Just 12 miles apart, EPPJ and Neligh-Oakdale traveled to Stuart on Saturday to trade wins during the first-round of the Niobrara Valley Conference tournament.
Elgin Public Pope John defeated the Warriors 60-42 in the girls game while Neligh-Oakdale topped the Wolfpack boys 53-34.
In the boys game, three Warriors scored in double figures. Alex Kerkman had 15 points and eight rebounds while Tyson Belitz scored 11 points and had eight assists, four steals and two blocks. Ben Lingenfelter added 10 points, six rebounds and three steals.
The No. 5 EPPJ girls will take on No. 4 Boyd County on Tuesday at 8 p.m. at St. Mary's.
No. 5 Neligh-Oakdale boys will play No. 4 West Holt at 8 p.m. Monday in Clearwater.