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Oct. 27, 2016

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RHHS Lady Grizzlies end season with loss at sub-state
The Rock Hills High School Lady Grizzly volleyball team finished regular season play last Tuesday with a triangular match at Lincoln. The team lost to Lincoln in two sets, 23-25 and 26-25. In their final regular season match, they lost a hard fought two set match, 23-25 and 20-25, to Wilson.
The Lady Grizzlies traveled to Hanover, Saturday, for the opening round of sub-state play. They were matched up against Linn in the first round play. Linn swept Rock Hills in two sets, 11-25 and 4-25 to end the Lady Grizzlies post-season play.
Rock Hills finished the season with a 7-23 record. The team loses one senior, Taniele Peroutek, to graduation. The underclassmen played hard over the rebuilding season and they gained a wealth of on-court playing experience which be an asset for next season..

SHS football closes out season with win
It wasn't pretty or easy but the Superior High School Wildcats rallied twice, Friday, for a come from behind 26-20 win over the Thayer Central Titans at Superior's Brodstone Memorial Field win before the Parent's Night assemblage. The win gave the Wildcats a 5-3 record for the 2016 season and their first winning record in several years. It was a season of firsts for the Wildcats as they moved down to play eight man football in Class D1 and recorded a winning record for the 2016 season.. The move left them ineligible for post-season play but no one was complaining as the winning tradition had returned. The parents of the players were recognized before the opening kick-off.
Superior fell behind early as the Titans scored two first period touchdowns to take a 12-0 lead. The Wildcats bounced back in the second quarter. The defense held Thayer Central scoreless and Superior put 12 points on the board to leave the teams tied at 12-12 all at the half.
Both teams scored touchdowns in the third period. The Titans were successful with their two point conversion while the Wildcats failed to pick up the points and saw themselves trailing 20-18 going into the final 12 minutes of play. The Wildcats called on the defense to step it up and they did. They shut down the Thayer Central offense. The Superior offense scored a touchdown and were successful with their two point conversion to take a 26-20 lead. The Wildcat defense kept the Titans out of the end zone and Superior tallied its fifth win in eight games to conclude their season.
It was a bittersweet night for seniors Eric Schiermeyer, Cale Frahm, Ethan Freeman, Tyler Blackstone, Sloan Willet, Darik Holt, Jacob Sunday and Garrett Caldwell. Bitter since it was their last game as Wildcats and sweet because they had experienced a winning season in their final year. The eight senior players provided outstanding leadership for the underclassmen and they will be sorely missed next season.
Schiermeyer completed eight of 13 pass attempts for 202 yards and connected for two touchdowns.
Caldwell reeled in three receptions good for 46 yards and a touchdown. John Sullivan snagged two receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown. Blackstone brought in two receptions for 60 yards. Chase Morris landed one reception for 13 yards.
Trey Fierstein carried the ball 19 times, picking up 102 yards and scoring a touchdown Frahm chewed up 65 yards with his 19 carries while scoring with two two point conversions. Caldwell rumbled 84 yards with his 13 carries and scored a touchdown. Schiermeyer was the ball carrier on six occasions as he picked up nine yards. Sullivan ate up 11 yards with his lone ball carry.
Caldwell was the bulwark of the defense nailing solo tackles and contributing seven assisted tackles. Blackstone recorded three solo shots and intercepted a Titan pass
Sloan Willett closed out his Wildcat career with two solo tackles and seven assisted tackles. Morris finished the game with two solo tackles and five assisted tackles to his credit. Sullivan netted a solo shot and four assists. Holt registered four assisted tackles. Frahm came through with two assisted tackles. Fierstein logged an assisted tackle.
The Superior High School Drill team, coached by Stephanie Corman, entertained the Wildcat supporters during each home game halftime. After an absence of many years, the Superior Junior-Senior High School Marching Band took to the field at halftime and showed off their musical and marching skills. Students, parents, faculty and staff members kept the game attendees fed and watered at each home game.
The team will return a core group of experience players for the 2017 season and head coach Brandon Siegel is optimistic for their prospects. A decision will be made after the conclusion of the 2017 season as to staying in eight man or returning to 11 man football.

SHS x-country runner Morgan Neeman competes at state meet
Morgan Neeman, a freshman, represented the Superior High School Wildcat cross country team at the state Class D meet run at the Kearney Country Club, Saturday. Neeman finished in 60th place over the five kilometer course in a field of 148 runners with her time of 22:26.8.
Neeman had a stellar freshman year finishing in a medalist position in all five regular season meets as well as the Southern Nebraska Conference meet. She qualified for the state meet with a medalist finish at the regional meet.


