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  • Raiders win tourney

    Greg Knight|Dec 31, 2015

    The Red Raider bench erupts with excitement as Sidney makes a push for the win against Gering on Wednesday afternoon during the title match of the 2015 Cabela's Holiday Shootout. The Lady Raiders squad also took a third-place finish in the tournament by beating Wheatland (Wyo.) on Wednesday. See page 10A for complete coverage....

  • O'Connell and Wintholz: the 'Dynamic Duo' part II

    Greg Knight|Dec 31, 2015

    Ever since I became a sports journalist – a career I have embraced during the last 10 years – I’ve always come across exceedingly special athletes. No matter where I’ve been, whether it’s Northern Ireland, Tennessee or Alaska, there are always a handful of special players who are better, faster and, overall, the top players on a team in any given sport. It turns out to be the luck of the Sidney Red Raiders boys’ basketball squad that Cutter O’Connell and Tyler Wintholz are those guys. Whether you are watching their actions under the basket on...

  • 10-0 - Red Raiders stay perfect with a Cabela's tourney win

    Greg Knight|Dec 31, 2015

    Living up to all expectations at this point of the season – and doing it in front of a packed house of family, friends and fans – the Sidney Red Raiders boys' basketball team won the 2015 Cabela's Holiday Shootout tournament on Wednesday, beating B-6 league rival Gering, 63-42, in the title match. The road to the championship was an arduous three-day affair that saw the Red Raiders take down Torrington (Wyo.) in Monday's first round, 77-46, and Laramie (Wyo.) in the second round Tuesday on a 5...

  • Lady Raiders finish tourney in third place

    Greg Knight|Dec 31, 2015

    When the Lady Raiders basketball team took the floor against Wheatland (Wyo.) on Wednesday in the third-place game of the 2015 Cabela's Holiday Shootout, no one in attendance could have imagined the offensive fury that would be unleashed by Sidney junior Kelsey Knight. Try 16 points, courtesy of four consecutive 3-pointers in the first half paired with two baskets in the third period, to help boost the Lady Raiders to a 47-25 win over the Lady Bulldogs. The drive shown by Knight was likely an...

  • Geared up for Gering: Sidney reaches Cabela's championship game after defeating Laramie, 56-42

    Greg Knight|Dec 30, 2015

    When the Sidney Red Raiders boys' basketball squad step onto the court to face Gering in the championship match of the 2015 Cabela's Holiday Shootout, there will likely be only one goal in mind – utilize teamwork and get the win over the Bulldogs. Sidney found itself in this position on Tuesday night after beating the Laramie (Wyo.) Plainsmen, 56-42, in a game that featured extremely physical play from both teams. Gering advanced after narrowly edging Wheatland (Wyo.), 39-35, in a game that c...

  • Lady Raiders fall to Laramie, 59-42

    Greg Knight|Dec 30, 2015

    The Sidney Lady Raiders fell to Laramie (Wyo.) Tuesday at the 2015 Cabela's Holiday Shootout on a 59-42 final score, forcing a third-place game against Wheatland on Wednesday morning. It was a game against Laramie that saw perennial scoring leader and defensive star Kelsey Knight held to two points and relegated to the bench after she fouled out in the fourth period. The Lady Plainsmen took the win after going up 31-20 in the first half and then, despite a serious push by Sidney, outscored the...

  • 2015 Cabela's Holiday Shootout

    Greg Knight|Dec 29, 2015

    Sidney High School senior Tyler Wintholz (No. 24) powers into a layup against Torrington (Wyo.) on Monday in the first round of the 2015 Cabela's Holiday Shootout. Sidney won the game 77-46 and Wintholz finished with 10 points. Games continues today and Wednesday. See pages 7A and 8A for more coverage....

  • Lecher leads the way over Torrington

    Greg Knight|Dec 29, 2015

    The Sidney Lady Raiders pounded the Torrington (Wyo.) Lady Blazers last night in the opening round of the 2015 Cabela's Holiday Shootout, taking a 56-39 win to advance to the second-round. The match with Torrington was a game of solid play from a pair of juniors – Kelsey Knight and Annalise Lecher. The duo combined for 25 points and Lecher was 7-of-8 from the line, with Knight dropping two three-pointers in the second period. The night of high-performing juniors continued as Abbey Mills s...

  • Creek Valley girls pick up win at Perkins County Tournament

    Greg Knight|Dec 29, 2015

    The Creek Valley girls’ basketball team picked up a 42-31 win over homestanding Perkins County in the Perkins County Holiday Tournament at Grant on Monday. The boys’ team fell to host Perkins County, 64-42, also on Monday. Girls’ basketball Creek Valley 42, Perkins County 31 The Lady Storm cruised to victory over Perkins County on Monday, thanks mostly to the deft scoring of Jessie Straber. The junior tallied up 13 points off six baskets and a 1-of-2 performance at the line. She also grabbed seven steals, three rebounds and dished two assis...

