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Wakeley and Henneman Top Placers at O-C Invite


By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

Coach Steve Hosch used the O-C Invite for a tune up for the district track meet coming up on Wednesday May 13.  The Cougar boys scored in three individual events and skipped the relays.  They tallied 16 points and finished 8th.

 

Jon Christiansen competed in just the long jump and had P.R. leap of 19 feet 8 inches.  He placed fourth.

 

Chevy Henneman ran a 52.4 400M and took second.  Benny Estrada won his heat in a P. R. 54.3.  He finished in fifth place.

 

Joey O’Connor ran his best 3200M race of the season.  His clocked an 11:13.8 took the fifth place medal.  Dylan Hardeman ran a P.R. time of 2:12 in the 800M, but finished just out of the medals.

 

The Lady Cougars had nine scoring entries as they scored 35 points for a 7th place finish.

 

Kelly Wakeley took the silver in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet 6 inches.  Her triple jump of 32 feet 0.75 inch was good for fifth place.

 

The 1600M girls, Sophia Henneman and Tessie Collins both set P.R.s as they took third  and sixth place.    Sophia turned  in a 6:05.0 and Tessie a 6:12.0.  Coach Hosch was pleased to see how hard they competed to move up in the last lap.

 

In the sprints Northeast got a fifth in the 100M from Cierra French and a fourth from Brianne Haskell in the 200M. Cierra had a time of 13.5 and made the finals of the 200M with a P.R. of 28.2.  Brianne posted her career best of 27.9   The 400M relay team changed order with Cierra handing to Brianne followed by Madie Ronnfeldt and Kelly Wakeley and had their best time of the season at 54.2 for a 3rd place.

 

In the discus, Abby Peterson continued to improve as she threw 111 feet 7 inches and took fourth place.  It was a tough day for Darcey Simonson who had four throws sail out of bounds.  She took fifth on her one good toss of the day, 107 feet 4 inches.

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Simonsen Posts Second Best Throw in Class D Discus


By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

The East Husker Conference Track meet was a real classic as the EHC has some of the best track athletes in the state this season.  Twenty marks from the meet rate in the top six in the various classes by the girls.  One mark was a state leading time and another topped the Class D.

 

The Lady Cougars scored just 16 points to take 14th place in the sixteen school event.
The boys finished 12th with 23 points.

 

Darcey Simonsen posted the second best throw in Class D discus this spring  with a heave of 125 feet 4 inches.  Her mark placed her third in the EHC.  Abby Peterson came through with a P.R. of  111 feet 4 inches and took fourth.

 

The girls relay of Brianne Haskell, Cierra French, Madie Ronnfeldt, and Kelly Wakeley took sixth in the 4×100.  They had a season best time of 54.7.

 

Cierra French added an eighth in the 200M dash.  She had a P.R. time of 28.3.  Darcey Simonsen added an eighth in the shot put with a career best 34 feet 5 inch heave.

 

The boys top finish was a third by the 4×100 relay.  Jon, Benny Dylan and Chevy clocked a 46.7.  They came back in the next event and took fourth in the 4×400 relay.   They improved their time to 3:41.6.

 

Chevy Henneman picked up a fourth in the 400m dash.  53.1 was his time.   Dylan Hardeman got seventh in the 300 hurdles.  He ran  a 44.6   Jon Christiansen had a off day in the triple jump and finished in fourth place with a top leap of 38 feet 11 inches.

Cougars Season Comes to an End


By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

The Northeast Cougars went into  the sub-district tournament having faced only two D-2 opponents during the season .  Playing a C-2 and D-1 schedule as a part of the EHC prepared them well for the play offs.  “We faced some tough teams during the year,” said Coach Lahm. “Three are going into district finals this week.  There aren’t many D-2 teams in this area, so we have to take on bigger schools with more depth, but it helps us a he season goes on.”

 

The Cougars took on (17-8) Wynot, a D-2 Top Ten team in the first round game at Ponca High School.  The contest went down to the final seconds with the Blue Devils winning by 51-48.  The coach said he was really proud of how the team played against the Blue Devils.

