Swedes Battle Scotus In State Basketball Opener

Thinkin’ Lincoln became a reality for the Swedes hoopsters as they competed in a hard-fought game against Columbus Scotus in the opening round  on Thursday afternoon of the 2016 Nebraska C1 State Basketball Championships that were held in Lincoln. The Shamrocks used a second half surge offensively to score a 58-39 victory over the Gothenburg cagers. 
The Shamrock shooters hit the door running in the first quarter as they stormed the court for a 7-0 lead at the 6:35 mark of the first quarter of play. The Columbus Scotus offense continued to hold that cushion that turned into a 16-6 lead when the horn sounded, signifying the end of the first quarter. 
 Looking to dent the deficit wasn’t just a figure of speech for the Gothenburg cagers, as Collin Hahn found a rhythm and his offensive spark spread like wild fire with the Swedes cutting the deficit to just five-points, 19-14 by the 4:30 mark of the second quarter of play. The Gothenburg hoopsters cut the lead to just one-point, 19-18 just over a minute later. Over the final minute and a half, the Shamrocks and Swedes both used their offensive possessions to their advantage by scoring a 24-24 deadlock on the scoreboard when the end of the first half of play was reached. 
wild fire with the Swedes cutting the deficit to just five-points, 19-14 by the 4:30 mark of the second quarter of play. The Gothenburg hoopsters cut the lead to just one-point, 19-18 just over a minute later. Over the final minute and a half, the Shamrocks and Swedes both used their offensive possessions to their advantage by scoring a 24-24 deadlock on the scoreboard when the end of the first half of play was reached. 
Coming out of the break, the Shamrocks defensive adjustments and efforts on offense allowed Columbus Scotus to surge ahead again on the scoreboard to the tune of 30-24 near the midway point of the period. The Rocks contiued to flourish to take a 12-point lead, 
41-29 with just one quarter remaining in 
regulation play. 
Using their zone defense, the Columbus Scotus cagers continued to stifle the Gothenburg offense system. 
The Swede shooters tried to adjust accordingly and slash to the hoop through the zone defense that allowed the Cardinal-clad cagers to close the gap on the scoreboard during the second quarter of play. 
Despite the added influence on the scoring end, the Gothenburg offense struggled to dent the deficit that remained at double-digits througout the final eight minutes of play. 
Gothenburg trailed 46-31 with 6:15 left to play. The Swedes rallied their way to trail 48-36 by the 2:38 mark of the fourth quarter of play, but that was as close as it would get, as Columbus Scotus would live to play another day as a result of a 58-39 win over the Swede cagers. 
The Shamrocks shot 43 percent from the field compared to Gothenburg’s collective effort of 30 percent shooting. The Swedes height was advantageous in winning the board battle 31-28 over Scotus. 
Swede Collin Hahn paced Gothenburg with a team-high 20 points. 
Dawson Graham faced double-teams for much of the contest, as he was able to net eight points to go along with four caroms and three assists. 
Ty Clement finished the contest with five points and 10 rebounds for the Swede hoopsters. 
  Riley Ostendorf had four points and four rebounds. 
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Gothenburg           6  8  5  10 -39
Columbus Scotus 16  8 17 17 -58
Gothenburg: Collin Hahn 20, Dawson Graham 8, Ty Clement 5, Riley Ostendorf 4, Bennett Folkers 2. 

Gothenburg Boys Have Dream 2015-2016 Hoops Season

With a seat at the table, the Swede hoopsters were among the elite in the always tough Southwest Conference (SWCC) during the 2015-2016 season. 
The Gothenburg Boys finished with 20 wins on the season. The Swedes claimed notable wins Lexington, Perkins County, North Platte St. Pats, Ogallala, Chase County, Minden and Gordon-Rushville during the season. 
The Swedes netted 58.2 points per contest this season while allowing just 45.4 points per game. 
Junior Dawson Graham had a season to remember that resulted in 19.8 points per game. Graham was ‘Money’ from the field with a 46 percent shooting effort while dishing out 3.7 dimes per contest. On the flipside, Graham snared 84 steals for the season. 
In the paint, Ty Clement nearly averaged a double-double of 12.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Clement was on a tear during the second half of the season and was instrumental to the Swedes making the trip to the State Championships for the first time since 1992. At the free throw line, Clement was money with a 66 percent effort. 
Guard Collin Hahn was a sparkplug for the Swedes. He flexed the net for 10.7 points per game while shooting 73 percent from the charity stripe. 
Bennett Folkers, Patrick Messersmith and Will Healey contributed greatly to the success of the Swedes during the past 20165-2016 campaign on the hardwood.  

