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06
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Sutton, Yutan to battle in C-2 opener

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Seniors Kyle Baumert, left, and Garrett Nuss defend this Centura player during the Mustangs’ 47-45 C2-3 District final win Feb. 25. Nuss leads the Mustangs into their opening round game at Northeast High School in Lincoln as the leading scorer and rebounder, with just over 11 points and just under seven rebounds per game. Baumert hits at 6.2 points per game.

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Thursday afternoon’s Class C-2 state tournament opener at Lincoln Northeast High School will mark the first time in basketball that the Sutton Mustangs and Yutan Chieftains will square off on the hardwood.

Sutton’s history in Lincoln runs much deeper, having qualified for the state tournament 29 times, while Yutan has advanced 12 times.

Sutton has been void of the big dance since 2014, while Yutan has only qualified once since 1994, that being last year when the Chieftains finished fourth in the Class C-2 tournament.

Sutton owns four state championships and Yutan, one, as the Mustangs took titles in 1919 in Class B, in 1922 in Class A and more recently, Sutton owns a C-1 title in 1989, along with a C-2 title in 2003. Yutan’s lone state title came in 1924, winning the Class E state title.

Fri
01
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Sutton, Yutan to battle for first time in history in C-2 first round

Season Stats & Scores

A statistical comparison and season record for Sutton and Yutan

The Mustangs and their fans celebrate Sutton's first trip to the state tournament since 2014 following a 47-45 win over Centura in the C2-3 District Final Monday, Feb. 25.

The Sutton Mustangs, winners of the C2-2 Sub-District and C2-3 District championships will take their talent to Lincoln next weekend for the Class C-2 State Tournament. Team members include, in front, from the left: student manager Carson Mau, Tyler Baldwin, Jacob Haight, Quenton Jones, Cade Wiseman, Jackson Perrien, Dawson Nunnenkamp, Eli Skalka and student manager Cole Baumert. In the back, from the left: student manager Trevin Buescher, assistant coach Ben Francis, Jordan Davis, Jacob Rogers, Kyle Baumert, Seth George, Eli Stengel, Garrett Nuss, head coach Jon Ladehoff and student manager Caleb Ladehoff. Not pictured is student manager Garrison Perrien. Sutton will take on the Yutan Cheiftains at 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon at Lincoln Northeast in the first round of the tournament.

BY TORY DUNCAN
Thursday afternoon’s Class C-2 state tournament opener at Lincoln Northeast High School will mark the first time in basketball that the Sutton Mustangs and Yutan Chieftains will square off on the hardwood.
Sutton’s history in Lincoln runs much deeper, having qualified for the state tournament 29 times, while Yutan has advanced 12 times.
Sutton has been void of the big dance since 2014, while Yutan has only qualfied once since 1994, that being last year when the Chieftains finished fourth in the Class C-2 tournament.
Sutton owns four state championships and Yutan, one, as the Mustangs took titles in 1919 in Class B, in 1922 in Class A and more recently, Sutton owns a C-1 title in 1989, along with a C-2 title in 2003. Yutan’s lone state title came in 1924, winning the Class E state title.

Wed
27
Feb
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Alma edges Cougars in C2-9 sub-districts

JORDYN HULINSKY | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Freshman Josh Shaw had eight points and a team high 12 rebounds in the Cougars’ 50-47 season ending loss to Alma in the semifinals of the C2-9 Sub-District tournament, played at Adams Central Feb. 19.

The Alma Cardinals, with a strong second half run, would erase Sandy Creek’s 21-16 first half lead, going on a 34-26 second half scoring spree to edge out the Cougars from advancing in the C2-9 Sub-District basketball tournament at Adams Central High School, Feb. 19.

Sandy Creek opened play on an 11-6 first quarter run, before both teams hit for 10 second quarter points to give the Cougars the five-point, 21-16 first half lead.

It would be a 13-9 third quarter run by Alma that brought the Cardinals back to within one point, trailing Sandy Creek 30-29. The second-seeded Cardinals then went on a 21-17 fourth quarter run to rally for the three-point, 50-47 win, ending the Cougars’ season with a 5-18 record.

 

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Wed
27
Feb
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Sutton holds off Centura

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JORDYN HULINSKY | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sutton players and fans alike celebrate their breathtaking 47-45 win over Centura in the C2-3 and Garrett Nuss embrace after Sutton held on for the win to advance to the state tournament District Final at Grand Island Senior High Monday night. In the foreground, seniors Seth George for the first time since 2014.

With big wins over BDS and Tri County in Sub-District play, the Sutton Mustangs needed to take one more step toward their dream of playing in the 2019 Nebraska State Basketball championships Monday, and that was to beat Centura High School.

The Mustangs, who hadn’t advanced to state since 2014, seemingly had the right scenario in place to make that dream come true, playing the Centurions, a team in which Sutton dismantled earlier in the season, whipping the Centura boys 73-42, back on Dec. 20 in the Sutton Dome.

This time, however, Centura coach Dave Oman and his squad had a little plan up their sleeves, that seemingly caught the Mustangs off guard on the Grand Island Senior High floor.

 

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Fri
22
Feb

Sutton to the C2-3 District Final

Senior Kyle Baumert drives the lane during Sutton's four-point win over Tri County Thursday night in Fairbury.

Sutton's student body added a little extra energy to Thursday nights 63-59 Sutton boys win over Tri County in the C2-2 Sub-Districts at Fairbury.

Sutton head coach Jon Ladehoff gives some last second thoughts to his troops prior to taking on Tri County in the C2-2 Sub-District finals.

