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Feb. 22, 2018

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Colson headed for state for RHHS
Zane Colson competed at the KSHSAA 3-2-1A regional wrestling meet hosted by Hoisington High School Friday and Saturday.
Colson, who wrestled with the Beloit High School Trojans team during the regular season through a cooperative program, represented Rock Hills High School at the regional meet.
Colson received a first round bye. In his quarterfinal match, Colson won by a fall over Eric Helms of Anthony-Harper-Chaparral High School. His semifinal match against Colton Hutchinson, Smith Center, resulted in a loss by decision for Colson.
The loss relegated Colson to the consolation round semifinal bout. Colson defeated Dylan Helten of Cheney High School with a fall.
Colson won a major decision over Scott Kuder of Minneapolis by major decision to cinch the third place spot.
His third place finish earned him a trip to the state meet at Hays, Friday and Saturday. First round matches get underway Friday at 10 a.m.


SHS Wildcats return to 11-man football
After a two-year sojourn into the ranks of 8-man football, the Superior High School Wildcats return to Class-C2 11-man football for the 20-18 and 2019 seasons. The number of athletes available to play dictated the move back to 11-man football.
The move returns the Wildcats to eligibility for post-season play.
The Wildcats 2018 schedule features nine games, five being played at Brodstone Memorial Field in Superior and four being played on the road.
Superior will kick off the season at Wilber when they take on the Wilber-Clatonia Wolverines. They make their home debut in week two when they host the Grand Island Central Catholic Crusaders. The Centura Centurions visit Superior for the third week game.
Superior travels to Shelby for a game with the Shelby-Rising City Huskies in week four. The team travels to Geneva for a week five game with the Fillmore Central Panthers. Hastings St. Cecilia comes to Superior a week six contest. The Wildcats travel to Doniphan for match-up with the Doniphan-Trumbull Cardinals in wee seven.
The Sutton Mustangs travel to Superior for the week eight game. The Wildcats close out their season with a home game against the Sandy Creek Cougars.

SHS wrestlers compete at state meet
The Superior High School Wildcats qualified three wrestlers for the state meet staged at the CentuturyLink in Omaha Thursday through Saturday.
Usama Erickson went out in the 120 pound weight class. He was defeated in his two matches and earned no team points.
Chase Morris wrestled at the 145 pound mark. He won one match while dropping two others. He earned the Wildcats one team point.
Trent Tietjen was defeated in his two matches at 152 pounds. He earned no team pointsThe state meet concluded the season for the Wildcats who were beset by injuries across all weight classes as the season progressed.

L-N girls season comes to an end at sub-districts
The Lawrence-Nelson Raiders girls basketball team saw their hopes for advancement throught the sub-district D-1-2 brackets thwarted by the Bruning-Davenport-Shickley Eagles, 54-34, at Sandy Creek. The loss brought the Raiders season to an end. They finished the season with an 11-13 record.
The Raiders fell behind the Eagles 15-8 after the first quarter. Lawrence-Nelson fought back in the second period to narrow the Eagles lead to 23-16. The third quarter was devastating to the Raiders hopes for a comeback as B-D-S ran off a 23-9 scoring spurt to lead 46-25 at the end of three periods of play. When the final buzzer sounded, the Raiders season screeched to a halt with their 54-34 loss.
Taylor Harrington led the Raiders with 16 points against B-D-S. Mattee Kucera posted eight points in her final game in a Raider uniform. Karigan Drudik posted five points. Hallie Epley and RaeLeigh Menke accounted for two points apiece. Annie McCartney scored one point.
Kucera pulled away nine rebounds while recording an assist and a steal. Menke grabbed five rebounds and added two assists. Epley snagged four rebounds and had a steal. McCartney harnessed three rebounds while making three assists and a steal. Drudik picked off three rebounds and made a steal. Allison Miller hauled down two rebounds and had two assists. Harrington kept a rebound and nabbed a steal. Emilee Miller registered a rebound.
The future looks bright for the team as they lose just one member to graduation while the underclassmen acquired valuable game experience to build upon.

