Patriots, Tigers set to clash at Lynn Farrell Arena

Tuesday’s H-town rivalry to be played on the big stage
Published: Feb. 8, 2021 at 10:43 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Nothing beats a pair of big time rivalry games, and that’s exactly what we have on our hands Tuesday night, as Hastings High and Adams Central will square off in the battle for H-town. A battle that never disappoints.

“It’s going to be crazy, I’m so excited there’s going to be a lot of students there,” Hastings High Freshman Braydon Power said.

“Just having last year’s game being so hyped up and energized, this game should a lot of the same,” Adams Central Senior Dante Boelhower said.

Despite Covid-19, it’s only going to get bigger between these two rivals. The Patriots, who were set to host this year, were able to get the big game moved to Hastings College’s Lynn Farrell Arena.

“We wanted a great venue and Hastings College is perfect for it,” Adams Central Girls Basketball Coach Evan Smith said. “We can get quite a few people in there and get the students sections behind the baskets - which is always fun.”

Something everyone affiliated with the game is extremely excited about

“It’s going to be really sweet having like 1,200 people there,” Boelhower said.

“I just think that it’s fun that we’re making sure as many parents, grandparents and students can get in,” Hastings High Girls Basketball Coach Greg Mays said. “That will be a lot of fun, it’s always a pretty fun game.”

Some rivalries are one sided, this one is not. All four teams enter with winning records once again, and in just the last two years each of the girls and boys matchups have been decided by a single possession.

“I think you can kind of throw the records out when you go against a team like this and an in town rival,” Smith said.

“It means you’re relevant,” Hastings High Boys Basketball Coach Drew Danielson said. “I think we have two very relevant programs.”

“Just having a bunch of good basketball players makes the rivalry that much sweeter,” Boelhower said.

“I think they respect us and we respect them. I think the kids care about each other regardless of what school they go to,” Adams Central Boys Basketball Coach Zac Foster said. “That breeds a situation where you’re going to have a game that’s pretty intense and played the right way.”

The respect for the schools is there, but once the players step on the floor it’s all about earning those bragging rights.

“It’s been tough losing to them two years in a row,” Adams Central Junior Libby Trausch said. “Hopefully if we just play good defense and pass the ball well we will be good.”

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“You know we’ve played against these girls for a long time - even as little kids,” Hastings High Senior Lauren Hinrichs said. “It was interesting back then and it’s going to be interesting tomorrow.”

The girls game is set to tip off Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m., with the boys game to follow.

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