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Dec. 18, 2014

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SHS Lady Cats keep up winning ways
The Superior High School Lady Cats have returned to their winning ways with three consecutive wins over Fairbury, 44-37, at Fairbury last Tuesday, 40-33, against Blue Hill at Superior Thursday and a 68-36 drubbing of the Wilber-Clatonia Wolverines, Saturday, at Superior. Game results from Tuesday's contest at Franklin were unavailable at press time.
The Lady Cats dominated the first two quarters of play against the Lady Jeffs, holding a 28-18 lead at the half. Their shooting touch cooled down over the half time intermission as they managed a mere three points in the third quarter while Fairbury scored 11 to pull within two points of the Lady Cats. The two teams went back and forth over the course of the final period with Superior finally stringing together consecutive points in the closing two minutes to escape with a 44-37 point victory.
The Blue Hill Bobcats stepped up from to Division D-1 to tangle with the host Lady Cats at Superior, Thursday. They were aggressive on offense and defense and led Superior by two points, 12-10, at the end of the first period of play. The Lady Cats shed whatever sense of complacency they may have had and turned up the pressure to out score the Lady Bobcats, 13-6, and take a 23-19 lead to the locker room at the half.
The Lady Cats encountered their third quarter blues once again and scored five points. Fortunately, the same case of the scoring blues afflicted Blue Hill who also managed only five points. The score was 28-24 when the final quarter began. The Lady Bobcats would try to mount a charge and the Lady Cats would rebuff their efforts. When the final horn sounded the Lady Cats added another win to their record.
The Lady Wolverines of Wilber-Clatonia paid a visit, Saturday, and left with second half scratch marks all over their collective team parts. The Lady Cats surged out to a 19-8 first quarter lead and seemed to be in position to coast the rest of the game. Wilber-Clatonia had other ideas and scored 15 unanswered points to put a scare into the Lady Cats. When the half arrived, Superior owned a tenuous three point lead, 30-27.
Whatever was said in the locker room during the halftime intermission had a transformative effect. The Lady Wolverines faced an onslaught, both offensive and defensive, for which they had no response. The Lady Cats scored from three point range and from the inside. They dropped in 22 points in the third period to take a 52-36 lead into the final quarter. Things were even worse for the Lady Wolverines over the course of the final eight minutes of play. Superior scored another 16 points while not one Wilber-Clatonia player could find the net as they were held scoreless. When the game ended, the Lady Cats owned the game , 68-36.
Leah Meyer was a major force in the game with the Lady Jeffs, scoring 20 points and commandeering 13 rebounds. Jaysa Hoins added eight points, including two three pointers, as well as one rebound. Riley Butler slipped in six points on two three point shots and took away two rebounds. Katelyn Brown finished the contest with six points and three rebounds. Taylor Jensby scored two points and secured nine rebounds. Evin Miller found the net for two points and pulled down four rebounds. Morgan Frahm made her season debut with a rebound while Kaycie Strobl recorded an assist.
Meyer was atop the Superior scoring column in the Blue Hill game with 13 points and she hauled away five rebounds. Butler harvested nine points and yanked away three rebounds. Frahm contributed her first six points of the season while dragging down 10 rebounds. Hoins popped in five points and stowed away four rebounds. Jensby dropped in five points and gathered up four rebounds. Miller scored two points and scrambled for two rebounds. Brown carted away four rebounds.
The long Lady Cat scoring column was topped by Meyer and Butler with 14 points each. Meyer hit the boards for 10 rebounds while Butler snagged five. Jensby netted 12 points while seizing four rebounds. Hoins manufactured 11 points and scampered for five rebounds. Brown sent seven points through the net while swooping down on seven rebounds. Catera Nondorf put in four points. Frahm tallied three points for the contest and dragged down a team high 11 rebounds. Lexi Webber contributed two points. Kaycie Strobl hit a free throw for one point. Miller brought four rebounds down from the boards.
Superior improved their season record to 4-1.
The Lady Cats conclude the pre-Christmas portion of their schedule with a game against the Souther Valley Lady Eagles at Oxford, Friday.

