With the clock ticking down, it reached now-or-never time for Kenesaw’s Brielle Schneider. So the senior made her move, one that would lead to the Class D-1 No. 8 Blue Devils making their first state tournament win a memorable one.

When a team makes it to five district championships in a row, people might start taking them for granted. But when it takes that fifth appearance to pick up your first victory, it’s a whole ’nother story.

With an 18-point lead whittled down to five, Kenesaw needed a play to regain momentum during Thursday’s Class D-1, Subdistrict 7 final. It was no surprise who provided that much-needed boost.

After playing a 46-40 overtime game with Class D-2, No. 4 Exeter-Milligan in the opening game of the season, and coming off an 81-6 blitzing of Giltner in the first round of the state playoffs, Kenesaw had high hopes for an upset of the defending champion Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

Kenesaw gave coach Craig Schnitzler a 100th win to remember Thursday. The Blue Devils scored on their first 11 possessions to hand deliver a stunning 81-6 rout of Giltner in the first round of the Class D-2 playoffs.

Throughout the summer, The World-Herald will be previewing the high school football season with a story previewing a new team or teams each day. This week, Eight Man-2 is featured, with the Nos. 5 through 10 teams today.

Amherst wants the world to know that it does more than wrestle in the winter. Sure, it had been 28 years since the basketball team reached Lincoln while the wrestling team pinned its way to six straight state titles (and counting). On Tuesday night — after yet another offensive clinic — Amherst’s words proved to be true. They do indeed play basketball. And for the first time since 1987, they’ll be playing in Lincoln.

Jaylon Sturdivant took an early 8-2 lead and then put Preston Johnson in a leg cradle to pin him in 1 minute, 28 seconds on Thursday. “You just have to use your setups that you know you can get to that move with. I just set it up with what I had to and did it,” Sturdivant said.

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