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Pender Boys fall at BRLD to end regular season
2017-02-20T06:35















The Pender Boys lost their regular season finale at BRLD Friday night, falling 72-34.

The Wolverines jumped out to a 19-6 lead after one before outscoring the Pendragons 26-10 in the second quarter to take a 45-16 lead into the locker room.

BRLD won the third quarter 20-11 to go up 65-27 at the end of three.

Both teams scored 7 points in the fourth quarter.

This was a tough way to end the regular season for Pender. The Wolverines simply came out ready to play and took it to the Pendragons.

Pender (5-17) squares off with Guardian Angels Central Catholic (11-13) in the D1-4 Sub-District at Wisner-Pilger Tuesday night.

The Bluejays lost 96-53 at Winnebago Friday night to end the regular season.

GACC has been up and down this year, looking good at times, and not looking so good at others.

The Pendragons are an improved team over last year, in my opinion, but not improved enough to beat the Bluejays I would say.

I look for this Sub-District to come down to Walthill and GACC.

On the positive side for Pender they avoided the Play-in-Game.

And if the Pendragons are to have to face either the Bluejays or Blujays I think they would prefer to take on GACC.

I think Pender would have benefited from a regular season matchup with the Bluejays, that way they could of seem then once and prepared a good game plan for what would of been Round 2.

It is what it is though, and the Pendragons have to do everything in their power to compete and pick up a win against GACC.

Anything can happen this time of year, and if the Bluejays struggle to score like they have at times this season, Pender could find themselves on the winning side of things.

It won't be easy, but the Pendragons have to come out motivated, confident, and must believe that they can win.

We will see how short a memory this team has given the regular season ending loss to the Wolverines.

The loss to BRLD couldn't of been good for momentum purposes heading into the postseason, but Pender has to shake that game off and regroup.

This is the season for the Pendragons....this is it. Pender has to come out and play with toughness, tenacity, fire, grit, pride, passion, heart, and mental and physical toughness.

The Pendragons have to be ready to go toe to toe with GACC for 32 minutes, and must do everything possible to come away with the win.

Game time is set for 7:45 p.m.
Howells-Dodge Boys fall to Lutheran High Northeast in Regular Season Finale
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The Howells-Dodge Boys lost 56-38 at home to Lutheran High Northeast in the regular season finale Friday night.

The Eagles led 14-12 at the end of one before winning the second quarter 10-6 to go up 24-18 at halftime.

LHNE put up 11 points in the the third quarter compared to 10 for the Jaguars to make it a 35-28 game at the end of three.

The Eagles outscored Howells-Dodge 21-10 in the fourth quarter.

Zach Bayer led the way with 14 points while Connor Blum totaled 12.

Head Coach Cole Fischer says the team was right there. "The boys played hard and executed the game plan. We hit a stretch in the 4th quarter where they made and run and we didn't answer. We now focus on the post season."

The Jaguars (10-12) face Battle Creek (10-14) in the C2-7 Sub-District at Norfolk Catholic Tuesday night.

The Braves lost 62-45 at O'Neill Friday night.

Battle Creek has been scuffling in recent games as they've lost four in a row.

The Braves have also beaten some good teams this year though.

Battle Creek is a lot like Howells-Dodge in that they have been up and down.

I feel this game can go either way depending who comes to play.

Both of these teams are battle tested and have lost to and beat some good teams.

Bayer, Blum, Lane Hegemann, Kade Hegemann, and Dax VanLengen all need to have big games for the Jaguars to come away with a win, in my opinion.

Both of these programs have had success in recent years, and this figures to be an intriguing matchup.

I look for both teams to get after things big time Tuesday night, and go at each other full force for 32 minutes.

The Jaguars have to play like they know their season is on the line. Howells-Dodge has to come ready with a vengeance, and be ready to play four quarters of basketball.

The Jaguars have to finish strong, something they didn't do against the Eagles.

If Howells-Dodge plays four strong quarters of basketball I like their chances of pulling out the win, but if the Jaguars have any bad quarters it could spell doom to their season.

Howells-Dodge has to come out guns ablazin and must be ready to go from the get go.

The Jaguars have to play good, hard, solid basketball for four quarters, and take it to the Braves the best they can.

Howells-Dodge has to be physical, and must play with mental and physical toughness, tenacity, fire, grit, passion, pride, and heart.

The Jaguars have to treat every possession with a lot of importance, and must take care of the ball, and outhustle, outwork, outrebound, outrun, and outshoot Battle Creek.

Tip-off is slated for 7:45 p.m.
West Point-Beemer Boys fall at Fremont Bergan
2017-02-20T06:01



















The West Point-Beemer Boys dropped their regular season finale at Fremont Bergan Friday night, falling 76-66.

The Knights led 22-15 after one before the Cadets won the second quarter 15-13 to make it a 35-30 game at halftime.

West Point-Beemer outscored Bergan 23-19 in the fourth quarter to close the gap to 1 at 54-53 at the end of three.

The Knights notched 22 points in the fourth quarter compared to 13 for the Cadets.

Blake Anderson led the way with 21 points while Austin Streeter notched 20. Chase Streeter added 13 points and 7 rebounds.

West Point-Beemer was right there with Bergan. They just couldn't finish.

The Cadets (11-13) tangle with Pierce (9-13) in the C1-7 Sub-District at Norfolk High Tuesday night.

The Bluejays lost 46-44 at home to Wayne Friday night.

West Point-Beemer beat Pierce 47-46 at home two weeks ago.

I think the winner of this game has a legit chance to get to a district final.

The Blue Devils appear to be beatable as the Bluejays nearly proved Friday night.

So the Cadets should feel good, but not overconfident about their chances of winning the Sub-District.

West Point-Beemer has to come in level headed and ready to go at it with Pierce for 32 minutes.

The Cadets have to understand it's probably going to be a game like it was the first time around between the two teams.

I expect things to be back and forth the entire way with both teams grinding things out until the very end.

It would be big for West Point-Beemer to win this Sub-District and get to a District Final.

It won't be easy, but it can definitely happen.

The Cadets just have to come in confident and believe they can beat the Bluejays again.

I think West Point-Beemer has a mental advantage in that they already beat Pierce once so they are probably thinking they can do it again.

With that said, the Bluejays will have revenge on their minds, and you can bet they will come ready to play.

The Cadets have to understand that they're not the only team fighting for their season. Pierce is going to come at them with everything they have, and West Point-Beemer has to be ready for it, and be prepared to respond.

It will be interesting to see how the Cadets respond to in-game adversity should they face any Tuesday night.

Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m.
Wisner-Pilger Boys down Madison in regular season finale
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The Wisner-Pilger Boys topped Madison 51-40 at home in Friday night's regular season finale.

The Gators jumped out to a 17-4 lead at the end of one. The Dragons won the second quarter 13-10 to make it a 27-17 game at halftime in favor of Wisner-Pilger.

Madison outscored the Gators 15-14 in the third quarter to make it a 41-32 game at the end of three.

Wisner-Pilger put up 10 points in the fourth quarter compared to 8 for the Dragons.

The Gators jumped on Madison early, and that was the difference in the game.

Wisner-Pilger (10-12) battles Stanton (7-14) in the C2-7 Sub-District Play-in-Game at Norfolk Catholic Monday night.

The Mustangs won 70-28 at Emerson-Hubbard Friday night, and have won four in a row.

The two teams met on December 22nd in Wisner with Stanton winning 47-41.

This is a battle between two teams who are playing superb basketball right now.

Honestly I think these teams are at least the 2nd and 3rd best teams in the Sub-District.

This figures to be a very entertaining and compelling Play-in-Game. I feel the winner has a chance to upset Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family on Tuesday.

This is a game being coached by father and son as Wisner-Pilger Head Coach Duane Mendlik is the father of Stanton Head Coach Bryan Mendlik.

This should be a good battle between two quality teams. Neither team really likes one another as the two are rivals of sort so that should make things even more interesting.

I look for Monday's game to be highly competitive, entertaining, and close.

Keegan Ruskamp, Jayden Raabe, Hunter Waterman, Gunner Labenz, and Korrell Koehlmoos all need to have good and productive games for the Gators.

Wisner-Pilger has to try and slow down Myles Nickolite, Hunter Stallbaum, Henry Bohac, and Trey Erbst, among others.

The Mustangs have started to come on lately so the Gators have to be ready to get off to the kind of start they got off to against Madison.

I look for things to be be very tight throughout with the game being decided in the final minutes or perhaps even seconds.

Wisner-Pilger has won four out of their last five so I would say the Gators have just as good a chance to win as Stanton does.

Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. on 107.9 the Bull.
Oakland-Craig Boys down West Point-Beemer to end regular season
2017-02-18T03:29














The Oakland-Craig Boys won 64-46 at West Point-Beemer last Friday night to end the regular season.

The Knights led 17-12 at the end of one, and outscored the Cadets 22-12 in the second quarter to take a 39-24 lead into the locker room.

