Monday, February 11, 2019

An injury-riddled senior season didn’t keep York senior Doug Lazo from qualifying for his first state wrestling tournament. Lazo, who has battled knee and ankle injuries all school year, earned a trip to Omaha after placing third in the 220-pound division of the Class B, District 2 wrestling tournament at Northwest High School in Grand Island Saturday. All of Lazo’s three wins on Saturday came via pin in times of 1 minute, 27 seconds, 1:43 and 22 seconds. Lazo’s lone loss on the day came to Schuyler’s undefeated Jesus Maganda. The state wrestling tournament begins this Thursday at the CHI Health Center.

At the MUDECAS Tournament in mid-January, Exeter-Milligan senior Katherine White suffered a severe injury to her finger, keeping her off the court for several weeks. White has recently returned to the Timberwolves’ lineup, where she has given it an all-around boost. White scored nine points and hauled down 11 rebounds in a mid-week win over the McCool Junction Mustangs, and on Friday White posted solid numbers with seven points and eight rebounds as the Timberwolves evened the season score with Cross County.

Monday, February 04, 2019

Fillmore Central senior heavyweight Riley Moses continues to shine on the mat this season. Moses, a Nebraska football walk-on commit, improved to 37-2 on Saturday while winning the 285-pound division of the Norfolk Catholic Invite. Moses won all three of his matches Saturday by pin. In his first-round bout, Moses took just 52 seconds to win by fall over Mount Michael Benedictine’s Ian Miller. He took only 49 seconds to win his second match over Bennington’s Jake Stier. In Moses’ finals’ contest, he pinned Norris’ Nouredin Nouili in 2 minutes, 46 seconds.

In two games this past weekend York junior Natalia Dick scored 20 points, once against Fairbury on Friday and then again on the road at Columbus Lakeview the following night. Dick put the team on her back in the four-point win over Fairbury by scoring all seven of her team’s points in the third quarter. On Saturday she was unstoppable in the post, and in the two games she combined to go 15 of 18 from the field for 83 percent. Dick’s two-game total at the free-throw line was 10 of 13 for 77 percent. She also hauled in nine rebounds against Fairbury and 10 against the Vikings to give herself a double-double.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

McCool Junction sophomore Kierra Green is the Mustangs’ basketball version of the “sixth-man.” Green came off the bench in all three games last week during the Crossroads Conference tournament and averaged 13 points per game while shooting 52 percent from the field (12 of 23) and 54 percent from the 3-point arc (7 of 13). Green hit 8 of 10 free throws and was also active on the boards with 4.6 rebounds per game. Green had 20 points and went 6 of 8 from the field, 3 of 4 on 3-pointers and 5 of 7 at the free-throw line in the Mustangs’ 47-33 semifinal win over the Cross County Cougars.

Exeter-Milligan’s 6-foot-1 sophomore Jackson Beethe played three games last week in the Crossroads Conference tournament and averaged 17 points per game off the bench as the Class D-2 No. 7-rated Timberwolves placed third in the tournament. In his first game against East Butler Monday night, Beethe scored 19 points to lead his team past the Tigers with a 64-35 victory. In the CRC semifinals against Giltner, Beethe was held to just two points but he finished the tournament strong in the third-place game against Cross County by pouring in a game-high 30 points in a 64-60 triple-overtime win.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

York senior Harrison Gocke continues to have a strong season for the Dukes on the mats. Gocke, who competes in the 152-pound division, improved to 37-1 after winning all six of his matches last week. Of those six, four came via pin while he picked up one victory by major decision and one from decision. On Thursday, Gocke pinned Crete’s Mason Bakker in 2 minutes, 22 seconds. The following day on Friday at the UNK Midwest Duals, Gocke pinned Alliance’s Philip Halstead in 1:39, Bellevue West’s Seth Gage in 49 seconds and Kearney Catholic’s Jaxson Daake in 2:58. Then against Broken Bow’s Cole Ulmer, who is rated No. 5 in Class C, Gocke won 5-1.

During the Cross County Cougars’ three games this past week, 6-foot sophomore post Erica Stratman averaged 21.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per contest. Stratman had a game-high 24 points Saturday night in the Cougars’ first-round win of the Crossroads Conference Tournament over Nebraska Lutheran. Earlier in the week, Stratman scored 20 points in each game against Dorchester and Giltner and twice was in double numbers in rebounds with 13 against the Longhorns and 12 in the Lutheran contest.

