Central Nebraska Hoops
week two of 2020
Girls- 0-11 It's been a tough season for the girls. After a start that saw them lose several close games, the holes haven't gotten deeper. Super soph Sarah Treffer continues her successful season scoring 18 points per game. However, right now, she is the only Minutemaid averaging in double figures. Tough games this week for the girls as they take on Kearney Catholic and Columbus.
Boys- 7-4 The Mintuemen are coming off a one-one tangle with Wahoo. They beat Wahoo High and lost to Bishop Neumann, which apparently isn't Wahoo Neumann anymore. Lexington traveled to Hastings where they lost to an undefeated Adams Central team 57-53. They followed that game up with a game against another undefeated Hastings team, this time Hastings High. A very good Tiger team knocked off the Minutemen 72-58 in a game that was closer than the score indicated. We ought to know more about this team after this week. With Nick Saiz, Dylan Richman and Dau Mach all in double-figures in scoring, Lex is playing well right now, but needs to get back in the win column.
Girls- 2-9 A couple wins in the last five games have buoyed the Haymakers as they moving into the January "grind." They knocked off Sandy Creek 48-32 in a holiday tournament most recently. Balanced scoring at the top as Abigail Nelson and Mackenzie Lee are averaging about 8 points a game, Megan Burkholder is scoring 7 a game. Big game this week as they take on a scuttling Gothenburg team.
Boys- 2-8 The boys come into the new year riding a three-game losing streak, however all three of those games were close. The lost to Ainsworth by six, Wood River by five and Ord by four. They had a challenging week as they took on and lost to good teams in Ogallala and St. Pats. Should be a very interesting game this week as they travel 10 miles to the west to take on arch-rival Gothenburg. Both teams looking for win number three.
Girls-7-3 After a 6-0 start the girls dropped back to back games to GICC and Northwest. They are both good opponents, however the Swedes only scored 33 and 34 points respectively. The girls followed the Christmas Break with a loss to McCook. They were able to get back into the win column on Saturday against Centura, 45-43.
Boys- 2-8 The Swedes had lost four in a row as they heading into the new year. Their two holiday losses to GICC and Northwest weren't close. In fact, they only scored 31, and 32 points in those games and gave up over 70. However, they turned it on to beat McCook on Friday before dropping a game the next night, against Centura.
Girls- 2-8 First-year head coach Derek Runcie is working to establish a program that has struggled recently. It appears that his team is playing some good defense. They have been close against Sidney and GICC. They had a tough one with Broken Bow losing by 10, then an interesting one against Southern Valley on Friday. Mallory Pfeifer leads the team with 11 points per game.
Boys- 3-7 The Dusters got their first win against Gothenburg and then added a win at the end of their holiday tournament against Sidney and a win this week over Broken Bow. They will face a good Southern Valley team this week, should be a good challenge for the improving Dusters.
Girls- 4-7 After dropping three in a row the Eagles got a much needed win in overtime against Franklin 38-33. They got a win over Bertrand and Chase County this before a late week date against defensive mindedHoldrege. I still think they will be a team to be reckoned with by the time districts come around.
Boys- 9-1 Tylor Fincher's team continues to play well, they notched their eighth win over Franklin, 63-37. Junior, Carter Bose leads the way for SV, scoring 15 points a game and pulling down 12 rebounds each contest. Clayton Berry has picked up his play, now scoring 14 points a game alone with Brody Yant who is also averaging 14 points. That is quite a triple-threat for the Eagles. Their game with Chase County ought to be good one.
Girls- 2-9 After a win over Wa-Pa the Warriors have dropped two in a row to St. Pats and then Maxwell. They went 1-1 this week beating Med Valley and losing to Loomis. Terri Hilker is averaging 12 points a game for Arapahoe. Tracy Roskop is the leading rebounder pulling down 5 per game.
Boys- 2-9 The boys are looking for some good luck in 2020 as they have lost six games in a row. They will take on Hi-Line this week on the road and then go to Axtell. The Warriors continue to struggle to score the ball, only averaging 38 points per game. No one is scoring in double-figures.
Girls- 10-1 Five wins in a row for the Buffaloes since their lone loss of the season, in overtime, to Minden. Whitney Bauer is the leading scorer for Elm Creek, with 13 a game and Ashley Brown is second with 12. Haley Stone is also in double-figures with 10. Brown, also pulls down 7 rebounds a game. Look for the girls to keep rolling this week.
Boys- 7-2 The boys are coming off a loss to Doniphan-Trumbull in which they shot the ball very poorly. They then let one get away against undefeated Loomis, giving up 22 points in the fourth quarter. They will take on Axtell and Kenesaw. Trey Miner continues to pace the Buffaloes, scoring 17 points a game. Troy Brummels isn't far behind, scoring 14 a game. Gage Clabaugh is also in double-figures with 10.
Girls- 3-8 The Wildcats opened the season with four losses, then rebounded with three wins in a row, and now are in the midst of a four game losing streak as they prepare to take on Elm Creek and Lawrence-Nelson this week. Kailey Trampe leads the team with 8 points per game, as a team they are only scoring 35 a contest.
Boys- 8-3 The boys are coming off a 53-44 win over Alma to start the year. Two wins in a row for Axtell, they will have a good one on Elm Creek team on the road. Brennan Runge is scoring 16 points a game to lead the Wildcats, Tyler Danburg is scoring 15 a game and Zach Hinrichs is chipping in with 13. In fact, Danburg is averaging a double-double as he is pulling down 11 rebounds a game also.
