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BRLD Boys win C-2 State Championship
2019-03-12T06:33













Two conference opponents squared off for the third time this season when Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur and Howells-Dodge met in the opening round of the Class C2 boys state basketball tournament at Northeast High School on Thursday, as heard on 107.9 The Bull.

BRLD got off to a hot start, taking a 19-9 lead after the first quarter.

Howells-Dodge scored 15 points in the second quarter, cutting their deficit to six points. BRLD led 30-24 at the half.

The Jaguars hit a three pointer on their first offensive possession of the third quarter to cut it to 30-27, but the Wolverines went on to score 18 points in the quarter, leading Howells-Dodge 48-33 after three.

The fourth quarter was high scoring for both teams, and Howells-Dodge made one last run, but BRLD was able to pull away for the 70-51 win.

Dylan Beutler had 21 points for BRLD. Lucas Vogt added 18, with Will Gatzemeyer and Jaxon Johnson each scoring 10.


A combined record of 49-3 was on hand when Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur met Centennial in the Class C2 boys state basketball semifinals at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Friday, as heard on the Bull.

BRLD hit five three-pointers in the first quarter, including three from Darwin Snyder, and the Wolverines led 17-9 after one.

The Broncos responded in the second by connecting on a trio of their own three-pointers, and outscored BRLD 9-8. But the Wolverines still led 25-18 at halftime.

BRLD completely took the game over in the second half, holding Centennial scoreless in the third quarter, while scoring a dozen points of their own.

In fact, Centennial went over 14 minutes without scoring a point, starting with 4:27 left in the second quarter, and ending midway through the fourth. The Broncos didn’t score their first shot from the field in the second half until 3:23 left in the game.

BRLD added 17 points in the fourth compared to 7 for Centennial, and the Wolverines won 54-25.

Vogt had 18 points for the Wolverines.


Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur continued their impressive state tournament run, defeating Yutan 54-42 for the Class C2 boys state basketball championship Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena in action heard on 107.9 The Bull.

BRLD led from start to finish, taking a 14-8 lead at the end of the first quarter, and pulled to a 27-16 lead at halftime.

The lead grew to 14 points for the Wolverines, as they were ahead 38-24 after three quarters.

Shots started to fall for the Chieftains in the fourth quarter, and they were able to pull within 8 points, but BRLD pulled away to win.

Johnson led the Wolverines with 15 points, to go along with 13 from Gatzemeyer.

The Wolverines won their three state tournament games by a combined average of 20 points.

BRLD ends their impressive season at 27-1 overall, and as the champions of Class C2.

The title is the first state championship in any sport for Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur since the co-op began three years ago.

Head Coach Cory Meyer on his team. "They're not just a good group of athletes. They're great kids. And they're a lot of fun to be around. That makes this much more enjoyable."

Meyer adds being a state champion is an amazing feeling. "It's almost like having kids. You don't know what it's like until you have them. The same feeling. You don't know what it's like to be a state champion until you are, when it happens. I tell you what you can't really describe it it's an unbelievable feeling."

This is truly a great and amazing accomplishment for this team.

My good friend Keith Eriksen called it a few years ago, he said BRLD would be State Champs this year, and he was right.

Meyer says beating the Broncos the way they did was a combination of their defense and Centennial's cold shooting. "I would have to assume it's both. They're a really good shooting team. But they live and die by the 3-point line is what they do. And sometimes it helps, sometimes it hurts, and I think that game it really hurt. But we'd had a walk through that morning and we went through must of the stuff that they run, and our kids executed very well."

Meyer adds Yutan was a good matchup for his team. "We matched up very well. And they got I think that Timm kid, and we got Vogt and they were matched up together, and they were very similar, and they played ball together in the summer time, and they know each other very well."

Vogt finished with 14 points a game to lead the team in scoring while Beutler averaged 13 and Snyder and Johnson 10 apiece. Gatzemeyer averaged 9.

Johnson and Beutler each averaged 7 rebounds a game to lead the team in that category.

The Wolverines graduate just one senior in Nick Ronnfeldt.

Meyer says it was special for Ronnfeldt to be on the court at the end of the state championship game. "It was pretty cool. When we put him in there it was neat. Meeting Jaxon and they greeted about midcourt, and watching our fans and parents and everybody that came to support us stand and applaud. And it was really cool. I know it put a big smile on his face. And Nick's been a pretty big part of this team coming in and subbing for Jaxon."

I'm sure that's a moment Ronnfeldt will remember for the rest of his life.

Key returners include Beutler, Gatzemeyer, Vogt, Snyder, and Johnson.

Meyer says things look really good heading into the future. "I like our chances, I really do. You got to like Yutan's chances as well. They got their guys coming back too. It's yeah it's going to be really interesting. And I hope the kids are still hungry. And I know that's going to try and be another goal to try and get a repeat. And that's all we can do. And try to get these guys ready. Not only physically, but we got to get these kids prepped mentally everyday, and have them realize hey one state championship's great, but let's try and get two."

BRLD should enjoy this State Championship, but not be complacent, and get ready for next year when it's time.
North Bend Central Boys finish State Runner-Up
2019-03-12T06:04












North Bend Central opened the Class C1 boys basketball tournament against Adams Central at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Thursday, as heard on 107.9 The Bull.

Adams Central was held scoreless until the final 30 seconds of the first quarter, and NBC led 11-2 after the first.

The Patriots went on a run in the second, but the Tigers held a 19-15 lead at halftime.

Despite a pair of three pointers from NBC, Adams Central won the third quarter 15-12. The teams swapped leads a couple of times, however, NBC took a narrow 31-30 lead into the fourth.

There were more lead changes in the fourth, but NBC was able to make free throws down the stretch, and a late layup gave the Tigers a six point lead in the final seconds.

A foul was called with less than a second left in the game, giving Adams Central one last opportunity to score points.

In the end, the final score favored North Bend Central, 42-37.

Tanner Wietfeld had 16 points to lead NBC.


North Bend Central looked to play spoiler to Ogallala’s undefeated season when the two teams met in the semifinals of the boys Class C1 state basketball tournament Friday morning at Pinnacle Bank Arena, in action heard on the Bull.

Wietfeld scored 11 points in the first quarter, including a trio of three pointers, and the Tigers led 17-14 after the first.

The Tigers matched their point total in the second, thanks to a nine point quarter from John Emanuel, and NBC led 34-26 at halftime.

Ogallala went on a short run in the third quarter, but the Tigers still outscored them 13-12 in the period, taking a 47-38 lead after three.

NBC held the Indians to just six points in the fourth quarter, and the Tigers were able to pull away, winning the game 64-44.

Ogallala was previously undefeated at 27-0 heading into the game.

Wietfeld scored 26 to lead NBC, with Emanuel adding 14.


North Bend Central was aiming for its first boys state basketball title in school history when the faced Auburn for the C1 crown Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena, heard on the Bull.

Points were at a premium throughout the game, with Auburn leading 12-6 after the first, and 16-14 at halftime.

Both teams scored just four points in the third quarter, and the Bulldogs led 20-18 after three.

North Bend Central went on a short run in the fourth, taking a 27-24 lead.

Auburn tied the game at 27-27 before the Tigers got a late bucket to take a 29-27 lead.

The Bulldogs had the ball in the final seconds, and connected on a deep three-pointer to take a 30-29 lead with 1.4 seconds remaining.

NBC called a timeout to design a play, but their desperation heave missed, securing the 30-29 win for Auburn.

Wietfeld had 8 points for the Tigers, and Jaxon Wietfeld scored 7.

Head Coach Jon Baehr had this to say to his team following the heartbreaking loss. "I told them that the measure of a man isn't based on how many games they win or titles that they are associated with. The measure of a man is how you go about your life. While today may feel like falling short, it is truly a special moment that very few get to experience and that I was so very proud of them and honored to be part of it and to be their coach."

North Bend Central ends their season at 25-4 overall, and as the Class C1 State Runner-Up.

What a tremendous season for the Tigers.

North Bend Central won a game at state for the first time in school history and played in their first state championship game since 1926.

Baehr says the state championship game appearance is something everyone will always remember. "I think anytime you have a chance to be in the state final it is a big deal. That requires so much heart and dedication to make it there, doesn't matter if it was last year or 90 years ago. It was a special moment that I can say the team, our coaches, the community who supported us, our school anyone associated with our program will never forget."

This was certainly a very special ride and season for the seniors in particular.

The Tigers say goodbye to Emanuel, Tanner Wietfeld, Chase Ruzicka, Ben Rolenc, Cole Kluthe, and Zander Zietlow.

Baehr says this year's senior class accomplished a lot. "This group was a special group and I enjoyed coaching them so very much. They accomplished a lot things in their time. They won 88 games in their 4 years of high school. Very few groups can say they were part of that. They went to the state tournament twice, when before they started their career we had been there only twice in the previous 90 years. They are the first team in 90 plus years to win a game in the state tournament and then make it to the finals. However, the key part is they represented themselves, their families, our community, and our school in a classy way and I couldn't be more proud of them."

Baehr adds the seniors definitely left their mark on the program. "I think they continued to build upon the work of those that had come before them. They worked hard and did things the right way and I think that is what they will leave behind for our next group to work off of."

Baehr says this year's state run was truly special and memorable. "I think it was a tremendous experience for our kids. They have put in a lot of time over the off season and worked really hard this season and to have an opportunity to play in the state tournament and make a run for the title will be a memory that they can take with as an adult."

Key returners include Breckin Peters, Austin Endorf, and Jaxon Wietfeld.

I look for these three to be catalysts and step up and lead next year's team.

This was an amazing and fantastic season for the Tigers, and now all future teams can do is build upon it and try and win the whole thing.

Losing to a legendary Coach in Jim Weeks is nothing to hang your head about for sure no matter how much the loss hurts or stings right now.
Howells-Dodge Boys lose to BRLD in first round of State
2019-03-12T05:42













Two conference opponents squared off for the third time this season when Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur and Howells-Dodge met in the opening round of the Class C2 boys state basketball tournament at Northeast High School Thursday night, as heard on 107.9 The Bull.

BRLD got off to a hot start, taking a 19-9 lead after the first quarter.

Howells-Dodge scored 15 points in the second quarter, cutting their deficit to six points. BRLD led 30-24 at the half.

The Jaguars hit a three pointer on their first offensive possession of the third quarter to cut it to 30-27, but the Wolverines went on to score 18 points in the quarter, leading Howells-Dodge 48-33 after three.

The fourth quarter was high scoring for both teams, and Howells-Dodge made one last run, but BRLD was able to pull away for the 70-51 win.

Blake Sindelar had 23 points for Howells-Dodge, with Josh Brester and Luke Rocheford each adding 11.

Great effort from the Jaguars, I just thought the Wolverines were a step faster.

The Jaguars end their season at 18-10 overall.

It was definitely a huge and tremendous accomplishment for Howells-Dodge to make state in Head Coach Kevin Janata's first season. "Making it to state my first year in Howells-Dodge was certainly satisfying. As a coach, you always dream of a chance to coach in the state tournament, and to achieve that in my first year here was definitely unexpected. Watching this team on film and then working with them this summer, I knew we were talented and had a lot of potential, but you never know if that potential is going to materialize into a state appearance," Janata said.

I have to admit I didn't know if Howells-Dodge would be this good this fast. I knew the Jaguars had the potential, but they were a relatively young team this year.

Janata says the team hung in there and persevered when things got tough. "I couldn't be more proud of this group of kids and what they accomplished this year. At one point, this team was 3-3 and had lost 3 in a row and this season could have gone very differently at that point. The kids did a nice job of staying the course, buying into what the coaches were saying, and believing that they had the potential to be a state tournament team. To make it to state certainly makes the hard work that went into this season worth it."

The Jaguars say goodbye to seniors Josh Brester, Matt Cada, Kade Hegemann, Lane Hegemann, and Cole Stewart.

Janata says all the seniors were big contributors and helped lay a foundation for future success in the program. "This group of seniors was a very special class. They not only were great team leaders, but they bought into a new coaching philosophy and were able to learn a completely new offense in a short amount of time. We are definitely going to miss all 5 seniors who each contributed to the team in their own way. Josh Brester was our defensive specialist, our second leading scorer, and very capable of hitting big time shots. Lane Hegemann was our big enforcer inside, averaging over 7 rebounds a game and bringing toughness to our lineup. Matt Cada and Cole Stewart each came off the bench and gave our team very valuable minutes. And Kade Hegemann, although hurt during the football season and not able to play most of the season, showed up day in and day out, mentoring his teammates and showing how to successfully deal with the disappointment of injury."

