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Sam Hahn, Austin Kruse, Zach Schuerman Named All-State In Football

By Jim Phelps

Journal-News

Sports Editor

Tri County's Athletic Hall of Fame has three new members.

A trio of Tri County football players were solid choices to be named All-State by the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald for their play during this season's run to the quarter-finals in the Class C-2 state high school football playoffs.

Senior Austin Kruse, a 6'0" receiver/defensive back was selected by the Lincoln Journal Star to the Class C-2 first team defense.

Austin was named to the All-Nebraska Class C-2 first team defense by the Omaha World-Herald.

Kruse had eight interceptions on the season for the 9-2 Trojans, while recording 23 career interceptions.

Tue
03
Jan
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Sam Hahn, Austin Kruse, Zach Schuerman Named All-State In Football

By Jim Phelps

Journal-News

Sports Editor

Tri County's Athletic Hall of Fame has three new members.

A trio of Tri County football players were solid choices to be named All-State by the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald for their play during this season's run to the quarter-finals in the Class C-2 state high school football playoffs.

Senior Austin Kruse, a 6'0" receiver/defensive back was selected by the Lincoln Journal Star to the Class C-2 first team defense.

Austin was named to the All-Nebraska Class C-2 first team defense by the Omaha World-Herald.

Kruse had eight interceptions on the season for the 9-2 Trojans, while recording 23 career interceptions.

Tue
03
Jan
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Football Players Receive All-State Honors

Ten area football players received All-State Honorable Mention for their play by the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald.

Athletes awarded All-State honorable mention honors by the Lincoln Journal Star were Class C-1 Trent Simpson and Taylor Merchant, both of Fairbury, Class C-2 Garrett Freese, Ben Fralin, and L.J. Haake, all of Tri County, and Ethen Hroch of Diller-Odell.

Securing All-State honorable mention honors by the Omaha World-Herald included Class C-1 Will Ebke, Cody Welsch, Jason Peterson, and Trent Simpson, all of Fairbury, and Class C-2 Zach Schuerman, Garrett Freese, Ben Fralin, and L.J. Haake, all of Tri County.

Tue
03
Jan
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Twelve Cagers Score In Lady Trojans Lopsided Win Over Wilber-Clatonia

Strong first and fourth quarters powered Tri County to a 72-29 first-round victory against Wilber-Clatonia in the Southern Holiday Tournament played Dec. 29th.

Paced by scoring from six different players in the first quarter the Tri County Lady Trojans jumped out to a 21-8 lead.

Maci Hicks, Sydney Holtmeier, and Karli Weise led the way for Tri County scoring five points apiece.

Despite a sluggish third quarter, Tri County bounced back in the fourth quarter, scoring 24 points to close out the game.

"The first game back after the holidays and moratorium are interesting sometimes, but luckily we were able to hit the ground running in the first quarter and find our rhythm offensively and defensively," Tri County Lady Trojans coach Bryce Simpson said.

Tue
03
Jan
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Defense Lets Trojans Down In Opening Round Holiday Tourney Action

Surrendering 30 plus points in the first half proved costly for Tri County in its 51-49 loss to Wilber-Clatonia in first-round action Dec. 29th in the Southern Holiday Tournament.

"We didn't play any defense in the first half, which allowed Wilber-Clatonia to build a double-digit lead," Tri County Trojans coach Jared Knapp remarked.

"They (Wilber-Clatonia) are the sixth team to score 30 plus points in the first half on us this year. We need to play better defense in the first two quarters," Knapp said.

"Wilber-Clatonia also forced us in to way too many turnovers in the first half which led to our offensive woes," Knapp stated.

"We were able to battle back by creating some chaos with a full court trap. Kyle Thernes made some big shots to help us comeback," Knapp commented.

Tue
03
Jan
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Meridian Mustangs Go 0-2 In Clarkson Tourney

Meridian couldn't find its groove in a pair of losses in the Clarkson Holiday Basketball Tournament.

