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Stanton Boys fall to North Bend Central; Girls beat Tigers
2017-12-14T09:50








The Stanton Boys Basketball Team lost 59-25 at North Bend Central Tuesday night.

The Tigers jumped out to a 22-8 lead after one, and won the 2nd quarter 12-8 to take a 34-16 lead into the locker room.

North Bend Central outscored Stanton 22-4 in the 3rd quarter to go up 56-20 at the end of three.

The Tigers notched 13 fourth quarter points compared to 5 for the Mustangs.

Difficult loss for Stanton. North Bend Central is a team to be reckoned with though.

The Mustangs (1-3) host Wakefield (4-1) Friday night.

The Trojans lost 50-41 at Randolph Tuesday night.

That loss has to give Stanton a lot of confidence and hope.

If the Mustangs can play better offense they should have a chance to knock off Wakefield.

Scoring has definitely been an issue for Stanton though.

The Mustangs have to be better scoring the ball and has to defend better as well.

Stanton has to play with a lot of pride, heart, passion, desire, grit, fire, tenacity, and physical and mental toughness.

The Mustangs have to want it more than the Trojans, and have to outhustle and outwork Wakefield.

Stanton has to keep working hard and make sure they do everything in their power to get better.

There's a lot of season left, and the Mustangs have to keep putting in the time and work at practice and in games.

Stanton is very young this year, and it has been a difficult season for the Mustangs thus far, but that doesn't mean that brighter things aren't ahead yet for this ball club.

Stanton has to keep grinding and finding ways to improve their craft and skill every time they take to the floor.

The Mustangs have to play their hearts out and leave everything out on the floor against Wakefield.

Stanton has to give 110% on every play, and must get to the loose balls and 50/50 balls.

The Mustangs have to put everything they've got into this game, and do their best to rebound and bounce back from the loss to the Tigers.

I'm sure it can't be easy to just forget about what happened Tuesday night, but Stanton has to have a quick memory and must simply move on.

The Mustangs can't control the past. All Stanton can do is dictate the future.










The Stanton Girls Basketball Team picked up a big win Tuesday night, winning 35-30 at North Bend Central.

The Tigers led 5-2 after one. Stanton outscored North Bend Central 9-5 in the 2nd quarter to lead 11-10 at halftime.

The Tigers won the 3rd quarter 11-9 to regain the lead at 21-20 at the end of three.

The Mustangs put up 15 points in the 4th quarter compared to 9 for North Bend Central.

Hannah Heppner had 14 points while Jessie Brandl registered 10.

Great win for Stanton. Biggest win of the season so far for the Mustangs without a doubt.

Stanton (4-0) hosts Wakefield (2-3) Friday night.

The Trojans lost 48-17 at Randolph Tuesday night.

This should be an easy win for the Mustangs.

Stanton shouldn't have much trouble with Wakefield whatsoever.

This is a game where the starters and backups should be able to get some good work in.

It's important for the Mustangs to be fresh and get tuned up for the rest of their games before the Holiday Break.

Stanton has Pender on Saturday, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family on Tuesday, and Wisner-Pilger on Thursday so it's important for the Mustangs to be sharp in this game, and take care of business early so the starters can get rested and get ready for the stretch run before Christmas.

Heppner and Brandl have to have big games for Stanton as does Bree Burtwhistle.

This should be a good game for Burtwhistle to get back to form.

The Mustangs definitely need her to produce a lot over the next handful of ball games and for the rest of the season.

The North Bend Central win was great, but Stanton can't dwell and be hungover with it.

The Mustangs have to regather and refocus themselves on beating Wakefield.

Championship Teams are focused no matter who the opponent, and Stanton is definitely one of those teams, in my opinion.

I think the one thing you can say about this Mustangs squad is that they're always ready to play.

Stanton should turn in a great performance Friday night and win easily.

The Mustangs just have to take things one game at a time and be focused on beating the Trojans.

Stanton has to be ready to play a complete game, and must play well from start to finish, and get a lot of girls playing time.
Tekamah-Herman Boys lose to Wisner-Pilger and Twin River; Girls lose to both plus Yutan
2017-12-14T08:40














The Tekamah-Herman Boys Basketball Team lost 74-6 at home to Wisner-Pilger Friday night before falling 63-21 at home to Twin River on Saturday.

The Gators shutout the Tigers 23-0 in the 1st quarter, and outscored Tekamah-Herman 29-5 in the 2nd quarter to take a 52-5 lead into the locker room.

Wisner-Pilger won the 3rd quarter 13-1 to go up 65-6 after three.

The Gators blanked the Tigers 9-0 in the 4th quarter.

Connor Feiling had 8 points for the Tigers in the Twin River.

Two tough games for Tekamah-Herman. Saturday's game was an improvement from Friday I would say though.

The Tigers (0-4) host Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (4-1) Friday night.

The Raiders won 60-40 at Columbus Lakeview Tuesday night.

Tekamah-Herman has to make it a point to slow down Jacob Polk and Ben Moxness.

Those two have done a lot of damage for LVSS this season.

The Tigers have to keep playing and fighting hard, and do their best to get better.

It has been a tough season so far for Tekamah-Herman, but the Tigers can't pack it in and give up.

There's a long ways to go, and Tekamah-Herman has to persevere and overcome their struggles.

Brighter days are ahead for the Tigers, you can bet that, and Tekamah-Herman has to get through this tough time.

The Tigers have to give it their all and their best effort, and do everything they can to compete in this one.

A win is probably out of the question as unfortunately Tekamah-Herman is playing a very good LVSS team.

The Tigers should still play to win and approach this game like they can win it though.

It has to be tough losing the way Tekamah-Herman is, but all the Tigers can do is continue to fight on and press forward.

Tekamah-Herman is very young so all the playing experience these freshmen and sophomores are getting is only going to help the Tigers in the future.

Tekamah-Herman has to understand that as tough as this season is, it is preparing them for next year and future years.

That may not be music to the seniors and even juniors' ears, but it is what it is.

The Tigers have to keep growing and improving everyday, and realize they are a part of future growth for Tekamah-Herman Boys Basketball.















The Tekamah-Herman Girls Basketball Team lost 59-23 at home to Wisner-Pilger Friday night, 37-28 at home against Twin River on Saturday, and 49-22 at home to Yutan Tuesday night.

The Titans led the Tigers 10-2 after one. Twin River outscored Tekamah-Herman 14-4 in the 2nd quarter to take a 24-6 lead into the locker room.

The Tigers won the 3rd quarter 12-5 to make it a 29-18 game at the end of three.

Tekamah-Herman won the 4th quarter 10-8.

Marin Jetensky had 15 points, including 13 in the 2nd half, for the Tigers while Jadyn Fleischman chipped in 8.

Jetensky led the way with 12 points against the Chieftains.

I thought Tekamah-Herman played a good second half against Twin River. The Tigers need to keep playing like that.

Tekamah-Herman (0-6) hosts Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (1-4) Friday night.

The Raiders lost 44-26 at Columbus Lakeview Tuesday night.

LVSS is led by Morgan Morgan, Kaylee Boyle, and Shaylin Daugherty.

Those three have been the Raiders' most consistent performers over the last three games.

The Tigers have to able to handle the ball and pressure, and get the ball up court and get it into Jetensky and Fleischman.

Tekamah-Herman has good post play, but the Tigers lack someone who can handle the ball well.

Tekamah-Herman has to be better offensively than they have been.

Defense hasn't been an issue for the Tigers, but offense has.

The good news is LVSS has also struggled this season.

This should be a good, close game, and Tekamah-Herman has to believe that they can get this one.

The Tigers definitely want to get a win before the Holiday Break. The last thing Tekamah-Herman wants is to be winless heading into Christmas.

The Tigers have to play with a sense of urgency and purpose Friday night.

Tekamah-Herman has to play with passion, pride, mental and physical toughness, grit, tenacity, and fire.

The Tigers have to want it more than the Raiders, and have to get after things on both ends of the floor.

Tekamah-Herman has to create turnovers and get out in transition and score points.

The Tigers have to be confident handling the ball, and must handle pressure well and make smart, crisp passes, get good, open shots, and get to and convert at the free throw line.

Tekamah-Herman also has to box out and rebound well as well as do a good job of contesting shots.

If the Tigers do all these things well they should give themselves a chance to win.
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Boys 2-1 in last 3 games; Girls 1-2 in same span
2017-12-14T07:35













The Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Boys Basketball Team is 2-1 in their last three games, beating Wayne 65-27 at home last Tuesday night before losing 61-42 at Wahoo on Saturday, and winning 60-40 at Columbus Lakeview Tuesday night.

The Raiders led 17-2 at the end of one and outscored the Blue Devils 16-5 in the 2nd quarter to take a 33-7 lead into the locker room.

LVSS put up 26 points in the 3rd quarter compared to 7 for Wayne to make it a 59-14 game at the end of three.

The Blue Devils won the 4th quarter 13-6.

Jacob Polk had a game-high 28 points while Ben Moxness totaled 17.

The Warriors jumped out to a 20-4 led on the Raiders at the end of one. Wahoo outscored LVSS 13-7 in the 2nd quarter to go up 33-11 at halftime.

The Raiders won the 3rd quarter 16-12 to make it a 45-27 game at the end of three.

The Warriors were a point better than LVSS in the 4th quarter, putting up 16 compared to 15 for the Raiders.

Polk had 22 points while Moxness registered 8.

The Vikings led LVSS 13-12 at the end of one. Columbus Lakeview doubled up the Raiders 10-5 in the 2nd quarter to take a 23-17 lead into the locker room.

LVSS won the 3rd quarter 14-5 to go up 31-28 at the end of three.

The Raiders outscored the Vikings 29-12 in the 4th quarter.

Polk totaled 29 points while Moxness posted 22 points and 7 rebounds.

Polk and Moxness are great players for LVSS, although that's something you don't already know.

The Raiders (4-1) take on Tekamah-Herman (0-4) on the road Friday night.

The Tigers lost 63-21 at home to Twin River on Saturday.

It has been a tough year for Tekamah-Herman, but LVSS has to still come ready to play.

Lakeview gave the Raiders a game through 3 quarters, and the Tigers are certainly capable of competing with and making things interesting against LVSS.

The Raiders have to come out and play better in the first 3 quarters than they did against the Vikings.

LVSS played a great 4th quarter against Lakeview, but the Raiders have to be better than they were through the first 3 quarters.

With that said, LVSS should be able to play a good game and prepare themselves for a tussle with DC West on Tuesday.

I look for Polk and Moxness to have big games for the Raiders, and for other players to get involved.

I think this is one of those games where everyone should and will get ample playing time.

This also one of those games where other players besides Polk and Moxness should be able to step up and score points.

I don't know if LVSS can consistently rely on those two to do everything.

I'm not sure the Raiders will beat teams like Wahoo unless other players step up and help those two out.

The Warriors shut down Moxness, and if one of them is off then LVSS is definitely at a disadvantage.

With that said, the Raiders should be able to win their remaining two ball games before the Christmas Break.

The most important thing for LVSS, in my opinion, is to be tough, sharp and resilient.

The last thing the Raiders want is to come out sluggish on Friday, or Tuesday for that matter.

LVSS has to play two good games to get ready for the Holiday Tournament.















The Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Girls Basketball Team lost 79-37 at home to Wayne last Tuesday night before winning 52-25 at Cedar Bluffs last Thursday night before falling 44-26 at Columbus Lakeview Tuesday night.

The Blue Devils led the Raiders 19-10 after one. Wayne outscored LVSS 23-11 in the 2nd quarter to go up 42-21 at halftime.

The Blue Devils won the 3rd quarter 19-8 to lead 61-29 at the end of three.

Wayne put up 18 points in the 4th quarter compared to 8 for the Raiders.

Shaylin Daugherty had 11 points and 10 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Ashley Peters added 7 points.

LVSS led 13-5 at the end of one against the Wildcats. The Raiders won the 2nd quarter 13-8 to take a 26-13 lead into the locker room.

LVSS outscored Cedar Bluffs 17-5 in the 3rd quarter to go up 43-18 at the end of three.

The Raiders won the 4th quarter 9-7.

Kaylee Boyle led the way with 26 points while Morgan Morgan totaled 7 points and 13 rebounds. Ashley Uhing chipped in 7 rebounds.

The Vikings led LVSS 11-5 after one. The Raiders won the 2nd quarter 14-12 to make it a 23-19 game at halftime.

Columbus Lakeview outscored LVSS 10-4 in the 3rd quarter to go up 33-23 at the end of three.

The Vikings put up 11 points in the 4th quarter and held the Raiders to 3.

Morgan had a team-high 7 points while Daugherty totaled 9 rebounds.

I thought LVSS did a nice job competing against Cedar Bluffs and Columbus Lakeview, at least in the 1st half of the game against the Vikings. The Wayne game was simply tough though.

The Raiders (1-4) travel to Tekamah Friday night to battle Tekamah-Herman (0-6).

The Tigers lost 49-22 at home to Yutan Tuesday night.

This should be a really good game.

I think LVSS has an excellent chance to pick up their 2nd win of the season.

The Raiders have to play hard, smart, aggressive, and most importantly must have fun.

LVSS has to play the way they did in the 1st half against the Vikings.

If the Raiders can put together a good four quarter game I think they've got an excellent chance to win.

LVSS needs good games from Boyle, Morgan, Daugherty, and others.

The Raiders have to come alive offensively and play good smart aggressive defense as well.

LVSS has to pressure the ball relentlessly due to the Tigers' struggles at point guard.

The Raiders have to hound Tekamah-Herman defensively and force the Tigers to earn their points the hard way.

LVSS has to try and contain Marin Jetensky and Jadyn Fleischman.

Those two are Tekamah-Herman's best players I would say, and they are the ones that do a lot of the scoring for the Tigers.

The Raiders have to give an all out effort in everything they do Friday night.

LVSS has to play with a sense of urgency and purpose seeing how winnable this game is.

The Raiders have to make smart, crisp passes, look for good shots, find easy layups, be ready to shoot, and get to and convert at the free throw line.

LVSS also has to rebound and box out well, in addition to contesting shots.

If the Raiders do these things well then they should have a good chance to win.
Clarkson/Leigh Boys 0-3 in last 3 games; Girls 3-1 in last four
2017-12-13T05:53














The Clarkson/Leigh Boys Basketball Team went 0-3 last week, losing 73-35 at home to Oakland-Craig last Tuesday night, falling 36-31 at Winside Thursday night, and dropping a 64-22 decision at BRLD Friday night.

The Knights led the Patriots 19-9 at the end of one, and outscored Clarkson/Leigh 13-8 in the 2nd quarter to take a 32-17 lead into the locker room.

Oakland-Craig won the 3rd quarter 15-12 to go up 47-29 at the end of three.

The Knights put up 26 points in the 4th quarter, and held the Patriots to 6.

Daniel Beller totaled a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds while Anthony Bruhn posted 9 points.

The Wildcats led the Patriots 12-8 after one. Clarkson/Leigh blanked Winside 11-0 in the 2nd quarter to lead 19-12 at halftime.

The Wildcats outscored the Patriots 10-2 to regain the lead at 22-21 at the end of three.

Winside won the 4th quarter 14-10.

Garrett Schroeder recorded 11 points while Bruhn totaled 8. Beller notched 10 rebounds while Gall had 8.

BRLD jumped out to a 19-4 lead after one, and outscored the Patriots 15-6 in the 2nd quarter to take a 34-10 lead into the locker room.

The Wolverines outsored Clarkson/Leigh 28-5 in the 3rd quarter and to lead 62-15 at the end of three in a game that had a running clock.

The Patriots won the 4th quarter 7-2.

Lance Paprocki and Gall had 6 points apiece to pace Clarkson/Leigh.

Clarkson/Leigh Head Coach Jeff Bachman on the loss. "We knew that coming in we needed to play really good basketball to stay with them and compete with them. We did not do that. We turned it over too much. Our defense was very poor tonight. We expect more out of ourselves, but BRLD's a tough team."

The Patriots (0-5) travel to Pender (2-2) Thursday night to take on the Pendragons in a game that will be aired on 107.9 the Bull.

Pender won 55-40 at Allen Monday night.

The Pendragons are a much improved team this year, and this figures to be another difficult game for Clarkson/Leigh.

The Patriots have to be better on both ends of the floor if they are to have a chance in this one.

Clarkson/Leigh has to box out and rebound well, and must also contest shots.

Taking care of the ball, finding good open looks at the basket, and converting open layups and shots will be important for the Patriots.

Clarkson/Leigh also has to get to the free throw line and convert a high percentage there.

I look for the Patriots to play better than they have been seeing as they will have had almost an entire week to prepare for Pender.

Clarkson/Leigh has to get off to a fast start, and must play a complete, four quarter game and finish strong as well.

The Patriots had a great chance to beat the Wildcats, but let things slip away in the 2nd half.

It's games like those where Clarkson/Leigh has to close things out when they have the chance.

The Patriots have to focus on slow down the Pendragons' Sam Mailoux.

He has recorded double-doubles in Pender's last two ball games, and is a big force to be reckoned with.

Beller, Bruhn, Paprocki, Haden Held, Schroeder, and others have to step up and score for Clarkson/Leigh.

