Swedes Cruise Past Chase County In Football Action

Pounding the rock was the name of the game for Gothenburg as they cruised to a 35-14 victory over host Chase County on Friday. 
Kaihden Dorsey led all rushers with 170 yards and a touchdown for the Swedes. 
Dawson Graham and Bennett Folkers also scored rushing touchdowns. 
In an attempt to keep the offense near the balanced side of things, Graham tossed a pair of touchdowns for Gothenburg. 
On the receiving end of those two scoring plays was Bennett Folkers and Landon Rosse for the Swedes. 
Collectively, the Cozad defense racked up six turnovers in the smashmouth contest. 
Zander Paulson and Vincent Nichols led the Swedes defense with team-leading efforts of seven takedowns. 
 

Hunter Education Course Offered

A firearm hunter education course will be offered by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission volunterr instructors in Cozad on September 26, 27 and 28 along with October 3&$th. The sessions will take place at 7 p.m. and end by 9 p.m. 
The free course will be held at the Paulsen offices on east highway 30. The course will provide instruction in the areas of safe firearms use, shooting and sighting techniques, hunter ethics, game identification and conservation management. Students must attend all of the sessions to complete the course
In Nebraska, hunters ages 12-29 must have on their person proof of successful completion of fireman hunter education while hunting with a firearm or crossbow. 
For more information, call Tim Wolf 784-2587 or Gordon Linstedt at 784-3172. Participants must register for the course at HuntSafeNebraska.org.

Cozad, Swedes & Maids Battle At Lexington Golf Invitational

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Just one rung away from the top of the medal stand was Cozad’s Kaylei Becker with a runner-up finish to lead all TRIBUNE-linksters at the Lexington Golf Invitational that was played at Lakeside Country Club on Friday. 
Lady Haymaker Becker circled the course to score an 80, trailing only Hannah Kohl of McCook with a score of 78. 
Along with Becker, Lady Haymaker Abby Cornelius earned a top ten finish in eighth place with a carded score of 87. 
Lexington’s Brooke Speer had a stellar day on the course that she has the most experience on. Speer led the Minutemaids with a 12th place finish with a 18-hole round score of 95. 
Leading the way for the Lady Swedes young squad of linksters was Delaney Harm with a score of 98 being scored inside a logjam for 17th place overall. 
Aaliyah Wilkins of Cozad and Lexington’s Samantha Rimpley contributed greatly for their respective teams with matching scores of 111. 
Cozad was fourth overall in the team race with a combined score of 383. Earning podium finishes in the team races were McCook (345), Holdrege (372) and North Platte (382). Gothenburg was eighth in the team standings and Lexington earned a 10th place finish. 
LEXINGTON Invitational
Team Standings
McCook 345, Holdrege 372, North Platte 382, Cozad 383, Broken Bow 389, Hastings 396, York 402, Gothenburg 435, Cambridge 453, Lexington 481, Minden 489. 
Individual Top Ten Scores
1. Hannah Kohl       MC    78
2. Kaylei Becker      COZ  80
3. Morgan Lashley   NP     82
4. Anna Cafferty      HAS  83
5. Kacee Samway    MC    83
6. Aly Schroeder      HOL  83
7. Sam Redfern        YRK  87
8. Abigail Cornelius  COZ  87
9. Joelle Sanger       BOW 89
10. Cassidy Redi      MC    89
COZAD GOLFERS
Kaylei Becker 80, Abby Cornelius 87, Aaliyah Wilkins 101, Ayden Ourada 115. 
GOTHENBURG GOLFERS
Delaney Harm 98, Georgina Dishman 115, Emma Jorgenson 111, Devyn Ostendorf 111, Grace Aden 116. 
LEXINGTON GOLFERS
Brooke Speer 95, Samantha Rimpley 101, Khadra Council 136, Abby Zerr 149, Alyssa Hoisington 153. 

