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Oct. 30, 2014

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Sarena Meier takes first place at regional x country meet
Sarena Meier is set to compete at the Kansas state Class 1A cross country meet for the second time in two years. She earned a return with her first place finish at the regional Class 1A meet hosted by Riley County at the Leonardville Golf Course Saturday. Meier covered the four kilometer course in 16:50.95, besting the second place finisher by more than half a second.
Meier will travel to Wamego, Saturday for the state 1A meet being run over the Wamego Country Club course. She hopes to earn her first state championship medal against a highly competitive and crowded field. She will be joined by the Pike Valley Panther girls team with whom she competes during the regular season as part of the cooperative program.
Meier attributes her success to year-round training and running with the Kansas Flyers summer track team at Delphos as well as cross-country. She has finished at the top of her 1A class in almost every meet she participated in this season while running with Pike Valley. Because Rock Hills does not have enough participants to field their own team, Meier and Abby Muirhead train and run with the Pike Valley Panthers cross country team, coached by Richard Cox, during the regular season as part of a cooperative program. When the conference, regional and state meets are held, the two compete as individuals for Rock Hills. Meier qualified for the regional meet by taking first place at the conference meet. She advanced to the state meet with her win at the regional meet.
Meier, as a freshman, finished in third place at the 2013 1A state meet with her time of 16:42.78, a mere 29 seconds behind the winner. There were 84 runners in the field over the four kilometer course at Wamego. Her personal best time for the 2013 season was 16:01, recorded for her first place finish at the regional meet,
Meir continued to train on her own over the course of the summer, She ran with the Kansas flyers based in Delphos. She ran the 1600 and 3200 meter runs and as a member of the 4 x 800 meter relay team. Along with her teammates , she took part in competitions throughout the central states. She participated at the USA Track and Field Nationals, held at Houston , Texas, in the 18 and under age group. She placed ninth in the 3000 meter run and was a member of the 4 x 800 meter relay team which took ninth place.
The Wamego course is hilly and will provide a stiff challenge for all the competitors. Meier has run the course once in competition this season and finished fifth in a three class field. She was the third place finisher at the state meet last season and is looking to use that experience to move to the front of the field and take home the gold.


Rock Hills Grizzlies top Lakeside, 54-42
A refreshing win at Downs, Friday, over Lakeside, evened the Rock Hills Grizzlies season record at 4-4 and improved their prospects for post-season play. Rock Hills minimized their errors and put together a consistent offense in the first half while the defense was steady. The Grizzlies led 32-14 at the half and appeared to have an easy win well in hand.
Lakeside had other ideas as they regrouped during the half-time break Lakeside kept the grizzlies defense on the field for most of the third quarter as the Rock Hills defense went into seclusion for much of the period. Lakeside put dent in the Grizzlies lead but Rock Hills regained its footing in the final period and staved off the Lakeside comeback attempt and left the field with a 54-42 win.
Joel Broeckelman completed his one pass attempt for a 17 yard touchdown to Arrow Durant. Spencer Callaway linked up on eight of his 11 pass attempts for 91 yards, a touchdown and one pass was intercepted. Broeckelman had five receptions for 54 yards. Tucker Johanek pulled in two passes for 27 yards and a touchdown. A. J. Fettig made one reception good for 10 yards.
Broeckelman covered 240 yards of real estate with his 39 carries. Five of those carries were good for touchdowns and he added a two point conversion. He also returned a punt for a touchdown. Fettig stepped up to the line with the ball 11 times, carrying for 37 yards. He ran for one two point conversion and caught a pass for another one.
Wyatt Duskie was a bulwark on defense. He managed eight solo tackles and six assists. Arrow Durant recorded two solo shots and had 11 assists. Tyler Cummings and Grant Davis made four solo tackles and contributed six assists each. Johanek added four solo tackles to his three assists. Sam Flinn posted four solo tackles and an assist. Callaway put up three solo tackles and had an assist. Fettig recorded a solo and an assist. Austin Durant, Logan Schwerman, Brady Jeffery and Broeckelman recorded a solo tackle apiece.
The Grizzlies complete regular season play today (Thursday) when they host Clifton-Clyde at Mankato.They will await their post sesaon assignment when regular season play has ended.

Rock Hills Lady Grizzlies fail to advance from sub-state play
The Rock Hills Lady Grizzlies volleyball team saw their season come to an end at the sub-state match, Saturday, at Hanover, when they were swept by Lakeside in two sets, 16-25 and 18-25. While the loss was a disappointment for the team, they are justifiably proud of their season under the tutelage of Kaci Nichols, their first year head coach and Tricia Nelson, assistant coach. Last Tuesday they split two matches at the Pike Valley triangular at Scandia. They lost to Lincoln in two sets, 23-25 and 25-17 and downed host Pike Valley in three set, 28-26, 13-25 and 25-21.
The Lady Grizzlies were victorious in more games this season than the past three seasons combined. They learned how to play as a team and more importantly, they learned what it takes to win.
The 2014 Lady Grizzlies compiled a 17-16 record and added a third place finish at the Northern Plains league tournament to their list of achievements. They were 9-3 in league play.
The team made tremendous strides and the future appears bright as the team has a strong junior varsity and junior high school program. The team will miss the senior leadership and experience provided by Hunter Pennell, Hannah Daniels, Lainee Eakins, Emily Cox and Mary McMichaels.

