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Sutton hands Superior first loss
SUTTON — The Sutton volleyball team needed a lift after a humbling weekend at the Kearney Catholic invite.
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Red Cloud defeats Silver Lake
BLADEN — Up 2-0 heading into the third set, Red Cloud head coach Brooke Lewis knew getting a sweep on Silver Lake’s home court wouldn’t be easy.
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Hawkettes rebound after first loss
BLUE HILL — It may not have been the prettiest of performances, but after losing for the first time Saturday to Class C-1 No. 1 Kearney Catholic, the St. Cecilia volleyball team responded with a three-set victory Tuesday over Blue Hill.
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Hastings High captures first place
Runners had significantly better conditions on Monday at the Adams Central cross country invite than last Tuesday, when the meet was originally scheduled: Poor weather forced the race to be postponed.
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AC girls win own title
The Adams Central girls cross country team came into the season with high expectations, and it showed why Monday.
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Zimmerman: Put faith in Armstrong
Earlier this week, Big Ten Network columnist Tom Dienhart unveiled his quarterly report for the conference.
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Broncos top Concordia 48-43
For the second straight season, Hastings College and Concordia University hooked up in a fight to the finish. This time, the Broncos remained standing at the end of it all with a 48-43 victory.
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STC finishes second at invite
KEARNEY — With the homecoming dance on Friday night followed by an early wake-up call for a bus ride to Kearney the next morning, the St. Cecilia girls volleyball team already had spent plenty of energy before it hit a single serve or spike in the Kearney Catholic tournament on Saturday.
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Bluehawks find an extra gear in victory
Jake Kadow's punt return touchdown with 1:13 left in the first quarter pretty well summed up his night, as well as that of the entire St. Cecilia football team in its 42-7 win over Fillmore Central.
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Strong second half leads to BDS rout of Giltner
SHICKLEY — In a first half that consisted of a combined 72 points and 604 yards, it was the Class C-1 No. 6 Bruning-Davenport/Shickley defense that helped the Eagles defeat Class D-2 No. 3 Giltner 82-36.
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Sidney beats Hastings High 40-20
Unbeaten Sidney brought the Hastings High air show down closer to Earth, while the Red Raiders' ground game took center stage.
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Blue Hill's late rally falls short
BLUE HILL — The Blue Hill football team scored 28 unanswered points in the fourth quarter against High Plains Community but it still wasn't enough to overcome a deficit in the first three quarters in a 43-40 loss at home Friday.
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Patriots fall 3-1 to defending champs
In a span of two days, Adams Central played two top-ranked volleyball teams.
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Tigers fall in five to Bearcats
After 109 volleys into the match, the Hastings High volleyball team’s offense finally found its rhythm against Kearney.
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Tiger offense preying on record books
Last season, Hastings High named Erik Emerson its new football coach with less than a month before the season began.
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Silver Lake beats Blue Hill in 5
BLADEN — After falling two sets to nil against Blue Hill at home Tuesday night, Silver Lake battled back to win the next three.
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Wildcats go 2-0 at Kenesaw triangular
KENESAW — The Superior volleyball team has the experience to be a successful team. But with all returning starters playing new positions, head coach Kelsea Blevins said it may take some time before the Wildcats are completely comfortable on the court.
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No. 1 Hawkettes sweep Patriots
Head coach Twila Knehans and her volleyball team have been working on changing the culture at Adams Central.
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Tigers split with No. 8 Vikings
GRAND ISLAND — The Hastings High and Northwest softball teams took part in an unusual doubleheader split Monday at George Park in Grand Island.
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Zimmerman: A letter to NU offensive guru Tim Beck
Dear Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck:
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Hastings College opens season with blowout win
SALINA, Kan. — Hastings College fans had plenty to cheer for as they watched the Bronco football team cruise past Kansas Wesleyan in the first game of the season.
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Unranked Broncos upset No. 3 Wayland Baptist
Five of the Hastings College volleyball team's first 12 matches this season have come against teams ranked in the NAIA preseason top 25 poll.
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Broncos beat Kansas Wesleyan in OT for first win
SALINA, Kan. — For the first 84 minutes, the Hastings College women's soccer team struggled to get many scoring opportunities against Kansas Wesleyan on Saturday.
