Stanton held off a fierce rally to defeat Burwell, 47-45, in a C-2 quarterfinal.
For 16 teams in The World-Herald’s western Iowa coverage area, the season marches on.
Football players in a town of 600 don’t usually get much recruiting attention. Stanton senior Dillion Rocha isn’t your usual player. Coach Jeff Grebin considers the defensive end an athletic marvel. “He’s a force when he wants to be,” Grebin said.
During his bullpen session Thursday before the Class 1-A district semifinal against Fremont-Mills, a thought struck Brandon Williams. “It kind of hit me that this was the last time I was going to do this at Chuck Wolever,” the Council Bluffs St. Albert senior said, referring to the Falcons’ home field.
MacKenzie Brandl took another step toward completing a career sweep of the Class C 200 meters by posting the top preliminary time. Four straight gold medals in that event would close an illustrious sprint career. However, she wants more from her last May visit to Burke Stadium.
Stanton sophomore Drake Johnson leads the Corner Conference in scoring, averaging 22.5 points for the Vikings (7-1).
Brady Johnson just wanted a second chance. The Stanton senior wasn’t especially pleased the last time he and his teammates faced Bedford. The hot-shooting Bulldogs blitzed Stanton for 45 first-half points and made 7 of 13 3-pointers in the game on their way to a 80-54 victory Feb. 12 in Bedford.
David Sorensen had been a go-to scorer all evening during Stanton’s 48-44 victory in Saturday’s Corner Conference tournament final against Fremont-Mills.
It seemed like Stanton’s shot at the Class C-2 state championship was all but dead when Shelby-Rising City took a 13-10 lead in the fifth set of Friday’s semifinal match at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Instead, that’s when the Mustangs came back to life.
This fall served as Mackenzie Daffer’s last chance to reach a goal no other volleyball player in Sidney High School history had attained. “We said we were going to go to state before we graduate,” Daffer said.
Stanton defended its East Husker Conference volleyball tournament championship Saturday against North Bend Central 25-23, 25-17, 18-25, 25-20 at West Point-Beemer.
Jeremy Christiansen didn’t look like a coach who had just kept his team’s unbeaten record intact Friday. That’s because the Fremont-Mills coach was left puzzled by a number of mental miscues throughout the night, despite seeing his team hang on for what turned out to be a dramatic 30-22 victory over Eight-Man, District 8 foe Stanton.
A hundredth of a second separated Bayard junior Jessi Smith and Stanton sophomore MacKenzie Brandl when they qualified for the Class C girls 400 meters Friday.
His Nike throwing shoes remain in the back seat of Alex Becthold’s car. They’re not likely to see a discus competition anytime soon. On April 30, the Stanton junior arrived at Griswold’s Tiger Relays without his throwing shoes. That forced him to throw in his regular Nike tennis shoes.
Spencer Phillips displayed his dominance again Friday night. Fremont-Mills’ bruising 6-foot-2, 245-pound running back could not be stopped during Friday’s 8-Man District 8 clash against Stanton. He piled up 171 yards rushing and four touchdowns in the first half alone, helping the No. 3 Knights earn a 51-6 triumph over the Vikings.
Stanton had two very un-Stanton-like football seasons in 2012 and 2013.