Rieschick’s attitude and work ethic has been contagious to Auburn basketball

Rieschick’s attitude and work ethic has been contagious to Auburn basketball
Meg Rieschick (far right) is one of four seniors on the Auburn cheerleading squad that claimed the state championship at the Nebraska State Cheer & Dance Championships (Courtesy Photo)

AUBURN – If you have gotten the chance to watch Auburn senior Meg Rieschick play softball, basketball or even participate on the cheerleading squad, you know she’s a competitor.

At 5’5″, she was one of the smallest players on the floor in last week’s Class C1-1 sub-district championship game vs. Fairbury. She finished with a game-high 7 rebounds and 14 points in the Bulldogs 45-26 victory. The guard is averaging 5.8 points per game, 3.5 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.9 rebounds.

Rieschick started at third base for the state qualifying softball team. She led the team in batting average and struck out only once all season – her head coach Grant Cole disputes that strike out. She has signed to play softball at Northwest Missouri State.

She is one of four seniors on the Auburn cheerleading team that won the 2018 Nebraska State Cheer and Dance Championship last weekend in Grand Island.

Cole, who is Rieschick’s softball coach and coaching his first season of basketball, says she may be undersized compared to players who play in the post, but she will battle and compete “extremely hard” anywhere on the court.

“That’s just kind of the attitude that carries over to our whole team. We’re going to compete, we’re going to battle, no matter what the situation. No matter if we’re smaller than everyone else, like we typically are. We will compete and we’ll make things difficult on you.”

The Auburn girls basketball team (20-4), ranked #7 in the latest News Channel Nebraska rankings, is one win away from the school’s second trip ever to the state tournament. The only time the Bulldogs have qualified for state was in 1978, when they lost to Lexington, 54-31.

If they can beat Conestoga (19-5) in the Class C1-1 district final on Friday, they will also break a school record for the most wins in a season.

The only time the Cougars have qualified for the state tournament was in 1981, where they finished 1-1. They are currently on a 12-game losing streak vs. the Bulldogs. Their last win over their East Central Nebraska Conference rivals was on Jan. 17, 2009, 45-31.

Auburn and Conestoga tip-off at 7 p.m. at Syracuse High School. The game will be carried live on B103 (103.1 FM and b103.fm).

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News Channel Nebraska Postseason Basketball Coverage

GBB – C1-1 District Finals: Conestoga vs. #7 Auburn

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Syracuse High School

Radio: 103.1 FM, b103.fm

GBB – D1-1 District Finals: Johnson-Brock vs. #1 BDS

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Crete High School

Radio: 1600 AM, 105.5 FM, ncn21.com

GBB – D2-1 District Finals: #3 Exeter-Milligan vs. #1 Falls City Sacred Heart

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Beatrice High School

TV: News Channel Nebraska (Available at Southeast Nebraska Communications in Falls City), ncnsportsnow.com

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