February 24th, 2011
VARIOUS SITES -- Five area boys basketball teams saw their season end with disappointment. In the Class D2-7 subdistrict, Litchfieldâ€™s season ended in overtime when Loomis made a 3-point basket with 4.5 seconds to take the lead 61-60. Litchfieldâ€™s last chance was a full court pass that was intercepted by Loomis who ran out the clock. In the other semifinal game, Pleasanton easily handled the SEM Mustangs winning 59-34. Dillon Line led the Mustangs with 19 points followed by Quinten Malcom with 9, Andrey Gallegos 2, John Oâ€™Neill 2 and Lance English 2.
Effective March 1 there will be some new faces behind the titles. Tuesday, the Custer County Board of Supervisors hired Shawn Owens as the new Emergency Manager/Weed Superintendent. This is the first time the job description has covered both jobs.
Current Weed Superintendentdent/Zoning Administrator Larry Gibbens has accepted a position with the Nebraska Board of Lands, the organization that manages and oversees the statesâ€™ educational land holdings.
The boys basketball post season begins tonight with five area teams in action tonight. In the Class C2-10 subdistrict at Kearney Catholic, three teams, Ravenna, Arapahoe and Shelton are rated among the Top 10 in C2. Also in the district is South Loup (13-6) who plays Burwell (16-4) at 7 p.m. tonight with the winner advancing to play top seed Ravenna (17-5) Tuesday night. Also Tuesday, Arapahoe (20-3) plays Shelton (19-2).
Sargent/Burwell's Jed Fenske was one of 15 area wrestlers to win a medal at the State Wrestling Tournament. Fenske's medal earned him the title of 'State Champion' as he won the Class C 145 pound class.
Sumner-Eddyville-Miller's Traven Claflin also wrestled for a state championship at 160 pounds in Class D. Claflin settled for the silver medal as runner up after losing a 10-2 major decision to State Champion Bryce Dibbern from Amherst.
The Broken Bow High School cheerleading squad brought home the state championship trophy following Saturday's State High Cheer & Dance Championships in Grand Island. Broken Bow was crowned state champs in the Class C Sideline Division. Members of the squad are Emily Smallcomb, Nicole Evans, Ashly Raff, Nathan Geranis, Shamra Fritsch, Shelby Allen, Bridget Behrends, Neleigh Hall, Sami Gaston and Emilee Franssen.
For more photos from the state competition, see the Feb. 24 Custer County Chief.
Fifteen area wrestlers will compete for a medal Saturday with two wrestling for the state championship in their weight class. Sargent/Burwell's Jed Fenske (145) and SEM's Traven Claflin (160) will wrestle for the gold medal in the championship round beginning at 2:30 this afternoon.
Area wrestlers who will compete for the 3rd place medal will be Ansley/Arcadia's Ryan Hircock (189); Mullen's Jared Simonson (130) and Nick Licking (189); South Loup's Logan Glendy (145) and SEM's John Frerichs (145).
Ainsworth 60, Anselmo-Merna 46
Arcadia 51, Loup County 40
Axtell 62, Ansley 42
Minden 82, Broken Bow 57
Mullen 55, Sargent 53
Pleasanton 44, Litchfield 43
Sandhills/Thedford 66, Brady 38
South Loup 67, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 53
Fourteen area wrestlers will continue through the State tournament, which resumes at 5 p.m. today, after surviving the first and second round consolation matches earlier today. Four of those wrestlers are from Sargent/Burwell, they are Evan Gideon (103), Kirby Pomplun (119), Grady McIntosh (125) and Brett Mauler (160). Their wins today pushed Sargent/Burwell in the lead in the team standings, just four points ahead of Wood River. Seven of the nine Sargent/Burwell qualifiers are still in contention for a medal.
Broken Bow Police Department assisted investigators from Grand Rapids, Mich. this week in an investigation that led to the arrest of Robert L. (Bobby) Brown, 38, for the fatal shooting of an 8-year-old girl at Grand Rapids in 1993, according to Broken Bow Police Chief Steve Scott.
The Ansley Lady Warriors escaped a close game against the upset minded North Loup-Scotia Wildcats 43-39. The Lady Warrior advance to the D2-4 district final for a match-up with Wilcox-Hildreth who was a 64-52 winner over Loomis.
In other girls subdistrict action last night, the Sandhills/Thedford Lady Knights season came to an end with a 46-31 loss to Sutherland in the D1-11 subdistrict. The season also ended for the Mullen Lady Broncos who lost to Cody-Kilgore 35-32 in the D2-11 subdistrict.