North Bend Central Girls expecting to reload

North Bend Central Girls expecting to reload
November 24th, 2021 | Jeff Axtell

Team: North Bend Central

Mascot: Tigers

Colors: Orange and Black

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Aaron Sterup (20th season) (342-104 career record)

2020-2021 record: 24-3 (Won State)

Returning Starters: 2


The North Bend Central Girls Basketball Team expects to reload this year after winning back-to-back State Championships. Head Coach Aaron Sterup.

The Tigers return two starters and All-Staters Sydney Emanuel (5’7, SR G), who averaged 16 points a game last year and Kaitlyn Emanuel (6’0, JR W), who averaged 17 points and 8 rebounds a game a season ago.

Other returning letterwinners/newcomers include Madelyn Gaughen (5’9, SR W), Madison Bishop (5’6, JR G), Josie Cleveringa (5’9, SO W), Alexa Bourek (5’6, SR G), Lindsey Emanuel (5’7, FR G), and Haley Johnson (5’6, SR G).

Coach Sterup adds his team will be very competitive. Although they have a lot to replace the replacements they have are very capable.

Season Outlook:

I honestly expect North Bend Central to compete for a 3rd straight State Championship.

The Tigers could 3-peat, and if they did that would be magnificent.

Coach Sterup says the East Husker Conference Tournament is kind of like a mini State Tournament, and if you can survive that you’ve really accomplished something.

I asked Coach Sterup about expecting to win quite a few tournaments this year, and he simply said that’s not the focus.

The Tigers open up the season on December 2nd at Twin River. Coach Sterup previews the matchup.

North Bend Central is in Sub-District C1-6 with West Point-Beemer, Logan View/Scribner-Snyder, Arlington, and Fort Calhoun.

2021-2022 North Bend Central Tigers Girls Basketball Schedule:

12/02/21 @ Twin River D1
12/04/21 Seward B
12/09/21 @ West Point-Beemer C1
12/17/21 Battle Creek C1
12/21/21 @ Milford C1
12/28-12/29 (To Be Determined) North Bend Holiday Tournament North Bend
12/31/21 Raymond Central C1
01/07/22 Pender C2
01/08/22 Grand Island Central Catholic C1 Site: @ Viaero Center – Kearney @ Viaero Center – Kearney
01/11/22 @ Arlington C1
01/13/22 @ Wayne C1
01/15/22 Archbishop Bergan D1
01/18/22 @ Columbus Scotus C1
01/20/22 @ Oakland-Craig C2
01/22/22 Harlan, IA B Site: Sokol Arena (Nebraska Sports Classic) Sokol Arena (Nebraska Sports Classic)
01/25/22 Madison C1
01/27/22 @ Wisner-Pilger C2
01/28-02/05 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conference Tournament TBA/Midland University
02/08/22 Tekamah-Herman C2
02/10/22 @ Howells-Dodge D1


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