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THE WARRIOR EXPRESS KEEPS A-ROLLIN’

April 17, 2018 GMT

The Schuyler Central High School soccer team is streaking to one of its best seasons ever. Even though they were snowed out of a chance of winning the Central Conference tournament in Crete last weekend, the Warriors have a perfect record of 9-0 to hang their hats on. The Omaha World Herald has them saddled in 5th place in Class B even though they are the only unbeaten team in the class. The Lincoln Journal Star has it right with their placement of the Warriors at the top of the list – NUMBER ONE! What makes this year’s team different than some of the teams that have made it to the state tournament only to fall in the semis? This team has amazing depth. They are constantly bringing in fresh legs off the bench and that will benefit them greatly when they get to the district, sub-state, and state tournament matches. The other thing that has been intriguing is that these are no longer young men that try to “finesse” their way with the elite teams in the state. They have shown an aggressiveness and level of confidence that have not always been in their favor. Coach Beebe has this team on a roll and it will be exciting to see how they do down the stretch run.

ANOTHER GROUP OF CHAMPIONS SET TO PERFORM: Mark your calendars for April 28th. The “Studio A Dance Academy” will be holding their Spring Recital in the Schuyler Central High School east gymnasium. The dance instructor and event coordinator is SCHS graduate Katie Shultz. She has done a tremendous job of turning out dancing talent that has won several personal and group titles and trophies throughout the Midwest. If you want to see some amazing dancing from some of the top local talent there are two performances on the 28th that are sure to entertain and excite. The matinee is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and the evening performance is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Don’t miss out on this special event.

HAS THAT ROW BOAT TURNED INTO A STEAMER?: The SCHS football team finally got a gorilla off its back last October when they defeated the South Sioux City Cardinals in an exciting 21-18 game to end their 45 game losing streak. You could feel the pressure lifting from the program as the fans stormed the field to hug their heroes of the night. Now, with the restructuring in the Class B ranks and one of the more user friendly schedules that the Warriors have seen in some time, one gets the feeling that the victory over South Sioux did much more than just end a long streak of futility on the gridiron. There should be tempered enthusiasm that the 2018 football team can qualify for the state playoffs. With the switcheroo of football classifications for several schools there are only 23 teams listed in Class B with 16 teams making the state playoff field. Gone are the likes of York, Elkhorn, Gretna, Skutt Catholic, Seward, Columbus, etc. that have been sprinkled throughout the SCHS schedules over the past few years. In their stead are Nebraska City, Lexington, Douglas County West, Gross Catholic, Benedictine Mount Michael, and district foes Blair, Bennington, Omaha Roncalli Catholic, and South Sioux City. Head Coach Aaron Thumann has used the analogy of the “row boat” in building his program and it is quite possible that it is time to toss away those oars and board the steamer that is Lincoln bound.