Varsity Warriors End 2008-2009 Season with 4-Point Loss to Neumann at Sub-District Final
Wahoo Overcomes Difficult Early Season to Finish 12-10
2/26/09 at Waverly (Sub-District Finals)
Bishop Neumann 48
The Wahoo Warriors were defeated by the Bishop Neumann Cavaliers 48-44 in the Sub-District Final at Waverly on Thursday night.
The Warriors jumped out to a 13-2 lead in the first quarter. Three-point goals from Tyler Brunsting, Matt Myers, and Layne Moore, in addition to baskets from Myers and Taylor Murren, got Wahoo off to the hot start. Wahoo led 15-10 after one quarter.
The second quarter was a struggle offensively for the Warriors. A trey from Moore would be the only score for Wahoo. Neumann went to halftime up 22-18.
The dry spell offensively continued for Wahoo in the third quarter. A Murren bucket with 2:43 left broke a long drought, in which the Warriors scored just 3 points in 15 minutes of action. Murren's bucket cut the Cavalier lead to 28-20. Following a Neumann free throw, Murren nailed a 3 to make it 29-23. On the next possession, Jared Moline made a steal and lay up to make it 29-25 heading into the fourth quarter.
A Moore trey made the score 29-28 early in the fourth quarter. Neumann extended the lead back to 6 at 34-28 following three Travis Ahrens free throws with 4:48 left. Murren countered with a 3 to cut the lead to 34-31. Two Moline free throws moments later made it 34-33 with 3:50 left.
A Brandon Chapek basket for Neumann and two free throws from the Warriors' Sean Lindgren made it 36-35. Bret Pospisil nailed a three point shot for the Cavaliers with 2:50 left to make it 39-35. The Warriors then missed on a short jumper, and Dylan McGill's driving lay up and free throw made the Cavalier lead 42-35. A Moore trey with 1:50 left cut the lead to 43-41, but Neumann was able to convert on four consecutive free throws to ice the game and win 48-44.
"I am really proud of our kids' efforts. We competed hard tonight. We just had too big of a scoring drought in the middle two quarters. Still, we gave ourselves a chance at the end. Pospisil's trey and McGill's lay up were just too much to overcome. We were down 1 and within about 15 seconds we were down 7," said Head Coach Kevin Scheef.
"Our kids deserve a lot of credit for turning their season around. We were not a very good team early in the year. When we were 2-5, it would have been easy to pack it in and not care, but our kids were determined not to let that happen, and I think from the Syracuse game on, we were a pretty good team," Scheef added.
Wahoo ends its season at 12-10. Neumann improves to 14-7 and will face North Bend in the District Final on Monday at Midland Lutheran College.
EARLIER 2008-2009 SEASON ARTICLES:
Varsity Warriors Pass First Round with Victory over Raymond Central
12-9 Wahoo Meets Neumann at Thursday's Sub-District Final in Waverly
2/24/09 at Waverly (First Round of Sub-Districts)
Raymond Central 45
The Wahoo Warriors defeated the Raymond Central Mustangs 69-45 on Tuesday night, February 24, in the first round of the Sub-District Tournament.
The Warriors jumped out to an 8-0 lead behind a Matt Myers trey, a Layne Moore lay up and a Tyler Brunsting 3-point play. A Brunsting trey at the first quarter buzzer put Wahoo up 20-12 after one quarter.
In the second quarter, Wahoo led 31-20 with two minutes left. Another Brunsting trey and free throw, and Taylor Murren bucket gave Wahoo a 37-20 lead at halftime.
The Warriors scored the first 6 points of the second half, on a basket from Myers, and two Murren drives and lay ups, to go up 43-20. The third quarter ended with Wahoo up 54-33.
The Mustangs scored the first 7 points of the fourth quarter to cut the Wahoo lead to 54-40, but a free throw from Jared Moline, a Greg Milliken basket, and a trey from Murren put Wahoo up 60-42. Reserves would finish up the game for a 69-45 victory.
"There were a lot of positives to this win. We played a very solid first half, and we had six different kids knock down a three point shot, which is encouraging. I didn't think that we played with the intensity that we needed to in the second half, and we were not as sharp as I had hoped," said Head Coach Kevin Scheef.
Murren led Wahoo with 16 points, 4 assists and 4 steals. Moline added 11 points.
Brunsting contributed 10 points. Milliken added 9 points and 5 boards. Myers had 8 points and 6 boards. Moore added 7 points and 6 boards.
Wahoo forced 18 Mustang turnovers while committing just 7.
Wahoo improves to 12-9 and will face Bishop Neumann on Thursday in the Sub-District final at Waverly. Raymond Central ends its season at 6-13.
Varsity Boys Basketball Team Prepares for Upcoming Sub-Districts at Waverly
#2-Seeded Warriors Face Raymond Central on February 24
The Class C1-5 Boys Basketball Sub-District Tournament will be played February 23-26 at Waverly. The #2-seeded Wahoo Warriors are scheduled to play Raymond Central in Game 3, Tuesday, February 24, at 7:45 p.m.
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Varsity Warriors Top Off Regular Season with Win over Schuyler
Wahoo Takes On Raymond Central in Waverly at Tuesday Sub-Districts
2/20/09 at Schuyler
The Wahoo Warriors defeated the Schuyler Warriors 68-52 in the final regular season game for both teams on Friday night.
Wahoo jumped out to an 8-2 lead on Schuyler behind two free throws and a trey from Greg Milliken. A Taylor Murren bucket put Wahoo up 10-8 after one quarter.
The second quarter was tight, as Wahoo led 26-25 with two minutes to play, but a bucket and a trey from Milliken to end the half put Wahoo up 31-25.
Wahoo scored the first two buckets in the third quarter: a Murren basket and a Matt Myers lay up to go up by 10 at 35-25. Schuyler closed the lead to 37-31, but a Tyler Brunsting trey pushed the lead back to 40-31. A trey from Murren and a Josh Discher bucket put Wahoo up 45-31. Schuyler closed the third quarter by scoring in its last two possessions to cut the lead to 45-35 after three quarters.
The lead was still 10 at 51-41 midway through the fourth quarter when another trey from Brunsting pushed the Warrior lead to 54-41. Murren and Jared Moline then went to the free throw line on the Warriors’ next 7 possessions. Murren was 11-12 from the line in the fourth quarter and Moline was 3-4 in the fourth to prevent Schuyler from making a run. The last of Moline's free throws gave Wahoo its largest lead of the game at 65-46.
