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.  
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.   
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
Kaylei Becker 79, Abigail Cornelius 91, Ayden Ourada 148, Belle Hagan 169. 
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.  
Lexington (0-1)  0  7  0  0  -7
Sidney (1-0)    14 14 7 14 -49

TRIBUNE-Area Sports Rewind

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. 
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. 
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. 
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. 
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. 
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:


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

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

Reds Score Victory Over Melons In Juniors Action

Screen_Shot_2016-06-09_at_10.51.55_AM.pngCashing in with runners in scoring position was the formula for success for the Cozad Juniors as they defeated host Gothenburg 6-1 at the Melon Patch on Wednesday evening. 
The score remained 0-0 until the Reds were able to get a leadoff single from Nathan Karel, who would eventually score on a passed ball to give Cozad a 1-0 lead.  
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Gothenburg would threaten to score when Noah Larson singled and then walks were issued to Logan Carlson and Vince Nichols to fill the sacks with socks. Cozad’s Adam Cole recovered quite nicely to earn a strikeout for the third out of the inning and end the threat. 
Soon there after, Adam Cole would help out his own cause with a single and then score on a sacrifice off the bat of Kaleb Gibbens to make the score 2-0 at the end of the fifth inning of play. 
Adding insurance on the scoreboard would be an understatement to what the Reds were able to crash through with during the top of the sixth inning. Cozad got back-to-back singles off the bats of Jonathan Neill and Nathan Karel to power the Reds surge on offense. After a Klint Gill walk, Adam Cole knocked in a pair of runs on a mishandled hit to the left side that pushed across two runs. Soon thereafter Gill and Cole scored as well to extend the Reds lead to the tune of 6-0 at the end of the sixth stanza. 
Gothenburg was able to create a little stir in the bottom of the seventh inning when Vince Nichols gained access to first base on a dropped third strike and then scored on a two-out Blake Riley RBI-single to make the score 6-1. 
Cozad closed the door on the comeback by recording the third out. 
Adam Cole notched the win on the mound while allowing just four hits over seven inning. Cole struckout eight Melons batters. 
Noah Gugleman led the Melons hitters with a double and single to his credit. 
Score By Innings
Cozad         0010  140-6
Gothenburg 0000  001-1

Cozad Swimmers Shine At Season Opener

Screen_Shot_2016-06-09_at_10.43.35_AM.pngExcited to get the season started were the swimmers that took to the pool at the Cozad Invitational on Saturday at Muny Park. Lexington, Gothenburg, Elwood, Kearney and Elm Creek joined the host Haymakers in the first day of competition for the Plains Tsunami League. 
The competitiors challenged for supremacy in their specific age groups that included long free, butterfly, freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and individual medley along with the medley relay and the free relay. There were a free brave swimmers that conquered the long individual medley as well. 
“With just two short weeks of practice, the Cozad Swim Team put together an impressive performance at Saturday's first meet of the season.  From the new fledgling swimmers to the well-seasoned athletes, the kids competed with both strength and heart.  Coach Karen Labrayere and I are very proud of them, expressed Swim Coach Anne Burkholder. “We are also proud of our community for coming out to volunteer at the meet and cheer for the swimmers.”

