Editor's Notebook — Willis Mahannah
Because I’m not in the mood for anything dealing with taxes or government, this week I’m wearing my slightly faded sports writer’s cap and sharing some thoughts about local teams.
The hat still fits, but I have no plans to take over that job again...
As recently as two weeks ago I thought there was an outside chance that four of the West Point News coverage teams had a shot at bringing home championship trophies from conference tournaments.
Those teams were West Point-Beemer (wrestling and boys basketball), Guardian Angels Central Catholic (girls basketball), and Bancroft-Roaslie (boys basketball).
When the dust settled, only B-R’s boys still stood as champs, and for that Coach Mike Sjuts and his squad earn a tip of my dusty old cap.
The Panthers’ path to the Lewis & Clark throne wasn’t easy. They needed four overtimes to get past top 10 Wynot before earning a five-point win over top-ranked Wausa on Monday night.
And what did cutting down the nets Monday night earn them? A date with the top ranked D-1 Howells-Dodge, last night (Tuesday), which earned a one-point win over B-R.
Here’s the real kick in the pants for B-R: The Panthers will likely see — and need to beat — both Wynot and Wausa again if they hope to make it to the state D-2 tournament.
Kind of makes me want to be a sports writer again...
Missed free throws costly
WP-B’s chances of playing for the East Husker Conference boys basketball title clanked off the rim in the form of 16 missed free throws in a 7-point loss to Twin River Friday night. Four or 5 of the errant shots were front ends of 1-and-1s. Seriously?
It was almost bad enough for me to offer to step into the gym and teach them how to shoot (seriously).
The Cadets came back with a nice win over Clarkson-Leigh Saturday to place third in the EHC, and hopefully gained some confidence for needed wins this week.
WP-B is much improved, but a word of caution: The Cadets’ subdistrict is tougher than their conference.
Cadet wrestlers tough, too
The Cadet wrestling team, missing three key members, was nipped by Pender for the EHC wrestling title a couple weeks back. A much tougher Class B district tourney awaits them this weekend in Boys Town.
Best news of the season: Cadet senior Tristan Bettenhausen is back from what some thought was a season-ending injury. That injury cost him the chance to post 150 high school career wins. His chance to repeat as state champion will be doubly tough because of the injury and the Class B competition.
No rest for Lady Jays...
Guardian Angels Central Catholic Lady Bluejays bounced back nicely Saturday to earn the third place trophy in the Mid-States Conference tourney.
The win over Norfolk Catholic came on the heels of a setback to Crofton, a team the likes of which a Lady Bluejay team hasn’t seen in I don’t know how long.
And their reward: A rematch with Norfolk Catholic last night (Tuesday), and a date with a Class C-1 top 10 team (Pierce) Thursday! But playing that level of competition will help the top-rated (Class D-1) Lady Jays prepare for a subdistrict that includes two other top 5 teams (Howells-Dodge and Pender).
Find a new scoreboard
And for those keeping score of the number of photos we’ve printed of each local team, find a new scoreboard. Stop in so we can show you some you have obviously missed. Seriously...