Key returners include Charlie Dvorak, Rocheford, Sindelar, RJ Bayer, Darrin Pokorny, Austin Steffensmeier, and Logan Nelson.

Janata says the future is bright. "I am very excited for the future of the program. We have 3 starters returning, 3 role players that saw a lot of varsity time returning, and several other players who are in a position to step up and contribute on the varsity level. This team has seen the hard work and dedication it takes to compete at a high level and make it to state. I think we will have a highly motivated group with the goal of not only making it to state next year, but fighting for a chance to play at PBA."

This was a great season, and now the Jaguars have to build upon it and try and win a game or two at state next year.

That would certainly be a tremendous accomplishment and should be a goal heading into next year.
BRLD Boys knock off Hastings St. Cecilia in Sub-State to get back to State
2019-03-05T11:44














The BRLD Boys Basketball Team is heading back to State as the Wolverines won 48-41 over Hastings St. Cecilia in the C2-1 Sub-State Final from Columbus last Monday.

The Wolverines led 13-9 at the end of one before both teams scored 11 points in the 2nd quarter to make it a 24-20 game at halftime in favor of BRLD.

The Wolverines won the 3rd quarter 9-7 to extend their lead to 33-27 at the end of three.

BRLD won the 4th quarter 15-14.

Lucas Vogt and Darwin Snyder each had 13 points while Dylan Beutler totaled 9 points and 12 rebounds.

Scary game, especially for a 1/16 game, but the Bluehawks are always a tough out no matter their record.

The Wolverines (24-1) battle Howells-Dodge (18-9) in the first round of State Thursday night at Lincoln Northeast in action that can be heard on 107.9 the Bull.

The Jaguars upset Freeman 45-41 in overtime in the C2-4 Sub-State Final from Malcolm last Monday night in action aired on the Bull.

Howells-Dodge handed BRLD their only loss of the regular season, winning 61-51 at home over the Wolverines on December 14th.

BRLD came back and defeated the Jaguars 56-34 in the Howells-Dodge Holiday Tournament Championship Game on December 29th.

Head Coach Cory Meyer says the early season loss to the Jaguars was just the wake up call his team needed. "Right now I would say we're playing pretty good. The whole season wise we didn't start off the best, and to be honest with you it took that loss to Howells-Dodge to kind of wake us up a little bit, and realize that we weren't the Alpha Dog that some of the kids probably thought we were, and we just need to be humbled there, and get back into the grind, and just work on ourselves and fundamentals, and just get back to the realization that anything can happen on any given night, and you can't take anybody for granted."

This figures to be a tough opening State game for the Wolverines given the familiarity the two teams have with one another.

Meyer says it's a pretty even matchup. "We matchup very well as a team together. They got their bigs we got our bigs, they got their guards we got our guards. It's a pretty good overall matchup. And basketball is all about matchups, and we do, we match up very well together."

Basketball is a game of runs and momentum as well, and I feel whichever team can get on that big run throughout the course of the game stands the best chance of winning.

I think BRLD being at State last year and having that experience of the big gym atmosphere and everything like that really helps them.

With that said, the Jaguars have nothing to lose and may not be feeling the pressure whatsoever.

The Wolverines have to be on top of their game, because if they're not, an upset could definitely happen.

Centennial or Wakefield would be tough in the State Semifinals as well, but BRLD is more than capable of winning the whole ball of wax.

It will be interesting to see how things turn out.

Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. on the Bull.

The Semifinal game would be on Friday at 3:45 p.m. at the Devaney Center.

The C-2 State Championship Game is at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Howells-Dodge Boys beat LHNE, lose to Wakefield in Sub-Districts; upset Freeman in Sub-State
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A strong second half propelled Howells-Dodge past Lutheran High Northeast 64-44 in the C2-6 Sub-District Semifinals from Norfolk Catholic on Tuesday, February 19th.

The two teams played each just four days prior, with the Jaguars also winning that contest, 67-63.

The Eagles tied the first quarter score at 11-1 after a buzzer beating three points. The Jaguars went off for 17 points in the second quarter to lead 28-20 at the half.

A 36 point second half helped Howells-Dodge create separation and gain the win.

Lane Hegemann led three Howells-Dodge players in double figures with 18 points, 16 of them in the second half. Blake Sindelar added 15 points and RJ Bayer had 11.

Head Coach Kevin Janata. "We weren't really hitting our shots on Friday. We talked about how we wanted to push the ball, and I think we got some good transition points. And the main thing was talking on defense just doing the small fundamental things. I mean I feel like we gave up a lot of lay ups on Friday, and we did a nice job of protecting the basket and rebounding and talking on defense. Much better this time."

The Jaguars then lost 57-49 to Wakefield in the Sub-District Final on Thursday, February 21st.

Howells-Dodge led 12-9 after one before the Trojans won the 2nd quarter 14-13 to make it a 25-23 game at halftime in favor of the Jaguars.

Wakefield outscored Howells-Dodge 17-7 in the 3rd quarter to go up 40-32 at the end of three.

Both teams scored 17 points in the 4th quarter.

Howells-Dodge upset Freeman 45-41 in overtime in the C2-4 Sub-State Final from Malcolm in action aired on 107.9 the Bull on Monday, February 25th.

The Jaguars hit a layup just before the first buzzer to take a 10-5 lead after the first quarter, and then led 20-16 at halftime.

Freeman outscored Howells-Dodge in the third quarter, and the game was tied 27-27 after the third.

After a short run in the fourth, the Jaguars led at one time by eight points, the largest margin for either team in the game.

Howells-Dodge was up 36-33 late in the fourth when the Falcons hit a three pointer to tie the game at 36-36 at the end of regulation, sending the game into overtime.

Jaguars made 5 of 7 free throws in the extra period while outscoring the Falcons 9-5, and went on to claim the upset victory 45-41. Howells-Dodge was the #13 seed heading into the game while Freeman was the #4 seed.

“We already gave our end of season speech when we lost to Wakefield, we knew it was a long shot to get the wildcard, and I don’t think anybody wanted to feel that feeling again,” Janata said. “We just said at pregame you guys gotta go out there and you have to play with no fear, you just gotta leave it all on the line and have no regrets win, lose or draw at the end. Just know that you gave it everything you got.”

The Jaguars are making their first state tournament appearance since 2014.

Janata. "We're just lucky that we executed down the stretch when it came down to it. We had a little bit of a lead in the 4th quarter, and then credit Freeman....they battled their way back and tied it up at the end of regulation. And at that time you're just playing on adrenaline and whatever you got left, and the boys did a nice job of pulling through in the end."

Howells-Dodge (18-9) will play BRLD (24-1) in the first round of State on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at Lincoln Northeast in the 1/8 seed game in action that can be heard on the Bull.

The Wolverines won 48-41 over Hastings St. Cecilia in the C2-1 Sub-State Final from Columbus last Monday.

The Jaguars beat BRLD 61-51 at home on December 14th before losing 56-34 to the Wolverines on December 29th at the Howells-Dodge Holiday Tournament.

Janata on the matchup. "I know we've definitely improved since those games. Going in BRLD is a good team, and yeah we beat them before, but we know they beat us a couple days later. And they've also improved as a team as well."

It should be a heck of a game and matchup, and I can't wait to see how things turn out and transpire.

If there was ever a time for an 8 seed to knock off a 1 seed this would be it.

This is a tough bracket with Centennial and Wakefield waiting for a potential Semifinal matchup.

I'm sure Howells-Dodge would love another crack at the Trojans, but both teams have to win first.

It's a big deal for the Jaguars to be at State, but Howells-Dodge has to want to do something at state and can't be satisfied with just being there.

It's kind of unfortunate that two of our area teams have to meet in the first round, but it is what it is.

It's kind of exciting in a way because we are guaranteed to have someone in the State Semifinals.

I'm honestly looking forward to watching the game in person as it should be a lot of fun.

State is a great time nonetheless, and this is an experience these kids will remember for the rest of their lives.

It's something you dream about growing up in small town Nebraska, and now these kids have an opportunity to do something special.

8 seeds have won state before so the Jaguars need to dream and think big.

Howells-Dodge beat BRLD once, and that definitely has to help with confidence and everything.

The winner plays at the Devaney Center on Friday in the Semifinals at 3:45 p.m.

The C-2 State Championship game will be played at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
North Bend Central Boys beat Logan View/Scribner-Snyder in Sub-District Final, knock off Mitchell in Sub-State Final
2019-03-05T11:00














The North Bend Central Boys Basketball Team won 39-31 over Logan View/Scribner-Snyder in the C1-6 Sub-District Final from Oakland-Craig on Thursday, February 21st before downing Mitchell 64-51 in the C1-4 Sub-State Final from Lexington on Monday, February 25th.

The Raiders led 6-4 at the end of one before the Tigers doubled them up 16-8 in the 2nd quarter to take a 20-14 lead into the locker room.

North Bend Central doubled up LVSS 8-4 in the 3rd quarter to go up 28-18 at the end of three.

The Raiders won the 4th quarter 13-11.


North Bend Central led Mitchell 18-15 after one. NBC won the 2nd quarter 15-13 to take a 33-28 lead into the locker room.

North Bend Central outscored Mitchell 17-4 in the 3rd quarter to go up 50-32 at the end of three.

Mitchell won the 4th quarter 19-14.

Tanner Wietfeld had 21 points while John Emanuel posted 13.

Huge accomplishment for NBC to get back to state.

The Tigers (23-3) take on Adams Central (17-7) in the first round of State Thursday afternoon from the Devaney Center in action that can be heard on 107.9 the Bull.

The Patriots won 72-49 over Ashland-Greenwood in the C1-5 Sub-State Final Monday night.

Head Coach Jon Baehr says Adams Central is a really good team. "Coach Foster does a great job, and they got some really talented players. They got some guys that are really difficult to guard. They got some guys that can really play and really do some great things."

The two teams met in the first round of the 2016 State Tournament with the Patriots winning 53-43.

I feel this North Bend Central team is stronger than they were then, and I don't know if Adams Central is quite as good as they were that year.

Still though the Tigers lost by 10 to Seward whereas the Patriots fell to the Bluejays by 4.

North Bend Central also lost to GICC by 9 while Adams Central downed the Crusaders by 7.

Baehr says it will be key for his team to be on offensively in this tournament. "I think with our guys it's just about flow and playing the game the right way. And we got guys that are playing with a lot of confidence, so it will be important for us to kind of carry that on into the state tournament and make sure we're taking quality shots, and good shots. I think if we do that we'll make some and we'll just keep working on it."

I think the Tigers have a good shot to win this game.

And if they do, I wouldn't be surprised if North Bend Central made it to Championship Saturday.

Baehr has nothing but positive things to say about his team and the way they play the game. "Our guys play with a lot of confidence. They enjoy playing the game. They have a very team oriented attitude. And I think we're going to come out and we'll play really hard, and see where that leads us."

It should be a heck of a ball game, and I look forward to watching the game in person.

I will be at the Devaney Center cheering the Tigers on, and look forward to a great and fun filled state tournament.

It should be a lot of fun, and I hope North Bend Central comes out on top.

Tip-off is set for 3:45 p.m. on the Bull.

The Tigers would play at 10:45 a.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena in the Semifinals on Friday if they win Thursday.

The C-1 State Championship Game will be at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday at PBA.
Oakland-Craig Girls finish 3rd at State
2019-03-05T10:35













In just its second state tournament appearance in school history, the Oakland-Craig girls basketball team squared off with Ponca in the opening round of the C2 bracket at Lincoln Southwest High School on Thursday, as heard on 107.9 The Bull.

The Knights hit five three pointers in the first quarter, including three in a row to end the period, and took a 17-5 lead into the second.

Ponca came out strong in the second quarter, outscoring the Knights 15-14, but it was Oakland-Craig leading at halftime 31-20.

Ashley Denton connected on five shots from three point range in the first half for 15 points.

Ponca again came out strong in the third quarter and cut the deficit to just two points, but Oakland-Craig caught fire toward the end of the frame, thanks in part to Dacey Nelson scoring 14 points in the quarter. The Knights led 50-38 after three.

