Knocked to her Knees Gordon cowgirl prevails over knee, hip surgeries; is back to rodeo

By Ruth Nicolaus, courtesy of the Adams County Ag Society 

Morgan Darnell has seen the inside of more surgery rooms than she’d prefer.

The Gordon, Neb. cowgirl, a member of the Nebraska High School Rodeo Association, has had four surgeries in the last four years.

It all started when she hit her knee on a post while riding her horse. When her parents took her to the doctor, no damage had been done, but the doctor discovered that she had OCD: osteochondritis dissecans, a loss of


GR Girls fall in Subdistrict Final

By Berklie Haag

The Gordon-Rushville Girls Basketball team played their last game on Tuesday, February 16. The Lady Mustangs knew going into their subdistrict final game against Mitchell that they would need leading scorer, senior Josie Perez, more than ever. Unfortunately, so did the Tigers. Mitchell heavily defended Perez throughout the night, holding her well below her season average of 19.7 ppg at just 5 points. As a team, the Mustangs made only 19 percent of their shots en route to a


Lady Hawks fall to Crawford in final game

By Lauren Brant

The Hay Springs Lady Hawks basketball team concluded their season during subdistricts on February 14.

Their last game was against Crawford during the first round of subdistrict play. Coming into the game, the Lady Hawks had the advantage as they defeated the Rams twice this season. The Lady Hawks kept pace with the Rams during the first quarter and trailed only seven points. The second quarter was low scoring for the Lady Hawks, with six points to Crawford’s ten points


Lady Mustangs beat Chadron at Subdistricts

By Berklie Haag

The Gordon-Rushville Lady Mustangs played an exciting game of basketball on Tuesday, Feburary 14, in Alliance versus the Chadron Cardinals. The Mustangs went into their first round of subdistricts with a record of 16-6. Chadron had a record of 11-11. 

This matchup kept fans on their toes during the entire game. The first quarter was a low scoring one with the score being 6-4 in favor of Gordon-Rushville. During the second quarter, the Mustangs struggled with the Cardinal


Belsky takes fourth at State Wrestling

By Jordan Huether

Four Mustangs and Four Hawks competed in the NSAA State Wrestling Championships in Omaha this past weekend. Only one Mustang, senior Logan Belsky, would survive to the final day of the 3-day-tournament. Belsky improved on his fifth place finish last year, capping a season which already saw his 100th career win, with a 4th-place medal.

Individual results:


C113 - Tyrell Means (16-14) place is unknown and scored 1.00 team points.. Champ. Round 1 - Hailey


Gordon-Rushville boys dominate at WTC

By Berklie Haag

Thursday, February 2, marked the beginning of the 2017 Western Trails Conference basketball tournament. 

The Gordon-Rushville boys took on the Bayard Tigers during the first round at home. The Mustangs never let the Tigers score more than eight points in a quarter, and in the end, the Mustangs came out on top with a score of 65-31. This advanced them to the winner’s bracket.

The next day, Friday, February 3, the boys played the Bridgeport Bulldogs at WNCC in the


Lady Mustangs take 3rd at WTC

By Berklie Haag

The first round of the Western Trails Conference was held at home for the Gordon-Rushville girls basketball team on Thursday, February 2.

Coach Randy Hurlburt said “We had to focus on many different skills to prepare for WTC as the teams we had to play have very different strategies. I feel our team is very talented, and if we ever put it  all together in the same game, we are going to be tough to beat.” 

The Mustangs took on the Kimball Longhorns for


Eight Sheridan County Wrestlers Statebound

The Mustangs and Hawks will each be sending four wrestlers to the state finals in Omaha Feb. 16-18. Gordon-Rushville’s Logan Belsky, Blake Henry, Quin Child and Tyrell Means all finished 3rd at the District C-4 tournament in Valentine this weekend to make the cut. Hay Springs’ Austin Anderson finished 4th, Coy Wolken took 3rd, Bryce Running Hawk finished 2nd, and Nathan Tobiasson finished 4th at the D-4 tournament.

Individual results:

Hay Springs

113 - Austin Anderson (17-25)


Tunnel Walk, tunnel vision A new take on the Husker experience

By Clint Andersen

I’m a big Husker football fan. No, really, I’m a HUGE Husker football fan. So, you can imagine my excitement when I was offered the chance to have a sideline media pass to the Huskers’ game vs Purdue last Saturday. I usually attend a couple of Husker games each year, but this was an opportunity to get a much closer look at what goes on both on and off the field at a college football game. 

Armed with two cameras and the biggest lenses I could get my


Youth football program preparing kids for future

Youth football players from Gordon-Rushville, Valentine and Chadron gathered in Gordon Sunday, Sept. 25 for several games. The G-R 3rd and 4th graders played Chadron, and the 5th and 6th graders played Chadron and Valentine.

The team has also played Hay Springs and Crawford this year,  and will host Lusk, Wyo. this Sunday in Rushville at 1:30 p.m. and play at Morrill next weekend.

“This program was started 9 years ago when this year’s Juniors were 3rd graders,” said

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