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Bishop Neumann vs. Lincoln Christian, 3.2

Bishop Neumann seniors Katherine Lilly (10) and Alyssa Rezac (34) share a hug in the middle of a celebrating pile of Cavaliers after defeating Lincoln Christian 45-29 in the Class C-1 state final Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Class A

Team (Rec.) | Pvs.

1. Millard North (23-4) | 2

2. Lincoln Southwest (22-5) | 4

3. Lincoln Pius X (20-5) | 5

4. Lincoln East (19-7) | 3

5. Millard South (21-4) | 1

6. Omaha Westside (22-5) | 6

7. Papillion-La Vista (22-5) | 9

8. Omaha Benson (18-6) | 10

9. Lincoln Northeast (16-7) | 7

10. Fremont (18-8) | 8

Comments: Major props to these 10 teams for making for a very intriguing and entertaining season in Class A. Any of them had the talent to win a state championship, but Millard North -- following a Jan. 5 loss at Lincoln Pius X -- was on a mission, Mustangs coach David Diehl said. Millard North, which won 15 of its final 16 games, had the best starting five in Class A, and it proved to be the difference in Lincoln.

Class B

Team (Rec.) | Pvs.

1. Northwest (21-5) | 7

2. Crete (21-6) | 1

3. Waverly (23-3) | 3

4. Seward (20-5) | 2

5. Elkhorn South (13-14) | 5

6. Elkhorn (19-6) | 4

7. South Sioux City (19-7) | 6

8. Omaha Skutt (18-7) | 8

9. Norris (11-12) | 9

10. Sidney (22-4) | 10

Comments: Much like Class A, Class B was wide open and it was going come down to who could get hot at the right time, and what team could make its free throws. Northwest won its final 10 games, junior point guard Whitney Brown offered a glimpse of what she's been doing all season and the Vikings made 15-of-19 free throws in the state final against Crete. Northwest, Crete, Elkhorn South, Elkhorn, South Sioux City and Norris are among the teams returning strong cores next season.

Class C-1

Team (Rec.) | Pvs.

1. Bishop Neumann (23-3) | 2

2. Wahoo (25-2) | 1

3. Lincoln Christian (19-9) | 5

4. North Bend Central (19-8) | 10

5. Mitchell (25-3) | 3

6. West Point-Beemer (23-2) | 6

7. Aquinas (16-6) | 8

8. Adams Central (18-8) | -

9. Grand Island CC (18-6) | 4

10. Columbus Lakeview (18-8) | -

Comments: Bishop Neumann and Lincoln Christian play in the Centennial Conference and they put a lot of emphasis in tough scheduling. Both teams play some of the better teams from Class B. So it wasn't surprising to see both teams in the Class C-1 final. You could see their toughness and resolve take over late in those games. Wahoo does get the edge over Christian for No. 2. The Warriors' only losses came to the state champion Cavaliers. North Bend Central shoots up to fourth after beating West Point-Beemer in the district final, Grand Island Central Catholic in the the district final and after taking Neumann to OT in the first round at state.

Class C-2

Team (Rec.) | Pvs.

1. Hastings SC (26-1) | 1

2. Oakland-Craig (23-4) | 2

3. Crofton (23-4) | 3

4. Fillmore Central (23-6) | 4

5. Ponca (23-4) | 5

6. Superior (19-6) | 6

7. Blue Hill (21-5) | 7

8. Lourdes CC (20-6) | -

9. Centennial (18-7) | 9

10. Yutan (20-5) | 8

Comments: The Hawkettes were so consistent from December to March, the only hiccup being a loss to Northwest, the eventual Class B state champion. St. Cecilia will graduate two seniors, including Lexi Vertin, but it returns most of its nucleus. Oakland-Craig gets the edge over Crofton for No. 2 after pushing St. Cecilia to overtime in the state semifinals. Fillmore Central had a breakout season, and the Panthers return just about everyone next year.

Class D-1

Team (Rec.) | Pvs.

1. Archbishop Bergan (19-8) | 3

2. Dundy Co.-Stratton (24-3) | 7

3. Pleasanton (27-2) | 1

4. Elkhorn Valley (24-6) | 9

5. North Platte St. Pat's (24-2) | 2

6. Humphrey/LHF (21-5) | 6

7. Weeping Water (18-9) | 5

8. North Central (20-3) | 4

9. Lawrence-Nelson (20-5) | 8

10. Hitchcock County (18-5) | 10

Comments: It's been a year of firsts for Archbishop Bergan. The school followed winning its first state volleyball championship by winning its first girls basketball title. The Knights had to work for it, being pushed to the end in each of its three state tournament games. How open was Class D-1 at state? Seven of the eight games played were decided by nine points or less.

Class D-2

Team (Rec.) | Pvs.

1. Wynot (19-6) | 6

2. Falls City SH (25-4) | 2

3. Humphrey SF (23-4) | 1

4. BDS (22-5) | 5

5. Sterling (22-7) | 4

6. CWC (21-5) | 3

7. Mullen (21-4) | 8

8. Ewing (19-6) | 7

9. Exeter-Milligan (19-6) | 9

10. Maywood-Hayes Center (20-6) | 10

Comments: Wynot beat previously ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in a three-day span to win its seventh state championship. The Blue Devils go 10-deep and that depth proved to be the difference late in the season. 

Reach the writer at 402-473-2639 or cgrell@journalstar.com. On Twitter @LJSSportsGrell.

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