Grand Island Senior High lived to fight another day in the Class A, District 1 Tournament as it defeated Bellevue East 64-43 in the first round Friday at Senior High.

Of all the wins at last week’s state wrestling tournament, you’d be hard-pressed to find one more impressive than Jacob Packard’s opening-round victory Thursday morning. The Bellevue East senior, who is autistic, came from behind for a 13-12 decision over Jaylin Bradley of Bellevue West.

Down 15 points to No. 4 Fremont late in the first half last Friday night, Bellevue East guard Eric Lenear attacked the basket after a turnover, took two off the deficit just before the buzzer and gave the Chieftains at least a little optimism heading to the locker room. Lenear has tried to keep coming that way this season despite Bellevue East being winless through 15 games. 

It wasn’t just a breath of fresh air that Todd Porter and his Bellevue East wrestling team put out with a big tournament win Saturday. There was a big exhale that came with it. “It was a much-needed lift,” Porter said.

The Grand Island Senior High boys basketball team needed four extra minutes to open its season against Bellevue East on Thursday night.

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