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Wed
11
Dec
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Medina leads Cardinals at home invite

Medina leads Cardinals at home invite

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Senior Oscar Medina battles with Meridian wrestler Lane Barton in one of his five matches, eventually gaining third place in the 126-pound class at the Cardinals home meet on Saturday.

Senior Oscar Medina opened up the 2019-20 wrestling season with a third-place finish, in action at the Harvard Invitational Saturday, Dec. 7.

Medina earned three wins in five matches of round robin wrestling in the 126-pound class. He opened with a 57-second pin over William Twogood of Nebraska Christian, before dropping a 7-2 decision to Lane Barton of Meridian.

In quarterfinals, Medina downed Sam Tourney of Shelton, 5-0, before falling to Drake Belville of Doniphan-Trumbull in 4:56. The final match of the day would produce a 1:03 pinfall win over Gabriel Heunefeld of Nebraska Christian to gain third-place honors.

 

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Wed
11
Dec
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Cougars light up Eagles, Scouts

Cougars light up Eagles, Scouts

RITA BRHEL | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

A little give and go action between sophomore Josh Shaw, with the ball, and senior Wyatt Mach during the Cougars’ 50-44 win over Wood River Thursday, Dec. 5. Sandy Creek started the year at 2-0 with wins over the Eagles and David City on Saturday, Dec. 7.

The Sandy Creek Cougars got the 2019-20 basketball season off to a flying start, opening the season at 2-0 with a 50-44 win over Wood River, Dec. 5, while holding off the David City Scouts 41-34, Dec. 7.

Thursday’s home bout with the Eagles would see senior Wyatt Mach and junior Keifer Anderson pace the scoring for the Cougars, as Mach hit for 17 and Anderson, 12, while Josh Shaw added nine in the win.

The Eagles, behind runs of 16-10 and 12-9 in the first half, claimed a 28-19 halftime lead, but a strong defensive effort by the Cougars in the second half, along with a steady scoring threat, produced a 31-16 second half run to produce the sixpoint win over the Eagles.

The Cougars shot just over 41 percent from the field, sinking 17 of 41 shots, while at the foul line, Sandy Creek was 13-26, 50 percent.

Wed
04
Dec
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Cardinals win D-6 state title

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The magical run to the Class D-6 state championship, with a 50-33 win over McCool Junction Nov. 22, brought to an end an undefeated 12-0 football season for the Harvard Cardinals and an unbelievable 40-4 record over the course of the past four football seasons for the Harvard program.

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Wed
04
Dec
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Hansen wraps up UNK Cross Country career

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UNK SPORTS INFORMATION | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Deweese native, Corbin Hansen wrapped up his UNK Cross Country career at the 2019 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 23, in Sacramento, CA.

Nebraska-Kearney senior Corbin Hansen, a native of Deweese and graduate of Sandy Creek High School, placed 160th at the 2019 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships Saturday, Nov. 23, in Sacramento, CA.

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Wed
27
Nov
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Knights prevail over Mustangs 19-0

Knights prevail over Mustangs 19-0

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Cade Wiseman (3) passes the ball to Jackson Perrien at the start of a play during the Class C-2 state championship game against Oakland-Craig. Wiseman accounted for 84 yards on 25 carries, while Perrien had 51 yards on 15 carries.

Knights prevail over Mustangs 19-0

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

A trio of Mustangs, including Dawson Nunnenkamp (2), Cade Wiseman (3), and Eli Skalka (65) take down an Oakland-Craig player.

Knights prevail over Mustangs 19-0

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sutton players prepare for another play during the Tuesday Class C2 State Championship game at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Knights prevail over Mustangs 19-0

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

An emotional Jackson Perrien listens for his name to be called to receive a medal from head coach Steve Ramer. Behind him stands the Mustang team, including Dawson Nunnenkamp (2), Cade Wiseman.

Knights prevail over Mustangs 19-0

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sutton Football Head Coach Steve Ramer talks to his team in between plays.

Knights prevail over Mustangs 19-0

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Quenton Jones looks around his opponent for an opening while running toward the end zone Tuesday.

Knights prevail over Mustangs 19-0

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Cory Carlson (23) and Joe Hinrichs work together to bring down an Oakland-Craig Knight. Moving in on the play for Sutton is Maury Bautista (16).

Work ethic. That is what Sutton Head Football Coach Steve Ramer shared after the Sutton Mustangs fell short of the ultimate goal, the Class C2 State Championship Tuesday afternoon at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.

“I tell you what, I couldn’t be more proud of our kids. The way they battled and worked their tails off to get where we finished today,” Ramer said. “Sure, a state title would have been great, but these kids have nothing to hang their heads about.”

Sutton, for the first time in 2019, was held scoreless in a game that was dictated by Mother Nature and challenging defenses on the part of both teams Tuesday afternoon.

 

 

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Wed
20
Nov
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Playoff fever is alive and well in Clay Co.

Nebraska’s playoff system this year has been a beneficial sort for the Sutton Mustangs and Harvard Cardinals in 2019. Both teams punched their tickets to the state championship games in their respective classes.

Sutton will battle for the Class C-2 title, pitting them against Oakland-Craig next Tuesday in Memorial Stadium at 2:45 p.m.

Harvard travels to Foster Field and the Ron & Carol Cope Stadium at the University of Nebraska-Kearney this Friday night, where they will take on the Mustangs of McCool Junction at 7 p.m., for the Class D-6 state championship

I happened to do a little research regarding both football teams, and took a look into the recent history of both programs.

