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.

A fast start powered the Kimball girls basketball team to a 63-21 rout of Perkins County in the first round of the South Platte Valley Association Tournament on Monday night in Kimball.

The Gering softball team extended its winning streak to four in a row with a doubleheader sweep of Chase County on Tuesday night in Imperial. The Bulldogs, who improved to 13-7 overall on the season, won the opening game 10-2 and took the second game by a score of 11-3.

The Chadron boys basketball team registered a 59-43 victory over Chase County on Thursday night in the championship game of the Class C-1, Sub-district 12 Tournament at Alliance High School.

In a contest that came down to late game execution, Bridgeport did it better and escaped with a 50-47 win over Chase County in a SPVA semifinal at North Platte Community College on Thursday.

A big fourth quarter helped the Sidney boys basketball team rally for a 64-57 win over Chase County to capture the Anglers Division championship of the Cabela’s Holiday Basketball Shootout on Saturday at Sidney High School.