The Otis High School boys basketball team is wrapping up this most unusual Season B on Saturday.
The Bulldogs will play Prairie at home. They first were scheduled to play in Briggsdale, but the school announced Wednesday the game had been moved to Otis. They had two wins entering this week, which included a home game this past Tuesday against Haxtun, making them an extreme long shot to advance to the 24-team playoff field that will be announced Monday.
Otis was at home this past weekend, first losing 56-51 to Peetz. The Bulldogs tried to rally after falling behind 33-20 with a strong third quarter, but could not keep closing the gap in the fourth quarter.
Carter Wells had 21 points, Jack Willeke 11 points and 10 rebounds, Peyton Wells seven points and four rebounds, Tyler Reynolds four points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals, Sawyer Packer four points, two assists and two steals, Taylor Ringlein two points and two steals, and Erick Thorn two points and two assists.
The Bulldogs hosted an excellent Flatirons Academy team on Saturday, losing 55-14. Willeke had six points and eight rebounds, P. Wells five points and eight rebounds, and C. Wells three points. Reynolds chipped in four rebounds, Mason Metzler two steals, Chase Glosson two rebounds, and Thorn four rebounds.
Postseason looking good for Lone Star girls
A postseason berth is looking good for the Lone Star girls basketball team.
The Longhorns are looking good in all the “metrics” that will be used to determine the 24-team playoff field, which will be announced officially on Monday, March 8. The criteria includes the MaxPreps ranking, where Lone Star is No. 14, the Rating Percentage Index, also No. 14, the Packard Rankings, No. 15, and the coaches poll on CHSAANow.com, No. 15.
The Longhorns enter the final weekend of the regular season with a 7-3 record, 4-0 in the YWKC League. They close out the regular season at home Friday against a tough Fleming team, then host Weldon Valley on Saturday.
They rolled to a 56-21 win at Arickree/Woodlin, last Saturday. Alison Davis had 12 points, six rebounds and two steals, Alivia Weathers 10 points and four assists, Jayna Lockard eight points, three rebounds and three steals, Andrea Kuntz eight points, five assists, three steals and three rebounds, Lamya Kuntz seven points and three steals, Hailey Forry five points, four rebounds and three assists, Aleighcea Kuntz four points and three rebounds, and Idhaly Martinez two points and two rebounds.
The Longhorns were at Prairie this past Monday, cruising to a 71-36 victory, scoring 45 points in the middle quarters. Alison Davis had 24 points. Eight different players got on the board for Lone Star including Alivia Weathers with 12, Lamya Kuntz with 11 and Idahly Martinez with 10.
Lone Star was at Flagler this past Tuesday before closing out the regular season this weekend.
Lone Star boys
It took awhile, but the Lone Star boys basketball entered this week on a three-game winning streak.
The Longhorns entered the last week of the regular season 2-2 in the YWKC League, and 3-6 overall. They were at Flagler this past Tuesday, then close out the shortened Season B with a game against Bethune today, March 4, and home games against Fleming on Friday and Weldon Valley on Saturday.
The Class 1A 24-team playoff field will be announced Monday, March 8.
Lone Star might not have much of a chance to reach the postseason, but the Longhorns have finally got to enjoy a winning streak. It began with a 52-29 win at Otis on February 23, and continued with a 42-24 win at Arickaree/Woodlin last weekend, and a 51-42 win at Prairie this past Monday.
The Longhorns dominated in their win at Arickaree/Woodlin, leading 22-13 at halftime and 35-17 after three quarters.
Brady Kuntz had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Liam Garza eight points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals, Zaiah McMeekin six points, four rebounds and three steals, Dakoda Cox four points and two rebounds, Wyatt Cochran three points, and Ethan Glenn two points. Abraham Martinez chipped in four rebounds.
Lone Star then took care of business on the Prairie Mustangs’ homecourt, Monday night, winning by nine points. Garza and McMeekin scored 13 each, and Kuntz chipped in 11 more for the Longhorns.
Otis girls got first win
The Otis High School girls basketball team will not go winless in the 2021 Season B.
