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Elwood Pirates Wrestling

Coming from the dungeon of the Cozad Wrestling team, former Haymaker Andrew Chrisinger is now the head coach of the Elwood Pirates, after taking over for former coach Ed Arends, who stepped down at the end of the 2009-2010 school year. Lots of experience returns with state qualifiers Walter Flint, Mitch Kubert and Dillion Tiede, along with senior Hunter Ertz. Chrisinger can already see the hunger and desire two weeks prior to practice. “They were already asking what they can do to get better and asking if they can use the wrestling room so I can tell that they’re hungry for it,” Chrisinger said. “I just need to give them a little more experience and get them better on their feet, and things should pan out.” Chrisinger, who grew up learning from the best that Cozad had to offer, will bring two major components to the “Maroon Platoon” this year, physicality and foot work.

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“We’re going to be physical and we’re going to be great on our feet,” Chrisinger said. “We are going to be good on our feet and let the mat work take care of itself.”

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Finally, the new coach isn’t afraid of setting the bar high for his crew, and for his wrestlers, he wants to see as many as possible at the Qwest Center. If we can get all six of them out, I want to see all six of them qualify for state,” Chrisinger said. “After that, it’s anybody’s game. Once you qualify for state, whatever happens happens.”

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S-E-M Mustangs Winter Sports Teams

LEXINGTON HISTORY BOYS BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPIONS- 1947 RUNNER-UP – 1945, 1946, 1957, 1974, 1995 GIRLS BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPIONS- 1978, 1987 RUNNER-UP – 1977, 1991 WRESTLING STATE CHAMPIONS-1967, 1968, 1973, 1982 RUNNER-UP – 1969, 1974, 1977, 1980

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Members of the 2010-2011 S-E-M Wrestling team are (left to right); Front row: Antonio Vigl, Traven Claflin, John Frerichs, Zach Burden, Collin Donahoo, David Cervantes and Cale Eacker. Second row: Calvin Frerichs, Morgan Ansbach, Bryce Brown, Cy Barnes, Austin Pierce and Tyler Bowden. Back row: Chantz Klein, Coach Boyd Bowder, Coach Marlin Berg, Grant Clausen and Justin Samford. squad, but a slew of talent will give the Mustangs an edge against any team it takes the court on. Dillan Line is the only remaining starter from last season, who averaged just under 12 points per game. Besides Line, nine letter winners return, including four juniors over six feet tall and one sophomore listed at 6’2. According to Irwin, the post position shouldn’t be as much of a problem this season. “Our problem sometimes in the past was not having a big post or a go-to guy,” Irwin said. “We are now getting some post play and that should make us improved.”

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Members of the 2010-2011 S-E-M Girls' Basketball team are (left to right); Front row: Miranda Pierce, Deidra Brooks, Sara Simmons and Nissa Brown. Second row: Jessica Lourenco, Kristen Karlberg, Baley Swanson, Tabitha Anderson and Kaiti Lufking. Third row: Coach Stephanie Shaw, Sydney Glattor, Brieanna James, Shaley Burr, Kasie Dittmar and Head Coach Ron Long. Not pictured: Megan Berg, Lauren Ibach and Rachel Ibach The Mustang boys’ basketball team has had its fair share of frustration the last two seasons, all thanks to Hayes Center. The boys have reeled off great regular seasons, only to fall to the Cardinals two years in a row at the district finals. Also, the Mustangs have lost in the district finals three times out of the last four years. This year, something’s got to give. Head coach Dave Irwin, who is

entering his 36th year as a head coach with 435 career victories, is looking to push the ‘Stangs over the hump this season and lead them to their first state playoff appearance since 2007, and their fourth overall appearance since the merger of the three towns. “We could have another solid year,” Irwin said. “We might be a year away, but If they improve like they did last summer, we could be very solid.” Four seniors leave last year’s

To Irwin, getting the kids healed up from the fall season, along with bonding well after Christmas time, the Mustangs might be serious contenders this year. “I think if our football kids who are injured get patched up, and we can gel as a team in January, we have a good chance to do well,” Irwin said. Screams and shouts of jubilation filled Tub’s Pub last winter when the Sumner-Eddyville-Miller girls’ basketball team ran the table during sub-districts and districts, to qualify for the D-1 state tournament for the first time since 2007. Head coach Ron Long is excited about the upcoming season, where they will look to make their first back-to-back trips to Lincoln since 1981-82. “We lost only one starter from last year so we have pretty good experience coming back with five people who have started at one time or another,” Long said. “Hopefully as the players come around we will have more depth than we have had

other years and players pushing for playing time.” Players returning for the 20102011 season are seniors Sara Simmons, Megan Berg, Lauren Ibach and Deidra Brooks, along with junior Tabitha Anderson. Usually during the season, it’s about playing consistently and avoiding the peaks and valleys of a long season, but for Long, it’s about improvement from week to week, then finishing strong when it matters. “We want to improve each game and peak at the end of the season like last year,” Long said. More new coaches are in the mix this winter, as Boyd Bowder and Marlin Berg take over for coach Mike Kvanvig, who left S-E-M at the end of the school year. For both coaches, their expectation are pretty simple. “We hope to improve each tournament and grow as a team,” the coaches said. “It’s a long season that can take a wear and tear on a young man, and we hope that the wrestlers can take that adversity in stride and still put together a successful season.” After sending five of their wrestlers to the state tournament last season, four of the qualifiers will return in Bryce Brown, Cale Eacker, Zach Burden and John Frerichs. Bowder and Berg want to see the work ethic continue in order for the four returners to have another run at

a state title. “It all comes down to our attitudes and work ethic, “ the coaches said. “If we continue to improve, work hard and follow the leadership of our upper classmen, we should have a successful season.” All in all, the coaches want to see them contend and be in the running to win every tournament this winter. “I think a team goal would be to be in the team race at every tournament,” the coaches said. “We have some quality wrestlers with experience this year and to be ‘in the mix’ at every tournament is a reasonable outcome.” The boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will begin their season on Dec. 2 when they host Loomis, while the Mustang wrestling team opens their season on Dec. 3, when they travel to the Elwood Invite.

