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Howells-Dodge Boys Finish as State-Runner up in Class D-1
2021-03-15T08:38

 















Blake Sindelar and RJ Bayer combined for 53 points and Howells-Dodge beat Walthill 68-49 in the first round of the boys Class D1 state basketball tournament at Southeast High School in Lincoln on Wednesday in action aired on 107.9 the Bull.


The game was close early, with the Jaguars holding a 15-14 advantage after the first quarter.


Howells-Dodge went off for 22 points in the second quarter, including 13 from Sindelar. Walthill got hot in the second also, as the Blujays connected on five three-pointers.


The Jaguars led 37-31 at halftime.


Bayer scored 10 of H-D’s 16 points in the third quarter, and Howells-Dodge led 53-39 after three.


Howells-Dodge outscored Walthill 15-10 in the fourth quarter, including making 11 free throws, and the Jaguars were able to secure the win.


Sindelar led Howells-Dodge with 28 points, and Bayer was right behind him with 25.




Howells-Dodge was presented with a daunting task when they met 25-0 and #1 seeded Burwell in the semifinals at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Thursday in action also aired on the Bull.


The Jaguars proved more than ready for the challenge, as they stunned the Longhorns 76-45.


Burwell raced out to an 11-2 lead in the first quarter, but Howells-Dodge closed the period on a 9-0 scoring run to tie it at 11-11 heading into the second.


The Jaguars had a slight scoring edge in the second, and the Jaguars took a 28-27 advantage into halftime.


The third quarter became the Blake Sindelar Show for Howells-Dodge. The Jaguars outscored the Longhorns 25-10 in the third. Sindelar was responsible for 16 of the 25 points.


Howells-Dodge led 53-37 at the end of the third period.


The fourth quarter was just as dominant for the Jaguars, as they outscored Burwell 23-8 in the frame.


In the end, it was 19-8 Howells-Dodge handing previously unbeaten Burwell their first loss of the season.


Sindelar continued his tournament tear for Howells-Dodge, finishing with 31 points. Jacob Tomcak added 14 for the Jaguars and Bayer scored 11.



Howells-Dodge then met Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family for the State Championship on Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena in action also aired on the Bull. The Bulldogs rallied from a 10-point deficit at the start of the 4th quarter to win 52-47 in OT.


The Jaguars led the Bulldogs 13-9 after one before winning the 2nd quarter 11-6 to take a 24-15 lead into the locker room.


Howells-Dodge won the 3rd quarter 14-13 to extend their lead to 38-28 at the end of three.


Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family outscored the Jaguars 14-4 in the 4th quarter to tie the game at 42 and send it into overtime.


The Bulldogs doubled up Howells-Dodge 10-5 in the extra session.


The Jaguars were led by Sindelar, who had 18 points.


Great year and great run for Howells-Dodge, who wraps up the season at 20-9.


It was certainly an amazing run for the Jaguars.


And the great news for Howells-Dodge is they only lose one player in Tomcak.


He meant a lot to and did a lot for this program and will be sorely missed no doubt, but the Jaguars have to be very excited for next year given who all returns.


Howells-Dodge brings back the likes of Lance Brester, Aiden Meyer, Gavin Nelson, Brittin Sindelar, Bayer, Blake Sindelar, Aandy Dominguez, Colton Klosen, Nathan Hegemann, and others.


The Jaguars return a ton of talent and a lot of these kids will be Juniors and Seniors next year.


Howells-Dodge couldn't quite finish the deal this year, but I think the Jaguars have a chance to finish unfinished business next year.


I wouldn't be surprised if Howells-Dodge gets back to Lincoln next year and wins a State Title.


Lots of offseason work to do to make that happen, but the Jaguars can definitely do it and get the job done.


One final thing I will mention is finishing as the State Runner-Up this year is a great accomplishment, no doubt. Something to be very proud of and take pride in for sure.


But at the same time I would say finishing 2nd should motivate everyone to work that much harder in the offseason in hopes of coming in 1st place next year and adding some Gold Hardware to the Silver they already have.

BRLD Boys finish 3rd at State
2021-03-15T08:21

 















The BRLD Boys finished 3rd at the Class C-2 State Tournament in Lincoln this past weekend, downing Bridgeport 59-43 in the 1st round at Lincoln Northeast Wednesday night in action aired on 107.9 the Bull before falling 49-47 to Yutan in the State Semifinals at Pinnacle Bank Arena Thursday night in action also aired on the Bull. The Wolverines then defeated Hartington Cedar Catholic 59-48 for 3rd place Friday afternoon at Lincoln North Star.


The Wolverines led the Bulldogs 14-11 after one before Bridgeport won the 2nd quarter 14-11 to tie the game at 25 at halftime.


BRLD won the 3rd quarter 16-11 to go up 41-36 at the end of three.


The Wolverines outscored the Bulldogs 18-7 in the 4th quarter.


Dylan Beutler had 14 points and 7 rebounds while Toriano Bohannon Jr. also scored 14 points. Lucas Vogt added 12 points and 7 assists, including a right handed alley oop dunk off a pass from Beutler. Micah Henschen added 10 points.




In what was hailed as the most anticipated match up in the Class C2 state basketball tournament, Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur vs Yutan in the semifinals was as advertised and more, as the Chieftains eked out the win over the Wolverines.


Yutan raced out to a 7-0 lead to start the game, and eventually led 19-9. BRLD scored a late bucket to make it 19-11 after the first.


BRLD reversed their fortune in the second quarter, outscoring the Chieftains 18-7. BRLD took a 29-26 lead into halftime.


The Wolverines started the third quarter on a little run, but Yutan was able to stick around and use a late flurry of their own. After three quarters, the score favored BRLD 43-38.


Everyone covering the games in Lincoln was most excited to see the one-on-one play of Vogt against Yutan's Brady Timm.


Timm had a huge fourth quarter for Yutan, scoring eight points, including the winning shot.


The game was tied 47-47 with 1:02 left in the game and it was Yutan basketball. The Chieftains chose to run the clock all the way down, and Timm nailed a 16 foot jump shot from just above the left elbow, giving them a 49-47 lead with 2.2 seconds left.


BRLD tried a long inbounds play to half court, but the Wolverines were unable to get off a final shot, preserving the win for Yutan.


Beutler scored 12 points and secured 13 rebounds for BRLD, good enough for a double-double. Henschen added 11 points while Vogt finished with 9. Elliot Nottlemann chipped in 8 while Bohannon Jr. totaled 7.




The Wolverines jumped out to a 19-9 lead on the Trojans at the end of one. Cedar Catholic won the 2nd quarter 17-14 to make it a 33-26 game at halftime.


BRLD won the 2nd quarter 16-13 to extend their lead to 49-39 at the end of three.


The Wolverines won the 4th quarter 10-9.


Vogt led the way with 19 points and 7 assists while Bohannon Jr. notched 18 points. Beutler registered a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds while Nottlemann recorded 7 points.



Great season for BRLD, who wraps up the campaign with a 19-6 record.


This Senior Class accomplished a lot.


Four straight State Tournament Appearances, including back-to-back State Titles in 2019 and 2020 and 3rd place finishes in 2018 and 2021 is something to be very, very proud of.


Beutler was the team's leading scorer this past season at 18 points a game. He also averaged 9 rebounds a contest. Vogt averaged 14 points and 7 assists per game this season. Bohannon Jr. averaged 12 points a game in his lone season for the Wolverines.


BRLD says goodbye to Beutler, Vogt, Bohannon Jr., Derek Peterson, Henschen, Isaiah Snyder, and Zach Hegge.


Nottlemann is a key returner for the Wolverines.


The Seniors BRLD lose this year were something very special just in what they did on the court this year and throughout their careers.


The run the Wolverines made the last four years was truly remarkable, and it will be interesting to see what the future holds.


Future kids and teams have a lot to live up to, and this BRLD team certainly set the bar and standard high.

BRLD Boys beat Wakefield in Sub-District Final, knock off Centennial in Sub-State Final; Girls take 3rd at State
2021-03-10T02:08

 
















The BRLD Boys won 61-49 over Wakefield in the C2-4 Sub-District Final in Lyons last Thursday night before knocking off Centennial 67-49 in the C2-7 Sub-State Final at Bancroft last Saturday to advance to State for the 4th consecutive year.

The Wolverines doubled up the Trojans 8-4 in the 1st quarter before winning the 2nd quarter 19-18 to take a 27-22 lead into the locker room.

BRLD won the 3rd quarter 15-13 to go up 42-35 at the end of three.

The Wolverines won the 4th quarter 19-14.

Dylan Beutler had 21 points and 7 rebounds while Lucas Vogt scored 19 points and had 7 assists, and Toriano Bohannon Jr. notched 13 points.



BRLD led the Broncos 21-14 after one, and outscored Centennial 25-11 in the 2nd quarter to take a 46-25 lead into the locker room.

The Broncos won the 3rd quarter 10-9 to make it a 55-35 game at the end of three.

Centennial won the 4th quarter 14-12.

Bohannon Jr. led the way with 21 points while Vogt notched 17. Beutler added 13 points and 9 rebounds while Elliot Nottlemann and Micah Henschen totaled 7 points each.

I feel like the Wolverines are ready and in position to go for a 3-peat at State.

BRLD (18-4) takes on Bridgeport (23-2) in the first round of State at Lincoln Northeast Wednesday night in action that can be heard on 107.9 the Bull.

The Bulldogs outlasted Oakland-Craig 56-46 in Overtime in the C2-3 District Final from Kearney High last Saturday in action also aired on the Bull.

Head Coach Cory Meyer breaks down Wednesday's matchup. "It's an awkward matchup. Their top two players are their posts. And one's 6'1 and a very thick, strong kid. And the other one's 6'3, and can play inside and out. And what they do is they try to find the mismatch. And they'll try to take advantage of the mismatch. And they do a good job with that. And I think that's kind of been their success. And they're a pretty good shooting team overall. And it will be a good game." 

The Wolverines have a number of guys that would normally come off the bench that are out for the rest of the season with injuries so it will be interesting to see how that affects BRLD down at State.

I feel like the Wolverines can overcome that and contend for a 3rd straight State Title though.

