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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.”

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Lady Cougars Down Lady Knights in First Round of East Husker Conference


By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor 

There was a lot of whooping going on in the locker room after the Lady Cougars picked up a first round win in the East Husker Conference Tournament over Oakland-Craig.  It was a different story the previous night  when the Lady Knights claimed a sixteen point win in a regular season game.

 

The (9-11) Lady Knights won 51-35 on their home court.  On a neutral court at Howells the Lady Cougars raised their record to 12-6 with a 48-43 win.

 

“The girls really wanted this game,” said Coach Haskell.  “After the way we played last night, we were determined to do a better job.  We couldn’t make a shot on Thursday while O-C was hot.  We shot so much better tonight and our defense denied their jump shots tonight.”

 

On Thursday the Knight made seven of ten shots in the first quarter.  Brianne Haskell provided all the Cougar points during the period. Her three pointer gave Northeast their only lead at 5-4.  O-C got the jump on LDNE with a 13-2 run when they made five shots in a row and tacked on two free shots.

 

Mariah Jessen scored early in the second period, but it would be the only basket of the period for Northeast.  Northeast made only one of six shots in the quarter.  They made no trips to the free throw line.  Oakland-Craig took a 27-12 half time lead.

 

Northeast got off to a 8-2 start after half with a trey by Lexie Bacon followed by a deuce and trey from Brianne Haskell.  The Cougars were back to a single digit deficit, 29-20, but their shooting cooled as the managed only a single free shot in the remaining of the period. Seven shots and three tries drew iron as O-C moved to a 39-21 lead at the end of three periods.

 

Northeast managed to outscore O-C by two points in the final stanza.   Two threes by Haskell  and a pair of baskets by Jessen plus an bucket by Abby Peterson  made for 5 for 11 shooting.

 

Brianne Haskell had a game-high 18 points.  Oakland -Craig had three in double figures with Brynn Charling leading with 13 and Shannon Pille adding 11 and Emma Reinert 10.

 

Northeast had one bright spot on defense.  Mariah Jessen had 8  shot blocks.  This places her at number five on the Northeast Top Ten.

 

LDNE              10        2          9          14        -35

O-C                 17        10        12        12        -51

 

2pt       3pt       FT        Rb        F          TP

Wakeley           0          0          0/2       1          0          0

Haskell 3          4          0/0       2          3          18

Collins              0          0          0/0       2          1          0

Bacon              0          1          2/3       2          1          5

Jessen              3          0          1/3       5          3          7

Peterson           0          0          0/1       5          2          3

Totals               7-20     5-18     3-8       17        12        35

O-C                 10-39   2-7       7-11     29        10        51

 

It was a different story the next night.  Darcey Simonsen was back in the lineup after a precautionary decision kept her out the night before.  Darcey cleared concussion tests and her defense and rebounding made a big difference in the final results.

 

Northeast bolted to a 7-0 lead with Peterson, Haskell, and Jessen scoring.  In the mean time, the defense forced the Knight to the parameter where they missed four shots and turned the ball over four times.  It took them five minutes to score on a free throw.

 

A bucket by Jessen followed by a trey by Wakeley got a 12-4 lead for Northeast.  A pair of baskets by Bures  made it 12-8 at the quarter.

 

The defense contested every shot by the Knights in the second period.  They made only two of ten shots.  Free throws kept them in the game with six makes out of ten tries.  Mariah Jessen was the target of their attack as she drew her third foul during the period.

 

Northeast extended the lead to five points at the half.  Simonsen scored twice.  Haskell made four free shots.  Peterson had the last three points of the half as LDNE went the lockers leading 23-18.

 

Northeast moved to a nine point lead after intermission, but O-C was going to make a game of it.  They closed on an 8-2 run to make it a three point game, 33-30.

 

Darcey Simonsen started the scoring in the fourth period, but the Knights came back with a lay-in by Bures and a trey by Pille with 4:46 left which tied the game at 35.

 

Brianne Haskell worked her magic in the lane and  put the Cougars back into the lead, but Oakland got a goal from Charling and free throw from Pille to take 38-37 lead with 3:06 to play. Darcey Simonsen was good for two from the stripe as Northeast regained the lead.

