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Wed
05
Feb
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Cougars nearly stun Mustangs

Cougars nearly stun Mustangs

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sutton and Sandy Creek fans alike, as well as coaches Matt Swartzendrubber for the Cougars and Jon Ladehoff for the Mustangs react to the final seconds of Thursday night’s 37-36 come-from-behind win by Sutton over the Cougars. Sandy Creek senior Connor Crumbliss looks for an open teammate to inbound a ball on the play.

It’s often said during rivalry games that you can throw records out of the window, and in the case of this year’s regular season battle between the Sutton Mustangs and the Sandy Creek Cougars, that saying held true.

Sutton came in to the game with the top seed in the Southern Nebraska Conference tournament and a 13-2 record, while the Cougars owned the fourth seed in the SNC tournament and a hard fought 10-6 record. However, it would be the Cougars that had full control of the game for all but about a minute and a half of this clash.

Sutton, who opened up an early 5-2 lead in the game fell behind by the end of the first quarter, trailing the Cougars 11-8 at the quarter break, a lead that the Cougars would hold until the final 45 seconds of the game.

 

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Wed
29
Jan
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Cougars earn 5th straight win

Cougars earn 5th straight win

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sophomore Micah Biltoft looks for two of his 11 points scored against Thayer Central Saturday night in a 49-19 win over the Titans. Biltoft also added 11 points in a 51-38 win over Blue Hill Jan. 21.

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ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sandy Creek’s Connor Crumbliss and Josh Shaw hit the deck in an effort to win the battle for this loose ball during the Cougars’ 49-19 win over the Thayer Central Titans Saturday night. The win improved the Cougars to 10-5 on the year.

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Since a marquee win over the St. Paul Wildcats on Jan. 10, a 46-44 overtime win, the Sandy Creek boys basketball team have had the hot hand, as the Cougars have stretched their winning streak to five games after rolling past Blue Hill and Thayer Central this past week.

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Wed
29
Jan
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Mustangs finally get mat time at David City, Louisville

Mustangs finally get mat time at David City, Louisville

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Junior Joe Hinrichs improved to a perfect 23-0 last weekend, picking up nine wins combined at the David City and Louisville Invites. Here, Hinrichs finishes off Britton Kemling of Aurora at David City.

Mustangs finally get mat time at David City, Louisville

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Adrian Avilia works his way toward a 1:25 pinfall win over Millard West wrestler Jay Bladt in action at the David City Invite Friday, Jan. 24. Avilia finished fourth overall in the 220-pound class.

It’s safe to say that when the Sutton wrestling teams stepped foot in the David City High School gym on Friday, Jan. 24, the sight for the Mustangs was beyond a welcome sight as it proved to be the first time the Mustangs were in competitive action since the Dec. 21 Johnson County Central Invite.

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Wed
22
Jan
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Sutton cruises past Eagles

Sutton cruises past Eagles

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Tyler Baldwin looks to pass inside during this play against Wood River Jan. 16. The junior tallied 10 points and gained six rebounds in the 57-25 win that improved the Mustangs to 10-2 on the year.

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Quenton Jones gathers in this pass during the Mustangs’ 57-25 win over Wood River on Thursday, Jan. 16. Jones had nine points and six rebounds in the win. Tyler Baldwin heads down court during the play.

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Thursday’s non-conference bout with the Wood River Eagles proved to be a battle of two halves for the Sutton Mustangs, as a slow start out of the gate would see the Mustangs hold a narrow 21-15 lead over the three-win Eagles.

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Wed
22
Jan
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Knights of Columbus contest is Saturday

The 2020 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest is set for Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m., in the Sutton High School gym. Boys and girls, ages 9-14, are invited to participate. 

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Wed
15
Jan
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Cardinals earn wins over Warriors, Blue Devils

Cardinals earn wins over Warriors, Blue Devils

Two more wins have been added to the now 6-5 Cardinals, following trips to Red Cloud and Kenesaw Jan. 10-11.

From the start Harvard had the upperhand after a 16-5 lead in the first quarter and a narrow 9-7 lead in the second.

A couple of 11-point scores in the third and fourth quarters squashed the Warriors chances of earning the win, as Red Cloud had four and 13 points in the final half, with the Cards taking the 47-29 win.

Noah Okraska posted 14 points, making 6-13 (46%) attempts, one coming in via a 3-pointer and five of 11 from the free throw line.

In total, seven Cardinals contributed points, as Harvard went 20-52 (38%) in field goals. Four Cardinals contributed four points from the foul line via Okraska, David Reazola, Ethan Piper, and Ben Okraska.

 

 

 

Wed
15
Jan
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Sutton improves to 9-2

Sutton improves to 9-2

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Dawson Nunnenkamp, center left, and Jacob Haight put the pressure on this Cross County player during the Mustangs’ 68-50 win over the Cougars. Moving in on the play for Sutton is Quenton Jones (4). Sutton stands at 9-2 on the year and have earned four straight wins to start the month of January.

Sutton improves to 9-2

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Quenton Jones, left and Jacob Haight force this turnover in the Mustangs 68-50 win over Cross County. Jones and Haight combined for 35 of the Mustangs’ 68 points and 10 of the Mustangs’ 23 rebounds in the win.

In a big week of action, the Sutton Mustangs ran their season record to 9-2 with a trio of big wins.

