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St. Paul reaches Lou-Platte final

St. Paul reaches Lou-Platte final

  • By Marc Zavala

DONIPHAN — St. Paul was efficient during its Lou-Platte Conference semifinal match with Doniphan-Trumbull.

The Class C-1 No. 4-rated Wildcats finished with 43 kills with only 11 hitting errors and had six different players record a kill during a 25-21, 25-18, 25-17 victory over the C-2 No. 6 Cardinals.

The victory puts St. Paul in the Lou-Platte Conference final at approximately 7 p.m. Thursday at Doniphan-Trumbull against C-1 No. 1 Kearney Catholic, which swept No. 10 Ord 25-17, 25-11, 26-24.

Lesley Fox led St. Paul with 14 kills, while younger sister Hailey added 11.

Wildcat coach Matt Koehn-Fairbanks said the Fox sisters are going to get their kills, but he was pleased to see other players step up. Jaden Jakubowski chipped in nine kills and freshman Brooke Poppert finished with five.

Setter Claira Thede had 35 assists.

“I thought we got the help we needed from other players,” Koehn-Fairbanks said. “It was not one person. Lesley and Hayley are going to have their runs but it wasn’t just them. Jaden and Brooke both played well for us. Claira does a great job of running our offense. It was a nice efficient night tonight and we played a clean match tonight.”

Doniphan-Trumbull, which lost to St. Paul in four sets Thursday, suffered a blow before tournament matches got under way Tuesday. Maddie Fitch suffered a broken nose during school and did not play.

Considering the circumstances, Cardinal coach Gina Fitch, Maddie’s mother, said she was OK with how the Cardinals played, especially after coming off a five-set win over Arcadia/Loup City in the quarterfinals Monday.

“We had a do a last-minute lineup change so we had some girls who didn’t play at all on varsity this year,” coach Fitch said. “I thought the girls handled it very well. And after last night’s match, which wasn’t one of our better matches, for us to come out and hang with St. Paul, I was proud with how we played.”

St. Paul had to answer runs from Doniphan-Trumbull in the first two sets. After seeing a 20-14 lead trimmed to 21-19 in the first set, Lesley Fox and Jakubowski each had kills that helped the Wildcats pull away.

And then, holding on to a 20-18 lead in the second set, a Jakubowski kill gave serve back to the Wildcats. After a Cardinal error, Hayley Fox hammered home three straight kills to end the second set.

McKenna Niemoth helped Doniphan-Trumbull gain the early advantage in the third with three kills and a block for a 6-2 lead. She had six of her team-high 12 kills in the third.

But St. Paul’s balance was too much with Lesley Fox leading the way with five kills in the set, including one at match point to put the Wildcats into the final.

Koehn-Fairbanks said the focus for the match with Doniphan-Trumbull was “here and now.”

“We try to come up with a word or a phrase before every match and that’s what we came up with. Reason was we want to forget about that last play, we’re going to play this next point and I think the girls really did a good job of not getting down when Doniphan-Trumbull makes a big play,” he said.

In the other match, Kearney Catholic had its way with Ord in the first two sets. The Chants did show some fight in the third after trailing 24-21. Danielle Bruha had a kill and a block and then a Cora Svoboda ace serve tied it at 24-all.

But Kearney Catholic got the sweep with kills from Jordan Streit and Nicole Shundoff.

Bruha led Ord with nine kills, while Andrea Carson chipped in eight. Ashley Carson had 20 assists.

Anna Squiers led Kearney Catholic with 13 kills, 12 assists, three ace serves and two blocks.

Ord committed six errors during Kearney Catholic’s first seven points of the match.

Chants coach Wendy Alexander said that set the tone for the match. Ord had 22 errors, which included five missed serves.

“We came in and everyone felt confident but we looked tight from the very beginning,” she said. “It’s tough to play against a great team when you make the errors that we did, especially at the start of the match.

