Haymakers Edge Swedes In Hoops Thriller Thursday
In one of the most anticipated contests thus far in the season, every point mattered as Gothenburg and host Cozad went toe-to-toe in a Southwest Conference (SWC) showdown on the hardwood on Thursday at the Barn in front of a large raucous crowd.
The host Haymakers were able to hold court and score a 40-38 victory over the Swedes in the lone matchup of the regular season scheduled between the two rival teams.
Cozad was able to get off to a quick start and hold a 6-0 lead at the 5:07 mark of the first quarter of play. By the time there was just one minute remaining in the period, the Gothenburg offense was able to complete a 10-4 scoring run to knot the score at 10-10. The Swedes weren’t done either, as they netted the final four points of the period to make the score 14-10 in their favor at the end of the first quarter.
For much of the second stanza, the Swede and Haymaker shooters simmered from their first period hot streaks, and the momentum swayed in the balance. Gothenburg held a 20-17 lead at the 1:30 mark of the period. The slight cushion on the scoreboard was erased by a 5-1 scoring run over the final moments of the period that garnered the host Haymakers a 22-21 lead as they stormed off the court to the halftime break.
Starting off the second half as they did after the opening tip-off, Cozad scored five straight points to increase their lead to 27-21 with 6:18 left in the third quarter. Over the next two minutes, Gothenburg found the fire to four straight points to make the score 27-25 near the halfway point of the period. Cozad was able to connect on a pair of shot attempts to increase their lead back to five-points, where it would remain, 32-27 at the end of the third quarter of play.
With their backs against the wall, the Gothenburg squad mixed suffocating defense with timely scoring to make it a one possession contest, 34-31 with 3:22 left to play in regulation. For much of the final minute of play, Cozad was able to produce at the charity stripe to keep the Swedes at bay, especially at 38-33 with just 0:16 seconds left. Keeping their eye on the prize, Gothenburg closed the gap on a 5-1 scoring surge to make the score 39-38 with just 10 seconds remaining. Cozad was able to connect at the free throw line and in their last seconds, the Swedes magic shooting touch wasn’t able to flex the net before time expired. The Haymakers held on to get the 40-38 win over rival Gothenburg.
From the field, Gothenburg shot 33 percent from the field compared to the Haymakers 28 percent effort. At the charity stripe, Cozad connected on 67 percent of their attempts and the Swedes sank just 44 percent of their attempts. Cozad had a 32-24 rebounding edge over the Swedes as well.
Cozad Senior Conor Young had a double-double effort of 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Jason Finnegan and Andrew Sayer both contributed greatly with eight and six points for the Red and Black.
Leading the way for Gothenburg was Tanner Borchardt with 12 points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots.
On the wing, Collin Hahn and Dawson Graham dropped in nine points apiece for the Swedes.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Gothenburg 14 7 6 11 38
Cozad 10 12 10 8 40
Gothenburg: Tanner Borchardt 12, Dawson Graham 9, Collin Hahn 9, Jacob Clark 4, Riley Ostendorf 4.
Cozad: Conor Young 16, Jason Finnegan 8, Andrew Sayer 6, Colin Wetovick 4, Chase Dugan 2, Austin Turek 2, Jordan Henry 2.
COMING DOWN STRONG with the rebound is Haymaker Andrew Sayer (center) while drawing the attention of Gothenburg’s Connor Schwanz (left) and Tanner Borchardt on Thursday.
Lex, GBurg Wrestle With The Best At East/West Challenge
There were wrestling squads that came from far and wide to take part in the annual East/ West Challenge that featured standout matmen competing for accolades on Friday afternoon.
The mighty Omaha Skutt grapplers finished with an unblemished 5-0 record in the dual-formatted event.
Lexington finished with an overall record of 3-2, with wins coming over Crete 54-21; Aurora 41-24 and Chadron 48-27 in the final round. The Minutemen were defeated by Omaha Skutt 52-18 and Northwest 36-33.