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Elwood Lady Pirate Girls Basketball

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Members of the 2010-2011 Elwood girls' basketball team are (left to right); Front row: Katyra Remmenga, Skyler Wigstone, Sami Ferguson, Molly Weissert, Rachel Mahlberg, Lexie Remmenga and Taylor Summer. Second row: Taylor Gydesen, Katya Reiman, Taylor Carlberg, Mackenzi Anderson, Michaela Clark, Nicole Daake, Ryan Fiene, Michele Haussler and Krissy Elliot (Student Manager). Back row: Leslee Fiene (Student Manager), Brittany Dickau (Student Manager), Brittany Kussman, Sami Clark, Desirai Grassmeyer, Sarah Rahjes, Sheridan Banzhaf, Amber Weber (Student Manager) and Coach Jackie Engelhardt. Not pictured: Chianne Beck and Head Coach Kevin Mahlberg. After a five-year absence from the sport of basketball, Kevin Mahlberg makes his return to the hardwood as the head coach for the Elwood Lady Pirates. Mahlberg knows that one strong point for his team this season, will be their ability to move the basketball up and down the floor. “Our girls moved the ball up and down the floor very well last year and we will have to do that this year,” Mahlberg said.

Another strong asset the Pirates will have going into the winter sports season will be their ability to shoot the three-point shot. Mahlberg knows who his three-point shooters will be and is a firm believer in taking the shot if there is an opportunity. “A lot of people say you live and die by the three,” Mahlberg said. “Well, if you’re open I advise you take it.” One thing that Mahlberg has noticed from the girls

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taking a leave of absence, is to establish a coach that will remain there for a period of time. “It’s really hard on any program where you can’t get anything established,” Mahlberg said. “When they asked me to do it I said I probably would because I didn’t want any of these girls to go through all these different coaches.” Elwood will open their season on the road at Wilcox-Hildreth on Dec. 4.

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The third-year head coach is excited for the season, and the athletes who will play for him this year. “I’m looking forward to this year. I think our kids will be disciplined and we’re going to have to be disciplined,” Young said. “We’re going to have to win the games on the defensive end, and with our athleticism, we need to use that to our advantage.” Last season could have given any young coach grey hairs, as Lexington walked out of a fivegame stretch with a 3-2 record, with four games decided by two points or less. Young takes it in stride, but takes the win any way he can. “A win is a win,” Young said. “I think we’ll have those close games again, I don’t think we’ll go out and dominate but I think we’ll be competitive with just about anybody. It’s important to get those wins when we can.” The Minutemen lose two big men underneath in R.J. Seberger and Hawken Albus, but the competitiveness and fire that Lexington possessed in the latter portions of the schedule last season is still there. “I think we’re different this year, because I think we’re more athletic in all five spots on the floor,” Young said. “We can put it on the floor and take it to the basket as much as catching and shooting the ball. I think we can take advantage of going by some people at the post.”

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Members of the 2010-2011 Lexington Boys' basketball team are (left to right); Front row: Henry Bran, Joel Monter, Aaron Luther, Maggie Salem (Student Manager), Yohanna Lopez (Student Manager), Patrick Berke, Tyler McKeone and Stefan Baker. Second row: Jeremy Callahan, Alex Hovie, Jose Mora, Hector Murguia, Abraham Pop, Ryan Reynolds and Austin Roemmich. Third row: Jacob Refior, Adrian Sanchez, Jalen Grant, Justen Gutierrez, Kody Kenton, William Longly and Trever Miller. Fourth row: Rodrigo Perez, Edgar Ramirez, Francisco Rodriguez, Shad Wellmann, Dylan Case, Chandler Flynn and Leon Tse. Back row: Dylan Richman, Eli Young, Easton Young, Head Coach Eric Young, Coach John Soflin, Coach Josh Kuecker and Coach Jim Hoyt.

Also, with a young talented freshman class arriving, Young throws the idea of getting the younger guys some experience. “We’ve talked as a coaching staff that that could be a possibility,” Young said. “We’ll kind of play that out and see how it works at the beginning of the year and if some of those kids develop, it’s always an option.”

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Members of the 2010-2011 Lexington Girls' Basketball team (left to right); Front row: Casey Seberger, Madi McKeone, Ivette Sandoval, Hailey Mandelko, Cicely Batie, Megan Sculley, Zulema Reyes, Sydney Seberger and Aleisha Ziegenbein. Second row: Stacy Lam, Daisy Lopez, Halle Gydesen, Brooke Schmidt, MacKenize McKeone, Katelin Schultze, Molly Woockman, Jasmin Montes and Vanessa Ambriz. Back row: Head Coach Randy Carpenter, Coach Brent Frauen, Coach Malinda Robbins and Andrea Garcia. Only one point separated the Lexington Minutemaids’ basketball team from their first trip to the state basketball tournament in nine seasons. Head coach Randy Carpenter, who is entering the 37th year of his future hall of fame career, knows that that loss is firing up his girls for the start of the sea-

son. “I think they’re real excited. They’re really looking forward to the year,” Carpenter said. “Hopefully we have an opportunity to atone for that loss and we’re just looking for some consistency this year.”

The girls lose three key seniors from last season’s 16-7 season, that led them to the district final. Returning though is a handful of weapons that could prove the Maids may even be tougher than they were last season. Hailey Mandelko will look to con-

tinue her senior year in dominating fashion and to help lead this talented Minutemaid team to the promised land, something that hasn’t been done in nearly a decade. Last season, Carpenter relied a lot on the depth of his bench that helped them through a lot of games. This season that could be a factor with the bench not nearly as deep.

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“We’ve got some young kids, freshmen included, who could come in and help somewhere down the road,” Carpenter said. “If you happen to have someone that gets hurt, that really cuts into our depth. We hope that we can develop a little more depth to help us down the road.”

