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Sept. 18, 2014

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RHHS volleyball team off to good start
The Rock Hills High School Lady Grizzles showed off their much-improved form at the Rock Hills Quadrangular match last Tuesday at Mankato while upping their season record to 3-2. The Lady Grizzlies, under the guidance of Kaci Nichols, the new head coach, took two of the three games they played. They downed Southern Cloud 25-20 and 25-16 in their first match. They then took down Tescott 25-16 and 25-13. They dropped their final match in three sets, 25-21, 17-25 and 18-25, to Thunder Ridge.
Lainee Eakins had seven kills, seven aces and three blocks for the Lady Grizzlies. Chelsea Landreth registered six kills and 12 blocks. Hunter Pennell contributed 34 assists. Lexi Jeffery was in with 19 kills and four aces. Terri Slick collected 13 assists, had three aces and had two digs. Emilee Whelchel had five digs and a kill. Emily Cox had 12 digs, one kill and four aces. Bergen Mauerhan had a kill, four aces and 13 digs. Hannah Daniels finished the three games with 12 kills.
The team had opened their season with a three set, 20-25, 25-23 and 25-23 win over Natoma. St. John's Tipton then handed Rock Hills their first loss of the season in two sets, 21-25 and 14-25.
The Rock Hills team was at Miltonvale Saturday for the Southern Cloud Quadrangular meet. The Lady Grizzlies lost some of their momentum as they dropped all four matches they played. They fell to Hanover in two sets in their first game, 16-25 and 23-25. Next up was Southern Cloud and Rock Hills fell in three sets, 21-25, 25-13 and 17-25. Thunder Ridge dropped Rock Hills in two sets, 22-25 and 11-25. The Linn Bulldogs handed the Lady Grizzlies a two set, 15-25 and 13-25 loss in their fourth game Saturday.
Eakins had seven kills, five aces and 22 digs for the four match series. Landreth accrued 12 kills, eight blocks and three digs. Pennell had 39 assists, two aces and 13 digs. Jeffery made 19 kills, 30 digs and blocked two shots. Slick had nine digs, 12 assists, one kill and two aces. Whelchel was in with four digs and an ace. Cox scored two aces and had nine digs. Mauerhan scored four aces, had 19 digs and two kills. Daniels had 12 kills, two aces and 18 digs.
Kaci Nichols, head coach of the Lady Grizzlies said "I am thoroughly impressed with the team's performance. They have bested last season's record in two meets. They have been working hard and giving 100 percent every day. Everyone has stepped up their game and intensity."
The Lady Grizzlies attempted to break back into the win column Tuesday when they traveled to Downs to participate in a quadrangular meet with Tescott, Lakeside and Southern loud. Results were not available at press time. The team takes to the road again Tuesday to take part in a triangular meet against St. John's-Tipton Catholic and Southern Cloud at Beloit.

RHJHS volleyball falls to Southern Cloud
The Rock Hills Junior High School volleyball team hosted Southern Cloud Thursday. Southern Cloud swept both the A and B team games in two sets.
The B team fell 14-25 and 19-25. Jaclyn Yelken had six points and three aces.
The A team fell 10-25 and 18-25. Katie Reinert had three aces and seven points.