 

With 2:37 left Haskell made one of two free shots.  Twenty seconds later Pille popped in a deuce to tie the game, 40-40.  Haskell answered with dagger of a three pointer with 1:54 to play.  The Cougars would never trail after that.

 

The Cougars rebounded a missed free shot on  O-C’s next offensive possession and worked the clock down to under a minute before missing a shot.  Snader connected on a long two point shot ‘and the Knights hoped to cash in by  fouling.  Abby Peterson made two free tries for 45-42 score with 44 seconds to play.  Simonsen and Pille traded points before Lexie Bacon sealed the win  with two free shots with 3 seconds left.

 

It was a team win for the Cougars as they got three players in double figures and six players who scored.  Brianne Haskell led the way with 14while assisting 7 times.  Darcey Simonsen had 11 and Abby Peterson put in a career-best 10 points.

 

On the defensive side Brianne Haskell and Darcy Simonsen  combined to keep the Knights’ top scorer, Brynn Charling six point below her average on 3 for 13 shooting.  O-C made 15 of 45 shots while Northeast made 16 of 39.

 

The Cougars move on to face Howells-Dodge in a quarter final game at Stanton.  The Lady Jaguars took a one point win over Northeast in December.

 

O-C                 8          10        12        13        -43

LDNE              12        11        10        15        -48

 

 

2pt       3pt       FT        Rb        F          TP

Simonsen          4          0          3/7       6          3          11

Wakeley           0          1          0/0       3          4          3

Haskell 3          1          5/6       4          4          14

Collins              0          0          0/0       0          0          0

Bacon              1          0          2/3       4          1          4

Jessen              3          0          0/0       4          4          6

Peterson           3          0          4/7       7          1          10

Totals               14-33   2-6       14-23   28        17        48

O-C                 13-39   2-6       11-22   31        19        43

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.

Lady Cougars Compete in Two Triangulars


By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

Week five of the volleyball season was very busy as the Cougars had two triangulars meets during the week and an eight team tournament on Saturday at Clarkson. In all, LDNE played seven matches. The Ladies produced three wins while dropping four matches. Their season record is 8-13.

Tuesday’s matches were at Wisner. Lyons-Decatur took on two state rated teams, (16-3) Wisner-Pilger from C-1 and (10-7) Howells-Dodge from D-1. The Gators and Jaguars won in two sets.

The Cougars gave the Gators a game early in both matches. They were tied at nine in both, but the hosts pulled away for wins. They took a 25-13 win in game one. In the second set after a nine all tie the Gators pulled away for four point lead. Northeast back to a 20-18 score before falling 25-19.

Howells-Dodge took their match by scores of 25-17 and 25-13. Northeast was out hit by the Lady Jags 27 to 13. Madie Ronnfeldt toped the Cougars with 4 kills.

On Thursday, the Cougars breezed through Boys Town with 25-12 and 25-10 wins. Brianne Haskell topped with 7 kills; Darcey Simonsen had 4 ace serves, and Tessie Collins had 4 blocks.

Northeast took on another state-rated team in the second match. They gave (16-2) Cedar Bluffs a scare as the match went three sets. The Wildcats opened with a 25-22 win. The Cougars countered with a 25-17 win. The third set went to the Cedar Bluffs. 25-17. Kelly Wakeley topped LDNE with 9 kills and 2 aces serves. Madie Ronnfeldt had a team-high 4 blocks.

At the eight team Clarkson meet, the Cougars were bracketed with Pender in match one. The (5-13) Dragons took as 25-22 wins before Northeast closed out the match with 25-21 and 25-16 games. Topping the team was Brianne Haskell with 10 kills, Kelly Wakeley with 5 aces, and Tessie Collin with 3 blocks.

The winner’s bracket meant a second meeting with Howells-Dodge. The Jags found a tough opponent this time. They had two close matches with 25-19 and 25-21 wins. This time Northeast held them to a 24 to 17 advantage in kills. Kelly Wakeley had 6 kills.

The third place match was a rematch with(11-9) Oakland-Craig who narrowly beat LDNE earlier in the season in three games. Once again the teams proved to be equally matches as two points provided the victory margin in all three games. This time the Cougars came out on top as they got a 25-23 win in game three. The defense was able to stall the Knights as Brianne Haskell had 31 digs, Darcey Simonsen had 19, and Lexie Bacon and Kelly Wakeley added 14.

