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Wed
09
Jan
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Cardinals roll past Warriors, fall to Kenesaw Blue Devils

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sophomore Ben Okraska drives in for two of his 10 points in the Cardinals’ 54-14 win over Red Cloud Friday, Jan. 4.

Harvard earned a huge win over Red Cloud Jan. 4, taking the 40-point win, before falling to Kenesaw, 63-28, Jan. 5, leaving the team at 6-3 on the season.

Harvard’s gymnasium was filled with the sounds of intense pounding throughout the first quarter, as the Cardinals and Warriors consistently fought for the ball, resulting in several turnovers and pushing the boys in a constant run up and down the court.

Despite Red Cloud’s urgency to grab and sink the ball, the Cardinals used runs of 10-0 and 20-6 in the first half to secure their strong lead. Adding to Harvard’s handle of the ball were 30 rebounds; rebound leaders were Noah Okraska with eight, and David Reazola and Steve Brand with five each.

Going into the second half, Harvard’s advancement in points showed, as the team posted 15 points in the third, compared to Red Cloud’s five.

 

Wed
02
Jan
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South Central 2nd at Harvard Invitational

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Hunter Steinbach was one of eight medalists for the South Central Red Raiders during the Harvard Invite, Dec. 21. Here, Steinbach works toward a 57-second pin over Meridian’s Adrian Nunez on his way to a second-place finish in the 152-pound class. As a team, the Red Raiders placed second, trailing only Shelton, as the Bulldogs held a 121-99 scoring edge over South Central.

The South Central Red Raiders wrestling program came up big during the rescheduled Harvard Invitational, Friday, Dec. 21, as the Red Raiders placed second as a team, trailing only the Shelton Bulldogs, who outscored South Central 121-99 for the team title.

In all, eight Red Raiders returned from the meet with medals, which was originally slated for Dec. 1.

Senior Chase DeVries ran his season record to 15-4 with a first-place finish in the 138-pound class. DeVries pinned his way to the championship, opening with a 35 second pin over teammate Safi Makhdum, then taking down Shelton’s Castor Ruyle in 3:22. In the finals, DeVries made quick work of Brenden Jensen of Superior, with a 1:10 pin for the individual title.

Makhdum went on to place fourth in the weight class.

 

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Wed
02
Jan
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Hansen, Medina lead Cardinals

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Oscar Medina wraps up Shelton’s Sam Tourney during Medina’s 6-5 win over Tourney at the Harvard Invitational, hosted Friday, Dec.

21. Medina finished second in the 113-pound class.

Mother Nature didn’t kickoff the 2018-19 wrestling season on a good note, forcing the postponement of the traditional season opener for all three Clay County Schools. Despite the weather-related decision, the Harvard Invite was moved to Friday, Dec. 21, in which only two of the three Clay County Schools could take part, as the Sutton Mustangs, who were hosting the Sutton Duals on the same day, had to bow out of the tournament, leaving the Harvard Cardinals and South Central Red Raiders in the reslated meet that hosted 13 schools.

For the host Cardinals, three would medal in the meet, as the Cardinals placed ninth overall with 41 team points.

Shelton outscored the Red Raiders 121-99 for the top two team spots at days end.

Dalton Hansen and Oscar Medina led the Cardinals with a pair of runner-up finishes, while Cesar Ramirez claimed fourth place.

Wed
26
Dec
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County student-athletes earn academic honors

The Nebraska School Activities Association has announced the 2018 Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association Academic All-State awards for this past fall activities season.

Five Harvard student-athletes have been named for seven honors, including, Celina Chrisman and Elizabeth Fields in girls cross country, Noah and Ben Okraska in football and Fields and Ashley Nierman in play production. Nierman was honored in volleyball as well.

 

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Wed
26
Dec
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Mustangs blister Centura

JORDYN HULINSKY | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Senior Jordan Davis goes in for a block during the Mustangs’ 73-46 win over Centura. Davis had a team high 13 points as Sutton improved to 6-0 with the win.

The Sutton Mustangs remain perfect on the season after a 73-46 dismantling of the Centura Centurions Thursday night in the Sutton Dome. Paced by a night that would see the Mustangs shoot just over 61 percent from the floor and 60 percent from the foul line. The Mustangs offensive power remains strong, averaging just under 73 points per game, while just as impressive, allowing only 39 points per game on the defensive side.

Three Mustangs would reach double figures in the big win over the Centurions, with Jordan Davis leading the way with 13 points. Garrett Nuss and Cade Wiseman followed with 11, while Kyle Baumert and Jacob Haight hit for nine each in the win.

 

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Wed
19
Dec
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D-T, Wolverines trip up Cougars

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Keifer Anderson battles with two Wilber-Clatonia players for this rebound Saturday night, during the Cougars battle with the Wolverines. Anderson had eight points in the tough 47-32 loss to the Wolverines. Freshman Josh Shaw (53) looks on during the play.