Coach Meyer says his team is chomping at the bit to play. "I think they're ready for a ball game, that's for sure. It's been a long week, and we had a scrimmage on Saturday, and they looked really good, and I think they're ready to go."

BRLD has to be ready to play on Wednesday and any other game they would potentially play this week.

The Wolverines have to expend all that built up energy on the Bulldogs come Wednesday night.

Coach Meyer adds he would like to see his team lay it all out on the line. "I just want to see our kids be consistent. That's one thing that's kind of hurt us this year is just our inconsistency. And I know basketball can be that way, but I just want to see the effort. I want to see our kids give everything they got, no matter who they're playing against. Whether it's rebounding, defense, just their intensity. And I just want to be able to see that. And that's what I'm looking forward to is if our kids can do that man we could do a lot of damage."

Wednesday night's game is scheduled to tip-off at 6:30 p.m. on the Bull.


















The BRLD Girls took 3rd place at last week's State Tournament.

In a game that was close for most of three quarters, #7 seeded Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur was able to pull away in the second half to beat #2 Wood River 62-41 in the first round of the girls Class C2 State Basketball Tournament at Southeast High School in Lincoln on Wednesday in action aired on 107.9 the Bull.

The teams traded buckets throughout the first quarter, but the Wolverines were able to get the last score, and would lead 10-8 after the first.

Both teams seemed to hit their stride offensively in the second quarter, with BRLD scoring 16 and Wood River scoring 14. It was BRLD leading 26-22 at halftime.

The Wolverines started to get some separation in the third quarter, outscoring the Eagles 13-7 in the period. BRLD led 39-29 after three.

BRLD exploded for 23 points in the fourth quarter, compared to just 12 for the Eagles, and BRLD pulled away late in the fourth for the victory.

BRLD had four players reach double figures, as Caragan Tietz led the way with 18, Alyssa Buchholz added 16 points and 8 rebounds, Jordan Snyder had 13 points and 10 rebounds to secure a double-double, and Isabel Freemont scored 10 points.

Head Coach Rod Peters says his team got off to a slow start. "At halftime I didn't think we played very well. Tribute a lot of that to Wood River. I thought that 1-3-1 gave us some troubles. They went into that 2-3 in the 2nd quarter. We had a plan to attack it, but we just didn't use the plan that we put in place."



Despite a red hot start by Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur, Ponca defeated the Wolverines 55-37 in the C2 girls state basketball semifinals Thursday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln as broadcast on the Bull.

BRLD ran out to a 10-2 lead to start the game, but the Indians closed the quarter on a 10-0 run, including a bucket at the buzzer to lead 12-10 after the first.

Ponca continued their offensive outburst in the second quarter, outscoring BRLD 18-7, and the Indians took a 30-17 lead into halftime.

Ponca started the third quarter on another quick scoring run and got up by 18, but BRLD was able to cut the score to 12, before the Indians scored on a layup at the end of the third quarter, making it a 46-32 advantage in favor of Ponca.

BRLD was held scoreless in the fourth quarter until the final 40 seconds of the game, where they had a rush of five points on a bucket by Elise Anderson and a game ending three pointer by Isabella Bonneau.

Snyder led the Wolverines with 12 points and 10 rebounds, good enough for a double-double.



BRLD then turned around and beat Bridgeport 47-40 in the 3rd place game at Lincoln Northeast Friday afternoon.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 17-12 lead after one before the Wolverines won the 2nd quarter 14-6 to take a 26-23 lead into the locker room.

Bridgeport won the 3rd quarter 9-7 to close the gap to 1 at 33-32 at the end of three.

BRLD outscored the Bulldogs 14-8 in the 4th quarter.

Tietz led the way with 18 points and 8 rebounds while Snyder added 11 points. Buchholz chipped in 7 points and 10 rebounds.

Coach Peters says he wasn't sure how things would go against Bridgeport following the Ponca loss. "After taking a tough loss on Thursday I was worried how we would respond to the quick turnaround.  Extremely proud of the girls for the effort they put forth on Friday against a very good Bridgeport team."

Great season for the Wolverines, who wrap up the year at 22-5.

Tietz led the team in scoring this season with 15 points a game while Snyder averaged 14 a contest.

Snyder was the team's leading rebounder with 190 on the season while Buchholz was 2nd with 143, and Tietz 3rd with 137.

BRLD says goodbye to Freemont, Aubrey Berg, Tietz, Audra Nolting, and Emma Beutler.

Some really outstanding Seniors who will be missed for sure.

Coach Peters can't say enough about them. "The 5 seniors I have are great kids.  Not only have they worked hard on the court, but they are also great students they have been a great student athletes at the school."

Key returners for next year include Snyder, Buchholz, Bonneau, and Megan Beutler.

A lot lost to graduation who will be sorely missed, but some key pieces returning with a chance to make another run next year as well.

Coach Peters says he's already getting ready for the offseason. "Right now, I am planning my summer basketball.  Last year we didn't have much.  This summer we will get after it and develop and build team chemistry.  I believe we have girls that will step up and be ready for their expanded roles on the team."

The Wolverines should be very proud of the run they made this year.

Coach Peters adds his team overcame a lot. "We faced adversity throughout the season from injuries to people being in quarantine.  Every time we faced these adversities the girls stepped up and didn't let it affect them. That's a credit to the girls."

BRLD had a great season, and should feel very good about what they accomplished.

Next season will come around when it does, and the Wolverines will need to be ready at that time, but for now BRLD should take some time to reflect and think back on all they accomplished this year and be very thrilled about all what they were able to do.

It's not everyday a team takes 3rd in the State Tournament, but that's exactly what the BRLD Girls did this year!

Congrats on a great season BRLD! 
Howells-Dodge Boys upset H/LHF in Sub-District Final, knock off Mead in Sub-State Final to advance to State Tournament
2021-03-10T01:26

 













The Howells-Dodge Boys upset Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 53-49 in the D1-3 Sub-District Final on the road last Thursday night before defeating Mead 43-36 at home in the D1-4 District Final last Monday night.


The Jaguars got out to a 19-12 lead on the Bulldogs at the end of one. H/LHF won the 2nd quarter 12-10 to make it a 29-24 game at halftime.


Howells-Dodge won the 3rd quarter 10-6 to extend their lead to 39-30 at the end of three.


The Bulldogs won the 4th quarter 19-14.




The Jaguars led the Raiders 17-8 after one before Mead won the 2nd quarter 12-7 to make it a 24-20 game at halftime.


Howells-Dodge won the 3rd quarter 8-5 to go up 32-25 at the end of three.


Both teams scored 11 4th quarter points.


Incredible job by the Jaguars making State for the 2nd time in the last 3 years!


Howells-Dodge (18-8) takes on Walthill (19-4) in the first round of the State Tournament at Lincoln Southeast Wednesday afternoon in action that can be heard on 107.9 the Bull.


The Blujays won 64-54 over Elm Creek in the D1-5 District Final at Cross County last Saturday.


Head Coach Kevin Janata says the Jaguars have the size advantage in this one. "I like how we'll be able to outsize them. They're not very tall. I think the tallest they have on the roster is at 6'0. But they do play an upscale, up pace game. They like to get out in transition and they like to shoot the 3 ball really well, so it's going to be really on us to play good defense, rebound, and just make sure they don't get easy points in transition, and kind of slow the pace of the game down just a little bit. Play our game, not their game."


I also feel like Howells-Dodge has played a tougher schedule. I think the two teams are about equal in terms of quality wins and losses though.


I feel these two teams are pretty equal and even honestly. Coach Janata says his team simply has to go out there and play. "The biggest thing is to stay focused, don't let the moment define you, define the moment. Just emphasizing let's go into this game and let's not be afraid. There's no fear. Yes it's okay to be nervous, but just play your best game, and leave it out on the floor, and whatever happens after that just know you can be proud of your effort."


Coach Janata adds his team is feeling pretty good about themselves right now. "The guys are playing really well. I feel like the end of our schedule really sets us up for a State run. Our competition at the back end of our schedule gets really tough, which we're not going to always win all of those, but it kind of prepares us for the right mentality going into our last games, and I feel like we have some momentum right now, and the kids are feeling pretty confident, and I think they're ready for Wednesday."


I would agree with Coach Janata, I think the Jaguars can make a run at State this week.


Wednesday's game is scheduled to tip-off at 1:30 p.m. on the Bull.

North Bend Central Girls win 2nd straight State Title
2021-03-10T01:10

 















Kaitlyn Emanuel scored 25 points and North Bend Central made a statement, downing Broken Bow 50-29 in the opening round of the girls Class C1 State Basketball Tournament Wednesday afternoon at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln.


The Tigers jumped out to a commanding 19-7 lead after the first quarter.


Points were a little harder to come by in the second, but the Tigers still outscored the Indians 8-6. At the half, NBC led Broken Bow 27-13.


North Bend reached double figures in both the third and fourth quarters, while outscoring Broken Bow 23-16 in the second half.


In a game that looked much closer on paper, #4 NBC eliminated #5 Broken Bow.


In addition to Kaitlyn Emanuel's 25 points, Sydney Emanuel added 12 points and 8 rebounds while Cierra Kluthe notched 7 points.




The Tigers then knocked off Winnebago 60-40 in the State Semifinals at Pinnacle Bank Arena Friday Morning in action aired on 107.9 the Bull.


The Tigers led the Indians 21-14 at the end of one, and won the 2nd quarter 11-6 to take a 32-20 lead into the locker room.


NBC outscored Bago 14-6 in the 3rd quarter to go up 46-26 at the end of three.


Both teams scored 14 points in the 4th quarter.


Sydney Emanuel had 27 points while Kaitlyn Emanuel added 11 points and 8 rebounds.




The Tigers saved their best for last as Sydney Emanuel was a clutch 8-8 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter, and North Bend Central overcame an 11-point deficit heading into the fourth to repeat as Class C1 girls state basketball champions with a thrilling 51-49 win over Hastings St. Cecilia on Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln as broadcast on the Bull.


The Hawkettes started the game with a quick 4-0 lead, before NBC tied it at 4-4. HSC was able to grab another lead and head out of the first quarter with a 15-12 advantage.


HSC established another lead in the second quarter but a late surge of offense by NBC that included a three pointer from Hannah Williams helped the Tigers catch up. Sydney Emanuel was fouled as time expired in the second, and made both free throws to tie the game 25-25 heading into halftime.