LDNE 13 19
W-P 25 25

K A B D
Madie R 2 0 0 4
Brianne H 5 0 0 19
Tessie C 1 0 1 1
Abby P 0 0 0 3
Victoria M 0 0 0 2
Mickayla P 0 0 1 0
Kelly W 4 0 0 11
Lexie B 0 0 0 1
Darcey S 1 0 0 3
Set assists: Darcey 4, Lexie 1, Kelly 2, Madie 1, Brianne 1, Mickayla 1.

LDNE 17 13
H-D 25 25

Madie R 4 1 0 0
Brianne H 3 0 1 11
Tessie C 1 0 1 0
Abby P 0 0 0 6
Victoria M 0 0 0 3
Mickayla P 1 0 1 3
Kelly W 2 0 0 8
Lexie B 0 3 0 8
Darcey S 2 0 0 8
Set assists: Darcey 6, Lexie 2, Brianne 1.

LDNE 25 25
Boys Town 12 10

Madie 3 0 0 1
Brianne 7 0 1 9
Tessie 2 2 4 2
Abby 0 0 0 1
Victoria 0 0 0 1
Mickayla 4 0 2 0
Sophia H 1 0 0 0
Kelly 0 7 0 4
Destanie F 0 0 0 0
Lexie 1 2 0 2
Darcey 1 4 3 2
Set Assists: Darcey 14, Lexie 4.

LDNE 22 25 17
Cedar B 25 17 25

Madie 3 0 4 5
Brianne 7 0 0 11
Tessie 2 1 1 6
Abby 0 0 0 6
Victoria 0 0 0 8
Mickayla 2 0 0 1
Kelly 9 2 2 8
Lexie 0 1 0 15
Darcey 3 1 2 15
Set Assists: Darcey 9, Lexie 7, Mickayla 2 Brianne 1.

LDNE 22 25 25
Pender 25 21 16

Madie 6 1 0 2
Brianne 10 1 1 7
Tessie 1 0 3 3
Abby 0 0 0 5
Victoria 0 0 0 1
Mickayla 3 0 2 5
Kelly 6 5 0 12
Lexie 0 3 0 8
Darcey 3 1 1 18
Set Assists: Darcey 14, Lexie 8, Mickayla 1.

LDNE 19 21
H-D 25 25

Madie 1 0 1 6
Brianne 2 1 0 11
Tessie 1 0 1 6
Abby 0 0 0 7
Victoria 0 0 0 6
Mickayla 3 0 1 6
Kelly 6 0 1 7
Lexie 0 0 0 1
Darcey 4 0 0 11
Set Assists: Darcey 9, Lexie 7, Mickayla 1.

LDNE 25 25 25
O-C 27 25 23

Madie 5 0 0 1
Brianne 11 1 0 31
Tessie 7 1 2 7
Abby 0 0 0 10
Victoria 0 0 0 5
Mickayla 5 0 4 4
Kelly 7 0 0 14
Lexie 0 0 0 14
Darcey 6 0 1 19
Set Assists: Darcey 15, Lexie 11, Mickayla 1 Brianne 1, Madie 1.

Turnovers Decide Cougar Win


Turnovers proved to be the deciding factor as the Northeast Cougars took a 46-40 win over Bancroft-Rosalie, last Friday. The teams traded scores during the first half, but a fumble recovery and pass interception by LDNE sent the Cougars to the lockers with a 40-24 half time lead.

The Cougars stretched their lead to 46-24 in the third period.  Henneman and Christiansen had a pass and catch that covered 21 yards.

 

Bancroft-Rosalie did get two scores in the third period.  After a 20 yard run and Tietz’s third TD pass the Panthers closed to a 46-20 deficit.

 

Coach Maresh said that the defenses played really well in the fourth quarter.  Neither team scored. The coach added that defense rose to the occasion and played their assignment as well they have all season.

