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Lincoln East vs. Lincoln Southeast, 1.11

Lincoln East’s Wes Dreamer (0) shoots free throws due to a technical foul to give the Spartans a 52-50 lead late in the fourth quarter on Friday at Lincoln Southeast High School.

Records through Saturday

Class A

Team (Rec.) | Pvs.

1. Bellevue West (14-1) | 1

2. Creighton Prep (12-1) | 2

3. Kearney (11-3) | 3

4. Omaha South (9-3) | 6

5. Lincoln East (9-3) | 4

6. Papillion-LV South (8-4) | 5

7. Omaha Central (10-5) | 7

8. Omaha Bryan (8-4) | 10

9. Millard North (7-5) | 8

10. Lincoln High (8-5) | 9

Contenders: Omaha Westside, Gretna.

Comments: Omaha South’s win over Lincoln East jumbles the middle part of the top 10, while Omaha Bryan earns a two-spot promotion for a 2-0 weekend. Because of sickness, Bellevue West did not have standout guard Chucky Hepburn nor another starter, Louis Fidler, against Millard North last Tuesday, but found a way to scrap out a 62-58 road win. Bellevue West defeated Council Bluffs Lewis Central 55-46 Saturday at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, giving a little glimpse about how ratings contender Gretna (9-1) might stack up against the rest of Class A. Gretna, which does not have a Class A team on its regular season schedule, defeated Lewis Central 54-44 last Tuesday. Gretna plays Treynor, Iowa (12-0, No. 3 in Iowa 2A) on Saturday at Ralston Arena.

Key games: Tuesday--Creighton Prep at Omaha Westside; Thursday--Lincoln Pius X at Kearney; Friday--Lincoln North Star at Lincoln East, Millard North at Creighton Prep, Lincoln Southeast at Omaha Bryan; Saturday--Lincoln High at Lincoln East, Bellevue West at Omaha South, Omaha Central at Creighton Prep, Kearney at Lincoln Southwest, Omaha Bryan vs. Denver East (at Ralston Arena).

Class B

1. Lincoln Pius X (12-1) | 1

2. Omaha Roncalli (10-2) | 2

3. Omaha Skutt (12-2) | 3

4. Aurora (12-1) | 4

5. York (12-1) | 5

6. Seward (9-1) | 8

7. Mount Michael (9-4) | 6

8. Hastings (8-3) | 7

9. Bennington (8-3) | 9

10. Elkhorn (8-4) | 10

Contenders: Alliance, Blair.

Comments: Mount Michael Benedictine’s loss to Boys Town also affected Hastings as well since the Tigers lost at Mount Michael on Jan. 4. York was without senior all-stater Brady Danielson when the Dukes defeated upset-minded Crete on Friday because of a sprained ankle. The Dukes will need the 6-3 Northern State recruit healthy and ready to go when the Central Conference tournament kicks off next Monday and Tuesday.

Key games: Tuesday--Seward at Crete, Norris at York. Tuesday-Saturday--River Cities Conference tournament (Omaha Roncalli, Omaha Skutt, Mount Michael); Thursday--Kearney Catholic at Aurora; Friday--Aurora at Seward, Hastings at Northwest, Blair at Elkhorn; Saturday--Pius X at Norfolk.

Class C-1

1. Wahoo (10-3) | 1

2. Ogallala (13-0) | 2

3. Adams Central (10-3) | 3

4. North Bend Central (11-1) | 6

5. Kearney Catholic (12-1) | 8

6. Lincoln Christian (8-5) | -

7. Boys Town (8-5) | 4

8. Bishop Neumann (8-5) | 5

9. Auburn (12-1) | 10

10. Cozad (11-2) | 7

Contenders: Grand Island Central Catholic, Lincoln Lutheran, Ashland-Greenwood, Chase County, Milford, Syracuse.

Comments: Preseason No. 1 Lincoln Christian has put its 1-5 start in the rear view mirror with its current seven-game winning streak and an impressive 10-point win over Boys Town, last week’s No. 4. Cozad’s loss to C-2 unranked Centura and Ashland-Greenwood’s 11-point setback to B unranked Platteview explained the other changes in the top 10. Lincoln Lutheran (11-2) has a chance to move in next week with a road game Thursday at D-1 No. 3 Archbishop Bergan and a home encounter against No. 8 Bishop Neumann.