“The kids know that. We got quieter when we made those errors and we didn’t battle tonight like we did the last we played them (a 2-1 Kearney Catholic win Sept. 29). It was disappointing but hopefully the girls learn from it.”

Ord and Doniphan-Trumbull will play in the third-place match at 6 p.m. Thursday.

As for St. Paul moving onto the final, Koehn-Fairbanks said he knows the Wildcats will have to play well to beat Kearney Catholic and win the Lou-Platte Conference tournament for the first time since 2013.

“It’s going to take a great team effort on our part,” Koehn-Fairbanks said. “They are a typical Kearney Catholic team. It doesn’t matter who they lose or who they gain, they just have a great team that plays their system very well. They have great players at every position. It will be a great match.”

St. Paul 3, Doniphan-Trumbull 0

St. Paul (25-1) 25 25 25

Doniphan-Trumbull (19-4) 21 18 17

ST. PAUL (Kills-ace-blocks) —Bailey Lukasiewciz 0-0-0, Lesley Fox 14-0-0, Grace Jerabek 0-1-0, Bree Carlson 0-1-0, Jaden Jakubowski 9-3-0, Tahya Jerabek 3-1-2, Claira Thede 1-1-0, Brooke Poppert 5-0-1, Hayley Fox 11-0-2.

DONIPHAN-TRUMBULL (Kills-aces-blocks) — Kalee Wiltfong 6-0-1, Ellie Koch 4-1-1, Carsyn Poppe 1-1-0, Logan Poppe 3-0-1, Ana Terrazas 0-0-0, McKenna Niemoth 12-1-1, Madi Groshans 0-0-0, Abby Williams 0-0-0

SET ASSISTS — SP: Thede 35, Lukasiewicz 2, Carlson 1. DT: C. Poppe 24,

Kearney Catholic 3, Ord 0

Ord (20-4) 17 11 24

Kearney Catholic (26-3) 25 25 26

ORD (Kills-aces-blocks) — Ali Smith 1-0-0, Delani Fahey 0-1-0, Cali Lech 6-0-0, Kelli DeRiso 0-0-0, Cora Svoboda 4-2-1, Danielle Bruha 9-1-1, Reilly Peetz 0-0-0, Hailey Zulkoski 0-0-0, Andrea Carson 8-0-1, Ashley Carson 1-0-0, Susie Vavra 2-0-0.

KEARNEY CATHOLIC (Kills-aces-blocks) — Kayla Lee 0-0-0, Kylie Thiele 9-2-1, Ashlynn Schmaderer 1-0-0, Emma Ryan 0-0-0, Olivia Micek 1-0-0, Anna Trettel 0-0-0, Anna Squiers 13-3-2, Nicole Shundoff 3-0-0, Emilee Moore 0-0-0, Jordan Streit 4-0-1, Sarah Oldfather 8-0-2, Jenny Beans 0-3-0.

SET ASSISTS — O: As. Carson 20, Fahey 7, Smith 1, An. Carson 1, Vavra 1. KC: Micek 17, Squiers 12, Streit 2, Beans 1.

