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Sutton finishes year at 7-3

Sutton finishes year at 7-3

The 2020 Sutton Mustang football team closed out the recent season with it’s 11thstraight trip to the Class C-2 state playoffs, in a season that was as strange as ever, with one cancelled game and a replacement game, all the while, compiling a final 7-3 record.

Sutton opened with a 22-0 blanking of Grand Island Central Catholic, before falling 13-12 at home to Wilber-Clatonia.

Three straight wins, beating Fairbury 40-0, Lincoln Lutheran 42-31, and Hastings St. Cecilia 38-3, led the Mustangs into a replacement game loss to Ord (35-16) before the Mustangs blanked Sandy Creek 42-0 and tripped up Doniphan-Trumbull 61-12 to head into the post season, where Sutton disposed of North Platte St. Pats 30-6, before a season-ending 21-7 loss to Archbishop Bergan closed out the year.

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18
Nov
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Baumert leads list of Fillies on SNC all-conference list, Tripe honored for Cougars

Sutton senior Kylie Baumert, along with three of her teammates were honored last week by the coaches of the Southern Nebraska Conference for their play during the 2020 volleyball season, while Sandy Creek senior Caileigh Tripe was honored for her play for the Cougars this past season.

Baumert was named as a first team selection, while junior Kate Griess earned second team honors.

Dayvie Perrien, a senior for the Fillies this past season, earned third team honors, while junior Reagan Vavricek was named as an honorable mention selection.

Tripe was also honored as an honorable mention selection by conference coaches.

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Baumert signs with Hastings College basketball

Baumert signs with Hastings College basketball

Sutton senior Kylie Baumert, shown center front, signed a national letter of intent to play womens basketball with Hastings College on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Shown with Baumert are her parents, Amy, left and Dan, right, along with Broncos head coach Jina Douglas, back left, and Sutton girls basketball coach Josh Rapp. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

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Mustangs, Cougars earn C2-4 honors

Coaches of the Class C2-4 district announced their all-district football picks last week, with the Sutton Mustangs landing 17 total players on the list, while the Sandy Creek Cougars placed 12 on the final season honors list.

For the Mustangs, seven players were named to the first team, including on offense: Joe Hinrichs, defensive line, Cade Wiseman, quarterback, Tyler Baldwin, tight end, Quenton Jones, defensive back, Matthew Davis, linebacker, as well as Jesse Herndon and Paxton Olson as running backs.

Second team selections for the Mustangs were: Jackson Anderson, kicker, Nathan Ladehoff and Hayden Switzer, offensive linemen, Colton Haight, defensive back, Adam Griess, defensive end, Caleb Ladehoff, linebacker and Vance Smith, offensive lineman.

Honorable mention honors went to Sutton’s Alvin Sanchez, Noah Gwennap and Myles Jones.

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11
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Harvard volleyball wraps up 2020 season with 14-9 record

Harvard volleyball wraps up 2020 season with 14-9 record

For the second straight season, the Harvard volleyball team wrapped up the net season with a 14-9 overall record, as in 2019, the Cardinals finished with the same season mark.

During the 2020 season, matches in late August through September gained Harvard 10 of their 14 wins, tripping up Spalding Academy, Heartland Lutheran twice, Red Cloud, Palmer, St. Edward twice, Lawrence-Nelson and Silve Lake.

During that same time span, Harvard dropped seven matches, falling to Silve Lake, Franklin, Shelton, McCool Junction twice, Kenesaw and Giltner.

The final run, during October, Harvard won four of six matches, with wins over Loomis, Nebraska Lutheran, Red Cloud and Franklin

A tough straight sets loss to Kenesaw in the D1-8 sub-district tournament ended the Cardinals season at 14-9.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bergan ousts Sutton from playoffs

Bergan ousts Sutton from playoffs

Senior quarterback Cade Wiseman (3) and junior running back Jesse Herndon (23) run an option play in the second half of Sutton’s season-ending 21-7 quarterfinal loss to Archbishop Bergan last Friday. The two combined for 117 of the Mustangs’ 128 rushing yards in the loss. Herndon gained 72 yards and Wiseman, 45. Also pictured for Sutton is offensive lineman Vance Smith (79). TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Bergan ousts Sutton from playoffs

