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Viking’s Tourney to Showcase Top 10 Teams

Over the years, the Bertrand Invitational Volleyball Tournament has been host to some of the top class D volleyball match-ups in the state.  This year will be no different as the 2019 tournament will showcase 3 top 10 teams in class D. Pleasanton (13-1), currently ranked 2 in class D-1, Bertrand (10-3), ranked 8 in class-D-2, and Giltner (10-2) ranked as high as 7 in class D-2, along with Hitchcock County (10-5), will battle it out on Saturday, September 28 at the Bertrand High School gymnasium.

The Vikings are looking forward to the challenge.  “It will be a great opportunity for our girls to compete with the best teams in our class,” commented co-head coach Kevin Lavene. “It will allow us to see exactly how we measure-up.” Both Pleasanton and Giltner are loaded with experience and talent.  Pleasanton lost only 2 seniors from a very talented 2018 team, while Giltner is top heavy with senior leadership.  

The Vikings will look for consistency and leadership from junior setter Erin Boggs.  “Erin is extremely athletic and competitive,” said coach Lisa Mason. “She doesn’t always get statistical credit for all that she is able to do on the court.  She is a great setter; she makes a lot of things happen for us.” Boggs is averaging 23 sets per match this season. In addition to Boggs, the Vikings count on their senior libero Jada High for much of the defense and serving success as she leads the team in digs, serve receive, and ace serves. The only other senior on the squad, Jennica Dannehl also provides all around consistency in every aspect of the game.

Junior Aleya Hueftle and Sophomore Johanna Ford have become dominant players at the net for the Vikings, and according to coaches Mason and Lavene continue to get stronger and more dominant through the season. Together, they lead the hitting and blocking categories on the team. Rounding out the Viking line-up include junior Macie Steinbrink and sophomore Jordan Hilmer on the outside.  Junior Anna Pelton and freshman Sadie Maloley bring depth to the Vikings off the bench.

The Vikings will take on Giltner at 10:00 am in the East Gym while Pleasanton will match up with Hitchcock County in the West Gym. At 11:00, Bertrand will take on conference rival Hitchcock County in the East Gym, followed up by Pleasanton and Giltner at 12:00. Bertrand and Pleasanton will play at 1:00 in the East Gym while Glitner and Hitchcock County finish up the day in the West Gym.

Sertoma East/ West 8 – man all star game

Mark Dethlefs has been a loyal coach to the Viking football program for 23 years. He has coached 38 years total. Before coming to Bertrand, he coached at two other schools, Sioux County Harrison, and Ewing. This summer he was given the opportunity to coach in the Sertoma East- West 8-man All-Star game in Hastings. However, this wasn’t his first all-star game. In 1986, he was chosen to coach in the West Nebraska All Star game in Scottsbluff. 

    Two 2019 Viking graduates were also chosen to play one last time under Coach Dethlefs direction in the Sertoma Classic. Jordan Holen and Dylan Boggs were among those selected by the states coaches. When asked how it felt to coach his own players he said, “It was fun. It was a different setting where it’s not all about winning. It’s more about having fun.” Winning wasn’t the main priority, but the West did win, 34-22. Coach Dethlefs commented that it’s definitely something he would do again. 

Vikings Get a Comeback Win Against the Broncos

   Despite a 24-12 deficit at half-time, the Vikings managed to make a second half rally to defeat the Broncos last Friday in Amherst.  

The Vikings  could not stop the Amherst running game in the first half which resulted in trailing 24-12.  Bryce Philips went down in the first half with a knee injury making the effort more challenging forcing the Vikings to make changes. The Vikings switched to a defense that they hadn’t used in two years to try and slow down the Bronco attack. The Vikings were able to score in the first half with a 64 yard touchdown pass from Arik Ackerman to Jose Murillo in the first quarter and a three yard run by Ethan Klingenberg to score late in the second quarter. The Vikings were unable to convert on either of the two, 2-point conversions.       

      The Vikings gave up a quick score at the start of the second half to make it 30-12  with 11 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. It wasn’t looking good for the Vikings until Ethan Klingenberg ran for 55 yards on an option play to spark the Vikings.  This score led to 32 straight points for Bertrand. Klingenberg scored three more times in the second half. He ran in two touchdowns; one for fifteen yards and another for five yards. A pass from Arik Ackerman to Klingenberg for 55 yards and another long pass to Jose Murillo  set up the third touchdown for Klingenberg. Ackerman also scored on a 26 yard TD run in the half.  

     Although the Viking offense scored big in the second half, the true story is about the second half defense and how it was able to shut down the Bronco running game. The Broncos only had thirty yards rushing in the second half.  The defensive line and linebackers  consisting of Wilson Kuck, Jarett Bieker,  William De Oss, Bladen Jasnoch and Jackson Furlong did not give an inch. Although the boys were learning and adapting to a new defense, their aggressiveness was the difference in slowing down the Bronco offense. The Vikings gave up a long pass late in the game to make the game more interesting, but they held on to win the game  44-36.   

     The boys played hard and the crowd gave them lots of energy. The fans were fabulous! The Vikings have a bye this week, but will host Medicine Valley in a JV game on Monday. Wauneta-Palisade will travel to Bertrand next Friday, September 20 for homecoming.