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  • Coyotes Looking Strong

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Feb 16, 2023

    Potter-Dix's Coyote boys basketball team is winding down their regular season in strong fashion, with wins against Peetz, Arthur County, and a two-point victory over Arthur County. They have one more matchup in the regular season, against a tough C1 team in Chadron, before they start Subdistrict play. On Feb. 7, the Coyotes hosted Peetz, and the game started as a tight battle with both teams matching their scoring, and Peetz taking a 14-12 lead after the first period. Potter-Dix picked up the...

  • P-D Boys Win Twice; Girls Lose 2

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Feb 2, 2023

    Potter-Dix’s Coyote Boys Basketball team rebounded from a loss against rival Leyton in the MAC Tournament finals on January 21 with two big wins over Prairie and Caliche over the past week. The wins push the Coyotes’ record to 11-3, and position them well for the final stretch of games in the regular season. On Tuesday, January 24, the Coyotes hosted the Prairie Mustangs out of New Raymer, Co. Potter-Dix used their speed and fast-break offense to quickly build a lead, and took a 45-13 advantage into the halftime break. It was all Pot...

  • Coyotes Bested By Leyton In MAC Final, 51-42

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Jan 26, 2023

    Leyton's Warrior Boys Basketball team has given the Coyotes a tough time this season, handing the Potter-Dix boys another defeat in the championship game of the MAC Tournament at Bridgeport High School on Saturday. After outlasting Garden County on Friday 59-50, the Coyotes matched up with Leyton, who had defeated them on January 13 with a thrilling come-from-behind 53-48 victory in Dalton. This time, Leyton opened strong and grabbed a lead early and never looked back. After building a 16-12...

  • Coyote Boys 5-1, Girls 2-5 Going Into Visit To Kimball

    Mike Motz|Jan 12, 2023

    The Potter-Dix Coyote basketball team looked to continue its strong start of the season into the New Year, and had a close victory against Bayard followed by a blowout win against South Platte during the first week 2023 to show for their efforts. The Coyotes travelled to Bayard on Friday, and the Tigers looked to be one of the few challenges the Coyotes had on their regular season schedule, coming into the match up at 5-2, and their defeats coming from out-of-class opponents Sidney and Alliance. The teams battled hard throughout the matchup,...

  • Potter-Dix Tops Kimball Going Into Break

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Dec 22, 2022

    After a week filled with cancellations of games due to the recent snowstorm that blasted through the Panhandle, the Potter-Dix Lady Coyotes and Kimball Lady Longhorns finally got back on the court Monday night at Kimball High School. The Lady Coyotes have struggled a bit to start the season, earning one win against three losses. The Lady Longhorns are in the season of growing young players and have no wins in five games so far. The first quarter of the game featured tough defensive play by both...

  • Lady Longhorns Fall To Leyton

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Dec 8, 2022

    Leyton’s Lady Warrior girls basketball team opened their season strong with two big wins, on the road against Kimball on Friday and at home Saturday against Morrill. Their season opener on Friday had them matched up against the Kimball Lady Longhorns, a team that had a 7-15 record last year and is looking for its first victory this season. Leyton started fast, with sophomore standout Zaili Benish getting the scoring started with a three pointer followed by a field goal by sophomore Sydney Fortune. Benish nailed two more three pointers in the f...

  • Potter-Dix Boys Open Season Roaring Against Morrill Lions

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Dec 8, 2022

    Potter-Dix's Coyote basketball team started the 2022-23 season strong with a thorough 63-24 beating of the visiting Morrill Lions on Friday at Potter-/Dix High School. After a 20-win season last season, the Coyotes looked sharp and ready to be the top of the class in D2 basketball. The matchup against Morrill started out slow, with both teams playing good defense and having difficulty getting inside for easy shots. Potter-Dix was up 6-2 at the end of the first period, then started to loosen up...

  • Potter-Dix Ends Season 9-1

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Nov 10, 2022

    Potter-Dix's undefeated Coyote Football team hosted the 7-and-2 Pawnee Indians for the the quarterfinals of the D6 NSAA playoffs at Combs Field in Potter Friday, and were dealt a 62-47 loss that ended their season and hopes for a D6 State Title. Although Pawnee City had a six and a half hour ride from eastern Nebraska, they brought a good-sized group of fans to cheer them on. The Coyotes ended their season with a 9-1 record, and a 4-0 District record. Although they will lose playmaking starters...

