The Creighton football team is headed to the 2017 playoffs as the top seed.
The Bulldogs (8-0) will host No. 16 McCool Junction (2-6) on Thursday, Oct. 26, in the first round of the Class D1 playoffs.
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The Wausa football team is headed to the 2017 playoffs as the 11th seed.
The Vikings (5-3) will travel to No. 6 Wynot on Thursday, Oct. 26, in the first round of the Class D2 playoffs.
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The Bloomfield football team is headed to the 2017 playoffs as the top seed.
The Bees (8-0) will host No. 16 Exeter-Milligan (3-5) on Thursday, Oct. 26, in the first round of the Class D2 playoffs.
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The Crofton Warriors finished their season at the state meet with two medalists.
Freshman Connor Arens finished in the top ten leading the Warriors with a time of 17:33.1 putting him in 8th. Following just behind with a time of 17:41.4 was Tanner Arens finishing in 10th.
Following the two medalists was junior Tyler Janssen finishing 49th with a time of 18:37.7. Freshman Colby Zuhlke finished in 106th with a time of 19:56.0. Not far behind was Senior Max Boecker with a time of 20:01.0 putting him in 110th place. Crossing with a time of 21:20.5 was Gabriel Potts finishing 131rd.
Three of Bloomfield's cross country runners finished in the top 100 Friday at state cross country, including Bree Eisenhauer in 46th (22:19) and Ann Woockman in 52nd (22:36).
Hannah Hubers was 72nd in 23:13 while Ella McFarland was 104th in 24:25. Kate Bruns did not finish.
Senior Haley Arens lead the Crofton Girl's Cross Country team at the state meet to finish out her high school career.
Arens finished in 19:43.22, just behind Rylee Rice of Ainsworth. Crofton's Alexis Boldenow finished 39th in 23:20.35, Kelsey Schieffer was 43rdd in 23:39.94, Jessica Lange was 62nd in 24:49.15, Mariah Dather was 92nd in 28:37.08 and Hannah Steffen was 93rd in 28:52.02.
Bloomfield’s 30 consecutive years in the playoffs is quite a feat. Actually, only one other team in the state has a longer streak.
The Bees have had their share of memorable teams, perhaps none more than the 1992 championship team, which was honored this past weekend on its 25th anniversary. Led by coach Gary Walling, the Bees edged Cambridge 21-20 for the Class C2 title.
Walling was head coach for the Bees from 1975-85, 90-94 and then again 97-2002. As for the years not assigned as head coach, he was associated with the duties of the team through assistant coach and volunteering up until most recently in 2014.
“I like sports, I think that’s what got me into it,” Walling said.
Through this 40 years, he has left a lasting impression with the school and its football
program. The most rewarding for him simply are the athletes themselves.
“You lose some great athletes. You know some great athletes come through here,” he
said. “And just seeing those other kids grow up is probably the most enjoyable part of it.”
That game against Cambridge remains vivid for Walling. After coming up short the previous two seasons, the Bees fought to keep this one in their favor. Down 14-6 at the half, the Bees managed to tie the game.
Walling remembered every play. Cambridge ran a toss, followed by a screenplay, then a dive.
“That kid went like 80 yards and was like less than 4 minutes to go. I’ve never, ever, ever done that in my career before, but I checked out and said ‘Well God, I guess this means that this will never happen,’ ” Walling remembered.
But Cambridge still needed the extra point.
“I never even thought about it. I was totally checked out,” he said. “Then Craig (Walling) made the big play on the go in and they stop them on the extra point.”
Bloomfield still had a chance. With 78 yards to go, the Bees had to score. And they did. And won the state title.
“I’ve lived that game a lot of times,” Walling said.
Celebrating the 25th anniversary was an opportunities for player and friends to reconnect. Walling ran into coach Matt Kuchar over the weekend, where the subject of priorities came up.
“The priorities. I think that everybody that goes through here, they know. Find out what your relationship with God is, then your family is No. 2 because you will have them forever, then third is your education,” Walling said. “As far as I’m concerned, if you are out for football, football is a part of your education.”
Kuchar said the current Bloomfield team, which is 7-0 and likely will enter the playoffs undefeated, is another sign of the tradition continuing for the Bees.
“I think this is a special team,” Walling said. “I don’t go to the practices or anything, I just get to watch some of the games. I do know that they have good coaches and they have
good kids. I think the coaches have some plans, and they are playing some good defense, too.”
Walling has since retired and has been able finally get away from the coaching aspect of the game. He enjoys taking the back seat now but misses the field.
“At times, yeah. But I also appreciate being retired because I can take off and watch my grand kids activities,” he said. “that’s it now. I appreciated being able to do that, and I have been able to do some travelling, we have always kinda wanted to do that.”
The 2017 Lewis & Clark Tournament brackets have been announced. Games will be held at various locations in the Northeast Nebraska from October 21-24th.
Bloomfield is set to take on Winnebago in the first match of the tournament. This match is set for October 21 in Ponca at 2pm. The winner will advance into the brackets against Ponca.
The Championship match is set for Tuesday evening in Laurel.
The Bloomfield/Wausa cross country team left today headed for Kearney to participate in the 2017 NSAA State Cross Country Championships. The team consists of 3 Bloomfield runners; Bree Eisenhauer, Kate Bruns and Ella McFarland along with Wausa's Hannah Hubers and Anne Woockman.
The team was sent off with a pep rally held on their way out door. Additionally, they were escorted from town by the Bloomfield Fire Department and Rescue.
This year marks the first year the team has made the cut for the girls state meet. The meet will start on October 20 at 2 p.m. and is to be held at the Kearney Country Club.
The Knox County Volleyball Tournament came to an end tonight with the Crofton Warriors taking home the trophy. The dominated Creighton to pull away the win in 2 straight sets.
Bloomfield was defeated by Wausa but not with a fight. With each side taking a set, Wausa took the last set after a strong drive in the third set.
1st - Crofton
2nd - Creighton
3rd - Wausa
4th - Bloomfield
5th - Niobrara/Verdigre
6th - Santee
For the full story, watch for this weeks Knox County News.