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Emerson-Hubbard Boys and Girls 2-2 in last four games
2019-01-19T05:25














The Emerson-Hubbard Boys Basketball Team went 2-2 in their last four games, losing 69-46 at Osmond last Friday night before winning 60-44 at home over Wynot last Saturday, and 47-42 at Homer Tuesday night before falling 45-36 at home to Wakefield Thursday night.

The Tigers led 22-7 at the end of one, and won the 2nd quarter 11-5 to take a 33-12 lead into the locker room.

The Pirates won the 3rd quarter 15-12 to make it a 45-27 game at the end of three in favor of Osmond.

The Tigers won the 4th quarter 24-19.

Nolan Belt had 15 points and 8 rebounds while Jacob Kneifl and Spencer Burcham totaled 15 and 9 points, respectively.

The Pirates and Blue Devils were tied at 12 at the end of one. Emerson-Hubbard won the 2nd quarter 15-13 to take a 27-25 lead into the locker room.

The Pirates outscored Wynot 15-8 in the 3rd quarter to go up 42-33 at the end of three.

Emerson-Hubbard won the 4th quarter 18-11.

Belt led the way with 22 points and 15 rebounds, good enough for a double-double, while Jacob Kneifl registered 18 points and 9 rebounds. Mason Hall totaled 9 points.

The Pirates and Knights were tied at 10 at the end of one. Homer won the 2nd quarter 13-12 to go up 23-22 at halftime.

Emerson-Hubbard outscored the Knights 15-8 in the 3rd quarter to pull in front 37-31 at the end of three.

Homer won the 4th quarter 11-10.

Kneifl had 19 points and 9 rebounds while Belt totaled 13 points and 17 rebounds, good enough for a double-double.

The Trojans led 9-5 at the end of one before outscoring the Pirates 18-11 in the 2nd quarter to take a 27-16 lead into the locker room.

Emerson-Hubbard outscored Wakefield 12-5 in the 3rd quarter to make it a 32-28 game at the end of three in favor of the Trojans.

Wakefield won the 3rd quarter 13-8.

Belt finished with a double-double of 10 points and 15 rebounds while Kneifl posted 8 points.

Good strong play from the Pirates their last three games.

Emerson-Hubbard (4-11) takes on Pender (4-9) on the road Tuesday night in action that can be heard on 107.9 the Bull.

The Pendragons lost 47-39 at Wisner-Pilger Thursday night.

This is a big game as both teams are in the same Sub-District.

Of course there was a lot of talk about Emerson-Hubbard and Pender combining in some sports in the offseason although Boys Basketball was not one of them.

The Pirates really have to get after the Pendragons for four quarters, and play the way they have lately.

Emerson-Hubbard can definitely win this one as the Sub-District is wide open.

This one is big for the Pirates as a win would boost their confidence no doubt.

Emerson-Hubbard has to be confident heading into this one too.

The Pirates just beat Wynot and Homer, and played Wakefield to 9 points.

Belt and Kneifl need to have big games for Emerson-Hubbard.

The way those two have performed lately has been incredible, and Emerson-Hubbard needs to continue to get great production from them.

They're not only doing it offensively, but defensively as well.

The Pirates are getting better, and a win over the Pendragons would be another huge step in the right direction.

Emerson-Hubbard is seeing Pender at a good time based on how well the Pirates are playing right now.

The stage couldn't be any more set or bigger for the Pirates to go out there and win.

Emerson-Hubbard has to have a good game on both ends of the floor, and try and contain Sam Mailoux.

The Pirates have to body him up and try and outrebound him if at all possible.

Emerson-Hubbard has to be tough, tenacious, and physical, and can't back down from Pender whatsoever.

The Pirates have to play to win, and not not to lose.

The game will be aired on the Bull after the Girls Game, which is scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m.















The Emerson-Hubbard Girls are also 2-2 in their last four games, winning 56-39 at Osmond last Friday night before falling 62-32 at home to Wynot last Saturday, and 49-25 at Homer Tuesday night, before winning 49-45 at home over Wakefield-Allen Thursday night.

The Pirates jumped out to an 18-3 lead on the Tigers at the end of one. Both teams scored 9 points in the 2nd quarter, and the halftime score was 27-12 at halftime in favor of Emerson-Hubbard.

Osmond won the 3rd quarter 16-15 to make it a 42-28 game at the end of three.

The Pirates won the 4th quarter 14-11.

Melanie Gentrup had 30 points and 8 rebounds while Addison Mackling totaled 12 points. Taylor Daum added 8 points and 9 rebounds while Brynn Schock notched 8 rebounds.

The Blue Devils doubled up the Pirates 12-6 in the 1st quarter, and quadrupled them up 20-5 in the 2nd quarter to take a 32-11 lead into the locker room.

Wynot won the 3rd quarter 15-11 to extend their lead to 47-22 at the end of three.

The Blue Devils won the 4th quarter 15-10.

Gentrup had 16 points while Mackling notched 7. Daum added 7 rebounds.

The Knights went up 11-4 after one, and outscored Emerson-Hubbard 9-2 in the 2nd quarter to take a 20-6 lead into the locker room.

Homer outscored the Pirates 19-4 in the 3rd quarter to go up 39-10 at the end of three.

Emerson-Hubbard won the 4th quarter 15-10.

Mackling led the way with 10 points while Daum posted 7 rebounds.

The Pirates were tied at 8 with Wakefield-Allen at the end of one. Emerson-Hubbard won the 2nd quarter 12-11 to take a 20-19 lead into the locker room.

The Pirates outscored Wakefield-Allen 11-5 in the 3rd quarter to go up 31-24 at the end of three.

Wakefield-Allen won the 4th quarter 21-18.

Good play for Emerson-Hubbard against Osmond and Wakefield-Allen compared to struggles against Wynot and Homer.

The Pirates (6-9) take on Pender (7-7) on the road Tuesday night in action that will be aired on 107. the Bull.

The Pendragons won 55-33 at Wisner-Pilger Thursday night.

These two teams might have similar records, but Pender plays an extremely difficult schedule.

The Pendragons are tough, and beating them on their home floor will not be easy.

Of course Emerson-Hubbard approached Pender about combining in Girls Basketball and Volleyball among other sports this past offseason.

So there's things from that standpoint and the fact these two are kind of rivals and combine in other sports at different levels already.

The Pirates are going to need to play really well to win.

The good news is Pender has games on Saturday and Monday so in terms of being rested and fresh and healthy I would think the two teams would be in about the same shape given Emerson-Hubbard's depth.

It's a rivalry game, and certainly anything can happen.

The Pirates have to be optimistic, and must believe in themselves and one another.

Emerson-Hubbard has picked up some key wins this year, and I think that will help them heading into this one.

The Pendragons did beat Homer 53-45 though so the Pirates will certainly need to play much better than they did against the Knights if they hope to knock off Pender.

What's also working against Emerson-Hubbard is Pender plays a lot of good C-1 and C-2 teams.

So do the Pirates, but the way the Pendragons have been playing lately makes them extremely tough.

I think Emerson-Hubbard's best chance at a win is if Pender is tired and worn down.

They may not be though so the Pirates have to be ready to give it their all for four quarters like they have all season.

Emerson-Hubbard will have been well rested by Tuesday so that should help.

The Pirates have to continue to maximize their potential with the 8 girls they have out for the team.

I think Emerson-Hubbard has done really well this year for only having that many girls out for the team.
Winnebago Boys and Girls lose at Ponca
2019-01-18T08:49













The Winnebago Boys Basketball Team lost 59-40 at Ponca Tuesday night.

Ponca went up 15-8 after one, and won the 2nd quarter 16-12 to take a 31-20 lead into the locker room.

Ponca outscored Winnebago 16-10 in the 3rd quarter to go up 47-30 at the end of three.

Ponca won the 4th quarter 12-10.

Ed Payer had 11 points and 8 rebounds while Javon Price totaled 10 points.

Ponca simply played a complete game in this one.

Winnebago (6-6) takes on Council Bluffs St. Albert (3-9) at Ralston Arena on Saturday.

I don't much about St. Albert other than their coach, Ben Holling, was fired this week.

That certainly makes for an interesting game as the Indians probably don't know what to expect from St. Albert.

All Winnebago can do though is go out there and play the game.

The Indians can't control what's going on and what has gone on with St. Albert....Winnebago has to be focused on themselves.

The Indians have to go out there and try and win a basketball game and climb back above .500.

It can definitely happen too the Indians just have to go out there and make it happen.

Payer and Price need to have big games for Winnebago, and the Indians have to get other kids going as well.

Winnebago has to be lights out on offense and defense, and play better than they did the other night against Ponca.

Ponca is a great team and must of played an exceptional game so I think it's simply a matter of Winnebago stepping things up and playing to the best of their ability and at their full potential in this one.

Winnebago has to be excited to play this one at Ralston Arena.

This is a big and marquee game, and the Indians have to get jacked, psyched, and motivated for this one.

This is all if they end up playing it of course.

If they do play though Winnebago has to go in there and show what they can do.

The Indians have to get out and run and gun, and try and press St. Albert to death if at all possible.

Winnebago has to be emotionally invested in this one from start to finish.

The Indians have to be ready to take St. Albert's best shot, and counter with blows of their own.













The Winnebago Girls lost 59-42 at Ponca Tuesday night.

Winnebago went up 10-8 at the end of one before Ponca outscored them 21-12 in the 2nd quarter to take a 29-22 lead into the locker room.

Both teams scored 14 points in the 3rd quarter, and the score at the end of three was 43-36 in favor of Ponca.

Ponca outscored Winnebago 16-6 in the 4th quarter.

Kae Earth had 14 points while Jayla Price totaled 12. Madeline Cleveland added 9.

Winnebago played well for a couple of quarters, but the second and fourth quarters were the difference in the game. Credit Winnebago for being in the game until the 4th quarter though.

The Indians (5-8) host BRLD (11-4) Tuesday night.

The Wolverines won 57-49 at Wakefield-Allen this past Tuesday night.

Winnebago could potentially pull off the upset as BRLD will have probably played both Stanton and Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family on Saturday and Monday prior to taking on the Indians.

Winnebago has time to rest and practice, and should be ready to go you would think.

Not playing this weekend should allow the Indians to be fresh and ready to go I would think.

Winnebago should enjoy the weekend, watching the Boys play in the Omaha Metro or enjoy doing whatever else they do.

Regardless of what they do, the Indians have to feel good about what they did against Ponca and believe they can spring the upset Tuesday night.

Winnebago is wanting to become great at Girls Basketball and join the boys, and beating a team like the Wolverines would really help that become a reality.

BRLD is a very good and solid team and program, one you definitely want to model yourself after.

The Wolverines have been really good ever since Bancroft-Rosalie and Lyons-Decatur Northeast joined forces, and those two schools were good on their own even before coming together.

So to beat a team like BRLD would really be saying something and would be a significant win for Winnebago without a doubt.

The Indians will need to work very hard and play really well for it to happen, but it definitely can happen.

Winnebago just needs to get everyone involved offensively and have a good game plan.

The Indians really need to get things done on the defensive end, but play good on offense as well.

Winnebago needs to play up to their potential on both ends of the floor to come away with the win in this one I would say.

The Indians can definitely get it done too, but they have to take advantage of chances and opportunities they have throughout the game, and minimize the Wolverines' chances and opportunities.

Rebounding well and keeping BRLD off the glass and limiting them to one shot per possession as much as possible could be the key to a win in this one for Winnebago, in my opinion.
Stanton Boys 1-2 in last three games; Girls 3-0 in same stretch
2019-01-18T08:17













The Stanton Boys Basketball Team won 69-62 in overtime at home over Boone Central/Newman Grove last Friday night before falling 61-49 at home to Battle Creek on Saturday, and 62-44 at home to Madison Tuesday night.

The Mustangs got out to a 15-8 lead on the Cardinals at the end of one before Boone Central/Newman Grove outscored Stanton 15-8 in the 2nd quarter to tie the game at 23 at halftime.

The Cardinals won the 3rd quarter 20-15 to go up 43-38 at the end of three.

Stanton won the 4th quarter 18-13.

The Mustangs outlasted Boone Central/Newman Grove 13-6 in the 4th quarter.

TJ Larson had 20 points while Parker Krusemark totaled 15. Marcus Spotanski added a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds while Sam Bates had 10 points and 9 rebounds. Nathan Arens chipped in 8 points and 10 rebounds.

The Braves went up 17-14 at the end of one, and won the 2nd quarter 14-10 to take a 31-24 lead into the locker room.

Stanton won the 3rd quarter 18-16 to make it a 47-42 game at the end of three.

Battle Creek doubled up the Mustangs 14-7 in the 4th quarter.

Spotanski had 17 points and 9 rebounds while Larson was also in double figures with 12. Arens added 8 while Krusemark totaled 7.

The Dragons went up 18-14 after one, and won the 2nd quarter 14-10 to take a 32-24 lead into the locker room.

Madison won the 3rd quarter 12-8 to go up 44-32 at the end of three.

The Dragons outscored Stanton 18-12 in the 4th quarter.

Spotanski led the way with 15 points while Larson notched 10. Bates chipped in 9 points and 7 rebounds while Arens registered 8 points and 7 rebounds.

Great win for the Mustangs last Friday, but tough losses on Saturday and Tuesday.

Stanton (5-11) is scheduled to take on BRLD (12-1) on the road Saturday.

The Wolverines won 68-55 at Wakefield Tuesday night.

This game is weather permitting of course.

If they play the Mustangs have to go into this game unafraid of BRLD whatsoever.

Stanton has to play fearless and with no regard for human life.

The Mustangs have to go into Bancroft or Lyons with absolutely nothing to lose.

No one expects Stanton to win except maybe for the team.

Anyone can be beaten on any given night though, and who knows that will happen since BRLD didn't play on Friday.

Both teams have probably been cooped up indoors with the weather the way it is, and that's never a good thing.

Both just have to mentally prepare themselves as if they're going to play.

This is an important game for East Husker Conference Tournament seeding.

An upset would really hurt the Wolverines and help the Mustangs.

Where Stanton has to get it done is on the defensive end.

The Mustangs can win when giving up over 60 points, but it's tough as evident by the results of the last two games.

If Stanton could kick their offense into high gear and hold BRLD to under 50 points they definitely could win.

Much easier said than done though given how good the Wolverines are on both ends of the floor.

The Mustangs definitely have their work cut out in this one, but anything can happen as evident by how Howells-Dodge beat BRLD.

Stanton has absolutely nothing to lose in this one so the Mustangs have to go in there and play pressure free and relaxed.














The Stanton Girls edged Boone Central/Newman Grove 42-39 at home last Friday night before winning 44-34 at home over Battle Creek on Saturday, and 62-12 at home over Madison Tuesday night.

The Mustangs led 12-11 at the end of one against the Cardinals. Boone Central/Newman Grove outscored Stanton 15-9 in the 2nd quarter to take a 26-21 lead into the locker room.

The Mustangs won the 3rd quarter 9-7 to make it a 33-30 game at the end of three.

Stanton doubled up the Cardinals 12-6 in the 4th quarter to make up the final score.

Jessie Brandl led the way with 13 points and 8 rebounds while Jaiden Hartl added 12 points and 10 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Bree Burtwhistle added 9 points while Liz Christensen recorded 8.

The Mustangs led the Bravettes 8-7 at the end of one. Battle Creek won the 2nd quarter 10-6 to go up 17-14 at halftime.

Stanton won the 3rd quarter 13-12 to make it a 29-27 game at the end of three in favor of the Bravettes.

The Mustangs outscored Battle Creek 17-5 in the 4th quarter.

Hartl totaled 17 points and 9 rebounds while Christensen chipped in 10 points. Brandl posted 8 points and 9 rebounds.

Stanton jumped in front of the Dragons 21-5 at the end of the 1st quarter. The Mustangs outscored the Dragons 18-4 in the 2nd quarter to take a 39-9 lead into the locker room.

Stanton outscored Madison 13-3 in the 3rd quarter to go up 52-12 at the end of three.

The Mustangs shutout the Dragons 10-0 in the 4th quarter.

Brandl led the way with 12 points while Burtwhistle and Sylvia Cunningham notched 10 apiece. Hartl added 7.

Great stretch of games for Stanton. The Mustangs are starting to really hit their stride it appears.

Stanton (11-5) takes on BRLD (11-4) on the road Saturday.

The Wolverines won 57-49 at Wakefield-Allen Tuesday night.

This figures to be a very close and entertaining ball game assuming it gets played as it is weather permitting of course.

I think offense is going to be the key in this one.

We know Stanton can clamp down and play great defense, but can the Mustangs score enough to beat the Wolverines?

I think the answer is yes unless BRLD's defense plays the way it did against West Point-Beemer.

The Wolverines have actually played pretty good defense overall for the most part this season so Stanton's offense is really going to need to bring it.

BRLD can put up a lot of points too and fill up the stat sheet so the Mustangs have to be ready to go defensively as well.

I feel both ends of the floor are going to be very important for Stanton.

The Mustangs have to defend well and bog the Wolverines down offensively, and be good on offense.

This game has all the makings of a great game as these two teams had three great battles last year.

Stanton can definitely win, but it won't be easy.

The game is big for East Husker Conference Tournament seeding though.

The Mustangs have a lot on the line, and need to come through and play well.

Both teams have been playing well lately as Stanton has won 7 out of their last 8 and BRLD 3 out of their last 4 so something has to give in this one.

The Mustangs can definitely do it they just have to figure out how to solve the Wolverines and what they bring to the table.

It should be an excellent game that comes down to the wire and possibly even goes into overtime, who knows.

