CHADRON, Neb. -- November 5, 2022 -- It was a tale of two halves Saturday when the Chadron State Eagles took a 24-3 halftime lead, but the Colorado Mesa Mavericks outscored the hosts 28-7 in the second half to tie the score at 31-31 with 22 seconds remaining in regulation and then won the game 38-37 in overtime.

The Mavericks had first possession in overtime, and, on the third play, scored on a 19-yard pass from quarterback Gavin Herberg to a wide open Jacob Whitmer in the right side of the end zone. It was the Mavs' first lead since they were ahead 3-0 lead midway in the first period. Lucas Ruiz-Diaz kicked the extra point that proved to be the winning point.

Chadron State used six plays to score its overtime touchdown. Massive tailback Jalen Starks leaped into the end zone from two yards out for the score.  Before that he'd also rushed three times for 18 yards during the 25-yard drive.

During Starks' TD, an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty was called on a Mesa State player.  That put the ball on the 1 ½-yard line for the conversion attempt, so the Eagles decided to go for two points.

Starks got the hand off again, but was immediately met by a couple of Mavericks, who downed him shy of the goal line, ending the game. 

"It came down to that last play," Chadron State Coach Jay Long said.  "It was a heartbreaker for our guys and particularly the 15 seniors who were playing their last game at home. I feel horrible for them. If we'd scored on that play, we'd all be feeling great now, but we didn't."

It was Chadron State's 12th overtime game.  The most recent was two years ago when Ruiz-Diaz booted a 38-yard field goal to give Mesa a 10-7 win in Grand Junction. 

Twenty years ago this fall, when the Eagles were playing their third overtime game, they won 31-30 in Grand Junction when linebacker Amos Davis blocked the Mavericks' extra point attempt in the second extra session.

Chadron State is now 6-6 in its OT contests.

Both teams have won three times this fall.  The Eagles are 3-5 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The Mavericks are 2-6.

While Mesa scored first in Saturday's game on a Ruiz-Diaz's 40-yard field goal midway in the first period, the Eagles dominated the remainder of the opening half both offensively and defensively.   

Chadron State tied the score when Gunnar Jones kicked a 22-yard field goal with 2:42 left in the first period.  It was set up when Grant Swenson threw a wobbly end-around pass to fellow wideout Tommy Thomas for a 29-yard gain.

The Eagles posted three touchdowns in the second period to build their 24-3 halftime bulge.

Starks scored the first and third TDs on runs of one and three yards, sandwiched around a 12-yard pass from quarterback Heath Beemiller to wide receiver Ahlonte Hair.

The first scoring drive was comprised of six running plays, none of them longer than eight yards, after Mesa was called for roughing the passer.

The second drive involved 10 plays for 63 yards that opened with two Beemiller-to-Hair passes for 17 yards and included three rushes by Dorian Collier for 26 yards before Hair caught the touchdown toss in the end zone.

The Eagles also scored two minutes before halftime on a 49-yard drive that featured Beemiller's passes of 14 yards to Ali Musa and 18 yards to Ro Ambercrombie, to set the pins for Starks' three-yard romp up the middle.

Along with the three-touchdown lead on the scoreboard, Chadron State owned a 232-to-31-yard margin in total offense at halftime.  Much of that was because the Eagles' defense had sacked the Mavericks' two alternate quarterbacks—Kia'l Keone and Gavin Herberg--seven times for 40 yards in losses, and the passes they completed netted just 46 yards.

Keone and Herberg got the call because Mesa's primary quarterback, Karst Hunter, who had completed 162 of the Mavs' 182 passes in the first eight games this fall, was on the trip but did not suit up for the game.

The complexion of the game was much different in the second half.  The Mesa quarterbacks threw some crisp passes adding up to more than 300 yards and Eagles never sacked them again. 

Keone started the second half at quarterback, and before long, he connected with Keenan Brown on a 46-yard strike for the Mavs' first touchdown. Herberg was the signal caller four minutes later when he threw a 47-yard linedrive to Whitmer for another TD.  Both passes were into the brisk west wind and the receivers were on the run when they made over-the-shoulder catches.  Suddenly the score was 24-17.

