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Lady Broncos Make Their Mark in Kearney




photo courtesy of Lori Kunz

The Stuart Lady Bronco volleyball team left a big stamp on Class D volleyball at a recent camp, winning the Class D section of the Nebraska Top Ten Volleyball camp in Kearney.

The camp was divided into two pools, with nine Class D teams in each pool. The Broncos were in a group with NVC foe CWC, as well as such teams as Giltner (who downed Stuart in the D2 Championship last year) and Class D1 3rd place Friend. The rigorous first day consisted of eight two set matches, allowing every team to play every team in their pool.

Teams were re-seeded on the second day into the Gold and Silver pools, with the top 5 teams going to the Gold bracket. Stuart and CWC both made it into the Gold pool as the #1 and #4 teams in Group B, respectively, along with Giltner, Emerson-Hubbard and Mullen. Group A’s Gold Pool included some teams that have been in the mix in recent postseason play: Howells-Dodge, Hampton, Ansley-Litchfield, Exeter-Milligan and Lawrence-Nelson. Teams played five more matches on day two, matching up in cross-pool play.

Final results were determined by the best match record, with tie breakers coming down to head-to-head records and point differentials. Stuart came away as the victors in Class D this year, beating their 10th place finish two years ago. Final results weren’t immediately available for the overall standings.

The NVC has had a strong showing in the annual camp over the last few years, with Ewing and St. Mary’s going 1-2 last year in Class D, and three teams in the top 10 in 2012. St. Mary’s and West Holt will compete in this year’s Class C2 competition, which includes a number of C2 teams and a few D1 schools. The only other category is for Classes A-B-C1.
 

Hurley Qualifies for Long Drive Championship



He's always been able to hit it a mile.

More realistically, one-fifth of a mile, but whether that phrase is used figuratively or literally, the ball goes a ways. John Hurley has been known for his long drives throughout his career, and now he is competing in a tournament specialized for his skills.


John Hurley (front left) will head to Nevada in two months to smash golf balls.

Hurley qualified for the Open Division of the Re/Max World Long Drive Championship by winning his regional competition over the weekend. Hurley has had to come through the qualifying process in several stages. After winning a Region 7 sectional with a drive of 310 yards into a 25 mph wind, Hurley advanced to the Region 7 finals at WinStar Golf Course in Thackerville, Oklahoma. There he became one of eight qualifiers to come from Region 7, notching the third best distance. Hurley's 352 yard drive in the final round was just three yards short of the furthest shot from Adam Smith, with only one other competitor getting past that mark (353). Golfers did have a small battle with Mother Nature, hitting into a 15 mph wind that day. Smith also won the $1,000 shootout with an impressive drive of 362 yards, a contest in which Hurley just missed on the money with a drive of 336.

With that, the Re/Max WLDC is the next and last stop in the competition for Hurley. Held in Mesquite, Nevada at the Mesquite Sports and Event Complex, the contest will be played out in late September, starting on the 25th. Golfers from around the globe will battle for the $500,000 prize and the bragging rights. The WLDC will be featured on the Golf Channel/NBC Sports Network.
 

AP Sports News



LOS ANGELES (AP) — Star power was on hand as Byron Scott was introduced as the new Lakers coach today. Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jamal Wilkes showed up to offer their support for the hiring of Scott who played with them during his 11-year Lakers career.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Jered Weaver goes after his fifth straight win and second in a row against Baltimore when the Angels visit the Orioles tonight. The 11-6 Weaver picked up the victory against Baltimore Wednesday when Chris Tillman started for the Orioles. Tillman is scheduled to be on the mound again for the AL East leaders.

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Josh Gordon has hired attorney Maurice Suh to represent him at his appeal hearing with the league this week, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. Suh will be with Gordon in New York on Friday, said the person who spoke Tuesday to The AP on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks. The Cleveland receiver is facing an indefinite ban under the league's substance abuse policy.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Donald Trump doesn't believe his intended bid to purchase the Buffalo Bills will be a winner. The billionaire businessman has told Fox News that he expects to be outbid for the team because he won't do something "totally stupid." The NFL team is being sold following the death last year of owner Ralph Wilson.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes say captain Eric Staal has had surgery to repair a sports hernia and should be ready for training camp. The 29-year old suffered the injury during offseason training. Staal led the team with 40 assists and 61 points last season
 

Local Golfers Play In Nebraska Amateur Championship


 

 
The 106th Nebraska Amateur Championship Golf Tournament concluded today at Norfolk Country Club in Norfolk and the KBRX area saw a couple of golfers finish towards the top of the leaderboard.