Things like making layups, getting steals, and hitting free throws are all really big in a game like this I would say.
BRLD Boys top Oakland-Craig and Wakefield; Girls lose to Knights, down Wakefield-Allen
2019-01-17T08:06














The BRLD Boys Basketball Team won 62-51 at Oakland-Craig Friday night in action aired on 107.9 the Bull, and then won 68-55 at Wakefield Tuesday night.

BRLD led the Knights 9-7 at the end of one. Oakland-Craig won the 2nd quarter 15-14 to make it a 23-22 game at halftime in favor of the Wolverines.

The Wolverines outscored the Knights 19-13 in the 3rd quarter to take a 42-35 lead at the end of three.

BRLD won the 4th quarter 20-16.

Lucas Vogt led all scorers with 21 points while Will Gatzemeyer added 16. Dylan Beutler totaled 7.

Head Coach Cory Meyer says Vogt does a lot for the team. "A lot of times he doesn't even need to score. He gets a lot of assists, a lot of rebounds. One of my better defenders for the guard position. And I mean there's a lot of times where we have some big wins and he doesn't score very much just because he does the other work."

The Wolverines led the Trojans 23-11 at the end of one. BRLD won the 2nd quarter 18-17 to take a 41-28 lead at halftime.

The Wolverines won the 3rd quarter 13-11 to go up 54-39 at the end of three.

Wakefield won the 4th quarter 16-14.

Good wins for BRLD.

The Wolverines (12-1) take on Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family (11-2) on the road Monday night in action that will be aired on 107.9 the Bull.

The Bulldogs won 75-43 at Clearwater/Orchard Friday night.

The game was supposed to be played on Friday, but was rescheduled due to the weather.

This should be a great game, and could  of very well decided who earned the 2nd seed in the upcoming East Husker Conference Tournament.

Both teams are playing really well right now, and that should make for a great game.

The game could truly go either way, and BRLD has to be ready to go full tilt with Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family.

The Wolverines have to prepare themselves mentally as well as physically.

BRLD also has Stanton on Saturday and Winnebago on Tuesday, but the Wolverines have to be ready for the Bulldogs too.

This is a huge game, and BRLD has to be ready to give Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family and they can want and handle and then some.

The Wolverines have to come out and execute offensively and play good, fundamentally sound defense as well.

BRLD has to win the 50/50 balls, and want it more than the Bulldogs.

The Wolverines have to be business like, and be serious and go hard with everything that they do.

BRLD has to bring their A game and take it to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family from start to finish.

The Wolverines have to be excited and jacked for this one, but not too psyched up at the same time.

BRLD has to stay calm, cool, and collected during tough stretches, but be aggressive and make plays during key times in the game.

The game is scheduled to tip-off after the girls game on the Bull, which is scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m.















The BRLD Girls Basketball Team lost 60-50 at Oakland-Craig Friday night in action aired on 107.9 the Bull before winning 57-49 at Wakefield-Allen Tuesday night.

Oakland-Craig got out to a 13-12 lead at the end of one before winning the 2nd quarter 16-11 to take a 29-23 lead into the locker room.

The Knights outscored BRLD 14-8 in the 3rd quarter to extend their lead to 43-31 at the end of three.

The Wolverines won the 4th quarter 19-17.

Caragan Tietz paced BRLD with 10 points. Alyssa Buchholz added 9 while Jordan Snyder totaled 8.

Head Coach Rod Peters credits his team for never giving up. "I challenged them in the 4th quarter, and I said we got to come out and play. And we maybe cut it to 4 or 5 there. We did a lot of good things so they showed me a lot of guts there. We could of hung our heads and said man this game's over we can't shoot free throws, they got a 16, 17 point lead. But they showed me a lot of guts. It's not easy when you get down to a good team like that. And we competed at the end and we gave up some layups, but we were taking some chances that maybe we normally don't. So I was proud of them for the way they played in the 4th quarter."

The Wolverines (11-4) take on Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family (14-1) on the road Monday night in action that can be heard on 107.9 the Bull.

The Bulldogs won 71-30 at Madison Thursday night.

This should be a great game, and was going to be a big game for East Husker Conference Tournament seeding.

The game was supposed to be played on Friday, but was rescheduled due to the weather.

BRLD has to have a great game plan and must be ready to play.

The Wolverines have to come out and play the way they did against West Point-Beemer.

Anyone is beatable in this conference as the Cadets and Oakland-Craig have both found out (North Bend Central upset the Knights 52-49), and so BRLD has to feel good about themselves heading into this one.

The Wolverines have to get out and run and get easy baskets in transition, but also execute in the half court offense and take good shots.

I think defense will be big for BRLD as well in this one.

The Wolverines have to try and control Taya Beller and others.

BRLD has to step up their game and play well.

The Wolverines can definitely win this one, they just have to be smart and aggressive.

BRLD has to set good, hard screens and crash the glass and follow their shot.

The Wolverines have to be heady and know score, clock, and situation at all times.

BRLD has to be mentally as well as physically tough.

The Wolverines have to battle hard for four quarters, and lay it all out on the line.

BRLD has to play their hearts out and give it all they got and leave everything out on the floor.

Making layups and free throws figures to be huge in a game like this.

Tip-off is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. on the Bull.
Howells-Dodge Boys and Girls beat Wisner-Pilger and Mead
2019-01-17T06:52












The Howells-Dodge Boys continued their winning ways last week, defeating Wisner-Pilger 55-46 at home Friday night, and winning 65-27 at home over Mead on Saturday.

The Gators led the Jaguars 12-9 at the end of one. Howells-Dodge won the 2nd quarter 15-14 to make it a 26-24 game at halftime in favor of Wisner-Pilger.

The Jaguars won the 3rd quarter 14-9 to go up 38-35 at the end of three.

Howells-Dodge outscored the Gators 17-11 in the 4th quarter.

The Jaguars led the Raiders 18-8 at the end of one, and outscored Mead 21-5 in the 2nd quarter to take a 39-13 lead into the locker room.

Howells-Dodge outscored Mead 16-6 in the 3rd quarter to go up 55-19 at the end of three.

The Jaguars won the 4th quarter 10-8.

Really good dominant wins for Howells-Dodge over the weekend.

The Jaguars (10-4) host Tekamah-Herman (1-14) on Monday.

The Tigers lost 72-34 at home to Oakland-Craig Tuesday night.

This game was moved from Friday to Monday, and Saturday's game at Pender is weather permitting.

Howells-Dodge should be able to win both games.

The Jaguars really played well last weekend.

Howells-Dodge is rolling right now, and the last thing they want to do is sit around and not do anything this weekend.

Mother nature is what she is though, and if Howells-Dodge just plays on Monday then the Jaguars will have to deal with it the best they can.

If Howells-Dodge plays, they have to come out strong in both games and play well in the middle quarters too.

Building a big lead by playing well in the first three quarters would likely have the games put away in the 4th quarter.

The Jaguars need to come out and play great from the start in both contests.

Howells-Dodge has to build on what they've done lately, and keep moving forward.

The last thing the Jaguars want to do is look sluggish and sloppy this weekend.

Howells-Dodge has to play as if they're playing BRLD again, and must take it to the Tigers and Gators for four quarters.

The Jaguars have to get out and run and gun and shoot well from the perimeter.

Howells-Dodge has Logan View/Scribner-Snyder on Tuesday, and if the Jaguars could be 13-4 heading into the East Husker Conference Tournament it would be a big deal.

Howells-Dodge has won four in a row and seven out of their last eight so the Jaguars really have things going right now.

The Jaguars have to keep the ball rolling and perform at a high level.













The Howells-Dodge Girls Basketball Team won 50-35 at home over Wisner-Pilger Friday night, and downed Mead 72-42 at home on Saturday.

The Jaguars and Gators were tied at 10 at the end of one. Wisner-Pilger won the 2nd quarter 11-9 to take a 21-19 lead into the locker room.

Howells-Dodge won the 3rd quarter 16-10 to go up 35-31 at the end of three.

The Jaguars outscored the Gators 15-4 in the 4th quarter.

Jessi Brester had a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds while Riley Pokorny and Cassie Pieper notched 9 and 8, respectively.

Howells-Dodge doubled up Mead 14-7 in the 1st quarter, and outscored the Raiders 23-11 in the 2nd quarter to take a 37-18 lead into the locker room.

Mead won the 3rd quarter 13-12 to make it a 49-31 game at the end of three.

The Jaguars outscored the Raiders 23-11 in the 4th quarter.

Erin Prusa had a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds while Pieper totaled 19 points. Brester added 10.

Really nice wins for Howells-Dodge over the weekend.

The Jaguars (6-9) host Tekamah-Herman (3-13) on Monday.

The Tigers lost 62-38 at home to Oakland-Craig Tuesday night.

This game was moved from Friday to Monday due to the weather, and Saturday's game at Pender is weather permitting of course.

Hopefully the Jaguars can get the games in, but mother nature will do what she does.

Howells-Dodge has a good chance to get back to .500 heading into the East Husker Conference Tournament if they play all three games left prior to the tournament though.

If the Jaguars play on Saturday, they have to come out and play hard and smart and be sharp from the start.

Howells-Dodge has to jump on both the Tigers and Pendragons early, and force both teams to play from behind.

I think both games could be relatively close, but feel the Jaguars can and perhaps should win both games.

Pender will be very tough at home, but Howells-Dodge can definitely go in there and win, even if the game comes down to the wire.

As I mentioned before I think the Jaguars are a true Darkhorse in the East Husker Conference Tournament, and getting back to .500 before the Tournament would be good momentum for this team without a doubt.

Howells-Dodge has to play tough defense and run up and down the floor and get points in transition against Tekamah-Herman.

The Jaguars have to jump out to a lead and try and force an offensively challenged Tigers' squad to try and come from behind.

Howells-Dodge has to be ready and prepare as if they are going to play on Saturday and Monday.

The Jaguars have to be ready to go until if and when Saturday's game is called off.

Hopefully Howells-Dodge gets both games in, but if they don't perhaps both will get made up.

The Jaguars just have to make the best of whatever situation becomes of Saturday, and be ready to play then or on Monday either way.
West Point-Beemer Boys and Girls down Battle Creek, Schuyler, and Tekamah-Herman
2019-01-17T05:59

















The West Point-Beemer Boys Basketball Team won 45-39 at home over Battle Creek last Tuesday night before downing Schuyler 47-35 at home last Thursday night, and Tekamah-Herman 63-34 on the road Saturday.

The Cadets went up 10-6 at the end of one on the Braves. Battle Creek won the 2nd quarter 13-12 to make it a 22-19 game at halftime in favor of West Point-Beemer.

The Cadets won the 3rd quarter 10-8 to go up 32-27 at the end of three.

West Point-Beemer won the 4th quarter 13-12.

Blake Anderson had 16 points while Keegan Doggett totaled 12. Zach Vander Griend added 9.

The Warriors got out to a 7-6 lead at the end of one before the Cadets outscored Schuyler 7-1 in the 2nd quarter to take a 13-8 lead into the locker room.

Both teams scored 17 points in the 3rd quarter, and the score was 30-25 at the end of three in favor of West Point-Beemer.

The Cadets outscored the Warriors 17-10 in the 4th quarter.

Ben Vander Griend notched 22 points while Doggett had 12. Miguel Perez added 10 rebounds while Zach Vander Griend posted 8.

The Cadets jumped out to a 20-8 lead on Tekamah-Herman at the end of one. West Point-Beemer outscored the Tigers 15-7 in the 2nd quarter to go up 35-15 at halftime.

The Cadets outscored Tekamah-Herman 17-8 in the 3rd quarter to lead 52-23 at the end of three.

Both teams scored 11 points in the 4th quarter.

Ben Vander Griend led the way with 21 points while Doggett notched 12. Dylan Newkirk contributed 7.

Great week of basketball for the Cadets. West Point-Beemer picked up three wins, including the big one over the Braves, so certainly can't complain about that.

The Cadets (7-5) were scheduled to host Twin River (7-8) Friday night, but the game was postponed due to the weather.

The Titans lost 51-40 at home to Wisner-Pilger Tuesday night.

I looked for West Point-Beemer to keep the ball rolling and play well once again Friday night.

The Cadets had all week to prepare for Twin River, and were probably ready to go.

West Point-Beemer was riding a lot of momentum too after the three wins last week.

The Cadets have won three in a row following two close losses to good teams so West Point-Beemer certainly appears to be rolling and clicking on all cylinders right now.

The Cadets had two games this weekend that probably would of definitely been wins.

West Point-Beemer is scheduled to play Logan View/Scribner-Snyder on the road Saturday, and the Raiders are definitely beatable.

Ben Vander Griend, Zach Vander Griend, Anderson, and Doggett have to keep stepping up and scoring the way they have.

From what I understand the Cadets were without Anderson on Thursday and Saturday due to an event he was attending somewhere so having him back should really help.

West Point-Beemer is playing their best basketball of the season right now, and I look for the Cadets to keep things rolling on Saturday.

This is prime time for West Point-Beemer to be playing well too with East Husker Conference Tournament and other games coming up next week.

The rest of the regular season sets up nicely for the Cadets to be successful, and I look for West Point-Beemer to keep playing good basketball.

Saturday's game is critical for East Husker Conference Tournament seeding.

The Cadets have to step up and play well and get the job done.

West Point-Beemer has to be confident in themselves too.

This team can do anything they want they just have to keep playing well and aim high and dream big and shoot for the stars.


















The West Point-Beemer Girls bounced back from their first loss of the season, going 3-0 last week with a 46-43 win at home over Battle Creek last Tuesday night, 61-11 win over Schuyler last Thursday night, and a 64-33 triumph of Tekamah-Herman on the road Saturday.

The Cadets went up 10-8 on the Bravettes at the end of one before winning the 2nd quarter 11-10 to go up 21-18 at halftime.

West Point-Beemer won the 3rd quarter 13-11 to extend their lead to 34-29 at the end of three.

Battle Creek won the 4th quarter 14-12.

Sierra Kile had a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds while Sidney Swanson totaled 13 points. Brooke Haase added 8.

The Cadets went up 20-0 at the end of the first quarter on the Warriors, and outscored Schuyler 18-4 in the 2nd quarter to take a 38-4 lead into the locker room.

West Point-Beemer outscored the Warriors 17-3 in the 3rd quarter to go up 55-7 at the end of three.

The Cadets won the 4th quarter 6-4.

Swanson led the way with 18 points while Jadyn Meiergerd had 12. Haase notched 8 while Kile and Darian Repschlaeger totaled 7 apiece.

The Cadets quadrupled up the Tigers 12-3 in the 1st quarter, and outscored them 27-5 in the 2nd quarter to take a 39-8 lead into the locker room.

Tekamah-Herman won the 3rd quarter 15-14 to make it a 53-23 game at the end of three.

West Point-Beemer won the 4th quarter 11-10.

Kile paced the Cadets with 15 points while Brooklyn Weddle and Meiergerd were also in double figures with 12 and 11, respectively. Repschlaeger notched 8 while Swanson compiled 7.

Great response by West Point-Beemer to the loss to BRLD. The Cadets didn't dwell on the loss to the Wolverines and let it carry over into the next game.

West Point-Beemer (13-1) was to play host to Twin River (9-6) Friday night, but the game was postponed due to the weather.

The Titans won 33-29 at home over Wisner-Pilger Tuesday night.

The Titans played the Cadets close and tough last year in the East Husker Conference Tournament while West Point-Beemer handled Twin River in the regular season.

I looked for the Cadets to either blow out or have a close game with the Titans Friday night.

Twin River had two games under their belt this week before the two teams take to the floor, but I don't know if it really would have an advantage for the Titans having already played two games this week.

West Point-Beemer should of been well rested and ready to go without a doubt.

I thought the Cadets had a good chance to win big in that one.

West Point-Beemer is a great team, and the Cadets are having a very special season.

West Point-Beemer had two games this weekend they should of won and won big.

The Cadets needed to come out and not only win on Friday and Saturday, but dominate the Titans and Raiders of Logan View/Scribner-Snyder.

West Point-Beemer figures to be challenged next week with Pierce and Wayne so the Cadets needed to dominate this weekend and roll into those games with a lot of momentum.

West Point-Beemer has some big games coming up before season's end, and has to keep building upon the great things they've already done.

The Cadets needed to be sharp and on top of their game this weekend.

West Point-Beemer can't take any steps back and/or have any setbacks on Saturday or next week.

And I don't think they will, but the Cadets have to prepared and ready to play from the start all nights.

West Point-Beemer has to keep doing what they've been doing all season, which is winning.

The Cadets need to do it in impressive fashion in the next few games too.

These three games figure to help prepare West Point-Beemer for all the tough and difficult games that lie ahead.
Tekamah-Herman Boys and Girls lose to Madison, West Point-Beemer and Oakland-Craig
2019-01-16T11:07













The Tekamah-Herman Boys Basketball Team lost 72-43 at Madison Friday night, 63-34 at home to West Point-Beemer on Saturday in action heard on 107.9 the Bull, and 72-34 at home against Oakland-Craig Tuesday night.

The Dragons led the Tigers 22-13 at the end of one, and outscored them 17-6 in the 2nd quarter to take a 39-19 lead into the locker room.

Madison won the 3rd quarter 18-13 to go up 57-32 at the end of three.

The Dragons won the 4th quarter 15-11.

The Cadets jumped out to a 20-8 lead on Tekamah-Herman at the end of one. West Point-Beemer outscored the Tigers 15-7 in the 2nd quarter to go up 35-15 at halftime.

The Cadets outscored Tekamah-Herman 17-8 in the 3rd quarter to lead 52-23 at the end of three.

Both teams scored 11 points in the 4th quarter.

Clay Beaumont had 13 points while Cole Freidel added 7.

