State streak ends

Bluejay Sophia Hass dribbles past pressure applied from BRLD’s Alyssa Buchholz and Caragan Tietz in the C2-5 subdistricts at Pender.

No girls high school basketball team in Nebraska has ever done what Guardian Angels Central Catholic has managed to do.

Over two decades, GACC has compiled an historic record of qualifying for the girls state basketball tournament 21 consecutive years in a row.

That historic streak came to a close last week when Oakland-Craig delivered a 62-43 win over the Bluejays in the C2-5 subdistrict finals Thursday at Pender.

That means for the first time since 1997, the Bluejays won’t be among the teams represented at the state basketball tourney in Lincoln.

“It was a nice run for this program. The girls work hard, each and every year,” Bluejay head coach Jerry Stracke said.

“This team not getting to state wasn’t because of a lack of effort or determination. We just had too much we weren’t able to overcome this year.”

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