Whitney Brown had 23 points Saturday as Grand Island Northwest won its first Class B girls basketball state title since 2014.
“Ball is life” is more than just a slogan on a T-shirt for Whitney Brown. “Starting as a baby, that’s about all I have grown up to know,” the Grand Island Northwest junior said after helping her team beat No. 5 Crete 49-43 in Saturday’s Class B final. The guard finished with 23 points, hitting 3 of 8 3-pointers to go with five steals while playing all 32 minutes.
Grand Island Northwest rallied from a 22-6 deficit early in the second quarter to defeat Waverly 48-41 in the semifinals of the Class B girls state basketball tournament.
Grand Island Northwest rarely trailed but also was rarely comfortable against Class B No. 3 Seward.
Jack Sutton became Wahoo's first two-time state wrestling champion. He wishes he could have been the second. Sutton controlled his Class B heavyweight final as he decisioned Husker football walk-on Noah Stafursky.
Nobody probably gave Grand Island Northwest a chance after Thursday. After being in 11th place after the first day, it appeared the Vikings’ chances of winning their first state wrestling championship were over. But Northwest got the job done.
Grand Island Northwest overcame a fearless Scottsbluff squad Saturday in the District B-7 final as the Vikings secured a slot in the state tournament with a 58-50 victory.
If Friday night says anything, the final day in Class B is going to be interesting. It’s no surprise Omaha Skutt is battling for a title. But Grand Island Northwest flipped the script at CHI Health Center.
Third-ranked Elkhorn South was too big and too powerful for Grand Island Northwest to handle Thursday. The Storm rolled to a 25-14, 25-15, 25-7 victory in the first round of the Class B state tournament at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
New coach, same result. What a relief it is for Grand Island Northwest, which will be in the state volleyball tournament for the 18th consecutive year.
The 7,000-Yard Passers Club could double its membership this week to four. Carter Terry of Grand Island Northwest, who’s already the Class B record holder, needs 171 yards against Crete, while Cedric Case of Lincoln High needs 97 against Kearney to reach that career threshold.
Things didn’t look good for York at halftime against Grand Island Northwest on Friday night. York trailed 16-7 after watching as Carter Terry threw a 51-yard laser through the cold air for a touchdown with less than a minute to go in the first half.
Carter Terry and Joseph Krause put on the best passing duel in state history last week. While Krause was throwing for 450 yards and five touchdowns for Seward, Terry was countering with 420 yards and four touchdowns. And Terry got the win for Grand Island Northwest.
It wouldn’t be an Aurora-Northwest game without some momentum swings. The teams didn’t disappoint in that department Friday.
GRAND ISLAND — For a game played well before the end of August, Grand Island Northwest had the look of a team that had just stepped out of the middle of last October.
Class B will undergoing much turnover this season, with many schools being realigned into different classes, including contenders Columbus, Elkhorn and Elkhorn South making the jump to Class A.
As Omaha Skutt looks to capture another Class B championship on Saturday, Grand Island Northwest will do its best to not make things easy on the SkyHawks.
So you want to wrestle in Class B’s 113-pound weight class, huh? Better buckle that headgear.
Brian Sybrandts understands it was one day. But the Grand Island Northwest coach wasn’t hiding his team’s feelings Thursday after the ninth-ranked Vikings ended the opening rounds of the state wrestling tournament on top of the Class B team race.
Now there are only two past champions in the most loaded weight class of the Nebraska high school wrestling championships.
Grand Northwest overcame a slow start and kept itself in contention until the final minutes of the contest before falling to Beatrice 55-50 Friday.
The victory came less than 24 hours after news spread about the death of Aurora junior Nick Pachta in an automobile crash.
It was a tale of two halves for the Grand Island Northwest boys basketball team. Both turned out to be positives.
In a tough, physical battle, Mayra Almayra and Class C-1 No. 4-rated Grand Island Central Catholic found a way to get past Grand Island Northwest Tuesday.
KEARNEY — Seeing a 21-point lead trimmed down to three heading into the final match, Broken Bow needed Treyvon Brooks to deliver in some way.
The Grand Island Northwest Vikings did virtually everything right start to finish and the result was an impressive 72-54 victory over Class C-1, No. 4 Adams Central.