 

“We had the chance to take the lead in the minutes of the game,” said Lahm.  We blew two open lay ups when we were down by just one points.  After first the miss we played tough defense and got the ball back.  The second miss with 17 seconds left put us into a must foul position,”

 

Things did not look bright for the Cougars in the first half.  After falling behind 14-8 with eight minutes played,  Wynot’s lead expanded to ten points in the second quarter.  Then Chevy Henneman had a one man rally.  He personally had a 12-0 run and Northeast moved to a 20-18 lead.  Chevy had 17  of his game-high 25 points during the period.  Fifteen of his points came on three pointers.  His seven threes for the game ties a school record shared Jeremy Krumwiede and Jeremy Phillips.

 

Northeast took a 32-31 lead to the lockers after Wynot beat the buzzer for goal in the final seconds.

 

Northeast switched out of their usual man-to man defense to slow down the Blue Devils.  A 1-3-1 zone disrupted their shooting game as the teams battled in the second half. Wynot gained a six point advantage in the fourth quarter, but the Cougars did cut it to one point with the two chances to take  lead.

 

The season ends with Northeast sporting a 8-14 record.  Dylan Hardeman and Chevy Henneman are the two senior members of the squad.  Five sophomores and two juniors were in the rotation this year gaining experience to build on.

 

Wynot              14        17        12        8          -51

LDNE              8          24        9          7          -48

 

2pt       3pt       FT        Rb        F          TP

Henneman                    1          7          2/2       2          2          25

Riecken                        0          1          2/2       0          1          5

Whittaker                     0          1          0/0       0          2          3

Christiansen                  1          0          1/1       3          1          3

Hardeman                    0          0          3/4       2          4          3

Anderson                     3          0          3/6       6          1          9

Miller                           0          0          0/0       0          0          0

Christoffersen               0          0          0/0       3          3          0

Totals                           5          9          11/15   16        14        48

Cougars Down Logan View in Overtime, End Losing Streak


By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

The Northeast boys ended a five game losing streak with a 42-37 overtime win over Logan View in an EHC consolation bracket game.  They have a 7-10 record while Logan View falls to 3-16.

 

“It wasn’t pretty, but still was a win,” joked the coaches after the game.  Turnovers and missed free throws marred the offensive efforts by the team.  The defense adapted after the first period and held the Raiders to twenty-four points the rest of the game.

 

Dylan Hardeman got the Cougars off to a fast start with a trey and deuce as they moved to a 5-2 lead.  The Raiders’ zone trap defense limited Northeast to just one point while they rolled up eleven for a 13-6 first quarter lead. Eight turnovers limed the Northeast team to just four shots during the period.

 

“Their height advantage made it tough to run our offense,”  said Coach Lahm.  “Our guards are short and they could not see over the Logan View defenders.  We could not get the ball into the posts.”

 

The Cougars cut the deficit to just one point during the second quarter.  They got the ball into Alec Anderson, who made five of six free shots and added a goal, and Cole Christoffersen .  The Maroon turned the ball over just once.  The defense turned up the heat and LV made only two of eight shots.  A Raider basket at the buzzer gave them a three pint, 20-17 half time lead.

 

Logan View got the first four points of the second half.  Northeast turned to its backcourt to close in on the Raiders.  Chevy Henneman started the rally with a three pointer.  Dylan Hardeman  connected on a two pointer and followed with a shot from behind the arc.   Henneman second three of the period gave Northeast the lead with 3:50 left in the period.  The Raiders used a 6-2 run for 32-30 advantage at the quarter.

 

Alec Anderson tied the score in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter.  Logan View responded with three pointer.  Cole Christoffersen made it a one point game.  Northeast went back on top with an Anderson bucket with 4:40 to play.

 

The Cougars had chance to put the game away, but suffered six turnovers during the period.  Their free throw shooting was also suspect during crunch time.  Henneman  missed the front end of one-and-one and Christoffersen failed on a three-point play while going 0-4 during the period. Alec Anderson missed the first of two with 2:22 to play.  He made the second for a 37-35 lead.

