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Nov. 20, 2014

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L-N Lady Raiders reach semi-finals at state
The Lawrence-Nelson Lady Raiders played like the little engine that could and would when they reached the semi-final round of the state volleyball championship at Lincoln. The Lady Raiders, who ran through sub -district play and then toppled eventual state D 2 champion Giltner in district play, came within one game of the championship round. Lawrence-Nelson downed the Bertrand Vikings in the quarter round game in three sets, 25-17, 25-14, 15-25 and 25-19, Thursday. The win sent the Lady Raiders to the semi-final round Friday when they tangled with the Stuart Broncos at the Pinnacle Bank Arena. In a hard fought contest, Lawrence-Nelson went down in five sets, 25-21, 22-25, 21-25, 25-22 and 13-15. Though it was a disappointing loss, the Lady Raiders did play Saturday in the consolation round. They dropped their final match to the Exeter-Milligan Timberwolves in three sets, 16-25, 11-25 and 13-25 and earned fourth place at the event.
Cherokee Frahm-Thayer put down 13 kills against Bertrand as well as 17 digs and a blocked shot. Carlie Mazour had a kill, scored with four aces and posted 23 digs. Kelsey Menke recorded 10 kills, blocked three shots and went for two digs. Alyssa Miller added a kill, scored with an ace and made five digs. Gabriel Sharp handled eight kills, slammed in two aces, blocked one shot and took on five digs. Harlie Himmelberg tallied three aces and handled 35 digs. Haley Menke notched two kills, blocked a shot and spotted five digs. Maekayla Ward finished with four digs. Rachel Kathman mustered nine kills, dropped in four aces and contributed eight digs.
In the semi-final match against Stuart, K. Menke posted 10 kills, blocked two shots and registered three digs. Mazour sent down seven kills, added an ace and went for 30 digs. Miller added two kills and six digs. Sharp was up for six kills, two kills and logged four kills. Himmelberg went all out for 32 digs. H. Menke slapped down five kills, blocked three shots and went for three digs. Frahm-Thayer netted seven kills, was an ace maker three times and dug the ball out 28 times. Ward had a kill and three digs. Rachel Kathman mastered nine kills, scored an ace and had five digs. Molly McCartney accessed three digs. Abby Kile saw playing time. Sharp was injured during this match and would not return.
The Lady Raiders were without the services of Sharp for the final game. She was sidelined with an injury. Mazour killed one against Exeter-Milligan, was an ace maker three times and dug the ball out 14 times. K. Menke had eight kills at the net and blocked a shot. Miller had a kill and two digs. Bailey Williams added two digs. Himmelberg was a digger 22 times. H. Menke killed the ball twice, blocked a shot and made six digs. Frahm-Thayer killed and she dug once. Ward had a dig. Kathman put up a kill, had a single ace and two digs.
The Lady Raiders culminated a remarkable season with an impressive showing at the state tournament. Though they fell short of their goal, shared by every other team in their class, of a state championship, they can be proud of their remarkable showing. For seniors Mazour and Ward, it was farewell to their playing days. For the rest of the team, it cemented the bonds formed this season and shows great promise for the next.


SHS Lady Cats on all conference team
The Southern Nebraska Conference All Conference volleyball team selections were released and several members of the 2014 Superior High School Lady Cats squad were prominently featured.
Jaysa Hoins , Leah Meyer and Morgan Frahm were first team selectees.
Riley Butler was named to the second team.
Taylor Jensby and Ellie Wittke were given honorable mentions.

RHJHS boys basketball team opens their season
The Rock Hills Junior High School Grizzlies boys basketball team opened its season last Monday when they took on Republic County. They outlasted Republic County by a 33-30 score. They took on the Pike Valley Junior Panthers, Tuesday, and were edged by one point, 35-34, in an evenly matched contest which was decided in overtime.
The team learned what they needed to address to improve their play in these first two games and are looking for improved play as the season progresses.
Rylee Whelchel scored two points against Republic County and seven against Pike Valley. Cheyenne Mohler dropped in two points against Pike Valley. Zane Colson hit for two pints against Republic County and two in the Pike Valley contest. Derreck Gillett popped in seven points in the Republic County game and 13 against Pike Valley. Gunner Johanek sank 14 points in the Republic County game and 10 against Pike Valley. Jordan Wherry was good for eight points in the Republic County game.

Superior Junior High School girls basketball adds a game
The Superior Junior High School girls basketball team will host the Republic County Junior High School girls basketball team at the elementary school gymnasium today (Thursday). The C team will play at 4 p.m., the B team at 5 p.m and the A team will take the court at 6 p.m. This contest was not on the original schedule.

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