Lou-Platte Volleyball

Lou-Platte Volleyball
Doniphan-Trumbull def. Arcadia/Loup City
DONIPHAN — Class C-2 No. 6-rated DoniphanTrumbull
rallied from a 2-1 deficit to get past Arcadia/
Loup City 21-25, 25-13, 26-28, 25-21, 15-11 in the LouPlatte
Conference tournament quarterfinals Monday.
Makenna Niemoth totaled 21 kills for the Cardinals
(19-4). Kalee Wiltfong added 12 and Logan Poppe
finished with 11. Carsyn Poppe contributed 46 set
Doniphan-Trumbull battles C-1 No. 4 St. Paul Tuesday
in the semifinals.
Kearney Catholic def. Gibbon
KEARNEY — Class C-1 No. 1-rated Kearney Catholic
top Gibbon 25-14, 25-12, 25-20 in the Lou-Platte
Conference tournament quarterfinals Monday.
Earlier in the evening, Ellie Snell’s nine kills helped
Gibbon sweep Ravenna 25-20, 25-22, 25-20 in the
opening round. Parker Kenton added 18 set assists for
the Buffaloes.
Ord def. Centura
ORD — Class C-1 No. 10-rated Ord hit a season-high
.450 while sweeping Centura 25-9, 25-16, 25-14 Monday
in the quarterfinals of the Lou-Platte Conference
Andrea Carson led the Chanticleers (20-3) with 14
kills. Cora Svoboda (11 kills) and Cali Lech (10) also
finished in double figures while Ashley Carson amassed
39 set assists.
Ord faces No. 1 Kearney Catholic in Tuesday’s
St. Paul def. Wood River
ST. PAUL — Class C-1 No. 4-rated St. Paul swept Wood
River 25-11, 25-18, 25-19 Monday in the Lou-Platte
Conference tournament quarterfinals.
Lesley Fox recorded 14 kills and 20 digs for the
Wildcats (24-1). Hayley Fox added 10 kills, Bailey
Lukasiewicz 24 digs and Claira Thede 33 set assists.
Wood River (7-15) received eight kills from Taylor
Lambrecht and 19 set assists from Sam Luehr.
St. Paul advances to take on C-2 No. 6 DoniphanTrumbull
in Tuesday’s semifinals.

Oneill Track Meet

Girls 2nd, Boys 7th at O’Neill Invitational
The Ord High School track teams put together another solid performance at the O’Neill

Invitational this last Thursday. The Chanticleer girls finished as runner-up in the 8-team meet

while the boys were 7th out of the 7 scoring teams. “I thought we had good effort from our kids

we just didn’t score a lot of points in the boys meet”, Coach Derry Trampe said. “Our girls came

up just a little short in the team race but we still had a lot of quality performances on the day.

Some days things go your way and other days they don’t. We just need to keep working hard in

practice and improving every day and we will be a good team by the time we reach districts.”

The girls scored 122 points to finish just 5 points behind Battle Creek for the team

championship. O’Neill was third with 103 points while Norfolk Catholic was fourth with 96

points. Rounding out the team scoring were Ainsworth (34), Elgin Public/Pope John (20), Battle

Creek JV (13), and Valentine (12).

The boys scored 20 points in the meet while O’Neill won the meet with 139 points. Battle

Creek was second with 119 points while Norfolk Catholic finished in third with 107 points.

Rounding out the team scoring were Ainsworth (92), Valentine (29), and Elgin Public/Pope John


In the meet the girls were able to win 8 events on the day. Kate Grint was a double winner

as she won the shot put (38′ 6″) and the discus (121′ 9″) to pace the Chants. Jordan Kuck won

the 300 low hurdles in a season best time of 47.86. Morgan Alexander brought home a gold

medal in the 1600 with a time of 5:54.22 while Zoe Ritz captured the top spot in the 3200 in a

season best time of 12:19.32. The 4 X 400 relay team of Andrea Carson, Morgan Alexander,

Ashley Carson, and Andrea Carson finished first in a time of 4:19.84 and the 4 X 800 team of

Alexander, Ritz, Carson and Carson also came in first with a season best time of 10:19.02. In a

non-scoring event the Freshman 4 X 100 relay team of Kelli DeRiso, Lydia Hill, Lakita

Thomsen, and Kora Severance finished first in a time of 58.1. Second place medals went to

Grace Racek in the 200 (27.84) and Danielle Bruha in the high jump (4′ 10″) a season best jump

for her. Third place medals were won by Andrea Carson in the 400 (65.65), Zoe Ritz in the 800

(2:34.21), Jordan Kuck in the long jump (14′ 3.75″), and Cora Svoboda in the pole vault (9′ 6″).

