Three recent graduates took the hardwood Saturday afternoon for the Northeast Nebraska Volleyball Classic at Northeast Community College’s Cox Activities Center.
Ewing’s Miranda Summers and Jaidyn Schindler joined O’Neill’s Brianna Bauer on the Dark team.
The Light team won the first three sets, 25-18, 25-21 and 25-14, before the Dark squad captured the last set, 27-25.
Bauer earned MVP honors for the Dark team after recording nine kills and more than 20 digs. Summers assisted on more than 20 kills and added a kill of her own and Schindler tallied nearly 30 digs.
O’Neill St. Mary’s Grady Semin and O’Neill’s Spencer Davis were on opposite sides of the field during Saturday’s Northeast Nebraska Football Classic at Norfolk’s Memorial Field.
Davis played for the White team, while Semin suited up for the red squad.
The White team jumped out to a quick 20-0 lead, but the Red team came storming back with 13 unanswered points.
Semin recovered an onside kick with two second remaining in the game to give the Red team a chance to tie the ball game or take the lead.
The Red squad executed a perfect hook-and-ladder, but the White team’s last line of defense, Oakland-Craig’s Robby Mayberry, brought down Randolph’s Noah Scott to prevent him from finding pay dirt and ending the game.
Davis recorded a tackle in the win for the White team, while Semin was targeted once offensively.
West Holt senior Austin Wenner was named to the Class D All-State team after his strong outing at the state golf meet.
The senior Husky shot an 81 and tied for third individually.
Wenner’s stellar performance helped guide the Huskies to their third-straight Class D state championship.
For the third consecutive year, the West Holt golf squad brought home the top team title from the Class D state golf meet at North Platte's Lake Maloney Golf Course.
“I’m very excited,” stated senior Austin Wenner. “It was fun, but nerve racking the whole time. I was able to keep my nerves and had a good time. It was fun.”
The Huskies successfully defended their title by edging out North Platte St. Patrick’s by one stroke. West Holt combined to shoot a 355, while the Irish recorded a 356.
“It feels really great, especially today with the conditions being a little windier,” commented junior Garrison Hansen. “The scores were a little higher and I didn’t come in where I wanted to on the front, but I just kept playing through. I knew we were going to use my score. Everyone else stepped up, especially Austin Wenner. He shot great today. I’m proud of everyone.”
After graduating three seniors off of last year’s state championship team, the Huskies were not expected to be competing for a state title. West Holt defied the odds and captured its third-straight state crown.
“Garrison Hansen was here last year and he helped me out,” Wenner noted. “We had to be team leaders this year.”
Despite tough weather conditions with high winds and below average temperatures, West Holt was able to adjust to the adverse conditions on the back-nine to rally for the team title after sitting in third halfway through the meet.
“We’ve always had a deal to finish better on the back (nine),” Hansen remarked. “That’s what we aim to do every time. We also aim to shoot 84s as a collective group. We just had to finish strong, work with what we got and have fun.”
Wenner was the top golfer for the Huskies, placing third with an 81 to medal, while Hansen medaled after tying for seventh with an 83.
“It was a good time to have my best performance,” Wenner said. “What better time than at state.”
Jaxson Cadawallder tied for 34th with a 92, Max Roberts tied 50th with a 99 and Jaegher Ogden finished tied for 57th with a 101.
With only one senior gone off of this year’s team, the Huskies hope to be back at North Platte next year playing for their fourth consecutive title.
“It’s going to take a lot,” Hansen concluded. “It will take a lot of work and we’ll have to put in the work in the offseason and during the season to be prepared. We need leaders to show up, and we’ll be good.”
Due to inclement weather, Day one of the Class C Boys Golf Championship in Kearney and Class D in North Platte today have been cancelled.
Those championship events will now each be an 18-hole event Wednesday. Tee times and pairings will remain the same.
Golf is scheduled to take place Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at Lake Maloney Golf Course.
Several Holt County track athletes brought home some hardware from this past weekend’s state track and field meet at Omaha Burke Stadium.
The West Holt boys, along with sophomore girl Kevona Brown, had a solid showing at the state meet.
The boys squad tied for fifth in the team standings with 26 points.
The Huskies opened Friday’s action by taking second in the 4x800 relay. The team of Kooper Jelinek, Aaron Kraus, Ben Thiele and Jordan Tasler finished with a time of 8:15.61 - a tenth of a second behind state champion Freeman (8:15.51).