Girls- 6-4 The Vikings went 1-2 this week, including a win over Wil-Hil before dropping two and a row to Southern Valley and South Loup. Trista Callahan is the leading scoring averaging 12 points a game. They will take on Southwest and Overton.
Boys- 2-8 1-2 this week for Betrand with a win over Wil-Hil. The boys will have the opportunity for a couple wins this week as they take on Southwest and Overton.
Girls- 4-7 The girls went 1-1 over the last week. They knocked off SEM and lost to Maywood/Hayes Center. The Bulls will take on Alma on the road this week. Mackenzie Clouse leads all scorers with 12 points a game, Gretchen Hodge is also in double-figures with 10. Clouse is also the leading rebounder, pulling down 7 boards a game.
Boys- 5-6 The boys also went 1-1 on the week also. The knocked off Maywood/Hayes Center 80-61, then they lost to SEM 69-57. Blake Schmidt leads the way with 13 points on the game, Zacob Evans is dropping in 11 a game. Evans is also rebounding well with 9 a game. They will also take on Alma this week.
Girls- 6-4 The girls beat Arapahoe after losing to a good Elm Creek team. The Wolves will take on Wil-Hil and Silver Lake this week. Darla Thorell is having a nice year, she is averaging 15 points a game while Alexis Billeter is chipping in with 13 points a game and Hanna Stewart is in double-figures with 10. Thorell is averaging a double-double with 11 rebounds a game also.
Boys- 9-0 The boys keep rolling as the knocked off Arapahoe and also got a huge win over a talented Elm Creek team. Quinn Johnson is having a great year averaging 17 points a game. Joshua Marcy is averaging a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds per game. Nolan Benjamin is dropping in 13 and Shay Swanson has 12. They are not having trouble scoring. This is a very good team. Look out Wil-Hil and Silver Lake this week.
Girls- 9-3 The Lady Eagles have one three games in a row, knocking off Maxwell, Amherst and Ansley/Litchfield. They will take on Brady this week and then a big game against St. Pats. Rachel Ecklund continues to pace the Eagles as she is scoring 15 points a game, Hailey Fleischman is also in double figures with 11. Fleischman is also pulling down 11 boards to average a double-double.
Boys- 1-10 The sledding has been tough for the boys this year as they now have dropped ten games in a row. Matthew Roth is averaging 12 points a game as is Jaylen Schlueter. Rother is the leading rebounder with 6 points a game.
Girls- 7-3 The girls went 1-1 this week, losing to Hi-Line and a win over Axtell. Faith Hernandez leads the team with 10 points a game. The Mustangs have been winning with defense as they are only averaging 38 points per game.
Boys- 5-4 Like the girls, the boys split their games this week. They beat Hi-Line and lost to Axtell. It's been and up and down year for the boys. They take on Ansley/Litchfield and Pleasanton this week.
GIRLS - 0-5 For much of the year the Lex girls have been "cardiac kids" losing several close games. This means they are close, but continue to look for their first win. Sarah Treffer continues to lead the way for them, scoring 15 points a game. She also leads the team in assists and rebounds.
BOYS - 4-1 Lexington has been impressive, as was expected this year. Their only loss was in double-overtime to Ogallala, 69-67. Nick Saiz is averaging 18 points a game while first-year starter Dau Mach is knocking down 15 points a game. The Minutemen and Minutemaids will take on Ralston on Tuesday night and then host Northwest on Friday.
GIRLS - 1-4 The girls got their first win of the year, knocking off McCook. Megan Burkholder is the leading scorer right now with 9 points a game. Cozad is hoping to pick up their offense as they move toward the break. They will take on Cambridge next.
BOYS - 1-3 The Haymaker boys picked up their first win on Saturday night against conference foe Valentine, 53-36. It was their highest scoring game of the year. Cozad had three people in double figures; Jacob Weatherly scored 20 points, Nolan Wetovick had 13 points and Jacob Engel finished with 11 points. They will close out the first part of the season with games against Cambridge and Ainsworth.
GIRLS - 4-0. Maybe one of the surprises of the early part of the season, the Swede girls seem to be getting better every week as they remain undefeated. Alexis Bliven, Chiara Richeson and Annika Harm lead the way for Gothenburg, freshmen Kynlee Strausser and Ellaree Harm also have looked good.
BOYS - 1-3. The boys got a much needed win on Saturday over Perkins County 63-33. Brody Stienike leads the scoring for the Swedes with nearly 14 points a game. Maguire Bartlett is also averaging in double figures with 11. Freshman Wes Geiken and Senior Tyler Whiting are right at 7 points per game. The Swedes will host St. Pats on Thursday and travel to Holdrege on Friday.
GIRLS - 1-2. The girls got their first win of the year in a defensive battle over Lexington on Friday night. Mallory Pfiefer is the leading scorer for the Dusters averaging almost 11 points per game. After that, Holdrege is pretty even when it comes to scoring. They will take on a good Gothenburg team on Friday night.
BOYS - 0-3. The Holdrege boys are still looking for their first win on the year. One of the highlights of the year is the play of Freshman, Jackson Hinrichs. He scored nine points on Friday night in a 80-51 loss to Lexington. They look for win number one on Friday night against one-win Gothenburg.
GIRLS - 2-4. The Eagles have started to put things together for Coach McDonald. This is an undoubtedly talented team is it showed in a 51-48 loss to undefeated Gothenburg last Thursday. They have won two in a row beating Brady and a very good Overton team. They play Superior on Friday.