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Overton Eagles Wrestling

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Members of the 2010-2011 Overton Wrestling team are (left to right); Front row: Brandon Jerrod, Ethan Enochs, Michael Renderos, Gavin Holen and Josh Shafer. Back row: Frank Prokop, Andrew Alumit, Luis Arredondo, K.C. DeFilipps, Joseph Alumit and Head Coach Darrel Branz. Not pictured: Trey Colburn and Preston Meier Head coach Darrel Branz achieved one of his goals from last season, which was to take one of his wrestlers to the State Tournament in Omaha. This season, he looks to up the ante. Branz looks at three, possibly four members of his wrestling team as strong favorites to make a trip to the state tournament in

Omaha. Ethan Enochs returns, looking to move deep into the tourney this season, while there are three other teammates who look to make their first appearance for the Eagles, who are looking like a team on the rise. Also returning for the Eagles will be Preston Meier, who fell just short of qualifying for the

state tourney, while Brandon Jerrod will be the big man on the mat, wrestling at either 215 or heavyweight. Also returning after a year and a half absence is Michael Renderos, who’s speed and strength will be a nice addition to the Eagle lineup. “Michael was a great addition for this year,” Branz said. “I

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think he is going to be one of those sleepers in his weight class. I think he is going to be scary in whatever weight class he’s in.” Branz looks at a number of different meets throughout the season that will be pivotal for his team, but like any team, is peaking at the end toward the conference and districts and

2/18-2/20 State Meet in Omaha into the state tournament. With the Fort Kearny Conference tournament a strong tournament this year for a lot of teams, Branz looks to keep up with conference foes and possibly make a run at a conference title. “I think we compete well with any other team,” Branz said. “Looking at last year and then looking at what we have coming back, I think we have a pretty good chance.” At season’s end, Branz would like to see more than just one make the trip to Omaha. He would like to send his whole team. “I know a lot of those kids want to go to state this year,” Branz said. “My biggest goals aren’t placing high at tournaments, it’s sending kids to the state tournament. I want to be able to take kids to the state tournament so they can get that experience.” The Overton wrestling team will begin its 2010 campaign at the Alma Invite on Dec. 4.

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There hasn’t been this much anticipation for wrestling season in Lexington for some time, as a new coach looks to instill a tradition once again on the mats. Joey Morrison enters his first season as head coach, taking over for Ken VerMaas Jr. Morrison hopes his extensive wrestling background will help build a powerhouse wrestling program once again. “There is a whole new arsenal of techniques that these wrestlers, that these guys haven’t seen before,” Morrison said. “I’m hoping to create a system that has kind of a mesh of what I’ve learned at Lincoln East and throughout the years and hopefully create something special here at Lexington.” One of Morrison’s big guns will be Danny Ibarra, who looks to be one of the top wrestlers in his class this season. Morrison is aware of the tradition that Lexington has with the wrestling teams of the past, and is looking to clean up different things to bring back the storied tradition that the Minutemen once had. “What’s impressed me is the amount of athleticism and talent,” Morrison said. “The kids are there, the coaching staff is in place. All the pieces need to

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come together in order to have a successful program at Lexington High School.” The Minutemen will open up the 2010 season on Dec. 3 at home when they host a dual with Broken Bow.

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Members of the 2010-2011 Lexington Wrestling team are (left to right); Front row: Coach Jordan Johnson, Seth Kopf, Mitchel Wheelock, Danny Ibarra, Reece Ureste, Mauricio Calmo, Henry Gonzalez, Giovanny Rodriguez, Alam Alvarez, David Becerra and Head Coach Joey Morrison. Second row: Coach Mark Burson, Bryan Ramallo, George Tovar, Jose Muniz, Johnatan Avilez, Logan Farrell, Nery Cabrera, Nick Hall, Seth Shields and Rolando Gonzalez. Third row: Jonathan Mejia, Jose Cohetero, Andy Becerra, Daniel Lopez, Marvin Flores, Carlos Hernandez, Kevin Guerrero, Juan Jose Alvibrez, Oscar Villatoro, Bryan Zepeda, Emanuel Guerrero and Edwin Perdomo. Fourth row: Andres Chiguil, Larry Ramirez, Abraham Lucas, Abel Juan, Austin Muniz, Armando Rodriguez, Omar Chavez, Michael Ha, Cesar Cezena, Julian Montes, Manuel Najera and Ricardo Cardoso. Back row: Tracy Reynoso (Student Manager, Brenda Ibarra (Student Manager), Rachel Linch (Student Manager), Rachel Shields (Student Manager) and Sally Homan (Student Manager).

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raise the bar a little bit now that we’ve been there and we do have quite a few kids coming back,” Staehr said. “But it will be interesting to see how the kids respond.” Returning for the Eagles this season will be Jacob Olmstead, the team’s leading scorer along with brother Zach Olmstead, who lived at the foul line and was one of their top free throw shooters. One thing that Staehr will look to this season is his young

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For this year, the thought about returning to the finals is in the minds of every player, but for Staehr, keeping that killer instinct later in the games is what he is looking for. “Finish the games. That’s a goal that I hope the kids have,” Staehr said. “When they have a lead, have the killer instinct to continue to finish the games. If we can come out and compete, I really like our chances. These kids are very strong-willed competitors and they don’t like to lose.”

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Overton Lady Eagles Girls Basketball

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Excitement is buzzing around the Cozad boys basketball team as many are wanting to get onto the hardwood to begin practice in preparation for the season. Head coach Scott Foster is looking to improve on last season’s 3-18 record, and a first round exit at the sub-district tournament. “I think what we have is some fire,” Foster said. “Competitiveness that maybe we haven’t had the last couple of years. I think that we have some guys who want to do well and I think we’re going to have some competitive practices.” Foster looks to improve the Haymakers’ play in the second half, which seemed to be a crippling half for the Makers last season. “I think we’re going to have more depth, so we’re going to be able to do that,” Foster said. “My plan is to play 10-12 players. Last year, we played seven. We’re really going to work on getting in shape.” Also, Foster wants to put defense first on the agenda for his team this season. “I don’t think we played very good defense last year,” Foster said. “That’s going to be our first concentration this year defense.”