"This was a great win for us. After losing a heartbreaking game to North Bend on Tuesday, it was important to bounce back and play well before sub-districts start on Tuesday. We feel like we are playing our best basketball of the season right now, and we sure hope that we can carry it over to District action this week," said Head Coach Kevin Scheef.
"Tyler Brunsting played very well and hit a couple of big treys for us in the second half. Greg Milliken played his best game of the season tonight. He was very aggressive on both ends of the floor, which we need from him," Scheef added.
Murren led Wahoo with 27 points on 13-15 shooting from the foul stripe. Milliken contributed 10 points and 5 steals. Myers also had 5 steals on the defensive end. Brunsting added 9 points and 5 boards. Layne Moore scored 7 points, had 7 boards, and 6 assists. Moline also added 7 points.
Wahoo was 21-24 from the foul line, while Schuyler was 7-9. Wahoo forced 25 Schuyler turnovers, while turning it over just 14 times.
Wahoo improves to 11-9, while Schuyler falls to 10-9. Wahoo will face Raymond Central on Tuesday night at Waverly in Sub-District action at 7:45.
At-the-Buzzer 3-Point Attempt Blocked; Varsity Boys Lose to North Bend by 2
10-9 Warriors Finish Regular Season Friday at Schuyler
2/17/09 at North Bend
North Bend 59
The Wahoo Warriors were defeated by the North Bend Tigers 59-57 on Tuesday night.
The game was tight early. Two treys from Matt Myers had Wahoo on top 15-14 after one quarter.
Wahoo opened up a five-point lead with three minutes to play in the half after a Taylor Murren trey and free throw, but North Bend would score the last six points of the half to go into halftime up 26-25.
The Warriors opened up an eight point lead late in the third quarter after a trey from Myers, a Greg Milliken jumper and a Jared Moline drive to go up 42-34. The third quarter ended with Wahoo up 42-36.
After a Ethan Bauer basket cut the Warrior lead to 42-38 to start the fourth quarter, Wahoo scored the next six points on a Moline basket, a Murren free throw, and another Myers trey to take a 10-point lead at 48-38 with six minutes to play. A 6-0 run from North Bend cut the Warrior lead to 48-44, but Myers responded with his sixth trey of the game to push the lead back to 51-44 with 3 minutes to go.
Following a North Bend missed jumper, the Tigers’ Drew Hines stole the ball at mid-court and went in for the lay-up. Hines converted the lay-up, and was fouled. Hines missed the free throw, but the Warriors were unable to secure the rebound. Tyler Kingston grabbed the offensive rebound and scored on the put-back to cut the Warrior lead to 51-48. Two free throws from Tony Hartman on the next possession cut the Warrior lead to 51-50 with 2:30 left.
A Murren trey pushed the lead back to 54-50, but back-to-back treys from Eric Kavan, sandwiched around two Moline free throws, tied the game at 56. Following a Murren free throw that put Wahoo up 57-56, Hartman scored to put North Bend up 58-57. Following a missed Warrior shot, Hines hit 1 of 2 free throws to make it 59-57. The Warriors had the ball with 22 seconds left and a chance for a last shot, but a three-point attempt was blocked at the buzzer and for the second consecutive year, the Warriors lost a heartbreaker to the Tigers.
"You have to give North Bend a lot of credit. They made a lot of big plays and a lot of big shots down the stretch. They made one more play than we did. We did a lot of good things tonight, but it is heartbreaking to lose a 10-point fourth quarter lead like we did," said Head Coach Kevin Scheef. "We had our chances, and could not finish them off. Missed free throws, not checking out, leaving a shooter open, those things get you beat in the fourth quarter."
Myers led the Warriors with 18 points on 6-8 shooting from behind the arc. Murren added 15 points and 8 assists. Moline contributed 11 points and 7 boards. Layne Moore had 9 points on 3-3 shooting from the three-point line, and 6 boards. Milliken added 6 rebounds.
Wahoo was 11-23 from behind the arc, but was out-rebounded 35-28.
Wahoo falls to 10-9 with the loss, while North Bend improves to 15-4. The Warriors will close out the regular season on Friday at Schuyler.
Warrior Boys Leave Ashland-Greenwood with Victory
10-8 Wahoo Finishes Regular Season This Week at North Bend & Schuyler
2/14/09 at Ashland
The Wahoo Warriors defeated the Ashland-Greenwood Bluejays 57-45 on Saturday.
The Warriors jumped out to an 8-0 lead on two free throws from Jared Moline, a Taylor Murren basket, a Matt Myers trey and a Murren free throw. Wahoo held the Bluejays to just three first quarter points and led 12-3 after one quarter.
Ashland closed the Wahoo lead to 20-15 midway through the second quarter, but a basket from Murren and two free throws a piece from Greg Milliken and Tyler Brunsting pushed the lead to 11 at 26-15. A lay up at the end of the quarter from Murren put Wahoo up 30-19 at halftime.
Ashland cut the lead to 32-24 early in the third quarter, but a basket from Moline, and back-to-back baskets by Murren pushed the lead to 14 at 38-24. Wahoo led 45-31 after three quarters.
Two free throws from Murren gave the Warriors their biggest lead at 51-33 with five minutes left. Turnovers from the Warriors allowed Ashland to make the game tighter, but Wahoo finished with a 57-45 win.
"Outside of the last four minutes, I was pleased with how we played. I thought defensively we were very solid. We pressured Ashland into 22 turnovers, which is how we need to play on the defensive end," said Head Coach Kevin Scheef.
Murren led Wahoo with 18 points and 4 steals. Moline had 14 points and 8 boards. Myers added 10 points. Brunsting contributed 8 rebounds and Layne Moore added 7 boards.
Ashland committed 22 turnovers compared to 12 for Wahoo.
Wahoo improves to 10-8, while Ashland-Greenwood drops to 3-13. Wahoo will travel to North Bend on Tuesday before finishing up the regular season at Schuyler on Friday.
Varsity Warriors Go 1-1 in Weekend Play
9-8 Wahoo Faces Ashland-Greenwood Away on Saturday
2/7/09 at Wahoo
The Wahoo Warriors were defeated by the Grand Island Central Catholic Crusaders 67-53 on Saturday night.
