Ask Butch Bauder what hunting has been like since he gained the passion of hunting and you’ll get a wide variety of responses. Mention the involvement in the sport of upland bird hunting with his grandsons Drew Steinhauer and Griffin Bergen, along with his son-in-law, A.J. Bergen, as well as hunting partner Noah Johnson, and Bauder’s face lights up. “It’s not just about the hunting,” Bauder says. “When I was a kid, we had pheasants everywhere; you’d fill your limit in no time. Now, you have to work harder to fill your limit.”
Mikaela Shaw has, without a doubt, left her mark and positive impressions on the University of Nebraska-Omaha women’s basketball team throughout her career with the Mavericks. This week, March 4-7, Shaw and UNO will embark on the 2017 Summit League Conference tournament in Sioux Falls, S.D., where the Mavericks (15-14, 8-8 Summit League), and the tournament’s fifth seed, will make their second Summit League Tournament appearance when they face No. 4 seed South Dakota (22-7, 11-5 Summit League) on Sunday, March 5, beginning at noon. The game will be broadcast live by Midco Sports Network and ESPN-3.
All three Clay County boys basketball teams saw their 2016-17 seasons come to a close Tuesday night in Hastings, as the Sutton Mustangs dropped a heartbreaking 69-66 double overtime decision to the Doniphan-Trumbull Cardinals in the first round of the C2-9 Sub-District at Adams Central High School, ending the Mustangs season at 15-8. The Sandy Creek Cougars also fell in C2-9 Sub-District play to top seeded Hastings St. Cecilia Bluehawks, 75-38, as the Cougars end the season with a 7-17 record. In action at the D1-8 Sub-District, played at St. Cecilia High School in Hastings, one night after a 43-41 overtime win over Shelton, the Harvard Cardinals’ season would come to a close, as the Heartland Huskies, after a 16-16 haltime tie, would outscore the Cardinals 30-15 in the second half to secure the 46-31 win, ending the Cardinals season with an 8-15 record.
The Sutton Mustangs advanced four wrestlers from the C-3 District meet to the 2017 Nebraska State Wrestling Championships, held this past weekend at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, with two returning from the threeday meet with medals around their necks. Sophomore Lee Carlson’s run in the Class C 113-pound class would chart a third place finish, while in the 120-pound class, junior Anton Carlson, wrapped up a busy weekend on the mats with his second straight sixth place finish, after placing sixth in the Class D 113- pound class a year ago.
Stone, Peterson also advance to state as Mustangs tie for third in final team standings at C-3 district meet
Four Sutton wrestlers will advance to the 2017 Nebraska State High School wrestling championships this week, including two district champions, sophomore Lee Carlson in the 113-pound class and junior Anton Carlson in the 120-pound class.
The team van, headed to Omaha this week, will also include senior Tanner Peterson, the 195 pound C-3 district runner-up in the tournament, as well as junior Chandler Stone, a third place medalist for the Mustangs in the 138 pound class.
Sutton first half play earns C2-9 Sub-District win Monday
The Sutton Fillies gained a little revenge Monday, Feb. 13, during first round action in the C2-9 Sub- District tournament, gaining a 43-31 win over the Sandy Creek Lady Cougars. Sandy Creek had claimed a 42-40 win over the Fillies on Jan. 26, in their only other meeting of the 2016-17 season.
Sutton used a 30-10 first half run, at Adams Central High School, to earn the 12-point win and improve to 12-11, while advancing to round two of the tournament, where they were to take on top seed Hastings St. Cecilia.
Coming off a 50-44 semifinal win over Heartland in the Southern Nebraska Conference tournament, the Sandy Creek Lady Cougars, in the midst of a five game winning streak, would see the momentum they had picked up over the past two weeks quickly falter as the Superior Lady Wildcats rolled to the SNC tournament champioship title with a 59- 22 win, as Sandy Creek fell to 10-10 with the loss.
Sandy Creek wouldn’t find the hoop until seven and a half minutes into the game, as Superior, behind a 13-0 first quarter run, held a 15-0 lead before the Lady Cougars finally recorded their first bucket of the game at the 6:42 mark of the second period. Superior posted a 32-10 halftime lead, then gained runs of 13-3 in the third quarter and 14-9 in the fourth quarter to gain the 37 point win and the SNC title.
Turnovers prove costly for Mustangs in 41-40 loss to Eagles Saturday night
After a huge 68-45 semifinal round win over the Fillmore Central Panthers, the Sutton Mustangs had their eyes set on tournament gold Saturday night, during action in the 2017 Southern Nebraska Conference basketball tournament held at Centennial High School in Utica.
A total of 19 turnovers, combined with 10 steals by the Milford Eagles, however, left the Mustangs on the short end for the second time in as many weeks against Milford, with the Eagles claiming their second straight SNC crown with a 41-40 win.
The annual Clay County clash between the Sandy Creek Lady Cougars and Sutton Fillies would see three players account for nearly 83 percent of the offense, as the Lady Cougars, behind strong second and third quarters, held off the Fillies, 42-40, as both teams finished the game with identical 8-9 records. Sandy Creek’s Addison Kuta and Kenzie Turman combined for 36 of the Lady Cougars’ 42 points, while Kailyn Wiseman tallied 32 of the Fillies’ 40 points in the loss for Sutton
Thursday night’s Clay County battle between Sutton and Sandy Creek, in Southern Nebraska Conference action, proved to be a battle for both teams until the midway point of the third quarter. The Cougars led the Mustangs, 23-19, at halftime, but defensive pressure in the second half propelled the Mustangs to a 51-37 win, outscoring Sandy Creek 32- 14 in the second half, to gain the 14-point win.