Senior Trace Baasch kept one Amherst streak alive Saturday afternoon.
Neligh-Oakdale had a productive second half to forge a 51-46 win over Amherst Thursday afternoon at Lincoln Southeast.
GRAND ISLAND — Hastings St. Cecilia simply smothered Amherst.
The Broncos kept that tradition alive by claiming their fifth straight championship in the duals Saturday at the UNK Health and Sports Center.
Amherst, trying to win the Class D title for an eighth consecutive year, put itself in a good position after the opening day.
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LINCOLN — Relentless rebounding and a knack for drawing fouls was the formula that earned Hastings St. Cecilia a return trip to the Class C-2 state tournament championship game.
Somehow, someway, the Amherst Broncos live to fight another day. The No. 3 seed in the Class C-2 bracket, the undefeated Amherst Broncos (26-0) got tested like no test they’ve faced this season, barely advancing to the second round after narrowly beating No. 6 seed Ainsworth (17-7) 81-78.
Amherst made it four in a row, but not without a little drama. The Broncos trailed Creighton 30-24 with three weight classes to go Saturday at the state dual meet. But that’s just how Amherst coach Tyler Herman wanted it.
Millard South in Class A, David City in Class C and Amherst in Class D clinched team titles Saturday at the Nebraska high school wrestling tournament before the finals began at the CenturyLink Center. Class B Omaha Skutt won a dogfight with Plattsmouth for the title.
It’s Amherst, again.
It will hardly be a ride off into the sunset kind this weekend for Tyler Herman. But the Amherst coach will enjoy it just the same.
Class C-2 No. 3 Amherst (22-0) worked on defense all week, coach Bill Giffin said, after giving up 63 and 60 points in its final two games of the Fort Kearny Conference.
It was a comeback that was difficult to see coming. When Amherst’s high-powered offense opened the game by scoring touchdowns in its first six possessions to take a 41-20 lead with 5:22 left before halftime, Burwell’s season appeared to be on the ropes. Then, the unthinkable happened.
Ron Evans has been reliant on a power running game during his 25 years as football coach at Amherst. His current group of players, though, has made Evans reassess the way his offense moves the ball.
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It doesn’t take long to find the Eckhout family tree scattered throughout the annals of Fort Kearney Conference history.
High Plains stymied Amherst all second half and rolled to a 60-42 victory in the Class D-1 quarterfinals on Thursday at Lincoln Southeast.
High Plains head coach Cameron Hudson said Amherst’s Trey Taubenheim forced the Storm to switch up some assignments in the second half.
Amherst wants the world to know that it does more than wrestle in the winter. Sure, it had been 28 years since the basketball team reached Lincoln while the wrestling team pinned its way to six straight state titles (and counting). On Tuesday night — after yet another offensive clinic — Amherst’s words proved to be true. They do indeed play basketball. And for the first time since 1987, they’ll be playing in Lincoln.
All four winners in last week’s NSAA individual state tournament had an opportunity for title sweeps by prevailing in the NSAA state dual wrestling championships on Saturday at the University of UNK's Health and Sports Center.
Down didn’t mean out. And Amherst rallied from double-digit deficits in the semifinals and finals to claim its third dual championship Saturday.
Amherst’s press finally crushed Elm Creek. Forcing nine fourth-quarter turnovers, and hitting just enough shots, the Broncos scored the final 10 points of the game to come way with a 47-45 victory over Elm Creek Thursday night.
Winning the Class D state team title has become commonplace for Amherst, but it certainly isn’t old hat. “Somebody asked me if it ever gets old. No way, it never gets old,” Amherst coach Tyler Herman said. “It was an overall team effort this weekend, bringing 13 guys down here and getting 10 in the medals.”
Start from the bottom. Scan up through the history of team champions in Class D wrestling. You’ll see a handful of back-to-back winners. There’s even a few with three straight. In most cases, that represents a strong group of wrestlers from a single class making an impact as they rise from sophomores to seniors.
In the day’s opener Saturday at the Heartland Hoops Classic, freshman Holden Eckhout made six 3s and scored a game-high 26 points in Class D-1 No. 7 Amherst’s 80-57 win over Ravenna.