The Hawkettes’ Bailey Kissinger went off for 12 points in the third, and NBC was held to just seven points. Hastings St. Cecilia took a daunting 43-32 lead into the fourth quarter.


This is where NBC took over. With several HSC players starting to get into foul trouble, the Tigers just started attacking the rim, and were able to get to the free throw line for 15 attempts in the period, making 14 of them.


Kaitlyn Emanuel hit a huge three pointer late in the fourth to cut the score to three points, and then Sydney Emanuel made free throws down the stretch, including the two that put NBC up 51-49 with just seconds left.


HSC got one last look at a tying shot from Kissinger, but it missed, securing the win and state championship for North Bend Central.


The Tigers outscored the Hawkettes 19-6 in the fourth on their way to the win.


Sydney Emanuel led NBC with 20 points and 7 rebounds, including a perfect 12-12 performance at the free throw line. Kaitlyn Emanuel was right behind her with 19 points and 11 rebounds, good enough for a double-double.


NBC was solid from the foul line as a team, going 21-27.


North Bend Central ends the year at 24-3 overall, and as back-to-back Class C1 Girls State basketball Champions.


What a year and what a run it was for the Tigers.


NBC capped off the season with another State Championship. What an amazing accomplishment to win back-to-back State Titles.


Head Coach Aaron Sterup says he told his team they had to pick things up when it was looking bleak. "We certainly weren't feeling great to start the 4th quarter. We had just talked at that timeout that we had to amp up the pressure right there or it was going to be too late. It was sort of a combination of us making some plays, making some shots, and having a few things go our way. All of those are necessary to come back in a situation like that."


It was certainly an incredible comeback and one these Girls will remember for the rest of their lives I am sure.


Coach Sterup says his players did a great job living up to expectations this season. "It is a great feeling. We had a lot of expectations going into the year from outside. It is hard to deal with expectations sometimes, especially when you had just come off of winning one. I thought the girls did a great job of handling those expectations."


Kaitlyn Emanuel led the team in scoring this year with 17 points per game while Sydney was second on the team, averaging 16.


Kaitlyn Emanuel also led the team in rebounding with 198 rebounds on the season while Kluthe was second with 137, and Sydney Emanuel 3rd with 107.


The Tigers say goodbye to Kendyl Boyce, Ally Pojar, Hannah Williams, and Kluthe.


Coach Sterup says these four Seniors did a lot for North Bend Central Girls Basketball. "They have been instrumental in what has happened during their 4 years. They each had a specific role on our team that was very much needed to be successful. Each of them performed that role as well as we could ask. Each of them won us a game on their own at one time or another and won us a lot of games as a group."


NBC figures to be a force to be reckoned with once again next year with the return of Sydney and Kaitlyn Emanuel, Madison Bishop, Madelyn Gaughen, Josie Cleveringa, and others.


Coach Sterup adds next season is shaping up to be another good one. "I think we have a lot of good pieces coming back next year. Our JVs only lost one game this season. I think when you have a couple of players as good as Sydney and Kaitlyn coming back, you still need to surround them with talent and we definitely have that. I look forward to good things ahead."


It will certainly be interesting to see what the Tigers do next year with an opportunity to 3-peat, but for right now North Bend Central should enjoy this State Championship and get ready for next season when they're ready.

Winnebago Girls place 4th at State
2021-03-10T12:37

 















The Winnebago Girls had a season to remember as the Indians took 4th place in last week's State Tournament in Lincoln.


Bago started off the State Tourney by upsetting top-seeded GICC 48-46 at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Wednesday.


The Crusaders led 15-10 after one before the Indians outscored GICC 17-6 in the 2nd quarter to take a 27-21 lead into the locker room.


The Crusaders won the 3rd quarter 11-9 to make it a 36-32 game at the end of three.


GICC won the 4th quarter 14-12.


Natasha Deal led the way with 16 points while Keisha Snyder had 14 points and 7 rebounds. Maddy Cleveland added 9 points while Sylvia Valentino notched 7.


Head Coach Treivan Bear says upsetting the Crusaders was amazing. "That game was so fun. As we did in the early season, we got off to a slow start, and our run started with a 3 from Sylvia Valentino and we took off. By the end of the game, it was close again, and those are the fun games I believe. I think Keisha missed a free throw that would of put us up 3, so when GICC got that last shot off, it was only a few seconds but felt like forever, but to see it hit short, man our bench went crazy."




The Indians then took on reigning State Champion North Bend Central Friday Morning at PBA in the State Semifinals in action aired on 107.9 the Bull with the Tigers winning 60-40.


The Tigers led 21-14 at the end of one, and won the 2nd quarter 11-6 to take a 32-20 lead into the locker room.


NBC outscored Bago 14-6 in the 3rd quarter to go up 46-26 at the end of three.


Both teams scored 14 points in the 4th quarter.


Deal finished with 12 points while Snyder had 9 points and 10 rebounds.


Coach Bear says losing that game was tough, but what his team did was about so much more than just that game and is something they'll remember for as long as they live. "Absolutely, towards the end of the North Bend game, when I subbed out my starters, you could see the tears about to start flowing, I sat them down, and said "I know it sucks, we're not going to complete our goal of winning it all, but hey we made history! And no matter what, we're taking some hardware home with us. Let it out, but cheer on your teammates that cheered you on all year, and when the game is over, wave to the other team and the vans." So these kids, and our community will remember this historic run for years to come. The girls have already inspired so many of the young lady hoopers here in our community and its only going to help steer this program in the direction that we have planned for it."




Winnebago fell 64-25 to Lincoln Lutheran in Saturday's 3rd place game at Lincoln Northeast.


The Warriors led 16-10 after one, and outscored the Indians 17-2 in the 2nd quarter to take a 33-12 lead into the locker room.


Lincoln Lutheran outscored Bago 17-9 in the 3rd quarter to go up 50-21 at the end of three.


The Warriors outscored the Indians 14-4 in the 4th quarter.


Snyder led the way with 12 points and 11 rebounds, good enough for a double-double.


Winnebago ends their amazing year and state run at 16-12.


Snyder led the team in scoring this year as she averaged 18 points a game while Deal and Cleveland each averaged 10.


Snyder also led the team in rebounds with 337 while Deal had 143, Cleveland 107, and Sinya Harlan 103.


The Indians say goodbye to Harlan, Deal, Mackenzie Decora, Cleveland, and Snyder.


This was a very talented Senior Class that did a lot for and meant a lot to Winnebago Girls Basketball.


Coach Bear says things have come a long ways since he first took over the program and the Seniors will be sorely missed. "Man, I'm so glad we made this run with this group of seniors. Nobody deserved it more. Natash, Keisha, Maddy, and Sinya have all been with me since day 1. Quick story, day 1 of my first year, we had conditioning and the team walks in, this year seniors were sophomores, but when they walked in Maddy said "Are you our coach? Aren't you a football coach." Lol throwing jabs at me already. But after the Malcolm game, I put that story in our chat, and I said "Well Maddy, not bad for a football coach huh?" And we laughed. We've had our tough moments, I'm sure every coach and their players do, but we always wanted the same outcome and that was to win. Their competitiveness and drive, will transfer over to whatever they choose to do next in their lives. I'm definitely going to miss them. Not only on the court, but at practice, throughout the day here at the school, and them just being around. They're great kids. It's been an honor to coach them and see them grow."


Great stuff, and once again congratulations to Winnebago, their Seniors, Coach Bear, and everyone else associated with the Winnebago Girls Basketball Program for this magnificent run.


I look for the Indians to continue to compete at a high level for years to come.


I feel like there are a number of players returning who are unproven that could make an impact.


Key returners include Valentino, Ciarra Frenchman, Kelsi Decora, and Lakaylah Kearnes.


Coach Bear adds as great as this year's run was, there's more than can be accomplished in the future. "I made a facebook post about this, I'll try to sum it up, I said something like we are proud we made history, we had fun making our run, but, and in the world of competitive sports there's always a "but" because there is always room for improvement. Now the pressure is going to be put on our team to make it to state again, and I believe that's how great programs start. I have a very competitive group of girls returning next year and I think it's going to be the start of something big here for the Winnebago Lady Indians."


I think one thing is for certain....this year's Senior Class laid a foundation for future Winnebago teams to follow and established a winning culture, and put Winnebago Girls Basketball on the map.


I look for next year's team to keep things going for Winnebago Girls Basketball.

GACC Girls upset by Ponca in first round of State
2021-03-10T12:02

 















The season came to an end for the Guardian Angels Central Catholic Girls Basketball Team on Wednesday, as the Bluejays were defeated 59-45 by Ponca in the first round of the Class C2 State Tournament at Southeast High School.

GACC grabbed an early 5-0 lead in the game, but Ponca went on an 8-1 run to end the quarter, taking an 8-6 lead after the first period.

The Indians dominated the second quarter, outscoring GACC 22-6, and Ponca led 30-12 at halftime.

The third quarter was an improved one for GACC on offense, scoring 12 points. But Ponca added 16, and the Indians led 46-24 after three periods.

The Bluejays had their best scoring quarter in the fourth, where they outscored Ponca 21-13. But the Indians had already done enough to secure the win.

Isabel Hass finished with 10 points for GACC.

The Bluejays end their season at 23-4 overall.

Definitely a tough way to go out for GACC this year.

The Bluejays were without the services of Brenna Rief for the game though as she suffered a season-ending knee injury in Sub-Districts.

That definitely makes a difference not having her.

You can bet GACC will be back stronger and better than ever next year though.

The Bluejays took another step in getting back to their old selves this year by making State, in my opinion.

I think GACC would have been in the State Title Game if Rief had been able to play.

Injuries are a part of the game though and it is what it is so all the Bluejays can do now is build off of this year and move forward.

GACC has a lot coming back next year so I fully expect the Bluejays to be a force to be reckoned with once again next season.
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Boys beat Winnebago, fall to Wayne in Sub-Districts; drop District Final Contest to St. Paul
2021-03-05T03:58

 
















The Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Boys won 57-52 over Winnebago in the C1-7 Sub-District Semifinals at Wayne High last Tuesday night in action aired on 107.9 the Bull before falling 57-43 to the host Blue Devils in last Thursday night's Sub-District Final. The Raiders then lost 52-44 to St. Paul in the C1-5 District Final at Boone Central Monday night in action also aired on the Bull.


