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  • P-D Boys Improve To 15-2; Girls Split Two

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Feb 10, 2022

    Potter-Dix's Coyote basketball season continued on its winning ways with two more victories over the week to move the season record to 15-2. On Thursday, the Coyotes matched up at home with the Garden County Eagles, and a relatively tight contest had Potter-Dix leading 22-20 at the end of the first half. The third quarter was dominated by the defenses as both teams struggled to score. The scoring picked up in the fourth quarter, and Potter-Dix was able to build upon their lead and take the...

  • P-D Girls Split With Prairie, Minatare

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Feb 3, 2022

    Potter-Dix basketball resumed play after the MAC Tournament, with the girls matching up against Prairie in New Raymer, Colo., on Tuesday and both the boys and girls teams matching up with Minatare on Saturday. The girls traveled on Tuesday to New Raymer to play against the Prairie Lady Mustangs. Potter-Dix gave a big effort, but the Lady Mustangs were able to open a lead and hold off the Lady Coyotes' offense. Potter-Dix threatened to go on a roll a few times, but the Prairie girls shut them...

  • Coyotes Repeat To Take MAC Title

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Jan 27, 2022

    Potter-Dix's Coyote Boy's Basketball team entered the MAC Tournament as the number one seed and played like it, easily dispatching Banner County in the first round of the tournament then having little trouble with Garden County in the semi-finals, then winning a thriller against Bayard in the finals. The action started Monday January 17 when the Coyotes matched up with number 8 seed Banner County, and the winless Wildcats had no answer for the explosive Potter-Dix offense, going down 27-4 at...

  • Lady Longhorns Beat Potter-Dix, Drop Next 3

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Jan 20, 2022

    Kimball's Lady Longhorn basketball team travelled last Tuesday to take on the Potter-Dix Lady Coyotes in Potter, and quickly broke out to a big lead in the early going. Both teams had problems getting the ball in the basket in the early going, but for Kimball it was shots not falling through the basket and for Potter-Dix it was an inability to get the ball past half court. The tough Lady Longhorns defense stymied the Lady Coyotes offense early, and then in the final minutes of the first period... Full story

  • Coyotes Top Horns, No. 1 In MAC

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Jan 20, 2022

    The Potter-Dix Coyotes boys basketball team had a busy week with three games and came out with two wins. Their record improves to 9-2 as they enter the MAC Tournament this week as the No. 1 seed. On Tuesday, the Coyotes hosted the winless Kimball Longhorns, and the high-powered Potter-Dix offense overwhelmed the visitors in a 66--11 win. Junior Luke Kasten scored 27 and pulled down 10 rebounds in the win. On Friday, the Coyotes hosted the Leyton Warriors, a team they rallied against for a fourth...

  • Coyotes Lose First, Go 2-1 On Week

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Jan 13, 2022

    Potter-Dix’s Coyotes basketball team had three games over the past week, and lost their first game of the season to Bayard on Friday. The week’s action started on Monday, January 3, when the Coyotes hosted the Morrill Lions. The Coyotes took a lead early, and even after Morrill rebounded with a solid second quarter, the Coyotes still had a 28-21 lead at the half. A solid third quarter by Potter-Dix with strong defensive play put the game out of reach where a strong fourth quarter by Morrill was...


    Mike Motz, The Observer|Dec 23, 2021

    The Coyote basketball team made a trip down to Caliche, Colo., on Saturday, and came away with a convincing 67-51win over the Buffaloes. The teams played the first quarter tight, with lots of defensive pressure and turnovers limiting the scoring. Potter-Dix managed a 12-9 lead after one period, then went on to score 20 points in the second period to bring a 32-22 advantage into the halftime. Both teams played a solid third period on offense and defense, both scoring 17 points. But Caliche was not able to score enough to stem the tide, and the...

  • Kimball Girls 3-3 After Hershey

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Dec 23, 2021

    Kimball's Lady Longhorns basketball team has had some success in the early going of the 2021-22 season, and hoped it could finish with a win in the final game of the calendar year and go into the new year with a winning record. But Kimball will have to settle for a 3-3 record through December, as Friday's road matchup with undefeated Hershey did not go Kimball's way. The game started very close with both teams playing aggressive defense and limiting offensive opportunities. The low-scoring... Full story

  • Horns 3-2 After Win Over Morrill

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Dec 16, 2021

    Kimball's Lady Longhorns basketball team continued its good start to the season by splitting two games against rivals Perkins County and Morrill over the week. The results moved the Lady Longhorns to 3-2 on the season with one game left to play in December on the road against 4-0 Hershey on Friday, Dec. 17. Saturday, Dec. 11 Kimball 53, Morrill 38 Kimball hosted the Morrill Lady Lions and started strong with its offense moving the ball well and getting good looks from the field. The Kimball defe... Full story

