FIVE YEARS AGO
Taking advantage of great field position, the Boone Central Redbirds were able to strike quickly and defeat Gothenburg 38-20 in the Nebraska Class C-1 State Football Playoffs. The Cardinals grabbed an early first quarter lead 14-7 and pushed on the accelerator to the tune of 10 unanswered points to lead 24-7 at the intermission. Boone Central was able to reach pay dirt twice during the third quarter to add insurance touchdowns to lead 38-7 with just one quarter remaining in regulation. Gothenburg was able to score a pair of touchdowns in the final minutes but it was too little, too late and Boone Central scored the win. Logan Sheets led the Swedes rushing attack with 35 yards on 11 carries.
10 YEARS AGO
Haymaker Jason Luong ran for 294-yards and three touchdowns to power Cozad past Aurora 27-21 in the State Class B Football quarterfinal round. The Red and Black’s other score came on a Kyle Gill completed pass to Brandon Woldt that covered 25-yards in the second quarter. Ryan Levell led the Haymaker defense with 10 tackles.
Eustis/Farnam volleyball reached the promised land by defeating Haymakers Springs 23-25, 25-15, 25-20 and 25-13. Jacey Schultheiss and Lindsey Ferrell both had 19 kills to pace the Lady Knights. Jordan Reiker contributed greatly with nine kills. E/F setter Kenzie Banzhaf dished out 38 set assists in the match. Keeping the ball alive for the Silver and Black was Katie Fagot with 13 digs.
10 YEARS AGO
Chase County dashed the hopes for the Gothenburg volleyball squad in the semi-final round, then went on to claim the Class C1-11 Sub-district crown. In the opening round, Gothenburg posted a 15-2, 11-15, 15-0 hard-fought win over Cozad. Ashley Bokelman served up a pair of aces and scored 20 points in the match for the winners. Kiley Peterson led the hit parade for the Lady Swedes with a match-high nine kills, while Michelle Faust and Jamie Gonzales chipped in with four and three kills, respectively.
Lex never trailed until the final play of the game, as Seward edged the Orange and Black 14-13 in overtime on the gridiron. Dusty Rowe had a big night offensively for the Minutemen, as he ran for 121 yards on 31 carries. Jake Mandelko finished with 63 total yards. As a team, Lexington had 224 total yards while running for 188 yards.
20 YEARS AGO
The Lady Swedes of Gothenburg finished third in the SWC Volleyball Championships. Coach Shelly Tvrdy’s Lady Haymakers earned fifth for Cozad High School. In the consolation finals match for third place overall, Gothenburg downed Holdrege 15-13, 15-12. Cozad defeated the host Lady Indians for fifth, 15-12, 15-11.
Playing in the rain, the Sidney Red Raiders found themselves swamped in the first round of the Class B football playoffs. The Minutemen ended the Red Raiders’ season with a lopsided 41-14 victory. Lexington’s Shawn Church rushed for 176 of the Minutemen’s 309 rushing yards. More remarkable is that Church had only nine carries, making for a whopping 19.6-yard average per carry. Eric Otto ran for 73 yards. Quarterback Brad Carpenter completed a pair of passes for 88 yards total, most of which came on an 84-yard TD strike to Blake Thorell.
25 YEARS AGO
Playing with gumption, Cozad dominated a regular season football finale at Ord. Coach Gene Hunting’s Haymakers, who played flawlessly early, built a commanding first half advantage then coasted to an easy victory over the Chants, 42-26. Ryan Kauffman’s pass receptions, thrown by Eric Ostendorf, and rushing efforts by Shane Hatcher, Casey Macken and Ryan Walter were keys in Cozad’s offensive success. Defensive efforts were spurred by Matt Hunting, Macken, Kauffman, Todd Linke and Mike Brownfield.
Minden’s Chris Fitzsimmons went to the air for 177-yards to power the Whippets past Gothenburg, 36-8. The Swedes saved themselves from a shutout when quarterback Jason Viergutz connected with Chris Galas for a 20-yard scoring pass in the third quarter.