The Pendragons have to be more effective and efficient on the offensive end, and have to cut down on turnovers.

The Patriots also have to find ways to get more defensive stops between getting steals and limiting teams to just one shot per possession.

The game will be played after the girls game. The Bull's coverage of the girls game will start around 6:00 p.m. with Kent Aurich on the call. Should be a fun one, and I hope you will all tune in and listen to the game.














The Clarkson/Leigh Girls picked up a big 36-30 home win over Oakland-Craig last Tuesday night before beating Winside 57-5 on the road Thursday night. The Patriots lost 50-39 at BRLD Friday night before downing David City 42-31 on the road Tuesday night.

The Knights led the Patriots 19-9 at the end of one, and outscored Clarkson/Leigh 13-8 in the 2nd quarter to take a 32-17 lead into the locker room.

Oakland-Craig won the 3rd quarter 15-12 to go up 47-29 at the end of three.

The Knights put up 26 points in the 4th quarter, and held the Patriots to 6.

Kaegan Held had 10 points while Ashlynn Novotny totaled 8 points and 8 rebounds.

Clarkson/Leigh went up 17-1 on the Wildcats at the end of one. The Patriots outscored Winside 20-2 in the 2nd quarter to take a 37-3 lead at halftime.

Clarkson/Leigh outscored the Wildcats 12-2 in the 3rd quarter to extend their lead to 49-5 at the end of three.

The Patriots shut out Winside 8-0 in the 4th quarter.

Beth Wiese and Halee Steffensmeier notched 16 points apiece to lead Clarkson/Leigh.

The Wolverines took a 15-6 lead after one before the Patriots doubled up BRLD 18-9 in the 2nd quarter to tie the game at 24 thanks to a Kaegan Held buzzer beater at halftime.

Clarkson/Leigh won the 3rd quarter 10-9, and the score after 3 was 34-33 in favor of the Patriots.

The Wolverines saved their best for last, outscoring Clarkson/Leigh 17-5 in the final stanza.

Kim Stodola had a team-high 16 points and totaled 8 rebounds for the Patriots. Held chipped in 8 points while Novotny registered 7. Paige Moore registered 9 rebounds while Wiese posted 7.

The Patriots led the Scouts 13-9 after one. Clarkson/Leigh won the 2nd quarter 12-11 to take a 25-20 lead into the locker room.

The Patriots outscored David City 9-4 in the 3rd quarter to lead 34-24 at the end of three.

Clarkson/Leigh put up 8 points in the 4th quarter compared to the Scouts, who scored 7.

Held led the way with 10 points while Moore recorded 9. Stodola chipped in 8 while Sara McEvoy contributed 7.

The Patriots are playing excellent ball right now. Clarkson/Leigh was one quarter away from being 4-0 in their last four games.

The Patriots (4-2) battle Pender (3-1) on the road Thursday night in a game that will be aired on 107.9 the Bull.

The Pendragons won 61-19 at Allen Monday night.

This should be a great game between two very good teams.

Pender has done some nice things this season as has Clarkson/Leigh.

The Patriots have to come out and play strong defense, and slow down the likes of Faith Morris, Ashley Ostrand, and Sarah Krueger.

Those three are the big scorers for the Pendragons, and really make Pender go.

Clarkson/Leigh has to play suffocating defense like they have all season.

Defense is going to definitely win this game for the Patriots, in my opinion. Clarkson/Leigh probably needs to keep this one in the 30's or low 40's to win.

That's how the Patriots have won a lot of their games this season.

Scoring in the 50's and 60's isn't common for Clarkson/Leigh even though I'm sure the Patriots would like to score that much on a consistent basis.

Clarkson/Leigh should strive to score as many points as possible, but at the end of the day it's the defense that's going to continue to get the Patriots over the hump I feel.

I'm sure this team takes a lot of pride in their defensive work, and it really shows.

Clarkson/Leigh has to play tight, pressure defense, and get Pender in foul trouble.

The Patriots got Oakland-Craig in a lot of foul trouble, and it was ultimately one of the biggest differences if not the biggest difference in the game.

Defense is going to be very important against the Pendragons as well as Clarkson/Leigh is going to need to keep playing the way they have defensively to come out on top.

The Patriots are building something great, and this is a team that could stand in Clarkson/Leigh's way of making state as the two are in the same sub-district.

These are the types of games you build, prepare, practice, and play for, and so the Patriots have to bring a little something extra knowing Pender is a sub-district and conference team.

Coverage will begin around 6:00 p.m. on the Bull with Kent Aurich providing the play-by-play.
Pender Boys and Girls lose to Oakland-Craig, beat Allen
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The Pender Boys Basketball Team lost 67-58 at Oakland-Craig Friday night before winning 55-40 at Allen Monday night.

The Pendragons jumped out to a 13-9 lead on Oakland-Craig after one. The Knights outscored the Pendragons 22-13 in the 2nd quarter to take a 31-26 lead into the locker room.

Pender won the 3rd quarter 15-14 to make it a 45-41 game at the end of three in favor of Oakland-Craig.

The Knights outlasted the Pendragons 22-17 in the 4th quarter.

Sam Mailoux had a team-high 26 points and 16 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Jared Tyrell totaled 11 points while Chris Rutar registered 9 points and 7 rebounds. Tyler Nelson chipped in 8 points.

Pender led the Eagles 18-8 after one. The Pendragons won the 2nd quarter 11-7 to take a 29-15 lead into the locker room.

Pender outscored Allen 13-10 in the 3rd quarter to go up 42-25 at the end of three.

The Eagles put up 15 points in the 4th quarter compared to 13 for the Pendragons.

Mailoux registered 17 points and 15 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Tyler Nelson added 10 points while Jordan Springer recorded 9.

What a beast Mailoux has been. Pender is playing good basketball right now, in my opinion.

The Pendragons (2-2) host Clarkson/Leigh (0-5) Thursday night in a game that will be aired on 107.9 the Bull.

The Patriots lost 64-22 at BRLD Friday night.

I look for Pender to win this game rather handily.

Clarkson/Leigh has had a tough season so far, and I feel the Pendragons are in a good position and are well equipped to win this one big.

Mailoux has to continue dominating for Pender the way he has lately, and Nelson, Springer, and Tyrell have to keep playing well too.

There's no doubt this Pendragon team is much improved from last year. I think this is the best team Pender has had in quite a while.

The Pendragons have a very winnable game against Stanton on Saturday, and I look for Pender to keep the ball rolling.

I think the Pendragons have a great chance to finish the week 3-0.

Pender just has to focus on slowing down Anthony Bruhn, Haden Held, Lance Paprocki, and others.

The Pendragons just have to play their game and come out and execute.

Pender has to be focused, determined, and ready to go full throttle for 4 quarters.

I wouldn't be surprised if this game was a running clock at some point in the 2nd half.

The Pendragons have to use this game as another chance to improve, grow, and get better.

Pender has some tougher games in the 2nd half of the season so I feel it's important for the Pendragons to play as well as possible right now to give themselves confidence and momentum for those games later on.

What a feel good story this basketball team is right now.

Pender is finally becoming the team I thought they would be the last couple of years.

The Pendragons are doing some nice things this season, and have to simply keep it up.

The sky is the limit for Pender as long as they keep working hard and progressing like they are capable of.

I feel the Pendragons' best basketball is still ahead of them despite this good play in the early season.

The game will be aired on the Bull after the girls game, which coverage will start for around 6:00 p.m.














The Pender Girls Basketball Team lost 55-48 at Oakland-Craig Friday night before beating Allen 61-19 on the road Monday night.

The Pendragons spurted out to a 15-10 lead on Oakland-Craig after one. The Knights won the 2nd quarter 15-10 to tie the game at 25 at halftime.

Oakland-Craig outscored Pender 20-7 in the 3rd quarter to go up 45-32 at the end of three.

The Pendragons registered 16 points in the 4th quarter compared to the Knights' 10.

Sarah Krueger had a team-high 15 points while Ashley Ostrand and Tymaree Krusemark totaled 10 apiece. Jessica Krueger added 7 rebounds.

Pender got out to a 20-3 lead on the Eagles at the end of one. The Pendragons outscored Allen 13-6 in the 2nd quarter to take a 33-9 halftime lead.

Pender won the 3rd quarter 10-7 to go up 43-16 at the end of three.

The Pendragons notched 18 points in the 4th quarter and held the Eagles to 3.

Faith Morris had a game-high 19 points while Ostrand recorded 15. Sarah Krueger added 10 while Jessica Krueger notched 7 rebounds.

Tough loss for Pender on Friday, but I thought the Pendragons did a nice job bouncing back against Allen.

Pender (3-1) hosts Clarkson/Leigh (4-2) Thursday night in a game that will be aired on 107.9 the Bull.

The Patriots won 42-31 at David City Tuesday night.

Clarkson/Leigh is a nice team, and is a sub-district opponent for the Pendragons.

These two teams could very well meet in the postseason so it's important for Pender to play well and get the upper hand if possible.

The Patriots have a lot of standout performers including Kaegan Held, Beth Wiese, Ashlynn Novtony, and others.

Clarkson/Leigh plays very strong defense and is an improving team offensively.

This should be a great game.

The Pendragons have to step up their game and play above and beyond what they have been already.

Pender is off to a nice start, and this would be the Pendragons' biggest win of the year if they could pick it up.

Pender has been very impressive so far this season, and I look for the Pendragons to continue their successful ways Thursday night.

This game can truly go either way, in my opinion.

The Patriots may be more athletic, but Pender is just good at the game of basketball.

Girls Basketball is a big deal at Pender, and so far the Pendragons are not disappointing.

With that said, this figures to be Pender's toughest test of the season so far.

As well as the Pendragons have played so far this season, they're going to need to play even better Thursday night to come away with the win.

I think a defensive game favors Clarkson/Leigh, but if Pender can get the scoring up into the mid 40's, 50's or 60's they should have a good chance to win.

The Pendragons can definitely win. Pender just has to believe in themselves and one another, and put forth a great effort.

Coverage will start around 6:00 p.m. on the Bull. Join Kent Aurich for the call of the game. Should be a great one.
Emerson-Hubbard Boys fall to Laurel-Concord-Coleridge and Waltill; Girls lose to Bears, beat Blujays
2017-12-13T04:24














The Emerson-Hubbard Boys Basketball Team lost 82-40 at home to Laurel-Concord-Coleridge Friday night before falling 73-50 at Walthill Tuesday night.

The Bears jumped out to a 33-11 lead at the end of one before winning the 2nd quarter to take a 59-28 lead into the locker room.

Laurel-Concord-Coleridge outscored the Pirates 14-4 in the 3rd quarter to go up 73-32 at the end of three.

The Bears put up 9 4th quarter points compared to 8 for Emerson-Hubbard.

Jacob Kneifl notched 17 points and 7 rebounds while Joshua Sebade totaled 10 rebounds.

Tough losses for the Pirates, but I thought Emerson-Hubbard played better against the Blujays.

The Pirates (0-5) host Ponca (5-0) Friday night.

The Indians won 88-68 at Laurel-Concord-Coleridge Tuesday night.

Emerson-Hubbard definitely has their work cut out for them in this one given how good Ponca is.

The Pirates have to continue to play well and must keep stepping up their game though.

I think that has to be the focus for Emerson-Hubbard. Continuing to improve and get better at the game of basketball.

The ultimate focus and goal has to be to win, but that may not happen against the Indians.

The Pirates have to feel uplifted and encouraged by how they played against Walthill, in my opinion.

I know Emerson-Hubbard lost by 23, but I thought that was the best game the Pirates played all year, especially on offense.

Emerson-Hubbard has to use it, and must keep getting better and growing as a team.

Kneifl has to continue his good play as does Sebade.

Other players have to come along nicely and step up and contribute too.

I really think wins and success will come the Pirates' way this season as long as they continue to work hard and stick to it.

Work ethic, attitude, enthusiasm, and energy has to be at an all-time high for this team.

Emerson-Hubbard has to build off what they did against the Blujays, and right the ship.

The Pirates have to remain positive, and continue to have a spirited outlook on the season.

Emerson-Hubbard has to play above themselves and their abilities, and do extraordinary things.

Things like sticking around at practice and taking some extra shots, or doing some extra conditioning drills, can go a long ways in deciding a game or games, in my opinion.

The Pirates have to keep fighting, working hard, and persevering, and need to keep believing that good things will come their way.

I think Emerson-Hubbard showed some signs of life and promise Tuesday night, and I look for the Pirates to take more steps forward and make more strides in the right direction when they take to the floor Friday night.















The Emerson-Hubbard Girls Basketball Team lost 45-33 at home to Laurel-Concord-Coleridge Friday night before picking up their first win of the season at at Walthill Tuesday night, 52-44.

The Bears doubled up the Pirates 12-6 in the 1st quarter. Laurel-Concord-Coleridge won the 2nd quarter 10-9 to take a 22-15 lead into the locker room.

The Bears outscored Emerson-Hubbard 12-9 in the 3rd quarter to go up 34-24 at the end of three.

Laurel-Concord-Coleridge put up 11 points in the 4th quarter compared to 9 for the Pirates.

Melanie Gentrup recorded 12 points and 7 rebounds while Addison Mackling had 7 points.

Emerson-Hubbard led the Blujays 13-5 after one. Walthill won the 2nd quarter 15-11 to make it a 24-20 game at halftime.

The Pirates outscored the Blujays 18-8 in the 3rd quarter to go up 42-28 at the end of three.

Walthill put up 16 points in the 4th quarter compared to 10 for Emerson-Hubbard.

Courtney Bokemper had 26 points and 16 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Gentrup added 11 points while Mackling totaled 7. Taylor Lamp pulled down 10 rebounds.

What a great game from Bokemper and what a great win for the Pirates. It had to be a big relief for Emerson-Hubbard to get the monkey off their back.

The Pirates (1-4) host Ponca (3-3) Friday night.

The Indians won 60-50 at Laurel-Concord-Coleridge Tuesday night.

I know Emerson-Hubbard lost to the Bears, but if the Pirates play like they did against the Blujays then I think they can definitely give Ponca a run for their money.

Bokemper needs to go off again, and Emerson-Hubbard has to use the momentum they gained from the Walthill win.

Wins like that can be season turning and changing.

I thought it was the Pirates' best game of the season so far.

I think Emerson-Hubbard has played better basketball over the last few games than they did the first couple games of the season.

Laurel-Concord-Coleridge appears to be a better and much improved team too so that loss doesn't look too bad I would say.

I think the Pirates can keep this game respectable and compete with the Indians.

Emerson-Hubbard may be low on numbers, but they don't appear to be low on heart or effort.

I thought the Pirates showed a lot of resolve and moxie by beating the Blujays the way they did.

I think that's a credit for Emerson-Hubbard's mental and physical toughness, as well as their ability to put losses behind them.

The Pirates appeared to regroup over the weekend and really got after things Tuesday night.

I look for Emerson-Hubbard to build on what they did against Walthill, and play a respectable game Friday night.

The Pirates may not win, but I think Emerson-Hubbard has a great shot to beat Winside before the Christmas Break.

Anything positive the Pirates can do or gain heading into the game with the Wildcats, the better.

I really think this Emerson-Hubbard team is coming along nicely and improving, and I look for that growth and improvement to continue Friday night.

This is a big game for the Pirates.
Howells-Dodge Boys and Girls split games with Oakland-Craig and West Point-Beemer
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The Howells-Dodge Boys Basketball Team lost 49-45 at Oakland-Craig on Saturday before downing West Point-Beemer 62-40 at home Tuesday night.

The Jaguars went up 8-3 on Oakland-Craig after one. The Knights outscored Howells-Dodge 14-9 in the 2nd quarter to tie the game at 17 at halftime.

Oakland-Craig won the 3rd quarter 18-16 to lead 35-33 at the end of three.

The Knights notched 14 points in the 4th quarter compared to 12 for the Jaguars.

Connor Blum had 19 points and 7 rebounds while Lane Hegemann totaled 7 points.

Head Coach Cole Fischer says his team played well defensively, but struggled on offense. "We had a cold shooting night and defended well enough to win. Sometimes that's how the game turns out."

Against the Cadets, the Jaguars leaped out to a 17-10 lead at the end of one. West Point-Beemer won the 2nd quarter 13-7 to make it a 24-23 game at halftime.

Howells-Dodge had a big 3rd quarter, outscoring the Cadets 18-4 in the frame to lead 42-27 at the end of three.

The Jaguars notched 20 points in the 4th quarter compared to 13 for West Point-Beemer.

Kade Hegemann had a game-high 17 points for Howells-Dodge while Lane Hegemann chipped in 14. Josh Brester had 9 while Blum registered 8. Dax VanLengen totaled 10 rebounds.

Fischer says his team's offense came alive in the 2nd half. "This is great conference win against a quality opponent. Our second half shooting was the best it has been all year."

Howells-Dodge (4-2) takes on BRLD (4-0) on the road Friday night.

The Wolverines beat Clarkson/Leigh 64-22 at home this past Friday night.

BRLD is a good team, but the Wolverines have yet to be tested yet.

The Jaguars have played the tougher schedule, which should make things very interesting.