Oakland-Craig won the third quarter 12-11 to go up 51-35 at the end of three.

The Knights put up 13 points in the fourth quarter compared to 11 for West Point-Beemer.

Oakland-Craig was led by Carter Thiele, who notched 20 points and 12 rebounds to secure a double-double. Garrett Seagren added 19 points and 7 rebounds while Kobe Benne and Tyson Harney posted 11 and 9 points, respectively.

Head Coach Aaron Meyer says his team turned in a good performance for the most part. "We really came out ready to play. West Point-Beemer threw just about everything at us but the kitchen sink defensively. However, I was really disappointed in how we started the second half, giving up 3 consecutive offensive rebounds that all led to scores. In the end, we tightened things up enough defensively to keep them off balance. Kobe has taken the other team's point guard out of the game for the 5th straight game. Carter was our second Knight to reach the 1000th career point mark. We are proud of him as well."

Meyer adds the win was the result of  hitting 11 threes. "Well when we come out and shoot the ball that well we're pretty tough to beat. We've done that a few times this year, and to do that at the end of the year that's a special time to peek no doubt. And if we can play defense at the same time then good things are going to happen."

The Knights (15-6) battle Omaha Brownell-Talbot (8-14) in the first round of the C2-3 Sub-District at Fort Calhoun Tuesday night.

The Raiders lost 67-51 at Omaha Concordia Friday night.

These two teams haven't met this year, but Oakland-Craig should be able to take care of business as long as they bring their A game.

The Knights are so athletic and talented, and I just don't see any way Oakland-Craig gets denied in this game.

Oakland-Craig figures to have a tough Sub-District Final so the Knights have to come out sharp and work out any postseason kinks/nerves in their first game.

I think it's a good thing Oakland-Craig got the 1 seed. The reason I say that is the Knights will have a game to kind of settle in and get ready for what the postseason is going to be like.

I think Oakland-Craig would be in a much tougher position if they were playing either Yutan or Fremont Bergan first.

Not to say Oakland-Craig couldn't beat either of those teams on Tuesday, but I think Oakland-Craig would rather see one of those teams after getting a game under their belt.

So I would say the Knights are in the best possible position they could be in at this time.

The road to Lincoln is not easy, but this Oakland-Craig team is very good, and I believe the Knights have it in them to win this Sub-District and a District Final to get down to Lincoln.

Thiele, Benne, Harney, Garrett Seagren, and Wyatt Seagren all need to show up and play well for Oakland-Craig.

The Knights have to remain hot from beyond the arc and play up to their potential this postseason.

This is crunch and go time for Oakland-Craig, and these are the moments that define a team's season.

Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. 
Clarkson/Leigh Boys go 1-3 in final four regular season games
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The Clarkson/Leigh Boys went 1-3 in their final four regular season games, knocking off Tekamah-Herman 55-45 in an East Husker Conference Tournament Consolation Game at Howells-Dodge on Friday, December 3rd, falling 51-38 at home to Logan View/Scribner-Snyder last Tuesday night, losing 68-52 at Stanton last Thursday night, and dropping a 50-43 decision at Wisner-Pilger last Friday night.

The Tigers doubled up the Patriots 18-9 in the first quarter. Clarkson/Leigh won the second quarter 12-11 to make it a 29-21 game at halftime.

The Patriots doubled up Tekamah-Herman 16-8 in the third quarter to tie the game at 37 at the end of three.

Clarkson/Leigh outscored the Tigers 18-8 in the fourth quarter.

Anthony Bruhn led the Patriots with 17 points and 8 rebounds while Blake Paprocki and Garrett Schroeder totaled 12 and 10 points, respectively. Luiz Mayorga added 8 points and 11 rebounds.

The Raiders jumped out to a 20-4 lead on the Patriots at the end of one. LV/SS won the second quarter 9-8 to make it a 29-12 game at halftime.

The Patriots outscored the Raiders 13-9 in the third quarter to cut the lead to 13 at 38-25 at the end of three.

Both teams scored 13 points in the fourth quarter.

Paprocki had 14 points and 7 rebounds while Bruhn registered 8 points and 8 rebounds Schroeder totaled 7 points while Bradley Bunner recorded 9 rebounds.

The Mustangs led the Patriots 16-15 after one. Stanton outscored Clarkson/Leigh 28-8 in the second quarter to take a 44-23 lead into the locker room.

The Mustangs won the third quarter 16-12 to go up 60-35 at the end of three.

The Patriots put up 17 points in the fourth quarter compared to 8 for Stanton.

Bruhn led the way with 21 points while Paprocki added 10.  Haden Held scored 9 while Bunner totaled 7. Schroeder notched 7 rebounds.

The Gators doubled up the Patriots 16-8 in the first quarter. Clarkson/Leigh won the second quarter 10-9 to make it a 25-18 game at halftime.

Wisner-Pilger outscored the Patriots 21-8 in the third quarter to lead 46-26 at the end of three.

Clarkson/Leigh notched 17 points in the fourth quarter and limited the Gators to 4.

Paprocki finished with 14 points while Held totaled 9. Bunner chipped in 8 points and 8 rebounds while Bruhn registered 7 points.

I thought the Patriots did a nice job beating Tekamah-Herman, and made a nice comeback against Wisner-Pilger.

Clarkson/Leigh (2-19) battles Emerson-Hubbard (2-20) in the D1-4 Sub-District Play-in-Game at Wisner-Pilger Monday night.

The Pirates lost 70-28 at home to Stanton Friday night.

I think the Patriots are going to win given the way they've played over the last month or so.

I feel this Clarkson/Leigh team is stronger than they were at the beginning of the season, and are primed and ready to take this Sub-District game from Emerson-Hubbard.

The Pirates are still fully capable of winning, but I give the edge to the Patriots in this game.

I look for Bruhn, Paprocki, Held, Bunner, Schroeder, and perhaps Mayorga to have big games for Clarkson/Leigh.

I feel the Patriots are good and talented enough to knock off Emerson-Hubbard.

Waiting is #1 seed Walthill, and beating them might be super tough, but Clarkson/Leigh plays a tough and challenging schedule, so if the Patriots can get past the Pirates perhaps they can hang with the Blujays.

Clarkson/Leigh has to play up to their capability and potential, and hang around as long as they can in the postseason.

It's that time of year when anything can happen so the Patriots have to gear up and get ready for, and believe they can make a run.

Clarkson/Leigh has to play optimistic basketball, and continue to fight and play hard until the final whistle.

The Patriots have to make smart decisions with the basketball, and play together.

Clarkson/Leigh can't play as individuals or for themselves. The Patriots have to play for one another, working towards a common goal, which is to win.

Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. 
Winnebago Girls end year with Sub-District loss to Arlington
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The Winnebago Girls lost 68-55 to Arlington in the C1-6 Sub-District Semifinals at Oakland-Craig Tuesday night.

The Eagles jumped out to a 18-8 lead at the end of one. The Indians outscored Arlington 21-17 in the second quarter to make it a 35-29 game at halftime.

The Eagles won the third quarter 16-12 to go up 51-41 at the end of three.

Arlington notched 17 points in the fourth quarter compared to 14 for Winnebago.

Allie Frenchman, Delicia Payer, and Jasmine Colvin had 14 points apiece for the Indians. Frenchman added 7 rebounds.

I thought Winnebago did a good job competing in this game, just not well enough to win.

The Indians wrap up the year at 6-18.

It wasn't the most successful season for Winnebago, who won their first two games.

However, I feel the wins over Homer, Walthill, Emerson-Hubbard, and Wakefield were good wins.

The Indians graduate some good players in Payer, Frenchman, and Colvin. These are the only seniors Winnebago loses though.

Winnebago brings back plenty of talent though in Jonna Price, Deonna Harris, Tia YellowThunder, Jean Parker-Morris, Kiana Lewis, and others.

I think the outlook for next season is a bright and positive one for the Indians.

Winnebago has to replace some key players, but I feel new players will be ready to go and capable of doing big things for the Indians.

Winnebago has to get after things this offseason, and play as much basketball as possible.

Perhaps the Girls can play against the boys in pickup games this offseason. That might help Winnebago get better.

Quite honestly the Indians have to be gym rats this offseason to have the kind of year they hope to in 2017-2018.

The more the girls work together and play as a team in open gyms, summer camps, and summer leagues, the better they will be come next winter.

The players also have to work hard in the weightroom and get bigger and stronger.

In other words, the more active these girls are and the more basketball they play, the better off they will be.

Perhaps Winnebago can have a better year next year than they did last year. We will just have to wait and see.
Emerson-Hubbard Girls go 2-1 in final three games
2017-02-17T08:17














The Emerson-Hubbard Girls won their final regular season game over Walthill, 56-53, at home last Friday night before downing the Blujays 53-40 in the D1-4 Sub-District Play-in-Game at Wisner-Pilger Monday night. The Pirates fell 54-17 to GACC in the Sub-District Semifinals Tuesday night.