B-R      16        8          16        0          -40

L-D      20        20        6          0          -46

 

RUSHING

 

Carries             Yards               TDs

Dylan Hardeman           20                    107                  1

Chevy Henneman         28                    215                  2

Jon Christiansen            4                      18                    1

 

PASSING

 

Attempts          Completions     TDs

Chevy Henneman         10                    3                      2

 

RECEIVING

 

Catches            Yards               TDS

Jon Christiansen            3                      62                    2

 

DEFENSE

 

Solo     Assisted           Total Tackles

Dylan Hardeman           2          6                      8

Jayden Vetick               1          4                      5

Montana Riecken         0          1                      1

Tyler Hardeman            3          7                      10

Chas Webb                  1          5                      6

Bren Shatto                  3          2                      5

Chevy Henneman         4          9                      13

Jon Christiansen            3          5                      8

Cole Christoffersen       1          3                      3

 

Fumbles Caused           Recovered

Chevy Henneman         1                                  1

Dylan Hardeman           1

Jayden Vetick                                                   1

 

Pass interception

Chevy Henneman         1

Cougars down Bancroft-Rosalie! All photos Credit of Steven Hosch, LDNE

Cougars down Bancroft-Rosalie! All photos Credit of Steven Hosch, LDNE

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Lady Cougars Have Busy Week


It was a busy week for Cougar volleyball with 6 matches during the week.  The Cougars won two matches and lost four.  Their season record stands at 2-5.

 

On Tuesday, Northeast hosted Clarkson-Leigh in an East husker Conference match. It was a Black Out Night as the Cougar faithful were clad in black as they cheered on their team.

 

The team came out full of energy and jumped to a 5-0 lead.  Darcey Simonsen served up two aces and Kelly Wakeley added a kill.  After a side out Kelly Wakeley served four more points to boost the lead to 10-2.

 

The team rode their emotional opening to a 17-8 lead as Brianne Haskell tallied 2 kills and an ace and Madie Ronnfeldt and Mickayla Petersen scored kills.  Momentum made quick switch with the Patriot scoring seven of the next eight points and closing to within 19-15.

 

The team regrouped and closed out the win.  Mickayla Petersen came up big during Darcey Simonsen’s turn to serve.  The junior front liner had a key kill and block as Northeast added five points  After a side out Kelly Wakeley served up the winning point with the help of a kill by Tessie Collins.

 

The second game hard a slower start for the Cougars.  The score stood at five points apiece before the Cougars ran off four straight points. Brianne Haskell got aside out point with a kill and then served up three points with the help of kills by Madie Ronnfeldt and Kelly Wakeley.

 

After both teams sided out, The Cougars got on a roll and jumped out to a 17-8 lead.  Mickayla Petersen had two kills during the rally.  The Patriots were not going to go down easy and scored the next five points.  Northeast got some breathing room as Tessie Collins had two aces to get LDNE to 21 points.

 

The teams each sided out on the next four serves.  Tessie Collins’s kill gave Northeast their 25th point for a 25-17 win.

 

Clarkson/Leigh got a fast start in game three.  They ran off five straight for a 5-2 lead.  By mid-set they had a 17-10 lead.  The Cougars started a rally by out scoring the Patriots 6 to 2.   Two service errors by C/L teamed with a block by Brianne Haskell, a kill by Darcey Simonsen, and an ace by Mickayla Petersen were keys in turning the tide as Northeast pulled to within three points, 19-16.

 

Clarkson/Leigh maintained their three point advantage and reached game point with a 24-21 lead.  A side out made it 24-22.  Brianne Haskell got a kill and the Patriots hit into the net tying  the score at 24.  The score remained tied with each team slamming a kill, Mickayla Peterson’s gave Northeast a game point situation, but C/L tied it at 25.  A block on Clarkson’s serve set the winning points. Madie Ronnfeldt faked a set and stroked a kill for the match winner.

“I told the team that I am only in my twenties, but I getting gray hairs with games like that,” joked Coach Hathaway.  She said, I was really happy with their play.  They really hustled and a great start to the match.”

 

C/L                  16        17        25

LDNE              25        25        27

 

Madie R  4  0  3  1,   Brianne H 7  0  1  11,   Tessie C  2  2  1  4,  Abby P  0  0  0  6,  Victoria M  0  0  0  10,  Mickayla  7  0  2  5,  Kelly W  6  0  14  1,  Darcey S  1  1  1  20. Set   Assists:  Darcey S   18  Mickayla P  2  Kelly W  1  Tessie C 1.