Gothenburg put up a valiant effort with a youthful group of grapplers. The Swedes best effort of the day was in the final round when they defeated Gering 55-16. Gothenburg nearly scored a second win of the day before falling to Crete 45-36.
Lexington measured up quite well at numerous weight divisions with the best from the East and the West. Minutemen Dakota Hernandez (160 lbs) and Josue Ayala (220 lbs) both finished with unblemished 5-0 records. Hernandez had a pair of major decisions and a technical fall to his credit. Ayala had a pair of pins on the day.
The quartet of Austin Probasco (120 lbs), Alex DeSantiago (126 lbs), Rodrigo DeLa Torre (138 lbs) and Moises Garcia (152 lbs) all finished the day with 4-1 overall records. Probasco and DeLa Torre both scored three of their wins by pinfall. DeLa Torre also had a major decision win. Moises Garcia had a pin and major decision for two of his wins. Alex DeSantiago could be called ‘Mr. Excitement’ for winning his four matches by a combined 10 points.
Picking up big wins for the Orange and Black during the dual-formated Challenge were Andy Rojas (106 lbs); Gerardo Caldera (113 lbs); Tomas Margritz (132 lbs); Ethan Woehrle (170 lbs); Armando Pinedo (182 lbs); Oscar Ramirez (195 lbs) and Everardo Corona (285 lbs).
The Gothenburg Swede grapplers were led by the efforts of Noah Larson (106 lbs); Bryce Larson (120 lbs); Austin Kort (138 lbs) and Jayden Miller (152 lbs), as the foursome all finished with 4-1 overall records during the Challenge. Noah Larson had a pair of pins and major decisions. Bryce Larson got the pin for the win four-fold. Jayden Miller had a trio of pinfalls to his credit. Austin Kort scored a pair of pins in his matches.
The trio of Tyler Alvarez (126 lbs); Kaihden Dorsey (132 lbs) and Pat Hudson (170/182 lbs) all finished with two notches in the win column. Alvarez and Dorsey earned their wins via pinfalls.
The Swedes Trevor Holley (113 lbs); Wyatt Anderson (145 lbs); Patrick Peterson (160 lbs); Noah Gugleman (182/195 lbs) and Darin Colson (220 lbs) all picked-up wins for valuable points for Gothenburg.
Overall Team Results
Omaha Skutt (5-0); Northwest (4-1); Lexington (3-2); Aurora (3-2); Chadron (2-3); Crete (2-3); Gothenburg (1-4); Gering (0-5).
First round results
Omaha Skutt 66 - Gothenburg 13
Lexington 54 - Crete 21
Northwest 69 - Gering 12
Chadron 45 - Aurora 36
SECOND ROUND RESULTS
Aurora 53 - Gothenburg 17
Omaha Skutt 52 - Lexington 18
Crete 46 - Gering 30
Northwest 54 - Chadron 18
THIRD ROUND RESULTS
Northwest 57 - Gothenburg 19
Lexington 41 - Aurora 24
Omaha Skutt 60 - Gering 18
Chadron 44 - Crete 36
FOURTH ROUND RESULTS
Crete 45 - Gothenburg 36
Northwest 36 - Lexington 33
Aurora 56 - Gering 19
Omaha Skutt 59 - Chadron 15
FIFTH ROUND FINAL RESULTS
Omaha Skutt 39 - Northwest 33
Aurora 40 - Crete 33
Lexington 48 - Chadron 27
Gothenburg 55 - Gering 16
APPLYING HEAVY pressure is Gothenburg flyweight Noah Larson (top) against Northwest grappler Bryan Haines at 106 lbs., on Friday afternoon in Lexington.