SHS Wildcats drop two of three games
The Superior High School Wildcats learned you can lose a game on the score sheet and still come out a winner when they traveled to Fairbury, last Tuesday, to take on the Fairbury Jeffs. The final score was 51-45, Fairbury. The Wildcats put the loss behind them, Thursday, when they entertained the Blue Hill Bobcats at the Superior gymnasium. Superior played a well-blended game and earned a 46-39 win for their efforts.
The less said about the 50-21 home loss to the Wilber-Clatonia Wolverines is probably the least painful.
Though the final score, 51-45, showed a loss for the Wildcats, they learned a great deal about the intestinal fortitude of the team and it was all good. The Wildcats played an abysmal first period. They scored two points and the Jeffs pressure defense had them disoriented. They faced a 10-2 deficit at the start of the second quarter. Refusing to roll over, they worked the ball hard and whittled the Fairbury lead to 20-13 at the half. The Jeffs came out with a hot scoring hand and appeared to have sealed up the came as they put on a scoring clinic and held a 38-23 lead. The Wildcats could have gone through the motions for the final eight minutes and resigned themselves to loss. Not this bunch. They cleaned off their sneaker soles and hit the floor with a passion as the final period began. They mounted a furious comeback charge and almost made it. They pulled within two points of the lead before falling prey to fatigue. The Jeffs were thrilled to get off the court with a five point, 51-45 win. Had there been a 10 minute final period, the score would likely have not been in their favor. There is winning in losing and this team learned they do not know the definition of the word quit.
The Blue Hill Bobcats dropped by the Superior High School gymnasium, Thursday, for a game and handed a 46-39 loss for their troubles. The Wildcats never trailed in this contest. They held a comfortable 24-11 lead at halftime. The Bobcats jolted them out of their feeling of comfort in the third quarter as they narrowed the Wildcat lead to six points, 30-24. The fourth quarter see sawed back and forth with Superior holding a one point scoring edge to seal their 46-39 victory. The Bobcats gave the Wildcats a scare over the course of the second half but they responded to the challenge.
The Wildcats fell behind 12-6 at the end of the first quarter and appeared to be struggling. Each team improved their scoring by one point in the second quarter leaving the Wildcats facing a 25-13 deficit to begin the third quarter. A sense of frustration and resignation seemed to envelop the team as the third quarter progressed. The Wolverines continued to pour in the points and led 42-19 with eight minutes to play. Their would be no frenzied comeback mounted by the Wildcats this game. They went quietly, scoring two points in the last eight minutes. The Wolverines gave playing time to all their team members and coasted to a 50-21 win.
Ethan Roberts had a breakout game against the Jeffs, scoring 21 points and climbed the boards for nine rebounds. Eric Schiermeyer hit the net for eight points. Caleb Isom donated seven points and struck for six rebounds. Garrett Caldwell tucked away six points and took away a rebound. Brett Boyles completed the game with three points and collected three rebounds. Cale Frahm took down a rebound. Tyler Blackstone held on for two rebounds Bryce Jurgensmier handed out four assists.
Roberts returned to the 21 point mark against the Bobcats while nailing down 12 rebounds. Isom came through with eight points and one rebound. Caldwell answered the call with six points and two rebounds. Boyles added five points to the team totals while chasing down five rebounds. Blackstone slipped four points through the net distributed two assists. Schiermeyer put up two points and cornered two rebounds. Jurgensmier hit the boards for three rebounds. Frahm made two steals and had a rebound.
Caldwell was the bright offensive spot in the game, scoring 10 points and grabbing two rebounds. Roberts scored five points and raided the boards for 10 rebounds. Boyles, Frahm and Jurgensmier posted two points apiece. Blackstone added two rebounds. Schiermeyer handed out two assist. Blake Kirchhoff aided with a rebound. Isom brought down three rebounds, Bryson Dessel owned a rebound. Jared Dressman saw playing time.
The loss to Wilber-Clatonia evened the Wildcats record at 2-2 for the young season .
The Wildcats traveled to Franklin, Tuesday, to play the Flyers. No results were available at press time. The team takes to the road Friday to play the Southern Valley Eagles at Oxford before the start of the Christmas break.

SHS wrestlers second at Bob Oliver Invite
The Superior High School wrestling team headed to Daykin,Thursday, for the Bob Oliver Invite held at Merisian High School. The Wildcats took second place in the seven team field with 182 points. Superior had all 10 wrestlers on the podium, with first to fourth place finishes .
Usama Erickson took second place in the 106 pound bracket. Keaton Meyer was second in the 120 pound weight class. Chase Morris held second place in the 132 pound weight class. Trent Tietjen earned a third place finish in the 138 pound weight class. Damion Holt was the first place cahmpion in the 152 pound class. Lane Morris held second in the 160 pound bracket while John Sullivan earned third place in the same weight bracket. Logan Christaincy was the fourth place finisher in the 170 pound division. Sloan Willett was the second place finisher in the 182 pound weight bracket. Darik Holt gained a third place finish in the 220 pound bracket.
Seth Going, head coach of the the Wildcats, said: "We made large strides this week but we still have a long way to go as a team." The team heads up Highweay 14 for the Sandy Creek Invite at Sandy Creek High School, Friday.

