Two upsets Thursday wreaked havoc on Stanton's bid for a second-straight home game. The No. 5 Mustangs will now travel to No. 12 Arcadia-Loup City in Friday.
The Mustangs dominated Exeter-Milligan/Friend 81-28 on Thursday night to advance to the second round, which has been reseeded statewide with the top 16 teams. Arcadia-Loup City was a minor upset with a No. 9 beating No. 8 Amherst 70-23.
The other upset that disrupted Stanton hosting was No. 11 Laurel-Concord/Coleridge topping No. 6 Thayer Central 76-46.
The kickoff time for Friday's game at Arcadia-Loup City has not been set.
The Stanton football team has earned the third seed in the Class D1 bracket for football playoffs.
The Mustangs (6-1) will host No. 14 Exeter-Milligan Friend (4-3) on Thursday, Oct. 22.
The teams will be reseeded for the second round with the top 16 teams in the state. The eight highest seeds will host second-round games.
Know an 8-man team looking for a game Friday night?
Due to a COVID-19 related cancellation from Wisner-Pilger, the Stanton Mustangs are in search of an opponent for Friday, Sept. 25. Coach David Stoddard said the 3-1 Mustangs are willing to host or travel.
If your team would like to take on Stanton, please contact Stoddard at email@example.com.
With rain coming down throughout most of the Friday afternoon, the Stanton football team struggled on the road against undefeated Wakefield.
Turnovers plagued the Mustangs from interceptions to fumbles as the Stanton dropped a 50-14 decision to Wakefield for their first loss of the season.
"We have a lot of season left. We're going to fix this and move forward," coach David Stoddard said. "We're going to learn from this, watch film on Sunday and then we'll put it behind us and get better."
Click here for more game photos.
For a recap on the game, including full stats and more comments from coach Stoddard, pick up this week's Stanton Register.
The Mustang JV team place runner-up Saturday afternoon at the Boone Central Tournament in Newman Grove.
They dropped a 25-11, 25-15 match to Battle Creek before rebounding to beat the host 25-21, 17-25, 15-4.
"All players stepped up today, pushed through some injuries and finished strong earning second place," coach Lorry Morfeld said. "I'm so proud of these girls!"
The Stanton volleyball team finished sixth Saturday at the Columbus Scotus Tournament.
The Mustangs opened action with a 25-14, 25-8 loss to Lakeview before rebounding for a 25-15, 25-15 win over Twin River.
Less than two minutes into the second half, the Mustangs flipped the script Friday night and turned a tight game into a dominating 46-16 win at home.
Down 16-14 to visiting Laurel-Concord-Coleridge, Mustang senior Trey Elbert nabbed a key interception and changed the momentum of the game. Elbert's pick set up the Mustangs deep in their own territory, and Gage Tighe used the gift for a 76-yard touchdown sprint to take the lead and stun the Bears.
For more photos, click here.
"I feel amazing about the win," Elbert said. "Coach said it was the tale of two halves. The first half we had to adjust to a couple of things on defense. The second half we stuck to our core defense that we prepared for all week, and we stopped them while they couldn't run anything on us."
For full stats, along with more comments from Elbert and coach David Stoddard, please pick up next week's Stanton Register. A year's subscription is just $35 for 52 issues or $45 for both the print newspaper and e-edition on your computer.
Stanton picked up its first win of the season Thursday as the Mustangs hosted a home triangular against Madison and Clarkson-Leigh.
The Mustang varsity team opened with a 2-0 win over Madison, defeating the Dragons 25-9, 25-16. Sylvia Cunningham put down seven kills while Olivia Cunningham hammed another six kills. Bridgett Jensen put up eight set assists while Haylea Nelson added another seven set assists.
Against Clarkson-Leigh, the Mustangs fell 25-15, 25-22. Sylvia Cunningham and Ellie Locke combined for 11 kills while Jensen and Nelson combined for 16 set assists.
For more photos, click here.
In JV action, the Mustangs picked up a pair of wins. Against Madison, Stanton won 25-10, 25 before downing Clarkson-Leigh 25-22, 24-26, 15-13.
"I was so proud of them. It was a blast to watch!" JV coach Lorry Morfeld said. "The team came alive tonight!"
For full stats and the game story, please pick up next week's Stanton Register. A year's subscription is just $35 for 52 issues or $45 for both the print newspaper and e-edition on your computer.
With temperatures hovering around 80 degrees and a 9-mph breeze out of the northwest, it was a near perfect day for the Stanton Invitational at Elkhorn Acres Golf Course.
The Mustangs finished fourth as a team with junior Shelby Jenkinson earning eighth place with a 112 after nearly identical rounds. Zoe Wurdinger was also consistent, carding a 69 on the front nine and 67 on the back. Aryana Wurdinger dropped 22 strokes on her back nine to finish with a 162. Rachel Thomas also picked up the pace on the back nine, dropping 12 strokes to finish with a 128.
Want to see more photos from the Stanton Invite? Click here.
Brooke Diekemper shot a 92 to win the tournament and lead West Point-Beemer to a five-stroke win over Laurel-Concord-Coleridge.
Team Scores: West Point-Beemer 429, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 434, NT 455, Stanton 548, Norfolk JV NTS, West Point JV NTS, Wayne NTS, Clarkson-Leigh NT, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge JV NTS.
Stanton (548): Shelby Jenkinson 54-58 112, Rachel Thomas 74-64 138, Zoe Wurdinger 69-67 — 136, Aryana Wurdinger 92-70 — 162.
The Mustangs got their season off and running with the Niobrara-Verdigre Invite on Thursday afternoon.
Linsey Hoehne earned a medal in the girls race and Abraham Larson and Kolter Van Pelt brought home hardware in the boys race.
For the full story, including full results and coach's comments, pick up next week's Stanton Register