“This was my first year running at state and I was super excited,” Thiele stated. “Kooper Jelinek PR’ed (personal record) with a 2:07 (in his leg), and that was great for him. That was super encouraging and watching us move up from there. We got the school record too. We’ve wanted that for a long time. It was the oldest record in our school. It’s super exciting.”
Tasler and Thiele then finished 1-2 in the triple jump. Tasler captured the state crown with a leap of 42-11.75, while Thiele went 41.10.5.
“It feels good,” Tasler noted. “It was a let down my first few years. I was fourth and third at districts and couldn’t quite make it here. It feels good to do it my last year. Coach said don’t be shy, hit the board and be aggressive. That’s what I did.”
“Getting to jump with Jordan this year, it was super exciting going one and two with him,” Thiele added. “Coaches have always stuck by us and have done a great job with us. I think they’re more excited than us right now.”
For the Lady Huskies, Brown placed in all three events she qualified for. The sophomore placed fourth in the 200 (26.29), sixth in the 100 (12.88) and seventh in the 400 (1:01.10).
“It was very nice,” Brown commented. “Last year, I came down in three (events) and medaled in two. It’s nice to be in three events and come away with three medals.”
Brown’s three medals at this year’s meet brings her total to five state medals over the past two seasons.
“It’s nice to know I’m up there with them (the top girls in the state) and can keep up with them,” Brown continued.
Other participants for the Huskies were Logan Wieneke in the 110 hurdles (16.10), Tasler in the 400 (52.97), Leighton Mlady in the discus (120-4), Carlie Wetzel in the 3200 (13:18.79) and the 4x400 relay team of Rumen Rentschler, Thiele, Kraus and Tasler (3:32.91).
In Class D, St. Mary’s junior Abby Everitt earned three medals this past weekend, placing second in the high jump after clearing 5-3, fifth in the 200 with a time of 26.85 and sixth in the long jump with a leap of 16-9. Everitt also finished ninth in the triple jump with a leap of 33-8. Sophomore Faith Williamson finished third in the 800 with a time of 2:27.27 and was ninth in the 1600 (5:45.2). On the boys’ side, Cole Rosenkrans was ninth in the discus with a toss of 119-2, Grant Winkelbauer ran a 2:11.91 in the 800 and Grady Semin ran a 52.49 in the 400 and a 23.84 in the 200.
Chambers/Wheeler Central’s Taylor Peter finished fifth in the discus with a toss of 114-6. Peter also participated in the shot put and was 12th with a heave of 33-2.5.
Ewing’s Tiana Thramer placed seventh in the triple jump with a leap of 33-10.75. Sidney Stallbaum ran a 49.46 in the 300 hurdles.
For Stuart, the 4x100 relay team of Jeff Kunz, Grant Pease, Wade Paxton and Wyatt Paxton finished seventh in the event with a time of 45.77.
Other Bronco participants included Grant Pease in the 100 (11.73), Wyatt Paxton in the 400 (53.65) and 200 (23.68), Austin Dvorak cleared 5-8 in the high jump, Kira Dickau ran in the 3200 (13:33.4) and 1600 (6:15.17), and Reaghan Engel participated in the 100 (13.16), 400 (1:02.36) and 200 (27.47).
In Class B, O’Neill’s Kolby Dean tied for fifth in the pole vault after clearing 13-6 and Meg Schluns was eighth in the long jump after going 16-2.5.
For the Eagles, Lauren Young finished 10th with a jump of 15-9.5 and 11th in the triple jump at 34-2.5, Blair Gutshall crossed the finish line at 16.0 in the 100 and 26.87 in the 200, Andrew Alder competed in the pole vault, Francisco Perez ran a 23.56 in the 200, while the 4x400 relay squad of Gutshall, Schluns, Claire Morrow and Alyssa Eichelberger was 12th with a time of 4:14.66.
The West Holt golf squad punched its ticket to the state golf meet after finishing as the D-3 district runner-up Monday at Santee’s Tatanka Golf Club.
Creighton edged out West Holt for the team title. The Bulldogs accumulated a 345, while the Huskies shot a 347 to earn runner-up honors. Boyd County secured the final automatic team bid after shooting a 371 to take third - just three strokes better than fourth-place Clearwater/Orchard’s 374. Niobrara/Verdigre placed ninth with a 483 team score.
All five of West Holt’s golfers placed in the top-20, led by Garrison Hansen who tied for sixth after shooting an 83. Austin Wenner finished eighth with an 84, Jaegher Ogden carded an 87 to tie for ninth, Max Roberts recorded a 93 to place 14th and Jaxson Cadawallder came in 20th with a 97.
