ST. PAUL – Riley Swerczek hoped for a second chance.
The Longhorn girls advanced to their second consecutive Goldenrod Conference championship game with a convincing 48-27 victory over Nebraska Christian.
Entering the 48-team state volleyball tournament, only two teams have perfect records. As luck would have it, they play in the same class. The top squads in Class C-2 are No. 1 Hartington Cedar Catholic (32-0) and Nebraska Christian (31-0).
Nebraska Christian knocked off Class D-2 No. 2 Humphrey St. Francis and Grand Island Heartland Lutheran.
Once the Eagles settled down, they grabbed momentum and kept it. Nebraska Christian rallied from a 23-15 first-set deficit to take a 27-25, 25-23, 25-16 win over Centura Tuesday.
Nebraska Christian dominated both its matches as the Eagles notched a successful appearance at the Heartland Lutheran volleyball quadrangular.
Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. It’s a date Terry Elge will never forget.
Nolan Kohmetscher has only run the 3,200-meter run three times this season, but that is apparently all he needed. The Nebraska Christian senior was neck and neck with Aquinas’ Eli Frasher until he started to pull away on the second turn of the final lap to just win the Class C 3,200.
It’s not every day you win the same event twice. That’s essentially what happened to Nebraska Christian's Tara Murphy and Logan Faeh, who won their respective 300-meter hurdle events but had to re-run it after it was discovered that a flight of hurdles were accidentally missing from the track.
Centura survived a furious fourth quarter comeback effort by Nebraska Christian as the Centurions took a 41-40 victory in the semifinal round of the Class C-2, Subdistrict 8 Tournament Tuesday.
Centura’s Madison Myers and Emily Krolikowski may have started slow, but proved the old adage, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. Their efforts helped lift the Centurions to a 46-40 win over Nebraska Christian in the opening round of Class C-2 Subdistrict 8 play Tuesday in Aurora.
Going into Fullerton and Nebraska Christian’s matchup, you knew one team had to fall from the ranks of the undefeated. It was the Class D-1, No. 5 Warriors that came out unscathed, winning 44-33 in a loud home environment over the C-2 No. 4 Eagles.
Dillon Rose wasn’t about to let an opportunity to earn an early-season signature win slip away.
Sisters Cassidy and Claire Ostrand provided the 1-2 punch during Nebraska Christian’s home triangular. The two combined for 48 kills in two matches to lead the Eagles to wins over Humphrey St. Francis 23-25, 25-16, 25-20 and D-1, No. 5 Heartland Lutheran 25-16, 25-18 Thursday at home.
Sutton’s defense caused havoc to Nebraska Christian in the Class C-2, District 2 final Friday at Aurora Middle School. The No. 6 Fillies forced 26 turnovers, 14 of which came on steals, and held the Eagles’ offense to 42 percent (11-of-26) from the floor in taking a 45-28 win.
Jaydon Elge is close to pinning down a dream. The Nebraska Christian sophomore recorded his third state wrestling tournament pin when he stuck Thayer Central’s Tyler Hergott in 2:44 during Class D 138-pound semifinal action Friday night at the CenturyLink Center.
YORK – The Cross County Cougars knocked off the No. 4 seed on Monday night, but could not get past the No. 1 seed Nebraska Christian Eagles on Tuesday night at York High School.
Nebraska Christian’s Jayden Elge improved to 29-0 after winning the 138-pound weight class at the Grand Island Central Catholic Invite.
Winning while conserving energy was a common theme Friday night as Fullerton and Humphrey St. Francis advanced to Saturday’s championship game of the Goldenrod Conference Tournament.
It seemed fitting that the outcome between Heartland Lutheran and Nebraska Christian wasn’t determined until the final buzzer Saturday.
The Centennial girls and boys basketball teams were on the road Saturday at Nebraska Christian. The boys improved their season mark to 2-0 with a 36-23 win over the Eagles with a dominant first half of action.
Zach Welch of Ainsworth and Dani Wellnitz of Gordon-Rushville finished their high school cross country careers with wins.
On a night on which Garrett Sonderup played a part in 54 points, it was one play he wasn’t involved in that helped Class D-1 No. 9-rated Fullerton pull away from Nebraska Christian.
Giltner, Mead, Deshler, Nebraska Christian and St. Edward got together for a day of volleyball, but the best of the bunch Saturday turned out to be the host Hampton Hawks.
The Nebraska Christian Eagles put up double deuces in the first quarter and never looked back Friday night.
The Nebraska Christian boys cross country team showed it can compete with the big teams once again during the Central City Invite. The Eagles, one of two Class D teams competing at the meet Thursday, captured the title by having four runners place in the top seven with 16 points, 11 more than runner-up Lexington at Valley View Golf Club.