Michael Hernandez earned an individual title at 170 pounds and 12 of the 14 wrestlers medaled to help the Schuyler Central High School wrestling squad capture the runner-up spot at the Central Conference meet in Aurora on Saturday.
A formula for success for the Warriors all season, they depended on their superior team depth to finish near the top.
Schuyler scored 160 points to edge third place York’s 151 points. Grand Island took home team honors scoring 182.5 points in the nine-team event.
Schuyler head coach Jeremy Hlavac commented on his team’s depth in the meet.
“We were neck and neck with York until the final round. Going nine out of twelve made the difference in the medal round. I can say that it was a full team effort to finish in second place.”
Hernandez raised his season mark to 31-9, capturing the 170-pound class title with a sudden victory of 4-2 over Blake Westerby from GI Northwest in the finals. Hernandez pinned Guilmar Estrada from Crete at the 1:18 in the quarter-finals and won a 3-0 decision over Brogan Fehlhafer of Seward in the semi-final round.
Capturing second-place medals were Caden Yrkoski at 152, Rosel Diaz at 195, and Jesus Maganda at 220.
Yrkoski (29-8) wrestled hard in his final against Dalton Quandt of GI Northwest(42-3) but was pinned with 15 seconds on the clock.
Diaz won by fall in his first two matches of the day before being pinned by Grady Griess of Northwest at the 1:19 mark of his match. Griess is undefeated on the season at 48-0 while Diaz fell to 26-11.
Maganda, who has been involved in many close matches during his 31-3 season, dropped a 3-1 tie-breaker to Bronson Titus (32-2). In the semi-final round, Maganda defeated Northwest’s Cooper Kiser (36-7) by a score of 5-2 to advance to the finals.
Winning third-place matches were Abner Perez at 113-pounds, Miguel Roman at 138, Isaac Hernandez at 160, and Angel Rojo at 285.
Perez won a 4-0 decision over Harley Beckman of Aurora improve to improve to 9-8. Roman(29-9) won a 5-1 decision over Kody Bengston of Aurora. Hernandez won a 7-5 decision against York’s Jacob Diaz to improve to 23-18 and Rojo won by a fall over Dawson Calhoun from Adams Central at the 2:01 mark to move to 24-14.
Fifth place medal winners were John Gasper at 106-pounds, Denilson Martinez at 120-pounds, Kenneth Castro at 126-pounds, and Caleb Novak at 182-pounds.
Gasper won by forfeit in his fifth-place match while Martinez improved to 24-17 by pinning Kaleb Trumble from Aurora with 24 seconds left in the second-period. Castro won a 14-5 major decision over Northwest’s Jack Butler to improve to 20-21 while Novak won a 6-5 decision over York’s Brayan Rodriguez, to advance to 24-11.
The team’s goal was to win the met, but Hlavac still saw plenty of positives.
“I always tell our kids that bouncing back after a loss says a lot about a team, Hlavac said. “The finish we had at conference really puts that mentality into place. I feel we are on track to put a great district tournament together this upcoming weekend.”
The Warriors travel to Beatrice this Friday and Saturday for the District B–2 wrestling tournament.
Teams competing in the event are: Adams-Central, Ashland-Greenwood, Aurora, Beatrice, Bennington, Elkhorn, Falls City, Hastings, Grand Island Northwest, Omaha Gross Catholic, Schuyler, and Waverly.
Central Conference Tournament
Final Team Standings: 1. Grand Island Northwest – 182.5, 2. Schuyler Central – 160, 3. York – 151, 4. Aurora 118.5, 5. Crete – 118, 6. Columbus Lakeview – 115.5, 7. Adams Central – 105, 8. Holdrege – 104, 9. Seward - 96
Fresh off their win over Douglas County West on Thursday, the Schuyler Central Lady Warriors squared off last Friday night against the Crete Lady Cardinals in Schuyler. Crete scored the first 13 points of the game, outscored the Lady Warriors 28-2 in the first quarter, and raced to a 66-20 victory for their 12th victory of the season while Schuyler fell to 2-17.