Ponca made one more run in the fourth, but Oakland-Craig was able to stay on top and pull away for the 59-47 victory.

Nelson ended up with 25 points on the game, to go along with 15 from Denton and 11 from Kennedy Benne.


Oakland-Craig lost an overtime thriller 72-68 to Hastings St. Cecilia in the semifinals of the Class C2 state tournament at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Action heard on 107.9 The Bull Friday.

The Knights jumped out to a 12-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.

HSC caught fire offensively in the second period, outscoring Oakland-Craig 20-10 in the frame, while taking a 30-22 lead into halftime.

The third quarter favored the Hawkettes as well, with HSC now leading 42-30 heading into the final quarter.

Oakland-Craig came to life in the final period, erupting for 27 points and even taking a lead for a short while.

HSC hit a three pointer with 9 seconds to go, giving them a 57-54 lead.

The Knights took the ball down to their end of the floor and called timeout with 3.6 seconds left in the game.

On the ensuing play, Dacey Nelson hit a three pointer as time expired to tie the game at 57-57, sending things into overtime.

Teams swapped leads a couple times early in the extra period, but HSC was able to make free throws when it counted, holding on for the 72-68 victory.

Nelson finished the game with 33 points for the Knights, including an 11-12 performance from the free throw line.

Benne went 15-18 from the foul line to finish with 15 points, and Jeannina Blahak added 12.

As a team, Oakland-Craig finished 30-37 from the charity stripe.


Oakland-Craig earned bronze, defeating Fillmore Central 68-60 in the third place game at Lincoln Southeast on Saturday morning.

The Knights led from start to finish, taking a 19-16 lead at the end of the first quarter, and a 33-32 lead into halftime.

Oakland-Craig continued its strong offensive performance in the second half, outscoring the Panthers 18-13 in the third quarter and 17-14 in the fourth quarter, on their way to the 68-60 victory.

The Knights were great again from the free throw line, converting on 25 of 30 attempts.

Nelson scored 31 points to lead Oakland-Craig, bringing her three day tournament total to 89 points. Benne added 13.

What a fantastic and amazing season for the Knights. Oakland-Craig certainly had a great run.

Oakland-Craig ends their 2018-2019 campaign with a 23-4 record and a third place finish.

Nelson received All-Tournament honors from both major Nebraska publications following her stellar performance at the girls state basketball tournament Feb. 28 – March 2. Nelson was named to the All-Class tournament team, as well as the Class C2 team for the Omaha World Herald. Nelson also received Class C2 honors for the Lincoln Journal Star.

What a ride it was for the team this year.

Nelson averaged 27 points on the season while Benne averaged 14 a game.

The St. Cecilia game was basically the state championship game, in my opinion.

The Knights say goodbye to Nelson, Denton, Grace Pille, Natalia McNeill, and Ellie Weitzenkamp.

This senior class accounted for so much for Oakland-Craig, helping lead the Knights to their first two State Tournament appearances in School History.

Oakland-Craig brings back a lot of talent though in Benne, Makenna Pearson, Blahak, Ashten Rennerfeldt, and Mya Guzinski.

This team can certainly be great again next year and make state for the 3rd time in the last 5 years, in my opinion.

I look for Benne to take on the type of scoring role she took on when Nelson was hurt last year.

The Knights will need to develop a second and third scoring option with the departure of Nelson and others though.

But from what I understand Oakland-Craig has some good talent coming up.

The Knights should sit back and enjoy this one for a little while, but be ready to get back to work when the time calls.

Oakland-Craig can't be complacent or satisfied with this season's success...the Knights have to want more next year.

It's going to take a lot of hard work in the offseason for Oakland-Craig to get back to state, but it can definitely happen.

This was the Knights' year though, and they certainly had a great and tremendous State Tournament showing.
North Bend Central Girls fall in overtime to Bishop Neumann in first round of State
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North Bend Central met #2 seeded Bishop Neumann in the first round of the girls Class C1 state basketball tournament at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Thursday.

The game was close throughout, with Neumann holding a slim 23-21 lead at halftime.

North Bend Central was held to nine points in the third quarter and found themselves trailing 35-30 heading into the fourth.

The Tigers turned the tide in the fourth, and held a two point lead with just over two minutes to play. The score ended up tied at 46-46 at the end of regulation.

Neumann held NBC to just two points in the extra period, and the Cavaliers won 52-48.

Sydney Emanuel led the Tigers with 13 points, while Megan Ortmeier and Cierra Kluthe each added 10.

Head Coach Aaron Sterup says the loss was a tough pill to swallow. "It was very disappointing because of the fact that we thought we had the game won. They made some nice plays down the stretch, but I thought we outplayed them. We were unlucky as much as anything. I would hope that a game like that would really be a motivator for next season."

North Bend Central ends its season at 19-8.

What a great run for the Tigers this year. I don't know if many outside the program expected North Bend Central to do what they did and make the kind of run they did.

This team put things together at the right time and really did some nice things.

Sterup says his team persevered and reached their potential. "I think we knew the entire time we had a lot of talent and ability. It just took us some time to gain some confidence and learn how to play basketball the way we had to to be successful. Once we figured out our roles and what worked for us, I knew we would be tough to beat. The girls worked very hard. After losses, they came ready to improve. After wins, they came in the same way. They are a good group that wants to be successful and is willing to work to make that happen."

North Bend Central says goodbye to Faith Taylor, Kendra Lorence, and Cami Faltin.

Next year should be a really good year with the likes of Lauren Emanuel, Ortmeier, Sydney Emanuel, Kluthe, Ashley Humlicek, and Abby Post among those returning.

Sterup says the team is anxious for next year to begin. "Well, we can certainly use a bit of a break, but I am sure we will all be biting at the bit to get going much sooner than November. It should make for an exciting 8 months getting ready for the challenge."

I think the Tigers can make a big state run next year if everything falls into place.

This team could of easily made the State Semifinals or farther with the right matchup.

I think North Bend Central proved how great of a team they are this season.

The Sub-State format really helped the Tigers although NBC won their way through the postseason anyways.

I think the loss to the Cavaliers is something the Tigers can use as motivation to get even better next season.

There's no doubt North Bend Central can be a great team next year with the potential to win a State Title.

The Tigers have a lot of key pieces back next year and should be a huge force to be reckoned with once again next season.

I look for North Bend Central to have a huge offseason and comeback even stronger next year than they were this year.
West Point-Beemer Girls fall to Lincoln Christian at State
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The West Point-Beemer girls basketball team took the trip to Lincoln for their first ever state tournament appearance on Thursday, meeting Lincoln Christian at the Bob Devaney Sports Center, in Class C1 action heard on 107.9 The Bull.

Sierra Kile hit a pair of three pointers in the first quarter, but the Crusader still led 13-6 at the end of the frame.

The Cadets were again held to single digit scoring in the second quarter, and Lincoln Christian took a 29-14 lead into halftime.

West Point-Beemer had its best quarter of the game in the third, thanks to three points buckets by Kile, Rachel Groth and Sidney Swanson, but the Crusaders still led by 10 and 47-37 heading into the fourth.

Swanson added six more points in the final period, but Lincoln Christian was able to keep the Cadets at bay, winning the game 46-35.

“I know that Coach Orduna really had a great game plan, he knew that we had some outside shooters so he had the guards go out and contest them. And they had 6’4 in the middle of the lane so took away a little bit of our driving game,” head coach Taylor Shepard said. “It was just tough to get something going in that first half especially, you never want to end a half with 14 points, much less down at the state tournament. So I thought that there were definitely some things that we could learn and grow from, but our girls had such a great season, and I don’t think that’s maybe a reflection of how the whole season went.”

Both Swanson and Kile had 13 points for the Cadets, with 11 of Swanson’s points coming in the second half.

West Point-Beemer ends their season at 23-3 overall.

What a marvelous and fantastic season for the Cadets.

West Point-Beemer did great, finishing 6th in the final rankings.

Kile and Swanson were the team's leading scorers on the season at 14 points per game while Andrea Hoffman finished with an average of 8.

The Cadets say goodbye to six seniors in Darian Repschlaeger, Kile, Hoffman, Kendra Paasch, Abby Kaup, and Brooke Haase.

Shepard says these seniors earned everything they accomplished this season. "I think the biggest thing is just thank you to that phenomenal group of seniors that we had. Their leadership from Day One has been incredible. They showed up early every single day this summer, and worked as hard as they possibly could. They showed up and shot every morning before we had practice, and they're just such a great group of girls who are going to do great things."

Shepard adds the future looks bright given who all comes back next year.  "Having Sidney Swanson back at the point guard position and a role as a junior will really be helpful for us as she's really settled in and had some of this state experience now. Abbey Dale, who had a phenomenal second half for us and was a really big part of that spark to get us back into the game. She'll be back as our senior, which I'm excited to see what she can do on the defensive end. Brooklyn Weddle also one of our key guard subs will be back. And then we get Rachel Groth in the post position, and some of our freshmen. Jadyn Meiergerd, Emily Toelle, and even some of those 8th graders coming up I think definitely have an opportunity to step into some roles."

I look for West Point-Beemer to reload and bounce back strong next year.

The Cadets now know what it's like and what it takes to get to state, and need to capitalize on this state berth and prepare even harder this offseason and get ready for next year.

I think there's a lot of promise in next year's team, and now they have to build off of the great season this year's team had.

History was made at West Point-Beemer this year, and these girls should be very proud of what they accomplished.

Now it's a matter of taking that next step and getting back to the state tournament next year and getting past the first round.
North Bend Central Girls heading to State for first time since 2013
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The North Bend Central Girls Basketball Team is heading to State for the first time since 2013 as the Tigers won 46-29 over Grand Island Central Catholic in the C1-7 Sub-State Final from Cross County Thursday night.

The Tigers led 7-6 after one, and 21-20 at halftime after both teams scored 14 points in the 2nd quarter.

North Bend Central then outscored the Crusaders 25-9 in the 2nd half, including 10-2 in the 3rd quarter to lead 31-21 at the end of three.

Head Coach Aaron Sterup says his team was able to pull away in the second half. "I think we wore them down a little bit. They were getting a little frustrated and we were able to take advantage of that. I think we came out in the second half and jumped on them early which really got us going."

The Tigers (19-7) take on Wahoo Neumann (20-3) in the first round of State Thursday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at the Devaney Center.

The Cavaliers won 44-29 over Omaha Roncalli in the C1-2 District Final from Elkhorn South Friday night.

Neumann is always at state and is a very tough team.

Sterup says his team simply has to play their game and not get caught up in the moment. "We need to handle the pressure not only from their side, but from the experience of playing in that atmosphere. We have done a good job lately in not getting overly anxious in big moments. We need to make sure we do that again. We will need to be strong on both ends and take care of the ball. I think if we can rebound and limit our turnovers, we can keep ourselves in the game and give ourselves a chance."

The whole awe of being at State could definitely impact these players while they're on the court, but hopefully that evaporates quickly after North Bend Central takes the floor for warmups.

Neumann is a very good team, led by the likes of Kelsie Cada and Lindsey Thiele, who each average 12 points per game.

Taylor Stuhr averages 8 points a contest.

Megan Ortmeier leads the Tigers in scoring at 11 a game while Lauren Emanuel averages 10.

Both of these teams are really tall and athletic so I think it's important for North Bend Central to stay out of foul trouble.

Sterup says it's exciting times at NBC. "Kids are very excited. The school and community is as well, especially because we are sending boys and girls for the first time. It is going to be a fun couple of weeks around here."

The boys beat Mitchell 64-51 in the C1-4 Sub-State Final from Lexington Monday night.

"The girls have been working on this dream for a long time. I am glad they have the opportunity to experience it," Sterup said.

It has been a great season for the Tigers, and it continues on Thursday.

I want to wish North Bend Central the best of luck at State and hope they win in the first round so we can cover them on Friday.

Tip-off is slated for 2:00 p.m. at the Devaney Center.
Oakland-Craig Girls heading to State for 2nd time in School History
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Oakland-Craig met Hartington Cedar Catholic in the C2-4 girls sub-state basketball championship in South Sioux City heard on 107.9 The Bull Friday night.

The game was tied 7-7 early, before the Knights pulled away for a 15-9 lead after the first quarter.

