East Husker Conference Basketball Tournament Brackets


The 2016 East Husker Conference Basketball Tournament brackets have been released.  The top seeds in the boys brackets are North Bend Central, Twin River, Stanton and Loganview/Scribner-Snyder.  First round games will be played at these sites on Saturday, January 30.

The Northeast Cougars gained a fifth seed with their 11-3 record.  They will play the second game at Loganview against (6-9) Madison.  Second round game sites will be determined by highest seed remaining.

The top seeds in the girls games are West Point-Beemer, North Bend Central, Howells-Dodge, and Oakland-Craig.

The Lady Cougars will take a 10-5 record into the tournament  as a ninth seed.  They will play a 6:00 P.M. game against (11-6) Tekamah-Herman at West Point.

Cougars Win Two Drop One


By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

The Cougar boys took on three quality opponents this week and came out with two wins and one loss.  Northeast had home wins against Cedar Bluffs and Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, but lot on the road to Stanton.

“This is a big week for us,” said Coach Lahm.  “Seedings for the East Husker tournament will be set after this weekend and depending how we fare could have a big impact on where were sit.  We could be as high as fourth and have a first round home game or drop to tenth.”

The Cougars met a physical match when (8-8) Cedar Bluffs came to town.  The Wildcats had a pair of 6′ 4″ posts  to challenge Anderson and Christoffersen and  sharp shooting guards that would stretch the L-D 1-3-1 zone.

Both teams attacked the paint. Northeast got three baskets by Alec Anderson and a three point play by Cole Christoffersen to take a 9-6 lead over Cedar Bluffs who had three scores from the lane.  The Wildcats nailed a pair of threes along with a driving lay-in to move to a five point lead.  In the last minute of period one Anderson came up with a pair of free shots and Tyler Hardeman scored to make it a one point game.  Cedar Bluffs beat the buzzer for a 16-13 lead.

The Cougars caught a break when one the Wildcat’s tall tandem picked up a second foul and sat the whole second period.   The Cougars moved out to a 32-21 half time lead. Alec Anderson came up with seven points.  5’10” Marcus Hegy was able to penetrate and score three times along with a three pointer.

Both teams were back at full strength after intermission and the pace of the game slowed as both teams played very deliberate office.  Cedar Bluffs blocked three shots and the Cougars made only one of nine shots.  Anderson’s goal and pair of free shots were the only Northeast scores while Cedar Bluffs came up with a 11 points including another buzzer beating three pointer for a 36-32 score.

The teams traded treys to open the fourth period before Cedar Bluffs tied the score after two straight baskets.  Alec Anderson made one of two free shots with 4:01 to play to break the tie.  Two minutes later Cole Christoffersen grabbed an offensive rebound and scored for a 42-40 lead.

Anderson got some breathing room with three point play with 1:14 to play.  Northeast led 45-41.  Cedar Bluffs’ sixth trey of the game made it a one point game again.  Marcus Hegy made both ends of a one and one for the winning 47-44 margin.

Alec Anderson score a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds.  Marcus Hegy added 12 point.

Cedar Bluffs shot 39 % for the game on 18 for  46 shooting.   The Cougar made 16 of 36 for 44%.  The Cougars won the rebounding battle  31 to 21.

Cedar Bluffs  16 5 11 12 -44
LDNE 13 18 4 11 -47

2pt 3pt FT Rb F TP
Riecken 0 1 0 3 1 3
O’Connor 0 0 0 3 2 0
Christiansen 1 0 0/1 2 2 2
Hegy 3 1 3/4 3 1 12
Anderson 7 0 8/11 11 0 22
Hardeman 1 0 0 2 0 0
Christoffersen 2 0 1/1 7 3 5
LDNE 14/33 2/4 13/17 31 9 47
Cedar Bluffs 12/27 6/19 2/4 21 13 44

The Cougars used a one -two punch to score a first period knock down on the way to a 63-49 win over (9-6) Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family.

Alec Anderson scored the first fourteen points for the Cougars as the Bulldogs tried to play Northeast straight up on defense.  After they changed to a box-and-one defense to stop Anderson the Cougars turned to Marcus Hegy who scored the next nine points for a 23-9 lead at the quarter.

The rest of the quarters resulted in no change in the deficit.  In the second quarter Hegy and Christoffersen scored four each and Hunter Ferguson closed the period with a trey.

After intermission the scoring slowed to six points per team.  Christoffersen scored twice and Riecken added a basket.

H/LHF never could break the double digit lead in the fourth quarter.  Anderson came back to life with two goals  and Hegy scored three times as Northeast led 50-35.  The last two minutes LDNE made eleven of thirteen tries.  Riecken made four of five, Hegy made three of four and Christiansen and Anderson converted a pair.

