Lady Haymakers & Swedes Amond Best In SWC Conference
Playing to the echo of the whistle paid off dearly for the Lady Haymakers and Swedes as they finished strong in the Southwest Conference (SWC) Tournament this past week.
Falling behind early and then gaining momentum like a steam locomotive, the Lady Haymakers put a serious scare into Minden, only to see the Whippets prevail 53-47 in the SWC Championship contest on Saturday.
Struggling against the pressure defense of Minden, Cozad fell behind early 19-7 before the horn sounded on the first quarter of play.
Getting their feet back underneath them, the Lady Haymakers worked their press break to great success to out score the Whippets, 12-4 during the second stanza to make the halftime score 23-19 with Minden holding onto the edge.
Throughout the third quarter the momentum and lead swung like the pendulum on a clock between Minden and Cozad. The Lady Haymakers were able to cut into the deficit even more to trail by just three-points, 35-32 with one quarter remaining in regulation.
Minden and Cozad continued to exchange scoring surges along with strong defense being showcased during the fourth quarter. The Lady Haymakers were up to the challenge down the stretch, but it was the Whippets that were able to outscore Cozad 18-15 during the period to earn the 53-47 win over the Lady Haymakers.
Lady Haymaker Sarah Yocom led all Red and Black-clad scorers with 15 points.
Connecting from deep for a trio of trifectas was Brenna Dugan with a total of 11 points scored for the Cozad hoopsters.
Hannah Thramer dropped in nine points for the Lady Haymakers.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Cozad 7 12 13 15 -47
Minden 19 4 12 18 -53
Cozad: Sarah Yocom 15, Brenna Dugan 11, Hannah Thramer 9, Becca Etherton 5, Sadie Rush 3, Kennedy Berreckman 2, Alec Geiger 2.
Perseverance and a strong finish was the formula for success for the Lady Swedes in their showdown with Ogallala in the consolation finals of the SWC Tournament on Saturday.
The Gothenburg Hoopsters rallied during the fourth quarter with great paint production and defensive efforts to score a 44-42 win over Ogallala.
Scoring was at a premium during the first quarter of play, with the Lady Indians having a slight edge to the tune of a 9-6 lead at the end of the first stanza.
Gothenburg and Ogallala both cashed in on their scoring opportunities to both score seven points in the second quarter. The Lady Indians continued to hold a three-point lead, 16-13 at the intermission.
Coming out of the break, the Lady Swedes were up to the task at hand by outscoring Ogallala 10-8 during the frame to make the score 24-23 with the Lady Indians clinging to a slim lead with just one quarter remaining in regulation.
Using their height advantage, the Gothenburg hoopsters pounded the paint with great success during the fourth quarter. The Lady Swedes scored big with their paint production to blow up for 21 fourth quarter points to score the 44-42 win for the Cardinal-clad cagers over Ogallala.
Senior Mady Vogel came up big for the Lady Swedes with a double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds, both team-leading efforts.
Kim Whiting contributed greatly for Gothenburg with 13 points.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Ogallala 9 7 8 18 -42
Gothenburg 6 7 10 21 -44
Gothenburg: Mady Vogel 23, Kim Whiting 13, Gracie Stienike 7, Katlin Harm 1.
To reach the medal round of the SWC Tournament, the Lady Swedes and Haymakers engaged in a battle of the ages on the hardwood on Friday evening.
The Red and Black from Cozad netted a 37-35 win over Gothenburg to advance to the championship finals of the bracket.
Battling long and hard for each scoring opportunity against still defensive efforts, the Cozad shooters were able to hold a slight edge, 8-6 as the end of the first eight minutes of action was reached.
During the second quarter, the Gothenburg cagers were able to prosper with their paint production to outscore Cozad, 9-7 to deadlock the score at 15-15 at the halftime break.
Hitting the door running and using their great team speed to their advantage, the Lady Haymakers fast break led to a 15-10 scoring edge during the third period to give the Red and Black a 30-25 lead with just eight minutes remaining in the matchup.
Facing a five-point deficit, the Gothenburg offense went to work to cut into the difference. Cozad and Gothenburg both had their control of the momentum during the final minutes of the contest. The Lady Swedes were able to outscore Cozad 10-7 during the period but it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit. The Lady Haymakers scored the 37-35 win over Gothenburg as time expired.
Leading the way for the victorious Lady Haymakers was Sarah Yocom with 15 points that included a trio of trifectas.
Chipping in greatly for the Red and Black were Hannah Thramer and Brenna Dugan with six points apiece.
Gothenburg was led by the efforts of Mady Vogel with game-high efforts of 25 points and 11 rebounds.