LVSS led pretty much the entire way against the Indians, and even pulled ahead by 15 points in the second half. Winnebago got hot from three point range in the fourth quarter and was able to close the gap, but the Raiders were able to prevail with the win.


Riley Hoetfelker scored 18 points for the Raiders, Garrett Kriete had 16, and Connor Larson added 10.




The Blue Devils got out to a 12-5 lead at the end of one. Wayne tripled up Logan View/Scribner-Snyder 9-3 in the 2nd quarter to take a 21-8 lead into the locker room.


The Raiders outscored the Blue Devils 14-8 in the 3rd quarter to make it a 29-22 game at the end of three.


Wayne outscored LVSS 28-21 in the 4th quarter.


Kriete did not play in the game for the Raiders due to injury.




The St. Paul game was close for three and a half quarters, with the Wildcats leading 11-9 after the first, the score tied 20-20 at halftime, and St. Paul led 31-29 after the third. 


A pair of key three pointers, free throws down the stretch and a 21 point performance in the fourth helped St. Paul pull away for the eight point win. 


Larson and Hoetfelker each had 11 points for the Raiders with Kayl Francis adding 10. 


The Raiders came really close to breaking through and making State.


LVSS ends their season at 16-7 overall.


The Raiders have to be bummed and disappointed that they didn't qualify for State this year.


This was still a very good and talented team and Senior Class though.


Logan View/Scribner-Snyder says goodbye to Hoetfelker, Jake Hagerbaumer, Larson, Kriete, Brett Uhing, and Jayden Korman.


Very talented and amazing Senior Class that will be remembered and missed for sure.


Key returners include Francis, Alex Meyer, and Aaron Fitzke.


It's hard to say what the future holds and how things will look for the Raiders next season.


With that said, I'm sure there are many talented and great and amazing student athletes ready to come in and make their mark on Logan View/Scribner-Snyder Boys Basketball.


The Raiders have to really get after it this offseason with conditioning, open gyms, and summer and team camps.


The upperclassmen have to lift up and help the younger kids develop while growing into leaders themselves.


A hard working, blue collar, positive atmosphere and foundation has already been established and laid, and now next year's team has to build upon that and try and make things even better.


Some things to work on and think about this offseason for sure.

Oakland-Craig Boys beat Clarkson/Leigh in Sub-District Final; fall to Bridgeport in District Final
2021-03-05T03:26

 
















The Oakland-Craig Boys beat Clarkson/Leigh 53-45 at home in the C2-3 Sub-District Final last Thursday night in action aired on 107.9 the Bull before falling 56-46 in OT to Bridgeport in the C2-3 District Final from Kearney High on Saturday in a game aired on the Bull. 


Clarkson/Leigh jumped out to a 4-0 lead, before the Knights scored seven points in a row, and took a 13-9 lead over the Patriots after the first quarter.


Oakland-Craig outscored the Patriots 11-6 in the second quarter, and held a 24-15 advantage at halftime.


Both teams were evenly matched in the third quarter, each scoring 10 points, and the Knights led 34-25 after three periods.


Oakland-Craig led by double digits multiple times in the fourth quarter. Clarkson/Leigh would often cut the score to within single digits, with the Knights still being able to keep the Patriots at arm’s length.


Clarkson/Leigh outscored Oakland-Craig 20-19 in the fourth quarter, but the Knights were able to achieve the win.


Head Coach Aaron Meyer after the game. "Yeah the start wasn't the greatest, we missed a bunny in there, and then kind of picked up. And got in a little bit of foul trouble at the end of the first half. Had some guys, Amon (Bryan) and Grant (Seagren) came off the bench and gave us really good time. Grant finished with one at the buzzer, kind of a pretty little play. 2nd half we just came out and played a little bit too soft defensively, and I called a timeout, thought I could get us to regroup. And we just weren't smelling blood like we could of been." 


Carson Thomsen had 13 points and 7 rebounds for Oakland-Craig, with Jaron Meyer scoring 11 points and Coulter Thiele adding 10 points and 7 rebounds. 




The Bulldogs led 11-6 after one. Both teams scored 16 points in the 2nd quarter, and Bridgeport led 27-22 at halftime.


The Bulldogs won the 3rd quarter 11-10 to extend their lead to 38-32 at the end of three.


The Knights doubled up Bridgeport 12-6 in the 4th quarter to tie the game at 44 at the end of regulation.


The Bulldogs outlasted Oakland-Craig 12-2 in the extra session.


Gunnar Ray had 18 points while Thomsen notched 11. Meyer added 7 rebounds.


Really nice season for the Knights, who came so close to making State.


Oakland-Craig ends the year at 17-8.


Ray led the team in scoring and rebounding this year as he averaged 18 points per game and secured a total of 137 rebounds.


He, along with the rest of the seniors will be sorely missed.


This year's Senior Class includes Ray, Caden Nelson, Thiele, Meyer, Jaden Harney, and Mike Maline.


Key returners for next year include Grady Gatewood, Thomsen, Bryan, and Seagren.


Lots of key losses for sure, but a good core group of upperclassmen to work with next season.


I anticipate the Knights being pretty solid once again next year.


Ray and Thiele and the rest of the Seniors are huge losses and won't be easy to replace though.


I think it will be imperative for Oakland-Craig to develop some new scorers and contributors besides what they have coming back in the offseason.

Pender Boys drop Sub-District Final game to Humphrey St. Francis
2021-03-04T01:23

 















The Pender Boys lost 71-45 at Humphrey St. Francis in the D2-4 Sub-District Final Thursday night.


The Pendragons end the season at 3-20.


A season with a lot of potential for Pender that didn't go the way they wanted.


The Pendragons picked up a nice win over Wynot in January though, and the Blue Devils are at State.


I think that win shows what Pender can be and that the potential is there.


The Pendragons held a lead heading into the 4th quarter of many games this year, they just were unable to hang on.


That can easily change for Pender next year.


The Pendragons just simply have to find a way to finish games.


If Pender can do that I think close games could go their way next year.


The Pendragons have to really get after it this offseason and improve and grow and comeback even stronger next season.


There has to be a lot of positivity and high energy and enthusiasm when the team works out and plays over the summer.


Pender has to get after it and comeback a whole new team next season.

Clarkson/Leigh Boys fall to Oakland-Craig in Sub-District Final; Girls lose to Bridgeport in Sub-State Final
2021-03-04T01:09

 















The Clarkson/Leigh Boys fell 53-45 at Oakland-Craig in the C2-3 Sub-District Final Thursday night in action aired on 107.9 the Bull.


Clarkson/Leigh jumped out to a 4-0 lead, before the Knights scored seven points in a row, and took a 13-9 lead over the Patriots after the first quarter.


Oakland-Craig outscored the Patriots 11-6 in the second quarter, and held a 24-15 advantage at halftime.


Both teams were evenly matched in the third quarter, each scoring 10 points, and the Knights led 34-25 after three periods.


Oakland-Craig led by double digits multiple times in the fourth quarter. Clarkson/Leigh would often cut the score to within single digits, with the Knights still being able to keep the Patriots at arm’s length.


Clarkson/Leigh outscored Oakland-Craig 20-19 in the fourth quarter, but the Knights were able to achieve the win..


Eli Hays had 15 points to lead Clarkson/Leigh, with Lance Paprocki adding 10. Carter Hanel also contributed 7 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shot for the Patriots while Kyle Kasik notched 7 points.


Solid effort from the Patriots, they just came up a little short.


Clarkson/Leigh ends their season at 13-10 overall.


Hays, Kasik, and Hanel each had a 9 points per game average to lead the Patriots this season.


Hanel was the team's leading rebounder with 250 on the season while Trevor Zulkoski had 102.


The Patriots say goodbye to Paprocki, Zulkoski, and Tommy McEvoy.


These three Seniors meant a lot to the team over the last four years and will be missed without a doubt.


Clarkson/Leigh has to be excited about the future though as they return quite a bit next year.


Back for the Patriots is the likes of Jarred Novotny, Hays, Kasik, Mason Whitmore, Hanel, Kanyon Held, Logan Schroeder, and Mitch Beeson.


Clarkson/Leigh really made some nice improvements this past season and did a lot of nice things.


I look for the Patriots to make even more strides and improvements this offseason, and comeback even stronger next year.


Clarkson/Leigh returns a lot of Seniors next year and will have quite a few Seniors on the team so I look for the Patriots to make a run.



















The Clarkson/Leigh Girls lost 52-44 to Bridgeport in the C2-5 Sub-State Final at Lexington Friday night in action aired on 107.9 the Bull.


The Patriots went up 12-9 after one only to see the Bulldogs outscore Clarkson/Leigh 13-6 in the 2nd quarter to take a 22-18 lead into the locker room.


Bridgeport won the 3rd quarter 10-9 to go up 32-27 at the end of three.


The Bulldogs won the 4th quarter 20-17.


Alissa Kasik had 10 points while Chloe Hanel notched 9. Kennedy Settje and Cassidy Hoffman notched 7 apiece.


Tough way for the Patriots to go out. I thought Clarkson/Leigh would return to State for a 2nd straight season.


The Patriots end the year at 20-3.


Hanel led the team in scoring at 12 points per game.


Clarkson/Leigh says goodbye to Settje, Gracelyn Baumert, Bailey Lemburg, Emily Loseke, Hoffman, Kelsey Moore, and Kayden Schumacher.


This was such a talented Senior Class and great group of Girls who will be sorely missed without a doubt.


I'm sure they're disappointed things didn't end down at the State Tournament in Lincoln, but there is still plenty to be proud of if you are the Patriots.


Key returners for next year include Hanel, Makenna Held, Faith Indra, and Korbee Wendt.


Clarkson/Leigh figures to be young next year, but the Patriots will gain a lot of experience in the offseason and the more they play during the season next year as well.


It's hard saying what the future holds for Clarkson/Leigh exactly, but the Patriots have established themselves as a great program and power, and I look for that to only continue in the future.


With that said, Clarkson/Leigh has to have a really good offseason to be successful next year.

