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Southern Valley looks to build depth

Southern Valley returns just one starter from last year's 14-11 season. Needless to say, second year coach Tylor Fincher will have to find some players to fill the voids from last years team. Chaston Burgeson is the lone returning starter (5-10, Sr., G), for Southern Valley. Last season he averaged nine points and four rebounds per game. Billie Paine (6-2, Sr., G) will look to be a key contributor for Southern Valley this year as well. Southern Valley will open the season on November 30th against Minden.

Southern Valley looks to be a strong contender in the RPAC this season 

Southern Valley went 14-10 last season and in his second year at Southern Valley, coach Jeff Ellis likes the squad he has this year. "We have a nice core group back from last year.  We graduated our primary ball handlers and shooting guards, so we will have to develop some underclassmen for the next couple years to fill those roles offensively for us on a consistent basis.  Defensively we should be pretty solid.  Leadership and consistency will be the primary focus with this group.  Excited to see how our girls step up and to see which girls are ready to embrace new roles and expectations that we put on them as a staff." Southern Valley returns three starters and those include Cassie Bose, (5-9, Sr.) Becca Lenneman, (5-8 Sr.) and Lauryn Samuelson (6-0, So.) Southern Valley will begin the season against Minden on November 30th. 


Solid team comes back for Loomis this season 

Loomis finished last season at 12-11 last year and the Wolves look to be improved as eight letter winners from that team come back. The starting five from last year's squad also returns and the a couple of key players from that lineup are Drew Lauby (5-11, Sr., G) and Aaron Dow (6-2, Jr., G) will look to lead the way for the wolves this season. Loomis will began their season on November 30th against SEM. 

Lady Wolves look for experience to lead the way 

Loomis had a final record of 12-10 last season and the Lady Wolves will look to better that record this season. Loomis returns  young squad with a lot of scoring. Headlining that group is Darla Thorell (5-7, So., G/F, 15.4 ppg.) and McKayla Meyer (5-4, Jr., G, 9.3 ppg.) The Lady Wolves will start their seaosn on November 30th against SEM.

Alma looking to build off of strong season 

Last season Alma had a very strong record of 18-6 and made it to a district final game. The Cardinals will look to have similar success this season. Players who were on that team and contributed last season include Ty Heft, David Ehrke, Jackson McKenzie, and Cooper Wright. Head coach Mike Brummer believes his team can achieve even more this season,As a group (24 participating) we hope to continue down the right path again this season, reaching even higher feats." Alma will open the season on Thursday, November 30th against Bertrand

Lady Cardinals look for more success

Alma Finished 10-14 last season, but the Lady Cardinals return four starters from that team. Coach Amanda Siebels believes that the experience this team had last season, will pay dividends this season. "Last season we had a disappointing year last year, and came up short in quite a few games but our team worked well together and gained a lot of experience at the varsity level, which will be beneficial for this upcoming year. I feel that we will have a solid foundation to build on." Returning players for Alma include Maddie Brugh, (5-6., Sr., G) Tiffany Wells, (5-7., Jr., F) and Kayla Kindler (5-6, Jr., G). Alma will start the season on November 30th against Bertrand. 

Elm Creek looking for players to step up

Coming off a 17-7 record last season, the Elm Creek Buffaloes lost three starters from that team some voids will needed to be filled. Head coach Tanner Cavenee mentions some of the keys for his squad, "(We) need to stay healthy just like any team but we have a good core of returning kids from last year. Need to have some young kids step into some key positions but they are very capable." A couple of key contributors from last years team includes Anthony Quintana (6-2, Sr., 5.8 ppg., 3.5 rpg.) and Jaydn Ford (5-7, Sr., 13.2 ppg., 4.2 apg) will look to lead the way this season for the Buffaloes. Elm Creek will begin the season on November 30th against Shelton.

Lady Buffaloes return wealth of experience 

Elm Creek will have a team that will cause a lot of issues because of their ability to score the ball. Elm Creek returns their top two leading scorers as Clair Cornell (Sr. 19.0 ppg., 11.5 rpg.) and Allie Bauer (Jr., 17.7 ppg., and 5.8 rpg.) will look to lead the Lady Buffaloes again. Joining Cornell and Bauer as experienced players, Elm Creek will have returning starters senior Azia Ourada and junior Madison Halliwell. With all of this experience, head coach Mike Ford says they will still need some young players to step up. " The young and inexperienced kids will have the opportunity to
play, and playing time will depend on their ability to acclimate to the varsity pace of
basketball." Elm Creek will begin the season on November 30th against Shelton.