The marks by Ritz and Svoboda were both personal best marks. Morgan Alexander finished 4th

in the pole vault with a vault of 9′ 0″. Fifth place medals were won by Grace Racek in the 100

(13.74) and Ali Smith in the 800 (2:37.15) and pole vault (8′ 6″). Sixth place medals went to

Cora Svoboda in the 300 low hurdles (54.26) and Jessica Buckles in the triple jump (30′ 6″). The

mark by Buckles was a personal best mark for her.

The majority of points for the boys came in the relay events. The 4 X 800 relay team of

Robbie Peterson, Clayton Shoemaker, Torben Thal, and Noah Jensen combined to run a 9:08.9

and finish third. The 4 X 100 relay team of Ethan Thomsen, Jordan Coufal, Jaden Reilly, and

Reggie McKenney finished fourth in 47.94. The 4 X 400 relay team of Cade Svoboda, Ethan

Thomsen, Noah Jensen, and Jordan Coufal also finished 4th in a time of 3:44.8. In a non-scoring

event the Freshman 4 X 100 relay team of Stetson Bredthauer, Clayton Shoemaker, Ethan

Jeffres, and Solomon Campise finished third in a time of 52.1. Individual medals went to Robbie

Peterson 5th in the 1600 (5:04.02), Ethan Jeffres 6th in the 3200 (11:31.82), Jordan Coufal 5th in

the 300 IH (43.91), Harrison Benton 6th in the triple jump (37′ 5.5″), and Clark Bredthauer 6th in

the high jump (5′ 8″). The marks by Jeffres and Benton were both personal best marks.

Additional Ord results are as follows (PB indicates a personal best performance): Girls:

100—Tina Li 14.73, Hope Cronk 17.55; 200—Lara Schmidt 31.56, Abby Hysell 31.86;

400—Lydia Hill 71.52 (PB), Susie Vavra 74.46; 800—Delani Fahey 2:51.28; 1600—Jessica

Buckles 6:53.20, Rebecca Fischer 7:29.57; 100 HH—Cora Svoboda 19.58, Cierra Vanosdall

20.02; 300 LH—Cierra Vanosdall 58.47 (PB); 4 X 100 relay—Andrea Carson, Danielle Bruha,

Grace Racek, and Jordan Kuck DNF; Shot Put—Kora Severance 26′ 10″(PB), Lakita Thomsen

26′ 9.5″ (PB); Discus—Lily Farrens 84′ 0″, Kora Severance 80′ 10″; Long Jump—Jessica

Buckles 12′ 3.5″, Lydia Hill 11′ 10.75″; Triple jump—Delani Fahey 28′ 9.25″, Lydia Hill 25′

2.5″; High jump—Susie Vavra MOH 4′ 4″, Abby Hysell MOH 4′ 4″. Boys: 100—Trevin Kruml

12.43, Jaden Reilly 12.86, Jackson Ryschon 13.10; 200—Trevin Kruml (SCR), Cade Svoboda

25.09 (PB), Mike Kohlhepp 26.53; 400—Cade Svoboda 55.89 (PB), Reggie McKenney 56.17

(PB), Tim White 61.68; 800—Noah Jensen 2:17.30, Torben Thal 2:23.83, James Masin 2:38.44;

1600—Harrison Benton 5:33.7, Kyler Peetz 5:38.7 (PB); 3200—James Masin 12:07.21,

Christapher White 12:07.23; 110HH—Jordan Coufal 18.08/17.79, Austin Knapp 18.85/19.59,

Colin Koehlmoos 20.04; 300IH—Austin Knapp 45.71; Shot put—Landon Rogers 38′ 11″,

Barrett Boden 36′ 9″, Zek Aleo 25′ 5.25″; Discus—Landon Rogers 115′ 7″, Hayden Grint 95′ 5″,

Zach Flessner 81′ 3″; Long jump—Johnny Lawrence 16′ 4.75″, Ethan Thomsen 17′ 4.75″, Jaden

Reilly scr. all three attempts; Triple jump—Clayton Shoemaker 32′ 11.5″, Stirling Tonniges 34′

0.5″; High Jump—Colin Koehlmoos MOH 5′ 4″, D. J. Schatz MOH 5′ 4″; Pole Vault—Solomon

Campise MOH 8′ 6″.

