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 By John Verser    Community    March 9, 2016

On the way to state

Students from South Elementary School in Sidney lined the street to wish the Sidney High boys basketball team well on Wednesday morning. The caravan heading from the high school passed by South...

 
 By John Verser    Sports    March 9, 2016

State tournament experience helps Sidney

Sidney's state tournament experience from a year ago can be nothing but beneficial during this year's state tournament. The Raiders (22-4) made the state finals a year ago, falling to Elkhorn South...

 
 By John Verser    Sports    March 8, 2016

Sidney's opponent has won 18 straight entering state tournament

Sidney's opponent for the opening round of the Class B state boys basketball tournament enters on quite a roll. Aurora is 24-1 and hasn't lost this calendar year. The Huskies' lone loss of the season...

 
 By John Verser    Community    March 7, 2016

Start time for Tuesday state hoops sendoff activity changed

There has been a time change to Tuesday's sendoff activity for the Sidney boys basketball team. The community event at Dude's Steakhouse on Tuesday, which was previously set to start at 6:30 p.m.,...

 
 By John Verser    Community    March 3, 2016

Sendoff events planned for state-bound Sidney boys basketball team

Several sendoff activities have been planned for the state-bound Sidney boys basketball team, and school has been canceled March 10-11. The first sendoff activity is a community event Tuesday, March...

 
 By John Verser    Community    March 2, 2016

Raiders headed back to state tourney

For the second straight year, the Sidney boys basketball team is headed to the state tournament. The Raiders (22-4) clinched one of two wild card spots and will join the six district winners in the...

 
 By John Verser    Sports    March 2, 2016

Sidney falls to Scottsbluff in district finals

OGALLALA - A big second quarter run for Scottsbluff was the difference in the District B6 championship game against Sidney on Tuesday night. The Bearcats started the second quarter on a 12-3 run and...

 

Hyannis rallies late to end Potter-Dix's season

BAYARD - Hyannis rallied late to upend Potter-Dix in the District D2-6 finals on Friday by a 44-39 score. The Lady Coyotes led for much of the game, but foul trouble hurt them down the stretch. Three...

 

Scottsbluff upends Sidney in final seconds

Thursday's loss to Scottsbluff was "about as tough as they come," said Sidney girls basketball coach Tyler Shaw. The top-seeded Lady Raiders fell 39-38 to the Lady Bearcats in the District B6...

 

4 Raider wrestlers clinch state berths

Four Sidney wrestlers are headed to state. Trey Arellano (106) and Derek Robb (152) each won their respective weight classes, while Kaden Vowers (113) finished third and Cody Hofrock (220) took fourth...

 

Lady Raiders dispatch Mitchell in overtime

Kelsey Knight's offensive output in overtime proved to be the difference in Sidney's 47-45 win over visiting Mitchell on Tuesday. The Sidney junior scored five of the team's six points in the extra...

 

Raiders blow past Mitchell for 64-20 win on Tuesday

Sidney kept up its effort and intensity in a 64-20 pasting of visiting Mitchell on Tuesday night. The Raiders (20-1) led 15-0 before the Tigers got on the scoreboard en route to the big win. "We had...

 

WINNING AN OT THRILLER

Sidney's Janay Brauer, right, drives in against a Mitchell defender for a layup in Tuesday's game. The Lady Raiders came away with a 47-45 overtime victory in the home finale. See page 9A for the...

 
 By John Verser    Sports    February 8, 2016

Raiders get revenge against Bearcats

Cutter O'Connell hit the floor hard after being fouled late in the third quarter. After shaking it off, he stepped to the free throw line and made both of his foul shots. The free throws gave Sidney...

 
 By John Verser    Sports    February 5, 2016

Heeren inks football scholarship with CSC

Jake Heeren wasn't initially interested in playing football at Chadron State College, but the school's players and coaches won him over. That led to the Sidney football standout signing a scholarship...

 
 By John Verser    Sports    February 5, 2016

Momentum shifts Raiders' way in dual win over Gering

Back-to-back pins gave Sidney the momentum in its dual win against Gering Thursday night. The Raiders trailed 18-12 early in the dual before pins from Nathan Cuello (182) and Kade Price (195) put the...

 
 By John Verser    Sports    January 25, 2016

Lady Raiders smother Lady Bearcats

A smothering defense and a solid rebounding effort proved to be the winning combination for Sidney on Friday night. The Lady Raiders limited Scottsbluff to just eight points through three quarters as...

 
 By John Verser    Sports    January 25, 2016

Potter-Dix claims second straight MAC title

Potter-Dix coach Jeff Einspahr challenged his team to play their best game of the year Saturday night. It certainly looks like they did. The Lady Coyotes (12-1) overwhelmed a short-handed Creek...

 
 By John Verser    Sports    January 25, 2016

Storm rallies in third, tops Coyotes for MAC title win

A key third quarter run proved to be the difference for Creek Valley on Saturday night to claim the Minuteman Activities Conference Tournament championship against Potter-Dix. The Storm used a 15-2 th...

 
 By John Verser    Sports    January 22, 2016

Hofrock to continue football career at Concordia

Cody Hofrock fulfilled a dream on Thursday afternoon. The Sidney senior signed a scholarship to play football at Concordia University in Seward on Thursday in front of friends and family at the SHS me...

 
 By John Verser    Sports    January 20, 2016

Hot start lifts Storm past Lady Eagles

CHAPPELL – Creek Valley took control early on in Tuesday's first-round tournament game against Garden County. The third-seeded Storm scored 17 points before the sixth-seeded Lady Eagles got their...

 
 By John Verser    Sports    January 19, 2016

Coyotes avenge earlier loss to Warriors in MAC opener

POTTER – Cross-county rivals Potter-Dix and Leyton matched up Monday night for the second time in four days. The Warriors took the first stanza Friday night by a 54-41 score. The second verse,...

 

Celebrating perfection

Sidney players and fans celebrate while stunned Lexington players look on in disbelief early Saturday evening after Cutter O'Connell's 3-pointer banked into the basket to give the Raiders a 58-56 win...

 
 By John Verser    Sports    January 18, 2016

Banking it in for perfection

Cutter O'Connell doesn't usually celebrate banking in a 3-pointer - but he did Saturday, and he had a lot of help with that celebration. O'Connell's banked-in trey as time expired lifted Sidney to a...

 

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