Last year the O/C Cyclones made the first trip to State Basketball as a co-op. This year they will expand on their history in Lincoln, qualifying for the State Tournament as the D1-4 District Champions.
The Cyclones cruised to a 60-34 decision over the Spartans of Ansley-Litchfield, leaving Ord with the district title in back-to-back years. After a 4th place finish last year, the Cyclones return as seasoned veterans to the courts in Lincoln with a 24-1 record. O/C will have to battle a familiar opponent: Humphrey St. Francis. The Cyclones and Flyers will be meeting for the 3rd time in the last two years, with O/C winning both. The most recent contest was a 54-44 O/C win in Humphrey in December. The first round game will be at 10:45 am on Thursday, March 12 at Lincoln Southeast.
Bloomfield was another team that qualified, knocking off Omaha Nation by a 60-40 margin. The Bees will be making their first trip to State since 2006, when they were eliminated in the semifinal game by Ewing. Bloomfield appears to be the #7 seed, which would match them up in the 2 pm game against Heartland at Lincoln Southeast.
The Broncos of Stuart gave Class D2 #1 seed Bancroft-Rosalie quite a game, but the Panthers pulled out a one point win in overtime to avoid the upset. Stuart's last second shot fell off the wrong side of the rim to make the final margin 48-47. The Broncos finished 18-8, finishing as the #9 seed in the D2 power points and leaving them one spot short of nabbing the 2nd wild card.
Here are the D1/D2 qualifiers and seeds (unofficial yet of course): D1 at Lincoln Southwest
9 am - #1 BDS vs. #8 Sutherland
10:45 - #4 O/C vs. #5 Humphrey SF
2 pm - #2 Heartland vs. #7 Bloomfield
3:45 - #3 High Plains vs. #6 Amherst D2 at Lincoln Northeast
9 am - #3 Minatare vs. #6 Paxton
10:45 - #2 Wilcox-Hildreth vs. #7 Exeter-Milligan D2 at Lincoln Southwest
7 pm - #1 Bancroft-Rosalie vs. #8 Bertrand
8:45 - #4 Riverside vs. #5 FC Sacred Heart
The KBRX area put two teams into the Girls State Basketball Tournament this week. As KBRX Sports Director Mark Moser was doing some prep work and looking at all of the teams, it seemed only right to just put together a quick synopsis of each bracket. All of the teams in the D1 bracket are included here so that any other fans that don't know much about the other schools could at least get a little feel for what they might see in Lincoln (or hear back at home!).
#1 St. Mary’s Cardinals - 22-2
Off Avg: 63.3 ppg - Def Avg: 34.8 ppg
Most people know the Cardinals’ story. While they are seemingly led by these four girls, it truly is a team effort that makes this team special. The bench accounts for nearly one-third of the team’s scoring, while continuing defensive intensity that can really stress an opponent. The Cardinals have improved their free throw shooting to a very respectable 63% this year. A tough schedule with the only losses to C1 qualifier Pierce and C2 favorite Crofton helps St. Mary’s. This is the 4th straight year SMH has qualified for State.
#5 Jennifer Lawver - 12.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.8 apg
#22 Shelby Roth - 5.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg
#23 Raeleigh Menke - 14.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.3 spg
#24 Samantha Due - 3.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.6 apg
#44 Lexi Ryan - 10 ppg, 2.9 rpg
The Bulldogs have had a lot of success at volleyball and basketball in the last couple of years, and are the defending D1 Champions. Even after losing star Taylor Menke, you may notice that little sister is having quite an impact, with plenty of capable veteran players. This is a tall team, with many of the impact players listed at 5’10”. They have done a lot of things well to this point: 15.3 steals and 15.7 assists per game catch the eye, and their 71% clip at the free throw line is enviable. Three of their losses are to C2 teams, and they rattled off a really nice 5 game win streak to make it to Lincoln. Like the Cards, Friend is in the tourney for the 4th straight year. This isn’t a #8 seed that you want to overlook.
#5 Blue Hill Bobcats - 22-2
Off Avg: 59.6 - Def Avg: 30.8
It’s hard to figure out the Bobcats by just looking at their stats. They don’t rely on the 3 at all, preferring point blank shots. They aren’t all that tall, so they either have very good post moves or are great at driving to the rim. Obviously if you can shut down their two main scorers you shut down the offense, but that is easier said than done. Their defense ranks as the best of the final eight D1 teams in terms of points allowed. That being said, their schedule is a bit lackluster. While their two losses are to Superior and Hastings St. Cecilia in C2, their only “wow” win is in the district final over 20-6 Axtell. Their opponents might average out to about a .500 record.
