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A view from the top Experienced Gering High School girls golf team positioned for more success, big finish this season By Mark Rein Star-Herald

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ith the return of nearly everyone from last year’s Class B state runner-up roster, expectations for more success this fall is at an alltime high for the Gering High School girls golf team. Returning this year for the experienced Bulldogs are seniors Ali Boswell, Avery Mitchell and Kelsey Le, along with juniors Madi Schlaepfer and Tayber Meyer. All four combined to help Gering enjoy tremendous success last year, which included setting a school record with a 325. “We have a pretty bright outlook this year,” Mitchell said. “We have a lot of returners and people that score really well. We all have been working really hard this summer, so it should be a pretty good year for all of us.” Meyer, who played a few varsity tournaments last season, is now a full-time member and she put in a lot of work this summer to get ready. “I tried to golf in all the junior tour tournaments this summer and I tried to get in as much golfing as I could,” she said. “I improved quite a bit, so I am proud of myself.” What should set Gering apart from a number of other teams this season is experience. Schlaepfer and Boswell lead the Bulldogs after both put together stellar seasons a year ago. Boswell is already committed to continue golfing at the next level, as she verbally committed to golf at Tyler Junior College next year. Tyler is the same school that her mom, Jessica, golfed at, and her dad, John, attended.

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Pictured on top of the Scotts Bluff National Monument overlooking Monument Shadows Golf Course is this year’s Gering High School girls golf team. In front (left to right) are Kelsey Le and Ali Boswell. In the middle are Avery Mitchell, Tayber Meyer, and Madi Schlaepfer. Standing in the back is head coach Jessica Boswell.

“I am really excited to be going to Tyler because I knew for a while that is what I wanted to do,” Ali Boswell said. “Making that dream a reality is exciting for me.” Boswell returns as the most experienced member of the team. She began competing at the varsity level as just a freshman. Boswell, who owns a best score of 81, placed 10th at last year’s state tournament. Schlaepfer, as a sophomore, was one of the top golfers a

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Aug. 29 ................................................ Gering Sept. 5 ........................................... Scottsbluff Sept. 10........................................... Chadron Sept. 12 ..............................................Sterling Sept. 19 ...............................................Sidney Sept. 21 ........................ McCook Tournament Sept. 24 ..............................................Mitchell Sept. 28 ................................Holdredge Invite Oct. 4-5............................... Twin Cities Invite Oct. 8 ................................................. Gering Oct. 10 ............................................... Sidney Oct. 12 ..........................Chadron Tournament Oct. 17 ...........................Gordon-Rushville Tri Oct. 22 ....................................... Alliance Tri Oct. 24 .............................................. Chadron Oct. 26 ...................... Alliance Pilfold Invite Oct. 28-29.................................. Sub-Districts Nov. 2 ....................................... Districts Final Nov. 7-9 ................................................. State

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year ago. Schlaepfer won six tournaments and earned a seventh-place finish at state. Her best round recorded last season was a 78. Schlaepfer is excited for the coming year and said that the entire team has improved. “Expectations are pretty high. They are even higher than last year because we all know we have gotten better over the summer and we can do really good stuff this season,” Schlaepfer said. “My summer was full of golf and

we all played against each other and made each other try harder than last year and pushed each other.” Mitchell and Le will make the team even better as the two seniors have also improved a ton over the summer. Mitchell is the third returning Bulldog who medaled at state a season ago. She placed 11th. Her low score last year was an 83. Le gained valuable experience on the varsity team last

GIRLS’ GOLF

Aug. 29 ............................................... Bayard Sept. 3 ........................................... Scottsbluff Sept. 10 ............................................ Chadron Sept. 12 ..............................................Mitchell Sept. 17 ............................................... Gering Sept. 24 .............................................Ogallala Sept. 26 ......................................... Bridgeport Sept. 30............................................ Alliance Oct. 7 ................................................. Districts Oct. 14-15.............................................States

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Aug. 30 ................................................... York Sept. 6............................................. Chadron Sept. 13...........................................Hastings Sept. 20 ................................................ Brush Sept. 27..................................Chase County Oct. 4 .................................................McCook Oct. 11 ............................................... Gering Oct. 18 ........................................... Scottsbluff Oct. 25 ..........................................Lexington Nov. 1, 8, 15 ...................................... Playoffs Nov. 25 .................................................. State

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year. Her low score was an 87 and she finished fifth at the district tournament. Le said that she did a lot more golfing over the summer than during her whole high school career. She has high goals for herself and the team. “Personally, I would love to bring home a state title. I also want to stay in the low 80s and hopefully shoot in the 70s,” she said. “As a team, we hope to break the school record that we just broke last year and that is quite possible. We just need to work as a team.” Schlaepfer said while the goal is to win every tournament this year, the team knows that may not be the case. “Playing golf is really hard, but we strive to be as good as we can every day,” she said. “But that doesn’t always happen.” After opening the season with a fourth-place finish at the Papillion-La Vista Monarch Invitational in Omaha last week, Gering captured its first win on Tuesday at the Sidney Invite. The Bulldogs fired a 338 to win by five shots over Scottsbluff. The five returners will be pushing each other all season and Schlaepfer said that will make the team even better. “I just feel like all our players should push each other and we will do so,” she said. “There should be good competition between me and Ali and I look forward to having that this season.” For Boswell, Mitchell and Le, this season will be their last at the high school level. Boswell can’t believe that her prep career is almost over. See GERING, 3

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Alliance volleyball looks to continue winning ways By Jeremy Woznick Star-Herald

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Pictured on top of the Scotts Bluff National Monument are the members of this year’s Gering High School girls golf team. From top to bottom: Madi Schlaepfer, Ali Boswell, Avery Mitchell, Tayber Meyer, and Kelsey Le.

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“Me and Avery were walking the course during practice [the other day] and it hit us both that this is our last year of doing this,” Boswell said. “Next year will be totally different and we will be off to bigger and better

things. It is really exciting that my girls have been with me the whole way.” Gering will return to action on Tuesday at the Scottsbluff Invite at Scotts Bluff Country Club. The Bulldogs will then attempt to repeat as Western Conference champions on Sept. 12 at Mitchell’s Scenic Knolls Golf Course.

LLIANCE — Following one of the most successful two-year runs in school history, the Alliance volleyball team isn’t expecting that to come to an end just yet. Despite graduating a group of seniors that combined for lofty statistical numbers, including two-time Star-Herald All-Region Player of the Year Emersen Cyza, the Bulldogs are aiming to maintain their winning ways this fall. “We have some big shoes to fill from last season, but I am very pleased with where we’re at right now,” third-year Alliance head coach Jessica Kaiser said. “I felt like all summer when we stepped on the court we became more comfortable, more confident and improved every time. We do have a lot of letter winners returning and a great senior class that will help lead us.” One of those leaders will be 6-foot-3 senior middle blocker Jordan Hopp. She returns as a three-year starter and is an Iowa State University recruit. Last year as a junior, Hopp put down 196 kills, served 24 aces and totaled a school record of 143 blocks. Joining Hopp as a returning starter is 5-7 senior Khloe Felker. Felker led the Bulldogs defensively last season with 346 digs. The Bulldogs also return an experienced

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Gering’s Ali Boswell chips during a golf tournament last season. Boswell is one of the Bulldogs’ three returning state medalists from a year ago.

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Alliance’s Jordan Hopp (right) hits against a Bennington blocker during last year’s district final. Hopp is one of two returning starters back from last season’s Bulldog team that qualified for the state tournament.

group of letter winners led by seniors Lillie Otto, Cameron Tritle and Peyton Weber. Weber missed all of last season with a knee injury. She would have been in the starting lineup. “Our whole senior class is ready for this opportunity to be leaders,” Kaiser said. “They’ve been super positive and have great attitudes. It’s also cool to see how much they expect of the young kids, too.” Other returning letter winners include juniors Billi Alvarado, Olivia Knapp and Brooke Davidson. Alvarado will

step into the setter position after the departure of Megan Oligmueller and Shelbi Mills, who combined for over 900 assists last year. “She was our setter for JV last year,” Kaiser said of Alvarado. “As of right now, it looks like we’ll be running a 5-1 with her and she’s doing really well. She’s getting a lot of confidence and she’s moving the ball around to all the players really well.” Alliance finished last season with a final record of 29-6 after going 24-9 the previous year. After falling one

win short of qualifying for the state tournament in 2017, the Bulldogs achieved that goal of advancing to Lincoln last year for the first time since 2000. Alliance swept both the sub-district and district championships. Kaiser believes this group is hungry to make that happen again. “They know what that feels like and they also know what it takes to get there,” she said. “I feel like they’re willing to work hard to get back to that point.” Alliance will open its season on Aug. 29 at Gering.

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Harsh keys loaded, veteran Bearcat football squad for Hall’s first season By Jeremy Woznick Star-Herald

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fter a couple of months passed, it was easier for new Scottsbluff head coach Jud Hall to watch tape of last season’s Class B championship. “It was pretty evident on the film that we lost to a better team,” Hall said. The game against Omaha Skutt was competitive for the first quarter-and-a-half before the SkyHawks found their stride, rolling to a 48-27 victory at Memorial Stadium. It was the only loss for the Bearcats (12-1). It also was the final game for longtime coach Joe Benson. Hall, who had been Scottsbluff’s offensive coordinator the past six seasons, now has the reins. And he’s bullish on the Bearcats’ chances to make a deep playoff run with the return of 22 seniors and 12 starters — six apiece on offense and defense. Hall’s optimism is buoyed by experienced depth along both lines. “We think our offensive and defensive lines will be a real strength for us,” Hall said. “There are a number of guys with experience who are back. We’re going to rely on our guys up front on offense to create some space for playmakers behind them. “On defense, we want to control the line of scrimmage and make our opponents do things they don’t want to do to try and beat us.” Scottsbluff also returns some skill players — namely quarter-

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Scottsbluff’s Sabastian Harsh runs during the Class B state championship against Omaha Skutt last year at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. Harsh is one of 22 seniors and 12 starters on this season’s Bearcat squad.

back/linebacker Sabastian Harsh. The 6-foot-4, 220pound senior was a key offensive weapon with his arm and legs. He threw for 1,137 yards and 14 touchdowns while rushing for 989 yards on 141 carries

with 18 touchdowns. “He’s going to be a good player for us and lead from quarterback position,” Hall said. “I anticipate him being a leader on that side of the ball. He’ll be able to see defenses easier this year behind center because

he had 13 games last year and got some really good experience.” Harsh was a firstteam all-state selection at linebacker, too. He finished with 59 tackles — 41 unassisted — 16½ tackles for loss, two pass breakups, 15 quarter-

back hurries and three interceptions last year. Harsh converted one of those picks into a touchdown. “He will play a variety of defensive positions this year because he can do so many things,” Hall said. “He can line up

at different linebacker spots, and he can also be a defensive end in certain packages. He can play pass coverage and rush the passer from the end. “Sabastian is hard to block and he’s just a natural at finding the football. His arms are long, and that makes him hard to block. It’s hard to get hands on him from the end position.” Hall said running back Jacob Krul is also key to the offense. Last season, Krul played behind Chris Busby and averaged 9.4 yards per carry with 668 total yards and 10 touchdowns. The return of Sam Clarkson should help make both lines stronger, too. After a solid sophomore campaign, Clarkson missed his junior year with a torn ACL. He healed in time to play for the Bearcats’ basketball team. Scottsbluff’s schedule again will be challenging. It opens at home against Class A North Platte before traveling back-to-back weekends to Hastings and Grand Island Northwest. Gering and Sidney also are road games, as is the regular-season finale against McCook. ​“ North Platte had some coaching changes just before the start of last season and they drastically improved as the season went on,” Hall said. “After those next two games on the road, we’ll find out what kind of mental toughness we have.”