It's hard to say how this one is going to go given the fact Howells-Dodge has been a bit up and down this year.

I think the Jaguars have a chance to give BRLD their first loss of the season if they play like they did against West Point-Beemer in the 2nd half.

I thought Howells-Dodge did well in that contest not only offensively, but defensively as well.

Both Hegemann's, Brester, and Blum really came alive for the Jaguars Tuesday night, and that's something the Jaguars are going to need again Friday night.

BRLD is a tough team to play, especially when they're at home, but there's no doubt this Howells-Dodge team is capable of going in there and picking up a win.

The battle down low should be big with Lane Hegemann going up against the Wolverines' post players.

BRLD is rather young while the Jaguars are more senior and veteran laden so I think often times that goes a long way in determining a winner.

I look for Howells-Dodge to be calm, cool, collected, poised, and confident heading into this one.

If there's a team that's going to knock off the Wolverines on the road it's the Jaguars.

Big opportunity for Howells-Dodge Friday night.

The Jaguars also have rival Clarkson/Leigh on Saturday so a couple of important games on the schedule for Howells-Dodge the rest of this week.

The Jaguars have to play with the same intensity level and attitude they played with in the 2nd half against the Cadets.

If Howells-Dodge plays like that they're going to be awfully difficult for anyone to beat, in my opinion.

I was really impressed with the Jaguars Tuesday night, and feel they have a chance to finish the week 3-0.









The Howells-Dodge Girls Basketball Team topped Oakland-Craig 56-43 on the road Saturday before losing 54-40 at home to West Point-Beemer Tuesday night.

Oakland-Craig led the Jaguars 13-10 after one. Howells-Dodge outscored the Knights 11-7 in the 2nd quarter to take a 21-20 lead into the locker room.

The game was won in the 3rd quarter as the Jaguars outscored Oakland-Craig 18-7 to go up 39-27 at the end of three.

Howells-Dodge put up 17 4th quarter points compared to 16 for the Knights.

Macey Kulhanek led the way with 17 points and 7 rebounds while Erin Prusa scored 11 points. Jessi Brester added 10 points and 13 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Cassie Pieper chipped in 8 points while Grace Dvorak registered 7 rebounds.

The Cadets led 17-8 after one. West Point-Beemer won the 2nd quarter 19-14 to take a 36-22 lead into the locker room.

The Jaguars doubled up the Cadets 14-7 in the 3rd quarter to make it a 43-36 game at the end of three.

West Point-Beemer outscored Howells-Dodge 11-4 in the 4th quarter.

Kulhanek led all scorers with 13 points while Prusa and Brester notched 9 apiece. Dvorak hauled in 8 rebounds.

I thought the Jaguars played a great second half against the Knights, but unfortunately Howells-Dodge was unable to sustain that same level of play against the Cadets.

The Jaguars (3-3) take on BRLD (3-1) on the road Friday night.

The Wolverines are coming off a 50-39 home win over Clarkson/Leigh this past Friday night.

That was a game in which BRLD had a big 4th quarter to win the game.

I think Howells-Dodge is definitely capable of bouncing back and picking up the win, but it won't be easy.

The Jaguars need to play the way they did against Oakland-Craig.

Credit West Point-Beemer for a very good game, but Howells-Dodge is a better team than what that score indicated, in my opinion.

The Jaguars have to focus on slowing down the likes of Vicki Gatzemeyer, Tiahna Bonneau, Mariah Petersen, Kelsey Larsen, and Paige Peters.

Those are the main scorers for the Wolverines, and I think Howells-Dodge needs to have a defensive performance like they did against the Knights to win.

I feel the Jaguars will also need to play a strong offensive game to come away with the win.

Although at the same time I don't know if a low scoring defensive struggle is necessarily the worst thing for Howells-Dodge.

This should be a really close and great game.

I think the Jaguars can definitely win, but feel BRLD will really want this one.

A win would stamp the Wolverines as a very tough force to be reckoned with, in my opinion, if they aren't there already.

The Patriots are a very good team this year, and it was very big for BRLD to beat them.

All the momentum certainly appears to be on the Wolverines' side right now, but I think Howells-Dodge can definitely rally around one another and win.

There has to be a lot of team camaraderie amongst the players, and everyone has to be loose and just go out there and have fun.

You could say BRLD has been more consistent to this point, but if the Jaguars are on top of their game, Howells-Dodge could very well pick up the W.

It all depends on which Jaguars' team shows up though, in my opinion.
BRLD Boys and Girls beat Clarkson/Leigh
2017-12-12T11:57














The BRLD Boys Basketball Team topped Clarkson/Leigh 64-22 in action heard on 107.9 the Bull Friday night.

BRLD jumped out to a 19-4 lead after one, and outscored the Patriots 15-6 in the 2nd quarter to take a 34-10 lead into the locker room.

The Wolverines outsored Clarkson/Leigh 28-5 in the 3rd quarter and to lead 62-15 at the end of three in a game that had a running clock.

The Patriots won the 4th quarter 7-2.

Jaxon Johnson led BRLD with 17 points while Darwin Snyder totaled 15. Hunter Ferguson and Kenyan Lovejoy added 10 and 9, respectively.

Great game for the Wolverines. BRLD took care of business like one might of expected them to.

BRLD (4-0) hosts Howells-Dodge (3-2) Friday night.

The Jaguars lost 49-45 at Oakland-Craig on Saturday.

Head Coach Cory Meyer says the Jaguars have some very talented players. "They got the number 4 Connor Blum kid. And he's smooth. He knows how to score. He knows how to get you in foul trouble too. He's just a very smart kid. And they've got probably one of the most underrated posts in our conference in No.44 the Hegemann kid. And he's tough. Cole Christoffersen and him battled it out last year at their place, and it was a fun game to watch. Just watching those two go at it. So it'll be a tough game, very tough."

The Wolverines have ample practice time for this contest with the Howells-Dodge, and I look for BRLD to play well and turn in a good game.

The Wolverines can really focus in on the Jaguars and get ready for them with only one other game on the schedule until Christmas.

I think it's a good thing BRLD doesn't have a ton of games left before the Holiday Break, especially given the youth on this team.

It's not information overload or too much at once for this Wolverines' squad.

BRLD can rest and get their bodies ready for these next couple of games, and not have to worry about playing a ton of games over the next couple weeks.

The Wolverines have to enjoy this down time while they can though because things really pick up for BRLD in January.

This game with the Jaguars and next Thursday's contest with Ponca figure to be very tough for the Wolverines.

I think we will learn a lot about BRLD in these next couple of ball games.

The Wolverines are 4-0, but 3 of their wins are against teams with losing records, and two of those teams haven't won a game yet.

That's not to take anything away from BRLD because I feel the Wolverines are a really good team, but we won't know a lot about just how good BRLD is until Friday next next Thursday, in my opinion.

I look for the Wolverines to be well prepared for both games, and perhaps pick up wins in both contests.














The BRLD Girls Basketball team topped Clarkson/Leigh 50-39 at home Friday night in a game heard on 107.9 the Bull.

The Wolverines took a 15-6 lead after one before the Patriots doubled up BRLD 18-9 in the 2nd quarter to tie the game at 24 thanks to a Kaegan Held buzzer beater at halftime.

Clarkson/Leigh won the 3rd quarter 10-9, and the score after 3 was 34-33 in favor of the Patriots.

The Wolverines saved their best for last, outscoring Clarkson/Leigh 17-5 in the final stanza.

Vicki Gatzemeyer had 20 points to lead all scorers while Mariah Petersen and Kelsey Larsen totaled 10 and 9, respectively.

BRLD Head Coach Rod Peters says Larsen came alive in the 4th quarter. "She did a really nice job. Coach Wegner about halfway through the 4th quarter he wanted to sub out Kelsey, put somebody else in, and I said let her go here. And I think she got three steals in a row. And she did an excellent job. She struggled in practice the other night, and good players, after they struggle for a while, they come back and play really well. I'm extremely proud of her tonight."

The Wolverines (3-1) host Howells-Dodge (3-2) Friday night.

The Jaguars won 56-43 at Oakland-Craig on Saturday.

This should be a very close, compelling, and entertaining ball game.

I was very impressed with BRLD's win over Clarkson/Leigh, and have been impressed with Howells-Dodge so far this year too.

The Jaguars let one get away against Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family in losing 37-36 on a Brittney Veik buzzer beater.

You know Howells-Dodge will come ready to play, and will give the Wolverines all they can handle.

I'm sure it will be the Jaguars' mindset to try and give BRLD fits, and make life difficult on Gatzemeyer and others.

If the Wolverines can get 20+ from Gatzemeyer and double digits from a couple others they should put themselves in a good position to win.

I feel BRLD will turn in a great performance Friday night like they did against the Patriots, and perhaps pull out a win.

I think things will be tight and can really go either way like many other matchups in this conference.

I think the Wolverines have a good chance to win seeing as they're at home, but that doesn't always mean everything either.

BRLD has to come out fired up and raring to go from the get go.

The Wolverines have to play with passion, pride, mental and physical toughness, tenacity, grit, fire, determination, outstanding hustle, and heart.

BRLD has to want it more than Howells-Dodge, and has to keep fighting and battling no matter what.

I thought the Wolverines did a great job sticking with it against Clarkson/Leigh, which led to the big 4th quarter.

I also think that's something BRLD is going to need to do to come out on top against the Jaguars.

I feel the game is going to be a 4 quarter game, and won't be decided until the end.

Execution and smart play is going to be important for the Wolverines I feel as is running the floor and creating turnovers.
Wisner-Pilger Boys and Girls steamroll Tekamah-Herman
2017-12-12T11:33









The Wisner-Pilger Boys Basketball Team blew out Tekamah-Herman on the road Friday night, winning 74-6.

The Gators shutout the Tigers 23-0 in the 1st quarter, and outscored Tekamah-Herman 29-5 in the 2nd quarter to take a 52-5 lead into the locker room.

Wisner-Pilger won the 3rd quarter 13-1 to go up 65-6 after three.

The Gators blanked the Tigers 9-0 in the 4th quarter.

Great win for Wisner-Pilger. The Gators did more than just win impressively.

Wisner-Pilger (2-1) takes on Oakland-Craig (3-2) at home Thursday night.

The Knights topped the Jaguars 49-45 at home on Saturday.

This should be a great game between two very good teams who will look to get after one another.

It's the likes of Jayden Raabe, Keegan Ruskamp, Hunter Waterman, Gunner Labenz, and others going up against the likes of Kobe Benne, Garrison Dodge, Wyatt Seagren, Jared Mulder, Robby Mayberry and others.

I look for both teams to score a lot of points and play up to their full potential.

I think the game could very well come down to the wire and be decided in the final minutes.

I feel the Gators have a good chance to win being as they're at home, but don't count out Oakland-Craig by any means.

This is a chance for Wisner-Pilger to make a big statement though.

I feel this Gator team is legit, but Wisner-Pilger hasn't beaten anyone with a winning record yet so some people may think the jury is still out on them.

The Gators have the Knights on Thursday and Wayne on Friday so this is Wisner-Pilger's chance to make a big statement.

I look for the Gators to play two great games this week, and put themselves in a good position to pick up two wins.

Imagine how dangerous and explosive Wisner-Pilger would be if they still had Korrell Koehlmoos.

This Gator team is already explosive and dynamic without him though.

Wisner-Pilger has to keep winning and impressing.

If the Gators keep doing that then they should put themselves in a good position to do damage in the postseason.

I feel Wisner-Pilger has a chance to get to a district final and make state this year, but first things first, the Gators have to worry about taking care of business against Oakland-Craig on Thursday, and then Wayne on Friday.

It should be a great game and atmosphere, and I look for both teams to put forth their best effort and really go at one another.

Defense is going to be very important for Wisner-Pilger if they want to win, in my opinion.











The Wisner-Pilger Girls Basketball Team topped Tekamah-Herman 59-23 on the road Friday night.

I was very impressed with the win by the Gators.

Wisner-Pilger (2-1) hosts Oakland-Craig (3-2) Thursday night.

The Knights lost 56-43 at home to Howells-Dodge on Saturday.

This should be a great and intriguing game.

Both teams appear to be strong defensively with the Gators perhaps being a bit stronger on offense.

It's no secret that Oakland-Craig is without Dacey Nelson due to a torn ACL, and that makes a big difference for the Knights.

Wisner-Pilger is battling injuries as well from what I understand so both of these teams should be pretty even from that standpoint.

I look for this game to be very close and competitive with the winner winning by single digits.

I don't think this game will be decided by double digits as I feel both teams are too equal to blow one another out.

This is a big game for the Gators with Wayne coming up on Friday.

Both of these games this week are huge for Wisner-Pilger, and I fully expect the Gators to be amped and ready for both teams.

Like the boys, this week is a huge statement opportunity for Wisner-Pilger.

I think the Gators have a great opportunity to prove that they are a team to be reckoned with in the conference and elsewhere.

I look for Wisner-Pilger to play two great games on Thursday and Friday, and perhaps pull out a couple of wins.

The Blue Devils figure to be very tough, especially with the game being at their place.

The game with the Knights might be a little easier with the Gators being rested up, Oakland-Craig playing a bunch of games recently, and the game being in Wisner.

I think all of those things could yield a victory for Wisner-Pilger.

The Gators have to focus on slowing down everyone besides Kennedy Benne or perhaps just Kennedy Benne herself.

The last thing Wisner-Pilger wants is for her to go off for 25 and for a couple other girls to reach double figures.
Oakland-Craig Boys go 3-0 last week; Girls go 1-2
2017-12-11T08:28














The Oakland-Craig Boys Basketball Team won 73-35 at Clarkson/Leigh Tuesday night, 67-58 at home over Pender Friday night, and 49-45 at home over Howells-Dodge on Saturday to go 3-0 for the week.

The Knights led the Patriots 19-9 at the end of one, and outscored Clarkson/Leigh 13-8 in the 2nd quarter to take a 32-17 lead into the locker room.

Oakland-Craig won the 3rd quarter 15-12 to go up 47-29 at the end of three.

The Knights put up 26 points in the 4th quarter, and held the Patriots to 6.

Garrison Dodge had a game-high 16 points while Kobe Benne and Wyatt Seagren totaled 15 apiece. Seagren added 8 rebounds while Robby Mayberry scored 7 points.

The Pendragons jumped out to a 13-9 lead on Oakland-Craig after one. The Knights outscored the Pendragons 22-13 in the 2nd quarter to take a 31-26 lead into the locker room.

Pender won the 3rd quarter 15-14 to make it a 45-41 game at the end of three in favor of Oakland-Craig.

The Knights outlasted the Pendragons 22-17 in the 4th quarter.

Kobe Benne led all scorers with 28 points while Tyson Harney notched 11. Dodge added 10 while Seagren chipped in 9 points and 7 rebounds. Jared Mulder tallied 8 points.

The Jaguars went up 8-3 on Oakland-Craig after one. The Knights outscored Howells-Dodge 14-9 in the 2nd quarter to tie the game at 17 at halftime.

Oakland-Craig won the 3rd quarter 18-16 to lead 35-33 at the end of three.

The Knights notched 14 points in the 4th quarter compared to 12 for the Jaguars.

Good response week for Oakland-Craig, in my opinion. The Knights played a couple of great teams to open the season and lost, but bounced back with three hard fought wins.

Oakland-Craig (3-2) and Winnebago (3-0) meet in High School Basketball Action on 107.9 the Bull Tuesday night.

Winnebago is coming off a 95-46 win at Omaha Nation Thursday night.

The Indians have scored over 80 points in all of their games this season, hitting 90+ twice. Oakland-Craig Head Coach Aaron Meyer says the Indians are as good as advertised. "Well they are very athletic, and they just know how to play the game. Quick shooters, they know how to slash. They have a lot of momentum right now. We've got to play well on both ends of the court. Got to be able to handle the basketball cause they're going to be flying all over the place. We've got to be able to withstand some runs, which we did that against Boys Town. We've got to somehow be able to defend the penetration and the wide open 3 at the same time. And then that can be really tough to do, but we've got to figure out a way."

The Knights have won their last 3 after dropping their first two games of the season.

Winnebago Head Coach Jeff Berridge says his squad hopes to continue their run of success against Oakland-Craig. "It should be a fun game. Past couple years we've had the upper hand on them so looking keep it the same and just keep playing Winnebago Basketball, and just have fun with it, and go out and put on a good show."

The Indians beat the Knights 90-69 in Winnebago last year, and 91-48 in Oakland the year before.

Defense is going to be super critical in this game for Oakland-Craig, there's no doubt about it.

As Coach Meyer eluded to, his team has to defend multiple things with this Winnebago squad.

I think boxing out, hustling to loose balls, contesting shots, and coming up with timely turnovers is all going to be very important for the Knights.

Oakland-Craig has to play their best game of the year to come out on top.

The Knights have to raise their level of play, and play the way they did offensively against Clarkson/Leigh, and defensively against Howells-Dodge.

If Oakland-Craig can intermingle those two things together then this could be a very close and interesting game.

There's a lot of speed and athleticism on both teams, and this should be an action packed, high stakes, intense game.

We'll see just how badly the Knights want it, and how well they matchup with the Indians.