West Point-Beemer Boys fall to Wayne in Sub-Districts; Girls drop Sub-State Final to North Bend Central
2021-03-04T12:40

 















The West Point-Beemer Boys nearly pulled the upset of Wayne in last Tuesday night's C1-7 Sub-District Semifinals aired on 107.9 the Bull before falling 48-44.


In the first game, West Point-Beemer led Wayne 27-13 at halftime, but the Blue Devils outscored the Cadets 35-17 in the second half on their way to the comeback win.


Keegan Doggett had 13 points for WP-B and Miguel Perez added 11.


Outstanding effort from the Cadets. I honestly thought they were going to spring the upset.


West Point-Beemer ends the season at 9-14.


The Cadets say goodbye to Manny Barrgan, Jesus Barragan, Scott Kienbaum, Drake Repschlaeger, and Zach Vander Griend.


These are a handful of very talented kids that will be sorely missed.


West Point-Beemer returns a lot of key pieces for next year though in Doggett, Perez, Riley Penrose, Grayson Meyer, Jaylen Kile, and Treven Weddle.


I think the Cadets have a chance to be pretty good next year.


West Point-Beemer lost a lot of close games this past season that easily could have been wins.


The Cadets have to work very hard this offseason to make sure those close games go the way they want them to next year, but they can definitely do it.


West Point-Beemer has to dedicate themselves to the court and weightroom this summer, and improve, grow, and up their game as much as possible.


















The West Point-Beemer and North Bend Central girls basketball teams met for the fourth time this season when they squared off for the C1-7 Sub-State Championship and a trip to state on Friday in North Bend, in a game aired on 107.9 The Bull.


NBC won a hard-fought game 40-29.


West Point-Beemer jumped out to an early 8-2 lead, but the Tigers closed the first quarter strong to lead 11-10 after one.


A Cierra Kluthe three-pointer and a layup by Kaitlyn Emanuel just before the buzzer helped put NBC up 21-16 at halftime.


Sidney Swanson had 13 of the Cadets’ 16 first half points, with the other three belonging to Reece Snodgrass.


Both teams played tough defense and had a hard time scoring on offense in the third quarter, with both the Tigers and Cadets each adding six points. NBC led 27-22 after three periods.


Foul trouble plagued the Cadets in the fourth quarter, and NBC made nine free throws in the period. Sydney Emanuel scored eight points in the fourth for the Tigers and converted 6-8 shots from the line to help them outscore the Cadets 13-7 in the period.


Swanson had 20 of West Point-Beemer’s 29 points, with Snodgrass scoring eight and Rachel Groth adding a free throw.


The Cadets end their season at 19-6 overall.


It was another very memorable season for West Point-Beemer despite the fact they came up short of making State for the 3rd year in a row.


Swanson averaged 20 points a game on the season and led the team in total rebounds with 146. Groth was second on the team in rebounds with 142.


The Cadets say goodbye to Groth, Swanson, Brooklyn Weddle, and Snodgrass.


These five seniors will be sorely missed.


I'm sure West Point-Beemer is bummed they didn't make State, but being a part of two State Tournament Teams, including the first team to make State since the West Point and Beemer merger is something very special.


The Cadets return the likes of Jadyn Meiergerd, Emily Toelle, Katie Groth, and Emily Oligmueller.


I think West Point-Beemer has a chance to make another run next year and have a good season.


The Cadets lose a lot of talent, but return some key pieces as well.


West Point-Beemer has to be proud of what this Senior Class accomplished and the foundation they laid and established.


It's something I look for future Cadet teams to build off of for years to come.

GACC Girls beat Norfolk Catholic in Sub-State Final
2021-03-03T05:31

 
















The GACC Girls won 53-42 over Norfolk Catholic in the C2-3 Sub-State Final at home Friday night.


The Bluejays jumped out to a 16-9 lead at the end of the 1st quarter, and won the 2nd quarter 12-11 to take a 28-20 lead into the locker room.


The Knights won the 3rd quarter 18-17 to make it a 45-38 game at the end of three.


GACC doubled up Norfolk Catholic 8-4 in the 4th quarter.


Livia Hunke led the way with 11 points while Kassidy Kaup had 9. Brandi Doernemann and Isabel Hass totaled 8 apiece.


Total team effort and a great win for the Bluejays.


GACC (23-3) battles Ponca (19-4) in the first round of State at Lincoln Southeast Wednesday night in action that can be heard on 107.9 the Bull.


The Indians beat Cross County 28-23 in the C2-6 Sub-State Final at Logan View Friday night.


I look for the Bluejays to win this one.


GACC is without the services of Brenna Rief, who is out with a knee injury, but the Bluejays still have plenty of weapons.


I think playing as a team will be evermore important for GACC in this State Tournament.


I look for the Bluejays to find a way to get to the State Championship and face Crofton for the whole ball of wax.


I think it's pretty clear cut as to what GACC needs to do, and I feel the path is theirs for the taking.


Wednesday's game is scheduled to tip-off at 6:00 p.m. on the Bull.

BRLD Girls down North Central in Sub-State Final
2021-03-03T05:21

 














The BRLD Girls defeated North Central 54-42 in the C2-7 Sub-State Final at Battle Creek Friday night.


The Wolverines led 13-9 after one, and won the 2nd quarter 15-12 to take a 28-21 lead into the locker room.


BRLD won the 3rd quarter 17-15 to extend their lead to 45-36 at the end of three.


The Wolverines claimed the 4th quarter 9-6.


Caragan Tietz posted a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds while Jordan Snyder totaled 8 points and 8 rebounds. Aubrey Berg added 8 points.


The game was never really in doubt from the looks of it.


BRLD (20-4) takes on Wood River (24-2) in the first round of State at Lincoln Southeast on  Wednesday in action that can be heard on 107.9 the Bull.


The Eagles won 62-43 over South Loup in the C2-2 Sub-State Final at Wood River Friday night.


I think the Wolverines have a shot at the upset in this one.


I feel like the Eagles are a very good team and have been all season, but I think the tough schedule BRLD plays gives them a shot in this one.


I feel like this will be a good game, and the Wolverines have a much better chance of winning this year than they did in the first round against Crofton last year.


It would be pretty cool if GACC and BRLD met in the State Semifinals at Pinnacle Bank Arena Thursday night.


It could very well happen too, but Wood River and Ponca are going to be tough, formidable foes.


The Wolverines have to be ready to go full tilt and bring it on Wednesday.


You can bet BRLD will be ready to go when that initial whistle sounds until the final whistle sounds.


Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on the Bull.

North Bend Central Boys fall to Wahoo in Sub-District Final, lose to Omaha Concordia in Sub-State Final; Girls top West Point-Beemer in Sub-State Final
2021-03-03T05:08

 














The North Bend Central Boys fell 78-66 to Wahoo in the C1-5 Sub-District Final at Wahoo Thursday night before losing 59-47 at Omaha Concordia in the C1-7 Sub-State Final Monday night.


The Tigers got up 29-16 at the end of one on the Warriors before Wahoo outscored NBC 22-8 in the 2nd quarter to take a 38-37 lead into the locker room.


The Warriors won the 3rd quarter 20-15 to go up 58-52 at the end of three.


Wahoo claimed the 4th quarter 20-14.




The Tigers led the Mustangs 17-11 after one before Omaha Concordia outscored North Bend Central 21-5 in the 2nd quarter to take a 32-22 halftime lead.


Both teams scored 11 3rd quarter points, and the Mustangs led 43-33 at the end of three.


Omaha Concordia won the 4th quarter 16-14.


The Tigers were oh so close to making it back to State.


NBC ends the year at 18-6.


The Tigers have a lot to be proud of this year, but I'm sure North Bend Central is disappointed they didn't make State.


The Tigers say goodbye to Breckin Peters, Austin Taylor, and Jaxon Wietfeld.


Three very good and talented players lost to graduation.


North Bend Central returns Noah Post, Asher Endorf, Jordan Ondracek, Brodey Johnson, Zac Pospisil, and Kyler Hellbusch, among others.


The Tigers should still be very good next year, but they will be young.


North Bend Central has a lot of work to do in the offseason to sustain a high level of success.


It can definitely happen though with a lot of hard work and dedication on everyone's part.


























The West Point-Beemer and North Bend Central girls basketball teams met for the fourth time this season when they squared off for the C1-7 Sub-State Championship and a trip to state on Friday in North Bend, in a game aired on 107.9 The Bull.

NBC won a hard-fought game 40-29.

West Point-Beemer jumped out to an early 8-2 lead, but the Tigers closed the first quarter strong to lead 11-10 after one.

A Cierra Kluthe three-pointer and a layup by Kaitlyn Emanuel just before the buzzer helped put NBC up 21-16 at halftime.

Both teams played tough defense and had a hard time scoring on offense in the third quarter, with both the Tigers and Cadets each adding six points. NBC led 27-22 after three periods.

Foul trouble plagued the Cadets in the fourth quarter, and NBC made nine free throws in the period. Sydney Emanuel scored eight points in the fourth for the Tigers and converted 6-8 shots from the line to help them outscore the Cadets 13-7 in the period.

North Bend Central won the game to claim the C1-7 Sub-State title, and advance to next week’s Class C1 State Tournament in Lincoln.

Sydney Emanuel finished with 16 points and 7 rebounds for NBC, with Kaitlyn Emanuel adding 11 points and 10 rebounds, good enough for a double-double.

Sidney Swanson had 20 of West Point-Beemer’s 29 points, with Reece Snodgrass scoring eight and Rachel Groth adding a free throw.

Head Coach Aaron Sterup says his team stuck to the Cadet scorers like glue. "We really tried to help on defense less. We normally play a lot of help defense but they shoot so well we decided we were better off sticking with our person and not allowing set shots for 3. Luckily, we are quick enough defensively that we can stick with people pretty well."

Great effort and a great win for the defending C-1 State Champs.

The Tigers (21-3) take on Broken Bow (23-1) in the first round of State at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Wednesday.

The Indians beat Columbus Scotus 31-21 in the C1-5 Sub-State Final at Grand Island Northwest Friday night.

The Tigers beat the Shamrocks 47-26 at home in the regular season.

I think North Bend Central is going to take this one.

Coach Sterup talks about the recipe for success. "Broken Bow has lots of athletes and are going to pressure us all over the court. We will need to handle pressure and look for opportunities to get easy baskets against it. "

The Indians are an up and coming program led by Kelly Cooksley.

