BW) tech fall Trystan Berry (LX), 18-2.  
--138 lbs: Tyler Johnston (HOL) pinned Alec Manzano (NP), 4:25.
--145 lbs: Noalan Koehler (BW) pinned Jacob Mackley (HER), 4:59. 
--152 lbs: Logan MacDonald (BEN) dec. Tomas Margritz (LX), 9-8. 
--160 lbs: Jacob Pinkerton (BEA) dec. Tyler Carstens (LSW), 5-2. 
--170 lbs: Damen Pape (HAS) dec. Corey Brown (AC), 6-0. 
--182 lbs: Chaten Edgren (HOL) pinned Logan Vrbas (MC), 2:12.  
--195 lbs: Noah Gugelman (GOT) pinned Kyle Sherwood (SC), 2:45. 
--220 lbs: Bronson Titus (HOL) dec. Bryan McGahan (HER), 10-3.
--285 lbs: Zach Wioskowski (AC) pinned Colin Giron (MC) 1:43. 

Lexington Battles With Rival Cozad In Hoops Double-Dip

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Living up to the hype, the Highway 30 rivalry renewal was as good as advertised as host Cozad battled Lexington in a girls/boys hoops doubleheader on Thursday evening.  
The Lady Haymakers were able to cash in on their opportunities down the stretch to score the 42-36 victory over the Minutemaids as a result of a strong 12-1 fourth quarter. 
Cozad was able to soar ahead in the early going with a 19-13 lead at the end of the first quarter of play. 
 Lexington was able to turn the tides by outscoring the host Lady Haymakers, 11-6 during the second quarter to enter the halftime break, trailing by just one point, 25-24 to Cozad. 
The Maids continued to flourish in the third quarter, as they took a 35-30 lead before the horn sounded on the period. 
During the final eight minutes, Cozad outscored Lexington 12-1 to net the 42-36 victory. 
Sarah Yocom led the Lady Haymakers with a double-double of 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. 
Hanna Wright dropped in seven for the Lady Haymakers. 
Courtney Hanson led Lex with 14 points and five caroms. 
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Lexington 13 11 11 1  -36
Cozad      19  6   5 12 -42
Cozad: Sarah Yocom 21, Hanna Wright 7, Ellie Stallbaumer 6, Kennedy Berreckman 5 Alyssa Schneider 3. 
Lexington: Courtney Hanson 14, Lili Fattig 8, Ashley Alumit 8, Brylee Lauby 6. 
In the second half of the doubleheader, Lexington defeated Cozad, 66-41. 
The score was knotted at 15-15 at the end of the first quarter and it was the Minutemen that broke free to lead 35-28 at the halftime break. 
Continuing to flourish on offense, Lexington fast breaked for 22 points in the third quarter to extend their lead to 57-36. 
The Minutemen were able to grind out the clock and earn the 66-41 victory over Cozad. 
Jake Leger led all scorers with 15 points for Lexington. 
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Lexington 15 20 22 9 -66
Cozad      15 13  8  5 -41
Cozad: Trestian Siemering 12, Blaine Emerson 12, Nate Neil 7, Dillon Geiser 6, Kyle German 3, Toby Salazar 1. 
Lexington: Jake Leger 15, Dylan Richman 12, Andrew Saiz 10, Hunter Kiburz 10, Jonas Martin 7, Nick Saiz 5, Easton Young 5, Alan Zamarippa 2. 

Achieving Elite Status

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Cozad & Gothenburg Win Opening Round SWC Tourney Hoops Contests

Getting off to a great start is a promising position for both the Cozad and Gothenburg girls and boys hoops teams as they advanced to the final four in the Southwest Conference (SWC) Tournament on Monday. 
In the Lady Haymakers contest with McCook, the Cozad cagers finished strong with 16 points in the fourth quarter to earn a hard-fought, 42-35 victory. 
Cozad led early 11-4 at the end of the first quarter that turned into a 18-15 lead at halftime. 
The deficit didn’t change during the third quarter as both teams scored eight points. 
During the fourth quarter, Cozad netted 16 points to score the 42-35 victory. 
Sarah Yocom had a dynamite game with 28 points and eight rebounds. 
In the Lady Swedes opener, they dispatched Broken Bow, 44-35. 
Behind a big scoring second half, the Gothenburg hoopsters turned a 14 -6 halftime lead into a momentum turning 35-20 lead by the end of the third quarter of play. 
Gothenburg was able to net nine points to polish off the  44-35 victory. 
Gracie Stienike had a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. 
The Gothenburg boys scored early and often to cruist to a 74-27 win over Valentine. 
The Swedes led by the sweet sound of 27-11 at the end of the first quarter and never looked back as they led 48-16 at the halftime break. 
Gothenburg was able to gain valuable playing time for numerous players to score the 74-27 victory over Valentine. 
The Haymaker boys were able to play with gumption and scored a 61-54 victory over Minden. 
Cozad led 16-12 at the end of the first quarter and 34-23 entering halftime. 
The Haymakers were able to weather the scoring stormduring the second half to earn the 61-54 win over Minden. 
Trestian Siemering led the Haymakers with 21 points. 