30 YEARS AGO
Cozad’s perseverance on the hardwood sent McCook home and advanced the Red and Black to the district semi-finals. The Haymakers lost the first set to the Bisons, 15-9 after leading 4-0, then fell behind 9-3 before pulling out a 15-13 win in the second set. The final set was all Cozad, as the Haymaker’s stomped to a 14-6 advantage, then held on to take another 15-13 victory. The Haymakers’ were led in scoring by Nicole Gibson with 10 points. Vicki Harris was the top hitter with a 17-24 effort.
Lexington’s defense dominated Grand Island Central Catholic as the Minutemen ended their regular season with a 14-6 victory. The Minutemen defense was led by Chad Muma and Troy Higgins, who limited the host Crusader’s to 124 yards of total offense. Muma had eight tackles and; Higgins blocked a punt and recorded a quarterback sack to go along with his eight tackles. The Minutemen rushed the pigskin 44 times, totaling 198 yards. Ed Ford picked up 100 yards on 27 carries and Mike Wengert added 58 on just 12 carries.
The Lady Pirates and Knights both looked to extend their seasons on the hardwood by competing in the D2-8 Sub-District that was held at Bertrand this week.
In their opening contest, the Lady Knights of Eustis/Farnam battled with FKC-foe Wilcox-Hildreth. The Lady Falcons were able to score the 25-16, 25-10 and 25-13 win over Eustis/Farnam.
The Lady Knights had four ace serves in the contest with Karissa Hodge having a pair of aces.
At the net, Sammy Jack led the charge with three kills for the Silver and Black-clad hitters.
Gretchen Dodge had 10 digs to key the transition game for Eustis/Farnam.
In the Lady Pirates opening contest, they cruised past Loomis, 25-14, 25-23 and 25-9.
Senior Felicia Knoerzer had a stellar game with 18 kills and four ace serves.
Manon Martin dished out 19 set assists in the contest along with having 18 digs for Elwood.
In the sub-district final, Elwood trumped Axtell, 26-24, 19-25, 25-17 and 25-12.
Felicia Knoerzer was ‘En Fuego’ at the net with 25 kills to go along with her three ace serves.
Manon Martin and Alivia Knoerzer got the ball to the open hitters to rack up 19 and 18 set assists for the Lady Pirates in the match.
There are some students who set the bar. They work harder, show more passion and lead by example—in the classroom, on the field and within the community. Today, Wendy’s High School Heisman recognizes Samantha Jack from Eustis-Farnam High School and Kennedy Berreckman of Cozad High School for their dedication to never cutting corners by naming them as School Winners.
Since 1994, Wendy’s and the Heisman Trophy Trust have been running the same play to perfection: honoring more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed students. This year, Wendy’s will celebrate the accomplishments of thousands of the best high school seniors, awarding winners in five phases.
School Winners will receive a School Winner certificate and a Wendy’s High School Heisman Patch. State Finalists will receive a bronze medal, a Wendy’s High School Heisman State Finalist patch and a $25 gift card. From the group of State Finalists announced October 18, 2017, one senior male and female will be selected from each state and announced as State Winners on October 19, 2017.
For more information or to track a student’s progress through the competition, please visit www.Wendys Heisman.com.
The Wendy's High School Heisman was created by Wendy's founder Dave Thomas in 1994. Dave Thomas dropped out of high school when he was 15 years old in order to work full-time and went on to become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in history. While this nontraditional path led to his prosperity, it always worried Dave that others would follow in his footsteps and expect to achieve similar fame and wealth by not finishing high school or attending college.
Faced with this dilemma, at 61 years old, Dave enrolled at Coconut Creek High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and received his General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Inspired by this moment and with a desire to celebrate the outstanding achievements of youth in America, he launched the Wendy's High School Heisman program.
Twenty-two years later, Wendy's High School Heisman has honored more than 600,000 of the nation's most esteemed high school seniors who share Wendy's values of giving back to their communities, treating people with respect, continuing education and excelling on the athletic field.