Minutemen Hoopsters Have Stellar Season

The Minutemen of Lexington had a superb season on the hardwood during the 2015-2016 season that resulted in 53.2 points per contest being scored. 
The Orange and Black-clad cagers had notable victories over Ogallala, Minden, Hastings, Cozad, Broken Bowk Hershey and Holdrege. 
Leading the way for the Minutemen was Trevor McKeone with 16.2 points per game to go along with his 8.9 rebounds per game. McKeone did an outstanding job of working inside along with shooting from long range to have the dream season for the Minutemen. 
Sharpshooter Andrew Saiz flourished on the wing for the Orange and Black. Saiz connected on 63 trifectas this season at a 36 percent clip to net 230 total points. Saiz dished out 32 assists this season as well. 
Finishing the season strong, Jake Leger had a remarkable Freshmen season. Leger had a knack for finding the open teammate and his increased confidence rang true during the second half of the season. 
Senior Willy Mendoza played with a fierce tenacity in the paint and his efforts were rewarded with 116 points and 122 rebounds for the season. 
Senior Caleb Lauby and Junior Clay Hernandez provided great consistency to the Minutemen fast break and offensive attack. Hernandez and Lauby netted 99 and 98 points during this past campaign on the water. 
Freshman Kobe Block saw his season be hampered as a result of injury, but while he was on the floor, he was very clutch for Lexington. Block netted 69 points while snaring 67 rebounds. 
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Haymakers Seniors Provide Great Leadership On The Hardwood

With a good mix of experience and youth, the Cozad boys hoops squad had a superb 2015-2016 season. 
The Haymakers notched notable wins over Chase County, St. Paul, Hershey, Valentine, Elm Creek, Minden, Perkins County and McCook. 
For the season, the Red and Black lit up the scoreboard for 43.5 points per game. 
Leading the way for the Haymakers offense were a pair of Seniors that provided great leadership. 
Andrew Sayer was a wing producer that could connect from deep as well as slash to the rim. Sayer led the Red and Black with 10.3 points per game while dishing out 39 assists and pilfering 40 steals. 
Senior Jordan Henry was a force in the paint with 10.2 points per game while snaring 6.8 rebounds per contest. 
Doing an outstanding job of contributing on the wing were Senior Sam Cole and Junior Blaine Emerson. Emerson scored 155 points and Cole netted 127 points for the season. Emerson had a team-leading 46 assists along with 38 steals. Cole was a key rebounder with 89 caroms being gathered. 
Toby Salazar and Klint Gill provided great depth in the paint and on the wing for the Haymakers this season. Screen_Shot_2016-03-17_at_12.37.38_PM.png

Hunter Education Course Offered To Cozad Youth

A Firearm Hunter Education Course will be offered in Cozad by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. 
Classes will be held in the Paulsen offices, located on East Highway 30. Instructional classes are set be held on March 28th, 29th and 30th  along with April 4th and 5th starting at 7 p.m. and finishing at 9 p.m. 
In Nebraska, hunters age 12 through 29 must have on their person proof of successful completion of firearm hunter education while hunting with a firearm or crossbow. 
Individuals who successfully complete the course will receive the hunter safety card that is required by law for youth hunters. 
Participants must register for the course at www. huntsafenebraska.org For additional information contact Tim Wolf at 784-2587 or Gordon Lindstedt at 784-3172. 

