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Oct. 2, 2014

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RHHS volleyball team has mixed results
It was a topsy turvy day for the Rock Hills High School volleyball team last Tuesday when they traveled to Beloit for the St. John's-Tipton quadrangular meet. They fell to Southern Cloud in two sets, 20-25 and 10-25. They came back and downed Chase in two sets, 25-20 and 25-20. They lost their final match to St. John's-Tipton in two sets, 21-25 and 21-25.
Lainee Eakins had five kills, three aces 19 digs and two blocks for the meet. Chelsea Landreth was credited with six kills and 11 blocks. Hunter Pennell had 44 assists, one ace and one dig. Lexi Jeffery posted 14 kills, six digs, three blocks and two aces. Terri Slick had 23 digs and a kill. Emilee Whelchel posted two assists. Bergen Mauerhan put up six kills, 21 digs and five aces. Hannah Daniels had 13 kills, seven digs and three aces.
The Lady Grizzlies were in action Tuesday when they hosted the Rock Hills quadrangular. Lincoln, Osborne and Lakeside participated in the meet. Next up for the Lady Grizzlies will be Rock Hills tournament next Thursday.

RHHS Grizzlies have disappointing home opener
The Rock Hills High School Grizzlies football team played their first home game of the season Friday before a large and enthusiastic crowd. The weather was perfect, with light winds and moderate temperatures. The real heat was on the field and despite their best efforts, the Grizzlies fell to the Wakefield Bombers, 54-26.
The first quarter gave every indication of being a defensive stalemate. Neither team could generate any offense and when the first quarter ended the score was 0-0. Rock Hills miscues on the offensive side of the ball in the second quarter were capitalized on by the Bombers and Grizzly fumbles led to Wakefield points. Ineffective punts also gave the opposition excellent field position which led to more points. The defense stayed on the field for long periods of time and fatigue became a factor with the balmy temperatures. When the half ended, the Grizzlies trailed 36-14. Penalties, turnovers and an ineffective offense contributed to a scoreless Grizzly third quarter while the Bombers added six more points to lead 42-14 at the end of three.
Rock Hills continued to press and did put 12 points on the board during the final period of play. This was offset by the 12 points the Bombers managed against an inconsistent Rock Hills defense and the final score was 54-26 in favor of the Wakefield Bombers. The loss left the Grizzlies with a season record of 2-2.
Joel Broeckelman threw the football 18 times and completed eight passes for 91 yards and one touch down. Arrow Durant was on the receiving end of three passes for 52 yards and a touchdown. Spencer Callaway grabbed three passes for six yards. Logan Schwerman made one reception for 25 yards while A. J. Fettig snagged a pass for eight yards.
Broeckelman lugged the football 24 times for 212 yards and three touchdowns. Callaway took the ball 11 times for 45 yards and scored a two point conversion. Tycen Higer had three carries for seven yards. Fettig took the ball twice for no net gain.
Wyatt Duskie made eight solo tackles and assisted with seven others. Callaway nailed seven solo sots and assisted on five others. Fettig totaled four solo tackles and three assists. Arrow Durant made four solo tackles and had two assists. Tucker Johanek grabbed three solo tackles and added two assists. Grant Davis made one solo tackle and assisted with six. Schwerman and Sam Flinn had a solo and two assists each. Broeckelman had a solo and an assist as did Tyler Cummings. Higer had a solo shot and two assists. Austin Durant and Brady Jeffery each posted an assisted tackle.
-Brock McMillan, head coach of the Grizzlies, said "The boys played hard on both sides of the ball, but it was evident there are certain things we have to clean up to stay competitive in this tough district."
The team looks to return to win column when they travel to Hanover Friday to take on the undefeated Wildcats.


Sarena Meier takes first for Pike Valley x-country
Sarena Meier, who runs with the Pike Valley High School Panther cross country team as part of a cooperative program earned top honors at the Republic County Cross Country meet at Belleville Thursday. Meier earned the first place medal with her time of 16:29.4 over the four kilometer course. Abby Muirhead returned to the team after a protracted absence because of injury. She came in 33rd in the field of 37 runners with her time of 23:35.94.
Michael Flavin finished in 11th place in the men's 7th and 8th 1600 meter run with his time of 6:36.62.