SPORTS REWIND: A look back at 30-years from the TRIBUNE files
5 YEARS AGO
Gothenburg’s sharpshooting was the formula for success as the Lady Swedes surged past Cozad 38-28 in girls SWC basketball action. Cozad led 10-2 in the early going, before the Lady Swedes started clicking on offense, as they outscored the Haymakers 16-6 during the second period to make the score 18-16 at the halftime break. Cozad was able to regain the lead during the third period as they out-scored Gothenburg 10-3 to give the Red and Black a 26-21 lead with just one quarter remaining. During the final eight minutes of hoops action, Gothenburg put together their strongest quarter on a 17-2 scoring surge to earn the ten-point, 38-28 win. Senior Emily Max led the Lady Swedes with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds along with six steals and three blocked shots. Guards Ali Abramson and Kira Peterson flexed the net for nine points apiece for Gothenburg. Cozad was led by Kendra Harbison with 11 points.
10 YEARS AGO
Cozad delivered a dominating performance on the mat, in accumulating 198 points and winning the team championship at the Ainsworth Invitational. The Haymakers notched medals in 12 weight classes. Five Cozad grapplers won gold in Ainsworth; Micah Chrisinger (112 lbs), Joel Pflaster (125), Kyle Banzhaf (140), Tyler Sturgeon (145) and Cale Osborn (189) were the Haymaker champions.
It took overtime for the Gothenburg Swedes to defeat Broken Bow 79-77 for the boys SWC tournament championship.Dustin Walker connected for 17 points to lead the Gothenburg scoring contingency.
A consistent scoring attack by the Lady Swedes earned them a victory over Broken Bow 45-42 and the honors of being the SWC girls tournament champions.
Guard Kaitlyn Peterson scored a team-high 12 points, but team scoring balance paid dividends with six over Gothen-burg players scoring.
15 YEARS AGO
Cozad’s boys won the Southwest Conference basketball tournament championship in thrilling fashion over Ogallala 55-52. Jason Ritterbush scored a team-high 20 points to lead the attack for the Haymakers.
The Haymakers took the bite out of the Dawgs in downing Minden 38-30 in a SWC wrestling dual. Getting their hands raised from Cozad was Jeff Coenen (103 lbs), cody Banzhaf (112), Chris Hunke (119), Ben Koch (125), Justin Kinnan (130), Jordan Kinnan (135), Riley Russman (140), Clint Maaske (160), James Treacle (171) and Dustin Helmuth (189).
20 YEARS AGO
Gothenburg’s girls picked up their 12th win of the season in a 10-point victory over Cozad, 47-37. Hallie Stevens was the top scorer for the Swedes, she hit the nets for 16 points. Shooter Jaime LaBrayere paced the Lady Haymakers with 10 points.
A superb performance by Gothenburg surprised the Dusters 79-66 in boys basket-ball.
Jeff Lake and Luke Rickertsen both totalled 20 points for the Swedes in upsetting the favored SWC champions from Holdrege.
Eustis/Farnam raced past the Wildcats of Maxwell 45-24 in a CPC girls basketball game. Topping the well-balanced E/F attack was Niccole Kotschwar, she finished the contest with eight points. Six points each were delivered for the winners by Corrine Edson, Kristine Hueftle, Kacy Taylor and Michelle Davis.
25 YEARS AGO
With just three-seconds left in overtime, Roman Wind-rum calmly lofted a pair of free throws that propelled Gothenburg to a 66-63 win over McCook in boys cager action.
Lexington parlayed a stringent defense with bench scoring to claim a 78-57 boys basketball victory over the Haymakers. Mark Hock, Kurt Weeder and Morgan Ford scored 18, 16 and 15 points respectively to lead the Minutemen in scoring. Brendan Holbein netted 21 points for Cozad.
30 YEARS AGO
The Lady Haymakers kept their Southwest Conference girls basketball record perfect (3-0) with a 51-29 victory over Minden. Jill Fox scored 15 points to lead the Cozad scoring assault.
Gothenburg got revenge in a boys cager contest against Lexington, 55-49. Monte Kratzenstein and Bump Novacek sparked the Swede scorers with 19 and 14 points. Matt Neill and John Richman contributed 15 and 11 points for Lexington.
