Cozad High Set To Host Wrestling Invitational
Cozad High School is getting the winter sports season started in teh right way by hosting the Cozad Wrestling Invitational on Saturday, December 5th.
There will be 14 teams that will bring their grapplers to compete for top honors in both a junior varsity and varsity tournaments. Teams that will make the trek to Cozad for the Invitational are Adams Central, Alliance, Aurora, Chadron, Gering, Gothenburg, Lexington, McCook, Ogallala, Plattsmouth, Seward, Sidney, Wahoo will all join the host Haymakers.
The wrestling action starts promptly at 9:30 a.m. for the junior varsity matches in the wellness center and 9:30 a.m. for the varsity brackets in the Barn. Team Championship and runner-up hardware along with medals for the top six individual finishers in each class will be awarded.
No coolers will be allowed in the high school gymnasium or the Wellness Center. Teams and fans are asked to keep coolers in their locker area or the hall by their locker. Fans need to keep coolers in the commons area.
If you are unable to attend the meet and wish to follow the action online, trackwrestling.com will be used during the event to provide up-to-the-minute results for anybody with internet access.
Minutemen Hoopsters Optmistic In 2016-2017
Blessed with three returning starters and four returning lettermen gives first year Minutemen Head Coach Jonah Bradley a sense of excitement for the upcoming 2016-2017 season on the hardwood.
“We are young and lack height, however we have speed and the ability to shoot the basketball. We have some newcomvers that will have the opportunity to contribute,” explained Lexington Head Coach Jonah Bradley.
The Lexington athleticism and speed will be used wisely on both ends of the floor to creat the best opportunities to be successfu
The Minutemen return a trio of guards that have done a tremendous job of distribution the ball to the open man and the hot hand during the past season.
Andrew Saiz only stands 5’10” but there are many moments during the past seasons that he plays bigger than life and is lethal from beyond the arc. Saiz can get on a scoring run and change the momentum and course of the game in a heartbeat. Saiz has the tenacity as well to attack the basket as well.
Junior Easton Young has been a varsity guard throughout his high school career. Young has the potenntial to also ‘heat up’ from the field while shooting the ball. Just like Saiz, if Young starts heating up the Orange and Black will have to feed the shooter and rave reviews will result.
Doing his best to manage the game as well as score when he is needed is Kobe Block. Block was in the starting lineup as a freshman until injuries sidelined the standout. Block has the ability to just slow down and process the situations happening in front of him with actually slowing down and looking. Block has done the work in the offseason that has improved his shot as well as contiuing to polish his overall skills. Kobe Blocks improvements from freshman to sophomore year will for sure be noticeable by fans in the stands.
Doing his best to make everybody around him better, Jake Leger is always keeping his eyes up and down the court in hopes of finding a streaking teammate to convert the lay-up or high percentage scoring opportunitie. Leger also has the athleticism to attack the rim and finish or dump off the pass for an open shot from one of many of the his fellow Minutemen that are just chomping at the bit for an open look at the basket.
Helping out in the paint for the Minutemen will be Jonah Martin. Martin has the ability to stray away from the paint and has the range to make the defense pay from beyond the three-point arc.
Hunter Kiburz and Nick Saiz will see their roles continue to expand as they gain valuable experience on the hardwood.
Five Returning Letterwinners To Lead Minutemaids
There will be a youthful and exuberant contingency of hoopsters that don the threads of the Minutemaids during the 2016-2017 hoops campaign under new head coach Hailey Mandelko.
The Minutemaisds return five letterwinners and all five letterwinners have spent time in the starting lineup during past seasons.
The Minutemaids have a ton of athleticism that will allow for the Orange and Black to do their best of controlling the tempo of the contests.
Senior Blaire Edeal brings great speed and a competitive nature to the hardwood that will allow her to be a fierce shutdown defender. Edeal has the potential to be a standout on the offensive end if she is allowed to gain some momentum and confidence in her shot then she is a tough cookie to stop for defenders.
Senior Lili Fattig has the size and strength to play in the paint and the quickness and sharpshooting ability to prosper on the wing as well. Lili has a great touch around the hoop in the paint and numerous times this past season found the offensive rebound land right in her hands where she returned it to sender for an easy two points. Fattig potentially will be crucuial to the success of the Minutemaids because of her inside presence.
Junior Brylee Lauby has seen her chances where she is shooting the ‘lights out’ and regardless of who is guarding her or what defense is being played, she reaches that ‘Zone’. Lauby as an upperclassmen will recognize that she needs to assist in the ballhandling and also with the added intensity, it should result in Lauby being a catalyst for the Orange and Black-Clad cagers.
