Congratulations to the Schuyler girls basketball team for gaining its first victory of the season over Boys Town last week. Coach Kadeyn Johnson and his young squad have been seeking that elusive and much-needed victory and it came at just the right time. The girls struggled early in the season but are certainly heading in the right direction with the leadership of their new coaching staff.

Lady wrestlers

The Schuyler Central High School girls wrestling squad was involved in the High Plains Invitational at Central Community College in Columbus last weekend. Schuyler had seven girls compete in the event, which featured wrestlers from nine schools.

Jennyfer Ardon finished second in the 138-pound division and Leslie DeArcos took second in the 152-pound division. Carla Chacon was third in the 126-pound division, followed by teammate Stefany Rocha in fourth place. Joana Rodriguez finished fourth in the 152-pound division. Jasmin Jerez picked up a sixth-place finish in the 113-pound division and Britney Nevarez grabbed seventh place in the 113-pound division. The ladies continue to compete well. Congratulations SCHS Lady Warriors!

Shall we dance?

The Nebraska men’s basketball team lost 74-62 to No. 13 Purdue on the road Saturday. I had hoped for a better result for the Huskers. I truly believe this team is getting better with each outing and could still be find itself in the upper half of the Big 10 Conference.

The Huskers are currently 11-6 overall with a 2-2 conference record. They lost to Kansas by one and played with Creighton to the very end, so this certainly is a team that can play with anyone in the country.

Can this be the year NU gets back to the Big Dance? Yes! Don’t be shocked if this Husker squad does a little dancing in March and actually wins a game or two. It won’t be a fluke. This is a good team that is getting better all the time.

UCF not No. 1

Hearing Scott Frost lay claims to his UCF team being No. 1 is like déjà vu. Perhaps if Tom Osborne had been retiring again this month UCF might actually receive a few first-place votes.

I am not saying this UCF team is not deserving of being in the playoff. They are. But teams from non-Power Five conferences are not going to make the final group of four as the current system stands. I like the idea of four Power Five teams in one playoff and four non-Power Five teams in another playoff. UCF would probably win that one hands down. Personally, the committee did a fine job picking Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma and Georgia. The system will never please everyone, but it is the best that we have for now.

Kudos do go out to coach Frost and his UCF team. Being the only unbeaten team in the FBS is certainly something to hang one’s hat on. Now it is time to hang a few of those hats all over Lincoln.

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