Brady Johnson just wanted a second chance. The Stanton senior wasn’t especially pleased the last time he and his teammates faced Bedford. The hot-shooting Bulldogs blitzed Stanton for 45 first-half points and made 7 of 13 3-pointers in the game on their way to a 80-54 victory Feb. 12 in Bedford.

This fall served as Mackenzie Daffer’s last chance to reach a goal no other volleyball player in Sidney High School history had attained. “We said we were going to go to state before we graduate,” Daffer said.

Jeremy Christiansen didn’t look like a coach who had just kept his team’s unbeaten record intact Friday. That’s because the Fremont-Mills coach was left puzzled by a number of mental miscues throughout the night, despite seeing his team hang on for what turned out to be a dramatic 30-22 victory over Eight-Man, District 8 foe Stanton.

His Nike throwing shoes remain in the back seat of Alex Becthold’s car. They’re not likely to see a discus competition anytime soon. On April 30, the Stanton junior arrived at Griswold’s Tiger Relays without his throwing shoes. That forced him to throw in his regular Nike tennis shoes.

Spencer Phillips displayed his dominance again Friday night. Fremont-Mills’ bruising 6-foot-2, 245-pound running back could not be stopped during Friday’s 8-Man District 8 clash against Stanton. He piled up 171 yards rushing and four touchdowns in the first half alone, helping the No. 3 Knights earn a 51-6 triumph over the Vikings.