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Wildcats, Hawkettes start strong at STC invite
Three Tribland volleyball teams represented the area well Tuesday on the first night of the St. Cecilia invitational.
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Patriots take second at home invite
The Adams Central girls golf team hosted its first Adams Central invite at Southern Hills Golf Course on Tuesday.
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Carriker: Huskers can’t start slow against Spartans
Here is what former Husker and current NFL free agent Adam Carriker, who lives in Washington, D.C., had to say this week about the Nebraska football team and their opponents:
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Patriots shut down Panthers 5-1
The last time Adams Central and Fillmore Central/Exeter-Milligan met on the diamond, the two teams combined to score 23 runs.
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Hawkettes win Holdrege volleyball invite
HOLDREGE — The St. Cecilia girls volleyball team had to feel a little different in Saturday’s Holdrege invite.
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NU flips switch on, off during win over Illinois
LINCOLN — Nebraska showed an uncanny ability Saturday against Illinois in Lincoln to look barely ordinary one minute and like world-beaters the next. Maybe in the real world this is called “inconsistency,” but in the big football picture this is progress — NU at least has the talent and depth to flip on the switch at any time.
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Hastings College loses in closing moments
The Tigers of Dakota Wesleyan University refused to stay caged Saturday and ran off with a 34-31 win, spoiling the Hastings College homecoming game.
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AC falls in title match
Adams Central head coach Twila Knehans said she couldn’t remember the last time the Patriots were in the championship of their own invite.
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Patriots defeat Wayne to win own invite
The Adams Central won its own tournament Saturday, winning the championship game over one of the top Class C programs in the state.
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Sutton beats Sandy Creek to stay unbeaten

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Patriots beat Gering for first win
SCOTTSBLUFF — The Gering Bulldogs put up a good fight, but fell to Adams Central at Memorial Stadium on Friday.
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Tigers down Alliance
ALLIANCE — The Hastings High defense stepped up to cause five turnovers, as the Tigers defeated Alliance 27-19 Friday night at Bulldog Stadium.
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'Dan the Man' leads STC past DT
After a physical first half in which St. Cecilia and Doniphan-Trumbull both moved the ball up and down the field but couldn't score, Bluehawk running back Dan Harden finally broke through with 24 seconds left in the third quarter.
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Broncos face tough test for homecoming game
For the first time this season, the Hastings College football team started the week of practice coming off of a loss.
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Minden teammates clash in playoff
HOLDREGE — Before the golfing had even concluded, the Minden girls golf team knew its score of 366 was going to hold up for the team title Thursday at the Holdrege invitational.
But the individual champion still hadn’t been decided. And, in a bizarre twist, that claim whittled down to two of the Whippets’ own golfers.
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Patriots defeat Holdrege
HOLDREGE — Amidst a stretch of six matches in five days, the Adams Central girls volleyball team had every excuse to wilt against Holdrege.
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Lawrence-Nelson scores win over Silver Lake
BLADEN — Both coaches credited Lawrence-Nelson’s defense in determining the outcome of Thursday’s volleyball match at Silver Lake.
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No. 16 Kansas Wesleyan defeats No. 8 Hastings College
Five goals were scored in the second half as No. 16 Kansas Wesleyan stunned the No. 8 Hastings College men’s soccer team Wednesday night.
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Tigers split home triangular
Just three days after winning the Central City invite, the Hastings High volleyball team found itself playing in front of its home crowd for just the second time this season.
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St. Cecilia hold off Cardinals in four sets
As defending state champions, expectations are understandably high with this year’s St. Cecilia varsity volleyball team.
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Silver Lake sweeps Kenesaw
KENESAW — At first glance, Silver Lake’s 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-20) sweep of Twin Valley Conference foe Kenesaw appears to be one-sided match.
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Adams Central goes 1-1 at own triangular
Adams Central volleyball coach Twila Knehans likes the attitude of her players when they play on their home court.
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Fluke run dooms Patriots
A fluke play at home plate in the seventh inning resulted in the only run scored in Tuesday’s softball game between Adams Central and Northwest at the Smith Softball Complex.
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Blasnitz: BDS passing early tests
The Bruning-Davenport/Shickley football team has been tested early and often this season.
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Three in a row for Doane over Broncos
CRETE — The previous two matchups between the Hastings College and Doane College both ended in blowout victories for the Tigers.
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Huskers, Abdullah run over Miami
LINCOLN — Saturday’s game between Nebraska and Miami had everything fans expected to see - plenty of offense, momentum-changing defensive plays, and, of course, classic Miami chippiness.
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Classic feel for Nebraska vs. Miami
LINCOLN — For much of the night in Lincoln Saturday the Miami offense seemed to be clicking on all cylinders, and right out of the gate Nebraska had its hands full with freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya.
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Adams Central falls to No. 9 Scottsbluff
Adams Central raced to an early lead, but the Patriots but couldn’t keep up the pace, as Scottsbluff powered to a 36-19 win Friday.
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Miscues haunt Hastings High against Aurora
When the Hastings High football team watches film on Friday’s game against Aurora, it will only be able to think about what could have been.
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Silver Lake takes care of Santee
BLADEN — The scoring in the first half was quick and often Friday afternoon for Silver Lake as the Mustangs dominated Santee at home 82-14.
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Red Cloud outlasts Harvard
HARVARD — In a back-and-forth game, the Red Cloud Warriors outlasted the Harvard Cardinals 36-24 Friday night in Harvard.
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Tigers top Patriots in extras
Anytime Adams Central and Hastings High go head-to-head, fans can expect an exciting atmosphere.
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Hawkettes hang on in five-set win over Aquinas
When the St. Cecilia Hawkettes volleyball team tried to phone in its game against Aquinas Catholic Monarchs, it learned two very valuable lessons: 1) Never take an opponent lightly. 2) Aquinas has poor cell phone service.
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Broncos set for rivalry matchup with Doane
“It’s Doane week.” That’s what Hastings College head coach Tony Harper has heard from his seniors, as the Broncos prepare for their rivalry game with Doane College on Saturday in Crete.
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Cardinals play tough, lose in three to Patriots
Although somebody had to lose, both volleyball coaches were pleased after a competitive match Thursday between Adams Central and Doniphan-Trumbull.
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L-N wins triangular, improves to 5-3
LAWRENCE — The Lawrence-Nelson volleyball team won both of its matches Tuesday night at its own triangular, hosting Twin Valley Conference rivals Kenesaw and Harvard.
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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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