BOYS - 5-0. The Boys continue to roll this week with wins over Gothenburg, 65-50 and Overton, 67-43. This team is playing in D1 and they look very good. Amazingly, they have four players scoring in double-figures. They are led by Carter Bose a very good inside/outside threat. Bose is also averaging 13 rebounds a game.
GIRLS - 0-4. Losses to Southwest and Medicine Valley in the Cattle Trials Tournament, the Warriors are still looking for win No. 1. Terri Hilker leads the team with 12 points a game. They take on Wilcox-Hildreth and have a rematch with Southwest this week.
BOYS - 1-3. The boys got a win this week against Decatur Community in Kansas, then lost to Med Valley in the Cattle Trails Tournament. Arapahoe is struggling offensively as they are only scoring 35 points a game as a team. Led by Cord Frink who is averaging 7 points a game.
GIRLS - 5-0. The Buffaloes continue to roll with wins over Ansley/Litchfield and SEM. They will be challenged a little bit more by Minden on Thursday. Whitney Bauer is leading the way with 17 points a game, Ashley Brown is chipping in with 12. Brown also leads the team 7 rebounds a game.
BOYS - 4-1. With the exception of a stumble against an undefeated Southern Valley team, Elm Creek continues to play pretty well. Wins this week over Ansley/Litchfield and SEM and a game next against Minden on Thursday, they have a good chance to have momentum going into next year. Three guys are scoring in double-figures for the Buffaloes led by Trey Miner who is scoring 19 points a game.
GIRLS - 1-4. The Axtell girls got a needed win over Harvard on Saturday, 59-21. After some close losses that win was important to get the team off the schneid. Kailey Trampe scores 9 points a game to lead. She also is the leading rebounder on the team.
BOYS - 4-1. After losing on opening night to Pleasanton the Wildcats have run four in a row. The latest, wins over Harvard and Overton. Brennan Runge is averaging 19 points a game, Zachary Hinrichs and Tyler Danburg is both averaging 13 as the team is averaging 61 points per game.
GIRLS - 4-0. It's been a great start for Shaun Kidder's team. They held off a good Hi-Line team on Tuesday night. Nice wins over Loomis and the Bulls they have a very interesting game with Elm Creek coming up on Friday.
BOYS - 0-4. Hi-Line knocked off Bertrand on Tuesday night, so the Vikings are still looking for their first win.
GIRLS - 2-4. The girls had a close one against Bertrand on Tuesday night, but lost in a close one, 59-52. That game came on the heels of a win over Wallace on Saturday. Gretchen Hodge and Makenzie Clouse lead the team in scoring so far with 12 and 11 points respectively.
BOYS - 2-4. The Bulls knocked off Bertrand on Tuesday night, 62-59. Tanner Fangmeyer went for 16 points on the night to lead the way. He is also the leading scoring on the season averaging 13 points a game. Zacob Evans and Blake Schmidt both are averaging 10 points a game. Their next game is Saturday against Ansley/Litchfield.
GIRLS - 2-3. The Loomis are coming off a week were they went 1-1 with a win over Amherst and a loss to Betrand. Darla Thorell is averaging 14 points a game, Hanna Stewart and Alexis Billeter are scoring 12. Thorell is also pulling down 10 rebounds a game.
BOYS - 4-0. The Wolves continue on a the prowl. They mauled Betrand 70-33 on Saturday and also beat Amherst 66-61, to remain undefeated. Quinn Johnson was averaging 26 points a game after two games. No updated stats were available. Loomis will travel to Cambridge on Friday and then host Brady on Saturday.
GIRLS - 5-1. The girls were 2-1 over the last week. They knocked off Anselmo-Merna in overtime, beat Axtell by four points and lost to a rising Southern Valley team. Rachel Ecklund continues her good play dropping 14 points a game. Hailey Fleischman is averaging a double-double scoring 13 points and pulling down 12 rebounds.
BOYS - 1-4. Losses this week for the boys to Anselmo-Merna and a very good Southern Valley team. Jaylen Schuluester is averaging 14 points a game, Matthew Rother is dropping 13 points. Roth is also pulling down the most boards with 7 a game. They will close this year out with a trip to Pleasanton.
GIRLS - 3-1. A big win over Red Cloud and a loss to South Loup bring the Mustang girls toward the end of the calendar year with a good record. Faith Hernandez is the leading scorer at this time with 9 points a game. They finish out the year with a game over 2-2 Franklin.
BOYS - 2-2. A win and a loss for the Mustangs puts them at .500 for the season with a game upcoming against the Franklin Flyers. SEM shut down Red Cloud 67-18 not allowing a point in the fourth quarter.
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Girls- 0-2. A couple of nail-biters for the girls this week as they lost to Gothenburg 53-51 in overtime and 39-34 to a good Ogallala team the next night. In both games, the Minutemaids had leads in the fourth quarter. Samantha Treffer had good nights both night with 12 points against the Swedes and 18 against Ogallala. Lexington takes on Minden Tuesday night.
Boys- 1-1 The Minutemen got off to a great start with a 19 point win over Gothenburg on Thursday night. Nick Saiz scored 25 in that one and looked almost unstoppable. Dau Mach had 16 and appears to be a real match up problem. Lexington lost the next night to Ogallala. The Indians lost several players from last year's 26-0 (regular season) team. However, Adam Kroeger went for 29 points to knock off the Minutemen in 2OT, 67-65. Mach and Saiz both finished with 18 points. Caleb Carpenter and Dylan Richman finished in double-figure with 12 and 11 points respectively. Look for Lexington to get back on the winning track on Tuesday against the Whippets.
