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Winnebago Boys lose at Ponca; Girls fall at Pierce and Ponca
2017-01-22T10:21














The Winnebago Boys dropped just their second game of the year on Saturday, losing 53-48 at Ponca.

Winnebago and Ponca were tied at 16 at the end of one. Ponca outscored Winnebago 14-3 in the second quarter to take a 30-19 lead into the locker room.

Winnebago won the third quarter 11-8 to make it a 38-30 game at the end of three.

Winnebago outlasted Ponca 18-15 in the fourth quarter.

The second quarter was the difference in the game, in my opinion. That quarter is what won the game for Ponca and lost the game for Winnebago, in my opinion.

Winnebago (15-2) hosts BRLD (11-5) Tuesday night.

The Wolverines won 51-42 at home over Stanton on Saturday.

BRLD has been up and down this season, but is a good team.

The Wolverines also lost to Ponca by 5 when those two teams played so Tuesday night's game should be very intriguing.

BRLD has to look at this game as a huge opportunity to knock off Winnebago with the Indians coming off a loss.

You can bet the Wolverines will be very confident coming into this game.

With that said, Winnebago simply has to find a way to rediscover the magic they've played with for most of the season.

The close calls finally caught up to Winnebago, now the Indians have to go out there and find a way to bounce back.

Sometimes losing a couple of games allows a team to play better and more loose down the line, in my opinion.

Winnebago still has to feel pressure, there's no doubt about that, but the Indians have to just go out there and play ball and not worry about what anyone might be saying about them.

Winnebago is still a very good team, and a force to be reckoned with down the line. It's just now maybe some people don't think they will or expect them to win state now.

It can still definitely happen, but the Indians just have to focus on getting back to form, and taking things one game at a time.

A win over BRLD would be a good way to get back on track.















The Winnebago Girls lost 70-43 at Pierce Friday night and 67-44 at Ponca on Saturday.

The Bluejays led 15-11 after one. Pierce won the second quarter 13-10 to go up 28-21 at halftime.

The Bluejays outscored the Indians 22-9 in the third quarter to lead 50-30 after three.

Pierce outlasted Winnebago 20-13 in the fourth quarter.

I thought the Indians competed better in these two games than they had since the Norfolk Catholic game.

Winnebago (5-14) hosts BRLD (11-6) Tuesday night.

The Wolverines lost 55-45 at home to Stanton on Saturday.

BRLD is a good team that has a lot of scorers, and the Indians' defense is going to have to step up in a big way if Winnebago is to win.

The Indians have to focus on slowing down and defending Lexie Bacon, Kelly Wakeley, Vicki Gatzemeyer, Tess Nottleman, Paige Peters, Tiahna Bonneau, and others.

Much easier said than done though for Winnebago.

But the Indians simply have to step up and play much better than they have lately.

Winnebago has to take their game to another level, and start playing at a level that is consistent with being more competitive and winning more games.

These girls have to dream of beating teams like BRLD and turn those dreams into reality.

This is the time of year when anything can happen, and the Indians must have that on their mind.

Winnebago has to think about playing the role of giant slayer with the Lewis and Clark Conference Tournament and postseason coming up.

I'm not sure anyone expects the Indians to do anything. Winnebago could be viewed by many teams as an easy win or a pushover.

So the Indians have to do something to change their perception. Getting tougher and playing physical basketball would help, in my opinion.

We'll see if Winnebago can implore these things Tuesday night.
Oakland-Craig Boys and Girls fall at North Bend Central
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The Oakland-Craig Boys lost 72-62 at North Bend Central Friday night.

North Bend Central led 24-14 after one. The Tigers won the second quarter 15-13 to go up 39-27 at halftime.

The Knights came back and made a game of it in the third quarter, outscoring North Bend Central 21-13 to make it a 52-48 game at the end of three.

The Tigers outlasted Oakland-Craig 20-16 in the fourth quarter.

The Knights were led by Garrett Seagren, who poured in a game-high 22 points. Carter Thiele registered 20 points and 8 rebounds while Kobe Benne posted 15 points.


Head Coach Aaron Meyer says they need more consistency on defense.

"Tale of two teams. We've been Jekyll and Hyde here lately. I will take the blame for not cranking up the full court man sooner. There just a sense of desperation that we had to start the second half that we did not have to start the game. And doesn't matter what defense you're in you have to box out. And you can't give up offensive board after offensive board."


Meyer was pleased with his team's effort and performance, but credits the Tigers.


“I thought we came out and were ready to play. We just struggled to match up with North Bend. They have a lot of length and athleticism. We gave up back to back threes late in the first quarter that gave them a cushion. They also doubled us in the rebounding category. Can't win too many games like that. At the same time, I loved how we came out and played with a sense of desperation in the 2nd half. We'd like to build on that.

Oakland-Craig (10-5) hosts Mead (10-2) Tuesday night.

The Raiders topped BRLD 45-38 on the road in overtime last Saturday.

Mead is the defending Class D-2 runner-ups, and is the real deal in my mind. 

This is going to be another very tough game for the Knights, in my opinion.

With that said, I think Oakland-Craig can win and get back on track.

I thought the Knights played better against North Bend Central than they did against BRLD and Winnebago.

Oakland-Craig has to bring it Tuesday night though. The Knights have to be on top of their game from an offensive and defensive standpoint.

Scoring hasn't been an issue for Oakland-Craig lately, it's just been their defense that has let them down.

The Knights were playing better defensively during their winning streak.

I think defense is going to be the key to the game for Oakland-Craig. The Knights have to get back to playing the way they were during their winning streak.

Oakland-Craig has to make a commitment to and be focused on the defensive end. The Knights have to be feisty and tenacious when pressuring the ball, must rebound and box out well, and must contest shots.

Oakland-Craig's defense has to also create turnovers to create transition opportunities on offense.















The Oakland-Craig Girls lost 53-49 at North Bend Central Friday night.

North Bend Central jumped out to a 12-2 lead at the end of one. The Knights outscored the Tigers 18-12 in the second quarter to make it a 24-20 game at halftime.

North Bend Central outlasted Oakland-Craig 11-8 in the third quarter to go up 35-28 at the end of three.

The Knights won the fourth quarter 21-18..

Dacey Nelson led Oakland-Craig with 16 points while Kennedy Benne notched 11. Shannon Pille and Melanie Snader chipped in 9 apiece. Pille added 10 rebounds. 

Head Coach Joe Anderson's girls trailed early.

"That's one thing I like about our girls. We're never out of it. They never quit. They play really hard for four quarters. And they're going to pester people. Some of these teams we probably don't matchup the greatest with underneath, but they get out and play defense and they pester people, force people into turnovers."

The Knights (9-5) host Mead (3-9) Tuesday night.

The Raiders lost 84-15 at BRLD last Saturday.

Oakland-Craig shouldn't have much trouble in this game. The Knights should win with relative ease.

With that said, Oakland-Craig has to be sharp and play well from the onset. The last thing the Knights want and can afford to do is let Mead hang around.

And that's not only because Oakland-Craig doesn't want to give the Raiders hope that they can win the game, it's also because it would be a negative thing heading into the East Husker Conference Tournament.

The Knights need all the momentum they can get heading into the Conference Tournament with it being such a tough field this year.

Nelson, Benne, Pille, Snader, and Emmy Bousquet, among others, all need to have good games for Oakland-Craig Tuesday night.

The goal has to be to get out to a big and insurmountable lead so the Knights can rest starters and get younger players playing experience.

There's no reason why everyone shouldn't play in this game for Oakland-Craig.

Like I said before, the Knights should be able to win pretty easily. Oakland-Craig just can't take Mead lightly, and I fully expect them not to.

If anything this is a good tune up game for the Knights heading into the Conference Tournament. 
Tekamah-Herman Boys winless in last three games; Girls 2-2 in last four
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The Tekamah-Herman Boys remain winless on the season, falling 64-28 at Madison last Friday night, 56-18 at home to West Point-Beemer on Saturday, and 61-18 at Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Thursday night.

The Dragons jumped out to a 23-8 lead on the Tigers at the end of one. Madison won the second quarter 11-6 to go up 34-14 at halftime.

The Dragons outscored Tekamah-Herman 19-3 in the third quarter to extend the lead to 53-17 at the end of three.

Both teams scored 11 points in the fourth quarter.

The Cadets led 23-1 at the end of one. West Point-Beemer outscored the Tigers 20-7 in the second quarter to take a 43-8 lead into the locker room.

The Cadets won the third quarter 8-5 to go up 51-13 at the end of three.

Both teams scored 5 points in the fourth quarter.

The Raiders led just 18-12 at the end of one. LV/SS went on an 11-0 run to start the second quarter though and outscored the Tigers 22-3 in the frame to take a 40-15 lead into the locker room.

The Raiders outscored the Tigers 19-2 in the third quarter to go up 59-17 at the end of three.

LV/SS doubled up Tekamah-Herman 2-1 in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers were led by Luke Wakehouse, who notched 8 points. Clay Beaumount added 7.

Head Coach Zach Rosenboom only has 9 kids out for the team this year.

"We always talk about attitude, effort, loyalty. Those are our three guiding principles. And we talk about playing the Tiger basketball way. And playing to the whistle all the way through, so on and so forth. And I think our guys do a really good job of doing that."

Tekamah-Herman (0-11) host Clarkson/Leigh (0-15) Thursday night.

The Patriots lost 38-21 at Twin River this past Thursday night and 58-40 at Lutheran High Northeast Friday night.

This is a game of something's got to give.

This is by far the Tigers' best chance of picking up a win.

Tekamah-Herman has to treat this game like it's the state championship because I feel that's what this game is going to be like for these two teams.

The winner of this game is going to feel elated and great that they won a game I'm sure, but the loser may end up feeling pretty down as the loser of this game may not win a game this year.

The Tigers have to work hard and do what they can with the players they have out. Everyone has to work together and play hard, and do their best to win.

At the end of the day though it's just a game and there's much more to life than sports.

I'm sure Tekamah-Herman really wants to win this game though. The last thing you want to do is put all that hard work in and not win a game.

With that said, Clarkson/Leigh is in the same boat and will no likely feel like they have just as good a chance to win as the Tigers do.

Both teams will no doubt be taking out a season of frustration on one another, and will get after things. You can bet on that.

I give Tekamah-Herman the slight edge since they're the bigger school and at home, but the Patriots have a good shot to win this game too I think.

It all comes down to who wants it more and who is willing to go the extra mile to win, in my opinion.

Whoever is quicker to loose balls and things of that sort will have the best chance to win, in my opinion.

Thursday night's game can be heard on 107.9 the Bull after the Girls Game, which is scheduled to get underway at 6:00 p.m.














The Tekamah-Herman Girls won 41-34 at Madison last Friday night, fell 42-36 at home to West Point-Beemer on Saturday, downed Logan View/Scribner-Snyder 56-29 on the road Thursday night, and lost 64-41 at Howells-Dodge Friday night.

The Tigers led the Dragons 11-8 after one. Madison won the second quarter 7-6 to make it a 17-15 game at halftime.

Tekamah-Herman outscored the Dragons 16-11 in the third quarter to extend their lead to 33-26 at the end of three.

Both teams scored 8 points in the fourth quarter.

Marin Jetensky notched 20 points and 16 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Jessica Fleischman added 18 points to go over 1,000 for her career.

The Cadets led 14-6 at the end of one. The Tigers won the second quarter 13-8 to make it a 22-19 game at halftime.

West Point-Beemer outscored Tekamah-Herman 12-9 in the third quarter to lead 34-28 at the end of three.

Both teams scored 8 points in the fourth quarter.

Tekamah-Herman led the Raiders 12-9 after one. The Tigers outscored LV/SS 13-5 in the third quarter to lead 25-14 at halftime.

Tekamah-Herman won the third quarter 16-11 to go up 41-25 at the end of three.

The Tigers outlasted the Raiders 15-4 in the fourth quarter.

Fleischman paced Tekamah-Herman with 19 points and 10 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Jetensky added 18 points.

Head Coach Scott Guzinski.

"I felt good about our defense, especially in the 2nd and 3rd quarter. I thought we played really good defense. We only let them score 5 points in the 2nd quarter I think. And we had good matchups. I mean we had size and they had a hard time getting close to the basket. So I know that made it hard for them."

The Jaguars led the Tigers 17-12 after one. Howells-Dodge outscored Tekamah-Herman 17-10 in the second quarter to take a 34-22 lead into the locker room.

The Jaguars outlasted the Tigers 16-3 in the third quarter to go up 50-25 at the end of three.

Tekamah-Herman won the fourth quarter 15-13.

Jetensky had a team-high 16 points for the Tigers. Fleischman added 11 while Maddy Horn notched 9.

The same players continue to step up and score for Tekamah-Herman, and Horn getting 9 against Howells-Dodge was big.

The Tigers (3-12) take on Omaha Mercy (2-10) on the road Tuesday night.

The Monarchs lost 24-17 to Omaha Gross in the River Cities Conference Tournament on Friday.

Omaha Mercy may be 2-10, but they are a Class B team, and I don't expect this to be an easy game for Tekamah-Herman whatsoever.

With that said, I feel this game and Thursday's game with Clarkson/Leigh are very winnable for the Tigers.

It's simply a matter of Tekamah-Herman stepping up and playing to their potential.

I feel the Tigers have played well at times this year, but not consistent enough to win more games than they have.

Tekamah-Herman has been a strong defensive team for the most part, but their offense has hurt them quite a bit this season.

A couple of wins next week would be a big confidence and momentum booster for the Tigers heading into the East Husker Conference Tournament though.

And Tekamah-Herman can use all the confidence and momentum they can get heading into that tournament given how stacked and loaded it is.

The regular season is winding down, and so it's important for the Tigers to play their best basketball starting next week.

Tekamah-Herman is going to be challenged from here on out I believe. I don't think there are any gimme games left on the schedule.
Pender Boys lose to Wisner-Pilger and Wynot; Girls beat Gators, fall to Blue Devils
2017-01-21T09:22















The Pender Boys fell 70-43 at Wisner-Pilger Thursday night before losing 57-47 at Wynot Friday night.

The Gators doubled up the Pendragons 18-9 in the first quarter. Wisner-Pilger won the second quarter 15-13 to lead 33-22 at halftime.

The Gators outscored Pender 20-4 in the third quarter to go up 53-26 at the end of three.

Both teams scored 17 points in the fourth quarter.

I thought Pender competed well with Wynot. The game certainly could have been a whole lot more lopsided than it was.

The Pendragons (4-11) host Howells-Dodge (8-7) on Saturday.

The Jaguars lost 56-39 at home to Wisner-Pilger last Friday night.

I think Pender has a chance to make this game close and entertaining.

The Blue Devils are a pretty good team, and I think they are at about even with Howells-Dodge.

The Jaguars have been inconsistent and up and down so far this season so the Pendragons have to be feeling optimistic about their chances of winning.

The big thing for Pender is not to dig themselves an early hole. I don't think the Pendragons are built to come back from large deficits.

So if Pender can hang in there early on they should gain confidence throughout the game that allows them to remain within striking distance.

The Pendragons play a really tough schedule, and I think that allows them to be competitive against some of the smaller class teams.

I know Howells-Dodge is in C-2, but they've been D-1 in the past.

I really think Pender can hang in there against the Jaguars.

The Pendragons have Madison on the road Monday and Emerson-Hubbard at home on Tuesday so Pender has to be feeling pretty good about their chances in those games too.

This is a big stretch for the Pendragons, and Pender has to be feeling confident that they can pick up at least a couple of wins prior to the East Husker Conference Tournament.















The Pender Girls won 48-47 in overtime at Wisner-Pilger on a shot at the buzzer Thursday night before falling 46-37 at Wynot Friday night.

The Gators led 14-12 after one. The Pendragons won the second quarter 9-8 to make it a 22-21 game at halftime.

Pender outscored Wisner-Pilger 14-8 in the third quarter to lead 35-30 at the end of three.

The Gators rallied in the 4th quarter, outlasting the Pendragons 11-6 to force overtime.

Pender outscored Wisner-Pilger 7-6 in the extra session.

Kam Anderson led the way with 20 points while Hallie Ballinger totaled 8 points and 9 rebounds. Michaela Wegner added 7 points. Cecilee Jacobsen notched 14 rebounds.

The Pendragons have had a rough go of it their last couple of games. Things don't get any easier with Howells-Dodge on Saturday.

Pender (14-3) hosts the Jaguars (14-2) on Saturday.