Broken Bow will be tough, and the Tigers must be on top of their game.

Coach Sterup says his team believes they can repeat. "I think our team is fairly confident that they can do well again this year. They have the experience and confidence in their team that we can compete with anyone on any given night. Winning State obviously takes a lot of skill, but it also takes some luck and you need things to go your way. Hopefully those things will be on our side again this year."

I think North Bend Central definitely has what it takes to win State again.

I feel if the Tigers play together and as a team they will be very tough to beat.

Wednesday's game is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. 
Winnebago Boys come up short against Logan View/Scribner-Snyder in Sub-Districts; Girls upset Malcolm at Sub-State
2021-03-03T04:44

 













The Winnebago Boys fell 57-52 to Logan View/Scribner-Snyder in the C1-7 Sub-District Semifinals aired on 107.9 the Bull last Tuesday night.


LVSS led pretty much the entire way, and even pulled ahead by 15 points in the second half. Winnebago got hot from three point range in the fourth quarter and were able to close the gap, but the Raiders were able to prevail with the win.


Anthony Earth hit 7 three pointers and scored 33 points for the Indians.


Winnebago ends the year at 14-9.


The Indians played their best basketball in the second half of the season, getting on a roll late in the season.


That unfortunately did not translate into postseason success.


Winnebago says goodbye to Asaias Bernie, Caleb Kearnes, and Jarius Bass.


This team was relatively young though, and returns the likes of Kellen Crossbear, Earth, Javon Price, and Dyami Berridge.


I feel like the Indians have some nice up and coming talent, will be a force to be reckoned with once again next year.


I feel like Logan View/Scribner-Snyder's Senior Leadership was the difference in that game for the Raiders.


Winnebago will learn from it, and come back bigger, better, and stronger next year. I have no doubt about that.



























The Winnebago Girls upset Malcolm 51-49 in the C1-1 Sub-State Final at Malcolm Friday night.

Keisha Snyder had 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Indians, good enough for a double-double. Maddy Cleveland added 15.

Head Coach Treivan Bear says his team came through in the clutch. "Made big threes at crucial moments, our guards did a great job at boxing out- which got their big in foul trouble, overall all of the girls stepped up and made a huge impact during the game. "

The Indians punch their ticket to Lincoln for the first time since 1990.

Winnebago (15-10) takes on GICC (21-2) in the first round of State at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Crusaders beat Louisville 38-30 in the C1-2 District Final at Crete Friday night.

I feel like the Indians have a chance to pull off the upset or at the very least keep this one close.

Winnebago has certainly made a very nice postseason run to the State Tournament.

The Indians hope they can keep it going this week too.

I think Winnebago can definitely do that.

Coach Bear says his team looks to create some havoc down in Lincoln. "Girls are very confident. Entering as the 8th seed, we don’t have anything to lose and everything to gain. At State anything can happen, I believe that they have what it takes to win it all."

I completely agree with Coach Bear.

The Indians know they can beat anyone they take the floor against.

I think Winnebago has already proven that this postseason.

I think the Indians will be fearless and unafraid of anyone, and could even put fear in their opponents.

Winnebago is a dangerous team coming into the State Tournament.

Coach Bear says making State is a big deal. "It’s big, it’s a huge deal here in our community. Especially, with everything going on in the world and how Covid has impacted our day to day life. We are happy that we were able to have the season that we did."

It will be interesting to see what happens.
Tekamah-Herman Boys knock off Omaha Brownell-Talbot in regular season finale, fall to GACC in Sub-Districts
2021-02-27T12:51

 














The Tekamah-Herman Boys won 61-58 in OT at Omaha Brownell-Talbot in last Friday night's regular season finale before falling 50-48 to GACC in the C2-3 Sub-District Play-In Game at Oakland-Craig Monday night in action aired on 107.9 the Bull.


The Tigers got out to an 18-12 lead on the Raiders at the end of one, and won the 2nd quarter 9-8 to take a 27-20 lead into the locker room.


Brownell-Talbot outscored Tekamah-Herman 19-12 in the 3rd quarter to tie the game at 39 at the end of three.


Both teams scored 13 4th quarter points, and the game was tied at 52 at the end of regulation.


The Tigers outlasted the Raiders 9-6 in the extra session.


Brock Rogers led the way with 26 points and 15 rebounds, good enough for a double-double. Wyatt Deemer added 17 points while Jed Hoover notched 9.




GACC took a 10-8 lead after the first quarter, and went on to lead 20-16 at halftime.


Tekamah-Herman came out strong in the second half, and outscored the Bluejays 15-11 in the third quarter. The game was tied 31-31 after three periods.


The teams fought each other back-and-forth throughout the fourth quarter. There were multiple ties and lead changes in the final period, but in the end, GACC was able to walk away with the win.


Rogers and Hoover scored 14 points apiece to lead Tekamah-Herman while Kaleb Quick totaled 8 points and 7 rebounds.


Valiant effort and strong finish to the season for the Tigers.


Tekamah-Herman ends their season at 7-15.


I thought the Tigers were vastly improved this year and narrowed the gap against the field of competition.


Rogers averaged 18 points a game this season while Hoover averaged 15.


Rogers was also the team's leading rebounder with 127 while Quick finished with 122.


Tekamah-Herman says goodbye to Dylan Chatt and Eldridge Jensen.


These two will be missed immensely, but the Tigers have a lot coming back next year.


Tekamah-Herman returns the likes of Rogers, Bret Brenneis, Deemer, Hoover, Drew Oligmueller, Noah Stahr, and Quick.


The Tigers should be very proud of what they accomplished this year.


I think Tekamah-Herman is definitely going to be a team to be reckoned with in the future for sure.


This should motivate the Tigers to work really hard and really get after it this offseason and heading into next year.


I look for Tekamah-Herman to be even more improved this year than they were last year.

Wisner-Pilger Boys beat Madison in regular season finale, fall to Clarkson/Leigh in Sub-Districts; Girls lose to Howells-Dodge in Sub-Districts
2021-02-27T12:25

 













The Wisner-Pilger Boys defeated Madison 57-35 at home last Friday night in the regular season finale before falling 52-37 to Clarkson/Leigh in the C2-3 Sub-District Semifinals at Oakland-Craig Tuesday night.


The Gators led the Dragons 14-8 after one, and doubled up Madison 14-7 in the 2nd quarter to take a 28-15 lead into the locker room.


Wisner-Pilger won the 3rd quarter 10-9 to go up 38-24 at the end of three.


The Gators outscored the Dragons 19-11 in the 4th quarter.




The Patriots led 11-9 after one, and outscored the Gators 14-7 in the 2nd quarter to take a 26-16 lead into the locker room.


Clarkson/Leigh won the 3rd quarter 14-11 to go up 40-27 at the end of three.


The Patriots won the 4th quarter 12-10.


Wisner-Pilger ends the year at 9-14.


The Gators say goodbye to Rockney Peck, Regan Bellar, Klay Koehlmoos, and Tyler Kimble.


These four were incredible contributors for Wisner-Pilger this season and throughout their careers no doubt.


Key returners include Beau Ruskamp, Hunter Palmer, Jackson Knust, Spencer Batenhorst, Kyle Rehak, and Owen Heller.


The Gators had a coaching transition this past year with Chet Beckmann taking over for Duane Mendlik, the all-time winningest Basketball Coach in Nebraska High School Basketball History.


The Gators did some nice things this year, but there is definitely room for improvement.


Wisner-Pilger has to have a good summer and really get after it with the weights, conditioning, and on the court work.


















The Wisner-Pilger Girls fell 59-48 to Howells-Dodge in the C2-3 Sub-District Semifinals from GACC last Tuesday night.


Both the Jaguars and Gators scored 13 points in the 1st quarter. Howells-Dodge outscored Wisner-Pilger 26-14 in the 2nd quarter to take a 39-27 lead into the locker room.


The Jaguars won the 3rd quarter 12-7 to extend their lead to 51-34 at the end of three.


The Gators won the 4th quarter 14-8.


Kennedie Ott and Emma Heller each had 9 points for the Gators, while Lindsey Kneifl scored 8.


Valiant effort from Wisner-Pilger.


The Gators end the season at 8-14.


I thought Wisner-Pilger improved from last year to this year and did a lot of nice things this season.


The Gators say goodbye to Macy Stuhr and Tymarie Ott.


Wisner-Pilger has a lot coming back, including Kennedie Ott, Adi Meyer, Kneifl, Cameryn Bellar, Heller, and Maggie Schweers.


The Gators will definitely miss their two departing seniors, but have to be excited about next year given who they all have returning.


Wisner-Pilger has to work extremely hard this offseason and improve in all aspects of the game.


The Gators have to pour out blood, sweat, and tears over the summer and be ready to take aim at things next season.

Stanton Boys fall to Howells-Dodge in Sub-Districts
2021-02-26T02:34

 














The Stanton Boys lost 61-44 to Howells-Dodge in the D1-3 Sub-District Semifinals at Humphrey Tuesday night.


Howells-Dodge went up 13-8 after one on the Mustangs before outscoring Stanton 23-11 in the 2nd quarter to take a 36-19 lead into the locker room.


Both teams scored 17 points in the 3rd quarter, and the Jaguars led 53-36 at the end of three.


Both teams scored 8 points in the 4th quarter.


Valiant effort from the Mustangs. The loss doesn't look so bad after the Jaguars upset Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family in the Sub-District Final.


Stanton ends the season at 6-16.


The Mustangs say goodbye to Brennan Wragge, Matthew Reese, Mason Bruggeman, and Ian Schulzkump.


Key returners include Adam Arens, Abe Larson, Parker Krusemark, Kam Dusatko, Joe Butterfield, Brayan Acuna, Owen Vogel, and Thomas Cunningham.


There were some bright spots for Stanton this year, including the win over the Wolfpack in the regular season finale.


Definitely something to build off of heading into next year.


The Seniors will be sorely missed without a doubt, but with many Seniors-to-be returning next season Stanton should be a force to be reckoned with for sure.


The Mustangs need a good offseason of growth and improvement, and must work hard.