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Early scores lead HC men to victory
The Hastings College men's soccer team started fast in its 2-0 win over Hannibal-LaGrange Saturday night as freshmen forward Lucas Venegas scored the first goal of the game just 43 seconds in..
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BDS tops Bobcats in thriller
BRUNING — Bruning-Davenport/Shickley quarterback Grant Norder may have only completed nine passes in Friday’s top-10 showdown against Blue Hill, but its was the ninth and final completion that sent Eagles fans into a frenzy.
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Spalding Academy shocks Silver Lake
BLADEN — Silver Lake, the defending 6-man state champions, looked helpless in the first quarter of its season debut against Spalding Academy.
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Sutton 2-0
SUTTON — Senior running back Noah Johnson rushed for 320 yards on 23 carries and scored five touchdowns to help Sutton move to 2-0 Friday night with a 62-20 home win over Thayer Central.
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Kenesaw cruises past Lawrence-Nelson
KENESAW — The Schnitzlers doubled Lawrence-Nelson’s troubles Friday night.
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VanCura reaches 800 career wins
GRAND ISLAND — A nod. A short smile.That’s how St. Cecilia volleyball coach Alan VanCura acknowledged the Hawkette fans at Grand Island Central Catholic’s gym who held up a banner to honor his 800th career victory after the girls swept Lincoln Christian 25-23, 25-16 on Thursday.
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Bumgardner leads Patriots in triangular
Senior Josie Bumgardner struck out 14 Cozad batters and later hit three home runs against Minden, including a grand slam, as Adams Central won both of its games of a triangular played Thursday at the Smith Softball Complex.
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AC sweeps home triangular
For the second straight year, the Adams Central volleyball team opened its season with a 2-0 record.
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Big inning lifts Dukes past Tigers
Coming off of a 3-0 weekend and winning the Holdrege invite, the Hastings High softball team returned home to the Smith Softball Complex on Tuesday and went toe-to-toe with the defending state runners-up.
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Defensive woes cost Blue Hill
BLUE HILL — After beating Southern Valley/Alma 6-1 on Aug. 26, the Blue Hill softball team was plagued by defensive mistakes en route to a 7-4 defeat to the same team Tuesday.
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Abdullah, offense historic in NU debut

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Neeley: Abdullah is the real deal
LINCOLN — I remember these kind of Nebraska games when I was a kid — by the third quarter the only reason you continued to tune in to Lyle Bremser is to know the final total yardage tally for NU. Numbers sound more important on radio. But Nebraska's 784 total yards against Florida Atlantic has a nice ring to it.
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Hastings High quarterback Braedon Valentine had the look of confidence going into Friday's season-opener. His coach said he saw it in his signal-callers' eyes.
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Patriots drop opener 34-7
The new era of Adams Central football received a rude welcome back into the ranks of Class B.
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STC overcomes turnovers, penalties for victory
Teamwork and solid defense got St. Cecilia to an opening-night victory on a night when the Bluehawks were less than polished in several facets of the game.
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Defending champs E-M blast Kenesaw
KENESAW — Kyle Jensen did his work in the offseason. The Kenesaw defense would agree.
The Exeter-Milligan senior back ran through arm tackles and dodged Blue Devils defenders en route to a 200-yard, four-touchdown performance in the defending state champions' 52-26 victory on Friday night.
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St. Patrick's beats defending champs
DONIPHAN — In a Class C-2 state quarterfinal playoff game last season, Doniphan-Trumbull came from behind to beat North Platte St. Patrick's 42-20 en route to the school's first state title.
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Morningside once again GPAC favorite
For the previous three years, the Morningside College football team has been on top of the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
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Golfers battle storms at D-T meet
GRAND ISLAND — The first challenge of the season for area golfers wasn’t just other golfers.
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Red Raiders hope to reload at key positions
Last season, the Northwestern College football team started the year losing two of its first four games.
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DWU hopes to carry momentum from 2013
After starting the season 1-2, the Dakota Wesleyan University football team ended the 2013 season as the hottest team in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
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Bulldogs looking to build off special season
The 2013 season was a special one for the Concordia University football team. The Bulldogs went 7-4 for their first winning season since 2001.
