RHHS Lady Grizzlies play heavy schedule
The Rock Hills High School Lady Grizzlies volleyball team played three games last Tuesday at the Sylvan-Lucas quadrangular match where they won one the three matches they played. Wilson edged the Lady Grizzlies in three sets, 25-23, 25-21 and 5-21. Thunder Ridge once again downed Rock Hills in two close sets, 21-25 and 22-25. The Lady Grizzlies defeated host Sylvan-Lucas 25-23 and 25-21.
The team traveled to Beloit, Saturday when they took part in the Northern Plains League tournament. The team won three of the five games they played and finished third place.
The Lady Grizzlies downed Osborne in two sets, 27-25 and 25-14. They were swept in two sets by Sylvan-Lucas, 22-25 and 11-25. They downed Natoma in two sets, 25-22 and 25-20. St. John's took a two set match, 23-25 and 10-25, from Rock Hills, The Lady Grizzlies earned their third place finish when they topped Sylvan-Lucas in three set, 22-25, 25-22 and 25-20.
Lainee Eakins posted 13 kills, 12 aces, blocked five shots and made 17 digs during the tournament. Chelsea Landreth recorded 13 kills, 16 blocks and 11 digs. Hunter Pennell handled 60 assists, scored an ace, had seven digs and a kill. Lexi Jeffery put up 23 kills, 27 digs, three blocks and 12 aces. Terri Slick had 34 digs, an ace and three kills. Emilee Whelchel had two digs. Emily Cox recorded 14 digs. Bergen Mauerhan stepped up with 11 kills, 27 digs, scored two aces and blocked a shot. Hannah Daniels contributed 30 kills, 16 digs, an ace and three blocks.
The team was in action at the Pike Trail league tournament Tuesday. Results were unavailable at press time.
The Lady Grizzlies begin sub-state play Saturday at Hanover. Their record stands at 15-14. Should they win out at the sub-state level, they will off to play in the state tournament being held at Hays.
RHHS Grizzlies break out for win over Lincoln
The Rock Hills Grizzlies regained their winning ways with an 86-64 win over the Lincoln Leopards at Mankato Friday. The wide open offensive match-up featured plenty of scoring by both teams and for the Grizzlies, enough defense when it was needed. Rock Hills scored 12 times and thwarted every Leopard comeback attempt with another score of their own.
The Grizzlies scored twice before Lincoln could put points on the board. Rock Hills held a 38-14 lead at the end of the first period. Both teams scored 22 points in the second period with the Grizzlies holding a 60-36 lead at the half. The Grizzlies added to their lead and were up 72-42 when the third quarter ended. Lincoln scored three times in the final quarter but it was a futile attempt as the Grizzlies added two more scores and walked off the field with an 86-64 win and improved their record to 3-4.
Spencer Callaway went three for three in the passing department throwing for 74 yards and two touchdown passes. Tucker Johanek hauled in two passes for 38 yards, one of which was a 28 yard touchdown reception. Joel Broeckelman was on the receiving end of one pass completion for 36 yards and a touchdown.
Broeckelman was the bulk carrier with 27 rushes for 325 yards and eight touchdowns plus two two point conversions. Callaway kept the ball 12 times and picked up 95 yards, one touchdown and three two point conversions. Drew Beam was the ball carrier three times and picked up 11 yards. A.J. Fettig took the ball twice and gained 16 yards. Tycen Higer had one carry for one yard, one touchdown and two two point conversions.
Wyatt Duskie led the defensive effort with 11 solo tackles and five assists. Logan Schwerman and Callaway each grabbed four solos and six assists. Broeckelman had four solo tackles and three assists. Higer made five solo tackles and had two assists. Tyler Cummings posted four solo shots and had an assist. Fettig nailed three solo tackles and added an assist. Austin Durant totaled three solos tackles and five assists while Arrow Durant made five solo tackles and chipped in two assists. Sam Flinn had two solos and two assists. Grant Davis contributed two solo tackles and six assists. Johanek was in on two assisted tackles while Brady Jeffery assisted with three.
The Grizzlies set out to Downs Friday to take on the 3-4 Lakeside Knights and are looking to even their season record.
Meier takes top spot at Northern Plains
Sarena Meier took first place in the Northern Plains League meet run over the course at Lakeside Thursday. The event was part of the larger Lakeside Invitational.
Meier ran the course in 16:34 and was also third in the Lakeside event. Abby Muirhead finished in 18th place in the Northern Plains League meet with her time of 23:09.
Next up for the runners will be the regional meet at Leonardville Saturday.
Broeckelman named athlete of the week
Rock Hills senior Joel Broeckelman and Southern Cloud senior Trey Bellows have been named the NCKS Sports.com Cunningham Telephone and Cable athletes of the week.
Broeckelman had offensive numbers that were off the charts in Friday night's 86-64 win for Rock Hills against Lincoln. Joel had 27 carries for 328 yards and eight touchdowns and added a 36 yard touchdown reception for the Grizzlies. In the first quarter alone, Broeckelman had five carries for 155 yards and four touchdowns.
