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March 5, 2015

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SHS Wildcats bow out of sub-district play
There is a John Prine song that goes "That's the way that the world goes round, you're up one day, the next you're down..." that summed up last Monday and Tuesday for the Superior High School Wildcat basketball team. They downed the hapless Franklin Flyers 56-6 in the opening round of sub-district play. The Hastings St. Cecilia Bluehawks turned things around and handed the Wildcats a 72-29 loss, last Tuesday, at Minden, to end the Wildcat's season.
The Bluehawks, ranked number one in the state in Class C2, pulled out to a 14-5 lead after one quarter of play. Superior shook off the scoring cobwebs in the second period, hitting for 12 points in the second quarter. The Bluehawks, playing mostly bench players, added 16, and led 30-17 at the half. The Wildcats had two quarters left to play and entertained some notions of pulling off a second half comeback for an upset win. The Bluehawks had other plans. The Wildcats went deep south while the Bluehawks soared north and outscored the Wildcats 42-12 over the final 16 minutes to secure a 72-29 win and advance to district play. The Wildcats saw their season come to an end.
Ethan Roberts led the Wildcats scoring effort with 12 points. He also found his way to six rebounds. Brett Boyles finished his Wildcat career with eight points and two rebounds. Caleb Isom, the other senior member of the team, closed out his tenure as a Wildcat with six points and three rebounds. Cale Frahm accounted for two points and two rebounds. Tyler Blackstone sank a free throw for one point. Gavin Caldwell closed out the game with five rebounds. Eric Schiermeyer nabbed two rebounds. Bryce Jurgensmier contributed one rebound.
For Isom and Boyles, it was the final game in a Wildcat uniform. They never wavered in their dedication and determination on the court, providing leadership for the underclassmen. Isom's three point shooting and rebounding presence will be sorely missed as will Boyles play as the floor leader. The Wildcats end their season with a 6-16 record. The Wildcats played hard all season and were rewarded with their highest victory total in four years.


L-N Raiders exit sub-district with second round loss
The third seeded Lawrence-Nelson Raiders opened sub-district play at Sandy Creek last Tuesday against the second-seeded Dorchester Longhorns. The Raiders wasted little time in setting the tone of the game, working their way to a 21-14 first quarter lead. The Longhorns pressed back and narrowed the lead to 29-26 at the half. The Raiders held sway in the third period, increasing their lead to 41-35 after three. The two teams matched point totals in the final frame with 16 each. The Raiders 57-51 win advanced them to the second round where they took on top sub-district seed, Exeter-Milligan, Thursday, at Sandy Creek.
The Timberwolves took control of the game early on and held a 31-14 lead at the half. Matters did not improve over the course of the third and fourth quarters and Lawrence-Nelson saw their season end with a 58-38 loss.
Dakota Frahm-Thayer and Cody Bridwell hung up their Raider jerseys after the game as they will graduate in May. The Raiders finished the season campaign with an 8-15 record.


RHHS Lady Grizzlies end season with loss at sub-state
The Rock Hills High School Lady Grizzlies closed out their season with three consecutive losses. The Pike Valley Lady Panthers downed Rock Hills at Mankato, 52-26, last Tuesday. A trip to Osborne, Friday, resulted in a regular season ending 34-23 loss. The Lady Grizzlies exited sub-state play, Monday, when they fell to Lakeside, 43-32, at Clifton-Clyde.
The Lady Grizzlies played a competitive first half against Pike Valley, trailing 25-20 at the half. They were a different team in the second half, scoring only 6 points while the Lady Panthers put up 27.
Emily Reed scored 16 points. Allison Railsback dropped in eight points. Lainee Eakins and Kaylee Hadle added one point apiece. Terri Slick, Hannah Daniels and Shyann Fernandez all saw playing time.
The Lady Grizzlies made large strides as the season progressed though the improvement does not show in the won-loss column. The players became a cohesive unit. They lost several close games and they never gave up. The team will miss the departure of Reed, Daniels, Eakins and Emily Cox to graduation. It will be up to the underclassmen to fill the leadership and scoring voids left with their leaving. Kaci Nichols, first year head coach, is optimistic about the future, noting that the freshman contributed significantly to this season's campaign. They will return with more experience and a better vision of what it takes to win at the highest level.

RHHS Grizzlies close out regular season play with a loss
The Rock Hills High School Grizzlies entered their final week of regular season play with a 54-46 win over the Pike Valley Panthers at Mankato, last Tuesday. They were not successful in their regular season finale, Friday, as they fell to Osborne, 59-45, at Osborne.
The Grizzlies found themselves trailing the Panthers 13-7 after the first quarter came to an end. They reversed positions in the second, coming up with a 21-20 halftime lead. Both teams forgot about defense in the third quarter. Rock Hills scored 17 and Pike Valley put up 16, with the Grizzlies holding a 38- 36 lead heading into the final quarter. The Grizzlies consistent offensive play paid off as they put up 16 points to the Panthers 10 in the final frame to hang on for a 54-46 win.
The Osborne Bulldogs lived up to their nickname. Rock Hills was off to a 14-5 first quarter lead and things were looking good for the Grizzlies. Osborne ratcheted up the tempo in the second period while Rock Hills lagged behind. When the half rolled around, the Bulldogs had erased the deficit and held a three point, 28-25 lead. The see saw continued in the third with the Grizzlies taking a one point, 36-35 lead in the final quarter. The Bulldogs went back to the up-tempo game plan and the Grizzlies plodded along. The teams were tied with four minutes left in the game. Then the nightmare became reality. Osborne sank two three pointers and six out of seven free throws to blow open the game. The final score, 59-45, did not reflect the closeness of the contest for most of the game.
Joel Broeckelman led the Grizzly scorers with 13 points while picking off eight rebounds. Tucker Johanek finished with 12 points and four rebounds. Logan Schwerman tallied 12 points and three rebounds. Tycen Higer accounted for nine points and two rebounds. Sam Flinn contributed six points and clamped onto 10 rebounds. Jake Spiegel tossed through two points and grabbed a rebound. Drew Beam made off with three rebounds. Grant Davis and A. J. Fettig nabbed a rebound apiece.
Johanek broke out for 17 points and two rebounds against Osborne. Schwerman accounted for 12 points and four rebounds. Broeckelman put through eight points and gathered up four rebounds. Beam hit a free throw for a point and nailed down a rebound. Davis secured five rebounds.
The Grizzlies began sub-state play, Tuesday, against Kensington-Thunder Ridge at Clifton-Clyde. Game results were unavailable at press time. Looking ahead, should the Grizzlies win, they would play Osborne, today (Thursday).

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