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Local talent key for Tigers
Doane College was voted to finish fifth in the coaches poll and sixth in the media poll after the GPAC media day on Aug. 7 in Lincoln, but as the Tigers’ head coach Matt Franzen knows, it’s hard to know in August how a team will finish the season.
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Patriots drop opener to North Platte
Adams Central softball coach Chelsey Jacobitz said the Patriots did not get off to the start they expected in Thursday’s season opener against a tough Class A opponent, but she’s not one to make excuses, either.
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HHS dominant in season opener
Hastings High head coach Pete Theoharis put two freshmen in his starting lineup on the Tigers’ opening night contest Thursday against Minden at the Smith Softball Complex.
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NWU has key returners on offense, defense
Last season, the Nebraska Wesleyan football team faced three NAIA top-25 opponents in its first four weeks of the season. The Prairie Wolves lost to top-ranked Morningside 48-10 and 17th-ranked Tabor College 10-9, but NWU beat Northwestern 22-8 when it was ranked No. 17..
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Chargers to rely on offense in 2014
After going 4-7 last season, and 3-6 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference, Briar Cliff head coach Tom Rethman has two numbers on his mind — nine and seven.
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Warriors building off of last year’s youth
In each of Josh Gehring’s two years as the Midland University football coach, the Warriors have finished with an overall record of 4-6 and a 3-6 record in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
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Dordt trying to keep up with GPAC trend
In the first four years of the Dordt College football program, the Defenders tallied just four wins.
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Fall sports kick off practice
High school fall sports officially hit the ground running this morning, as football, boys tennis, girls golf and softball teams could begin practicing to prepare for this season.
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HC tabbed 7th, 8th in GPAC preseason polls
LINCOLN — Thursday marked the 15th annual GPAC football media day, and as is the case every year, each coach was excited to boast about this year’s team.
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Hebron falls in Class C finals
HEBRON — Going into the Class C American Legion baseball state tournament, Hebron knew it wasn’t just another host team.
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Sutton walks-off to beat Shelton-Gibbon
HEBRON — All night long, the Sutton American Legion baseball team's quest for a timely hit went to no avail.
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Hebron beats Pender in extra innings
HEBRON — At times this season, the Hebron American Legion baseball team has struggled to finish games.
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FPB's season comes to an end
OMAHA — After Five Points Bank recorded a victory in one of its most grueling victories of the season on Monday, the Hastings senior American Legion baseball team went toe-to-toe with its toughest opponent of the year on Tuesday.
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Five Points Bank survives in 11 innings
OMAHA — Going into Monday, the American Division of the Class A state tournament had not seen a final score end with a differential of fewer than four runs. But in the bracket’s seventh game of the tournament, fans witnessed an instant classic.
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Big inning dooms Hebron
HEBRON —Through the first five innings, it looked as if Hebron and Shelton-Gibbon’s quarterfinal battle at the Class C American Legion baseball tournament would go down to the wire.
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FPB starts state 1-1
OMAHA — In the Five Points Bank senior American Legion baseball team’s first game of the Class A state tournament on Saturday, the offense exploded for seven runs in the eighth inning, leading to a 10-3 victory over Fairway Asset Mustangs (Millard North).
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Hebron starts 2-0 at state tourney
Sutton in losers bracket

HEBRON — The Hebron senior American Legion baseball team is only in the Class C state tournament because its the host this year.
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Faces of Sports: Cal Johnson
As a young man playing competitive baseball and basketball for Hastings teams while in high school during the 1950s, Cal Johnson saw a lot of things.
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FPB relying on strong schedule at state
The Five Points Bank senior American Legion baseball team is no stranger to facing tough competition.
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Youth aplenty, Sutton back at state
In all likelihood, this was supposed to be the year where Sutton's dominance of Class C American Legion baseball would finally recede.
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Crush softball completes successful season
With only four players coming back from last year's 10-under Hastings Crush softball team, winning another title seemed like a lofty goal at the beginning of the season.