Monday, January 14, 2019

High Plains’ junior Keaton VanHousen has been on a tear for the Storm boys basketball team. In three games last week, VanHousen averaged a double-double with 24.3 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. Friday night in High Plains’ 65-24 win over Dorchester, VanHousen recorded a season-high 33 points on 13 of 24 shooting and went 5 of 11 from 3-point range.

In three games last week High Plains’ sophomore Brooke Bannister averaged 14.3 points and 7.6 rebounds. Her best game of the three was a 16-point, 11-rebound effort against the Palmer Tigers. Bannister scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a loss at Nebraska Lutheran and led the Storm in scoring with 14 in her team’s win at Dorchester. Through 11 games this year Bannister is averaging 8.7 points with almost six rebounds.

Monday, January 07, 2019

There were a lot of heroes in the Fillmore Central Panthers’ upset of the Class C-2 No. 1-rated Superior Wildcats on Saturday. One important defensive play was turned in, however, by 6-foot-1 junior Erin Schmidt, as she blocked a 3-point attempt late in the game that helped seal the win. Schmidt scored nine points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds in the upset win. Earlier in the week, Schmidt scored 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field and went 3 of 4 at the free-throw line in the Panthers’ 67-38 win over Central City.

High Plains’ senior Logan Russell, a two-time Class D state champ, improved to 18-0 this season after winning the 106-pound division of the 50th annual Clarks/High Plains Invitational in Columbus on Saturday. Russell went 7-0 with one bye along the way to winning his division. Russell won all seven of his matches by pin, including over Valentine’s Jarrett Battershaw, the No. 5-rated wrestler in Class C, in the finals. Russell also pinned Centennial’s Wyatt Schoepf in the semifinals, who is considered a contender in Class C this season.

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

In his first wrestling action of the year Saturday, York senior Noah Stafursky won the 285-pound division of the Fillmore Central Invite in Geneva – and in impressive fashion, too. Stafursky, who recently signed to become a walk-on offensive lineman for the Nebraska football team, got to the heavyweight championship after picking up four consecutive quick wins in 12, 16, 12 and 17 seconds, respectively. In the 285 final, Stafursky faced the top heavyweight in Class C in Fillmore Central’s Riley Moses, another walk-on offensive line commit for the Huskers. Stafursky won that match – this one in 3 minutes, 48 seconds. York was without several of its wrestlers Saturday, but still came away with the invite win.

This past week Heartland senior Kate Bergen led her team to a 49-39 win over the Palmer Tigers with 21 points. Bergen is averaging 17.3 points per game and has made 20 3-point shots so far this year. In the win over the Tigers she also had seven rebounds and dished out two assists with two steals. Bergen was 4 of 8 at the free-throw line and is shooting 78 percent from the charity stripe this year.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Fillmore Central senior Riley Moses continued his strong start to the wrestling season as he picked up four wins via pin and won first place in the 285-pound division at the Bob Arehart Wrestling Invitational in Friend on Friday. After opening with a pin in 3 minutes, 41 seconds over Tri County’s Benton Gustafson, Moses, who will be a walk-on for the Nebraska football team next fall, recorded three more pins in times of 1:11, 1:17 and 1:38 to claim the heavyweight championship.

It was a big week for York girls basketball freshman Masa Scheierman, who posted double-doubles in both of the Dukes’ wins last week. On Tuesday, Dec. 18 at Adams Central, Scheierman pulled down 16 rebounds and scored 14 points in York’s 46-44 win over the Class C-1-rated Patriots. She followed up that performance with a 10-point, 12-rebounding effort on Thursday in a 54-12 win over Schuyler to improve to 5-3.

Monday, December 17, 2018

It was Brooklyn Gierhan’s all-around play that earned her this week’s York News-Times’ Female Athlete of the Week. During a week where the Centennial Broncos went 1-1, Gierhan had solid numbers in a win over Fairbury and in a loss to Milford. Last Tuesday, Gierhan scored 11 points and was 5 of 6 at the free-throw line while picking up three rebounds, four assists and four steals to her night’s work. On Friday night, Gierhan scored a team-high 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting and was 3 of 3 at the line while racking up two assists, four steals and three rebounds.