RHHS Lady Grizzlies hit a rough stretch
The Rock Hills Lady Grizzlies hosted the Smith Center Lady Redman last Tuesday at Mankato and probably wished they had locked the gymnasium door and kept them outside. The score at the half was 33-8 and when the game was finally ended, the Lady Grizzlies were on the 14 home side of the scoreboard while the visitor side showed the number 58 in this second round game of the Thunderbird Invitational Tournament.
Rock Hills was paired against the Wakefield Lady Bombers at the Cloud County Community College gymnasium at Concordia, Saturday, in the fifth place game of the Thunderbird Invitational Tournament. The team played a much improved game and fell in a close 51-42 matchup. The team scored more points in this game than their first two combined and showed significant progress on the defensive side as well. The freshman members of the team are feeling easing into their role and making contributions.
  Emily Reed scored eight of the points while Allison Railsback posted the other six.
Against the Bombers, Jalee Ortman, a freshman, led the scoring with nine points and dished out two assists. Baylie Dunstan, another freshman, scored seven points and ripped away six rebounds. Hannah Daniels popped in sick points and carted off seven rebounds. Railsback hit for six points and took down two rebounds. Reed found the touch for five points and grabbed a rebound. Lainee Eakins contributed four points and absconded with three rebounds. Bergen Mauerhan, yet another freshman kicked in four points and four rebounds. Kaylee Hadle, another freshman class member made a free throw for a point and got a rebound. Terri Slick distributed four assists. Lexi Jeffery hauled in a rebound.
`Kaci Nichols, head coach of the team, said: "This team is improving with every game. The are showing strength and leadership. The freshmen stepped up when we were faced with foul trouble and made a major contribution to the team effort."
It was a tough lesson to be taught but the team now knows how far they have to travel to reach parity with the other teams they will face over the course of the season. They will have an opportunity to measure their progress when they face Smith Center in February.
The Lady Grizzlies hosted the Lawrence-Nelson Lady Raiders, Tuesday, at Mankato. Game results were unavailable at press time. The team plays their last game of 2014, Friday, when they host St. John's at Mankato.

RHS Grizzlies split two tourney games
The Rock Hills High School Grizzlies cut the score as close as it can be cut when they squeaked by the Smith Center Redmen, 40-39, last Tuesday at Mankato in second round Thunderbird Invitational Tournament action.
The Grizzlies played the Wakefield Bombers for third place in the Thunderbird Invitational Tournament at the Cloud County Community College gymnasium at Concordia, Saturday. When it was over, The Grizzlies were the fourth place team by a 47-31 score.
The Grizzlies overcame a shaky first quarter start, trailing 12-8, they surged ahead to take a one point, 18-17 lead, at the half. The Redmen took the Grizzlies to task in the third, outscoring them 13-5, to hold a 30-23 lead after three quarters of play. Rock Hills refused to play dead and roared back in the final eight minutes, scoring 17 points while their defense held the Redmen to nine points. When the buzzer sounded, the grizzlies let loose a huge sigh of relief and posted their first win of the season, 40-39.
Wakefield and Rock Hills were separated by one point after two periods of play, with the Bombers leading 15-14. The Grizzlies stayed close through the third, trailing only 27-24 at the end of three. The fourth quarter was a different scenario. The Bombers bombed the Grizzlies for 20 points while Rock Hills could only put up seven in response. The loss put the Grizzlies at 1-2 for the seasons.
Joel Broeckelman paced the Grizzly scorers against Smith Center with 17 points, nine of those from three point shots. Logan Schwerman came through with eight points. Tucker Johanek put six points on the board. Sam Flinn posted four points. A.J. Fettig recorded three points while Grant Davis scored two points.
Joahnek topped the scoring list in the Wakefield gaem with 11 points and he grabbed three rebounds. Schwerman totaled seven points and three rebounds for the Grizzlies. Broeckelman hit for five points and handled four rebounds. Flinn dropped in five points an caught up with three rebounds. A. J. feetig tossed in three points and brought down two rebounds. Davis pulled down three rebounds.
The Lawrence-Nelson Raiders showed up at Mankato, Tuesday, for a game with results unavailable at press time. St. John's travels up from Beloit, Friday, for the final game of 2014. The Grizzlies will return to court Jan. 6. after the Christmas break.