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High School Football Alliance Nickname: Bulldogs Class: B District: B-4 Last year’s record: 4-6 Head coach: Chris Seebohm Years as head coach at school: Fifth Coaching record at school: 12-26 Overall coaching record: 15-32 Base offense: Multiple Base defense: 4-2-5 Returning starters: Trevor Dubray, senior, 6-1, 165, quarterback, 1,466 passing yards, 13 TD; Erik Folchert, senior, 5-11, 170, running back/ linebacker, 179 rushing yards, 3 TD, 26 solo tackles; Colter Mann, senior, 5-11, 250, center, three-year starter; Bradyn Palmer, senior, 6-4, 20 0, g ua rd /defensive end, three-year starter, 17 solo tackles, 3 sacks as a junior; Matt Escamilla, senior, 5-11, 210, g ua rd /defensive end, three-year starter; Mario Garza, junior, 6-3, 275, tackle/defensive tackle, two-year starter on both sides of ball, missed some of last year with season-ending knee injury; Noah Freeze, senior, 6-0, 305, defensive/offensive tackle, two-year starter on defense; Xing Xu, senior, 5-9, 180, defensive end/offensive guard, twoyear starter on defense Returning varsity letter winners: Konnor Farritor, senior, 5-10, 170, wide receiver/cornerback, played as a sophomore and some last year as a wide receiver Top newcomers: Logan Leistritz, junior, 5-11, 195, tail back; Collin Schrawyer, senior, 6-4, 160, wide receiver; Chase King, junior, 6-2, 150, wide receiver Season outlook: “We lost a lot of skill players last year,” coach Seebohm said. “We knew that we have a very competitive district with some returning playoff teams in it. We will have to work hard to make sure we are where we need to be. We have had a great offseason and I’m looking forward to seeing how we come together and what this season will hold.” Team strengths: “We have great experience on the offensive and defensive lines,” Seebohm said. “Many of our seniors have been starting since they were sophomores. I think that is going to pay off this year. Our seniors that have been starters for a couple of years are starting to take on their leadersh ip roles a nd that will help us out a lot during the season.” Top competition: “We play York, McCook, and Scottsbluff. All of those teams have been tremen-

dously successful, have playoff experience, and Scottsbluff is coming off a state runner-up season,” Seebohm said. “All of the teams we play are very well coached and this season will be a challenge. We are all looking forward to it.”

sophomore, 6 -2, 195, wide receiver/linebacker; Michael Matt, junior, 6-2, 220, offensive/defensive line; Michael Gunwall, junior, 5-10, 235, offensive/defensive line; Garrett Glines, junior, 5-10, 175, offensive line/ linebacker; Jesse Stolley, sophomore, 6-0, 270, offensive/defensive line Season outlook: “We were fortunate enough to win our district last year, but didn’t play well at other times,” coach Lecher said. “We believe we can once again compete well with the teams on our schedule. We think we will have a very strong defense at the beginning of the year to offset the numerous new starters on offense.”

Bayard Nickname: Tigers Class: D-1 District: D1-10 Last year’s record: 3-5 Head coach: Brandon Stuart Years as head coach at school: First Returning starters: Jack Kildow, junior, 5-10, 155, quarterback/defensive back, two-year starter; Christian Leonard, junior, 5-8, 150, running back / linebacker, twoyear starter; Brandon Neiger, senior, 5-10, 175, running back/linebacker, three-year starter; Traeton Harimon, senior, 5-11, 195, offensive/defensive line; Gordan Acosta, senior, 5-5, 185, offensive/ defensive line R et u r n i n g va r s it y letter winners: Kolton Kriha, sophomore, 5-5, 140, wide receiver/defensive back; Trevor Reish, junior, 6 -2, 170, wide receiver/defensive back Season outlook: “On offense we are going to be athletic and have the opportunity to distribute the ball to many different guys,” coach Stuart said. “We are looking for some guys to step up on the offensive line. On defense we return a couple of linebackers with multiple years of experience and playing time. We will have the opportunity to be very competitive in our district as long as we can find some guys that are willing to win the battle in the trenches on both sides of the ball.” Top competition: “Garden County will be a good test early,” Stuart said. “They are always well coached and play hardnose football. Hemingford is always a tough district opponent. They have been winning for a while and are well coached.”

Bridgeport Nickname: Bulldogs Class: C-2 District: C2-8 Last year’s record: 3-6 Head coach: Jeremy Reimers Years as head coach at school: First Returning starters: Cole Faessler, junior, 5-9, 165, quarterback/ linebacker, all-district, all-conference, third-year starter; Bryce Deaver, senior, 6-1, 225, offensive/defensive line, second-year starter; Nate Rahmig, senior, 6-1, 210, offensive/defensive line,

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Bayard quarterback Jack Kildow throws a pass during a football game last season. Kildow is one of five returning starters for the Tigers this fall.

third-year starter; David Argamosa, senior, 5-8, 130, wide receiver/defensive back, second-year starter; Brady Newkirk, junior, 6-0, 210, offensive/defensive line, second-year starter; Cade Loomis, junior, 6-2, 210, offensive/defensive line, second-year starter; Josh Warren, junior, 6-2, 170, tight end/linebacker, second-year starter; Jake Wallesen, junior, 5-10, 145, wide receiver/safety, second-year starter; Damien Bell, junior, 5-8, 150, linebacker; Dillon Metz, sophomore, 5-8, 130, wide receiver/defensive back R et u r n i n g va r s it y letter winners/top newcomers: Braxton Swires, sophomore, 5-8, 120, wide receiver/defensive back; Mason Nichols, sophomore, 5-10, 200, tight end/defensive line; Colt Rogers, junior, 5-11, 230, offensive/defensive line Season outlook: “We return a lot of depth and experience from the year prior — returning 10 that started at some point in the year last year — and look to have over 40 players on the roster,” coach Reimers said. “This factor and the commitment these athletes have in the weight room is why I see the Bulldogs having success this season. I am trying to reset the culture in Bridgeport to help the young athletes see that results take work and a lot of it. I am extremely excited for this group of young men. They have already shown their dedication to the program and it will be interesting to see how much they can improve and achieve over the next year.” Team strengths: “Our strengths this season will be on the offensive line and defensive backfield with all but one starter

returning, and at quarterback,” Reimers said. “Some areas we will be looking for some young underclassmen to step up into new roles will be on the defensive line, middle linebacker, and running back. Having a strong front five on the offensive line will make this transition easier for a young backfield.”

Chadron Nickname: Cardinals Class: C-1 District: C1-8 Last year’s record: 5-5 He ad c oac h: M i ke Lecher Years as head coach at school: 15th Assistant coach: Jonn McLain Base offense: Spread Base defense: 3-4 Returning starters: Trevor Berry, senior, 6-0, 170, quarterback, second-year starter; Curt Bruhn, senior, 6-0, 195, running back/linebacker, second-year starter; Cole Madsen, senior, 6-3, 195, offensive line, second-year starter; Levi Glines, senior, 6-0, 210, offensive/defensive line; Cooper Wild, senior, 6-1, 22 5, of fensive /defensive line; Aiden Vaughn, junior, 6-2, 215, offensive line/linebacker Returning varsity letter winners: Tallon Craig, junior, 6 -0, 165, wide receiver/defensive back; Dawson Dunbar, sophomore, 5-9, 170, running back/linebacker; Sawyer Haag, junior, 5-10, 180, running back/linebacker; Michael Sorenson, sophomore, 5-10, 160, wide receiver/defensive back; Cobie Bila, junior, 5-10, 165, wide receiver/defensive back; Tate Ryan, senior, 5-10, 175, linebacker; Zac Haug, junior, 5-8, 160, running back/ linebacker; Cody Hall,

Nickname: Rams Class: 6-man District: D-6 Last year’s record: 2-6 Head coach: Rick Barry Years as head coach at school: Second Returning starters: Will Ackerman, senior, 6-3, 170, quarterback/ linebacker; Rope Anders, senior, 5-10, 150, running back/linebacker; Dennis Vogl, senior, 5-6, 140, r unning back /sa fety; London Gillam, senior, 6-1, 160, tight end/defensive line R et u r n i n g va r s it y letter w inners: Hays Frahm, sophomore, 5-10, 130, quarterback/safety; Kolby Welling, sophomore, 6-0, 160, running back / linebacker; Levi Van Beek, sophomore, 5-10, 180, center/defensive end; Talen Huggett, sophomore, 5 - 6, 180, center/defensive end; Andrew Two Bulls, junior, 6 -0, 150, wide receiver/center; Alyson Smith, senior, 5-8, 180, center/defensive end Season outlook: “The strengths of our team will be senior leadership and heart,” coach Barry said. “Last year we lost three games in the last minute and every week this team came back and worked hard. These juniors were team leaders last year and we are glad to have them back.”

Garden County Nickname: Eagles Class: D-2 District: D2-9 Last year’s record: 7-3 Head coach: Jason Spady Years as head coach at school: 19th Coaching record at school: 141-40 Va r s i t y a s s i s t a n t coaches: Chad Dormann, Cody Assman, Jordan Russell Base offense: I Base defense: 3-4 Returning starters:

Reid Spady, senior, 6-0, 195, tight end/linebacker; Austin Dormann, senior, 6-0, 195, quarterback/ defensive end; Kenny Barringer, senior, 5-10, 160, center/linebacker; Colton Martin, senior, 6-0, 150, guard/defensive line; Isaiah Neis, senior, 6-0, 175, offensive/ defensive line; Chesney Stanczyk, junior, 6-0, 180 Returning varsity letter winners: Cole Coss, junior, 5-9, 145, running back/defensive back Top newcomers: Jordan Underwood, sophomore, 5-11, 185, offensive/defensive line; Dillon Christiansen, sophomore, 5-8, 145, running back/defensive back; Titus Neal, senior, 5-9, 185, offensive/ defensive line Season outlook: “We have some experience from last year, but need some young kids to step up and play well for us this year to give us some depth,” coach Spady said. “Our schedule is a solid one and we have to play well every week if we want to win.”

Gering Nickname: Bulldogs Class: B District: B-4 Last year’s record: 0-9 Head coach: Josh Hiatt Years as head coach at school: Second Va r s i t y a s s i s t a n t coaches: Jar rod Williams, Rico Ochoa, Travis Gable, Zach Bonness, Kyle Cotton Base offense: Spread option Base defense: 4-3/3-4 Returning starters: Riley Schanaman, senior, 5-8, 170, quarterback, wide receiver, defensive back; Garrett M. Conn, senior, 6-0, 230, offensive line/linebacker; Zac Wilson, senior, 6-3, 200, tight end / linebacker; Adreick Conn, senior, 6-1, 215, offensive line/ defensive end; Kolton Ebbers, senior, 6-2, 180, wide receiver/defensive back; Anthony Walker, senior, 5-11, 180, quarterback/defensive back; Jerod Balthazor, junior, 5-9, 180, running back/ defensive back; Iziah Blanco, junior, 6-2, 240, offensive/defensive line; Trey Zwickl, junior, 6-3, 255, offensive/defensive line; Brady Radzymski, junior, 5-7, 165, wide receiver/defensive back Returning varsity letter winners: Donovan De Los Santos, senior, 5-10, 190, running back/linebacker; Austin Lease, junior, 5-11, 235, offensive/defensive line Top newcomers: Kaleb Gonzales, senior, 5-8, 170 , r u n n i n g b a c k / defensive back, transfer from Minatare; Eli Thompson, sophomore, See FOOTBALL, 6

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5-10, 185, running back/ linebacker; Carmelo Timblin, sophomore, 6-0, 165, wide receiver/defensive back; Ryan Johnston, sophomore, 5-8, 155, wide receiver/defensive back; Gabe Cruz, sophomore, 5-8, 165, wide receiver/ defensive back Season outlook: “The Gering Bulldogs will be young, but have a strong senior core this season,” coach Hiatt said. “If we can get some depth to develop behind our topend players, we could be a strong team this season. A small senior class, however, lends itself to depth issues. We are excited about the work that has been put in by our kids and believe we are starting to turn the corner towards what we want to see as a football program. We have a good nucleus of skill players returning with lots of playing time from last season and our offensive line will be much stronger than last season with the returning players and young guys that have stepped up in the offseason.” Team strengths: “Lots of experience returning off of last year’s squad mixed with a group of young players that are hungry to find success,” Hiatt said. Top competition: “Our entire schedule is daunting as all of them made the playoffs last season,” Hiatt said. “However, the usuals sit atop Class B and are on our schedule — McCook, Scottsbluff, Seward, Grand Island Northwest. Mix those four with perennial Wyoming power Torrington and we don’t get many breaks.” Final word: “Gering football is climbing the ladder,” Hiatt said. “We might still be on the ascent towards getting to where we are going, but our kids are really working hard to change the expectation of what Gering football looks like and what is expected when we step out on the football field on Friday nights.”

Nickname: Bobcats Class: D-1 District: D1-10 Last year’s record: 6-4 Head coach: Jordan Haas Years as head coach at school: 10th Coaching record at school: 71-20 Assistant coach: Taryn Wood Base offense: Single wing Base defense: 3-3 Returning starters: Br ian T urek, junior, 5-10, 170, quarterback/ linebacker; Jake Sellman, senior, 6-3, 215, offensive/defensive line; Carter Buchheit, senior, 5-6, 145, running back/ defensive back; Alex Plog, senior, 5-11, 170, tight end / linebacker; Greg Randolph, senior, 5-10, 185, fullback/linebacker Returning varsity letter winners: Jack Payne, junior, 5-7, 160, offensive/defensive line; Alex Neefe, junior, 5-7, 185, offensive/defensive line; Jayce Meyring, junior, 6-0, 155, running back/ defensive back; Zach Rozmiarek, junior, 6-0, 160, tight end/defensive back; Luke Honstein, senior, 5-8, 150, fullback/linebacker; Ethan Specht, sophomore, 5-9, 140, running back/defensive back; Wiley Rudloff, senior, 6-2, 160, tight end / linebacker; Tyler Coleman, senior, 5-9, 170, running back/linebacker; Hayden Blumanthal, junior, 6-3, 245, offensive/ defensive line Season outlook: “Our team will be very inexperienced up front,” coach Haas said. “We are going to be looking for some guys to step up and grow in a hurry with our diff icult schedule out of the gate. We return four two-way starters so we will look to those guys for some guidance early in the season. It will be very difficult for the Bobcats to repeat as district champions. Competitive district games make high school football a lot of fun down the stretch.”

