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Ragan Nickless blows one past two Haxtun defenders in last Thursday’s season opener in Imperial. Nickless led the Lady Longhorns that night in kills. (Johnson Publications photo)

With four games played against Haxtun, there were a lot of digs to be handled. Here, Mallie McNair gets under one of her 16 in the match. (Johnson Publications photo)

Adelaide Maxwell is up to block in action against Haxtun last week. Chase County stood 2-2 after its opening week of action, which included Saturday’s Lexington tournament. (Johnson Publications photo)

Lady Longhorns even at 2-2 after opening week of volleyball

    It’s an even 2-2 record for the varsity Lady Longhorn volleyball team that opened the season last week with a home dual and a tournament on the road.

As the Perry runner advances to third, Lauren Gockley fields a hard-hit grounder and threw out the batter at first. (Johnson Publications photo)

Senior Sydney Vetter has been handling the bulk of varsity pitching for the Lady Longhorns this season. Here, she winds up against Perry, Okla., Friday afternoon as first baseman Ryley Vrbas covers her position. (Johnson Publications photo)

Varsity softball picks up two wins in busy week

    Chase County picked up a pair of wins from Holyoke, Colo., when the Lady Dragons were in Imperial for a pair of varsity games Aug. 29.

The Longhorns captured the Cambridge Invitational title Friday for the second consecutive year. Team members include, front from left, Amber Stumpf, Kayla Schilke, Kaley Hauxwell, Nikki Brown-Cravey, Giovanna Welsh, back, Heather Stumpf, Maddi Brown, Halle Fiedler, Lindsey Mendenhall, Brooklyn Christensen, Macey Coleman, Hannah Meeske and Kambree Meeske. (Johnson Publications photo)

Senior Will Kuenne held off his challenger to take first in Friday’s Cambridge meet. (Johnson Publications Photo)

Senior Francisco Barrientos finished fifth with the team placing second overall. (Johnson Publications photo)

Senior Kaley Hauxwell keeps Dundy County Stratton’s Sable Lambley close at Friday’s meet. Hauxwell finished second in the race. In her first cross country race. (Johnson Publications photo)

Sophomore Maddi Brown finished fifth. The girls won the meet with just 21 points. (Johnson Publications photo)

Longhorn girls repeat at Cambridge; boys second

    Chase County’s cross country teams got the season off to a strong start at the Cambridge Invitational meet Friday.

Overall winners in the mile, 5K and 10K were, from left, Alicia Fries, Chris Bartels, Ali McNair, Willis Christner and Lyndsy Schultz. (Johnson Publications photo)

Two-year-old Millianna May gets some direction from her mom, Michelle, as she approaches the finish of the kids’ half-mile. (Johnson Publications photo)

Brextin Moreno, in front, finished just a second or two ahead of Haven Hauxwell, who was second overall, in the kids’ race. (Johnson Publications photo)

Volunteers and runners check out the results board after the races were completed. (Johnson Publications photo)

Race Co-Director Jonathan Beverly gets ready to hand out medals at the awards ceremony following the races. (Johnson Publications photo)

Fair run draws more than 100 participants

Participation was up more than 10 percent at this year’s Chase County Fair Run held early in the morning Aug. 19.

Scott Wheeler pulls down a touchdown pass with 1:19 left that brought the Longhorns within six points of the Cozad Haymakers. (Photos courtesy of Kelly Ninas, Cozad Tri-City Trib)

Coach Dan Lenners praised the Longhorns’ defensive play against Cozad Friday. The defense gave up just two touchdowns but a pick-six interception spelled the difference in the contest.

Kadin Vrbas led the Longhorn rushing attack with 138 yards including a 75-yard touchdown run.

Longhorns fall to Cozad in season opener

 Turnovers proved costly in the Longhorns’ 19-13 loss to the Cozad Haymakers in the season opener there Friday.

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