When it counted most, Gothenburg turned to its strength. That strength is junior outside hitter Arleigh Costello, who had six kills in the fifth set — including match point — to help lift the Swedes (2-3) to a 25-18, 25-17, 19-25, 12-25, 15-12 victory over St. Pat’s (3-6) on Thursday in North Platte.

Class C-1 No. 3 Columbus Scotus used a fast start to the second half to pull away from sixth-ranked Gothenburg for a 58-39 win Thursday afternoon in the first round of the boys state basketball tournament at the Devaney Center.

It’s party time in Gothenburg. For the first time in 10 years, and just the second time since 1964, the Swedes are off to the state tournament after defeating Gordon-Rushville 58-44 in the C-6 District Final on Monday in Sidney.

Despite having defeated Ogallala twice already, Gothenburg entered Thursday’s C1-11 Sub-District Final with something to prove. The Swedes did so, draining nine 3-pointers in a resounding 61-38 victory at Sutherland High School on Thursday.

The stars were out on an otherwise gray Saturday at Burke Stadium. From ace sprinters KJ Cotton and Chloe Akin-Otiko to Ty Hansen of Fremont to Millard South’s Katie Spencer and Gothenburg’s Tiani Reeves, the state track meet was full of quality performances.

Grand Island Central Catholic’s boys basketball team is heading back to the state tournament for the first time since 2011. But it wasn’t easy. Gothenburg made the Crusaders earn it.

Insane is how Gothenburg senior Tanner Borchardt summed up the Swedes’ 58-57 overtime victory over Cozad in the semifinals of the Southwest Conference Tournament.

It was a barn burner in Cozad Thursday night as the Haymaker boys and girls both won tight games over Gothenburg.

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