Swedes Fall in First Round of State Tourney 

For a second straight year it was a quick exist from the state tournament for Gothenburg as the Swedes were beaten on Thursday afternoon by Wahoo 84-47 in the Class C1 tourney. The Warriors jumped out to a 10-0 lead and controlled things the whole day. Gothenburg trailed 22-6 at the end of the first quarter and struggled all day long with Wahoo’s 1-3-1 zone defense. Gothenburg finished the day just 4-25 from three point range and were down 40-1 at halftime  Colin Hahn led the Swedes with 13 points. Ty Clement had 12, Dawson Graham finished with nine as the Swedes saw their season come to an end at 25-3. Wahoo improves to 21-5 and will play Winnebago in the state semifinals.

Lady Trojans Fall in First Round 

Cambridge battled at state on Thursday, but they fell to the eventual champions in C-2, Howells-Dodge. The Lady Trojans fell by a score of 58-41. Cambridge came out in control after one-quarter of play, leading 17-13. After that period Howells-Dodge took over and dominated the second period outscoring the Lady Trojans 21-6 and leading 34-23 at halftime. In the second half of play, it was was a little closer, as the Lady Trojans were outscored 24-18. For Cambridge Alea Shaner led the way with 19 points and Korynn Clason had 13 points. Howells-Dodge went on the to win the state tournament over Diller-Odell 39-30. Cambridge finished the season at 20-4. 

Gothenburg Headed to State Again

It took the Gothenburg Swedes 88 years, but for the first time since 1928-1929 the Swedes will make consecutive trips to the state tournament in Lincoln. Gothenburg outlasted a game Chadron Cardinal team 53-47 to win the C1-6 district.
On paper, this didn’t look like much of a game. The two teams had met on Jan. 6 when the Swedes won by 20. Chadron had struggled through a nine-game losing streak and had an 8-15 record coming into the game. However, Gothenburg coach Roger Koehler told anyone that would listen, that it would be tough district final game.
“They have played a very tough schedule and lost to some good teams,” Koehler said. “We knew they would be athletic, and play  good defense.”
The two teams battled throughout a low-scoring first half. The Swedes had a 6-5 lead after one-quarter and extended it to 20-11 lead at half.
Both teams would find some offense in the second half. The Swedes went on their typical run but, the Cardinals matched it. In the end, it came down to free-throws. Gothenburg didn’t shoot the ball well from the charity stripe (14-28), however Ty Clement and Will Healey hit enough at the end to solidify the win.
Chadron had the lead down to three with 10 seconds left. The Swedes faced the full-court press. Collin Hahn threw in a long pass to Clement who went up and got the ball and was simultaneously fouled. He hit one of his two free-throws. A missed shot by the Cardinals Spencer Margetts led to a foul of Healey who then hit two free-throws to ice the win.
Clement finished with a game-high 19 points, Healey chipped in with 12 points. The Swedes advanced to 25-2, they will play March 9 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center as they will be the four seed and they will face the 20-5 fifth-seeded Wahoo Warriors. 

Mustangs Fall in District Final

For the second straight year, the S-E-M Mustangs saw their season come to an end in a District final game as they fell to the Mullen Broncos 48-40 in the D2-5 District championship game on Tuesday night in North Platte.
Mullen got a game-high 13 points from Lance Moore, and 8 more from Luke Christen, while holding S-E-M’s leading scorer throughout the season, Jason Line, to just 5 points. S-E-M was led by Trace Claflin and Micah Eggleston with 9 each, while Nathan Schroeder and Rhett Heckinlively poured in 7 apiece. Kevin Boteo also hit a 3-pointer in the 3rd quarter to complete the scoring for the Mustangs.
Mullen advances to the state quarterfinals in Lincoln for the first time since 2011, while seven S-E-M Seniors see their high school basketball career come to an end with a 19-2 record this year. SEM was also the regular season FKC Champions.

