Archive - Sports Article
March 4th, 2011
The Ansley Lady Warriors met their match in the first round of the Girls State Basketball Tournament. From the tip-off the Wynot Lady Blue Devils dominated the Lady Warriors on both ends of the court. All season long the Lady Warriors were the team that created the pace of the game. Against Wynot, the Lady Warriors were over-matched by a faster and more physical team.
KEARNEY -- For the third time in school history, the Ansley Lady Warriors qualified for the Girls State Basketball Tournament. The Ansley Lady Warrior also qualified for the State Tournament in 1981 and 1984. Their fist opponent in the 2011 State Tournament will be the Wynot Lady Blue Devils who were the 2010 Class D2 State Runners-up.
The Lady Warriors drew the No. 6 seed while Wynot was awarded the No. 3 seed. The Lady Warriors were 23-2 this season with their only losses to Sandhills/Thedford and Mullen. Wynot was 22-2 with losses to Class C2 State qualifiers Crofton and Homer.
VALENTINE -- The Mullen boys basketball team is returning to the Boys State Basketball Tournament. The Broncos became the D2-6 district champions defeating Hay Springs 55-52 Tuesday night. Their trip to Lincoln will be the 13th time that the Broncos have qualified for the State Tournament and the first since 1952.
ALLIANCE -- The Sandhills/Thedford Knights are returning to the Boys State Basketball Tournament for the second year in a row. The Knights were victorious in the D1-6 District Final against Crawford 60-36. Winning the district championship qualified the Knights in the Class D1 tournament field.
The Ansley Lady Warriors qualified for the Girls State Basketball Tournament after a come-from-behind win over Wilcox-Hildreth in the D2-4 district final.
The D2-4 District Champions trailed the entire first half but were able to take the lead near the end of the third quarter. Both teams traded baskets through most of the fourth quarter until Ansley had two key steals as the game clock winded down to pull in the lead for good. The Lady Warriors won the District Championship 44-37 advancing to the State Tournament.
The Sargent Bulldogs became one of three teams that saw their season continue last Thursday. The Bulldogs won the Class D2-8 subdistrict with a 34-28 win over Arcadia. The Bulldogs advance to play Pleasanton in the D2-4 district final in Loup City Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
From up in the Sandhills, Mullen and Sandhills/Thedford both advanced to their respective district final games with 3-point wins. The Mullen Broncos defeated Cody-Kilgore 56-53 and will now play Hay Springs Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in Valentine for the D2-6 district title.
VARIOUS SITES -- Five area boys basketball teams saw their season end with disappointment. In the Class D2-7 subdistrict, Litchfieldâ€™s season ended in overtime when Loomis made a 3-point basket with 4.5 seconds to take the lead 61-60. Litchfieldâ€™s last chance was a full court pass that was intercepted by Loomis who ran out the clock. In the other semifinal game, Pleasanton easily handled the SEM Mustangs winning 59-34. Dillon Line led the Mustangs with 19 points followed by Quinten Malcom with 9, Andrey Gallegos 2, John Oâ€™Neill 2 and Lance English 2.
The boys basketball post season begins tonight with five area teams in action tonight. In the Class C2-10 subdistrict at Kearney Catholic, three teams, Ravenna, Arapahoe and Shelton are rated among the Top 10 in C2. Also in the district is South Loup (13-6) who plays Burwell (16-4) at 7 p.m. tonight with the winner advancing to play top seed Ravenna (17-5) Tuesday night. Also Tuesday, Arapahoe (20-3) plays Shelton (19-2).
Sargent/Burwell's Jed Fenske was one of 15 area wrestlers to win a medal at the State Wrestling Tournament. Fenske's medal earned him the title of 'State Champion' as he won the Class C 145 pound class.
Sumner-Eddyville-Miller's Traven Claflin also wrestled for a state championship at 160 pounds in Class D. Claflin settled for the silver medal as runner up after losing a 10-2 major decision to State Champion Bryce Dibbern from Amherst.
Fifteen area wrestlers will compete for a medal Saturday with two wrestling for the state championship in their weight class. Sargent/Burwell's Jed Fenske (145) and SEM's Traven Claflin (160) will wrestle for the gold medal in the championship round beginning at 2:30 this afternoon.
Area wrestlers who will compete for the 3rd place medal will be Ansley/Arcadia's Ryan Hircock (189); Mullen's Jared Simonson (130) and Nick Licking (189); South Loup's Logan Glendy (145) and SEM's John Frerichs (145).