The 27-0 Tigers get past the first round for the first time in school history.
Pierce put Ord in an unfamiliar position to earn itself a trip to a familiar place.
Winnebago and Pierce will face each other in the C1-5 boys subdistrict final. The Indians earned their spot in Thursday’s game with a 68-55 win over Norfolk Catholic, while Pierce downed Wayne 40-29.
The Pierce girls basketball team defeated Wayne Thursday night, its third win over the Blue Devils this season in three tries.
Battle Creek, which Braves fans believe last won the championship in 1993, downed Boone Central/Newman Grove 55-48, while the Bluejays’ 45-41 victory over Crofton is their first-ever title.
The girls bracket is set: Pierce and Crofton will square off in the Mid-State Conference championship game Saturday evening at the Cox Activities Center on the Northeast Community College campus.
With 277 total yards and five touchdowns, Dylan Gentrup made the Boone Central/Newman Grove offense tick in a 42-25 win over Pierce in a Class C1 semifinal Friday.
The season-opening volleyball match between Pierce and Norfolk Catholic brought to mind the adage of the tortoise and the hare.
With a minor second-half switch, Pierce created a major momentum shift.
With 16 seconds left in the third quarter, Taylor Gilsdorf gave Norfolk Catholic a 31-29 lead in a Class C1-7 subdistrict semifinal against Pierce.
On a night in which she was honored for eclipsing 1,000 career points, Kelsey Sanger provided the perfect prelude.
Multiple newcomers to the starting lineups for both teams followed the same script as recent battles between the Pierce and Norfolk Catholic girls basketball squads.
With 7:21 left in the second quarter of Norfolk Catholic's 41-14 win over Pierce here Friday, Dylan Kautz had run for 144 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries.
Both Norfolk Catholic coach Travis Fisher and Pierce coach Brittany Case were pleased following Pierce's season-opening 25-12, 21-25, 25-21, 25-11 win over Norfolk Catholic here Thursday.
Class C-1 No. 7 O’Neill rode a stingy defense to a 49-35 win over eighth-ranked Pierce in the first round of the boys state basketball tournament Thursday morning at the Devaney Center.
Mollie Shepard made three of Lincoln Christian's four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter Friday as the Crusaders returned to the Class C-1 girls basketball finals for the first time since 2002 with a 53-44 win over three-time defending champion Pierce.
The No. 5 Bluejays, whose defensive average is 33 points a game, extended their tournament winning streak to 10 games and continued their bid for a fourth consecutive C-1 state title with a 48-38 win over No. 9 Chadron.
For three-time defending Class C-1 champion Pierce, one fact holds true. It doesn’t matter how you reach the state tournament ... just get there. The Bluejays (21-4) will head back to state in a quest for their fourth straight title. Three times — including this season — Pierce lost the district final but still reached state as a wild-card.
O’Neill wasn’t looking for a hero, but that didn’t stop Justin Appleby from playing the role. The 6-foot-1 sophomore scored seven points in the final minute as the Eagles overcame a 50-41 fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Pierce 56-54 in the Class C1-4 district final.
Simply stated — the difference in Thursday night’s C1-7 subdistrict final between the Madison and Pierce boys basketball teams was defense. The 21-4 Bluejays forced the Madison shooters out of their comfort zone, away from the 3-point line, and dictated the Dragons’ shot selection--limiting the offense that produced 14 3-pointers while downing Norfolk Catholic on Tuesday to just five and a 28 percent field goal percentage.
The third time was a charm for the Wayne girls basketball team Thursday night. The Blue Devils, with two previous losses to Pierce this season - most recently a 49-40 defeat 12 days ago in the third-place game of the Mid-State Conference Tournament - missed out on a chance to win in regulation, then overcame a four-point deficit in overtime to earn a 39-27 victory in the C1-7 subdistrict final played at Norfolk High School.
Kate Knobbe's game-winning shot with 5 seconds left may have been the least dramatic of her fourth-quarter onslaught that brought Class C No. 1 Guardian Angels Central Catholic back from a 16-point deficit to a 47-46 win over No. 3 Pierce.
O'Neill earned its first berth in the Mid-State Conference tournament final at the free-throw line, while Pierce earned its first appearance in the final since 2012 with defense.
His team down 20-19 with 1 second left in the first half, Pierce's Taggart Bailey had yet to score. But a buzzer-beating 3 not only ignited the Bluejays' leading scorer, it sparked a 10-2 run that helped carry Pierce to a 51-44 win over Norfolk Catholic in the first round of the Mid-State Conference tournament here Thursday.
Class C No. 2 Crofton led 11-0 less than two minutes into Thursday's semifinal against No. 3-rated Pierce. But it was 14 points over the final 3-1/2 minutes of the third quarter which ultimately helped the Warriors fend off the Bluejays 59-41 at the Cox Activities Center on the Northeast Community College campus.
According to Crofton’s junior post-player Monica Arens her coach, Aaron Losing, promotes the concept that, “Defense wins games.” On Thursday evening, in a match-up between C-2’s second-ranked Warriors and C-1’s top-ranked Bluejays, defense did exactly that--with Crofton earning a solid 48-30 win.