Winnebago has had Oakland-Craig's number the last couple of years so it will be interesting to see if the Knights can get any sort of revenge or payback.

Coverage of the girls game is scheduled to begin around 6:00 p.m. with the boys game to follow.














The Oakland-Craig Girls Basketball Team lost 36-30 at Clarkson/Leigh Tuesday night, beat Pender 55-48 at home Friday night, and lost 56-43 at home to Howells-Dodge on Saturday to finish 1-2 for the week.

The Knights led the Patriots 10-8 at the end of one. Clarkson/Leigh won the 2nd quarter 9-8 to make it an 18-17 game at halftime in favor of Oakland-Craig.

The Knights put up 8 points in the 3rd quarter and held the Patriots to 5 to lead 26-22 heading into the 4th.

Clarkson/Leigh outscored Oakland-Craig 14-4 in the 4th and final quarter.

Kennedy Benne had a team-high 16 points.

The Pendragons spurted out to a 15-10 lead after one. The Knights won the 2nd quarter 15-10 to tie the game at 25 at halftime.

Oakland-Craig outscored Pender 20-7 in the 3rd quarter to go up 45-32 at the end of three.

The Pendragons registered 16 points in the 4th quarter compared to the Knights' 10.

Benne totaled 25 points and 12 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Ashley Denton registered 12 points while Makenna Pearson totaled 10.

Oakland-Craig led the Jaguars 13-10 after one. Howells-Dodge outscored the Knights 11-7 in the 2nd quarter to take a 21-20 lead into the locker room.

The game was won in the 3rd quarter as the Jaguars outscored Oakland-Craig 18-7 to go up 39-27 at the end of three.

Howells-Dodge put up 17 4th quarter points compared to 16 for the Knights.

Benne led the way with 15 points while Natalia McNeill registered 12.

Head Coach Joe Anderson assesses his team's play to this point in the season. "So far our girls are giving really good effort. We knew coming into the year new pieces and a lot of things we had to replace from last year's team, and it's coming together slowly. We've had some good games. We started out a couple good wins to start the year. Then we had the Clarkson/Leigh game, which was a game where we just shot the ball extremely poorly, and got in some really bad foul trouble. When you take out your top couple leading scorers, and they miss about half the game, it makes it a little bit tougher go."

Anderson says some younger girls stepped up and shot the ball well in the win over Pender, and his team played well in the 1st half against the Jaguars, but ran out of gas in the loss.

3-2 Oakland-Craig hosts 2-1 Winnebago in High School Basketball on 107.9 the Bull Tuesday night.

The Indians are coming off a 52-37 loss at Omaha Nation Thursday night.

The Indians have scored 60+ points in their two wins. Anderson says slowing down Winnebago's offense and playing well offensively is going to be critical. "One thing they're going to do they're going to put the ball in the basket. They find a way to score. We got to make sure we can match that, and play defensively. Don't give them any open shots. Cause if you give them open shots they're going to hit them. So we got to make sure we contest and pressure them on the defensive end. And then offensively we've got to make sure we convert. We struggle shooting the ball at times, and we can't have one of those shooting nights cause we're going to have to keep up with their scoring."

Winnebago Head Coach Doug Mackling says his squad will have to deal with Oakland-Craig's speed. "They seem quick, they're fast. Not too terribly tall. So I think I'm going to go with a smaller lineup. Trying to matchup with them. And I'm going to tell my girls that they got to run the court. These Oakland girls look like they're fast, and want to run, and get out in front and go. And I want to matchup with them. I'm working on transition D this week, and getting my girls back and getting them ready to setup the defense."

The Knights won last year's game 78-39 in Winnebago.

The Indians appear to be the real deal, but Oakland-Craig appears to be solid as well.

This should be a good, competitive game, and I feel things can truly go either way.

I look for both teams to get after one another, especially defensively.

I feel the Knights have the advantage defensively, but think Winnebago has the advantage offensively.

Oakland-Craig has to come up with a good game plan for slowing down Charli, Kae, and Isabel Earth, as well as Jayla Price.

These four girls have transferred back from Fremont and Homer, respectively, and have combined to make a great foursome for the Indians.

I look for Benne, Denton, Pearson, and McNeill to all have strong games for the Knights.

I think Oakland-Craig will play well, and put themselves in a good position to win.

I wouldn't be surprised if the Knights' defense stepped up and made this a defensive battle.

Coverage of the girls game is scheduled to begin around 6:00 p.m. on 107.9 the Bull with the boys game to follow.

Winnebago Boys and Girls down Omaha Nation
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The Winnebago Boys Basketball team drilled Omaha Nation 95-46 on the road Thursday night.

The Indians led 31-11 after one, and outscored the Chiefs 36-12 in the 2nd quarter to take a 57-23 lead into the locker room.

Winnebago won the 3rd quarter 15-7 to go up 72-30 after three.

Omaha Nation put up 16 points in the 4th quarter compared to 13 for the Indians.

Great game by Winnebago. The Indians have simply continued their dominance.

Oakland-Craig and Winnebago meet in High School Basketball Action on 107.9 the Bull Tuesday night.

The Boys game features the 3-0 Indians and the 3-2 Knights. The Indians have scored over 80 points in all of their games this season, hitting 90+ twice. Oakland-Craig Head Coach Aaron Meyer says the Indians are as good as advertised. "Well they are very athletic, and they just know how to play the game. Quick shooters, they know how to slash. They have a lot of momentum right now. We've got to play well on both ends of the court. Got to be able to handle the basketball cause they're going to be flying all over the place. We've got to be able to withstand some runs, which we did that against Boys Town. We've got to somehow be able to defend the penetration and the wide open 3 at the same time. And then that can be really tough to do, but we've got to figure out a way."

The Knights have won their last 3 after dropping their first two games of the season.

Winnebago Head Coach Jeff Berridge says his squad hopes to continue their run of success against Oakland-Craig. "It should be a fun game. Past couple years we've had the upper hand on them so looking keep it the same and just keep playing Winnebago Basketball, and just have fun with it, and go out and put on a good show."

The Indians beat the Knights 90-69 in Winnebago last year, and 91-48 in Oakland the year before.

This figures to be a very interesting game.

The Knights have found a way their last three contests, but suffered losses to a pair of really good teams in Logan View/Scribner-Snyder and Boys Town to start the season.

Winnebago has to look to push and get out in transition as much as possible.

Dribble penetrating and kicking the ball out to the guards is a big part of the Indians' game, and Winnebago has to be relentless with their attack Tuesday night.

The defense also has to be aggressive, going after steals and ball hawking the ball.

Lance Denney, Manape Cleveland, Makoonce Littlevoice, D'Von LaPointe, Maurice Scott, and others need to have big games for the Blue and White.

The Indians will no doubt look to win this game the way they beat Homer and Omaha Nation, which is also about how much they beat Oakland-Craig by in each of the last two years.

Winnebago has a tough challenge on their hands I think, but there's no doubt this Indians's squad is capable of going out there and rolling and putting on a show.

Tuesday night's game can be heard on 107.9 the Bull after the Girls Game.














The Winnebago Girls Basketball Team lost 52-37 at Omaha Nation Thursday night.

The Chiefs led 12-10 after the 1st quarter before the Indians doubled up Omaha Nation 12-6 in the 2nd quarter to go up 22-18 at halftime.

The Chiefs won the 3rd quarter 13-9 to tie the game at 31 at the end of three.

Omaha Nation outscored Winnebago 21-6 in the 4th quarter.

Kae Earth had 10 points and 12 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Jayla Price added 10 points and 9 rebounds while Charli Earth had 9 points and 10 rebounds.

Tough 4th quarter for the Indians as Winnebago couldn't buy a basket, according to Head Coach Doug Mackling.

3-2 Oakland-Craig hosts 2-1 Winnebago in High School Basketball on 107.9 the Bull Tuesday night.

The Knights lost 56-43 at home to Howells-Dodge on Saturday.

The Indians have scored 60+ points in their two wins.  Oakland-Craig Head Coach Joe Anderson says slowing down Winnebago's offense and playing well offensively is going to be critical. "One thing they're going to do they're going to put the ball in the basket. They find a way to score. We got to make sure we can match that, and play defensively. Don't give them any open shots. Cause if you give them open shots they're going to hit them. So we got to make sure we contest and pressure them on the defensive end. And then offensively we've got to make sure we convert. We struggle shooting the ball at times, and we can't have one of those shooting nights cause we're going to have to keep up with their scoring."

Winnebago Head Coach Doug Mackling says his squad will have to deal with Oakland-Craig's speed. "They seem quick, they're fast. Not too terribly tall. So I think I'm going to go with a smaller lineup. Trying to matchup with them. And I'm going to tell my girls that they got to run the court. These Oakland girls look like they're fast, and want to run, and get out in front and go. And I want to matchup with them. I'm working on transition D this week, and getting my girls back and getting them ready to setup the defense."

The Knights won last year's game 78-39 in Winnebago.

This should be a good competitive game.

It's apparent that the Indians are a much stronger team this year than they were last year, and so far it's looking like Oakland-Craig isn't quite as strong without Dacey Nelson.

I think everything hinges on offense and scoring in this game.

If Winnebago can score over 50 and have a couple girls reach double figures I like their chances.

But if the Indians are held in check and only score in the 30's then I would have to give the advantage to the Knights.

The good news for Winnebago is that they are well rested whereas Oakland-Craig has played quite a few games lately.

It should be an interesting one, that's for sure. I'm really looking forward to bringing you the call of the game. Hope you can tune in.

Coverage of the girls game is scheduled to begin around 6:00 p.m. on 107.9 the Bull with the boys game to follow.
Stanton Boys 1-2 so far; Girls 3-0
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The Stanton Boys Basketball Team off to a 1-2 start as the Mustangs won 57-38 at Tekamah-Herman last Thursday night before falling 52-18 at home to Howells-Dodge last Friday night, and 48-24 at West Point-Beemer Tuesday night.

The Mustangs led Tekamah-Herman 12-7 after one, and outscored the Tigers 14-4 in the 2nd quarter to take a 26-11 lead into the locker room.

Stanton doubled up Tekamah-Herman 18-9 in the 3rd quarter to ho up 44-20 at the end of three.

The Tigers notched 18 points in the 4th quarter compared to 13 for the Mustangs.

The Jaguars led the Mustangs 14-4 at the end of one. Howells-Dodge won the 2nd quarter 12-5 to take a 26-9 lead into the locker room.

The Jaguars outscored Stanton 15-3 in the 3rd quarter to go up 41-12 lead at the end of three.

Howells-Dodge put up 11 4th quarter points compared to 6 for the Mustangs.

The Cadets and Mustangs were tied at 8 at the end of one. West Point-Beemer won the 2nd quarter 15-6 to go ahead 23-14 at halftime.

The Cadets outscored Stanton 14-4 in the 3rd quarter to lead 37-18 at the end of three.

West Point-Beemer notched 11 points in the 4th quarter compared to 6 for the Mustangs.

Stanton played a respectable season opener, but the offense really struggled against Howells-Dodge and West Point-Beemer.

The Mustangs (1-2) take on North Bend Central (3-0) on the road Tuesday night.

The Tigers won 65-56 at West Point-Beemer Thursday night.

North Bend Central has been impressive in the early season, and Stanton certainly has their work cut out for them in this one.

The Mustangs have to be better and more efficient on offense if they hope to have any chance in this one.

Stanton's defense also has to be top notch.

The Mustangs have to play a great and flawless game to come out with the W.

I think it's going to take a near perfect game for Stanton to pull off the upset.

The Mustangs have to play hard and out of their minds Tuesday night.

Stanton has to play fearless in this contest. The Mustangs have to play with a lot of courage and intensity, and take the fight right to the Tigers.

Stanton has to work hard for the full 32 minutes and play as well as they possibly can.

The Mustangs have to play with a sense of pride, purpose, tenacity, mental and physical toughness, grit, passion, fire, pride, and desire.

Stanton has to come out angry, pumped, jacked, psyched, and fired up, and must play beyond their abilities.

The Mustangs have to do things they never thought were possible when it comes to making plays.

Stanton has to get the most out of themselves in this one, and at the very least take some positive things away from this game that they can apply to the Wakefield and Pender games later in the week.

The Mustangs have to focus on slowing down Tanner Wietfeld, Austin Endorf, John Emanuel, and others.

Stanton has to go out there and pour their hearts out into the game and leave everything out on the floor.











The Stanton Girls Basketball Team is off to a 3-0 start as the Mustangs won 52-24 at Tekamah-Herman in last Thursday night's season opener before topping Howells-Dodge 56-50 at home last Friday night, and West Point-Beemer 33-30 on the road Tuesday night.

The Mustangs doubled up the Tigers 12-6 in the 1st quarter. Stanton outscored Tekamah-Herman 15-4 in the 2nd quarter to take a 27-10 lead into the locker room.

The Mustangs outscored the Tigers 17-7 in the 3rd quarter to make it a 44-17 game at the end of three.

Stanton won the 4th quarter 8-7.

Jaiden Hartl totaled 22 points while Hannah Heppner had 9. Jessie Brandl posted 8 points and 12 rebounds.

The Mustangs led 16-14 after one. Both teams scored 8 points in the 2nd quarter, and the halftime score was 24-22 in favor of Stanton.

The Mustangs outscored Howells-Dodge 15-8 in the 3rd quarter to extend their lead to 39-30 at the end of three.

The Jaguars won the 4th quarter 20-17.

Liz Christensen had a team-high 20 points while Heppner notched 10 points and 12 rebounds. Brandl and Hartl registered 10 points each.

West Point-Beemer doubled up the Mustangs 8-4 in the 1st quarter. Stanton doubled up the Cadets 14-7 in the 2nd quarter to take an 18-15 lead into the locker room.

West Point-Beemer won the 3rd quarter 8-6 to make it a 24-23 game at the end of three.

The Mustangs outscored the Cadets 9-7 in the 4th quarter, and won the game in the final seconds as Megan Groth passed the ball inside instead of shooting a 3 at the buzzer like she should of.

Christensen tallied 9 points and 11 rebounds while Allie Spence totaled 9 points. Heppner added 7 points and 11 rebounds.

Very good start to the season for Stanton. I don't know where Bree Burtwhistle has been, but the Mustangs are playing very good basketball right now regardless.

Stanton (3-0) takes on North Bend Central (3-0) on the road Tuesday night.

The Tigers beat West Point-Beemer 49-35 on the road Thursday night.

The Mustangs could have some issues with North Bend Central, especially given the Tigers' size.

Brooke Fredrickson, Kristin Lux, Lauren Emanuel, and others figure to be tough for Stanton to deal with.

The Mustangs have to play better offensively than they did against the Cadets.

North Bend Central is a lot like West Point-Beemer in that they are very strong defensively.

The difference between the Tigers and Cadets though is that North Bend Central is tall and athletic, whereas West Point-Beemer is more quick and small.

This should be a great game though as both programs really know how to win.

I look for this game to be a defensive struggle, and a very good, close, and tightly contested ball game.

Christensen, Heppner, Spence, Hartl, and Brandl need to continue doing what they've been doing for Stanton offensively this season.

I think the first one to 50 in this game wins if either team can get there.

It could very well be the first one to 40 winning the game.

The Mustangs have to hit shots from the outside and play tough in the post.

You can bet North Bend Central is going to pound the rock inside so Stanton has to be ready to defend the post to the best of their ability.

Things like getting position on defense and boxing out and rebounding will be critical for this smaller Mustangs' team.

Stanton is a great team as is North Bend Central, and I look for this game to be decided by 10 points or less.
Howells-Dodge Boys 3-1 so far; Girls 2-2
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The Howells-Dodge Boys Basketball Team is 3-1 so far this season as the Jaguars won 53-41 at home over Pierce last Thursday night, and 52-18 at home over Stanton last Friday night, before losing 42-41 in overtime at David City Aquinas Tuesday night, and rebounding to win 68-39 at home over Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family Thursday night.

The Bluejays held a 16-11 lead on Howells-Dodge at the end of one. Both teams scored 11 points in the 2nd quarter, and the score at halftime was 27-22 in favor of Pierce.

The Jaguars won the 3rd quarter 8-7 to make it a 34-30 game at the end of three.

Howells-Dodge outscored the Bluejays 23-7 in the 4th quarter.

Connor Blum had 21 points while Lane Hegemann totaled 12. Dax VanLengen added 8.

Head Coach Cole Fischer on the win. "Good way for us to start the year. Had a big 4th quarter and made free throws down the stretch."

The Jaguars led the Mustangs 14-4 at the end of one. Howells-Dodge won the 2nd quarter 12-5 to take a 26-9 lead into the locker room.

The Jaguars outscored Stanton 15-3 in the 3rd quarter to go up 41-12 lead at the end of three.

Howells-Dodge put up 11 4th quarter points compared to 6 for the Mustangs.

Blum notched 14 points while VanLengen registered 10 points and 7 rebounds. Caden Jackson recorded 7 points while Hegemann tallied 9 rebounds.

Fischer says his team played great defense. "I thought we played exceptional team defense and that led to some forced turnovers."

The Monarchs led the Jaguars 15-12 after one. David City Aquinas won the 2nd quarter 11-7 to take a 26-19 lead into the locker room.