Howells-Dodge beat Tekamah-Herman 64-41 at home Friday night.

This is a huge game for East Husker Conference Tournament Seeding.

I think this game could be the difference between the Pendragons being the 4 or the 5 seed.

This is an important game for Pender to bounce back in.

I don't feel the Pendragons are playing their best basketball at the moment, but teams often go through times of struggle.

With that said, Wynot is a very good team, and the Gators also played Howells-Dodge close so this should be a great game between two very good teams.

This game can go either way if you ask me. This would be a huge win for Pender.

It's important for the Pendragons to win some of these big games should they need a wildcard to get to state.

A loss to the Jaguars doesn't hurt Pender a whole lot in terms of power points, but a win over Howells-Dodge would catapult the Pendragons' points even higher.

Right now Pender is sitting 4th in power points, which is good.

This is a big bounce back day for the Pendragons. Pender could really use a win over the Jaguars, especially with the Conference Tournament coming up.
Stanton Boys fall to Boone Central/Newman Grove and Wakefield; Girls beat both
2017-01-20T08:48









The Stanton Boys lost 83-46 at home to Boone Central/Newman Grove last Friday night before falling 68-50 at Wakefield on Saturday.

The Cardinals led the Mustangs 17-13 after one. BC/NG outscored Stanton 29-12 in the second quarter to lead 46-25 at halftime.

The Cardinals outlasted the Mustangs 33-19 in the third quarter to go up 79-44 at the end of three.

BC/NG doubled up Stanton 4-2 in the fourth quarter.

Myles Nickolite had 17 points while Trey Erbst notched 12.

The Trojans held a 16-12 lead on the Mustangs at the end of one. Stanton won the second quarter 12-8 to tie the game at 24 at halftime.

The third quarter was the difference in the game as Wakefield outscored the Mustangs 29-13 to lead 53-37 at the end of three.

The Trojans outlasted Stanton 15-13 in the fourth quarter.

The Mustangs definitely had a chance against Wakefield until the third quarter. The loss to the Trojans just shows the importance of playing well for four quarters.

Stanton (3-11) takes on BRLD (10-4) on the road Saturday.

The Wolverines won 67-62 in overtime at Wakefield Thursday night.

This is another game the Mustangs can compete well in and win if they play a four quarter game.

BRLD was down big against Wakefield and rallied late so perhaps Stanton can do what the Trojans did in getting a lead, and maybe can hold on and win.

The Mustangs must have a good game plan for slowing down Kenyan Lovejoy, Montana Riecken, Cole Christofferson, Trent Gatewood, Aaron Ras, and others from BRLD.

The Wolverines are stacked with talent, but Stanton has some kids who can play too.

I think Saturday's game has the potential to be close and entertaining, and I feel the Mustangs have a chance to win.

Stanton has had a full week to prepare for BRLD so that should help.

The Mustangs have to come out pumped and fired up, and raring to go.

Stanton has to play the way they did in the first half against the Trojans, and play that same way in the second half as well.

The Mustangs have to play optimistic basketball and believe that an upset is possible, because it is.

This game is also big for East Husker Conference Seeding for both teams.

Stanton has to play with a sense of purpose and energy. The Mustangs have to find a way to overcome the way they have played so far this season.

It hasn't been the best nor the prettiest season for Stanton by any stretch of the imagination, but perhaps the Mustangs can find a way to play well and win on Saturday.
















The Stanton Girls won 53-37 at home over Boone Central/Newman Grove last Friday night, and beat Wakefield 41-29 on the road Saturday.

The Mustangs led the Cardinals 13-5 after one. Stanton outscored BC/NG 13-5 in the second quarter to take a 26-10 lead into the locker room.

The Mustangs outlasted the Cardinals 15-7 in the third quarter to go up 41-17 at the end of three.

BC/NG won the fourth quarter 20-12.

Jessie Brandl had 16 points and 13 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. MacKenzie Brandl added 12 points while Bree Burtwhistle totaled 10.

Stanton tripled up the Trojans 15-5 in the first quarter. The Mustangs outscored Wakefield 13-6 in the second quarter to go up 28-11 at halftime.

The Trojans won the third quarter 11-10 to make it a 38-22 game at the end of three.

Wakefield outlasted Stanton 7-3 in the fourth quarter.

MacKenzie Brandl notched 15 points and 14 rebounds, good enough for a double-double, while Jessie Brandl added 11 points and 9 rebounds while Hannah Heppner registered 10 points and 9 rebounds. Burtwhistle recorded 7 rebounds.

I thought the Mustangs played great basketball against BC/NG and Wakefield. I don't think the games were actually as close as the scores would indicate.

Stanton (13-1) takes on BRLD (11-4) on the road Saturday.

The Wolverines won 74-36 at Wakefield Thursday night.

BRLD has a lot of girls that can score, including Kelly Wakeley, Lexie Bacon, Tess Nottleman, Vicki Gatzemeyer, Tiahna Bonneau, Paige Peters, and others.

That means the Mustangs will have to be on top of their game defensively, and be ready to defend well for four quarters.

BRLD has been an offensive juggernaut for the most part this year, but their defense is susceptible to giving up a lot of points.

I talked about how Stanton needed to step things up on the offensive end to become a more legit state title contender. And I thought the Mustangs took some steps forward over the weekend doing that.

Stanton continued their suffocating defensive play last weekend as well, and I look for the Mustangs to play well on defense Saturday also.

This is a big game for East Husker Conference Tournament Seeding.

I think Stanton stands a good chance to be the 2 seed if they win this game so this one is big and really important.

A dynasty is being built at Stanton, and a win over the Wolverines would be another big and positive step towards the Mustangs becoming a perennial powerhouse.

If Stanton plays the way they are capable of on Saturday they should win.

There's no reason to think the Mustangs won't find a way to beat BRLD.

The Wolverines are tough though and I could see both of these teams making state when it's all said and done.
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Boys beat Wisner-Pilger and Tekamah-Herman; Girls fall to both
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The Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Boys beat Wisner-Pilger 50-40 on the road Saturday night and won 61-18 at home over Tekamah-Herman Thursday night.

The Raiders led the Gators 12-10 after one. Logan View/Scribner-Snyder outscored Wisner-Pilger 19-15 in the second quarter to take a 31-25 lead into the locker room.

The Raiders won the third quarter 6-4 to go up 37-29 at the end of three.

LV/SS outlasted the Gators 13-11 in the fourth quarter.

Ben Moxness led the way with 28 points and 13 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Jacob Polk added 14 points.

The Raiders led the Tigers just 18-12 at the end of one. LV/SS went on an 11-0 run to start the second quarter though and outscored the Tigers 22-3 in the frame to take a 40-15 lead into the locker room.

The Raiders outscored the Tigers 19-2 in the third quarter to go up 59-17 at the end of three.

LV/SS doubled up Tekamah-Herman 2-1 in the fourth quarter.

Moxness led all scorers with 23 points and managed to record 7 rebounds while Polk and Alex Hagerbaumer totaled 9 points apiece. Nathan Taylor added 8 for LV/SS, who has now won 6 in a row.

Head Coach Sean Forbes says it was nice to be able to give the bench some minutes.

"We've got a great group of juniors. And then Andrew our senior plays really hard too for us. The younger guys really developed. It was nice to get them into the 2nd quarter and 4th quarter, get them experience. We haven't had a lot of games this year where they get a lot of time."

Forbes adds the team has a busy schedule ahead.

"We wanted to get some conditioning out of it. We had two snow days and then the weekend so one practice this week and a game so it was more about getting our legs going. We came back to school a week later than everybody too. So it was all about trying to get up and and down, getting our legs going, getting the cobwebs out. We got the Conference Tournament coming up. We've got two big games Saturday and Tuesday."

The Raiders (10-4) host West Point-Beemer (7-7) Saturday night.

The Cadets are coming off a 56-18 win at Tekamah-Herman last time out.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder is playing about as well as anyone in the area right now, but West Point-Beemer has been playing good lately too, and is a good and tough team.

The Raiders have to do what they can to slow down Austin and Chase Streeter, and limit the likes of Ben Vander Griend as well.

Moxness and Polk also need to continue doing what they have been doing lately,  which is putting up really good numbers offensively.

These two have meant so much to LV/SS's success this year, and have played superb basketball all season long.

Hagerbaumer and Taylor also really stepped up against Tekamah-Herman though, and I think the Raiders are going to need them to produce along with Moxness and Polk in bigger games down the stretch.

LV/SS might be able to get away with just a couple of these guys scoring well against West Point-Beemer though as the Cadets are more of a defensive team as opposed to a high powered offensive team.

I think defense is going to be key in Saturday's game. I think the Raiders are going to need to play the way they have on that end of the floor lately to come out on top.

LV/SS has to pressure the ball, dive on the floor after loose balls, box out and rebound well.

The Raiders also have to outwork West Point-Beemer on the defensive end of the floor and on both ends of the floor for that matter.

LV/SS has to remain hungry and and focused, and has to want more than what they've already accomplished.

If the Raiders play the way they have lately I think they will win on Saturday.
















The Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Girls lost 51-35 at Wisner-Pilger Saturday night before falling 56-29 at home to Tekamah-Herman Thursday night.

The Raiders tripled up the Gators 18-6 after one. Both teams scored 9 points in the second quarter, and the halftime score was 27-15 in favor of Wisner-Pilger.

LV/SS doubled up the Gators 12-6 in the third quarter, and the score after three was 33-27 with Wisner-Pilger on top.

The Gators outscored the Raiders 18-8 in the fourth quarter.

Kaylee Boyle had 14 points while Morgan Morgan totaled 8.

Tekamah-Herman led 12-9 after one. The Tigers outscored LV/SS 13-5 in the third quarter to lead 25-14 at halftime.

Tekamah-Herman won the third quarter 16-11 to go up 41-25 at the end of three.

The Tigers outlasted the Raiders 15-4 in the fourth quarter.

LV/SS was led by Boyle, who had 13 points.

Head Coach Nick Hegge says the shots just wouldn't fall.

"We're going to get after it, we're going to get some shots up, we're going to work on some rebounds. And then this is that time of year where it's game game game. And we got to make some adjustments on the fly. And I liked how hard we played, we just got to execute a little more."

The Raiders (4-10) host West Point-Beemer (5-10) Saturday night.

The Cadets won 42-36 at Tekamah-Herman on Saturday.

I don't know if LV/SS is going to beat West Point-Beemer, but I think it's important for the Raiders to play well and hard.

LV/SS has to try and slow down Brittney Hinkel, Bethany Anderson, Makenna Weddle, and others.

Boyle along with Morgan and Abby Kahlandt, and others, all need to play well offensively as well.

The Raiders have made strides this season and are a better team than they were last year, there's no doubt about it, and if LV/SS can find a way to compete and keep things close with the Cadets I think it could help the Raiders down the line.

You always want to win the game, but given how both teams played against Tekamah-Herman and Wisner-Pilger, it may not happen.

LV/SS has to try and find a way to get back on track though as the Raiders have dropped three in a row and five out of their last six.

LV/SS could really use a good performance from everyone on Saturday.

These girls are working so hard and doing their best to grow and improve everyday, and their work doesn't go unnoticed.

The Raiders could help themselves out on Saturday by taking care of the ball, finding good, wide open shots and making them, getting to the free throw line, forcing turnovers, rebounding well, and getting out in transition.

LV/SS also has to try and slow down West Point-Beemer's transition game as you can bet the Cadets will look to get out and run run run.
Emerson-Hubbard Boys 1-1 in last two games; Girls 0-2 in same span
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The Emerson-Hubbard Boys are 1-1 in their last two games, losing 67-37 at home to Wynot on Saturday before winning 60-51 at Homer Tuesday night for their first win of the year.

The Blue Devils jumped out to a 22-7 lead on the Pirates at the end of one. Wynot doubled up Emerson-Hubbard 16-8 in the second quarter to take a 38-15 lead into the locker room.

The Blue Devils outscored the Pirates 14-8 in the third quarter to go up 52-23 at the end of three.

Wynot won the fourth quarter 15-14.

Taylor Donner led the way with 15 points while Joshua Sebade notched 10 points and 7 rebounds.

Emerson-Hubbard held a 14-10 lead on the Knights at the end of one. The Pirates won the second quarter 10-9 to go up 24-19 at halftime.

Homer won the third quarter 19-18 to make it a 42-38 game at the end of three in favor of Emerson-Hubbard.

The Pirates outscored the Knights 18-13 in the fourth quarter.

Jacob Kneifl and Nolan Belt notched 15 points apiece to lead the way. Sebade added 9 points and 9 rebounds while Spencer Burcham pitched in 8 points.

It had to be a great feeling for Emerson-Hubbard to get the monkey off their back and win a game. The Pirates had a lot of kids step up, which was a really neat thing to see.

Emerson-Hubbard (1-12) battles Wakefield (10-4) at home Friday night.

The Trojans won 68-50 at home over Stanton on Saturday.

Wakefield is certainly a quality and tough team, but perhaps the Pirates can hang with them if Emerson-Hubbard gets the same kind of offensive production from their players that they got in the Homer game.

The Pirates may need to play better defense than they did against the Knights, but if Emerson-Hubbard's offense is on again they just might be able to outscore the Trojans.

At the very least the Pirates have to feel good about themselves and optimistic.

Emerson-Hubbard has to be riding somewhat of an emotional high right now given what happened Tuesday night.

The Pirates should also have an advantage in preparation as Wakefield was playing BRLD Thursday night.

Emerson-Hubbard just has to have a quiet confidence amongst themselves, and go out and do their thing and take care of business.

The Pirates have to play with some confidence and swagger given what happened Tuesday night.

Emerson-Hubbard is no longer a winless team. The Pirates have now tasted victory and gotten the monkey off their back.

Now it's a matter of building off that first win and finding a way to pick up another one.

Emerson-Hubbard has Pender and Allen next week so even if the Pirates don't win Friday night they may be able to win both next week.

Playing well, competing hard, and keeping things close with the Trojans would go a long ways in making that happen.















The Emerson-Hubbard Girls lost 51-25 at home to Wynot on Saturday, and 66-53 at Homer Tuesday night.

The Blue Devils led the Pirates 13-6 at the end of one. Wynot won the second quarter 12-8 to take a 25-14 lead into the locker room.

The Blue Devils outscored Emerson-Hubbard 15-4 in the third quarter to go up 40-18 at the end of three.

Wynot outlasted the Pirates 11-7 in the fourth quarter.

The Knights led Emerson-Hubbard 15-13 after one. Homer doubled up the Pirates 18-9 in the second quarter to take a 33-22 lead into the locker room.

Emerson-Hubbard outlasted the Knights 20-15 in the third quarter to make it a 48-42 game at the end of three.

Homer outscored the Pirates 18-11 in the fourth quarter.

Melanie Gentrup led the way with 17 points while Courtney Bokemper and Caleigh Mackling added 14 and 8, respectively. Taylor Daum notched 7 rebounds.

Emerson-Hubbard's offense and defense let them down against Wynot. The offense was much better against Homer, but the defense let the Pirates down again.

Emerson-Hubbard (3-10) hosts Wakefield (5-9) Friday night.

The Trojans lost 41-29 at home to Stanton on Saturday.

Wakefield just beat the Pirates 39-28 in the Bob Clough Post Holiday Tournament on Friday, January 6th.

If anything Emerson-Hubbard isn't playing as good as they were, and the Trojans are playing better basketball than they were at the time when they beat the Pirates.

We'll see what happens Friday night, but I think Emerson-Hubbard is going to have their hands full with Wakefield.

The Pirates need to play the way they did offensively against Homer, and play the way they did defensively against the Trojans the first time around.

If Emerson-Hubbard can do those things they may be able to come away with the win.

It's getting to be that time of year when anything can happen and upsets occur so the Pirates have to have that sort of mindset.

Emerson-Hubbard is also the defending Class D-1 State Champions and has to get ready to defend their title.

I don't think it's fair to say the Pirates are gearing up for another title run, but I'm sure Emerson-Hubbard is doing their best to make another run at state.

Chances are the Pirates won't be back at the state tournament, but it's all about the mindset Emerson-Hubbard has to have.

The Pirates are still defending champs until someone dethrones them, and has to keep that in mind the rest of the season.

That mindset starts with the Wakefield game on Friday if it hasn't already.
GACC Boys 0-2 in last two games; Girls 2-0 in same stretch
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The GACC Boys lost 60-45 at Wayne Friday night, and 68-50 at Boone Central/Newman Grove on Saturday.

