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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

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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.

Wed
01
Apr
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Wiseman leads all-state honors in Clay County

Wiseman leads all-state honors in Clay County

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A total of 13 Clay County basketball players were honored this past weekend by the Omaha World-Herald and the Lincoln Journal-Star with all-state honors.

Sutton’s junior pointguard, Cade Wiseman, led the post-season honors list as a first-team member of the World-Herald’s All Class C-2 team, while in the Journal-Star, Wiseman was tabbed as a second-team selection.

Three other Sutton players for the boys were tabbed as honorable mention selections by both papers, including senior Jacob Haight, and juniors Quenton Jones and Tyler Baldwin. Sandy Creek’s Wyatt Mach, Josh Shaw and Micah Biltoft were named honorable mention selections by both daily papers, as were Harvard players Noah and Ben Okraska.

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Wed
01
Apr
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What almost didn’t happen

What almost didn’t happen

Nora Ohrt, left, the technology coordinator at Sutton Public Schools, and Brandy Thompson, right, secondary principal, both had storied high school and collegiate track and field careers. Ohrt, known in the early 1990s as Nora Shepherd was a five-time all-class gold medalist at York High School in track and a three-time Class B gold medalist in cross country, while Thompson (Trofholz) was a two-time Class B gold medalist in the throws at Schuyler High School. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

What almost didn’t happen
What almost didn’t happen

Nora (Shepherd) Ohrt, far right, competed for the Nebraska women’s cross country team, as well as the Husker indoor and outdoor track teams. COURTESY PHOTO | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

What almost didn’t happen

Brandy (Trofholz) Thompson gearing up for a throw in the discus during her college career at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. COURTESY PHOTO | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

EDITORS NOTE: This is the first in a series of stories that the Clay County News will be producing in the light of the school year and spring sports season in jeopardy of taking place, thanks to the invasion of COVID-19 around the world. We’ll be sharing stories of educators, administrators and staff members at our Clay County school districts in the coming weeks related to their high school and college athletic careers in a series we’re calling, “Did You Know?”

For Brandy Thompson, Sutton High School Principal, and Nora Ohrt, the Technology Coordinator at SPS, track and field was, and still is, ingrained deep within their DNA, but it almost didn’t happen.

Both noted that their lives on the track and in the field that became life to each wouldn’t have happened without a spark to even get them involved in the sport.

Wed
25
Mar
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Mach, Wiseman lead SNC boys conference picks

Mach, Wiseman lead SNC boys conference picks

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A total of six Clay County basketball players have been honored by the Southern Nebraska Conference boys coaches for their play during the 2019-20 season.

Sandy Creek senior Wyatt Mach and Sutton junior Cade Wiseman lead the list of county players honored, as both were tabbed as firstteam selections.

Sutton senior Jacob Haight was named to the SNC second team, while Sutton junior Quenton Jones has been selected as a member of the third team this season. Sutton junior Tyler Baldwin, along with Sandy Creek sophomore Josh Shaw were both tabbed as honorable mention selections by the SNC coaches.

The full list of those hon ored are as follows:

 

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Wed
25
Mar
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Mustangs finish season with 4thplace finish in C-2

Mustangs finish season with 4thplace finish in C-2

Capped by a fourth-place finish in the Class C-2 state tournament, the Sutton Mustangs wrapped up the 2019-20 basketball season with an impressive 24-4 record.

Sutton, after starting the season with a 7-2 record in December, reeled off 18 straight wins en route to the Class C-2 state tournament. They opened the tournament with a 55-48 overtime win over Centennial, before falling in back-to-back games in the state semifinals and third place game to BRLD and Yutan, respectively.

With little time to prepare for the season, the Mustangs opened on the road with a 51- 42 loss to Kearney Catholic, before going on a five-game win streak, with wins over Heartland, 66-54, Lincoln Christian, 62-45, BDS, 64-29, Hastings St. Cecilia, 49-23. In the opening round of the Grand Island Central Catholic Holiday Tournament, Sutton shredded Fullerton 73- 36, before the host Crusaders gained a 58-42 win over the Mustangs to place second in the holiday tournament.

 

Thu
19
Mar
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Sutton opens C-2 tourney with OT win over Centennial

Sutton opens C-2 tourney with OT win over Centennial

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS Junior Quenton Jones and Centennial’s Cooper Gierhan look to track down this loose ball late in the game Thursday night. Sutton battled back for their third win of the year over the Broncos, beating Centennial 55-48 in overtime. Looking on is Centennial head coach Cameron Scholl and Sutton sophomore Colton Haight.

