So, yeah. A lot happened Saturday. Let’s get to it.
State wrestling duals
The Nebraska state wrestling duals took place in Kearney on Saturday. Wilber-Clatonia qualified in Class C as the No. 8 seed, while Thayer Central qualified in Class D as the No. 2 seed.
The Titans ended up finishing fourth at the tournament Saturday. They fell to Neligh-Oakdale in the third place dual, 43-33. Thayer Central advanced to the semifinals after beating Elwood in the first round, 48-30.
The Titans performed well in the semifinals, but fell 37-36 to Burwell via criteria. Burwell ended up having more wrestlers who scored the first point.
With Thayer Central qualifying for the state duals this past weekend, that means every Titans team so far – football, volleyball, girls and boys cross country and wrestling have all qualified for their respective state tournaments. Not bad at all.
Looking at Wilber-Clatonia’s performance in the duals, the Wolverines fell to top-seed Broken Bow, 61-16. They then fell in consolation to to four-seed Valentine, 57-18.
While Saturday’s performance was tough, Wilber-Clatonia has been a regular at the duals. They’ve qualified as a team in five of the seven years that the state duals have been in existence.
The Fairbury Journal-News contributed to these reports.
The Southern Nebraska Conference basketball tournament championships took place at Centennial High School on Saturday night, and for the first time in school history, the Fillmore Central girls’ basketball team won their conference tournament title.
The Panthers (17-4) hit eight three-pointers in a 53-40 win over the Milford Eagles (17-4).
Fillmore Central, which is ranked No. 6 in the latest News Channel Nebraska basketball rankings, had three players finish in double figures Saturday, led by Jackie Schelkopf who had a team-high 18 points. Macy Scott finished with 13, while Erin Schmidt had 12.
Fillmore Central has now won four straight games. I said it back on Dec. 1, when the Panthers beat Fairbury 58-43 – this group will contend for state. Four starters are back from a team that went 15-9 last season.
When I asked coach Shad Eberhardt if he thought his team could make state, he said, “Yeah. I’d like to think so.”
The Fillmore Central girls last made state in 2013, where they lost 45-31 to Wahoo. The Panthers are 0-2 all-time in the state tournament. There’s a decent chance that changes this year.
Moving on to the SNC boys championship, No. 5 Sutton knocked off Centennial on their home floor, 62-47 on Saturday. The Mustangs hit eight three-pointers in the victory. Four of those eight came from sophomore Cade Wiseman in the second half.
Wiseman finished the game with a team-high 21 points. Jackson Hirschfield led Centennial with a game-high 30 points in the defeat. The loss snapped a 15-game winning streak for the Broncos (17-2).
Checking in on the 3rd place games from the SNC brackets, first in the girls, Centennial edged Superior, 53-51. The defending state champion Wildcats (15-4), who had been ranked No. 1 in the state for several weeks in Class C2, are suddenly 3-3 in their last six games.
In the boys’ 3rd place game at SNC, Milford topped Wilber-Clatonia, 57-26. After getting off to an 8-0 start for the first time in nine years, the Wolverines are now 12-6 and have lost four of their last five games.
The York News-Times contributed to these reports.
Starting in the girls’ bracket, No. 2 seed Falls City Sacred Heart topped No. 1 seed Sterling, 50-39 at Lewiston. The Jets’ 10-game winning streak comes to an end as they fall to 17-4. The Irish meanwhile improve to 18-3.
Call it luck of the Irish, because the Sacred Heart boys also took first place in Lewiston Saturday. Falls City Sacred Heart edged arch rival Johnson-Brock, 49-39.
That was only the Eagles’ second loss of the season, putting them at 17-2. Sacred Heart meanwhile advances to 18-1, winning their eighth straight game.
In the third place games of the Pioneer Conference tournament Saturday, starting with the girls, Lourdes Central Catholic edged Johnson-Brock, 36-32. In the boys’ third place game, Tri County thrashed Southern, 80-48. The Trojans improve to 18-4.
In the boys’ championship Saturday, the Freeman Falcons emerged victorious, knocking off Yutan 57-48 at Southeast Community College in Lincoln.
Trey Yates led the way with 22 points. Brady Ideus was close behind with 18. The Falcons have won six straight games and are now 16-3. In the third place game of the ECNC girls’ bracket Saturday, Malcolm defeated Freeman 53-26.
Other area basketball from Saturday, starting with girls
Norris 43 Columbus 41
Omaha Gross 44 Beatrice 33. The Lady O fall to 8-9 with the loss.
Crete 53 Blair 41. Junior and Creighton commit Morgan Maly had 22 points. That’s nine straight wins for the Cardinals (16-4), ranked No. 3 in Class B by NCN.
After their win over then-No. 2 Seward in the Central Conference title on Jan. 26, Crete has proven they can beat the best of the best in Class B.
However, No. 1 Waverly (17-2) got the best of them on Dec. 20, 35-25. A game carried on Ol’ Red. Speaking of that, 99.5 will broadcast Crete’s games at Platteview on Thursday. Girls at 6, boys at 8. Our full broadcast schedule can be viewed here.
Boys’ basketball scores from Saturday
Deshler 42 Lawrence-Nelson 27
Crete 58 Blair 46. Make that three straight wins for the Cardinals. Josiah Gardiner led the way with 24 points. Jaxon Weyand had 16.
Norris 67 Columbus 65
Gross Catholic 55 Beatrice 47. The Orange are now 5-12 and have lost four straight. Both Beatrice teams host Grand Island Northwest in the O-Zone Friday. The girls, however, will travel to Omaha Mercy on Tuesday.
The Norris wrestling team took second at the Norfolk invite Saturday. Crete wrestling took 5th at the same tournament. Also at the Norfolk invite, Fillmore Central senior and Husker football walk-on Riley Moses took first at 285 pounds and he was named most outstanding wrestler at the tournament.
The Beatrice/Norris/Fairbury/Freeman swim team was back in action Saturday with a meet at Elkhorn. It was the Fete’s Fling Invitational.
In the 50 freestyle, Fairbury’s Mikwena Lierman set a new PR with a time of 24.82 seconds. That broke her own school record, and that’s now the third fastest time in the state.
Meanwhile, Colton Starck from Beatrice placed 3rd in the 50-free with a time of 22.91. Looking at team standings, the BNFF boys finished 9th out of 11 teams.
The girls did pretty well, finishing 4th out of 11 teams. The BNFF swim team will next compete in the River Cities Conference Championship meet on Saturday in Ralston.
Wilber to Doane – “Another One”
In Wilber on Friday, Wolverines’ star running back Coltin “Razor” Rezabek signed his letter of intent to play football for the Doane Tigers next fall.
Rezabek was a three-year starter and state champion for Wilber-Clatonia, leading his team in the backfield this season with 692 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. He also had 329 receiving yards and six scores through the air.
Rezabek becomes the second Wilber standout to sign Doane within the last week. On January 26th, Wolverines quarterback Mike Pulliam announced his decision to play for Doane as well.
The one place where fans can hear Coltin and Mike play next year is your home for Doane Tiger Football, Ol’ Red 99-5.
Speaking of that, just 216 days until Doane opens its season under the lights at Concordia on Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. Ol’ Red will hit the air at 5:30.
But, who’s counting?
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