Neligh-Oakdale picked up a pair of wins Thursday night during a road trip to Pender, capping a 5-1 week.
The Warriors defeated the host 25-22, 21-25, 25-22 before dominating Emerson-Hubbard, 25-5, 25-18 as nearly all players saw court time.
The Warriors move to 13-3 on the season as they prepare for their most challenging week thus far. Neligh-Oakdale will host Creighton on Tuesday before traveling to 19-0 Ewing on Thursday. The Warriors end the week at the Wisner-Pilger tournament on Saturday.
The Elkhorn Valley volleyball team went 1-1 Thursday night at the O'Neill St. Mary's tri-match with Chambers/Wheeler Central.
the Lady Falcons cruised to a two-set triumph over St. Mary's, 25-16 and 25-12.
EV dropped its match to CWC in three sets, 19-25, 25-14 and 25-15.
In two combined matches, Hannah Ollendick led the way with 19 kills, four blocks and 15 digs. Sierra Rystrom recorded 12 kills, four aces, two blocks and 18 digs, Amber Miller collected 29 digs and 26 assists, Olivia Nall tallied six kills and 26 digs and Haley Fleetwood accounted for 28 digs.
Elkhorn Valley (12-6) travels to Osmond Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
The Elgin Public/Pope John volleyball team went toe-to-toe with two quality opponents Thursday and ended up splitting its two matches.
The Lady Wolfpack fell to ninth-ranked (C-2) Battle Creek in three sets, 25-17, 24-26 and 25-16.
Allyson Wemhoff led the way with five aces, two blocks, 12 digs and nine assists. Haley Zegers contributed six kills and 11 digs, Anna Heilhecker tallied 15 digs, Harlie Bode had three blocks and Kaylee Martinsen added eight kills.
EPPJ picked up a three-set victory over Boone Central/Newman Grove, 25-20, 23-25 and 25-22.
Martinsen recorded seven kills and five blocks, Zegers accounted for five kills, five blocks and six digs, Kayce Kallhoff contributed eight kills, Wemhoff tallied seven digs and 26 assists, Helihecker collected 30 digs and Kirsten Krebs had four blocks.
Elgin Public/Pope John (10-8) travels to Humphrey to face St. Francis and O'Neill St. Mary's Tuesday at 5 p.m.
A big first quarter and an opportunistic defense propelled the Clearwater/Orchard football team past Stuart, 54-16, Thursday.
The Cyclones took an early 20-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to touchdown runs by Chris Kester, Jacob Long and Eli Macke.
It was a defensive struggle for the next two quarters as each team mustered just eight points each heading into the final stanza.
The OC defense played stellar defense in the second half, picking off the Bronco's quarterback, Ethan Sattler, three times. Blake Hoke recorded two interceptions and Macke's pick led to a Kester two-yard TD plunge in the fourth.
The green and black outscored Stuart, 26-8 in the fourth to secure its third-straight win.
Macke led the offense with 173 yard on the ground and two touchdowns. Long and Kester each added two rushing TDs as well for the Cyclones.
Clay Thiele led the defense with a team-best 10 tackles, 3.5 sacks and a fumble recovery. Hoke recorded two interceptions and Macke tallied a pick and a blocked punt for a safety.
Clearwater/Orchard (4-1) returns to action Friday against Twin Loup at 7 p.m. at Orchard.
The Clearwater/Orchard volleyball team picked up two crucial victories Thursday in the Lady Cyclones home tri-match against Wausa and Niobrara/Verdigre at Clearwater.
"Tonight was a great night for the girls," stated OC mentor Sierra Summers. "They played well and came out with more energy. When we were down they didn't give up and showed they had some fight left. As we move farther into the season I am happy with how we are increasing our level of play when it matters most."
OC rallied the defeat Wausa in three sets to open the day.l, 20-25, 25-13 and 25-19.
A few big runs by the Lady Vikings guided Wausa to the first set win.
Trailing 7-6, the purple and gold went on a 10-3 run to claim an eight-point lead.
OC responded with a 9-1 run to cut the deficit to one, but three-straight kills by Esther Nelson reclaimed the momentum and Wausa won the opening set.
The Lady Cyclones started the second set with a 7-0 lead thanks to a Katie Stearns ace, a JoCee Johnston block, a Taylor Sanne kill and four Wausa errors.