Marcus Hegy had a game-high 22 points to lead Northeast.  Alec Anderson put in 20 points.  Cole Christoffersen had a double-double with10 points and 10 rebounds.

The taller Cougars held  a 33-19 advantage in rebounding.  Northeast put up 43 shots and made 22.  The Bulldogs shot 53 times and made only 19.

Humphrey/LHF 9 11 6 23 -49
LDNE 23 11 6 23 -63

2pt 3pt FT Rb F TP
Riecken 1 0 4/5 3 2 6
O’Connor 0 0 0 2 1 0
Christiansen 0 0 2/2 1 3 2
Hegy 6 1 7/9 5 3 22
Ferguson 0 1 0 1 2 3
Anderson 7 1 3/3 9 2 20
Ronnfeldt 0 0 0 1 1 0
Christoffersen 5 0 0 10 2 10
LDNE 18/32 3/11 15/19 33 16 63
H/LHF 15/37 4/16 5/7 19 20 49

The Cougars dropped their Saturday game at Stanton by the score of 69-58.  Northeast led at the half 29-26, but the third period did them in.  The (14-4) Mustangs outscored LDNE 24-11 in the third quarter.

Stanton had four player in double figures.  More stats nest week.

LDNE 15 14 11 18 -58
Stanton 16 10 24 19 -69

Lady Cougars Battle Tough Opposition


By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor
The Lady Cougars battled against teams with a combined record of 34-18 the last week.  They dropped (11-7) Cedar Bluffs, but lost to (11-5) Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family and (12-6) Stanton.  They have a 10-5 record going into a game against (12-3) Oakland -Craig this Thursday.

Northeast never trailed as they defeated Cedar Bluffs 59-28.  Two scores by Abby Peterson opened the game before  Brianne Haskell penetrated the lane for a goal and four free throws.  Northeast closed the period with a trey by Bacon giving LDNE  a 13-6 lead.

Northeast closed the half with 11-2 run for a 29-10 advantage.  Tessie Collins and Lexie Bacon both had five points.

The Cougars outscored the Lady Wildcats 30-18 in the second half.  Brianne Haskell topped the team with 15 points and Lexie Bacon had 14.  Mariah Jessen had six blocked shots.

Cedar Bluffs 6 4 9 9 -28
LDNE 13 16 14 16 -59

2pt 3pt FT Rb F TP
S. Henneman 0 0 0 2 1 0
Simonsen 0 0 0 1 3 0
Wakeley 3 0 0 3 1 6
Haskell 4 0 7/8 7 0 15
Collins 3 0 1/1 7 1 7
Bacon 1 4 0 8 2 14
L. Henneman 1 0 0 2 0 2
Jessen 3 0 1/1 4 4 7
Peterson 4 0 0/1 6 3 8
LDNE 19 4 9/11 40 15 59
Cedar Bluffs 6 3 7/16 21 8 28

The Lady Cougars had a couple of tough EHC games over he weekend.  A slow start and three untimely errors in he fourth quarter led to a 61-49 loss to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family.

H/LHF had some long girls to run a 1-3-1 zone defense.  It gave Northeast fits as they could not penetrate it and they settled for outside shots.  They missed all six of their three point attempts.  Brianne Haskell and Abby Peterson score the team’s only goals as they trailed 6-111 at the quarter.

Haskell worked her magic as she was able to dribble through the zone and score.  She had ten points as Northeast railed 26-21 at the half.

The offense came to life in the third period.  Lexie Bacon drained four three-pointers and Northeast pulled to within  one point, 39-40.

H/LHF got the first four points of the fourth quarter before Lexie hit her fifth trey of the half.  After scores from the paint by Jessen and Peterson the Cougars were still down 47-46.   The Lady Bulldogs got two scores off of turnovers to build a 51-46.  Brianne Haskell gave the Cougars another three,  but the scoring ended there  as H/LHF scored ten unanswered points for a 61-49 win.

Bacon topped the team with 18 points and Haskell had 17 points.

H/LHF 11 15 14 21 -61
LDNE 6 15 18 10 -49

2pt 3pt FT Rb F TP
Wakeley 2 0 1/2 3 4 5
Haskell 3 1 8/9 4 5 17
Collins 1 0 0 0 1 2
Bacon 1 5 1/2 9 4 18
Jessen 1 0 0 2 4 2
Peterson 2 0 1/2 5 3 5
LDNE 10 6 11/15 23 22 49
H/LHF 20 1 18/30 38 12 61

The Fillies of Stanton took a 65-55 win on Saturday.   Northeast trailed 29-24 at the half.  After being outscored by nine points in the third period the Lady Cougars fought back to score 20 points in the fourth quarter.