In the first matchup between the two teams, Emerson-Hubbard got out to a 15-11 lead on Walthill at the end of one. The Blujays won the second quarter 15-12 to make it a 27-26 game at halftime in favor of the Pirates.

Walthill outscored Emerson-Hubbard 14-11 in the third quarter to go up 40-38 at the end of three.

The Pirates notched 18 points in the fourth quarter compared to 13 for the Blujays.

Melanie Gentrup led the way with 24 points while Courtney Bokemper had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. Caleigh Mackling notched 8 points and 12 rebounds while Emma Haberman totaled 7 points and 10 rebounds.

In the Sub-District Game, Emerson-Hubbard led Walthill 13-9 at the end of one before outscoring the Blujays 12-7 in the second quarter to take a 25-16 lead into the locker room.

The Pirates put up 19 points in the third quarter compared to 9 for Walthill to go up 44-25 at the end of three.

The Blujays won the fourth quarter 15-9.

Mackling led the way with 14 points and 7 rebounds while Gentrup notched 9 points and 7 rebounds. Taylor Daum registered 8 points while Haberman recorded 7 points and 9 rebounds.

In the GACC/Emerson-Hubbard game, the Bluejays got of to a slow start as they only led 10-5 after one and 10-8 at one point in the second quarter. GACC got hot in the second quarter though, going on a 21-0 run to end the 1st half to lead 31-8 at halftime.

The Bluejays doubled up the Pirates 8-4 in the third quarter to go up 39-12 at the end of three before outscoring Emerson-Hubbard 15-5 in the fourth quarter to make up the final score.

It wasn't exactly an ideal ending to the season for the Pirates, but GACC is a very good team.

Emerson-Hubbard ends the year at 8-14.

The three wins over Walthill, and the win over Wakefield had to be the highlights of the season for the Pirates, in my opinion.

Gentrup was the team's leading scorer this season with 235 points while Mackling tallied 171. Bokemper added 113.

Mackling and Bokemper tied for the team lead in rebounds with 101 each this year.

The Pirates graduate three seniors in Mackling, Neftali Ferrusca and Skye Miller.

Plenty of great players return for Emerson-Hubbard, including Haberman, Bokemper, Gentrup, Daum, Addison Mackling, and others.

Mackling is a big loss I would say, but the key returners should help make up for her lost production.

Emerson-Hubbard will have some talented and experienced players next season, and that should really help the Pirates have a good season, in my opinion.

These girls have to be ready and willing to go to work as much as possible this offseason to have a successful season next year though.

There's plenty these girls can grow and improve on, and a lot of these players already know what it's like to be successful, so that should help.

Hopefully Emerson-Hubbard can get back to an elite level next season with all the talent that returns.

The Pirates have a couple of tall girls returning next year so hopefully they can develop over the offseason and be factors next season.

Emerson-Hubbard has to be committed to playing a lot of ball this offseason, whether that's in summer camps, open gyms, or in summer leagues.

The more basketball the Pirates play this offseason the better they will be next year.
Clarkson/Leigh Girls end year with Sub-District loss to Pender
2017-02-17T07:41












Pender defeated the Clarkson/Leigh Girls 51-31 in the D1-4 Sub-District Semifinals at Wisner-Pilger Tuesday night.

The Pendragons tripled up the Patriots 12-4 in the first quarter before winning the second quarter 13-11 to lead 25-15 at halftime.

Pender outscored Clarkson/Leigh 17-6 in the third quarter to go up 42-21 at the end of three.

The Patriots put up 10 points in the fourth quarter compared to 9 for the Pendragons.

Clarkson/Leigh was led by lone Senior Shelby Paprocki with 12 points.

Head Coach Matt Murren. "We just struggled shooting the ball. Just couldn't quite get it in the hoop. And it's tough to build a rhythm when the shots don't go in. Defensively we had some miscues as far as our upside. Credit to the girls though. The girls they battled. I'm very proud of their effort here. They've grown a lot this season, they've grown a lot as a team in the last year."

It was a tough end to what was a good season for the Patriots, in my opinion.

Murren says the shots just wouldn't drop."We battled, the kids battled. We got down early there 9-0. Put ourselves in a position at 19-13, and just couldn't quite crawl our way back. Couldn't get any rhythm offensively. We just didn't have any shots fall. We struggled shooting the basketball. And that's a credit to Pender's defense, they played very well. But we just struggled getting the basketball in the hoop."

Clarkson/Leigh ends the year at 9-13.

The Patriots certainly had some nice wins this year, highlighted by upset wins at Twin River and Stanton.

Clarkson/Leigh had a great season, and did some wonderful things this year.

Paprocki is the only senior the Patriots graduate...otherwise everyone else is back.

Ashlynn Novotny, Kim Stodola, Hannah Kasik, Beth Wiese, Kaegan Held, Sydney Folken, Halee Steffenmeier, Paige Moore, and Sara McEvoy all come back for Clarkson/Leigh.

The future looks really bright for the Patriots I would say.

Clarkson/Leigh was made up of mostly freshmen and sophomores this year, and should be even better next year than they were this year.

These girls are very talented athletes, and with a lot of them being juniors and sophomores next year, expectations have to rise.

Kasik was the leading scorer on the team this season with 190 points.

The Patriots had four other players score over 100 points this season.

There was a lot accomplished a lot to take away from this season for Clarkson/Leigh, in my opinion.

I look for the Patriots to only be better in the future.

The offseason starts now, and the more basketball these girls can play and the more fundamental things they can work on from now until the start of next season, the better off they will be, in my opinion.

I think it would also be good and beneficial for this year's squad to go watch the Girls State Tournament the first week of March.

I think it would give Clarkson/Leigh a good idea of what it's like to play in Lincoln and would give the Patriots something to work hard towards.
Wisner-Pilger Girls end year with Sub-District loss to Battle Creek
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The Wisner-Pilger Girls saw their year come to an end Monday night as the Gators lost 45-39 to Battle Creek in the C2-7 Sub-District Play-In Game at Norfolk Catholic.

Wisner-Pilger doubled up the Braves 14-7 in the first quarter, and won the second quarter 13-10 to take a 27-17 lead into the locker room.

Battle Creek tripled up the Gators 12-4 in the third quarter to make it a 31-29 game at the end of three in favor of Wisner-Pilger.

The Braves doubled up the Gators 16-8 in the fourth quarter.

The game started so promising for Wisner-Pilger, but the second half did not treat the Gators kindly.

Wisner-Pilger ends the year at 9-14.

I thought the Gators did well at the end of the season to build some confidence and momentum for next season.

Wisner-Pilger picked up big wins over BRLD, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge, and Clarkson/Leigh to end the regular season.

The Gators only graduate one senior in Krista Ott...that is it.

She will be sorely missed, but Wisner-Pilger brings back the likes of Ariel Meyer, Ashley Brahmer, Alexis Heller, Ashton Meyer, Maci Batenhorst, Jordan Wegner, and Cassidy Gooch.

Plenty of talent returns for the Gators, and I feel Wisner-Pilger has the potential to be really good next year.

These girls have to have good and productive offseasons, and must work as hard as possible day in and day out to improve though.

I know a lot of these girls are involved in Volleyball, and perhaps Track as well, but the more time they can devote to basketball, the better they will be next winter.

Champions aren't made from November to March, they are made from April to October.

A break from the game isn't always the worst thing, but when the time comes, it's important for the Gators' players to work hard on things in all aspects of the game.

The more basketball these girls play this offseason the better they will be next season.

It has to be a daily commitment and grind for these players. They must be willing to put the work in to be successful next season.

Success and glory doesn't come without hard work and sacrifice so these girls have to be ready to grow and enhance as players and as young ladies this spring, summer, and this coming fall.

I look for Wisner-Pilger to have a big season in 2017-2018.
Tekamah-Herman Girls go 1-2 in final three games
2017-02-17T06:57















The Tekamah-Herman Girls closed out the regular season with a 46-38 loss at home to North Bend Central last Friday night before beating Logan View/Scribner-Snyder 53-21 in the C1-6 Sub-District Play-In Game Monday night, and falling 65-47 to Fort Calhoun in the Sub-District Semifinals Tuesday night.

North Bend Central led Tekamah-Herman 11-6 at the end of one. Tekamah-Herman won the second quarter 11-7 to make it an 18-17 game at halftime.

North Bend Central outscored Tekamah-Herman 13-4 in the third quarter to extend their lead to 10 at 31-21 at the end of three.

Tekamah-Herman put up 17 points in the fourth quarter compared to 15 for North Bend Central.

The Tigers led the Raiders 16-7 at the end of one before winning the second quarter 10-4 to lead 26-11 at halftime.

Tekamah-Herman outscored the Raiders 11-5 in the third quarter to go up 37-16 at the end of three.

