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August 23, 2018

Softball season underway: The Softball girls began the season last week with a triangular at Genoa and a tournament in North Bend. The team, under first-year head coach Scott Anderson, has high hopes for the 2018 season despite a tough start through the first four games.

The Lady Warriors dropped two games in Genoa, 16-1 to Blue River (David City/East Butler) and 16-4 to Twin River.

Last Saturday, Schuyler Central played their best game of the season in a 12-8 loss to West Point Beemer and also suffered an 11-2 setback at the hands of Yutan-Mead.

The team has received solid pitching from Jaiden Inselman, but defense and fielding errors have been a concern. With a talented roster and an enthusiastic new coach, there’s still plenty of time to get on track and put together a successful season.

Friday Night Lights: The high school football season begins this Friday night. After a week of temps in the low 70s the forecast for Friday is predicted for the low 90s with high humidity. The Warriors open their 2018 season with high expectations against the Nebraska City Pioneers in a 7 p.m. contest at the SCHS football complex.

Schuyler ended the 2017 season on a high note with a 21-18 win over South Sioux City and begin this year’s campaign with a very winnable game. There is always something special about that first football game of the year, and Friday should certainly be no different.

Class B Predictions: York 42-Alliance 7, Beatrice 17-Norris 14, Skutt Catholic 41-Bennington 12, Blair 33-Plattsmouth 14, Crete 38-Lexington 6, Grand Island Northwest 31-Gering 10, McCook 38-Hastings 14, Benedictine Mount Michael 17-Ralston 13, Roncalli Catholic 24-Gross Catholic 14, Scottsbluff 14-North Platte 12, Seward 17-Waverly 14, Omaha Bryan 28-South Sioux City 14, and … drum roll please … Schuyler 21-Nebraska City 14.

Activities for Aug. 23-31:

Thursday, Aug. 23 – Softball Triangular (home) 4:30 p.m. Boone Central/N.G. – Cross County

Volleyball (home) 7 p.m. Wisner-Pilger

Friday, Aug. 24 Girls Golf at Seward Invite 9 a.m.

Football (home) 7 p.m. Nebraska City

Monday, Aug. 27 Softball (home) 5 p.m. Centennial

Reserve Football at Tekamah-Herman 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 28 Softball (home) 5 p.m. Aquinas

Thursday, Aug. 30 Cross Country (home) 5 p.m. Schuyler Invite

Girls Golf at York Invite 9 a.m.

Volleyball (home) 6:30 p.m. Cornerstone Christian

Friday, Aug. 31 Volleyball at Lexington 5 p.m.

Football at Lexington 7 p.m.

Big Ten West Predicted Standings: I was watching the Big Ten road trip segment on the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team.

The positive talk from the panelists was refreshing. The interviews with coach Frost and his coordinators were uplifting. Had Frost taken over at team that was 8-4 last year instead of 4-8 it would be easy to have high hopes for Nebraska to win the Big 10 West Division.

The reality is that this will be a MUCH improved Nebraska team but, as Frost has been saying all along, the Huskers are a year away from hitting full speed.

Nebraska could pose a huge threat to teams like Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, Wisconsin, etc.; but to expect the Huskers to beat all of those teams week after week is far-fetched, at best. As Nebraska inches back towards greatness this season, I see the Big Ten west shaking out like this:

1. Wisconsin

2. Northwestern

3. Nebraska

4. Purdue

5. Iowa

6. Minnesota

7. Illinois

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