Brayden Haley, sophomore, 6-2, 150, defensive tackle; Mason Reimers, sophomore, 5-11, 130, wide receiver/cornerback; Scout Gamble, sophomore, 5-11, 130, quarterback/defensive back

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Kimball Nickname: Longhorns Class: D-1 District: D1-10 Last year’s record: 4-4 Head coach: Ben Aarestad Years as head coach at school: Third Returning star ters: Ethan Greenwood, senior, 6-0, 250, offensive/ defensive line, two-year starter; Christian Allen Van Pelt, junior, 5-11, 200, running back/linebacker, SVPA all-conference honorable mention; Beau Hanks, senior, 6-4, 185, tight end, two-year starter; Brayden Tyan, senior, 5-11, 220, running back/linebacker; Jacob Withrow, senior, 5-8, 150, wide receiver/defensive back; Austin Lulf, senior, 5-8, 150, wide receiver/ defensive end Returning varsity letter winners: Brendan Walker, senior, 6-3, 180, quarterback; Blaynne Rohde, senior, 5-7, 225, offensive/defensive line; Izaak Rohde, junior, 5-10, 225, offensive/defensive line; Thomas Muldoon, sophomore, 5-10, 155, wide receiver/defensive end; Jared Barnes, junior, 6-3, 205, offensive/defensive line

Season outlook: “We won’t have the depth we had last year. We have very low numbers, so we need to stay healthy at all positions,” coach Aarestad said. “We have a good group of seniors. After two years of being here and being in charge of the strength program, we have finally gotten our strength to where it needs to be. We think we have some good kids to carry the ball. We just hope we can find some kids to open up holes for them.”

Leyton/Banner Co. Nickname: Warriors Class: D-2 District: D2-10 Head coach: Glen Lipska Years as head coach at school: 17th Returning players: Jeremy Carley, senior, 5-10, 235, guard; Zac Henke, junior, 6-2, 185, tight end/defensive end; Dominick Russ, junior, 5-7, 160, running back/linebacker; Dawson Wiggins, junior, 5-8, 200, center/ defensive tackle; Ethan Eckhardt, sophomore, 5-8, 150, running back/ linebacker; Jonathan Borges, sophomore, 5-11, 195, guard/defensive end;

Nickname: Doggers Class: Wyoming 6-man Last year’s record: 3-5 Head coach: Matthew Cornelius Years as head coach at school: Fourth Returning starters: A lex Pugsley, senior, 5-11, 160, tailback/safety; Jesse Valentine, junior, 6-0, 205, center/defensive line; Zane Rising, senior, 5-11, 165, offensive line/ linebacker; Cordell Forkner, junior, 6-1, 250, fullback/linebacker; Cooper Hill, junior, 5-6, 145, quarterback/linebacker; Bailey Powell, junior, 6-6, 160, guard/defensive end Season outlook: “We will have a completely different feel on both sides of the ball and the kids are already taking nicely to our new schemes,” coach Cornelius said. “There has been major work on and off the field this summer and we are returning all starters on offense and defense this coming year. Again our conference is as salty as ever, but we are hoping to mix it up this year and hopefully make a showing in the postseason.”

Minatare Nickname: Indians Class: 6-man District: D-6 Last year’s record: 9-2 Head coach: J.J. Ozuna Years as head coach at school: Eighth Key returners: Isaac Gomez, senior, 5-10, 225, offensive/defensive line; Caesar Garduno, senior, 6-3, 275, offensive/defensive line; Dario Rodriguez, junior, 5-7, 180, quarterback/linebacker; Carlos Martinez, junior, 5-7, 160, wide receiver/ linebacker; Joe Gomez, sophomore, 5-10, 190, offensive line/linebacker; Haydon Olds, junior, 5-10, 180, running back/

linebacker; Allen Gomez, junior, 5-10, 160, wide receiver/linebacker Newcomers: Saul Medina, sophomore, 5-6, 200, offensive/defensive line; Kobe Moreno, sophomore, 5-8, 200, offensive/defensive line; Logan Gomez, freshman, 5-6, 150, offensive line/linebacker Season outlook: “We do return our offensive line and most of the defensive line,” coach Ozuna said. “We will be feeding off of the success of last year to find new leadership and the drive to continue our success in this coming year. We do have the athletes to keep the ball rolling. We just need to stay positive and keep our tight brotherhood we have built.”

Mitchell Nickname: Tigers Class: C-1 District: C1-8 Last year’s record: 4-5 Head coach: Nick Kuxhausen Years as head coach at school: First Returning starters: Blake Thyne, senior, 6-2, 185, quarterback/ defensive back, 54 of 107 completions, 1,101 yards, three-year starter; Max Palomo, senior, 5-6, 155, running back/linebacker, three-year starter; Nick Coley, senior, 6-0, 235, offensive/defensive line, three-year starter; Jon Thomas, senior, 5-8, 170, wide receiver/linebacker; Nate Coley, junior, 6-2, 230, offensive/defensive line; Luke Hessler, junior, 5-10, 215, offensive/defensive line; Rylan Aguallo, junior, 5-8, 190, running back/linebacker, 109 carries, 717 yards, two-year starter; Othaniel Banks, junior, 6-1, 275, offensive/ defensive line, two-year starter; Austin Thyne, sophomore, 6-1, 170, wide receiver/defensive back, 20 receptions, 483 yards Returning varsity letter winners: Donte Bellairs, senior, 6-1, 170, wide receiver/defensive back; Corbin Batt, senior, 5-6, 155, wide receiver/ l i nebacker; Jac ob Hershfeldt, senior, 5-6, See FOOTBALL, 7

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155, wide receiver/linebacker; Jaden Schumacher, junior, 6-2, 165, wide receiver/defensive back; Hadley Markowski, junior, 5 - 5, 145, wide receiver/defensive back; Garrett Hessler, junior, 6-4, 225, offensive/defensive line; John Plascencio, junior, 5-10, 275, offensive/defensive line; Kadin Perez, junior, 5-10, 160, wide receiver/ defensive back; Victor Palomo, sophomore, 5-8, 210, offensive line/linebacker; Ty Paetow, sophomore, 5-10, 175, fullback/ linebacker; Daniel Thomas, sophomore, 6-1, 245, offensive/defensive line N e w c o m e r s : Ja c kson A llen, freshman, 5-7, 145, quarterback/ defensive back; Hayden Umble, freshman, 5-7, 140, running back/linebacker; Brock Knutson, freshman, 6-3, 240, offensive/defensive line; Seth Wilfred, freshman, 6-4, 260, offensive/defensive line; Khristian Jimenez, freshman, 5 -10, 250, offensive/defensive line; Tucker Thomas, freshman, 6-3, 190, offensive/ defensive line; Braden Reisig, freshman, 5-10,

180, fullback/linebacker Season outlook: “We are very excited for this upcoming season,” coach Kuxhausen said. “We bring back a veteran group with eight starters back on offense and eight on defense. We will have a heavy senior and junior class with a good mix of both skill and lineman type players. We will have a lot of competition among positions across the board. Our schedule will be very tough, competing in our district is always a challenge.” Top competition: “We will be tested week in and week out,” Kuxhausen said. “Our district play will be very tough and we will be tested every week. Ogallala, Chadron and Sidney will all be very talented teams in our district. Chase County is always tough and has a great tradition. Valentine and North Platte St. Pat’s will be very tough out of district games.”

Morrill Nickname: Lions Class: D-1 District: D1-10 Last year’s record: 2-6 Head coach: Ada m Jantzi Years as head coach at school: Fourth

A s si st a nt c oaches: Coby Folck, Scott Muir, Walker Britsch Base offense: Spread Base defense: 3-3 Returning starters: Tanner Whetham, senior, 6-3, 200, quarterback/ linebacker; Rowdy Lind, senior, 5-8, 165, running back /linebacker; Riley Harris, senior, 5-9, 175, guard/defensive end; Isaiah Guerue, junior, 6-0, 230, guard/nose guard; Blake Lof ink, senior, 5-11, 150, wide receiver/linebacker; Michael Johnson, senior, 5-11, 160, tight end/linebacker; Kolten McMackin, junior, 6-0, 145, wide receiver/ defensive back Top newcomers: Michael Morgan, sophomore, 5-10, 185, tight end/linebacker Season outlook: “We will be explosive on the offensive side of the ball, but need to get a lot better on defense,” coach Jantzi said. “We have worked in the offseason to get bigger, faster and stronger, and I think it will pay off for us this fall. We are a junior and senior loaded team, so that should be an advantage for us.”

Potter-Dix Nickname: Coyotes Class: Six-man

District: D6-5 Last year’s record: 1-7 H e a d c o a c h : D a le Frerichs Years as head coach at school: 14th Returning starters: Terell Gray, senior, 6-3, 230, athlete; Donnie Moench, junior, 5-9, 150, running back/defensive back; Kyle Evans, junior, 5-8, 220, center; Brandon Mendoza, junior, 5-8, 140, athlete; Jared Anton, sophomore, 5-10, 150, athlete; Anthony Tovar, sophomore, 6-3, 150, wide receiver/defensive back; Conner Glanz, sophomore, 5-9, 140, athlete Returning varsity letter winners: Shawn Waggoner, junior, 5-11, 200, offensive/defensive line; Niko Koon, sophomore, 5-11, 150, offensive/defensive line Newcomers: A lex Anton, freshman, 5-7, 110; Jo shu a Br ow n , f resh m a n, 6 - 0, 16 0; Ethan Evans, freshman, 5-6, 115; Josh Kasten, freshman, 5-6, 150; Luke Kasten, freshman, 5-11, 145; Gunnar Oleson, freshman, 5-5, 110; Zach Rotert, freshman, 6-0, 150; Karter Wittrock, freshman, 5 -11, 140; Trevor Williams, freshman, 5-6, 115 Season outlook: “We

shou ld h ave a go o d balance of experience and new talent,” coach Frerichs said. “A long with experience, we will have improved speed and strength, which will help tremendously in 6-man. Some of our younger players will be expected to step up and fill roles for us to be successful.”

Scottsbluff Nickname: Bearcats Class: B District: B-4 Last year’s record: 12-1 Last year’s finish: District champion, state runner-up Head coach: Jud Hall Years as head coach at school: First Base offense: Double wing Base defense: 3-4-4 Returning starters: Jasiya DeOllos, senior, 6-0, 205, running back/ linebacker, fourth-year on varsity; Sabastian Harsh, senior, 6-3, 220, quarterback/linebacker; Jacob Krul, senior, 5-9, 175, running back/defensive back; Jack Darnell, senior, 6-0, 185, tight end/ linebacker; Luke Rohrer, senior, 6 -0, 170, linebacker; Terrence Mokeac, senior, 5-11, 225, nose guard; Sam Clarkson, senior, 6-6, 290, tackle/

defensive end, injured last season; Creighton Dike, senior, 5-10, 195, g ua rd; Kyler K autz, senior, 6-0, 230, guard; Joe McLoud, senior, 5-9, 250, tackle; Nick Maag, junior, 6-2, 195, defensive end; Caleb Walker, senior, 5-10, 170, kicker; Trayton Travnicek, senior, 5-11, 260, tackle/nose guard; Evan Heggem, junior, 6-0, 205, defensive end S eason outlook: “A large group of seniors will look to lead the program back to the playoffs for the 10th straight year,” coach Hall said. “Strengths of this team will be the offensive and defensive line where we will have a great deal of depth and experience. The kicking/ punting game and the ability to change the field position game should be a strength. We will start four new defensive backs as we graduated a deep group of DBs. It will be important for that group of athletes to work hard during fall camp to prepare for the passing offenses we will see this year. The upcoming season should be a competitive season in the B-4 district.” See FOOTBALL, 8

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9/3.............................Scottsbluff 9/7................................ McCook 9/10.................................Gering 9/13-14 .....................Scottsbluff 9/17............................... Alliance 9/20.....................Chase County 9/21........................ North Platte 9/24................................ Gering 9/26.............................. Ogallala 10/1.........................Scottsbluff 10/5....................... Chadron Tri 10/9-10 .........................Districts 10/16-18 ........................... State

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8/30............. Gordon-Rushville 9/6................................. Alliance 9/13............................Valentine 9/20........................ Broken Bow 9/27................................Sidney 10/4.............................. Ogallala 10/11................. Chase County 10/18............................. Mitchell 10/25.............................. Gering 11/1, 8, 15 ....................Playoffs 11/26................................ Finals

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Sidney Nickname: Red Raiders Class: C-1 District: C1-8 Head coach: Ch r is Koozer Returning starters: Eli Ahrens, senior, 6-0, 200, quarterback/safety; Zak Weiser, senior, 6-1, 200, running back/linebacker; Brady Robb, junior, 5-6, 170, running back/ linebacker; Paul Houser, senior, 6-0, 150, wide receiver/defensive back; Cayden Jobman, senior, 6-0, 230, offensive/defensive line; Nathan Hofrock, senior, 6-0, 220, offensive/defensive line

Sioux County Nickname: Warriors Class: 6-man District: D-6 Last year’s record: 1-7 Head coach: Ba r r y Swisher Years as head coach at school: 15th Record as head coach at school: 63-58 Assistant coach: Nick Sanderson Base offense: Spread Base defense: 2-3-1 Returning starters: Tommy Watson, senior, 6-0, 190, quarterback/ linebacker, first-team all-district QB; Michael Cornstock, senior, 6-0, 160, wide receiver/defensive back, second-team all-district WR; Allen Mc C u m b er s , s en ior, 6-0, 165, defensive line/

tight end, all-conference honorable mention DL; Tristan Hunter, senior, 5-11, 200, linebacker/ center, missed last season with injury; Sam Skavdahl, junior, 6-5, 190, tight end/defensive line; Leif Meidell, sophomore, 5-9, 145, safety/running back; Michael Sanderson, sophomore, 5-8, 155, center/defensive line; Tucker Monroe, sophomore, 5-10, 155, running back/defensive back; Richy Gutierrez, sophomore, 5-5, 135, wide receiver/defensive back Newcomers: Colt on Randall, freshman, 5-8, 150, offensive/defensive line; Jesse Dunn, freshman, 5-10, 165, offensive/ defensive line Season outlook: “We return a good core of

players who are eager to get the season started,” coach Swisher said. “We have to stay healthy, which has been a big issue for our seniors. But if we do, we should have a good season.”

