After overwhelming a team three seeds higher, Malcolm has its chance Friday to end Kearney Catholic’s four-year run as Class C-1 volleyball champion. The Clippers stayed undefeated through 33 matches — in this wacky year for Class C-1, they came in as the No. 6 seed — by beating Chadron 25-13, 25-18, 25-11 in a first-round match Thursday night at Lincoln North Star.

Entering this year’s Western Conference Tournament, the Chadron High School volleyball team had no plans of ending its reign as champions. The Cardinals accomplished that by winning all three of their matches to capture a fourth consecutive tournament championship on Saturday at Scottsbluff High School.

The No. 5 Bluejays, whose defensive average is 33 points a game, extended their tournament winning streak to 10 games and continued their bid for a fourth consecutive C-1 state title with a 48-38 win over No. 9 Chadron.

After splitting a pair of meetings during the regular season, the Mitchell and Chadron girls basketball teams used the championship game of the Class C-1, Sub-district 12 Tournament to break the tie on Thursday night at Alliance High School.

The Gering boys basketball team earned a 51-42 win over Chadron on Friday at the Gering High School gymnasium.

Ord was not having things go its way for most of the second set. The Class C-1 No. 2 Chanticleers were down 20-12 and struggling to get anything going against No. 6 Chadron. But they started to chip away at the lead, and eventually rallied to take the set. That carried over into the third as Ord, behind Andrea Carson’s 13 kills, pulled away to a 25-23, 28-26, 25-17 win Friday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Chadron looked at ease in the crucial moments Thursday, even if history wasn’t on its side. After rallying to win the fourth set, Chadron controlled the fifth for a 25-19, 18-25, 20-25, 25-23, 15-5 victory over Wahoo Neumann in the first round of the Class C-1 state volleyball tournament at Lincoln North Star.

For the Chadron football team, there didn’t seem to be a whole lot to cheer about a couple weeks ago when the Cardinals suffered their fourth straight loss, dropping their season record to 1-5. The Cardinals, however, were determined to finish its season strongly.

What a race it was for the Western Conference boys meet title. Mitchell and Gering both tallied 23 points. The tie-breaker was the highest fifth-place runner, and since Christian Arellano came in 15th, that put Gering on top Monday at Five Rocks in Gering.

In what proved to be its toughest test of the young season, the Chadron High School volleyball team survived Gering in a tough five-setter to remain unbeaten on Thursday night in Chadron.

The Gering softball team erupted for 10 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally for a 13-12 win over Chadron on Tuesday night at Oregon Trail Park. Tori Hoagland provided a walkoff, two-run double to cap the furious rally.