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FPB falls to Kearney in A-7 finals
NORTH PLATTE — The final day of the Class A, Area 7 tournament at Bill Wood Field was full of mixed emotions for the Five Points Bank American Legion baseball team.
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North Platte stuns JIH, wins area
Johnson Imperial Homes’ season came to a stunning end on Tuesday night on its home turf.
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Five Points Bank punches ticket to state
NORTH PLATTE — The Five Points Bank American Legion baseball team punched its ticket to the Class A senior state tournament with a 9-6 win over First Nationals (North Platte) Monday at the Class A, Area 7 tournament.
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FPB wins twice, reaches area semifinals
NORTH PLATTE — After losing a heartbreaker to North Platte in its first game at the Area 7 tournament on Friday, the Hastings Five Points Bank senior American Legion baseball team bounced back with a pair of elimination game wins over the weekend.
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JIH advances to finals
Through five innings, the Johnson Imperial Homes junior American Legion baseball team dominated its game against First Nationals (North Platte), but JIH had to withstand a sixth-inning rally in order come away victorious.
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JIH beats Kearney 4-2 in area
The Hastings Johnson Imperial Homes junior American Legion baseball team is one step closer to winning the Class A, Area 7 juniors championship as it held off a late rally by Kearney Post 52 to earn a 4-2 victory on Friday night at Duncan Field.
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FPB loses heartbreaker
NORTH PLATTE — The Five Points Bank American Legion baseball team battled the First Nationals (North Platte) team back-and-forth for nine innings in the first round of the Class A, Area 7 tournament, but it was North Platte that had the final say.
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Pitching key for FPB at area tourney
The Hastings Five Points Bank senior American Legion baseball team has the right makeup for success in tournament play with its deep pitching corps.
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JIH confident going into area tourney
Despite losing its final regular season game, the Johnson Imperial Homes American Legion baseball team is confident it has what it takes to make some noise in the Class A, Area 7 tournament, which begins Friday.
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JIH splits doubleheader
With just a few days remaining before the area tournament, the Johnson Imperial Homes American Legion baseball team took on Lincoln North Star in a doubleheader Tuesday at Duncan.
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South wins all-star game at Duncan
On Monday, the eve of the Major League Baseball All-Star game, the Central Plains League all-stars made the trek to Duncan Field for their own contest.
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FPB goes 3-1 at own tourney
There may be a new awning, press box and seats, but one visage of Duncan Field that hasn’t changed in the recent renovations is the deep, brick wall that reaches 408 feet out to center field. 
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FPB starting tourney strong
Brooks Asher hit a go-ahead, two-RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning and Zach Merrill was solid on the mound for Hastings Five Points Bank in its 6-2 win over Millard South on Friday in the opener of the Johnny Hopp tournament. 
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JIH wins league title
LINCOLN — A day off was just what Hastings Johnson Imperial Homes pitcher Matt Krontz needed.
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BDS rallies to beat Geneva
DAVENPORT — With the American Legion baseball season winding down, games are becoming more intense. Teams have gotten their fair share of games in and now there is more on the line in each game.
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Quick start lifts West over East
GRAND ISLAND — Phoenix Stevenson of Grand Island Home Federal got things going with a two-run homerun in the first inning, then the pitchers went to work and did the rest in the West’s 3-1 victory over the East team in the Cornhusker League All-Star game Tuesday night at Ryder Park.
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Runza rolls past Norfolk
After Sunday’s loss in the Mid Nebraska League championship, the Hastings Runza American Legion baseball team’s head coach John LaMaster knew his team could have played better.
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Weather postpones Cornhusker League championship
The Johnson Imperial Homes American Legion baseball team traveled to Lincoln on Monday to take on Lincoln Sandhills Publishing (Pius) in the Cornhusker League championship at Sherman Field.
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JIH finishes own tourney 3-1
The Johnson Imperial Homes junior American Legion baseball team finished its own tournament with an exclamation point Sunday, scoring five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning against Hickman Post 105 (Norris) to end the game via the 10-run mercy rule, 12-2.
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Runza can't complete comeback for league title
Broken Bow used two big innings and held off a late rally by Hastings Runza to capture the Nebraska Junior Conference Championship with a 13-9 win Sunday. 

