The Norfolk Catholic/Norfolk Lutheran boys soccer team (7-3) earned a fourth-straight win and, with district assignments just around the corner, hope they can continue a push to be playing their best at the right time of the season.
After Madison had cut a 20-point lead to six, Norfolk Catholic found its footing in time to keep its season alive with a 52-40 win in the Class C1-5 subdistrict opener at Norfolk High on Monday.
A full court press and the scoring of a couple of seniors helped Norfolk Catholic to an early lead, and the Knights never gave Madison a chance to get back in the game.
Eight months ago, Brandon Silva of Madison had no idea whether he’d get to experience any of the emotions that come with a football season opener.
Simply stated — the difference in Thursday night’s C1-7 subdistrict final between the Madison and Pierce boys basketball teams was defense. The 21-4 Bluejays forced the Madison shooters out of their comfort zone, away from the 3-point line, and dictated the Dragons’ shot selection--limiting the offense that produced 14 3-pointers while downing Norfolk Catholic on Tuesday to just five and a 28 percent field goal percentage.
Aron Reynaga was not taking any chances Friday after a close call the day before nearly ended his quest for an undefeated season. The Madison senior took control of his 285-pound semifinal at the Class C state tournament early and rolled to a 7-1 victory over Riley Homolka of Wilber-Clatonia.
In Norfolk Catholic’s 55-0 victory over Madison Friday night at Veteran’s Memorial Field, the Knights’ offensive starters piled up 200 rushing yards and 160 yards through the air in the first half, while putting 42 points on the scoreboard.
The Polk County Slammers were one hit away from possibly sweeping the triangular field at David City on Thursday night, but they came up a little bit short.