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Clarkson/Leigh Boys 0-4 so far; Girls off to 2-2 start
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The Clarkson/Leigh Boys are winless so far, losing 66-26 at Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family Friday night, 70-57 at home to Madison on Saturday, 80-37 at Oakland-Craig Tuesday night, and 50-47 at home to Winside Thursday night.

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family took control early and never looked back. The Bulldogs led 20-3 at the end of one and outscored the Patriots 20-9 in the second quarter to lead 40-12 at halftime.

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family won the third quarter 19-7 to go up 59-19 at the end of three.

Both teams scored 7 points in the fourth quarter.

Blake Paprocki paced Clarkson/Leigh with 7 points.

Head Coach Jay Knaak.

"I just looked and we had 30 turnovers in the game, and that was with them playing a half court zone the whole second half. And we still turned the ball over."

Knaak says his team is inexperienced and it showed.

"Not only did we play not very good defense, we didn't play very good offense. And we shot the ball at about 20 percent. And it's tough to win games when you shoot the ball at 20 percent and have 30 turnovers in a game. It just makes life tough."

The Dragons led the Patriots 21-12 at the end of one. Madison outscored Clarkson/Leigh 26-17 in the second quarter to go up 47-29 at halftime.

The Dragons won the third quarter 18-13 to make it a 65-42 game at the end of three.

The Patriots tripled up Madison 15-5 in the fourth quarter.

Anthony Bruhn had 24 points and 8 rebounds while Paprocki and Garrett Schroeder notched 11 points apiece.

The Knights led the Patriots 22-6 at the end of one. Oakland-Craig outscored Clarkson/Leigh 18-11 in the second quarter to lead 40-17 at halftime.

The Knights doubled up the Patriots 18-9 in the third quarter to go up 58-26 at the end of three.

Oakland-Craig doubled up Clarkson/Leigh 22-11 in the fourth quarter.

Bruhn registered a double-double of 28 points and 11 rebounds.

The Wildcats and Patriots were tied at 13 at the end of one. Winside won the second quarter 11-8 to take a 24-21 lead into the locker room.

Clarkson/Leigh outscored the Wildcats 17-9 in the third quarter to go up 38-33 at the end of three.

Winside notched 17 points in the fourth quarter compared to 9 for the Patriots.

Clarkson/Leigh really let one get away against the Wildcats. That loss has to really sting for the Patriots.

Clarkson/Leigh (0-4) takes on BRLD (3-0) at home Friday night.

The Wolverines beat Emerson-Hubbard 64-17 at home Tuesday night.

BRLD is tough, and is led by Kenyan Lovejoy, Trent Gatewood, Montana Riecken, and others.

The Wolverines have been really good offensively and great defensively.

The Patriots, on the other hand, have really struggled on both offense and defense.

Clarkson/Leigh has played well at times, but not consistent enough to pick themselves up a win yet.

The Patriots have to work on closing out teams when they have the opportunity.

I felt Clarkson/Leigh really let one get away against Winside, and the Patriots have to do a better job of finishing next time they're in that situation, whether it's Friday or another game.

Clarkson/Leigh is in a really tough situation right now. Losing to the Wildcats had to be a big emotional letdown.

But you know what? The Patriots have to forget about it quickly and be ready to play Friday night because BRLD will come ready to play, there's no doubt about it.

Clarkson/Leigh has to pick themselves and each other up, and be mentally tough.

The Patriots need to make progress against the Wolverines, regardless of if they win or lose.

I feel that progress was made against Winside so as tough as the loss is at least Clarkson/Leigh was competitive.

The Patriots have to be competitive again on Friday, and be ready to play hard for four quarters against BRLD.

The one thing Clarkson/Leigh can control is their effort, and the Patriots have to play with tremendous effort Friday night.














The Clarkson/Leigh Girls have started the season 2-2, losing 48-34 at Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family Friday night, beating Madison 53-29 at home on Saturday, losing 47-43 at Oakland-Craig Tuesday night, and winning 59-28 at home over Winside Thursday night.

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family led 15-5 after one. The Patriots won the second quarter 13-11 to make it a 26-18 game at halftime.

Both teams scored 7 points in the third quarter, and the score after three was 33-25 in favor of the Bulldogs.

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family outscored Clarkson/Leigh 15-9 in the fourth quarter to make up the final score.

Hannah Kasik had a game-high 14 points for the Patriots.

Head Coach Matt Murren says the slow start was too difficult to overcome.

"We came out, we got off to a little slow start there offensively. We were very tentative with shooting the basketball. We had plenty of looks, but we didn't want to shoot the ball early, and kind of caused us into some early turnovers. Kind of dug ourselves a hole. But I couldn't be more proud of the team. We got down there 26-7, and we battled back. From that point the ending score 27-22 there from that point on. So very proud of the girls the way they battled. And tell you what I'm very optimistic following that.

Murren says foul trouble was an issue.

"The one thing we've got to work on, and we've known this going in, is we've got to stay out of foul trouble. It was tough there we got into that third quarter, and we put them in the bonus two minutes and about five seconds into it."
Clarkson/Leigh led the Dragons 9-7 at the end of one. The Patriots won the second quarter 17-12 to take a 26-19 lead at halftime.

Clarkson/Leigh outscored Madison 17-5 in the second quarter to make it a 43-24 lead at the end of three.

The Patriots doubled up the Dragons 10-5 in the fourth quarter.

Ashlynn Novotony registered 15 points for Clarkson/Leigh. Shelby Paprocki added 10 points and 8 rebounds while Kasik and Kaegan Held notched 9 and 7 points, respectively. Halee Steffensmeier recorded 7 rebounds.
 
The Knights held a 6-5 lead over the Patriots at the end of one. Both teams scored 10 points in the second quarter, and the halftime score was 16-15 in favor of Oakland-Craig.

Clarkson/Leigh won the third quarter 15-10 to go up 30-26 after three.

The Knights outscored the Patriots 21-13 in the fourth quarter.

Kasik had a team-high 14 points while Paprocki and Steffensmeier registered 8 apiece. Held totaled 7.

Clarkson/Leigh led the Wildcats 21-4 at the end of one. The Patriots outscored Winside 16-7 in the second quarter to make it a 37-11 at halftime.

Clarkson/Leigh won the third quarter 8-5 to go up 45-18 at the end of three.

Paprocki recorded 16 points while Steffensmeier notched 13. Kasik added 9 while Paige Moore posted 8.

I think the Patriots are coming along nicely. Clarkson/Leigh is definitely an improved team from last year.

The Patriots (2-2) host BRLD (3-0) Friday night.

The Wolverines knocked off Emerson-Hubbard 80-27 at home Tuesday night.

BRLD has been very good this year, and I feel this Clarkson/Leigh has a big opportunity in front of them.

When you talk about building your program and changing the culture and things like that, these are the types of games you need to perform well in.

The Patriots are going to have to be very good on both ends of the court, even better than they were against Winside Thursday night.

I think Clarkson/Leigh has a chance to make things respectable against the Wolverines.

I feel like the Patriots are the toughest team BRLD will have faced so far this season.

It will be interesting to see how much gas Clarkson/Leigh has in the tank.

The Patriots have played two games so far this week so Clarkson/Leigh is going to have to dig deep and find some will within to play a good game Friday night.

The Patriots can rest after this game with the Wolverines so Clarkson/Leigh needs to be ready to go for four quarters.

The Patriots have to try and slow down Kelly Wakeley, Lexie Bacon, Tess Nottleman, Paige Peters, Vicki Gatzemeyer, Tiahna, Bonneau, and others.

BRLD has a lot of different weapons that can hurt you so it's important for Clarkson/Leigh to try and defend every one of these girls tightly.

Contesting shots and boxing out will be of the utmost important Friday night.

I really think the Patriots are going to need to keep up with the Wolverines scoring wise to have a chance.
Oakland-Craig Boys start season 1-2; Girls 3-0 so far
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The Oakland-Craig Boys are 1-2 so far, falling 71-59 at Logan View/Scribner-Snyder last Thursday night, 81-46 at Boys Town on Saturday, before beating Clarkson/Leigh 80-37 at home Tuesday night.

The Raiders jumped out to a 22-16 lead after one. Logan View/Scribner-Snyder won the second quarter 16-13 to hold a 38-29 halftime lead.

The Knights won the third quarter 14-13 to make it a 51-43 game at the end of three.

The Raiders outscored Oakland-Craig 20-16 in the fourth quarter to make up the final score.

Garrett Seagren had a team-high 29 points, including 7 3's for the Knights while Kobe Benne and Carter Thiele recorded 10 and 9, respectively.

Head Coach Aaron Meyer says his team was just outplayed.

"Oh boy, that was pretty ugly out of us there at times. Every now and then we'd have a run, and give them credit they would come right back and score it seemed like every time we'd come out of a timeout that they called. They shot the ball really, really well. They were aggressive on defense. I mean they were better in just about every facet of the game."

The Cowboys held a 28-17 lead on Oakland-Craig at the end of one. Boys Town outscored the Knights 23-8 in the second quarter to take a 51-25 lead into the locker room.

The Cowboys doubled up Oakland-Craig 28-14 to make it a 79-39 game at the end of three.

The Knights put up 7 points in the fourth quarter compared to just 2 for Boys Town.

Seagren had 19 points to lead Oakland-Craig while Thiele notched 15.

Meyer says the Cowboys were simply too tough for his team.

"We game planned to try to slow down Teddy Allen. We did that in the half court. So we need to give his teammates credit for stepping up and making plays. Still, we struggled offensively due to their speed and athleticism. They speed teams up on offense so much that it's hard to think and run sets correctly. Many of our turnovers led to fast break baskets for them."

The Knights led the Patriots 22-6 at the end of one. Oakland-Craig outscored Clarkson/Leigh 18-11 in the second quarter to lead 40-17 at halftime.

The Knights doubled up the Patriots 18-9 in the third quarter to go up 58-26 at the end of three.

Oakland-Craig doubled up Clarkson/Leigh 22-11 in the fourth quarter.

Seagren and Thiele notched 15 points apiece while Garrison Dodge and Jared Mulder registered 11 and 9 points, respectively. Wyatt Seagren recorded 10 rebounds while Thiele totaled 8.

Meyers says his squad did enough to win.

"We played ok, but it was far from our best. We struggled to finish around the hole just a bit, Defensively, we still need to keep wings from allowing penetration, then have bigs protect the rim better. But, we were able to get solid play from our bench and come out with a win."

The Knights (1-2) take on Pender (1-1) on the road Friday night.

The Pendragons beat Tekamah-Herman 45-34 last time out.

Pender is an improved team, and Oakland-Craig is going to have to play well offensively and defensively to win.

If the Knights play the way they did against Clarkson/Leigh they should be able to win without any problems I would say.

The Pendragons can't be underestimated though. Pender is a much improved team over last year I feel.

Oakland-Craig has to be pumped, energetic, and ready to take on the Pendragons.

You can bet Pender will be pumped up and ready to go so the Knights have to match their intensity.

The biggest things for Oakland-Craig are pushing the ball and running while also pressuring the ball.

The Knights need to get after things on both sides of the floor, and be on top of their game.

I look for Oakland-Craig to soar and be high flying on Friday.

I think you will see the Knights play a really good game and put things all together. I wouldn't be surprised if Oakland-Craig won by like 25-30.

I feel Oakland-Craig has a shot to win every game left on their schedule before Christmas.

The Knights are certainly capable of getting on a role, and winning a bunch of games before the Holiday Break.

This season has a chance to be special for Oakland-Craig, and I think the Knights really got themselves on track with the win over the Patriots
Friday night's game will be aired on 107.9 the Bull, and start after the conclusion of the girls game, which is set for 6:15 p.m.
















The Oakland-Craig Girls are a perfect 3-0 on the season, winning 68-43 at Logan View/Scribner-Snyder last Thursday night, 77-48 at Boys Town on Saturday, and 47-43 at home against Clarkson/Leigh Tuesday night.

The Knights led the Raiders 18-9 after one. Oakland-Craig won the second quarter 18-11 to lead 36-20 at the break.

The Knights outscored Logan View/Scribner-Snyder 16-9 in the third quarter to go up 52-29 at the end of three.

Oakland-Craig put up 16 fourth quarter points compared to 13 for the Raiders to make up the final score.

Dacey Nelson led all scorers with 29 points and had 7 rebounds. Kennedy Benne and Shannon Pille added 9 points apiece while Melanie Snader notched 7. Pille totaled 7 boards.

Head Coach Joe Anderson.

"One thing we really wanted to improve on our defense from our jamboree game. I thought we did that early, and I think our legs got to us a little bit, we wore out. And credit Logan View.... as we left them open they knocked shots down."

Anderson adds what his team lacks in height...they make up for with athleticism.

"When we get open shots we got to knock them down because we're not going to be able to sit in there and pound it inside. If you notice our lineup we're about 5'4, 5'5 across the board. So don't have a lot size there. So we're going to try and use our speed and athleticism a little this year to create some offense."

The Knights led the Cowboys 27-12 at the end of one. Oakland-Craig outscored Boys Town 24-13 in the second quarter to lead 51-25 at halftime.

Both teams scored 11 points in the third quarter, and the score at the end of three was 62-36 in favor of the Knights.

Oakland-Craig won the fourth quarter 15-12.

Nelson led the way with 25 points while Emmy Bousquet and Pille recorded 11 and 10, respectively. Benne added 9 points and 7 rebounds while Natalia McNeill posted 7 points. Bousquet added 10 rebounds.

The Knights held a 6-5 lead over the Patriots at the end of one. Both teams scored 10 points in the second quarter, and the halftime score was 16-15 in favor of Oakland-Craig.

Clarkson/Leigh won the third quarter 15-10 to go up 30-26 after three.

The Knights outscored the Patriots 21-13 in the fourth quarter.

Benne had a game-high 18 points while Nelson notched 16 points and 7 rebounds. Pille added 7 points and 10 rebounds while Grace Maline registered 7 rebounds.

I think Oakland-Craig is playing good basketball so far. The Knights got a scare from Clarkson/Leigh, but had a big fourth quarter and won, and that's all that matters.

Oakland-Craig (3-0) is at Pender (2-0) Friday night.

The Pendragons won 54-33 at Tekamah-Herman last time out.

Pender is a very good team this year, and I think the Pendragons are going to be really tough for the Knights.

Oakland-Craig can definitely win though. The Knights have proven people wrong before, and it wouldn't shock me to see Oakland-Craig steal one from Pender.

With that said, Pender is very solid offensively and defensively, and are going to give the Knights all they can handle I would say.

Nelson, Pille, and Benne need to have big games for Oakland-Craig.

The Knights need to show up and have a good game offensively and defensively.

I think this game will definitely be close, and I look for both teams to really get after one another.

I just think the Pendragons' experience will outperform Oakland-Craig's youth.

The Knights are a fairly young team, and Pender has quite a few seniors.

Nonetheless, it should be a great game. I think Oakland-Craig will hold their own, and give Pender all they want and can ask for.

If the game was in Oakland I would give the Knights the benefit of the doubt, but with the game being in Pender I just think the Pendragons will be too tough.

We'll see though. I've been very wrong about predicting the outcomes of sports before so anything can happen for sure.

We'll find out what Oakland-Craig can do and what they are made of. This will be the Knights' toughest test of the season by far.

The game can be heard on 107.9 the Bull beginning at 6:15 p.m.
Emerson-Hubbard Boys 0-3, Girls 1-2 on year
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The Emerson-Hubbard Boys are off to a difficult start, falling 78-22 to Lutheran High Northeast in the Northeast Nebraska Tip-Off Classic on Friday, 72-25 to Wisner-Pilger in the Classic on Saturday, and 64-17 at BRLD Tuesday night.

The Eagles led the Pirates 31-4 after one. Lutheran High Northeast won the second quarter 15-8 to make it a 46-12 game at halftime.

The Eagles outscored Emerson-Hubbard 20-8 in the third quarter to go up 66-20 at the end of three.

Lutheran High Northeast notched 12 points in the fourth quarter and held the Pirates to 2.

Taylor Donner had 12 points to lead Emerson-Hubbard.

Wisner-Pilger led the Pirates 21-6 at the end of the first quarter. The Gators tripled up Emerson-Hubbard 28-7 in the second quarter to take a 49-13 lead into the locker room.

Wisner-Pilger outscored Emerson-Hubbard 13-9 in the third quarter to lead 62-22 at the end of three.

The Gators won the fourth quarter 10-3.



Joshua Sebade paced the Pirates with 10 points.

The Wolverines held a 9-4 lead on the Pirates at the end of one. BRLD outscored Emerson-Hubbard 19-4 in the second quarter to take a 28-8 lead into the locker room.

The Wolverines won the third quarter 17-6 to make it a 45-14 game at the end of three.

BRLD notched 19 points in the fourth quarter compared to just 3 for the Pirates.

Donner led the way with 7 points.

Sebade and Donner have performed well offensively for Emerson-Hubbard so far, but otherwise the Pirates are really struggling on offense and defense.

Emerson-Hubbard (0-3) is at Laurel-Concord-Coleridge (2-0) Friday night.

The Bears won 77-27 at Homer last time out.

Jayden Reifenrath is a tall and athletic player the Pirates have to watch out for.

Emerson-Hubbard obviously wants to win Friday night, but being competitive would be a good step in the right direction for this team.

The Pirates have had a tough go of things so far, and I don't know if many thought things would go the way they have so far for Emerson-Hubbard, but there's a long season left, and a lot of room for improvement.

The Pirates just have to take things one game at a time, and focus on getting stops defensively and hitting shots.

Emerson-Hubbard has to be able to handle ball pressure, and make smart passes to find easy baskets.

Getting to the free throw line often is also essential for the Pirates.

Emerson-Hubbard has to continue to fight and play hard, and do the best they can.

The Pirates can't let a few tough losses get the best of them. Emerson-Hubbard has to play with toughness and moxie, and continue to play and fight hard no matter the situation.

The Pirates have some winnable games coming up so now is the time to start turning things around if you are Emerson-Hubbard.

The Pirates can take some positive steps in the right direction Friday night by competing with and maybe even upsetting Laurel-Concord-Coleridge.

The Bears are a really good team, but Emerson-Hubbard can't be afraid of or intimidated by Laurel-Concord-Coleridge.

The Pirates just have to play their game, and see what happens.
















The Emerson-Hubbard Girls are off to a 1-2 start, losing 66-33 to GACC in the Northeast Nebraska Tip-Off Classic last Thursday night, beating Lutheran High Northeast 38-29 in the Classic on Saturday, and losing 80-27 at BRLD Tuesday night.

The Bluejays led the Pirates 33-5 after the first quarter. GACC outscored Emerson-Hubbard 17-10 to go up 50-15 at halftime.

Both teams scored 10 third quarter points to make it a 60-25 game at the end of three.

The Pirates won the fourth quarter 8-6.

Emerson-Hubbard held a 9-6 lead on the Eagles after one. Lutheran High Northeast outscored the Pirates 7-2 in the second quarter to make it a 13-11 game at halftime.

Emerson-Hubbard won the third quarter 11-10 to make it a 23-22 game at the end of three.

The Pirates notched 16 points in the fourth quarter compared to 6 for the Eagles.

The Wolverines led the Pirates 18-10 at the end of one. BRLD won the second quarter 20-11 to lead 38-21 at halftime.

The Wolverines outscored Emerson-Hubbard 24-6 in the third quarter to go up 62-27 at the end of three.

BRLD shutout the Pirates 18-0 in the fourth quarter.

Caleigh Mackling registered 12 points while Mercedes King and Melanie Gentrup recorded 9 and 7 rebounds, respectively.

Emerson-Hubbard played well against Lutheran High Northeast, but really struggled against both GACC and BRLD.

The Pirates (1-2) square off with Laurel-Concord-Coleridge (1-1) on the road Friday night.

The Bears won 55-41 at Homer last time out.

Laurel-Concord-Coleridge appears to be somewhat of a decent team, and could in fact knock off Emerson-Hubbard.

Emily Hangman, Bethany Kardell, and Lorna Maxon are players to watch out for for the Bears.

The Pirates have to do their best to slow these three down and force other players to beat them.

Offense and defense has been a challenge for Emerson-Hubbard this season while the Bears have been a little bit better in that regard so based on scores alone one would have to give Laurel-Concord-Coleridge the advantage.

I think the Pirates can definitely win though.

If Emerson-Hubbard turns in a performance similar to the one they had against Lutheran High Northeast they should have a good chance to win.

The Pirates really finished that game strong, and I think it might take that kind of fourth quarter effort again for Emerson-Hubbard to come out on top.

I look for the Pirates to play much better Friday night than they did Tuesday night.

I'm sure Emerson-Hubbard knows they didn't have their best effort, and will do everything they can turn in a better performance against the Bears.

A win would be big for the Pirates seeing as two out of their three games next week are very winnable.

Emerson-Hubbard could very well be 4-3 or better heading into the Holiday Break, and that would not be too bad honestly.

We'll find out what the Pirates are made of Friday night.

BRLD Boys and Girls 3-0 on the season
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The Bancroft-Rosalie-Lyons-Decatur Boys are 3-0 on the year, downing Omaha Nation 65-52 on the road last Thursday night, winning 69-27 at Homer on Saturday, and 64-17 at home over Emerson-Hubbard Tuesday night.

The Chiefs led 15-12 after one. BRLD outscored Omaha Nation 17-7 in the second quarter to lead 29-22 at halftime.

The Wolverines won the third quarter 17-12 to go up 46-34 at the end of three.

BRLD put up 19 points in the fourth quarter compared to 18 for the Chiefs.

Montana Riecken had 12 points while Trent Gatewood added 11. Kenyan Lovejoy and Hunter Ferguson notched 9 points apiece. Lovejoy totaled 11 rebounds while Cole Christofferson recorded 8.

The Wolverines led the Knights 21-9 at the end of one. BRLD won the second quarter 12-5 to take a 33-14 lead into the locker room.

The Wolverines outscored Homer 24-10 in the third quarter to go up 57-24 after three.

BRLD quadrupled up the Knights 12-3 in the fourth quarter.

Lovejoy registered 17 points and 8 rebounds while Gatewood had 15 points. Jaxon Johnson added 9 points while Nick Ronnfeldt managed 8 rebounds.

The Wolverines held a 9-4 lead on the Pirates at the end of one. BRLD outscored Emerson-Hubbard 19-4 in the second quarter to take a 28-8 lead into the locker room.

The Wolverines won the third quarter 17-6 to make it a 45-14 game at the end of three.

BRLD notched 19 points in the fourth quarter compared to just 3 for the Pirates.

Lovejoy totaled 12 points while Riecken notched 10.

