Led by a 23-kill performance by Madison Jurgens, as well as 19 kills and eight blocks from Madison Hajek, the third-ranked Griffins advanced to the Class D1 state tournament championship with a 25-21, 23-25, 25-18, 25-19 victory over Bertrand in the semifinals Friday at Lincoln's Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Making its third consecutive state-tournament appearance, Bertrand looked right at home while recording a 25-14, 25-17, 20-25, 25-19 victory over Grand Island Heartland Lutheran in Class D-1 first-round play Thursday at Lincoln Southeast.
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Cole Kennedy of Bertrand pointed to the gray sky as he passed the finish line Saturday at Burke Stadium. He won the Class D 800-meter run, but made sure the media knew who deserved the credit.
Larry Bennett expects there will be quite a shock when workers trudge up to the east gate at Burke Stadium around 6 Friday morning and find he isn’t there.
Bertrand’s Cole Kennedy had a busy day Monday afternoon. At the rescheduled Bertrand Invitational, a meet with an abbreviated schedule, Kennedy won the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs and ran a leg on the Vikings’ 4x400 relay.
For the first 30 minutes of Thursday’s Class D2 quarterfinal, one wouldn’t have been able to figure out who the No. 1-seed was and who the No. 8-seed was.
Bertrand coach Lisa Mason wanted her young squad to play relaxed and have fun in Thursday’s Class D-2 state quarterfinal match. The Vikings did that. But they didn’t do it until it was too late.
After traveling over 300 miles for its first-round playoff game, Hay Springs was not welcomed with open arms by Bertrand. Instead, the Vikings took advantage.