TRIBUNE-Area Sports Rewind

FIVE YEARS AGO
(2011)
Earning the top honors at the Amherst Triangular were the Lady Knights of Eustis/Farnam in a volleyball three-way battle for Fort Kearny Conference (FKC) bragging rights. The Lady Knights were victorious in a three-set battle over Elwood, 19-25, 25-19 and 25-12 and then defeated SEM 25-18 and 25-10. “Once the girls got their fire under them, the team came back and played much better,” stated Eustis/Farnam head coach Trista Koch. Against the Lady Pirates, Preston Rieker had a dynamic night at the net with 11 kills. Keying the transition game for the Lady Knights, Rieker and Andrea Werth had eight and seven digs, respectively.  Melissa Johnson dished out 11 set assists in the match. In the nightcap, Andrea Werth was swinging with authority to score a game-high eight kills. Paloma Giffoni dished out 12 set assists for the Silver and Black. Melanie Johnson was on cue from behind the service line with four ace serves. Shelby Ferrell had three ace blocks and libero Alex Pleschourt ran down 10 digs to lead the Lady Knights defensive efforts. 
10 YEARS AGO
(2006)
Defending their home turf, Maria Rodriguez and Nate Rios led the Maids and Minutemen at the Lexington Cross Country Invitational with runner-up finishes. Lady Swede Anna Keiser was fourth overall in the girls race. Lexington’s Daniel Avalos edged the Gothenburg duo of Andrew Collins and Manu Segre, as the trio locked up third through fifth place. 
Blowing up offensively, the Elwood Pirates breezed past Brady 46-10 in football action. Bryson Mahlberg was stellar in rolling up 220-total yards of offense, along with having a hand in three of the touchdowns.  
15 YEARS AGO
(2001)
The Minutemen tennis squad put on a dominating performance in cruising to the team championship at the Lincoln Pius X Invitational. The Minutemen scored 39 points to win, whereas York tallied 26 for runner-up honors. It marked the first time ever that Lexington won the Pius X Invitational. Jake Saulsbury won the #1 singles title for the Minutemen. The #1 doubles team of Aaron Konen and Michael Ambriz were also crowned champions.
Kelly Keiser and Jena Anderson shot matching scores of 94 to lead the Lady Swede linksters to hoist the hardware at the Dawson County Golf Championships. Anderson won a playoff to claim individual top medalist honors. The Swedes finished with a 512 total to 559 for Lexington. Maid Tiffany Wagner was the bronze medalist in the  with a carded score of 97. Gothenburg’s Nicole Krukemeyer finished fourth overall, followed by Cozad’s Megan Cornelius, Lady Haymaker Natalie Hart, Lady Swede Jill Clymer and Amanda Wolf of Lexington. 
20 YEARS AGO
(1996)
Gothenburg’s Velma Smith and Loraine Gerdes of Cozad finished second and third overall in the women’s division of the Nebraska State Horseshoe Pitching Championships. 
Eustis/Farnam scored early and often in pitching a shutout 47-0 over Wilcox. Mike Loshonkohl and Jason Strong, both scored two touchdowns apiece. Strong was the workhorse in the rushing attack with 135-yards on 17 carries. 
25 YEARS AGO
(1991)
Playing on the familiar confines of Lakeside Country Club, Lexington claimed the Dawson County Girls Golf Championship. Paced by Kate Valish’s round score of 86, the Minutemaids edged runner-up Cozad 495-501. Gothenburg was third in the team race with a 570. Lady Haymaker Tonya Bean shot an 89 to lead the Red and Black linksters. Lady Swede Amy Jensen powered Gothenburg with a bronze medal winning round of 90.
Maid Becky Stieb kept her win streak intact by kicking stronger down the stretch against Central City’s Christy Rice for gold medal accolades at Central City’s Cross Country Invitational. Stieb crossed the finish line in 15:02, just four seconds ahead of Rice, who stopped the watch in 15:06. Lexington cruised to the team title by the score of 15-38 over runner-up Grand Island Northwest. KayCee Muma ran a strong race and finished with the bronze medal with a clocking of 15:27. Melissa Matson was fifth and Kari Schukar was right behind her in sixth place.
30 YEARS AGO
(1986)
Linkster Stacy Baack fired a nine-hole score of 48 to lead Cozad to shoot the low team score at the Lexington Triangular at the Lakeside Country Club. The Lady Haymakers shot 211 to defeat North Platte’s 218 and Lexington’s 265. Heather Waring had the third lowest score of the meet with her 53.  Maid Crystal Long led the Orange, with a carded 57.

Lady Haymakers & Swedes Shine At Cozad Volleyball Invitational

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Showcasing great team work, the Lady Swedes and host Haymakers finished fourth and fifth overall at the Cozad Volleylball Inviational on Saturday afternoon and evening. 
In their opening match, Cozad was edged by Centura, 25-15, 18-25 and 25-17. 
Sadie Rush dished out 13 set assists  along with having nine kills for the Red and Black. 
Carissa Jenson and Hanna Wright scored seven and six kills, respectively. 
In the Lady Swedes opening match, they defeated Perkins County, 27-25 and 25-23. 
Hitter Arleigh Costello had a game-high 11 kills. 
Ainsley Rickertsen connected on five ace serves. 
Mckenna Peterson dished out 18 set assists for Gothenburg. 
In their consolation semifinal match, Cozad edged Valentine, 25-22, 21-25 and 28-26. 
Sadie Rush and Kennedy Berreckman led the hit parade for Cozad with nine and seven kills. Berreckman also had five ace serves. 
Madie Weatherly and Hanna Wright had 12 and 13 digs, respectively. 
In the semifinal round, Gothenburg was defeated 25-14 and 25-17 by Ogallala. 
In their medal round match, Cozad cruised past Perkins County 25-13 and 25-14. 
Carissa Jensen and Hanna Wright both connected on seven kills. 
Sadie Rush dished out 12 set assists for the Lady Haymakers. 
In the consolation finals, Gothenburg  was defeated by Centura, 26-24, 22-25 and 25-17. 
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Haymakers Score Lead Early And Earn Win Over Swedes