Bellows had a solid night in Southern Cloud's first win of the season, a 68-50 triumph over Blue Valley-Randolph. Trey had missed the previous two games with a concussion, but returned Friday, accounting for eight touchowns. He had 19 carries for 203 yards and four touchdowns rushing, went six for nine for 89 yards and three touchdowns passing and also had a 63 yard kick-off return for a touchdown. He was solid on defense with 17 tackles, including three tackles for loss.
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SHS Wildcats fall to Doniphan-Trumbull on
A road trip to Doniphan to play the Doniphan-Trumbull Cardinals was not without its perils. The Cardinals are the reigning Class C-2 state champions and while they may have lost several players to graduation they were still a force to be reckoned with. The Wildcats were looking to earn a victory and some respect along the way. Things definitely did not go the way the Wildcats had hoped and when it was over, they were on the downside of the 58-22 score.
The indications that it would a tough outing came early on. The Wildcats received the kickoff and were unable to move the ball. Superior punted on fourth down, the Cardinals blocked the kick, recovered the ball and ran it in for touchdown. The Wildcats were down 8-0 and the game had just begun. Things didn't improve. The Cardinals led 22-0 at the end of the first quarter. Doniphan-Trumbull played a stifling defense, holding the Wildcats rushing game to two yards rushing in the first half. .The Wildcats were unable to contain the Cardinals who seemingly ran the ball at will. The Wildcats did score in the second period when Logan Lipker tossed a pass to Cale Frahm. The Cardinals reacted and soon scored again and when halftime arrived, Doniphan-Trumbull was leading 43-7.
Third quarter play began with a running clock, meaning the clock stopped only for injuries, penalties and official time outs. The Cardinals began to substitute in the third period but were still able to score on the Wildcats, adding another 15 points to lead 58-7 at the end of three quarters of play.
Superior held the Cardinals scoreless in the final period and scored twice to pull a bit closer. The final score was 58-22, Doniphan-Trumbull. Some of the loudest crowd reaction on both sides of the field was the cheering when the announcer gave the Sutton-St. Cecilia score and noted Sutton was leading.
Lipker completed six of 12 passes for 59 yards and one touchdown. Chase Morris completed one pass for 17 yards and a touchdown. Brett Boyles hauled in two passes for seven yards. Tyler Blackstone had two receptions for 12 yards. Ethan Freeman was on the receiving end of Morris' touchdown pass for 17 yards. Joey Gilbert snagged one pass for eight yards. Cale Frahm was the recipient of a Lipker 32 yard pass for a touchdown.
Sloan Willet was the workhorse out of the backfield with 10 carries for 67 yards and a touchdown. Lipker carried nine times for 54 yards. Boyles took the ball three times for 12 yards. Lane Morris carried twice for 17 yards. Chase Morris ran the ball twice for nine yards. Ethan Beale carried the ball once on a four yard run. Daniel Teachworth kicked two extra points. Gilbert caught one pass for a two point conversion.
Garrett Caldwell led the defense with 12 tackles. Caleb Isom totaled ten tackles for the game. Trent Morris came up with eight tackles. Jacob Sumpter nailed four tackles. L. Morris, Ethan Beale, and Lipker accounted for two tackles apiece. Blackstone, Ethan Freeman, Gilbert and John Sullivan posted one tackle each.
The Wildcats finish regular season play Friday when they host the undefeated Sutton Mustangs at Brodstone memorial Field. Sutton defeated second ranked St. Cecilia Friday and is looking for a strong finish as they head for the playoffs. The Wildcats are looking to step up and play the role of spoiler.
SHS at district x-country meet
The Superior High School boys and girls cross-country teams participated in the Nebraska District 2 team meet at the Hidden Hills Country Club in Geneva Thursday. The women's team finished in 11th place and the men's team was in 12th place. No Superior runners advanced to the state meet.
The men's team ran the five kilometer course. Jacob Whitmore finished in 50th with his time of 20:51. Keaton Meyer was on his heels in 51st place with the time of 21:03. Blake Kirchoff took 58th place with his time of 21:36 and Ezra Morris was in 64th with the time of 22:54.
The women's team, also running the five kilometer course, was led by Angie Miller with her time of 24:46. Kaycie Strobl was in 40th with the time of 25:02. Catera Nondorf was the 43rd place finisher with her time of 25:11 while Jenna Langer took 45th with the time of 25:19.
Ron Hershburger, coach of the Superior team, was more than pleased with the improvement of his young team members and the tenacity they displayed over the course of the season.
SHS Lady Cats keep on rolling
The regular season is winding down for the Superior High School Lady Cats volleyball team but they are ratcheting up their intensity level in every match as they aim for post-season play. The Lady Cats edged by the Sandy Creek Cougars, last Tuesday at the Superior High School gymnasium in five sets, 25-14, 26-24, 19-25, 21-25 and 15-13. They easily handled Thayer Central in three sets, Thursday, at Superior, 25-13, 25-12 and 25-15, in front of the Parents Night crowd. In opening round Southern Nebraska Conference play, Monday, at Superior, they swept David City in the opening round game, 25-18 and 25-18. The second seeded Wildcats traveled to Milford Tuesday for third round play and took on the third seeded Milford Eagles. Match results were unavailable at press time. The championship and consolation rounds will be played today (Thursday) at Milford.
