It’s been a long time coming for the Harvard Cardinal football program to earn a playoff win, but on Friday, Oct. 28, nearly 13 years after their last playoff win, a 56-20 win over Diller-Odell in Class D-1 in 2003, the Cardinals provided their fans with a big showing, downing the Blue Knights of South Platte High School in Big Springs with a 52-40 win in the opening round of the 2016 Six-Man Coaches Association state playoffs. The win advances the Cardinals to the semifinal round against the Cowboys of Cody-Kilgore High School, in Cody.
The Centennial Broncos, despite a slow start in their battle with the Sutton Mustangs, showed their strength in the second half of a 34-8 win over the Mustangs, solidifying the Broncos’ top seed in the upcoming Class C-2 state football playoffs. Despite the tough loss, the Sutton Mustangs secured their seventh straight trip into the post-season, taking a 6-3 record into this Friday’s first round game at Battle Creek.
After earning their ticket to state as a team with a runner-up finish in the D-3 District meet held near McCool Junction, the Harvard cross country team turned their attention to the big show this past week at the 2016 state cross country championships, held at the Kearney Country Club on Friday, Oct. 21. In a tough field of Class D competition, Harvard would challenge the field of 148 total runners and gained a 10th place team finish, scoring 177 team points and earning one individual medal in the process.
The Sandy Creek football team came full circle in their final home game of the 2016 season, using a tough running game and an efficient passing game to register their first win of the season, rolling past C2-7 District challenger Wood River, 31-10. This marks Sandy Creek’s first win since a 50-15 win over Superior on Oct. 2, 2015.
Led by two individual medalists in the sister duo of Hannah and Ellie Fields, the Harvard girls cross country team punched their ticket for the 2016 state cross country championships, with a runner-up team title during action at the D-3 District meet held at Camp Kateri, just south of McCool Junction. Senior Hannah Fields and her freshman sister, Ellie finished fourth and fifth, respectively in the meet, earning individual honors and helping to propel the Lady Cardinals to the runner-up spot, just nine points behind the D-3 champions, McCool Junction.
After a tough go during third and fourth weeks of September, where the Lady Cougars fell in four of five matches, the Sandy Creek volleyball team has bounced back and find themselves, after a straight sets win over Fillmore Central on Oct. 6 on a six match winning streak, dating back to a Sept. 27 win over Milford, also in straight sets. Since that down swoon, Sandy Creek tripped up Milford, then ran through the Sutton Invite with wins over Tri County, Blue Hill and Mc- Cool Junction before turning their focus this past week on Deshler and Fillmore Central.
Friday night’s clash with the Wolves of Maywood/ Hayes Center gave the Harvard Cardinals an opportunity to reach a milestone that hadn’t been reached for a Harvard football team since 2003, that being a continuous winning streak that’s lasted at least five games. Without hesitation, the Cardinals took care of that challenge on the field, earning their fifth straight win this season with a powerful 66-14 win over the Wolves. The Cardinal’s running attack overpowered the Wolves, gaining 507 total yards, including 471 rushing yards in the win.
After battling through a tough final week of the month of September, where Sandy Creek dropped four of six matches, the Lady Cougars fought back in a big way to capture team gold during action at the Sutton Invitational held Saturday, Oct. 1. Sandy Creek improved to 12-7, with three wins over Tri County, Blue Hill and McCool Junction, en route to the top spot in the tournament. Opening up with the Lady Trojans of Tri County, Sandy Creek used 26 kills and 10 aces to roll past Tri County 25-9, 25-19.
The 100-mile trip to Elwood might have left the Harvard Cardinals football team a tad bit asleep at the wheel Friday afternoon, as the Cardinals road battle against the Pirates of Elwood got off to a shaky, lackluster start. However, once the cobwebs shook loose, Harvard nation watched on as the Cardinals erased an early 12-0 deficit to outscore the Pirates 52-7 in the final three quarters of play to earn a 52-19 win and improve to 4-1, with their fourth straight win of the season.
Tri County and Hastings St. Cecilia both handed the Sutton Fillies losses this past week. The Lady Trojans toppled Sutton in four sets Sept. 20 on the road, before the Hawkettes came into the Sutton Dome to steal a straight sets win from the Fillies, leaving Sutton with a 1-9 record. Tri County opened their Sept. 20 battle with a 25-16 first set win, before the Fillies fought for a 25-22 win in set two.