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Carter Stara

East Butler's Carter Stara puts up a shot against Heartland's Connor Boehr in the Jan. 12 game at East Butler.

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Aquinas runs away from Twin River

Aquinas and Twin River both started fast Jan. 9 in Genoa, but the Monarchs were able to maintain that pace in a 66-41 road victory.

After falling behind 20-17 after one quarter, Aquinas scored 19, 16 and 14 points in the following three periods to pull away. Twin River managed just seven points combined in the second and fourth quarters.

Senior Tyler Vavrina got the Monarch offense going, scoring five of his game-high 24 points in the opening quarter. Jack Jakub hit two of his three 3-pointers in the period. Jakub finished with 11 points.

Vavrina kept rolling with 11 points in the second quarter, to give Aquinas took a 36-25 halftime lead. He added eight points and the final two of his four 3-pointers in the third quarter.

Braden Smith chipped in seven points for Aquinas including the team's seventh trey.

Brandon Miller led Twin River with 12 points, eight in the first quarter. He knocked down three of the Titans' four 3-pointers. Blaine Jacobi scored 10 points for Twin River (4-8) and Jaxon Hinkle finished with eight.

Aquinas travels to St. Cecelia on Friday.

–Columbus Telegram

Monarchs fall at GICC

The Monarchs couldn’t recover from the first half deficit against the Crusaders at Grand Island Central Catholic, falling 66-49 on Jan. 12.

Zach Zavodny had his best scoring outing of the year, matching Tyler Vavrina’s 18 points to lead the Monarchs. The Crusaders held a 31-18 lead at the half, and poured on 22 points in the fourth quarter to seal the game.

Mayra Almayra led GICC with 23 points.

January 12 at GICC

Aquinas 10 8 17 14 -49

GICC 18 13 13 22 - 66

Scoring – A: Zavodny, Vavrina 18, Smith 6, Reiter 5. GICC: Almayra 23, Herbek 13, Martinez 9, Goering 8.

Rebounds – A: Ruth 4, Rech, Vavrina, Jackub 2. GICC: Almayra 8, Bales 6, Herbek 9.

Tigers’ shooting sputters

East Butler lost a defensive battle Jan. 9 at home against Nebraska Lutheran. The Knights won, 37-27.

The Tigers had a rare game when they did not break double figures in any quarter. The Tigers led 15-12 at halftime, but the Knights doubled the Tigers in scoring in the second half.

“This one is pretty simple,” East Butler coach Greg Jahde said. “You can’t shoot 19 percent and expect to win.”

Leading scorer Jaden Rhynalds was injured at the end of the second quarter after contributing 4 points.

“At that point you need other guys to step up and that didn’t happen,” Jahde said. “We played great defensively, but we just struggled on offense.”

Trevor Havlovic led the team with 10 points and 15 rebounds.

December 9 at Brainard

NL 6 6 13 13 -27

EB 6 9 6 6 – 27

Scoring - NL: Richert 20, Bierman 6, Rundgren 4. EB: Havlovic 10, Stara, Rhynalds, Robley 4.

Rebounds – EB: Havlovic 15, Jirovsky 4. Steals – EB: Rhynalds, Havlovic 1.

Huskies get hot, defeat Tigers

East Butler, playing a second straight game without leading scorer Jaden Rhynalds, couldn’t keep up with a tall Heartland team that put in eight three pointers.

“We did a lot of good things in this game against a really good team,” East Butler coach Greg Jahde said. “Our dry spell and them getting hot in the second quarter from three point range really hurt.”

The Tigers kept the game with in reach, getting as close as 46-40 with three minutes to go and a chance to get it to one possession.

“But like most of the night, we couldn’t get the three point shot to drop,” Jahde said. “This game will make us better in the long run.”

The Tigers traveled to Giltner (8-5) on Tuesday and hosts Meridan (13-1) on Thursday. The Tigers open the Crossroads Conference tournament at 2:30 p.m. Saturday against High Plains at York High School.

January 12 at Brainard

Heartland 11 21 11 10 – 53

East Butler 13 7 6 16 – 42

Scoring – H: Huebert 20, Boehr 13 Buller 8, Regier 6, Oswald 5. EB: Havlovic 13, Robley 9, Stara 8, Janak, Jirovsky 6.