Gracie Stienike dropped in six points in the contest for the Lady Swedes.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Cozad 8 7 15 7 -37
Gothenburg 6 9 10 10 -35
Cozad: Sarah Yocom 15, Brenna Dugan 6, Hannah Thramer 6, Sadie Rush 5, Becca Etherton 2, Kennedy Berreckman 2, Alec Geiger 1.
Gothenburg: Mady Vogel 25, Gracie Stienike 6, Katlin Harm 2, Kim Whiting 2.
Lexington and Cozad Grapplers Compete In Higgins Invitational
he John Higgins Wrestling Invitational hosted 15 teams competing for top honors and bragging rights on Saturday in Lexington.
Bennington won the team crown with host Lexington finishing seventh overall and the Haymakers were 14th overall in the team race.
Minuteman Austin Probasco stepped into the spotlight as a weight division champion to lead the the Orange and Black.
Lexington’s Austin Probasco won the gold medal at 126 lbs. by earning a 1-0 decision for the win over Josh Pokorny of Bennington in the finals. To reach the championship match, Probasco earned a 7-5 win over Nick Sadd of Hastings after earning pins over Austin Marhsall of Holdrege and Kaleb Dayhuff of Beatrice.
GOLD MEDAL CHAMPIONS
Trey Arellano (Sidney)106 lbs
Zach Tucker (Scott City)113 lbs
Connor Laux (Hastings)120 lbs
Austin Probasco (Lexington)126 lbs
Jake Cluxton (Bennington)132 lbs
Josh Velasquez (Bennington)138 lbs
Dylan Petersen (North Platte)145 lbs
Derek Robb (Sidney)152 lbs
August Yoder (Bennington)160 lbs
Braiden Ruffin (North Platte)170 lbs
Eric Langan (McCook)182 lbs
Kyson Schnell (Lincoln Southwest)195 lbs
Connor Clanton (Lincoln Southwest)220 lbs
Lane Richardson (Hershey)285 lbs
Scoring big points for the host Minutemen were a trio of fourth place finishers that included Tomas Margritz, Josh Duncan and Josue Ayala.
Margritz was defeated by Logan MacDonald of Bennington in the medal round by the count of 10-4 at 145 lbs to finish in fourth place overall. To reach the medal round, Margritz defeated Orangeman Carter Aden by pinfall, Connor Burney of Lincoln Southwest by pinfall and then completed the trifecta by pinning Kolton Heins of Cozad. Margritz was edged by Jarret Jurgens of Scott City in the semifinal round.
Josh Duncan had a stellar day on the mat, finishing fourth overall at 160 lbs. Duncan was defeated by Matt Sorich of Millard West in the consolation finals. To reach the medal match, Duncan pinned Jayden Songster of North Platte and scored a 1-0 win over Abraham Wiebe of Scott City.
Josue Ayala was fourth overall at 195 lbs. Ayala reached the medal round by defeating Jaret Matson of McCook (16-1) and pinning Jaylin Bradley of Bellevue West. In the medal round, Ayala was defeated by Zack Sorich of Millard West by pinfall.
Lexington’s Alex DeSantiago (132 lbs.) defended his home mat with a fifth place finish for the Orange and Black.
Leading the way for the young Haymakers on the mat was Zeke Derr with a fifth place finish at 170 lbs. Derr was edged in the quarterfinals in a shootout 11-8 to Levi Miller of Bellevue West. Derr was then able to pick up a pair of wins over Jack Salmon of Bennington and Logan Retherford of Beatrice to earn the fifth place medal.
Increasing his season record to 22-14 overall, Jace Russman was sixth overall at 120 lbs. In his medal round match, Russman was defeated by Ben Garland of Beatrice. On the day, Russman had a pair of pins in earlier round action.
Blake Hoffmaster scored a sixth place finish for the Haymakers as well. Hoffmaster competed in the 132 lb division. In his medal round match, Hoffmaster was defeated 3-2 by Lexington’s DeSantiago.
Kolton Heins scored a sixth place finish for the Red and Black at 145 lbs. Heins was defeated 2-0 in the fifth place match against Connor Burney of Lincoln Southwest. Heins had a pair of pins in earlier action of the consolation bracket.
Bennington 193; Millard West 174.5; Lincoln Southwest 156; Scott City 112; Hastings 104; Beatrice 97.5; Lexington 89.5; Sidney 89.5; North Platte 85; Bellevue West 83; McCook 61; Hershey 60.5; Holdrege 54.5; Cozad 36; Holyoke 14.
--106 lbs: Trey Arellano (SD) dec. Camden Russell (MW), Sv-1, 8-6.