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FPB shuts out Pleasant Dale
After nearly a week off since beating Lexington 18-0, the Five Points Bank American Legion baseball team did not let the long layover affect it on Tuesday.
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JIH downs Pleasant Dale 12-0
It won't officially make the record books, but Cole Maurer did accomplish a first at the newly renovated Duncan Field on Tuesday night.
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Perone to join HC women's staff
Hastings College women's basketball coach Carrie Hofstetter announced the hiring of former Omaha Benson head coach Jon Perone as an assistant on Monday.
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Wyoming rushes past Nebraska
BLADEN — The Wyoming All-Stars powerful running game was too much to handle for Nebraska on Saturday in the third annual Battle of the Border 6-man all-star football game.
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Hinrichs claims open title
At this time last year, Josh Hinrichs was competing in his second Adams County Open after just graduating from Hastings High.
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Early lead propels JIH to win
After Wednesday’s loss to Beatrice, the Johnson Imperial Homes American Legion baseball team knew it wanted to come out firing on Thursday against Seward.
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Skeen one of several thinking repeat at Adams County Open
In last year's Adams County Open, former St. Cecilia golfer Mike Hannon had his eyes set on a three-peat.
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BLADEN — The third annual 6-Man Shootout all-star football game between Nebraska and Wyoming will be played here Saturday at 1 p.m.
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Beatrice rallies to defeat JIH
Beatrice used a late, eighth inning rally to come from behind and defeat Johnson Imperial Homes 3-2 on Wednesday.
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Grand Island too much for FPB
It’s been a roller coaster ride of a home season for the Five Points Bank American Legion baseball team since Duncan Field re-opened. FPB started by getting no-hit against Kearney but rebounded with a 12th-inning walk-off win against Brighton (Colo.).
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Spady catch secures win for JIH
Matt Krontz pitched a complete game and pitched himself out of a few jams along the way to give Johnson Imperial Homes a 3-2 win over Grand Island 5-Points Bank on Tuesday.
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East ends losing streak in all-star game
The East team ended a six-year drought with a dominating 32-14 win over the West on Saturday at the Sertoma 8-man Classic.
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Quick start boosts JIH
Maybe it was those camouflage jerseys. Or maybe it was just Nick Hamburger's day.
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Big inning propels BDS
GENEVA — The Bruning/Davenport/Shickley American Legion baseball took advantage of a big inning on Thursday night against Geneva.
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Sutton too much for Doniphan-Trumbull
DONIPHAN — Before Sutton’s Reed Stone even threw a pitch, his offense gave him four runs to work with after its first at-bat.
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Five Points Bank wins in extras
Hastings Five Points Bank found an unconventional way to win in extra innings against Brighton (Colo.) on Wednesday. 
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FPB drops Duncan Field opener
There was an “Opening Day” kind of excitement at Tuesday’s reopening of Duncan Field. The parking lot was full, the seats were packed, and the Five Points Bank American Legion baseball team was taking on rival Kearney.
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JIH hangs on to beat Kearney
Kearney Post 52 loaded the bases in the top half of the seventh inning and sent the go-ahead run to the plate, wrecking Johnson Imperial Homes’ pitcher Matt Krontz’s nerves and making head coach Blake Marquardt thankful he already cut his hair short before the game.
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Riese says Hall of Fame induction great honor
Ron Riece had no idea when he attended the Hastings American Legion's First Pitch Baseball Banquet on April 25 at City Auditorium that he would join the city's elite baseball talents as a member of the Hastings Baseball Hall of Fame.
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Hastings College hosts first all-star game
A mixture of local talent and future Broncos teamed up to compete in the first ever Hastings College boys all-star basketball game Friday at Lynn Farrell Arena, and it was the Crimson All-Stars coming away with a 108-90 win over the Gray All-Stars.
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South wins Classic in five sets again
In front of about 300 fans at Hastings College's Lynn Farrell Arena, the North and South squads in the Hastings Tribune Volleyball Classic battled back and forth all the way to the final point.
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2014 All-star match: North vs. South, sort of
Last year when I took over the control of the Hastings Tribune Volleyball Classic all-star game, I wanted the rosters to possess players from all across the state and not just our immediate coverage area.