SPORTS REWIND: A look back at 30-years from the TRIBUNE files

FIVE YEARS AGO
(2011)
Lexington linkster Shad Wellmann was ninth overall against a loaded field of competitors at the North Platte Invitational. Wellmann carded a score of 80. Just missing a top ten finish was Trever Miller with a score of 84. Gothenburg was led by the efforts of Jackson Graham with a score of 89. 
Showcasing speed and endurance, Luke Rehmert of Gothenburg scored a gold medal winning performance by cruising to the victory in the 1000 meter run in 2:48, winning by over five seconds while competing at the Kearney High Indoor Track and Field Invitational. 
10 YEARS AGO
(2006)
Eustis/Farnam’s Lisa Fagot and Chelsea Wolf were named as Central Plains Conference (CPC) All-Conference hoopsters for their outstanding 2005-2006 season on the hardwood. Fellow Lady Knights Jessika Lehmann and Tara Schultheiss earned honorable mention accolades. 
Gothenburg graduate, Jason ‘Bump’ Novacek was unveiled as one of the selected athletes to be enshrined in the Nebraska High School Hall of Fame. Novacek was a three-sport standout for the Swedes in football, basketball and track. He was an all-state quarterback, Shrine Bowl defensive MVP as a result of his record 84-yard interception return for a touchdown and was Nebraska’s first 16-foot pole vaulter. Novacek won four straight Class B vault gold medals along with claiming three all-class golds in the vault. 
Competing in the highly-touted Kearney High Indoor Track and Field Invitational, the Gothenburg boys captured a trifecta of gold medal winning efforts. 
15 YEARS AGO
(2001)
Winning double-gold at the Kearney Indoor meet held at Nebraska-Kearney, was Gothenburg standout Blake Lambert. The Swede reached to 22’8” in the long jump and eclipsed 6’2.5” in the high jump. That’s not all though, as Lambert joined with Jeff Neujahr, Matt Hilderbrandt and Tyler Fickenscher to win gold in the 1600 meter relay. Also earning individual top honors for the Swedes was Nathan Cheestsos for his efforts in winning the 55-meter high hurdles.
Gothenburg’s Jeff Holm led all TRIBUNE-area linksters in shooting a 78 to finish in third place at the North Platte Golf Invitational. Gothenburg was ninth overall in the team race with a carded 355, Lexington finished 12th with a 386. The Minutemen were led by golfer Andy Ondrak with a low-score of 92. 
20 YEARS AGO
(1996)
Cozad and Gothenburg were well represented on the medal stand at the Ogallala Track Invitational. Haymaker vaulter David Taylor and  Swede  thrower Travis Sheffield, prevailed as gold medal champions. Taylor led a trifecta of Cozad high flyers who placed in the vault with a 13’6” effort. Jonas Young (12”6”) and Nick Maaske (11’0”) finished third and fifth place overall, respectively. Sheffield stood tall in the discus with a field leading toss of  152’2” to win gold. He was also third in the shot put with a heave that flew 50’2”. Haymaker Jason Smith was sixth in the 800 meter run in 2:08; and Aaron Brockmeier launched the discus 130’8” for sixth place honors. 
25 YEARS AGO
(1991)
The Minutemaids showcased their outstanding depth by only winning three events at the Grand Island Relays, but they placed in all but two events, as the Orange claimed their second team championship of the season. In the 6400 meter relay, the quartet of Melissa Matson, Teresa Kraus, Becky Stieb and KayCee Muma ran their way to gold in a time of 24:35. Muma and Stieb then joined with Kari Schukar and Angie Sellen to take the crown in the 3,200 meter relay in 11:02. The Trio of Jill Laux, Stephanie Araujo and Cherri Zimmerman combined their efforts to win the long jump relay with a 46’3” effort.
30 YEARS AGO
(1986)
Diane Eschliman and Me-lody Kniestadt led the Cozad girls track team at the Kearney State College Indoor track meet with Gold Medal winning efforts. The Haymakers scored 35 points in the team race, just one point out of fifth place. Cozad scored 18 of its points in the high jump. Diane Eschliman won the event by clearing a height of 5’0”. Sheila Franzen  was not far behind as she placed third at 4’10” and Holly Waring was fifth at 4’8”. Melody Kniestadt’s championship effort was in the shotput. 
The Cozad boys basketball team finished the year at 10-7 overall and 3-3 in the Southwest Conference. Jarrod Rush was the Haymakers leading scorer with an 11.2 point average. It was Travis Ferguson that led the Cozad defense, as the senior point guard had 52 steals to average 3.1 a game.

TRIBUNE-Area Billards Standouts Qualify For National Championships

Four area poolplayers will compete in the American Poolplayers Association (APA) National Singles Championships in Las Vegas in April after winning the Singles Regional Championship held over the weekend at Walker’s Steakhouse and Lounge in Gothenburg.
Taylor Walker from Gothenburg will compete in the 8-Ball Classic National Championship which features $15,000 first place cash and prizes for each skill level tier.
David Rich from Lexington, along with Cozad players Travis Munster and Stacy Munster, will play in the 9-Ball Shootout National Championship which offers $10,000 first place cash and prizes for each skill level tier.
Players advancing to the APA Poolplayer Championships in Las Vegas receive paid entry fee, a generous travel allowance and complimentary lodging at the Westgate Resort and Casino, site of the APA Poolplayer Championships.
Taking second place and cash prizes at the Singles Regional event in Gothenburg were Dennis Stevens from Gothenburg, Dale Coover from Overton and Raebecca Coover from Lexington.
The event in Gothenburg hosted 53 players from all over western Nebraska and qualified the top six shooters for the National Championship.

