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Axtell Falls to Southern Valley in Regular Season Finale

Axtell and Southern Valley battled last week and it was all Southern Valley as they won 84-39. Southern Valley jumped out to a 42-23 lead at halftime and that lead ballooned in the second half outscoring the Wildcats 42-16. For Southern Valley Drake Shearer led the way with 17 points and for Axtell Creighton Kring had 14 points. Axtell will begin subdistrict play against Red Cloud and Southern Valley will begin subdistricts on Tuesday against either North Platte or Sutherland. 

Holdrege Drops Two Games Before Districts 

Holdrege had a pair of games this past week against teams in their district, and they dropped each of those games. Their first loss came to Aurora by a score of 62-52. Holdrege actually led after one quarter of play 20-16, but in the second quarter Aurora took the lead and never looked back. In the Dusters next game they fell to York 65-60. York took a commanding 22-11 lead after one quarter and they maintained throughout. Holdrege did make a comeback bid in the fourth quarter, but they were never able to get all the way back. Tyler Buck led the way for Holdrege with 30 points. Holdrege is now 12-10 and will battle Grand Island Northwest to begin District play. 

Arapahoe Falls in Regular Season Finale

Arapahoe had just one game this past week and it was against Alma. The Warriors fell by a score of 54-47. Arapahoe led 15-11 after one-quarter of play, but Alma put their foot on the throttle and took a lead in the second quarter and maintained throughout. Gentry Anderson had 11 points for Arapahoe. The Warriors will face Hitchcock County to begin subdistricts. 

Lady Warriors Fall in Subdistricts

Arapahoe began subdistrict play this past week and it was one and done for them as they fell to Medicine Valley by a score of 40-29. Arapahoe led 10-9 after one quarter of play, but the remaining three quarters Medicine Valley outscored the Lady Warriors 31-19. For Arapahoe, Terri Hilker led the way with nine points. Arapahoe finished the season 1-21. 

Cambridge Gets Better of Bertrand 

Cambridge and Bertrand battled on Friday night and it was a great game between the RPAC foes. Cambridge was able to win the contest by a score of 54-49. Bertrand led 29-24 at half, but in the second half it was all Trojans as they put up 30 points to the Vikings 20. For the Trojans Caden Houghtelling recorded 13 points. For Bertrand Jared Kugler led the way with 13 points. Cambridge will play Southwest to begin subdistrict play and for Bertrand they will battle Medicine Valley in subdistricts. 

Lady Trojans Heading to District Finals

Cambridge began subdistrict play this past week and it was a successful week of contests. Their first game was against Southern Valley and it was a win, 52-40. Korynn Clason led the way for Cambridge recording 18 points. Cambridge then had to battle North Platte St. Pats. It was a low scoring, defensive battle in which Cambridge was able to win by a score of 35-34. There was only one quarter in which the teams scored in double figures, so the defense was top notch throughout. Marlana Kent led the scoring for Cambridge with 10 points. Cambridge will play Hemingford on Friday for their right to play in Lincoln. 

SEM Falls in Second Round of Subdistricts

SEM began subdistricts with a win against Stapleton, 58-42. For the Lady Mustangs, Mikayla Dittmar had a big game recording 24 points in the win on 10-13 shooting. The next game for the Lady Mustangs didn’t go as well as the night before as they fell to Sandhills/Thedford 61-24. SEM never scored more then eight points in a quarter and struggled throughout. For SEM Sage Williams led the way with eight points. SEM finished the season with a 3-16 record. 

Elwood Falls to Elm Creek

Elwood and Elm Creek battled on Friday night and it was the Buffaloes who were the victors winning 74-62. Elm Creek had a narrow lead at half, 35-34 but in the second half the it was all Elm Creek as they pulled away and won. For Elm Creek Jaydn Ford had a big game recording 24 points and Jaydn Ford had 22. For the Pirates Aaron Clouse had 22 points. Elm Creek will begin subdistrict play on Tuesday against Franklin. For Elwood they will play Maywood/Hayes Center.  

Overton Falls in Regular Season Finale

Overton had just one game this past week as they fell to Gibbon in their regular season finale 53-50. Overton looked to be in control as they led 29-22 at halftime. In the second though, it was all Gibbon as they outscored the Eagles 31-21. Keith Murphy led the way for Overton with 12 points. The Eagles will begin subdistrict play on Tuesday as they will battle Alma in the first round. 