North Central Too Much for Elm Creek at State

Elm Creek’s run at the Girls State basketball tournament was a short one as the Buffaloes lost 66-51 to North Central on Thursday morning in the Class D1 state quarterfinals. North Central started the second half on a 11-2 run and held Elm Creek without a field goal in the first four minutes of the second half as they built a 38-28 lead. After leading just 27-26, North Central dominated the second half by going inside to it’s posts. Rachel Stewart scored 11 of her 17 points in the second half and point guard Jayden Bussinger hurt Elm Creek with dribble penetration and she finished the game with 18.
Elm Creek’s Allie Bauer kept the Buffaloes in it for awhile scoring 18 of Elm Creek’s first 26 points. She finished the day with 28 points as she hit four three pointers to end the year with 103 for the season. Claire Cornell was also in double figures with 14 points as the Buffaloes end the year at 23-3. 

Arapahoe Falls in Subdistrict Play 

Arapahoe began subdistricts with a nice win over Hitchcock-County 54-51. It was a back and forth affair, but in the final period of play Arapahoe put their foot on the throttle and outscored the Falcons 16-8. For the Warriors Yordi Gutierrez led the way with 23 points. Arapahoe then was beat by Dundy-County-Stratton 57-42. The Tigers jumped out to a 17-3 lead, but Arapahoe climbed back but the first quarter haunted the Warriors. Gentry Anderson led the way with 13 points. The Warriors finish they year at 9-14.

Elwood Finishes Year 4-18

Elwood began subdistrict play this past week and they won their first game, but fell in the second. Elwood first took down Maywood/Hayes Center 45-43. Elwood had to claw their way back as they trailed 19-11 after the first quarter, but Elwood outscored the Wolves 34-24 in the next three periods. Zacob Evans led the way for Elwood with 15 points. Elwood then fell to Wauneta-Palisade 88-54. Aaron Clouse had a big game for Elwood recording 22 points. Elwood finished the year 4-18. 

Overton Finishes at 14-8

Overton battled in one of the toughest subdistricts in the state as they had to battle Alma in the first round. Overton fell to the Cardinals 74-63. Alma outscored the Eagles in each quarter except the third, as they were consistent throughout. Morgan Wallace had a big game for Overton recording 25 points. Overton finished the basketball season 14-8. 

Lady Trojans Advance to State

Cambridge faced Hemingford in the C2-6 district final on Saturday and the Lady Trojans punched their ticket to Lincoln. Cambridge took down Hemingford in a close battle 50-45. Cambridge jumped out to a 15-11 lead after one quarter of play, but in the next two quarters Hemingford outscored Cambridge 25-19, but the Lady Trojans came out strong in the fourth quarter of play. In the fourth, Cambridge outscored Hemingford 16-9 in the final period of play. Alea Shaner led the way for Cambridge with 25 points. Cambridge goes in as the six seed and they will face Howells-Dodge on Thursday at 7:00 PM. 

Gothenburg Advances to District Final, Cozad Falls 

A strong effort from the Cozad Haymakers came up short as the top-seeded Gothenburg Swedes got a win to move on to the C1-11 Subdistrict final against Hershey.  The Swedes beat Cozad 71-56.
Cozad came out firing and took leads during the first quarter, eventually leading it 8-6. However, as he had in the first two match-ups with the Haymakers, Dawson Graham was locked in. He was 6-8 from outside the arc in the first half and scored 22 of his game leading 31 points in the first half.
Trestian Siemering had 19 points for Cozad and teammate Blaine Emerson’s 18 points kept the Haymakers in the game. The last two victories by the Swedes, over Cozad, had been by an average of 40 points. Ty Clement had 12 points for the Swedes and teammate Will Healey chipped in with 11 points for Gothenburg who notched their 23rd win. 
The Gothenburg Swedes took one more step to being the first team in 88 years at Gothenburg to make a return trip to state. Gothenburg beat Hershey in the C1-11 sub district final 78-61 on Thursday night. Hershey came into the game as one of the hottest teams in the state, winners of nine in a row. However, they ran into a buzz-saw Thursday night as the Swedes took an early lead and never looked back. Hot shooting from Dawson Graham paced the Swedes as they took a nine point lead into the second quarter. The Panthers would get as close as seven, but Gothenburg would extended the lead back to 10 before halftime.
Graham’s 21 (he scored 32 for the game) first half points were highlighted by a three-quarter court shot and a tip-dunk that brought fans to their feet. Collin Hahn had 13 points, Bennett Folkers 11 points and Ty Clement 10 for Gothenburg who is now 24-2 Hershey was led in scoring by Clay Frels who finished his career with 14 points and Charles Roberts with 13. The Swedes advance to the C1-6 District final against Chadron on Monday night in Sidney. Chadron is an unlikely opponent for Gothenburg as they upset Gordon-Rushville in the sub-district final. The Swedes and Cardinals met in early January were the Swedes won 62-42. Monday’s game is set for Sidney and that game can be heard on 93.1 KRVN FM and