The Eagles retaliated late in the third frame by going 47 yards in 10 plays after Thomas returned the kickoff 28 yards.  The big gainer was an 18-yard pass to Swenson. Five plays later, Beemiller rolled out and fired a dart that Swenson caught in the end zone for a six-yard touchdown.  CSC was back on top by two touchdowns.

However, 15 seconds into the fourth quarter, Harberg found Brown wide open and hit him with a 36-yard TD pass. 

After the Eagles' next drive stalled when a high snap from center forced Beemiller to retrieve the ball behind him for a 12-yard loss and necessitated a punt.  The Mavericks reached the Eagles' 25 when safety Harvey Reynolds intercepted Herberg's pass and returned it 20 yards to the original line of scrimmage.

Neither team could sustain its next drive, and the RMAC rivals traded punts. Jones's boot into the wind went out of bounds in the coffin corner, forcing Mesa to take possession at its own two-yard line.  It looked as if the Eagles had the Mavs right where they wanted them.

But on the first play, Herberg, throwing out of the end zone, hit the talented Brown, who made a diving catch at midfield for a 48-yard gain.  Next, Herberg completed a 29-yard toss to tight end Jacob Whitmer at the CSC 19.

With the clock running down, things got dicey.  

Mesa continued to drive and picked up a first and goal at the Eagles' eight. With just over a minute remaining, Mesa's Myles Newble attempted to run wide. CSC linebacker Joey Geil sniffed out the play and grabbed him for a 12-yard loss. Even though Newble is a running back and was not injured, a referee assessed the Eagles for a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty, moving the ball back to the CSC six.

Following an incomplete pass and a one-yard completion, Chadron State was called for pass interference, giving the visitors a first and goal at the two. The first three plays went for naught before Herberg ran straight ahead and dove into the end zone for the touchdown with 22 seconds left.  After Ruiz-Diaz added the extra point, the game was headed for overtime.

Mesa finished with 438 total net yards, gaining 407 of them in the second half.  The Mavs managed just 34 yards rushing, but Herberg completed 20 of 31 passes for 296 yards and Keone eight of 13 for 106.  Brown caught 10 of the passes for 195 yards while Whitmer grabbed six the 120 to go with their two touchdowns apiece.

The Eagles had 370 total yards, including 150 yards rushing. Collier carried 13 times for 90 yards and Starks 22 for 69. Beemiller completed 24 of 36 passes for 191 yards. Thomas caught six for 68 and Hair six for 57.

Both teams had some busy tacklers. Freshman linebacker Ritchie McCormack paced the Eagles with 10 while Geil made nine, Hunter O'Connor seven and Brendan Brehmer and Reynolds both with six.

Liban Shongolo led Mesa with 12, followed by Siaosi Finau with 10 and Kaden Stewart and Nathan Derrick with nine.  

The Eagles will conclude their season this coming Saturday by playing at South Dakota Mines      
                                                CMU                      CSC
First Downs                                 23                         24
Total Net Yards                           438                       370
Rushes, Yards                          33-34                    50-150
Passing Yards                            404                       220
Passing                                  38-45-2                  25-37-0
Return Yards                               29                         78
Punts, Average                          3-41                     6-33.3
Fumbles, Lost                            1-0                        0-0
Penalties, Yards                        6-76                      5-35

Colorado Mesa          3         0        14        14        7         ---38
Chadron State           3       21          7          0        6         ---37

First Quarter
CMU—Lucas Ruiz-Diaz 40 field goal
CSC—Gunnar Jones 22 field goal
Second Quarter
CSC—Jalen Starks 1 run (Jones kick)
CSC—Ahlonte Hair 12 pass from Heath Beemiller (Jones kick)
CSC—Starks 3 run (Jones kick)
Third Quarter
CSM—Keenan Brown 46 pass from Kai'l Keone (Ruiz-Diaz kick)
CSM—Jacob Whitmer 36 pass from Gavin Herberg (Ruiz Diaz kick)
CSC—Grant Swenson 6 pass from Beemiller (Jones kick)
Fourth Quarter
CSM—Brown 36 pass from Herberg (Ruiz-Diaz kick)
CSM—Herberg 2 run (Ruiz-Diaz kick)
CSM—Whitmer 19 pass from Herberg (Ruiz-Diaz kick)
CSC—Starks 3 run (run failed)