Girls- 0-1 Cozad opened the year with a 59-27 loss to Chase County. Taylor Chytka led the way with 6 points, as no Haymakers finished in double-figures. Meanwhile they struggled against the Chase County defense turning the ball over 34 times. The girls have a tough match up on Tuesday as they have to take on a powerful Pleasanton team.
Boys- 0-1 Chase County was expecting to be a pretty good team and they got off to a strong start with a 51-36 win over Cozad. The Longhorns' length caused issues most of the night for the Haymakers. Jacob Gengenbach had 12 points, to lead the way for Cozad. They look to get into the win column Tuesday night against Pleasanton.
Girls- 2-0. The Brent Streeter Era has gotten off to a perfect start. The Swedes knocked off Lexington in overtime, 53-51, when freshman Kynlee Strauser put back a Chiara Richeson free throw as time expired. Then they had no hang over the next night and knocked off traditional power Hershey 37-25.
Boys- 0-2. Slow start for the boys as they break in some new starters. Losses to Lexington and Hershey have put the Swedes in a hole. However, a hot start by Brody Stienike and the emergence of freshman, Wes Geiken give this athletic team some hope.
Girls- 0-2. A difficult early schedule has led to a slow start for the Dusters. They dropped game one to the Adams Central Patriots and their second to the Kearney Catholic Stars. Mallory Pfeifer, sophomore, is leading they with nearly 11 points per game.
Boys- 0-2. The boys are also looking for their first win, they lost 60-39 to Kearney Catholic and Adams Central 59-35. They will take on a good Lexington team on Friday.
Girls- 0-2. Close, but no cigar for the Eagle girls so far this year in their two losses. They lost by six points to Minden and three points to a good Elm Creek team. They have a couple chances to get that win this week as they travel to Cambridge and then host the undefeated Swedes.
Boys- 2-0. The Eagles are off to a good start blowing out the Whippets in game one 63-39 and then knocking out a good Elm Creek team 56-50. They have three players averaging scoring double figures. Carter Bose is average 18 points and 15 rebonds. Brody Yant is dropping in 14 points a game and Clayton Berry has 10 a game. This has the makings of a good team we will know more about them in the next couple weeks. Bose maybe one of the best players in our area. Time will tell.
Girls- 0-1. Tough opener for Arapahoe as they lost in their first game 44-22 to an Overton team that is expected to be quite good. Terri Hilker scored 10 points to lead her team. They take on Dundy County-Stratton in Benkelman on Tuesday as part of the Cattle Trail Tournament.
Boys- 0-1. Overton beat Arapahoe 75-30. Austin Roush and Nolan Meyers each scored seven point to lead the team against he Eagles. They will try to right the ship on Tuesday as they open the Cattle Trails tournament against Maywood-Hayes Center.
Girls- 2-0. Look out for the Buffaloes. They roamed to two wins this week. They torched Shelton 61-18 and came back to knock of a plucky Southern Valley team. Whitney Bauer is averaging 19 points for EC followed by Ashley Brown who is knocking down 12 a game, Brown is also averaging 10 boards a game.
Boys- 1-1 The boys knocked off Shelton in game one 62-31. In that game, Trey Miner (20) and Gage Clabaugh (18) were the leading scorers. The Buffaloes dropped their next game though to what looks like a good Southern Valley team 56-50. They will host Alma this week.
Girls- 0-2. A couple losses to open up the season for the Wildcats as they dropped game one to what should be a really good Pleasanton team 58-32 and then lost a close one to Betrand, 30-27. Jesse Bertrand leads the way with nine points a game. Kelly Trampe is pulling down 7 rebounds a game.
Boys- 1-1. The Wilcats opened up the year with a one point loss to Pleasanton, 48-47. They then turned around and blew out Bertrand 61-36. Brennan Runge is have a great start to the season averaging 19 points a game. Tyler Danburg and Zachary Hinrichs are scoring 12 points a game. They will take on Silver Lake at home before traveling to Overton for a tough one Friday.
Girls- 2-0. The Viking Girls are off to a great start, opening with a 56-47 win over Alma and then knocking off Axtell 30-27 in a low scoring battle. Trista Callahan and Cailey Grabenstein are averaging double-figures early on this year. They will take on Loomis on Saturday.
Boys- 0-2. It's been a tougher start for the boys as they have been slow out of the box with losses to Alma, 51-44 and to Axtell 61-36. They look to take on a good Loomis team this weekend.
Girls- 1-1. The Bulls begin their inaugural year in cooping between Eustis-Farnam and Elwood. The girls lost to Wilcox-Hildreth to open the season and then recovered by beating Ansley/Litchfield 58-43. Gretchen Hodge is averaging 15 points a game and Mackenzie Clouse is averaging 13 points a game. They will take on Maxwell Tuesday.
Boys- 1-1. The boys opened the season with a big 75-34 win Wilcox-Hildreth, before losing to Ansley/Litchfield 90-57. Tanner Fangmeyer picked right up from his successful season on the football field. He is averaging 18 points a game while pulling down 6 boards. Blake Schmidt is averaging in double figures also with 12 points a game.