 

 

The Cougars went 1-4 at the Wakefield Tournament.  In Pool Play they had one win and two losses.  In medal play Northeast went winless in two matches.

 

On Thursday,  they had a 2-1 win over (5-6) Lutheran High Northeast.  Their other match was a 2-0 loss to (7-3) Wakefield.

 

The Cougars finished pool play with a 2-0 loss to (4-8) Winside.  Their other Saturday matches resulted in a 2-0 loss to (3-8) Hartington Cedar Catholic and (2-5) Laurel-Concord.

 

Wakefield         25        25

LDNE              16        15

 

Madie R 0  0  1 1,  Brianne H  3  0  0 6,  Tessie C 2  0  3  2,  Abby P 0  0  0  5,  Victoria M  0  0  0  6,  Mickayla P  2  0  1  2,  Kelly W  5  0 2  3,  Darcey S  2  1  0  9.

Set Assists:  Dasrcey 7  Mickayla 1

 

 

LHNE              18        25        15

LDNE             25        16        25

 

Madie 3  0  0  3,  Brianne  12  1  0  10,  Tessie   3  2  1  1,   Abby  0  0  0 10,  Victoria  0  0  0  5,  Mickayla 3  0  0 3,  Kelly  5  0  0  18,  Darcey 2  1  0  16.

Set Assists:  Darcey  19  Mickayla 1  Madie 1

 

Winside            25        25

LDNE              23        20

 

Madie  4  0  0  0,  Brianne  10  0  1  7,  Tessie  5  1  2  1,  Abby  0  0  0  13,  Mickayla 3  1  0  10,  Kelly  4  0  1  12,  Lexie  0  0 00 7.      Set Assists:  Lexie 18    Mickayla 1 Madie 1.

 

HCC                25        25

LDNE              14        22

Madie 2  1  0  2,  Brianne 3  0  1  5,  Tessie   0  0  0  0,  Abby  0 0  0 4,  Victoria  0  0  0  6,  Mickayla  4  1  0  10,  Kelly  6  0  0  10,  Darcey  1  0  0  9.

Set assists:  Darcey 10,   Lexie 1  Madie 1.

 

L-C                  25        27

LDNE              18        25

 

Madie 2  1  2  1,  Brianne  8  1  0  6,  Tessie  0  0  1  2,  Abby  0  0  0  13,  Mickayla 4  1  0  4,  Kelly  5   1  0  7,  Lexie  1  1  0  11.

Set  assists:  Lexie  8.

Kelly Wakeley sends the ball back to Clarkson Leigh. Photo Credit/Rhonda Hansen.

Kelly Wakeley sends the ball back to Clarkson Leigh. Photo Credit/Rhonda Hansen.

Brianne Haskell readies herself for the ball as Abby Peterson is ready to help. Photo Credit/Rhonda Hansen.

Brianne Haskell readies herself for the ball during the Wakefield tournament as Abby Peterson is ready to help. Photo Credit/Rhonda Hansen.

Darcey Simonsen sets the ball up for Maddie Ronnfeldt during the Clarkson Leigh match. Photo Credit/Rhonda Hansen.

Darcey Simonsen sets the ball up for Maddie Ronnfeldt during the Clarkson Leigh match. Photo Credit/Rhonda Hansen.

Cougars Took on Fifth Ranked Flyers


The Northeast Cougars took on fifth ranked Humphrey Saint Francis in their second game of the season.  The young team was not up to the big challenge as the perennial power, Flyers, ripped them 70-14.

 

JJ Oltmer played a major role in the rout as he scored three times.  Last season he carried 35 time for 198 yards and score three TDs as the Cougars suffered their only district loss to the Flyers.  Last Friday, Oltmer needed only eight carries to gain 132 yards.

 

Northeast found themselves down 32-0 after one quarter.  HSF opened with two drives with 6 and 9 yard scoring runs. The Flyers’ Damien Baumgart returned a punt 43 yards and Oltmer broke loose for 31 yards.

 

The Cougars gave up three more scores before halftime.  Oltmer broke a forty yard run.  A Flyer interception gave Colton Engle a 42 yard return.  HSF’s final score came on a three yard run by Kyle Wemhoff.

