Competing against some of the best grapplers in the state, Lexington stood tall and strong on their home mats during the GNAC Wrestling Championships held on Saturday. 
The Minutemen were fourth overall in the team race with 76.5 points, Kearney was the team champion with 146 points. 
Scoring gold medal finishes for the Minutemen were the dynamic duo of Tomas Margritz and Pierro Garcia at 152 and 160 lbs., respectively. 
Margritz finished the day with a win by decision, a pinfall and a technical fall. Garcia had a pair of pins and two wins by decisions. 
Lexington’s Andy Rojas was the silver medalist at 120 lbs. Rojas scored three major decision wins to go along with a pin for the win and a 2-0 decision in the fifth round of competition. 
Trystan Berry was the bronze medalists at 138 lbs. for Lexington. Berry put on an offensive clinic with a pin and technical fall along with an injury default win to finish with a fury. 
Earning fourth place honors for Lexington were Brady Fago (126 lbs), Riley Kopf (170), Aidan Stuart, (182) and Cody Wolf (195). 
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Defending their home hardwood were the Orange and Black-clad cagers as Lexington clashed with Grand Island Central Catholic in a girls/boys doubleheader on Friday. 
In the girls contest, the Crusaders were able to grab and early lead and hold off any and all charges to earn a 53-27 win over the Maids. 
Hitting the door running were the Crusader cagers as they led 22-6 at the end of the first quarter. The Lexington offense turned the tides in the second stanza to make the score 28-16 at the intermission. 
Just as they had in the opening quarter, the Crusaders surged offensively to make the score 41-20 with one quarter left. 
Grand Island CC finished strong on a 13-7 run to earn the 53-27 win. 
Courtney Hanson led the Maids with 10 points
GICC         22 6 13 13   53
Lexington   6 10  4   7   27
In the nightcap, the Minutemen scored from the charity stripe late due in thanks to Dylan Richman to score the 64-63 win over the Crusaders. 
Grand Island CC led at the end of the first quarter 15-12 and also at halftime 25-24 before the Orange and Black were able to battle back and garner the lead, 48-45 with just one quarter remaining. 
The scoring fury continued into the fourth quarter, with Lexington netting 16 points to the Crusaders 18 tallies. The Minutemen’s Richman sank two free throws late to propel the Orange to the win, 64-63. 
Dylan Richman netted a team-high 18 points. 
Jake Leger, Nick Saiz and Caleb Carpenter all scored 11 points apiece for Lex. 
GICC        15 10 20 18 63
Lexington 12 12 24 16 64
Lexington: Dylan Richman 18, Jake Leger 11, Kaleb Carpenter 11, Nick Saiz 11, Andrew Saiz 7, Easton Young 3, Alan Zamarippa 3. 

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Scoring surges was the name of the game, as the host Cozad hoopsters engaged in a battle with the Whippets of Minden in a doubleheader at the Barn on Friday night. 
The Lady Haymakers valiant comeback in the fourth quarter fell short against Minden, as the Lady Whippets earned a 54-42 win over the Cozad girls. 
“We got off to a good start battling Minden shot for shot throughout the first half. Unfortunately, we went cold during the third quarter,” explained Cozad Girls head coach Brent Frauen. 
For much of the first quarter of play, the Lady Haymakers kept within striking distance of Minden. The Whippets were able to cash in on some scoring opportunities late in the frame to earn a six-point lead, 17-11 when the horn sounded on the first quarter. 
As a result of the added confidence in going toe-to-toe with the Whippets for the first quarter, it did wonders to the energy that powered the Lady Haymakers during the second quarter to flex the net on a 15-point surge to not only outscore Minden, but dent the deficit to the tune of 28-26 entering the intermission. 
With the game in the balances and the pendulum of momentum swinging freely, Minden was able to stay the course and the Lady Haymakers shooting touch that heated up during the second quarter, now was simmering. The Whippets were able to inch away on the scoreboard to lead by ten-points, 42-32 with just one quarter remaining in regulation play. 
The Lady Haymakers were able to recover from the cold streak of the third quarter to tickle the twine for 10 points in the fourth quarter, but it was Minden that was able to grind out time on the clock and work their offense to take high-percentage shot attempts that held off the late charges by Cozad. Minden was able to withstand the comeback attempts to net a 54-42 win over Cozad. 
The Whippets shot 40 percent from the field, while the costly third quarter also affected the Lady Haymakers to shoot 28 percent from the field. 
Cozad held a slight edge on the boards 30-28 over Minden. 
Leading the way for the Lady Haymakers was forward Kennedy Berreckman with 11 points and seven assists. 
Cashing in from the wing for the Red and Black were Brenna Dugan and Sadie Rush with nine and eight points, respectively. Dugan also ripped down eight assists for Cozad. 