The Wolverines are off to a terrific start, in my opinion. BRLD has looked good this season, especially in their last two games.

The Wolverines (3-0) take on Clarkson/Leigh (0-3) on the road Friday night.

The Patriots lost 80-37 at Oakland-Craig Tuesday night.

It has been a really tough start to the season for Clarkson/Leigh. The Patriots have really struggled on both ends of the floor so far this season.

BRLD has played great so far, and I look for the Wolverines to roll to another big win Friday night.

Lovejoy, Riecken, and Gatewood have been real good consistent performers for BRLD so far this year, and I look for all of them to have great games against the Patriots too.

You couldn't ask for much more right now if you are the Wolverines.

BRLD is having a fine season so far, and this co-op appears to be really clicking.

Of course Bancroft-Rosalie started off real good last year and then struggled the rest of the season so hopefully the Wolverines don't go through that this year.

BRLD just has to remain focused, determined, and hungry, and they should be just fine.

The Wolverines have to continue to get the most out of themselves, and keep improving.

BRLD has to play lockdown defense against Clarkson/Leigh, and look to get out and run and score in transition on offense.

The Wolverines need to build a big lead and never look back. This is a game where everyone on the varsity roster should see the floor for BRLD.

As I said before, the Patriots have really struggled this year, and the Wolverines need to take advantage of that.

BRLD has to perform at a high level, and pick up a big victory Friday night.

The Wolverines have a couple of tough games coming up after this so BRLD has to make the most of their opportunity against Clarkson/Leigh.

It's important for the Wolverines to be on top of their game and sharp against the Patriots. BRLD can't afford to have an off game or play sloppy.

















The BRLD Girls are also 3-0 so far this season, beating Omaha Nation 79-36 on the road last Thursday night, Homer 72-49 at home on Saturday, and Emerson-Hubbard 80-27 at home Tuesday night.

The Wolverines held an 18-7 lead on the Chiefs at the end of one. BRLD doubled up Omaha Nation 24-12 in the second quarter to make it a 42-19 game at halftime.

The Wolverines outscored the Chiefs 25-14 in the third quarter to go up 67-33 at the end of three.

BRLD quadrupled up Omaha Nation 12-3 in the fourth quarter.

Lexie Bacon led the way with 22 points while Kelly Wakeley totaled 15. Vicki Gatzemeyer notched 14 while Tess Nottleman recorded 7 points and 7 rebounds. Tiahna Bonneau totaled 9 rebounds.

The Wolverines led the Knights 20-7 after one. BRLD outscored Homer 23-9 in the second quarter to take a 43-16 lead into the locker room.

The Wolverines won the third quarter 15-13 to make it a 58-29 game after three.

Homer put up 20 points in the fourth quarter compared to 14 for BRLD.

Bacon, Wakeley, and Gatzemeyer notched 13 points apiece while Bonneau and Paige Peters totaled 10 apiece. Peters added 9 rebounds.

The Wolverines led the Pirates 18-10 at the end of one. BRLD won the second quarter 20-11 to lead 38-21 at halftime.

The Wolverines outscored Emerson-Hubbard 24-6 in the third quarter to go up 62-27 at the end of three.

BRLD shutout the Pirates 18-0 in the fourth quarter.

Bacon had a game-high 24 points while Peters totaled 12. Gatzemeyer and Wakeley chipped in 11 apiece while Kelcee Bacon added 7.

The Wolverines are playing amazing basketball right now. A lot of girls are scoring a lot of points night in and night out, and that's a great sign for BRLD.

The Wolverines (3-0) battle Clarkson/Leigh (1-2) on the road Friday night.

The Patriots lost 47-43 at Oakland-Craig Tuesday night, and are much improved.

I think this will be BRLD's toughest test of the season so far.

I think it's a test the Wolverines are more than capable of passing though.

BRLD has been so good offensively and defensively, and while Clarkson/Leigh hasn't been as good offensively, they've been really good defensively.

I think the Wolverines are the more complete team though, and that's why I like them to win.

BRLD has so many different players that can hurt you, and has so many different players that can score the ball.

This co-op is stacked with talent, and I really feel there's something special brewing with BRLD.

This team is on a whole nother planet right now as far as I'm concerned. The Wolverines are playing really good basketball.

With that said, BRLD has some really tough games coming up after this so we will really find out how good the Wolverines are.

I look for BRLD to win this game against the Patriots fairly handily, but I think Clarkson/Leigh may keep the game closer than some might think.

I think this game will be closer than of the Wolverines' other games so far this season.

Nottleman, both Bacons, Wakeley, Peters, and Gatzemeyer have to keep it up.

If BRLD can keep scoring and defending the way they have been they will be tough to beat.

The Wolverines are really going to find out a lot about themselves in their three games after the contest with Clarkson/Leigh, but BRLD has to be focused on beating the Patriots at the moment.

The Wolverines can't afford to look ahead to Howells-Dodge, Pender, and Ponca.

Simply put...it's important for BRLD to take care of business against Clarkson/Leigh. The Wolverines can't overlook the Patriots whatsoever.
Tekamah-Herman Boys 0-2 so far; Girls 1-2
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The Tekamah-Herman Boys are 0-2 on the season so far, losing 56-32 at Stanton last Thursday night, and 45-34 at home to Pender Friday night.

The Mustangs tripled up the Tigers 18-6 in the first quarter. Tekamah-Herman won the second quarter 17-14 to make it a 32-23 game at halftime.

Stanton outscored the Tigers 13-5 in the third quarter to lead 45-28 at the end of three.

The Mustangs notched 11 points in the fourth quarter and held Tekamah-Herman to 4.

It has been a struggle so far for the Tigers, but I'm sure these boys are working hard. With that said, things don't get any easier with four straight road games.

Tekamah-Herman (0-2) takes on Wisner-Pilger (1-1) on the road Friday night in the first of those four straight road contests.

The Gators knocked off Emerson-Hubbard 72-25 last time out.

The Tigers are at a disadvantage in that they don't have a lot of boys out for basketball.

That makes things difficult in practice and during games. Having low numbers is never a good thing for a program, especially with Tekamah-Herman being as big a school as they are.

With this said, it's just something the Tigers have to deal with. Tekamah-Herman can't make excuses or feel sorry for themselves, they have to go out there and get the job done.

I think the Tigers have a chance to do some good things and be successful Friday night. I'm not real sold on Wisner-Pilger.

It will be interesting to see what happens though because so far Tekamah-Herman's offense has really struggled.

The defense hasn't been bad, but the Tigers need to really crank things up on both ends of the floor to improve as a team.

Tekamah-Herman has to keep working hard to improve and get better, whether that comes by a win or loss Friday night.

The Tigers also have a road game with Twin River on Saturday, and that game figures to be tough too.

This is an important weekend for Tekamah-Herman, in my opinion.

The Tigers really need to get things going to get their season turned around.

These boys have to continue to remain positive and fight through adversity.

Better times are ahead, and if these boys can remain positive and be willing to learn during these difficult games, they will be able to appreciate the good times when they come.

Success isn't easy and is never just handed to someone, it's earned.

And so Tekamah-Herman has to continue to fight and scrap as much as possible in practice and games in an effort to start winning.

















The Tekamah-Herman Girls are 1-2 on the season thus far, falling 50-36 at Stanton last Thursday night, and 54-33 at home to Pender Friday night before downing DC West 48-19 at home Tuesday night.

The Mustangs held a 15-9 lead on the Tigers at the end of one. Stanton won the second quarter 12-7 to go up 27-16 at halftime.

The Mustangs tripled up Tekamah-Herman 9-3 in the third quarter to lead 36-19 at the end of three.

The Tigers outscored Stanton 17-14 in the fourth quarter.

Jess Fleischman led the way with 21 points.

The Pendragons led the Tigers 14-4 at the end of one. Pender won the second quarter 13-7 to take a 27-11 lead into the locker room.

Both teams scored 9 points in the third quarter, and the score at the end of three was 36-20 in favor of the Pendragons.

Pender outscored Tekamah-Herman 18-13 in the fourth quarter.

Fleischman totaled 13 points while Marin Jetensky notched 12.

The Tigers led the Falcons 10-4 after one. Tekamah-Herman outscored DC West 10-3 in the second quarter to go up 20-7 at the break.

The Tigers won the third quarter 7-6 to make it a 27-13 game at the end of three.

Tekamah-Herman notched 21 points in the fourth quarter and held the Falcons to 6.

Jetensky had a game-high 17 points while Maddy Horn notched 11. Fleischman added 7.

I thought the Tigers played their best game of the season by far against DC West.

Tekamah-Herman (1-2) squares off with Wisner-Pilger (1-1) on the road Friday night.

The Gators lost 44-39 to GACC last time out.

I think this is going to be a very good and close game.

I look for the scoring to be low, and for both teams to really get after things.

This would be a huge win for the Tigers win Twin River coming up on Saturday.

It would also serve as Tekamah-Herman's biggest win of the season, in my opinion.

I think the Tigers have a shot to win if they are clicking on all cylinders.

Jetensky and Fleischman have really impressed me, and Horn's performance Tuesday night really gave this team a lift and a boost, in my opinion.

Tekamah-Herman needs to continue to get multiple girls in double figures.

Perhaps the Tigers are starting to figure things out a little bit. The first week of the season with almost all new starters is tough, but now Tekamah-Herman appears to have worked their kinks out and gotten past the part of getting their feet wet.

These girls are now three games into the season so it's time for them to continue to step up and perform at the level they are capable of.

I feel like the Tigers have gotten better from Week 1 to Week 2, and I look for Tekamah-Herman to play a good game Friday night.

The Tigers are at Twin River on Saturday, and that figures to be a real tough challenge too so Tekamah-Herman needs to play well on Friday to give themselves some momentum heading into that contest.

I think the Tigers are capable of winning both games this weekend if they play up to their capability.

Tekamah-Herman's defense was really good in their last game, and I look for the Tigers to play at a really high level on that end of the floor both Friday and Saturday.

I think a good mixture of successful offense and defense is what it's going to take for Tekamah-Herman to come away with two victories this weekend.

I don't think the Tigers can do just one thing well and expect to win.
Wisner-Pilger Boys and Girls start seasons 1-1
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The Wisner-Pilger Boys are off to a 1-1 start, losing 55-35 to GACC on Friday, but beating Emerson-Hubbard 72-25 on Saturday. Both games were a part of the Northeast Nebraska Tip-Off Classic.

GACC led the Gators 12-10 after one. The Bluejays doubled up Wisner-Pilger 14-7 in the second quarter to take a 26-17 lead into the locker room.

GACC outscored the Gators 13-6 in the third quarter to go up 39-23 at the end of three.

The Bluejays won the fourth quarter 16-12.

Wisner-Pilger led the Pirates 21-6 at the end of the first quarter. The Gators tripled up Emerson-Hubbard 28-7 in the second quarter to take a 49-13 lead into the locker room.

Wisner-Pilger outscored Emerson-Hubbard 13-9 in the third quarter to lead 62-22 at the end of three.

The Gators won the fourth quarter 10-3.

I thought Wisner-Pilger did a great job of bouncing back against the Pirates after losing to GACC the way they did.

The Gators (1-1) take on Tekamah-Herman (0-2) at home Friday night.

The Tigers lost 45-34 at home to Pender Friday night.

Tekamah-Herman has had a tough time scoring this year, but their defense hasn't been too bad.

Still though Wisner-Pilger should be able to come away with a win.

The Gators have to play smart and aggressive basketball, and pass the ball around for good, open shots.

Wisner-Pilger has to get in transition as much as possible, and force the Tigers to play at a faster pace.

I think Tekamah-Herman would rather play a slower game than a faster game, which is why the Gators need to look to push the pace as much as possible.

Wisner-Pilger has to try and get the Tigers' players in foul trouble, and force Tekamah-Herman to play backups more than they would like.

The Tigers are low on numbers again, but the Gators can't feel sorry for Tekamah-Herman or show them remorse.

Wisner-Pilger has to take the fight to the Tigers for four quarters, and play really good basketball Friday night.

The Gators really need this game with games against Oakland-Craig and Wayne coming up next week.

This is an absolute must win for Wisner-Pilger. There's no way around it. The Gators need to win this game.

I fully expect Wisner-Pilger to win and take care of business. I don't think the Gators will have much trouble downing Tekamah-Herman.

Wisner-Pilger needs to play well and build a big lead though so they can get other players experience.

This game has to be a total and complete team effort and performance that results in a big win. The last thing the Gators can afford to have with the Tigers is a close game.

Wisner-Pilger needs to win soundly and get everyone a good amount of playing time.












The Wisner-Pilger Girls are also off to a 1-1 start, topping Lutheran High Northeast 43-35 on Thursday in the Northeast Nebraska Tip-Off Classic before falling 4-39 to GACC on Saturday, also in the Northeast Nebraska Tip-Off Classic.

The Gators jumped out to a 12-2 lead on the Eagles at the end of the first quarter. Both teams scored 10 points in the second quarter, and the halftime score was 22-12 in favor of Wisner-Pilger.

Lutheran High Northeast won the third quarter 12-10 to make it a 32-24 game after three.

Both teams scored 11 points in the fourth quarter.

The Gators held an 11-10 lead over the Bluejays at the end of one. GACC outscored Wisner-Pilger 12-8 in the second quarter to take a 22-19 lead into the locker room.

The Bluejays won the third quarter 15-14 to make it a 37-33 game at the end of three.

GACC scored 7 points in the fourth quarter and held the Gators to 6.

One quarter was the difference in both games for Wisner-Pilger...one quarter being good for the Gators, the other hurting them.

Wisner-Pilger (1-1) takes on Tekamah-Herman (1-2) at home Friday night.

The Tigers beat DC West 48-19 at home Tuesday night.

I think the Gators have a shot to win Friday night, but this should be a close game.

Wisner-Pilger has to focus on slowing down Marin Jetensky and Jess Fleischman.

They are Tekamah-Herman's best players, and so the Gators have to be committed to excellent play on the defensive end, especially when guarding either of them.

If Wisner-Pilger can slow those two down and keep them in check then they should be in good shape.

The thing the Gators need to do is force other players to beat them.

Wisner-Pilger's offense also has to get going though.

The Gators haven't been the strongest team offensively this season, and that quite honestly needs to change for Wisner-Pilger to get over the hump and win.

I look for Friday night's game to be close and hotly contested, and I see the game being in the 30's or 40's for scoring.

I look for it to be another game that's decided in single digits, and it wouldn't surprise me if the game was decided by 5 points or less.

I think limiting turnovers and converting free throws will be big for both teams.

I feel the team that does the better job of executing will have the best chance to come out on top.

This is a big game for the Gators with Oakland-Craig and Wayne coming up next week.

I give Wisner-Pilger the advantage with the game being on their home floor, but the Tigers are a quality team.

I would be awfully surprised if this game was a blowout one way or the other.

I think this game could come down to the final minutes with the team that makes the big play and/or avoids the big mistake winning.

There's not a lot of margin for error for either team really so both teams need to play well to give themselves a chance.
Pender Boys off to 1-1 start; Girls 2-0
2016-12-07T08:41















The Pender Boys lost 60-33 at home to Wakefield Thursday night before beating Tekamah-Herman 45-34 on the road Friday night.

The Trojans led the Pendragons 17-4 after one. Wakefield outscored Pender 15-9 in the second quarter to take a 32-13 lead into the locker room.

The Trojans won the third quarter 10-9 to make it a 42-22 game after three.

Wakefield notched 18 points in the fourth quarter compared to 11 for the Pendragons.

James Bensen had 8 points while Dylan Roth totaled 7.

I thought Pender did a nice job responding following the loss to the Trojans. The Pendragons showed a lot of resolve and moxie in beating the Tigers, in my opinion.

Pender (1-1) hosts Oakland-Craig (1-2) Friday night.

The Knights topped Clarkson/Leigh 80-37 at home Tuesday night.

Oakland-Craig certainly played well against the Patriots, and you can bet the Knights will bring their best again Friday night.

The Pendragons are going to need to be on top of their game to come away with a win I think.

Pender can't afford to get off to the kind of start they got off against Wakefield.

The Pendragons have to start off strong, and play well for four quarters.

Pender has to make a statement early, and punch Oakland-Craig in the mouth.

The Pendragons have to be aggressive on offense and defense, and play physical.

Pender has to pressure the ball, and get into the faces of the Knights' guards.

Perhaps more important than that though is the offense.

I feel the Pendragons need a breakout performance offensively to get over the hump against Oakland-Craig.

The Knights are a strong enough offensive team that they can outscore people, and have gotten better defensively.

Still though I feel there is a lot of opportunity for Pender to play well offensively.

The Pendragons also need to focus on shutting down driving lanes defensively.

Oakland-Craig can shoot though so Pender also has to contest shots.

I think the Pendragons are also going to need to limit the Knights' transition opportunities to come out in front Friday night.

I feel like Oakland-Craig probably has the upper hand in this game, but I think Pender can compete with the game being on their home floor.

It should be an interesting game, and can be heard on 107.9 the Bull after the girls game, which is scheduled to start at 6:15 p.m.

















The Pender Girls are 2-0 so far this season, defeating Wakefield 49-27 at home Thursday night, and Tekamah-Herman 54-33 on the road Friday night.

The Pendragons led the Tigers 14-4 at the end of one. Pender won the second quarter 13-7 to take a 27-11 lead into the locker room.

Both teams scored 9 points in the third quarter, and the score at the end of three was 36-20 in favor of the Pendragons.

Pender outscored Tekamah-Herman 18-13 in the fourth quarter.

The Pendragons are off to a fantastic start. You couldn't ask for a better start to the season if you are Pender.

The Pendragons (2-0) square off with Oakland-Craig (3-0) at home Friday night.

The Knights downed Clarkson/Leigh 47-43 at home Tuesday night.

Oakland-Craig has yet to play a real quality opponent this year, but the Knights are still a good team.

I would say the key to beating them is slowing down Dacey Nelson.

If Pender can slow her down and make someone else beat them they should be in good shape.

The Pendragons have to keep playing the kind of defense they have been, and continue to improve and grow as a team offensively.

Pender has a chance to have a big season, in my opinion, and a win over Oakland-Craig would be huge.

The Pendragons will have had all week to prepare for the Knights so Pender should be ready to go Friday night.

The Pendragons have four games next week, but the biggest thing for Pender is to focus on one game at a time and not make one game bigger than another.

The Pendragons have to bring their "A" game Friday night, and be ready to battle for four quarters.

You can bet Oakland-Craig will come ready to play, and will perform at a high level, so Pender has to do the same.

I give the Pendragons the edge in this game, especially with it being on their home floor, but the Knights have stolen games from teams before, and I could honestly see that happening in this game too.

I don't think it will happen when it comes down to it, but the opportunity is there for Oakland-Craig.

Pender has to come out smart and aggressive, and have that killer instinct to put the Knights away.

Neither team has been in a close game so far this year, but I think that could change Friday night. I think this game will be close.

Making open shots and hitting free throws will be big for both teams, in my opinion.

Listen to the action on 107.9 the Bull with tip-off at 6:15 p.m.
North Bend Central Boys 2-0 to start year; Girls 2-1
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The North Bend Central Boys are 2-0 so far this year, downing Twin River 68-48 at home Thursday night and David City 69-27 on the road Saturday.

The Titans led the Tigers 17-12 after one. North Bend Central outscored Twin River 22-8 in the second quarter to go up 34-25 at halftime.

The Tigers won the third quarter 19-8 to lead 53-33 at the end of three.

Both teams scored 15 points in the fourth quarter.

Tanner Wietfeld led the way with 25 points while Tanner Wietfeld and Matt Ortmeier notched 15 and 12, respectively.

Head Coach Jon Baehr says aggressive play on both ends of the floor paid off.

"I feel that Twin River is a really well coached team as they are always prepared and ready to go so I was very happy with how we were able to attack them throughout the game. I felt the big difference in the game was we were able to push the ball pretty hard on offense, and on defense we were able to apply enough pressure to get the game at a pace that better suited us I would say."

Baehr adds having multiple players who can score the ball helps.

"I think this year we really have a group that can score the ball in many different ways. Jake Wietfeld is back from a season ago where he was our leading scorer, Tanner Wietfeld is really picking up confidence and his shot has improved due to his hard work during the summer on his shot and his game, and Matt Ortmeier is the third of what I would call a very strong trio of scorers. Those three guys all hit double figures but our next three main options to score are also very good options for us in John Emanuel, James Seymour, and Austin Endorf.  Having a host of guys that can put the ball in the hoop is really important to being successful throughout the year."

North Bend Central (2-0) hosts West Point-Beemer (2-1) Thursday night.

The Cadets topped Stanton 51-41 on the road Tuesday night.

Baehr says West Point-Beemer is a tough team his squad has to be ready for.

"West Point-Beemer is another very well coached team that will throw some different looks at us. They are long and pretty athletic and they do some nice things on both ends of the floor to make it difficult. They have some guys that can really shoot the ball from the outside and run a lot of different pick combinations so we will have to do a great job of communicating and working through those with proper technique and effort. Overall I feel that this will be a great game on Thursday and that for us we will need to come out very focused and ready to deal with multiple looks on defense. It will be important for us to play with good spacing and make sure we make good passes that don't get tipped all the time due to their length. On defense we will need to be physical and aggressive working through picks and combinations to be effective."

I would say the Cadets pose a very tough challenge to the Tigers, and I feel both teams are stronger this year than they were last year.

Baehr says his team will need to be focused on Thursday only.

"I think we have to remain focused on Thursday game and deal with what we need to get better. If we remain focused on one game at a time and respect and honor each and every opportunity we have to play together and to play for our community and school then momentum is never really a thing. It is really about valuing our chances to play. West Point-Beemer is a very good team so we will just need to focus on this chance first."

North Bend Central has three games next week, but the Tigers can worry about those games after they play the Cadets.

North Bend Central should only be worried about West Point-Beemer right now. No other game or team should be on their mind.

I think the Tigers have a great chance to win Thursday night.

It wouldn't surprise me if the Cadets won, but I think this North Bend Central team is the real deal.

I think both are quality teams, and that should make for a great game.

I look for the game to be decided by single digits with the team that executes the best and does better getting to and converting at the free throw line winning the game.

The game can be heard on 107.9 the Bull.

















The North Bend Central Girls are 2-1 on the young season, losing 43-38 at home to Twin River Thursday night before winning 62-6 at David City on Saturday and 50-21 at Schuyler Tuesday night.

The Tigers led the Titans 10-8 after one. Both teams scored 11 points in the second quarter, and the halftime score was 21-19 in favor of North Bend Central.

