Cougars Win Two and Lose Two at EHC Tournament

By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

The Cougar boys went 2-2 in the EHC Basketball Tournament. After a first round   66-53 win over Madison they moved on with a 65-61 conquest of Clarkson/Leigh.  In the semi-finals North Bend Central overpowered Northeast 58-29.  The third place consolation game went Stanton 58-47.

The Northeast Cougars had to tell the 2016 Cinderella of the EHC tournament, Clarkson /Leigh, that it was midnight and she did not want to leave the dance. It took a comeback in the fourth quarter comeback for the Cougar to eliminate the Patriots 65-61.

Clarkson/Leigh was a thirteenth seed with a 3-15 record when they played fourth seed Loganview/Scribner-Snyder. They hung close the Raiders  and made their shots in the fourth quarter to force over time.  In OT they dominated  and won 64-58.

The Cougars had played the Patriots in December and had won 51-47.  C/L took advantage of free throw misses to stay in the game.  This time free throw makes would  provide points for the Cougar win.

The game opened with the two teams trading points.  Alec Anderson’s three point play gave the a 5-4 lead.  His three-point shot made it 8-7.  After a three-pointer by Montana Riecken the Patriots pulled away for a 16-13 first quarter lead.

Northeast had a strong start to the second period.  Anderson’s goal and a conversion by Riecken tied the score. Riecken’s three point play put them in the lead 19-18 and Christiansen’s score kept LDNE on top.  The Patriot went on an eleven point spurt as they made three trifectas to move to a 31-23 lead.  After two baskets by Anderson and a trey and free shot by Hegy C/L had a 36-31 lead.

In the third quarter the Patriots kept their lead   A Tyler Hardeman basket cut the lead to just two points, but Clarkson led 45-41 at quarter’s end.

Alec Anderson set the tone in the fourth quarter.  The senior forward opened with a three point play.  He followed with three makes from the line on shooting foul outside the arc.    Northeast now had the lead, 47-46,  with 6:47 to play.

Marcus Hegy  added to the lead with a basket,  The Cougars went man-to-man defense  for the first time which took away their main shooters.  Their post man stepped outside the arc and put up a pair of treys before Coach Lahm corrected a mismatch by inserting Jon Christiansen to guard him.

On the offensive side,  Cole Christoffersen scored a goal and followed a Hegy trey with by hitting both sides of a one-and-one for a 56-53 lead.  A Patriot three point play tied the score with 2:37 to play.

Marcus Hegy took over he game at this point.  He scored a basket with 1:21 left and converted two pressure free throws  nine seconds later.  With 48 seconds left his free throw lifted Northeast to a 61-56 lead.

Clarkson /Leigh continued to foul.  Northeast ‘maintained their lead as Christoffersen and Christiansen made one shot and Hegy closed out scoring with a pair of makes.  During he fourth quarter Northeast made 13 of 16 free shots.

Alec Anderson led the team with  24 points.  Marcus Hegy was close behind with 19 points, twelve coming in the fourth period.

Clarkson/Leigh 16 20 9 16 -61
LDNE 13 18 10 24 -65

2pt 3pt FT Rb F TP
Riecken 1 1 1/2 8 1 6
O’Connor 0 0 0 1 0 0
Christiansen 2 0 1/2 4 2 5
Ferguson 0 0 0 0 2 0
Anderson 6 2 6/8 8 2 24
Hardeman 2 0 0 3 2 4
Christoffersen 2 0 3/4 10 3 7
LDNE 16/26 5/12 18/26 37 12 65
C/L 13/23 10/30 5/6 25 20 61

The Semi-final game against (19-1)North Bend Central started poorly and snowballed from there.  The Cougars opened the game with 1 for 11 shooting from the field and 1 for 3 at the line.  They trailed 14 to 3 at the quarter.

The up-tempo Tigers blew the game open in the second quarter.  They had a 33-12 lead at the half.  A discouraged group of Cougars had no answer after intermission and were out scored  25-17

Constant pressure took its toll on the Cougars as they could never get their game going in half court game while the Tigers ran their trapping defense.  The one bright spot for Northeast was Cole Christoffersen who attacked their pressure and  scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

LDNE 3 9 6 11 -29
NBC 14 19 13 12 -58

Riecken 0 0 0 2 2 0
O’Connor 0 0 0 0 2 0
Christiansen 1 0 0 1 2 2
Whitaker 1 0 0 0 0 2
Ferguson 0 0 2/2 0 1 2
Ronnfeldt 1 0 0 0 0 2
Anderson 1 0 0/1 5 0 2
Hardeman 1 0 0/1 4 0 2
Christoffersen 3 0 6/14 11 4 12
LDNE 10/30 0/4 9/18 26 11 29
NBC 24/48 4/16 6/11 42 19 58

The Cougars had a big question when they faced (17-6) Stanton in the consolation third place game. Which team would show up?  They got their answer in the first quarter.  The offense scored points and the man-to-man defense held the Mustangs in check.

Joey  O’Connor had an offensive burst as he scored the first two baskets of the game on drives to the lane.  Alec Anderson got two baskets and Cole Christoffersen and Marcus closed out the scoring on a 13-6 quarter.

The action continued to favor the Cougars in the second quarter as they built a 28-18 half time lead.  Alec Anderson scored the first eight points for the Cougars.  Marcus Hegy had a trey and basket while Cole Christoffersen added goal.

Hegy continued his offensive thrust with eight straight points in the third quarter.  Northeast held a 36-26 lead before Stanton went on a  9-2 run to close out the period.