--113 lbs: Zach Tuckery (SC) major dec. Jack Huffman (MW), 13-4.
--120 lbs: Connor Laux (HAS) dec. Devin DeLancey (BEN), 2-1.
--126 lbs: Austin Probasco (LEX) dec. Josh Pokorny (BEN), 1-0.
--132 lbs: Jake Cluxton (BEN) dec. Jacob Lichter (MW), 7-6.
--138 lbs: Josh Velasquez (BEN) pinned Jake Oltman (LSW), 1:44.
--145 lbs: Dylan Petersen (NP) pinned Jarret Jurgens (SC), 3:53.
--152 lbs: Derek Robb (SID) dec. Wyatt Hayes (SC), 7-3.
--160 lbs: August Yoder (BEN) dec. Prestin Melroy (HOL), 5-2.
--170 lbs: Braiden Ruffin (NP) dec. Doug Vawter (MW), TB-1, 7-5.
--182 lbs: Eric Langan (MC) pinned Wyatt McConnell (HER), 4:49.
--195 lbs: Kyson Schnell (LSW) major dec. Cooper Griffith (SC), 13-3.
--220 lbs: Connor Clanton (LSW) dec. Kaleb Taylor (MC), 11-6.
--285 lbs: Lane Richardson (HER) pinned Tyler Ciurej (BW), 0:54.
Lexington's Probasco Wins Gold At Higgins Invite
SPORTS REWIND: A look back at 30-years from the TRIBUNE files
FIVE YEARS AGO
Cozad Senior Kyle Carlson won the 140 lb. gold crown at the Southwest Conference (SWC) Championships. Carlson edged Valentine’s Marcus Nelson 5-3 in an overtime thriller to win the gold medal.
Lexington Middle Hitter Cicely Batie announced her intentions to attend Nebraska Wesleyan and participate in Volleyball.
Gothenburg speedster Tannor Mroczek signed a letter of intent to attend Nebraska-Kearney and play football for the Lopers.
10 YEARS AGO
Lexington’s Alex Stewart won the 140 lb. gold medalist in the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference (GNAC) Wrestling Championships held in Scottsbluff. Stewart defeated Bearcat Nate Richter 8-2 in the final round.
The trio of Clayton Lemmer (160 lbs.), Tyler Sturgeon (145) and Kurt Gill (275) propelled the Haymakers to finish as the runner-up in the team race at the Southwest Conference (SWC) Wrestling Tournament.
15 YEARS AGO
Powered by the back-to-back titles won by Jordan and Justin Kinnan, Cozad finished fifth overall in the team race against the loaded and very talented field at the Ainsworth Invitational. Gothenburg’s Brandon Koch won the individual title in the 275 lb. weight division.
The desperation trey from Haymaker Daniel Cornelius wasn’t enough as Gothenburg edged Cozad 44-42 in boys Southwest Conference hoops action. The Swedes were led in scoring by Blake Lambert who tallied a game-high 16 points. Jeremy Pierce led the Cozad continency in scoring 12 points.
20 YEARS AGO
Going on the road and winning is easier said than done. The Lady Swedes defied the odds and scored early and often as they edged Lexington 57-44. Gothenburg had built a 36-23 lead at the break and held the lead throughout the final 16 minutes of hardwood action. Leading all scorers in the game, Gothenburg’s Michelle Sitorius tickled the twine to the tune of 13 points. Just a step behind in the scoring column, Keri Schlake dropped in 12 points for the Lady Swedes.
The Lexington Minutemen finished a western Nebraska road swing with a 1-1 record, as they were nipped in overtime by Scottsbluff 42-39, but recovered quite nicely in blitzing the rim to cruise to a 78-63 win over the Red Raiders of Sidney.
25 YEARS AGO
It was a mat battle for the ages, as Cozad, Lexington and Ogallala separated themselves from the field in the team race at the Southwest Conference Tournament. In the final count, the Indians placed all 13 team members in top four honors, to earn the SWC team crown. The Minutemen and Cozad weren’t far behind as they placed 12 and 11 grapplers in the championship or consolation finals at the highly touted meet.
The Cozad cagers slayed the giant with a come from behind 63-60 victory over highly ranked Grand Island Northwest. Haymaker scoring sensation Brendan Holbein scorched the nets for nine points in the fourth quarter, on his way to scoring a game-high 22 points. Adding to the victorious point total for Cozad was Carson Davis and Cory Barnes with 14 and 10 points, respectively.
30 YEARS AGO
A stellar first quarter propelled the Minutemaids to a 58-23 victory over Cozad. Lexington led 19-6 at the end of the first period and never looked back. The Maids had a three-headed scoring monster that all reached double figures in the scoring column. Kim Crider led the way with 14 points. Shawnda Hatcher led the Lady Haymakers attack with seven points.
