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Dec. 25, 2014

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SHS Lady Cats off to a great season start
It was difficult not to have sympathy for the plight of the Franklin Lady Flyers, last Tuesday They were hopelessly outclassed by the Superior High School Lady Cats yet they plugged away as they were defeated 50-9 at the Superior gymnasium. The Lady Cats closed their successful 2014 portion of the schedule with a 53-34 win over the Southern Valley Eagles, 53-34. Superior will strut in to the new year carrying a 6-1 record and a large target on their uniform jerseys.
The Lady Cats sprinted out to a 11-2 lead over the Flyers after one period of play. Not everything went right for Superior but nothing worked for Franklin. The second quarter was even worse as they managed one point while Superior amassed 15 to lead 26-3 at the halfway point of the game. Nothing changed over the course of the third period with the Lady Cats compiling 11 points and Franklin scrounging up two. Superior held a 37-5 advantage as the final period got under way. The Flyer suffering ended when the final buzzer sounded with the score 50-9 in Superior's favor.
The Lady Cats struggled a bit in the first quarter as they probed the Lady Eagles for weak points. Superior held a 10-7 lead at the end of the first period. They stepped up their offensive production in the second quarter, drawing 18 points through the net while the Eagles stayed around with 13 points. The Lady Cats held a 28-20 lead when the third period got under way. The Lady Cat offense added 13 points while their defense shut down the Southern Valley scoring threats, ceding only three points to enter the fourth quarter with an 18 point lead. The final period was a one point advantage to Superior, 12-1, and they added victory number six to the list, 53-34.
Leah Meyer was the lead scorer in the Franklin game with 12 points and she picked off 10 rebounds. Katelyn Brown registered 10 points and she snagged four rebounds. Riley Butler finished the contest with eight points and five rebounds. Morgan Frahm put in six points and accounted for seven rebounds. Jaysa Hoins closed out with six points and four rebounds. Kaycie Strobl scored four points. Evin Miller tallied two points. Taylor Jensby sank a free throw for a point and hauled down four rebounds. Lexi Webber had one point and took away two rebounds. Catera Nondorf had a rebound.
Jensby lit up the score board for 19 points and she claimed three rebounds. Hoins slipped 11 points through the net and pulled in three rebounds. Butler added eight points and brought away three rebounds. Meyer recorded five points and took away two rebounds. Miller visited the net with four points and gathered up six rebounds. Frahm caught the net with four points and secured two rebounds. Brown put down two points and grabbed a rebound. Strobl saw court time.
The team is off to a new holiday playground this season, eschewing the Grand Island Central Catholic event of recent years, to travel to Franklin, Monday and Tuesday ,and participate in the Franklin Holiday Tournament along with Lawrence-Nelson, their opening round game and Red Cloud.



Wildcats beat Franklin; lose to Southern Valley
The Superior High School Wildcats wasted little time in establishing a dominant presence against the Franklin Flyers last Tuesday at Superior. When the fog cleared for the Flyers , they had a 60-27 loss to reflect upon on their homeward trip. The Southern Valley Eagles brought the Wildcats back to earth, Friday, handing them a 75-43 loss to even their record at 3-3.
The Wildcats used their size advantage to establish their inside game. The Wildcats pulled out to a 13-5 lead at the end of the first quarter. They upped their offensive and defensive tempo in the second period and owned a commanding 30-12 lead at the half. Superior also knew that a large lead can evaporate in a hurry so they kept up the pressure. They continued to press on both sides of the ball and when the Flyers escaped to their locker room at game's end, they had been hand delivered a 60-27 defeat. Every member on the Wildcat roster put points on the board.
Ethan Roberts recorded another 21 point game, his third in five games this season, and led the Wildcat rebounding with 17. Garrett Caldwell emerged as a dominant offensive weapon, hitting for 13 points and shooting 100 per cent for both field goals and free throws. He contributed two rebounds. Caleb Isom scored six points by way of two three point shots, while picking off three rebounds. Brett Boyles deposited five points in the scoring bank and grabbed a rebound. Eric Schiermeyer tossed in four points and jerked away four rebounds. Bryce Jurgensmier ladled four points into the net and came away with a rebound. Tyler Blackstone finished with three points. Cale Frahm and Bryson Dessel recorded two points and one rebound apiece.
The Wildcats resume play when they head to Franklin Monday and Tuesday to take part in the Franklin Holiday Tournament along with Red Cloud and Lawrence-Nelson, their first round opponent.


