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The Clearwater/Elgin Pony team picked up a first-round win in the Quad County Tournament in Neligh on Friday night. Colton Thiele hit a home run in the win to lead Clearwater/Elgin.
The Antelope County team defeated Battle Creek 7-3 and advances in the double-elimination tournament in Riverside Park. Clearwater-Elgin will play next at 3 p.m. on Sunday against Laurel. Battle Creek moves to the consolation bracket and will play Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. against either Crofton, Plainview or Hartington.
Cole Belitz’s gem led the Neligh Legion Seniors to a 9-1 win, in five innings, over Stanton Post #88 Senior Legion Thursday at Harold Cole Memorial Field.
“Our pitching is on fire right now,” stated Neligh coach Dan Murray. “It seems like no matter who we got out there, they’re doing a really good job throwing strikes, putting the ball in play when they have to and Cole (Belitz) did an amazing job tonight. I hated to pull him, but we have to get some work on these other kids too.”
The starting pitcher cruised through the first three innings, striking out seven of the 10 batters he faced.
“Strikeouts are awesome to get,” Belitz said. “There’s no pressure in throwing them out or anything. The more strikeouts we can get, the better. I was lucky they (Stanton) weren’t able to hit it today.”
Neligh took advantage of several Stanton miscues to jump out to a 4-0 lead through three innings.
After drawing a walk in the first, Cole Belitz stole third, then scored on a throwing error by the catcher for Neligh’s first run of the contest.
Hunter Charf came around to score after a wild pitch in Neligh’s next at bat.
A throwing error and wild pitch extended Neligh’s lead to four in the third.
Neligh’s offense broke through in the fourth, recording five runs on four hits. Conor Ramold ripped a two-run single up the middle, scoring Austin Rice and Kaleb Pofahl. Tyson Belitz followed with a two-run double to left, then scored on a RBI single by Jayden Arehart.
“The first three innings were a little rough hitting wise,” Tyson Belitz said. “We put the ball in play, but didn’t get very many hits. In the fourth inning, we started putting the ball in gaps and it showed on the scoreboard.”
Andrew Herley pitched the fifth inning and Stanton tallied its first hit of the contest, with two outs, on Sam Christiansen’s RBI single up the middle.
Cole Belitz picked up the win on the mound. In four innings of work, Belitz did not allow a hit, struck out seven and walked one.
“We’ve had a pretty good defense all season,” he said. “We (the pitchers) just have to put the ball over the plate. Our defense is good enough they’ll get the job done.”
Herley threw the final inning and gave up one run on one hit and struck out three.
“Andrew (Herley) came in after not throwing at all this year,” Murray said. “He did a nice job of throwing strikes and putting the ball in play.”
Neligh accounted for five hits, but took advantage of six Stanton errors to score nine runs. Arehart had a triple and a RBI single, Rice scored twice, while Tyson Belitz and Ramold each had a two-run hit.
“We got off to a slow start,” Murray said. “We should have hit the ball a little bit better from the get go. I’m a little disappointed in that and the last two games we haven’t showed up till late, but I think we’ll get it. We got districts in two weeks and we’ll be ready.”
The Neligh Seniors (11-1) wrap up the regular season Tuesday at Osmond at 7 p.m.
“We have the tougher part of the schedule coming up,” Murray said. “We need to get the bats coming alive, be consistent and make contact. We’ll be fine.”
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More than a dozen Peewee and Pony baseball teams will travel to Neligh this week for the annual Quad County Baseball League Tournament.
In Peewee action, Orchard will be the first Antelope County team to take the field. The Orchard Peewees will take on O'Neill #1 on Friday, July 6 at 8 p.m.
On Saturday, July 7, Tilden is set to play Ewing at 10 a.m., followed by Neligh vs Albion at 12 p.m. and Clearwater/Elgin vs Creighton at 2 p.m.
All Peewee games will be played on the North field.
In the Pony division, Clearwater/Elgin is the first local team to see tourney action. The Clearwater/Elgin Pony team will face Battle Creek on Friday, July 6 at 5:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Tilden will play Creighton at 10 a.m. and Neligh vs Albion is set for 3 p.m.
All Pony games will be played on the South field.
