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Jan. 22, 2015

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SHS Lady Cats keep win streak alive
The Heartland Huskies paid the Superior High School Lady Cats a visit last Tuesday and were rewarded with a 53-28 loss for their effort. The Lady Cats paid a visit to Sandy Creek, Saturday, and continued their winning ways with a 45-30 win to run their winning streak to seven games.
The Lady Cats took charge of the Huskies early on, opening up a 14-7 first quarter lead. When the half rolled around, Superior was ahead 26-13 and would not look back. The score was 39-23 after three periods of play. The Lady Cats went on a 14-5 run in the final quarter to earn a 53-28 win.
The Lady Cats faced the Cougars at Sandy Creek and the first period ended with a hard played 11 tie. The Lady Cats erupted for 20 points in the second quarter to take a 31-15 lead into the half. Superior took no chances against one of their traditional rivals and watched as the Cougars nibbled away two points of the Lady Cat lead to trail 41-27 after three periods of play. Both teams forgot the basket was present in the final period. The Lady Cats put in four points while the Cougars managed three. The win improved the Lady Cats season record to 13-2.
Taylor Jensby led the scoring charge against the Huskies with 16 points. She also grabbed two rebounds. Jaysa Hoins pumped 11 points through the net and chased down four rebounds. Riley Butler hit double figures with 10 points and hustled after two rebounds. Leah Meyer put in six points and took down 11 rebounds. Evin Miller hit for six points and took in three rebounds. Katelyn Brown scored two points and captured four rebounds. Lexi Webber posted two points to her account and nabbed a rebound. Morgan Frahm tracked down three rebounds. Kaycie Strobl dealt out an assist.
Meyer was the top Lady Cat scorer against Sandy Creek with 11 points. She ran down four rebounds. Jensby popped 10 points through the hoop and gathered up seven rebounds. Butler contributed 10 points and scooped up two rebounds. Hoins finished up with nine points and three rebounds. Frahm recorded five points and five rebounds. Brown completed the contest with two rebounds, Strobl deployed an assist.
The Lady Cats entertain the Doniphan-Trumbull Lady Cardinals at the Superior gymnasium Friday. Superior travels to Deshler, Tuesday, for a game with the Lady Dragons.


SHS Wildcats losing skid hit seven games
Things are not looking up for the Superior High School Wildcats. They are currently mired in a seven game losing streak and their last two losses were by 25 and 24 points. The Heartland Huskies mushed the Wildcats 51-26, last Tuesday, on the Wildcats home court. A trip to Sandy Creek, Saturday, resulted in a 65-41 mauling by the Cougars,
The Wildcats started out well against the Huskies, holding a 10-9 lead after the first period of play. Things went downhill from there. Several Superior players found themselves in early foul trouble and caused them to adopt a conservative playing attitude. The Wildcats managed to score five second period points while Heartland put up 11 to take a 20-15 halftime lead. Any hope the Wildcats had of closing the gap evaporated in the third quarter when the Huskies enjoyed a 12-5 point advantage to lead 32-20 after three quarters. Heartland put the game out of reach with a 19-6 fourth quarter binge to down the Wildcats 51-26. The Wildcats were without the services of Ethan Roberts, a 6'5" starter, who was sidelined because of illness.
An escape from their home court to Sandy Creek did not improve matters. The Cougars led 38-19 after two quarters and the Wildcats never came close, falling 65-41.
Garrett Caldwell spearheaded the Wildcat scoring and rebounding against the Huskies with 10 points and eight rebounds. Tyler Blackstone dropped in four points and grabbed two rebounds. Brett Boyles added four points to the Wildcat totals. Caleb Isom generated three points and hauled down two points. Bryce Jurgensmier hit for two shots, nabbed two rebounds and blocked two shots. Bryson Dessel was good for two points. Cale Frahm sank a free throw for a point and recorded one rebound. Eric Schiermeyer took care of three rebounds.
Isom topped the wildcat scorers against the cougars with nine points and he hit the boards for 13 rebounds. Caldwell hit for eight points and contributed four rebounds. Roberts returned to the court and added six points and 11 rebounds. Blackstone hit for eight points and grabbed two rebounds. Jurgensmier finished with two points. Schiermeyer popped in three points and pulled down three rebounds. Boyles dropped in five points.
The Wildcats next opportunity to record a win comes Friday when they host the Doniphan-Trumbull Cardinals at the Wildcat Dome in Superior. A trip to Deshler, Tuesday, provides yet another chance to record a victory when they go up against the Dragons.


