Fant held McCray to two points, and helped lift the Lynx to a 49-43, Class 4-A Substate 1 semifinal victory over the Wolverines at the A.L. Fieldhouse.
The Lynx were within three points on 15 occasions in the second half of a Class 5-A, Region 6 matchup at Sioux City West but were unable to break through, falling 64-55 to the Wolverines Wednesday night.
The Lynx needed a big play, and Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln coach Jason Isaacson knew Troy Houghton was ready to make it.
For a moment, Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson’s Teayanna Leytham was unaware of what she had done.
Darby Thomas scored her first of four goals with 26:06 remaining in the first half, and from there, it was all Lynx. They scored seven goals in a 32-minute span, and that score held as A.L. cruised to a 7-0 victory at Wickersham Stadium.
COUNCIL BLUFFS — The steamroller was running early — and often — for Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson.
This time, the pressure didn’t get to Lewis Central. Entering their rematch with Sioux City West in Monday’s Class 4-A, Substate 1 quarterfinal at Sioux City North, the Titans knew they would need to find a way to handle the Wolverines’ defensive intensity — a major reason for West’s 65-46 victory on Dec. 19.
The Harlan girls didn’t get an official welcome from the Chamber of Commerce, but they found things to their liking in Council Bluffs this weekend. The Class 4-A No. 3 Cyclones started things Friday with a 43-40 win over previously unbeaten, 4-A No. 6 Council Bluffs Lewis Central.
An offseason of dedication continues to pay off for Sioux City West senior Phoenix Larned and Sioux City North junior Lillyana Yebra. They were the medalists Thursday in the Missouri River Conference cross country meet on a beautiful day at Iowa Western Community College.
Lewis Central put an end Friday to an unfavorable July trend on the baseball field. For the first time since 2011, the Titans earned an opening-round victory in Class 4-A substate play with their 8-2 triumph over Sioux City West at Lewis Central.
Sioux City West was physically and emotionally spent. And that was before facing the most talented foe it had seen all season.
For an instant, Sioux City West had lost. For an instant, it started dealing with another winless trip to the boys state soccer tournament. Then the Wolverines got a redo.
Players took turns using the commemorative banner as a cape. Coach Tom Lorkovic gave an enthusiastic fist pump. Parents and fans were filling out T-shirt order forms. Smiles were a little wider for everyone wearing green and gold Saturday afternoon. After a two-year drought that felt much longer at times, Council Bluffs St. Albert is returning to the boys state soccer tournament.
Eldon Warner liked the beginning of his big day at state much more than the end. The Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson senior posted a personal best and earned a top-eight medal in the Class 4-A boys 800 meters Saturday morning at Drake Stadium. But he faded into the pack for the afternoon 1,600 while finishing more than eight seconds slower than his time at last week’s qualifying meet.
Mitch Moran wanted to keep playing. So did his teammates. Facing a 10-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter, Council Bluffs Lewis Central stormed back to earn a 64-58 victory over Sioux City West in Monday’s Class 4-A, Substate 1 quarterfinal at the West gymnasium.
Payton Hiffernan knows his days as a high school football player are numbered. The Abraham Lincoln senior plans to squeeze every ounce out of whatever time he has left.
Titans miss chance for Jefferson revenge, but a dominating win still has them chasing a title
Sioux City West went the distance in search of its first-ever win at the state tournament.