The Viking Basketball teams performed well this past week in the RPAC tourney. The boys who were defeated by C-2 number 4 ranked Southern Valley in the second round, came back to defeat Medicine Valley in the third round. Southern Valley easily defeated previously undefeated Paxton in the championship game.
Despite a heartbreaking loss in the championship game to D-1 number 1 ranked Dundy County, the Lady Vikings finished as runner-up, the first ever in RPAC history. The Vikings, who went in at half time ahead by 16 points, led the whole game until the Tigers put in the go ahead basket with only 9 seconds left in the game. After a delay in the game for a Tiger injury, the Vikings missed a shot at the buzzer to tie up the game and lost 61-63.
Despite the loss, the Vikings played valiantly throughout the whole tournament and should be very proud of their accomplishments so far this season.
After a 10-10 first quarter, the Lady Vikings of Bertrand out scored the Southern Valley Eagles 19 to 5 in the second quarter and never looked back as they continued on their quest for their first ever RPAC championship in the semi-final round played at Southwest High School Thursday night. The 54-32 win advances the Vikings to the championship final game to be played in Wallace on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 6:00.
Last night’s win is the first time the Vikings have been in the finals since 2006, when coach Wilken played as a senior. The last conference championship for the school was in 1992 in the old Republican Valley League under the direction of Coach Jerry Stine.
Congratulations to ALL coaches and players and Good Luck Saturday!!
After defeating the Warriors of Arapahoe in the first round, the Vikings fell in the second round to Southern Valley. They will be playing the Medicine Valley Raiders in the RPAC East Consolation Game on Friday, January 30th at 6:00 pm at the Southwest High School in Bartley. Go Vikings!