Sutton opens C-2 tourney with OT win over Centennial

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS Seniors Dawson Nunnenkamp (14) and Jacob Haight, right force this turnover against the Broncos’ Joel Bargen (32), with Centennial’s Caleb Horne (23) in on the play as well.

Sutton opens C-2 tourney with OT win over Centennial
Sutton opens C-2 tourney with OT win over Centennial

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS Student manager Aiden Jones celebrates with the Mustangs after Sutton upended Centennial 55-48 in overtime in the first round of the Class C-2 state tournament. Also pictured is, from the left: Jesse Herndon, Will Burns, head coach Jon Ladehoff, Jackson Anderson, Maury Bautista and Eli Skalka.

The old saying that it’s hard to beat someone three times in the same season nearly held true for the Sutton Mustangs, as they opened play in the 2020 Class C-2 state basketball tournament, as the Centennial Broncos looked to opened the Mustangs for the first time this season Thursday night at Lincoln Southeast High School.

Sutton opened the game with a 10-8 lead after the first quarter, but a 16-7 second quarter run by the Broncos put the Mustangs on their heels for the remainder of the game, as Centennial took a 24-17 half-time lead.

 

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Wed
11
Mar
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Cards end season at 5-15

Cards end season at 5-15
Cards end season at 5-15

Two Cardinals hit triple digits in points to lead the Harvard girl’s basketball team throughout the 2019-20 season, where the girls in red had a 5-15 record.

Freshman Aimee Whetstine-Jones and junior Ashley Nierman scored 151 and 142 points, respectively. Whetstine-Jones connected on 59 of 211 (28%) shots from the floor, while Nierman hit for 50-255 (20%).

Opening season play saw a series of losses for the Cardinals coming from Giltner (Dec. 5), Shelton (Dec. 10), Franklin (Dec. 12), Axtell (Dec. 14), and Dorchester (Dec. 17), before their first season five-point win over Heartland Lutheran on Dec. 21.

Their second win wouldn’t come until 2020, when the Cardinals earned a 39-24 win over Red Cloud Jan. 10. Harvard dropped to Hampton and Kenesaw Dec. 27-28, and Gibbon on Jan. 3.

 

 

 

 

Wed
11
Mar
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Fueled by 10-game win streak, Sutton Fillies end at 14-9

Fueled by 10-game win streak, Sutton Fillies end year at 14-9

Despite a tough start to the 2019-20 basketball season, one that would pair the Sutton Fillies up against three top-ranked teams in Superior, Lincoln Christian and Hastings St. Cecilia, the Fillies rebounded from a tough 2-6 record in December to capture 10 straight wins, prior to entering the Southern Nebraska Conference tournament with a 12-6 record.

Sutton earned wins over Heartland (57-42) and Fullerton (46-32) in December, while falling in matchups with Superior and Kearney Catholic in the opening week of the season.

Lincoln Christian, BDS and St. Cecilia gained wins over the Fillies after the 15-point win over Heartland and before the 14-point win over Fullerton.

Wed
11
Mar
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Sutton, Centennial to battle in C-2 opener

Sutton, Centennial to battle in C-2 opener

Senior Jacob Haight grabs this rebound during Sutton’s SNC tournament title win over the Broncos on Feb. 8, as senior Dawson Nunnenkamp looks on during the 43-27 win over Centennial. FILE PHOTO BY TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sutton, Centennial to battle in C-2 opener
Sutton, Centennial to battle in C-2 opener

Junior Quenton Jones drives the baseline during Sutton’s 43-27 Southern Nebraska Conference tournament win over Centennial on Saturday, Feb. 8. Sutton and Centennial are set to square off for the third time this year in the first round of the Class C-2 State Tournament at Lincoln Southeast High School Thursday night at 8:45 p.m. FILE PHOTO BY TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sutton, Centennial to battle in C-2 opener

This year’s challenger isn’t a stranger for the third seeded Sutton Mustangs, as they head into their second straight state tournament berth, it’s with an extremely familiar foe in the Centennial Broncos.

Could this be the year of the Mustang? Or, could it be a mystery of action walking into the gymnasium of yet another Lincoln Public Schools gym?

Thursday night’s 8:45 p.m. battle at Lincoln Southeast High School will be a challenge between the two Southern Nebraska Conference schools that will pair two teams that know each other inside and out. It’ll be a shootout in the OK Corral, between a group of wild Mustangs, and scrappy Broncos. It’s the No. 3 seed vs. the No. 6 seed. It’s a battle that will bring out the best of two programs that over the past two or three years have duked it out for bragging rights in the SNC regular season and the SNC tournament titles.

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