Minden, the top ranked Class ‘B’ team in the state, toppled Cozad, 69-49. Despite the loss, Rick Krushensky and Bill Vollenwieder scored 15 and 11 points for the Haymakers.
Cozad Hoopsters Defeat Lady Swedes In Defensive Showdown
Timely scoring and stingy defense were the name of the game, as Gothenburg and host Cozad battled on the hardwood in a Southwest Conference (SWC) girls thriller on Thursday evening. When all the smoke cleared, Cozad netted a 34-30 victory over Gothenburg.
Starting off clicking on all-cylinders, the Lady Haymakers led 6-0 at the 5:03 mark of the first quarter of play. Over the next three minutes, Gothenburg was able to put together their own scoring run that netted a 6-6 tie with 2:59 remaining in the opening quarter. The contest was tied at 9-9 at the end of the initial eight minutes of play.
The score continued to remain close during the second stanza, as the momentum swayed in the wind. Gothenburg was able to not just stay close on the scoreboard, but advance into the lead 15-12 with less than a minute remaining before the halftime break. In the waning moments of the quarter, Cozad was able to snare the two-point lead, 17-15 at the intermission.
Going on the offensive during the third quarter, the Lady Haymakers were able storm ahead on a 9-4 scoring run to lead 26-19 with 2:50 remaining in the period. Gothenburg was able to close the quarter on an 8-5 scoring run to close the gap to the tune of 31-27 with just eight minutes remaining in regulation.
Throughout the fourth quarter, scoring was at a premium as both defenses stood strong. Gothenburg was able to outscore Cozad 6-3 down the stretch, but it wasn’t enough for the Lady Swedes to overcome the deficit. The Lady Haymakers scored the 34-30 victory over Gothenburg when all the smoke cleared.
Cozad was led by the scoring efforts of Sarah Yocom with 12 points. Yocom also had five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Posting a double-double for the Lady Haymakers was Alec Geiger with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Leading the way for the Lady Swedes was Mady Vogel with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
The Gothenburg duo of Gracie Steinike and Kim Whiting contributed greatly with eight and seven points, respectively.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Gothenburg 9 6 9 6 30
Cozad 9 8 14 3 34
Gothenburg: Mady Vogel 13, Gracie Steinike 8, Kim Whiting 7, McKenna Peterson 2.
Cozad: Sarah Yocom 12, Alec Geiger 10, Becca Etherton 6, Sadie Rush 3, Emily Reyes 3.
LOOKING FOR an opening is Gothenburg guard McKenna Peterson (right) as she is defended by Lady Haymaker Sarah Yocom during a pressing moment in the fourth quarter.
Maids Edged In Thrilling Hoops Contest With Sidney
In a match-up that was as good as advertised, the Minutemaids went toe-to-toe with the highly touted Red Raiders of Sidney in a hardwood showdown on Saturday afternoon in Lexington.
The Orange and Black put forth a valiant effort but they weren’t able to unseat Sidney from escaping with the 47-43 victory.
In the early going of the first quarter of play, the game was close on the scoreboard, until Sidney was able to score the final four points of the first period to push ahead 11-7 entering the second stanza.
During the early moments of the second quarter, the Red Raiders were able to inch away on the scoreboard on a 5-2 scoring surge that gave Sidney a 17-11 lead with 5:46 to play in the first half. Lexington finished the period with a fury of scoring opportunities that flexed the net on a 6-1 scoring run that pulled the Minutemaids to within one-point, 18-17 with three minutes remaining in the second quarter. Doing their best to hold onto their lead, Sidney tried to run off and hide again, this time on a 9-2 scoring run to close out the first half of play with a 27-19 lead.
Knowing that they needed to dent the deficit, the Lexington sharpshooters started firing away during the third quarter. Their efforts offensively along with stingy defense allowed for the Minutemaids to outscore Sidney 10-5 during the third quarter and trail by just three-points, 32-29 with one quarter remaining in regulation.