2010-2011 BOYS’ BASKETBALL SCHEDULE 12/2 @ Chase County 12/4 @ Ord 12/10 vs. Hershey 12/11 vs. Valentine 12/17 @ Central City 12/18 @ Southern Valley 12/29-30 @ Sandy Creek Tourney 1/7 @ Ogallala 1/8 @ North Platte St. Pat’s 1/13 vs. Gothenburg 1/15 @ Ainsworth 1/20 vs. Lexington 1/25-29 @ SWC Tournament 1/31 @ Sutherland 2/4 @ Minden 2/5 vs. Perkins County 2/8 @ Gibbon 2/11 vs. Broken Bow 2/19 @ McCook 2/21-24 Sub-District Tournament 2/28 District Finals 3/10-3/12 State Tournament in Lincoln

At the end of the season, Foster looks to put Cozad basketball back on the map, and is confident that a sub-district tournament win is not out of the question. “I really feel when you look at our district, we can win our subdistrict,” Foster said. “I think we can compete with all those teams.” Cozad opens the season on the road Dec. 2, when they travel to Chase County.

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Members of the 2010-2011 Cozad Boys basketball team are (left to right); Front row: Dylan Munson, Rhett Montgomery, Freddy Engasser, Anthony Easterday, Alec Foster, Kody Case, Tylar Lauby and Roman Netherton. Second row: Head Coach Scott Foster, Jacob Stallbaumer, Lucas Foster, Adam McGinnis, Jay Chaudhari, Rylee Woldt, Ben Wetovick (Student Manager) and Klint Gill (Student Manager). Back row: Jack Cornelius, Blaine Petersen, Tanner Evertson, Jacob Rush, Nate Bubak, Coach Brian Cargill and Coach Will Reutzel. Not pictured: Jed Paulsen, Jake Paulsen, Zach Robison and Tysen Werner.

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Members of the 2010-2011 Overton Girls' basketball team are (left to right); Front row: Laurie Callahan, Taylor Bevard, Grace Ecklund, Sarina Rose and Pagie Smith. Second row: Abby Miller, Kinzy Enochs, Madison Beavers, Diana Arp, Kayla Grubb and Miranda Farley. Third row: Chelsey Brown, Brooke Crist, Abby Purintun, Kendra Halley and Shannon Callahan (Student Manager). Back row: Head coach Glen Snodgrass, Paxton Huckins and Coach Madison Aten. Not pictured: Coach Alicia Carpenter After a disappointing 2009-2010 season, expectations for the Overton girls’ basketball team have grown significantly. Head coach Glen Snodgrass is looking for a lot of improvement out of his group of young, experienced players, after his team soaked in a lot of varsity time last season. “We are very experienced, most of the season was played

with two sophomores and three freshmen,” Snodgrass said. “We have much higher expectations this year. I’m not going to sit here and say we are a state championship-caliber team, but, we’re going to be a much, much improved team and going to be competitive in every game this year.” Returning this year will be Grace Ecklund, who’s height will

be key for the Lady Eagles this season under the basket. There will be more assistance under the hoop for Ecklund, as Madison Beavers will provide some height, giving Overton a triple-threat with sophomore Laurie Callahan, who is deadly from just about anywhere. Stepping in to help Snodgrass this season will be Alicia Carpenter and Madison Aten, for-

mer players of the coach, who will provide a lot of insight on Snodgrass’ style of play during the season. With a lot of top-notch players in the Fort Kearny Conference graduating last year, the door opens for the Eagles to maybe mimic the magical run that the volleyball team had in the FKC tournament this year. “I don’t see one team in the

FKC that’s flat out better than anyone else,” Snodgrass said. “This year, it showed in volleyball that any team can step up at any given day and win.” With the expectations growing, Snodgrass isn’t going to stray away from his goals this season, improving every game and peaking at the end of the year. “If we are playing our best at the end of the season, then we are going to be in a good position to be successful,” Snodgrass said. “All we can focus on is being the best team we can be.” The ladies open their season on Dec. 2, as they travel to Arapahoe.

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Cozad Lady Haymaker Girls Basketball

For the Lady Haymakers basketball team this season, the girls will be looking at a new face as the head coach.

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Michael Gogan takes over for former coach Will Reutzel this season, but it is also Gogan’s first head coaching job in his young career. For Gogan, he inherits a program that shows a lot of promise after the 2009-2010, and looks to push the envelope, and make the girls compete for the full 32 minutes. “Looking at just a few films from last year, they showed spurts of greatness,” Gogan said. “I preach defense. We will play 32 minutes of defense every night.

Gogan’s tempo is simple, if the girls can run, they will run, but not to the extreme point where they turn the ball over. “I hate turnovers and I won’t put us in a situation where we will turn the ball over,” Gogan said.

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Members of the 2010-2011 Cozad girls basketball team are (left to right); Front row: Karlye Leibrandt, Allie Buesing, Carly Henry, Jessica Finnegan, Nicole Zook and Stephanie Finnegan. Second row: Molly Thramer, Riley Sigler, Skylar Howell, Kylee Griffis, Kaylea Reyes, Ellen Laird and Darrien Gomez. Third row: Amanda German, Samantha Carlson, Courtney Geiger, Mykail Lauby, Aubri Myers and Ashlie Montey. Back row: Coach Darrel Francescato, Head Coach Michael Gogan, Kalynn Fleharty, Sarah Yocom and Coach Robert Langan. Not pictured: Katie Mohler

Gogan will have three starters come back after the Lady Makers 8-14 season, and a loss in the semifinals of the sub-district tournament. One of his staples will be Carly Henry, who will be a work horse under the basket for the Makers, along with speedster Jessica Finnegan, who’s speed will be nice to have on the perimeter.

