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Feb. 23, 2017

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L-N wrestler competes at state meet
Gavyn Buschkoetter, a senior at Lawrence-Nelson High School who wrestles with the South Central Unified District 5 Red RAader team, qualified for the Class D state championship meet held at Omaha's Century-Link, Thursday through Saturday.
Buschkoetter, who passed the 100 win milestone this season, competed in the 152 pound weight bracket. He won his opening championship round match to advance to the quarterfinal round. His success in the quarterfinal match moved him to the sem-final round. He lost his semi-final round match then fell in the consolation semi-final. He was downed in the fifth match and took home sixth place and earned 11 team points.

RHHS wrestler qualifies for state meet
Zane Colson, a sophomore at Rock Hills High School, qualified for the Kansas Region 3-2-1A state wrestling meet at Hays, Friday and Saturday. The meet is being held at Fort Hays State University's Gross memorial Coliseum.
Colson earned his place at the state meet with his second place finish at the KSHSAA 3-2-1A southeast regional meet held at Southeast of Saline High School in Gypsum. He won his opening, quarterfinal and semi-final round matches. He lost the first match to a 7-3 decision.
Colson, who wrestles with the Beloit High School wrestling team during the regular season as part of a cooperative program, will compete in the 145 pound weight bracket.





SHS wrestlers compete at state meet
The Superior High School wrestling team qualified five wrestlers for the Class D state championship meet held at Omaha's Century-Link, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. When the event ended, the Wildcats were in a tie for 27th place, with 25 points, in the 61 team field
Usama Erickson wrestled in the 120 pound weight bracket. He lost his championship round opening match and was relegated to the consolation round. He won his first consolation match with a major decision. He dropped his next match and was out of contention in the consolation round. He scored three team points for Superior.
Keaton Meyer, wrestling at 126 pounds, dropped his opening championship round match and was sent on to the consolation round ranks. He won his first match by a fall but was unsuccessful in his next match and was eliminated. He added three team points for the Wildcats.
Chase Morris was the top finisher for the Wildcats. He opened the 138 pound weight bracket with a championship round win which advanced him to the quarterfinal round. He emerged with the win and moved on to the semi-final round. He lost this match. He was defeated in the consolation semi-final match. He rallied to take the fifth place spot with a win by decision. Morris placed 11 team points on the Wildcats point ledger.
Trent Tietjen went out at 152 pounds for the Wildcats. He dropped his opening round match and was sent to the consolation bracket. He fell in his first match and was eliminated from the competition.
Darik Holt took part in the 220 pound weight bracket. He breezed through his opening championship round match. He was successful in the quarterfinal match and moved on to the semi-final grid. He lost the semi-final match. He was decisioned in his consolation semi-final match. He was defeated in the fifth place match, his final event, as a Superior Wildcat wrestler. He scored nine team points for the Wildcats.
After the meet, it was time for Keaton Meyer, Logan Christiancy, Lane Morris, Darik Holt and Tage Rothchild to hang up their tunics and headgear as they bid farewell to their high school wrestling careers. Their leadership will be missed.
The team returns several wrestlers for next season who acquired significant experience over the course of this season , including three state qualifiers.



L-N Raiders close out regular season with a win over Deshler
The Lawrence-Nelson Raider boys basketball team are riding a wave of momentum as they head into sub-district play. They closed out their 2016-2017 regular season schedule with a narrow 45-43 win over the Deshler Dragons, at Nelson, Friday. They opened sub-district play as the number two seed in D2-6 at Sandy Creek, Tuesday, against the number three seed Heartland Lutheran Red Hornets. Game results were unavailable at press time. The Deshler win gave Lawrence-Nelson a 16-7 regular season record and 11 wins in their final 12 games.
Micah Dolnicek led the Raider scoring against Deshler with 18 points. He grabbed three rebounds. Colton Biltoft put eight points on the board. Kevin Schroer accounted for seven points and five rebounds. Peyton Drudik score six points and landed three rebounds. Timothy Herbek netted three points and three rebounds. Lane Heikkinen sailed two points through the hoop and acquired two rebounds. Wyatt Heikkinen was successful with a free throw for a point and handeled two rebounds. Matt Buescher recorded playing time.
Should the Raiders get past Heartland Lutheran, they would play the winner of the Giltner-Hampton game, today (Thursday), at Sandy Creek with a 7 p.m. tip-off.