Tri County Northeast Boys drop regular season finale to Stanton, beat Omaha Nation, lose to BRLD in Sub-Districts; Girls fall to Plainview in Sub-Districts
2021-02-26T02:19

 
















The Tri County Northeast Boys lost 48-47 at home to Stanton in Friday night's regular season finale before winning 67-46 over Omaha Nation in the C2-4 Sub-District Play-In Game at Lyons Monday night only to fall 68-40 to BRLD in the C2-4 Sub-District Semifinals at Lyons Tuesday night.


The Wolfpack led the Mustangs 10-9 after one, and outscored Stanton 17-10 in the 2nd quarter to take a 27-19 lead into the locker room.


The Mustangs outscored Tri County Northeast 15-6 in the 3rd quarter to pull ahead 34-33 at the end of three.


Both teams scored 14 4th quarter points.


Nate Oswald led the way with 13 points while Steven Sullivan notched 11 points and 7 rebounds. Mason Hall added 8 points while Reed Hingst totaled 7.




The Chiefs led the Wolfpack 13-11 after one. Tri County Northeast outscored Omaha Nation 19-9 in the 2nd quarter to take a 30-22 lead into the locker room.


The Wolfpack outscored the Chiefs 26-11 in the 3rd quarter to increase their lead to 56-33 at the end of three.


Omaha Nation won the 4th quarter 13-11.


Kobe Kumm finished with 16 points while Oswald notched 11 points and 9 rebounds. Hall added 9 points while Sullivan and Hingst totaled 8 apiece. Josh Olesen registered 7 points.




The Wolverines went up 29-9 on the Wolfpack at the end of one. Both teams scored 10 points in the 2nd quarter, and BRLD led 39-19 at halftime.


BRLD won the 3rd quarter 19-16 to go up 58-35 at the end of three.


The Wolverines doubled up Tri County Northeast 10-5 in the 4th quarter.


The Wolfpack ends the season at 12-11.


Good season for Tri County Northeast with it being the first year of the Co-op and everything.


The Wolfpack did some nice things this season and picked up some quality wins.


Tri County Northeast says goodbye to Hall, Hingst, Kumm, Sullivan, Ryan Kinnaman, and Anthony Isom.


Some very talented seniors lost for sure.


Key returners for next year include Garrett Blanke, Olesen, Oswald, and Brock Mackling.


A lot of seniors to be next year that should make a huge impact I would think.


A lot of quality players and kids lost to graduation that won't be easy to replace though.


That's why it's important for the Wolfpack to really get after it this offseason.





















The Tri County Northeast Girls saw their season come to an end in the D1-3 Sub-District Semifinals at Humphrey last Tuesday night as the Wolfpack fell 53-43 to Plainview.


Both teams scored 10 points in the 1st quarter. Plainview won the 2nd quarter 7-2 to go up 17-12 at halftime.


The Pirates outscored Tri County Northeast 19-11 in the 3rd quarter to extend their lead to 36-23 at the end of three.


The Wolfpack won the 4th quarter 20-17.


Jordyn Carr had a double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds while Carly Dickens notched 7 points.


Tri County Northeast ends their season at 7-12.


Carr finished with a 19 points per game average this year while Rhyanne Mackling averaged 9 points a contest.


Brynn Schock led the way in rebounds with 152 on the season. Carr had 114 while Alli Jackson totaled 113.


Key losses include Dickens, Jackson, and Taylor Boyle.


These three Seniors will definitely be missed, but the Wolfpack has to be really excited about next season.


Key returners include Mackling, Brianna Bousquet, Jazmin De LaTorre, Katie Utech, Carr, and Schock.


It should be an exciting season next year for Tri County Northeast given who all returns.


The Wolfpack has to work hard and must stay hungry this offseason.

Pender Boys beat St. Edward in Sub-Districts; Girls fall to BRLD in Sub-District Final
2021-02-25T01:29

 
















The Pender Boys won 57-32 over St. Edward in the D2-4 Sub-District Semifinals from Humphrey St. Francis Tuesday night.


The Pendragons led the Beavers 17-11 after one, and won the 2nd quarter 10-6 to take a 27-17 lead into the locker room.


Pender outscored St. Ed 16-7 in the 3rd quarter to go up 43-24 at the end of three.


The Pendragons outscored the Beavers 14-8 in the 4th quarter.


Solid win for Pender.


The Pendragons (3-19) take on Humphrey St. Francis (18-4) in the D2-4 Sub-District Final at Humphrey St. Francis Thursday night.


The Flyers rolled over Winside 71-23 in Tuesday night's other Semifinal.


Pender has to come into this one believing they can win.


It may seem like a daunting task to beat St. Francis on their home floor in a postseason game, but nothing is impossible.


The Pendragons have to dream big and go in there and try and shock the World.


Pender has nothing to lose, and should simply go out there and give it all they got and see what happens.


The Pendragons have to play as if there is no tomorrow because hey if they lose then the season is over.


It has been a tough year for Pender, yet here they are playing for a Sub-District Title.


The Pendragons have to go out there and play at a Championship type level come Thursday night.


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


















The Pender Girls saw their season come to an end Thursday night as the Pendragons fell 47-39 to BRLD in the C2-4 Sub-District Final at Bancroft-Rosalie Thursday night.


The Pendragons led 10-8 after one before the Wolverines won the 2nd quarter 12-7 to take a 20-17 lead into the locker room.


BRLD won the 3rd quarter 12-8 to go up 32-25 at the end of three.


The Wolverines won the 4th quarter 15-14.


Pender almost qualified for Sub-State, but came up just a little short of having a chance to make a return trip to State.


The Pendragons' season ends at 16-8.


Of course who can forget Pender's wins over North Bend Central, Wynot, and Hartington Cedar Catholic this season.


Three wins over just amazing and incredible tradition rich basketball programs.


The Pendragons say goodbye to Zoey Lehmkuhl, Ashley Ostrand, Carson Miller, Skyler Prokop, and Dawson Anderson.


Key returners include Caitlyn Heise, Reese Kneifl, Claire Felber, and Alyssa Geisert.


Some great players lost to graduation, but at the same time Pender has to be excited about the future.


Ostrand is a big loss and is headed to UNO for Track so I wish her the best of luck doing that sport for the Mavericks.


As far as next year's team goes though the Pendragons must get to work as quickly and often as possible to prepare themselves for next season.


Of course most of these Girls are probably involved in track so they should enjoy that season first, but be ready to hoop it up as soon as the Summer rolls around.

BRLD Boys win over Pender in regular season finale, beat Tri County Northeast in Sub-Districts; Girls defeat Pender in Sub-District Final
2021-02-25T01:12

 















The BRLD Boys won 77-30 at home over Pender in Friday night's regular season finale before winning 68-40 at home over Tri County Northeast in the C2-4 Sub-District Semifinals Tuesday night.


The Wolverines led the Pendragons 24-10 after one. BRLD outscored Pender 21-11 in the 2nd quarter to take a 45-21 lead into the locker room.


The Wolverines tripled up the Pendragons 18-6 in the 3rd quarter to go up 61-27 at the end of three.


BRLD outscored Pender 16-3 in the 4th quarter.


Dylan Beutler led the way with 26 points while Micah Henschen added 9. Lucas Vogt totaled 8 points and 9 assists while Derek Petersen notched 7 points.




The Wolverines went up 29-9 on the Wolfpack at the end of one. Both teams scored 10 points in the 2nd quarter, and BRLD led 39-19 at halftime.


BRLD won the 3rd quarter 19-16 to go up 58-35 at the end of three.


The Wolverines doubled up Tri County Northeast 10-5 in the 4th quarter.


Vogt had a double-double of 17 points and 10 assists while Toriano Bohannon Jr. added 16 points. Beutler was also in double figures with 15 while Zach Hegge pitched in 8 points.


Great games and performances by BRLD.


The Wolverines (16-4) take on Wakefield (20-4) in the C2-4 Sub-District Final from Lyons Thursday night.


The Trojans won 64-43 over Ponca in Tuesday night's other Semifinal.


Wakefield beat BRLD 59-55 at home on January 19th.


However, the Wolverines were without the services of Vogt, who was out with an ankle injury.


This time BRLD is at full strength.


That and the Wolverines are at home.


Those two things along with the fact that BRLD guarantees themselves a trip to Sub-State with a win is why I look for the Wolverines to win come Thursday night.


Both of these teams could potentially make Sub-State, but it's more iffy for Wakefield than it is BRLD.


Either way it should be a great atmosphere for some championship level and type basketball come Thursday night.


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



















The BRLD Girls won 47-39 at home over Pender in the C2-4 Sub-District Final Thursday night.


The Pendragons led 10-8 after one before the Wolverines won the 2nd quarter 12-7 to take a 20-17 lead into the locker room.


BRLD won the 3rd quarter 12-8 to go up 32-25 at the end of three.


The Wolverines won the 4th quarter 15-14.


Jordan Snyder led the way with 19 points and 9 rebounds while Cargan Tietz added 8 points. Isabel Freemont chipped in 7 points while Alyssa Buchholz notched 8 rebounds.


Really good win for BRLD.


The Wolverines (19-4) battle North Central (20-4) in the C2-7 Sub-State Final from Battle Creek Friday night.


The Knights fell 56-24 to Crofton in the C2-5 Sub-District Final at Crofton Thursday night.


North Central beat Ponca 40-35 in last Tuesday's Semifinals.


BRLD beat the Indians 63-53 at home on January 16th.


I look for the Wolverines to win a super close, tight game come Friday night.


BRLD is battle tested and made state last year, and has played great basketball down the stretch.


The Wolverines have to go out there and play their game and play loose and execute.


Things could be decided by a possession or two so BRLD has to value and maximize each possession.


The Wolverines simply have to want it more than the Knights.


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

Howells-Dodge Boys beat Lutheran High Northeast in regular season finale, top Stanton in Sub-Districts; Girls beat Wisner-Pilger, fall to GACC in Sub-Districts
2021-02-25T12:45


 













The Howells-Dodge Boys won 50-43 at home over Lutheran High Northeast in Friday night's regular season finale before downing Stanton 61-44 in the D1-3 Sub-District Semifinals from Humphrey Tuesday night.


The Eagles jumped out to a 17-16 lead after one. Both teams put 8 2nd quarter points, and LHNE led 25-24 at halftime.