A fast start and strong finish was the formula for success for the Lady Haymakers to defend their home turf by a score of 10-2 against Gothenburg in a highly-anticipated softball showdown that was in front of a large contingency of diamond fans on Thursday at the Hay Field in Cozad.  
Gothenburg tried to break the ice on the scoreboard when Kasey Wellmann singled then advanced around to third base where she was stranded and the score remained 0-0. 
The Haymakers were able to get sway the momentum in their favor in the bottom of the first inning when Alyssa Schneider connected on a two-out double into left field. During the ensuing at-bat, Ali Arndt helped out her own cause by connecting on an RBI-double into left field to score Schneider and make the score 1-0. Courtesy runner Hailey Wilson would then score on Alynne Myer’s single into right field to make the score 2-0 before Gothenburg retired the side.
The Lady Swedes were able to dent the deficit in the top of the second inning when Nikita Wear hit an RBI-double deep into to centerfield that scored Kaitlyn Kleinknecht to make the score 2-1. Wear was then able to circle and score on a single by Lauryn Cardenas to make the score 2-2 at the midway point of the second inning. 
The Lady Haymakers were able to answer the scoring effort by Gothenburg with their own rendition of the Big Red Machine. Cozad’s Sammy Crick and Emilia Carlos both got on base the hard way by getting hit by pitches. Soon thereafter, Sarah Yocom connected on a two-RBI drive into left field to push the Lady Haymakers lead to the count of 4-2. Yocom was chomping at the bit to score from second base and got just what the doctor ordered when Brenna Dugan hit an RBI-single into centerfield to make the score 5-2 before the smoke cleared on the second inning of play. 
The pitching prowess of Ali Arndt for Cozad and Lady Swede Karleigh Kleinknecht flexed their muscles in the third inning by keeping the the score at 5-2 despite the efforts to break the ice on the scoreboard for the inning. 
During the top of the fourth inning, Kylie Koehler singled to lead off the inning for the Lady Swedes. She soon was stranded on first base with a pair of flyouts off the bats of Karleigh Kleinknecht and Nikita Wear and then Ali Arndt retired the side with a strikeout issued to keep the score at 5-2. 
Looking for more insurance on the scoreboard, the Cozad offense went to work again in the bottom half of the fourth inning. Sarah Yocom doubled into left field to lead off for the Red and Black. In the process of a Brenna Dugan sacrifice, Yocom advanced to third base. Yocom would then score during the ensuing at-bat when Alyssa Schneider put a charge into an offering that snuck into left field. Schneider would then advance to third base and score on Ali Arndt’s double into the gap in centerfield to give the Lady Haymakers a bigger cushion at 7-2. Hailey Wilson was the courtesy runner for Arndt that circled third and then scored on Chloe Lundgren’s fielders choice to make the score 8-2 at the end point of the fourth inning. 
Going into the fifth inning of play, the score remained at 8-2. 
For the Lady Swedes, Kasey Wellmann singled into left field and then stole second base to get into scoring position. Wellmann would then advance to third base when Kaitlyn Aden connected on a two-out single. The scoring threat was extinguished when Lady Haymaker Sarah Yocom extended to snare a Bryse Young line drive to end the top of the fifth frame with the score remaining at 8-2. 
To start off the bottom of the fifth inning for the Lady Haymakers, Yocom and Brenna Dugan both singled. Yocom was then able to advance and score on a Gothenburg miscue that also allowed Dugan to advance to third base. Dugan was then able to trot home and score on an Ali Arndt RBI-single to finish the contest due to run-rule, 10-2. 
Ali Arndt earned the mound win for Cozad while allowing just two runs and striking out four batters. 
Arndt and Sarah Yocom both finished the contest 3-4 at the dish with two doubles apiece. Arndt had three RBI’s and Yocom had two to go along with her three stolen bases. 
Kasey Wellmann and Kaitlyn Aden led the Lady Swedes with two hits apiece. Wellmann also had a pair of stolen bases. 
Score By Innings
Gothenburg  0 2 0 0 0 -2
Cozad           2 3 0 3 2-10

