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Centura Boys and Girls Basketball Players Receive LouPlatte Honors

  The LouPlatte Conference meeting was held March 14 at Riverside Golf Course where LPC basketball coaches selected first-team, second-team, and honorable mention student-athletes to receive LouPlatte Conference basketball awards.  The following Centura students were recognized:

First Team All Conference:  Emily Krolikowski;  Joe Carey

Second Team:  Dawson Caspersen

Honorable Mention: Brooklyn Hostetler; Ben Oman and Noah Wooden

Congratulations to the athletes and their coaches.


Centura Boosters Youth Basketball Tournament

The “Centura Booster Club” will be hosting the Fourth Annual Loup River Shootout for 4th through 8th grade boys and girls on Saturday, February 17th and Sunday, February 18th. Games will be played at Centura and the Cairo Community Center. Download the form below for complete details and registration.  Entry forms, payment, and waivers are due by January 29, 2018. For more information, please call Karin Noakes at 308-390-5011 or email

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Girl’s Basketball Split Games Last Week

Centura Girl’s Basketball split games last week against Central City and Adam Central.

Centura traveled to Central City for a match up in the LouPlatte Conference.  This is the first year that the Bison are members of the LouPlatte Conference.  In the game against Central City Coach Thober reported, “The team played very hard in the first half, however they were not able to get their offense clicking.  Luckily, during the second half of the game the girls started shooting the ball well and were able to pull away by making a couple of runs.”

Scoring by Quarters   

Centura           9          11        15        17        52

Opponent        8          9          11        9          37

Caspersen 6/ Semm 13/ Krolikowski 17/ Johnson 7/ Hostetler 5/ Simdorn 6/ Holcomb 4

Centura traveled to Adam Central for a non-conference basketball game.  IAt the start of the game, the Centura girls came out with great intensity, finding themselves down by  only 3 at the end of Quarter 1.  The intensity was short lived as the Centurions were unable to match AC’s intensity in the second quarter were the Patriots outscored Centura 17-8.  Coach Thober  recounted that Centura was outplayed and out hustled most of the game.  Coach Thober gave credit to Adam Central as he suggested they played really well.  It is back to work for the girls hoping to improve their play.

Scoring by Quarters

Centura           10        8          5          8          31

Opponent        13        17        9          6          45

Caspersen 5/ Semm 7/ Krolikowski 13/ Johnson 8/ Simdorn 2

Early in the Season Centura Boy’s Basketball are 3-1

Centura Boy’s Basketball traveled to Central City to face the Bison.  This is the first year that the Bison are members of the LouPlatte Conference.  Poor shooting would plague the Centurions most of the game.  Down 13-10 at the end of the first period, Centura would rally to knot the score at 25 all going into intermission.  During the third period, the Bison would out score Centura 17-11 to take a 42-36 lead into the final stanza.  In the fourth, Centura would outscore Central City 18-7 to rally for a  54-49 come from behind victory.   Centura was down 8 with 5:50 to go in the fourth.  During that 4th quarter rally Joe Carey and Ben Oman would score 8 and 7 respectively.  Ben Oman hit four free-throws in the last thirty seconds to seal the win.  Joe Carey had 16 rebounds and Payton Dowse would pull down 9.  Noah Wooden led the Centurions in scoring with 15.  Ben Oman had 13 while Joe Carey scored 11.  Sophomore Ben Noakes hit three big 3’s off the bench to finish with 9.  Ben Oman handed out 6 assists.  With the win Centura moves to 2-0 in conference play and 3-0 on the season.

Centura Stats:  Noah Wooden 15 points, 5 rebounds/ Ben Oman 13 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists/ Joe Carey 11 points, 16 rebounds, 4 blocks/ Ben Noakes 9 points, 3 assists/ Payton Dowse 6 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists.

In JV action Centura defeated the young Bison 44-29.  Leading scorers for the Centurions were led by Ben Noakes with 15 and Juan Perez had 12, while Spencer Meyer added 8.  Tyler Myers played excellent defense for the 2-1 Centurions.

Friday night Centura traveled to Hastings to take on oe of the State’s top C-1 teams, the Patriots of Adam Central.  The Centurions played at a high level losing 55-51 to the Patriots.  Down 13-11 at the end of quarter one, Centura rallied in the second period to take a 26-23 in the halftime.  In the third, Adam Central outscored Centura 19-13 to take a 42-39 lead into the final stanza.  The Patriots would outscore Centura 13-12 to post a 55-51 win.  Poor shooting both from the field and at the line would doom the Centurions.  Ben Oman with six 3 pointers led Centura in scoring 20.  Joey Carey had 14 while Dawson Caspersen finished with 13.  Joe Carey again led Centura on the boards with 10 rebounds.  Payton Dowse had 9 while Dawson Casperson and Ben Oman each pulled down 8 boards.  Dawson Caspersen and Ben Oman each had 5 assists.  6’9″ Haggan Hilgendorf with 24 proved hard to handle.  Centura falls to 3-1 heading to a LouPlatte Conference game in Ord on Saturday.