Chadron falls to Ord in semifinals – Scottsbluff Paper

Chadron falls to Ord in semifinals

Posted: Friday, November 13, 2015 6:09 pm

LINCOLN – As Chadron volleyball head coach Don Matt walked to the locker room Friday following his team’s 3-0 loss to Ord in the semifinal round of the Class C-1 state tournament at Pinnacle Bank Arena, he knew exactly what he wanted to tell his squad.

He wanted them to know how proud he was of the way they battled against one of the best teams in the state.

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“What I told them in the locker room was, ‘I’ll never doubt how hard you guys play. You guys fought hard and gave it everything you had,’” he said. “I’m so pleased with them. This is such a great group of girls.”

The No. 3 seeded Chanticleers (31-3) may have earned a sweep over the second-seeded Cardinals (33-5), but it was far from easy.

Chadron rallied from a 17-9 deficit in game one to pull back to within 23-22 and then 24-23 before Ord held on for a 25-23 victory. Chadron shrugged off the first-set loss and bolted to a 20-12 advantage in game two, but the Chanticleers managed to put together a rally themselves for a 28-26 victory.

Chadron continued to battle tough in the third set, but Ord got on a roll midway through the frame and went on to win 25-17 to advance to Saturday’s state championship match.

“We never gave up in any of the sets. We were always pushing hard and trying to get better,” Chadron junior outside hitter Alexandria Nobiling said. “We gave it everything we had.”

Although Chadron came up short of reaching the state final, the Cardinals’ performance no doubt earned them some more respect in C-1. Coming into the state tournament, Ord was ranked No. 2 in the Omaha World-Herald’s Class C-1 Top 10 poll behind Kearney Catholic, while Chadron was No. 6. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Chadron moved up in the final ratings.

“That was a big step for us, showing everyone that we deserved to be here,” Nobiling said. “We worked hard for it.”

Chadron will look to put the finishing touches on its memorable season Saturday when it plays Columbus Scotus in the third-place match. Scotus suffered a heartbreaker in its semifinal match as three-time defending state champion Kearney Catholic held on for a 25-22, 23-25, 12-25, 25-16, 16-14 win. First serve between Chadron and Scotus (25-7) is set for 8 a.m. MST at Lincoln Northeast High School.

Chadron, which defeated Bishop Neumann 3-2 on Thursday for its first win at state since 1996, remains highly driven, Nobiling said.

“We’re ready to come back after this loss and compete hard tomorrow,” she said. “We want to finish it out strong.”

Against Ord, the Cardinals made some early miscues, including some missed serves, that helped the Chanticleers surge ahead by nearly 10 points in the first set. Chadron didn’t wilt away, though, as it flashed its power at the net while whittling the deficit down to just 22-21. Ord still barely led at 23-22 and 24-23 before finally prevailing on a kill.

“I was proud of our kids for fighting through it and giving ourselves a chance at the end,,” Matt said.

Chadron looked to be on its way to tying the match in game two, building a 20-12 lead. But Ord put together a 12-4 flurry to even the set at 24-24. The game was tied again at 25-25 and 26-26 before the Chanticleers scored the final two points for the victory.

“It was a huge momentum loss on our part,” Nobiling said.

Matt credited Ord’s defense for helping it rally in the second game.

“They had some big blocks, and they had some nice digs and were able to get attacks out of it, and we didn’t do a real great job at the net at the end of that second set,” he said.

Ball control, he added, was also a key factor in the match.

“We just were a little bit inconsistent with our ball control, and they picked up their ball control a little bit,” he said. “That was the name of the game right there. They were getting good swings on the ball, and we were being limited to one option most of the time. When we passed the ball and had plenty of options, we did good things.”

Matt said his players did their best to keep their heads up and overcome that heartbreaking second set.

