The girls’ match between Maura May of Imperial and Kinsley Vapenik of Wauneta had to be halted for an equipment malfunction in Friday night’s tournament. Maura’s hair became caught in Kinsley’s headgear, so with the help of newly-crowned State Wrestling Champ Eli Hinojosa, right, and Maura’s dad, Taylor, the hair was untangled and the match commenced. Grandpa Tim May has a chuckle in the background. (Johnson Publications photo)

Brextin Moreno literally upended his opponent during a competitive match. (Johnson Publications photo)

Kids’ wrestling tourney couldn’t happen without local volunteers

    When a youth wresting tournament draws 180 youngsters, volunteer help is vital.

In action in the Shorthorn gym, Landree McNair dribbles around the perimeter, as she looks for a fifth grade teammate to pass off to in a game against Perkins County. (Johnson Publications photo)

Carson Terryberry comes up against some Perkins County defensive pressure in one of the Chase County fifth grade games Saturday morning. (Johnson Publications photo)

Volunteers like Coach Kelsey Owens and referee Braden Space are important to the success of Imperial’s tournament each year. (Johnson Publications photo)

Three gyms a big plus for youth basketball tourney

    The addition of the new auxiliary gym at Chase County Schools was a big plus for Saturday’s annual youth basketball tournament.

After a tough match in the semi-finals at the Nebraska State Wrestling Tournament, Eli Hinojosa points to the supporters from Chase County in the crowd which included his brother Abel who can be seen cheering between the ref and Hinojosa. (Johnson Publications photo)

Eli Hinojosa finished with this pin over Treyvon Brooks of Broken Bow to become the newest State Wrestling Champion for Chase County. (Johnson Publications photo)

After the final match was the first time Eli Hinojosa actually let out a huge smile as he celebrated with Head Coach Matt Vlasin and Jeff Rusher, knowing he had accomplished his goal of an undefeated season and a state championship. (Johnson Publications photo)

Eli Hinojosa brings home state championship

    Eli Hinojosa was the only Chase County wrestler to qualify for the state wrestling tournament last weekend in Omaha.


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