This might be the shortest team out there, averaging around 5’7”, but 6’2” soph. Plumbtree and 5’10” jr. Herman make good use of their height. If the 5’6” Peregrine is their leading rebounder, you assume that every team they have played is bad at boxing out or the Warriors can just get after it. Their 14 assists per game looks pretty good, and by just looking at stats it seems they all have a role and do it pretty well. However, the Warriors do not go very deep, especially with only 10 players on the roster. They only get about 5 points off their bench every game, so foul trouble could potentially do Fullerton in. The Warriors lost to Stuart (45-58) in the GICC Holiday Tournament, but also beat a good EPPJ team (45-41) during the regular season.
#3 Kaylee Burke - 7.2 ppg, 3.3 apg, 3.2 spg
#11 FayeLee Sanford - 8 ppg, 2 apg
#15 Emily Jones - 7.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.8 apg
#21 Aubrey Frederick - 17.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.8 spg
#35 Nicole Kent - 15.3 ppg, 8 rpg, 2 spg
DCS is one of only 3 undefeated teams in the tournament, with Crofton and Omaha Benson being the other two. Just by looking at the stats it seems like this team resembles St. Mary’s quite a bit, especially in depth. Part of that may be because the Tigers are usually far ahead towards the end of the game. The only team that has gotten close is Bertrand, who pushed DCS to a 63-61 decision in the RPAC championship game. Speaking of the schedule, unless you have an obvious eastern bias you will be impressed with the teams DCS has beaten. They play a decent amount of Class C teams, and have pretty well drilled everyone. The Tigers have pretty average height, but with only one senior they are still fairly young, mostly juniors and sophomores. Bonus points to you if you knew the school is located in Benkelman.
#7 Humphrey St. Francis Flyers - 21-5
Off Avg: 53.7 - Def Avg: 32.1
Last year’s runner-up made it back to the tournament despite being upset by Howells-Dodge in the district final. In fact, the Jaguars have beaten HSF twice, both in low scoring games. The schedule is kind of up and down, but the Flyers have plenty of tradition on their side, even if this is only the 2nd time at State since their run through the mid-2000s. They also bring back plenty of experience from last year, only losing one senior. I’m not sure of the situation, but Brockhaus (who was their leading scorer last year) has only played in 13 games. The Flyers have added some much-needed depth this year to their rotation after only playing 6 girls regularly last year. Olmer is a good point guard, and 6-footers Brockhaus and Sjuts in the post are surrounded by good role players.
It’s more of the same from Emerson-Hubbard. For the third straight year the Pirates are in Lincoln following a district win over Creighton. For the last two years they have finished 4th, so no doubt the hunger is still there to get to that Saturday championship game. It’s been the same core group of players, led by Blanke and Drieling, who is one of the more outstanding players in Class D. While Stewart and Martin are seniors, the Pirates are still mostly juniors, albeit juniors who have started or played large roles since they first donned a high school uniform. Emerson-Hubbard plays in a difficult part of the state, where they play a lot of Class C teams and have to deal with the likes of Wynot, Creighton, GACC, Randolph, etc. The question is if the Pirates can get over the hump this year and go from a scary team to a championship team.
The question I have is whether Samantha, Kalli and Tessa Brester are all sisters. All three are sophomores and contribute a lot to the Jags. A set of triplets like that could win a lot of 3-on-3 tournaments. The Jaguars are at State for the first time in their co-op, but there is a ton of tradition on the Howells side, including a championship in 2011 and a runner-up finish in 2012. H-D scores most of their points from inside of the 3-point line, but have one or two deep shooters. Sam Brester puts up great numbers, but there are about six girls that consistently put in 3-5 points per game after her. The biggest thing I notice about Howells-Dodge is that they are not statistically great (or even all that good), but they win ball games. The scariest teams to play are the ones that you know are mentally tough. If they can keep it within reach until the last few minutes they have a good chance to win it. The only games that have gotten away from them were Pierce and West Point-Beemer, who are very good C1 teams. This team might be a good dark horse bet.
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St. Mary's and Stuart are back for another round of State Basketball, as the Cardinals reached the D1 bracket as a District Champion and Stuart as a wild card in D2.
