For 20 minutes of game time Thursday, Arcadia-Loup City was better than Class C-2 No.2 Yutan. But the Chieftains wore out the Rebels on the back end of each half to pull away for a 65-54 win in the opening round of the state tournament.

LOUP CITY – With most of Arcadia-Loup City’s rushing attack on the sidelines wearing knee braces, quarterback Macrae Maschka carried most of his team’s offense Friday.

Down one at halftime, Kearney Catholic coach Scott Carlin told his team to chill. Instead, they got hot. Doubling the output of the Arcadia-Loup City Rebels, the Stars rolled to a 61-41 victory Thursday night at Kearney Catholic’s Cope Coliseum.

St. Pat’s head coach Kevin Wood bumped up Felipe Martinez from 195 to 220 pounds to take on McKway Scott in the championship dual between the Irish and Arcadia-Loup City. Martinez found himself in a 5-2 hole entering the third period, but climbed back into the match with two penalty points from Scott.

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