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Jan. 12, 2017

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Sixth place finish for SHS wrestlers at Franklin Invite
The Superior High School Wildcat wrestling team competed at the 17 team Franklin Invitational, Saturday. The Wildcats earned a sixth place finish with 106.5 points. Other teams competing in the the meet were Kearney-Gold, Southwest, Gibbon, Franklin, Southern Valley, North Platte St. Patrick's, Kearney-Blue, Ellis, Axtell, Minden, Stapleton, Hastings, Friend, Alma, Red Cloud-Blue Hill and Wilcox-Hiuldreth.
Usama Erickson took second place honors in the 120 pound weight bracket and earned 22 team points. Chase Morris finished in third palce in the 138 pound weight class and added 18 team points to the Wildcat team total. Brenden Jensen wrestled at 138 pounds and earned no points.
Trent Tietjen finished in third place in the 145 pound weight division. He earned 17.5 team points. Lane Morris earned 21 team points with his second place finish in the 182 pound weight bracket.
Logan Christiancy competed in the 195 pound weight group but earned no team points.
Darik Holt pinned down the first place points in the 220 pound weight bracket.
The team travels to Harvard today (Thursday) for a dual meet.The Wildcats host the Superior Invitational tt the Superior High School gymnasium,`Friday.

RHHS wrestler competes for Beloit
Zane Colson, who attends Rock Hills High School , but wrestles with the Beloit High School wrestling team in a cooperative program, earned a fourth place finish and 15 team points for Beloit at the J. R. Durham Invitational at Norton, Saturday.

SHS Lady Cats win two and lose one
The Superior High School Lady Cats opened their 2017 segment of their schedule with a resounding 61-18 win over the Silver Lake Mustangs, last Tuesday, at Superior. They breezed by the Thayer Central Titans 46-15, at Superior, Friday. The Fillmore Central Panthers, a Class C-1 opponent, stopped the Lady Cats win streak with a 43-28 win at Geneva, Saturday.
Silver Lake offered no resistance, last Tuesday, falling behind 33-4 after the half. The Lady Cats cruised through the third and fourth quarters and leaving the home court with a 61-18 win.
Thayer Central was held scoreless in the first quarter as the Lady Cats built a 14-0 lead. An offensively quiet second quarter for both teams left Superior with an 18-4 halftime lead. Superior was never tested for the remainder of the game walking away with a 46-15 win. The Lady Cats entertained the Heartland Huskies at Superior, Tuesday, with game results unavailable at press time.
The Fillmore Central Panthers contest had a promising first quarter for Superior. They led 10-6 after one period. Things went downhill from there. The Lady Cats offense and defense evaporated in the second quarter as the Panthers squeaked out to a an 18-15 lead at the half. The Lady Cats nibbled but were never able to overcome the deficit slowly slipping behind to trail 27-20 after three quarters. The Panthers put 16 points on the board in the final frame while the Lady Cats managed eight points and were handed their third loss of the season 43-28. The Lady Cats managed to sink only 24 per cent of their field goal attempts and this lack of an outside scoring game did not help their cause.
Kalynn Meyer put 25 points on the board to lead the Wildcat scoring against Silver Lake. She picked off nine rebounds. Evin Miller accounted for seven points. Ellie Wittke dropped through six points. Emma Schnakenberg added five points and pulled away three rebounds. Taylor Bargen, Nicki Kirchhoff, Megan Miller and Trisha Hayes put up four points apiece. Bargen jammed her way to five rebounds. Hayes grabbed four rebounds. M. Miller attached herself to three rebounds while Kirchhoff snatched away two rebounds. Hallie Miller netted two points and nailed a steal. Michelle Unruh clamped a rebound. Natalie McMeen found her way to three steals. Sidney Willett added a steal.
Meyer led the Lady Cat scoring against Thayer Central with 19 points. She dominated the boards with 18 rebounds. Schnakenberg put through seven points and she snagged five rebounds. Lexi Webber scored six points and accounted for three rebounds. E. Miller and M. Miller tallied five points each. E. Miller took off five rebounds while M. Miller pulled down three rebounds. H. Miller and Kirchhoff each landed two points. Kirchhoff controlled five rebounds while H. Miller handled four. Willet, Bargen and Hayes each contributed a steal.
Meyer landed 12 points to lead the Lady Cat scorers against Fillmore Central. She latched onto 13 rebounds. E. Miller put through six points and grabbed three rebounds. Webber netted three points and three rebounds. Hayes contributed two points and accosted three rebounds. Kirchhoff added two points and a rebound to the team totals. Schnakenberg and McMeen kept three rebounds apiece.
The Sandy Creek Cougars visit Superior, Saturday, for a traditional rivalry game.



