RHHS Grizzlies close out regular season
on a winning note
The Rock Hills Grizzlies opened sub-state play today (Thursday) at Lincoln. The team lost to St. John's-Tipton at Beloit Thursday, 57-43. The game was a rescheduled contest from Feb. 4. The Grizzlies finished their regular schedule with a 38-32 win over Chase at Mankato Friday. The Grizzlies had a first round bye in the sub -state event.
Rock Hills played the St- John's Blujays even for quarters one, two and four. It was the second quarter which was their undoing as they allowed St. John's to capitalize on too many turnovers. Rock Hills trailed by one point, 7-6, after one period of play. The Blujays blew it wide open with a 14 point spurt over a four minute span in the second period. Sloppy ball handling was turned into St. John's points and the Grizzlies were down 29-17 at the half way mark of the game. The two teams played evenly over the final two periods with St. John's scoring 28 points to 26 for the Grizzlies. The second period deficit was too much to overcome and the final score was 57-43, Blujays.
The Grizzlies had nine players contributing points. Logan Schwerman led the team with eight points and four rebounds. Chanse Copple and Devon Freeman each posted seven points and hustled after four rebounds apiece. Tucker Johanek hit for six points and took away six rebounds. Kyle Fleming dropped in four points. Lane Wilson accounted for three points and two rebounds. Sam Flinn Added three points and a rebound. Ryan Spiegel closed out the game with three points. Joel Broeckelman tossed in two points and nailed down a rebound.
The Grizzlies bounced back Friday with a 38-32 win over Chase. The Grizzlies slipped away to a 17-8 halftime lead and opened it up to 26-14 at the end of three. Chase refused to go away and pounded the Grizzlies for 18 fourth quarter points while Rock Hills managed to score 12. Their previous lead held up and the Grizzlies finished regular season play with a 38-32 win and a 13-7 record.
Johanek paced the team scoring with 12 points and hit the boards for six rebounds. Copple threw in seven points and nabbed two rebounds. Freeman was good for six points and he absconded with six rebounds. Wilson scored four points and scampered off with six rebounds. Schwerman put up four points and grabbed four rebounds. Broeckelman fired in three points and hauled away four rebounds. Fleming ended the game with two points. Spiegel and Flinn each filched a rebound.
The team is looking to advance to the state tournament. They play the winner of Pike Valley-Clifton Clyde game today (Thursday). The championship game will be played Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Lincoln.
RHHS girls basketball team ends regular
season play with loss
The Rock Hills High School Lady Grizzlies concluded their regular season schedule with a 47-39 loss to Chase at Mankato, Friday. The team opened sub-state play against Lincoln Tuesday with game results unavailable at press time.
Rock Hills got off to a good start, handling the ball crisply and shooting well and led 10-8 after the first quarter came to a close. They continued to play well and the game was tied at 17 when half time came around. Chase seemed to use their halftime beak to solve the Lady Grizzlies defense and they spurted out to a 32-23 lead at the end of three quarters. Rock Hills out-scored Chase in the final period, 16-15, but the damage was done and the team left the floor with a disappointing 47-39 loss.
Emily Reed dropped in 14 points to lead the Lady Grizzlies in scoring. Hannah Daniels dropped in 10 points. Allison Railsback found the net for six points. Shiann Schoenrock scored four points. Kelli Jeffery hit the hoop for three points. Lainee Eakins closed out the game with two points.
The Lady Grizzlies finished regular season play with a 2-16 record in a rebuilding year. Should they win their opening game in sub-state play, they will be on the court again Friday at Lincoln.
L-N Raiders bow out in sub-district final
The Lawrence-Nelson boys basketball team triumphed in overtime, 45-40, over the Giltner Hornets last Tuesday in the opening round action of sub-district play at Adams Central Junior-Senior High School, Hastings. The win advanced the Raiders to the final game Thursday against Kenesaw who downed Lawrence-Nelson 39-33 to end their post-season journey.
The Giltner game was a nail-biter. The Raiders led 16-12 at the half. The Hornets narrowed the margin to 26-24 by the end of the third quarter. They kept eroding the narrow Raider lead and when four quarters of play was over, the score was knotted at 39 all. The Raiders caught their second wind and scored six points in the first and final overtime period while their defense came to the fore and held Giltner to one point as the Raiders advanced to the sub-district final for the first time since 2006.
Daniel Schroer put 16 points on the board and consumed four rebounds. Austin Mazour came up with nine points and took away six rebounds. Josh Himmelberg added six points and six rebounds. Cole Epley hit for six points and carried off two rebounds. Brennan Miller scored five points. Timmy Herbek was good for three points and two rebounds. Stephen Kimminau brought in two rebounds while Brett Karmazin found one.
The Raiders took on the Kenesaw Blue Devils Thursday at Hastings. The game was decided in the first period when Kenesaw put up 11 points while holding Lawrence-Nelson scoreless until the last second of the first period. The Raiders did not give up. They kept nibbling at the Kenesaw lead. The gap was 19-12 at the half. The Raiders regressed in the third quarter, being outscored 9-6. They picked up the pace in the fourth period, hitting for 15 points and holding Kenesaw to 12, but that first period deficit would not be erased. The team came within four points of Kenesaw but the Raiders ended their season with a 39-33 loss.
