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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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