Keeping to their full court defense, the Minutemaids mixed in transition scoring chances to not only tie the score at 32-32 with 7:26 left in regulation, but take the lead 36-32 just two minutes later.
Lexington continued to hold the edge on the scoreboard with a 39-36 lead at the 3:14 mark of the fourth quarter. Soon thereafter, Sidney was able to dial long distance with a trifecta that scored the lead, 41-39 for the Red Raiders with 2:51 remaining.
The Sidney sharpshooters were able to flex the net down the stretch from the charity stripe as well as the field to escape with the 47-43 victory.
Lexington was led by the scoring efforts of Hannah Ostrom with 26 points to go along with her six rebounds.
Ellie Rowe had a solid all-around game with four points, four rebounds and a trio of steals.
Lili Fattig, Blaire Edeal and Kaelyn Pack all chipped in with four points apiece for Lexington.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Sidney 11 16 5 15 47
Lexington 7 12 10 14 43
Lexington: Hannah Ostrom 26, Lili Fattig 4, Ellie Rowe 4, Blaire Edeal 4, Kaelyn Pack 4, Lupita Garcia 1.
ATTACKING THE HEART of the defense is Maid guard Ellie Rowe (center) as he jump stops to attempt a short jumper in the waning moments of regulation over Sidney defenders Savanna Rosenbaum (43) and Abby Heller on Saturday.
Lexington Battles With Red Raiders In Offensive Shootout
Anybody starving for offense wasn’t disappointed in the hardwood shootout between Sidney and host Lexington on Saturday afternoon.
The Red Raiders exploded offensively to the tune of 50 percent shooting to earn an 80-64 win over Lexington.
Scoring in bunches, the Sidney cagers stormed the court for a 12-4 scoring run over the first six minutes of the contest In the final two minutes of the first quarter, the Red Raiders finished strong to the tune of a 17-6 lead at the end of the first period.
By the midway point of the second stanza, Sidney broke their way to a 28-10 lead. During the final minutes of the first half of play, Lexington was able to rally on the offensive end to cut into the deficit to trail by just 15-points, 40-25 at the intermission.
During the third quarter the flexing of the nets was scorching hot, as both Sidney and Lexington netted 26 points apiece. The Minutemen entered the final quarter of play, chasing a 66-51 deficit with just eight minutes left in regulation.
With their backs against the wall, the Lexington shooters started firing away from deep. Their effort was applauded in the early going as the Minutemen cut the lead down to just 12-points, 66-54 with 7:07 left in the fourth quarter.
Throughout the fourth quarter, the Sidney shooters were able to prosper each time that Lexington was able to put together a scoring run to dent the deficit.
The Red Raiders were able to hold ship and hit enough shots down the stretch to cruise to the 80-64 win over the host Minutemen.
Lexington shot 42 percent from the field to the red-hot shooting of the Red Raiders at 50 percent. Sidney was 21-of-36 from the charity stripe as well, where as Lexington was 9-of-13 for 69 percent.
Lexington’s Trevor McKeone was ‘In the Zone’ as he netted a game-high 26 points to go along with eight rebounds and six assists.
Minutemen sparkplug Seth Soderlund netted 20 points and snared six caroms to provided a needed punch for the Orange and Black.
In the paint, Kolin Kenton contributed greatly with eight points and five rebounds.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Sidney 17 23 26 14 80
Lexington 6 19 26 13 64
Lexington: Trevor McKeone 26, Seth Soderlund 20, Kolin Kenton 8, Willy Mendoza 3, Andrew Saiz 3, Jade Fagot 2, Clay Hernandez 2.
SLICING THROUGH defenders is Lexington’s Willy Mendoza (11) as he splits through Red Raiders Lane Harvey (11) and Cutter O’Connell during the second quarter.