Doing her best as a primary ball handler, Beverly Trevino will see her roles expand greatly as the pressure situations from opponents start gaining weight. Trevino is an excellent ball handler and has experience in dealing with the full-court pressure situations that present themselves.
After having a fabulous freshman year on the hardwood, where she was a starter for much of the year, guard Courtney Hanson looks to improve on her past season’s statistics while doing her part in empowering the Minutemaids to success. Hanson has gained height and confidence in her offensive skills. Defensively, Courtney Hanson has the potential to be a suffocating defender and to step into the roll of taking the opponents best player will only help dramatically in building confidence and feeding the fierce competitor that she can become. Hanson has the potential to be an offensive force to be reckoned with a flair of confidence.
Currently the five standouts leading the way for the Minutemaids are just the tip of the iceberg of the excitment brewing in the Minutemaids preseason camp in anticipation of Lexington’s regular season contests.
Gothenburg Hoopsters Destined For Success
The sky is the limit for the Swedes during the upcoming 2016-2017 season where Gothenburg hopes to return to Lincoln for the State Championships
There will be eight letterwinners that will lead the way for the Swedes.
Senior Dawson Graham netted 19.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per contest. Graham has the potential to replicate if not increase his efforts for the Swede scorer. Graham has the potential to come up the big on the biggest stages. Graham has the habit of playing his best when the lights are the brightest.
Using his height to his advantage was Senior Ty Clement in averaging 12.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per contest this past season. Clement has the potential to take over a game from the low block and/or turn around and face up for a short jumper.
Senior sharpshooter Collin Hahn is a gunslinger that takes chances on the defensive end that have paid off dearly with lay-ups and assists to other customers. When Hahn gets on a roll from deep, he could put togehter a big scoring run.
Senior Will Healey did an outstanding job of coming into the game firing on all cylinders as he came off the bench this past season. Healey continued to get more and more time as a result of his favorable results while being on the floor.
Guard’s Bennett Folkers, Grant Sell and Zander Paulson all will continue to work their magic to keep within the rotation.
In the paint, AJ Whiting will add bulk and enforcement of rules and regulations. Whiting is now in his Junior season and should see an expanded role.
Lady Swedes Are Optimistic For 2016-17 Season
The Lady Swedes enter the upcoming 2016-2017 season with an abundance of experience that includes six letterwinners doning the Cardinal- threads this season to lead the Gothenburg girls hoopsters.
The athleticism of the Lady Swedes is overflowing. There is great potential on the Gothenburg girls hoops squad.
Leading the way for the Lady Swedes will be Gracie Stienike from her swing position. Stienike was a force to the tune of 9.5 points and 6.8 rebounds a contest this past season. Entering her Junior season on the hardway, Stienike needs to continue to thrive for continuity. Gracie is one of those ‘lead by example’ type of athletes that will hold teammates to high standards that are similar to her own feelings and thoughts.
The Senior trio of Jaci Teahon, McKenna Peterson and Kasey Wellmann have played a ton of basketball for Gothenburg during their prep careers.
Wellmann is a fearless defender that learned long ago that her speed and quickness would never be threatened. She will be a great on-the-ball defender.
McKenna Peterson has been involved within the offense as a primary ball handler for much of her career as a Lady Swede cager. Peterson has the potential to be a consistent shooter, and could cash in if needed in certain circumstances.
Jaci Teahon is a coaches favorite, as she is very good at a lot of things and cares about success of the team. Teahon does a lot of the little things that aren’t found in statistical boxscores.
Eustis/Farnam Wrestling Has Line-UIp Of Young Grapplers
The Eustis/Farnam wrestling team are a young squad that will battle through their bumps and bruises in the early season to only see the progress gained by the end of the campaign. The Knights return only one letterwinner from this past years matmen squad.
“The Eustis/Farnam wrestling team is looking to build-on this year’s team with there being only one returning letterman,” expressed Knight Head Coach Travis Metzler. “I will look towards our Seniors and returning letterwinner to lead our team. Though the team may be young, we have high hopes and expectations to be competitive in all tournaments.”
Returning letterwinner for the Eustis/Farnam grapplers is Sam Lister. Lister will see his experience and strength gained increase his overall all-around efforts and technique on the mat. Lister will continue to get better and better every day for the Knights.
Senior Adrian Gerken has been around the Eustis/Farnam program when greatness was achieved and he knows what it takes to reach that pinnacle. Gerken will continue to thrive in the lower weight classes and have great success because of his prior experiences. With the added height to his attack, Gerken has opened the door for himself to a whole new scenario as an experienced and eager wrester.
Senior Alex Bethancourt will continue to get better and better each and every day with the impact coming from his practice partners each and every day.