"In the huddle decided we needed to communicate better and start hitting hard through the blocks," commented Stearns.
After the Lady Vikings cut the deficit to two, the green and black ended the set with a 15-3 run, tying the match at one set apiece.
Both teams scratched and clawed for the early momentum to start a decisive third set. In the first 20 points there was seven ties and five different lead changes.
Once again the Lady Cyclones pulled away with eight consecutive points. Johnston and Stearns each recorded three points in the run.
"We started playing together as a team and focused on what to do to get better and get the win," Stearns said.
Wausa attempted a late comeback, but the deficit was too much as OC won the set and the match.
"I thought we played pretty well in the first match," said Wausa coach Greg Conn. "The second set got away from us early in passing, but we came back and we played really strong. Clearwater/Orchard is a good ball club."
The Lady Vikings bounced back with a two-set victory over Niobrara/Verdigre, 27-25 and 25-19.
"We had to come back in that first set and that says a lot about our kids," Conn continued. "Niobrara/Verdigre has a nice team and they played pretty well. Our character came out and we played well."
The first set was a back-and-forth battle between the two Knox County squads. The Lady Cougars pulled away late with a 12-5 run to give N/V set point at 24-21.
Wausa answered by scoring six of the next seven points to win the set.
"We work really hard to keep our heads up in tough situations like that," spoke senior Paige Nissen. "Last year we had a tough time, but we've focusing a lot of that and we worked together to stay up."
The second set started the same as the first, until the Lady Vikings used an 8-2 run to claim a 16-10 advantage. Nissen scored six of the eight points in the run for Wausa.
Behind eight kills by Nissen, the purple and gold pulled away to win the set and the match.
"We worked together, keep each other up and encourage each other," Nissen added. "We keep the positively flowing. When we get rolling, we try not to let the intensity drop. We try to keep it up and work as hard a swe can."
In the final match of the evening, OC surged past N/V in two sets, 25-23 and 25-13.
After the Lady Cyclones took a five-point lead, the Lady Cougars rallied with a 5-0 run capped off by a Makenna Guenther kill.
The two teams continued to battle for momentum, but OC sealed the win with a Johnston kill.
Tied at six in set two, the Lady Cyclones scored seven of the next nine points, taking a 13-8 lead.
Following a N/V rally attempt, OC used a 7-0 run to pull away. Johnston tallied five of the seven points with two blocks and three kills.
"We were getting more constant and had some really good servers takes them out of their serve receive," Johnston recalled.
Julian Tuttle ended the match with a kill for the Lady Cyclones' third win in seven days over the Lady Cougars.
"It's pretty difficult (to beat a team multiple times) because they're a really good team," Johnston noted. "Once you start playing them, they figure out your weaknesses and it's difficult to overcome that sometimes."
Johnston led the Lady Cyclones with 21 kills, 15 blocks and eight digs. Avery Cheatum collected nine kills and 15 digs, Stearns recorded six aces and nine kills and Tuttle accounted for 15 digs and 47 assists.
Niobrara/Verdigre (1-15) welcome Winside to town Tuesday.
Clearwater/Orchard (12-8) hosts a quad matches Thursday against Chambers/Wheeler Central and Elgin Public Pope John with Wausa (4-9).
"We're a team that is up and down, but these kids work hard," Conn said. "I love them to death and down the road it is going to pay dividends for us. I like where we are."
"(We got) two great wins tonight for the girls," concluded Summers. "We came out ready to play and did what was needed to get two more wins. Next week brings new challenges and we are more than ready to battle."
The Elgin Public/Pope John volleyball team split its two matches Tuesday at the Lady Wolfpacks' home tri-match in Elgin.
EPPJ defeated Osmond in two sets, 25-13 and 25-9.
Seven different Lady Wolfpack players recorded at least one kill in EPPJ's balanced attack. Harlie Bode led the team with seven kills, Kaylee Martinsen recorded four kills and two aces, Haley Zegers collected five kills and a block, Kayce Kallhoff had three kills and a block Anna Heilhecker pitched in 13 digs and Allyson Wemhoff added 17 assists.
EPPJ dropped a hard fought match to Central Valley, 27-25 and 25-19.
Kallhoff and Bode each tallied seven kills, Zegers accounted for five kills, two blocks and nine digs
Wemhoff collected two aces and 19 assists and Heilhecker accumulated 18 digs.
