Sports

Wed
25
Sep
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Cardinals outlast Sterling Jets 57-34

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ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Senior Noah Okraska soared over the Sterling Jets’ defense Friday night, throwing four touchdown passes, catching another and running for a score, while collecting 325 all-purpose yards in the Cardinals’ 57-34 win.

The normally fast starting Harvard Cardinals took a different path to their fourth win in as many games this past week, as the Cardinals, who held a narrow 15-14 first half lead, shot down the Sterling Jets in the second half, outscoring the Jets 22-0 in the third quarter and drawing to an even 20-20 fourth quarter with Sterling to gain a 57-34 win.

Sterling grabbed an early lead over the Cardinals, as the Jets, with 5:54 left in the first quarter scored on a 27 yard run, and with the added two-point kick to take the 8-0 lead.

Just 18 seconds later, however, the potent Harvard offense scored the first of five passing touchdowns, when senior quarterback Noah Okraska found the speedy junior receiver Ethan Piper on a 50-yard touchdown through the air, cutting the Jets lead to 8-7 with 5:36 left in the first.

 

Wed
18
Sep
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Clark, Simonsen starting for Broncos

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TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

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Garrett Clark, left, a 2016 graduate of Sutton High School and Brett Simonsen, above, (21), a 2019 graduate of Sutton, are two of the Hastings College Bronco’s starting offensive players this season. Saturday, the Broncos held off the visiting Jamestown Jimmies, 38-21, to improve to 2-0 on the season.

Simonsen, the true freshman starting running back, gained a team high 90 yards on 22 carries and scored the opening touchdown on a three-yard plunge, while Clark, the Broncos starting center and his front line teammates helped to produce 25 first downs and gain 350 yards of total offense, including 149 rushing yards and 201 passing yards.

 

 

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Wed
18
Sep
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Mustangs crush Freeman

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Jackson Perrien had 13 carries for 117 yards on the ground and four touchdowns in the 64-0 win over Freeman.

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BY TORY DUNCAN

Week three of the 2019 football season proved to be a breakout week for the Sutton Mustangs, as Sutton’s offense exploded for 28 first quarter points and led the Mustangs to an eventual 64-0 shutout win over the Freeman Falcons on the road.

As Sutton improved to 3-0 on the year, the Mustang offense racked up 307 total yards, while defensively, Sutton was equally impressive, holding the Falcons to a mere 48 yards of total offense.

Sutton held the Freeman rushing attack to a negative 38 yards rushing, while giving up 86 passing yards.

In contrast, the Mustangs traditional pound the ball down the field kind of offense would yield 290 rushing yards, while adding 17 passing yards to account for the 307 total yards in the big win. 

 

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Wed
18
Sep
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Fillmore Central steals late win over Sandy Creek Cougars

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MELISSAWHITEFOOT | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Second-year head coach Jack Shadley signals in an offensive play during the Sandy Creek Cougars’ heartbreaking 18-13 last minute loss to Fillmore Central Friday night. With the loss, the Cougars take a 1-2 record to Adams this Friday to take on the Freeman Falcons, who are winless on the year at 0-3.

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ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Rodney McDonald (13) had a monster night as a receiver in Sandy Creek’s battle with Fillmore Central, hauling in eight catches for 139 yards, an average of 17.4 yard per catch

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ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Christian Shearer-Akerly (71) and Rodney McDonald (13) swarm this Fillmore Central back during the Cougars’ 18-13 homecoming loss to the Panthers Friday night.

BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

The term “it’s anyone’s ballgame” was the definition of Friday’s football game between Sandy Creek and Fillmore Central, where the Panthers narrowly took an 18-13 win in the final minute of the game.

Sandy Creek’s defense was on high guard, making it difficult for FC to get anywhere near the end zone; however, the Panthers weren’t making it any easier for the Cougars.

The first quarter breezed by without either team scoring a touchdown. Going into the second quarter, it looked as if the first half would end in a scoreless tie, before FC secured six points at the 4:42 mark on an 11-yard touchdown run, claiming a 6-0 lead after Sandy Creek blocked the extra point kick.

 

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Wed
11
Sep
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Cardinals fall to Shelton, Franklin; beat Red Cloud

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TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Harvard’s Delainey Gaughen battles with Franklin’s Michelle Falkenstine during action in Harvard Thursday, Sept. 5. Harvard would win one of three matches, beating Red Cloud, but falling to both Franklin and Shelton.

Harvard added another win and two losses to their season, following tournament play Thursday, Sept. 5.

Against Shelton, the Bulldogs took the first set, 25-20, and kept the Cardinals at bay in the second with a 25-16 win.

Juniors Morgan Juranek and Paisley Longoria were strong attacking components for the Cardinals, hitting four and three kills, respectively.

 

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Wed
11
Sep
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Sutton blanks Wilber-Clatonia

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TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Junior Quarterback Cade Wiseman eyes a gap in the line to run through thanks to the block of senior lineman Eli Skalka (65). Wiseman had 105 rushing yards and 42 passing yards in the 16-0 win over Wilber Clatonia, helping the Mustangs improve to 2-0 on the year.

Coming off of a sluggish opening half of play in the season opening game at North Platte St. Pats, the Sutton Mustangs defensive efforts have been heard loud and clear for six straight quarters of play, spanning back to the second half of the 17-7 win over the Irish.

Game two would pit the Class C-2 fifth-ranked Mustangs against sixth-ranked Wilber-Clatonia, a team that in 2018 the Mustangs crushed 38-0 on the Wolverines home field.

