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Class C-1: Wahoo vs. Lincoln Christian, 3/9

Wahoo's William Hancock celebrates a win over Lincoln Christian as he and teammate Winston Cook walk off the floor after a Class C-1 state boys basketball semifinal at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Friday.

Class A

School (Record) | Pvs.

1. Creighton Prep (26-1) | 1

2. Bellevue West (20-7) | 4

3. Lincoln Pius X (16-9) | 10

4. Millard South (17-8) | 6

5. Omaha Central (24-3) | 3

6. Omaha Bryan (20-6) | 7

7. Lincoln East (24-2) | 2

8. Kearney (18-7) | 8

9. Omaha Burke (12-13) | 5

10. Papillion-La Vista (13-11) | -

Comments: Not only did Tre Vion Crawford’s buzzer-beating three-pointer shatter Lincoln East’s state championship dreams, Omaha Bryan’s two-point first-round state win also destroyed the Spartans’ standing in the final ratings. With a schedule that featured just a handful of games against rated teams, the Spartans had no room for error. East was 2-2 against the final top 10 after Christmas with losses to No. 4 Millard South and No. 6 Omaha Bryan, and wins over No. 9 Omaha Burke and No. 10 Papillion-La Vista. The Spartans beat No. 3 Pius X twice in December, but that was nowhere near the same Thunderbolt team that took out Millard South by 15 in the district final and pushed eventual state champion Creighton Prep to three overtimes at state. Pius X’s final No. 3 ranking also got a boost when Millard South knocked off Omaha Central in overtime in the first round. State runner-up Bellevue West gets the No. 2 spot over Pius X based on a better head-to-head record against Millard South (BW was 2-0 and Pius X 1-1), and the fact that the Thunderbirds beat Lincoln Southwest in early February and Pius X lost to the Silver Hawks nine days later. Burke drops four spots for a first round district loss to Millard West and Southwest is out after falling to Bellevue East, a team Papillion-La Vista defeated in the last week of the regular season.

Class B

School (Record) | Pvs.

1. York (27-1) | 2

2. Omaha Skutt (25-4) | 1

3. Bennington (24-4) | 5

4. Aurora (22-5) | 3

5. Elkhorn South (12-13) | 9

6. Gretna (19-7) | 7

7. Platteview (24-3) | 4

8. Omaha Roncalli (19-6) | 6

9. Crete (18-9) | 10

10. Seward (14-9) | -

Comments: After playing a Class A schedule all season, Elkhorn South benefits from Gretna’s state tournament run to the semifinals after defeating the Dragons in the subdistrict final. Norris exits after three lopsided losses to end the season -- 17 to Gretna, 14 to Crete and 34 to Platteview. The new No. 10, Seward, downed Norris by a point during the regular season.

Class C-1

School (Record) | Pvs.

1. Wahoo (27-2) | 1

2. Winnebago (22-7) | 4

3. Bishop Neumann (14-10) | 5

4. Lincoln Christian (20-8) | 6

5. Grand Island CC (20-7)| 2

6. Broken Bow (23-5) | 7

7. Boone Central/NG (19-8) | -

8. O’Neill (20-3) | 3

9. Logan View/S-S (21-5)| 8

10. Omaha Concordia (12-10) | 9

Comments: Christian’s third-place finish at the state tournament raises Neumann as well since the Cavaliers defeated the Crusaders in the final week of the regular season. Wahoo’s run to the title included wins over No. 2 Winnebago, No. 3 Bishop Neumann, No. 4 Lincoln Christian and No. 9 Logan View/Scribner-Snyder. Boone Central/Newman Grove is rewarded for its wins over No. 2 Winnebago, No. 6 Broken Bow and No. 8 O’Neill to reach the state tournament.

Class C-2

School (Record) | Pvs.

1. Ponca (30-1) | 1

2. Hastings SC (24-4) | 2

3. BRLD (26-3) | 4

4. Yutan (25-3) | 3

5. Elmwood-Murdock (19-5) | 5

6. Centennial (22-4) | 6

7. Battle Creek (19-7) | 8

8. Lutheran High NE (18-5) | 7

9. Freeman (19-7) | 10

10. Arcadia-Loup City (22-5) | -

Comments: Battle Creek and Lutheran Northeast switch spots after Battle Creek won the subdistrict final between the two. All seven of Freeman’s losses came to teams in the state tournament, and six of those came to either state champions or state semifinalists. Arcadia-Loup City’s triumph over South Loup in the subdistrict final earns it the No. 10 spot.

Class D-1

School (Record) | Pvs.

1. Lourdes CC (21-8) | 1

2. Kenesaw (28-1) | 2

3. Johnson-Brock (24-6) | 5

4. BDS (20-6) | 8

5. Deshler (18-5) | 6

6. Tri County (18-7) | 10

7. Fullerton (20-5) | -

8. Heartland (21-5) | 4

9. Osmond (22-4) | 7

10. Paxton (22-2) | 9

Comments: Johnson-Brock’s third-place finish benefits BDS, Deshler and Tri County, which beat state champion Lourdes Central Catholic during the regular season. West Holt drops out after a first-round subdistrict loss to Boyd County.

Class D-2

School (Record) | Pvs.

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

2. Riverside (25-3) | 2

3. Mullen (21-6) | 8

4. Mead (11-13) | 5

5. Giltner (20-8) | 4

6. Exeter-Milligan (20-6) | 3

7. Parkview Christian (13-10) | 6

8. Wilcox-Hildreth (19-8) | -

9. Wynot (14-10) | -

10. Humphrey SF (18-8) | 7

Comments: Mead had to beat No. 1 Falls City Sacred Heart, No. 6 Exeter-Milligan and No. 7 Parkview Christian to get to state, but ran into an inspired Mullen team in the first round. The Broncos went on to finish third, playing in honor of their coach, Rusty Moore, who is battling brain cancer. Giltner lost to Wilcox-Hildreth in the district final, but won the rematch at state. Humphrey St. Francis slides for its loss to Wynot in the district final.

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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