Southeast Nickname: Cyclones Class: Wyoming 1A Last year’s record: 0-8 Head coach: Mark Bullington Returning starters: Tate Carson, senior, tight end; Jacob Chapman, senior, center; Gregg Logsdon, senior, defensive end; Patrick Swank, senior, flanker; Hayden Anderson, junior, quarterback; Sawyer Anderson, junior, guard; Brock Blev ins, junior, line-

backer; Brant Fullmer, junior, running back; Harrison Hall, junior, tackle; Ethan Steinhausen, junior, tackle; Cord Her r i ng, sophomore, fullback; Ryan Clapper, s ophomor e, r u n n i n g back; Bog ie Herring, junior, tight end

Torrington Nickname: Trailblazers Class: Wyoming 3A Last year’s record: 10-1 Head coach: Russell Steinmetz Years as head coach at school: First Returning starters: Corbin Harris, senior; Tyler Schaub, senior; Sam Firmhinac, senior; Rhiley Grubbs, junior

R et u r n i n g va r s it y letter winners: Jackson Jones, senior; Gabe Mitchell, junior Season outlook: “This is my first year being a head coach and I am excited for what this season may bring,” coach Steinmetz said. “We will have new play callers along with a ton of new players on the field. It has been a challenge, but very rewarding.” Team strengths: “The experience is in the offensive line and this is where we w ill bu ild from,” Steinmetz said. “This is a good place to build from as I believe if we are going to be successful, then our line needs to be good and we have to establish a running game.”

Nebraska High School Football District Assignments Class A District 1: Bellevue East, Lincoln Northeast, Lincoln Southeast, Omaha North, Papillion-La Vista South District 2: Bellevue West, Lincoln Pius X, Norfolk, Omaha Central, Omaha South District 3: Kearney, Lincoln High, Lincoln Southwest, North Platte, Omaha Benson D i s t r ic t 4: G r a nd Island, Lincoln East, Lincoln North Star, Millard West, Omaha Bryan District 5: Columbus, Elkhorn South, Millard South, Omaha Creighton Prep, Omaha Northwest, Omaha Westside District 6: Elkhorn, Fremont, Gretna, Mill a r d Nor t h , O m a h a Burke, Papillion-La Vista

Class B District 1: Bennington, Blair, Elkhorn Mount Michael, Omaha Roncalli, Schuyler, South Sioux City D istr ic t 2: Nor r is, Omaha Gross, Omaha S k ut t , P l at t smout h , Ralston, Waverly District 3: Beatrice, Cret e, Gra nd Isla nd

Northwest, Hastings, Seward, York District 4: Alliance, G er i ng, L ex i ng t on, McCook, Scottsbluff

Class C-1 Distr ict 1: A shland-Greenwood, Auburn, Falls City, Lincoln Christian, Lincoln Lutheran, Nebraska City District 2: Arlington, Boys Tow n, Douglas County West, Fort Calhoun, Omaha Concordia, Platteview District 3: Boone Centra l / New ma n Grove, L oga n View/S c r ib n e r - S ny d e r, P i e r c e , Wayne, West Point-Beemer District 4: Columbus Lakeview, Columbus Scotus, Raymond Central, Wahoo, Wahoo Neumann District 5: Aurora, Central City, Fairbury, Fillmore Central, Milford District 6: Adams Central, Cozad, Holdrege, Kearney Catholic, Minden District 7: Broken Bow, G othenburg, O’ Neill, Ord, Valentine District 8: Chadron, Chase County, Mitchell, Ogallala, Sidney

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Class D-2 District 1: Diller-Odell, Falls City Sacred Heart, Johnson-Brock, Lincoln Pa rk v iew, Mer id ia n, Pawnee City D i s t r ic t 2 : C e d a r Bluffs, Clarkson/Leigh, Emerson-Hubbard, Mead, Omaha Christian, Pender D i s t r ic t 3: A l le n , Bloom f ield, Ha r tington-Newcastle, Randolph, Wausa, Wynot District 4: Elgin/Pope Joh n, Hu mph rey St. Francis, Osmond, Plainview, Riverside, Winside Distr ict 5: Centra l Valley, Clearwater-Orchard, CWCE, O’Neill St. Mary’s, Stuart, Twin Loup

District 6: Axtell, Blue Hill, Franklin, Giltner, Kenesaw, Lawrence-Nelson D i s t r ic t 7: A n s elmo-Merna, Bertrand, Elwood, Loomis, Overton, Pleasanton District 8: Brady, Maxwell, Medicine Valley, Mullen, Sandhills/Thedford D istr ict 9: Ga rden County, Leyton/Banner County, Paxton, Wallace, Wauneta-Palisade

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High School Volleyball Alliance Nickname: Bulldogs Class: B Sub-district: B-8 Conference: Western Head coach: Jessica Kaiser Ye a r s c oac h i n g at school: Third Overall coaching record at school: 52-14 Overall coaching record: 141-24 Last year ’s record: 29-6, sub-district/district champions, state qualifiers Returning starters: Jordan Hopp, 6-3, senior, middle blocker, threeyear starter; Khloe Felker, 5-7, senior, libero Returning varsity letter winners: Lillie Otto, 5-8, senior, rightside; Cameron T r itle, 5 -9, senior, rightside; Billi Alvarado, 5- 6, junior, setter; Peyton Weber, 5-8, senior, outside hitter; Olivia Knapp, 5-10, junior, middle blocker; Amauri Browning, 5-8, sophomore, outside hitter; Avah Steggall, 5-11, sophomore, middle blocker; Shelbee Burke, 5-10, sophomore, middle blocker; Brooke Davidson, 5-8, junior, outside hitter Season outlook: “We lost a lot of our starters from the previous year that brought a lot of experience, power and leadership. We do have a lot of letter winners returning and a great senior class that will help lead us,” coach Kaiser said. “Jordan Hopp has been a varsity starter since her freshman year. She will bring a lot of power and energy with her attacking and her block. Khloe Felker is our returning libero. We look to her to be a leader with communication and leading by her hustle and play. Payton Weber was out last season with an ACL injury. We are looking forward to having her back. She brings a lot of power on her attack and shows a lot of positive intensity. Lillie Otto and Cameron Tritle are our returning right side hitters from last season. They both showed great improvement with their block and attacking and have been working really hard in the offseason to prepare for this season. We will have a lot of underclassmen that we are looking to step up into positions. We attended a few camps over the summer and played in some league matches. Ever y time we stepped on the court I felt we were improving and building strong team chemistry. We are definitely heading in the right direction.” Top competition: “Sidney has a lot of strong players returning. They will be really tough this season. They have a new coach coming in that has had a lot of success, so he will do a great job preparing them,” Kaiser

said. “Chadron will also be an extremely tough team this year. They have the majority of their team returning and will be really strong all the way around. I think Gering and Scottsbluff will both be teams that will improve a lot, so overall I feel like the Panhandle is going to have some really tough competition.”

Sub-district: C2-12 Conference: Western Trails, Panhandle Head coach: Melinda Cullan Years as head coach at school: First Last year’s record: 7-24 Returning starters: Makenzy Chancellor, 5-5, senior, libero/middle hitter, two-year starter; Storm Jespersen, 5-5, senior, outside hitter, two-year starter; A ly Turek, 5-9, sophomore, middle hitter; Katelyn Varner, 5-8, junior, setter/rightside Returning varsity letter winners: Liz Mayer, 5-7, junior, setter Season outlook: “We are a young team with only five players returning who saw court time,” coach Cullan said. “We have a lot of open positions on the court, so I have been really stepping back and observing at open gym to see where each player will be the best contributor to our team. We’ve worked hard in open gym.”

Bayard Nickname: Tigers Class: C-2 Sub-district: C2-12 Conference: Western Trails, Minuteman Last year’s record: 8-21 Head coach: Tabitha Unzicker Years as head coach at school: First Returning varsity letter winners: Katie Colson, senior, 5-0, defensive specialist; Lorren Henkel, senior, 5-7, middle hitter; Dontae Abbott, senior, 5-7, rightside hitter; Rylee Sharp, junior, 5-8, outside hitter; Daci Harter, junior, 5-8, middle hitter; Grace Burry, junior, 5-8, setter

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Bridgeport Nickname: Bulldogs Class: C-2 Sub-district: C2-12 Conference: Western Trails, SPVA Last year ’s record: 19-13 Head coach: Jackie Rahmig Years as head coach at school: 14 Coaching record at school: 243-158 Returning starters: Falen Jeffries, senior, 5-4, middle hitter, twoyear starter, all-conference honorable mention; Evy Loomis-Goltl, senior, 5-11, middle hitter, twoyear star ter; Sydney Nein, junior, 5-3, setter, two-year starter, Western Trails all-conference Returning varsity letter winners/newcomers expected to contribute: Ellie Cline, sophomore, 5-10, middle hitter; Karlie Deaver, sophomore, 5-8, outside hitter; Teresa Santoyo, sophomore, 5-7; Alexis Vergil, junior, 5-7, rightside hitter; Natalie Keenan-Verg il, sophomore, 5 - 5, rightside hitter; Paige Schmunk, sophomore, 5-4, setter; Ruthie Loomis- G oltl, freshman, 6-2, outside h itt er; T r icia Ha n k, sophomore, 5-8, middle hitter; Lexi Harding, sophomore, 5-6; Payton Alexander, senior, 5-4 Season outlook: “We will have a lot of young, new faces on the court this season,” coach Rahmig said. “The competition in the gym has been high with great energy and coachable attitudes. We are excited to see the growth in the younger players and the leadership for the older girls to be a competitive team this season.”

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Leyton’s Madelyn Watchorn hits during a volleyball match against Bridgeport last season. Watchorn, a senior, is in her fourth year starting for the Warriors this fall.

Chadron Nickname: Cardinals Class: C-1 Sub-district: C1-12 Conference: Western Head coach: Blakelee Hoffman Ye a r s c oac h i n g at school: Third Overall coaching record at school: 38-37 Last year ’s record: 23-15 Returning starters: Shea Bailey, 5-7, senior, outside hitter, All-Western Conference, team record for digs in a season (552); Allie Ferguson, 5-9, senior, outside hitter, All-Western Conference; Tyleigh Strotheide, 5-8, senior, setter, All-Western Conference; Anika Burke, 6-2, junior, middle hitter; Emma Cogdill, 5-8, junior, rightside/ setter; Jalei Marcy, 5-4, junior, defensive specialist; Jacey Garrett, 5-5, sophomore, defensive specialist R et u r n i n g va r s it y letter winners/newcomers: Kaycee Kittell, 5-8, junior, outside/middle hitter; Olivia Reed, 6-0, sophomore, middle hitter; Tatum Bailey, 5-11, sophomore, middle hitter S ea son outlook: “ I believe this season is going to be our best yet,” coach Hoffman said. “We not only have a strong group of seniors, but over the summer our sophomores have really developed and stepped up. They will be challenging some upperclassmen for playing time. This year our greatest strength is our senior leadership and experience. The trio of seniors will be in their third season as starters,

along with Anika Burke and Jalei Marcy in their third year with a lot of varsity experience as well.” Top competition: “I look to Sidney and Alliance to be our toughest competition this season,” Hoffman said. “Both teams have a strong senior class and a great tradition of winning.”

