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Tekamah-Herman Boys and Girls looking for returners and newcomers to lead them to successful years
2020-11-23T09:42

 





Team: Tekamah-Herman

Mascot: Tigers

Colors: Purple, Vegas Gold

Class: C-2

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Taylor Klein (1st season)

2019-2020 record: 4-18 (lost to West Point-Beemer in Sub Districts)

Returning Starters: N/A

Overview:

The Tekamah-Herman Boys look for improvement this year under First Year Head Coach Taylor Klein, who was an assistant and takes over for Zach Rosenboom, who is now the school's AD.

The Tigers' probable varsity roster is 

Brock Rogers    11   6’3    Small Forward  13.9 PPG (19-20)
Dylan Chatt    12   5’7    Point Guard
Jed Hoover    11   6’    Shooting Guard     11.7 PPG (19-20)
Wyatt Deemer    11   5’9    Shooting Guard
Kaleb Quick    11   6’1    Power Forward
Eldridge Jensen  12    6’2   Center
Drew Oligmueller 10 5’11 Power Forward
Reece Williams   9   6’2    Small Forward
Thatcher Zink    10   5’6    Point Guard
Noah Stahr    11   6’3    Center

Coach Klein says he and the team have expectations to win and succeed. "In my first year as head coach, I have high expectations for the team, and I know they do too. Our goal as a team is to win half our games this year and continue to build on that next year. Led by juniors Brock Rogers and Jed Hoover, we’ll have the athleticism and talent to put together a successful season and hopefully shock a few teams along the way."

Tekamah-Herman has pretty good depth, and should fair well this season.

The Tigers are looking to change the culture and get things turned around, and I feel Tekamah-Herman has a chance to do just that.

Of course the Coronavirus Pandemic has sort of thrown a wrench into everything. 

Coach Klein says his team has remained good sports and been cooperative this whole time. "Things have been a lot different. This offseason, initially it looked as if everything was going to be cancelled. However, it turned out that we were still able to attend a team camp and schedule some summer games against some conference opponents. Now, getting ready for the season, we've got some requirements like wearing masks in practice, sanitizing the balls and locker rooms, and taking any other precautions necessary for us to keep being able to play. Thankfully, our team understands that to have the chance to play, these are things we must do. So, they've been good about keeping their masks on and doing the things we ask of them while still working hard in practice and preparing for the season."

You simply have to do whatever it takes to play and have a season this year.

Season Outlook:

The Tekamah-Herman Boys will have to play in front of just immediate household members and 25% capacity gyms this year as will everyone else.

Coach Klein tells KTIC Sports his team will adapt and make the most of it. "It will definitely be strange at the beginning, but I think we'll find a way to get used to it and find our own motivations during the game without the help of our crowd. Again, when it comes down to it, we just want the chance to play. Thankfully, most of the schools we play now have Striv to stream our games to the fans that can't attend due to the regulations."

And of course some Tekamah-Herman games will also be able to be heard on 107.9 the Bull.

Coach Klein says the team is ready to get out there and prove themselves. "The team and us coaches are extremely excited for the season to get going. Our boys have been working hard in practice and in the weight room to start this season and we can't wait to show people the progress we've made."

I look for the Tigers to do some great and special things this year.

Tekamah-Herman returns quite a bit from last year and has a good group, and I think the Tigers will be competitive.

Tekamah-Herman has decent size, but the team is comprised of mostly Juniors and Seniors, and that should bode well for the Tigers the next couple of years I would think.

The Tigers have a lot of work ahead of them, but Tekamah-Herman can definitely accomplish anything and everything they put their minds to.

The sky is the limit for the Tigers, in my opinion.

Tekamah-Herman is in Sub-District C2-3 with GACC, Clarkson/Leigh, Oakland-Craig, and Wisner-Pilger.

Tough Sub-District for sure, but I know the Tigers really want it.

2020-2021 Tekamah-Herman Tigers Boys Basketball Schedule:

12/04/20 Pender
12/05/20 @ Stanton
12/11/20 @ Wisner-Pilger
12/12/20@ Twin River
12/15/20 Whiting, IA
12/17/20 @ Logan View-Scribner-Snyder
12/19/20 Arlington
12/28-12/29 (To Be Determined) Madison Holiday Tournament Madison 
01/05/21 @ Omaha Brownell Talbot
01/07/21 West Monona, IA
01/09/21 Clarkson/Leigh
01/12/21 BRLD
01/15/21 @ Madison
01/16/21 West Point-Beemer
01/19/21 Oakland-Craig
01/22/21 @ Howells-Dodge
01/30-02/06 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conference Tournament Midland 
02/09/21 North Bend Central
02/11/21 @ Fort Calhoun







Team: Tekamah-Herman

Mascot: Tigers

Colors: Purple, Vegas Gold

Class: C-2

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: David Eriksen (4th season) (22-49 record)

2019-2020 record: 10-13 (lost to Yutan in Sub Districts)

Returning Starters: N/A

Overview:

The Tekamah-Herman Girls showed big time improvement last year, winning 10 games after winning just 6 in each of Head Coach David Eriksen's first two seasons.

The Tigers bring back the likes of Maggie Sheets, Halle Olsen, Leann Hawkins, Elena Jetensky, and Kaitlyn Quick.

Tekamah-Herman also has 6 freshmen out for the team this year.

Coach Eriksen says the Pandemic has thrown everything for a loop. "We lost four seniors, three of which started, and have six new Freshmen out. This pandemic has certainly been difficult to navigate in the sense of having opportunities to get everyone together. With sports being limited starting in the summer my concern was being able to provide enough opportunities for the athletes to not only get enough shots in, but to learn new plays and become familiar with each other on the court. Those limited opportunities in the summer became even more limited as the winter season came closer and closer to starting. At Tekamah-Herman we turned to remote learning the week prior to the season starting, thus limiting our opportunities again. So, to finally get to our first practice week is a relief, but also a chaotic one at that."

The Tigers nearly doubled their win total from 2018-2019 to last year, and I think even more wins are a possibility this season.

Tekamah-Herman simply has to go out there and play well and perform at a high level, which I think they can do.

Season Outlook:

The Tekamah-Herman Girls, like everyone else, will have to play in front of just immediate household members and 25% gym capacity.

That figures to present and pose some challenges for the Tigers.

Coach Eriksen says the team will have to rely on each other more now than ever before. "Playing in front of limited attendance will certainly be different, but as I have always told the girls they have to be able to create their own energy. Feeding off momentum will be critical to close the gap or getting ahead in every quarter."

Strong defense and an improved offense and an ability to win close games are critical and crucial to Tekamah-Herman's success, in my opinion.

The Tigers have to be on top of things and their game this year.

Coach Eriksen says the team is excited to get going. "We are all excited and look forward to whatever kind of season Covid-19 will throw at us. This is another opportunity for kids to feel like kids again and I know we are anxious to get back on the court and prove teams wrong."

Tekamah-Herman is in Sub-District C2-3 with GACC, Howells-Dodge, and Wisner-Pilger.

Partial 2020-2021 Tekamah-Herman Tigers Girls Basketball Schedule:

12/05/20 @ Stanton
12/11/20 @ Wisner-Pilger
01/09/21 Clarkson/Leigh
01/12/21 BRLD
01/15/21 @ Madison
01/16/21 West Point-Beemer
01/19/21 Oakland-Craig
01/22/21 @ Howells-Dodge
02/09/21 North Bend Central




Howells-Dodge Boys and Girls look for returners to lead them to big seasons
2020-11-23T09:02

 












Team: Howells-Dodge


Mascot: Jaguars


Colors: Green, Black, Silver


Class: D-1


Conference: East Husker


Head Coach: Kevin Janata (3rd season) (32-21 record)


2019-2020 record: 14-11 (lost to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family in Sub-District Final)


Returning Starters: N/A 


Overview:


The Howells-Dodge Boys look for a big year under 3rd year Head Coach Kevin Janata.


The Jaguars bring back a host of players, and they are


G Jacob Tomcak 6'0" Sr.

G Blake Sindelar 6’2” Jr.

P RJ Bayer         6'2" Jr.

G Gavin Nelson 5'10"Jr.

G Lance Brester 6’2” So.

P Aandy Dominguez 5’11”So.


Others likely to contribute include Sophomores Aiden Meyer (6'3) and Brittin Sindelar (5'6).


The Jaguars are young, but talented no doubt.


Howells-Dodge should be strong this year, and even better next year I would say.


Coach Janata says the team has a lot of promise. "Young team, but we have some good experience returning from last year. The team should be very competitive with the potential of going to state. We have good leadership with our senior, Jacob Tomcak, coming back with two year starters Blake Sindelar and RJ Bayer. Gavin Nelson, Aandy Dominguez, and Lance Brester all played good minutes last year, and several other underclassman have a chance to contribute."


Of course the Coronavirus Pandemic has thrown everything for a loop.


Coach Janata breaks down how it has impacted his team to this point. "The pandemic has affected every aspect of our season at this point. We had a late start for summer training as we were not allowed to have open gyms or summer league games until July. However, the kids did a great job of doing what they could on their own. So far, practice has been very interesting trying to make sure we are keeping things sanitized and safe and that the kids are wearing their masks. The masks can be a nuisance at times, but if it's what we have to do to keep the kids safe and have a season, we absolutely will do it."


Season Outlook:


Games this year will have to be played in front of just immediate household members and 25% capacity gyms.


Coach Janata says things won't be the same. "I think the atmosphere will definitely be different this year. It is disappointing we can't have full gyms and the crowds will be limited, but we will play in empty gyms as long as we can continue to play and have a season."


It's unfortunate that students sections and bands a like won't be able to be at the games, but it is what it is.


Coach Janata says the team is making the most of the situation. "The kids have been very energetic in practice. I think they realize that at any time, our season could be shut down to help stop the spread of covid. We are taking the season one day at a time, not taking anything for granted and just being grateful for every practice and game we do get to play."


I'm sure the Jaguars understand and realize that every practice, every game they play could be their last.


Howells-Dodge has to treat every game and practice extra special, and go out there and have a great season.


The Jaguars have to dedicate themselves to playing at a high level and finding a way to win close ball games and having success.


Howells-Dodge has to play with a lot of will, determination, grit, and heart each and every time out this season.


The Jaguars are in Sub-District D1-3 with Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, Stanton, and Cedar Bluffs.


2020-2021 Howells-Dodge Jaguars Boys Basketball Schedule:


12/03/20 @ Pierce

12/04/20 Stanton

12/08/20 Aquinas Catholic

12/10/20 @ Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family

12/12/20 Oakland-Craig

12/15/20 @ West Point-Beemer

12/18/20 BRLD

12/19/20 @ Clarkson/Leigh

12/28-12/29 (To Be Determined) Mead Holiday Tournament Mead, NE

01/08/21 Humphrey St. Francis

01/09/21 @ Plainview

01/15/21 Wisner-Pilger

01/16/21 Mead

01/22/21 Tekamah-Herman

01/23/21 @ Pender

01/26/21 Battle Creek

01/30-02/06 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conference Tournament Midland

02/11/21 @ North Bend Central

02/12/21 Wakefield

02/19/21 Lutheran High Northeast














Team: Howells-Dodge


Mascot: Jaguars


Colors: Green, Black, Silver


Class: C-2


Conference:  East Husker


Head Coach: Scott Polacek (29th season) (396-233 record)


2019-2020 record: 9-14 (lost to Clarkson/Leigh in Sub-District Final)


Returning Starters: N/A


Overview:


The Howells-Dodge Girls look to be a good and strong team this year under long time Head Coach Scott Polacek.


The Jaguars return players like Cassie Pieper, Riley Pokorny, Janessa Schmidt, Brooklyn Macholan, Lilly Praest, Sasha Perrin, and Jaedyn Ratzlaff. 


Howells-Dodge returns quite a bit from last year's squad and has a good strong core group of newcomers as well.


I look for the Jaguars to be much improved from their 9-14 records of the past two seasons.


Of course the Coronavirus Pandemic has complicated things for everyone this year. 


Coach Polacek says his team was still able to go up against some quality competition over the summer. "The pandemic messed with our entire summer, but it turned out to be good and bad at times. It affected the weight room and stopped all the camps which we had scheduled. However, we were able to host a team camp with Pender and Wynot. Both are top-notch teams, so that camp was a bonus for us. We also attended Gretna's camp and played some tough teams there. We got plenty of individual work in, which was better than in past years."


I think seeing that level of competition over the summer is only going to help strengthen and bolster Howells-Dodge this season.


Season Outlook:


The Howells-Dodge Girls, like everyone else across the state, will have to play in front of just immediate household members and 25% capacity gyms this season.


Coach Polacek shares his outlook on the situation. "While the noise may be down a bit, the way we play the game won't change. I am very happy that family members can see their daughters play. Hopefully the others have a little internet access so they can tune in from time to time from their home."


The Jaguars will have to create their own energy and spark, and find some will from within to perform at a high level.


Coach Polacek says the team is excited for the beginning of the season as usual. "The excitement of the first week never changes, no matter whom you return for letterwinners, seniors, or in the middle of rebuilding. Week 1 is fun, because the sky's the limit."


I think Howells-Dodge has a great chance to be successful this year.


It should be a fun filled, action packed, and entertaining season full of memories and laughs for the Jaguars this year.


Howells-Dodge is in Sub-District C2-3 with GACC, Wisner-Pilger, and Tekamah-Herman.


2020-2021 Howells-Dodge Jaguars Girls Basketball Schedule:


12/03/20 @ Pierce

12/04/20 Stanton

12/08/20 Aquinas Catholic

12/10/20 @ Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family

12/12/20 Oakland-Craig

12/15/20 @ West Point-Beemer

12/18/20 BRLD

12/19/20 @ Clarkson/Leigh

12/28-12/29 (To Be Determined) Mead Holiday Tournament Mead, NE

01/08/21 Humphrey St. Francis

01/09/21 @ Plainview

01/12/21 @ Lutheran High Northeast

01/15/21 Wisner-Pilger

01/16/21 Mead

01/22/21 Tekamah-Herman

01/23/21 @ Pender

01/26/21 Battle Creek

01/29-02/06 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conference Tournament Midland University

02/11/21 @ North Bend Central

Tri County Northeast Boys and Girls ready to take aim in 1st year of Co-op
2020-11-20T02:59

 



Team: Tri County Northeast

Mascot: Wolfpack

Colors: Carolina Blue, Black, Gray, and White

Class: C-2

Conference: Lewis and Clark 

Head Coach: Chris Blohm 

Overview:

A new Co-op has been born, and that is the Tri County Northeast Wolfpack, which is comprised of Emerson-Hubbard and Allen.

