FIVE YEARS AGO
A fast start and strong finish was the formula for success for the Minutemen of Lexington, as they defeated Scottsbluff, 24-19 in the season opener on the gridiron for both squads. In the opening quarter, Tyler Tingelhoff ran for a one-yard touchdown and threw a scoring pass to Hawken Albus spanning six-yards to accompany a Gil Avilez 24-yard field goal to give the Orange and Black a 17-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Lexington would trail by the count of 19-17 in the third quarter when Bearcat Sam Harvey rumbled 68-yards to paydirt. Putting the finishing touches on the Minutemen’s home field victory was Tyler Tingelhoff sprinting into the endzone on a 19-yard run to ignite the winning celebration. Tinglehoff had 153-total yards with three scoring plays. Patrick Berke started off the season with 57-yards gained on the ground. Defensively Zach Behnke was all-over the field in racking up 14 tackles to lead the Orange Crush defense.
10 YEARS AGO
The Lexington volleyball team will be working to overcome inexperience at the varsity level this fall. The Maids have two letter winners back, both of whom started during the 2003 campaign. The duo includes Jenny Landen and Haley Bergstrom. “We have a great group of girls who are working very hard,” Minutemaid Coach Tami Goehring said. “We will be sound defensively.”
15 YEARS AGO
The return of 20 lettermen, including five starters from a year ago, bolster hopes at Lexington. “We have 66 athletes out,” Coach Ron Laux said. “Enthusiasm is high and as long as we maintain a good work ethic, we should have a successful season.” Two starters are back on offense, wide receivers Alex Long and Garth Mins. The Minutemen have three starting defenders back. That group includes linebackers Brett Kjar and Pat Prasch and end Jason Harmoney. Laux is in his 12th year guiding the Minutemen. He has piled up 165 wins in his career, with 86 at Lexington. The Minutemen have suffered just 29 losses in the past dozen years. Other lettermen seeking their time in the limelight include seniors Austin Thornburg, Matt Gonzalez, Mitch Hock, Ryan Jensen, Nolan Jurgens, Thad King, John Laux, John Moore, Matt O’Brien and Derik Rowe and juniors Tucker Case, Kevin Dannehl, Chris Denker, Josh Muzzey and Ty Wisdom.
20 YEARS AGO
The Minutemen of Lexington came up just short in their 1994 home opener against the McCook Bison, despite a significant advantage in game statistics. First-year McCook coach Bob Fuller directed his team to seven points to open the single overtime. When Lex mentor Ron Laux’s charges were stopped just short on a two-point conversion moments later the win went to the visitors 7-6. Lex stalwarts on the defense included a two-interception performance by Jason Hubbard. The other theft was gathered in by Josh Reynolds with Kurt Beran covering a fumble. Jake Anderson led the tackling corps with seven; Andrew Sherman was credited with six, Ryan Thomalla and Brad Kjar five and Seth Krivohlavek four. Quarter-back Josh Kuecker carried 19 times for 59 yards in his first start under center. Kuecker attempted 10 passes with two complete for 23 total yards and one intercepted. The rushing chart was topped by Rob Bodfield with 76 on 13 carries. Ryan Bliven advanced 62 yards on 14 rush-es. Justin Thomalla caught one of the two complete passes for 15 yards; Bliven took the other for a gain of eight yards.
25 YEARS AGO
Prospects of cross country running success at Gothenburg appear positive for the 1989 season. The availability of six girls, including five previous letterwinners, and a host of good senior boys brighten the outlook. Veterans who figure in the girl’s plan include seniors Nichole Rowan and Stephanie Schlichenmaier and juniors, Stephanie Gengenbach, Melissa Janssen and Lyndee Reigenborg. Sophomore Carie Wilson completes the roster. Seniors reporting for boy’s spots are Dave Fran-zen, Mike Godwin, Steve Peterson, Kasey Rogers, Brent Sites, Gar Sukup and Roman Windrum. The Swede boy’s roster also lists Allen Weidman, junior; sophomore, Keith Hoge and freshmen, Derek Peterson and Tim Wiebelhaus.
30 YEARS AGO
Lexington football fans will be getting their first look at the Minutemen under first year Coach Mike Howard hosting at home hosting Kearney. Howard comes to Lexington from the eight-man ranks at Giltner. Howard who stresses teamwork will have a large group of letter-men to build the 1984 Minuteman football team around. Lex will not be lacking in speed with the likes of seniors Russ Stahla and John Stuckey in the backfield. Junior quarterback John Richman also adds sped to the offense. In the line guard Kerry Andersen returns for his final season for the Minutemen. Andersen is the quickest of the down linemen and at guard can pull in front o the speedy Lex backs. Tyler Fiene and 225 pound Brent Rose gives Howard a pair of tough tackles to anchor the line. Chris Burmood was a starter for last year’s team and will be back to help out at end. Lettermen returning looking for a starting position are Tom Bader, Thad Hock, Jerry Phillips, Brady Samway, Nat Derickson, Mark Gruntorad and Mark Guiterrez.