Defending their state title, Sacred Heart picks up where they left off from a year ago

Defending their state title, Sacred Heart picks up where they left off from a year ago
Falls City Sacred Heart's William Morehead, left, and Austin Sells celebrate winning the state championship on Mar. 10, 2018. RYAN SODERLIN/THE WORLD-HERALD

FALLS CITY – Unbeaten against Nebraska teams this season, the Falls City Sacred Heart boys basketball team (24-1) are the defending Class D2 state champions and seek their 10th title in their 21st appearance in Lincoln this week.

Despite their only setback, vs. Mound City, Mo. on Jan. 15, 68-56, the Irish have picked up right where they left off in part because their two leading scorers – junior Tyler Witt and senior Drew Bippes – are back. Witt, a 6-3 forward, is five rebounds from a double-double average (18.1 points, 9.8 rebounds). Bippes averages 12.3 points a game.

Head Coach Doug Goltz, who has 644 total wins, says experience and teamwork have been the keys in his 32nd season at Sacred Heart.

“Probably the thing that these guys do best on offense is they pass the ball well. They really share the ball with each other. I think we kind of just took off a little bit from where we left off. Building our bench has probably been the biggest thing that we’ve improved as the year has gone along.”

Juniors Jamie Stice, Jarrot Simon and Jake Hoy fill the void left behind by graduating seniors Tristan Keithley, Sean Arnold and Theo Rohrer.

The top-seed Irish will play No. 8 Blue Hill (18-8) in the quarterfinals Thursday at 10:45 a.m. at Lincoln Northeast High School. News Channel Nebraska will carry the game live on Today’s Best Country, B103 (103.1 FM, b103.fm).

C1: Auburn vs. Grand Island CC

When: 9 a.m. Thursday

Where: Bob Devaney Sports Center

TV: News Channel Nebraska

D1: Lourdes Central Catholic vs. Elm Creek

When: 9 a.m. Thursday

Where: Lincoln East High School

Radio: KNCY 1600 AM, 105.5 FM, ncnsportsnow.com

D2: Johnson-Brock vs. Humphrey St. Francis

When: 9 a.m. Thursday

Where: Lincoln Northeast High School

Radio: B103 (103.1 FM, b103.fm)

D2: Falls City Sacred Heart vs. Blue Hill

When: 10:45 a.m. Thursday

Where: Lincoln Northeast High School

Radio: B103 (103.1 FM, b103.fm)

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