Twin River won the third quarter 11-8, and led 30-29 at the end of three.

The Titans outscored the Tigers 13-9 in the fourth quarter.

North Bend Central held a 13-2 lead over the Warriors after one. The Tigers won the second quarter 13-5 to take a 26-7 lead into the locker room.

North Bend Central outscored Schuyler 13-3 in the third quarter to go up 39-10 after three.

Both teams scored 11 points in the fourth quarter.

I thought the Tigers did a good job responding following the loss to Twin River. I feel like North Bend Central kind of let one get away against the Titans.

The Tigers (2-1) host West Point-Beemer (1-2) Thursday night.

The Cadets lost 40-29 at Stanton Tuesday night.

West Point-Beemer has been very up and down this year and has gone through some struggles.

The Cadets scored well their first two games of the year, but defense was a bit of a struggle, at least against Omaha Roncalli.

It was the other way around Tuesday night as West Point-Beemer's defense was on, but their offense wasn't clicking.

I think the Mustangs are similar to North Bend Central in that they are strong defensively.

I look for the Tigers' defense to be strong, but it will be interesting to see how their offense does.

I think North Bend Central has a good chance to win, but it wouldn't surprise me if the Cadets stole one Thursday night.

The Tigers simply have to play at a high level offensively and defensively, and try and slow down and limit Bethany Anderson.

Anderson may get her points, but if North Bend Central can force someone else to beat them, they should be in good shape.

The Cadets may be young and inexperienced, but they are still a quality team. The Tigers are going to have to play four good quarters of basketball to top West Point-Beemer, in my opinion.

North Bend Central has to play a complete game, and turn in one of their better performances of the season.

The Tigers have to convert easy lay ups and free throws.

Wide open shots close to the basket should go in.

North Bend Central has to be aggressive on offense and defense, and have confidence that the ball is going to go in the hole, and believe they can slow down the Cadets' offense.

I think the Tigers are really going to need to be clicking on all cylinders to solidify a win Thursday night.

The game can be heard on 107.9 the Bull starting at 6:15 p.m.
Winnebago Boys and Girls start seasons 2-0
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The Winnebago Boys are off to a really good start, beating Homer 101-18 on the road Thursday night before downing Walhill 89-66 at home Friday night.

The Indians held a 35-6 lead on the Knights at the end of one. Winnebago outscored Homer 33-8 in the second quarter to go up 68-14 at halftime.

The Indians shutout the Knights 22-0 in the third quarter to lead 90-14 after three.

Winnebago won the fourth quarter 11-4.

The Indians led the Blujays 21-4 at the end of one. Winnebago won the second quarter 25-22 to take a 46-26 lead into the locker room.

The Indians outscored Walthill 23-20 in the third quarter to go up 69-46 at the end of three.

Both teams scored 20 points in the fourth quarter.

I thought Winnebago was as good as advertised last week. It was a great start to the season for the Indians.

Winnebago (2-0) hosts Omaha Nation (1-1) Thursday night.

The Chiefs won 72-58 at Santee last time out.

Omaha Nation's loss came to BRLD, 65-52.

I don't think the Chiefs are a bad team, but I don't think Omaha Nation is a threat to Winnebago, especially with the game being on the Indians' home floor.

I look for both teams, but especially Winnebago, to put up a lot of points.

Defense has proven to be somewhat of a challenge for the Chiefs so far this season, and the Indians have been superb offensively.

David Wingett, Drake Gorrin, D'Von LaPointe, Manape Cleveland, and others need to have good games for Winnebago.

I look for the Indians to be on top of their game, and run away with things Thursday night.

I think Winnebago will roll to a big win as long as they are focused and determined.

The Indians have big games coming up in the Lakota Nations Invitational and the clash with Class A powerhouse Omaha Central at Ralston Arena on December 22nd.

Winnebago can't get caught looking ahead though.

The Indians have to be focused on the Chiefs, and picking up a win over Omaha Nation.

Winnebago can turn their attention to other games after they play the Chiefs.

Regardless of how well the Indians play or how focused they are, I would be awfully surprised if they lost to Omaha Nation.

The Chiefs appear to be somewhat of a decent team, but I just don't see them beating Winnebago.















The Winnebago Girls are also 2-0 on the season as the Indians beat Homer 70-68 on the road Thursday night, and downed Walthill 63-49 at home Friday night.

I thought the Indians did a great job against both teams. A 2-0 start is a big deal for Winnebago.

The Indians (2-0) host Omaha Nation (1-1) Thursday night.

The Chiefs beat Santee 66-44 on the road Friday night.

Omaha Nation doesn't appear to be too bad of a team, and I think this could be a challenging game for Winnebago.

I think the Indians can definitely win, and have a good chance to do so being at home, but the Chiefs have to be respected and considered a threat to win.

Winnebago won their opener by outscoring Homer, and sort of did the same thing against Walthill, although it appears the Indians were stronger defensively in that game.

I do think Winnebago will win if they can hold Omaha Nation under 50 points.

The Indians have been consistent offensively so far, now it's a matter of getting the defense to be consistent.

I would say Winnebago has started to figure some things out defensively, but isn't all the way there yet.

I look for the Indians to play a good game on Thursday and put themselves in a good position to win.

It would be a really big deal for Winnebago to be 3-0 heading into the Lakota Nations Invitational.

The Lady Indians appear to be strong just like their male counterparts, and crowds should be big for their games if they haven't been already.

I'm sure fans file in with the main reason of watching the boys, but now with the girls having success, perhaps fans will get into their games a little more.

It's an exciting time for Winnebago Basketball, and the girls are certainly leaving their mark so far this season.

I look for the Lady Indians to continue their solid play on Thursday and give themselves a good chance to win.
GACC Boys start season 1-1; Girls 2-0 so far
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The Guardian Angels Central Catholic Boys Basketball team is 1-1 on the season following a win over Wisner-Pilger and a loss to Lutheran High Northeast over the weekend.

GACC led the Gators 12-10 after one. The Bluejays doubled up Wisner-Pilger 14-7 in the second quarter to take a 26-17 lead into the locker room.

GACC outscored the Gators 13-6 in the third quarter to go up 39-23 at the end of three.

The Bluejays won the fourth quarter 16-12.

Head Coach Brad Slaughter says his boys turned in an impressive defensive performance.

"Wisner-Pilger it was a good start for us. We were able to maintain some pretty good defensive pressure and kind of cause some havoc with our guys that were on the floor. They did a good job in responding and making things difficult for the Gators the other night."

Slaughter says the Bluejays had difficult time knocking down shots in the second half against the Eagles.

Lutheran High Northeast led GACC 18-7 after one. The Bluejays won the second quarter 22-17 to make it a 35-29 game at halftime.

The Eagles outscored GACC 11-4 in the third quarter to lead 46-33 at the end of three.

LHNE registered 13 fourth quarter points and limited the Bluejays to just 2.

It's tough to win any game when scoring just 6 points in a half, but I'm sure GACC is a better team than what they showed against the Eagles.

Guardian Angels Central Catholic (1-1) hosts Columbus Scotus (1-0) Tuesday night on 107.9 the Bull.

The Shamrocks won 46-28 at home over Hastings St. Cecilia in Thursday night's season opener.

Slaughter says the Shamrocks are a talented and experienced team.

"Oh they're athletic. They're a good group of kids. A lot of those kids have been starting for 2 or 3 years. And I mean this year is one of their classes that they've always hyped about. So they got a good class. To me is it an insurmountable challenge...no. I mean I think any given night, any certain day...things can go in your favor."

I agree with Slaughter in that anything can happen.

The Bluejays are a good team, and will no doubt want to show it Tuesday night.

I don't think GACC played their best basketball against Lutheran High Northeast, and has a chance to give Scotus a better game.

It's going to be tough for the Bluejays to upset the Shamrocks, but the game is in West Point, and if the crowd can be a big factor in the game, and Columbus Scotus has an off game, then GACC can definitely pull the upset.

With that said, this game could also be lopsided. The Shamrocks really did a number on the Bluehawks, and played an outstanding game defensively.

There's no doubt the Bluejays will need to play their best offensive game of the season. A repeat second half of the Lutheran High Northeast game would spell doom for GACC..

Kobe Slaughter, Andrew Guenther, Mitch Haas, and others need to play well for the Bluejays to be successful.

GACC has to match Scotus's defensive intensity, and get after things on the defensive end of the floor.

The Bluejays showed they can be a great team given how they beat Wisner-Pilger, but GACC has to be more consistent, and it all starts against the Shamrocks Tuesday night.

It should be an exciting night of basketball on the Bull.

The girls game is scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. with the boys game to follow.

















The Guardian Angels Central Catholic Girls are 2-0 on the season following victories over Emerson-Hubbard and Wisner-Pilger over the weekend.

The Bluejays led the Pirates 33-5 after the first quarter. GACC outscored Emerson-Hubbard 17-10 to go up 50-15 at halftime.

Both teams scored 10 third quarter points to make it a 60-25 game at the end of three.

The Pirates won the fourth quarter 8-6.

The Gators held an 11-10 lead over the Bluejays at the end of one. GACC outscored Wisner-Pilger 12-8 in the second quarter to take a 22-19 lead into the locker room.

The Bluejays won the third quarter 15-14 to make it a 37-33 game at the end of three.

GACC scored 7 points in the fourth quarter and held the Gators to 6.

Head Coach Jerry Stracke says his team was led by the likes of Hannah Hunke and Lauren Wobken.

"Lauren Wobken had double digits and double rebounds in the Wisner game. Hannah Hunke's coming up big for us. So is Lexis Haase. And just need to find someone else to step up and then we'll be okay."

Guardian Angels Central Catholic (2-0) hosts Columbus Scotus (0-1) Tuesday night on 107.9 the Bull.

The Shamrocks lost 38-36 at home to Hastings St. Cecilia in the season opener Thursday night.

Stracke discusses the keys to beating the Shamrocks.

"Scotus is going to be good this year. They play really tough defense. And for us to be able to compete with them we're going to have to be able to execute on offense and take care of the ball."

I think the Bluejays have a good chance of winning.

Bishop Neumann, who I might add is very good, beat the Hawkettes by 41, just to give you an idea of how Scotus ranks in terms of the top teams.

The Shamrocks have a tough defense, but their offense really struggles.

With that said, outside of one quarter this season, GACC hasn't exactly been lighting it up offensively.

I do think the Bluejays will win, but I think it will be a close, grind it out affair similar to the Wisner-Pilger game.

It's important for GACC to play well and pick up a win Tuesday night with tough games against Wynot and Crofton later this week.

I think Tuesday's game will sort of set the tone for the rest of the week regardless of how the Bluejays fare.

I think GACC has a good chance to win Tuesday night, but I feel the Shamrocks are also capable of coming in and stealing one on the road as well.

It should be a good, close, and tight contest that comes down to defense and free throw shooting.

The Bluejays won last year's game 49-21, and while GACC may not be as good as they were last year, I'm not so sure that Scotus isn't weaker this year than last.

It all depends on which Bluejays' team shows up, in my opinion, but if GACC plays up to their potential, they should find a way to come away with a win.

I look for the crowd to be electric, making for a great night of basketball.

The girls game is scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. with the boys game to follow.
West Point-Beemer Boys and Girls beat Arlington. lose to Omaha Roncalli
2016-12-06T04:27












The West Point-Beemer Boys won 44-37 at Arlington Thursday night before losing 45-36 at home to Omaha Roncalli on Saturday.

The Cadets led the Eagles 11-7 after one and won the second quarter 9-8 to lead 20-15 at halftime.

West Point-Beemer outscored Arlington 11-10 in the third quarter to go up 31-25 at the end of three.

The Cadets put up 13 fourth quarter points compared to 12 for the Eagles.

Austin Streeter had a team-high 13 points while Blake Anderson totaled 10 points and 7 rebounds. Chase Streeter contributed 8 points and 8 rebounds.

The Crimson Pride led West Point-Beemer 12-9 after one. The Cadets won the second quarter 10-7 to make it a 19-19 game at the half.

Omaha Roncalli tripled up West Point-Beemer 12-4 in the third quarter to make it a 31-23 game at the end of three.

The Crimson Pride notched 14 points in the fourth quarter compared to 13 for the Cadets.

Anderson had 8 points while Hunter Pilakowski notched 7.

I thought West Point-Beemer played good, strong defense over the weekend. I just feel there's some room for improvement from an offensive standpoint.

The Cadets (1-1) take on Stanton (1-1) on the road Tuesday night.

The Mustangs lost 58-43 at Howells-Dodge Friday night.

Stanton has been a bit up and down so far this season, kind of like West Point-Beemer.

This should be a good, close contest between two teams that I would say are kind of looking to find themselves.

The Cadets could definitely use a win with North Bend Central coming up on Thursday.

Things don't get any easier from here on out for West Point-Beemer, and that's why this game is big for the Cadets.

I would say this game is bigger for West Point-Beemer than it is Stanton.

The Mustangs have a matchup with rival Wisner-Pilger on Thursday, and need all the momentum heading into that one, but I would say North Bend Central is a stronger team than Wisner-Pilger at this point so I feel like the Cadets need the win more.

I don't think there's any doubt West Point-Beemer will be strong defensively, but can they score?

Howells-Dodge found a winning formula so that's something the Cadets are probably feeling they can do too.

I think the first team to 50 Tuesday night could definitely be the winner.

If West Point-Beemer loses this game it will most likely be due to a lack of offense.

It's tough going on the road and winning any game, but taking on a Stanton team that's coming off a tough road loss is going to be that much more challenging, in my opinion.

The Cadets have to play strong defense, grind things out, and not turn the ball over.

If this is a game in the 30's or 40's I like West Point-Beemer's chances. If it's a game in the 50's though then I would give the slight advantage to the Mustangs.

I think it just comes down to the Cadets being confident shooting the ball. West Point-Beemer should have it in their minds that every shot they take is going in.














The West Point-Beemer Girls are off to a 1-1 start themselves, downing Arlington 54-23 on the road in the season opener Thursday night before losing 54-49 at home to Omaha Roncalli on Saturday.

The Cadets led the Eagles 12-5 after one. West Point-Beemer won the second quarter 5-3 to take a 17-8 lead into the locker room.

The Cadets outscored Arlington 21-10 in the third quarter to make it a 38-18 game at the end of three.

West Point-Beemer totaled 16 fourth quarter points and held the Eagles to 5.

Bethany Anderson posted a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds while Abbey Dale had 10 points. Katie Pilakowski and Andrea Hoffman registered 7 points apiece.

The Crimson Pride outscored the Cadets 26-20 in the first half to lead by that score at the break.

Omaha Roncalli won the third quarter 19-12 to go up 45-32 after three.

West Point-Beemer outscored the Crimson Pride 17-9 in the fourth quarter.

Anderson recorded another double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds while Brittney Hinkel added 11 points.

Head Coach Craig Theis says Roncalli's defense proved to be too much.

"That pressure just really bothered us. And they kept pushing our offense out to half court. And then we'd make that long pass. And we really pride ourselves on executing in the half court, and we just didn't execute at all. I mean sometimes it looked like we're just kind of running around with our head cut off out there."

The Cadets (1-1) square off with Stanton (1-1) on the road Tuesday night.

The Mustangs lost 34-25 at Howells-Dodge Friday night.

Theis says the Cadets need to improve their free throw shooting.

"They (Roncalli) make five in a row, and then we miss six in a row. And we shoot them. In fact before the girls get a varsity uniform they have to make 10 free throws in a row before that first game. And we've got girls put a lot of work in, but these girls got to rise to the occasion there and step up and knock them down, and I know they will."

Theis says the team also needs more defense.

"We thought defense would be a strength this year, and we thought scoring would be difficult. The first two games we put up 50 points, but we've given few too many points up. They shot pretty well there in that second half, but had some pretty easy looks there."

I'm surprised by West Point-Beemer's defensive struggles. I figured defense would be the strongest part of the Cadets' game, but so far the offense has been better, surprisingly.

Anderson is having a great individual season so far, but players like Makenna Weddle have to step up and score.

She's been held to 6 points in 2 games so far, and has to be more of a leader and a scoring threat for West Point-Beemer to get going, in my opinion.

I think this game against Stanton will come down to defense.

The team with the stronger defensive performance will win, in my opinion.

The Mustangs did a really good job to hold Howells-Dodge to 34 points, and you can bet Stanton's girls will be ball hawks defensively Tuesday night.

The Cadets have some tough games coming up before Christmas, but there's no reason why West Point-Beemer can't compete and win every one of them.

The Cadets just have to figure things out defensively and play a complete four quarter game on Tuesday, both of which West Point-Beemer is capable of doing.

It should be a great game and a great chess match between Theis and Stanton Head Coach Greg Wegner.
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Boys start season 1-1; Girls begin 0-2
2016-12-06T03:44
















The Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Boys are off to a 1-1 start, downing Oakland-Craig 71-59 at home in the Thursday night's season opener before falling 39-36 at home to Twin River on Saturday.

Against Oakland-Craig, the Raiders jumped out to a 22-16 lead after one. Logan View/Scribner-Snyder won the second quarter 16-13 to hold a 38-29 halftime lead.

The Knights won the third quarter 14-13 to make it a 51-43 game at the end of three.

The Raiders outscored Oakland-Craig 20-16 in the fourth quarter to make up the final score.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder's Ben Moxness had a game-high 32 points, while Jacob Polk and Andrew Poppe added 13 and 7, respectively.

Head Coach Sean Forbes says one area his team can work on is getting to the line.

"Well when we shoot a lot of threes I don't know how much we're going to get to the line, but as long as those threes are going in I guess we'll take them. But yeah we would like to get to the line a little more, but we're kind of a three-point shooting team."

The Titans led 15-13 at the end of one before winning the second quarter 10-8 to take a 25-21 lead into the locker room.

The Raiders outscored Twin River 13-7 in the third quarter to take a 34-32 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Titans put up 7 fourth quarter points and held LVSS to just 2.

Moxness led the way with 18 points while Polk totaled 10 points and 7 rebounds.

I thought the Raiders played pretty good and respectable basketball over the weekend. It was just a cold shooting night that cost Logan View/Scribner-Snyder against Twin River.

The Raiders (1-1) are at Wayne (2-0) Tuesday night.

The Blue Devils won 60-53 at Battle Creek Friday night.

Moxness and Polk have to show up and play the way they did this past weekend, but other players have to consistently step up and help them.

They got a little more help and had better games Thursday night than Saturday night, and I think a lot of that was simply due to inconsistency.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder has to become consistent, especially with their scoring.

Winning close games often makes or breaks a team's season, and the Raiders are no exception.

A low scoring, grind it out type of game is not what Logan View/Scribner-Snyder wants. The Raiders want to get out and run, and shoot spot up threes.

This game with Wayne should be more up tempo and more to Logan View/Scribner-Snyder's liking.

Both these teams like shooting the 3 and can do it, which should make for a great game.

I have a feeling both teams will be on, and I think this is another game that could be decided by single digits.

Thus far, the Blue Devils have won the close games while the Raiders dropped their lone game in single digits, so that combined with the fact the game is in Wayne, one would probably have to give the advantage to Wayne.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder is definitely capable of winning though. I feel like the Raiders have what it takes to get the job done and pick up the big W.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder just has to finish this time around, something they didn't do against Twin River.

One off shooting quarter really hurt the Raiders against the Titans, and it just goes to show that one quarter can ultimately decide a game.

That's why it's important for Logan View/Scribner-Snyder to play a complete four quarter game. The Raiders have to knock down their open shots and get to the free throw line as much as possible.

















The Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Girls opened the regular season schedule with a 68-43 loss to Oakland-Craig at home Thursday night.

The Raiders were able to cut the Oakland-Craig lead to 6, late in the third quarter but were unable to fight all the way back.

Mackenzy Schreck led the scoring for LVSS with 12 points, Abby Kahlandt was also in double figures with 10. Other stats include Ashley Peters-6 points, Breanna Smith- 5 points, 5 rebounds, Sierra Beacom-5 points, Ashley Uhing-3 points, 6 rebounds.

To wrap up a busy week, the LVSS girls basketball team ran into a tough Twin River team and fell by a final of 65-24 on Saturday.

The Raiders used a hot shooting first quarter to keep the game close, but eventually ran out of steam on offense.

Kaylee Boyle was the leading scorer with 15 points. Other stats include Peters-3 points, Kahlandt-3 points, 2 blocked shots, Schreck-2 points, and Beacom-1 point.

I feel like Logan View/Scribner-Snyder did some good things this past week, getting some girls in double figures and such. The Raiders just need to work on getting all these girls to score a lot of points at once and slowing down their opponents to be successful, in my opinion.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (0-2) travels to Wayne (1-1) Tuesday night to battle the Blue Devils.

Wayne knocked off Battle Creek 62-50 on the road Friday night.

The Blue Devils were blown out by South Sioux City the night before, and have a new coach, so I don't think winning is out of the realm of possibility for the Raiders Tuesday night.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder just has to be more effective and efficient on offense, and has to be much better defensively.

The Raiders have to pressure the ball, create turnovers, and get easy baskets in transition.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder's guards have to be able to handle pressure and break the press.

The Raiders have to limit turnovers against Wayne, especially with the game being at their place.

I think it's also important for Logan View/Scribner-Snyder to play well early.

The Raiders need to build a lead, or at the very least stick with Wayne early on to give themselves the confidence necessary to knock off the Blue Devils.

If Logan View/Scribner-Snyder falls down something like 10-2 within the first 2-3 minutes of the game, it could be an uphill battle battling back.

The biggest and most important thing for the Raiders though is continuing to improve.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder has to continue to grow and get better as the season progresses, and I think it's really important for the Raiders to take some steps forward Tuesday night, win or lose.

These girls have to have confidence in themselves and each other, and must be ready to play their hardest for four quarters.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder has to give it their all, and play until the final whistle blows.

The Raiders obviously want to be in the game throughout, but Logan View/Scribner-Snyder has to focus on playing good team ball the whole way regardless of the score.

The Raiders have to have situational and clock  awareness to be successful, in my opinion.
Wisner-Pilger Boys and Girls hoping for good seasons
2016-12-01T08:49












Team: Wisner-Pilger

Mascot: Gators

Colors: Green and White

Class: C-2

Head Coach: Duane Mendlik

2015-2016 record: 9-15 (lost to Pierce in Sub-Districts)

Returning Starters: N/A

Overview:

The Wisner-Pilger Boys hope to improve off last year's 9-15 season.

A couple of key players for Wisner-Pilger include Hunter Waterman (5'11, JR PG) and Korrell Koehlmoos (6'0, JR SG).

Wisner-Pilger chose not to send any preseason information so this is the only information I have for them in terms of a roster.

