Warrior Boys Basketball
The Arapahoe Warrior basketball team traveled to Alma for their final regular season game on Friday, February 16th. The Warriors took on the Alma Cardinals, leading through the first three quarters of the game, but a seven point final period of action, turned the game over to the hosts, 63-56.
Arapahoe went out and ran hard putting up 13 points in the first quarter, while keeping Alma to nine. The second quarter of the game, the Warriors continued to dominate Alma with their game play adding another 21 points to their side of the board as Alma gathered in another 15 points.
Following the break, Alma started to pick up their pace and began hitting from the arc to out score the Warriors 2-15 in the third quarter of action. The fourth quarter found the Warriors struggling to make the ball go through the hoop while Alma forced some key turnovers and buckets to again out score Arapahoe 18-7 in the period and take the win from the Warriors.
Arapahoe had three players in double figures, led by seniors Spencer Watson with 13 and Jacob Pruitt with a dozen. Junior, Yordi Gutierrez scored 11 for AHS. Alma’s leading scorer was senior David Ehrke with 30 points, including five three-point buckets.
Arapahoe also struggled from the free throw line as hey went to the line 19 times, but only connected for two points while Alma stepped up to the line 26 times and earned 18 points.
Alma also won the rebounding war 37-26. Gutierrez led the team with six rebounds. Arapahoe stole the ball 10 times, and committed eight turnovers. Alma stole the ball seven times and committed 16 turnovers.
Arapahoe completed their regular season with a 17-6 record. They played in the D1-11 subdistrict game Tuesday evening taking on Bertrand as the defeated Hitchcock County 54-46 on Monday evening.
Read the complete story of AHS Boys Basketball in this weeks Arapahoe Public Mirror.
Arapahoe High School was represented at the 2018 State Wrestling Championships by senior Tyler Kapperman. Kapperman competed in the 120 pound weight class and entered the tournament with a 29-10 record.
In the opening round, Kapperman took on Zach Janousek of Hitchcock County and earned a 7-6 decision win. In the second round, Kapperman met up with Isaiah Shields of Amherst. Kapperman made Shields work, but lost the match 8-2 decision to move into the consolation bracket.
Nathaniel Murillo of Morrill and Kapperman’s next opponent. It was Murillo who went on to advance in the tournament, eliminating Kapperman.
Dillon Stewart of Elkhorn Valley was the champion in the 120 pound weight class. The senior began the tournament with a 42-1 record and finished with a record of 45-1.
Burwell won the Class D team championship with Elkhorn Valley as runnerup.
Read more in from Kapperman’s trip to State Wrestling in this weeks Arapahoe Public Mirror.
AHS Lady Warriors
The Arapahoe Lady Warriors took on Hitchcock County last Tuesday evening, February 13th in D1-11 subdistrict action. Arapahoe advanced from Monday night’s win over Medicine Valley to take on the Lady Falcons, but fell 63-44 to end their season.
It was a slow first quarter for both teams with Hitchcock County edging out Arapahoe for honors 9-5. The pace picked up in the second period of action with the Warriors scoring a dozen points and keeping in reach of Hitchcock County as they added 16 to their side of the board.
At half time it was a 25-17 ball game.
During the final two periods of action, HItchcock County continued to spread their lead as they outscored the Lady Warriors 38-27 in the second half to give them the win 63-44.
Terri Hilker had the hot hand for the Lady Warriors as she scored 18 points, which included five buckets from the three point line. AHS senior Madison Hanke also had a good night scoring 15 points for the ladies. Arapahoe had a decent night shooting the ball, connecting on 17 of 45 tries to hit 38%. Hitchcock County converted 28 of 67 buckets to shoot 42%.
While Arapahoe nailed eight three-point buckets out of 16 during the game, Hitchcock County needed help from only two hits from the arch out of nine to be successful with the win.
Neither team went to the free throw line much during the battle, Arapahoe was sent six time converting a pair of points, while Hitchcock County went five times and netted all five into points.
Arapahoe also struggled grabbing rebounds, pulling in 19 total led by Mariah Watson and Joslyn North both controlling five. Hitchcock County captured 32 rebounds during the game.
Both teams had an issue with turnovers, as Arapahoe lost the ball 24 times during the course of the game and Hitchcock County 15.
On Tuesday night, Alma (9-15) defeated Bertrand (9-11) to earn the right to meet Hitchcock County on Thursday. The Lady Falcons earned the win over Alma 52-30 and advance to the district finals set for Friday night at Ogallala as they take on Morrill High School with a record of 19-6.
Read more about the game in this week’s print edition of the Arapahoe Public Mirror.