BOBCATS MAY SURPRISE IN LVS
ARNOLD/CALLAWAY -- The South Loup Bobcats came together on the football field which will undoubtedly carry into basketball.
The expected starting five of the Bobcats all started for Arnold or Callaway last year and will be good leaders for a deep, athletic team.
The toughest challenge for the Bobcats may determine their success throughout the season. The team must gel together as one unit on the floor creating positive teamwork.
As these players from two schools improve as a team look for them to be among the top of the LVC and a district threat.
LADY BOBCATS STRONG IN NUMBERS
ARNOLD/CALLAWAY -- The South Loup Lady Bobcats bring together the young ladies from Arnold and Callaway to begin battle on the hardwood in their first season of play.
Head coach Abe Hinman takes over the girls team after being the Callaway boys head coach in previous years. His biggest challenge will be to bring the talent from Arnold and Callaway together to create a new winning attitude.
To be successful this season the Lady Bobcats will need to work hard on improving fundamentals and rely on defensive toughness.
SARGENT MUST OVERCOME FOOTBALL HANGOVER
SARGENT -- The Sargent Bulldogs little time to prepare for the upcoming basketball season as their football team went on to the state championship game a week before their first scheduled basketball game.
The Bulldogs return three players who had starting experience last year with Guy Fenske returning as the top scorer. Ridge Horky and Tyke Kozeal also started last year.
The Bulldogs will need to develop another offensive scorer and Kozeal and Brady Sutton will be looked upon to fill that role.
LADY BULLDOGS WILL FIGHT FOR LVC TITLE
SARGENT -- The Sargent Lady Bulldogs are ready to fight for the top spot in the very competitive Loup Valley Conference. The Lady Bulldogs return three starters from last yearâ€™s 14-8 team.
Jamie Kirwan and Kelsey Frink return as leading scorers as well as leaders in steals and assists. Alex Hart will make her presence known under the basket as she is very athletic and strong. Josie Simmons will also make her way onto the starting lineup as a very aggressive post player.
Sandhills/Thedford 38, North Central 32
North Central 55, Sandhills/Thedford 50
Ansley 48, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 34
Arcadia 62, Elba 31
Loup County 37, Litchfield 25
Mullen 73, South Loup 20
Sargent 60, SMC 39
Arcadia 60, Elba 15
Litchfield 71, Loup County 32
Mullen 45, South Loup 38
Sargent 57, SMC 44
Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 57, Ansley 21
MERNA -- The Anselmo-Merna Coyotes hosted their wrestling invitational last Saturday. Sargent/Burwell won the team title with 183 total points and five individual champions. S-E-M placed second with 158.5 points and three individual champions. Anselmo-Merna placed fourth with two individual champions and Ansley/Arcadia placed fifth with one individual champion.
The Outstanding Wrestler Award went to S-E-Mâ€™s Collin Donahoo who was the 189 pound champion.
Results from the Anselmo-Merna Invite are as follows:
Team Results (Top 10 + area teams)
SARGENT/BURWELL WRESTLERS BATTLE INJURIES TO BEGIN SEASON
SARGENT/BURWELL -- Some of the Sargent/Burwell wrestlers will begin the season healing injuries sustained during the late football season. With two to three of their best wrestler out until after Christmas, the main focus will be getting and staying healthy.
KNIGHTS SUCCESS DEPENDS ON FOCUS, INTESITY
DUNNING/THEDFORD -- The Sandhills/Thedford Knight grapplers will need to remain focused and maintain their intensity throughout the whole season.
Troy Shields is the lone Knights returning state qualifier at 103 pounds. He will be joined by seniors Nate McFadden at 135 pounds and Jarred Barnes at 152 pounds. Returning as junior letter winners are Chance Giles at 145, Ben Pickering at 152 and Gary Payne at 171.
LADY KNIGHTS LOADED WITH SPEED, DEPTH
DUNNING/THEDFORD -- The Sandhills/Thedford Lady Knights return five starters form last yearâ€™s 13-8 team for second year head coach Scott Leisy.
The Lady Knights will be led by Shelby Saner who averaged eight points and seven rebounds per game last season. Saner will get help under the basket from Jonnie Staub and Courtney Jameson while Michaela Miles and Tylee Coffman secure the perimeter.
Though the Lady Knights lack size, Coach Leisy says that his team will make that up with very aggressive pressure.
KNIGHTS HOPE TO FOLLOW LAST YEAR'S SUCCESS
DUNNING/THEDFORD -- The Sandhills/Thedford Knights return three starters for last yearâ€™s state qualifying team that finished at 18-7. Kale Anderson returns as the team leader and high scorer. He joins Brady Marten and Tyler Lee as returning starters.
Being asked to contribute to this yearâ€™s team will be Trey Spencer, Tanner Drews, Ty Sierks, AJ Freeman and Matt McLeod.
The biggest challenge for the Knights will be bringing the younger players along to fill the graduation losses.