Illness and Injuries Hamper Cougars at EHC Track Meet

By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

Points were hard to come by in the EHC Track and Field meet held  at Wisner on May 2.    The Boys team scored 18 points and placed 13th while the Girls had 6 points and ended up in  14th place.

Illness and injury cost the Cougars several potential placers.  Marcus Hegy’s season ended with surgery to repair damage to a knee.  The girls’ weight throwers both missed the meet. Libby Henneman and Abby Peterson were highly seeded in their events, but stayed home because of illness.  Tessie Collins suffered the same fate and was scratched from the 3200 run.

Jon Christiansen was the top scorer, but had a sub-par day in the jumps.  He had a 19 foot 4.5 inch leap in the long jump and 40 foot 8 inch effort in the triple jump.  Both placed fourth.  He added a seventh in the 100M dash with a 11.72  clocking.

Benny Estrada moved up after coming off the curve to place third in the 200M dash.  His 23.96 made him the sixth qualifier in the prelims.

Brandi Simonsen and Sophia Henneman were the only girls to score.  Brandi took fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 33 feet 1 inch.  Sophia had a season best 2:45.18 in the 800 for an eighth place.  The 400 relay was disqualified for an exchange violation.

The sixteen team meet saw North Bend Central edge out Stanton in the Girls division 99 to 91.  The Oakland Craig boys used wins in the last two relays to overtake Stanton for the championship.

Some  non scoring efforts were: Brandi Simonsen, 9th 100M dash (13.85)  11th Long Jump (15′ 0.75″); Kelley Wakeley, 14th Long  Jump (14′ 2″) ; Benny Estrada. 9th 400 M (54.68);  Cole Christoffersen, 11th Shot Put (41′ 6″); Joey O’Connor 3200M, 10th (11:53.13)  1600M, 20th  (5:38);  Reid Preston, 3200M, 11th (12:02.4)  1600M,  13th (5:24);  Alec Anderson, 800M, 16th (2:20.63)   1600M  16th,  (5:27); Brianne Haskell, 400M, 10th (1:06.46),  200 M, 12th (29.81);  Tyler Hardeman, 27th  Shot Put (37′ 0″);  Nick Ronnfeldt, 25th, Shot Put (37′ 7.5″).

Lady Cougars Close Out Regular Season Victorious

By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

The Lady Cougars closed the regular season with two wins.  Victories over Wisner-Pilger and Logan View/Scribner-Snyder provided the power points to move LDNE up to the number one seed in the D-2-3 sub-district.  They will play (7-13) Bancroft-Rosalie in the first round.

With the 50-48 victory over (13-9) Wisner-Pilger and 48-29 conquest of (4-18) LV/SS the girls raised their record to 13-7.  The finished with a 6-6 record against  EHC opponents.  Their two losses in the EHC tournament were countered with regular game wins over Tekamah-Herman and Wisner-Pilger.

After a slow start doomed them in the EHC tournament against W-P, the Northeast girls played steady first quarter and took a lead into the second quarter.  They led 12-7 after Brandi Simonsen scored.  The quarter closed at 13-9.

Lexie Bacon scored the first points of the second period, but Wisner-Pilger went on a 6-0 run to tie the score at 15.  After Brianne Haskell scored five points, the Lady Gator used a pair of threes to move to a 23-20 lead. A basket by Abby Peterson and two free throws by Lexie made it  24-23.  The Lady Gators got a score at the buzzer to take a 25-24 lead.

It took two minutes for the Cougars to get a score in the second half.  W-P scored twice before Brianne Haskell converted  two free shots.  Tessie Collins tied the game at 29 with a bomb from the point. Abby Peterson matched a score by Wisner before they ran off four with two stick backs.  Northeast continued to battle as the got a pair of free throws from Haskell.  Wakeley followed with a trey.  Mariah Jessen sank her first  trifecta shot of the season.  Wisner-Pilger lead 41-39.

