While Lincoln Pius X boys and girls won team titles at Friday’s Mike Lehl Blair Invitational, they took different paths to get to their victory laps.
So you want to wrestle in Class B’s 113-pound weight class, huh? Better buckle that headgear.
Wrestling is one of the most unforgiving sports. The responsibility — and the gaze of the crowd — is on you. The weight of a loss at the state meet can send a wrestler, no matter how tough and tattooed, running off the mat, tears flowing.
Thomas Spoehr’s 25 points led Class B No. 7 Bennington past No. 10 Blair 60-50 in Thursday night’s Eastern Midlands Conference tournament semifinals at Bennington.
A nine-point run early in the third quarter Monday gave Omaha Roncalli a lead it would never surrender en route to a 58-53 boys basketball victory over Blair.
There’s a mental toughness that Blair junior Jackson Nielsen takes to the wrestling mat with him each match.
Seventh-ranked Blair gave Class B an early-season jolt with its team title Saturday at the 47th Boys Town Invitational.
Back to Scottsbluff goes Blair. The Bears for the second straight year take one of Class B’s longest possible road trips, seven hours from the Missouri past Chimney Rock to the base of Scotts Bluff National Monument.
As Gretna’s offense steadily became more explosive Monday night, the Dragons’ defense was solid from start to finish in an 8-3 Eastern Midlands Conference softball victory over Blair.
Down three runs midway through an elimination game, defending Class B state champion Elkhorn came up with an immediate response.
Top-seeded Norris (22-3) advanced to the winner’s bracket of the Class B state baseball tournament with a 4-2 victory over Blair at Sherman Field.
After overcoming a 22-point first-half deficit, the Bears held on to edge Scottsbluff 38-35 in a Class B first-round playoff game on Friday night at Bearcat Stadium in Scottsbluff.
Elkhorn remained the only undefeated team in the Class B state baseball tournament, defeating Blair 5-1 on Thursday at Werner Park.
Both teams scored a run in the second inning before Blair broke things open in the top of the fifth with three runs.
Last week, South Dakota defensive end Colin Mertlik couldn’t hear anything on the final drive. He expects things to be even crazier when the Coyotes host rival South Dakota State at 1 p.m. Saturday in the DakotaDome. He still remembers the noise from the sold-out showdown his freshman year.
Blair was behind or tied most of Thursday night, but for the most important seven minutes of the evening, the Bears had a pair of leads. Those two brief stretches allowed Blair to win the Eastern Midlands Conference softball tournament with victories of 8-7 over Norris in the semifinals and 4-2 over host Elkhorn South in the championship game.
Omaha Burke collected its first win of the year a lot sooner than a year ago, when the Bulldogs dropped their first five games before finishing 4-6.
A breakdown of every Class A, B and Omaha-area volleyball team, including the returning starters, team outlook and more.
A breakdown of every Class A, B and Omaha-area cross country team, including returning state qualifiers, sesaon schedule and more.
Blair wasted no time Monday changing the story in its season series with Gretna. After losing 2-0 to the Dragons on Saturday at the Blair Invitational, the Bears pounded out 13 hits, including 10 in the first three innings, and cruised to a 9-4 Eastern Midlands Conference softball victory over host Gretna.
Listed is the full tournament schedule for the girls golf season, plus capsules of each team, returning state qualifiers and more.
A look at the preseason rankings for Class B, players to watch, games to checkout and more.
A breakdown of every Class A football team, including the returning starters, coaches' comments and more.
The Blair Bears escaped a first inning jam, but got themselves right back in trouble again in the third. This time two Blair errors led to three unearned runs and York went on to bury the No. 4 Bears by the final score of 8-0 in five innings at Miller Par in York on Saturday.
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 B is featured, with Nos. 5-10 today.
Finalists for The World-Herald Nebraska boys and girls athletes of the year awards. The winners will be announced Sunday.