Osceola Boys at State Today, Bison and Jaguars Fall Yesterday

Osceola is the last area team standing in the boys state basketball tournament.  The Bulldogs open play today, after Central City and Howells-Dodge both dropped their quarterfinal games on Wednesday. 

Osceola is making its third straight trip to the state tournament.  The Bulldogs are the No. 4 seed in Class D2 and are playing fifth-seeded Sumner-Eddyville-Miller at Pinnacle Bank Arena.  The 10:45 a.m. game is being aired on 93.5 The Hawk. 

In yesterday’s C1 tourney, Central City fell to Ogallala 67-46.  Kenai Kearney led the Bison with 18 points, while Ayden Zikmund had 14.  But Central City’s first trip to state since 1947 ended with a loss to the 27-0 Indians, as the Bison finished 24-4. 

In last night’s D1 quarterfinals, Howells-Dodge was blitzed by Johnson-Brock 56-26.  Both offenses struggled in the first quarter, but the Eagles used a 22-0 run that started in the second quarter and continued in the third to take command at 43-7.  Lance Brester led the Jaguars with nine points, but the senior fouled out with 5:51 left in the game.  Howells-Dodge, which was making its third straight appearance in the state tournament and fourth in five years, ended at 20-7.