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PREP BASKETBALL: Winnebago punches state tournament ticket

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Jeff Berridge talks to his Winnebago team prior to the fourth quarter of Monday's Class C1 district final victory at Rice Auditorium on the Wayne State College campus.

WAYNE, Neb. | Isaiah Medina scored 17 points as fifth-ranked Winnebago punched a state tournament berth with Monday's 73-49 Class C1 district final victory over Norfolk Catholic at a jam-packed Rice Auditorium on the Wayne State campus.

David Wingett tallied 16 points, nine rebounds and four blocks as Winnebago improved to 24-1 with its 17th straight victory.

Matthew Wingett and Cory Cleveland were also in double figures for the Indians with 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Winnebago raced out to an 11-0 start fueled by two three-pointers from Medina, one of three seniors in the starting lineup.

David Wingett, a 6-5 sophomore, added a three-pointer and a two-point basket during the run.

The lead stretched to 20-5 at the end of the first quarter on a three-pointer by Levi Blackhawk.

For the game Winnebago shot 25 of 49, including nine of 20 from three-point range in securing the school's first state tournament berth since 1994.

Norfolk Catholic was limited to 26 percent shooting going 18 of 69 from the field and four of 16 from the three-point line.

Winnebago Head coach Jeff Berridge said "It was an amazing start for us, you couldn't ask for a better start."

The Indians led 48-31 at the start of the fourth quarter and during the quarter break Berridge repeatedly told his team "eight minutes, eight minutes, eight minutes" a not so subtle reminder of the district final one year ago when Winnebago lost a double digit fourth quarter lead to Fremont Bergan and saw state tournament visions vanish.

Matt Miller led Norfolk Catholic (15-14) with 11 points and Myles Vrbka added 10.


WAYNE, Neb. | Zach Bellar scored 25 points as fifth-ranked Battle Creek defeated Guardian Angels Central Catholic in a Class C2 district final Monday at Wayne High School.

Kobe Lade tallied 17 points and Jared Bellar 11 for Battle Creek, advancing to the state tournament with a 21-5 record.

Kobe Slaughter led GACC (11-14) with 21 points while Dylan Slaughter added 18.


PIERCE, Neb. | James Kaiser poured in 22 points as seventh-ranked Hartington Cedar Catholic punched a state tournament berth following Monday's Class C2 district final win over West Holt.

Kaiser scored 16 of his points in the second half as the Trojans advance to the state tournament for the 19th time in school history and sixth in the last seven years.

Stephan Hillis added 16 points and Ben Steffen 14 for Hartington Cedar Catholic (18-7).

Aaron Seger led West Holt (17-8) with 10 points.


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