Girls- 0-2. The Wolves opened up the season with a heart-breaking loss to SEM, 56-54 and also ran into an Overton team that looks to be pretty good and lost 51-37. They will take on Kenesaw on Tuesday night.
Boys- 2-0. Many people thought that this could be a talented/successful basketball team. Early returns are certainly positive. They knocked off Overton big-time 72-23. They then put up 80 points in a 80-45 rout over SEM. Quinn Johnson dropped 28 points against the Eagles.
Girls- 2-0. As expected, the Overton girls are looking good early on. They beat Arapahoe 44-22 and then took out Loomis 51-37. Hailey Fleischman is averaging a double-double with 14 points in 10 rebounds. Rachel Ecklund is also chipping in 14 points a game. They will take on Gibbon on Tuesday.
Boys- 1-1. After opening the season with a 75-30 blow out over Arapahoe the Eagles dropped their second game 72-23. So, we are still figuring out this Overton team. We do know, Jaylen Schlueter is scoring 15 points a game and Matthew Roth is knocking down 13. They have an interesting games against Axtell and Southern Valley coming up.
Girls- 2-0. Good start for the girls as they scored 56 in a pair of wins over Wilcox-Hildreth and Loomis. Knocking off the Wolves by two. Faith Hernandez is off to a good start with 15 points a game. Jennifer Guerra is also in double-figures with 10 points a game.
Boys- 1-1. The Mustangs opened the season with a 55-25 win over Wilcox-Hildreth, then lost to Loomis 80-45. They will take on Elm Creek Friday.
2019-2020 Season Preview
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Girls: LY 7-19. Head Coach: Robb Koerting. Returners: Madison Sutton, Sarah Treffer, Cordelia Harbison, Klair Fagot.
Boys: LY 15-10. Head Coach: Zach Jones. Returners: Dylan Richman, Nick Saiz, Kaleb Carpenter.
Opening games: @Gothenburg, Ogallala, Minden @Holdrege.
Girls: LY 5-17. Head Coach Zachary Stauffer. Returners: Mckenzie Lee, Megan Burkholder, Abigail Nelsen, Raegan Fleharty.
Boys: LY 19-7. Head Coach Drew Danielson. Returners: Nolan Wetovick, Jacob Weatherly, Matthew Schuster, Jacob Gengenbach, Morgan Schroeder.
Opening games: Chase County, Pleasanton, Hershey, @Valentine
Girls: LY 6-17 Head Coach: Brent Street. Returners: Chiara Richeson, Annica Harm, Alexis Bliven.
Boys: LY 5-17 Head Coach: Scott Carlin. Returners: Maguire Bartlett, Brody Steinike, Conner Baker, Owen Geiken.
Opening games: Lexington, @Hershey, @Southern Valley, Perkins County.
Girls: LY 4-18. Head Coach: Derek Runcie. Returners: Koley Kirwarn, Jirsie Klain, Kenzie Hurlburt, Ryan Melroy, Taylor Wiser, McKennz Ortiqiesen.
Boys: LY 8-15. Head Coach: Jon Karn. Returners: Jackson Hilyard, Dylan Bauman, Zach Reed.
Opening games: @Adams Central, Kearney Catholic, Lexington, Gothenburg.
Girls: LY 8-17. Head Coach: Richard McDonald. Returners: Grace Hogeland, Lauryn Samuelson, Kynlee Marquez, Mandy Schoen, Janessa Kring, Krista Best, Brinna Quinn, Kara Kredjil.
Boys: LY 15-10. Head Coach: Tylor Fincher. Returners: Jaden Quinn, Beau Baily, Brody Yant, Carter Bose, Clayton Berry.
Open games: @Minden, Elm Creek, @Cambridge, Gothenburg.
Girls: LY 7-17. Head Coach: Preston Blackmore. Returners: Terri Hilker, Adrienne North, Hope Koller, Emilee Hankee, Tracy Roskop.
Boys: LY 11-16. Head Coach: John Strand. Returners: Reilley Einspahr, Cord Frink, Conner Luck, Nolan Meyers.
Opening games: Overton, @Wilcox-Hildreth, Southwest, Maxwell.
Girls: LY 19-5. Head Coach: Mike Ford. Returners: Whitney Bauer, Ashley Brown, Haley Stone, Morgan Sindt, Reagan Meier.
Boys: LY 22-5. Head Coach: Tanner Cavenee. Returners: Karsten McCarter, Gage Claughbaugh, Lane Gutzwiller, Troy Bummels, Trey Miner.
Opening games: Shelton, @Southern Valley, @Alma, SEM
Girls: LY 12-14. Head Coach: Alyssa Prososki. Returners: Kailey Trampe, Nicole Cederburg, Erica Bertrand.
Boys: 13-12. Head Coach: Brett Hinrichs. Returners: Tyler Danburg, Zach Hinrichs, Jacob Wehrer, Brennan Runge and Nic Person.
Opening games: Pleasanton, @Bertrand, Silver Lake, @Overton.
Girls: LY 12-12. Head Coach: Shaun Kidder. Returners: Erin Boggs, Aleya Hueftle.
Boys: LY 9-14. Head Coach: Craig Newcombe. Returners: Isaiah Schwarts and Arik Akerman.
Opening games: @Alma, Axtell, @Loomis, Hi-Line
Girls - LY 0-0. Head Coach: Patrick Ropers. Returners: Mackenzie Clouse, Hadley Martin, Gretchen Hodge and Alivia Knoerzer.