The Mustangs knotted up the score with a three bomb by Nickolite with 7:15 to play.  A
Cougar turnover against their press gave them their go-ahead points..  Alec Anderson had a chance to tie the score at the 6:03  mark, but made only one of two free shots leaving LDNE trailing 40-39.

A charging call cost the Northeast a basket, but the Cougar defense held he Mustangs a second error against the press resulted in a three point play for Stanton.  That proved to be a momentum changer as Cougars did not get a defensive stop for the rest of the game.  Stanton scored seven straight times they had the ball.

“Stanton stared to figure out our defense in the third period,” said Coach Lahm.  “They started to drive the lane and we couldn’t stop them.”

Northeast would score only one basket in the fourth quarter. One for six shooting and two more turnover slowed the offensive output  Alec Anderson got a score in the later minutes Free throws by Christoffersen, Hardeman, and Riecken accounted for the other points.

Anderson and Hegy continued to lead the Cougar scoring.  Anderson scored 17 and Hegy had 16 points.

The Cougars have a 13-6 record with three games remaining on the schedule

LDNE 13 15 10 9 -47
Stanton 6 12 17 23 -58

Riecken 0 0 1/2 1 2 1
O’Connor 2 0 0 3 3 4
Christiansen 0 0 0 0 2 0
Hegy 5 1 3/5 3 1 16
Ferguson 0 0 0 0 0 0
Anderson 6 0 5/10 11 1 17
Hardeman 0 0 2/2 3 2 2
Christoffersen 2 0 3/5 5 3 7
LDNE 15/28 1/4 14/23 26 14 47
Stanton 16/26 6/16 8/13 25 18 58

Cougars Down Madison in First Round of EHC

By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

The Northeast boys raised their record to 12-4 with a first round win over (6-11) Madison in the East Husker Conference  Tournament.  The fifth seeded Cougars will take on (4-15) Clarkson/Leigh after they upset the fourth seed Loganview/ Scribner-Snyder team.

The height challenged Madison team was not afraid to shoot the long ball.  They put up 31 shots from behind the arc.  They made 13.

The Dragons made three of four to start the game and held a 9-7 lead.  They closed out the period with seven straight misses and Northeast took an 18-9 lead.  Alec Anderson had ten points including a three.  Marcus Hegy had four free throws and a goal.

Northeast blew the game wide open in the second period.  They led 39-15 at the half.  Anderson scored another twelve points as he controlled the paint and made five of six in the paint and added another three.

Northeast struggled on offense in the third period.  They managed only two baskets and two free-throws.  Madison found the range again and put in three from down town.  The quarter ended with Northeast up 45-28.

Joey O’Connor started  of the fourth quarter with a basket.  The Cougars put up 21 points with Montana Riecken getting 7 from the free throw line and six by Anderson.  The Dragons made it interesting with seven three pointers.  Their platoon system paid off as Coach Lahm had to pull out the reserves when Ulises Hernandez made five NBA range three pointers.  The final score was 66-53.

Alec Anderson scored 32  points with 7 rebounds.  Marcus Hegy  had 10 points and 11 rebounds.  Montana Riecken added 12 points.

Madison 9 6 13 25 -53
LDNE 18 21 6 21 -66

2Pt pt FT Rb F Tp
Riecken 2 0 8/11 2 1 12
O’Connor 1 0 0 2 0 2
Christiansen 1 0 0 2 1 2
Hegy 1 1 5/7 11 1 1
Ferguson 0 1 1/2 0 0 4
Anderson 11 2 4/7 7 0 32
Hardeman 1 0 1/4 6 0 3
Christoffersen 0 0 1/3 8 3 1
LDNE 17/26 4/7 20/34 39 6 66
Madison 6 13 2/5 18 28 53

Lady Cougars Down Pender, Improve Record to 15-15

By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

The Lady Cougars got an EHC win over Pender last week.  It was a big win because it raised their record to 15-15.  After starting out with a 2-9 record the Cougars have come on strong with thirteen wins their last nineteen matches.

Going into their final regular season match Tekamah-Herman Coach Hathaway stated,  “It is a good feeling going into a game against T-H with a .500 record. We are looking to advance that to a winning record as we head into subs.”

Hathaway commented about the sub-districts that,  ” (14-15)  Bergan is whom we will most likely be playing against 1st round. They are going to be a solid team with a heavy outside hitter. We are probably pretty evenly matched so it will be a good game either way.”

The sub-district matches will be held next week at Oakland-Craig.  Cedar Bluffs, Fremont Bergan, Omaha Christian Academy, Omaha Nation, and LDNE are schools that will be competing.

Northeast defeated the Pendragons in three sets.  Outside hitters Brianne Haskell and Kelly Wakeley had a big night with 12 and 10 kills respectively.  The team tallied 30 kills while hitting 0.195

LDNE 26 26 25
Pender 24 24 10

Abby Peterson   15 digs
Brandi Simonsen  1 dig
Brianne Haskell   2 aces   12kills  2 blocks  10 digs
Kelly Wakeley   1 ace  10 kills  1 block  15 digs
Lexie Bacon   4 aces   15 set assists  11 digs
Madie Ronnfeldt   1 ace  2 kills  3 blocks  1 set assist  2 digs
Mickayla Petersen  1 kill   1 block  6 set assists   7 digs
Libby Henneman  1 dig
Tessie Collins   5 kills   3 blocks   2 digs

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.

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.

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