The Heartland Lutheran boys basketball team has made a habit of letting teams creep back into games, but the Red Hornets have also been able to find ways to hold on.

Grand Island Heartland Lutheran came ever so close to a season-opening win against Spalding Academy, but the Red Hornets’ final possession ended in a turnover, allowing the Shamrocks to escape with a 31-30 victory Thursday night at Heartland Lutheran.

Consistency — both its presence and absence — made all the difference Tuesday night at the Heartland Lutheran Volleyball Triangular. The host Red Hornets split their matches, falling 25-22, 18-25, 18-25 to Central Valley, but came back in the finale to defeat St. Edward 25-8, 25-11.

Six-man No. 2-rated St. Edward lost half of its two-headed rushing attack during the second quarter of Thursday’s game at Heartland Lutheran.

Heartland Lutheran’s explosive offense made a smooth transition to six-man football. But it was the performance of the defense that made the Red Hornets’ six-man debut a night to remember.

With an 18-point lead whittled down to five, Kenesaw needed a play to regain momentum during Thursday’s Class D-1, Subdistrict 7 final. It was no surprise who provided that much-needed boost.

The turnaround to Fullerton’s season continued at the expense of Heartland Lutheran. After starting out 2-10, the Warriors won for the fifth time in their last seven games, notching a 75-61 road victory over the Red Hornets on Saturday night.

It was a battle of nerves that went right down to the last second, but Heartland Lutheran was able to walk away with a 49-46 victory over Central Valley Thursday at Heartland Lutheran. The Red Hornets improved their record to 13-6, matching last year’s win total, but it wasn’t easy.

Heartland Lutheran put up a bigger fight in its second meeting with Class D-2 No. 2-rated Riverside this month. But the Chargers used an 11-0 run in the third quarter to win again in the rematch. This time, Riverside came away with a 54-42 win over the Red Hornets in the Goldenrod Conference tournament semifinals.

It was snowy outside and a bit chilly on the basketball court when Palmer and Heartland Lutheran faced off in the second round of the Goldenrod Tournament. At least early on.

An energetic performance on the defensive end paid off in a big way for Heartland Lutheran Friday. The Red Hornets held Class D-2 No. 6-rated Humphrey St. Francis to two field goals in the second half — including none over the final 10 minutes — to pull off a 40-35 upset win.