Season Outlook:

There a number of challenging games on the slate for Wisner-Pilger this season, including contests against Stanton, Oakland-Craig, Wayne, Howells-Dodge, Logan View/Scribner-Snyder, Twin River, North Bend Central, BRLD, and Laurel-Concord-Coleridge.

The Gators are in Sub-District C2-7 with Battle Creek, Stanton, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, and Howells-Dodge.

This sub-district is loaded so it's important for Wisner-Pilger to play well throughout the regular season, and peak at the end of the regular season to give themselves a shot to have postseason success.

The Gators begin their season on Thursday in the Tip-Off Classic.

2016-2017 Wisner-Pilger Gators Boys Basketball Schedule:

12/01-12/03
(To Be Determined)
Tip Off Classic
Elkhorn South/Lincoln Southwest/North Platte
12/08/16
Stanton
12/09/16
Tekamah-Herman
12/15/16
@ Oakland-Craig
12/16/16
Wayne

12/20/16
@ Arlington

12/28-12/30
(To Be Determined)
Wisner-Pilger Shootout on the Elkhorn
Wisner-Pilger
01/06/17
West Point-Beemer

01/13/17
@ Howells-Dodge
01/14/17
Logan View-Scribner-Snyder

01/17/17
@ Twin River

01/19/17
Pender
01/24/17
Clarkson/Leigh

01/26/17
@ North Bend Central
01/28-02/04
(To Be Determined)
East Husker Conference Tournament
TBD
02/07/17
BRLD

02/09/17
@ Laurel-Concord-Coleridge

02/17/17
Madison















Team: Wisner-Pilger

Mascot: Gators

Colors: Green and White

Class: C-2

Head Coach: Karrie Bodwell (1st season)

2015-2016 record: 13-10 (lost to Oakland-Craig in Sub-Districts)

Returning Starters: N/A

Overview:

The Wisner-Pilger Girls are under new leadership as Karrie Bodwell takes over for Chuck Ross.

Here is Wisner-Pilger's Roster:

3
SG, PG
Jr.
4
SG
Jr.
10
So.
14
Jr.
15
PG
Sr.
24
So.
24
Jr.
32
SF
Jr.
32
SF
Jr.
34
Fr.
40
Fr.
42
So.
50
So.
55
So.
So.
So.

Ariel Meyer, Alexis Heller, Ashton Meyer, Maci Batenhorst, and Jordan Wegner figure to be the main key go to players this season.

I think the talent is there for the Gators to do something this season. I understand Bodwell served as an assistant prior to taking over as Head Coach so the players should already be familiar with her and what is going to be asked of them and so forth.

Season Outlook:

Wisner-Pilger plays a tough schedule, taking on the likes of Stanton, Tekamah-Herman, Oakland-Craig, Wayne, West Point-Beemer, Howells-Dodge, Twin River, Pender, North Bend Central, and BRLD.

The Gators figure to be challenged this year, but Wisner-Pilger was tough last year, and I look for that to be the case this year too.

The Gators are in Sub-District C2-7 with Battle Creek, Stanton, Howells-Dodge, and Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family.

Those teams are no slouch so Wisner-Pilger is going to have to play at an extremely high level throughout the regular season to compete in Sub-Districts, in my opinion,

The Gators are going to need to be playing their best basketball come sub-district time.

Wisner-Pilger starts their season on Thursday in the Tip-Off Classic.

2016-2017 Wisner-Pilger Gators Girls Basketball Schedule:

12/01-12/03
(To Be Determined)
Tip Off Classic
Elkhorn South/Lincoln Southwest/North Platte
12/08/16
Stanton
12/09/16
Tekamah-Herman

12/15/16
@ Oakland-Craig

12/16/16
Wayne

12/20/16
@ Arlington

12/28-12/30
(To Be Determined)
Shootout On the Elkhorn
Wisner
01/05/17
@ Madison
01/06/17
West Point-Beemer

01/13/17
@ Howells-Dodge

01/14/17
Logan View-Scribner-Snyder
01/17/17
@ Twin River
01/19/17
Pender

01/24/17
Clarkson/Leigh

01/26/17
@ North Bend Central

01/27-02/04
(To Be Determined)
East Husker Conference Tournament
TBD
02/07/17
BRLD

02/09/17
@ Laurel-Concord-Coleridge
Pender Boys and Girls aiming for big seasons
2016-12-01T08:16



















Team: Pender

Mascot: Pendragons

Colors: Red and White

Class: D-1

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Sean King (2nd season)

2014-2015 record: 3-20  (lost to Randolph in Sub-Districts)

Returning Starters: 5

Overview:

The Pender Boys hope and figure to be much improved this season with the return of all five starters.

Dylan Roth - 6’2” - Sr. - G/F - 2 years, Jared Tyrrell - 5’7” - Jr. - G - 1 year, Tyler Nelson - 5’10” - Jr. G - 2 years, James Bensen - 5’10” - Jr. - F - 1 year,  and Sam Mailloux - 6’4” - So. - F - 1 year are the returning starters that 2nd year Head Coach Sean King says is his projected starting lineup.

The Pendragons did lose some key players though, and they are Broderick Brader, Evan Glissman, and Cole Hofmeister.

King says there are four newcomers who could make an impact, and they are:

Chris Rutar - 5’10” - So. - G 
Eric Schopke - 6’1” - So. - G
Jacob Bensen - 6’2” - Jr. - F
Jaydon Jump - 5’10” - So. - F 

King adds he and the team are thinking they will be much better this year than last.

"This team has great potential. The sky is the limit for some of them and we all believe that we can drastically improve from where we finished last season."

I thought Pender was going to have a better season last year than they did given how the team did in football last fall and in baseball that previous summer.

Perhaps I thought too soon that this program was going to do extraordinary things.

I do think the Pendragons have a shot to win quite a few more games than they did last year thoughg given all the talent and experience they bring back.

I think the biggest thing for Pender is to compete. The Pendragons were blown out way too much a season ago, and to me it all starts on the defensive end for Pender.

The Pendragons need to be effective and efficient offensively as well, but defense wins championships, and that's why Pender has to make a commitment to excellent play on that end of the floor in particular.

Season Outlook:

There's reason for optimism and excitement around the Pender Boys Basketball program.

King says his boys are ready to go.

"Our boys are very excited about this season. They understand that they have a lot of experience back from previous years and that we have already greatly improved from last season. The boys understand how good they can be and are working hard to improve on a daily basis."

King adds there are a few things he expects out of his team this year, one thing being good rebounding.

"Aggressive, high pressure defense. Efficient offense. Strong rebounding."

The Pendragons figure to have a good chance to win more games this year than last.

King says keys to doing so include being smart and forcing other teams into mistakes.

"Taking good shots, picking up our defensive pressure, outrebounding our opponents, and forcing other teams into turnovers."

King adds he can't wait to see his team have success.

"I am most looking forward to the success the boys will have and how they handle it. They can be great this year. I am looking forward to where they can take this team."

There are a lot of winnable games early on for Pender with tough early season contests against Stanton and North Bend Central.

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, Wynot, Howells-Dodge, and BRLD appear to be tough games in the second half of the season.

There are a lot of winnable games on the schedule for the Pendragons. It's just simply a matter of going out there and competing at a high level and getting the job done.

Pender is in Sub-District D1-4 with GACC, Walthill, Emerson-Hubbard, and Clarkson/Leigh.

The Pendragons open up the season on Thursday at home against Wakefield.

2016-2017 Pender Pendragons Boys Basketball Schedule:

12/01/16
Wakefield

12/02/16
@ Tekamah-Herman
12/09/16
Oakland-Craig

12/12/16
Allen
-

12/15/16
@ Clarkson/Leigh

12/16/16
North Bend Central

12/17/16
@ Stanton
12/28-12/30
(To Be Determined)
-
Wayne Holiday Tournament
Wayne State College/Wayne High School
01/03/17
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family
01/05-01/07
(To Be Determined)
Bob Clough Post Holiday Tournament
Homer
01/10/17
Homer
01/19/17
@ Wisner-Pilger
01/20/17
@ Wynot
01/21/17
Howells-Dodge

01/23/17
@ Madison

01/24/17
Emerson-Hubbard

01/28-02/04
(To Be Determined)

East Husker Conference Tournament
TBD
02/17/17
@ BRLD















Team: Pender

Mascot: Pendragons

Colors: Red and White

Class: D-1

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Larry Ballinger (7th season) (125-40 record)

2015-2016 record: 13-12 (lost to Emerson-Hubbard in Sub-Districts)

Returning Starters: N/A

Overview:

The Pender Girls figure to be real good this year given everyone who returns.

I believe the Pendragons lost just one senior in Justice Sorenson.

Here is their roster, according to MaxPreps:

3
G
Jr.
5-1
4
G
So.
5-5
5
SG
Fr.
12
F
Sr.
5-11
15
PG
Sr.
5-6
22
F
So.
5-7
23
G, F
So.
5-6
24
PG
Sr.
5-6
43
PF
Sr.
5-11

Krusemark, Wegner, Jacobsen, English, Lehmkuhl, Anderson, and Ballinger are the main players I look for to do big things.

This is Pender's year. The Pendragons have a lot of talent....enough talent that they can definitely get to Lincoln.

It's going to take a lot of hard work on Pender's part, but there's no doubt the Pendragons can achieve great things this year if they play up to their potential and come together at the right time.

Season Outlook:

The Pender Girls have to be thinking state this year.

The Pendragons have GACC in their sub-district though so Pender has to do well throughout the course of the regular season to obtain a wildcard to state should they need it.

The Pendragons have difficult regular season contests against Tekamah-Herman, Oakland-Craig, North Bend Central, Stanton, BRLD, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, Wisner-Pilger, Wynot, Howells-Dodge, Emerson-Hubbard, and Guardian Angels Central Catholic.

I think the game against the Bluejays at the end of the regular season helps Pender. The Pendragons will have a better chance of knocking off GACC if they play twice as opposed to if they just met in the postseason.

Pender is in Sub-District D1-4 with Walthill, Emerson-Hubbard, Clarkson/Leigh, and GACC.

The Pendragons open up the season at home on Thursday against Wakefield.

2016-2017 Pender Pendragons Girls Basketball Schedule:

12/01/16
Wakefield

12/02/16
@ Tekamah-Herman
-

12/09/16
Oakland-Craig

12/12/16
Allen

12/15/16
@ Clarkson/Leigh
12/16/16
North Bend Central

12/17/16
@ Stanton

12/20/16
@ BRLD

12/22/16
Winnebago
Site: Ralston Arena
Ralston Arena
12/28-12/30
(To Be Determined)
Wayne Holiday Tournament
Wayne State College/Wayne High School
01/03/17
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family

01/05-01/07
(To Be Determined)
Bob Clough Post Holiday
Homer
01/10/17
Homer

01/19/17
@ Wisner-Pilger

01/20/17
@ Wynot

01/21/17
Howells-Dodge
01/24/17
Emerson-Hubbard

01/27-02/04
(To Be Determined)
East Husker Conference Tournament
TBD
02/06/17
@ Guardian Angels Central Catholic
Winnebago Boys and Girls looking for big things this year
2016-11-30T04:54














Team: Winnebago

Mascot: Indians

Colors: Blue and White

Class: C-1

Conference: Lewis and Clark

Head Coach: Jeff Berridge (5th season) (98-14 career record)

2015-2016 record: 31-1 (took third at state)

Returning Starters: 4

Overview:

The Winnebago Boys are back for more in 2016-2017, and look to have another very fine season.

Four starters return for 5th year Head Coach Jeff Berridge, and they are D-1 prospect David Wingett (6'7, SR G), Drake Gorrin (6'0, SR G), Miguel Baker (6'0, SR C), and D'Von LaPointe (6'0, JR G).

Other returning letterwinners and newcomers for the Indians include Maurice Scott (6'1, JR G), Cedrick Blackdeer (6'3, SR F), TJ Frenchman (6'0, SO G), Manape Cleveland (6'2, JR G), Drew Parker (6'2, FR G), Ed Payer III (6'0, FR G), Jeriah Greyowl (6'0, FR G), Willy Wingett (6'4, FR F) and Makoonce Littlevoice (6'3, JR F/C).

Winnebago should have plenty of depth and players ready to see the floor this season.

I look for this to be another great season for the Indians, who are back up in C-1.

Winnebago has to be considered a top favorite to win C-1 this year.

Bishop Neumann being the defending C-1 State Champs will probably be really good again too, along with Columbus Scotus and other teams so it will be interesting to see how things shake out in Class C-1.

Aspen LaPointe is the lone senior gone from last year's team that placed third in C-2.

I look for Wingett to have a wonderful senior campaign, and for Gorrin, D'Von LaPointe, Baker, Scott, Blackdeer, Frenchman, Cleveland, and Littlevoice to do great as well.

The Indians were so close to repeating as state champions last year before being upset by Elmwood-Murdock in the semifinals.

That has to make Winnebago hungry and motivated to get back to state and win another title.

The Indians are a legit threat to win state again, and with the backing and support of the crowd they bring to games, can definitely do it.

Season Outlook:

There's not a lot to say about Winnebago other than they're a great team that has a shot to win another state championship.

Berridge has this preseason assessment of his team.

"Only losing one starter from last season. Looking good and seeing good things out of the players. Have some young guys looking to help this year."

It will be interesting to see how big of an impact the freshmen can make.

The Indians are loaded with great players in the upper classes so playing time could come at a premium for the younger players.

The freshmen have to be ready to be supportive cheerleaders from the bench. That might be their main role with the team this season.

I fully expect Winnebago to be up big enough in most games for the freshmen to get significant playing time, but this is still the upperclassmen's show I would say.

The Indians have challenging games in the Lakota Nation Invitational December 14th through the 17th in Rapid City, SD, and a Ralston Arena matchup with Class A Powerhouse Omaha Central on December 22nd should be Winnebago's toughest challenge of the last three years.

Norfolk Catholic, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge, Ponca, Wynot, BRLD, Walthill, Hastings St. Cecilia, and Guardian Angels Central Catholic figure to all challenge Winnebago as well.

I look for the Indians to have a season very similar to the past two years with another state run in the mix.

Winnebago's goal has to be win another state title, but the Indians have to remain humble, poised, and confident throughout the course of the season.

Winnebago can't get cocky, arrogant, and overconfident, especially in the postseason.

The Indians are in Sub-District C1-6 with Arlington, Fort Calhoun, Tekamah-Herman, and Logan View/Scribner-Snyder.

Winnebago opens up the season on Thursday at Homer.

2016-2017 Winnebago Indians Boys Basketball Schedule:

12/01/16 @ Homer
12/02/16 Walthill
12/08/16 Omaha Nation
12/14-12/17 (To Be Determined) Lakota Nation Invitational Rapid City, SD
12/22/16 Omaha Central Site: Ralston Arena Ralston Arena
12/28-12/30 (To Be Determined) Shootout on the Elkhorn Wisner
01/03/17 Norfolk Catholic
01/06/17 @ Laurel-Concord-Coleridge
01/07/17 Oakland-Craig
01/10/17 @ Emerson-Hubbard
01/13/17 Wynot
01/17/17 @ Ponca
01/24/17 BRLD
01/27-02/06 (To Be Determined) Lewis and Clark Conference Tournament TBA
02/07/17 Wakefield
02/11/17 Hastings St. Cecilia Site: Heartland Hoops Classic - GI Heartland Hoops Classic - GI
02/17/17 Guardian Angels Central Catholic

















Team: Winnebago

Mascot: Indians

Colors: Blue and White

Class: C-1

Conference: Lewis and Clark

Head Coach: Doug Mackling

2015-2016 record: 8-17 (lost to GACC in Sub-Districts)

Returning Starters: N/A

Overview:

The Winnebago Girls hope to be successful this season after winning 8 games a year ago.

Some of the main players for the Indians are Jonna Price, Deonna Harris, Allie Frenchman, Tia YellowThunder, Jasmine Colvin, Delicia Payer, and Jean Parker-Morris.

Here is the Indians' entire roster:

1 Jonna Price                    SG         Jr.
3 Jocelyn Colvin PG         So.
4 Deonna Harris                PF, C Jr.
5 Allie Frenchman SF, PF Sr. 5-8
10 Bailey Blackdeer PF, C, SF Jr.
12 Rosalind Grant PG, SG Jr.
14 Tia YellowThunder PG, SG Fr.
20 Jasmine Colvin PG, SG Sr. 5-6
21 Shaylee Kearnes PG, SG So.
23 Alex Neff                       SG         So.
24 Delicia Payer                  SG         Sr.
32 Jaidan Payer                    SF, PF Fr.
40 Jean Parker-Morris          C         So.
44 Kiana Lewis                     PF, SF, C Fr.
50 Aniyah Grant                    C         So.
52 Daelyn Zagurski PF, C So.

I look for Winnebago to have success this year. I think the Indians have the talent and depth to compete with the majority of the teams on their schedule.

It will be interesting to see how the season shakes out, but I truly believe Winnebago has what it takes to be better this season than they were last,

Season Outlook:

The Winnebago Girls figure to have a shot to be better than they were last year with all the talent that is on their roster.

The Indians will take part in the Lakota Nation Invitational in Rapid City, SD December 14th through the 17th, and that figures to be challenging for Winnebago.

A Ralston Arena game with Pender on December 22nd figures to be challenging as well as games with Norfolk Catholic, Emerson-Hubbard, Oakland-Craig, GACC, Wynot, Ponca, Pierce, and BRLD.

The schedule has it's challenges for the Indians, there's no doubt about it, but I think Winnebago can be competitive against the tough teams on their schedule and take care of the teams they're supposed to beat and win the 50/50 games.

The Indians are in Sub-District C1-6 with the likes of Tekamah-Herman, Fort Calhoun, Arlington, and Logan View/Scribner-Snyder.

I feel Winnebago can be a postseason factor if they are playing their best basketball at the right time.

The Indians open the season at Homer on Thursday.

2016-2017 Winnebago Indians Girls Basketball Schedule:

12/01/16 @ Homer
12/02/16 Walthill
12/08/16 Omaha Nation
12/14-12/17 (To Be Determined) Lakota Nation Invitational Rapid City, SD
12/22/16 Pender Site: Ralston Arena Ralston Arena
12/28-12/30 (To Be Determined) Shootout On the Elkhorn Wisner
01/03/17 Norfolk Catholic
01/06/17 @ Laurel-Concord-Coleridge
01/07/17 Oakland-Craig
01/10/17 @ Emerson-Hubbard
01/12/17 Guardian Angels Central Catholic
01/13/17 Wynot
01/17/17 @ Ponca
01/20/17 @ Pierce
01/24/17 BRLD
01/27-02/06 (To Be Determined) Lewis and Clark Conference Tournament TBA
02/07/17 Wakefield
Stanton Boys and Girls looking for big seasons
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Team: Stanton

Mascot: Mustangs

Colors: Orange and Black

Class: C-2

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Bryan Mendlik

2015-2016 record: 18-7 (lost to Lutheran High Northeast in Sub Districts)

Returning Starters: N/A

Overview:

The Stanton Boys look to have another fine season after going 18-7 a year ago.

Key losses include Kyle Sperl, Josh Krentz, Brook Klinetobe, and Mitchael Sieh.

Here is this year's Stanton roster:

0 Beau Wilke         Jr.
2 TJ Larson         Fr.
3 Malachi Jochum Jr.
4 Broderick Sieh Jr.
5 Cade Goger         So.
10 Hunter Stallbaum Sr.
11 Henry Bohac         Sr.
23 Myles Nickolite Sr.
24 Marcus Spotanski So.
30 Ashton Flood         Jr.
33 Trey Erbst         Sr.
34 Tanner Krusemark Jr.
40 Sam Bates         So.
50 Parker Theisen Sr.

I look for Erbst, Nickolite, Bohac, and Stallbaum to be the main leaders on the team with Wilke, Sieh, Theisen, and Flood being other contributors.

I like the makeup of this Mustang team and think they can be really good this year.

Stanton had a lot of success in football this season, and I think the Mustangs can have even more success on the hardwood.

I'm anxious and excited to see how well Stanton does this season.

Season Outlook:

The Stanton Mustangs figure to be good again and have another fine season.

Stanton has some challenging games this season like all teams do, and the Mustangs' biggest games appear to be against Howells-Dodge, North Bend Central, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, Battle Creek, Oakland-Craig, Logan View/Scribner-Snyder, Boone Central Newman/Grove, Twin River, and BRLD.

Stanton figures to be challenged by all of these teams and others they play throughout the course of the season, but I look for the Mustangs to find their way nicely and have a good season.

Stanton is in Sub-District C2-7 with Battle Creek, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, Wisner-Pilger, and Howells-Dodge.

The Mustangs open up the season on Thursday at home against Tekamah-Herman.

2016-2017 Stanton Mustangs Boys Basketball Schedule:

12/01/16 Tekamah-Herman
12/02/16 @ Howells-Dodge
12/06/16 West Point-Beemer
12/08/16 @ Wisner-Pilger
12/13/16 North Bend Central
12/16/16 @ Wakefield
12/17/16 Pender
12/20/16 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family
12/28-12/29 (To Be Determined) Stanton Holiday Tournament Stanton
01/03/17 @ Battle Creek
01/06/17 Oakland-Craig
01/07/17 @ Logan View-Scribner-Snyder
01/10/17 @ Plainview
01/13/17 Boone Central/Newman Grove
01/17/17 Madison
01/21/17 @ BRLD
01/24/17 @ Twin River
01/28-02/04 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conference Tournament TBD
02/09/17 Clarkson/Leigh












Team: Stanton

Mascot: Mustangs

Colors: Orange and Black

Class: C-2

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Greg Wegner (2nd season)

2015-2016 record: 19-8 (lost to GACC in the first round of state)

Returning Starters: 3

Overview:

The Stanton Girls are anticipating another big season under 2nd year Head Coach Greg Wegner, and should with all the talent they return.

Three starters return for the Mustangs in MacKenzie Brandl - Sr. - 5’5’’ - 3 year Starter, Bree Burtwistle - So. 5’8’’ - 2 Year Starter, and Jessie Brandl - So. - 5’6’’ - 2 Year Starter.

A key loss is Hiliary Huss, who averaged 19 points per game and had 99 steals a season ago.

Newcomers who could make an impact, according to Wegner.