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A long tradition continues into the 2010-2011 season with the Cozad Haymaker Wrestling team. After a Top 10 finish in the team standings, many are excited about the talent that runs deep in head coach Derek Hammerlun’s roster this year. “You just got to start from ground zero,” Hammerlun said. “Last year was last year, it’s something you have to build off of and it’s something that can give us a tremendous amount of confidence.” The Haymakers will get back five of their six state qualifiers from last season, losing only Tanner Sturgeon, who won the 189-lb. championship last season. Pedro Garcia, Kyle Carlson, Logan Hunke, Colton Derr and Caleb Lucero all return to lead a young group of Haymakers who look to be just as strong as they were last year. Garcia, Hunke, Carlson and Derr all picked up wins at the state tournament, but look to go deeper into the tournament at the Qwest Center in February. For Hammerlun, he points out a lot of important meets to test where his wrestlers are during the season, but in the sport of wrestling, Hammerlun is concerned about finishing at the end, and sending his wrestlers to Omaha. “We’re all about finishing here,” Hammerlun said. “People don’t really remember if you won the Cozad Invite, they’re going to ask

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Members of the 2010-2011 Cozad Wrestling team (left to right); Front row: Dillon Thurn, Bernardo Revelo, Daniel Chacon, Kyle Carlson, Pedro Garcia and Colton Derr. Second row: Martin Rascon, Christopher Dinges, James Brown, Isaac Hoffman, Nick Cullers, Simon Rangel and Alex Boryca. Third row: Garrit Geiger, Jesus Estrada, Andres Pelayo, Dillon Badd, Brendan Molden and Clay Trejo. Back row: Abel Lopez, Rogelio Lopez, Junior Escamilla, Saige Valenzuela, Head Coach Derek Hammerlun. Not pictured: Caleb Lucero, Slater Barela, Logan Hunke, Hank Pflaster, Coach Heath Keim and Coach Chris White. you if you qualified for the State Tournament, and if so, did you place or did you win it. To me, that tells you everything about the sport of wrestling.” The Haymakers begin their season on Dec. 4 at home, hosting the Cozad Invitational.

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Cozad Lady Haymaker Girls Basketball

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2010-2011 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL SCHEDULE 12/2 @ Chase County 12/4 @ Ord 12/10 vs. Hershey 12/11 vs. Valentine 12/14 @ McCook 12/17 @ Central City 12/18 @ Southern Valley 12/29-30 @ Sandy Creek Tourney 1/7 @ Ogallala 1/8 @ North Platte St. Pat’s 1/13 vs. Gothenburg 1/15 @ Ainsworth 1/20 vs. Lexington 1/25-29 @ SWC Tournament 1/31 @ Sutherland 2/4 @ Minden 2/5 vs. Perkins County 2/8 @ Gibbon 2/11 vs. Broken Bow 2/21-24 Sub-District Tournament 2/28 District Finals 3/10-3/12 State Tournament in Lincoln

Michael Gogan takes over for former coach Will Reutzel this season, but it is also Gogan’s first head coaching job in his young career. For Gogan, he inherits a program that shows a lot of promise after the 2009-2010, and looks to push the envelope, and make the girls compete for the full 32 minutes. “Looking at just a few films from last year, they showed spurts of greatness,” Gogan said. “I preach defense. We will play 32 minutes of defense every night.

Gogan’s tempo is simple, if the girls can run, they will run, but not to the extreme point where they turn the ball over. “I hate turnovers and I won’t put us in a situation where we will turn the ball over,” Gogan said.

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Members of the 2010-2011 Cozad girls basketball team are (left to right); Front row: Karlye Leibrandt, Allie Buesing, Carly Henry, Jessica Finnegan, Nicole Zook and Stephanie Finnegan. Second row: Molly Thramer, Riley Sigler, Skylar Howell, Kylee Griffis, Kaylea Reyes, Ellen Laird and Darrien Gomez. Third row: Amanda German, Samantha Carlson, Courtney Geiger, Mykail Lauby, Aubri Myers and Ashlie Montey. Back row: Coach Darrel Francescato, Head Coach Michael Gogan, Kalynn Fleharty, Sarah Yocom and Coach Robert Langan. Not pictured: Katie Mohler

Gogan will have three starters come back after the Lady Makers 8-14 season, and a loss in the semifinals of the sub-district tournament. One of his staples will be Carly Henry, who will be a work horse under the basket for the Makers, along with speedster Jessica Finnegan, who’s speed will be nice to have on the perimeter.

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A long tradition continues into the 2010-2011 season with the Cozad Haymaker Wrestling team. After a Top 10 finish in the team standings, many are excited about the talent that runs deep in head coach Derek Hammerlun’s roster this year. “You just got to start from ground zero,” Hammerlun said. “Last year was last year, it’s something you have to build off of and it’s something that can give us a tremendous amount of confidence.” The Haymakers will get back five of their six state qualifiers from last season, losing only Tanner Sturgeon, who won the 189-lb. championship last season. Pedro Garcia, Kyle Carlson, Logan Hunke, Colton Derr and Caleb Lucero all return to lead a young group of Haymakers who look to be just as strong as they were last year. Garcia, Hunke, Carlson and Derr all picked up wins at the state tournament, but look to go deeper into the tournament at the Qwest Center in February. For Hammerlun, he points out a lot of important meets to test where his wrestlers are during the season, but in the sport of wrestling, Hammerlun is concerned about finishing at the end, and sending his wrestlers to Omaha. “We’re all about finishing here,” Hammerlun said. “People don’t really remember if you won the Cozad Invite, they’re going to ask

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Members of the 2010-2011 Cozad Wrestling team (left to right); Front row: Dillon Thurn, Bernardo Revelo, Daniel Chacon, Kyle Carlson, Pedro Garcia and Colton Derr. Second row: Martin Rascon, Christopher Dinges, James Brown, Isaac Hoffman, Nick Cullers, Simon Rangel and Alex Boryca. Third row: Garrit Geiger, Jesus Estrada, Andres Pelayo, Dillon Badd, Brendan Molden and Clay Trejo. Back row: Abel Lopez, Rogelio Lopez, Junior Escamilla, Saige Valenzuela, Head Coach Derek Hammerlun. Not pictured: Caleb Lucero, Slater Barela, Logan Hunke, Hank Pflaster, Coach Heath Keim and Coach Chris White. you if you qualified for the State Tournament, and if so, did you place or did you win it. To me, that tells you everything about the sport of wrestling.” The Haymakers begin their season on Dec. 4 at home, hosting the Cozad Invitational.

