Clarkson/Leigh coach Matt Murren insisted after the game that defense was what helped the Patriots turn a 32-28 game in the fourth quarter into a 44-30 victory Thursday night at Pender.
Class D-1 No. 2 Dundy County-Stratton remained unbeaten behind a 25-of-29 performance from the free throw line in a 47-40 win Thursday over fifth-ranked Pender in the opening round of the girls state basketball tournament at Lincoln Southwest.
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.
Pender used its inside game and outside shooting to hand Oakland-Craig its first loss 45-37 Friday night in Pender.