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.