The Creighton Junior Peewee baseball team was in action Wednesday as they took on Tilden.
Five runs in each of the first two innings gave Creighton an early 10-2 lead.
Trailing 13-3 in the bottom of the sixth, Tilden came storming back and cut the deficit to six, but Creighton held on for the 13-7 victory.
Check out photos of Wednesday's action below.
The Creighton/Bloomfield Legion baseball team cruised to a pair of victories over Randolph Tuesday evening.
“They were good wins and we had two no-error games,” stated Levi Stacken. “That’s always big. The score got out of hand at times, so usually teams lose focus. But I’m proud of our guys for keeping it intense the whole game. Randolph is a good team and they have some good players. They had a good showing.”
In game one, C/B shutout Randolph, 14-0, in five innings.
C/B scored early and often. Plating three runs in the first thanks to a Stacken two-run single and a Conner Hammer sacrifice fly.
The host squad exploded for eight runs in the second to put the contest away. Clay Curtis and John Noviki each recorded two-run singles, while JD Kuhlman and Bryce Zimmerer added RBI.
The plethora of runs gave Stacken all the run support he needed. In four innings of work, Stacken surrender just one hit and struck out three.
“It takes a lot off,” Stacken noted. “Honestly, you’re already pretty comfortable as a pitcher because it’s pretty rare these guys don’t have your back. They play some solid defense, but a boost in score definitely helps out.”
C/B added a run in the third on a Curtis sac fly and two runs in the fourth on a Hammer and Dawson French RBI.
Noviki led the offense in game one with two hits, two runs scored and two RBI. Zimmerer scored twice and stole two bases, Alex Homan scored twice, Kuhlman scored three times, Curtis batted in three runs and Hammer added two RBI.
Stacken recorded the win on the mound, and Kuhlman threw the final inning.
“I was keeping the pitches down so they were hitting grounders to them and they made some dang good plays,” Stacken commented. “I can always count on them to make them.”
In game two, C/B dominated with a 12-1 triumph, in five innings.
After giving up the opening run of the game on a bases loaded walk in the first, C/B answered with four runs in its first at bat.
Kuhlman blasted a two-run double to center and Stacken followed with a RBI double. Jackson Eisenhauer ended the scoring with a sac fly to center.
After struggling with his control in the first inning, Zimmerer calmed down and shutdown Randolph and his offense took over from there.
“It was Bryce’s first time on the mound starting,” Stacken remarked. “He definitely built a lot of confidence on the mound tonight and showed to be a lot a better. He had a little bit of a hiccup in the first inning, but the rest of the game he did good. Plus getting 12 unanswered runs helps him out.”
Two two-run singles by Hammer and Stacken extended C/B's lead to 8-1 after two innings of play.
The red and blue stacked on for more runs in the third thanks RBI by Zimmerer, Hammer and Carson Lilly, along with a run scored by French.
Stacken led the high-powered offense with two hits, three runs batted in and two runs scored in game two. Hammer tallied three singles and three RBI, Zimmerer went two-for-two with three runs scored and three stolen bases, Kuhlman notched two RBI and scored twice and Noviki scored twice.
Creighton/Bloomfield (6-1) hosts a wood bat tournament this weekend.
“I’m thinking we will be good (for the tournament),” Stacken concluded. “There’s a couple of teams we haven’t played yet this year. You never know about them, but I think if we play good baseball we’ll be OK.”
The Wausa girls had a very successful 2018-19 school year.
The Lady Vikings finished second NSAA Class D Cup standings with 165 points - five points below first place Archbishop Bergan.
Since 2006, the NSAA recognizes the most successful activities programs in the state with the NSAA Cup. Winners are determined by a point system based on participation in NSAA education-based activities and performance in state championship events within each division and class. Music, which does not have a state-level event, earns points based on participation at the district music contest.
The boys and girls competition in each class features schools earning participation and performance points from their respective activities. In the all-school division, schools receive participation points for each of its NSAA registered programs, and earn additional points for placing in NSAA championship events.
All schools, which finish in the top eight positions (plus any ties) in a state championship event, receive points. In activities’ championships involving cooperative agreements, each of the schools in the cooperative will earn the points for that respective event providing they have at least one student participating on the cooperative varsity team.
In playoff events involving teams in a split classification, the same top eight positions in that event’s class will earn full points for their class competition. If there are fewer than eight schools from a classification in the event, only those schools represented, are eligible to receive points.
Crofton's Josie Sanger looked comfortable playing at her future collegiate volleyball court in Saturday's Northeast Nebraska Volleyball Classic at Northeast Community College's Cox Activities Center.
Sanger, who signed her letter of intent to continue her volleyball career at NECC, led the Light squad to three set victories over the dark squad.
The Light squad captured the first three sets, 25-18, 25-21 and 25-14, before falling in the fourth set, 27-25.
Sanger led the defense with more than 40 digs and also added four assists.
Sanger will compete at Friday's 36th Annual Northeast Nebraska All-Star basketball game at the Cox Activities Center in Norfolk.
Four recent Knox County graduates took to the gridiron Saturday in the Northeast Nebraska Classic at Norfolk’s Memorial Field.
Creighton’s Cameron Tyler, Crofton’s Brad Tomasek, Bloomfield’s Mitchell Mackeprang and Wausa’s Ghatlin Hegge suited up for the red squad, led by Crofton mentor Tom Allen.
Despite falling behind 20-0 in the first half, the Red team responded with 13 unanswered points and recovered an onside kick with two second remaining in the contest to give themselves a chance at tying the ball game taking the lead.
The Red squad executed a perfect hook-and-ladder, but the White team’s last line of defense, Oakland-Craig’s Robby Mayberry, brought down Randolph’s Noah Scott to prevent him from find pay dirt and ending the game.