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Overton Lady Eagles Girls Basketball

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Excitement is buzzing around the Cozad boys basketball team as many are wanting to get onto the hardwood to begin practice in preparation for the season. Head coach Scott Foster is looking to improve on last season’s 3-18 record, and a first round exit at the sub-district tournament. “I think what we have is some fire,” Foster said. “Competitiveness that maybe we haven’t had the last couple of years. I think that we have some guys who want to do well and I think we’re going to have some competitive practices.” Foster looks to improve the Haymakers’ play in the second half, which seemed to be a crippling half for the Makers last season. “I think we’re going to have more depth, so we’re going to be able to do that,” Foster said. “My plan is to play 10-12 players. Last year, we played seven. We’re really going to work on getting in shape.” Also, Foster wants to put defense first on the agenda for his team this season. “I don’t think we played very good defense last year,” Foster said. “That’s going to be our first concentration this year defense.”

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At the end of the season, Foster looks to put Cozad basketball back on the map, and is confident that a sub-district tournament win is not out of the question. “I really feel when you look at our district, we can win our subdistrict,” Foster said. “I think we can compete with all those teams.” Cozad opens the season on the road Dec. 2, when they travel to Chase County.

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Members of the 2010-2011 Cozad Boys basketball team are (left to right); Front row: Dylan Munson, Rhett Montgomery, Freddy Engasser, Anthony Easterday, Alec Foster, Kody Case, Tylar Lauby and Roman Netherton. Second row: Head Coach Scott Foster, Jacob Stallbaumer, Lucas Foster, Adam McGinnis, Jay Chaudhari, Rylee Woldt, Ben Wetovick (Student Manager) and Klint Gill (Student Manager). Back row: Jack Cornelius, Blaine Petersen, Tanner Evertson, Jacob Rush, Nate Bubak, Coach Brian Cargill and Coach Will Reutzel. Not pictured: Jed Paulsen, Jake Paulsen, Zach Robison and Tysen Werner.

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Members of the 2010-2011 Overton Girls' basketball team are (left to right); Front row: Laurie Callahan, Taylor Bevard, Grace Ecklund, Sarina Rose and Pagie Smith. Second row: Abby Miller, Kinzy Enochs, Madison Beavers, Diana Arp, Kayla Grubb and Miranda Farley. Third row: Chelsey Brown, Brooke Crist, Abby Purintun, Kendra Halley and Shannon Callahan (Student Manager). Back row: Head coach Glen Snodgrass, Paxton Huckins and Coach Madison Aten. Not pictured: Coach Alicia Carpenter After a disappointing 2009-2010 season, expectations for the Overton girls’ basketball team have grown significantly. Head coach Glen Snodgrass is looking for a lot of improvement out of his group of young, experienced players, after his team soaked in a lot of varsity time last season. “We are very experienced, most of the season was played

with two sophomores and three freshmen,” Snodgrass said. “We have much higher expectations this year. I’m not going to sit here and say we are a state championship-caliber team, but, we’re going to be a much, much improved team and going to be competitive in every game this year.” Returning this year will be Grace Ecklund, who’s height will

be key for the Lady Eagles this season under the basket. There will be more assistance under the hoop for Ecklund, as Madison Beavers will provide some height, giving Overton a triple-threat with sophomore Laurie Callahan, who is deadly from just about anywhere. Stepping in to help Snodgrass this season will be Alicia Carpenter and Madison Aten, for-

mer players of the coach, who will provide a lot of insight on Snodgrass’ style of play during the season. With a lot of top-notch players in the Fort Kearny Conference graduating last year, the door opens for the Eagles to maybe mimic the magical run that the volleyball team had in the FKC tournament this year. “I don’t see one team in the

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Members of the 2010-2011 Overton Wrestling team are (left to right); Front row: Brandon Jerrod, Ethan Enochs, Michael Renderos, Gavin Holen and Josh Shafer. Back row: Frank Prokop, Andrew Alumit, Luis Arredondo, K.C. DeFilipps, Joseph Alumit and Head Coach Darrel Branz. Not pictured: Trey Colburn and Preston Meier Head coach Darrel Branz achieved one of his goals from last season, which was to take one of his wrestlers to the State Tournament in Omaha. This season, he looks to up the ante. Branz looks at three, possibly four members of his wrestling team as strong favorites to make a trip to the state tournament in

Omaha. Ethan Enochs returns, looking to move deep into the tourney this season, while there are three other teammates who look to make their first appearance for the Eagles, who are looking like a team on the rise. Also returning for the Eagles will be Preston Meier, who fell just short of qualifying for the

state tourney, while Brandon Jerrod will be the big man on the mat, wrestling at either 215 or heavyweight. Also returning after a year and a half absence is Michael Renderos, who’s speed and strength will be a nice addition to the Eagle lineup. “Michael was a great addition for this year,” Branz said. “I

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There hasn’t been this much anticipation for wrestling season in Lexington for some time, as a new coach looks to instill a tradition once again on the mats. Joey Morrison enters his first season as head coach, taking over for Ken VerMaas Jr. Morrison hopes his extensive wrestling background will help build a powerhouse wrestling program once again. “There is a whole new arsenal of techniques that these wrestlers, that these guys haven’t seen before,” Morrison said. “I’m hoping to create a system that has kind of a mesh of what I’ve learned at Lincoln East and throughout the years and hopefully create something special here at Lexington.” One of Morrison’s big guns will be Danny Ibarra, who looks to be one of the top wrestlers in his class this season. Morrison is aware of the tradition that Lexington has with the wrestling teams of the past, and is looking to clean up different things to bring back the storied tradition that the Minutemen once had. “What’s impressed me is the amount of athleticism and talent,” Morrison said. “The kids are there, the coaching staff is in place. All the pieces need to