L-N Raiders find wins against two Bulldogs
The Giltner Hornets stung the Lawrence-Nelson Raiders 76-42, at Giltner, last Tuesday. The home court at Nelson , Friday, was the site of a 61-55 Raider win against the Shelton Bulldogs. The Raiders extended their win streak out to two games, Monday, as they downed the Shelton Bulldogs, 42-25, at Shelton to run their season record to 6-5.
The Raiders and Hornets were tied at 14 after the first period and that was as close as the Raiders would get. Giltner led 35-27 at the half. The Hornets pulled away in the third and fourth quarters, outscoring the Raiders 41-15 for the decisive win.
Lawrence-Nelson dominated the Friend Bulldogs for the first two periods of play and it was well that they did. The Raiders held a 34-15 lead at the half. Friend erased one point of that lead in the third quarter to trail the Raiders 52- 34. The Raiders were thankful when game time expired as the Bulldogs scored 21 points in the fourth while the Raiders managed only nine. Lawrence-Nelson held on and escaped with the 61-55 win. The Raiders toyed with the Shelton Bulldogs throughout the game. The Raiders led 17-9 at the half and continued to add to their lead to leave Shelton with a 42-25 win.
Kevin Schroer scored 10 points to lead the Raider scoring in the Giltner game. He also nabbed six rebounds. Peyton Drudik kicked in eight points and two rebounds. Wyatt Heikkinen and Colton Biltoft each scored six points. Biltoft tagged five rebounds. Timmy Herbek and Micah Dolnicek dropped through five points each and snagged two rebounds apiece. Matt Buescher joined in with two points and three rebounds. Lane Heikkinen registered two rebounds. Brody Himmelberg contributed a steal. Jacob Sharp landed four rebounds. Jacob Schultz latched onto a rebound. Jaden Himmelberg recorded playing time. Boone Svoboda nabbed a rebound.
Herbek drained 19 points through the hoop while taking down a rebound. Buescher and Drudik added with 11 points each. Drudik picked off three rebounds while Buescher nabbed two. Biltoft tossed through nine points and accounted for two rebounds. Dolnicek anted up seven points and freed up 10 rebounds. Schroer netted four points and seven rebounds for the game. W. Heikkinen clamped onto three rebounds. L. Heikkinen wrestled down a rebound.
L. Heikkinen was the high Raider scorer against Shelton with eight points. He also controlled a rebound. Dolnicek was good for seven points and five rebounds. Schroer, Buescher, Herbek and W. Heikkinen each posted four points for the Raiders. Schroer handled six rebounds. W. Heikkinen wrangled away four rebounds. Buescher and Herbek picked up two rebounds each. J. Himmelberg canned a free throw for a point and took away a rebound. Sharp nailed two rebounds. Svoboda added a rebound.
Next up for the Raiders is a visit from the Kenesaw Blue Devils, Friday, at Nelson. The Raiders are off to play the Axtell Wildcats, at Axtell, Saturday.


SHS Wildcats win and lose to open year
The Superior High School Wildcats downed the Silver Lake Mustangs, 39-29, at Superior, last Tuesday, for their third consecutive win. The Thayer Central Titans ended the Wildcats modest win streak when they edged Superior 40-34, Friday, at Superior. The Wildcats fell to the Class C-1 Fillmore Central Panthers, at Geneva, Saturday, 59-33. The heartland Huskies visited Superior, Tuesday, with game results unavailable at press time.
Garrett Caldwell led the Wildcat scoring brigade against Silver Lake with 11 points. He picked off six rebounds. Blake Kirchhoff slipped through 10 points and hit the boards for nine rebounds. Tyler Blackstone produced nine points and seven rebounds. Adam Baker dropped through four points. Eric Schiermeyer hit three points and took down three rebounds. Cale Frahm contributed two points and six rebounds. Hunter Healey and Trenten Theis each handled a rebound.
Blackstone led the Wildcats scoring against Thayer Central with 11 points. He picked off a rebound. Schiermeyer and Kirchhoff each logged seven points. Kirchhoff clung to seven rebounds. Schiermeyer latched onto four rebounds. Caldwell charted six points and dug in with three rebounds. Frahm recovered a rebound.
Healey led the Wildcat scoring charge against Fillmore Central with nine points. He took down a rebound. Caldwell chipped in seven points and three rebounds. Kirchhoff mixed in six points and three rebounds. Frahm tallied three points and slammed his way to five rebounds. Jaden Hanson dropped through three points and fingered a rebound. Schiermeyer and Theis sent two points apiece through the net. Schiermeyer snagged five rebounds while Theis picked up one rebound. Blackstone sank a free throw for a point and kept a rebound. Adin Leibel recorded court time. The Wildcats play host to the Sandy Creek Cougars, Saturday, at the high school gymnasium.



