Wrestling is one of the most unforgiving sports. The responsibility — and the gaze of the crowd — is on you. The weight of a loss at the state meet can send a wrestler, no matter how tough and tattooed, running off the mat, tears flowing.

The World-Herald named six honorary captains for the All-Western Iowa football teams — Nick Foss of Harlan and John McConkey of Atlantic in Class 4-A/3-A; Chance Cobb of Southwest Valley and Matt Fagan of Council Bluffs St. Albert in Class 2-A/1-A/A; and Thomas Hensley of CAM and Tyler Riebhoff of Audubon in Eight-Man.

Irish quarterback Bryce Byrn set the tone for St. Pat’s early with a 37-yard touchdown run less than four minutes into the game. The Irish used that to pull away from Southern Valley for a 36-0 win on Friday at Knights of Columbus Field in North Platte.

The Southern Valley Eagles couldn’t quite figure out Adam Dykman Thursday afternoon. In result, the Fremont Bergan Knights advanced to the Class C-2 state semifinals after defeating Southern Valley, 56-49. Dykman’s game-high 24 points were too much to overcome.

For the first time in 10 years, the Bridgeport boys basketball team is headed back to the state tournament. The Bulldogs punched their ticket to Lincoln by holding Southern Valley to a season-low 29 points in a 43-29 win in the Class C-2, District 6 championship game on Monday night in North Platte.

Southern Valley boys basketball coach John Miller calls Jeremiah Perkins, ‘The Mechanic.’ It’s an appropriate nickname for the senior forward. He does the dirty work. Whether it’s rebounding, coming up with loose balls or blocking shots, Miller expects — and gets — that effort from Jeremiah on a nightly basis.

With the score tied 19-19 in the second set, Crofton knew where to put the ball. Maria Wortmann delivered six straight kills to finish off the second set of the Class C2 state tournament, launching the second-ranked Warriors to a 25-21, 25-19, 25-15 victory over Southern Valley.

If nothing else, No. 1 seed Crofton's 25-21, 25-19, 25-15 victory over No. 8 Oxford Southern Valley in the first round of the Class C2 state volleyball tournament at Lincoln Southwest High School was a dose of history.

Southern Valley took over on its 1-yard line to start things off against No. 6 North Platte St. Patrick’s. Little did the Eagles know that was just the beginning of Friday night’s uphill battle.

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