Lexie Bacon was the top scorer with19 points.  She added four three pointers to bring her total to 34 for the season.

Brianne Haskell added ten points.  This moved her into second place in Career Scoring with 888 points.  She moved past Stef  Peterson who had 884.  She trails Kristen Cameron’s record by just 25 points.

Mariah Jessen and Kelly Wakeley were also in double figures with 12 and 10 points respectively.

LDNE 9 15 11 20 -55
Stanton 16 13 20 16 -65

2pt 3pt FT Rb TP
Simonsen 0 0 0 3 0
Wakeley 1 2 2/3 5 10
Haskell 1 2 2/2 1 10
Collins 0 0 0 2 0
Bacon 2 4 3/6 3 19
Jessen 5 0 5/4 1 12
Peterson 2 0 0 8 4
LDNE 11/28 8/21 9/15 23 55
Stanton 17/45 8/20 7/14 34 65

Anderson Has Record Setting Game for Cougars


By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

The Northeast Cougars used a record setting performance by Alec Anderson to turn back (2-12) Pender last Friday, 70-35.  The 6’4″ senior overpowered the undersized Pendragons for 37 points.  This eclipses the Northeast record of 36 set by John Kroger against Pender back in 1996.

Coach Lahm’s boys pounded the paint for a 10-2 run to open the game.  Anderson had two scores along with a lay-in by Cole Christoffersen and a three point play by Montana Riecken.  Marcus Hegy slipped inside for two goals before Anderson  added six more points and Hunter Ferguson nailed a three.  LDNE had a 22-11 lead after the first eight minutes.

Coach Lahm subbed freely for the rest of the game. Cole Christoffersen was the top scorer in the second period with three baskets.   In the third period Anderson brought his total to 22 with five more makes and two charity toss conversions.

The starters were back on the court to start the fourth period.  Alec Anderson put in six points early in the quarter.  The coach subbed in reserves, but kept his star on the court as he neared the  record.  Two goals and a three point play brought him to within a point of tying the mark.  Anderson took a feed in the lane and a hard foul  stopped him from scoring. Alec fought back blood dripping from his nose to sink both shot before exiting the game.

For the night Anderson went 14 for 18 from the field (78%) and made 9 of 13 free shots.  He made it a double-double with 10 rebounds.  The senior was not the only double-double for the Cougars.  Classmate Marcus Hegy scored 11 points and grabbed 10 caroms.   Cole Christoffersen also finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.

The Cougars have a 9-2 record.  The will take on some salty opposition this week.  (8-7)
Cedar Bluffs and (8-5) Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family visit Lyons this week.  Saturday, the Cougars journey to take on (11-4) Stanton.

LDNE 22 13 20 15 -70
Pender 11 6 10 8 -35

2pt 3pt FT Rb F TP
Riecken         1 0 1/1 3 1 3
O’Connor 1 0 0 1 0 2
Christiansen 1 0 0 6 1 2
Whitaker 0 0 0 1 0 0
Hegy 2 1 2/2 10 1 11
Ferguson 0 1 0 1 0 3
Ronnfeldt 1 0 0 1 0 2
Anderson 14 0 9/12 10 2 37
Hardeman 0 0 0 1 1 0
Christoffersen 5 0 0/1 8 1 10
LDNE 26/37 2/4 17/17 42 7 70
Pender 10/26 4/16 3/7 22 13 35

Lady Cougars Come Up Short Against Pender


By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

Two of the best from the East Husker Conference squared off in Pender on January 15 and the game went down to the final seconds before the victor was decided.   Unfortunately for the Lady Cougars they came out on the short end of a 56-54 score.

After a very physical game with several questionable calls Coach Rex Haskell praised his girls.  “They did a very good job of playing through some tough situations and not letting it bother their play.”

Lyons-Decatur defense forced the Lady Pendragons to shoot from the outside on the game’s onset.  Pender made only one of seven and the Cougars  moved to a 6-2 lead with a basket from Abby Peterson, a three point play by Lexie Bacon, and free throw by Brianne Haskell.

Pender finally got inside and tied the score at 10.  The Cougar closed the period with a deuce by Bacon and trey by Wakeley for a 15-11 lead.

Northeast got three points to open the second quarter, but Pender came back nine unanswered and took a 20-18 lead.  Two free throws by Mariah Jessen tied the score and two more by Lexie Bacon put the Cougars on top.  Tessie Collins made it six free shots in a row.  Three conversions by the Lady Pendragons gave them the lead until Kelly Wakeley closed out the half with basket, 26-25.  A steal by Lexie Bacon gave Northeast a last second shot, but a no-call ended the half as she appeared to be fouled on a three point attempt.

