The third game in a span of four days for Class C No. 4 West Point-Beemer turned out to be the toughest. For a while, Class D No. 7 Pender looked every bit like the trap the Cadets feared, thanks in part to a 1-3-1 defense that the Pendragons hadn't used all year.

The end zone was about all that could stop Neligh-Oakdale senior Garett Allemang in the Warriors' 79-32 win over Pender in the first round of the Class D1 playoffs here Thursday.

Four straight district baseball titles is quite a legacy. According to coach Clay Haymart, following an 11-9 win over a talented Tekamah-Herman squad Wednesday evening, this year’s core group of six Pender Seniors has never lost a district championship game--and will head to Battle Creek this Saturday to open Class C state tournament play against Shelton-Gibbon.