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Hawks Volleyball Team Goes 3-1 at Southeast Tournament

BEATRICE – The Northeast Community College volleyball team is 3-1 after opening the season Friday and Saturday at the Southeast Community College Tournament in Beatrice.

Tabby Kander led Northeast with 15 kills  and two ace serves in a 25-19, 24-26, 25-16, 22-25, 17-15 win over Southeast Community College in its opening match. Taryn Luedtke had eleven kills while Kelsey Shoemaker finished with nine kills and three assists. Kiara Lopez had 29 assists and three assist blocks. Meagan Backer and Mackenzie Wecker recorded 22 and 20 digs, respectively.

In the second match, the Hawks defeated Southwestern 25-22, 21-25, 25-17, 28-30, 15-6. Layne Mitchell finished with 15 kills, two solo and three assist blocks and two ace serves. Kander recorded 14 kills and four ace serves while Shoemaker had 12 kills. Lopez recorded 51 assists while Backer and Wecker had 29 and 23 digs, respectively.

On Saturday, Northeast defeated Highland Community College in five sets, 16-25, 25-19, 28-26, 25-14, 15-13. The Hawks were led by Lexi Sokol with 14 kills and 12 from Luedtke. Shoemaker finished with one solo and two assist blocks. Lopez recorded 43 assists and five ace serves; Wecker had 25 digs and three ace serves; and Backer recorded 20 digs.

In the final match, Northeast fell in straight sets to Cloud County Community College, 25-19, 25-23, 25-19. Luedtke finished with nine kills and one solo block; Shoemaker had eight kills and four assists; Lopez had 25 assists and one ace serve; Sokol had one solo and three assist blocks; Wecker finished with 18 digs and one ace serve while Backer recorded 16 digs and one ace serve.

Northeast will be in action on Wednesday as it faces Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, IA, at 7 p.m.

Three-peat: Eagles Win Season-Opening Home Golf Invite

Back Row (L-R): Hailee Harmon, Paige Gaughenbaugh, Ashton Bancroft, Taylor Finke, Mackenzie Jensen, Tori Osterman, Nicole Zavadil       Front Row (L-R): Chelsey Reifert, Mady Dogget, Abby Westerman, Cassidy Ulrich, Brandy Wiebelhaus, Blair Benda, Libby Tielke, Nikki Gotschall

Whatever their score, its doubtful that anybody complained about getting out of school to golf on a beautiful Thursday in O'Neill.

With an 80 degree day that saw the breeze come up in the afternoon, ten teams began the girls' golf season at the O'Neill Invite. Plenty of talent was on display, as the Eagles brought back their two individual state qualifers from last year besides several other solid varsity veterans. Battle Creek, Norfolk Catholic and Valentine all returned at least three girls from last year's state-qualifying teams.

Fifteen individual medals were handed out at the end of the day, which also included a playoff for the team trophy. O'Neill edged Battle Creek on the first hole of a possible three-hole playoff to win their own invite for the third straight year. In addition the Eagles had three medalists, which included the gold and silver medals. Battle Creek put three in the medals and Norfolk Catholic had four to start the season in a good way.

Amy Schmitz, Olivia Fonseca, Paige Gaughenbaugh, Hailee Harmon, Nikki Gotschall

Medalists and team standings are below, but all scores can be found in the Pinnacle Bank Scoreboard, including those for the West Holt and Plainview golfers from the area.
Medalists Team Scores
Place Name School Score Place School Score
1 Hailee Harmon O'Neill 90 1st O'Neill 401
2 Paige Gaughenbaugh O'Neill 92 2nd Battle Creek 401
3 Ashton Bancroft Valentine 93 3rd Norfolk Catholic 409
4 Taylor Finke Battle Creek 94 4th Valentine 432
5 McKenzie Jensen Battle Creek 96 5th Cedar Catholic 437
6 Tori Osterman Valentine 99 6th Crofton 473
7 Mady Dogget Norfolk Catholic 100 7th Plainview 618
8 Chelsey Reifert Norfolk Catholic 101 8th West Holt NTS
9 Abby Westerman Battle Creek 101 9th Pierce NTS
10 Cassidy Ulrich Cedar Catholic 103 10th Ainsworth NTS
11 Blair Benda Norfolk Catholic 103 11th    
12 Libby Tielke Norfolk Catholic 105 12th    
13 Nicole Zavadil Crofton 107      
14 Nikki Gotschall O'Neill 108      
15 Brandy Wiebelhaus Cedar Catholic 109      


