FIVE YEARS AGO
Cozad shortstop Conor Young was clutch in finishing 2-3 at the plate along with knocking in three RBI’s in the Reds 11-9 victory over Ogallala. Nate Bubak got the nod on the hill and earned the win by scattering 10 hits over four and 2/3 innings while striking out six batters.
The Cozad Juniors were able to outscore Elwood 18-7 in diamond action. The Reds went ballistic for seven runs in the third inning and 11 runs in the fourth frame to score the victory. Elwood held an early 1-0 lead before the Reds offensive explosion. Brendan Molden picked up the win on the mound. Dillon Budd and Colin Wetovick both finished 2-3 at the plate to lead the Reds. Wetovick scored three runs and had a pair of RBI’s. Budd scored three runs for Cozad. Chase Dugan and Jason Finnegan also circled to score three times as well.
10 YEARS AGO
The name of the game was 12-1, with the Cozad Juniors and Lexington Seniors winning by that count in a junior/senior diamond doubleheader. Cory Devine picked up the mound win for the Reds Juniors, while Mat Linder finished 3-4 at the plate. Justin Standage was a force for Cozad with a 2-2 outing with four RBI’s. In the nightcap, Lexington’s Seniors platted five first inning runs on their way to cruising to a 12-1 victory. Stuart Long threw a complete game to record the win on the mound, striking out five batters. Christian Diaz led the Orange Nine’s bats with two hits and three RBI’s.
Gothenburg High School finished 9th overall in the first annual NSAA Cup. The Lady Swedes were knocking on the door of a podium finish, as they were fourth overall in the final standings for the Girls portion of the NSAA Cup.
15 YEARS AGO
Lexington’s Juniors took advantage of big innings in both games to sweep a doubleheader from Cozad. Cozad opened up a 2-0 lead in the first inning of the first game, but Lex tied the game with a pair of runs in the top of the second. Lexington wasn’t done either, as they added three runs in the third, two in the fourth, then broke the game open with seven runs in the sixth inning. Lexington finished with a 14-5 victory. Curtis Roemmich and Justin Teeters were both 3-for-4 in the game for the Orange. Lexington won the second game of the doubleheader, 13-5. Lexington fell behind 1-0 in the second, but scored six times in the third and seven in the fourth for the win. Roemmich and Teeters each had two hits for the winners. Cozad collected three hits in the game, two by Logan Hart and one by Josh Pinkelman.
20 YEARS AGO
Bruce Hird was announced as the new Head Boys Basketball coach at Lexington High School. Hird will take over the reins of the Minutemen from exiting head coach Chip Bahe.
Cozad defeated Elwood in a Midget baseball contest 5-1. The Haymakers overcame a 1-0 first inning deficit with a four run surge in the second and third stanzas. An insurance run in the seventh inning gave the Reds a comfortable cushion on the scoreboard. Elwood got on the board early when Shane Tilson singled and advanced on a stolen base. He raced homeward on an RBI-single by Brad Downing. Lane Johnson, Adam Kloepping and David Cumming all scored to put Cozad in command on the scoreboard in the bottom half of the second inning. Jeff Brecks and Joey Cochran both connected on a pair of singles in four official plate appearances to lead the Cozad attack.
25 YEARS AGO
Lexington staged a five run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning and collected a 15-13 Midget baseball win over rival Cozad. Just prior to the exciting stanza, the two clubs had exchanged the lead throughout the contest. Lex grabbed a 2-1 edge in the first inning, but fell behind in the fourth when Cozad lit up the scoreboard for five runs, 11-10. Manager Corey Smith’s Haymakers managed a 13-10 advantage before the offensive fireworks ignited from the Orange. Jason Carpenter, Craig Taylor, Jeremy Evans and Ryan Bliven all scored closing runs. Although he was shutout in scoring, centerfielder Gary O’Donnell connected on three hits for the victors. Mike Cumming, who scored three times and Jason Smith with a pair of runs sparked Cozad.
30 YEARS AGO
The Cozad girls age 16 and under softball team won the Hi-line regular season and tournament championships. The girls finished the regular season with a 7-1 record and then defeated Stockville 15-4 in five innings to claim the season ending tournament title Sunday at Farnam. Stockville had won the championship the last three years. Cozad reached the finals of the tournament by defeating Curtis 8-6 earlier Sunday afternoon. The Cozad girls are coached by Gordon Lindstedt and Mike Winterfield. Playing for Cozad this Summer and winning big were Heather Rhoadharmer, Mari Dorsey, Linda Foster, April Werner, Paige Lindstedt, Miki McCoy, Leslie Myer, Alica Rangel, Tonya Bean, Noreen Harwood, Renae Spradlin and Tiffany Stoll.