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(Listen) Bridgeport squads win WTC titles

(Listen) Bridgeport squads win WTC titles
Bridgeport earned title with gutty second half effort. (KNEB/Cottrell)

The one year venue change from WNCC to Bridgeport High School meant it was a home court celebration for both Bulldog teams after they claimed tournament titles on Saturday night.

We aired a quadruple-header on with back to back third place games and both championship games.

The nightcap was the best game of the day as the Bridgeport boys rallied in the second half to beat Mitchell by the final of 60-47.

Bridgeport coach Sean Sterkel joined the postgame show to talk about his teams gritty effort.

Mitchell led 17-5 after the first quarter and the Tigers took a five point lead into the locker room at halftime. Bridgeport started their rally in full in the second half, outscoring Mitchell by six in the third and they pulled away for the double digit win in the fourth quarter.

Bridgeport put three in double figures led by Luis Garza and Braeden Stull, who both scored 13 while Bayler Sterkel finished with 10.

Austin Thyne led Mitchell with 11 points.


The girls game was a runaway for Bridgeport. The Lady Bulldogs jumped Gordon-Rushville 22-6 in the first quarter on their way to a championship victory by the final of 80-36.

The running clock, 40-point rule started early in the third quarter.

Bridgeport freshman 5’10 point guard, Olivia Loomis-Goltl, finished with a game high 21 points including 12 in that big first quarter. Ruthie Loomis-Goltl, a 6’2 sophomore, finished with 15 points.

Lady Bulldogs head coach Dave Kuhlen knows this young team is starting to really come together and he hopped on the postgame show to talk about the WTC title.

In the girls third place game Mitchell defeated Morrill 50-35 and the boys third place game went to Gordon-Rushville with a 59-40 win over Bayard.

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