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Fri
22
Feb

Sutton to the C2-3 District Final

Senior Kyle Baumert drives the lane during Sutton's four-point win over Tri County Thursday night in Fairbury.

Sutton's student body added a little extra energy to Thursday nights 63-59 Sutton boys win over Tri County in the C2-2 Sub-Districts at Fairbury.

Sutton head coach Jon Ladehoff gives some last second thoughts to his troops prior to taking on Tri County in the C2-2 Sub-District finals.

Thursday night’s battle for the C2-2 Sub-District title in Fairbury was a game of momentum swings between Sutton and Tri County.
The Trojans opened the game with a 15-11 first quarter lead, before the stealthy Sutton offense kicked into high gear in the second quarter, as the Mustangs outscored Tri County 20-6, led by five points from Quenton Jones, Seth George and Garrett Nuss.
Nuss hit a three-point bucket as the halftime buzzer sounded to lift Sutton to a 31-21 halftime lead.
The Trojans trimmed the Mustang lead by two points with an 18-16 third quarter run, before this clash became interesting in the final eight minutes.
Sutton held a 47-39 lead to start the fourth quarter, and in the end it was a good thing Sutton sparked the 14-point run in the second frame.
Tri County sophomore Cole Siems claimed 18 of his game high 32 points in the final quarter to account for all but two of Tri County’s 20 points in the 20-16 run for the Trojans.

Wed
20
Feb
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Deweese Redneck Golf tourney creates challenges for participants

HANNAH COLLINS | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Travis Fraser, left, and Brady Hinrichs try their luck at one of the unique golfing holes created at the Deweese Fire and Rescue Department during Saturday’s Redneck Golf Tournament in Deweese. Twenty-holes were created for this year’s event.

 

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Wed
20
Feb
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Hansen battles to 5th place finish at state

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Harvard junior Dalton Hansen gains control of Elwood’s Zachary Dickau during the battle for fifth place in the Class D 106 pound class, a match in which Hansen won 3-0 to finish the season with a 30-11 record.

After finishing second at the D-1 District wrestling meet Feb. 9, Harvard junior Dalton Hansen served up a little excitement at the 2019 Nebraska state wrestling championship, as the Cardinals lightweight 106 pound rallied to gain himself his first-ever state medal, winning five of seven matches in the process.

Hansen, following an opening round 5:58 pinfall win over Tristan White of Arapahoe, ran into his own Twin Valley Conference nemisis in Jesse Sauceda. The Bulldog junior would pin Hansen in 1:16, forcing the Harvard spark plug into the consolation bracket, where he caught fire.

Hansen opened with an impressive 33-second pin over Jacoby Mann of Winside, then pulled off his biggest win of his career in the third round of the consolation bracket, holding off Samuel Foster of Sutherland 4-2 in overtime.

 

Wed
20
Feb
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Sutton in top 15 at state

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Lee Carlson twists up Aquinas Catholic’s Cameron Schrad in the battle for third place, a match that Carlson won 9-6. Carlson wrapped up his Sutton career with 159 wins, which is second on the all-time charts.

Senior Lee Carlson and sophomore Joe Hinrichs would claim bronze at the 2019 Nebraska state wrestling championships this past weekend, helping the Mustangs finish in the top 15 of the Class C field.

Valentine, with a huge semifinal round Friday night in Omaha, distanced themselves from Broken Bow in the team race, outscoring the Indians 165-129, while Southern Nebraska Conference champion and the C-2 District championship team, David City, placed third with 120.5 team points.

Sutton would tally 42.5 team points to place 13th overall in the final standings.

CARLSON THIRD AT 126

Senior Lee Carlson, who recently gained his 150th career win, entered the 2019 state championship meet with lofty goals of becoming a state champion with his 44-0 record, after winning the C-2 District crown in Albion.

Wed
13
Feb
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Red Raiders taking 3 to state wrestling

JORDYN HULINSKY | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

South Central senior, Jaekob Spitz, punched his ticket to the Class C state meet this weekend in Omaha with a16-4 major decision win in this match over Luis Torrez of Doniphan-Trumbull. Spitz heads to Omaha with a 26-5 record.

A trio of South Central Red Raiders continued their wrestling seasons this past weekend with honors coming out of the C-1 District wrestling meet held in Battle Creek Feb. 8-9.

Freshman John Brodrick, along with seniors Jaekob Spitz and Chase DeVries, all earned individual hardware in Battle Creek, as the Red Raiders placed ninth as a team, scoring 65 points in the 16-team district.

The host Braves ran away with the team title, outscoring second place St. Paul, 181-125.5.

Brodrick and Spitz both claimed second-place honors in the meet, while DeVries earned fourth-place honors to advance to the state championship mat meet in Omaha.

Brodrick was the first to punch his ticket to Omaha as the freshman, following two byes in the 106 pound class, earned an 8-5 win over Josh Urlacher of Bishop Neumann to gain the bid for the individual title in his class.

 

Wed
13
Feb
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Sutton sends 6 to state

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Senior Lee Carlson works over Logan View’s Martin Valencia during the 126 pound district title match Saturday afternoon in Albion. Carlson will take a perfect 44-0 record to this weekend’s state meet, following three big wins at Boone Central High School.

