Grand Island CC vs. Wahoo, C-1 final, 11/11/17

Wahoo's Kinsley Tingelhoff (10) celebrates a block for a point with her Warriors teammates against GICC on Saturday during the Class C-1 state championship at Devaney Sports Center.

FRANCIS GARDLER, JOURNAL STAR

Class A (Record) | Pvs.

1. Omaha Marian (38-2) | 1

2. Millard North (27-13) | 4

3. Papillion-La Vista South (30-10) | 3

4. Lincoln Southwest (30-4) | 2

5. Papillion-La Vista (26-12) | 5

6. Millard West (24-8) | 6

7. Lincoln Pius X (25-11) | 7

8. Lincoln Southeast (24-13) | 8

9. Kearney (21-16) | 9

10. Millard South (21-16) | 10

Comments: Not a lot has changed in the ratings over the past month other than Millard North slowly climbing to the second spot. The Mustangs' play in the Metro Tournament and postseason was impressive and almost landed them back-to-back titles, but it was clearly Marian’s year from the start.

Class B (Record) | Pvs.

1. Omaha Skutt (35-8) | 1

2. Omaha Duchesne (26-5) | 2

3. Northwest (26-9) | 3

4. Elkhorn South (24-13) | 4

5. Gretna (20-7) | 5

6. Ralston (24-9) | 7

7. Seward (27-8) | 6

8. Bennington (22-13) | -

9. Waverly (21-12) | 9

10. Norris (22-13) | 10

Comments: The SkyHawks went wire to wire as the top-ranked team. They lost eight matches, after coming into 2017 on a 64-match win streak, but none of the losses came against Class B competition. Three of Duchesne’s five losses came to the SkyHawks, and Northwest retains its position in the top three. Class B was filled with a lot of really good teams this season while Skutt separated itself as great.

Class C-1 (Record) | Pvs.

1. Wahoo (34-2) | 1

2. GICC (33-3) | 3

3. Lincoln Lutheran (31-6) | 5

4. North Bend Central (27-3) | 2

5. Malcolm (28-4) | 4

6. Omaha Concordia (21-14) | 7

7. Ord (27-6) | 6

8. Bishop Neumann (22-9) | 8

9. Lincoln Christian (22-9) | 9

10. Minden (23-12) | -

Comments: Lincoln Lutheran makes the biggest move in the final week after placing third in the state tournament. Wahoo was the best team in the deepest class in the state this season, and it showed at state, which included a win against a young GICC team in the final. Two of North Bend Central’s three losses this season came against top competition.

Class C-2 (Record) | Pvs.

1. Superior (28-4) | 5

2. Hartington CC (34-1) | 1

3. Stanton (31-4) | 3

4. Centura (28-6) | 4

5. Nebraska Christian (32-2) | 2

6. Archbishop Bergan (25-9) | 8

7. Ponca (29-6) | 6

8. Palmyra (21-5) | 7

9. Southern Valley (26-6) | -

10. South Loup (27-7) | 9

Comments: Superior takes the top spot after knocking off two previously undefeated teams, Hartington CC and Nebraska Christian, during the state tournament. Hartington CC pushed Superior to five sets in the championship match after the Wildcats had previously swept Nebraska Christian in the semifinals, thus the disparity in the final rankings.

Class D-1 (Record) | Pvs.

1. Johnson-Brock (34-1) | 1

2. Meridian (31-3) | 2

3. BDS (28-6) | 4

4. Blue Hill (27-7) | 3

5. Heartland (21-9) | 9

6. Clarkson/Leigh (25-10) | 6

7. Elgin/PJ (25-6) | 5

8. Overton (27-5) | 7

9. Bertand (20-10) | -

10. Ansley-Litchfield (24-7) | 8

Comments: Johnson-Brock rolled to its third straight title without losing against D-1 competition in 2017. The Eagles last loss to a D-1 opponent in last year’s district final against Meridian. Since then they’ve defeated the Mustangs four straight times. BDS takes the third spot after dropping Blue Hill in the consolation match at state.

Class D-2 (Record) | Pvs.

1. Exeter-Milligan (27-6) | 3

2. Ewing (29-3) | 2

3. Humphrey SF (27-6) | 4

4. Hyannis (30-3) | 1

5. Red Cloud (28-6) | 5

6. Mead (18-10) | 8

7. Giltner (20-9) | 6

8. Maywood-HC (22-7) | 7

9. Elwood (17-14) | -

10. Wauneta-Palisade (18-6) | 9

Comments: From unsure if they’d have a D-2 team to preseason No. 1 to the state title, Exter-Milligan experienced it all this year. After they survived a five-set battle in round one, the Timberwolves seemed destine for their second title in three seasons. Ewing put together a strong season but came up short in the end.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7431 or scarlson@journalstar.com.

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