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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.
SIZE, EXPERIENCE WILL LEAD BRONCOS
MULLEN -- The Mullen Broncos will rely on size and experience to carry them through their schedule this season.
The Broncos return three starters from last yearâ€™s team they are Gabe Connealy, Jake Spies and Nat Vinton. They also have three seniors that saw a lot of time off the bench a year ago. Zach Call, Braden Storer and Bryan Gray will add leadership for a team that will need to develop some depth.
MULLEN RELOADS FOR STATE TOURNAMENT RUN
MULLEN -- The Mullen Lady Broncos fell in districts last season but after going to state in volleyball the past three seasons, the Lady Broncos are eager to get there in basketball this season.
Tricia Young returns as the lone starter from last yearâ€™s team but is joined by transfer Mardee Sierks who started for Sandhills/Thedford last season. This duo is a strong combination to build a team around and Mullen will do that with a very talented group of sophomores.
EXPERIENCE AND UPPER WEIGHTS STRENGTHEN BRONCO TEAM
MULLEN -- The Mullen Broncos seven letter winners from last yearâ€™s team. Of those, three were state qualifiers. Seniors Jared Simonson finished second in the 130 pound class, Nick Licking placed fifth at 189 pounds and Charlie Kramer wrestled at 285 pounds.
Other returning letter winners were senior Jarod Spurlin at 185 pounds, juniors Trenton Porath at 135 and Tyrell Wilson at 171 along with sophomore Kory Phillips at 112.
INDIAN GRAPPLERS RETURN EIGHT FROM LAST YEAR'S WEIGHT CLASSES
BROKEN BOW -- The Broken Bow Indians return a good nucleus of wrestlers that will fill nearly all of the weight classes this season. The team is loaded with seniors and juniors that saw a significant amount of time on the mats last season.
The Indians return just one state qualifier from last yearâ€™s team. Matt Denson, at 130 pounds, has qualified for the state meet the past to years.
WILDCATS GET DEFENSIVE FOR WINNING SEASON
TAYLOR -- The Loup County Wildcats will count on defense as their strength as long as they can pressure the ball and take care of it when they have it.
With three returning starters from last yearâ€™s 3-16 team the Wildcats are optimistic that they can improve from last year and compete in the Loup Valley Conference and districts.
LADY WILDCATS CONFIDENT TO HAVE WINNING SEASON
TAYLOR -- The Loup County Lady Wildcats are confident that they will improve on last yearâ€™s 5-12 record.
The Lady Wildcats return three starters from last yearâ€™s team. Hannah Meeks, Shayna Dunbar and Haylee Jordan will be asked to step up into leadership roles.
To have a successful season, first year head coach Dan Helberg says that his team will need to focus on fundamentals and defense. If they can do this, he feels they should contenders in the district competition.
Weekend scores from area basketball games played Friday and Saturday are as follows:
Elm Creek 49, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 37
Minden 66, Broken Bow 33
Mullen 45, Hyannis 29
SMC 41, South Loup 16
Sandhills/Thedford 50, Ansley 36
Spalding/Spalding Academy 44, Arcadia 32
Stuart 36, Loup County 31
Mullen 49, Hyannis 39
Sandhills/Thedford 70, Ansley 24
South Loup 50, SMC 34
Spalding/Spalding Academy 45, Arcadia 36
Stuart 73, Loup County 36
Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 58, Elm Creek 37
TROJANS AIM TO CONQUER LVC
LITCHFIELD -- The Litchfield Tojans will be aiming at the Loup Valley Conference Championship behind the strength of returning starters Adam Kucera, Danny Woolery and Tyson Howard.
Kucera, an all conference player, will be a dominant force under both backboards. Last year, Kucera averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds per game to lead the Trojans. Sophomore Tyson Howard also returns average double figures with 10 points ber game.
LADY TROJANS SET GOAL TO IMPROVE
LITCHFIELD -- Paul Polk begins his first year as the Litchfield Lady Trojansâ€™ new head coach. Polk takes over a team that finished 5-16 last season.
Seniors Kelsey Unick and Tiana Stithem will be looked upon as leaders of senior and sophomore dominated team.
Last season, the Lady Trojans used multiple different starting line-ups and lost just one senior to graduation.
Seniors Megan Prunk, Bridgette Janssen and Hope Downer will also be asked to step up into leadership roles.