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.
The action cranks up in the boys basketball subdistricts tonight. At the C2-11 subdistrict in McCook, the St. Pat’s Irish and Hershey Panthers renew their rivalry in the first round, with the Irish looking to move towards a third straight state appearance. ESPN Radio 1410 will have the action, with pregame coverage at 5:45 and the tip-off at 6. St. Pat’s isn’t the only Lincoln County team to be a top seed. Wallace has the number one spot in the D2-10 subdistrict. They play Hayes Center tonight in Cambridge. The Brady Eagles face Anselmo-Merna in the first round of the D2-9 subdistrict in Gothenburg. And after a win over Sutherland last night, Maxwell gets a crack at undefeated Paxton in the D1-11 subdistrict.
The class A girls basketball districts open tonight as well. The North Platte Lady Bulldogs take on Kearney at Millard West High School in round one of the A-2 district. The game will tip off at 7:15, following the Millard West-Omaha Bryan game.
The Bulldog boys will host the Class A-6 district. They’ll take on Papio South on 5:30 on Saturday, with a game between Omaha North and Omaha Bryan to follow. The A-6 championship game will be held Tuesday.
It won’t be made official by the NSAA until Tuesday, but it appears that the North Platte Bulldogs boys basketball team will be hosting a Class A district as one of the top seven teams in the class in the Wild Card standings. As of Sunday night the Dawgs sat sixth in Wild Card points. They would host a district that would bring Omaha North, Omaha Bryan and Papillion-La Vista South to the Dawghouse. First round play in the boys Class A districts begins on Saturday.
Boys basketball subdistrict play in the C and D classes begins tonight with the play-in games in subdistricts with five teams. The Maxwell Wildcats and Sutherland Sailors will face each other in the D1-11 subdistrict play-in game tonight at 7 PM at the McGahan Activities Center in North Platte. Sutherland, the fourth seed, won both regular season meetings against Maxwell. The winner of this one gets the unenviable task of facing unbeaten Paxton on Tuesday night.