The Knights led the Tigers 18-1 at the end of the 1st quarter. Oakland-Craig outscored Tekamah-Herman 27-6 in the 2nd quarter to take a 45-7 lead into the locker room.

The Knights outscored the Tigers 15-7 in the 3rd quarter to lead 60-14 at the end of three.

Tekamah-Herman outscored Oakland-Craig 20-12 in the 4th quarter.

Tough stretch of games for the Tigers following the win over Clarkson/Leigh. 

Tekamah-Herman (1-14) takes on Fort Calhoun (8-7) on the road Thursday night.

The Pioneers won 58-44 at Omaha Brownell Talbot Tuesday night.

The Tigers definitely have their work cut out for them in this one to say the least.

Tekamah-Herman has to get back to playing the way they did against the Patriots.

I thought the Tigers might compete better in their last three games following the win, but the Dragons, Cadets, and Knights all proved to be very tough foes.

These last two games before the Conference Tournament are tough for Tekamah-Herman with Howells-Dodge on the road Friday night.

The Tigers have to find a way to pick up their play and continue to make strides.

Snapping a 64-game losing streak is a big accomplishment, but now Tekamah-Herman needs to build on the win and try and pick up more wins.

Picking things up on both ends of the floor could go a long ways for this team I feel.

The Tigers have to be better on offense and defense against some of these tough teams.

Tekamah-Herman has to attack the basket and shoot and knock down open jumpers.

The Tigers have to be confident on offense, and on defense need to limit second chance point opportunities.

Boxing out and rebounding well is going to be important for Tekamah-Herman.

The Tigers and Pioneers know each other real well, and both teams should just go at one another and get after it.

Tekamah-Herman can definitely make things close and interesting in this one I feel.

And anything can happen in the game of basketball too so a win is certainly not out of the question.

The Tigers have to play fearless and with nothing to lose.

Everyone except for maybe the kids and coaches in the locker room probably don't expect a Tekamah-Herman win, but as long as the team believes that's all that matters.

So the Tigers have to go out there and prove everyone wrong.














The Tekamah-Herman Girls were upset 61-59 in overtime at Madison Friday night before falling 64-33 at home to West Point-Beemer on Saturday in action heard on 107.9 the Bull, and 62-38 at home to Oakland-Craig Tuesday night.

The Cadets quadrupled up the Tigers 12-3 in the 1st quarter, and outscored them 27-5 in the 2nd quarter to take a 39-8 lead into the locker room.

Tekamah-Herman won the 3rd quarter 15-14 to make it a 53-23 game at the end of three.

West Point-Beemer won the 4th quarter 11-10.

Anna Wakehouse and Halle Olson totaled 10 points each while Maggie Sheets notched 8.

Head Coach David Eriksen's girls came out flat the first half.  "We are such a young team that it's easy to get behind and we could easily give up. But they sure don't. And I think that's evident in our second half performance."

The Knights led the Tigers 14-12 after one. Oakland-Craig outscored Tekamah-Herman 16-5 in the 2nd quarter to take a 30-17 lead into the locker room.

The Knights outscored the Tigers 21-13 in the 3rd quarter to go up 51-30 at the end of three.

Oakland-Craig won the 4th quarter 11-8.

Good job of competing by Tekamah-Herman in the second half of Saturday's loss and during the whole game on Tuesday.

The Tigers (3-13) take on Fort Calhoun (1-13) on the road Thursday night.

The Pioneers lost 59-48 at Omaha Brownell Talbot Tuesday night.

This figures to be a really close and entertaining ball game.

If Tekamah-Herman plays like they did in the second half on Saturday and during the whole game on Tuesday then I think the Tigers stand a good chance to win.

But if Tekamah-Herman plays like they did against Madison then it could very well be another disappointing loss.

The Tigers can definitely pick up some wins prior to the start of the East Husker Conference Tournament.

Tekamah-Herman is at Howells-Dodge on Friday and at home against Omaha Mercy on Tuesday.

I look for the Tigers to build upon the things they did well on Saturday and Tuesday, and put together three good performances this week and next.

I think Tekamah-Herman can beat Fort Calhoun and Omaha Mercy for sure, and maybe even the Jaguars, although that figures to be very difficult.

The Tigers just have to go out there and give a great effort from start to finish, and let the scoreboard take care of itself.

Tekamah-Herman has to control the things they can control, which is their heart, hustle, and effort.

The Tigers have to play with the heart of a champion, and give the Pioneers everything they've got and then some.

Tekamah-Herman has to battle hard on the boards and contest perimeter jump shots.

The Tigers also have to handle the ball and work the ball around for good open shots.

Tekamah-Herman has to be patient offensively and allow the game to come to them, yet go out there and make plays.

The Tigers have to give it all they got, and let the chips fall where they may.

Tekamah-Herman has to play hard and smart for four quarters, and do everything in their power to pick up the win.
Clarkson/Leigh Boys lose to Humphrey St. Francis, beat Pender; Girls win over both
2019-01-16T10:20














The Clarkson/Leigh Boys Basketball Team lost 67-33 at home to Humphrey St. Francis Friday night before winning 68-53 at Pender on Saturday.

The Flyers jumped out to a 17-9 lead at the end of one before St. Francis won the 2nd quarter 14-12 to take a 31-21 lead into the locker room.

The Flyers outscored the Patriots 16-7 in the 3rd quarter to go up 47-28 at the end of three.

St. Francis quadrupled up Clarkson/Leigh 20-5 in the 4th quarter.

Jarred Novotny had 16 points while Carter Hanel posted 9 rebounds.

The Patriots led the Pendragons 15-11 after one, and won the 2nd quarter 20-17 to take a 35-28 lead into the locker room.

Clarkson/Leigh won the 3rd quarter 13-11 to go up 48-39 at the end of three.

The Patriots outscored Pender 20-14 in the 4th quarter.

Daniel Beller had 26 points and 17 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Novotny added 20 while Hanel and Isaak Wiese notched 10 and 7, respectively.

What a difference having Beller back made for Clarkson/Leigh on Saturday.

The Patriots (4-7) battle Twin River (7-8) on the road Thursday night.

The Titans lost 51-40 at home to Wisner-Pilger Tuesday night.

If Clarkson/Leigh plays the way they did against the Pendragons then they can definitely come away with the win.

The Patriots need the same type of scoring output they got on Saturday.

That game against Pender is the blueprint for success and winning.

Clarkson/Leigh played about as well as they have all year in that game I would say.

If the Patriots play like that from here on out then look out.

Beller and Novotny make a nice one two scoring punch.

Clarkson/Leigh has to be sky high with confidence right now given the result of Saturday's game.

The Patriots have to use it to go beat the Titans, Lutheran High Northeast, and Wisner-Pilger prior to the East Husker Conference Tournament.

Clarkson/Leigh also has to get Tommy McEvoy going again.

If he starts scoring double digits and a high amount of points again too then this team is only going to be that much better.

The Patriots have had some games not go their way this year, but perhaps the win over the Pendragons will allow Clarkson/Leigh to gain some consistency.

The Patriots now know what it's like to pick up a big road win, and that should help them the rest of the season I would think.

Clarkson/Leigh has to get ready to give the Titans all they can want and handle.

The Patriots should definitely feel confident heading into this one given how well they played against Pender on Saturday.

I bet it felt good for Beller to get back, and now that he's back Clarkson/Leigh has to really go to work and make some hay.

A road win over Twin River would be huge without a doubt so hopefully the Patriots are able to get the job done.















The Clarkson/Leigh Girls picked up a huge 53-46 home win over Humphrey St. Francis Friday night before winning 38-35 at Pender on Saturday.

The Patriots led the Flyers 10-9 at the end of one. St. Francis won the 2nd quarter 12-8 to take a 21-18 lead into the locker room.

Clarkson/Leigh doubled up the Flyers 16-8 in the 3rd quarter to go up 34-29 at the end of three.

The Patriots won the 4th quarter 19-17.

Kaegan Held notched 24 points while Ashlynn Novotny registered 12 points and 7 rebounds.

The Patriots led the Pendragons 12-9 at the end of the 1st quarter. Pender outscored Clarkson/Leigh 12-5 in the 2nd quarter to take a 21-17 lead into the locker room.

The Patriots outscored the Pendragons 8-3 in the 3rd quarter to go up 25-24 at the end of three.

Clarkson/Leigh won the 4th quarter 13-11.

Held had 14 points while Hannah Kasik totaled 13 points and 7 rebounds. Novotny posted 7 rebounds.

Huge wins for the Patriots over the weekend!!!! What a great win on Friday in particular!!!!

Clarkson/Leigh (11-2) takes on Twin River (9-6) on the road Thursday night.

The Titans won 33-29 at home over Wisner-Pilger Tuesday night.

The Titans beat Humphrey St. Francis by a point, 48-47, on December 20th in Humphrey.

So I think the Patriots can definitely get this one, but if they do it will probably be a close, tight, and low scoring victory.

This game is huge for East Husker Conference Tournament seeding.

I feel Clarkson/Leigh should probably get the 4 seed in the tournament, and maybe even the 3 if they keep winning and depending on how Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family does.

The Patriots have a really good team this year, and have been playing good, consistent basketball all season long.

Clarkson/Leigh has beaten great teams and earned all the recognition and accolades I'm giving them.

The Patriots have definitely proven to be one of the top teams in the conference, area, and perhaps even the State.

C-2 is a very tough class this year, especially in this area, and Clarkson/Leigh is among the best of the best.

Now with that said, the Patriots still have a lot to accomplish and do yet this season.

If Clarkson/Leigh can get this one against Twin River they should be able to win their next two games before the East Husker Conference Tournament begins.

The Patriots have to come and play physical, and be ready for the slow half court grind.

Clarkson/Leigh has to stay mentally tough and knock down free throws and convert easy layups.

The Patriots' minds and heads have to be in the game at all times no matter the situation.

Clarkson/Leigh has to be aggressive on offense, yet smart, picking their spots and times to attack and score.

Having good rebounding position and grabbing the ball cleanly and winning all the loose balls are also big in a game like this I feel.

The Patriots just have to remain calm regardless of the score and situation, yet make plays when necessary to win the game.
Pender Boys and Girls lose to Clarkson/Leigh
2019-01-16T09:37













The Pender Boys Basketball Team lost 68-53 at home to Clarkson/Leigh on Saturday.

The Patriots led the Pendragons 15-11 after one, and won the 2nd quarter 20-17 to take a 35-28 lead into the locker room.

Clarkson/Leigh won the 3rd quarter 13-11 to go up 48-39 at the end of three.

The Patriots outscored Pender 20-14 in the 4th quarter.

Surprising and shocking loss for the Pendragons I must say. I can't say I saw this one coming.

Pender (4-8) takes on Wisner-Pilger (10-4) on the road Thursday night.

The Gators won 51-40 at Twin River Tuesday night.

The Pendragons are definitely capable of making this one close and interesting if they play up to their potential, in my opinion.

If Pender plays like they did against Omaha Nation then fans could be in for a real treat.

But if the Pendragons come out sluggish and struggle then it could be a long night.

Pender has to start playing well against everyone regardless of who the opponent is.

The Pendragons have a bunch of games coming up before the East Husker Conference Tournament so Pender has a bunch of chances to pick up wins and make hay.

The Pendragons need to step up their game perform up to their potential though.

Pender has to find a way to win some of these games coming up before the Conference Tournament.

The Pendragons' conditioning and endurance will definitely be tested this week and next so Pender has to be ready to go.

The Pendragons have to be ready to give everyone all and everything they've got.

Pender has to find a way to play well all the time if at all possible.

The Pendragons have to find a way to overcome their struggles and get rid of the tough performance contests.

Pender has to give everyone they play all they can handle and then some.

The Pendragons have to find a way to become a very lethal and dangerous team night in and night out.

I feel Pender is halfway there it's just a matter of gaining consistency and overcoming past struggles.

The Pendragons could take a lot of big steps in the right direction by at least playing well if not winning Thursday night.

Pender needs to turn in a strong and good performance regardless of if the game is a win or a loss.

The Pendragons take on Wynot on the road Friday night and Howells-Dodge at home on Saturday.














The Pender Girls lost 38-35 at home to Clarkson/Leigh on Saturday.

The Patriots led the Pendragons 12-9 at the end of the 1st quarter. Pender outscored Clarkson/Leigh 12-5 in the 2nd quarter to take a 21-17 lead into the locker room.

The Patriots outscored the Pendragons 8-3 in the 3rd quarter to go up 25-24 at the end of three.

Clarkson/Leigh won the 4th quarter 13-11.

Zoey Lehmkuhl led the way with 14 points.

Great effort and game from Pender. The Pendragons nearly pulled off the upset.

Pender (6-7) takes on Wisner-Pilger (5-10) on the road Thursday night.

The Gators lost 33-29 at Twin River Tuesday night.

This figures to be a very tight, close, and compelling ball game.

I could see things going either way in this one.

I feel Pender's offense might be able to score enough points to get Wisner-Pilger as both teams play outstanding defense.

The Gators have struggled to score this year, and I feel the Pendragons are the more polished team offensively.

I look for Lehmkuhl to step up and have a big game for Pender like she did against Clarkson/Leigh, and for players like Ashley Ostrand, Faith Morris, Sarah Krueger, and Michaela Wegner to step up also.

The Pendragons need to get their stars back on track playing good basketball.

Pender has too good of an offense to be held in check two games in a row.

Wisner-Pilger is for real defensively though so I think the Pendragon offense will get put to the test for sure.

Pender has to come out and be ready to give the Gators a great game.

The Pendragons have been off all week while Wisner-Pilger has played a lot lately so Pender has to use the rest and down time to their advantage in this one.

The Pendragons have to be ready to take the fight to the Gators for four quarters, and play their hearts out.

Pender also has to find a way to come through in the clutch when it matters most.

The Pendragons have a busy week this week and next with an opportunity for a bunch of wins so Pender has to turn the corner and get the job done.

The Pendragons travel to Wynot Friday night and then return home on Saturday to take on Howells-Dodge.

Pender has games next week against Madison, Emerson-Hubbard, and Winnebago plus the first round of the East Husker Conference Tournament.
Wisner-Pilger Boys 2-1, Girls 1-2 in last three games
2019-01-16T09:02














The Wisner-Pilger Boys Basketball Team lost 55-46 at Howells-Dodge Friday night before winning 52-34 at home against Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Saturday night, and 51-40 at Twin River Tuesday night.

The Gators led the Jaguars 12-9 at the end of one. Howells-Dodge won the 2nd quarter 15-14 to make it a 26-24 game at halftime in favor of Wisner-Pilger.

The Jaguars won the 3rd quarter 14-9 to go up 38-35 at the end of three.

Howells-Dodge outscored the Gators 17-11 in the 4th quarter.

The game with the Raiders was tied at 9 at the end of one before Wisner-Pilger outscored LVSS 13-3 in the 2nd quarter to take a 22-12 lead into the locker room.

The Gators won the 3rd quarter 16-13 to go up 38-25 at the end of three.

Wisner-Pilger outscored LVSS 14-9 in the 4th quarter.

Nice wins for the Gators on Saturday and Tuesday following Friday night's loss.

Wisner-Pilger (10-4) hosts Pender (4-8) Thursday night.

The Pendragons lost 68-53 at home to Clarkson/Leigh on Saturday.

Pender has been really up and down this year. When they're on they're on....when they're off they're off.

It's hard to know which Pendragon team will come to play Thursday night, but I think the Gators will be challenged and tested.

Pender always seems to rise up and play the good teams tough, and Wisner-Pilger falls under that category.

The Gators have to do a good job on Midland signee Sam Mailoux.

Mailoux has been a monster on the boards and in the scoring column this year for the Pendragons.

Wisner-Pilger has to play like they did on Saturday, and if they do that they should be just fine.

I feel both the Gators and Pender have been inconsistent at times this year, but feel Wisner-Pilger has been better overall.

Both teams are veteran laden and experienced so that should make for a heck of a game from that standpoint.

If the Pendragons play the way they did against Omaha Nation on Thursday then we could be in for a real treat.

The Gators have to come out and play well and really want it.

Wisner-Pilger is fighting and jockeying for East Husker Conference Tournament positioning, and this game is a big one for that.

The Gators have Clarkson/Leigh on Tuesday and then a showdown with North Bend Central next Thursday so Wisner-Pilger has to finish the pre-conference tournament portion of their schedule out strong.

The Gators have to keep playing the way they have lately, and pick up a big win Thursday night.

Wisner-Pilger has to come out and smack Pender in the mouth early, build a lead, and force the Pendragons to play from behind.















The Wisner-Pilger Girls are 1-2 in their last three games, falling 50-35 at Howells-Dodge Friday night before beating Logan View/Scribner-Snyder 47-36 at home on Saturday. The Gators then turned around and lost 33-29 at Twin River Tuesday night.

The Jaguars and Gators were tied at 10 at the end of one. Wisner-Pilger won the 2nd quarter 11-9 to take a 21-19 lead into the locker room.

Howells-Dodge won the 3rd quarter 16-10 to go up 35-31 at the end of three.

The Jaguars outscored the Gators 15-4 in the 4th quarter.

The Gators went up 11-9 after one on the Raiders, and outscored LVSS 10-6 in the 2nd quarter to take a 21-15 lead into the locker room.

Wisner-Pilger outscored the Raiders 19-10 in the 3rd quarter to go up 40-25 at the end of three.

LVSS won the 4th quarter 11-7.

I think the Gators have to be encouraged by the way they played in the first half Friday night, and then on both Saturday and Tuesday.

Wisner-Pilger (5-10) plays host to Pender (6-7) at home Thursday night.

The Pendragons lost 38-35 at home to Clarkson/Leigh on Saturday.

This figures to be a close, compelling, and entertaining game that could go either way.