Lady Buffaloes Headed to District Finals

For a second straight game 3rd ranked Elm Creek had to rally to continue it’s postseason run as the Buffaloes used a strong fourth quarter to down Alma 60-52 in the D1-10 Subdistrict Final. On Tuesday Elm Creek escaped with a triple overtime win over Overton, 79-75. This time around the Buffaloes trailed 46-43 at the start of the fourth quarter but used an 11-0 spurt to grab the lead as they moved on to next week’s district final. Alma had the upper hand early jumping out to an 8-0 lead in the first quarter and led 34-22 late in the first half. Kayla Kindler paced Alma with 15 or her team high 17 points in the first half as the Cardinals seemed poised to pull off the upset.

Elm Creek however held Alma without a field goal for the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter as they improved to 23-2 on the season. Claire Cornell led Elm Creek with 22 points and 13 rebounds, Allie Bauer had 19 points and 8 rebounds, while Kenzie Deyo finished with 11 points. Alma finishes the year at 11-14. The Buffaloes now play Burwell in the district final on Feb 24th. That game can be heard on 93.1 KRVN FM and

Lexington Sweeps Phillipsburg 

Lexington played host to Phillipsburg last night for the fourth and final time in their regular season finales. It was a good night for Lexington as the girls won 35-26, and for the boys they won in a thriller 54-51. In the girls game, it was a back and forth affair throughout. In the first quarter the Minutemaids were clinging to a slim 8-7 lead, and in the second quarter it remained close as heading into halftime the score was deadlocked at 16 all. In the second half it was all Minutemaids as they outscored the Lady Panthers 19-10, on their way to their third victory. Leading the way for the Minutemaids was Courtney Hanson and Lilli Fattig as they each recorded nine points. For Phillipsburg it was Alexi Beach leading the way with eight points. For Lexington, they are now 3-20 and they will battle Hastings in district play on Tuesday Feb 21st and that game can be heard on Kami Country Legends with pregame at 5:50 P.M. For the Lady Panthers they fall to 1-17 and they will play Stockton next week.

In the boys game, Lexington pulled it out 54-51. In the first quarter, Lexington jumped out to 16-8 lead. In the second quarter of play it was a steady dose of offense from both squads, but Lexington still had the upper hand leading 30-21 at the intermission. In the second half, that’s when things got interesting as the Panthers went on a scoring tear, putting up 19 points in the third quarter to Lexington’s seven. Phillipsburg owned a 40-37 lead after three periods of play. The fourth quarter went back and forth as the teams traded baskets the untire last eight minutes. With six seconds to go in regulation, the teams were knotted up at 51, but Dylan Richman of Lexington hit a three-pointer to give the Minutemen the win. For Lexington Andrew Saiz led the way with 14 points and for Phillipsburg it was Trey Thompson pacing the Panthers with 14 points. Lexington is now 8-16 will wait and see who they will battle in subdistricts, and for Phillipsburg, they fall to 15-4 and they will play Stockton next.

Swedes Now 22-2

It wasn’t easy, but the Gothenburg Boy’s closed out their regular season with a 85-57 win over Ogallala on Friday night.
It was a feisty atmosphere in the new Ogallala gym as the Indians were looking to upset the fifth-ranked Swedes. With some hot shooting by Colby Rezac and timely ball hawking by Cameron Raffeli it looked like Ogallala might do just that. Gothenburg had a 24-17 lead at the end of the first quarter, but that lead dwindled to just three points at 44-41 at halftime, despite Swede Dawson Graham pouring in 25 first-half points.
At that point, the Indians had the Swedes attention and Gothenburg came out hot in the second-half. Collin Hahn scored the first eight points of the quarter including two, three-pointers. That, along with stingy defense gave Gothenburg the margin of victory.
The Swedes outscored the Indians by ten points in the third quarter and then poured it on in the fourth quarter out-scoring Ogallala 18-3.
The Swedes “big three” Graham (28 points), Hahn (18 points) and Ty Clement (19 points) led the way in their final regular season game.
Gothenburg finishes the regular season at 22-2, Ogallala falls to 12-11. Both teams will begin play in the C1-11 district on Tuesday.

