Heartland boys determined to establish presence

The Heartland boys basketball practices on Jan. 30, 2018 (KHGI)

Heartland has been on a mission to establish themselves as the next big thing in Class D1 Nebraska prep basketball.

A 16–game winning streak to begin the year certainly helps their cause.

"We don't even really talk about our record," head coach Clark Ribble said. "Not once have I said, 'We're something and oh.' Not once. We just learned to focus on today and make today our best day yet.

Factor in two state tournament appearances in the last three years to their resume, and the Huskie experiences playing on the biggest stage has served as a motivating force for the team.

"It's that carrot at the end of the stick you know. They know what it's like to be there and compete at that level. They know what it's like to have fans in the stands. It's just some added motivation for our kids to get back there and put a nice end of the season there for us," Ribble says.

The Huskies are currently 3rd in the D1 wildcard standings after losing for the first time this year to Centennial in the Southern Nebraska Conference tourney championship.

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