It was close at times down the stretch, but Cross County did enough to claim the Crossroads Conference title Friday at the York Auditorium.
Class D-2 No. 6 Hampton went to the fourth quarter trailing 38-35, but picked up all phases of their game from there and pulled away for the 56-45 win.
The No. 1 Hawks beat No. 5 Wynot 25-14, 25-17, 25-16 to win the Class D-2 state championship at the Devaney Center. The victory completed a 35-0 campaign for Hampton, which dropped two sets the entire season on its way to the program’s fourth state title.
One year after coming so close to the Class D-2 finals, the top-ranked Hawks got the job done reaching the championship game.
It was business as usual for Class D-2 No. 1 Hampton in the opening round of the state tournament Thursday. The undefeated Hawks defeated No. 7 Red Cloud 25-14, 25-10, 25-15 to record their 32nd sweep out of 33 matches.
Back in early September if you would have told Hampton head coach Diane Torson her team would be taking a 32-0 record to the Nebraska Class D-2 state volleyball tournament, she probably would not have believed you.
The Hampton volleyball team had to get the nerves out of its system. But once the Class D-2, No. 1 Hawks settled down, they were pretty much on cruise control the rest of the way.
A team in the smallest class is putting together a huge season. Class D-2 Hampton is one of three unbeaten squads left in the state. The Hawks are 27-0 and hadn’t lost a set — a set — until the Crossroads Conference tournament final last week.
Falls City Sacred Heart showed why it’s the top-ranked team in Class D-2 Friday at No. 8 Hampton’s expense. The Irish won 61-41 in the Class D-2, District 1 final played at Tri-County, ripping off a dominant 34-6 run that completely changed the complexion of a game where Hampton held a 10-9 lead after the first quarter.
The Hampton Hawks girls basketball team needed to go through the No. 1-rated team in Class D2 Friday night in order to get to next week’s state tournament in Lincoln. After 32 minutes of basketball, though, the purple-and-gold ended up on the losing side of the scoreboard, falling 61-41 to the Falls City Sacred Heart (FCSH) Irish 85 miles away from home in the D2-1 district final at Tri County Public Schools outside of DeWitt.
The first eight minutes of Tuesday nights D2-2 second game at Centennial High School set the stage for the Hampton Hawks 54-41 win over the Meridian Mustangs.
In the first quarter especially, the defensive end of the floor was owned by the High Plains Storm and its effort earned them a conference championship.
The word that comes to mind when describing the Hampton Hawks' defensive effort on Thursday in their 48-26 win over the Shelby-Rising City Huskies is stifling.
Sydney Hupp had 18 kills and eight assisted blocks as top-ranked O'Neill St. Mary's, the two-time defending Class D-2 volleyball champion, held off Hampton in Friday's semifinals at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Given their regular-season schedule, losing the first set was nothing new for third-ranked Hampton. So when second-ranked Stuart scored the final three points of the first set for a 26-24 win in the first round of the Class D2 state volleyball tournament, the Hawks were right in their comfort zone. And, it showed.
When you play in the Crossroads Conference, you are going to be in tough matches night in and night out. Class D-2, No. 3 Hampton knows that, and the Hawks did well against conference opponents with a 9-4 record, including 2-0 in subdistrict play.
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.
Every facet of the game of volleyball was on display Thursday night at Tri County High School as the Hampton Hawks punched their ticket to the Class D2 State Tournament with a 3-0 sweep of the Sacred Heart Irish.
Just a few weeks ago the Exeter-Milligan Timberwolves defeated the Hampton Hawks 3-1 to win the CRC title. On Monday night in a match that lasted nearly two hours the Hawks returned the favor as they won the Class D2-2 subdistrict by the identical 3-1 score at Fillmore Central High School.
The Class D-2 No. 3-rated Hampton Lady Hawks volleyball team and the No. 4 Exeter-Milligan Timberwolves opened their season at the Bruning-Davenport-Shickley (BDS) triangular Thursday night at Shickley.
Four-time defending Class D-2 state champion Wynot made Hampton’s first state tournament appearance in 25 years a short one.
LINCOLN – A tiny town can still be home to a juggernaut basketball program and Wynot is proof.
Four-time defending Class D-2 state champion Wynot made Hampton’s first state tournament appearance in 25 years a short one. The No. 2-rated Blue Devils used runs of eight and seven points in the first half to take a double digit lead en route to a 66-48 win Thursday at Lincoln Southwest.
The four-time defending Class D2 state champions took their first step toward a repeat with a convincing first-round victory. Wynot took care of business Thursday at Lincoln Southwest High School by controlling Hampton throughout the night for a 66-48 win.
The Lady Irish of Falls City Sacred Heart had way too many bullets for Hampton to dodge in the D1-1 finals, where the Hawks fell 53-23 last night at Norris High School.
The No. 1 seed and No. 2 rated Exeter-Milligan Timberwolves made quick work of the Hampton Hawks at the Class D2-2 Subdistrict at Sandy Creek High School Tuesday night.