The Head Coach is Chris Blohm, who is in his 2nd season after coaching Allen last year.

Returning players from both schools from last year include Garrett Blanke Jr. 6-1 G/F, Brock Mackling Jr. 6-0 G/F, Nate Oswald Jr. 6-2 G, Ty Krommenhoek Jr. 6-1 G, Josh Olesen Jr. 6-1 G/F, Kobe Kumm Sr. 5-8 G, Reed Hingst Sr. 6-0 G/F, Anthony Isom Sr. 5-10 F, Ryan Kinnaman Sr. 5-9 G, Mason Hall Sr. 6-2 G/F, and Steven Sullivan Sr. 6-2 F.

Newcomers include Stephon Small Fr. 5-9 G, Michael Dickens Fr. 5-9 G, Marquise Moniz-Sodofsky Fr. 6-1 G/F, Hunter Heikes Fr. 5-10 G/F, Caidan Gregg So. 5-10 G, Brody Floyd So. 5-10 F, Joe Grone So. 5-10 G, Colton Stallbaum  So. 5-9 G, Jose Rodriguez So. 5-10 G, and Nick Busker Jr. 5-10 G/F.

Coach Blohm discusses how his team has responded to the Coronavirus Pandemic. "The pandemic hasn’t had much effect on how practice has been run. The only difference is to try to limit the time we are doing a drill and split it into groups as much as possible. Overall, we are trying to keep practices competitive as possible given the current circumstances. The players know how unpredictable this situation is, and they are taking advantage of ensuring they have no regrets."

I'm sure all these kids are competing very hard against one another for playing time, and making one another better.

Allen had a good season last year, and Emerson-Hubbard was good in 2018-2019 so I think this Co-op has a chance to do very well this year.

Coach Blohm says the Wolfpack expects a lot out of themselves. This season will be determined by our ability to come together as a team. This will be our first year as the Tri County Northeast Wolfpack coop. We will be returning a lot of strong, athletic players from both Emerson-Hubbard and Allen. Our ability to make plays offensively will be a huge factor in how our season plays out, but our ability to defend is something we can rely on when the shots are not falling. Even as a first-year coop, the players and coaches have high expectations for the season, and we feel we have the ability to win a lot of games."

The Wolfpack is in Class C-2 so that will make for a tough challenge come Sub-District Time, but Tri County Northeast has a lot of talented kids and athletes from both schools as Coach Blohm said, and I look for them to do well this year.

Season Outlook:

Tri County Northeast has to play its inaugural game and season in front of just immediate household members and 25% capacity gyms.

Kind of a tough way to start, but it is what it is.

Coach Blohm doesn't think it will have much of an impact on the Wolfpack given the schools' size. "With being such a small school, it doesn’t affect us as much as it would a bigger school. I think that no matter what the situation is, the kids will play as hard as they can, and give great support from the bench. Families are always the main supporters in the stands, so I do not see any changes in that aspect."

This is very true, but not having the student body and band all all that sort of thing there will definitely make it a different dynamic for sure.

Coach Blohm says the team is just happy to play and will enjoy playing. "The players and coaches are just excited to have an opportunity to play. No matter what happens, we are trying to create memories for the players. All the coaches can ask for is for the players to give there best effort every time they step on the court. They know that every day could change, and that is something we do not need to remind them. I feel that it is just a known factor to this season, and no one can control what happens. My main focus is for them to enjoy the process and just control what they can control. We want the players to focus on playing, while the coaches make the adjustments to accommodate to the situation."

The Wolfpack is in Sub-District C2-4 with BRLD, Wakefield, Ponca, and Omaha Nation.

A very tough and difficult Sub-District for sure, but I guess Tri County Northeast can cross that bridge when they get there.

Right now the focus has to be playing and keeping everyone healthy as possible.

2020-2021 Tri County Northeast Wolfpack Boys Basketball Schedule:

12/04/20 @ Bloomfield
12/07/20 @ Cedar Bluffs
12/11/20 @ Laurel-Concord-Coleridge
12/15/20 @ Hartington-Newcastle
12/17/20 Winside
12/18/20 Ponca
12/28-12/29 (To Be Determined) Clearwater Holiday Tournament Clearwater
01/05/21 @ Cornerstone Christian
01/12/21 Winnebago
01/16/21 Whiting,
01/19/21 @ Homer
01/21/21 @ Wausa
01/22/21 Wakefield
01/25/21 @ Walthill
01/26/21 @ Pender
01/30-02/08 (To Be Determined) Lewis and Clark Conference Tournament TBD/TBD
02/09/21 Randolph
02/12/21 @ Siouxland Community Christian, IA
02/13/21 Omaha Nation
02/19/21 Stanton







Team: Tri County Northeast

Mascot: Wolfpack

Colors: Carolina Blue, Black, Gray, and White

Class: D-1

Conference: Lewis and Clark 

Head Coach: Evan Colfack  

Overview:

Tri County Northeast goes at it in Girls Basketball after competing together in Volleyball this past fall.

The Wolfpack is coached by Evan Colfack, who is in his 1st year.

Returners include Carly Dickens Sr 5’1 PG, SG 14 2019-2020 Letter Winner, Alli Jackson Sr 5’7 SG 2 2019-2020 Letter Winner, Jordyn Carr Jr 5’6 PG,SG 22 2019-2020 Letter Winner, Max Preps regional player of the week, First Team All Conference, 19ppg, 118 rebounds, 86 assists, 106 steals, Brynn Schock Jr 5’9 P 24 2019-2020 Letter Winner, Jazmin Delatorre Jr 5’6 SG 20 2019-2020 Letter Winner, Brianna Bousquet So 5’7 SG 3 2019-2020 Letter Winner, Elizabeth Sattler So 5’6 P 13 2019-2020 Letter Winner, Charlie Doyle So 5’3 SG 4 2019-2020 Letter Winner, and Katie Utech So 5’9 P 10 2019-2020 Letter Winner.

Newcomers include Taylor Boyle Sr 5’6 SG 15, Rhyanne Mackling Fr 5’6 PG,SG 5, Ava Anderson Fr 5’9 P 30, Olivia Dekok Fr 5’7 P 35, Codi Olson Fr 5’1 SG 1, and Adyson Vraspir Fr 5’6 SG 11.

Coach Colfack says the start of the Co-op didn't go as planned due to COVID-19. "This summer was completely different due to the coronavirus pandemic. We were hoping to get the co-op kicked off by combining summer weights programs to get the kids involved with one another. That was cancelled due to the pandemic and each school held their own summer weights program. Normally there would be multiple open gyms throughout the summer and summer leagues, but many of those were canceled. We were very fortunate to have BEST basketball camp hosted between the two schools."

Many other schools were in the same boat as Tri County Northeast due to this nasty virus.

Coach Colfack says the Wolfpack has a strong core nucleus of players back between the two schools. "Tri County Northeast girls basketball is starting their very first season together as a new co-op. We have two returning seniors, Carly Dickens and Alli Jackson who played for Wakefield-Allen co-op last season. Jordyn Carr, a junior, was also part of last year’s Wakefield-Allen co-op. She will be accompanied by two more Emerson-Hubbard Juniors, Jazmin Delatorre and Brynn Schock. Brianna Bousquet, Katie Utech, Elizabeth Sattler, and Charlie Doyle are returning Sophomores from Emerson Hubbard. Taylor Boyle (a senior) and five freshman, Rhyanne Mackling, Ava Anderson, Olivia Dekok, Codi Olson, and Adyson Vraspir are the newcomers of the group."

This should help offset any challenges Tri County Northeast may face with reduced capacity at games.

Season Outlook:

Tri County Northeast will have to play with immediate household members only, and 25% gym capacity.

Everyone else is in the same boat of course given the Winter Sports DHM's.

Coach Colfack says the team will have to adjust, but is just glad to play. "It is going to be different playing in front of immediate household members only, but I’m just glad we are getting the opportunity to start the season on time. The girls are really going to have to communicate on the court and on the bench to get any sort of atmosphere."

Coach Colfack looks for the success the Wolfpack had in Volleyball to carry over to Basketball. "Many of these girls started off the co-op playing volleyball. As a first year co-op, they had a lot of success. It is always tough learning a new coach and teammates, they battled through some ups and down but ultimately got better from the beginning of the season to the end. For basketball, we will now build on those relationships. The bar has been set for Tri County Northeast. I have no doubt the girls will now do the same as they did in volleyball and get better every single week. No matter what their roles were last year, they are going to be asked to elevate to another level if we want to have another successful season."

I certainly feel like this Co-op has the potential to do well this year and in the future, especially given who all is on the team from both schools.

Coach Colfack says the Co-op has been a really good thing. "I am very excited for this new co-op. We are lucky to have amazing administration at both schools to make this transition smooth. The Tri County Northeast volleyball team already saw tremendous success. I believe the girls basketball team will build off of that success and continue to build a culture."

I'm sure the Wolfpack is very excited to get the season started.

Tri County Northeast is in Sub-District D1-3 with Osmond, Plainview, Wausa, and Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family.

Those teams certainly pose a different and unique challenge, but one I'm sure the Wolfpack will be ready to meet when the time comes.

2020-2021 Tri County Northeast Wolfpack Girls Basketball Schedule:

12/04/20 @ Bloomfield
12/07/20 @ Cedar Bluffs
12/11/20 @ Laurel-Concord-Coleridge
12/15/20 @ Hartington-Newcastle
12/17/20 Winside
12/18/20 Ponca
12/28-12/29 (To Be Determined) Clearwater Holiday Tournament Clearwater
01/05/21 @ Cornerstone Christian
01/09/21 Hartington Cedar Catholic
01/12/21 Winnebago
01/16/21 Whiting, IA
01/19/21 @ Homer
01/21/21 @ Wausa
01/22/21 Wakefield
01/25/21 @ Walthill
01/26/21 @ Pender
01/30-02/08 (To Be Determined) Lewis and Clark Conference Tournament TBD
02/09/21 Randolph
02/13/21 Omaha Nation

West Point-Beemer Boys and Girls looking for returning experience to lead to big things
2020-11-20T01:41

 











Team: West Point-Beemer


Mascot: Cadets


Colors: Red, Black, and White


Class: C-1


Conference: East Husker


Head Coach: Jahn Kile (2nd season)


2019-2020 record: 6-19 (lost to Wayne in Sub-Districts)


Returning Starters: 5


Overview:


The West Point-Beemer Boys return everyone from last year and look for big things under 2nd year Head Coach Jahn Kile.


The returners include Jesus Barragan (5'10, SR PG), Scott Kienbaum (5'5, SR), Drake Repschlaeger, Riley Penrose, Keegan Doggett (6'2, JR SG), Zach Vander Griend (6'0, SR), Miguel Perez, 6'5, JR C/PF), and Jaylen Kile (SO, SF).


I think the strong finish to the season last year can yield bigger and better results for the Cadets this year.


Coach Kile says things have been different dealing with the Pandemic. "It's been different this year because the players must wear masks at practice. The feeling of staying apart and social distancing makes things feel a little weird. We've also had some players out due to the virus and we've had some injuries from football which makes things a little different."


The injuries from football could certainly hamper or hurt West Point-Beemer, at least early on in the season.


The Cadets will simply have to overcome the injuries due to Football. There's not a lot that can be done about players missing time due to the virus given everything that is already in place at the school and the state so that's just something West Point-Beemer along with everyone else will have to deal with this year.


Season Outlook:


The West Point-Beemer Boys will have to play in front of just immediate household members and 25% capacity gyms.


Everyone else is in the same situation of course, and it's just something the Cadets and everyone will have to adjust and adapt to.


Coach Kile says it won't affect the team much. "To be honest the limited fans won't make that much difference. The game on the court is where most of our focus goes anyway. The summer leagues and games usually don't have many fans, so I imagine it will be a lot like summer basketball."


The Cadets simply have to go out there and play, and just play their game at all times.


Coach Kile shares his thoughts on the start of the season. "The anticipation for the season has been one of the things which have been like a roller coaster. The ups and downs and the thoughts of having the season pushed back or canceled makes it tougher. Not being able to control what other schools will do may also be a big part of the season. If other schools cancel games, more than likely they won't be rescheduled. I think the players need the season. So many of them were cheated out of their Spring sports and they need to have the opportunity to play."


I completely agree with Coach Kile. I think it's imperative and paramount that the kids play, in a safe manner of course.


I really feel as if there will be a season, it's just hard saying how and what that will look like exactly.


I would simply say that West Point-Beemer has to be ready to play, but be ready to adapt to anything and everything thrown their way.


The Cadets are in Sub-District C1-7 with Logan View/Scribner-Snyder, Winnebago, and Wayne.



Partial 2020-2021 West Point-Beemer Cadets Boys Basketball Schedule:


12/08/20 @ Stanton

12/10/20 @ North Bend Central

12/15/20 Howells-Dodge

12/19/20 Columbus Scotus

01/08/21 @ Wisner-Pilger

01/09/21 BRLD

01/12/21 Battle Creek

01/14/21 Schuyler

01/16/21 @ Tekamah-Herman

02/09/21 Madison















Team: West Point-Beemer


Mascot: Cadets


Colors: Red, Black, and White


Class: C-1


Conference: East Husker


Head Coach: Taylor Shepard (3rd season) (46-9 record)


2019-2020 record: 23-6 (Lost to North Bend Central in first round of state)


Returning Starters: 5


Overview:


The West Point-Beemer Girls are looking for a breakout year this year, and figure to have the opportunity to do it too with basically everybody back from last year.


The Cadets welcome back the likes of Brooklyn Weddle (5'4, SR PG), Rachel Groth (5'10, PF/C SR), Reece Snodgrass (5'6, PG/SG SR), Sidney Swanson (5'6, SR PG), Emily Toelle (JR SG), Jadyn Meiergerd 5'7, JR PG/SG), Katie Rainforth (JR PF), and Katie Groth (SO PF/C.


Of course the Coronavirus Pandemic had an impact on the offseason. 3rd year Head Coach Taylor Shepard says the team has simply continued to go with the flow. "While this season has looked a little different, our girls have really taken it all in stride. Our practices have still been filled with energy and we have enjoyed being on the court. We haven't really noticed a change with COVID protocols, but are continuing to focus on our game and helping our team be as successful as possible this season."


