Prep cross country


COZAD — The Hastings boys and girls cross country teams both finished third in the Cozad invite Saturday at Cozad Country Club. The boys finished with 54 points while the girls had 64 points.

Chelsey Espinosa won the girls race with a time of 20 minutes, 38.46 seconds. Dulce Lopez was 18th (22:51.86), Mary Ferrone was 21st (23:15.76), and Gillian Hueske crossed 24th (23:29.38).

Landon Eckhardt placed eighth for the boys with a time of 18:07.05. Jonathan Lopez followed in ninth (18:13.42), Aaron Ochsner was 14th (18:21.25), and Tyler Sanderson finished 20th (18:33.35).


MINDEN — The Minden boys and girls cross country teams both finished in second place at their own invite Saturday. The boys tallied 27 points while the girls had 25 points.

Konner Verbeck finished third for the boys (17:38). Charlie Hurt was fifth (18:17), Eric Iniguez took sixth (18:23), and Alex Brais was 15th (19:36).

Jessie Hurt won the girls race in a time of 21:18. Abby Rhetus was fifth (22:21), Jaden Donley placed seventh (22:58), and Brenna Brules crossed in 12th (24:18).

Prep softball

St. Cecilia

The St. Cecilia softball team went 1-2 on the weekend with a 9-1 win over Fillmore Central/Exeter-Milligan, and losses to Fairbury (14-12) and Milford (4-3). 

In the win over FC/E-M, the Hawkettes compiled 12 hits. Bailey Kissinger, Kiersten Kober, Natalie Kissinger, and Mackenzie Demuth each recorded two hits. Bailey (3) and Natalie Kissinger (4) were responsible for driving in all seven runs. 

Natalie Kissinger threw all five innings in the game shortened by mercy rule. She struck out eight in the win.

Against Fairbury, St. Cecilia squandered an eight-run lead after the third inning. Fairbury scored 11 runs between the fourth and sixth.

Shaye Butler led the offensive charge with four hits and three RBI. Kober tallied three hits, including a double. Demuth and Natalie Kissinger also had doubles. The Kissinger sisters had two hits apiece along with Olivia Kvols and Demuth.

Allison Stritt went 4 2/3 innings, allowing 10 runs on 12 hits while striking out five. She took the loss. Kissinger threw the final 1 1/3, giving up three hits and four unearned runs.

St. Cecilia dropped a heartbreaker to Milford, which scored the game-winner in the eighth inning. 

The Hawkettes had a 3-1 lead after five, but again couldn't hold onto it. Natalie Kissinger threw all eight innings and took the loss. She struck out six batters, and gave up eight hits. 

STC managed just four hits, two of which came off the bat of Bailey Kissinger.

Prep volleyball


LEXINGTON — The Hastings volleyball team went 2-1 this weekend at the Lexington invite. 

The Tigers beat Lexington 25-12, 25-19, and Holdrege 25-12, 25-12. But lost to Broken Bow 25-13, 25-23. 

Against Lexington, Haley Schram had eight kills to lead the attack. Brooke Aspen added six. The pair each served two aces along with Emma Markle. Dacey Sealey had three blocks and 12 assists. Carley Norlen had 17 digs. Hayden Stephenson tallied five assists.

Against Holdrege, the Tigers posted a .439 hitting percentage with 29 kills. 10 different players recorded a kill, including nine from Schram. Aspen notched five and Stephenson added four. Sealey had three kills and 23 assists. Charli Coil assisted on five kills. Norlen dug out eight attacks and served three aces.

Against Broken Bow, Aspen finished in double digits with 11 kills. Aubree Cress spun three aces. Norlen totaled nine digs. Sealey assisted on 10 kills.


ADAMS — Deshler went 0-2 over the weekend, to finish the Freeman invite 1-4. The Dragons beat Pawnee City 21-25, 25-19, 25-16 Thursday. But fell to Freeman 25-23, 20-25, 23-25 Thursday evening. On Saturday, Diller-Odell beat Deshler 25-12, 25-13 before Freeman swept the Dragons 25-18, 25-18.

Against Diller-Odell, Jenna Lemke led the team with four kills. Brenna Dubbert and Leah Dlouhy each had two. Paiton Nash finished with a pair of blocks. Trinity Schardt recorded seven digs. Dubbert had five assists.

In their second game with Freeman, Tyra Schardt led the Dragons with four kills. Lemke, Dlouhy, and Cadence Jacobe each finished with three. Dubbert served the only ace. Jacobe and Dlouhy both blocked two attacks. Tyra Schardt dug out 14 attacks. Dubbert assisted on 11 kills. 


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