Softball and Girls Golf Kick Off NSAA Fall Sports Season


The beginning of the NSAA fall sports season kicks off this week with the softball and girls golf seasons. Here is the quick rundown on what that means for the area.

- O’Neill bumped back up into Class B this year after being Class C last year
- Districts for the Eagles will be in Hastings this year
- Boone Central/Newman Grove, Pierce, Wayne and Guardian Angels CC are the other Mid-State schools. Wayne was last year’s conference champ
- Ord started up a softball program for the first time this year. They will compete in Class C and travel west for their district
- Guardian Angels was the Class C Champion with a record of 26-8 last year. It was the Bluejays’ first title. Elkhorn beat Elkhorn South to win Class B, and Millard South finished off a four-peat in Class A (121-14 during that stretch)

Girls Golf
- Area teams are O’Neill, West Holt, Elkhorn Valley, Plainview, Pierce, Crofton, Hartington Cedar Catholic, Boone Central/Newman Grove, Battle Creek and Ainsworth
- The Eagles dropped down to Class C this year, which means every area team we will follow is in Class C
- State Golf this year is at the Norfolk Country Club for Class A, Quail Run in Columbus for Class B, and North Platte’s Lake Maloney Golf Course for Class C
- Minden is the defending Class C champion, but Lincoln Lutheran returns all five golfers from last year’s 3rd place team. Kearney Catholic returns four from their 5th place team, including Morgan Thiele. They would probably be considered the favorites this year, although Battle Creek (10th last year) brings back four, Wayne (11th) has three returners, and Norfolk Catholic (12th) has all five girls back from last year’s state qualifying team.
- Scottsbluff is the Class B defending champion and Elkhorn South won it in A last year

NJCAA Volleyball Preview Includes St. Mary's Graduate


St. Mary’s graduate Mackenzie Wecker earned plenty of honors and competed in several All-Star games over the summer. As she begins her college career as a libero at Northeast she will have another honor.

Wecker was selected as one of four volleyball players in Region 11 to be recognized as a top newcomer in the NJCAA ranks. This list is part of the National Junior College Athletic Association’s annual volleyball/fall sports preview series. Mackenzie joined three players from Iowa on the list, which covers all of the regions in the NJCAA’s Division II category. Northeast Community College is part of Region 11, which consists of 15 colleges in Iowa and Nebraska.

Mackenzie is part of a very talented freshman class at NECC. Of course, Courtni Kunz from Stuart is another standout from the area who join Wecker in Norfolk. The Hawks only return five sophomores, so they will have to lean on the nine newcomers when they begin the season on Friday, August 21. The Hawks play four matches in Beatrice on Friday and Saturday at the Southeast Community College Tournament to kick off their 2015 campaign.

KBRX wishes good luck to Mackenzie, Courtni and the Hawks!