Full brackets for the Peewee and Pony tournaments:
A group of 11 girls from Elgin, Neligh, Tilden and Plainview came together this season to represent Elgin in the Nebraska Diamonds Softball League to play as S.W.A.T. (Softball with Attitude) in area tournaments.
This past weekend, they participated in the Nebraska Diamonds Softball League 14U Tournament and received 3rd place.
Despite the challenges in getting girls from four towns together to practice, they have had a successful year.
In area tournaments, they have placed 3rd by points at the Kelly's Spring Swing Tournament in Norfolk, 2nd at the Crete Diamonds Invite, 3rd in their league tournament, 3rd at district softball and qualified for the Class C State Softball Tournament in Hastings. Their success at the district level has also qualified them to attend the Northern Regional Fast Pitch Championship Tournament, which is being held in Yankton, SD July 25 – 29.
S.W.A.T team members include Carleigh Greene (Tilden), Amaya Smith (Tilden), Lexi Bode (Elgin), Erica Brown (Tilden), Jeslynn Beckman (Elgin), Emma King (Plainview), Jozlyn Anderson (Plainview), Skyler Meis (Elgin), Kaylee Ramond (Neligh), Rylee Herbert (Tilden) and Taylynne Charf (Neligh). The team is coached by Jill McNally and Shannon Brown.
The O’Neill Pinnacle Bank Irish Seniors went on the road last Thursday night to Ord and went home from the 95-degree heat 9-4 in the 9-inning game.
“This was a good win in nine innings over Ord. We hit the ball well throughout the game, but hit many balls right at them and stranded a few runners on base,” said O’Neill coach Greg Appleby. “Perez had a great start on the mound, and when Eddie Rodriguez came in, he was really good in completely shutting Ord down. Our defense was good with no errors and we had an explosive inning in the ninth to clinch the ‘W.’”
The Irish improved their season mark to 16-3 with the victory. The Irish scored one in the top of the first as Francicso Perez scored on a base hit from sweet swinging Grady Semin. However, Ord answered in the bottom of the first with two runs scoring as the first two men reached base via a walk and hit batsman and came in to score on a double to left-center.
Francisco Perez, in his first start on the mound, settled down and struck out the final two Ord hitters in the first inning. Perez went four strong innings from the mound before turning it over to Eddie Rodriguez, who was sharp in shutting down the final 13 Ord hitters with the help of a pickoff at first base and when catcher Perez threw out a would-be stealer at second base.
The Irish bats scored two in the third inning off of hits from Alex Thramer and Perez, and an RBI single from Jacob Long. Thramer scored again in the fifth with a leadoff single and on an RBI single from Blake Krysl. No scoring took place in the next three innings, but the Irish exploded in the ninth with leadoff hits from Justin Appleby, Thramer, Semin and Krysl. The Irish plated five in the ninth to secure the victory.
Alex Thamer and Grady Semin each went 3-for-5 from the plate to pace the 13-hit attack for the Irish. Two hits each came from Krysl and Long, and Appleby, Perez and Tye Hilker would each have one hit. Zero errors on defense was impressive with Dennis Herrera making some catches in right fi eld late in the game, as well as Jacob Long with a nice catch on a long shot to left field.
It was a defensive battle Monday night as the Neligh Seniors bounced back after their first loss of the season for a road victory in Atkinson.
Tyson Belitz earned the win from the mound, striking out nine batters. The true senior didn’t allow a run until the seventh inning pitched a no-hitter entering the fifth inning.
“Tyson pitched a really good game. It was really windy up there, and even with that, he had great control,” coach Dan Murray said. “He did a nice job of mixing things up and really keeping them off balance. The ball that were in play, the defense backed him up on it. Tyson is one of those guys who not only finds his rhythm and stride as the game goes on but, also as the season goes on.”
Having been off so long due to the weather, Murray said his team didn’t hit the ball well. When Neligh did get on base, the Seniors struggled to bring them home. After the top of the order went 0-for-3 in the first, Jayden Arehart was the first on base in the second inning. But he was picked off at second early. Austin Miller singled as did Austin Rice, but both were stranded as Neligh closed the inning without a run.