The Blue Devils led the Bluejays 16-10 after one. GACC won the second quarter 8-7 to make it a 23-18 game at halftime.

Wayne doubled up the Bluejays 20-10 in the third quarter to go up 43-28 at the end of three.

Both teams scored 17 points in the fourth quarter.

BC/NG led 15-7 after one. The Cardinals won the second quarter 14-10 to lead 29-17 at halftime.

The Bluejays outscored BC/NG 16-14 in the third quarter to make it a 43-33 game at the end of three.

The Cardinals outlasted GACC 25-17 in the fourth quarter.

Kobe Slaughter paced the Bluejays with 17 points while Mitch Haas had 13.

Head Coach Brad Slaughter says just one three pointer wasn't good enough to win.

"We're playing up, C-1 schools right now. And we're D-1. And sometimes these are the things we got to weather the storm. And they're a good team, but I feel that we can compete with these guys as a whole. If just a few shots would fall for us, and they will."

GACC (6-7) takes on O'Neill (12-1) Friday night.

The Eagles won 74-34 at home over Wagner, SD on Tuesday.

O'Neill appears to be the real deal once again this year, and the Bluejays are going to need to play really well to come away with the win.

This is a tough and challenging weekend for GACC as the Bluejays host Hartington Cedar Catholic on Saturday as well.

GACC is going to have to crank up the intensity and heat this weekend if they want to win one or both games.

The Bluejays were playing so well and now are kind of back to struggling some.

I know GACC played two C-1 teams though.

With that said, the Bluejays have to get back to playing the type of offense and defense they did during their winning streak.

I would say GACC is playing better basketball than they were prior to their winning streak when they had trouble scoring, and I truly think the Bluejays are capable of getting back on track and going on another run, but this weekend is going to be really tough.

We'll find out a lot about GACC's toughness this weekend, in my opinion.

I'm more curious to see how the Bluejays play on Saturday than Friday. Reason being it will be short rest after a long road trip, and GACC will have to bring it that much more compared to Friday.

The Bluejays have had time to rest and prepare for O'Neill so I look for GACC to compete well against the Eagles.

It will just be interesting to see how the Bluejays fare on Saturday.














The GACC Girls won 70-37 at Winnebago last Thursday night, and 68-43 at Boone Central/Newman Grove on Saturday.

The Bluejays and Indians were tied at 15 after one. GACC outscored Winnebago 14-4 in the second quarter to take a 29-19 lead into the locker room.

The Bluejays outlasted the Indians 28-8 in the third quarter to go up 57-27 after three.

GACC won the fourth quarter 13-10.

GACC went up 23-13 on the Cardinals after one. The Bluejays won the second quarter 12-7 to take a 35-20 lead into the locker room.

GACC outlasted BC/NG 16-14 in the third quarter to go up 51-34 at the end of three.

The Bluejays outscored the Cardinals 17-9 in the fourth quarter.

Maddie Knobbe posted a game-high 22 points for GACC while Lexis Haase and Lauren Wobken added 19 and 8, respectively.

 Head Coach Jerry Stracke.

"Seems like we're getting better every game. I couldn't ask for a better group. they work hard. It seems like we're going in the right direction. I thought we had a great game. I thought we played hard and made things happen."

GACC (11-1) makes the long trek to O'Neill (8-5) Friday night.

The Eagles have won three in a row, including a 64-38 home win over Wagner, SD Tuesday night.

O'Neill has Neligh-Oakdale Thursday night, and that should be the 4th win in a row for the Eagles.

With that said, I think it's an advantage for the Bluejays that O'Neill has already played two games this week.

GACC should be fresh and ready to go with the time off due to the weather, and the extra time to prepare for the Eagles.

You wonder about what type of game shape the Bluejays will be in though after being cooped up inside for a few days, but GACC will have had a couple of days to practice so they should be fine.

The Bluejays have another difficult game at home against Hartington Cedar Catholic on Saturday so it will be interesting to see how GACC handles that matchup.

This is what it's going to be like in the postseason and in the Mid State Conference Tournament though, and the Bluejays are no stranger to playing games in consecutive days so I imagine GACC will handle things just fine.

It's just the long road trip on Friday that kind of makes this thing unique with the Trojans on Saturday.

I just don't know if GACC has had a game early the next day following a long road trip in recent years.

These games will definitely prepare the Bluejays for what lies ahead though, in my opinion.

GACC is going to have to win three games in three days to win a state title, so winning back-to-back games with a long road trip thrown in there should help the Bluejays get ready for what they are going to have to deal with at state should they make it, and in the postseason in general.
Howells-Dodge Boys and Girls 1-1 in last two games
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The Howells-Dodge Boys split their last two games, downing Clarkson/Leigh 48-32 on the road last Thursday night before falling 56-39 at home to Wisner-Pilger Friday night.

The Patriots led the Jaguars 13-11 after one. Howells-Dodge won the second quarter 6-4 to tie the game at 17 at halftime.

The Jaguars doubled up the Patriots 22-11 in the third quarter to lead 39-28 at the end of three.

Howells-Dodge outscored Clarkson/Leigh 9-4 in the fourth quarter.

Lane Hegemann led the way with 11 points while Connor Blum added 10. Dax VanLengen and Caden Jackson totaled 9 apiece while Kade Hegemann registered 8 rebounds.

Head Coach Cole Fischer assesses his team's performance.

"We struggled to find any rhythm offensively but played decent defense."

The Gators led early and often, going up 14-9 after one. The Jaguars won the second quarter 14-13 to make it a 27-23 game at halftime.

Wisner-Pilger ran away with things in the second half, outscoring Howells-Dodge 16-7 in the third quarter to go up 43-30 at the end of three.

The Gators outlasted the Jaguars 13-9 in the fourth quarter.

Zach Bayer led Howells-Dodge with a team-high 8 points while Kade Hegemann and VanLengen totaled 7 apiece.

Fischer says the third quarter was the story of the game.

"We did not attack their zone and they made a nice run the third and we did not respond."

The Jaguars (8-7) take on Pender (4-9) on the road Saturday.

The Pendragons lost 71-19 at home to North Bend Central last Thursday night.

I don't think Howells-Dodge has been playing as well lately as they have at times this year, but I think the Jaguars will be able to find a way to beat Pender.

The Pendragons are an improved team over last year I would say, but haven't really beaten anyone.

Howells-Dodge has played and beaten some tough teams so I think the Jaguars are in good shape to pick up a win over Pender.

Howells-Dodge also has a huge advantage in terms of preparation as the Pendragons are at Wisner-Pilger Thursday night and Wynot Friday night.

The Jaguars have to come out and flat out dominate on Saturday.

There's no reason why this game should even be close. Howells-Dodge should be able to win going away.

I look for the Jaguars to have an excellent game plan with almost an entire week of practice time before it's all said and done.

This is a good time for Howells-Dodge to rest up for next week's game with Logan View/Scribner-Snyder and the East Husker Conference Tournament.

The Jaguars shouldn't overlook Pender by any means, but this is a game Howells-Dodge should be able to get a comfortable enough lead in to rest starters.

At the same time, I think the Jaguars will probably want to get the starters some work with this being their only game this week.









The Howells-Dodge Girls beat Wisner-Pilger 53-49 at home Friday night before losing 41-35 at Columbus Scotus on Saturday.

Howells-Dodge doubled up Wisner-Pilger 18-9 in the first quarter. The Jaguars outscored the Gators 14-6 in the second quarter to take a 32-15 lead into the locker room.

The Gators won the third quarter 11-10 to make it a 42-26 game at the end of three.

Wisner-Pilger outlasted Howells-Dodge 23-11 in the fourth quarter as Alexis Heller hit a half court shot at the buzzer for the Gators.

Sam Brester led all scorers with 24 points and had 13 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Macey Kulhanek chipped in 11 while Chelsea Bayer totaled 8. Erin Prusa chipped in 7 rebounds.

The Shamrocks jumped on the Jaguars 11-2 after one. Columbus Scotus won the second quarter 9-8 to go up 20-10 at halftime.

Howells-Dodge outscored the Shamrocks 9-8 in the third quarter to make it a 28-19 game at the end of three.

The Jaguars outlasted Columbus Scotus 16-13 in the fourth quarter.

Kulhanek led the way with 12 points while Brester totaled 10 points and 8 rebounds.

The start of the game is what cost Howells-Dodge against the Shamrocks, in my opinion. If the Jaguars had gotten off to a better start they definitely could have won.

Howells-Dodge (13-2) hosts Tekamah-Herman (2-11) Friday night.

The Tigers lost 42-36 at home to West Point-Beemer on Saturday.

Tekamah-Herman is a better team than their record would indicate I would say, but I don't think they're anywhere near the Jaguars' level.

Howells-Dodge should be able to win rather easily. I don't see this game being very close.

I didn't think the Wisner-Pilger game would be as close as it was though so perhaps I'll be surprised by the result of this game as well.

The Jaguars have a showdown at Pender on Saturday in what is a gigantic game for East Husker Conference Tournament seeding.

So the biggest things for Howells-Dodge on Friday is to take care of business and rest starters against Tekamah-Herman and not look past the Tigers.

Tekamah-Herman is better than their record I think, and deserves the Jaguars' full attention.

But again, if Howells-Dodge plays up to their full potential, the Jaguars shouldn't have much problem with the Tigers whatsoever.

Looking ahead to Saturday's game, the Jaguars need to play sound defensively and slow down Kam Anderson, Hallie Ballinger, Cecilee Jacobsen, and others.

I think offense will be really critical for Howells-Dodge too though. The Jaguars were held to 40 points in the loss to GACC and 35 in the loss to Scotus, and so I think Howells-Dodge is going to need to score more than they did in those games to come away with the victory.

If the Jaguars can get in the 60's on Saturday, they should win. The 50's might even do it too.
West Point-Beemer Boys and Girls down Tekamah-Herman
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The West Point-Beemer Boys won 56-18 at Tekamah-Herman on Saturday.

The Cadets led 23-1 at the end of one. West Point-Beemer outscored the Tigers 20-7 in the second quarter to take a 43-8 lead into the locker room.

The Cadets won the third quarter 8-5 to go up 51-13 at the end of three.

Both teams scored 5 points in the fourth quarter.

Austin Streeter totaled 12 points and 10 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Chase Streeter added 10 points while Ben Vander Griend notched 8.

West Point-Beemer did what was expected of them, which was beat Tekamah-Herman soundly.

The Cadets (7-7) host Twin River (9-4) Friday night.

The Titans beat Cross County 54-43 at home Thursday night.

Twin River has won five straight, will be tough for West Pont-Beemer to beat, there's no doubting it.

The Titans have certainly figured things out and got things going as of late.

The Cadets have too though as West Point-Beemer has won three out of their last four and four out of their last six.

It's going to take a monumental effort from the Cadets to beat Twin River, but anything can happen, especially with the game being in West Point.

The Cadets' offense has to come alive and the defense has to perform the way it has for most of the season.

West Point-Beemer has some nice wins this year, and a win over Twin River would be right up there with the BRLD victory, in my opinion.

The Cadets are capable of beating anyone they take the court against, and West Point-Beemer has to believe they can knock off the Titans come Friday night.

Twin River hosts Clarkson/Leigh Thursday night so won't have as much time to prepare for and spend on West Point-Beemer.

The Cadets have to use that to their advantage, and have a good game plan Friday night.

This is a huge game for West Point-Beemer with Logan View/Scribner-Snyder on the road Saturday.

I think the Cadets definitely have a chance to win both games this weekend, but it won't be easy.

If West Point-Beemer could get a split, I think they'd be real happy with that.

It would be sort of disappointing for the Cadets to lose both, but would be understandable, in my opinion.

West Point-Beemer is facing two teams this weekend who are playing really well at the moment, but the Cadets have been on a hot streak as of late too so it will be interesting to see what happens.














The West Point-Beemer Girls won 42-36 at Tekamah-Herman on Saturday.

The Cadets led 14-6 at the end of one. The Tigers won the second quarter 13-8 to make it a 22-19 game at halftime.

West Point-Beemer outscored Tekamah-Herman 12-9 in the third quarter to lead 34-28 at the end of three.

Both teams scored 8 points in the fourth quarter.

Brittney Hinkel led the way with 16 points while Makenna Weddle totaled 8.

It wasn't the prettiest of wins for the Cadets, but it was a win, and that's all that matters.

West Point-Beemer (5-10) hosts Twin River (12-2) Friday night.

The Titans won 50-23 at home over Cross County last time out.

Twin River is a really good team without a doubt. It's going to be awfully tough for the Cadets to win, but anything can happen.

West Point-Beemer has started to play a little bit better lately as they have won three out of their last five.

I look for the Cadets to have and execute a good game plan Friday night.

I think this game definitely has the makings of being close.

The Titans have Clarkson/Leigh on Thursday so West Point-Beemer should have an advantage when it comes to preparation.

I feel the Cadets will be more ready for Twin River than the Titans are for them perhaps.

With that said, Twin River will be fighting for a top four seed in the East Husker Conference Tournament, and will probably give West Point-Beemer everything they've got, and then some.

The Titans have three games in three days, and will probably be very focused and determined Friday night.

With that said, I look for the Cadets to give Twin River their best shot.

I think West Point-Beemer will give the Titans everything they want and then some.

I don't know if the Cadets will win, but I fully expect West Point-Beemer to play well and compete.

The Cadets have come up short against the good teams on their schedule to make me think they're going to win Friday night, but anything can happen.

West Point-Beemer has played a very difficult schedule, and is a better team than their 5-10 record would indicate, in my opinion.

This weekend is also big for the Cadets in terms of East Husker Conference Tournament seeding so we'll see how things shake out.

West Point-Beemer is on the road at Logan View/Scribner-Snyder on Saturday.
North Bend Central Boys and Girls win at Fremont Bergan
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The North Bend Central Boys won 58-53 at Fremont Bergan on Saturday.

It was a great win for the Tigers who needed the win in a big way, in my opinion.

North Bend Central (9-2) hosts Oakland-Craig (10-4) Friday night.

The Knights lost 63-50 at home to BRLD Friday night and have dropped two straight.

Oakland-Craig will be looking to get back on track without a doubt, something the Tigers appear to have just done.

The Knights have some very good scorers in Garrett Seagren, Carter Thiele, Kobe Benne, Wyatt Seagen, and others.

Oakland-Craig also plays solid defense for the most part, although the Knights haven't been as effective on that end of the floor in their last two games I would say.

With that said, this should be a really good game.

I give North Bend Central the edge with the game being on their home floor and the fact they're the bigger school, but Oakland-Craig is definitely capable of coming away with a win.

The Tigers need to continue to play hard and execute the way they have all season.

North Bend Central has to have a defensive performance like they had against Pender, who they only gave up 19 points to.

The Tigers appear to be a well oiled machine, and I think North Bend Central has a good chance to knock off the Knights Friday night.

It's all about getting up in the faces of ball handlers and shooters, and creating turnovers and getting out in transition.

The Tigers are just a tough and gritty team that finds ways to win, and I look for that to show Friday night.

I think the game will be close, but I would be a little surprised if North Bend Central lost.

If Oakland-Craig was playing like they were during their winning streak I wouldn't feel as good about this game for the Tigers as I do.

But given the circumstances of how both teams are playing at the moment I have to give the edge to North Bend Central.

Friday night's game can be heard on 107.9 the Bull after the girls game, which is scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m.
















The North Bend Central Girls won 45-31 at Fremont Bergan on Saturday.

The Tigers led 10-7 after one. North Bend Central outscored the Knights 10-6 in the second quarter to go up 20-13 at halftime.

The Tigers outlasted Fremont Bergan 15-7 in the third quarter to lead 35-20 at the end of three.

The Knights won the fourth quarter 11-10.

I thought North Bend Central played a great game, especially defensively.

The Tigers (8-4) host Oakland-Craig (9-4) Friday night.

The Knights won 70-58 at home over BRLD Friday night.

North Bend Central has to slow down Dacey Nelson to have a chance, in my opinion.

She had a school record 42 points against the Wolverines, and the Tigers can't let her go off if they hope to win.

I think North Bend Central has a fairly good shot to win because of their defense and because they're at home.

Oakland-Craig plays good defense too though and probably is better offensively than the Tigers so this game can definitely go either way.

This game is absolutely huge for seeding in the East Husker Conference Tournament.

Both teams really need this game in a big way.

North Bend Central has Madison and Wisner-Pilger next week, two teams they should beat, but perhaps the Tigers would win more emphatically next week if they knocked off the Knights Friday night.

