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Wed
13
May
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Wildcat boys track wins back-to-back

Wildcat boys track wins back-to-back

The caption in 1988 read: Bruce Canterberry and Bob Wilkerson was the won-two punch that Clay Center needed to successfully defend its Class D state track title. The Wildcat duo combined for 52 of Clay Centers’ 64 total team points. CCN FILE PHOTO-1988 | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

EDITORS NOTE: This is the first in a series of at least three weeks of state track memories of the past featured in the Clay County News files.

The 1986-87 school year was a banner year for boys athletics at Clay Center High School. The Wildcats earned the Class C-2 state football title with a 13-7 win over in-county rival Harvard; and the Clay Center wrestling team dominated the wrestling mats in Class D, winning the state team title over second-place Palmer by 51.5 points, 159-107.5. At the end of that school year, the Wildcats started a track dominance as well, as Clay Center earned team gold in Class D in both 1987 and 1988.

The headline in the Clay County News’ May 28, 1987 issue read: “Wildcats coast to third state title,” eluding to the trifecta of state championships brought back to Clay Center that year.

 

Wed
06
May
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Nebraska 6-man all-star game moved to July 18 in Chadron

Nebraska 6-man all-star game moved to July 18 in Chadron

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Three Harvard football players who helped guide the Cardinals to the 2019 Class D-3 state football championship will have one more shot at representing Cardinal Nation this year. Noah Okraska, the 6-Man defensive player of the year, along with running back David Reazola and receiver Ryan Harms will all take part in the 2020 Nebraska-Wyoming Six-Man Shootout.

The game, which is set to be played on the Chadron State College campus on El liott Field at Don Beebe Stadium has been moved to Saturday, July 18, 2020.

 

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Wed
06
May
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Trimble is all about connections

Trimble is all about connections

Trimble, at the left, is with his three-peat six-man state championship Arthur County Wolves football team in 2011. COURTESY PHOTO | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Connections are what truly matters to Scott Trimble, who by all accounts would never call himself the guru of six-man football, but in looking at his career as a football coach, that is exactly what Trimble is—a guru on so many levels.

Perhaps the most amazing part of it is the fact that Trimble never played the game of football while growing up.

“When I was growing up, we moved a few times, a couple of schools didn’t even have football, but I honestly was a basketball guy,” Trimble noted.

“The only chance I had to play was my senior year at Prairie High School in New Raymer, CO. My dad wouldn’t let me go out, telling me that I just needed to focus on basketball, so that I didn’t get hurt in football for the basketball season.”

 

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Wed
29
Apr
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Deweese native Hansen ‘blessed’ by career at UNK

Deweese native Hansen ‘blessed’ by career at UNK

Hansen, during his junior season at the NCAA National Championship cross country meet in Pittsburgh, PA, earned all-american status with a 31st place finish in the meet. It’s a major career highlight for Hansen during his career with the Loper program. STEVE WOLTMANN PHOTOGRAPHY | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Deweese native Hansen ‘blessed’ by career at UNK
Deweese native Hansen ‘blessed’ by career at UNK

Hansen treks through the mud and muck during the 2018 NCAA National Championship cross country meet in Pittsburgh, PA. STEVE WOLTMANN PHOTOGRAPHY | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Whether it was stated by his college cross country and track coach or himself, Corbin Hansen, a 2016 graduate of Sandy Creek High School, is “that classic Class C kid that was a multi-sport athlete in high school and came into the University of Nebraska-Kearney cross country and track programs with nothing to lose and everything to gain.”

His coach, over the past four years at UNK, Brady Bonsall knows the feeling of being that small class kid hitting the big stage at the next level, as Bonsall was a standout runner at Burwell High School and went on to star at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

“Corbin, in my mind, battled through some injuries in his career here, but he did exactly that, he battled,” Bonsall said.

“Corbin is just a competitor that doesn’t like to lose, and that really propelled him in his career. He has worked hard to get where he got and truly became a leader for our programs on many levels,” shared Bonsall.

