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13
Mar
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Yutan sinks Sutton in C-2 opener

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TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Above: The Sutton student body gets into the action during the Mustangs battle with Yutan. The “whiteout” condition seemingly fit the day, as snowfall in the overnight hours Wednesday night into Thursday morning left a blanket of snow in Sutton and Lincoln. At the right: Kyle Baumert has the look of determination during the fourth quarter of Sutton’s opening round loss to the Chieftains in the Class C-2 tournament. Baumert ended the game with seven points to close out his high school career.

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TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Quenton Jones takes off down court early in the Mustangs first-round loss to Yutan. Sutton struggled early with their offensive production in the 55-45 loss to the Chieftains at Lincoln Northeast. Moving up the court with Jones is Seth George,

(23) and Garrett Nuss.

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TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Senior Seth George goes in for two of his 11 points, which led the Mustangs against Yutan Thursday afternoon at Lincoln Northeast High School. Looking on, to the left of George, is senior Kyle Baumert who added seven tallies to the cause. The 10-point loss to the Chieftains ended the Mustangs season at 24-3.

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Coming off a thrilling 47-45 win over Centura in the C2-3 District Final Feb. 25, the Sutton Mustangs had big plans for their next step, the Class C-2 state tournament, but in an unlikely way, Sutton’s opening round game against the Yutan Chieftains would start off on an ice cold streak, which left the Mustangs in catch-up mode throughout the opening game of the tournament at Northeast High School in Lincoln.

The March 7 battle with Yutan would see Sutton open the game making just three of 16 shots from the floor in the first quarter.

While Sutton was shooting just under 19 percent in the opening eight minutes, Yutan, who at one point led 12-2 in the first, had to hold off a five-point run by the Mustangs late in the quarter to claim a 12-7 first quarter edge.

 

 

Wed
06
Mar
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Mustangs Headed to State

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FIRST ROUND: Sutton Mustangs (24-2) vs.Yutan Chieftains (21-5)

 

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Wed
06
Mar
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Sutton, Yutan to battle in C-2 opener

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TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Seniors Kyle Baumert, left, and Garrett Nuss defend this Centura player during the Mustangs’ 47-45 C2-3 District final win Feb. 25. Nuss leads the Mustangs into their opening round game at Northeast High School in Lincoln as the leading scorer and rebounder, with just over 11 points and just under seven rebounds per game. Baumert hits at 6.2 points per game.

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Thursday afternoon’s Class C-2 state tournament opener at Lincoln Northeast High School will mark the first time in basketball that the Sutton Mustangs and Yutan Chieftains will square off on the hardwood.

Sutton’s history in Lincoln runs much deeper, having qualified for the state tournament 29 times, while Yutan has advanced 12 times.

Sutton has been void of the big dance since 2014, while Yutan has only qualified once since 1994, that being last year when the Chieftains finished fourth in the Class C-2 tournament.

Sutton owns four state championships and Yutan, one, as the Mustangs took titles in 1919 in Class B, in 1922 in Class A and more recently, Sutton owns a C-1 title in 1989, along with a C-2 title in 2003. Yutan’s lone state title came in 1924, winning the Class E state title.

Fri
01
Mar

Sutton, Yutan to battle for first time in history in C-2 first round

Season Stats & Scores

A statistical comparison and season record for Sutton and Yutan

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The Mustangs and their fans celebrate Sutton's first trip to the state tournament since 2014 following a 47-45 win over Centura in the C2-3 District Final Monday, Feb. 25.

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The Sutton Mustangs, winners of the C2-2 Sub-District and C2-3 District championships will take their talent to Lincoln next weekend for the Class C-2 State Tournament. Team members include, in front, from the left: student manager Carson Mau, Tyler Baldwin, Jacob Haight, Quenton Jones, Cade Wiseman, Jackson Perrien, Dawson Nunnenkamp, Eli Skalka and student manager Cole Baumert. In the back, from the left: student manager Trevin Buescher, assistant coach Ben Francis, Jordan Davis, Jacob Rogers, Kyle Baumert, Seth George, Eli Stengel, Garrett Nuss, head coach Jon Ladehoff and student manager Caleb Ladehoff. Not pictured is student manager Garrison Perrien. Sutton will take on the Yutan Cheiftains at 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon at Lincoln Northeast in the first round of the tournament.

BY TORY DUNCAN
Thursday afternoon’s Class C-2 state tournament opener at Lincoln Northeast High School will mark the first time in basketball that the Sutton Mustangs and Yutan Chieftains will square off on the hardwood.
Sutton’s history in Lincoln runs much deeper, having qualified for the state tournament 29 times, while Yutan has advanced 12 times.
Sutton has been void of the big dance since 2014, while Yutan has only qualfied once since 1994, that being last year when the Chieftains finished fourth in the Class C-2 tournament.
Sutton owns four state championships and Yutan, one, as the Mustangs took titles in 1919 in Class B, in 1922 in Class A and more recently, Sutton owns a C-1 title in 1989, along with a C-2 title in 2003. Yutan’s lone state title came in 1924, winning the Class E state title.

Wed
27
Feb
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Alma edges Cougars in C2-9 sub-districts

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JORDYN HULINSKY | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Freshman Josh Shaw had eight points and a team high 12 rebounds in the Cougars’ 50-47 season ending loss to Alma in the semifinals of the C2-9 Sub-District tournament, played at Adams Central Feb. 19.