TRIBUNE REWIND: A Look Back At Sports Spanning 30 years

FIVE YEARS AGO
(2011)
Being awarded for their hard work on the hardwood were Rachel Mahlberg of Elwood and Eustis/Farnam standout Preston Rieker. Mahlberg earned All-Fort Kearny Conference (FKC) honors as a first team selection. Preston Rieker was etched on the second-team for her efforts in leading the Lady Knights. 
Excelling at the next level were a pair of former Haymaker standouts in track and field. Gretchen Clark, a Pitt State high jumper eclipsed above 5’8.5” to finish third at the NCAA Division II Indoor National Championships, earning All-American honors.  Nebraska Cornhusker strongman Luke Pinkelman launched the shotput past the 62’4” to finish sixth overall, earning All-American honors at the NCAA Indoor National Championships. 
10 YEARS AGO
(2006)
The three point barrage by the Pierce Bluejays was too much to overcome for the Swedes as they were defeated 53-45 in the first round of the Nebraska State Class C-1 Boys Basketball Tournament. The Jays connected on seven treys in the contest to trump the scoring efforts of Levi Fickenscher and Andrew Wilson, who flexed the net for 16 and 14 points, respectively. Seth Peltzer contributed greatly with nine points for Gothenburg. 
Eustis/Farnam grad Lance Pfeiffer now competing as a member of the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers finished as the National Runner-Up and earned All-American status in the Shot Put  at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Boston, Massachusetts. Pfeiffer launched the shotput 59’4.75” on his final throw to achieve the second place finish. 
Lexington’s Carroll and Billie Clements were saluted as the ‘Spirit Award’ winners during the Lexington Winter Sports Recognition Banquet. 
Tim McGuire of Lexington advanced to the APA National Singles Championships with his 9-Ball Billiards victory over Don Carpenter of Cozad during the Midwest Regional APA 9-Ball Shootout held in Grand Island. 
15 YEARS AGO
(2001)
Centura standout Jina Johansen has been terrorizing opponents on the hardwood all season long. She took to the spotlight and flourished during the Centurions first round Class C1 State Tournament victory over Gothenburg 68-38. The teams had matched during the regular season, with Centura notching the win, 50-37. Gothenburg was led in scoring by the shooting efforts of Katie Bartlett with 12 points. 
The Minutemaids were looking to avenge a double-overtime regular season loss to Alliance in the first round of the Nebraska’s Class B State Girls Basketball Tournament. The Orange hoopsters stepped up their defensive effort and allowed just 28 points, but weren’t able to overcome a dismal shooting night and fell to the Lady Dawgs by the count of 28-25. 
20 YEARS AGO
(1996)
There was a conglomerate of TRIBUNE-area martial arts participants that earned hardware at the recent Mid-Platte Valley Tae Kwon Do competition. Cozad’s Casey Newbrey, Chris Schmeeckle, Brenda Gehrman and Larry Allen were all trophy winners.  Tim Gerken of Eustis along with the Gothenburg pair of Leonard Miller and Craig Sabin, also were trophy winners at the competition. 
Earning All-State, Second team honors on the hardwood from the Omaha World Herald were Michelle Sitorius of Gothenburg and Lexington’s Ryan Bliven. Cozad and Gothenburg were well represented on the All-State select team, as Haymakers Aaron Hendricksen and Chad Rosenstiel along with Gothenburg’s Matt Pramberg and Kurt Stevens were recognized on the honorable mention list. 
25 YEARS AGO
(1991)
A total of nine Lexington hoopsters earning All-Conference honors. Minuteman Britt Ehlers was the lone senior on the All-SWC first team. Ehlers was joined on the first team by Lexington teammates Chad Jaeger and Dan Neil. Cozad’s Brendan Holbein was a first team selection also. Cozad Haymaker hoopsters Cory Barnes and Carson Davis were chosen to the second team. Joining his fellow Orange clad Minutemen cagers on the post season honors team was sophomore Jeff Sykes, who was selected as an honorable mention selection. Minutemaids Traci Wemhoff and Leila Burwell as well as Cozad’s Jennifer Gibbens earned First team, All-SWC honors for girls basketball. 
The Minutemen’s 13-game winning streak came to a screeching halt, when the red-hot Elkhorn Mount Michael hoopsters won their 15th game in 16 games, 69-66 over Lexington in the opening round of the Class B State Basketball Tournament. The Minutemen were led in scoring by the shooting of Britt Ehlers with 19 points. Lexington’s Chad Jaeger and Ty Tomasek tickled the twine to the tune of 17 and 10 points, respectively. 
30 YEARS AGO
(1986)
Shocking the world, the Eustis Tigers won their biggest game of the year over third rated in the state Pleasanton Bulldogs 69-62  in the D1-11 Sub-District Championship.  The Tigers were led by the scoring efforts of Youl Brown with 21 points. Neil Jack and Curtis Sheets chipped in with 11 and 10 points to power Eustis to victory. 
Taking advantage of the situation, the Imperial Longhorns sank 20-of-34 free throws to edge Cozad 54-52 in boys hardwood action during the B-7 Basketball Tourney. Cozad finished the contest shooting 12-of-24 from the charity stripe. Senior Travis Ferguson in his last game clad in the Haymaker jersey, scored a team leading 17 points. James Bratton, also a senior cager finished his career with a 15 point outing for Cozad. Junior Greg Krason chipped in with 10 p23 percent of their shots, to end up as the Class ‘B’ State runner-up to Lincoln Pius X as a result of the 46-36 decision. 

