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Thursday's local sports results

Max Hammond’s pick six mid-way through the third quarter was the turning point as the Norfolk Catholic football team defeated Battle Creek, 28-7 on Thursday at Memorial Field. Karter Kerkman scored three touchdowns for the Knights. Norfolk Catholic improved to 6-0 while the Braves fell to 4-2.

The Norfolk girls golf team hosted the Heartland Activities Conference meet at Norfolk Country Club on Thursday. Elly Honnens of Lincoln East earned medalist honors with a 77, one shot better than Lincoln Southwest’s Tatum Terwilliger and Nicole Kolbas of Lincoln Pius X. Becca Asbury led the Norfolk golfers with a 96, good for 18th place. East and Southwest shared the team title with identical scores of 329. Norfolk spent much of the day in fourth place but a disqualification dropped the Panthers to a seventh-place finish in the 11-team field.  

The Pierce team and O'Neill's Kaylin Gaughenbaugh earned the title of Mid-State Conference girls golf champions on Thursday at the Hartington Country Club. Pierce outshot runner-up O'Neill 390 to 409 while Gaughenbaugh's winning score of 89 was two strokes better than second-place finisher, Maci Schommer of Hartington Cedar Catholic. Norfolk Catholic finished seventh in the eight-team field. Hannah Barr's 113 was good for 24th place.

Carson Noecker of Hartington-Newcastle easily won the boys race at the Battle Creek cross country invitational. The Cedar Catholic student’s winning time of 15 minutes, 17 seconds was more than 2½ minutes better than second-place finisher, Jaxon Kilmurry of Battle Creek. Bloomfield?Wausa won the boys team race; Hartington-Newcastle was second. Norfolk Catholic finished fourth. Nathan Kalous paced the Knights with a seventh-place finish. Fullerton’s Julianna Maxfield won the girls race while Norfolk Catholic’s CC Kann finished second. Homer took the team title while Bloomfield-Wausa was second.  

The Oakland-Craig girls and Pierce boys won their respective divisions of the Stanton invitational cross country meet. Zoey Ebmeier of Pierce and Gannon Walsh of Pender were individual champs. Callie Fischer led Lutheran High Northeast with a sixth-place finish while Kolby Nelson paced the Eagle boys by finishing 24th.

And perennial volleyball power St. Paul swept Lutheran High Northeast on the volleyball court, 25-18, 25-17, 25-19.

Friday's local sports schedule

The Wayne State women’s golf team is at the Norfolk Country Club for the Nebraska intercollegiate meet.

Wayne State women’s soccer hosts Southwest Minnesota State at 2 p.m.

Norfolk’s cross country teams compete at the Columbus Invitational starting at 4 p.m.

The Norfolk boys tennis team visits Grand Island for a dual, also at 4 p.m.

The Norfolk volleyball team competes at the Lincoln Northeast Invitational. The Panthers take on Elkhorn South, Lincoln Pius X and Lincoln North Star today and will play three more matches tomorrow

Northeast volleyball is at Columbus for a showdown with Central Community College beginning at 6 p.m.

Nebraska volleyball visits Rutgers, also at 6 p.m.

The top-ranked Wayne State volleyball team hosts Bemidji State at Rice Auditorium starting at 7 p.m.

The Lutheran High Northeast football team is at Plainview. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The Norfolk High football squad hosts Lincoln Northeast beginning at 7 p.m.

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