St. Mary's will be the #1 seed, with Friend as their opponent. They will play at 2:00 p.m. next Thursday afternoon at Lincoln Southwest. The top 8 teams in the wild card points all qualified in Class D1, either as district winners or wild cards. Fullerton and Humphrey St. Francis are the two wild cards. CWC had the unfortunate luck of being the first team out of the wild card, while Creighton was within a couple of spots.
Stuart was set to face Sandhills/Thedford, but even though both teams won their district the Knights jumped Mullen in the standings due to a Brady loss. That sets up a Stuart/Mullen rematch from the first round of the volleyball tournament. The two Broncos teams will square off at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, March 5. Stuart and Hampton were wild card winners this year.
“One’s greatest success comes after their biggest disappointments.”
This was the quote emblazoned on the back of O’Neill Eagle Wrestling 2014-15 t-shirt. After finishing the last two seasons with state runner-up honors, missing the top rung of the podium by just one point last season, it seemed more then appropriate for a team bent on winning the first NSAA team championship in school history.
O’Neill entered the tournament ranked #2 by both the wrestling coaches association and Huskermat rankings, but after coming out of the very tough C-2 district tournament with only eight state qualifiers compared to perennial powers David City, Valentine, and Wilber-Clatonia's 12 each, the odds seemed long for the Eagles in the eyes of most.
“I know a lot of people wrote us off when they looked at the team scores coming out of the other district tournaments,” said assistant coach Curtis Childers. “We scored the fewest points of any of the district champs and had the fewest qualifiers of any of the top four teams. So you can see why people had their doubts, but that’s why we wrestle these things out and don’t hand out awards at the start of tournaments.”
What the Eagles lacked in terms of quantity they more then made up for in terms of quality. Led by returning state champions Blake Walters and David Fox, and joined by fellow senior state medalists Jon Marvin, a two time state runner-up, and Cory Rowse who placed 5th in 2014, the Eagles had firepower in their lineup.
O’Neill spent much of the tournament near the bottom of a pack of four or five schools chasing Valentine who closed Thursday’s session with 5 wrestlers advancing to the semifinals compared to the Eagles 3. After Thursday’s session the Badgers led Class C with 45 points and O’Neill was tied with East Butler in 5th with 33 points.
The Eagles started to make their move at high noon on Friday in the consolation first round. Caleb Ross provided the spark that started an epic run through Session 3 of the championships. Down by one point in the closing seconds of the match, Ross scored a takedown on the edge of the mat to upset #4 rated Tony Meusch of David City. This started an eight-match run for O’Neill highlighted by a 9-4 overtime win by Jason Hahlbeck over Josh Zern of Plainview. Bailey Thompson stepped up in a big way as he defeated Nick Virka of North Bend in the second round wrestlebacks. This was only the second loss of the season for Virka who entered the tournament undefeated and ranked #2. Both Hahlbeck and Thompson's wins avenged losses from the district tournament O’Neill hosted the previous weekend.
Saturday morning the stage was set for what would be an epic day for the Eagles. O’Neill began the day in third place with 77 points while Valentine led with 94 points. The Badgers would feature four wrestlers in the afternoon’s finals with one wrestler, junior Braxton Coleman, on the consolation side of the bracket. O’Neill would send David Fox and Blake Walters into the finals and have Jon Marvin, Cory Rowse and Bailey Thompson on the backside. O’Neill began their ascent with a pin by Jon Marvin and a major decision by Bailey Thompson in the consolation semifinals. This was offset slightly by a gutty win by Colemen in the same round for the Badgers. In the following medal matches Cory Rowse notched a come from behind pin in the closing seconds to earn fifth place honors and notching an additional 2 team points for the Eagles as Jon Marvin notched his second pin in as many matches on the day earning 3rd place honors.
Entering the finals the Eagles were in second, down 101 to 98 to the Badgers. “We kinda felt like while they had more guns in that final round, we had better bullets,” said Assistant Coach Ron Sterns. Before one Eagle took the mat for the finals Valentine had dropped two of their four finals matches with losses by Hudson Pearman at 138 lbs and Jacob Hand at 145.
Senior Blake Walters summed up the strategy going into the finals, “We asked Coach what we needed to do to win this thing before the finals started. It looked like we were going to need big wins, but when Hand lost it took some of the pressure off. We knew we needed to just get a win and one of us a major to seal the deal.”