Despite the tough loss, the players were all smiles after the game and one player brought home some hardware.
During halftime, it was announced that Tomasek was selected by his teammates as the Most Valuable Teammate for the Red team. The former Warrior felt honored to be awarded.
“It’s an honor to just be a part of this team and to have them backing me up,” Tomasek stated. “Knowing they would chose me for that, it’s a great honor to have.”
Hegge collected three tackles and also recorded one carry for a short gain. Tyler recorded a tackle and recovered a fumble, Tomasek tallied a tackle, while Mackeprang played his snaps on the offensive line.
Hegge and Mackeprang compete in next weekend's Sertoma 8-man all-star game at 6 p.m. at Hastings College.
Going against stiff competition in the 18th annual Lewis and Clark Classic, the Crofton Legion baseball team dropped both of its contest on Friday.
“I feel like we played really well,” stated Crofton coach Jason Babcock. “We didn’t give up and played some great teams. It gives us a goal to shoot for throughout the season.”
Crofton opened the day with an 11-6 loss to Harrisburg.
Harrisburg jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first two innings of play.
Crofton got its offense going in the third. A Nate Wieseler RBI single scored Lucas Thingsted from second to start the scoring. Landon Wieseler followed with a RBI single to right, scoring Nate Wieseler, and Andy Knapp concluded the scoring after scoring on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to one.
Harrisburg went on to score the next seven runs to open up the contest heading into the final frame.
After Landon Wieseler drew a two-out walk, Ghatlin Hegge laced a RBI triple and came around to score on a Justin Potts single. A Jared Hornback RBI double to center brought in Potts to cut the deficit to five, but a groundout to short ended the rally attempt.
Hornback went a perfect two-for-two with a double and a RBI. Hegge recorded a double, a triple, a run batted in and a run scored, Potts, along with Nate and Landon Wieseler tallied a single, a run scored and a RBI, Steven Maibaum added a single, while Knapp and Thingsted each scored a run.
Maibaum started the game on the mound, going four innings and giving up four runs, on five hits and striking out three. Peyton Wieseler threw the next two innings and allowed three runs on three hits and struck out three and Hegge ended the game throwing one inning and giving up three runs on two hits.
Crofton wrapped up Friday’s play with a tough 5-3 loss to Dakota Valley.
Crofton continues Lewis and Clark Classic play today, as the host team faces Renner at 9:30 a.m. and Pender at 6:30 p.m.
“We need to keep fighting, battling and never give up like we did today,” Babcock concluded. “We need to continue to improve each, and every game. It’s still early in the season. We have a long ways to go and this gets us ready for league play.”
Several Creighton softball programs took to the field Wednesday night at Neligh.
The 8-and-under, 10U and 12U squads battled Neligh in a triple header of softball action.
Check out the photo gallery below for pictures of the action!
With summer in full swing, athletes are making the trek across the state to attend sports camps. One of those camps feature current Nebraska athletes and is in Knox County’s backyard.
The Crofton/Bloomfield wrestling team is holding a wrestling camp July 10 and 11.
Grades kindergarten through sixth start at 9 a.m. and end at noon, while junior high and high school grapplers go from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The camp is meant to be local, affordable, and beneficial to all area wrestlers, and we hope to make it fun as well,” stated C/B wrestling coach Caden Alexander.
Three current Husker wrestlers will also in attendance to help coach with Alexander and his staff during the two-day camp. Plainview’s Christian Miller, Columbus’ Colton Wolfe and New York native Jake Silverstein.
“We’re very excited about our camp clinicians,” Alexander noted. “We have Christian Miller, Colton Wolfe and Jake Silverstein. Miller and Wolfe both grew up in northeast Nebraska and all three are currently wrestling for the Huskers.”
While teaching fundamentals and technique, the camp will also have a takedown tournament on the football field - weather permitting.
Registration, and $40, can be sent to Caden Alexander at 55473 Oak Street, Crofton, NE 68730. Registrations must be postmarked by June 14.
The Creighton Peewee baseball team took to the field Monday evening.
Creighton travelled to Tilden to face the Tilden Peewee squad.
Check our photos gallery from Monday's action!
The Crofton Senior and Junior Legion baseball teams was in action this past weekend.
The Seniors competed at Kyle Mueller Classic in Yankton and went 2-2 against some quality opponents.
In the opener, Crofton defeated Vermillion, 5-2. Ethan Poppe, Nate Wieseler, Landon Wieseler, Austin Tramp, Ghatlin Hegge and Steven Maibaum each singled.
Poppe was the winning pitcher going six innings, striking out three and giving up two runs. Maibaum recorded the save and struck out one batter in an inning.
Crofton then fell to Yankton, 13-6. Poppe collected three RBI and a double and Justin Potts singled twice.
Crofton opened Saturday with an 11-3 loss to Tabor. Landon Wieseler singled and batted in a run, while Nate Wiesler scored twice.
Crofton bounced back on Sunday with a 13-1 trouncing of Hartington. Hegge collected three RBI a double and a single to lead the way. The trio of Potts, Landon Wieseler, and Lucas Thingstad combined to hold Hartington to one run, on one hit, and four walks, while striking out eight in five innings.
"I am happy with where we are right now and how the season is going," stated head senior coach Jason Babcock. "This weekend was a nice measuring stick for us. Getting to play four games really shows us what we need to work on, but we also learned we have a talented team. It will be another big challenge this upcoming weekend with four games in two days against some very good teams."
The Seniors are now 3-2 on the season and hosts Plainview Tuesday followed by the Lewis and Clark Classic at Crofton being a host site on Friday and Saturday.