Hunter Education Course Offered To Cozad Youth

A Firearm Hunter Education Course will be offered in Cozad by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. 
Classes will be held in the Paulsen offices, located on East Highway 30. Instructional classes are set be held on March 28th, 29th and 30th  along with April 4th and 5th starting at 7 p.m. and finishing at 9 p.m. 
In Nebraska, hunters age 12 through 29 must have on their person proof of successful completion of firearm hunter education while hunting with a firearm or crossbow. 
Individuals who successfully complete the course will receive the hunter safety card that is required by law for youth hunters. 
Participants must register for the course at huntsafenebraska.org For additional information contact Tim Wolf at 784-2587 or Gordon Lindstedt at 784-3172. 

Lexington's Late Rally Falls Short Against Lady Huskies

 
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Going toe-to-toe with one of the top teams in Class B, the Minutemaids of Lexington put their best foot forward in a hoops clash with Aurora. The Huskies were able to weather the storm and score a 41-35 win over Lexington during the semifinal round of the B-5 District Championship on Thursday evening. 
Lexington fell behind early and trailed 7-2 with just two minutes remaining in the first quarter of play. 
The Huskies went for a walk and scored rave reviews as they extinguished the scoring surge by Lexington during the second quarter and took the lead 9-8 at the quarter break. 
The Aurora hoopsters still had the momentum and they cashed in on a 6-0 scoring run to force teams to re-group on both ends of the floor. 
Lexington was able to now turn the tides in hopes of denting the deficit. The Orange and Black were able to weather the storm to the best of their ability and make the score 21-14 on the at the halftime break in the action. 
The mometum was swinging in the balance during the early going of the second half of play, with neither team ruling the roost. 
The Minutemaids were able to garner the mometum first with a scoring surge that cut the deficit to just four-points, 26-22 at the 1:53 mark of the third quarter of play. 
After ending the third quarter with a four-point deficit (26-22), Lexington was able to turn the corner and not only tie the score, but take the lead for the first time ever in the contest 29-28 over Aurora. 
For much of the fourth quarter of play the momentun swung like the pendulum with nobody having much luck holding onto the momentum. 
With just over three minutes remaining in regulation, the Lexington sharpshooters had cut the deficit to just one-run 28-27 while taking to the lead less than a minute later.  
As the time continued to dwindling down, Aurora continued to shine with their athletism and height advantage. 
Down the strech, the Lady Huskies were able to hold off the Lexington charges to preserve a 41-35 vicotry over the Minutemaids. 
Senior slasher Hannah Ostrom finished the contest with a team-leading 19 points to go along with five rebounds and two steals. 
Junior Blaire Edeal had an ‘In The Zone’ moment that assisted greatly in the late night scoring rally. Edeal finished the contest with 10 points and eight rebounds. garthered. 
The Senior duo of Joelly Anderson and Ellie Rowe both scored three points apiece while providing service on the wing for the Minutemaids. 
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Swedes Victorious Over Gordon-Rushville In District Hoops Championship

 