An 11-4 record would be quite a bit better than 10-5 heading into the Conference Tournament, in my opinion.

The winner of this game would possibly be able to get a top 6 seed in the tournament while the loser might get a 7 or a 8.

I'd rather face the No. 3 seed in a winner's bracket game than the No. 1 or No. 2 seed if I'm North Bend Central.

This game with Oakland-Craig should give the Tigers a very good idea of what to expect in the conference tournament.

Win or lose, I feel this game will help prepare North Bend Central for the Tournament.

Friday night's game can be heard on 107.9 the Bull beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Wisner-Pilger Boys and Girls split games with Howells-Dodge and Logan View/Scribner-Snyder
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The Wisner-Pilger Boys won 56-39 at Howells-Dodge Friday night before losing 50-40 at home to Logan View/Scribner-Snyder on Saturday.

The Gators led early and often against the Jaguars, going up 14-9 after one. The Jaguars won the second quarter 14-13 to make it a 27-23 game at halftime.

Wisner-Pilger ran away with things in the second half, outscoring Howells-Dodge 16-7 in the third quarter to go up 43-30 at the end of three.

The Gators outlasted the Jaguars 13-9 in the fourth quarter.

Jayden Raabe and Keegan Ruskamp had 16 points apiece to lead Wisner-Pilger. Hunter Waterman added 10.

Head Coach Duane Mendlik.

"Well I really felt defensively we really played well. Especially in the first half. Got out of the block so to speak, and really played well. Got some steals. Our quickness tonight showed up a little bit. Got some easy shots. Makes it a little easier to start the game."

The Raiders led the Gators 12-10 after one. Logan View/Scribner-Snyder outscored Wisner-Pilger 19-15 in the second quarter to take a 31-25 lead into the locker room.

The Raiders won the third quarter 6-4 to go up 37-29 at the end of three.

LV/SS outlasted the Gators 13-11 in the fourth quarter.

I thought Wisner-Pilger played well in both games. The Gators definitely hung in there tough against a really good and hot Raiders' team.

Wisner-Pilger (5-8) hosts Pender (4-9) Thursday night.

The Pendragons lost 71-19 at home to North Bend Central Thursday night.

The Gators and Pender may have about the same record, but Wisner-Pilger should have no trouble winning whatsoever.

All of the Pendragons' wins have come to teams with a combined two wins while the Gators have beaten three teams with records of .500 or better.

Wisner-Pilger will no doubt be very hungry and anxious to get back out on the court too given the way they played last week and the weather earlier this week.

The Gators have to come out focused and ready to take care of business with a business like attitude.

Wisner-Pilger has to jump out to an early lead on Pender and never look back.

The one thing the Gators cannot afford to let happen is to allow the Pendragons to keep things close.

If Pender manages to stay in the game through three quarters things could get mighty interesting in the 4th.

That's why Wisner-Pilger can't let that happen. The Gators have to put the Pendragons away rather quickly.

Wisner-Pilger has a tough game at Twin River on Saturday, but the Gators have to continue to take things one game at a time.

All games are important, and Pender deserves Wisner-Pilger's respect and attention.

That means the Gators can't take the Pendragons lightly and be looking ahead to Saturday's game with the Titans.

Wisner-Pilger has to build off last week's play and continue to improve and get better.

I feel the Gators are improving and getting better every week so we'll see how much progress Wisner-Pilger can make this week.













The Wisner-Pilger Girls lost 53-49 at Howells-Dodge Friday night before topping Logan View/Scribner-Snyder at home on Saturday.

Howells-Dodge doubled up Wisner-Pilger 18-9 in the first quarter. The Jaguars outscored the Gators 14-6 in the second quarter to take a 32-15 lead into the locker room.

The Gators won the third quarter 11-10 to make it a 42-26 game at the end of three.

Wisner-Pilger outlasted Howells-Dodge 23-11 in the fourth quarter as Alexis Heller hit a half court shot at the buzzer for the Gators.

Heller and Maci Batenhorst paced Wisner-Pilger with 14 points apiece while Jordan Wegner added 12.

Head Coach Karrie Bodwell on the loss.

"Howells-Dodge is a great team. We knew it was going to be tough. And when we came out in the first half I thought first quarter we kind of played with a fake confidence. We thought ok we can do this we can do this. Second quarter was pretty rough, but after halftime I think the girls just kind of found a new level finally, that just were tired of rolling over, and they just got after it."

The Raiders tripled up the Gators 18-6 after one. Both teams scored 9 points in the second quarter, and the halftime score was 27-15 in favor of Wisner-Pilger.

LV/SS doubled up the Gators 12-6 in the third quarter, and the score after three was 33-27 with Wisner-Pilger on top.

The Gators outscored the Raiders 18-8 in the fourth quarter.

Give credit to LV/SS for playing well, but Wisner-Pilger probably should of been able to beat the Raiders by more than they did.

The Gators (6-8) host Pender (13-2) Thursday night.

The Pendragons beat North Bend Central 47-43 at home this past Thursday night.

Pender will have had an entire week off, and without a lot of practice time earlier this week due to the weather, I think Wisner-Pilger could be at a disadvantage.

I could also see the circumstances working in the Gators' favor though as I could see Wisner-Pilger coming out and playing inspired.

The Gators played a great fourth quarter against Howells-Dodge, and if Wisner-Pilger can do that for the entire game against the Pendragons, they may be able to come out with a win.

The Gators struggled against Logan View/Scribner-Snyder and have been so inconsistent though that it's hard to know and tell what you're going to get from Wisner-Pilger on any given night.

It's really hard saying how well the Gators are going to play Thursday night.

Wisner-Pilger has a really tough game at Twin River on Saturday as well so the Gators need to play well this week to give themselves a chance in both games.

Wisner-Pilger has a difficult slate of games prior to the East Husker Conference Tournament. No game is a gimme or a certain win.

With that said, the Gators have to come out revved and jacked up and ready to go Thursday night.

Wisner-Pilger has to play inspired and out of their minds basketball to come away with two victories this week.

If the Gators play the way they did against the Jaguars in the fourth quarter of that game they can beat anyone they play.

Wisner-Pilger has to have that high gear all the time though. The Gators can't teeter between a high level of play and a lower level of play.

Wisner-Pilger has to figure out how to play complete, four quarter games all the time. If the Gators can do that it could make all the difference.
Clarkson/Leigh Boys fall to Howells-Dodge and Humphrey St. Francis; Girls lose to Flyers
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The Clarkson/Leigh Boys fell 48-32 at home to Howells-Dodge Thursday night before losing 66-24 at home to Humphrey St. Francis Friday night.

The Patriots led the Jaguars 13-11 after one. Howells-Dodge won the second quarter 6-4 to tie the game at 17 at halftime.

The Jaguars doubled up the Patriots 22-11 in the third quarter to lead 39-28 at the end of three.

Howells-Dodge outscored Clarkson/Leigh 9-4 in the fourth quarter.

Blake Paprocki had a game-high 12 points while Anthony Bruhn registered 10 points and 8 rebounds.

The Flyers jumped out to a 30-4 lead at the end of one. Humphrey St. Francis outscored the Patriots 16-6 in the second quarter to take a 46-10 lead into the locker room.

The Flyers won the third quarter 12-11 to go up 58-21 at the end of three.

Humphrey St. Francis outlasted Clarkson/Leigh 8-3 in the fourth quarter.

Bradley Bunner finished with a team-high 8 points.

I thought the Patriots did a nice job competing against the Jaguars, Clarkson/Leigh just didn't have anything left in the tank for Friday it appears though.

The Patriots (0-13) square off with Twin River (9-4) on the road Thursday night.

The Titans won 54-43 at home over Cross County Thursday night.

This is going to be another tough game for Clarkson/Leigh I'm afraid.

There's not much to say to the players other than keep your head up and keep working hard.

This is a difficult and critical juncture in the Patriots' season.

Clarkson/Leigh has four games in a row on the road, and if there's ever a time to toughen up and turn the corner, now is it.

It has been such a hard season for the Patriots. I'm sure it's very frustrating losing game after game.

The only ones that can change Clarkson/Leigh's fortunes though is the team.

Every one of these Patriot players have to keep working and playing hard, and believe that a win is going to come their way.

It's so easy to get down on yourself and feel negative and just not be positive after all that has taken place, but Clarkson/Leigh has to find their way out of this hole and get the monkey that is currently on their backs off.

The Patriots have to visualize victory, and dream about what it would feel like to taste a win this season.

The majority of these players know what it takes to win in sports, as evident in football, so it's not like these players are strangers to success.

Clarkson/Leigh won some games in basketball last year too so it can definitely be done this year.

The Patriots just need everyone on the team to step up and contribute.

Clarkson/Leigh needs Paprocki, Bruhn, and Bunner to all be on offensively at the same time.

The Patriots just need to figure out how to put things all together, and it might lead to better success for Clarkson/Leigh down the line.
















The Clarkson/Leigh Girls lost 50-43 at home to Humphrey St. Francis Friday night.

The Flyers led the Patriots 11-9 after one. Clarkson/Leigh won the second quarter 16-14 to tie the game at 25 at halftime.

Both teams scored 11 points in the third quarter, and things were all nodded up at 36 at the end of three.

Humphrey St. Francis doubled up the Patriots 14-7 in the fourth quarter.

Kaegan Held registered 17 points to lead the way. Shelby Paprocki and Ashlynn Novotny totaled 8 apiece while Hannah Kasik chipped in 7.

The Patriots were right there for three quarters. It was just Clarkson/Leigh's inability to finish that ultimately cost them the game, in my opinion.

The Patriots (4-9) battle Twin River (12-2) on the road Thursday night.

The Titans won 50-23 at home over Cross County Thursday night.

Twin River is having a great and very fine season, and they will be difficult for Clarkson/Leigh to hang and compete with, and beat, there's no doubt about it.

This is a key time of the year for the Patriots though. Clarkson/Leigh has four road games in a row prior to the East Husker Conference Tournament.

The Patriots have to find a way to win at least a couple of games and keep their other two contests before the tournament close.

If Clarkson/Leigh could find a way to win three out of four prior to the conference tournament that would be a huge accomplishment, but it won't be easy.

I think the Patriots ought to be pretty hungry and motivated come Thursday though given what happened Friday night.

Clarkson/Leigh was right there, and probably feels they should of beaten the Flyers.

All the Patriots can do now though is move on and use the loss as fuel and motivation to play better down the line.

Clarkson/Leigh has to be better offensively down the stretch against teams, and their defense needs to come through when it counts as well.

The Patriots are competing much better in games this year than last, but Clarkson/Leigh still isn't finishing games the way they need to I would say.

If the Patriots can at least compete with the Titans Thursday night, and beat Lutheran High Northeast Friday night, Clarkson/Leigh might be able to win both games next week before the conference tournament.

I feel the Patriots are a team that's getting better and on the rise, but we will find out a lot about this team in the next week or two, in my opinion.
BRLD Boys and Girls split weekend games
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The BRLD Boys won 63-50 at Oakland-Craig Friday night before falling 45-38 at home to Mead in overtime on Saturday.

The Wolverines tripled up Oakland-Craig 18-6 in the first quarter. The Knights won the second quarter 15-14 to make it a 32-21 game at halftime.

Oakland-Craig outlasted BRLD 12-11 in the third quarter to make it a 43-33 game at the end of three.

The Wolverines outscored the Knights 20-17 in the fourth quarter.

Kenyan Lovejoy had a game-high 20 points for BRLD while Aaron Ras notched 14. Montana Riecken added 13 points and 7 rebounds while Wyatt Hennig totaled 7 points.

The Raiders led the Wolverines 14-8 after one. BRLD won the second quarter 8-7 to make it a 21-16 game at halftime.

The Wolverines outscored Mead 9-2 in the third quarter to go up 25-23 at the end of three.

The Raiders outlasted BRLD 11-9 in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime.

Mead outlasted the Wolverines 11-4 in the extra session.

Lovejoy led the way with 12 points and 8 rebounds while Cole Christofferson and Riecken registered 8 and 7 points, respectively.

I thought BRLD played a great game Friday, but simply came up short against an excellent Mead team on Saturday.

The Wolverines (9-4) take on Wakefield (10-4) on the road Thursday night.

The Trojans beat Stanton 68-50 at home on Saturday.

Wakefield is a good team, but I think the Trojans have definitely benefited from a light schedule.

BRLD needs to come ready to play though. The Wolverines' inconsistencies have hurt them at times this year, and if BRLD isn't on top of their game Thursday night they could lose, in my opinion.

When the Wolverines are on, they are a state team, but when BRLD has trouble scoring is when they lose.

The Wolverines just have to find a way to become more consistent offensively.

The defense has been there for BRLD lately, it's just a matter of the kids putting the ball in the basket night in and night out.

I think the Trojans could pose a threat to the Wolverines if BRLD isn't on their game offensively.

Wakefield's offense is more than capable of carrying them to victory.

So with this said, if the Wolverines are on top of their game, I think they win by 15-20, but if BRLD is off and their offense struggles, then I could see Wakefield taking the game.

I feel the Wolverines could have only one or two losses right now if their offense was lights out night in and night out.

BRLD is 9-0 when they score over 50 and 0-4 when held under 50 if that tells you anything.

We'll see which Wolverines' team shows up Thursday night, and what kind of an impact the weather and no practice earlier in the week has on BRLD.

I don't think there's any doubt the Wolverines can win, but the Trojans aren't just going to come out and roll over and hand the game to BRLD.

The Wolverines have to earn their points and their rebounds, and work hard and bring the lunch pail to work.

BRLD has to do everything they can to grind things out and find a way to win.

















The BRLD Girls lost 70-58 at Oakland-Craig Friday night before downing Mead 84-15 at home on Saturday.

The Wolverines led the Knights 15-13 after one. BRLD won the second quarter 17-16 to take a 32-29 lead into the locker room.

Oakland-Craig outscored the Wolverines 17-12 in the third quarter to go up 46-44 at the end of three.

The Knights outlasted BRLD 24-14 in the fourth quarter.

Vicki Gatzemeyer led the way with 13 points while Kelly Wakeley chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Lexie Bacon and Tess Nottleman notched 11 points apiece. Nottleman added 13 rebounds to record a double-double. Tiahna Bonneau pitched in 8 rebounds.

The Wolverines jumped on the Raiders 26-2 after one. BRLD outscored Mead 25-6 in the second quarter to take a 51-8 lead into the locker room.

The Wolverines blanked the Raiders 19-0 in the third quarter to go up 70-8 at the end of three.

BRLD doubled up Mead 14-7 in the fourth quarter.

Bacon led all scorers with 24 points while Bonneau and Sophia Henneman notched 14 and 10, respectively. Gatzemeyer totaled 9 while Nottleman posted 7.

I thought the Wolverines did a nice job responding on Saturday. In my opinion, BRLD's defense was much better than it was Friday when they gave up 42 points to Oakland-Craig's Dacey Nelson.

The Wolverines (10-4) take on Wakefield (5-9) on the road Thursday night.

The Trojans lost 41-29 at home to Stanton on Saturday.

Wakefield may have played the Mustangs close, but the Trojans have been blown out in pretty much every other loss this season.

Wakefield's wins have to teams with well below .500 records as well.

So I guess what I'm trying to say is BRLD should win, although upsets can happen at anytime in the game of basketball.

I do think it's a matter of how much the Wolverines will win by though.

BRLD is coming off a lopsided win while the Trojans lost a close one the last time out so something has to give on Thursday in terms of the score.

If the Wolverines play the way they did on Saturday they should have no trouble winning whatsoever.

But if BRLD has a defensive performance like Friday's game then things could be much closer.

Offense and scoring isn't an issue for the Wolverines, it's all about being consistent defensively, in my opinion.

BRLD is a solid team defensively, but only 3-4 when allowing over 50 points.

On the flip side, the Wolverines are undefeated when holding teams below 50.

Offense hasn't been a problem at all for BRLD, it's just the defense has let them down in a number of games this season.

So perhaps if the Wolverines focus on playing amazing defense night in and night out it will make all the difference.

I don't want to de-emphasize the importance of playing outstanding offense at all, I am merely pointing out where I think BRLD can get better, and what can allow them to become an even already better team than what they already are.

