Throughout the summer, The World-Herald will prepare you for the high school football season with a story previewing a new team or teams each day. This week, Eight Man-1 is featured, with Nos. 5-10 today.

For the Class D1 No. 2 High Plains boys basketball team to get to the state tournament for a fifth straight time, the winding road took the Storm through the Archbishop (Fremont) Bergan Knights Tuesday night in the D1-2 district final at Central Community College in Columbus.

It may have come one possession later than High Plains would have preferred, but a big 3-point play helped the Storm hold off surging Heartland down the stretch Tuesday.

High Plains saw an 18-point third quarter lead dwindle to 49-45 late, but a 94-foot completion from Kyler VanHousen to Sam Johnson was on the mark and the Storm held on for the 54-45 win over the Sutton Mustangs.

Things looked pretty good for coach Greg Wood and his High Plains Storm Tuesday afternoon at the start of their Class D1 quarterfinal playoff game against Creighton in Clarks, but things quickly went downhill — much like the running style of the Bulldogs in the Storm’s 72-32 season-ending loss.

Just like last week’s playoff game against Howells-Dodge, the High Plains Storm found themselves in a first-half barnburner last night in the second round of the state football playoffs against the undefeated East Butler Tigers, who made the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

High Plains senior Josh DeMers looked like he belonged to Howells-Dodge, running in the manner Mike Speirs’ best backs bowled through defenses. But it was the Jaguars that the 210-pound senior gouged for 316 yards rushing (on only 16 carries), 77 yards receiving, seven touchdowns and 46 points in an 84-40 win in the first round of the Eight Man-1 playoffs at Ed Booth Field.

You could almost sense what kind of first half the Howells-Dodge Jaguars and the High Plains Storm were going to play after just the first few offensive snaps of the D1 state football playoff game Thursday night in Clarks.

At the beginning of the football season, High Plains coach Greg Wood thought he had a heck of a receiving duo for quarterback Thomas Young in Kyler VanHousen and Josh Demers.

Two weeks ago, High Plains senior Josh Demers was playing in the line for the Storm. On Friday night in Stromsburg, he ripped through the Cross County defense for five touchdowns from his "20 back" spot as the the eighth-ranked Storm (3-2) used a quick start to dispatch the Cougars (3-2) 51-14.

Wind, cold and clouds greeted seven teams at the Merrick County Invite on Tuesday. The High Plains Storm girls and boys track and field teams got a taste of action outdoors for the first time this year.

LINCOLN – It was a rollercoaster three quarters for the High Plains Storm on Saturday in the Class D1 state title game against the Humphrey St. Francis Flyers at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

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