In two wins last week against Fairbury and Milford, Centennial senior and Concordia University basketball commit Jackson Hirschfeld scored 63 points while shooting 67 percent (21 of 31) from the floor with 16 rebounds. He also went 17 of 25 at the free-throw line for the Broncos, who improved to 4-1 on the season.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

In two wins this past weekend, Fillmore Central sophomore Jackie Schelkopf averaged 13 points and was 6 of 13 from behind the 3-point arc. On Friday night, the sophomore had 13 points, was 5 of 11 overall from the field, 3 of 7 on 3-point attempts and also added three rebounds, two assists and three steals. In the team’s win over David City on Saturday, Schelkopf collected 13 points, was 5 of 10 from the field, which included 3 of 6 on 3-pointers, and had three rebounds and three assists.

York’s Brady Danielson was a big part of his team’s wins over Waverly on Thursday and Lexington on Saturday. In the victory over Waverly on the road, Danielson scored 14 points to go along with a team-high eight assists. On Saturday in the Duke Dome when his team needed his playmaking ability the most, the 6-foot-3 Danielson came through. He scored a team-high 26 points in the win and had eight in the fourth quarter, which helped the Dukes keep their distance from an upset-minded Lexington squad.

Monday, December 03, 2018

Opening weekend of the 2018-19 high school basketball season will be a memorable one for Exeter-Milligan senior Kate Jansky. On Thursday night she poured in a game-high 27 points on 9 of 17 shooting from the field, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range as the Timberwolves opened with a win. On Friday night she was six points better, finishing with 33 points on 12 of 24 from the floor and 6 of 11 at the free throw line. Through two games Jansky is 21 of 41 from the field for 51 percent and 8 of 18 on 3-pointers for 44 percent.

It was an impressive and memorable opening-night game for York Dukes’ senior point guard Jeb Lucas. Lucas, a 6-foot senior, broke York High School’s single-game assists record with 13 in a 75-67 win over Ralston. He recorded a double-double with 11 points, too. The previous record was 11, held by Jay Bartek from the 1999-2000 season against Fairbury.

Monday, October 29, 2018

A record fell at York High School last week when the Dukes defeated the Schuyler Warriors in volleyball, 3-2. Senior Hailee Pohl set the new single-season digs record with 311, surpassing former record holder Katlynn Killion, who set the record in 2007 with 310 digs. To date, Pohl resets the record with every dig she records until the end of the year. Heading into the district matchup against Hastings tonight, Pohl has 327 digs.

High Plains’ junior Dylan Soule helped engineer the Osceola-High Plains Stormdogs to a 34-22 upset win over the Bruning-Davenport/Shickley Eagles on the road Thursday night in the Class D-1 playoffs. OHP needed a great effort on defense, and Soule was one of the players that provided it with 19 tackles. On offense, the junior quarterback scored four rushing touchdowns for the Stormdogs, who host Lutheran High Northeast in Osceola in a second-round matchup on Halloween this Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Heartland junior Rhianna Wilhelm had a solid week during the Southern Nebraska Conference Volleyball Tournament. After a loss to Fairbury at home, the Huskies defeated both Centennial and Milford to finish in fifth place. Wilhelm, who is the York News-Times’ area leader in both set assists and ace serves, did nothing to hurt her standing in both categories. Wilhelm finished the week with 52 assists, eight aces, 12 kills, two blocks and 14 digs.

Friend High School’s Edwen Baptista was a workhorse Friday night in Exeter-Milligan/Friend’s 46-28 win in Stromsburg over Cross County. Baptista had 32 carries for 222 rushing yards and three touchdowns to go along with 7 ½ tackles on defense. Baptista and the undefeated Bobcats are a No. 2 seed in the Class D-1 playoffs and host East Butler Thursday at 7 p.m. in Milligan.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Last week in a tough Class B, District 3 cross country meet, York senior Shianne Philipp crossed the finish line in 14th with a time of 21 minutes, 5.46 seconds to qualify for the 2018 State Cross Country Championships, which will take place this Friday at the Kearney Country Club. York head coach Eric Rasmussen shared how tough the B-3 district was, saying “I was happy that Shianne qualified today. The district was the toughest district individually we’ve had since I’ve been coaching. Any of the 15 individual qualifiers from our district have a shot to medal next week at state.”

During Friday night’s thrilling 42-40 win on the road over Seward, York had clutch performances from many of its players. For one, senior wideout Brady Danielson broke the school record for single-game receiving yards with 198 on eight catches. The Dukes’ offensive line – mainly comprised of Noah Stafursky, AJ Beins, Max Kohmetscher, Doug Lazo, Josh Saathoff, Bo Lucas and tight end Wyatt Cast – helped pave the way for 6-foot-3, 220-pound senior quarterback Garrett Snodgrass, who broke York’s all-time career scoring record with 278 points and the single-game total yards mark with 406 after rushing for 123 with three touchdowns and passing for 283 and two scores in the win over the Bluejays.