Elgin Public/Pope John (9-7) hosts another tri-match Thursday at 5:30 p.m. with Battle Creek and Boone Central/Newman Grove.
It was a total team effort that led the Elkhorn Valley volleyball team to a three-set triumph over West Holt Tuesday.
The Lady Falcons won 26-24, 25-16 and 26-24.
Five different players recorded at least two kills in the match. Amber Miller led the way with eight kills, six aces, a block, 15 digs and 16 assists. Hannah Ollendick collected nine kills, two aces and 24 digs, Olivia Nall had six kills, 15 digs and seven assists and Sierra Rystrom added five kills and 13 digs.
Elkhorn Valley (11-5) travels to O'Neill Thursday for a tri-match with St. Mary's and Chambers/Wheeler Central at 5:30 p.m.
The Clearwater/Orchard volleyball team split its two matches Tuesday night at Niobrara.
"Tonight we didn't click like we usually do," spoke OC coach Sierra Summers. "Our level of play was down from the usual. We hope to come back with better play and continue in a more positive way."
OC dropped a two-set match to Boyd County, 25-18 and 25-14.
JoCee Johnston recorded 10 kills and two blocks to lead the Lady Cyclones. Julian Tuttle collected 18 assists, Taylor Sanne pitched in four kills, Katie Stearns had three kills and Avery Cheatum added seven digs.
OC bounce back for a two-set triumph over Niobrara/Verdigre, 25-15 and 25-14.
Johnston recorded 14 kills and two blocks, Cheatum accounted for eight kills, Stearns tallied five kills, and three aces, Sanne added three aces and Tuttle contributed five digs and 23 assists.
Clearwater/Orchard (10-8) hosts Wausa and Niobrara'Verdigre in a tri-match Thursday at 5 p.m.
The Neligh-Oakdale volleyball team had an up-and-down night Tuesday evening at its home tri-match with Plainview and Bloomfield.
"It was one of those nights we came out and competed, but we got beat because we didn't make adjustments," stated N-O mentor Hannah Hoefer. "Plain and simple, they (Plainview) started picking up what we were throwing and we didn't make the adjustments on the court."
The Lady Warriors opened the night with a two-set victory over the Queen Bees, 25-11 and 25-22.
It was all N-O to open the match, as they scored 21 of the first 26 points on its way to a 16-point win.
The Lady Warriors struggled to start the second set, committing 13 errors and trailed 16-12 in the set.
N-O chipped away at the deficit and claimed its first lead at 22-21 on a Claire Whitesel ace.
Two Haley Kerkman kills and a Bloomfield error secured the win for the maroon and white.
In N-O's final match of the evening, the Lady Warriors fell to Plainview in three sets, 21-25, 25-22 and 25-19.
The first set was a back-and-forth battle between the two squads. The lead changed on three different occasions and was tied five different times, but the host team pulled away for a four-point win.
A hot start propelled the Lady Pirates to a 25-22 win in set two.
In a decisive third set, Plainview jumped out to an 11-4 advantage. After a 5-0 run by N-O cut the deficit to two, the Lady Pirates scored 12 of the next 14 points to pull away.
A late 6-1 run by the Lady Warriors was not enough as Kylie Mosel ended the match with a kill.
"We need to continue to practice hard," Hoefer noted. "We haven't had a practice where all 12 varsity girls have come together and built that team chemistry we are lacking right now. We're hoping to continue to play each game to build confidence. Ultimately, what matters is at the end of the season. We're going to learn from this loss so we can better ourselves at the end of the season."
In the second match of the evening, Plainview defeated Bloomfield in two sets, 25-17 and 25-11
Both teams battled for the early momentum, but the Lady Pirates pulled away to win the first set.
Errors plagued Bloomfield in the second set, as the Queen Bees committed 16 errors in the final set to drop the match.
A key to the Lady Pirates' sweep was their service game. Plainview recorded 20 aces in the two matches. Andrea Haase led the team with 27 kills, two aces and a block. Mosel tallied 21 kills and Kaitlyn Dougherty had seven aces.
Bloomfield was led by Brooklyn Eisenhauer with 11 blocks, 13 digs and three kills.. Jaiden Johnson accumulated two aces and three kills and Brynn Bargman recorded five kills in the two combined matches.
Kerkman and Amanda Dietz each tallied 15 kills and three blocks to lead N-O.
