TRIBUNE-Area Sports Rewind:
FIVE YEARS AGO
Senior guard Sydney Seberger was a catalyst for the Minutemaids to blast past Adams Central, 54-29 on the hardwood. Seberger scored a game-high 24 points and ripped down 11 rebounds with 10 of those caroms coming on the offensive end.
Going on the offensive in a big way, Travis Hodgson led the Pirates past highway 23 rival, Eustis/Farnam 93-51. The Elwood cagers combined to shoot 65 percent from the field to the Knights 41 percent outing. Hodgson finished the contest with 38 points, five steals and five assists. Swingman Jon Weber contributed greatly with 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Pirates. Dustin Koch and Jordan Wetovick led the offensive attack for the Knights with 17 and 15 points.
10 YEARS AGO
Defense was the key in Lexington’s 46-31 win over GNAC-foe McCook in boys basketball action. Lexington built an early lead of 13-2 by the end of the first eight minutes of play and never looked back. The Minutemen dominated on the boards with a 42-29 edge. Lex Forward Ryan Gruntorad led the charge for the Orange and Black with 14 points. Being a force in the paint, Joe Berke just missed on a double-double with nine points and ten rebounds.
Getting into a groove and going ballistic, Elwood’s Bryson Mahlberg had an elite night on the hardwood in propelling the Pirates to a 87-61 victory over FKC-foe Amherst. Elwood controlled the contest from the opening tip, as the Pirates blasted out to a 24-12 lead in the first quarter and cruised for the remaining three quarters of play. Mahlberg posted a double-double of 34 points and 16 rebounds.
15 YEARS AGO
Minuteman sharpshooter Jake Harvey hit a 3-pointer from the corner with five seconds left to lift the Lexington hoopsters to a 59-57 win over McCook. Scott Straka flexed the net for 19 points and Harvey chipped with 14 points for the victors.
Against a loaded field of grapplers, Cozad scored an impressive win in the Ainsworth Invitational. The Haymakers racked up 173.5 points to win the team crown. Cozad finished with four individual champions which included Zach Edwards, Andrew Chrisinger, Justin Kinnan and Jordan Kinnan. Cody Banzhaf placed second at 152 pounds.
20 YEARS AGO
Swede grapplers Josh Bowers and J. P. Thomalla emerged as individual champions in defended their home mat at the Gothenburg Dual Wrestling Invite. Bowers won gold in the 119-pound class and J. P. Thomalla was the best in the 152-pound division. Curtis Adkins (215 lbs) and Quincy Hallsted (145) claimed second and third place medals for Gothenburg.
Gothenburg hoopsters were on cue, in wining a girls/boys doubleheader over Sidney. Coach Jim LaMaster’s boys won, 78-53, and the Lady Swedes extended their winning streak to 11 games with an dominating 83-53 victory. Senior Kurt Stevens paced the attack with 18 points. Josh Handlin, Matt Pramberg and Jeff Ellis chipped in with 16, 14 and 12 points, respectively.
25 YEARS AGO
With both teams ranked in the top five in Class B, the Cozad versus Lexington hoops contest had the potential to be one of the best of the season in Nebraska. The Minutemen were up to the challenge and with stellar defense, shut down the Haymaker offense to earn a 74-51 victory. Spearheading the attack for the orange and black was Dan Neil who scored a team-high 21 points. Chad Jaeger and Scott Reynolds each scored 15 for Lexington. Brendan Holbein had an elite night on the hardwood scoring a game-high 26 points for the Haymakers.
The Gothenburg scouting report was right on the money, in trumping every move that Lady Haymakers made. As a result, the effort by the Lady Swedes was rewarded with a 69-60 victory. Amy Jensen led Gothenburg with a monsterous game, posting a double-double of 22 points and 20 rebounds.
The Swedes were all playing with gumption as Melissa McCoy, Kara Fecht and Danie Frerichs chipped in with 14, 13 and 11 points, respectively.
30 YEARS AGO
It was the Tim O’Brien show in Arapahoe as the St. Ann Knights defeated the Warriors, 76-67 in a non-conference hoops contest. O’Brien scored 43 points, for a new school record. O’Brien netted 14 field goals hit nothing but the bottom of the net on 15-of-17 free throw attempts.
The Cozad boys basketball team posted a big, 61-55 win over visiting Grand Island Central Catholic. Ken Terry led the Haymakers with 21 points and eight rebounds. Tim Cass and Chad Swanson had notable shooting efforts, as they scored 14 and 10 points for the Red and Black.