Haskell made her sixth straight free throw at the started the fourth quarter to tie the score.  A three pointer by Lexie Bacon put LDNE on top, 44-42,  with 4:43 to play.  After one make and one miss by Haskell at the charity strip Northeast was up 45-42.  The Gators came back to take a two point lead on a pair of free throws by Heller and a trey by Knust.

Northeast patiently worked the ball around until Bacon found an opening a made her second trey of the quarter and boosted the Cougars back to a 48-47 lead with 2:40 to play.

The next two minutes saw each team fail on two offensive possessions.  Heller would tie the score with a free throw at :35 second mark.  The Cougars settled for a final shot. With  the Gators closing guarding the “shooters” Abby Peterson got the ball at the left baseline and sank a  ten  footer at the buzzer for a 50-48 win.

Lexie Bacon paced the team with  17 points.  She had three treys to bring her total to 40 for the season.  Brianne Haskell added   12 points

Wis-Pil 9 16 16 7 -48
LDNE 13 11 15 11 -50

2pt 3pt FT Rb F TP

Simonsen 1 0 0 2 0 2
Wakeley 1 1 0 5 3 5
Haskell 1 1 7/8 2 2 12
Collins 0 1 0 2 0 3
Bacon 2 3 4/5 2 2 17
L Henneman 0 0 0 1 0 0
Jessen 0 1 0/1 5 4 3
Peterson 4 0 0/1 6 1 8
LDNE 9/18 7/18 11/15 25 12 50
Wisner-Pilger 13/41 3/10 13/17 28 13 48

Northeast closed out the season with a ragged 48-29 win over Logan View/Scribner-Snyder.

“We just could not hit our shots tonight.” said Coach Haskell.  The team hit a season low 29% from the field.  They  had combined 18  of 51 two point shots and 0 for 11 from behind the arc.  Free throws did not fall either as the team made just 12 of 23 from the charity stripe.  For the season the team has been shooting 40% from the field and  64% from the line. Northeast opened he game with 2 for 12 shooting he first period and 3 for six from the line.  Peterson and Wakeley scored goals as LDNE led 7-3.

The second period went better with 14 points on 5 for 12 shooting., but they made only 4 of 8 from the line.  Wakeley and Bacon were saddled with three fouls and spent time on  the bench.  Mariah Jessen scored  seven points.  Northeast led 31-14.

The Cougars got six points from Wakeley and five from ;Haskell as they moved to a 36-17 lead in the third quarter.

Both  teams score 14 points in the fourth quarter.  Lexie Bacon scored twice before fouling out.  Wakeley had a pair of scores .

Mariah Jessen was the team leader  with a game-high 12 points and 16  rebounds plus she had 4 blocked shots.  Kelley Wakeley had 11 points.

LDNE 7 14 15 12 -48
LV/SS 3 11 3 12 -29

\ 2pt 3pot FT Rb F TP
Simonsen 0 0 0 0 2 0
Wakeley 5 0 1/1 6 3 11
Haskell 2 9 3/6 4 2 7
Collins 1 0 0 6 0 2
Bacon 3 0 1/2 3 5 7
L. Henneman 0 0 0 1 0 0
Jessen 3 0 6/8 16 4 12
Peterson 4 0 1/3 9 4 9
LDNE 18/51 0/11 12/23 46 20 48
LV/SS 9/32 0/5 11/17 25 17 29

Lady Cougars Drop Two in EHC Play

By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

The Lady Cougars finished 0-2  in the EHC Basketball Tournament.  After losing to Tekamah-Herman 65-56 in the first round they lost to Wisner-Pilger in the consolation bracket.  The Lady Gators won by twelve, 61-49 on their home court.

A fast start by Wisner-Pilger was the undoing of the Cougars.  The Gators opened the game with three behind the arc and jumped to a 9-2 lead and Northeast played catch up the whole game.

We used a zone against Wisner-Pilger,” said Coach Haskell “and for the most part we did a good job defending the first shot, but we did not rebound well.  They got way too many second chance points.”

The shots did not fall for LDNE in the first half and the Maroon trailed by fifteen, 34-19 when they went to the lockers.

