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04
Mar
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Mustangs roll D-T Cards

Mustangs roll D-T Cards
Mustangs roll D-T Cards

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS Sutton junior Cade Wiseman blistered Doniphan-Trumbull for 22 points and a team high seven rebounds in a 73-48 win over the Cardinals Thursday night at Adams Central.

Mustangs roll D-T Cards

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS Senior Eli Skalka hit for six points in the Mustangs’ dominating win over Doniphan-Trumbull last Thursday to help send Sutton to the C2-3 District Final in Columbus against Oakland-Craig. Skalka also pulled down six rebounds in the win.

Mustangs roll D-T Cards

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS Quenton Jones (4), Tyler Baldwin and Eli Skalka pressure Doniphan-Trumbull’s Keithan Stafford during the Mustangs’ 73-48 win over the Cardinals in action at the C2-9 Sub-District tournament at Adams Central High School.

Two nights following a sluggish 34-28 win over Hastings St. Cecilia in the opening round of the C2-9 Sub-District tournament, the Sutton Mustangs erupted for a high octane 25-point, 73-48 win over the Doniphan-Trumbull Cardinals in the finals of the tournament at Adams Central High School.

The Thursday night win marked the Mustangs’ 17th straight win and moved Sutton into the C2-3 District Final with Oakland-Craig at Columbus High School this past Monday night.

Thursday’s win marks the first win in the past four season for Sutton over the Cardinals, as D-T had claimed two straight sub-district wins over the Mustangs, winning a double overtime clash with Sutton, 66-63, in 2017, and two years ago, claiming a 62-59 sub-district win over Sutton.

 

 

 

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Sheer Guts lead Mustangs

Sheer Guts lead Mustangs
Sheer Guts lead Mustangs
Sheer Guts lead Mustangs

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS Sutton sophomore Colton Haight calmly drained a pair of free throws with 4.4 seconds left in the game to help secure the Mustangs’ 59-56 win over Oakland-Craig Monday night.

Sheer Guts lead Mustangs

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS Sutton fans, players and coaches erupt as the final second ticked off the scoreboard at Columbus High School Monday night as the Mustangs, with a 59-56 win over Oakland-Craig, punched their second straight ticket to the Class C-2 state tournament.

Sheer Guts lead Mustangs

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS Sutton’s Dawson Nunnenkamp battles with Oakland-Craig’s Colton Thomsen for this loose ball during the Mustangs’ C2-3 District Final win over the Knights. Moving in on the play for Sutton is Jacob Haight, while the Knights Coulter Thiele (24) looks on.

Sheer Guts lead Mustangs

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS Moments of tension leads Sutton Mustangs to C-2 state tournament Senior Jacob Haight recorded nine of his 22 points in the crucial fourth quarter of Sutton’s 59-56 win over Oakland-Craig in Columbus. Here, the Sutton student body looks on in the background as Haight connected on a pair of free throws at the 1:02 mark of the quarter, helping guide the Mustangs to their second straight state tournament berth.

Sheer Guts lead Mustangs

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS Junior Quenton Jones drives the lane for two of his 11 points in the Mustangs’ three-point win over Oakland-Craig Monday night.

Sheer Guts lead Mustangs

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS Oakland-Craig center Wyatt Seagren, a 6-8 challenge for the Mustangs, battles against the Mustangs Tyler Baldwin and Jacob Haight during Monday’s three-point Sutton win over the Knights.

Sheer Guts lead Mustangs

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS Cade Wiseman, who was injured late in the first quarter to never return to the game, helped Sutton celebrate their 59-56 win over Oakland-Craig with a twirl of the net.

Sheer Guts lead Mustangs

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS The Sutton student section had a huge impact on the Mustangs’ three-point C2-3 District Final win over the Oakland-Craig Knights Monday night in Columbus. The students react to action on the court during the second half of the Mustang victory that sends Sutton to the state tournament for the second straight year.

