Bulldogs win third state title – first in Class C2 – with clutch OT performances
Sometimes you have to work overtime to finish a task. The Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family Bulldogs are proof of that.
Humphrey/LHF won not one, but two overtime decisions, along with a third nail-biter, to cap a sterling 28-1 season and capture the 2022 Nebraska Class C2 state basketball championship. The title was the Bulldogs’ first in the larger class after winning two Class D1 championships over the past three seasons.
Following a week when HLHF teams swept girls and boys championships for the first time, there are likely many hoarse voices around the Humphrey and Lindsay communities, along with frayed fingernails. But there are even more wide, happy smiles in the “title towns.”
After edging area and East Husker Conference rival Howells-Dodge in overtime Monday (Albion News/Boone County Tribune March 9 issue), Humphrey/LHF avenged its only loss of the season with a 42-40 victory over Norfolk Catholic in Wednesday’s semifinal, then slipped by Grand Island Central Catholic 43-42 in the C2 championship overtime battle Friday.
Did any team in any class have a more difficult road to the title? The defending Class D1 state runner-up. The only team to previously have your number in 2021-22. And the defending Class C2 state champion. Back-to-back-to-back.
With a little “extra” effort, the Bulldogs were up to the challenge.
Humphrey/LHF girls break through state title barrier
State tournament week featured a bit of everything for the Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family girls.
A breakthrough win. A redemption victory. Blowout statements, and a battle to the end. Finally, a title triumph followed by a raucous championship celebration.
The Lady Bulldogs, who came into the 2022 Nebraska State Championships with five straight state tourney losses – including two straight to Fremont Bergan in opening round games – were not to be denied this time.
A mid-game surge Tuesday ended the state victory drought with a 56-41 decision over Nebraska Christian. A 53-38 semifinal rout shocked a proud Bergan program Thursday. A gritty 42-34 win Saturday over first-time state qualifier Shelton in the Class D1 final provided the finishing touch on the Bulldogs’ first girls state basketball championship.
Experience and perseverance do pay off.
What a week for Humphrey and Lindsay Holy Family! A unique week, with the girls and boys tournaments combined in 2022. A thrilling week, with the Bulldog boys winning two overtime games for their third state title in four years. A week of pride and relief, as the Humphrey/LHF senior girls joined the senior boys in capping their careers hoisting the state championship trophy.
“All our seniors put in the time,” HLHF girls coach Kandee Hanzel said. “It’s been a blessing to have them.”
Further details of state tournament games in Print & Online editions of Albion News/Boone County Tribune