The Lady Longhorn basketball team has not been to the district finals since the year 2000, but this year’s team broke the drought when they advanced to the C1-6 district title game Friday night. While Chase County took the short end of the 28-55 game to Mitchell, their head coach, Mark Bottom, said it was a great season, one that heightened the quality of girls’ basketball at Chase County Schools. Above left, Taylin McNair, one of nine seniors on the 2016-17 squad, accepted the district runner-up plaque, then joined her team on the floor. Teammates pictured, from left, include Mallie McNair, Molly Luhrs, Ragan Nickless, Kadyn Milner and Andrea Page. See more on the district title game in this week’s sports section. (Johnson Publications photo)
There were a few tears after the Lady Longhorns’ basketball season ended in the district final game against Mitchell on Friday. At left, Coach Mark Bottom consoles Andrea Page and Molly Luhrs, as Kadyn Milner and Kaylee Meeske share an embrace. (Johnson Publications photo)
Even though it was the first time in 17 years the Lady Longhorns played in a district title game, Friday night’s loss didn’t make it any easier for Chase County.
Longhorn wrestlers Eli (Aaron) Hinojosa and Bryson Fisher emptied their tanks in an effort to bring home state high school wrestling titles at last weekend’s state tournament.
Every point was crucial last week in the subdistrict championship game. Josie Peterson (13) goes up for the two she scored in a tight game with Ogallala. (Johnson Publications photo)
It’s been 17 years since the Chase County girls have advanced to the district title game in basketball, but the Lady Longhorns are on their way.
Trailing by two points and running out of time, Bryson Fisher pushes for one last surge to score a reversal and send his match into overtime. Fisher came so close but after a long deliberation, the refs signaled no points for the reversal and the match and his dream of a championship where over. (Johnson Publications Photo)
In the last 12 seconds of his match in the finals, Eli Hinojosa had three good pushes to score a takedown over Jason Hahlbeck of O’Neill, but each of them was defended and held off by Hahlbeck. Hahlbeck completed his undefeated season and repeated as champion but he will always remember that it was no easy feat, squeaking out a 1-0 win over Hinojosa in the finals. (Johnson Publications photo)
The Chase County Longhorns took five wrestlers to the state tournament in Omaha.