The third inning was more of the same. Hunter Charf crossed the plate early to break onto the scoreboard via an RBI single from Arehart. With bases loaded and just one out, the momentum looked to be tipping toward Neligh. But two strikeouts ended the inning, leaving the three stranded.
Neligh scored right away in the fourth inning as Austin Rice doubled to right field. Rice went 2-for-3 on the night and scored off of a Charf RBI. Neligh closed out the game with its final run in the seventh as Kaleb Pofahl it a double to right and later scored. Atkinson managed a run in the bottom of the seventh after a collision, but it wasn’t able to string together a run against Neligh.
The Seniors (10-1) will be back in action Thursday as they host Stanton at 7:30 p.m.
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More than 60 runners and walkers competed Saturday morning in the 3rd annual Color Run in Neligh. The event not only kicked of the Old Mill Days celebration, but it also served as a fundraiser for the Neligh-Oakdale Track Committee.
Jonathan Kittelson of Norfolk was the overall winner, finishing in a time of 15:57. He also won the male division, grade 10-12.
Grades 2-6: 1. Jordan Aschoff 25:12; 2. Abby kerkman 32:44; 3. Kenyan Allemang 33:18;
Grades 7-9: 1. Brittany Olson 32:45; 2. Sydney Olson 33:56; 3. Brooklyn Behmer 35:01
Grades 10-12: 1. Lydia Behnk 23:42; 2. Kaydi Daudt 33:21
Graduates-Age 34: 1. Tessa Hain 18:50; 2. Becky Lichtenberg 24:08; 3. Cassidy Curtis 25:21
Age 35+: 1. Tanya Curtis 22:57; 2. Ann Daudt 23:22; 3. Molly Aschoff 29:46
Grades 2-6: 1. Evan Hammon 23:18; 2. Chase Thomas 24:57; 3. James Lodge 45:17
Grades 7-9: 1. Isaac Guenther 17:28; 2. Griffin Claussen 17:50; 3. Ashton Higgins 19:26
Grades 10-12: 1. Jonathan Kittelson 15:57
Graduates-Age 34: 1. Connor Miller 19:37
Age 35+: 1. Jeff wickett 19:08; 2. Henry Aschoff 25:37
Back-to-back games against O'Neill worked out in Neligh's favor on Friday night as the Juniors avenged Tuesday's loss and picked up a second-round league tournament win.
The No. 3-seed Juniors topped O'Neill 11-9 in Riverside Park. Neligh advanced to the next round and were to play at Hartington at 1 p.m. on Saturday. However that game has been postponed.
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The Nebraska Lawdawgs will be hosting a youth football Fundamentals N Fun Camp for incoming 2-8 graders.
Camp will run Monday, July 23-Friday, July 27, from 9 a.m. until noon at Warrior Field. Second through sixth-grade participants will have camp from 9-10:30 a.m., and seventh through eighth-grade players will go from 10:30 to noon.
The camp fee will be a goodwill donation, due at the start of camp. Donations can also be made during Lawdawg home games at Warrior Field on July 7, July 21, and July 28. All games start at 7:30 p.m. When deciding how much to donate, Lawdawgs recommends for people to consider costs of camps held at colleges or other entities.
Parents can sign their children up at games or look for forms in the paper.
For more information about the camp, please contact Coach Jordan Taylor at 402-860-6337.
With a target on their back thanks to a 9-0 start, the Neligh Seniors dropped their first game of the season this week during a doubleheader at O'Neill. The Pinnacle Bank Irish topped Neligh 5-2.
O'Neill took a 5-0 lead, forcing Neligh to play catchup. In the fifth inning, things started to roll for the Seniors as Cole Belitz crossed home plate to break onto the scoreboard. But Neligh stranded two more runners and only capitalized with one run. In the seventh inning, Tyson Belitz for the run.
Justin Appleby threw 6 2/3 innings for the Irish before being pulled due to pitch-count rules. Appleby gave up just two runs on the night, both of which were unearned and scattered six hits to the Neligh nine.
“Neligh has a nice team this year and have some quality pitching. Our two-out hits were the difference in this tight ballgame," said O'Neill coach Greg Appleby. "Justin did a nice job on the mound and really competed hard and had good location with his fastball and some pretty good breaking stuff.”