 

 

 

Wed
29
Apr
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Ramer: ‘I love the game of football’

Ramer: ‘I love the game of football’

Ramer calls in a play during the 2012 state title game with Aquinas Catholic, a year that his Mustangs finished an impressive 12-1. FILE PHOTO BY TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Ramer: ‘I love the game of football’

Ramer talks with his 2019 Sutton squad after a tough 19-0 loss to Oakland-Craig in the C-2 championship game this past November in Lincoln. FILE PHOTO BY TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Ramer: ‘I love the game of football’

Ramer has a moment with Eli Skalka, a senior, on this past state runner-up football team for the Mustangs. Ramer has compiled an 80-27 record in his 10 seasons in Sutton. FILE PHOTO BY TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Passion and drive. Those two words might not be the words of choice that Sutton Head Football Coach Steve Ramer would use to describe himself as a player and a coach, but when you talk football with Ramer, that is what comes out, his passion and drive.

“It seems that I’ve always been a part of a rebuild of sorts,” Ramer shared. “In high school, at Southeast Consolidated in Stella when I stepped in as a freshman, and played, our school was on like a 60-game losing streak or something like that, but we had new coaches that came in and changed the culture and the kids that were freshman and sophomores really bought into changing the culture, and we did.”

Ramer, once he stepped into the coaching world after graduating from Peru State, spent a few years as an assistant coach at Maryville High School in Missouri, helping with the Spoofhounds football program before taking the reigns as a head coach in 1998 at Sentral High School in Fenton, IA.

 

 

 

Wed
22
Apr
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20 Clay County student-athletes earn academic all-state honors

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20 Clay County student-athletes earn academic all-state honors

The 2020 academic all-state honors totaled 20 student-athletes from Clay County, as released by the Nebraska School Activities Association last week.

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Wed
22
Apr
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Gemar’s passion leads her at OSU

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ABOVE: Sydnee Gemar competes in horsemanship for the Oklahoma State Cowgirls equestrian team. With the abrupt halt to the season, Gemar finished her junior season as a first team All-Big 12 member of the all academic team. She was one of 15 Cowgirls honored by the conference for their academic talents.

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RIGHT: Gemar, a 2017 graduate of Sutton High School, is a junior at Oklahoma State, competing on the Cowgirls’ Equestrian team.

Horses are just a fact of life for 2017 Sutton High School graduate Sydnee Gemar. Growing up in rural Clay County, Gemar and her family have lived and breathed a life around horses. One of Gemar’s life-long goals was to compete with horses in college.

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Wed
15
Apr
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Hinrichs honored by NEWrestle.com

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Joe Hinrichs turns Raymond Central’s Connor Kriekemier, during the state title match in Omaha Feb. 22. With the Class C 152-pound championship, Hinrichs finished his junior season with a 38-1 record and ran his career record to 124-18. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sutton junior Joe Hinrichs, was recently honored by the wrestling website NEWrestle.com for his successes on the mats this past season.

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Wed
15
Apr
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Swartzendrueber leads Shickley to 1997 state title

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Swartzendrueber, shown here in the 1997 Class D-2 state champioship game, a 61-52 win over the Dodge Pirates, looks to score. Swartz led the Lonhorns in scoring his senior year, averaging just under 14 points per game. COURTESY PHOTO | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

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Swartzendrueber has led the Sandy Creek boys basketball team since coming to Sandy Creek in 2002. Here, he is shown with his most current Cougars during a time out this past season, that would see the Cougars finish with a 13-10 record. COURTESY PHOTO | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

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Swartzendrueber is wrapping up his 18th year as a teacher and coach at Sandy Creek High School. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Matt Swartzendrueber, or Swartz, as he is know by his boys basketball players and students at Sandy Creek High school lives and breathes the game of basketball.

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Wed
01
Apr
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Baumert earns 1st team all-conference honors

Baumert earns 1st team all-conference honors

Baumert

Sutton junior Kylie Baumert joined four others as first-team all-conference selections following the 2019-20 basketball season.

Baumert is joined by Superior’s Kaylynn Meyer, Fillmore Central’s Macy Scott, Milford’s Jayla Policky and Centennial’s Kate Hirschfeld as first-team picks by the Southern Nebraska Conference coaches.

Xytlaly Bautista earned third-team honors for her play during the Fillies season, and is joined by Shayla Meyer of Superior, Lexi Theis of Fillmore Central, Nevaeh Stauffer of Milford and Lauren Vandenburg of David City.

Second-team honors went to Halle Theis of Fillmore Central, Sydny Havel of Thayer Central, Sara Huss of Fairbury, Hannah Kepler of Milford and Hunter Hartshorn of Centennial.

Sandy Creek junior Jaden Claycamp and Sutton junior Dayvie Perrien were both tabbed as SNC honorable mention selections for the recent basketball season.

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