Lexington Falls in Districts

A decent start wasn’t enough for the Lexington Minutemaids as they fell to Hastings on Tuesday night in the B-5 Girls Quarterfinals  46-29. Lexington led 10-8 late in the first quarter before Hastings went on a 14-0 run in the second quarter to lead 22-12 at the break. The Minutemaids went nearly eight minutes in the second quarter without a point as the Tigers took control of the game. In second half, Lexington could never get closer than ten as the Tigers went inside to junior post Olivia Douglas who scored 15 of her game high 20 points in the second half.  For Hastings it was their third win of the season over the Minutemaids. Lexington ends the year at 3-21 as was led by Courtney Hanson who scored 13 points.

Southern Valley finishes year 14-11 

Coming off of a 51-43 win over North Platte St. Pats earlier in the week Southern Valley faced Southwest, an RPAC foe on Thursday night for the right to play on, and face the winner of the C2-12 subdistrict. It was the Roughriders of Southwest who prevailed as the victors, winning 42-38. In this low scoring, affair points were hard to come by, especially in the first half. After one-quarter of play, the teams were deadlocked at 11 apiece. In the second quarter, each team was stagnant, with Southern Valley recording seven points and Southwest posting just five.
At the half Southern Valley clung to a two-point lead 18-16. In the third quarter, it was much of the same as the teams posted single digit figures, Southwest scoring nine and Southern Valley with five. At the end of the quarter, Southwest led 25-23. In the fourth quarter, Southwest closed out the game by knocking down eight of ten free throws in the final minutes. Leading the way for Southwest was Derek Greenlee with 11 points and for Southern Valley Drake Shearer had eight. For Southwest, they improve to 13-11 and advance to the C2-6 district final where they will play either Kimball or Perkins County on Monday. Southern Valley finishes the year out at 14-11 and their streak of four straight state tourney berth’s comes to an end.

Axtell Falls in Subdistrict Play

Axtell entered subdistrict play with a record of 2-19, and last Monday they came away with a win over Red Cloud in impressive fashion, 58-29. Ryan Hubbard led the way with 19 points for the Wildcats. In Axtell’s next game, it was a loss to Wilcox-Hildreth, 79-47. Wilcox-Hildreth jumped out to a 37-17 lead in the first half and the Falcons never looked back. Hubbard and Tyler Danburg led Axtell with 11 points. Axtell finishes the season 3-20. 

Elm Creek Headed to Lincoln

Elm Creek and Burwell battled on Saturday night in the D1-5 district final for the right to play in the girl’s state tournament next weekend in Lincoln. It was Elm Creek who came away victorious as they rallied to beat  Burwell 50-39. In the first quarter, it was all Lady Longhorns as they jumped out to an 11-2 lead over Elm Creek. The Buffaloes however, as they have done all post season came roaring back. In the second quarter, Elm Creek started to fight back and Allie Bauer and Claire Cornell combined for 17 of Elm Creek’s 20 points as the Buffaloes got back into it. The second half was back and forth before the Buffaloes came on strong and took over in the fourth quarter.
For Elm Creek,  Bauer led the way with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Cornell had 14 pts and nine boards and Kenzie Deyo scored 12 points and dished out five assists. For the Lady Longhorns, Blake Mann had a big game recording 24 points in the loss. Elm Creek improves to 23-2 and will play in the D1 state tournament and for Burwell, they finish the year at 16-10. This is Elm Creek’s first trip to state since 2004. They will play North Central at 10:45 on Thursday morning at Lincoln Southwest high school. KRVN sports will carry that game in Lincoln.