Walters cooked up half the recipe with a 3-0 win to earn his second state title over Jordan Redler of Malcolm. Senior David Fox then stepped out on the mat and wrestled like a man on fire earning a 19-6 major decision over Cade Svoboda of Ord.
“I really wanted to get a tech fall,” said Fox, “When it’s your first state title, you really don’t want to give anyone a chance to share it with you, I just ran out of time.”
The victory would prove to be enough. Fox’s win extended O’Neill’s lead 107 to 101. Although the Badgers had two wrestlers left, one Valentine wrestler was set to face Doyle Trout of Centennial in the final match of the tournament. Trout, a Division I scholarship athlete for Wyoming, was wrestling for his 4th consecutive state title, and would not be denied. The win all but assured the Eagles at least a share of their first state title in school history. Jordan Kelber earned Valentine their only individual championship, scoring a decision in his match and the final team points for the Badgers. The final outcome: a 107 to 105 victory for the Eagles.
“A lot of folks will tell you that the outcome of the state tournament is determined by the draw,” commented Assistant Coach Tyler Cole. Coach Cole was alluding to the fact that the wrestlers are not seeded as they would be in a typical tournament but are placed based on the outcomes of the district tournament. Often this results in matchups of the best wrestlers in early rounds as opposed to the finals. “The truth is, we didn’t have a very good draw, as a team. That has a significant impact, no doubt, but when you have a team that was as determined as ours and have the support from our fans, that we have, you can overcome anything. That’s the legacy of this team.”
University of Nebraska Head Football Coach Mike Riley announced Tuesday the hiring of Brian Stewart as the Huskers’ defensive backs coach. Stewart brings defensive coordinator experience at both the college and professional levels to the Husker staff.
Stewart comes to Nebraska after spending the past three seasons as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at the University of Maryland. His stop at Maryland continued an impressive coaching resume that includes seven years as a defensive coordinator—five years in college football and two in the National Football League. Stewart also has 15 years of tutoring defensive backs on his coaching resume.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the Nebraska football program,” Stewart said. “The opportunity to coach at Nebraska is awesome. My first impression is ‘wow’. From the weight room to walking down the hallway and seeing the national championship trophies, Nebraska is what you think it is…a football powerhouse.
“The most important thing for me in my coaching career is my family. Coach Riley and his staff have been together so long, and you can just see the loyalty and trust. I’m proud to be a part of that.”
Riley said adding another experienced coach to his staff will provide excellent leadership to a veteran group of Nebraska defensive backs.
“Brian Stewart brings a record of success in both the collegiate and professional ranks and will be a great fit at the University of Nebraska,” Riley said. “He has experience coaching and recruiting in all parts of the country, most recently with experience in the Big Ten Conference. We look forward to Brian getting started with our defensive staff and our secondary.”
He spent the previous eight years in the NFL, including a two-year stint as the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator in 2007 and 2008. As the Cowboys’ defense coordinator, Stewart guided Dallas to two top-10 rankings in fewest yards allowed. He helped the Cowboys to a 13-3 record and NFC East divisional title in 2007.
Stewart also served as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Eagles (2009), San Diego Chargers (2004-06) and the Houston Texas (2002-03). Each of the teams Stewart coached in his final six NFL seasons won at least nine games, including three division champions and four playoff teams. During his time in the professional ranks, Stewart helped 14 players make Pro Bowl appearances.
Stewart re-joined the college ranks as the defensive coordinator at the University of Houston in 2010 and 2011. Stewart helped the Cougars to a 13-1 record and No. 14 final national ranking in 2011. In Stewart’s first year at Maryland in 2012, his defense finished in the top three in the ACC in total defense, rushing defense and pass defense, and was 21st nationally in total defense.
Before his stint in the National Football League, Stewart had college assistant coaching stops at Syracuse, Missouri, San Jose State, Northern Arizona and Cal Poly. A California native, Stewart played defensive back at Santa Monica City College and Northern Arizona.
Riley also announced that Jon Clark has joined the Nebraska staff as a defensive graduate assistant coach. Clark comes to Nebraska after one season as the secondary coach at East Texas Baptist University. Clark also served as the defensive coordinator at Canyon State Academy and was a student assistant coach for Arizona State. Clark was a letterwinner for the Sun Devil defense as a player.
NORFOLK – Now that the Northeast Community College women’s basketball team has claimed the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference regular season title, the team is now preparing for the post season.