This go-round would produce yet another shutout win over W-C, as a second quarter touchdown run by junior quarterback Cade Wiseman and a fourth quarter sprint into the end zone by senior running back Jackson Perrien sealed a 16-0 win for the Mustangs, to improve to 2-0 on the year.

 

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Wed
04
Sep
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37th annual Old Trusty begins Saturday

The 37th annual Old Trusty Antique and Collectors Show is set for Saturday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Clay County Fairgrounds.

Events begin at 8 a.m. both days, ending at 8 p.m., Saturday and 5 p.m., Sunday.

Per day the cost is $7 for adults; youth ages 6-12 is $1; and children 5 and under are free. Included in each day’s festivities are an indoor and outdoor flea markets featuring crafts, antiques, and collectibles; showing of military vehicles; working heritage craftsmen; and a daily parade starting at 1 p.m.

 

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Wed
04
Sep
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Cougars battle for big program win

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TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Head coach Jack Shadley, along with coaches Brian Shaw and Trae Ramer talk to their team following the Cougars 22-15 win over Southern Valley. It was the Sandy Creek programs first win since a 31-10 win over Wood River on Oct. 14, 2016. Sandy Creek will return home this week to take on Shelby-Rising City.

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TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Senior quarterback Connor Crumbliss breaks upfield on this run in the Cougars’ seven point win over Southern Valley. Crumbliss ran for 79 yards and passed for another 95 in the win. Also shown is Sam VonSpreckelsen (51) and Jason Brockman (55).

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TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

A host of happy Cougars soak in their 22-15 win Friday night just moments after Sandy Creek beat the Eagles of Southern Valley.

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TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Coach Brian Shaw talks with his defensive warriors late in the action Friday night of the Cougars’ 22-15 win over Southern Valley. Pictured with Shaw is Christian Shearer-Akerly (71), Hunter Steinbach (29) and Connor Crumbliss (7).

BY TORY DUNCAN

It took some time for the Sandy Creek football program to feel what a win on the field feels like, but a two hour trip west gave the Cougar program the shot in the arm that the Sandy Creek coaching staff, players and fan base needed to kickoff the 2019 season.

A 22-15 win didn’t come without some tense moments, as Southern Valley, behind a five-yard touchdown pass at the 7:48 mark of the fourth quarter and an added two-point conversion, led Sandy Creek 15-14, leaving fingers crossed in the stands and hearts pumping on the sidelines. However, a steady dose of the Cougars running game would give senior running Hunter Steinbach the momentum to plow into the end zone with just 29 seconds left in the game to produce a 22-15 win, after quarterback Connor Crumbliss added a two-point conversion.

The win marks the first time since Oct. 14, 2016 that the Cougars had earned a win on the field, beating Wood River 31-10.

 

Wed
04
Sep
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Fillies take down Exeter-Milligan

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ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Senior Lydia Rogers powers down one of her career high 12 kills in a for set win over Exeter-Milligan Aug. 29. Kylie Baumert (11) added eight kills in the win as well.

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ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Kate Griess passes this ball during Sutton’s four set win over Exeter-Milligan Aug. 29, while Dayvie Perrien looks on. Griess had a team high 13 assists, and a team high four kills, while Perrien collected a career high 30 digs in the win.

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ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sophomore Reagan Vavricek digs this ball during the Fillies’ 25-17, 22-25, 15-18, 25-15 win over Exeter-Milligan last week. Vavricek had three aces, three kills and nine digs as Sutton began the season 1-0 with the win.

BY TORY DUNCAN

It was a big opening night of action for head coach Shelli Mohnike and her Sutton Fillies as the Sutton girls opened the season earning a four set, 25-17, 22-25, 25-18, 25-15 win over tradition rich Exeter-Milligan on the road.

E-M, who is just two season’s removed from the Class D-2 state championship, and a D-2 state qualifier a season ago couldn’t keep pace with some stellar individual and team action put up by the Fillies.

The Timberwolves, who were preseason ranked sixth in the D-2 field would watch on as Sutton pounded out 34 kills, led by Lydia Rogers with a career high 12 kills. Kylie Baumert added eight and Kate Griess, seven. Sutton, as a team, was 103-126 on the attack (81.7%).

 

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Wed
28
Aug
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Harvard football ranked 1st in 6-man

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ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Harvard’s football team, back row, from left: Ben Okraska, Colton Roberts, Ethan Piper, Noah Okraska, Ryan Harms, Ceasar Ramirez, Jace Pellotte, and Oscar Medina. Front row, from left: Ethan Lewellyn, Drayden Whetstine-Jones, David Reazola, Rodrigo Gonzalez, Phoenix Sadd, Brett Dillman, and Noah Roberts.

Harvard’s football team has been ranked No. 1 in Six-Man by the Omaha World-Herald heading into the 2019 season, with their first game slated for Friday, Aug. 30, against Spalding Academy, at home.

The Cardinals kicked off the 2018 season with a win over Spalding Academy, taking the 20-point win Aug. 24.

Nine more wins would follow, including a playoff game against the Cody-Kilgore Cowboys, where Harvard secured a 70-37 win, earning a spot against Wilcox-Hildreth in the final playoff game before state.

However, W-H would take a slim 63-50 win over the Cards, ending Harvard’s season 10-1.

Statistically, the team finished with an impressive 3,564 rushing yards in 11 games, with another 1,281 passing yards.

 

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