Gering Nickname: Bulldogs Class: B Sub-district: B-8 Conference: Western Last year ’s record: 17-19 Head coach: Amanda Cochran Years as head coach at school: Fifth Returning starters: Macey Boggs, junior, 5-9, setter; Zoee Smith, senior, 5-7, libero; Elli Winkler, senior, 5-10, outside hitter; Emily Harrison, senior, 5-9, middle blocker; Kennie McFarland, junior, 5-7, defensive specialist; Sydnee Brester, junior, 5-11, middle blocker Players likely to contribute: Kyla K night, junior, 6-0, rightside hitter; Carleigh Pszanka, freshman, 6-1, rightside hitter; Maddie Rae, freshman, 6-1, middle blocker; Taylor Philbrick, senior, 5-10, outside hitter Season outlook: “We will be welcoming many new young players to our team,” coach Cochran said. “We look for a ton of growth.”

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8/30............................................ LFL Invite 9/3.............................................. Southeast 9/5.............................................. Pine Bluffs 9/6........................................ Sioux County 9/20...............................Guernsey-Sunrise 9/24.................................................... Burns 9/26..............................................Glenrock 9/28............................................ Lusk Invite 10/4..................................................... Lusk 10/5.......................................... Morrill Invite 10/8...........................................Pine Bluffs 10/10............................................. Glenrock 10/18...............................Guernsey-Sunrise 10/24........................................... Southeast 10/26....................................................Lusk 11/1-2 ..........................................Regionals 11/7-9 ................................................. State

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8/30...................... MW/GS/LFL Scrimmage 9/6........................................ Sioux County 9/13....................................... NSI Academy 9/20.............................................. Saratoga 9/28......................................................HEM 10/4............................................... Midwest 10/11...............................................Kaycee 10/18...............................Guernsey-Sunrise 10/26.................................................. Hulett 11/1-2 .............................................Playoffs 11/8-9 .......................................Semi-Finals 11/16-17 ............................................. State

Nickname: Longhorns Class: D-1 Sub-district: D1-12 Conference: Western Trails, SPVA Last year ’s record: 11-18 Head coach: Jeri Ferguson Years as head coach at school: Fifth Returning starters: Jenna Greenwood, senior, 5-10, middle hitter; Sydney Biesecker, junior, 5-8, outside hitter; Megan Spicer, junior, 5-6, setter; Jaydin Paxton, junior, 5-7, outside hitter/rightside hitter Returning varsity letter winners: Nicole Delplane, senior, 5-10, middle hitter; Bailie Brower, senior, 5-6, outside hitter; Sierra Rutledge, senior, 5-4, libero Season outlook: “Even though we have four returning starters and seven returning letter winners, we did lose three excellent seniors who were very good leaders that we need someone to step up and replace,” coach Ferguson said. “In our returning starters we have a good combination of a strong hitter, a smart hitter, a very improved setter who is really starting to understand situations. The returning letter winners are ready to step in and contribute.”

Leyton Nickname: Warriors Class: D-2 Sub-district: D2-12 Conference: Minuteman Activities Last year ’s record: 19-10 Head coach: Jodi Craig Years as head coach at school: 22nd Coaching record at school: 401-201 Assistant coach: Lindie DeBlois

Returning starters: M a d e ly n Wa t c h o r n , senior, 6-0, outside hitter/middle hitter, 331 kills, 45 blocks, 39 aces; Ella Draper, junior, 5-5, setter/outside hitter, 217 assists, 19 aces; Sage Rummel, junior, 5-5, libero/outside hitter Returning varsity letter winners: Hannah Vath, junior, 5-8, middle hitter; Ariauna Maestas, junior, 5-6, rightside hitter/defensive specialist Top newcomers: Alyson Holt, senior, 5-6, outside hitter/rightside hitter; Cor tney Holt, sophomore, 5-10, middle hitter/ rightside hitter; Ashton Van Anne, sophomore, 5-6, outside hitter/defensive specialist; Tyenne Berner, freshman, 5-6, outside hitter/defensive specialist; Axi Benish, freshman, 5-5, setter Season outlook: “We are looking to be competitive in all our matches,” coach Craig said. “There are several teams on our schedule that didn’t lose many starters, so we are going to have to hustle and be aggressive defensively against everyone we play.” Team streng ths: “I think the positive attitudes that these girls possess will be a definite strength,” Craig said. “We have good leadership to help the more inexperienced players step up to the challenges they face.” Top competition: “Bridgeport, Mitchell and Garden County are going to be strong teams,” Craig said. “Although they have some young players also, they will be scrappy and competitive.”

Lingle-Ft. Laramie Nickname: Doggers Class: Wyoming 1A Conference: SEWAC Last year’s record: 21-9 Head coach: Barb Clark Years as head coach at school: Seventh R etu r n i ng players: Ashley Riley, senior, outside hitter; Jessy White, senior, setter; Kalli Nichol, senior; Shelby Heilbrun, senior; Tiah Meyer, sophomore Season outlook: “The seniors I think will be great leaders and will set the expectations high,” coach Clark said. “We will have a lot of heart and a never quit attitude. The younger girls seem promising from what we saw last year in the freshmen and what the eighth graders have shown.”

Minatare Nickname: Indians Class: D-2 Sub-district: D2-12 Conference: Minuteman Activities Last year’s record: 3-20 Head coach: Laura McAllister Years as head coach at school: Second Returning starters: Jua na Perez, sen ior, See VOLLEYBALL, 10

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5-9, setter/middle hitter; Julissa Chavez, senior, 5-3, outside hitter; Jessica Camargo, senior, 5-5, middle hitter/rightside hitter; Jaqueline Sanchez, junior, 5-1, outside hitter/libero; Raschelle Magdaleno, junior, 5-7, setter/rightside hitter; Corina Meyers, sophomore, 5-5, setter

Mitchell Nickname: Tigers Class: C-1 Sub-district: C1-12 Conference: Western, Western Trails Last year’s record: 22-7, WTC champs Head coach: Michelle Peters Years as head coach at school: 18th Coaching record at school: 314-161 A s si st a nt c oaches: Kailin Luikens, Amie Hessler Returning starters: Jayden K a n no, 5 - 4 , junior, defensive specia list /setter; Mar jie Schmitt, 5-6, sophomore, setter R et u r n i n g va r s it y letter winners: Lyndsey Walters, 5-4, senior, defen sive spe c ia l ist; Avery Hobbs, 5-6, junior, libero; Josie Jenkins, 5-9, junior, outside hitter; Quincey Johnson, 5-11, junior, middle hitter Top newcomers/transfers: Marjie Schmitt, 5-6, sophomore, setter Season outlook: “Our team returns a great g roup of competitive players that share a passion for the game,” coach Peters said. “Speed and defense from our back row w i l l be a g reat strength for us, as well as solid servers. Our hitters’ streng th and consistency along with being very athletic at the setter position will be a crucial ingredient for a well balanced offense. These kids put in a lot of time during the summer to make them better players and they commit to being great athletes. The players we return have a team chemistry that is pretty special. These kids have a passion to not only compete, they want to win.” Team strengths: “Our t ea m chem istr y a nd defense will be our biggest assets,” Peters noted.

Morrill Nickname: Lions Class: C-2 Sub-district: C2-12 Conference: Western Trails, Panhandle Last year ’s record: 12-20 Head coach: Kyle Rice Returning starters: Laura Sherrod, senior, 5-9, outside hitter; Libbie Schaefer, junior, 5-9, outside hitter; Shandie Hess, senior, 5-2, libero; Mya Canseco, junior, 5-2,

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Scottsbluff’s Cali Wright passes the ball during a recent volleyball practice at Scottsbluff High School. The Bearcats will open their season on Sept. 3 at Chadron. Leslie Foral is Scottsbluff’s new head volleyball coach this season.

setter; Madison Mendoza, junior, 5-6, setter; Sadie Cooley, senior, 5-9, middle hitter; Ashton Hoffman, senior, 5-8, middle hitter Returning varsity letter winners: Rylie Mason, senior, 5-4, setter/rightside hitter; Jaiden Steiner, junior, 5-6, middle hitter/rightside hitter; Ilycia Guerue, junior, 5-6, outside hitter

Potter-Dix Nickname: Coyotes Class: D-2 Sub-district: D2-12 Conference: Minuteman Activities Last year’s record: 9-19 He a d c o a c h : C or y Michelman A ssistant coach: Kasandra Fanning Returning starters: Makayla Williamson; Virginia Herboldsheimer Returning varsity letter winners: Mikayla Lee; Kendal Nielsen Season outlook: “With nearly half of our team being freshmen, this will be an interesting year where we will need some young ladies to step up and fill roles on this team,” coach Michelman said. “Graduation and moving left some holes with regards to varsity experience on our team. We have a good core group that is ready to handle some assignments and positions they did not do

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Scottsbluff Nickname: Bearcats Class: B Sub-district: B-8 Conference: Western, GNAC Head coach: L eslie Foral Years as head coach at school: First A s si st a nt c oaches: Sarah McGhehey, Amy Lease Last year’s record: 7-27 Returning starters: Grac e M ichael, 5 - 4 , junior, setter, school-record 42 match set assists, second in career set assists with 399; Emma Herman, 5-11, senior, middle blocker/rightside hitter; Jade Walker, 5-11, senior, middle blocker; Logan Hernandez, 5-3, senior, defensive specialist; Shelby Bewley, 5-6, senior, outside hitter, second in career digs with 390; Emma Foote, 5-6, junior, setter/rightside hitter, school record for most aces in a season with 48 R et u r n i n g va r s it y letter winners: Payson Haught, 5 - 4, sen ior, defen sive spe c ia l ist; Josie Amoo, 5-9, junior, middle blocker/rightside hitter; Izzy Wright, 5-5, junior, outside hitter;

Cali Wright, 5-4, junior, defensive specialist Top newcomers: Megan Bewley, 5-5, sophomore, setter/rightside hitter; Cierra Schwartzkopf, 5-10, junior, middle blocker Season outlook: “With five returning starters, this is probably the most experience the Scottsbluff High School volleyball team has seen in a while,” coach Foral said. “With this being my first year as head coach at Scottsbluff, there will probably be some adjustments and changes the girls will have to get used to, but I’m looking forward to working with them. Already this summer there was great participation in the weight room a nd indiv idua l skills sessions, but now I’m hoping we can build on some team camaraderie and become one of the more competitive teams in the Panhandle.” Team streng ths: “I think one of our strengths going into this year is the versatility of many of the players,” Foral said. “Throughout the summer several girls worked on different positions and I think that is only going to help them throughout the season.” Top competition: “Playing in the Panhandle, I feel we are surrounded by good competition,” Foral said. “Any one of the schools in our conference is going to be a tough

match, but I’m looking forward to competing against them.” Final word: “Many players put in a lot of time in the gym and weight room this summer, as many as 31 girls,” Foral noted. “I feel I have already seen some improvement and I’m excited to see where that takes us this season and to see what we can accomplish.”

Sidney Nickname: Red Raiders Class: B Sub-district: B-8 Conference: Western Last year’s record: 26-9 Head coach: Marcus Ehrke Years as head coach at school: First R etu r n i ng players: Mattie Johnson, senior, 6-0, outside hitter; Sarah Wamsley, senior, 5 -3, libero; Kendra Nesbitt, senior, 5-6, rightside hitter; Logan Holly, junior, 5-7, outside hitter; Karly Sylvester, junior, 6-0, middle blocker R et u r n i n g va r s it y letter winners: Nicole Birner, senior, 5-6, setter Top newcomers: Alecca Ca mpbel l, sopho more, 5-8, middle hitter; Rheagan Stanley, freshman, 5-3, libero/defensive specialist Season outlook: “We should be highly competitive in not only the area, but in Class B volleyball,”

coach Ehrke said. “We must improve our defensive consistency and serving percentage in order to finish as successful as we would like.” Team streng ths: “Attack, volleyball IQ, experience, leadership,” Ehrke noted.

Southeast Nickname: Cyclones Class: Wyoming 2A Conference: SEWAC Last year ’s record: 22-11 Head coach: Roxanne Jolovich Years as head coach at school: Tenth Returning starters: Morgan Ekwall, senior, outside hitter Returning varsity letter winners: Kendall Haas, senior, outside hitter; Clara Petersen, junior, outside hitter; Beca Foos, junior, libero; Joycelynn Hottell, junior, middle blocker; Grace Steinbock, sophomore, setter/rightside hitter Season outlook: “I am looking forward to a season of growth. Our goal is to always be playing our best volleyball at tournament time,” coach Jolovich said. “The players that we have returning are hard workers and I know that each player will put in the time and effort this season to help our team improve every day. Improving on ball control and defense will be key to our success this season.”

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High School Girls Golf Alliance Nickname: Bulldogs Class: B District: B-4 Conference: Western Head coach: Berlyn Clear Years as head coach at school: First A ssistant coach: George Clear R et u r n i n g va r s it y golfers: R ega n La mbert, junior; Julia Carlson, junior; Julia Watson, sophomore; Kaylie Bolinger, sophomore; Sydney Allard, sophomore Top newcomers: Morgan Young, sophomore S ea son outlook: “ I have seen improvement over the summer from all seven returning seven golfers,” coach Clear said. “The team is still young and working hard to improve. Individual and personal goals from the girls range from scoring a new personal record to qualify for state. We will continue to work hard and challenge them to improve skills. This is my first year as a head coach. I hope to challenge the girls to grow both as a golfer and as an athlete.”

