The girls basketball state tournament begins today in Lincoln, and three Lincoln County teams will take the hardwood in first round action. Two of them will be seeing each other for the fifth time this season. The Hershey Lady Panthers and St. Patrick’s Lady Irish renew their rivalry in round one of the Class C2 tournament. The season series is even at two wins apiece. The Lady Irish are hoping to improve on last season’s fourth-place finish, while the Panthers are looking for their first ever state tourney win. You can hear that game on ESPN Radio 1410, with pregame coverage at 10:30 AM. Later tonight, the Sutherland Lady Sailors face St. Mary’s in round one of the D1 state tournament. That game can be heard on Q-Country 107.3 FM, with the pregame show starting at 8:30 PM.
After last night’s boys basketball district final games, the North Platte Bulldogs and St. Patrick’s Irish learned their seeds for the state tournament next week. The Dawgs will be the seventh seed in the Class A bracket. They’ll face Omaha South in first-round play at 2 PM next Thursday. The Irish ended up with the fourth seed in the C2 field. That matches them up against Hartington Cedar Catholic at 10:45 AM. ESPN Radio 1410 will broadcast both first-round contests live.
For the first time since 1934, the North Platte Bulldogs and St. Patrick’s Irish boys basketball teams are both going to the state tournament. The Irish won their way into the Class C2 field by defeating Hemingford 51-43 in the C2-6 district final in Sidney. Joseph Clinch scored 17 points and Mark Mayfield added 15 points, and the Irish sunk 12 of 15 free throws in the fourth quarter to hold off a late Bobcats charge. The Irish are headed to state for the third straight season and the eleventh time overall. The Dawgs learned they would be the Class A Wild Card after the top five seeds in the class all won their district finals last night. It will be North Platte’s 37th trip to the state tourney, and their first since Danny Woodhead led the way to Lincoln in 2004. ESPN Radio 1410 will have coverage of the Dawgs and the Irish from the state tournament next Thursday.
The St. Patrick’s Irish can clinch a third straight trip to the Class C2 boys basketball tournament tonight. A win over Dundy County-Stratton on Saturday gave the Irish a C2-11 subdistrict title and earned them a berth in the C2-6 district championship game. Tonight, the Irish face Hemingford in Sidney with a state berth at stake. The Irish are 21-3 overall and winners of six straight games. The Hemingford Bobcats are 19-5, and playing in their first district final since 2001. ESPN Radio 1410 will have all the action, with pregame coverage at 7:15 and the tipoff at 7:30.
The North Platte Bulldogs will be watching the scoreboard tonight. Despite their loss to Papio South in the first round of the A6 district on Saturday, the Dawgs’ state tourney dreams are still alive. If the top five seeds in Class A all win their districts tonight, the door is open for the Dawgs to earn the Wild Card spot. Omaha Central, Omaha South, Papillion-La Vista, Omaha Benson and Millard West all must win for North Platte to make their first trip to state since 2004.
Tickets to state will be punched for girls basketball teams in the C and D classes tonight, and three Lincoln County teams are hoping they can earn their way to the big dance. In the C2-6 district championship, St. Patrick’s is looking for their second straight trip to state. They take on Bridgeport in Chappell. ESPN Radio 1410 will have the action, with pregame coverage at 7:15 and the tipoff at 7:30. The Sutherland Lady Sailors are hoping to make a second state trip in three years. They take on Crawford in the D1-6 district final in Bayard. And the Brady Lady Eagles are trying to get to Lincoln for the third time in the last four years. They face Wauneta-Palisade in the D2-5 final in Wallace. A best case scenario has four Lincoln County teams heading to state. Hershey must hope for a Wild Card entry into the Class C2 field.
The C2-11 Subdistrict championship game between St. Patrick’s and Dundy County-Stratton in the C2-11 championship in McCook has been postponed. The game will be played Saturday night at 7 PM at the McCook Events Center. The game will be broadcast live on Q-Country 107.3.
The D2-10 subdistrict championship game between Wallace and Wauneta-Palisade has been moved from Thursday night to Saturday night and from Cambridge to Hayes Center. The Wildcats and Broncos will meet Saturday night at 7 PM.
The St. Pat’s Irish and Wallace Wildcats will be playing for boys basketball subdistrict championships. St. Pat’s got 24 points from Mark Mayfield and controlled the action from start to finish in a 45-27 win over Hershey in the C2-11 subdistrict first round in McCook. Wallace held off Hayes Center 45-39 in the D2-9 subdistrict in Cambridge. Subdistrict championship games are scheduled for Thursday night.
The North Platte Lady Bulldogs season came to an end last night in Millard. They lost a nip-and-tuck battle to Kearney, 45-41, in the first round of the A2 district. The Lady Dawgs battled back from a 10-point second half deficit and briefly held a lead with three minutes left, but the Bearcats were able to hit free throws down the stretch to win. Ashten Hernandez led North Platte with 10 points in the loss. The Lady Dawgs finish with an 11-12 record.