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Local Athletic Scene Produces Great 2008 Memories

Many successes, some disappointments, plenty of excitement.
The past year again provided great entertainment for Albion sports fans and memories that will long live in scrapbooks, memory chips and compact discs.
The 2008 calendar year featured team success (and failure), individual heroics, fantastic finishes, near misses, championship smiles and heartbreaking tears.
All in all, another thrilling roller-coaster ride of athletic fun!
Following are some of the headlines that grabbed attention during the past 12 months:

January

Seven Cards medal in rugged Boone Central Invitational. Hosting a strong tournament field that included the #1 & #2 rated teams in Class C and #2 ranked squad in Class A and approximately 35 ranked individual competitors, Boone Central was well represented on the medal stand. Tyson Martin placed third and David Smith fourth to lead the Card effort.

February

Dramatic rally propels BC into Mid-State title game; Cardinals place 2nd to unbeaten Pierce. Boone Central rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat Norfolk Catholic 58-51 in the semi-finals of the annual Mid-State Conference Tournament as Kraig Flanagan and Brent Dawson netted 16 points apiece. The Cardinals struggled at the free throw line in the title tilt (7-of-18) and dropped a brutally physical 45-38 decision to Pierce.

March

Cardinals awarded Mid-State honors. Four Boone Central players were named to the Mid-State All-Conference teams for the 2008 basketball season. Senior Kraig Flanagan became the first three-time all-conference player in recorded Albion/Boone Central school history and senior Anthony Michael was honored for the second consecutive year. Junior Ryan Shotkoski and senior Stephanie Paulson were named all-conference for the first time.

April

Cardinals strike gold at Mid-State Conference track & field. Boone Central’s track & field teams gave their best efforts in the annual conference meet. The Boone Central girls had 21 personal-best performances and four event champions – senior Ashlynn Bader (1600), junior Halie Smith (3200), sophomore Megan Bygland (300 H) and freshman Sara Wells (discus). While the Card boys did not have an individual champion, they also produced 19 personal bests and received third-place efforts from senior David Smith (shot put) and sophomore Jerad McLean (pole vault).

May

Card golfers make state tourney. Despite blustery weather conditions, Boone Central had smooth sailing to a second-place finish and state tournament berth in the B-3 District at the Wayne Country Club. Senior Taylor Majerus paced the Cards, placing fifth, and was supported by Bryce Morgan (7th) and Bobby Bolin (10th).

June

Former Card athletes, coaches honored at alumni banquet. One team, one coach and six individual athletes were presented as the 2008 inductees into the Albion Downtown Athletic Club Hall of Fame at the annual Albion Alumni Banquet. Honored were the 1980 AHS girls state track champions, Coach William E. Putman, Ralph Beckwith, Gary Siebler, Jerry Carder, Mike Grape, Monte Brown and Matt  Grape, Monte Brown and Matt Nelson.

September

Card volleyers undefeated after winning tourney. It was a big week for the Boone Central volleyers – defeating Mid-State power West Point C.C. for the first time in 12 years, then capturing the championship of the Boone Central Invitational for the first time ever behind the strong play of seniors Britanny Luettel, Stephanie Paulson and Julia Temme.

October

Cards tame Broncos 31-20 for first 2008 grid victory. After losing consecutive excruciating decisions by a grand total of three points, Boone Central broke open a 7-6 halftime nailbiter to defeat Utica Centennial with 398 rushing yards. Three Cards topped the century mark rushing – Cody Baker (132), Keir Dane Harner (102) and Dusty Dozler (102).

Brooke Bolin third in 2008 Class C state golf tourney. Boone Central sophomore Brooke Bolin put the finishing touches on a record-setting season, placing third at G.I.’s Indianhead Golf Course. Bolin carded rounds of 85-80 – one of just four players in the field of 96 under 175.

November

Three Cards receive All-State honors from NCA. Halie Smith and Kevin Carder received 2008 All-State recognition in cross country and Brooke Bolin for girls golf. This was the 11th year the Nebraska Coaches Association has recognized athletes in these sports.

December

Cardinal girls still unbeaten. Another game, another win. But, certainly not ho-hum. In perhaps their most impressive performance during a 5-0 start to the 2008-09 season, the Boone Central Lady Cards defeated a big, athletic Twin River team 48-39 with a strong 17-7 fourth-quarter finish. Soph Bobbi Beckwith led the way offensively with 16 points and senior Brittany Luettel contributed 12 points, seven rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots.

For Complete 2008 Sports Recap, See Print Edition of Albion News.