I think Saturday's win was a big step in the right direction from a consistency on defense standpoint. I'm interested what to see what it does for the Wolverines the rest of the season.
Pender Boys 2-2 in last four games; Girls 4-0 in same span
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The Pender Boys are 2-2 in their last four games, defeating Emerson-Hubbard 43-36 in the Bob Clough Post Holiday Tournament last Friday before losing 73-30 to Wakefield in the Championship of that tournament last Saturday. The Pendragons won 61-44 at home over Homer Tuesday night before falling 71-19 at home to North Bend Central Thursday night.

The Pendragons led the Pirates 10-9 at the end of one. Pender won the second quarter 9-7 to lead 19-16 at halftime.

The Pendragons outscored Emerson-Hubbard 17-8 in the third quarter to go up 36-24 at the end of three.

The Pirates outlasted Pender 12-7 in the fourth quarter.

The Trojans led the Pendragons 9-7 after one. Wakefield outscored Pender 28-10 in the second quarter to take a 37-17 lead into the locker room.

The Trojans outlasted the Pendragons 22-9 in the third quarter to go up 59-26 at the end of three.

Wakefield won the fourth quarter 14-4.

Pender led the Knights 18-7 at the end of one. Homer won the second quarter 17-13 to make it a 31-24 game at halftime.

The Pendragons outscored the Knights 19-12 in the third quarter to go up 50-36 at the end of three.

Pender outlasted Homer 11-8 in the fourth quarter.

North Bend Central led the Pendragons 28-4 after one. The Tigers outscored Pender 25-4 in the second quarter to take a 53-8 lead into the locker room.

North Bend Central outlasted the Pendragons 13-3 in the third quarter to go up 66-11 at the end of three.

Pender won the fourth quarter 8-5.

The Pendragons have been kind of up and down lately. Pender has looked good at times, but not so good at others.

The Pendragons (4-9) take on Wisner-Pilger (5-7) on the road Thursday night.

The Gators beat Howells-Dodge 56-39 on the road Friday night.

Wisner-Pilger has kind of come on lately, and I think Pender is going to have their hands full in this one.

The Pendragons haven't fared well against teams that are athletic and skilled, and I feel the Gators are one of those teams.

Pender just has to find a way to be more competitive however they can.

The Pendragons have to put the North Bend Central loss behind them and in the rearview mirror.

One thing Pender has done well this year is bounce back from losses. The Pendragons have had a quick memory so far this year, which is a good thing.

I fully expect Pender to come out and be ready to play Thursday night.

How much success that leads to for the Pendragons remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure, these kids are mentally and physically tough.

Pender needs a bunch of players to step up and score, and the Pendragons need to play better defense than they did against the Tigers.

Pender may not have much time to prepare for this game as the Pendragons may only have one day of practice and preparation prior to the storm, but Wisner-Pilger is in the same boat so neither team figures to have an advantage from that standpoint.

Pender just can't get off to the same kind of start they did against North Bend Central. I understand the Tigers are really good and in C-1, but the Pendragons simply have to be better than that.

I'm not suggesting Pender has to beat the Gators because that's going to be very difficult, but it's time for the Pendragons to compete better in some of these tougher games.















The Pender Girls are playing real well at the moment as the Pendragons knocked off Homer 64-30 last Thursday night in the Bob Clough Post Holiday Tournament before downing Wakefield 72-20 in the tournament championship last Saturday. Pender topped Homer 52-27 at home Tuesday night before defeating North Bend Central 47-43 at home Thursday night.

In round one, the Pendragons led the Knights 15-8 after one. Pender doubled up Homer 20-10 in the second quarter to take a 35-18 lead into the locker room.

The Pendragons doubled up the Knights 16-8 in the third quarter to go up 51-26 at the end of three.

Pender outscored Homer 13-4 in the fourth quarter.

Kam Anderson led the way with 22 points while Cecilee Jacobsen notched 11 points and 9 rebounds. Amber English added 8 points while Hallie Ballinger chipped in 7 points and 9 rebounds.

The Pendragons led the Trojans 27-1 at the end of one. Wakefield won the second quarter 13-8 to make it a 35-14 game at halftime.

Pender outscored the Trojans 17-2 in the third quarter to lead 52-16 at the end of three.

The Pendragons outlasted Wakefield 20-4 in the fourth quarter.

Anderson notched 20 points while Ballinger posted 10 points and 8 rebounds. Jacobsen added 10 points and 7 rebounds while Faith Morris pitched in 10 points.

In round two with Homer, Pender led 13-11 after one. The Pendragons won the second quarter 6-5 to take a 19-16 lead into the locker room.

Pender tripled up the Knights 18-6 in the third quarter to go up 37-22 at the end of three.

The Pendragons tripled up Homer 15-5 in the fourth quarter.

English had 19 points to lead the way while Anderson notched 9. Ballinger chipped in 9 rebounds while Jacobsen had 8.

The Tigers led the Pendragons 12-11 after one. North Bend Central won the second quarter 12-9 to take a 24-20 lead into the locker room.

Pender doubled up the Tigers 18-9 in the third quarter to go up 38-33 at the end of three.

North Bend Central won the fourth quarter 10-9.

Anderson posted 22 points while Ballinger and English registered 9 and 8, respectively. Jacobsen compiled 10 rebounds.

The Pendragons are playing great basketball right now. I would say Pender has hit their stride.

The Pendragons (13-2) battle Wisner-Pilger (6-8) on the road Thursday night.

The Gators beat Logan View/Scribner-Snyder 51-35 at home on Saturday.

Wisner-Pilger isn't a bad team, and I fully expect them to come out raring and ready to go against Pender.

You can bet the Pendragons will get the Gators' best shot.

With that said, Pender appears to be focused and mean business now. Play around time is done for the Pendragons as they have shown by their play in their last four games.

Pender has turned the corner and has turned things on, and it has been very impressive.

With that said, the Pendragons could be a little off if they don't practice prior to Wednesday.

I don't expect Pender to be able to practice Monday or Tuesday though. I would be very surprised if the Pendragons even had school.

Pender should enjoy these potential snow days, but be ready to go when it's time to practice and play again.

The Pendragons have to continue to do what they've done in their last four games. Pender has Wynot on Friday and Howells-Dodge on Saturday so the road is certainly not easy for the Pendragons this week.

Pender is a great team, but we will find out just how great by how they do in Friday and Saturday's games.

The Pendragons are playing two of the better teams in Northeast Nebraska, and will be challenged and pushed to the max there's no doubt about it.

I think Pender can at least win two out of three this week though. And given the type of teams all three opponents are, I think that would be pretty good.

It would be an incredible feat and accomplishment for the Pendragons to beat all three teams, but I don't know how much Pender will have for the Howells-Dodge game. Three games in three days is tough, especially if the Pendragons don't get to practice before Wednesday.
Oakland-Craig Boys 1-2 in last three games; Girls 2-1
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The Oakland-Craig Boys topped Stanton 61-59 on a buzzer beater on the road last Friday night before falling 90-69 at Winnebago last Saturday, and 63-50 at home to BRLD Friday night.

The Mustangs led the Knights 14-13 after one. Stanton won the second quarter 19-16 to take a 33-29 lead into the locker room.

Oakland-Craig outscored the Mustangs 19-15 in the third quarter to tie the game at 48 at the end of three.

The Knights outlasted Stanton 13-11 in the fourth quarter.

Carter Thiele had a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds while Kobe Benne and Garrett Seagren had 15 and 7 points, respectively.

Head Coach Aaron Meyer on the win.

"We have to tip our hats to Stanton because they had a phenomenal game. Carter had a solid game for us. All in all, we were flat on offense. But we persevered, especially at times when we seemed to have a whole lot going against us. In the end, we never gave up hope, and Garrett made the shot of a lifetime."

Winnebago jumped on the Knights 32-10 at the end of one. The Indians outscored Oakland-Craig 24-18 in the second quarter to take a 56-28 lead into the locker room.

Winnebago won the third quarter 20-16 to go up 76-44 at the end of three.

The Knights outlasted the Indians 25-14 in the fourth quarter.

Thiele and Seagren notched 24 points apiece.

Meyer says his team learned a lot in the loss.

"When you play a team as good as Winnebago, those types of teams really expose areas where you need to improve if you are going to be a contender going forward. We need to move our feet better on D, transition back defensively, and keep our composure on the offensive end when we are pressured. This was a humbling experience and I hope we learn from it and move forward."

The Wolverines tripled up Oakland-Craig 18-6 in the first quarter. The Knights won the second quarter 15-14 to make it a 32-21 game at halftime.

Oakland-Craig outlasted BRLD 12-11 in the third quarter to make it a 43-33 game at the end of three.

The Wolverines outscored the Knights 20-17 in the fourth quarter.

Thiele led the team with 18 points while Seagren notched 17.

Meyer says there are things his team could have done differently and better.

"We will be facing some quality opponents over the next few weeks. The last thing we want to do is spot the other team an 11-1 lead right out of the gate. Early on we settled for taking outside jumpers without any sort of penetration, and they didn't fall. The game changed when we decided to go to the rim. We ended up shooting 70% from 2, but still, we shot more 3's than 2's. Our rebounding and defensive footwork needs to improve as well."

Oakland-Craig (10-4) is scheduled to take on Tekamah-Herman (0-9) on the road Tuesday night.

The Tigers lost 64-28 at Madison Friday night.

The Knights shouldn't have much trouble with Tekamah-Herman if they play.

Oakland-Craig has to prepare themselves mentally in a way that they are going to play.

The Knights have a tough game at North Bend Central on Friday, but Oakland-Craig has to be ready to go for Tekamah-Herman until if and when that game is called off.

There's nothing anyone can do about the weather, but the Knights need to stay focused mentally during this time, and not let the weather postponing games get to them, should that happen.

Oakland-Craig has kind of hit a lull in their season, but there's no doubt the Knights have what it takes to get back on track.

Oakland-Craig just has to get back to playing the type of defense they are capable of, and must find a way to toughen up and persevere during these difficult times.

The Knights have to find ways to get to the free throw line, and must look to attack the basket more, in my opinion.

Oakland-Craig can't settle for too many jump shots. The Knights have to look to get good and easy looks at the basket.

Oakland-Craig has to make the easy shots and find a way to knock down contested shots too.

The Knights have to be aggressive on offense and defense, and make it hard on their opponents the best they can.

Oakland-Craig has to foul hard and with a purpose when they do foul, and force teams to earn their points from the free throw line.

The Knights also have to continue to shoot the ball with confidence.
















The Oakland-Craig Girls fell 46-32 at Stanton last Friday night, downed Winnebago 78-39 on the road last Saturday, and defeated BRLD 70-58 at home Friday night.

The Mustangs led the Knights 9-5 at the end of one. Stanton outscored Oakland-Craig 14-2 in the second quarter to take a 23-7 lead into the locker room.

The Knights tripled up the Mustangs 18-6 in the third quarter to make it a 29-25 game at the end of three.

Stanton outlasted Oakland-Craig 17-7 in the fourth quarter.

Dacey Nelson led the way with 14 points while Shannon Pille notched 12.

The Knights jumped out to a 25-11 lead on the Indians at the end of one. Oakland-Craig won the second quarter 14-12 to take a 39-23 lead into the locker room.

The Knights tripled up the Indians 21-7 in the third quarter to go up 60-30 after three.

Oakland-Craig doubled up Winnebago 18-9 in the fourth quarter.

Nelson totaled 24 points and 8 rebounds while Pille recorded a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds. Emmy Bousquet added 10 points and 7 rebounds while Melanie Snader totaled 7 points and 7 rebounds. Kennedy Benne chipped in 7 rebounds.

The Wolverines led the Knights 15-13 after one. BRLD won the second quarter 17-16 to take a 32-29 lead into the locker room.

Oakland-Craig outscored the Wolverines 17-12 in the third quarter to go up 46-44 at the end of three.

The Knights outlasted BRLD 24-14 in the fourth quarter.

Nelson posted a school record 42 points and 9 rebounds while Benne registered 15 points.

Oakland-Craig has really played well in their last two games.

The Knights (9-4) are scheduled to take on Tekamah-Herman (2-11) Tuesday night on the road.

The Tigers lost 41-36 at home to West Point-Beemer on Saturday.

I feel Tekamah-Herman is a better team than their record indicates, and Oakland-Craig had better be ready to go should the two teams play.

The Knights have a tough game at North Bend Central on Friday, but Oakland-Craig should be focused on playing Tekamah-Herman until if and when that game is postponed.

The players have to do what they can to remain mentally sharp during this winter storm that is approaching us.

Things like helping scoop snow and laying salt down on ice can be a good way for them to stay physically and mentally active.

A lack of practice time could hurt the Knights on Tuesday if they play, but Oakland-Craig should be okay for Friday as they should be able to have a couple of days of practice prior to that game.

The thing of it is all teams are in the same boat as the Knights so a lack of practice time due to the weather cannot be used as an excuse for Oakland-Craig should they play and lose on Tuesday.

Let's talk about Nelson though. What a great game she had against BRLD. Setting a school record with 42 points is something she will no doubt remember for the rest of her life.

Records are meant to be broken, but it's going to take a tremendous effort on the part of whoever breaks the record in the future.

She needs to keep up her fantastic play whenever the Knights take the floor again.

She has proven to be this team's leader, and is having a fantastic individual season.

Pille, Benne, and Bousquet deserve credit too though. They've stepped up at different times and led and helped this team during the course of the season.
Winnebago Boys 3-0 in last three games; Girls winless in last four
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The Winnebago Boys are 3-0 in their last three games, downing Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 86-70 on the road last Friday night, Oakland-Craig 90-69 last Saturday, and Wynot 48-37 at home Friday night.

The Indians led the Bears 19-15 after one. Winnebago outscored Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 25-15 in the second quarter to take a 44-30 lead into the locker room.

The Indians outlasted the Bears 25-18 to go up 69-48 at the end of three.

Laurel-Concord-Coleridge won the fourth quarter 22-17.

D'Von Lapointe had a team-high 21 points for the Bluejays. Drake Gorrin and Cedrick Blackdeer totaled 18 and 17, respectively. Miguel Baker added 10.

Winnebago jumped on the Knights 32-10 at the end of one. The Indians outscored Oakland-Craig 24-18 in the second quarter to take a 56-28 lead into the locker room.

Winnebago won the third quarter 20-16 to go up 76-44 at the end of three.

The Knights outlasted the Indians 25-14 in the fourth quarter.

David Wingett led the way with 23 points while Manape Cleveland registered 19. Gorrin and Lapointe scored 12 and 8, respectively.

I think Winnebago played really good basketball against Oakland-Craig, and respectable basketball against Laurel-Concord-Coleridge as well.

Winnebago (14-1) is scheduled to take on Ponca (11-3) Tuesday night on the road.

Ponca won 52-43 at Elk Point-Jefferson, SD Friday night.

It's the only game on the schedule for Winnebago next week so the Indians could potentially have a week and-a-half in between games if Tuesday's game is postponed.

I thought Winnebago's defense really stepped up against Wynot. I think the Indians showed they can win games in different ways.

I think that's only going to help Winnebago down the stretch.

The Indians have some tough games at the end of the regular season so it's important for Winnebago to keep learning, growing, and improving.

This team has already established itself as being great, but there's always room to get better.

What could hurt Winnebago if they do play Tuesday is a lack of practice time with school likely getting called off on Monday.

That's just mother nature for you though. It's just something the Indians will have to deal with.

If Winnebago does play on Tuesday, they have to be ready to go from the get go. I'm sure the players will enjoy their time off, but once the Indians take the floor again they have to be all business.

This is a tough and unique situation for Winnebago and that they don't know if they're going to play on Tuesday, but at the same time I guess everyone is in the same boat.

I don't know how active the players can be being all cooped up inside during the winter storm. I can't really suggest continuing to be active because all there really is to do during a winter storm is hangout indoors and stay warm.

I guess the players could stay active by scooping snow and icing sidewalk and street though so that could be a good physical activity.













The Winnebago Girls are 0-4 in their last four games, falling 50-33 at Laurel-Concord-Coleridge last Friday night, 78-39 at home to Oakland-Craig last Saturday, 70-37 at home to GACC Thursday night, and 60-20 at home to Wynot Friday night.

The Bears led 11-4 after one. Laurel-Concord-Coleridge outscored Winnebago 15-6 in the second quarter to lead 26-10 at halftime.

The Indians outlasted the Bears 12-5 in the third quarter to make it a 31-22 game at the end of three.

Laurel-Concord-Coleridge won the fourth quarter 19-11.

The Knights jumped out to a 25-11 lead at the end of one. Oakland-Craig won the second quarter 14-12 to take a 39-23 lead into the locker room.

