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Feb. 11, 2016

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SHS hosts SNC wrestling tourney
The Superior High School gymnasium was afloat with a seas of wrestling mats, Friday, as 10 teams took part in the Southern Nebraska Conference Tournament. David City took home the conference championship with 243.5 points. Wilber-Clatonia finished second with 165 points. Centennial held the third spot with 90 points. Sutton was in fourth place with 61 points. Thayer Central held fifth place with 59 points. Milford-Dorchester was in sixth place with 55 points. Host Superior landed in seventh place with 52 points. South Central Unified was the eight place finisher with 51 points. Fillmore Central and Tri County tied for ninth with 43 points apiece.
Usama Ericksen returned to action after a lengthy injury absence. Wrestling at 113 pounds, He did not win a match and earned no team points. Keaton Meyer earned two team points at the 120 pound mark. Seth Gehle competed in the 126 pound weight bracket and gained no team points. Chase Morris held third place in the 138 pound division and earned 10 team points. Trent Tietjen earned a fourth place finish in the 145 pound weight class and was awarded nine team points. Ethan Beale took part in the 152 pound weight division and earned no team points. John Sullivan hit the mats at 160 pounds but earned no team points. Lane Morris wrestled at 170 pounds and added three team points. Darik Holt hauled in a third place finish at the 220 pound mark and earned 14 team points. Giacomo DePauli scored a third place finish in the 285 pound weight bracket and earned 14 team points for the Wildcats.
The Class C-3 district meet, to determine state tournament qualifiers, gets underway Friday at Gibbon High School, Gibbon. The event will conclude Saturday. Wrestlers from 16 schools will vie for the chance to compete at the state meet.

SHS Wildcats exit conference tourney
The Superior High School Wildcats were able to play their weather delayed Southern Nebraska Conference Tournament opening round game, Thursday, against the Tri County Trojans at DeWitt. The Wildcats prevailed 45-38, to advance to the second round of the event. They took on the Fillmore Central Panthers at Geneva, Friday, and it was all Panthers all the way, as the Wildcats were eliminated from the tournament with their 71-38 loss.
Superior jumped out to an 8-4 first quarter lead against Tri County, Thursday, at DeWitt but lost momentum in the second period and entered the half time break tied 17 all. The Trojans held a slim one point lead, 26 as the final quarter got underway. The Wildcats pressed on defense and found their offensive rhythm as they scored 19 points while holding Tri County to 11 and earning a 45-38 win to advance to the quarter final round of the Southern Nebraska Conference Tournament.
Their hopes for a place in the semifinal round were stopped cold when they met the Fillmore Central Panthers, at Geneva, Friday. The Wildcats were never in the game after the opening minutes as they trailed 41-16 at the half. They didn't give up but could make no headway against the Panthers and trailed by 23 points, 53-30 after three periods of play. Fillmore Central out scored Superior 18-8 in the fourth quarter and advance to the semifinals with their 71-38 win while the Wildcats were eliminated and saw their season record settle at 8-12.
Garrett Caldwell led the Wildcats offense against Tri County with 16 points. He pulled down a team high 11 rebounds. Eric Schiermeyer responded with 11 points and two rebounds. Ethan Roberts dropped in seven points and latched onto eight rebounds. Tyler Blackstone chipped in seven points and three rebounds. Blake Kirchhoff handed in three points and picked off six rebounds. Trenten Theis recorded a steal while Adin Leibel saw playing time.
Roberts topped the Wildcat scoring list against Fillmore Central with 14 points and he picked up four rebounds. Blackstone hit the net for 11 points and nabbed two rebounds. Caldwell posted seven points for the game and scoured the boards for six rebounds. Kirchhoff sent six points through the net and handled four rebounds. Schiermyer and Leibel accounted for a rebound apiece. Adam Baker logged playing time.
The Wildcats visit Nelson, Friday, for a game with traditional intra-county rival Lawrence-Nelson. The boys junior varsity game will be played following the girls junior varsity game with a scheduled tip-off at 4 p.m.

