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Oct. 19, 2017

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SHS runner, Morgan Neeman, qualifies for state meet at Kearney
The Superior High School Wildcats boys and girls cross country teams traveled to McCool Junction last Thursday for the District D-3 meet. The top 15 runners in each race qualify for the state meet at Kearney. The girls team finished fourth in the nine team field. The boys team finished ninth in the 14 team field. No member of the boys team qualified for the state meet.
Morgan Neeman led the girls team with a 14th place finish in the field of 60 runners and earned a berth at the state meet. Neeman completed the five kilometer race over the Camp Kateri course in 22:50.24. Hallie Miller finished in 26th place with her time of 24:36.14. Morgan Theis was one place behind in 27th withj the time of 24:37.92. Jetta Sunday crossed the finish line in 31st place with the time of 25:04.27. Emily Tietjen completed the course in 26:34.41 for a 37th place finish. Malori Grabast held the 47th position with her time of 29:25.38.
A. J. Leibel led the boys team with a 25th place finish in the 80 runner field. His time was 19:57.35 over the five kilometer course. Trenten Theis took 34th place with his time of 20:32.43. Jackson Gilbert finished in 50th place with the time of 21:37.71. Jedd Whitmore completed the race in 55th place with the time of 21:53.08. Adin Leibel took the 57th place slot with the time of 21:57.95. Taran Zoltenko finished in 68th place with his time of 23:11.02.
Neeman heads to Kearney today (Thursday) for the state championship meet being run over the Kearney Country Club course. Class D-2 runners are scheduled for a 2 p.m. start.

SCU Red Raiders runners at district meet in Minden
The South Central Unified Red Raiders (Lawrence-Nelson and Sandy Creek) cross country team ran the five kilometer Minden Country Club course, last Thursday, at Minden. The District C-3 meet fielded a strong group of runners. Both the girls and boys teams finished ninth in the 11 team fields. The Red Raiders did not qualify any runners for the state meet at Kearney.
Kalee Fanning was the top Red Raider girl finisher with her 30th place time of 23:14. Alex Miller was in the 32nd spot with the time of 23:21. Rose Kathman took 49th with the time of 25:39. Jayln Shafer crossed the finish line in 51st with her time of 26:02. Bailey Cox completed the race in 59th place with a time of 28:21. Charlotte Okraska was in 61st with her time of 29:26.
Brayton Jarosik led the Red Raider boys with his 37th place finish with his time of 20:01. Chase DeVries claimed the 45th place spot with the time of 21:17. Jayden Jorgenson completed the course in 50th place with the time of 22:02. Cole Troudt was in 53rd place with the time of 22:13. Tobey Turman was one place behind in 54th with his time of 22:15. Tyler Black rounded out the Red Raider field with 62nd place with the time of 25:36.
The team bade farewell to four seniors but returns a nucleus of experienced runners for the 2018 season.

