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High school sports season will tip off this week

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HARTINGTON — Two defending state champions will take to the court when Cedar County basketball teams tip off the new season this week.

Fresh off last year’s state title, the Wynot Lady Blue Devils will open the 2020-21 campaign Thursday when they host Bloomfield.

The defending Class D1 boys state champion Laurel-Concord-Coleridge Bears will begin defense of their state title when they travel to Crofton on Friday.

The Hartington-Newcastle boys and girls team will open the new season at home Thursday against Ponca, while Osmond comes to town on Saturday.

At least two area teams will have to delay the start of their seasons due to COVID-19 quarantine.

The Cedar Catholic girls basketball team was slated to tip off Thursday night at Crofton. That game has been moved to Dec. 15 and will now be a double-header with both the boys and girls varsity teams competing.

The Cedar boys and girls were slated to host Boone Central Friday night, but those games had to be pushed back, as well. That game is now scheduled for Jan. 12 at the Msgr. Werner Activity Center.

The Cedar teams are now slated to open the season on Dec. 11 when MidStates Conference foe O’Neill comes to town for a boys-girls varsity double-header.

The Cedar Catholic wrestling team is slated to begin its new season Thursday night at Battle Creek in a triangular that also features the Quad County NE team. Quad County Northeast is a co-op between Randolph and Laurel-Concord-Coleridge.

The new Hartington-Newcastle-Cedar Catholic bowling team is also scheduled to hit the lanes for the first time this month. The schedule was unavailable at press time, however.

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