Bloomington, Ind. – In a contest featuring a pair of teams on the brink of qualifying for the NCAA Tournament, Nebraska improved its résumé with a 70-60 victory on the road Wednesday night in Indiana. The triumph gives NU its first 10-win conference season since 1999 and clinches its first winning season in the league since 1999-2000.
The Huskers (18-11, 10-7), who led wire-to-wire throughout, took control of the contest early, making shots and continuing their strong play on the defensive end, holding Indiana (17-13, 7-10) to only 37 percent shooting. This marks the eighth consecutive game in which NU has held its opponents to under 40 percent shooting.
The Scarlet and Cream went on a 5:11 field goal drought midway through the second half as Indiana quickened the tempo and used an 8-0 run to knot the contest at 52 with 10 minutes remaining. NU responded by holding Indiana to a 4:16 field goal drought of their own to spoil Indiana’s Senior Night inside historic Assembly Hall.
Sophomore Walter Pitchford, who tallied the second-best point total of his career (17) along with nine rebounds, recorded the first nine Husker points on four-of-six shooting from the field to give NU the early momentum. Senior Ray Gallegos finished the night with nine points on three clutch 3-pointers, including a triple that gave the Huskers momentum headed into halftime with a 34-26 advantage, which staved off a late Hoosier run at the end of the first half.
Shavon Shields came up big in the second half for the Big Red to finish with 17 points and eight rebounds. Leading scorer Terran Petteway, who played limited minutes due to foul trouble, amassed 13 points while Benny Parker added eight.
Huskers shot 51 percent in the first half and ended the contest firing over 45 percent on 25-of-55 from the floor, including 6-for-17 from beyond the arc. NU also went 14-for-19 from the line on the evening, connecting on its last eight attempts from the stripe.
Coach Tim Miles and his NU squad led by as many as 11 points, tied for its largest lead on the road in the Big Ten Conference this season.
The Huskers will return home for Senior Night on Sunday when they host No. 9 Wisconsin at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Tipoff is at 6:30 p.m. (CT) and the game will be televised on BTN and on the Husker Sports Radio Network.
Both teams “back into” the State Tournament after being beaten out in the subdistrict final. Stuart was beaten by a Ewing team that was 14-9 and playing really good ball. The Broncos had a long shot, but somehow got the combination of Wynot, FCSH, Bancroft-Rosalie and Giltner to all win at districts, giving the Broncos a wild card. Stuart returns to the tournament for the first time since 2003. Although it is only the fourth State appearance, the Broncos were champions in 1993. This appearance is actually a year late, as the 10 year trend started with a 1983 qualifying year. Sterling was beaten for the 3rd time this season by FCSH, regarded by many as the favorite in D2. Although Sterling had 7 losses, they were in great shape for the wild card. Sterling is making their fourth appearance as well, with their last coming in 2001 when they lost to Petersburg in the first round.
Stuart comes into the tournament as a battle tested team. The Broncos had a good start, but January was tough in terms of wins and losses, as Stuart had to go on the road against the D1 Area Axis of Awesome. The Broncos pretty much played one home game and one away game every week. While Stuart was 10-0 at home this year, they had to face BC, SMH and CWC on the road or at a neutral location every other game during January and into the NVC Tournament. So although the Broncos went 6-6 during that stretch, they did get some good experience. Fresh off two losses at the NVC, Stuart picked up a great win over Ainsworth at home, which is their signature win. The Broncos have the same storyline as they did during volleyball: athletic youth. Stuart is led by the Schafer twins. Point guard Jaden pops in 12.5 ppg, along with two assists and steals every game, and forward Monique averages 7.7 ppg, along with being active on defense. Both sisters lead the team in assists, and Mo is also the team leader in blocks. Sophomore forward/center Hailey Paxton scores 8.6 ppg and is the leading rebounder with 6.3 caroms per game. Junior Brittany Hanzlik (6 ppg), freshman Harlee Fischer (5.1 ppg) and senior Samantha Sattler (4 ppg) provide a nice mix of supporting talent. The Broncos fit right in the middle of D2 in both points scored (52.7) and points allowed (39.8). All eight teams seem to have pretty similar numbers when it comes to points scored and allowed.
