The street journeys are all the time going to be lengthy for the Scottsbluff soccer workforce.
That comes with the territory, in fact, if you’re one of many westernmost faculties in Nebraska, simply 20 miles or so from the Wyoming state line — you are going to must journey east to play.
However 2022 brings an entire new set of journey challenges for the Class B preseason No. 2-rated Bearcats, beginning Friday with a street journey to No. 8 Lincoln Pius X.
“I used to be in all probability as shocked as their head coaches have been when that schedule got here out in February,” Scottsbluff coach Judson Corridor mentioned.
“Their head coaches” refers to Ryan Kearney at Pius X and Reed Mandstedt at Waverly, each of whom will host Scottsbluff this season. To not point out York’s Glen Snodgrass, whose Dukes may even play a house sport in opposition to the Bearcats in September.
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Friday will mark the primary of these three journeys, and the beginning of a season that may see Scottsbluff log greater than 2,800 miles on the street and greater than 42 hours of windshield time.
“We didn’t request that journey throughout the state. Clearly, we requested some groups that have been so much nearer to us than that,” Corridor mentioned of attempting to place collectively a schedule final yr with the NSAA. “However that is the way it got here out, so that is what we will play for the subsequent two years.”
The flip aspect is that every one these faculties will journey to Scottsbluff in 2023. However for now, the Bearcats are gearing up for what might be a giant season with the primary of a number of huge street journeys.
Here is a take a look at Scottsbluff’s itinerary for Friday’s sport — an 800-mile round-trip odyssey that may final near 24 hours.
* At 7 a.m. Mountain Time, the Bearcats’ workforce bus will pull out of the Scottsbluff Excessive College car parking zone and drive the primary 80 miles to Sidney for a 20-minute cease.
* After that, it is three hours and about 215 miles to Kearney, the place Scottsbluff could have a 45-minute walk-through at Kearney Excessive College, eat a lunch packed by the workforce dad and mom within the bleachers of Kearney’s soccer subject, then get again on the bus.
* Then it is one other 113 miles or so to a truck cease off the Milford Interstate 80 exit, one other 20-minute break, then again on the bus for the ultimate 35-minute stretch into Pius X.
That ought to put the Bearcats at Aldrich Area someplace round 5 p.m. Central, about 9 hours after they left dwelling and about two hours earlier than the 7 p.m. kickoff in opposition to the Thunderbolts, who’re again in Class B after an prolonged keep in Class A.
After that, Scottsbluff will pack up and drive via the night time again to the panhandle, hopefully arriving again dwelling round 6 a.m. Mountain on Saturday.
“Rolling into Scottsbluff at 6 o’clock within the morning and my children already being awake goes to be a novel expertise,” Corridor mentioned with amusing.
Even the quick journeys are lengthy for the Bearcats. Exterior of the annual sport with Gering, Scottsbluff is on a bus for greater than an hour, and normally greater than two, for each street journey. This season, the “quick” street journey is to Lexington, nonetheless a virtually four-hour drive a method.
The journeys to York and Waverly will come within the center and the tip of September, respectively.
“It is not an entire lot totally different from what we have performed previously, so far as these street journeys,” mentioned Corridor, who joined Scottsbluff’s workers in 2010 as an assistant earlier than taking on the top teaching function in 2019. “We’re used to street journeys to Grand Island Northwest, Hastings, Aurora; we have had York on our regular-season schedule earlier than.
“So we have made this journey, simply not that further hour into Lincoln.”
The journey has performed little to hamper Scottsbluff’s success on the sector. The Bearcats performed in back-to-back Class B title video games in 2018 and 2019, and this yr Nebraska lineman commit Brock Knutson and standout operating again Sebastien Boyle ought to have Scottsbluff within the combine once more.
The Bearcats are 25-9 over the earlier three seasons underneath Corridor.
“I believe our workforce goes to embrace the problem, and we’re enthusiastic about it,” Corridor mentioned. “We all know (Pius X) has been profitable in Class B previously, so it’ll be a fantastic problem for us.”
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