Both teams scored 10 points in the second quarter, and Oakland-Craig led 25-19 at the half.

Dacey Nelson, who did not play the entire second period due to foul trouble, re-entered the game in the third, and scored 11 points, including a trio of three pointers, as the Knights scored 19 as a team and took a 44-33 lead into the fourth.

The Trojans outscored the Knights in the fourth, but Oakland-Craig was able to make free throws down the stretch, and the final score favored the Knights 57-49, sending them to the state tournament for just the second time in school history.

Kennedy Benne scored 27 points to lead Oakland-Craig, while Nelson ended up with 19.

Head Coach Joe Anderson. "The game just didn't have a lot of flow. A lot of fouls both ways. And it was called pretty tight and we had to adjust to that. But part of the problem was Dacey I think she played maybe two minutes the whole first half. And I felt really good at halftime, we're up 6 and she hadn't hardly played. So credit the other girls for really stepping up on the defensive end and slowing them down."

Anderson adds the Trojans made things difficult on his team. "Cedar's got a lot of great athletes, they're state volleyball runners up this year, and they got a lot of length, and make it hard to move the ball around. So once we started using a few more ball fakes and attacking the glass a little bit more we did a better job."

The Knights (21-3) battle Ponca (23-3) in the first round of State at Lincoln Southwest Thursday afternoon.

The Indians won 62-37 over Elm Creek in the C2-5 Sub-State Final from Seward Friday night.

Anderson says Ponca is a very tough team. "They're just a very well coached team. Coach Hayes has done a great job with them, he does every year. They are just a group that plays extremely hard. You turn on the film and are just really impressed. They're very aggressive. They play an aggressive style of defense that really tries to get you out of rhythm. They're very athletic, they rebound very well. And they're just really sound. They really like to go to the basket on offense, and just create a lot of mismatch problems because they have some girls that can kind of play inside, outside, and just given you a lot of headaches on both sides."

Of course these two teams met two years ago in a District Final with Ponca drilling a late 3 to eventually win the game.

You can bet that will be on the minds of these Oakland-Craig players as they take to the court Thursday afternoon.

This should be a close game and a heck of a battle, but I think the Knights will win.

I just feel playing a tougher schedule and having players like Nelson and Benne gives Oakland-Craig the advantage.

It should still be a very close, tight, and intense ball game though.

I fully expect things to be very physical.

Nelson and Benne need to go off for the Knights.

This is Oakland-Craig's chance to do something big in the State Tournament, and the Knights have to go out there and make things happen.

Anything can happen at State, and Oakland-Craig can't sell themselves short of believing they can win the whole thing.

Upsets and other things happen all the time, but the thing the Knights have to do is control what they can control and play their game.

Oakland-Craig can't worry about what happens in other games, the Knights just have to be focused on themselves.

Oakland-Craig is the first game in C-2 so won't have to react to any potential upset or upsets beforehand.

It's win or go home for the Knights on Thursday.

Win Thursday and you are guaranteed 3 games over the weekend. Lose and you are done.

Game time is set for 2:00 p.m., and the game can be heard on 107.9 the Bull.
West Point-Beemer Girls heading to Lincoln for first time ever
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For the first time ever since the school merger, the West Point-Beemer Girls basketball team is going to the state tournament.

West Point Public made state just once, earning a runner-up in 1977 in Class D, and Beemer made it once in 1999.

The Cadets met O’Neill for the C1-4 Sub-State final at Norfolk High on Thursday night, in a game heard on 107.9 The Bull.

Things looked bleak early, as the Eagles raced to an 18-5 lead after the first quarter.

The Cadets chipped away in the second quarter and found themselves trailing by just five at the half, 26-21.

Fueled by a late quarter three pointer and back-to-back free throws from Brooklyn Weddle, West Point-Beemer scored 17 points in the third quarter and led 38-36 heading into the fourth.

It was all Cadets from there, as they would go on to beat O’Neill by a final score of 53-43.

“They played great defense on us to start, and we just talked about improving our full court defense and it helped create a few things and gave us a little spark,” head coach Taylor Shepard said.

Shepard, in just her first as head coach, described the moment.

“It’s absolutely a sweet feeling to be able to go to state,” Shepard said. “Obviously it’s been a while, so we’re excited for the opportunity.”

Sidney Swanson had 17 points for the Cadets, with Weddle and Sierra Kile each adding 9.

What an amazing moment and night for West Point-Beemer. History was made on this night.

The Cadets (23-2) battle Lincoln Christian (17-8) in the first round of State Thursday morning at the Devaney Center.

The Crusaders won 41-36 over Broken Bow in the C1-5 Sub-State Final from Grand Island Northwest Friday night.

Shepard on the matchup. "The Crusaders bring a great deal of history to the state tournament-they have a storied past, and many appearances. However, we bring energy and passion that makes it a fun matchup between two good teams. They are a team that has a strong inside presence, along with great guards. It will be a fun challenge for us, and one that we are looking forward to."

This is a toss up game and a game that I feel could truly go either way.

Shepard says Lincoln Christian is a well rounded team. "Yeah they have a really solid post presence with Olivia Hollenbeck. She's a 6'4 junior, averages 17 points and I think 8 boards per game, so that will obviously be a good challenge for us, but our girls have really been stepping up their rebounding game as of late. Then they also have some quick guards and some shooters as well. So it's really going to come down to who can stick to their game plan and execute. We want to keep it going at a fast pace. And I think they do as well. So it should be a great start to the State Tournament, a fun game."

West Point-Beemer has definitely been more consistent this year, but Lincoln Christian is battle tested and has a lot of State Tournament Experience.

Shepard is familiar with the Crusaders' program, having played there in high school. "It will be fun to see how our teams match up, and I believe Nick (Coach Orduna) and I have similar coaching styles. However, the primary focus this week has been that of preparing for any other opponent. There has been some light banter between he and I this week, but we both know that the other is going to give their very best shot."

The Cadets can't get caught up in the moment and atmosphere at state and have that Deer in the Headlights look.

West Point-Beemer has to take it all during warmups and get ready to play the game.

There has to be so much excitement around this game at the school and in the communities.

Shepard says her team isn't satisfied with just making state. "The support we have had from the community has been an incredibly unique experience. We have greatly appreciated how the community has encouraged us this week. For the team, we have been talking about making it to, and winning, state since I first met the girls--it is fun to see their dedication pay off. This is a special group of girls, who hold each other accountable to reach their full potential, and I have no doubt that they will continue to do that this weekend. While it is a great accomplishment to be going to state, we are not satisfied with just making it there, but want to make waves while we are there!"

It's a huge deal and real special time for the Cadets, and I fully expect West Point-Beemer to play a great game Thursday morning.

It's a big deal for the Cadets to even be at State, but I feel West Point-Beemer has a legit shot to make Championship Saturday if they can get past the Crusaders.

I feel the winner of this game could very well play in the State Championship on Saturday.

The Cadets wouldn't see either Wahoo School until Saturday so West Point-Beemer is definitely on the good side of the bracket.

I really think this new Sub-State format has benefited the Cadets.

In the past, West Point-Beemer has been matched up with the likes of Norfolk Catholic, Wahoo Neumann, and Wahoo in a District Final, and those teams were and are always very tough.

Now the Cadets have an opportunity to show what they can do on the big stage and make a name for themselves.

Coach Shepard being a former Lincoln Christian player adds to this game as well.

There's been a lot of build up and storylines heading into this game, and I'm very excited to see how things turn out and unfold.

Tip-off is set for 9:00 a.m. on 107.9 the Bull.
Clarkson/Leigh Girls end season with Sub-State loss to Blue Hill
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The season came to a close for the Clarkson/Leigh Girls Basketball Team Friday night as the Patriots lost 41-25 to Blue Hill in the C2-8 Sub-State Final at York.

The Bobcats doubled up Clarkson/Leigh 8-4 in the 1st quarter. Both teams scored 6 points in the 2nd quarter, and the score was 14-10 at halftime in favor of Blue Hill.

The Bobcats won the 3rd quarter 7-5 to go up 21-15 at the end of three.

Blue Hill doubled up the Patriots 20-10 in the 4th quarter.

Head Coach Matt Murren sums up the loss. "It was a tight game throughout the entire game, never more than a 6 point game until about 5 minutes left in the 4th quarter. Defensively, we played fantastic and really executed our game plan well. We made any and all baskets for Blue Hill tough. Everyone wanted it so bad and played their hearts out on that court. I couldn't have been more proud of their effort. Unfortunately we didn't hit many shots that night and that is a credit to Blue Hill's defense. We could never get in a groove offensively and couldn't get a shot to go to get in a rhythm. The 4th quarter started as a 21-15 game and we had 5 or 6 defensive stops but just couldn't get the ball to go in on the offensive end. Unfortunately, in basketball you have nights like that and for us, it happened in the sub-state final. The final score doesn't indicate how close the game actually was as we started to foul with about 3 minutes left to try to extend the game."

Clarkson/Leigh ends a great season at 21-4.

The Patriots have to be saddened and disappointed they didn't make state, but I felt like Clarkson/Leigh did everything they could of this year, and maximized their potential.

The season opening win over Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family and the comeback win over the Bulldogs in the East Husker Conference Tournament were victories to remember for sure, and wins over BRLD, Humphrey St. Francis, Pender, Twin River, twice over Stanton, and Battle Creek were big wins also.

Clarkson/Leigh says goodbye to a very talented senior class, including Hannah Kasik, Beth Wiese, Kaegan Held, Halee Steffensmeier, and Paige Moore.

These five meant so much to Patriot Basketball, and will be sorely missed.

Key returners include Kim Stodola, Ashlynn Novotny, Cassidy Hoffman, Alyssa Kasik, and Reagan Settje.

Murren says it was a season to remember. "This was the greatest season that we've had as a Patriot basketball program. The season didn't end the way that anyone wanted it to but the girls have a lot to be proud of and hold their heads high about. Going 21-4 with the schedule that we play is impressive and a credit to the girls. Finishing 3rd in our conference tournament (one of the toughest conferences in the state), winning sub-districts and getting to sub-state is a great year for any program. I am extremely proud to say that I was able to coach these 26 kids and watch them grow as a team throughout the whole year."

It was definitely a special season. The moment with Moore and her sister making that three pointer was truly inspiring and incredible.

Murren adds the senior class in particular was special and meant a lot. "This year's senior class put in a tremendous amount of time and effort to help build our program. They put in the time in the off-season to get better. We had multiple 3 and 4 year starters on this team that were seniors so they were a part of some tough seasons early on in their career and successful ones later in career. This group won each season from freshman to senior: 4, 9, 14, and then 21 games in their careers. That shows improvement and commitment to buying in what we wanted to as coaches and continually getting better each year. As a coach, that is what we wanted to see and seen the potential and it was great for them to have so much success their senior years. They were a fun group of seniors that will definitely be missed."

He adds this season put Clarkson/Leigh Girls Basketball on the map. "It's always nice to be recognized as a great program, that is any coaches goal. In all honesty, this year may have helped make a name for ourselves but our team's play has always been the same. We constantly talk about playing with relentless effort and going 100%. Those are the things that we can control as players and coaches and that's what I am most proud of. The girls played their hearts out all season and that means everything."

I think the Patriots will only build off this season and be a team to be reckoned with in the future as the next step is to make the State Tournament.

Murren says this season gives Clarkson/Leigh a big building block heading into the future. "This season was a great season. We've now had back to back winning seasons for the first time in program history and look to continue that. That is what we have been working on building as we continue to improve each year. The foundation has been laid, kids have experienced some success and should be hungry for more now. It'll be important that we continue to work hard on getting into the gym, working on our individual games in the off-season, and continue competing."

It's going to take a lot of hard work, determination, and dedication for returning players and newcomers to continue this great run this year's seniors had.
Emerson-Hubbard Boys win Sub-District Final over Homer, lose to Elm Creek in Sub-State Final
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The Emerson-Hubbard Boys Basketball Team won 58-35 over Homer in the D1-4 Sub-District Final from Ponca Thursday night before losing 50-40 to Elm Creek in the D1-1 Sub-State Final at Cross County Monday night to end the season.

The Pirates led the Knights 11-10 after one before outscoring Homer 21-8 in the 2nd quarter to take a 32-18 lead into the locker room.

