Sports

Sterling Lady Jets Advance to District Finals on Wildcard

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The Sterling girls advanced to the Class D2-1 District finals on a wildcard and will travel to Kearney to play Wauneta-Palisade this Friday night, February 26. The game will be played at Kearney Catholic Schools at 6:30 p.m. The Sterling Lady Jets are ranked eighth, while Wauneta-Palisade is ranked ninth.

Cruz & Morehead Compete in District Wrestling

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Two wrestlers from Johnson County Central Schools, Stephanie Cruz and JaPriece Morehead advanced to the Class D3 District Wrestling Meet held at Central Valley Schools in Greeley, February 13. Individual results are as follows:

Lady Thunderbirds Win Second Battle Against Palmyra Panthers in Make-Up Game

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The Lady Thunderbirds of Johnson County Central Schools battled with the Palmyra Lady Panthers in the opening round of the East Central Nebraska Conference basketball tournament on January 30. After edging the Lady Panthers in scoring during both quarters of the first half, the Lady Thunderbirds struggled to keep up with the Lady Panthers’ scoring momentum in the second half and were disappointed with a 47-37 loss.

UNMC Programs Address Nursing Shortage

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As part of its continuing effort to address Nebraska’s nursing shortage, the University of Nebraska Medical Center will offer two new programs: a new master’s degree program, and a certificate program for internationally educated nurses. In addition, an accelerated option will be offered in the registered nurse to bachelor’s degree in nursing program (RN to BSN).

Sports Action in Johnson County this Week

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Photos by Ann Wickett STERLING’S KODY GORACKE (23) takes the ball to the hoop during intense action against the Friend Bulldogs in the Pioneer Conference game played at Sterling Public Schools February 5. THE JETS’ KODY GORACKE (23) AND ANDREW RICHARDSON (32) box this Friend Bulldog player into a corner.

Balance, Focus Helps Thunderbirds Win Three Straight Games

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“Balanced scoring along with a focused defensive effort once again was the recipe to pick up an ECNC win,” said JCC Head Boys Basketball Coach Kirk Faris as the Thunderbirds defeated Weeping Water 52-46 on their home court in action played on January 19. “I was pleased our bench stepped up to help us fight through some early foul troubles,” Coach Faris added.