Kris Koelzer of O'Neill, Tyler Schaaf of Lincoln, formerly of Atkinson, and Sam Meuret of Brunswick are KBRX area golfers who made the cut in the four round tournament. Several golfers with local ties are also competing. Josh and Rylee Reinertson of Gibbon were both in the top 10 to start the day, and Lucas Grossnicklaus of Aurora also made the short list for the final two rounds.

David Clouse of Friend had a great finish to the tournament to take the title at 13-under-par. His 66 score on the final day was more than enough to insure his first place finish, as he was seven strokes ahead of the field. The Reinertson boys finished second and fourth to push their way to the top of the scorecard.

 
Pos. Player City Total R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
2 Rylee Reinertson Gibbon -6 72 72 70 68 282
T4 Josh Reinertson Gibbon -2 68 74 72 72 286
T10 Kris Koelzer O'Neill +3 76 70 73 72 291
T10 Sam Meuret Brunswick +3 72 69 72 78 291
T18 Tyler Schaaf Lincoln +6 74 72 69 79 294
T30 Lucas Grossnicklaus Aurora +10 77 72 72 77 298

 

National HS Rodeo Finals Results


 

The National Finals of the High School Rodeo season began Sunday, bringing hundreds of contestants to Rock Springs, Wyoming to compete. Among these were a number of area Nebraskans, who qualified for Nationals by way of the State Finals.

The National Finals consisted of two rounds that span six sessions each (referred to as performances) and the short go-round on Saturday evening. Each contestant competed twice during the week, with points being awarded to the top 20 in each event per round. The top 20 in the average qualified for the short go, which was held Saturday night and determined the final standings.

Here are the results for all of the area competitors that we followed. Only Brook Jamison qualified for the short go, and wound up 12th in that round as well as the overall standings of the breakaway roping.

That brings an end to the high school rodeo season. The NHSRA season has a short turnaround though, as the new season will begin in about a month.

 
Competitor/Event 1st Round 2nd Round Short Go
Riley Wakefield, O’Neill
     Team Roping (Cody Darnell) 9.58 (4th)
21st overall
-no time- .
Maddee Doerr, Creighton
     Girls Goat Tying 9.46 (8th)
44th overall
9.97 (5th)
42nd overall
.
Catelyn Hall, Neligh
     Girls Cutting 143 (3rd)
T14th overall
134 (T6th)
T63rd overall
.
Laree Painter, Long Pine
     Barrel Racing 17.653 (2nd)
9th overall
22.868 (25th)
134th overall
.
Tanner Stec, Bassett
     Tie-Down Roping 10.94 (4th)
22nd overall
-no time- .
     Team Roping (Ty Spickelmier) -no time- 8.23 (7th)
16th overall
.
Nolan Sybrant, Bassett
     Tie-Down Roping 18.57 (15th)
84th overall
16.88 (10th)
68th overall
.
Blaine Finney, Ainsworth
     Team Roping (Doug Finney) 11.93 (4th)
27th overall
21.0 (14th)
55th overall
.
Cade Svoboda, Ord
     Bareback Riding 52 (7th)
37th overall
50 (4th)
32nd overall
.
Brook Jamison, Ashby (Lisa Poese Jamison’s daughter)
     Breakaway Roping 3.15 (5th)
33rd overall
3.05 (4th)
20th overall
12.84 (12th)
finished 12th
in the average
JD Kirwan, Bonesteel, SD
     Tie-Down Roping 15.52 (10th)
67th overall
11.8 (6th)
29th overall
.

 

Irish Juniors Complete Season at Area Tournament


click the title to open complete recaps of each game
courtesy of Coach Greg Appleby

Front Row (L to R):  Shayne Campbell, Zeb O’Bryan, Bryce Heiser, Austin Hilker, Wyatt Liewer, Nick Haburchak, Bailey Thompson.    Back Row (L to R): Coach Mark Thompson, Devin Jurgensmeier, Alex Thramer, Deven Fritz, Walker Liewer, Brenden Cleveland, Justin Appleby, and Coach Greg Appleby. (photo courtesy of Kaye Appleby)

The Pinnacle Bank Irish Juniors completed their season by competing in the Class B Area 5 Tournament at Central City last weekend.  The young Irish Juniors team completed their season with an 11-11 record and next season looks promising as only one player is too old to compete for the Juniors next season and the Irish were playing their best team baseball of the year at the end of the season.  Many players gained valuable experience and are looking to make a run at the State Tournament next year.

