Drake Partridge of AHSTW crossed the finish line and immediately sought out the group cheeringly wildly in mint-colored T-shirts. The Partridge family. No one had to tell them to come on and get happy.
Emma Lucas may have been nervous, but that didn’t stop the Bedford junior from reaching her goals. Lucas finished fourth in the 3,000 at the Drake Relays on Thursday, setting a personal record by more than 13 seconds with a time of 10:17.20.
The Falcons used their big-game savvy — not to mention their considerable size and strength advantages — to overpower Bedford 67-48 in the Class 1-A, Substate 7 final.
AHSTW claimed its first district wrestling banner in school history by a 128.5-102.5 margin over runner-up Bedford/Lenox at Riverside High School.
He looked like a state title contender. But those who watched Bedford/Lenox’s Derek Venteicher improve to 31-1 and win the 182-pound bracket at the prestigious Harris Invitational on Saturday would be shocked to learn one thing.
A Bulldog team that been accustomed to turning to Brennan Sefrit in tight situations no longer had that option. And it was the best thing for them.
Brady Johnson just wanted a second chance. The Stanton senior wasn’t especially pleased the last time he and his teammates faced Bedford. The hot-shooting Bulldogs blitzed Stanton for 45 first-half points and made 7 of 13 3-pointers in the game on their way to a 80-54 victory Feb. 12 in Bedford.
A veteran group has helped the Bulldogs dominate while going 9-0 to start season.
By all accounts, Bedford’s Colt Scott enjoyed an outstanding junior year of basketball, averaging 18.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.2 steals. But in order to elevate his game in his final prep season, coach Frank Sefrit knew Scott would have to improve in one area. He addressed that area head on.
Bob McCoy stepped down in the offseason after 37 years as the head football coach at Bedford High School. If co-coach Matt Ambrose, who played for and coached under McCoy, is trying to escape the Bulldog legend’s shadow, he’s doing a poor job of it.
Tom Petersen’s assessment of his team’s first half on Monday was less than glowing. “I don’t know if the basket was 15 feet high or six feet,” the Exira-EHK coach said.
Play as many matches as possible. And the bigger the opposing schools, the better.