Senior lineman Joe Hinrichs (54) leads the way on this tackle with sophomore’s Caleb Ladehoff (18) and Vance Smith (79)moving into assist Hinrichs on the play. The trio combined for 32 of Sutton’s 89 tackles in the game. Hinrichs had 14, Ladehoff, 11, and Smith, seven. Also shown on the play, to the left, is senior Tyler Baldwin (80) as he moves in to help secure the stop against the Knights. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Bergan ousts Sutton from playoffs

Junior Jesse Herndon powers his way toward the goal line in the fourth quarter of Friday’s Class C-2 quarterfinal battle in Fremont with Archbishop Bergan. Herndon runs behind senior Hayden Switzer (78). Herndon finished with a team high 72 yards on 17 tough carries. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Bergan ousts Sutton from playoffs

Friday’s quarterfinal round of the Class C-2 state football playoffs took the Sutton Mustangs to Fremont to challenge the top-seeded Archbishop Bergan Knights.

The first 24 minutes of the game, a span covering the first and second quarters, the Mustangs held their own, as Sutton trailed just 7-0 at the half.

It would be the opening three and a half minutes of the third quarter, however, that put the Mustangs on the back of their heels, with the Knights taking the opening kick-off 80 yards in the first 3:21 of the quarter, combined with a fumbled kickoff return by Sutton that quickly took the Knights to a 21-0 lead with 7:47 left to play in the third stanza that led Bergan to the quarterfinal round win.

The loss ended Sutton’s 2020 season with a 7-2 record, while the Knights advanced to the state semifinal round against the Yutan Chieftains Friday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sutton downs Irish in C-2 opener

Sutton downs Irish in C-2 opener

Junior Adam Griess (53) makes this tackle for a loss during Sutton’s 30-6 Class C-2 state playoff win over North Platte St. Pats. Griess had four tackles and this sack for a six-yard loss in the win over the Irish. Senior Tyler Baldwin (80) moves in on the play. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sutton downs Irish in C-2 opener

Baldwin hauled in this 24-yard pass play in the fourth quarter of Friday’s win over St. Pats to help set up the first of two Sutton scores in the final quarter. Baldwin had two grabs for 36 total yards in the win. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sutton downs Irish in C-2 opener

Senior Quenton Jones sets sail on an apparent long touchdown run in the fourth quarter, but the score was called back by way of a holding penalty. Jones did hook up with senior quarterback Cade Wiseman late in the second frame for a score as Sutton advanced in the C-2 playoffs with a 30-6 win over North Platte St. Pats. Also pictured for the Mustangs is Nathan Ladehoff (67), Paxton Olson (11) and Tyler Baldwin (80). TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sutton downs Irish in C-2 opener

The closing minutes of Sutton’s 30-6 win over North Platte St. Patrick’s shows the action in the trenches for both teams. For Sutton, pictured from the left is Nathan Ladehoff (67), Joe Hinrichs (54), Cade Wiseman (8), Hayden Switzer (78) and Paxton Olson (11). Sutton takes their 7-1 record after the win over the Irish to Fremont Friday to take on top-seeded Archbishop Bergan in a 7 p.m. contest to battle for a trip to the Class C-2 state semifinal round. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sutton downs Irish in C-2 opener

Junior running back Paxton Olson (11) ran wild on the Irish, gaining 165 yards on just 18 carries, an average of 9.2 yards per carry. Blocking for Olson to the right is Jesse Herndon (23) and Joe Hinrichs (54). TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sutton downs Irish in C-2 opener

Junior running back Jesse Herndon had an impressive night on the ground against St. Pats, gaining 145 yards on just 16 carries, an average of 9.1 yards per carry. Tyler Baldwin (80) trails the play for Sutton. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sutton downs Irish in C-2 opener

Sutton’s all out rushing attack all but broke down the North Platte St. Patrick’s defensive effort as the Mustangs recorded their fourth straight win over the Irish in a Class C-2 opening-round playoff win. Sutton rolled up 395 yards on the ground to record a 30-6 win in the C-2 opener and improve to 7-1.