Minden 17 11 14 12 54
Cozad   11 15  6 10 42
Cozad: Kennedy Berreckman 11, Brenna Dugan 9, Sadie Rush 8, Megan Burkholder 6, Hanna Wright 4, Sydney Lindstedt 4. 
In the nightcap of the Southwest Conference (SWC) showdown, the Hay makers were able to score early and often to cruise past Minden 58-39 in boys hoops action. 
Both Cozad and the Whippets flexed the net for 13 points apiece at the end of the first quarter. Staying on the offensive and mixing in suffocating full court defense, the Haymakers rallied to take a 32-19 lead  entering the halftime break. 
Using their defense to create offense was very evident during the third period as a result of great defensive effort. The Haymakers were able to work their offensive system for 16 points in the frame to take an even bigger lead, 48-23 with just one quarrter remaining in regulation. 
Playing with a sense of urgency during the fourth quarter, the Whippets were able to rally for 16 points in the fourth quarter to the Haymakers 10 points. The Cozad cagers were able to do their best to weather the storm and hold off any and all late charges to earn the victory, 58-39 over Minden. 
For the contest, the Haymakers shot 43 percent from the field while holding Minden to 27 percent shooting. 
Starting guards Trestian Siemmering and Dillon Geiser led Cozad with 18 and 15 points, respectively. 
Minden 13   6  4 16  39
Cozad  13 19 16 10 58
Cozad: Trestian Siemering 18, Dillon Geiser 15, Kadyn Marhenke 7, Nate Neil 6, Kyle German 6, Adam Cole 3, Ian Branham 2, Luke Schroeder 1. 
Looking to start off the second half of their season on the right foot were the Haymaker hoops teams as they competed in the Elm Creek Holiday Tournament on Friday and Saturday. 
In the girls opening round contest, the Lady Haymakers big second half scoring surge wasn’t enough against the host Elm Creek Girls, 51-45. 
“After digging ourselves a huge hole in the first quarter, we fought our way back to take the lead during the fourth quarter, only to fall by six points,” stated Cozad Girls Head Coach Brent Frauen.  
In the first quarter, the Lady Buffaloes were able to cash in on transition scoring opportunities to led 21-6 at the end of the initial eight minutes of hoops action. 
During the second stanza, Cozad was able to settle down on the defensive end to hold Elm Creek to just eight points while scoring ten points to cut into the deficit 29-16 at the halftime break. 
Coming out of the break, the Lady Haymakers caught fire and flexed the net in a big way on a 19-8 scoring run that made the score 37-35 with just one quarter remaining in regulation. 
The Red and Black were able to gain the edge on the scoreboard during the fourth quarter in a game that wasn’t decided until the final moments when Elm Creek was able to cash in at the free throw line to score a 51-45 win over the Lady Haymakers. 
Leading the way for Cozad was sharpshooter Sadie Rush with 19 points. 
Brenna Dugan chipped in with nine points and six rebounds for the Red and Black. 
Cozad 6 10 19 10 45
Elm Creek 21 8 8 14 51
Cozad: Sadie Rush 19, Brenna Dugan 9, Sydney Lindstedt 6, Hanna Wright 5, Kennedy Berreckman 4, Abby Cornelius 2. 
In the Cozad boys opening contest, there was a fireworks show of offensive explosions that finished with the Haymakers earning the hard-fought 64-47 win over the host Buffaloes of Elm Creek. 
Doing their best to hit the door running, the Haymakers were able to cash in on the offensive opportunities to earn a five-point lead, 20-15 before the horn sounded on the first quarter of play. 
After the scoring frenzy that happened during the first quarter, the Cozad and Elm Creek defensive efforts gained momentum during the second frame. The Haymakers were able to still hold the edge on the scoreboard throughout the period as the Red and Black inched away to lead by six-points, 31-25 entering the halftime break. 
Taking advantage of the situation that had presented itself, the Haymakers didn’t wait for the sway of momentum and took it upon themselves to grasp the pendulum and score in bunches along with stepping up on the defensive end to limit Elm Creeks’ scoring chances. The Haymakers outscored the Buffaloes 20-7 during the period to enter the final quarter with Cozad leading 51-32
Cozad 20 11 20 13 64
Elm Creek 15 10 7 15 47
In the consolation finals, the Lady Haymakers went toe-to-toe with Gibbon and it was the Lady Buffaloes that finished with a fury that resulted in a 52-48 win over Cozad. 
“Had the lead going into the 4th quarter, however we were not able to play with poise and maintain the lead in the end,” explained Head Coach Frauen. 
Cozad led on the scoreboard 11-9 at the end of the first quarter and into the break, 21-20. 
During the third quarter of play, the Lady Haymakers were able to flex the net for 18 points while allowing just 10 points to enter the final frame of the contest with a 39-29 lead. 