 

“We have tried all sorts of  pressure free throw tactics in  practice,” stated Coach Lahm.  “They just are not converting over well to game time situations.  Luckily it did not hurt us tonight.”

 

The Cougar defense did rise to the occasion.  They kept the Raiders from scoring as they missed nine straight shots.  Logan View tried to pound the ball inside, but Christoffersen stood tall and denied them a good shot in the paint as he blocked a shot and got four defensive rebounds during the period.

 

Logan View managed to tie the score with 25 seconds left when Jacob Polk made a short jumper to send the game to overtime.

 

The overtime saw Northeast out score Logan View 5-0.  All the points came from the free throw line.  Montana Riecken gave the Cougars a 39-37 lead with two free shots.  Andersonadded one and Cole Christoffersen closed the scoring with a pair of makes.

 

The defense kept up their play as the Raiders went 0-6 from the field.  For the game Logan View made thirteen of forty-four shots.

 

Alec Anderson Led the Cougars with 14 points.  Dylan Hardeman  had 10n points before fouling out.  Cole Christoffersen had eight points and twelve rebounds and drew praise from the coach for stepping up his play.

 

The Cougars have home games against Wisner-Pilger and Logan View this week.

 

Logan View      13        7          12        5          0          -37

LDNE              6          11        13        7          5          -42

 

2p        3pt       FT        Rb        F          Tp

Henneman        0          2          0/1       1          2          6

Riecken            1          0          2/2       1          0          4

O’Connor         0          0          0/0       1          0          0

Christiansen      0          0          0/0       1          1          0

Hardeman        2          2          0/0       4          5          10

Anderson         3          0          8/12     7          4          14

Miller               0          0          0/0       1          0          0

Christoffersen   3          0          2/8       12        1          8

Totals               9-21     4-8       12-25   28        13        42

Logan View      9-28     4-13     7-9       22        19        37

Lady Cougars Win Three, Earn Rankings


By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

The Lady Cougars have put three wins together to bring their record to 11-5.  Their recent success has brought attention from the newspaper raters.  The Omaha World-Herald puts them at number eight in D-2 while The Lincoln Star has them at number ten.

 

This past week, the Cougars have wins over (10-7) Cedar Bluffs and (8-9) Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family.  Their run came to an end when the EHC’s top team, Stanton, beat them 59-34.

 

“Our defense made the difference against Cedar Bluffs,” said Coach Rex Haskell.  “They couldn’t handle our ball pressure and we had a 23-8 lead in the first quarter.”

 

Darcey Simonsen led the way with 5 steals as the team had a total of 12.  Top scorers were Lexie Bacon with 14 and Kelly Wakeley with 11.

 

LDNE              23        13        9          7          -52

Cedar Bluffs     8         10        5          7          -30

 

2pt       3pt       FT        Rb        TP

Ronnfeldt          1          0          1/3       2          3

Simonsen          4          0          1/2       5          9

Wakeley           4          1          0/0       6          11

Haskell             2          0          5/6       1          9

Collins              1          0          0/0       1          2

Bacon              4          2          0/0       2          14

L. Henneman     0           0          0/0       0          0

Jessen              0          0          0/0       4          0

Peterson           2          0          0/0       2          4

Totals               18-41   3-14     7-11     23        52

Cedar Bluffs     5-31     2-14     12-22   31        30

 

“We had to fight back against Humphrey,”  stated Coach Haskell.  “We had an early 9-2 lead, but the next thing I look up at the scoreboard and we are behind.  They had a 29-27 lead at half.”

 

Northeast dominated the second half on the way to a 56-44 win.  Three scored in double figures.  Brianne Haskell put in 18, Kelly Wakeley had 17 points and Lexie Bacon added 10.

 

The coach noted that Kelly Wakeley was good at both ends of the court. “She shot well and defended  really well.”  Wakeley made seven of nine shots and had 4 defensive rebounds and 3 steals.

