Throughout the summer, The World-Herald will prepare you for the high school football season with previews of new teams each day. Working their way up from the smallest class, the ratings are based on last season’s final Top 10. This week, Class C-2 is featured, with Nos. 5 through 10 today.

High Plains saw an 18-point third quarter lead dwindle to 49-45 late, but a 94-foot completion from Kyler VanHousen to Sam Johnson was on the mark and the Storm held on for the 54-45 win over the Sutton Mustangs.

Despite plenty of tries this season, Sutton still couldn’t figure out how to stop Hastings St. Cecilia’s Lucy Skoch. The 6-foot-2 middle blocker put down 27 kills to lead the eighth-rated Hawkettes past the No. 4 Fillies 25-16, 26-28, 25-14, 25-16 in the first round Thursday at Lincoln Southwest.

St. Pat’s fell to Sutton on Friday in the first round of the Class C-2 playoffs, 18-15. James Schroll opened the scoring with an 8-yard run on the first play of the second quarter.

Dayton Sealey could only come up with one word to describe the mammoth drives that Sutton kept putting on his Hastings St. Cecilia defense. “It was embarrassing,” Sealey said, of trying to play linebacker against the Mustangs.

Hastings St. Cecilia had momentum on its side after the first two sets. The Hawkettes trailed for most of the first two sets and rallied to take them both, then took an early lead in the third before Sutton regrouped to force a fifth.

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

The Sutton Mustangs, behind first-place medalist Tristan Sheridan with a 39, won the Fillmore Central triangular with a team score of 171, 23 strokes better than the host Panthers. The Panthers' 194 team score was 10 strokes better than Superior. Leading the Panthers with a pair of 45s were Kyle Bailey and Matt Loseke, while Tanner Ourada shot a 51 and Thomas Norvell and Trevor Swartz posted a 53 each.

The No. 3-rated Hawkettes (23-3) advanced to Saturday’s 8:30 p.m. Class C-2 championship game with an 84-38 semifinal win over No. 6 Sutton on Friday night at the Devaney Sports Center. The victory earned St. Cecilia a third consecutive trip to the C-2 final — and a third consecutive matchup against three-time defending C-2 state champion Crofton (28-0).

It wasn’t 30. But it wasn’t far off, either. Class C-2 No. 6 Sutton capped a day of blowouts with one of their own, a 56-38 win over No. 5 Freeman in the quarterfinals of the girls state basketball tournament at Lincoln North Star.

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.

The York Dukes were on fire in the first half; hitting 7-of-12 3-point shots. York struggled from the 3-point arc and the free throw line in the second half, and the Sutton Fillies took full advantage, pushing the Dukes to the limit in Tuesday night’s battle between two rated schools.

The York Duke boys basketball team got off to a fast start on Tuesday night and that’s just what head coach Scott Lamberty wanted to see. York didn’t just play well offensively, but the defense also played a big role in York’s 56-32 dismantling of Sutton in non-conference action.

The No. 3 seed Sutton Mustang boys were looking elimination from the Southern Nebraska Conference Basketball Tournament square in the face as they trailed the No. 6 seed Fillmore Central Panthers 33-28 headed to the final eight minutes.

The No. 3 seed Sutton Mustang boys were looking elimination from the Southern Nebraska Conference Basketball Tournament square in the face as they trailed the No. 6 seed Fillmore Central Panthers 33-28 headed to the final eight minutes.

The Heartland Huskies came up with one of those “feather in the cap” wins Thursday night, downing the Class C2 No. 8 Sutton Fillies on their home court 3-2 in Southern Nebraska Conference action.

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