TRIBUNE-Area Sports Rewind:
FIVE YEARS AGO
Paced by the backcourt, the Haymakers cruised past Wood River 54-44 in the consolation clash of the Sandy Creek Holiday Tournament. Cozad rolled out to a 15-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back to as they led 26-20 at the halftime break. Colin Wetovick led the way for the Haymakers with 15 points and eight rebounds. Cozad guards Jake Paulsen and Jacob Rush flexed the net for ten and nine points, respectively.
10 YEARS AGO
Plagued by turnovers, the Cozad girls were defeated 64-34 by the host Lady Dusters in the opening round of the Holdrege Holiday Tournament. Coming up big in the scoring column for the Lady Haymakers were the duo of Gretchen Clark and Mallory Nutt with 12 and 10 points.
The Cozad boys hoopsters exploded for 23-fourth quarter points to power past Hershey 60-41 in the consolation finals of the Holdrege Holiday Tournament. Cozad led from the beginning as they were up 13-9 at the end of the first quarter, and improved their lead to 27-19 at the break. Leading the way offensively for Cozad were the trio of Justin Standage, Jared Crick and Jason Luong with 14, 13 and 11 points scored.
15 YEARS AGO
Lexington’s boys basketball team dropped a pair of close decisions in the Columbus Holiday Tournament. The Minutemen fell behind by 12 points after one quarter and wound up falling short by the count of 66-54 to Norfolk. The host Discoverers of Columbus edged the Minutemen for third place, 57-55.
The Haymaker hoopsters found it to be toughsledding in the Nebraska City Holiday Hoops Tournament. The Cozad boys dropped an 88-41 decision to perennial power Beatrice. In the consolation finals the host Pioneers of Nebraska City exploded offensively in the second half to notch a 60-37 win over Cozad. Haymaker cager Dustin Foged led the way on offense for Cozad with 14 points against the Pioneers.
Fremont’s girls used clutch shooting from deep to hold off Lexington 59-52 in the championship game of the Columbus Holiday Tournament. Lex fell behind by four-points at the end of the first quarter, but came back in a big way with 24 points in the second stanza to take a 30-28 lead. Nicole Shirley scored 16 points to lead the Minutemaids. Katie Ellingson added seven for the Orange and Black hoopsters.
20 YEARS AGO
Lexington’s Carrie Knapp of Dana College was named to the first Nebraska-Iowa Athletic Conference (NIAC) all-conference team for women’s soccer. Knapp made the All-NIAC team as a midfielder.
Cozad faced an 11-point deficit with just over three minutes to go in the first half, but held composure and flourished in defeating Broken Bow 62-56 in an opening Southwest Conference (SWC) boys tournament shootout. Haymaker guard Brian Davis topped all scorers in the game with 29 points. Davis was money in the bank from the charity stripe, sinking 14-of-18 attempts. Zach LaBrayere and Nic Smith both contributed greatly with 10 points apiece.
Unlike an earlier clash – Gothenburg dominated Ogallala 55-38 in a SWC girls basketball showdown at Broken Bow. Coach Tom Tvrdy’s Lady Swedes used their usual full-court defensive pressures and profited on a balanced offensive attack to win.
25 YEARS AGO
Coming off an impressive showing at the Columbus Holiday Tournament, the Lexington Minutemen continued their winning ways by dispatching of Grand Island Northwest 66-55 on the hardwood. For the game, Lex’s Jeff Sykes was virtually unstoppable, finishing with 19 points and a team-high 12 rebounds, including five offensive caroms. Joining Sykes in the double-figure scoring department were Chad Jaeger, who led the Minutemen with 20 points and Dan Neil with 16 points.
As a result of their blistered cold shooting night, the Cozad Lady Haymakers fell short in their attempt to win the Cozad/ McCook Holiday Tournament. Cozad shot just 34 percent from the floor and 42 percent from the charity stripe to falter against Ogallala 45-53. Leading the way for the Lady Haymakers was the dynamic duo of Tiffany Stoll and Kristin Mitchell, with 13 and 11 points scored, respectively. Mitchell also collected eight of the Lady Haymakers stellar 25 steals.
30 YEARS AGO
The Lexington Minutemaids hoopsters moved up to number three in the Class B state rankings with a 38-24 win over Grand Island Northwest. The Maids improved their record to 6-0 with the impressive win. Wendy Millard led the Orange and Black in scoring with 13 points. Maid Alynn Jaeger contributed greatly offensively with seven points.
Lexington and Broken Bow wrestlers welcomed the 1987 portion of the season with a close dual on the mats. Lex earned the win, 31-25, but had to win three of the last four matches to get the victory. Mike Warta pinned Tony Sanches in 3:33 to get the first Lex points of the match. Ryan Rogers added pin points at 119-pounds when he stuck the shoulders of Steve Mack to the mat at the 3:21 mark.