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Omaha Roncalli vs. Lincoln Pius X, 3.9

Lincoln Pius X’s Charlie Easley (34) holds aloft the championship net after the Thunderbolts' win over Omaha Roncalli in the Class B state final Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

FINAL RATINGS

Class A

Team (Record) | Pvs.

1. Omaha South (21-6) | 6

2. Omaha Central (22-6) | 2

3. Bellevue West (26-2) | 1

4. Lincoln North Star (17-9) | 7

5. Creighton Prep (22-5) | 3

6. Kearney (20-6) | 4

7. Omaha Westside (19-6) | 5

8. Millard North (16-8) | 8

9. Lincoln East (18-6) | 9

10. Omaha Bryan (14-10) | 10

Comments — No one outside the top 10 beat a rated team during the offseason so there are no new entries. Creighton Prep, Kearney and Omaha Westside all moved down two spots because of South’s run to the state title and North Star reaching the state semifinals.

Class B

1. Lincoln Pius X (27-2) | 1

2. Omaha Roncalli (25-3) | 4

3. Aurora (26-2) | 2

4. Omaha Skutt (23-5) | 5

5. York (21-5) | 3

6. Bennington (20-7) | 6

7. Scottsbluff (14-11) | 10

8. Alliance (19-7) | -

9. Mt. Michael (18-8) | 7

10. Hastings (14-7) | 8

Comments — Scottsbluff and Alliance came east to win district finals over Seward and Mount Michael, respectively, to finish seventh and eighth in the final ratings. Hastings gets the nod over Seward for the final spot based on the Tigers’ season-opening win over the Bluejays.

Class C-1

1. Auburn (24-3) | -

2. North Bend Central (25-4) | 9

3. Ogallala (27-1) | 2

4. Wahoo (24-5) | 1

5. Boys Town (19-8) | 4

6. Kearney Catholic (18-5) | 7

7. Adams Central (17-8) | 3

8. GI Central Catholic (18-8) | 8

9. Milford (21-6) | -

10. Ashland-Greenwood (18-7) | 10

Comments — State champion Auburn was 0-1 against rated C-1 teams this season (OT loss to Ashland-Greenwood) heading into the state tournament. Milford’s December victory over Ashland-Greenwood earned the Eagles the No. 9 spot.

Class C-2

1. BRLD (27-1) | 1

2. Yutan (23-6) | 9

3. Ponca (24-5) | 8

4. Sutton (24-3) | 2

5. Centennial (24-4) | 3

6. Wakefield (20-4) | 6

7. Laurel-C-C (22-5) | 7

8. Howells-Dodge (18-10) | -

9. Freeman (20-5) | 4

10. Tri County (19-6) | 5

Comments – Howells-Dodge was part of the East Husker Conference wave that saw BRLD and Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family win the C-2 and D-1 state titles, respectively, and North Bend Central reach the C-1 title game. Howells-Dodge handed BRLD its only loss and defeated previous No. 4 Freeman in the district final to reach the state tournament.

Class D-1

1. Humphrey/LHF (23-6) | 6

2. Archbishop Bergan (19-9) | 2

3. Paxton (25-2) | 1

4. Elm Creek (22-5) | 8

5. Hartington-Newcastle (16-10) | -

6. Fullerton (18-7) | 3

7. Wauneta-Palisade (20-6) | -

8. Lourdes Central Catholic (8-17)| -

9. Overton (20-4) | 7

10. Kenesaw (18-4) | 9

Comments — No clear patterns ever emerged from this class, so the top four finishers at state are the top four in the ratings and No. 5 through 8 are the first-round state losers to the top four teams in order. Overton, which lost to No. 8 Lourdes in the district final, beat No. 4 Elm Creek in subdistricts, while Kenesaw defeated No. 6 Fullerton in subdistricts.

Class D-2

1. Johnson-Brock (24-4) | 4

2. Osmond (27-2) | 3

3. Riverside (24-1) | 2

4. Falls City SH (25-3) |1

5. Humphrey SF (22-5) | 5

6. Exeter-Milligan (21-5) | 6

7. Loomis (19-7) | 8

8. Blue Hill (18-9) | 7

9. Mullen (17-7) | 9

10. Stuart (14-8) |-

Comments — The state tournament totally flips the top four teams. Loomis switches spots with Blue Hill after a win over the Bobcats in subdistricts. Giltner is gone after a loss to Lawrence-Nelson in subdistricts, allowing Stuart to move in.

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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