The Knights tripled up the Indians 21-7 in the third quarter to go up 60-30 after three.

Oakland-Craig doubled up Winnebago 18-9 in the fourth quarter.

Jasmine Colvin had a team-high 14 points and 9 rebounds while Bailey Blackdeer totaled 10 points.

The Bluejays and Indians were tied at 15 after one. GACC outscored Winnebago 14-4 in the second quarter to take a 29-19 lead into the locker room.

The Bluejays outlasted the Indians 28-8 in the third quarter to go up 57-27 after three.

GACC won the fourth quarter 13-10.

I don't know if Winnebago has bit bitten by the injury bug or what, but the Indians have really struggled over their last four games.

Winnebago (4-12) is scheduled to take on Ponca (12-3) Tuesday night on the road.

Ponca won 46-36 at Elk Point-Jefferson, SD Friday night.

Winnebago also has a tough game at Pierce on Friday so the slate is certainly challenging for the Indians next week.

This isn't a good time for Winnebago to play these two teams, in my opinion.

Perhaps Tuesday's game will get postponed due to the weather, but regardless of if Winnebago plays on Tuesday, the Indians have to prepare themselves the best they can for Friday's game.

Winnebago has to be mentally and physically ready to take on a team like Pierce.

The Bluejays are the real deal, and for the Indians to hang with a team like them it's going to take a tremendous effort.

Winnebago can't get down on themselves or have the feeling that they're not going to win.

The Indians have to believe they can win because that's the only way it is going to happen.

Winnebago has had a tough last couple of weeks, but things can definitely change and turn around for the Indians if they find a way to knock off Pierce on Friday, or even Ponca on Tuesday if they play.

The biggest thing for Winnebago is to be mentally prepared to play on Tuesday. The Indians have to have the attitude and idea that they are playing Tuesday unless they are told otherwise.

We'll see what happens next week, but Winnebago has to find a way to compete and play well to get their season turned around.

The Indians' recent struggles need to be halted and can't continue or they could end up defining Winnebago's season.

The Indians have to do everything they can to play better basketball and be a more effective team whenever they take the floor next.
Emerson-Hubbard Boys and Girls go winless at Bob Clough Post Holiday Tournament
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The Emerson-Hubbard Boys went winless at the Bob Clough Post Holiday Tournament last week, losing 43-36 to Pender last Friday night and 46-34 to Homer last Saturday.

The Pendragons led the Pirates 10-9 at the end of one. Pender won the second quarter 9-7 to lead 19-16 at halftime.

The Pendragons outscored Emerson-Hubbard 17-8 in the third quarter to go up 36-24 at the end of three.

The Pirates outlasted Pender 12-7 in the fourth quarter.

Taylor Donner had 13 points to lead the way while Jacob Kneifl totaled 9. Joshua Sebade added 8 points and 7 rebounds.

Emerson-Hubbard held an 11-9 lead on the Knights after one. Homer outscored the Pirates 18-12 in the second quarter to go up 27-23 at halftime.

The Knights won the third quarter 8-5 to lead 35-28 at the end of three.

Homer outlasted Emerson-Hubbard 11-6 in the fourth quarter.

Donner had a team-high 11 points while Sebade and Kneifl notched 9 points and 7 rebounds each.

I thought the Pirates had a chance to pick up their first win of the season in this tournament, but they were simply unable to get the job done.

Emerson-Hubbard (0-11) hosts Wynot (9-3) on Saturday.

The Blue Devils lost 48-37 at Winnebago Friday night.

That's a pretty respectable loss for Wynot. The Pirates are going to have a tough time with the Blue Devils there's no doubt about it.

Donner, Sebade, and Kneifl just need to keep doing their thing though and lead this team the best they can.

They and others need to score even more though if they want to come out in front.

It can't be easy to go into games and practices knowing a game has yet to be won, but Emerson-Hubbard has to continue to find ways to motivate themselves and believe that they can turn the corner eventually.

The Pirates' struggles have to be difficult for everyone involved. I'm sure this isn't what Emerson-Hubbard envisioned the season unfolding like at all.

The Pirates just have to do their best to remain positive and continue to learn and grow though. Emerson-Hubbard is in a tough position right now, and simply have to find a way to make things better and find more success.

Jalen Wieseler appears to be a pretty dynamic player for Wynot so perhaps the Pirates should focus a big part of their effort on him.

I think Emerson-Hubbard's best bet is to try and slow him down and make others beat them.

The Pirates have another shot at Homer next week so if Emerson-Hubbard can at least compete and make things close and interesting with the Blue Devils, that may give them the boost they need to knock off the Knights.

The Pirates are due to pick up a win one of these nights so Emerson-Hubbard just has to continue to grind and work hard.

The Pirates should be plenty rested not having a game this week prior to this so Emerson-Hubbard should be fresh and ready to go, and should have a good game plan.

The main thing is get better than the last time out.















The Emerson-Hubbard Girls also lost twice at the Bob Clough Post Holiday Tournament last week, falling 39-28 to Wakefield last Friday night, and 53-39 to Homer last Saturday.

The Pirates led the Trojans 7-6 after one. Wakefield outscored Emerson-Hubbard 9-4 in the second quarter to take a 15-11 lead into the locker room.

The Trojans outlasted the Pirates 17-11 in the third quarter to go up 32-22 at the end of three.

Wakefield won the fourth quarter 7-6.

Melanie Gentrup had 11 points and 9 rebounds to lead Emerson-Hubbard while Taylor Daum and Caleigh Mackling notched 10 and 7 rebounds, respectively.

The Knights jumped out to a 13-4 lead on the Pirates at the end of one. Homer won the second quarter 13-8 to take a 26-12 lead into the locker room.

The Knights outscored Emerson-Hubbard 17-6 in the third quarter to go up 43-18 at the end of three.

The Pirates outlasted Homer 21-10 in the fourth quarter.

Gentrup led the way with 11 points while Mackling chipped in 10.

Emerson-Hubbard just dug themselves too deep a hole in both games to be able to come back and win.

The Pirates (3-8) host Wynot (10-3) on Saturday.

The Blue Devils won 60-20 at Winnebago Friday night.

Wynot is an extremely good team, and Emerson-Hubbard has their hands full and work cut out for them, there's no doubt about it.

I think the Pirates just have to focus on staying in the game and not falling behind too big.

Emerson-Hubbard can't afford to fall behind the way they did last week or it could be game over for the Pirates.

Emerson-Hubbard has to try and slow the pace of the game down and play at their tempo.

The Pirates have to play strong defense and shoot a good percentage offensively.

Converting easy baskets such as layups and getting to the free throw line and converting free throws is super important to Emerson-Hubbard's chances of pulling off the upset, in my opinion.

The Blue Devils have played extremely consistently good basketball all season long, and will be tough to beat, there's no doubt about it.

With that said, the Pirates have to expect to win.

This team won a state championship last year, and these girls have to step things up and play with some pride.

Emerson-Hubbard has to reflect on what they accomplished last year and use it as fuel and motivation to have success against Wynot on Saturday.

The Blue Devils are for real as they have won numerous state championships themselves so don't expect Wynot to be bothered by the fact the Pirates are defending Class D-1 State Champions.

If anything I think the Blue Devils will look to take it to Emerson-Hubbard the way they did Winnebago.

So the Pirates just have to do their best to hang in there and compete. Emerson-Hubbard has a tall task in front of them, but anything can happen, and so the Pirates have to play optimistic and loose, and just have fun and see what happens.
North Bend Central Boys and Girls 1-1 in last two games
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The North Bend Central Boys are 1-1 in their last two games, falling 55-45 at Logan View/Scribner-Snyder last Friday night before winning 71-19 at Pender Thursday night.

The Tigers led the Raiders 16-10 after one. Logan View/Scribner-Snyder outscored North Bend Central 14-8 in the second quarter to tie the game at 24 at halftime.

The Raiders won the third quarter 11-7 to go up 35-31 at the end of three.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder outlasted the Tigers 20-14 in the fourth quarter.

North Bend Central led the Pendragons 28-4 after one. The Tigers outscored Pender 25-4 in the second quarter to take a 53-8 lead into the locker room.

North Bend Central outlasted the Pendragons 13-3 in the third quarter to go up 66-11 at the end of three.

Pender won the fourth quarter 8-5.

I think the Tigers were very motivated and determined given what happened against the Raiders. I would say North Bend Central responded very well against Pender.

The Tigers (8-2) take on Fremont Bergan (4-6) on the road Saturday.

Bergan lost 49-36 at home to Nebraska City Lourdes Thursday night.

Bergan doesn't appear to be the same type of team they've been in the past.

The Knights still have some big wins and tough losses, but at the end of the day they are still 4-6.

If North Bend Central plays the way they are capable of then I think the Tigers will win.

But if North Bend Central plays the way they did against Elkhorn Mount Michael then this could be an interesting game.

I expect the Knights to be tough and give the Tigers a game, but in the end I see North Bend Central prevailing.

The Tigers are built to win now while Bergan is in transition with a new coach and everything so I would say this is North Bend Central's time to shine.

The Tigers have to come out with the same fire, tenacity, passion, and toughness they came out with against Pender.

The Knights are a much different team than the Pendragons, but the way North Bend Central needs to play remains the same.

The Tigers have to come out with a business like attitude and be ready to take it to Bergan for four quarters.

North Bend Central has to make a statement in this game, and prove that they are one of the top teams in the area if they haven't done that already.

The Tigers have Columbus Scotus and Oakland-Craig next week so North Bend Central needs to play well in this game to gear up for those contests.















The North Bend Central Girls are also 1-1 in their last two games, winning 74-22 at Logan View/Scribner-Snyder last Friday night before losing 47-43 at Pender Thursday night.

The Tigers led the Raiders 21-6 at the end of one. North Bend Central outscored LV/SS 23-7 in the second quarter to take a 44-13 lead into the locker room.

The Tigers outlasted the Raiders 17-7 in the third quarter to go up 61-20 at the end of three.

North Bend Central won the fourth quarter 13-2.

The Tigers led the Pendragons 12-11 after one. North Bend Central won the second quarter 12-9 to take a 24-20 lead into the locker room.

Pender doubled up the Tigers 18-9 in the third quarter to go up 38-33 at the end of three.

North Bend Central won the fourth quarter 10-9.

The third quarter proved to be the difference in the game. The Tigers played real well against LV/SS.

North Bend Central (7-4) takes on Fremont Bergan (10-2) on the road Saturday.

Bergan won 41-39 at home over Nebraska City Lourdes Thursday night.

The Knights have a real good record, but they haven't really beaten anyone.

They're still solid though and figure to be tough for the Tigers to beat.

North Bend Central can definitely win and get the job done though.

The Tigers just have to play four good quarters of basketball, and not lose the game because of one bad quarter.

North Bend Central's offense has to be effective and efficient. The Tigers must get and convert easy shots from the field and at the free throw line.

North Bend Central has to play a complete game and put it all together.

The Tigers have lost to some really good teams, but haven't really beaten anyone either, so this should be a great game.

I think North Bend Central definitely has what it takes to win and get the job done, but it's going to take a lot of mental and physical toughness on the Tigers' part for them to come out on top.

We'll find out how good a team North Bend Central really is. The Tigers have to dig deep and find some will from within to pull together and have a good game.

North Bend Central can't be discouraged or down about the Pender game.

That game is in the past so the Tigers have to do their best to put that contest in the rearview mirror and forget about it.

All North Bend Central can do now is move on and focus on Bergan.

This would be a big and much needed win for the Tigers with Columbus Scotus and Oakland-Craig coming up next week.
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Boys 4-0 in last four games; Girls 1-3 in same stretch
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The Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Boys are unbeaten in their last four games, upsetting North Bend Central 55-45 at home last Friday night, downing Stanton 59-29 at home on Saturday, defeating Madison 58-39 on the road Tuesday night, and winning 66-38 at Weeping Water Thursday night.

The Tigers led the Raiders 16-10 after one. Logan View/Scribner-Snyder outscored North Bend Central 14-8 in the second quarter to tie the game at 24 at halftime.

The Raiders won the third quarter 11-7 to go up 35-31 at the end of three.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder outlasted the Tigers 20-14 in the fourth quarter.

Ben Moxness led the way with 24 points while Jacob Polk and Andrew Poppe totaled 14 and 7, respectively.

The Raiders doubled up the Mustangs 16-8 in the first quarter. Logan View/Scribner-Snyder outscored Stanton 19-8 in the second quarter to take a 35-16 lead into the locker room.

The Raiders outlasted the Mustangs 18-4 in the third quarter to lead 53-20 after three.

Stanton won the fourth quarter 9-6.

Polk had a game-high 29 points while Moxness notched 11 points and 8 rebounds. Alex VonSeggern added 9 points.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder went up 18-1 on the Dragons at the end of one. The Raiders won the second quarter 17-14 to take a 35-15 lead into the locker room.

LV/SS outscored Madison 8-7 in the third quarter to go up 43-22 after three.

The Dragons outlasted the Raiders 17-15 in the fourth quarter.

Moxness registered 24 points and 9 rebounds while Polk and VonSeggern totaled 11 and 9 points, respectively.

LV/SS led the Indians 21-15 at the end of one. The Raiders outscored Weeping Water 13-5 in the second quarter to take a 34-20 lead into the locker room.

LV/SS outlasted the Indians 19-8 in the third quarter to go up 53-28 at the end of three.

The Raiders won the fourth quarter 13-10.

Moxness registered 29 points and 9 rebounds while Polk and Nathan Taylor added 14 and 8, respectively.

LV/SS is playing great basketball and has found their groove. Moxness is having a fantastic individual season.

The Raiders (8-4) take on Wisner-Pilger (4-7) on the road Saturday.

The Gators lost 62-42 at home to Wayne on Monday.

Wisner-Pilger isn't a bad team, but LV/SS shouldn't have much trouble with the Gators whatsoever.

I look for the Raiders to play well and continue their winning ways.

Moxness and Polk have stepped up on a consistent basis during this winning streak for LV/SS, and Poppe, VonSeggern, and Taylor have all stepped up at different times.

Moxness is one of the better players in the area and has done some magnificent things this season and as of late.

Polk has really been a big contributor too.

I would say those two are the biggest reasons why the Raiders have been able to get their season on track.

LV/SS's defense has been great too though. The Raiders have really been clicking on all cylinders as of late and it has been impressive.

Offense wins games and defense wins championships, and right now LV/SS is doing both well.

The Raiders are streaking right now, and it doesn't appear that anyone is going to slow them down anytime soon.

I honestly wouldn't be surprised if Logan View/Scribner-Snyder didn't lose another game in the regular season.

I know that's a bold statement to make, but the way the Raiders' schedule sets up, it could happen.

I could see LV/SS slipping up in the East Husker Conference Tournament and/or in their final two regular season games, but I could see the Raiders running the table too like I mentioned.















The LVSS girls basketball team had a tough week last week at the hands of North Bend Central and Stanton.

The Raiders fell to North Bend by a final of 74-22.

Kaylee Boyle led the scoring with 9 points, Abby Kahlandt added 6 points, other scorers were Ashley Peters-4 points and Mackenzy Schreck-3 points.

The next afternoon the Raiders were defeated by Stanton by a final of 49-26.

LVSS scorers were Kaylee Boyle-11, Ashley Peters-6, Kahlandt-4, Morgan Morgan-3, Ashley Uhing-2.

LV/SS bounced back with a 43-29 win at Madison Tuesday night.

The Raiders got out to a 20-4 lead after one. Both teams scored 7 points in the second quarter to go up 27-11 at halftime.

LV/SS outscored the Dragons 8-5 in the third quarter to lead 35-16 at the end of three.

Madison outlasted the Raiders 13-8 in the fourth quarter.

Boyle had 14 points and 9 rebounds while Peters and Morgan totaled 9 and 8, respectively. Kahlandt and Schreck notched 8 rebounds apiece.

LV/SS fell 53-41 at Weeping Water Thursday night.

The Indians led 12-11 after one. Weeping Water outscored the Raiders 21-9 in the second quarter to take a 33-20 lead into the locker room.

The Indians won the third quarter 9-5 to go up 42-25 at the end of three.

LV/SS outlasted Weeping Water 16-11 in the fourth quarter.

I think the Raiders started to come on in the games with the Mustangs and Dragons, but took a step back with the loss to the Indians.

LV/SS (4-8) takes on Wisner-Pilger (5-8) on the road Saturday.

The Gators lost 53-49 at Howells-Dodge Friday night.

