Local ranchers persevere through long winter to bring new life to the Sandhills

By Scott Bidroski

Gordon Jones, along with his wife Jan, ranch in the center of Sheridan County, approximately 30 miles south of Gordon.

Embedded deep in the Sandhills, Jones and his family have owned the property since 1996.

The ranching lifestyle is nothing new to Gordon though, who grew up south of Broken Bow.

During his high school years, he was an active member of FFA and 4-H and has owned livestock  for 60 plus years.

“I guess ranching is what I was made to do,” he


Hawks off and running in 2023 at Morrill Invite

By Scott Bidroski

The Hay Springs Hawks began their 2023 campaign with a meet hosted by Morrill High School on Friday, March 24.

The schools moved up the date due to the impending weather and were able to get the full meet in.

A bevy of athletes got their first taste of action in 2023 for the Hawks, with multiple individuals finding the podium in their respective events.

Leading the Hawks was sophomore Dylan Raymer. Raymer was the only top finisher for the Hawks, finishing in first place in


Mustang track begins 2023 season at Binfield Invite

By Scott Bidroski

The Gordon-Rushville Mustang Track & Field team is officially out of the blocks in 2023.

The team traveled to Scottsbluff, Neb. to get their season started and all the athletes got in on the action.

G-R was one of five teams attending the meet. They were joined by Scottsbluff, North Platte, Torrington, Wyo., and Lingle Ft. Laramie, Wyo.

While the weather has not been conducive for workouts, the Mustangs had a strong showing.

“This meet went very well. We had a


Mustang Girls drop one to Badgers; run past Tigers

By Scott Bidroski

The Gordon-Rushville Girls Basketball team originally had three games scheduled for the past week but mother nature stepped in and postponed their match-up with Cody-Kilgore.

So the girls got an extra day of practice and took off on Friday, January 7 to play the Valentine Badgers.

The two teams locked in and played mirrored basketball through three quarters, ending up tied at 35 a piece.

But the Badgers came out strong and fast in the fourth quarter, running away from the


Hawks drop pair to Alliance, Leyton

By Scott Bidroski

The Hay Springs Hawks had a tough week on the hardwood against Alliance and Leyton.

The Hawks first traveled to Alliance on Thursday, January 6 to face off with the Class B Bulldogs.

Alliance controlled this one from beginning to end, stifling the Hawks offense en route to the 67-16 win.

Senior Sadie Hanks led the scoring with 5 points and junior Emily Nelson pulled down 8 rebounds in the loss.

The Hawks looked to bounce back on Saturday, January 8 with a road game


Mustang Boys topple Tigers, win ninth game

By Scott Bidroski

The Gordon-Rushville Boys Basketball team is putting together a season to remember.

The Mustangs won their only game over the past week to push their record to 9-1.

The win also catapulted the Mustangs into the top spot in the Nebraska Sports Athletic Association Wild Card Rankings in Class C-1.

Mother nature threw the Mustangs another curve ball though, postponing the match-up with Cody-Kilgore that was supposed to happen on Tuesday, January 4. That game has not been


Hawks battle hard but fall short twice this week

By Scott Bidroski

On a chilly, snowy January evening, the Oelrichs Tigers made the trip across the state line to take on the Hay Springs Hawks.

Even though the weather outside was quickly falling into the single digits, the action on the hardwood was hot.

The two teams battled it out, exchanging baskets until halftime in which the Hawks carried a 26-24 lead.

A huge third quarter from the Tigers, with most of the damage done with three point shots by sophomore sharpshooter Jaylen Rouillard


Hawks overwhelm Banner County for fourth win

By Scott Bidroski

The Banner County Wildcats came to Hay Springs for a match-up with the Hawks and not much went in favor for the visitors.

The Hawks jumped out early and scored often, winning their fourth game of the season, 80-17.

Junior Toby Scherbarth had a huge night on the hardwood for the Hawks.

Scherbarth scored a career and season high 24 points to lead the team and also collected 16 rebounds for a very solid double-double.

Senior Gwabe Varvel was right behind his teammate with 16


Mustang Boys earn second place finish at Sidney Holiday Tournament

By Scott Bidroski

The annual trip to the Sidney Holiday Tournament was on tap for the Mustangs over their Holiday Break.

The first game of the tourney was a match-up with the Chase County Longhorns on Monday, December 26.

The Mustangs started fast scoring 22 and 19 points in the first and second quarter to jump out to the quick 41-23 halftime lead.

The Mustangs would lean on this lead all the way to the final horn, winning the game 65-40.

Junior Carter Anderson led the scoring, dropping in


Wildcats no match for Hay Springs Girls Basketball Team

By Scott Bidroski

The Hay Springs Hawks Girls Basketball team continued their 2021-22 campaign with a home match-up against the Banner County Wildcats.

The Hawks controlled this one early, amassing a 20-2 lead after just one quarter of play. A 36-8 halftime lead would snowball into the 56-25 win for the Hawks.

A trio of ladies reached double digits in the scoring column. Senior Sadie Hanks led the way with 16 points. 

Junior Samantha Toof was right behind her teammate with 15 points

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