Hannah Heppner - Jr. - 5’11” -Post
Jaiden Hartl - So. - 5’5’’ - Guard
Ashley Colwell - Sr.  - 5’4’’ - Guard
Kiley Wiedeman - Sr. - 5’6’’ - Post/Guard
Allie Spence - Jr.  - 5’5’’ - Guard

Here is Stanton's projected starting lineup:

MacKenzie Brandl - Sr. - 5’5’’ - 3 year Starter
Bree Burtwistle - So. 5’8’’ - 2 Year Starter
Jessie Brandl - So. - 5’6’’ - 2 Year Starter
Hannah Heppner - Jr. - 5’11’’ - 1 Year Starter
???? Unsure on my 5th Starter as of now.

The majority of these girls were on the Mustangs' state championship Volleyball team.

Wegner says success in that sport helps, but notes the differences between the two.

"I think anytime you have state experience it helps you in the other sports throughout the year. Now, volleyball and basketball are two completely different games. Some kids do not like the physical play of basketball, and can often times be the difference in the game. I feel that the state experience gives my kids more confidence and settles their nerves down. I sure noticed a difference last year in the sub-district and district finals. My kids came out and played like they knew they could, and did not let the pressure of the game affect their play."

I would say champions are made from April through October when it comes to basketball.

Wegner said these girls had a tremendous offseason.

"Our girls work really hard in the offseason. They are in the weight room and you can really tell by how some of their bodies changed over the summer. I saw a lot of their maxes go up, and times got cut down by good margins. So far, they’ve had great attitudes at practice, even during conditioning. These kids love to compete."

Stanton started 1-4 last year.

Wegner says this year's goals include winning more games than last year and making it back to state.

"We are looking to get to 20 wins this season. I feel that 20 is a great number to get to within a season. Last year, we dropped a few games at the beginning of the season that we felt we should have won, which made us fall short of 20 wins. Our other goals are to win our conference tournament, which has several good teams this year, including Howells-Dodge, North Bend Central, and Oakland-Craig. Our final goal is to get to Lincoln and make it to Saturday. We were thrilled to break a 26 year streak of not making it to state, but this year we want more. We want to get to Lincoln, and win down there."

Season Outlook:

Stanton's goals are to get back to the state tournament and be playing on championship Saturday.

Wegner says to have another good season and get back to Lincoln, multiple girls have to score.

"We will have to play balanced basketball this year. Last year we relied on Hiliary for a majority of our scoring. This season, we will need to play better defense, and spread the scoring out between 4-5 girls, rather than looking for one person to score in big games. We have a tough sub-district with Howells-Dodge in with us. They beat us both times we played last year, and return basically the same team, which was the D-1 runner-up."

Wegner adds he's looking for his team to play together and play well on defense this season.

"I am really looking forward to see how we play as a whole team. I felt last year, we didn’t always play team basketball. I felt we got used to relying on the same people to do everything for us. This summer and so far this year, we have spread the ball out, and everyone was a part of our offense. I also want to see us play defense for 4 quarters. I don’t want to try to outscore everyone we play, we need to stop people and shut them down. "

Teams are generally better in a coach's second season than their first.

Wegner feels he's more ready this year than he was last.

"I feel more relaxed than last year. There are a few situation and play calls I’d like to have back, but being a 1st year head coach, I didn’t have the experience in certain situations. This year, I’ll be ready to call different sets or plays in key situations, which I was not completely ready for last year. "

The Mustangs have some challenging games this year, especially in the early season against the likes of Tekamah-Herman, Howells-Dodge, West Point-Beemer, Wisner-Pilger, North Bend Central, Pender, and Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family.

Oakland-Craig, BRLD, Twin River, and Norfolk Catholic figure to be challenging games in the second half of the season.

There are a lot of challenging games on the slate for Stanton this year, but I look for the Mustangs to win the majority of their games and make another state run.

Stanton is in Sub-District C2-7 with Howells-Dodge, Wisner-Pilger, Battle Creek, and Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family.

The Mustangs open up the season at home on Thursday against Tekamah-Herman.

2016-2017 Stanton Mustangs Girls Basketball Schedule:

12/01/16 Tekamah-Herman
12/02/16 @ Howells-Dodge
12/06/16 West Point-Beemer
12/08/16 @ Wisner-Pilger
12/13/16 North Bend Central
12/16/16 @ Wakefield
12/17/16 Pender
12/20/16 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family
12/28-12/29 (To Be Determined) Stanton Holiday Tournament Stanton
01/03/17 @ Battle Creek
01/06/17 Oakland-Craig
01/07/17 @ Logan View-Scribner-Snyder
01/10/17 @ Plainview
01/13/17 Boone Central/Newman Grove
01/17/17 Madison
01/21/17 @ BRLD
01/24/17 @ Twin River
01/27-02/04 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conference Tournament TBD
02/09/17 Clarkson/Leigh
02/10/17 Norfolk Catholic
Tekamah-Herman Boys and Girls hoping for success in 2016-2017
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Team: Tekamah-Herman

Mascot: Tigers

Colors: Purple, Vegas Gold

Class: C-1

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Zach Rosenboom

2015-2016 record: 2-20 (lost to West Point-Beemer in Sub Districts)

Returning Starters: N/A

Overview:

The Tekamah-Herman Boys appear to be low on numbers again as only 9 players are listed on their roster on MaxPreps.

Here are the 9 players on the Tigers' roster:

3 Nate Olson                       Sr.
11 Tyler Petersen                So.
13 Dustin Pickell                Sr.
15 Jordan Derra                  Fr.
21 Brady Ball                     So.
23 Clay Beaumont              Fr.
25 Luke Wakehouse            Fr.
31 Chauncey Rogers           Fr.
35 Colton Morrow-Merrill  Sr.

Tekamah-Herman appears to be young again, and youth combined with a lack of depth could make for a lot of challenges for the Tigers this season.

I think Tekamah-Herman can overcome the challenges facing them though and have a better season than last.

I look for Pickell, Olson, and Morrow-Merrill to lead this team being the 3 seniors on the roster.

I think Luke Wakehouse and Clay Beaumont could be freshmen to watch out for for the Tigers.

I think Brady Ball is another player who could make a significant impact on Tekamah-Herman this season.

I would say the keys to a better season for the Tigers are more consistent offensive play, and better play on defense.

Tekamah-Herman gave up a lot of points in certain games last year, and the offense wasn't consistent enough to get the Tigers over the hump in most cases.


Season Outlook:

The Tekamah-Herman Tigers will have to be road warriors early in the season as 5 of their 7 games before the Holiday Break are on the road.

Stanton, Wisner-Pilger, Twin River, Logan View/Scribner-Snyder, BRLD, Oakland-Craig, West Point-Beemer, Fort Calhoun, North Bend Central, Yutan, and DC West all figure to be challenging games for Tekamah-Herman.

I think the Tigers can win more games than they did last year, but Tekamah-Herman has to stay healthy.

Losing Derek Haber and Gus Langley to graduation doesn't help matters this season so someone is gong to have to step up and lead this team.

I look for Pickell to really put this team on his back and carry the team.

I think he is going to have an outstanding individual season for the Tigers.

Tekamah-Herman is in Sub-District C1-6 with the likes of Fort Calhoun, Winnebago, Logan View/Scribner-Snyder, and Arlington.

The Tigers open up the season on Thursday at Stanton.

2016-2017 Tekamah-Herman Tigers Boys Basketball Schedule:

12/01/16 @ Stanton
12/02/16 Pender
12/09/16 @ Wisner-Pilger
12/10/16 @ Twin River
12/12/16 @ Omaha Brownell Talbot
12/16/16 @ Logan View-Scribner-Snyder
12/17/16 Arlington
12/28-12/30 (To Be Determined) Nebraska Wesleyan Holiday Tournament Nebraska Wesleyan
01/06/17 BRLD
01/10/17 Clarkson/Leigh
01/13/17 @ Madison
01/14/17 West Point-Beemer
01/17/17 Oakland-Craig
01/28-02/04 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conference Tournament TBD
02/07/17 @ Fort Calhoun
02/10/17 North Bend Central
02/14/17 @ Yutan
02/17/17 Douglas County West























Team: Tekamah-Herman

Mascot: Tigers

Colors: Purple, Vegas Gold

Class: C-1

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Scott Guzinski (6th season) (72-94 career record)

2015-2016 record: 13-10 (lost to Fort Calhoun in Sub Districts)

Returning Starters: 1

Overview:

The Tekamah-Herman Girls look to be competitive again in 2016-2017 after having some success a year ago.

One starter returns for 6th year Head Coach Scott Guzinski in Jess Fleischmann.

Here are the projected starters for Tekamah-Herman:

Jess Fleischmann-SR-F Four year starter
Carson Cameron-SR-G
Kassidy Kellog-SR-F
Maddy Horn-SR-G
Marin Jetensky-JR-F
OR
Sarah Stang-SR-F

Having a veteran and senior laden starting lineup should allow the Tigers to be successful this year I would think.

Guzinski says there are several players from last year the team graduated.

"Lost seven seniors including second leading scorer and rebounder Allie Snow. Allie Snow, Kat Gregerson, and Hannah Tobin were all three year starters.

Guzinski adds there are a couple of newcomers who could make and would of made an impact, but one is injured.

"Jadyn Fleischmann 6’0’ Freshman post will be a key sub in varsity games. She is long and can play defense. Lost Freshman Mya Guzinski (point guard) to an ACL tear over the summer.  She would’ve been a starter."

Guzinski expects a number of veteran players to step in and fill the void left by last year's departing seniors.

"We will have 10 juniors and seniors and have a lot of kids who have paid their dues. They have earned the right to play and I look forward to them stepping up and getting the job done!"

I would say having players come through the system ready to play meaningful games at the varsity level when it's there time is a luxury to have as opposed to having to play young players too early.

Guzinski says the varsity team will consist of mostly upperclassmen.

"We won’t play a ton a younger kids at the varsity level. Most of our varsity players will be juniors and seniors. They have played a lot of JV ball over the last few years and will be ready for varsity."

Working hard in the offseason is critical to the success of any team, and the Tekamah-Herman Girls are no exception.

Guzinski says the upperclassmen know what it's like to work.

"Our older kids get it. They work hard in weight room and show up for summer camp. I am really hoping that some of that wears off on our younger kids. We have had three winning seasons in a row and I would expect that to continue this year. The only way it will continue in the future is if the younger kids put in the time to get better year after year."

Season Outlook:

It appears Tekamah-Herman is primed and ready to have a fourth straight winning season.

Guzinski says he's really looking forward to working with his team this year.

"I have three seniors-Kassidy Kellogg, Maddy Horn, and Sarah Stang-who have been out all four years and have earned the right to play. I look forward to seeing them grow in a varsity role. Also, I look forward to seeing how much Jess Fleischman has improved after spending the summer playing with Class A players on the OSA U17 National Team. She has 847 total points for her career and is going to be really tough to guard. Finally, Marin Jetensky led our kids in weight room days last summer. I know she is going to do great. Looking forward to working with her. Overall, I just have a really great group of student-athletes. Nice kids. Kids who work hard in the classroom. I really enjoy being around my team."

I would add that depth appears to be a strength for the Tigers.

Tekamah-Herman appears to have a lot of hungry players who have waited their turn to play varsity.

Some girls have probably had to sit behind last year's senior class, but not anymore.

This is their year and their time to shine, and I look for the Tigers to have a very fine season.

Tekamah-Herman has tough contests with Stanton, Pender, Wisner-Pilger, Twin River, Omaha Roncalli, Fort Calhoun, BRLD, West Point-Beemer, Oakland-Craig, Howells-Dodge, and North Bend Central.

I think the Tigers will certainly be challenged this year, but I think Tekamah-Herman has a shot to have a fairly good amount of success throughout the course of the season.

The Tigers are in Sub-District C1-6 with the likes of Arlington, Logan View/Scribner-Snyder, Fort Calhoun, and Winnebago.

The Sub-District appears to be wide open. I wouldn't be shocked if Tekamah-Herman made a district final.

The Tigers open up the season at Stanton on Thursday.

2016-2017 Tekamah-Herman Tigers Girls Basketball Schedule:

12/01/16 @ Stanton
12/02/16 Pender
12/06/16 Douglas County West
12/09/16 @ Wisner-Pilger
12/10/16 @ Twin River
12/13/16 @ Yutan
12/16/16 @ Logan View-Scribner-Snyder
12/17/16 Arlington
12/28-12/30 (To Be Determined) Nebraska Wesleyan Holiday Tournament Nebraska Wesleyan
01/03/17 @ Omaha Roncalli Catholic
01/05/17 @ Fort Calhoun
01/06/17 BRLD
01/10/17 Clarkson/Leigh
01/13/17 @ Madison
01/14/17 West Point-Beemer
01/17/17 Oakland-Craig
01/20/17 @ Howells-Dodge
01/24/17 @ Omaha Mercy
01/27-02/04 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conference Tournament TBD
02/10/17 North Bend Central
Clarkson/Leigh Boys and Girls hoping to be competitive this season
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Team: Clarkson/Leigh

Mascot: Patriots

Colors: Red, Blue, Gray

Class: D-1

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Jay Knaak (5th season) (46-53 record)

2015-2016 record: 4-20 (lost to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family in Sub Districts)

Returning Starters: 0

Overview:

The Clarkson/Leigh Boys hope to be better this year than they were last year when they won just four games.

The Patriots don't have any returning starters though, and this is what Clarkson/Leigh's starting lineup could look like:

Haden Held 11 G 0
Anthony Bruhn 11 G 0
Garrett Schroeder11 G 0
Luiz Mayorga 12 C 0
Mark Aguirre 12 F 0

Bradley Bunner is going out for the team, so just having him as a team member should really help.

5th year Head Coach Jay Knaak says Bunner is a newcomer who could make an impact.

"Bradley Bunner 6’0 12 F, he is going out for basketball for the first time in his high school career,
but is a talented athlete so I hope he will contribute to the team on the boards and on defense."

Given the Patriots' struggles on defense last year, having Bunner should help Clarkson/Leigh out tremendously on that end of the floor.

Blake Paprocki (12 6’1 F) is another returning letterwinner for the Patriots.

Knaak says he saw good growth and improvement in the offseason.

"We did a good job of improving over the summer. We were competitive in the Y league in Norfolk and some players took a step up in their game."

Knaak adds the team figures to be challenged down low this season.

"We will not have much height this year, with our post players at 6’1 or less. We will have to depend on grit and hard work to get on the boards and defend the bigger post players we have in the conference."

Season Outlook:

Clarkson/Leigh is looking for good things in 2016-2017.

Knaak discusses the keys to a successful season.

"We will have to rely on defense and shoot the ball at a better percentage. We are not very deep so will also have to stay out of foul trouble."

Knaak says he's looking for growth and improvement throughout the course of the season.

"I am looking forward to seeing if we can grow as a team and improve each game and see how good we can be at the end of the season."

Knaak adds the team's chemistry is good, they just need to develop a bench.

"I like the nucleus of the team and need to develop younger players to come off the bench and give
the starters some rest and keep us in the ballgame."

I would say the Patriots can't afford to have the starters get all the minutes. Clarkson/Leigh has to find some options on the bench to give the starters blows.

If the Patriots have to rely on their starting five to do everything it could be an interesting season.

It looks like Clarkson/Leigh should have at least seven players see the floor though.

Knaak says it should be a fairly good season.

"We should be competitive in all of our games this year. We will have to depend on shooting the ball well from the outside, defending the post and forcing turnovers."

Looking at the schedule, the Patriots appear to have tough games against Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, Oakland-Craig, BRLD, Howells-Dodge, Yutan, North Bend Central, GACC, Humphrey St. Francis, Twin River, Lutheran High Northeast, Logan View/Scribner-Snyder, and Stanton.

The schedule appears to be pretty difficult for Clarkson/Leigh, but I think the Patriots can hang in there with the majority of the teams on their schedule.

Clarkson/Leigh is in Sub-District D1-4 with GACC, Pender, Emerson-Hubbard, and Walthill.

The Patriots open up the season on Friday at Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family in a game that can be heard on 107.9 the Bull.

2016-2017 Clarkson/Leigh Patriots Boys Basketball Schedule:

12/02/16 @ Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family
12/03/16 Madison
12/06/16 @ Oakland-Craig
12/08/16 Winside
12/09/16 BRLD
12/15/16 Pender
12/17/16 @ Clarkson/Leigh
12/17/16 Howells-Dodge
12/20/16 Yutan
12/28-12/29 (To Be Determined) Nebraska Christian Holiday Tournament Nebraska Christian
01/03/17 @ North Bend Central
01/07/17 @ Guardian Angels Central Catholic
01/10/17 @ Tekamah-Herman
01/13/17 Humphrey St. Francis
01/17/17 Elgin Public/Pope John
01/19/17 @ Twin River
01/20/17 @ Lutheran High Northeast
01/24/17 @ Wisner-Pilger
01/28-02/04 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conference Tournament TBD
02/07/17 Logan View-Scribner-Snyder
02/09/17 @ Stanton

















Team: Clarkson/Leigh

Mascot: Patriots

Colors: Red, Blue, Gray

Class: D-1

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Matt Murren (4th season) (21-49 record)

2015-2016 record: 4-19 (lost to Battle Creek in Sub Districts)

Returning Starters: 4

Overview:

The Clarkson/Leigh Girls hope and figure to be much improved this season given the fact four starters return this year.

Head Coach Matt Murren has this analysis of the returning starters.

"We have four girls back on this years roster that started at some point last season. Shelby Paprocki is a senior for us who has started the past two seasons and has a lot of ability on the perimeter and can score inside. Kaegan Held, Beth Wiese, and Hannah Kasik all started as freshmen last season. Kaegan is our point guard and plays a lot of minutes. Kaegan averaged almost 2.5 assists/game last season and we look for that number to increase this year as she is more comfortable with the offense. Hannah plays both inside and outside for us and looks to use her strength inside this season. She is a great rebounder and has ability to score in transition. Beth played both inside and outside for us last year and we look to get her more into her comfort zone back inside this season."

Murren says Alyssa Novotny, Maddie Cerv, and a few others are key losses.

"We lost five seniors from last years team. Maddie Cerv was a 3 year starter for us and will be a big loss as far as a leader, defender, and shooter. Alyssa Novotny wasn't able to play as a senior last season but did average 16 ppg and 11 rpg so she was missed last season and will be missed as well this season. We will also miss Jessi Sayers, Megan Svehla, and Camille Koehn who all contributed in different ways."

Murren adds he's excited about some newcomers who could make an impact.

"Ashlynn Novotny, younger sister to Alyssa, will impact our team this season. She has the ability to handle the ball, great vision, and can shoot the ball as well. She will play minutes for us this year as her, Kaegan, and Halee work well together as guards both defensively and offensively. Sara McEvoy (sophomore), Sydney Folken (junior), and Kim Stodoloa (freshman) could see some varsity minutes as they continue to pick up the speed of the varsity game as the season progresses."

Murren feels success in fall sports should help the girls be successful this basketball season.

"The girls had great fall seasons in both softball and volleyball where both sports had winning records and winning seasons. We look to have that success in the fall sports transfer over into basketball. It's my belief that in order to have a successful program, we must be successful in all girls activities here and the fall we had leads us in the right direction. It should give us confidence as we head into our season. "

The girls worked really hard in the offseason, according to Murren.

"We had a great offseason, I was very impressed with how hard the girls worked. We had seven girls make our 10,000 shots made club last summer: Halee Steffensmeier, Held, Ashlynn Novotny, Paige Moore,  Kasik, McEvoy, and Reagan Settje. It shows the girls' commitment to basketball and shows they want to improve and get better when they put in individual time on their own. The most improvement that I saw this summer was from our transition offense creating opportunities for points for us. We did some summer activities such as trips to Mahoney State Park to continue to build ourselves together as a team. The girls enjoyed these activities and really had fun."

Here is Clarkson/Leigh's projected starting lineup:

We have seven girls that are currently competing for the five varsity starting spots and they've worked hard with each showing individual strengths to the team. I will list all seven who have an opportunity to be in the starting lineup that first night against Humphrey/LHF on December 2nd:

                               Year Ht. Pos Pts/Gm Reb/Gm Ast/Gm
Shelby Paprocki     12 5’8 F 6.3 5.9 1.8  (starter for 2 years)
Kaegan Held 10 5’4 G 4.7 2.9 2.3 (starter for 1 year)
Beth Wiese 10 5’8 F 2.1 2.3 0.5   (starter for 1 year)
Hannah Kasik 10 5’8 F 6.3 5.2 0.5   (starter for 1 year)
Paige Moore 10 5’8 F 1.4 1.7 0.4
Halee Steffensmeier10 5’4 G 1.2 0.7 0.4
Ashlynn Novotny 9 5’8 G

Season Outlook:

The Clarkson/Leigh Patriots have to be thinking they have a chance to be successful this year given all the hard work they put in during the offseason and the success the girls had in their respective fall sports.

Murren says his team has to be better on offense.

"We have really stressed ball handling over the summer and into the preseason so far. That was a weak area for us last season and it has been a focal point in practice. We have guards that are more comfortable working against pressure defense and that will be a key factor in us winning more games. We have to handle the basketball better and minimize our turnovers. We also have to shoot the ball better. We shot 29% last season as a team and we look for that number to hopefully be 40% or above this season. We have to knock down perimeter shots to get our inside going. We also look to use our transition game this season. Defensively we must play better the season and minimize scoring attempts. We will look to switch up between man and zone."

Clarkson/Leigh was held under 50 points in every game last year, and that has to change for the Patriots to be successful this year, in my opinion.

Murren is hoping for good things this season.

"Looking to see the growth of our team as a whole. We had a really fun summer, did some fun activities and had some great summer success. I'm hoping that translates into the season where we have a lot of fun and that fun leads into success for us into the season. We have a great group of hardworking girls that love to have fun so hopefully changing up practices will lead to a successful season. "

Murren adds the mental aspect of the game will be critical to Clarkson/Leigh's success this season.

"I'm very excited about the upcoming season and what it brings for our girls program. Our motto this season is "Contagious Positivity" and "No Complaining." We adopted these motto's because for us to have fun, which we all want, we must have the above motto's. We have got to stay positive in the tough moments in games and can not drop our heads in the rough times during the season (no complaining.) It'll be interesting to see how much growth this team can make as the season goes along because we have athleticism and ability and now it is about fine tuning and continuing to grow our basketball skills so each player has the confidence in themselves that they are and can be a great basketball player."

I think the Patriots have a chance to be a lot more competitive this year than they were last year, but the schedule is still tough.

Clarkson/Leigh has tough games against the likes of Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, Oakland-Craig, BRLD, Pender, Howells-Dodge, Yutan, North Bend Central, GACC, Tekamah-Herman, Humphrey St. Francis, Elgin Public/Pope John, Twin River, Lutheran High Northeast, Wisner-Pilger, and Stanton.

I think the Patriots will be quite a bit more competitive in all games this year, and win at least a few more games than they did a season ago.