Northeast got an eight point lead when Mariah Jessen had two conversions and Wakeley and Bacon connected from downtown.  A basket by Jessen made it 36-28.  LDNE would score six more points.  Pender would get eleven.

A big momentum change was made when the Cougars led 42-35.  A foul by Jessen put Pender’s Amber English   at the line for two shots.  She made the first and missed the second.  The ball was called out of bounds off of Peterson.  Pender followed with a trey for 42-39 score.

Pender ran off a eight straight points open the fourth quarter to take a 47-42 lead.  Mariah Jessen got the Cougars on the board with 4:33 left.  Following a Pender three point play Haskell made one of two and the Cougars were down by five.  Jessen took a couple of feeds from Haskell as Northeast closed to within three points, 52-49.   Pender made only one of six free shots while Lexie Bacon pulled the Cougars closer with two free shots.  Tailing 53-51 Bacon had a good look from behind the arc, but missed.

With 26.3 seconds left Pender went to the line with a 53-51 lead.  Kamryn Anderson made one and missed the second, but Cecilee Jacobson grabbed the rebound for a put back.  Brianne Haskell scored a trey just before the buzzer for a 56-54 final score.

Pender has a 9-6 record.  Northeast has a 9-3 mark  going into game against (9-6) Cedar
Bluffs, (9-6) Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, and (10-5) Stanton.
Pender was led by led by the coach’s daughter, Hallie Ballinger with 17 points, and Amber English with 14.  Northeast got a big game from Mariah Jessen who scored a career-high 15 points and had three blocked shots.  Lexie Bacon was close behind with 14.  Kelly Wakeley added 10 points.  Brianne Haskell scored ten points while nursing a sprained ankle which took her out of the Mead game in the second quarter.

North shot 40% to 35% to Pender.  They had a 34 to 32 advantage in  rebounding, but Pender made he most of 13 offensive boards.

LDNE 15 11 16 12 -54
Pender 11 14 14 17 -56

2pt 3pt FT Rb F TP
Simonsen 0 0 0 0 3 0
Wakeley 2 2 0 5 4 10
Haskell 2 1 3/6 2 4 10
Collins 0 0 2/2 1 3 2
Bacon 3 1 5/7 11 4 14
Jessen 5 0 5/6 4 4 15
Peterson 1 0 1/2 11 3 30
LDNE 16/23 4/12 16/23 34 21 54
Pender 18/42 2/15 14/31 32 15 56

Lady Cougars Start New Year With Three Wins


By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

The Lady Cougars started the New Year with three wins.  They defeated (0-13) Wakefield 70-30 on Tuesday.  Over the week end they took on some top tier teams and claimed two more victories.  Friday they knocked off (8-4) Tekamah-Herman and on Saturday (9-2) Mead fell to the Lyons-Decatur girls.

Lexie Bacon put in ten of her 19 game-high points in the first period as the Cougars jumped to a 12-7 lead over Wakefield.  She hit two of her successful three pointers in the quarter.

After playing on equal terms with the Lady Trojans during the second quarter the Northeast girls put the game away in the third period. The Lady Cougars turned up the heat on their full court press that produced 33 turnovers during the game.  Lexie
Bacon led the tem with 5 steals.

LDNE had a 24 to 8 scoring advantage in the third stanza.  Kelly Wakeley had two trifecta and a deuce to lead the way.  Tessie Collins and Lexie Bacon also nailed one from behind the arc.  LDNE stretched 14 point lead at the half to a 55-25 margin after three quarters.

The bench scored eight of the team’s fourth quarter points.  Brandi Simonsen led the way with 5 points as everyone on the team scored during the game.  LDNE stretched their lead to final score of 70-30.

Wakefield 7 10 8 5 -30
LDNE 12 9 24 15 -70

2pt 3pt FT Rb F TP
S. Henneman 0 0 1/2 0 1 1
Simonsen 1 0 5/6 2 3 7
Wakeley 4 2 0 4 1 14
Haskell 6 0 1/3 7 1 13
Collins 1 1 0 4 0 5
Bacon 4 3 2/2 9 2 19
L. Henneman 0 0 1/2 3 0 1
Jessen 3 0 1/5 5 2 7
Petersen 0 0 3/4 8 2 3
LDNE 19 6 14/26 40 12 70
Wakefield 13 1 1/5 30 20 30

Tekamah-Herman came to Lyons  on a three game win streak.  They had won six of their last seven games.  Lyons-Decatur turned them back by a score of 56-52.

The Cougars opened the game with a 12-11 lead at the end of one period.  By half time they had a 27-19 advantage.  Lexie Bacon connected on three treys asnd Mariah jessen had seven points in the paint.

