High school wrestling programs aren’t supposed to be DIY endeavors, but such is the case for O’Neill St. Mary’s. Five years ago, Jared Atkeson helped bring back the sport to the northeast Nebraska school, and now he could become its first state champion.
Once Class D-2 third-rated O’Neill St. Mary’s got its transition game going, the Cardinals were off to the races Thursday.
It took more than six minutes for the O'Neill St. Mary's girls to get its offense going against Boyd County.
ELGIN — O'Neill St. Mary's and Elgin Public/Pope John answered each other's tests all night in a battle of two top Niobrara Valley Conference teams.
The 26-5 Cardinals will head back to Lincoln for the fifth straight year after sweeping Wynot in the Class D2-2 district final. St. Mary’s also has some unfinished business at state after a runner-up finish in 2015, which snapped its two-year championship run.
With its first shot at momentum in the balance, Wynot was unable to duck under the limbo bar in a 25-17, 25-22, 25-23 loss to O'Neill St. Mary's in the Class D2-2 district final here Thursday.
A fast start helped Bloomfield hand St. Mary's its first loss of the season 36-12 Friday at the Knox County Fairgrounds.
Elkhorn has the top two ranked teams in Class B, Wahoo the top two in Class C-1. Rivaling them for a strong case of football fever, though, is O’Neill. Because it’s so new for the Irish Capital of Nebraska.
The Niobrara Valley Conference had a few reasons to celebrate Friday night. Four players from the league, along with head coach Traci Berg of O'Neill St. Mary's, helped the Dark team rally from an 18-9 first-quarter deficit for a 60-53 come-from-behind win in the annual Northeast Nebraska All-Star Girls Basketball Game.
Cortney Arkfeld's fourth 3 of the game, with 7 seconds left Saturday, lifted Wynot to a 41-40 victory over O'Neill St. Mary's in the Class D-2 girls basketball final.
Not having to make any baskets outside of the paint in the second half Friday made it easier for O’Neill St Mary’s to earn its second consecutive berth in a girls state championship basketball game. Those layups and short jumpers powered the Cardinals to a 58-50 victory over Sandhills/Thedford.
In the first quarter of Thursday’s Class D-2 quarterfinal against No. 10 Hyannis, No. 3 O’Neill St. Mary’s showed a glimpse of what their pace and pressure could do. But it was a third-quarter flurry that put the game out of reach and the Cardinals into the second round.
On the biggest stage of the season, Danielle Wieseler delivered one of the biggest performances of her career.
A pair of 15-0 scoring runs can change any basketball game. Especially when one team scores both of those runs. O'Neill St. Mary's used a big run in the first half, and an even bigger one in the second half to knock off Chambers/Wheeler Central 77-39 in the Class D2-7 subdistrict title game Thursday at Rock County High School.
Every time it seemed Class D No. 3 Stuart would get some momentum, Class D No. 1 O'Neill St. Mary's responded. The most critical response came in the third quarter, when the Cardinals scored 10 points in 58 seconds en route to a 56-45 victory in a matchup of the top two teams in the Niobrara Valley Conference.
Any hopes that Elgin/Pope John had in knocking off Class D-2 No. 3 O’Neill St. Mary’s faced a tall roadblock on Friday night. Sydney Hupp provided that roadblock, sometimes literally.
All night long, the Class C No. 3 Pierce and Class D No. 1 O'Neill St. Mary's girls found offense a precious gift as both teams showcased their defensive prowess in a battle of undefeated defending state champions Monday night.
All year, O’Neill St. Mary’s has leaned on a balanced attack and relied upon limiting its errors. But Exeter-Milligan forced some of the latter at crucial times, and it made a difference.
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.
In a battle of two-time defending champions in the first round of the D-2 tournament, top-ranked O’Neill St. Mary’s knocked off Giltner 25-14, 25-18, 25-15 at Lincoln East.
In almost surprising fashion, O'Neill St. Mary's made quick work of Giltner in a battle of two-time defending champions to begin the Class D-2 state volleyball tournament at Lincoln East on Thursday afternoon, winning 25-14, 25-18, 25-15.
Three is the magin number in several ways for O’Neill St. Mary’s, the top-ranked team in Class D2, and a three-set winner--25-14, 25-22, 25-14--over Wynot in its distict final here.
On Monday night with the D2-6 subdistrict on the line, St. Mary's made it three-straight wins over Stuart 25-18, 25-21, 18-25, 25-19 in a match that was closer than the scores might indicate.
The O'Neill St. Mary's volleyball team seized the momentum early in the third set, and the Cardinals never let go as they evened the season series with Niobrara Valley Conference rival Stuart here Friday night.
It was nice for No. 1 Stuart to end the state-leading winning streak nine days ago by beating O'Neill St. Mary's at the Broncos' tournament. But to do it again Monday night on the Cardinals' home floor? That's exactly what Stuart did.
O'NEILL -- MacKenzie Wecker wasn't planning on hanging around for the 4x400 at the St. Mary's invite here Wednesday.