CHS wrestling opens unbeaten at Fracas
Much like a week ago at the Nebraska Duals held at Central Community College, Columbus wrestling ended the first day of action unbeaten at another large dual event.
This time it’s a 4-0 mark at the Flatwater Fracas in Grand Island held at the Heartland Event Center. Columbus, one of 27 teams counting a JV squad from Grand Island, took down Fairbury, Gretna, North Platte and Lincoln Northeast in dominant fashion.
The closest dual of the day was in the 50-24 win over Gretna. But even then, six straight CHS wins starting at the midway point of the dual gave the Discoverers more than enough to deny the Dragons.
CHS also defeated Fairbury 72-12, North Platte 57-15 and Northeast 67-12.
The teams were organized into three pools of nine. From there, the results determined entry into either the gold or silver bracket. Columbus qualified for the gold bracket and will open Saturday with a matchup against Cheyenne (Wyoming) East.
Other teams on the top half of the 16-team gold bracket included Grand Island, Lincoln Southeast, Hastings, Manhattan (Kansas) Omaha Burke and Great Bend (Kansas).
Lakeview Girls 41, Boone Central/Newman Grove 23: A strong defensive start to the season continue for the Lakeview girls in a 41-23 road, makeup win over Boone Central/Newman Grove on Thursday night.
In a game rescheduled from Dec. 1, the Lady Vikes held their third opponent to 40 points or less this season, allowed just 20 percent shooting (9 of 44) and 17 percent from long range and forced 22 turnovers.
Only junior point guard Lauren Hedlund had any success against Lakeview. And while she scored 16 points, it took her 14 attempts to do so.
Only two other Cardinals found their way onto the score sheet.
For the Lady Vikes, Gracie Borer had another big game hitting on 50 percent and scoring 16. She also collected five rebounds and swiped away five steals.
Borer also had 19 points and eight rebounds in a win Tuesday and scored 16 in home win over Wayne on Dec. 8.
Lakeview led 16-10 after the first quarter then only allowed 13 points the rest of the way. The defense began to take effect in the second, limiting Boone Central to just two.
“We were smothering defensively, keeping the ball on the perimeter, and rebounding very well,” coach Monte Jones said in comments sent to The Telegram. “We were able to cut their penetration and they struggled to get a good look at the basket all night.
“On offense, Gracie Borer had a big night attacking the basket, which is key for her to be successful. Our offense is continuing to get better, and if we continue to challenge people with our defense, we will be tough.
Boone Central/Newman Grove 55, Lakeview Boys 51: The Lakeview boys dropped their fourth in a row after a win in the season opener in a makeup game from Dec. 1 on Thursday in Albion.
Boone Central led by just one at the half but took a 41-36 lead into the fourth quarter and held it until the final buzzer.
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor for the Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org