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.