Long-time girls basketball Coach Russ Ninemire welcomes back six letterwinners and his top two scorers from a 15-9 season last year. Returning letterwinners for the Lady Cougars include seniors Addison Kuta, Barbara Rodriguez and Lauren Shackelford, while juniors include: Kambria Chohon, Kenzie Turman and Jordan Woodbury. Kuta and Turman return as the leading scorers from a year ago, with Kuta pouring in an average of 13.1 points per game and Turman just under 10 points per game.
Wayne State College Head Baseball Coach Alex Koch announced today that five student-athletes have signed national letters of intent during the NCAA early signing period to join the Wildcat baseball program for the 2017-18 school year. The list includes: Andrew Hansen of Burnsville, MN, Alex Logelin from Waconia, MN, Maxwell Ploof of Coon Rapids, MN, Aaron Ras of Bancroft and Devin Wagoner from Sutton. Wagoner is a 6-5, 180-pound right-handed pitcher from Sutton, where he is a three-year starter in baseball and golf, and a twoyear starter in basketball.
A season of swings could be the best way of labeling the Sutton Mustangs’ 2016 football season. Sutton began the year at 5-0, after edging past Doniphan-Trumbull in the season opener 40-34. The Mustangs dominated their next three opponents, crushing Malcolm 38-7 in week two, outlasting Hastings St. Cecilia 18-7 and taking a 55-7 win over the Sandy Creek Cougars.
Following its first season in the ranks of Six-Man football, the Harvard Cardinals, based on their 8-2 season record that took them to the semifinal round of the Six-Man Coaches Association state playoffs, landed four players on the All-State honors list, as well as seven players on the 2016 South Division, All-Division team. Two players were tabbed as first team All-State selections on the offensive side of the ball, with junior Tucker Scherbarth, behind a season that gained him 1,709 rushing yards, was a first team running back. Scherbarth scored 27 touchdowns, while averaging just under 190 yards per game. Junior Ray Nierman was selected to the first team as the All-State kicker.
Thirty years ago, a big night of high school football, championship football at that, brought throngs of people to Central Clay County, Clay Center to be specific, for a game that was for all the marbles in Class C-2, the 1986 state championship. That night, Friday, Nov. 21, 1986, pitted two Twin Valley Conference and county rivals together on the Wildcats’ home turf for what many thought would be a game that would never happen. Both Clay Center and Harvard entered the playoffs as unranked C-2 football programs. The stars, however, aligned perfectly for the Wildcats and Cardinals, as Clay Center won a trio of challenging battles in the east bracket of the C-2 playoffs, while Harvard bullied their way through the west bracket. Clay Center had outscored Stromsburg, Yutan and Homer in the first three rounds by a combined score of 56-15, beating Stromsburg 21-3, Yutan 15-0 and Homer 20-12.
A total of eight Clay County volleyball players received post-season honors from their respective conference this week. In the Southern Nebraska Conference, first team selections included Sandy Creek senior Addison Kuta and junior Coree Lipovsky, while for Sutton, senior Kailyn Wiseman was tabbed as a first team selection. SNC second team honors went to a pair of Sandy Creek juniors, including Kambria Chohon and Kenzie Turman. Honorable mention selections proved to be Sutton junior Alyssa Schurman and Sandy Creek sophomore Grace Messenger.
Sutton senior Sydney Gemar, the daughter of Steve and Nicki Gemar, signed a letter of intent with Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK, on Nov. 9, to join the OSU Equestrian Team, coached by Larry Sanchez, an 18-year veteran head coach for the Cowgirls. Under Sanchez, the Oklahoma State Equestrian Team has made its presence known at the National Championships every year, winning National Championships in 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2013. Sanchez also led the Cowgirls to Big 12 Championships in the 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons. Gemar had verbally committed to OSU on Oct. 18.
Despite semifinal loss to Cowboys, Harvard football wins Six-Man Southern Division title
Harvard Head Coach Scott Trimble knew after the Cardinals recorded a 52-40 opening round win over South Platte in the Six-Man Coaches Association state playoffs, that his Cardinals had a big battle ahead with the 300 mile trip northwest to Cody, Nebraska, against the Cody-Kilgore Cowboys. It was a defensive battle from the onset, but the Cowboys’ defense, in the end, shut down the Cardinals’ offense, holding Harvard scoreless in the second half to earn a hard fought 38-16 win.
Melissa Scheidemann of Sutton and Roman Skalka of Deweese would go head-to-head for first place. The tie breaker between Riverside versus Silver Lake would name Scheidemann the winner of the week 11 football contest. In all, 119 points were scored between the two teams; Scheidemann guessed 99 points would be scored, while Skalka guessed 63 points, naming him the second place winner.
The always challenging Hastings St. Cecilia Hawkettes proved to be too much to handle during the opening round of the C2-9 Sub-District tournament held Monday, Oct. 31, at Adams Central. The Hawkettes recorded a 25-15, 28-26, 25-19 season ending loss to the Sandy Creek volleyball team. Sandy Creek totaled 35 kills in the match, but it proved to not be enough in the end, as Sandy Creek ended the 2016 with an 18-12 record.