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Members of the 2010-2011 Lexington Girls' Basketball team (left to right); Front row: Casey Seberger, Madi McKeone, Ivette Sandoval, Hailey Mandelko, Cicely Batie, Megan Sculley, Zulema Reyes, Sydney Seberger and Aleisha Ziegenbein. Second row: Stacy Lam, Daisy Lopez, Halle Gydesen, Brooke Schmidt, MacKenize McKeone, Katelin Schultze, Molly Woockman, Jasmin Montes and Vanessa Ambriz. Back row: Head Coach Randy Carpenter, Coach Brent Frauen, Coach Malinda Robbins and Andrea Garcia. Only one point separated the Lexington Minutemaids’ basketball team from their first trip to the state basketball tournament in nine seasons. Head coach Randy Carpenter, who is entering the 37th year of his future hall of fame career, knows that that loss is firing up his girls for the start of the sea-

son. “I think they’re real excited. They’re really looking forward to the year,” Carpenter said. “Hopefully we have an opportunity to atone for that loss and we’re just looking for some consistency this year.”

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After one of the best seasons in Elwood boys basketball history, head coach Kurt Banzhaf is looking forward to raising the bar even farther. “The seniors who played last played a huge role in the success we had last year,” Banzhaf said. “Someone has got to step forward and fill that role. It’s a different group of guys this season.” Five letter winners return from last season’s 11-9 season, including Jonathan Weber, a junior who will put some height under the basket that the Pirates lacked last season. “Our weight program has improved this year, that’s going to show some signs in some of these athletes,” Banzhaf said. For this year’s team, they are aware of the success that was achieved last season, but hard work ethic and their desire will be something Banzhaf will watch closely. “We are going to have some tough spots this year,” Banzhaf said. “How they handle that and how they handle that adversity, it’s going to be a challenge and I have confidence in them.” Elwood will play in arguably the toughest conference in the state of Nebraska, the Fort Kearny Conference, where staring at competition such as Pleasanton, Overton and Axtell is an everyday occurrence. Banzhaf doesn’t pinpoint one specific conference game on the schedule as

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Members of the 2010-2011 Elwood girls' basketball team are (left to right); Front row: Katyra Remmenga, Skyler Wigstone, Sami Ferguson, Molly Weissert, Rachel Mahlberg, Lexie Remmenga and Taylor Summer. Second row: Taylor Gydesen, Katya Reiman, Taylor Carlberg, Mackenzi Anderson, Michaela Clark, Nicole Daake, Ryan Fiene, Michele Haussler and Krissy Elliot (Student Manager). Back row: Leslee Fiene (Student Manager), Brittany Dickau (Student Manager), Brittany Kussman, Sami Clark, Desirai Grassmeyer, Sarah Rahjes, Sheridan Banzhaf, Amber Weber (Student Manager) and Coach Jackie Engelhardt. Not pictured: Chianne Beck and Head Coach Kevin Mahlberg. After a five-year absence from the sport of basketball, Kevin Mahlberg makes his return to the hardwood as the head coach for the Elwood Lady Pirates. Mahlberg knows that one strong point for his team this season, will be their ability to move the basketball up and down the floor. “Our girls moved the ball up and down the floor very well last year and we will have to do that this year,” Mahlberg said.

Another strong asset the Pirates will have going into the winter sports season will be their ability to shoot the three-point shot. Mahlberg knows who his three-point shooters will be and is a firm believer in taking the shot if there is an opportunity. “A lot of people say you live and die by the three,” Mahlberg said. “Well, if you’re open I advise you take it.” One thing that Mahlberg has noticed from the girls

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taking a leave of absence, is to establish a coach that will remain there for a period of time. “It’s really hard on any program where you can’t get anything established,” Mahlberg said. “When they asked me to do it I said I probably would because I didn’t want any of these girls to go through all these different coaches.” Elwood will open their season on the road at Wilcox-Hildreth on Dec. 4.

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The third-year head coach is excited for the season, and the athletes who will play for him this year. “I’m looking forward to this year. I think our kids will be disciplined and we’re going to have to be disciplined,” Young said. “We’re going to have to win the games on the defensive end, and with our athleticism, we need to use that to our advantage.” Last season could have given any young coach grey hairs, as Lexington walked out of a fivegame stretch with a 3-2 record, with four games decided by two points or less. Young takes it in stride, but takes the win any way he can. “A win is a win,” Young said. “I think we’ll have those close games again, I don’t think we’ll go out and dominate but I think we’ll be competitive with just about anybody. It’s important to get those wins when we can.” The Minutemen lose two big men underneath in R.J. Seberger and Hawken Albus, but the competitiveness and fire that Lexington possessed in the latter portions of the schedule last season is still there. “I think we’re different this year, because I think we’re more athletic in all five spots on the floor,” Young said. “We can put it on the floor and take it to the basket as much as catching and shooting the ball. I think we can take advantage of going by some people at the post.”

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Members of the 2010-2011 Lexington Boys' basketball team are (left to right); Front row: Henry Bran, Joel Monter, Aaron Luther, Maggie Salem (Student Manager), Yohanna Lopez (Student Manager), Patrick Berke, Tyler McKeone and Stefan Baker. Second row: Jeremy Callahan, Alex Hovie, Jose Mora, Hector Murguia, Abraham Pop, Ryan Reynolds and Austin Roemmich. Third row: Jacob Refior, Adrian Sanchez, Jalen Grant, Justen Gutierrez, Kody Kenton, William Longly and Trever Miller. Fourth row: Rodrigo Perez, Edgar Ramirez, Francisco Rodriguez, Shad Wellmann, Dylan Case, Chandler Flynn and Leon Tse. Back row: Dylan Richman, Eli Young, Easton Young, Head Coach Eric Young, Coach John Soflin, Coach Josh Kuecker and Coach Jim Hoyt.

Also, with a young talented freshman class arriving, Young throws the idea of getting the younger guys some experience. “We’ve talked as a coaching staff that that could be a possibility,” Young said. “We’ll kind of play that out and see how it works at the beginning of the year and if some of those kids develop, it’s always an option.”

