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31
Jan
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JCC boys get to winning record over weekend

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TECUMSEH - The Johnson County Central Thunderbirds improved their record to 8-7 over the weekend after defeating Conestoga at home and then knocking off Weeping Water in the opening round of the ECNC Basketball Tournament.

JCC vs. Conestoga

The JCC Thunderbirds hosted the Conestoga Cougars in a regular season game on Thursday, January 24th and pulled out a close 48-43 victory in front of a Parent’s Night crowd.

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Thu
05
Dec
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Lady T-birds will be Competitive

Lady T-birds will be Competitive

“With several returning letterwinners and three returning starters, I feel we will be competitive,” said Karen Hunzeker, head girls basketball coach for Johnson County Central’s Lady Thunderbirds. This is Hunzeker’s third year as head coach. She also served as an assistant coach for Randy Miller for three years prior to becoming the head coach. JCC’s assistant girls basketball coach is Garrett Collin.

Johnson County Central Schools has 10 players for the 2019-2020 season. The JCC Lady Thunderbirds want to build on their aggressive style of defense and improve their newly implemented defense from last season. “We want to score more points and have less turnovers,” Coach Hunzeker added.

Thu
05
Dec
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JCC Returns Two State Wrestling Qualifiers and Much Potential in 2019-2020 Season

JCC Returns Two State Wrestling Qualifiers and Much Potential in 2019-2020 Season
JCC Returns Two State Wrestling Qualifiers and Much Potential in 2019-2020 Season
JCC Returns Two State Wrestling Qualifiers and Much Potential in 2019-2020 Season
JCC Returns Two State Wrestling Qualifiers and Much Potential in 2019-2020 Season

Johnson County Central Schools has 11 wrestlers out for the 2019-2020 season. “This season will be a great experience, with a wide range of emotions. We have a couple returning state qualifiers, a few more who show the potential to get there and three who it will be their first year wrestling,” said Neil Bowman, who will be serving his first year as head coach for JCC’s wrestling team this season. Bowman has been an assistant wrestling coach for the past seven years. His assistants are Larry Kuhl and Nyle Bartling.

Returning letterwinners include: Seniors Caleb Eggleston, Levi Dorsey, Joe Rodriquez and Colton Wellman.

“I would like to see our new wrestlers find some success and develop a passion for wrestling. I’d also like to see some of our more experienced wrestlers take the next step and have a them either qualify or place at state,” Coach Bowman said.

Thu
05
Dec
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Lady Jets Excited to Play, Plan to Compete Strong

Lady Jets Excited to Play, Plan to Compete Strong
Lady Jets Excited to Play, Plan to Compete Strongc

The Sterling Lady Jets basketball fans can expect to see a team that loves the game of basketball and is excited to play with their teammates. “We will compete as hard as anyone from start to finish,” said Josh Pfeiffer who will begin his fourth year as head coach for the Sterling Lady Jets. His assistant coach is Camden Harlan.

“I feel like we have the players necessary to compete with the best teams in the state. It will be important for us to remain healthy throughout the season. It is also going to be important for us to have great, competitive practices where we push each other to improve,” said Coach Pfeiffer.

Thu
07
Nov
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Sterling Jets Battle Sioux Co. Warriors

Submitted By Brent Heusman

Head Coach for the Sterling Jets Football Squad

The Sterling Jets traveled 503 miles to Harrison, NE to take on the Sioux County Warriors in first round playoff action. Tommy Watson turned out to be the story of the contest by scoring five touchdowns on the ground and throwing for three more in leading the Warriors to the first round victory.

Watson got the scoring started on a five yard run. The PAT kick was blocked. He then found Tristan Hunter from 34 yards out for the next Warrior score. He also added the PAT kick. The score stood at 14-0 entering the second quarter.

Thu
07
Nov
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Lady Jets Defeat Lewiston, Fall to Sacred Heart in Class D-2 Subdistricts

Lady Jets Defeat Lewiston, Fall to Sacred Heart in Class D-2 Subdistricts
Lady Jets Defeat Lewiston, Fall to Sacred Heart in Class D-2 Subdistricts

The Sterling Lady Jets defeated the Lewiston Lady Tigers 3-0 in the opening round of the Class D2 subdistrict played at Pawnee City on Tuesday night, October 29. Sterling’s scoring was as follows: 25-12, 25-21, 25-22.