The Lady Tigers started the second  half with an 8-1 run as the lead evaporated to a single digit.  Lexie Bacon gave the team some breathing room with two free shots.  After’ baskets by Wakeley and Peterson the lead was back up to five.  Treys by Wakeley and Bacon moved the lead to six as Northeast had a 42-36 lead at the end of the quarter.

The Cougars kept their six point margin through the fourth period.  A pair of charity shots by Lexie made it 49-42 with 2:26 to play.  The Tigers made a couple of three point heaves, but Brianne Haskell made a bucket and 5 of 6 from the line to insure the 56-54 win.

Brian Haskell and Lexie Bacon were the scoring leaders for LDNE.  Haskell had 18 points and Bacon scored 17 while leading rebounders with 9.

T-H 11 8 17 16 -52
LDNE 12 15 15 14 -56

2pt 3pt FT Rb F TP
Wakeley 3 1 0 4 3 9
Haskell 4 0 10/18 1 2 18
Collins 0 0 0 1 0 0
Bacon 0 4 5/6 9 2 17
Jessen 3 0 1/3 7 4 7
Peterson 2 0 1/3 3 4 5
LDNE 12/29 5/10 17/26 26 15 56
T-H 10 7 11/18 – 17 52

Mead was rated by the Omaha World -Herald in D-2 when Northeast came to town.  They came off their first loss to C-2  Yutan on Friday night and lost to the Cougars 51-40.

Northeast took an 8-6 lead in the first quarter.  They led by nine at the half, 25-16.  In the second half Northeast outscored the Lady Raiders 26 to 24.

It was not a good night for the two leading scorers for the  Lady Cougars.  Lexie and Brianne totaled just five points, twenty points below their combine average.    Kelly Wakeley, Mariah Jessen, and Tessie Collins stepped up their game to have a double figure scoring night.  Wakeley scored 12, Collins 11, and Jessen 10 points.

LDNE 8 17 7 19 -51
Mead 6 10 7 17 -40

2pt 3pt  FT Rb TP
Simonsen 1 0 1/2 1 3
Wakeley 3 2 0/2 2 12
Haskell 1 0 2/2 3 4
Collins 1 3 0 1 11
Bacon 0 0 1/2 2 1
L. Henneman 1 0 2/2 1 4
Jessen 3 0 4/4 6 10
Peterson 3 0 0 5 6
LDNE 13/31 5/15 10/14 21 51

Northeast Cougars Stretch Winning Streak


By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

Northeast’s Cougars stretched their winning streak to eight games with wins over Wakefield and Tekamah-Herman this week.  In a battle of top ten teams on Saturday,  the Cougar boys stumbled in a road contest at Mead.

After their three games this week, a 61-53 conquest of Wakefield and a 60-43 win over Tekamah-Herman along with the 53-34 loss to Mead the LDNE Cougars have an 8-2 record.

Streaky shooting Wakefield provided more of a contest than their 3-9 record would suggest.   They hit  three of their first five shots and held a lead until the 1:38 mark of the opening period when Montana Riecken’s goal put Northeast on top. Later, Riecken’s bomb and a basket by Jacob Whitaker produced a tie at the end of the period, 13-13.

The Trojans got a five point jump on the Cougars at the start of the second period.   Riecken’s three and  Cole Christoffersen’s  two free throws tied the score.  Christoffersen got a put back at the 4:30 mark to establish a LDNE lead,  20-18.  Two short shots from the baseline by Hunter Ferguson kept the Maroon on top.  Riecken got his third trey of the half and Alec Anderson broke free from the Wakefield box-and one defense to end the half’s scoring with a three point play and a lay-in for a 32-27 lead.

Wakefield opened the third quarter with a 13-0 run.  They made 5 of 8 shots while Northeast missed on six straight offensive possessions.  The Cougar’s dry spell continued until the 3:05 mark when Alec Anderson scored leaving the Cougars trailing 40-34.  Christoffersen and Anderson got baskets in the remaining minutes of the quarter.  Wakefield out scored Northeast 21 to 6 thanks to the help of five three pointers.

Northeast found themselves trailing by 12 points when the Trojans scored on their opening possession of the fourth quarter.  Marcus Hegy’s trey would start a rally that would produce an eight point win for LDNE.  Christoffersen scored two from the paint and point guard Montana Riecken attacked the lane and scored on two free shots and a three point play.  Northeast trailed 51-50.

While Wakefield struggled from the floor the Cougars continued to surge.  Marcus Hegy completed the comeback with a trey with 3:22 left.  With Northeast on top 53-51 Alec
Anderson added four more points and Montana Riecken iced the game with a pair of free shots.  Wakefield’s hot hand cooled with only two baskets in the fourth period.  They only made two of ten shots from the field and were 0 or 6 from beyond the arc.

