Minatare boys rediscover winning ways in home stretch of season
     2013-02-14      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Sheila Weber/for the Citizen - Minatare’s Juan Garfio (No. 2) has his eye on the basket as Potter-Dix's Luke Johnson (No. 30) goes for the block at a Jan. 25 game at Minatare. The Minatare boys have earned the No. 1 seed for next week’s Sub-District D1-10 tournament. 
With the high school basketball season winding down for most teams this week, while small-school girls’ teams are in sub-district play, the time has come for teams to make their runs if they wish to contend in the postseason.

One such team is the Minatare boys, whose last two victories have the Indians back on track after seeing a 9-1 season start brought down with a five-game losing streak.

After losing to 17-1 Leyton twice and 16-1 Oelrichs, S.D., during that five-game drought, Minatare rediscovered its winning form on Feb. 1 with a 51-49 win at home over Sioux County. The Indians (11-6) then followed an eight-day break Saturday with a 79-39 win at Hyannis.

The late-season surge helped Minatare earn the No. 1 seed in next week’s Sub-District D1-10 Tournament in Sidney, at the Cabela’s Activities Center. The Indians will first play Potter-Dix (6-12) in Friday’s regular-season finale and then will play in Tuesday’s 6 p.m. sub-district semifinal against the winner of Monday’s Potter-Dix/Creek Valley game.

The Minatare girls were cut down by Hyannis 81-17 on Saturday and then had their season ended at 1-16 Monday in a 4-19, first-round sub-district loss to Garden County.

Bayard boys down Morrill
The Bayard boys completed their regular-season schedule Monday night by scoring a 53-36 win at Morrill.

Tyler Fiscus and Braydon Parriott scored 16 points in leading the Tigers (8-15) to the victory. The Lions (5-13) got a team-high 11 points from Jacob Ramirez.

Morrill will take on Bridgeport and Bayard plays Hemingford on Tuesday when the District C2-12 tournament gets under way in Gering.

Mitchell boys beat Ogallala
The Mitchell boys split their Friday and Saturday games, first scoring a 53-45 win at Ogallala.

Junior Bo McVay scored 19 points in leading the Tigers’ victory, while juniors Adam Schlotthauer (16 points) and Jamie Fegler (10) also reached scoring in double figures.

On Saturday at home, however, Mitchell was dealt a 74-42 loss to Sidney, a game in which Red Raiders junior Paxton Ehler led all scorers with 18 points and sophomore Tate Harvey followed with 17.

Fegler led the Tigers (10-9) with 17 points.

The Mitchell boys complete the regular season at home Friday against Kimball (16-1) in a match-up of the top two seeds in the District C1-12 Tournament that starts Tuesday in Alliance. Top-seeded Kimball will play Gordon-Rushville and No. 2 seed Mitchell faces Chadron.

The Mitchell girls were swept in the back-to-back games after having lost a rematch from the Feb. 2 Western Trails Conference championship game to Kimball in overtime on Tuesday.

The Tigers were dealt a 58-51 loss at Ogallala on Friday and were downed by Sidney 69-22 at home Saturday.

Mitchell senior Havannah Newens led Mitchell (12-10) in scoring against Sidney with 12 points. The Red Raiders (15-6) got 13 points apiece from Sarah Mahr and Karissa Segelke.

Banner County swept
Banner County boys lost 35-34 last Tuesday to the Burns, Wyo., junior varsity and then at home Friday in Harrisburg to Lingle-Fort Laramie, 47-30.
Mike McKown had 14 points and Tyson Dahlgrin grabbed 16 rebounds for Banner County (2-16) against Lingle-Fort Laramie. The Wildcats are the No. 4 seed in the Sub-District D2-12 boys’ tournament and face winless South Platte (0-15) on Monday at 6 p.m. in a first-round game at Mitchell.

The Banner County girls were defeated 61-20 at Burns and 67-8 by Lingle-Fort Laramie. The Wildcats (1-19) saw their season ended Monday night in a 36-25 loss to South Platte in Sub-District D2-12 first-round play at Sidney.

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