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Feb. 16, 2017

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SHS sending five wrestlers to state meet
The Superior High School Wildcat wrestling team traveled to Howells to compete in the state district D-1 wrestling meet held at Howells-Dodge High School, Friday and Saturday. Superior finished in sixth place, with 90.5 points, in the 19 team field. The Wildcats advanced five wrestlers to the state meet at Omaha. The state meet, being staged at Century/Link, Omaha, begins today (Thursday) and concludes Saturday.
First round and quarterfinal rounds are today (Thursday). First and second round consolation matches are being held Friday. Consolation semi-finals get underway Saturday. They will be followed by the third and fifth place matches. The championship matches start at 3 p.m. Wildcat wrestler appearances depend on their match outcomes as the meet progresses.
Usama Erickson took second place in the 120 pound weight bracket and contributed 18 team points. He earned a berth at the state meet. He will wrestle Taylen Eggleston, the third place finisher at the D-2 meet, today (Thursday).
Keaton Meyer secured a third place finish and 12 team points in the 126 pound weight division.. He advances to the state meet where he will take on Joel Ostrom, the D-2 second place finisher from Burwell.
Tage Rothchild competed at 132 pounds but did not score any team points or advance to the state meet.
Chase Morris was in second place in the 138 pound bracket with 19 team points which earned him a place at the state meet. He will wrestle Coy Wolken, the third place holder at the D-4 meet.
Trent Tietjen held down fourth place at 152 pounds and advanced to the state meet. He added 11 team points to the Wildcat total. He encounters the D-2 first place winner Jared Atkenson.
John Sullivan went out at 170 pounds. He earned no team points and did not advance to the state meet.
Lane Morris was awarded 6.5 team points in the 182 pound weight division but was unable to advance to the state meet.
Logan Christiancy competed at 195 pounds but did not gain team points or advance.
Darik Holt roared into the state meet with a first place finish in the 220 pound weight bracket while adding 24 team points to the team bounty. He takes on Marshall Still, the fourth place D-2 finisher, in his first round match today (Thursday).
The team will depart from Superior, Wednesday, as the weigh-ins are being conducted at 8 a.m, Thursday. Daily results are available on the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) website.

SHS Lady Cats head into post-season play
The Superior High School Lady Cats took away their ninth consecutive win when they downed the Lawrence-Nelson Raiders 50-28, before a Parents Night audience, in the Superior High School gymnasium, Friday. Superior opened sub-district C2-9 play, Tuesday, at Adams Central High School, Hastings, where they played the Doniphan-Trumbull Cardinals. The Lady Cats edged the Cardinals by four points in their only other meeting this season. The Lady Cats road back to the state tournamant goes through the sub-district and district play-offs.
The Lady Raiders were no match for Superior as they trailed 29-10 at the half way point. Superior edged away and took a decisive 50-28 win to end their regular season schedule.
Kalynn Meyer led the Lady Cats scorer with 17 points. Lexi Webber put 12 points on the board. Michelle Unruh and Evin Miller contributed nine points apiece. Nicki Kirchhoff put though six points. Hallie Miller and Kendra Tietjen accounted for two points each.
For Ellie Wittke, Evin Miller, Michelle Unruh and Lexi Webber, this was their final regular season game as a Superior Lady Cat. The seniors would like nothing more than to return to the state tournament as a fitting finale to their high school careers.
Should Superior win Tuesday, they return to Adams Central, Thursday, to play the winner of the Hastings St. Cecilia-Sutton game, also played Tuesday, at Adams Central. If the Lady Cats emerge from sub-district play, they will compete at the district final, Friday, Feb. 24, at a site to be determined.