L-N volleyball goes 2-3 in a busy week
The Lawrence-Nelson Raiders volleyball team met the Blue Hill Bobcats twice in one week as well as three other schools. The Raiders won two of the five games. The Raiders visited Blue Hill last Tuesday and were swept in three sets, 24-26, 16-25 and 23-25. The Raiders headed to Bruning, last Thursday for a triangular match. They swept the High Plains Storm in two sets, 25-14 and 25-16. The host Bruning-Davenport-Shickley Eagles took the Raiders in two sets, 23-25 and 16-25. It was back to Blue Hill, Saturday, for Twin Valley Conference tournament action. The Raiders swept the Deshler Dragons, 25-18, 25-14 and 25-21, in three sets. They met up with the Blue Hill Bobcats in the next round and were handed a four-set, 26-14, 16-25, 23-25 and 21-25, loss. The team traveled to Franklin, Tuesday, for a match with the Franklin Flyers. Results were unavailable at press time.
Karigan Drudik topped the kill list for Tuesday's Blue Hill game with 11. Annie McCartney recorded nine kills. RaeLeigh Menke and Taylor Harrington each posted seven kills. Hallie Epley and Mattee Kucera made three kills apiece.
Drudik lashed through three aces. Kaylee Kathman and Harrington registered an ace apiece. Drudik had three blocks. McCartney and Menke had two blocks each.
Harrington had 30 digs. Allison Miller finished the match with 22 digs. Drudik added 21 digs. Epley made six digs. McCartney made four digs. Menke and Kathman came through with three digs apiece.
Harrington was the kill leader against High Plains with seven. Drudik and Kucera contributed five kills apiece. Menke and McCartney finished with three kills apiece.
Kathman was the top ace with three. Kucera, McCartney and Miller produced two aces apiece.
Miller led the diggers with 14. Drudik put up eight digs. Kucera accounted for seven digs. Harrington posted six digs. Kathman and McCartney had four digs each. Epley landed one dig.
Drudik was the high killer against B-D-S with nine. Harrington contributed eight kills. Epley provided four kills. McCartney donated two kills while Menke had one.
Harrington sliced through two aces. Kathman, Kucera and McCartney scored with an ace apiece.
Harrington led the diggers with 13. Miller handled 11 digs. Drudik was good for 10 digs. McCartney chased down four digs.
Harrington was the top slayer against Deshler with eight kills. Drudik managed six kills. Menke completed the match with five kills. Epley and McCartney nailed four kills each.
Miller was the top ace with four. Kathman and McCartney were successful with an ace apiece. Drudik blocked three shots with Menke downing one.
Harrington paced the diggers with 22. McCartney scrambled after 21 digs. Drudik provided 20 digs. Miller and Kucera chased down 16 digs each. Kathman and Menke put up two digs apiece. Epley had one dig.
Drudik was the top killer against Blue Hill in the conference game with 13. Harrington and McCartney made 10 kills each. Menke contributed eight kills. Epley and Kucera finished the match with three kills apiece.
Drudik powered through two aces. McCartney and Miller each scored an ace. Menke blocked two while Drudik posted a block.
Harrington kept busy with 40 digs. Miller was responsible for 37 digs. Drudik dug the ball out on 25 different occasions. Kucera closed out with 18 digs. McCartney added 13 digs. Epley was a digger four times. Menke and Kathman were credited with three kills each.
The Raiders play at the Axtell tournament, Saturday. It is a one-day, four team event. The final regular season match for the Raiders will be played Tuesday, at Lawrence, when the Palmer Tigers come to town.


Wildcat volleyball stretches win streak to 10 matches
Despite stiff opposition in two road matches, the Superior High School Wildcats volleyball team extended their current winning streak to 10 matches and 19 wins in their past 20 matches. The Wildcats emerged victorious in their contest with traditional rival Sandy Creek, at Sandy Creek, last Tuesday. The cougars gave the Wildcats all they could handle as Superior took five sets, 25-20, 25-27, 25-17, 21-25 and 15-10, to hold off Sandy Creek for the win. The Thayer Central Titans went down fighting in their three set, 25-22,26-24 and 25-22, loss to the Wildcats at Hebron, last Thursday. The number one` seeded Wildcats took on the winner of the David City Scouts-Fairbury Jeffs match in the opening round of Southern Nebraska Conference Tournament action Monday at the Superior High School gymnasium. The Wildcats swept the Fairbury Jeffs in two sets, 25-17 and 25-17, to advance to the next round. They played the Fillmore Central Panthers at Milford, Tuesday, with match results unavailable at press time.
Kalynn Meyer collected 28 kills against the Sandy Creek Cougars. Megan Miller posted seven kills for the match. Nicki Kirchhoff had five kills. Teghan Sullivan added four kills for the Wildcats. Madison Blackstone, Emma Schnakenberg and Brandie Simonsen posted one kill each.
Miller plowed through seven aces. Blackstone lined through four aces. Kirchhoff and Meyer took care of two aces each. Trisha Hayes and Sullivan scored with an ace each. Blackstone, Meyer and Miller recorded two blocks each. Kirchhoff, Simonsen and Sullivan each registered a block.
Kirchhoff dug the ball out 24 times. Meyer and Miller contributed 19 digs each. Hayes handled 16 digs. Sullivan provided 11 digs. Blackstone put up six digs. Simonsen accounted for three digs.
The lead killer against the Thayer Central Titans was Meyer with 20. Kirchhoff provided five kills. Sullivan made four kills. Miller launched two kills while Blackstone finished with one.
Blackstone led the ace scorers with three. Kirchhoff and Miller added two aces apiece. Meyer closed out with an ace. Schnakenberg and Sullivan were good for a block each.
Meyer was the top digger with 22. Sullivan contributed 16 digs. Kirchhoff and Miller finished the match with 14 digs apiece. Blackstone was credited with six digs.
Meyer posted 11 kills against the Fairbury Jeffs. Kirchhoff was good for three kills. Sullivan recorded two kills while Blackstone made one.
Blackstone finished with three aces. Meyer put through two aces. Hayes was good for an ace. Meyer recoreded a block.
Hayes dug out the ball 16 times. Kirchhoff shoveled it out nine times. Blackstone took care of four digs. Sullivan finished with three digs. Shanna Utecht handled one dig.
Should the Wildcats defeat Fillmore Central, who they have beaten once this season, they will take on the winner of the Sandy Creek-Heartland match, today (Thursday), to play for the league championship. They have also defeated both Sandy Creek and Heartland. The championship match is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Milford. Superior closes out their regular season schedule with a match against Fillmore Central, at Geneva, Thursday, Oct. 26.



