Bulldogs and Eagles Qualify for Boys’ State Basketball Tournament on March 7-9

The long wait is over for the Auburn Bulldogs. The Johnson-Brock Eagles continue their success during this decade. Thursday, March 7, both Nemaha County high school boys’ basketball teams open play in the state tournament in Lincoln. They advanced with district final wins Monday night, Feb. 25. Auburn downed Fort Calhoun 63-37 with Johnson-Brock taking care of Mead 45-29. The first round matchups are unofficial as of late morning Tuesday, Feb.

26. Auburn, 21-3 will be the third seed in Class C-1 and opens play against sixth seed Grand Island Central Catholic, 18-7 at 9 a.m. at the Devaney Sports Center. The Bulldogs qualified for the first time since 1985 and the 23rd time overall. Auburn is 10-22 at the state tournament. The remainder of the Class C-1 state field in order of seeding will be: Ogallala, first at 26-0; Wahoo, second at 23-3; North Bend Central, fourth at 23-3; Adams Central, fifth at 17-7; Milford, seventh at 21-5 and Boys Town, eighth at 19-7. Wahoo is the defending C-1 champion. Grand Island Central Catholic and Ogallala also are returning qualifiers. Johnson-Brock, 21-4 is the fifth seed in Class D-2 and starts with 22-4 Humphrey St. Francis, fourth seed at 9 a.m. at Lincoln Northeast High School.


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