The Lady Warriors had a difficult time breaking Crete’s full court press from the outset and the Lady Cardinals offense excelled both in the paint and outside the arc to break the game open early.
Crete’s Ellie Allen hit a driving layup to put the Lady Cardinals ahead 13-0 with 4:01 left in the first period before Schuyler finally hit the scoring column on a layup by Rachel Shonka making it 13-2. Shonka had another solid game for the Lady Warriors pouring in 11 points on three field goals and a 5-6 effort from the free throw lane. Three Crete players hit double figures led by Morgan Maly with 19, Camry Moore with 15, and Ellie Allen with 10.
Crete scored the first 12 points of the second quarter to go up 40-2 with 5:22 to go in the first half. From then until the halftime buzzer the Lady Warriors outscored the Lady Cardinals 9-8 as Crete went to its bench to give the starters a rest. Shonka hit for seven points during the stretch while Jakelin Mejia hit a pair of free throws bringing Schuyler to within 48-11 at the break.
The Lady Cardinals outscored Schuyler 18-9 in the second half with reserves seeing much of the action for the visitors. The 40-point running clock rule went into effect at the 6:53 mark of the third quarter when Maly hit a short jump shot making the score 53-11 in favor of Crete.
In addition to Shonka’s scoring effort the Lady Warriors had three players score three points each in the contest. They were Haylee Korth, Jakelin Mejia, and Tasha Wolken.
The Lady Warriors have two home games this week. They face the Ralston Lady Rams on Thursday night before squaring off against the Fairbury Lady Jeffs on Friday night.
February 7 was the national letter of intent signing day for college football across the country. With the announcement of Scott Frost as the University of Nebraska’s new football coach, an abysmal recruiting situation following the firing of former head coach Mike Riley took a sudden turn for the better.
This should have come as no shock to anyone. Things are always in limbo when a coach, who has been recruiting most of the players on the recruiting board, is sent packing. Considering that Frost is being heralded as one of the brilliant young offensive minds in college football and that several national sporting outlets have called the new NU coach one of the best young college football coaching prospects in the country the rise from number 70 on the recruiting charts to the top 25 should come as little or no surprise.
Nebraska has always been in the #20-#30 range in the past. Some recent NU coaches have done a solid job of recruiting, but the problem has been what has happened once those young men have arrived in Lincoln. In many cases those players never developed into the athletes they could and should have become.
There was little improvement in many areas. That is not a blast at the athletes. It is a blast at the former coaching staffs and their inability to take three and four-star players and turn them into a top ten team. We still have to see what will happen with this incoming class of young men but one get’s the idea after what we saw happen at Central Florida the past couple of years, that this new coaching staff at NU has the ability, the drive, and the determination to make winners out of these athletes.
It has been a trying season for the SCHS Lady Warriors basketball team with injuries and illnesses, but the young women have not given up and they continue to play hard. This determination can easily be traced back to their head coach, Kadeyn Johnson. In his first year at SCHS he has taken the basketball team and stressed fundamentals and persistence. Against Douglas County West last week, Schuyler picked up its second victory of the season holding off a furious comeback by the Lady Falcons on their way to a 33-31 win. The record might not indicate it at this time, but coach Johnson and his young squad are beginning to show signs to breaking into the win column on a more regular basis in seasons to come.
This Friday and Saturday the SCHS wrestling squad will be venturing southward to Beatrice, Nebraska to compete in the Class B - District 2 wrestling tournament. With the state meet only a week away it will be interesting to see how many wrestlers from Schuyler Central will qualify for the state meet. The team has been consistently strong throughout the entire season with top three finishes in most of their major invitational appearances. The strength of the team has been having 10-12 wrestlers finish in the top six as most of these events. There have not been a lot of individual titles for the wrestlers but those 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th place finishes have driven the Warriors to success. Now comes the big test. The top four wrestlers in each class will qualify for the state meet. The Warriors have the talent to send several wrestlers to the Century Link Center in Omaha. Let’s hope that will certainly be the case. Good luck to coach Hlavac and to all the SCHS wrestling squad.