I think this is a winnable game for the Raiders.

LV/SS just has to be consistent scoring the ball and defending well. The Raiders need to have the same type of scoring explosion they had against Madison.

Another big thing for LV/SS is to have multiple girls in double figures. That generally goes hand in hand with having a scoring explosion.

The Raiders also have to play outstanding defense. LV/SS is 4-1 when holding teams under 50 points so I think that is the recipe for a win for the Raiders.

LV/SS has to continue to remain positive and keep plugging away.

Wisner-Pilger is in the same boat as the Raiders in that they've been inconsistent.

The Gators play Howells-Dodge to a 4-point game, but lose by 12 to West Point-Beemer.

All LV/SS can really do is bring their "A" game and let the rest take care of itself.

In a lot of ways the Raiders can dictate how Wisner-Pilger plays so LV/SS has to be ready to defend the whole court and create easy transition opportunities and baskets for themselves.

If the Raiders can do something similar to what the Cadets did defensively then they may have a shot to win.

LV/SS has to play much better than they did against Weeping Water though. The Raiders can't wait until the fourth quarter to crank things up on offense.

LV/SS has to play well for the entire game and do what they can to play with a lead and not behind.
West Point-Beemer Boys and Girls 2-2 in last four games
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The West Point-Beemer Boys are 2-2 in their last four games, losing 51-40 at Wisner-Pilger last Friday night, downing BRLD 39-37 at home on Saturday, falling 53-44 at Battle Creek Tuesday night, and knocking off Schuyler 49-44 in overtime Thursday night.

Wisner-Pilger held a 15-10 lead after one. The Gators won the second quarter 14-10 to take a 29-20 lead into the locker room.

The Cadets won the third quarter 10-7 to make it a 36-30 game at the end of the third.

Wisner-Pilger outlasted West Point-Beemer 15-10 in the fourth quarter.

The Cadets were led by Cole Hughes, who had 11 points. Ben Vander Griend added 9 while Blake Anderson totaled 9 rebounds.

Head Coach Cody Bobolz on the loss.

"We couldn't stay out of foul trouble, and give credit to Raabe and Hatterman. They really owned us in the paint. They got us in foul trouble, and got us out of our game early, and yeah they were the tougher team, they outworked us for pretty much 32 minutes."

The Cadets led the Wolverines 16-12 after one. West Point-Beemer won the second quarter 11-10 to go up 27-22 at halftime.

BRLD tripled up the Cadets 12-4 in the third quarter to go in front 34-31 at the end of three.

West Point-Beemer outscored the Wolverines 8-3 in the fourth quarter.

Hughes led all scorers with 15 points while Chase Streeter posted 9 points and 9 rebounds. Vander Griend added 9 points while Anderson notched 7 rebounds.

The Braves led the Cadets 15-12 after one. Battle Creek won the second quarter 12-9 to take a 27-21 lead into the locker room.

West Point-Beemer won the third quarter 10-9 to make it a 36-31 game at the end of three.

The Braves outlasted the Cadets 17-13 in the fourth quarter.

Austin Streeter had 17 points and 8 rebounds while Chase Streeter notched 15 points and 10 rebounds, good enough for a double-double.

The Warriors jumped out to a 14-6 lead after one. West Point-Beemer won the second quarter 14-8 to make it a 22-20 game at halftime.

The Cadets outscored Schuyler 7-3 in the third quarter to go up 27-25 after three.

The Warriors outlasted West Point-Beeemer 11-9 in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime tied at 36.

The Cadets outscored Schuyler 13-8 in the extra session.

Chase Streeter led West Point-Beemer with a game-high 15 points and 11 rebounds, good enough for a double-double, while Anderson totaled 11 points. Vander Griend chipped in 9 while Austin Streeter added 8.

Bobolz.

"Give credit to Schuyler they're definitely a team that they'll work it. We told them it's 10, 11, 12 passes a possession and they're going to work it until the shot they want. And give them credit because they kind of kept the game at their the pace, but we ultimately in overtime got it going a little bit more up and down and made the free throws down the stretch."

Bobolz's team made it to the free throw line 37 times.

"That was very key for us. 37 free throws. I don't know if I've seen us get to the line 37 times. That was a tremendous effort. And we maybe didn't quite shoot the percentage we wanted, but ultimately made them down the stretch and made them when it was really important, and really proud of the guys for just keeping attacking, and that was something we talked about pregame, and our guys did a good job of it."

West Point-Beemer (6-7) battles Tekamah-Herman (0-8) on the road Saturday.

The Tigers lost 65-30 at home to BRLD last Friday night.

It's no secret Tekamah-Herman has struggled to score and defend this season, and is low on numbers.

Schuyler didn't look very good coming in either from a record standpoint, but gave the Cadets all they could handle, so West Point-Beemer has to be ready to go and can't take the Tigers lightly or for granted.

The Cadets have played what I think is some of their best basketball of the season lately as West Point-Beemer has won two out of their last three.

I think the Cadets have a good chance to make it three out of four by knocking off Tekamah-Herman.

West Point-Beemer really needs to win this game big with Twin River and Logan View/Scribner-Snyder coming up next week.

The Cadets need to look impressive to give themselves the belief and confidence necessary to knock off the Titans and Raiders.

It all starts on the defensive end for West Point-Beemer, and so the Cadets must play tough, in your face, aggressive defense.

West Point-Beemer has to contest shots, box out, fight for loose balls, and be the tougher team.

There's no reason why the Cadets shouldn't win big over the Tigers.

A win would get West Point-Beemer to .500, and I think that would be pretty respectable at this point in the season given the fact the Cadets have no seniors.

West Point-Beemer needs to keep improving and taking steps forward, and a win over Tekamah-Herman would be another positive step in the right direction for the Cadets I would say.

West Point-Beemer has to be focused solely on the Tigers, and can't be looking beyond Saturday's game.













The West Point-Beemer Girls are also 2-2 in their last four games, defeating Wisner-Pilger 40-28 on the road last Friday night, losing 62-51 at home to BRLD on Saturday, falling 60-38 at Battle Creek Tuesday night, and winning 61-12 at home over Schuyler Thursday night.

West Point-Beemer blanked Wisner-Pilger 5-0 in the first quarter. The Cadets outscored the Gators 14-2 in the second quarter to take a 19-2 lead into the locker room. Wisner-Pilger was held without a first half field goal.

The Gators won the third quarter 13-10 to make it a 29-15 game at the end of three.

Wisner-Pilger outlasted West Point-Beemer 13-11 in the fourth quarter.

The Cadets were led by Brittney Hinkel, who had 11 points. Andrea Hoffman added 8 while Katie Pilakowski totaled 7. Bethany Anderson and Nicole Mitzel registered 10 and 9 rebounds, respectively.

Head Coach Craig Theis.

"We felt good about it, but once again it's that uncomfortable where we go into the halftime and I said don't be content. And we missed a lot of shots that first half defensively was really good. They missed a lot of shots. One of those conference games that's just pretty ugly to start there, and we built a nice little lead there. And I said at halftime I was coming out talking to my assistant coach I said man they hit a three or two to start the half I get real nervous, and boom I think the Batenhorst girl hits a three, and then the Meyer girl hit two really tough threes, and the thing got under 10, but man they made us really uncomfortable there."

Both the Wolverines and Cadets scored 13 points in the first quarter. BRLD outscored West Point-Beemer 21-12 in the second quarter to take a 34-25 lead into the locker room.

The Wolverines outscored the Cadets 18-11 in the third quarter to go up 52-36 after three.

West Point-Beemer outlasted BRLD 15-10 in the fourth quarter.

Anderson led had a team-high 15 points and 14 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Brooke Haase added 9 points and 8 rebounds while Hoffman totaled 7 points.

The Braves led the Cadets 12-10 after one. Battle Creek outscored West Point-Beemer 19-7 in the second quarter to take a 31-17 lead into the locker room.

The Cadets won the third quarter 11-8 to make it a 39-28 game at the end of three.

Battle Creek outlasted West Point-Beemer 21-10 in the fourth quarter.

Hinkel led the way with 10 points and 9 rebounds while Anderson notched 10 points. Makenna Weddle added 9 while Haase chipped in 8 rebounds.

The Cadets led the Warriors 18-4 at the end of one. West Point-Beemer outscored the Warriors 19-5 in the second quarter to go up 37-9 at halftime.

The Cadets outlasted Schuyler 15-3 in the third quarter to lead 52-12 after three.

West Point-Beemer blanked the Warriors 9-0 in the fourth quarter.

Hinkel had a game-high 16 points and 9 rebounds for the Cadets while Anderson and Hoffman totaled 10 points apiece. Weddle chipped in 8.

Theis.

"Yeah this was a good one to feel good about. Kind of lacking some confidence after the last few games, but came out in our home crowd here and got after it. It was nice to see, really nice to see."

Theis's girls blanked the Warriors 9 to nothing in the fourth quarter.

"You want great defense to lead to easy offense, and we got that. We got a lot of run outs, a lot of steals for lay ups. And just looking at our scorebook great scoring. Three girls in double digits I believe."

The Cadets (4-10) take on Tekamah-Herman (1-10) on the road Saturday.

The Tigers lost 61-35 at home to BRLD last Friday night.

Tekamah-Herman has had a tough year sort of like West Point-Beemer.

This is a game between two teams who I feel are better than their records.

The Cadets are starting to come along while the Tigers still have some work to do I would say.

I think West Point-Beemer has a good chance to win, and pick up their 5th win of the season.

I feel the Cadets have played their best basketball of the season lately and are starting to figure things out some.

I expect Tekamah-Herman to be tough and for this to be a close game though. I don't think West Point-Beemer will have an easy time by any means.

Anderson has to be tough on the inside, and the Cadets' guards have to be able to handle defensive pressure and pressure the ball themselves.

The Tigers have the advantage in age as Tekamah-Herman is more of a senior laden team than West Point-Beemer, but both of these teams have about the same amount of varsity experience.

As better than their record as I feel the Tigers are, a loss to them would hurt the Cadets big time I feel.

I think a loss would be an emotional letdown in a way, and would be a tough setback for West Point-Beemer.

I really think the Cadets need to win Saturday to give themselves a chance at home against Twin River next Friday.

If West Point-Beemer can knock off Tekamah-Herman the stage would be set for Friday.
Stanton Boys 1-2 in last three games; Girls 3-0 in same stretch
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The Stanton Boys are 1-2 in their last three games, losing 61-59 at home to Oakland-Craig on a last second shot Friday night, and 59-29 at Logan View/Scribner-Snyder on Saturday, before topping Plainview 82-63 on the road Tuesday night.

The Mustangs led the Knights 14-13 after one. Stanton won the second quarter 19-16 to take a 33-29 lead into the locker room.

Oakland-Craig outscored the Mustangs 19-15 in the third quarter to tie the game at 48 at the end of three.

The Knights outlasted Stanton 13-11 in the fourth quarter.

Myles Nickolite led the way with a game-high of 36 points and 10 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Trey Erbst added 9 points.

The Raiders doubled up the Mustangs 16-8 in the first quarter. Logan View/Scribner-Snyder outscored Stanton 19-8 in the second quarter to take a 35-16 lead into the locker room.

The Raiders outlasted the Mustangs 18-4 in the third quarter to lead 53-20 after three.

Stanton won the fourth quarter 9-6.

Erbst led the way with 8 points while Nickolite totaled 7.

The Mustangs held a 22-17 lead on the Pirates at the end of one. Stanton won the second quarter 15-10 to take a 37-27 lead into the locker room.

Both teams scored 18 points in the third quarter, and the score after three was 55-45 in favor of the Mustangs.

Stanton outscored Plainview 27-18 in the fourth quarter.

Nickolite poured in 26 points while Erbst notched 17. Broderick Sieh totaled 12 while Hunter Stallbaum chipped in 11.

I think the Mustangs showed what type of team they can be with their play against Oakland-Craig and Plainview. I'm willing to bet the buzzer beater on Friday kind of led to Stanton being a little down and out of it on Saturday.

The Mustangs (3-9) host Boone Central/Newman Grove (6-5) Friday night.

The Cardinals lost 68-65 at Wayne in overtime on Saturday.

This is another tough team on the schedule and another chance for Stanton to step up, make a statement, and pick up a win.

The Mustangs need the kind of scoring they got on Tuesday every time they take the floor.

Sieh and Stallbaum in particular have been MIA for the most part this season, but perhaps the way they got things going offensively on Tuesday will lead to big things the rest of the season.

The game being in Stanton should help the Mustangs out quite a bit I would say.

Stanton came so close to getting the job done against the Knights the last time they were at home so perhaps the Mustangs can get the job done this time around.

Stanton has another tough game at Wakefield on Saturday so if the Mustangs could find a way to pick up two wins this weekend it would be absolutely huge.

The slate isn't easy for Stanton through the East Husker Conference Tournament, but if the Mustangs could pick up a couple off wins this weekend it could make all the difference in Stanton's play down the stretch, in my opinion.

It's simply a matter of the Mustangs becoming more consistent and playing better basketball.

Stanton has to find a way to get over the hump, and get their season on track.

If the Mustangs can't get things going by the time the East Husker Conference Tournament rolls around they should pick up a few wins after that to end the regular season, but at the time it might be too little too late for Stanton.

The Mustangs have to play with a sense of urgency and purpose this weekend.

Stanton has to play as if their season is on the line because at some point it will end not in a way the Mustangs had hoped for if they don't start playing better.

If Stanton wants to be a factor in their sub-district, and not be a bunny bracket game participant, they need to get things going.

I think the Mustangs have made strides in recent games so we'll see what Stanton can do this weekend.













The Stanton Girls are 3-0 in their last three games, downing Oakland-Craig 46-32 at home Friday night, Logan View/Scribner-Snyder 49-26 on the road Saturday, and Plainview 51-18 on the road Tuesday night.

The Mustangs led the Knights 9-5 at the end of one. Stanton outscored Oakland-Craig 14-2 in the second quarter to take a 23-7 lead into the locker room.

The Knights tripled up the Mustangs 18-6 in the third quarter to make it a 29-25 game at the end of three.

Stanton outlasted Oakland-Craig 17-7 in the fourth quarter.

MacKenzie Brandl led the way with 12 points while Bree Burtwhistle totaled 11. Hannah Heppner added a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds while Jessie Brandl notched 9 points.

The Mustangs blanked the Raiders 10-0 in the first quarter. Stanton won the second quarter 15-10 to lead 25-10 at halftime.

Both teams scored 9 points in the third quarter, and the score after three was 34-19 in favor of the Mustangs.

Stanton outscored Logan View/Scribner-Snyder 15-7 in the fourth quarter.

Jessie Brandl totaled 15 points while Heppner contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds for another double-double. MacKenzie Brandl pitched in 9 rebounds.

The Mustangs jumped out to a 19-1 lead on the Pirates at the end of one. Stanton quadrupled up Plainview 16-4 in the second quarter to go up 35-5 at halftime,

The Mustangs outlasted the Pirates 16-6 in the third quarter to lead 51-11 at the end of three.

Plainview shutout Stanton 7-0 in the fourth quarter.

MacKenzie Brandl led the way with 17 points while Jessie Brandl and Jaiden Hartl posted 15 and 9, respectively.

The Mustangs have continued to play great basketball. Stanton has to be looked at as a top contender in C-2.

The Mustangs (11-1) host Boone Central/Newman Grove (6-5) Friday night.

The Cardinals lost 56-47 at Wayne on Saturday.

BC/NG is a decent team, but Stanton should have no trouble winning.

The Mustangs have been very good defensively all season long, and their offense has done enough to win games.

I don't expect Stanton to blow the Cardinals out, but the Mustangs should come out on the winning side of things when it's all said and done.

Stanton has two tough road games at BRLD and Twin River before the East Husker Conference Tournament so the Mustangs want to keep playing well and build momentum prior to those games.

I think Stanton is a very good team, but I think the Mustangs' best basketball is ahead of them.

If Stanton can become a more effective offensive ball club they could be even better than they already are.

The Mustangs are a great defensive team, but I think there is room for improvement from an offensive standpoint.

Stanton is already doing wonderful and great things this season, but if their offense could start clicking on all cylinders, the Mustangs could legitimately beat a Crofton or whoever else to win a state title, in my opinion.

Stanton is already one of the top teams in C-2, but I think they will need better offensive play down the line to beat some of the tough teams left on their schedule and any quality teams they see in the postseason.

The Mustangs have a great thing going right now, and need to keep things going.