Centura Stats:  Ben Oman 20 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals/ Joe Carey 14 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals/ Dawson Caspersen 13 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists/ Peyton Dowse 2 points, 9 rebounds/ Noah Wooden 2 points, 3 assists

In JV action Centura fell to the much taller Patriots 55-21.  Leading scorers for Centura were Eli Wooden with 9 and Ben Noakes with 8.  The JV’s are currently 2-2.

On Saturday Centura’s C-team lost to the Wildcats of St Paul 61+55.  the much shorter Centurios competed really well against the much taller Wildcats.  Ben Noakes with 16 led the Centurions in scoring.  Tate Trumler had 13 points, Eli Wooden had 11 points.  The C-Team is currently 1-1.



Centura Boy’s Basketball Off to a 2-0 Start

Centura Boy’s Basketball had its season opener against Sandy Creek and won the game 71-21.  Coach Oman identified that Sandy Creek is a very young and inexperienced basketball team.  However, he indicated that Centura played with a lot of intensity.  He said, “The boys played well together and shared the basketball.  For an opening season game, I was pleased with our team’s effort!”

Scoring by Quarters

Centura                      20     18     18     15     = 71

Sandy Creek                9       6       2       4     = 21

Centura stats:  Noah Wooden  21 points , 4 assists;  Dawson Caspersen 14 points ;   Joe Carey  10points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals;   Payton Dowse  8 points, 4 rebounds ;  Ben Oman  7 points, 9 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 steals;  Eli Wooden  5 points;  Ben Noakes 3 points ;  Tate Trumler 3 points.

Opponent Leading Scorer:  Wyatt Mach  8

Centura defeated Wood River on Saturday.  Coach Oman stated, “Wood River is a vastly improved basketball squad that likes to run and press.  For the most part, we were able to handle their press and slow their break.”  “Our defense has greatly improved from a year ago.  For the second night in a row our basketball team did a nice job of sharing the basketball.  Joe Carey, Dawson Caspersen, and Ben Oman did a really nice job on the boards.  Centura had 39 rebounds between the three of them.  Joey Carey and Dawson Caspersen did a nice job of scoring inside with 16 and 12 respectively,” reported Coach Oman.

Scoring by Quarter:

Centura        15     11      8     20     = 54

Wood River    6       5      7     18      = 36

Centura stats:  Joey Carey 16 points, 12 rebounds; Dawson Caspersen 12 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocked shots; Noah Wooden 10 points; Ben Oman 9 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals; Ben Noakes 3 points; Eli Wooden 2 points; Payton Dowse 2 points.

Opponent Leading Scorer:  Tyler Hermann 11

Centura Girl’s Basketball Wins Season Opener; Falls to Wood River

Coach Thober reported that the Centura Girl’s Basketball team played ok for the first game against Sandy Creek.   He said, “There was a time I thought we had a chance to put them away, Turman would hit a sort or two to keep them in the game.  We played hard but left a lot of points out there with missed bunnies and opportunities.”

Scoring by Quarters

Centura          12        13        10        18        Total 53

Sandy Creek  10        5          13        14        Total 42

Leading Centura Scorers 

Claire Caspersen     15

Morgan Semm         12

Emily Krolikowski    11

Kaleigh Johnson      8

Brook Hostetler        4

Darci Reimers          2

Sam Simdorn           1

Opponent leading scorer           Kenzie Turman         17

Against Wood River Coach Thober indicated that the team played really well in a lot of areas. “Our defense was pretty good except a few breakdowns and we ran our offense well, took good shots, and got to the foul line.  The biggest problem we had is we were 9 of 25 from the free throw line, missed a ton of easy shots, and had some foul trouble”, reported Coach Thober.  “Even with that we still had a good chance to win it at the end!”

Scoring by Quarters

Centura          8          10        8          13        39

Opponent      8          6          12        16         42

Leading Scorers

Morgan Semm          7

Emily Krolikowski    10

Kaleigh Johnson      9

Brook Hostetler        7

Sam Simdorn          6

Opponent leading scorer     Boston Boucher        14

Centurion Boy’s Basketball may have Talent and Experience to make a Run at the LPC Crown

Coming off the program’s first back-to-back winning season in fourteen years with four returning starters, fifth-year coach Dave Oman’s Centurions are headed into the winter with high expectations.  A year ago, Centura posted an overall mark of 13-11, ending the regular season tied for second in the LouPlatte Conference standings tied with Doniphan/Trumbull.

Key returners for the Centurions are Ben Oman, Dawson Casperson, and Joey Carey.  Each of the trio earned LPC all-conference honors a year ago.  Casperson was named to the first team while Carey and Oman were named to the second team.  Junior guard, Noah Wooden is the team’s other returning starter.  The coach said the team is excited for the upcoming season but expects another challenging schedule, both in the LPC and outside the league.

“There are several excellent teams on our schedule…it is crucial that we play extremely hard and that we play together, with a goal of improving each week,” Oman emphasized.  “We also need to improve defensively, and stay healthy as depth is an overall concern.”  Contributions are also expected from Payton Dowse, Ben Noakes, and Tate Trumler.

The Centurions open te season hosting Sandy Creek on December 1st.

Information from Central Nebraska Prep