SHS Lady Cats end season with loss to St. Cecilia
The Superior High School Lady Cats basketball team did not exit sub-district C2-9 play quietly. They advanced to the final round game with a last-second regulation time 48-47 win over the Doniphan-Trumbull Cardinals at Adams Central High School, Hastings, last Tuesday. They were unable to hold a narrow lead over the Hastings St. Cecilia Hawkettes, Thursday, and were eliminated from post-season play with the 48-44 loss.
Superior squandered a lead of 15 points against the Cardinals as complacency slipped into their game. The Lady Cats held a 17-8 lead after the first quarter of play. They built that lead to a 30-19 halftime advantage. The Cardinals began to nibble away at the Superior lead in the third period, narrowing the gap to 38-31. A torrid Cardinals defense and a sluggish Superior offense set the stage for the last-second heroics by Evin Miller. The Lady Cats had seen their lead disappear and thee Cardinals enjoyed a 47-46 lead. With four seconds remaining on the score board clock, Evin Miller nudged a short bank shot through the net as the Lady Cats escaped with a 48-47 win to advance to the sub-district final game against Hastings St. Cecilia.
Hastings St. Cecilia was the number one seed and the Lady Cats were number two even though Superior had a better season record. Unlike Tuesday's game, the Lady Cats were unable to pull off a last minute victory. The Hawkettes ran out to a 14-7 first quarter lead. Superior erased two points of that to trail by five, 25-20, at the halfway mark. The Lady Cats were a rejuvenated team in the third period, playing strong defense and finding an offensive rhythm to take a 35-32 lead into the decisive final quarter. The Hawkettes opened the fourth quarter with consecutive three point shots and were back in the lead. The teams matched points for awhile but the Lady Cats were unable to score against an inspired Hawkette defense. The game went down to the wire but Superior was unable to pull it out and saw their season end with the loss, only their fifth of the year against 19 victories.
Kaylynn Meyer was the top Superior point producer against Doniphan-Trumbull with 21. Evin Miller put up 12 points while Megan Miller scored 11 points. Lexi Webber tallied four points. Michelle Unruh, Nicki Kirchhoff and Natalie McMeen each recorded playing minutes.
Meyer led the point gatherers against the Hawkettes with 16. She seized control of 14 rebounds. E. Miller registered 11 points and five rebounds. M. Miller netted eight points and two rebounds. Kirchhoff posted seven points and four rebounds. Webber added two points and a rebound. Hallie Miller and Natalie McMeen each credited a rebound. Trisha Hayes registered playing time.
For seniors Ellie Wittke, Evin Miller, Michelle Unruh and Lexi Webber a return to the state tournament was not to be. Their contributions on the court and in the intangible leadership aspect were invaluable. For Jim Sullivan, head coach of the Lady Cats, and Lisa Butler, assistant coach, it was time to say thank you and good bye to their seniors and begin to look ahead to the future.
The team has a strong cadre of players returning next season, all of whom will benefit from the experience of playing time this season. SHS Lady Cats end season with loss to St. Cecilia




L-N Lady Raiders bow out at sub-district
The Lawrence-Nelson Lady Raiders saw their season end, Thursday at Sandy Creek when the Hampton Hawks sent them home with a 50-35 loss. The Lady Raiders advanced to the championship round when they downed the Giltner Hornets 62-14, Tuesday at Sandy creek.
The Hornets offered little opposition to Lawrence-Nelson who held a 31-19 lead after two quarters. The Lady Raiders added to their lead in the third quarter to hold a 48-31 advantage. Giltner had nothing to offer and Lawrence-Nelson moved on to the next level with their 62-41 win.
The Hampton Hawks topped the Lady Raiders 50-35, to end their season with a 10-15 record.
Karigan Drudik was the lead scorer against Giltner with 19 points. She also handled five rebounds. Molly McCartney and Taylor Harrington contributed 11 points and two rebounds apiece. Mattee Kucera dropped though nine points and picked off six rebounds. Kaytlynn Tockey came away with eight points and two rebounds. Hallie Epley and RaeLeigh Menke netted two points apiece. Epley seized a rebound. Annie McCartney and Mackinley Thayer snagged a rebound each. Allison Miller grabbed three rebounds. Delia Burger recorded a steal. Tockey snagged two rebounds. Miller handled a rebound. R. Menke registered playing time.
Harrington, Kucera and Drudik scored eight points each. Kucera and Drudik grabbed seven rebounds apiece againt the Hampton Hawks. HArrington clawed her way to four rebounds. M. McCartney added six points and six rebounds for the Lady Raiders. M. Menke and Epley contributed two points and two rebounds apiece. A, McCartney nailed a free throw for a point and accounted for a rebound.
It was the end of their Lady Raider careers for seniors Delia Burger, Molly McCartney, Mackinley Thayer and Kaytlynn Tockey. Their experience and leadership provided stability to the team and will be sorely missed.