RHHS Grizzlies beat up Southern Cloud 65-8
It only took 24 minutes of football for the Rock Hills High School Grizzlies, playing at Miltonvale, Friday, to dispose of the Southern Cloud Warriors, 65-8. The Grizzlies proved to rude guests as they rolled out to a 38-0 first quarter lead. They were equally relentless in the second quarter ,scoring 27 additional point while allowing the Warriors eight points to implement execution of the 45 point mercy rule at the half time intermission.
The Grizzlies relied on their ground game and defense to dominate the Warriors. The Rock Hills defense contained Southern Cloud who never mounted a credible offensive threat. The win was the Grizzlies seventh of the season against one loss. The win improved the Grizzlies record to 7-1 for the 2016 season.
Zane Colson led the Grizzly running attack with four carries covering 59 yards and scoring one touchdown. Rylee Whelchel carried three times for 28 yards and three touchdowns. Derreck Gillett carried the ball three times for eight yards and a touchdown. Keegan Wagner finished with a negative seven yards for his three carries. Ryan Scarrow got the call twice and picked up six yards. Tycen Higer netted five yards for his one carry. Chevy Mohler listed three yards for his lone carry. Colson and Whelchel were successful on two two point conversions each. Higer ran a two point conversion into the end zone.
Brady Jeffrey latched onto four solo tackles and assisted with three tackles. He returned an interception for a touchdown. Colson posted three solo tackles and three assists. Gillett nabbed two solo tackles, assisted with one tackle and converted a fumble recovery into a touchdown. Whelchel hit for two solo tackles and aided with a tackle. Austin Eilert contributed a solo tackle and assisted with three. Chevy Mohler knocked down a solo tackle and added five assisted tackles. Higer recorded a solo tackle and three assists. Derric Luong and Barrett Fenner registered a solo tackle each for the game. Luke Broeckelman, Drew Beam, who also returned an interception for a touchdown,, Dominic Long, and Cheyenne Mohler tallied an assisted tackle apiece.
Rock Hills head coach Brock McMillan said, "Southern Cloud had a rough last few weeks with different injuries that have taken a s toll on their team numbers. I was very happy with the entire team's performance Friday night. Our starting squad took care of business in the first quarter and our second team copied that in the second quarter. We were able to see many of our young kids getting a chance to step up and they took full advantage. It was important for us to have a positive performance this week as next week presents a big challenge for us."
The challenge comes in the form of the St, John's-Tipton Blujays who visit Mankato, Thursday for a game with a playoff position on the line. The Blujays have won six games and lost two, falling to Pike Valley and Osborne.

Second ranked L-N Raiders fall to Number ranked 1 BDS 36-0
The Class D-2 number two ranked Lawrence-Nelson High School Raiders took to the field at Lawrence, Thursday, to face the number one Bruning-Davenport-Shickley Eagles in a clash of undefeated teams. When time expired, the Eagles had landed and the Raiders were no longer undefeated. The Eagles defense stifled the Raiders offense allowing only four first downs. The Raiders managed 90 yards of total offense and hurt their cause with two turnovers.
Colton Biltoft completed four of 10 pass attempts, netting 13 yards. Kevin Schroer pulled in three passes for 13 yards. Matt Buescher brought in one reception for no gain.
Biltoft carried the ball 11 times picking up 44 yards. Gavyn Buschkoetter carried the ball 10 times picking up 22 yards. Schroer lugged the ball twice for seven yards. Riley Kucera saw a negative one yard average for his two carries.
The Raiders look to regroup as they prepared for their opening round district playoff game, Thursday. It will be Raider versus Raider as Lawrence-Nelson hosts Mead, at Lawrence. The Mead Raiders carry a 4-4- record into the contest. Should the Raiders win, they will face the winner of the Exeter-Milligan and Bloomfield game, Wednesday, Nov. 2. The site for that game is to be announced.

L-N Lady Raiders hit a rough stretch
It was a tough stretch of matches for the Lawrence-Nelson Lady Raiders. They dropped three of their past four matches. In a rare home contest, the Lady Raiders were edged by the Franklin Flyers, last Tuesday, in five set, 25-22, 25-19, 18-25, 22-25 and 11-15. The Lady Raiders were once again on the road when they traveled to Axtell, Saturday, for the Axtell tournament. The Elwood Pirates repelled the Lady Raiders boarding party in three set, 25-19, 12-25 and 12-25. Their next opponent, the St. Mary's Cardinals used three sets to down Lawrence-Nelson, 20-25, 25-19 and 16-25. The Lady Raiders emerged with a win over Cornerstone Christian School with a two set, 25-8 and 25-20 sweep. Lawrence-Nelson concluded their regular season schedule, Tuesday, when they played the Palmer Tigers, at Palmer, Tuesday. Match results were unavailable at press time.
Molly McCartney led the Lady Raider kill list in the Franklin match with 14. Taylor Harrington notched 13 kills. Karigan Drudik tallied nine kills. Mattee Kucera posted seven kills. RaeLeigh Menke had one kill. Harrington and Kucera slipped through five service aces each. Drudik contributed three aces. Kaylee Kathman contributed two service aces. McCartney added a service ace to the team total. Kaytlynn Tockey blocked three shots.
McCartney and Drudik topped the kill list for the Elwood match with six apiece. Harrington was credited with five kills. Kucera knocked down four kills. Tockey jammed down two kills with Menke posting one kill. Mackinley Thayer sliced through two service aces. Harrington and Drudik landed an ace each.
Drudik was the top killer against St. Mary's with 12. Harrington picked up 10 kills. McCartney closed out the match with six kills. Kucera and Menke registered a kill apiece.
Drudik, Tockey and Harrington led the killers against Cornerstone Christian with four kills each. Molly McCartney was listed with three kills. Annie McCartney tallied two kills. Kucera, Kathman and Harrington lanced through two service aces each. Hayden Epley, Morgan Menke and Drudik were credited with an ace apiece.
The Lady Raiders open sub-district play, Tuesday, with site and opponent to be determined.

