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Dec. 7, 2017

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RHJHS girls basketball
The Rock Hills Junior High School girls A basketball team dropped their home game at Mankato to Lakeside, 26-14, last Thursday. The B and C teams both won.
The team travels to Beloit, Thursday, to play St. John's-Tipton.

L-N girls open season with a win
The Lawrence-Nelson Raiders girls basketball team opened their 2017-2018 season with a 38-22 win over the Red Cloud Warriors at Nelson, Friday. The team was unable to sustain their momentum when they traveled to DeWitt, Saturday, to play the Tri County Trojans. A faulty fourth-period led to their 44-36 loss.
The Raiders led Red Cloud 13-2 after the first period. The Raiders offense cooled down in the second period as they scored six points to the Warriors five to lead 19-7 at the half. Lawrence-Nelson edged ahead 34-19 after the third quarter. Neither team showed much in the scoring column in the fourth quarter as the Raiders put up four points to the Warriors three to earn a 38-22 season opening win.
The Raiders stayed close to the Tri County Trojans for first three quarters of play. Down 13-9 after the first period, the Raiders and Trojans scored six points each in the second frame to give Tri County a 19-15 lead at the half. The Raiders were within one point of the Trojans at the end of the third quarter, trailing 30-29. A lapse in the Raiders defense, coupled with cool shooting hands allowed the Trojans to outscore the Raiders 14-7 over the fourth period to wrap up a 44-36 win.
Mattee Kucera led the Raider scorers with 12 points, against Red Cloud. Karigan Drudik added nine points. Taylor Harrington put up seven points. Megan Wheeland posted four points. Hallie Epley, Annie McCartney and RaeLeigh Menke each scored two points.
Drudik nailed two three-point baskets while Harrington put through one.
Drudik made two free throws while McCartney made one.
Epley was the top rebounder with six. R. Menke landed five rebounds. Kucera pulled down four rebounds. McCartney hauled in three rebounds. Drudik recorded two rebounds. Harrington and Allison Miller had one rebound apiece.
Kucera doled out five assists and grabbed two steals. Drudik had four assists and four steals. Harrington had an assist and three steals. Morgan Menke and Miller had an assist each. McCartney claimed two steals.
Drudik topped the scoring list for the Raiders against Tri County with 12 points. Harrington hit for eight points. McCartney accounted for six points. Kucera registered four points. Epley and R. Menke scored two points each.
Harrington knocked down two three-point baskets while Drudik made one.
Drudik drilled five free throws. McCartney and R. Menke made two free throws apiece.
McCartney grabbed seven rebounds. Kucera took down four rebounds. Drudik, Harrington, M. Menke and R. Menke handled two rebounds apiece. Epley secured one rebound.
Kucera dished out four assists and made two steals. Harrington had two assists and two steals. Drudik added an assists and made five steals. McCartney and M. Menke were good for two steals each. Epley and R. Menke added a steal each.
The Raiders travel to Franklin, Friday, for a game with the Flyers. They entertain the Bruning-Davenport-Shickley Eagles at Nelson Saturday. The Rock Hills Grizzlies pay a visit to Nelson, Tuesday.


SHS Wildcats boys drop season opener
The 2017-2018 Superior High School boys basketball team made their debut at the Superior High School gymnasium, Saturday, against the Republic County Buffaloes. The Wildcats failed to ignite offensively and were downed 58-20. The Wildcats hosted the Fairbury Jeffs, Tuesday, with results unavailable at press time.
Both teams scored three points apiece in the first quarter. After that it was all Republic County. A 22 point scoring outburst by the Buffaloes in the second period was answered with five points by Superior, who trailed 25-8 at the half-way point of the game. The Superior offense continued to languish as they were outscored 20-7 in the third period to trail 45-15. The Wildcats managed five points in the final period while Republic County added another 13 to secure a 58-20 win.
Hunter Healey led the Superior offense against Republic County with 11 points. Ezekiel Meyer netted five points. Conner Blackstone and Jackson Gilbert scored two points apiece.
Healey hit three three-point shots. Meyer sank one three pointer.
The Wildcats failed to score their one free throw attempt while Republic County hit three of their four attempts.
Healey grabbed five rebounds for the Wildcats. A. J. Leibel picked off three rebounds. Gilbert landed two rebounds and had two assists. Meyer accounted for a rebound and an assist. Adin Leibel made a steal.
Superior visits Blue Hill Thursday for a contest with the Bobcats. Its another away game Saturday when the team visits the Wilber-Clatonia Wolverines.