SHS Wildcats head into season finale
The Superior High School Wildcats lost to the 37-35 to the Lawrence-Nelson Raiders, Friday, at the Superior High School gymnasium. It was a heart-breaking loss for the Wildcats as they held the lead into the fourth quarter but ultimately fell in overtime to the Raiders.
The Wildcats trailed 7-5 after the first quarter but came back to take a 15-13 lead into the half-time intermission. Superior built on its lead in the third quarter, holding a 25-18 lead as the final eight minutes of play unfolded. The Raiders went on a 13-6 run to tie the game at 31 all and send the contest into overtime. The hard fought overtime period ended with the Raiders eking out a two point, 37-35 win, and handing the Wildcats their 12th loss of the season to go with seven wins.
Blake Kirchhoff sent 12 points through the net. He picked up nine rebounds. Tyler Blackstone accounted for nine points and seven rebounds. Eric Schiermeyer added four points and nine rebounds to the team statistics. McKinney Edwards and Adam Baker posted two points apiece. Edwards hauled away eight rebounds while Baker captured four. Cale Frahm tracked down three rebounds. Hunter Healey landed a rebound. Trenten Theis recorded playing time.
The Wildcats head to Sutton for their regular season finale with the Mustangs, Friday. Superior opens sub-district play at Adams Central High School, Hastings, Monday, as the fifth seed, when they take on the fourth seeded Sandy Creek Cougars.Tip off is set for 6 p.m. Should the Wildcats win, they would play top seeded Hastings St. Cecilia, Tuesday at 5 p.m. Their further progression in sub-district play will be determined by the outcome of this game.

L-N Lady Raiders head to sub-district play
The Lawrence-Nelson Lady Raiders dropped their last two regular season games as they prepare for sub-district D2-6 play. The Harvard Cardinals paid a visit to Nelson, last Tuesday, and brought the Lady Raiders down to earth with their 51-42 win. Lawrence-Nelson traveled to Superior, Friday, for their regular season finale with the Lady Cats. Things did not go well for the out classed Lady Raiders as they fell 50-28 to close out regular season play with a 9-14 record. The Lady Raiders opened sub-district play, Tuesday, at Sandy Creek when they tangled with the Giltner Hornets. Game resuluts were unavailable at press time.
Harvard strode out to a 29-18 lead after two quarters of play and never faltered. Lawrence-Nelson never posed a serious threat and the Cardinals flew off with a 51-42 win.
It was never a contest as Superior stormed out to a 29-10 half-time lead. Matters did not improve over the third and fourth quarters and the Lady Raiders closed out regyular season play with a 50-28 loss.
Molly McCartney led the scoring against Harvard with 12 points. She grabbed six rebounds. Karigan Drudik dropped through 10 points and managed seven rebounds. Mattee Kucera was responsible for nine points and 10 rebounds. Taylor Harrington put up five points and controlled seven rebounds. Kaytlynn Tockey recorded three points and a rebound. Allison Miller put through two points. Morgan Menke sank a free throw for a point a nabbed a rebound. MacKinley Thayer handled three rebounds. Annie McCartney snagged a rebound. RaeLeigh Menke saw court time.
Kucera topped the scoring against Superior with 13 points and led the rebounding list with 10. Thayer added four points and a rebound. Drudik scored four points and ripped away five rebounds. M. McCartney registered three points and three rebounds. Harrington and Tockey slipped through two points each. Harrington took away two rebounds and Tockey picked up one. Delia Burger, A. McCartney and Hallie Epley took down a rebound each. Miller grabbed two rebounds.
For seniors Molly McCartney, Mackinley Thayer, Delia Burger and Kaytlynn Tockey, these will be the final games of their Lady Raider career. They provided leadership and stability to the team and their presence will be missed.
Should Lawrence-Nelson move past Giltner, Tuesday, they will take on the winner of the Hampton-Heartland Lutheran contest, also being played , Tuesday. The sub-district final game will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at Sandy Creek. District final site and time will be announced at a later date.

