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Josh Cuddy Wins O'Neill Invite, Eagles 3rd In Team Standings

Medal Winners:  front row Josh Cuddy, Jake Friedrich, Dalton Lammers, Kolby Jueden, Ben Ramold, Brent Bechtold & Chase Dendinger
back row Grant Howell, Logan Schumacher, Brooks Coleman, Brady Rogers, Nate Gotschall, Robert Nordby, Cameron Bancroft & Jaden Barnes


O'Neill Country Club was the site of the O'Neill Invitational Golf Tournament on a Thursday afternoon with wind gusts over 30 mph.
And after 18 holes the gold medal was still up for grabs as Josh Cuddy of O'Neill and Grant Howell of Hartington CC both shot 78.  That sent the pair back the Hole #1 for a playoff.  Both golfers tee shots drifted over into Hole #2 and approached over the trees.  Cuddy put his on the green about 16 feet below the pin and Howell's shot fell short of the green.  Howell chipped about 12 feet past the hole.  Cuddy's uphill putt for birdie was about 4 feet short.  Howell was next and his putt for par did not go in and he tapped in for a bogey 5.  Cuddy then stepped up and drained his four foot putt for the win on the 19th Hole.
Team Standings
1. Hartington CC  329
2. Ord 336
3. O'Neill 339
4. Valentine 342
5. Hartington 352
6. West Holt 376
7. Neligh-Oakdale 376
8. North Central 387
9. Ewing 387
10. O'Neill JV 397
11. Boyd County 400
12. Ainsworth 406
13. Pierce 419
14. CWC 451
Individual Medalists
1. Josh Cuddy, O'Neill 78 (won playoff)
2. Grant Howell, Hartington CC  78
3. Logan Schumacher, Hartington CC 79
4. Brooks Coleman, VAlentine 80
5. Brady Rogers, Ord  80
6. Nate Gotschall, O'Neill 80
7. Robert Nordby, Ewing 81
8. Cameron Bancroft, Valentine  81
9. Jaden Barnes, Ord  82
10. Jake Friedrich, North Central 82
11. Dalton Lammers, Hartington CC  83
12. Kolby Jueden, Hartington 84
13. Ben Ramold, Ewing
14. Brent Bechtold, Ord 85
15. Chase Dendinger, Hartington 86

O'Neill Invitational Golf Tournament Team Champion Hartington CC

AP National Sports News

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Michael Phelps has qualified fastest for the 100-meter butterfly final in his first competition since retiring after the 2012 London Olympics. The 22-time Olympic medalist and world record holder in the 100 fly is starting his comeback at a Grand Prix meet in Arizona.

NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Young hit a home run and slumping Curtis Granderson singled in a run to lead the Mets to a 4-1 win over St. Louis. New York handed Cardinals starter Lance Lynn his first loss of the season after he won his first four decisions. Lynn had been 12-0 through April in his big league career.

DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera drove in three runs and Max Scherzer struck out 10 to lead Detroit to a 7-4 win over the White Sox. Scherzer allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings to improve to 2-1. The reigning AL Cy Young winner was pulled with a high pitch count.

NEW YORK (AP) — Anze Kopitar, Patrice Bergeron and Jonathan Toews are finalists for the NHL's Selke Trophy, awarded to the best defensive forward. Kopitar helped the Kings to a league-best 2.05 goals goal against average. Bergeron led the NHL in face-off wins, while Toews was fifth.

VOORHEES, N.J. (AP) — Goalie Steve Mason will start Game 4 for Philadelphia against the Rangers on Friday night, his first start since suffering an upper-body injury on April 12. Ray Emery started the first three games for Philadelphia, who trail in the series 2-1.

O'Neill Eagles Host invitational

Last week O’Neill Eagles played host to the 54th Annual O'Neill Track and Field Invitational on Thursday, April 17th. Nineteen teams competed at the invitational. Despite forecasts for cold temperatures, it was a beautiful day for track and field.

The OHS throwers continued to do well for the Lady Eagles with Samantha Slack leading the way. Slack placed 3rd in the discus with another personal best throw of 113-09. Teammate Rahtaya Young placed 6th with a toss of 99-09.