Sterling plays in a pretty tough area. They only play 9 Class D2 opponents, with the other 16 games coming against a mix of D1 and C2 teams. They also have the distinction of playing in two conferences, both of which contain some good teams that Sterling had to battle. The record of C2 Palmyra and Southern and D1 BDS of the MUDECAS comes out at 49-22, with Lourdes CC, FCSH and Diller-Odell coming out of the Pioneer Conference with a 53-21 mark. Sterling went 4-2 against those teams. Sterling gives up 36.3 ppg, which is about the average of the D2 teams at State this year. The Jets are the lowest scoring team to make State though, only dumping in 46.4 points every 32 minutes. Part of this is due to the game they play. They don’t shoot much from outside, shooting just 17% of their field goals from outside, and connecting on only 24% of the shots they do take from downtown. Instead they rely on getting the ball inside and getting to the free throw line, getting 520 free throw opportunities this year. Sterling relies heavily on the services of senior Jordan Lempka, who does it all with 13.6 points, 11.3 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game. The Jets focus their entire offense on Lempka (also see: Sterling volleyball playbook), and they should: she is listed at 6’3”. Other than Lempka, Sterling does have some nice weapons in a pair of young 5’6” guards: sophomore Erika Goracke (10 ppg, 2 rpg, 2 apg) and freshman Taylor Cockerill (8.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.9 apg, 2.4 spg). 5’11” sophomore center Haylee Boldt and 5’8” junior Becky Williams chip in 2.6 points and a few rebounds per game to support the Jets.
This is an interesting matchup between two fairly different wild card teams. Stuart plays more of a run-and-gun style, shooting threes and getting after the ball on defense. Sterling seems to run a slow, powerful system that is meant to wear down the opponent inside. To win this game, it is imperative that Stuart step up their game on the defensive glass. Rebounding has been a bit of a weakness, so they will have to be strong on the boards. They will also need to find a way to slow down Jordan Lempka in the middle with double teams or foul trouble. Sterling will want to hit the offensive glass to wear down the Broncos resolve, and to maybe hit a few shots from outside to give the Broncos something to think about.
Not quite a dog-pile, but the Cyclones did get to "storm" the court.
Clearwater/Orchard's luck did more than hold in the district final on Tuesday night. The Cyclones did plenty on their own, but not every day does someone win a district final after being down by four with 11 seconds left. Oh, and something about a turnover in the rafters. That plays into the story too.
The first half was largely characterized by domination by one side at a time. Sandhills/Thedford rolled to a 21-13 first quarter lead, but O/C came back and took the lead at halftime, 30-29. From there it was a back and forth battle to the finish, with neither team taking more than a two or three point lead.
One turning point was when S/T star Cole Taylor fouled out with several minutes left, and the Knights lost their best scoring threat. The Cyclones had a problem scoring as well, but S/T couldn't score enough to put the game out of reach. After the Cyclones took a timeout with 15 seconds left and a two point deficit, S/T stole the inbound pass to go up by four with 11.5 seconds left. However, Trevor Mlnarik knocked down a huge three-pointer from the top of the key to make it a one point game. Sandhills/Thedford played textbook ball, holding the ball out of bounds for three seconds before calling timeout with three seconds left.
The Kights elected to throw it deep on their inbound. With just three seconds, if they could even touch the ball it would be impossible for the Cyclones to get it back down the court for a reasonable shot. But the Cyclones charged 6'6" Andy Kerkman with guarding the inbounding player, and he threw it too high to compensate. The ball arched into the rafters. According to the rulebook, this constituted a turnover by S/T. With three seconds left, the Cyclones lobbed it in to their tallest player, and Kerkman forced up the ball through contact, making the shot and drawing the foul. Kerkman intentionally missed the free throw and time ran out as the Knights tried to heave a last second shot.
With the win, the Cyclones advance to the State Tournament next week. This will be the first time the Cyclones have qualified for State, with Orchard last going in 2006 and Clearwater qualifying in 1995. Clearwater/Orchard dropped to the 7 seed, which pits them against North Platte St. Pat's in the 9:00 AM game on Thursday, March 13. The game will be on KBRX 102.9 FM and kbrx.com.