TRIBUNE-Area Sports Rewind:

FIVE YEARS AGO
(2007)
Senior guard Sydney Seberger was a catalyst for the Minutemaids to blast past Adams Central, 54-29 on the hardwood. Seberger scored a game-high 24 points and ripped down 11 rebounds with 10 of those caroms coming on the offensive end. 
Going on the offensive in a big way, Travis Hodgson led the Pirates past highway 23 rival, Eustis/Farnam 93-51. The Elwood cagers combined to shoot 65 percent from the field to the Knights 41 percent outing. Hodgson finished the contest with 38 points, five steals and five assists. Swingman Jon Weber contributed greatly with 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Pirates. Dustin Koch and Jordan Wetovick led the offensive attack for the Knights with 17 and 15 points. 
10 YEARS AGO
(2007)
Defense was the key in Lexington’s 46-31 win over GNAC-foe McCook in boys basketball action. Lexington built an early lead of 13-2 by the end of the first eight minutes of play and never looked back. The Minutemen dominated on the boards with a 42-29 edge. Lex Forward Ryan Gruntorad led the charge for the Orange and Black with 14 points.  Being a force in the paint, Joe Berke just missed on a double-double with nine points and ten rebounds. 
Getting into a groove and going ballistic, Elwood’s Bryson Mahlberg had an elite night on the hardwood in propelling the Pirates to a 87-61 victory over FKC-foe Amherst.  Elwood controlled the contest from the opening tip, as the Pirates blasted out to a 24-12 lead in the first quarter and cruised for the remaining three quarters of play.  Mahlberg posted a double-double of 34 points and 16 rebounds. 
15 YEARS AGO
(2002)
Minuteman sharpshooter Jake Harvey hit a 3-pointer from the corner with five seconds left to lift the Lexington hoopsters to a 59-57 win over McCook. Scott Straka flexed the net for 19 points and Harvey chipped with 14 points for the victors.
Against a loaded field of grapplers, Cozad scored an impressive win in the Ainsworth Invitational. The Haymakers racked up 173.5 points to win the team crown. Cozad finished with four individual champions which included Zach Edwards, Andrew Chrisinger, Justin Kinnan and Jordan Kinnan. Cody Banzhaf placed second at 152 pounds. 
20 YEARS AGO
(1997)
Swede grapplers Josh Bowers and J. P. Thomalla emerged as individual champions in defended their home mat at the Gothenburg Dual Wrestling Invite. Bowers won gold in the 119-pound class and J. P. Thomalla was the best in the 152-pound division. Curtis Adkins (215 lbs) and Quincy Hallsted (145) claimed second and third place medals for Gothenburg. 
Gothenburg hoopsters were on cue, in wining a girls/boys doubleheader over Sidney. Coach Jim LaMaster’s boys won, 78-53, and the Lady Swedes extended their winning streak to 11 games with an dominating 83-53 victory. Senior Kurt Stevens paced the attack with 18 points. Josh Handlin, Matt Pramberg and Jeff Ellis chipped in with 16, 14 and 12 points, respectively.
25 YEARS AGO
(1992)
With both teams ranked in the top five in Class B, the Cozad versus Lexington hoops contest had the potential to be one of the best of the season in Nebraska. The Minutemen were up to the challenge and with stellar defense, shut down the Haymaker offense to earn a 74-51 victory. Spearheading the attack for the orange and black was Dan Neil who scored a team-high 21 points. Chad Jaeger and Scott Reynolds each scored 15 for Lexington. Brendan Holbein had an elite night on the hardwood scoring a game-high 26 points for the Haymakers. 
The Gothenburg scouting report was right on the money, in trumping every move that Lady Haymakers made. As a result, the effort by the Lady Swedes was rewarded with a 69-60 victory. Amy Jensen led Gothenburg with a monsterous  game, posting a double-double of 22 points and 20 rebounds. 
The Swedes were all playing with gumption as  Melissa McCoy, Kara Fecht and Danie Frerichs chipped in with 14, 13 and 11 points, respectively. 
30 YEARS AGO
(1987)
It was the Tim O’Brien show in Arapahoe as the St. Ann Knights defeated the Warriors, 76-67 in a non-conference hoops contest. O’Brien scored 43 points, for a new school record. O’Brien netted 14 field goals hit nothing but the bottom of the net on 15-of-17 free throw attempts.
The Cozad boys basketball team posted a big, 61-55 win over visiting Grand Island Central Catholic. Ken Terry led the Haymakers with 21 points and eight rebounds. Tim Cass and Chad Swanson had notable shooting efforts, as they scored 14 and 10 points for the Red and Black.

Nebraska State High School Cheer & Dance Will Be Held February 17-18th

The 10th annual Nebraska State High School Cheer & Dance Championships will take place at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island on Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18. Nearly 2,100 athletes from across the state will showcase their athletic skills in both cheerleading and dance performances in eight total categories.17-18
Classes A & B will perform on Friday, while Classes C1, C2 and D will compete on Saturday.
A detailed schedule of the performances will be posted by February 1 at www.ncacoach.org/cheerdance.php
Championship results will also be posted at the same location at the conclusion of each day’s overall competition.
The gates at Heartland Events Center will open to the public at 8:00 am each day with performances starting at 9:00 am. This annual event not only serves as a championship platform for high school student- athletes, but also serves as a significant fundraising event for the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame located in Lincoln. Daily admission is $8 for adults and $6 for students K-12. Pre-K and younger are free.

Lexington's Yerg Wins In Football Fever Contest

Darrell Yerg of Lexington took home the grand prize in the Tri-City TRIBUNE Football Fever Prediction contest.
Yerg’s name was randomly selected as the recipient of the $100 grand prize. 
Yerg was one of many that entered their name into the drawing by winning one of the weekly contests. 
Along with Yerg, Don Fox, Charles Bean, Andy Wichelt, Jack Robison, Jody Rhoadarmer, Ethel Fox, Lee Gerken and Eric Salleng were in the running for the grand prize. 
You will have a chance to win big as well, if you enter The Football Fever contest that will start back up in August. 

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
(2012)
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
(2007)
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
(2002)
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
(1997)
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
(1992)
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
(1987)
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.

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