The Class D-1 No. 4 Bulldogs hit 26 of 32 free throws — 16 of 19 in the first half — and weathered a couple of comeback efforts to finish off a 61-55 victory at Elgin/Pope John.
Clarkson/Leigh needed to build some positive momentum coming off a loss at Humphrey St. Francis and going into a tough stretch before the East Husker Conference tournament.
There wasn't much for Elgin Public/Pope John coach Tina Thiele-Blecher to complain about Tuesday night. She complimented the Class D1 No. 8 Wolfpack hitters, the team's setters, its blocking, and defense following a 25-21, 25-20 victory over D2 No. 1 Humphrey St. Francis to open a home triangular.
Elgin Public/Pope John entered the Battle Creek triangular seeking to regain confidence.
The Mustangs outlasted Elgin/Pope John 25-20, 25-27, 25-11, 22-25, 15-9 in a marathon Class D-1 semifinal Friday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
It took a minute, but Elgin/Pope John found something it had been missing after falling in the first set of a 23-25, 25-16, 25-20, 25-21 win over Ansley-Litchfield in the first round of the Class D-1 state tournament at Lincoln East on Thursday.
The Niobrara Valley Conference had a few reasons to celebrate Friday night. Four players from the league, along with head coach Traci Berg of O'Neill St. Mary's, helped the Dark team rally from an 18-9 first-quarter deficit for a 60-53 come-from-behind win in the annual Northeast Nebraska All-Star Girls Basketball Game.
With a 59-33 win over Elgin Public/Pope John Friday night in the Class C2-5 district title game, the highly successful Crofton girls basketball program will have an opportunity to add another first to its list of achievements--a fifth-straight state championship.
ELGIN -- For a half, it looked like Class D No. 2 Chambers/Wheeler Central would suffer a letdown loss, while Class C No. 7 Elgin Public/Pope John seemingly couldn't miss from the outside.
Any hopes that Elgin/Pope John had in knocking off Class D-2 No. 3 O’Neill St. Mary’s faced a tall roadblock on Friday night. Sydney Hupp provided that roadblock, sometimes literally.
The saying could just as well be, “When the going gets tough, the Clearwater/Orchard seniors are in their comfort zone.” Countering Elgin Public/Pope John’s punishing ground game, led by running back Andrew Fangman, was no small task. Fangman carried the ball 33 times for 140 yards and two touchdowns and paced the Wolfpack with two touchdowns.
You know the feeling when a rollercoaster ride comes to an abrupt stop? So does the Elgin Public/Pope John volleyball team.
NELIGH -- The recent culture change of the Neligh-Oakdale football program was evident following a disastrous 70-second first-quarter stretch for the Warriors.
Elgin Public/Pope John turned a pair of third-quarter interceptions into 14 points, then turned that momentum into a 36-14 win over Clearwater-Orchard here Thursday.
With a new man on the sideline, a Neumann slashed the Elgin Public/Pope John defense to help lead Creighton to a familiar result here Friday. Junior Ryan Neumann -- making his first career start -- finished with 298 all-purpose yards and scored seven total touchdowns as the Bulldogs opened the Gene Suhr era with a 64-36.
ELGIN -- Thursday's double triangular hosted by Elgin Public/Pope John featured three of the top four teams last year in the Niobrara Valley Conference.
The Elgin Public/Pope John girls basketball team looked like it finally had the momentum for the first time all night when Jenna Parks drilled a 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the third quarter to put the Wolfpack within seven of Creighton. The Bulldogs made sure that momentum was short-lived.
Neligh-Oakdale's pursuit of the school's first playoff win since 2006 ended here Thursday thanks to a defense that didn't over-pursue.