3:45 pm @ Lincoln North Star - #4 Boyd County (19-4) vs. #5 Humphrey St. Francis (23-2)
Boyd County - D1-4 District Champion
Notable Wins: St. Mary’s, CWC (twice), Stuart (twice), Sandhills/Thedford
Notable Losses: St. Mary’s (twice), CWC, Creighton
Humphrey St. Francis - D1-3 District Champion
Notable Wins: Howells-Dodge, O/C, Palmer
Notable Losses: Pierce, Shelby/Rising City
The 2014 Boyd County team will go down as the first in the modern-era co-ops to make it to State (discounting Spencer-Naper). Since combining as West Boyd, and then Boyd County, the Spartans have been building up to this over the last few years. After a great 18-5 year in C2 that saw the Spartans fall in the subdistricts, Boyd County took advantage of dropping to D1 this year. The Spartans had to run the gauntlet against three teams that have a combined 62-9 record to reach the promised land. Boyd County has a combined 15 state appearances in the past, with Butte placing 2nd in 1978, and Lynch winning 2 championships (‘91 & ‘92) in their three appearances at State. Lynch and Spencer-Naper had a great run through the ‘90s. Humphrey St. Francis has had a better overall tradition with the boys’ program, but the Flyers can lay claim to three straight championships from ’05-’07, plus runner up finishes in 1994 and 2001. Their last appearance in the big dance was 2008. Whilst Boyd County made it through a murderer’s row, Humphrey St. Francis didn’t have much of a challenge in the districts, with only one opponent who had a winning record (35-34 overall).
Boyd County comes into the contest averaging 54 points per game (ppg), but since the NVC tournament started, they are nearer to 60 ppg in their 6 wins. Two losses to St. Mary’s and a 41 point game against Sandhills/Thedford bring their 8 game average back down to the season average, but the point is that they seem to be scoring a little bit more as of late. In fact, in the Spartans’ four losses they were held under 50 points. While they did win a few when they didn’t hit 50 points, that number seems to be the benchmark for them. That corresponds to their defensive numbers. The Spartans do give up more points - 41.5 - than six of the seven other tournament teams in D1 (Emerson-Hubbard is the exception), but if you consider their schedule and the fact that they have won three straight games that were closer than 10 points, you figure that the Spartans can play some clutch ball. Boyd County is led by magnificent senior play, but mixes in some youth off the bench to give them a nice balance. Hannah Sobotka leads the Spartans with 12.1 ppg and 6.4 rpg, and always seems to finish down low. Natalie Rihanek, who has steadily improved throughout her career, averages 9.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game down low. Macy Ahlers stretches the floor with her speed and long range shooting, knocking down 8.6 ppg and adding good guard play to the floor. Amber Bendig scores 6.8 ppg, but her real presence is on the defensive side, averaging 4.7 steals per game, and accounting for a lot of disruption that may not show up in the stats. Madison Rossmeier doesn’t draw much attention, but quietly puts up 5.4 points and rebounds per game, adding in about two assists and 2 steals per game. While the experience starters handle most of the playing time, sophomore guard Kelly McCarthy, freshman forward Rebecca Hiatt and sophomore center Mary Ruda provide depth, coming off the bench for 6.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. While the numbers aren’t incredible, the reserves contribute more than stats, providing reliable minutes and seamless integration into the starting lineup. You may say that Boyd County doesn’t have an identity, because they just do everything pretty well. No matter who is on the floor, or who they play, they just play good basketball night in and night out.
Humphrey St. Francis has had an impressive season with only two losses coming to C2 teams of high caliber. Pierce is headed to State, and Shelby-Rising City should be (a la CWC). However, HSF hasn’t seen nearly the competition that Boyd County has. They have played some good teams, but their overall schedule looks a lot like their postseason schedule: right around .500. That being said, the Lady Flyers only give up 32.5 points - 2nd best in the D1 field. Even in their two losses, they only gave up 40 to 20-4 Pierce and 52 to 23-2 Shelby-Rising City, which was their 4th lowest total of the season. If you picture how good St. Mary’s and Boyd County have been at taking the ball away from other teams, HSF has been better, with 70 more steals than the Cards and 40 more than BC. The Flyers don’t light the world on fire on offense (51 ppg) but their defense gets the job done. HSF is led by senior forward Maggie McPhillips (10.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg) and juniors Jacey Olmer (11 pts, 2.5 reb, 3.6 ast, 3.3 stl) and Christa Brockhaus (12.2 pts, 7.8 reb, 2.5 stl). St. Francis is very balanced as far as age and experience, with McPhillips being the only senior (of 2) that will see the floor. Junior Holly Podliska (3.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 3 spg) and sophomores Kaitlynn Sjuts (5.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg) and Morgan Bender (5.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2 spg) provide most of the other contributions. HSF brings some height to the floor, with Brockhaus standing at 6’1” and Sjuts at 6’0”. While the Flyers have height and some good stats, they do only have about six players that do most of the scoring, rebounding etc. They may play a few more here and there, but they do not quite have the depth that Boyd County boasts.