Chamber/Wheeler Central/Ewing’s Emily Kurpgeweit notched a 151 and Logan Sanford accounted for a 158 for CWC/E.
The Class D state golf meet takes place May 21 and 22 at 9:30 a.m. at North Platte’s Lake Maloney Golf Course.
1. Jacob Lingenfelter (12), Plainview, 79
2. Conner Hammer (11), Creighton, 79
3. Carter Schnoor (11), Randolph, 80
4. Colby Hansen (11), Boyd County, 81
5. Gage Clifton (11), Clearwater-Orchard, 82
6. Garrison Hansen (11), West Holt, 83
7. Braxton Brockhaus (10), Creighton, 83
8. Austin Wenner (12), West Holt, 84
9. Jaegher Ogden (11), West Holt, 87
10. Ryan Wilhelm (12), Clearwater-Orchard, 87
T10. Bryce Zimmerer (12), Creighton, 87
Coach: Chase Maier
Conner Hammer (11), 79
Braxton Brockhaus (10), 83
Bryce Zimmerer (12), 87
Brennan Pint (11), 96
Tyler Wagner (10), 110
West Holt, 347
Coach: Todd Hale
Garrison Hansen (11), 83
Austin Wenner (12), 84
Jaegher Ogden (11), 87
Max Roberts (11), 93
Jaxson Cadwallader (10), 97
Boyd County, 371
Coach: Renee Brewster
Colby Hansen (11), 81
Kody Roth (12), 95
Cory Lechtenberg (12), 97
Sydney Atkinson (12), 98
Evan Reiman (12), 105
Coach: Larry Knaak
Jacob Lingenfelter (12), 79
Coach: Rob Engel
Carter Schnoor (11), 80
Coach: Bill Tabbert
Gage Clifton (11), 82
Coach: Bill Tabbert
Ryan Wilhelm (12), 87
Final Team Scores:
West Holt, 347
Boyd County, 371
North Central, NTS
With several district champions and state qualifiers, the West Holt girls and boys track and field teams had stellar performances at Thursday’s District C-5 meet at Norfolk Catholic.
The West Holt boys team finished as district runners-up, behind district team champion Norfolk Catholic.
Numerous West Holt relays and individuals brought home a district title to Atkinson and earned a spot at next weekend’s state meet.
Ben Thiele won the triple jump, Logan Wieneke took first in the 110 hurdles and Jordan Tasler captured the district title in the 400, was the runner-up in the triple jump and anchored two district champion relay teams.
“It feels great to end senior year like this,” Tasler commented. “We had a pretty good year in cross country and carried that into basketball season and had a better than expected year. It feels great to close it out going to state in four events. It feels great.”
The 4x400 relay team of Rumen Rentschler, Aaron Kraus, Thiele and Tasler, along with the 4x800 relay team of Kooper Jelinek, Kraus, Thiele and Tasler placed first in their respective events.
“All of the confidence boost we can get we’ll take,” Tasler continued. “There are some good teams down at state like always. We’re going to go out, compete, go as hard as we can and leave it all out there.”
Sophomore Kevona Brown’s big day helped guide the Lady Huskies to a fourth-place team finish.
Brown left Norfolk with three district crowns. The Lady Husky captured the top spot in the 100, 200 and 400.
“I went into the prelims just knowing all I had to do was just get to finals and do my thing in the finals,” Brown stated. “The 400 really had me nervous. I was sitting first with a 61 (second), and the next time (in the finals) was only a 63, but I was still nervous because it’s the 400 and you never know.”
Carlie Wetzel and Leighton Mlady will join Brown at the state meet after earning qualifications. Wetzel placed second in the 3200, while Mlady’s heave of 121-9 in the discus earned her an automatic qualification by surpassing the 117-4 criteria mark.
Several other West Holt athletes also hope to make the trip to Omaha, but have to wait on other district times for a potential wildcard spot.
Wetzel placed fourth in the 1600, the Lady Huskies’ 4x100 relay team of Lindsey Jelinek, Ashley Larby, Haley Feel, Brown were the runners-up, Thiele took fourth in the 800, Brianna Rentschler claimed fifth in the 3200, Jelinek was sixth in the 100 hurdles, the girls 4x800 relay team of Rentschler, Wetzel, Lindee Wentworth and Sadie Jarecke placed third, the team of Ashley Larby, Lindee Wentworth, Leighton Mlady and Landyn Mlady was sixth in the 4x400 relay, while the boys 4x100 relay team of Jakeem Brown, Caid McCart, Tyler Larby and Rumen Rentschler claimed fifth.
