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Feb. 26, 2015

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SHS Lady Cats stumble in sub-district
After a stellar regular season, finishing with a 19-3 record, the Superior High School Lady Cats were primed for a deep run through sub-district and district play. The Sandy Creek cougars stopped their run before it even reached the step one stage when they handed Superior a 40-38 opening round loss at Minden, last Tuesday. The Lady Cats had proved successful in two earlier encounters with the Lady Cougars but post-season play changes the intensity level.
Both teams were nervous and on edge during the first period with neither side able to forge an advantage and the two teams were tied at eight apiece after eight minutes. The teams played evenly until the last few seconds of the second when Sandy Creek scored just before the buzzer to take a two point, 17-15 lead, to the locker room at the half.
Sandy Creek charged ahead in the third, putting the Lady Cats down by as much as 11 points at one point in the quarter. Superior clawed their way back but still trailed 31-24 when the final period of play commenced. Superior pulled out all the stops and roared back to within two points. They controlled their own destiny, having possession of the ball as the clock wound down but were unable to score the vital tying basket and were eliminated from post-season play, 40-38.
Leah Meyer led the Superior scoring with 14 points and she contributed 10 rebounds. Jaysa Hoins closed out her high school career with 12 points and six rebounds. Taylor Jensby dropped in five points and nabbed two rebounds. Riley Butler poured in two points and controlled five rebounds. Katelyn Brown brought her high school career to a close with two points and one rebound. Morgan Frahm played her last game as a Lady Cat, sinking a free throw for one point and grabbing a rebound. Evin Miller deposited a free throw for a points and made off with two rebounds.
For seniors Hoins, Frahm, Brown and Kaycie Strobl it was a disappointing end to a successful high school career. None of the seniors experienced a losing season during their tenure as Lady Cats. The memories of their success on and off the court will far outshine the disappointments as the years roll on by. For the seniors, a sincere thank you for your leadership and graciousness over the past seasons, one of which was trying for all involved. The underclassmen who contributed so much to this team have another year of experience to rely upon and will step up into roles of greater responsibilty and leadership when the season begins anew.


SHS wrestler competes at state
Damion Holt was the lone Superior High School wrestling team representative at the state championship meet held at Omaha Thursday through Saturday. Holt competed in the 152 pound weight bracket. Despite being hampered by injuries, Holt qualified for the state event with a fourth place finish at the district meet.
Holt opened the event seeded 14th and was paired against the number one seed in his bracket. He was eliminated from the championship flight of his bracket when Blake Walters, O'Neill, defeated him with a fall at the 1:48 mark. Walters carried a 33-1 season record into the match while Holt was at 29-6. He fared little better in his first round consolation match. He was downed with a fall at the 3:46 point of the match by Sam Hunt and was eliminated from the competition.
For Holt, it was his final match as a Wildcat. He enjoyed a successful career, making the trip to Omaha for two consecutive years. His leadership presence added much to the team and will be missed in the upcoming season.

