Archive - Sports Article
March 10th, 2011
The Sterling Jets flew by the Mullen Broncos in the final period to send the Mullen Broncos home in the opening game of the Class D2 tournament 61-39.
The Mullen Broncos showed no signs of rust from a 59 year layoff from the Boys State Basketball Tournament. The Broncos took an early first quarter 8-7 lead then increased it to 16-7 before Sterling came back to take the lead with nearly two and half minutes left in the first half. Trailing by five, Mullen's Gabe Connealy made a 3-point attempt at the end of the first half to trail 23-21.
DUNNING -- The Sandhills/Thedford Knights are making their second straight appearance in the Boys State Basketball Tournament since their co-op in the fall of 2008. The Knights were defeated in the first round last season by Freeman.
Before the co-op, Sandhills made four appearances in the state tournament and Thedford had made 13 appearances.
The Knights (16-7) open the state tournament as the No. 7 seed and will meet No. 2 seed Howells (22-2).
MULLEN -- The Mullen Broncos set a goal this season to qualify for the state tournament for the first time since 1952. After last weeks district championship win over Hay Springs, the Broncos achieved this goal.
âThis is the first time since 1952 that Mullen has made an appearance in the state tournament,â said Mullen head coach Rusty Moore. âThat has been a focus point for us all season, we have â1952â printed on the back of our warm up shirts.â
Basketball fans, âMarch Madnessâ is underway! Last weekend, the high school girls state basketball tournament was held. In some of the classes, the top seeds made it all the way to the championship game while others stumbled on the way. Nothing is a given when it comes to championship basketball especially in March.
The girls Class A bracket played out as it should have with Bellevue East coming back late in the game to steal the win from Bellevue West 52-49 for the state championship.
Girls Basketball State Tournament Final Results
State Champion - Bellevue East 52
State Runner-up - Bellevue West 49
3rd Place - Millard West 55
4th Place - Omaha Central 50
State Champion - Seward 70
State Runner-up - Elkhorn 54
3rd Place - Holdrege 56
4th Place - Beatrice 44
State Champion - Hastings St. Cecilia 65
State Runner-up - Wahoo 61
3rd Place - Sandy Creek 62
4th Place - Minden 45
State Champion - Homer 49
State Runner-up - Crofton 45
3rd Place - Hartington Cedar Catholic 55
Girls Basketball State Tournament Semifinal Results
#1 Bellevue East 54, #5 Millard West 43
#2 Bellevue West 69, #3 Omaha Central 63
#1 Seward 48, #5 Beatrice 34
#2 Elkhorn 46, #6 Holdrege 39
#1 Wahoo 59, #5 Minden 46
#3 Hastings St. Cecilia 78, #2 Sandy Creek 65
#1 Crofton 49, #5 Aquinas Catholic 36
#6 Homer 41, #7 Hartington Cedar Catholic 39
#6 Howells 40, #2 Chambers/Wheeler Central 24
#4 Pender 58, #1 West Point Central Catholic 51
#3 Wynot 53, #2 Lindsay Holy Family 44
First Round Results:
#1 Bellevue East 53, #8 Papillion-LaVista 48
#5 Millard West 45, #4 Lincoln Southeast 32
#2 Bellevue West 75, #7 Papillion-LaVista South 58
#3 Omaha Central 65, #6 Columbus 32
#1 Seward 61, #8 Omaha Skutt Catholic 42
#5 Beatrice 65, #4 Scottsbluff 42
#2 Elkhorn 46, #7 Norris 43 OT
#6 Holdrege 52, #3 Lexington 51
#1 Wahoo 64, #8 Norfolk Catholic 35
#5 Minden 49, #4 Gordon-Rushville 38
#2 Sandy Creek 73, #7 Centura 45
#3 Hastings St. Cecilia 52, #6 Ashland-Greenwood 36
#1 Crofton 54, #8 Lincoln Christian 48
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.