Emerson-Hubbard won the 3rd quarter 10-8 to extend their lead to 42-26 at the end of three.

The Pirates outscored the Knights 16-9 in the 4th quarter.

Nolan Belt had a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds while Jacob Kneifl notched 18 points and 11 rebounds, also good enough for a double-double. Hunter Schock added 9 points.

The Buffaloes went up 14-9 at the end of one, and won the 2nd quarter 13-11 to lead 27-20 at halftime.

Elm Creek won the 3rd quarter 8-6 to go up 35-26 at the end of three.

The Buffaloes won the 4th quarter 15-14.

Belt led the way with 19 points and 8 rebounds while Kneifl added 11 points and 8 rebounds.

Great run the Pirates made to end the season, going 4-3 in their last seven games.

Emerson-Hubbard ends the year at 9-16.

Good season for the Pirates all things considered, and especially considering where they were at the past couple of years.

I think Emerson-Hubbard has to be pretty happy with what they did this year, winning their Sub-District and getting to a Sub-State game and all.

The Pirates would have loved to have made the State Tournament I'm sure, but now that's a goal and a dream Emerson-Hubbard can pursue next year.

Belt averaged 15 points on the season to lead the team while Kneifl averaged 12, and Spencer Burcham 7.

Rebounding wise, Belt was the leader with 10 a game while Kneifl averaged 7.

Kneifl and Burcham are lost to graduation.

These two played a big role for Emerson-Hubbard this year and in years past, and will be sorely missed without a doubt.

Key returners include Belt, Schock, Mason Hall, Drake Steele, Zach Shanks, and Garrett Blanke.

I think the future is very bright for the Pirates, and feel the sky is the limit for these Emerson-Hubbard kids.

I wouldn't be surprised if the Pirates made Sub-State again and advanced to State next year.

It's going to take a lot of hard work, determination, effort, toughness, and sacrifice to make it happen, but it definitely can.

Emerson-Hubbard was 11 points short of beating the No. 1 seed in D-1 at Sub-State, and I feel that gives the Pirates a lot of momentum heading into next year.

Of course it's no consolation to Kneifl and Burcham, who won't have the opportunity to be a part of things as players next year.

Their high school careers are over, and I wish both the best of luck in their future endeavors.

For the returning players and newcomers it's about making the most of your opportunity as student athletes.

Excelling on the court and in the classroom is very important, and you only get four years in high school.
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Boys lose to North Bend Central in Sub-District Final
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The Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Boys Basketball Team lost 39-31 to North Bend Central in the C1-6 Sub-District Final from Oakland-Craig Thursday night.

The Raiders led 6-4 at the end of one before the Tigers doubled them up 16-8 in the 2nd quarter to take a 20-14 lead into the locker room.

North Bend Central doubled up LVSS 8-4 in the 3rd quarter to go up 28-18 at the end of three.

The Raiders won the 4th quarter 13-11.

Connor Larson had 15 points while Trystain Roseberry notched 8.

Great game and effort by Logan View/Scribner-Snyder. The Raiders certainly gave the Tigers all they could handle.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder ends the season at 15-10.

Good season for the Raiders, who were young this year.

LVSS picked up big wins over Oakland-Craig, Wayne, Omaha Brownell Talbot, Howells-Dodge, Wisner-Pilger, and twice over West Point-Beemer.

Larson and Roseberry were the team's leading scorers, averaging 12 points a game.

Riley Hoetfelker averaged 7, and Roseberry was the team's leading rebounder, averaging 6 rebounds per game.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder says goodbye to Nathan Wacker and Austin Peters.

These two were very valuable members of the team, and will be missed greatly without a doubt.

The Raiders have to be excited about next year though given who all returns.

Key returners for next year include Roseberry, Larson, Hoetfelker, Garrett Kriete, Jake Hagerbaumer, Brett Uhing, and Jayden Korman.

I look for LVSS to be really good next year and even better the year after.

The Raiders have to get after it this offseason, and really working on improving overall and as a whole.

I feel the sky is the limit for these kids and what can they can do.

I look for Logan View/Scribner-Snyder to build off the North Bend Central loss and the entire season as a whole.

I fully expect the Raiders to come back strong next year, and have a good and nice season.

I wouldn't be surprised if LVSS made Sub-State next year and advanced to State.

The Raiders have a lot of work to do in the offseason to make that happen, but it definitely can.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder has to take part in as many summer leagues, summer camps, open gyms, and weightlifting sessions as possible in the offseason.

The Raiders have to get after it this offseason, and get ready to make a big run next season.

The sooner LVSS gets to work, the better.
Winnebago Boys lose to Norfolk Catholic in Sub-Districts
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The Winnebago Boys Basketball Team fell 64-51 to Norfolk Catholic in the C1-7 Sub-District Semifinals from Norfolk High Tuesday night to end the season.

Tough way for the Indians to go out being the number one seed and all.

Winnebago ends the year at 10-10.

It was very much an up and down season for the Indians.

Winnebago started a little slow then played their best basketball in the middle of the season before kind of tapering off at the end.

I'm sure the Indians are disappointed not to return to Lincoln this year, but State isn't meant to be achieved every single year.

Winnebago says goodbye to TJ Frenchman and Raul Loera Jr.

The Indians will miss these two guys without a doubt.

Key returners for Winnebago next year include Javon Price, Jeriah Greyowl, Ed Payer, Jarius Bass-Earth, and Willy Wingett.

Frenchman is a huge loss, but the Indians have to be excited about next year's team given who all returns.

Winnebago has to do what they always do, which is play the game as often as possible throughout the course of the offseason.

The Indians have to play the game late into the evening at the outdoor court in town and get in the school gym as often as possible.

Winnebago has take part in as many open gyms, summer camps, summer leagues, and weightlifting sessions as possible.

The Indians have to get to work this offseason, and help get this program back to the elite level it was at just last year.

Winnebago can definitely have a nice season and make state next year, but they have to put the time in over the summer.

The Indians have to prepare for next season as soon as they can, and live and breathe the sport like I'm sure they already do.

This season wasn't too bad for Winnebago, but I'm sure the Indians will be looking for bigger things next year.

Next season starts now for Winnebago.
Wisner-Pilger Boys beat Stanton, fall to Wakefield in Sub-Districts
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The Wisner-Pilger Boys Basketball Team beat Stanton 37-28 in the C2-6 Sub-District Play-In Game from Norfolk Catholic Monday night in action aired on 107.9 the Bull before losing 47-37 to Wakefield in Tuesday night's Semifinals also aired on the Bull.

The Stanton game was tied at 12 after one before the Gators tripled up the Mustangs 6-2 in the 3rd quarter to lead 18-14 at halftime.

Stanton doubled up Wisner-Pilger 6-3 in the 3rd quarter to make it a 21-20 game at the end of three in favor of the Gators.

Wisner-Pilger doubled up the Mustangs 16-8 in the 4th quarter.

Wisner-Pilger had to rely on their defense. Head Coach Duane Mendlik. "Well we always feel our defense is what's going to make us play. And I always tell the kids that our defense is the one that makes our offense score. So I thought we did a pretty good job defensively tonight. Our offense struggled almost the whole night so defense was really important, and I think we made it  difficult for them to try and get some shots off so I thought one of them was pretty good tonight and the other one of them was pretty poor."

Our Joel Janecek talked with Coach Mendlik about his win. "Well I told them that we're stinkin the place up first of all. We couldn't make a basket. They didn't use the board most of the time. We had easy shots in there. I felt if we'd of made some shots we'd of been up 10, 12, 15 points. We just did a very poor job of converting when we got down there."

Against the Trojans, the Gators cut the score to 33-31 at the end of the third quarter, but were held to just six points in the final frame as the Trojans pulled away late for the win.

Justin Pieper had 11 points to lead the Gators.

Mendlik. "We just made too many mistakes down the stretch. 4th quarter we made too many turnovers in the 4th quarter where we had opportunities possibly to tie, go ahead, that type of thing. Just one of those games they're a good ball club, they just make you do some things you don't want to do, and I felt we played pretty well. Defensively we did a pretty good job. I thought if the game was in the 40's we'd have a good chance, but didn't quite make it."

The Gators end their season at 15-10 overall.

Strong start to the season for Wisner-Pilger, but the Gators stumbled towards the end of the season, losing five out of their last seven.

Wisner-Pilger says goodbye to Caden Jackson and Jayden Raabe.

Those two were a big part of the team and will be missed greatly without a doubt.

Key returners are Regan Bellar, Trevor Styskal, Caden Schweers, Justin Pieper, Dylan Kneifl, and Colby Heller.

There was a lot of great things accomplished this year like Mendlik picking up his record setting win.

With that said, there are a lot of great players returning for the Gators and next year is their year to do something, in my opinion.

Wisner-Pilger will have a lot of seniors next year, and figures to be a really good and tough team.

The Gators have to dedicate this offseason to themselves and Coach Mendlik, and come in to the gym everyday ready to work hard and get better.

Wisner-Pilger has to dedicate themselves to getting faster, bigger, stronger, and more physical.

Playing the game often and taking part in as many open gyms, team camps, summer leagues, and weightlifting sessions as possible is super important for the Gators I feel.

Wisner-Pilger has to use the disappointment of how this season ended as motivation and fuel to the fire for next year.

The Gators have to work extremely hard to get to where they want next year, which they hope is the State Tournament.

It would be fitting for this team to make state next year, but we'll see what happens.

Wisner-Pilger has to wake up everyday motivated and ready to get after it.

The Gators have to improve in all aspects of the game, and get ready for a great run next year.

Wisner-Pilger has to go hard at it at all times and enhance every part of their game this offseason.

The Gators have to come back re-energized, anxious, hungry, and motivated when next season rolls around.
Tekamah-Herman Boys lose final two games
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The Tekamah-Herman Boys Basketball Team lost 80-42 at home to DC West to round out the regular season last Friday night before falling 73-24 to Yutan in the C2-3 Sub-District Semifinals from Wahoo Tuesday night.

The Falcons led 19-10 at the end of one, and outscored the Tigers 26-11 in the 2nd quarter to take a 45-21 lead into the locker room.

Both teams scored 17 points in the 3rd quarter, and the score was 62-38 at the end of three in favor of DC West.

The Falcons outscored Tekamah-Herman 18-4 in the 4th quarter.

The Chieftains went up 22-5 at the end of one on the Tigers before outscoring Tekamah-Herman 19-4 in the 2nd quarter to take a 41-9 lead into the locker room.

Yutan outscored the Tigers 22-10 in the 3rd quarter to go up 63-19 at the end of three.

The Chieftains doubled up Tekamah-Herman 10-5 in the 4th quarter.

A tough ending to a tough season for the Tigers.

Tekamah-Herman ends the season at 2-21.

The highlights of the year were the wins over Clarkson/Leigh and Whiting, IA.

Just the fact that the Tigers won a couple of games is a promising and encouraging sign.

The wins are something to build on heading into next season.

Tekamah-Herman says goodbye to Alex Camp, Cameron Douglas, and Tyler Petersen.

Key returners include Jordan Derra, Dylan Chatt, Connor Feiling, Luke Wakehouse, Clay Beaumont, Cole Freidel, Brock Rogers, and Garrison Potadle.

I think the Tigers have to be really excited and encouraged about next year.

Tekamah-Herman returns quite a few kids, and should improve quite a bit next season you would think.

This team took its lumps and had its growing pains this year, but I think one thing you can say about the Tigers is they kept fighting and never gave up.

Tekamah-Herman had the best season its had in the last three years.

The Tigers have to use this year's wins as building blocks for next year.

Tekamah-Herman has to think about the good moments when working out and playing the game this offseason.

The more ball the Tigers play over the offseason the better they will be next year.

Tekamah-Herman has to take part in as many team camps, open gyms, summer leagues, and weightlifting sessions as possible.

The Tigers have to be excited about and look forward to next year and what it could bring.

For the seniors they have to take what they learned playing high school basketball and apply it to their lives in the future.

I'm sure many valuable life lessons were taught over the course of their four years playing basketball for Tekamah-Herman.

For the returning players and newcomers they just have to realize that the sky is the limit and they can do anything they put their minds to.
BRLD Boys win regular season finale over Pender, win Sub-District; Girls lose to GACC in Sub-Districts
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The BRLD Boys Basketball Team routed Pender 80-34 at home last Friday night in the regular season finale before winning 69-25 over GACC in the C2-5 Sub-District Semifinals from Pender Tuesday night, and 74-51 over Omaha Nation in Thursday's Sub-District Final.

