GOTHENBURG – The Senior Melons took the field Tuesday July 28 for what would be their final game of the season against Broken Bow. Tough defense was the theme of the entire match, but especially for the first two innings as both teams went scoreless. Both offenses fired up the engines to put up their first points in the third inning with Broken Bow scoring after a dropped ball in left field. The Melons were quick to fire back with a long ball of their own hit by pitcher Jordan Rossell that allowed Carlos Magdaleno to score.
Heart and effort seemed to be the key factors this past weekend for the two Angels 14U softball teams as they participated in the state tournament in Hastings, NE. Angels softball teams coached by John Herrick, Tyic Miller and Kurt Goldfish tallied three wins and two losses in the tournament. The three tournament wins did not come without obstacles for the Angels, however. Head coach Herrick was not able to attend the tournament, four players had to remain home and the roster brandished three brand new players to the squad who had only previously played one game as part of the collective.
When you bring together a group of individuals whom all possess different backgrounds, histories, education and jobs, and unite them around a common goal or cause, you create one giant family. This sense of family was ever-present on the hills of Wild Horse Golf Club as people from both near and far gathered for the annual Adrian Fiala Memorial Golf Tournament where former Huskers team up with golfers to raise money for the TeamMates program.
Despite seeing its six-run lead whittled down by the end, the Gothenburg Senior Melons still held off Cozad for a 7-5 victory on Tuesday, July 14. Cozad scored five runs in the failed comeback on a single by Nolan Wetovick in the sixth, a single by Jacob Engel in the sixth, a single by Paul Cole in the sixth, and a error in the seventh.
As COVID-19 has restricted the availability of sports these past few months coaches and teams are finally getting the opportunity to blow the dust off as restrictions are loosening. A great opportunity to get rid of some of that quarantine football rust for youth entering grades 3-8 for the 2020-21 school year is to attend the 2020 Swede Youth Football Camp. The non-contact four day camp runs from July 27-30 and will include skills drills, team building activities and games to keep players sharp and ready for the upcoming season. The camp will take place on the high school game and practice field and will include instruction by Swede coaching staff and current players. The registration fee costs 45 dollars but a multi-sibling discount of 5 dollars per sibling that is registered is applied. For the 45 dollars the kiddos will receive a camp t-shirt, football, learning experience from coach Craig Haake and other prizes. Campers grades six through eight will attend camp at 9 AM and will wrap up around 10:15 AM. Campers grades three through five will report to the fields at 10:30 AM and will finish at 11:45 AM. Those who are interested in getting back to the grid iron can register using the link on the Gothenburg Public Schools Facebook page. For more information regarding the camp contact Justin Dowdy at [email protected] or Seth Schaeffer at [email protected]
Pressure made diamonds early on for the Gothenburg Junior Melons as they played what would be their final game of the season on Thursday July 16 against the Holdrege Juniors. After a scoreless first inning, the Melons continued their defensive pressure only allowing one run in the top of the second and securing the third out through a game of tag when the Holdrege runner put himself in a pickle. The Melons came alive in the bottom of the second but only when the pressure was on. With two outs on the board, three consecutive hits by Bronson Long, Bennett Geiken and Tra Rossell loaded up the bases. Stepping up to the plate with the responsibility to bring home his teammates was right fielder Bailey Ryker. Without hesitation Ryker slammed a line drive down the middle to bring two runners home. A stolen base the next play by Ryker and an erred cutoff throw by Holdrege brought the third runner home and the Melons ended the second up 3-1.