The Tigers put up 16 points in the fourth quarter compared to 5 for Logan View/Scribner-Snyder.

Jessica Fleischman led Tekamah-Herman with 19 points while Marin Jetensky notched 15.

Head Coach Scott Guzinski recognizes one of his players for a great year. "Jessica Fleischman did set the career record for rebounds at our high school. She had 828 rebounds coming into tonight's game. So that's a cool honor for her, and I just wanted to say that."

The Pioneers led the Tigers 25-11 at the end of one before doubling up Tekamah-Herman 12-6 in the second quarter to take a 37-17 lead into the locker room.

The Tigers won the third quarter 14-12 to make it a 49-31 game at the end of three.

Both teams scored 16 points in the fourth quarter.

Fleischman became the school's all-time leader in career points after burning the nets for 34.

It was a difficult season for Tekamah-Herman I would say, but there were some bright spots, Fleischman and Jetensky accounting for quite a few of them.

The Tigers end the year at 5-18 although I felt Tekamah-Herman was better than that.

The upset win over Twin River in the East Husker Conference Tournament had to be the highlight of the year for Tekamah-Herman. 

The Tigers say goodbye to Fleischman, Sarah Stang, Carson Cameron, Kassidy Kellogg, and Maddy Horn.

These are five very talented seniors who did a lot for and meant a lot to Tekamah-Herman Girls Basketball this year and in years past.

The Tigers bring back plenty of talent though, including Jetensky, Jadyn Fleischman, Ashley Bohannon, Mya Guzinski, and others.

I think Tekamah-Herman can be good and successful in the future, but it's going to take a lot of hard work and determination on the part of the players.

These girls have to work hard and put the work in this offseason if they want to be successful next season.

Everyone has to hone their skills in all aspects of the game, and grow and improve as basketball players and as young ladies.

The Tigers figure to be made up of older and younger players next year so everyone has to get along and understand their roles, and the seniors have to be great leaders on and off the court.

Tekamah-Herman has to find success in summer camps, leagues, workouts, and other team activities they do.

It's important for these student athletes to be successful in the classroom and in life in general, as well as on the court.

The harder these girls work in the classroom and in the gym, the more successful they will be in life, in my opinion.

So I would say 2017-2018 has a chance to be better than this season was for the Tigers if everyone puts in the time.
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Girls finish 1-3 in last four games
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The LVSS girls basketball team finished the regular season last week with games at Boys Town and BRLD.
LVSS picked up a 56-18 win at Boys Town last Thursday night. 
The Raiders got off to a hot start and were led by Mackenzy Schreck and Abby Kahlandt who scored 12 points apiece. Kaylee Boyle was also in double figures with 11, Ashley Peters added 8 and Sierra Beacom-7 in the win.
To finish the regular season, LVSS was defeated by BRLD 67-44 on the road last Friday night. 
Peters led the way with 5 three-pointers and 15 points, Boyle added 9 points, Morgan Morgan had 9 points and 10 rebounds. 
Tekamah-Herman defeated Logan View/Scribner-Snyder 53-21 in the C1-6 Sub-District Play-In Game at Oakland-Craig Monday night.

The Tigers led 16-7 at the end of one before winning the second quarter 10-4 to lead 26-11 at halftime.

Tekamah-Herman outscored the Raiders 11-5 in the third quarter to go up 37-16 at the end of three.

The Tigers put up 16 points in the fourth quarter compared to 5 for Logan View/Scribner-Snyder.

The Raiders, were led by Schreck, who totaled 6 points.

Head Coach Nick Hegge was proud of his team despite the loss. "Kind of got overwhelmed. And it stinks to have your worst game of the year on your last one. Leaves a little sour taste in your mouth. But our kids are disappointed, but shouldn't hang their head about their season. They've made some big improvements. They're a really, really good group of kids. And unfortunately we just didn't have it."

Hegge's Raiders end the season  at 6 and 16. "They've worked hard all year. It's unfortunate that we didn't play very well, but you got to tip your hat to Tekamah cause they kind of overwhelmed us."
LVSS says goodbye to Schreck, the lone senior on the team.
The Raiders return the likes of Boyle, Morgan, Peters, Ashley Uhing, Shaylin Daugherty, Kahlandt, Taylor Ruwe, and Sierra Beacom.
Hegge says his team is looking forward to the future, but there's a lot of work to do. "It's exciting to have a lot of kids coming back. We just got to find a way to get more competitive against some of these teams in our conference. And our conference is one of the best in the whole state right now so we got to raise our level here."

I think the future looks really good for LVSS. The Raiders should have quite a bit of talent on the floor again next year, and should be able to field an even better team than they did this year I would think.

I feel LVSS made some really nice improvements this season and had a great year all things considering.

I'm excited to see what the Raiders can do in 2017-2018.

It's going to take a lot of hard work and sacrifice on these girls' part, but I look for LVSS to have a good and productive offseason.

I think the Raiders could use improvement in ball handling and footwork so those could be two things to work on along with shooting and rebounding.

LVSS could use improvement in all aspects of the game like any team really.

How good the Raiders are next year depends in large part on how hard they want to work this offseason, in my opinion.

LVSS has to put the work in to have a better season next year than they did this year.

As they say.... no pain....no gain.
Pender Boys lose at Stanton
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The Pender Boys lost 62-49 at Stanton on Saturday.

The Mustangs got out to a 19-14 lead on the Pendragons at the end of one. Pender doubled up Stanton 12-6 in the second quarter to take a 26-25 lead into the locker room.

The Mustangs won the third quarter 16-12 to go up 41-38 at the end of three.

Stanton outscored the Pendragons 21-11 in the fourth quarter.

Pender was right there through three quarters, they just couldn't finish.

The Pendragons (5-16) take on BRLD (13-10) on the road in the regular season finale Friday night.

The Wolverines lost 37-32 at home to Logan View/Scribner-Snyder this past Friday night.

BRLD beat Pender 66-48 in the first round of the East Husker Conference Tournament at Genoa on January 28th.

The Wolverines have lost four in a row, and if BRLD struggles the way they have lately the Pendragons could get them.

Pender hasn't exactly been lighting it up themselves lately either  though as they've dropped 8 out of their last 9 so I feel this is anyone's ball game.

The Pendragons have to play hard, smart, and tenacious.

Pender has to be ready to play strong defense, and must get their offense going.

The Pendragons can't be afraid to get out in transition and attack the basket when the opportunity arises.

With that said, I don't think Pender wants to go up and down with the Wolverines, and make this a run and gun type game.

I'm sure the Pendragons probably want to slow the pace some and play more of a conventional half court game.

So with that said, Pender has to execute in the half court, find good, open looks to the basket, and get to and convert at the free throw line.

The Pendragons also have to contest shots and stay out of foul trouble.

Pender has to play with mental and physical toughness, emotion, heart, pride, and passion.

The Pendragons have to do everything in their power to spoil BRLD's seniors' last home game, and prepare themselves for GACC on Tuesday.

This is Pender's one game to kind of gear up for the postseason.

The Pendragons have to play with a purpose and bounce to their step Friday night.

Pender has to give it their all for 32 minutes, and try their best to come away with the win.
GACC Boys 2-1 in last three games
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The Guardian Angels Central Catholic Boys are 2-1 in their last three games, knocking off Pierce 64-56 at home last Thursday night, falling 67-55 at Fremont Bergan on Saturday, and beating Battle Creek 50-40 on the road Tuesday night.

GACC held a 15-9 lead at the end of one only to see Pierce outscore them 21-13 in the second quarter to take a 30-28 lead into the locker room.

GACC won the third quarter 16-10 to go up 44-40 after three.

GACC put up 20 points in the fourth quarter compared to 16 for Pierce.

Andrew Guenther had a team-high 17 points for GACC while Mitch Haas and Kobe Slaughter recorded 16 and 12, respectively. Cole Kreikemeier registered 9 while Nolan Plagge posted 8.

Head Coach Brad Slaughter. "It was a nice win for the seniors and for everyone. It's always important. You always want to send them out at home with a great win. And this was a great one. It's always a hard fought one with Pierce, but it's one that they can enjoy for a year, and just enjoy the presence of the moment, and go from there."

Slaughter admits the game got a little chippy. "Well that's Mid-State basketball. Half the time you have to be ready to saddle em up, and you just got to take it as goes. And you got to be able to play through it and keep your composure sometimes. And hopefully you just manage at the end and you get the shots to fall, and that's what happened to us. We hit a couple big threes I believe midway through the 4th quarter that just kind of gave us a pretty good little boost."

The Bluejays led the Knights 16-14 at the end of one. Bergan won the second quarter 14-10 to go up 28-26 at halftime.

The Knights put up 17 points in the third quarter compared to 15 for GACC to lead 45-41 at the end of three.

Bergan outscored the Bluejays 22-14 in the fourth quarter.

