By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
The Hayes Center Cardinals will make their first-ever trip to the state football finals in Lincoln next week. They represent the only team west of Giltner, near Aurora, in the finals.
The 10-1 Cardinals will face 11-0 Humphrey St. Francis in the 10:15 a.m. CT D2 championship game Monday, Nov. 23 in Lincoln’s Memorial Stadium.
At 2:45 p.m. CT, Giltner will play Howells for the D1 title. Both teams go in with 10-1 records.
The Class A championships will cap off Monday’s games with an all-Millard final. Millard South, 12-0, will face Millard West, 10-2, in a 7:15 p.m. CT game.
The 10:15 a.m. CT game Tuesday, Nov. 24 will decide the C2 champions. Hartington Cedar Catholic denied Cambridge of a state berth, defeating them 26-20 Tuesday. Ponca, 11-0, will try to stay unbeaten when they face Hartington CC.
Class C1 will be decided in the 2:45 p.m. game Tuesday with perennial powers Norfolk Catholic and Hastings St. Cecilia squaring off. Both teams enter the game at 11-0.
The playoffs will wind up at 7:15 p.m. CT Tuesday night when Aurora, 12-0, tries to repeat as state champs when they face 12-0 Omaha Skutt Catholic.
NET will broadcast the Nov. 23-24 championship finals.
Monday, Tuesday finals to stay
Since the high school football finals have been played in Memorial Stadium, the games were always on Friday and Saturday.
However, with a home Husker game this weekend, the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) was forced to switch the games to a Monday, Tuesday format.
Jim Angele, an assistant director at NSAA, said the format will continue for sure the next two years.
There is no Husker conflict in 2010 but a conflict will occur again in 2011. As a result, Angele said they are planning to keep the future schedule on a Monday, Tuesday format.
When asked whether the new format will affect attendance, Angele answered, “We’ll see.”
In state volleyball action last week, Wallace brought home the third place trophy in Class D2. North Platte St. Pat’s finished fourth in C2.