The World-Herald's Stu Pospisil put together capsules previewing the upcoming boys state basketball tournament.
Freshman Brady Timm can be excused for his last-minute nerves — his knee-knocking jitters that caused him to step over the foul line twice, negating Yutan points.
Elmwood-Murdock is off to a hot start at 15-2 this season and is ranked second in the Class C-2 boys basketball ratings. Wes Dreamer averages 26 points and 11 rebounds per game for the Knights. His ability hasn't gone unnoticed by college recruiters either.
BURWELL – For the first time in three years, there won’t be a deep playoff run by Burwell.
Ponca advanced to the Class C-2 championship with a 50-45 win over Elmwood-Murdock.
No. 2 Elmwood-Murdock won 44-38 win over No. 9 Oakland-Craig in the first round of the C-2 state tournament at Lincoln Southeast.
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. – Elmwood-Murdock coach Matt Shelsta got the defensive test he wanted for his team by playing the Crusaders in the day’s opening game at the Heartland Hoops Classic on Saturday.
Coach Matt Shelsta has watched sophomore Wes Dreamer accept more of a scoring role for his Elmwood-Murdock team this season. Dreamer’s offense around the basket made the difference Thursday night.
Hastings St. Cecilia repeated as the Class C-2 state champion at the boys state basketball tournament, defeating Elmwood-Murdock 57-38 on Saturday night. The 24-4 Bluehawks won their last 11 games of the season, putting away the 24-5 Knights in the final.
Sophomore Zach Rust scored 19 points off the bench, including seven in a pivotal stretch in the fourth quarter to lead Elmwood-Murdock to a stunning 54-49 win to move the Knights into Saturday’s 8:45 p.m. state championship game against Hastings St. Cecilia.
After Southern Valley raced to a 11-4 lead, it was all Elmwood-Murdock after that. The Knights went on a 57-29 run the rest of the way en route to a 61-40 victory in the Class C-2 first round Thursday.
From an outside perspective, Battle Creek may have appeared to be in rebuilding mode entering the season. Having to replace several key starters -- both on the line and in the backfield -- there were several unkowns about the Braves in August. Inside the program was a level of focus that, following Friday's 53-0 win over Elmwood-Murdock in the first round of the Class C2 playoffs, has driven this group to a 10-0 start.
A ranked opponent on the court. A nearly full gym. His parents sitting in the front row. It couldn’t get much better for first-year Elmwood-Murdock coach Matt Shelsta. But it did Thursday night.
Blair wide receiver Vance Janssen and Isaiah Ramsey, who quarterbacked Omaha Skutt to back-to-back Class B state championships, are the honorary captains of The World-Herald’s All-Omaha Area team, which honors players not in the Metro Conference.
The All-Omaha Area volleyball team has a look of familiarity about it. Five players return from last year’s first team, including two from Elkhorn South. The returning Storm members are senior setter Ashley Knight and junior middle blocker Kelsey Green.
Hastings St. Cecilia opened its run in the Class C-2 state tournament with a 25-20, 25-15, 25-18 first-round win over Elmwood-Murdock Thursday night at Lincoln Southwest High School.