Thursday night’s battle for the C2-2 Sub-District title in Fairbury was a game of momentum swings between Sutton and Tri County.
The Trojans opened the game with a 15-11 first quarter lead, before the stealthy Sutton offense kicked into high gear in the second quarter, as the Mustangs outscored Tri County 20-6, led by five points from Quenton Jones, Seth George and Garrett Nuss.
Nuss hit a three-point bucket as the halftime buzzer sounded to lift Sutton to a 31-21 halftime lead.
The Trojans trimmed the Mustang lead by two points with an 18-16 third quarter run, before this clash became interesting in the final eight minutes.
Sutton held a 47-39 lead to start the fourth quarter, and in the end it was a good thing Sutton sparked the 14-point run in the second frame.
Tri County sophomore Cole Siems claimed 18 of his game high 32 points in the final quarter to account for all but two of Tri County’s 20 points in the 20-16 run for the Trojans.

Wed
20
Feb
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Deweese Redneck Golf tourney creates challenges for participants

HANNAH COLLINS | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Travis Fraser, left, and Brady Hinrichs try their luck at one of the unique golfing holes created at the Deweese Fire and Rescue Department during Saturday’s Redneck Golf Tournament in Deweese. Twenty-holes were created for this year’s event.

 

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Wed
20
Feb
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Hansen battles to 5th place finish at state

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Harvard junior Dalton Hansen gains control of Elwood’s Zachary Dickau during the battle for fifth place in the Class D 106 pound class, a match in which Hansen won 3-0 to finish the season with a 30-11 record.

After finishing second at the D-1 District wrestling meet Feb. 9, Harvard junior Dalton Hansen served up a little excitement at the 2019 Nebraska state wrestling championship, as the Cardinals lightweight 106 pound rallied to gain himself his first-ever state medal, winning five of seven matches in the process.

Hansen, following an opening round 5:58 pinfall win over Tristan White of Arapahoe, ran into his own Twin Valley Conference nemisis in Jesse Sauceda. The Bulldog junior would pin Hansen in 1:16, forcing the Harvard spark plug into the consolation bracket, where he caught fire.

Hansen opened with an impressive 33-second pin over Jacoby Mann of Winside, then pulled off his biggest win of his career in the third round of the consolation bracket, holding off Samuel Foster of Sutherland 4-2 in overtime.

 

Wed
20
Feb
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Sutton in top 15 at state

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Lee Carlson twists up Aquinas Catholic’s Cameron Schrad in the battle for third place, a match that Carlson won 9-6. Carlson wrapped up his Sutton career with 159 wins, which is second on the all-time charts.

Senior Lee Carlson and sophomore Joe Hinrichs would claim bronze at the 2019 Nebraska state wrestling championships this past weekend, helping the Mustangs finish in the top 15 of the Class C field.

Valentine, with a huge semifinal round Friday night in Omaha, distanced themselves from Broken Bow in the team race, outscoring the Indians 165-129, while Southern Nebraska Conference champion and the C-2 District championship team, David City, placed third with 120.5 team points.

Sutton would tally 42.5 team points to place 13th overall in the final standings.

CARLSON THIRD AT 126

Senior Lee Carlson, who recently gained his 150th career win, entered the 2019 state championship meet with lofty goals of becoming a state champion with his 44-0 record, after winning the C-2 District crown in Albion.

Wed
13
Feb
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Red Raiders taking 3 to state wrestling

JORDYN HULINSKY | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

South Central senior, Jaekob Spitz, punched his ticket to the Class C state meet this weekend in Omaha with a16-4 major decision win in this match over Luis Torrez of Doniphan-Trumbull. Spitz heads to Omaha with a 26-5 record.

A trio of South Central Red Raiders continued their wrestling seasons this past weekend with honors coming out of the C-1 District wrestling meet held in Battle Creek Feb. 8-9.

Freshman John Brodrick, along with seniors Jaekob Spitz and Chase DeVries, all earned individual hardware in Battle Creek, as the Red Raiders placed ninth as a team, scoring 65 points in the 16-team district.

The host Braves ran away with the team title, outscoring second place St. Paul, 181-125.5.

Brodrick and Spitz both claimed second-place honors in the meet, while DeVries earned fourth-place honors to advance to the state championship mat meet in Omaha.

Brodrick was the first to punch his ticket to Omaha as the freshman, following two byes in the 106 pound class, earned an 8-5 win over Josh Urlacher of Bishop Neumann to gain the bid for the individual title in his class.

 

Wed
13
Feb
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Sutton sends 6 to state

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Senior Lee Carlson works over Logan View’s Martin Valencia during the 126 pound district title match Saturday afternoon in Albion. Carlson will take a perfect 44-0 record to this weekend’s state meet, following three big wins at Boone Central High School.

The Sutton wrestling team opened the C-2 District meet on fire, having all but one of their nine wrestlers reach at least the consolation semifinal round, but a tough final two rounds would cut the number of Mustangs from eight possible qualifiers to a very strong group of six state meet qualifiers.

Led by senior Lee Carlson’s district title in the 126 pound class, Sutton would capture the fourth-place spot in the team race, scoring 117 team points. David City outscored second place Logan View 235.5-196.5, while Wood River finished 10 points ahead of the Mustangs.

The district title for Carlson at 126 didn’t come without a challenge, after a first round bye, Carlson disposed of Twin Rivers’ Beau Zoucha in 1:13, before having to deal with a pesky Daniel Escandon of Gibbon in the semifinal round.

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