L-N Raiders fail to reach semifinals of conference tourney
The Lawrence-Nelson Raiders edged Harvard 53-46, Thursday, at Nelson, to advance to the second round of the Twin Valley Conference Tournament. Their hopes for an appearance in the championship game were laid to rest when the Blue Hill Bobcats handed them a 56-45 loss at Blue Hill, Friday. They fell in the consolation round, Saturday, to Deshler 70-38.
The Raiders played strong offensive basketball in the first half and led the Harvard Cardinals 31-22 at the half. Both teams tapered off in point production in the third quarter with Lawrence-Nelson putting up seven and Harvard scoring five. The Cardinals mounted a strong comeback attempt in the final period, out scoring the Raiders 19-15, but fell short of closing the gap. Lawrence-Nelson held off the pesky Cardinals and advanced to the tournament's second round with their 53-46 win. The Raiders visited Harvard for a game Tuesday with results unavailable at game time.
The Blue Hill Bobcats and the Raiders played an even first period, each team scoring eight points. The Lawrence-Nelson offensive and defensive efforts took a nap in the second period as Blue Hill netted 23 points while the Raiders managed only eight points to face a 15 point, 31-16 deficit at the half. Neither team was able to make headway in the third period with the Raiders putting up five points and the Bobcats scoring four to leave Blue Hill with a 35-21 lead headed to the final frame. Both teams forgot about playing defense over the final eight minutes. The Raiders scored 24 points but Blue Hill hit for 21 and took away a 56-45 win to eliminate the Raiders from the tournament and leave them with an 11-8 season record.
The Raiders took on the Deshler Dragons in the consolation round game Saturday and were defeated 70-38. The Raiders stayed close to the Dragons during the first quarter, trailing 10-8 when the period ended. Things went south quickly in the second when the Raiders suffered a complete offensive and defensive collapse. Deshler scored 20 points while holding Lawrence-nelson to five and taking a 30-13 lead into the half. The raiders never came close to getting back into the game. After three periods of play, they trailed 49-28. The Dragons kept on roaring and added 21 points in the fourth quarter while the Raiders managed to score 10 leaving the court with a 70-38 loss to show for their effort.
Brennan Miller was the leading Raider scorer against Harvard with 20 points. He gathered up nine rebounds. Timmy Herbek dropped through 10 points and hauled in six rebounds. Matt Buescher netted eight points and four rebounds. Kevin Schorer took care of five points and four rebounds. Cody Byers put up three points and grabbed four rebounds. Colton Biltoft had three points and a rebound. Peyton Drudik registered two points and four rebounds. Brett Karmazin score two points.
Miller was again the Raiders leading point manufacturer with 18 points against the Bobcats. He took down 10 rebounds. Biltoft tallied nine points and five rebounds. Herbek added seven points and two rebounds to the team totals. Drudik netted six points and three rebounds. Byers recorded three points. Schroer hit for two points and clamped on eight rebounds. Karmazin handled a rebound.
Miller banked 12 points for the Raiders in the Deshler game. Drudik and Herbek found the net for eight points apiece. Schroer finished with four points. Dolnicek and Byers accounted for three points apiece. Jacob Schultz and Buescher each nabbed a rebound. Biltoft handed out an assist while Jacob Sharp saw court time..
The Raiders host the Superior Wildcats at Nelson, Friday, in an intra-county rivalry game. The boys junior varsity game will be played following the girls junior varsity game with a scheduled tip-off at 4 p.m