Randi Pinkerman ran well in the 100, placing 3rd with a time of 13.6. Other placers for the Lady Eagles were: Catrina Spangler, 5th in the 400 with a time of 1:08.45; Allison Ludwig 6th in the high jump; McKenzie Adamson 4th in the long jump going 14-05.5; Bailee Dougherty placed 4th in the pole vault going 7-06 and teammate Amanda Pischel clearing 7-0 for 5th place.

The 4 x 100 relay team of Alex Atkins, Veronica Ross, Catrina Spangler and Randi Pinkerman finished in 4th place with a time of 54.63.

"It was a great day for track and field and we had a lot of kids step up and perform well. Sam Slack continues to excel in the discus improving each week. I was proud of all of our efforts and look forward to competing at the West Holt Invitational on Thursday."

The O’Neill Eagles Boys placed 5th in the Division 1 race against 10 other teams.

The Eagles were led sophomore Grant Johnston who placed in all three distance races that he competed in last Thursday.  Grant placed 3rd in the 3200-meter race with running his personal best of 10:26.36.  He also placed 5th in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:02.  Grant also ran the third leg of the 3200-meter relay with Tyson Hostert, Charley Burtwistle, and Joe Gillham that placed third.

Charley Burtwistle was also runner-up in the open 800-meter race with a 2:08 effort.  Tyson Hostert ran 2:09 to place 6th in the 800 meter run.  Also helping in the team effort was Kedron Koehler who placed 1st in the 300 intermediate hurdles, Blake Johnston 5th in the 3200 meter run, Walker Liewer 5th place in the discus, and Jackson Latzel was 3rd in the high jump and 5th in the long jump.

The 4 x 400 meter relay composed of Tyson Hostert, Charley Burtwistle, Joe Gillham, and Kedron Koehler placed 5th.

“Overall the O’Neill Eagles improved.  We need to just keep working hard and doing the right things,” said Coach Hilker.

Next week the O’Neill Eagles will compete in the West Holt Invite.  The meet is this Thursday, April 24th.  Field events start at 2:00 pm and running events at 3:00 pm.

Funk Signs on to Play Volleyball at Wayne State

Ewing's Riley Funk signed her letter of intent to play volleyball at Wayne State College on Wednesday at Ewing High School.  Riley is the daughter of Gary & Suz Funk (seated at the table). She was also accompanied by brothers Chase (left) and Kray (right) and Ewing Principal Greg Appleby. Riley's mother Suz has been her high school coach, and this year Kray was an assistant.

Riley was a unanimous first team Class D2 All-State pick in every major publication in Nebraska this year, leading the Tigers to a 2nd place NVC finish as part of their 22-5 season. She finished her high school career with 1,190 kills and a .307 attack percentage, 1,228 digs, 225 blocks and 279 service aces.

WSC coach Scott Kneifl adds Funk to a recruiting class that includes several other Nebraska players: Bree Ackermann of Lincoln, Megan Gebhardt of Norfolk, and Erin Gross from Tekamah, as well as Mariah Halvorsen of Wayzata, Minnesota. Several other former high school standouts currently play for the Wildcats. Names high school sports fans would recognize are Liz Gebhardt (LHNE), Lexi Steffen (Hartington CC) and Alyssa Fraundorfer (Humphrey).

Congratulations Riley and good luck at Wayne!

O'Neill Golfers Win Hastings Adam Central Tourney


(left to right) Josh Cuddy, Nate Gotshall, Matt Kelly, Tristan Strong, Adam Soukup and Coach Danny Fernau
The O'Neill Eagles Golf Team competed in the Hastings Adam Central Golf Tournament on Thursday and came away with their first team championship of the season. O'Neill shot a team total 328 for a comfortable win over Gibbon, who came in second with a 334.  The Eagles had four medalists, Josh Cuddy placed third with a 78, Nate Gotshall 4th shooting a 79, Tristan Strong 5th with a 79, and Adam Soukup placed 15th with a 92. Matt Kelly shot a 95.

Moon Selected To NCA All-Star Game

St. Mary's senior Adam Moon has been selected to play in the Nebraska Coaches Association Boys All Star game in July.

The Nebraska Coaches Association (NCA) is pleased to announce the athletes and coaches for the 2014 NCA Boys’ and Girls’ All-Star games. The coaches are NCA members selected by their coaching peers. The athletes, graduating seniors, are selected by a committee of NCA member coaches. Athletes will be placed on specific teams in June.