West Point-Beemer figures to have a great and dynamic season once again this year.


I really feel as if the Cadets are going to be better and well equipped to win a game at State this year if not more.


I really think this is West Point-Beemer's best chance to not only go down to State again, but win this time around.


The Cadets want to be competing for State Championships, and it wouldn't shock me if West Point-Beemer was right in the mix of doing just that this year.


Season Outlook:


The West Point-Beemer Girls will be playing in front of just immediate household members and 25% capacity gyms, just like every other team will be. 


Coach Shepard says things will be different, but feels the team will rely on each other to be successful. "We are fortunate enough to have a lot of community support at our games, and it will definitely be a different atmosphere this season. However, we are so thankful for the opportunity to go out and compete, and are focused on our team and what we need to do to reach our goals. Our players on the bench are so involved in the games, and are a huge intangible that we bring into each game, so I think that will be to our benefit this season."


Swanson recently signed with the University of Sioux Falls so I'm sure that's something the team is excited about for her. 


Swanson has helped lead the Cadets to back-to-back State Tournament Appearances, and says expectations are high heading into this year. "Yeah I have really high goals and standards for the season. My ultimate goal would probably be with the Pandemic and COVID s that we get to have a full season. And then we have some higher competition games this year, and really think we can win a lot of those. And then yeah just to make a run in Conference and win that. And then make it to the State Tournament and hopefully go far in the tournament and compete for a State Championship. We've had four seniors that have been playing together since 3rd grade, and I think it would be great if we could end it down in Lincoln together."


I think it would be so great if the Cadets could end up playing at Pinnacle Bank Arena come State Tournament time.


That would truly be a dream come true for these players, and it would be awesome if West Point-Beemer could play on the Huskers' home floor.


Coach Shepard says the team is very excited for the potential they have this season. "It has been a good start to the season thus far, and we are really excited for this team and what they are capable of accomplishing. Our girls have big goals for the season, so we are focusing on taking advantage of each time that we step foot onto the floor."


I really think a 3rd or a 4th place finish at State this year is very possible, and who knows, perhaps the Cadets could make it to the State Championship and win the whole ball of wax.


We will simply see how things go and transpire this year.


West Point-Beemer has a really tough Sub-District as they are in C1-5 with North Bend Central, Oakland-Craig, Logan View/Scribner-Snyder, and Arlington.


Being in that Sub-District makes every game so crucial and important and paramount if you may.


Partial 2020-2021 West Point-Beemer Cadets Girls Basketball Schedule:


12/08/20 @ Stanton

12/10/20 @ North Bend Central

12/15/20 Howells-Dodge

12/19/20 Columbus Scotus

01/08/21 @ Wisner-Pilger

01/09/21 BRLD

01/12/21 Battle Creek

01/14/21 Schuyler

02/09/21 Madison

GACC Boys and Girls have high expectations coming into season
2020-11-20T12:56

 





Team: Guardian Angels Central Catholic

Mascot: Bluejays

Colors: Blue and White

Class: C-2

Conference: Mid-State

Head Coach: Matt Mackling (1st season)

2019-2020 record: 11-13 (lost to Oakland-Craig in Sub-Districts)

Returning Starters: N/A

Overview:

The Guardian Angels Central Catholic Boys are under new leadership as Matt Mackling takes over the program for Alex Stieren.

The Bluejays lost quite a bit to graduation, but bring back the likes of Brendan Rief, Nate Niewohner, Ben Ulrich, and Cody Steffen.

GACC lost a couple of big post players in Casey Doernemann and Adam Reeson so the inside game could be a developmental area for the Bluejays this season.

Coach Mackling says the kids have been able to get quite a bit done despite the pandemic. "Things have been very different but still productive. We have been able to hold 75% of our off season conditioning outdoors due to our nice weather we've experienced so far. We had to get creative with a few workouts but feel we accomplished what was needed during this time. Season has started and we are taking every precaution to allow our boys to get as much done as possible. Even though it takes a little discipline to wear masks, wash hands and sanitize everything we will all do are part of giving us every opportunity to have a season. All the boys are on board! We have adapted well."

It sounds like GACC could very well be ahead of the curve compared to everyone else.

Expectations are always high at GACC, and I'm sure this year is no different.

I look for the Bluejays to get better as the year goes on, and have a nice, respectable season.

That is of course if we get a season, which I believe we will in some form or fashion.

Season Outlook:

GACC will have to play in front of just immediate household members and 25% capacity in gyms as will everybody else.

Coach Mackling says the kids just simply want to play. "I do think some of the boys really look forward to displaying their talents and work in front of an electric crowd but at the end of the day they want to compete and we wouldn't care if we played in a completely empty building or outdoors if it was our only option!"

It will definitely make for a different atmosphere that is for sure.

The Bluejays will definitely have to find some will from within and bring some of their own energy to play and do well.

Coach Mackling says the team has been chomping at the bit to get out there and play. "We have been more than anxious to get the season started and have been working hard to prepare! "

I'm optimistic that GACC can have some success this year.

I think the Bluejays can finish with a winning record and have a good season.

GACC is going to be fairly young this year I think so the Bluejays may struggle early, but I look for GACC to get better as the season progresses and hit their stride about midseason perhaps.

The Bluejays are in Sub-District C2-3 with Oakland-Craig, Wisner-Pilger, Clarkson/Leigh, Wisner-Pilger, and Tekamah-Herman.

Partial 2020-2021 GACC Bluejays Boys Basketball Schedule:

12/04/20 @ Wisner-Pilger
12/08/20 Columbus Scotus
12/10/20 Wynot
01/16/21 @ Boone Central
01/19/21 @ Battle Creek
01/22/21 @ O'Neill
01/23/21 Hartington Cedar Catholic
01/28/21 Mead
02/09/21 @ Norfolk Catholic
02/19/21 @ Winnebago






Team: Guardian Angels Central Catholic

Mascot: Bluejays

Colors: Blue and White

Class: C-2

Conference: Mid-State

Head Coach: Jerry Stracke (23rd season) (453-119 career record)

2019-2020 record: 22-4 (lost to Clarkson/Leigh in Sub-State Final)

Returning Starters: N/A

Overview:

The Guardian Angels Central Catholic Girls figure to be very good once again this year with the return of about everybody from last year's team.

A few of the returners are Brenna Rief, Sophia Hass, and Kate Gnad.

These three along with the newcomers should provide a lot of dynamic ability for the Bluejays.

GACC had a tough loss in the Sub-State Final to Clarkson/Leigh last year, and you can bet the Bluejays have been working extremely hard to get back to the top.

Longtime Head Coach Jerry Stracke says things have been different given the Coronavirus Pandemic, however. "The coronavirus has made a big difference on how we approach things this year. We didn't get the off season that we liked to have but I guess all the teams are in the same situation. We also taking the approach with getting everything in early at practice not knowing if you will have all your players or be playing all the teams on your schedule. So maybe a little sense of urgency this year - especially falling short of make it to state last year."

With just about everybody back from last year you have to figure GACC has a great chance to make it back to State this year.

The Bluejays have to really get after things though and have to really want it. And that won't be easy given the current fan attendance situation for the season.

GACC can definitely do it though.

Season Outlook:

The GACC Girls, like everybody else, will be playing in front of just immediate household family members and 25% capacity gyms.

Coach Stracke says things won't be the same. "It's going to be different that's for sure. But we need to do everything we can to give the girls a shot at a season."

That is what is most important at the end of the day, is playing.

The Bluejays won't be playing in front of packed gyms and loud atmospheres and such though.

GACC is probably used to playing in that kind of atmosphere, but the Bluejays will simply have to create their own energy and enthusiasm and will have to be even physically and mentally tougher than before.

GACC can definitely do it, it's just going to take some adjusting and adapting from them.

Coach Stracke says the team is ready to go, but a little unsure of things at the moment. "We are very excited for the season to get started and a little apprehensive and nervous of not knowing what is going to happen or how things will end up."

I do truly believe there will be a season of some sort, it just simply depends on what and how it's going to look like.

The Bluejays are in Sub-District C2-3 with the likes of Howells-Dodge, Wisner-Pilger, and Tekamah-Herman.

It should be another big and exciting year for GACC Girls Basketball.

I'm excited to see what the Bluejays can do this year and how far they can go.

Partial 2020-2021 GACC Bluejays Girls Basketball Schedule:

12/04/20 @ Wisner-Pilger
12/08/20 Columbus Scotus
12/10/20 Wynot
12/17/20 @ Winnebago
12/19/20 @ Norfolk Catholic
01/07/21 Bishop Neumann
01/16/21 @ Boone Central
01/19/21 @ Battle Creek
01/22/21 @ O'Neill
01/23/21 Hartington Cedar Catholic
01/28/21 Mead
Clarkson/Leigh Boys and Girls aiming for big seasons
2020-11-19T09:01

 


Team: Clarkson/Leigh

Mascot: Patriots

Colors: Red, Blue, Gray

Class: C-2

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Jeff Bachman 4th season) (18-46 record)

2019-2020 record: 8-14 (lost to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family in Sub-Districts)

Returning Starters: 4

Overview:

The Clarkson/Leigh Boys look to improve upon last year's 8 wins, a season in which the Patriots did some nice things.

4 starters return for 4th year Head Coach Jeff Bachman, and they are Jarred Novotny (6'1, JR F/G), who averaged 15 points a game last year, Carter Hanel (6'4, JR C), Lance Paprocki (5'9, SR G), and Eli Hays (5'7, JR G).

Other returning letterwinners/newcomers include Kyle Kasik (5'10, SO G), Mitch Beeson (6'0, JR F), Trevor Zulkoski (6'1, SR F), Mason Whitmore (6'2, SO F/G), Logan Schroeder (5'7, JR G), Gavin Novotny (5'6, JR G), and Kyan Schnelle (6'3, JR C).

A lot of talent back for the Patriots this season, and Clarkson/Leigh would be even stronger if they had Tommy McEvoy and Drew Beeson, but both players will miss the entire season due to injury.

Coach Bachman says the Coronavirus Pandemic has thrown everything for a loop. "Things have been very different, we missed out on a lot of gym time with the guys this summer. They did a great job of completing 'Shooting Challenges' at home, but it's not the same as being able to be with them in the gym. As we are in practice and preparing for the season we have stressed the importance of wearing masks and following the required guidelines so we can continue to play. The guys have done a great job of being diligent and have shown they truly want to play."

The Patriots have high expectations this year, and Coach Bachman is expecting big things. "Should be a coming of age season for us. Lots of experience and opportunity to be successful."

It certainly sounds like a lot of teams in the area are going to be very good this year both boys and girls so let's hope there's a season, however and whatever that looks like.

Season Outlook:

The Clarkson/Leigh Boys, like everyone else, will have to play their games in front of just immediate household members and 25% gym capacity.

Coach Bachman tells KTIC Sports things won't be the same, but everyone will simply have to adapt. "It will definitely be different. We have great community support at Clarkson-Leigh and will miss seeing some of our supporters who are with us at every game. I truly feel bad for some of our grandparents and community members who are die hard supporters who won't be able to attend. I am extremely thankful that we have a great stream team that will provide an opportunity for them to watch at home. Our players will have to bring the extra energy that is created by our crowd."

Find some energy and enthusiasm from within, that's exactly what the Patriots will have to do this season.

Coach Bachman says the season will have a different feel to it, but he's just thankful there is one. "I am very excited the season is here and that we are able to play. It will definitely be like no other season we have participated in. The important thing right now is we are in the gym, giving the players an opportunity to participate in this activity."

The most important thing is to have a season, however and whatever that looks like, in a safe manner of course.

I think there will be a season of some sort, it's just a matter of what it will look like.

Clarkson/Leigh is in C-2 this year so the jump will be a challenge come postseason time no doubt.

The Patriots are in Sub-District C2-3 with GACC, Oakland-Craig, Wisner-Pilger, and Tekamah-Herman.

2020-2021 Clarkson/Leigh Patriots Boys Basketball Schedule:

12/04/20 @ Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family
12/05/20 Madison
12/08/20 @ Oakland-Craig
12/10/20 @ Winside
12/11/20 BRLD
12/19/20 Howells-Dodge
12/22/20 @ Columbus Lakeview
12/28-12/29 (To Be Determined) Shelby-Rising City Public School Shelby
01/05/21 @ Aquinas Catholic
01/08/21 Pierce Site: Tyson Event Center Tyson Event Center
01/09/21 @ Tekamah-Herman
01/15/21 Humphrey St. Francis
01/16/21 @ Pender
01/21/21 @ Twin River
01/22/21 Pender
01/26/21 @ Wisner-Pilger
01/29-02/06 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conference Tournament TBD
02/11/21 @ Stanton
02/12/21 @ East Butler
02/19/21 David City




Team: Clarkson/Leigh

Mascot: Patriots

Colors: Red, Blue, Gray

Class: C-2

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Matt Murren (8th season) (85-82 record)

2019-2020 record: 20-6 (lost to Oakland-Craig at State)

Returning Starters: N/A

Overview:

The Clarkson/Leigh Girls look to build off last year's success when they made the State Tournament for the first time in Co-Op History.

Plenty of talent is back for 8th year Head Coach Matt Murren, including Cassidy Hoffman 12 6’ P, Kennedy Settje 11 5’7 G, Kayden Schumacher 12 5’8 P, Alissa Kasik 12 5’5 G, Bailey Lemburg 12 5’5 G, Faith Indra 11 5’4 G, and Emily Loseke 12 5’4 G.

Others who could contribute include Chloe Hanel 9 5’9 P and Makenna Held 11 5’7 G.

Coach Murren identifies his team's strengths. "Defense, transition offense, returning 6 players in rotation from 19-20."

Coach Murren adds consistency in scoring is a weakness. I thought the Patriots improved in that area last year though.

Coach Murren says the kids have adapted and adjusted to the Coronavirus Pandemic despite how difficult its been. "The pandemic has made all high school athletics make adjustments. In the summer we were only allowed to get shots up initially, then progressed allowing a few scrimmages but we are making the best of all the situations. The goal of all adjustments that we make are to allow the athletes the opportunity to play and compete. Individually all kids have their own water bottles and we limit use of fountains. We temperature check before practice. We are trying to do all we can to keep the kids safe and give them the opportunity they deserve."