Boys - LY 0-0. Head Coach: Steve Johnson. Returners: Zacob Evans, Blake Schmidt, Tanner Farmer, Andy Jack, Hunter Rios, Jacob Grupe, Grady Wright and Hank Green.
Opening games: Wilcox-Hildreth, Ansley-Litchfield, @Maxwell, @Pleasanton.
Girls: LY: 16-7. Head Coach: Steci Fertig. Returners: Darla Thorell, Paige Booe, Alexis Billeter and Hannah Stewart.
Boys: LY: 19-6. Head Coach: Drew Billeter. Returners: Josh Marcy, Shay Swanson, and Quinn Johnson.
Opening games: @Overton, SEM, @Kenesaw, @Amherst.
Girls: LY: 16-7. Head Coach Nicole Arp. Returners: Rachel Ecklund, Haley Fleischman, Morgan Barner and Addison Luther.
Boys: LY: 20-4. Head Coach: Seth Ehlers. Returners: Morgan Olmstead, Ryan Lauby, Jaylen Schueter and Jacob Surridge.
Opening games: @Arapahoe, Loomis, Gibbon, Axtell.
Girls: LY: 14-8. Head Coach: Joshua Drake. Returners: Abbie Skupa, Makayla Dinker, Kerigan Karr, Amanda Ehrman, Katelyn Karr and Madison Miller.
Boys: LY: 4-15. Head Coach: Darby Line. Returners: Carson Rhode, Parker Smith, Noah Bidland and Tucker Whitesel.
Opening games: Wilcox-Hildreth, @Loomis, @Elm Creek, Red Cloud.
Buffaloes Finish 4th At State
It’s been since 1975 that Elm Creek Boys had won a game in Lincoln at the State Tournament, but on Thursday morning that changed in a big way. #1 seeded Elm Creek took down three-time defending state champion and #8 seeded Lourdes Central Catholic 52-36. Elm Creek started behind in the first quarter trailing 11-8, but after that, the Buffaloes took over. Elm Creek outscored Lourdes Central Catholic 44-25 to run away with the victory. Elm Creek was led by Trey Miner and his 16 points and the Knights were led by Blake Miller with his 19 points.
Then Elm Creek battled eventual runner-up Archbishop Bergan and fell 56-39. It was tight at halftime, with scoring at a premium 18-16 in favor of the Knights. In the third quarter, Archbishop Bergan outscored Elm Creek 22-9, to lead 40-25 entering the final stanza. In the final quarter, the Knights closed out the game by outscoring the Buffaloes 16-14. Archbishop Bergan was led by Grant Frickenstein with 24 points and Elm Creek was paced by Trey Miner and his 18 points.
Elm Creek then faced Paxton in the 3rd and 4th place game. Unfortunately for Elm Creek, they fell in their final game of the season to the Tigers 62-48 and the size of Paxton was just too much for the Buffaloes. At one point in the first quarter, Elm Creek was down just 11-10, but then the Tigers went on a run that stretched all the way to halftime as Paxton led 39-21 at halftime. In the second half, Elm Creek outscored Paxton 27-23, but it was too little, too late. Paxton was led by 6’10 junior Blake Brewster as he scored 19 points. Elm Creek was paced by junior Gage Clabaugh and his 16 points. Paxton took home 3rd place and finished the season at 25-2. Elm Creek finishes 4th at Lincoln and their final record is 22-5. This year’s team achieved a lot throughout the season, including the first win at state since 1975.
Loomis Falls In First Round Of Class D2 Tournament
Turnovers became too high of a hill to climb as Loomis succumbed to the Osmond Tigers in the First Round of the Class D2 state playoffs 52-38. Loomis jumped out to an early lead over the highly-touted Tigers. The Wolves took at 13-8 lead into the second quarter and a 21-20 lead into halftime. Freshman Shay Swanson played well early scoring nine of his team-leading 13 points in the first half. However, even with the lead Loomis turned the ball over a lot. They finished with 24 turnovers, which led to 16 fewer shots than Osmond and doomed the Wolves chances in the second half, as the Tigers moved ahead by two points going into the fourth quarter, before outscoring Loomis 19-7 in the final stanza. Merrix Dunn was the leading scorer for Osmond with 14 points. Osmond moves on to play undefeated Riverside. Loomis falls to 19-7 on the season.
Lady Wolves Fall In D2-6 District Final
Loomis, the #6 seeded team in class D2 faced Sterling, the #11 seeded team in the D2-6 District Final on hopes of going to the State Tournament. Loomis lost in this one by a final score of 64-50. The difference in this game was the first quarter as Sterling jumped out to a 23-8 first quarter lead. After that, Loomis outscored Sterling 42-41, so that hole was too big to dig out of. Loomis was led by Darla Thorell and her 14 points and 10 rebounds. Loomis ends the season at 16-7.
Wolves Make State For The First Time Since 2012
Loomis picked up two wins in the D2-8 Subdistrict Tournament over Silverlake 60-36, then over Blue Hill 49-36 to advance to a District Final matchup on Monday. Loomis the #6 seed faced the #11 seed Stuart Broncos and won by a final count of 56-50. Loomis started with a strong first two quarters leading 32-22 at the intermission. In the second half, Loomis had to maintain that lead, and they were able to despite being outscored 28-24. Loomis was led by Aaron Dow as he scored 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Loomis will play in the Boys State Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 7th at 8:45 P.M. against Osmond and that game can be heard on KRVN.