Howells-Dodge outscored the Monarchs 10-6 in the 3rd quarter to make it a 32-29 game at the end of three.

The Jaguars outlasted David City Aquinas 8-5 in the 4th quarter to send the game into overtime.

The Monarchs outlasted Howells-Dodge 5-4 in the extra session.

Blum totaled 15 points while Hegemann had 12 points and 10 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Jackson registered 8 points.

Fischer says missed free throws were the difference in the game. "We played great defensively but when you 3-12 from the fee throw line its hard to win close games. If we continue to play with defensive intensity we will be just fine."

Against the Bulldogs, Howells-Dodge trailed 6-5 early, but then went on a scoring run that saw them close out the first half with a 29-12 lead at the intermission, on their way to the win.

Blum scored 15 points for the Jaguars with Luke Rocheford adding 10. Hegemann registered 9 points and 8 rebounds while VanLengen posted 9 points. Jackson and Kade Hegemann had 8 points apiece while Josh Brester collected 7 rebounds.

Fischer says his team executed on both ends of the floor. "I thought we came out and the tone early with our defense. We got some good looks offensively in half court and we able to work our inside and outside game."

The Jaguars (3-1) take on Oakland-Craig (1-2) on the road Saturday.

The Knights won 73-35 at Clarkson/Leigh Tuesday night.

Garrett Seagren has been out, but regardless of if he plays or not this should be a great game.

Oakland-Craig probably needs the win more than Howells-Dodge, but this is one the Jaguars would really like to get if possible.

I think the win over Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family probably gives the Jaguars a boost of confidence and a belief that they are a good team.

Howells-Dodge has three tough games in a row leading up to a game with rival Clarkson/Leigh so things don't figure to be easy over the next couple of weeks for the Jaguars.

Howells-Dodge is off to a nice start, but the Jaguars don't really have that standout, signature win.

This game against the Knights provides that opportunity I feel.

Pierce is a quality team, but this Oakland-Craig game will no doubt be the Jaguars' toughest test of the season so far.

Howells-Dodge definitely has their work cut out for them, there's no doubt about that.

Blum, Lane Hegemann, and others have to continue to step up and score for the Jaguars.

Howells-Dodge had multiple players make a significant impact offensively Thursday night, and will need to have that same kind of effort again on Saturday.

The Jaguars have to continue to play great defense, and must try and slow down the likes of Kobe Benne, Wyatt Seagren, Robby Mayberry, Garrison Dodge, and Jared Mulder.

Howells-Dodge has to try and contain the Knights' speed and athleticism as much as possible.

The Jaguars have to control pace and tempo of the game, and not get into too much of a track meet with Oakland-Craig.

I'm sure Howells-Dodge can get out and run too, but don't necessarily want to play too fast you could say.










The Howells-Dodge Girls Basketball Team is off to a 2-2 start as the Jaguars won 51-49 at home over Pierce last Thursday night in the season opener before losing 56-50 at Stanton last Friday night, winning 49-34 at David City Aquinas Tuesday night, and losing 37-36 at the buzzer at home to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family Thursday night.

The Bluejays doubled up the Jaguars 12-6 in the 1st quarter. Pierce won the 2nd quarter 17-11 to take a 29-17 lead into the locker room.

The Bluejays put up 14 points in the 3rd quarter and held Howells-Dodge to 12 to make it a 43-29 game at the end of three.

The Jaguars outscored Pierce 22-6 in the 4th quarter.

Macey Kulhanek had 21 points to lead all scorers while Erin Prusa totaled 18 points and 7 rebounds.

The Mustangs led 16-14 after one. Both teams scored 8 points in the 2nd quarter, and the halftime score was 24-22 in favor of Stanton.

The Mustangs outscored Howells-Dodge 15-8 in the 3rd quarter to extend their lead to 39-30 at the end of three.

The Jaguars won the 4th quarter 20-17.

Kulhanek had a game-high 22 points while Prusa and Grace Dvorak totaled 16 and 8, respectively.

Howells-Dodge outscored Aquinas 20-11 in the 1st quarter and 16-6 in the 2nd quarter to take a 36-17 lead into the locker room.

The Jaguars won the 3rd quarter 10-4 to go up 46-21 at the end of three.

The Monarchs notched 13 points in the 4th quarter and held Howells-Dodge to 3.

Prusa had 15 points while Kulhanek registered 12. Jessi Brester chipped in 9 while Dvorak notched 7.

Humphrey-LHF’s Brittney Veik hit a short jump shot as time expired to give the Bulldogs the win.

Kulhanek led the Jaguars with 12 points including a pair of three pointers. Cassie Pieper totaled 9 while Prusa notched 7. Brester collected 14 rebounds while Tonya Brester registered 12.

Not a bad start to the season for Howells-Dodge. The Jaguars probably feel they should of beaten the Bulldogs though.

Howells-Dodge (2-2) takes on Oakland-Craig (3-1) on the road Saturday.

The Knights defeated Pender 55-48 at home Friday night.

This figures to be another difficult game for the Jaguars.

Oakland-Craig is led by Kennedy Benne, Mya Guzinski, Natalia McNeill, and others.

Howells-Dodge has to be upset and must have a quick memory given what happened Thursday night.

The Jaguars have to respond and deal with adversity in a good way.

It will be interesting to see how Howells-Dodge responds to the adversity that's hit them.

The Jaguars have to be much better at the free throw line than they were against Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family.

Howells-Dodge has to figure out how to close out games when they have the opportunity.

The Jaguars have to be assertive on offense, and have to continue to play good defense.

Howells-Dodge has been really good defensively the last couple of games, now the Jaguars just need to kick the offense in high gear.

Someone besides Kulhanek and Prusa have to step up and score in double figures.

These two can't be relied upon to carry the load this season if this team wants to win.

Howells-Dodge has done a good job of getting other players involved, now it's a matter of those other players stepping up their game and contributing more offensively.

The Jaguars have to continue to press forward and fight. Howells-Dodge is going through tough times right now and has a lot of difficult games coming up, but all the Jaguars can do is step up their game and play better.

Howells-Dodge has to be flat out upset about losing Thursday night, and has to come out and do something about it on Saturday.

I look for this to be a good game. I feel things can go either way.
Emerson-Hubbard Boys and Girls off to 0-3 starts
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The Emerson-Hubbard Boys Basketball Team is 0-3 on the season so far as the Pirates lost 70-34 at Wisner-Pilger last Friday night in the 1st round of the Northeast Nebraska Tip-Off Classic, 56-39 to GACC in the consolation game of the Classic at home on Saturday, and 65-25 at home to BRLD Tuesday night.

The Gators led the Pirates 15-4 after one, and outscored Emerson-Hubbard 18-7 in the 2nd quarter to go up 33-11 at halftime.

Wisner-Pilger won the 3rd quarter 19-13 to go up 52-24 at the end of three.

The Gators put up 18 points in the fourth quarter and held the Pirates to 10.

Joshua Sebade had 10 points and 9 rebounds while Jacob Kneifl registered 7 points and 8 rebounds.

Emerson-Hubbard led the Bluejays 14-12 at the end of one. GACC outscored the Pirates 17-2 in the 2nd quarter to take a 29-16 lead at halftime.

Emerson-Hubbard won the 3rd quarter 10-8 to make it a 37-26 game at the end of three.

The Bluejays notched 19 points in the 4th quarter compared to 13 for the Pirates.

Kneifl led the way with 11 points while Sebade and Chandler Emmons notched 10 and 8, respectively.

Emerson-Hubbard competed well with GACC I thought, the Pirates just really struggled against Wisner-Pilger and BRLD.

Emerson-Hubbard (0-3) hosts Laurel-Concord-Coleridge (3-0) Friday night.

The Bears defeated Homer 76-56 at home Tuesday night.

Laurel-Concord-Coleridge may be 3-0, but I don't think the Bears have really played anyone good yet.

I think the Pirates have a chance to compete and hold their own.

Laurel-Concord-Coleridge is a very good offensive team, but suspect defensively, in my opinion.

I look for Emerson-Hubbard to have their highest scoring output of the season so far.

The Pirates have struggled defensively so Emerson-Hubbard may give up some points, but I look for the Pirates to score quite a few points as well.

I don't know if Emerson-Hubbard will win, but I look for this game to be one of the Pirates' closer games of the season.

If Emerson-Hubbard can compete the way they did against GACC, only play 4 good quarters of basketball, and not have any bad quarters, then Friday night's game could be very interesting.

The Pirates just have to play to the best of their ability, and step up their game.

I think playing teams like the Gators and Wolverines is only going to help Emerson-Hubbard in this game.

I feel both Wisner-Pilger and BRLD are better than Laurel-Concord-Coleridge, and don't think the Bears will be quite as tough to contend with as those two.

The Pirates have to play their game, and play at the highest level possible.

Emerson-Hubbard has to give a complete team effort, and has to fight and play hard for 4 quarters.

The Pirates have to be relentless in their pursuit of picking up their first win.

Emerson-Hubbard has to want it more than the Bears, and must play like they mean it.
















The Emerson-Hubbard Girls Basketball Team is also 0-3 on the season as the Pirates lost 64-23 at GACC last Thursday night in the 1st round of the Northeast Nebraska Tip-Off Classic, 49-27 to Wisner-Pilger in the Classic's Consolation Game on Saturday and 50-36 at home to BRLD Tuesday night.

The Bluejays led the Pirates 19-11 at the end of one, and won the 2nd quarter 15-10 to lead 34-21 at halftime.

GACC outscored Emerson-Hubbard 15-2 in the 3rd quarter to take a 49-23 lead at the end of three.

The Bluejays blanked the Pirates 15-0 in the 4th quarter.

Courtney Bokemper had 8 points and 10 rebounds while Melanie Gentrup and Taylor Lamp registered 8 points and 7 rebounds, respectively.

The Gators quadrupled up the Pirates 12-3 after one, and tripled up Emerson-Hubbard 15-5 in the 2nd quarter to take a 27-8 lead into the locker room.

Wisner-Pilger doubled up the Pirates 10-5 in the 3rd quarter to go up 37-13 at the end of three.

Emerson-Hubbard notched 14 fourth quarter points compared to 12 for the Gators.

Bokemper led the way with 9 points while Gentrup totaled 8 points and 7 rebounds.

The Wolverines doubled up the Pirates 10-5 in the 1st quarter. Both teams scored 17 points in the 2nd quarter, and the halftime score was 27-22 in favor of BRLD.

The Wolverines outscored Emerson-Hubbard 14-6 in the 3rd quarter to extend their lead to 41-28 at the end of three.

BRLD won the 4th quarter 9-8.

Gentrup notched 17 points while Addison Mackling recorded 9. Bokemper chipped in 7 rebounds.

I thought the Pirates did a better job of competing against the Wolverines. Scoring and defense is an issue for Emerson-Hubbard right now though I would say.

The Pirates (0-3) host Laurel-Concord-Coleridge (1-2) Friday night.

The Bears won 47-44 at home over Homer Tuesday night.

I think Emerson-Hubbard has a really good chance to pick up their first win of the season.

If the Pirates can hold Laurel-Concord-Coleridge under 50 points and score over 50 themselves that would be really good.

The bottomline though is to win, and it doesn't matter how it happens, as long as it happens.

Gentrup, Mackling, and Bokemper all need to have big games for Emerson-Hubbard.

The Pirates need all three of them to score 7+ to ensure a win I would say.

Emerson-Hubbard has done a nice job getting a couple girls to knock down shots and score quite a few points, now it's matter of getting more girls to do the same.

The Pirates only have 8 girls out for the team so I realize that handcuffs them so to speak, but that just means Emerson-Hubbard has to step up their game even more.

I'm sure it's hard for the Pirates to stay fresh and not be worn out by the end of games, but at the end of the day Emerson-Hubbard has to make do with what they've got.

The Pirates have to step things up, and continue to grow and improve.

Each game has been better so far, and so Emerson-Hubbard has to keep getting better and continue to narrow the gap.

The star players on this team have to pick up the rest of the team and hold them accountable during practice and in games.

Everyone has to continue to raise their level of play, and must keep progressing and moving forward.

The Pirates have to really try and get this one. It's their best chance at a win so far this year, and so the need to play at a really high level, with a lot of desire, and a sense of urgency is super critical, in my opinion.
BRLD Boys 3-0 so far; Girls off to 2-1 start
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The BRLD Boys Basketball Team is 3-0 so far this season, defeating Omaha Nation 57-53 at home last Thursday night, Homer 86-41 on the road Saturday, and Emerson-Hubbard 65-25 on the road Tuesday night.

The Wolverines led the Knights 12-8 after one. BRLD won the 2nd quarter 23-16 to take a 35-24 lead into the locker room.

The Wolverines outscored Homer 35-15 in the 3rd quarter to go up 70-39 at the end of three.

BRLD put up 16 points in the 4th quarter, and held the Knights to just 2.

Great start to the season for the Wolverines. BRLD had a close first game, but has been magnificent in their last two contests.

The Wolverines (3-0) host Clarkson/Leigh (0-3) Friday night in action that can be heard on 107.9 the Bull.

The Patriots lost 73-35 at home to Oakland-Craig Tuesday night.

I look for this game to be similar to the way the Homer and Emerson-Hubbard games went for BRLD.

It's important for the Wolverines to be sharp Friday night with Howells-Dodge and Ponca coming up before the Holiday Break.

BRLD has to flex their muscles and be as impressive as possible prior to those two contests.

The Wolverines are off to an excellent start, but there's a lot of work to be done.

This game with Clarkson/Leigh is one BRLD has to not only win, but win big.

The Wolverines have to be driven, motivated, animated, vocal, and energized.

BRLD has to light a fire under themselves, and go out there and perform at an extremely high level.

The Wolverines have to find some motivation from within to go out there and play well.

It might be easy to be unmotivated or complacent given the Patriots' record so far, but every opponent deserves respect.

BRLD has to treat this game like they're playing Winnebago or something like that.

The Wolverines have to come out pumped and flat out angry and fired up.

BRLD has to go full throttle, and take it to Clarkson/Leigh for 4 quarters.

The Wolverines have to be relentless with their attack, and must give the Patriots everything they've got and then some.

BRLD simply has to go out there and take care of business and leave no doubt.

The game will be heard on 107.9 the Bull at 6:00 p.m.















The BRLD Girls Basketball Team lost 66-57 at home to Omaha Nation last Thursday night to open the season before winning 58-46 at Homer on Saturday, and 50-36 at Emerson-Hubbard Tuesday night.

The Chiefs jumped out to a 19-12 lead at the end of one. The Wolverines won the 2nd quarter 15-14 to make it a 33-27 game at halftime.

BRLD won the 3rd quarter 16-10 to go up 49-37 at the end of three.

The Wolverines notched 20 points in the 4th quarter compared to 17 for Omaha Nation.

Paige Peters led the way with 20 points while Caragan Tietz and Vicki Gatzemeyer registered 14 and 7, respectively.

BRLD led the Knights 17-8 at the end of one and won the 2nd quarter 14-10 to take a 31-18 lead into the locker room.

Both teams scored 13 points in the 3rd quarter, and the score was 44-31 after three.

Homer won the 4th quarter 15-14.

Peters led the way with 14 points while Gatzemeyer notched 11. Mariah Petersen and Tiahna Bonneau added 9 apiece while Kelsey Larsen registered 8.

The Wolverines doubled up the Pirates 10-5 in the 1st quarter. Both teams scored 17 points in the 2nd quarter, and the halftime score was 27-22 in favor of BRLD.

The Wolverines outscored Emerson-Hubbard 14-6 in the 3rd quarter to extend their lead to 41-28 at the end of three.

BRLD won the 4th quarter 9-8.

I thought the Wolverines did a nice job bouncing back following the loss to Omaha Nation.

BRLD (2-1) hosts Clarkson/Leigh (2-1) Friday night in a game that can be heard on 107.9 the Bull.

The Patriots knocked off Oakland-Craig 36-30 at home Tuesday night.

Clarkson/Leigh is a great team, especially defensively, and it doesn't figure to be easy for the Wolverines to score.

Peters, Garzemeyer, and others have to step up and have big games for the Wolverines.

BRLD has to work the ball around the court for good shots, and work the ball inside as well as look to get out and run.

I'm not sure if the Patriots want to play fast so the Wolverines have to look to get out and run and push tempo as much as possible.

I think if BRLD can score in the 50's again they should have a good chance to win.

The Wolverines have been solid offensively this season, but not great.

The defense has also been solid, in my opinion.

BRLD has to step up their game if they want to win Friday night though.

The Wolverines have to play at a higher level than they have been, and score more and give up less than they have so far this season.

I look for this game to be a low scoring affair that comes down to the final minutes or seconds.

BRLD has to come out fired up and ready to fight and get physical with Clarkson/Leigh.

The Wolverines have to play inspired, and have to want to raise their level of play and play better than they have so far this season.

I think from a scoring margin standpoint BRLD has improved in each and every game so far this season so we'll see what happens Friday night.