 

LDNE                          15        12        15        14        -56

Humphrey/LHF            15        14        4          11        -44

 

 

2pt       3pt       FT        Rb        TP

Ronnfeldt          0          0          0          0          0

Simonsen          2          0          3/6       5          7

Wakeley           4          3          0/0       5          17

Haskell            4          0          10/12   5          18

Collins              0          0          0/0       0          0

Bacon              3          1          1/2       6          10

Jessen              0          0          0/0       4          0

Peterson           0          0          0/0       0          0

Totals               13-23   4-14     14-20   25        56

H/LHF             13-44   2-14     12-15   31        44

 

The (16-1) Stanton team had too much speed for the Cougars to slow down.  “It seemed like they beat us to every loose ball and turned it into a lay-up,” said Coach Haskell.

 

“We played hard he whole game, but just could not cash in when we had the chances.  When we were down by fifteen, we missed three straight lay-ups that could have cut the lead to single digits.”

 

Brianne Haskell was the lone Cougars in double figures with 12 points.  The Fillies were led by Hilary Huss with 30.

 

Stanton         17        11        19        12        -59

LDNE              9          10        10        5-         -34

 

 

2pt       3pt       FT        Rb        TP

Ronnfeldt          0          0          0/0       0          0

Simonsen          1          0          1/1       1          3

Wakeley           1          1          0/0       2          5

Haskell             3          1          3/6       2          12

Collins              0          0          0/0       2          0

Bacon              2          1          2/3       4          9

  1. Henneman00          0/0       0          0

Jessen              1          0          1/2       2          3

Peterson           1          0          0/0       6          2

Totals               9-25     3-20     7-12     19        34

Stanton            17-43   3-10     16-26   35        59

Cougars Down Omaha Nation, Drop One to Emerson-Hubbard


By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

The Cougars rode the hot hand of Alec Anderson to a first round win over Omaha Nation.  With a strong last quarter of 22 points Northeast came from behind to win 56-50.  Anderson was the teams-high scorer with 25 points.  The junior forward was 10 of 20 from the field and 5 of 7 from the line.

 

Chevy had 15 points in a hard fought Cougar victory. Chevy got the Cougars rolling from the outset of the game. He also hit an important 3-point shot in the 4th quarter to propel the team. He was 3 for 3 from the inside. “It was Chevy’s consistency throughout the entire game that helped lead the Cougars,” added Coach Lahm.

 

Omaha Nat.     6          15        16        13        -50

LDNE              13        5          16        22        -56

 

2pt       3pt       FT        Rb        F          TP

Henneman        3          3          0/2       6          2          15

Riecken            0          0          3/5       2          2          3

O’Connor         0          0          0/0       1          0          0

Hardeman        0          0          3/4       5          3          3

Anderson         10        0          5/7       11        3          25

Miller               2          0          0/0       3          1          4

Christofferen     2          0          2/2       11        1          6
Totals               17-29   3-8       13-30   39        12        56

 

 

 

The Cougars suffered as tough loss in ther finals against Emerson-Hubbard.  The Pirates got the victory on a last second shot in overtime.  After regulation time ended with the score tied at 59,  Emerson-Hubbrd rode the momentum of their fourth quarter comeback to out score Alyons-Decatur 8 to 6 for 67-65 win.

 

“We controlled most of the game, but costly turnovers and missed free throws in regulation cost us. More significantly was our inability to get stops on the defensive end, but give Emerson-Hubbard credit for their offensive execution as well,” stated Coach Lahm.

 

Alec Anderson was the leading Cougar with 17 points. Montana Riecken had one his best offensive games with 14 points.  He had four three pointers.

 

Lahm priassd hias sophomore point guard.  “Montana Riecken has done an excellent job running the offense. He continues to get more aggressive offensively, and he sees the floor so well. He is one of the best defenders on the team. He is a special player, and with continued work this season and this off-season, he will be one of the top point guards in the conference the next couple years.”

