In Class D, Giltner and Axtell clinched team titles, and individually, Riverside's Alix Bloom took home championships in the 100 and 200 meter runs.
The decisive moment came in the third quarter.
The Hornets will play No. 2 Falls City Sacred Heart in the semifinals.
The World-Herald's Stu Pospisil put together capsules previewing the upcoming boys state basketball tournament.
The No. 4-rated Hornets were 18 of 57 from the floor, 4 of 17 from the free-throw line and were outrebounded 41-29 by a more physical Wilcox-Hildreth team.
Six days after defeating Exeter-Milligan by double digits to claim the Crossroads Conference tournament championship, Giltner duplicated the result.
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.
Mullen, the No. 1-seeded team in the western bracket of the Class D-2 football playoffs, blew past a turnover-prone Giltner 53-8 Wednesday on the Hornets’ home grass to end their season in the second round.
The Class D girls 3,200 relay race was never a doubt.
The 5-11 senior put up a game-high 35 points to lead No. 3 Riverside to a 74-60 victory over No. 10 Giltner Tuesday at Grand Island Central Catholic.
After a successful stint turning around Giltner’s football program, it is time for a new challenge for coach Jeff Ashby. Ashby is leaving the Hornets after accepting a position as the new head coach at Wood River.
The Giltner girls track and field team enters the state track and field meet with a different feeling. Last year, the Hornets were the unknown going into the meet, and they came away with the Class D state title.
Mead won 66-36 for its first state tournament win since 2009 at the expense of Giltner, which turned the ball over 24 times.
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.
The Cross County Cougars came out of the gates on fire Thursday night, particularly from 3-point range.
In a battle of two-time defending champions in the first round of the D-2 tournament, top-ranked O’Neill St. Mary’s knocked off Giltner 25-14, 25-18, 25-15 at Lincoln East.
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.
Giltner had to rely on the wildcard to get to the state tournament the past two years en route to winning a state title both times.
Nine area teams have qualified to the state volleyball tournament next week. And for the ninth time ever, the city of Grand Island will have three representatives in the tournament.
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.
A look at the preseason rankings for Eight Man-2, players to watch, games to checkout and more.
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.
Giltner’s climb toward a Class D All-Sports Award has reached the summit. After finishing third, third and second in the past three years, the Hornets are the overall champions.
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.