The SCHS gym was certainly a happening spot last Friday evening. Sure, there were a host of basketball fans in attendance from both Crete and Schuyler but by halftime of the boy’s game the home bleachers were nearly full for the first time this season. Why? The Schuyler Central dance team had 45 youngsters attend their dance mini-camp after school and learn a dance routine. They proudly took the floor with their high school heroes and put on quite a performance to the delight of the cheering crowd. Kudos to the organizers of the event and for promoting yet another amazing activity at Schuyler Central High School.
The Schuyler Central High School basketball team dropped a pair of games this past week to Douglas County West 52-37 and to Crete 64-35 despite great efforts by Jakub Langemeier and Auston Hall.
On Thursday the Warriors traveled to Valley to take on the D.C. West Falcons. D.C. West entered the game with a record of 8-10 while Schuyler was searching for a victory to end their nine-game losing skid. Despite strong first and third quarters and strong performances by Auston Hall and Aaron Langemeier, the Warriors were unable to upend the Falcons in dropping to 3-14 on the season.
Hall scored a double-double with ten points and ten rebounds for Schuyler while Langemeier complimented that effort with nine points and six rebounds. Max Johnson led the Falcons with 13 points while teammate Trevor Wald tossed in 11.
For the game, the Warriors shot a cool 32% from the field and connected on only three of 25 3-point efforts for 12%. SCHS head coach Lyndon Beebe said of his team’s cold shooting, “We struggled shooting the ball against them tonight. We had good looks at the basket but didn’t knock down the shots. All other phases of the game were good. We defended pretty well and we didn’t turn the ball over. We just didn’t shoot well enough to win the game.”
The game was played on even terms throughout the first period of action with the game knotted at 7-7 entering the second quarter. The Falcons doubled up the scoring on the Warriors in the second quarter at 12-6 to take a 19-13 lead into the locker-room at half.
The Warriors were still within striking distance at 28-21 after three quarters of play but the Falcons dominated the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Following the defeat Beebe stated, “I think we need to forget about our won loss record and just play basketball.”
Friday, the Warriors returned home to face a buzz-saw in the form of the Crete Cardinals who sport a 15-6 record on the season. Schuyler found out early that they were in for a tough game. “Unlike the D.C. West game, we had to work for every shot we could get tonight. Crete’s size, height, and athleticism made it very difficult to get a shot” commented Beebe. “When they stretched out their 1-3-1 zone it’s going to be difficult for anyone to find the number of shots it would take to beat a team like that.”
Give credit to the Warriors for hanging tough after a rough first four minutes to start the game. The Cardinals smothering full court pressure led to several Schuyler turnovers as the visitors opened a 13-0 lead just over three minutes into the contest. The early outburst didn’t surprise Beebe. “They returned a good portion of their state tournament team from last year, so we knew it would be a tough game.”
A pair of ten-foot jump shots by Langemeier helped to stem the Crete attack as the Warriors outscored their opponents 4-2 over the next five minutes to trail by only 15-4 after one quarter.
Noah Beebe began the second-quarter scoring when he was fouled on a lay-up. He added the free throw to complete the three-point play and cut the Crete lead to 15-7.
The Cardinals responded with an 8-2 run to go up by 14 at 23-9 with 3:33 left in the first half. A jumper by Hall and a pair of free throws by Mason Kovar kept the Warriors within striking distance at the half-way point at 24-13.
Crete dominated in the second half outscoring Schuyler 40-22 to complete the conference victory.
Langemeier had another stellar game for the Warriors as he led the team in scoring with 13 points and six rebounds. Also scoring for Schuyler were Noah Beebe with six, Kovar with five, Auston and Easton Hall each with four, and Aaron Langemeier with three. Carter Kent paced the Cardinals with 18 points while Klay Uher added 14.
With three winnable games remaining on the schedule, coach Beebe stated, “I hope the team realizes that playing against quality makes you better. We don’t have anyone left on the schedule like Crete so, with the right kind of thinking, we can use this game as a way of getting better.”
The Warriors have a pair of home games this week. On Thursday they host the Ralston Rams and on Friday the Fairbury Jeffs come to Schuyler.