Lexington was clutch at the free throw line over the final five minutes to edge the Haymakers 55-48. The Minutemen found nothing but the bottom of the net on eight-of-nine attempts from the line in the fourth quarter. Scoring valiantly, Greg Krason led Cozad with 20 points.
Cozad Grapplers Led By Derr With Top Five Finish At Higgins Invite
Swedes Defend Home Mat & Win Team Crown At Gothenburg Invitational
The Swede grapplers hosted the annual Gothenburg Dual Team Tournament. There were five rounds of competition to declare the team champions and individual crowns on Friday.
The host Swede grapplers were the team champions with a perfect 5-0 record in dual competition.
ROUND ONE RESULTS
Broken Bow 52 - North Platte SP 28
High Plains 56 - Ainsworth 17
Gothenburg 49 - Burwell 28
ROUND TWO RESULTS
Burwell 57 - Ainsworth 18
High Plains 42 - North Platte SP 28
Gothenburg 40 - Broken Bow 39
ROUND THREE RESULTS
Broken Bow 45 - High Plains 27
Burwell 45 - North Platte SP 30
Gothenburg 64 - Ainsworth 15
ROUND FOUR RESULTS
North Platte SP 36 - Ainsworth 21
Broken Bow 57 - Burwell 18
Gothenburg 63 - High Plains 18
Burwell 45 - High Plains 30
Broken Bow 63 - Ainsworth 18
Gothenburg 69 - North Platte SP 12
Gothenburg grapplers Bryce Larson, Trevor Holley and Jayden Miller all climbed to the top of the podium and were crowned gold medal champions.
Swede grappler Bryce Larson was a pinning machine on Friday on his home turf. Bryce finished with a 5-0 record on the day with a pair of pins.
Trevor Holley and Jayden Miller also finished the event with unblemised 5-0 records on the day.
One step away was Kaidhen Dorsey and Wyatt Anderson in the middle weights. Dorsey had a pair of pins. Wyatt Anderson was a strong finisher with a trifecta of pins to his credit on Friday.
Josh Reinhard was able to showcase his skills to earn a 3-1 wins/losses record at 220 lbs.
Kody Miller and Brandon Stevens combined to finish 5-0 in th 152 lb. weight division.
Swede grappler Pat Hudson was 3-2 on the mat to score valuable points for the Cardinal-clad grapplers.
Gothenburg Hoopsters Sweep SWC-Foe Broken Bow On The Hardwood
Getting the weekend started off right, the host Swedes swept a girls/boys basketball doubleheader over Southwest Conference (SWC) foe Broken Bow on Friday evening at Gothenburg.
Scoring early and often in the first half was the formula for the Lady Swedes to a big lead that resulted in a Gothenburg 44-22 victory over the Lady Indians.
Hitting the door running with a dominate first quarter that saw Gothenburg cash in on their experience and height advantage saw the Lady Swedes lead 13-7 when the horn sounded on the first quarter of play.
The Cardinal-clad cagers continued to flourish on offense to outscore Bow 12-7, as Gothenburg took a commanding 25-14 lead into the halftime break.
The Lady Swedes held off the charges of Broken Bow in the third quarter to put the exclamation point on the Gothenburg win on a 12-2 scoring run. When the final horn sounded, the Lady Swedes scored a 44-22 win.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Broken Bow 7 7 6 2 -22
Gothenburg 13 12 7 12 -44
In the second half of the double-dip it was more of the same as Gothenburg defended home court advantage in a big way to score a 60-39 win over Broken Bow.
For much of the first stanza, the momentum swung near and far, with Gothenburg holding a slight 14-13 edge entering the second quarter of play.
Hitting their stride with their fast break attack, the Swedes went ‘En Fuego’ from the field to outscore Broken Bow 20-7 during the second quarter to give Gothenburg a 34-20 lead at the intermission.
The Swedes continued to flourish on offense and led by 18 points, 45-27 with just one quarter remaining in regulation.
Gothenburg held their cushion throughout the fourth quarter to score the 60-39 victory.
Dawson Graham and Ty Clement led the Swedes with 19 and 16 points in the contest.
Graham and Collin Hahn had four and five assists in the game.
Clement and Riley Ostendorf both ripped down eight caroms.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Broken Bow 13 7 7 12 -39
Gothenburg 14 20 11 15 -60
Gothenburg: Dawson Graham 19, Ty Clement 16, Collin Hahn 9, Patrick Messersmith 7, Will Healey 5, Bennett Folkers 2, Riley Ostendorf 2.