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SCHS presents winter sports honors

Schuyler Central High School was the site of the 2017-18 Winter Activity Awards on Thursday March 1.

The ceremony was held in the east gymnasium. S-Club President Noah Beebe was the emcee for the evening. Vice President Bethany Black was unable to attend.

Activity Director Jim Kasik presented the opening and closing comments Boys head basketball coach Lyndon Beebe presented the boys basketball awards. Receiving the Gaeth Memorial Award for Most Rebounds in a Season was Auston Hall with 159; receiving the Gaeth Memorial Award for Most Assists in a Season was Tychique Kutalu with 50; and receiving the Oberg Memorial Award for Best Free Throw Percentage in a Season was Noah Beebe with 86 percent.

Those lettering in boys basketball were: Preston Anderson, Noah Beebe, Auston Hall, Easton Hall, Tyler Kohl, Mason Kovar, Tychique Kutalu, Aaron Langemeier, Jakub Langemeier, and Elmer Salazar.

Girls head basketball coach Kadeyn Johnson presented the girls basketball awards. Rachel Shonka received the awards for Most Assists in a Season with 13 and for Most Rebounds in a season with 181. Tasha Wolken received the award for Best Free Throw Percentage in a Season with 60 percent.

Letter winners in girls basketball were: Reagan Folda, Haylee Korth, Jakelin Mejia, Yessica Rodriguez, Maria Semerad, Rachel Shonka, and Tasha Wolken.

Head wrestling coach Jeremy Hlavac presented the wrestling awards. Receiving the award for Most Pins in a Season was Rosel Diaz with 24; receiving the award for Most Takedowns in a Season was Jesus Maganda with 75; receiving the award for Most Near Falls in a Season was Caden Yrkoski with 23; receiving the McNally Memorial Award was Angel Rojo; and winning the Wrestler of the Year award was Jesus Maganda who finished the season with a 42-4 record and a 3rd place finish in the 220-division at the state wrestling tournament.

Those earning letters in wrestling were: Miguel Carrasco, Kenneth Castro, Ernesto Chacon, Jesus Corona, Edgar Cruz, Marco DeArcos, Rosel Diaz, Mario Encarnacion, John Gaspar, Isaac Hernandez, Michael Hernandez, Jesus Maganda, Denilson Martinez, Travis Marxsen, Caleb Novak, Roberto Pedro, Abner Perez, Henry Ramirez, Angel Rojo, Miguel Roman, Alejandro Sanabria, Jackson Settles, and Caden Yrkoski.

Husker fans now wait along with team for postseason fate

NEW YORK — So now what after the Nebraska men's basketball team lost to Michigan 77-58 in the Big Ten Tournament on Friday?

NU fans hoping for a week of anticipation to see where their team would end up in the NCAA Tournament now have to wait with a different kind of anticipation to see if the Huskers even make the 68-team field.

That's life on the bubble, where Nebraska (22-10) and its fans have lived the last couple months.

In 2014, there was a party at Pinnacle Bank Arena as Nebraska knew it was going to the Big Dance.

Don't expect that this time around.

"I have a to-don't list," Nebraska coach Tim Miles said Friday of his plan for the week leading up to March 11, when the NCAA field is announced. "To don't: look at Twitter. To don't: look at the brackets. To don't: look at the seed list. I'll stay away from my phone. So if you text me, I'm probably not getting back to you. Sorry."

It's easy to drive yourself crazy thinking of scenarios. Many have already shoveled dirt on NU's NCAA hopes in bracing themselves for a spot in the NIT, which, of course, plays its semifinals and finals in Madison Square Garden.

An NIT bid likely means a high seed for Nebraska, which means at least one or two more home games. Husker fans, to say nothing of players and coaches, would much rather travel.

"I don’t think that there’s 68 teams in the country that are better than us, that deserve to be in over us. But it’s out of our control," NU senior guard Evan Taylor said. "It’s difficult. But, hopefully, we can get in somehow."

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Doug’s Dugout: Past, present, future - a tense situation

This past week it was announced that the Nebraska Cornhuskers football schedule was ranked nationally as being the No. 1 MOST difficult slate in the nation. Welcome to NU football, Coach Scott Frost.

The Big 10 must have been all out of cruel jokes when they came out with the schedule for 2018. Crossover games against Michigan, Michigan, and Ohio State. Gone are Penn State, Maryland, and Rutgers.

Gulp. Toss in west division road game trips to Wisconsin, Northwestern, and Iowa. Just to keep the Huskers from getting too overconfident the non-conference slate includes Akron, Colorado, and Troy. Playing the Kangaroos is the only game on the schedule that doesn’t have “warning” signs plastered all over it. Again, welcome Coach Frost.

Looking back on the 2017 season (like looking at a car wreck in the rear window - sigh - Mike Riley entered the campaign stating that his Huskers had a schedule that was set in their favor. Actually, considering what lies ahead in 2018, it was a walk through the park while picking wildflowers.

Then came the nail-biter against mighty Arkansas State to begin the season, a disaster at Oregon, a loss to mighty Northern Illinois in Lincoln, and on, and on, and on. In retrospect perhaps NU was fortunate to finish with a 4-8 record as things played out.

The Past! What if had things not changed in Lincoln? What if Bill Moos had decided to give coach Riley one more year at the helm? This Year! This schedule!

The half-empty stands of Memorial Stadium last year would have been near empty and silent. The chirping of the crickets would have been louder than the fans cheering on the Huskers. It is sad to think about that team with this year’s schedule after last year’s debacle …. well … 3-9 or 2-10 could have been on the horizon.

Welcome to Lincoln, coach Frost! We are so glad that you are here; more than you could ever know.

If anyone is predicting a west division title or a trip to the final four you really need to grab the reins and slow things down from a gallop to a slow lope. The Huskers will be improved, vastly improved, but this transformation will take a season or two.

When coach Frost began at Central Florida he took over a team that had finished 0-12 the previous season. That compares to the derailment suffered in Lincoln a year ago. In year one his first team finished 6-6. Last year, in year two, we all saw what happened. Frost’s team not only went 13-0 and upset a powerful Auburn team in their bowl game to cap a perfect season, they were the ONLY team in the FBS not to lose a regular season game.

Would 6-6 appease the Husker faithful this fall? It certainly should. With that schedule staring them in the face it would be a huge step in the right direction. The key will be for Nebraska to jump out of the gate and sprint to a 3-0 start. Colorado will not be an easy win and the same can be said for Troy. But with a full-house of roaring fans cheering on the Huskers in Lincoln for those first three games a 3-0 beginning is totally in the realm of probability.

A 5-4 record in Big 10 would be a stretch but by mid-season some amazing things could be taking place in Lincoln. A 6-6 or 7-5 season is possible, even against that rugged schedule. Then look out for 2019.

The biggest difference we will see from a coach Frost team is that the 2018 team will not give up and get blown out at home. They will scratch and claw until the final gun has sounded. That, in itself, will be worth more than the price of a hard-to-find ticket to a game in Memorial Stadium.

Welcome to Lincoln, coach Frost! We are so glad that you are here; more than you could ever know.