Clarkson/Leigh has a tough path to success this year, but given all the hard work this team put in, they can certainly make some things happen this season.

The Patriots are in Sub-District D1-4 with the likes of GACC, Pender, Emerson-Hubbard, and Walthill.

Clarkson/Leigh opens up the season at Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family on Friday in a game that can be heard on 107.9 the Bull.

2016-2017 Clarkson/Leigh Patriots Girls Basketball Schedule:

12/02/16 @ Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family
12/03/16 Madison
12/06/16 @ Oakland-Craig
12/08/16 Winside
12/09/16 BRLD
12/15/16 Pender
12/17/16 Howells-Dodge
12/20/16 Yutan
12/28-12/29 (To Be Determined) Nebraska Christian Holiday Tournament Nebraska Christian
01/03/17 @ North Bend Central
01/07/17 @ Guardian Angels Central Catholic
01/10/17 @ Tekamah-Herman
01/13/17 Humphrey St. Francis
01/17/17 Elgin Public/Pope John
01/19/17 @ Twin River
01/20/17 @ Lutheran High Northeast
01/24/17 @ Wisner-Pilger
01/27-02/04 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conference Tournament TBD
02/07/17 Logan View-Scribner-Snyder
02/09/17 @ Stanton
Guardian Angels Central Catholic Boys and Girls anticipating big seasons
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Team: Guardian Angels Central Catholic

Mascot: Bluejays

Colors: Blue and White

Class: D-1

Conference: Mid-State

Head Coach: Brad Slaughter (5th season) (156-161 career record)

2015-2016 record: 16-9 (lost to Winnebago in Sub-Districts)

Returning Starters: 2

Overview:

The Guardian Angels Central Catholic Boys are looking for big things after finding a good amount of success last season.

Two starters return for 5th year Head Coach Brad Slaughter, and they are Kobe Slaughter and Andrew Guenther.

Here is Brad Slaughter's projected starting lineup:

Kobe Slaughter, 6’, 12th,G, 2 years
Andrew Guenther, 6’, 12th, part time starter.
Mitch Hass, 6’1, 12th.
Nolan Plagge, 6’, 12th
Cole Kreikemeier, 6’, 12th

GACC will have to make up for the loss of 5 contributing seniors.

Newcomers who could make an impact include Sam Ulrich, Jared Minnick, and Landon Stalp, according to Slaughter.

The Bluejays run a motion offense to go with their 2-3 zone and man-to-man defense.

Slaughter says the team should have adequate speed, and a great football season is another team strength.

He adds that height and foul trouble could be team weaknesses and/or Achilles' heels.

I think GACC has a shot to be good this year given the fact they did well last season and had an outstanding football season.

The Bluejays return a lot of players who know how to win, and given the fact GACC is now in D-1, they have to be considered a legitimate state tournament team.

Season Outlook:

GACC has to be thinking state tournament this year.

Slaughter says the team expects to win state this year. I would say that's a very good expectation and goal to have. And it can definitely happen if things come together for the Bluejays at the right time.

Slaughter adds his team should be battle tested come the postseason.

"We will be very competitive, our schedule is extremely difficult. If we can stay healthy and manage our tough schedule, it should be an advantage and very helpful during district time."

GACC has very difficult games against Columbus Scotus and Wynot in the early season, and I would say contests against David City Aquinas and Oakland-Craig are no gimmes either.

Tough contests in the second half of the season appear to be against Lutheran High Northeast, Battle Creek, Boone Central/Newman Grove, O'Neill, Hartington Cedar Catholic, Winnebago, Fremont Bergan, and Pierce.

The second half of the season is going to really test and prepare this team for the postseason, in my opinion.

There aren't a lot of games you can look at and mark as for sure W's based on last year's results.

The Bluejays are in Sub-District D1-4 with defending State Runner-Up Walthill, Pender, Clarkson/Leigh, and Emerson-Hubbard.

If GACC can get through Sub-Districts, they should have a pretty good chance to win their district final.

I think it's important for GACC to get better throughout the season. The Bluejays have to prepare themselves mentally and physically for the long grind of the season.

GACC can't get down on themselves during periods of struggle either. This team has to remain positive and realize all their goals of getting to state and winning a title are right there in front of them.

The Bluejays begin play in the Northeast Nebraska Tip-Off Classic on December 2nd.

2016-2017 Guardian Angels Central Catholic Boys Basketball Schedule:

12/02-12/03 (To Be Determined) Northeast Nebraska Tip Off Classic Lutheran High Northeast/GACC
12/06/16 Columbus Scotus
12/08/16 Wynot
12/10/16 @ Crofton
12/20/16 Oakland-Craig
12/22/16 @ Aquinas Catholic
12/29-12/30 (To Be Determined) GACC Holiday Tour West Point
01/03/17 Lutheran High Northeast
01/07/17 Clarkson/Leigh
01/13/17 @ Wayne
01/14/17 @ Boone Central/Newman Grove
01/17/17 @ Battle Creek
01/20/17 @ O'Neill
01/21/17 Hartington Cedar Catholic
01/28-02/04 (To Be Determined) Mid State Conference Tournament NECC/Norfolk Catholic
02/07/17 @ Norfolk Catholic
02/09/17 Pierce
02/11/17 @ Archbishop Bergan
02/17/17 @ Winnebago


















Team: Guardian Angels Central Catholic

Mascot: Bluejays

Colors: Blue and White

Class: D-1

Conference: Mid-State

Head Coach: Jerry Stracke (14th season) (328-44 career record)

2015-2016 record: 27-2 (lost to Crofton in State Championship)

Returning Starters: 1

Overview:

The Guardian Angels Central Catholic Girls are expecting to be good again this year despite the fact they lost a ton of talent from last year's team that made the Class C-2 State Championship game.

The Bluejays return just one starter in Lexis Haase.

Here is Jerry Stracke's projected starting lineup so far:

Lexis Haase       Jr  5’8       2 year starter
Lauren Wobken Sr 5’8
Hannah Hunke   Sr 5’5
Emily Reeson    Sr 5’8

Stracke lists all the talent lost to graduation.

"We lost a strong senior class - 6 players from last year.  Katey Brown, Kate Knobbe, Katie Steuter, Breanne Kreikemeier, Morgan Bracht, and Sara Wordekemper."

These 6 girls were no doubt the backbone and leaders of last year's team. This year's team has a lot of work to do to get back to the pinnacle, there's no doubt about it.

Stracke says Attitude, Work ethic, and players who like to play defense are strengths of this year's team.

He adds a weakness is the Bluejays don't have as much depth this year as in years past.

However, I fully expect GACC to be good and put a very competitive team on the floor.

The Bluejays figure to simply reload, and have to be considered a legit team to win it all in D-1 given the type of program they are year in and year out.

I don't know if this year's team will be as dominant as last year's team, but GACC should be really good again this year.

The success the softball and volleyball teams had in making their respective state tournaments should lead to success on the basketball court, in my opinion.

Season Outlook:

GACC figures to be in the mix for a state championship yet again this year.

Stracke says these girls have been there and done that before.

"Even though we lost a strong class we do return some players with experience. These girls know what it takes to get down to state. It will depend how much we improve and grow throughout the season."

The Bluejays aren't very deep this year.

Stracke says it's important for his team to get the most out of themselves and play to their potential.

"We don’t have a lot of depth this year so we need to stay away from injuries and will need to learn how to stay out of foul trouble. We will need to learn how to grind it out and be able to win the close games. It should be a fun season."

GACC figures to face challenges from Columbus Scotus, Wynot, Crofton, Wayne, Bishop Neumann, Pierce, and Pender.

The Bluejays may not win as many games and lose as few games as they did last season, but I still expect GACC to be good.

I also look for the Bluejays to have good showings in their Holiday and Conference Tournaments, and perhaps win both.

The road to Lincoln appears to be easy for GACC if they can get past Pender, Emerson-Hubbard, Clarkson/Leigh, and Walthill are other teams in their sub-district.

The winner of Sub-District D1-4 figures to have a pretty easy district final. I would say it's also possible for either GACC or Pender to get a wildcard into the state tournament.

Every game is big and counts, and so the Bluejays have to bring it and be on top of their game night in and night out.

If GACC can do that, they should have a good chance to win every time they take the floor.

The Bluejays open up the season on December 1st in the Northeast Nebraska Tip-Off Classic.

2016-2017 Guardian Angels Central Catholic Bluejays Girls Basketball Schedule:

12/01-12/03 (To Be Determined) Northeast Nebraska Tip-Off Classic Lutheran High NE/Guardian Angels Central Catholic, Wisner-Pilger
12/06/16 Columbus Scotus
12/08/16 Wynot
12/10/16 @ Crofton
12/17/16 @ Norfolk Catholic
12/19/16 Wayne
12/22/16 @ Aquinas Catholic
12/29-12/30 (To Be Determined) GACC Holiday Tour West Point
01/07/17 Clarkson/Leigh
01/10/17 Bishop Neumann
01/12/17 @ Winnebago
01/14/17 @ Boone Central/Newman Grove
01/17/17 @ Battle Creek
01/20/17 @ O'Neill
01/21/17 Hartington Cedar Catholic
01/28-02/04 (To Be Determined) Mid State Conference Tournament NECC/Norfolk Catholic
02/06/17 Pender
02/09/17 Pierce
Bancroft-Rosalie-Lyons-Decatur Boys and Girls with high expectations in first year of Co-op
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Team: Bancroft-Rosalie-Lyons-Decatur

Mascot: Wolverines

Colors: UCLA Blue, Black, and Gold

Class: C-2

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Cory Meyer (3rd season) (39-13 record)

Returning Starters: 5 (2 BR 3 LDNE)

Overview:

The Bancroft-Rosalie-Lyons-Decatur Boys begin their inaugural season, and return some talent from last year's teams.

Returning starters from B-R are Trent Gatewood & Aaron Ras. From Lyons-Decatur...Hunter Ferguson, Cole Christofferson, and Montana Riecken return.

Perhaps the biggest losses from last year are Alec Anderson, who graduated from Lyons-Decatur. Anderson was a 1st team All-Conference player who averaged 18 PPG,  And Mario Aldrich from Bancroft-Rosalie, who averaged 15.5 PPG.  So the team is missing both schools' leading scorers.

Here is this year's roster:

*0 Jacob Zuhlke Jr. 5-9 Guard
1 Devin Hegge Fr. 5-7 Guard
*2 Michael Snyder Jr. 6-1 Guard
*3 Kenyan Lovejoy Jr. 6-1 Post
*4 Trent Gatewood Jr. 5-11 Guard
*5 Montana Riecken Sr. 5-11 Guard
10 Ezequiel Zavala-Taylor Fr. 5-11 Post
11 Andrew Marr So. 5-10 Guard
*12 Jon Christiansen Sr. 6-1 Guard
13 Arizona Riecken Fr. Guard
*14 Jacob Whitaker Sr. 5-8 Guard
*15 Aaron Ras Sr. 6-0 Post
20 Darwin Snyder Fr. 5-7 Guard
21 Joel Rodriquez Sr. 6-2 Post
*22 Hunter Ferguson Jr. 5-10 Guard
*23 Nick Ronnfeldt So. 6-3 Post
*24 Wyatt Hennig Sr. 5-7 Guard
25 Braxton Bargmann Fr. 5-9 Guard
30 Will Gatzemeyer Fr. 5-9 Guard
31 Ryan Payton So. 5-6 Guard
32 Seth Totten So. 6-2 Post
33 Reid Preston So. 6-1 Post
34 Jaxon Johnson         Fr. 6-2 Post
35 Ramon Hawk So. 5-10 Post
45 Luke Kramer Fr. 6-0 Post
50 Braydon Anderson Fr. 6-0 Guard
*55 Cole Christofferson Sr. 6-4 Post

* Returning Letter Winners

Head Coach Cory Meyer feels there are a lot of newcomers who could contribute.

"This is kind of a difficult question to answer. As last year’s head coach from B-R I see many of the Lyons-Decatur players as newcomers who will be impact players. And I can speak for Weston Swanson, who is my assistant this year, who was Lyons-Decatur’s co-head coach last year as seeing many of the Bancroft-Rosalie players as newcomers who will be impact players. We do have a great freshman class which will have players who will contribute."

Meyer says having depth and a number of good players on the floor will help this program out in the long run.

"There’s no doubt about it. With the amount of depth we have and the amount of players (25) out, it creates more competition which in turn makes the kids work harder in practice. Last year both Bancroft-Rosalie and Lyons-Decatur couldn’t support a full varsity because of the lack of players and because of the co-op we can do that. Also, we do have depth now allowing more rest for the starters throughout the year.."

There appears to be a lot of talent on this roster, and I think the Wolverines will be able to play quite a few kids without there being much drop off, if any drop off at all.

I think BRLD has to be considered a legit team to make a run at the state tournament.

Meyer says everyone has been getting along so far.

"It helps that most of the players played football so they are familiar will each other and we also played summer ball together as well. So far I think the kids really like the co-op."

Team unity and togetherness will be key and important if the Wolverines are to make any sort of run at state, in my opinion.

Season Outlook:

BRLD figures to be in the mix for a state run again this season if the team plays up to their potential.

Meyer says he's not sure as of yet how good this team can be.

"It’s too early to tell at this point. There’s just so much to learn for the new players and for the talented incoming freshmen. I have to believe we can have a good season because the potential is there and the pieces of the puzzle are there, we just need to figure out a way to put them together."

The Wolverines appear to have some very winnable games at the start of the season, taking on the likes of Omaha Nation, Howells-Dodge, Ponca, Emerson-Hubbard, and Clarkson/Leigh.

These teams were decent a year ago, but I think BRLD is capable of beating every one of them.

Tough games for the Wolverines appear to be against Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, Stanton, West Point-Beemer, Oakland-Craig, Winnebago, and Logan View/Scribner-Snyder, in addition to certain Holiday and Conference Tournament games BRLD plays.

I think the Wolverines are capable of having a very good season. The team has to come together and work together as one, but I feel the talent and pieces are in place for BRLD to have a very fine season.

Lyons-Decatur Northeast had a very fine season last year, and Bancroft-Rosalie was in the state championship in Meyer's first year, so some of the players from both schools already know what it's like to win.

That should help BRLD throughout the long grind of the season.

The Wolverines are in Sub-District C2-4 with the likes of Ponca, Homer, Omaha Nation, and Wakefield.

BRLD could potentially face Fremont Bergan, Yutan, or possibly Oakland-Craig in a district final so whoever comes out of Sub-District C2-3 would no doubt be a very deserving and worthy opponent for the Wolverines, should BRLD reach a district final.

I look for this season to be a fun, action packed, and entertaining year for the players, coaches, and fans.

I think it's going to be a really good season for BRLD Boys Basketball.

BRLD opens the year up at Omaha Nation on December 1st.

2016-2017 Bancroft-Rosalie-Lyons-Decatur Wolverines Boys Basketball Schedule:

12/01/16 @ Omaha Nation
12/03/16 Homer
12/06/16 Emerson-Hubbard
12/09/16 @ Clarkson/Leigh
12/16/16 @ Howells-Dodge
12/22/16 Ponca
12/29-12/30 (To Be Determined) GACC Holiday Tour West Point
01/03/17 Cedar Bluffs
01/06/17 @ Tekamah-Herman
01/07/17 @ West Point-Beemer
01/13/17 @ Oakland-Craig
01/14/17 Mead
01/17/17 @ Wakefield
01/20/17 @ Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family
01/21/17 Stanton
01/24/17 @ Winnebago
01/28-02/04 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conference Tournament TBD
02/07/17 @ Wisner-Pilger
02/10/17 Logan View-Scribner-Snyder
02/17/17 Pender



















Team: Bancroft-Rosalie-Lyons-Decatur

Mascot: Wolverines

Colors: UCLA Blue, Black, and Gold

Class: C-2

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Rod Peters (5th season)

Returning Starters: 5 (3 BR 2 LDNE)

Overview:

The Bancroft-Rosalie-Lyons-Decatur Girls are hoping to be good this season after Lyons-Decatur Northeast made state last season and Bancroft-Rosalie was competitive at times during the 2015-2016 season.

Here is Rod Peters' possible starting lineup:

Lexie Bacon  5’5”  SR 2 Guard
Kelly Wakeley  5’8”  SR 2 Guard
Vicki Gatzemeyer 5’5” JR 2 Guard
Paige Peters 5’6” SO  Guard
Tiahna Bonneau 5’6” JR Forward
Tess Nottlemann 5’11” SR Forward

Bacon, Wakeley, Gatzemeyer, Bonneau, and Nottleman are returning starters.

Peters feels there are a number of newcomers who could make an impact, and they are as follows:

Kelcee Bacon  5’3 JR  Guard
Brandi Simonsen 5’2 SO Guard
Mariah Petersen 5’6’ JR Forward
Sophia Henneman 5’7” JR Guard
Justice Johnson 5’10 SR Forward

Peters feels this team can be very good this season.

"I am really excited about this year. I believe we have the chance to be very successful with who we have returning and with the help of some of the newcomers."

Peters adds the players have been getting along well so far.

"We did some team building this summer and so far things have gone very well. I look for that to continue and even improve."

Sometimes it's difficult for two old rivals to come together and play as one, but it appears BRLD is primed and ready to do good things in 2016-2017.

This team appears to have quite a few scorers and talented players so it will be important for everyone to be all in on the team concept, and pass the ball to one another, in my opinion.

I think teams will have a difficult time guarding these girls. I feel there are a lot of players who are capable of putting up big numbers scoring wise throughout the season.

I think this team's defense also has a chance to be really good this year. Both Bancroft-Rosalie and Lyons-Decatur Northeast were solid defensive teams last year.

Season Outlook:

The talent appears to be there for BRLD to be a factor this season.

Peters says the team has to buy into what they are being taught and asked to do.

"Girls accepting their role on this year’s team is going to be one of the keys to our success. That role for them might be different than it was last year. We are going to need girls that are not selfish. We have some girls that are very capable of shooting the ball so it will be very important that we find those girls on the floor. Another key to our success will be the attitude the girls have in practice."

I think it's important for the Wolverines to grow and improve everyday at practice. Consistent improvement throughout the season is going to be very important for this team, in my opinion.

Peters says running on offense and boxing out on defense will also be important.

"Some of the keys to our success will be our ability to push the ball up the court and rebounding. We do not have a lot of height so it will be very important that we have a team effort when it comes down to rebounding."

If memory serves me correct, last year's Lyons-Decatur Northeast team didn't have much height or depth, yet they found a way to make state so I think the Wolverines have a chance to be good this year.

BRLD has some difficult games in the early season, taking on the likes of Pender, Howells-Dodge, and Ponca. Emerson-Hubbard might also be good this year too.

There are a lot of winnable games in the early season too though so I think the Wolverines have a chance to give themselves some nice momentum heading into the Holiday Break.

After the break, BRLD has some tough games against Tekamah-Herman, Cedar Bluffs, West Point-Beemer, Oakland-Craig, Stanton, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, and Wisner-Pilger.

I feel there are quite a few challenging games on the schedule for the Wolverines this year, but I think BRLD is capable of rising up to these challenges and beating a good number of these teams.

I look for the Wolverines to win their fair share of games this season, and be in the mix to make a run come the postseason.

I also think BRLD can be a factor in their Holiday and Conference Tournaments.

The Wolverines are in Sub-District C2-4 with the likes of Ponca, Wakefield, Homer, and Omaha Nation.

I think the Indians are going to be a very good team this year, and it wouldn't surprise me to see the Sub-District come down to them and BRLD.

It should be a good season for the Wolverines.

BRLD opens the year up at Omaha Nation on December 1st.

2016-2017 Bancroft-Rosalie-Lyons-Decatur Wolverines Girls Basketball Schedule:

12/01/16 @ Omaha Nation
12/03/16 Homer
12/06/16 Emerson-Hubbard
12/09/16 @ Clarkson/Leigh
12/16/16 @ Howells-Dodge
12/20/16 Pender
12/22/16 Ponca
12/29-12/30 (To Be Determined) GACC Holiday Tour West Point
01/03/17 Cedar Bluffs
01/06/17 @ Tekamah-Herman
01/07/17 @ West Point-Beemer
01/13/17 @ Oakland-Craig
01/14/17 Mead
01/17/17 @ Wakefield
01/20/17 @ Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family
01/21/17 Stanton
01/24/17 @ Winnebago
01/27-02/04 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conference Tournament TBD
02/07/17 @ Wisner-Pilger
02/10/17 Logan View-Scribner-Snyder
Oakland-Craig Boys and Girls with high hopes in 2016-2017
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Team: Oakland-Craig

Mascot: Knights

Colors: Orange and White

Class: C-2

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Aaron Meyer (152-140 career record)

2015-2016 record: 9-14 (lost to GACC in Sub Districts)

Returning Starters: 4

Overview:

The Oakland-Craig Boys look to be solid once again this season as they return four starters from last year's 9-14 team that put up a lot of points on the board.

Four starters return for Head Coach Aaron Meyer, and they are Carter Thiele (6’2 Sr guard 2 year starter), Garrett Seagren (6’2 Jr guard 2 year starter), Evan Reinert (6’2 Jr forward 1 year starter), and Zach Ahrens (6’2 Sr forward 2 year limited starter).

The 5th starter will be Kobe Benne (5’8 Jr guard transfer from GACC).

The good news for Oakland-Craig is they will have a veteran and experienced starting lineup.

These kids were juniors and sophomores last year, and now they are Seniors and Juniors. I look for that to make a big difference in the Knights' season this year.

Meyer says big losses are Cody Mace and Cole Mitchell - both 2-3 year starters.

So Oakland-Craig will have to make up for the loss of them.

Meyer says Benne is a newcomer who could make a big impact.

I agree with that completely.

Meyer says the team's offseason went OK.

"The offseason was very up and down. We played very well at the start of the summer. At the same time, we showed we still have some work to do."

There's a lot this team can get better at I'm sure.

Meyer says rebounding and team unity are two things that need to get better for the Knights to be good this year.

"We need 3 things to happen. We need to gel as a team. Make sacrifices for one another and feed off each other's success. The other thing is we need to toughen up defensively. We also need to be able to rebound the ball on both ends of the court."

I would say defense is the biggest key to Oakland-Craig's season. The Knights gave up over 50 points in 19 of their 23 games last season. That has to change if Oakland-Craig wants to win more games this season, and it can.

Season Outlook:

Oakland-Craig hopes to be a strong offensive and defensive team this year without a doubt.

Meyer says outside shooting shouldn't be an issue.

"We have quite a bit of potential on both ends of the floor. We have as much outside shooting ability as I’ve ever had as a coach."