 

After intermission the Cougars regrouped and  mounted a drive.  Chevy Henneman hooked up with Dylan Hardeman for a 30 yard scoring pass.  The duo clicked again on the PAT.

 

In the fourth quarter, Chevy Henneman took the ball over from three yards out.

 

Coach Maresh was pleased to have Chevy Henneman backing the lineup. The senior was cleared for play after missing the first game because of mononucleosis.  “Chevy played real well for us against such a good opponent.  His passing was really sharp.  He completed 14 of 18 passes.”

 

Besides passing for 120 yards and a TD Henneman ran for 69 yards on14 carries.  Jon Christiansen continued his role as the running back.  The sophomore carried 21 times and gained 93 yards.  Montana Riecken had one carry for 6 yards.

 

Dylan Hardeman was the Cougars’ most productive receiver.  He had 8 catches and gained 98 yards.  He had 8 of the team’s points.  Jacob Whittaker had 4 catches for 7 yards and Jayden Vetick caught 2 and gained 15 yards.

 

The defense found defensive back Dylan Hardeman as their top tackler.    The senior recorded four solo and three assisted tackles.  Jon Christiansen had five total tackles from his line backer slot.  Tyler Hardeman continued to be the top lineman with three solo and one assisted tackles.  Others listed on the tackle chart were Jayden Vetick with 4, Montana Riecken with 3, Joey O’Connor with 2, and Chas Webb with 1 stop.

 

The Cougars take to the road again this week.  They will take a 1-1 record into a contest against  Osmond.  The Tigers are coming off a 44-12 win over Winside.  Last season was a disaster for Osmond as injuries and youth cost tem in a 1-7 season.  They should be a tough challenge for Northeast this year.

 

LDNE              0          0          8          6          -14

HSF                 32        24        8          6          -70

John Christensen takes off for the Cougars. Photo Credit/Pat Sharp LDNE.

John Christensen takes off for the Cougars. Photo Credit/Pat Sharp LDNE.

Charles Webb, 29 and Cole Christoffersen, 99, block for ball carrier Montana Riecken. Photo Credit/Pat Sharp LDNE.

Charles Webb, 29 and Cole Christoffersen, 99, block for ball carrier Montana Riecken. Photo Credit/Pat Sharp LDNE.

Lady Cougars Take 4th and Cougars Take 5th Place at Stanton Meet


By Clare Wiltse

Sports Contributor

The outdoor season began for the Northeast Track Teams with a six team meet at Stanton on April 1.  The boys finished in fifth place with 61 points.  The girls scored  64 points and took fourth place.

 

Taylor Fuston got the lone first place for the boys by winning the long jump with a leap of 19 feet 11.25 inches.   The senior also got a fourth place in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.97.  Fuston teamed with Chevy Henneman, Jon Christiansen, and Benny Estrada to win the 400M Relay in 47.0.

 

Chevy Henneman scored in both sprints.  He took fifth in the 100M in 12.04 and third in the 200M in 24.16.

 

David Bishop brought home points in the 400M dash.  He clocked in a 56.31 for second place.

 

Dylan Hardeman scored in the 300M hurdles and 800 M run.  He picked up a fifth place over the barriers with a time of 48.5 and took sixth in the two lapper with a time of 2:23.4.

 

Several freshmen scored points for the team.  Jon Christiansen took third in the triple jump with a mark of 39 feet 7 inches.  Benny Estrada added a fourth in the long jump with a 17 feet 8 inch leap.  Joey O’Connor picked up a fifth in the 3200M run with a time of 12:16.00.  Christiansen, Estrada and Tyler Hardeman teamed with Taylor Fuston to place third in the 1600M Relay.

 

The girls scored well in the field events.  They picked up 44 points before the track events started.

 

Darcey Simonsen led the discus throwers with a winning toss of 111 feet 3 inches.  Together with Vanessa Peterson’s 92 foot throw for third and Abby Peterson’s 89 feet 10 inch effort for fourth Northeast picked up 20 points in the event.

 

In the shot pout the Lady Cougars garnered twelve points.   Libby Henneman placed third with a 31 feet 7 inch heave.  Darcey Simonsen added a fourth with a  30 feet 11 inch toss and Abby Peterson came in fifth with a 29 feet 8 inch throw.