SHS wrestlers earn third place at Red Raider Invite
The Superior High School Wildcat wrestling team headed to Sandy Creek High School, Friday, to take part in the Red Raider Invitational. The Wildcats finished took third place in the eight team field with 123 points.
Damion Holt continued his unbeaten string with a first place finish in the 152 pound weight bracket. Sloan Willett took top honors in the 182 pound division.
Keaton Meyer stood on the second place step of the podium in the 113 pound weight class. Lane Morris clinched second place in the 160 pound class. Darik Holt held onto the second place in the 220 pound weight bracket.
John Sullivan earned a third place finish in the 160 pound class.
Usama Erickson placed fourth in the 106 pound weight bracket. Tage Rothchild finished fourth in the 126 pound weight bracket. Chase Morris was in the fourth place slot of the 132 pound division. Trent Tietjen held onto fourth place in the 138 pound bracket.
Jerome Dalton participated in the 132 pound weight class and finished out of the point standings. Jarrett Roesti competed in the 138 pound weight bracket and finished off the podium. Ethan Beale was a competitor at 145 pounds while Logan Christiancy took part in the 170 pound weight class.
Next up for the Wildcat grapplers will be the Fillmore Central Invite at Geneva, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015.

RHHS Lady Grizzlies continue to improve
The Rock Hills Lady Grizzlies hosted the Lawrence-Nelson Lady Raiders last Tuesday at Mankato. The Lady Raiders came away the winner by a 53-41 score. Things were tougher, Friday, when the St. John's-Tipton Lady Blujays paid a visit to Mankato and departed with a 59-34 win.
Though the scoreboard reflected a loss for the Lady Grizzlies, the improvement is evident with each game the Rock Hills Lady Grizzlies basketball team plays. The players are learning their roles and relationships with each other and their coach. The comfort level is increasing and it shows on the scoreboard and the intangible side of the game.
The Lady Raiders held a 15-6 lead after the first period of play. Each team posted eight points for the second period of play with Lawrence-Nelson leading by nine, 23-14 at the half. Both teams opened up the scoring in the third period with Rock Hills putting 12 and Lawrence-Nelson deposing 17. The Lady Grizzlies outscored the Lady Raiders , 15-13 in the final period but it was too little, too late and they recorded a 53-41 loss.
Hannah Daniels hit for 10 points and came down with four rebounds. Emily Reed manufactured 10 points and hauled off two rebounds. Allison Railsback added eight points and grabbed a rebound. Lainee Eakins fired in five points and clamped onto three rebounds. Baylie Dunstan poured in four points and gathered in six rebounds. Jalee Ortman was good for two points and two assists. Bergen Mauerhan scampered after two rebounds and distributed two assists. Lexi Jeffery struck for a rebound and donated an assist. Terri Slick dished out five assists. Kaylee Hadle saw court time.
The Lady Grizzlies were never in the mix in the St. John's game. The Lady Blujays stepped out to a 14-4 lead after the end of the first. The Lady Grizzlies could not contain their opponent and slipped further behind, trailing 30-13 at the half. St. John's would continue to pull away and was looking back at the Lady Grizzlies from a 45-22 third quarter advantage. The game ended with the Lady Grizzlies poorer by a 59-34 score yet richer with the experience gained from playing against a top tier school.
Daniels was the high Rock Hills scorer with 11 points. Eakins posted seven points. Railsback hit for six. Reed and Dunstan dropped in four points each. Slick closed out the scoring column with two points..
Though it is not reflected in their record, the team has made great strides on and off the court since their first game. They will continue to work on the basics when they resume practice after the Christmas break. The season resumes Monday, Jan. 6, with a trip to Sylvan-Lucas and the quest for their first victory on the scoreboard. They are already winners in every other aspect of the game.