Swedes Claim Thriller Over Holdrege On Friday

The Swedes used a great mix of running and passing attacks to score a season opening 17-14 win over Holdrege on Friday evening in less than ideal conditions on the gridiron. 
The Gothenburg defense flexed their muscle to keep the Dusters from scoring on their opening possession. 
The Swedes offense were able to methodically work down the field to within scoring range, as Dominic Long put a charge into a 22-yard field goal to give Gothenburg a 3-0 lead with 2:59 to play in the opening quarter. 
Holdrege was able to regain some of the lost momentum with a big kickoff return that gave them an advantageous field position. The Dusters cashed in on the opportunity with Alex Wells powering into the endzone on a one-yard run with 11:56 left in the first half to make the score 7-3. 
Sticking to their game plan of mixing the run and pass, Gothenburg was able to work the chains to put a scoring drive together that benefitted greatly with Bennett Folkers being on the receiving end of a Dawson Graham 14-yard scoring pass to make the score 10-7 with 5:04 to play before the halftime break. 
The Swedes held a 10-7 lead entering the break and they were able to build on that momentum in a big way in the third quarter. Making the defense pay was Bennett Folkers as he caught a short pass and went the distance for a 72-yard touchdown reception from Dawson Graham with 5:04 left in the third quarter. 
With their backs against the wall and a deficit of 17-7, Zach Hurlbert found Dalton Harrel for a 12-yard scoring connection to cut into the deficit 17-14 with just 4:44 left in regulation. 
Despite the Dusters attempts, Gothenburg’s defense stood strong and turned Holdrege away when Dawson Graham netted an interception to end all scoring threats with Gothenburg netting the 17-14 victory. 
Swede signal-caller Dawson Graham completed 13-of-18 pass attempts for 194 yards ad two touchdowns.
Gothenburg’s Bennett Folkers reeled in four receptions for 130 yards and two scores.  
SCOREBOARD 
Holdrege (0-1)     0  7  0  7  -14
Gothenburg (1-0) 3  7  7  0  -17
 

Cozad's Becker Wins Gold At Kearney Catholic Invite

team scores
Kearney Catholic 391; Grand Island CC 412; Ravenna 419; Doniphan-Trumbull 429; Arcadia-Loup City 438; Gothenburg 456; Kearney Catholic JV 469; Cozad 487. 
The competition was stiff and the course was very challenging with tight pin placements at the Kearney Catholic Golf Invitational held at Meadowlark Hills Golf Course on Thursday. 
Despite the challenging layout, Lady Haymaker Kaylei Becker was up to the challenge in scoring a 18-hole score of 79 and then winning in the playoff to be the gold medalist over Kearney Catholic’s Morgan Thiele, who also scored an 18-hole score of 79.  Becker closed out her round with a great amount of momentum with a score of 37 on her final nine holes. 
Starting off her sophomore season on the links circuit strong was Cozad’s Abigail Cornelius with a dynamite score of 91 to earn fifth place accolades for her efforts with scores of 47-44.  
Just two strokes back from Cornelius was Gothenburg’s leading linkster Delaney Harm with a score of 93. Harm started her day with a 49 and finished the rally with a score of 44 on the final nine holes. 
The duo of Georgina Dishman and Devyn Ostendorf scored valuable scores and finishes for the Lady Swedes with matching scores of 119. Both Dishman and Ostendorf cashed in with stellar back nines of 55 and 54 to finish the invitational stronger than they started. 
Gothenburg’s Emma Jorgenson scored a 125 with a notable front nine score of 57 to her credit.   
INDIVIDUAL TOP FIFTEEN SCORES
1. Kaylei Becker         CZ   79
2. Morgan Thiele        KC   79
3. Sidney Rash          D-T   83
4. Amanda Fay          GIC   83
5. Abigail Cornelius    CZ    91
6. Delaney Harm       GOT  93
7. Bailee Labs           GIB  100
8. Brooklyn Fiddelke  KC   100
9. Blakely Wooden     GIC 100
10. Maddie Drozd      KC   101
11. Adyson Otte        RAV 104
12. Addie Mitchell      KC   104
13. Lauren Klemme   GIC  105
14. Taylor Griffifth     ALC  106
15. Macy Unick         RAV  107
COZAD GOLFERS
Kaylei Becker 79, Abigail Cornelius 91, Ayden Ourada 148, Belle Hagan 169. 
GOTHENBURG GOLFERS
Delaney Harm 93, Georgina Dishman 119, Devyn Ostendorf 119, Emma Jorgenson 125, Julyssa Rocha 135. 

Minutemen Tennis Squad Scores Win Over GNAC-Foe Hastings

Experience and the gumption to defend home turf stood strong in the Minutemen’s 6-3  victory over GNAC-Foe Hastings at Plum Creek Park on Thursday evening. 
“It’s always good to start the year off with a win. While I am happy with a win, we had more first match jitters than I expected to see,” expressed Lexington Head Tennis Coach Ben Klein. “Which is something that will work itself out as the season progresses.”
“Kobe Lo, Josue Avila and Bryan Nguyen played really well today. All three had struggles in their respective matches and they overcame them to win,” stated Klein. 
In doubles action, Tanner Rowe and Kobe Lo were dynamite in defeating Lando Power and Austin Seaman by the count of 8-0. 
Lexington’s Henry Chacon and Jonas Martin were edged by the score of 8-6 by Nathan Zimmerman and Ben Howie.
The Minutemen duo of Josue Avila and Bryan Nguyen scored an 8-3 win over Evan Davis and Arich Frenhlin.
In singles action, Kobe Lo (8-1), Josue Avila (8-2), Jonas Martin (8-2) and Bryan Nguyen 8-6) all scored victories for the Orange and Black-clad netters.  