  • Strong Start For Girls Hoops

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Dec 9, 2021

    Despite dropping their first game of the season, the Kimball Lady Longhorns quickly rebounded and took their next two contests to start their season strong. On Thursday, the Lady Longhorns traveled Bayard to match up with the Lady Tigers, and quickly fell behind as the smothering Bayard defense allowed very few shots by the Lady Longhorns. After falling behind 38-8 at the half, the Kimball squad did their best to fight back in the second half, but only managed 16 points and fell by a final...

  • Several Coyotes Make All-District Football

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Dec 2, 2021

    After an historic season culminating with a runner-up trophy at the D6 State Championships, the Potter-Dix Coyotes football team had a big number of players qualify for the 2021All-District Football Team. Here they are: First Team Offense Running Back – Luke Kasten End – Thomas Muldoon Center – Caden McConnell Second Team Offense Quarterback – Brayden Kasten End – Niko Koon Kicker – Thomas Muldoon First Team Defense Defensive Back – Jared Anton Second Team Defense Defensive Back – Zach Rotert...

  • Cody-Kilgore Too Much For Coyotes In D6 Final

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Nov 25, 2021

    The historic season that the Potter-Dix Coyote football team enjoyed came to a disappointing end Friday night in Ron and Carol Cope Stadium at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, as they fell to the Cody-Kilgore Cowboys by a final score of 65-37. The Coyotes' run fell just short of a state championship as the Cody-Kilgore running attack proved to be too much for the Coyotes to stop for four quarters. The Potter-Dix team ended the season with an 11-1 record, a runner-up trophy, and a host of...

  • Coyotes Punch Ticket To State Title Game

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Nov 18, 2021

    The Potter-Dix Coyote Football team makes the last stop on their historic run on Friday, when they face off against the Cody-Kilgore Cowboys at Ron and Carol Cope Stadium at the University of Nebraska-Kearney on Friday at 6 p.m. Potter-Dix comes into the matchup ranked number 1 in D6, with Cody-Kilgore ranked number 2. Both teams are undefeated at 11-0, but that’s where the similarities end. The Cowboys have scored 768 points and given up 184, while the Coyotes have scored 691 while giving up 217. The numbers show the Cowboys as a high scoring...

  • Coyotes Win Thriller, 39-38, In Semifinal

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Nov 18, 2021

    The number 1 ranked Potter-Dix Coyote Football team continued their historic season on Friday, holding off a late surge by the number 13 ranked Spalding Academy Shamrocks to punch their ticket to a State Championship game in Kearney, the first in the school's history. The Coyotes will face their biggest challenge of the year against the Cody-Kilgore Cowboys on Friday. In Spalding, the teams started with chilly temperatures and gusting 30 mph winds which affected both teams. After a failed...

  • Shamrocks Pose Big Challenge For P-D

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Nov 11, 2021

    The Potter-Dix Coyotes are the No. 1 ranked team in D6, and face the No. 13 ranked Spalding Academy Shamrocks in the semifinal round of the NSAA D6 play offs on November 12 in Spalding. Due to the arcane formulas used by the NSAA, Potter-Dix will have to make the long journey east to Spalding, and if they win, they will face either Wallace or Cody Kilgore in Kearney on November 19 for the State Championship. Spalding Academy features a run-heavy offense, led by seniors Dawson Murphy and Daniel...

  • No. 1 Coyotes Go 'Full Game' To Advance In Postseason

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Nov 11, 2021

    Potter-Dix’s Coyote football team hosted the quarterfinal round of the D6 playoffs Friday afternoon, and defeated the visiting Parkview Christian Patriots 70-34 to advance to the semifinal round of the D6 playoffs. This victory pushes the Coyotes’ record to 10-0 on the season and marks the first time the Potter-Dix team has advanced to the semi-final round of the playoffs. On an sunshine soaked afternoon with 70-degree weather and a slight breeze, the teams squared off in front of a bring crowd, and impressive number of Parkview Christian fan...