I really think the Gators could win based on the fact they're the bigger school and at home.

It's a toss up game if you ask me...I could see this one going either way.

I look for the game to be low scoring and defensive.

Every point and every basket will count in this one without a doubt.

Points could come at a premium in this game so making layups and free throws figures to be very critical and important for both teams.

I think Wisner-Pilger has to be encouraged by how they played on Tuesday, and has to look to build off that momentum.

The Pendragons have been off all week so I could definitely see the Gators come out more sharp based on that.

I could see it working the other way too though in that Wisner-Pilger is more sluggish and has tired legs based on the fact they played Friday, Saturday, and Tuesday.

Whoever wins this game will have really gutted things out too.

It's going to take a great effort from whoever wins.

It's also one of those games where you don't like to see someone lose based on how even these teams are.

The Gators have Clarkson/Leigh and North Bend Central next week so Wisner-Pilger really needs a win Thursday night, especially for East Husker Conference Tournament seeding.

This is the Gators' only game of the week so they need to come out and play well and turn in a big time performance.

A win would feel much better than a loss heading into next week's games without a doubt so Wisner-Pilger has to step things up.
North Bend Central Boys defeat Wayne, Bergan, and Scotus; Girls down Blue Devils and Shamrocks, fall to Knights
2019-01-16T08:29















The North Bend Central Boys Basketball Team won 58-39 at home over Wayne Thursday night in action aired on 107.9 the Bull before downing Fremont Bergan 59-44 on the road Saturday, and Columbus Scotus 69-49 at home Tuesday night.

The Blue Devils went up 14-13 at the end of one before the Tigers won the 2nd quarter 13-12 to tie the game at 26 at halftime.

North Bend Central blew the hinges off the door in the 3rd quarter, outscoring Wayne 26-1 to lead 52-27 at the end of three.

Head Coach Jon Baehr. "We just talked about going out and being a little more sound with what we were doing. We struggled with some ball screens early, so we made a slight adjustment on how we were guarding those ball screens. And then offensively we just wanted to get out and play with a little better flow, get to the rim a little bit more, get some foul shots, and I thought we were able to accomplish that there in the 3rd quarter. And Wayne's a really good team so I think we played about the best 8 minutes of basketball we've played all year during that time." 

The Blue Devils doubled up the Tigers 12-6 in the 4th quarter.

John Emanuel had 25 points for North Bend Central, which led all scorers, while Chase Ruzicka had 8. Tanner Wietfeld notched 7.

Baehr on Emanuel. "He is such a dynamic player, and he's so strong. He creates so many opportunities for himself by just playing within the flow of the game. And this isn't new to him. We have a bunch of guys who can score the ball, but he was our leading scorer last year so it's not a surprise to see him come out and score in the mid 20's and kind of get us going. We were in a little foul trouble with Tanner and Jaxon (Wietfeld) both in foul trouble, and John was just dynamite picking that up for us."

Emanuel had 18 points against the Knights while Tanner Wietfeld notched 14.

The Tigers led the Shamrocks 17-12 after one, and won the 2nd quarter 12-11 to take a 29-23 lead into the locker room.

North Bend Central outscored Scotus 29-19 in the 3rd quarter to go up 58-42 at the end of three.

The Tigers won the 4th quarter 11-7.

Ruzicka had 16 points while Tanner Wietfeld posted 15. Emanuel added 14 while Austin Endorf notched 13.

North Bend Central simply continues to play great basketball.

The Tigers (12-1) host Oakland-Craig (9-7) Thursday night.

The Knights defeated Tekamah-Herman 72-34 on the road Tuesday night.

Oakland-Craig is definitely not a bad team, but North Bend Central is having a spectacular season.

The Tigers have to keep the ball rolling Thursday night against the Knights.

Oakland-Craig comes to North Bend, and I'm sure the Tigers would love to just come out and dominate.

North Bend Central has to start fast, and hit the Knights in the mouth.

The Tigers have to come out and run and gun and knock down 3's.

North Bend Central has to blitz Oakland-Craig and get out to a big lead.

The East Husker Conference Tournament is coming up so this game and next week's two are big for  East Husker Conference Tournament Seeding purposes.

The Tigers have to come out and play championship basketball the way they have all season.

Nothing should change for North Bend Central Thursday night.

The Tigers have to come out and do what they've been doing all season, which is playing great basketball and getting after people.

North Bend Central has to defend Oakland-Craig's shooters well and create turnovers with their press.

The Tigers have to turn good defense into good offense, and let their defense lead to big things on offense.

North Bend Central can't take the Knights lightly or for granted though.

Oakland-Craig has looked really good at times, and if the Knights play lights out then this could be very interesting.

I would think the Tigers will win and continue their dominant ways, but you never know as anyone can be beaten on any given night.

So North Bend Central has to be on top of their game and must aim high like they have all season.















The North Bend Central Girls Basketball Team topped Wayne 50-32 at home Thursday night before falling 57-50 at Fremont Bergan on Saturday, and rebounding to win 38-24 at home over Columbus Scotus Tuesday night.

North Bend Central led the Blue Devils 12-10 at the end of one, and outscored Wayne 13-5 in the 2nd quarter to take a 25-15 lead into the locker room.

The Tigers outscored the Blue Devils 14-8 in the 3rd quarter to extend their lead to 39-23 at the end of three.

North Bend Central won the 4th quarter 11-9.

Lauren Emanuel led the Tigers and all scorers with 19 points while Megan Ortmeier chipped in 13.

Bergan led 16-11 after one. North Bend Central outscored the Knights 16-7 in the 2nd quarter to take a 27-23 lead into the locker room.

Bergan outscored the Tigers 15-6 in the 3rd quarter to go up 38-33 at the end of three.

The Knights won the 4th quarter 19-17.

The Tigers led the Shamrocks 5-4 after one. North Bend Central won the 2nd quarter 8-6 to take a 13-10 lead into the locker room.

The 3rd quarter was the difference in the game as the Tigers outscored Scotus 15-4 to go up 28-14 at the end of three.

Both teams scored 10 points in the 4th quarter.

Impressive stretch of games for North Bend Central to say the least.

The Tigers (9-6) host undefeated Oakland-Craig (14-0) Thursday night.

The Knights won 62-38 at Tekamah-Herman Tuesday night.

This game was supposed to be played Friday night, but was moved up due to the impending weather.

It should be a good, close, compelling, entertaining, and interesting ball game.

I look for North Bend Central to come out and play well against and challenge Oakland-Craig.

The game figures to be low scoring and defensive like last year's game.

I think offense is going to be big in this one.

The Tigers will definitely need to put up 50 points or more to win this one I feel.

The Knights are led by the likes of Dacey Nelson and Kennedy Benne.

Those are two very good and dynamic players for Oakland-Craig and require a lot of attention.

I fully expect North Bend Central to have a good game plan to try and slow them down.

NBC has to take a page out of Tekamah-Herman's book as they held Nelson to 14 points.

Either way this is a huge game and big time opportunity for the Tigers.

North Bend Central has to come out and play with toughness, tenacity, fire, grit, determination, passion, and pride.

The Tigers have to keep things close throughout the game to have a chance at the end.

Any team can be beat on any given night, especially in this conference, and so North Bend Central has to keep that in mind and try to become the first team to beat Oakland-Craig this season.

The Tigers should win their next two games after this one prior to the East Husker Conference Tournament, but this game is important for tournament seeding.

North Bend Central has to come out and give it their best shot and leave everything out on the floor Thursday night.

Both teams are on short rest so it will be interesting to see which team adjusts to playing a day earlier better if that even factors into this game at all.
Oakland-Craig Boys lose to BRLD, beat Tekamah-Herman; Girls defeat both
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The Oakland-Craig Boys Basketball Team lost 62-51 at home to BRLD Friday night in action aired on 107.9 the Bull before winning 72-34 at Tekamah-Herman Tuesday night.

BRLD led 9-7 at the end of one. Oakland-Craig won the 2nd quarter 15-14 to make it a 23-22 game at halftime in favor of the Wolverines.

The Wolverines outscored the Knights 19-13 in the 3rd quarter to take a 42-35 lead at the end of three.

BRLD won the 4th quarter 20-16.

Oakland-Craig was led in scoring by Colton Thomsen, who notched 12 points. Jared Mulder and Gunnar Ray each had 8 points apiece.

Head Coach Aaron Meyer says his teams did a lot of good things despite the loss. "One of those games where it came out to be a defensive battle at first, and then all of a sudden both teams kind of cranked it up and hit some shots. And we just wanted to hang around and we did that. Ended up hitting a buzzer beater at halftime to get within 1. Told the guys it's really important that we get this lead. Got to get over that hump. And I was proud of them, they got the lead, and as soon as we got that it was like oh we took a break. And you just can't do that, you got to keep playing. And Vogt and Snyder came up, and just as soon as we got that lead they hit some 3's. And good teams are going to battle back like that and try to take the lead away. And we kind of ran out of gas there for a little bit."

The Knights led the Tigers 18-1 at the end of the 1st quarter. Oakland-Craig outscored Tekamah-Herman 27-6 in the 2nd quarter to take a 45-7 lead into the locker room.

The Knights outscored the Tigers 15-7 in the 3rd quarter to lead 60-14 at the end of three.

Tekamah-Herman outscored Oakland-Craig 20-12 in the 4th quarter.

Great win for the Knights Tuesday night, and a good hard fought game played on Friday I felt.

Oakland-Craig (9-7) takes on North Bend Central (12-1) on the road Thursday night.

The Tigers romped Columbus Scotus 69-49 at home Tuesday night.

This game was supposed to be played on Friday, but was moved up due to the impending weather.

I feel the Knights will be ready to challenge and give North Bend Central all they can want and handle and then some though.

This was a great game in Oakland last year, and I feel this year's game can be close and competitive too.

The Knights definitely have their work cut out for them trying to beat North Bend in North Bend though.

The Tigers are having a special season, one to remember.

Oakland-Craig has to play fearless though, and must take the fight to North Bend Central for four quarters.

The Knights have to get out and run, and try and get in a track meet with the Tigers.

I feel Oakland-Craig is more than capable of knocking off North Bend Central, but it won't be easy.

The Knights have less time to prepare and less time to rest.

Oakland-Craig has to come out and play hard and give it their all though.

The Knights simply need to build on what they did Tuesday night.

The Tekamah-Herman game was a dominant performance on both ends of the floor without a doubt.

Oakland-Craig needs that type of performance against North Bend Central Thursday night.

The Knights have to come out and be ready to give the Tigers their best shot.

North Bend Central is as hot as anyone right now though as they have won 8 straight so it certainly won't be easy to beat them.

Oakland-Craig has to play with no fear and nothing to lose though.

The Knights should play pressure and nerve free against the Tigers knowing that too.














The Oakland-Craig Girls won 60-50 at home over BRLD Friday night in action aired on 107.9 the Bull before winning 62-38 at Tekamah-Herman Tuesday night.

Oakland-Craig got out to a 13-12 lead at the end of one on the Wolverines before winning the 2nd quarter 16-11 to take a 29-23 lead into the locker room.

The Knights outscored BRLD 14-8 in the 3rd quarter to extend their lead to 43-31 at the end of three.

The Wolverines won the 4th quarter 19-17.

Head Coach Joe Anderson on the win. "It was fun getting everybody back out there together tonight. And we did some really good things. I was pleased with our defense. We came out at halftime and really played much better halfcourt defense and executed better. And we were able to extend that lead I think 47-31. I think we held them to 8 points in the 3rd quarter, start of the 4th. We'd like to be able to keep pushing and extend that lead a little bit, but credit them, they're a very good basketball team, and they got a bunch of girls that can put the ball in the basket. That's what we see on film is they got a bunch of great shooters, and if you leave them they're going to hurt you. And they did that. They did a nice job, and our girls kept their composure and found a way to get it done."

Dacey Nelson led all players with 29 points and had 8 rebounds while Ashley Denton and Kennedy Benne chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively. Jeannina Blahak added 10 rebounds while Mya Guzinski posted 7.

The Knights led the Tigers 14-12 after one. Oakland-Craig outscored Tekamah-Herman 16-5 in the 2nd quarter to take a 30-17 lead into the locker room.

The Knights outscored the Tigers 21-13 in the 3rd quarter to go up 51-30 at the end of three.

Oakland-Craig won the 4th quarter 11-8.

Nelson had 14 points for the Knights.

Nice wins for Oakland-Craig. The Knights are truly a great and remarkable team.

Oakland-Craig (14-0) takes on North Bend Central (9-6) on the road Thursday night.

The Tigers won 38-24 at home over Columbus Scotus Tuesday night.

This game was supposed to be played on Friday, but was moved up due to the impending weather.

The Knights have to come out and play the way they did in the middle quarters against Tekamah-Herman for four quarters.

Outside of maybe the BRLD game, I don't know if Oakland-Craig has really put together a whole four quarter game.

The Knights are 14-0 and playing really well, they're a great team, but I just don't feel Oakland-Craig has reached their full potential yet.

And that's okay too because you don't necessarily want to be peaking right now.

The Knights want to be playing their best basketball towards the end of the regular season and when the postseason rolls around.

Oakland-Craig has a big weekend with a game against Gretna scheduled for Saturday also.

The Knights have to come out and play hard and smart from the start, and must press and run on the Tigers for four quarters.

Both teams play great defense, but I think Oakland-Craig's offense could very well be the difference in this one.

The Knights figure to get North Bend Central's best shot and everyone else's from here on out though.

But Oakland-Craig knows what's at stake so I don't know if they necessarily need any extra motivation or anything.

The Knights have to come out and play better than they did against Tekamah-Herman though.

Not that Oakland-Craig played bad, I mean give Tekamah-Herman a lot of credit, but the Knights need to be even more dominate than they were in that game I feel.

At the end of the day though all that matters is that you win, and as long as Oakland-Craig wins on Thursday I think they will be happy and take it.

The Knights figure to be the number one seed in the East Husker Conference Tournament, but games against the Dragons and Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family certainly figure to impact that.
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Boys lose at Wisner-Pilger, defeat Arlington; Girls lose to both
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The Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Boys Basketball Team lost 52-34 at Wisner-Pilger Saturday night before winning 47-33 at home over Arlington Tuesday night.

The game with the Gators was tied at 9 at the end of one before Wisner-Pilger outscored the Raiders 13-3 in the 2nd quarter to take a 22-12 lead into the locker room.

The Gators won the 3rd quarter 16-13 to go up 38-25 at the end of three.

Wisner-Pilger outscored LVSS 14-9 in the 4th quarter.

Connor Larson had 15 points while Riley Hoetfelker notched 11.

The Raiders and Eagles were tied at 12 at the end of one. LVSS doubled up Arlington 10-5 in the 2nd quarter to take a 22-17 lead into the locker room.

The Raiders won the 3rd quarter 13-10 to go up 35-27 at the end of three.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder doubled up the Eagles 12-6 in the 4th quarter.

Larson notched 14 points while Nathan Wacker and Trystain Roseberry totaled 8 and 7, respectively.

Tough loss on Saturday for the Raiders, but a nice job playing a complete game and bouncing back Tuesday night.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (8-6) takes on Raymond Central (1-12) on the road Thursday night in action that can be heard on 107.9 the Bull.

The Mustangs lost 83-36 at home to Wahoo Tuesday night.

This game could be closer than most would think given Raymond Central's record.

Reason being the Mustangs beat Arlington by 8 and have played a tough schedule.

I don't foresee the Raiders having any trouble winning this one, but feel it could be closer than your typical 8-6 vs 1-12 matchup.

LVSS has to come out ready to play hard, smart, and physical from the start.

The Raiders have a challenging game on Saturday against West Point-Beemer and need to bring it this weekend.

I think LVSS has a great chance to win all three games this week and head into next week with a lot of momentum.

I look for the Raiders to play a great game Thursday night and carry that play over into Saturday.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder has to get their offense cranked up and continue to play strong defense.

The Raiders are a great defensive ball club I just think they are lacking offensive explosion this year.

That's to be expected with a young team though as it takes time to build a juggernaut.

Defense wins championships though, and so I certainly feel that LVSS is on the right track.

The Raiders have to work on their offensive efficiency on Thursday, and get ready to go full tilt with the Cadets on Saturday.

Roseberry needs to have a great game against the Mustangs on Thursday to get himself back on track.

I look for Logan View/Scribner-Snyder to win on Thursday, and potentially on Saturday as well.

Tip-off between the Raiders and Mustangs on 107.9 the Bull will be after the girls game, which is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m.

Listen to the game with Sports Director Joel Janecek and enjoy Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Basketball on the Bull.
















The Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Girls fell 47-36 at Wisner-Pilger on Saturday before losing 58-34 at Arlington Tuesday night.

The Gators went up 11-9 after one, and outscored LVSS 10-6 in the 2nd quarter to take a 21-15 lead into the locker room.

Wisner-Pilger outscored the Raiders 19-10 in the 3rd quarter to go up 40-25 at the end of three.

LVSS won the 4th quarter 11-7.

Josie Kahlandt totaled 10 points while Ashley Uhing notched 9. Shaylin Daugherty added 11 rebounds.

The Eagles doubled up the Raiders 14-7 in the 1st quarter and outscored Logan View/Scribner-Snyder 12-2 in the 2nd quarter to take a 26-9 lead into the locker room.

Arlington won the 3rd quarter 20-15 to go up 46-24 at the end of three.

The Eagles won the 4th quarter 12-10.

The Raiders were right there against the Gators if it wasn't for the 1st quarter.

I thought LVSS played a better second half against Arlington.

The Raiders (4-10) take on Raymond Central (4-11) on the road Thursday night in action that will be aired on 107.9 the Bull.