The Sterling Lady Jets faced the Lady Irish of Falls City Sacred Heart in the subdistrict finals later Tuesday night. The Lady Irish beat the Sterling girls 3-0 with scores of 25-5, 25-15 and 25-12.

 

 

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Thu
07
Nov
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Lady Thunderbirds are Class C2 District Runner-up

Lady Thunderbirds are Class C2 District Runner-up
Lady Thunderbirds are Class C2 District Runner-up

The Johnson County Central Lady Thunderbirds’ volleyball team advanced to the Class C2 District finals which were played in Fairbury on Saturday afternoon. The Lady Thunderbirds faced theSuperior Wildcats which came into the game as the 2018 defending state volleyball champions. The Superior girls handed the Lady Thunderbirds a 3-0 loss with scores of 25-10, 25-18 and 25-11. During the second set, the Lady Thunderbirds proved they were not about to give up easily as they rallied back several times before Superior went on to win the game 25-18.

JCC’s Senior Carrie Beethe topped the girls in kills with eight. Zadie Plager and Ava Berkebile contributed four kills each.

Ava Berkebile totaled 14 digs in this game. Morgan Moran helped out with eight digs.

Overall, Hayley Neemann totaled 15 set assists against the Superior girls.

Thu
24
Oct
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Howling Fun for Everyone at Homestead Nat’l Monument

It’s time for Howling Homestead at Homestead National Monument of America! This exciting, fun, and family-friendly event will be held at the Heritage Center on Saturday, October 26, 2019, 6:00. We will provide a variety of stations to entertain and delight. Join us to learn about the night sky, have fun with the “mad scientist,” observe snakes and raptors and take a night hike through the tallgrass prairie, plus so much more! There is no fee for this event and the first 100 children receive a free pumpkin to take home from the Friends of Homestead, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the monument.

 

 

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24
Oct
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Lady Thunderbirds Take Fifth in ECNC Volleyball Tourney

Lady Thunderbirds Take Fifth in ECNC Volleyball Tourney
Lady Thunderbirds Take Fifth in ECNC Volleyball Tourney
Lady Thunderbirds Take Fifth in ECNC Volleyball Tourney

The Thunderbirds beat two conference opponents to finish fifth in the ECNC Tournament. First, they beat Palmyra 25-23, 25-15. Down 23-20 in the first set, Zadie Plager helped serve the team to victory. “It was a scrappy comeback that helped carry the momentum into the second set,” said JCC’s Head Volleyball Coach Tim Hedger

Zadie Plager led the team with three aces and nine digs. Morgan Moran also added three aces. As a team, they compiled nine aces. The service pressure and consistency helped them take down the Panthers.

Offensively, the Thunderbirds were led by Carrie Beethe with nine kills. Saylor Rother and Moran both contributed four kills in the victory. Beethe added two solo blocks, including a monster block to close out the first set.

The second match-up was against Yutan, who beat Elmwood-Murdock earlier in the night. They won 25-17, 19-25, 25-15 to secure the fifth place finish.

 

 

Thu
17
Oct
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Lady Thunderbirds Lose to Malcolm; Beat Auburn 3-2

The Lady Thunderbirds of Johnson County Central Schools hosted Malcolm in volleyball action on Monday, October 7. The JCC girls were disappointed with a loss in three sets, 21-25, 19-25, 19-25

Ava Berkebile led the Lady T-Birds with nine kills and two aces. Carrie Beethe added seven kills and paced the team with 15 digs. Zadie Plager added nine digs and five kills, while Saylor Rother added nine digs. Morgan Moran led the team in blocks with two and Hayley Neemann paced the offense with 20 assists. “Malcolm was full of athleticism and talent, but the Thunderbirds fought hard on defense to stay on pace with the Clippers until the end of each set,” Tim Hedger, JCC head volleyball coach said.

JCC vs. Auburn

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