South Dakota’s lone senior will be feeling a little anxious Monday evening. No Summit League team has never received an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament.
No women college basketball teams from the state earned a NCAA tournament berth this season, but Nebraska is still represented. Eight former prep standouts from Nebraska are in the tourney.
Hastings St. Cecilia pulled away in the fourth quarter to clinch a 63-45 win over Crofton in the Class C-2 state final Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
No. 3-rated Crofton earned a spot in Saturday’s Class C-2 state championship game against No. 1 Hastings St. Cecilia with a 63-44 victory over No. 4 Fillmore Central on Friday afternoon at the Devaney Center.
LINCOLN — After Crofton was conspicuous by its absence at last year’s state tournament, the Warriors’ first-quarter flurry ensured their return trip in 2019 would be extended at least a day.
World-Herald staff writer Mike Patterson breaks down this year's Class C Nebraska girls state basketball teams.
NORFOLK, Neb. — The Crofton girls are headed back to the state tournament, after a one-year hiatus, following their convincing victory over Twin River, 48-25, in the C2-2 district final on Friday at the Norfolk Catholic Activities Center.
When the Crofton and O’Neill girls basketball teams meet in the Mid-State Conference championship game Saturday night, the pressure will be on — defensive pressure, that is.
The winless Warriors (0-5), a young squad with just five seniors and several of their 14 freshmen seeing action, hung with 4-1 Norfolk Catholic for awhile—trailing just 14-3 after one quarter—but the Knights’ running game, field position, and defense all combined for a 49-9 Norfolk Catholic win.
Three in a row, twice. As expected, Dylan Kautz of Norfolk Catholic won the 100 and 200 meters. “After my freshman year, I wanted to go four in a row," Kautz said. "This is another step.”
Two-mile races aren’t supposed to be that close, but the boys and girls 3,200 runs were decided by less than a second Friday. Haley Arens of Crofton won her third straight title in the event by an imperceptibly narrow margin.
The fourth quarter proved to be the difference-maker in Crofton’s win over Norfolk Catholic Thursday night in girls action.
Battle Creek, which Braves fans believe last won the championship in 1993, downed Boone Central/Newman Grove 55-48, while the Bluejays’ 45-41 victory over Crofton is their first-ever title.
The girls bracket is set: Pierce and Crofton will square off in the Mid-State Conference championship game Saturday evening at the Cox Activities Center on the Northeast Community College campus.
First, there was the block. And then all Class C-2 No. 8 Hartington-Newcastle could do was watch. The end result — a 39-37 victory at perennial power Crofton — was more than worth it.
So much for lower-than-usual expectations and a rebuilding year for the Crofton girls basketball team.
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 C-2 is featured, with No. 2 Crofton today.
Never intimidated by the opponent, Diller-Odell pulled off one of the biggest first-round upsets in girls state basketball history.
Perhaps having only six players on the basketball team isn’t such a bad thing. There’s less laundry after a game. The team photo is incredibly uncluttered. Lack of playing time will never be an issue.
Ten-month-old Emma Losing may be the start of another family basketball dynasty at Crofton. Her dad, coach Aaron Losing, said bloodlines are the foundation of the program’s success as No. 1 Crofton attempts to win a sixth straight Class C-2 title this weekend.
On a night in which she was honored for eclipsing 1,000 career points, Kelsey Sanger provided the perfect prelude.
Top-ranked Wilber-Clatonia (13-0) didn't score until the third quarter, but collected its eighth shutout of the year Tuesday by beating Crofton 20-0 for the Class C-2 state title.
Both coaches agree. Crofton’s and Wilber-Clatonia’s offensive and defensive lines will determine who claims the C-2 championship Tuesday.
Crofton recorded three red-zone stops in the second half and added a 96-yard scoring drive to hold off Battle Creek 19-14 in the Class C-2 semifinals Friday night.
Throughout the summer, The World-Herald will prepare you for the high school football season with previews of new teams each day. Working their way up from the smallest class, the ratings are based on last season’s final Top 10. This week, Class C-2 is featured, with Nos. 5 through 10 today.
Finalists for The World-Herald Nebraska boys and girls athletes of the year awards. The winners will be announced Sunday.