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FPB improves to 7-1 in league
The Hastings Five Points Bank American Legion baseball team entered its Cornhusker League doubleheader Tuesday against North Platte First Nationals on a roll after winning the Ralston wood bat tournament.
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Slough, Wiseman happy with Shrine experience
KEARNEY — Not even one of the more lopsided losses in Nebraska Shrine Bowl history could dampen the spirits of Doniphan-Trumbull’s Jordan Slough and Sutton’s Cole Wiseman on Saturday.
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JIH dominates doubleheader over Lexington
Johnson Imperial Homes had no trouble in its doubleheader sweep against Lexington on Sunday afternoon.
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Shrine Bowl more than just a game for Slough
During the fall season, Jordan Slough was a part of the Doniphan-Trumbull football team. A team that consisted with a core group of seniors that have played together for quite some time.
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Sutton’s Wiseman to play slot receiver in Shrine Bowl
CRETE — When most Nebraska prep football players are invited to participate in the Shrine Bowl, they have a pretty good idea of what their experience will be like beyond the football game itself. They know the importance of what the game stands for, and it isn’t just making big tackles or fancy touchdowns.
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Runza holds on to big lead against Minden
Coming off of a tough appearance at the Kearney tournament, the Runza American Legion Baseball team got back on the right track Thursday.
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Grand Island downs Cardinals 19-11
DONIPHAN — After 1 1/2 innings between Grand Island U-Save and Doniphan-Trumbull Post 300, no one in attendance could’ve guessed that they were about to witness a three-plus hour marathon baseball game.
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JIH sweeps Norfolk
The cancellation of Tuesday’s game against Grand Island didn’t throw the Johnson Imperial Homes junior American Legion baseball team off track.
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Maturity key to Wiedel’s success
HEBRON — At last year’s state track and field meet, Thayer Central’s Simon Wiedel made sure his name was known to spectators at Burke Stadium. As a freshman, Wiedel ran away with four medals, including two golds.
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Mick family continues pole vault tradition
SHICKLEY — Catherine Mick continued a unique family tradition at last week’s Class D state track and field meet.
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Maag throws her all into field events
There are two things Hastings College track standout Jennifer Maag will not throw in competition at track and field events: 1) the towel; 2) a tantrum.
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Thayer Central repeats title
KEARNEY — For the second consecutive season, the Thayer Central boys golf team captured the Class D state championship and Jay Cottam was runner-up as an individual on Thursday at the Kearney Country Club.
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STC cruises to title
LINCOLN — In last year’s Class C state golf meet, anxious St. Cecilia fans and players had to wait until the last players walked off of the course to determine a team champion.
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Patriots struggle at state tourney
GRAND ISLAND — After qualifying just one golfer for the state meet last season, the Adams Central boys golf team found itself back at the state tournament Wednesday.
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Titans golf team aims to repeat
KEARNEY — After the first round of competition at the Class D boys golf state tournament, Thayer Central is in a familiar position.
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Bluehawks set to make title run
LINCOLN — Last season, the St. Cecilia boys golf team finished second in the state tournament, one stroke behind state champion Gibbon. The Bluehawks had to battle their way to the runner-up finish after ending the first day tied for fourth.
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Five Points Bank sweeps Columbus
Tuesday’s doubleheader against Columbus seemed to have a little bit of everything for the Five Points Bank American Legion baseball team.
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Sandy Creek's Dickson caps career with gold
OMAHA — A year ago, Morgan Dickson didn't get a chance to compete at the state track and field meet because of injuries.
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Titans repeat as champions
OMAHA — Thayer Central boys track and field coach Bryan Solomon knew repeating as Class C state champions wasn't going to be easy.
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Eagles take second at state
OMAHA — The Bruning-Davenport/Shickley girls track and field team has made a habit out of finishing in the top three at the state meet. The previous two state competitions, the Eagles placed second and third.
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Woodward earns three medals
OMAHA — Jennifer and Catherine Mick played a key role in the Bruning-Davenport/Shickley track and field team's success at the state meet in Omaha on Saturday.