L-N Raiders boys top Red Cloud at home
It was a successful 2017-2018 season opener for the Lawrence-Nelson Raiders when they downed the Red Cloud Warriors 37-16, Friday, at the Nelson gymnasium. Their trip to DeWitt, Saturday, was not as successful, as they fell to the Tri County Trojans 75-34.
The Raiders encountered no resistance from the Red Cloud Warriors as they sped out to an 18-2 lead. When halftime rolled around, the Raiders led 21-8. A low scoring final two periods, in which the Warriors never mounted a threat, handed the Raiders a 37-16 win.
The shoe was on the other foot at DeWitt as Tri County opened up a 22-4 first quarter lead which the Raiders never came close to narrowing. Tri County led 38-15 at the half. They added 13 points to their lead when they scored 27 points in the third period while the Raiders posted 14. It was more of the same in the fourth period as they added five more points to the lead to leave their home court with a 75-34 win.
Peyton Drudik was the top Raider point maker against Red Cloud with 10. Micah Dolnicek landed eight points. Lane Heikkinen cannned six points. Jacob Sharp scored five points. Jaden Himmelberg and Brody Himmelberg netted three points each. Boone Svoboda had two points. Cody Buescher and Trevor Biltoft had playing time.
Heikkinen, B. Hiummelberg and Sharp landed four rebounds apiece. Trevin Kotinek contributed three rebounds.
It was a balanced raider scoring attack against the Tri County Trojans. Sharp led the way with eight points. Dolnicek scored six points. Heikkinen dropped through five points. Drudik and J,. Himmelberg scored four points apiece. Kotinek posted three points. B. Himmelberg and Svoboda contributed two points each.
The Raiders travel to Franklin, Friday, for a game with the Flyers. They entertain the Bruning-Davenport-Shickley Eagles at Nelson Saturday. The Rock Hills Grizzlies make a stop in Nelson, Tuesday.


RHHS girls fall to Pike Valley
The Rock Hills Grizzlies girls basketball team opened their season with a 40-26 loss to the Pike Valley Panthers in the opening round of the Thunderbird Invitational Tournament, Friday. The Grizzlies played the Smith Center Redmen, Tuesday, at Mankato, with game results unavailable at press time.
Karrigan Dunstan led the Grizzlies with 12 points against Pike Valley.
The team plays a to be determined opponent at Concordia, Saturday, in the final round of the Thunderbird Invitational. They travel to Nelson, Tuesday, to play the Lawrence-Nelson Raiders.

RHHS Grizzlies open season with win
Nick Mizner made his Rock Hills High School boys basketball coaching debut a memorable one as the team downed the Pike Valley Panthers, 59-52, Friday. The Grizzlies played Smith Center, Tuesday, with game results unavailable at press time.
The Grizzlies took a 16-11 lead into the second period. Pike Valley came back to within one point, 31-30 at the half way point of the game. The Grizzlies put 16 points on the scoreboard in the third period to take a 47-36 lead into the final period. The Panthers refused to roll over and pulled to within three points of the Grizzlies in the final period. Rock Hills hung on and won their season opener and opening round game of the Thunderbird Invitational Tournament 59-52.
Jake Spiegel topped the Grizzlies scoring column with 26 points, 21 of those points from seven three-point shots. He also distributed four assists. Tycen Higer dropped through 20 points, 12 of those from three-point range. Dereck Gillett hauled down 11 rebounds and scored eight points.
The Grizzlies travel to Concordia, Saturday, for the final round of the Thunderbird Invitational. They visit Nelson, Tuesday, for a game with the Lawrence-Nelson Raiders.

