Working hard paid off in a big way for Harol Molina of Lexington High School, as he won the National Championship in his weight division at the 2018 USA Powerlifting High School National Tournament that was held in Appleton, Wisconsin this past weekend. 
Molina competed in the 83 kg. RAW varsity weight division. 
To compete in the national tournament, Harol had to win a qualifying meet earlier in the year. Molina won his qualifying meet duirng competition in December. 
There were 16 lifters that compete in Molina’s weight division at the national tournament. 
Harol Molina combined to lift 565 kgs. to power past runner-up Nicholas Grewe from Winneconne High School in Wisconson, whose grand total was 540 kgs. 
In standard weights Molina squated 423.5 lbs., bench pressed 308 lbs. and deadlifted 511.5 lbs. 
Winners of the meet may be invited to be a part of the Worlds Powerlifting Team, Molina will not find out about his status with the Worlds team for the next couple of weeks. 
Getting the outdoor track and field season started off on the right foot, the Gothenburg Lady Swedes were fourth overall in the team race at the Sidney Red Raider Invitational on Saturday. 
The Lady Swedes had two individual gold medal champions along with showcasing their depth to win the 1600 and 3200 meter relay events. 
Senior Gracie Stienike was the class of the field in the shotput with a top effort of 36’6” to win the gold medal. Fellow Lady Swede thrower Arleigh Costello was the bronze medalist with a top throw of 35’0”. 
Hannah Anderson blitzed the field of quarter milers to win the 400 meter dash by stopping the watch in 1:02.8 to win the gold medal. 
The Lady Swedes 1600 meter relay completed their exchanges in 4:22 to win gold and the Gothenburg 3200 meter relay finished the eight lap affair in 10:27. 
The 1-2 punch of Kayla Weyers and Jaiden Davis scored big points for the Lady Swedes in the 800 meter run. Weyers was the silver medalist (2:35) with Davis close behind in stopping the clock at 2:39, good enough for fourth overall. 
In another of the grueling events similar to the 800 meter run, Kaitlyn Kleinknecht of Gothenburg chopped the timber to the tune of 52.06 seconds to finish fourth in the 300 meter hurdles. 
Bella Rickertsen and Amaya Ackerman earned bronze medals in their specialty events, the 100 meter dash and the long jump, respectively. 
Registration for boys entering kindergarten through the 8th grade and girls entering kindergarten through the 3rd grade for summer t-ball, baseball and softball in Cozad will take place on Monday and Tuesday March 5th and 6th.
Registration will be from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. both dates at the Cozad Community Wellness Center. 
A team may not be formed if there are not enough players to form a team in a certain age group, and no registrations will be accepted after April 15th.
Questions may be directed to Heidi Bazata at 308-325-1539.
 
Cozad and Gothenburg challenged for supremacy at the Southwest Conference (SWC) Wrestling Tournament held in McCook on Friday afternoon. 
The Swedes were second in the team race with 160.5 points, trailing only Broken Bow’s crown winning total of 185 points. Cozad was fourth overall with 121 points. 
Leading the way for the Swede grapplers was gold medalist Jeremy Larson (113 lbs), Noah Gugelman (195) and Pat Hudson (285). Gugleman recorded three straight pins to win the crown. Larson and Hudson had first round byes that were soon accompanied by two pins each for the Swedes. 
Blake Hoffmaster of Cozad was the lone gold medalist for the Haymakers. Hoffmaster won the gold medal match via pinfall over Dawson Holsten of Minden at the 5:04 mark of their 138 lb match. Hoffmaster reached the final round by defeating Noah Larson of Gothenburg, 3-0. 
Earning silver medalist honors for the Haymakers was Jace Russman (120) and Garrett Savick (170). 
Earning runner-up accolades for Gothenburg was Wyatt Hotz (132) and Zane Platter (182). 
Bringing home bronze medals for Coach Derek Hammerlun’s Haymakers were: Josh Stallbaumer (285), Taylor Yancy (182) and Conner Wescoat (160). 
Gothenburg got valuable team points from Will Mannel (126), Noah Larson (138) and Hunter Baker (145) all finishing with third place accolades.