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D-T freshman pulls away to win title
OMAHA — On Friday, Doniphan-Trumbull freshman Madison Quist admitted being overwhelmed and nervous running at her first state track and field meet.
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Harvard's McDowell wins pole vault title
OMAHA — When the Class D boys pole vault finally wrapped up Saturday afternoon at Omaha Burke Stadium, Harvard senior Josh McDowell won the title by 8 inches over the next finisher with a vault of 14-6.
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Tigers compete at state
OMAHA — The Hastings High track and field team had three athletes competing in Saturday's sessions of the state track and field meet in Omaha on Saturday.
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Woodward leads Whippets
OMAHA — Minden's Addison Woodward did her part to help the Whippets track and field team finish in 14th place as a team at the state meet in Omaha on Saturday.
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Titans repeat as champs
OMAHA — Thayer Central track and field coach Bryan Solomon knew this year's state track and field meet was going to be competitive. And he was right.
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Eagles take second in Omaha
OMAHA — Jennifer and Catherine Mick played a key role in the Bruning-Davenport/Shickley track and field team's success at the state meet in Omaha on Saturday.
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Panthers' Loontjer makes history in pole vault
OMAHA — Tyler Loontjer rewrote the state pole vault record books Friday.
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BDS' Mick breaks state meet record
OMAHA — Catherine Mick is halfway there.
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Kenesaw's Tibbs repeats 3,200 title
OMAHA — Kenesaw's Lane Tibbs knew this year's Class D state track meet was going to be a special one.
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Superior's Meyer takes discus title, again
OMAHA — After Alex Meyer's first throw of the finals in the discus, the Superior senior was frustrated.
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Bartunek, Landell finish runner-up
LINCOLN — Hastings High seniors Kathleen Bartunek and Sydney Landell had to settle for second place Friday in Class B No. 2 doubles at the state tournament at the Nebraska Tennis Center.
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Hastings serves up a daily double at state tennis
LINCOLN — Two doubles teams from Hastings met this morning in the semifinals of the Class B state tennis tournament for a berth in the championship match.
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Blue Devils starts state meet with medal
OMAHA — The state track and field meet kicked off Friday morning, and after the first racing event, Tribland took home two medals.
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HHS throwers carry strong tradition to state
At last weeks Class A, District 4 track and field meet, three of Hastings High’s four district champions came out of the throws events.
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Minden’s Woodward ready for competition
Minden’s Addison Woodward has gone against some of the best track and field competition the state has to offer. On Friday, she will go against the very best at the state meet in Omaha.
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Titans aim for back-to-back titles
Winning a state championship is difficult. But on Friday, the Thayer Central track and field team will attempt to become just the fourth team in the last 25 years to win consecutive state titles in Class C.
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Kenesaw boys to make run
The Kenesaw boys’ distance runners are looking to build off of last year’s success as they prepare for the 2014 Class D state track and field championship beginning on Friday at Omaha Burke Stadium.
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JIH coughs up 7-0 lead in loss
Everything appeared to be going right for the Johnson Imperial Homes junior legion baseball team when it jumped out to a 7-0 lead after two innings in the season opening game against Kearney Post 52.
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FPB can’t hold early lead
Luck was not on the Five Points Bank American Legion baseball team’s side in its season opener.
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Cottam, Thayer Central wins district golf title
OMAHA — The Class B No. 9 Hastings High girls soccer team had more than 24 hours to soak in its first-round upset of No. 2 Omaha Skutt Catholic before playing in Saturday's state semifinal with Gretna.
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Panthers win district meet
GENEVA — Hosting a district golf meet has its advantages.
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HHS girls fall in state semis
OMAHA — The Class B No. 9 Hastings High girls soccer team had more than 24 hours to soak in its first-round upset of No. 2 Omaha Skutt Catholic before playing in Saturday's state semifinal with Gretna.
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Gretna eliminates HHS boys 1-0
OMAHA — With one kick, the Gretna boys soccer team sent Hastings High home.
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HHS girls upset Skutt in shootout
OMAHA — The Hastings High girls soccer team notched the program’s signature victory with an upset Thursday of Class B powerhouse Omaha Skutt Catholic.