Plainview (6-8) goes to Hartington-Newcastle Thursday.
Bloomfield (1-9) hits the road to face Santee and Boyd County, at Boyd County, Tuesday at 6 p.m
Neligh-Oakdale (12-3) travels to Pender for a tri-match with Emerson Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Thursday's tri-match will be the Lady Warriors' fifth and sixth matches in four days
"We talked about that (N-O's busy week) on Sunday that we didn't want a busy week to be an excuse," Hoefer concluded. "We can handle that by going two-set matches and it plays out in our favor that it's not as hard if we go out and get the job done. We're not using the busy week as an excuse because at the end of the season, you'll have busy weeks. If you want to go farther in the conference tournament, you'll have busy weeks. We're going to keep pushing through each set and get the job done quicker."
Neligh-Oakdale rebounded from a tough home loss last week to grab a pair of victories Monday night on the road.
The Warriors kicked off a busy six-match week with wins over St. Mary's and Stuart in O'Neill. Neligh-Oakdale swept both matches, defeating St. Mary's 25-15, 25-20 and then Stuart 25-13, 25-15. In the other match, St. Mary's def. Stuart 25-22, 25-16.
Neligh-Oakdale will host a triangular on Tuesday as the Warriors take on Bloomfield at 5 p.m. and Plainview at 7 p.m.
The Elgin Public/Pope John volleyball team went 2-0 at the Plainview Tournament Saturday.
The Lady Wolfpack swept West Holt in their opener, 25-21 and 25-23.
Kayce Kallhoff led the way with three kills, two blocks and 10 digs. Haley Zegers recorded four kills, five digs, two blocks and an ace. Kirsten Krebs accounted three kills, two aces and two blocks and Allyson Wemhoff had two blocks, an ace and 12 assists.
EPPJ defeated host squad Plainview in two sets, 25-16 and 25-14, to end the day.
Zegers contributed four kills, two assists, five blocks and eight digs, Krebs tallied six kills, Anna Heilhecker recorded 11 digs, Wemhoff accumulated 14 assists, whileHarlie Bode, Kallhoff, Grace Rittscher all had three kills.
Elgin Public/Pope John (8-6) hosts Osmond and Central Valley in a tri-match Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Against some stiff competition, the Elkhorn Valley volleyball team when 2-2 Saturday at the Elkhorn Valley tournament.
The Lady Falcons opened the day with three-set triumph over Boyd County, 25-22, 28-30 and 25-13.
All three seniors recorded double-doubles for EV. Miller accounted for seven kills, seven aces, 14 digs and 28 assists, Rystrom accumulated 13 kills and 13 digs, Ollendick added 11 kills and 23 digs, Olivia Nall recorded 10 digs, Fleetwood tallied 11 digs and Bacon had two blocks.
The Lady Falcons disposed of Winnebago in two sets, 25-16 and 25-12.
Rystrom and Ollendick each pitched in three kills, Miller tallied four aces, seven digs and eight assists, Ollendick added three aces and Fleetwood collected eight digs.
The Lady Falcons then fell in two sets to Archbishop Bergan, the No.1 ranked team in Class D-1, 25-17 and 25-15.
Hannah Ollendick led way with five kills and 11 digs, Sierra Rystrom recorded four kills, an ace and a block, Kaylee Bacon had two blocks, Haley Fleetwood and Bria Gale each tallied nine digs and Amber Miller assisted on nine kills.
In its final match of the day, Elkhorn Valley fell to Battle Creek - ranked eighth in C-2 - 25-16 and 25-10.
Miller accounted for a double-double with 10 digs and 10 assists. Ollendick recorded five kills and six digs, Nall had four kills, two aces and six digs, Gale contributed 10 digs,
Elkhorn Valley (10-5) returns to action Tuesday against West Holt at 5:30 p.m.
The Elkhorn Valley football team cashed in on numerous Madison miscues to win 58-23 Friday.
The Falcons accumulated 414 yards of total offense, while the defense forced six turnovers in the triumph.
Braedyn Ollendick went 17-of-26 for 235 yards, rushed for 38 yards, threw for two TDs and rushed for two scores. Josh McFarland rushed for 113 yards and three TDs to lead the ground game, while Adam Miller caught four passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns and Brock Schaecher recorded nine catches for 97 yards.