SHS girls head to district final
The Superior High School Wildcats girls basketball team successfully navigated the waters of subdistrict play and qualified for district play. Superior downed the Thayer Central Titans, 50-34, at Fairbury, last Tuesday to advance to the final round game. After surviving a first half scare from the Fillmore Central Panthers, the Wildcats regained their composure and pulled away for a 46-31 win to advance to the district round.
Superior had little trouble downing the Thayer Central Titans. They eased out to a 27-15 lead at the half and never looked back. Headed into the final quarter, the Wildcats led 34-21. Superior continued to add to their lead resulting in a 50-34 win and a berth in the final round of subdistrict play.
The Wildcats encountered the Fillmore Central Panthers for the third time this season and found themselves in a fight. The team found themselves in the unfamiliar position of trailing in the score at the end of the first quarter, 12-9. Each team scored nine points in the second quarter leaving the Wildcats facing a 21-18 deficit at the halfway mark of the game. The halftime intermission infused a sense of urgency in the Wildcats . When they returned to the court for the third quarter they retook the lead and never relinquished it. After three periods, they led 27-23. The Wildcats put the game out of reach for the Panthers when they reeled off a 20-8 run combined with a ferocious defensive effort in the fourth quarter to take home a 46-31 lead and advance to the district final.
Kalynn Meyer provided 25 points against Thayer Central. Megan Miller posted 14 points. Nicki Kirchhoff accounted for four points. Teghan Sullivan scored three points. Trisha Hayes and Hallie Miller produced two points apiece.
Meyer collected 16 rebounds, an assist and a steal. M. Miller landed 10 rebounds. Sullivan collected three rebounds and a steal. H. Miller grabbed three rebounds. Hayes and Kirchhoff added two rebounds and two assists each. Emma Schnakenberg snagged two rebounds. Ashlynn Brown picked up a rebound.
Meyer led the scoring against the Fillmore Central Panthers with 15 points. M. Miller followed up with 13 points. Sullivan put up nine points. H. Miller scored four points. Kirchhoff netted three points. Hayes finished the game with two points.
Meyer gathered up nine rebounds and nabbed five steals. M. Miller hit the boards for eight rebounds while adding an assist and two steals. Kirchhoff landed four rebounds while adding an assist and two steals. Sullivan accounted for three rebounds, an assist and four steals. Hayes contributed a rebound and a steal.
The Wildcats travel to Friend, Friday, to face the Archbishop Bergan Knights in the District C2-1 final.


L-N boys drop final regular season game
The Lawrence-Nelson Raiders lost their final regular season game to the Deshler Dragons, 44-28, Friday, at Deshler. The Raiders faced the Dragons ,Tuesday, at Sandy Creek, in their opening round game of subdistrict D-1-2 play. Game results were unavailable at press time.
The Raiders were never in the game trailing 24-13 at the half. Lawrence-Nelson was unable to find the momentum necessary to mount a strong comeback attempt and fell 44-28.
Micah Dolnicek led the Raider scoring against Deshler with 14 points. Brody Himmelberg netted five points. Jaden Himmelberg put up four points. Peyton Drudik added three points. Jake Sharp scored two points.
Dolnicek claimed seven rebounds while making three assists and five steals. J. Himmelberg grabbed four rebounds and had two steals. B. Himmelberg found three rebounds and had a steal. Drudik registered a rebound along with three assists and a steal. Lane Heikkinen had an assist and two steals. Jake Sharp made a steal.
Should the Raiders prove successful in their game with Deshler, they would play the winner of the Bruning-Davenport-Shickley Eagles and Meridian Mustangs game today (Thursday) at Sandy Creek. If they fall to Deshler their season is ended.

RHHS boys keep on winning games
The Rock Hills High School grizzlies just keep on winning. They handed Southern Cloud a 62-41 loss at Mankato last Monday. They followed up with a dominating 72-37 win over Thunder Ridge at Mankato Friday. The Grizzlies entertained the Pike Valley Panthers at Mankato, Tuesday, with game results unavailable at press time.
Southern Cloud gave the Grizzlies a competetive game over the first two quarters with Southern Cloud holding a 25-24 lead after two quarters. The Grizzlies regrouped at the half and roared out to a 47-33 lead after three quarters. Rock Hills widened the gap over the last eight minutes of play to earn the 62-41 win.
Rock Hills wasted no time in setting the pace of the game against Thunder Ridge as they held 22-12 lead after one quarter. The offense continued to score as the defense held Thunder Ridge with the Grizzlies leading 39-21 at the half. Rock Hills blew the game wide open in the third quarter leading 67-29 with eight minutes to play. When time expired, the Grizzlies recorded their15th win of the season against three losses.
Dereck Gillett led the Grizzly scorers against Southern Cloud with 17 points. Austin Eilert pumped 16 points through the net. Tycen Higer accounted for 15 Rock Hills points. Brady Jeffery collected nine points. Jake Spiegel netted five points.
Eilert and Higer scored 16 points apiece against Thunder Ridge. Spiegel provided 13 points. Gillett registered 12 points. Jeffery added four points. Jerrod Gillett posted three points. Chevy Mohler and Mazvah Nobi scored two points each. Davian McDonald and Mason Higer sank a free throw each for one point. The Grizzlies close out the regular season portion of their schedule, Friday, when they host Osborne at Mankato.
Class 1A-D1 sub-state play gets underway at Sylvan-Lucas High School Monday with pairings to be announced.

