Area Roundup: St. Francis girls take Wesleyan title
No. 1 Humphrey St. Francis 72, Thayer Central 66: Alissa Kosch scored 22 while Tara Foltz and Allison Weidner each had 20 to lead the Lady Flyers to Nebraska Wesleyan Holiday Tournament title.
It was a game of offense from the beginning with St. Francis leading 23-22 through the first quarter. The Flyers held a 41-32 lead at the half and maintained an advantage the rest of the way.
Bennington 46, Boone Central/Newman Grove 29: BC/NG was outscored in every quarter but the fourth. By then, it was too late to comeback as the Cardinals fall to 5-4 on the season.
Cross County 67, Sandy Creek 21: Cross County went on a 23-0 run in the first quarter as Mackinzie Cole and Erica Stratman combined for 30 points during the game.
No player on Sandy Creek scored more than eight.
Niobrara/Verdigre 60, St. Edward 26: Niobara/Verdigre attempted 36 more shots than St. Edward and out-rebounded the Beavers 50-22.
No. 3 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 62, Omaha Concordia 41: Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family improved to 8-1 after defeating C-1 school Omaha Concordia at the North Bend Holiday Tournament.
Taya Beller recorded a double-double during the game scoring 20 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. The Bulldogs were only up 37-32 going into the fourth then outscored the Mustangs 25-9 in the final period.
No. 1 Humphrey St. Francis 74, Tekamah-Herman 17: Allison Weidner led three players in double figures with 22 points, dished out eight assists and swiped away eight steals.
Lauren Pfeifer added 14 points and Tara Foltz had 12.
Boone Central/Newman Grove 46, Hastings Adams Central 43: Boone Central/Newman Grove improved its record to 5-3 on the campaign.
Twin River 41, Schuyler 23: Twin River improved to 5-5 on the season with the victory over Schuyler.
Omaha Concordia 67, D-1 No. 6 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 58: Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family was outscored 17-8 in the first quarter and was never able to dig out of the hole. It’s the first loss of the season for the Bulldogs who had started 7-0.
Class C-1 No. 6 Auburn 54, Class D-2 No. 5 Humphrey St. Francis 43: The Flyers suffered just their second loss of the season in the title game of the Nebraska Wesleyan Holiday Tournament.
Niobrara/Verdigre 75, St. Edward 39: The Beavers dropped their sixth game of the season bringing their record to 4-6. Trevor Rasmussen scored 21 points for St. Ed and grabbed six rebounds, but he was the only Beaver to score in double figures.
Camden Eisenhauer of N/V made six 3-pointers.
C-2 No. 2 Hastings Adams Central 77, Boone Central/Newman Grove 46: Adams Central had three players in double figures and seven others contribute as the Patriots improve to 7-2 on the season.
The Cardinals trailed 46-19 at half in a loss that dropped their record to 5-4.
No. 5 Humphrey St. Francis 72, Parkview Christian 27: The Flyers left no doubt in this one, improving to 8-1 with a blowout win in the second round of the Nebraska Wesleyan Holiday Tournament.
Boone Central/Newman Grove 68, Broken Bow 61: Boone Central/Newman Grove held off the visiting Broken Bow Indians improving the season record to 5-3.
D-1 No. 5 Humphrey St. Francis 46, Southern 43: The Flyers opened the first round of the Nebraska Wesleyan Holiday Tournament with a tough win over Souther after trailing 19-9 through the first eight minutes.
St. Francis trailed by eight at halftime then only allowed seven points in the third quarter and nine in the fourth while scoring 27 second-half points.
Newman Grove Holiday Invitational: Boone Central/Newman Grove’s Jon Merten won gold at 220 pounds pinning all four opponents, three in the first round.
Gavin Dozler, Will Grape, Ethan Dozler and Dalton Rasmussen all placed second, while Tyston Haddix won bronze.
William Karmann, Ashton Schafer and Richard Cleveland all placed fourth, Taylor Weber placed fifth, Cole Greek and Michael Brenhelman placed sixth, Bryce Kennedy and Christopher Thiem placed seventh and Aaron Saldana and Rylan Hall placed eighth.
Twin River was also at the tournament. Jaxson Jones won a silver medal for the Titans.
Tucker Alexander placed third, Juan Davalos and Beau Zoucha placed fourth, Jackson Strain, Nathan Held and Issac Booth placed fifth, Logan Reeg placed sixth and Aaron Ziemba and Jed Jones placed seventh.
Boone Central/Newman Grove finished third as a team and Twin River finshed in sixth.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com