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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

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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

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 Pick up Two Wins


By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

The Lady Cougars picked up two wins last  week to raise their season mark to 5-10.  They played three games on the home court and defeated Scribner Snyder and Winnebago while dropping a three set match to Emerson-Hubbard.

Twelve matches into the season the Cougars faced their first Class D opponent.  Northeast had a three set win against (2-13)Scribner-Snyder in their EHC match.  LDNE opened with a 25-11 win and followed with a 25-12 game.  The Trojans proved peskier the third set with Northeast on top 25-20.

After stumbling early in the first set the Cougars used three kills by Kelly Wakeley and a successful serving stint by Sophia Henneman to take an 8-3 lead.  They never looked back and Henneman’s second service term brought the team to set point with four service points with the help of kills by Madie Ronnfeldt.  A service error by S-S gave them game one.

Northeast trailed in set two until Wakeley tied the game a 6-6 with an ace serve. Madie R finished off the Trojan with seven service points  She had an ace and Wakeley and Collins had kills. LDNE had a nine point lead that stood up and the win came on an ace by Mickayla Petersen.

The Cougars could not break the Trojans in the third game.  S-S hung around and turned a three point deficit into a three point lead as they served six straight points.  Mickayla Petersen countered with six points of her own  as Madie Ronnfeldt had a block and kill.  Ronnfeldt finished the match with a set winning kill.

It was a break out night for the middle hitters.  Madie Ronnfeldt and Tessie Collins had   career highs as they recorded 9 and 8 kills respectively.

Coach Hathaway explained , “We have been working with our middles with their transitioning and I think it paid off during the game. To become a more well rounded team we need our middles to be big hitters. We are making improvements that will lead us to that. Tessie and Madie are both developing a confidence in themselves to be the players that make the big plays for their teammates. ”

25-11  LDNE
25-12  LDNE
25-20  LDNE

Abby Peterson  11 digs
Brianne Haskell  1 ace   7 kills  11 digs
Kelly Wakeley    1 ace   10 kills  15 digs
Lexie Bacon   23 set  assists   8 digs
Libby Henneman    1 ace
Madie Ronnfeldt   3 aces  9 kills   3 blocks  5 digs
Mickayla Petersen  3 aces  1 kill  2 blocks   11 digs
Sophia Henneman   2 aces   4 digs
Tessie Collins   8 kills   1 block  2  digs

In the Thursday Triangular meet, Northeast came out with  strong performance against the Number two team in D-1.  They handed (11-1)Emerson-Hubbard a 25-11 defeat in game one.  The Pirates would take the next two game by identical 25-21 scores.

When asked how they could defeat such a high rated team in game one, Coach Hathaway replied,  “Honestly, our girls played clean and controlled ball that first set against the Pirates. Our passing set us up consistently to make a play on all free balls, attacks, and serve receive. Our passing was not quite as consistent against them in the 2nd and 3rd set which is what we would have needed to win that game. ”

25-11  LDNE
25-21  E-H
25-21  E-H

Abby Peterson  11 digs
Brianne Haskell    10 kills  16 digs
Kelly Wakeley     7 kills  20 digs
Lexie Bacon  2 aces   9 set  assists   9 digs
Madie Ronnfeldt   1 ace  4 kills   2 blocks  2 digs
Mickayla Petersen  1 ace  3 kill  2 blocks   6 digs  12 set  assists
Tessie Collins   4 kills   3 blocks  1 dig  2 set assists

The Cougars finished the night with a 2-0 win over (5-10) Winnebago.  The Indians went down to defeat by scores of 25-8 and 25-16.  The Cougars served up nine aces had had 15 kills.

After a thrilling match against E-H,  Northeast controlled the tempo for the easy win.  Hathaway commented,  “The Winnebago game showed us how to stay consistent and continue to play our game no matter who we are playing. Winnebago is a good team and they have showed that in their wins this season. The girls are ready for their matches at Wisner and it will be exciting to watch them take on Madison and Howells-Dodge.”