SHS Lady Cats take second at conference tourney at Milford
The Superior High School Lady Cats volleyball team faced a tough road at the Southern Nebraska Conference tournament held at Milford. They started off against the third seeded Milford Eagles last Tuesday in the semi-final game. It took every thing the Lady Cats had in their repertoire and then some to edge Milford in five sets, 22-25, 25-22, 25-12, 19-25 and 15-12. The extended effort left the Lady Cats emotionally and physically drained when they returned to Milford Thursday for the championship game against the top seeded Sutton Fillies. Sutton swept the Lady Cats in three sets for their second win over Superior of the season, 19-25, 20-25 and 20-25.
Morgan Frahm posted a career high 22 kills against Milford, scored two aces and blocked six shots. Leah Meyer set 22 kills and recorded 12 digs. Jaysa Hoins contributed 10 kills, put down five aces and came up with eight digs. Riley Butler recorded two kills and 10 digs. Taylor Jensby placed 10 kills for the Lady Cats, added two aces, blocked a shot and scooped out four digs. Ellie Wittke hustled for 12 digs. Michelle Unruh made a kill, blocked a shot and finished the match with 12 digs. Evin Miller sent down two kills, placed an ace on the floor, blocked two shots and came away with two digs.
Statistics were unavailable for the Sutton match.
The Lady Cats complete regular season play today (Thursday) when they host Fillmore Central at the Superior High School gymnasium. Sub-district pairings will be announced today (Thursday) with play beginning Tuesday. The Superior Express will post the pairings on its Facebook page as soon as they are available.

L-N Raiders fall to Giltner 56-18
The Lawrence-Nelson Raider football team took to the road Friday and visited Giltner. The Hornets stung the Raiders 56-18. The Raiders were unable to muster any offense in the first half while their defense was constantly stung by the Hornet's offense. The Raiders stared at a 50-6 deficit when they trudged off the field at halftime. The second half was played with a running clock which only hastened the Raiders urge to escape. They put 12 points on the board in the final period but that did little to offset the six points Giltner added in the third period.
As if the Raiders luck wasn't bad enough, their first round playoff game opponent is Giltner. At least the Raiders have a good, in-depth scouting report. The loss left Lawrence-Nelson with a 5-3 regular season record. The Raiders take to the road to play Giltner today (Thursday) at 7 p.m.

L-N Lady Raiders look to post-season play
The Lawrence-Nelson Lady Raiders volleyball team closed out their regular season schedule Tuesday with a triangular meet against Palmer and Bruning-Davenport-Shickley at Bruning . Results were unavailable at press time.
Seedings for sub-district play were announced today (Thursday) and are available on The Superior Express Facebook page.

SHS Wildcats close season with home loss to Sutton
The Superior High School Wildcat football team began the season as a team. They ended the season as a team. And in the time between the opening act and the final curtain they became a team. The Wildcats battled adversity and frustration and emerged as the victors in two games. They saw a third game slip away in the waning moment by one point. They were on the receiving end of some lopsided scores. Through it all they grew together and found their way. In the final game of the 2014 season, they took on the undefeated Sutton Mustangs, the clear favorites to be this is season's state champions. It wasn't easy and it wasn't pretty yet they never flinched. They fell 68-21 to the Mustangs yet they earned their respect. There was no trash talk by their opponent. It was a cleanly played contest against a class team unlike some contests over the course of the season.
Sutton jumped out to a 6-0 lead when they returned the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown. The Mustang game plan was simple. Give the ball to Noah Johnson and watch him run for a score. Which he did six times while amassing 298 ground yards. An odd fact was that Superior could not stop the long runs yet they successfully stifled five two point conversion attempts. Sutton possessed a 46-0 lead at the end of the first half. The second half was played with a running clock. Sutton, wanting to avoid injuries to their starters, with post-season play looming, elected to play their substitutes for most of the second half.
The Wildcats scored three touchdowns in the second period as the Wildcat passing game clicked. Logan Lipker connected on 13 of his 22 passes for 172 yards. Joey Gilbert snatched two of them for touchdowns while Tyler Blackstone grabbed a touchdown pass. Daniel Teachworth was successful on three extra point kicks.
The Wildcats completed their first season of play under the guidance of Brandon Siegel, head coach, and Cody Fierstein, Seth Going and Syd Shepler, assistant coaches, with an improved offensive output and vastly upgraded offensive and defensive line play. The establishment of a youth tackle football league as well as the junior high school program should keep the Wildcats supplied with a trained pipeline of players over the future seasons.
For Logan Lipker, Brett Boyles, Joey Gilbert, Jacob Sumpter, Caleb Isom and Damion Holt it was time to say farewell to Brodstone Memorial Field and the Wildcat football program. They had never given up over the course of a 32 game losing streak and their hard work, faith in themselves and the team and perserverance bore fruit. Their playing abilities will be missed next season but others will step in and fill their shoes. Much harder to replicate is the dedication and leadership they displayed throughout this season. Congratulations to all involved, from the student managers, stat collectors, film personnel, parents and student volunteers who staff the gates and concession stand, the parents and fans who make the long road trips to show their Wildcat pride and most of all to the Superior Wildcat football team of 2014. You done good.

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