Elm Creek Boys Fall in Subdistrict Final

Elm Creek began postseason play this past week and it started out the way they wanted it to, with a big win over Franklin, 59-33. It was a spread out scoring attack from Elm Creek as Brock Miner led the way with 10 points. Elm Creek then faced off against Alma in the subdistrict final and they lost 62-59. Elm Creek took control in the early stages of the game but they were unable to hang on for the win. Elm Creek finishes the year 17-8. 

Axtell Falls to Southern Valley in Regular Season Finale

Axtell and Southern Valley battled last week and it was all Southern Valley as they won 84-39. Southern Valley jumped out to a 42-23 lead at halftime and that lead ballooned in the second half outscoring the Wildcats 42-16. For Southern Valley Drake Shearer led the way with 17 points and for Axtell Creighton Kring had 14 points. Axtell will begin subdistrict play against Red Cloud and Southern Valley will begin subdistricts on Tuesday against either North Platte or Sutherland. 

Holdrege Drops Two Games Before Districts 

Holdrege had a pair of games this past week against teams in their district, and they dropped each of those games. Their first loss came to Aurora by a score of 62-52. Holdrege actually led after one quarter of play 20-16, but in the second quarter Aurora took the lead and never looked back. In the Dusters next game they fell to York 65-60. York took a commanding 22-11 lead after one quarter and they maintained throughout. Holdrege did make a comeback bid in the fourth quarter, but they were never able to get all the way back. Tyler Buck led the way for Holdrege with 30 points. Holdrege is now 12-10 and will battle Grand Island Northwest to begin District play. 

Arapahoe Falls in Regular Season Finale

Arapahoe had just one game this past week and it was against Alma. The Warriors fell by a score of 54-47. Arapahoe led 15-11 after one-quarter of play, but Alma put their foot on the throttle and took a lead in the second quarter and maintained throughout. Gentry Anderson had 11 points for Arapahoe. The Warriors will face Hitchcock County to begin subdistricts. 

Lady Warriors Fall in Subdistricts

Arapahoe began subdistrict play this past week and it was one and done for them as they fell to Medicine Valley by a score of 40-29. Arapahoe led 10-9 after one quarter of play, but the remaining three quarters Medicine Valley outscored the Lady Warriors 31-19. For Arapahoe, Terri Hilker led the way with nine points. Arapahoe finished the season 1-21. 

Cambridge Gets Better of Bertrand 

Cambridge and Bertrand battled on Friday night and it was a great game between the RPAC foes. Cambridge was able to win the contest by a score of 54-49. Bertrand led 29-24 at half, but in the second half it was all Trojans as they put up 30 points to the Vikings 20. For the Trojans Caden Houghtelling recorded 13 points. For Bertrand Jared Kugler led the way with 13 points. Cambridge will play Southwest to begin subdistrict play and for Bertrand they will battle Medicine Valley in subdistricts. 

Lady Trojans Heading to District Finals

Cambridge began subdistrict play this past week and it was a successful week of contests. Their first game was against Southern Valley and it was a win, 52-40. Korynn Clason led the way for Cambridge recording 18 points. Cambridge then had to battle North Platte St. Pats. It was a low scoring, defensive battle in which Cambridge was able to win by a score of 35-34. There was only one quarter in which the teams scored in double figures, so the defense was top notch throughout. Marlana Kent led the scoring for Cambridge with 10 points. Cambridge will play Hemingford on Friday for their right to play in Lincoln. 

SEM Falls in Second Round of Subdistricts

SEM began subdistricts with a win against Stapleton, 58-42. For the Lady Mustangs, Mikayla Dittmar had a big game recording 24 points in the win on 10-13 shooting. The next game for the Lady Mustangs didn’t go as well as the night before as they fell to Sandhills/Thedford 61-24. SEM never scored more then eight points in a quarter and struggled throughout. For SEM Sage Williams led the way with eight points. SEM finished the season with a 3-16 record. 

Elwood Falls to Elm Creek

Elwood and Elm Creek battled on Friday night and it was the Buffaloes who were the victors winning 74-62. Elm Creek had a narrow lead at half, 35-34 but in the second half the it was all Elm Creek as they pulled away and won. For Elm Creek Jaydn Ford had a big game recording 24 points and Jaydn Ford had 22. For the Pirates Aaron Clouse had 22 points. Elm Creek will begin subdistrict play on Tuesday against Franklin. For Elwood they will play Maywood/Hayes Center.