Loss of Robinson leads to Kearney adjustments, return to state
Kearney High was good enough this year to host the A4 district and qualify for the state tournament for a second consecutive season.
While it all looks peachy for the Bearcats, this was never a certainty.
Kearney lost junior Shiloh Robinson before the season even began and haven't had him all year.
"We just adapt and overcome, next man up like our coach (Beranek) says," junior point guard Carson Schwarz said.
This is a kid who stands 6'7 and averaged 13.0 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game, as a sophomore, in Class A.
"Honestly, everybody has just grown a lot since Shiloh's out because they've had to, so I think that's really a good thing for us," senior Kanon Koster says.
While Robinson's left wrist and hand continues to mend, the Bearcats have pressed on without him, earning the No. 4 seed at state this week thanks to a willing group of 'Cats ready to make the necessary adjustments.
"We've had a bunch of guys step up," Koster said. "Seth Stroh, he's stepped up a bunch in rebounding and scoring, and then Carson Schwarz just leading the team as a point guard."
"We just take care of business, everybody just doing what they can," adds Schwarz. "Everybody just getting more confident in each other, getting confident in their shot."
Schwarz, a junior, and the sophomore Stroh are combining for an average of 20.4 points per game, while Stroh is second best behind Koster (7.1 RPG) with 5.7 rebounds per game. Schwarz is handing out a Bearcat best 4.6 assists per game and averaging 2.5 swipes.
Kearney and the T–Birds of Bellevue West tip at 3:45 p.m., Thursday, March 8, in a Class A quarterfinal.