RHHS Lady Grizzlies continue to struggle
The Rock Hills High School Lady Grizzlies basketball team continues their quest for their first win of the 2016-2017 season. The Natoma Tigers sank their claws into the Grizzlies, last Tuesday, at Mankato, and didn't release them until they left the court with a 32-18 win. The Lincoln Leopards came to Mankato, Friday, and sank their claws into the still raw Lady Grizzly wounds and took away a 32-19 win to send Rock Hills to a 0-16 record for the season. Rock Hills paid a visit to Miltonvale to spar with the Southern Cloud Warriors, Tuesday, with game results unavailable at press time.
Rock Hills led Natoma after one quarter of play but the team was unable to sustain their momentum. They were within striking distance of Natoma at the half, trailing by just three points, 14-11. The third quarter proved to be their undoing as the Tigers went on a 10-3 run to lead 24-14 after three quarters. Natoma added eight points to the Lady Grizzlies four and escaped with a 32-18 win.
Lincoln took a 14-6 first period lead over the Lady Grizzlies. The two teams traded points in the second quarter leaving Lincoln with a 22-14 lead at the half-way mark of the game. Rock Hills was unable to make up any ground and faced a 10 point, 28-18, deficit after three quarters. a low scoring final period left Rock Hills with a 32-19 loss.
Emilee Whelchel and Jaclyn Yelken scored six points apiece against Notoma. Samantha Fogo and Katie Reinert contributed two points apiece. Sydny Ryba, Sara Tadefa, Bergen Mauerhan, and Allison Havens recorded playing time.
Whelchel led the scoring against lincoln with six points. Ryba and Fogo netted five point each. reinert scored three points. Yelken, Mauerhan, Tadefa, and Havens all recorded playing time.
Rock Hills travels to Kensington, Friday, for a game with the Thunder Ridge Longhorns. The team pays a visit to Scandia, Tuesday, to take on the Pike Valley Panthers.

L-N Raiders close out regular season Friday
The Lawrence-Nelson Raiders boys basketball team is riding a wave of momentum as they head into their season finale game with Deshler Friday. The Raiders have won nine of their past 10 games. They disposed of the Harvard Cardinals 53-39, at Nelson, last Tuesday. They squeaked by the Superior Wildcats, at Superior, Friday, with a thrilling 37-35 overtime win. It took the Raiders until the second quarter to put some distance between themselves and the Harvard five, building a 24-15 half-time lead. The Raiders padded the lead to 41-27 after three quarters and coasted to the finish for a 53-39 win.
The Wildcats and Raiders went back and forth for the first two quarters with Superior holding a slim two-point, 15-13 lead, at the half-way mark. Superior opened up a 25-16 lead after three periods and matters did not look rosy for the Raiders. A Superior defensive and offensive lapse enabled Lawrence-Nelson to close the gap and send the game into overtitme. Both teams went back and forth but the Raiders held, by a 6-4 margin, and emerged with their 15th win of the season, 37-35.
Timothy Herbek poured 18 points through the net to lead the Raider scoring against Harvard. He also packed away four rebounds. Micah Dolnicek put 10 points on the board and scrambled for five rebounds. Colton Biltoft recorded seven points and claimed 10 rebounds. Peyton Drudik scored five points and originated six rebounds. Matt Buescher put up five points and two rebounds for the Raiders. Lane heikkinen accounted for three points and a rebound. Jacob Sharp netted two points. Kevin Schroer was good for a point and five rebounds. Wyatt Heikkinen controlled a rebound.
Biltoft topped the scoring list against Superior with 10 points. He added six rebounds. Herbek came through with nine points and two rebounds. Dolnicek contributed eight points and took down six rebounds. Schroer activated four points and roped in seven rebounds. W. Heikkinen dropped through three points and jumped on three rebounds. Buescher finished with two points and two rebounds. Drudik nailed a free throw for a point and wrestled away three rebounds.
Lawrence-Nelson closes out their regular season schedule, Friday, when they host the Deshler Dragons, at Nelson. The Raiders travel to Sandy Creek, Tuesday, for their opening round game of subdistrict D2-6 play, when they play the Heartland-Lutheran Red Hornets. Game time is scheduled for 7:45 p.m.