I think Stanton is in shape to do just that, and continue to build upon their already impressive record.

The Mustangs have come so far since the start of last season, and are a much improved team from last year, in my opinion, as I feel Stanton has been more consistent and prepared this year.

With this said, I don't see the Mustangs losing prior to their games with the Wolverines and Titans.
Tekamah-Herman Boys lose to BRLD; Girls fall to Fort Calhoun and BRLD
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The Tekamah-Herman Boys lost 65-30 at home to BRLD Friday night.

The Wolverines doubled up the Tigers 16-8 in the first quarter. BRLD outscored Tekamah-Herman 16-6 in the second quarter to take a 32-14 lead into the locker room.

The Wolverines won the third quarter 12-8 to lead 44-22 at the end of three.

BRLD outlasted the Tigers 21-8 in the fourth quarter.

It was simply another difficult game for Tekamah-Herman.

The Tigers (0-8) take on Madison (4-7) on the road Friday night.

The Dragons have dropped four in a row, losing 58-39 at home to Logan View/Scribner-Snyder last time out.

Despite Madison's losing streak, I still think Tekamah-Herman is going to have a tough time beating the Dragons.

Madison has lost to some good teams during their losing streak, and has lost to nothing but quality teams this season.

I think the game will be close though as the Dragons lost 70-57 at Clarkson/Leigh, and I feel the Tigers are about equal to or a little bit better than the Patriots.

I think this is one of Tekamah-Herman's best chances at a win this season.

Not much has gone the Tigers' way this season, but perhaps Tekamah-Herman can play well and take some positives away from Friday night's game.

The Tigers have West Point-Beemer at home on Saturday, another game that I feel can be a building block for Tekamah-Herman, so these boys have to work hard and keep their heads up and continue to get better.

I really think at least a few wins are going to come the Tigers' way yet this season. As long as Tekamah-Herman maintains a positive attitude and continues to get better, good things should come their way eventually.

I think this weekend is a chance for the Tigers to grow and improve, and perhaps pick up a win or two.

A win or two would be great for this team, but I think competing and keeping things close would be a good, positive step in the right direction if winning doesn't happen.

As many know, Tekamah-Herman is low on numbers, so it's imperative the Tigers stay out of foul trouble and sub in guys the best they can.

This is an important weekend for Tekamah-Herman, in my opinion, so the Tigers need to do their best to take steps in the right direction and play at a high level.

Scoring more points and giving up fewer points would be a start.
















The Tekamah-Herman Girls lost 53-39 at Fort Calhoun last Thursday night, and 61-35 at home to BRLD Friday night.

The Tigers kept things close early against the Pioneers as the Pioneers led just 11-10 after one. Fort Calhoun won the second quarter 14-11 to take a 25-21 lead into the locker room.

The Pioneers outscored Tekamah-Herman 14-11 in the third quarter to go up 39-32 at the end of three.

Fort Calhoun doubled up the Tigers 14-7 in the fourth quarter.

Jess Fleischman led all scorers with 26 points.

Head Coach Scott Guzinski.

"We never gave up. And I think my favorite thing about it was that we put together a game plan, and we stuck to the game plan. We knew number 11 was a shooter. And she only made two 3's in the game. But we held to two points, three points in the first half. We knew 22 was going to drive. We knew 20 was going to go over her right shoulder every time. And our kids did what I asked them to do, but again we just didn't score enough there in the second half to finish the job."

Guzinski on Jessica's performance.

"Yeah she did a good job. I think she had 8 rebounds too. She's been our leading scorer for the last couple of years. And the game plan is to get her the ball and to get Marin (Jetensky) the ball, those are our two scorers. And then we've got to get something out of the rest of our team. But she did a good job considering the Marshall girl inside, she's good. I mean and she's tall and she's very athletic. So to get around her, to get over her, was difficult. And Jessica did a good job. I'm proud of the way that she played."

Guzinski's team made it a game trailing by just one point at the end of one quarter.

"We've had trouble scoring all year, and we had one little lull there at the end of the third quarter, beginning of the fourth quarter, where we didn't score, and they kept scoring. All year when we've gotten behind we had a hard time catching up. So I think part of that had to do with some of the foul trouble we were in."

The Tigers led the Wolverines 9-6 at the end of one. BRLD outscored Tekamah-Herman 15-4 in the second quarter to take a 21-13 lead into the locker room.

The Wolverines won the third quarter 19-13 to go up 40-26 at the end of three.

BRLD outlasted the Tigers 21-9 in the fourth quarter.

Tekamah-Herman just really struggles to score and defend.

The Tigers (1-10) take on Madison (2-11) on the road Friday night.

The Dragons lost 43-29 at home to Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Tuesday night.

Despite Tekamah-Herman's record, I think the Tigers should be able to win this game pretty easily.

I look for Fleischman, Jetensky, Carson Cameron, and others to have solid and good games for Tekamah-Herman.

The Tigers have been working hard all year, and I feel Tekamah-Herman is a better team than what their record shows.

I think the Tigers have a chance to pick up a couple of wins this weekend as Tekamah-Herman has West Point-Beemer at home on Saturday.

The Cadets have come on a bit lately though so I don't expect that to be an easy game for the Tigers whatsoever.

Given how Tekamah-Herman's season has gone no game is easy and a sure thing I would say.

The Tigers have to come out and play well in both games, and play like their season is on the line, because Tekamah-Herman desperately needs to get things going before it's too late.

I would of never thought the Tigers would be 1-10 at this point, but Tekamah-Herman is without a key girl that was expected to contribute greatly so I'm sure the Tigers would be better with her.

With that said, Tekamah-Herman just has to figure out a way to be good and competitive with who they have.

Often times teams are dealt a tough hand or given a tough schedule, and in a lot of ways that's the case with the Tigers.

Tekamah-Herman has faced and lost to some tough teams, but at the same time has lost to a few teams they could of easily beaten, in my opinion.

The Tigers just have to overcome this adversity that has hit them and find ways to win this weekend.

Tekamah-Herman has a tough week next week so the Tigers desperately need to pick up a couple of wins this weekend to help themselves out next week.

Tekamah-Herman could really do themselves a favor by beating the Dragons and Cadets.
BRLD Boys and Girls 2-1 in last three games
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The BRLD Boys are 2-1 in their last three games, downing Tekamah-Herman 65-30 on the road Friday night, falling 39-37 at West Point-Beemer on Saturday, and defeating Howells-Dodge 55-49 on the road Monday night.

The Wolverines doubled up the Tigers 16-8 in the first quarter. BRLD outscored Tekamah-Herman 16-6 in the second quarter to take a 32-14 lead into the locker room.

The Wolverines won the third quarter 12-8 to lead 44-22 at the end of three.

BRLD outlasted the Tigers 21-8 in the fourth quarter.

Kenyan Lovejoy had a team-high 11 points while Montana Riecken notched 10. Hunter Ferguson and Aaron Ras totaled 8 apiece.

The Cadets led the Wolverines 16-12 after one. West Point-Beemer won the second quarter 11-10 to go up 27-22 at halftime.

BRLD tripled up the Cadets 12-4 in the third quarter to go in front 34-31 at the end of three.

West Point-Beemer outscored the Wolverines 8-3 in the fourth quarter.

Riecken had 7 rebounds.

Howells-Dodge led BRLD 17-15 at the end of the first. Both teams scored 13 points in the second quarter, and the Jaguars led 30-28 at halftime.

Howells-Dodge won the third quarter 13-11 to go up 43-39 after three.

The Wolverines outlasted the Jaguars 16-6 in the fourth quarter.

Lovejoy and Trent Gatewood registered 14 points apiece while Riecken and Cole Christofferson totaled 9 and 8, respectively. Ras added 7.

I think BRLD has played good basketball as of late although I must say I'm pretty surprised the Wolverines lost on Saturday.

BRLD (8-3) takes on Oakland-Craig (10-3) on the road Friday night.

The Knights lost 90-69 at Winnebago on Saturday. The loss snapped a 10-game winning streak for Oakland-Craig.

The Knights are a very good team and are much improved from last season. I think Oakland-Craig has proven they are a contender and the real deal, and will be tough for the Wolverines to handle, in my opinion.

This game is intriguing and interesting because it's a game being coached by brothers. BRLD is coached by Cory Meyer and Oakland-Craig is coached by Aaron Meyer.

This is a big game for both teams, and I'm sure both teams really want to pick up a win.

The Wolverines have such great depth, and that should help them tremendously in this game, although I believe the Knights are pretty deep themselves.

I think Oakland-Craig's offense is a bit more dynamic than BRLD's, but I think the Wolverines' defense might be consistently better.

I think this game comes down to offense for BRLD though. The Wolverines can't afford to have the type of game they had against the Cadets from an offensive standpoint.

If BRLD scores the way they did against Tekamah-Herman and Howells-Dodge they could be okay.

The Wolverines really need to clamp down defensively as well though. There isn't a player the Knights will put on the floor that isn't a threat to score I would say.

Oakland-Craig is a complete team, and will no doubt be hungry for a win given what happened against the Indians.

With that said, I'm sure BRLD wants to win this game in a big way too so I expect an even and close matchup.

I think this game could very well come down to free throws and execution, Moving without the ball will be important for both offenses, and setting good, hard picks will be important as well I would say.

The Wolverines have to work hard and do things the right way. If they do that they should be fine.

















The BRLD Girls are also 2-1 in their last three games, downing Tekamah-Herman 61-35 on the road Friday night, and West Point-Beemer 62-51 on the road Saturday, before losing 63-47 at Howells-Dodge Monday night.

The Tigers led the Wolverines 9-6 at the end of one. BRLD outscored Tekamah-Herman 15-4 in the second quarter to take a 21-13 lead into the locker room.

The Wolverines won the third quarter 19-13 to go up 40-26 at the end of three.

BRLD outlasted the Tigers 21-9 in the fourth quarter.

Kelly Wakeley led the way with 19 points while Vicki Gatzemeyer totaled 12. Lexie Bacon added 9 while Tess Nottleman registered 8. Tiahna Bonneau chipped in 8 rebounds.

Both the Wolverines and Cadets scored 13 points in the first quarter. BRLD outscored West Point-Beemer 21-12 in the second quarter to take a 34-25 lead into the locker room.

The Wolverines outscored the Cadets 18-11 in the third quarter to go up 52-36 after three.

West Point-Beemer outlasted BRLD 15-10 in the fourth quarter.

Bacon had a game-high 17 points while Wakeley and Gatzemeyer recorded 13 and 11, respectively. Paige Peters totaled 10 rebounds.

The Jaguars jumped out to a 21-11 lead on BRLD at the end of one. The Wolverines outscored Howells-Dodge 20-12 in the second quarter to make it a 33-31 game at halftime.

The Jaguars won the third quarter 11-9 to go up 44-40 at the end of three.

Howells-Dodge outlasted BRLD 19-7 in the fourth quarter.

Gatzemeyer had a team-high 15 points while Bacon notched 8.

I think the Wolverines have played respectable basketball as of late. The Jaguars are a really good team so I can see how BRLD lost to them the way they did.

The Wolverines (9-3) battle Oakland-Craig (8-4) on the road Friday night.

The Knights won 78-39 at Winnebago on Saturday.

Oakland-Craig is a pretty good team that is led by the likes of Dacey Nelson, Shannon Pille, Kennedy Benne, and Emmy Bousquet.

Those four really do damage and make the Knights go so BRLD has to be aware of their presence at all times.

The Wolverines have some girls that can play too though.

Wakeley, Gatzemeyer, Nottleman, Bacon, Peters, Bonneau, and others need to have big games on offense and defense for BRLD.

I think the Wolverines might have more of an explosive offense, but I feel the Knights are a stronger team defensively.

This is going to be a difficult game for BRLD, especially since it's on the road, but there's no doubt the Wolverines can win and get the job done.

I look for both teams to fly up and down the floor, and really get after one another.

It should be a great game. I feel the game can go either way.

BRLD has to be disciplined on offense and defense. The Wolverines have to try and get out and run, and be unselfish in terms of passing the ball.

BRLD has to keep their poise, and not pick up any cheap or unnecessary fouls.

The Wolverines have to turn in the best performance they can, and see if that's good enough to pick up a win.

This game is really tough to call or predict in terms of who is going to win, but I think BRLD has a good shot to get the job done.

It would be a big deal for the Wolverines to pick up wins 10 and 11 this weekend, in my opinion.

BRLD has Mead at home on Saturday, and shouldn't have much trouble there.
GACC Boys and Girls down Clarkson/Leigh
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The GACC Boys won 61-27 at home over Clarkson/Leigh on Saturday.

The Bluejays led the Patriots 16-12 after one. GACC outscored Clarkson/Leigh 13-5 in the second quarter to take a 29-17 lead into the locker room.

The Bluejays won the third quarter 22-8 to go up 51-25 after three.

GACC outlasted the Patriots 10-2 in the fourth quarter.

The Bluejays played great basketball on Saturday. This was a nice win for GACC.

The Bluejays (6-5) take on Wayne (10-3) on the road Friday night.

The Blue Devils have won six in a row, including a 77-57 win at Laurel-Concord-Coleridge Tuesday night.

Both teams beat Wisner-Pilger by 20 so this should be a great game between two teams who are on a roll.

I look at this game the way I looked at the Logan View/Scribner-Snyder/Wayne game. I thought the Raiders had a chance going into that game, but I wasn't sure if they were going to win.

That's kind of how I feel about this game too. I think the Bluejays have a good shot to win, but Wayne has been playing really good as of late too, and they are at home so that makes for a difficult contest.

I feel better about GACC's chances on Friday than I did about LVSS's chances last month though. So perhaps the Bluejays will become the 2nd Sports Booster team to beat the Blue Devils on their home floor, we shall see.

GACC takes on Boone Central/Newman Grove on Saturday, and the Cardinals have lost four in a row and five out of their last six.

So I like the Bluejays' chances in that game too, although the majority of BC/NG's recent losses have been close and to tough teams.

We will truly find out how good the Bluejays are this weekend and how much progress they have made.

These two games this weekend and really tough tests for GACC, but I feel the Bluejays can play well both nights and win both games.

Kobe Slaughter, Cole Kreikemeier, Andrew Guenther, Landon Stalp, Mitch Haas, and others need to rise to the occasion and play well for GACC.

The Bluejays have to be pumped and excited for this weekend's games. These are the types of games you live and die for. These types of games are why you practice and work so hard during the offseason.

Saturday's game at Boone Central/Newman Grove can be heard on 107.9 the Bull after the Girls game, which is set to start at 4:45 p.m.

















The GACC Girls won 50-30 at home over Clarkson/Leigh on Saturday.

The Bluejays jumped out to a 9-7 lead after one. GACC outscored the Patriots 13-5 in the second quarter to take a 22-12 lead into the locker room.

The Bluejays outlasted Clarkson/Leigh 13-5 in the third quarter to go up 35-17 at the end of three.

GACC won the fourth quarter 15-13.

I thought the Bluejays played pretty good basketball against the Patriots for the most part. The middle quarters treated GACC really well.

The Bluejays (9-1) take on Winnebago (4-10) on the road Thursday night.

The Indians lost 78-39 at home to Oakland-Craig on Saturday, and have really struggled in their last two games,

I don't know if Winnebago lost a key player or two to injury, but the Indians really struggled in their last two games.

If Winnebago plays the way they did against Oakland-Craig and Laurel-Concord-Coleridge then I say GACC takes this one big.

But if the Indians play the way they did earlier in the season then I think this game has a chance to be closer than some might think.

Regardless of how Winnebago plays though I don't see the Bluejays having much trouble at all.

This should be at least a 30-40 point win for GACC.

The Indians have lost by big margins to the good teams on their schedule, and I look for that trend to continue Thursday night.

The Bluejays have what appears to be a tougher game at Boone Central/Newman Grove on Saturday although GACC should be able to win that game too.

When it's all said and done the Bluejays should be 11-1 heading into Tuesday's game at Battle Creek.

These next four games will definitely challenge and prepare GACC for the future though. 

The Bluejays have four games in a row on the road so GACC will definitely be battle tested when it's all said and done.

The toughest part of the Bluejays' schedule is still after this four-game road stretch, but these next four games figure to challenge GACC's mental toughness at the very least.

And it all starts with taking care of business at Winnebago on Thursday. The Bluejays need to build a big lead to get younger players and backups playing time and experience, and to rest starters for Saturday.

Saturday's game at Boone Central/Newman Grove can be heard on 107.9 the Bull beginning at 4:45 p.m.