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High school notebook: KWL rides blowout win into playoffs

Kimball/White Lake ended the season on a three-game winning streak against playoff teams, capitalized by a 54-0 win over Lyman in White Lake on Friday.

Kimball/White Lake ended the season on a three-game winning streak against playoff teams, capitalized by a 54-0 win over Lyman in White Lake on Friday.

The WiLdKats finished with a 41.125 seed point average to place third in Class 9AA Region 4 and earn an automatic bid.

"We feel real good about making the playoffs, no doubt about it," KWL head coach Dale Taylor said. "I think our kids were focused more than they've ever been."
KWL's focus showed as it scored touchdowns on each of its first two offensive snaps, then found the end zone four times in the second quarter. The WiLdKats were hoping for home-field advantage on Thursday in the first round, but it will travel to Jones County/White River (6-2) instead, who finished second in Region 4.

"We're feeling pretty confident we're going to come off this win pretty strong," KWL running back Caden Lenz said.

Cowboys complete undefeated regular season

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Colome enters the postseason 8-0 and as the second overall seed in Class 9B after it took down Avon 70-8 on Friday in Colome. The Cowboys have outscored its opponents 500-64 this season as it has topped 50 points in every game and held six opponents to under 10 points.

Colome head coach Ben Connot said over the past few weeks he's put an emphasis on Colome playing its best football and building momentum for the playoffs. Colome has answered with blowout wins over Scotland (52-0), Corsica-Stickney (60-8) and Avon.

"Especially in high school sports, momentum is just a big part of (playoff success)," Connot said prior to Friday's win. "Last year, one of our downfalls heading into the playoffs was we didn't have momentum."

Colome begins the postseason on Thursday at home against Gayville-Volin (3-5), who it beat 68-16 on Sept. 14. The Cowboys are looking to avenge last year's semifinal loss to now-Class 9B No. 1 Sully Buttes.

Huskies take home Thunder Nation crown

Bridgewater-Emery improved to 18-6 on the season over the weekend as it won five straight matches to win the Thunder Nation tournament in New Holland. The Huskies dropped just one set all tournament, while sweeping host Andes Central/Dakota Christian in the championship match, 27-25 and 25-12.

The match extends the Huskies' win streak to seven matches, including being winners of nine of their last 10 matches. Despite being second in seed points in Class B Region 5-behind only Canistota-this is the Huskies' first winning streak longer than four games this season.

With the end of the regular season approaching, Bridgewater-Emery is getting hot at the right time. It has another test in Sanborn Central/Woonsocket (16-7) on Friday in Forestburg before ending its season against Centerville (0-16) on Oct. 23 in Emery.

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