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Dec. 8, 2016

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L-N wrestler takes first at Harvard Invite
Gavyn Buschkoetter, who attends Lawrence-Nelson High School but wrestles with the South Central Unified Red Raiders, took first place honors at the Harvard Invitational, Saturday, as he swept the 152 weight bracket. The Red Raiders came out on top of the 13 team field.

RHHS wrestler wins with Beloit
Zane Colson, a Rock Hills High School student, wrestles with the Beloit High School Trojans as part of a cooperative program. Colson, who competes in the 145 pound weight bracket, earned first place points for the team when he won his season opening match against a Plainville Cardinal opponent, Friday at Phillipsburg. Colson won his match with a fall at the 5:02 mark. He will wrestle with Beloit until the end of the regular season. When Colson competes in post season matches he will represent Rock Hills.

SHS wrestlers open season at home
The Superior High School wrestling team hit the mats to open their 2016-2017 season, Friday, when the hosted a triangular match at the Superior High School gymnasium. Thayer Central and South Central Unified District 5 (Sandy Creek and Lawrence-Nelson) were the opposing teams. The Wildcats dropped their matches to both teams. They fell to SCU 36-33 and Thayer Central 33-30. The team was on the road Saturday when they traveled to Harvard to defend their title at the Harvard Invitational. The Wildcats finished in fourth place, with 104.5 points, in the 13 team field. The inability to filed competitors in every weight class worked against the Wildcats.
Therewere several bright spots for Superior in Friday's matches. John Sullivan won both of his matches at 170 pounds. Lane Morris took his two matches at 182 pounds. Usama Erickson won his single match at 120 pounds. Darik Holt snagged a win at 220 pounds. Trent Tietjen won his match at 145 pounds.
The competition was stiffer as schools from both Class C and D competed at Saturday's match. Wrestlers from SCU, Sutton, Shelton-Kenesaw, Axtell, Eustis-Farnam, Meridian, Tekamah-Herman, Nebraska Christian, Harvard, Alma, Hastings St. Cecilia and Wilcox-Hildreth took to the mats.
Erickson took top honors in the 120 pound weight bracket and earned 16 team points. Seth Gehle wrestled at 126 pounds, taking fifth place and picking up two team points. Tage Rothchild went out in the 132 pound bracket and finished in fifth place but earned no team points despite winning two matches.
Chase Morris weighed in for the 138 pound weight class where he went 5-1, earned a third place finish and 13 team points. Trent Tietjen wrestled in the 145 pound weight category, going 5-1, earning second place and 15.5 team points.
Brenden Jensen competed at 152 pounds, placing seventh and earning no team points. John Sullivan won five matches while losing one for a second place finish in the 170 pound weight bracket. He earned 16 team points for the Wildcats. Lane Morris went 5-1 in the 182 pound weight class to take second place and 12 team points. Logan Christiancy took to the mats in the 195 pound weight bracket, placed fourth and earned four team points.
Darik Holt dominated the 220 pound weight bracket, going 7-0, taking first place honors and earning 26 team points. Zach Renz was the seventh place finisher in the 285 pound weight class and earned no team points.
SCU was the meet winner with 134 points.
Superior travels to Meridian, Saturday, for the Meridian Invitational.







