It’s quickly become quite a rivalry.
Not surprising, considering the proximity of the schools and the students who attend.
The return of Spalding Academy, the advent of Riverside High School.
A pair of fall football clashes, including the game to decide the 2014 Nebraska Six-Man Football champion.
A split of emotion-charged basketball contests this winter.
Finally, the crucial court rubbermatch in Albion Thursday to crown the D2-5 Sub-District champ.
And, as on the gridiron, it was Riverside charging on – the Chargers now just one final step away from the Nebraska State Basketball Tournament.
Before a large, boisterous crowd, Riverside raced to double-digit first-half leads behind D2 state point leader Tanner Hudson, survived foul trouble through much of the second half, then staved off a furious Academy rally and secured a 79-72 victory with clutch free throw shooting in the final minutes.
With the win, Riverside improved to 18-7 and advanced to the D2-3 District final Tuesday night against Wilcox-Hildreth (24-1). For the Shamrocks, the loss closed a 16-5 campaign, with fading hopes of a state wild card berth.
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