Both teams scored 12 points in the 3rd quarter, and the Eagles maintained a 37-36 lead at the end of three.


The Jaguars outscored LHNE 14-6 in the 4th quarter to pull out the come from behind win.




Howells-Dodge went up 13-8 after one on the Mustangs before outscoring Stanton 23-11 in the 2nd quarter to take a 36-19 lead into the locker room.


Both teams scored 17 points in the 3rd quarter, and the Jaguars led 53-36 at the end of three.


Both teams scored 8 points in the 4th quarter.


Two nice wins for Howells-Dodge.


The Jaguars (16-8) take on Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family (19-4) in the D1-3 Sub-District Final at Humphrey Thursday night.


The Bulldogs won 73-15 over Cedar Bluffs in Tuesday night's Sub-District Semifinals.


These two teams met on December 10th at H/LHF with the Bulldogs winning 46-32.


Both teams are pretty much headed to Sub-State either way regardless of how this one turns out.


This game is a good test and measuring stick for Howells-Dodge though, and will give them an idea of what they figure to see beyond Thursday night.


The Jaguars have played a super tough schedule that prepares them very well for these type of games and postseason runs.


I think Howells-Dodge is in the midst of another postseason run and possible trip to the State Tournament.


The Jaguars have to come out and play a good game and at the very least take H/LHF down to the wire and to the brink.


Win or at the very least lose a close game and I think you are set for Sub-State if you are Howells-Dodge.


Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Humphrey.


















The Howells-Dodge Girls won 59-48 over Wisner-Pilger in the C2-3 Sub-District Semifinals from GACC Tuesday night before falling 67-26 to the host Bluejays in Thursday night's Sub-District Final.


Both the Jaguars and Gators scored 13 points in the 1st quarter. Howells-Dodge outscored Wisner-Pilger 26-14 in the 2nd quarter to take a 39-27 lead into the locker room.


The Jaguars won the 3rd quarter 12-7 to extend their lead to 51-34 at the end of three.


The Gators won the 4th quarter 14-8.


Jaedyn Ratzlaff had 21 points for the Jaguars, with Abbey Pieper scoring 14 and Cassie Pieper adding 10.




The Bluejays held an 18-4 lead at the end of one, and doubled up the Jaguars 16-8 in the 2nd quarter to take a 34-12 lead into the locker room.


Howells-Dodge won the 3rd quarter 13-11 to make it a 45-25 game at the end of three.


GACC outscored the Jaguars 22-1 in the 4th quarter.


Ratzlaff led the way with 12 points.


Howells-Dodge ends the year at 11-13.


Ratzlaff led the team in scoring this year at 11 points a game while Janessa Schmidt had 8 points a game.


Schmidt also had 130 rebounds while Ratzlaff finished with 101.


The Jaguars say goodbye to Cassie Pieper, Riley Pokorny, and Schmidt.


Those three seniors will really be missed, but everyone else returns.


Key returners include Abbey Pieper, Morgan Gall, Ratzlaff, Brooklyn Macholan, Lilly Praest, Blair Fiala, Natalie Pieper, Carly Bayer, and Sasha Perrin.


One of Howells-Dodge's strengths this past year was depth, and it appears that will be a strength next year as well.


Head Coach Scott Polacek picking up his 400th career win this past year was definitely a great moment from this past season.


With that said, the Jaguars have to move forward and improve in the offseason and gear themselves up for another campaign next year.

GACC Boys go 1-2 in final 3 games of season; Girls win over Howells-Dodge in Sub-District Final
2021-02-25T12:17

 















The GACC Boys fell 62-57 at Winnebago in Friday night's regular season finale before winning 50-48 over Tekamah-Herman in the C2-3 Sub-District Play-In Game aired on 107.9 the Bull Monday night, only to fall 55-30 to Oakland-Craig in Tuesday night's Sub-District Semifinals on the Knights' home court.


The Bluejays led the Indians 15-11 after one before Winnebago outscored GACC 22-7 in the 2nd quarter to take a 33-22 lead into the locker room.


The Indians won the 3rd quarter 14-12 to go up 47-34 at the end of three.


The Bluejays outscored Winnebago 23-15 in the 4th quarter.




GACC took a 10-8 lead on the Tigers after the first quarter, and went on to lead 20-16 at halftime.


Tekamah-Herman came out strong in the second half, and the Tigers outscored the Bluejays 15-11 in the third quarter. The game was tied 31-31 after three periods.


The teams fought each other back-and-forth throughout the fourth quarter. There were multiple ties and lead changes in the final period, but in the end, GACC was able to walk away with the win.


Ben Ulrich led GACC with 10 points, while Branden Duhsmann and Nate Niewohner each added nine.




The Knights led 7-2 after one, and outscored the Bluejays 18-10 in the 2nd quarter to take a 25-12 lead into the locker room.


Oakland-Craig outscored GACC 17-10 in the 3rd quarter to go up 42-22 at the end of three.


The Knights won the 4th quarter 13-8.


Tough end to the season for the Bluejays.


GACC ends their year at 5-20.


I don't know if a 5-20 season is what the Bluejays had in mind at the beginning of the year.


The season definitely didn't live up to the standards and expectations of the program.


There's a lot of work to do in the offseason if GACC is to get back to their dominant ways.


Key losses include Brendan Rief, Ulrich, Tobias Steffensmeier, and Cody Steffen.


These seniors will be missed without a doubt given how much they meant to GACC Boys Basketball these past four years.


Notable returners include Niewohner, Duhsmann, Michael Cohee, and Reese Schlecht.


I believe there is quite a bit returning for the Bluejays and a lot to work with next year, but GACC has to step things up.


The Bluejays can definitely do that though and get back to their winning and dominant ways.




















The GACC Girls downed Howells-Dodge 67-26 in the C2-3 Sub-District Final at home Thursday night.


The Bluejays held an 18-4 lead at the end of one, and doubled up the Jaguars 16-8 in the 2nd quarter to take a 34-12 lead into the locker room.


Howells-Dodge won the 3rd quarter 13-11 to make it a 45-25 game at the end of three.


GACC outscored the Jaguars 22-1 in the 4th quarter.


Brandi Doernemann led the way with 15 points while Taylor Timmerman notched 9. Livia Hunke added 8 while Sophia Hass totaled 7.


Great and dominant win for the Bluejays.


GACC (22-3) hosts Norfolk Catholic (12-11) in the C2-3 Sub-State Final Friday night.


The Knights upset Clarkson/Leigh 45-27 in the C2-6 Sub-District Final from Clarkson Thursday night.


Clarkson/Leigh if you recall upset GACC at Sub-State last year.


The Bluejays have to correct last year's misfortune and go out there and beat the Knights Friday night.


Norfolk Catholic is probably licking their chops right about now.


After all, GACC is without Brenna Rief, who blew out her knee in practice the day before the Howells-Dodge game.


That simply means other players will have to step up the way they did against the Jaguars.


The Bluejays have plenty of other Superstars, and the last thing GACC can afford to do is let Norfolk Catholic come in and beat them on their home court to go to State.


That's something the Bluejays simply cannot let happen.


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

Clarkson/Leigh Boys knock off Wisner-Pilger in Sub-Districts; Girls upset by Norfolk Catholic in Sub-District Final
2021-02-24T11:52

 















The Clarkson/Leigh Boys defeated Wisner-Pilger 52-37 in the C2-3 Sub-District Semifinals from Oakland-Craig Tuesday night.


The Patriots led 11-9 after one, and outscored the Gators 15-7 in the 2nd quarter to take a 26-16 lead into the locker room.


Clarkson/Leigh won the 3rd quarter 14-11 to go up 40-27 at the end of three.


The Patriots won the 4th quarter 12-10.


Carter Hanel had a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds while Kyle Kasik and Trevor Zulkoski notched 10 points apiece.


Nice win for Clarkson/Leigh.


The Patriots (13-9) take on Oakland-Craig (16-7) in the C2-3 Sub-District Final in action that will be aired on 107.9 the Bull Thursday night.


The Knights won 55-30 at home over GACC in Tuesday night's Semifinals.


These two teams met in Oakland in early December with Oakland-Craig winning 58-38.


Clarkson/Leigh has improved drastically since that time, but the Knights have also gotten better.


It should be a much closer, and good, competitive ball game this time around.


Beating Oakland-Craig on their home floor won't be easy, but it's do or die time for the Patriots.


Clarkson/Leigh has to play as if there is no tomorrow because if they lose the season is over.


The Patriots have to pour their heart and soul into this game and leave everything out on the floor.


Clarkson/Leigh should have nothing left in the tank after this one, win or lose.


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



















The Clarkson/Leigh Girls were upset 45-27 by Norfolk Catholic in the C2-6 Sub-District Final from Clarkson Thursday night.


The Knights doubled up the Patriots 10-5 in the 1st quarter, and outscored Clarkson/Leigh 15-8 in the 2nd quarter to take a 25-13 lead into the locker room.


Norfolk Catholic blanked the Patriots 8-0 in the 3rd quarter to go up 33-13 at the end of three.


Clarkson/Leigh won the 4th quarter 14-12.


Alissa Kasik led all scorers with 16 points.


Kind of a bit of a surprising loss for the Patriots.


Clarkson/Leigh (20-2) battles Bridgeport (22-3) in the C2-5 Sub-State Final from Lexington Friday night in action that can be heard on 107.9 the Bull.


The Bulldogs beat Gordon-Rushville 74-56 at home in the C2-12 Sub-District Final Thursday night.


This game is tough to gauge given multiple factors.


The Patriots are a small C-2 team yet play a lot of tough opponents.


Bridgeport is a large C-2 School and has been C-1 in the past I believe.


You have to figure Clarkson/Leigh has seen tougher competition, yet it could be argued the Bulldogs have been more dominant when you take into account margin of victory and such.


I honestly don't know a lot about Bridgeport, but it should be a good game I would think.


I think the Patriots have a good shot to win, but Clarkson/Leigh has to step things up and play better than they did against Norfolk Catholic and in the East Husker Conference Tournament against Oakland-Craig.


This one could go either way I think it honestly depends what kind of game both teams play.


The Patriots upset GACC in Sub-State last year so we'll see if Clarkson/Leigh can go out to South Central Nebraska and come home with another District Championship.


Tip-off from Lexington is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on the Bull.