Devon Beckman knocked down a pair of 3s as part of an 8-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter that propelled the Braves to a 51-37 win over Norfolk Lutheran in the Class C2-4 subdistrict final.
Battle Creek, which Braves fans believe last won the championship in 1993, downed Boone Central/Newman Grove 55-48, while the Bluejays’ 45-41 victory over Crofton is their first-ever title.
There is a sports cliché that when two rivals play, one can throw out the records.
Big plays and Bryland Menicucci proved to be just what Yutan needed to get past Battle Creek.
BATTLE CREEK — Trailing No. 2 Ponca by 10 points with four minutes left in Friday’s Class C-2 football quarterfinal, the fourth-ranked Battle Creek Braves needed a rally worthy of ESPN’s Instant Classics.
BATTLE CREEK -- A steady and occasionally driving rain made field position a critical component for both No. 8-ranked Battle Creek and Norfolk Lutheran here Friday night.
With Battle Creek's defense clogging the running lanes, Logan Kingsbury did some temporary plumbing.
Hartington Cedar Catholic got down-right defensive in the second half to turn away Battle Creek 21-6 here Friday night at the Hartington Community Athletic Complex.
BATTLE CREEK - He made a 69-yard touchdown run look easy before hitting Kobe Benne in stride on a deep pass for a 70-yard touchdown, but there was nothing easy about the final foot Evan Reinert gained on the final play of Oakland-Craig's 27-24 overtime win over Battle Creek here Friday.
Throughout the summer, The World-Herald will prepare you for the high school football season with a story previewing a new team or teams each day. This week, Class C-2 is featured, with No.4 Battle Creek today.
The Battle Creek boys track team won its seventh consecutive district title Thursday.
It was only fitting that Valentine completed its dream season with a fantastic finish.
For one half, it looked like Battle Creek was ready to shock the state again when they had Howells-Dodge on the ropes in the Class C2-7 subdistrict final.
All year long, it seemed Battle Creek was knocking on the door of a signature win. On Tuesday, they finally knocked it down.
Crofton recorded three red-zone stops in the second half and added a 96-yard scoring drive to hold off Battle Creek 19-14 in the Class C-2 semifinals Friday night.
Battle Creek coach Andrew Carlson said that, earlier this week, he sensed his team beginning to turn the corner. "I told them after Wednesday's practice that I thought things were starting to come together, and maybe we're getting into a groove," Carlson said. "And, we're starting to get healthy."
A stifling defense and a couple big plays proved to be the winning formula for Class C No. 6 Hartington Cedar Catholic. The Trojans made a safety, field goal, and pick six stand to knock off No. 2 Battle Creek 12-7 at Bob Schnitzler Field in a battle of undefeated squads Friday.
Throughout the summer, The World-Herald will prepare you for the high school football season with a story previewing a new team or teams each day. This week, Class C-2 is featured, with No. 3 Battle Creek today.
Conference titles in golf are a new experience for both the individual and team champs of the 2016 Mid-State Conference Golf Tournament.
For the last three years, Addie Shaw of North Central has used the phrase "turn some heads" as a personal motto. But with a Class D title in the discus and runner-up in the shot put, plus a pair of 45-foot throws in the shot put already this season, it seemed a revision was in order.
Hastings St. Cecilia used its depth to get the win over Battle Creek in a contest that seemed like it was anybody's for the taking midway through the third quarter.
Battle Creek ball. Tie game. 10.3 seconds left in regulation. Everyone in the Norfolk Catholic Activities Center for the C2-5 subdistrict final knew Battle Creek senior Kobe Lade would get the ball.
BATTLE CREEK -- Jared Reed knocked down 5 of 6 free throws in the final 92 seconds to help finish what the Battle Creek defense started.
Columbus Scotus got the green light from the get-go and raced past previously unbeaten Wilber-Clatonia 42-7 in a Class C-1 semifinal Friday.
Cole Mitchell threw for 232 yards and three touchdowns as Oakland-Craig upset No. 2 Battle Creek 27-14 in their Class C-2 semifinal Friday night.
From an outside perspective, Battle Creek may have appeared to be in rebuilding mode entering the season. Having to replace several key starters -- both on the line and in the backfield -- there were several unkowns about the Braves in August. Inside the program was a level of focus that, following Friday's 53-0 win over Elmwood-Murdock in the first round of the Class C2 playoffs, has driven this group to a 10-0 start.