RHHS Grizzlies win one, lose one
The Rock Hills High School Grizzlies used a dominating third quarter offensive blitz to provide the cushion they needed in their 45-34 win over the Lawrence-Nelson Raiders at Mankato last Tuesday. The St. John's-Tipton Blujays paid a call on the Grizzlies, Friday, at Manakto, and used a dominating second quarter to hand the Grizzlies a 50-32 loss.
Rock Hills held the lead against the Raiders at 10-4 at the end of the first quarter thanks to some gritty defensive work. The Raiders hung around and outscored the Grizzlies in the second to trail by three points, 15-12, when halftime arrived. After the intermission , the Grizzlies turned up the heat on the offensive side and took a 28-17 lead in the final quarter of play. Both teams saw their defense slip as they each posted 17 points over the final eight minutes of play. That third quarter run provided the margin of victory for the Grizzlies who improved their season record to 2-2.
The two teams played see-saw scoring over the course of the first period with neither team enjoying a big advantage. The Blujays led 12-10 after the first quarter ended and the Grizzlies hoped to regain the lead by the half. The Blujays put their offense into high gear, scoring 21 points while their defense and Rock Hills ball handling errors produced five points. The score was 33-15 at the half and matters did not improve for the Grizzlies as the game progressed to its end. The third period ended with the Grizzlies down 45-26. When the clock hit zero after four periods of play, the Grizzlies saw their record drop to 2-3 with the 50-32 loss.
Grant Davis was the top Rock Hills scorer with 13 points. He made away with two rebounds. Logan Schwerman tossed in 12 points and garnered five rebounds. Tucker Johanek was credited with 11 points and five rebounds. Joel Broeckelman was good for six points, 11 rebounds and dished out seven assists. Sam Flinn dropped in three points and caught up with two rebounds. A. J. Fettig gathered up four rebounds. Drew Beam held on to two rebounds. Tycen Higer had a steal.
Schwerman was at the front of the Grizzly scorers with eight points. J. Broeckelman scored seven points. Flinn finished the contest with five points. Johanek put through four points. Fettig recorded three points. Luke Broeckelman and Noah Daniels scored two points apiece.
Matt Hesting, head coach of the Grizzlies, said: "Our defense kept us in the game in the first half and then our offense came to life in the second half." Hesting will emphasize defense and ball control when the team resumes practice after Christmas as they prepare to return to action on the road against Sylvan-Lucas, Monday, Jan. 6.


L-N Raiders losing skid reaches four games
It was another disappointing outcome for the Lawrence-Nelson High School Raiders as they left the Rock Hills High School Grizzlies gymnasium in Mankato on the losing side of the 45-34 score. The losing trend continued when the Friend Bulldogs came to Nelson Friday and took a 59-27 chunk out of the Raiders. Bulldog mania continued on Saturday with a trip to Shelton where the Raiders were edged by Shelton 45-40 for their fourth consecutive loss.
The team couldn't get their offense and defense running smoothly and the Grizzlies took advantage of the fact with a breakaway third quarter to hand the Raiders their second consecutive loss.
Brennan Miller led the Raiders scoring with 13 points. Colton Biltoft tossed in six points. Dakota Frahm-Thayer and Tim Herbek each put up four points. Brett Karmazin was good for three points. Peyton Drudik scored two points.
Things don't improve too much for the Raiders in their next game, Monday, when they take on the much improved Superior Wildcats in the opening round of the Franklin Holiday Tournament which also feature the Red Cloud Warriors.


L-N Lady Raiders win two of three games
The Lawrence-Nelson Lady Raiders made the most of their trip to Mankato, last Tuesday, when they topped the Rock Hills High School Lady Grizzlies, 53-41. The Friend Lady Bulldogs were not the least bit friendly when they visited the Nelson gymnasium, Friday, inflicting a 42-27 loss on Lawrence-Nelson. The Lady Raiders rebounded nicely, Saturday, when they visited Shelton and bit the Lady Bulldogs, 66-17.
The rapidly improving Rock Hills team struggled to keep up with the Lady Raiders but kept the game competitive.
The Lady Raiders kept Shelton on a short leash in the first quarter, taking a 16-3 lead. Shelton located their defense and held Lawrence-Nelson to single digit point totals over the remaining three quarters. Shelton trailed 18-14 at the half but out scored the Lady Raiders 11-2 for the period. Things went downhill the remainer of the game. The score was 29-24, Shelton at the end of three with the Bulldogs putting 13 points on the board in the final quarter while the Lady Raiders managed to score three resulting in a 42-27 loss.
Lawrence-Nelson opened a 21-10 lead over Shelton and never looked back. They tightened up their defense and held Shelton scoreless during the second period while scoring 19 to take a 40-10 lead into the half. Then onslaught continued in the third and fourth quarters, with the Lady Raiders leading 54-13 after three and adding twelve points in the fourth. Shelton managed four points in the third and four in the fourth and suffered a 49 point, 66-17 loss.
Kelsey Menke dropped in 19 points to lead the Lady Raider scoring assault against Rock Hills. Rachel Kathman dropped in 10 points. Haley Menke provided six points for the team. Cherokee Frahm-Thayer added five points to the team score. Harlie Himmelberg produce four points. Mackinley Thayer saw playing time.
The win improved the Lady Raider record to 4-2. They resume play on Monday when they travel to franklin to play in the Franklin Holiday Tournament. Other participating teams are red Cloud and Superior, their opening round opponent.


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