The Crusaders jumped out to an 11-1 lead three minutes into the game. Behind two treys and a bucket from Matt Myers, the Warriors closed the lead to 14-11 after one quarter.
GICC led 25-20 midway through the quarter. Two free throws from Layne Moore and a three-point play from Taylor Murren tied up the game at 25. GICC took a 32-26 lead into the halftime.
The Crusaders built a 10-point lead with 3 minutes to go in the third quarter at 41-31. Two free throws from Murren, a Jared Moline trey, a Murren bucket, and two free throws from Tyler Brunsting cut the Crusader lead to 41-40 with 30 seconds left in the quarter. A three-point play with 1.6 seconds left in the quarter by Brandon Meyer put GICC up 44-40 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Crusaders built the lead back to ten at 51-41. A Myers bucket cut the lead to 53-47 with three minutes to go, but a Seth Wardyn trey pushed the lead back to 9 at 56-47. The Crusaders would knock down free throws the rest of the way to preserve the 67-53 win.
GICC hit 11-19 from behind the arc, and were 16-21 from the free throw line.
"GICC really shot the ball well from the 3 point line. It seemed like every time that we climbed back in the game, they would knock down a trey to extend their lead. They are an excellent shooting team," said Head Coach Kevin Scheef.
Murren led the Warriors with 20 points. Myers added 14 points on 3-4 shooting from behind the arc. Brunsting added 8 points. Moore contributed 8 rebounds.
Wahoo falls to 9-8, and will face Ashland-Greenwood on Saturday. GICC improves to 15-2.
2/6/09 at Wahoo
The Wahoo Warriors defeated the Arlington Eagles 70-34 on Friday night in Capitol Conference action.
The Warriors led 18-7 after one quarter, and 32-20 at halftime. The Warriors broke things open in the third quarter and led 51-28 after three quarters. Reserves played much of the fourth quarter as Wahoo went on to the 70-34 win.
"Outside of the second quarter, I thought that we played well. Tyler Brunsting had his best game since he injured his hand. Jared Moline played very well again, also," said Head Coach Kevin Scheef.
Taylor Murren led the Warriors with 18 points, 5 steals and 5 assists. Moline added 16 points on 7-13 shooting from the field, and 9 rebounds. Brunsting contributed 13 points on 5-8 shooting from the field. The Warriors out-rebounded the Eagles 38-33 and forced 25 Arlington free throws.
Wahoo improved to 9-7. Arlington fell to 2-13.
Wahoo Improves Record with Win over D.C. West in Conference Consolation Game
8-7 Warriors Take On Arlington at Home on Friday Night
1/31/09 at D.C. West (Consolation Game - Capitol Conference Tournament)
D.C. West 60
The Wahoo Warriors defeated the D.C. West Falcons 77-60 in the Consolation game of the Capitol Conference Tournament.
The game was tight throughout the first quarter, and it ended tied up at 15.
D.C. scored to open the second quarter to go up 17-15, but it would be their last lead of the game. A Jared Moline trey put Wahoo up 18-17. A minute later, Moline hit another trey to extend the Warrior lead to 25-19. A Greg Milliken put back and Matt Myers basket had the Warriors up 29-21. The Warriors still led 40-34, when Myers hit a trey with one second left in the half to go to the break up 43-34.
Back-to-back treys by Layne Moore and Taylor Murren put the Warriors up 49-34 a minute into the second half. D.C. West then cut the lead to 49-39, but Myers followed with back-to-back treys to put Wahoo up 55-39, and the Warriors would not be threatened again. The quarter ended with Wahoo up 59-43, and would go on to the 77-60 victory.
Murren led the Warriors with 23 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Myers contributed 17 points. Moline contributed a career-high 15 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists. Moore had a game high 8 assists, 7 rebounds and 7 points. The Warriors forced 23 D.C. West turnovers.
"It is not easy to play a 12:00 noon consolation game, but I thought our kids did a great job of getting themselves ready to play, and played with a lot of intensity. Jared Moline had a great game for us. To have three guys have five or more assists means that we are moving the ball well offensively and finding the open guy," said Head Coach Kevin Scheef.
Wahoo improved to 8-7 and will face Arlington on Friday at home. D.C. West drops to 8-10.
Varsity Warriors Fall to Top-Seeded Bennington in Capitol Conference Semi-Finals
7-7 Wahoo Meets D.C. West in Saturday's Consolation Match-Up
1/29/09 at D.C. West (Semi-Finals - Capitol Conference Tournament)
The Wahoo Warriors were defeated by the #1 ranked Bennington Badgers 68-45 in the Semi-Finals of the Capitol Conference Tournament.
The Warriors hung tough for a quarter. The Warriors lead 9-5 after a Layne Moore jumper and led 12-8 after a Tyler Brunsting trey. Wahoo took their final lead of the game on a Taylor Murren basket to go up 14-12. The Badgers would take the lead at 18-16 on a Ben Sowers basket to end the quarter.
Bennington opened up the game in the second quarter. The Badgers turned up the defense and held Wahoo to four second-quarter points. The halftime score saw Bennington up 32-20.
The third quarter was more of the same as Bennington increased the lead to 52-31 after three quarters before going on to the 68-45 victory.
The significant height advantage that Bennington enjoyed allowed the Badgers to dominate the Warriors on the glass, out-rebounding Wahoo 40-22. The Badgers scored 11 times in the second half on second chance shots after offensive rebounds.
"I thought our kids played hard. We competed pretty well in all areas of the game except rebounding, and Bennington just dominated us on the glass. We could not get their big guys checked out, and we knew that second chance points would be too much for us to overcome," said Head Coach Kevin Scheef.
Moore led the Warriors with 15 points and 6 boards. Murren had 11 points, and Brunsting added 7.
Bennington improves to 16-0 and will face Syracuse in the Finals of the tournament on Saturday. Wahoo drops to 7-7 and will face D.C. West in the consolation game Saturday at noon.
Varsity Warriors Pass First Round Conference with Victory over Raymond Central
7-6 Wahoo Faces Bennington at Thursday Semi-Finals at D.C. West
1/26/09 at Wahoo (First Round - Capitol Conference Tournament)
Raymond Central 50
The Wahoo Warriors defeated the Raymond Central Mustangs 77-50 on Monday night in the first round of the Capitol Conference Tournament.