The Patriots got through and experienced things during the Volleyball Season, and went on to do very well, and I feel like Clarkson/Leigh could make another run in Basketball this year as well.

Coach Murren says his team has the pieces and tools in place for that to happen. "The Patriots are coming off their first state tournament berth in school history in 2020. They return 3 of their 5 starters from that team and 6 of the top 8 players in that rotation. They will be lead by 3 time letter winner and 2 year starter Cassidy Hoffman who should have the ability to handle the post. Leading scorer junior Kennedy Settje is back for the Patriots and looks to have a break out junior season as one of the best shooters in the class. They should have a strong inside presence with Schumacher and Hanel as well as guards that can really shoot the ball from the perimeter in with Kasik, Lemburg and Indra. Consistency in their scoring will be a main key for the Patriots but the ability to score the ball is there."

Season Outlook:

The Clarkson/Leigh Girls, like everyone else, will be playing in front of just immediate household family members and 25% gym capacity at games.

Coach Murren says playing is what matters most. "As long as the kids have the opportunity to play, we will be happy with whomever is allowed to attend. The gym may be a little less full but the kids will still get the experience they deserve if they are able to take the court. We have some great parents here at Clarkson-Leigh and they will make sure to make the games fun for the kids if it is household members only. That is the great thing about our schools and teams is that we have a great group of adults that all get along and will do all they can to make it the best experience for the kids during the games that they can."

I have no doubt that the Patriots will make the most of whatever situation they are faced with.

Coach Murren says he and the team are very excited that the season is here. "When we started the year I was just hoping we'd get to the winter season with a chance to play. Now we are here and it feels great to start practice and have the team back together. We need to make sure we do everything we can precautionary to keep the season going and we will. It is going to be a fun season for the girls. They have put in a lot of work to get to the spot we currently are and they deserve the chance to showcase all that work."

Let's hope there is a season of some sort and Clarkson/Leigh gets the chance to make another State run this season.

The Patriots are in Sub-District C2-6 with Lutheran High Northeast, Norfolk Catholic, Stanton, and Madison.

It should be a fun and exciting year for Clarkson/Leigh to say the least!

2020-2021 Clarkson/Leigh Patriots Girls Basketball Schedule:

12/04/20 @ Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family
12/05/20 Madison
12/08/20 @ Oakland-Craig
12/10/20 @ Winside
12/11/20 BRLD
12/15/20 David City
12/19/20 Howells-Dodge
12/22/20 @ Columbus Lakeview
12/28-12/29 (To Be Determined) Shelby-Rising City Public School Shelby
01/05/21 @ Aquinas Catholic
01/08/21 East Butler
01/09/21 @ Tekamah-Herman
01/15/21 Humphrey St. Francis
01/16/21 @ Pender
01/21/21 @ Twin River
01/22/21 Lutheran High Northeast
01/26/21 @ Wisner-Pilger
01/29-02/06 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conference Tournament Midland University
02/09/21 @ Pierce
02/11/21 @ Stanton
BRLD Boys look to continue success; Girls look to take next step
2020-11-19T08:17

 



Team: Bancroft-Rosalie-Lyons-Decatur

Mascot: Wolverines

Colors: UCLA Blue, Black, and Gold

Class: C-2

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Cory Meyer (7th season) (136-28 record)

2019-2020 record: 29-0 (Won State)

Returning Starters: 2

Overview:

The BRLD Boys look to continue to be good after winning back-to-back State Titles, including a perfect 29-0 undefeated season last year.

The Wolverines return just two starters from last year, however, and they are Lucas Vogt (6'0, SR G) and Dylan Beutler (6'4, SR Post).

Other returners include Derek Petersen (6'0, SR Post), Micah Henschen (5'11, SR G), and Zach Hegge (6'2, SR Post).

Some top newcomers include Caden Hansen (5'11, JR G), Elliot Nottleman (6'2, SO G), Isaiah Snyder (5'11, SR G), and Toriano Bohannon Jr. (6'0, SR G).

Many are possibly thinking the Wolverines could have a drop off this year, and they could, but I still expect BRLD to be very good and competitive.

The Wolverines always have kids who can ball, and I don't look for this year to be any different.

7th year Head Coach Cory Meyer says the pandemic has thrown a curveball their way. "We didn't get near as many games in this summer as we usually get in because of Covid but it was nice to get a few (4) games in. It stinks that we don't really know what's going to happen as it will be a day by day situation. "

I honestly think this season has to kind of be a wait and see approach.

Prepare as if things are going to be played, but be ready for anything to happen at a moment's notice.

Season Outlook:

The BRLD Boys, like everyone else, will be playing in front of just immediate household family members with 25% gym capacity at all games.

Coach Meyer says his team doesn't necessarily like it, but they're familiar with it. "What will it be like playing in front of just immediate household members? It'll feel like it did in last year's state tournament. It's unfortunate that we can't pack our gyms like before, but I'm just glad the players can play right now."

I think there will be a season it's just a matter of what it looks like exactly.

Coach Meyer feels the team could do some really special things this year. "I'm very excited to get the season underway. I think we have a great group of players and could have a great season. We just need time and experience for those who didn't see much action last season. The potential is there, only time will tell."

I think it's one of those things where it might take a few games, or the first half of the season, for everyone to be playing up to their potential.

I think once this team starts clicking though they will be very tough to beat.

Coach Meyer adds he's ready to get things going. "Very excited to get the season started. I think we will have another good year. How good is yet to be determined."

The Wolverines are in Sub-District C2-4 with Ponca, Omaha Nation, Wakefield, and Tri County Northeast.

That should be a pretty good and competitive Sub-District I would think.

A long ways to go before we get to that point though.

2020-2021 BRLD Wolverines Boys Basketball Schedule:

12/03/20 @ Omaha Nation
12/05/20 Homer
12/08/20 Pierce
12/11/20 @ Clarkson/Leigh
12/18/20 @ Howells-Dodge
12/29-12/30 (To Be Determined) Louisville Holiday Tournament Louisville
01/07/21 @ Elkhorn North
01/09/21 @ West Point-Beemer
01/12/21 @ Tekamah-Herman
01/15/21 @ Oakland-Craig
01/16/21 Ponca
01/19/21 @ Wakefield
01/22/21 @ Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family
01/23/21 Stanton
01/26/21 @ Winnebago
01/29-02/06 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conference Tournament TBD
02/09/21 @ Wisner-Pilger
02/12/21 Logan View-Scribner-Snyder
02/13/21 Auburn Site: Heartland Classic - Grand Island Heartland Classic - Grand Island
02/19/21 Pender





Team: Bancroft-Rosalie-Lyons-Decatur

Mascot: Wolverines

Colors: UCLA Blue, Black, and Gold

Class: C-2

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Rod Peters (9th season) (130-63 record)

2019-2020 record: 20-6 (lost to Crofton in 1st round of State)

Returning Starters: N/A

Overview:

The BRLD Girls look to build off last year's State Tournament Berth and have an even bigger season this year.

The Wolverines return their top three scorers, and their projected starting lineup is Caragan Tietz SR. 5’9” G 11.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.5 apg. 1st Team All-Conf. 2nd Team All-State, Jordan Snyder JR 6’2” C 11.8 ppg. 7.0 rpg 3rd Team All-Conf. HM All State, Isabel Freemont SR 5’8 G 9.8 ppg, 3 rpg, 2.2 apg HM All Conf., Aubrey Berg SR 5’5” G 2.5 ppg, and Alyssa Buchholz JR 5’9” G 6.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.2 apg.

9th year Head Coach Rod Peters tells KTIC Sports the Coronavirus Pandemic has affected his team just like it has everyone else. "Unfortunately, because of the pandemic we were unable to as many things this summer as we are used to doing. We were able to go to one camp. Otherwise, we held open gyms and girls did a great job of getting in the weight room. So far practices having been going well. We were a little behind at the beginning because of the shortened summer. We are slowly getting back to where we need to be at this time of the season."

It certainly sounds like the Wolverines are behind the 8 ball a little bit, but I totally expect BRLD to catch up and find their groove at some point.

Coach Peters says his team has a lot of potential this year. "I believe we will be very competitive again this year. We have a good nucleus returning. I am looking for some of the younger girls to step up and fill the rolls of those who graduated last year. We return our top 3 scorers from last year’s team. We will have to improve defensively if we want to make that next jump."

Hopefully the Wolverines can have a season just like everybody else because BRLD should have a very good and fine team this year.

I really feel like there will be some sort of a season it's just a matter of how and what it looks like.

Season Outlook:

The BRLD Girls, just like everyone else, will be playing in front of just immediate household family members and 25% gym capacity.

Coach Peters says having the opportunity to play is what matters most. "I just want there to be a season for the girls. They have worked hard they deserve the chance to play. With the ability to Striv people still have the opportunity to watch games."

This is true plus people can also listen to games on 107.9 the Bull.

So can the Wolverines meet and exceed expectations? I certainly think so, and feel it could be a very special season for BRLD.

Coach Peters says the girls are hungry and ready to get after things. "The girls have been excited to get the season started. After the success we had last year we hope to build on that success. We have a long ways to go, but the girls are working hard and I am excited for them."

There's certainly a lot of hard work to be put in for the Wolverines if they are to get where they want, but I totally expect BRLD to work their tails off and be relentless this year.

I'm excited to see how the Wolverines do in their journey towards another State run.

BRLD is in Sub-District C2-4 with Pender, Wakefield, and Omaha Nation.

The Pendragons should be very good, and I wouldn't be surprised if that Sub-District came down to those two just like things came down to those two in Volleyball Sub-Districts.

2020-2021 BRLD Wolverines Girls Basketball Schedule:

12/03/20 @ Omaha Nation
12/05/20 Homer
12/08/20 Pierce
12/11/20 @ Clarkson/Leigh
12/18/20 @ Howells-Dodge
12/22/20 Pender
12/29-12/30 (To Be Determined) Louisville Holiday Tournament Louisville
01/04/21 Wayne
01/07/21 @ Elkhorn North
01/09/21 @ West Point-Beemer
01/12/21 @ Tekamah-Herman
01/15/21 @ Oakland-Craig
01/16/21 Ponca
01/19/21 @ Wakefield
01/22/21 @ Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family
01/23/21 Stanton
01/26/21 @ Winnebago
01/29-02/06 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conference Tournament Midland University
02/09/21 @ Wisner-Pilger
02/12/21 Logan View-Scribner-Snyder
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Boys and Girls under new Leadership
2020-11-18T10:49

 




Team: Logan View/Scribner-Snyder


Mascot: Raiders


Colors: Blue and Gold


Class: C-1


Conference: Nebraska Capitol


Head Coach: Jake Scheef (1st season)


2019-2020 record: 17-9 (Lost to Wayne in Sub-District Final)


Returning Starters: 5


Overview:


The Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Boys are under the direction of former Assistant and First Year Head Coach Jake Scheef, who takes over for Sean Forbes, who accepted a position at Wahoo.


All 5 starters from last year's 17-9 team return for Coach Scheef, and they are Garrett Kriete (6'9, SR F), Connor Larson (5'11, SR G), Riley Hoetfelker (6'2, SR G), Jake Hagerbaumer (6'4, SR G), and Brett Uhing (5'11, SR F).


6th man Jayden Korman (6'3, SR F), returns as does Kayl Francis (5'10, JR G) and Alex Meyer (6'5, JR F).


Coach Scheef has this preseason assessment of his team. "Lots of length. Defense and rebounding should be our strengths. Need to find ways to score. Return 6 guys with starting experience and a very senior heavy team. Should be a fringe top 10 team."


Coach Scheef adds Kriete is a player to watch out for this year. "Garrett Kriete has been receiving D2 interest and should continue as he has grown into his body and really improved over the past year."


I think he has to dominate inside and block shots and score and be very effective on both ends of the floor for the Raiders to get over the hump and threshold this year.


Coach Scheef says starting practice felt pretty normal despite the pandemic. "It looks a lot different with the protocols and the masks but when it comes down to it, I thought the first day of practice went like a typical first day of practice. It was nice to get in the gym and have some normalcy and practice felt like that. The team is excited to be back to work and are looking forward to the season! "


I think the Raiders have everything it takes to be a State Team this season.


Season Outlook:


The Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Boys look to make their first State Tournament Appearance in School History.


It could very well happen too, but if it does it may be in front of just immediate household members given the current DHM's.


Coach Scheef says playing is the most important thing even if that means having to adapt and adjust. "It will definitely be different without the crowd and I know our guys are disappointed that they can't play in front of large crowds just yet, but we'll just have to create our own energy and come together as a team. If not having crowds means we get to continue on with our season then it is worth the cost."


Coach Scheef adds the team is anxious and excited to get going whenever that may be. "It has been a blast with the team and coaches. There were a lot of times since last season ended where I wasn't feeling so optimistic about the season so for November 16th to finally get here is awesome. We've got a great group of guys with a lot of returning experience so we've been waiting for this season to get here for a while. We're just going to take it a day at a time and control what we can control."


The Raiders are in Sub-District C1-7 with West Point-Beemer, Winnebago, and Wayne.


It's definitely the time for LVSS to make history there's no doubt about that.


Partial 2020-2021 Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Raiders Boys Basketball Schedule:


12/10/20 Wahoo

01/09/21 Stanton

01/12/21 @ Bishop Neumann

01/16/21 @ Wisner-Pilger

01/21/21 @ Raymond Central

02/05/21 Louisville

02/06/21 @ Syracuse

02/09/21 @ Ashland-Greenwood

02/12/21 @ BRLD

02/19/21 Yutan
















Team: Logan View/Scribner-Snyder


Mascot: Raiders


Colors: Blue and Gold


Class: C-1


Conference: Nebraska Capitol


Head Coach: Erin Johnson (1st season)


2019-2020 record: 5-18 (Lost to West Point-Beemer in Sub-Districts)


Returning Starters: 4


Overview:


The Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Girls are also under new leadership as former Assistant and First Year Head Coach Erin Johnson takes over the program, replacing Nick Hegge.


Four starters return for Coach Johnson, and they are Valerie Uehling (5'5, SR PG), Josie Kahlandt (5'6, SR SG), Cailey Stout (5'7, JR Post), and Maelee Beacom (5'7, JR F).


Other returning letterwinners and newcomers include Karlie Hansen (5'5, JR G), Grace Schlueter (5'9, SO F), Sophia Vacha (5'9, SO P), Cadynce Stockamp (5'7, SO G), Brooklyn Reynolds (5'7, JR G), and Ellie Smith (5'7, SR P).


