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  • High Standards

    May 22, 2024

  • BATTLE AT BURKE

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|May 15, 2024

    Bailey Ahlers, Ryan Rifer, Alec Schindler and Ruger Switzer will represent Summerland at the 2024 Class C Nebraska School Activities Association Track and Field Championships, this weekend, at Omaha Burke Stadium. Rifer and Switzer will compete Friday, May 17, at 9:30 a.m., in high jump. Medal presentations for that session's field events will take place at 1:15 p.m. On Saturday, Ahlers will vie for a high jump medal. Competition begins at 9:30 a.m. Medal presentations for the Saturday field...

  • Bobcat boys earn four district track medals

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|May 15, 2024

    In a tough battle against perennial track and field powerhouses, the Bobcat boys' teamfinished eighth at district competition, held May 9, in Atkinson. After the final starting gun sounded, three Summerland athletes advancde to the 2024 Class C NSAA State Track and Field Championships at Omaha Burke Stadium on May 17 and 18. Two high jumpers will face each other at state. Juniors Ryan Rifer and Ruger Switzer both cleared 6' one inch. Rifer earned a silver medal and Switzer, bronze. Rifer ran...

  • Going once, going twice, going three times

    May 15, 2024

    Bailey Ahlers Is the lone state qualifier for the Bobcat girls' track and field team. The junior punched her ticket to Burke Stadium for a third time when she cleared 5' two inches and placed second in high jump. Teammate Lydia Robertson was on her heels, finishing third after sailing over the five-foot mark. In the 200m, Robertson set a personal record, runnng 28.97. She placed 10th. Other Bobcat competitors included: Preslie Robertson: 100m hurdles, 11th, 18.22, PR; Caydence Schumacher: high...

  • Bobcats claim title at Randolph Invite

    May 8, 2024

    Summerland led the field at the Randolph Invite, scoring 162 points en route to the title. Creighton finished second in the May 2 meet. The Bulldogs finished with 133 points. Two Bobcats placed in the 100m. Ruger Switzer led the field, busting through the tape in 11.47. Connor Thomson finished fourth. He ran 12.03. Switzer jumped 19' one-half inch to win long jump. The 400m relay team took top honors, running 46.59. Parker Napier, Preston Hoke, Alec Schindler and Switzer make up the team. Ryan Rifer won high jump competition, clearing 6' one...

  • Kester, Ahlers, Mlnarik set the pace for girls' performance at Randolph Invite

    May 8, 2024

    Seven points. That was the margin between first and second place at the Randolph Invite, held May 2. The Bobcats brought home the runner-up trophy in the girls' division after scoring 147 points. Ponca won the team title, with 154 points. Lenora Kester claimed the triple jump title. She reached 31' four inches. She also won long jump. She jumped 14' 7.25 inches. In the 300m hurdles, Kester took top honors with a run of 51.28. She picked up a bronze medal in the 100m hurdles, running 17.75. Bailey Ahlers won high jump. She cleared 5' one inch. A...

  • Golf team wins NV invite title

    May 8, 2024

  • Whiting, Rifer earn conference crowns

    May 1, 2024

    The Bobcat boys' track team left Atkinson, Saturday, with two conference champions. Gavin Whiting, a junior, claimed the shot put title with a throw of 48' 4.25 inches. He set a personal record in discus, with a toss of 128' seven inches. He ended in fourth place. Junior Ryan Rifer set a PR in high jump, clearing 6' two inches, to claim first place.Rifer also finished 14th in the 800m, running 2:27.09. Ruger Switzer brought home the bronze medal in high jump, after he cleared 5' 10 inches....

  • Multiple personal records set at Wausa Invite

    May 1, 2024

    Six Bobcat boys' track team members fought for medal contention at the April 18 Tom Martin/Wausa Invite, held in Pierce. Summerland finished fifth in team standings, scoring 39 points.Norfolk Catholic claimed the team title, tallying 117 points, while Pierce was a point shy of the century mark to take the runner-up title. Three Bobcat high jumpers finished in the top six. Ryan Rifer cleared six feet, en route to the gold medal. Ruger Switzer jumped 5' 10 inches, placing fourth. Carter Bergman...

  • Bobcat trio scores medals at Wausa Invite

    May 1, 2024

    The Summerland girls' track team relied on its high jump competitors to score points at the April 18th Tom Martin/Wausa Invite, held in Pierce. Bailey Ahlers struck gold, breezing over the bar at 5 feet. Lydia Robertson ended in second, clearing 4' 10 inches. Caydence Schumacher placed fifth, flying over 4' six inches. Lenora Kester scored the rest of the team's points after she finished third in triple jump. She set a season record of 31' 8.25 inches, finishing third. In other events, Kester...

