Local Hoops Weekend – Dawgs, Knights, Lady Irish, Lady Panthers Extend Streaks

The North Platte Bulldogs, St. Patrick’s Lady Irish and Hershey Lady Panthers maintained long winning streaks to highlight this weekend on the prep hardwood. The Dawgs topped North Star and Fremont to move their streak to five games. The class C2 fifth-ranked Lady Irish are also now on a five-game winning streak with weekend wins over Chase County and Cambridge. As for the class C2 fourth-ranked Lady Panthers, their streak is now ten after they took care of Maxwell and Dundy County-Stratton. Also staying hot over the weekend were the North Platte Community College Knights. The Knights hammered Western Nebraska 100-69 on Saturday night at McDonald-Belton Gymnasium. That’s their fifth straight win, and it keeps the Knights atop the Region IX South Sub-region standings.

BASKETBALL: Four Ranked Area Teams Cruise

State-ranked and on a roll, the St. Patrick’s Irish and Lady Irish cruised to easy wins over Maxwell last night at the McGahan Activities Center. The fifth-ranked Lady Irish defeated the Lady Wildcats 74-28, while the fourth-ranked Irish boys beat the Wildcats 70-17. Two other ranked girls basketball teams were in action last night. The Class D1 tenth-ranked Sutherland Lady Sailors routed Creek Valley 74-24, and Class D2 ninth-ranked Brady topped SMC 45-27.

BASKETBALL: Irish, Lady Panthers Win SPVA Tournaments

On Saturday night the SPVA basketball champions were crowned. The St. Patrick’s Irish boys defeated Chase County 44-33 behind Mark Mayfield’s 22 points to claim the conference title for the second straight year. In the girls championship game, Maegan Hiatt scored 15 points as the Hershey Lady Panthers knocked off St. Pat’s 44-30 for their first SPVA title since 2005.

BASKETBALL: SPVA Boys Semifinal Action

The SPVA boys basketball championship game is set. It will be the St. Patrick’s Irish taking on the Chase County Longhorns on Championship Saturday. In semifinal last night at North Platte Community College, the Irish handled Perkins County 53-39 and the Longhorns defeated Hershey 47-38. Tonight in the girls semifinals, Hershey faces Chase County and St. Pat’s takes on Sutherland.

VOLLEYBALL: Byrn Commits to NPCC, Adding to Strong Local Recruiting Class

St. Patrick’s senior Samantha Byrn became the third Lincoln County prep volleyball standout to commit to Sally Thalken’s North Platte Community College program this winter after making her signing official yesterday. Byrn was a key contributor to an Irish team that finished in fourth place at the Class C2 state tournament in November. She joins Sutherland seniors Sam Kennedy and Joli Hopping as future Lady Knights from the county.

Lady Sailors, Lady Longhorns Advance in SPVA Tourney

The Sutherland Lady Sailors and Chase County Lady Longhorns advanced to the semifinals of the SPVA girls basketball tournament with victories last night. Chase County edged Perkins County 37-36, and Sutherland routed Maxwell 74-28. Tonight in the SPVA boys basketball tournament, semifinal action will pit top-seed St. Pat’s against Perkins County at 6 PM, and second-seed Chase County against Hershey at 7:30.

The updated brackets are HERE.

Prep Basketball Roundup, January 8

The following are scores for prep basketball games Tuesday night:


Gothenburg 58, Arapahoe 47
Hershey 57, Sutherland 30
Maxwell 49, Maywood 39
Medicine Valley 42, Hayes Center 38
North Platte St. Patrick’s 55, Mullen 39
Southern Valley 61, Chase County 20


Arapahoe 62, Gothenburg 52
Hershey 43, Sutherland 39
Maxwell 44, Maywood 32
Medicine Valley 59, Hayes Center 34
North Platte St. Patrick’s 64, Mullen 41
Southern Valley 58, Chase County 50

SPVA Basketball Brackets Set

The South Platte Valley Association released the brackets for the boys and girls basketball tournaments to be played next week. St. Patrick’s and Chase County are the two top seeds in the boys bracket, while Hershey and St. Pat’s are the top two in the girls tourney.

The bracket can be viewed online here. Tournament play takes place at North Platte Community College starting next Monday.

Prep Basketball Recap, 12/18

The St. Patrick’s Lady Irish keep right on winning. The third-ranked Lady Irish moved their record on the season to 7-0 with a 68-43 win at Sandhills/Thedford last night. In the boys half of that doubleheader last night, the Irish topped the Knights 55-45. The other unbeaten Lincoln County team that took the floor last night suffered their first loss of the season. The Wallace boys were defeated by Medicine Valley 53-44. It was a sweep for Med Valley, as the Lady Raiders topped the Lady Wildcats 47-40. The Paxton Tigers and Lady Tigers got off to winning starts in their home Pre-Holiday tournament. The second-ranked Tiger boys routed Maywood 82-24 while the Lady Tigers also beat Maywood, 56-31. In other action, Mullen’s boys defeated Garden County 50-26 while the Gothenburg Lady Swedes were edged by McCook 41-40.

Prep Basketball Preview, December 18

A pair of undefeated local basketball teams are on the hardwood tonight. The St. Patrick’s Lady Irish are hoping to run their season-opening winning streak to seven as they head north to take on a tough Sandhills/Thedford team as part of a girls and boys doubleheader. In the boys game, the Irish will be hoping to start a brand new winning streak after losing their last time out. Also still among the ranks of the unbeaten are the Wallace Wildcat boys, at 4-0. The Wildcats and Lady Wildcats host Medicine Valley tonight. In other doubleheader action, Mullen makes a trip to take on Garden County. In girls basketball the Gothenburg Lady Swedes will try and get back on the winning track on their home floor against McCook. And in boys action, Paxton hosts Maywood in the opener of Paxton’s Pre-Holiday tournament.