For the Irish offense, Grady Semin delivered a great two-out double in the first and then later scored to give the Irish a 3-0 cushion after one inning of play. The Irish plated two more runs in the fourth off of a bunt hit from Blake Krysl and then two-out hits again, this time from Tye Hilker and Appleby.
Appleby and Krysl led the offensive effort with two hits each and other hits came from Alex Thramer, Grady Semin and Tye Hilker. Francisco Perez earned the save by getting the final out of the game
In the Juniors game, O'Neill edged Neligh 7-6, falling to 4-4 on the season. Hunter Charf and Conor Ramold each scored a pair of runs for Neligh, including a run in the squad's rally attempt in the seventh inning. Charf hit a single to right field to start the inning, and Ramold then advanced after being hit by a pitch. Hunter Reestman singled to left center to help Charf cross home plate. Kaleb Pofahl batted Ramold in to close the gap to just one run, but Pofahl was later called out to end the game.
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The Tilden Jr. PeeWees won the Quad County Baseball Tournament last weekend.
Members of the team are (front row) Wylie Hatterman, Conner Wilkins, BJ Taake, Ashton Novotny and Colton Wright; and (back) Coach Marty Werner, Nathan Werner, Adam Dexter, Coach Jason Jacob, Kellyn Ollendick, Wyatt Nierodzik, Jarett Werner, Coach Jerome Ollendick, Kenny Peterson, Coach Will Hatterman. Not pictured is Bryan Malanco.
The Orchard Jr. PeeWees finished third at the Quad County Baseball Tournament last weekend.
Pictured are: (Back, left to right) Coach Nate Schwager, Jason Shaver, Coach John Shaver, Coy Wickersham, Cash Wickersham, Ryan Rifer, Ashton Cleveland, Wyatt Anderson, Preston Watson, Coach Willie Rifer. (Front) Zander Tabbert, Mason Schwager, Melvin Mast, Lakin Cleveland, Ethan Barner, Liam Cleveland, Landon Nelson.
The Neligh girls T-ball team finished their season on Tuesday night.
Neligh T-Ball team members are (front row) Caleigh King, Molly Hughes, Lexy Tillema and Olivia Mortensen; and (back) Genna Kallhoff, Hannah Elder, Kyah Allemang, Savannah Schindler, Raquel Schmoldt and Cambree Kimes. Not pictured is Evelyn Wingate. Coaches are Terra Bentley-Kimes, Kendra Mortensen, Amanda Elder and Brynn Hughes.
The perfect season remains intact for the Neligh Seniors despite struggling at home against Creighton. The Legion teams split with the Juniors falling 16-6 and the Seniors winning 5-4.
"We did not show up from the start ready to play," coach Dan Murray said. "I think we seen the best Creighton had to offer, and we did not play out best. I am proud of the boys for keeping the fight and stepping up when they needed to. This will be a good lesson for us that no matter who we play. We have to show up and be ready.
In the nightcap, Creighton held a 3-0 lead until Neligh exploded in a decisive fifth inning. Hunter Charf started things off with a single. Beau Murray and Tyson Belitz then walked and all three later scored to knot the score at 3-all.
With two outs and Creighton trying to get out of the inning, Neligh continued to battle to the bases. Jayden Arehart, Andrew Herley, Austin Miller, Austin Rice and Charf all kept thing rolling for Neligh at the plate.
Creighton looked like it was going to get out of the inning tied when Rice hit a blooper into the open outfield. Although the throw to first beat Rice, the first baseman was off the bag, and Rice was called safe. Arehart and Herley both scored to give Neligh a 5-3 advantage after five.
Coincidentally, it was Rice who ended the game for Neligh with a double play. In the seventh inning, Creighton had runners on the corners with just one out. The ball lined to first base, where Rice caught the ball, stepped on the corner and ended the game. Tyson Belitz earned the win from the mound.
The Juniors played fairly even until Creighton lit up the scoreboard with a 10-run inning late in the game.
Pitching and defense wins games. That motto held true for the O’Neill Pinnacle Bank Irish Seniors this past week as they won five straight games to improve their season mark to 12-2.