Against Sandy Creek, Jaysa Hoins posted 18 kills, scored an ace, blocked a shot and had 19 digs. Leah Meyer racked up 16 kills and made 13 digs. Morgan Frahm killed 13 shots, blocked two shots and netted 18 digs. Riley Butler was up for seven kills, had a blocked shot and tallied 16 digs. Taylor Jensby stepped in with six kills, an ace and nine digs. Ellie Wittke finished with 20 digs. Michelle Unruh put down three kills and had two digs. Evin Miller accounted for two aces and three digs.
Statistics were unavailable for the Thayer Central match.
Frahm had seven kills, a blocked shot and three digs against the David City Scouts. Meyer was good for two kills, two aces and three digs. Hoins completed the match with four kills, two aces, a block and eight digs. Butler notched two kills, a blocked shot and seven digs. Jensby made a kill and contributed three digs. Wittke posted eight digs. Unruh scored an ace.
The Lady Cats record stands at 20-4 as they make their way through the conference tournament. Regular season play ends next Thursday when they host Fillmore Central.
SHS grad earns spot on Huskers on UN-L walk-on
Ty Betka, a 2012 Superior High School graduate, was awarded a football scholarship to Drake University in 2012. He played two seasons with the team and transferred to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the fall 2014 semester. He advised the coaching staff at UN-L that he was making the move. They suggested he keep in shape and come out for a walk-on tryout. Betka tried out Monday and was the first player selected by the Husker coaching staff. Betka had been recruited as a defensive back at Drake but expects to be playing the receiver position for the Huskers.
He is ineligible to play this season as he transferred from one Division 1 school to another. Academically he is a junior but for athletic purposes, he is a red-shirt sophomore. He will be eligible to compete in games with the start of the 2015 football season. He is immediately eligible to take part in all team activities, use the training facilities and learn the playbook. He noted one advantage was that he was eligible to eat at the athletic cafeteria and this reporter heard the word steak uttered several several times.
Betka will have a year of eligibility remaining after graduation and plans to play as a fifth year senior. He is majoring in political, science. Betka is justifiably proud of his accomplishment to fulfill a dream of playing for the Huskers. He looks forward to contributing to the team in any way he is asked. Ty is the son of Mark and Cindy Betka, Superior.
L-N Raiders down Red Cloud 54-24
It was homecoming at Lawrence Friday as the Lawrence-Nelson Raiders hosted the Red Cloud Warriors. The Raiders did everything possible to make their guest uncomfortable. The Raiders jumped out to a 14-6 first quarter lead and were just warming up. A porous warrior defense allowed Dillon Menke to run rampant throughout the game. Menke scored two touchdowns in the first period. He scored three more ground level touchdowns in the second period. The Raiders held a comfortable 36-12 lead at the half. Menke scored one more time in the third quarter. Brennan Miller was on the receiving end of a 35 yard pass reception from Colton Biltoft to add another Raider score. Gavin Buschkoetter scored the final Raider touchdown on a 27 yard run. The Raiders improved their season record to 5-2 with the 54-24 romp over the Warriors.
Menke carried the ball 19 times and covered 287 yards. Wyatt Thayer took the ball 10 time for 54 yards. Buschkoetter carried six times for 44 yards while Cody Byers got the call for one carry good for seven yards.
Biltoft completed four of his seven pass attempts for 69 yards. Byers had two receptions for 29 yards. Tim Herbek grabbed a pass for two yards. Brennan Miller had one reception foe 35 yards. Brandon Skinner finished the game with one catch good for three yards.
The Raiders close out regular season play Friday when they travel to Giltner to take on the Hornets (5-2).
L-N Lady Raiders sweep conference field,
The Lawrence-Nelson Lady Raiders volleyball team hit the ground running when they arrived at the Twin Valley Conference tournament site at Kenesaw Saturday. The Lady Raiders culminated a busy week with winning the conference title. Lawrence-Nelson lost to Blue Hill in three sets last Tuesday at Lawrence. The Bobcats took the match, 17-25, 25-27 and 22-25. They showed their resiliency on Thursday when they swept the Franklin Flyers in three set, 25-11, 25-18 and 25-16, at Lawrence. In opening round tournament play, Saturday they swept Red Cloud in three sets, 25-14, 25-16 and 25-9. They also downed the Shelton Bulldogs in three sets 25-17, 25-13 and 25-16. They topped off the event with a four set win over Silver Lake, 25-9, 25-21, 21-25 and 25-11.
The Lady Raiders close out their regular season schedule with a triangular match against Bruning -Davenport-Shickley and Palmer at Bruning Tuesday. The Lady Raiders sport a 17-6 record and are looking to go deep into post-season play.
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