Lady Wildcats Season Comes To A Close
The #16 seeded Axtell's girl's basketball team faced off in the D1-1 District Final against the #1 seeded North Platte St. Patricks. Axtell fell in this one 64-21. Trouble began in the first quarter as they were down 25-5 at the end of one. Not much changed after that as the Lady Wildcats were outscored 39-16 in the next three quarters. Axtell was led by six points from Camille Fishell. Axtell finishes the year at 12-14.
Wildcats Fall In D1-3 District Final
Axtell had two impressive wins last week in the D1-8 Subdistrict Tournament over Bertrand 50-48, then over Arapahoe 43-42. The Wildcats then faced Humprehy-Lindsay Holy Family in the D1-3 District Final for the right to play in Lincoln. Axtell fell to the Bulldogs 63-36. Axtell just couldn't keep up as they trailed at the end of the first half 40-19. In the second half, it was closer but the Bulldogs still outscored Axtell 23-17. Axtell's season ends at 13-12.
Lexington Falls To Skutt In B-4 District Final
Following a pair of wins in the B-7 Subdistricts over North Platte and McCook, each by a final score of 55-39, Lexington battled Omaha Skutt Catholic in the B-4 District Final. The #13 seeded Lexington Minutemen took the three-hour drive to Omaha on Monday for a matchup in the B-4 District Final against the #4 seeded Omaha Skutt Catholic Skyhawks. For the Minutemen this was the first time they had been in a District Final since 2008 and were searching for their first win in a District Final since 2002. Lexington was unable to secure the win as they fell to Skutt 66-59.
Lexington possessed the lead for the majority of the first quarter, but Skutt took the lead at the end of the period 15-13 and never relinquished it. The Skyhawks just continued their strong offense by outscoring in each period, even if it was by a narrow margin it was enough to get the job done against the Minutemen.
Skutt was led by Tyson Gordan at 15 points and Lexington was paced by senior Jake Leger as he had a fantastic game recording 22 points in his final game as a member of the Minutemen squad. Skutt moves to 22-4 and will compete in the Boys State Basketball Tournament March 7th-10th. Lexington's season comes to a close at 15-10.
Milford Knocks Cozad Out Of Postseason Play
Following a big win over Chase County in the first round of subs 64-46 then a loss to the #1 team in C-1 Ogallala 63-53, Cozad slid into a District Final against Milford and things didn't go the Haymakers way. The Milford Eagles and Cozad Haymakers met on Monday to decide the C1-6. The Eagles jumped out early and never looked back winning 58-35.
It was 14-7 after the first quarter led by Nate Mensik. Mensik, Bragan Meyer, and Grant Jakub all finished in double-figures for Milford. The Eagles used a tough 1-3-1 zone defense to stifled the Haymaker offense most of the night. Cozad scored eight points in the second quarter and seven points in the third quarter. Adam Cole led the way for Cozad with 10 points. With the loss, the Haymakers end the season with a very successful 19-7 record.
Overton Falls In D1-2 District Final
Following a 64-55 win over Pleasanton in subdistrict play, Overton faced Elm Creek in the D1-9 Subdistrict Final. Back on January 25th, Elm Creek and Overton faced off on the hardwood and it was the Buffaloes winning 76-71. On Thursday evening, it was a rematch for the two rivals in the D1-9 Subdistrict Final and it was the Eagles flipping the script and winning 76-63.
In the first quarter, Overton took control of the game leading 20-10. From there, they continued their strong play by heading to halftime with a lead of 39-28. In the second half, Elm Creek made a comeback bid by outscoring Overton 21-19 in the third quarter, trailing 58-49 entering the fourth quarter. But they couldn’t complete the comeback as Overton outscored the Buffaloes 18-14 to secure the win. Overton was paced by senior Braden Kizer with 21 points.
Overton then faced Lourdes Central Catholic on Monday in the D1-2 District Final and fell 49-28. It was an ice-cold shooting night for Overton as they posted a 17% shooting percentage in the loss. Senior Morgan Wallace had 12 points. Overton ends the season at 20-4.
Lady Buffaloes Fall To Ponca In C2-5 District Final
Elm Creek was trying to get to Lincoln to the Girl's State Basketball Tournament this weekend as they faced Ponca in the C2-5 District Final. Unfortunately, Elm Creek's basketball season ended as they lost 62-37. Elm Creek trailed 38-31 entering the final period, but a 24-6 final quarter to secure the win. Elm Creek ends the year at 19-5.
Elm Creek Boys Headed To Lincoln
Elm Creek began postseason play last week and it ran clear to Monday of this week with the poor weather. Following a 73-43 win over Elwood, Elm Creek faced Overton. Back on January 25th, Elm Creek and Overton faced off on the hardwood and it was the Buffaloes winning 76-71. On Thursday evening, it was a rematch for the two rivals in the D1-9 Subdistrict Final and it was the Eagles flipping the script and winning 76-63.
Alma Falls To Hastings St. Cecilia In C2-9 Subdistrict Final
In the first round of the C2-9 Subdistrict Tournament, Alma beat Sandy Creek 50-47 behind 21 points from Jackson McKenzie. Then they faced Hastings St. Cecilia and lost 44-28. Alma Was outscored in each period, which made it tough to hang with the Blue Hawks. McKenzie had 10 points for Alma. The Cardinals finish the season at 9-13.