Ollendick picked off two passes and recovered a fumble, McFarland and Miller picked off a pass each, Prestin Vondra had 14 tackles and a fumble recovery and Damien Knight added 10 tackles, a forced fumble and 2.5 sacks.
Elkhorn Valley (2-2) makes the short trip up Highway 275 to Lutheran-Northeast Friday at 3 p.m.
The Clearwater/Orchard football team continued its offensive onslaught this season with a 62-18 triumph over Central Valley Friday.
After falling behind, 18-16, OC scored 46-straight points to surge past the Cougars.
The Cyclones have scored 232 points this season - 58 points per contest - while surrendering just 38 points - more than nine points a game - in their three wins.
Chris Kester led the way for OC with 152 yards through the air, 104 yards on the ground and three total touchdowns. Jacob Long ran for 63 yards and three scores, Blake Hoke caught five passes for 93 yards and a TD and Clay Theile added a touchdown reception.
Long led the defense with 15 tackles, while Thiele and Zach King each recorded eight tackles and combined for three sacks in the game.
Clearwater/Orchard (3-1) travels to Stuart Thursday at 7 p.m.
Personal records and school records fell as Neligh-Oakdale and Elkhorn Valley cross country teams ran in the highly competitive Boone Central Invitational in Albion on Friday afternoon.
The unique format of this particular invitational places runners by their grade.
Neligh-Oakdale's Emma Bixler was the champion in the junior girls division and 4th place overall with a time of 20:05. Bixler's time shattered Neligh-Oakdale's previous course record of 21:08 which was set in 2015. She ran 1:19 faster than she ran on the same course just a year ago. Friday's race was so competitive that the first and second place runners from Boone Central both broke the all-time course record for the meet.
Teammates Hailey Bixler and Sydney Olson also turned in some of their best performances of the season. Hailey crossed the finish line in 24:15 for 13th in the junior girls division and 46th overall. Sydney ran a 28:30 for 22nd in the sophomore girls division and 72nd overall. The girls race featured 80 girls from 17 schools.
"Emma ran a real strategic race. She was fourth overall," N-O Coach Rick Eickholt said. "And our other two young ladies ran really well today. Hailey and Sydney may have both run the best races that they have run. I was very impressed with what they did today."
In the boys race, Warrior Cole Belitz ran a 16:54 to pick up 3rd place in the senior boys division and 4th overall. This crushes the previous school record for this course, which was 17:25, set back in 2003. Belitz ran 52 seconds faster this year than he did in Albion one year ago.
Elkhorn Valley's Hunter Bennett placed 4th among the sophomore boys and 8th overall with his time of 17:10. This is 27 seconds faster than he ran on the same course last year.
There were 133 runners from 19 schools in the boys race.
Rounding out Neligh-Oakdale's boys were Griffin Claussen, Christian Carothers, Ashton Higgins, Thomas Johnson, Isaias Juarez and Parker Tinsley. Claussen earned 12th in the sophomore division and 31st overall, with a time of 18:36. This is 1:22 faster than he ran the same course the previous year. Carothers was the 17th senior to cross the finish and 58th overall with his time of 19:28. This is 30 seconds faster than he ran last year. Higgins ran a 19:33 for 10th among the freshmen and 62nd overall. Johnson was the 15th freshman to cross the finish line in 20:01 and was 72nd overall. Juarez placed 25th among the sophomores and 92nd overall with his time of 21:20. Tinsley finished in 27:13 for 34th in the sophomore division and 131st overall. The Warriors were 9th in the team standings.
"Cole ran a very strategic race," Eickholt said. "He scares the daylights out of me when we come through the first three-quarters of a mile and he's got as many bodies in front. But he knows what he's capable of doing. He knows when he can turn it on and cut it loose. He ran a real nice race. Also on the boys side, Griffin ran a heck of a race. It might be the best race he's ever run also. He was in the mid 18's on the full 5K course. We had a lot of positives today, up and down the line. Our freshmen boys ran well today, so I'm just very, very pleased. We need to continue to improve. We know that we have a huge task in front of us with our district competition, but we just have to continue to work hard, stay healthy and be ready for the challenge."
