Gering freshman boys win district, girls runners-up
     2014-02-27      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Gering freshman Kaylee Bohnsack tries to steal the ball from Sidney’s Abbey Mills at Gering Junior High on Thursday as Mariah Conn #22, Maddi Porter #52, Courtney Conn #20, and Annalise Lecher #30 observe. Gering earned runner up in the freshman girls’ district championship after losing to Sidney 40-25.  
The Gering boys and girls Freshman basketball teams earned berths at the district championships. The boys defeated Alliance 64-59 for a season record of 13-3. The girls lost to Sidney 40-25 for a season record of 11-7.

The boys started off slow as Alliance outscored them 18-11 in the first frame. Gering took charge of the second frame and bested Alliance 11-6; however, Gering still faced a two 24-22 deficit at the half. Geirng cut the deficit to one in the third period outscoring Alliance 18-17. Gering took the fourth quarter 24-18 for a five point lead on the final score of 64-59.

Coach Brady Shaul spoke of the season and championship game. “As a whole we had a pretty good season, had a great group of kids, a lot of talent, and overall the season went pretty well. We had a few ups and downs but we ended the season with a pretty good record. We came out on top in the championship. The team we beat in the championship was undefeated, we had lost to them two times prior that season. They were a pretty tough team and it was great to be able to come together in the final game and end the season right.”

Individual scores for Gering: Christian Rogers 22, Trey Winkler 19, Tanner Wengler 10, Alex Duncan 6, Elijah Robles 3, Dylan Radzymski 2, Keaton Ebbers 2.

The Freshman Lady Bulldogs started tough leading in the first quarter 10-8. Sidney shot back in the second and led 12-5 for a first half score of 20-15. In the third quarter Gering slid a little 8-7 but was only six points behind going into the fourth. Sidney dominated the fourth quarter 12-3 to win the district championship 40-25.

Coach Justin Relka said of the season, “Overall I think we played really well we had some ups and downs and it was a big learning year for our girls. It was a little different from what they have been used to in the past so it was a huge learning year. I think that they adjusted well and they played really well. They played their hearts out tonight. The second half was a little bit different story but we played them much better, much more confident coming out against this team than we have been in the past. I was extremely proud of how they played.”

Individual scores for Gering: Courtney Conn 10, Mariah Conn 9, Alexis Robles 3, Kaylee Bohnsack 3.
Individual scores for Sidney: Maddi Porter 14, Kelsey Knight 10, Abbie Fraas 6, Abbey Mills 6, Annalise Lecher 2, Megan Rapp 2.

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