Busy weekend for CHS sports
Columbus High softball won one and lost two for a fourth-place finish on Friday at the Greater Nebraska Conference Tournament.
The Discoverers defeated 11-10 in a comeback win to open the day before a 14-9 loss to Hastings and an 8-6 defeat to McCook.
Katie Stachura picked up the lone win in the circle, Tayler Braun was 9 for 11 with four runs and four RBIs, Alyssa Turner went 8 for 11 with four runs and five driven in, Macee Trotta drove in six on three hits and Alyssa Gerber scored five times to go with six hits.
Melani Jones and Rylie Olson both had home runs while Turner, Gerber, Trotta and Kate Smith all had extra base hits.
“All in all, not a bad day. Game 1, I think we struggled with the rain and cold at first but got past it. You’ve got to give the girls a lot of credit for the comeback,” coach Paul Braun said. “Down eight runs, they didn’t panic, stayed the course and believed they could get it done. It was a very impressive example of teamwork and the support and belief they have for each other. It was an honor to watch these girls battle back.”
Scottsbluff led 3-2 then 10-2 after an inning and a half. Columbus was on the comeback trail right away with four in the bottom of the second then two in the third.
In the seventh, the bases were loaded thanks to a Smith double with one out, a walk by Gerber and an Olson single.
Gerber then cleared the bases on a 1-2 pitch sending a shot to center that was misplayed giving Columbus the win.
Game 2 was a back-and-forth game that saw Hastings take a 2-0 lead then overcome a 4-2 Columbus advantage. The Discoverers were down 8-5 in the seventh of Game 3 when Olson homered to set up another possible comeback.
It was denied on a line drive back to the pitcher.
“(The tournament) was a good learning experience for what districts will be like,” Braun said. “(Saturday showed) the type of mental approach we will need to compete at our best.”
Columbus High School golf competed in the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference tournament on Friday, where they placed third as a team.
Senior Aspen Luebbe finished third individually, with a score of 81.
“Playing conditions were difficult, with the cold windy weather, through out the round at Hastings Southern Hills,” said head coach Anne Robertson in comments sent to The Columbus Telegram. ”(I’m) Hoping the strong play continues on Monday, at districts, at the Elks CC.”
Freshman Jacey Hughes had the second best score for Columbus. She finished in 12th with a score of 94.
Other scores for Columbus include, Ashley Warner - 94 for 14th, Amber Sanne - 102 for 16th and Wendy Castillo 102 for 16th.
Baylee Steele lead North Platte to a first place finish by winning the meet with a 75.
Columbus High volleyball hosted the Columbus Classic on Saturday, and placed fourth in their own tournament out of eight teams.
They defeated Lakeview in their first match of the day in two sets winning 25-23 and 25-20.
In their second game they took on eventual champions Hastings and lost in three sets 27-25, 18-25 and 25-24.
The Discoverers the went on to lose the third place match to Kearney Catholic in two sets losing 25-13 and 25-12.
Junior Jaidyn Garrett led the team in kills during the tournament with 30, and also led in serving aces with five.
Brooke Benck tallied 33 assists to lead the Discoverers,
Ava Newman recorded the most digs with 30.
The next game for Columbus is 6:30, tonight at Lincoln Southeast.
Columbus High Tennis competed at the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday.
The No.1 singles competitor for Columbus was Adam Kamrath.
He finished in second place our of six competitors.
In the first round Kamrath defeated Scottsbluff’s Dawson Mohr 8-0.
He suffered his only defeat of the day when he lost to North Platte’s Avery Munson 8-0.
In the next three rounds Kamrath defeated Gering’s Mark Karpf 8-5, Hastings’ Landon Powers 8-0 and tournament champion McCook Zion Moyer 8-5.
The No.1 doubles team for Columbus composed of Cole Wilcox and Conner Wiehn finished in fourth place.
The No. 2 singles competitor for the Discoverers Coden Prokopec placed sixth, and the No.2 doubles team of Colin Flyr and Drew CunCannon finished in fourth.
Overall in the team standings Columbus finished in third behind North Platte and McCook.
CHS will have dual with Norfolk at 4 p.m. tonight on the road.
Peter Huguenin and Nate Tenopir are the sports reporter and editor for The Columbus Telegram, respectively. Reach them via email at email@example.com.