The Mustangs lost 64-36 at home to Wahoo Tuesday night.

This is definitely a game Logan View/Scribner-Snyder can win.

I look for things to be close and come down to the wire at the very end.

I feel things can truly go either way.

The Raiders have to play better than they did in the first half against Arlington if they want to win though.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder can't have offensive droughts if they hope to knock off Raymond Central.

The Raiders have to come out on fire and shoot well from the start.

LVSS has West Point-Beemer on Saturday and Howells-Dodge on Tuesday so we'll see if the Raiders can gain any momentum heading into those contests.

A win would really lift Logan View/Scribner-Snyder's spirits I feel.

A loss would be hard pill to swallow, in my opinion.

The Raiders have to come out and show some fight and play with a sense of urgency Thursday night.

This is a 50/50 game LVSS can definitely win so they have to come out and get the job done.

The Raiders are 1-1 in games decided by single digits as all of their other games have been decided by double figures.

So it will be interesting to see if Logan View/Scribner-Snyder can pull out a tough, close win Thursday night.

It should be a lot of fun to listen to the game on the radio that's for sure.

I think the game has a chance to be thrilling and memorable for sure.

The game is scheduled to tip-off at 6:00 p.m. on the Bull with Sports Director Joel Janecek on the call.
GACC Boys 0-3 in last three games; Girls 2-1
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The Guardian Angels Central Catholic Boys Basketball Team lost 57-53 at Wayne Friday night before falling 87-64 at Boone Central/Newman Grove on Saturday and 54-52 at Battle Creek Tuesday night in action aired on 107.9 the Bull.

The Bluejays and Blue Devils were tied at 10 at the end of one before GACC won the 2nd quarter to go up 26-25 at halftime.

Wayne outscored the Bluejays 15-7 in the 3rd quarter to go up 40-33 at the end of three.

GACC won the 4th quarter 20-17.

The Bluejays led the Cardinals 23-22 after one. Boone Central/Newman Grove won the 2nd quarter 14-10 to go up 36-33 at halftime.

The Cardinals outscored the Bluejays 32-10 in the 3rd quarter to extend their lead to 68-43 at the end of three.

GACC won the 4th quarter 21-19.

GACC got out to a lead in the first quarter on the Braves before Battle Creek went up 16-15 after one.

The Braves won the 2nd quarter 14-11 to take a 30-26 lead into the locker room.

Battle Creek opened up a 10-point 3rd quarter lead, starting the period on a 6-0 run to go up 36-26 before the Bluejays outscored the Braves 16-9 the rest of the quarter to close within 3 at 45-42 at the end of three.

Ben Ulrich had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but a three-pointer was errant and came up short as Battle Creek hung on for the win.

Ulrich led all scorers with 25 points and was the S&W Welding Player of the Game for the Bluejays. Cody Steffen added 10 while Nate Niewohner and Adam Reeson totaled 8 and 7, respectively.

Reeson was the Chartwest Bank Sportsmanship Award Winner.

GACC Head Coach Alex Stieren says Ulrich was feeling it. "Ben's been on the last couple of games, he's really come in big for us. And it's one of those things that we make sure when kids shoot that most of time we know most of them can make it, and we just keep after them, keep shooting, keep shooting, they'll start falling. And fortunately for Ben they started falling."

I feel the Bluejays are getting closer to getting over the hump. GACC has had a lot of close losses as of late. This team is still very young.

GACC falls to 2-11 on the year and travels to O'Neill (5-8) on Thursday.

The Eagles won 47-38 at home over Wagner, SD Tuesday night.

This game was supposed to be played on Friday, but was moved up due to the impending weather.

I really think the Bluejays are prime and due to breakthrough and pick up a win on Thursday.

I thought GACC played inspired basketball on Tuesday, especially without the services of Jared Minnick, who was sick.

If the Bluejays have him back and/or play like that again on Thursday I feel they stand a great chance to win.

This team is getting there, they are just very young.

I thought GACC did a lot of nice things last night, and really did an excellent job competing and hanging with Battle Creek.

The Bluejays were one shot away from a win, and that has to carry over into Thursday night.

Both teams will be playing on short rest, and I think that could really be in GACC's favor.

I look for the Bluejays to step up and play a good game on Thursday.

GACC has to find a way to get over the hump in these close games though.

The Bluejays have done an excellent job competing and putting themselves in a position to win games now it's a matter of going out there and making it happen.

GACC is also scheduled to play Hartington Cedar Catholic on Saturday at home so we'll see how the Bluejays fare this weekend.

The focus right now has to be on the Eagles though.

GACC has to go up there and play another good, sound game like they did Tuesday night.

I feel the future is bright for the Bluejays with a lot of opportunities for wins out there this season yet.

GACC has to play with the same aggression, tenacity, and toughness they played with Tuesday night.

If the Bluejays do that they can definitely beat the Eagles, in my opinion.















The GACC Girls lost 80-51 at home to Bishop Neumann last Tuesday night before winning 69-45 at Boone Central/Newman Grove on Saturday, and a 67-66 thriller at Battle Creek Tuesday night in action aired on 107.9 the Bull.

The Cavaliers led the Bluejays 16-12 at the end of one and outscored GACC 23-11 in the 2nd quarter to take a 39-23 lead into the locker room.

The Bluejays won the 3rd quarter 16-12 to make it a 51-39 game at the end of three.

Neumann outscored GACC 29-12 in the 4th quarter.

Sophia Hass had a team-high 15 points while Erica Engelmeyer chipped in 8.

The Bluejays went up 18-11 at the end of one on the Cardinals before winning the 2nd quarter 17-11 to take a 35-22 lead into the locker room.

GACC outscored Boone Central/Newman Grove 16-14 in the 3rd quarter to lead 51-36 at the end of three.

The Bluejays doubled up the Cardinals 18-9 in the 4th quarter.

Hass had 11 points while Ally Plagge and Brenna Rief notched 10 apiece. Angela Jansen totaled 8 while Marissa Hunke registered 7.

The Bluejays staked claim to a 9-3 lead on the Bravettes before Battle Creek battled back and took the lead before GACC regained it again to go up 17-14 at the end of one.

Both teams put up 17 points in the 2nd quarter, and the halftime score was 34-31 in favor of the Bluejays.

The Bravettes won the 3rd quarter 16-14 to make it a 48-47 game at the end of three.

GACC eventually got up 64-61 in the 4th quarter before the game was tied at 64 and 66.

Plagge knocked down a free throw at the end of the game to provide the difference for the Bluejays.

Battle Creek had a couple of chances underneath their own basket in the final seconds, but a last second shot by Riley Seifert came after the buzzer, securing the win for GACC.

Hass paced GACC with a team-high 19 points. Teammate Maddie Bracht added 18 while Jansen chipped in 14.

Head Coach Jerry Stracke says it was a wild back and forth affair. "We knew coming into the game that they were going to get some easy baskets against us. And at the end we were able to knock down some free throws. I mean they had their chances to win. And we're very fortunate to come away with the win."

The Bluejays improve to 12-3 on the season and take on O'Neill (10-4) on the road Thursday night.

The Eagles have won 6 in a row, including a 69-48 win at home over Wagner, SD Tuesday night.

This is going to be another tough test for GACC.

The Bluejays are coming off a really hard fought, emotional win, and sometimes that can take a lot out of you.

GACC just has to be refocused and re-energized and ready to go.

I think the Bluejays find a way to win once again Thursday night.

While O'Neill has been impressive, I don't think they've played the caliber of opponents GACC has.

The Eagles won 70-62 in overtime at Boone Central/Newman Grove, and while that's impressive, the Bluejays dominated the Cardinals.

It will be interesting to see how GACC comes out given their emotional game on Tuesday.

The Bluejays are facing short rest, and are also scheduled to play Hartington Cedar Catholic on Saturday.

Definitely a tough road to hoe for GACC, but if there's a team that's up to the task of winning and getting the job done it's the Bluejays.

GACC knows how to win, the Bluejays are proven winners.

GACC has won so many close games over the years, and I look for that to be the case once again Thursday night.

I think the game could be close, but I could also see the Bluejays blowing out the Eagles.

GACC should be mighty confident after Tuesday night's win.

It was a heck of a ball game, and stuff you live and play for for sure.

Hats off to the Bluejays for a great and well played game.

It's all in the past though, and GACC has to move on and get ready for O'Neill.

By now, the Bluejays should be over the elation of beating the Bravettes, and ready to tackle the challenge of beating the Eagles.
Winnebago Boys and Girls 2-1 in last three games
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The Winnebago Boys Basketball Team lost 79-58 at Laurel-Concord-Coleridge last Friday night before winning 82-53 at home over Emerson-Hubbard Tuesday night, and 65-29 at home against Wynot Friday night.

The Bears led the Indians 15-10 at the end of one. Winnebago won the 2nd quarter 19-18 to make it a 33-29 game at halftime in favor of Laurel-Concord-Coleridge.

The Bears outscored the Indians 27-15 in the 3rd quarter to go up 60-44 at the end of three.

Laurel-Concord-Coleridge won the 4th quarter 19-14.

The Indians went up 17-13 at the end of one on the Pirates, and outscored Emerson-Hubbard 27-12 in the 2nd quarter to take a 44-25 lead into the locker room.

Winnebago outscored the Pirates 20-13 in the 3rd quarter to go up 64-38 at the end of three.

The Indians won the 4th quarter 18-15.

T.J. Frenchman notched 24 points while Jeriah Greyowl added 15. Ed Payer had 10 while Javon Price totaled 9. Jarius Bass-Earth notched 7 rebounds.

Winnebago led Wynot 14-11 after one, and outscored the Blue Devils 18-1 in the 2nd quarter to take a 32-12 lead into the locker room.

The Indians outscored Wynot 23-10 in the 3rd quarter to go up 55-22 at the end of three.

Winnebago won the 4th quarter 10-7.

Frenchman poured in 29 points while Payer added 15 points and 10 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Greyowl added 8 points while Bruce Proctor pulled down 7 rebounds.

Really good game for Winnebago against the Blue Devils in particular.

Winnebago (6-5) takes on Ponca (10-2) on the road Tuesday night.

Ponca won 63-40 at Elk Point-Jefferson, SD on Friday.

Ponca is a great team, but if Winnebago plays the way they did against Wynot then they can definitely win.

Frenchman, Greyowl and Payer in particular had really nice games against Emerson-Hubbard.

Winnebago played outstanding defense against Wynot, and I think it's going to take that type of effort for Winnebago to beat Ponca as well.

Winnebago has to try and get into a track meet with Ponca and create turnovers and steals with their press.

Both teams play good defense so I think defense could ultimately decide this one.

I look for Winnebago to go into Ponca and play a good game and potentially pick up a win.

Winnebago has to go in there with confidence given the way they played against Wynot though.

Winnebago has to view this game as a big opportunity to do well and succeed.

Winnebago has to get off to a strong start and at least keep within striking distance throughout the game to be able to get Ponca at the end perhaps.

If Winnebago can keep things close throughout the game I think they have a chance to win it at the end.

Winnebago has to be relentless with their press and pressure, and must get physical with and match Ponca's physicality and hard nosed style of play.

Winnebago has to use their speed and athleticism to their advantage, and get out and run.

Winnebago has to play with a lot of drive, heart, pride, passion, toughness, determination, tenacity, grit, and fire.

Winnebago has to take the fight to Ponca for 4 quarters, and simply play Winnebago Basketball.

If Winnebago plays the way they did Friday night and just plays their game then they can definitely come away with a victory at Ponca.













The Winnebago Girls are also 2-1 in their last three games, winning 62-58 at Laurel-Concord-Coleridge last Friday night, and 63-22 at Emerson-Hubbard Tuesday night, before falling 47-35 at home to Wynot Friday night.

The Indians led the Bears 15-13 after one. Laurel-Concord-Coleridge won the 2nd quarter 19-14 to take a 32-29 lead into the locker room.

Winnebago outscored the Bears 10-3 in the 3rd quarter to go up 39-35 at the end of three.

Both teams scored 23 points in the 4th quarter.

Keisha Snyder had 14 points while Madeline Cleveland notched 13. Natasha Deal had 9 points and 7 rebounds while Jayla Price totaled 9 points. Kae Earth added 8 points.

The Indians went up 25-4 after one on Emerson-Hubbard and won the 2nd quarter 10-6 to take a 35-10 lead into the locker room.

Winnebago outscored the Pirates 21-3 in the 3rd quarter to go up 56-13 at the end of three.

Emerson-Hubbard won the 4th quarter 9-7.

Snyder led the way with 18 points while Price notched 14 and Cleveland added 12.

The Blue Devils led 15-10 after one. The Indians won the 2nd quarter 10-7 to make it a 22-20 game at halftime in favor of Wynot.

The Blue Devils outscored Winnebago 14-2 in the 3rd quarter to lead 36-22 at the end of three.

The Indians won the 4th quarter 13-11.

Price finished with 12 points while Cleveland notched 11. Snyder chipped in 8.

Really good game for the Indians against the Pirates, and a solid performance against the Bears as well.

Winnebago (5-7) takes on Ponca (11-2) on the road Tuesday night.

Ponca won 43-37 at Elk Point-Jefferson, SD Friday night.

Ponca is a really good, legit, and great team this year, and figures to be tough to beat.

I think Winnebago is going to need an effort like they got against Emerson-Hubbard to be able to win this one.

Ponca is a team and a program to model yourselves after, and so I think this game can help Winnebago see what they can become in the future.

Ponca is always good, and I feel Winnebago can get up there and be at that same level too.

I feel Winnebago has made some strides this year, but still has work to do.

Winnebago has to go in there and play fearless and with aggression.

Winnebago has to show a lot of fight and might, and must play to win.

Winnebago can't play not to lose, they have to expect to win.

Winnebago has to take it to Ponca for four quarters, and give them everything they can handle and want and then some.

Winnebago has to put a scare into Ponca at the very least.

Winnebago needs a performance that's going to make them feel good and be a positive experience for them.

Winnebago has to come away from this game with a moral victory at the very least.

If Winnebago can keep this thing within a dozen points or less I think there will be positives to take away from the game.

The goal is to always win, but Winnebago has to find positives to take away from the game even if they come up short.

Snyder, Deal, Cleveland, and Price all need to play the way they did against Laurel-Concord-Coleridge, and Snyder, Cleveland, and Price the way they did against Emerson-Hubbard.

There's no reason why Winnebago can't play well and close the gap on Ponca, much like what I feel they did against Wynot.
Pender Boys beat Homer, lose to Omaha Nation; Girls defeat both
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The Pender Boys Basketball Team edged Homer 49-48 at home Tuesday night in action aired on 107.9 the Bull before falling 75-70 at home to Omaha Nation Thursday night.

The Pendragons led the Knights 13-11 at the end of the 1st quarter, and won the 2nd quarter 15-11 to take a 28-22 lead into the locker room.

Homer outscored Pender 18-11 in the 3rd quarter to go up 40-39 at the end of three.

The Pendragons won the 4th quarter 10-8.

Sam Mailoux had 17 points and 9 rebounds while Jaxon Maise totaled 11 points. Nathan Breitbarth added 8 while Chris Rutar and Jaydon Jump posted 7 apiece.

The Chiefs got up 17-14 at the end of one. Both teams scored 19 points in the 2nd quarter, and the score was 36-33 at halftime in favor of Omaha Nation.

Pender won the 3rd quarter 22-19 to tie the game at 55 at the end of three.

The Chiefs won the 4th quarter 20-15.

Dylan Vogt had 21 points while Mailoux posted 19 points and 12 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Maise chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds while Eric Schopke had 9 points and 8 rebounds. Breitbarth added 7 points while Jump pulled down 8 rebounds.

Heck of a way for the Pendragons to battle on Tuesday, and especially on Thursday.

Pender (4-7) plays host to Clarkson/Leigh (3-7) on Saturday.

The Patriots lost 67-33 at home to Humphrey St. Francis Friday night.

The Pendragons have to come out and play a good game and perform well.

Pender needs the same kind of effort they got against Omaha Nation.

Thursday's loss was a gutsy performance by the Pendragons to say the least.

I think it shows the potential of this team and how good they can be.

I look for Pender to play well on Saturday and pick up a win.

The Pendragons have a tough road to hoe in their next three games after this one so Pender really needs this one in a big way.

The Pendragons have to come out and play hard and smart from the get go.

Mailoux has to be a man among boys in this one.

I don't know if the Patriots have anyone that can slow him down.

Pender really got after it offensively on Thursday, and if the Pendragons can keep scoring 70 points a game they can beat anyone.

Omaha Nation is a good team, and Pender was neck and neck with the Chiefs for four quarters.

It's that kind of inspired effort that can lead to bigger things down the line for the Pendragons I feel.

Pender needs a good solid and sound win on Saturday.

The Pendragons need to take this one by double digits to really feel good about themselves.

I thought the Omaha Nation game was one of the best games Pender has played all year so the Pendragons need to build upon it and play even better on Saturday.

This is one Pender really needs.

The Pendragons simply cannot afford to lose to Clarkson/Leigh, and I don't think they will, but you never know.

Anything can happen in the game of basketball, and Pender has to be cognizant of what the Patriots try and do and throw at them.















The Pender Girls won 53-45 at home over Homer Tuesday night in action aired on 107.9 the Bull before drilling Omaha Nation 74-34 at home Thursday night.

The Pendragons held a 13-7 lead on the Knights at the end of one. Pender won the 2nd quarter 13-12 to take a 26-19 lead into the locker room.

The Pendragons outscored Homer 16-10 in the 3rd quarter to go up 42-29 at the end of three.

The Knights won the 4th quarter 16-11.

Really nice win for Pender Thursday night, and a quality win on Tuesday as well.