25-8     LDNE
25-16   LDNE

Abby Peterson  2 digs
Brandi Simonsen  1 dig
Brianne Haskell  1 ace   3 kills  7 digs
Kelly Wakeley    4 ace   4 kills  3 digs
Lexie Bacon   12 set  assists   2 digs  1 kill
Libby Henneman    1 ace  2 digs
Madie Ronnfeldt   1 ace  4 kills   1 block  1 dig
Mickayla Petersen   3 digs
Sophia Henneman   1 ace   3 digs
Tessie Collins   2 kills

Cougars win Season Opener


By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

LDNE 28 28 8 20 -84
PCHS  6 20 14 20 -60

1st Quarter
6   Marcus Hegy 10 Yard TD run
Conversion No Good
14 Montana Riecken 15 Yard TD run
Jon Christiansen 2pt run
6    Parkview Christian #81 73 yard reception
Conversion No Good

20 Jon Christiansen 37 Yard TD reception from Riecken
Conversion No Good

28 Montana Riecken  25 Yard TD Run
Hegy run Good

2nd Quarter
14   Parkview Christian #7 45 Yard Reception
Run good
34 Hegy 19 Yard TD Run
Conversion No Good

42 Hegy Interception Return 15 Yards
Run Good Riecken

20   Parkview Christian #7 35 Yard Run
Pass no good
50 Riecken 40 Yard TD Run
Conversion No good
26 Parkview #9 1 Yard Run
Run No good

58 Riecken 40 Yard TD Run
Vetick Reception

3rd Quarter

34 TD Pass #7
No good
64 Riecken 15 yard run
Run Good Riecken

40   43 Yard TD Pass #14
no good
4th Quarter

46     64 Yard fumble return
no good

70    65 Yard Pass Jon Christiansen
no good

54  #7 20 yard pass reception
good
78   Jon 45 yard run
Vetick Reception good

60    #14 50 Yard pass
run no good
84  Riecken 30 Yard TD run
no good

Northeast’s Cougars rolled to a 84-60 win in their first game of the 2015 season.  They jumped out to a 28-6 first period lead an stretched it to a 30 point lead by half time.  A couple of long scores by Jon Christiansen in the fourth quarter sewed up the win.

“There were a lot of positives that we got out of this game,” said Coach Dan Maresh.  “Montana Riecken did a great job of running the offense in his second start. He had 433 totals yards with 304 yards rushing and 129 yards passing.  He hit Jon Christiansen with two TD passes.  Jon had a good all-around game with 97 rushing yards.  Marcus Hegy got back into action after being out last season and rushed for 138 yards and scored three times, once on an interception.  I was pleased how the offensive line played.
They were very physical.”

The defense was led by their line backers, Bren Shatto and Marcus Hegy. Shatto had 8 solo and 2 assisted tackles, one sack and a TFL.  Hegy had 6 solo, 2 assisted tackles to go with an pick-six.  Tyler Hardeman topped the line with 3 solos.  Montana Riecken has an interception.  Jayden Vetick had two sacks in his four stops.  Benny Estrada had 3 solos and a sack.  Jon Christiansen recorded 4 solos. Tyler Kroger had 2 solos and teamed up with Nick Ronnfeldt on a TFL.

The coach was pleased how they D held their ground  game in check.  The Patriots only gained 150 rushing yards. “They gave us some problems with their passing scheme.  They have some tall athletes and our corners did well, but the third receiver gave us problems.”   Parkview had 5 TD passes and 388 receiving yards.

For the game LDNE had 550 yards on the ground.  Riecken carried 23 times for 304 yards and 6 touchdowns.  Marcus Hegy  had 138 yards and 2 TDs. Jon Christiansen carried 9 time for 97 yards. Jacob Whitaker and Benny Estrada each gained 5 yards while Dean Gibbs added 1.

Riecken passed five times with four completions and another 129 yards.  Christiansen caught 2 for 102 yards and 2 scores, while Whitaker had 1 for 21 yards and Vetick 1 for 6 yards.

The Cougars will have a home game this week.  They will take on pre-season number one rated Humphrey Saint Francis.  The Flyers will have a new tailback this season, but Coach Maresh expects them to continue their brand of power football.