Key games: Thursday--Blair at Bishop Neumann, Lexington at Cozad; Friday--Bishop Neumann at Lincoln Lutheran, Alliance at Ogallala, Grand Island Central Catholic at Adams Central; Saturday--Ogallala at Ainsworth, Boys Town vs. Bellevue East (at Ralston Arena), Aquinas at Kearney Catholic.

Class C-2

1. BRLD (11-1) | 1

2. Centennial (13-1) | 2

3. Sutton (11-1) | 3

4. Ponca (11-2) | 6

5. Tri County (10-3) | 9

6. Freeman (10-3) | 4

7. Yutan (10-3) | 7

8. Laurel-C-C (13-1) | 8

9. Wakefield (10-1) | 10

10. Howells-Dodge (10-4) | -

Contenders: Wisner-Pilger, Ainsworth, Wilber-Clatonia, Bridgeport, Centura, Hartington Cedar Catholic, South Loup, Shelby-Rising City, Walthill, Lutheran High Northeast.

Comments: Tri County is rewarded for its win over Freeman in the semifinals of the MUDECAS tournament, while Howells-Dodge moves in for a victory over Wisner-Pilger, last week’s No. 5 team, which gets demoted to contender status.

Key games: Tuesday--BRLD at Wakefield, Tri County at College View, Ashland-Greenwood at Yutan, Walthill at Lutheran High Northeast; Thursday--Walthill at Ponca, Wilber-Clatonia at Freeman; Friday--BRLD at Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family; Saturday--HTRS at Centennial, Heartland at Sutton.

Class D-1

1. Fullerton (8-3) | 1

2. Paxton (12-0) | 4

3. Archbishop Bergan (9-4) | 3

4. Elm Creek (12-1) | 5

5. Humphrey/LHF (11-2) | 6

6. Kenesaw (8-2) | 2

7. Anselmo-Merna (10-2) | 9

8. Dundy County-Stratton (10-2) | 10

9. Boyd County (9-3) | 8

10. Ansley-Litchfield (12-2) | -

Contenders: Overton, Wilcox-Hildreth, Deshler, Wauneta-Palisade, West Holt, Pleasanton, Heartland, Clearwater-Orchard.

Comments: Elm Creek’s win over Kenesaw shook things up in the first six spots, while Wilcox-Hildreth exits after a 32-point loss to D-2 No. 6 Loomis. Boyd County takes a slight hit for a one-point loss to C-2 contender Ainsworth. Pleasanton (10-5) has an opportunity to be part of the top 10 next week with a home game against No. 4 Elm Creek Friday and a road contest at No. 6 Kenesaw Saturday.

Key games: Tuesday-Saturday--Goldenrod Conference tournament (Fullerton, Riverside, Humphrey St. Francis); Thursday--Paxton at Wauneta-Palisade, Lincoln Lutheran at Archbishop Bergan, Ansley-Litchfield at South Loup; Friday--Elm Creek at Pleasanton, North Central at Anselmo-Merna; Saturday--Pleasanton at Kenesaw.

Class D-2

1. Falls City SH (13-1) | 2

2. Johnson-Brock (12-1) | 1

3. Riverside (10-1) | 3

4. Osmond (12-0) | 4

5. Humphrey SF (10-3) | 5

6. Loomis (8-3) | 9

7. Exeter-Milligan (9-3) | 6

8. Mullen (8-4) | 7

9. Wausa (8-4) | -

10. Giltner (7-5) |10

Contenders: Mead, Wynot, Stuart, Sterling.

Comments: Defending state champion Sacred Heart’s 18-point win over former No. 1 Johnson-Brock in the MUDECAS semifinals firmly puts the Irish in the top spot. The teams meet again Jan. 24 at Johnson-Brock. Loomis gets a boost for its impressive win over Wilcox-Hildreth. Wynot exits after going 0-3 last week, which brings Wausa in.

Key games: Tuesday--Osmond at Bloomfield, Southwest at Loomis; Thursday--Exeter-Milligan at BDS; Friday--Clearwater-Orchard at Osmond.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7437 or rpowell@journalstar.com. On Twitter @ronpowell_ljs.

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Ron Powell is a longtime prep writer for the Journal Star. He covers high school football, boys basketball and track as well as state college football and Husker and professional tennis.

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