The Hawks will host the National Junior College Athletic Association Regional XI Championship game on Saturday in the Cox Activities Center gymnasium on the Northeast campus in Norfolk. Northeast will face the winner of the Iowa Western-Marshalltown semi-final game which will be played on Wednesday in Council Bluffs, IA.
Class C #1 - O'Neill Eagles - pic courtesy of Kathy Marvin
It was a big final day at State Wrestling for the area teams and individuals. After Friday night's Heartbreak Round, 22 area wrestlers were still alive and competing for medals and points. Considering 37 area wrestlers entered the tournament, and many faced long odds, the success rate is astounding.
The Eagles finally won their State Championship, outlasting Valentine 107-105 in Class C. Another team that reached the top five was Creighton, scoring 71 points, good enough for 4th place in Class D. The Bulldogs accomplished that with only one senior. Neligh-Oakdale also had a pretty good run with a 54 point, 6th place State Tournament. Elkhorn Valley, with only three young men, scored 41 points (12th place) as all of the Falcons reached the semifinals and earned a medal.
Here are all of the medal winners from the 2015 tournament. With only a handful of seniors, expect wrestling to be alive and well in this part of the count next year.
C152 - Blake Walters - O'Neill, Senior
C170 - David Fox - O'Neill, Senior
C113 - Christian Miller - Plainview, Sophomore
D120 - Garret Zimmerer - Creighton, Junior State Runner-Ups
D170 - Viktor Jonseth - West Holt, Senior
D195 - Alex Olivan - Clearwater/Orchard, Junior 3rd Place
D113 - Devan Breuer - Neligh Oakdale, Junior
C132 - Jon Marvin - O'Neill, Senior
D152 - Garett Allemang - Creighton, Junior
D220 - Justin Dearmont - North Central, Senior 4th Place
D106 - Alejandro Martinez - Elkhorn Valley, Sophomore
C182 - Bailey Thompson - O'Neill, Sophomore
D182 - Chris Petersen - Elkhorn Valley, Junior
D195 - Will Atkeson - St. Mary's, Sophomore
D285 - Austyn Larsen - Creighton, Senior 5th Place
D113 - Connor Hazen - Creighton, Sophomore
D126 - Zachary Hazen - Creighton, Sophomore
C145 - Cory Rowse - O'Neill, Senior
D152 - Andrew Fangman - Elgin Public/Pope John, Junior 6th Place
D120 - Louis Herley - Neligh-Oakdale, Junior
D132 - Jake Judge - West Holt, Sophomore
D152 - Noah Rutjens - Elkhorn Valley, Junior
The Nebraska volleyball team will play a spring match against Kansas State at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island on Saturday, April 25. The match is set to begin at 6 p.m., with doors opening 60 minutes prior to first serve. The Huskers will also sign autographs after the match.
Tickets will go on sale through Ticketmaster and at the Heartland Events Center Box Office at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 2. All tickets will be reserved at $10. There will be a handling charge on all tickets purchased from Ticketmaster. No tickets will be sold through the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office.
Nebraska last played in Grand Island in the 2011 spring season, topping Wichita State 3-2. A packed crowd of 5,522 fans filled the Heartland Events Center for that match.
The match in Grand Island will be the Huskers’ only one of the 2015 spring season.
The University of Nebraska and BTN have announced that the Huskers’ April 11 Red-White Spring Game will be televised live on the network, beginning at 1 p.m.
In addition to live coverage on BTN, the game will also be available for fans on their mobile devices through BTN2Go. This marks the fourth straight year BTN has provided coverage of the Nebraska spring game.
The Husker Sports Network will provide radio coverage of the spring game with pre-game coverage beginning at 11 a.m. CT. More details on events surrounding the spring game will be announced in the coming weeks.
In addition to the Red-White Spring Game, the Husker track and field teams will play host to the Husker Spring Invite at Ed Weir Stadium on April 11, beginning at 10 a.m., with events continuing throughout the day. The Nebraska baseball team will take on Minnesota at Hawks Field in the evening with first pitch set for 6:05 p.m.
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The Nebraska 8-man Football Coach's Association has filled their rosters with the top Class D players in the state, including many KBRX area athletes and a few coaches.