RHHS runner Sarena Meier qualifies for state x country meet
Sarena Meier capped off her successful senior season for the Rock Hills Grizzlies cross country team. Meier runs with the Pike Valley Panthers during the regular season as part of a cooperative program between the two schools.
Meier opened the season at the Tescott meet. The course was flooded in some areas and runners were rerouted. Despite the obstacles, Meier secured the fourth place medal with her time of 21:24.8. She held the eight place medal the following week under threatening weather conditions, at the Wamego meet, with her time of 21:13.9.
She was out of action for a week and returned, Sept. 29, to take the third place medal at the Republic County meet, run at the Belleville Golf course with the time of 21:58.52. Meier set several records at the Lake Centralia meet, Oct. 6. Her time of 19:41 was good for first place, a new personal best mark, a Rock Hills High School record time and she now holds the meet record for the fastest time navigating the course. Meier took home the third place medal at Sabetha, Oct. 13, with her time of 20:59.
She competed at the Lakeside Invitational at Downs, Thursday. The meet was also the Northern Plains league meet. Meier took the fourth overall spot and came in second in the league meet. She was honored with a place on the 2016 All-League cross country team.
Meier competed for the Rock Hills Grizzlies at the Regional 1A cross country meet, Saturday. The five kilometer race was run over the Leonardville Golf Course. Meier finished in second place with her time of 21:10.51. She secured a berth at the state championship meet being run over the Wamego Country Club Course. Her event has a scheduled start time of 11:45 a.m.

SHS Lady Cats take fourth at conference tournament
The Superior High School volleyball team faced off against the Sandy Creek Cougars in the semi-final round of the Southern Nebraska Conference tournament, last Tuesday, at Milford. Superior had downed the Cougars in five sets earlier in the season but a repeat of that match was not in the cards. In a hard fought three set match, Sandy Creek edged Superior, 24-26, 20-25 and 22-25, to sweep the match and advance to the championship game against Heartland. The loss relegated the Lady Cats to the third-place bracket, Thursday, at Milford, where they the faced the Class C1 Fillmore Central Panthers. Superior dropped the first set, 15-25, and was unable to rally in the second set, as the Panthers slipped past the Lady Cats, 23-25 to take the third place spot. Heartland defeated Sandy Creek to win the conference title.
Kalynn Meyer netted eight kills against Sandy Creek. Michelle Unruh jammed down seven kills. Madison Blackstone pounded down four kills. Lexi Webber and Brandie Simonsen tallied a kill each. Megan Miller and Webber lashed through a service ace each. Unruh recorded two blocked shots. Blackstone and Fish blocked a shot apiece. Ellie Wittke led the diggers with 20. M. Miller finished the match with 15 digs. Meyer launched up nine digs. Evin Miller contributed seven digs. Blackstone handled six digs. Simonsen and Webber gathered four digs each. Abbie Fish took care of three digs. Unruh joined in with two digs while Trish Hayes posted one dig. Fish blocked two shots
Meyer topped the kill list against Fillmore Central with nine. Unruh was good for six kills. Webber was credited with four kills. Fish, Webber, Blackstone and M. Miller slashed through an ace each. Wittke pulled off 11 digs. Blackstone and M. Miller came up with six digs each. Hayes and Webber netted five digs apiece. Meyer controlled four digs. Fish contributed one dig.
The Lady Cats close out their regular season play when they host the Fillmore Central Panthers for Parent's Night of the volleyball and cross country team members, at the Superior High School gymnasium, today (Thursday).
Sub-district play begins Monday, with the number four seed Lady Cats playing the fifth seed Sutton Fillies in the bunny round at Hastings Adams Central High School. Match time is 4 p.m. The winner of this game will play number one seed Doniphan-Trumbull at 7 p.m. ,Monday. The winner of this match will advance to the next round of sub-district play on Tuesday.