KBRX Junior Golf Tournament Held Thursday

2015 KBRX Junior Golf Tournament held Thursday, August 6 at the O’Neill Country Club

10-12 year old top finishers (left to right) Blake Benson, Gunnar Knaak, Braxton Brockhaus & Kaylin Gaughenbaugh

10-12 Year Old Boys  (9 holes on shortened course)
1st Braxton Brockhaus, Creighton 41
2nd Gunnar Knaak, Plainview  45
3rd Blake Benson, O’Neill 47

10-12 Year Old Girls
1st Kaylin Gaughenbaugh, O’Neill 59

Girls Open Top Finishers (left to right) Nikki Gotschall & Paige Gaughenbaugh
Girls Open Division
1st Paige Gaughenbaugh, O’Neill 92
2nd Nikki Gotschall, O’Neill 115

13 to 15 year old boys top finishers (left to right) Tucker Knaak, Chase Largen & Jacob Lingenfelter
13-15 Year Old Boys (18 holes)
1st Tucker Knaak, Plainview  71
2nd Chase Largen, Creighton  81
3rd Jacob Lingenfelter, Plainview 81

16 to 18 year old boys top finishers (left to right) Mason Hale, Josh Cuddy & Collin Wright
16-18 Year Old Boys (18 Holes)
1st Mason Hale, Atkinson 75
2nd Josh Cuddy, O’Neill 76
3rd Collin Wright, Plainview 78

Blue Dolphins Swim Team Finishes Season and Presents Awards

The thirty-three swimmers that belong to the Blue Dolphin Swim Team saw their season come to an end for this summer. The team was coached by Rahtaya Young.

Twenty-four of the team’s swimmers participated in the two day James River Valley Conference Championship, held in Armour, South Dakota, July 18th and July 19th.

Individual awards presented during the awards ceremony on Sunday at the Championship meet were earned by:
Blake Parks (10), First Place in Boys 10 & Under.
Mikyla Grenier (12), Second place in Girls 11 & 12.
Spencer Davis (14), First Place in Boys 13 & 14.
Claire Everitt (15), Fourth Place in Girls 15 & 16.
Karissa Nichols (15) Third Place in the Girls Open.
Ally Sedlacek (11) Fourth Place in the Girls Open.

Swimming for the O’Neill Blue Dolphins this year were:
Kamry Neptune of Atkinson.
Sena Essink, Katharina Rice, and Maycee Zimmerer; all of Creighton.
Kirsten Adams of Orchard.
Kaleb Asche, Samantha Asche, Sam Carstens, Sable Davis, Spencer Davis, Claire Everitt, Nikki Gotschall, James Grenier, Mikyla Grenier, Aurora Heiss, Turner Heiss, Emily Jacques, Tayte Jussel, Allie Krotter, Wreece Liewer, Zuri Moore, Savannah Morrow, Schuylar Morrow, Karissa Nichols, Bethany Owens, Alivia Parks, Blake Parks, Ashley Pischel, Remington Risinger, Autumn Schaecher, Ally Sedlacek, Sarah Turpin, Spencer Turpin; all of O’Neill.

At the team awards celebration, Coach Rahtaya Young presented the following awards:
Female Swimmer of the Year was awarded to Ally Sedlacek.
Male Swimmer of the Year was awarded to Spencer Davis.
TeamMate and Leadership Award was awarded to Allie Krotter.
Female Most Improved was awarded to Aurora Heiss and Schuylar Morrow.
Male most Improved was awarded to Tayte Jussel.
Rookie of the Year was awarded to Autumn Schaecher and Maycee Zimmerer.
All-Out Awards were given to Mikyla Grenier and Blake Parks.

Spencer Davis and Ally Sedlacek, Male and Female Swimmers of the Year

The Blue Dolphin Swim Team participated in eight other swim meets with all of those meets being held in south central South Dakota communities, with the exception of two meets hosted by O’Neill. The team is looking forward to the 2016 season.

NSAA Fall Classifications & District Assignments


Soon (and all too soon for some) the new school year begins and local sports start back up. There were some substantial differences this year as far as class changes, and with that the new districts. Football teams will be the same because of the two year scheduling, but the other four sports that our area schools participate in have changes every year. All of the area schools are listed below by sport and class. All of the districts are set except for Class D Cross Country, but none of the locations have been chosen yet.