Chadron State volleyball drops rivalry match to Black Hills State

CHADRON, Neb – November 5th, 2022 – The Chadron State volleyball team lost in five sets (22-25, 25-18, 18-25, 15-17) to Black Hills State on senior night at the Chicoine Center. This puts the Eagles final record at 7-20 overall, and 5-13 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

Black Hills jumped out to an early 4-1 lead on CSC, but Mayson Fago kill sparked a run that gave the Eagles the lead at 6-4. The Yellow Jackets tied the game twice and overtook the lead at 12-11. CSC stole the lead back briefly to make the score 18-17 off a service ace from Rylee Greiman, but BHSU went on an 8-2 run to close the set from a Madison Hoopman kill.

The Eagles started off hot in the second set, jumping out in front 5-2. Black Hills fought back, however, to tie the set at nine a piece. Both teams went back and forth with three ties and three lead changes. CSC was up 15-14 when they went on a 10-4 run thanks to Carstyn Hageman leading the way at the service line. This was enough for the Eagles to finish off the set off a block from Fago.

The third set opened closely, with CSC holding on to a one-point lead early and often. Up 9-8, the momentum fully went with the Eagles after a Micaiah Vrbka kill. A 9-2 run put the Eagles out of reach, as BHSU only scored four more points. The Eagles finished off the set in true Chadron fashion, with Hageman at the service line, and an Allie Ferguson kill.

The fourth set started off with BHSU taking a 9-4 lead. CSC cut the lead to two but that was the closest the Eagles came, for the rest of the set. A 12-4 run separated BHSU enough to finish the set, and another Hoopman kill gave BHSU the point needed to tie the match 2-2.

The pivotal fifth set saw the Eagles jump out to a 4-1 lead. The Eagles went on a 5-2 run to lead 9-3. Black Hills was able to flip the momentum, tying the game at 12 apiece. CSC had match point three times, but BHSU finished its comeback victory on a 3-0 run and a Kindra Cerrone kill.

The Eagles offense had one of its best performances, hitting .240 on the night and totaling 49 kills. Fago had a .385 with Adams, Vrbka, and Ferguson all hitting over .200 on the night. Fago also led the team in total kills with 18, while Adams had eight, and Ferguson recorded seven. Hurtado added five.

The Eagles had a brick wall at the net as they totaled 12 team blocks on the night. Adams was partially credited with six, while Fujiyama and Fago contributed five total blocks each.

The Eagles totaled 71 digs on the night with Greiman, Hurtado, and Schaefer all tallying double digits.

CSC finished the season tied for 10th in the RMAC standings, up from 14th in 2021.

CSC runners begin postseason at RMACs in Durango

DURANGO, Colo. -- November 5, 2022 -- The Chadron State College cross country runners went to Durango, Colorado, on Saturday, competing in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships, hosted by Fort Lewis College at Hill Crest Golf Course.

The Eagles were 13th of 15 teams in the men's race, while the women's team was 14th of 15.

The leading runner for the CSC men, freshman Topi Alahuata, was finished in 27:29.4, to stand 72nd of 118 competitors.

The CSC leader on the women's team, at 69th of 114 runners, was freshman Lexi Rule. She ran 25:11.3 on the six-kilometer course to finish 69th of 114 runners.

Colorado School of Mines won the men's team title, while its Dillon Powell, was the first to cross the finish line individually.

Adams State's women, with five of the top seven individuals, won the team title. Its Stephanie Cotter won the individual race, and it took the top four places.

The Eagles will compete again in two weeks at the NCAA South Central Regionals in Denver.

