Seniors on this year’s Longhorn football team include, from from left, Jace Clevenger, Jose Medrano, Caine Haarberg, back, Blake Schilke, Caleb Weiss, Eli Hinojosa and Jack Bauerle. Not pictured—Brady Gittlein. (Johnson Publications photo)

Football season opens at Cozad Friday

Nine returning starters from last year’s 8-2 team will provide the foundation for the Chase County Longhorns’ fall football campaign.

Coach Dan Lenners said 35 players checked out equipment for this year’s football season. Practices began at 6 a.m. Monday morning and ran until 8:30 a.m. Lenners said that schedule will continue through next week. He said they will also have special team drills during several evenings this week. He said rules require at least six hours of rest between practices if more than one practice per day is held. Here, Assistant Jeff Glesberg , left, and Lenners, right explain blocking assignments during Tuesday morning’s practice. (Johnson Publications photo)

This year’s cross country team includes 14 girls and nine boys. They began practice Monday under the guidance of Head Coach Carl Zuege and Assistant Jonathan Beverly. Here, they jog their way up to the Imperial golf course to begin their workout Tuesday. (Johnson Publications photo)

Seventeen are on the Chase County softball team roster this season. Practice started Monday, and included a number of drills, including this one, where Andrea Page, left, and Courtney Odens are focusing on a batting drill. Use of the Frisbees forces the correct hand positioning. The softball team has the earliest season opener of all the Longhorn teams when they travel to Southern Valley Aug. 22 for a triangular. (Johnson Publications photo)

Volleyball practice is underway for the Lady Longhorns with 14 on the roster for the 2017-18 season. Here, from left, Sophie Spady, Allison Owings and Adelaide Maxwell work on defense at practice opening day Monday. Chase County plays its first match of the season at home Aug. 31 against Haxtun, Colo. (Johnson Publications photo)

Fall sports practices underway

Members of the Beverage Barn, this year’s coed softball tournament champs, include, front from left, Megan Wisnieski, Ally Jablonski, Kelsey Heinen, Jennifer Stafford, Lora Villarreal, back, Derek Stafford, Andrew Haveman, Armando Villarreal, Jeff Lempke, Lucas Jablonski and Ryan Wisnieski. Not pictured—Chelsea Losey. (Johnson Publications photo)

Members of the Son of Pitches, this year’s coed softball tournament runners-up, include, front from left, Troy Hoskovec, Jodi Koellner, Katie Flaig, Jacque Rhoades, Jordan Ostermiller, Larissa Gerhartz, back, Shane Gerhartz, Tom Lewis, Jeremy Mathews, Daniel Morales and Josiah Stroup. (Johnson Publications photo)

Beverage Barn wins this year’s coed softball title

Two of the top three teams from last year’s coed softball tournament found themselves vying off again for this year’s honors.


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