4-H archery team competes at state shoot
The Nuckolls County 4-H ShootinSports team particpated at the 2017 4-H State Indoor Archery Tournament at Columbus, Friday, and Saturday, Jan. 28 and 29. More than 180 archers from across Nebraska competed at the event. Team members were divided into age groups and bow types. each competitor shot 12 rounds, with five arrows per round. Participants could realize a possible score of 300 points. Team members were Wyatt Brockman, Grayce Beck, Ella Gardner, Zak Corman, Rowan Statz, Haley Williams, Cody Brockman,Mia Gardner, Claire Himmelberg, Chase Ostdiek, Todd Keifer, Grayhm Beck and Jace Hoelting.
Keifer, the son of James and Jeanie Keifer, Guide Rock, is an eight grade student at Superior Junior High School. He recently attended a two-day class in Lincoln. Upon completing the class, he was named a junior leader in 4-H shooting sports. He has been an active member of the Nuckolls County 4-H shooting group and is now assisting his teammates in ther official capacity of junior leader.

RHHS Grizzlies win two more games
The Rock Hills High School Grizzlies improved their season record to 10-7 with wins in their past two games. They dominated the Natoma Tigers 73-29, at Mankato, last Tuesday. They slipped by the Lincoln Leopards 39-36, at Mankato, Friday. Rock Hills took the motor coach to Miltonvale, Tuesday, for a game with the Southern Cloud Warriors. Game results were unavailable at press time
The Grizzlies outplayed Natoma, running up a 50-20 half-time lead. The Grizzlies continued to roll as the hapless Tigers were unable to stay with Rock Hills and were handed a 73-29 loss as a parting gift. Rock Hills tied a school record, set in 2007, for most points scored in a game,73.
The Lincoln Leopards were a different breed of cat. They turned what appeared to be another easy Grizzly win into a closely played game. Rock Hills strutted out to a 21-15 lead after two quarters and appeared to be well situated for a strong second half surge. Each team managed four points in the third period. Things took on a frantic tone in the final quarter as Lincoln came alive offensively. The Leopards went on a 17-14 run but were stopped by a resolute Grizzly defense. Matt Hesting, head coach of the Grizzlies, was honored after the game for his contributions to Rock Hills basketball. Many of his former players were in attendance for the emotional ceremony. This was Hesting's last home game as a coach as he is retiring from teaching and coaching this year.
Tycen Higer and Jake Speigel led the Grizzly scoring charge against Natoma with 15 points each. Spigel pulled down seven rebounds while Higer took away three. Dereck Gillett accounted for 12 points and five rebounds. Brady Jeffery brought home 11 points and eight rebounds. Drew Beam dropped through 10 points and grabbed a rebound. Austin Eilert ponied up eight points and snagged a rebound. Cheyenne Mohler scored two points. Luke Broeckelman nabbed two rebounds and distributed four assists.
Jeffery was atop the scoring chart against Lincoln with 13 points. he was credited with six rebounds. Higer posted 10 points and took away three rebounds. Gillett and Spiegel pulled through six points apiece. Gillett took down seven rebounds with Spiegel handling three. Beam was good for four points and four rebounds. Broeckelman tagged two rebounds and doled out three assists.
Hesting, head coach of the Grizzles, said "This game (Lincoln) was sort of an emotional roller coaster, in that we didn't have school today, it was senior night and they were going to honor me for retiring after the game. Consequently, I thought Lincoln played very well and we were a bit off our focus. Our free throw shooting saved us."
The Grizzlies are on the road Friday when they head to Kensington for a game with the Thunder Ridge Longhorns. They continue on the road, Tuesday, with a trip to Scandia, for a game with the Pike Valley Panthers.