Moon joins 23 other high school players from all six classes in Nebraska. After his record setting career at St. Mary's, the 6' 8" Wayne State recruit is the first area player to be selected for the game since fellow Cardinal Tate Sibbel in 2012. Several other players from the area include point guard Lane Rohrich of Pierce and Jalen Barry of Wayne. The Reinertson name (of Gibbon) is especially familiar to folks in the Clearwater area, as coach Paul and player Rylee were selected to be a part of the game as well. Rohrich's coach, Mike Emory, will be an assistant coach on Paul Reinertson's bench. There were no girls from the area selected to their game.

Click the title of this artict to open up the full roster of players selected to the game.

The 35th Annual NCA Girls’ Basketball All-Star will be played at Lincoln North Star High School on Monday, July 22 followed by the 46th Annual Boys’ Basketball NCA All-Star game.

Eagles Grab Runner-Up Trophy, Compete at Plainview

Kedron Koehler lands a hurdle in the 300 meter hurdles.

Last week the O’Neill Eagles Boy’s Team earned a runner-up trophy by scoring 116 points.  The team medaled in 16 of the 17 events at the track meet.

Earning first places honors was the 4 x 800 meter relay, Tyson Hostert, Joe Gillham, Grant Johnston, and Charley Burtwistle ran a time of 9:03.  Kedron Koehler also earned top honors by running 42.4 in the 300 intermediate hurdles. 

Placing 2nd in events were Charley Burtwistle in the 800, Grant Johnston in the 3200 meter run, Blake Johnston 2nd on the 1600 meter run, and Jon Marvin placing 2nd in the pole vault. 

Contributing to the runner-up team trophy were Walker Liewer 3rd in the discus, Michael Burival 3rd in shot put, Jackson Latzel tying for 5th in the high jump, Corbin Dean 3rd in the mile and 4th in the pole vault, Dillon Babutzke 3rd in the 110 high hurdles and 6th in the 300 intermediate hurdles, Jacob Emme 3rd in the triple jump, Jack Gutshall 6th in the triple jump, Dylan Belik 6th in the 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash, Devon Davidson 3rd in the 400 meter dash, Blake Johnston 3rd in the 3200 meter run, and then Tyson Hostert 4th and Joe Gillham 6th in the 800 meter run. 

The 4 x 100 meter run placed 4th and the 1600-meter run placed 3rd.

“Overall the Eagles performed well.  We have a really young team.  This team will see a lot of improvement each week,” said Coach Hilker.

The O’Neill Lady Eagles also traveled to Plainview with a depleted squad due to other activities.

O’Neill was led by Samantha Slack and Randi Pinkerman with a couple of first place medals. Samantha placed first in the discus with a toss of 107-3 and Randi won the 100 meter dash in a time of 13.5. Randi also placed 4th in the high jump with a personal best of 4-10 and 2nd in the 200 with a 28.4 time. Pinkerman also ran the anchor of the 4 x 100 meter relay that finished 2nd with a time of 56.5.

McKenzie Adamson also had a good day as she finished with three 2nd place medals. She jumped 14-0 in the long jump and 30-5 in the triple jump. She also ran a leg of the 4 x 100 meter relay.

Veronica Ross place 3rd in the 100 with a time of 13.9 and 5th in the 200 in a time of 29.6. Ross also ran a leg on the 4 x 100 relay that finished 2nd.

Other placers for O’Neill were: Shelby Heiser 6th in the discus with a 74-03 throw; Emily Morrow who finished 5th in the shot put with a toss of 26-10 and Kadra Sommersted-Simmons who placed 6th in the 400 with a time of 1:13.4.

“It was a great day for track and I thought our girls competed well. We had almost 1/2 of our team gone to State FFA or the musical, but the girls we brought had a good day.”

The Eagles will be hosting their own meet on Thursday, April 17th in O’Neill. Twenty-two teams will be competing next week. Running and field events will start at 10:00 am. Come and support the Eagles. Results will be given hourly on KBRX and posted on a live blog on throughout the day.