Last Tuesday, the Irish downed Stanton 14-1 behind a combined pitching staff effort from starter Justin Appleby and relievers Esteban DeLaO, Jacob Wiese, and Jacob Long. All pitchers got in a good workout to prepare for upcoming games and held Stanton to one run on just three hits. The Irish pounded out 14 runs behind two hits each from Justin Appleby and Blake Krysl. Other hits came from Grady Semin, Tye Hilker, and Alex Thramer. The Irish defense was solid with no errors.
On Friday night, the Irish battled an improved Plainview squad and came away with the 9-1 win. Blake Krysl started on the bump and had a no-hitter through four innings before giving up a couple hits in the 5th and one run. Cole Gaughenbaugh came on in the 6th and struck out all three hitters he faced to finish off the Plainview 9. The Irish led only 3-1 going into the 6th before exploding for six more runs to finish the game. The offense was led by two hits from Cole Gaughenbaugh and Esteban DeLaO. Other hits came from Blake Krysl, Francisco Perez, Jacob Wiese, and Payton Matthews. A long double to the fence from Perez ended this game.
This past weekend the Irish traveled to the Pierce Tournament and came away with three wins over Wakefield on Saturday 6-1, and on Sunday over Pierce 17-2, and over Plainview 16-1 to come home with the tournament title.
Esteban DeLaO threw a 4-hitter to down Wakefield 6-1, and DeLaO was also the leading hitter for the Irish with a 3-4 performance at the plate with 5 RBI’s. DeLaO only gave up one run through 6 1/3 innings before Justin Appleby came in and closed the door for the final two outs. DeLaO struck out nine Wakefield hitters in the game. The Irish plated two in the first inning as Thramer and Perez reached base and scored on a timely two-out single from DeLao. The Irish scored again in the 3rd on a double from Grady Semin and another double from DeLaO. A 3-run uprising in the bottom of the 6th gave the Irish a little breathing room as Perez, Gaughenbaugh, and Semin all scored on hits from DeLaO and Krysl. Eddie Rodriguez had two great catches in left field in this game to help DeLaO’s effort on the mound.
On Sunday, the Irish bats were as hot as the scorching Nebraska sun as the Irish pounded out 17 runs and 12 hits against Pierce and 16 runs and 15 hits against Plainview. Appleby took the mound against Pierce and gave up two early runs before settling in and shutting down the Pierce bats allowing only four hits and striking out seven. P
Against Plainview, Cole Gaughenbaugh threw a great game in shutting down Plainview through four innings before Francisco Perez went from behind the plate to the mound to finish Plainview off in the 5th inning. Gaughenbaugh and Perez combined for a one-hitter. Justin Appleby led the offense with three hits and three runs, Alex Thramer, Grady Semin, Jacob Long, and Eddie Rodriguez each had two hits, and single hits came from Perez, DeLaO, Wiese, and Hilker.
“Our pitching and defense was really good this week as guys are getting used to their position on defense and really gaining confidence. Our fielders are making great plays to aid the pitching staff. Krysl has been solid on the left side of the infield along with Appleby and Thramer at first base is really good in helping our infield defense. The outfield defense with Rodriguez and Semin manning left and center are really solid as is Hilker in right. The pitching staff just really competes on the hill and is doing a great job of using all their pitches and being pitchers and not just throwers. I like how we are changing speeds and locating our pitches. Francisco Perez does a great job behind the plate and works well with his entire pitching staff. The bats are getting better every game and the guys are getting more confident and having a better approach at the plate. Hitting can be contagious and we hope Sunday’s effort continues throughout this week.”
The Irish travel to Crofton on Tuesday, before returning home to the friendly confines of The Fred and host Atkinson at 7 pm on Friday night. On Sunday, the Irish will travel to Creighton to play in a wooden bat tournament against Creighton and Hartington.
Four in the first inning and four in the 7th inning equaled an 8-4 win for the Pinnacle Bank Irish Seniors at Crofton on Tuesday night. The Irish exploded in the 1st inning as runs were scored by Justin Appleby, Francisco Perez, Cole Gaughenbaugh, and Grady Semin on four base hits from Appleby, Perez, Semin, and Blake Kyrsl. That lead would give enough room for pitcher Eddie Rodriguez to work his magic from the mound. Rodriguez would throw 6 2/3 innings and scatter nine hits while striking out nine and giving up four Crofton runs, of which only two were earned.