Junior Cameron Land has taking his lumps in the upperweights, but it is now time for himself to flip the switch and be a force on the mat for the Knights in the upperweights.
Sophomore Bryan Herrick will challenge for suprmacy on the mat in nearly every invitational that is on the Knights schedule.
Freshmen Mason Head and Isaiah Young will make big-time strides during their training in the Knights own practice room throughout this upcoming season.
Eustis/Farnam Girls Returning Letterwinners for 2016-17
Knights Athleticism & Quickness To Be Strengths in 2016-17
The Eustis/Farnam Knights seek a stellar 2016-2017 season full of success on the hardwood with a three starters returning with an abundance of experience.
The Knights will also have the advantage of seven returning lettermen that are hoping to help with the resurgence of the Eustis/Farnam hoops squad.
“The Knights will have several experienced players returning this season,” expressed Eustis/Farnam Head Coach. Brian Hubbert. They will also look to some younger players and newcomers for valuable minutes. The Fort Kearny Conference (FKC) will be a challenging conference again this year. The Knights are looking to be in the hunt come tournament time.”
Leading the way for the Knights is forward Kaleb Gibbens with efforts of 10.7 and 8.7 rebounds per contest. Gibbens is definite mismatch in the wing as well as in the paint. Gibbens has deceptive speed and quickness and his ‘want to’ is a big factor in Kaleb winning the ball and ripping down the amount of rebounds per contest. Gibbens plays with great confidence and leads by example for the Knights.
Guard Hayden Rupe does an outstanding job of being one of the primary ballhandlers for the Knights. Lining up scoring efforts from ‘downtown’, Hayden sticks to his guns to the tune of 9.5 points per game during the past 2015-2016 season on the hardwood.
Shaye Collins is a solid all-around player that does a lot of little things that make the Knights better,” expressed Brian Hubbert.
The foursome of Christian Timm, Spencer Pleschourt, Jordan Fangmeyer and J.D. Bartell will fill out the rest of the starting lineup as well as compete for starting positions for Eustis/Farnam. Timm brings a speed element to the equation that can’t be coached. Spencer Pleschourt and Jordan Fangmer along with JD Bartell. will see plenty of minutes on the hardwood for the Knights this season.
Senior Taylor O’Connell and Junior Riley Eisenhauer add a height element to the equation for the Silver and Black this season.
Looking to leave their mark during their initial season of hoops are freshmen Colby Fasse, Tanner Fangmeyer, Blake Schmidt, Andy Jack and Jacob Rupe.
Providing Leadership For The Elwood Girls Hoops Squad:
Great Potential For The Pirate Grapplers
The practice room is full of quality over quantity for the Pirate grapplers under the direction of Head Coach Andrew Chrisinger with a pair of lettermen returning with a hunger to achieve and chase that cherished ticket of competing in the State Meet in Omaha.
Ben Bogle is a battle tested grappler that has seen the ‘best-of-the-best’ throughout his career on the mat. Bogle will continue to fine tune his craft and has the potential to make some noise at the ‘big show’ in Omaha. Bogle has the potential to have a notable season for the Pirate grapplers.
Letterman Kent Rae is a seasoned veteran grappler that will benefit greatly during the early portion of the season against many novice grapplers that are practicing currently. Rae has great quickness that will pay divdends for Elwood grapplers.
Gavin Fullmer, Caleb Werger and Cauy Bennett will all be engaged in a battle for the right to compete in the middle weights for the Pirates this season.
Nine Lettermen Return To Lead Haymaker Matmen
The current Haymakers wrestling squad is battle-tested as the youngsters that fill the lineup have been baptized under fire against some of the best wrestlers. All of the prior experiences and knowledge gained has the potential to lead to another great season on the mat for the Red and Black.
There are a pair of state qualifiers returning to the mat for the Haymakers.
Senior Zeke Derr has the potential to leave his mark on the storied Haymaker wrestling program. Derr has great strength and his experiences in the lower weights make him a dangerous opponent in the upperweights. Derr finished the 2016 season with a record of 31-11 and he has reached the ‘Big Daddy’ of them all, the State Championships before and should have the ability to repeat that feat this season.
Reaching the state tournament as a freshmen is a great accomplishment and Jace Russman looks to keep his string of success going in a positive direction. Russman has been around the Haymaker program for quite some time and totally understands what it takes to be among the greats that wore the threads of the Haymakers. Russman has great strength and uses it wisely in the lower weight classes. The added strength and experience will pay divdends for Russman this season.
Returning to the mat on a mission, Senior Cameron Griffis has the potential to achieve greatness this season. Griffis has been among the medalist in the middleweights and now that he is back from injury and has the experience on his side of a storied youth career on the mat, the sky is the limit for Griffis this season.