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STC girls, Sandy Creek boys win distric titles
WOOD RIVER — It took a team effort, but the St. Cecilia girls track and field team won Thursday’s Class C, District 9 championship, despite qualifying just two athletes for next week’s state track and field meet in Omaha.
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Kenesaw boys, Giltner girls lead state qualifiers
WILCOX — The Kenesaw boys track and field team was on a roll at Wednesday’s Class D, District 7 meet.
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Tigers sending 11 to state
PAPILLION — The Hastings High boys and girls track and field teams had four individual district champions at the Class A, District 4 meet Wednesday at Papillion-La Vista South.
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Bluehawks edge GICC for Tri-City title
KEARNEY — At last year’s Tri-City invite, the St. Cecilia boys golf team had one mission: dethrone three-time invite champion Kearney Catholic. This year, the Bluehawks had repeat on their minds.
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Krueger, Burr finally get win over Holdrege pair
The Holdrege girls tennis team displayed its ability to stay consistent and close matches in a 7-2 victory over Adams Central in a dual on Tuesday.
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Hastings High places third at GNAC
It was a busy week for the Hastings High girls tennis team. Beginning on May 3, the Tigers had three invites and a dual within six days, leading up to the GNAC tournament on Saturday.
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HHS boys, girls head to state
The Hastings High boys soccer team punched its ticket to the state tournament Saturday, qualifying for its sixth straight state appearance.
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Escobar nets three in Tigers’ district win
It has been quite a district tournament for Hastings High’s Rudy Escobar.
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HHS girls beat York 2-0
Late in the first half of the Class B, District 7 championship match against York, the Hastings High girls soccer team found itself in prime position with a free kick directly behind the goalie box. But Kaitlyn Pawlowski’s winding shot caromed away off the goal post.
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Raiders win TVC golf title
Lawrence-Nelson boys golf coach Ron Thayer knew his team’s ability to hit the ball off the tee against a stiff wind was going to be key in Thursday’s conference meet.
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HHS boys defeat GICC to reach district finals
It isn’t often that soccer fans get to see a long distance shot find the back of the net, but they did in Tuesday’s Class B, District 7 semifinal match between Hastings High and Grand Island Central Catholic.
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HHS girls to play No. 2 York in district final
Nine days had passed since the Hastings High girls soccer team defeated Northwest 7-0 at Hastings College’s Lloyd Wilson Field.
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STC, Doniphan-Trumbull excel at invite
DONIPHAN — Tuesday’s Doniphan-Trumbull track and field invite brought several personal bests, thanks, in large part, to the best weather conditions so far this season.
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Kenesaw boys, Red Cloud girls TVC champs
KENESAW — On its own turf, the Kenesaw boys track and field team scored 143 points to win the Twin Valley Conference championship on Saturday.
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Patriot second at invite; STC sixth
Competitors had near perfect conditions for Saturday’s St. Cecilia girls tennis invite.
Adams Central finished second as a team with 46 points, and St. Cecilia was sixth with 18 points. Holdrege won the event with 70 points.
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HC women shine at GPAC meet
During two days of competition, the Hastings College track and field teams took part in the Great Plains Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday. Overall, the women’s team finished in third place scoring 131 points, while the men finished in seventh place scoring 72 points. The women’s team of Doane College scored 255 points while the men’s team of Concordia University scored 216 points to claim the GPAC titles. The Broncos’ Courtney Mills was named female athlete of the meet.
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Broncos' season ends in GPAC tourney
Hastings College softball head coach Troy Baker said his team's game on Friday was the perfect summary to how the season ensued.
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Broncos goes 1-1 to start GPAC tourney
The Hastings College Softball team entered the GPAC tournament as one of eight schools competing for a spot in the national tournament. The Broncos (24-21, 13-9 GPAC) entered the tournament seeded fourth and faced No. 5 Dakota Wesleyan.
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HHS tennis places third at own invite
Admittedly, first-year head coach Derek Williams thought his Hastings High girls tennis team had a slow start to the spring season.
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STC wins home invite
The St. Cecilia boys golf team picked the right time to start playing its best golf of the year.
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Lawrence-Nelson wins scramble
Now that the calendar has flipped to May, it’s fair to say prep sports are in the heart of the spring season.
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