The Irish opened Area 5 Tournament play with a game against Aurora at 2:00 pm at Central City on July 11th.  The Irish were able to get guys on base in the 4th through 7th innings but left eight runners stranded on the bases in these innings as they were unable to come up with the big hit when they really needed it and Aurora was able to hold on for a 4-2 win.

After advancing in the tournament with a bye on Saturday due to the 7-team bracket, the Irish were set to battle Columbus Lakeview on Sunday afternoon.  The Irish were in control throughout this one as they downed Lakeview 7-3.   The Irish were led by Alex Thramer, Bryce Heiser, and Bailey Thompson with two hits each in this game.  Appleby, Hilker, and Walker Liewer had one hit each.  The Irish scored 7 runs on 9 hits and committed 2 errors in the game.  Columbus Lakeview had 3 runs on 7 hits and committed 3 errors.
 

Justin Appleby delivers as Bailey Thompson holds down the fort
in center field. (photo courtesy of Kaye Appleby)

Click the title of this article to open the full recap

On Monday, the Irish made the 2-hour trek to Central City again to face the #1 seeded Albion team.  This turned out to be the game of the tournament as the Irish and the Albion squad battled for 9 innings before the Irish fell to Albion 8-7 in a drama filled game that saw both teams have many chances to win this game.

In the 9th Albion was able to score three runs on four hits to take an 8-5 lead into the bottom of the 9th.  Again however, the never-say-die Irish squad came up with two runs and had the bases loaded but could not plate the tying run on this occasion.  For the game the Irish had 7 runs on 8 hits while committing 2 errors and leaving 13 runners on base.  Albion had 8 runs on 6 hits and 3 errors while leaving 8 runners on base.  Albion would go on to beat Aurora and then lost to Minden 5-4 as Minden advanced to the State Tournament.

“I was really proud of our guys in this tournament," said Coach Appleby.  "We pitched it and played defense as well as we have all year and proved that we can compete with the Class B teams in our Area.  Tournament Baseball is EXTREMELY exciting and fun and we need to continue getting young guys in this community to stick with baseball and get some back out next year to continue to grow the tradition-rich Irish baseball program!!  We are a REALLY young team as only one player is moving on to Seniors next year, and we have five guys who could still be playing in Pony League and two of those guys could be 1st year Ponies.  We came a long way this year and are really excited to continue this momentum into next year.  This was a great bunch of guys to coach and they all had great attitudes throughout the entire season.

"I would also like to thank Assistant Coach Mark Thompson for all of his time and effort this season as well as all of the parents for supporting their sons and Irish baseball.  A special thanks also goes to Schell Fritz who drove boys to away games every time we went out of town this year.  Thank you also to Pinnacle Bank, Adamson Distributing, and American Legion Simonson Post 93 for all of your continued support of American Legion Baseball.  Thanks must also be given to the Legion Baseball Committee for all of their hard work especially Tom Earley, Gary Hostert, and Janice Vosler who can be found working at almost every Legion Game.  THANKS AGAIN!!!"
 

Summerland Golf Course Junior Golf Tournament Results


Summerland Golf Course in Ewing was the site on Friday, July 11 for their Junior Golf Tournament.  Here are the results in the various age groups:

Girls 10-12 years old played 9 holes
1st Abby Broderson, Albion  45
2nd Skylar Reestman, Elgin 51
3rd  Libby Wilkins, Ainsworth  59

Girls 16 & over played 18 holes
1st Victoria Osterman, Ainsworth  116

Boys 10-12 years old played 9 holes
1st  Peyton Hoefer, Elgin  41
2nd Hunter Charf, Neligh  42
3rd  Gage Clifton, Orchard  43
Boys 13-14 years old played 18 holes
1st  Chase Largen, Creighton  80
2nd  Sam Wilkins, Ainsworth  88
3rd  Cole Gaughenbaugh, O’Neill  101