Lexington Battles Highly Touted Red Raiders On The Gridiron

Taking advantage of miscues, the Sidney Red Raiders were able to score a 49-7 victory over Lexington in the season opening battle on the gridiron on Friday evening in Sidney. 
After a pair of miscues resulted in safeties, the Red Raiders got a big sway of momentum when Cody Haas returned the kickoff 70-yards to paydirt to increase the Sidney lead to 11-0 during the first quarter of play. 
Sidney was soon within range to score again before the end of the first quarter. The Lexington defense stood strong and forced a field goal be attempted. The Red Raiders were able to cash in on the opportunity when Jon Smith split the uprights with a 32-yard field goal to extend the Sidney lead to 14-0 just before the horn sounded on the first quarter of play. 
During their first drive of the second quarter, the Lexington offense was able to put together a sustained drive that resulted in rave reviews as Javier Rivas powered into the endzone on a four-ayrd run. Armando Guido booted the extra point to make the score 14-7 with 9:25 left to play before the halftime break. 
The Sidney offense responded with a Cade Lewis one-yard run to push the Raiders lead back to 21-7 with 5:02 left before half. 
For much of the final five minutes of the first half, the defensive intensity of the Minutemen stood strong until Cade Lewis rumbled into the endzone for his second score of the contest on an eight-yard run with just 0:43 left before the halftime break. 
Sidney was able to score in the third quarter on a Derek Robb one-yard run that was followed by a pair of rushing scores in the fourth quarter to net the Raiders a 49-7 victory.
Dual-threat quarterback Clay Hernandez led the Lexington offense with 105 yards passing and 49 yards rushing.  
Javier Rivas and Emmanuel Perez chipped in with 44 and 32 yards rushing for the Minutemen offense.  
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Lexington (0-1)  0  7  0  0  -7
Sidney (1-0)    14 14 7 14 -49

TRIBUNE-Area Sports Rewind

FIVE YEARS AGO
(2011)
The Haymakers were victorious 28-26 in a thrilling girdiron contest over Centura. The Cozad gridders were able to hit the door running to score a 21-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Centurions were able to score just before halftime to make the score 21-12. Centura was able to reach paydirt twice in the fourth quarter to take a 26-21 lead with just 1:49 left in regulation. Going to work, the Haymakers benefitted greatly with Nate Bubak being on the receiving end of a Micah Neill 20-yard scoring pass to give Cozad the lead 28-26 with just 29 seconds left, which resulted in the Haymakers netting the win. Cozad had 310 total yards with 205 coming on the ground. Jake Paulsen had 155 yards and a pair of scores on the ground for the Haymakers. Jacob Rush led the Cozad defense with 15 tackles, 10 being unassisted. 
10 YEARS AGO
(2006)
The Eustis/Farnam girls won the Cambridge Cross Country Invite team crown with a grand total of 20 points, with Dundy County’s total of 32 earning silver hardware in the team standings. Knight seniors Amanda Buehner and Hillary Wills were second and fourth overall with clockings of 17:17 and 18:24, respectively. Johanna Nutt, Taylor Martin and Erin Sheffield were seventh, ninth and tenth to round out the E/F scoring runners. 
With the use of a potent rushing attack, the Haymakers pitched a 34-0 shutout victory over Gothenburg in Southwest Conference regular season gridiron action. Eric Love led the Cozad attack with 140-yards rushing along with four touchdowns. Gothenburg’s Justin Wilson rushed for 38-yards to pace the Swedes balanced attack. Luke Pinkelman and Jared Crick tallied ten and nine takedowns in the contest. 
15 YEARS AGO
(2001)
The Knights stood tall and flexed their muscle in pitching the shutout 24-0 win over Overton. Stellar defense and a good mix of pass/run combination powered Eustis/Farnam. Kole Kugler passed for a touchdown to Nate Lehmann and ran for a 49-yard scamper to paydirt. Chase Wolf powered for a 15-yard touchdown for the Knights also. 
Gothenburg’s running game was too potent for the Sailors, as the Swedes notched a 34-20 victory. Jake Deaver rushed for 143-yards and a pair of touchdowns on just ten carries. Gothenburg quarterback Blake Houchin completed six-of-nine passes for 89-yards to keep the Sutherland defense reeling. 
20 YEARS AGO
(1996)
Broken Bow’s Stiff defense and ball control rushing attack  defeated Cozad 21-0 in a Southwest Conference football headliner match-up. Troy Daum was Cozad’s best offensive threat, in rushing for 54-yards. 
Cozad’s Sal Hernandez and Alan Neben of Lexington were among the overall season champions at the Dawson County Speedway. Hernandez won the Bronco division and Neben captured the crown in the IMCA modified division. 
25 YEARS AGO
(1991)
The Lexington Maids harriers had little trouble defending their Cozad Invite title. Lex easily outdistanced runner-up Kearney by the margin of 12-45. Another familiar sight was the first two finishers. Becky Stieb and Kay Cee Muma separated themselves from the pack early and cruised to a one-two finish, with Stieb stopping the watch at 13:01 and Muma at 13:03.
A highly competitive field battled for top honors at the Lexington Labor Day Tennis Tournament, with over 149 competitors. 
30 YEARS AGO
(1986)
The Lexington defense played well in the Minutemen’s season opener at home, but the McCook Bison took home the victory, 12-0. Mike Rosenthal led the Lex defenders with eight unassisted tackles and five assists. Troy Higgins was in on 13 takedowns, four unassisted and Dan Jensen was credited with nine tackles.
Jim Hoyt of Fairfield captured the state horseshoe pitching championship, held in Cozad. Glen Hawks of Lexington and Gothenburg’s Dorothy Gerdes paired up to win their division in doubles pitching competition. 

