Chadron State Teams To Open Slates Next Week

(Story Written By Con Marshall)

While the Nebraska high school athletic teams either have or soon will be opening their seasons, it will be the first week of September before the Chadron State Eagles launch their schedules.

The Eagles’ volleyball team will begin its season on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 3 and 4 at a tournament hosted by Colorado State-Pueblo.  Coach Jennifer Stadler’s team is to meet four non-conference foes—the University of Mary from Bismarck, N.D., Minnesota-Crookston, Fort Hays State of Kansas and Rollins College from Florida.

The CSC netters, as volleyball teams were once called, will play six more matches before making their home debut on Sept. 24 and 25 against Black Hills State and South Dakota Mines.

Because of the nasty COVID pandemic, the college volleyball season was moved from fall to spring during the 2020-21 school year, the Lady Eagles and their opponents were still playing in late March, only five months ago.

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As usual, the CSC cross country team will begin its season on Saturday, Sept. 4 at the Hardrocker Classic hosted by South Dakota Mines in Rapid City.  The Eagles will host the Hardrockers the following Saturday, Sept. 11, when Chadron High also will have its annual invitational on the CSC course that is one of the region’s finest.   

 The Chadron State football team will visit Western Colorado State in Gunnison for a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference clash on Saturday, Sept. 4.  With veterans available at nearly every position, there’s lots of optimism that the Eagles will fly high this fall, but the schedule is tough. 

Monday’s practice was the 13th of the 23 they are allowed before the season kicks off. The coaches reported that while some gridder are “banged up,” no injuries that are likely to require surgery have occurred.  With a bulk of the player evaluations completed, the emphasis is shifting to preparing for the Mountaineers, Offensive Coordinator Micah Smith said Monday.

The football Eagles will play at home on Sept. 11 when Angelo State, one of the top teams from the Lone Star Conference, visits for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

The CSC golf team won’t swing into action until Monday, Sept. 13 when it enters a tournament at the Todd Creek Course at Thornton, Colo. Coach John Ritzen has eight players on his roster, all of them members of last year’s team. The leaders include former Chadron High state champion Alpine Hickstein. She had a 78.8-stroke average while playing in eight tournaments in 2020-21. 

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