The West roster represents most of our area, with not only players but a pair of coaches. Stuart's Lance Howitt will lead the West squad, with Dexter Goodner helping on the sidelines. Other assistant coaches are Jordan Haas of Hemingford and Scott Porter of Blue Hill. The Broncos will also have a player on the roster, with Alex Kunz being selected. St. Mary's' Zach Novak and CWC's Jayle Hinkle are also on the roster, along with Burwell's Colten Krause. Another player on the West roster with strong area ties is Bertrand QB Joey Colfack.
The East roster will be headed up by Blair Kalin of Hartington, with Dan Maresh of Lyons-Decatur and Fullerton's Ryan Haughton as his assistants. Area players selected were Kyle Heithoff of EPPJ and Cody Beckmann from Bloomfield.
The annual Sertoma 8-Man All Star Classic will be played at 1:30 pm on Saturday, June 20 at the Hastings College Football Complex.
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The C-2 and D-2 Districts were both held in the area, and when all was settled the KBRX area had another pretty good showing.
The host schools each won their district as a team. O'Neill outlasted Battle Creek 167-160 in the team race in the C-2 District, while Creighton held off Winside 140-134 in the D-2. As a result of being the District Champions, both the Eagles and Bulldogs will compete in the State Duals in Kearney on February 28.
Individually, O'Neill led all area schools by getting eight wrestlers in, while Neligh-Oakdale put seven on the medal stand and Creighton had six. District Champions in the C-2 were Cory Rowse, Blake Walters, David Fox, Dominique Rickard and Christian Miller. In the D-2, Alejandro Martinez, Garrett Zimmerer, Andrew Fangman, Viktor Jonseth, Chris Petersen and Justin Dearmont all won their weight classes.
KBRX will look forward to covering State Wrestling in Omaha once again. We will give results on 102.9 FM every hour throughout Thursday, Friday and Saturday, as well as our annual Friday night "Heartbreak Round" live play-by-play coverage. On our website, we will post scores on our special page dedicated to State Wrestling, as well as giving up to date results and analysis on our live blog. KBRX congratulates all of the area wrestlers on their efforts this weekend.
Here are all of the area's individual qualifiers:
O'Neill 126 - Eduardo Quintero 132 - Jon Marvin 138 - Caleb Ross 145 - Cory Rowse 152 - Blake Walters 170 - David Fox 182 - Bailey Thompson 220 - Jason Hahlbeck
Plainview 106 - Dominique Rickard 113 - Christian Miller 126 - Cole Aschoff 220 - Josh Zern
North Central 220 - Justin Dearmont
West Holt 132 - Jake Judge 170 - Viktor Jonseth
Clearwater/Orchard 126 - Arnulfo Salas 195 - Alex Olivan
EPPJ 106 - Logan Henn 145 - Ryan Pelster 152 - Andrew Fangman
Elkhorn Valley 106 - Alejandro Martinez 152 - Noah Rutjens 182 - Chris Peterson
NORFOLK – The Northeast Community College women’s basketball team has moved up in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Top 25 poll. The Hawks (22-4) climbed three positions this week to #20.
Meanwhile, the Northeast men’s team (21-5) received votes this week and is just outside the Division I Top 25 poll. This comes after the Hawks knocked off previously #22 Southeastern Community College in a road contest, 62-53. Southeastern dropped out of this week’s poll.
Both Northeast teams will be in action on Thursday as they host the Morningside JV in the Cox Activities Center on the Northeast campus here. The women’s game begins at 6 p.m. with the men’s game to follow at 8 p.m.
(front row left to right) Jett Kunz, Tate Thompson, Caeden Lech, Natasha Zeisler, Amelia Hoffman, Sydney Atkinson
(back row left to right) Jadyn Eby, Blake Benson, Jenny Goesch, Elle Schmaderer, Shay Nelson, Austin Wenner
On Sunday, February 8th the district level Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest was held for girls and boys aged 9-14. The shooters came together from 4 separate districts and were allowed 25 free throws. The winners advance to the regional level competition, which is to be held in West Point on March 8th at the Guardian Angels Central Catholic Activity Center (GACC gym). The doors open at 12:30 p.m. and shooting begins at 1:00.
Winners from the district level were:
9 yr old girls - Natasha Zeisler 9 yr old boys - Caeden Lech
10 yr old girls - Amelia Hoffman 10 yr old boys - Tate Thompson
11 yr old girls - Jenny Goesch 11 yr old boys - Blake Benson
12 yr old girls - Jadyn Eby 12 yr old boys - Jett Kunz
13 yr old girls - Elle Schmaderer 13 yr old boys - Shay Nelson
14 yr old girls - Sydney Atkinson 14 yr old boys - Austin Wenner
The big event in American sports last week was National Signing Day. Although the signing period remains open, most college football programs lock up their class on the first day of the period, which has become a big day for fans.
