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May 25, 2017

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SHS golfers play at district match
The Superior High School golf team traveled to Grand Island, last Tuesday, to play in the C-4 district golf tournament. The event was played at the Indianhead Golf Course, Grand Island, and was hosted by Grand Island Central Catholic High School.
Teams from Amherst, Arcadia-Loup City, Broken Bow, Centura, Doniphan-Trumbull, Gibbon. Grand Island Central Catholic, Hastings St. Cecilia, Kearney Catholic, Minden, Ord, Ravenna, St. Paul and Wood River were in competition along with the Superior Wildcats.
The top three teams qualify for the state tournament. If a team does not qualify but one of its members is in the top 10 of the individual scores, that individual will qualify for state. The Wildcats finished in sixth place with a team score of 348. Grand Island Central Catholic won the event with a team score of 306.
Ben Price missed qualifying as an individual by two strokes. He had been in second place after nine holes. He shot an 18 hole round of 82. Jacob Sunday carded a round of 85. Cale Frahm closed out his high school career with a round of 89. Eric Schiermeyer played the course in 92 strokes. Tyler Blackstone signed for a round of 98. The four lowest scores are used to compile the team score.
First-year coach Kirk Utecht was pleased with the team results for the season. The team won two matches and were runner-ups in two others. Each team member medaled at least once over the course of the season. Ron Thayer served as Utecht's's assistant.

SES Wildcat Fitness Test
Bayln Bargen broke the one mile run record for the Wildcat Fitness test with his time of 6:22, besting the mark set by Zeke Meyer, of 6:29.l

RHHS golfer Higer takes state sand greens title at Riley
For the second time in three years, Tycen Higer, a Rock Hills High School junior, reigns as the state sand greens tournament champion.
The event was played over the Leonardville Golf Course at Riley, Monday. Higer qualified for the championship match when he was the top medalist at the regional match played at Tipton Oaks.
Higer played the 18 hole round, over a wet course under cloudy skies, in 78 strokes, one better than the second place finisher. Higer won his first state championship in 2015 when he was a freshman.
Tipton Catholic won the team championship with a score of 351, 30 strokes better than second place Chase County High School, Cottonwood Falls.
The match marked the completion of Belinda Jeffery's first season as coach of the Grizzly golf team.

SHS track team members compete at state meet
Five members of the Superior High School boys and girls track and field teams received a spirited send off from community members, Thursday, as they departed for their trip to Omaha to compete at the state track and field meet at Omaha's Burke Stadium, Friday and Saturday.
The weather which greeted them on Friday, the opening day of competition, was anything but ideal. The temperature hovered near the 50 degree mark while the damp wind and intermittent rain kept the track, athletes and spectators in a less than comfortable state. Conditions on the track and in the throwing areas were not conducive to bringing out the best in the athletes
The girls team finished in 18th place with 15 points. The boys team was in 28th place with eight points.
Kalynn Meyer, a freshman, brought home a gold medal in the discus. Her throw of 158'3" was 12 feet traveled more than 11 feet longer than her nearest competitor. The throw was good for the all-class title. Meyer fought less than ideal conditions in the shot put and finished in fifth place with her toss of 39'3.25".
Madison Blackstone's high jump of 4'10" put her in 18th place. She ran a preliminary heat of the 300 meter hurdles but her time of 48.64 seconds did not qualify her for the final. Morgan Neeman, a freshman, ran a preliminary 100 meter dash heat in 13.43 seconds which did not allow her to move on to the finals.
Garrett Caldwell competed at the state meet for the final time. He finished fourth in the discus with a throw of 153'11". His toss of 50'5.5" in the shot put was good for sixth place. Adam Baker ran a 300 meter hurdle preliminary heat, 41.93 seconds, which was not enough to qualify for the final race.


L-N track members at state meet at Omaha
In her final appearance as a Lawrence-Nelson Raider track team member, senior Molly McCartney, repeated her performance at last year's meet and returned with two gold medals. Her time of 5:29 was good for first place in the 1600 meter run. She used 11:48.4 to traverse 3200 meter run and bring home another gold medal.
The 4 x 800 meter relay team of KaLee Fanning, Annie McCartney, Joanie Schultz and Molly McCartney finished in fifth place with their time of 10:25.5. The girls team finished sixth place with 24 points.
Senior Wyatt Heikkinen finished in 15th place in the shot put. His longest toss was 45'3.5".


RHHS qualifies 6 individuals, relay team for state track
The Rock Hills High School Grizzlies boys and girls track and field teams are sending a sizeable contingent to the state track and field meet at Wichita, Friday and Saturday.
The Grizzlies competed at the regional meet at Frankfort High School's Schroeder Field, Friday, for the opportunity to qualify athletes for the state meet at Wichita. The boys team finished in sixth place with 32 points while the girls finished in ninth place with 32 points.
Sarena Meier will close out her high school running career at the state meet. She qualified with her first place finish at regional with her time of 12:44.52. Emilee Whelchel makes a return trip to Wichita. She qualified for the state meet with her first place finish in the triple jump, covering a distance of 34'3.25". She also qualified with her second place finish in the long jump with her leap of 15'6.25."
Austin Eilert picked up a qualifying spot at state with his throw of 132' for a fourth place finish.
Brady Jeffery qualified for the 100 meter high hurdles with his second place finish with the time of 16.67 seconds. Rylee Whelchel will compete at state in the 100 meter dash with his third place finish with the time of 11.34 seconds. Zane Colson qualified for the 200 meter dash with his fourth [place finish time of 23.82 seconds.
The 4 x 100 meter relay team of R. Whelchel, Drew Beam, Luke Broeckelman and Colson qualified with their time of 45.14 seconds for a second place finish at regional. Jeffery and Jacob Spiegel were named as alternates for the relay team.
E. Whelchel is scheduled to compete in the triple jump, Friday, at 9:45 a.m. She is set for the long jump, Saturday, at 9:45 p.m. Eilert competes in the discus at 8 a.m, Friday.
Meier starts the 3200 meter run at 7:45 a.m., Friday. Preliminary heats are run in certain events. The best eight times from the preliminary heats advance to the final race. The 110 meter high hurdles start at 9:20 a.m., Friday. The 200 meter dash preliminary heats begin at 12:45 p.m., Friday. The 100 meter dash preliminary heats begin at 9 a.m., Saturday. The 4 x 100 meter relay preliminary heats are scheduled for 10:05 a.m., Friday.
The performance of Rock Hills tracksters in the preliminary heats will determine if they are to compete in the final race.
Other Grizzly boys track team members who competed at the regional meet but did not qualify for the state meet were Beam in the 100 meter dash, Spiegel in the long and triple jumps and Eilert in the shot put. Girls team members competing at Frankfort but not advancing to state were Kaylee Hadle in the 100 meter dash, Caitlyn May and Katie Reinert in the 800 meter run, Meier ran the 1600 meter but did not qualify while Bergen Mauerhan threw the javelin.