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For the first time in 10 years, the Swedes cut the nets down and punched their ticket to the State Basketball Championships as a result of defeating Gordon-Rushville 58-44 in the C1-6 District finals that were played in front of a capacity crowd at Sidney High School on Monday evening. 
It was the third time in four years that Gothenburg found themselves in the district championship and the third time was the charm, as they qualified for the Class C1 State Championships. “I am so proud of the players for keeping focused and staying to the plan to play with energy in the beginning and when needed down the stretch,” expressed Gothenburg Head Coach Roger Koehler. “ It feels great to advance to the state tournament. The guys have some lofty goals and worked year-round to reach this point.”
Feeling the energy of the raucous crowd, the Gothenburg cagers stormed out of the gates and led 16-0 at the two minute mark of the first quarter. The sharpshooters from Gordon-Rushville found the range with a pair of trifectas in the final minutes of the stanza to make the score 19-7 at the end of the opening period. Ty Clement ruled the roost for the Swedes with 11 points in the first quarter. 
During the second quarter of play, the Mustangs adjusted to a zone defense to limit Ty Clements production in the paint. The Gordon-Rushville offense started connecting from deep, as Ryan Schwarting flexed the net on a pair of treys to cut into the Swedes lead. The Gothenburg offense continued to cash in on their opportunities to still lead, 28-21 when the horn sounded the end of the first half of play. 
Coming out of the third quarter, the Gothenburg and Gordon-Rushville offensive systems tested their perseverance as defensive efforts reigned supreme for much of the third quarter of play. The Mustangs were able to get a balance offensive effort with five players scoring to cut the deficit to just five-points, 41-36 with just eight minutes left in regulation. 
the end of the first half of play. 
Coming out of the third quarter, the Gothenburg and Gordon-Rushville offensive systems tested their perseverance as defensive efforts reigned supreme for much of the third quarter of play. The Mustangs were able to get a balance offensive effort with five players scoring to cut the deficit to just two-points, 38-36 with just 20 seconds left to play in the third quarter. During the waning moments, Gothenburg recovered quite nicely with a five-point lead, 41-36 with just eight minutes remaining in regulation. 
During the fourth quarter, the Gothenburg offense was able to work the ball inside the paint and get good pruduction with Ty Clement pacing Gothenburg with nine points in the fourth quarter. The Swedes used a potent inside-out offensive system to outscore Gordon-Rushville 17-8 during the final quarter of regulation to punch their ticket to the Class ‘C1’ State Basketball Championships. 
Gothenburg Center Ty Clement had a team leading 23 points. 
Dawson Graham found the range early and often to the tune of 18 points for Gothenburg.
On the wing, Bennett Folkers and Patrick Messersmith dropped in six and five, respectively. 
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Gothenburg         19 9  13 17 -58
Gordon-Rushville  7 14  15 8  -44
Gothenburg: Ty Clement 23, Dawson Graham 18, Bennett Folkers 6, Patrick Messersmith 5, Collin Hahn 3, Riley Ostendorf 3. Screen_Shot_2016-03-03_at_9.42.42_AM.png

Turn Back The Clock With Tribune Rewind:

FIVE YEARS AGO
(2011)
In a rematch of the B5 District Championship, the Lexington hoopsters were edged by Holdrege 52-51 as a result of Lauren Hoeft’s running left hand shot that tickled the twine with just 4.6 seconds left in the first round of the Nebraska Class B Girls State Basketball Championships. Led by the inside-outside scoring punch from Cicely Batie, Hailey Mandelko and Sydney Seberger, the Minutemaids blasted their way to a 16-10 lead early before Holdrege scored the final five points of the first quarter to make it 16-15 at the end of the first eight minutes. The Dusters were able to continued their scoring surge in the second stanza, as they snared the lead at 28-27 entering the halftime break. The Holdrege offense continued to floruish during the third quarter as they outscored Lexington 19-12. Entering the final quarter of regulation, the Minutemaids faced a 47-39 deficit. The Orange and Black chipped away at the deficit throughout the fourth quarter until Sydney Seberger hit nothing but the bottom of the net on a a trifecta to give Lexington a 51-50 lead with just 22 second s remaining. It was on the ensuing possession that Hoeft dashed the hopes of the Minutemaids. Lexington was led by the scoring efforts of Sydney Seberger with 16 points. Hailey Mandelko fought through the stiff defense to score 14 points Senior Center Cicely had a teriffic game for the Maids with a career high 12 points. 
10 YEARS AGO
(2006)
Roger Boerkircher’s horse named ‘JR Stormy,’ a four-year old colt finished fourth overall in his racing debut, a six-furlong maiden special weight race at Fonner Park. 
Allen Wissman of Bertrand has taken the reins as being the director of operations for the Dawson County Raceway. One of Wissman’s first orders of business was the moving of the pits from inside the track to a portion of the parking lot. 
Doane College Tiger tracksters Tiffany Roemmich of Lexington and Blake Houchin of Gothenburg qualified for the Indoor Track and Field Championships in the 400 meters and pole vault, respectively. 
15 YEARS AGO
(2001)
Starting off the game on an 8-0 run along with Erin Jones and Nicole Shirley scoring 18 and 17 points, was enough for the Lexington Minutemaids to defeat Holdrege 53-46, in the Class B-5 District Championship game. 
Forcing overtime, seemed to wake up the Chanticleers as they outscored Cozad 12-4, in the extra session to claim a 52-44 win over the Haymaker hoopsters in C1-13 Sub-District action. Ross Gentzler and Greg Davis led the Cozad charge with 12 and 11 points scored. 
20 YEARS AGO
(1996)
Cozad’s Aaron Hendricksen and the Gothenburg duo of Kurt Stevens and Matt Pramberg were selected as members of the All-Southwest Conference basketball team. Haymaker Chad Rosenstiel and Swede cager Dan Gronewold were second team selections. 
Lexington standout senior Josh Kuecker was chosen as the recipient of the Mark Gruntorad Award for basketball at the Lexington High School Awards ceremony. The award selection process is based on work ethic, character, team spirit and leadership. 
Michelle Sitorius and Keri Schlake of Gothenburg were both selected as first-team members of the All-SWC Basketball team. Lady Swede hoopster Lindsey Stevens was chosen as a second-team All-SWC performer. 
25 YEARS AGO
(1991)
Cozad’s Brandon Ross scored an event high 37 points to win the State Super Shooters gold for seven and eight year old boys held in Fairbury. Ross was in fourth place after scoring 25 points in the first round.  
Randy Carpenter’s Maids that were shooting aces during the first two rounds of the state basketball tournament lost their magic and managed to only bury 23 percent of their shots, to end up as the Class ‘B’ State runner-up to Lincoln Pius X as a result of the 46-36 decision. 
30 YEARS AGO
(1986)
Wade Kolbo was crowned the state champion in his age division at the Jaycees State Super Shooter competition in David City. 
It seemed as if there was a lid on the basket for the Lady Haymaker hoopsters against McCook as they struggled from the field to fall in a nail biter 36-30 to the Bison in the Class B-7 District hoops tournament. Jamie Gengenbach was the leading scoring for Cozad with 10 points. Kristen Davis contributed greatly with eight points for the Lady Haymakers. 