SHS Wildcats lose season opener by two points
The Superior High School Wildcats basketball team opened their 2016-2017 season on the road at Belleville, Saturday. The Wildcats did everything they could to win the game and they came up two little too late when they fell to the Republic County Buffs, 31-29, in a game decided by defense, less than stellar field goal shooting by both teams and the clock not running for just a little while longer. The Wildcats looked for their first win of the young season when they traveled to Fairbury, Tuesday, for a game with the Jeffs. Results were unavailable at press time. The Wildcats relied on their four senior starters for most of their point production. Eric Schiermeyer, Tyler Blackstone, Blake Kirchhoff and Cale Frahm combined for 28 of the Wildcats 29 points. The absence of senior Garrett Caldwell was felt on both sides of the ball as he recovers from an injury.
Blackstone led the scoring with 11 points. He canned two three-point shots, a free throw and two field goals. Kirchhoff sank three field goals and four three throws for 10 points. Schiermeyer earned his five points with five free throws. Frahm hit for two free throws for his two points. Adam Baker sank a free throw for one point. The lack of accurate two point field goal shooting hurt the wildcat effort as they shot 26 per cent from the floor. Their free throw efforts left points off the board as they connected for 13 of 20 attempts for a 65 per cent conversion rate.
Blackstone took down nine defensive rebounds. Kirchhoff accounted for two offensive and seven defensive rebounds. Frahm scrambled for five defensive rebounds. Trenten Theis posted four defensive rebounds. Hunter Healey snagged two offensive and two defensive rebounds. Schiermeyer pulled down a defensive rebound. Baker recorded an assist.
The Wildcats welcome the Blue Hill Bobcats to the Superior High School gymnasium, Thursday, for a contest. The Wilber-Clatonia Wolverines make a stop at Superior, Saturday, for an afternoon game.


RHHS Lady Grizzlies open season at home
The Rock Hills Lady Grizzlies opened their 2016-2017 season, at Mankato, Friday, when they hosted the Pike Valley Panthers. Though the Lady Grizzlies were unable to win the game there were some encouraging signs evident during the initial game of the season. This was the opening round game of the Thunderbird Invitational tournament. The team was at Smith Center, Tuesday, for their second round game against the Redmen. Results were unavailable at press time.
The Lady Grizzlies faced an experienced Pike Valley squad which featured a deep bench. Rock Hills mustered nine players in uniform for the game. Pike Valley opened up a 12-6 first quarter lead. Caitlyn May supplied all the Lady Grizzly points for the quarter. Rock Hills played solid defense and trailed 24-14 at the half. Things went downhill for the Lady Grizzlies in the third period when they scored one point while the Panthers dropped through 11 to lead 35-15 after three periods of play Rock Hills upped their offensive output to eight points in the final quarter but left the court with a 49-23 loss.
Matt Railsback, head coach of the Lady Grizzlies will look for an improvement at the foul line where the team went 7 for 18. He will also be looking for a more aggressive shooting mindset from the team as only three players hit for field goals.
Emilee Whelchel led the scoring for Rock Hills with 11 points. She sank four field goals and three free throws. Caitlyn May dropped through three field goals and two free throws for eight points. Sydny Ryba hit a field goal for two points. Katie Reinert and Samantha Fogo poured through a free throw each for one point. Jaclyn Yelken, Sara Tadefa and Allison Havens recorded playing minutes.
The Lady Grizzlies will meet an as yet to be determined opponent, Saturday, at the Cloud County Community College gymnasium at Concordia, for the final round of Thunderbird Invitational tournament play. The Lady Grizzlies will host the Lawrence-Nelson Lady Raiders, Tuesday, at Mankato.

