There’s no question about this foul as junior Braden Space gets hammered across his arms while making a move to the bucket during the Longhorns’ almost successful fourth quarter rally. (Johnson Publications photo)

Freshman Cedric Maxwell has had his share of contact this season while going to the basket and it was no different Friday against Hershey. (Johnson Publications photo)

Longhorns fall short in comeback against Hershey

    Friday proved to be a tough night for last week’s SPVA champions in action in Imperial Friday.
    On the boys’ side, SPVA champ Chase County went down to Hershey 68-76.

The intensity of Saturday’s SPVA championship basketball game can be seen in the faces of players as they fight for every possession. Here, Longhorns Jack Bauerle, right, and Cedric Maxwell aren’t about to give the ball up as the referee signals a jump ball. (Johnson Publications photo)

Parker Dillan gets the opening basket of the fourth quarter to give the Longhorns a 35-29 lead.  (Johnson Publications photo)

Scott Wheeler gets fouled on this late breakaway that sent him to the line where he made two key free throws. (Johnson Publications photo)

Longhorns bring home SPVA title

    Something magical happened at the SPVA tournament last week—something only a few believed was possible.

Coach Mark Bottom took a fourth quarter timeout after Bridgeport had pulled within two points of tying the game, telling his team they needed to work harder for the rebounds. (Johnson Publications photo)

Mallie McNair sends off one of the four free throws she hit in the fourth quarter, as her older sister Taylin, in background, hangs on to a sign reading, “You can’t stop my sister.” (Johnson Publications photo)

Despite pressure from Bridgeport’s Brittany Nelson, left, and Kaitlyn Nein, Chase County’s Ragan Nickless  goes up for two of her early points in the third place SPVA game. She finished with 14 points to lead all scorers in the Chase County win. (Johnson Publications photo)

Lady Longhorns capture third in SPVA tourney

    Despite a No. 5 seed  in January’s annual SPVA Conference Tournament, the Lady Longhorns captured third place Saturday, defeating a spirited Bridgeport team, the No. 2 seed, 45-39.

In the finals of the 220 pound division at the Chadron Invite, Eli Hinojosa gets hold of a leg to make sure Yahav Shraiber of Natrona, Wyo., doesn’t get an escape. Hinojosa went the distance in the championship match, winning 10-5 and securing the 220 pound championship for the third straight year. (Courtesy photo by Con Marshall).

Wrestlers take five to Chadron, bring home three medals

    Head Coach Matt Vlasin is just hoping to see bodies back for this week’s wrestling match. With the injuries and sickness, numbers have fallen drastically.

Eli Hinojosa used his bull-rush double leg takedown on Tripp Nicholson of Hershey to set up a pin at the 2:49 mark in his fourth match of the day. That set up a rematch with Ryan Christensen of Ogallala in the finals. Hinojosa took just 21 seconds for that pin to take first place in the 220 pound class and keep his perfect record intact. (Johnson Publications photo)

Mikael Kuhlmann stepped up his game, going 2-3 in the 152 pound division. Here, Kuhlmann secures a pin over Jacob Schmitt of Hershey in just 50 seconds. (Johnson Publications photo)

In his second match of the day at 106, Brit Gockley dominated Lawrence Rodriguez of Minatare. Although Gockley was close to pinning Rodriguez several times, he settled for a major decision win of 16-7. (Johnson Publications photo)

Evan Fisher had his best showing of the year at 170 pounds. It took only 31 seconds to pin Josh Mason of Garden County enroute to a first place finish. (Johnson Publications photo)

Eli Hinojosa earned the Vern Phelps Outstanding Wrestler Award which is voted on by all the head coaches at the meet. (Johnson Publications photo)

Chase County fifth at home wrestling invite with 2 champions

    Chase County wrestlers started the morning a little sluggish but came on strong later in the day to finish in fifth place at their home invitational.


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