Coming off of their commanding 73-48 sub-district title win over Doniphan-Trumbull, the Sutton Mustangs had one last hurdle to get over to gain their second straight bid for the state tournament, a win over the 17-8 Oakland-Craig Knights, the same program that upended the Mustangs in the 2019 Class C-2 state football championship 19-0 back in late November.

The same athletic team that despite their eight losses, was perhaps the most challenging draw in Class C-2’s district final round in the class.

The trip to Columbus High School carried a heavy dose of reality for both teams, win and you advance to the state tournament, a loss ends successful seasons for both teams.

For the Mustangs, the evening unveiled several key factors that could have very well left Sutton short of a tournament berth.

 

 

 

Wed
26
Feb
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Sutton survives in C2-9 opener

Sutton survives in C2-9 opener

The Sutton Mustangs survived an upset bid by No. 4 seed Hastings St. Cecilia Tuesday night at Adams Central, gaining a 34-28 win over the Bluehawks. Here, Jacob and Colton Haight battle for a loose ball with the Bluehawks’ Paul Fago during the game, while Sutton’s Cade Wiseman looks on at the left and St. Cecilia’s Brayden Schropp peeks in on the play at the right. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sutton survives in C2-9 opener
Sutton survives in C2-9 opener
Sutton survives in C2-9 opener

ABOVE: Junior Tyler Baldwin had a team high nine points during the Mustangs 34-28 win over Hastings St. Cecilia Tuesday night at Adams Central. LEFT: Cade Wiseman dribbles around a St. Cecilia player while Eli Skalka (34) looks on in the background. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

There proved to be no breathing room in the first round of the Class C2-9 Sub-District tournament for the Sutton Mustangs, as Sutton entered the game with an impressive 20-2 record, while their opening round opponent Hastings St. Cecilia came in with nothing to lose, owners of an 11-13 record.

Both teams battled evenly in the first eight minutes of the game as the first quarter ended in a 12-12 tie.

The second quarter, however, began the pressure point of the game, as for the first time in the 2019-20 basketball season, Sutton was held scoreless. The Bluehawks held a 5-0 scoring edge in the quarter, with St. Cecilia hitting a two-point bucket at the 2:59 mark of the quarter and adding a three-point shot with 49 seconds left on the first half clock to post a 17-12 halftime lead.

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Wed
26
Feb
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Hinrichs is State Champ

Hinrichs is State Champ

Joe Hinrichs turns Raymond Central’s Connor Kriekemier during the state title match Saturday afternoon in Omaha. With the Class C 152-pound championship, finished his junior season with a 38-1 record and ran his career record to 124-18. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Hinrichs is State Champ

Immediately following his state championship win in Omaha, Hinrichs sent a message above to a fallen family member that was killed by a drunk driver during the C-3 District meet in Oakland. Hinrichs’ emotional message certainly came from the heart as he shares his state championship moment. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Hinrichs is State Champ

When all the smoke had cleared, Sutton junior Joe Hinrichs stood atop the Class C 152-pound medal stand, winning his first-ever state championship Saturday with a 10-4 win over Raymond Central’s Conner Kreikemier. Pictured with Hinrichs, from the left is: Grant Linsdley of Shelby-Rising City, fifth place; Garret Klute of Ord, third place; Hinrichs; Kriekemier; Gavin Zoucha of Malcolm, fourth place; and Ethan Mullaly of North Bend Central, sixth place. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Hinrichs is State Champ

Junior Joe Hinrichs completes a 7-2 win over Ord’s Garret Kluthe in the semifinals of the Class C 152-pound class to earn a spot in the state title match with Conner Kreikemier of Raymond Central. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Hinrichs is State Champ

Senior Jarvis Smith earned one win in three matches during action in the Class C 285-pound class, as Smith pinned Malcolm’s Kale Nordmeyer in 2:44 during the first round of the consolation brackets. Smith finished his senior season with a 29-12 record. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sutton’s wrestling season took many twists and turns this past season, thanks in large part to Mother Nature. Despite that, the Sutton Mustang wrestling team would see one of their own cap the 2019-20 season on top of the mountain.

