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Nov. 8, 2018

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L-N volleyball falls in district play
As a reward for winning their sub-district match and advancing to D-1 district play, the Lawrence-Nelson Raiders volleyball team was matched against the Archbishop Bergan Knights, the number one seed. The Knights had lost three matches all season and they were to C-1 schools, each of which is in the state tournament. The Knights played at the state C-2 tournament last season but dropped down to Class D-1 this season. The Raiders gave a good account of themselves but were swept, 19-25, 15-25 and 13-25, in three sets in the match played at Cross County High School at Stromsburg. The Raiders finished the season with a 17-14 record.
Annie McCartney recorded eight kills against Archbishop Bergan. Hallie Epley and Taylor Harrington recorded six kills each for the Raiders. Karigan Drudik notched five kills. RaeLeigh Menke had one kill.
Drudik, Harrington and McCartney each scored with an ace. Drudik and Emily Miller had a block apiece.
Harrington was the top digger with 21. Drudik finished with 11 digs. Allison Miller posted 10 digs. Epley and McCartney finished the match with seven digs apiece. Samantha Janda, Elsa Jorgenson, Kaylee Kathman, Menke and E. Miller accounted for one dig apiece.
Harrington handed out 11 assists. Drudik was good for five assists. McCartney made four assists while Epley had three.
For seniors Janda, Kathman and Menke, it was the time they would suit up for the Raiders in a volleyball match. Though they failed to reach the state tournament, the Raiders are proud of the accomplishments. The senior leadership will missed next season but a number of underclassmen will step and provide direction.


SHS volleyball heads to state tourney
The deeper the Superior High School Wildcats go into post-season play, the stiffer the competition they encounter becomes. The Wildcats dominated their sub-district, downing the Thayer Central Titans at Hastings last Thursday with a three-set, 25-23, 25-13 and 25-21 sweep. The win put the Wildcats into district play as the number one seed, Saturday.
Superior traveled to Shelby to take on the number 16 seed Crofton Warriors in a match played at Shelby-Rising City High School. The Wildcats found themselves engaged in battle royal. Crofton gave the wildcats a determined fight. They pulled out to a two-set lead, leaving the Wildcats in a precarious position.. But Superior regrouped and reeled off thee set wins to take the match, 21-25, 23-25, 25-16, 25-11 and 15-8, in five sets. The win assured the Wildcats of the number one seed at the state tournament at Lincoln beginning today (Thursday).
Kalynn Meyer led the wildcats with 18 kills against Thayer Central. Shayla Meyer added 13 kills. Trisha Hayes made three kills. Emma Schnakenberg added two kills. Cailyn Barry and Teghan Sullivan had a kill apiece.
Sierra Blackburn scored with three aces. Hayes and Sullivan lashed through two aces each while S. Meyer recorded one ace. Schnakenberg stepped up with three blocks. K. Meyer and S. Meyer added two blocks apiece.
Schakenberg was good for 15 digs. Blackburn joined in with 14 digs. HAyes and Sullivan accounted for nine digs each. Barry had six digs.
Sullivan was the Wildcats assist leader with 30. S. Meyer was in with seven assists with Blackburn adding one assist.
K. Meyer had 20 kills in the grueling five-set match against Crofton. S. Meyer recorded 17 kills. Hayes was a seven -time killer. Barry and Sullivan had a kill each. K. Meyer placed three aces over the net. Blackburn and Sullivan added two aces apiece. Hayes and Schnakenberg scored with an ace apiece. K. Meyer, S. Meyer and Schnakenberg posted four blocks each. Sullivan had one block.
K. Meyer landed 27 digs. Blackburn and S. Meyer finished the match with 16 digs apiece. Hayes collected 13 digs. Schnakenberg made two digs. Barry and Danielle Freeman registered a dig each. Sullivan was busy with 39 assists. S. Meyer accounted for seven assists.
The journey to the Wildcats second consecutive state championship begins today (Thursday) with their match against the Freeman Falcons at Lincoln Southwest High School. The match is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
The remaining wildcat matches will be determined by the outcome of Thursday's match. Should the WIldcats prevail against Freeman, they would play the winner of the Thayer Central, Hartington Cedar Catholic match Friday at the Pinnacle Bank Arena with a 3 p.m. start. The championship game is slated for 1 p.m., Saturday, at the Devaney Center on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.