Since the 2015 playoff season, where the Mustangs edged the Irish 18-15 in the C-2 opening round, Sutton has gained two regular-season wins over St. Pats as well, beating the Irish 50-7 in 2018, and last season, escaping with a 17-7 win. Overall, Sutton holds a 5-2 record, dating back to 1988.

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A ‘David vs. Goliath’ matchup?? Maybe, maybe not

A ‘David vs. Goliath’ matchup?? Maybe, maybe not
A ‘David vs. Goliath’ matchup?? Maybe, maybe not

Thinking back to some very big football games over the last two or three years for the Sutton Mustangs, is this Friday night one of those proverbial “Daved vs. Goliath” games when the Mustangs travel to Fremont to take on the Knights of Archbishop Bergan?

I’m not going to go that far, because if I’m going into battle against the top seed of any tournament, I’m going to want to go into that battle with the likes of the Sutton coaching staff.

This will be one of those kinds of games that not one, if very few, statewide sports writers will give the Mustangs a chance to win, and you know, that’s exactly where they want to be. A big game atmosphere, on the road and against a very good team.

As I wrote last week, I would never once, and I mean never once pick against the Mustangs under coaches Ramer, Rafert, Parrish and Gwennap.

Wed
28
Oct
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Wildcats win 5 set thriller over Fillies

Wildcats win 5 set thriller over Fillies

Kate Griess, left, and Reagan Vavricek reach for this ball during the Fillies’ tough five-set loss to Superior Monday night in the C2-8 Sub-District tournament. Dayvie Perrien, right, is also shown in the play. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Wildcats win 5 set thriller over Fillies

Junior Kate Griess pounded out a back row kill on this play during Sutton’s tough five-set loss to Superior. Griess led the Fillies in assists with 32, digs with 17 and in aces with five. She had seven kills in all. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Wildcats win 5 set thriller over Fillies

Monday night’s first round match of the C2-8 Sub-District tournament wasn’t a bout for the faint of heart between Sutton and Superior, as the two Southern Nebraska Conference teams duked it out point by point, set by set for the right to move forward to the final of the tournament.

Sutton came out swinging strong, taking the opening set 26-24, but in typical fashion Superior wasn’t about to go away. The Wildcats battled back for a 25-21 second-set win.

The see-saw battle would then see the momentum swing fully in the direction of the Fillies as Sutton ran away with set three, 25-17, and kept the momentum through most of the fourthset, as at one point, Sutton held a 23-17 lead and a 24-19 lead, but Superior pulled off a miracle finish in the set, outscoring Sutton 7-1 late to gain a 26-24 win.

 

 

Wed
28
Oct
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Cards outlast Flyers

Cards outlast Flyers

Defensive efforts played key roles in the Cardinals’ season ending, 50-39 win over Franklin Friday. Here Ethan Piper and Ben Okraska push Franklin’s Jacob Harrison out of bounds, while Drayden Whetstine-Jones moves in on the play. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Cards outlast Flyers

Senior Ethan Piper runs in this wide open hole made by his offensive teammates during the Cardinals’ 50-39 win at Franklin. Piper ran for 120 yards and three scores in the win. Ahead of Piper is Noah Roberts (25) and Xavier Marburger (53). TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

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In what served as the season finale for both Harvard and Franklin, Friday night’s trip to the home of the Flyers proved to be more than just a game, it was a final hurrah for a group of seniors that has been along for a magical ride for the Cardinals program.

Leading the charge for the senior class, which has been a part of 45 total wins in 52 games, over the course of the past five seasons, including a state championship in 2019, a state runner-up in 2017, along with six-man semifinal berths in 2016 and 2018, was Ben Okraska and Ethan Piper.

That duo put the Cardinals on their backs in their final football game of their careers, as Okraska and Piper combined for all 280 rushing yards in the Cardinals comefrom-behind 50-39 win over the Flyers, handing Franklin their first loss of the season, as the Cardinals wrapped up the 2020 season with a 5-3 record, while Franklin ended the year at 4-1.

 

 

 

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