GACC tripled up the Braves 12-4 in the first quarter. Battle Creek outscored the Bluejays 15-9 in the second quarter to make it a 21-19 game at the break in favor of GACC.

The Bluejays won the third quarter 10-7 to lead 31-26 at the end of three.

GACC notched 19 points in the fourth quarter compared to 14 for the Braves.

I think the Bluejays are starting to play good basketball again. GACC had the setback to the Knights, but the Pierce and Battle Creek wins were mighty impressive, in my opinion.

The Bluejays (11-12) travel to Winnebago Friday night to take on the Indians (22-2).

Winnebago defeated Hastings St. Cecilia 76-61 at the Heartland Hoops Classic in Grand Island on Saturday.

The Indians are so dynamic and tough, and have multiple players that can really play, score, and shoot the ball well so GACC has to be ready to play their best game of the season.

The Bluejays have to try and slow down David Wingett and perhaps get him in foul trouble like I think they did last year.

GACC challenged Winnebago last year in the two games they played even though they didn't win.

I don't know if the Bluejays are quite as good as they were last year, and I would say the Indians are better this year than last, but this still has the makings of being a good, close, and competitive game, in my opinion.

GACC has to contest shots and try and make Wingett shoot as far away from the basket as possible.

The Bluejays can't just focus on slowing him down though.

GACC also has to give attention to the likes of Manape Cleveland, Drake Gorrin, and Cedrick Blackdeer, just to name some.

Winnebago is a complete team, and seems to have had a fire lit under them following the Ponca loss, and with it being the Indians' last home game for the seniors, you have to figure they are going to play well.

I would say GACC is going to need to play at least as well as they did against Pierce and Battle Creek, if not better, to hang with and beat Winnebago.

This game is a good measuring stick for the Bluejays are the very least I would say.

The Indians have played and beaten Walthill twice, and with the Blujays being in GACC's Sub-District and likely playing them in the Sub-District Final, GACC should get an idea of how they matchup with Walthill at the very least, in my opinion.

I feel the Bluejays are capable of making a postseason run, but GACC can't get run out of the building Friday night.

If they do, I could see the Bluejays start to doubt themselves before next Thursday should they take on Walthill in the Sub-District Final.
Emerson-Hubbard Boys lose to Pender and Walthill
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The Emerson-Hubbard Boys lost 43-39 at Pender last Thursday night before falling 89-66 at home to Walthill Friday night.

The Pirates jumped out to a 13-5 lead on the Pendragons at the end of one. Pender won the second quarter 13-11 to make it a 24-18 game at halftime in favor of Emerson-Hubbard.

The Pendragons outscored the Pirates 12-9 in the third quarter to make it a 33-30 game at the end of three.

Pender put up 13 points in the fourth quarter compared to just 6 for Emerson-Hubbard.

Taylor Donner led the way with 14 points while Joshua Sebade registered 10 points and 7 rebounds. Jacob Kneifl added 8 points and 11 rebounds.

The Blujays jumped out to a 29-10 lead at the end of one. The Pirates won the second quarter 22-20 to make it a 49-32 game at halftime.

Walthill outscored Emerson-Hubbard 20-15 in the third quarter to go up 69-47 at the end of three.

The Blujays notched 20 points in the fourth quarter compared to 19 for the Pirates.

Donner and Sebade recorded 19 points apiece while Chandler Emmons totaled 11. Kneifl added 8 points and 10 rebounds while Sebade notched 8 rebounds.

I don't think Emerson-Hubbard played bad against either team. The Pirates just have to learn to both start and close games well.

Emerson-Hubbard (2-19) hosts Stanton (6-14) Friday night in the regular season finale.

The Mustangs defeated Pender 62-49 at home on Saturday.

One would think based on that score that Stanton would win, but don't count out the Pirates.

If Emerson-Hubbard can start off strong and figure out a way to finish, they could very well win.

The Mustangs are a tough team though, in my opinion. I would say they are better than their record indicates.

The Pirates have to watch out for Hunter Stallbaum, Henry Bohac, Myles Nickolite, and Trey Erbst.

Those four players are solid and can score at any given time for Stanton.

When those four are on Stanton is very tough to beat, but when they are off, the Mustangs are very beatable and vulnerable.

Emerson-Hubbard has to play offense the way they did against Walthill and defense the way they did against the Pendragons.

If the Pirates can put it all together they could come away with a win in this game.

Emerson-Hubbard is past moral victories at this point I'm sure so anything but a win would have to be considered disappointing, in my opinion.

You play to win the game, and another loss would be tough on this Pirates' team, in my opinion.

Emerson-Hubbard has Clarkson/Leigh in the D1-4 Sub-District Play-In Game at Wisner on Monday so the Pirates need something positive to happen for them heading into that game.

A win over Stanton would give this team quite a bit of confidence and momentum I feel.

This is also Emerson-Hubbard's final home game so the Pirates have to make this game as memorable as possible for the seniors.
Tekamah-Herman Boys 0-2 in last two games
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The Tekamah-Herman Boys lost 75-41 at home to North Bend Central Friday night before losing 72-17 at Yutan Tuesday night.

The Chieftains outscored the Tigers 23-4 in the first quarter before outscoring Tekamah-Herman 23-5 in the second quarter to take a 46-9 lead into the locker room.

Yutan won the third quarter 18-2 to go up 64-11 at the end of three.

The Chieftains notched 8 points in the fourth quarter compared to 6 for the Tigers.

These were two really difficult games for Tekamah-Herman.

The Tigers (0-17) host DC West (15-6) Friday night in the regular season finale.

The Falcons knocked off Louisville 59-49 at home on Saturday.

This figures to be another difficult game for Tekamah-Herman. I don't see the Tigers having an easy time with DC West whatsoever.

With that said, this is the final home game of the season for Tekamah-Herman, and I think the Tigers are capable of playing inspired.

This is the last time these seniors will ever play on their home floor so everyone on the team has to do what they can to send the seniors out with a win in their final home game.

The task may seem very tall, but anything can happen, especially this time of year.

Tekamah-Herman has to play much better this time out than they did against Yutan if they hope to compete and win though.

The Tigers have to show some pride and spirit if they hope to hang and compete with the Falcons.

Tekamah-Herman has Fort Calhoun in the C1-6 Sub-District Play-In Game on Monday, and so the Tigers need to do everything they can to play well against DC West to prepare for that game.

Tekamah-Herman may only have two games left in their season, but the Tigers have to keep playing and working hard even if it's not apparent they're going to win a game this season.

It's never over until it's over, and Tekamah-Herman has to keep fighting and playing hard until the final whistle of their season.

The Tigers have to do everything they can to come away with a win on Friday and/or Monday, and if Tekamah-Herman could find a way to pick up their first win of the season it would be a big moral booster at the very least.

Hopefully the Tigers don't get blown out Friday night because a lopsided loss would be difficult to bounce back from on Monday, in my opinion.
North Bend Central Boys 3-1 in last four games
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The North Bend Central Boys are 3-1 in their last four games, beating Howells-Dodge 62-47 at home last Thursday night, and Tekamah-Herman 75-41 on the road Friday night, before losing 51-48 at home to Columbus Scotus Monday night, and downing Schuyler 60-33 at home Tuesday night.

The Tigers doubled up the Jaguars 22-11 in the first quarter. Both teams scored 12 points in the second quarter to make it a 34-23 game at halftime in favor of North Bend Central.

The Tigers outscored Howells-Dodge 28-24 in the second half.

Jake Wietfeld had a team-high 22 points while Tanner Wietfeld and Matt Ortmeier notched 10 apiece. Austin Endof added 9 while John Emanuel posted 8.

Both North Bend Central and the Shamrocks scored 12 points in the first quarter. The Tigers won the second quarter 16-13 to take a 28-25 lead into the locker room.

Scotus outscored North Bend Central 13-9 in the third quarter to go up 38-37 at the end of three.

The Shamrocks put up 13 points in the fourth quarter compared to 11 for the Tigers.

Jake Wietfeld had a game-high 19 points while Tanner Wietfeld notched 13.

North Bend Central jumped out to a 12-5 lead on the Warriors at the end of one. The Tigers won the second quarter 15-11 to take a 27-16 lead into the locker room.

North Bend Central outscored Schuyler 21-8 in the third quarter to go up 48-24 at the end of three.

The Tigers put up 12 points in the fourth quarter compared to 9 for the Warriors.

Tanner Wietfeld led the way with 15 points while Jake Wietfeld and Endorf totaled 12 points apiece. Emanuel and Ortmeier posted 10 and 8, respectively.

North Bend Central showed no ill effects from the East Husker Conference Tournament as the Tigers continued to play at a high level, in my opinion.

North Bend Central (17-4) travels to Fort Calhoun to take on the Pioneers (5-14) Friday night.

Fort Calhoun lost 47-37 at Raymond Central Friday night.