In the field events, Rumen Rentschler finished fourth in the high jump and pole vault, Jelinek placed sixth in the long jump and Leighton Mlady was sixth in the shot.
The Class C state meet begins May 17 at 9 a.m. at Omaha Burke Stadium.
“It will help me a lot,” Brown concluded on returning to state. “I know what is down there and what to expect.”
See complete local results below:
Team scores: 1. Norfolk Catholic 147, 2. West Holt 74.5, 3. Battle Creek 70, 4. Ainsworth 66, 5. Crofton 56, 6. Creighton 39.5, 7. Boyd County 33, 8. Lutheran High Northeast 29, 9. Madison 11, 10. Niobrara/Verdigre 1.
High jump: 4. Rumen Rentschler, West Holt, 5-8; T5. Logan Wiencke, West Holt, 5-6; T5. Carson Lilly, Creighton, 5-6. Pole vault: 1. Alex Homan, Creighton, 13-0; 4. Rumen Rentschler, West Holt, 12-6. Long jump: 1. Cody Crosley, Crofton, 10-8.5; 4. Sam VanMetre, Creighton, 18-11.5. Triple jump: 1. Ben Thiele, West Holt, 42-7.5; 2. Jordan Tasler, West Holt, 42-5.75; 3. Cade Hammer, Creighton, 40-6.25; 4. Sam VanMetre, Creighton, 39-8. Discus: 5. Terance Burrell, Creighton, 124.
100: 5. Thad Hazen, Creighton, 11.53; 6. Cody Crosley, Crofton, 11.75. 200: 4. Thomas Stewart, Crofton, 23.82. 400: 1. Jordan Tasler, West Holt, 52.01; 6. Anthony Morrill, Creighton, 56.96. 800: 1. Tyler Janssen, Crofton, 2:03.46; 4. Ben Thiele, West Holt, 2:10.49; 6. Adam Dekay, Niobrara/Verdigre, 2:11.55; 1600: 3. Tanner Arens, Crofton, 4:48.7; 4. Connor Arens, Crofton, 4:49.86. 3200: 3. Tanner Arens, Crofton, 1:28.64; 4. Connor Arens, Crofton, 10:29.11. 110 Hurdles: 1. Logan Wieneke, West Holt, 15.56; 5. Colby Zuhlke, Crofton, 17.62; 6. Kyler Adams, Creighton, 17.86. 4x100: 3. Creighton (Thad Hazen, Sam VanMetre, Derek Wortman, Terance Burrell) 46.5; 5. West Holt (Jakeem Brown, Caid McCart, Tyler Larby, Rumen Rentschler) 47.75; 6. Crofton (Cody Crosley, Sam Tegral, Wayne Bilka, Thomas Stewart) 48.46. 4x400: 1. West Holt (Rumen Rentschler, Aaron Kraus, Ben Thiele, Jordan Tasler) 3:38.25; 5. Crofton (Justin Potts, Hunter Hegge, Thomas Stewart, Tyler Janssen) 3:40.03. 4x800: 1. West Holt (Kooper Jelinek, Aaron Kraus, Ben Thiele, Jordan Tasler) 8:28.24; 3. Crofton (Connor Arens, Tanner Arens, Justin Potts, Tyler Janssen) 8:46.38; 5. Creighton (Clay Curtis, Anthony Morrill, Jace Hoferer, Brian Johnson) 9:38.11.
Team scores: 1. Battle Creek 146, T2. Norfolk Catholic 96, T2. Ainsworth 96, 4. West Holt 69, 5. Boyd County 42, 6. Crofton 37. 7. Lutheran High Northeast 36, 8. Niobrara/Verdigre 4, 9. Creighton 1.
High jump: 6. Danielle Steffen, Crofton, 4-8. Pole vault: 1. Jayden Jordan, Crofton, 9-0; 4. Danielle Steffen, Crofton, 8-4; 6. Ashtyn Fritz, Creighton, 8-0. Long jump: 6. Lindsey Jelinek, West Holt, 14-11.5. Triple jump: 5. Andre Sucha, Niobrara/Verdigre, 32-3. Discus: 3. Leighton Mlady, West Holt, 121-9. Shot put: 6. Leighton Mlady, West Holt, 34-5.5.
