Elmwood-Murdock working on getting better during two-week layoff

Elmwood-Murdock working on getting better during two-week layoff
World-Herald News Service

MURDOCK – Members of the Elmwood-Murdock boys basketball team are used to playing for a district championship. The Knights have won the last two and have qualified for the Nebraska School Activities Association State Basketball Tournament in consecutive years, finishing second in 2016 and fourth in 2017.

However, Elmwood-Murdock did not play for a district championship this season after losing to Class C2 #2 Yutan in the C2-2 sub-district tournament, 48-44. They were forced to wait-and-see if they would claim one of the two wildcard spots.

Fourth-year head coach Matt Shelsta says they don’t like to put their future in anybody else’s hands but theirs and he’s thankful they took care of business throughout the year to make the state tournament for the third year in-a-row.

“Ever since we got back to practice we’ve been pretty focused on getting ourselves better, improving every day and just trying to avenge our loss. Two of our last three games have been losses. Not the way you want to end it, but we’re trying to get better.”

The Knights (19-4), currently ranked fifth in the latest News Channel Nebraska rankings, are making their ninth appearance at the state tournament. They won the school’s only title in 2008. Their past two seasons ended with Saturday losses to Hastings St. Cecilia.

Elmwood won a state title in 1985 and Murdock was runner-up in 1926.

Elmwood-Murdock will be the #4-seed and play #5 BRLD (24-2) in the first round on Thursday at 8:45 p.m. at Lincoln Southeast High School.

NOTE: Our News Channel Nebraska Sports Crew is once again going to be LIVE from the girls and boys state basketball tournaments. We will have highlights from more games than anyone else, along with interviews from coaches and players, and all the results you need to know from Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln each night at 10 p.m.. Watch the show live on News Channel Nebraska or ncnsportsnow.com. The show will re-air each morning at 8 a.m.

2018 NSAA Boys State Basketball Championship Brackets

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NCN State Tournament Coverage Plan (1st Round)

C1: #2 Winnebago vs. #7 Syracuse

When: 3:45 p.m. Thursday

Where: Bob Devaney Sports Center

Radio: 103.1 FM, B103.fm

D1: #2 Paxton vs. #7 Lourdes Central Catholic

When: 9 a.m. Thursday

Where: Lincoln Northeast High School

Radio: 1600 AM, 105.5 FM, ncn21.com

D1: #3 West Holt vs. #6 Johnson-Brock

When: 10:45 a.m. Thursday

Where: Lincoln Northeast High School

Radio: 103.1 FM, B103.fm

D2: #1 Falls City Sacred Heart vs. #8 Cody-Kilgore

When: 9 a.m. Thursday

Where: Lincoln Southeast High School

Radio: 103.1 FM, b103.fm

C-2 Nebraska boys state basketball tournament scouting reports


Coach: Aaron Habe

W-H ranking: Seventh

Averages: 59-47

Top scorers: Nolan Baker, 15.9; Tucker Quinn, 11.8; AJ Garrelts, 11.7; Tige Calleroz, 10.9.

Top rebounder: Baker, 6.3.

Tournament history: First time at state.

Did you know? Loup City was Class F runner-up in 1923.


Coach: Cory Meyer

W-H ranking: Fifth

Averages: 59.2-40.3

Top scorers: Kenyan Lovejoy, 12.6; Darwin Snyder, 10.6

Top rebounder: Jaxon Johnson, 6.6

Tournament history: First time at state as BRLD.

Did you know? Bancroft-Rosalie was D-2 champion in 2014 and a two-time runner-up. Lyons won Class C in 1979 and was third in the final Top 10.


Coach: Matt Shelsta

W-H ranking: Fourth

Averages: 58.1-40.9

Top scorers: Wes Dreamer, 22.3; Zach Rust, 14.6

Top rebounder: Dreamer, 10.4

Tournament history: Third consecutive appearance and ninth overall. Champion in 2008 and runner-up in 2001 and 2016. Record: 9-8.

Did you know? The Knights’ past two seasons ended with Saturday losses to Hastings St. Cecilia.


Coach: Kevin Asher

W-H ranking: Third

Averages: 52.7-37.4

Top scorers: Trevor Leach, 11.3; Blane Boyd, 11.0

Top rebounder: Myles Furman, 5.5

Tournament history: Fourth consecutive appearance and 23rd overall. Six titles: C 1958, 1969; C-1 2008, 2009, 2010; C-2, 2015 and 2016. Record: 27-16.

Did you know? The Bluehawks have won five of the past 10 titles in Class C-2.


Coach: Shawn Cole

W-H ranking: Not ranked

Averages: 55.4-44.7

Top scorers: Joshua Johnston, 13.5; Charles Johnson, 11.8

Top rebounder: Johnson, 4.8.

Tournament history: First appearance since 2008 and third overall. Record 0-2.

Did you know? As Grant, the Plainsmen won seven titles in C, C-1 and C-2 between 1966 and 1990.


Coach: Adam Poulosky

W-H ranking: First

Averages: 65.8-40.1

Top scorers: Connor Day, 13.6; Carter Kingsbury, 11.3; Logan Kingsbury, 10.8; Max Masin, 10.6

Top rebounder: Masin, 5.9.

Tournament history: Defending champion is making 16th appearance. Also won C-2 in 2007. Record: 12-14.

Did you know? Ponca could be the first Class C-2 team to win 30 games in a season.


Coach: Jeff Cole

W-H ranking: Eighth

Averages: 66.8-40.7

Top scorers: Cade Connell, 17.4; Kalen Dockweiler, 14.5; Jack Rush, 10.9.

Top rebounder: Dockweiler, 4.9.

Tournament history: First time at state.

Did you know? Arnold was Class M runner-up in 1924. Callaway went to state four times.


Coach: Justin Petersen

W-H ranking: Second

Averages: 58-34.8

Top scorers: Mason Timm, 12.3; Colton Feist, 11.5

Top rebounder: Feist, 9.4

Tournament history: First appearance since 1994 and 12th overall. Class E champion in 1924; runner-up in D in 1973 and C in 1979. Record: 13-10.

Did you know? Yutan also was Class C-2 football state champion. It has C-2’s longest winning streak in basketball at 24 games.

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