The Pioneers have really struggled so far this year, and quite honestly the Tigers shouldn't have much trouble beating them.

North Bend Central has to use this game as a game to strengthen themselves for the postseason.

The Tigers are most likely going to need to win their way to Lincoln this year as a wildcard looks like iffy at this point so this is a game I feel North Bend Central can fine tune some things and work out some kinks in.

This is the Tigers' last chance to work out anything they are struggling with at the moment as everything is on the line and really counts next week.

North Bend Central takes on David City Aquinas Tuesday night so the Tigers have to use this game with Fort Calhoun as preparation for the postseason.

This may be a game North Bend Central can experiment and try some new things in.

The Tigers should be loose and energetic, and ready and prepared to get after things for four quarters.

Jake and Tanner Wietfeld, Ortmeier, Emanuel, Endorf, and even James Seymour need to step up offensively for North Bend Central like they have for much of the season.

The Tigers need to play well so they can be fully ready to go for next week, in my opinion.

This one of these games where North Bend Central needs to build a big lead so they can rest starters.

With this being the third game this week and playing again on Tuesday I'm sure the starters could use a little second half rest in this game even if they don't think they need it.

The Tigers have to come ready to dominate, and must try and click on all cylinders regardless of who is in the game.
GACC Girls end regular season with home win over Pierce; knock off Emerson-Hubbard in first Sub-District Game
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The Guardian Angels Central Catholic Girls won 48-21 at home over Pierce Thursday night before topping Emerson-Hubbard 54-17 in the D1-4 Sub-District Semifinals at Wisner-Pilger Tuesday night.

GACC led Pierce 11-5 after one before outscoring Pierce 23-4 in the second quarter to go up 34-9 at halftime.

Pierce won the third quarter 10-8 to make it a 42-19 game at the end of three.

GACC tripled up Pierce 6-2 in the fourth quarter.

GACC was led by Lexis Haase, who had a game-high 24 points, including 19 in the first quarter. Hannah Hunke and Maddie Knobbe added 7 apiece for GACC. Knobbe also had 11 rebounds while Emily Reeson registered 7.

Head Coach Jerry Stracke. "We kind of lacked a little intensity there the second half. We had way too many turnovers, but like you said the game was won in the first half. We need to work on those things, and work on being intense throughout the whole game."

In the GACC/Emerson-Hubbard game, the Bluejays got of to a slow start as they only led 10-5 after one and 10-8 at one point in the second quarter. GACC got hot in the second quarter though, going on a 21-0 run to end the 1st half to lead 31-8 at halftime.

The Bluejays doubled up the Pirates 8-4 in the third quarter to go up 39-12 at the end of three before outscoring Emerson-Hubbard 15-5 in the fourth quarter to make up the final score.

Knobbe paced GACC with 11 points while Wobken notched 9 points and 8 rebounds. Hunke chipped in 7 points.

Stracke says his squad started playing harder after starting off slow. "We struggled with decision making and executing on offensive so we tried to pick up the intensity on the defensive end."

Stracke adds his team isn't just about one or two players. "We have a number of players on the team that can score for us. So when a team just focus on one or two we need those players to step up and have a big game for us. "

The Bluejays (19-2) take on Pender (18-7) in the Sub-District Final Thursday night.

The Pendragons defeated Clarkson/Leigh 51-31 in Sub-Districts Tuesday night.

The two teams met in West Point last Monday night with GACC winning 50-32.

Stracke says his squad has to execute on both ends of the floor to come away with another win. "It's always hard to play a team again and come away with a win and a team like Pender makes it even more difficult. With Pender's defense we need to execute on the offensive end and make good decisions. It will be important to keep the turnovers down and control the boards."

The Bluejays have to turn in an outstanding effort to come away with the win, in my opinion. You can bet GACC will get the Pendragons' best shot.

Stracke echoes these thoughts. "Any time you play well you gain confidence. Beating Pender the first time around helps - but we also know that Pender is very capable of beating us if we don't come out and bring our A game."

Pender will be fighting for their state tournament lives perhaps with the wildcard not a sure thing if they are to lose.

So that's another reason why the Bluejays have to be ready to go from the get go.

GACC is number one in D-1 in power points right now, and stands a good chance to be the No. 1 seed at state should they fall to the Pendragons, but the Bluejays want to win their way into state if they can I'm sure.

GACC has to do what they have done all year long, which is get out and play hard and take care of business against folks.

This game shouldn't be any different than any other for the Bluejays. It's certainly a huge game, but GACC shouldn't view or treat it as more than just another game.

The Bluejays just have to come out and play the way the way they have all year.

GACC's approach shouldn't be any  or much different than what it has been all year.

Perhaps the Bluejays should crank the intensity and toughness up a few notches with it being the postseason, but again, there's nothing GACC really needs to do differently than what they have all season besides that perhaps.

Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. on 107.9 the Bull.
Pender Girls knock off Stanton in regular season finale; defeat Clarkson/Leigh in opening round of Sub-Districts
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The Pender Girls came back from 12 down to top Stanton 40-32 in overtime on the road Saturday before defeating Clarkson/Leigh 51-31 in the D1-4 Sub-District Semifinals at Wisner-Pilger Tuesday night.

The Mustangs doubled up the Pendragons 12-6 in the first quarter before winning the second quarter 8-7 to take a 20-13 lead into the locker room.

Pender outscored Stanton 19-12 in the second half to send the game into overtime.

The Pendragons blanked the Mustangs 8-0 in overtime.

Amber English led the way with 16 points while Kam Anderson notched 11. Hallie Ballinger added 9 points and 13 rebounds.

The Pendragons tripled up the Patriots 12-4 in the first quarter before winning the second quarter 13-11 to lead 25-15 at halftime.

Pender outscored Clarkson/Leigh 17-6 in the third quarter to go up 42-21 at the end of three.

The Patriots put up 10 points in the fourth quarter compared to 9 for the Pendragons.

Pender was led by Ballinger, who had a game-high 13 points and 8 rebounds. English added 12 points while Anderson and Cecilee Jacobsen registered 11 and 7, respectively.

Head Coach Larry Ballinger. "That Clarkson team is just a scary team. I think they're just a well talented team with a lot of youth and a lot of upside. And I tell you what I was scared to death to play this team. With a young group of players like they have you don't know how they're going to come in. If they're just going to say what the heck let's let it fly or if they're going to come in and play tight. So I really talked to the girls about just getting after it, trying to put some pressure on them, and I thought we did a nice job. I thought we played about 28 minutes of really good basketball I thought."

The Pendragons (18-7) take on GACC (19-2) in the Sub-District Final Thursday night.

The Bluejays defeated Emerson-Hubbard 54-17 Tuesday night.

Ballinger says GACC will be tough. "Yeah we definitely got our work cut out for us Thursday. They're just a well rounded, very athletic team. And so we'll have to come in and play really well to even stay in the game with them."

The Bluejays are currently number one in Class D-1 in power points. Pender could get a wildcard to state should they lose, but all of teams ahead of them except 1 at most would need to win in order for the Pendragons to qualify for the state tournament.

These two teams met last Monday in West Point with GACC winning 50-32.

I anticipate and expect Thursday night's game will be much closer than that though.

I feel Pender is a much better team than what they showed against the Bluejays the first time around, and has shown it in their last two games.

I feel the Pendragons have rediscovered their groove and are coming on again at the right time.

It could take a near perfect game for Pender to beat GACC, but I think the Pendragons definitely have it in them.

Win or lose Thursday night, Pender deserves to be at the state tournament.

This is a very good team that has played a really tough schedule, and hopefully they are rewarded with a wildcard if they lose to the Bluejays.

The Pendragons have to be tough inside, and limit the likes of Maddie Knobbe, Lauren Wobken, Lexis Haase, and Hannah Hunke.

Ballinger has to stay out of foul trouble, and Anderson, Jacobsen, English, and others have to find ways to knock down jump shots from the outside.

GACC is a perennial power who has been a fixture at the state tournament for the last two decades, and is pretty much guaranteed a trip there again, win or lose.

I would say Pender needs this one more in terms of making the state tournament, but the Bluejays aren't known for having to rely on the wildcard so things certainly won't be easy for the Pendragons.

Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. on 107.9 the Bull.
BRLD Girls down Logan View/Scribner-Snyder in regular season finale; top Omaha Nation in first game of Sub-Districts
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The BRLD Girls won 67-44 at home over Logan View/Scribner-Snyder in the regular season finale Friday night before downing Omaha Nation 67-34 in the C2-4 Sub-District Semifinals at West Point-Beemer Tuesday night.

The Wolverines led the Raiders 13-6 after one before outscoring LV/SS 22-5 in the second quarter to take a 35-11 lead into the locker room.

BRLD won the third quarter 19-17 to extend their lead to 54-28 at the end of three.

The Raiders notched 16 points in the third quarter compared to 13 for the Wolverines.