The young Sandy Creek basketball team faced a weekend of unbeaten teams when the Cougars traveled to Doniphan-Trumbull Friday night to face the 4-0 Cardinals, before returning home to take on the 5-0 Wolverines of Wilber-Clatonia Saturday night in Southern Nebraska Conference play.

The Cardinals used a powerful second half to hold off the pesky Cougars, as after two quarters of play Sandy Creek clinged to a 27-26 lead.

Doniphan-Trumbull, however, opened up the offensive power in the second half, outscoring Sandy Creek 17-7 in the third and 18-6 in the fourth to post the 21-point win over the Cougars, cutting Sandy Creeks record to 1-4.

Junior Wyatt Mach gained 21 of the Cougars 40 points in the loss. Mach was 8-16 from the floor and 1-3 from the foul line, while sinking four threepoint buckets and four more two-point shots.

 

Wed
19
Dec
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Mustangs continue to roll

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

As Sutton’s Seth George defends this Hastings St. Cecilia player, he and his teammates gain an added boost from Sutton’s student body Friday night to help add energy to the Mustangs 70-42 win over the Bluehawks and keep their perfect 5-0 season intact.

The Sutton Mustangs continued their dominance on the hardwood during week three, as the Mustangs rolled over both the Eagles of Bruning-Davenport/Shickley on the road, 58-26, and gained a huge 70-42 home win over the Bluehawks of Hastings St. Cecilia, improving to 5-0, while carrying a huge offensive advantage thus far into the season.

Sutton, who outscores opponents by an average of 72.6-38.4, has turned up their play on both ends of the court in its first five games of the season.

A trip to Davenport on Tuesday, Dec. 11, would see the Mustangs outscore the Eagles 31-11 in the first half, before going on a 27-15 second half run to record the 32-point win over the previously unbeaten Eagles.

Junior Jacob Haight led the Mustangs offensively with 12 points, while senior Eli Stengel and sophomore Cade Wiseman hit for nine points each. In all, nine Mustangs hit the scoring column in helping Sutton improve to 4-0.

 

Wed
05
Dec
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Hansen is 1st UNK harrier All-American since 2011

CORBY DORSEY - UNK | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Deweese native and 2016 Sandy Creek grad Corbin Hansen earned all-american honors for the Loper cross country team Saturday with a 31st place finish in the NCAA Division II cross country meet in Pittsburgh PA.

Corbin Hansen, a 2016 graduate of Sandy Creek High School and a Deweese native, has earned All-American honors for his performance in the NCAA Division II national cross country championships, this past Saturday in Pittsburgh, PA.

Hansen, a junior for the Loper harriers, ran to a 31st place finish, as the lone University of Nebraska-Kearney runner that qualified for the national meet, Dec. 1.

Hansen finished the 10K race (10,000 meters) in a time of 33 minutes, 14.6 seconds. Marcelo Laguera, from Colorado State-Pueblo earned top honors in the men’s race, finishing in a time of 31:46.4.

According to UNK coach Brady Bonsall, “Corbin ran very well at both the regional and national meets. The last four weeks of the season, he was dealing with injuries that limited his training quite a bit. He is a great competitor, though, and was able to perform at a high level at the most important meets.”

 

Wed
05
Dec
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Cards end 12-year skid vs. Hornets

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Senior guard Cory Marshall scorched the Giltner boys for 21 points Friday night, as the Harvard boys edged the Hornets 48-42 for their first win over Giltner since the 2006-07 season.

Harvard’s first basketball game of the season proved to be a nail biter and a monumental night, as the Cardinals soared to a 48-42 win over the Giltner Hornets Nov.29.

This game was the first time since the 2006-07 season that Harvard defeated Giltner on the court, making Thursday’s win that much sweeter.

“I really believe we played a solid game, being our first game and having not beaten Giltner since the 2006-07 season,” Head Coach Jermaine Guinyard said. “We have a ton to work on but overall the team executed effectively.”

From the start, each team wasn’t about to give up, constantly battling back and forth with points, ending the first quarter tied at 9-9.

In the second quarter, quick feet and some equally fast passing allowed the Cardinals to rack up 18 points over Giltner’s nine, ending the first half with a nine-point lead, 27-18.

 

Wed
28
Nov
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Mustangs finish in top 5 of C-2 final state rankings

BY TORY DUNCAN

In a year that proved to be a special season for the Sutton coaching staff, players and fans alike, the Mustangs would only fall to the C-2 state champion Centennial Broncos and the C-2 state runner-up Norfolk Catholic Knights, while recording six shutout wins during the course of the season.

Sutton opened with three straight wins by a combined score of 128-7, with all three teams qualifying for the C-2 playoffs.

Sutton opened with a 50-7 win over North Platte St. Pats, then blanked both Wilber-Clatonia (38-0) and Freeman (36-0) before stubbing their toes at Centennial, suffering a 41-22 loss to the Broncos.

 

 

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