RHHS racks up another half-time win
The Rock Hills High School Grizzlies downed the Pike Valley Panthers 56-6 at Scandia Friday. The Grizzlies ran their season record to 2-0 with another two quarter win.
The weather was cool, dark and cloudy dreary but the Grizzlies brightened up their night when Joel Broeckelman returned the opening kickoff 75 yards and put the Grizzlies ahead before they had run an offensive play. The extra point attempt failed but the Grizzlies were up 6-0 with 13 seconds gone from the clock. The defense struck quickly when, at the 10:58 point of the first quarter, Tucker Johanek intercepted a Panther pass and returned it to inside the Pike Valley 10 yard line. Broeckelman met no opposition as he headed to the end zone on the first play from scrimmage. A Broeckelman pass to Logan Schwerman was good for 2 points and the Grizzlies were up 14-0. An apparent punt return for a touchdown was called back because of a penalty. Broeckelman didn't allow that to faze him as he completed a touchdown pass to Spencer Callaway. The point after attempt did not succeed but the Grizzlies were ahead 20-0. A long Broeckelman punt return to the Pike Valley 11 yard line set up the next Rock Hills score. Tycen Higer took a hand off and hit the left side of the line to find the end zone. The point after attempt was unsuccessful and the Grizzlies led 26-0 at the end of the first period.
A fumble recovery by Callaway set up another scoring opportunity and Broeckelman made the most of it. A 25 yard pass to Johanek put another six points on the board. A.J. Fettig took the ball in for the two point conversion and it was now 34-0, Rock Hills. Another fumble, this time on the snap from center, was recovered by Broeckelman and he took it into the end zone. The point after attempt was not good but the score was now 40-0. Callaway took in another pass for a reception and put six more points on the board. The points after run was good and the rout was on with the score at 48-0. With less than three minutes remaining in the first half, Pike Valley completed a pass for a touchdown. Their point after attempt failed and the Grizzlies lead was cut to 48-6. Pike Valley attempted an onside kick which was fielded by Rock Hills. Broeckelman marched the team down the field and scored the final Rock Hills touchdown of the game with a run to the end zone. Callaway converted the two points and the score was 56-6 when the first half came to its conclusion. The 45 point mercy rule was exercised and the game was over. The Rock Hills Grizzlies had won their second consecutive game. They have played four quarters of football and won two games.
Broeckelman was the offensive leader for the Grizzlies. He carried the ball seven times for 83 yards, three rushing touchdowns, completed four of five pass attempts for 109 yards and threw for a touchdown. Callaway hauled the ball five times for seven yards and caught three passes for 98 yards, two of those good for touchdowns and he ran in two point after touchdown conversions. Fettig took control of the ball seven times for three yards and ran in a two point conversion. Higer had two carries for 12 yards and a touchdown. Johanek caught one pass 11 yards and it was good for a touchdown. Schwerman made a two point conversion.
Fettig had an interception as did Johanek.
Brock McMillan, head coach of the Grizzlies said, "We had some very young kids in there playing on the varsity line for the first time. We stayed focused on our individual keys for the entire game. We need to improve in a handful of different areas."
The team had several players on the sidelines because of injuries. It is hoped they will be able to take to the field when the Grizzlies travel to Osborne Friday to take on the undefeated Bulldogs.

Meier takes top spot at the Washington County Invite
Sarena Meier was back in her accustomed spot at the front of the field at the Washington County Invitational cross country meet, Thursday, held at the Cedar Hills Golf Course. Meier returned Saturday to run in the Wamego Invitational at the Wamego Country Club. She finished in fifth place in the field of 97 runners.
` The Washington course was flat and fast with little wind and cool temperatures. Meier took the top spot in the 52 runner field with a time of 16:07.27. She was followed by Pike Valley Panther team mate, Santana Reeve, in second place with the time of 16:09.73. Abby Muirhead, the other Rock Hills High School runner with the Pike Valley team did not participate as she is recovering from an injury.
Meier ran the course in 16:24.4 and outran all the Class1A runners. Muirhead is still recovering from an injury and did not compete.
Meier will be back running at the Republic County Invitational at the Belleville Country Club, Thursday, Sept. 25.


SHS, South Central x-country teams compete at Fairbury
The Superior High School cross country headed east Thursday to participate in the Fairbury Invitational. The boys team finished ninth in the nine team field with 167 points. The girls team did not enter a sufficient number of runners to record a team score.
Keaton Meyer took 35th place in the 96 runner field with his time of 20:52.78 over the five kilometer course. Jacob Whitmore finished in 43rd place with the time of 21:28.01. Blake Kirchhoff came home in 61st place with the time of 22:45.6. Ezra Morris was the final Wildcat runner and he finished in 64th with the time of 22:56.6.
Running for the South Central Red Raiders were Lawrence-Nelson High School runners Jacob Schultz who finished 37th with a time of 21:04.27. Brett Karmazin took the 85th spot with a time of 25:59.59. Trey Himmelberg, a freshman, was in 90th place with a 29:12.37 time. The Red Raiders finished in eighth place in the team standings with 154 points.
The Superior High School girls team was led by Angie Miller who claimed 26th place in the 58 runner field with a time of 24:40.15. Kaycie Strobl was in the 29th position with her time of 26:21.6. Catera Nondorf, a medalist at the previous week's Superior Invite, recorded a did not finish. The team entered less than four runners and was not eligible for a team score.
Trenten Theis finished second in the junior varsity meet with a time of 7:17.
The team travels to Geneva today (Thursday) for the Fillmore Central Invitational.