 

In the horizon jumps Kelly Wakeley got third in the triple jump and fourth in the long jump.  Her jumps measured 14 feet 6.5 inches and 33 feet 2 inches.  Madie Ronnfeldt added a fifth in the long jump with a 14 feet 4.75 inch leap.

 

On the track Tessie Collins scored in the 1600M run.  Her ‘6:28.6 clocking brought in a fifth place.

 

Madie Ronnfeldt placed third in the 300M hurdles with a time of 54.47.  There were three placers in the 200 M dash.   Kelley Wakeley  got third in 29.50; Cierra French took fourth in 29.53; and Madie Ronnfeldt was fifth in 29.82.

 

Victoria Maslonka, Libby Henneman, Sophie Hsu and Lena Horak teamed for a sixth in the 400M relay.  Their time was 1″06.52

Bluejays Handle Cougars


By Clare Wiltse

Sports Contributor

The Cougar’s old nemesis got the best of them in the opening round of the D-3  Sub-districts  held at Pender on February 25.  The Walthill Blujays used a zone defense to shut down the Maroon as they defeated Northeast 56-46.

 

“We’ve had trouble with zone defenses all season,” said Coach Lahm.  “If we just had a little more size inside it could make a big difference on how we could be able to attack.”

 

Riecken got the team off to a great start by scoring the first 3 points of the game.  He opened with a free-throw and added a field goal on the team’s fourth possession to make it 3-0 for the Cougars.

 

The Blujays were stymied by three straight turnovers.  They finally scored with a lob to Sheldon Sheridan.  Once they scored Walthill was able to set up a full court press and the Cougars were rattled into nine first quarter turnovers.  Walthill continued to  attack the paint as Sheridan scored ten of his team-high 14 points in the first quarter.   Northeast only got off three more shots in the period and trailed  11-3.

 

In the second period the Blujays continued scoring as they completed a 22-0 run to take a 22-3 lead.  Northeast finally broke out the offense after Chevy Henneman scored with 3:28 to play in he half.  They closed out the half by out scoring Walthill 11-7.  Dakota Riecken got two goals and two free throws and Henneman closed out the half with a trey.  Walthill led 29-14.

 

The Cougars chopped into the fifteen point deficit several times in the third period.  They opened with a deuce by Riecken and trey by Simpson to pull within ten points.

 

Turnovers continued to hurt the Northeast cause as Walthill got eight points off of errant  Cougar passes.  Northeast found themselves down 37-23.  A three-pointer by Simpson made it an eleven point game.  Riecken scored twice to match the Blujays,  but they pulled away with two late scores to have a 46-30 advantage after three quarters.

 

Walthill went one for five at the start of the fourth quarter.  Northeast made a move as Simpson, Henneman and Bishop scored to make it a 48-36 game.  A trey by Simpson and basket by Hegy cut the lead to nine with three minutes to play.   Walthill scored on their next two trips down the court.  Hegy drew a shooting foul with 1:25 to play. His free shots made it 54-43.  The Cougars still had hope after Walthill missed on the front end of two one-and-ones, but all they could add is a basket by Bobby Simpson and one free throw by Dakota Riecken.

 

Dakota Riecken led the Cougars with 16 points and 10 rebounds.  This was his sixth double-double of the season. , Bobby Simpson had 13 points.   The Cougars finished the season with an 11-11 record.  Walthill went 11-9.

 

LDNE              3          11        16        16        -46

Walthill            11        18        17        10        -56

 

2pt       3pt       FT        Rb        F          TP

Chevy H           2          1          0/0       3          4          7

Alex B              1          0          0/1       6          2          2

Bobby S           2          3          0/0       2          4          13

Taylor F           0          0          0/0       0          1          0

Dakota R         6          0          4/8       10        4          16

Marcus H         2          0          2/2       3          2          6

David B            1          0          0/0       2          0          2

Dylan H            0          0          0/0       0          1          0

Team                14/30   4/19     6/11     25        18        46

Walthill 16//33  4/8       12/20   25        14        56
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Cougars Win One, Lose One on the Road


By Clare Wiltse

Cougar basketball. All Photo Credit/Rhonda Hansen, LDNE

Cougar basketball. All Photo Credit/Rhonda Hansen, LDNE

IMG_6109 2 IMG_6109 IMG_6120 IMG_6148 IMG_6212Sports Contributor

The Cougar boys ended conference competition this week with two road games.  They took on (16-7) Wisner-Pilger and (1-20) Logan View.  They will finish the season this Friday at (5-15) Emerson-Hubbard.

