Sports in brief (Dec. 29, 2020)


Arlington JH boys basketball finishes season
The Arlington junior high basketball season ended this month with all three teams securing winning records under the direction of coaches Jason Wiese and Kenny Fuchser.
The “A” squad went 6-5, earning a winning season with a 32-26 victory against West Point in the finale. The Eagles outscored their opposition 437-402 for the season with Trent Koger and Dallin Franzluebber as the team's offensive leaders, according to Wiese's postseason spreadsheet.
Cooper Staats, Franzluebbers and Koger were the “A” team's defensive leaders.
The Arlington “B” lineup went 8-1 this season with wins against Raymond Central, West Point Guardian Angels CC, Douglas County West, Logan View, Fort Calhoun, Fremont Bergan, North Bend and West Point. The Eagles outscored their foes 354-238.
“B” team offensive leaders were Grange Suhr and Colton Willmott, while Suhr and Tim Halley led the defense.
Arlington's “C” squad, meanwhile, went 6-2 overall after an 0-2 start. John Morrison and Jackson Stosich were the team's offensive leaders, while Stosich and Jaxson Burns led defensive efforts.

DeSoto to be closed temporarily for hunt
The DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge will be closed temporarily Saturday and Sunday for a managed deer hunt.
The closure will help facilitate the lat season hunt, which is muzzleloader and for antlerless deer only. The scout date for the event was Dec. 26.

Wrestling hall of fame banquet scheduled
After the cancellation of this year's banquet due to COVID-19, the Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association will be hosting its 2021 Hall of Fame event June 11 at Boarders Inn & Suites in Grand Island.
Honorees will be coaches Gary Davis and Todd Hoyt, competitors Aaron Denson, Joe Elleberger, Mike Leaman, Joe Mejia and Judd Norman, and contributor Terry Pfeiffer.
The Class of 2020 will also be honored at the event. Blair resident Ross Halford is a 2020 honoree for his efforts in wrestling media via his Huskermat website.

Game and Parks to celebrate parks' centennial in 2021
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is celebrating 100 years of the state park system in 2021.
The system began in 1921 when Chadron State Park was established and now consists of 76 state, historical and recreation parks. The centennial theme is “Your Memories, Your Adventures, Your Parks,” according to a recent release.
Throughout 2021, Game and Parks will host 100 events, coordinate 100 hours of volunteer projects and more. Centennial opportunities can be found online at

— Staff reports

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