 

LDNE              18        13        16        12        6          -65

E-H                  17        12        12        18        8          -67

 

 

 

Individual performers

Chevy Henneman – 10 pts. (3 of 6 shooting)

Montana Riecken – 14 pts. (4 of 8 shooting – 4 of 7 from 3 pt. line)

Joey O’Connor – 1 pt.

Jon Christiansen – 5 pts.

Dylan Hardeman – 11 pts.

Alec Anderson – 17 pts. (6 of 11 shooting) and 12 rebounds (all defensive)

Cole Christoffersen – 4 pts (2 of 7 shooting)

 

With the heart of the East Husker Conference ahead of them in January,  Coach Lahm said,  “We have played well so far this season. I am proud of the boys for how hard they play. We will keep working on the defensive end to get stops. ”

 

 

Wakefield and Tekamah-Herman are road games for this week.

Mistakes Costly for Cougars


By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

“We were our own worse enemy.  Fumbles and penalties did us in.”  Coach Dan Maresh’s comments show his dismay at how his young team played in a 46-8 loss to Emerson-Hubbard.

 

Northeast took the opening kickoff and marched down the field.  The drive came to a halt with a fumble at the one yard line.  The fumble set the tone for the night as two plays later the Pirates scored on a 77 yard run.

 

A second fumble produced a scoop and score for Emerson -Hubbard.  Four penalties stalled the offense as they  set the Cougars back 43 yards.

 

Dylan Hardeman’s touchdown run and PAT by Montana Riecken did not come until the fourth quarter.   By that time the Pirates had their commanding lead of forty-six points.

 

The Cougars amassed 290 yard during the game.  They got 188 on the ground and added another 102 through the air.  Emerson-Hubbard rushed for 315 of their 349 total yards.

 

Dylan Hardeman picked up 101 of the rushing yards with a long run of 35 yards.  The Pirates kept Chevy Henneman under control as he was limited to 92 yards on 26 carries.

 

Henneman passed for 102  yards on 6 completions.  John Whitaker, Dylan Hardeman, Montana Riecken and Jayden Vetick were on the receiving end.

 

Chevy Henneman led the defense with 8 tackles.  Montana Riecken and  Tyler Hardeman had 7.  Tyler Hardeman and Joey O’Connor shared a sack.

 

The Cougars will take a 2-5 record into the season’s final game.  They will host Wynot who clinched the District-1 title with a win over Bancroft-Rosalie last week.  The Blue Devils have a 5-2 record and are undefeated  in district play.  Emerson-Hubbard has a 4-3 record after their win over the Cougars.

 

E-H                  13        19        14        0          -46

LDNE              0          0          0          8          -8

 

RUSHING

Carries Yards   TDs

Chevy H                       26        92        0

Dylan H                        15        101      1

Montana R                   1          -5         0

 

PASSING

Att       Comp   Yards   TDs

Chevy H                       15        6          102      0

 

RECEIVING

Rec      Yards   TDS

Dylan H                        1          6          0

Jacob W                      1          4          0

Jayden V                      2          33        0

Montana R                   2          59        0

 

DEFENSE

 

Solo     Assisted           Total Tackles

Dylan H            3          1                      4

Jayden V          2          2                      4

Montana R       6          1                      7

Tyler H 4          3                      7

Bren S              1          0                      1

Chevy H           6          2                      8

Joey O             1          1                      2

Lady Cougars Down Two East Husker Teams


By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

Cougar Volleyball made a clean sweep with two wins last week.  They defeated two East Husker teams. On Tuesday, they swept (5-16) Logan View in three sets.  The Ladies had an outstanding match on Thursday as they defeated ( 7-16) Bancroft-Rosalie 3-1.

 

Northeast has a three match winning streak.  They have a 10-13 record.  Against EHC opposition they are 3-6 in EHC matches.