The game will be aired on 107.9 the Bull after the boys game.
Tekamah-Herman Boys off to 0-2 start; Girls 0-3
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The Tekamah-Herman Boys Basketball Team is 0-2 on the season so far, losing 57-38 at home to Stanton last Thursday night before falling 60-21 at Pender Friday night.

The Mustangs led 12-7 after one, and outscored the Tigers 14-4 in the 2nd quarter to take a 26-11 lead into the locker room.

Stanton doubled up Tekamah-Herman 18-9 in the 3rd quarter to ho up 44-20 at the end of three.

The Tigers notched 18 points in the 4th quarter compared to 13 for the Mustangs.

Clay Beaumont had 18 points while Cole Freidel totaled 11.

Pender led 34-4 at halftime and went on to win.

Beaumont was the lone player in double digits for the Tigers, scoring 11 points.

Tough sledding so far for Tekamah-Herman. The Tigers have definitely gotten out of the gates slow.

Tekamah-Herman (0-2) hosts Wisner-Pilger (1-1) Friday night.

The Gators lost 63-53 to Lutheran High Northeast at the Northeast Nebraska Tip-Off Classic Championship Game at Emerson-Hubbard on Saturday.

I'm sure the Tigers will give it their all and do their best to compete Friday night, but Wisner-Pilger is very tough.

Tekamah-Herman has to try and slow down Jayden Raabe, Keegan Ruskamp, Hunter Waterman, and others.

A lot of players should see the floor for the Tigers so that's a plus even if the game is lopsided.

Tekamah-Herman has to have fun, and go out there and play hard and do their best.

Beaumont and Freidel need to have big games for the Tigers.

Tekamah-Herman has to play their hearts out and give it their all for 4 quarters.

Obviously the Tigers want to win, but that may not happen so Tekamah-Herman should focus on improving and growing throughout the course of the game.

The Tigers have to stay positive and must continue to work hard, persevere, and get better.

Tekamah-Herman can't quit and be in bad spirits.

The Tigers have to continue to have a willingness to learn and improve, and must continue to progress every time they take to the floor.

Tekamah-Herman has to care about each other, and play for their teammates and school pride.

The Tigers have to give the Gators their best shot, and leave it all out on the floor.

Tekamah-Herman has to shake negative plays off, and move on to the next play or possession.

The Tigers have to keep fighting no matter what happens.















The Tekamah-Herman Girls Basketball Team lost 52-24 at home to Stanton last Thursday night before falling 59-36 at Pender Friday night, and 40-39 at DC West Tuesday night.

The Mustangs doubled up the Tigers 12-6 in the 1st quarter. Stanton outscored Tekamah-Herman 15-4 in the 2nd quarter to take a 27-10 lead into the locker room.

The Mustangs outscored the Tigers 17-7 in the 3rd quarter to make it a 44-17 game at the end of three.

Stanton won the 4th quarter 8-7.

Marin Jetensky led the Tigers with 13 points.

Pender exploded for 26 points in the first quarter and went on to take a 34-16 lead at halftime.

Jetensky led Tekamah-Herman with 16 points, with Jadyn Fleischman adding 10.

The Tigers led the Falcons 7-5 at the end of one. DC West won the 2nd quarter 10-9 to make it a 16-15 game at halftime.

The Falcons outscored Tekamah-Herman 14-8 in the 3rd quarter to lead 29-24 at the end of three.

The Tigers put up 15 points in the 4th quarter compared to 11 for DC West.

Jetensky had a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Fleischman added 11 rebounds while Gabby Mercier registered 8 points.

Rough start to the season for Tekamah-Herman. I'm sure the Tigers didn't think they would be 0-3 at this point.

Tekamah-Herman (0-3) hosts Wisner-Pilger (1-1) Friday night.

The Gators downed Emerson-Hubbard 49-27 in the Northeast Nebraska Tip-Off Classic Consolation Game on Saturday.

This could be an interesting game with Alexis Heller out for Wisner-Pilger.

The Tigers have to be flat out upset given what happened Tuesday night.

Tekamah-Herman had no business losing to DC West.

Nothing against the Falcons, but they aren't a team the Tigers should of lost to.

Jetensky and Fleischman need to play big offensively again for Tekamah-Herman, and Mercier needs to have a big game scoring the ball as well.

The Tigers also have to play outstanding defense, and limit Wisner-Pilger to one shot per possession.

Tekamah-Herman has to win the battle of the boards, and create 2nd and 3rd scoring opportunities at the basket.

The Tigers have to play with more heart and must hustle more than the Gators.

Tekamah-Herman has to play hard and inspired, and has to want to right the ship.

The Tigers should flat out be mad and upset, and should do everything they can to do something about their early season struggles.

Tekamah-Herman has to play better than they have been, especially offensively, and they can definitely do that.

The Tigers just have to keep things positive and keep believing that if they continue to work hard and persevere that they will get their season turned around.

Tekamah-Herman hosts Twin River on Saturday.
Pender Boys lose to Wakefield; beat Tekamah-Heman; Girls beat both
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The Pender Boys Basketball team lost 56-33 at Wakefield Thursday night before beating Tekamah-Herman 60-21 at home Friday night.

The Trojans jumped out to an 18-8 lead after one. Wakefield won the 2nd quarter 13-11 to take a 31-19 lead into the locker room.

The Trojans outscored the Pendragons 12-7 in the 3rd quarter to go up 43-26 at the end of three.

Wakefield notched 13 points in the 4th quarter compared to 7 for Pender.

Sam Mailoux had 11 points and 10 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Chris Rutar added 8 points.

Pender led 34-4 at halftime against the Tigers.

Jordan Springer hit five three pointers and led the way with 17 points while Tyler Nelson had 11. Mailoux chipped in 13 rebounds.

I thought the Pendragons played a great game against Tekamah-Herman. Pender struggled in the opener, but really stepped things up against the Tigers I thought.

The Pendragons (1-1) take on Oakland-Craig (1-2) on the road Friday night.

The Knights won 73-35 at Clarkson/Leigh Tuesday night.

Oakland-Craig has been without Garrett Seagren for the whole season so far, and if he plays against the Pendragons Friday night, then it might be pretty difficult to beat Oakland-Craig.

If figures to be really tough even without Seagren given what the Knights did to the Patriots Tuesday night.

I thought Pender played a really nice game against Tekamah-Herman, and will need that same kind of offensive and defensive effort Friday night.

Mailoux, Rutar, Springer, and Nelson all need to step up and score at the same time for the Pendragons.

Only getting a couple of them in double figures most likely isn't going to be good enough to beat a team like Oakland-Craig.

The Pendragons need mass production from their scorers, and must contain the likes of Kobe Benne, Robby Mayberry, Garrison Dodge, and Wyatt Seagren.

Pender is a solid team, in my opinion, but the Knights have played some great teams and are a great, fast, and athletic group.

Oakland-Craig went to state last year, and has everything working on their side right now.

I feel the Knights are one of the better teams in the area, but the Pendragons are a good team in their own right.

Pender has to go into this game with no fear. The Pendragons can't be in awe of or intimidated by the Knights.

Oakland-Craig has done some great things in recent games, but I feel Pender is an up and coming team that has to continue to take steps forward.

If the Pendragons can't win, I think a close loss or a competitive loss would be a moral victory and a positive step in the right direction for Pender.

A win would be nice of course, but a loss to the Knights isn't exactly devastating or the end of the world.

The Pendragons have a trio of very winnable games coming up after this so Pender has to find positive things to take away from the game, win or lose.















The Pender Girls Basketball Team won 62-34 at Wakefield Thursday night, and 59-36 at home over Tekamah-Herman Friday night.

The Pendragons led the Trojans 18-7 at the end of one. Pender won the 2nd quarter 16-11 to take a 34-18 lead into the locker room.

The Pendragons outscored the Trojans 13-6 in the 3rd quarter to go up 47-24 at the end of three.

Pender won the 4th quarter 15-10.

Against Tekamah-Herman, Pender exploded for 26 points in the first quarter and went on to take a 34-16 lead at halftime.

Ashley Ostrand scored 19 points, including a trio of three pointers, to go along with 14 points from Faith Morris.

Great opening week for the Pendragons. I must admit I didn't expect Pender to come out of the gates like this.

The Pendragons (2-0) battle Oakland-Craig (2-1) on the road Friday night.

The Knights are coming off a 36-30 loss at Clarkson/Leigh Tuesday night.

I thought before this game Pender might lose their first game of the season, and they still could, but given Oakland-Craig's loss to the Patriots, I feel the Pendragons have a better chance to win than if the Knights were coming off a win.

Oakland-Craig could still win as Clarkson/Leigh is a great team, but I feel Pender is a great team too, and will be equally as difficult for the Knights to hang with and beat.

The Pendragons have a gauntlet of a schedule following Monday's game against Allen up until around the Holiday Break or a little after so Pender has to play well against Oakland-Craig to give themselves confidence and a belief that they are a great and legitimate team, and that they can hang with and compete against the best of the best.

The Pendragons have to keep working hard and persevering and must continue to prove their doubters wrong.

This will be Pender's toughest contest to date yet I would say, and a win over the Knights would be a big boost for this team, in my opinion.

It's never easy going on the road and winning in the East Husker Conference, but if there's a team that can do it it's the Pendragons.

Pender has to continue to do the fundamental things well that have gotten them to this point, and must stay level headed and hungry.

The Pendragons can't be cocky or complacent given what they've done so far.

I think Pender is a really good team, and is going to have a fine season, but they have to go out there and prove it.

The Pendragons have done that so far by blowing out Wakefield and Tekamah-Herman, but there's no doubt that Oakland-Craig is a step or two up in competition.

As well as Pender played the first two games of the season, they need to play even better against the Knights to win.

Kennedy Benne scored 16 of Oakland-Craig's 30 points Tuesday night, and if the Pendragons can hold everyone else down and just let her get her points then they should be in good shape. Holding her down and forcing other players to step up and score might not be a bad game plan either.

Pender has to play to win, and can't go out there and play not to lose.

The Pendragons have to play a complete 4 quarter game, and must take the fight to the Knights.
North Bend Central Boys and Girls 2-0 to start season
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The North Bend Central Boys Basketball Team is 2-0 so far this season, defeating Twin River 69-45 on the road Thursday night, and winning 72-41 at home over Schuyler Tuesday night.

The Tigers led the Warriors 13-10 after one, and outscored Schuyler 22-9 in the 2nd quarter to take a 35-19 lead into the locker room.

North Bend Central won the 3rd quarter 16-12 to go up 51-31 at the end of three.

The Tigers outscored the Warriors 21-10 in the 4th quarter.

Tanner Wietfeld had 29 points while John Emanuel and Austin Endorf registered 20 and 9, respectively.

Great start to the year for North Bend Central. Nothing to be disappointed about when you win by over 20 points the first two games of the season.

The Tigers (2-0) battle West Point-Beemer (2-1) on the road Thursday night.

The Cadets won 48-24 at home over Stanton Tuesday night.

West Point-Beemer is a very tall team, and is senior laden.

I don't think there's any doubt North Bend Central can win, but it's going to be the Tigers' first real test of the year.

The Cadets are experienced and big, compared to North Bend Central, who I view as an athletic, big, and fast team.

Both teams are very good, and this should be a great game, and I think the Tigers have a great chance to come out on top.

I think a win over West Point-Beemer would give North Bend Central a boost of confidence and momentum heading into near future tough games with Parkview Christian and Milford.

The Tigers have an explosive offense, and a really good defense, something that usually is championship pedigree.

I think that explosive offense is kind of the difference between the Cadets and North Bend Central.

I don't think West Point-Beemer is quite as explosive offensively as the Tigers as North Bend Central has proven they can light it up from anywhere.

At the same time, I think the Cadets have faced some tougher teams, but still you play the hand you are dealt.

I think the battle down low will be key in this as will guard play.

The Tigers have to try and contain Chase and Austin Streeter, and also key on Ben Vander Griend and Cole Hughes.

North Bend Central has to have Wietfeld, Emanuel, and Endorf play the way they did against Schuyler.

If the Tigers get those three to combine for 58 points again they figure to be in great shape.

North Bend Central has to bring it for 4 quarters and be prepared to take West Point-Beemer's best shot.

You know the Cadets will bring a hard nosed, physical style of play to the table, and so the Tigers must do the same.














The North Bend Central Girls Basketball Team is also off to a 2-0 start as the Tigers topped Twin River 29-24 on the road Thursday night, and Schuyler 60-14 at home Tuesday night.

The Titans doubled up the Tigers 10-5 in the 1st quarter. North Bend Central won the 2nd quarter 11-9 to make it a 19-16 game at halftime.

Both teams scored 4 points in the 3rd quarter, the score at the end of three was 23-19 in favor of Twin River.

The Tigers outscored the Titans 9-1 in the 4th quarter.

North Bend Central tripled up the Warriors 15-5 in the 1st quarter. The Tigers outscored Schuyler 18-2 in the 2nd quarter to take a 33-7 lead into the locker room.

North Bend Central won the 3rd quarter 16-5 to go up 49-12 at the end of three.

The Tigers put up 11 fourth quarter points and held the Warriors to just 2.

Slow start against Twin River, but it seems like North Bend Central has really picked things up from the 4th quarter of that game on.

Good overall start to the year for the Tigers. North Bend Central should be happy to be undefeated so far.

The Tigers (2-0) battle West Point-Beemer (2-1) on the road Thursday night.

The Cadets lost 33-30 at home to Stanton Tuesday night.

This should be a great game.

North Bend Central should work it into their post players down low like Brooke Fredrickson and Kristin Lux, and look to get to the free throw line and convert easy layups.

I think rebounding will be really big in this game, and feel the Tigers have the advantage in overall size and athleticism.

Those 2nd and 3rd chance points are going to be big, and I feel North Bend Central will get plenty of them.

This is a really big game for the Tigers with Stanton and Pender coming up next week.

North Bend Central has to step up their game and play with a sense of urgency and purpose Thursday night.

These next three games and the Milford game before Christmas are really big for this team.

The Tigers have to step up and perform to the best of their ability, and continue to improve on their offensive game.

North Bend Central is a great defensive team, and could be a state team if they get their offense to the same level as their defense, in my opinion.

The Tigers have to be aggressive with the ball at the basket, and have to go up strong against West Point-Beemer.

The Tigers have to hit a high percentage from the field and free throw line, and really make it an emphasis to work the ball inside to their posts.

North Bend Central figures to have a height advantage in this game so the Tigers have to use that to their advantage.

North Bend Central has to play a complete four quarter game much like they did against Schuyler.

I feel the game with the Warriors was a really good tune up for the Tigers heading into this game.

I look for North Bend Central to play a great game Tuesday night, and perhaps pull out a win.

I wouldn't be surprised if the Cadets found a way to win though.
West Point-Beemer Boys and Girls off to 2-1 starts
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The West Point-Beemer Boys Basketball Team is 2-1 on the season so far, beating Arlington 59-51 at home Thursday night, losing 61-40 at Omaha Roncalli on Saturday, and downing Stanton 48-24 at home Tuesday night.

West Point-Beemer led the Eagles 30-24 at halftime, but Arlington made five three pointers and scored 21 points to take a 45-44 lead into the fourth quarter. The Cadets then outscored the Eagles 15-6 in the fourth to win.

Chase Streeter led five West Point-Beemer players in double digits with 13 points, to go along with 12 from Cole Hughes and 10 each from Ben Vander Griend, Blake Anderson, and Austin Streeter. Vander Griend added 7 rebounds.

The Crimson Pride went up 15-4 after one, and won the 2nd quarter 20-19 to take a 35-23 lead into the locker room.

Omaha Roncalli outscored the Cadets 17-9 in the 3rd quarter to go up 52-32 at the end of three.

The Crimson Pride won the 4th quarter 9-8.

Chase Streeter and Vander Griend added 9 points apiece while Hughes totaled 7. Austin Streeter added 7 rebounds.

The Cadets and Mustangs were tied at 8 at the end of one. West Point-Beemer won the 2nd quarter 15-6 to go ahead 23-14 at halftime.

The Cadets outscored Stanton 14-4 in the 3rd quarter to lead 37-18 at the end of three.

West Point-Beemer notched 11 points in the 4th quarter compared to 6 for the Mustangs.

Austin Streeter had 13 points while Vander Griend registered 11.

Solid start to the season for the Cadets. The Roncalli game was tough, but otherwise it appears West Point-Beemer is playing pretty good ball.

The Cadets (2-1) host North Bend Central (2-0) Thursday night.

The Tigers won 72-41 at home over Schuyler Tuesday night.

North Bend Central is very good again this year, and I think the Tigers might be more athletic and faster than West Point-Beemer.

The Cadets probably have more size, but I'm thinking North Bend Central might be a little quicker based on what I saw last year.

West Point-Beemer has to slow things down and play at a half court pace, and force the Tigers to play slower than they want to if they want to win.

The Cadets can't let North Bend Central get out and run and score points in transition.

West Point-Beemer has to be strong with the basketball at the basket, and must put two hands on the ball when rebounding it.

Boxing out and getting good post position down low will be a big deal in this game I feel.

The Cadets have to pound the ball inside and get the Tigers in foul trouble.

West Point-Beemer also has to be confident and knock down the open jumper when the opportunity presents itself.