Coach Johnson says Uehling and Kahlandt have to be leaders and lead by example for the young players. "We have two seniors who have played a lot of varsity minutes and we’ll rely on them heavily for their leadership and scoring. Lots of underclassmen who have the opportunity to step in and fill a role. We have the ability to make some big strides this season, just need to build our confidence and continue to get better everyday."


I feel like the Raiders have a chance to be much improved given all the talent they have coming up.


LVSS will be young, but mighty I feel.


Coach Johnson says the Girls have made the most of the current situation. "The Coronavirus has caused lots of adjustments, but our players and coaches have done a great job of rolling with the punches and being flexible with the ever-changing situations. We had to get creative during the offseason and utilized Zoom for meetings, team bonding activities and workouts. The girls did a great job of putting in individual work for our summer shooting challenge and we hope to see that pay off this season. As we get ready for the season, we’re taking all the safety precautions seriously and doing everything we can to ensure as normal of a season as possible. I’m proud of our girls and their willingness to do whatever it takes to play."


It sounds like the Raiders have kept things very positive and loose, and that is always a good thing.


Season Outlook:


The Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Girls look to be much improved this season.


Perhaps playing in gyms with just immediate household members and 25% capacity will allow the Raiders to just go out there and play and not feel any pressure.


Coach Johnson says they'll make the most of the situation. "It’ll be different not having a full crowd at our games, but we’re just happy to be playing. Obviously we’ll miss the fans, but with the ability to livestream, family and friends can still root for us from a far. We’ll rely on ourselves to create our own energy and enthusiasm, which we do everyday in practice."


It sure sounds like LVSS is making the most of this situation that we are all in, which in turn could mean making the most of themselves as student athletes and on the hardwood this season and in the future.


I feel like the Raiders have the potential to be very successful this year and in the future.


Coach Johnson says her team is chomping at the bit to get things underway. "To say we’re excited to get going would be an understatement. We’ve been looking forward to this for a long time, and we’re glad it’s finally here. Now, we’ve just got to keep everyone healthy and follow our protocols to ensure a full season!"


LVSS is in Sub-District C1-5 with West Point-Beemer, Oakland-Craig, North Bend Central, and Arlington.


Partial 2020-2021 Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Raiders Girls Basketball Schedule:


12/10/20 @ Yutan

01/09/21 Stanton

01/12/21 @ Bishop Neumann

01/16/21 @ Wisner-Pilger

01/21/21 @ Raymond Central

02/02/21 Ashland-Greenwood

02/05/21 Louisville

02/06/21 @ Syracuse

02/11/21 @ Boys Town

02/12/21 @ BRLD

Oakland-Craig Boys and Girls look to retool and reload
2020-11-18T10:10

 



Team: Oakland-Craig

Mascot: Knights

Colors: Orange and White

Class: C-2

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Aaron Meyer (18th season) (213-178 career record)

2019-2020 record: 17-9 (lost to Sutton in Sub-State Final)

Returning Starters: 3

Overview:

The Oakland-Craig Boys look for their veterans and upcoming talent to mesh well together in hopes of another big season in 2020-2021.

Three starters return for Head Coach Aaron Meyer, including Gunnar Ray (6'1, SR G), Caden Nelson (6'1, SR Post), and Coulter Thiele (6'2, SR G).

Depth figures to be a huge strength for the Knights this year as many other letterwinners and newcomers figure to be in the mix for playing time for Oakland-Craig this season.

The list includes Jaron Meyer (5'11, SR G), Carson Thomsen (6'4, JR G), Grady Gatewood (6'1, JR G), Jaden Harney (6'0, SR G), Amon Bryan (6'5, JR Post), Mike Maline (6'3, SR Post), and Grant Seagren (6'5, SO Post).

The Knights have a really good mixture of Seniors and Juniors, and that is a recipe for success for any team, let alone Oakland-Craig given how talented these kids are.

Coach Meyer gives this preseason assessment of his team. "We will be a little smaller in size, but should remain fairly athletic and should be able to defend the whole court well. We have a handful of guys with varsity experience, and some young bigs coming up."

Of course the offseason looked different this year cause of COVID. 

Coach Meyer says everyone else is in the same boat as them. "Honestly, it's awful. But, we have to move forward, whether we know what the future holds or not. Everyone in the area, or even the state, was very limited in what we could do with basketball this summer. We had about 2 weeks of basketball this summer. Right now, we are going on as if we will have a season, and we are pushing for the guys to cherish every practice and game because it legitimately could be the last."

If this Pandemic has taught us anything it is not to take anything for granted.


Season Outlook:

The Oakland-Craig Boys look to reload, and have another season similar to last year if not better.

The Knights will have to do it in front of smaller crowds this year given the new DHM's on Winter Sports Fan Attendance.

Coach Meyer discusses the type of feel the games will have. "I guess it may have the feel of a summer league game, or maybe a holiday tournament game where there's lots of travel involved. We tell the guys that the game is 5 on 5 no matter how many people are in the stands, whether there's 5 or 500 fans. I guess this year it will be closer to 5..."

If anything there shouldn't be a lot of pressure and crowd noise in road and neutral site games on free throws and in big moments and stuff like that.

I think it will allow Oakland-Craig to relax more if anything.

Coach Meyer says playing this season and attending school is vital for the kids. "I think there's excitement with a little apprehension, given the Covid state of things right now. The student athletes need sports, not only for their physical health, but for their emotional health. I don't care what kind of limitations and restrictions they have to impose, we all need to have school and sports move forward."

I completely agree with Coach Meyer.

I feel a season is needed, however and whatever that looks like.

The Knights are in Sub-District C2-3 with GACC, Clarkson/Leigh, Wisner-Pilger, and Tekamah-Herman.

It figures to be an electric year for Oakland-Craig for sure.


Partial 2020-2021 Oakland-Craig Knights Boys Basketball Schedule:

12/05/20 @ Boys Town
12/08/20 Clarkson/Leigh
12/12/20 @ Howells-Dodge
12/15/20 @ Winnebago
12/17/20 Wisner-Pilger
12/19/20 Madison
12/22/20 Omaha Nation
01/08/21 @ Stanton
01/15/21 BRLD
01/21/21 @ North Bend Central





Team: Oakland-Craig

Mascot: Knights

Colors: Orange and White

Class: C-1

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Scott Guzinski (1st season)

2019-2020 record: 26-3 (Took 4th at State)

Returning Starters: N/A

Overview:

The Oakland-Craig Girls are under new leadership as Scott Guzinski and Joe Anderson have switched roles.

Coach Guzinski is now the Head Coach and Coach Anderson remains an Assistant.

Coach Guzinski used to Coach at Tekamah-Herman and has a Daughter on the team who is a Sophomore.

Projected starters are Chaney Nelson sophomore 5’7” guard second team all conference last year 10 pts/game, Sydney Guzinski sophomore 5’7 guard honorable mention all conference 7 pts/game, Sadie Nelson sophomore 5’7” guard honorable mention all conference 6 pts/game, Makenna Pearson 5’11” senior  forward 3 year starter, Edie Anderson 5’4” senior guard 3 year letter winner, or Maycie Johnson 5’7” sophomore guard--did not play last year.

Coach Guzinski has this preseason assessment of his team. "We have enough talent to be a top 10 team.  Players have experienced a lot of success the last three seasons and that should continue.  Won’t have much depth--need to stay healthy. Chaney Nelson, Syd Guzinski, and Sadie Nelson should be all conference type players. Makenna Pearson and Edie Anderson will be important role players. These five kids all played a lot last season and understand what it takes to be good. We should challenge for a conference championship and state berth."

Of course the Coronavirus Pandemic has thrown everything for a loop.

Coach Guzinski says his team didn't get to play much ball this past offseason. "We didn't get to do much of anything in the summer but lift weights. Normally we would do team camps and open gyms--we did not get much of that."

I'm sure many if not all other teams are in the same boat as Oakland-Craig.


Season Outlook:

The Oakland-Craig Girls look to build off their success in recent years and make another state run this season.

If the Knights are to do that, however, it looks like it will be in front of just immediate household family members and 25% Capacity in gyms.

Coach Guzinski says the team will have to adapt. "We are going to have to be able to bring our own energy."

Find the spirit, drive, will, and determination from within...that's what Oakland-Craig and everyone else will have to do this season.

That's of course if there is a season and everyone plays. Coach Guzinski says they hope for the best. "We just have to take it one day at a time. We don't have any control over whether there is a season or not--we don't get to make those decisions. I just hope for the kids who have put in all the work that they will get a season. We have been doing everything that has been asked of us in order to allow us to play just like we did in the fall."

I'm hopeful and optimistic that there will be a season.

I'm thinking there will be anyways, however it looks.

The Knights have made the jump to C-1 this year and are in Sub-District C1-5 with West Point-Beemer, North Bend Central, Logan View/Scribner-Snyder, and Arlington.

It should be a heck of a ride for Oakland-Craig once again if they get to play.


Partial 2020-2021 Oakland-Craig Knights Girls Basketball Schedule:

12/08/20 Clarkson/Leigh
12/12/20 @ Howells-Dodge
12/15/20 @ Winnebago
12/17/20 Wisner-Pilger
12/19/20 Madison
12/22/20 Omaha Nation
01/08/21 @ Stanton
01/09/21 Broken Bow
01/15/21 BRLD
01/21/21 @ North Bend Central
01/23/21 Norris
North Bend Central Boys and Girls look to reload
2020-11-17T10:49

 



Team: North Bend Central

Mascot: Tigers

Colors: Orange and Black

Class: C-1

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Jon Baehr (8th season) (153-149 career record)

2019-2020 record: 23-3 (lost to St. Paul in Sub-State Final)

Returning Starters: N/A 

Overview:

It was an abrupt end to the season last year for the North Bend Central Boys as the Tigers dropped their final two games of the season, losing to David City Aquinas in the Sub-District Final, and falling to St. Paul at Sub-State.

The Tigers will try and make amends this year, and back for 8th year Head Coach Jon Baehr are Breckin Peters (6'2, 200 SR), Austin Taylor (6'1, SR SG), Jaxon Wietfeld (6'4, SR PG/SG 182), and Brodey Johnson (6'1, JR SG/PG 185).

North Bend Central figures to be pretty strong this year with a good core nucleus of Juniors and Seniors.

Coach Baehr says the Coronavirus Pandemic has really altered and changed things for everyone. "Well like everyone I think there has been a great deal of change in regards to our process to get in the gym. It has changed our routines for just about everything, but that is part of the deal. This summer we were able to attend a few camps and a few summer league weeks. That allowed us to play a bit as a group this summer. As we approach this season I think the hard part is keeping kids attention and keeping them motivated when there is so much uncertainty going on around them. I think that it is hard for kids to never know what may be coming, so as we hit practice we just keep working to share with them the things they need to do to stay healthy and in school and push forward with things we can control."

The Tigers need good strong practices and can't let the pandemic affect their focus and effort if that can be done.


Season Outlook:

The North Bend Central Boys will have to deal with reduced capacity at games this year, as will every other team across the state.

Coach Baehr says he's not concerned about that affecting his team. "I don't think it matters to be honest. I mean it is great to have the passion and excitement for games for kids, but if we get to play, we could play on the moon as far as I am concerned. We will worry about creating our own energy and playing for the love of playing the game and being a team."

It's hard saying what this season is going to look like exactly, but hopefully the kids, and in particular the Seniors, get to play some sort of a season.

Coach Baehr adds there's a lot of potential in this year's group and they just want to play. "I think our kids are really excited to get to be together and to start working on things and get going with something normal. I think the hardest part for most kids is just nothing is normal, and being part of a team and being around people in a safe environment is something they need and want. I think we have the ability to be a very solid team and grow into a special team as the year goes on."

The Tigers are in Sub-District C1-5 with Wahoo, Bishop Neumann, David City Aquinas, and David City.

Lots of challenges potentially lie ahead for North Bend Central, but I have no doubt that the Tigers will be geared and ready to meet each and every one of those challenges if and when they do in fact face them.

Here's to hoping there is as much basketball as possible this year.

2020-2021 North Bend Central Tigers Boys Basketball Schedule:

12/03/20 Twin River
12/05/20 @ Seward
12/10/20 West Point-Beemer
12/15/20 @ Stanton
12/18/20 @ Omaha Roncalli Catholic
12/22/20 Milford
12/29-12/30 (To Be Determined) North Bend Central Holiday Tournament North Bend Central
01/02/21 @ Raymond Central
01/12/21 Arlington
01/14/21 Wayne
01/16/21 @ Archbishop Bergan
01/19/21 Columbus Scotus
01/21/21 Oakland-Craig
01/23/21 Glenwood, IA          Site: Nebraska Prep Classic - Sokol Arena Nebraska Prep Classic - Sokol Arena
01/26/21 @ Madison
01/28/21 Wisner-Pilger
01/29-02/06 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conference Tournament TBD
02/09/21 @ Tekamah-Herman
02/11/21 Howells-Dodge
02/19/21 @ Fort Calhoun




Team: North Bend Central

Mascot: Tigers

Colors: Orange and Black

Class: C-1

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Aaron Sterup (19th season) (318-101 career record)

2019-2020 record: 27-2 (Won State)

Returning Starters: N/A

Overview:

The North Bend Central Girls return the majority of last year's team that won the Class C-1 State Championship.

Back for Head Coach Aaron Sterup is Sydney Emanuel (5'7, JR G), Cierra Kluthe (5'10, SR F), Kaitlyn Emanuel (5'10, SO F), Hannah Williams (5'6, SR G), Ally Pojar (5'9, SR F), and Madelyn Gaughen (5'8, JR F).

Coach Sterup says his squad will be very competitive again, I completely agree with that. I feel the Tigers will be very good once again this season.

Of course the Coronavirus Pandemic has thrown everything for a loop so we don't know exactly what we are going to get this season.

Coach Sterup says the team wasn't able to do a whole lot in the offseason. "Our summer was pretty limited. We didn’t do nearly as much as we normally would, so we are probably a little behind compared to normal, but in reality, I’m not sure it should be that big of a deal."

I'm sure the Tigers will be ready to go this season regardless of how much they've been able to do.

It figures to be another great year for North Bend Central as long as the season gets played.