RHHS Grizzlies back on winning track
The Rock Hills High School Grizzlies boys basketball team is undefeated in 2017. Rock Hills took to the road, Friday, for a contest with the Chase Kats. After a shaky first quarter, the Grizzlies roared back for a 57-33 win. The hapless Red Cloud Warriors crossed the state line, Monday, and were rewarded with a lopsided 67-8 loss for their effort. The two wins left the Grizzlies with a 4-2 season record.
The Grizzlies took some time to find their bearings against the Kats. Chase took a 17-12 lead into the second quarter. The Grizzlies shooting caught fire and the team pored 21 points through the net while holding the Kats to three points to enjoy a 33-20 lead at the half. Chase was never able to make a credible run at the Grizzlies who continued to build their lead. Rock Hills sat on a 45-29 lead after three and iced the game with a 12-4 run in the fourth for a 57-33 win.
Red Cloud was outgunned and out classed from the opening tip off. The Grizzlies sat on a 31-2 lead at the half. They added 26 points in the third quarter while Red Cloud managed six points. A scoreless fourth quarter for the Warriors summed up their game with Rock Hills sauntering to a 67-8 home court win.
Brady Jeffery led the Grizzly scorers with 16 against Chase. He picked off nine rebounds. Jake Spiegel nailed 12 points and three rebounds. Dereck Gillett contributed 12 points and two rebounds. Austin Eilert picked up seven points and five rebounds. Tycen Higer scored six points and adopted five rebounds. Drew beam tallied four points and three rebounds. Rylee Whelchel snagged a rebound. Luke Broeckelman distributed six assists. Gillett poured in 17 points against Red Cloud while hanging on to eight rebounds. Higer mustered 17 points and grabbed four rebounds. Jeffery hit for 15 points and climbed the boards for 12 rebounds. Spiegel was responsible for seven points and two rebounds. Broeckelman tossed through six points and yanked down three rebounds. Whelchel netted three points and a steal. Eilert credited two points and four rebounds. Beam gathered up five rebounds dished up two assists.
Matt Hesting, head coach of the Grizzlies was pleased with his team following the Red Cloud game. He said "we tried to stay fundamentally sound in a game that we were obviously in control of. I was glad that we didn't get sloppy or try to do things that were out of our character."
The Grizzlies have their eyes set on the Northern Plains League Tournament championship when they open play at Lincoln, Friday. Quarter-final round games are scheduled for Monday. The semifinal round is set for Tuesday.

RHHS Lady Grizzlies still seeking first win
The Rock Hills Lady Grizzlies are still in search of that elusive first win of the season. A trip to Chase, Friday, for a contest with the Lady Kats resulted in a 51-23 loss. The Red Cloud Warriors paid a visit to Mankato, Monday. The Warriors, who play with six team members on the roster, handed the Lady Grizzlies a 56-9 loss.
Emilee Whelchel scored four points against Red Cloud. Jaclyn Yelken nailed a three-point shot. Sydny Ryba netted two points. Sara Tadefa, Bergen Mauerhan, Allison Havens, Katie Reinert and Samantha Fogo also registered playing time.
The Lady Grizzlies travel to Lincoln, Friday, for their opening round game in the Northern Plains League Tournament against a yet to be determined opponent. The quarter-final round is played Monday with the semi-final round Tuesday. The outcome of the opening round game will determine Rock Hills progress through the quarter and semifinal rounds.