Jensen in field at Fairbury Invite golf
Paige Jensen was the lone Superior High School golfer entered in the Fairbury Invitational golf match held Thursday at the Fairbury Country Club. Jensen shot an 18 hole round of 145, good for 23rd place. She will play her final regular season match Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Adams Central Invitational at Hastings.


L-N Raiders romp in home opener
The Lawrence-Nelson Raiders rebounded from their opening game loss to Kenesaw and enjoyed a playful romp over the Hampton Eagles, putting a 74-18 win in the record books. The Raiders were never challenged and quickly opened a 22-6 lead at the end of the first period. Hampton never got started and the Raiders swarming defense kept them on their heels the entire contest.
The second quarter featured more offensive firepower as the Raiders seemingly scored at will and the game was essentially over at the half, with Lawrence-Nelson leading 54-12. Even with the Raiders substituting freely to give their younger members playing experience, Hampton could not muster a challenge. It was all Raiders all the way as they finished the evening with the home team side of the scoreboard showing 74 points while 18 was all the Hampton Eagles could muster for the evening.
Points were also scored by the defense. Matt Buescher recoverd a fumble in the Hampron end zone for a touchdown. The Raider defense also sacked the Hampton quarterback in the end zone for a safety and two points. Colton Biltoft completed four of six pass attempts for 26 yards and a touchdown pass.. Kevin Schroer was one for one, good for 18 yards. Brennan Miller hauled in three passes for 13 yards, a touchdown and a two point conversion. Dillon Menke grabbed one good for 13 yards and Buescher clamped down on one for 18 yards.
The running game was led by Menke with 16 carries totaling 277 yards. He scored five touchdowns and added a two point conversion.Cody Byers stepped out six times and netted 77 yards and a touchdown. Wyatt Thayer took the ball five times for 54 yards, a touchdown and two two point conversions. Biltoft added two two point conversions.
The Raiders travel to Grand Island Friday to take on the Heartland Lutheran Red Hornets..


SHS football team comes so close to victory
The Superior High School Wildcat football team left everything they had on the Wood River football field Friday and the officiating crew took more away from them, costing the team its first win in more than three seasons as they fell to the Eagles, 21-14. The Wildcats and the Eagles were evenly matched teams, each seeking their first victory of the season. For the Wildcats, it was the ultimate exercise in frustration. Once again, it was lack of discipline which doomed the Wildcats. The team was called for 15 penalties. The illusion of canaries following the team around the field seemed to be a cruel joke. Two of those penalties resulted in touchdowns being called back and another thwarted a last minute drive to the Wood River goal line to score a touchdown to at least tie or win the game on the conversion attempt.
The Wildcats improved play on defense was evident but again momentary lapses of coverage allowed the Eagles to put points on the board. The offense is becoming more cohesive and varied.
The game was as exciting a contest the Wildcats have played in a long while but the ultimate outcome was again a disappointment.
Logan Lipker was the leading rusher, gaining 144 yards on 18 carries. and a touchdown. Sloan Willett took the ball 16 times for a total of 73 yards and a touchdown. Cale Frahm carried the ball three times for six yards. Brett Boyles hauled the ball three times for nine yards.
Lipker completed four of his 15 passes for 42 yards. Frahm had two receptions for 26 yards. Boyles pulled down one pass for six yards. Willett snagged a pass for a 10 yard gain.
Garrett C aldwell was the defensive beast of the night with nine tackles . Willett hauled down seven Eagle players. Joey Gilbert and Caleb Isom made six tackles each. Damion Holt and Jacob Sumpter executed five tackles apiece. Ethan Beale and Lipker contributed four tackles to the defensive effort. Boyles accounted for two solo tackles while Tyler Blackstone posted one.
Practice this week has emphasized control and self-discipline to drastically reduce the penalty count. The Wildcats travel to Hebron Friday to take on the winless (0-3) Thayer Central Titans.