Six individuals place at Mines rookie open

GOLDEN, Colo. – November 6, 2022 – Six Chadron State College men's wrestlers placed at the Mines Rookie Open on Sunday in Golden, Colorado.
"We had a great day," said CSC Head Men's Wrestling Coach Brett Hunter. "I knew from the beginning our young guys would do well this year, and today they showed it. There are things we have to improve on, and we will."
Chadron State runners-up in the tournament were true freshmen Cyrus Wells, at 149 pounds, and Logan Berger, at 165.
Wells won his first four matches, against two Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opponents, a junior college wrestler, and one club member, to make the finals. There his only loss was to another true freshman from Colorado School of Mines.
Berger won decisive bouts against two junior college men, then a simple decision over an Air Force Academy cadet, to make the finals. Another cadet, Seamus Casey, was the tournament champ, winning 6-0.
Sophomore Darwin Hull was fourth at the event, despite moving up to 184 from the 174-pound class. He dominated in his first two matches against RMAC opponents, before falling by pin in the semifinal round and the third-place match.
At 157 pounds, true freshman Colton Gehlhausen lost his initial match against the Air Force Academy's Gabe Hawthorne, then ran through the consolations for fifth place. The tournament format was such that Hawthorne advanced to the third-place match and won after losing in the semifinals.
Junior newcomer Bryan Zutavern was another who lost his initial match, against a club competitor. He then pinned his way through the consolations, against a Division I, Division II, and junior college opponent, to get to the fifth-place match. He lost 3-0 to an RMAC opponent there.
At heavyweight, true freshman Nate Meza won his initial match and lost a major decision to the eventual tourney champ in the second round. Wrestling back through the consolations, he lost 3-1 in the finals to an opponent who was sent to consolations by the eventual runner-up. Due to the tourney format, Meza finished sixth.
Sophomore Quade Smith, a varsity wrestler at 125 pounds, redshirt freshman Keegan Gehlhausen, at 184, and true freshman Brandon Paredes, at 149, were pulled prematurely from the tournament, in order to prevent unnecessary injury. The official results show medical forfeits for the three.