  • FEEL THE 'BIRN'

    Greg Knight|Dec 29, 2015

    The Sidney boys' basketball team started the 2015 Cabela's Holiday Shootout tournament with a big win Monday, defeating the Torrington (Wyo.) Trailblazers, 77-46, in front of a packed house at Sidney High School. There was never a doubt Sidney would win the game; the Red Raiders never trailed and had a 36-15 lead at the half. It was also a game where six Sidney players – Brady Radcliffe, Jake Burke, Ryan Birner, Yeager Price, Mitch Porter and Cutter O'Connell – would hit three-point shots tha...

  • City forced to seek alternate aquatic center funding due to Cabela's uncertainty

    Greg Knight|Dec 23, 2015

    Uncertainty about the future of Cabela's has trickled down to the City of Sidney's financing of the aquatic center. The bonding agency for the city, Ameritas Investment Corp., has declined to sell bonds to fund the $5.4 million aquatic center under construction at Legion Park due to concerns about Cabela's and whether the retail giant will remain headquartered in Sidney, according to interim city manager Geri Anthony. She said the city was notified approximately three weeks ago that the bonding...

  • Cabela's Holiday Shootout starts Monday

    Greg Knight|Dec 23, 2015

    After a weeklong break, the Sidney boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will play at the annual Cabela’s Holiday Shootout, which begins Monday and runs through Wednesday, Dec. 30. Games will be played at Sidney High School and Sidney Middle School. The Red Raiders boys’ team will face Torrington, Wyo., in the first round on Dec. 28 at 7:15 p.m. On the girls’ side the Lady Raider will face Torrington as well, starting at 5:30 p.m. In addition to Sidney and Torrington, the other first-round games will feature Hershey and Laramie, Wyo., Chase Cou...

  • Sidney boys rise to 7-0 after weekend wins

    Greg Knight|Dec 21, 2015

    It was another weekend sweep for Sidney. Only a week after beating Chase County at home and Sterling, Colo., on the road, the Red Raider boys' basketball team pulled off another two-win weekend with victories over Ft. Morgan, Colo., and conference foe Alliance at home. The wins give Sidney a 7-0 overall record and a tie with Scottsbluff (6-0 overall, 1-0 league) atop B-6 league standings. Sidney 60, Alliance 45 The Red Raiders displayed a whole lot of defensive speed – and an aggressive a...

  • Three Sidney wrestlers take gold at Bridgeport tourney

    Greg Knight|Dec 21, 2015

    The Sidney High School wrestling team wrapped up a big weekend of wins at Ogallala and Bridgeport as the Red Raiders defeated Ogallala and Sutherland on Friday in a pair of duals – and took second place at the Sidney-Bridgeport Invitational tournament in Bridgeport on Saturday. Sidney 60, Ogallala 16 Sidney 58, Sutherland 12 The Raiders began the weekend of wrestling by defeating Ogallala, 60-16, and Sutherland, 58-12, in a day filled with dual matches. When it came to beating Ogallala, four Sidney wrestlers came out on top as Jack Feddersen (...

  • Leyton Warriors boys' squad take win over Banner County, loss to Hemingford

    Greg Knight|Dec 21, 2015

    The Leyton Warriors boys’ basketball team took a split at home over the weekend as they defeated Banner County on Friday night and fell in a close game Saturday to Hemingford. The Warriors are now 3-3 overall, though they are still tied with Creek Valley in D1-12 standings at 2-0. Leyton 62, Banner County 20 The Warriors started off with the win against the Wildcats, moving the squad from Harrisburg to 0-5 on the season. For the Warriors, juniors Skylar Schumacher, Martin Broyer and Teagan Brogren were the leading scorers and offensive e...

  • Lady Coyotes extend to 5-0

    Greg Knight|Dec 21, 2015

    The Potter-Dix Lady Coyotes rose to 5-0 on Friday after defeating Caliche (Colo.) in a 59-32 smashing. Junior Alexus Rozelle led the way with 14 points, adding to 11-point performances from teammates Dawson Sharman and Cortney Lewis for the win. In addition to being the lead scorer for Potter-Dix, Rozelle also managed to grab seven rebounds and two steals while also adding four assists. Another outstanding performer for the Lady Coyotes was Audrey Juelfs; the sophomore dished out 10 assists, recorded five rebounds, picked up two steals and...

  • Wilson nets a double-double in Peetz win

    Greg Knight|Dec 21, 2015

    Cody Wilson’s double-double led the Peetz Bulldogs boys’ basketball team to a 54-35 win over league for Prairie on Friday. Wilson scored 24 points, all on two-pointers, to lead the team. The junior added to his offensive showing by grabbing 10 defensive rebounds for the best overall performance he has displayed this season. He also added two assists and two steals. Another strong showing came from senior Jordan Nelson as he contributed eight points and snagged a total of 11 rebounds. In terms of dishing the ball to open shooters, Logan Sir...

