FIVE YEARS AGO
Cozad’s Gretchen Clark capped off a very good indoor track and field season with a runner-up finish in the High Jump at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Clark scored big points for the Doane Tigers with her silver medalist winning effort of 5’7”. Former Haymaker Scott Fritz, competing for Hastings College was eighth overall in the 35 lb. weight throw. Both Clark and Fritz earned All-American honors for their stellar performances.
10 YEARS AGO
Three Cozad wrestlers earned medals in the Class B State Tournament that wrapped up the 2003-04 season. Three others cracked the 30-win plateau, as well. Micah Chrisinger earned his second straight silver medal at the state meet and finished with a 37-3 record. Justin Lemmer was third in the state meet and posted a 37-8 mark. The third Haymaker to medal at state was Andrew Chrisinger who finished 37-5 by placing fifth in the state meet. Joel Pflaster and Lemmer are both near 100 wins as they prepare for their final season. Pflaster has 93 victories and Lemmer 92.
15 YEARS AGO
Lexington players, coaches and fans were hoping the team’s second meeting with Elkhorn would be like the first. The Minutemaids had beaten the Antlers in the Championship game of the Columbus Holiday Tournament, 43-39. But round two, which came in the opening round of the Class B state tournament, went to Elkhorn, 61-32. The antlers shot an incredible 85 percent from the field in the second half to pull away for the win. After Erin Jones hit a pair of baskets and Karmen Grant one, Lex had a 6-2 lead.
But Elkhorn reeled off the next eight points to go in front for good at 10-6. Lexington was close after one quarter at 12-9 and still trailed by just seven points at intermission. But Elkhorn opened the second half with a 26-9 run to break the game open with six minutes to play. The Minutemaids were able to handle Elkhorn’s pressure early, but the antlers started collecting turnovers late in the second quarter.
Elkhorn’s pressure continued to hamper the Maids after halftime, as Lexington hit just six of 23 tries from the field in the second half. The Maids, who were guilty of 20 turnovers in the game, found early success with the inside game of Grant. Jones also played a role for Lex, driving to the basket or dishing off to teammates, who cashed in the lay-ups. Grant finished with 10 points to lead Lex, which closes the season at 15-8.
20 YEARS AGO
The Gothenburg Lady Swede’s Cinderella story came to an early end in the Nebraska State Girls Basketball Tournament in Lincoln. Matched against the Omaha Gross Cougars in the Bob Devaney Sports Center’s “Red-Eye Special” at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, the Swedes fought to the end but were just short. Gross advanced with a narrow three-point win, 51-48. Jessica Kennicutt drilled a huge 3-pointer with 21 seconds to play that brought Gothenburg to within one at 48-49, but Coach Tom Tvrdy’s Swedes couldn’t quite get over the hump. Kennicutt’s 16, earned game-high scoring honors. Teammate Hallie Stevens canned 15 and grabbed 13 rebounds.
Tina Janovich led Gross with 15. Kennicutt and Stevens served notice of their intentions early by scoring the first two Swede hoops of the game, but Gross answered for a 4-all deadlock. The Cougars then went on a run to lead 10-4, but a Kennicutt trey and a Julie Williams deuce made it 10-9 Gross. Trina Franzen and Amber Shlichenmaier found the range late in the period, but Gothenburg still found themselves down 13-18 after one. Stevens took charge in the finale, scoring the first eight Gothenburg counters and all of the Swedes’ points except for Kennicutt’s clutch trey. The Swedes ended their campaign 15-7 on the year.
25 YEARS AGO
Seniors Holly Waring and Kanda Smith gained lead positions in the final tabulation of individual statistics for the 88-89 girl’s basketball season at Cozad High School. Waring sparked the club in scoring, posting 196 points during a successful 12-8 season. Waring rifled 88 field goals and converted 20-of-38 opportunities at the foul line. She also ranked third in team rebounding with 89. Smith was one of the most consistent players of the year for Coach Duane Fritz. She rifled 179 points, including 52 fielders and a 66-122 effort at the charity stripe. Mary Mackowski and Diane Eschliman was also the club rebound champs with 138. Mackowski controlled 115 caroms. Jill Gengenbach, Heather Rhoadarmer and Annette Cardenas were among the other CHS production leaders.
30 YEARS AGO
Lexington’s fast start in its first round game of the 1984 Class B State Tournament was countered by Tom Vlach of Hartington Cedar Catholic. Vlach scored 12 straight points to open the second quarter to three for the Minutemen. The Trojans then went on to outscore Lexington 17-7 in the second quarter. Cedar Catholic then held on to defeat the Minutemen 62-54 at Pershing Auditorium. Lexington can take some satisfaction in that the Trojans continued on in the tourney to upset Lincoln Pius 52-49 in the semis. In the finals Hartington rallied from a nearly impossible situation to win the 1983-84 state championship 47-42 over Elkhorn Mount Michael.
The Minutemen went out of the blocks fast taking a 9-2 lead in the first period. Lex led 11-4 when Cedar Catholic started to get back into the contest. Muma had staked the Minutemen to their lead scoring five points in a matter of 32 seconds on a field goal and a three-point play. Chris Neil and Jeff Gruidel each had a basket during the run and Milan Norton added the last two points for the 11-4 lead. Hartington took its first lead after scoring eight unanswered points at 12-11 with 1:47 to play.
The never say die Minutemen dropped behind by 10 points at 33-23 early in the second half, but then outscored the Trojans 10-2 in a span of a little under four minutes to pull within two points at 35-33. There was 2:31 left in the third quarter when Gruidel scored to get Lex within two points. A big play of the game came 29 se-conds into the fourth quarter.
Lexington committed one of its 16 turnovers in the game after winning the tip to start the quarter. On the other end of the court Hartington got its third three-point play of the night to take a 48-40 lead. Lexington battled, but could not dent the Cedar Catholic defense to make a big charge in the last minutes of the game.