Providing Leadership For The Elwood Girls Hoops Squad:

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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

 
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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 
Team Standings
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
COZAD GOLFERS
Kaylei Becker 81, Abby Cornelius 84, Aaliyah Wilkins 106, Ayden Ourada 120, Belle Hagan 127. 
GOTHENBURG GOLFERS
Delaney Harm 103,Emma Jorgenson 109, Devyn Ostendorf 112, Georgina Dishman 113, Kenzie Graham 117, Grace Aden 130.
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Lex, Cozad, Swedes, Knights & Pirates Run Well At Gothenburg Invite

 
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The harriers from Lexington, Cozad, Elwood and Eustis/ Farnam joined with the host Swedes in taming the Wild Horse during the annual running of the Gothenburg Invitational on Thursday which featured over 30 teams competing in the event. 
Lexington was on a mission in the team races, as both the Minutemaids and Minutemen brought home hardware. The Minutemen were the team champion with 37 points and the Maids were second overall with 54 points. The Lady Haymakers were third overall in the girls race with 69 points.  The Gothenburg girls and boys both finished in sixth position with 104 and 131 points, respectively. 
The first race of the day featured a showcase of TRIBUNE-area female harriers. 
Crossing the finish line in fourth place overall was Elwood’s Tiffany Dickau with a time of 19:57. 
Close behind her was Lexington’s leading runner Leah Treffer with a time of 20:16 in sixth place overall. 
Finishing strong and running together for much of the race, Lady Haymakers Whitney Applegate and Ashley Burkholder crossed the finish line stripe in 20:30 and 20:40, respectively. Applegate was 8th and Burkholder was10th overall. 
Running a strong final two miles of the race, Courtney Harpole of Gothenburg netted a 12th place finish in 20:54. 
On the boys side of the quation, Lexington’s Damian Ramirez was the silver medalist with a time of 16:37. 
Scoring valuable points for the Minutemen was Yanni Vasquez with a fourth place finish in 17:01. 
The duo of Gavin Strauss and Hector Melendez, both of Lexington was 14th and 17th for the Orange and Black. 
The Haymakers top finisher in the vent was Austin Werner, who crossed the finish line stripe in 25th place with a clocking of 17:58. 
Gothenburg’s Ryan Healey was the leader of the pack of Swedes as he crossed the finish line stripe in 28th place with an elapsed time of 18:12.
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Lady Haymakers Win Thriller Over Gothenburg Nine

 
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Big scoring innings proved to be the difference as Cozad scored a 10-4 victory over the Lady Swedes in a diamond showdown held in Gothenburg on Thursday evening. 
In the top of the first inning, the Lady Haymakers were able to break the ice on the scoreboard when Sammy Crick singled and then scored on an RBI-single off the bat of Ali Arndt to make the score 1-0. 
In the bottom of the first inning, Kasey Wellmann led off the inning getting hit by a pitch and then working her way into scoring range. Just as she has before and she will do again, Wellmann scored on a passed ball to make the score 1-1 at the end of the first inning. 
The score remained at 1-1  until the Lady Haymakers got a one-out single off the bat of Ali Arndt. Courtesy runner Hailey Wilson substituted in for Arndt and used her speed to score on Alynne Myers RBI-single into deep centerfield to make the score 2-1 at the end of the third stanza. 
Gaining a cushion on the scoreboard, the Cozad offense pushed across three runs apiece during the fourth and fifth innings. During the fourth inning pinch runner Taylor Hoff, Jercey Irish and Sammy Crick scored for the Lady Haymakers.
In the top of the fifth inning, Alynne Myer led off with a solo homerun deep into the night beyond the fence in right field. Chloe Lundgren followed up the power surge with an RBI-single of her own that scored Emilia Carlos. Soon thereafter, Lundgren would score as well to increase the Cozad cushion on the scoreboard to 8-1 at the end of the fifth frame. 
During the bottom of the sixth inning, the Gothenburg offense flexed their muscle with Kaitlyn Aden leading off with a double to centerfield that nearly left the yard. On the ensuing play, Karleigh Kleinknecht connected on an RBIsingle that scored Aden. After a Bryse Young single, Nikita Wear connected on a two-RBI double into centerfield to make the score 8-4 before all the smoke cleared in the bottom of the sixth inning of play. 
Looking to regain the cushion and score insurance runs, the Cozad offense got going with the bottom of the batting order coming up big. Chloe Lundgren connected on a mishandled ball into left field that move her onto the basepath’s. Jercey Irish followed up the play with a slaphit into left field to put the Lady Haymakers in business. 
Lundgren would score during the ensuing at-bat when Sarah Yocom hit an RBI-single past third base to make the core 9-4. Facing a final out, Brenna Dugan connected on an RBI-single into right field that scored Irish to make the score 10-4. 
Down to their final outs, Gothenburg’s Josee Hota earned a walk. An Ali Arndt strike out thrown was sandwiched by a pair of popflies caught to end the contest, with Cozad scoring the 10-4 victory. 
Alynne Myer finished 4-4 at the plate with a run scored, a solo homerun and two RBI’s. 
Nikita Wear was 1-3 at the dish with a a double and two RBI’s for Gothenburg. 
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Cozad Softball Seniors:

