Central Valley  Volleyball Advances To State For First Time in School’s History

Lisa Fischer photo

Class D-1 District Volleyball Champions - Central Valley Cougars Volleyball. Front row (l to r): Student Manager Callie Wadas, Dilynn Wood, Dani Wadsworth, Kensey Wadas, Neleigh Poss, Vanessa Wood and Ashlyn Wright. Middle row: Coach Skyler Nekoliczak, Volunteer Coach Trevor Marlow, Becca Houtby, Kalli Schumacher, Taryn Barr, Taya Engle, MaKenzie Johnson, Cayton Butcher, Student Manager Piper Shepard, Assistant Coach Misty Dvorak and Assistant Coach Tier Kokes  Back row (l to r): Student Manager Natalie Poss, Airalee Evens, Morgan Rosander, Madison Young, Tori Bonge, Tamryn Klein, Kennedy Holley, Larista Barner and Esmerelda Abraham.

By John Smyth,

Greeley Citizen Sports Writer


   The Central Valley Cougars are going to state for the first time in Central Valley’s short history.  The eighth seeded Cougars (24-7) will take on top seeded Pleasanton (30-1) in the 1:30 p.m. game at Lincoln Southeast.

   Pleasanton, who reached state for the first time last year in some 20 years, are 30-1 this season, with their only loss coming at the hands of Grand Island Central Catholic.

   Central Valley (CV), a consolidation of Greeley-Wolbach and North Loup-Scotia in 2014, has five hitters with 100 kills or more this season.

   The Nebraska Television will televise all six championship games Saturday from the Devaney Center. Class D-2 at 9 a.m.; D-1 at 11 a.m.; C-2 at 1 p.m.; C-1 at 3 p.m.; B at 5 p.m. and Class A at 7 p.m.

   Saturday afternoon the Central Valley Cougars, who entered the game 23-7 and ranked ninth in the Omaha World Herald D-2 rankings, defeated Maxwell/

Hayes Center who entered the game 26-2 and ranked fifth in the Omaha World Herald D-1 ranking by scores of 25-14, 25-20 and 25 to 21 at Kearney High School.

   The Cougars who brought their “A” game Saturday had 43 kills, led by Vanessa Wood who had 13, Dani Wadsworth 10, with Neleigh Poss and Ashlyn Wright having seven each, Dilynn Wood four and Kensey Wadas two.

   CV had nine ace serves with Neleigh leading with three, Dilynn and Ashlyn two each and Vanessa and Kensey one each.

   CV had 51 digs, with Dani leading with 14, followed by Dilynn with 11, Ashlynn’s nine, Kensey’s eight, Neleigh’s seven and Vanessa’s two.

   Kensey had 36 of the Cougar’s 43 set assists. Vanessa added four and Dani added three.

   CV had 49 good serve receives, with Neleigh leading with 16, Vanessa 15, Dani 11, Dilynn three and Ashlyn one.

By Brant Bechtold


   For the second straight week the Chanticleer football team traveled to Gothenburg to take on the Swedes, this time in a playoff matchup with a spot in the quarterfinals on the line.

   This game played out a lot differently than last week’s matchup, as the 12th seeded Chants jumped out to an early lead and controlled the rest of the contest. Junior receiver Quinton Ries got the scoring started for the Chants early in the first when he snagged a 22-yard strike from junior quarterback Zach Smith. Gothenburg answered with a 70-yard touchdown run, but it was all Chanticleers for the rest of the first half. Late in the first quarter, a pass from Smith turned into an electric 69-yard catch-and-run score when junior wideout Kelen Meyer sprinted past the entire Gothenburg secondary, giving the Chants a 13-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.

   In the second quarter, Meyer showed off his kicking leg with a 42-yard field goal and Zach Smith punched in a score from five yards out to give the Chants a commanding 23-7 halftime lead.

   In the second half, the Chants tried to manage their lead. Gothenburg scored once in the third to make the score 23-14 entering the fourth. The Swedes managed to score again early in the fourth to pull the game within a field goal at 23-20. The Chanticleer offense then came out and marched down the field, taking seven minutes off the clock, and Kelen Meyer hit another field goal from 22-yards to put the Chants up 26-20 with just under three minutes to play. The Chanticleer defense stood tall, forcing a turnover-on-downs on the next drive and going into victory formation to end the game.

   The Chants must have found some new information watching film for this matchup in terms of the passing game. After being held to only eight passing yards in the first matchup, this week the Chants responded with 240 yards passing. With leading receiver Riley Warner sidelined with an injury, the Chants needed someone to step up in his place and two receivers came through for the Chants in a big way. Quinton Ries and Kelen Meyer both had over 100 yards receiving in the contest, Ries with 118 and Meyer with 112. The Chants will have another regular-season rematch this Friday when they take on Pierce at home at 7 p.m.


Quarter           1          2          3          4          Final

Ord                   13        10        0          3            26

GHS                   7         0         7          6            20

Team Statistics


Rushing- 148, Passing- 240


Rushing- 228, Passing- 42

Individual Statistics


Rushing- Stevens (77), Z. Smith (71)

Passing- Z. Smith (240)

Receiving- Ries (118),

Meyer (112), Trejo (10)

Kicking- Meyer (FG 2-3, PAT 2-3) 

Chants Advance To Second Round of Playoffs

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