Boyd County has the advantage of coming through some big games in the past few weeks, so they know they can win the big one, even if it comes down to the wire. They also did a good job against a tall Sandhills/Thedford team, scoring a lot of points in the paint and allowing few. However, they will have to find a way to stay locked in the zone after being that way for 2+ weeks. Humphrey St. Francis will have to use their pressure defense to stop Boyd County from lighting up the scoreboard, and use smart subbing to keep up with BC’s superior numbers.
2:00 PM @ Lincoln North Star - #1 St. Mary’s Cardinals (21-2) vs. #8 Emerson-Hubbard (15-8)
St. Mary’s: 21-2
Notable wins: CWC, Boyd County (twice), Stuart (twice) Sandhills/Thedford
Notable losses: Crofton, Boyd County
Notable wins: Wynot, Randolph
Notable losses: GACC, Pender, Homer (twice)
St. Mary’s comes back to their third straight State appearance as the #1 seed after finishing as the runner-up last year to Pender. With returning state-qualifying teams Pender and GACC moving up to Class C2 this year, the door was opened for the Cardinals return to the 2014 Class D1 field as the favorites. Emerson-Hubbard returns to the tournament after making a bit of a fairy tale run last year. The Lady Pirates had not been to State since a runner-up finish to Sandy Creek in 1996, but brought a young squad to the Tournament, beat Friend, pushed Pender to the limit in a 4 point game, and then settled for 4th after a loss to GACC.
St. Mary’s has had one of the better offenses in all of D1 this year. Averaging 63.5 points a game, the Cardinals are actually behind last year’s school record pace of 70.3 ppg coming into the tournament. Friend is the only other D1 team to average over 60 ppg this year at 61.6. Brooke Bauer leads the team with 12.7 ppg and 6.6 rpg. While she is the only one in double digits, Bridget Schneider pumps in 7 ppg to go along with about 4 assists and 2 steals per game. Riley Sibbel, Emily Everitt, Justine Blumenstock and Addie Wetzel balance out the Cardinal attack with all four players right around the 5 points and 4-5 rebounds per game average. The Cardinals will be without 6’0” sophomore Sydney Hupp, who contributed 8.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game during the season. While the offense is impressive, the Cards really get after it on defense, giving up only 35 points every 32 minutes. As good as they have been, they actually are only fourth out of the eight teams in scoring defense (NP St. Pat’s is the leader with 30.5 ppg allowed). The Cards are tied with the Friend Bulldogs with scoring differentials standing at a whopping 28 point gap.
Emerson-Hubbard can put up some points as well. They average 58.9 ppg, but their defensive average is much higher at 49.8 ppg. These numbers are almost the exact same as last years’, even after they lost their leading scorer Marisa Blanke, who pumped in 16.2 ppg, and fellow senior Brittany Pallas (7.3). Picking up the slack this year has been sophomore Abby Drieling, who has improved her 2012-13 average by almost three points to 17.9 points every game, and sophomore Payton Blanke, who scores 14.3 ppg. Drieling also accounts for another five assists per game, and is active on defense with 93 steals on the season. 5’9” junior Madison Martin contributes 9 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3 assists per game as well. The scariest part about the Lady Pirates is that they have no seniors on the roster. This is a junior/sophomore fueled team that does have its ups and downs, but they have a very high ceiling. When the Pirates lose, it seems to be because the defense wasn’t as strong as usual. In six of their eight losses they have scored at least 46 points. The Pirates also play a very tough C2 schedule, facing 10 C2 opponents this year and even beating Class B Omaha Mercy.
For the Cardinals to beat the Pirates, they will need to first and foremost stay focused. This is a pretty dangerous E-M team when they are playing well. After two weeks without competition, the Cards would like to get out to a fast start. SMH will also want to shut down E-M’s two scorers and force the others to make the plays. Emerson-Hubbard would like to come out and hit St. Mary’s in the mouth, and preferably get an early lead. They will also have to be prepared for the pressure that the Cardinals bring.
Lincoln – Registration is open for the 2014 Cornhusker State Games, and Nebraska Sports Council officials announced today that, to help celebrate the event’s 30th Anniversary, Opening Ceremonies on Friday, July 18 will take place at Lincoln’s Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The annual mid-summer sports festival features competition scheduled July 18-27 in more than 60 sports at 50 different venues in Lincoln, Omaha and surrounding communities. Officials expect more than 13,000 competitors, with several new offerings including a gravel race for cyclists, a new junior division in baseball and the return of crossfit after a one-year hiatus.