SHS wrestlers take third place at tourney
The Superior High School wrestling team hosted the Superior Invitational at the high school gymnasium, Friday. The Wildcats finished in third place with 81 points behind winner Smith Center and second place finisher Sutton. Other teams particpating were the Beatrice Junior Varsity squad, Phillipsburg, Hastings St. Cecilia, Southern, red cloud-Blue Hill and the South Central Unified red Raiders.
Damion Holt earned top honors in the 152 pound weight class. Chase Morris was the second place point earner in the 132 pound bracket. Sloan Willett scored a second place finish in the 182 pound weight division.
Ethan Beale was awarded third place in the 145 pound weight class. Lane Morris took third place honors in the 160 pound weight bracket.
Usama Erickson scored a fourth place finish in the 106 pound weight class. Tage Rothchild nailed down the fourth place spot in the 126 pound class. John Sullivan secured a fourth place finish in the 160 pound weight slot. Damion Holt earned fourth place points for the Wildcats in the 220 pound weight section.
Trent Tietjen finished out of the points in the 138 pound bracket. Nathaniel Powers competed in the 160 pound weight class. Logan Christiancy wrestled in the 170 pound weight bracket.
Up next for the Wildcats is the Thayer Central Invite at Hebron, Friday.




L-N Lady Raiders have a losing weekend
The Kenesaw Lady Blue Devils handed the Lawrence-Nelson Lady Raiders a 42-36 loss at Nelson, Friday. A trip to Axtell, Saturday, resulted in a 46-29 loss to the Lady Cats for the Lawrence-Nelson team.
The Lady Raiders enjoyed a 25-18 halftime lead against Kenesaw and took a 32-24 lead into the final eight minutes of the game. Kenesaw found their offense and their defense shut down the Lady Raiders and they used an 18-4 final period run to stun the Lady Raiders on their home court.
The Axtell Lady Cats took 17-14 lead into the half. Lawrence-Nelson watched its hopes for a victory disappear when they were out scored 17-1 in the third to trail 34-15 after three periods of play. Lawrence-Nelson dropped in 14 fourth quarter points while limiting the Lady Cats to 12, but it was way too little and they lost their third consecutive game, 46-29.
Kelsey Menke was the high Lady Raider scorer against the Lady Blue Devils with 15 points. Alyssa Miller pumped through eight points and grabbed five rebounds. Rachel Kathman was good for five points and four rounds. Cherokee Frahm-Thayer finished with four points and four rebounds. Harlie Himmelberg hit for two points and nabbed five rebounds. Mattee Kucera slipped in two points and made off with a rebound. Haley Menke added a rebound while Molly McCartney handed out an assist.
Frahm-Thayer held the top scoring spot against the Lady Cats with nine points and two rebounds. Kucera completed the contest with eight points and seven rebounds. Miller sank six points and took off with six rebounds. K. Menke popped in three points. Carlie Mazour scored two points and two rebounds. H. Menke sank a foul shot for one point and carted off six rebounds. Himmelberg pulled away three rebounds. McCartney carried off three rebounds. Maekayla Ward handed out an assist. Abby Kile saw court time.
The Lady Raiders tipped off against the Deshler lady Dragons at Deshler Tuesday. Game results were unavailable at press time. The Diller-Odell Lady Griffins pay a visit to Nelson Friday. The team takes to the road to Polk for a contest with the High Plains Community Lady Storm. The Blue Hill Lady Bobcats pay a visit to Nelson, Tuesday

L-N Raiders extend losing streak to three games
The Kenesaw Blue Devils handed the Lawrence-Nelson Raiders a 63-42 home court loss Friday at Nelson. The Raiders fell victim to the Axtell Wildcats, Saturday, 54-33, at Axtell to record their third consecutive loss.
The Blue Devils and Raiders stayed close for one period, with the Raiders trailing 10-7 when the first quarter ended. Things went downhill from there for the Raiders who were out scored 18-6 in the second to trail 28-13 at the half. The Raiders ramped up their offense over the course of the third and fourth quarters, scoring 29 points. Unfortunately for Lawrence-Nelson, the Blue Devils scored 35 and breezed to a 63-42 win.
The Raiders fell behind the Axtell Wildcats early, 14-8, and never closed the gap. The score at the half stood at 32-24, Axtell, but the third period removed any Raider hope of a comeback when they were on the wrong side of 14-2 Axtell run. When the final horn blared, the Raiders had their third consecutive loss in their possession, 54-33.
Brennan Miller led the Raider scoring attack against Kenesaw with 15 points. Brett Karmazin dropped in 12 points. Peyton Drudik hit for five points. Colton Biltoft added four points for the Raiders. Wyatt Heikkinen scored two points.
The Diller-Odell Griffins afford the Raiders their next opportunity to add a game to the win column when they visit Nelson Friday. The Raiders pay a visit to Polk, Saturday, to matchup with the High Plains Community Storm. The Blue Hill Bobcats prowl into Nelson Tuesday for a game.