RHJHS football team rolls to another win
The Rock Hills Junior High School Grizzlies continued to add to their win streak when they downed the Lakeside Knights 62-32 Thursday at Mankato. The Grizzlies led 44-8 at the half. This allowed all the team members to see playing time. The Grizzlies added another 20 points over the final two periods of play to seal the 62-32 win.
The scoring was once again diversified as six different players crossed the goal line for touchdowns. Rylee Whelchel scored three times on the ground. Zane Colson rushed for a touch down and returned two punts for touchdowns. Derric Luong returned a Lakeside kickoff for a touchdown. Kobi Pennell contributed a touchdown when he blocked a Lakeside punt and took it home for six points. Dereck Gillett threw a touchdown reception to Whelchel for a score. Gillett completed one of four pass attempts for 38 yards and a touchdown. Whelchel was on the receiving end of the pass.
Whelchel led the Rock Hills ground game with eight carries good for 123 yards and three touchdowns. Colson hauled the ball three times for 73 yards scoring one touchdown and successfully running two two point conversions. Roland Cleary took the ball eight times and netted one yard while making a two point conversion. Keegan Wagner had two carries for four yards. Gunner Johanek had one carry for no net gain and added a two point conversion.
The team takes the field at Beloit today (Thursday) to play St. John's.

SHS Lady Cats stumble against Centura
The Superior High School Lady Cats volleyball team visited Fairbury last Tuesday to take on the Lady Jeffs. Superior coasted to a three set, 25-15, 25-12 and 25-16 , sweep of the match. The team took to the road again Saturday to participate in the Adams Central quadrangular meet at Hastings. Their first opponent, the Boone Central Cardinals put up a bit of fight before being dispatched in three sets, 21-25, 25-19 and 25-2. The Lady Cats found themselves in a hard fought match with the Centura Lady Centurions. When the dust cleared the Lady Cats were on the short side of the three set, 23-25, 25-16, 23-25 loss to Centura. They regrouped and swept the Fillmore Central Lady Panthers in two sets, 27-25 and 25-14.. The Lady Cats saw their season record go to 12-2.
Leah Meyer had nine kills, one blocked shot and seven digs during the Fairbury match. Jaysa Hoins had four kills, an impressive total of 10 aces and eight digs. Taylor Jensby recorded eight kills, two blocks and had six digs. Michelle Unruh added six kills, an ace, five blocks and two digs. Evin Miller put up three kills, had an ace, one block and two digs. Nicki Kirchhoff posted two digs, Riley Butler went low for 10 digs and Ellie Wittke contributed six digs.
Morgan Frahm put up seven kills, blocked two shots and had three digs against Boone Central. Hoins had four kills and went to the floor 12 times for digs. Butler posted two aces, and finished with 10 digs. Jensby was in the kill column six times, added two aces, blocked two shots and recorded seven digs. Unruh made a kill and contributed two digs. Miller was good for a kill and two digs. Kirchhoff saw playing time.
Frahm, totaled 10 kills against Centura along with an ace, a blocked shot and two digs. Meyer added seven kills and a blocked shot. Hoins stepped up with eight kills, two aces and four digs. Butler contributed four kills, and was there for 17 digs. Jensby made the successful kill move four times, scored an ace and scraped up 15 digs. Wittke came through with 15 digs. Miller responded with eight kills, and five digs. Kirchhoff saw playing time. Frahm added seven kills and blocked three shots in the sweep of Fillmore Central. Meyer was credited with eight kills, one ace and six digs. Hoins wrapped up the match with two kills, an ace and four digs. Butler notched five kills, an ace and six digs. Jensby made two kills, an ace and three digs. Wittke flew above the floor for five digs. Miller totaled a kill, an ace and five digs.
The team was off to the St, Cecilia tournament at Hastings Tuesday. Results were unavailable at press time. Dependent on Tuesday's game results, the Wildcats were in play today (Thursday) against to be determined teams. Chances are good they will meet their old rival, host St. Cecilia in what should be another bitter, hard fought battle. The Lady Cats play host to the Minden Whippets Tuesday at the high school gymnasium.