The game was close early. Raymond Central led 12-11 after one quarter. Wahoo was still down 15-14, when Matt Myers hit a trey to go up 17-15. Wahoo put on a press and Central turned it over on their next 6 possessions. A Greg Milliken 3-point play and two free throws from Myers extended the Warrior lead to 22-15. Wahoo went to halftime up 31-23.
In the third quarter, Central rallied to close the game up. Following a Jared Brenner basket, the Mustangs trailed just 42-41. The Warriors responded with an 8-0 run. A Layne Moore trey, a Sean Lindgren basket, and a free throw and bucket from Taylor Murren put Wahoo up 50-41. The third quarter ended with Wahoo up 52-44.
The fourth quarter was all Warriors. A Myers lay up followed by a Moore basket, and two free throws by Murren put the Warriors up 58-44, and the Warriors would go on to the 77-50 victory by outscoring the Mustangs 25-6 in the fourth quarter.
Murren led the Warriors with 24 points on 7-15 shooting from the field and 8-10 from the line. Moore contributed 17 points on 4-9 shooting from behind the arc, and Moore added a game high 9 boards. Milliken added a career-high 13 points and 4 steals. Myers added 10 points and 5 boards.
Wahoo forced 28 Mustang turnovers compared to 15 turnovers for the Warriors.
"The game was closer than the final score indicates. Central played us much tougher this time than they did six days ago. I thought we were a little flat in the early going, but I was proud that our kids did not get rattled. They just kept playing and eventually were able to get things going. Greg Milliken really played well off the bench for us tonight, as did Sean Lindgren. Layne Moore really shot it well from behind the 3-point line, which is very important for us. Taylor Murren played very well for us again," said Head Coach Kevin Scheef.
The Warriors advance to the Semi-Finals of the Conference Tournament where they will face Bennington at D.C. West on Thursday night at 6:00. Wahoo improves to 7-6, while Raymond Central falls to 6-8.
Warrior Boys Suffer 6-Point Defeat to Norfolk Catholic
6-6 Wahoo Hosts Raymond Central to Open Capitol Conference Tournament
1/23/09 at Wahoo
Norfolk Catholic 52
The Wahoo Warriors were defeated by the Norfolk Catholic Knights 52-46 on Friday night.
It was a rough start for the Warriors offensively. Wahoo managed just 4 first quarter points. The Warriors were just 2-10 shooting in the first quarter with 6 turnovers against Catholic's tough man-to-man defense.
The Knights stretched their lead to 17-6 midway through the second quarter before the Warriors found life. Six consecutive points from Senior Taylor Murren cut the Knight lead to 17-12 with two minutes to play. The half ended with the Knights up 20-12.
Norfolk Catholic scored the first 11 points of the third quarter to extend their lead to 31-12. The Warriors would then begin to chip away at the lead as they scored 10 of the next 12 points. Consecutive baskets from Murren, a basket from Tyler Brunsting, a free throw from Matt Myers, and a Layne Moore basket cut the lead to 33-22. The third quarter would end with the Knights ahead 39-28.
Catholic still led 44-31 early in the fourth quarter, when Murren hit two free throws, and converted a 3-point play to cut the lead to 44-36. A Brunsting trey cut the lead to 5 at 46-41 with 1:40 left. Wahoo would get as close as 4 with 15 seconds left after a Greg Milliken basket. Following a steal, Wahoo missed two treys that would have cut the lead to 1 in the final seconds. The Knights added 2 free throws with 1 second left to account for the 52-46 victory.
"I thought our kids showed a lot of heart in battling back from such a big deficit. Our effort in the second half was excellent. We just got in too big of a hole against a very good team. Our inability to rebound effectively was a big key to the game as well," said Head Coach Kevin Scheef.
Norfolk Catholic out-rebounded Wahoo 33-21. The Knights also shot 33 free throws compared to just 10 for Wahoo.
Murren led the Warriors with 20 points. Myers added 9 points and 5 assists. Brunsting contributed 8 points. Moore added 6 points and 7 rebounds. Milliken contributed 5 steals on the defensive end.
Wahoo drops to 6-6, as their 4 game winning streak comes to an end. Norfolk Catholic improves to 12-2. The Warriors will host Raymond Central on Monday in the first round of the Capitol Conference Tournament.
Warriors Enjoy Fourth Straight Win with Decisive Victory over Raymond Central
6-5 Wahoo Hosts Norfolk Catholic Friday Night
1/20/09 at Raymond Central
Raymond Central 47
The Wahoo Warriors defeated the Raymond Central Mustangs 81-47 on Tuesday night in Capitol Conference action.
The Warriors jumped out to an early 11-2 lead after back-to-back buckets from Tyler Brunsting. The Mustangs countered right back to tie the game up at 11. From that point on, it would be all Wahoo. The Warriors went on a 25-2 run over the next 6 minutes to take a 36-13 lead midway through the second period. Treys from Matt Myers, Jared Moline, Taylor Murren and Brunsting keyed the Warrior rally. Wahoo would lead 43-25 at the break.
In the third quarter, Wahoo slowly extended the lead and went to the fourth quarter up 64-36. Reserves would play much of the fourth quarter as Wahoo went on to the 81-47 win.
Murren led the Warriors with 23 points on 7-14 shooting from the field and 8-10 from the free throw line. Murren also had a game high 7 steals. Myers had a career-high 18 points on 4-8 shooting from behind the arc. Myers added 6 boards and 3 steals. Brunsting added 14 points on 5-8 shooting from the field in one half of work. Brunsting injured his hand while diving out of bounds for a loose ball at the beginning of the third quarter, and needed 8 stitches to repair his hand. Layne Moore added 9 points and 6 assists and Moline added 7 points.
Wahoo forced Raymond Central into 34 turnovers for the game.
"We certainly did not expect the game to go like that. We got on a roll early and had everyone shooting the ball well. Central started in a box and one defensively on Taylor, but Matt, Tyler, Layne, and Jared really shot the ball well. Our defensive pressure was excellent and a big key to the game. When you force someone into 34 turnovers, you are doing a lot of things right defensively. Our defense had really improved over the last four games which is a big reason why we have been successful the last four games," said Head Coach Kevin Scheef.