RHHS Grizzlies drop close season opener
It was the season opener for the Rock Hills High School Grizzlies basketball team, Friday. They traveled to Scandia to tip-off against the Pike Valley Panthers. When time expired after four quarters of play, the Grizzlies were on the bottom side of the 53-47 score. The game was the opening round contest of the Thunderbird Invitational tournament. The second round game was played Tuesday against the Smith City Redmen at Smith Center with game results unavailable at press time.
The Grizzlies started out well, holding an 11-8 lead after the first quarter ended. Pike Valley snipers found the range in the second quarter, hitting six three-point shots to score 18 points. The Panther defense held the Grizzlies to eight points with Pike Valley taking a 26-19 lead into the intermission.
Rock Hills stormed back to take a 34-33, one-point lead, after three quarters of play. The fourth quarter did not go well for the Grizzlies. Pike Valley capitalized on Grizzly errors and took advantage at the free throw line. They found the three-point range again and combined to out score Rock Hills 20-13 over the course of the final eight minutes and hand the Grizzlies a six-point defeat.
Dereck Gillett led the Rock Hills scoring with 18 points. He came up with 11 rebounds and doled out an assist. Tycen Higer netted 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds while dishing out an assist. Jake Spiegel furnished nine points, six rebounds and an assist. Brady Jeffrey finished with six points and nine rebounds to his credit. Luke Broeckelman tallied four points and allocated six assists. Austin Eilert added four rebounds and an assist. Drew Beam finished the game with two rebounds and an assist.
Matt Hesting, head coach of the Grizzlies, said "We felt like we played a pretty decent game. Pike Valley hit some big shots and played a good floor game. We were in it all the way, and the players were disappointed, but if we get that kind of performance every game, we will win a lot of them."
Rock Hills travels to Concordia, Saturday, for the final round game of the Thunderbird Invitational tournament against a yet to be determined opponent at the Cloud County Community College gymnasium. The Lawrence-Nelson Raiders pay a visit to Mankato, Tuesday, for a match-up with Rock Hills.

L-N Raiders open season with a win
The Lawrence-Nelson Raiders opened their 2016-2017 season at Red Cloud, Friday, with a resounding 53-17 win. They played their home opener at Nelson, Saturday, hosting the Tri-County Trojans. The result was a painful 60-59 loss.
The Raiders rolled over Red Cloud as they stormed to a 13-0 first quarter lead. When the half-time intermission arrived, they held an insurmountable 34-6 lead. When time expired after four quarters, the Red Cloud Warriors had been vanquished 53-17.
The Trojans and Raiders traded points for the first eight minutes of Saturday's contest, each scoring 17 points. Tri-County pulled away in the second period to take a 31-25 lead into the half. The Raiders stayed within striking distance of the Trojans but still trailed by 10 points, 46-36 as the final quarter opened. Lawrence-Nelson pulled out all the stops and roared back but came up one point short as the clock expired. They scored 23 points in the frantic final eight minutes and held the Trojans to 14 but could not find the extra point to force overtime. They lost 60-59 to even their season record at 1-1.
Timothy Herbek topped the Raider scoring chart at Red Cloud with 13 points. Kevin Schroer tallied 10 points and snatched six rebounds. Micah Dolnicek scored eight points while grabbing four rebounds. Colton Biltoft netted seven points and two rebounds. Jaden Himmelberg totaled four points and two rebounds for the game. Wyatt Heikkinen scored four points and landed two rebounds. Jacob Sharp put up two points and two rebounds. Boone Svoboda contributed two points. Peyton Drudik was good for two points and two rebounds. Jacob Schultz nailed a free throw for one point and yanked away two rebounds. Lane Heikkinen accounted for three rebounds.
Herbek led the scoring parade against Tri-County with 18 points. He captured three rebounds. Dolnicek manufactured 12 points and collected eight rebounds. W. Heikkinen totaled eight points and five rebounds. Biltoft ground out six points and a rebound. Schroer joined in with three points and three rebounds. Svoboda scored three points and garnered two rebounds. Sharp and Drudik added two points and two rebounds each. L. Heikkinen put up two points and landed a rebound. Himmelberg scored two points.
The Raiders host the Franklin Flyers, Friday, at Nelson. They travel to play Bruning-Davenport-Shickley, Saturday. The Raiders cross the state line when they travel to Mankato, Tuesday, to play the Rock Hills Grizzlies.


