Timely hitting and aggressive base running were the keys to victory Monday night for Waverly.
Senior Taylor Skiles had 26 kills Saturday to lead Ralston to a 25-16, 25-16, 17-25, 25-23 win over Waverly in the District B-7 final.
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It’s still early, but Grand Island Northwest already is serving notice that it could be headed back to a familiar destination. On Thursday, the Class B No. 4 Vikings swept Waverly 25-22, 25-19, 25-23.
It was a typical match Thursday night between Eastern Midlands Conference foes Waverly and Gretna. That is to say, it was a dogfight to the end.
Three athletes who won championships at Friday’s Nebraska Track and Field Festival earned more gold medals Saturday at York’s Yowell Track Classic.
Forward Brooke Carlson scored 16 points and hauled in 15 rebounds in a 52-38 win over Waverly. It was the season opener for the Antlers while the Vikings, playing for the second straight night, fell to 0-2.
It certainly didn’t look like a match between the No. 2 seed and the No. 15 seed in the Class B district finals. But when it was over Saturday, Gretna survived a scare from upset-minded Waverly and will return to the state tournament.
Waverly erased an early deficit with a five-run third inning and went on to defeat Bennington 6-3 Wednesday night to win the Senior American Legion Class B state tournament.
Sam Tewes, who graduated from Waverly High School and was playing at Wichita State, was taken in the eighth round of the MLB draft by the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.
They ended droughts in different fashions Saturday, but the Waverly girls and York boys weren’t much worried about style points as they left Omaha Burke with Class B team titles.
Jacob Uhing got Elkhorn (24-6) off to a fast start by setting down the Vikings in order the first three innings.
The Omaha Gross coach couldn’t help but get a little emotional after his daughters started and ended Saturday’s shootout against Waverly with scores, the latter finishing off a substate victory for the Class B No. 9 Cougars at Bergquist Stadium.
Cameron Jurgens was a quarter-inch from a chart mark with his meet-record 62-6½ Saturday at the Yowell Invitational at York High School.
Elkhorn South won its first girls state basketball championship with a 43-33 win over Waverly in the Class B title game Saturday afternoon at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Class B No. 7 Waverly, with Ashley Cook getting eight free throws and a key steal late in the game, upset No. 1 Platteview 44-38 in the Class B semifinals Friday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Waverly led from start to finish but had to hold off a late charge by Gretna as the Vikings advanced with a 44-39 win Thursday in the Class B girls state basketball tournament at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Platteview knew it had Class B’s No. 1 seed locked up for the state tournament. But don’t get the idea that the Trojans let down for the B-1 district final Friday night at Bellevue East.
A team that prides itself on defense posted another blue-collar win Friday night. Waverly forced 26 turnovers and won in typical low-scoring fashion, defeating Aurora 48-38.
The Platteview girls showed during the weekend that they can win low-scoring, defensive battles, as well. The unbeaten Trojans were held nearly 20 points below their season average for the second straight night, but the top-ranked team in Class B relied on its solid defense to down No. 5 Waverly 42-35 Saturday.
The emotion spent Thursday night in girls hoops between the York and Waverly fan bases was enough for the entire season. Two Class B powerhouses went at it in York and did not disappoint.
Class B No. 2 Omaha Skutt made a statement at home as the SkyHawks began their chase for a third straight state title. Ryan Moritz passed for three touchdowns and ran for another, guiding Skutt to a 50-3 pounding of Waverly at Moylan Stadium to advance to the second round of the Class B playoffs.
Bennington took advantage of three first-half turnovers by Waverly to take a 10-0 lead and went on to a 17-15 home victory Thursday night in Class B football that left both teams with 3-3 records entering district play next week.
Waverly faces Bennington in the "Thursday Night Lights" game. World-Herald staff writer Stu Pospisil has the preview. Watch the game live on NEPrepZone.com.
In a match between two ranked Class B volleyball teams, Gretna made it look easy Thursday night against Waverly. The second-ranked Dragons swept to a 25-17, 25-17, 25-13 victory over the visiting Vikings. Gretna moved to 6-0 while Waverly fell to 5-3.