Kearney Catholic went four straight years without knowing what it felt like to lose at state volleyball. After Friday, the unfamiliar, dejected feeling of defeat occurred, leaving the Stars one game short of trying to win a fifth-straight C-1 championship. Malcolm ended the Stars’ run with a 25-14, 25-20, 21-25, 25-13 win to advance to the championship match.

After overwhelming a team three seeds higher, Malcolm has its chance Friday to end Kearney Catholic’s four-year run as Class C-1 volleyball champion. The Clippers stayed undefeated through 33 matches — in this wacky year for Class C-1, they came in as the No. 6 seed — by beating Chadron 25-13, 25-18, 25-11 in a first-round match Thursday night at Lincoln North Star.

One of Class C’s newbies and a former champ worked their way through the first two rounds Wednesday of the state softball tournament. Top-ranked Malcolm is making the most of its first state tourney bid with run-rule victories over Wahoo Neumann (11-3) and Raymond Central (15-7) at the Smith Softball Complex.

A slow start — at least for this team — didn’t sidetrack Lincoln Christian on Thursday night. The Crusaders, ranked No. 1 in Class C-1, rolled to a 62-36 victory over Malcolm in a C1-3 subdistrict final at Waverly High School. Lincoln Christian (22-1) advances to a district final Feb. 26 while the Clippers (20-4) hope to snag one of two wild-card slots to the state tournament.

The Malcolm Clippers didn’t waste any time Thursday night jumping to a big lead and rolling to a win in their season opener against the Heartland Huskies.

Moving the football in Friday night’s key C2-3 District contest between the Class C2 No. 7 Malcolm Clippers and the Fillmore Central Panthers was easier said than done.

The Malcolm Volleyball Invite kicked off last Thursday night with two games and ended on Saturday with a three-game slate for the Centennial Broncos.

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