Lexington Raceway Hosts Championship Night

Getting down to business were the competitors that challenged each other for every point during the season points championship night of racing at Lexington (NE) Raceway on Sunday evening. Scoring the victories and driving their hot rods into the winners circle was Colton Osborn, Josh Leonard, Cole Egge, Mike Nichols and Luke Wassom. 
In a see-saw battle were the duo of Colton Osborn and Anthony Roth during the early laps of the IMCA Modified feature until Osborn of Cozad was able to gain a little breathing room and never look back to earn the main event victory. Anthony Roth of Columbus was able to pilot his rocketship to a runner-up finish in the feature. Hitting his stride during the waning laps of the feature was Davenport’s Scott Smith in third place overall. 
Battling throughout the evening were the challengers in the Grand National Late Model Feature that circled for 25 laps. Josh Leonard of Gibbon was able to hold off the challenges from the rest of the competitors to earn the victory. Continuing to gain confidence in his abilities as the seat time piles up, Scott Eaton of York was able to finish strong to the tune of a runner-up finish. Close behind Eaton was Dylan Schmer of Aurora in third place overall. Crossing the stripe in fourth place was Cale Osborn of Cozad, after he had been in the runner-up position and then fell back while trying his best to get by Leonard on a late restart. 
Kearney’s Cole Egge finally punched through for a feature win in the IMCA Northern Sport Modified division on Sunday evening. Egge has led the most laps in numerous features this season, but it was on the final night of competition that that young gun was able to lead all of the circuits to claim his first IMCA feature win the division after starting on the outside of the first row. National Championship contender Daniel Gottschalk of Ellis, Kansas did everything he could and more in hopes of catching up with Egge, but he was forced to settle for runner-up honors. Staying up on the wheel and working both the top and the bottom to get his car hooked up, Steve Kempt of Shelton scored a third place finish. 
Leading the way from the beginning until the checkered flag was flying high was Mike Nichols of Harlan, Iowa for his 56th feature win of the season in the IMCA Stock Car division. Nichols was able to work his way to big leads on every re-start to score the victory. Earning the place position honors was Maywood’s Casey Werkmeister by staying close to the rear bumper of Nichol’s hot rod. Finishing strong in the feature event was Bob Chalupa of McCook with one of his best finishes of the 2016 season at Lexington Raceway. 
Starting up front and staying out of trouble to earn the win was Luke Wassom of Broken Bow in the IMCA Hobby Stock Feature contest. Wassom led all 20 laps of the main event. Jacob Wolsleben of Lexington was able to build up his momentum throughout the feature event to hold onto the runner-up position as the checkered flag was flying to finish second overall. Keeping his strong season rolling downhill with momentum, the final night became more of the same, Travis Kernick of Kearney was the third place finisher in the feature event. 
(Unofficial Results)
--IMCA Modified Feature: 1. 50c-Colton Osborn; 2. 60iv-Anthony Roth; 3. 50-Scott Smith; 4. XII-Jay Steffens; 5. 19-Chuck Stryker; 6. 2-Jeremy Herbst; 7. 4c-Charley Brown; 8. 11h-Henry Henderson. 
--Grand National Late Model Feature: 1. 85-Josh Leonard; 2. 50-Scott Eaton; 3. 5s-Dylan Schmer; 4. 6c-Cale Osborn; 5. 14-Bill Kubik; 6. 83d-Denton Duncan; 7. 15-Collin Safranek; 8. 23x-Jacob Kubicka; 9. 27-Bryce Taylor. 
--IMCA Northern Sport Modified Feature: 1. 1c-Cole Egge; 2. 3d-Daniel Gottschalk; 3. 90k-Steve Kempt; 4. 1x-Denny Egge; 5. 68-Craig Howard; 6. 0hp-Bryan Herrick; 7. 25-Toph Harmon; 8. 20b-Brandon Clough; 9. X3d-Kyle Pfieffer; 10. 33d-Brenden Damon. 
--IMCA Stock Car Feature: 1. 63-Mike Nichols; 2. 24w-Casey Werkmeister; 3. 24-Bob Chalupa; 4. 84-James Sheldon; 5. 72h-Jim Hagan; 6. 7t-Tyson Canas; 7. 19e-Brendan Eilts; 8. 09h-Bob Hoing; 9. 1-Chase Conaway; 10. 31-Darin Racek. 
--IMCA Hobby Stock Feature: 1. 2w-Luke Wassom; 2. 01-Jacob Wolsleben; 3. 2x-Travis Kernick; 4. 22w-Brady Weinman; 5. 29-Jeromy Wagner; 6. 1j-Jakob  Egge; 7. 5-Chuck Ledbetter; 8. 88m-TC McKain; 9. 03-Josh Lester. 

