The Fort Hays State shotgun team was on the mark again this season, and it has several Nebraskans to thank.
Four free throws in the final 28 seconds allowed Dundy County-Stratton to hold off Pleasanton for a 47-43 victory Friday in the semifinals of the Class D-1 girls state basketball tournament at the Devaney Center.
Pleasanton coach Jordan Arensdorf stressed toughness on defense this season.
Tyler Pawloski was never supposed to be in this position. The Pleasanton senior didn’t know if he’d win his first match at state, let alone the first 12. If he adds four more to that streak at this week’s state wrestling tournament, Pawloski will join the short list of four-time state champions.
A first state title is just one win away for Fremont Bergan, which took care of business Friday at the state volleyball tournament.
No. 1 Fremont Bergan def. No. 8 North Platte St. Patrick’s 25-16, 25-20, 25-15
Jadyn Bussinger scored 17 points and the fifth-ranked Knights again did work at the foul line with 28 free throws to beat Pleasanton.
The No. 2-ranked Bulldogs score the final 13 points to run their winning streak to 10 games.
The World-Herald's Mike Patterson put together capsules previewing the upcoming girls state basketball tournament.
Tyler Pawloski is trying to change Pleasanton’s image one takedown at a time. Pawloski, a state champion a year ago, defeated Zac Hazen of Creighton in a 126-pound Class D semifinal Friday.
Elm Creek freshman Claire Cornell banked in a 10-foot jump shot with six seconds left to give Elm Creek a 37-35 overtime victory over upset-minded Pleasanton in the semifinals of the Fort Kearny Conference Tournament.
Pleasanton coach Eric Jones did what many before him did and what many after him will do. He made a concerted effort not to let All-State guard Kaylea Watson take over for Arapahoe.