The St. Paul girls basketball team lived up to its reputation in Tuesday’s come-from-behind victory over Minden. Not a team to run anybody out of the gym offensively, the Wildcats used a strong defensive effort to overcome a 13-minute field goal drought to open the game and seal a 38-32 win at home.

Once St. Paul eliminated turnovers, its offense took advantage of short fields in a key district matchup against Centura Friday. The Wildcats only had to travel a total of 78 yards on their three possession that ended in touchdowns in a 27-6 victory.

St. Paul won the battles for turnovers and field position in the first half against Valentine Friday. The Badgers won those categories in the second half, and by a wider margin. Valentine scored all three of its touchdowns in the third quarter to rally past the Wildcats 23-16 in a battle of 2-0 teams.

For the second time in a week, the St. Paul volleyball team had to battle from behind to get a sweep. Just like in their match with Ord when the Wildcats rallied to get the sweep Thursday, they had to do it again. This time, St. Paul trailed Arcadia/Loup City numerous times in the second set, including 22-19 in the late stages.

David Gross accomplished the ultimate goal last year. The St. Paul senior set out to win a State Wrestling Tournament title last February at the CenturyLink Center. Gross claimed an ultimate tiebreaker decision in the Class C 160-pound final a year ago.

It may not have been easy for St. Paul’s top-ranked wrestlers Tyler Cunningham and David Gross in their Class C semifinal matches. But the Wildcat duo still managed to get the job done.

Grand Island Central Catholic did a lot of things well, but shooting the ball was not one of them, as the Crusaders found themselves on the wrong end of a 49-47 battle against Boone Central-Newman Grove in the semifinal round of the Class C-1, Subdistrict 9 tournament Tuesday at Northwest High School.

Central City took full advantage of its depth advantage against St. Paul Tuesday. Using a nine-man rotation, the Bison bench outscored the Wildcats 24-0 and played a big part in a 38-24 rebounding advantage.

St. Paul might just be one of the top-five teams in Class C-1 volleyball this season. But, like so many years before, its season ended just short of the Nebraska state volleyball tournament. The Wildcats were victims of geography and math.

Grand Island Central Catholic didn’t look like a team with nothing to play for on the final night of the regular season. The Crusaders forced six turnovers and allowed only 132 yards of offense to blank St. Paul 31-0 Friday.

Class C-1, No. 1 Ord had to dig deep to advance to the Lou-Platte Conference Tournament finals. The Chants lost the first two sets to No. 4 St. Paul, but came back to win the final three sets in a 24-26, 23-25, 25-16, 25-20, 15-7 victory Tuesday at Centura High School.

The Gering softball team went 2-1 Friday in the Aurora Invite. The Bulldogs, who were competing for the first time this season, cruised past Aurora 9-1 in their first game of the day before holding off St. Paul 6-5.

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