The Wolverines led Pender 19-13 after one, and outscored the Pendragons 24-10 in the 2nd quarter to take a 43-23 lead into the locker room.

BRLD outscored Pender 27-7 in the 3rd quarter to extend their lead to 70-30 at the end of three.

The Wolverines won the 4th quarter 10-4

Darwin Snyder led the way with 20 points while Lucas Vogt added 19. Johnson added 11 points while Beutler had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Devin Hegge recorded 8 points while Brayden Anderson pulled down 10 rebounds.

BRLD led the Bluejays 21-5 after one, and outscored GACC 23-9 in the 2nd quarter to take a 44-14 lead into the locker room.

The Wolverines outscored the Bluejays 15-4 to go up 59-18 at the end of three.

GACC won the 4th quarter 10-7.

Snyder registered 17 points while Jaxon Johnson notched 16 points and 9 rebounds. Beutler added a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds while Will Gatzemeyer totaled 9 points.

BRLD led Omaha Nation 18-7 after one, and won the 2nd quarter 16-12 to go up 34-19 at halftime.

The Wolverines won the 3rd quarter 22-18 to lead 56-37 at the end of three.

BRLD won the 4th quarter 18-14.

Vogt had 32 points and 7 rebounds while Snyder totaled 13 points. Dylan Beutler added 12 points and 10 rebounds, good enough for a double-double.

The Wolverines simply continue their dominant ways.

BRLD (23-1) takes on Hastings St. Cecilia (11-12) in the C2-1 Sub-State Final at Columbus High Monday night.

The Bluehawks knocked off Alma 44-28 in the C2-9 Sub-District Final at Adams Central Thursday night.

The game was supposed to be played on Saturday, but like all other games across the state, was moved to Monday because of the weather.

St. Cecilia is a powerhouse historically, but is down this year you could say.

The Wolverines should win, but no game is ever a given or a for sure win, especially when you play the Bluehawks.

BRLD has to be ready to play and understand that all it takes is one game and their season is over.

This is the final step to getting back to Lincoln for the Wolverines so BRLD has to bring their "A" game.

The Wolverines have to play the way they have pretty much all season and keep the ball rolling.

St. Cecilia was in the State Championship game last year and won it before that so the Bluehawks definitely know what it's like to win and get to state.

BRLD was at State last year too though and brought back the majority of last year's team this year.

That and Bancroft-Rosalie won state and was Runner-Up recently as well.

There's a lot of State history on both sides, and that should make for an interesting matchup.

It's just crazy to think this is a Sub-State matchup and not a State Tournament matchup.

The fact it's also a #1 vs #16 seed game is crazy as well.

The Wolverines just have to come out and play their game, and do what they have done pretty much all season, and they should be fine.

BRLD is a great team, and you know the Wolverines will be ready to play.

BRLD needs great scoring contributions and defensive play from everyone. If the Wolverines get that they should be in good shape.

Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.















The BRLD Girls saw their season come to an end last Tuesday night at the hands of Guardian Angels Central Catholic as the Wolverines lost 71-51 to the Bluejays in the C2-5 Sub-District Semifinals from Pender in action aired on 107.9 the Bull.

The Bluejays led 20-13 at the end of one before the Wolverines won the 2nd quarter 23-20 to make it a 40-36 game at halftime in favor of GACC.

The Bluejays outscored BRLD 18-5 in the 3rd quarter to go up 58-41 at the end of three.

GACC won the 4th quarter 13-10.

BRLD was led by Isabel Freemont, who had 12 points. Aubrey Berg notched 11 while Kinlee Bacon and Jordan Snyder posted 9 and 7, respectively.

Tough way for the season to end after such a great season for the Wolverines.

BRLD ends the season at 15-8.

The Wolverines picked up big wins over Pender, West Point-Beemer, and Stanton.

The win over the Cadets had to be the highlight of the season for BRLD, who was one of just two teams to knock off West Point-Beemer, who made the State Tournament.

I'm sure the Wolverines would have liked to have played a better game against the Bluejays, but it is what it is and nothing can be done about it now.

BRLD says goodbye to Paige Peters and Brandi Simonsen.

These two players were big contributors for BRLD the last three years and for Bancroft-Rosalie and Lyons-Decatur Northeast, respectively, as freshmen.

Key returners include Freemont, Berg, Bacon, Snyder, Tyra Bonneau, Tori Ostrand, Caragan Tietz, Emma Beutler, Alyssa Buchholz, and Kelsey Larsen.

I think the future is really bright for the Wolverines given all the talent that returns next year.

I feel BRLD will be really good next year with a great chance to make Sub-State and even the State Tournament perhaps.

The Wolverines have to work extremely hard this offseason, and get after things, and really work their tails off.

BRLD has to put a lot of work into improving as players playing the game, and must get faster and stronger.

The Wolverines need to have the drive and determination to improve as a whole.

The loss to GACC is going to hurt for a little while, but the sooner BRLD puts the loss behind them and gets to work the better off they will be.

The Wolverines have to do everything with maximum effort this offseason, and really get after things in team camps, open gyms, summer leagues, and weightlifting sessions.

BRLD has to wake up everyday and dream and visualize what it would be like to play in Lincoln next year.

The Wolverines are definitely capable of doing great things next season they just need to put the time in and have a tremendous offseason.
Pender Boys and Girls see seasons end in Sub-Districts
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The Pender Boys Basketball Team was upset 58-53 by Homer in the D1-4 Sub-District Semifinals from Ponca Tuesday night.

The Pendragons went up 20-8 at the end of the first quarter, and won the 2nd quarter 16-11 to take a 36-19 lead into the locker room.

The Knights outscored Pender 22-7 in the 3rd quarter to make it a 43-41 game at the end of three.

Homer outscored the Pendragons 17-10 in the 4th quarter to complete the comeback.

Tough pill to swallow and a tough way to go out for Pender. The Pendragons had it.

Pender ends the season at 9-14.

A lot was expected of the Pendragons this season, and at times Pender played really well.

Ultimately though I think a lack of consistent play ultimately cost the Pendragons.

Pender loses Chris Rutar, Eric Schopke, Korbyn Nelson, Gabriel Perez, Sam Mailloux, and Jaydon Jump.

These kids meant a lot to Pender Basketball and will sorely be missed without a doubt.

Key returners include Caleb Trimble, Dylan Vogt, Austin Roth, Nathan Breitbarth, Jaxon Maise, and Lucas Timm.

Lots of talent lost to graduation, but lots of talent coming back as well.

The Pendragons are going to be hurt and disappointed by the outcome of the final game for quite some time I would imagine.

This was Pender's chance to win Sub-Districts and advance to a Sub-State game.

It wasn't meant to be though, and all the returning players and newcomers can do is work hard in the offseason and get ready for next year.

The seniors have to get ready for baseball or track or whatever spring sport they do if they do one.

The seniors have to take the life lessons they learned playing high school basketball and apply them to their lives in the future.

I'm sure the end result of the season is disappointing, but 20 years from now I'm sure the kids will look back at things and remember all the good times they had together and will cherish the relationships built.

For the returning players and newcomers, they have to come back strong and use this year's disappointment as motivation to get better and have a better season next year.

They have to work hard in the offseason through open gyms, summer camps, summer leagues, and weightlifting sessions so they can set themselves up for success next year.

I honestly thought Pender would win the Sub-District and make Sub-State and have an overall better season than they did based on what they did last year and who was coming back, but the Pendragons struggled for whatever reason.

Pender has to bounce back and try and right the ship next season.














The Pender Girls saw their season come to an end last Thursday night as the Pendragons lost 55-42 to Randolph in the D1-6 Sub-District Final from Stanton.

The Pendragons led 12-11 after one. The Cardinals tripled up Pender 21-7 in the 2nd quarter to take a 32-19 lead into the locker room.

Randolph won the 3rd quarter 14-12 to increase their lead to 46-31 at the end of three.

The Pendragons won the 4th quarter 11-9.

Zoey Lehmkuhl led all scorers with 21 points.

Good season overall for Pender, but the finish had to be a little disappointing.

The Pendragons ends the season at 13-11.

Pender had a tough start to the season and then went just 2-4 in their last six games.

I thought the Pendragons did a lot of nice things over the course of the season though.

Ashley Ostrand led the team in scoring with 15 points a game while Lehmkuhl averaged 10. Sarah Krueger averaged 7.

Ostrand was the team's leading rebounder, averaging 7 per game.

Pender says goodbye to Krueger and Michaela Wegner.

Key returners include Caitlyn Heise, Lehmkuhl, Ostrand, Faith Morris, and Claire Felber.

I think the future of this team and program is very bright.

Lots of great players and talent return next year, and I think that bodes well for the Pendragons.

Pender has to get after it this offseason, and work on their game often and with great and tremendous effort.

The Pendragons have to wake up and have good attendance at weights, in open gyms, during summer camps, and also during summer leagues.

Pender has to work extremely hard to get back to that elite level they were at just a couple of years ago.

These girls have to be gym rats, and must get after things as much as possible.

I wish Wegner the best of luck at CCC playing Softball and to Krueger and her future endeavors also.

Those two meant a lot to and had great careers for the Pendragons, and will be sorely missed without a doubt.

Pender has to gear up and get ready for bigger and better things next year.

I feel the Pendragons can and will use the disappointment of last Thursday's loss as motivation and fuel to the fire heading into this offseason and into next year.

Pender has to workout and play the game with tremendous pride and passion this offseason in order to grow and improve and be type of team they can and hope to be next year.
GACC Boys go 1-2 in final three games; Girls' 21-year Consecutive State Tournament Streak snapped at the hands of Oakland-Craig
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The Guardian Angels Central Catholic Boys Basketball Team went 1-2 in their final three games of the season, losing 75-57 at Winnebago Friday night before winning 70-53 over Walthill in the C2-5 Sub-District Play-In-Game from Pender Monday night, and then losing 69-25 to BRLD in Tuesday night's Semifinals.

Jared Minnick and Adam Reeson each had 15 points against the Indians while Casey Doernemann notched 8.

The Bluejays went up 14-10 at the end of one on Walthill before outscoring the Blujays 21-8 in the 2nd quarter to take a 35-18 lead into the locker room.

GACC won the 3rd quarter 16-15 to push the lead up to 18 at 51-33 at the end of three.

Walthill won the 4th quarter 20-19.

Ben Ulrich led the way with 25 points while Minnick added 14 points and 8 rebounds. Brendan Rief chipped in 11 points while Cody Steffen pulled down 11 rebounds.

BRLD led the Bluejays 21-5 after one, and outscored GACC 23-9 in the 2nd quarter to take a 44-14 lead into the locker room.

The Wolverines outscored the Bluejays 15-4 to go up 59-18 at the end of three.

GACC won the 4th quarter 10-7.

Minnick had 10 points to lead the team in his final game in a Bluejay uniform.

I'm glad the Bluejays picked up a postseason win before the season ended. I think the win can lead to good things this offseason and heading into next season.

GACC ends the year at 4-18.

The wins over O'Neill and Walthill were the two biggest wins of the season I feel.

4-18 may not be a great record, but keep in mind the Bluejays only had two seniors, including one who didn't see much playing time.

Ulrich had a team-high 255 points for the season while Minnick recorded 227.

Minnick led the team in rebounds with 112 while Casey Doernemann notched 111.

GACC says goodbye to Minnick and Tyson Snodgrass.

These two will be missed without a doubt.

Key returners for next year include Rief, Nate Niewohner, Ulrich, Steffen, Blake Pojar, Reeson, Doernemann, and Matthew Rolf.

I think the Bluejays will be much improved next year, and even better in two years.

This team was very young this year, and showed some signs of improvement and growth throughout the course of the season I thought.

GACC lost 8 games by 10 points or less.

Now if GACC can turn some of their close losses into wins they will be in good shape and good to go.

The Bluejays have a lot of work to do this offseason, and could really benefit from shooting and defensive work in particular I feel.

It has to be a big spring, summer, and fall of conditioning, weightlifting, open gyms, summer leagues, and summer camps.

GACC has to want to work hard everyday and become better players throughout the course of the offseason.