Bridgeport Nickname: Bulldogs Class: C District: C-5 Conference: Western Trails, SPVA Last year’s district finish: Second Last year’s conference finish: Second Last year’s state finish: Seventh Head coach: Todd Janicek Years as head coach at school: 18th Returning varsity golfers: Mileena Cruz, junior Returning varsity letter winners: Rachael Blue, ju n ior; A sh ley Estrada, junior Top newcomers: Ashley Lecher, junior; Trinity Flores, sophomore; Alecia Marx, sophomore; Jordan Wagner, freshman Season outlook: “I have a positive outlook on this season,” coach Janicek said. “ We have three young ladies with some golf experience that are showing good leadership skills. We have six young ladies who are new to

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Scottsbluff’s Emily Krzyzanowski chips during a golf tournament last season at Scotts Bluff Country Club. Krzyzanowski, a sophomore, won last season’s B-4 district title as a freshman.

the game of golf, but are eager and ready to learn the game.” Team strengths: “Great work ethic and ready to learn,” Janicek noted. Team goals: “Improve every week, work on our consistency and short game, first or second at WTC, and qualify for the state tournament,” Janicek listed as goals.

Chadron Nickname: Cardinals Class: C District: C-5 Conference: Western Head coach: CJ Bach Years as head coach at school: First R et u r n i n g va r s it y golfers: Maddie Pelton, junior, state qualifier; Ashley Orton, junior; Maralee Rischling, sophomore Season outlook: “I’m excited for the season to start,” coach Bach said. “We have a young group.

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Juniors Maddie Pelton and Ashley Orton, along with sophomore Maralee Rischling are coming back that competed in districts last year. It will be great to see the girls compete this fall.”

Gering Nickname: Bulldogs Class: B District: B-4 Conference: Western, GNAC Last year’s district finish: First Last year’s conference finish: First in Western, second in GNAC Last year’s state finish: Second Head coach: Jessica Boswell Years as head coach at school: Seventh Assistant coach: Robert Thomason Returning varsity golfers: Madi Schlaepfer, junior, best score 78, seventh-place state finish, won six tournaments last

year; Ali Boswell, senior, best score 81, 10th-place finish at state; Avery Mitchell, senior, best score 83, 11th-place state finish; Kelsey Le, senior, best score 87, fifth-place district finish; Tayber Meyer, junior, best score 106 Season outlook: “We are excited to be returning four of our five starters from last season,” coach Boswell said. “We will continue to be competitive and will look to win as many tournaments as possible. My girls have been very active this summer competing in tournaments across the state as well as in Florida. They were very competitive in some of the big junior tournaments in Nebraska. This group of girls are fun to coach and we are looking forward to a great golf season this fall.” Team streng ths: “Hard workers, great

TIGER VOLLEYBALL August 29 .....................................Chadron September 3 ........... Gordon/Bridgeport Tri September 5 ............................Hemingford September 7 ...............WTC at Hemingford September 10 ..................................Sidney September 12 ............... Potter-Dix/Kimball September 14 .................. Bridgeport Quad September 17 ........................ Bayard September 24 ...................... Alliance September 26 ............. Leyton/Hay Springs September 28 ...............Mitchell Invite October 1 .......................... Southeast October 8 .........................................Morrill October 12 ......... Western Conf at Chadron October 17 ........................Bridgeport October 21 .................. Bayard/Creek Valley

team camaraderie, they push each other to be better, very competitive, good work ethic at practice, lots of tournament experience, never settle for less than their best,” Boswell noted. Top competition: Scottsbluff, North Platte Final word: “As once said by Arnold Palmer, ‘success depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind and character.’ This is ever so true in golf and I am excited to see this group of girls meet and exceed their goals and break records,” Boswell said.

Scottsbluff Nickname: Bearcats Class: B District: B-4 Conference: Western, GNAC Last year’s district finish: Second

Last year’s conference finish: Second in Western Last year’s state finish: Fourth Head coach: Brock Ehler Years as head coach at school: Third Overall years as head coach: 10 Returning varsity golfers: Emily Krzyzanowski, sophomore, B-4 district indiv idual champion; Carson Hauschild, senior R et u r n i n g va r s it y letter winners/top newcomers: Halle Shaddick, junior; Hannah Abrams, junior; Lehla Ehler, sophomore; Haley Holzworth, ju n ior; A n na Kelley, freshman Season outlook: “Scottsbluff wil have a young team with a ton of potential,” coach Ehler said. “In the next f ive years expect the Lady Bearcats to be very tough. We should be competitive at the district and state level, and continue to gain lots of strength every year. We have a great group of girls who are successful on the course and also in the classroom. The girls on the Scottsbluff team are fantastic and are a blessing to have in our school and community.” Top competition: “Gering will be very good this year,” Ehler said. “They return all their team from last year’s successful team.”

Torrington Nickname: Trailblazers Class: Wyoming 3A Last year’s state finish: First (Girls) Head coach: Jeff Halley Returning girls golfers: Jade Reinhardt, senior; Jenna Kaufman, senior; Sydney Eaton, sophomore Returning boys golfers: Thomas Herron, junior; Bodie Herring, junior; Ryder Hackbarth, sophomore; Malachi Braddy, sophomore Season outlook: “We have had a great run for the past five years,” coach Halley said. “We have graduated some very good players, but our girls’ team will still be very competitive in the conference. Our boys are young and building.”

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High School Softball Alliance Nickname: Bulldogs Class: B Sub-district: B-6 Conference: Western Last year ’s record: 11-21 Head coach: Carlos Palomo Years as head coach at school: Fifth A s si st a nt c oaches: Brian Johnston, Steve Gullion, George Clear Returning starters: Payten Gibson, junior, inf ield; Kylie Adams, senior, infield; Jaycee Acosta, senior, infield; E r i k a Buc y, s en ior, infield; Brandi Seebohm, senior, outfield; Aubrey Garrett, senior, infield; Taylor Manion, senior, outfield R et u r n i n g va r s it y letter winners: Morgan Mo omey, sophomore, utility Top newcomers: Dana Reza, freshman, utility; Brianna Huston, freshman, infield; Bri Lacarbo, freshman, infield; Emily Garza, sophomore, outfield; Valeria Carrillo, sophomore, outfield S ea son outlook: “ I expect my team to be very competitive in every ball game this year,” coach Palomo said. “We’ve had a great offseason as well as great commitment in summer weights. This will be my fifth season here coaching in Alliance. Expectations have grown every year. I’m excited to get this season rolling and watch these girls go out and compete.” Team strengths: “We return seven starters from last year’s team,” Palomo said. “I expect us to be very competitive. I think our offense will be our team’s strength this year.” Team goals: “Have a good attitude and give our best effort each and ever y game,” Palomo said. “Play with confidence. Be fearless.” Last year’s highlights: “We got off to a good start and at the mid-part of the season we started losing some close games and couldn’t get over the hump,” Palomo said. “We had some big home wins. I hope we can be consistent this year with our mental toughness.”

experience for a team who is as young as we are. The girls worked really hard this summer and have really improved in a lot of areas. We lost all but 18 innings in the circle, but I am confident that we have the right kids ready to step up and fill that role.” Team strengths: “I feel we are a well-rounded team that is from top to bottom more athletic than we have ever been since I have been here,” Gentry said. “We have a lot more depth than we have had in previous years.”

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Scottsbluff’s Taylor Klein hits during a softball game against Chadron last season at Scottsbluff High School. Klein is one of six returning starters for the Bearcats this year. Scottsbluff will host Gering tonight.

Chadron Nickname: Cardinals Class: B Sub-district: B-6 Conference: Western Last year ’s record: 12-15 Head coach: Jodi Hendrickson Years as head coach at school: Six Returning starters: Dawn Dunbar, senior, pitcher, centerfield, .389 batting average; Madisyn Hamar, senior, shortstop, .434 batting average; Malia Burwell, senior, catcher/outf ield, .352 batting average; Katelyn Jensen, senior, pitcher, third base, .292 batting average; Mikayla Wild, senior, second base, outfield, .260 batting average; Bristyn Cummings, senior, first base, outfield, pitcher, .296 batting average

Returning varsity letter winners: Allie Watson, junior, outfield, third base; Kennady Stack, junior, catcher, second base Season outlook: “The Lady Cardinals are looking forward to a successful season,” coach Hendrickson said. “We need to take one game at a time and focus on staying calm and finishing with a ‘W.’ These talented ladies have been playing together for many years and know that each person needs to ‘do their job’ to contribute to the overall team win. Our ultimate goal is to win districts and make it to state.”

Scottsbluff Nickname: Bearcats Class: B Sub-district: B-6

Conference: Western, GNAC Last year ’s record: 14-18 Head coach: Michael Gentry Years as head coach at school: Seventh Assistant coaches: Sara Klein, Spencer Lease, Mikka Salazar Returning starters: Taylor K lein, senior, in f ield, .392 batting average, 21 RBI, 19 runs, 2 HR; Talera K insey, sen ior, cat cher, .372 average; Maddie Johnston, ju n ior, in f ield, .247 average, 21 runs; Tierney Schleve, junior, outfield, .321 average, 19 runs; Mariyah Avila, sophomore, outfield, .417 average, 20 runs; Brady Laucomer, sophomore, inf ield, .446 average, 9 2B, 3 HR, 35 RBI, 34 runs, Star-Herald All-Region Player of the Year

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Returning varsity letter winners: Ky mber Shallenberger, junior, pit c her/ i n f ield , . 3 5 4 average, 3 HR, 21 RBI; Hope Schanaman, senior, outfield, .250 average; Maddy Narvias, senior, outfield, .286 average; Alex Jones, sophomore, utility, .385 average, 12 runs Top newcomers: Angelica Anaya, sophomore, utility; Ashley Grasmick, sophomore, utility; Keela Peters, sophomore, pitcher; Reagan Churchill, sophomore, catcher; Sasha Paez, sophomore, infield S ea son outlook: “ I feel this team is ready to make a big jump forward,” coach Gentry said. “We have a lot of depth and young talent that is led by a fabulous group of experienced upperclassmen. We return a lot of

Nickname: Bulldogs Class: B Sub-district: B-6 Conference: Western, GNAC Head coach: Tim Gonzales Returning starters: K iana Island, senior; Calista Muhr, senior; Hannah Splattstoesser, senior; Kelsey Bohnsack, senior; Maddy Wiese, junior Returning varsity letter winners: Ashland Todd, senior; Victoria Brady, senior; Destinee Harden, senior; Brylee Dean, sophomore Season outlook: “We are excited and ready to get out there and play,” coach Gonzales said. “We have seven seniors this year and we return a lot of girls. There is some strong senior leadership in there. We have some good juniors and sophomores, and we have a great freshman class. We have some pretty high expectations.” Team strengths: “Our defense is pretty tight,” Gonzales said. “We have always had a really good defense and we always had some pretty solid pitching. We just have to work on our hitting and then we should be good.” Final word: “We are setting goals really high,” Gonzales said. “We definitely would like to win sub-districts, win our district game, and qualify for state. To accomplish that we need to play together as a team and take advantage of every opportunity to seize the moment.”

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High School Cross Country Boys Bayard Nickname: Tigers Class: D District: D-6 Conference: Western Trails Head coach: Candace Smith Years as head coach at school: Sixth Assistant coach: Randy McKibbin Returning varsity letter winners: Daemon Avilez, junior, 19th-place d istr ic t f i n ish; Braden Johnson, senior, 52nd-place district finish; Tommy Garza, sophomore, 23rd-place conference finish, 56th-place district finish Top newcomers: Peyton Sharp, freshman; Hunter Miller, freshman Season outlook: “We are excited to have a full team with a lot of potential,” coach Smith said. “Our freshmen will be big contributors to our scoring this year and we have some great leadership from the upperclassmen.” Team strengths: “We struggled with injuries last year with our boys’ team, but they are coming back much stronger,” Smith said. “We have some uppercla ssmen who are very mentally strong, which will be a great asset.”

Bridgeport Nickname: Bulldogs Class: D District: D-6 Conference: Western Trails, SPVA Last year’s finishes: Second at Western Trails, third at SPVA, third at district, 13th at state Head coach: Cra ig Johnson Years as head coach at school: 26th Assistant coach: Claudia Loomis Returning state qualifiers: Casey Benavides, senior, 6th-place WTC finish, 12th-place SPVA finish, 8th-place district finish; Luis Garza, junior, 18th-place district finish; Diego Sandoval, senior, 24th-place WTC finish, 24th-place SPVA finish, 55th-place district finish; Jace Phillips, sophomore, 15th-place WTC finish, 17th-place SPVA finish, 32nd-place district finish Top newcomers: Ben Lussetto, senior; Daniel Todd, senior; Elijah Conley, freshman; Drew Leisy, freshman; Seth Douglas, freshma n; Changxing Zhou, junior Season outlook: “Most of the team returns from last year and they are off to a good start, so we hope to compete at conference and districts,” coach

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MItchell’s Regan Hodsden (right) leads a pack of runners during a cross country meet last year at Monument Shadows Golf Course in Gering. The cross country season gets underway today with the Scottsbluff Invite at Riverview Golf Course.