The Pendragons (6-6) host Clarkson/Leigh (10-2) on Saturday.

The Patriots defeated Humphrey St. Francis 53-46 at home Friday night.

This game figures to be a huge challenge for Pender, I mean the Pendragons really have their work cut out for them in this one.

Clarkson/Leigh is a very confident team right now that is on a roll.

After all the Patriots have won four in a row.

Pender is a team that's playing pretty good ball right now too though as the Pendragons have won three straight.

It's a battle of two teams playing at a really high level right now.

This should be a great game and battle, and I wouldn't be surprised if the game is super close.

I think the game could be decided by single digits.

Clarkson/Leigh is a very good and dangerous team though.

Humphrey St. Francis is a great team, and to beat them is really saying something.

Pender is a quality program too though and I fully expect the Pendragons to come out and play a good game and put forth a great effort.

Pender has to be excited about the opportunity they have in this game.

An upset can definitely happen on any given day, and in this case on any given Saturday, so the Pendragons have to go out there and make it happen.

Pender has a lot of games coming up that look like they could and should be wins so even if the Pendragons don't upset the Patriots they should still taste victory quite a bit before the East Husker Conference Tournament begins.

A win or even a close game in this one could really give Pender a lot of momentum and springboard them, in my opinion.

This is the 3rd game of the week for the Pendragons after some time off so Pender should still be fresh and ready to go.
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Boys 2-1 in last three games; Girls 1-2 in same span
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The Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Boys Basketball Team lost 52-36 at home to North Bend Central last Friday night in action aired on 107.9 the Bull before downing Stanton 49-36 at home on Saturday, and winning 62-28 at Madison Tuesday night.

North Bend Central held an 11-10 lead on LVSS after one, and outscored the Raiders 17-7 in the 2nd quarter to take a 28-17 lead into the locker room.

The Tigers won the 3rd quarter 14-10 to go up 42-27 at the end of three.

North Bend Central won the 4th quarter 10-9.

Connor Larson led the way with 17 points.

The Raiders went up 15-4 on Stanton after one. Both teams scored 7 points in the 2nd quarter, and the score was 22-11 at halftime in favor of Logan View/Scribner-Snyder.

Both teams scored 14 points in the 3rd quarter, and the score was 36-25 at the end of three in favor of the Raiders.

LVSS won the 4th quarter 16-14.

Trystain Roseberry totaled 15 points while Riley Hoetfelker and Larson notched 11 and 10, respectively. Nathan Wacker added 9.

The Raiders went up 22-4 at the end of one on the Dragons. Logan View/Scribner-Snyder outscored Madison 16-9 in the 2nd quarter to take a 38-13 lead into the locker room.

The Raiders won the 3rd quarter 15-10 to go up 53-23 at the end of three.

LVSS won the 4th quarter 9-5.

Roseberry had 15 points and 11 rebounds while Larson registered 14 points and 8 rebounds. Jayden Korman chipped in 7 points while Austin Peters posted 10 rebounds.

Well played games for the Raiders on Saturday and Tuesday.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (7-5) takes on Wisner-Pilger (8-4) on the road Saturday.

The Gators lost 55-46 at Howells-Dodge Friday night.

Wisner-Pilger has kind of been scuffling lately, and I feel the Raiders have a chance to get them.

The Gators are 0-2 since Duane Mendlik picked up his record setting win, and LVSS would no doubt like to make it 0-3.

This game figures to be close, entertaining, and compelling.

I think not playing Friday night helps the Raiders more than it hurts them.

This will be Wisner-Pilger's 3rd game this week so we'll see what both teams have.

The Gators are an experienced veteran team, and are at home, so the advantage would certainly seem to go them.

However, Logan View/Scribner-Snyder is a good, young scrappy ball club, and cannot be counted out of any game.

This game figures to be close and tight that's for sure.

I think you will see both teams play at a really high level and get after one another for four quarters.

This would be a big win for the Raiders, and it's big for East Husker Conference Tournament position and seeding.

LVSS has to get off to a quick start and put Wisner-Pilger in a deep hole.

The Raiders have to find their rhythm offensively and turn in a strong performance defensively also.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder has to play four good quarters of basketball, and take the fight to the Gators.

The Raiders have to play with nothing to lose.

LVSS shouldn't feel any pressure whatsoever.

The Raiders should be able to go into Wisner and play their game and execute.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder just has to focus on themselves and what they're doing and they should be fine.

















The Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Girls lost 51-27 at home to North Bend Central last Friday night in action aired on 107.9 the Bull before losing 48-32 at home to Stanton on Saturday, and winning 57-35 at Madison Tuesday night.

The Tigers went up on the Raiders 16-7 at the end of one and outscored Logan View/Scribner-Snyder 18-5 in the 2nd quarter to take a 34-12 lead into the locker room.

North Bend Central outscored the Raiders 14-6 in the 3rd quarter to go up 48-18 at the end of three.

LVSS tripled up the Tigers 9-3 in the 4th quarter.

Shaylin Daugherty had a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds while Ashley Peters notched 7 points.

The Mustangs held a 9-5 lead on the Raiders at the end of one. LVSS won the 2nd quarter 7-6 to make it a 15-12 game at halftime in favor of Stanton.

The Mustangs outscored the Raiders 23-7 in the 3rd quarter to go up 38-19 at the end of three.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder won the 4th quarter 13-10.

Ashley Uhing finished with 16 points and 7 rebounds while Josie Kahlandt notched 11 points. Daugherty recorded 9 rebounds.

The Raiders went up 21-10 on the Dragons after one, and outscored LVSS 19-9 in the 2nd quarter to take a 40-19 lead into the locker room.

Both teams scored 6 points in the 3rd quarter, and the score was 46-25 at the end of three in favor of the Raiders.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder won the 4th quarter 11-10.

Kahlandt had 14 points while Uhing totaled 11 points and 15 rebounds. Daugherty chipped in 8 points and 10 rebounds while Maelee Beacom registered 8 points. Peters contributed 7.

Good performance from the Raiders on Tuesday night.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (4-8) takes on Wisner-Pilger (4-9) on the road Saturday.

The Gators lost 50-35 at Howells-Dodge Friday night.

Wisner-Pilger has lost three straight, and this figures to be a very close and entertaining ball game.

I feel the Raiders are the stronger team on both ends of the court, or at least have proven to be so far this season.

Daugherty and Jordan Wegner down low is a tremendous matchup, and there are some good matchups at the guard positions as well.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder needs to have a clean offensive game with limited mistakes and turnovers.

The Raiders have to find a way to knock down some shots from the outside and play well.

LVSS has to come out and have girls score the way they did against the Dragons.

Both of these teams have struggled on offense this year, but have played strong defense.

Something has to give, and this figures to be a dandy of a ball game.

The Raiders have to come out and be ready to play well right from the start.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder can't come out sluggish and slow, the Raiders have to come out fast and sharp.

LVSS has to execute on offense and make their open shots and get to the free throw line.

The Raiders have to play tough defense and create chaos with their press.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder has to create turnovers and more offensive opportunities for themselves.

The Raiders have to want it more than the Gators.

Getting to that 5th win at this point in the season would be big for LVSS.

This is the 2nd of four straight road games for the Raiders so they have to be mentally focused and ready.

It's crazy, but Logan View/Scribner-Snyder only has one more home game this season, that coming next Saturday against West Point-Beemer.
Oakland-Craig Boys lose to Stanton, beat Walthill; Girls down Mustangs and Elmwood-Murdock
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The Oakland-Craig Boys Basketball Team lost on a halfcourt shot at the buzzer by Stanton's Marcus Spotanski Friday night, losing 41-39 at Stanton. The Knights followed that up with an 88-36 win at Walthill Tuesday night.

The Mustangs got up 8-5 on the Knights after one before Oakland-Craig won the 2nd quarter 14-13 to make it a 21-19 game at halftime in favor of Stanton.

The Mustangs won the 3rd quarter 6-4 to to go up 27-23 at the end of three.

The Knights took the 4th quarter 16-14.

Tyson Harney led the way with 9 points while Garrison Dodge and Gunnar Ray notched 8 and 7, respectively. Wyatt Seagren added 11 rebounds.

The Knights got out to a 19-9 lead on the Blujays after one. Oakland-Craig outscored Walthill 26-14 in the 2nd quarter to take a 45-23 lead into the locker room.

The Knights outscored the Blujays 22-7 in the 3rd quarter to go up 67-30 at the end of three.

Oakland-Craig outscored Walthill 21-6 in the 4th quarter.

Ray had a team-high 18 points while Seagren totaled 15 points and 9 rebounds. Jaron Meyer added 13 points and 7 rebounds while Harney notched 10 points. Colton Thomsen chipped in 9 while Blake Johnson and Coulter Thiele registered 8 and 7, respectively.

Head Coach Aaron Meyer says he simply let his team do their thing. "Honestly, I had to turn them loose, and restrict my coaching. I think I tend to overcoach sometimes. I needed to put some trust in them, and they responded well. We came after them defensively, and created a lot of points off turnovers. We also took 4 legitimate charges, and our help side defense was outstanding."

Oakland-Craig (8-6) plays host to BRLD (10-1) Friday night in action that will be aired on 107.9 the Bull.

The Wolverines won 91-40 at home over Homer Monday night.

Meyer says he wants his team to focus on themselves and let the rest take care of itself. "They are a very good basketball team and deserve a lot of respect. The thing I’m trying to get my guys to understand is that I’m not all about wins and losses. I want us to work as hard as we possibly can. Then the score will work itself out. This game won’t make or break our season."

I would say there is a bit of a rivalry starting to brew between these two teams.

Meyer. "The fact that they are in our sub districts really means nothing to me until sub districts. You could call them a rival, I suppose. They have the record, recent history, and the ranking. We have nothing to lose."

Coach Meyer is right, the Knights have absolutely nothing to lose in this game.

All the pressure should be squarely on BRLD's shoulders and not Oakland-Craig;s.

The Knights just have to go out there and play the way they did Tuesday night.

The way Oakland-Craig played Tuesday night is the blueprint for success in my book.

The Wolverines beat the Blujays by about the same score so I think Friday night's game has all the makings of being a great one.

The Knights should look and see what Howells-Dodge did, and find some motivation and drive from that result.

The Jaguars upset BRLD so Oakland-Craig knows it can very well happen.

Anyone can be beaten on any given night, and that's something the Knights have to keep in mind while playing the best they possibly can.

Oakland-Craig has to go out there and play their hearts out and leave everything out on the floor.

The Knights have to give it all they got, and let the result of the game take care of itself.

Creating turnovers and playing great help side defense like they did Tuesday night is going to be critical for Oakland-Craig in this one I feel.

The game will start after the girls game, which is slated to begin at 6:00 p.m. on the Bull.
















The Oakland-Craig Girls held off a strong charge from Stanton Friday night, winning 44-39 on the road. Oakland-Craig then defeated Elwmood-Murdock 62-38 at home on Saturday.

Stanton led the Knights 11-7 after one, and won the 2nd quarter 12-10 to take a 23-17 lead into the locker room.

Oakland-Craig doubled up Stanton 12-6 in the 3rd quarter to tie the game at 29 at the end of three.

The Knights won the 4th quarter 15-10.

Dacey Nelson led all scorers with 24 points while Jeannina Blahak totaled 10 rebounds.

Oakland-Craig doubled up Elwmood-Murdock 12-6 in the 1st quarter. O-C won the 2nd quarter 15-13 to go up 27-19 at halftime.

Oakland-Craig outscored Elwmood-Murdock 17-5 in the 3rd quarter to lead 44-24 at the end of three.

O-C won the 4th quarter 18-14.

Nelson led the way with 30 points and 8 rebounds while Ashley Denton had 8 points. Makenna Pearson added 7 while Mya Guzinski recorded 7 rebounds.

I thought Oakland-Craig did a really good job of passing both tests over the weekend, but especially against Stanton Friday night.

The Knights (12-0) host BRLD (10-3) in action that will be aired on 107.9 the Bull Friday night.

The Wolverines beat Homer 56-54 at home Monday night after knocking off previously unbeaten West Point-Beemer 49-33 on the road Saturday.

Head Coach Joe Anderson says this is a really big test for his team. "This is the kind of game that we need right now. BRLD is a very talented team and is playing very well. We will have to raise our level of play if we want to win. We have shown flashes of being a very good basketball team, but we have to be more consistent. We have yet to put 4 good quarters together."

Nelson has led Oakland-Craig all season long. 

Anderson says she's a very special player. "Dacey is an outstanding basketball player. She puts in so much extra time that people do not realize. She obviously makes us go on the offensive end (scoring 27 ppg). With Kennedy Benne still out, many people have tried to run junk defenses on her, but she is skilled enough to find a way to score."

As good as Nelson is, it might take some scoring contributions from others for the Knights to get over the hump and win. 

Anderson breaks down the matchup with the Wolverines. "BRLD is really good on the offensive end. They do a good job of getting out in transition, and they really shoot the ball well. We are going to have to play 4 great quarters of team defense. Offensively we are going to have to knock some shots down against their zone based defense. We have multiple girls that can score, we just have to be more consistent shooters."

This should be an incredible game between two very good and great teams.

I look for Oakland-Craig to come out and play great like they have all season long.

It will be interesting to see what the Wolverines try and do defensively.

BRLD ran a triangle and two on West Point-Beemer so maybe they'll run a box-and-one on Nelson?

I guess I will say I don't have the answer to that and it's all the more reason to tune in to the Bull Friday night.

Former Sports Director Tom McMahon will be on the call of the games, and both games should be good and have a chance to come down to the wire I feel.

The girls game will start at 6:00 p.m. on the Bull with the boys game to follow.

This is one of many big games coming up before the East Husker Conference Tournament for the Knights.
BRLD Boys and Girls defeat Tekamah-Herman, West Point-Beemer, and Homer
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The BRLD Boys Basketball Team cruised to a 71-15 win at Tekamah-Herman Friday night, and then won 43-33 at West Point-Beemer on Saturday before dismantling Homer 91-40 at home Monday night.

The Wolverines went up 28-2 on Tekamah-Herman after one, and outscored the Tigers 20-2 in the 2nd quarter to take a 48-4 lead into the locker room.

BRLD won the 3rd quarter 9-2 to go up 57-6 at the end of three.

The Wolverines won the 4th quarter 14-9.

The Wolverines went up 13-8 on the Cadets after one, and won the 2nd quarter 4-3 to take a 17-11 lead into the locker room.

BRLD outscored the Cadets 16-13 in the 3rd quarter to go up 33-24 at the end of three.

The Wolverines won the 4th quarter 10-9.

BRLD led the Knights 41-22 at halftime. The Wolverines outscored Homer 28-11 in the 3rd quarter to go up 69-33 at the end of three.

BRLD outscored the Knights 22-7 in the 4th quarter.

The Wolverines played really good on Friday and Tuesday I thought, and well enough on Saturday to win.

BRLD (10-1) takes on Oakland-Craig (8-6) on the road Friday night in action that will be aired on 107.9 the Bull.

The Knights hammered Walthill 88-36 on the road Tuesday night.

Head Coach Cory Meyer says Oakland-Craig is deep, talented, and experienced. "O-C has a lot of players that can play; their bench is deep and can put fresh players in more often than we can. They have a lot of seniors that start and have a lot of experience but their sophomores and the Thompson kid can come in a light a fire. We need to do our best defensively to contain their shooters and not let them get started. O-C is a dangerous team that can play with anyone especially if they get on a roll."

The Knights had four players in double digits against the Blujays.

Meyer says contesting shots and handling the ball are keys to a victory. "First thing we need to do is get past their press and not let that get to us. They like to press and trap as often as possible so taking care of the ball and limiting our turnovers will be important. O-C is a team that can get hot and shoot well from the outside so we need to contest all their shots and hope they don't get into a rhythm. We also need to improve our communicating on defense."

This should be a great game in what I consider to be an evolving rivalry between the two teams.

BRLD has been very consistent this year while Oakland-Craig has kind of been up and down.

Conventional wisdom says the Wolverines will win, but anything can happen, just ask Howells-Dodge.

The Knights just went off on Tuesday too so they figure to be ready.

It should be a good game. 

These teams had a heck of a battle in Sub-Districts last year, and I look for this game to be really good also.

There is a lot of experience and talent back for both teams.

If Oakland-Craig plays the way they did Tuesday night then this figures to be one heck of a ball game.

It should be an exciting, action packed game that's for sure.

You'll want to join former Sports Director Tom McMahon on the call.

The game will start after the girls game, which is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. on the Bull.
















The BRLD Girls won 62-18 at Tekamah-Herman Friday night and then handed West Point-Beemer their first loss of the season on the road Saturday, winning 49-33, before narrowly escaping Homer 56-54 at home Monday night.

The Wolverines went up 8-4 on the Cadets at the end of one, and won the 2nd quarter 15-13 to take a 23-17 lead into the locker room.

BRLD outscored West Point-Beemer 12-2 in the 3rd quarter to go up 35-19 at the end of three.

Both teams scored 14 points in the 4th quarter.

Head Coach Rod Peters says defense was the difference in the game. "I thought we came out and executed on the defensive end of the court. West Point Beemer is a very good team so I was really proud of how the girls competed."

The Knights led the Wolverines 14-12 after one. BRLD won the 2nd quarter 14-12 to tie the game at 26 at halftime.

The Wolverines won the 3rd quarter 13-12 to go up 39-38 at the end of three.

BRLD won the 4th quarter 17-16.

The Wolverines escaped on Monday. Probably a little post West Point-Beemer hangover I would say.

BRLD (10-3) has a monster game at Oakland-Craig (12-0) Friday night in action that will be aired on 107.9 the Bull.

Oakland-Craig spanked Elmwood-Murdock 62-38 at home on Saturday.

