Area athletes winning at Cornhusker State Games

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Pinpoint softball team from Cambridge placed fourth in Sunday’s Gold Tournament at the 2017 Cornhusker State Games. From left, front row are players Jason Houghtelling, Brad Lewis, Cameron Burkey, John Pick, Nik Johanson and Deyton Hager. Back row: Lauren Pritchard, Ashley Maddox, Margo Kent, Nicole Kubik, Kylie Allen, Cindy Pohl and coach Staci Pick.

LINCOLN, Neb. — Youth and experience added up to Curtis athletes winning four Cornhusker State Games championships last weekend.

All the success was achieved during Sunday’s track-field competition.

Robert Wortman of Curtis showed there’s no reason to retire from competition even past age 65.

Wortman won the men’s age 70-74 discus throw by more than 20 feet with his heave of 96’10”.

No state challenger came closer to Wortman than Bob Maltby of Omaha’s 74’7”. Lavane Johnson from Eagle placed third at 65’9”.

Wortman went on to win the oldest men’s triple jump title as he reached 20’7 3/4”. He finished his triple title-winning weekend during the men’s 70-74 high jump (3’8”).

Meanwhile, another Curtis athlete was winning one of the youngest high jump competitions.

Stella Heapy cleared 4’4” for first among all age 11-12 girls. She soared higher than Omaha’s Rachel Chambers (3’10”) and Odell’s Lilly Swanson (3’8”).

Wortman added a second-place finish in the men’s 70-74 shot put. His throw of 33’2” landed only behind Johnson’s 33’8 1/4”.

Curtis’ four individual titles led southwest Nebraska through these opening days of the 2017 Cornhusker State Games.

The Pinpoint team from Cambridge delivered a fourth-place finish in Sunday’s Coed Softball Gold Division.

Pinpoint won two of Saturday’s three Pool play games capped with a 14-13 extra-inning thriller over Balls and Dolls. It was a great recovery from the earlier 20-12 defeat to eventual Silver Division champion Master Batters.

Pinpoint also blanked BME’s Balluhs, 6-0, to earn a No. 3 seed in Sunday’s Gold Tournament.

After beating Balls and Dolls again 14-7 on Sunday, Pinpoint dropped an 11-10 battle to Saved By The Balls — so close to making the championship game.

The finale was an 8-4 consolation final loss to 99 Problems. Pinpoint still posted a respectable 3-3 record in the Cornhusker State Games tournament.

No other area results had been obtained for today’s Gazette.

More will likely appear in upcoming editions.

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