The Southern Nebraska Conference basketball tournament championships are set. Taking a look at Thursday’s semifinal results, first in the girls’ bracket:
No. 3 seed Milford will play No. 1 seed Fillmore Central for a championship on Saturday.
The Lady Panthers scored a convincing 60-42 win over Centennial Thursday night. Junior Erin Schmidt had a game-high 21 points for Fillmore Central.
Milford meanwhile edged Superior 38-36. The Eagles and Panthers play for the championship on Saturday evening at 6. Superior and Centennial play in the 3rd place game on Saturday afternoon at 2:30. All of Saturday’s SNC games, boys and girls, are at Centennial High School.
In the SNC boys’ basketball bracket:
The No. 1 seed Centennial Broncos knocked off Wilber-Clatonia, 62-33, Thursday. Centennial’s Cooper Gierhan finished with a game-high 19 points. The Broncos will face Sutton for the championship on Saturday night. The No. 2 seed Mustangs, after beating Fairbury 63-34 Tuesday, knocked off No. 3 Milford Thursday, 71-60.
Sutton and Centennial meet on Saturday night at 7:45. Milford and Wilber play for 3rd place on Saturday afternoon at 4:30.
Switching to Thursday’s games in the Pioneer Conference basketball tournament, first in the girls’ bracket:
No. 1 seed Sterling has now won 10 games in a row and is 17-3 after a 49-35 win over Johnson-Brock in the semifinals.
The Jets will face No. 2 seed Falls City Sacred Heart for the championship Saturday. The Irish knocked off Lourdes Central Catholic, 30-26. Sacred Heart and Sterling meet for the title on Saturday evening at 6 in Lewiston.
In the Pioneer Conference boys’ basketball tournament Thursday:
The Tri County Trojans’ win streak has come to an end. The No. 2 seed Johnson-Brock Eagles topped No. 3 seed Tri County, 73-62 Thursday. The Trojans fell to 15-4 and the win streak ended at 11 games. Senior Evan Larson dropped a new career-high 27 points for Tri County in the loss.
Johnson-Brock will face No. 1 seed Falls City Sacred Heart in the boys’ championship. Sacred Heart topped No. 5 seed Southern, 55-30. Sacred Heart and Johnson-Brock play for the title on Saturday night at 7:30.
Tri County and Southern meet in the 3rd place game on Saturday afternoon at 4:30.
In the ECNC basketball tournament semifinals, the Freeman girls fell to Weeping Water, 45-39 Thursday. The Freeman boys will play Elmwood Murdock in the semifinals Friday night at 6. That game will be at Southeast Community College in Lincoln.
Other area basketball finals from last night, starting with the girls:
Seward beat Waverly in a top 10 battle 49-38.
Crete topped Columbus 50-22. Junior Morgan Maly led the way with 17 points. Hannah Newton was close behind with 14.
Dorchester 47 Nebraska Lutheran 32
Waverly 51 Seward 48 in OT
Crete 55 Columbus 50. Second straight win for the Cardinals.
Nebraska Lutheran 60 Dorchester 20
Blue Hill 49 Deshler 42
Area basketball games of interest on Friday night:
Fairbury @ York. This is a makeup game from a couple weeks back. Girls will be at 6, and the boys follow at 8.
Beatrice @ Skutt Catholic. That’s boys only. Varsity gets started at 7. Both Beatrice teams are home to host Gross Catholic Saturday. Girls’ varsity is at 6, boys to follow at 7:30.
Seward @ Blair
Nebraska City @ Norris
Giltner @ Dorchester
Silver Lake @ Deshler
Meridian @ Osceola
Hampton @ Exeter-Milligan
Orange beat the Jeffs
In wrestling Thursday, the Beatrice Orange defeated Fairbury in a dual, 52-27. Bryce Karlin, Tanner York, Trevor Reinke, Cole Maschmann and Coleton Williamson all got pins for Beatrice. Ace York, Seth Firmanik and Domenic Hyson got pins for the Jeffs.
Fairbury is back home Friday to host their invitational, starting at 1. Beatrice will also take part in that invite.
In the Crossroads Conference wrestling tournament at East Butler Thursday, Meridian’s Micah Noel scored his 100th career victory. He also set a new school record for takedowns.
Jansky, Due are officially Tigers
Exeter-Milligan athletes Kate Jansky and Macy Due each signed their respective letters of intent for Doane University on Thursday afternoon. Kate is following in her mother Kendra’s footsteps and will play women’s basketball for Doane next year. Kendra Jansky graduated from Doane in 1997.
Jansky leads the Timberwolves this season with 17.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest.
Macy Due meanwhile signed to the Tigers’ women’s golf team. She competed in district golf back on October 1st. She tied for second and scored a personal best at the Ravenna Invite in late September.
Super Bowl prediction
As much as I want the Rams, my gut tells me Patriots. I just can’t see Jared Goff and Sean McVay outsmarting Billl Belichick and Tom Brady.
Sorry. I don’t like it anymore than you do. As a Lions fan, I may never fully enjoy a Super Bowl anyway.
The game kicks off at 5:30 central Sunday on CBS.
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