Lady Swedes Finish Season, As do Lady Haymakers

It was a great way to start the post season as the Cozad and Gothenburg girls battled to the last .5 of second before Brenna Dugan sunk the second of her two free throws to send the Haymakers into a match up against Chase County with a 40-39 win Monday night.
The teams traded blows most of the night with the lead changing hands many times. It was tied after the first quarter, a one-point Gothenburg lead after two quarters, and a three-point Cozad lead after three quarters.
With 14.7 seconds left to play in the game it was tied at 39 points apiece. Gothenburg had the ball when Dugan stepped in front of a pass and drove to score, but was fouled. She had just missed two free throws, but was going back to the line for redemption. Her first free throw was a clanker. With .5 seconds left she had one more for the win, a missed shot meant overtime. This time her shot from the charity stripe was perfect.
Cozad was led by Hanna Wright who averages 6 points per game, but she had one of her best games though, scoring 16 points on the night. Sarah Yocom helped out with 14 points of her own.
The Swedes were keyed by a strong inside game. Gracie Stienike finished with 16 points and Arleigh Costello had one of her best games scoring 12 points. The Swedes close out the season at 8-16.
The Chase County Longhorns showed why they were the top-seed in the C1-11 sub-district as the knocked out Cozad 49-32 on Tuesday night. The game was close early before the Longhorns when on an 8-0 run to finish the first quarter to be up 16-7. They continued their dominance in the second quarter and extended their lead to 15 at half. However, the Haymakers closed the gap in the to four points in the third quarter and then three points in the beginning of the fourth quarter, but the Longhorns defense was too much for Cozad.
Sarah Yocom led the way for Cozad as she did for much of her career. She finished with 15 points. Kennedy Berreckman finished with eight. The Haymakers finish the season 11-12. The Longhorns advance to the sub district final on Thursday as they improve to 16-7 on the season. Mallie McNair scored 18 points to lead all scorers, Destiny Reinke chipped in with 15 points. 

Axtell Splits Games

Axtell had two games this past week and they went 1-1 in those contests. Their first game of the week was a nice win over Elwood, 73-63. Axtell used a strong fourth quarter outscoring Elwood 21-12 in the final period to propel them to their win. Tyler Danburg had a big game for Axtell recording 26 points. The Wildcats followed up that win with a loss to Southwest, falling 77-47. The second and third quarters doomed the Wildcats as they were outscored 47-23 in those periods. Axtell is now 2-18 and will face Southern Valley in their regular season finale. 

Lady Wildcats Take Two More 

Axtell continued their strong play as this week they won two more games. Elwood began last week with a blowout win over Elwood 60-21. The Lady Wildcats didn’t allow a single quarter of double digit points.Paige Kirby had a nice game recording 14 points. Axtell again blew out their opponent this time it was Southwest and the final score was 60-20. It was another game in which they didn’t allow a single quarter of double digit points. Kirby again led the way this time with 14 points. Axtell battle Loomis in the first round of subdistricts. 

Lexington Wins One, Drops Two More

A big 3rd quarter helped Lexington knock off Gering on Thursday night 60-55. Kobe Block hit a half court shot at the buzzer to end the first half to cut Gering’s lead to 23-22. The Minutemen continued that momentum into the second half outscoring the Bulldogs 15-6 in the 3rd quarter. Lexington would eventually boost the lead to 39-29 in the fourth.  Gering would make a late charge and get as close as 47-43 but strong foul shooting from the Minutemen helped them hang on for the win.
For the night, Lexington went 24-30 from the line and were 16-19 in the fourth. Hunter Kiburz had a big night for the Minutemen with 18 points including eight in the fourth quarter. Dylan Richman scored 11, while Jonas Martin scored 10 as Lexington beat Gering for the first time since 2004. The Minutemen are now 7-12 on the season, Gering was led by Alex Duncan who scored 11, Trey Winkler and Tyler Pszanka had 10 as they drop to 12-8. 
Lexington then faced off against Alliance later in the week and fell 66-52, and then again against Scottsbluff, in a close one 73-65. The Minutemen will face Pius X and Phillipsburg this week.

Elm Creek Takes Two More

Elm Creek has been on a roll lately and for the Lady Buffaloes it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop. This past week they battled Elwood and Amherst and won big in each of them. Against Elwood they won 57-26. Claire Cornell led the way with 21 points and Allison Bauer had 19 points for Elm Creek. The Lady Buffaloes then battle another FKC foe, beating Amherst 61-40. Cornell led the way again with 26 points. Elm Creek is now 20-2 and will face Overton in the first round of sub-district play. 

Southern Valley Goes 1-1

Southern Valley had two games this past week and they won their first contest and fell in the second. Their first game was against Blue Hill and it was a victory, 68-48. Southern Valley started out strong, leading 20-13 after one quarter of play, but was stagnant in the second leading just 24-23 at half. In the second half it was all Eagles outscoring the Bobcats 44-25. Drake Shearer had a big game with 21 points. Southern Valley then fell in a heartbreaker to Dundy County, 61-59. Southern Valley is now 12-10 and will play Axtell in their regular season Finale. 