The Eagles will send wrestlers to the Cowboy Open at the University of Wyoming on Saturday, for the team's next competition.
CSC Individual Results:
Hector De La Cruz (CMU) Dec. Cooper Cohee (CSC) (Dec 3-0)
Cooper Cohee (CSC) TF Binyam Barila (WCU) (TF 16-0)
Nico Tocci (Air Force Prep) Dec. Cooper Cohee (CSC) (Dec 7-3)
Quade Smith (CSC) pinned Malachi Gallegos (OJC) (Fall 2:20)
Weston Diblasi (CSM) Dec. Quade Smith (CSC) (SV-1 6-4)
Skyler Geier-Dodson (CSC) Dec. Raiden Harrison (NJC) (Dec 7-5)
Dale Van Matre (ASU) MD Skyler Geier-Dodson (CSC) (Maj 12-3)
Maximus Brabson (WCU) MD Skyler Geier-Dodson (CSC) (Maj 11-3)
Hunter Gilmore (CSC) Dec. Jacob McCarley (WCU) (Dec 5-2)
Bryce Shelton (Air Force) pinned Hunter Gilmore (CSC) (Fall 6:09)
Hunter Gilmore (CSC) Dec. Cael Figueroa (ASU) (Dec 6-4)
Bronson Richins (NJC) pinned Hunter Gilmore (CSC) (Fall 6:47)
Deklyn Miller (NMHU) MD Tayton Ricard (CSC) (Maj 9-0)
Tayton Ricard (CSC) pinned Matt Najera (NMHU) (Fall 4:20)
Alex Castaneda (CMU) pinned Tayton Ricard (CSC) (Fall 4:00)
Brandon Paredes (CSC) Dec. Dakota Taavialma (OJC) (Dec 13-6)
Brandon Paredes (CSC) pinned Colin Brown (NMHU) (Fall 3:30)
Eric Cain (Colby CC) MD Adam Kruse (CSC) (Maj 9-1)
Colin Brown (NMHU) pinned Adam Kruse (CSC) (Fall 4:50)
Cyrus Wells (CSC) MD Rojelio Loya (Colby CC) (Maj 12-2)
Cyrus Wells (CSC) TF Zack Fish (ASU) (TF 18-0)
Cyrus Wells (CSC) TF Niko Mayo (CSM) (TF 16-1)
Cyrus Wells (CSC) Dec. Vincent Cabral (Pomona Elite (PWCC)) (Dec 7-4)
Jakob Smith (CSM) MD Cyrus Wells (CSC) (Maj 9-0)
Gabe Hawthorne (Air Force) pinned Colton Gehlhausen (CSC) (Fall 4:07)
Colton Gehlhausen (CSC) pinned Jacob Robbins (WCU) (Fall 5:23)
Colton Gehlhausen (CSC) Dec. Parker Elliott (CMU) (Dec 7-2)
Colton Gehlhausen (CSC) pinned Dominic Helbok (ASU) (Fall 5:47)
Colton Gehlhausen (CSC) pinned Joshua Arend (NJC) (Fall 1:29)
Wyatt Madole (CSC) pinned Dominic Helbok (ASU) (Fall 3:57)
Joshua Arend (NJC) Dec. Wyatt Madole (CSC) (Dec 15-8)
Casteus Combs (NJC) TF Wyatt Madole (CSC) (TF 17-0)
Cody Thompson (CSM) MD Luke Goncalves (CSC) (Maj 14-4)
Dominic Helbok (ASU) pinned Luke Goncalves (CSC) (Fall 2:01)
Dylan White (CSC) pinned Tj Moffitt (NJC) (Fall 6:36)
Reagan Lefevre (Air Force) pinned Dylan White (CSC) (Fall 3:30)
Casteus Combs (NJC) pinned Dylan White (CSC) (Fall 4:32)
Logan Berger (CSC) pinned Sullivan Sample (NJC) (Fall 2:57)
Logan Berger (CSC) TF James Thomas (Colby CC) (TF 17-1)
Logan Berger (CSC) Dec. Ty Ryan (Air Force) (Dec 9-3)
Seamus Casey (Air Force) Dec. Logan Berger (CSC) (Dec 6-0)
Hayden Burr (CSC) TF Jace Wid (Colby CC) (TF 17-2)
Nico Gagliardi (CSM) MD Hayden Burr (CSC) (Maj 15-5)
Ryan Cody (CSM) pinned Hayden Burr (CSC) (Fall 4:40)
Keegan Gehlhausen (CSC) MD Ryan Cody (CSM) (Maj 13-2)
Drake Buchanan (Air Force) Dec. Keegan Gehlhausen (CSC) (Dec 6-2)
Darwin Hull (CSC) pinned Ben Robuck (CMU) (Fall 1:13)
Darwin Hull (CSC) MD Pratt Williams (WCU) (Maj 15-6)
Garrett Bakarich (CSM) pinned Darwin Hull (CSC) (Fall 0:48)
Nico Gagliardi (CSM) pinned Darwin Hull (CSC) (Fall 2:30)
Kai Argyros (Valiant Prep) MD Bryan Zutavern (CSC) (Maj 12-4)
Bryan Zutavern (CSC) pinned Branson Russell (Sacramento State) (Fall 2:06)
Bryan Zutavern (CSC) pinned Zeke Borunda (NMHU) (Fall 1:32)
Bryan Zutavern (CSC) pinned Logan Bean (NJC) (Fall 1:32)
Braden Baumgartner (CMU) Dec. Bryan Zutavern (CSC) (Dec 3-0)
Morgen Watt (CSC) pinned Jamar Toston (Colby CC) (Fall 2:57)
Dante Pallone (WCU) pinned Morgen Watt (CSC) (Fall 5:30)
Logan Bean (NJC) pinned Morgen Watt (CSC) (Fall 2:31)
Nate Meza (CSC) pinned Charles Holub (CSM) (Fall 6:31)
Antonio Ramos (Air Force Prep) MD Nate Meza (CSC) (Maj 10-1)
Nate Meza (CSC) Dec. Abdias Hernandez (Colby CC) (Dec 3-2)
Nate Meza (CSC) Dec. Ruben Samuelson (CMU) (SV-1 5-3)
Tyler Doyle (CMU) Dec. Nate Meza (CSC) (Dec 3-1)

CSC women's wrestlers take two second places, three thirds

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- November 5, 2022 -- The Chadron State College women's wrestling team had two placers who were in second, and three who finished third, in an open meet at Grand Junction, Colorado, on Saturday.

The silver medalists were Heavynne Robles-Wright, at 109 points, and Lila Bloomer, at 170.

Robles-Wright went 2-1, winning two tech falls before falling to a pin again No 3 Colorado Mesa's Isabella Morales.

Bloomer was also 2-1, getting two pins before suffering a 10-6 decision against her.

The third-place finishers were Isabell Ortiz (4-1), at 116 pounds, Marissa Porsch (6-1) at 155, and Kamila Montenegro (3-1) at 170.

The CSC women's wrestlers are next in action on November 18, at Minot, North Dakota, with three duals Friday and Saturday that weekend.