Sutton opened the first full week of the new year with a 54-37 road win at Centura on Jan. 7, before returning home for the first time since Dec. 17, to take down a pesky Cross County squad 68-50, using a 17-5 fourth quarter run to gain the 18-point win on Jan. 9.

Friday night brought in Southern Nebraska Conference rival Centennial to the dome, with the Mustangs taking down the Broncos 59-52.

Sutton’s 17-point win at Centura opened with a 19-5 Sutton run, while a 15-9 Centura run in the second set up a 28-20 halftime lead for the Mustangs.

In second half action, Sutton, with an 18-11 third quarter run and an 8-6 fourth quarter edge, posted the 54-37 win.

 

 

 

Wed
15
Jan
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Cougars tripped by Bluehawks, gain overtime thriller over St. Paul

Cougars tripped by Bluehawks, gain overtime thriller over St. Paul

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Despite a tough 50-37 loss to Hastings St. Cecilia last Thursday, Sandy Creek notched a big 46-44 overtime win at St. Paul Friday night. Keifer Anderson (25) had three points in Hastings and added nine at St. Paul.

Cougars tripped by Bluehawks, gain overtime thriller over St. Paul
Cougars tripped by Bluehawks, gain overtime thriller over St. Paul

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sophomore Josh Shaw drives the lane seeking two of his six points in a tough loss to Hastings St. Cecilia last Thursday, Jan. 9. The Bluehawks downed the Cougars 50-37, but one night later, the Cougars handed the St. Paul Wildcats their third loss of the year with a 46-44 overtime win while on the Wildcats home floor.

Despite a tough 50-37 setback at the hands of Hastings St. Cecilia, the Sandy Creek Cougars ran their season record to 6-5 with a masterful 46-44 overtime win on the road over the 9-3 St. Paul Wildcats.

The loss to the Bluehawks on Jan. 9, would see the Cougars hit on 40 percent of their shots, making 14 of 35, but the hot handed Bluehawks outscored the Cougars in the first three quarters, 38-21, to put the game out of reach.

Sandy Creek held a 16-12 scoring edge in the fourth frame, but fell to 5-5 with the 50-37 road loss.

Sandy Creek struggled from three-point range, hitting just three of 16

(18.8%), while hitting on five of six foul shots.

Josh Shaw and Wyatt Mach paced the Sandy Creek scoring, with Shaw hitting for 12 and Mach for 10.

Micah Biltoft added eight, while Shaw led the Cougars in rebounds with nine.

 

 

 

Wed
15
Jan
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Fillies reel off 3 straight

Fillies reel off 3 straight

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Junior Kylie Baumert, left, and senior Lydia Rogers battle for this loose ball during the Fillies’ 47-36 win over Cross County last Thursday. The duo have helped Sutton win four straight games, including three last week, and improve to 6-6 following a brutal December schedule of games.

Fillies reel off 3 straight

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Senior Laekyn Collins applies some defensive pressure on this Cross County ball handler during the Fillies’ 47-36 win over the Cougars. Coming in on the play for Sutton is Xytaly Bautista (2), with Kate Griess (4) in the background.

Fillies reel off 3 straight

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Junior Kylie Baumert scrambles for this loose ball with a Cross County player in the Fillies’ 47-36 win over the Cougars. In Sutton’s three wins last week, Baumert scored an average of 19 points and gained 13 rebounds per game, scoring 57 points and gaining 39 rebounds as the Fillies improved to 6-6 on the season

After battling through perhaps the toughest Class C-2 schedule in the month of December, the Sutton Fillies have reeled off four straight wins, dating back to a 41-31 road win at Nebraska Christian on Jan. 3.

This past week, Sutton gained three important wins, as Sutton improved to 6-6 on the year, after a 46-36 win over Centura, a 47-36 win over Cross County and a 54-53 nailbiter over Centennial.

A trip to Centura on Tuesday, Jan. 7 earned the Fillies a hot start in their 10-point win over the Centurions, as Sutton outscored Centura 22-10 in the opening quarter. Sutton held a 28-20 halftime lead and then outscored the Centurions 18-16 in the second half to improve to 4-6 with the win.

Junior Kylie Baumert pulled off a double-double with a team high 22 points and 14 rebounds.

As a team, Sutton was 19-44 from the field (43.2%), while at the foul line, the Fillies were 8-15 (53.3%).

 

 

 

Wed
08
Jan
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Medina is 4th at Pleasanton Invite

Medina is 4th at Pleasanton Invite

Medina is 4th at Pleasanton Invite

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Senior Oscar Medina ran his record to 14-6 on the year by picking up a fourth-place finish in the 120-pound weight class, in action at the Pleasanton Invitational, this past Saturday, Jan. 4.

In the run to the fourthplace medal, Medina accounted for all 12 team points scored by the Cardinals, winning his first three matches, before falling by medical default in the final two matches.

Medina opened with a 3:35 pin over Gavin Losey of Hitchcock County, before pinning Gavin Goodner of the Kearney High Blue team in 1:10.

In the third round, Medina gained a 12-1 major decision over South Central Unified’s John Brodrick, winning 12-1, before falling by way of the medical default to Cole Kleint of Grand Island Central Catholic and to Daylon Weekly of Sandhills Valley.

Brett Dillman wrestled in the 126-pound class for the Cardinals, but came up short of a win in Pleasanton Saturday.

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