Prep Basketball Preview, December 20

The Maxwell Booster Tournament highlights tonight’s local prep basketball action. The Brady Eagles and Lady Eagles enter the tournament as heavy favorites. They’ll each take on South Loup, while the hosts battle SMC. In other tournament action, Paxton’s boys and girls play Mullen in the championship games of the Paxton Pre-Holiday tournament. The boys final is a matchup between unbeaten teams. And in scheduled girls and boys doubleheaders, Cozad hosts Ord, Chase County welcomes Dundy County-Stratton, and Perkins County plays host to Ogallala.

Prep Basketball Roundup, December 14 (LISTEN LIVE to NPHS Basketball on ESPN Radio 1410)

It’s a busy night on the prep hardwood. North Platte visits McCook in what could be the last regular season meeting between the two schools. The girls game tips off at 6 PM, followed by the boys game at 7:45. ESPN Radio 1410 has the games live, with pregame coverage at 5:45. The other Lincoln County schools are also playing tonight. St. Pat’s visits Valentine, Maxwell treks to Paxton, Brady hosts Hitchcock County, Hershey welcomes Kimball, Sutherland travels to Hayes Center. Also tonight in girls and boys basketball doubleheader action, Gothenburg plays host to Holdrege, Eustis-Farnam is at Maywood, Perkins County visits Sidney, Cozad treks to Central City, Chase County hosts Garden County, Med Valley hosts South Loup, Mullen welcomes Cody-Kilgore, and SMC is home to Twin Loup.

Scores from last night’s action:

GIRLS:

St. Patrick’s 58, Gothenburg 37

Sutherland 70, Wallace 23

BOYS:

St. Patrick’s 58, Gothenburg 41

Wallace 65, Sutherland 40

Prep Basketball Results – December 11

In girls prep basketball action Tuesday night, the third-ranked St. Patrick’s Lady Irish moved to 4-0 on the season with a 74-40 home victory over Perkins County. Samantha Byrn’s 20 points led the Lady Irish offensively. Mandy O’Malley added 16 points and Brittany Lawrence was also in double figures with 13 points. The Brady Lady Eagles were unable to maintain their undefeated record. Playing an opponent two classes ahead of them, the Class D2 ninth-ranked Lady Eagles fell to Southern Valley 47-40 in Brady. Class D1’s fifth-ranked Sutherland Lady Sailors eased past Chase County 47-28. In other girls action, Wauneta-Palisade fell to Dundy County-Stratton 69-57, Cozad lost at McCook 41-28, Mullen beat South Loup 63-22 and Sandhills/Thedford routed Arcadia 66-18. In boys basketball last night, Mullen topped South Loup 73-46 and Sandhills/Thedford defeated Arcadia 77-33.

BASKETBALL: Bulldogs, Irish Make Season Debuts (LISTEN LIVE TONIGHT to the Lady Bulldogs on ESPN Radio 1410)

The North Platte Bulldog boys and girls basketball teams get their seasons underway tonight. The Bulldog boys return four starters in Matt Kaminski’s second year on the sidelines. They face Lincoln High at the Doghouse tonight, with the tipoff scheduled for 7:30. The Lady Bulldogs bring back two starters for head coach Mark Woodhead. They make the trip to the capital city to face Lincoln High’s Lady Links. ESPN Radio 1410 will have the broadcast of the girls game, with pregame coverage at 7:30 and the tipoff at 7:45. Also tonight, the St. Pat’s Irish and Lady Irish, both ranked in the preseason Class C2 polls, open their campaigns hosting Broken Bow. In other boys and girls hoops doubleheaders, Hershey travels to Gothenburg, Maxwell hosts SMC, Wallace is at Maywood, and Brady visits Wauneta-Palisade.

Other area teams in action tonight (all are girls/boys doubleheaders):
@ Hayes Center: Arapahoe VS Hayes Center
@ Maxwell: SMC VS Maxwell
@ Maywood: Wallace VS Maywood
@ McCook: Chase County VS McCook
@ Paxton: Medicine Valley VS Paxton
@ South Loup: Twin Loup VS South Loup

VOLLEYBALL: Irish, Sailors on to Semifinals

Two Lincoln County teams are on to the state volleyball semifinals after first-round action on Thursday. The St. Patrick’s Lady Irish are in the class C2 semis for the second time in four years after defeating Hershey in four sets (23-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-10). Brittany Lawrence had 21 kills and five service aces to help the Lady Irish advance. Maddie Seamann had 13 kills in the loss for the Lady Panthers. The Sutherland Lady Sailors moved on to the D1 semifinals with a three-set win over Alma (25-21, 25-17, 25-17). Sam Kennedy’s 18 kills paced the Lady Sailor attack. In class D2 action, Brady was eliminated by Mead in three sets (20-25, 21-25, 22-25). Madison Elliott had nine kills in the Lady Eagles’ losing effort. On Friday, St. Patrick’s plays Lutheran High Northeast ad 9 AM, and Sutherland takes on Exeter-Milligan at 6:30 PM. You can hear both matches live on ESPN Radio 1410 and online at www.northplattepost.com.

VOLLEYBALL: State Tournament Opens Today (LISTEN LIVE)

The state volleyball tournament opens today in Grand Island with four Lincoln County teams vying for state championships. Two of them face each other right out of the chute. The top-seed St. Patrick’s Lady Irish, owners of a 28-1 record and making their second straight state appearance, take on eight-seed Hershey, who’s back at state for the first time since 2006, in the first round of the C2 tournament at 9 AM. At 11 AM, the Sutherland Lady Sailors are in action. They’re the third-seed in the D1 tournament and are at state for the third straight year. Their first round opponent is Alma. The Brady Lady Eagles round out the local action at 2 PM, facing top-seed Mead in the D2 tournament. All games today will be broadcast live on ESPN Radio 1410 and streamed online at the North Platte Post. Click on the ESPN Radio logo on the right side of the page to listen in.