  • Bobcats finish sixth at conference meet

    May 1, 2024

    On a chilly Saturday, rain and wind kept a damper on the Niobrara Valley Conference Track Meet, held in Atkinson. The Lady Cats finished sixth in team standings, with a lineup of usual suspects in the hunt for medals. Several athletes set personal records, despite the conditions. Bailey Ahlers and Lydia Robertson placed second and third, respectively, in high jump. Ahlers cleared 5' two inches and Robertson, 4' 10. Robertson brought home a fourth-place medal in triple jump, reaching 32 feet....

  • Golfers earn conference runner-up title

    May 1, 2024

    Three Bobcat golfers claimed medals in the Niobrara Valley Conference Golf Tournament, played at Tatonka Golf Course, near Santee. Dane Miller led the Bobcats, shooting 85. He finished eighth. Bennet Flenniken was one stroke behind Miller. He placed 10th after carding an 86. Michael Koenig shot an 89, placing 13th. Other Bobcat competitors included Dylan Rotherham, who shot 90; Sam Cheatum, 90; Kelton Bruhn, 99; Barrett Stearns, 100 and Ayden Hartigan, 127. Coach Tom Thramer said the season is...

  • Girls have commanding performance at Hartington-Newcastle Invite

    Apr 24, 2024

    Karley Dawkins, Leah Wiese, Breckyn Bergman and Aubrey Parker topped the medal stand, April 15, at the Hartington-Newcastle Invite. The 4x800 team ran 12:05.79 en route to gold. Bailey Ahlers cleared 5' four inches to place first in high jump. Lydia Robertson was right behind Ahlers, jumping 5 feet, finishing second. She claimed the triple jump crown, reaching 32' 1.5 inches, a personal record. Robertson finished sixth in the 200m, setting a PR with a time of 30.09. Lenora Kester brought home a...

  • Bobcat tracksters have strong showing in Hartington

    Apr 24, 2024

    Alec Schindler struck gold in the 110m hurdles, a second ahead of the second-place finisher at the Hartington-Newcastle invitational track and field meet, April 15. Schindler ran 16.89 to claim the title. He picked up a second gold medal in the 300m hurdles, running 44.20. Schindler ended in fifth place in triple jump after landing at 38' 7.5 inches. Parker Napier brought home a silver medal in the 300m hurdles. He crossed the finish line in 45.58. In long jump, Napier set a personal record and...

  • Miller, Koenig set the pace for Bobcat golf team

    Apr 24, 2024

    Summerland shot 359 at Saturday's Osmond Invite and finished with two medalists in less-than-desirable conditions. Dane Miller carded an 80, good enough for third place. Michael Koenig shot a 90, ending in 17th. Other varsity golfers participating included Kelton Bruhn, 94; Bennet Flenniken, 95; and Dylan Rotherham, 102. Coach Tom Thramer said the team shot the best team score of the season, "even in cold and windy conditions." and finished fourstrokes out of the runner-up spot. "I was pleased with how most of our guys dealt with the adverse...

  • Creighton claims quad top spot

    Apr 24, 2024

    The Bobcats finished third in an April 16th quadrangular at Summerland Golf Course. Three Bobcat golfers finished in the top five, including Dylan Rotherham, third, 44; Michael Koenig, fourth, 44; and Bennet Flenniken, fifth, 45. Dane Miller and Sam Cheatum both ended with 53. Creighton claimed the team title, shooting 177, followed by CWC, 185; Summerland, 189 and Niobrara/Verdigre, 224. Calvin Wilmes topped individual honors, carding a 36. CWC's Will Jesse finished second, with 39....

  • Golfers battle inconsistent performances

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Apr 17, 2024

    In a week's span, the Bobcat golf team has competed three times. While two team members have landed in medal contention, coach Tom Thramer said his squad "has been really inconsistent the last couple meets, playing courses that they are not used to." "I really think we have the capabilities to score really well, we just haven't shown it yet," he said. On April 10, the Bobcats hosted the Summerland Invite. Dylan Rotherham shot 86, finishing 13th. Dane Miller carded an 85, placing 11th. Will Jesse...

