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.