The Cornhusker State Games also welcomes, for the first time, athletes from neighboring states which either a) have no official State Games of their own or b) don’t offer State Games of America qualifying sports that are offered at the Cornhusker State Games.
The National Congress of State Games recently relaxed the state residency requirement for participation in the event to accommodate athletes from states, like South Dakota and North Dakota, which don’t have official State Games of their own. The new ruling also opens a path for Dakotans to partake in the organization’s biennial national event, the 2015 State Games of America, which will also be held in Lincoln. To qualify for the national competition, non-Nebraska residents must earn a medal in a recognized State Games event in 2014.
Last year, 12,343 Nebraskans participated in the Cornhusker State Games. Top five team sports last year included basketball, soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball. Top individual sports were track & field, shooting, 5K run, triathlon, swimming and wrestling. Participants ranged in age from one to 87.
All registered participants receive a shirt, souvenir yearbook and pass to the Opening Ceremonies. Entry fees vary by sport based on competition costs, but the average entry fee is $29 per person. Those interested can find information or register at CornhuskerStateGames.com.
The Games Opening Ceremonies moves from its traditional home at Lincoln’s Seacrest Field to the new Pinnacle Bank Arena to provide an air-conditioned, rain-proof setting with top-of-the industry audio-visual production capability.
“We wanted to do something big and fun for the 30th Anniversary. Between the newness of the venue, the production capability and the climate control, the Pinnacle Bank Arena offers a chance to celebrate in style,” Nebraska Sports Council Executive Director Dave Mlnarik said.
The Nebraska Sports Council, which conducts the Cornhusker State Games and the LiveWell Challenge Series, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide quality sports competition and promote healthy lifestyle behaviors. Platinum partners include BlueCross and BlueShield of Nebraska, St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center and Nebraska Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine. Learn more at NebraskaSportsCouncil.com.
The No. 16 Nebraska women’s basketball earned the No. 3 seed and a first-round bye at the 2014 Big Ten Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., March 6-9. The Huskers finished the regular season 22-6 overall and 12-4 in the Big Ten.
Nebraska opens tournament play Friday, March 7 at approximately 8 p.m. (CT) against the winner of Thursday’s game between No. 6 seed Minnesota and No. 11 seed Wisconsin. The Huskers defeated Minnesota 88-85 in overtime in Lincoln on Jan. 16. Nebraska defeated Wisconsin 71-70 in overtime in Madison, Wis., Feb. 5.
The Big Ten announced on Sunday the bracket for the 2014 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament, with Penn State and Michigan State collecting the top two seeds after each earned shares of the Big Ten Championship. Nebraska and Purdue also earned first-round byes, entering the tournament as the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds, respectively. The Huskers finished the conference season with a 12-4 record, while the Boilermakers posted an 11-5 Big Ten mark.
The tournament will tip off at Noon ET on Thursday, as No. 8 Ohio State takes on No. 9 Northwestern, followed by No. 5 Iowa facing No. 12 Illinois at approximately 2:30 p.m. Thursday's second session tips off at 6:30 p.m. as No. 7 Michigan challenges No. 10 Indiana before No. 6 Minnesota squares off against No. 11 Wisconsin.
Friday’s quarterfinals tip off with top-seeded Penn State battling the winner of Thursday's Ohio State/Northwestern game at Noon, followed by fourth-seeded Purdue playing the winner of the Iowa/Illinois matchup. Friday's second session begins with second-seeded Michigan State facing the victor of Thursday's Michigan/Indiana contest at 6:30 p.m. before the quarterfinals conclude with third-seeded Nebraska squaring off against the Minnesota/Wisconsin winner.
Big Ten Tournament semifinal games will be played on Saturday, beginning at 3:30 p.m. The championship game tips off at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Thursday, Friday and Saturday games will be broadcast by BTN, while ESPN will carry Sunday’s title game.
Six different programs have won the Big Ten Tournament. Purdue has won nine titles to lead all conference teams, including the past two crowns. Tournament championship games have featured teams seeded as high as first, second and third and as low as sixth, seventh, and ninth. Nine different schools have advanced to the tournament's championship game.
