Grand Island Central Catholic junior Luke Wemhoff couldn’t help but think all of his and the Crusaders hard work was worth it following the Class C, District 9 track and field meet Thursday at Wood River.

The Wood River wrestling team two champions and five other medalists to finish second with 159 points in the Gibbon Bill Foster Invitational.

Wood River would rather not be learning a lesson about how to play without Nate Bahe. But with the Eagles’ leading scorer relegated to the bench due to a stress fracture in his right foot, it is a mandatory lesson. And Wood River seems to be picking things up.

Wood River stayed right with Grand Island Central Catholic through the first half of the Class C-1, Subdistrict 9 final Thursday at Northwest High School.

Wood River’s season-long progress can be tracked through its three-game series against Grand Island Central Catholic. The Eagles were dominated by the Crusaders in a 27-point loss in the second game of the season.

Ord brought the energy. Wood River didn’t. That was the independent conclusions of both head coaches after third-seeded Ord topped the second-seeded Eagles 56-43 in the Lou-Platte Conference Tournament semifinals Friday at Adams Central.

There was some drama for a while in Wood River’s Lou-Platte Conference Tournament quarterfinal against Gibbon. At least for a while.

GENEVA — The Fillmore Central Panthers hung with the Wood River Eagles for as long as they could Thursday night, but with the Eagles putting on a shooting clinic, the Panthers just couldn’t find enough offense.

The Fillmore Central Panthers turned the ball over 21 times in the first half and the Wood River Eagles used those mistakes to put up 37 first-half shots and build a 28-13 halftime lead.

Tony Schirmer might be the MVC for Ravenna’s boys basketball team without even knowing it. In this case, MVC stands for most valuable coach.

Ball movement is simply not an issue for Wood River. It doesn’t matter who gets the buckets or where on the floor they come from. They come, usually in bunches. More times than not this year, that formula resulted in a win.