In consolation action Dec. 30th, Meridian was on the short end of a 74-29 decision against Osceola.

The Mustangs were held to single digits in the first three quarters of play trailing, 53-18.

Kyle Schwisow led the Mustangs with 10 points scored, Cody Nolte, eight points, Riley Meyer and Ty Brakhage, three points each, Drew Endorf and Ricky Nunez, two points apiece, and Blake Miller tallied one point.

Meridian was nipped by McCool Junction, 50-46 in opening round tournament action Dec. 29th.

Tue
03
Jan
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Mustangs Tenth At Fillmore Central Holiday Invite

Battling through tough competition, the Meridian Mustangs wrestling team finished 10th out of 17 teams Dec. 30th at the Fillmore Central Holiday Invitational.

As a team, the Mustangs had five individual medalists.

Senior Brant Stewart competing in the 182-pound weight class placed second.

Stewart posted a 3-1 record losing in the finals by major decision, 10-0 to Ravenna's Ethan Schambach.

Third place medalists were Lupe Dimas, 113 pounds, and Riley Noel, 152 pounds.

Dimas recorded a mark of 3-2 in his five matches, while Noel was 4-1 on the mats winning his final match by decision, 7-5 in overtime against Ravenna's Storm Rathe-Hoffman.

Freshman Brandon Jackson earned fifth place in the 145-pound weight class with a record of 4-1.

Tue
03
Jan
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Tri County Drills Weeping Water

Tri County used a stellar defensive effort to grab control early enroute to a 75-38 consolation win over Weeping Water in the Southern Holiday Tournament played at Southern High School on Dec. 30th.

The Trojans opened a 22-5 first quarter lead and never looked back on their way to their fifth victory of the season.

"We played a great defensive first half which enabled us to build a big lead," Tri County Trojans coach Jared Knapp commented.

"We forced Weeping Water to turn the ball over, and we were able to get some easy baskets," Knapp said.

"Our scoring was balanced, but I was pleased with the focus that Garrett Kowalski brought to the game. He scored in many ways including two three-point shots," Knapp replied.

Tue
03
Jan
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Meridian Lady Mustangs Win Clarkson Holiday Tournament

Meridian closed out the 2011 portion of its schedule on a high note by winning the Clarkson Holiday Tournament last Friday.

In the title game, the Lady Mustangs defeated Osceola, 46-38.

The Lady Mustangs seized the lead early on building a 10-point lead, 14-4 after one quarter of action.

Each squad tallied six points in the second quarter leaving Meridian with a 20-10 halftime lead.

Meridian expanded its margin to 39-23 through three quarters, by outscoring the Lady Bulldogs, 19-13.

Osceola had the hot hand in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough for a comeback even though the Lady Bulldogs outscored, Meridian, 15-7.

Ashley Hansel paced the (5-5) Lady Mustangs with a game-high 27 points, Stephanie Bartels, nine points, Melanie Baxa and Miranda Johnson, four points each, and Blair Hofstetter contributed two points.

Tue
03
Jan
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Big Shots, Key Stops Propels TC Lady Trojans To Southern Holiday Championship

By Jim Phelps

Journal-News

Sports Editor

In a matchup of two quality Class C-2 basketball teams, Tri County's Lady Trojans were able to make big shots in key moments and came through with a number of timely stops to outlast (6-3) Weeping Water, 48-41 in the title game of the Southern Holiday Basketball Tournament played at the Southern High School gym on Dec. 30th.

Tri County shot out to a 7-1 lead midway through the opening quarter capping off the scoring with a trey from Sydney Holtmeier.

Back-to-back two-point hoops by Heather Hauschild the Lady Indians tied the game at 7.

Tri County bounced back to score the final four points of the quarter to open an 11-7 lead.

Weeping Water grabbed its first lead at 12-11 and stretched the margin to 14-11 on a putback by Hannah Garner.

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