 

They will play (17-2) North Bend Central on Tuesday.  On October 16 the Cougars start EHC tournament play at Stanton.  They are the number nine seed.  Their opponent with be number eight seed Twin River.  The Titans have an identical 10-13 record.  They are bracketed with number one seed (20-0) Stanton and number sixteen seed (3-21) Clarkson/Leigh.

 

Coach Hathaway said that senior leadership has played a big part in the team’s recent success.  She noted that Darcey Simonsen  and Victoria Maslonka have stepped up their play.

 

Against Logan View the Cougars opened with a dominating 25-18 win.  They finished off the Raiders with 25-23 and 25-22 sets. Hard swinging sophomore, Kelly Wakeley put down 13 kills with Brianne Haskell added 11.  Darcey Simonsen had 25 digs and 16 set assists.

 

“Defense was the difference against Bancroft-Rosalie,” said Coach Hathaway.  “We turned back their attacks with great execution.” Northeast had 138 digs without an error during the match.  Darcey Simonsen led the way with 32 and Brianne Haskell had 29.  Victoria Maslonka, Abby Peterson, Lexie Bacon, and Kelly Wakeley also tallied double digit in digs.

 

Northeast opened with a 25-20 win in game one.   The second set went to B-R 25-23. The Cougar finished off the match with decision 25-14 and 25-13 wins.

 

Logan View      18        23        22

Northeast         25        25        25

 

 

K         A         B          D

Madie R           8          1          1          2

Brianne H         11        2          0          14

Tessie C           5          2          1          0

Abby P            0          0          0          6

Victoria M        0          0          0          8

Mickayla P       2          0          0          6

Kelly W           13        1          2          14

Lexie B            3          1          0          6

Darcey S         0          0          1          25

Set assists:  Darcey  16,  Lexie10,  Mickayla 1.

 

Northeast         25        23        25        25

Ban.-Ros.         20        25        14        13

 

Madie R           5          0          1          8

Brianne H         12        0          2          29

Tessie C           9          1          0          7

Abby P            0          0          0          12

Victoria M        0          0          0          16

Mickayla P       7          0          1          5

Kelly W           11        0          0          18

Lexie B            1          0          0          11

Darcey S          4          0          1          32

Set Assists:  Darcey S   25,  Lexie B 12,  Mickayla P 1.

Eagles Down Cougars on Homecoming


The Northeast Cougars took a 14-6 lead to the lockers, but the Homecoming game got away from them in the second half.  Allen score three times in the third period and added another three scores in the fourth period as the Eagles went on to win 54-14.  Allen had 5 fumble recoveries as the Cougar offense struggled after half time.

 

Allen  raised their record to 3-2.  They are 1-1 in District 3.  Lyons Decatur has a 2-3 mark and are 1-1 in district action.

 

Allen scored first and had a 6-0 lead after one period.  Dylan Hardeman got a pair of scores in he second period.  He broke one run for 60 yards.  Hardeman also added  a PAT.

 

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Cougars take on the Eagles. All photos credit of Pat Sharp.

Cougars take on the Eagles. All photos credit of Pat Sharp.

run the ball throughout the game with 65 rushes and only 3 passes.  Their ball control regiment limited the Cougars to just 42 snaps.  Brian Boese was a battering ram with 36 carries for 188 yards.  He had one 70 yard TD run.  Caleb Thomas added another 111 yards for Allen.

 

Northeast got 111 yards from Dylan Hardeman on 20 carries.  The Eagle defense held Chevy Henneman to a season low 78 yards on 14 carries.  The senior quarterback threw 6 times and completed two.  Jayden Vetick gained 31 yards on his reception while Montana Riecken picked up 15 on the other completion.

 

The Eagle had 351 total yards.  They rushed for 317 and passed for 34.  Northeast gained 245 yards. 199 yards came on the ground.

 

The defense got saw the Hardeman brothers have a standout night.  Dylan had 12 tackles and a TFL.  Sophomore Tyler held his own in the line with 2 solo and 10 assisted tackles.  He also had a TFL.

 

Chevy Henneman topped the team with 16 tackles.  He had 6 solo and 10 assisted stops from his line backer position.

