FIVE YEARS AGO
The Lady Haymakers big second half comeback attempt just fell short as they were edged 51-46 by McCook. The Cozad cagers trained early by the count of 30-15 at the halftime break. The comeback fire was ignited with a 19-point third quarter, while limiting McCook to just four points to knot the score at 34-34 with just one quarter of regulation remaining. Over the final eight minutes, the Lady Bison were able to catch fire again and outscore Cozad 17-12 during the period to escape with the win.
The Lady Haymakers were led by Carlie Pinkelman with 22 points. Kendra Harbison dished out seven dimes in the contest.
10 YEARS AGO
Cozad’s wrestlers put on an impressive show at Sidney. The Haymakers crowned four champions to walk away with the team title with 160 points.
Winners for Cozad included Micah Chrisinger, Andrew Chrisinger, Justin Lemmer and Logan Hart. After receiving a first-round bye, Micah Chrisinger earned a pair of pins on his way to the 103-pound title. Andrew Chrisinger earned a pair of decisions and a technical fall on his way to the 135-pound title, while Lemmer received an injury default and racked up two pins to capture the 140-pound crown. Hart got a pair of pins and a decision to finish first at 145 pounds.
Lexington had one silver medalist in Devin Dennis at 112 pounds.
15 YEARS AGO
Chad Schmeeckle, who already had a double-double in the books, canned the second half of a two-shot free-throw opportunity to send Cozad’s fans home happy after a 55-54 win by the Haymakers over Gothenburg. Schmeeckle finished with 12 points, Jason Ritterbush led Cozad with 13 and Joey Cochran added 11.
Justin Geiken had 11 rebounds to go with his 12 points to lead the Swedes. Cozad had built a 32-23 halftime lead and maintained the cushion in double digits throughout most of the second half. But the Swedes caught fire in the fourth quarter.
20 YEARS AGO
A young squad of Minutemen stunned No. 2 ranked McCook in the third period, then used the momentum to get a big upset win, 60-53. The win hinged on a dazzling third quarter comeback from 13 behind early in the frame. Down 37-24, the Minutemen turned key Bison turnovers into a run of 14 unanswered points. A three-pointer by sophomore Ryan Bliven at 2:14 cut the deficit to two.
Another by Jacob Bliven with just three ticks on the third quarter clock brought the house down and earned Lex its first lead at 38-37. In the fourth McCook regrouped to lead three times, but Ryan Bliven shot Lex back in front 54-49 with eight points between the 3:19 and 1:44 marks.
The turnaround came on a pair of treys and a two-pointer. Carpenter hit four free throws in the final minute and Andy Wemhoff a pair to stretch the margin to 10 at 60-50. Ryan Bliven topped Minuteman scorers with 17 to boot. All but two came during second-half “crunch time.” Sophomore Josh Kuecker also sparkled in leading the homestanding Minutemen with 11 rebounds. Lex more than held its own against the behemoth Bison, getting 28 caroms to 27.
25 YEARS AGO
Gothenburg girls basketball teams picked up important Southwest conference verdicts over Holdrege. The Lady Swedes won 47-41, while the boys darted to a 64-54 decision. Mary Karol Raymond had her best night of the year in sparking the girl’s conquest. She jammed 19 points along with a 7-for-9 effort at the free throw line. The victors got balanced scoring support from Amber Jobman, who finished with seven and Lisa Collins and Rebecca Hecox, six each.
Tiffany Haynes added five points and Amy White chalked four. Coach Roger Koehler’s victors were forced to overcome a first period deficit to gain the laurel. Holdrege jumped atop14-7 early, but Gothenburg took control at halftime 24-21. The Lady Swedes led 37-35 as the closing chapter opened.
30 YEARS AGO
The Lexington girls downed McCook 58-55 in a thriller on the hardwood. The Maids used a fourth quarter rally to pick up the victory. Lexington was led in the win by Kerry McCormick, Mel Glenn and Kim Crider. McCormick was the top gun for the Maids with her 19 points. Mel Glenn chipped in 14 points and Kim Crider added 13 points. McCook out-rebounded the Minutemaids 22-21.
The top rebounder for Lex was Mary Margritz with eight caroms. The Bison led at the end of the first quarter 12-9. Lexington outscored the visitors 14-6 in the last eight minutes for the win.