Monday, October 08, 2018

Exeter-Milligan senior Mitchell Manning scored three touchdowns and picked off two passes on defense to help lead the Exeter-Milligan/Friend football team past the East Butler Tigers, 62-18, last Friday in Brainard. Manning returned the opening kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown and picked up two more scores on runs of 14 and 31 yards.

The Centennial Broncos softball team is headed to the Class C State Softball Tournament after winning the C-4 district title last week in Central City. One of many reasons was the stellar work at the plate of junior outfielder Chaylee Tonniges. Over the course of the two-day tournament, Tonniges was 8 of 11 at the plate with five runs scored to go along with one triple, one home run and four runs batted in. On Friday in two games against Hastings St. Cecilia, Tonniges was 5 for 6 with a triple and one RBI.

Monday, October 01, 2018

 York senior Brayan Rodriguez was a force on the Dukes’ defensive line in a 42-21 win over the Hastings Tigers at home Friday night. Rodriguez led the York defense with eight tackles and had a team-high three sacks on Hastings’ quarterback Alex Swoboda.

During a five game stretch last week, Exeter-Milligan senior Katherine White recorded 55 kills, with 42 of those coming in the Johnson County Central Tournament on Saturday where the Timberwolves took second with a 2-1 record, with their only loss to C-2 No. 2 Thayer Central. The senior also had 22 digs on Saturday and she finished with seven ace serves. For the week she had 27 digs and eight aces.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Cross County sophomore Cortlyn Schaefer does a little bit of everything for the Cougars’ volleyball team. Last week Cross County improved to 9-3 on the year with wins over David City and Palmer, and Schaefer played a role in all facets of the game. In the win over David City Schaefer had 13 kills, one ace serve, one block, eight set assists, nine digs and was successful on 8 of 9 serve receives. Against Palmer she hammered 19 kills, scooped 17 digs, assisted on eight kills and was 11 of 12 on serve receiving. She ended the week with a .271 hitting percentage.

The Cross County Cougars football team trailed Osceola-High Plains 44-22 at the end of the third quarter last Friday in Osceola. The Cougars, behind the strong play of senior quarterback Grant Hollinger, rallied for 22 unanswered points in the fourth to force overtime. Both teams scored a touchdown in the extra period, but it was Hollinger’s 2-point conversion run that sealed the 52-50 come-from-behind win. Hollinger was responsible for five touchdowns – four rushing and one passing – and ran for a team-high 168 yards.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Last week was a busy stretch for the Fillmore Central volleyball team as it went 4-1 in five games. Panther’s junior Halle Theis had 54 kills in those five games and she scooped up 34 digs to go along with eight ace blocks as the Panthers improved to 7-4. Theis also recorded seven ace serves. Theis had 12 kills on 29 of 33 swings in Fillmore’s sweep of Class D-1 No. 5 Heartland on the Huskies’ home court.

Centennial’s 6-foot-2, 220-pound Caleb Cast was living in the backfield Friday night in Utica as the Class C-2 No. 1-rated Broncos hosted No. 3 Sutton. Cast led the Centennial defense with eight tackles and racked up four tackles for a loss to go along with three sacks. Centennial won 41-22 to stay undefeated on the season and its defense, led by Cast, shutout Sutton in the first and third quarters.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Hampton senior Jacey Klassen had a hand in a little bit of everything this weekend as the Hampton Hawks volleyball team won the Loomis 9/11 Memorial Volleyball Tournament with a 3-0 record. Klassen tallied 36 kills in three games with a 74-of-79 effort at the net. She was 24 of 28 serving with four aces, had 25 digs and four ace blocks, and in one game was 17 of 17 setting with six assists. In the win over the Bertrand Vikings, a three-set thriller, Klassen was 36 of 39 with 17 kills.

The Dukes’ No. 1 doubles team of Bradyn Heiss and Luca Struffi, an Italian foreign exchange student, is off to a hot start this season. The duo is a perfect 14-0 on the year and is coming off a dominating appearance at Friday’s Yorkfest Invite. Heiss and Struffi gave up only six points on Friday and won two of their three matches by the score of 8-0. The closest any team came to knocking off the tandem was McCook, which lost 8-3.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

In the final game of the Fairbury Invite on Saturday, Centennial senior Lilly Cast belted a pair of home runs, one of which was a grand slam as the Broncos took home third place with a 12-3 win over the Milford Eagles. Cast accounted for six RBIs in the win, bringing her season total to 14, which currently leads the York News-Times’ All Area charts. Cast’s three home runs to date also leads the YNT stats. Cast also tossed 11 2/3 innings on the mound and recorded one win and one loss.