Mahlberg & Scott Annouced As West Nebraska All-Star Game Coaches

  The coaches for the West Nebraska All-Star Volleyball and Football Games that will be held on June 11th have been selected. 
Bryson Mahlberg of Gothenburg will be the head coach for the East squad. Skylar Morris from Broken Bow will serve as his assistant coach. 
On the gridiron, Tom Scott of Gothenburg will be an assistant to East head coach Bernie Madison of North Platte. 
Athletes that will compete will be announced at a later date. 

Cozad Cagers Battle Longhorns & Panthers In Subdistricts

Stepping up to the challenge were the Lady Haymakers while playing in the C1-11 Basketball Subdistrict held in Sutherland this past week. 
In the first round, top seed Cozad used a strong finish to net a 48-39 victory over the Lady Longhorns of Chase County. 
Hitting the door running were the Red and Black-clad sharpshooters as they flexed the net for an 11-7 lead before the horn sounded on the first quarter of play. 
After a first quarter of fireworks being displayed, the tides turned during the second stanza with defense reigning supreme. Scoring opportunities were at a premium and Cozad held a 19-14 lead at the half. 
The Haymakers were able to hold onto their five-point lead during the third quarter with the score being 29-24. 
Cozad outscored Chase County 19-15 during the fourth quarter to net the 48-39 win. 
Sarah Yocom had 24 points and five rebounds to lead the Lady Haymakers. 
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Cozad             11  8  10  19 -48
Chase County   7   7  10  15 -39
Cozad: Sarah Yocom 24, Brenna Dugan 5, Hannah Thramer 5, Kennedy Berreckman 5, Alec Geiger 4, Sadie Rush 3, Becca Etherton 2.
After winning the opening contest, the Lady Haymakers fell victim to a strong finish by Hershey that scored the Lady Panthers a 49-36 victory. 
Hershey led at the end of the first quarter 13-10 before Cozad rallied on a 15-5 scoring run to take a 25-18 lead into halftime. 
The Lady Haymakers clung to a four-point lead 33-29 with eight minutes left in the contest. 
During the fourth quarter, Hershey outscored Cozad 20-3 to claim the 49-36 victory. 
Cozad’s Sarah Yocom had 18 points and five rebounds. 
On the wing, Becca Etherton and Hannah Thramer chipped in with four points apiece. 
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Cozad     10  15  8   3  -36
Hershey  13   5  11 20 -49
Cozad: Sarah Yocom 18, Becca Etherton 4, Hannah Thramer 4, Brenna Dugan 3, Sadie Rush 3, Kennedy Berreckman 2, Alec Geiger 2. 
 

