Cedar Catholic Trojans Use A Trio Of Double Figure Scorers To Secure C2-6 District Title, Advance To First State Tournament Since 2015

HARTINGTON – A pair of northeast Nebraska high school boys basketball programs took part in a district final to open the month of March.

From Cedar Catholic High School in Hartington, #6 Hartington Cedar Catholic hosted #11 Wakefield.

After trailing by a point at half, HCC used a 41-29 second half scoring run to comeback and advance to the state tournament with a final of 56-45. Cedar Catholic improved to 19-6 while Wakefield ended their season at 20-6.

Cedar Catholic won their fifth game against Wakefield since the 2003-04 season. Monday marked the first meeting since HCC defeated Wakefield 49-45 in overtime during a subdistrict final in the 2012-13 season. The Trojans will make their 20th state tourney appearance, first since 2015.

For the second time in three years, Wakefield will end their season with 20 wins. They last did it when they qualified for their 17th state tournament in 2019.

Both teams scored their least number of points in the opening quarter with Wakefield leading 5-3. HCC then pulled a point closer thanks to a 12-11 second. Wakefield led at the break, 16-15. Cedar Catholic then outscored Wakefield 20-11 in the third and 21-18 in the fourth. Final again favored Hartington Cedar Catholic, 56-45.

Cedar Catholic leaders were sophomore Carson Arens with 18 points while sophomore Jaxson Bernecker and senior Myles Thoene both poured in 14 points. Junior Carter Arens scored eight points off the bench while junior Tate Thoene and senior Mack Kuehn both had one point.

HCC finished 9-17 from the charity stripe (6-11 in the fourth).

Wakefield was led in scoring by senior Blake Brown with 28 points while fellow senior Justin Erb finished with 10 points. Sophomore Cade Johnson added four points, senior Nick Arenas had two points and junior Logan Bokemper scored a point.

Wakefield shot 5-8 from the foul line.

1st 2nd Half 3rd 4th Final:

5  11   16   11  18   45 – Wakefield

3  12   15   20  21   56 – Wayne

The 2021 NSAA Boys State Championships will get underway on Tuesday, March 9 and last through Saturday, March 13. Class C2 teams will begin play on Wednesday, March 10.

 

Class C1:

C1-1 (Crete) on Monday, March 1: #1 Auburn defeated #16 Boone Central, 48-41

C1-2 (Kearney Catholic) on Monday, March 1: #2 Kearney Catholic defeated #15 Central City (wild), 67-36

C1-3 (Centennial HS) on Monday, March 1: #3 Adams Central defeated #14 Ashland-Greenwood, 56-38

C1-4 (North Platte) on Monday March 1: #4 Milford defeated #13 Mitchell (wild), 75-46

C1-5 (Boone Central HS) on Monday, March 1: #5 St. Paul defeated #12 Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (wild), 52-44

C1-6 (Wahoo) on Saturday, February 27: #11 Pierce defeated #6 Wahoo, 53-45

C1-7 (Omaha Concordia) on Monday, March 1: #7 Omaha Concordia defeated #10 North Bend Central, 59-47

C1-8 (Minden) on Saturday, February 27: #9 Wayne defeated #8 Ogallala, 47-39

 

Class C2:

C2-1 (Norfolk Catholic) on Monday, March 1: #1 Yutan defeated #16 West Holt, 62-38

C2-2 (GICC) on Monday, March 1: #2 Grand Island Central Catholic defeated #15 Twin River, 75-43

C2-3 (Kearney High) on Saturday, February 27: #3 Bridgeport defeated #14 Oakland-Craig, 56-46

C2-4 (Freeman) on Monday, March 1: #4 Freeman defeated #13 Sutton, 45-29

C2-5 (Kearney HS) on Monday, March 1: #12 Tri County (wild) defeated #5 Hershey (wild), 72-53

C2-6 (HCC) on Monday, March 1: #6 Hartington Cedar Catholic defeated #11 Wakefield (wild), 56-45

C2-7 (BRLD) on Saturday, February 27: #7 BRLD defeated #10 Centennial (wild), 67-49

C2-8 (McCook HS) on Saturday, February 27: #9 Chase County defeated #8 Amherst, 71-55

 

Class D1:

D1-1 (Burwell) on Monday, March 1: #1 Burwell defeated #16 Kenesaw, 44-40

D1-2 (Hampton HS) on Saturday, February 27: #2 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family (wild) defeated #15 Perkins County, 71-29

D1-3 (Wood River): on Monday, March 1: #3 North Platte St. Patrick’s defeated #14 Creighton, 77-44

D1-4 (Howells-Dodge) on Monday, March 1: #4 Howells-Dodge defeated #13 Mead, 43-36

D1-5 (Cross County) on Saturday, February 27: #5 Walthill defeated #12 Elm Creek (wild), 64-54

D1-6 (Aurora) on Monday, March 1: #6 Ansley-Litchfield (wild) defeated #11 Lourdes Central Catholic, 39-30

D1-7 (Osmond) on Monday, March 1: #10 Central Valley, defeated #7 Osmond (wild), 53-37

D1-8 (Minden) on Monday, March 1: #9 Southern Valley defeated #8 BDS, 50-44

 

Class D2:

D2-1 (Valentine) on Saturday, February 27: #1 Mullen defeated #16 Hay Springs, 67-29

D2-2 (Ord) on Saturday, February 27: #2 St. Mary’s (wild) defeated #15 Silver Lake, 54-41

D2-3 (Humphrey St. Francis) on Saturday, February 27: #3 Humphrey St. Francis defeated #14 Elgin Public/Pope John, 81-42

D2-4 (Parkview Christian) on Saturday, February 27: #4 Parkview Christian defeated #13 Diller-Odell, 63-48

D2-5 (Brady) on Saturday, February 27: #5 Loomis defeated #12 Potter-Dix, 83-45

D2-6 (Northwest HS) on Monday, March 1: #6 Wynot defeated #11 Wallace (wild), 55-40

D2-7 (Hampton) on Monday, March 1: #7 Falls City Sacred Heart defeated #10 Medicine Valley, 53-22

D2-8 (Kearney Catholic) on Saturday, February 27: #8 Osceola (wild) defeated #9 Paxon (wild), 52-42

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