The Falcons earned 13th place as a team. In addition to Bennett, EV runners were Damian Smith, Reed Bennett, Walter Furstenau, Brandon Evans, Colton Rystrom, Conner Klein and Dylan Wright. Smith finished 16th out of the sophomores and 47th overall in a time of 19:11, followed by Reed Bennett, the 9th freshman and 61st runner overall in a time of 19:32. Furstenau was the 14th freshman and 70th overall in a time of 19:54, Evans was the 18th junior and 71st overall with a 20:00, Rystrom was the 20th freshman and 80th overall in a 20:44, Klein was the 28th freshman and 101st overall in a 21:58 and Wright was the 36th freshman and 127th overall in a 24:37.
"They did a really good job," EV Coach Janet Rood said. "I think we had some really good PRs. I know Hunter beat his time here last year by 27 seconds. There were a lot of schools here today and the competition was tough. We have a lot of growing to do. We have a lot of rookies that this is their first time they've run all these courses so I think it totally makes a difference once you know what the course is like, how to run. I'm just really proud of their efforts."
Both teams will compete again on Thursday in the West Holt Invitational at Atkinson.
The Elgin Public/Pope John volleyball team went 1-1 Thursday evening at Riverside.
The Lady Wolfpack dropped their first match to Nebraska Christian, 25-18 and 25-23.
EPPJ bounced back and defeated Riverside, 25-12, 26-28 and 25-15, to salvage a split.
In the two matches, Kaylee Martinsen recorded 16 kills, two aces and 22 digs, Kayce Kallhoff accounted for 17 kills and three blocks, Grace Rittscher pitched in two aces and 23 digs, Allyson Wemhoff tallied an ace, 14 digs and 47 assists, Anna Heilhecker contributed an ace and 44 digs and Harlie Bode had five blocks.
Elgin Public/Pope John (6-6) competes at the Plainview Tournament Saturday at 10 a.m.
A fast start and strong offensive performance propelled the Neligh-Oakdale junior high football team to a 50-14 triumph over Plainview Monday at Warrior Field.
Carson Whitesel took the opening kickoff 75-yards for a touchdown to start the contest.
On N-O's next possession, Aiden Kuester connected on a 52-yard TD pass to Bryson Gadeken and Kuester found Austin Rudolf for the two-point conversion.
Chase Furstenau ran in the end zone from two yards out to extend the Warriors' lead to 22-0 after the first.
Following a Plainview score, Kuester broke free for a 28-yard TD run and completed a 32-yard touchdown pass to Gadeken, giving N-O a 36-6 advantage at half.
In the second half, Kuester threw a 44-yard scoring pass to Whitesel and Furstenau had a 75-yard TD scamper for the Warriors final score.
The offensive line of Jacob Henry, Tanner Martensen, Landon Schrader and Gadeken had another strong performance for N-O, helping the Warriors gain 329 yards of total offense.
Kuester rushed for 66 yards, threw for 147 yards and four total TDs. Furstenau ran for 75 yards and two scores, Whitesel had a rushing and receiving touchdowns and Gadeken caught four passes for 118 yards and two TDs.
The defense was stifling for for the maroon and white, led by Whitesel's 12 tackles. Kuester recorded seven tackles and a forced fumble, Schrader and Gadeken each collected six tackles, Rudolf and Furstenau accounted for five tackles each, Gavin Longsdorth and Tanner Martinsen tallied three tackles each, Trysten Coover had two tackles, Colson Krebs recorded an interception and a tackle, Caleb Payne and Jackson Sehi each pitched in a tackle.
Neligh-Oakdale (2-0) travels to Tilden Monday for a 4 p.m. matchup against Elkhorn Valley.
Clearwater/Orchard picked up its fifth straight win on Tuesday night — in straight sets. The OC Cyclones traveled to Neligh and swept the Warriors on their home court as they picked up back-to-back wins in the triangular.
"The girls really played well tonight.," said coach Sierra Summers. "We came out with a lot of energy and never let up. We really focused on playing smarter and putting the ball in the open spots. I am very proud of how the girls are continuing to improve their level of play."
Neligh-Oakdale opened play with a 2-0 win over Osmond, defeating the Tigers 25-21, 25-15. The Cyclones then topped Osmond 25-12, 25-24 before defeated Neligh-Oakdale 25-18, 25-21 in the all-Antelope County matchup.
Clearwater/Orchard: Avery Cheatum 6k, 2a, 7d; Katie Stearns 1k, 1b, 10d, 1sa; Julian Tuttle 3a, 3d, 18sa; Jocee Johnston 7k, 1a, 2b, 8d; Brooke Knievel 1k; 3d; Taylor Sanne 4k, 1a, 3d.
