The Leigh/Schuyler Crawdads ended their season with a 14-7 record. They finished as runner-up in the Dodge County Baseball League tournament, defeating Scribner 5-4 in the quarterfinals and beating Dodge 3-0 in the semifinals behind a 16-strikeout performance by Spencer Morris.

Leigh/Schuyler fell 5-0 to Wahoo in the championship game.

A week later the Crawdads competed in the Dodge County Fair tournament. They defeated Dodge 5-4 in a 10-inning contest in the opening round before losing 11-1 to Wahoo in the semifinals.

The 2017 season proved to be another impressive campaign for the Crawdads.

Second baseman Blake Bubak, catcher Colin Ortmeier, outfielder Josh Spenner and pitching ace Justin Van Dyke were selected to the all-star team. Keith Manak was also selected as one of the all-star coaches. The Dodge County Baseball League all-star team played the Iowa Western League all-stars Saturday in Blair. The Nebraska squad earned the 5-2 victory.

Preseason thoughts

I have written about the 2017 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team this summer, but have not been pinned down for a season prediction.

While most football magazines and prognosticators are tagging the Huskers with a 6-6 or 5-7 season, I must wholeheartedly disagree.

Nebraska will need Ohio State and Penn State to have off days in order to hang with either of those Big 10 powers. That is always possible, but honestly quite improbable in 2017.

Here is the good news. There is a very real chance that Nebraska will not lose another game outside of those two conference battles. Wisconsin is beatable and Northwestern and Iowa also have to come to Lincoln. The games at Oregon and Minnesota could be iffy if the Huskers don’t perform well, but I see a 10-2 record and top-15 ranking for Nebraska when bowl season rolls around.

It is always nice to surprise those professional college football analysts in a good way.

Fall sports

And they are off and running! All of the SCHS athletic teams are in action this week, save for the cross country squad.

On Thursday, the softball team will play in a triangular in Albion against Boone Central/Newman Grove and Cross County. The first game is set for 4:30 p.m. Schuyler will play in the first and second games.

Also on Thursday night, the volleyball team will open its season at Wisner-Pilger. The varsity encounter is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

On Friday, the girls golf team will compete in the Seward Invitational at Seward Country Club beginning at 9 a.m.

The Warrior football team kicks off its season Friday night against Platteview. That game will be played at Papillion-La Vista High School beginning at 7 p.m.

The very best of luck to all SCHS teams.

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