SPINNING AWAY from the defense is Cozad Senior guard Colin Wetovick (10) as he is guarded by Swede defender Connor Schwanz during the first quarter on Thursday night.
Lexington Matmen Defeat Haymakers On Thursday Night
Renewed rivalries always bring out the best, especially on the mat for the Haymakers that visited the Minutemen in a Wrestling dual showdown on Thursday. With the use of open weight classes, the Lexington grapplers defended their home turf to earn a 51-18 win over Cozad.
Lexington’s Armando Pinedo earned a 7-4 win over Wyatt Schutte of Cozad to start off the mat action at 182 lbs.
The efforts of Oscar Ramirez and Josue Ayala both earned pins at 195 and 220 lbs., respectively, to move the Lexington lead on the scoreboard to 15-0. Ramirez pinned Hank Gibbens of Cozad and Ayala pinned Haymaker Gunar Pollat.
Everardo Corona pushed the Minutemen lead to 21-0 with a bye at 285 lbs., before Cozad’s Chandler Brock was able to score an 8-2 win over Andy Rojas of Lexington at 106 lbs to make the score 21-3.
After a Jose Orantes bye for Lexington at 113 lbs., Austin Probasco pinned Luke Gengenbach of Cozad at the 1:53 mark of their showdown at 120 lbs., to push the Lexington lead to 39-3 with the help of an Alex DeSantiago bye for Lexington at 126 lbs.
Action was heated at 132 lbs., as Tomas Margritz scored the pin for the Minutemen against Nathan Smock at the 0:45 mark of their match.
Cozad was able to shut down the Lexington scoring rally when Cameron Griffis scored a 7-4 win over Rodrigo DeLa Torre of Lexington at 138 lbs., to make the score 45-6.
Building on the success, Haymaker Brandon Koch was victorious 9-7 in an offensive showcase over Javier Rivas of Lexington at 145 lbs.
In one of the highlighted matches of the night, Cozad Senior Brian Messersmith earned a 1-0 win over Moises Garcia of Lexington at 152 lbs., to make the team score 45-12.
Earning big points the easy way, Dakota Hernandez of Lexington had a bye round at 160 lbs. for the Orange and Black.
Cozad was able to close the gap on the scoreboard in the way of a pin to finish off the mat showdown when Zeke Derr stuck the shoulders of Ethan Woehrle of Lexington at the 1:09 mark of their 170 lb. matchup to make the final score 51-18.
--182 lbs: Armando Pinedo (LEX) dec. Wyatt Schutte (COZ), 7-4.
--195 lbs: Oscar Ramirez (LEX) pinned Hank Gibbens (COZ), 1:16.
--220 lbs: Josue Ayala (LEX) pinned Gunar Pollat (COZ), 1:20.
--285 lbs: Everardo Corona (LEX) bye.
--106 lbs: Chandler Brock (COZ) dec. Andy Rojas (LEX), 8-2.
-113 lbs: Jose Orantes (LEX) bye.
--120 lbs: Austin Probasco (LEX) pinned Luke Gengenbach (COZ), 1:53.
--126 lbs: Alex DeSantiago (LEX) bye.
--132 lbs: Tomas Margritz (LEX) pinned Nathan Smock (COZ), 0:45.
--138 lbs: Cameron Griffis (COZ) dec. Rodrigo DeLa Torre (LEX), 7-4.
--145 lbs: Brandon Koch (COZ) dec. Javier Rivas (LEX), 9-7.
--152 lbs: Brian Messersmith (COZ) dec. Moises Garcia (LEX), 1-0.
--160 lbs: Dakota Hernandez (LEX) bye.
--170 lbs: Zeke Derr (COZ) pinned Ethan Woehrle (LEX), 1:09.
LOCKED UP and looking to gain the upper hand are Cameron Griffis (top) of Cozad and Minutemen grappler Rodrigo DeLa Torre during a heated battle at 138 lbs. on Thursday evening at Lexington.