Wahoo won its fourth straight game to improve to 6-5. Central dropped to 6-6 with the loss. Wahoo will now face Norfolk Catholic at home on Friday, and then host Central in a first round conference tournament game on Monday.
Junior Varsity Summary (by Coach Mike Bomar)
JV Warriors Improve to 7-2 after a Win at Raymond Central
The Warriors started the game off slow, allowing Raymond Central to take an early 8-point advantage; however, Wahoo was able to create a run at the end of the first quarter, capped by a last second lay-up by sophomore Cole Barry to tie the game at 14.
The Mustangs used their aggressive attacking style of play to gain a 4-point advantage going into halftime.
The start of the second half was much of the same as the two teams see-sawed back and forth with the lead. With 2:38 to go in the 3rd quarter, the Mustangs were fouled on a lay-up and made a free throw to tie the score at 36. The Warriors then went on a 14-0 run, which included a pair of 3’s by Junior Derek Fiala and Freshman Max Cook, to end the quarter.
The Warriors never looked back from there as they finished with a final score of 73-45.
Derek Fiala led the Warriors in scoring with 10 points. Junior Sam Cook pitched in 6 points to go along with 4 rebounds, 3 steals, and 4 assists.
Warriors Even Record after Home Win over D.C. West
5-5 Wahoo Travels to Raymond Central for January 20 Match-Up
1/17/09 at Wahoo
D.C. West 48
The Wahoo Warriors defeated the D.C. West Falcons 65-48 on Saturday night.
A Taylor Murren trey at the buzzer ended the first quarter with Wahoo up 17-12. The Warriors extended the lead in the second quarter. A Jared Moline trey put Wahoo up 27-16 midway through the quarter. Two possessions later, a Layne Moore trey extended the lead to 30-16. The half ended with Wahoo up 31-18.
The Warriors scored the first four points of the third quarter on a Moline basket, and Murren lay up to extend the lead to 35-18. D.C. then went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 35-25. A Layne Moore three-point play put Wahoo up 38-25. A Murren basket towards the end of the quarter put Wahoo 45-35 heading into the fourth quarter.
A three-point play from Matt Myers, a trey from Moore, and a Murren basket put Wahoo up 18 at 53-35. The Warriors still could not completely put the Falcons away, however. D.C. cut the Warrior lead to 58-48 with three minutes to play, but six consecutive free throws from Layne Moore put the game away for the Warriors, and Wahoo would go on to the 65-48 win.
"At times, we played well, but we did not always play very smart. We had some chances to put them away throughout the second half, but were not able to do so until late in the game. None-the-less, it was a good win, and got us back to the 500 percent mark. It was great to have Layne Moore and Jared Moline step up and provide some scoring for us. It was also good to shoot the ball well from the free throw line, which has been a struggle for us this season," said Head Coach Kevin Scheef.
Murren led the Warriors with 22 points. Moore contributed a career-high 18 points and 7 rebounds, and Moline had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Wahoo improved to 5-5, while D.C. West dropped to 4-8.
Weekend Momentum Shift Doubles Varsity Warrior Win Column
4-5 Warriors Upset Rated Syracuse; Beat Crete
1/10/09 at Wahoo
The Wahoo Warriors defeated the Crete Cardinals 63-37 on Saturday night.
The game was tied at 13 with two minutes left in the first quarter. Tyler Brunsting converted two free throws, and then back-to-back steals by the Warriors and lay ups by Brunsting and Greg Milliken put Wahoo up 19-13 after one quarter.
In the second quarter, Crete failed to score on its first 5 possessions. A basket by Layne Moore, and 2 free throws from Matt Myers followed by another Myers basket, put Wahoo up 25-13. A Taylor Murren trey at the end of the quarter sent Wahoo to the locker room up 34-20.
The Warriors maintained their lead through the third quarter and lead 44-28 at the end of 3 quarters. In the fourth quarter, the Warriors provided the knockout punch, and stretched the lead to 26 at 56-30 before finishing with the 63-37 win.
Murren led the Warriors with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Moore added 13 points. Brunsting had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Myers added 8 points and 8 rebounds. Jared Moline added 9 boards.
The Warriors out-rebounded the Cardinals 49-32, and committed just 10 turnovers compared to 20 turnovers for Crete.
"After an extremely emotional win last night against Syracuse, I was worried about a let down, but the kids did a great job of carrying over their efforts from last night. This was a great weekend for us. Our kids' confidence is back, and I just thought that we played with a lot of passion this weekend, which you have to have to be successful," said Head Coach Kevin Scheef.
"We have been out-rebounded all season long. It has been a big weakness of ours, so it was great to see us dominate Crete on the glass, especially when you consider that they went 6'8”, 6'5”, 6'5”, and 6'4”. Jared Moline really came alive on the boards this weekend, and Tyler Brunsting played extremely hard for us and really did a great job of rebounding this weekend as well. Taylor Murren, Matt Myers, Layne Moore, and Greg Milliken really played well tonight for us," Scheef added.
The Warriors improved to 4-5 and will face D.C. West on Saturday. Crete falls to 0-9.
1/9/09 at Wahoo
The Wahoo Warriors upset the 9th ranked Syracuse Rockets 50-49 at home on Friday night. The Warriors’ Layne Moore knocked down a three with 13 seconds left, and the Warriors were down 2 at 49-47. Wahoo then survived two missed Syracuse shots in the final 3 seconds, to escape with the win.
Syracuse led after one quarter 10-9, but the Warriors went to the halftime break up 1 at 22-21. Neither team led by more than 4 in the first half as the lead changed hands numerous times.
Jared Moline hit a trey for the Warriors to open the second half and push the lead to 4 at 25-21. After Tyler Brunsting's third trey of the game with 3 minutes to play in the third, Wahoo had their biggest lead of the game at 38-29. Back-to-back baskets from the Rockets' Brett Copley cut the lead to 38-34. A Greg Milliken free throw ended the quarter with Wahoo up 5 at 39-34.
In the fourth quarter, a Taylor Murren steal, basket, and free throw, followed by a Layne Moore jumper, put the Warriors up 43-34 early in the fourth. A Murren basket with 3:55 left had Wahoo up 47-38.