Boyd County held off a fiesty Sandhills/Thedford team Friday night in Burwell and reserved their spot in Lincoln. The Spartans will make their first trip to State as a co-op, and will look for their first championship since Lynch won it in 1992. Spencer-Naper last qualified for State in 1999, the last time any of the four schools that make up Boyd County traveled to Lincoln. The Spartans held an early lead, but had to fight off a Lady Knights squad that pushed them all the way to the buzzer. Boyd Co. bent but didn't break, finishing with a 41-34 victory to claim the district championship.
St. Mary's joined Boyd Co. in the D1 field, giving our area two teams from the same subdistrict. A very deserving CWC squad sits at home as well, but in the district setup this year there was no justice. St. Mary's was at the top of the D1 wild card points standings almost all season, so they had surety of making the tournament heading into the postseason.
Lady Luck also smiled down on Stuart last night, as the Broncos picked up the final wild card in Class D2. Stuart did the work this season, going 17-8 against some great competition, but needed a little luck to make it in. The Broncos needed Bancroft-Rosalie, Giltner, Falls City Sacred Heart and Wynot to win last night, and got their wish. Unfortunately for Ewing that meant that they were collateral damage, as part of the puzzle was conditional on Wynot defeating Ewing, which happened through a 40-34 final score.
Here are the opponents and times for the upcoming games on Thursday. All of the games will be at Lincoln North Star.
#1 St. Mary's (21-2) plays #8 seed Emerson-Hubbard (15-8) at 2 pm
#4 Boyd County (19-4) vs. #5 Humphrey St. Francis (23-2) at 3:45 pm
#6 Stuart (17-8) draws # 3 Sterling (18-7) at 8:45 pm - Sterling is also a wild card team
All of the games will be broadcast on KBRX FM and kbrx.com. Good luck to the Cardinals, Spartans and Broncos from KBRX!
For a second straight year the O'Neill Eagle wrestling team proved to be one of the best in Class C. The Eagles put six individuals up on the podium, including three at the very top. Joe Gillham won the gold at 132 as a senior, junior Blake Walters placed first at 152 pounds, and junior David Fox proved to be the best in the 170 pound weight class. Jon Marvin placed 2nd at 126, falling to long time nemesis Takoda Batenhorst, one of the best wrestlers to come out of talent rich Madison. Cory Rowse also won his 5th place match at 145, and fellow senior Spencer Knopp closed out his career with a 4th place medal at the 195 pound class.
The Eagles also took home the runner-up trophy for the second straight year. This year was a nail-biter, with the Eagles falling one point short of tying David City for the title. The final team score was 125-124. This wasn't even the closest team race, with the Class A race seeing Omaha North downing Millard South 156-155.5 after the final match of the day. The Eagles may be disappointed to fall just short of the team title, but to put it in perspective, there are 62 other Class C teams that would be pretty tickled to win a trophy. Valentine was one of those, as they put up 109 points, but ran out of wrestlers after the consolations finished up on Saturay morning and the Badgers had nobody left in the finals. Between these three teams all putting up over 100 points, the Class C team race was one of the more intriguing competitions in years.
But the Eagles still aren't done. They will battle for the State Duals title this coming Saturday in Kearney. With the dual format, the Eagles could find a bit of redemption. Whereas the individual state tournament is highly dependent on which matchups happen during the course of the bracket, the State Duals tournament perhaps is better for determining which team is the best team from top to bottom. O'Neill is one of four district champion teams and four wild card teams to qualify for the State Duals. Action for Class C starts at 3 pm, with three rounds of duals. All three matches will be live on air on 102.9 FM and kbrx.com.
For all of the results for our area wrestlers from Classes C and D, check out our State Wrestling page.
Although basketball and wrestling are still going strong, and full seasons of track/golf and baseball/softball remain, let's talk some football. Playing football is the easy part, but it is a big effort to put together all of the districts and schedules for every school in the state. Several months ago we learned who would be dropping or moving up a class when the classifications were released, followed up by the district assignments. On Wednesday the full schedules were released to the schools and public by the NSAA, who puts together the two year schedules for football. Football is the only event that the NSAA is in charge of scheduling, with school AD's being in charge of the rest.
One note about the Class C1/C2 schedules: All teams in Class C will follow the A/B schedule, playing 9 regular season games. Only 16 teams will make the playoffs.
So here are the schedules for the 2014/2015 football seasons. First are listed the districts that our area teams are in, or any of the districts that hold area interest. The numbers in parenthesis are last year's records. Click the headline of each box to open up the full district schedules on a Word document. Then the full schedules for the KBRX area teams, sorted by class, will be available to scroll through.