TRIBUNE-Area Boys Among Elite At State Track & Field Championships

limbing onto the podium to finish the season is the goal of all tracksters and for a select few, they earned that priviledge at the 2016 Nebraska Class B High School State Track and Field Boys Championships that were held at Omaha Burke Stadium on Friday and Saturday. 
Leading the way for all of the TRIBUNE-Area finishers was Dylan France of Gothenburg. France was able to ‘Fosbury Flop’ over 6’2” to earn the seventh place accolades at the State Championships.
Gaining confidence in the pole vault during the post season was enough to propel Gothenburg’s Tyce Hruza up and over the crossbar that was set at the 14’0” mark to finish seventh place overall in the vertical jumping event. 
Competing in his specialty event, JohnMark Shields of Lexington was eighth place overall in the 3200 meter run. Shields completed the eight lap event in 9:57 to finish on the medal stand.  
Bryan Martinez of Gothenburg struggled to hit his marks and wasn’t able to record a cleared height i the high jump for the Cardinal-clad tracksters. 
Joshua White was among the best in the 100 and 200 meter dashes for Lexington. 
White did an outstanding job of staying among the leaders in both events. White conquered the 100 meter dash in 11.28 seconds and then burnt up the cinders to the tune of 22.74 seconds .
Sergio Escobar of Gothenburg got his feet wet in competing at Omaha Burke in the 800 meter run. Escobar was able to earn a time of 2;08 in the two lap feature event.   
Scoring rave reviews for his performance in the discus, Patrick Hudson of Gothenburg was able to spin the platter past the 132’11” mark. ­
Class B STate Championships
Boys Results
York 46; Elkhorn 41; Columbus Scotus 36; Syracuse 36; Waverly 30.75; Wahoo 30; Beatrice 30; Sidney 28; Omaha Gross 28; Blair 25; McCook 23; David City 23; Norfolk Catholic 22; Aurora 19; Holdrege 18; Scottsbluff 18; Ashland-Greenwood 16; Norris 15.5; Adams Central 15; Boys Town 15; Broken Bow 13; Pierce 12; Seward 11; Ogallala 10.75; Minden 10; Alliance 10; Mount Michael 9.5; Bennington 8.75; Platteview 8; Gretna 8; Milford 7; Wayne 6; Northwest 5; Arlington 5; Kearney Catholic 4; O’Neill 4; Columbus Lakeview 4; Omaha Skutt 3; Gohtenburg 2.75; Fairbury 2; Central City 1; Boone Central-Newman Grove 1; Lexington 1; Ralston 1. 
--Long Jump: 1. Cody Mroczek (CSC) 22’6.75”.  
--Triple Jump: 1. Austin Lowell (WAV) 45’1.75”.          
--High Jump: 1. Mayson Conner (YRK) 6’8”; 7. Dylan France (GOT) 6’2”. 
--Pole Vault: 1. Isaiah Brown (WAV) 15’0”; 7. Tyce Hruza (GOT) 14’0”; Bryan Martinez (GOT) NM. 
--Shot Put: 1. Cameron Jurgens (BEA) 60’4.5”. 
--Discus: 1. Cameron Jurgens (BEA) 196’8”; Patrick Hudson (GOT) 132’11”. 
--110 Meter Hurdles: 1. Jonathan Flight (WAH) 14.6. 
--300 Meter Hurdles: 1.  Jonathan Flight (WAH) 39.31.  
--100 Meter Dash: 1. Dylan Kautz (NC) 10.78; Joshua White (LX) 11.28. 
--200 Meter Dash: 1. Dylan Kautz (NC) 22.16; Joshua White (LX) 22.74. 
--400 Meter Dash: 1. Cody Mroczek (CSC) 49.94. 
--800 Meter Run: 1. Wesley Unger (DC) 1:57; Sergio Escobar (GOT) 2:08. 
--1600 Meter Run: 1.  Austin Yardley (ELK) 4:27; JohnMark Shields (LX) 4:42.  
--3200 Meter Run: 1. Austin Yardley (ELK) 9:33; 8. JohnMark Shields (LX) 9:57. 
--400 Meter Relay: 1.Waverly 43.29.
--1600 Meter Relay: 1. Sidney 3:24. 
--3200 Meter Relay: 1. Omaha Gross 8:10. 

