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.
Broken Bow has a new mayor. Cecil Burt was sworn in, along with councilmen Jim Franssen and Scott Spanel at Mondayâ€™s city council meeting. The swearing in ceremony was part of the â€˜sine dieâ€™ proceedings which hands the governing of the city from one mayor and council to the next.
The new mayor said he is going to work to learn how to run a city along with the councilâ€™s help. Franssen is new to the council, but not new to city government, as he has previous experience as a member of Broken Bowâ€™s city council.
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.
INDIAN HAVE EYES ON CONFERENCE TITLE
BROKEN BOW -- The Broken Bow Indians look to rebound after a disappointing campaign last season.
To do so, the Indians will have to find support for returning starters Nathan Scott and Marc Sleicher. Scott returns as the Indians leading scorer and rebounder and changes opponents shots with his shot blocking capabilities.
INDIANS LOOK TO REDEEM LAST YEAR'S WOES
BROKEN BOW -- The Broken Bow Lady Indians return four starters fro last yearâ€™s team that finished 4-16.
This year the Lady Indians look for redemption after last yearâ€™s disappointing season.
Coach Dave Pruden expects his group of sophomores, who got some valuable experience last year, to follow the leadership of his starters to build strong depth from the bench.
The key for the Lady Indians will be to fix the mental errors that hindered them last season.