Getting to and converting at the free throw line will be big for this team too, in my opinion.

The Cadets need to execute well in all facets of the game to come away with the win.

North Bend Central is the real deal, in my opinion, and it certainly won't be easy to knock off the Tigers even though the game is in West Point.

The Cadets are a senior laden team, and these are the types of games West Point-Beemer needs to win if they want to be viewed as a legit contender in Conference and in the postseason.

This will be the Tigers' first real test of the season so that should be to the Cadets' advantage.

I think West Point-Beemer can definitely win if they slow the pace and not allow this game to get into a track meet.

The Cadets have to get off to a strong start, and just grind things out until the very end.

West Point-Beemer is solid on offense and defense, and I look for the Cadets to play well on both ends of the floor.













The West Point-Beemer Girls Basketball Team is also 2-1 to start the season as the Cadets defeated Arlington 45-35 at home Thursday night, won 41-30 at Omaha Roncalli on Saturday, and then lost 33-30 at home to Stanton Tuesday night.

West Point-Beemer overcame a slow start and a 19-16 halftime deficit to beat Arlington. The Cadets made 17 free throws in the fourth quarter to help close out the game.

Andrea Hoffman led the Cadets with seven points, including a pair of three pointers.

West Point-Beemer jumped on the Crimson Pride 10-4 at the end of one. The Cadets outscored Omaha Roncalli 17-10 in the 2nd quarter to take a 27-14 lead into the locker room.

The Crimson Pride outscored West Point-Beemer 9-4 in the 3rd quarter to make it a 31-23 game at the end of three.

The Cadets won the 4th quarter 10-7.

Brittney Hinkel had 17 points and 12 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Sidney Swanson chipped in 12 points while Katie Pilakowski notched 12 rebounds.

West Point-Beemer doubled up the Mustangs 8-4 in the 1st quarter. Stanton doubled up the Cadets 14-7 in the 2nd quarter to take an 18-15 lead into the locker room.

West Point-Beemer won the 3rd quarter 8-6 to make it a 24-23 game at the end of three.

The Mustangs outscored the Cadets 9-7 in the 4th quarter, and won the game in the final seconds as Megan Groth passed the ball inside instead of shooting a 3 at the buzzer like she should of.

Hinkel led the way with 13 points and 8 rebounds.

Tough loss to take against Stanton, but the first two games of the season were very promising for West Point-Beemer.

The Cadets (2-1) host North Bend Central (2-0) Thursday night.

The Tigers knocked off Schuyler 60-14 at home Tuesday night.

North Bend Central is off to a strong start, and like West Point-Beemer, is a very strong defensive team.

Both teams struggle to score, and this should be a very low scoring, defensive battle.

The Tigers may have more height and size with Brooke Fredrickson, Kristin Lux, and others, but the Cadets may be a little quicker.

Size and experience and overall athleticism benefits North Bend Central I feel, but this is a game the Cadets can definitely win.

West Point-Beemer just has to be better on offense, and knock down perimeter jump shots when given the opportunity.

I feel the perimeter game will be big for the Cadets. Scoring down low might be tough so West Point-Beemer has to be confident and step up and knock down some perimeter shots.

The Cadets also have to do a good job of playing post defense and playing straight up without fouling.

West Point-Beemer also can't be afraid to drive and take it inside, and try and get the Tigers' post players in foul trouble.

The Cadets have to be flat out upset that they lost to the Mustangs, and have to take it to North Bend Central for 4 quarters.

All that shooting and work West Point-Beemer did in the offseason needs to show up in games, and knocking down more shots is going to be very important for the Cadets in this game and down the line without a doubt.

West Point-Beemer has to start working on scoring in the 50's and 60's or more, and must continue to play the great defense they have.

If the Cadets can get to 50 or more in this game I think West Point-Beemer has a great chance to win it.

Neither team has been particularly great on offense this year as the Tigers scored just 29 against Twin River so it will be interesting to see what happens.

This is a big one for West Point-Beemer with Howells-Dodge and Fremont Bergan coming up the next two games.
Winnebago Boys and Girls beat Homer and Walthill
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The Winnebago Boys Basketball Team downed Homer 90-41 at home Thursday night, and Walthill 81-70 on the road Friday night.

The Blujays led the Indians 21-16 at the end of one. Winnebago won the 2nd quarter 25-18 to take a 41-39 lead into the locker room.

The Indians outscored Walthill 26-12 in the 3rd quarter to go up 67-51 at the end of three.

The Blujays notched 19 points in the 4th quarter compared to 14 for Winnebago.

I thought the Indians played good ball this past weekend. Not bad for the first week of the season.

Winnebago (2-0) takes on Omaha Nation (1-1) on the road Thursday night.

The Chiefs won 92-44 at home over Santee Friday night.

I think Omaha Nation will challenge and compete with the Indians, but I look for Winnebago to win.

I think the Indians will play well offensively, and do enough defensively to come out on top.

The Chiefs played BRLD tough, losing 57-53, and I think this game could mirror that in a way, although I look for Winnebago to win by more than 4.

The Indians have to come ready to play though.

Winnebago has to start and finish better than they did against Walthill.

The middle quarters were good for the Indians against the Blujays, but the Indians have to dominate for 4 quarters if possible, much like they did against the Knights.

Winnebago can definitely score, now it's just a matter of playing shutdown D.

The Indians have to get back to playing the type of defense they played against Homer.

Winnebago has to play well on both ends of the floor to come away with a big win in this one.

The Indians don't just want to win, they want to win big.

Walthill is a rival, and I can certainly understand that game being close, but even though Omaha Nation is probably somewhat of a rival, Winnebago should be able to blow them out.

I look for D'Von LaPointe, Lance Denney, Maurice Scott, Manape Cleveland, and others to have big games for the Indians.

I look for Winnebago to score somewhere in the 80's or 90's, and possibly hold the Chiefs in the 60's, maybe even the 50's.

The Indians should improve to 3-0.














The Winnebago Girls Basketball Team won 60-44 at home over Homer Thursday night before downing Walthill 77-64 on the road Friday night.

The Indians led the Knights 15-9 after one, and outscored Homer 18-13 in the 2nd quarter to take a 33-22 lead into the locker room.

Both teams scored 11 points in the 3rd quarter, and the score was 44-33 at the end of three in favor of Winnebago.

The Indians won the 4th quarter 16-11.

Charli Earth led the way with 22 points while Kae Earth and Jayla Price totaled 11 and 9, respectively.

The Indians jumped out to an 18-12 lead at the end of one against the Blujays. Walthill won the 2nd quarter 23-20 to make it a 38-35 game at halftime.

Winnebago won the 3rd quarter 15-14 to go up 53-49 at the end of three.

The Indians outscored the Blujays 24-15 in the 4th quarter.

Charli Earth had 26 points while Kae Earth totaled 18. Jayla Price chipped in 15 while Isabel Earth registered 11.

Great start to the season for Winnebago. I think the Earths and Price have made a big difference for this team so far.

The Indians (2-0) face arguably their toughest test of the season Thursday night though when they take on Omaha Nation (2-0) on the road.

The Chiefs won 77-29 at home over Santee Friday night and 66-57 at BRLD Thursday night.

Omaha Nation appears to be a solid team, and this should be a great game.

The Earths and Price need to have big games for the Indians.

Winnebago has to play well on both ends of the floor, and play the type of basketball they have so far this season.

The Indians could win as long as they play as well as they did in the first two weeks of the season.

This should be a great game between two solid teams.

Both teams have been impressive in the early season, and it's hard saying how the game is going to go.

I think the Chiefs being at home and having already beaten a good team in BRLD gives them the advantage, but by no means does that mean Omaha Nation is going to win.

Winnebago has to come out cool, calm, collected, and confident.

At the same time, the Indians have to play with fire, intensity, pride, passion, mental and physical toughness, tenacity, and grit.

Winnebago is as good as they have been in a while, and their players have to enjoy and embrace this success.

The Indians have to keep working hard and playing well together, and continue to improve everyday.

It's important for Winnebago to have good practices leading up to the game.

The Indians have to get pumped, jacked, fired, amped, and psyched up before this one tips off.
Wisner-Pilger Boys and Girls beat Emerson-Hubbard, lose to Lutheran High Northeast in Northeast Nebraska Tip-Off Classic
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The Wisner-Pilger Boys Basketball Team won 70-34 at home over Emerson-Hubbard at the Northeast Nebraska Tip-Off Classic Friday night before losing the championship game 63-53 to Lutheran High Northeast in Emerson on Saturday.

The Gators led the Pirates 15-4 after one, and outscored Emerson-Hubbard 18-7 in the 2nd quarter to go up 33-11 at halftime.

Wisner-Pilger won the 3rd quarter 19-13 to go up 52-24 at the end of three.

The Gators put up 18 points in the fourth quarter and held the Pirates to 10.

Wisner-Pilger led the Eagles 32-30 at halftime. LHNE won the 3rd quarter 14-8 to take a 44-40 lead at the end of three. The Eagles put up 19 points in the 4th quarter compared to 13 for the Gators.

Wisner-Pilger played great against Emerson-Hubbard I thought and played well against LHNE in the 1st half, but didn't quite have enough in the tank in the 2nd half.

The Gators (1-1) travel to Tekamah-Herman (0-2) Friday night.

The Tigers lost 60-21 at Pender Friday night.

This should be an easy win for Wisner-Pilger, much like the Emerson-Hubbard game.

This is one of those games where the Gators should be able to get out to a big lead and play reserves in the 2nd half.

Wisner-Pilger has to come out and play good, sharp basketball, and must take it to Tekamah-Herman for 4 quarters.

The starters have to come out and assert themselves nicely, and build a big lead to give the reserves some action.

I would say a half of basketball might be enough work for the starters, but they need a little more work with this being the only game of the week and Oakland-Craig and Wayne coming up next week.

I look for the Gators to take their frustrations of losing to the Eagles out on the Tigers Friday night.

I look for Wisner-Pilger to win big and handily.

I would be awfully surprised if this game isn't a running clock at some point in the 2nd half.

Tekamah-Herman has a lot of kids out compared to last year and is an and coming team I would say, but the Tigers are still very young and trying to find their way.

It's important for the Gators to be sharp with this being their only game this week and two tough games coming up next week.

Wisner-Pilger needs to play at an extremely high level and shake out any cobwebs they may have incurred on Saturday.

The Gators have to come out flat out angry and upset given what happened against LHNE, and have to come out and play to their full potential against the Tigers.













The Wisner-Girls Basketball Team lost 68-65 at home to Lutheran High Northeast in the Northeast Nebraska Tournament Thursday night before winning 49-27 over Emerson-Hubbard in the consolation game at Emerson-Hubbard on Saturday.

The Gators quadrupled up the Pirates 12-3 after one, and tripled up Emerson-Hubbard 15-5 in the 2nd quarter to take a 27-8 lead into the locker room.

Wisner-Pilger doubled up the Pirates 10-5 in the 3rd quarter to go up 37-13 at the end of three.

Emerson-Hubbard notched 14 fourth quarter points compared to 12 for the Gators.

Excellent effort from Wisner-Pilger in the first 2 games of the season, in my opinion. The Gators came super close to knocking off the Eagles and played a real solid game, especially defensively, against the Pirates.

Wisner-Pilger (1-1) takes on Tekamah-Herman (0-2) on the road Friday night.

The Tigers lost 59-36 at Pender Friday night.

Tekamah-Herman played two tough teams in the Pendragons and Stanton, and figures to be battle tested come Friday night.

This should be a competitive game, but I would think the Gators would win.

It will be interesting to see what happens if Wisner-Pilger is down a couple of players due to injury, but either way the Gators should be able to win.

Wisner-Pilger really needs this one with games coming up against Oakland-Craig and Wayne next week.

The Gators have to play the kind of defense they played against the Pirates, and the kind of offense they played against the Eagles.

If Wisner-Pilger can combine what they did on those respective sides of the ball in those respective games then they should put themselves in a good position to win the game.

The Gators have to come out and play with passion, pride, fire, toughness, tenacity, grit, and intensity.

Wisner-Pilger has to be tenacious on defense and assertive on offense.

The Gators have to take the fight to the Tigers for 4 quarters, and never let up.

Wisner-Pilger needs to play the exact same way they did against Emerson-Hubbard only getting the offense going more.

I think the Gators showed they are a solid team given how they played this past weekend, and I look for Wisner-Pilger to build off what they did last week and play even better Friday night.

I think the Gators are going to need to pay extra special attention to Marin Jetensky. She is an outstanding player for Tekamah-Herman.

If Wisner-Pilger slows her down the Gators should be in good shape.
GACC Boys off to 1-1 start; Girls begin season 2-0
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The Guardian Angels Central Catholic Boys Basketball Team lost 62-33 at Lutheran High Northeast Friday night in the Northeast Nebraska Tip-Off Classic before downing Emerson-Hubbard 56-39 on the road Saturday.

The Eagles led 19-4 at the end of one before winning the 2nd quarter 10-6 to take a 29-10 lead into the locker room.

LHNE outscored GACC 16-10 in the 3rd quarter to go up 45-20 at the end of three.

The Eagles put up 17 points in the 4th quarter compared to 13 for the Bluejays.

The opener was rough for GACC, but I thought the Bluejays did a nice job bouncing back and beating the Pirates the way they did.

GACC (1-1) battles Columbus Scotus (0-1) on the road Tuesday night.

The Shamrocks lost 53-40 at Hastings St. Cecilia Thursday night.

A lot of people expect Scotus to rebuild this year, but based on that first game, it appears the Shamrocks aren't too bad of a team.

The Bluehawks are a perennial power, and to only lose to them by 13 considering it was the first game and who all Scotus lost from last year, that's not too bad.

With that said, I definitely think GACC can compete.

Neither team is probably as strong as they were last year, but I look for the Bluejays to give the Shamrocks their best shot.

It appears GACC's offense and defense was much stronger on Saturday than Friday.

With that said, the Bluejays are going to need to play their best game of the year to come out on top on Tuesday.

I don't know if GACC can beat Scotus if they play the way they did against LHNE.

The Bluejays need to play the way they did Saturday and then some in order to give the Shamrocks all they can handle and win.

I feel GACC will go in there and play a good game and leave with their heads held high.

I think this is a game where the Bluejays can come away knowing they improved from Week 1 to the third game of the season, and can use the game as a springboard to greater things this year.

GACC has tough games with Wynot and Crofton later this week so this one is big for the Bluejays' confidence heading into the rest of the week, in my opinion.

GACC has to be ready to play, and has to get off to a fast start and finish strong as well.

The Bluejays need to keep things close throughout, and outscore Scotus in at least a couple of quarters to have a realistic shot, in my opinion.

One bad quarter could ultimately cost GACC I think.

The Bluejays are working to get better, and are still a young team, and I think this team will do some nice things and make some strides Tuesday night, win or lose.

The game can be heard on 107.9 the Bull.
















The Guardian Angels Central Catholic Girls Basketball Team downed Emerson-Hubbard 64-23 at home Thursday night before downing Lutheran High Northeast 66-45 on Saturday.

The Bluejays led the Pirates 19-11 at the end of one, and won the 2nd quarter 15-10 to lead 34-21 at halftime.

GACC outscored Emerson-Hubbard 15-2 in the 3rd quarter to take a 49-23 lead at the end of three.

The Bluejays blanked the Pirates 15-0 in the 4th quarter.

Marissa Hunke had a game-high 20 points while Lexis Haase had 17 points and 11 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Brandi Doernemann added 9 points.

GACC led the Eagles 15-12 after one. The Bluejays outscored LHNE 19-8 in the 2nd quarter to go up 34-20 at halftime.

GACC won the 3rd quarter 17-8 to make it a 51-28 game after three.

The Eagles notched 17 points in the 4th quarter compared to 15 for the Bluejays.

GACC is off to a picture perfect start. The Bluejays haven't missed a beat from last season so far.

GACC (2-0) takes on Columbus Scotus (0-1) on the road Tuesday night.

The Shamrocks lost 43-42 at Hastings St. Cecilia Thursday night.

I think this is going to be a great game, and feel the Bluejays can definitely win and steal one on the road from Scotus.

GACC just has to play the way they did last week, and they should be just fine.

I think this young team will learn a lot about themselves Tuesday night.

The Shamrocks are by the far the strongest team the Bluejays have seen up to this point.

The rest of the week is tough with Wynot on the road Thursday, and Crofton at home on Saturday, so it's important for GACC to get this one I would say.

We will find out just how good and how for real the Bluejays are after this week.

I think GACC is still a great and very strong team, but the Bluejays will be tested big time this week.

If GACC can come out of this week 2-1 or better that will be a very good sign for the Bluejays, in my opinion.

1-2 or 0-3 would have to be considered disappointing given GACC's standards I would say.

Winning this week won't come easy though. All three opponents are great, and it's going to take 3 outstanding performances from the Bluejays to win each game.

All GACC should be focused on right now though is Columbus Scotus.

The Bluejays shouldn't be worried about Wynot and Crofton at the moment.

The first and only order of business at the moment is beating the Shamrocks.

I look for GACC's offense to be the difference in this one. I don't think Scotus has a particularly strong offense, and feel the Bluejays will have enough offense to win. I think both teams are fairly even defensively.