L-N Lady Raiders take Twin Valley tourney title
It was title time for the Lawrence-Nelson Lady Raiders as they roared through three rounds of the Twin Valley Conference Tournament games and were rewarded with the championship trophy Saturday, at Adams Central High School at Hastings. To reach the title game Lawrence-Nelson had to win two games The Lady Raiders downed Deshler, 43-32 at Nelson Thursday. They traveled to Kenesaw, Friday and earned their berth in the semifinals when they downed the Blue Hill Bobcats 33-28. The won the conference championship title, Saturday, at Hastings when they handed the Kenesaw Blue Devils a 61-42 defeat and their 11th win in 12 games. The Lady Raiders headed to Harvard Tuesday for a game with the Harvard Cardinals with game results unavailable at press time.
The Deshler Dragons kept things close for most of the game, Thursday. Lawrence-Nelson led 19-16 at the half. Each team posted eight points in the third with the Lady Raiders holding a three points, 27-24 advantage going into the final quarter. Lawrence-Nelson dug down and put 16 points on the board while holding the Dragons to eight and taking a 43-32 win off the court and earning a ticket to the next round.
It took an all out come from behind effort against Blue Hill at Kenesaw, Friday, to propel the Lady Raiders into the championship game. The Bobcats built up a 17-12 lead at the half and the Lady Raiders prospects looked dim. Lawrence-Nelson slowly clawed their way back into the game, nibbling three points off the Blue Hill lead in the third period to trail 22-20 with eight minutes to play. The Lady Raiders pulled together when it mattered and registered their highest scoring quarter of the game with 13 while limiting the Bobcats to six and escaped with a 33-28 win and the right to play in the title game.
It was a fired up Lady Raiders team which took the court, Saturday, at Adams Central High School in Hastings. They came ready to play the Kenesaw Blue Devils and play they did. They put Kenesaw down 12-8 after one quarter and kept up the pressure at both ends of the court to take a 27-20 lead into the half. Their was no second half letdown for the Lady Raiders as they added two points to their lead in the third quarter, taking a 42-33 margin into the last period. They saved their best for last as they dumped in 19 points in the final frame while holding Kenesaw to nine points to earn the conference championship with their 61-42 win.
Cherokee Frahm-Thayer was the Lady Raider scoring leader against Deshler with 15 points. Molly McCartney accounted for eight points. Kelsey Menke and Alyssa Miller dropped through seven points apiece for the Lady Raiders. Mattee Kucera put up five points. Haley Menke converted a free throw for one point. Harlie Himmelberg nabbed a rebound.
Frahm-Thayer was the leading Lawrence-Nelson scorer against Blue Hill with 10 points. Miller added eight points. Kucera created six points. K. Menke contributed four points. Himmelberg added three points to the team total while Gabe Sharp tossed through two points. McCartney battled her way to four rebounds. H. Menke recorded a steal.
Frahm-Thayer topped the Lady Raider scoring chat against Kenesaw with 16 points. Kucera nailed down 15 points. Miller registered 11 points for the contest. K. Menke gained seven points for the team. Himmelberg finished up the game with six points. H. Menke tallied five points. Kaytlynn Tockey sank a free throw for a point. McCartney grabbed four rebounds. Mackinley Thayer saw playing time.
The Lady Raiders close out their regular season schedule when they host the Superior Lady Cats at Nelson, Friday in a traditional intra-county rivalry game. The junior varsity game will tip-off at 4 p.m. Subdistrict play gets underway Monday with pairings and game sites being announced Thursday.

RHHS Grizzlies win overtime thriller against Lakeside
It wasn't easy and it wasn't pretty but the Rock Hills Grizzlies rewarded their supporters and coaches with a memorable win against the Lakeside Knights, at Downs, Friday, when they overcame a 14 point deficit in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime where they out scored Lakeside 11-2 in overtime to earn a 59-50 win. Rock Hills visited Natoma for a game Tuesday with results unavailable at press time.
The game began well for the Grizzlies. They held a narrow 12-1 lead after the first quarter. Neither team could muster much in the way of second quarter offense with each team putting six points on the score board and the Grizzlies leading by one, 18-17, at the half way mark. When the teams returned to the court for the third period, the Grizzlies lost what offensive touch they had. Defensive lapse prevailed and the Knights put up 18 points while the Grizzlies struggled to add nine points to their total and Rock Hills trailed 35-27 after three quarters of play. The fourth quarter started out in the same fashion as the grizzlies fell 14 points behind. The team dug down deep into themselves and mounted a stupendous come back attempt which culminated with Tycen Higer tying the game with three seconds remaining in regulation playing time. The comeback and tying the game appeared to deflate the Knights while the newly energized Grizzlies took to the floor for overtime and put the game away with an 11-2 run to earn a 59-50 win and a few gray hairs for head coach Matt Hesting who said "it was a great team win over a tough Lakeside team. I am very proud of the way the boys fed off each other for energy." The Grizzlies converted seven of 10 free throw attempts in overtime to build up their winning margin.
Tucker Johanek was atop the Grizzly scoring page with 18 points. He elbowed his way to 11 rebounds. Jacob Spiegel scored 12 points and snatched five rebounds. Higer found the net for eight points and jostled his way to seven rebounds. Grant Davis accounted for seven points and took down seven rebounds. Luke Broeckelman hit for six points and jammed the boards for three rebounds. Spencer Callaway planted five points on the score board and nabbed a rebound. Brady Jeffery landed three points and wrestled away three rebounds.
The Grizzlies head to Lincoln, Friday for a game with the Leopard. Southern Cloud pays a visit to Mankato Tuesday for a game.