L-N Lady Raiders drop first two games
It was a lost weekend for the Lawrence-Nelson High School Lady Raiders basketball team. The team expected to experience growing pains as they rebuild from the loss of their entire staring team from last season to graduation. They opened on the road against the Red Cloud Warriors at Red Cloud, Friday. When the game ended, Lawrence-Nelson had lost their first game of the season 51-17. The Lady Raider offense picked up some steam, Saturday, when they played their home opener at Nelson against the Tri-County Trojans. Unfortunately their defense wasn't at 100 per cent effectiveness level and they were handed a 54-36 loss.
The Red Cloud Warriors were the dominant team from the opening tip-off, Friday. They held a 15-6 lead after the first period of play. They extended their lead to 29-11 at the half. The Lady Raiders were never able to mount any form of a comeback and trailed 41-14 after three periods. The Lady Raiders scoring did not improve over the last eight minutes of the game and they opened the season with a 51-17 loss.
The Lady Raiders looked to improve upon their season opening performance when they hosted the Tri-County Trojans at Nelson, Saturday. Things did bode well for the Lady Raiders as they fell behind Tri-County 18-6 after one quarter. The Trojans kept up their scoring while Lawrence-Nelson faltered on defense and opened up a 31-13 lead at the half. The Lady raiders showed some offensive punch over the last two periods as they scored 11 points in the third period and 12 in the final frame. The downside was the Trojans matched them point for point and departed Nelson with a 54-36 win.
Mattee Kucera led the Lady Raider scoring against Red Cloud with six points. She pulled down five rebounds. Karigan Drudik looped through six points and grabbed three rebounds. RaeLeigh Menke scored two points and snagged four rebounds. Molly McCartney put two points on the board and nailed down a rebound. Taylor Harrington sank a free throw for one point and gathered up four rebounds. Morgan Menke found two rebounds. Mackinley Thayer landed three rebounds. Delia Burger accounted for two rebounds. Kaytlynn Tockey captured three rebounds. Morgan Menke contributed playing minutes for the Lady Raiders.
Kucera finished with 15 points against the Tri-County Trojans while pulling in three rebounds. Drudik tossed in six points and contributed an assist. Harrington stepped in with five points and seven rebounds. Thayer took credit for four points and five rebounds. McCartney found the net with four points and collected three rebounds. R. Menke tallied two points and dished out an assist. M. Menke posted an assist. Tockey kept four rebounds. Annie McCartney handled a rebound.
The Lady Raiders seek their first win of the young season when they host the Franklin Flyers, Friday, at Nelson. They go on the road Saturday when head to play Bruning-Davenport-Shickley. The Lady Raiders head south of the border into Kansas, Tuesday, when they travel to Mankato for a contest with the Rock Hills Grizzlies.


Rock Hills athletes earn league honors
Receiving NPL volleyball honorable mention were Bergen Mauerhan and Emilee Whelchel.
Receiving football eight-man II District Four awards were Drew Beam, first team defensive back, second team tight end, second team kick returner; Luke Broeckelman, second team quarterback; Zane Colson, second team running back; Austin Eilert, second team offensive line, second team defensive line; Tycen Higer, first team defensive line.

SHS Lady Cats win season opener
The Superior High School Lady Cats played the Sutton Fillies, at Superior, Thursday, in the traditional season opening game for both teams. Superior lost little time in taking the lead and maintaining it as they rolled to a 54-38 win. The Lady Cats played road warriors, Saturday, when they traveled to Belleville to play the Republic County Buffs. A sluggish offensive performance and a prickly Buffs defense led to the Lady Cats losing a close game, 36-31. Superior looked to return to the win column when they took the bus to Fairbury for a contest with the Fairbury Jeffs. Game results were unavailable at press time.
The Lady Cats scoring against Sutton was spread across seven players. Lexi Webber led the team with 11 points. Kalynn Meyer scored 10 points in her varsity debut. Evin Miller contributed 10 points. Michelle Unruh joined in the scoring with nine points. Nicki Kirchhoff tallied seven points. Megan Miller contributed five points. Trisha Hayes netted two points.
Meyer led the Superior scoring against Republic County with 14 points. Kirchhoff and M. Miller scored five points apiece. E. Miller dropped through three points. Hayes finished the game with two points.
The Lady Cats host the Blue Hill Bobcats, Thursday, at the Superior High School gymnasium. The Wilber-Clatonia wolverines pay a visit to Superior for a Saturday afternoon game.