In was a big night for Montana Riecken.  The junior point guard had a career-high 18 points to lead the team.  Marcus Hegy score eight of his ten points in the fourth quarter.  Alec Anderson battled Wakefield’s gadget defense to finish with 15 points.  Cole Christoffersen finished with 12 points.

Wakefield 13 14 21 5 -53
LDNE 13 19  6 23 -61

2pt 3pt FT Rb F TP
Riecken         2 3 5/5 4 2 18
O’Connor 0 0 0 5 2 0
Christiansen 0 0 0 1 0 0
Whitaker 1 0 0 0 0 2
Hegy 1 2 2/2 6 4 10
Ferguson 2 0 0 3 1 4
Anderson 5 0 5/6 6 2 15
Hardeman 0 0 0 2 0 0
Christoffersen 5 0 2/2 6 2 12
LDNE 16 5 14/15 33 13 61
Wakefield 9 9 8/12 17 15 53

The (2-9) Tekamah-Herman Tigers found the going tough in the first quarter.  They committed 8 turnovers and it deep into the period before they got a shot off.  In the meantime, Marcus Hegy scored three times and the Cougars took an 11-0 lead.

Hegy continued his offensive show with nine more points in the second quarter.  LDNE had a 29-14 lead at he half.

After intermission the Cougar offense took a six minute break.  T-H turned to a half court trap and six turnovers, two offensive fouls and five missed shots gave the T-H crowd some hope as the Tigers closed to within eight points, 29-21.   Point guard Montana Riecken picked up his fourth foul and without him the offense was in disarray.   Alec Anderson got a pair of free shots for Northeast’s first score.  LDNE closed with a flourish as Anderson scored again and Hegy added a pair of treys.  The Cougars were up by thirteen, 39-26.

Alec Anderson scored three times to start the fourth period.   Cole Christoffersen’s two and Marcus Hegy’s three made it 50-29 .  Coach Lahm turned to his reserves to close out the game.  Goals by Jon Christiansen, Nick Ronnfeldt and two free throws by Hunter Ferguson gave Lyons-Decatur a 56-32 lead.  The Tigers surged with eleven points  and the game ended with a 60-43 score.

Marcus Hegy had a career-high 24 points to pace LDNE.  Alec Anderson notched a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Northeast out shot Tekamah-Herman 58% to  25%.  The Cougars made22 of 38 shots.  The Tigers made 13 of 52 shots.   Northeast out rebounded T-H 39 to 29.

T-H 2 11 13 17 -43
LDNE 11 18 10 21 -60

2pt 3Pt FT Rb F TP
Riecken         1 0 1/2 1 4 3
O’Connor 0 0 0/2 1 2 0
Christiansen 3 0 0/1 5 2 6
Whitaker 0 0 1/2 1 2 1
Hegy 6 3 3/4 8 0 24
Ferguson 0 1 2/4 2 3 5
Ronnfeldt 1 0 1/2 2 1 3
Anderson 5 0 4/8 11 2 14
Hardeman 1 0 0 3 2 2
Christoffersen 1 0 0 4 1 2
LDNE 18 4 12/24 39 20 60
T-H 7 6 11/20 29 23 43

A pair of 8-1 teams clashed on Saturday at Mead.  Fresh off of wins over Parkview Christian and Yutan the Raiders were t the top of their game when the Cougars came to town.

Northeast drew first blood in the game as Alec Anderson opened the scoring.  Later he added a free throw.  Mead led 7-3 at the end of the quarter.

The Cougars spent the rest of the half trying to catch up with the Raiders.  After Anderson closed the score to 6-7 with a three point play Mead opened a six point lead.  Treys by Ferguson and Hegy halved the margin. Two free throws by Hegy made the score 16-19.  Montana Riecken tied the score at 19 with the Cougar’s third trifecta of the period.  Mead answered with a three pointer just before half.   Mead 22  LDNE 19.

Mead had  7-2 jump on the Cougars as the second half started.  Alec Anderson’s goal followed two Mead scores.   Christoffersen’s basket and Hegy’s free throw made it 29-24. Two Christoffersen free thrown matched a Mead basket.  Riecken followed with a trey and it was 31-29.  A basket by Anderson was the lone points for LDNE as the Raiders closed with a 7-2 run to take a 38-31 lead into the fourth period.

The fourth quarter did not go well for Northeast.  Hegy fouled out and the Cougars only scored three points as Mead pulled away for a 53-34 win.

Alec Anderson led Northeast with 15 points.  Riecken and Hegy had 6,  Christoffersen 4 and Ferguson 3.  Mead  was led by Tristan Hoover with 20 and Dylan Taylor with 13.

