A trio of Sutton wrestlers would help lead the Mustangs to the top of the heap on Tuesday, Dec. 20, in action at home, during the annual Sutton Duals tournament. The Mustangs went 5-0 in duals to win the 2016 tournament.
Sophomore Lee Carlson, junior Chandler Stone and senior Tanner Peterson, all went unbeaten in the tournament that featured five dual challenges.
Carlson, the top ranked Class C wrestler in the 113-pound class this week, received three forfeit wins and earned a pair of wins on the mat, beating Ryan Bond of Wood River by way of a 2:52 pin. Carlson also pinned Centennial’s Gaven Schernikau, doing so in 1:12.
Stone earned one win in the 145-pound class and gained four wins in the 152- pound class for the Mustangs.
Four go unbeaten, led by Rademacher’s 5-0 run at Fillmore Central
Getting mat time for the South Central Red Raiders has been a hard thing as of late, thanks to Mother Nature.
South Central was to take part in the two-day Valentine Invitational Dec. 16 and 17, but winter weather cancelled the Red Raiders trip to Valentine. This prompted South Central to add the Johnson County Central Invite to their schedule in quick fashion. The same weather system that cancelled the Valentine Invite, also cancelled the Red Raiders trip to Cook, NE, for the Thunderbird Invite Dec. 17, leaving the Red Raiders with just two meets under their belts.
For the second time during the 2016-17 basketball season, a trip to Wood River would prove tough on the Sandy Creek girls basketball team. The Wood River Lady Eagles earned a 41-26 win over the Lady Cougars during the first round of the Central City Holiday Tournament, played in Wood River, Thursday, Dec. 22.
The Lady Eagles held a 21- 14 halftime lead, outscoring Sandy Creek 12-6 in the first quarter and 9-8 in the second period.
Wood River then outscored Sandy Creek 20-12 in the second half, to gain the 15- point win.
Wood River claimed a season opening win over Sandy Creek on Dec. 1, 47-39.
Addison Kuta had 13 points in the loss, while Kenzie Turman added five and Lauren Shackelford, four.
Taking on the challenge of hone of the top high school girls basketball programs in the state, regardless of class, this year in Nebraska, was exactly what the Sutton Fillies faced this past Saturday, Dec. 10. Lincoln Christian, the overall second ranked team in girls basketball, and the top ranked Class C-1 team in the state, proved their power early and often in a 79-31 win over the Fillies. The Crusaders, who had won their previous four games by an average of 43 points per game, opened the game with the Fillies, recording a 27-8 first quarter run.
Harvard senior Hannah Fields has signed a national letter of intent with the Defenders of Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA to run cross country beginning next fall. Fields is pictured with her parents, Thad, seated at the left, and Danelle, seated at the right. In the back are Dordt College cross country coaches Nate and Lori Wolf. Fields is a four-time state cross country meet qualifier, three years for Harvard and her freshman year at Ord. Her father is the coach of the Lady Cardinals’ program.
Coming off a pair of dominating wins in nonconference play, the Sutton Mustangs took on their first big challenge of the 2016-17 basketball season Saturday afternoon, as the Class C-1 Lincoln Christian Crusaders entered the Sutton Dome with a 3-1 record. Both teams battled evenly throughout much of the first three quarters, but the Crusaders gained the upper hand late in the fourth quarter. They used a 21-9 fourth quarter rally to erase a six-point Sutton lead in the fourth quarter and claim a 53-42 win, handing the Mustangs their first loss of the new season.
Long range shooting would be the forte for the Harvard girls basketball team, as the Lady Cardinals kicked off the 2016-17 basketball season with a pair of home games, hosting Giltner and Franklin. Harvard was 6-23 from three-point range in a 46-35 win over Giltner, Thursday, Dec. 1, while on Friday, Dec. 2, Twin Valley Conference action would see the Lady Cardinals connect on 10 of 37 three-point shots, in a tough 40-39 loss to the Lady Flyers, beginning the season at 1-1.
Under the direction of new Head Wrestling Coach Ryan Bauer, the South Central Red Raiders kicked off the 2016- 17 wrestling season in a big way, gaining four individual gold medals, spurring the Red Raiders to edge out Sutton for the team title, as South Central held a 134-131 edge in the final standings to claim top team honors during action at the Harvard Invitational, held Saturday, Dec. 3. Chase DeVries, Tanner Ives, Gavyn Buschkoetter and Hunter Rempe led the charge for Bauer and his squad, claiming top honors in their respective weight classes. DeVries’ run, in the 126-pound class, earned the sophomore five wins, while scoring 23 team points in the meet. DeVries opened with a 1:21 pin over Michael Kautz of Shelton/Kenesaw (S/K), took a 10-1 major decision win over Seth Gehle of Superior, then pinned Adrian Gerken of Eustis-Farman in 2:05 in round three.