Season Outlook:

The North Bend Central Girls figure to be very hungry for another State Championship and another State Run this year.

If they are to do that though it may just be with household members only and 25% capacity as is what is currently mandated. Coach Sterup says it will be different, but they'll adjust. "I am sure the games will not be the same and will have a much different atmosphere. We are just looking forward to playing in any situation that we can."

The hope and bottomline is playing, but doing so in a safe manner. That is what matters most to these kids I am sure.

Coach Sterup says the team has a quiet confidence about the season. "We are very excited and cautiously optimistic that things will go on as planned. We really want to have at least part of a season with a conclusion."

Hopefully the season gets played, and hopefully the Tigers have another shot at some hardware come March.

North Bend Central is in Sub-District C1-5 with West Point-Beemer, Oakland-Craig, Logan View/Scribner-Snyder, and Arlington.

Another tough road ahead of the Tigers, but North Bend Central has been there and done that before and knows what to expect.

I expect nothing less than a big season from NBC, however and whatever that looks like.

2020-2021 North Bend Central Tigers Girls Basketball Schedule:

12/03/20 Twin River
12/05/20 @ Seward
12/10/20 West Point-Beemer
12/15/20 @ Stanton
12/22/20 Milford
12/29-12/30 (To Be Determined) North Bend Central Holiday Tournament North Bend Central
01/02/21 @ Raymond Central
01/08/21 @ Pender
01/12/21 Arlington
01/14/21 Wayne
01/16/21 @ Archbishop Bergan
01/19/21 Columbus Scotus
01/21/21 Oakland-Craig
01/26/21 @ Madison
01/28/21 Wisner-Pilger
01/29-02/06 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conference Tournament Midland University
02/09/21 @ Tekamah-Herman
02/11/21 Howells-Dodge


BRLD Boys complete undefeated State Championship Season
2020-03-17T12:56














The BRLD Boys Basketball Team capped off a 29-0 perfect season, and won back-to-back State Championships after defeating Grand Island Central Catholic 61-47 in the Class C-2 State Championship Game at Pinnacle Bank Arena Saturday night in action aired on 107.9 the Bull.

The Wolverines opened up the State tournament with a 71-46 thrashing of Doniphan-Trumbull in the first round at Lincoln Southeast Thursday night in action also aired on the Bull.

The teams exchanged buckets early and often, with Doniphan-Trumbull leading 12-11 at one point. BRLD closed the first quarter on a 9-0 run to lead 20-12 after the first quarter.

The Wolverines extended that into a 15-0 run early in the second period, and then went on a separate 9-0 run, taking a 42-19 lead into halftime.

After outscoring the Cardinals 16-5 in the third quarter, BRLD slowed the pace in the fourth quarter, cruising to the victory.

Lucas Vogt led four BRLD players in double figures with 19 points. Dylan Beutler added 16, Jaxon Johnson scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds, good enough for a double-double, and Darwin Snyder had 10 points.


The Wolverines defeated Sutton 59-51 in overtime in the semifinals Friday night at the Devaney Center, in another game aired on the Bull.

BRLD went on a short run to start the game, before Sutton tied things up at 7-7. But the Wolverines held a 11-9 lead after the first quarter.

Sutton played a strong second quarter, and was leading 25-21 late, when BRLD’s Lucas Vogt hit a three pointer as time expired, sending the game into halftime with Sutton leading 25-21.

Vogt opened the third quarter by scoring eight unanswered points for BRLD, who jumped out to a 32-25 lead. The Wolverines hit four three pointers in the period, and held a 41-37 advantage heading into the fourth.

BRLD was held to just five points in the fourth quarter, and the Mustangs came back to tie the game at 46-46, sending things into overtime.

The Wolverines opened the extra period on a 6-0 run, and went on to dominate, outscoring Sutton 13-5, and winning the game 59-51.

Vogt eclipsed the 1,000 point mark in his career, as he led the Wolverines with 26 points. Snyder added 12 points. Beutler chipped in 8 points and 7 rebounds while Johnson totaled 7 points and 9 rebounds.


Against the Crusaders, the game was never really in doubt with the Wolverines leading 18-7 at the end of the 1st quarter, and outscoring GICC 13-6 in the 2nd quarter to take a commanding 31-13 lead into the locker room.

The Crusaders won the 3rd quarter 13-12 to make it a 43-26 game at the end of three.

GICC won the 4th quarter 21-18.

Beutler and Vogt each scored 16 points for the Wolverines, with Gatzemeyer adding 12.

BRLD pushes its overall win streak to 52 games.

What a magnificent and amazing year for the Wolverines, who finish the season undefeated.

The best team in the local immediate area hands down and one of the top teams in the State regardless of class and one of the best teams/dynasties in Nebraska High School Boys Basketball History.

Head Coach Cory Meyer says Sutton almost spoiled the party. "Yeah Sutton they gave us their best, and we definitely had to earn that game, and thankfully we were able to do that. And yeah it definitely did wake us up a little bit cause we did come out flat and just didn't play real focused."

Meyer adds the starting five played really well against GICC. "I was pleased with the way they played. Lucas again had a good game. Will was able to play with his knee injury. And Darwin was able to hit some shots. And Dylan was able to hit some shots and play big. And Jaxon was able to play big inside."

Meyer says they really challenged their bigs inside, saying they were going to have to have a really good game for the team to win.

Meyer feels bad and thankful at the same time given the circumstances that the tournament was held. "It was very quiet. There were times where you just couldn't hear anything. And I feel terrible for those, the fans, and other family members that weren't able to go. Cause we've had a great following. And I'm so thankful for that. I feel bad for them, but on the other hand I was so thankful that the NSAA allowed us to play. And just to prove again that we were part of the best in C-2."

Meyer shares his favorite memory from the team's magnificent run this year. "It was putting that medal around Arizona Riecken's neck. He just got cleared to be able to do activities cause he had cancer. He got cancer the summer going into his freshman year. And he's battled it ever since and finally got cleared to play. And he's a good ball player, and he's missed out on so much. And being able to put that around his neck...that was probably my favorite memory right there. And that was a goal of mine since the beginning of the year knowing that he was going to be able to play. And I'll never forget that."

That's an incredible memory and story right there, that's for sure.

BRLD says goodbye to Snyder, Johnson, Gatzemeyer, Braxton Bargmann, Brayden Anderson, Riecken, and Devin Hegge. "We'll graduate seven seniors. They're a very huge core of our team. And next year we're just going to have to have kids step up and fill some shoes," Meyer said.

Key returners for next year include Vogt, Beutler, Micah Henschen, and Derek Petersen.

It will be interesting to see what happens with the Wolverines next year, but I'm sure it will be a little while before BRLD worries about next season.

Congrats to the champs!!!!!! BRLD Wolverines, back-to-back undefeated State Champs!!!!! Yeah baby!!!!!
BRLD Boys top Twin River in Sub-State to qualify for State
2020-03-11T12:53














The BRLD Boys ran their winning streak to 49 games by beating Twin River 82-52 in the C2-2 Sub-State final from Norfolk Catholic last Monday night.

The Wolverines jumped out to a 19-7 lead at the end of one, and outscored the Titans 24-11 in the 2nd quarter to take a 43-18 lead into the locker room.

BRLD won the 3rd quarter 21-18 to increase their advantage to 64-36 at the end of three.

The Wolverines won the 4th quarter 18-16.

Lucas Vogt led the Wolverines with 31 points while Dylan Beutler had a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Jaxon Johnson added a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds while Darwin Snyder had 7 points.

Head Coach Cory Meyer says his team did things well on both ends of the court. "Against Twin River I felt we moved the ball well against their zone. Second half we did a better job matching up and getting back on defense."

Meyer says Vogt, Beutler, and Johnson all had great games. "Lucas does a great job getting the hot hand on the ball. That night it happened to be Jaxon and Dylan. Lucas ended up w/ 6 assists on the night. Will (Gatzemeyer) wasn't far behind w/ 5. Dylan was due and shot well inside and outside the arc. Jaxon did a good job finishing under the hoop."

BRLD is now 26-0 and advances to this week's State Tournament where they will play Doniphan-Trumbull (20-5) in the 2 and 7 seed game at Lincoln Southeast at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday in action that will be aired on 107.9 the Bull.

The Cardinals defeated Bridgeport 48-36 in the C2-7 District Final from Maxwell last Monday night.

Doniphan-Trumbull has been blown out by teams comparable in talent to BRLD.

Meyer says he really likes how the team matches up with the Cardinals. "Doniphan-Trumbull is a team that is very similar to Twin River. They will look to run w/ it and run a very similar spread offense that looks for driving lanes and kick outs for 3's. I do like the matchup and feel we matchup well with them."

I feel the State Championship is going to come down to BRLD and GICC or BRLD and Yutan.

I think the Wolverines will be fine in the first round and should beat either Sutton or Centennial in the Semifinals, although I feel things would be closer than Thursday's game if it were to be the Mustangs.

Things would be interesting on Saturday if BRLD matched up with GICC, in my opinion.

I think that would be a great game.

Hopefully the Wolverines can go out there and repeat as State Champions.

To go 29-0 and win back-to-back State Titles would be absolutely incredible and amazing.

Meyer says he likes the way his team has approached every game so far this year. "I like our team's confidence. We haven't overlooked anyone yet and don't plan on starting anytime soon. Our experience in big games will definitely help us going into the state tournament."

I think BRLD's experience in big games would help them against perhaps GICC in Saturday's State Title game.

That would be a great final it if happened.

Unfortunately, unless you are an immediate family member you won't be able to attend the State Tournament due to Coronavirus.

Hopefully the Wolverines can make it back-to-back State Championships and a 52-game winning streak heading into next season.

BRLD can definitely do it, but it might be tougher than last year.

Friday night's Semifinal would be at 8:45 p.m. on the Bull and Saturday's State Championship Game would start at 8:30.

All BRLD State games will be broadcast on the Bull.
North Bend Central Girls Win C-1 State Title
2020-03-11T12:32















The North Bend Central Girls Basketball Team won the C-1 State Championship over the weekend, defeating West Point-Beemer 48-33 in the first round at the Devaney Center on Thursday before downing Adams Central 39-31 in the Semifinals at Pinnacle Bank Arena Friday morning, and then dominating Lincoln Christian on the boards and winning 48-32 in Saturday's State Championship game at PBA. All three NBC State Tournament games were broadcast on 107.9 the Bull.

Against the Cadets, the Tigers got up 13-6 at the end of one, and won the 2nd quarter 7-5 to take a 20-11 lead into the locker room.

NBC outscored the Cadets 19-9 in the 3rd quarter, and led 39-20 at the end of three.

West Point-Beemer won the 4th quarter 13-9.

Kaitlyn Emanuel led the way with 12 points while Sydney Emanuel notched 10.


The Tigers led the Patriots 11-6 at the end of one and won the 2nd quarter 12-10 to take a 23-16 lead into the locker room.

Adams Central won the 3rd quarter 9-5 to make it a 28-25 game at the end of three.

NBC outscored the Patriots 11-6 in the 4th quarter.

Sydney Emanuel had a game-high 13 points while Kaitlyn Emanuel posted 8. Lauren Emanuel and Megan Ortmeier totaled 7 points apiece.


The old adage that defense wins championship was certainly true for the North Bend Central Tigers on Saturday.

The Tigers held the Crusaders to just 36.1 percent shooting, including forcing them to go 2-15 from three point range. NBC also out-rebounded Lincoln Christian 38-21, including 19 offensive rebounds.

North Bend Central closed the first quarter on a small scoring run, leading 13-7.

The Tigers then added 15 points in the second quarter, and took a 28-17 lead into halftime.

Another strong period saw the Tigers outscore the Crusaders in the third, 14-9, allowing NBC to slow down pace of play and run clock in the fourth.

Both teams scored just six points in the fourth quarter, but that was all NBC would need, preserving the victory.

Sydney Emanuel scored 12 points to lead NBC, including a 6-7 performance at the free throw line. Lauren Emanuel and Kaitlyn Emanuel each had 8 points for the Tigers.

Head Coach Aaron Sterup says the team really stressed rebounding. "We had a couple of goals, and one of them was to keep them off the glass. We thought if we could hold them to one shot, make it a tough shot, and hold them to one shot each time that we'd have a good shot."

Sterup says his team really controlled things on the glass, especially in the 1st half.

He adds the team had to be aggressive on offense, and attack the Crusaders' zone.

Sterup says having multiple scorers also helped his team win. "Our biggest strength is our balance. Unlike a lot of teams you can't guard one or two of our girls and be very successful because we've got other people that can score."

The Tigers also dominated the stat categories of second chance points, bench points, fast break points and points in the paint.

This is the third overall state championship for North Bend Central, with their previous two titles coming in Class C1 in 1999 and 2001.

The Tigers finish their 2019/2020 campaign at 27-2, and as the champions of Class C1.

Congratulations North Bend Central, what an absolutely amazing accomplishment!!!!

Of course this State Championship would have never happened had the Tigers not erased a 5-point deficit with 10 seconds left against Norfolk Catholic in Sub-State.

Sterup says his team made the most of their opportunity. "We came into this knowing that we were very fortunate. We were a whisper away from not being here. And so we told them you kind of gotten a gift here, it's really your job to go down there and do something with it." 

Sterup says the girls being relentless for 3 days was a big reason why the Tigers were as successful as they were this past weekend.

He adds the team played a lot more loose at state compared to other postseason games where it was one and done where his team played tight and tentative.

Either way NBC has another State Championship under their belt and Coach Sterup has his first State Championship as Head Coach of the Tigers.

This has to be an absolutely awesome and surreal feeling for NBC, who is no doubt ecstatic about what they accomplished.

Ortmeier, Lauren Emanuel, and Abby Post are the three seniors from this team lost to graduation.

What a very fitting way for them to end their High School Careers.

Plenty of talent returns for North Bend Central next year though, including Hannah Williams, Ally Pojar, Cierra Kluthe, Sydney Emanuel, and Kaitlyn Emanuel.

I think the Tigers have a great chance to be back at State next year with an opportunity to defend their State Title.

North Bend Central brings back a lot of great players next year, and should be strong once again next season.