The Wendy's High School Heisman is a joint program between Wendy's and the Heisman Trophy Trust, host and custodians of the Heisman Memorial Trophy.
Taking advantage of great field position and turnovers, the Aquinas Catholic Monarchs were able to gain the early momentum on their way to a 42-6 victory over host Gothenburg in the Nebraska Class C-1 State Football Playoffs held on the Swedes home turf on Friday evening.
Looking to score points off of a short field ahead, the Monarchs used their misdirection rushing attack to be flirting with paydirt near the halfway point of the first quarter. Soon after reaching the red zone, Gothenburg’s defense was flexing their muscle and holding the Aquinas offense out of the endzone until Monarch quarterback Gavin Rech called his own number to score on a two-yard plunge with 5:34 left in the opening quarter. Aquinas Catholic was able to make the score 7-0 with Trevor Siroky splitting the uprights on the extra point try.
On the ensuing possession, Gothenburg was able to continue their efforts to chip away at the vaunted run defense of the Monarchs with the methodical rushing attack that the Swedes are known for until an untimely miscue allowed Aquinas to gain possession and put together a sustained drive that finish in the endzone with Gavin Rech reaching paydirt again on the ground, this time with a one-yard run with less than a minute to play in the first quarter to make the score 14-0 in favor of the Monarchs.
The Aquinas gridders had a grasp on the momentum and lead on the scoreboard as the opening quarter ended and the second stanza began.
Scoring as a result of advantageous field position and the continued churning of the rushing attack, the Monarchs were in business as a result of the Gothenburg defensive forces flexing their muscle.
The Swedes were able to gain the upper hand with the momentum swinging in the balance and the Monarch offensive attack being nearly stuck in the mud. Aquinas was able to get back in business when Rech dialed his own number on a homerun trot that spanned 34 yards with 9:56 left in the second quarter. The Monarchs took a 21-0 lead.
homerun trot that spanned 34 yards with 9:56 left in the second quarter. The Monarchs took a 21-0 lead.
Aquinas continued to prosper on Swede miscues as the Monarchs went to the air for a Rech to Tyler Vavrina nine-yard scoring connection at the 7:07 mark of the second quarter and then cushioned their lead with a Rech scoring his fourth rushing score to make the Aquinas lead 35-0 entering the halftime break.
Coming out of the intermission, the Gothenburg defense stood tall and strong in thwarting off the opening drives by the Monarchs.
Just as they had on prior drives, the short field allowed Aquinas to cash in with a Rech to Vavrina seven-yard scoring connection to extend the lead to 42-0 with 5:04 left in the third quarter.
With limited time remaining, Gothenburg was able to break the ice on a Maguire Bartlett eight yard scoring run to cap all the scoring with Aquinas Catholic netting the 42-6 victory over the Swedes.
Jordan Cudney has been around athletics and activities for his whole professional career that has involved coaching at High School and Collegiate levels. Going one step further, Cudney is now the new Activities Director at Cozad Community Schools.
“I feel that it is important to build relationships, Inspire others to discover their God-given talens and joyfully pursue the realization of one’s potential,” explained Jordan Cudney.
Prior to his new position at Cozad, the Hickman-native Jordan Cudney taught and coached at Crete High School. He was in charge of high school strength and conditioning and taught health courses since 2012.
Along with his experiences at Crete, Jordan has also been in charge of the strength and conditioning programs while teaching physical education and health at Omaha Benson High School and Ord High School during his years in education.
At the collegiate level, Cudney has coached at Morningside College as an assistant football coach and also at Midland University in Fremont as an assistant football coach as well as being the strength and conditioning coordinator.
Jordan achieved his Bachelors degree at Doane College in Physical Education and History and then completed the requirements to earn a Masters in Professional Education at Morningside College. He is currently finishing course work to soon achieve his Masters in Educational Leadership from Doane University.
Jordan is a certified strength and conditioning specialist along with being a NFOHS Wrestling Official.
Jordan Cudney and his wife Kara have one daughter and they are excited about being a part of the Cozad Community School district.