That's good news for the Knights. Hopefully Oakland-Craig doesn't live and die by the three though. I would say working for good shots, getting easy lay ups, and getting to the free throw line are equally as important as shooting the ball well from the outside.

Meyer says he's excited about his team.

"Carter and Garrett should be 2 of the best combo guards in the area. It will also be fun to see how Kobe fits into the picture. We’d love to see Zach stay healthy and be able to play up to his potential his senior year."

Meyer adds avoiding the injury bug is also important.

"This team has the potential to be very good. We have to mesh, stay healthy, and play tough D."

The Knights figure to be challenged before Christmas with games against Logan View/Scribner-Snyder, Boys Town, Howells-Dodge, GACC, and Wisner-Pilger all before the break hits.

The schedule is also tough after Christmas with games against Stanton, Winnebago, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, BRLD, North Bend Central, Mead, Fremont Bergan, and West Point-Beemer.

There doesn't appear to be many "gimme" games on the schedule this year so Oakland-Craig will need to find a way to bring it night in and night out to have success.

I think the Knights have a reason to feel optimistic though. I feel Oakland-Craig can win some games they didn't last year if they improve on the defensive end of the floor.

Oakland-Craig is in Sub-District C2-3 with the likes of Fremont Bergan, Yutan, and Omaha Brownell Talbot.

The Knights open up the season at Logan View/Scribner-Snyder on December 1st. in a game that will be aired on 107.9 the Bull.

2016-2017 Oakland-Craig Knights Boys Basketball Schedule:

12/01/16 @ Logan View-Scribner-Snyder
12/03/16 @ Boys Town
12/06/16 Clarkson/Leigh
12/09/16 @ Pender
12/10/16 @ Howells-Dodge
12/15/16 Wisner-Pilger
12/17/16 Madison
12/20/16 @ Guardian Angels Central Catholic
12/22/16 Omaha Nation
12/29-12/30 (To Be Determined)Malcolm Holiday Tournament Malcolm
01/06/17 @ Stanton
01/07/17 @ Winnebago
01/10/17 @ Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family
01/13/17 BRLD
01/17/17 @ Tekamah-Herman
01/20/17 @ North Bend Central
01/24/17 Mead
01/28-02/04 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conference Tournament TBD
02/07/17 Archbishop Bergan
02/10/17 @ West Point-Beemer





















Team: Oakland-Craig

Mascot: Knights

Colors: Orange and White

Class: C-2

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Joe Anderson (4th season) (43-32 record)

2015-2016 record: 19-7 (lost to Hastings St. Cecilia in first round of State)

Returning Starters: 1

Overview:

The Oakland-Craig Girls hope to be good again this year after reaching state for the first time in school history a season ago.

1 starter returns for 4th year Head Coach Joe Anderson, and that is Dacey Nelson (5’7, So 2nd )(1st team All-Conference/2nd Team All-State). She is a dandy of a player I would say.

Shannon Pille (5’5, SR  2nd) (started as a sophomore), Melanie Snader (5’4, SR 2nd)  (started as a sophomore), Grace Maline  (5’6 , SR  1st ), and Emmy Bousquet  (5’5  SR  1st) will round out the starting five for the Knights.

Newcomers who Anderson feels could make an impact include Grace Pille (5’5, So. Guard), Natalia McNeill (5’6, So. Guard), and Kennedy Benne (5’6, FR Guard).

The Knights graduated a number of good players from last year though in Brynn Charling (all-conference 1st team), Baily Charling , Emma Reinert, and Olivia Bures so the returning players and newcomers will have to help make up for their loss.

Anderson says this year's team will look to run and play strong defense.

"Defensively we played man every possession last year. Defense is something that we take pride in. Offensively we want to get up and down the floor this year. We have good team speed and hope to create some points running the floor. "

Oakland-Craig will be quick and athletic, but when it comes to height, the Knights don't have any.

Anderson says his squad will have to work that much harder on defense to overcome that.

"We lack size, no player taller than 5-7. We will have to box out well, and learn to play great team defense to make up for it."

The Knights should be able to give other teams' guards fits from an offensive and defensive standpoint.

Anderson says he's got a few girls who can really play.

"Our guard play should be solid. Dacey is one of the best players in C-2. Shannon Pille will be a solid scorer and Melanie Snader is a very good shooter from the outside."

I look for outside shooting and perimeter defense to be strengths for Oakland-Craig this season. However, teams with size could pose the Knights some problems.

I think staying out of foul trouble will be key for Oakland-Craig. The Knights' star players can't afford to have to sit the bench due to foul trouble.

Oakland-Craig is going to need their best players and big guns in there at all times to have success similar to last year, in my opinion.

Season Outlook:

The Knights figure to be a small, but very feisty, fast, and athletic team this season.

Anderson says his team will need to be efficient on both ends of the floor.

"We are going to have to be very good on the defensive end. We don’t have much height, so will rely a lot on our pressure and quickness. We will also have to become great shooters as we lack the inside presence this year."

I think being consistent shooting the ball will be really important for Oakland-Craig this season.

Anderson says he expects his players to compete and get better throughout the season.

"We have some good athletes that will be on the floor, so that should give us a good chance to be competitive each night. Our goal is to improve each week, so we are playing our best basketball at tournament time."

The Knights have difficult games against the likes of Pender, Howells-Dodge, Wisner-Pilger, Stanton, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, BRLD, Tekamah-Herman, North Bend Central, Mead, and West Point-Beemer.

I look for Oakland-Craig to do well early, and then it will be interesting to see what happens once the 2017 portion of the schedule hits.

I think the Knights will win their fair share of games throughout the season, but we will find out a lot about this team come January and February I think.

Oakland-Craig doesn't have an easy Sub-District as they are in Sub-District C2-3 with Yutan, Fremont Bergan, and Omaha Brownell Talbot.

The Knights weren't in an easy Sub-District last year either though, and did enough in the regular season to make state via wildcard, so perhaps Oakland-Craig can do that again this year, if not win the Sub-District.

The Knights open up the season at Logan View/Scribner-Snyder on December 1st in a game that will be aired on 107.9 the Bull.

2016-2017 Oakland-Craig Knights Girls Basketball Schedule:

12/01/16 @ Logan View-Scribner-Snyder
12/03/16 @ Boys Town
12/06/16 Clarkson/Leigh
12/09/16 @ Pender
12/10/16 @ Howells-Dodge
12/15/16 Wisner-Pilger
12/17/16 Madison
12/22/16 Omaha Nation
12/29-12/30 (To Be Determined) Malcolm Holiday Tournament Malcolm Public Schools
01/06/17 @ Stanton
01/07/17 @ Winnebago
01/10/17 @ Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family
01/13/17 BRLD
01/17/17 @ Tekamah-Herman
01/20/17 @ North Bend Central
01/24/17 Mead
01/27-02/04 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conference Tournament TBD
02/07/17 Archbishop Bergan
02/10/17 @ West Point-Beemer
North Bend Central Boys and Girls eyeing success in 2016-2017
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Team: North Bend Central

Mascot: Tigers

Colors: Orange and Black

Class: C-1

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Jon Baehr (4th season) (64-133 career record)

2015-2016 record: 22-3 (lost to Adams Central in the first round of state)

Returning Starters: 3

Overview:

The North Bend Central Boys look to reload this year after running the table and making state a season ago.

4th year Head Coach Jon Baehr returns three starters in Tanner Wietfeld, Matt Ortmeier, and Jake Wietfeld.

Here is the complete projected starting lineup for the Tigers this season:

John Emanuel – 6’1 Sophomore Point Guard:  This will be his first year starting.

Tanner Wietfeld – 6’2 Sophomore Guard:  This will be his second year starting.

Matt Ortmeier – 6’3 Senior Guard:  This will be his fourth year as a starter.

Jake Wietfeld – 6’4 Senior Guard:  This will be his third year starting.

James Seymour – 6’6 Junior Post:  This will be his first year starting.

Height and size appear to be strengths for North Bend Central.

Baehr says there are still some holes to fill though due to last year's departing seniors.

"We lost 5 seniors who were all great parts of our team. We lost two point guards who were great defenders and great leaders in Dylan Emanuel and Nathan Boyce. We lost a 6’7 post in Hunter Oerman and then two guards who were three point threats for us in Jake Cleveringa and Gatlin Sindelar."

Baehr believes there are a couple of newcomers who will make an impact.

"I believe John Emanuel will do a great job of running the show for us this season as our point guard. Austin Endorf will be a freshmen that should be able to help us in come role this season as he is a nice shooter who has good overall ball skills and will fill with this group. We have a few others who I think could step up into a role as the year goes on."

Baehr adds that leadership and toughness are team strengths.

"I think from the physical standpoint our strengths will be our overall team length and athleticism. I also think this team is pretty mentally tough and will grind through the tough games with poise. I think maybe beyond anything else the current group of seniors have established what is expectable and what isn’t. Last I think this team by in large really just enjoys playing the game of basketball together."

Baehr says the team isn't without a couple of weaknesses though.

"I think our weaknesses would be our depth isn’t as experienced as I would like it to be. We will work on that and make it come together but that would be an area. The other is our outside shooting at times. We are going to be much improved I feel in that area, but it is still an area for us to work and grow."

I think the Tigers will have the ability to outmuscle, outhustle, and wear teams down.

Baehr says his team will look to run offensively and press and be multiple on defense.

"On offense we will to run a fairly up tempo fast paced style of offense. We will look to run hard in transition. In the half court setting we will look to run a motion style of offense that spreads the floor and allows us to drive and finish at the rim or allow for some inside out kicks for threes. We don’t run to many set plays. On defense we will look to press teams with various looks of presses and movements to put pressure on teams to make choices. In the half court we will be a man team by in large with a mix of some zone here and there."

I think North Bend Central has a chance to be as good as they were last year. This is an experienced team that knows and has seen what it takes to win, and that should help the Tigers in the tough, close games that they were able to win a year ago.

The difference this year, in my opinion, is North Bend Central won't be able to surprise any teams as teams will no doubt be gunning for the Tigers, but North Bend Central should still be able to win quite a few games this season.

Season Outlook:

North Bend Central would no doubt love to make it back-to-back trips to Lincoln.

Baehr says the biggest thing is getting better everyday.

"Our expectations are to simply go out and improve as individuals daily and by doing so improve as much as possible as a team. If we can go out and compete as hard as possible and do what we need to do to improve as a group then we should have a year people can talk about."

The Tigers won quite a few close games in 2015-2016, winning 6 games by 5 points or less.

But Baehr says the team isn't necessarily looking to copy last year's team.

"To make a run like last year won’t really be something we focus on as this year is a new group with a new mix of characters and a new set of things to work on. So overall we will just work like crazy to be the best we can and if we do that the rest will take care of itself."

With that said, Baehr says this season has a chance to be special.

"I feel this team has the ability to have a great year and a chance to make a lot of great memories and it is up to us to come out and work each day to improve and do things the correct way to get to that point. I am very excited to work with the group of kids I have and work toward achieving at a high level."

North Bend Central has some tough games right off the bat against Twin River, Stanton, and West Point-Beemer.

Other difficult contests throughout the year figure to be against Logan View/Scribner-Snyder, Fremont Bergan, Columbus Scotus, Oakland-Craig, Howells-Dodge, and Fort Calhoun.

The schedule appears to be slightly tougher for the Tigers this season, but North Bend Central should still have a fine season and win their fair share of games.

I fully expect the Tigers to be a factor in the Conference Tournament and Postseason again.

North Bend Central is in Sub-District C1-5 with the likes of Columbus Scotus, Columbus Lakeview, David City, and David City Aquinas.

A wildcard is certainly possible for the Tigers again this year, but Winnebago or Columbus Scotus could also get one if both of those teams were to meet in a district final. Logan View/Scribner-Snyder could also be in the mix for a wildcard if they don't win their sub-district (same sub-district as Winnebago).

To me that means it will be important for North Bend Central to run the table again should they need a wildcard to get into the state tournament.

The Tigers open up the season at home on December 1st against Twin River.

2016-2017 North Bend Central Tigers Boys Basketball Schedule:

12/01/16 Twin River
12/03/16 @ David City
12/08/16 West Point-Beemer
12/13/16 @ Stanton
12/16/16 @ Pender
12/17/16 Schuyler
12/22/16 @ Raymond Central
12/29-12/30 (To Be Determined) North Bend Holiday Tournament North Bend Central
01/03/17 Clarkson/Leigh
01/06/17 @ Logan View-Scribner-Snyder
01/10/17 Arlington
01/14/17 @ Archbishop Bergan
01/17/17 Columbus Scotus
01/20/17 Oakland-Craig
01/24/17 @ Madison
01/26/17 Wisner-Pilger
01/28-02/04 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conference Tournament TBD
02/09/17 Howells-Dodge
02/10/17 @ Tekamah-Herman
02/17/17 @ Fort Calhoun


















Team: North Bend Central

Mascot: Tigers

Colors: Orange and Black

Class: C-1

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Aaron Sterup (15th season) (237-78 career record)

2015-2016 record: 17-6 (lost to Columbus Scotus in Sub-District Final)

Returning Starters: 3

Overview:

The North Bend Central Girls look to be successful again in 2016-2017 after winning 17 games in 2015-2016.

Head Coach Aaron Sterup returns three starters in Alexandria Humlicek (5’8, 12th, Wing, 2-year starter), Brooke Fredrickson (5’11, 11th, Post, 2-year starter), and Kristin Lux (6’1, 11th, Wing, 2-year starter).

The 4th starter will be Kaitlynn Bjorklund (5’6, 11th, PG) with the 5th spot up for grabs.

The Tigers return pretty much everybody from a season ago with the only senior who played significant minutes last year being Sabrina Adams.

There are a number of newcomers who could make an impact, according to Sterup, and they are Sophie Kluthe (5’11, 12th, Post), Hailey Bang (5’6, 11th, Wing), Megan Ortmeier (5’7, 9th, PG), and
Lauren Emanuel (6’1, 9th, Post).

North Bend Central should be even better this year than they were last year given who all they return and who comes in as freshmen.

The Tigers should be solid in the post game as well given all the height they have.

Sterup says this team has to score and take care of the ball to get where they want.

"We need to figure out how to score points consistently and turn the ball over less."

The Tigers certainly figured things out during the Volleyball season, making state in that sport.

Sterup says that only helps.

"Success is never a bad thing. It will hopefully give them a taste of what success looks like and can be something to build off of."

I think North Bend Central is capable of having a good season. The Tigers must find ways to score the ball though.

Making easy layups, getting to and converting at the free throw line, working for good shots, and making good, aggressive, and smart passes are all keys to success on the offensive end of the floor, in my opinion.

Season Outlook:

The North Bend Central Girls were really close to making another district final last year, but came up a couple of points short.

Sterup says his team is capable of competing against anyone on the schedule.

"We hope to be competitive with all of the teams on our schedule. If we improve and play well, we will be in any game we play."

The Tigers have some tough games early on against Twin River, West Point-Beemer, Stanton, and Pender.

Other challenging games appear to be against Columbus Scotus, Oakland-Craig, Wisner-Pilger, Howells-Dodge, and Tekamah-Herman.

Sterup feels his squad can hang with any of these teams.

"If we improve and play hard, we will be able to compete with anyone we might play this year."

I completely agree with Sterup. I think North Bend Central will be in the majority of if not all of their games this year.

The Tigers' biggest defeats last year were two games by 12 points each so North Bend Central certainly knows and understands what it takes to compete on a nightly basis.

The Tigers are in Sub-District C1-5 with the likes of Columbus Lakeview, Columbus Scotus, David City Aquinas, and David City.

I think Scotus will be good, but I feel North Bend Central is primed and ready to advance to a district final this time around, and perhaps make state.

That's a long ways off yet, but the Tigers should put themselves in a good position to have success in the postseason if they have a good regular season.

I feel the sky is the limit with this team. I think North Bend Central is capable of accomplishing big things this season.

The Tigers open up the season at home on December 1st against Twin River.

2016-2017 North Bend Central Tigers Girls Basketball Schedule:

12/01/16 Twin River
12/03/16 @ David City
12/06/16 @ Schuyler
12/08/16 West Point-Beemer
12/13/16 @ Stanton
12/16/16 @ Pender
12/22/16 @ Raymond Central
12/29-12/30 (To Be Determined) North Bend Invite North Bend
01/03/17 Clarkson/Leigh
01/06/17 @ Logan View-Scribner-Snyder
01/10/17 Arlington
01/14/17 @ Archbishop Bergan
01/17/17 Columbus Scotus
01/20/17 Oakland-Craig
01/24/17 @ Madison
01/26/17 Wisner-Pilger
01/27-02/04 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conference Tournament TBD
02/09/17 Howells-Dodge
02/10/17 @ Tekamah-Herman
Emerson-Hubbard Boys and Girls looking for strong seasons
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Team: Emerson-Hubbard

Mascot: Pirates

Colors: Purple, Gold, and White

Class: D-1

Conference: Lewis and Clark

Head Coach: Alan Gottula (1st season)

2015-2016 record: 8-14 (lost to Walthill in Sub-Districts)

Returning Starters: N/A

Overview:

The Emerson-Hubbard Pirates are under new leadership as veteran coach Alan Gottula takes over for Jeff Korus. Gottula was an assistant at the school last year, and has 37 years experience coaching high school athletics.

Here are three of the five projected starters:

Taylor Donner 5'9 Sr.
Joshua Sebade 5'11 Jr.
Jacob Kneifl 6'1 So.

Emerson-Hubbard will have to make up for the losses of Tyler Haberman, Tyler Emmons, and Austin Ostrand, who are key losses lost to graduation, according to Gottula.

Gottula says his team also has to find some depth.

"Although we bring back both leadership and experience, we will have to find two starters and begin building some depth. We are encouraged by our young talent and expect dramatic improvement as the season progresses."

Gottula adds the team will be multiple on offense and defense.

"We will run multiple offensive and defensive systems in an effort to put our athletes in a position to succeed."

I'm excited to see how good this Emerson-Hubbard team can be this year. I feel the Pirates are fortunate to have Gottula as their coach, and I think he can lead Emerson-Hubbard to big things this season.

Gottula says leadership and work ethic are team strengths while inexperience in a team weakness.

The biggest thing for the Pirates this season is to keep things positive, in my opinion.

Emerson-Hubbard has to come to practice everyday willing to learn and grow as a team.

I see the Pirates doing that, and having a respectable season.

Season Outlook:

Emerson-Hubbard hopes to be good in Gottula's first season.

Gottula says the Pirates have to control what they can control.

"Our focus is on playing with great effort, energy and enthusiasm, focusing on fundamentals, and teaching technique. We expect our athletes to play hard, get better and play together."

I think you will see that as the season progresses. I think Emerson-Hubbard is a team that will get better as the season goes along.

Gottula says his team is looking for better results this year over last.

"Our team played hard last season and has demonstrated the same competitive spirit in our pre-season practices. As we become more fundamentally sound and execute with precision, we expect dramatic improvement as the season progresses."

Gottula adds expectations are high.

"We expect to compete hard against a demanding schedule."

A schedule that includes the likes of Lutheran High Northeast, BRLD, Laurel Concord-Coleridge, Hartington-Newcastle, Ponca, Winnebago, Wynot, Randolph, Walthill, and Stanton.

There are some very challenging games on the schedule for Emerson-Hubbard this season.

To be the best you have to beat the best though, and I think the Pirates have a shot to turn a few heads this season.

Emerson-Hubbard has to work hard for good shots on offense, get to the free throw line, contest shots, box out, and rebound if they want to be successful, in my opinion.

The Pirates are in Sub-District D1-4 with the likes of Guardian Angels Central Catholic, Walthill, Pender, and Clarkson/Leigh.

Emerson-Hubbard opens up the season on December 2nd in the Northeast Nebraska Tip-Off Classic against Lutheran High Northeast in Norfolk.

2016 2017 Emerson-Hubbard Pirates Boys Basketball Schedule:

12/02-12/03 (To Be Determined) Northeast Nebraska Tip Off Classic Lutheran High Northeast/GACC
12/06/16 @ BRLD
12/09/16 @ Laurel-Concord-Coleridge
12/12/16 Hartington-Newcastle
12/16/16 @ Ponca
12/17/16 @ Winside
12/29-12/30 (To Be Determined) Madison Holiday Tournament Madison
01/05-01/07 (To Be Determined) Bob Clough Post Holiday Tournament Homer
01/10/17 Winnebago
01/14/17 Wynot
01/17/17 @ Homer
01/20/17 Wakefield
01/24/17 @ Pender
01/26/17 @ Allen
01/27-02/06 (To Be Determined) Lewis and Clark Conference Tournament TBA
02/07/17 @ Randolph
02/10/17 Walthill
02/17/17 Stanton





















Team: Emerson-Hubbard

Mascot: Pirates

Colors: Purple, Gold, and White

Class: D-1

Conference: Lewis and Clark

Head Coach: Troy Haberman (3rd season) (85-52 record)

2015-2016 record: 28-1 (beat Howells-Dodge to win D-1 State Championship)

Returning Starters: None

Overview:

The Emerson-Hubbard Pirates are hoping to continue the success they had last year when they won it all.

No starters return for 3rd year Head Coach Troy Haberman though as Emerson-Hubbard graduated quite a bit of talent in Abby Drieling, Payton Blanke, Morgan Hansen, Ashley Bokemper, Kylie Belt, and Shelby Utech.

Here is Haberman's projected starting five for this year.

Skyler Miller   5’9” Senior New Starter
Caleigh Mackling   5’6” Senior New Starter
Emma Haberman   5’7         Junior New Starter
Melanie Gentrup   5’8         Sophomore New Starter

Courtney Bokemper 5’6” Sophomore New Starter

Haberman says there's a newcomer he expects to have an impact on defense.

"We have one Freshmen in Addison Mackling, who is very quick and a good defender. I expect her to do well in our press schemes."

Haberman adds his team will press and be multiple on offense.

"Pressing defense, with many open offensive sets, we lack a true post player this year so most of the girls are interchangeable."

Speed and scoring are team strengths, according to Haberman.

"Quickness and any of the 5 starters have the ability to score, not one or two people doing most of the scoring, it should be more spread out this year."

Haberman adds getting the ball up the floor could be a challenge.

"Ballhandling needs to be better and Coach Whitsel and I will be watching to see who can step up and make a difference, after most of these girls have been watching from the bench for quite some time."

I look for a lot of teams to press Emerson-Hubbard this year, and try and force the Pirates into committing turnovers and making mistakes.

I think it will be very critical for Emerson-Hubbard to handle the different presses and junk defenses that figure to be thrown their way.

I think that could be critical to the Pirates' success.