RHJHS has winning streak ended
The Rock Hills Junior High School Grizzlies lost their first game of the season to St. John's-Tipton, 25-22 Both teams struggled on offense, but the Grizzlies struggled just a bit more. The game was tied at 11 at the end of three quarters of play. The Blujays pulled ahead in the fourth and handed Rock Hills its first loss in four games.
Gunner Johanek was the leading Grizzly scorer with 11 points. Rylee Whelchel contributed five points. Kobi Pennell, Dereck Gillett and Jordan Wherry posted two points each.

Friday is Blackout Night at Rock Hills
The Rock Hills High School Booster Club is sponsoring Blackout Night, Friday, at the high school gymnasium. The St. John's-Tipton Blujays will be in town to play the Grizzlies. Blackout shirts are available at the Grizzly store.
The Rockettes Dance Team will perform during the game. The Rock Hills Summer Youth committee will he serving a potato bar supper. A photo booth will also be available. Postgame activities include Pop-A-Shot.

L-N Raider see mixed results for weekend
It was feast and famine over the course of 24 hours for the Lawrence-Nelson Raiders Friday and Saturday. The Raiders entertained the Franklin Flyers Friday and were rewarded with a 53-36 win. The roles were reversed Saturday when the Raiders headed to Davenport and were taken to school by the Bruning-Davenport-Shickley Eagles, 67-22.
The Flyers offered little to no resistance to the Raiders onslaught and were down 29-7 at the half. They made a little headway in lowering the deficit in the last two quarters as the Raiders sent their less experienced players onto the court for playing time. The result was a 53-36 win to improve their record to 2-0.
The Raiders ran into a buzz saw at D savenport and would like to put the 67-22 debacle behind them as soon as possible.
The team went against the Rock Hills Grizzlies and their 1-2 record, Tuesday, at Mankato. Game results were unavailable at press time.
The Friday and Saturday schedule returns with the Friend Bulldogs coming to Nelson Friday. The Raiders hit the road Saturday and Travel to Shelton to play the Bulldogs. The team will take a nine day break for the Christmas holiday.


L-N Lady Raiders split weekend games
It was back to back games Friday and Saturday for the Lawrence-Nelson Lady Raiders and when the marathon ended, they owned a win against Franklin, 51-26, Friday, and a loss, Saturday, 42-32 to Bruning-Davenport-Shickley.
The Franklin Flyers played the Lady Raiders even up for the first quarter, Friday, at Nelson. Each team scored eight points. That was the last time the game was close. L-N poured in 20 points during the second period while the Flyers scored zero. The result was a 28-8 Lady Raider lead at the half. The third quarter was all L-N again as they pumped in 15 points while the anemic Flyer offense managed to score eight points. Leading 43-16 to begin the last period of play, the Lady Raiders dealt out playing time to every team member. When the game ended, the Flyers had the wings clipped 51-26 and the Lady Raiders possessed a 3-0 record.
The trip to Davenport, Saturday, for the contest with the Bruning-Davenport-Shickley Lady Eagles did not end as well. The first half was evenly played, with the Eagles clinging to a 21-18 lead. The Lady Raiders sputtered coming out in the third period and found themselves trailing 37-25 after three periods of play. They could not mount a domineering offensive run and fell victim to the Eagles 42-32 for their first defeat of the season.
Kelsey Menke, Cherokee Frahm-Thayer and Harlie Himmelberg led the many Lady Raider scorers with nine points against Franklin. Rachel Kathman came away with six points. Alyssa Miller and Molly McCartney dropped in five points apiece, Haley Menke finished the game with four points. Abby Kile and Mattee Kucera each recorded two points. Mackinley Thayer, Carlie Mazour and Maekayla Ward also saw playing time.
Frahm-Thayer hit for 12 points and grabbed three rebounds. Kathman slipped through six points and snatched two rebounds. Kelsey Menke put six points on the board and ruled the rebound list with 11. Himmelberg shot for two points and cleared four rebounds. Mazour popped in two points and gathered up three rebounds. Kucera netted two points and had a rebound. Miller dropped in two points and posted a rebound. H. Menke collected a rebound. McCartney saw playing time.
The Lady Raiders were in Mankato Tuesday to play the winless Rock Hills Lady Grizzlies at Mankato. Another weekend of back to back games is on the schedule. The Friend Bulldogs visit Nelson, Friday. A trip to Shelton , Saturday for a game with yet another Bulldog team then the team enjoys a Christmas break.

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