The Tigers have to work hard once again in the offseason, and try and go for another State Championship next year.
Oakland-Craig Girls finish 4th at State
2020-03-11T12:12


The Oakland-Craig Girls Basketball Team took 4th at State over the weekend, knocking off Clarkson/Leigh 41-36 in the first round at Lincoln North Star Thursday afternoon in action aired on 107.9 the Bull before getting upset 53-44 by Ponca in the State Semifinals Friday night at the Devaney Center in action also aired on the Bull, and then losing 58-40 to Crofton in the 3rd place game at Lincoln East on Saturday.

The Knights jumped out to an 11-7 lead on the Patriots after one, and won the 2nd quarter 9-8 to take a 20-15 lead into the locker room.

Oakland-Craig outscored the Patriots 13-7 in the 3rd quarter to extend their lead to 33-22 at the end of three.

Clarkson/Leigh outscored the Knights 14-8 in the 4th quarter.

Kennedy Benne had 18 points and 7 rebounds while Sadie Nelson added 12 points, and Chaney Nelson notched 8.


The Indians got out to an 11-8 lead at the end of one on Oakland-Craig. The Knights outscored Ponca 17-12 in the 2nd quarter to take a 25-23 lead into the locker room.

The Indians won the 3rd quarter 12-7 to regain the lead at 35-32 at the end of three.

Ponca outscored Oakland-Craig 18-12 in the 4th quarter.

Benne led the way with 20 points while Makenna Peason scored 9.


The Warriors jumped out to a 20-8 lead at the end of one, and outscored the Knights 15-9 in the 2nd quarter to take a 35-17 lead into the locker room.

Oakland-Craig won the 3rd quarter 11-9 to make it a 44-28 game at the end of three.

Crofton won the 4th quarter 14-12.

Benne had 9 points while Sydney Guzinski notched 8. Chaney Nelson and Jeannina Blahak added 7 each.

Tough loss in the Semifinals on Friday to the Indians.

The Knights wrap up their spectacular year at 26-3.

It wasn't the storybook ending to the season that Oakland-Craig was looking for.

The Knights came up one win short of reaching the State Championship and having a chance to win State.

I will be honest I thought it would be Oakland-Craig vs. Crofton for the State Championship, not the other way around.

Just goes to show anything can happen when a particular team or teams are on at State.

State is a whole different ball game once teams get there, and honestly anyone can be beat in any given round.

So while I'm sure the Knights are disappointed they didn't make it to Championship Saturday, they still had a tremendous season nonetheless.

Benne led the team in scoring with 592 points on the season and 171 rebounds.

Benne and Mya Guzinski are the only two players lost to graduation.

Lots returns for Oakland-Craig next year, including Chaney Nelson, Sydney Guzinski, Edie Anderson, Sadie Nelson, Pearson, and Blahak.

So the Knights should have a lot of promise and another opportunity to qualify for State once again next season.

Benne is a huge loss though as she heads off to Briar Cliff.

I think losing her will be a similar type loss Oakland-Craig felt last year when Dacey Nelson graduated.

That's two absolutely incredible players gone from your program in consecutive years.

The good news though is there is a lot of talent returning next year.

The Knights can definitely be a State qualifying team and force to be reckoned with next season, in my opinion.
BRLD Girls lose to Crofton at State
2020-03-10T11:53













The BRLD Girls Basketball Team fell 72-41 to Crofton in the first round of State at Lincoln North Star in action aired on 107.9 the Bull Thursday night.

The Warriors got up 19-2 at the end of one, and won the 2nd quarter 20-18 to take a 39-20 lead into the locker room.

Crofton won the 3rd quarter 19-14 to go up 58-34 at the end of three.

The Warriors doubled up the Wolverines 14-7 in the 4th quarter.

Jordan Snyder led the way with 15 points while Isabel Freemont scored 12.

I think BRLD is one of those feel good stories this year in qualifying for State.

The Wolverines wrap up the campaign with a 20-6 record.

BRLD did some very nice things this year, and played an amazing first half of the season.

I think the Wolverines' entire body of work is what allowed them to qualify for State this year.

BRLD loses Kailynn Lovejoy and Kelsey Larsen to graduation next year.

Two seniors who will be sorely missed for sure, but the Wolverines have to be very excited for next year given who all they bring back.

BRLD welcomes back Freemont, Aubrey Berg, Audra Nolting, Megan Beutler, Caragan Tietz, Alyssa Buchholz, Emma Beutler, and Snyder next year.

That's a lot of talent returning for the Wolverines.

I think BRLD has to continue to get better on the defensive end of the floor.

I think defense is what allowed the Wolverines to qualify for State this year, and BRLD was at their best defensively the first half of the season.

I feel like the Wolverines kind of tapered off on defense after the Oakland-Craig game though and so I think defensive consistency is something BRLD should work on for next year.

The Wolverines have to continue to be polished offensively as well though.

I think BRLD has an excellent chance to get back to State and do something again next season.

It won't be easy to get back, but the Wolverines can definitely do it there's no doubt about that.

BRLD has to work extremely hard once again this offseason, and gear up and get ready for next season.

Of course a lot of these girls are in Track I'm sure, but should get ready for Volleyball and Basketball once that sport is done.

The Wolverines should feel very good about what they did and accomplished this year, but have to be ready to accomplish and achieve even more next year, and do something for an encore.
West Point-Beemer Girls drop first round State Game to North Bend Central
2020-03-10T11:41














The West Point-Beemer Girls Basketball Team lost 48-33 to North Bend Central in the first round of State at the Devaney Center on Thursday in action aired on 107.9 the Bull.

The Tigers got up 13-6 at the end of one, and won the 2nd quarter 7-5 to take a 20-11 lead into the locker room.

NBC outscored the Cadets 19-9 in the 3rd quarter, and led 39-20 at the end of three.

West Point-Beemer won the 4th quarter 13-9.

Sidney Swanson had 14 points while Rachel Groth and Reece Snodgrass added 8 apiece.

Tough go of things for the Cadets against the eventual C-1 State Champs.

West Point-Beemer's season ends at 23-6.

I think the Cadets probably had more talent last year and were glad to be at State, but this year wanted to win at State.

Unfortunately, things just didn't workout for West Point-Beemer this year, but the Cadets should be even better next year.

West Point-Beemer loses Abbey Dale and Katie Combs to graduation.

Both were injured this year and I think Combs might of missed part of the season and Dale the whole year.

They were a big reason why the Cadets got to where they got this year though.

Swanson led the team with 583 points on the season and 180 rebounds on the year.

She is a great player, and I look for her to have a monster senior campaign next season.

Key returners include Brooklyn Weddle, Groth, Snodgrass, Hannah Landholm, Mollie Nielsen, Swanson, Emily Toelle, Jadyn Meiergerd, Katie Rainforth, and Katie Groth.

I look for West Point-Beemer to breakthrough next year and perhaps take that next step and win a game at State.

The Cadets have to put in a lot of shots and work this offseason, and crank up their workouts and work even harder than before.

West Point-Beemer has to put an extreme amount of effort into their workouts for next year.

The Cadets have to comeback better than ever and with the motto "unfinished business."

I think the loss at State probably kind of left a sour taste in West Point-Beemer's mouths.

The Cadets have to comeback next year with a senior laden team and make another State run.

All the pieces figure to be in place for West Point-Beemer to get back to Lincoln and do something next year too.
Pender Girls come up short at State to Pleasanton
2020-03-10T11:25















The Pender Girls Basketball Team lost 66-56 to eventual State Champion Pleasanton in the first round of the State Tournament at Lincoln Southwest on Thursday.

The Bulldogs got out to a 20-15 lead after one. Both teams scored 16 points in the 2nd quarter, and the halftime score was 36-31 in favor of Pleasanton.

The Pendragons won the 3rd quarter 13-11 to make it a 47-44 game at the end of three.

The Bulldogs outscored Pender 19-12 in the 4th quarter.

The Pendragons definitely could have won this game. I heard Pleasanton shot something like 46 free throws, like they were 34-46 from the free throw line. That's crazy.

Pender's season wraps up at 17-12.

It was a good year overall for the Pendragons.

Anytime you qualify for State you are doing something right.

Faith Morris and Jessica Krueger are the only players lost to graduation.

Key returners include Reese Kneifl, Caitlyn Heise, Zoey Lehmkuhl, Ashley Ostrand, Skyler Prokop, Lillie Timm, Claire Felber, Olyvia Nelson, and Dawson Anderson.

I look for Pender to make another State Tournament run next year, and perhaps win a game or two down at Lincoln.

The thing about all 6 teams that we had qualify for state this year is that none were senior laden and have a chance to get back next year.

Throw in GACC and there could be 7 teams that qualify for State next year.

If all of them make it next season hopefully we'll be able to cover all the games.

It would have been awesome to have been able to cover the Pendragons' State Tournament Game on the Bull this year.

Game times just didn't workout in our favor this year though.

Perhaps they will next year.

Pender has to really get after things this offseason, and must go out there and be gym rats.

The Pendragons have to be relentless with their offseason workouts and conditioning and game playing.

Pender has to shoot as much as possible in the offseason and improve and hone their skills overall.

The Pendragons have to be thinking big things such as get back to Lincoln next year.

Next year sets up very nicely for the Pendragons to make another State run, and I'm very excited to see what Pender can do next season.
Clarkson/Leigh Girls lose to Oakland-Craig in first round of State
2020-03-10T11:13














The Clarkson/Leigh Girls Basketball Team fell 41-36 to Oakland-Craig in the first round of the State Tournament at Lincoln North Star Thursday afternoon in action aired on 107.9 the Bull.

The Knights jumped out to an 11-7 lead after one, and won the 2nd quarter 9-8 to take a 20-15 lead into the locker room.

Oakland-Craig outscored the Patriots 13-7 in the 3rd quarter to extend their lead to 33-22 at the end of three.

Clarkson/Leigh outscored the Knights 14-8 in the 4th quarter.

Cassidy Hoffman posted a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds while Kim Stodola registered 7 points and 7 rebounds.

The Patriots fought, scrapped, and clawed, but came up just short in the end.

Clarkson/Leigh's season ends at 20-6.

It was definitely a year to remember for the Patriots though.

Clarkson/Leigh should be very proud of making their first ever trip to the State Tournament.

The Patriots say goodbye to Stodola, Ashlynn Novotny, Reagan Settje, and Abbi Brabec.

Clarkson/Leigh has to be thrilled about the future though given all who they bring back.

The Patriots welcome back Kayden Schumacher, Alissa Kasik, Hoffman, Bailey Lemburg, Faith Indra, Kennedy Settje, and Makenna Held, among others.

Clarkson/Leigh ought to feel like they've got a shot to not only get back to State next year, but advance past the first round.

To beat GACC at Sub-State is really saying something.

It's not everyday you take down a perennial power with a State Berth on the line.

The Patriots ought to feel pretty darn proud of themselves for what they accomplished in that game and all season long.

With that said, the returning players and newcomers can't be complacent and have to want more.

Also a huge shout out to this year's senior class for being the class that helped lead Clarkson/Leigh to State for the first time ever.

Their efforts and contributions should not go unrecognized whatsoever.

With that said, the foundation and bar is now set for future teams and classes.

Next year's team has to build off what this year's team did, and get back to Lincoln.

Clarkson/Leigh is a program that has been built from the ground up by Coach Murren, and these girls have to continue to work hard and improve throughout the course of this offseason.

The motto and thought process this offseason and going into next year has to be "Get back to Lincoln."

The girls have to be hungry each and everyday when they're working out and playing the game this offseason.
North Bend Central Boys see season come to abrupt end in Sub-State Final loss to St. Paul
2020-03-10T10:59













North Bend Central lost 45-44 to St. Paul in the boys C1-4 district basketball championship at Cross County High School Tuesday night, in a game aired on 107.9 The Bull.

St. Paul raced out to a 14-0 lead, and led 19-5 after the first quarter.

NBC recovered by scoring 16 points in the second quarter, and was able to cut the score to 29-21 at halftime.

The Tigers had a solid third quarter as well, scoring 12 points, and after three quarters, NBC trailed just 37-34.

The Tigers came back to tie the game at 42-42, before St. Paul converted a three point play to go up 45-42 with less than 30 seconds left.

Austin Endorf scored a late bucket to make it 45-44.

NBC was forced to foul in order to stop the clock, but the Tigers caught a break when St. Paul missed consecutive free throws, giving NBC the opportunity for a winning shot.

The Tigers had to go the full length of the court with just over four seconds to play. St. Paul came out in full court pressure defensively.

NBC was able to get down the floor in a time, but the winning shot missed from the right corner, preserving the win for St. Paul. The Wildcats were able to avenge a 72-55 loss the NBC from earlier in the season.

Jaxon Wietfeld had 16 points for NBC, with Endorf adding 9 and Brodey Johnson scoring 8.

The Tigers end their season at 23-3 overall.

Really tough break for North Bend Central. The Tigers were on schedule to make another State run up until their last two games of the season.

NBC hit a rut against both Aquinas and St. Paul, and lost for whatever reason.

To call this loss shocking isn't even doing it justice.

I'm flabbergasted that the Tigers lost this game.

I figured North Bend Central was a sure lock for State.

I'm sure the Tigers feel they should still be playing right now.

It is what it is though, and all NBC can do is get ready for next season.

It's tough....you put all this time and effort in to make another State run and have an amazing regular season and first game of Sub-Districts, and then bam the season is over just like that.

Cody Prohaska, Cody Pospisil, Endorf, and Cole Johnson are all lost to graduation.

These four seniors have to be devastated that the team didn't qualify for State in their senior season.

Key returners for next year include Breckin Peters, Johnson, Wietfeld, and Austin Taylor.

The Tigers should have a good chance to make another State run next year, but man this was a difficult end to the season this year.

It might take North Bend Central a bit to recover from this one.

At some point the Tigers have to pick themselves up and get back up on that horse though.

NBC has to work that much harder in the offseason to make sure what happened this year doesn't happen next year.

Easier said than done though as the Tigers had a golden opportunity to make another state run, and came up short.
Oakland-Craig Boys lose in Sub-State Final to Sutton
2020-03-10T10:48













Sutton outlasted Oakland-Craig 59-56 in the boys C2-3 district basketball championship in Columbus last Monday night, aired on 107.9 The Bull.

The Knights trailed 57-56 and had the ball with 15 seconds left, but a go-ahead shot missed, and Sutton made two free throws to go up by three points with four seconds left. O-C missed a three-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game.

Wyatt Seagren led the Knights with 15 points and 13 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Caden Nelson and Jaron Meyer added 10 points each. Colton Thomsen had 9 while Gunnar Ray notched 8.