L-N Lady Raiders have a good week
The Lawrence-Nelson Lady Raiders improved their season record to 10-4 when they were victorious in four of the five games they played over the past week.
The squad traveled to Hebron last Tuesday and came away with a three set, 25-15, 25-9 and 25-16 sweep of the match. They were on the road to Roseland Thursday and they came away with another three game sweep, 25-15, 25-21 and 27-25.
The team was off to Grand Island Saturday for the Heartland Lutheran tournament. They topped Dorchester in two sets, 25-7 and 25-13. Parkview Christian was their next win in two sets, 25-6 and 25-9. The high ride came to an end when they fell to Exeter-Milligan in three sets, 20-25, 25-16 and 7-25.
The Lady Raiders were at Harvard, Tuesday for a triangular match with the Cardinals and Meridian. Results were unavailable at press time. The team has a short break and will host Red Cloud Tuesday.

SHS Wildcats fall by one point
It was a case of oh so close Friday night lights out at Brodstone Memorial Field for the Superior High School Wildcats. They fell to the Southern Valley Eagles by the narrowest of scores, 22-21 with the narrowest of time, 32 seconds, remaining. They were attempting to put together a winning streak for the first time in a very long time but they fell just short at the end. The Wildcats brought out the flag waving tendencies of the officials once again, and not in a patriotic sense, and usually in the most inopportune of situations.
Southern Valley opened the scoring and took a 7-0 lead. Logan Lipker responded with an 82 yard run from the line of scrimmage and Daniel Teachworth kicked the extra point to tie the game at seven each. Southern Valley came back to score the next touchdown and took the lead 14-7. Scott Boyles took the ball for a 14 yard touchdown run but Teachworth's kick was blocked and the score was 14-13 in favor of the Eagles.
The game turned into a defensive battle until Joey Gilbert nailed the Eagle quarterback in the end zone for a safety and the Wildcats again held the lead at 15-14.
There was a stoppage in game play when the lights on one of the poles went dark. Play was resumed on one end of the field while the problem was corrected and the lights warmed up.
The team played well but a one time defensive lapse saw the Eagles put together a 92 yard touchdown pass and reception late in the fourth quarter. The eagles were successful on their two point conversion and now led 22-15. Forced to play catch-up the newly revived Wildcats did just that. They recovered a Southern Valley punt fumble on the Eagles 30 yard line. The Wildcats then scored on a 30 yard run by Logan Lipker to pull within one point. They tried for the two point conversion attempt was stopped by Southern Valley. The Wildcats then resorted to an onside kick but the Eagles planned for just such a play and were able to retain possession of the ball and run out the clock leaving the Wildcats with a disappointing 22-21 loss.
Gilbert went one for one in the passing department, completing a 21 yard pass to Lipker. Lipker completed four of 14 attempts for 26 yards. Cale Frahm pulled in two receptions for six yards while Boyles attached himself to two passes for 20 yards.
Lipker led the ground carriers with 19 for 99 yards and two touchdowns. Boyles was the ball hauler on nine carries for 36 yards and a touchdown. Sloan Willett took care of the ball seven times while gaining 13 yards. Frahm made two carries which resulted in no gain.
The defensive game had a huge night. Both Gavin Caldwell and Caleb Isom crafted 10 solo tackles apiece. Ethan Beale made seven solo tackles. Ethan Beale and Gilbert added six solo shots each. Boyles and Willett added four solo takedowns each. Damion Holt and Lipker contributed three solo shots each. Frahm and Trent Morris accounted for two tackles apiece. Tyler Blackstone posted one solo tackle.
The Wildcats will host the Sandy Creek Cougars Friday at Brodstone Memorial Field as they look for their second win of the season.