RHHS Lady Grizzlies fall to Lakeside
The Rock Hills High School Lady Grizzlies are still searching for their first win of the season. They traveled to Downs, Friday, for a game with the Lakeside Knights and came up empty in their elusive quest. The Rock Hills offense was productive with an out put up 41 points but defensive lapse allowed Lakeside to put up 58 and the Lady Grizzlies lost their 14th game of the season, 58-41. The team was at Natoma Tuesday with game results unavailable at press time.
Jaylee Ortman scored 12 points for the Lady Grizzlies while Allison Railsback added 10.
The team travels to Lincoln, Friday then entertains Southern Cloud at Mankato Tuesday.

SHS Lady Cats down Sutton for tourney title at Utica
It's Southern Nebraska Conference Tournament time and the Superior High School Lady Cats made it look easy on their way to a securing a spot in the championship game against Sutton. They atoned for the only loss of the season when they` downed thee Sutton Fillies 49-42, Monday, at Centennial High School, Utica, to win the conference championship The win extended their win streak to 21 games. They easily broke the Centennial Broncos, at Superior, Friday, winning handily 47-27 in the quarter final round. They traveled to Utica, Saturday where they downed the Tri County Trojans 43-30, at the Centennial High School gymnasium, to secure their 20th consecutive win and a place in Monday's championship game against the Sutton Fillies.
Superior established control of the game against Centennial from the opening tip-off. The Lady Cats led 28-14 at the half. The team went on cruise control for the third and fourth quarters as the Broncos were unable to keep up with the fast paced Superior offense and stifling defense. Superior easily won the contest 47-27 to enter the semifinal round against Tri-County.
Once again the Lady Cats established their dominance early in the game and led Tri County 24-12 at the half. Superior kept up the scoring pace and opened up the lead to 39-18 as the fourth quarter began. Tri County put up 12 points to the four scored by Superior, but the Lady Cats were playing reserves at this point and were never in danger of losing their substantial lead. The move also allowed the starting players to take some much deserved and needed rest. The Lady Cats earned their spot in the championship game with their 43-30 win.
Superior and Sutton faced off in the season opening game for both teams at Sutton and the Fillies won that game. The Lady Cats have not lost a game since and were looking to keep their win streak alive as they matched up with Sutton in the Southern Nebraska Conference Tournament championship game Monday. The two evenly matched teams hit the court and Sutton took a 13-11 lead into the second quarter. Superior stepped up their offensive pace, scoring 18 points while their sticky defensive play held Sutton to seven points giving the Lady Cats a nine point, 29-20 halftime lead. Superior added two points to their lead in the third quarter taking a 40-29 lead into the final quarter. Sutton resorted to constant fouling and an fast-break offense to try and close the point gap. Superior held steady and withstood any and everything the Fillies could throw at them. Sutton managed to erase four points of the Lady Cat lead over the final eight minutes but their efforts were to no avail. Superior left the court with a 49-42 win, their 21st consecutive victory and the championship plaque now resides at Superior High School.
Evin Miller had a break out game against Centennial with 13 points to lead the Lady Cat offense. Leah Meyer pumped 11 points through the net. Taylor Jensby found the hoop for nine points. Lexi Webber and Riley Butler contributed four points apiece. Megan Miller, Michelle Unruh and Nicki Kirchhoff ended the game with two points apiece.
Meyer held top spot on the scoring page against Tri County with 16 points. Butler stepped in with 11 points. Catera Nondorf, Jensby, E. Miller and Kirchhoff each contributed four points to the team total.
Butler and Meyer shared top scoring honors against Sutton with 11 points each. Unruh lit up the board with 10 points. Jensby garnered eight points. E. Miller plunked five points through the net. Kirchhoff completed the game with four points.
The team closes out their regular season schedule, Friday, when they visit Nelson, for a game against red-hot in county rival, the Lawence-Nelson Lady Raiders.The junior varsity game will tip-off at 4 p.m. Subdistrict play begins Monday with pairings and game sites to be announced Thursday. The possibility for a Sutton-Superior rematch is strong in subdistrict play as the schools assigned to Class C2-7 are Fillmore Central, Sandy Creek, Thayer Central, Sutton and Superior. Fairbury will be the site for the games.

Zane Colson second at wrestling invite
Zane Colson, a freshmen at Rock Hills Junior-Senior High School and a varsity wrestler for Beloit High School in a co-op agreement, competed in the Phillipsburg Invitational meet.
Wrestling in the 145 pound wight division, Colson finished second. Wrestlers representing 14 schools participated.

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