HHS boys punch ticket back to state

Hastings High's Rudy Escobar celebrates the Tigers' win as
Crete's Jose Juarez reacts to his team's defeat as time runs
out during the Class B-5 district championship Thursday in

YORK — Hastings High head coach Mike Nanfito issued a challenge to his team after its 3-0 win Tuesday in the Class B, District 5 semifinal against Seward.

He told his players they can't play down to teams. They have to set the tone of the game and be on for 80 minutes.

The defense responded in the district championship against second-seed Crete, earning the top-seeded Tigers their second consecutive shutout with a 1-0 win Thursday at the Cornerstone Sports Complex.

The Tigers (9-7) earned their sixth district title in seven seasons and will head back to the state tournament.

"As a defense, I think we played as one," said junior goalkeeper Christian Lomax, who tallied two saves and earned his fourth shutout of the season. "Overall, the whole team stuck it out and brought it today."

Hastings will be the No. 7 seed in the Class B state tournament and will open play Thursday at 6 p.m. at Creighton's Morrison Stadium in Omaha.

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