This past Saturday afternoon, Joe Hinrichs, the Mustangs top-ranked Class C 152-pound wrestler lived up to the top billing by winning his first-ever state championship with a 10-4 win over Raymond Central’s Conner Kreikmier, to put a stamp of approval on the season.

Hinrichs, when after the match was asked to talk about what it took to get to the top of the medal stand, simply said, “lots of work, dedication and being smart.”

 

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Wed
26
Feb
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Golden moment

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Sutton junior Joe Hinrichs became the fifth state wrestling champion in Sutton history Saturday, winning the Class C 152-pound weight class in the 2020 Nebraska State High School Wrestling Championships in Omaha. Hinrichs defeated Connor Kreikemier of Raymond Central 10-4, to gain the gold and finish his junior season with a 38-1 record. Hinrichs owns a 124-18 career record as a Mustang. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

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Wed
19
Feb
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Medina heads to state with 25-7 record

Medina heads to state with 25-7 record

PHOTO COURTESY BY LYNN McBRIDE OF THE SHELTON CLIPPER | CLAY COUNTY NEWS Harvard senior Oscar Medina will take a 25-7 record to Omaha this weekend after qualifying for state with a third-place finish in the D-3 District meet this past weekend at Southern Valley High School. Medina’s bronze medal in the 120-pound class earned the senior four wins in five matches in district competition.

Harvard senior Oscar Medina has punched his first-ever ticket to the Nebraska High School state wrestling championships in Omaha, as Medina claimed third-place honors in the D-3 District meet this past Friday and Saturday at Southern Valley High School near Oxford.

Medina’s track to the state meet didn’t come without a few tense moments, however, as three of his five matches in the tournament were decided by one point, with two of those three one point fracases being key wins to gain the trip to Omaha.

Medina opened the 120-pound class with a 5:10 pinfall win over Nebraska Christian’s Danile Musgrave, before being paired up against Pleasanton’s Riley Hadwiger for the first of two matches against Hadwiger.

 

 

 

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Wed
19
Feb
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SNC regular season wins takes Mustangs to 19-2

SNC regular season wins takes Mustangs to 19-2
SNC regular season wins takes Mustangs to 19-2

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS Junior Cade Wiseman hits the floor to gain possession of this loose ball during Sutton’s 40-point win over the Panthers Friday night. Wiseman had 12 points, all coming from three-point range to help Sutton improve to 19-2 on the year. Eli Skalka (34) and Tyler Baldwin (42) look on during the play.

SNC regular season wins takes Mustangs to 19-2
SNC regular season wins takes Mustangs to 19-2

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS Senior Jacob Haight ties up with a Fillmore Central player during the Mustangs’ 62-22 win over the Panthers last Friday. Haight had 13 points and 10 rebounds in the big win.

SNC regular season wins takes Mustangs to 19-2

The Sutton boys basketball team ran their season record to an impressive 19-2 after winning their 13th and 14th straight games, but keeping their win streak alive didn’t come easy in the first of two games last week. The Mustangs had to hold off the Wilber-Clatonia Wolverines in overtime to gain a 41-38 win, before rolling past Fillmore Central, 62-22, this past Friday.

Just five days after an 18-point win over the Wolverines in the Southern Nebraska Conference tournament, a second half push by the visiting Wolverines nearly handed the Mustangs their first loss since Dec. 30.

Wed
19
Feb
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Cougars take wins from FC, Eagles, improve to 13-8

Cougars take wins from FC, Eagles, improve to 13-8
Cougars take wins from FC, Eagles, improve to 13-8
Cougars take wins from FC, Eagles, improve to 13-8

MELISSA WHITEFOOT | CLAY COUNTY NEWS Sandy Creek sophomore Micah Biltoft goes in for two of his 10 points in the Cougars’ 49-41 win over Fillmore Central. Biltoft also added nine in a 38-37 win over Milford last week.