Class C1
Subdistrict C1-7: Madison, Norfolk Catholic, Pierce, Wayne, West Point-Beemer
Subdistrict C1-8: O'Neill, Ord, Broken Bow, Valentine
Subdistrict C1-9: Boone Central/Newman Grove, Central City, Grand Island Central Catholic, St. Paul
Class C2
Subdistrict C2-4: Hartington Cedar Catholic, Hartington-Newcastle, Homer, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge, Ponca
Subdistrict C2-5: Battle Creek, Clarkson/Leigh, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, Lutheran High Northeast, Stanton
Subdistrict C2-9: Creighton, Crofton, Niobrara/Verdigre, Plainview
Subdistrict C2-10: Ainsworth, Burwell, Elgin Public/Pope John, Neligh-Oakdale, West Holt
Class D1
Subdistrict D1-6: Boyd County, Clearwater/Orchard, Elkhorn Valley, North Central, Osmond
Subdistrict D1-7: Central Valley, Harvard, Heartland Lutheran, Kenesaw, Shelton
Class D2
Subdistrict D2-4: Riverside, Spalding Academy, Elba, Palmer, St. Edward
Subdistrict D2-5: Bloomfield, Santee, Wausa, Winside, Wynot
Subdistrict D2-6: CWC, Ewing, St. Mary's, Stuart

Cross Country
Class C
District C-2: O'Neill, Pierce, Hartington, Arlington, Columbus Lakeview, Columbus Scotus, Fort Calhoun, Norfolk Catholic, North Bend Central, Wayne, West Point-Beemer
District C-3: Ord, Boone Central/Newman Grove, Adams Central, Central City, David City, Fairbury, Kearney Catholic, Milford, Minden, South Central Nebraska Unified District #5, St. Paul
Class D
West Holt, Chambers/Wheeler Central, Creighton, Niobrara/Verdigre, Boyd County, Stuart, North Central, Neligh-Oakdale, Elkhorn Valley, Plainview, Bloomfield/Wausa, Burwell, Crofton, Ainsworth, Battle Creek, Central Valley, Osmond

Girls Golf
Class C
District C-4 @ Cozad Country Club: O'Neill, West Holt, Ainsworth, Arcadia-Loup City, Cambridge, Centura, Cozad, Gibbon, Kearney Catholic, Minden, Ravenna, Southwest, Valentine
District C-3 @ Wayne Country Club: Elkhorn Valley, Plainview, Battle Creek, Crofton, Hartington Cedar Catholic, Pierce, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge, Norfolk Catholic, Oakland-Craig, Stanton, TC (Pender/Bancroft-Rosalie), Wayne, West Point-Beemer
District C-2 @ Quail Run Golf Course, Columbus: Boone Central, Arlington, Cedar Bluffs, Central City, Clarkson-Leigh, Columbus Lakeview, Columbus Scotus, Elmwood-Murdock, Fullerton, Omaha Brownell-Talbot, Shelby-Rising City, St. Paul, Wahoo

Class B
District B-5: O'Neill, Adams Central, Aurora, GICC, Hastings, Holdrege, Northwest
Class C
District C-3: Pierce, Guardian Angels Central Catholic, Logan View/Scribner-Snyder, Tekamah-Herman, Wayne, West Point-Beemer, Wisner-Pilger
District C-5: Boone Central/Newman Grove, Aquinas Catholic, Central City, Columbus Lakeview, Highway 91, St. Paul, Twin River
District C-6: Ord, Chadron, Chase County, Cozad, Minden, Southern Valley/Alma


Antelope County Fair Demo Derby Results

Ross Becklun (left) and Travis Bostock were the top 2 in the CS Welded category in Neligh

CS Welded Finals - Neligh, NE
1. Ross Becklun
2. Travis Bostock
3. Jeremy Jockens
4. Kenny Rosno

Trucks Finals - Neligh, NE
1. Jeremy Jockens
2. Samuel Kalhoff

CS Stock Class Finals - Neligh Derby
1st Jared Bosthen
2nd Colby Roland

Results from several other competitions can be found at the fair's website.
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