Blake Hoffmaster finished 26-18 as a freshmen in a tough weight class, the experience will pay dividends for him this season. Hoffmaster has the potential to be in the thick of the medal stand each meet this season.
Sophomores Fabian Chacon, Nathan Smock and Taylor Yancy along with Josh Stallbaumer have the potential to score valuable points for Cozad this season.
Haymakers Ecstatic For Upcoming Hoops Season
With the effort of eight returning lettermen, there is a host of Haymakers that have the potential to keep the success story for Cozad boys hoops continuing throughout the 2016-2017 campaign on the hardwood under the direction of new head coach Drew Danielson.
The Red and Black return eight lettermen that played valuable minutes from a team that averaged 43.5 points per game during the 2015-2016 season.
On the edge, the experience that the Haymakers have returning finds themselves on the wing.
Senior Blaine Emerson came into his own as a point guard that did a wonderful job of speeding up the pace of the game when the Haymakers had an advantage. Emerson is not afraid to take his defender off the dribble and attack the rim. Blaine was the leading assist man for the Red and Black this past season. Emerson will need to improve on his 6. 5 points per game average this season for the Haymakers to reach success.
Working an inside/outside role for the Red and Black, Toby Salazar has the range to step out beyond the three point line and make it rain when he is not closely related to them. Salazar adapted quite nicely as a forward with the availability to step onto the hardwood and prosper early and often for the Haymaker hoopsters. Salazar will have to build upon his three points and 2.8 rebounds per contest for the Red and Black to continue their tradition of success.
Seniors Klint Gill and Ben Wetovick have been around the Haymaker program their whole lives, as the dynamic duo will bring stellar quickness and agility to the court for the Red and Black. Gill has a quick trigger from beyond the arc that can really start cooking when given a chance to get on a roll shooting the ball. Both Wetovick and Gill are honored members of the hoops squad, as they both hope that team success starts gaining steam while rolling down the hills.
Gaining valuable confidence in his approach towards basketball has paid dividends for the Haymakers as Trestian Siemering stepped up for the challenge and splashed down a great number of shots from the wing. Siemering will need to persevere and prosper as an underclassmen for the Red and Black.
Adding bulk and experience behind in the front line with size is Luke Schroeder Kyle German and Ian Branham. Schroeder brings a tenacity inside the paint that enables him to be the aggressive one when it is time for rebounding and playing defense.
Brandon Junker and Matt Menagh along with sharpshooter Nate Neill will probide a much needed spark to the Haymaker offensive units. Neill is a marksman from beyond the arc and he will prosper from deep for Cozad.
Lady Haymaker Hoopsters Return Abundance Of Speed
The Lady Haymakers have a good combination of athleticism and experience to build upon prior successes to show great improvement during the 2016-2017 season on the hardwood with the momentum of eight returning letterwinners that includes two returning starters.
“Although we have some experience on paper, we are a rather young team when it comes to varsity level experience,” explained Lady Haymaker Head Coach Brent Frauen. “The biggest question for the team this years will be establishing depth at key positions and keeping our key players healthy throughout the season.”
Senior sharpshooter Sarah Yocom returns to the hardwood for the Lady Haymakers after averaging 12.4 points per game. Yocom is a double-edged sword for defenses as she has the aggressiveness to drive to the rim or rely on her patience and confidence to score on a jumpshot from deep. Yocom’s height and athleticism create mismatches all season in Cozad’s favor.
Using her height and elite vertical jump, Junior Kennedy Berreckman was a valuable player for the Lady Haymakers this past season. Berreckman has the quiet demeanor that speaks loud and clear when in competition on the hardwood. Berreckman will be standout for the Red and Black on both ends of the floor this season.
Stepping up and using their athleticism to assist the Lady Haymakers greatly this season will be Seniors Alyssa Schneider and Emilia Carlos. Both have been valuable to the program and it is there turn to step up to the challenge and help the Lady Haymakers be successful.
Past athletic season injuries will affect the early depth for the Lady Haymakers as past letterwinners: Kalynn Flehart and Sadie Rush will most likely provide leadership and encouragement from the bench while rehabbing their injuries.
On the wing, Hanna Wright and Brenna Dugan will be instrumental to the success of Cozad this season, especially as they help to alleviate the pressure from pinpointing on Yocom. Wright brings great athleticism to the hardwood and Dugan has ‘ice’ in her veins in coming through in the clutch with her shooting ability.
Junior Ellie Stallbaumer will rule the roost in the paint for the Lady Haymakers. Stallbaumer has the strength to be a factor on every rebound this season.
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.