LDNE 3 16 12 3 -34
Mead 7 15 16 15 -53

2pt 3pt FT F TP
Riecken         0 2 0 2 6
O’Connor 0 0 0 2 0
Whitaker 0 0 0 1 0
Hegy 0 1 3/4 5 6
Ferguson 0 1 0 0 3
Anderson 6 0 3/5 3 15
Christoffersen 1 0 2/2 3 5
LDNE 7 4 8/11 16 34
Mead 15 4 11/15 13 53

Cougars are Omaha Nation Holiday Tournament Champions!


By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

The Cougar boys basketball team picked up two wins and the Omaha Nation Holiday Tournament Championship

“It was a huge accomplishment for our team. We even received a 10th place ranking in the Omaha World Herald,” said Coach Derek Lahm.

Northeast opened with a 53-44 win over Emerson-Hubbard in he first round.  They took the crown with a 57-44 over the host Omaha Nation team.

A fast start got the Cougars out to a  15 point first quarter lead against E-H.  They led 29-11 at the half and although they were outscored in the second half they were never challenged.

The Cougars got a strong inside game from Cole Christoffersen and Alec Anderson as Cole had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds while Alec had a team-high 19 points and pulled down 9 boards.

Northeast made 58% of their shots (19 of 33).  They were good on 2 of 3 from behind the arc.

LDNE 22 7 6 18 -53
E-H  7 4 11 22 -44

2pt 3pt FT Rb F TP
Riecken 1 0 4-4 7 1 6
O’Connor 4 0 1-1 2 0 9
Hegy 2 0 4-7 5 3 8
Ferguson 0 1 0 0 3 3
Ronnfeldt 0 0 0 0 1 0
Anderson 5 1 4-7 9 1 17
Hardeman 0 0 0 1 1 0
Christoffersen 5 0 0-3 10 2 10
Totals 17/30 2/3 13/24 36 13 53

A strong second half propelled the Cougars to 13 point win over Omaha Nation.  The Chiefs took a 17-14 lead after one period.  The Cougar fought back to take a two point lead at the half, 29-27.  After intermission LDNE had a 28 to 17 scoring advantage.

The team shot a scorching 79% for the game.  They made 19 of 22 two point shots and 4 of 7 three point shots.

Coach Lahm had praise for senior forward Marcus Hegy.  “Marcus had a huge game for us down the stretch. He finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.” Hegy had 3 big three-pointers to spark the offense.

Alec Anderson continued as the main offensive threat.  He scored 19 points on 8 for 10 shooting.  He had 6 rebounds.

LDNE 14 15 12 16 -57
Omaha Nation 17 10 9 8 -44

2pt 3pt FT Rb F TP
Riecken 1 0 0 3 3 2
O’Connor 0 0 0 0 1 0
Christiansen 4 0 0 1 5 8
Hegy 2 3 2-4 10 2 15
Ferguson 0 1 2-2 0 0 5
Anderson 8 0 3-3 6 1 19
Hardeman 1 0 0 2 0 2
Christoffersen 3 0 0-2 7 3 6
Totals 19-22 4-7 7-11 30 13 57

Heading into the New Year, Coach Lahm praised the teamwork of his (6-1) Cougars. “Our team has really bought into sacrificing personal accolades for the good of the team. We just need to keep focused to improve every opportunity we are given whether it be practice or a game.”

They will be tested with three games this week.  Wakefield and Tekamah-Herman come to Lyons.  The true test comes Saturday afternoon when they take on (7-1) Mead in a road game.

Lady Cougars Take Consolation Title at Holiday Tournament


By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

The Lady Cougars raised their mark to 6-2 as they took the consolation title at the Omaha  Nation Holiday Tournament.

Northeast got a tough draw in round one with a contest against D-1’s top rated Emerson-Hubbard.  They lot a hard fought contest, 65-55.  Lexie Bacon and Brianne Haskell combine for 33 of the teams points.

The team had one of their better shooting nights.  They made 19 of 35 shots (54%).  Lexie Bacon made 5 of  7 three point attempts.   Tessie Collins made all three of her shots. Mariah Jessen was two of two.  The team struggled at the line with 12 for 22 shooting.

LDNE 14 15 8 18 -55
E-H 18 17 13 18 -65

2pt 3pt FT Rb TP
Simonsen 0 0 0 1 0
Wakeley 4 0 1-5 4 9
Haskell 4 0 8-10 4 16
Collins 3 0 0 3 6
Bacon 1 5 0-3 4 17
Jessen 2 0 3-4 4 7
Peterson 0 0 0 5 0
Totals 14/24 5/11 12/22 24 55

Winless Santee was no competition the Lady Cougars as they rolled to a 58-10 win.  Three girls finished in double figures.  Lexie and Brianne each had 12 points while Mariah added 11.

The team made 24 of 45 two point shots. The went 10 of 15 at the line.

