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Boys basketball ratings, 1/24

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Lincoln Southwest vs. Pius X, 1.19, 1.19

Lincoln Pius X's Jackson Kessler (middle, bottom) celebrates after hitting a three-point shot against Lincoln Southwest on Thursday at Pius X High School.

(Records through Saturday)

Class A (Rec.) | Pvs.

1. Bellevue West (15-0) | 1

2. Gretna (11-2) | 2

3. Millard North (13-3) | 4

4. Creighton Prep (11-5) | 3

5. Lincoln East (9-3) | 5

6. Omaha Westside (10-3) | 6

7. Omaha Central (9-5) | 7

8. Lincoln Pius X (11-5) | —

9. Lincoln Southwest (9-5) | 10

10. Lincoln North Star (9-4) | —

Contenders: Lincoln High, Lincoln Southeast, Lincoln Northeast, Kearney, Elkhorn South.

Comments: The only major shift once again happens in the final three spots, where Lincoln Pius X and Lincoln North Star move in for Lincoln High and Lincoln Northeast. Pius X has won four games in a row, six of its last seven and eight of its last 10 games. North Star has won five of six, with the only loss coming at Lincoln Southwest on an overtime buzzer-beater. Meanwhile, Lincoln High has lost four of six, and Northeast has lost three in a row as the Star City schools continue to beat up on each other. No. 2 Gretna held Bellevue West to its lowest point total of the season and became the first Nebraska team to play the T-Birds closer than 21 points in a 58-47 loss.

Class B (Rec.) | Pvs.

1. Omaha Skutt (14-0) | 1

2. Platteview (13-2) | 3

3. Elkhorn (9-6) | —

4. Crete (13-2) | 2

5. Waverly (8-5) | 5

6. York (9-4) | 6

7. Bennington (10-5) | 7

8. Omaha Roncalli (10-5) | 8

9. Norris (8-6) | —

10. South Sioux City (8-6) | —

Contenders: McCook, Mount Michael, Scottsbluff, Beatrice.

Comments: What a leap for Elkhorn, which beat then-No. 2 Crete and then-No. 4 Beatrice last week, and has won six games in a row after a slow start. Norris and South Sioux City enter for the first time this season. Platteview moves back to No. 2 after a two-point loss to Council Bluffs (Iowa) Abraham Lincoln, a Class A-sized school. Omaha Skutt becomes a more prohibitive title favorite by the day.

Class C-1 (Rec.) | Pvs.

1. Ogallala (16-0) | 1

2. Wahoo (13-1) | 2

3. Ashland-Greenwood (13-1) | 3

4. Central City (14-1) | 4

5. Omaha Concordia (13-1) | 8

6. Pierce (12-2) | 5

7. Malcolm (12-4) | 6

8. Auburn (11-4) | 7

9. Aurora (10-4) | 9

10. O’Neill (10-3) | —

Contenders: Wayne, Boone Central, Douglas Co. West, Scotus Central Catholic, Sidney, Holdrege, Lincoln Lutheran.

Comments: No one in the class had a better 10-day stretch than Wahoo, which went 5-0,  with four wins against Class B teams, including two against top-five teams. The Warriors have nine consecutive double-digit wins since their lone loss, but stay at No. 2, as Ogallala continues to roll out west. Omaha Concordia, winner of 11 straight, jumps to fifth after a win against Class B No. 7 Bennington. O’Neill enters on the strength of its nine-game winning streak.

Class C-2 (Rec.) | Pvs.

1. Doniphan-Trumbull (16-0) | 1

2. Amherst (13-1) | 2

3. Hartington CC (11-2) | 3

4. Tri County (14-2) | 4

5. Freeman (15-1) | 5

6. Norfolk Catholic (10-3) | 6

7. Cross County (13-2) | 7

8. Wakefield (12-2) | 8

9. Elkhorn Valley (13-1) | 10

10. Summerland (13-1) | —

Contenders: Elmwood-Murdock, Gordon-Rushville, Alma, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge, Lutheran High Northeast, Clarkson-Leigh.

Comments: It’s probably a toss-up between Classes C-1 and C-2 as to which is the deepest class in the state. The top eight teams in Class C-2 went unbeaten last week and hold their spots. Summerland moves in behind Elkhorn Valley, and the teams will meet Tuesday in a clash of one-loss programs who have built their records against predominantly Classes D-1 and D-2 opponents. Freeman had the week’s best win, rallying to knock off Class C-1 ranked Malcolm in overtime.

Class D-1 (Rec.) | Pvs.

1. Maywood-Hayes Center (15-0) | 1

2. North Platte SP (14-2) | 2

3. Elm Creek (14-1) | 3

4. Dundy Co.-Stratton (12-2) | 4

5. Howells-Dodge (13-3) | 5

6. South Loup (11-2) | 6

7. Bancroft-Rosalie (12-4) | 7

8. Johnson-Brock (12-3) | 8

9. Leyton (14-0) | 9

10. Mead (11-3) | 10

Contenders: Elgin/Pope John, Riverside, Ansley-Litchfield, Kenesaw, Bridgeport.

Comments: All ranked teams won their games last week as we enter the thick of conference tournament season. Top-ranked Maywood-Hayes Center, which hasn’t played since Jan. 13 because of weather postponements, is the top seed in this week’s Republican Plains Activities Conference Tournament. No. 2 North Platte St. Pat’s won the South Platte Valley Association Tournament last week. Leyton stayed unbeaten with a good win against Potter-Dix in the Minuteman Activities Conference Tournament final.

Class D-2 (Rec.) | Pvs.

1. Parkview Christian (12-3) | 1

2. Osceola (12-2) | 2

3. Shelton (12-1) | 3

4. Wynot (14-2) | 4

5. Mullen (9-3) | 6

6. Creighton (10-5) | 5

7. S-E-M (10-2) | 10

8. Humphrey SF (10-5) | 7

9. Falls City SH (8-6) | 9

10. Santee (9-1) | —

Contenders: Nebraska Lutheran, Potter-Dix, Hyannis, Stuart, Friend, Paxton.

Comments: Last week’s No. 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 teams all suffered losses, all to quality opponents, making it difficult to distinguish who should go where. Creighton had the toughest week, losing three games to ranked teams with a combined six losses. Nebraska Lutheran, winner of five straight but 0-2 against teams with winning records, continues to lurk, as do a host of others. Santee, after not playing for a month, won three games last week, including quality victories against St. Mary’s and Stuart.

Contact the writer at cbasnett@journalstar.com or 402-473-7436. On Twitter @HuskerExtraCB.

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Assistant sports editor/high schools

A Ravenna native, Chris Basnett joined the Journal Star in 2016 and has more than 20 years of experience covering prep, college, and professional sports.

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