Blue Devil Boys Avenge Loss From Last Year’s Championship Rematch With HCC

WAYNE – The 2018 Great Northeast Nebraska Shootout closed out day one Saturday night with the boys blue division.

Back at Rice Auditorium, #4 Wayne High took on #1 Hartington Cedar Catholic. Game number six of the tourney marked a rematch from last year’s boys division title game.

WHS took control early with a 19-11 first quarter before HCC outscored the Blue Devils (16-15) in the second. At the break, Wayne led 34-27. The Trojans again cut into the deficit with a 15-14 third while knocking down a three-pointer to trail by two points late in the game. But, Wayne High pulled away thanks to a 19-13 fourth to win 67-55. WHS improved to 5-3 as the Trojans fell to 4-2.

Wayne High was led in scoring by Tyrus Eischeid with 17 points as Marcus Fertig tallied 15 points. Kallan Herman went off of 14 points as Shea Sweetland ended with eight points.

WHS finished 21-30 from the foul line, 12-14 in the fourth.

Matthew Becker stole the show for the Trojans with 26 points. Charlie Schroeder added seven points as Tate Thoene poured in six points.

HCC closed the game with 12-20 from the charity stripe.


Scoring by quarter:

1st 2nd Half 3rd 4th Final:

11 16 27 15 13 55 – HCC

19 15 34 14 19 67 – WHS


Scores from earlier in the day:

Girls blue division: #1 West Point-Beemer defeated #4 Arlington, 42-23.

Boys white division: #6 Norfolk Catholic eliminated #7 Arlington, 55-39.

Girls white division: #7 LCC eliminated #6 Wayne, 55-52

Boys blue division: #2 LCC defeated #3 Pender, 102-64

Girls blue division: #2 HCC defeated #3 Pender, 62-48


Following a break in the action Sunday, teams will come back Monday, December 31.


Games listed below:

Girls Blue consolation at 9:30 a.m.: #4 Arlington vs. #3 Pender

Boys Blue consolation at 11 a.m.: #3 Pender vs. #1 Hartington Cedar Catholic

Girls White championship at 12:30 p.m.: #7 Laurel-Concord-Coleridge vs. #5 Norfolk Catholic

Boys White championship at 2 p.m.: #6 Norfolk Catholic vs. #5 West Point-Beemer

Girls Blue championship at 4 p.m.: #1 West Point-Beemer vs. #2 Hartington Cedar Catholic

Boys Blue championship at 5:30 p.m.: #2 Laurel-Concord-Coleridge vs. #4 Wayne High


First three games will be aired on “The City” KCTY 98.9/1590 and online at while the final two games will be heard on “Big Red Country” KTCH 104.9 and online at