RHHS volleyball adds two more wins
The Rock Hills Grizzlies volleyball team added two more wins while losing two matches in their past four outings.
Rock Hills traveled to Lincoln, Tuesday, for a triangular match with Lincoln and Wilson.
Chase downed the Grizzlies in three sets, 18-25, 25-21 and 19-25 at the Osborne triangular match, last Tuesday, at Osborne. The Grizzlies disposed of match host Osborne in two sets, 26-24 and 25-15.
Rock Hills paid a visit to Beloit, Saturday, for the Northern Plains League Tournament. They dropped their opening round match to Thunder Ridge, 11-25 and 13-25, in pool two play. They rebounded for their eighth win of the season with a three-set win, 26-24, 23-25 and 25-18. The Grizzlies lost their final tournament match to Lakeside, 8-25, 20-25 and 14-25.
The Grizzlies pay a visit to Clyde, Saturday, where they will join Clifton-Clyde, Hanover, Pike Valley, Wakefield and Washington County for the 1A, Division 1, sub-state volleyball tournament. Opponents are to be determined.

RHHS Grizzlies football team rolls past Linn 54-8
The Linn Bulldogs were no match for the Rock Hills High School Grizzlies football team as they rolled to their sixth win in seven outings, 54-8, at Linn, Friday.
The Grizzlies running game struggled in the early going but Rock Hills worked its way to a 14-8 first quarter lead. A breakdown in the Linn secondary opened up the Grizzlies passing game as Dereck Gillett and Tycen Higer combined to throw seven touchdown passes over the course of the game. Unlike the previous week against Pike Valley, Rock Hills needed little more than three quarters of play to end the game with a 54-8 win.
Dereck Gillett connect with nine of his 15 pass attempts for 264 yards and six touchdowns. Tycen Higer was perfect with his one pass for 15 yards and a touchdown.
Rylee Whelchel took six of his seven receptions, for 281 yards, into the Linn end zone for touchdowns. Brady Jeffery snagged two receptions for 24 yards and a touchdown. Zane Colson accumulated 76 yards on the ground with his 16 carries. Gillett took the ball four times for 19 yards. Whelchel picked up six yards with his three carries. He returned a Linn punt for a 42 yard touchdown. Higer gained four yards with his two carries. Colson, Gillett and Higer each posted a successful two-point running conversion.
Chevy Mohler executed nine solo tackles and assisted with 11 others. Colson recorded eight solo tackles and 10 assists. Jeffery hauled down five solo tackles and registered four assists. Whelchel finished the contest with five solo shots and two assists. Higer handled three solo tackles and contributed six assists. Austin Eilert made three solo tackles and assisted with two. Gillett landed two solo tackles and four assists. Cheyenne Mohler nailed a solo tackle. Mezvah Nobi was responsible for five assisted tackles. Caden Slate assisted with one tackle.
The Southern Cloud Warriors make a stop at Mankato, Friday, for the final home game of the season for the Grizzlies. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

RHHS defensive stats from Pike Valley game
The Rock Hills High School grizzlies football team defensive statistics were unavailable at last week's press time.
Here are the updated figures from the Pike Valley-Rock Hills game played at Mankato, Friday and Monday, Oct. 6 and 9.
Zane Colson was responsible for 11 solo tackles and 11 assisted tackles. Austin Eilert was credited with five solo tackles and six assisted tackles. Brady Jeffery recorded five solo tackles and three assists. Rylee Whelchel handled five solo shots and two assists.
Tycen Higer registered four solo tackles and six assisted tackles. Chevy Mohler handled three solo tackles and assisted with eight tackles. Mezvah Nobi landed three solo tackles and assisted with one tackle. Dereck Gillett added two solo tackles and two assists.