Cougars take wins from FC, Eagles, improve to 13-8
Cougars take wins from FC, Eagles, improve to 13-8

The Sandy Creek boys basketball team, coming off of a much needed win over Superior in the consolation bracket of the Southern Nebraska Conference tournament, kept their winning ways intact this past week, gaining a pair of SNC regular season wins. The Cougars claimed a 49-41 road win over Fillmore Central, before returning to the Cougars Den for the final time this season and gaining a nerve wracking one-point, 38-37 win over the Milford Eagles to improve to 13-8 overall.

The road test in Geneva would give Fillmore Central a 7-6 first quarter edge over the Cougars, but a 17-10 second quarter run gained control for Sandy Creek as the Cougars held a 23-17 halftime lead.

The Panthers trimmed the six-point lead for SC to three after the third, 31-29, before the Cougars regrouped and outscored the Panthers 17-12 in the fourth to chart the 49-41 win.

Josh Shaw led the scoring charts with 17 points, while Micah Biltoft added 10 and Wyatt Mach, nine.

 

Wed
19
Feb
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Hinrichs wins gold

Hinrichs wins gold

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS Sutton junior Joe Hinrichs looks to take down Aquinas Catholic’s Nolan Eller during the C-3 District meet Saturday in Oakland. Hinrichs eventually pinned Eller in the 152-pound championships match, winning in a time of 2:44 to take a 34-1 record to the state meet in Omaha this weekend. This will be Hinrichs’ third straight trip to the state meet.

Hinrichs wins gold

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS Senior Jarvis Smith will make his second straight trip to the state wrestling meet this weekend after winning this match over Ben McDuffee of Wisner-Pilger, 8-2, in the “heartbreak round” of the C-3 District meet in Oakland. Smith will take a 28-10 record to Omaha after his fourth-place finish in the 285-pound class last weekend.

Hinrichs wins gold

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS Joe Hinrichs earned a 5-0 win over Wilber-Clatonia’s Tad Moldenauer in the semifinals of the C-3 152-pound class to advance to the title match, where he would pin Nolan Eller of Aquinas Catholic.

A pair of returning state qualifiers will take another crack at state meet hardware for the Sutton Mustangs wrestling team, as junior Joe Hinrichs and senior Jarvis Smith will return the CHI Health Center in Omaha for the 2020 state wrestling championships this week.

Hinrichs gained the 152-pound district title with a trio of wins, while Smith placed fourth overall in the 285-pound class, while winning three of five matches at Oakland-Craig High School this past Friday and Saturday.

Hinrichs advances to state for the third straight season, after winning one of two matches in the 126-pound class as a freshman in 2018, and placing third in 2019 in the 145-pound class. Hinrichs won four of five matches in Omaha last year to finish his sophomore season with a 46-5 record. Hinrichs was 40-12 as a freshman, taking his career record to 120-18.

 

 

 

Wed
12
Feb
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Hinrichs earns #1 ranking

Hinrichs earns #1 ranking

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Sutton’s second ever trip to the Southwest Nebraska community of Bartley earned the Mustangs a fourth-place team finish and gained the Mustangs five individual medalists on Saturday, Feb. 8. Sutton tallied 77 team points at the Southwest High School Invite.

Republic County, KS ran away with the team title, outscoring the second-place host team 183-117.5, while Oberlin, KS finished ahead of the Mustangs, 95-77, to take third place in the final team standings.

Joe Hinrichs and Adrian Avilia returned from Bartley as champions, with Hinrichs winning the 152-pound class and Avila the 220-pound weight class.

Hinrichs was 4-0 on the day to improve to 31-1 on the year. In the process, Hinrichs also gained the top ranking in Class C in his weight class as Nebraska wrestling teams head into district competition throughout the state this Friday and Saturday.

 

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