Closer to home, it is a big day for small college football schools in Nebraska, and for the athletes that will be graduating high school and continuing their career at the next level. One of those athletes coming from the KBRX area is Jayle Hinkle, who played in the trenches for CWC and pledged his commitment to WSC.
The 6'1", 235 pound lineman has the ability to play on either side of the ball, and is listed as such on the initial roster. Here was the official bio on Hinkle from the WSC press release: "Hinkle received Class D-2 First Team All-State Defense honors from the Omaha World Herald and Lincoln Journal Star during senior season…was a four year starter in football and track and field and two year starter in basketball…holds the school record for career sacks with 35…was a First Team All-District selection as a junior and senior and also a state qualifier in track and field, holding the school record in the shot put at 49’ 2”."
CWC coach Tom Thramer commented, "He is excited to continue his football career. He had a pretty good relationship with the WSC coaches from going to our team camps up there every summer and it seemed like the perfect fit. Jayle was a team leader on and off the field and will be a nice addition to WSC. He was the kind of person that I hope our younger kids looked up to and said 'wow, I want to be like that!' I have no doubt that Jayle will have a successful future in football and whatever else he chooses to do."
Hinkle was one of eight Nebraska names on the Wildcats' recruiting list this year. A couple of other Northeast Nebraska names that are familiar to our area are Zac Glidden of Boone Central and Louis DeJager of Battle Creek. Glidden, standing at 6'4", was a big-play receiver with 20 catches for 482 yards and nine TD’s and also had a punt return for a touchdown on BG/NG's C1 State Championship team. DeJager is a two-time Class C-2 First Team All-State selection on defense and was named Most Valuable Player on defense as a junior and senior, both years helping the Braves to the C1 semifinals. Other Nebraska players are linebacker Chase Hutchison, who helped Norfolk High to a 7-3 record this year, Michael Blankenfeld of Omaha Burke, Andrew Combs from Omaha Westside, Kolbie Foster from Omaha Central, and Tyler Thomsen from Archbishop Bergan.
“As I’ve always maintained, it takes about two years to accurately assess the quality of a recruiting class,” commented WSC head coach Dan McLaughlin. “Hopefully we have assessed the skills, capabilities and values of these young men accurately and time will tell. We addressed needs on the defensive line and secondary and signed play-makers at other positions who we expect to contribute in a big way to the future success of Wildcat football."
Wayne State College is an NCAA Division II school located in Wayne, Nebraska and competes in the 16-team Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. The Wildcats finished the 2014 season with a 5-6 overall record, tied for fourth in the NSIC South with a 3-4 divisional mark.
The Cyclones won the 1st NVC title as a co-op Saturday in Atkinson.
It was all you could ask for in a conference championship game.
Stuart pushed Clearwater/Orchard to the limit, but in the end O/C prevailed in a 69-63 victory to claim the Niobrara Valley Conference Boys' Championship. The biggest lead of the game was a 10 point lead by O/C before half, but it was, for the most part, within a few points at all times. As with every close game, O/C hit enough free throws down the stretch to hold on to their lead and win a tight ballgame.
Stuart led 11-10 after the first quarter, but the Cyclones ripped off an 8-0 run to assume a lead they wouldn't give up for a long time. With O/C leading 30-20 before the half, Stuart used some defense to go on their own 8-0 run. However, Trevor Mlnarik scooped up the ball and drilled one of his 5 three pointers (a school record we were told) before the half to give O/C a five point lead.
Stuart would eventually tie the game up at 37-all in the 3rd quarter, but every time the Broncos would get close O/C would get back out to an arm's length lead. Stuart was within two points at the two minute mark, but had to turn to fouls in the hope they could gain ground in the final minute. The Cyclones went 5 of 6 from the charity stripe in the final 90 seconds or so to seal the victory.
On a final note, each team excelled in a specific shooting category. O/C hit 6 of their 8 shots from downtown, while Stuart buried 19/21 free throws.
St. Mary's made it two in a row and their third NVC title in four years.