“They came off the court, and they didn’t have any bad looks in their eyes or anything like that. I think it was more a case of, ‘OK, we can do this.’ But then I think they tried to do too much instead of just relaxing and letting the game come to them,” he said.

Ord coach Wendy Alexander, whose team is trying to win the school’s first state volleyball championship since 2007, said she was pleased with her team’s play overall.

“We came out in set one, and I thought we played a very clean match,” she said. “I think we only had three unforced errors. Chadron has a very powerful offense, but we played clean, we played consistent, and I think that was the difference in set one.

“In set two our offense slowed down, [but] we had kind of a momentum turn from a great dig that turned out to be a kill. And then our offense sped up – everyone had a little bit more fire – and we were able to come back.

“In set three I felt like we did a better job of blocking at the net – Chadron did an excellent job of blocking in set one and the first part of set two. And when we sped our offense up, we were able to get some hitters in some one on one situations, and when we get that we feel like those are situations we can win.”

Alexander said she was impressed with Chadron’s performance, especially in the front row.

“I think Chadron’s front row, at any point, is as good as any front row we’ve played against,” she said. “Jadyn McCartney is a smart ball player. She hits at excellent angles and does a nice job of staying composed all the time on the court. … They’ve got a lot of big, strong athletes. We felt like comparing team for team, we’re a pretty strong, physical team across the net, but I thought Chadron was just as strong and physical coming into this match.”

McCartney led Chadron in kills with 12, and she also had 12 digs. Nobiling collected a team-high 15 digs and recorded five kills. Chandler Hageman finished with 10 kills, seven blocks, and two ace serves, and Jayden Garrett had 30 set assists. Teagan Westemeier had three kills and nine digs.

Among Ord’s statistical leaders was Andrea Carson with 13 kills. Kathryn Grint had seven kills, and Cora Svoboda had four ace blocks and three kills.

HuskerLand Preps – Cade Svoboda

Ord’s Svoboda Unbeaten in Pursuit of State Title
Bob Jensen | Publisher

Ord’s Cade Svoboda puts the finishing touches on one of his 19 wins to open the 2015-16. A returning state tournament runner-up, Svoboda has his eyes on a state title here in a few weeks.
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Unlike our hero Peter LaFleur in the movie Dodgeball, Cade Svoboda has a goal. It’s to win a state wrestling championship.

Here is my conversation with Cade, taped yesterday:

He came close last year, winning 37 matches and reaching the Class C state final at 170, only to come up one win short of the gold medal. Svoboda’s wrestling with a purpose has paid extra dividends, as he’s rolled to 19 straight wins to open the season, capturing the 182 championship at last weekend’s Central City Invitational.

“Cade has always been a great wrestler on top but over the last couple of seasons I have seen him gain a lot more confidence wrestling on bottom and on his feet. At about 6-2 he does a great job of using his length to his advantage,” says Ord head coach Justin Swedburg. “He has improved overall as a wrestler and you can see his confidence when he is out on the mat. He has also greatly improved his strength. Over the summer he spent a lot of his time in the weight room and going to different wrestling camps.

Svoboda is ranked No. 1 in Class C at 182 and beyond that has proven to be an outstanding all-around high school athlete, three times being named to the all-district football team, at a different position each time. Beyond that he’s also an outstanding rodeo cowboy, having finished as state runner-up in bareback riding, and twice qualifying for nationals.

A well-rounded young man, Svoboda is also an outstanding leader and a brilliant student and role model at his school.

“Cade demonstrates leadership not only as a wrestler but as a person. He does things the right way and he is a good person which I believe correlates directly to being a successful athlete,” says Coach Swedburg. “He is almost always the first person to practice and weights and he shows up with a positive attitude ready to work hard without excuses and he expects the same from his teammates. Cade takes care of his business in school carrying a 4.0 GPA, and he is also very willing to volunteer his time to help others.”

Svoboda plans to attend the University of Nebraska and will eventually enter the medical field.

Before we get that far, however, he’d like to win that state title.

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