Lexie Bacon and Sophia Henneman had 15 points apiece to lead the way while Justice Johnson and Tess Nottleman totaled 8 and 7, respectively.

BRLD led the Chiefs 12-8 after one before outscoring Omaha Nation 15-2 in the second quarter to take a 27-10 lead into the locker room.

The Wolverines won the third quarter 19-13 to go up 46-23 at the end of three.

BRLD put up 21 points in the fourth quarter compared to 11 for the Chiefs.

Bacon led the way with 16 points while Nottleman registered 14 points and 10 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Henneman recorded 12 points while Tiahna Bonneau posted 8 rebounds.

Head Coach Rod Peters says his team played well offensively. "I thought we did a good job of executing on the offensive end. I also thought we did a good job of pushing the tempo."

Peters adds Henneman is just one of many players on the team capable of being a contributor. "The last two games Sophia has come off the bench and shot the ball really well. At this time of year we need to have girls step up and I feel we have had numerous girls do that."

The Wolverines (16-8) take on Ponca (19-4) in the Sub-District Final Thursday night.

The Indians beat Homer 56-32 Tuesday evening.

The two teams met at BRLD on December 22nd with the Wolverines winning 63-59.

Peters believes his team will be ready to go. "I am really confident that we will come to play on Thursday night. We will have to execute on the offensive and defensive end because they are a very quality team."

Peters adds his squad has to play hard and good defense. "One key is limiting their looks on the offensive end. Another key to our success is effort. If we bring high energy and effort. I do believe we will be successful."

I think the Wolverines have a good chance to knock off the Indians again, but BRLD has to bring it.

The Wolverines can't afford to play the way they did against Wisner-Pilger and Howells-Dodge the second time around if they hope to come away with a win.

The good news is I think BRLD has gotten back on track and is back to their old good selves.

Henneman stepping up and playing well lately has been big for this team, in my opinion.

I feel she's really made a difference as of late and needs to continue to do so for the Wolverines to move on.

It would be pretty neat to see BRLD and Oakland-Craig in a District Final if it all works out.

I think the Wolverines are going to need to play the same way they did the first time around to come away with a win in this second matchup.

BRLD's offense has to be just as good as it was the first time around, if not better, and the defense needs to step up also.

I think defense could be key in this game as well.

If one team can slow down the other and get their offense going, it could be lights out for their opponent.

I feel the Wolverines can win this game and get the job done. They just have to come ready to play for 32 minutes.

Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.
Oakland-Craig Girls down West Point-Beemer in regular season finale; top Yutan in opening Sub-District Game
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The Oakland-Craig Girls defeated West Point-Beemer 57-47 in their regular season finale Friday night before downing Yutan 59-50 in the C2-3 Sub-District Semifinals at Fort Calhoun Tuesday night.

Oakland-Craig led  the Cadets 12-11 after one before outscoring the Cadets 16-11 in the second quarter to take a 28-22 lead into the locker room.

The Knights won the third quarter 13-12 to go up 41-34 at the end of three.

Oakland-Craig put up 16 points in the fourth quarter compared to 13 for West Point-Beemer.

Dacey Nelson led all scorers with 29 points and posted 10 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Kennedy Benne chipped in 11 points.

Head Coach Joe Anderson says this was a good win. "It's always a tough matchup for us. That big girl inside and a couple other girls that are tall and a couple girls that can really go to the basket well. So it's a tough matchup for us, but our girls did a better job second half of executing our game plan, and we were able to come up with a win."

The Chieftains jumped out to a 15-8 lead at the end of one before the Knights won the second quarter 22-17 to make it a 32-30 game at halftime in favor of Yutan.

Oakland-Craig outscored the Chieftains 14-9 in the third quarter to go up 44-41 at the end of three.

The Knights put up 15 points in the fourth quarter compared to 9 for Yutan.

Nelson posted a double-double of 28 points and 11 rebounds while Shannon Pille chipped in 16 points. Benne notched 9 points and 7 rebounds.

Anderson says those three really earned their points. "Dacey did not have one her best shooting nights, but she really hustled and hit the boards hard. She had 11 rebounds. Shannon stepped up and hit a bunch of big shots. That is what we our going to need out of our senior point guard tomorrow. Kennedy is a hustler. She is an outstanding defender, and is starting to really shoot the ball well."

Anderson adds all that matters is his team won. "This time of year the important thing is finding a way to win. It was not real pretty, but our girls battled and found a way. Unfortunately, we have dug ourselves a hole in quite a few games this year. And in almost everyone, we give ourselves a chance to win at the end. We will need a much better start on Thursday."

Oakland-Craig (13-6) faces Fremont Bergan (15-6) in the Sub-District Final Thursday night.

Bergan topped Omaha Brownell-Talbot 73-30 Tuesday evening.

The two teams just met last Tuesday in Oakland with Oakland-Craig winning 51-40.

Anderson says it's a whole new ball game Thursday night. "We were able to beat them last week, but the score starts back over at 0-0 tomorrow. They are a very good team, who has been practicing 8 straight days for us. It will be a tall task to beat them again, but our girls our confident, and we have been playing better the last couple weeks. "

I think if Nelson, Pille, and Benne have games similar to what they had against Yutan, Oakland-Craig will be in a good position to win.

Oakland-Craig's defense will need to be like it was when these two teams met in the regular season though I would say.

Anderson says other girls stepping up and helping out Nelson, and solid all around defense are keys to another Oakland-Craig win, "I am sure their defense is really going to key in on Dacey this time around. It will be very important for our other girls to step up and hit shots. Shannon, Mel (Snader), Kennedy, and Natalia (McNeill) have all started to shoot the ball well and they will need to continue to do that. Defensively, we are going to have to play very smart. They have some very good shooters, and most of their girls attack the basket very well, so it will take a great team defense to slow them down. "

I think if Oakland-Craig plays up to their full potential they will win.

Fremont Bergan is a solid team, but I don't think they've played the quality of competition Oakland-Craig has.

Playing in the East Husker Conference Tournament really helps prepare Oakland-Craig for these types of games, in my opinion.

If Fremont Bergan shuts down Nelson, and other girls don't step up, Oakland-Craig could get beat though, so it's important for every one of Oakland-Craig's players to be firing, hitting, and clicking on all cylinders.

Oakland-Craig has to go at it hard for 32 minutes and let their play dictate the outcome of the game.

Oakland-Craig has to block out all of the noise coming from the Bergan fans if they can, and just play their game.

Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.
North Bend Central Girls 1-2 in last three games
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The North Bend Central Girls fell 47-41 at home to Howells-Dodge Thursday night before winning 46-38 at Tekamah-Herman in the regular season finale Friday night, and 47-40 over Columbus Lakeview in the C1-5 Sub-District Semifinals at Columbus High Tuesday night.

The Jaguars led the Tigers 15-9 at the end of one. North Bend Central quadrupled up Howells-Dodge 16-4 in the second quarter to take a 25-19 lead into the locker room.

The Jaguars outscored the Tigers 14-2 in the third quarter to go up 33-27 at the end of three.

Both teams scored 14 points in the fourth quarter.

North Bend Central led Tekamah-Herman 11-6 at the end of one. Tekamah-Herman won the second quarter 11-7 to make it an 18-17 game at halftime.

North Bend Central outscored Tekamah-Herman 13-4 in the third quarter to extend their lead to 10 at 31-21 at the end of three.

Tekamah-Herman put up 17 points in the fourth quarter compared to 15 for North Bend Central.

The Tigers got out to a 13-7 lead on the Vikings at the end of one before winning the second quarter 10-9 to take a 23-16 lead into the locker room.

Columbus Lakeview outscored North Bend Central 10-6 in the third quarter to make it a 29-26 game at the end of three in favor of the Tigers.

North Bend Central notched 18 points in the fourth quarter compared to 14 for the Vikings.

Head Coach Aaron Sterup says his team fought through adversity and defied the odds to win the game. "Well, we overcame some injuries, sickness and everything else that could have gone wrong it seemed. I was proud that they pulled together and pulled out a win when we had so much going against us. They made free throws when it counted, and that is the sign of a good team. Overcoming tough situations to win when the odds aren’t in your favor."

Sterup adds his squad wasn't at full strength on Tuesday. "Hailey Bang missed the game with an ankle injury. We had a couple of other girls sick and not at 100%. Hopefully all are better by Thursday. It is a wait and see type of deal."

The Tigers (17-5) take on Columbus Scotus (14-7) in the Sub-District Final Thursday night.

The Shamrocks handled David City Aquinas 50-29 Tuesday night.

This is the first meeting between the two teams this season as the regular season meeting was postponed due to the weather.

Sterup says the Shamrocks are the real deal. "They are very tough in all areas. They are physical, play really good man to man defense, they can shoot from the outside but also have people inside. They are a tough matchup for us because they do so many things well. We really can’t focus on something that they do poorly and try to exploit it because I’m not sure they have that. It will take a good, well-rounded effort to beat them. We need to play solid defense, control our fouls, take care of the ball and get good shots every time down."