SHS Wildcats open sub-district play with a win
The Superior High School Wildcats closed out their regular season schedule with a trip to Sutton Friday. The Mustangs were not kind to their guests handing the Wildcats a 65-24 loss. Things improved markedly for Superior when they open sub-district play, Monday, at the C.. L. Jones gymnasium in Minden. The Wildcats were paired with the hapless, winless Franklin Flyers in their opening round game and Superior recorded its most lopsided win in many seasons, coming home with a 56-6 win.
Sutton wasted no time in putting the Wildcats in their place, spurting out to an 18-4 first quarter lead. Things slowed a bit in the second as Sutton managed 15 points to the Wildcats seven to hold a 33-11 halftime lead. Ensuring the Wildcats would not make the game a contest the Mustangs ripped off a 20-8 third period run to lead 53-17 at the three quarter mark. The final period was more of the same with Sutton scoring 12 while Superior put up seven to hand the Wildcats a 65-24 season ending loss.
The end of season debacle was forgotten Monday, when the Wildcats headed to Minden and the C. L. Jones Middle School gymnasium to open sub-district play. Their opening round opponent, the Franklin Flyers, had fallen victim to the Wildcats earlier in the season. This on was no contest from the opening tip-off. Superior was in the lead 22-0 after one period of play. Luke Chadwell, head coach of the Wildcats substituted freely, and the Flyers still couldn't score, trailing 33-0 at the half. Not a typo. The Flyers failed to score a single point in the first half. The Wildcat defense broke down in the third period when Franklin surged forward with four points. Superior put up 11 more and led 44-4 after three. The fourth quarter was as anti-climatic as anti-climatic gets with Franklin flipping in two points while the Wildcats posted 12 to stampede their way to a 56-6 win. Two of the Flyers points came on free throws.
Garrett Caldwell led the way against Sutton with six points and a rebound. Brett Boyles put up five points and three rebounds. Tyler Blackstone was good for five points and two rebounds. Bryce Jurgensmier finished with two points and six rebounds. Ethan Roberts pored in two points and handled five rebounds. Cale Frahm hit for two points and nabbed two rebounds. Eric Schiermeyer contributed two points. Blake Kirchhoff saw playing time.
Roberts topped the scoring chart against the Flyers with 25 points while gathering up 12 rebounds. Boyles added eight points for the Wildcats. Schiermeyer was good for six points and three rebounds. Caldwell drained through six points and fought for two rebounds. Kirchhoff finished up with four points and three rebounds. Caleb Isom tossed in three points and tracked down four rebounds. Blackstone put away three points and caught up with two rebounds. Frahm sank a free throw for one point and secured a rebound. Jurgensmier collectd seven rebounds.
Things were looking tougher, Tuesday, when the Wildcats faced off against Hastings St. Cecilia and their 20-1 record. The Wildcats would play the winner of the Doniphan-Trumbull-Sandy Creek game should they advance to the championship game, today (Thursday). Results from the Tuesday game were unavailable at press time.



L-N Lady Raiders fall in second round of sub-district play
The Lawrence-Nelson Lady Raiders opened sub-district play Monday at Sandy Creek against the Dorchester Lady Longhorns. The Lady Raiders had no problem subduing Dorchester 42-30 to advance to second round play, Tuesday. The Hampton Lady Hawks were a more formidable foe and ended the Lady Raiders post season run by handing them a 42-26 loss.
Lawrence-Nelson cruised out to a 17-4 first period lead over Dorchester and was never pressed. They held a 32-16 margin at the half. The third quarter saw each team put two points on the board. The Lady Raiders added to their lead, 15-12, in the final period to score a win and advance to play again.
The Lady Raiders found themselves playing the role of Dorchester when they tangled with the Hampton Lady Hawks. Hampton sprinted out to an 11-2 first period lead and never looked back. The Lady Raiders never mounted a sustained offense and were eliminated form sub-district play with their 42-26 loss.
Alyssa Miller led the Lady Raiders scoring against Dorchester with 11 points. Harlie Himmelberg accounted for 10 points. Kelsey Menke added eight points. Molly McCartney finished with six points. Rachel Kathman logged four points. Cherokee Frahm-Thayer posted three points. Haley Menke and Carlie Mazour recorded playing time.
Miller was the leading scorer against Hampton with 10 points. Himmelberg dropped in six points. Kathman and Frahm-Thayer ended the game with four points apiece. K. Menke scored two points. Mazour, Mattee Kucera, Mccartney, Mackinley Thayer, Delia Burger, H. Menke, Maekayla Ward, Abby Kile, and Gabe Sharp all saw court time.
The Lady Raiders ended the season and sub-district play with a 10-15 record. For Carlie Mazour and Maekayla Ward, it was time to bid farewell to high school basketball as they will graduate this spring. The team returns a wealth of experienced underclassmen for nest season and prospects are bright for the future.