The Rockets then went on a 11-0 run, as Wahoo turned the ball over on three consecutive possessions, and then misfired on their next two possessions. A Thomas Volkmer basket gave Syracuse their first lead of the half with 1:20 to play at 48-47. A free throw from Mitch Ross extended the Rocket lead to 49-47 with 30 seconds left. Following a Warrior time-out, Taylor Murren drove and found Moore open on the right wing, who nailed the trey with 13 seconds left to put Wahoo up 50-49. Following a Syracuse time-out, the Rockets missed a 12-foot jumper. A tip-in was off the mark as well, and Tyler Brunsting corralled the final rebound as the buzzer went off.
"This was such a big win for us. Everybody was feeling pretty low after our loss to Fort Calhoun. The season has not gone how we hoped it would, but this is a huge shot of confidence for us and hopefully we can use this momentum to get on a roll. I am really proud of the kids' efforts tonight. We had chances to really extend the lead throughout the fourth quarter, but we missed some free throws, and made some poor decisions with the ball. The kids showed a lot of character in the last minute, and Layne made a huge shot for us," said Head Coach Kevin Scheef.
The Warriors were 8-17 from 3-point range (47.1%), while the Rockets were 3-18 from behind the arc (16.7%).
"Syracuse did not shoot the ball very well tonight, but I would like to think that we had a lot to do with that. This was easily our best defensive effort of the season. I thought we really battled on the glass against a very physical team, and I thought Tyler Brunsting's efforts on the boards were tremendous," Scheef added.
Murren led the Warriors with 21 points on 8-14 shooting from the field. Brunsting added 11 points, but more importantly contributed a game-high 13 rebounds. Jared Moline added 8 points, and Layne Moore 7. Murren also added 5 steals.
Wahoo improves to 3-5 and hosts Crete on Saturday night. Syracuse drops to 7-2.
Frustrating Season Continues as Warriors Fall to Fort Calhoun
Wahoo Drops to 2-5
1/6/09 at Wahoo
Fort Calhoun 69
The Wahoo Warriors were defeated by the Fort Calhoun Pioneers 69-59 on Tuesday night in a game postponed from December.
Fort Calhoun took advantage of a horrendous start by the Warriors. Wahoo hit just 1 of their first 10 shots, and the Pioneers took an early 15-3 lead. Calhoun led 19-11 after one quarter and 34-22 at halftime.
Calhoun still led 50-41 after three quarters. The Warriors got a run going early in the fourth. Two baskets from Taylor Murren, a drive from Jared Moline, a trey from Matt Myers, a free throw from Tyler Brunsting and another Murren trey cut the Pioneer lead to two at 56-54 with 4 minutes left. The Warriors failed to score on their next four possessions, however, and Calhoun was able to extend the lead back to 9 at 63-54, and knocked a free throw down the stretch to preserve the win.
The Warriors were plagued by poor shooting from the field. They shot just 22-72, (30.6%) for the game. Fort Calhoun was 21-49 from the field (42.9%) for the game. Fort Calhoun's Stephen Busch, a 6'4” post, blocked 12 shots in the game to go with his 8 points and 11 rebounds.
Taylor Murren led Wahoo with 23 points while Layne Moore added 10 points. Jared Moline had 10 boards for the Warriors while Tyler Brunsting added 9 and Cole Barry 8 boards.
"We just needed to get off to a better start. When you get in that kind of hole early, it is tough to climb out of. It is very tough to be successful when you shoot 30% from the floor. We need to work at taking better shots and at being able to knock down the open shots that we do get," said Head Coach Kevin Scheef.
Wahoo falls to 2-5 and returns to action this week at home against Syracuse and Crete.
Junior Varsity Summary (by Coach Mike Bomar)
Wahoo Junior Varsity Dominates Fort Calhoun
The Wahoo Junior Varsity basketball team had an impressive victory over the Fort Calhoun Pioneers on Tuesday night. The Warriors were held scoreless for the first 3 1/2 minutes of the contest; however, they used their pressure defense to keep them in the game while the shots weren’t falling. This sparked a 13-2 run to end the quarter. Wahoo then used their defense and unselfish play on the offensive end to extend the lead to a 25-points going into half-time. The Warriors continued to pour on the pressure in the second half forcing 24 turnovers, which lead to the 64-33 victory. This pushes the JV record to 4-1 on the season. Justin Lewandowski led the way with 10 points. He also added 7 rebounds, 4 steals, and 2 blocked shots. Cole Barry chipped in 8 points to go along with 8 rebounds and 3 steals.
The JV Warriors' next game will be Friday night at home against the Syracuse Rockets.
Varsity Warriors Split Holiday Tournament; Defeating East Butler, Falling to Neumann
Wahoo Posts 2-4 Record
12/29/08 at Wahoo (First Round of Holiday Tournament)
East Butler 55
PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS: Click HERE to view photos of the Wahoo vs. East Butler Varsity game. (photos taken by Joan Lindgren)
The Wahoo Warriors defeated the East Butler Tigers 64-55 in the first round of the Holiday Tournament at Wahoo. Senior Taylor Murren was 12-13 from the floor, including 5-6 from the behind the arc, and finished with a game high 35 points to lead the Warriors.
Wahoo led 17-14 after one quarter. East Butler took a 6-point lead in the second quarter at 27-21 after a Vincent Aerts basket. Wahoo responded with a 16-4 to take a 37-31 lead with a minute left in the half, before the Tigers scored the last two buckets to cut the lead to 37-35 at halftime.
Wahoo led 46-41 with three minutes to go in the period, when Murren's 4-point play started a 10-0 run. After the 4-point play, Murren scored two more baskets, and Jared Moline finished the run with a lay up, early in the fourth quarter to put Wahoo up 56-41.
Wahoo then had a long dry spell. Turnovers on 8 of their next 11 possessions allowed East Butler to cut the lead to 56-51 with 3:40 left. A Murren steal and lay up pushed the lead back to 58-51. Four more free throws from Murren, and two from Tyler Brunsting accounted for the final 9-point victory at 64-55.
"We really needed this win. I thought we played a very good third quarter, but we got very tentative in the fourth quarter and really made some poor decisions. Hopefully, we will handle a lead better the next time. However, when East Butler cut the lead to 5, we didn't fold, we made some plays and knocked down some free throws to get the win. I was pleased with our man-to-man defense in the third quarter. I thought Taylor Murren was outstanding tonight. His shot selection was very good, and he knocked them all down but one. When you score 35 points on just 13 shots from the field, that is terrific," said Head Coach Kevin Scheef.