SHS junior varsity opens with win at Geneva

The Superior High School junior varsity squad opened their 2014 season with a 16-0 win over the Fillmore Central Panthers at Geneva Monday. The team is action Monday at Superior when they entertain the Thayer Central Titans.


SHS Lady Cats remain undefeated
The momentum propelling the Superior Lady Cats volleyball team showed no signs of slowing as they continued to roll over their opposition. The team was at the Kenesaw triangular last Tuesday and swept Doniphan-Trumbull in two sets, 25-7 and 25-19. The Kenesaw Blue Devils jolted the Lady Cats out of their complacency with a 22-25 first set win. The Lady Cats roared back and swept the next two sets, 25-6 and 25-16. Saturday was a grueling affair at the Sandy Creek tournament. The Lady Cats played three matches and won all three. They downed Wilber-Clatonia in two sets, 25-14 and 25-21, dumped Sandy Creek 25-23 and 25-19 and disposed of Alma. 27-25 and 25-13. Superior improved their record to 6-0 going into Tuesday's match at Sutton with the results unavailable at press time.
Against the Doniphan-Trumbull Cardinals, Morgan Frahm had three kills, one ace, one block and 11 digs. Leah Meyer posted 10 kills, two aces, one block and nine digs. Jaysa Hoins recorded six kills, scored four aces and had nine digs. Riley Butler had an ace and 13 digs. Taylor Jensby recorded an ace and posted 10 digs. Evin Miller and Shanna Utecht each had two digs.
Frahm had eight kills, two blocks and eight digs against Kenesaw. Meyer made three kills and had 16 digs. Hoins had four kills and eight digs. Butler made two kills and went low level for 24 digs. Jensby notched five kills and had four digs. Utecht had three digs. Elle Wittke posted five digs. Miller dug it out 11 times.
For the Sandy Creek tournament, Frahm had one ace, 17 kills, two blocked shots and six digs. Hoins picked up six aces, seven kills and 16 digs. Butler finished the event with six kills and 19 digs. Jensby posted two aces, 15 kills and 14 digs. Miller made four aces, had two kills and two digs. Meyer put up one ace, had a blocked shot, 15 kills and 13 digs. Michelle Unruh had a block and a dig. Wittke had seven digs.
The Lady Cats host the Tri-County Lady Trojans Thursday. They travel to Alma Saturday for a triangular match and are off to Fairbury Tuesday to play the Lady Jeffs.


L-N Lady Raiders see mixed results
The Lawrence-Nelson High School Lady Raiders could be forgiven if they view Friend as the unfriendliest place in Nebraska., In a four day span, the Lady Raiders were downed by the Bulldogs twice in as many meetings.
The Bulldogs took the measure of Lawrence-Nelson last Tuesday, downing the Lady Raiders in five sets, 17-25, 17-25, 25-21, 25-22 and 9-15. Lawrence-Nelson hit the road again Thursday and traveled to Deshler. They took away the Dragon's magic and swept a three set match, 25-15, 25-20 and 25-17. Saturday the team was traveling yet again, this time back to Friend.
Lawrence-Nelson downed the Meridian Mustangs in three sets, 13-25, 25-22 and 25-13. Next up for the day were the Aquinas Monarchs who fell to the Lady Raiders in three set, 14-25, 25-19 and 25-23. The finale for the day was anything but Friendly as the Bulldogs chomped away to a three set, 25-20, 18-25 and 14-25 win.
The Lady Raiders hosted the Harvard Cardinals and the Kenesaw Blue Devils Tuesday at Lawrence for a triangular meet. The road beckons once again Thursday as they travel to Shelton to face the Bulldogs. Tuesday is yet another road gam as the Lady Raiders head to hebron for a match-up with the Lady Titans.



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