Giltner won the battle of the second half as the Hornets defeated Ansley-Litchfield 63-49 Friday in the boys championship game of the Heartland Lutheran Holiday tournament.

Giltner put all the pieces together to earn a spot in the Class D-2 boys basketball state tournament. But first the Hornets needed to get all the pieces. At one point 7-8, Giltner got healthy in time to compose an 8-game winning streak down the stretch and return to Lincoln after a two-year absence.

In almost surprising fashion, O'Neill St. Mary's made quick work of Giltner in a battle of two-time defending champions to begin the Class D-2 state volleyball tournament at Lincoln East on Thursday afternoon, winning 25-14, 25-18, 25-15.

Kenesaw gave coach Craig Schnitzler a 100th win to remember Thursday. The Blue Devils scored on their first 11 possessions to hand deliver a stunning 81-6 rout of Giltner in the first round of the Class D-2 playoffs.

After taking some lumps in the last few matches, the Doniphan-Trumbull volleyball team got some wins that could help get some confidence back.

Giltner’s upset bid came up just shy Friday night against unbeaten Exeter-Milligan. Alex Goracke’s fourth-and-4 pass attempt from the Timberwolves’ 9-yard line slipped through the fingers of an open receiver with 10 seconds to play as the Hornets fell 16-14 to Class D-2 No. 2-rated (Omaha World-Herald) Exeter-Milligan in wet and misty playing conditions. The drama didn’t end there, though, as the Timberwolves fumbled the snap in victory formation and quarterback Sam Zeleny had to quickly scramble to cover the ball to secure the hard-fought win.

Throughout the summer, The World-Herald will be previewing the high school football season with a story previewing a new team or teams each day. This week, Eight Man-2 is featured, with the Nos. 5 through 10 teams today.

The BDS junior pushed herself to the limit, and into history Saturday by winning the Class D pole vault for the third straight year. This time with a mark of 12-3 — No. 6 on the all-time charts. She also became the first gold medalist in the girls pole vault from the state’s class for its smallest schools.