Holding only a 4-3 lead entering the 7th, the Irish got hits from Appleby and Thramer at the top of the order to set the table and Appleby scored on a hit from Perez and Thramer advanced to 3rd and scored on a perfectly execute suicide squeeze bunt from Esteban DeLaO. DeLaO would add the fourth run of the inning on a bomb to left-center from Cole Gaughenbaugh. Appleby went 3-4 to lead the offensive attack and Perez added two hits. Other hits on the night came from Thramer, Gaughenbaugh, Semin, and Krysl. Blake Krysl had a great game defensively at shortstop and Perez threw out two would-be attempted steals on the bases.
The Neligh Seniors will be heading to Crofton for their district baseball tournament next month.
The Area 1 district for Class C is scheduled for July 20-24 in Crofton.
Teams assigned to that district are Neligh, Hartington, Osmond, Creighton, Plainview, Atkinson and Madison.
Winning teams from each district, along with the state hosting teams, will advance to the Class C Senior Legion State Baseball Tournament in Albion, July 28-August 1.
The Neligh Juniors will be heading to Pierce for their district baseball tournament next month.
The Area 1 district for Class C is scheduled for July 6-10 in Pierce.
Teams assigned to that district are Neligh, Battle Creek, Creighton, Hartington and Crofton.
Winning teams from each district, along with the state hosting teams, will advance to the Class C Junior Legion State Baseball Tournament in Battle Creek, July 14-18.
The Neligh Legion dugout is full of the usual items — bats, balls and gloves. But this season, it likely has a broom, too.
After all, the Juniors and Seniors swept yet another opponent Tuesday night as their incredible season continues to roll forward. The Juniors defeated Hartington 13-5 before the Seniors won 7-4 in what was arguably their first competitive game of the season.
The Seniors moved to 8-0 with the win as Cole Belitz threw a solid game from mound with six strikeouts. He had a no-hitter going into the third inning.
Neligh found the scoreboard with a dominant five-run third inning. Austin Rice, Hunter Reestman and Beau Murray all singled to start the inning and load the bases. An RBI from Belitz started the scoring frenzy. All four, as well as Tyson Belitz, crossed home plate as Neligh’s first five batters of the inning scored.
Up 5-2, Neligh continued to work all phases of the game to get Hartington playing catchup. Reestman, who went 2-for-3 added to the lead in the fourth inning as Jayden Arehart batted him home. Neligh padded its lead with another run in the fifth as Andrew Herley turned his walk into a score.
With a storm approaching, the game was called after the fifth due to lightning.
In the Juniors game, Murray and Reestman started Neligh off with a pair of walks and eventually scored for the early 2-1 lead after the first inning.
The second inning quickly put the game out of reach for the visitors as Neligh batted around its lineup. Brock Kester and Brandon Evans crossed the plate first to start the five-run second inning. Reestman used an RBI single to keep things rolling. Reestman and Pofahl both scored, and Charf hit a two-RBI single to left field. Conor Ramold wrapped up the inning with a single and later scored.
Neligh’s 10-0 run continued with a strong third inning as Reestman, Charf, Ramold and Dawson Kaup all scored. Ramold had a two-RBI double in the mix and Kaup had an RBI. The fifth inning saw Pofahl, Charf and Ramold all score with RBIs from Kaup and Garret Belitz.
From the mound, Murray had eight strikeouts. The Juniors are now 4-2.
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Thirteen teams competed in the 8th annual Mark Mullins Memorial Fishing Tournament on Saturday.
Held at Verdel, the tournament serves as a fundraiser for mechanical scholarships in the name of Mullins, who owned a repair shop in Brunswick at the time of his death in 2010. Among those who fished in the weekend tournament were his brothers, Greg and Chad, and two young sons, Collin and Carter of Orchard.
Tournament winners are as follows:
Walleye: 1. Bruce Pitzer, 3 lb. 9.5 oz; 2. Jim Pfanstiel, 2 lb 14 oz; 3. Wade Pitzer, 2 lb 12.5 oz.