 

The Cougars will take to the road this week.  They will play at winless Winside.  The Wildcats are 0-5 overall and 0-2 in district play.

 

Allen                6          0          24        22        -54

LDNE              0          14        0          0          -14

 

RUSHING

 

Carries             Yards               TDs

Dylan Hardeman           20                    111                  2

Chevy Henneman         14                    78                    0

Montana Riecken         1                      5                      0

Jon Christiansen            1                      5                      0

 

PASSING

 

Passes              Completions                 Yards

Chevy Henneman         6                      2                                  46

 

 

RECEIVING

 

Catches            Yards               TDs

Montana Riecken         1                      15                    0

Jayden Vetick               1                      31                    0

 

 

DEFENSE

 

Solo     Assisted           Total   TFLs

Dylan Hardeman           4          8                      12        1

Jayden Vetick               2          5                      7          1

Montana Riecken         2          5                      7          1

Tyler Hardeman            2          10                    12        1

Chas Webb                  1          1                      2          0

Bren Shatto                  2          9                      11        0

Chevy Henneman         6          10                    16        0

Jon Christiansen            1          0                      1          0

Cole Christoffersen       1          2                      3          0

Petersen S&W’s Player of the Game


By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

Northeast volleyball opened on the road at West Point-Beemer.  The Cadets took the match by the score of 3-1.  WP-B opened with 25-20 wins in the first two sets.  Northeast countered with a 25-16 game.  In the final set the Cougars had an early lead before the Cades out scored them 15 to 4 on the way to a 25-17 win.

 

“West Point has a good team and we hung with them,” said Coach Angela Hathaway.  “This is as good as I have seen the girls play a first match.  The whole team were aggressive and worked well together.”

 

When asked about the win in the third game, the coach said, “We came out of the huddle with the mindset that we were not going to quit.   We served well and jumped out to a big lead.  We saw what we could do.”

 

Darcey Simonsen started the team off with 4 service points.  Kelly Wakeley followed up after a side out with 7 more points.  The Cougars had a 12-1 lead.   Wakeley had 2 ace serves in the rally.

 

The team continued to have a ten point lead throughout the match.  They got stuck on 22 points as WP-B  ran off five straight points before Madie Ronnfeldt scored a kill. Mickayla Petersen served out for the win.

 

In the final game, the Cougars got a 3-1 lead as Kelly Wakeley served.  Brianne Haskell came up with a key block and kill to keep Northeast up 5-3.  The teams traded points before the Cadets ran off four straight to take the lead, 9-8.  The momentum shifted as the host team out scored Northeast 11-3 to build a 20-11 advantage on the way to a 25-17 win.

 

The Coach chose Kelly Wakeley as the MaxPreps player of the Match.  “The whole team played well, but she stood out with her aggressive play at the net and serving,”  said the coach.  She had nine kills and two aces along with nine digs.

 

KTIC radio covered the match and they chose Mickayla Petersen as S&W’s player of the game.  Mickayla had 6 kills, 7 assists, and 1 block.

 

The Cougars host Clarkson/Leigh on September 9 for first of only three home matches. It will Blackout  Night as they face a young Patriot team which has a which has lost their first two contests by lopsided scores.

 

Thursday,  September  11, the team will be at Wakefield for the first night of a two day event.  Wakefield and Lutheran High NE will be  their pool opponents.

 

LDNE              20        20        25        17

WP-B              25        25        16        25

 

LDNE Stats:   (K  A  B  D)   Madie Ronnfeldt  5  0  4  2,  Brianne Haskell  14  0  3  8, Tessie Collins  5  1  3 0,  Abby Peterson 0  0  0  2,  Mickayla Petersen  6  0  1 0,  Kelly Wakeley  9  2  1 9,  Victoria Maslonka 0  0  0  7,  Lexie Bacon 0 0 0 0,  Darcey Simonsen 0 1 0 5.  Set Assists:  Simonsen 25,  Petersen 7,  Collins 1,  Bacon 1

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