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. 
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. 
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.
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.
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. 
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. 

Showcasing their expertise on the billards table were a large group of competitors looking to earn the winnings and bragging rights while competing in the American Poolplayers Association (APA) 9-Ball Fun & Cash Tournament that was recently held in Gothenburg.
One of the last one’s standing was Tim McGuire of Lexington in third place overall.

Leslie Trullinger of Gothenburg and Lexington’s Chris Lange both finished in a logjam for fifth place honors.

The tournament hosted 32 shooters from all over western Nebraska and paid cash prizes to the top 25% of the field.

For more information about the APA Pool Leagues, call 308-344-4811. Or follow the Western Nebraska APA Pool Leagues on Facebook.

Lexington goalkeeper Kenzie Hammond tallied 32 saves in the Minutemaids 1-0 shootout victory over York in girls soccer action.
In an offensive shootout of such, the Minutemen dispatched over York by the score of 7-3 in boys soccer action. The Lexington offensive forces played with gumption to earn a 3-1 lead at the end of the first half and built upon that early lead with a four goal second half to cruise to the convincing 7-3 victory. Edwin Contreras had a hat trick for the Orange and Black with two of the goals being netted in the first half of play. Omar Abdullahi had a pair of goals for the Minutemen.

Gothenburg’s Brandon Wlasiuk was golden in wining the high jump crown at the Don Bader Invitational by clearing 6’1” to win top honors.

Going on to the next level, Lexington linebacker Ryan Gruntorad inked his name on the dotted line to play football at Doane College.

Led by the elite efforts of Tessa Terry and Gretchen Clark, the Lady Haymakers Track and Field squad had a stellar day at the Marsh Beck Invitational in Minden. Terry won the triple jump, as she reached past 33’6” and Clark was the last one standing in the high jump, as she ‘fosbury flopped’ over 5’2”.

Etching his name into the CHS record books, Luke Pinkelman powered the shotput past 63’10.5” to set the new mark while competing at the Marsh Beck Track and Field Invitational in Minden.

The Minutemen were right on the money when it counted most in making its first four shots in a shootout to score a 2-1 win over Holdrege. Patrick Matelski scored the game-tying goal for the Orange and Black in the second half of play.

Lexington’s girls tennis team romped past Hastings and Adams Central in a net triangular. The Maids won seven of the eight matches they played. Michaela Konen picked up a bonus with her win over Kate Boyd of Hastings at #2 Singles. The two had been scheduled to play in the #2 singles championship match in the Lincoln Pius X/Beatrice Invitational on April 20. Konen’s win gave her that meet’s gold medal, as well. The #1 doubles duo of Lauren Pfister and Lindsay Hain scored an 8-0 win over Jenna Eichman and Krystle Hogan, then had to post a valiant comeback against Adams Central, winning 8-5.

Jessica German of Cozad walked away with a share of four gold medals at the Cozad Quad Track and Field Meet. German swept the gold medals in the sprinting events, winning the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes and tied for first with fellow Lady Haymaker Claire Berreckman in the high jump. Erin Love came within a hair of setting a school record in the girls pole vault for Cozad. Love successfully cleared 9’6”, to tie the existing school record that she shares now with Kayla Parker. Morgan Butler was a double winner for Cozad’s girls, as she claimed the shotput and discus crowns. Miranda Trejo was Cozad’s gold medalist in the 100-meter timbers. Gothenburg’s girls picked up four individual gold medals. Karissa Slack won the 3200-meter run and the Swedes swept the 1600 and 3200-meter relay events. Amanda Max won the long jump for the Lady Swedes.

Former Haymaker standout Chris Dishman was drafted in the fourth round by the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League during the NFL Draft. While competing for the Cornhuskers, Dishman was an Associated Press All-American and Outland Trophy Award semi-finalist. Chris is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Junior Dishman of Cozad.

Lady Haymaker Kelly Rhone dominated girls’ sprinting events in the Minden Track and Field Invitational. Rhone scored 20 points by sweeping the 100 and 200-meter dashes in 12.6 and 25.88 seconds, respectively. A quartet of boys scored big for the Haymakers. Brian Davis notched third and fifth place medals in the 3200 (11:01) and 1600-meter runs (5:01). High jumper Zach LaBrayere cleared 5’10” to earn fifth place accolades. Sticking with the theme totally and another fifth was logged by Robb Mundell was fifth in the triple jump with a top leap of 40’8”.

Strong enough to run through the wind at the Lexington Invitational were Gothenburg’s Kim Ritola and Lexington’s Becky Stieb, as they took center stage. Ritola picked up individual gold medals in the 200 and 400-meter dashes in 26.2 and 1:00, respectively. Ritola also anchored the Lady Swedes gold medal winning 400 and 1600-meter relays. Stieb won the 1600-meter run in a new season-best time of 5:34, she also was the class of the field in the 3200-meter run as she crossed the finish line in 12:09. Stieb also had success on a relay team, as the Maids 3200-meter relay team won gold. Stieb teamed up with Kari Schukar, Carrie Knapp and KayCee Muma to finish in 10:16.