Softball Action Hits The Door Running:

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Lexington Coaches Honored At NCA Awards Banquet

Recognized by your peers is a level of accomplishment that brings to the forefront the impact that you have made was spotlighted on a trio of Lexington coaches at the 2016 Nebraska Coaches Association (NCA) Awards Banquet held on Sunday evening at the Lincoln Station Great Hall. 
Kylee Kuecker, Al Shirley and Tom Wisdom were all honored during the festivities with elite accolades. 
Kylee Kuecker was named the 2016 Varsity Dance Coach of the Year. Kylee Kuecker has been deeply involved in the Liberty Belles Dance team at Lexington High School for many years. Kuecker has seen her squads excell each season as they perform throughout the winter sports season and at the State Competition held in Grand Island. 
Lexington’s Al Shirley was unveiled as the winner of the Binnie & Dutch Award on Sunday. Excellence is not always measured by hardware but successful seasons, and for Lexington’s Al Shirley, he had the best of both worlds with a 35 year career that impacted many young tracksters along with winning multiple state track championships and earning runner-up trophies more than once. 
“Coach Shirley always wears his heart on his sleeve when it comes to his teams and kids,” expressed Lexington Assistant Track Coach Stacy Strauss. “He was always finding the positives and knew just how hard he could push a team and/or individual, coaching and leading a track team just came naturally for him. He has always cared and continues to care about their lives as much as their performances and he was their #1 advocate on the track along with supporting them wholeheartedly in school and the community.”
The impact of Shirley reached well beyond the 4-year careers of the athletes. “Coach Shirley built a culture and tradition of excellence. We wore our uniform with pride, knowing we were competing for something bigger than ourselves,” stated Dr. Haley Bergstrom, former standout Lexington sprinter. “He made us believe in the bigger picture, to work for the good of the team. We believed we would win because he believed.”
“He believed in us so much, that we were willing to go above and beyond for him,” expressed former Maid Leah (Luther) Everson. “Coach Shirley had a way about him that we always respected, rarely argued with and completely trusted his advice and guidance.”
Being a man of few words, Al Shirley had the knack of saying the right things at the right time. Former Lexington sprinter Lindsie Woolley recalls a State Track meet occurance that will always stick in her mind, “We had just arrived at Omaha Burke Stadium and Coach Strauss asked Shirley if he had any words of encouragement and his response was ‘Run Fast’ and then he shut the van door and walked away. Those were the most encouraging words I heard all weekend because he had the utmost confidence that we would compete to the best of our ability because we were well-trained.”
Being well-trained on the track and off will always be a staple to the coaching of Al Shirley. “Coach made a huge impact on my life. His desire to help me reach my full potential both on and off the track was always accompanied by a smile, an on occaison a genuine hug,” expressed Sydney (Seberger) Wagner. “There was nothing sweeter than closing my high school career off with a state championship win and I immediately looked for Coach Shirley because I knew I had finally accomplished something he knew long before that we could achieve.”
Along with Sydney Wagner, Jenny (Landen) Killion and Tiffany (Roemmich) Denker always remember hearing Coach Shirley giving encouragement and split times at the 200 meter mark. “He had a voice I could here above all others and always helped me to finish my races strong. He always told us, ‘Its gonna be a good day, girls’ and ‘lets get out and compete’, explained Tiffany Denker. 
“As I was working out on the Kearney track this summer, I was running 400’s. Even 10-plus years later I felt like I was still waiting for that split time to be hollered out,” stated Jenny Killion. “You could always count on him with the time and encouraging words.”
Nicole Shirley got the best of both worlds by growing up at the track with her father Al Shirley, but then also having great success as an athlete under the tutelage of Coach Shirley. “I would not have been as successful of an athlete without his guidance as a coach and discipline as a loving father.” stated Nicole Shirley. “Some of my fondest memories betweeen me and my dad were those made on the track and the many accomplishments we got to share.”
Accomplishing greatness and having success had become traditions for the Lexington Minutemaids Track program. “We trusted in him and he got more out of us than we thought possible,” expressed Erin (Jones) Mankin. “The best part of being coached by Mr. Shirleyis that I still know he cares about all of us.”
Winning the NCA Golf Award was Tom Wisdom of Lexington. Wisdom won the award for making significant contributions to high school golf in the State of Nebraska. 
“Every golfer who was lucky enough to play for Coach Wisdom became a better player but more importantly a better person. Wiz demanded a lot from his players, but only because he demanded it of himself,” explained Bo Krivohlavek. “He would get us to a course very early so he could drive us around it and make sure we knew where the trouble was and what shoes we needed to him. Wiz would do anything to give us the best chance to be successful. 
 

