Quick hits: XC, wrestling, basketball all see action

Cross Country

Alyse Henry, junior of Rock Springs, Wyoming, took 44th place among 205 runners, and three CSC Eagles had their best performances ever at the NCAA DII South Central Region Cross Country Championships, Saturday, at Washington Park, in Denver. The meet concluded the group’s season.

Savannah Silbaugh, junior of Upton, Wyoming, Emma Willadsen, sophomore of Eaton, Colorado, and Madi Watson, sophomore of Mitchell, were the Eagles who set new personal best times.

Wrestling

CSC’s Chase Clasen, junior of Moses Lake, Washington, defeated St. Cloud’s James Pleski, junior of Stacy, Minnesota, at 149-pounds, Friday, when the Eagles traveled to St. Cloud to face the Huskies in CSC’s season debut. Clasen defeated Pleski, a top-ranked wrestler in the nation, by 2-1 decision.

“Chase Clasen believes he can beat anyone in the country,” Chadron Head Coach Brett Hunter said of Clasen’s mindset heading into his bout with Pleski.

“He beat the number-one guy in the nation because he wrestled seven minutes hard and didn’t have any mental or physical breaks. I’m proud of his effort.”

Saturday, Chadron’s wrestlers traveled to the Finn Grinaker Open in Moorhead, Minnesota, where Brandon Kile, junior of Hastings, and Matt Hebel, junior of Erie, Colorado, took individual titles in the Gold Division. Clay Eagle, freshman of Ashland, Ohio, and Steven Lahnert, sophomore of Cheyenne, Wyoming, took titles in the Maroon brackets.

The team placed 11 other wrestlers at the meet.

“It was a great opportunity for our guys to compete against teams we just don’t see during the regular season,” Hunter said of the Minnesota road trip. “We had some very good things happen (Saturday)…but we need to continue to get better every day, because we aren’t where this program needs to be yet.”

Men’s Basketball

The Eagles found the early offense they’ve been looking for this season, exploding to an early 14-2 lead and an eventual 70-55 win over Nebraska-Kearney, Thursday, in Chadron.

“Our defensive urgency led to a lot of offensive opportunities the guys were able to convert,” CSC Head Coach Houston Reed said of  the win.

The Eagles shot 45.7 percent in the first half and 50 percent in the second. Michael Sparks, junior of Denver, led the Eagles offense with 18 points, while teammate Charles Gavin senior, of Denver, had 14. Chadron’s Brady Delimont, sophomore of Ainsworth, led all Eagles, playing 36 minutes.

“I was proud of the guys,” Reed said. “I think they were disappointed in the loss to Kingsville.”

“Our guys feel it’s really important to protect our home court. I’m happy they came out and played with a kind of urgency and were focused and motivated to play well start to finish. They showed maturity and leadership.”

The team returns to action this Friday, traveling to Aberdeen, South Dakota, to face the University of Sioux Falls Cougars.

Women’s Basketball

In their first home games of the season, the Chadron women’s basketball team couldn’t find a win against either Montana State-Billings, Friday, or Sioux Falls, Saturday.

Friday, the Eagles fell to the Yellowjackets of Montana State-Billings 59-67, and were blown-out the following evening 44-90 by the Sioux Falls Cougars.

The losses drop the team to 1-3 early in the season.

Friday, the Eagles’ Angelique Gall, freshman of Fruita, Colorado, hit six of seven field goals and four of five from the line to lead the team with 16 points. Teammate Taryn Foxen, sophomore of Aurora, Colorado, was next best with 13.

Saturday, Chadron’s McKenna McClintic, junior of Burwell, hit six of 10 from the field and a perfect three of three from the line. A single three-pointer brought her to a team-leading 16 points. No other Chadron player hit double-digits.

The team travels to Kearney to face the Lopers, Saturday.

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