100: 1. Kevona Brown, West Holt, 12.84.. 200: 1. Kevona Brown, West Holt, 26.62; 4. Keirra Vornhagen, Crofton, 28.14; 6. Jayden Jordan, Crofton, 28.28. 400: 1. Kevona Brown, West Holt, 1:01.62; 3. Jayden Jordan, Crofton, 1:03.01; 5. Chaney Konopasek, Niobrara/Verdigre, 1:05.11.1600: 4. Carlie Wetzel, West Holt, 6:07.97. 3200: 2. Carlie Wetzel, West Holt, 12:46.89; 5. Brianna Rentschler, West Holt, 14:05.66. 100 Hurdles: 5. Allie Dahl, Crofton, 17.35; 6. Lindsey Jelinek, West Holt, 17.45. 300 Hurdles: 6. Allie Dahl, Crofton, 51.92. 4x100: 2. West Holt (Lindsey Jelinek, Ashley Larby, Haley Feel, Kevona Brown) 53.55; 5. Crofton (Hannah VanHeek, Kaley Einrem, Danielle Steffen, Keirra Vornhagen) 55.77. 4x400: 1. 5. Crofton (Jayden Jordan, Danielle Steffen, Alexis Arens, Keirra Vornhagen) 4:32.51; 6. West Holt (Ashley Larby, Lindee Wentworth, Leighton Mlady, Landyn Mlady) 4:39.93. 4x800: 3. West Holt (Brianna Rentschler, Carlie Wetzel, Lindee Wentworth, Sadie Jarecke) 11:18.91; 4. Crofton (Alexis Arens, Kiera Altwine, Ashley Tramp, Kelsey Schieffer) 11:21.92.
Today's golf meet between Chambers/Wheeler Central/Ewing and Clearwater/Orchard has been cancelled due to inclement weather.
The meet at Summerland Golf Course will not rescheduled with districts scheduled to begin Monday.
Both teams head to Santee's Tatanka Golf Course Monday for the District D-3 meet at 9 a.m.
With the district meet looming, several local teams took to the course for the final time before districts at Monday’s Highway 20 Invitational at the Bassett Country Club.
West Holt captured the team title with a 343. Neligh-Oakdale placed third with a 359, followed by Clearwater/Orchard in fifth with a 386, Elgin Public/Pope John in sixth with a 401, O’Neill in eighth with a 417, Niobrara/Verdigre in 10th with a 426 and Chambers/Wheeler Central/Ewing in 11th with a 454.
All five of the Husky golfers finished in the top-24, led by Garrison Hansen who was the medalist with a 78. Austin Wenner placed 10th with an 87, Max Roberts finished 11th with an 88, Jaxson Cadawallder came in 14th with a 90 and Jaegher Ogden was 24th with a 98.
The Warriors were led by Austin Rice’s 86, which placed him seventh. Hunter Charf took ninth with an 87, Neven Kline claimed 17th with a 92, followed by Caleb Payne in 19th with a 94 and Garret Belitz was 26th with a 98.
OC’s Gage Clifton was the top finisher for the Cyclones after placing sixth with an 85. Ryan Wilhelm was 13th with an 89, followed by Rafe Grebin and Blake Hoke each with a 106 and Tommie Peed with a 116.
Hunter Reestman paced EPPJ with a 90 to take 15th. Skylar Reestman scored a 98, Kyle Schumacher notched a 99, while Adam Dreger and Conor Ramold each carded a 114.
For the Eagles, Parker Heiss tallied a 96, Hunter Cullen shot a 106, Tommy Kaczor had a 107 and Lukas Dougherty added a 108.
Camden Eisenhauer led the Cougars with a 91 to placed 16th. Rane Vesely recorded a 99, followed by Kenny Justo’s 102 and Max Hollman’s 134.
Logan Sanford placed 20th with a 94 for CWC/E. Hunter Tracy accumulated a 114, Emily Kurpgeweit accounted for a 120 and Cauy Duba shot a 126.
Elgin Public/Pope John travels to Battle Creek for its final regular season meet Thursday at 2 p.m.
OC, CWC/E, West Holt and N/V compete at the District D-3 meet at Santee’s Tatanka Golf Club Monday at 9 a.m.
Neligh-Oakdale travel to Norfolk’s Fair Play Golf Course Monday at 9 a.m. for the District C-3 meet.
O’Neill heads to the Jackrabbit Run Golf Course in Grand Island Tuesday at 9 a.m.