Haymaker Hoopsters Power Past McCook On Senior Night

Defending their home hardwood, the Haymakers finished strong with a 19 point fourth quarter to cruise past McCook 52-41 on Thursday evening at the Barn. 
In the early going, half-court hoops was the name of the game, as Cozad trailed 7-4 at the end of the first quarter. 
The Haymakers responded with a 18-9 scoring run to lead 22-16 at the halftime break. 
The Red and Black continued to flourish on both ends of the hardwood, as they led by nine points, 33-24 at the end of the third quarter on their way to claiming a 52-41 victory. 
Cozad Senior Jordan Henry had a monster game with a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds to go along with four steals. 
Trestian Siemering and Andrew Sayer dropped in nine and seven points, respectively. 
SCORE BY QUARTERS
McCook  7  9   8  17 -41
Cozad    4 18 11 19  -52
Cozad: Jordan Henry 22, Trestian Siemering 9, Andrew Sayer 7, Jake Williams 4, Klint Gill 4, Blaine Emerson 2, Sam Cole 2, Toby Salazar 2. 

Elwood & Eustis/Farnam grapplers Challenge for Hardware At State Wrestling Championships

Getting the chance to extend their season on the mat, Broedy Metzler of Eustis/Farnam and the Elwood duo of Kent Rae and Ben Bogle  competed in the 2016 Nebraska Class D State Wrestling Championships held in Omaha at the CenturyLink Center on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 
The Fort Kearny Conference was well-represented with Amherst winning the team title. With limited wrestlers competing the Eustis/Farnam and Elwood team scores were outside the top fifteen in the final standings.  
Eustis/Farnam grappler Broedy Metzler (120 lbs) was edged in the opening round by Zac Hazen of Creighton via pin at the 0:26 mark of their match. Metzler had an early edge in his consolation match before Cody Weaver of North Platte St. Pats recorded the second round pin. 
Elwood’s Ben Bogle scored a 13-3 major decision win over Perkins County’s Kiffen Cook at 132 lbs. In the quarterfinals, Bogle was edged by Connor Donscheski of Palmer 3-2. In his second round consolation match, Bogle was defeated by Bryce Zimmerer of Creighton 4-2 in a sudden victory thriller. 
Flyweight Kent Rae of Elwood was pinned by Ignacio Rivera of Sutton in the first round and then faltered to Cameron Wilkinson of Neligh-Oakdale. 
CLASS ‘D’ TEAM STANDINGS
Amherst 121; Burwell 96; Elkhorn Valley 92.5; North Platte SP 84.5; Sutton 80; Plainview 77; Friend 69.5; Bayard 64; Franklin 61; Creighton 57; Southwest 48; Pleasanton 47; Sutherland 47; Crawford 44; Palmer 40; Elm Creek 39; Winside 39; East Butler 37; Elgin Public/Pope John 35; Neligh-Oakdale 33.5; Randolph 29; Mullen 27; West Holt 27; High Plains 25; Howells-Dodge 23.5; Central Valley 22; Pender 22; Sandhills-Thedford 22; Fremont Bergan 21.5; Morrill 20; Palmyra 19; Scribner-Snyder 18; Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 17; St. Mary’s 17; Hemingford 16; Weeping Water 16; Arapahoe 15; Clearwater-Orchard 14; Freeman 14; Meridian 12.5; Stapleton 12; Medicine Valley 11.5; SEM 9; Twin Loup 7; Ansley-Litchfield 6; Osmond 4; Axtell 3; Elwood 3; Fullerton 3; Lutheran High NE 3; Maxwell 3; Nebraska Christian 3; Niobrara-Verdigre 3; Thayer Central 3; Alma 2; Hyannis 2; Perkins County 2; South Loup 2; Cambridge 1; Guardian Angels CC 1; Hay Springs 1; Tri County 1.  
CLASS ‘D’ FIRST ROUND RESULTS
--106 lbs: Ignacio Rivera (SUT) pinned Kent Rae (ELW), 1:31. 
--120 lbs: Zac Hazen (CRE) pinned Broedy Metzler (EF), 0:26. 
--132 lbs: Ben Bogle (ELW) major dec. Kiffen Cook (PC), 13-3. 
QUARTER-FINAL RESULTS
--132 lbs: Connor Donscheski (PAL) dec. Ben Bogle (ELW), 3-2. 
CONSOLATION FIRST
 ROUND RESULTS
--106 lbs: Cameron Wilkinson (NO) pinned Kent Rae (ELW), 4:08. 
--120 lbs: Cody Weaver (NSP) pinned Broedy Metzler (EF), 2:36. 
CONSOLATION SECOND
 ROUND RESULTS
--132 lbs: Bryce Zimmerer (CRE) dec. Ben Bogle (ELW), SV-1, 4-2. 

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