The Bluejays have to be excited to go to work everyday and improve, grow, and get better.

GACC has to put the work in necessary to become a successful team next year.

The Bluejays have to wake up every day ready to work hard and get after it.

GACC has to expect big things out of themselves during the summer, and has to be ready to bring it each and every day.

Champions are made between April and November, not between December and March.

The Bluejays are only a couple of years removed from a State Championship Game appearance and 8 years from a State Title so GACC definitely knows what it has to do and can definitely get back to that level.
















The Guardian Angels Central Catholic Girls' 21-year consecutive State Tournament Streak was ended by Oakland-Craig last Thursday night as the Knights topped the Bluejays 62-43 in the C2-5 Sub-District Final from Pender Thursday night in action aired on 107.9 the Bull.

The Knights led 19-14 at the end of one, and won the 2nd quarter 18-13 to take a 37-27 lead into the locker room.

Oakland-Craig won the 3rd quarter 12-8 to go up 49-35 at the end of three.

The Knights outscored the Bluejays 13-8 in the 4th quarter.

Marissa Hunke had a team-high 13 points for GACC while Sophia Hass added 10.

Great run for the Bluejays. If there was a team to end your streak to then this Oakland-Craig team was one to tip your hat to given how great a team they are.

GACC's season ends at 15-9.

The season started out promising for the Bluejays, who started the season 8-1 and were 10-2 after Christmas.

However, the second part of the season was unkind to GACC.

I thought the struggles kind of started with the O'Neill loss.

The Bluejays were kind of up and down after that.

Still though what a heck of a run for GACC.

21 years in a row at state is a great accomplishment and tremendous feat, and doesn't go unnoticed.

Streaks are meant to be broken, and this year just happened to be the year the Bluejays' streak was snapped.

I think GACC could very well start a new one next year.

The Bluejays say goodbye to Hannah Hrbek, Ally Plagge, Maddie Bracht, and Angela Jansen.

Four seniors who contributed greatly and will be missed without a doubt.

Key returners include Hass, Hunke, Hanna Knobbe, Brenna Rief, Greta Vering, Reece Snodgrass, Erica Engelmeyer, and Brandi Doernemann.

I think the future is very bright for GACC with all the talent that returns next year.

The Bluejays figure to still be young next year, but in a couple of years should return back to championship form I would think.

GACC has a lot of work do this offseason, especially from an offensive standpoint.

The Bluejay players have to become better shooters and more prolific scorers.

GACC has defense down, but could really benefit from an offseason of growth and improvement offensively, in my opinion.

I look for the Bluejays to have a really good offseason, and get after things next season.

You can bet things will be intense in the offseason with workouts, open gyms, summer camps, and summer leagues as well.
Clarkson/Leigh Boys lose to David City and Fremont Bergan to end season; Girls top Battle Creek in Sub-District Final
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The Clarkson/Leigh Boys Basketball Team lost 64-57 at home to David City Friday night to close out the regular season before falling 75-35 to Fremont Bergan in the D1-3 Sub-District Semifinals from David City Aquinas Tuesday night.

The Patriots went up 15-14 after one on the Scouts before David City won the 2nd quarter 21-16 to take a 35-31 lead into the locker room.

The Scouts outscored Clarkson/Leigh 13-7 in the 3rd quarter to go up 48-38 at the end of three.

The Patriots won the 4th quarter 19-16.

Tommy McEvoy had 16 points while Daniel Beller notched 13 points and 11 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Carter Hanel added 11 points and 10 rebounds while Jarred Novotny totaled 11 points.

The Knights jumped out to a 30-11 lead at the end of one before winning the 2nd quarter 15-10 to take a 45-21 lead into the locker room.

Bergan outscored Clarkson/Leigh 18-8 in the 3rd quarter to lead 63-30 at the end of three.

The Knights doubled up the Patriots 12-6 in the 4th quarter.

Beller had a team-high 8 points while Hanel registered 11 rebounds.

I thought Clarkson/Leigh played pretty well against David City, but Bergan proved to be very tough.

The Patriots's season ends at 7-14.

I thought Clarkson/Leigh made some nice improvements this year in winning 7 games, which equals their win total from the last two years combined.

Highlight wins came over Pender and East Butler, and throw Stanton in there as well.

What the Patriots did may not seem like a big deal, but it really is.

Clarkson/Leigh took some small steps this year towards becoming who and what they want to be, in my opinion.

Novotny and Beller each led the way with 13 points on the season averaged while McEvoy averaged 9.

Beller led the way in rebounding with 168 total rebounds while Hanel and McEvoy had 157 and 121, respectively.

The Patriots say goodbye to Beller, Douglas Pocasangre, and Travis Stanley.

The three will be missed for sure given how much they meant to Clarkson/Leigh Boys Basketball.

Key returners include Novotny, Lance Paprocki, Isaak Wiese, Hanel, Logan Schroeder, and McEvoy.

I think the future is really promising and bright for the Patriots given who all returns next year.

Beller is the only real big loss from a production standpoint, but he is a big loss nonetheless.

I think this team and program is headed in the right direction though and is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the future.

Playing the game as much as possible in the offseason is the key to even better things next year I feel.

Honing and enhancing skills and getting better at everything could go a long ways for Clarkson/Leigh, in my opinion.

The team has to get after it in the weightroom and during open gyms as well as during summer camps and in summer leagues.

I think there's a lot of potential in the returning players, and feel the Patriots can be an even better team next year than they were this year.














The Clarkson/Leigh Girls won 39-34 over Battle Creek in the C2-6 Sub-District Final from Norfolk High Thursday night.

The Bravettes went up 10-8 at the end of the 1st quarter before the Patriots outscored Battle Creek 16-2 in the 2nd quarter to take a 24-12 lead into the locker room.

The Bravettes won the 3rd quarter 12-9 to make it a 33-24 game at the end of three in favor of Clarkson/Leigh.

Battle Creek won the 4th quarter 10-6.

Kaegan Held led the way with 13 points while Hannah Kasik had 10 points and 11 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Ashlynn Novotny added 8 points and 10 rebounds while Beth Wiese notched 7 points.

Head Coach Matt Murren says Held, Kasik, and Novotny each played a big role in the game. "Kaegan, Ashlynn, and Hannah are key players for us. Kaegan is our point guard and handles the ball a majority of the time. She gets us into our offense and is our floor general. We loved seeing her knock down a key 3 pointer at the beginning of the 2nd half. Ashlynn is a player who can do it all. She can score it, pass it and board it. She played a heck of a game and ended with 8 points, 10 boards and 5 steals. It felt like she was everywhere on Thursday. Her and Kaegan really feed off of each other and handle our guard positions so well. Hannah just battles. She is constantly working to find open spots, find the ball off the glass, and put herself in position to score. She ended up with a double-double against Battle Creek with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Her tireless work ethic and athletic ability allow her to play so well in the post."

Murren on the win."Thursday's Sub-District Final was a 32 minute battle. Our kids understand that we have to play hard for 32 minutes and bring the defensive energy the whole time. We have had numerous close games this year that have built our character and will to keep fighting in those close games. Thursday was no different as it took a great defensive game to contain their explosive, fast paced offense. Our regular season schedule is tough and that schedule sets us up for games like against Battle Creek when you have to grind one out."

Clarkson/Leigh (21-8) takes on Blue Hill (20-4) in the C2-8 District Final from York High School Friday night.

The Bobcats lost 65-37 to Hastings St. Cecilia in the C2-10 Sub-District Final from Adams Central on Thursday.

Murren says Blue Hill is the real deal. "Blue Hill is a great team, very experienced, and sitting at 20-4. They start 5 seniors, won state volleyball and have been to state basketball as well. They understand the moment and what it takes to get it done. They play very good defense, push in transition with their guards, and find great shots offensively at the hoop and from the perimeter. They are athletic and can put up points. They have a couple very solid posts inside, 2 guards that can shoot it, and a guard that really slashes well."

Emily Meyer and Jamie Bonifas are a couple of those players I feel.

The Bobcats are certainly a great team and program that has accomplished a lot, but so is Clarkson/Leigh.

The Patriots have come such a long ways from when these seniors were freshmen.

Murren says this is it. "It would be huge for us to be able to continue our momentum and get through sub-state. These girls have put in a tremendous amount of time and effort to put themselves in this position and a spot to pay off all that time. They believe in each, believe in our team, and believe in our goal. Our program has worked very hard to put ourselves where we are and we are ready to embrace and attack the moment. Blue Hill is such a solid opponent. It's going to take 32 minutes of great defense and pressure to make it tough on them offensively. We cannot give them easy baskets and make them work for everything. I know our crowd is going to bring it so the atmosphere will be rocking!"

This is what the players have worked their entire lives for. All the hard work, blood, sweat, and tears growing up and in the offseason and during the hot days of summer is for this moment.

Clarkson/Leigh has a Black Out Theme for the game too, and I expect York High School to be one loud place Friday night.

The Patriots have found ways to win close games against tough teams all year, and will need to take that experience into Friday night's game.

Every girl growing up dreams of one day playing in the State Basketball Tournament.

The girls have already been there for Volleyball, and are now one game away from making it in Basketball.

Clarkson/Leigh has to go out there and let it rip, and leave everything out on the floor.

Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
Oakland-Craig Boys lose to Omaha Nation in Sub-Districts; Girls top GACC in Sub-District Final
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The Oakland-Craig Boys Basketball Team lost 68-54 to Omaha Nation in the C2-5 Sub-District Semifinals from Pender Tuesday night.

Robby Mayberry had 19 points and 7 rebounds while Colton Thomsen and Tyson Harney notched 8 points and 9 rebounds apiece. Wyatt Seagren added 7 points.

It appears the Knights gave a great effort, but simply came up a little short. I must say though I was surprised Oakland-Craig lost, especially after beating the Chiefs in the regular season.

Oakland-Craig's season ends at 12-11.

Wins over Howells-Dodge, Wilber-Clatonia, Omaha Nation, Twin River, and Walthill were some of the better wins on the season for the Knights, in my opinion.

This was a senior heavy class with some talented kids and athletes.

Thomsen and Mayberry led the team in scoring at 9 points a game while Garrison Dodge and Seagren notched 8 apiece. Harney averaged 7.

So the Knights were pretty well balanced offensively this year, they just didn't have that one dominate scorer that could take over a game like they once had in Garrett Seagren.

Seagren led the way in rebounding with 187 boards while Harney totaled 106.

Oakland-Craig graduates Dodge, Mayberry, Harney, Cole Bures, and Jared Mulder.

Key returners include Jaron Meyer, Seagren, Coulter Thiele, Ian Lundquist, and Gunnar Ray.

I feel the Knights are graduating a talented senior class, but think there's a lot of potential in the returning players as well.

Seagren has to take on more of a scoring role and load next season.

He is going to need to dominate down low for Oakland-Craig to be successful I feel.

I feel there's a lot of potential in the other four players as well and am thinking that could be the team's starting five next year.

The Knights lose a lot of experience and kids who had very successful high school athletic careers at Oakland-Craig as a whole.

I want to wish the seniors the best of luck in their future endeavors in college, the armed forces, or workforce, whatever they decide to do in life after high school.

For the returning players and newcomers it's about getting after it as much as possible in the offseason and playing a lot of basketball.

It will be to the team's benefit to attend as many open gyms, weightlifting sessions, summer camps, and summer leagues as possible throughout the course of the summer and the entire offseason as a whole.

















The Oakland-Craig Girls Basketball Team ended Guardian Angels Central Catholic's 21-year consecutive State Tournament Streak by topping the Bluejays 62-43 in the C2-5 Sub-District Final from Pender Thursday night in action aired on 107.9 the Bull.

The Knights led 19-14 at the end of one, and won the 2nd quarter 18-13 to take a 37-27 lead into the locker room.

Oakland-Craig won the 3rd quarter 12-8 to go up 49-35 at the end of three.

The Knights outscored the Bluejays 13-8 in the 4th quarter.

Dacey Nelson led all scorers with 34 points while Ashley Denton notched 9.

Great win for the Knights.

Oakland-Craig improves to 20-3 on the season and advances to Sub-State against Hartington Cedar Catholic (12-8) at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at South Sioux City in action that will be aired on the Bull

The Trojans upset Ponca 46-45 in the C2-7 Sub-District Final from Wayne High on Thursday.

