RURAL FAIRFIELD — At halftime of Friday’s game against St. Cecilia, Sandy Creek was in position to make it a special night for the football program. In the Cougars final game of the season, they had No. 6 STC against the ropes, leading 8-7 with an upset on their minds.

After losing 62-7, in grand fashion to No. 3 ranked Morningside last week, Hastings College (1-5) will face a far more equivalent opponent this week in cross-state rivals Doane (2-4) at 1 p.m. Saturday in Crete.

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AURORA — Gold was a popular color for area athletes at the Class C, District 4 cross country meet on Thursday. Tribland brought home the boys individual champion as well as the boys team champions.

FAIRFIELD — The St. Cecilia Hawkettes (20-10) overcame some early passing woes to beat the Cougars of Sandy Creek (6-18) in straight sets 25-19, 25-10, 25-16 on the road Thursday.

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LINCOLN — Hastings Brayden Schram went into the state meet seeded fifth, and after earning a bye in the first round, he notched a victory that ensured he’d be playing in day two.

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The mighty winds that ripped through the Smith Softball Complex brought an eerie, unsettling feeling with them, as St. Cecilia geared up to face Kearney Catholic in the first round of the Class C state tournament. The scene, the weather, the implications all just seemed to add up to heartache.

The top two seeds in Class A survived and advanced in Wednesday’s opening round of the state tournament at Smith Softball Complex.

BLUE HILL — The Blue Hill Bobcats (4-18) and Twin Valley Conference rival Lawrence-Nelson (12-12) battled from the opening serve Tuesday night, with the Raiders winning the five-set thriller 19-25, 27-25, 21-25, 25-20 and 15-13.

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The 2021 Class A state softball tournament is filled with talent and teams with rich state history. The teams in this field have a combined 27 state softball championships. Their voyage to another begins Wednesday at Smith Softball Complex.

Heading into its third consecutive state tournament since the program was created four years ago, St. Cecilia is still searching for its first state tourney victory. And the Hawkettes are in good position to do just that, boasting their highest seeding yet, as the No. 2 team in the Class C bracket.

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The last thing Hastings College wanted Saturday was a letdown after one of its biggest wins during Alex Allard’s three years at the helm.

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A 20-yard Carson Kudlacek field goal with 48 seconds left to play settled the outcome of a wild contest between St. Cecilia and Grand Island Central Catholic.

With just a week before the state tennis tournament begins, both city teams squared off on the court Thursday night. Both Adams Central and Hastings saw aspects of the game they were proud of as well as things to work on before the big tourney. But it was the Patriots that left Thursday’s du…

There are significant takeaways Hastings College brings into its 1 p.m. Saturday game against No. 3 ranked Morningside at Lloyd Wilson Field that may take at least some of the edge off playing the No. 1 scoring team in the nation.

The Hastings College men’s soccer team continued its unbeaten streak at home alive, but it took a 70th minute goal from junior Ryan Lewis to get the 2-1 victory on Wednesday against Midland.

For the second straight home match, the Hastings College women’s soccer team needed overtime to settle the result.

The Adams Central Patriots (12-8) faced off against the York Dukes in their first game without senior captain Jessica Babcock, who went down with a season-ending knee injury a week ago against Northwest.

A fired up but illness-plagued Hastings volleyball team split its matches in its home court triangular Tuesday night, besting Beatrice 25-18, 19-25, 25-22, before falling to Grand Island Northwest 25-10, 25-14.

The four seniors on St. Cecilia’s volleyball team have seen and been a part of some deep postseason runs during their four years with the Hawkettes. Now, they have STC on a nice run as the end of the regular season draws nearer.

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The Hastings softball team went into the postseason with a wave of momentum, ending the regular season with eight straight wins, including four against Class A opponents. And in Monday’s subdistrict tournament, the Tigers rode that wave, clinching a district final berth with a pair of blowou…

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Boone Central gave Hastings St. Cecilia’s softball team plenty to handle until a seven-run fifth inning propelled the Hawkettes to the title of the Class C, Subdistrict 8 tournament Monday.

The St. Cecilia Hawkettes (17-7) extended their five-game win streak to seven as they swept the Cambridge Trojans 25-22, 25-22 and the Southern Valley Eagles 25-13, 25-13 inside Chapman Gymnasium Monday night.