Lady Falcons Season Ends with 16-8 Record
By Coach Dittmer
I looked back at past season end-of-the-year articles in preparation for writing this article. And where I looked for inspiration was not in years that ended in the sub-districts. I looked at 2007 and 2009 where season dreams essentially ended in the state semi-finals. In both of those articles I used the word humbled to describe a coach’s feelings of his team. I reflected for just a bit, but soon knew that this is why I went to those years for a reference. It was only the second round of the state sub-district format, but the Lady Falcons were taking on the 4th ranked team in the state in North Central, and stakes were just as high as a game played in Lincoln, NE. The atmosphere matched the feel of a state tournament game as runs by both teams sparked uproars from adorning fans wearing both blue and green. Yes, “humbled” is an easy way to describe a coach who witnessed a team who fought as hard as they could for their hopes and dreams and responded with remarkable sportsmanship when those desires didn’t come to fruition. If any team’s season is ever going to come to an end, you hope that it happens the way the 2016-2017 Lady Falcons ended their season – with the feeling of everything being left out on the floor and making parents, teammates, fans of two different school colors proud of their effort and attitude. The seniors can walk away from their high school basketball careers and be extremely proud of what they did for their school and this program. When they started out as freshmen and sophomores there weren’t a lot of wins, but through their perseverance, leadership, and heart that changed and brought a program back to not only winning ways, but to the excitement of the “big” game and finding a reason to seek victory in defeat. I am very humbled to be the coach at this school and have a team that made it thoroughly enjoyable to plan, prepare, and execute this game of basketball. What an enjoyable cast of Falcons.
EV 18 10 16 15 - 59
C-O 10 14 3 14 - 41
EV scorers: Haley Fleetwood 1, Olivia Nall 10, Sierra Rystrom 6, Amber Miller 7, Ollendick 14, Alyssa Rood 9, Liz Osborn 3, Shelby Cakebread 2, Bri Werner 7.
EV 9 9 12 15 - 45
NC 17 9 7 16 - 49
EV scorers: Bri Werner 1, Sierra Rystrom 9, Amber Miller 10, Hannah Ollendick 14, Alyssa Rood 8, Liz Osborn 3.
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EV Wrestlers shine at State Tournament
The Elkhorn Valley Wrestling team traveled to Omaha this past weekend to compete in the individual state tournament with seven qualifiers. The team started offwith a bang, winning eight of their eleven matches. Dillon, Alex, Darren, and Josh advanced to the semifinals night, while Prestin, Brock, and Shawn all wrestling in the consolations the next morning. morning started off a little rough with Prestin Vondra having to injury default due to a head injury, but Prestin wrested a great tournament and showed that he will be a force in the coming years as he is just a sophomore. Brock started his morning off strong with an upset win over a guy that has beaten him this year and then continued his run for a medal by winning his second match of the day as well, advancing him to the night session. Shawn also wrestled a great first match pinning his guy and moving on to the second round. In a back and forth battle that went to overtime, Shawn was out lasted and fell, ending his hopes for a state medal. Shawn too showed that he could be one of the best next season as he competed a very high level. The semifinal round night is one of the most enjoyable rounds of wrestling all year to watch, with four guys competing for a spot in the finals and one for a chance at a medal, the tensions were high. Dillon started off the evening with his typical fireworks show in a come from behind victory resulting in a pin and putting him into the finals! Alex was facing a familiar opponent that we knew would be a tough battle as they have gone back and forth throughout their high school careers. Alex found himself down early in the match and just couldn't quite recover as he fell 5-1. Darren faced off against one of the best wrestlers in the state who has never lost a high school match and found out that he had a big mountain to climb. He also fell in the match, getting pinned in the second period. Josh also faced a great wrestler in an undefeated defending state champ. Josh battled throughout the match and showed everyone that he will be a serious contender next year, but he also fell 12-5. Brock wrestled in the consolations this evening with a win that would guarantee a medal and a loss that would end his tournament hopes. Brock continued to show that he too is going to be a force next season wrestling a great match, but falling just short, ending his hopes for a medal. morning was all medal rounds, and the guys that lost night had to find a way to pick themselves back up and finish out the tournament strong. Alex, Darren, and Josh all wrestled a great first round match, putting all three into the 3rd and 4th place matches. Alex finished off his tournament with a big win getting that third place medal! Darren wrested a tough match against the same guy he had in the district finals that ended in an overtime win, but this time he found himself falling just short, and receiving 4th place. Josh also wrested a familiar foe who he has faced four times in the past three weeks. In a match that was filled with plenty of excitement, Josh also fell, losing a close one 5-4, and also receiving 4th place. Next up was the finals afternoon, with Dillon competing in the 113 pound championship. Falling behind early in the match 4-1, Dillon had some work to do. Dillon continued to battle back with some of the most impressive scrambling skills I have ever seen and tied the match up a 6-6. He continued to push the pace and showed once again that he is the best in class D, wining the match in dramatic fashion 10-6, giving Elkhorn Valley just their third wrestling state champion! The team finished a great tournament finishing 5th in the team race! Congratulations to all the guys who competed this weekend as they represented our town and school with class and style, showing that Elkhorn Valley Wrestling is a team that will continue to be in the fight for a State Championship in the years to come. Next up is the final tournament of the season at the State Dual Championships in Kearney .
TodaySunny, with a high near 64. Breezy, with a northwest wind 8 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.
TonightIncreasing clouds, with a low around 35. Northwest wind 5 to 11 mph becoming north northeast after midnight.
ThursdayA chance of rain, snow, and sleet before 7am, then a chance of rain and snow between 7am and noon, then rain after noon. High near 38. Breezy, with an east northeast wind 13 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Little or no snow and sleet accumulation expected.
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