The Sutton wrestling team opened the C-2 District meet on fire, having all but one of their nine wrestlers reach at least the consolation semifinal round, but a tough final two rounds would cut the number of Mustangs from eight possible qualifiers to a very strong group of six state meet qualifiers.

Led by senior Lee Carlson’s district title in the 126 pound class, Sutton would capture the fourth-place spot in the team race, scoring 117 team points. David City outscored second place Logan View 235.5-196.5, while Wood River finished 10 points ahead of the Mustangs.

The district title for Carlson at 126 didn’t come without a challenge, after a first round bye, Carlson disposed of Twin Rivers’ Beau Zoucha in 1:13, before having to deal with a pesky Daniel Escandon of Gibbon in the semifinal round.

Wed
06
Feb
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Red Raiders earn 4 medals at Adams Central Invitational

Four of the South Central Red Raider wrestlers would return from the nine-team Adams Central wrestling invite as medalists this past Friday, as Chase DeVries (130), Brayton Jarosik (145), Bailey Timmerman (170) and Jaekob Spitz (195) all claimed third place finishes when the dust settled on the meet.

The Red Raiders placed eighth as a team with 54 points. Fremont High outscored second place Nebraska City 196.5-150 for the team title.

DeVries’ run in the 130 pound class produced two wins in three matches, opening with a tough 7-3 loss to Adams Central’s Cameron Kort, before battling back strong in the consolation bracket, beating Alex Davenport of Waverly in 57 seconds and then capturing third with a tough 7-5 sudden victory in overtime over Treven Melroy of Holdrege. DeVries scored 10 points and improved to 30-10 on the year.

 

Wed
06
Feb
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A gold medal Saturday!!

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sutton senior Kyle Baumert played a key role in the start of Sutton’s second half scoring explosion, hitting five key points in the third quarter to help Sutton earn a 62-47 win over Centennial for the Southern Nebraska Conference tournament championship. Baumert had 10 points in the win, which improved Sutton to 18-2.

Mustangs take SNC

Wiseman hits for 21 as Sutton rolls past Centennial 62-47 for conference tournament title

BY TORY DUNCAN

Coming off a sweet revenge 71-60 win over the Milford Eagles in the semifinals of the Southern Nebraska Conference, the task at hand for the Sutton Mustangs wasn’t quite finished, as to reach the top of the hill in the conference tournament, Sutton would have to beat the 17-1 Centennial Broncos on their home floor Saturday night in Utica.

The Broncos, who already had claim to a home win over Sutton, a 53-45 win on Jan. 4, rolled into the championship finals with Sutton with a dominating 62-33 win over Wilber-Clatonia in the other semifinal bout Feb. 3.

The two teams, no strangers to each other, battled evenly in the first 16 minutes of play Saturday night in Utica, as the host Broncos held a narrow 24-22 halftime lead.

Wed
30
Jan
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Mustangs 4th at SNC

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Senior Lee Carlson improved to 37-0 with a 6-3 win over Thayer Central’s Keegan Casey in this title bout at the Southern Nebraska Conference wrestling meet in Hebron Saturday. Carlson will be going for his 150th career win this Saturday in Bartley at the Southwest Invitational.

Eight total medalists would be led by Sutton senior Lee Carlson’s Southern Nebraska Conference individual title in the 126-pound class, as the Mustangs headed to Thayer Central High School for the 2019 SNC championships Saturday.

The Mustangs totaled 127 team points to gain a fourthplace finish as a team. David City ran away with the team title, outscoring the host Titans, 203-145.5, as the Scouts won their eighth straight SNC title in Hebron. Milford edged Sutton 130-127 for third place in the meet.

Lee Carlson’s pair of wins in Hebron led the senior to a 37-0 record, as Carlson, after a first round bye, beat a pair of strong challengers, outscoring David City’s Clayton Harris 8-2 in the semifinals, before gaining a 6-3 win over Thayer Central’s Keegan Casey for the weight class title.

Four other Mustangs would gain runner-up finishes for Sutton.

 

Wed
30
Jan
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Sutton runs past Cougars 66-39

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sutton’s Seth George battles for this rebound against Sandy Creek’s Josh Shaw, right, and Keifer Anderson, in the back. Sutton gained a 66-39 win over the Cougars, Thursday, Jan. 24.

In the annual Clay County hardwood challenge between the Sandy Creek Cougars and Sutton Mustangs, the Mustangs would use an 11-point first half run and a 16-point second half edge to gain a 27-point, 66-39 win over the Cougars to improve to 15-1 on the year, while Sandy Creek fell to 2-12 with the loss.

Sutton held leads of 16-10 at the end of the first quarter and 34-23 at the half, before outscoring Sandy Creek 32-16 in the second half to gain the win.

Cade Wiseman and Jordan Davis paced Sutton’s offensive attack with 12 and 10 points, respectively, while Sandy Creek’s Wyatt Mach led all scorers with 21 points.

Sutton hit on 45.5 percent of their shots from the floor, making 25 of 55 shots, while Sandy Creek was 12-37 from the floor (32.4%).

 

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