Peters says O-C is the real deal. "Oakland-Craig is obviously a very good team. They are very well coached and have very good players so it will be a tough game for us on Friday night. We need to go out and compete at a very high level on Friday night to be competitive."

The biggest reason why the Knights are as good as they are is because of Dacey Nelson.

The senior, who missed all of last year with an ACL injury, is averaging 27 points per game this season.

Peters says Nelson is a special player and has a good supporting cast. "Dacey is an excellent player and I believe she has some really good teammates so we will try our best to be competitive with them."

It will be interesting to see if BRLD can slow her down at all.

Oakland-Craig Head Coach Joe Anderson said many teams have ran junk defenses to try and slow her down, but have been unsuccessful.

The Wolverines went Triangle and Two on the Cadets on Saturday so I wonder if BRLD might try a box-and-one on Nelson.

The Wolverines are playing about as well right as they have been all season so I feel this is good a time as any for BRLD to play Oakland-Craig.

The Wolverines are going to need to play a great game to come out on top there's no doubt about it.

BRLD is definitely capable of winning though, in my opinion.

I don't know how many people thought the Wolverines would beat West Point-Beemer, myself included, so BRLD has to be feeling pretty confident and comfortable in the spoiler/underdog role right now.

Everyone talks about the Knights and Nelson, and rightfully so, but the Wolverines deserve some love, respect, and attention as well.

BRLD is having a really nice season, and what they are doing doesn't and shouldn't go unnoticed.

Friday night's game is scheduled to tip-off at 6:00 p.m. on the Bull. 
Howells-Dodge Boys beat Humphrey St. Francis and Plainview; Girls 1-2 in last three games
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The Howells-Dodge Boys Basketball Team won 58-47 at home over Humphrey St. Francis Friday night before defeating Plainview 63-42 on the road Saturday in action aired on 107.9 the Bull.

The Flyers got out to a 15-13 lead at the end of one. Both teams scored 12 points in the 2nd quarter, and the score was 27-25 at halftime in favor of St. Francis.

The Flyers won the 3rd quarter 16-11 to extend their lead to 43-36 at the end of three.

The Jaguars outscored Humphrey St. Francis 22-4 in the 4th quarter.

The Jaguars jumped out to a 16-7 lead at the end of one in on the Pirates, and won the 2nd quarter 9-7 to take a 25-14 lead into the locker room.

Howells-Dodge erupted in the 3rd quarter, going on a 21-2 run to start the period and staking claim to a 46-16 lead.

The Jaguars led 52-25 at the end of three, outscoring the Pirates 27-11 in the quarter.

Plainview got as close as 20 in the 4th quarter at 53-33, and outscored Howells-Dodge 17-11 in the quarter.

Luke Rocheford had a team-high 11 points to pace the Jaguars while S&W Welding Player of the game RJ Bayer posted 10, 8 coming in the 1st quarter. CharterWest Bank Sportsmanship Award Winner Lane Hegemann, Josh Brester, Blake Sindelar added 8 apiece while Charlie Dvorak totaled 7.

Head Coach Kevin Janata says the balanced scoring is a credit to his team's depth. "Yeah we knew the matchups for them would be tough. Plainview doesn't go very deep into their bench, they try to stick with the starting five. So we knew if we could run the floor and push the tempo we would have the advantage. So we subbed 8, 9, 10 deep, and I think that gave us a good advantage."

The Jaguars improve to 8-4 on the year and host 8-3 Wisner-Pilger Friday night. Gator Head Coach Duane Mendlik just set the record for the most wins in Nebraska High School Boys Basketball History with 671. "Yeah Duane was coaching at Wisner when I was in high school, and he always has a fundamentally sound team, and they're full of shooters, and they got a good record right now. And it's a Sub-District team. And we'd like to make a statement and get after it. It's going to be a challenge again, but I think it's something that we can accomplish if we put our minds to it," Janata said.

Howells-Dodge is one of those teams you can never count out.

The Jaguars got the Flyers at the end, and I think Howells-Dodge can get Wisner-Pilger too.

This game is big for East Husker Conference Tournament seeding in particular.

I look for Howells-Dodge to play a good, complete game.

The Gators lost by 15 at home to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family on Tuesday so a golden opportunity for the Jaguars to add to Wisner-Pilger's woes.

Both teams have been playing really good basketball as of late so this should be a good one.

I give the edge to Howells-Dodge since they're at home, but this game could really go either way.

The Jaguars have to play the way they did in the 3rd quarter against the Pirates and the 4th quarter against the Flyers.

If Howells-Dodge can stay close and keep things within striking distance for a while, a big quarter might just be enough to win the game.

That or perhaps the Jaguars will jump on the Gators early and break the game wide open that way.

One way or another Howells-Dodge just has to find a way to win.

The Jaguars have another tough contest with Mead on Saturday, but I think the Jaguars have a good chance to win both games this weekend.

These two games are big and critical for Howells-Dodge, and I look for the Jaguars to step up, perform, and play well.

I really think Howells-Dodge could be in the midst of a big run and winning streak.

We will see if the Jaguars can continue their great play this weekend.














The Howells-Dodge Girls are 2-1 in their last three games, falling 62-31 at home to Humphrey St. Francis Friday night, and then winning 54-33 at Plainview on Saturday, and 49-38 at Lutheran High Northeast Tuesday night.

The Flyers led the Jaguars 12-9 after one, and outscored Howells-Dodge 18-8 in the 2nd quarter to take a 30-17 lead into the locker room.

St. Francis won the 3rd quarter 15-7 to go up 45-24 at the end of three.

The Jaguars outscored the Flyers 17-7 in the 4th quarter to make up the final score.

Erin Prusa had 9 points and 14 rebounds while Cassie Pieper notched 8 points. Jessi Brester totaled 8 rebounds while Brooklyn Macholan posted 7.

The Jaguars got out to a 14-5 lead at the end of the 1st quarter on the Pirates thanks in large part to S&W Welding Player of the Game Prusa, who had 8 of her game-high 23 points in the quarter.

Howells-Dodge outscored Plainview 17-6 in the 2nd quarter to take a 31-16 lead into the locker room.

The Jaguars won the 3rd quarter 17-9, and went up 48-25 at the end of three.

The Pirates won the 4th quarter 8-6.

In addition to Prusa's 23 points and 17 rebounds, Pieper had 13 points for Howells-Dodge while CharterWest Bank Sportsmanship Award Winner Brester chipped in 10.

Head Coach Scott Polacek on the win. "There were times where I felt we could of broke the game open if we finish a couple of opportunities, but we got that nice lead early on, and we just kind of stayed there. We just needed to come get a win. Our schedule's been really tough early so we're just getting whatever we can get."

The Jaguars jumped on the Eagles 16-5 after one. LHNE won the 2nd quarter 12-11 to make it a 27-17 game at halftime in favor of Howells-Dodge.

The Jaguars won the 3rd quarter 13-10 to go up 40-27 at the end of three.

The Eagles won the 4th quarter 11-9.

Prusa notched 14 points and 8 rebounds while Macholan totaled 11 points and 11 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Brester added 11 points.

Good play from Howells-Dodge on Saturday and Tuesday.

I was really impressed with Prusa on Saturday.

Tuesday appeared to be more balanced scoring for the Jaguars.

Howells-Dodge (4-9) plays host to Wisner-Pilger (4-8) Friday night.

The Gators lost 71-37 at home to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family Tuesday night, and 60-19 at West Point-Beemer Friday night.

Wisner-Pilger has been struggling lately while the Jaguars are on the upswing.

Howells-Dodge is hitting the part of their schedule where they should win a lot of games.

I wouldn't be surprised if the Jaguars won all of their games leading up to the East Husker Conference Tournament.

I look for Howells-Dodge to go on a winning streak and be a Darkhorse in the conference tournament.

I really think the Jaguars could be a sleeper team heading into the conference tournament...one of those teams no one talks about.

Howells-Dodge has to focus on Friday night first though and then Saturday.

The Jaguars host Mead on Saturday, a game they should definitely win.

I look for Howells-Dodge to pick up two wins this weekend, and continue their winning ways of the last two games.

I look for the Jaguars to do a lot of winning in the second half of the season given their schedule and how well they've come on in the last couple of games.

If Howells-Dodge gets Tonya Brester and Grace Dvorak back at some point they figure to be even that more lethal.

I don't think the Jaguars are a team people are going to want to play down the stretch.

I think Howells-Dodge can make some noise down the line, and look for them to do so.

The story has not yet been written on the 2018-2019 Jaguars....there's still a lot of season left and a long ways yet to go.

With that said, Howells-Dodge can't slip up and has to keep winning.

I look for the Jaguars to do some damage before season's end, and keep on rolling right along into the Conference Tournament.
Wisner-Pilger Boys beat West Point-Beemer, lose to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family; Girls lose to both
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The Wisner-Pilger Boys Basketball Team handed West Point-Beemer a 50-45 defeat in Wisner Friday night, giving Head Coach Duane Mendlik his 671st career win, and making him the all-time winningest Head Coach in Nebraska High School Boys Basketball History. The Gators then followed that game up with a 59-44 home loss to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family Tuesday night.

The Gators led 12-11 over West Point-Beemer after one before the Cadets won the 2nd quarter 12-11 to tie the game at 23 at halftime.

Wisner-Pilger doubled up West Point-Beemer 10-5 in the 3rd quarter to go up 33-28 at the end of three.

Both teams scored 17 points in the 4th quarter.

The Bulldogs led 14-8 after one, and doubled up the Gators 18-9 in the 2nd quarter to take a 32-17 lead into the locker room.

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family won the 3rd quarter 14-10 to go up 46-27 at the end of three.

Wisner-Pilger won the 4th quarter 17-13.

What a remarkable accomplishment by Coach Mendlik. Truly amazing!!!!

The Gators (8-3) take on Howells-Dodge (8-4) on the road Friday night.

The Jaguars won 63-42 at Plainview on Saturday.

Howells-Dodge is playing real well right now as they've won 5 out of their last 6.

This is a big game for Wisner-Pilger with the Jaguars being a Sub-District opponent and everything.

Both teams have been playing really good basketball lately so this should be a whale of a ball game.

Things don't figure to come easy for the Gators with the way Howells-Dodge has played this year, but this should be a very good game as I mentioned.

Guard play figures to be big in this one as the Jaguars have some solid guards.

Wisner-Pilger has some kids who can really shoot, but are missing a true point guard and ball handler.

The Gators just have to learn to overcome that and figure out a way to break the press and get the ball inside to Jayden Raabe and Caden Schweers and others.

Caden Jackson, Justin Pieper, and others have to be on from the outside as well.

Both teams have good depth with the Jaguars having a little more probably so both teams should be good there.

This game is also big for East Husker Conference Tournament Seeding.

The Gators have an important game against Logan View/Scribner-Snyder on Saturday as well.

Wisner-Pilger got off on the wrong foot Tuesday night with the loss to the Bulldogs so we'll see if the Gators can bounce back on Friday.

This is a pivotal game for Wisner-Pilger as is Saturday's contest against the Raiders.

I really think these games could be the difference between getting the 4, 5, or 6 seeds.

If the Gators win both I think they could get the 4, split they might get the 5, and lose both and it could be the 6 or maybe even the 7.

Wisner-Pilger plays all conference teams prior to the EHC Tournament so we'll definitely find out how the Gators measure up against conference foes.













The Wisner-Pilger Girls lost 60-19 at home to West Point-Beemer Friday night, and fell 71-37 at home to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family Tuesday night.

West Point-Beemer spurted out to a 20-2 lead on the Gators at the end of one, and outscored Wisner-Pilger 15-4 in the 2nd quarter to take a 35-6 lead into the locker room.

The Cadets won the 3rd quarter 13-8 to go up 48-14 at the end of three.

West Point-Beemer outscored the Gators 12-5 in the 4th quarter.

The Bulldogs got up 23-5 after one before the Gators won the 2nd quarter 17-13 to make it a 36-22 game at halftime in favor of Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family.

The Bulldogs outscored Wisner-Pilger 23-10 in the 3rd quarter to go up 59-32 at the end of three.

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family outscored the Gators 12-5 in the 4th quarter.

Like they have at times this year, Wisner-Pilger showed signs of promise in the 2nd quarter against the Bulldogs.

The Gators (4-8) take on Howells-Dodge (4-9) on the road Friday night.

The Jaguars won 49-38 at Lutheran High Northeast Tuesday night.

Howells-Dodge is a better team than their record shows given how tough a schedule they've played.

Wisner-Pilger has to try and slow down Erin Prusa.

The battle inside should be really good and intense between Prusa and Jordan Wegner.

Guard play figures to be big also, and the Gators have to be able to handle pressure and get the ball up court.

Offense figures to be big in this one as it always is for Wisner-Pilger.

The Gators also need to play sound defense.

Wisner-Pilger has to play the way they did against Stanton and Wayne.

The Gators lost to the Eagles 39-28 in the opening game of the season.

Those were early season games though and it's January now.

Wisner-Pilger has to shake off the results of last weekend's games and pick things up this weekend.

The Gators have Logan View/Scribner-Snyder at home on Saturday so a chance at a couple of wins this weekend, at least on paper.

Wisner-Pilger has to step things up on both ends of the floor and perform at a high level this weekend.

West Point-Beemer and Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family are two of the top dogs in the Conference, and so I can certainly understand struggling against them.

There's no reason the Gators should struggle this weekend though.

These are two teams that again, at least on paper, Wisner-Pilger should compete with and perhaps even beat.

The next four games after these two appear to be semi-challenging, but I feel there's a lot of potential for wins on the schedule for the Gators leading up to the East Husker Conference Tournament.

We'll see if Wisner-Pilger can make some noise and improve their seeding before that tournament rolls around.
Emerson-Hubbard Boys and Girls 0-3 in last three games
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The Emerson-Hubbard Boys Basketball Team lost 67-53 at Siouxland Community Christian, IA Friday night before falling 65-40 at home to Hartington-Newcastle on Monday, and 82-53 at home to Winnebago Tuesday night.

Nolan Belt had a double-double of 29 points and 13 rebounds against Siouxland Community Christian while Jacob Kneifl added 11 points.

The Pirates went up 10-8 on the Wildcats at the end of one. Hartington-Newcastle outscored Emerson-Hubbard 22-7 in the 2nd quarter to go up 30-17 at halftime.

The Wildcats outscored the Pirates 19-10 in the 3rd quarter to extend their lead to 49-27 at the end of three.

Hartington-Newcastle won the 4th quarter 16-13.

Belt led the way with 16 points while Kneifl added a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. Spencer Burcham chipped in 8 points.

The Indians went up 17-13 at the end of one, and outscored Emerson-Hubbard 27-12 in the 2nd quarter to take a 44-25 lead into the locker room.

Winnebago outscored the Pirates 20-13 in the 3rd quarter to go up 64-38 at the end of three.

The Indians won the 4th quarter 18-15.

Kneifl registered 19 points while Belt had 10. Garrett Blanke totaled 9.

Tough sledding for Emerson-Hubbard so far this week and last week to say the least.

The Pirates (2-9) take on Osmond (11-0) on the road Friday night.

The Tigers won 66-63 at home over Neligh-Oakdale Tuesday night.

Emerson-Hubbard definitely has their hands full in this one.

Things don't really let up or get easier for the Pirates, but I'm sure that's how Emerson-Hubbard would rather have it.

Belt and Kneifl need to keep scoring consistently and players like Burcham and Blanke could really benefit from scoring consistently I would say.

The Pirates just have to find the winning formula offensively and defensively.

I feel like Emerson-Hubbard has done some really nice things offensively at times this year, but in those games the Pirates have scored over 50 points their defense has let them down.

It's a difficult weekend this weekend with Wynot coming up on Saturday too, but to be the best you have to beat the best.

These are the type of teams Emerson-Hubbard is going to need to beat if they want to get back to the top.

The Pirates are definitely doing better than last year and have proven to be a better team this year than what they were a season ago.

It takes time for a program to rise and get back to the glory days, and I don't think Emerson-Hubbard is any exception.

So the Pirates just have to keep building for the rest of this season because games against teams like Pender, who is in Emerson-Hubbard's Sub-District, are on the horizon.

There's a lot of basketball left and a lot of time remaining in this season, and the Pirates are nowhere near done.

Emerson-Hubbard just has to find a way to turn things around and play at a higher level than they already are.

The Pirates have done some nice things this year, but there's always room for improvement.

Osmond and Wynot are tough teams, there's no doubt about it, but Emerson-Hubbard can't be scared of or back down from either team.














The Emerson-Hubbard Girls are also 0-3 in their last three games, falling 51-34 at Siouxland Community Christian, IA Friday night, 62-32 at home to Hartington-Newcastle Monday night, and 63-22 at home to Winnebago Tuesday night.

The Pirates led Siouxland Community Christian 9-8 at the end of one. Siouxland Christian won the 2nd quarter 11-8 to go up 19-17 at halftime.

The Eagles outscored Emerson-Hubbard 18-8 in the 3rd quarter to extend their lead to 37-25 at the end of three.

Siouxland Christian won the 4th quarter 14-9.

Addison Mackling totaled 15 points while Melanie Gentrup registered 13. Taylor Daum chipped in 9 rebounds.

The Wildcats went up 22-7 on the Pirates at the end of one. Both teams scored 9 points in the 2nd quarter, and the score was 31-16 at halftime in favor of Emerson-Hubbard.

Hartington-Newcastle outscored the Pirates 18-4 in the 3rd quarter to extend their lead to 49-20 at the end of three.

The Wildcats won the 4th quarter 13-12.

Daum totaled 8 points and 9 rebounds while Gentrup recorded 8 points. Mackling added 7 while Brynn Schock notched 7 rebounds.