Cougars Drop Two in East Husker Conference Competition


By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

The Northeast  boys took on two EHC neighboring schools this week with the results having the Cougars on the short end in both games.  Oakland -Craig pulled away in the middle periods for a 56-39 win.  West Point-Beemer  gained  a 60-40 win the first round of the EHC tournament.

 

The Cougars will take a 6-11 record into a consolation game against Logan View on Friday.

 

The Cougars had a strong start at O-C.  The had a 9-4 lead after Alec Anderson hit three straight shots and Chevy Henneman buried a three-pointer.  The Knights scored nine unanswered points, but LDNE got another three from Henneman and baskets by Christoffersen and Hardeman for a 16-13 lead.

 

Eight turnovers in the second period stalled the offensive drive by LDNE.  Northeast  led by 21-20 with five minutes left, but O-C defensive pressure limited them to just three points while the Knights ran up a 33-24 half time lead.

 

The Cougars got more of the half court trap in the third period.  They only made three of ten shots and fell further behind, 50-30.

 

Dylan Hardeman was the top scorer for Northeast.  He had twelve points on 3 deuces and 2 treys.  He also had 7 rebound to top the squad.  Garret Seagren topped O-C with 16.

 

LDNE              16        8          6          9          -39

O-C                 13        20        17        6          -56

 

2pt       3pt       Ft         Rb        F          TP

Henneman        1          2          0/1       1          1          8

Riecken            1          0          4/4       1          2          6

O’Connor         0          0          0/0       0          2          0

Whittaker         0          0          0/0       1          0          0

Christiansen      1          0          0/0       1          0          2

Hardeman        3          2          0/2       7          3          12

Anderson         4          0          1/4       9          3          9

Miller               0          0          0/0       0          0          0

Christoffersen   1          0          0/0       1          1          2

Totals               11-27   4-9       5-11     21        13        39

O-C                 17-33   5-12     7-15     27        14        56

 

Northeast got 20 points from Alec Anderson and 11 from Chevy Henneman in their game against West point-Beemer.  The Cadets out scored Northeast 34 to 22 after half time  as they ended up with a twenty point victory.

 

LDNE              9          9          10        12        -40

WP-B              10        16        18        16        -60

 

2pt       3pt       FT        Rb        F          TP

Henneman        1          3          0/0       2          2          11

Riecken            0          0          0/0       0          2          0

O’Connor         0          0          0/0       0          3          0

Christiansen      0          0          0/0       2          1          0

Hardeman        2          0          3/4       6          1          7

Anderson         8          0          4/8       4          2          20

Miller               0          0          0/0       1          0          0

Christoffersen   1          0          0/2       6          2          2

Totals               12-32   3-6       7-14     21        13        40

 

 

After the games Coach Lahm commented, “I have been extremely proud of the way our kids have responded to adversity in each and every game. The kids are still excited to be around each other, and they are working to get better every day. We must continue to learn and play the game the way it is meant to be played and part of that is learning how to maximize every possession on the offensive and defensive ends.”

Cougars Put Away Pender


The Northeast Cougars had little trouble putting away winless Pender, last Friday.   The LDNE boys put up 42 points in the first half on the way to a 76-39 win. Northeast goes to 6-6 while the Pendragons fall to 0-14.

 

The Cougars got a big game from junior Alec Anderson.  The forward had 10 points in the first quarter and was up to 21 at the half.  After a 7 point third quarter he sat out the final period. Alec finished with 28 points and made 13 on 17 shots from the field.  He had 3 blocks on defense.

 

Northeast never trailed in the game.  They had a 18 to 2 run in the first period to as they stretched their lead to 16 points.  The Cougars held Pender to 3 points in the third quarter while they built a 34 point advantage..

 

Coach Lahm let the reserves finish the game.  Jon Christiansen missed the first semester’s games with a foot injury suffered in football. The sophomore scored 4. Junior Brent Miller had 7 points, while Jacob Whittaker knocked down a three.

 

The Cougars blistered the nets with 54% shooting from the field.  Five players shot 50% or better.