RHHS Grizzlies win tourney opener
The Rock Hills High school grizzlies showed no signs of rust when they returned to the court , Friday in Northern Plains League tournament action at Lincoln. The fifth seeded Grizzlies downed 12th seeded Thunder Ridge, 64-45, to advance to Monday's quarter-final game against Natoma, at Lincoln. The grizzlies continued their successful run with a 50-39 win over Natoma, Monday. They faced St. John's Tipton in the semi-final contest Tuesday, with results unavailable at press time.
The Grizzlies took a 12-4 lead over Thunder Ridge but had to battle back a resurgent Mustang team in the second period. The Grizzlies held a 25-18 lead at the half. Rock Hills put the game away with a 21-10 third quarter offensive show, to lead 46-28 after three periods. The teams played the fourth quarter to an 18-17 Grizzlies advantage and the 64-45 win.
The Grizzlies continued to roll on Monday when they traveled back to Lincoln and downed Natoma, 50-39 to advance to the semi-final round against St. John's Tipton. Rock Hills took control of the game against Natoma in the first quarter, opening a 20-7 lead. The Grizzlies held a comfortable 26-16 halftime lead. Natoma never challenged and the Grizzlies pulled away to a 50-39 win.
The Grizzlies will play Friday in either the championship game or the consolation round, third-fourth place game.
Schwerman topped the Grizzly scoring column against the Mustangs with 11 points and one rebounds. Joel Broeckelman finished up with 11 points and five rebounds. Grant Davis stepped up with 10 points and seven rebounds. Tucker Johanek drained 10 points through the hoop and tracked down five rebounds. Jake Spiegel scored seven points. Tycen Higer popped in four points and nabbed a rebound. A. J. Fettig was good for three points and a rebound. Noah Daniels posted two points and a rebound. Sam Flinn scrambled after four rebounds. Luke Broeckelman handed out two assists.
Schwerman led the scoring for the Grizzlies against Natoma with 14 points and seven rebounds. Davis brought 12 points and two rebounds to the table. Johanek dumped in eight points and crashed the boards for 10 rebounds. Flinn tallied eight points and pulled down seven rebounds. Spiegel hit four points and gathered up two rebounds. Higer scored three points and carried off two rebounds. J. Broeckelman brought down five rebounds.
Matt Hesting, head coach of the Grizzlies, said, "Right now we are playing pretty good team ball."
The Grizzlies will play host to Tescott at Mankato Tuesday.

RHHS Lady Grizzlies drop tourney game
The Rock Hills High School Lady Grizzlies faced a tough test when they opened play at the Northern Plains League Tournament at Lincoln, Friday. They dropped their opening round game to Chase, 53-32. The Lady Grizzlies had a week off between games and the lack of game action was evident in this play in game.
The Lady Grizzlies head to the consolation bracket for a game Tuesday against Tescott at Lincoln. Results were unavailable at press time. They head into action against Chase again on Friday. Tescott visits Mankato Tuesday for a game against the Lady Grizzlies who are looking for their first win of the season.


Barfknecht to head sports writers' group
Lee Barfknecht heads sports writers group. A Superior native and graduate of Superior High School now working as a sports writer for the Omaha World-Herald, has been installed as the new president of the Fooball Writers Association of America. The 1,400 member organization, its 75th year, works to govern major awards in college football, selects an All-American team, runs the Grantland Rice Superior 16 poll and monitors game-day operations at press boxes nationwide. Barfknecht suceeds Kirk Bohls of the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman as president. The 1975 Superior High School graduate is a 35-year member of the World-Herald sports staff.

Whelchels compete at K-State high school indoor track meet
Emilee Whelchel, a freshman, and Rylee Whelchel, a seventh grader, both at Rock Hills Junior-Senior High School, competed at the K-State High School Indoor Track Meet at Ahern Fieldhouse in Manhattan on Sunday. They are the children of Kenneth and Katie Whelchel, Mankato. Emilee competed in the long jump (high school division), with a new personal best at an indoor meet. She also competed in the triple jump (high school division) and placed sixth. Rylee competed in the pre-high school division, placing 1st in the long jump and 5th in the 60 meter dash.

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