Football Wild Card Points System Tweaked, Other Changes Discussed by NSAA


The NSAA made many motions to change the Activities Manual during their meeting on April 10. While many changes affected the upper classes or weren’t approved, here are a few more that will change how sports are played. (Note the article published earlier about volleyball)

The change to a nine game schedule for Class C1 and C2 was approved last year, and we already have the schedules for those teams. However, a change that has long been desired (especially by those on the message boards) is one that re-shapes the wild card points system. While not a huge change, the system was tweaked to add another division. For those not familiar with the football wild card system, a team gets points for playing another team. Beating (or even losing to) a team with a good record is worth more than beating a team with a poor record, and playing a team that is a class higher also means more points. These points factor into playoff qualification and seeding.

The old system had three divisions that dealt with winning percentages (under 34%, 34-66%, 67% and up). The new system will make football more like basketball, where four divisions are used. A 1st Division team will now be one that has won more than 77% of its games. A 2nd Division team will be one whose victory rate falls in between 55% and 77%, and a 3rd Division will range from 34% to 55%. The 4th Division will cover all teams that have a record of at least 2-7, or 33% and under. That will in turn change the amount of points a team will get for a victory or loss. The old format looked like this:

            1st Div             2nd Div            3rd Div
Win:      50                    45                     40
Loss:    38                    33                     28

The new format will change things a bit:

            1st Div             2nd Div            3rd Div             4th Div
Win:      50                    47                    44                    41
Loss:     36                    33                    30                    27

In the new format, points will be at a higher premium because fewer teams will qualify for the playoffs. The nine game schedule will allow teams to play one more game than they used to, so fewer playoff teams becomes much more viable. The change will not affect Class D football, as they still have so many teams in the class that they don’t need to change the amount of playoff qualifiers.

Another change affects O’Neill softball. A motion was passed to scrap time limits in regular season varsity softball games. The only exceptions are that 90 minute time limits may be imposed during triangulars and tournament play during the regular season. Single games, varsity doubleheaders, and double duals will no longer be subject to time limits. JV games may still use a time limit.

A couple of other topics were discussed but did not pass. A few of the pertinent/interesting motions that failed were:
  • A motion that would have required all Class C and D District Track Meets use automatic timing. It failed because many schools don’t have access to a timing system, and even if they did nobody would know how to run it. Failed 2-6.
  • A motion that would have consolidated Class C and D track teams into eight districts (currently there are 11) and adjusted the amount of qualifiers from each district. Failed by a 0-8 vote.
  • Three motions (one each for Classes B-D) to change how wrestling districts are seeded. Instead of being grouped geographically, schools would be separated into four districts based on how many returning state points the team has. Each failed by a 1-7 vote.
  • A motion to add a “substate” round to Class B basketball. The substate system was used for last year’s volleyball postseason. Failed 4-4.

NSAA Sets New Volleyball Tourney Format, Decides on Future of 3rd Place Games


The NSAA Board of Directors met on Thursday, April 10 with some changes in mind, and, while some were voted down, the high school volleyball tournament will look a bit different in 2014-2015.

We already knew the State Volleyball Championships will be moved back to Lincoln this year, but a few changes will accompany the move from Grand Island.

One of the bigger agenda items was that of third place games. A surprisingly divisive issue, the end result was that Classes A and B will no longer have 3rd place games in volleyball or basketball, but the lower classes will continue to play them out. Two motions were made regarding the rulings. Classes A and B were named in the first motion, and it passed 5-3, while a separate motion to drop the games was made for Classes C1-D2, which failed in a 4-4 vote. Alan Garey of District 5 (basically from Kearney and Franklin counties south of Hastings over to the Colorado border) was the deciding vote, voting to discontinue the games in the upper classes, while casting a “nay” vote when it came to dropping the C1-D2 games. The rulings apply to volleyball and girls and boys basketball.

A new format was also adopted for the tournament itself. On the first day, Classes C1 through D2 will still play at four Lincoln Public Schools locations. The change will be in Classes A & B, who will play on split courts in the Pinnacle Bank Arena on Thursday. On Friday, the usual format will stay the same: Classes A, B and C1 in PBA and Classes C2, D1 and D2 at Devaney. Championship Saturday will be played at Devaney, with third place games being played at 2 LPS High Schools. This format was adopted to take advantage of the venue at Pinnacle Bank Arena while working around the NU Volleyball team’s schedule at their home in Devaney. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.