The Indians went up 25-4 after one on Emerson-Hubbard and won the 2nd quarter 10-6 to take a 35-10 lead into the locker room.

Winnebago outscored the Pirates 21-3 in the 3rd quarter to go up 56-13 at the end of three.

Emerson-Hubbard won the 4th quarter 9-7.

Really tough stretch of the games for the Pirates.

Emerson-Hubbard (4-7) battles Osmond (2-9) on the road Friday night.

The Tigers won 42-39 at home over Neligh-Oakdale Tuesday night.

This is a game the Pirates and very well should win.

Emerson-Hubbard has lost to some really good teams, and I don't feel that Osmond is up there with the likes of BRLD and Ponca.

The Tigers are more at the Pirates' competition level, and I fully expect Emerson-Hubbard to come out and do and compete well.

Depth has been, is, and will continue to be an issue for Emerson-Hubbard, but the Pirates have to keep making the best of their situation and keep pressing forward.

I think Emerson-Hubbard has done quite well considering they only have 8 girls out for the team.

These girls are playing their hearts out and trying their best night in and night out, and that's all you can really ask for.

I feel the Pirates have a stretch of games coming up they can be very competitive and do well in.

Emerson-Hubbard hosts Wynot on Saturday, and the Blue Devils are a great, elite team, but games against Homer, Wakefield-Allen, and Pender coming up have better chances to be wins, in my opinion.

That's not saying the Pirates can't beat Wynot because anything can happen on any given night, but the Blue Devils are always tough to beat.

Emerson-Hubbard has to pick up a big win Friday night and give themselves a shot and boost of momentum heading into Saturday's contest.

This weekend is another big opportunity for the Pirates to win, do well, and be successful.

The Pirates really struggled last week and have been off so far this week, but I look for Emerson-Hubbard to get back on track with a win Friday night.

If the Pirates play well Friday night it wouldn't surprise me to see Emerson-Hubbard compete and keep things close with Wynot.

I don't know if an upset will happen, but I think the Pirates can make things interesting in that game potentially.
Tekamah-Herman Boys fall to BRLD, beat Clarkson/Leigh; Girls lose to both
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The Tekamah-Herman Boys Basketball Team lost 71-15 at home to BRLD Friday night before snapping their 64-game losing streak on Saturday with a 54-48 home win over Clarkson/Leigh.

The Wolverines went up 28-2 on Tekamah-Herman after one, and outscored the Tigers 20-2 in the 2nd quarter to take a 48-4 lead into the locker room.

BRLD won the 3rd quarter 9-2 to go up 57-6 at the end of three.

The Wolverines won the 4th quarter 14-9.

The Tigers led 15-9 at the end of one before the Patriots won the 2nd quarter 10-8 to make it a 23-19 game at halftime in favor of Tekamah-Herman.

Clarkson/Leigh outscored Tekamah-Herman 22-12 in the 3rd quarter to pull in front 41-35 at the end of three

The Tigers outscored the Patriots 19-7 in the 4th quarter.

What a great job by Tekamah-Herman to win their first game since beating Friend at the Nebraska Wesleyan Holiday Tournament in the 2015-2016 season.

The Tigers (1-11) travel to Madison to take on the Dragons (5-6) Friday night.

Madison lost 62-28 at home to Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Tuesday night.

I think Tekamah-Herman has a legit chance and shot to win this one.

The Patriots beat the Dragons 75-57 if that's any indication of how this game is going to go.

I'll say this...if the Tigers play like they did on Saturday they're going to be difficult to beat Friday night.

After this, the schedule toughens so this is one Tekamah-Herman really needs to win and get.

Just winning a game...getting that monkey off your back....is a big deal for this program.

The Tigers had a very rough go of things against the Wolverines, but showed a lot of resolve and moxie in bouncing back on Saturday.

Tekamah-Herman could have pouted and felt sorry for themselves after Friday's game, but they didn't.

Instead, the Tigers came out and did something about it, and won a game.

Tekamah-Herman showed the true heart of a champion on Saturday, especially given the way the Tigers came back in the 4th quarter.

Tekamah-Herman could have folded and quit after getting down 6 at the end of the third quarter, but the Tigers showed a lot of fight and came and bounced back.

I look for this win to be kind of a turning point for Tekamah-Herman.

I think the Tigers will play better the rest of this season because of this win.

Tekamah-Herman may only win 3-4 games total this year, but that would be better than what the last three years have brought combined so it would be improvement nonetheless.

The Tigers just have to focus on playing a good game on Friday night and must bring their "A" game.

Tekamah-Herman has to bring it again on Saturday against West Point-Beemer as well.

The game against the Cadets will be aired on 107.9 the Bull after the Girls game, which is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.















The Tekamah-Herman Girls lost 62-18 at home to BRLD Friday night and 25-22 at home to Clarkson/Leigh on Saturday.

The Patriots held a 6-5 lead on the Tigers at the end of one before Tekamah-Herman won the 2nd quarter 5-3 to go up 10-9 at halftime.

The Tigers won the 3rd quarter 7-6 to go up 17-15 at the end of three.

Clarkson/Leigh doubled up Tekamah-Herman 10-5 in the 4th quarter.

Great effort by the Tigers on Saturday. Tekamah-Herman nearly sprung the upset.

The Tigers (3-10) take on Madison (1-11) on the road Friday night.

The Dragons lost 57-35 at home to Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Tuesday night.

This should be a big win for Tekamah-Herman.

The Tigers host West Point-Beemer on Saturday, a game that will be aired on 107.9 the Bull, and need to play well on Friday to set the stage for Saturday.

A 20+ point win would be very helpful and beneficial for Tekamah-Herman Friday night, in my opinion.

The last thing the Tigers can afford to do is struggle against the Dragons.

Tekamah-Herman has to jump out to a big lead and never look back.

The Tigers have to play good, strong basketball from the start, and build a lead and keep adding to it.

Tekamah-Herman has to be relentless with their pressure defense, and must use their defense to get easy baskets in transition offensively.

The Tigers have to come into this one feeling good and confident, especially given how they played against the Patriots on Saturday.

If Tekamah-Herman wins big Friday night then perhaps they can make things interesting on Saturday.

The Tigers have their work cut out for them on Saturday against the Cadets and then on Tuesday against Oakland-Craig so playing well on Friday is paramount to playing well on Saturday and Tuesday I feel.

If Tekamah-Herman struggles on Friday then their struggles could definitely linger over into Saturday and Tuesday.

The Tigers hope that's not the case though.

Tekamah-Herman would no doubt love to win big on Friday, and make a push to beat both West Point-Beemer and Oakland-Craig in their next two games after that.

The Tigers have their work cut out for them against the Cadets and Knights, but to give themselves any shot in either game I feel Tekamah-Herman has to play well against Madison.

Saturday's game against West Point-Beemer will tip-off at 4:30 p.m. on the Bull.
Clarkson/Leigh Boys lose to Tekamah-Herman; Girls win
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The Clarkson/Leigh Boys Basketball Team fell 54-48 at Tekamah-Herman on Saturday.

The Tigers led 15-9 at the end of one before the Patriots won the 2nd quarter 10-8 to make it a 23-19 game at halftime in favor of Tekamah-Herman.

Clarkson/Leigh outscored Tekamah-Herman 22-12 in the 3rd quarter to pull in front 41-35 at the end of three.

The Tigers outscored the Patriots 19-7 in the 4th quarter.

Jarred Novotny totaled 14 points while Mitchel Beeson had 13. Carter Hanel added 10 points and 21 rebounds, good enough for a double-double, while Tommy McEvoy chipped in 9 points and 7 rebounds.

I honestly thought Clarkson/Leigh would win this one. It doesn't look like Daniel Beller played though.

The Patriots (3-6) host Humphrey St. Francis (9-3) Friday night.

The Flyers won 66-51 at home over Burwell on Saturday.

This figures to be a really tough game for Clarkson/Leigh, especially if the Patriots are without Beller again.

Clarkson/Leigh has to rally around one another and find a way to pull off the upset.

The Patriots have to forget about what took place against the Tigers and regroup.

Clarkson/Leigh has to do better on both ends of the floor than they did at Tekamah-Herman on Saturday.

The loss snapped the Tigers' 64-game losing streak.

Tekamah-Herman is a C-2 school while the Patriots are D-1, and the bigger school normally wins, but Humphrey St. Francis is D-2 so Clarkson/Leigh ought to come out and play better.

That and it's a home game for the Patriots.

Clarkson/Leigh has to rally around one another and put together a good and strong performance.

The Patriots have Pender on the road Saturday so two tough and challenging games for Clarkson/Leigh.

I think the Patriots can at least earn a split this weekend.

The ideal thing would be to sweep both games though and that's what Clarkson/Leigh has to shoot for.

This is a key and tough stretch of games coming up for the Patriots before the East Husker Conference Tournament.

Clarkson/Leigh also has Twin River, Lutheran High Northeast, and Wisner-Pilger prior to the Conference Tournament.

This is the time where the Patriots need to step up and be on top of their game and play their best basketball.

Clarkson/Leigh has to regroup after the loss on Saturday, and get back up on that horse and get excited and motivated for Friday night and Saturday.














The Clarkson/Leigh Girls narrowly escaped defeat on Saturday, winning 25-22 at Tekamah-Herman.

The Patriots held a 6-5 lead on the Tigers at the end of one before Tekamah-Herman won the 2nd quarter 5-3 to go up 10-9 at halftime.

The Tigers won the 3rd quarter 7-6 to go up 17-15 at the end of three.

Clarkson/Leigh doubled up Tekamah-Herman 10-5 in the 4th quarter.

Hannah Kasik led the way with 11 points and 15 rebounds, good enough for a double-double.

Close call for the Patriots, but what matters is Clarkson/Leigh found a way to win.

The Patriots (9-2) host Humphrey St. Francis (12-1) Friday night.

The Flyers won 58-45 at home over Burwell on Saturday.

St. Francis is a great team and the real deal, and Clarkson/Leigh is going to need to play an amazing game to pick up the win.

It can definitely happen too, the Patriots just have to believe.

I don't know if Clarkson/Leigh will be at full strength yet as a few girls were out for Saturday's game so that could hurt the Patriots.

Still though Clarkson/Leigh had a lot of their main players for Saturday's game, and it's just a matter of girls stepping up and being key contributors.

The Patriots have to rise up and rally around one another and play a great game.

The Flyers are the kind of team Clarkson/Leigh will see in the East Husker Conference Tournament and postseason so this game figures to help prepare the Patriots for those games if anything.

Clarkson/Leigh has to come out and play hard and play their hearts and minds out regardless of if they're shorthanded or not.

If the Patriots are shorthanded they need to step up and play even better than they would if they were at full strength.

Clarkson/Leigh is at Pender on Saturday, and that figures to also be a tough game, especially if the Patriots are still shorthanded.

Clarkson/Leigh is at Twin River next Friday and then the schedule is light after that prior to the East Husker Conference Tournament.

The Patriots have to find a way to win over these next five games.

I think Clarkson/Leigh could live with going 3-2, but 4-1 or even 5-0 would be spectacular.

I think the Patriots would be disappointed if they went 2-3 or worse in their next five games.

We'll see what happens Friday night and Saturday. This team is different when they're not at full strength like any team is and would be.

Clarkson/Leigh just has to make the best of things with whoever plays on Friday and Saturday, and do everything they can to win.
Stanton Boys 1-2 in last three games; Girls 2-1 in same stretch
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The Stanton Boys Basketball Team won 41-39 at home over Oakland-Craig Friday night on a halfcourt heave by Marcus Spotanski, and then fell 49-36 at Logan View/Scribner-Snyder on Saturday before winning 55-43 at Plainview Tuesday night.

The Mustangs got up 8-5 on the Knights after one before Oakland-Craig won the 2nd quarter 14-13 to make it a 21-19 game at halftime in favor of Stanton.

The Mustangs won the 3rd quarter 6-4 to go up 27-23 at the end of three.

The Knights took the 4th quarter 16-14.

Spotanski had a game-high 17 points and 11 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Sam Bates added a double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds while TJ Larson had 8 rebounds.

The Raiders went up 15-4 on Stanton after one. Both teams scored 7 points in the 2nd quarter, and the score was 22-11 at halftime in favor of Logan View/Scribner-Snyder.

Both teams scored 14 points in the 3rd quarter, and the score was 36-25 at the end of three in favor of the Raiders.

LVSS won the 4th quarter 16-14.

Nathan Arens totaled 12 points and 9 rebounds while Spotanski and Larson posted 9 points each.

Stanton and Plainview were tied at 14 after one. The Mustangs won the 2nd quarter 14-10 to take a 28-24 lead into the locker room.

Stanton won the 3rd quarter 11-7 to go up 39-31 at the end of three.

The Mustangs outscored the Pirates 16-12 in the 4th quarter.

Larson had a team-high 13 points while Arens recorded 12 points and 10 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Spotanski had 11 points and 7 rebounds while Bates and Ben Wilke totaled 10 and 7 points, respectively.

I've been real impressed with Stanton lately. The Mustangs are playing at a really high level right now, and are continually getting better.

Stanton (4-9) plays host to Boone Central/Newman Grove (6-5) Friday night.

The Cardinals lost 61-51 at Wayne on Saturday.

The Mustangs also have Battle Creek on Saturday, and I fully expect Stanton to come out and play well this weekend.

These two games figure to be challenging for Stanton, yet I feel the Mustangs have the chance to compete and do well in them.

You take away the first quarter against Logan View/Scribner-Snyder and Stanton is right there.

A win over Oakland-Craig is big, and then to beat Plainview by 12 has to be encouraging as well.

The Mustangs have to feel good about how they've been playing lately, and must continue to do well and keep building.

I was really impressed with how many kids were in double figures against the Pirates.

Stanton has to keep it up and has to keep playing well.

The Mustangs have made some nice improvements over the course of the season so far, and need to keep it up.

Stanton is an up and coming team I feel, and is getting better with each and every game.

This is what high school sports is all about....growth and improvement as young men and student athletes and having success on the hardwood.

The Mustangs have to keep pushing themselves in practice and in games, and must do the little things well in order to be successful.

Proper ball handling techniques, rebounding position, good shooting form, and good footwork are all important for Stanton to be successful, in my opinion.

Doing the fundamental things well can go a long ways for a team, and it appears the Mustangs are doing those things well.

Stanton appears to have picked things up defensively in particular so I think defense is something the Mustangs can hang their hat on the rest of the season.

Stanton has shown they are a team to be reckoned with and a dangerous team who can beat anybody so opponents should serve notice.














The Stanton Girls nearly pulled the upset of Oakland-Craig at home Friday night, but fell 44-39. The Mustangs then went on to win 48-32 at Logan View/Scribner-Snyder on Saturday, and 58-24 at Plainview Tuesday night.

Stanton led the Knights 11-7 after one, and won the 2nd quarter 12-10 to take a 23-17 lead into the locker room.

Oakland-Craig doubled up Stanton 12-6 in the 3rd quarter to tie the game at 29 at the end of three.

The Knights won the 4th quarter 15-10.

Jaiden Hartl had 17 points and 8 rebounds while Jessie Brandl notched 7 points and 13 rebounds. Sylvia Cunningham added 10 rebounds.

The Mustangs held a 9-5 lead on the Raiders at the end of one. LVSS won the 2nd quarter 7-6 to make it a 15-12 game at halftime in favor of Stanton.

The Mustangs outscored the Raiders 23-7 in the 3rd quarter to go up 38-19 at the end of three.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder won the 4th quarter 13-10.

Brandl had a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds while Bree Burtwhistle notched 9 points. Hartl chipped in 8 points and 8 rebounds while Liz Christensen totaled 8 points.

The Mustangs held an 11-6 lead on the Pirates at the end of one before winning the 2nd quarter 13-9 to take a 24-15 lead into the locker room.

Stanton outscored Plainview 21-8 in the 3rd quarter to go up 45-23 at the end of three.

The Mustangs outscored the Pirates 13-1 in the 4th quarter.

Hartl led the way with 15 points and 8 rebounds while Burtwhistle, Savannah Siebrandt, and Brandl added 12, 10, and 9 points, respectively.

Solid play from Stanton over their last three games I would say.

The Mustangs (8-5) host Boone Central/Newman Grove (6-5) Friday night.

The Cardinals are coming off a 47-41 win at Wayne on Saturday.

This figures to be somewhat of a challenge for Stanton, but I think the Mustangs will find a way to win.

Stanton has a couple of challenging games this weekend as the Mustangs host Battle Creek on Saturday also, but first things first, Stanton has to take care of business against Boone Central/Newman Grove.

These are games the Mustangs can't afford to lose.

Stanton has to find a way to pick up two wins this weekend.

The Mustangs have to continue to play strong defense and have their stars keep scoring a lot of points.

I feel there's still room for improvement for this team offensively, and feel like Stanton took some big steps in the right direction on both ends of the floor Tuesday night.

If the Mustangs can get on a roll before the East Husker Conference Tournament then they will be tough for anyone to play in that tournament.

I think Stanton is starting to right the ship and is getting closer to being where they want to be, but don't feel the Mustangs are there yet.

Stanton has a little time to make a run yet, and perhaps a run has already started.

I still think this team will have a lot to say about things when it's all said and done, and don't think they are anywhere near done winning big games.

The Mustangs just need to get on a roll and go on a winning streak, and if they can do that then watch out.

Everything is still in front of Stanton in terms of goals and things to accomplish so the Mustangs have to keep plugging away and keep finding ways to win.

Despite their early season struggles and close losses I still feel like Stanton is a good team and a state contender.

It would not surprise me one bit if the Mustangs have things figured out and are clicking on all cylinders at season's end.