SHS junior varsity keeps on rolling
The Superior High School junior varsity football team downed the Thayer Central Titans 28-20 at Superior last Monday. They kept their undefeated string alive at three games when they downed the Sandy Creek Cougars 31-17 Monday at Superior.
Against the Titans, Trey Fierstein completed his one pass attempt for 15 yards. Lane Morris was on the receiving end of the pass.
Sloan Willett carried the ball 21 times for 134 yards and posted a touchdown. Chase Morris carried the ball 10 times for 18 yards and a touchdown. Lane Morris was the ball carrier on six rushes and he gained 46 yards. Fierstein kept the ball five times for 82 yards and a touchdown. Cale Fram took the ball four times for 79 yards and a touchdown. Tage Rothchild carried three times for 21 yards while Ethan Beale took the ball three times and picked up 12 yards.
Garrett Caldwell, T. Morris and Frahm recorded four solo tackles each. Logan Christiancy, Willett and Eric Schiermeyer tallied three tackles apiece. Ethan Beale and John Sullivan recorded two tackles apiece while C. Morris and L. Morris each made one solo tackle.
The team is off to Fairbury Monday to take on the Jeffs,

L-N wins another one
The Lawrence-Nelson Raiders made short work of the Lewiston Tigers Friday at Lawrence. The Raiders were up 32-6 at the end of the first quarter and had the game put away by halftime with a 54-6 lead over the outmatched Lewiston team. The Raiders substituted freely in the third and fourth quarters but still added another 20 points while the Tigers put up 12. The final score was 74-18, Raiders, as they improved their season record to 3-1.
Dillon Menke was the driving force of the Raiders offense, picking up 156 yards on the ground and scoring four touchdowns. Wyatt Thayer added 110 yards on the ground and scored two touchdowns.
The Raiders face a tough test Friday when the host they undefeated Exeter-Milligan Timberwolves at Lawrence.

RHJHS volleyball faced Lakeside
Rock Hills Junior High School hosted the Lakeside Lady Knights Thursday at Mankato. In the C team match, Rock Hills had a two game , 26-24 and 18-11 sweep. The B team also swept Lakeside in two games, 25-9 and 25-17. In the A team matchup, Lakeside returned the favor and swept the Lady Grizzlies in two sets, 9-25 and 20-25.
In C team action, Sara Tadefa and Shelby Wherry scored three aces apiece. Ysabel Fry made three kills and scored two aces,
In B team games, Katie Reinert scored 11 aces. Eve Meyers put up five aces and had three kills. Jacyln Yelken had two kills and four assists. Jauclyn Lemke had three kills and an assist.
In the A team matchup, Rachel Brown scored three aces. Haley Long recorded an ace. Jenna Martinez added two kills as did Yelken. Reinert had three points.

Organization sponsors youth soccer challenge

Twelve boys and girls between the ages 9 and 14 participated in the local level of competition for the 2014 Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge. The local competition was held on Monday at the Superior Youth Soccer field in the Superior's City Park just east of the swimming pool.
The Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge is sponsored annually, with the winners progressing through the local, district, regional and state competitions. This year's district champions are: Jocelyn Woerner, girls age 9; Aaron Allgood, boys age 9; Owen Perrie, boys age 10; Morgan Theis, girls age 11; Gage McGuire, boys age 11; Lane Fuller, boys age 12.
Superior has skilled soccer challenge participants and has had boys and girls advance to the state level each of the past five years. International champions are announced by the Knights of Columbus international headquarters in New Haven, Conn., based on scores from the state-level competition.
The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.9 million members in more than14,000 local councils. Last year, the Knights donated 120 million volunteer hours and $160 million to charitable and benevolent causes.
The Superior Soccer program is winding down the fall season. A family picnic is planned for Monday evening, Oct. 14. End of season games will be played starting at 5 p.m. with the picnic starting in the City Park Shelter House at 6 p.m. Cards distributed to soccer players earlier this week incorrectly listed the picnic date as Sunday, Oct. 13.

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