NELIGH — With a possible D-1 state playoff berth going to the winner, Neligh-Oakdale scored a late touchdown to seal a 30 to 16 victory over Elgin Public-Pope John Thursday night. The loss denied the Wolfpack a chance to defend the state championship they had won the past two years. For the Warriors, the victory celebration marked a turn-around making the team eligible for the state playoffs for the first time in years. Neligh-Oakdale (4-4) will face top-seed BDS in the opening round this week.
But, on Thursday night, it was all about the rivalry between the schools, separated by just 11 miles.
The Warriors capitalized on Wolfpack mistakes to take the early lead. Garrrett Jacobsen got the Warriors on the scoreboard in the first quarter with a three-yard run. In the second quarter the Warriors added another touchdown run to take a 12 to 0 lead.
Alex Pelster delivered a big play for the Wolfpack to get the team within striking distance before halftime. The quarterback darted through the Warriors’ defense for a 36-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion was good, making the score 12 to 8 at halftime.
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On a cold night on a field where the Elgin Public-Pope John football team had never played on before, the end of the football season came when the clock reached 00:00.
Neligh-Oakdale’s 30 to 16 victory over the Wolfpack ended EPPJ’s season while extending the Warriors’ year. The Wolfpack’s 3-5 record and their power-rating wasn’t good enough to qualify them for the State D-1 Football Playoffs and, thus, denied them a chance to defend the state championship they earned with a perfect record in each of the last two years. On the other side of the field, the Warriors’ players, coaches and fans celebrated the victory and a berth in the playoffs where they will face #1 seed Bruning-Davenport-Shickley (BDS) in the east half of the playoff bracket.
Neligh-Oakdale is just one of several teams whom the Wolfpack played this season who advanced to the state playoffs. Altogether, seven of the eight teams the Wolfpack played during the season qualified for the playoffs. In addition to the Warriors, Creighton, Randolph, Chambers/Wheeler Central, Nebraska Christian, Bloomfield and Niobrara/Verdigre all qualified for the playoffs. Of those teams, the Wolfpack posted victories over Bloomfield and Niobrara-Verdigre.
The last time the Wolfpack didn’t qualify for the state playoffs was in 2009. Another area team that wasn’t on the Wolfpack’s schedule, but qualifying for the playoffs was Clearwater-Orchard who finished with a 4-4 record.
First-round games to be played by area D-1 teams Thursday are:
Neligh-Oakdale (4-4) @ BDS (8-0) — 4 p.m.
McCool Junction (6-2) @ Randolph (7-1) — 6 p.m.
Bloomfield (5-3) @ Creighton (8-0) — 7 p.m.
Clearwater-Orchard (4-4) @ Overton (8-0) — 3 p.m.
South Loup (3-5) @ Chambers/Wheeler Central (5-3) — 4 p.m. at Chambers
Nebraska Christian (5-3) @ Burwell (7-1) — 7 p.m.
Niobrara-Verdigre (5-3) @ Elm Creek (7-1) — 4 p.m.
Second round games will be played Nov. 6. Quarter-finals will be held on Nov. 12. Semi-finals will be Nov. 18 with the championship game, set for Memorial Stadium in Lincoln on Nov. 25.
The Elgin City Council will meet for their regular monthly meeting on Monday evening, November 4.
To be held at City Hall, the public meeting will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.
Among the ‘action’ items on the tentative agenda released Tuesday are:
• Discussion and action on culvert along North Street — Chad Martinsen
• Discussion and action on sewer charges — Leonard Orlowski
• Discussion and action on unlicensed vehicles on City’s property
• Discussion and action on amending trash rate ordinances to reflect recent increase
In addition, there will be numerous reports presented at the meeting.
Monday night’s meeting is open to the public.
NELIGH — After five days of testimony, a jury found 33-year-old Matthew Hinrichsen guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the death of a married couple back in December 2012.
It took a jury of five women and seven men less than four hours to deliberate Monday morning before handing down their verdict in District Judge James Kube’s courtroom. The jury began deliberations Monday at approximately 8:30 a.m. Three hours and 15 minutes later the verdict was read aloud in the courtroom. The Ewing man was found guilty of murdering his former girlfriend Victoria Lee and her husband Alex Vargas. The murders took place on Dec. 8, 2012, in a trailer home east of Ewing. Vargas died from three gunshot wounds while a coroner determined that Lee died from acute traumatic blunt force trauma to the head.
In addition to being found guilty of murder, the jury also found Hinrichsen guilty of one count of possessing a firearm while committing a felony (Class IC felony) and one count of use of a firearm to commit a felony (Class III felony). Hinrichsen is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 28, 2014. He could spend the rest of his life behind prison bars as a result of being convicted for the murders. Closing arguments in the trial were held Friday. During the trial, the defense team did not contest that Hinrichsen killed Lee and Vargas, but argued repeatedly that premeditation didn’t exist in the killings.
The case may have turned on a 911 call made by Lee just moments before she and Vargas were slain. Jurors heard the call several times in the courtroom, including twice Monday morning, where Hinrichsen’s voice was overheard telling the two victims “to die.”
Prosecuting the case was Attorney Corey O’Brien of the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office.
1927 — 2013
LuVerna F. Jochum, 86 of Elgin, NE, passed away Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the Golden Living Center in Neligh, NE.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, October 21, 2013 at St. Boniface Church in Elgin, with Rev. Ross Burkhalter officiating.
Interment followed in the parish cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the family’s choice. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
LuVerna Frances Jochum, daughter of Rudolph & Theresa (Venteicher) Heithoff, was born July 28, 1927 on the family farm near Elgin, NE.
She attended school at St. Boniface School in Elgin and graduated in 1945.
On February 3, 1948, she married LaVern Charles Jochum at St. Boniface Church in Elgin.
The couple made their home on a farm west of Raeville where they raised their five children: Ron, Linda, David, Sharon and Sandi.
LuVerna was a member of St. Bonaventure Church, Raeville Christian Mothers, Raeville Quilters, and the ABC Club. She enjoyed quilting, playing cards, gardening and spending time with family.
She is survived by her husband LaVern of Elgin, NE; 5 children: Ron Jochum of Lincoln, NE; Linda (Roger) Dinslage of Omaha, NE; David (Pam) Jochum of Elgin, NE; Sharon Jochum of Omaha, NE; Sandi (Shonn) Marker of Kearney, NE; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; 2 brothers: Delbert (Avis) Heithoff and Harold Heithoff, both of Elgin; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
LuVerna was preceded in death by her parents; a sister Delores Pelster; a brother Larry; and 2 sisters-in-law: Myra Heithoff & Vera Heithoff; one brother-in-law Joe Pelster.