Sterup adds it would be nice to win and advance, and says his team is capable of winning. "We would certainly like a victory and a shot at a game to go to the State Tournament. We will have to play well, but we know we have it in us. We just have to get back to what were doing very well a couple of weeks ago. We know them well, and they know us well, so it should be a good, tough game on both sides."

This game figures to be an all out heavyweight bout.

I would say getting the ball inside and making easy layups and getting to the free throw line and making free throws are also important for North Bend Central.

Columbus Scotus beat Lakeview 44-41 in overtime in the Columbus Holiday Tournament, but downed them 49-22 on February 7th, so it's hard to know what to expect from the Shamrocks.

I would say if the Tigers play the way they did the week of the East Husker Conference Tournament they have a good shot to win.

But if North Bend Central plays sluggish and isn't at their best, it might not be enough to win.

It's win or go home as it doesn't appear the loser is going to get a wildcard into the state tournament.

Everything is on the line in this game, and the Tigers have to come up big and come through in the clutch.

In other words, North Bend Central has to come through when it matters most.

There may be nerve racking or tense situations, but the Tigers have to do their best to remain calm, cool, and collected at all times.

Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m.
Howells-Dodge Girls knock off North Bend Central in regular season finale; top Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family in first Sub-District Game
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The Howells-Dodge Girls beat North Bend Central 47-41 on the road Thursday night in the regular season finale before downing Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 57-46 Tuesday night in the C2-7 Sub-District Semifinals at Norfolk Catholic.

The Jaguars led the Tigers 15-9 at the end of one. North Bend Central quadrupled up Howells-Dodge 16-4 in the second quarter to take a 25-19 lead into the locker room.

The Jaguars outscored the Tigers 14-2 in the third quarter to go up 33-27 at the end of three.

Both teams scored 14 points in the fourth quarter.

Sam Brester led the way with 23 points while Erin Prusa notched 11.

Howells-Dodge led the Bulldogs 10-8 after one before outscoring Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 18-8 in the second quarter to take a 28-16 lead into the locker room.

The Bulldogs won the third quarter 18-15 to make it a 43-34 game at the end of three.

The Jaguars put up 14 points in the fourth quarter compared to 12 for Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family.

Howells-Dodge (20-3) faces Battle Creek (12-12) in the Sub-District Final Thursday night.

The Braves upset top seeded Stanton 37-31 in the first game on Tuesday.

This is the first meeting of the season between the two teams as they did not meet in the regular season.

I think the Jaguars caught a break when Battle Creek knocked off Stanton.

That's not to say Howells-Dodge couldn't beat Stanton, because they could and did in the regular season, but this matchup with the Braves figures to be easier and not as tough I would say.

The Jaguars still have to come ready to play and must not take Battle Creek lightly, but as long as Howells-Dodge plays well and up to their potential, they should win.

If the Jaguars knock off the Braves they will get either Twin River or Nebraska Christian in a District Final.

Those two teams are pretty good, but I think Howells-Dodge is better.

So if I had to venture to say one way or another I would say the Jaguars are going to win their way into state and not have to rely on a wildcard.

Howells-Dodge has the tools and the talent to get to state without a wildcard and do some damage, in my opinion.

I think Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family was just as good if not better competition than what the Jaguars will see Thursday and in a District Final if they make it that far.

So as long as Howells-Dodge keeps the foot on the throttle and doesn't let up they should be fine.

I think Thursday's game has the potential to be a 15-20 point win for the Jaguars.

Howells-Dodge could earn themselves a high seed in the state tournament if they win out so the Jaguars have to realize that there is some unfinished business to attend to.

Howells-Dodge finished as runner-up in D-1 last year, and no doubt would like to win 5 more games before this season is over.

Thursday night's game is another step in the Jaguars making their dreams a reality.

Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Stanton Boys beat Clarkson/Leigh and Pender
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The Stanton Boys won 68-52 at home over Clarkson/Leigh Thursday night, and 62-49 at home over Pender on Saturday.

The Mustangs led the Patriots 16-15 after one. Stanton outscored Clarkson/Leigh 28-8 in the second quarter to take a 44-23 lead into the locker room.

The Mustangs won the third quarter 16-12 to go up 60-35 at the end of three.

The Patriots put up 17 points in the fourth quarter compared to 8 for Stanton.

Myles Nickolite led the way with 27 points and 7 rebounds while Nate Arens chipped in 9 points. Trey Erbst, Henry Bohac, and Hunter Stallbaum chipped in 8 apiece.

The Mustangs got out to a 19-14 lead on the Pendragons at the end of one. Pender doubled up Stanton 12-6 in the second quarter to take a 26-25 lead into the locker room.

The Mustangs won the third quarter 16-12 to go up 41-38 at the end of three.

Stanton outscored the Pendragons 21-11 in the fourth quarter.

Nickolite notched 17 points and 8 rebounds while Erbst and Stallbaum registered 12 and 10 points, respectively.

These were two good wins for the Mustangs. Stanton's scorers finally made big contributions.

The Mustangs (6-14) take on Emerson-Hubbard (2-19) on the road Friday night.

The Pirates lost 89-66 at home to Walthill this past Friday night.

That's not all that bad of a loss for Emerson-Hubbard given how good the Blujays are.

With that said, the Pirates have lost to Pender twice so Stanton should be able to win.

Nickolite, Stallbaum, Bohac, and Erbst have to show up and play good games for the Mustangs again.

I honestly expected all of them to do more than they have this year.

Nickolite has been the only real consistent one this year along with Erbst perhaps.

Better late than never though for Stanton, who is in the light portion of their schedule.

The Mustangs need to dominate Friday night's game in a big way to gain momentum for Sub-Districts next week.

I feel Stanton has vastly underachieved this year, and should be much better than they are.

The Mustangs have a date with a surging Wisner-Pilger team on Monday so Stanton must play well against Emerson-Hubbard to give themselves a good chance to knock off the Gators, in my opinion.

Friday night's game can't be just another game for the Mustangs.

Stanton has to come out and play hard and with a purpose, and take it to the Pirates for 32 minutes.

It's getting down to the nitty gritty for the Mustangs, and it's nice to see Stanton start to finally win some games.

Hopefully the Mustangs can continue their recent success Friday night.
Howells-Dodge Boys lose at North Bend Central; defeat Wakefield
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The Howells-Dodge Boys lost 62-47 at North Bend Central Thursday night before beating Wakefield 57-50 at home Friday night.

The Tigers doubled up the Jaguars 22-11 in the first quarter. Both teams scored 12 points in the second quarter to make it a 34-23 game at halftime in favor of North Bend Central.

The Tigers outscored Howells-Dodge 28-24 in the second half.

Connor Blum had a team-high 22 points while Zach Bayer totaled 7. Lane Hegemann notched 7 rebounds.

The Trojans led the Jaguars 11-10 at the end of one before winning the second quarter 7-3 to lead 18-13 at halftime.

Howells-Dodge outscored Wakefield 20-12 in the third quarter to go up 33-30 at the end of three.

The Jaguars notched 24 points in the fourth quarter compared to 20 for the Trojans.

Dax VanLengen registered 19 points and 10 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Kade Hegemann added 10 points while Lane Hegemann recorded 8 points and 10 rebounds. Blum chipped in 7 points and 8 rebounds.

Head Coach Cole Fischer says this was a big win. "This was a tale of two halves and the boys gutted a win out. It's a win that should give us some confidence heading into the last part of the season."

Howells-Dodge (10-11) hosts Lutheran High Northeast (17-3) Friday night in the regular season finale.

The Eagles won 54-41 at Hartington Cedar Catholic on Saturday.

This figures to be a really tough game for the Jaguars as LHNE has won 8 in a row.

It's not a game Howells-Dodge can't win though, in my opinion.

The Jaguars have played very good basketball at times this year, and if Howells-Dodge is on top of their game and brings their best effort Friday night, they could find themselves on the winning end of things.

This is a good test for the Jaguars heading into Sub-Districts, in my opinion.

Howells-Dodge has a date with Battle Creek next Tuesday, and playing the Eagles should test and help prepare the Jaguars for the game with the Braves.

Howells-Dodge's confidence would have to be at an all-time high heading into the Battle Creek game if they could knock off LHNE.

The Jaguars beat Humphrey St. Francis earlier this season so it's certainly a possibility for Howells-Dodge to beat the Eagles as well, in my opinion.

The Jaguars need the same type of offensive production from multiple players that they got against Wakefield.

If Blum, VanLengen, Bayer, and Kade and Lane Hegemann can all score in double figures or close to it, Howells-Dodge figures to be in good shape.

I really think the Jaguars can make a postseason run like they did last year. I feel Howells-Dodge got back on track with the Wakefield win, and has what it takes to keep things going Friday night and into next week.