 

The Wisner-Pilger game proved to be one of the low points of the season as the Cougars only led once.  Chevy Henneman got the Cougars off to a 3-0 lead before the Gator zone defense shut down the Cougars while the W-P shooters made 55% of their shots on the way to a 61-37 win.

 

“We’ve struggled against zone all season,” said Coach Lahm.  We don’t have enough height to pose an inside threat, so we turn into a bunch of jump shooters and we were not on tonight.”

 

Northeast trailed  by 5 at the end of one quarter.  They were down by 11 at the half.  After intermission they stumbled even further back as they made only 3 of 13 shots.  The Gators had build a twenty point lead, 47-27 going into the final eight minutes.

 

Northeast made 15 of 46 shots (33%) for the game.  The converted only 3of 22 three point tries.  They were also hampered by 13 turnovers.

 

Chevy Henneman topped the Cougars with 12 points.  Dakota Riecken scored 6 of his 10 points in the fourth quarter.

 

The Cougars finished the week off with an impressive 58-40 win over Logan View.

 

Lyons-Decatur put on a clinic in the first period against the Raiders.  They made all nine of their shots while limiting Logan View to just five shots and no rebounds.  Northeast led 18-3 after one period.

 

“Logan View played a match-up zone,” said Coach Lahm.  We passed the ball really well and found the seams for a lot of easy shots.   What can I say about our defense?  They have hustled like that all year long.”

 

Dakota Riecken had six of his game-high 14 points in the first quarter as he worked the paint. Alex Brehmer and Marcus Hegy also had a couple of scores.

 

Bobby Simpson matched Riecken for scoring honors.  He scored 7 points to pace the team in the second quarter.  The Cougars went to the lockers with a 31-15 lead.

 

Northeast started the second half off by scoring the first 7 points.   Riecken and Brehmer slashed through the lane while Henneman struck from behind the arc.  The Raiders cut a 21 points deficit down to 15 by sinking 6 free throws at quarters end.

 

The Raiders would close the lead to 47-34 as they opened the fourth quarter with two more from the charity line. Bobby Simpson put the brakes on to their rally by scoring five of the next six Cougar points.  With two of four free shots by Riecken Northeast has built a 54-36 lead.  David Bishop  would add a goal and Alec Brehmer finished the scoring with two free throws.

 

The win brings the Cougar’s record to 11-9.  The finished the season with a 6-8 record against East Husker Conference opponents.

LDNE              7          12        8          10        -37

Wi-Pi               12        18        17        14        -61

 

2pt       3pt       FT        Rb        F          TP

Chevy H           3          2          0/0       2          4          12

Alex B              2          0          0/0       3          0          4

Bobby S           3          1          0/0       2          1          9

Taylor F           0          0          0/0       1          0          0

Dakota R         3          0          4/5       6          0          10

Marcus H        0          0          0/0       2          0          0

David B            1          0          0/0       3          3          2

Montana R       0          0          0/0       1          0          0

Dylan H            0          0          0/0       0          0          0

TEAM             12        3          4/5       20        8          37

Wi-Pi               26        2          3/5       27        8          61

 

LDNE              18        13        16        11        -58

L V                  3         12        17        8          -40

 

2pt       3pt       FT        Rb        F          TP

Chevy H           2          1          1/2       1          3          8

Alex B              3          0          3/4       7          2          9

Bobby S           4          1          3/5       1          2          14

Taylor F           0          0          0/0       1          1          0

Dakota R         6          0          2/4       4          2          14

Marcus H         3          0          2/2       3          2          8

David B            2          0          1/2       2          1          5

Montana R       0          0          0/0       0          0          0

Dylan H            0          0          0/0       1          1          0

TEAM             20        2          12/19   20        17        58

L V                  12        1          13/20   14        13        40

 

 

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