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Schuyler Central High School sophomore Jaiden Sock celebrates after the football team beat South Sioux City 21-18 for its first victory since 2012.

Julie Blum, Lee Enterprises

Basketballs are already pounding the gymnasium floors and wrestlers are hitting the mat at Schuyler Central High School.

It seems like only yesterday (a common phrase with each year that we age) when we were prepping for football, cross country, softball, girls golf and volleyball. But as the gate to the football field is locked and volleyballs are put away, it’s time to look back one last time on the fall that was.

There were many thrilling moments at SCHS. I have listed three moments that stood out in my mind from the past season.

No. 3: It was a hot night in Schuyler on Sept. 12. The Lady Warriors were playing some of their best volleyball of the season when conference foe Crete rolled into town.

Coach Jenna Saalfeld said her team needed a solid performance against a fellow Central Conference team. Wow, did she ever receive such a performance. The Lady Warriors won a squeaker in the first set then went on to sweep the Cardinals by scores of 25-23, 25-17, 25-23.

Schuyler went 8-18 overall and struggled to get wins late in the season, but this was one match many of the student-athletes will remember for a long time.

No. 2: On Sept. 28, the Schuyler boys cross country team went to the Raymond Central Invite and came home with its second straight team championship in the event.

Coach Rick Carter’s crew crushed the rest of the field of 11 teams in winning the title. In impressive style, the Warriors placed three runners in the top four to accentuate their amazing performance. Nesrudin Yusuf finished third for SCHS while Cristobal Gonzalez took second and Miguel Carrasco followed in third.

The Warriors went on to a tremendous season, but the highlight happened on this day.

No. 1: No surprise here. The SCHS football team did a bit of “rowing” on Oct. 20 as the Warriors chased that monkey off their back with a 21-18 win over South Sioux City that ended a 45-game losing streak and helped ignite some newfound enthusiasm for the 2018 season.

As the game progressed, it was obvious the Warriors were destined to taste the thrill of victory for the first time in a long time. Even though South Sioux doubled Schuyler’s total offensive yardage and had several opportunities to pull out the win late in the contest, the Warriors were not to be denied. Most people in attendance on that magical night will remember the crowd racing onto the field and hugging their local heroes. They will remember the scoreboard lights twinkling that spine-tingling score of 21-18.

Yes, there were some losses along the way, but for three magical events all was alive and well with Schuyler Central athletics.

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