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LEXINGTON HISTORY BOYS BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPIONS- 1947 RUNNER-UP – 1945, 1946, 1957, 1974, 1995 GIRLS BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPIONS- 1978, 1987 RUNNER-UP – 1977, 1991 WRESTLING STATE CHAMPIONS-1967, 1968, 1973, 1982 RUNNER-UP – 1969, 1974, 1977, 1980

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Members of the 2010-2011 S-E-M Wrestling team are (left to right); Front row: Antonio Vigl, Traven Claflin, John Frerichs, Zach Burden, Collin Donahoo, David Cervantes and Cale Eacker. Second row: Calvin Frerichs, Morgan Ansbach, Bryce Brown, Cy Barnes, Austin Pierce and Tyler Bowden. Back row: Chantz Klein, Coach Boyd Bowder, Coach Marlin Berg, Grant Clausen and Justin Samford. squad, but a slew of talent will give the Mustangs an edge against any team it takes the court on. Dillan Line is the only remaining starter from last season, who averaged just under 12 points per game. Besides Line, nine letter winners return, including four juniors over six feet tall and one sophomore listed at 6’2. According to Irwin, the post position shouldn’t be as much of a problem this season. “Our problem sometimes in the past was not having a big post or a go-to guy,” Irwin said. “We are now getting some post play and that should make us improved.”

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Members of the 2010-2011 S-E-M Girls' Basketball team are (left to right); Front row: Miranda Pierce, Deidra Brooks, Sara Simmons and Nissa Brown. Second row: Jessica Lourenco, Kristen Karlberg, Baley Swanson, Tabitha Anderson and Kaiti Lufking. Third row: Coach Stephanie Shaw, Sydney Glattor, Brieanna James, Shaley Burr, Kasie Dittmar and Head Coach Ron Long. Not pictured: Megan Berg, Lauren Ibach and Rachel Ibach The Mustang boys’ basketball team has had its fair share of frustration the last two seasons, all thanks to Hayes Center. The boys have reeled off great regular seasons, only to fall to the Cardinals two years in a row at the district finals. Also, the Mustangs have lost in the district finals three times out of the last four years. This year, something’s got to give. Head coach Dave Irwin, who is

entering his 36th year as a head coach with 435 career victories, is looking to push the ‘Stangs over the hump this season and lead them to their first state playoff appearance since 2007, and their fourth overall appearance since the merger of the three towns. “We could have another solid year,” Irwin said. “We might be a year away, but If they improve like they did last summer, we could be very solid.” Four seniors leave last year’s

To Irwin, getting the kids healed up from the fall season, along with bonding well after Christmas time, the Mustangs might be serious contenders this year. “I think if our football kids who are injured get patched up, and we can gel as a team in January, we have a good chance to do well,” Irwin said. Screams and shouts of jubilation filled Tub’s Pub last winter when the Sumner-Eddyville-Miller girls’ basketball team ran the table during sub-districts and districts, to qualify for the D-1 state tournament for the first time since 2007. Head coach Ron Long is excited about the upcoming season, where they will look to make their first back-to-back trips to Lincoln since 1981-82. “We lost only one starter from last year so we have pretty good experience coming back with five people who have started at one time or another,” Long said. “Hopefully as the players come around we will have more depth than we have had

other years and players pushing for playing time.” Players returning for the 20102011 season are seniors Sara Simmons, Megan Berg, Lauren Ibach and Deidra Brooks, along with junior Tabitha Anderson. Usually during the season, it’s about playing consistently and avoiding the peaks and valleys of a long season, but for Long, it’s about improvement from week to week, then finishing strong when it matters. “We want to improve each game and peak at the end of the season like last year,” Long said. More new coaches are in the mix this winter, as Boyd Bowder and Marlin Berg take over for coach Mike Kvanvig, who left S-E-M at the end of the school year. For both coaches, their expectation are pretty simple. “We hope to improve each tournament and grow as a team,” the coaches said. “It’s a long season that can take a wear and tear on a young man, and we hope that the wrestlers can take that adversity in stride and still put together a successful season.” After sending five of their wrestlers to the state tournament last season, four of the qualifiers will return in Bryce Brown, Cale Eacker, Zach Burden and John Frerichs. Bowder and Berg want to see the work ethic continue in order for the four returners to have another run at

a state title. “It all comes down to our attitudes and work ethic, “ the coaches said. “If we continue to improve, work hard and follow the leadership of our upper classmen, we should have a successful season.” All in all, the coaches want to see them contend and be in the running to win every tournament this winter. “I think a team goal would be to be in the team race at every tournament,” the coaches said. “We have some quality wrestlers with experience this year and to be ‘in the mix’ at every tournament is a reasonable outcome.” The boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will begin their season on Dec. 2 when they host Loomis, while the Mustang wrestling team opens their season on Dec. 3, when they travel to the Elwood Invite.

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Coming from the dungeon of the Cozad Wrestling team, former Haymaker Andrew Chrisinger is now the head coach of the Elwood Pirates, after taking over for former coach Ed Arends, who stepped down at the end of the 2009-2010 school year. Lots of experience returns with state qualifiers Walter Flint, Mitch Kubert and Dillion Tiede, along with senior Hunter Ertz. Chrisinger can already see the hunger and desire two weeks prior to practice. “They were already asking what they can do to get better and asking if they can use the wrestling room so I can tell that they’re hungry for it,” Chrisinger said. “I just need to give them a little more experience and get them better on their feet, and things should pan out.” Chrisinger, who grew up learning from the best that Cozad had to offer, will bring two major components to the “Maroon Platoon” this year, physicality and foot work.

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“We’re going to be physical and we’re going to be great on our feet,” Chrisinger said. “We are going to be good on our feet and let the mat work take care of itself.”

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Finally, the new coach isn’t afraid of setting the bar high for his crew, and for his wrestlers, he wants to see as many as possible at the Qwest Center. If we can get all six of them out, I want to see all six of them qualify for state,” Chrisinger said. “After that, it’s anybody’s game. Once you qualify for state, whatever happens happens.”

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