L-N Raiders close regular season with loss to Deshler
The Lawrence-Nelson Raiders closed out regular season play, Friday, when they entertained the Deshler Dragons at Nelson. The Dragons played slow and steady basketball to hold a 17-7 lead at the half. They extended the lead by four points after three periods of play to enter the final quarter leading by 26-12. The flood gates opened in the final period as Deshler went on a 16-4 run and dashed any Raider hopes of a comeback. The final was a 42-16 loss for the Raiders.
Colton Biltoft, Timothy Herbek and Dakota Frahm-Thayer each scored four points for the Raiders.
Lawrence-Nelson opened sub-district D-2-2 play Tuesday at Sandy Creek. The third seeded Raiders tipped off against second seed Dorchester. Should the Raiders prevail in this game, they will face the winner of the Exeter-Milligan-Hampton game, (today) Thursday, at Sandy Creek, for the right to advance to district play. Game results were unvailable at press time.

RHHS Grizzlies win two straight games
The Rock Hills High School grizzlies completed a successful week of basketball. They downed Southern Cloud, last Tuesday, on the road , 51-29. They won another road game, Friday, when they downed Thunder Ridge, 68-45, to improve their season record to 13-6.
Southern Cloud and the Grizzlies were tied at eight apiece after the first period came to an end but the Grizzlies broke the game open with a 16-3 second period run to take a 24-11 halftime lead. The Grizzlies were never pressed after that point holding a 40-21 edge after three periods. Just to remove any doubt of a Southern Cloud comeback, the Grizzlies went on an 11-4 final quarter run to take home a 51-29 win.
A similar pattern emerged against Thunder Ridge. Rock Hills held a one point, 11-10 lead after one quarter. They opened up the throttle and sped off on a 24-12 second period run to enjoy a 35-22 halftime margin. They added to their lead in the third with a 12-9 edge over Thunder RIdge to lead 47-31 going into the final period. They put 21 points on the board in the fourth quarter while allowing 14 to sew up a 68-45 lead.
Joel Broeckelman and Logan Schwerman led the Grizzly scoring attack against Southern Cloud with 13 points apiece. Broeckelman landed four rebounds while Schwerman grabbed one. Grant Davis put up nine points and added eight rebounds. Tucker Johanek filled the net with seven points and carted off three rebounds. Sam Flinn finished the contest with five points and four rebounds. Jake Spiegel posted two points and two rebounds. Drew beam donated two points and a rebound to the Grizzly cause. A. J. Fettig recorded a steal. Tycen Higer kept three rebounds.
Broeckelman was the lead scorer against Thunder Ridge with 17 points while picking off four rebounds. Johanek hit the hoop for 10 points and he took off with three rebounds. Schwerman put up seven points and scrambled for five rebounds. Higer dropped in seven points and had two rebounds. Flinn lobbed in six points and dug out four rebounds. Davis threw in six points and accounted for two rebounds. Speigel and Drew Beam unleashed four points apiece. Luke Broeckelman scored two points and jumped on a rebound.
The Grizzlies entertained the Pike Valley Panthers at Mankato Tuesday with game results unavailable at press time. The team closes out regular season play when they travel to Osborne, Friday, for the season finale. Sub-state play gets underway, Monday, with seedings and locations being released Wednesday, Feb. 25.

RHHS Lady Grizzlies near end of season
the Rock Hills High School Lady Grizzlies matched up against Southern Cloud on the road last Tuesday. The Lady Grizzlies were handed a 54-37 loss for their efforts. Emily Reed knocked down 13 points for Rock Hills while Allison Railsback put in 11. Things didn't improve, Friday, when they took on Thunder Ridge on the road and returned home with a 60-15 loss for their effort.
The Lady Grizzlies played host to the Pike Valley Panthers, Tuesday, at Mankato. Game results were unavailable at press time. Rock Hills travels to Osborne, Friday, for their regular season finale. Sub-state play begins Monday with seedings and locations released on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

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