  • Coyotes Win Third Straight District Title

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Oct 27, 2022

    Potter-Dix's Coyote Football team traveled to Big Springs Friday night to match up with South Platte for their final regular season game of the year, and came away with a big 81-28 win to move their record to 8-0 and lock away the D6 District 5 title. It was the Coyotes' third consecutive undefeated regular season result, and third consecutive district title. As has become habit, the Coyotes jumped out to an early lead, putting up 26 points in the first quarter and 28 points in the second...

  • Potter-Dix Stays Undefeated, Wins 55-8

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Oct 20, 2022

    Potter-Dix's Coyote Football team continued their undefeated season Friday at Combs Field with a 55-8 beating of the visiting 5-1 Garden County Eagles. Potter-Dix continued their dominant play, with their fifth victory while keeping opponents scoring in the single-digits. Garden County rested their hopes on their outstanding athlete, senior Johnny Vargas, but the Coyotes were able to contain the scoring threat, limiting Vargas to just 17 carries for 56 yards and one rushing touchdown in the...

  • Lady Coyotes 4th At MAC

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Oct 20, 2022

    No. 2 seed Potter-Dix Lady Coyotes won their first set 26-24, but then dropped the next two in the MAC tournament semifinals last Saturday. That moved Potter-Dix into the loser bracket and a third place match against Garden County. Potter-Dix had beaten Garden County in a close match last week, and had a battle with the Lady Eagles before finally taking the first set in extra points, 27-25. Garden County fired back in the second set, battling hard and pulling out a 25-23 win. The third set was...

  • Lady Coyotes Continue Winning

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Oct 13, 2022

    Potter-Dix’s Lady Coyote Volleyball team continued its outstanding season with two more wins, raising their season record to 19-3 as they ready for District Tournament play later in the month. The Lady Coyotes traveled on Tuesday, October 4, to match up with the Kimball Lady Longhorns, and the home team got the jump on the visitors, surprising the Lady Coyotes with a 25-18 first set win. The second set had the Lady Coyotes fighting back, but the Kimball squad kept up the pressure and forced extra points. Potter-Dix was able to outlast K...

  • Potter-Dix's Football Storm Blows Into Creek Valley

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Oct 13, 2022

    Potter-Dix's Coyote football team continued their undefeated season on Friday night, traveling to Chappell and shutting out the struggling Creek Valley Storm team in a lopsided 79-to-0 contest. The win moves the Coyotes to 6--0 on the year, while Creek Valley remains winless at 0--7. As usual, Potter-Dix opened fast and put up 34 points in the first quarter while shutting down the Creek Valley offense completely. The Coyotes added another 26 points in the second half to initiate the running...

  • Potter-Dix Keeps Rolling Against Banner County

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Sep 29, 2022

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  • Potter-Dix Rolls Over Sioux County, 63-0

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Sep 22, 2022

    Potter-Dix's Coyote Football team continued its unbeaten season by routing the Sioux County Warriors 63-0 in Hjarrison on Friday. It was another outstanding offensive and defensive performance by the Coyotes, who jumped out to a 13-0 lead at he end of the first period, then piled on another 30 points in the second quarter to open a 43-0 lead at the half and initiate a running clock. The Potter-Dix defense held Sioux County to just 66 yards, on 26 yards rushing and 40 yards passing and only three...

  • Potter-Dix Flexes Its Muscle In 85-6 Victory

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Sep 1, 2022

    Potter-Dix's Coyote football team opened its season on the road Friday afternoon and took the first step towards another D6 playoff berth with an overwhelming 85-6 victory over the Minatare Indians. After dominating the competition last season, the Coyotes' first opponent was against a team that struggled with a 1-7 record last season. A mismatch on paper turned into a mismatch in reality as the Coyotes wasted no time in opening a big lead against the Indians. After Mintare's initial kickoff...

  • READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Aug 18, 2022

    Last year, the Kimball Longhorns football team had to forfeit all of its games due to lack of players. Now the team is back and ready for a full schedule of games for the 2022 season. Under the direction of new activities director and head football coach Darrell Howitt, the Longhorns look to bring the community together with home games at Keith Staehr Field. Before that comes a 7 p.m. scrimmage this Friday, Aug. 19, followed by a parents meeting at 8:30 p.m. Howitt is a native of Kimball and...