Cedar Catholic has won four in a row and is a quality team.

Nelson and Benne need to have big games for the Knights to come out on top I feel.

This is do or die for Oakland-Craig. There are no more wildcards to State.

This is the Knights' time to shine and get the job done.

Oakland-Craig figures to have a great shot to win and advance to State and be a respectable seed, but the Knights have to take care of business against the Trojans.

Cedar Catholic won by 5 at GACC in the regular season, and is a tough team.

Hartington Cedar Catholic has been there and done that before too so you know they will be ready to go.

Oakland-Craig has a lot of experience, but history is on the Trojans' side.

It should be a great game that ultimately culminates in a Knight win, but all it takes is one game and the season is done.

Oakland-Craig can't be looking ahead to state or anything like that.

It's fine to dream and visualize what state would be like again, but not let that impact play on the court Friday night.

The Knights have to be focused on Cedar Catholic and Cedar Catholic only.

Oakland-Craig has to lock in and get ready to go toe to toe with a great team and program.

The Knights have to play great basketball and leave it all out on the floor.

It has to be Oakland-Craig's time to shine, and everyone on the team has to play a big role, whatever that is.

The Knights have to do everything possible to win and advance to state.

A loss would be a bitter taste and disappointment no doubt.
West Point-Beemer Boys end season with losses to Fremont Bergan and Logan View/Scribner-Snyder; Girls fall to North Bend Central in Sub-District Final
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The West Point-Beemer Boys Basketball Team lost 63-46 at Fremont Bergan Friday night before falling 31-28 to Logan View/Scribner-Snyder in the C1-6 Sub-District Semifinals from Oakland-Craig Tuesday night.

The Knights led the Cadets 17-9 after one before winning the 2nd quarter 12-11 to take a 29-20 lead into the locker room.

Bergan outscored West Point-Beemer 15-8 in the 3rd quarter to go up 44-28 at the end of three.

The Knights won the 4th quarter 19-18.

Blake Anderson had 17 points and 8 rebounds while Jesus Barragan added 9 points.

The Cadets went up 8-2 on the Raiders after one. Both teams scored 8 points in the 2nd quarter, and the score was 16-10 at halftime in favor of West Point-Beemer.

The Raiders battled back in the 2nd half, winning the 3rd quarter 13-8 to make it a 24-23 game at the end of three in favor of the Cadets.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder doubled up West Point-Beemer 8-4 in the 4th quarter.

Anderson led the way with 13 points.

Great effort from the Cadets both nights I thought. A lot of good things and positives to build on for next year.

West Point-Beemer ends the season at 10-13.

Slow start and tough finish to the season for the Cadets, who started the season 2-3 and lost their last four games and 7 out of their last 8.

West Point-Beemer went 7-3 in all their other games.

The Cadets were a young team this year, and certainly growing pains were evident throughout the course of the season.

Anderson led the team in scoring with 14 points a game while Ben Vander Griend averaged 10. Keegan Doggett averaged 8 while Zach Vander Griend averaged 7.

Anderson led the team in rebounding with 148 on the season while Zach Vander Griend had 102.

The Cadets say goodbye to Anderson, Dylan Newkirk, Ben Vander Griend, and Evan Landholm.

These four seniors will be missed no doubt, and were big reasons why West Point-Beemer was as successful as they were this year, in my opinion.

Key returners include Barragan, Doggett, Manny Barragan, Drake Repschlaeger, and Zach Vander Griend.

I feel there is some good talent returning for the Cadets next year, and look for growth and improvement across the board.

West Point-Beemer has to work on getting bigger, faster, stronger, and more physical.

The Cadets also have to become better ball handlers, better passers, better shooters, and just all around better ball players.

West Point-Beemer has to work on agility and conditioning drills in the offseason, and play the game often.

Taking part in team camps, summer leagues, open gyms, and weightlifting sessions is all important and critical for the Cadets to improve I would say.

West Point-Beemer has to work their tails off in the offseason, and be ready for a good season next year.

The Cadets also have to take part in community activities and projects, and volunteer their time as well.

I feel those things would be good for the returning players and newcomers at the very least.


















The West Point-Beemer Girls Basketball Team lost 53-46 in overtime to North Bend Central in the C1-6 Sub-District Final from Oakland-Craig Thursday night.

The Tigers led the Cadets 12-10 after one. Both teams scored 13 points in the 2nd quarter, and the score was 25-23 at halftime in favor of North Bend Central.

The Tigers won the 3rd quarter 11-9 to go up 36-32 at the end of three.

West Point-Beemer won the 4th quarter 12-8 to tie the game at 44 and send it into overtime.

North Bend Central outlasted the Cadets 9-2 in the extra session.

Sierra Kile led the way with 13 points while Brooklyn Weddle and Sidney Swanson added 12 and 10, respectively.

Head Coach Taylor Shepard says the Tigers had a good game plan. "North Bend is a talented team-they have a lot of length, which makes them a tough matchup for us. They did a great job of taking away some of our guards, which made scoring difficult for us. Additionally, they did a nice job of breaking our press. We have battled with them several times throughout the year, and wish them the best in the post-season."

Tough loss for West Point-Beemer, but the good news is the Cadets still advanced to Sub-State.

West Point-Beemer (22-2) takes on O'Neill (19-5) in the C1-4 District Final from Norfolk High Thursday night in action that can be heard on 107.9 the Bull.

The Eagles knocked off Pierce 36-24 in the C1-7 Sub-District Final from Norfolk Catholic Thursday night.

The Cadets are trying to make state for the first time ever as West Point-Beemer as the last and only time West Point went was in 1977.

O'Neill is looking for their first State Tournament berth since 2000 so something has to give in this one.

Shepard says it should be a great battle. "They are a team very similar to us. They like to push the ball, shoot the outside shot, and pressure on defense. We will need to match their tempo, and look for our opportunities to hit shots when they are available. It should be a fun, fast paced game."

The Cadets have had a great season, and I would say this is their best chance to go to State out of all the years they've been in District Finals recently.

This is West Point-Beemer's chance and opportunity to make state, a golden opportunity if you may.

The Cadets have to capitalize on and take advantage of this opportunity, and find a way to win.

West Point-Beemer has to make plays in the clutch, and be very tough and resilient throughout the course of the game.

The game was supposed to be played on Friday, but was moved up a day.

I don't know if that really benefits or hurts the Cadets, but from the sounds of things O'Neill is ready.

Claire Morrow and Brianna Bauer are players to watch out for for the Eagles as they combined for 25 points in the win over the Bluejays.

Things appear to be pretty even on paper, I just think this game comes down to who makes more plays in the end and who wants it more.

This is the team to break West Point-Beemer's drought, the team to get the Cadets to State.

Shepard says getting to state would be a huge deal. "We have had the goal of going to state all season, and the girls have put in a great deal of  hard work since this summer. We have such a fun group of girls who work hard and have great chemistry. It would be a phenomenal experience to see their hard work pay off."

Hopefully the atmosphere is ruckus and the gym is rocking because I'm sure West Point-Beemer will be ready to rock and roll.

The Cadets simply have to get the job done and finish this time around.

The unfinished business has to become finished business Thursday night.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. on the Bull.
North Bend Central Boys beat Fort Calhoun to end regular season, down Arlington in Sub-Districts; Girls win Sub-District C1-6
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The North Bend Central Boys Basketball Team routed Fort Calhoun 65-37 on the road Friday night to close out the regular season before winning 69-26 over Arlington in the C1-6 Sub-District Semifinals from Oakland-Craig Tuesday night.

The Tigers led the Pioneers 13-6 at the end of one before outscoring Fort Calhoun 21-10 in the 2nd quarter to take a 34-16 lead into the locker room.

North Bend Central outscored Fort Calhoun 18-8 in the 3rd quarter to go up 52-24 at the end of three.

Both teams scored 13 points in the 4th quarter.

Strong finish to the regular season for the Tigers, and also a strong start to the postseason.

North Bend Central (21-3) takes on Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (15-9) in the Sub-District Final Thursday night.

The Raiders won 31-28 over West Point-Beemer in Tuesday night's Semifinals.

The Tigers beat LVSS 52-36 on the road in the regular season.

North Bend Central should win this one you would think.

However, with the new Sub-State format more upsets have seemed to happen so far than they did before.

I don't know if it's favorites tend to lax or what the deal is, but look at West Point-Beemer and North Bend Central in girls last week.

Similar situation between the Raiders and Tiger Boys Thursday night.

North Bend Central has to come out and play well and be ready to take care of business Thursday night.

The Tigers have to play the way they have the last two games.

If North Bend Central can do that then they should be able to take care of business.

Logan View/Scribner-Snyder is led by the likes of Trystain Roseberry and Connor Larson.

The Raiders are young, but talented.

The Tigers are the more experienced and veteran laden team though so it is simply North Bend Central's time.

The Tigers have to come out ready to roll from the get go, and must play championship basketball.

It figures to be a split crowd between the Sub-District Final and Girls District Final so North Bend Central has to adjust and adapt to their crowd being smaller than usual if that is the case.

The Tigers simply have to go out there and play their game and do what they've done for much of the season, which is dominate.

The game will tip-off at 7:00 p.m.

Win or lose, North Bend Central will advance to Sub-State.















The North Bend Central Girls Basketball Team defeated Arlington 39-36 in the C1-6 Sub-District Semifinals at Oakland-Craig last Tuesday night before upsetting West Point-Beemer 53-46 in overtime in the Sub-District Final Thursday night.

The Eagles led 13-12 at the end of one before the Tigers won the 2nd quarter 8-7 to tie the game at 20 at halftime.

Arlington won the 3rd quarter 10-9 to lead 30-29 at the end of three.

North Bend Central won the 4th quarter 10-6.

The Tigers led the Cadets 12-10 after one. Both teams scored 13 points in the 2nd quarter, and the score was 25-23 at halftime in favor of North Bend Central.

The Tigers won the 3rd quarter 11-9 to go up 36-32 at the end of three.

West Point-Beemer won the 4th quarter 12-8 to tie the game at 44 and send it into overtime.

North Bend Central outlasted the Cadets 9-2 in the extra session.

Head Coach Aaron Sterup says his team was battle tested, and that allowed them to get over the hump on Thursday. "I think our girls knew what was on the line and weren’t quite ready to have this season end. They have fought back all year when we have been in tough situations, so I think we are very practiced in what to do when we are down late. It was really just a lot of guts and effort. They were mentally strong enough to make plays when we needed them."

The Tigers (18-7) take on Grand Island Central Catholic (18-5) in the C1-7 District Final at Cross County Thursday night.

The Crusaders lost 35-28 to Adams Central in the C1-9 Sub-District Final at Kearney High Thursday night.

I think North Bend Central has a great shot to win this game.

Sterup says GICC is a tough matchup. "They are obviously a very good team. They have a big inside presence, so we will have to be strong inside on both offense and defense. We really have been rebounding much better lately. That trend will have to continue. If we are going to have a chance to win, we will need to get extra opportunities for ourselves and limit their extra chances. They are very athletic and tough-minded, so we will have our work cut out for us."

The Tigers are big inside too with the likes of Lauren Emanuel and Faith Taylor.

Sterup says his team has developed a tough mentality over the course of the season. "Our confidence has grown lately. Early in the year we were a little rusty and lacked the confidence that we could do things when they were needed. Now I think our girls expect to succeed, which is a mentality that every good team must have. We expect to win every game, whether we really should or not. That is a big part of beating good teams. We have that now."

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

It would be a huge deal for North Bend Central to win it, and I hope it happens.

Sterup says making state would be special for this group. "I think it would be a great accomplishment. We knew coming in we had a lot of talent that really hadn’t had a chance to show itself yet because of the group we had. It just took us some time to put it all together and have these girls realize what varsity basketball was all about. I think we have that figured out and are playing well because of it. Our girls are very motivated to show that they can play basketball."

I don't think there's any doubt the Tigers have proven their worth and deserve to be where they are at.

North Bend Central has come a long ways and earned everything they have accomplished this year.

It has truly been a special, great, and remarkable season for the Tigers, and I hope the momentum and ride continues all the way to the State Tournament.

This one is for all the marbles, and is the biggest game of the season for North Bend Central so far no doubt.

The game was supposed to be played on Friday, but was moved up a day due to the weather.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.