RHHS girls drop two games at home
The Rock Hills High School Grizzlies girls basketball team endured a tough two games. They fell to Southern Cloud 59-41, last Monday, at Mankato. Thunder Ridge dealt the Grizzlies a 47-14 defeat at Mankato Friday. The Grizzlies entertained the Pike Valley Panthers at Mankato, Tuesday, with game results unavailable at press time.
The Grizzlies held a one-point, 9-8 lead over Southrn Cloud but were unable to maintain their momentum. Southern Cloud recovered to take a 31-18 lead at the half way point of the game. After three quarters, the Grizzlies trailed 43-29. Southern Cloud continued to ease ahead in the final quarter and earned the 59-41 win.
Thunder Ridge held Rock Hill scoreless over the course of the first quarter as they bolted out to a 20-0 lead. Rock Hills scored eight points in the second qaurter while Thunder Ridge added to their lead taking a 31-8 lead into the half. Matter did improve for the Grizzlies as they trailed 41-11 after three periods of play. When the sound of the final buzzer filled the Rock Hills gymnasium, the Grizzlies were on the wrong side of the 47-14 score.
Jalee Ortman dropped in 10 points against Southern Cloud. Jauclyn Lemke put through eight points. Sydny Ryba and Bailey Dunstan contributed six points apiece. Emilee Whelchel netted five points. Allison Havens and Bergan Mauerhan each scored two points. Jaclyn Yelken added one point.
Lemke and Dunstan provided three points apiece against Thunder Ridge. May, Mauerhan and Whelchel accounted for two points each. Yelken and Ortman posted one point each.
The regular season finale is Friday when Osborne visits Mankato. Sub-state play gets underway Monday at Sylvan-Lucas High School with pairings to be announced.

SHS boys advance in subdistrict play
The Superior High School Wildcats boys basketball team closed out their regular season schedule, Friday, with a 75-39 loss to the Sutton Mustangs at Superior. The Wildcats opened subdistrict play, Monday, at Fairbury, with a 45-44 win over the Thayer Central Titans. The team advanced to the quarterfinal game, at Fairbury, Tuesday against number one seed Freeman with game results unavailable at press time. The Wildcats finished with a 3-19 regular season record.
Superior fell behind Sutton, 18-7 at the end of the first quarter. The Wildcat offense flickered to life in the second quarter but it was not enough to close the gap as the Mustangs led 35-21 at the half. Sutton went on a 22-9 third quarter run to put the game out the wildcats reach. The fourth quarter was more of the same as Superior was handed a 75-39 loss.
The Wildcats and the Titans met for the second time this season and Superior was again victorious by two points. Superior trailed 15-6 after the first quarter. When half time arrived the Wildcats faced a 20-11 deficit. When the team took to the court in the third quarter , it was with a renewed sense of purpose. They whittled four points off the Titan lead to trail 32-27. Superior put it all together in the fourth quarter. They stopped up their defense and exploded offensively to take the lead and hold on for a 46-44 win and advancement to the next round of subdistrict play.
Adam Baker obtained 12 points for Superior against Sutton. Conner Blackstone recorded eight points. Trenten Theis put through seven points. Adin Leibel scored six points. Cody Mohler added four points. Zeke Meyer posted two points.
Baker took away four rebounds while adding four assists and a steal. Hunter Healey nailed down three rebounds and handed out two assists. Theis grabbed three rebounds while recording an assist and a steal. Blackstone and Adin Leibel accounted for three rebounds and an assist each. Jared Dressman, Meyer and Jedd Whitmore each contributed a rebound.
Adin Leibel scored 13 points to pace the Wildcats scorers against Thayer Central. Baker popped through 11 points. Theis registered 10 points. Healey put up six points. Jackson Gilbert added four points. Dressman kicked in two points. Healey dragged away eight rebounds and added an assist and a steal. Baker pulled down six rebounds while recording two assists and two steals. Theis collected five rebounds, three assists and two rebounds. Meyer contributed two rebounds and an assist. Adin Leibel gathered in two rebounds. Gilbert registered a rebound, an assist and two steals. Blackstone landed a rebound.
Should Superior prevail against Freeman, they will play the winner of the Fillmore Central-Southern game today (Thursday) at Fairbury with a 7 p.m. game time. If they lose to Freeman their season is at an end.