Sports Thinking Outloud:

The use of communcation in sports can be heard but also seen. There are many different indicators of how and when coaches communicate with athletes and the different ways that athletes communicate with each other usually results in success depending on if the two athletes are speaking on the same wavelength and are on the same channel. 

Verbally, the call in basketball and football can result in the athletes performing different skills without the defense knowing what the call that was made. 
In the stick-and-ball sports, such as baseball and softball; the variety of signals and communication is key to the success of teams. I am not just speaking of the pitches that are signaled from pitcher and catcher but also the signs that are seen by infielders and then relayed to outfieders. This chain of signals results in the outfielders knowing where the pitch is to be thrown to give them an idea on which direction to lean towards potentially in case the ball is hit. 
We all know that the base coaches will make signals that include an indicator to signal steals, bunts, take a pitch, hit and run, and swing away, etc. It is key to almost make it look as that you are itching the different regions of the body to not show any irregular responses and give away the indicator. I remember a coach that was insistant that his athlete look down for a signal every pitch, after the athlete missed the call on the first two pitches. The coach responded loud and with a sense of authority, “bunt”. I have tried to get you to do it the first two pitches and you didn’t even attempt to kill a fly. The batter then bunted into a double-play as a result of finally following the coaches order. 
When communicating with athletes, I feel that it is quite similar to speaking with anybody right in front of you, using the KISS method. Keep It Simple Stupid. There are always those that feel that they need to out smart others, why not keep it simple and then athletes are able to perform at 100 miles per hour instead of with the yield sign visible while traveling at a snails pace because they aren’t sure what the signal or communication meant. 
Communication is key to success in sports as well as everyday living, a prime example is your alarm, as it is the first to speak to you each morning. 
 

Reds Nine Duel With Holdrege Juniors

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Timely hitting and taking advantage of miscues was the name of the game between Holdrege and host Cozad on Thursday evening. 
The Holdrege faithful were swinging for the fences in the First Nationals 12-7 lead when the final out was recorded. 
Chasing a 4-0 deficit by the end of the top half of the first inning, the Reds Juniors started rattling the bats in a big way. 
Cozad’s Blake Hoffmaster cashed in with a two-RBI double that scored Maddux Myer and Klint Gill to make the score 4-2 at the end of the first quarter of play. 
The Dusters were ‘elbows up’ as they pushed across three more runs to hold a 7-2 lead. 
Denting the deficit, the Cozad Nine scored a pair of runs in the third inning to trail by just three-runs 7-4 when the 4th inning was reached. 
Cozad rallied even more when Maddux Myer and Spencer Pleschourt both singled and then circled the sacks soon after to make the score 7-6 at the end of the fourth inning of play.  
For much of the fifth inning of play, the defense reigned supreme with many key plays being made in the field to keep the score at 7-6 with just two innings to play. 
Over the final two innings of regulation, the Holdrege hitters added insurance runs to their 7-6 lead that soon turned into a five-run lead, 12-7 at the midway point of the seventh inning of play. 
In the Reds Juniors final at-bat, Chandler Brock converted on an infield hit. An overthrow of first base moved Brock into scoring position. Soon after that process, Brock would score on a sacrifice by Blake Hoffmaster to make the score 12-7, where it would stay as Holdrege notched the final out of the contest on Tuesday evening. 
Kaleb Gibbens and Maddux Myer combined to keep the hitters off balanced for much of the contest for the Cozad Reds Juniors. 
Helping out his own cause, Cozad’s Maddux Myer finished the day 3-4 at the dish with a pair of singles, a double, three runs scored and an RBI. 
Catcher Blake Hoffmaster was the leading run producer with a pair of RBI’s for the Red and Black. 
Score By Innings
Holdrege  4300  023-12
Cozad      2022  001- 7

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