Schroer, playing his last game as a Raider, led the scoring with 13 points and he accounted for six rebounds. Miller hit for eight points and clamped down on two rebounds. Mazour, another senior playing his last game, finished his high school playing career with seven points and held on to six rebounds. Himmelberg, yet another senior, closed out his playing days at Lawrence-Nelson with four points and five rebounds. Colton Biltoft sank a free throw for a point. Epley and Kimminau, both seniors in their last game, took away a rebound apiece. Ryan Kile, the final senior on the squad, did not play his final season because of injuries.
Tom Jensen, head coach of the Raiders, was pleased with his team's showing for the season. They were within six points of a trip to the district tournament and they defeated rival Superior in a regular season game.
SHS boys end season in sub-district opener
The Superior High School Wildcats boys basketball team faced off against the Sutton Mustangs last Tuesday in opening round sub-district play at the Fillmore Central High School gymnasium in Geneva. It was the second meeting of the two teams in four days. Different locales but with the same results. The Mustangs downed the Wildcats 44-24 to end the Wildcats season.
Sutton wasted no time in setting up their offense and held a 13-5 lead at the end of one period of play. When the half arrived the Mustangs were up 23-12 and the Wildcats had long road ahead if they hoped to overcome the deficit they faced. The third quarter erased any hope of a Wildcat upset as the Mustangs outscored Superior 10-2 for a 33-14 lead with eight minutes remaining to play in the game. Sutton maintained their equilibrium and added a point to their lead, leaving the floor with a 44-24 lead and a ticket to the sub -district final. The Wildcats ended their season with a 4-17 record.
Caleb Isom led the Wildcats scoring with 12 points and he pulled down eight rebounds. Colton May, in his last appearance in a Wildcat uniform, put up four points and latched onto three rebounds. Jacob Hawley, also making his last appearance as a Wildcat dropped in four points and caught up with a rebound. Mac McCutcheon also played in his final Wildcat basketball game. Tyler Blackstone hit for two points and took away a rebound. Brett Boyles tossed in two points. Garrett Caldwell hit the boards for four rebounds. Bryce Jurgensmier and Eric Schiermeyer took care of a rebound apiece.
Luke Chadwell, head coach of the Wildcats, will miss the senior leadership provided by May, Hawley and McCutcheon, but is looking forward to next season. Chadwell has a good crop of underclassmen who gained valuable playing experience this season and who will be spending more time in the weight room. The Wildcats played better than their record suggests, but they were outmuscled by several teams so the weight room will be a priority for the 2014-2015 season.
SHS graduate excels in track at Concordia
Montana Hayes, a 2011 Superior High School graduate, has been a member of the Concordia University, Seward, track and field team since her freshman year She was a pole vaulter in her first year. Her coach then began suggesting other events to her. Soon she found herself in the alien world of running hurdles. Her first race she finished last. She was a quick study and was soon running he 300 meter hurdles and placing in the top three. She began experimenting with other events as well and found herself competing in the pentathlon, a series of five track and filed events in which the participant earns points with the winner being the one who amasses the most points.
Hayes had a successful indoor season. She went to the Great Plains Athletic Conference Indoor Meet, where she tied for sixth place. After all the NAIA schools had held their conference meets, she found she had qualified for the national indoor meet being held at Geneva, Ohio. Her event will take place today (Thursday). She qualified for her first trip to the national meet in just her second year of competing in the pentathlon.
She will run the 60 meter hurdles, the 800 meter dash, participate in the long and high jump events, and finish with the shot put.
After the indoor national meet, it will be time for the outdoor track season where she will compete in the pole vault and the pentathlon. Hayes is the daughter of Todd and Missy Hayes, Superior. Montana is majoring in middle school education with a minor in psychology.
Whelchel competes in Missouri meet
Emilee Whelchel, a Rock Hills eighth grade student, competed in the Big River Running Series high school championship track meet held Feb. 22 in Columbia, Mo. She placed third in the triple jump where she had a new personal best surpassing her current school record. She also placed seventh in the long jump and competed in the 60 meter dash. Her parents are Katie and Kenneth Whelchel, Mankato.
Red Caps host area basketball teams
Members of the Superior Red Caps hosted the twenty-second annual State Line Shootout over the weekend in Superior. Twenty-six games were played in the three Superior School gymnasiums over the two-day period by 20 teams.
"It was all done by volunteers, this year, even the referees," Maxine Rempe said. Rempe has been involved in the event since its inception.
"Many of the volunteers are high school students. They are running the clocks, helping at the lunch counter and coaching," she continued.
Colton May, Jacob Hawley and Caleb Isom, for example, coached the boys nine years-old and under team. The team formed in mid-January and practiced for approximately an hour each Sunday afternoon.
"We worked on shooting, dribbling, offense, defense and passing," May said. "Then set up plays and scrimmaged. Practices were designed to give the players a feel for basketball."
Members of the nine and under boys team were Jacob Meyer, Luke Jameson, Boylin Ramirez, Tanner Theis, Dereck Kirchhoff, Austin Roberts, Trev Mueller, Tate Streit and Aaron Allgood.
"Colton took the task seriously," Shelley Mueller, Trev's mother, said. "Today he dressed up like a professional coach. He wore dress trousers, vest and a neck tie. He is considering coaching as a career."
Teams from Beloit, Clifton-Clyde, Republic County, Rock Hills (Jewell County), Concordia, Belleville, Smith Center, Deshler and Hastings participated in the event.
Funds generated by the event are used by Red Caps to support school athletic events.
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