Gothenburg Splits Games

Gothenburg had a pair of games this past week and they went 1-1 in those contests. Their first game was against Ainsworth in which they won big, 70-33. Dawson Graham led the way with 21 points for the Swedes. The next game for Gothenburg was a different story as they battled in the Heartland Hoops Classic over the weekend. Gothenburg had to battle Omaha Skutt and they fell 75-66. Skutt used a pair of strong first and third quarters outscoring the Swedes 40-30. Graham again had a big game with 26 points. The Swedes are now 21-2 and will battle Ogallala on Friday for their regular season finale. 

Knights and Wolves Split Games 

Eustis-Farnam used a big first and fourth quarter to knock off Loomis on Tuesday night winning on the road 57-42. The Lady Knights scored 18 points in the first quarter and then put up 21 in the 4th as they improved to 9-11 on the season. Eustis-Farnam knocked down 10 three pointers on the evening. The Knights led by just one 36-35, but started the fourth quarter on a 13-0 run and never would trail again. Micky Blender led the way with 18 points, Sammy Jack hit five three’s and finished with 15 points, Ali Jones added 14. For Loomis they had three girls in double figures as McKayla Meyer had 17, Brooke Rademacher scored 13 and Darla Thorell had 10 points as the Wolves fell to 11-9. Eustis-Farnam played later in the week and fell to South Loup, 43-40.Loomis though was able to bounce back and beat Plesanton, 59-46 later in the week. 

In the boys game, Loomis pulled away for a 64-46 win. The Wolves led 28-22 but took control of the game as they outscored Eustis-Farnam 21-8 in the third quarter. Loomis went to the foul line 40 times on Tuesday connecting on 22 attempts. Drew Lauby spent most of the game at the free throw line going 15-19 as he finished with 20 points. Issac Wahls was also in double figures with 11, while Aarow Dow had 10. Eustis-Farnam who fell to 4-14 on the year was paced by Taylor O’Connell who scored 14, Kaleb Gibbons had 11, while Hayden Rupe added 10. Loomis kept the wins coming as they beat Plesanton 64-42 later in the week. The Knights then played South Loup and lost big 78-34. 

Holdrege Riding Three-Game Win-Streak

Holdrege had a pair of games this past week and they were both wins. Their first game was a win against Central City by a score of 63-51. It was a 45-37 lead for Holdrege heading into the fourth quarter, but Holdrege had a strong quarter scoring 21 points to Central City’s 14 in route to their win. Jeff Butler led the way with 23 points and Jackson Berney had 19 for the Dusters. Holdrege then won on Saturday against St. Paul, 61-43. Holdrege is now 12-8 and will play Aurora in their regular season finale. 

SEM and Overton Split Games 

SEM played host on Friday night as Overton hit the road to battle the Mustangs. In the girls and boys double header, it was Overton taking the girls game 43-31 and SEM was victorious by a score of 72-55. Prior to these teams battling, for the girls, SEM fell to Twin Loup 48-29 and for the Lady Eagles they were victorious over Wilcox-Hildreth 48-26. For the boys' teams, each won their previous games. Overton was in a nail-biter against Wilcox-Hildreth winning 65-63, and SEM beat Twin Loup 68-47. 

In the girls game each team was stagnant in the first two periods. In the first quarter nothing would fall as Overton led 7-3. In the second quarter things picked up a little as Overton posted nine points, and SEM had seven making the halftime score 16-10. 

In the second half Overton took over. Overton went on a 20-7 run and that was the difference in the game SEM was never able to recover after that despite all their efforts falling 43-31.

For SEM Sara Ripp led the way with 10 points and for Overton Sidney Enochs had a good game recording 16 points. SEM falls to 2-15 and will face Stapleton to begin subdistrict play, and Overton is now 10-13 and will battle Elm Creek in the first round of subdistricts, 

In the boys game it was a high scoring affair against two really good teams. It was SEM though he jumped out right away as they had a big first and second quarter, recording 20 and 21 in the first half. Overton struggled to keep up trailing 41-23 at halftime. 

In the second half, SEM continued to push the pace in the third quarter and extended their lead to 21 points, making it 56-35 after three periods of play. In the fourth quarter Overton made things interesting by starting the quarter on a 12-2 run and at one time getting within nine points of SEM. But the Mustangs prevailed and held on for the 72-55 win with good defense and foul shooting. 

For Overton Sam Kuhlhanek played well recording 15 points and leading the way for SEM was Jason Line with 21 points for the Mustangs. Overton now is 14-6 and will play Gibbon in their regular season finale next week and SEM is, now 16-1, will battle South Loup for their last regular season game.

Bertrand Now 11-9, Arapahoe Drops Two More

Bertrand and Arapahoe each had a pair of games this past week and these two squads battled each other on Thursday. First though, Arapahoe had a rivalry game against Cambridge in which they fell 51-44. It was a tightly contested game throughout as Cambridge was clinging to a 33-31 after three quarters of play, but Cambridge used an 18-13 fourth quarter to propel them to their win. For Arapahoe Noah Koller led the way with 13 points. 