The Bulldogs earned their first win of the season last Friday at home, blowing out Peetz 59-30.
They hosted Haxtun this past Tuesday, and close out the regular season Saturday against Prairie in a game that will be played at Briggsdale.
Otis got the landmark win last Friday against Peetz by running to a lead and keeping it going for a 29—point decision. Rebecca Bleak had 19 points, seven rebounds and five steals, Anthoneya Schaffert 14 points, seven steals, three rebounds and three assists, Alli Hornung eight points, three rebounds and two assists, Arlene Bencomo eight points and seven rebounds, Rowan Tribelhorn four points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals, Hailey Stivers four points, six rebounds and two assists, and Jayce Perry two points.
The Bulldogs hosted Flatirons Academy, suffering a 63-29 loss to the Bison. The visitors scored 40 points in the first half.
Bleak had 17 points and four rebounds, Schaffert four points and three steals, Stivers four points and five rebounds, Hornung four points and two rebounds, Tribelhorn four points, four rebounds and four assists, Bencomo two assists and Kayce Perry two rebounds.
Season nearing end for S/L boys
Stratton/Liberty’s boys basketball team closes out the shortened Season B Saturday at home against Idalia.
The Knighted Eagles are 4-9 overall heading into the regular-season finale. The 24-team 1A playoff field will be announced Monday, March 8.
They lost 64-50 at a tough Fleming team last Friday. They yielded 40 points in the first half to trail by 14 points. Ashiton Davidson had 19 points, 12 rebounds and three steals, Charlie Clapper 13 points and five rebounds, Jose Gallardo five points and two rebounds, Cyler Notter four points, four rebounds and three steals, Charlie Tagtmeyer four points and three steals, Rustin Williams three points, and Daniel Tanner four rebounds.
The Knighted Eagles hosted Denver Waldorf this past Monday, losing 68-38. Stratton/Liberty stats were not available at press time.
S/L girls have .500 season in their sights
The Stratton/Liberty girls basketball team might have a shot at sneaking into the Class 1A 24-team playoff field, but any hopes will hinge on beating Idalia at home on Saturday.
Even then, it might be a tall order, as the Knighted Eagles sit at 6-7 entering the season finale.
They ran into a tough Fleming squad last Friday, losing 60-10 after falling behind 30-0 in the first quarter. Kennedy Frank had seven points and six rebounds, Mattie Course two points, and Saylor Dempsey one point and three rebounds. Lauren Thompson had seven rebounds, Hannah Ribirozzie three rebounds, Emma Bohnen four rebounds, Rayanne Griffin three steals, and Madison Tagtmeyer three steals and two rebounds.
Things were much better Monday when the Knighted Eagles posted a 40-19 home win against Denver Waldorf. Knighted Eagles statistics were not available at press time.
A/W boys could finish with winning record
The Arickaree/Woodlin boys entered the final weekend of the regular season with a shot at finishing with a winning record.
The Mustang Indians were 4-4 overall heading this Wednesday’s home game against Idalia, before closing out the regular season Friday at home against Hi-Plains, then playing at Class 2A power Wray on Saturday.
Arickaree/Woodlin picked up a forfeit win against Bethune, but then suffered a 42-24 home loss to Lone Star last Friday. The Indian Mustangs fell behind early and never could recover.
Logan Wright had 11 points and seven rebounds, Samuel Koolstra six points and 11 rebounds, Tristin Niccoli three points and 14 rebounds, Bryce Shaffer two points and two rebounds, and Jacob Jefferson two points. Nichola Hermes had three rebounds and two assists, and Hayden Page two rebounds.
Two games left for A/W girls
The Arickaree/Woodlin girls have two games left in the 14-game Season B.
The Indian Mustang will end up with 10 games, hosting Idalia on Wednesday before closing it out at Hi-Plains on Friday, followed by a trip to a tough 2A Wray team on Saturday. They entered this week 3-4 overall.
They lost at home last Saturday to the Lone Star Longhorns, 56-21. Arickaree/Woodlin statistics were not available by press time.