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.

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.

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.

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.

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.