Rebounds- EB: Havlovic 13, Stara 5. Assists – EB: Robley 5, Dvorak 3. Steals- EB: Stara 3, Robley 2.

Longhorns outmatched

The Tigers put together two of their most productive quarters to dominate the Dorchester Longhorns on Jan. 11 at Dorchester.

Points were hard to come by in the first quarter, with the Tigers holding a 6-3 lead to start the second period.

“Although we started out slow, ultimately we did what we needed to do to get the win,” East Butler coach Greg Jahde said. “As is the case a lot of times, it was our defense that got us going. We created a bunch of turnovers which led to some easy baskets.”

The floodgates opened in the second quarter, with the Tigers putting up 19 points, then outscoring Dorchester 20-5 in the third quarter. The Longhorns didn’t get many attempts, shooting 3-10 in field goals and 7-15 on three pointers. Neither team racked up fouls to bring the opponent to the foul line much, with the Tigers shooting 4-5 and Dorchester 1 – 6.

Trevor Havlovic led the Tigers with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Carter Stara had one of his better outings with 10 points and four steals.

January 11 at Dorchester

EB 6 19 20 10- 55

Dorchester 3 6 5 14 - 28

Scoring – EB: Havlovic 18, Stara 10, Makovicka 6, Robley, Dvoradk, Hofpar 4. D: Voclma 11, Hofman 9.

Rebounds -EB: Havlovic 12, Robley 7. Assists – EB: Janak 4, Jirovsky 3. Steals – EB: Stara 4, Jirovsky 3.

Huskies blow out Meridian

The Huskies bolted out to a 16-7 lead after a quarter and never let up in a 65-23 drubbing of Meridian at Shelby on Jan. 6.

Austin Coffin scored 22 points to lead the Huskies, while Max Hoatson worked the boards with 11 rebounds and added three blocked shots. The Mustangs couldn’t afford to shoot poorly with the Huskies connecting on 10 three-pointers, shooting 50 percent.

After leading 35-13 at halftime, the Huskies cruised in the second half, outscoring the Mustangs 30-10.

January 6 at Shelby

Meridian 6 7 5 5 – 23

S-RC 16 19 15 15 – 65

Scoring – M: Smith 11, Kipp 7, VanWestern 3. S-RC: Coffin 22, Belt 16, Johnston 10, Pinneo 6, Hoatson, Lopez 3. Rebounds – M: Kipp 7, Smith 5. S-RC: Hoatson 11, Pinneo 8, Johnston 6, Coffin 5. Assists – M: Smith, VanWestern, Noel 1. S-RC: Pinneo 8, Johnston 6, Belt, Coffin 3. 

Centennial defeats S-RC

UTICA — Class C-2, No. 9 Centennial used a dominant third quarter to get past visiting Shelby-Rising City on Jan. 9.

The Broncos trailed 9-8 after one quarter before taking a slim 25-23 advantage at halftime. They outscored the Huskies 15-3 in the third period before hanging on for the 47-35 win.

Jackson Hirschfeld and Cooper Gierhan scored 13 points apiece to lead Centennial (10-2) and Heath Haberman chipped in nine. Brenden Johnston paced Shelby-Rising City with 12 points, Austin Coffin scored eight and Bailey Belt had six.

– Columbus Telegram

Huskies upset Nebraska Lutheran

WACO — Austin Coffin led Shelby-Rising City to a 59-47 road upset of Class D-1, No. 8 Nebraska Lutheran on Jan. 13.

Coffin scored a game-high 24 points on 8-for-14 shooting, including going 5 of 8 from beyond the 3-point arc. Bailey Belt and Jett Pinneo both added 13 points for the Huskies (6-7).

S-RC and Nebraska Lutheran (7-3) battled to an 18-18 tie after the first quarter, but the Huskies were able to create some separation in the second quarter, leading 38-29 at halftime. They maintained that advantage in the third quarter and used their defense to seal the win, allowing just six fourth-quarter points. 

-- Columbus Telegram

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