The Osceola-High Plains football team is 2-0 after beating Fullerton 44-32 on the road Friday night and its junior athlete, Keaton VanHousen, was a big part of it. VanHousen racked up 454 all-purpose yards while rushing for 281 and six touchdowns in the win. He also caught two passes for 66 yards and returned four kickoffs for 107 yards.

Monday, May 14, 2018

McCool Junction junior Jillian Stark has a full dance card at this week’s 2018 Nebraska State Track and Field Championships at Omaha Burke Stadium. Stark had a big day at the Class D2 District Meet held at Tri-County High School as she qualified in two individual events and in both the 4x800 and 4x400 relays. In the triple jump she finished second with a jump of 31-9 ½ and she also took second in the high jump as she cleared 4-8. Stark helped both qualifying relays to post their best times of 2018.

High Plains’ Keaton VanHousen qualified for the state and field meet in four events last Wednesday at districts in Humphrey. The sophomore qualified in the triple jump, 100-meter dash and was a member of the Storm’s 4x100 and 4x400 relays that will also run in Omaha.

Monday, May 07, 2018

At the Sutton Invite on Friday the Heartland Huskies’ senior and York College track and field commit, Sadie Carr, won the pole vault with a jump of 9 feet, 10 inches. She also recorded a time of 13.16 seconds to win the 100-meter dash. Carr’s time of 13.16 was her best of the year to date, as going into the meet her best time was a 13.21. In the pole vault, her jump of 10-0 from earlier this year ranks her eighth in Class C.

York’s Reed Malleck was the individual champion of the Central Conference golf tournament at Southern Hills Golf Course in Hastings on Friday. The sophomore shot a 74 and helped the Dukes shoot their second-lowest score in school history with a 303. York dominated the conference field, winning by 27 strokes. It also finished 1-2-3 in the individual finishes, as teammates Dalton Mogul and Grant Case placed second and third, respectively.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Last week York’s No. 1 doubles team of Nicole Mittman and Holly Rockenbach improved their season record to 17-1 as they captured the gold medal at the Hastings Tigers Invitational, losing only six games all day. During the invite, Mittman and Rockenbach avenged their only loss of the season to GICC’s Avery Kaloda and Katie Masier by the score of 8-1.

York senior and Nebraska track and field commit, Mayson Conner, broke the Class B state record in the high jump at the Holdrege Invite Friday with a clear of 7 feet, 2 ¼ inches. The previous Class B record was 7-2, set by McCook’s Aaron Plas in 2002. The Nebraska state record in the high jump is 7-4 set by Papillion La-Vista’s Randal Carter in 2007.

Monday, April 23, 2018

McCool Junction sophomore Madison Gerken won two events at the Exeter-Milligan Invite last Tuesday in McCool. The sophomore who leads the York News-Times All-Area Track and Field charts in the 3200, won the race with a time of 12:57.23 and then she followed that up with a win in the 1600 with a time of 5:45.10. Gerken is also among the leaders in the 1600 as well. In the pole vault she took home fourth place as she scored 24 points for the Mustangs in the three individual events she competed in.

While the York boys were competing at the Yowell Track and Field Classic in York Thursday, senior Luke Stuckey was running at the Nebraska Track and Field Festival in Papillion, which featured many of the state’s top athletes. Stuckey, who recently committed to run track and cross country at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, won the 3200-meter run in a time of 9 minutes, 28.51 seconds, which was his fastest finish this season.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Heartland’s Taylor Quiring continues to rack up the wins this track and field season. In last week’s Heartland Invite, the senior set a personal best in the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 3 ¾ inches, and her jump of 36-6 ¾ won the triple jump, which she is currently second in the state and just ½ inch back of the state leader. She also won the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 19.58 seconds, and that mark is also among the state leaders. The senior was also on the Huskies’ winning 4x400 relay team.

York senior Masry Mapieu had a mark of 53 feet, 11 inches in the shot put Friday at the Central City Invite, which is a new personal record for the 6-foot-3, 307-pound Louisiana-Lafayette football recruit. Mapieu, a state qualifier in the shot as a junior, has already surpassed his best throw from last season by better than 6 feet.