SHS girls off to fast start with two wins
The Superior High School Wildcats girls basketball team opened their 2016-2017 season last Thursday, when they dismantled the Sutton Fillies, 57-13, at Sutton. They played their home opener at the Superior High School gymnasium, Saturday, where they cruised by the Republic County Buffaloes 65-30. TheWildcats hosted the Fairbury Jeffs, Tuesday, at the high school gymnasium with game results unavailable at press time.
Superior was never tested by Sutton as the Wildcats held a 33-1 lead at halftime. The Wildcats led 52-10 after three periods of play and walked off the Sutton court with a 57-13 win.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 26-7 first period lead against Republic County and never looked back. When half-time arrived, Superior held a 46-20 lead and sailed through the final two periods of play to a 65-30 win to remain undefeated.
Kalynn Meyer led the Wildcat scoring against Sutton with 24 points. She accumulated 21 rebounds, handed out an assist, blocked five shots and added two steals. Megan Miller drained through 14 points, accounted for six rebounds, had an assist and two steals. Teghan Sullivan posted six points, two rebounds, three assists and made two steals. Nicki Kirchhoff scored six points, hauled down four rebounds dished out two assists and recorded five steals. Trisha Hayes put up three points, landed a rebound, registered two assists and two steals. Natalie McMeen posted two points, two rebounds and blocked one shot. Emma Schnakenberg accounted for two points and two rebounds. Hallie Miller seized a rebound. Sierra Blackburn recorded playing time.
Meyer led the Wildcat offense with 31 points against Republic County. She amassed 22 rebounds, blocked 10 shots and had four steals. Kirchhoff drained 10 points through the net while pulling down eight rebounds, dealing out five assists, blocking a shot and claiming five steals. M. Miller landed nine points, five rebounds, an assist and three steals. H. Miller registered five points along with two rebounds and an assist. Sullivan closed out with four points, a rebound, two assists and two steals. Hayes popped through three points as well as two rebounds, handing out three assists and two steals. Schnakenberg was good for two points, eight rebounds and an assist. Noel McMeen sank a free throw for a point and clamped onto two rebounds.
The Wildcats travel to Blue Hill Thursday for a contest with the Bobcats. They are on the road again Saturday for a game against the Wilber-Clatonia Wolverines. The Wildcats will face the Class B York Dukes, at York, Tuesday.


SHS wrestlers open season at Sandy Creek
The Superior High School wrestling team openeed their season with a triangular meet at Sandy Creek with Thayer Central and Sandy Creek, Friday. The Wildcats finished third. They traveled to Harvard, Saturday, for the Harvard Invitational where they finished tied for seventh place in the 14 team field. Other partcipating schools were Sutton, South Central Red Raiders, Doniphan-Trumbull, Shelton, Meridian, Nebraska Christian, Alma, Kenesaw, Hastings St. Cecilia, Axtell, Harvard, Wilcox-Hildreth and Tekamah-Herman.
Chase Morris finished first in the 145 weight bracket at Sandy Creek. Trent Tietjen took top honors in the 152 pound class. Marshall Baumbach, 112 pounds, and Jacob Schnell, 120 pounds each earned first place points by virtue of forfeits. Brenden Jensen earned no team points in the 138 pound bracket as did Seth Gehle at 132 pounds. Jarett Roesti earned no team points wrestling at 160 pounds.
The Wildcats enetred seven wrestlers at the Harvard matchwhereas top finisher Sutton had 15 wrestlers competing.
Marshall Baumbach took sixth place in the 113 pound weight bracket. Jacob Schnell was in fourth place and earned four team points. Seth Gehle was in fifth place in the 126 pound division and earned the Wildcats six team points. Brenden Jensen held sixth place wrestling in the 138 pound classification while earning the team 5 points. Chase Morris remains undefeated for the season in the 145 pound class with a 7-0 record. He claimed the 26 first place points for the Wildcats. Trent Tietjen ran his season record to 5-1 with his second place finish in the 152 pound weight bracket worth 12 team points to the Wildcats. Jarett Roesti was in fifth place in the 160 pound bracket with no points.
Superior faces back to back matches again this weekend when they compete at the Wood River Invitational Friday, at Wood River, and at the Meridian Invitational, in Daykin, Saturday.