  • Bobcat boys finish fourth at North Central

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Apr 17, 2024

    Led by a handful of medal winners, Summerland boys' track team finished fourth at the North Central Invite, held April 8, in Bassett. Alec Schindler brought home a bronze medal in the 110m hurdles, running 16.80. He picked up a second bronze medal in the 300m hurdles, running 45.39. In triple jump, Schindler reached 39' 11.75 inches, placing third. AJ Hobbs finished eighth in the 110m hurdles. He ran 18.55. In triple jump, Hobbs reached 36' .25 inches, ending in 10th. Ryan Rifer placed fourth...

  • Ahlers leaps to silver high jump medal, Robertson finishes fourth

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Apr 17, 2024

    The Lady Bobcats finished sixth at the April 8 North Central Invite. Bailey Ahlers picked up a silver medal in high jump. She cleared five feet. Lydia Robertson finished fourth in high jump, clearing 4' 8 inches. In the 200m, she ran 30.61, finishing sixth. Robertson earned a silver medal in triple jump, reaching 31 feet. Lenora Kester earned bronze in the 300m hurdles. She cleared the obstacles in 53.87. In the 100m hurdles, Kester ran 21.62, finishing 19th. In triple jump, Kester finished thir...

  • Eight Bobcat powerlifters win AAU titles

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Apr 10, 2024

    The 2024 Orchard AAU Powerlifting Meet was held last Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6. Organizer Jeff Shabram said "an awesome lineup of 170-plus registered lifters from across the Midwest competed." "This year's meet was a national meet, so two days of competition were required to accommodate the crowd of lifters striving for state, American and even world records," Shabram said. "It was the 17th year for the Orchard meet and the largest one ever." Eleven Summerland powerlifters competed...

  • Koenig, Rotherham set the pace for Bobcat golfers

    Apr 10, 2024

    The Bobcat golf team teed off for the first time this season, April 4, at a quad held at the Antelope Country Club in Neligh. Coach Tom Thramer said the first meet went well. "With the weather the past couple of weeks, we haven't been able to get out and practice much and it showed some yesterday. I look for our guys to keep improving each and every meet." Michael Koenig and Dylan Rotherham set the pace, shooting 48. Dane Miller carded a 51, while Sam Cheatum and Christian Behnk shot 53 and 54,...

  • Powerlifters set to descend on Orchard

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Apr 3, 2024

    The annual Orchard Amateur Athletic Union Powerlifting Meet will have a new look this year. Organizer Jeff Shabram said the event is now a national meet, with competition spread over two days. Lifters from across the U.S., including members of the Summerland powerlifting squad, will compete in squat, bench press and dead lift events, beginning this Friday at the Orchard Community Center gym, at 4th and Rusk. Lifting will begin at 1 p.m., on April 5, while Saturday's competition will start at 9...

  • Robertson, Ahlers tie for third at Dan Lennon Invite

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Mar 27, 2024

    Lydia Robertson and Bailey Ahlers kicked off the 2024 girls' track campaign with medals at the Dan Lennon Class B Invitational, held March 18, in the Dakota Dome on the University of South Dakota campus in Vermillion. The two Bobcat junior jumpers tied for third place in high jump, clearing 4' 11 inches. Robertson ended in sixth place in triple jump, reaching 30' 11.25 inches. Lenora Kester finished eighth in triple jump, landing at 30' 4.75 inches. She also competed in the 60m hurdles, running...

  • Four Bobcats earn medals at USD indoor meet

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Mar 27, 2024

    Ethan Kester, Ryan Rifer, Alec Schindler and Gavin Whiting picked up the first medals of the 2024 Bobcat boys' track season, March 18, at the Dan Lennon Invitational. The annual University of South Dakota indoor meet was held in the Dakota Dome, attracting 45 Class B schools. Kester picked up a bronze medal in pole vault. He cleared 10' 6 inches. Rifer, competing in high jump, ended in third. He cleared 6' 3 inches. Rifer also ran the 800m in 2:37.56, finishing 37th. Schindler placed fourth in...

  • Lifters finish fifth in co-ed standings at state powerlifting event

    Mar 27, 2024

    The 2024 Class D High School State Powerlifting Championships were held at Harvard High School, Saturday, March 23. The meet featured 135 lifters representing 12 of the top Class D powerlifting schools in the state. "This year's meet was even larger than last year and the largest Class D state powerlifting meet since 2005," said Jeff Shabram. Class D schools represented were Blue Hill, Boyd County, Bruning-Davenport-Shickley, Centura, Doniphan-Trumbull, Fullerton, Harvard, Niobrara/Verdigre, Red...

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