Haymakers, Swedes& Maids Shine At Burke

tanding tall, the Gothenburg, Cozad and Lexington Lady tracksters were spotlighted for their elite efforts that empowered the TRIBUNE-Area to bring home their fair share of accolades from the 2016 Nebraska Class B State Track and Field Championships that were held at Omaha Burke Stadium on Friday and Saturday. 
Being a prime example of working hard and good things happen, Gothenburg Senior sprinter Madi Gilg won her preliminary heat on Friday and then backed it up with a bronze medal finish in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.73 seconds. 
Cashing in during the final throws, Lady Swede Senior Mady Vogel finished the day with a top effort of 123.7” to finish fifth overall in the discus event after slipping by the skin of her teeth into the final round. 
Improving on past performances at Burke Stadium, Lady Haymaker Kennedy Berreckman soared skyward over 5’2” to finish sixth overall in the high jump. Gothenburg Senior Blaire Gibbens also competed in the high jump, with a top clearance of 4’10” during the Saturday morning event. 
In one of the many highlighted events of Saturday morning, Gothenburg’s Kayla Weyers completed the two-lap affair, the 800 meter run in 2:23 to bring home the sixth place hardware for her efforts and great showing of endurance and speed. 
The offseason training and work completed in preparation of the State Championships was evident in the performance of Darci Hoffmaster of Cozad. The Lady Haymaker was able to ‘turn and burn’ down the final straightaway to qualify for the finals with a clocking of 26.377 seconds and a fourth palce finish in the preliminary race. As a result of her great time against a loaded field of sprinters in the preliminary rounds, Hoffmaster qualified for the finals and was able to finish seventh overall with a time of 26.52 seconds . 
The Lady Swedes 1600 and 3200 meter relays were able to bring home hardware. The foursome of Andie Geiken, Kayla Weyers, Kasey Wellmann and Madison Harpole were fifth overall in the 1600 meter relay with a time of 4:09. The Gothenburg 3200 meter relay stopped the watch in 9:55, Cozad wasn’t far behind with a time of 9:55. 
Showing greath depth in the sprints, Gothenburg was seventh overall in the 400 meter relay with a time of 51. 23 seconds. Completing the successful handoffs were McKenna Peterson, Madi Gilg, Kasey Wellmann and Amaya Ackerman. 
In one of the most highly competitive competitions, Andie Geiken and Jami White circled the oval in 1:01 and 1:02, respectively to just miss medalist honors. 
Class B state championships
Girls Results
Waverly 74; York 63; Northwest 51; Gretna 43.5; Aurora 29; Plattsmouth 28; Boone Central/Newman Grove 27.5; Seward 27; Columbus Scotus 26; Sidney 26; Gothenburg 23; Scottsbluff 26; Holdrege 18; Omaha Roncalli/Duchesne Academy 18; Elkhorn 16; Kearney Catholic 15; Wahoo 14; Gering 14; McCook 12; Wayne 12; Pierce 11; Norfolk Catholic 10.5; Fort Calhoun 10; Nebraska City 9.5; O’Neill 8; Blair 7; Arlington 6; Platteview 6; Syracuse 5; Cozad 5; West Point-Beemer 4; Davidy City 3; Chadron 3; Omaha Concordia 3; Bennington 2; Adams Central 2; Milford 2; Alliance 2; Minden 1; Norris 1. 
--Long Jump: 1. Kayla Bachle (NW) 17’7.5”; Kasey Wellmann (GOT) 16’0.25”.   
--Triple Jump: 1.  Mercedes Isaacson-Cover (ELK) 37’8.5”; Gracie Stienike (GOT) 31’8.75”. 
--High Jump: 1. Kaitlyn Schmit (ORC) 5’6”; 6. Kennedy Berreckman (CZ) 5’2”; Blaire Gibbens (GOT) 4’10”.   
--Pole Vault: 1. Keri Oswald (AUR) 11’2”. 
--Shot Put: 1. Tiara Schmidt (MC) 43’2.5”. 
--Discus: 1. Anna Squiers (KC) 142’1”; 5. Mady Vogel (GOT) 123’7”. 
--110 Meter Hurdles: 1. Kayla Bachle (NW) 14.86. 
--300 Meter Hurdles: 1. Ashley Cook (WAV) 45.39.    
--100 Meter Dash: 1.   Mika Brees (SEW) 12.33; 3. Madi Gilg (GOT) 12.73. 
--200 Meter Dash: 1.   Mike Brees (SEW) 25.44; Darci Hoffmaster (CZ) 26.52; 
--400 Meter Dash: 1. Amanda Young (GRE) 56.78; Andie Geiken (GOT) 1:01; Jami White (LX) 1:02. 
--800 Meter Run: 1. Erin Lee (YRK) 2:12; 6. Kayla Weyers (GOT) 2:23. 
--1600 Meter Run: 1. Erin Lee (YRK) 5:05. 
--3200 Meter Run: 1. Erin Lee (YRK) 10:48; Whitney Applegate (CZ) 12:23. 
--400 Meter Relay: 1. Waverly 48.97; Gothenburg 51.23. 
--1600 Meter Relay: 1. Waverly 3:59; 5. Gothenburg 4:09. 
--3200 Meter Relay: 1. Plattsmouth 9:35; 5. Gothenburg 9:55; Cozad 10:23. 

Maids Tennis Challenges The Best At State Tennis Meet

Screen_Shot_2016-05-26_at_10.55.37_AM.pngGetting the chance to compete against the best tennis players in the state was a challenge that the Maids were up to on Thursday and Friday at the 2016 Nebraska State Tennis Championships being held in Lincoln. 
In the team race, the Maids were seventh overall. “WE finished ahead of Omaha Skutt, who has won eight out of the last 10 state championships and many other top programs, so the girls should be proud of their final place,” expressed Lexington head coach Ernie French. “No school out of th efour largest towns in Nebraska finished ahead of us so I think that speaks highly of our girls.”
Three of the Lexington teams won their first two rounds and made it to the quarterfinals. 
Brylee Lauby had the toughest matchup in the second round facing the #2 seeded Kristen Wagner of York. She fought hard but was edged 6-2, 6-3 at #2 Singles. “Brylee improved so much this season and only being a sophomore, has some great years of tennis ahead of her,” stated Coach French. 
The Junior duo of Danielle Lindeman and Jordan Hagan won their first two matches before being defeated by bronze medalists Alex McCashland and Tatem Miller 6-0, 6-2 at #2 Doubles. “Seven of the eight girls playing for the four semifinailst teams are Seniors, so to have them both back for another year is exciting,” expressed French. 
Junior Lili Fattig picked up valuable team points for the Maids at the toughest position. Playing at #1 Singles, Lili held her own until running into buzzsaw Samantha Mannix of Elkhorn South, the returning state champion. Fattig was edged 6-0, 6-0. “Lili did everything we asked her to do and came through big for us and I’m excited to see her have a great year neat year,” stated French. 
The Senior duo of Hannah Ostrom and Zoie Allen were a force at #1 Doubles until they were upset by rivals Amanda Fay and Haley Roush, 6-2, 6-2. Ostrom and Allen had played together for just 3.5 weeks and had rolled up a 28-4 overall record. 
“I can’t thank Ostrom and Allen along with fellow Seniors Ellie Hobelman, Ana Ward and Eva Martin for what they have meant to this team over the past four years,” explained French. Screen_Shot_2016-05-26_at_10.55.55_AM.png

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