Nebraska State High School Basketball Tournament

Three boys and three girls teams our newspaper covers in central Nebraska made it to the semifinal round during the state basketball tournament in Lincoln. Unfortunately all six of those team didn’t make it to the final championship game. Basketball is one of my favorite sports to photograph. I enjoy watching these boys and girls excel on and off the court and there is a lot of support from their communities. It’s not uncommon to see players form a circle hand-in-hand with opposing players and pray after a game. These kids get it and know what sportsmanship is all about.

Scottsbluff’s Gabriel Patton, left, battles for possession of the ball with Aurora’s Thomas Leininger during the Nebraska State Boys Basketball Championships at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Friday. Scottsbluff won 76-67.

Scottsbluff’s Gabriel Patton, left, battles for possession of the ball with Aurora’s Thomas Leininger during the Nebraska State Boys Basketball Championships at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Friday. Scottsbluff won 76-67.

Sophia Schroeder, a sophomore at Ravenna High School cheers while holding symbols and donning a multicolor umbrella hat during the Ravenna vs. North Platte game at the Nebraska State Girls Championships at Lincoln North Star High School Thursday. Ravenna won 57-49.

Sophia Schroeder, a sophomore at Ravenna High School cheers while holding symbols and donning a multicolor umbrella hat during the Ravenna vs. North Platte game at the Nebraska State Girls Championships at Lincoln North Star High School. Ravenna won 57-49.

 

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Scottsbluff freshman guard Jasiya DeOllos claps his hands together as time expires in the first half as the Bearcats take the lead against Aurora into the locker room.

Aurora’s Austin Allen jumps in the air as Scottsbluff’s Evan Hughes looks to inbound the ball during the Nebraska State Boys Basketball Championships at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Friday. Scottsbluff won 76-67.

Aurora’s Austin Allen jumps in the air as Scottsbluff’s Evan Hughes looks to inbound the ball during the Nebraska State Boys Basketball Championships at the Pinnacle Bank Arena. Scottsbluff won 76-67.

Heartland’s Taylor Quiring passes the ball with Dundy County-Stratton’s Adalene Krutsinger right behind her during a Class D1 semifinal State Girls Basketball game at Bob Devaney Sports Center Friday. Dundy County-Stratton won 48-31.

Heartland’s Taylor Quiring passes the ball with Dundy County-Stratton’s Adalene Krutsinger right behind her during a Class D1 semifinal State Girls Basketball game at Bob Devaney Sports Center Friday. Dundy County-Stratton won 48-31.

Ord’s Cora Svoboda (21) and Lydia Hill (11) celebrate a 54-39 upset of Mitchell with head coach Dexter Goodner during round one of the Nebraska State Girls Championships at Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln Thursday.

Ord’s Cora Svoboda (21) and Lydia Hill (11) celebrate a 54-39 upset of Mitchell with head coach Dexter Goodner during round one of the Nebraska State Girls Championships at Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln Thursday.

Kearney Catholic’s Anna Squiers (43) is guarded by Ord’s Madilyn Hagge during a Class C1 semifinal State Girls Basketball game at Pinnacle Bank Arena Friday. Kearney Catholic won 54-39.

Kearney Catholic’s Anna Squiers (43) is guarded by Ord’s Madilyn Hagge during a Class C1 semifinal State Girls Basketball game at Pinnacle Bank Arena Friday. Kearney Catholic won 54-39.

The Kearney Catholic Stars team bench celebrates a teammates three-pointer during a Class C1 semifinal State Girls Basketball game at Pinnacle Bank Arena Friday. Kearney Catholic won 54-39.

The Kearney Catholic Stars team bench celebrates a teammates three-pointer during a Class C1 semifinal State Girls Basketball game at Pinnacle Bank Arena Friday. Kearney Catholic won 54-39.

Ravenna’s Brooklyn Fiddelke tries to strip the ball from North Platte’s Amanda McClellen during round one of the Nebraska State Girls Championships at Lincoln North Star High School Thursday. Ravenna won 57-49.

Ravenna’s Brooklyn Fiddelke tries to strip the ball from North Platte’s Amanda McClellen during round one of the Nebraska State Girls Championships at Lincoln North Star High School Thursday. Ravenna won 57-49.

Ravenna head coach Noah Maulsby has a talk with McKenna Schmidt as she comes out of the game against North Platte during round one of the Nebraska State Girls Championships at Lincoln North Star High School Thursday. Ravenna won 57-49.

Ravenna head coach Noah Maulsby has a talk with McKenna Schmidt as she comes out of the game against North Platte during round one of the Nebraska State Girls Championships at Lincoln North Star High School Thursday. Ravenna won 57-49.

Southwest guard Alec May, right, darts through Hastings St. Cecilia players Jack Thompson and Joe Carey during the Nebraska Sate Boys Basketball Championships at Lincoln Southeast High School Thursday. Hastings St. Cecilia won 59-20.

Southwest guard Alec May, right, darts through Hastings St. Cecilia players Jack Thompson and Joe Carey during the Nebraska Sate Boys Basketball Championships at Lincoln Southeast High School Thursday. Hastings St. Cecilia won 59-20.

Neligh-Oakdale players celebrate their 55-50 victory over Hastings St. Cecilia during the Nebraska State Boys Basketball Championships at the Bob Devaney Sports Center Friday.

Neligh-Oakdale players celebrate their 55-50 victory over Hastings St. Cecilia during the Nebraska State Boys Basketball Championships at the Bob Devaney Sports Center Friday.

Riverside guard Tredyn Prososki passes the ball to the outside against Garden County during the Nebraska Sate Boys Basketball Championships at Lincoln Southeast High School Thursday. Riverside won 70-27.

Riverside guard Tredyn Prososki passes the ball to the outside against Garden County during the Nebraska Sate Boys Basketball Championships at Lincoln Southeast High School Thursday. Riverside won 70-27.

Aurora Huskies fans cheer during the first quarter against Elkhorn South during the Nebraska State Boys Basketball Championships at the Bob Devaney Sports Center Thursday.

Aurora Huskies fans cheer during the first quarter against Elkhorn South during the Nebraska State Boys Basketball Championships at the Bob Devaney Sports Center Thursday.

Riverside fans seek divine intervention late in the fourth quarter against Mullen during the Nebraska State Boys Basketball Championships at the Bob Devaney Sports Center Friday. Riverside won 54-52.

Riverside fans seek divine intervention late in the fourth quarter against Mullen during the Nebraska State Boys Basketball Championships at the Bob Devaney Sports Center Friday. Riverside won 54-52.

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