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The Aquinas boys won the East Butler Invite with all four scoring runners inside the top eight. Payton Davis, in his debut varsity run, won the event with a time of 18:18, 24 seconds ahead of second place. Following Davis were teammates Peter Sisco in fourth, Will Eller in fifth, and Xavier Fiala in eighth. 

Colby Jelinek was the top East Butler boys runner in 18th followed by Michael Polivka in 30th, Justin Sebranek in 35th and Alex Pierce in 42nd.

David City runners included Clayton Harris in 37th, Dalton Krause in 45th, Braxten Small in 62nd and Jacson Valentine in 65th.

The Aquinas team score of 18 was eight points ahead of Malcolm in the runner-up position. East Butler took seventh with 112 while David City was eighth with 164 points.

East Butler senior Amanda Aerts won the girls race, dominating in the field by finishing 2 minutes and 7 seconds ahead of the next closest runner. The Tiger girls were third with a score of 33 trailing Malcolm with 19 and Central City with 32. Six other girls teams did not have enough runners to qualify for the team standings.

Other East Butler runners included Olivia Bohac in eighth, Haley Sebranek in 21st and Lanae Aerts in 24th.

"Amanda had an amazing performance.  The course at Timber Point is very difficult and she surpassed any expectations I had. I think she was motivated and determined to put her injury behind her and she certainly did that," East Butler coach Dale Nielsen said in emailed comments. "The boys showed a lot of improvement from the previous year. Colby was almost two minutes better, and almost all of the boys team ran better here than they did the previous year, some by similar margins as Colby.

"Continued improvements from last year throughout the season would be a big step forward for the boys team.  I was pleased overall with the kids efforts. We had a good effort."

Aquinas was led by Jocelyn Stara in fifth, Ella Moravec in eighth and Meghan Burwell in 20th.

David City results were Zoe Kreifels in 10th, Courtyln Keeling in 27th and Ava Neujahr in 36th. 

VOLLEYBALL

St. Paul def. David City 25-10, 25-13, 25-12

West Point GACC def. Aquinas 25-22, 16-25, 25-22, 25-14

Kearney Catholic def. Aquinas 25-20, 25-17

Hastings St. Cecilia def. Aquinas 25-21, 25-9

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GOLF

The Shelby-Rising City girls golf season got underway with three events, two tournaments and a dual over the past 10 days. The Huskies started with the West Point-Beemer Invite on Aug. 23 then continued three days later in a dual with Exeter-Milligan and golfed at the Seward Invite on Friday.

SR-C was ninth out of 10 teams at West Point with a team total of 514. That number was three shots out of eight and four out of seventh. The hosts won the tournament with a team score of 408 - 23 shots better than runners-up Bennington.

Tori Perry led the Huskies in 26th with a round of 124. Alyssa Blohm and and Lilli Hernbloom were next with a pair of 129s, Elise Fjell scored 132, Josie Gates shot 141 and Mia Dishong carded 144 in junior varsity play.

Three days later it was SR-C against just one golfer from Exeter-Milligan, thus, there was no team competition. Perry again led the way with a 55 followed by Blohm with a 60, Fjell and Gates with 61s and Hernbloom with a 63.

Dishong shot 63 again in junior varsity play.

In Seward, Blohm, Perry and Hernbloom each set career bests. Blohm shot 106, Perry 111 and Hernbloom 116. Fjell's 133 completed the team scoring.

"Seeing the girls set career bests is exciting this early in the season. We didn't have anyone break 100 last season, so I know that is a goal for a couple of the girls this year," coach Sara Jensen said in emailed comments. "I think if we can be a little more consistent in some areas and start eliminating those occasional 8s, 9s and 10s on our scorecards, then that will be a very attainable goal for them.

"I've seen a lot of growth in the girls since last year as far as playing smarter and using more of the clubs in their bags. But we are still working on attacking the hole and not playing so conservatively. I'm excited to see continued growth as the season progresses."

SOFTBALL

Wahoo Neumann 10, Aquinas 9

Aquinas at Tekamah-Herman Tournament

Blue River 12, North Bend 4

DC West/Concordia 11, Blue River 2: Blue River scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the second but trailed 6-1 by the time the Panthers came up to hit in the bottom of the fourth. Blue River managed just two hits and made five errors.

"Allie Neujahr and Cassie Ziemba had our only two hits of the game. Defensively, we had a lot of costly mistakes," coach Greg Jahde said in comments. "We have to find a way to stop shooting ourselves in the foot."

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