Santee 2 2 0 6 -10
LDNE 22 15 9 12 -58

Simonsen 2 0 1-2 2 5
Wakeley 4 0 0 3 8
Haskell 5 0 2-4 4 12
Collins 2 0 0 4 4
Bacon 5 0 2-2 2 12
L. Henneman 1 0 0 5 2
Jessen 3 0 5-7 4 11
Peterson 2 0 0 2 4
Totals 24/45 0/6 10/15 27 58

LDNE will have a busy week with three games.  Wakefield is at Lyons on Tuesday.  The weekend will feature some tough games with Tekamah-Herman visiting on Friday and (7-1) Mead hosting on Saturday afternoon.

Cougars Win Two, Raise Record to 2-1


By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor
The Cougar boys raised their record to 2-1 with a pair of wins during the second week of the basketball season.  They took down Winside by the score of 48-31 and Clarkson/Leigh by four points, 51-47.

Alec Anderson put on a show against Winside.  He scored the first six points of the game.  After Winside got on the board he followed up with three more scores including a crowd pleasing two hand slam after he made a steal at mid court.  Anderson finished with 29 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 blocked shots.

Winside 4 7 15 5 -31
LDNE 17 7 12 13 -48

2pt 3pt FT Rb F TP
Riecken 0 1 1-2 7 0 4
O’Connor 0 0 0 2 1 0
Christiansen 1 0 0 3 1 2
Whitaker 0 0 0 1 1 0
Ferguson 1 1 0 1 1 5
Anderson 14 0 1-2 14 2 29
Hardeman 0 0 0 4 1 0
Christoffersen 4 0 0 5 3 8
LDNE 20-36 2/7 2/5 35 9 48
Winside 10/28 3/16 2/4 15 11 31

The match up against Clarkson /Leigh went down to the final minute to determine the winner.  The Cougars had a nine point lead in the third period, but it melted away in the fourth quarter.  The Patriots took the lead with 3:45 to play Northeast outscored them 8 to 4 in the last two minutes to claim the win.

The first period had two ties and four lead changes.  Alec Anderson put the Cougars on top 10-9 and sent he Cougars to the second period with a three point lead with another bucket.

Northeast went nearly five and one-half minutes without a score in the second quarter.  The Patriots took the lead with seven unanswered points.  Jon Christiansen broke the draught with a score at the 2:39 mark.  Three seconds later a steal ended with Cole Christoffersen making a game-tying  lay-in.  Marcus Hegy’s drive of the lane put LDNE on top 45 seconds to play.  Christoffersen’s goal made it 22-20 at the half.

A 9-2 run  for the Cougars started the second half.  Christoffersen, O’Connor, Riecken, and Anderson scored.  Two quick threes by the Patriots cut the lead to three.  The lead was down to two when Montana Riecken scored with to two seconds left.  Northeast took a 38-34 lead into the fourth quarter.

Clarkson/Leigh scored twice in the first minute of the period to tie the score.  At the 6:45 mark Hunter Ferguson nailed a three which the Patriots countered for another tie.  Alec Anderson’s bucket made it 43-41.  C/L’s Mundil gave the Patriots a 44-43 advantage with 3:45 to play.

Northeast went to their ace to take a 45-44 lead.  Anderson drove the baseline for the go-ahead score with 2:10 left.

Both teams would have opportunities to claim a win, but neither team could cash in.  C/L missed a pair of threes and the Cougars missed two free shots and muffed a pass under the basket.  The Patriots missed a driving shot at the 41 second mark and intentionally fouled Anderson after he rebounded the miss.  The senior calmly sank both shots.

After a Clarkson/Leigh miss Montana Riecken was fouled with 14.5 seconds to play.  The Cougar’s point guard nailed both ends of the one-and-one for a  49-44 lead.  The Patriots were not done.  They hit a three with 8.7 to play.  Riecken was fouled on the inbounds and faced another bonus situation.   Once against he made both for the final 51-47 score.

Northeast had two finish in double figures.  Anderson had 18 points and Riecken had 12.  The Cougars shot 58% to 38% for the Patriots.  Northeast held a 34 to 19 advantage in rebounds.

C/L 9 11 14 13 -47
LDNE 12 10 16 13 -51

2pt 3pt FT Rb F TP
Riecken 4 0 4-4 5 1 12
O’Connor 1 0 0 3 1 2
Christiansen 1 0 0-1 1 1 2
Hegy 34 0 0 6 3 6
Ferguson 0 1 0 0 0 3
Anderson 7 0 4-4 10 4 18
Hardeman 0 0 0 1 1 0
Christoffersen 4 0 0-7 8 2 8
LDNE 20/34 1/4 8/17 34 13 51
C/L 11/21 7/27 4/4 19 13 47

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