Johnson said. “They have been pushing each other hard in practice, which should pay off as the season progresses.”

Chadron Nickname: Cardinals Class: C District: C-4 Conference: Western Head coach: Willie Uhing Years as head coach at school: Seventh A s si st a nt c oaches: Angel Lindsey, Jenny Pyle, Eric Calkins Returning state qualif iers: Nathan Burch, junior, 10th-place conference finish, 13th-place district finish, 30th-place state finish Returning varsity letter winners: Briton Hyer, junior; Garrett Reece, sophomore; Carter Ryan, sophomore; L a ngdon Webster, senior Top newcomers: Noah Brown, freshman; Caden Galbraith, freshman; Gavin Sloan, freshman Season outlook: “A very young team last year gained necessary experience and growth which will prove valuable in 2019,” coach Uhing said. “These fellas worked like a pack of wolves over the summer, which was needed rolling into a very competitive conference and district.” Team streng ths: “A bright future for a young t e a m ,” U h i n g s a id . “These fellas desire to be successful, work each other over in practice, and never take a day off. A lot of blue sky for this running outfit.”

Gering Nickname: Bulldogs Class: B District: B-4 Conference: Western, GNAC

VOLLEYBALL Aug. 29 ........... Caliche & Leyton Tri Aug. 30 ....................... Hay Springs Sept. 12........Kimball & Mitchell Tri Sept. 14 ................. Bridgeport Quad Sept. 24 ...............................Paxton Sept. 27.............................Hyannis Sept. 28................ Potter-Dix Invite Oct. 1 ..... Bayard & South Platte Tri

H e a d c o a c h : R ic k Marez Years as head coach at school: Ninth Assistant coaches: Lisa Freeburg, Aaron Pierce Returning state qualif iers: Pey ton Seiler, junior, second-place conference finish, fourthplace distr ict f inish, 24th-place state finish; Logan Andrews, junior, 16th-place conference finish, 20th-place district finish, 83rd-place state finish; Lucas Moravec, sophomore, 17th-place conference f inish, 34th-place district finish, 86th-place state finish; Roberto Martinez, senior, 43rd-place district finish, 90th-place state finish Returning varsity letter winners: Jack Franklin, junior Top newcomers/transfers: Tyler Nagel, junior, tra nsfer; El i Ma rez, freshman Season outlook: “We will start the season at less than 100 percent health and we will be without a couple of key guys early in the season,” coach Marez said. “A couple of injuries/surgeries over the summer have set us back, but we will do what we need to do so that we are competitive at the end of the season. We look a little stronger as a whole this season and we are excited to compete every week.” Team streng ths: “Experience and friendship,” Marez said. “We have some guys that have varsity and state meet experience. With that, many of the guys are good friends and that is huge when support is needed to push through tough workouts. They genuinely root for each other and they know we will always compete to the best of our ability.” Final word: “I can’t wait to see what we

accomplish throughout the season,” Marez said. “We will have fun every day and we will work to run our best all season.”

Kimball Nickname: Longhorns Class: D District: D-6 Conference: Western Trails, SPVA Head coach: Tiffany Johnson Years as head coach at school: 13th Assistant coach: Aaron Beyer Returning state qualifiers: Chantel Malson, sophomore, 11th-place S P VA f i n i s h , s e v enth-place WTC finish, 10th-place district finish, 47th-place state finish R et u r n i n g va r s it y letter winners: Brandi Councilman, junior Top newcomers: Raven Johnson, junior; Alycia Vrbas, sophomore Season outlook: “We have a small team, but we are looking to work hard and improve each meet,” coach Johnson said. “Chantel put in a lot of time and work this summer. We are excited to see what the season will bring.” Team strengths: “Great team leaders to encourage the others to do their best,” Johnson noted.

Mitchell Nickname: Tigers Class: C District: C-4 Conference: Western, Western Trails Head coach: Mike Harriger Years as head coach at school: 11th Returning state qualifiers: Ashtyn Martin, junior, second-place conference finish, 11th-place district finish, 20th-place st at e f i n i s h ; Caden Knutson, junior, third-

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place conference finish, 12th-place district finish, 36th-place state finish; Jonathan Pieper, senior, ninth-place conference finish, 21st-place district finish, 86th-place state finish; Carmelo Ayala, sophomore, 11th-place conference f inish, 37th-place district finish, 96th-place state finish R et u r n i n g va r s it y letter winners: Favian Valles, junior Team strengths: “Four returning athletes with state meet experience. Good freshman class,” coach Harriger noted.

Morrill Nickname: Lions Class: D District: D-6 Conference: Western Trails Head coach: Ashlee Gompert Years as head coach at school: Seventh Returning varsity letter winners: Jayden Harvey, senior Top newcomers: Luke Ott, freshman Season outlook: “These two boys hope to push each other and work together every day to make it to the state competition,” coach Gompert said.

Scottsbluff Nickname: Bearcats Class: B District: B-4 Conference: Western, GNAC Head coach: A aron Carrizales Years as head coach at school: Third Assistant coaches: Erin Shaul, Hattie Burford R et u r n i n g va r s it y letter winners: Micah Schick, junior; Caden K e l l e r, s o p h o m o r e ; Nathan Hoevet, sophomore; Ben R ober ts, junior; Kennedy Ronne,

senior; Michael West, sophomore; Isaac Trujillo, sophomore Newcomers: Eric Ferk, senior Season outlook: “The boys’ team looks ready to make huge improvements this season and earn a spot at the state meet,” coach Carrizales said. “I have seen a lot of competition among the boys during this early part of the season and that makes me excited. A lot of our younger boys made a commitment to improvement over the summer months and it is really showing during practice time. We have some talented upperclassmen and some excited young runners and that makes for a solid team.” Team streng ths: “Upperclassmen leadership and experience,” Carrizales noted.

Sidney Nickname: Red Raiders Class: C District: C-4 Conference: Western Head coach: Donna Wiedeburg Years as head coach at school: Third Assistant coaches: Kyle Larson, Michael Colerick, Joydene McCarville, Nicky Banzhaf R et u r n i n g va r s it y runners: Ben Bashtovoi, senior; Cameron Brauer, sophomore; Daniel Bashtovoi, sophomore; Mitch Deer, sophomore; Tre Canas, sophomore; Julian Maytorena, sophomore; Treyson Johnstone, sophomore Season outlook: “These kids have worked hard all summer. We had a half dozen kids who didn’t miss a single day of summer conditioning or summer weights,” coach Wiedeburg said. “They are excited to start competing and work hard to push themselves as well as one another.” Team streng ths: “Being a family is one of our big strengths,” Wiedeburg said. “From seventh grade to 12th grade, these kids push each other in every workout and every single day.” F i na l word: “ Ru nning is such a blessing and being able to coach runners is one of life’s greatest blessings,” Wiedeburg said. “Watching an athlete ‘get it’ and start to believe in their own abilities is priceless. They believe in one another and will cheer with all their heart for everyone on our team, but it is super cool when they turn that belief inward and start to see that they really can do anything they set their minds to. I just love this sport.”

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High School Cross Country Girls Bayard Nickname: Tigers Class: D District: D-6 Conference: Western Trails Head coach: Candace Smith Years as head coach at school: Sixth Assistant coach: Randy McKibbin Returning state qualifiers: Jessica Whitebear, senior, 3rd-place conference finish, 3rd-place district finish, 17th-place state finish; Laura Albro, sophomore, 14th-place conference f inish, 22nd-place district finish, 105th-place state finish; Laisha Garza, junior, 6th-place conference finish, 16th-place district finish, 33rd-place state finish; Leah Albro, senior, 17th-place conference finish, 32nd-place district finish, 129th-place state finish Returning varsity letter winners: Ale Garza, senior; Candace Wolfe, sophomore; Tabbi Muhr, junior Top newcomers: Sharon Garza, freshman; Cambree Schmaltz, freshman Season outlook: “These girls have worked hard to build a legacy and will continue to build on that this year,” coach Smith said. “We have made several trips to state, which sets their sights high and upperclassmen k now what it takes to get there. This will be a fun year to see how the girls compete and push each other.”

Bridgeport Nickname: Bulldogs Class: D District: D-6 Conference: Western Trails, SPVA Last year’s finishes: Third at Western Trails, second at SPVA, third at district, 14th at state Head coach: Cra ig Johnson

Years as head coach at school: 26th Assistant coach: Claudia Loomis Returning state qualifiers: Sarah Lang, junior, 4th-place WTC finish, 3rd-place SPVA finish, 7th-place district finish; Jacie Lussetto, senior, 12th-place WTC finish, 15th-place SPVA finish, 24th-place district finish; Jenna Eichthaler, junior, 27th-place WTC finish, 28th-place SPVA finish, 41st-place district finish; Maggie Clinger, sophomore, 25th-place WTC finish, 20th-place SPVA finish, 35th-place district finish Top newcomers: Brooke Kramer, senior; Claire Linders, freshman; Alexis Hill, freshman; Bethany Nichols, freshman Season outlook: “Although we graduated a state medalist from last year, the girls’ team still looks strong,” coach Johnson said. “Our returning runners are working hard and they have been joined by a talented group of newcomers. Our primary focus remains on conference and districts where we expect to be competitive.”

Chadron Nickname: Cardinals Class: C District: C-4 Conference: Western Head coach: Willie Uhing Years as head coach at school: Seventh A s si st a nt c oaches: Angel Lindsey, Jenny Pyle, Eric Calkins Returning state qualifiers: Mackenzie Butts, sophomore, 2nd-place conference f inish, 2nd-place district finish, 24th-place state finish R et u r n i n g va r s it y letter winners: Abigail Gardner, senior; Savanna Sayaloune, senior; Grace Sorensen, senior; Raena Webster, junior; Jadyn Cady, junior

Top newcomers: Makinley Fuller, freshma n; M ic ia h F u l ler, freshman; Aspen Graves, freshman Season outlook: “The girls team will be internally competitive with many seeking varsity positions,” coach Uhing said. “The ladies are composed of veteran experience and incoming talent. Excited to watch them help each other improve. Also running in a wildly competitive conference and district, these ladies have logged some major miles this summer and are ready to roll.” Team streng ths: “Young talent backed by solid leadership in three veterans Abigail Gardner, Savanna Sayaloune, and Grace Sorensen,” Uhing said. “These ladies walk the walk and talk the talk.”

Gering Nickname: Bulldogs Class: B District: B-4 Conference: Western, GNAC H e a d c o a c h : R ic k Marez Years as head coach at school: Sixth Assistant coaches: Lisa Freeburg, Aaron Pierce Returning state qualifiers: Tukker Romey, senior, third-place conference finish, seventh-place district finish, 16th-place state finish; Shailee Patton, sophomore, firstplace conference finish, eighth-plac e d istr ic t finish, 31st-place state finish Returning varsity letter winners: Morgan Van Anne, senior, 23rd-place conference f inish, 41st-place district finish; MaKenna Culek, senior, seventh-place conference finish, 22nd-place district finish; Megan Mendez, sophomore, 25th-place conference finish; Anna Rawlings, sophomore, 24th-place conference

finish, 33rd-place district finish Top newcomers: Megan Kicken, freshman; Madi Herbel, freshman; Maddie Seiler, freshman Season outlook: “We will have a young group, but we will have some fantastic leadership,” coach Marez said. “We have girls who are excited about the season and that enthusiasm will show up in practice. This group doesn’t worry too much about grade level, they just want the best for each other and the best for the team. They are friendly, but they are also very competitive and that will make us better as a team. We want to give ourselves a chance to win meets and we definitely want to get back to the state meet. That will be our biggest goal.” Team strengths: “Experience and team work will be our strength,” Marez said. “We won’t have the numbers that we would like, but the quality will be one of the best we’ve had in several years. The fact that so many of our girls have the same skill sets means that our training will be very consistent and efficient.” Final word: “We are excited to get back to the state meet after missing out last year,” Marez said. “We had a long run of consecutive years of qualifying. We have a new purpose this season.”

Kimball Nickname: Longhorns Class: D District: D-6 Conference: Western Trails, SPVA Head coach: Tiffany Johnson Years as head coach at school: 13th Assistant coach: Aaron Beyer R et u r n i n g va r s it y letter winners: Connor Cluff, junior; Cole Henton, junior Top newcomers: Matthew Johnson, freshman;

Xavier Thomas-Lewis, freshman; Lane Wasielewski, senior S eason outlook: “A small team that will work hard and improve each week,” coach Johnson said.