The Alma Cardinals, with a strong second half run, would erase Sandy Creek’s 21-16 first half lead, going on a 34-26 second half scoring spree to edge out the Cougars from advancing in the C2-9 Sub-District basketball tournament at Adams Central High School, Feb. 19.

Sandy Creek opened play on an 11-6 first quarter run, before both teams hit for 10 second quarter points to give the Cougars the five-point, 21-16 first half lead.

It would be a 13-9 third quarter run by Alma that brought the Cardinals back to within one point, trailing Sandy Creek 30-29. The second-seeded Cardinals then went on a 21-17 fourth quarter run to rally for the three-point, 50-47 win, ending the Cougars’ season with a 5-18 record.

 

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Wed
27
Feb
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Sutton holds off Centura

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JORDYN HULINSKY | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sutton players and fans alike celebrate their breathtaking 47-45 win over Centura in the C2-3 and Garrett Nuss embrace after Sutton held on for the win to advance to the state tournament District Final at Grand Island Senior High Monday night. In the foreground, seniors Seth George for the first time since 2014.

With big wins over BDS and Tri County in Sub-District play, the Sutton Mustangs needed to take one more step toward their dream of playing in the 2019 Nebraska State Basketball championships Monday, and that was to beat Centura High School.

The Mustangs, who hadn’t advanced to state since 2014, seemingly had the right scenario in place to make that dream come true, playing the Centurions, a team in which Sutton dismantled earlier in the season, whipping the Centura boys 73-42, back on Dec. 20 in the Sutton Dome.

This time, however, Centura coach Dave Oman and his squad had a little plan up their sleeves, that seemingly caught the Mustangs off guard on the Grand Island Senior High floor.

 

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Fri
22
Feb

Sutton to the C2-3 District Final

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Senior Kyle Baumert drives the lane during Sutton's four-point win over Tri County Thursday night in Fairbury.

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Sutton's student body added a little extra energy to Thursday nights 63-59 Sutton boys win over Tri County in the C2-2 Sub-Districts at Fairbury.

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Sutton head coach Jon Ladehoff gives some last second thoughts to his troops prior to taking on Tri County in the C2-2 Sub-District finals.

Thursday night’s battle for the C2-2 Sub-District title in Fairbury was a game of momentum swings between Sutton and Tri County.
The Trojans opened the game with a 15-11 first quarter lead, before the stealthy Sutton offense kicked into high gear in the second quarter, as the Mustangs outscored Tri County 20-6, led by five points from Quenton Jones, Seth George and Garrett Nuss.
Nuss hit a three-point bucket as the halftime buzzer sounded to lift Sutton to a 31-21 halftime lead.
The Trojans trimmed the Mustang lead by two points with an 18-16 third quarter run, before this clash became interesting in the final eight minutes.
Sutton held a 47-39 lead to start the fourth quarter, and in the end it was a good thing Sutton sparked the 14-point run in the second frame.
Tri County sophomore Cole Siems claimed 18 of his game high 32 points in the final quarter to account for all but two of Tri County’s 20 points in the 20-16 run for the Trojans.

Wed
20
Feb
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Deweese Redneck Golf tourney creates challenges for participants

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HANNAH COLLINS | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Travis Fraser, left, and Brady Hinrichs try their luck at one of the unique golfing holes created at the Deweese Fire and Rescue Department during Saturday’s Redneck Golf Tournament in Deweese. Twenty-holes were created for this year’s event.

 

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Wed
20
Feb
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Hansen battles to 5th place finish at state

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TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Harvard junior Dalton Hansen gains control of Elwood’s Zachary Dickau during the battle for fifth place in the Class D 106 pound class, a match in which Hansen won 3-0 to finish the season with a 30-11 record.

After finishing second at the D-1 District wrestling meet Feb. 9, Harvard junior Dalton Hansen served up a little excitement at the 2019 Nebraska state wrestling championship, as the Cardinals lightweight 106 pound rallied to gain himself his first-ever state medal, winning five of seven matches in the process.

Hansen, following an opening round 5:58 pinfall win over Tristan White of Arapahoe, ran into his own Twin Valley Conference nemisis in Jesse Sauceda. The Bulldog junior would pin Hansen in 1:16, forcing the Harvard spark plug into the consolation bracket, where he caught fire.

Hansen opened with an impressive 33-second pin over Jacoby Mann of Winside, then pulled off his biggest win of his career in the third round of the consolation bracket, holding off Samuel Foster of Sutherland 4-2 in overtime.

 

Wed
20
Feb
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Sutton in top 15 at state

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TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Lee Carlson twists up Aquinas Catholic’s Cameron Schrad in the battle for third place, a match that Carlson won 9-6. Carlson wrapped up his Sutton career with 159 wins, which is second on the all-time charts.

Senior Lee Carlson and sophomore Joe Hinrichs would claim bronze at the 2019 Nebraska state wrestling championships this past weekend, helping the Mustangs finish in the top 15 of the Class C field.

Valentine, with a huge semifinal round Friday night in Omaha, distanced themselves from Broken Bow in the team race, outscoring the Indians 165-129, while Southern Nebraska Conference champion and the C-2 District championship team, David City, placed third with 120.5 team points.

Sutton would tally 42.5 team points to place 13th overall in the final standings.

CARLSON THIRD AT 126

Senior Lee Carlson, who recently gained his 150th career win, entered the 2019 state championship meet with lofty goals of becoming a state champion with his 44-0 record, after winning the C-2 District crown in Albion.

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