During the final period of the contest, Gibbon caught fire and rallied to score 23 points while allowing just nine points to be scored to net the come from behind win over the Lady Haymakers 52-48. 
Sadie Rush and Brenna Dugan paced the Red and Black scoring efforts with 17 and 12 points, respectively. 
Gibbon 9 10 10 23 52
Cozad 11 10 18 9 48
Cozad: Sadie Rush 17, Brenna Dugan 12, Kennedy Berreckman 8, Abby Cornelius 6, Hanna Wright 3, Megan Burkholder 2. 
In the boys championship contest, the Haymakers were able to score a 54-52 win over Doniphan-Trumbull on Saturday. 
The Cards were able to gain an early lead, 14-8 at the end of the first quarter. 
Going into halftime, Cozad inched closer with the score being 29-24 entering the second half of play. 
Both the Cards and Cozad flexed the net in the third quarter with the score remaining close 45-38 with one stanza in regulation remaining. 
It was now or never time for Cozad and they responded in a big way on a 16-7 scoring run to gain the lead and net the 54-52 win over the Redbirds. 
Doniphan-Trumbull 14 15 16 7 52
Cozad 8 16 14 16 54
Coming out of the holiday break, the Gothenburg hoopsters stepped up to the plate and looked to hit a homerun while competing in the Grand Island Central Catholic Winter Tournament held in Grand Island on Friday and Saturday. 
In the Lady Swedes first round contest, the Gothenburg girls were edged 45-42 despite the valiant fourth quarter comeback against Fillmore Central. 
In the first quarter, the defensive intensity was too strong for the offensive efforts. Despite the strong defensive efforts, the Lady Swedes were able to cling to a 6-4 lead at the end of the first period. 
After a slow start offensive as a result of great defense being played, it seemed that the horn woke up the offensive efforts. The Lady Panthers of Fillmore Central were able to outscore Gothenburg by just one-point point during the second half to enter the haftime break with a 19-18 lead. 
Swinging for the fences coming out of the intermission, the Lady Panthers roared loud to the tune of a 19-8 scoring run that gave Fillmore Central a ten point lead, 37-27 with just one quarter remaining in regulation. 
With just eight minutes left in the contest, the Lady Swedes went on the offensive along with scoring in transition to swing the momentum in their direction for much of the fourth quarter. The Gothenburg girls were able to flex the net for 15 points in the fourth quarter but it was the Lady Panthers that scored enough down the stretch to hold off the late charge by the Lady Swedes 45-42. 
Gracie Stienike led Gothenburg with 27 points and 10 rebounds. 
Chiara Richeson dished out eight points along with scoring four points for the Lady Swedes. 
Gothenburg 6 13 8 15 42
Fillmore Central 4 14 19 8 45
Gothenburg: Gracie Stienike 27, Chiara Richeson 4, Alexis Bliven 4, Annica Harm 4, Arleigh Costello 3. 
On the boys side of the opening round, the Swedes scored a 61-57 win over Fillmore Central. 
Doing their best to get off to a fast start, the Swedes led 13-6 at the end of the first quarter and held that edge to the tune of 23-16 entering the halftime break. 
Coming out of the intermission, the Panthers were able to dent the deficit but it was Gothenburg that held onto the lead, 37-31 with one quarter remaining. 
During the final frame of regulation, Gothenburg was able to answer the call every time that Fillmore Central attempted to cut into the lead. Gothenburg scored the 61-57 win. 
Bennett Folkers netted 21 points for Gothenburg. 
Josh Olson contributed 18 points and seven caroms. 
Gothenburg 13 10 14 24 61
Fillmore Central 6 10 15 26 57
Gothenburg: Bennett Folkers 21, Josh Olson 18, Maguire Bartlett 11, AJ Whiting 8, Owen Geiken 3. 
In the Lady Swedes consolation final contest, the Gothenburg girls finished strong to win 53-41 over Fullerton. 
In a see-saw battle, Gothenburg led 13-10 at the end of the first quarter before relinquishing the lead, 20-18 at the break. 
During the third quarter the Lady Swedes were able to regain the lead and then never look back when the outscored the Warriors, 22-11 during the fourth quarter to net the win 53-41. 
Fullerton 10 10 10 11 41
Gothenburg 13 5 13 22 53
In the championship game, Gothenburg dueled with the host Crusaders. Grand Island CC had a stellar second half to score the 60-30 victory. 
Gothenburg led at the end of the first quarter, 9-8 but it was the host Crusaders that led 22-20 at the break. 
Central Catholic netted 19 points per frame in the second half to score the 60-30 win over Gothenburg. 
Gothenburg 9 11 3 7 30
Grand Island CC 8 14 19 19 60
Gothenburg: Bennett Folkers 21, Josh Olson 18, Maguire Bartlett 11, AJ Whiting 8, Owen Geiken 3.