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TRIBUNE-Area Sports Rewind

FIVE YEARS AGO
(2011)
Ace pitcher Amanda Barkmeier was instrumental in the Gothenburg Lady Swedes winning the C6 District Softball Tournament. Barkmeier was a workhorse in hurling three straight shutouts, as the Lady Swedes outscored their opponents 30-0 in the tournament. In the championship the Lady Swedes cruised past Southern Valley 12-0. Siera Schwanz was 2-2 at the plate with a pair of singles and one run scored. The RBI-queen of the game was slugger Brit Munster with three RBI’s. 
Sweeping top honors were the Haymakers and Lady Haymakers in winning the Southwest Conference Cross Country Team Championships. Lady Haymaker Jessica Vazquez was the gold medalist on the girls side in the race held in Broken Bow with fellow Cozad harriers Samantah Carlson and Riley Sigler finishing in third and fourth place, respectively. Gothenburg’s Brett Dockweiler was the the gold medalist on the boys side, as he and his Swede teammates combined to finish as the team runner-up. Dereck Rosas of Cozad was the bronze medalist. 
10 YEARS AGO
(2006)
Cozad qualified for the Nebraska State Softball Tournament for the eighth year in a row, by defeating Hastings 6-1 in the B-5 District Championship. Laura Fritz finished the contest, 3-4 at the plate with a trio of singles. 
There is a first time for everything and for the Gothenburg Softball squad, they went against all-odds and Edged Adams Central 4-1 and 5-3 in back-to-back championship games to clinch the C-6 District Crown and punch their ticket to the state tournament in Omaha for the first time in GHS history. 
15 YEARS AGO 
(2001)
The Lady Haymakers Softball team finished the season right where it started, at the top of the Class C rankings. The Haymakers won the Nebraska Class C State Championship by outscoring their opponents, 20-1. Cozad won the crown, with a 7-0 shutout of Ashland/ Greenwood. 
Jake Saulsbury finished fourth in No. 1 singles play to help the Lexington boys tennis team to a fifth-place finish in the Class B State Tennis Tournament. Aaron Konen and Michael Ambriz also notched fourth place accolades at No. 1 doubles for the Minutemen. 
20 YEARS AGO
(1996)
The Gothenburg and Cozad linksters finished fourth and fifth in the team race at the Southwest Conference Girls Golf Championships, held in Cozad. The Lady Swedes were led by the golfing efforts of Kai Friesen, who carded a score of 93, good enough for fifth place. Cozad’s best performance came from the swing of Mandy Christer’s carded score of 110. 
Jason Strong went on a scoring fury, leading the Knights to a 57-7 victory over Brady. Strong scored five touchdowns on the ground for Eustis/ Farnam. Strong scampered the turf for 131-yards on just nine carries. 
25 YEARS AGO
(1991)
Medaling a host of Haymaker golfers in the top ten, Cozad cruised to winning the Class B-4 District Golf Championship in Sidney. Junior Robyn Weatherly led the Lady Haymaker efforts by shooting a 89. Joining Weatherly in the top ten were Tonya Bean, Gina Baack and Mandi Keller. Bean prevailed in a playoff for fourth while Baack charged to sixth place. Keller was Cozad’s final medalist with a 99 for ninth place overall. 
‘A win is a win’, isn’t just a choice, but a lifestyle. Neither coach felt her team played as well as they could have, yet Lexington Head Volleyball Coach Tammy Kenton and the Maids earned a 15-9, 15-9 win over Gothenburg. Taking scoring honors was Claudine Gill with 13 points on 17 of 18 serving, with two aces. Defensively, the Lady Swedes collected an astounding 23  blocks, including nine by Shannon Pramberg.
30 YEARS AGO
(1986)
Cozad took advantage of a pair of Lexington turnovers to spoil the Minuteman Homecoming, 14-3 in Southwest Conference (SWC) gridiron action. The Minutemen rushed for 131-yards and the Haymakers had 91-rushing yards. In the air, the Minutemen were 3-14 for 30 yards and Cozad was 3-6 for 24 yards, giving Lex a total of 161 yards to Cozad’s 115. The telling stat was the turnovers. Lexington fumbled six times losing the ball four of those times. Adding four interceptions and the Lex offense was held out of the end zone.
Three runners in the top ten places was not enough for Gothenburg to defend their home turf, as they weren’t able to win their own boys cross country invite. Grand Island Northwest took home the team trophy with 34 points. Gothenburg was second with 41 points. The Vikings were led by Derek Bryer (16:00) and Lanny Boltz (16:41) in first and second place. Gothenburg claimed the fourth, fifth and tenth place medals. Jason Dean was fourth for the Swedes at 16:47. Not far behind was Will Bonsack in fifth at 17:01. Joe Hudson added a medal in 10th place at 17:16.
 

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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