Haberman says scoring and staying out of foul trouble are also key.

"Depth and Foul trouble will be two things we will have to overcome to be successful. Also we need to be confident in our outside shots. "

Season Outlook:

Emerson-Hubbard still hopes to be good despite losing all the talent they did off of last year's state championship team.

Haberman says the Pirates will give it their all this season.

"Our team will play hard and compete every night, I don’t know how many wins that translates into but we will defend our state title, the conference title, and the district title to the best of our ability."

Emerson-Hubbard's schedule won't be a cakewalk by any means, but I feel the Pirates have a chance to do some good things this year despite who they all lost.

Emerson-Hubbard takes on difficult foes in BRLD, Hartington-Newcastle, Ponca, Winnebago, Wynot, Pender and Randolph, just to name a few.

Haberman says the Pirates have their work cut out for them.

"Conference wise I think Wynot and Ponca will be the teams to beat, followed by the other 15 teams who will be fairly equal. Pender, Clarkson-Leigh, and GACC are in our sub-district which will be extremely difficult, so we have to improve as the season goes along to make it out of that jungle."

Walthill is the other team in Emerson-Hubbard's Sub-District, which is D1-4 at Wisner-Pilger.

I think it will be important for Emerson-Hubbard to get better as the season progresses. I feel the Pirates are capable of improving from December to February or March, but the girls have to be dedicated to working hard in practice and in games.

I don't know if the wins will come the way they did last year, but I still expect Emerson-Hubbard to win their fair share of games.

A lot these girls sat on the bench last year and saw what it takes to be successful while the other girls were probably there to witness last year's state title run in some fashion.

The Pirates know what they need to do and what it's going to take to be successful this year so it will be interesting to see if Emerson-Hubbard can make it happen again this year.

The Pirates begin the season on December 1st in the Northeast Nebraska Tip-off Classic.

2016-2017 Emerson-Hubbard Pirates Girls Basketball Schedule:

12/01-12/03 (To Be Determined) Northeast Nebraska Tip-off Classic Lutheran High NE/Guardian Angels Central Catholic, Wisner-Pilger
12/06/16 @ BRLD
12/09/16 @ Laurel-Concord-Coleridge
12/12/16 Hartington-Newcastle
12/16/16 @ Ponca C2
12/17/16 @ Winside D2
12/29-12/30 (To Be Determined) Madison Holiday Tournament Madison
01/05-01/07 (To Be Determined) Bob Clough Post Holiday Homer
01/10/17 Winnebago
01/14/17 Wynot
01/17/17 @ Homer
01/20/17 Wakefield
01/24/17 @ Pender
01/26/17 @ Allen
01/27-02/06 (To Be Determined) Lewis and Clark Conference Tournament TBA
02/07/17 @ Randolph
02/10/17 Walthill
West Point-Beemer Boys and Girls looking for big things in 2016-2017
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Team: West Point-Beemer

Mascot: Cadets

Colors: Red, Black, and White

Class: C-1

Conference:  East Husker

Head Coach: Cody Bobolz (2nd season)

2015-2016 record: 9-16 (lost to Fort Calhoun in Sub-Districts)

Returning Starters: 2

Overview:

The West Point-Beemer Boys are hoping to be good this season under 2nd year Head Coach Cody Bobolz.

The Cadets went 9-16 last year, and were relatively young.

West Point-Beemer returns two starters in the Streeter boys in Austin and Chase Streeter,

Here is the Cadets' projected starting lineup:

Ben Vander Griend- 5’10’ So. PG
Cole Hughes- 5’10” Jr. G
Blake Anderson- 6’4” So. G/F
Austin Streeter- 6’3” Jr. F
Chase Streeter- 6’4” Jr. F

Newcomers who could make an impact for West Point-Beemer include Tate Ernesti (6’4” Jr. G/F),
Hunter Pilakowski (5’9”- Jr. G), and Gavin Case (5’11”- Jr. G).

The Cadets will have to make up for the losses of Tate Toelle and Blake Schroedter,

Bobolz feels the experience the players gained last year will help them quite a bit this season.

"Many of these guys gained valuable experience a year ago as they were pressed into playing early. This team has great potential. It is a group that has continued to push themselves in the off-season and they are on the same page as far as what we want to accomplish. I think you are going to see much improvement over a year ago. "

I feel West Point-Beemer will be more successful this year than they were last year as well.

Bobolz says this team got better in the offseason.

"We had a good summer of work. Boys put a lot of work in individually and we saw strides made as a team through the various camps we played in and in our summer league. "

The Cadets are still young so imagine how good they are going to be in two years.

I could see a lack of senior leadership perhaps being an issue with this team, but I think the underclassmen will do fine and step up in that role.

I think West Point-Beemer has a chance to be much improved this year over last year.

Season Outlook:

West Point-Beemer is hoping to find a lot of success this year.

Bobolz discusses the keys to having a good season.

"One of our keys will be to find some depth. Need a couple guys off the bench to contribute. We also need to find consistency offensively be very opportunistic. Have to stop people and make every team work for every basket they get. Limit turnovers and value every possession."

One thing you can bet is the Cadets will work hard this season.

Bobolz says that is one thing he is looking forward to with this team.

"Looking forward to working with this group of kids every day. They create a great practice atmosphere and are focused on improving every day. Also looking forward to seeing this group grow and improve and seeing what they can accomplish."

West Point-Beemer has a challenging schedule this year so the Cadets are really going to need to play to their potential if they hope to be successful this season.

West Point-Beemer has what would appear to be difficult games against Omaha Roncalli, Stanton, North Bend Central, Fort Calhoun, Battle Creek, Logan View/Scribner-Snyder, Twin River, BRLD, Pierce, and Fremont Bergan, just to name some.

The Cadets have some difficult games this season, but I think West Point-Beemer can win some of the bigger games on the schedule, and has a good chance to take care of business against all the other teams they play in the regular season.

I feel the Cadets have a shot to get off to a faster start this season than last.

I also think West Point-Beemer can be competitive in the Wayne Holiday Tournament again, and can compete in the Conference Tournament.

Bobolz says his team has to learn how to win for these things to happen.

"In order for us to be a factor we have to find offensive consistency and develop an attitude of putting teams away when we have the opportunity. Take care of the little things on a consistent basis."

The Cadets are in Sub-District C1-7 with Madison, Norfolk Catholic, Pierce, and Wayne.

West Point-Beemer's season begins on December 1st at Arlington.

2016-2017 West Point-Beemer Cadets Boys Basketball Schedule:

12/01/16 @ Arlington
12/03/16 Omaha Roncalli Catholic
12/06/16 @ Stanton
12/08/16 @ North Bend Central
12/13/16 Howells-Dodge
12/28-12/30 (To Be Determined) Wayne Holiday Tournament Wayne State College/Wayne High School
01/03/17 @ Fort Calhoun
01/06/17 @ Wisner-Pilger
01/07/17 BRLD
01/10/17 @ Battle Creek
01/12/17 Schuyler
01/14/17 @ Tekamah-Herman
01/20/17 Twin River
01/21/17 @ Logan View-Scribner-Snyder
01/24/17 Pierce
01/26/17 @ Wayne
01/28-02/04 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conference Tournament TBD
02/07/17 Madison
02/10/17 Oakland-Craig
02/17/17 @ Archbishop Bergan















Team: West Point-Beemer

Mascot: Cadets

Colors: Red, Black, and White

Class: C-1

Conference:  East Husker

Head Coach: Craig Theis (3rd season) (46-9 record)

2015-2016 record: 22-5 (lost to Bishop Neumann in District Final)

Returning Starters: 3

Overview:

The West Point-Beemer Girls graduated a really talented class of seniors that included one of the most prolific players in school history in Amanda Hansen.

The Cadets will try and continue their winning ways under 3rd Year Head Coach Craig Theis though.

West Point-Beemer brings back two full-time starters in Makenna Weddle (5’7, 11, Power Forward, 1 ) and Bethany Anderson (6’0, 12, Center, 3). The other returning starter is Brittney Hinkel (5’6 11, Small Forward, 0), who started one game last season.

Here is the Cadets' projected starting lineup:

1. Katie Pilakowski 5’6, 11, Point Guard, 0
2. Andrea Hoffman- 5’5 10, Shooting Guard, 0
3. Brittney Hinkel- 5’6 11, Small Forward, 0
4. Makenna Weddle- 5’7, 11, Power Forward, 1
5. Bethany Anderson- 6’0, 12, Center, 3

West Point-Beemer graduated three really good scorers in Hansen, McKenzie Bruce, and Taylor Weddle.

Hoffman, Megan Groth (5’7, 11th, Shooting Guard), Brooke Haase (5’11, 10th, Post), Abbey Dale (5’4, 9th, Guard) (Sky is the limit for this young lady) Theis said, Nicole Mitzel (5’10, 11th, Post)
and Kendra Paasch (6’0, 10th, Post) are all newcomers Theis feels could have a big impact on the team.

Theis says the girls will have to play together if the team wants to have success this year.

"It is going to take a great TEAM EFFORT to build on the past 2 seasons of success. We will not have a 25 point scorer this year but we could have 3-4 girls get double digits in the same game. Scoring the basketball is a bit of a concern, because we lost a majority of our scoring from last year. However, we have had girls put up a lot of shots this summer. If we can score then we can compete with anyone in our area. Our defense and athleticism is a big strength."

I see scoring perhaps being an issue for the Cadets, at least early in the season, but I think West Point-Beemer is a team that will get better offensively as the season progresses.

Theis says the girls worked their tails off this past offseason.

"The girls put in a great amount of work this summer. As a team, they put up over 50,000 shots this summer. These girls also put a lot of work in the weight room this summer. We also played over 25 games this summer. All of these are going to help us have another good season. Many of these girls showed great improvement over the summer."

That's a lot of hard work and dedication. I think it has a good chance to pay off for the Cadets this year.

Season Outlook:

The West Point-Beemer Girls hope to build off the success of the past two years and have another solid campaign in 2016-2017.

Theis says he and the girls have high hopes for the season.

"I am looking forward to see how much these young ladies have improved from summer to now. These girls have seen a lot of success the past couple of years and they really want to show that they can continue this success this season. They want to be the 1st group in a while to capture a conference tournament championship and make it down to Lincoln. It should be a fun journey with this great group of girls."

It will be interesting to see how much winning the Cadets do this year. West Point-Beemer has had a lot of talent over the past couple of years, especially in Hansen, but I think the Cadets can prove they can be a good team without a player like Hansen.

She made West Point-Beemer go the last two years, but I think this year's team might prove to be better as a team whereas the last two years the Cadets were led more by a certain group of individuals or individual you could say.

Theis says this year's team has high expectations.

"The girls have set their goals very high again this year. They don’t want to come up short again in the district finals. These girls have had a great summer of work, and really want it. They also want to compete for a conference championship as well."

North Bend Central, Stanton, Howells-Dodge, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, Oakland-Craig, and BRLD figure to be tough conference foes, but West Point-Beemer can't be counted out.

Theis is looking forward to the season.

"It is going to be a fun season! We have some experience coming back this year, but we have also lost a senior class will go down as one of the best at West Point-Beemer. This group of girls has vowed to not come up short again this year, and they are fully aware that many are saying that they can’t do it. They have used this as motivation this past summer and into the preseason. We are going to look to really pressure teams for 4 quarters and play at our high tempo. We will need a few young girls to come around so we can do this for 32 minutes a game.  Anderson is going to have to grow into a new role as a scorer. Makenna Weddle is without a question one of the best athletes in the area and we are also hoping to get her into a new role as a scorer. Our season will come down to making shots. I really like where we are defensively and athletically. We need to get our offense to catch up with these 2 strengths and we can have a great season."

Simply put, the season is going to come down to putting the ball in the hole.

Multiple girls need to step up every night for this team to have the type of success they are capable of.

The schedule isn't the easiest with tough games against Stanton, North Bend Central, Howells-Dodge, Wisner-Pilger, Fort Calhoun, BRLD, Tekamah-Herman, Twin River, Pierce, Wayne, and Oakland-Craig, among others.

These games are going to be tough without a doubt, and I think you might see the Cadets lose a few games early, but once the Holiday Tournament rolls around and West Point-Beemer gets into the 2017 portion of the schedule, look for the Cadets to get on a roll.

West Point-Beemer is in a tough Sub-District in Sub-District C1-7 with Norfolk Catholic, Pierce, Madison, and Wayne.

2016-2017 West Point-Beemer Cadets Girls Basketball Schedule:

12/01/16 @ Arlington
12/03/16 Omaha Roncalli Catholic
12/06/16 @ Stanton
12/08/16 @ North Bend Central
12/13/16 Howells-Dodge
12/20/16 @ Archbishop Bergan
12/28-12/30 (To Be Determined) Wayne Holiday Tournament Wayne State College/Wayne High School
01/03/17 @ Fort Calhoun
01/06/17 @ Wisner-Pilger
01/07/17 BRLD
01/10/17 @ Battle Creek
01/12/17 Schuyler
01/14/17 @ Tekamah-Herman
01/20/17 Twin River
01/21/17 @ Logan View-Scribner-Snyder
01/24/17 Pierce
01/26/17 @ Wayne
01/27-02/04 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conference Tournament TBD
02/07/17 Madison
02/10/17 Oakland-Craig
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Boys and Girls hope and expect to be good this year
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Team: Logan View/Scribner-Snyder

Mascot: Raiders

Colors: Blue and Red

Class: C-1

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Sean Forbes (3rd season) (19-27 career record)

2015-2016 record: 15-10 (Lost to Bishop Neumann in District Final)

Returning Starters: 2

Overview:

It's year two of the co-op between Logan View and Scribner-Snyder, and the Raider boys look to be a force once again this year.

LV/SS returns two starters in Jacob Polk (Jr 6’0 guard 2 year starter) and Ben Moxness (Jr 6’6 forward 2 year starter).

Both players had very good sophomore campaigns if I remember correctly, especially Moxness.

The other players who figure to round out the starting lineup for the Raiders are Nathan Taylor (Jr, 6’0 guard), Alex Hagerbaumer (Jr. 6’3 forward),  Andrew Poppe (Sr 6’2 forward, and/or Alex Von Seggern (Jr 6’4 forward).

Other key contributors for Logan View/Scribner-Snyder this year figure to be Joel Moeller (6'0, Jr), Brandon Hagerbaumer (5'10, Jr), Clay Kruger (6'1, So), Austin Peters (6'0 So), Nathan Wacker (6'0, So), Logan Rebbe (6'0, Jr), and Michael Luther (6'1, So).

The Raiders should have plenty of depth this year, and that should really help LV/SS during the grind of the long season.

Head Coach Sean Forbes echoes these thoughts.

"We are looking to build on the success of making a district final and the winning record from last season. We have some big holes to fill in what we lost due to graduation. Jacob Polk and Ben Moxness are two year starters and we will have some great competition for the other three starting positions. Our only senior Andrew Poppe along with juniors Nathan Taylor, Alex Von Seggern, Joel Moeller, Brandon Hagerbaumer, and Alex Hagerbaumer are looking to claim those spots. We also have sophomores Clay Kruger, Austin Peters, Michael Luther, and Nathan Wacker that are working hard to get in the varsity rotation. We are looking forward to practice and seeing who performs the best. With all of these players and others battling in practice everyday we believe we will develop some great depth in the program."

Forbes says there are some big shoes to fill with the loss of some key players though.

"We lost 6 seniors that will all be missed. Darnell Sims, Hunter Schlueter, Michael Broussard, Conner Gralheer, and Colin Von Seggern will be all be missed with David Dunklau who was injured last season."

The Raiders certainly appear to have lost quite a bit of talent, but it appears there are a lot of up and coming players as well.

I think this year has a chance to be an even better year than last year was for LV/SS.

It's year two of these schools co-oping, and I expect big things from the Raiders this season.

Season Outlook:

The Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Boys are hoping last year's success leads to even more success this season.

"We hope to build on what we started last season. We look to be competitive and have a successful season." Forbes said.

The Raiders were sort of up and down last season in terms of scoring.

Forbes says shooting should be a team strength this year.

"We should be really good shooters this season."

Forbes adds his players are well rounded.

"I am really looking forward to this season. Our players are all great students and hardworking young men. They are doing everything in their power to be successful. All 8 of our juniors and our 1 senior are National Honor Society members."

That's a very good thing. It appears these players are very active within their respective schools, and I think that's only going to help LV/SS this season.

What makes the Raiders tough is the 1-3-1 defense they run.

If Logan View/Scribner-Snyder can be consistent scoring the ball, I think they can compete with and beat anyone on their schedule.

Reaching a District Final last year carries a lot of weight on this year's team, in my opinion.

Expectations have to be high, and that's what you want as a player and a coach. You have to want and expect to be good.

The schedule appears to be pretty favorable for the Raiders this season.

LV/SS has tough games against Wahoo, Twin River, North Bend Central, Stanton, and Yutan, otherwise everyone else on the regular season schedule, with the exception of Cedar Bluffs, who is D-1, had a losing record last year.

I think something like a 20-5 record is very possible for this team.

The Raiders have Winnebago in their sub-district, but if LV/SS can't knock off the Indians, perhaps they can do well enough in the regular season to earn a wildcard into the state tournament. We will see.

The Raiders open up the season at home on December 1st against Oakland-Craig.


2016-2017 Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Raiders Boys Basketball Schedule:

12/01/16 Oakland-Craig
12/03/16 Twin River
12/06/16 @ Wayne
12/09/16 Malcolm
12/13/16 Cedar Bluffs
12/16/16 Tekamah-Herman
12/20/16 @ Douglas County West
12/29-12/30 (To Be Determined) Fort Calhoun Holiday Tournament Fort Calhoun
01/06/17 North Bend Central
01/07/17 Stanton
01/10/17 @ Madison
01/12/17 @ Weeping Water
01/14/17 @ Wisner-Pilger
01/17/17 @ Arlington
01/21/17 West Point-Beemer
01/24/17 @ Howells-Dodge
01/27-02/04 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conference Tournament TBD
02/07/17 @ Clarkson/Leigh
02/09/17 @ Boys Town
02/10/17 @ BRLD



















Team: Logan View/Scribner-Snyder

Mascot: Raiders

Colors: Blue and Red

Class: C-1

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Nick Hegge (6th season) (10-100 career record)

2015-2016 record: 4-19 (Lost to Arlington in Sub-Districts)

Returning Starters: 4

Overview:

The Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Girls Basketball team looks to be much improved over last year, when the Raiders went 4-19.

Here are the returning letterwinners for LV/SS:

*G Kaylee Boyle 5’7 Jr. 8.3 5.1 All State HM
*C MacKenzy Schreck 5’8 Sr. 3.8 3.6
*G Sierra Beacom 5’2 Jr. 3.7 2.3
  G Ashley Peters 5’4 So. 2.5 1.7
*F Abby Kahlandt 5’8 Jr. 2.1 4.1
  F Ashley Uhing 5’6 So 1.1 3.1
  C Breanna Smith 5’8 Jr. 0.9 1.9

The girls with stars by their names are returning starters.

4 returning starters for the Raiders...that's a big deal.

I think LV/SS has a chance to be much improved over last year.

Paige Heinke and Grayce McCormick are big losses from last year for the Raiders, according to Head Coach Nick Hegge, but Morgan Morgan is a 5’7 junior who is returning after missing last season due to an injury.

Hegge says the team is looking to have success this season.

"We have a veteran team with a lot of returners from last season. We are looking to continue to improve as a program and become more competitive within our conference. Our junior class has a lot of varsity experience and we will look for them to carry us this season."

Hegge adds the team is looking to be better than last year, especially in conference play.

"We are hoping to build off the positive program strides that we made last year and we are hoping to become more competitive within our conference, which we think is one of the best girls basketball conferences in the state."

I think the Raiders have a chance to be an improved team this year. I know 4 wins doesn't seem like a lot, but I felt like a lot of strides were made in year one of this co-op.

I think year two can be even better, and has the potential to be solid for LV/SS.

Season Outlook:

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder is no doubt hoping that more wins come their way this season.

Hegge says there's a lot of potential in this team.

"I am really looking forward to seeing the growth of this team. We return a number of the same players from last season and we still only have one returning senior. This team will have played a lot of basketball together and I look forward to seeing what we can do if we stay committed."

The Raiders have a lot of winnable games on the schedule, but some tough contests as well.

The tough contests figure to be against Twin River, Wayne, Malcolm, Cedar Bluffs, North Bend Central, Stanton, Wisner-Pilger, West Point-Beemer, Wahoo, Oakland-Craig, Howells-Dodge, and BRLD.

I think LV/SS has a realistic chance of doubling their win total from last year though.

I think the Raiders have a shot to win 8 games, and perhaps more depending on if they can spring any upsets or not.

I'm basing things solely on games that appear to be wins and games that appear like they will be losses for LV/SS.

The big thing for the Raiders will be scoring without a doubt.

LV/SS has to put the ball in the hole more this year than they did last year if they want to be more successful.

Hegge says there was improvement on both sides of the ball this past offseason.

"We had a solid offseason. We could see a comfort level between the girls and with what we are trying to do offensively and defensively. "

I think the big thing for the Raiders is being consistent on offense and defense.

LV/SS has to be committed to working for good shots and good looks offensively, and connecting from the line, while also hustling back on defense and contesting shots.

The Raiders have to give an all out effort this season and perform at their best all season long.

LV/SS has Tekamah-Herman, Winnebago, Arlington, and Fort Calhoun in their sub-district.

I would say Fort Calhoun is probably the favorite to win the sub-district, but I think the Raiders have a shot to be competitive against anyone they play in the postseason.

I look for LV/SS to compete better and win more games this year than they did last year.

I think the scores will be a lot closer this year than they were last year.

I really believe improvement will be shown and made from last year to this year.

The Raiders open up the season at home on December 1st against Oakland-Craig.

2016-2017 Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Raiders Girls Basketball Schedule:

12/01/16 Oakland-Craig
12/03/16 Twin River
12/06/16 @ Wayne
12/09/16 Malcolm
12/13/16 Cedar Bluffs
12/16/16 Tekamah-Herman
12/20/16 @ Douglas County West
12/29-12/30 (To Be Determined) Fort Calhoun Holiday Tournament Fort Calhoun
01/06/17 North Bend Central
01/07/17 Stanton
01/10/17 @ Madison
01/12/17 @ Weeping Water
01/14/17 @ Wisner-Pilger
01/17/17 @ Arlington
01/21/17 West Point-Beemer
01/24/17 @ Howells-Dodge
01/27-02/04 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conference Tournament TBD
02/07/17 @ Clarkson/Leigh
02/09/17 @ Boys Town
02/10/17 @ BRLD