This would be a huge win for GACC with the Shamrocks being a C-1 school.

Being in D-1, the Bluejays will earn extra power points win or lose.

A loss isn't the end of the world, but GACC really wants this one, you can bet on that.

Catch the game on 107.9 the Bull at 6:00 p.m.
Clarkson/Leigh Boys lose to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family and Madison; Girls lose to Bulldogs, beat Dragons
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The Clarkson/Leigh Boys Basketball Team has been competitive in the early going, but lost 55-44 at home to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family Friday night, and 67-60 at Madison on Saturday.

The Bulldogs won the 1st quarter 14-9 before the Patriots outscored HLHF 18-11 in the 2nd quarter to take a 27-25 halftime lead.

The Bulldogs outscored Clarkson/Leigh 15-8 in the 3rd quarter to go up 40-35 after three.

HLHF put up 15 points in the 4th quarter and held the Patriots to 9.

Anthony Bruhn had 15 points while Daniel Beller added 10 points and 11 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Garrett Schroeder added 9 while Haden Held totaled 7.

Clarkson/Leigh led the Dragons 17-15 after one. Madison won the 2nd quarter 12-9 to take a 27-26 lead into the locker room.

The Patriots won the 3rd quarter 16-15 to tie the game at 42 at the end of three.

The Dragons outscored Clarkson/Leigh 25-18 in the 4th quarter.

Beller had team-highs of 17 points and 7 rebounds while Bruhn added 10 points. Schroeder chipped in 9 while Jacob Gall registered 7.

I thought the Patriots did a great job of competing in both games. Clarkson/Leigh just wasn't able to put together a full four quarter game in either contest.

The Patriots (0-2) host Oakland-Craig (0-2) Tuesday night.

The Knights lost 62-54 at home to Boys Town on Saturday.

Oakland-Craig has been without Garrett Seagren, and if he doesn't play, then Clarkson/Leigh should have a chance to win.

The biggest things for the Patriots, in my opinion, are playing a complete four quarter game and playing strong defense.

I don't think scoring has been an issue for Clarkson/Leigh with the exception of the 2nd half against HLHF, it has just been their defense that has hurt them for the most part I would say.

I know defense has been a major focus and focal point for the Patriots this season...now it's a matter of going out there and slowing people down.

The Knights are a very explosive team offensively, with or without Seagren, and I look for this one to be a high scoring affair.

I think Clarkson/Leigh will compete well and give Oakland-Craig a run for their money, but I think the difference between winning and losing comes down to getting stops on defense and playing a complete four quarter game.

The Patriots gave up 1/4 of 100 in the 4th quarter of Saturday's game, and Clarkson/Leigh has to be better than that defensively late in games if they want to pick up wins.

I give the Patriots a lot of credit for tying the game with Madison through 3 quarters, but Clarkson/Leigh has to simply finish.

Solid starts and close quarters are good, but it ultimately comes down to how you finish when it comes to close games.

So far the Patriots have been on the losing end of a couple of close contests, now it's a matter of getting over that hump, and turning these close losses into wins.

Clarkson/Leigh can definitely do it. Beller, Bruhn, Schroeder, Gall, and Held have been good so far, now it's a matter of the Patriots continuing to do what they have offensively and fine tuning some things on defense.

Things like boxing out and contesting shots are going to be very important against the Knights, in my opinion.

I feel this game is going to come down to heart, desire, determination, hustle, and want to.














The Clarkson/Leigh Girls Basketball Team is off to a 1-1 start, falling 40-28 at home to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family in Friday night's season opener, before winning 55-26 at Madison on Saturday.

The Bulldogs led 6-4 after one, and outscored the Patriots 15-6 in the 2nd quarter to take a 21-10 lead into the locker room.

Clarkson/Leigh outscored Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 14-6 in the 3rd quarter to get back into it at 27-24.

The Bulldogs notched 13 points in the 4th quarter compared to 4 for the Patriots to make up the final score.

Clarkson/Leigh jumped on the Dragons early, getting out to a 10-2 lead after one. The Patriots outscored Madison 19-7 in the 2nd quarter to take a 29-9 lead into the locker room.

Clarkson/Leigh won the 3rd quarter 14-10 to make it a 43-19 game at the end of three.

The Patriots put up 12 4th quarter points, and held the Dragons to 7.

I was going to say after the HLHF game that Clarkson/Leigh needed to do a better job of finishing games and play a compete four quarter game, but the Patriots quickly bounced back and did that against Madison, in my opinion.

Clarkson/Leigh (1-1) hosts Oakland-Craig (2-0) Tuesday night.

The Knights won 60-19 at home over Boys Town on Saturday.

This game is a big opportunity for the Patriots I feel.

Oakland-Craig is without Dacey Nelson the whole season, although Kennedy Benne has done an excellent job of stepping up I would say.

The Patriots are a very good team defensively though, and I look for this to be a very close, tight, and good contest.

It will be interesting to see if Clarkson/Leigh can get over the hump.

I feel the Knights have been more consistent to this point, yet I think the Patriots have played tougher competition.

This should be a great game. The only concern I have is can Clarkson/Leigh's offense do enough to win?

I think they can, but it's not going to be easy whatsoever.

These are the types of games the Patriots need to win to be viewed a title contender though  I would say.

GACC has already proven they are going to be very tough in Sub-Districts so that makes every regular season game that much more important.

Clarkson/Leigh has to continue to get better and step up their game like they did from Game 1 to Game 2.

The Patriots have to come out and be focused and be intense against Oakland-Craig Tuesday night.

This is a big game and week for Clarkson/Leigh with road games at Winside and BRLD on Thursday and Friday, and the Patriots have to get the week started off on the right foot.

I think this game against the Knights will sort of set the tone for the rest of the week.

I think Clarkson/Leigh has a chance to go 3-0 or 2-1 this week, but the Patriots have to dig deep and find something extra, and want it more than each of their opponents, and in particular, Oakland-Craig.

Clarkson/Leigh has to come out and play with a burning fire, passion, and must also play with a lot of pride, mental and physical toughness, tenacity, and grit.

The Patriots are at home, and must have the mentality that no one is going to come in their house and beat them, even though the Bulldogs already did.
Oakland-Craig Boys lose to Logan View/Scribner-Snyder and Boys Town; Girls beat both
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The Oakland-Craig Boys Basketball Team lost 67-45 at home to Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Thursday night and 62-54 at home to Boys Town on Saturday.

The Raiders jumped on the Knights 18-7 at the end of the first quarter. LVSS tripled up Oakland-Craig 18-6 in the 2nd quarter to take a 36-13 lead into the locker room.

The Raiders won the 3rd quarter 21-17 to lead 57-30 at the end of three.

The Knights put up 15 points in the 4th quarter compared to 10 for LVSS.

Jared Mulder had a team-high 12 points while Garrison Dodge and Tyson Harney totaled 8 and 7, respectively. Wyatt Seagren chipped in 8 rebounds.

Oakland-Craig got off to a strong start against the Cowboys, going up 13-10 at the end of one. Boys Town outscored the Knights 23-15 in the 2nd quarter to take 33-28 lead into the locker room.

The Cowboys won the 3rd quarter 12-9 to extend their lead to 45-37 at the end of three.

Both teams scored 17 points in the 4th quarter.

Kobe Benne had a game-high 25 points for Oakland-Craig while Mulder and Seagren chipped in 8 and 7, respectively.

I thought the Knights played well against Boys Town considering they were without Garrett Seagren. Not having him kind of led to the slow start against LVSS I would say, but after that first half against the Raiders, Oakland-Craig appeared to figure some things out.

The Knights (0-2) battle Clarkson/Leigh (0-2) on the road Tuesday night.

The Patriots were very competitive in their first two games of the season, losing 55-44 to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family at home Friday night, and 67-60 at Madison on Saturday.

It certainly doesn't appear like it will be easy to beat Clarkson/Leigh, especially on their home floor, but I'm willing to bet Oakland-Craig finds a way to get the job done.

Regardless of if Garrett Seagren plays or not, I look for this to be a win for the Knights.

I don't know if the Patriots will be able to slow down Oakland-Craig offensively.

Clarkson/Leigh's offense may put up a fair amount of points against the Knights, but it will be interesting to see if the Patriots' defense is able to do anything.

Oakland-Craig has to look to get out and run and push tempo.

This is a game the Knights need to not only win, but win big.

Oakland-Craig has to come out and put their foot on the throttle and keep pushing forward.

The Knights have to be relentless offensively, and apply a lot of pressure on defense as well.

Oakland-Craig has to take care of the ball, and force Clarkson/Leigh into committing a bunch of turnovers.

I would say the Patriots are a much improved team from last year already, but the Knights appear to be good again, and have been even without Garrett Seagren, in my opinion.

Oakland-Craig may be 0-2, but I still think this team is good.

I look for the Knights to pick up a couple of wins this week over Clarkson/Leigh and Pender, and give Howells-Dodge a great battle on Saturday.

I think Oakland-Craig can go 3-0 this week, but the Knights need Seagren back for the Howells-Dodge game if at all possible.

The Jaguars appear to be off to a great start so far, and I don't know if Oakland-Craig will beat them without Garrett.

First things first though, the Knights have to focus on and worry about beating the Patriots.

Oakland-Craig can worry about Howells-Dodge after Friday night's game against the Pendragons.
















The Oakland-Craig Girls Basketball team won 53-32 at home over Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Thursday night before downing Boys Town 60-19 at home on Saturday.

The Knights jumped on the Raiders 15-2 at the end of one, and outscored LVSS 15-8 in the 2nd quarter to lead 30-10 at halftime.

The Raiders won the 3rd quarter 13-12 to make it a 42-23 game at the end of three.

Oakland-Craig put up 11 points in the 4th quarter, and held LVSS to 9.

Kennedy Benne led all scorers with 27 points while Ashley Denton totaled 7.

The Knights led the Cowboys 30-6 after one. Oakland-Craig outscored Boys Town 16-2 in the 2nd quarter to take a 46-8 lead into the locker room.

Both teams scored 6 points in the 3rd quarter, and it was 52-14 Knights at the end of three.

Oakland-Craig won the 4th quarter 8-5.

Benne led the way with 17 points while Makenna Pearson and Natalia McNeill registered 8 apiece. Mya Guzinski and Ellie Weitzenkamp recorded 7 each.

Two good wins for the Knights. Two lopsided wins is always a great way to get the season started.

Oakland-Craig (2-0) takes on Clarkson/Leigh (1-1 on the road Tuesday night.

The Patriots won 55-26 at Madison on Saturday after dropping their season opener at home to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family Friday night, 40-28.

Clarkson/Leigh is a tough team, and is probably the best team the Knights will have faced so far.

Oakland-Craig has to be up and ready for this one.

The Patriots had a great Volleyball season, and appear to be a good Basketball team as well.

With that said, I think the Knights have been a little better up to this point.

I've been super impressed with Oakland-Craig's offense, and their ability to score the ball.

Anytime you put up over 50 points you're doing something right.

I think Clarkson/Leigh's defense has been just as good if not better than the Knights's though.

Both teams are playing at a high level right now, and if the Patriots have an offensive game like they did against Madison then this game could be very interesting.

If Oakland-Craig holds down Clarkson/Leigh's offense the way the Bulldogs did though then the Knights should be able to win.

Oakland-Craig may be without Dacey Nelson, but so far you can't tell.

This Patriot team will be the toughest team the Knights will have faced so far though.

Oakland-Craig's defense has been great so far, but you can bet Clarkson/Leigh's offense will be the toughest they've faced so far.

The Patriots appeared to play a lot better on offense Saturday than they did on Friday, and a lot of that could have had to do with who they were playing, but still Clarkson/Leigh turned in an impressive performance on Saturday.

I like Oakland-Craig in this one though as I feel they've been more consistent up to this point.

I think the Patriots are still kind of trying to gain their form after a long Volleyball season, and feel the Knights will be well prepared and ready for whatever Clarkson/Leigh decides to throw at them and at their way.

This should be a great, close game though. I don't think there's any doubt Oakland-Craig is in for a dog fight.
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Boys start season 2-0; Girls off to 0-2 start
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The Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Boys Basketball Team is 2-0 on the season so far as the Raiders won 67-45 at Oakland-Craig Thursday night and 74-55 at Twin River on Saturday.

The Raiders jumped on the Knights 18-7 at the end of the first quarter. LVSS tripled up Oakland-Craig 18-6 in the 2nd quarter to take a 36-13 lead into the locker room.

The Raiders won the 3rd quarter 21-17 to lead 57-30 at the end of three.

The Knights put up 15 points in the 4th quarter compared to 10 for LVSS.

Ben Moxness had 21 points and 8 rebounds while Jacob Polk added 21 points. Alex VonSeggern scored 10 while Alex Hagerbaumer notched 9.

The Raiders led 17-13 over the Titans after one. LVSS won the 2nd quarter 21-14 to take a 38-27 lead into the locker room.

LVSS took the 3rd quarter 18-16, and led 56-43 after three.

The Raiders outscored Twin River 18-12 in the 4th quarter.

Polk poured in 35 points while Moxness added 22.

LVSS is off to a blazing start. Exactly the type of start the Raiders were hoping for I'm sure.

LVSS (2-0) hosts Wayne (1-1) Tuesday night.

The Blue Devils lost 68-61 at home to Battle Creek Friday night.

Wayne is a tough, good team, and figures to give the Raiders a test, but I like LVSS to win at home.

I think Polk and Moxness will be too much for the Blue Devils to slow down and contain, and feel that the Raiders are the better team.

I think this will be anywhere from a 10-15 point game, and like LVSS to win by something like that margin.

The Raiders won 68-61 at Wayne last year, and I think both teams are even better this year.

LVSS has to get off to the same kind of start they did against Oakland-Craig, and play well like they did the entire game against Twin River.

If the Raiders can put together 4 good quarters Tuesday night they should be able to win by a good margin I would think.

LVSS has to look to push tempo and play fast and force the Blue Devils into some tough shots.

Wayne likes to run and gun too I'm pretty sure, but I feel the Raiders are better at getting out in transition and knocking down open shots.

Both teams' offenses have been stout so far, but LVSS's has proven to be more explosive I would say.

I also think the Raiders have a better defense, and that's why I look for LVSS to beat the Blue Devils.

It could be argued that Wayne has played tougher teams so far, but the margin of victory for the Raiders can't be overlooked by any means.

This LVSS team appears to be very legit, and if the first two weeks are any indication of how the season is going to go, then Raider fans are in for a huge treat this year.

LVSS has a tough game at Wahoo on Saturday, and I think that's game we'll find out just how for real and legit this Raider team is so there's one more chance for LVSS to clean up any mistakes they've made in the first two games before a great team comes calling.

The Raiders haven't really made a lot of mistakes so far it doesn't look like at least based on their scores so LVSS simply has to keep it up, and continue to do what they've been doing.

I think Tuesday night is another chance and time for the Raiders to shine and showcase their abilities as a team.
















The Logan View/Scribner-Snyder girls basketball team opened the season with a 53-32 loss to Oakland-Craig on the road Thursday night. LVSS got off to a slow start and was unable to close the gap to get back in the game. Leading scorers were: Morgan Morgan-9, Valerie Uehling-8.

The Raiders ended the week with a 33-32 loss in overtime to Twin River on the road Saturday. LVSS went on a big second half run to tie the game and Sierra Beacom hit two free throws with 1.5 seconds left to send it to overtime. Big Scorers for LVSS were: Kaylee Boyle-9, Sierra Beacom-8.

I was very impressed by the Raiders' performance against the Titans. I felt like LVSS did a great job making some clutch plays in nearly winning that game.

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

The Blue Devils won 69-57 at home over Battle Creek Friday night.

I feel LVSS has a chance to be very competitive in and make this game close.

The Raiders' defense has been solid so far, now it's just a matter of getting the offense going.

Wayne has given up 78 and 57 in their first two games, and I feel LVSS has a chance to score more points in this game than they did in either of their first two games.

If the Raiders can hold the Blue Devils under 50 points and get to 40 or more I think LVSS has a chance to pull this one out.

The game is at home, and I fully expect the Raiders to play well.

North Bend Central only beat Twin River by 5, and LVSS nearly beat them, so the Raiders have to feel like they've got a shot Tuesday night.

The girls have to get pumped up and excited for this one.

They have to feel optimistic about their chances, and have to believe in themselves, in each other, and in their abilities.

LVSS has to feel like they've got a legit shot to win, because if they play defense the way they did against Twin River, and get the offense on track, I truly believe they can win.

Wayne might be a little bit more explosive offensively though, which makes playing great defense very important.

Just taking the Titans to overtime and having a chance to win has to give the Raiders a big boost of confidence heading into this one I would think.

LVSS now knows it can hang with a great team, and now it's a matter of going out there and beating one.

Thursday night's game was a bit rough, I felt the Raiders settled in nicely on defense against Twin River, and made a great 4th quarter rally.

Now it's just a matter of clicking on all cylinders and playing 4 good quarters of basketball against the Blue Devils.

Things started to come together for LVSS on Saturday, and I feel there's a chance they can come all together for the Raiders Tuesday night.