  • Lady Bulldogs fall to 2-4 after loss to Prairie

    Greg Knight|Dec 21, 2015

    The Peetz Lady Bulldogs dropped to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in 1A North Central standings after a 44-31 league loss to Prairie on Friday. For Peetz, it was mostly a case of being outgunned early as the Lady Mustangs outscored the Lady Bulldogs 30-14 in the first half. Peetz would do better in the second half, but could not overcome the deficit. The game was good for senior Mikenna Curlee, however, as she foisted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. She was also 3-of-7 from the line. Leading the Lady Bulldogs in scoring, once again, was...

  • Potter-Dix boys fall to Caliche at home, 67-30

    Greg Knight|Dec 21, 2015

    The Potter-Dix boys’ basketball team fell to Caliche (Colo.) on Friday in a 67-30 loss. The loss drops the Coyotes to 1-4 overall, though the squad still sits at .500 among D2-11 teams at 1-1. Outscored by nine points in the first period, the Coyotes came on strong in the second with a 16-point performance that left the score at 31-21 in favor of the Buffaloes at the half. The Caliche defense stifled the Coyotes in the second half, allowing Potter-Dix only nine points, while going on a 36-point run to take the win. Leading the pace for P...

  • Lady Storm cagers outlast Banner County, 43-23

    Greg Knight|Dec 21, 2015

    The Creek Valley Lady Storm won its league game against Banner County on Saturday, 43-23. Junior Jessie Straber took over as the offensive backbone of the squad, scoring 15 points off seven baskets and a free throw. It was an all-around team effort for the Lady Storm as Payje Misegadis maintained her status as the defensive leader, taking nine rebounds and four steals, as well as sharing four assists. The Lady Storm led 21-14 at halftime – though they would turn up the heat in the second half as they outscored the Lady Wildcats by 13 to earn t...

  • Sidney girls win two in a row at home

    Greg Knight|Dec 21, 2015

    The Sidney girls’ basketball team is now tied for first place with Scottsbluff in the District B-6 standings at 1-0 after beating Alliance at home on Saturday, 44-35. The Lady Raiders also picked up a win on Friday by beating Ft. Morgan, Colo., 47-26, upping their overall record to 5-2. In all, it was a standout weekend for Sidney junior Annalise Lecher as she was strong on offense for the Lady Raiders in both games – including an 8-point performance against Alliance in the fourth period of that match. Sidney 44, Alliance 35 The Lady Rai...

  • Lady Warriors at 5-1 after win, loss

    Greg Knight|Dec 21, 2015

    The Leyton Lady Warriors girls’ basketball team took a win-loss split at home over the weekend as they defeated Banner County on Friday night and lost Saturday to Hemingford. With the split, the Lady Warriors move to 5-1 overall. They are tied with Dundy County-Stratton atop the D1-12 standings at 2-0. Leyton 48, Banner County 12 The Lady Warriors beat back Banner County in a big way on Friday, thanks mostly to the deft shooting of Bailey Miller; the junior scored 15 points off six buckets and a 3-of-6 showing from the free throw line. She also...

  • Lady Bulldogs drop road game to Haxtun

    Greg Knight|Dec 17, 2015

    The Peetz girls’ basketball team took a loss on Wednesday night as Haxtun beat up on the Lady Bulldogs, 62-17, in Haxtun. With the non-league loss, Peetz drops to 2-3 overall, though they still maintain a three-way, 1-0 tie with Fleming and Prairie for first place in 1A-North Central standings. Only two Peetz players scored any points against Haxtun; Jodie Schumacher added 11 points off three buckets and five free throws and Mikenna Curlee scored six points off three deuces. Turnovers were a huge factor in the Peetz loss as Schumacher and Payto...

  • Blauert signs to play golf at Huntington

    Greg Knight|Dec 17, 2015

    For Rachel Blauert, a senior at Sidney High School – and a golfing phenom for the Lady Red Raiders – the dream of playing the links at the collegiate level has come true. To that end, Blauert signed a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday to play for Huntington University in Huntington, Ind., a school that launched its womens' golf program in 2014. The Huntington University Foresters compete in the Crossroads League of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The Foresters, whi...

  • Cruise selected as AP All-State second team libero

    Greg Knight|Dec 15, 2015

    A total of eight high school volleyball players from Cheyenne and Deuel counties have been named to the 2015 Associated Press Nebraska All-State volleyball teams. Leyton senior Natalie Cruise, a libero for the Lady Warriors, took the highest honor of the eight after being named second team in Class D1. During her senior season playing volleyball for the Lady Warriors, Cruise recorded 641 digs, 171 kills, 42 aces and 12 blocks. Leyton finished the 2015 season with a 29-7 overall record and a 7-1...

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