  • Coyotes Blow Out Warriors, 54-0

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Nov 4, 2021

    The powerhouse Potter-Dix Coyote football team improved to 9-0 on the season with a 54-0 shellacking of the visiting Sioux County Warriors in the first round of the D6 Playoffs Friday afternoon in Potter. Sioux County came into the game shorthanded due to injuries and tried a few different looks to hopefully slow down the Coyotes, but to no avail as the Coyotes scored on seven of their first nine possessions of the game. After electing to receive after winning the coin toss, Sioux County hit... Full story

  • Coyotes 8-0 Entering Postseason

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Oct 28, 2021

    Potter-Dix's Coyote football team finished out its regular season with an 80-16 rout over Creek Valley, earning its second straight D6-6 title and undefeated regular season. The Coyotes' swarming defense held Creek Valley to minus-27 yards rushing while forcing four turnovers. The Creek Valley Storm, fresh from an inspirational win over South Platte last week, simply did not have the manpower to keep up with Potter-Dix, as they only dressed nine players for the game. The Coyotes again scored...

  • Coyotes Top Young Wildcats, Now 7-0

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Oct 21, 2021

    Potter-Dix's Coyote football team moved its record to 7-0 against the Banner County Wildcats in Harrisburg on Friday night. The Coyotes dominated in all aspects of the game, and only a late score by Banner County prevented a shutout. The Coyotes scored early and often, quickly putting the game out of reach for the overmatched Wildcats. Nine different Coyotes scored touchdowns in the game, and there were 13 total touchdowns for Potter-Dix in the contest. The Coyotes only attempted six passes, and...

  • Coyotes Make Some Hay

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Oct 14, 2021

    Potter-Dix’s Coyote football team continued its success with a 51-12 win over Hay Springs Friday night at Combs Field in Potter. After deferring to the second half, the Coyotes kicked off and put the Hawks deep in their own territory to start the game. After a few unsuccessful running attempts, the Hawks connected on a long pass to get the ball into Coyote territory. But the Potter-Dix defense stiffened and forced a turnover on downs. On the Coyotes’ first play from scrimmage, sophomore quarterback Brayden Kasten found junior Luke Kasten on...


    Mike Motz, The Observer|Oct 14, 2021

    Kimball's Lady Longhorn volleyball team has not had many wins this season, but it earned a special victory Thursday as the school honored the 1979 Kimball State Champion Volleyball Team. It was 50 years ago when the NSAA established the State Tournament for Volleyball, and schools all across Nebraska have been honoring their prior championship teams all season. On Thursday, the Kimball 1979 Class B State Championship team, which went undefeated and did not lose a set in the tournament, returned...

  • No. 2 Coyotes Roll On, 70-6

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Oct 7, 2021

    The No. 2 ranked D-6 Potter-Dix Coyotes remain unbeaten as they had no trouble defeating the visiting South Platte Blue Knights, 70-6, on Homecoming Night in Potter on Friday. The winless Blue Knights fell behind quickly and had no answers against the Coyotes offense, as sophomore quarterback Brayden Kasten threw for four touchdowns and ended the game with a 163.2 quarterback rating. Junior Luke Kasten also added a 34-yard touchdown pass. The Coyotes had two runners rush for over 100 yards,...

  • Coyotes Rip Rams, 65-25

    Mike Motz|Sep 23, 2021

    A strong start and a big second quarter by the Potter-Dix Coyotes was too much for the visiting Crawford Rams to overcome, and the Coyotes moved their record to 3-0 with a big 65-25 win Friday night in Crawford. Potter-Dix held off the Rams in the first quarter, opening a three point lead, then scored three touchdowns to open up a 34-17 lead going into the halftime intermission. Any chances of a Crawford comeback were dashed in the third quarter when the swarming Coyote defense shut down the...

  • P-D Wallops Warriors

    Mike Motz, The Observer|Sep 9, 2021

    The Sioux County Warriors traveled to Potter on Friday for their first game of the season against the D6 powerhouse Potter-Dix Coyotes, and had no answers for the overwhelming Coyotes offense and defense. The Coyotes piled up the points in the 62-8 victory and their second win in as many tries this season. Junior Luke Kasten and sophomore Brayden Kasten shared quarterbacking duties, combining for six completions out of 17 attempts for 121 yards and four touchdowns. Senior Jared Anton led the rushing attack, carrying eight times for 129 yards...

  • No 2021 Kimball Football

    Mike Motz and Jim Orr, The Observer|Sep 2, 2021

    Kimball High School’s football season appears to have ended before it started. The Longhorns were forced to forfeit their scheduled opener at Hitchcock County last Friday due to a lack of players. And now this. “We only have nine players out for football right now,” Kimball coach Ben Aarestad said Tuesday. “I don’t think we will play at all this year. We have lost so many kids in the past few years that it finally caught up with us.” The Horns were scheduled to play Leyton this Friday, but that seems most unlikely barring the unforeseen....

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