Bass: 1. Kam and Deb Stueckrath 2 lb 9 oz; 2. Bryan Bittner 2 lb 6 oz; 3. Jim Pfanstiel 2 lb 2.5 oz.
Catfish: 1. Jim Pfanstiel 2 lb 11.5 oz; 2. Jeremie Johnson 13 oz; 3. Chris Williby 12.5 oz.
The 2018 Sertoma All-Star Game saw an incredible offensive showing by the West during their crushing defeat over the East on Saturday.
The top players in all of Nebraska 8-man football met at Hastings College on Saturday for the 41st annual matchup between the East and West. Clearwater-Orchard's Creston Berschinger represented Antelope County as a running back on the West Team.
The first quarter saw the West Team on the board after scoring on a 6-yard run by C-W-E's Daniel Libolt with 6 minutes left in the quarter. An 85-yard pass by South Loup's Jake Rush to Amherst's Holden Eckhout brought the West's score up to 14 with 3 minutes left in the first.
The East responded early on in the second with a 1-yard rush by running back Quinten Moles of Bloomfield, and a successful two-point conversion brought them up to 8 with 10 minutes left in the half. A 62 yard pass to Giltner's Josh Hinrichs and a 18 yard run by Libolt brought the West up to 27 at halftime.
Third quarter saw success on both the ground and the air, as Libolt added to the West's score with a 39-yard run and East Butler's Trevor Havlovic and Dalton Bohac connected for a 62-yard pass to bring the score to 33-14 at the end of the quarter.
A 25-yard pass by Rush to Twin Loup's Alex Horky in the fourth helped to secure the West's victory. The East was able to score one last time with a 22-yard field goal by Osceola's Cade Theis, finishing the game 39-17.
More than 30 Antelope County student-athletes, including three six-time honorees, received Academic All-State awards this year.
The Lincoln Journal Star selects high school students who not only stand out in athletics, but those who also excel in the classroom. More than 5,000 honorees from 260 schools across the state earned the distinction for the 2017-2018 school year.
A special “Pick 6” recognition was given to 187 seniors in Nebraska who were six-time honorees. Among those were Lydia Behnk of Elgin Public, and Bailey Frey and Rachel Higgins, both of Neligh-Oakdale.
Student-athletes who are juniors or seniors can be nominated by their coach or another representative of their high school. Nominees must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.6 or better on a 4.0 scale and be a varsity starter. Among non-starters, one individual who contributes significantly to his or her varsity team could also be nominated. The Journal Star staff evaluated each nomination, weighing factors relating to both their athletic and academic achievements.
Brooklynn Chipps, senior, 3.8 GPA, 6/15 class rank - volleyball, girls basketball, girls track and field
Allison Kerkman, senior, 3.8 GPA, 3/15 class rank - volleyball, girls basketball
Chris Kester, junior, 3.6 GPA, 7/14 class rank - football, boys basketball
Zach King, junior, 3.6 GPA, 6/14 class rank - football, wrestling
Jacob Long, junior, 3.9 GPA, 2/14 class rank - football, boys basketball, boys track and field
Liam Odell, senior, 3.8 GPA, 4/15 class rank - boys basketball, boys track and field
Taylor Sanne, junior, 3.9 GPA, 4/14 class rank - girls basketball, girls track and field
Katie Stearns, junior, 3.7 GPA, 5/14 class rank - girls track and field
Andrew Steskal, senior, 3.9 GPA, 1/15 class rank - football, wrestling
Julia Thiele, junior, 4.0 GPA, 1/14 class rank - girls track and field
Lydia Behnk, senior, 4.0 GPA, 1/9 class rank - volleyball, girls basketball, girls track and field
Hunter Reestman, junior, 3.9 GPA, 1/11 class rank - football, boys basketball, boys golf
Allyson Wemhoff, junior, 3.9 GPA, 2/11 class rank - volleyball, girls basketball, girls track and field
Kalen Dittrich, senior, 4.4 GPA, 1/20 class rank - boys basketball, boys track and field
Brayden Effle, senior, 4.1 GPA, 3/20 class rank - boys cross country, boys basketball, boys track and field
Kimberly Frey, junior, 4.1 GPA, 2/23 class rank - girls golf, girls track and field