In the second half Northeast got in a good rhythm and cut the lead to just eight points in the third period.  An 11-4 run got the score to 38-30.  W-P closed out the quarter on a 9-2 run to restore their fifteen point margin.

Northeast outscored Wisner-Pilger by three in the fourth quarter for a 61-49 final.

The two teams will have a rematch on the Lyons court on February 9.  LDNE has an 11-7 record and W-P has a 11-8 mark.  The girls’ final regular season game is Friday at Loganview.

LDNE 9 10 13 17 -49
W-P 18 16 13 14 -61

2pt 3pt FT Rb TP
Simonsen 3 0 1/5 1 7
Wakeley 1 1 0/2 3 5
Haskell 4 0 7/9 5 15
Collins 0 1 0 3 3
Bacon 0 2 0 0 6
L.Henneman 0 1 0 1 3
Jessen 3 0 0 4 6
Peterson 2 0 0 13 4
LDNE 13/34 5/18 8/16 30 49

Last Regular Track Meet for LDNE

By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

Joey O'Connor in 3200 run. Photo Credit/Clare Wiltse Sports Contributor.

Joey O’Connor in 3200 run. Photo Credit/Clare Wiltse Sports Contributor.

Northeast’s tracksters took advantage of their last regular season meet to tune up for Districts to be held on May 14 in Lyons.  The O-C invite on May 8 started out with temperatures in the eighties giving the field events some great weather, but a cold front made for  the track events being contested in a chillier environment.


The girls took ninth in the twelve team with ten points.  The boys  finished with nineteen point and took eighth place.


The horizontal jumps gave the boys twelve of their points.  Taylor Fuston set a personal record with a leap of 21 feet 0.5 inches in the long jump.  He finished in second place.  Jon Christiansen leaped 41 feet in the triple jump and took fourth place.


Coach Hosch had his relay team rested with limited competition in the open events.  
The 1600 relay came through with the season’s best time of 3:45.5.  They came in fourth.  The 400 relay took fifth in 46.4.


Freshman Joey O’Connor broke through the twelve minute barrier in the 3200M run.  His time of 11:59.70 placed him in sixth place.


Madie Ronnfeldt scored in two event.  She had a season best 13.3 in the 100M dash and took sixth.  Her 54.3 in the 300M hurdles took third.


In the field Kelly Wakeley had a measurement of 33 feet 1.25 inches in the triple jump and placed fifth.  Darcey Simonsen came threw with a toss of 113 feet on her last attempt to take sixth in the discus.

Cougar Track Teams Post Person Bests

By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

The Tiger Invite was held during one of the best weather days of the spring season and the Cougar track teams took advantage of it to post several personal bests.  The boys and girls both placed seventh with 26 points by the girls and 30 by the boys.


After a disastrous Cougar Invite, Darcey Simonsen threw a career best at Tekamah.  At the home meet last week,  the junior had no measurable throws in the prelims with a foul and two out of bounds tosses.  Darcey was the class of the field last Tuesday with a winning toss of 118 feet 4 inches.  The mark is among the top distances in Class D.


Freshman Jon Christiansen was the winner in the boy’s triple jump.  He broke through the forty foot barrier at the meet.  He got a leap of 40 feet 8 inches in the early jumps.  In the finals he followed that with the winning distance of 41 feet even.


Taylor Fuston ran his first open 400 meter dash of the year.  Fuston picked up a second place with as time of 54.6.  The senior also placed fourth in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet 9.25 inches.


Chevy Henneman earned two medals in the sprints.  He placed fourth in the 100 M in 11.6  and sixth in the 200 M in 24.6.


Joey O’Connor had an improvement of over twenty seconds in the 3200 M run.  The freshman took fifth in 12:07.5.  David Bishop added a sixth in the 800 M with a time of 2:19.4.


Libby Henneman followed up her big throw at the Cougar Invite with another solid effort.  She heaved the shot put 33feet 11.24 inches.  Libby placed third.


Kelly Wakeley added a fourth place in the girl’s triple jump.  She had a best jump of 31 feet 7 inches.

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