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ECNC All-Conference Teams

The East Central Nebraska Conference All-Conference teams for volleyball, football and cross country have been announced. Area athletes chosen for these teams are as follows:

Volleyball

First Team: Kylie Elkins of Malcolm, Faye Jacobsen of Louisville, Brianna Lemke of Mead, Lauren Justesen of Elmwood-Murdock, Carrie Beethe of Johnson County Central Schools, Ella Baumert of Malcolm, Grace Baumert of Malcolm.

Second Team: Jocelyn Lambert of Auburn, Brooklyn Ideus of Freeman, Rebecca Halbmaier of Mead, Brianna Sschmidt of Elmwood-Murdock, Cassidy Niemoth of Louisville, Jamie Gabriel of Palmyra.

 

 

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Thies Signs Letter to Play BB at SCC

Thies Signs Letter to Play BB at SCC

Colby Thies has signed a letter of intent to play girls basketball at Southeast Community College in Beatrice. She is a senior at Sterling Public Schools and the daughter of Terry and Naomi Thies of Sterling. Thies has been playing girls basketball for approximately 10 years. She started doing basketball camps at school when she was in the first grade.

This year, in preparation for playing college basketball at Southeast Community College, Thies is hoping to expand her outside shooting and driving ability, which will hopefully help her performance at the college level. However, Thies said the main thing she plans to work on is her physical strength and speed.

 

 

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JCC Girls Lose to Wymore & Syracuse, Win over PC

JCC Girls Lose to Wymore & Syracuse, Win over PC

Johnson County Central’s girls basketball team was handed a 39-31 loss to Wymore Southern on the road December 10. According to Head Coach Karen

Hunzeker, the JCC girls came out hot in the first quarter, scoring on their three point shots. At the end of the first quarter, the JCC girls were out in front 9-3. However, Southern came back hard and outscored the Lady Thunderbirds 15 to

4. At haltime, the Lady T-Birds were down 18-13.

“The score was tight the rest of the game until the end,” said Coach Hunzeker. Southern hit a couple of shots which forced JCC in foul trouble. The Raiders were six for nine at the line. “This was enough to keep the Thunderbirds from a comeback,” Hunzeker concluded.

 

 

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Thu
12
Dec
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Jets Play FCSH, Thayer Central

It was a long ride home for the Sterling Jets last Friday night, as they were hammered 69-29 by the Falls City Sacred Heart boys basketball squad in a season opener.

The Sterling Jets came out cold in the first quarter and went scoreless while FCSH jumped out to a 25-0 margin. The Jets put nine points on the board in the second quarter. However, FCSH moved out to a 49-9 lead by halftime. The Jets added another five points to their score in the third quarter, while Falls City Sacred Heart added 13 points. Sterling outscored the Irish in the fourth quarter 15 to 7. FCSH controlled a 69-29 victory as the buzzer sounded.

 

 

 

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12
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Quickness Down the Court a Key in JCC Victory

kick off their 2019-2020 basketball season.
kick off their 2019-2020 basketball season.
kick off their 2019-2020 basketball season.

“We stepped onto the floor and locked in and ready to play tonight,” said Johnson County Central’s Head Boys Basketball Coach Kirk Faris as the Thunderbirds upset Mead 49-38 to kick off their 2019-2020 basketball season.

“Our team executed the game plan well and brought great energy from the opening tip. We were able to jump out to an early lead which in turn allowed us to control the tempo throughout the game,” he added. The Thunderbirds jumped out to a 17-4 lead in the first quarter behind the quick and intense shooting efforts of Eli Waring and Uriel Cabrales. Trey Holthus was a key scorer from the three point range for the Thunderbirds.

In the second quarter, Mead stepped up their defense and JCC’s scoring tempo slowed down as they only added nine points to Mead’s 11 points. Trey Holthus scored six of JCC’s nine points in this quarter. The Thunderbirds still controlled a 26-15 lead at halftime.

 

 

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Lady Thunderbirds Upset Mead to Kick Off Season

Lady Thunderbirds Upset Mead to Kick Off Season
Lady Thunderbirds Upset Mead to Kick Off Season
Lady Thunderbirds Upset Mead to Kick Off Season

The Johnson County Central Schools girls basketball team opened their 2019-2020 season on the road as they traveled to Mead to take on the Lady Raiders on Friday, December 6. The Lady Thunderbirds controlled the scoring action in the second half to pull out a 46-41 upset.

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.

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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.

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05
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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.

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