Boys 15-17 years old played 18 holes
1st Bryce Kerkman, Atkinson  78
2nd Andrew Schnoor, Randolph  84
3rd  Theo Stenka, Atkinson  88

10-12 year old Winners
(front row left to right) Abby Broderson, Skylar Reestman & Libby Wilkins
(back row left to right) Peyton Hoefer, Hunter Charf & Gage Clifton

Boys 13-14 winners
(left to right) Chase Largen, Sam Wilkins & Cole Gaughenbaugh

Girls 16 & over Winner - Victoria Osterman

Boys 16-17 Winners

Stuart Raceway 4th of July Results



The Stuart Raceway was rocking on the 4th of July with the annual races. Twenty features comprised the night's entertainment. Check out the results from those races below.

 
SPORT COMPACT - A FEATURE NORTHERN SPORTMOD - A FEATURE
Finish Driver Hometown Finish Driver Hometown
1 Dustin Jackson O'Neill, NE 1 Justin Addison Atkinson, NE
2 Riley Williamson Bartlett, NE 2 Chad Kohle Stuart, NE
3 Levi  Roth Spencer, NE 3 Brandon Poessnecker Atkinson, NE
4 Tori Wendell O'Neill, NE 4 Cameron Meyer Pierce, NE
5 Jessie Poessnecker Atkinson, NE 5 Kendell McCarthy Naper, NE
6 Kelly McCarthy Naper, NE 6 Kevin McCarthy Naper, NE
7 Ashlyn Pecena Wayne, NE 7 Josh Pfeifer Spencer, NE
8 Tyler Steckelberg Pierce, NE 8 Jerry Pfeifer Spencer, NE
SPORT COMPACT - DASH FOR CASH NORTHERN SPORTMOD - DASH FOR CASH
Finish Driver Hometown Finish Driver Hometown
1 Dustin Jackson O'Neill, NE 1 Cameron Meyer Pierce, NE
2 Levi  Roth Spencer, NE 2 Kendell McCarthy Naper, NE
3 Tori Wendell O'Neill, NE 3 Kevin McCarthy Naper, NE
4 Riley Williamson Bartlett, NE 4 Chad Kohle Stuart, NE
5 Tyler Steckelberg Pierce, NE
6 Ashlyn Pecena Wayne, NE
NORTHERN SPORTMOD - HEAT 1
Finish Driver Hometown
SPORT COMPACT - HEAT 1 1 Cameron Meyer Pierce, NE
Finish Driver Hometown 2 Justin Addison Atkinson, NE
1 Dustin Jackson O'Neill, NE 3 Chad Kohle Stuart, NE
2 Tori Wendell O'Neill, NE 4 Brandon Poessnecker Atkinson, NE
3 Jessie Poessnecker Atkinson, NE
4 Ashlyn Pecena Wayne, NE
NORTHERN SPORTMOD - HEAT 2
Finish Driver Hometown
SPORT COMPACT - HEAT 2 1 Kevin McCarthy Naper, NE
Finish Driver Hometown 2 Josh Pfeifer Spencer, NE
1 Levi  Roth Spencer, NE 3 Kendell McCarthy Naper, NE
2 Riley Williamson Bartlett, NE 4 Jerry Pfeifer Spencer, NE
3 Tyler Steckelberg Pierce, NE
4 Kelly McCarthy Naper, NE
360 CARBURETED SPRINT - A FEATURE
Finish Driver Hometown
HOBBY STOCK - A FEATURE 1 Keith Deseive Atkinson, NE
Finish Driver Hometown 2 Josh Pfeifer Spencer, NE
1 Tracy Buck Neligh, NE 3 Veldon Judge Atkinson, NE
2 Alex Korus Genoa, NE 4 Barry Lemmer Atkinson, NE
3 Neil  Korus Genoa, NE 5 John Otte Ravinia, SD
4 Mitchell Dvorak Stuart, NE
360 CARBURETED SPRINT - DASH FOR CASH
HOBBY STOCK - DASH FOR CASH Finish Driver Hometown
Finish Driver Hometown 1 Veldon Judge Atkinson, NE
1 Alex Korus Genoa, NE 2 Josh Pfeifer Spencer, NE
2 Neil  Korus Genoa, NE 3 Keith Deseive Atkinson, NE
3 Mitchell Dvorak Stuart, NE 4 John Otte Ravinia, SD
5 Barry Lemmer Atkinson, NE
HOBBY STOCK - HEAT
Finish Driver Hometown 360 CARBURETED SPRINT - HEAT
1 Alex Korus Genoa, NE Finish Driver Hometown
2 Neil  Korus Genoa, NE 1 Veldon Judge Atkinson, NE
3 Tracy Buck Neligh, NE 2 Keith Deseive Atkinson, NE
4 Mitchell Dvorak Stuart, NE 3 Josh Pfeifer Spencer, NE
4 John Otte Ravinia, SD
5 Barry Lemmer Atkinson, NE
STREET STOCK - A FEATURE
Finish Driver Hometown
1 John Otte Ravinia, SD LIMITED SPRINT - A FEATURE
2 Preston Janzing Atkinson, NE Finish Driver Hometown
3 Danial Frickel Atkinson, NE 1 Bob Dvorak Stuart, NE
4 Mark Poessnecker Atkinson, NE 2 Adam Walton Winner, NE
5 Justin Bertschinger Norfolk, NE 3 Gary Reber Gregory, SD
STREET STOCK - DASH FOR CASH LIMITED SPRINT - DASH FOR CASH
Finish Driver Hometown Finish Driver Hometown
1 John Otte Ravinia, SD 1 Gary Reber Gregory, SD
2 Preston Janzing Atkinson, NE 2 Bob Dvorak Stuart, NE
3 Justin Bertschinger Norfolk, NE 3 Adam Walton Winner, NE
STREET STOCK - HEAT LIMITED SPRINT - HEAT
Finish Driver Hometown Finish Driver Hometown
1 Danial Frickel Atkinson, NE 1 Gary Reber Gregory, SD
2 John Otte Ravinia, SD 2 Adam Walton Winner, NE
3 Preston Janzing Atkinson, NE 3 Bob Dvorak Stuart, NE
4 Justin Bertschinger Norfolk, NE
5 Mark Poessnecker Atkinson, NE