Great run and ride for Oakland-Craig, who was one shot away from making State.

Oakland-Craig ends its season at 17-9.

I thought the Knights played well for a good part of the season.

Oakland-Craig certainly had their ups and downs like any team this year, but I thought the Knights had a successful season as a whole overall.

Thomsen led the team in scoring with a total of 367 points on the season. Seagren was the team's leading rebounder with 217 on the year.

Thomsen, Blake Johnson, Ian Lundquist, and Seagren are lost to graduation.

These seniors were very talented, and will be missed for sure.

Key returners for next year include Ray, Carson Thomsen, Meyer, Trey Deemer, Amon Bryan, Coulter Thiele, Jaden Harney, and Nelson.

The Knights figure to be really solid at the guard spot, but Seagren is a huge loss down low.

However, I look for Bryan to step in and have an immediate impact at the center position next year.

I think Oakland-Craig will be really good at the guard positions in 2020-2021.

So the Knights should be good again next year, but Oakland-Craig has to work hard again to get back to State next year.

The Knights came up short of making state this year, and honestly have to have it as a goal to make it back to Lincoln next season.

Oakland-Craig can definitely do that too, but the kids need to bulk up in the weightroom and have another monster offseason like last year.

I really feel like football strength and conditioning really helps the Knights in basketball as well.

Success in one sport leads to another, and it will be interesting to see how Oakland-Craig fares in both sports next year.

The Knights still have Track this spring to focus on, but after that the returning players and newcomers should get ready for every sport they're planning to be in next year.
BRLD Girls beat South Loup in Sub-State Final
2020-03-04T02:38













The BRLD Girls Basketball Team beat South Loup 43-32 in the C2-8 Sub-State Final from York Friday night.

Head Coach Rod Peters says his team got the job done defensively. "Defensively I thought we came up with a game plan and the girls executed it pretty well. We played aggressively and rebounded really well."

It's the first ever State Tournament appearance in co-op history for the Wolverines, way to go!!!!!

BRLD (20-5) takes on Crofton (23-3) in the first round of State at Lincoln North Star Thursday night in action that can be heard on 107.9 the Bull.

The Warriors won 57-13 over Freeman in the C2-2 Sub-State Final from CCC in Columbus Friday night.

Peters says Crofton is a great team. "Crofton is a very good team that has experience and quality players. They are extremely well coached and it's a program that knows how to win. We will come up with a game plan and give them a battle."

I have no doubts that the Wolverines will give the Warriors their best shot.

Crofton is a great team, but anyone is beatable on any given day/night.

BRLD has to go into this game believing they can win because they definitely can.

Peters says it's an awesome feeling just to be at State. "Qualifying has been really exciting for the girls. Both communities are buzzing about having both the girls and boys making the state tournament. Exciting times for the schools and the communities."

Hopefully both Wolverine teams can take home some hardware from the State Tournament.

Still really cool both teams are there though.

Peters says he is happy for the girls to have this opportunity. "It is a great feeling to qualify for the tournament. Really happy for the girls and the hard work they have put in. In coaching one goal of mine is that every girl gets an opportunity to play in the state tournament."

And while I'm sure BRLD is glad to just be there, I'm sure they want to hang around a little while and win on Thursday and make a run.

Of course that's what every team wants to do I am sure.

The Wolverines have to come out and play tough, hard, and aggressive defense and give Crofton their best shot.

BRLD has to play physical and can't back down from the Warriors whatsoever.

The Wolverines have to play a complete game for 32 minutes and give it their all and best shot.

BRLD has to do everything in their power to win on Thursday and advance to Friday and Saturday.

The Wolverines can definitely do it too they just have to go out there and make it happen.

Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. on the Bull.
West Point-Beemer Girls beat Milford in Sub-State Final
2020-03-04T02:13













The West Point-Beemer Girls overcame an early deficit to beat Milford 47-35 for the C1-7 District title at Fremont High Friday night in action aired on 107.9 the Bull.

Milford was leading 9-5 when WP-B’s Reece Snodgrass hit a three pointer at the buzzer, making the score 9-8 Milford after one.

That was the momentum change that the Cadets were looking for, as they outscored Milford 13-4 in the second quarter, taking a 21-13 lead into halftime.

WP-B opened the third quarter on a 7-0 scoring run, before Milford went on an 8-2 run of their own. The Eagles were able to pull within single digits a few times, but West Point-Beemer led 33-23 after the third quarter.

The Cadets made free throws down the stretch and were able to keep Milford at arm’s length, securing the win, and the district championship.

Sidney Swanson had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Cadets, good enough for a double-double. Snodgrass added 16 points while Brooklyn Weddle totaled 8.

West Point-Beemer is now 23-5 on the season and qualifies for the C1 state tournament.

The Cadets take on North Bend Central (24-2) in the first round of State on Thursday at the Devaney Center in action we'll have for you on 107.9 the Bull.

The Tigers won 55-47 in overtime over Norfolk Catholic in the C1-3 Sub-State Final from Wisner-Pilger Friday night.

NBC beat West Point-Beemer 53-43 in West Point on December 12th in action that we had for you on the Bull.

The Cadets are a much better team now than they were then though, in my opinion.

I feel the key to the game for West Point-Beemer is attacking the basket and getting the Tigers' post players in foul trouble.

I feel this year's game is a much more favorable matchup for the Cadets than last year's game was.

West Point-Beemer gets an afternoon game and is playing a familiar, common opponent.

I definitely think the Cadets have a better chance of winning this year than they did last year.

I feel West Point-Beemer's experience at State last year will really help them this year.

Of course the Tigers made State last year too so they have a lot of experience as well.

I think the winner of this game will reach the State Championship Game.

That can definitely be the Cadets to if they play great and up to their potential.

This game ought to be a great, tight, and closely contested contest.

Both teams should really get after one another and be neck and neck for four quarters.

I feel the game could truly go either way.

It could come down to a free throw, a shot, or perhaps even a defensive stand.

Every possession, every shot, every point, every turnover is so critical.

One mistake late in this one could be the difference between winning and losing.

It will be interesting to see what happens.

Tip-off is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. on the Bull.
North Bend Central Girls outlast Norfolk Catholic in OT in Sub-State Final
2020-03-04T01:51














The North Bend Central Girls beat Norfolk Catholic 55-47 in overtime in the C1-3 Sub-State Final from Wisner-Pilger Friday night.

The Tigers doubled up the Knights 12-6 in the 1st quarter. Norfolk Catholic outscored North Bend Central 11-3 in the 2nd quarter to take a 17-15 lead into the locker room.

The Knights won the 3rd quarter 19-13 to extend their lead to 36-28 at the end of three.

The Tigers outscored Norfolk Catholic 17-9 in the 4th quarter, including a made three pointer at the buzzer, to tie the game at 45 and send it into OT.

North Bend Central outlasted the Knights 10-2 in the extra session.

What an amazing win for the Tigers. A game they will always remember for sure.

Head Coach Aaron Sterup says it was a once in a lifetime game. "Well, like most people in the gym, I didn’t love our chances there with about 10 seconds left. But in their usual fashion, the girls gutted it out and overcame along with a little bit of luck. It was certainly a game that I won’t forget for a long time."

North Bend Central (24-2) takes on West Point-Beemer (23-5) in the first round of State on Thursday at the Devaney Center in action that will be aired on 107.9 the Bull.

The Cadets knocked off Milford 47-35 in the C1-7 Sub-State Final from Fremont High Friday night in action aired on the Bull.

The Tigers beat West Point-Beemer 53-43 in West Point on Thursday, December 12th in action we also had on the Bull.

Sterup says the Cadets are a stronger team now than they were then. "They have certainly improved. I think their role players have a better understanding of their roles and are much more confident at this point. The transfer they got also helps them. They will be a tougher opponent than we faced the first time, so we will have our work cut out for us."

I think defense and trying to slow down Sidney Swanson, Reece Snodgrass, and Jadyn Meiergerd is key in this one for NBC.

The Tigers have to stop West Point-Beemer's dribble drive game, and keep their post players out of foul trouble.

Sterup says he likes his team's chances of making a state run if they play well. "I think when we play well we are as good as anyone that is in the tournament. Of course, you still have to play well. Hopefully, we are clicking on all cylinders starting Thursday. If we are, I don’t think anything is out of the realm of possibility for this group. With that said, there are a lot of good teams so it is going to take 3 days of really good basketball to win the whole thing."

I really think the winner of this game is destined for the State Title game on Saturday.

Sterup says his team is thrilled to be back at State. "They are very excited to have another opportunity. They have had their eye on this goal ever since we lost last year so it would have been a tough pill to swallow to not make it back. I’m glad they have the opportunity to do it again."

I think the Tigers are a team on a mission, and have a strong chance to win on Thursday.

The Cadets will be very tough though as I feel the game can truly go either way.

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

It should be a great game, and might be another overtime contest for North Bend Central, who knows.

One thing is for sure though the Tigers have to be ready to play for four quarters, and you know they will be.
Pender Girls beat Cambridge in Sub-State Final
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The Pender Girls won 50-43 over Cambridge in the D1-7 Sub-State Final from Grand Island Northwest Friday night.

The Pendragons led 16-11 after one. The Trojans won the 2nd quarter 19-18 to make it a 34-30 game at halftime.

Cambridge won the 3rd quarter 9-6 to make it a 40-39 game at the end of three.

Pender outscored the Trojans 10-4 in the 4th quarter.

Head Coach Luke Hoffman says his team was confident they would win despite the fact things were super tight at the end of the 3rd quarter. "We got in the huddle at the end of the third quarter and the girls were confident that they were going to win the game. When they believe, it makes it easy as a coach to guide them through the final 8 minutes. The girls had been putting a lot of pressure on what I consider a D-1 All-State guard in Korynn Clason all game. Finally our team endurance paid off in the fourth quarter and we were able to hold Clason to no points in the final period and limit the rest of the team. We hit a big three with 2:30 minutes left in the game to let us hold the hammer the rest of the way and dictate the final minutes."

Hoffman says the team is very excited to be back at State. "The girls were thrilled to beat Cambridge and make it to the state tournament. Who wouldn't want to be in the state tournament? The girls really responded the last two weeks in practice with drills and conditioning we put them through to help them win the game on Friday."

The Pendragons (17-11) take on undefeated Pleasanton (25-0) in the first round of State on Thursday at Lincoln Southwest.

The Bulldogs beat Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 44-38 in the D1-3 District Final at O'Neill Friday night.

I think Pender has a chance to pull off the upset in this game.

The Pendragons play an extremely tough schedule and are a better team than their record shows.

I think Pender is going to give Pleasanton all they could ever want and handle and then some.

Hoffman says the Bulldogs generate offense through their press and creating turnovers. "Pleasanton is a physical team that has five ball handlers on the court most of the time in the game. They like to run full court man to man pressure on defense back to man. They live off transitioning off of their press. On offense they are fluid with their couple offenses they run and attack the rim when they get the opportunity."

I think it's going to be imperative for the Pendragons to take care of the ball and limit and minimize turnovers.

Hoffman says post defense will be critical as well. "We will have to defend the post well, rebound well, and stop them from dribble driving the lane which has been a focus in practice this week and the girls have responded and done a nice job of getting their feet in front of defenders and being physical."

Pender has to be very thrilled and excited to be at State.

The Pendragons are no stranger to the State Tournament, but neither are the Bulldogs.

Pleasanton is coached by Jordan Arensdorf, who was the coach at Sandhills-Thedford when the Knights played Lyons-Decatur Northeast at State in 2016.

It should be a very exciting matchup for sure, and I'm very curious and anxious to see how it all turns out.

It figures to be a great game, and should come down to the final minutes and perhaps seconds you would think.

The game is scheduled to tip-off at 3:45 p.m.

And due to West Point-Beemer playing North Bend Central at the same time we will not be able to carry the game on the Bull, unfortunately.
Oakland-Craig Girls beat Wood River in Sub-State Final to advance to State
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The Oakland-Craig Girls beat Wood River 55-39 in the C2-1 Sub-State Final from Columbus Friday night to advance to State for the 2nd straight year.

The Knights led 16-10 after one, and won the 2nd quarter 9-6 to take a 25-16 lead into the locker room.

Oakland-Craig outscored the Eagles 17-11 in the 3rd quarter to extend their lead to 42-27 at the end of three.

The Knights won the 4th quarter 13-12.

Kennedy Benne led all scorers with 27 points while Makenna Pearson added 7.

Head Coach Joe Anderson says his team's defense led to their offense. "We were able to create some turnovers with our defense, which led to some easy buckets and got us going offensively."

Anderson adds Benne played a great game. "Kennedy is an outstanding player. She is a senior and knew what was on the line. She brought a lot of energy to the court on both ends."

Oakland-Craig (25-1) takes on Clarkson/Leigh (20-5) in the first round of State on Thursday at Lincoln North Star in action that will be aired on 107.9 the Bull.

The Patriots upset GACC in the C2-4 Sub-State Final from Fremont High Friday night in action also aired on the Bull.

The Knights beat Clarkson/Leigh 55-31 in Clarkson on December 10th.

Anderson says State is a whole different ball game. "The last game happened so long ago. Clarkson-Leigh is a totally different team. IF you beat GACC, you are playing basketball at a pretty high level. To win any games at the state tournament, you are going to have to play some very good basketball, so for us to win on Thursday we are going to have to have 3 great days of preparation and play at a very high level."

I'm sure Oakland-Craig has their sights set on a State Championship and making it to State Championship Saturday.

I feel the Knights have a great chance to make the State Finals as well.

Anderson says the first order of business is to beat the Patriots. "Our girls just love to play basketball together. They have set some very high goals for this team, but they know they can't accomplish it unless they win on Thursday. So it is very important that we take one game at a time and see what happens."

I feel Oakland-Craig avoiding Crofton or Hastings St. Cecilia until the finals is big.

I think the Knights have a great shot to get to the Finals based on how good they are and who is on their side of the bracket.

GICC could be tough in the Semifinals if both them and Oakland-Craig win their first round games though, and Ponca would certainly be no pushover in the Semifinals either.

First things first though as Coach Anderson said, the Knights have to worry about and focus on beating Clarkson/Leigh.

The Patriots are a very good team, and Oakland-Craig is going to have their work cut out for them on Thursday.

I think the Knights having State experience will help them on Thursday though.

Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on the Bull.