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Wed
13
Nov
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150 points; 21 scores

150 points; 21 scores

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Senior signal caller Noah Okraska rolls through this hole made by David Reazola (20) and Ethan Piper

(15) during Harvard’s six-point win over the Warriors. Okraska had 239 passing yards and 207 rushing yards, as well as 31 receiving yards in the quarterfinal win in Harvard.

150 points; 21 scores

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Senior Ryan Harms (10) sends this Sioux County player flying on one of his 10 tackles in the game. Harms had eight solo stops in the Cardinals’ win. Ben Okraska (4) assists on the play.

150 points; 21 scores

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Senior David Reazola follows the blocking of junior Ben Okraska on this run during Friday’s 78-72 win over Sioux County. Reazola had 146 yards on the ground and 94 passing yards in the win.

BY TORY DUNCAN

Nebraska’s six-man football division has been known for pouring on the offense. In the case of Friday afternoon’s battle between the Harvard Cardinals and the Sioux County Warriors, the two teams combined for 150 points, 21 touchdowns and 1,363 total yards, as the Cardinals held on for a nail-biting 78-72 win to advance to a fourth straight six-man semifinal game.

The Cardinals seemed to have the game well under control after the first quarter, as Harvard held a 24-6 lead at the end of the first 10 minutes, and eventually led 32-6 at the 8:03 point of the second quarter.

In the first, Noah Okraska scored on a two-yard run, a 45-yard pass play from David Reazola to Noah and eventually to Ben Okraska for a 16-0 lead.

 

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Wed
13
Nov
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Houdini act sends Sutton to C-2 semifinals

Houdini act sends Sutton to C-2 semifinals

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Junior Cade Wiseman (3) breaks between blocks from Brady Peterworth (74), Joe Hinrichs, behind Wiseman, and Tyler Baldwin (80). In the game, Wiseman scored three times and ran wild for 288 yards on 40 carries in the Mustangs 44-28 win over Battle Creek.

Houdini act sends Sutton to C-2 semifinals

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Junior Quenton Jones takes off on this kick return in the second quarter of Sutton’s quarterfinal win over Battle Creek.

Houdini act sends Sutton to C-2 semifinals

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Senior Cory Carlson (23) had a monster night on defense with eight solo tackles and six assists, as well as two sacks in the Mustangs 16-point win over Battle Creek. Here, Carlson and Joe Hinrichs bring down Braves quarterback Payton Frederick in the third quarter of the win.

Sutton’s home field clash with the Battle Creek Braves in the Class C-2 playoff quarterfinal round wasn’t for the queasy, as after the Mustangs took an 8-6 first quarter lead, the visiting Braves put Sutton in a hole at halftime, as a 15-0 second quarter run by Battle Creek left the Mustangs reeling in a quarter of turnovers and mistakes, as Battle Creek led 21-8 going into the final 24 minutes of the playoff tilt.

Sutton turned up the heat to a boiling point in the second half, as the Mustangs pulled a Houdini magical act like no other. Sutton outscored the Braves 36-7 in the second half to record an incredible turn around, claiming a 44-28 win to keep the Mustang season alive and well.

With the win, Sutton improved to 10-1 on the year, while Battle Creek ends the 2019 season at 9-2.

 

Wed
13
Nov
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Set for the semifinals

Friday, Nov. 8, will be a night that Sutton and Harvard football fans won’t soon forget. The Mustangs erased a 21-8 first half deficit, outscoring the Battle Creek Braves, 36-7, in the second half to get into the Class C-2 state semifinals for the second straight year.

In contrast, Harvard fans had to hold their breath in the second half to ensure that their Cardinals qualified for their fourth straight appearance in the six-man state semifinal round. The Cardinals, who at one point held a 32-6 lead early in the second quarter of their clash with the Warriors of Sioux County (Harrison), watched on as the Warriors outscored Harvard, 66-46, in the final 28 minutes of the 40 minute battle, falling short in their comeback bid, as the Cardinals perched on top of a 78-72 victory and maintained its perfect record, improving to 10-0 on the year.

Wed
06
Nov
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Sutton routes Yutan

Sutton routes Yutan

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Senior Jackson Perrien (1) tore up Yutan on the ground, rushing for 233 yards on 30 carries. Perrien gained plenty of help from his offensive line, including Brady Peterworth (74) and Joe Hinrichs (58), along with fullback Cory Carlson (23).

Sutton routes Yutan

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Senior Jacob Haight (84) moves in for one of his two quarterback sacks of Yutan quarterback Brady Timm during Sutton’s opening round 46-7 win over the Chieftains Friday night in Sutton.

Sutton routes Yutan

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Junior Cade Wiseman (3) blistered the Chieftains for 153 yards on just nine carries in the Mustangs’ 39-point win in the first round of the Class C-2 state playoffs.

Sutton routes Yutan

Sutton’s football team opened the C-2 state playoffs with what many people thought could be a dangerous first round challenge in the Yutan Chieftains.

In 2017, the Chieftains went into the C-2 state playoffs as the No. 16 seed and ran the table to claim the C-2 state title.

This year, after a year away from the playoffs for Yutan, the very same scenario stood, as the Mustangs, the top seed in the post-season, hosted the No. 16 seed Chieftains.

A determined and powerful running game, however, made sure that history wouldn’t repeat itself, as the Mustangs, behind a strong stable of backfield mates, rolled up 462 rushing yards on 52 carries and crushed Yutan, 46-7, to advance to the quarterfinal round of the playoffs.

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