Despite the adverse and diminishing conditions, the Lexington Minutemen were able to place six golfers in the top eight to walk away with the Dawson County Crown. Gothenburg was runner-up with 409 strokes, while Cozad was third overall with a combined total of 450. Leading the individual standings was Lexington’s J.J. Lauby with a score of 76. Swedes Matt Viergutz and Tom Fecht were the only other golfers to break the 80-stroke barrier, and for their efforts, they placed second and third, respectively. Each carded round scores of 78.

The links battle for bragging rights was held at the Cozad Country Club, as they hosted the Dawson County Golf Championship. The Minutemen walked away with the team title shooting a combined score of 408. The host Haymakers were runner-up with a 430 total and Gothenburg shot a 437 to finish in third place in the team race. Lexington’s Jim Long shot a first round score of 40 and then came back to record the low nine-hole total of the day with a 37 for an 18-hole count of 77. Gothenburg’s Jai Andrist was on the heels of Long, with his carded 79 (39-40) in second place. Jeff Klein of Cozad won a two-hole playoff over Lex’s Eric Franzen to place third with an 81.

The Eustis girls scored 84 points at the Kearney State College Outdoor Invitational, but had to settle for runner-up honors in the team race. Wheeler Central took the team title with 94.5 points. The Tigers won six events in the meet. Corinne Kraus, Tracy Gengenbach, Tina Houser and the 1600 relay were all winners. Kraus just missed hitting 16 feet in the long jump with her gold medal leap of 15’11”. Gengenbach won the 400-low hurdles in 54.0 seconds. Houser was the big-time gold medal winner as she won the gold medals in the 200 (27.1), 400 (1:01) and in the 800 meter run in 2:36. It was Houser, Kraus, Gengenbach and Stacey Grabenstein teaming to win the 1600-meter relay in 4:28.

Doing their best to circle the course the best were the Haymakers, Swedes and host Minutemen during the Lexington Links Invitational held at Lakeside Country Club on Tuesday.

The Gothenburg golfers collectively were fifth place in the team standings with a score of 355. North Platte scored a collective score of 325 to win the team crown. Cozad was just four strokes back of the Swedes in sixth place with a score of 359. On their home turf, Lexington gained valuable experience in scoring a total of 420.

North Platte’s Kort Steele was the gold medalist with a score of 73 for his 18-hole performance.

Leading the way for the TRIBUNE-Area linksters was eighth place medalist Dillon Geiser of Cozad. Geiser had a stellar day in scoring an 18-hole total of 83.

Close behind was fellow Haymaker linkster Adam Cole in ninth place overall with a scorecard of 84.

Swede linkster Grant Sell circled the course and turned in a carded score of 85 to finish 12th overall.

John Kozeal had a notable round, with a score of 87 in 15th place overall for Gothenburg.

Senior Collin Hahn played quite well for the Swedes by scoring an 89 in 17th place overall, scoring valuable team points for Gothenburg.

Cozad’s Dillon Kolbo and Jackie Vu of Lexington just missed on being inside the top 25 with scores of 92 and 94, respectively.

Team Standings
North Platte 325; Northwest 333; McCook 354; Holdrege 354; Gothenburg 355; Cozad 359; Grand Island 368; Ogallala 372; Minden 376; Broken Bow 392; Kearney 407; Lexington 420.
Individual top Ten scores
1. Kort Steele ...............NP 73
2. Marcus Eriksen .........NW 78
3. Adam Mason..............NW 78
4. Kade Gray.................MC 78
5. Brennan Williams.......HO 82
6. Spencer Goodman.....GI 83
7. Seth Negley..............NP 83
8. Dillon Geiser.............CZ 83
9. Adam Cole...............CZ 84
10. Jake Kuehn............MIN 84

Dillon Geiser 83, Adam Cole 84, Dillon Kolbo 92, Luke Breon 100, Ethan Breon 118.
Grant Sell 85; John Kozeal 87; Collin Hahn 89, Nathan Belanger 94, Nathan Jobman 102.
Jackie Vu 94, Will Luther 106, Justin Winter 109, Eli Young 111, Eliazar Ochoa 145.

Pirates & Knights Compete In Bertrand Invitational
Getting the chance to run on the same oval that will determine their postseason, the Elwood and Eustis/Farnam tracksters took advantage of the opportunity to compete in the Bertrand Invitational on Thursday.

We had a large number of personal bests. Athletes are heading in the right direction,” expressed Elwood head coach Kurt Banzhaf.

Continuing to dwindle down the Elwood School Records that already have her name etched on was Tiffany Dickau with gold medal wins in both the 1600 and 3200 meter runs. Dickau completed the four lap tour in 5:40 and stopped the watch by breaking the tape in the eight-lap affair with a time of 12:14.