Neligh-Oakdale: Paige Furstenau 2k, 3d; Trinity Kurpgeweit 3d; Brooke Frey 2a, Amanda Dietz 4k, 1b, 1d; Shelby Pitzer 3k, 2d; Haley Kerkman 5k, 1a, 6d, 7sa; Aubrie Klabenes 1k, 1b; Claire Whitesel 4a, 1d, 5sa; Kristen Snodgrass 3d, 2sa.
The Elkhorn Valley volleyball team won three close sets to defeat Plainview Tuesday evening.
The Lady Falcons won 25-15, 25-17 and 26-24, to win their second-straight match.
Hannah Ollendick led the way with 13 kills, three aces, two blocks and seven digs. Sierra Rystrom recorded eight kills, four blocks and eight digs, Amber Miller collected three aces, 13 digs and 26 assists, Kaylee Bacon had three blocks and eight digs, while Olivia Nall added 13 digs.
Elkhorn Valley (8-3) hosts a home tournament Saturday starting at 9 a.m.
The Neligh-Oakdale junior high football team kicked off its season with a 40-22 victory over Creighton this last week.
The Warriors jumped out to a 34-0 lead after three quarters of play.
N-O scored on its first two drives of the game. Aiden Kuester opened the scoring with a 28-yard TD run and followed with a 22-yard touchdown pass from Kuester to Bryson Gadeken.
Kuester scored the lone TD in the second quarter on a one-yard plunge.
Kuester added 60-yard and one-yard scoring runs to extend the Warriors advantage to 34-0.
Carson Whitesel wrapped up the scoring with a 60-yard kickoff return for a TD.
Offensive linemen Jacob Henry, Tanner Martinsen, Landon Schrader and Gadeken helped the Warriors gain 283 yards of offense. Kuester rushed for 126 yards and three scores, while also going six-for-eight for 94 yards and a TD. Whitesel ran for 36 yards and caught a pass for six yards, Austin Rudolf rushed for 10 yards, Chase Furstenau ran for seven yards and Gadeken caught six passes for 98 yards and a score.
The defense was dominant after forcing four turnovers. Kuester led the defense with 13 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery. Schrader and Cameron Schindler each recovered a fumble and Austin Rudolf forced a fumble.
Neligh-Oakdale (1-0) travels to Tilden to face Elkhorn Valley Monday at 5:30 p.m.
Neligh-Oakdale (1-0) 14 8 12 6 - 40
Creighton (0-1) 0 0 0 22 - 22
Neligh-Oakdale - Passing: Aiden Kuester 6-8-0 94 yards. Chase Furstenau 1-3-0 10 yards
Rushing: Aiden Kuester 126 yards. Carson Whitesel 36 yards. Austin Rudolf 10 yards. Chase Furstenau seven yards
Receiving: Bryson Gadeken 6-98. Carson Whitesel 1-6
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The Nebraska School Activities Association announced the district cross country assignments for Class D.
Neligh-Oakdale and Elkhorn Valley both run at Norfolk's Skyview Lake October 11.
Other teams competing with the Warriors and Falcons include Ainsworth, Battle Creek, Bloomfield, Boyd County, CWC, Creighton, Crofton, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge, Lutheran High Northeast, Niobrara/Verdigre, Norfolk Catholic, North Central, Osmond, Plainview, Ponca, Randolph, Stuart, Valentine, West Holt, Winnebago and Winside.
Two three-set triumphs on Saturday extended the Clearwater/Orchard volleyball team's win streak to three at the Stuart Tournament.
The Lady Cyclones opened the day with a 2-1 win over St Mary's, 25-19, 25-27 and 25-22.
JoCee Johnston led OC with 10 kills, two aces, two blocks and 14 digs. Julian Tuttle recorded three aces, 14 digs and 23 assists, Avery Cheatum collected nine kills and 23 digs, Taylor Sanne added four kills, two aces and six digs, while Katie Stearns had 18 digs.
In game two, the Green and Black came away with a three-set win over North Central, 25-20, 16-25, 25-14.
"It was a great win for the girls," said OC coach Sierra Summers. "They came out competitive and consistent the second game and worked hard to get the win. We are excited to go into the next week and continue our winning streak."