In addition to Murren's 35 points, the senior also added 6 steals and 4 assists. Layne Moore added 7 points and 4 assists, and Jared Moline had 8 points and 4 boards.
East Butler out-rebounded the Warriors 34-17. Wahoo shot 57.1% from the field compared to the Tigers' 39.2%.
Wahoo improves to 2-3, and will face Bishop Neumann in the Finals of the tournament tonight.
12/30/08 at Wahoo (Finals of Holiday Tournament)
Bishop Neumann 63
PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS: Click HERE to view photos of the Wahoo vs. Bishop Neumann Varsity game. (photos taken by Joan Lindgren)
The Wahoo Warriors were defeated in the finals of the Holiday Tournament by Bishop Neumann 63-51.
Neumann led 20-14 after one quarter. The Cavaliers maintained a six-point lead at 27-21 with 4:00 left in the second quarter, but Wahoo failed to score on their final 11 possessions of the second quarter. Neumann increased their lead to 34-21 at halftime.
The Cavaliers increased their lead to 43-27 three minutes into the second half. The Warriors then caught life. A Tyler Brunsting trey, followed by a Taylor Murren trey and a Jared Moline basket, cut the lead to 43-35. Travis Ahrens scored on two free throws, and then Brunsting followed with a basket, Greg Milliken had two free throws, and Murren had another trey to cut the lead to three at 45-42. Following a Cavalier miss, the Warriors had a chance to cut further into the lead, but were unable to do so. A Bret Pospisil bucket made it 47-42 after three quarters.
Wahoo was not able to cut into the lead in the fourth quarter, and Neumann went on to the 63-51 win.
"I thought we competed very hard in the second half, and showed a lot of heart. The last three minutes of the second quarter and the first three minutes of the third quarter were big. We just got ourselves into too big of a hole to climb out of," said Head Coach Kevin Scheef.
Wahoo's leading scorer, Taylor Murren, who came into the game averaging 29 points a game, was double teamed for much of the game, and was held to 11 points.
"Give a lot of credit to Coach Weiss for his game plan and ability to take away Taylor Murren for us. Brandon Chapek was a big mismatch for us physically, and he was really dominant on both ends of the floor. I thought that Tyler Brunsting played a great game for us. He gave a great effort and played with a lot of heart," Scheef added.
Brandon Chapek led Neumann with 19 points. Brunsting scored a career-high 15 points and had a career-high 15 rebounds.
Neumann out-rebounded Wahoo by 8, 38-30, and attempted 30 more free throws, 39-9, than the Warriors did.
Wahoo dropped to 2-4, and will next host Fort Calhoun on Tuesday night in a make up game. Neumann improves to 5-1.
Varsity Warriors Suffer Heartbreaking Loss to Centennial in Double Overtime
Wahoo Drops to 1-3
12/20/08 at Centennial
Centennial 79 (2 OT)
The Wahoo Warriors lost a heartbreaking 79-76 double overtime game to Centennial on Saturday night.
The Warriors got off to a great start. They jumped out to an 8-2 lead after a Matt Myers’ trey, and increased the lead throughout the first quarter. A Kreig Lacey jumper gave the Warriors an 18-5 lead with 2 minutes to play in the first quarter. Wahoo led 23-11 after one quarter. Taylor Murren scored 14 of his game high 37 points in the first quarter.
Centennial chipped away at the lead in the second quarter after the Warriors failed to score on their first 7 possessions of the second quarter. Wahoo would lead 31-24 at halftime.
The Broncos scored the first 7 points of the third quarter to tie the game up at 31. The third quarter would end with Wahoo up 42-41.
Wahoo opened up a lead to start the fourth quarter. Back-to-back treys from Murren put the Warriors up 52-44 with 4:30 left in the game. Two consecutive turnovers and a missed trey from the Warriors allowed Centennial to cut the lead to 52-51 after a Tyler Wullenwaber trey with 3 minutes left. After a Nate Foley free throw with 30 seconds left, Centennial led 60-58. In the final seconds, Murren missed a trey, which was rebounded by Tyler Brunsting. Brunsting missed a 3 with 2 seconds left, but Matt Myers was there for the tip-in behind his head at the buzzer to send the game to overtime at 60.
The Warriors struck first in the first overtime. A Jared Moline tip in gave Wahoo a 62-60 lead. A Kendall Kucera basket tied the game at 62. A Tyler Brunsting basket put Wahoo up 64-62, before a Kendall Kucera basket tied it at 64. The Warriors had charging calls on their next two possessions in the final minute. The Broncos missed a 30-foot shot at the buzzer.
In the second overtime, the Broncos took the early lead, and the Warriors spent the rest of the time playing catch-up. A Jason Demaray trey cut the Bronco lead to 73-72 with 17 seconds left, but clutch free throw shooting from Centennial sealed the win for the Broncos.
Free throw shooting was a huge factor in the game. The Warriors’ inability to convert from the free throw line in the fourth quarter and overtime kept Wahoo from taking control of the game. Wahoo was 6-15 from the line in the fourth quarter, and 4-8 in the two overtime periods. The Warriors were 12-27 for the game from the line. Centennial on the other hand was 9-12 from the line in the overtime periods, and was 21-33 for the game.
"This was a very tough loss. We had numerous opportunities to really take control of the game in the second quarter, and just was not able to do so. We let them hand around and get some confidence. In the fourth quarter and overtime, our free throw shooting was awful. You are not going to win a tight game shooting that poorly from the line. I thought we played a terrific first quarter. Our ball movement and shot selection was excellent, but as the game went on, we started shooting the ball too quickly, and stopped moving without the ball. We became much easier to guard," said Head Coach Kevin Scheef.
Tyler Brunsting had 5 steals and 5 boards for the Warriors. Matt Myers had 12 points and 6 rebounds for Wahoo. Layne Moore added 6 boards, and Taylor Murren had 6 assists in addition to his 37 points.
The Warriors dropped to 1-3, while Centennial picked up their first win to improve to 1-3.