  • Coyotes Boys 2nd, Girls 6th At District

    Mike Motz, The Observer|May 19, 2022

    Potter-Dix's Coyote Track and Field teams competed at the District D-9 Meet, and the boys team tied for second place with Garden County, behind first place Leyton. The girls team finished in sixth place, behind top finishers Crawford, Leyton and South Platte. The Potter-Dix boys had many outstanding performances, with junior Luke Kasten winning the 100 and 200 Meter Dashes and taking fourth in the Long Jump. Senior Thomas Muldoon won the 800 Meters, placed second in the 400 Meters, and senior...

  • Coyotes Busy, District Next

    Mike Motz, The Observer|May 12, 2022

    Potter-Dix’s Coyote track and field teams had a busy week, starting off with the MAC meet on Tuesday and then the Cheyenne County Meet on Friday. The Coyotes traveled to Bayard for Tuesday’s competition, featuring their MAC conference rivals. The boys team placed fourth with 93.5 points, behind first place Leyton with 165 points, second place Garden County with 107 points and third place Bayard with 97 points. The girls placed fourth with 65 points, behind first place Bayard with 163.5 points, second place Leyton with 107 and third place Sou...

  • Coyotes Track Competes At Pine Bluffs, Creek Valley

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Apr 28, 2022

    The Potter-Dix Coyote Track and Field teams had a busy week, competing at the Storm Twilight Meet at Creek Valley High School on Tuesday and the Kendra Roeder Invitational at Pine Bluffs High School. The Creek Valley Twilight Meet was rescheduled from the previous week due to high winds, and the athletes had much better conditions on Tuesday for the competition. At the end of the day, the Coyote Boy's team placed fourth with 87 points and the Coyote Girl's team placed fifth with 51 points....

  • Coyotes Finish 2nd At District

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Mar 10, 2022

    Potter-Dix's Coyote Basketball team ended its season on Tuesday, March 1, with a loss to the Mullen Broncos in the D2-8 District Final at Hershey High School. Potter-Dix ends its outstanding season with a 20-4 record. The Mullen Broncos came into the District Final with a 17-8 record and No. 9 seed, led by sharp-shooting 6' 4" Forward Clayton Moore averaging nearly 20 points per game. Both the Broncos and the No. 8 seed Coyotes started the game trying to push the ball up the court and grab an...

  • Coyotes Win D2-11 Title

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Mar 3, 2022

    Potter-Dix's Coyote basketball team entered the D2-11 Subdistrict Tournament as the clear favorite, and had no trouble defeating their two opponents to move on to a District final against Mullen at Hershey High School on Tuesday, March 1. First, Potter-Dix faced Creek Valley on Tuesday, and easily breezed past the Storm with a 62-24 win to set up its meeting with South Platte in the finals on Thursday. Potter-Dix opened a lead early and behind leading scorer Luke Kasten continued to pull away...

  • Lady Coyotes Earn A Win, But Year Ends At Subdistrict

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Feb 24, 2022

    Potter-Dix's Lady Coyote Basketball team ended their season during the D2-11 Subdistrict Tournament, but it had a victory to start off against the Creek Valley Lady Storm. The teams matched up at South Platte High School on Monday, Feb. 14 for the right to advance to a semi-final game against number one seed South Platte. Creek Valley started strong in the contest, using defensive pressure to keep the Lady coyotes off-balance, and getting inside to score. At the end of the first period, the...

  • Coyotes Earn No. 1 Seed

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Feb 24, 2022

    Potter-Dix's Coyote basketball team finished their regular season with two more wins, and earned the number one seed for this week's Subdistrict Tournament. On Friday, Potter-Dix earned a win by forfeit against a Minatare team lacking numbers due to illness. On Saturday, Potter-Dix hosted the Perkins County Plainsmen for their final regular season game, and the stands were filled with red, white and blue and American flags on "USA Day." Potter-Dix started fast and built a lead, but by the second...

  • Coyotes Fall To Hyannis, 48-46

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Feb 17, 2022

    Potter-Dix's Coyote Boys Basketball team has had very few bumps in the road during this season, but hit one on Friday night when they hosted the 19-and-1 Hyannis Longhorns in Potter. In one of the strangest starts to a game for two high-scoring teams, the defenses shut down any scoring by the teams, with just one lone point via free throw on the board for Potter-Dix until Hyannis scored a filed goal with 3:35 left in the first period to move the score to 2-to-1. A relative flurry of scoring happened in final three minutes of the half, and the...

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