Arapahoe Falls In D1-8 Subdistrict Final
Arapahoe started strong in postseason play with a win over the #1 Wilcox-Hildreth 45-40, a game in which Gentry Anderson had 19 points and 12 rebounds. But the Warriors then faced Axtell in the d1-8 Subdistrict Final and lost 42-41. Arapahoe trailed entering the final period 32-22, but the Warriors made a furious comeback, but couldn't complete it falling by one point. Arapahoe was led by Anderson with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Arapahoe's season ends at 11-16.
Eagles Fall To Rival Trojans In C2-11 Subdistrict
Southern Valley competed in the C2-11 Subdistrict Tournament this past week and fell in the first round. The Eagles battled their rival Cambridge and lost 57-46. Southern Valley dug themselves a hole in this game begin down as much as 49-22 in the fourth quarter, and could never recover. Southern Valley ends the year at 15-10.
Knights Season Ends At The Hands Of The Wildcats
Last week Eustis-Farnam began subdistrict play in the D2-9 section and they first faced Brady and won 62-60. The Knights were down entering the final quarter 44-42, but a 10-8 final quarter tied things up and the teams went to overtime. Eustis-Farnam then duplicated that fourth-quarter effort in overtime by outscoring Brady 10-8 to get the win.
The Knights then faced Wallace and lost 49-32. The Knights just couldn't keep up with the Wildcats in this ball game falling by 17 points. Eustis-Farnam ends the season at 6-18.
SEM's Season Ends Against Blue Hill
SEM began subdistrict play against Blue Hill and they ended up falling to the Bobcats 55-28. SEM was hanging around in the first quarter down 16-9, but after that Blue Hill took over. The Bobcats outscored the Mustangs 39-19 in the next three quarters to secure the win. SEM ends the season at 4-15.
Vikings Fall To Axtell To End Season
Bertrand faced Axtell in the first round of the D1-8 Subdistrict Tournament and lost 50-48. The Vikings had a solid lead entering the final quarter 37-31, but big-time fourth quarter from Axtell as they outscored Bertrand 19-11 to take the two-point victory. Bertrand ends their season at 9-14.
Holdrege Boys End Season At 8-15 With Loss To McCook in B-7 Subdistrict
McCook hit two late three-pointers to erase a four-point deficit as they beat Holdrege 38-37 in the other game at the B-7. Trailing 36-32 late in the fourth quarter, Seniors Gabe Sehnert and Seth Dugger hit back to back three’s to help the Bison keep its season going. Holdrege had a chance to tie late in the fourth but a lane violation waived off a made free throw from Tate Florell that could have tied the game. Jackson Hillyard’s runner at the buzzer just skipped off the rim as the Holdrege’s season comes to an end at 8-15. Hillard led Holdrege with 12 points while McCook who is now 9-11 was led by Seth Dugger who scored 14.
Elwood Ends Season At 3-19
Elwood faced Elm Creek in the D1-9 Subdistrict Tournament and fell to the Buffaloes 73-43. It was a struggle from the outset for Elwood as they trailed 27-6 at the end of the first quarter. Following that, it somewhat leveled out, but the Buffaloes still outscored the Pirates 46-37 in the final three quarters. Zacob Evans had a fantastic final game of the year recording 24 points. Elwood ends their season at 5-19.
Swedes Fall In C1-11 Subdistrict Contest
The Hershey Panthers ended the Gothenburg Swede season with a 46-28 win on Monday night in the first round of the C1-11 subdistricts. Jacob Gosnell led the way with 22 points for the Panthers as they notch win number 16 on the year. Hershey led by four points after the first quarter and sustained that lead into halftime, 21-17. Cayden Spearman added eight points and Andrew Weitzel chipped in with seven points. The Panthers will now take on top-seeded Ogallala who is 23-0.
Gothenburg was led in scoring by Josh Olson, who finished his career with nine points on the night. With the loss, Gothenburg ends the season at 5-17.
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Loomis To Play In D2-5 District Final
Following an impressive win over Eustis-Farnam in the first round of subdistrict play with a final score of 59-11 and Alexis Billeter scoring 13, the Lady Wolves then faced Bertrand. Loomis won over Bertrand by a final score of 46-37. Bertrand jumped out to a 14-10 lead in the first quarter, but in the next three periods, Loomis outscored Bertrand 36-23 to grab the victory. Darla Thorell led Loomis with 13 points. Loomis is 16-6 and will face Sterling in the D2-5 District final on Saturday.
Loomis Beats Maxwell
Loomis faced Maxwell in their regular season finale and won 70-44. This was a good win for the Wolves heading into postseason play. Loomis will compete in the D2-8 Subdistrict Tournament and play either Silver Lake or Red Cloud on Tuesday at 4:30 P.M. in Minden.
Alma Falls In D1-10 Subdistrict Game
Alma faced Axtell in the first round of the D1-10 Subdistrict tournament 55-42. Axtell had a monster first half leading 32-22. In the second half, they continued their strong play by outscoring Alma 23-20. Dakota Hughes and Carlee Stuhmer each had 10 points to lead Alma. Alma finishes the season at 11-12.
Alma Beats Arapahoe in Regular Season Finale
Alma faced Arapahoe in their regular season finale and won 65-58. Arapahoe led 36-28 at halftime, but a 20-4 third quarter allowed Alma to take a 48-40 lead into the final quarter, and eventually secure the win. Alma was led by Jackson McKenzie as he scored 26 points and 10 rebounds as well. Alma will face Sandy Creek Tuesday in the C2-9 Subdistrict Tournament.