Johnston accumulated 13 kills, two aces and four blocks, Cheatum collected 10 kills and 15 digs, Tuttle accounted for seven digs and 31 assists, Sanne pitched in six kills and five digs, while Stearns tallied two aces and three blocks.
Clearwater/Orchard (6-6) travels to Neligh to compete in a tri-match against the Lad Warriors and Osmond Tuesday at 5 p.m.
A solid team performance guided the Elkhorn Valley girls golf team to a second-place finish at the Plainview Invitational Saturday.
All five Lady Falcon golfers placed in the top-24 and accumulated a team score of 497 to take runner-up honors. West Holt won the team title with a team score of 474.
Kim Frey led the squad with a 108 and took seventh-place. Journey Werner recorded a 123 to finish 14th, Erica Brown shot a 125 to place 17th, Angel Qualsit was 22nd with a 141 and Kristi Neirodzik took 24th with a 173.
Elkhorn Valley returns to action Thursday at the Wayne Invite.
Despite several 30-plus deficits, the Elkhorn Valley football team refused to quit and battled all game, but eventually fell to Osceola/High Plains, 69-38, Friday.
"(It was) 38 against 11 (players) and I was really happy with our effort all the way through," said Elkhorn Valley coach Brendan Dittmer. "In the second quarter we could have went one of two ways. We chose the positive route, we started playing for each other, making plays and all of sudden it was a ball game at halftime."
The Falcons fell in an early 26-0 hole through the first quarter of play.
Brock Schaecher got Elkhorn Valley on the scoreboard with a four-yard touchdown run.
On the ensuing kickoff, Keaton Van Housen took the kickoff to the house, pushing the Stormdogs' lead to 34-6.
Following a Van Housen touchdown run, Josh McFarland answered with a five-yard scoring run.
Just before the half, Braedyn Ollendick connected on a 38-yard TD pass to Adam Miller, making the score 41-20 at half.
Both teams exchanged turnovers to start the second half and Ollendick found Miller for a 34-yard touchdown pass, to draw to within 15 of OHP.
"We talked about it at halftime, the way responded midway through the second quarter was all the tale I needed to know about these kids and how hard they are going to fight for me," Dittmer said. "We cut it to 15 in the third and that is exactly what we talked about at halftime. From there, there were a couple of series where we didn't get the plays to go our way and I should've punted at mid-field, but we went for it. It's one of those things you live or die on a gutsy call like that. Van Housen took over after that."
After the lead was cut to 15, the Stormdogs responded with a 30-yard Van Housen scoring run, a Carter Boden TD run and one final Van Housen touchdown.
Elkhorn Valley continued to fight as McFarland broke free for a 35-yard score.
Bryce Reed sealed the game with a 55-yard touchdown scamper with under seven minutes to go in the contest.
The Falcons found pay dirt one final time, as Schaecher scored on a 49-yard scoring pass from Ollendick.
OHP's running attack was the key to the win. On 43 carries, the Stormdogs rushed for 371 yards - more than eight yards per carry. Van Housen led the way with 174 yards on the ground, four rushing touchdowns and a kickoff return for a score. Boden added 110 yards rushing and a score.
"They're a really good team," Dittmer said. "The Van Housen kid is an absolute stud. I don't know of an eight-man football player who might be better."
After a slow start offensively, Elkhorn Valley found its groove starting in the second quarter. The Falcons gained 364 yards of total offense. McFarland rushed for a team-best 141 yards and two TDs, Schaecher accumulated more than a 100 yards of total offense and two scores, Ollendick completed 10 passes for more than 200 yards and three touchdowns and Miller tallied four catches for 88 yards and found the end zone twice.
"We knew watching film and in preparation, we could move the ball on them," continued Dittmer. "It was matter of disbelief early in the game and miscues. We missed some catches we normally make and we didn't get the blocking assignments. Once we sured that up, all of sudden our offense took off."
Osceola/High Plains (3-1) hosts Cross Country Friday at 7 p.m.
Elkorn Valley (1-2) looks to bounce back Friday when Madison comes to Tilden for a 7 p.m. contest.
"I told the boys after the game, 2-2 we're a playoff team," Dittmer concluded. "We're not on the outside looking in, we're on the inside of the 32. We need to make sure to use that as motivation moving forward and I think next week could be a step forward for us."
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