Showing great endurance in the highly paced middle distance events, Elwood’s Taylor Hickey was the runner-up in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:38 and a bronze medal finish in the 400 (1:05) meter dash.

The Lady Pirates 1600 meter relay team of: Taylor Hickey, Hadley Martin, Holly Lonowski and Tiffany Dickau were the gold medalist with a clocking of 4:31.

In the pole vault, the Pirates fared quite well with Aaron Clouse finishing fourth by clearing 9’6” and Holly Lonowski earning sixth place honors by sailing over 8’0” in the girls division.

Elwood’s Zacob Evans was the gold medalist in the 3200 meter run with a time of 11:25.

Pirate Christian Reeves was the silver medalist in the shotput with a top throw of 45’2”.

Knight Adrian Gerken showcased great versatility to finish third in the triple jump (39’6.5”) and third in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:14.

Bertrand Invitational
Girls Results
Bertrand 118; Mullen 87; Maxwell 61.5; Elwood 54; Alma 48; Loomis 46.5; Southern Valley 43; SEM 28; Wilcox/ Hildreth 20; Overton 18; Eustis/Farnam 3.
--Long Jump: 1. Sydney Mullin (MAX) 16’0.5”.
--Triple Jump: 1. Sydney Mullin (MAX) 33’5”; Ali Jones (EF) 29’7.5”.
--High Jump: 1. Addy Vinton (MUL) 4’10”.
--Pole Vault: 1. Courtney Philips (BER) 9’0”; 6. Holly Lonowski (EL) 8’0”.
--Shot Put: 1. Kristine Edgren (BER) 39’6.5”.
--Discus: 1. Kristine Edgren (BER) 113’5”.
--100 Meter Hurdles: 1. Skylar Hadley (LO) 14.9.
--300 Meter Hurdles: 1. Skylar Hadley (LO) 47.3; 6. Hadley Martin (EL) 54.2
--100 Meter Dash: 1. Karmen Schmitt-Phillip (BER) 13.0.
--200 Meter Dash: 1. Sydney Mullin (MAX) 27.8.
--400 Meter Dash: 1. Becca Lennemann (SV) 1:03; 3. Taylor Hickey (EL) 1:05; 6. Micky Blender (EF) 1:09.
--800 Meter Run: 1. Haley Jones (MUL) 2:31; 2. Taylor Hickey (EL) 2:38.
--1600 Meter Run: 1. Tiffany Dickau (EL) 5:40.
--3200 Meter Run: 1. Tiffany Dickau (EL) 12:14; 5. Melissa Duran (EL) 15:11.
--400 Meter Relay: 1. Bertrand 53.9.
--1600 Meter Relay: 1. Elwood 4:31.
--3200 Meter Relay: 1. Bertrand 10:47; 3. Elwood 10:58.

Boys Results
Mullen 127; Bertrand 94; Loomis 82; SEM 44; Southern Valley 40; Elwood 38; Wilcox/Hildreth 30; Alma 22; Overton 22; Eustis/Farnam 14; Maxwell 12; Bertrand 1.
--Long Jump: 1. Miles Peterson (BER) 19’4”.
--Triple Jump: 1. Will Huffman (MAX) 41’4.5”; 3. Adrian Gerken (EF) 39’6.5”.
--High Jump: 1. Burke Boehler (AL) 5’10”.
--Pole Vault: 1. AJ Jenkins (WH) 11’6”; 4. Aaron Clouse (EL) 9’6”.
--Shot Put: 1. Creighton Peterson (BER) 48’11.75”; 2. Christian Reeves (EL) 45’2”.
--Discus: 1. Tell Spies (MUL) 139’5”; 4. Jake Gydesen (EL) 116’7”.
--110 Meter Hurdles: 1. Lance Moore (MUL) 15.1.
--300 Meter Hurdles: 1. Lance Moore (MUL) 41.2; 6. Adrian Gerken (EF) 46.7
--100 Meter Dash: 1. Levi Asp (LO) 11.5.
--200 Meter Dash: 1. Levi Asp (LO) 23.6; 4. Aaron Clouse (EL) 25.5.
--400 Meter Dash: 1. Ivan Varela (SV) 53.2.
--800 Meter Run: 1. Luke Christen (MUL) 2:08.
--1600 Meter Run: 1. Luke Christen (MUL) 5:05; 3. Adrian Gerken (EF) 5:14; 4. Zacob Evans (EL) 5:16.
--3200 Meter Run: 1. Zacob Evans (EL) 11:25; 5. Ben Bogle (EL) 11:52.
--400 Meter Relay: 1. Bertrand 46.7.
--1600 Meter Relay: 1. Mullen 3:36.
--3200 Meter Relay: 1. Mullen 9:06; 5. Elwood 9:47; 6. Eustis/Farnam 10:34.