Mitchell Nickname: Tigers Class: C District: C-4 Conference: Western, Western Trails Head coach: Mike Harriger Years as head coach at school: 11th Returning state qualifiers: Regan Hodsden, senior, first-place conference finish, fourth-place district finish, ninthplace state finish; Ansley Hessler, senior, fifthplace conference finish, 12th-place district finish, 50th-place state finish; Mariana Panduro, sophomore, 13th-place conference f inish, 25th-place district finish, 77th-place state finish; Elena Guzman, sophomore, 28th-place conference finish, 48th-place district finish, 91st-place state finish

Morrill Nickname: Lions Class: D District: D-6 Conference: Western Trails Head coach: Ashlee Gompert Years as head coach at school: Seventh Returning state qualifiers: Paityn Homan, sophomore Returning varsity letter winners: Christine Humphrey, senior; Jessica Wilkinson, sophomore Season outlook: “These g irls encourage each other every day to do their personal bests,” coach G omper t sa id. “Paityn Homan along with her teammates are focused on times and

performances needed to make it to the state competition.”

Scottsbluff Nickname: Bearcats Class: B District: B-4 Conference: Western, GNAC Head coach: A aron Carrizales Years as head coach at school: Third Assistant coaches: Erin Shaul, Hattie Burford Returning state qualifiers: Brooke Holzworth, junior, district champion, second-place GNAC finish, 16th-place state finish Returning varsity letter winners: Jamisyn Howard, junior; Addie Wright, junior Top newcomers: Kaylee Charbonneau, freshman; Sunny Edens, sophomore; Stephanie Fielder, freshman; Maria Ayala, freshman Season outlook: “The girls’ team looks ready to compete,” coach Carrizales said. “They have done a wonderful job this summer preparing for the upcoming season. They train well together and are always encouraging one another. Our upperclassmen are each ready to have breakthrough seasons. I see this team doing wonderful things this year.”

Sidney Nickname: Red Raiders Class: C District: C-4 Conference: Western Head coach: Donna Wiedeburg Years as head coach at school: Third Assistant coaches: Kyle Larson, Michael Colerick, Joydene McCarville, Nicky Banzhaf Returning varsity runners: Taighlor Arnett, senior; Lydia Peters, sophomore; M i ra nda Ahrendt, junior; Kimberly Gutierrez, junior

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October 3............................... Glenrock October 4..................................... Wright October 17..........................Pine Bluffs October 19...................................... Lusk October 24............. Lingle-Ft. Laramie October 25............................... Glenrock November 1-2.........................Regionals November 7-9................................ State

August 31 .......... Southeast Jamboree September 6 ....................... Mitchell Jr. September 14 ................ Cheyenne East September 20 .................... Pine Bluffs September 27 ........... Niobrara County

October 4 ....................... Tongue River October 11 ............................... Upton October 18 .............................. Wright October 25 .......................... Big Horn

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Girls Golf September 3 .............................. @Kimball

September 6 .......................@North Platte September 10 .......................... @Chadron September 12 ............................@Mitchell September 17 ..............................@Gering September 24 ........................... @Ogallala September 30 ........................... @Alliance October 7-8 ................................. Districts October 14-15 ................................... State

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High School Boys Tennis Scottsbluff Nickname: Bearcats Class: B Conference: GNAC Head coach: Darren Emerick Years as head coach at school: Third Assistant coach: Mike Klein Returning varsity players: Dawson Mohr, junior, No. 1 singles; Porter Robbins, junior, No. 2 singles; Lincoln Frank, junior, No. 1 doubles; Riley Little, junior, No. 1 doubles; Aaron Schaff, junior, No. 2 doubles; Ethan Ramirez, junior, No. 2 doubles; Ethan Gion, junior, No. 2 singles Top newcomers: Kade Huck, freshman; Braden A nderson, freshman; Deavon Duarte, sophomore; Juan Gonzalez, sophomore; Brayden Porter, sophomore; Barrett Frank, freshman Season outlook: “Last season’s very young team of 9-10th grade players now has considerable experience and is looking for a strong finish at both GNAC and the state tournament,” coach Emerick said. “All of the 2018 players are back and there is a strong group of junior varsity players that will be both competing for the varsity positions as well as bring a strong JV

development of the junior varsity program and the still relatively young age of the team will give us something to build on again going into 2020.”

Gering

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Gering’s Trent Davis reaches to hit a forehand during a preseason tennis practice this month at the Gering High School courts. The Bulldogs will compete at the McCook Invitational on Saturday.

lineup to that schedule. Juniors Dawson Mohr, Lincoln Frank and Porter Robbins will lead in the No. 1 singles and doubles positions, respectively. Aaron Schaff and Ethan Ramirez have improved signif icantly over the summer, but will face challenges for their spots

at No. 2 doubles. At least four players will be fighting for the remaining No. 2 singles spot on the varsity squad.” Team strengths: “This is an aggressive team w it h g o o d a l l- c ou r t games,” Emerick said. “They have a high level of athleticism and have

begun to really develop solid tactical game plans. Service and net play will be strengths at both singles and doubles this season. The team will also benefit from a tenacious mindset that battles for each point of the match.” Last word: “This season will be a huge step

for ward towards our team expectations in the conference and at the state tournament,” Emerick said. “Captains Dawson Mohr, Porter Robbins and Lincoln Frank offer exceptional leadership and will be an important element in achieving our season goals. The strong

Nickname: Bulldogs Class: B Conference: GNAC Head coach: Ron Swank Years as head coach at school: Second Returning state tournament players: Mark Karpf, senior, two-year letter winner, No. 1 singles; Dyson Dollarhide, senior, two-year letter winner, No. 1 doubles; Hunter Walker, senior, two-year letter winner, No. 1 doubles; T rent Dav is, ju n ior; Dav id Karpf, sophomore Top newcomers: Noah Moreno, sophomore; Kaid Ybarra, sophomore Season outlook: “This team wants to be good,” coach Swank said. “They had some success last year. As a team we need to cut down on unforced errors. We need to make good decisions on the court and not give any free points to our competition. If we play smart, we should be beating average teams and pushing the better teams. It should be a fun year.”

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CROSS COUNTRY 8/30..................................................................Newcastle 9/6......................................................................... Gering 9/13.............................................................Kimball Invite 9/20..................................................... Torrington Invite 9/27........................................................................... TBA 10/3.......................................................................Bayard 10/4.................................................................Wheatland 10/11....................................................... Cheyenne East 10/18............................................... Douglas Conference 10/26........................................................................State FOOTBALL 8/31..................................................................Southeast 9/6.....................................................................Glenrock 9/13....................................................................... Gering 9/20...............................................................Green River 9/27...........................................................Lander Valley 10/4.....................................................................Douglas 10/11...................................................................Riverton 10/18..................................................................Worland 10/25...................................................................Rawlins 11/1....................................................1st Round Playoffs 11/8............................................................... Semi Finals 11/15........................................................................State

VOLLEYBALL 8/30-31 .......................................... Douglas Tournament 9/3......................................................................... Gering 9/5........................................................................Rawlins 9/13-14 ........................................... Rawlins Tournament 9/19................................................................Wheatland 9/21........................................................................Burns 9/24..................................................................Newcastle 9/27......................................................................Buffalo 10/4-5 .........................................Scottsbluff Tournament 10/11...................................................................Douglas 10/12...............................................................Newcastle 10/17...............................................................Wheatland 10/19.......................................................................Burns 10/24............................................................... Scottsbluff 10/25...................................................................Rawlins 11/1-2 .............................................................. Regionals 11/7-9 ......................................................................State

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Regional Nebraska High School Football Schedules Class B Alliance

Oct. 25 at Wauneta-Palisade

Six-Man Crawford

Aug. 30 at York Sept. 6 Chadron Sept. 13 Hastings Sept. 20 at Brush, Colo. Sept. 27 Chase County Oct. 4 at McCook Oct. 11 Gering Oct. 18 at Scottsbluff Oct. 25 Lexington

Aug. 30 Edgemont, S.D. Sept. 6 at Potter-Dix Sept. 13 at Minatare Sept. 27 Sioux County Oct. 4 at Cody-Kilgore Oct. 19 Hay Springs Oct. 18 at Arthur County Oct. 25 Hyannis

Gering Aug. 30 Grand Island Northwest Sept. 6 at Seward Sept. 13 Torrington, Wyo. Sept. 20 at Hastings Sept. 27 Scottsbluff Oct. 4 at Lexington Oct. 11 at Alliance Oct. 18 McCook Oct. 25 at Chadron

Hay Springs Aug. 30 Potter-Dix Sept. 6 Creek Valley Sept. 13 at South Platte Sept. 27 Cody-Kilgore Oct. 4 at Minatare Oct. 19 at Crawford Oct. 18 Hyannis Oct. 25 at Sioux County

Scottsbluff Aug. 30 North Platte Sept. 6 at Hastings Sept. 13 at Northwest Sept. 20 Sterling, Colo. Sept. 27 at Gering Oct. 4 at Sidney Oct. 11 Lexington Oct. 18 Alliance Oct. 25 at McCook

Class C-1 Chadron

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Gering head coach Josh Hiatt talks to members of his football team during a preseason practice earlier this month. The Bulldogs will host Grand Island Northwest in their season opener on Friday at Memorial Stadium in Gering.

Patrick’s Oct. 18 Chadron Oct. 25 at Sidney

Sidney

Oct. 18 Gordon-Rushville Oct. 25 Hershey

Gordon-Rushville

Aug. 30 Bridgeport Sept. 6 at Gordon-Rushville Sept. 13 at Minden Sept. 20 Cozad Sept. 27 at Chadron Oct. 4 Scottsbluff Oct. 11 Ogallala Oct. 18 at Chase County Oct. 25 Mitchell

Aug. 30 at Chadron Sept. 6 Sidney Sept. 13 at Mitchell Sept. 20 Bennett County, S.D. Sept. 27 Southern Valley Oct. 4 at Valentine Oct. 11 Hershey Oct. 18 at Bridgeport Oct. 25 at North Platte St. Patrick’s

Mitchell

Class C-2 Bridgeport

Class D-1 Bayard

Aug. 30 Valentine Sept. 6 at Southeast Goshen, Wyo. Sept. 13 Gordon-Rushville Sept. 20 at Bridgeport Sept. 27 Ogallala Oct. 4 at Chase County Oct. 11 North Platte St.

Aug. 30 at Sidney Sept. 6 at Wood River Sept. 13 Holyoke, Colo. Sept. 20 Mitchell Sept. 27 Gibbon Oct. 4 at North Platte St. Patrick’s Oct. 11 at Southern Valley

Aug. 30 at Leyton/Banner County Sept. 6 at Garden County Sept. 13 Cambridge Sept. 27 Sutherland Oct. 4 at Morrill Oct. 11 Hemingford Oct. 18 Perkins County Oct. 25 at Kimball

Aug. 30 Gordon-Rushville Sept. 6 at Alliance Sept. 13 Valentine Sept. 20 at Broken Bow Sept. 27 Sidney Oct. 4 at Ogallala Oct. 11 Chase County Oct. 18 at Mitchell Oct. 25 Gering

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Hemingford Aug. 30 Mullen Sept. 6 at South Loup Sept. 13 Burwell Sept. 27 Kimball Oct. 3 at Sutherland Oct. 11 at Bayard Oct. 18 Morrill Oct. 25 at Perkins County

Kimball Aug. 30 Garden County Sept. 13 at Southwest Sept. 20 Dundy County-Stratton Sept. 27 at Hemingford Oct. 4 at Perkins County Oct. 11 Morrill Oct. 18 at Sutherland Oct. 25 Bayard

Morrill Aug. 30 at Maxwell Sept. 6 Leyton/Banner County Sept. 13 at Elm Creek Sept. 26 Perkins County Oct. 4 Bayard

Oct. 11 at Kimball Oct. 18 at Hemingford Oct. 24 Sutherland

Class D-2 Garden County

Aug. 30 at Sioux County Sept. 13 Crawford Sept. 20 at Cody-Kilgore Sept. 27 South Platte Oct. 4 Hay Springs Oct. 11 at Arthur County Oct. 18 Potter-Dix Oct. 25 at Creek Valley

Potter-Dix

Aug. 30 at Kimball Sept. 6 Bayard Sept. 13 at Mullen Sept. 19 at Maxwell Sept. 27 Leyton/Banner County Oct. 4 at Paxton Oct. 11 Wauneta-Palisade Oct. 18 Medicine Valley

Aug. 30 at Hay Springs Sept. 6 Crawford Sept. 13 at Sioux County Sept. 27 Hyannis Oct. 4 at Creek Valley Oct. 11 South Platte Oct. 18 at Minatare Oct. 25 Arthur County

Leyton/Banner Co.

Aug. 30 Minatare Sept. 6 at Lingle-Fort Laramie, Wyo. Sept. 13 Potter-Dix Sept. 27 at Crawford Oct. 4 at Hyannis Oct. 11 McPherson County/Stapleton Oct. 18 at Cody-Kilgore Oct. 25 Hay Springs

Aug. 30 Bayard Sept. 6 at Morrill Sept. 13 Brady Sept. 19 at Medicine Valley Sept. 27 at Garden County Oct. 11 at Maxwell Oct. 17 Paxton

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