Amber Miller, junior, 4.2 GPA, 1/23 class rank - volleyball, girls basketball, girls track and field
Hannah Ollendick, junior, 3.6 GPA, 6/23 class rank - volleyball, girls basketball, girls track and field
Mitchell Petersen, junior, 4.0 GPA, 3/23 class rank - wrestling, boys track and field
Delilah Sierra, senior, 4.0 GPA, 4/20 class rank - volleyball, girls basketball, girls track and field
Dalton Smutny, senior, 3.9 GPA, 6/20 class rank - boys cross country, boys basketball, boys track and field
Prestin Vondra, junior, 3.8 GPA, 4/23 class rank - football, wrestling, boys track and field
Jayden Arehart, junior, 3.9 GPA, 3/22 class rank - football, wrestling, boys track and field
Cole Belitz, junior, 4.0 GPA, 1/22 class rank - boys cross country, boys basketball, boys track and field
Bailey Frey, senior, 3.7 GPA, 3/24 class rank - volleyball, girls basketball, girls track and field
Madisen Grosserode, junior, 3.7 GPA, 5/22 class rank - girls cross country
Courtni Heckert, senior. 3.6 GPA, 4/24 class rank - girls cross country, girls track and field
Rachel Higgins, senior, 4.0 GPA, 1/24 class rank - girls cross country, girls basketball, girls track and field
Logan McConnell, junior, 3.7 GPA, 4/22 class rank - boys cross country, boys basketball
Austin Rice, junior, 3.6 GPA, 6/22 class rank - football, boys basketball, boys golf
Cade Wilkinson, junior, 3.9 GPA, 2/22 class rank - wrestling, boys track and field
Ryan Wilhelm, junior, 3.7 GPA, 2/11 class rank - boys basketball
Kirby Willats, senior, 3.9 GPA, 1/3 class rank - boys basketball
Pick 6 - Six-time Honorees:
Lydia Behnk - Elgin Public
Bailey Frey - Neligh-Oakdale
Rachel Higgins - Neligh-Oakdale
Friday night marked yet another big win for the Neligh Seniors as they moved to a perfect 7-0 on a long road trip to Valentine.
The Seniors wasted little time as they went through the lineup in the first inning, connecting for five runs to put the host team in a hole before they even batted. Cole Belitz hit a single to start the run and crossed the plate soon after thanks to an RBI double from his brother, Tyson Belitz, who later scored. Austin Rice and Austin Miller each hit singles, and Andrew Herley connected for an RBI single. The trio scored to complete the five-run inning.
Valentine's Lyle Cate took his lead-off batter slot seriously and hit a double. He later scored, but the run was the lone time his squad cross the plate all night as strong pitching and defense kept Valentine playing from behind. Neligh pitcher Jayden Arehart finished off the first inning with a pair of strikes before going 1-2-3 in the second inning to strikeout all three batters he faced. Neligh's hot pitching continued with 10 strikeouts for the game.
With a 5-1 lead after the first inning, Neligh added three more runs in the second. Cole and Tyson Belitz both walked to first to start the inning. Rice and Miller both walked as well as Valentine struggled from the mound. The Belitz brothers and Rice both scored.
Neligh added two more runs in the fourth thanks to a two-RBI single from Hunter Reestman, scoring Jayden Arehart and Rice, who score three runs in the game. In the fifth and final inning, Neligh's Tyson Belitz connected for a single and later scored.
The Seniors will be back in action on Monday as they host Ord in a Juniors/Seniors doubleheader. Opening pitch is set for 6:15 p.m. in Riverside Park with the Seniors following in the nightcap.
Neligh 530 21 - 11
Valentine 100 00 - 1
WP: Jayden Arehart.
Neligh-Oakdale's annual Education Foundation Golf Tournament enjoyed a successful outing on Friday as they raised money for college scholarships and dual-credit grants for students. The tournament was at the Antelope Country Club.
For the first time in tournament history, all of the winning teams donated a portion, if not all, of their cash payout directly back to the fundraiser.
Black Hills Energy won the first flight with a 61 while Blackburn Manufacturing #2 was runner-up with a 66. In the second flight, Blackburn Manufacturing #1 earned the top prize while Pinnacle Bank was second with a 68.