RHHS Lady Grizzles drop two games
The road was not kind to the Rock Hills High School Lady Grizzlies basketball team as they continued their search for their first win of the season. The team played Southern Cloud last Tuesday and were left with a 46-11 loss. The road woes continued Friday when they handed a 70-18 loss at the hands of Thunder Ridge.
Samantha Fogo led the scoring against Southern Cloud with seven points. She also grabbed seven rebounds. Emilee Whelchel scored four points.
Whelchel hit for 10 points against Thunder Ridge.
Jamie Harvey, assistant coach of the Lady Grizzlies said, "These girls never give up, no matter the score, and as a coach, parent or fan, you can't be more happy and proud of them for that."
The Lady Grizzlies have two more regular season games on the schedule. They traveled to Courtland, Tuesday, for a match with the Pike Valley Panthers. Games result was not available at press time. The final regular season game involves a trip to Osborne for a contest with the Bulldogs, Friday. Rock Hills will return to Osborne, Monday, for opening round play in the 1A-D1 Sub-state event. Their sub-state opponent is still to be determined.

SHS Wildcats drop regular season finale
The Sutton Mustangs easily handled the Superior High School Wildcat boys basketball team in the regular season finale game for both teams, Friday, at Sutton. Superior. Superior saw their hopes for a trip to the state tournament evaporate when they were edged out by the Sandy Creek Cougars, 47-45, at Adams Central High School, Hastings, Monday. The loss brought the Wildcats season to a close with a 7-14 record.
Superior was never in the game as they were handed a 60-30 loss. The game was effectively over after the first two quarters as the Mustangs held a 30-14 lead at the half. Matters did not improve for Superior after the intermission as they were out scored 30-15 over the third and fourth quarters.
Blake Kirchhoff led the Wildcat scorers against Sutton with 10 points. He also took down four rebounds. Cale Frahm and Trenten Theis scored three points each. Mckinney Edwards and Eric Schiermeyer netted three points and two rebounds each. Adam Baker, Tyler Blackstone and Hunter Healey were credited with two points apiece. Blackstone and Healey snagged two rebounds each while Baker handled one rebound.
Blackstone closed out his high school career with 19 points against Sandy Creek. He owned four rebounds. Schiermeyer and Kirchhoff closed out their Wildcat careers with eight points each. Schiermeyer controlled a rebound. Frahm finished up his Wildcats basketball days with five points and five rebounds. Healey staked his claim to three points and he landed a rebound. Baker netted two points and a rebound. Theis doled out an assist. Edwards scooped up five rebounds.
For seniors Frahm, Schiermeyer, Blackstone, Kirchhoff and Garrett Caldwell, who missed the latter part of season because of an injury, it was their last time playing together as a team. They provided dynamic leadership and action on the court and their presence will be felt next season.




RHHS Grizzlies ride four game win streak
The Rock Hills High School Grizzlies picked a good time to surf the momentum wave as they head into the final two games of regular season play. The Grizzlies easily handled the Southern Cloud Warriors, on the road, last Tuesday, winning 48-22. The Thunder Ridge Longhorns were a much tougher challenge as the Grizzles eked out a 49-45 win on the road. The win improved their season record to 12-7. The Grizzlies were looking to avenge a season opening loss to the Pike Valley Panthers when they traveled to Courtland, Tuesday, with game results unavailable at press time.
The Southern Cloud Warriors were no problem for the Grizzlies. Rock Hills sat on a 30-12 half-time lead an were never tested. The Grizzlies coasted to a 48-22 win.
Thunder Ridge was another animal altogether. Rock Hills led 36-28 at the half but was well aware that Thunder Ridge had plenty of fight left. When the third quarter ended, Rock Hills was leading by a scant four points, 42-38. The Grizzlies offensive hands went cold in the second half and they resorted to a slow down game and stringent defense to keep control of the game tempo and were rewarded with a four point, 49-45 win.
Tycen Higer was the lead scorer for the Grizzlies against Southern Cloud with 19 points. He acquired two rebounds. Drew Beam contributed 10 points and five rebounds. Jake Spiegel posted seven points and four rebounds. Brady Jeffery tossed through six points and nailed down five rebounds. Dereck Gillett registered four points and four rebounds. Austin Eilert added two points and three rebounds. Keegan Wagner, Luke Broeckelman and Rylee Whelchel each snagged a rebound. Broeckelman distributed six assists.
Higer again led the Grizzly scorers with 19 against Thunder Ridge. He added three rebounds. Spiegel netted 16 points and five rebounds. Jeffery came up with eight points and six rebounds. Eilert deposited four points. Broeckelman finished with two points and two rebounds. Beam clamped onto two rebounds.
Matt Hesting, head coach of the Grizzlies said of the Thunder Ridge game "We ran into a red hot Longhorn team! Thunder Ridge shot over 70 per cent for the game. We were very fortunate to get out of Kensington with a win. Our early lead probably saved us but Thunder Ridge really shot the ball well."
The Grizzlies travel to Osborne, Friday, for their regular season finale game with the Bulldogs. The team returns to Osborne, Monday, for their opening round game in 1A-D1 sub-state play against a to-be-determined opponent.