The Niobrara Valley Conference Girls Basketball Championship featured two top ranked teams in their classes, D1 St. Mary’s and D2 Stuart. And the almost capacity crowd at West Holt High School in Atkinson enjoyed a scrappy battle.
The two teams had a combined 44 turnovers in the low scoring game but a cold spell by Stuart late in the game was the difference. St. Mary’s led by 9 points at halftime 47-38 but Stuart came back in the third to outscore the Cardinals 9-6 to cut it to 53-47. And the Bronco’s would continue to play well and then see Harlee Fischer bank in a three pointer to cut the St. Mary’s lead to 1-point, 35-34 with 5:04 to go in the game. Stuart couldn’t keep the momentum though as St. Mary’s would score the next 9 points unanswered while Stuart went 4-and-a-minutes without scoring.
St. Mary’s ends up with the NVC Championship with a 47-38 win over Stuart.
The Warrior boys took 3rd in their first NVC consolation game.
The Neligh-Oakdale Warriors claimed the NVC consolation title in just their second year in the conference, downing Boyd County 49-43 in the boys' 3rd place game in Atkinson. This game featured one of the newest members of the conference beating one of the oldest, as Butte, Spencer and Lynch were all members of the original Niobrara Valley Conference.
The Warriors struck early and often, knocking down four of their first six three-pointers to take their first lead about two minutes into the game. It was a lead they would never give up. Neligh-Oakdale led by 13 halfway through the fourth quarter, but Boyd County turned up the intensity, going on a 10-1 run to make it tight, but the rally fizzled out when N-O started knocking down a few clutch free throws. The Warriors didn't shoot a free throw until there was 4:16 left in the game, but hit enough free throws and made enough stops on defense to hold on to the win.
Ben Lingenfelter - 9 pts, 8 reb
Grant White - 15 pts
Tyson Belitz - 4 pts, 3 reb
Zach Chance - 2 pts
Zach Miller - 4 pts
Chris Bentley - 8 pts, 3 reb
Alex Kerkman - 7 pts, 2 reb
EPPJ downed CWC 55-44 in the girls NVC consolation.
Elgin Public/Pope John continued a week of hot shooting on their way to 3rd place in the NVC on Saturday. The Wolfpack knocked down 6 of 13 shots from downtown to keep up with CWC's inside game, and hit enough free throws down the stretch to hold on to the win.
A wildly entertaining first quarter that saw both teams' offenses in top form gave way to a second quarter in which both teams ran into foul trouble. Both teams were able to hit some free throws, but the impact of a lot of fouls made it's presence known throughout the game as both coaching staffs had to shuffle their lineups.
EPPJ finally got some separation in the third quarter, as they led by nine going into the final eight minutes. CWC, who battled cold shooting most of the night, finally hit some shots to draw close, but with two minutes remaining they were forced to turn to the fouling game. The Wolfpack knocked down 13/17 fourth quarter free throws to preserve the 55-44 victory.
Sign up now for the annual O'Neill Alumni Tournament, which is coming up March 27-29. Three brackets will be set up, involving Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball and Women's Volleyball. Please enter your team by e-mailing Gary Hostert at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 402-340-2483.
The Shamrock Fun Run will again be one of the biggest St. Pat's Day events.
The 36th Running of the Shamrock Fun Run will be held on Saturday, March 14th. Participate in a 5 mile run or 2.5 mile run/walk. Come to the Irish Capital of Nebraska and take part in the 36th Annual Shamrock Fun Run! The event will start at St. Patrick's Church and end just north of the Shamrock Downtown.
Awards will be give at the Blarney Stone following the race with a complimentary Irish Stew Buffet to all participants. Overall Female and Male will be awarded in both 2.5 and 5 Mile. Top 3 Male and Female in each group will be awarded medals.
Packet pickup will be at St Mary's High School (300 N 4th Street, O'Neill, NE 68763) Friday from 5:00PM-7:00PM and on race morning. The race will be held come rain, shine or snow! St Patrick's Day is always fun regardless of weather.
Please note there are changes to the registration prices, the earlier you sign up, the more money you'll save:
$15 registration fee until January 31st
$20 registration fee (February 1st through February 28th)
$25 registration fee (March 1st through March 13th)
$35 registration fee on Race Day
The price does not include the purchase of a shirt. A short sleeve T-Shirt may be purchased for an additional $10.00 or long sleeve T-Shirt for an additional $15.00. Shirts will not be available to order after March 6th, 2015.