 

Pender             8          13        3          15        -39

LDNE              20        22        16        18        -76

 

2pt       3pt       FT        Rb        F          TP

Henneman        2          1          0/3       2          1          9

Riecken            1          0          0/0       2          3          2

O’Connor         3          0          0/0       7          3          6

Whittaker         0          1          0/0       1          0          3

Christiansen      1          0          2/2       4          1          4

Ferguson          0          0          0/0       1          0          0

Hardeman        2          1          1/2       2          2          8

Anderson         13        0          2/5       6          1          28

Miller               3          0          1/1       3          2          7

Christoffersen   4          0          1/2       9          2          9

Totals               30-55   3-6       7-15     37        15        76

Pender             15-39   1-9       6-8       22        16        39

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.

Cougar Season Ends With Loss to Wynot


By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

Northeast’s Cougars season came to an end with a 58-44 loss to Wynot.  With as 2-6 record there will be no playoff games this season.

 

It was a tough year for the football team as they finished with just nine players suited up for the final game.  They lost Marcus Hegy before the season started to a leg injury.  Jon Christiansen suffered a stress fracture in the Allen game.    Bren Shatto and Charles Webb missed the last game.

 

Lyons-Decatur got off to a great start against Wynot.  They took the opening kickoff and marched down the field.  Chevy Henneman capped the drive with a one yard run and added the PAT to give the Cougars an 8-0 lead.

The Blue Devils would control the rest of the half.  They would score the next forty-six points.  LDNE had trouble controlling Wynot’s Cody Stratman who rushed for 211 yards on just 11 carries.  He had a73 yard TD score.

 

“We did not play well in the first half,”  said Coach Maresh.  “We had a rash of penalties that were drive killers.”  Northeast had 8 penalties for fifty-five yard in the game.

 

After (6-2) Wynot scored on their initial possession of the second half, the Cougars tried to make the most of what was left of the 2014 season.  LDNE  scored 36 points and stopped the running clock as they pulled to within fourteen point of the Blue Devils.

 

Dylan Hardeman broke a 50 yard run on Lyons-Decatur’s first drive.  This cut the lead to 52-14.

 

Chevy Henneman added eight points as he ran in from 30 yards out and punctuated it with a PAT.

 

In the fourth period LDNE started with a pass-catch combo of Henneman to Montana Riecken which netted a 36 yard touchdown.  This cut the lead to thirty and restored regular timing procedures.

 

Senior quarterback Chevy Henneman would cap off his career with two more scores.  He finished a drive with a five yard run.  His final score would come on a 55 yard romp.  With two more PATs he finished with 32 points for the night.

 

“We played much better in the second half,” said Coach Maresh.  “Wynot kept most of their starters in the game so we were not just scoring on subs.  I am proud of how the team kept playing hard.”

 

For the two seniors on the team they went out in style with great efforts.  Chevy Henneman rushed for 298 yards on 32 carries.  He passed for another 59 yards.  Dylan Hardeman rushed for 11 yards on 17 carries.  He led the defense with 10 tackles including 1 TFL.

 

Wynot rushed for 282 yards on 39 carries with 6 scoring runs.  They passed 22 times with 15 completions for 196 yards  and one score. They had 478 total yards. Northeast countered with 409 rushing yards and 59 passing yards for a total of 468 yards.

 

 

Wynot              22        24        12        0          -58

LDNE              8          0          14        22        -44

 

RUSHING

 

Carries             Yards               TDs

Chevy Henneman                     32                    298                  4

Dylan Hardeman                       17                    11                    1

 

PASSING

 

Attempts          Comp.              Yards   Int.       TDs

Chevy Henneman                     10                    5                      59        1          1

 

RECEIVING

 

Recept.            Yards               TDs

Dylan Hardeman                       1                      13                    0

Jacob Whittaker                       2                      3                      0

Jayden Vetick                           1                      7                      0

Montana Riecken                     1                      36                    1

 

DEFENSE

 

Solo     Assisted           Total Tackles

Dylan Hardeman                       8          2                      10  1 TFL

Jacob Whittaker                       2          1                      3

Jayden Vetick                           6          3                      9

Montana Riecken                     4          1                      5

Tyler Hardeman                        1          6                      7     1 TFL

Chevy Henneman                     3          4                      7

Joey O’Connor                         0          5                      5

Cole Christoffersen                   1          4                      5

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

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