L-N Lady Raiders take two of three
The Lawrence-Nelson Lady Raiders earned their second win of the season, last Tuesday, when they defeated the Giltner Hornets 42-35, at Giltner, last Tuesday. The Friend Bulldogs rolled into Nelson, Friday, and handed the Lady Raiders a 56-37 loss. Lawrence-Nelson gained their third win of the season, Monday, when they tamed the Shelton Bulldogs 51-18 at Shelton.
The Lady Raiders led Giltner 21-18 after two quarters of play. The teams traded points in the third quarter with the Lady Raiders holding a 28-25 lead. Lawrence-Nelson did not fade in the final period and returned to Nelson with a 42-35 win.
The Lady Raiders took charge early on against Shelton and cruised to a 51-18 win.
Mattee Kucera topped the Lady Raiders scoring against Giltner with 11 points. She hauled away six rebounds. Karigan Drudik contributed eight points and three rebounds. Taylor Harrington shoveled in five points and snagged five rebounds. Molly McCartney and Mackinley Thayer scored four points and handled three rebounds each. RaeLeigh Menke popped through three points and shouldered her way to five rebounds. Morgan Menke and Kaytlynn Tockey contributed two points each. Tockey was responsible for owning four rebounds while Menke took three. Delia Burger scored a point with a free throw and landed a rebound. Allison Miller recorded playing time.
Drudik led the Lady Raiders scoring against Friend with 10 points. She posted four rebounds. McCartney accounted for nine points and three rebounds. Tockey came up with six points and two rebounds. Thayer finished with five points and a rebound. Kucera came through with four points and four rebounds. R. Menke added two points and two rebounds. Harrington finished the game with a point and three rebounds. Burger doled out an assist. M. Menke saw playing time.
Individual totals were unavailable for the Shelton game.
The Lady Raiders host the Kenesaw Blue Devils, Friday, at Nelson. The team travels to Axtell, Saturday, for a game with the Wildcats.


SJHS girls basketball season recap
The Superior Junior High School basketball team completed their season with an 8-3 record.
The 'One Dream, One Team" tour opened in Deshler with a win. Teghan Sullivan led all scorers with 14 points including a half-court buzzer beater to close the first half.
The Cats lost their next road game to Thayer Central. The team displayed their resiliency by winning their next three games. They downed Belleville at home, with Sierra Blackburn scoring 14 points. They downed Lawrence-Nelson on the road where Sullivan scored 12 points. Shayla Meyer led the Cats with 15 points against Fairbury at Fairbury for the win.
The Sutton team paid a visit to Superior and handed Superior their second loss of the season. Superior took top honors at the Blue Hill tournament, downing Bruning-Davenport-Shickley and Blue Hill. Meyer was the leading point maker at the tourney with 21. Sullivan scored 19 and Blackburn added 15.
B-D-S visited Superior two days later and avenged their tournament loss with a win.
Superior hosted a tournament and earned first place by downing Sandy Creek and Blue Hill. Meyer led the tournament scorers with 25 points. Sullivan flew in 19 and Blackburn contributed 16.
Emma Henderson, Cailyn Barry and Kaylee Flaata contributed points and led the team in rebounding throughout the season. Jetta Sunday took on the role of floor general alongside Blackburn and Sullivan. Morgan Payton made a point deposit during the season. Kynzie Hansen and Kya Hodges filled in wherever they asked to play and acquired valuable playing minutes.
Thanks to a complete team effort, the season was a success. The junior high team will return six players next season and look to continue to build on the success of this season.

Rock Hills football players named to all-star team
Drew Beam was selected to represent Rock Hills in the 8-man Division II all-star game. Luke Broeckelman was selected as an alternate. The game will be played in Beloit on June 10. 
Drew Beam was selected Saturday afternoon to represent Rock Hills High School in this summer's all-star game as a member of the the east squad. Luke Broeckelman was also selected as an alternate. According to their coach, Brock McMillan:
"These two student-athletes are both well deserving and played crucial roles in a successful 7-2 season in 2016. Beam was selected to play defensive back in the game next June. Defensively, Beam led the Grizzlies with 89 total tackles, seven of them being for loss. He broke the school record in kick return average with 27.50 yards per return, totaling three return touchdowns in the special teams game. On the offensive side of the ball, Beam switched to the tight end position at the beginning of his senior season to better help his team. In that spot, he totaled 393 yards receiving and seven touchdown catches.
"Luke Broeckelman took over at the quarterback position at the beginning of the 2016 season and played exceptionally well. In the passing game, he completed 40 of 70 passes for 844 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also rushed 46 times for 302 yards and eight touchdowns. Both of these individuals were perfect examples of what hard work can do over the course of a high school career. When I came to Rock Hills, these two were incoming freshman. As their teacher and coach, I am proud of what they have accomplished. They came an extremely long way in their four years here and will be missed greatly."