SHS Wildcat football falls to Kenesaw
With their roster thinned by injuries, the Superior High School wildcats welcomed the Kenesaw Blue Devils to Brodstone Memorial Field, Friday for the Parents Night game. Damp, cool weather conditions prevailed but did little to cool off the unbeaten Blue Devils. With at least six players sidelined with injuries, it was an uphill battle for Superior even before the kickoff.
The Blue Devils wasted no time in showing off their speed and athleticism. Kenesaw held a 35-0 lead after the first quarter. They added 26 more points in the second quarter to lead 61-6 at the half. The Superior High School Drill team and Junior-Senior Marching Band provided the half time entertainment for the Wildcats final home game of the 2017 season. The band wore purple ribbons on their uniforms in memory of the late Jessica Thompson, a longtime Superior High Schjool teacher who died recently.
Kenesaw substituted freely over the final two quarters as the 35 point rule kept the clock running with the exception of regulation or injury time outs. The Wildcats put eight points on the board in the third quarter while the Blue Devils added six to lead 67-14. The lone score in the final frame was a safety by the Blue Devils to add their final two points to leave with a 69-14 win and an unblemished 7-0 record.
Hunter Healey was successful with six of his 20 pass attempts for 143 yards. Chase Morris completed one of his seven pass attempts for 20 yards.
McKinney Edward made six receptions for 119 yards and a touchdown. Morris caught two passes for 65 yards and a touchdown. Trey Fierstein made one reception for 20 yards. Braxton Webber picked up six yards with his one reception.
The ferocious Blue Devils defense hindered the Wildcats ground game. Morris covered 43 yards with his 11 carries. He scored the lone Wildcat two-point conversion with a run. Fierstein was held to a negative six yards with his four carries. Healey was at minus 10 yards for his two runs. Braxton Webber netted one yard for his one carry. Edwards had a negative three yards for his one rushing play.
Healey and Morris produced five solo tackles and six assisted tackles each. Trent Tietjen handled four solo tackles and six assists. Edwards provided the Wildcats with four solo tackles and two assists. Isaac Meyer held on for three solo tackles and assisted with six others. Fierstein finished the game with two solo tackles and two assisted tackles. Zeke Meyer, Brenden Jensen and Cody Mohler contributed one solo tackle and two assist each. Seth Gehle added a solo tackle for the Wildcats. Zach Renz was credited with two assisted tackles while Ashton Berentes handled one assist.
The Wildcats close out their regular season schedule, Friday, when they take a trip to Hebron for a contest with the Thayer Central Titans. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

L-N Raiders football downs Axtell 58-27 for sixth win
The Lawrence-Nelson Raiders football team wasted no time in declawing the Axtell wildcats at Lawrence, Friday. The Raiders established their domination with a 30 point first quarter. They put the game out of reach of the Wildcats with two additional touchdowns in the second quarter to carry an insurmountable 46-7 lead into the half. With the clock running continuously courtesy of the 35 point rule, the two teams traded touchdowns in the third quarter with the Raiders leading 52-13 after three quarters. With head coach Brian Blevins granting playing time to lesser utilized players, the Raiders scored another touchdown in the fourth while allowing the Wildcats two trash time scores. Lawrence-Nelson improved their 2017 season record to 6-1 with the 58-27 win.
Lane Heikkinen completed six passes for 38 yards and three touchdowns. Peyton Drudik turned his 38 yard reception into a touchdown. Micah Dolnicek caught three passes for 24 yards including an 18 yard touchdown catch. He also caught two passes good for two-point conversions. Jacob Sharp made two receptions, one a 12 yard touchdown catch.
Sharp covered 109 yards on the ground with his eight carries. Heikkinen amassed 106 yards on 14 carries including two touchdowns. He also ran in a two-point conversion and passed for three others. Riley Kucera took the ball six times picking up 30 yards and two touchdowns. Kory Golay was the ball carrier on 11 occasions picking up 29 yards. Trevin Kotinek was good for 17 yards with his two carries. Brody Himmelberg took the ball twice for 12 yards. Boone Svoboda moved five yards with his two carries. Kaden Thompson lunged five yards on his one carry. Trevor Biltoft took gained four yards with his two carries. Keith Miller was a positive one yard with his two carries.
Svoboda led the defense with seven solo tackles, three assisted tackles and a sack. Kucera recorded five solo tackles, three assists and a sack. Anders Jensen nailed four solo tackles and assisted with one tackle. Sharp registered four solo tackles. Himmelberg posted three solo shots and two assists. Kory Golay nailed three solo tackles and added an assist. Kyle Golay contributed two solo tackles and an assist. Heikkinen and Kotinek finished the contest with a solo and an assist each. Dolnicek and Isiah Tippen produced a solo tackle each. Kaden Thompson assisted with two tackles.
The Raiders close out the books on their regular season schedule, Friday, when they travel to Bruning to face the undefeated Bruning-Davenport-Shickley Eagles. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.