Arapahoe and Bertrand then battled each other and it was a win for Bertrand 67-61. Arapahoe had a 30-21 lead at halftime but Bertrand went on a 28-12 run in the third quarter to lead them to their win. Yordi Gutierrez led the way for Arapahoe with 19 points. Arapahoe is 8-12 and will face Alma to finish out the regular season. 

Bertrand then had a game on Saturday against Pleasanton and they dominated the Bulldogs 65-33. It was a pair of seniors from Bertrand that led the way, Cooper Grabenstein had 19 points and Jared Kugler had 16. Bertrand will finish the regular season against Cambridge this week. 

Lady Warriors Now 1-20, Cambridge Keeps Rolling

Arapahoe and Cambridge each had a duo of games in the previous week and for Arapahoe they dropped two, and Cambridge took two. These two teams played one another first and it was Cambridge dominating it thoroughly, 69-28. Cambridge used a strong first half to make it a no doubter of a game. For Cambridge Alea Shaner had 22, and for Arapahoe Terri Hilker had 13 points. 

Arapahoe then battled Bertrand and fell 56-31. Hiker again led the way this time with eight points. Arapahoe will next face Medicine Valley to begin subdistrict play. Cambridge then played on Friday against Alma and got a big win, 62-39. Korynn Clason led the way this time with 15 points. Cambridge is now 17-3 and will face Southern Valley to begin subdistrict play. 

Lexington Drops Two Games

Lexington had a pair of games this past week, and they fell in each of those games. Lexington first loss to GICC by a score of 65-62. It was a game that Lexington led at half 28-25, but the Crusaders were able to find a way to go on a couple of runs to win the game. Hunter Kiburtz had a big game recording 21 points for Lexington in the loss. Aurora was Lexington’s next opponent and the Minutemen fell again, this time big 67-38. Kiburtz again led the way, this time with 10 points. Lexington will look to improve their 6-12 record against Gering, Alliance, and Scottsbluff this week. 

Arapahoe Now 8-10

Arapahoe had just one contest this past week and it was a win against Hitchcock County, 54-38. The Warriors used a strong attack in the second half, in which they outscored the Falcons 30-18. Three Warriors scored in double figures with Spencer Watson and Yordi Gutierrez leading the way with 12 and Gentry Anderson poured in 10. Arapahoe will look to continue to win as they will face Cambridge this week along with Bertrand. 

Lady Warriors Drop Two More 

Arapahoe played twice this past week and they fell in each of their games. The Lady Warriors first dropped a game to Alma by a score of 67-36. Alma outscored Arapahoe by at least six points in each quarter. For Arapahoe Terri Hilker had a big game recording 18 points. The Lady Warriors were unable to bounce back against Hitchcock County, falling 45-32. The teams were knotted up at half, but a 15-5 quarter from the Lady Falcons led them to their victory. Hiker again led the way, this time with 13 points. Arapahoe is now 1-18 and will face Cambridge and Bertrand this week.

Overton Falls in FKC Tourney

Overton had just one game this past week as they fell in their lone game, 56-50 against Wilcox-Hildreth. Overton led 11-9 after one quarter of play, but is was a big second quarter for Wilcox-Hildreth outscoring Overton 18-9, and leading 27-20 at half. The Falcons maintained that lead on their way to a six point win. Braden Kizer had a good game for Overton has he poured in 17 points in the loss. Overton will get another shot at the Falcons and they will play SEM this week. 

Cozad Takes Two Games

Cozad had two games this past week and they were victorious in each of those contests. Cozad first took down Minden by a score of 59-51. The Haymakers actually trailed by two at the half, but a big fourth quarter in which they scored 20 points to Minden’s 14 as the difference in the game. Cozad then took down Perkins County by a score of 58-50. The Haymakers used a 21-10 run to propel them to their win. Trestian Simmering had 17 points and Blaine Emerson poured in 16. Cozad is now 11-9 and will face Gibbon and Broken Bow this week. 

Bertrand Falls to Medicine Valley 

Bertrand had just one game this week against Medicine Valley and they fell in the contest. Bertrand lost 65-57. Bertrand dug themselves a hole in the first half they were never able to get out of, trailing 44-29. Bertrand had a comeback bid in the second half, but never got closer than six points. Cooper Grabenstein had a big game recording 30 points and 10 rebounds. Bertrand is now 9-9 and will look to bounce back against Arapahoe and Pleasanton this week.