Eagle JH Starts Season at West Holt

article by Gary and Kathy Hostert

It was a beautiful spring day when the O’Neill Junior High track team traveled to West Holt on Thursday, April 10th for the first meet of the season. The meet was a quadrangular with Ainsworth and Valentine, besides the Huskies.

The Eagle boys had five first place finishes led by Shayne Campbell who won the pole vault (7-6) and the discus (117-6). Tony Fonseca won the 100 hurdles in a time of 17.8 and Nathaniel Jennings won the 1600 in 5:37.8.  The other O’Neill gold was in the 400 meter relay.  The team of Trevor Dempster, Justin Appleby, Jose Ponce, and Ehric Strope finished in a time of 50.9.

In the girls' competition, Mikayla Marvin  took 1st place in the pole vault, setting a new junior high vault record at 8 ft 6 in. Mikayla also placed 2nd in the 100 hurdles- 18.4, and placed 3rd in the 300 hurdles- 56.4. Winning the 300 hurdles and setting a junior high record was Sam Eichelberger with a time of 54.10. Sam finished 1st in the 100 with a time of 13.4, and finished 5th in the long jump. Aurora Gutshall placed 1st in the 100 H- 17.9, tied for 3rd in the high jump 4ft, and finished 2nd in the 300 hurdles- 54.7. In the shot put, Emma Kryl took 1st place with a throw of 27 ft 11in. Also taking 1st place was the 4x100 relay team of Eichelberger, Briaunna Parks, Morgan Fowler, and Claire Morrow- 57.4. The throwers 4x100 relay team also took 1st place with the time of 1:06 seconds; team members were Sarah Ethington, Oliva Grass, Shelby Thomas, and Julia Bauer.

To see the rest of the results from the Junior Eagles click on the red title of this article and the full article will open up.

Depko With a Strong Start to the Spring Season

Fremont, Neb. – Midland University hosted the Midland Spring Invite at the Fremont Golf Club on Tuesday. The Warriors finished fourth overall as a team out of 10 with a combined score of 388.

"The conditions were tough today," said women's golf head coach Warren Kuhl. "This was our first competition of the spring, so it was a good starting point to see what adjustments we need to make in practice next week, and hopefully shave off a few more strokes at the NWU invite."

Former O'Neill Eagle Allison Depko paced Midland on the day, landing a sixth place finish with a score of 85. That score was just six strokes off the best score of the day. Depko is a sophomore this year, and carded her best finish since a 5th place finish in the fall of 2012, in what was her first semester competing for the Lady Warriors.

Next on the schedule for the women's golf team is a trip to Lincoln, Neb. to compete in the Nebraska Wesleyan Invite on April 13-14.

Nebraska High School HOF Announces This Year's Inductees

LINCOLN – Ten athletes, four coaches, two contributors and one official will be inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame during its 21st annual induction ceremony Oct. 5 at the Lied Center in Lincoln. The induction class spans the state from Scottsbluff to Omaha, and from 1947 to coaches still directing their teams.

This year’s inductees and honorees are highlighted by some (predictably) outstanding names. Former record setting running back Cory Eikmeier of Dodge, Cedric Hunter of Kansas Jayhawk fame, ace high school, college and pro pitcher Peaches James, Husker All-American linebacker Jerry Murtaugh and all-around stud Gary Neibauer of Scottsbluff headline the athletes selected for induction this year.

Columbus Scotus' John Peterson and Roger Mathiesen of Kearney High lead four outstanding coaches into the Hall this year. Peterson, who announced his retirement after his Lady Shamrocks placed 4th at this year's State Volleyball Tournament, has won 15 volleyball championships (along with 3 basketball titles) during his career. Mathiesen, who returns to the infield this year to lead the Bearcats, build the dynasty that is Kearney Track. KHS holds the nation’s all-time regular-season winning streak of 21 years.

Several other honorees include contributors and one official, as well as the annual awards. One of the awards, the Great Moment in High School Sports honor, goes to twins Darren and Damon Schmadeke of Boone Central, who led their team to the 1991 Class C state track championship with a 1-2 finish in the 200. Another interesting one is the Dominant Dynasty award given to Falls City Sacred Heart for their 29 combined boys and girls state championships from 1988-2011.

To see all of this year's HOF inductees and their accomplishments, click on the red title of this article and the full article will open.
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