Varsity Warriors Post First Season Victory at Logan View on Saturday
1-2 Wahoo Prepares for Fort Calhoun/Centennial This Weekend
12/13/08 at Logan View
Logan View 52
The Wahoo Warriors picked up their first win of the season in convincing fashion in a 91-52 win at Logan View on Saturday, December 13. Senior Taylor Murren scored a career-high 40 points in the victory, including 31 in the first half. Murren scored 9 third quarter points, and did not play in the fourth quarter.
The Warriors jumped out to a 24-7 lead after one quarter. Wahoo extended the lead to 50-18 at halftime, and led 69-33 after three quarters.
Murren was 8-11 from behind the arc in the first half, and was 14-25 from the floor for the game. Senior Layne Moore was 4-4 from the three-point line and added 14 points for the Warriors. Moore also contributed 6 assists and 4 rebounds. All 12 Warriors who suited up, scored in the game.
The Warriors shot 56% from the field (33-59) while holding Logan View to just 37% shooting from the field. Wahoo was 14-23 from behind the arc. Jason Demaray led Wahoo with 5 rebounds, as Wahoo out-rebounded Logan View 25-20. Murren contributed 5 steals and 4 assists with 0 turnovers from his point guard spot. For the game, Wahoo had 24 assists to just 7 turnovers, while Logan View turned the ball over 20 times. Tyler Brunsting and Greg Milliken added 4 assists.
"I was really pleased with the win tonight. I thought we were very solid in every phase of the game. 24 assists to 7 turnovers is outstanding. We really struggled our last time out, so as a team we really needed a win like this to boost our confidence and morale. Taylor just had a tremendous game offensively. It was great to see him get untracked with his shooting. Layne Moore also shot the ball very well,” said Head Coach Kevin Scheef. “I thought that everyone who played contributed in a positive manner. This was a game that we were very concerned with. With Jake Barry still sidelined, and Jared Moline out with a shoulder injury, and Tyler Brunsting being very limited with a sore back, we had a lot of kids step up and play well for us.”
Wahoo improves to 1-2, and will play Fort Calhoun on Friday at home, and travel to Centennial on Saturday.
Varsity Warriors Fall to 0-2 after Frustrating Home Loss to Seward
Wahoo Travels to Logan View Saturday, December 13
12/06/08 at Wahoo
The Wahoo Warriors were defeated by the Seward Bluejays 70-56.
Seward would take a 15-11 lead after one quarter. Wahoo would score the next 5 points behind a Layne Moore trey and two Tyler Brunsting free throws, but it would be the last lead of the game for the Warriors. Seward would open up a 27-22 lead at halftime. The Bluejays would extend the lead to 8 at 42-34 after three quarters, before going on to the 70-56 win.
"This was an extremely disappointing and frustrating night. After playing extremely hard last night against Bennington, we did not bring any of that effort or intensity to the game tonight. Seward outworked us in every facet of the game. I did a poor job of getting these guys ready to play tonight, and we have a very long ways to go to become the kind of team we can become," said Head Coach Kevin Scheef.
One night after scoring 43 points against Nebraska City, Senior guard Phil Friedrich had 26 to lead Seward. Taylor Murren had 15 to lead Wahoo, followed by Layne Moore with 12, and Tyler Brunsting with 11. Jason Demaray added 9 off the bench.
The Warriors were plagued by poor shooting again, as they shot just 32.6% (14-43) from the field. Seward, however, shot 52.4% (22-42) from the field.
Wahoo's next game will be Saturday at Logan View.
Junior Varsity Summary (by Coach Mike Bomar)
The Warrior JV team started the season with a weekend split against Bennington and Seward. Friday (12/5/08) at Bennington, the Warriors lost a hard fought battle against the Badgers. Greg Milliken hit a free throw with 2:30 left in the game to give the Warriors a 1-point lead. However, Wahoo couldn’t hold on to the lead, and dropped the season opener 63 – 77. Derek Fiala lead the team with 13 points. Cole Barry and Josh Discher each had 11, and Sam Cook chipped in with 10 points and 6 assists.
The Warriors had a quick turnaround for an afternoon contest against the Seward Bluejays on Saturday (12/6). The Warriors lead most of the way to take the 61 – 53 victory. Wahoo was lead by Cole Barry with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Greg Milliken added 13 points and 3 steals in the victory.
Warriors Fall to Tough Bennington Team in 2008-2009 Basketball Season Opener
Wahoo Attempts Rebound vs. Seward Tomorrow
12/05/08 at Bennington
The Wahoo Warriors were defeated by the host Bennington Badgers in the season opener for both teams 71-55.
Bennington jumped out to an 8-0 lead behind two buckets from Denver Klaus and a bucket from Dexter Higgins. The Warriors closed up the gap to 12-8 after a Layne Moore trey. Bennington would lead 22-16 after one quarter.
In the second quarter, Bennington would extend the lead to 34-20 after a Chris Showman bucket. Wahoo then closed the lead to 9 at 39-30 at halftime, and had a chance to get as close as 7 before missing two free throws with one second left in the half.
The third quarter would see Bennington extend the lead to as much as 20 at 57-37 after a Higgins free throw. The Warriors would again chop into the lead, and going into the fourth quarter Wahoo had cut the lead back to 13, at 59-46. The Warriors, however, were in serious foul trouble as three players had fouled out by the end of the third quarter.
With just under 6 minutes remaining, a Taylor Murren trey rimmed out that would have cut the lead to 7. In the final four minutes of the game, Bennington would pull the ball out and run out the clock for the 71-55 lead.
For the game, the Warriors were whistled for 33 fouls, and had four players foul out. Bennington attempted 41 free throws to just 17 for Wahoo.
"I thought our kids really battled and really competed. There were times that we were close to getting run out of there, but each time we answered to keep us in the game. Bennington has a tremendous team, with great size and great talent," said Head Coach Kevin Scheef.
The Badgers are the defending Class C-1 State Runner-up, and featured a line up of three returning starters. Bennington's front line went 6'8”, 6'6”, 6'3”, while the Warriors started no one over 6'1”.
Wahoo was led by Senior Taylor Murren with 22 points. Tyler Brunsting and Matt Myers had 7 rebounds apiece. Denver Klaus led Bennington with 21 points, while 6'8” Senior Ben Sowers added 19. The Badgers out-rebounded the Warriors 40-27.