RHHS football bows out of playoffs
The Rock Hills High School Grizzlies saw their hopes for a state 8-man football title vanish when the Axtell Eagles derailed their playoff run with an 80-30 win at Mankato, Friday.
The Grizzles fell behind 22-12 at the end of the first quarter and despite putting up 18 points in the second quarter, they were faced with a 50-30 deficit at the half time intermission. Axtell dominated the Grizzlies in the third quarter as they opened up a 74-30 lead. The game was called at the 7:07 mark of the fourth quarter when the Eagles added another touchdown for an 80-30 lead and the 45-point mercy rule went into effect.
The Grizzlies were unable to get their ground game working consistently against a staunch Axtell defense. The passing game produced three touchdowns for Rock Hills. Dereck Gillett completed a six yard pass to Rylee Whelchel for a score. Zane Colson scored with a 26 yard reception from Gillett. Whelchel scored a 33 yard touchdown with another Gillett pass. Whelchel returned an Axtell kick for a 71 yard touchdown romp. Colson carried the ball six yards for a rushing touchdown.
The loss left the Grizzlies with an 8-2 record for the season .
For seniors Colson, Austin Beck, Gillett, Derric Luong and William Boen it was the end of their Rock Hills football careers. They provided the team with leadership and stability and will be sorely missed by their underclass teammates when next season rolls around

L-N Raiders football advances in playoffs
With their 33-30 win over the Clearwater-Orchard Lake Cyclones, the Lawrence-Nelson High School Raiders upset the number three seed and advanced to the next round of the Class D-2 eight-man football playoffs. The upset win sends them into a game with number two seed Kenesaw who defeated the Raiders 60-12 during the regular season.
The RAiders pulled out to a 14-8 first quarter lead. Both teams scored a touchdown and made successful two point conversions in the second quarter giving Lawrence-Nelson a 22-16 lead at the half. The Cyclones regrouped and held the RAiders scoreless in the third period while adding 14 points of their own to take a 30-20 lead into the final 12 minutes of play. The Raiders buckled down on defense and held Clearwater-Orchard Lake scoreless while putting up 13 points to eke out a 33-30 win and one game closer to a state title.
Lane Heikkinen scored the Raiders first touchdown on a 37 yard run. Blake Janda connected with Brody Himmelberg for a 33 yard touchdown. Himmelberg scored another touchdown with a six yard pass reception. Janda was on the receiving end of a Heikkinen pass for a five yard touchdown. Trevin Kotinek reeled in a Heikkinen pass for a 30 yard touchdown.
Jacob Sharp gained eight yards with his six carries. Heikkinen netted 160 yards for his 28 carries.
Heikkinen completed 12 of his 20 pass attempts for 128 yards. Janda was one for one and 33 yards.
Himmelberg made four receptions good for 69 yards. Kaden Thompson turned his one reception into a 19 yard gain. Trevin Kotinek snagged four passes for 57 yards. Sharp made two catches for eight yards. Janda had one completion for five yards. Boone Svoboda realized two yards for his one reception.
Lawrence-Nelson traveled to Kenesaw for Tuesday's game with the Blue Devils. Game results were unavailable at press time.



Former Superiorite plays against the Husker basketball team at Lincoln
Nate Thayer, the son of Bruce and Amy Thayer, former Superior residents, played for the Wayne State Wildcats during their game against the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Cornhuskers at Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln.
Thayer, a freshman, contributed two points and played for eight minutes in the Wildcats 70-40 loss.