 

O'Neill Diamondbacks Win League Tourney, Atkinson Claims Consolation




The O'Neill Diamondbacks claimed the 2014 Elkhorn Valley Little League Championship late Wednesday night.

The Elkhorn Valley Little League finished up the season with the annual tournament on Wednesday night. Consolation and championship games were played at Tom Earley Field, with an exciting finish that ran late into the night.

Atkinson and the O'Neill A's squared off in the first game of the night, vying for 3rd place. Pitching was the name of the game early, with starters Jordan Tasler and Andrew Alder combining for 21 strikeouts in their 8 combined innings. Atkinson managed to scratch across a run in the top of the first inning, a lead which held until the fifth inning. The Cubs put up a 4-spot in the 3rd inning, followed by the A's doing the same in their half of the 4th. After another run pushed Atkinson's lead to 6-4, the A's came up with a two run 5th to tie it up heading into the final frame. The Cubs sent 10 batters to the plate, scoring four runs in the top half of the inning. The defense allowed the first two A's batters to reach the basepaths, resulting in one score, before shutting down the O'Neill rally to complete the 10-7 win for 3rd place.

The championship game between the O'Neill Diamondbacks and Ainsworth was a good one to watch. With unseasonably cool temperatures and no wind, it was a beautiful night for baseball. Ainsworth started off the game as the away team and knocked in two runs. O'Neill answered with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Ainsworth made sure that was the last time O'Neill would have the lead for a long time, batting in two runs in the 2nd and putting up 4 scores in the 3rd inning to take an 8-4 lead by the halfway point in the game. Ainsworth pitcher Grant Stec did a great job of holding O'Neill in check until the bottom of the 4th inning, when the D-backs worked 5 walks into a three run inning to cut the deficit to two runs. O'Neill releif pitcher Colin Notkin mowed through the solid Ainsworth lineup for four innings, allowing just one run and striking out nine with no walks. This allowed O'Neill to make it a ballgame in the bottom of the 6th and last inning. The D-backs took advantage of several odd rolls to get runners on base, including a ball that started foul and just rolled inside of the line to allow all runners to be safe. It was the type of inning that made you think it was destiny, as the D-backs pushed across three runs with two outs to spare on a bases-loaded single from leadoff man Kolby Dean that scored Chase Heiss for the 10-9 walkoff win.
 
   
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