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A state, Lincoln Northeast vs. Kearney, 3/2/17

Lincoln Northeast’s McKenna Minter (12) drives to the basket against Kearney’s Mariah Rost during an opening-round game at the Class A girls state tournament Thursday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Christian

Coach: Nick Orduna. Last season’s record: 20-4, Class C-1 state tournament, third place, No. 3 final rating.

Returning starters: Olivia Hollenbeck, 6-4, jr.; Macy Arnold, 5-11, jr.; Barrett Power, 5-8, jr. Others to watch: Makylee Ailes, 5-7, so.; Alexis Johnson, 5-11, jr.; Allyson Korte, 5-4, jr.; Brielle Power, 5-7, fr.; Faith McCullough, 6-2, fr.; Hallie Hueser, 5-5, so.; Addie Ehlers, 5-8, fr.

Outlook: The Crusaders must replace four-year starters Emie Hollenbeck and Chloe Dworak. Olivia Hollenbeck is a versatile post player, and Macy Arnold is a three-point threat.

College View

Coach: Brittney Origas. Last season's record: 8-8.

Returning letterwinners: Xiara Lopez, 5-3, jr.; Jannah Follett, 5-10, sr.; Summer Boulais, 5-6, sr.; Jordan Martindale, 5-8, sr.; Ella Foster, 5-3, so.; Nyara Dovald, 5-3, so.; Jada Brewer, 5-6, jr.; Natalie Darrough, 5-4, so.

Outlook: College View returns several contributors from last season, including three seniors in Follett, Boulais and Martindale.

East

Coach: Dennis Prichard. Last season’s record: 22-5, Class A state tournament semifinals, No. 3 final rating.

Returning letterwinners: Delaney Roberts, 5-7, jr.; Charley Bovaird, 5-11, jr.; Taylor Searcey, 5-9, jr.; Skylar Kreifels, 5-10, jr.; Olivia Kugler, 5-7, so.

Outlook: The Spartans must replace four starters, including second-team Super-Stater Regan Sankey, Rachel Weber and Alli Roh. Roberts picked up valuable experience as a sophomore, and Bovaird averaged 6.8 points per game as a junior.

Lincoln High

Coach: Dominique Kelley-Johnson. Last season’s record: 16-10, Class A state tournament first round, No. 7 final ranking.

Returning letterwinners: Nyayongah Gony, 6-3, jr.; Nyayien Koang, 6-1, jr.; Natayah Wilson, 5-11, sr. Others to watch: Kaysia Woods, 6-0, so.; Harper Case, 5-3, fr.

Outlook: Kaysia Woods, a transfer from Lincoln Northeast, was one of the state’s top freshmen last year and she’s receiving Division I interest. Gony also is receiving Division I interest. She has offers from Nebraska, Louisville and Florida State.

Lutheran

Coach: Allen Simpson. Last season’s record: 15-8, No. 8 final rating.

Returning letterwinners: Gretchen Moll, 6-4, sr.; Laney Poppe, 5-6, jr.; Josie Puelz, 5-8, sr.; Ella Moll, 5-9, sr.; Megan Garbe, 5-6, sr.; Katrina Stabb, 5-11, sr.; Lexi Kreizel, 5-8, jr.; Kayla Steinbauer, 6-2, jr. Others to watch: Addie Ernstmeyer, 5-9, so.; Leah Jurgens, 5-8, so.; Shanae Bergt, 5-7, fr.

Outlook: With four new starters and a new coach at the helm in Simpson, the Warriors will have a fresh look. Gretchen Moll averaged 7.5 points and 7.2 rebounds last year, and Lutheran will look to rely on defense.

North Star

Coach: Ellen Jorgenson. Last season’s record: 1-22.

Returning letterwinners: Drewann Edwards, 5-10, sr.; Abby Krieser, 5-6, so.; Saylor Schaefer, 5-10, so. Others to watch: Bekka Allick, 6-3, fr.; Hannah Allick, 5-10, fr.; Alivya Bollen, 5-8, fr.

Outlook: North Star continues to build its program, and there are some solid pieces to work with. Edwards brings experience to the point position, and freshman twin sisters Bekka and Hannah Allick will provide size up front.

Northeast

Coach: Steve Bartek. Last season’s record: 16-9.

Returning letterwinners: McKenna Minter, 5-8, jr.; Kambree Rhodes, 6-1, sr.; Azaiya Trainor, 5-9, sr.; Jenna Wendelin, 5-9, sr.; Alieyya Jones, 5-9, sr.; Jolie Rinaker, 5-11, sr.; Bri Minter, 5-6, jr.; A’Iyana Jones, 5-6, so. Others to watch: Chely Herrera, 5-6, so.

Outlook: No doubt, the Rockets will receive a boost with the return of McKenna Minter, who missed most of last season after tearing her ACL. Four starters are back, too, so the Rockets look to make a big run.

Parkview

Preseason information not submitted.

Pius X

Coach: Ryan Psota. Last season’s record: 15-10, Class A state tournament first round, No. 8 final rating.

Returning letterwinners: Grace Driewer, 5-5, jr.; Clare Lewandowski, 6-1, sr.; Lauren Taubenheim, 6-2, jr.; Jadyn Greisen, 5-10, sr.; Kloee Sander, 5-10, sr. Others to watch: Alexis Markowski, 6-3, so.; Matti Reiling, 5-5, jr.; Julia Wordekemper, 5-6, jr.; Jillian Aschoff, 5-5, so.; Ryleigh Knobbe, 5-7, so.

Outlook: The first-year HAC member has one of the deepest teams in Class A. Taubenheim, Greisen and Sander are multi-year starters and Alexis Markowski is expected to play a big role after missing her freshman year because of injury.

Southeast

Coach: Isaiah Dell. Last season’s record: 9-15.

Returning letterwinners: Cassie Nash, 5-10, sr.; Claire Strong, 5-10, sr.; Brittany Wulf, 6-0, so.; Kennedy Kirkendall, 5-3, jr. Others to watch: Mackenzie Toomey, 5-8, jr.; Murphy Grealish, 5-7; Meg Hatfield, 5-7.

Outlook: The Knights return a solid nucleus, led by Nash, one of the city’s top point guards. Mackenzie Toomey, a Lincoln East transfer, also is expected to contribute for Dell, the Knights’ first-year coach.

Southwest

Coach: Jeff Rump. Last season’s record: 18-9, Class A state tournament semifinals, No. 4 final rating.

Returning letterwinners: Hannah Kelle, 6-1, sr.; Jaden Ferguson, 6-0, sr.; Emerson Barada, 5-6, jr.; Emma Kauf, 5-6, sr.; Reagan Wells, 6-0, sr.; Katie Carpenter, 5-6, so.; Kate Dilsaver, 5-8, so.; Skylar Pieper, 5-6, so.; Riley Wells, 6-0, so.; Carly Coen, 5-10, so.

Outlook: A combination of experience and athleticism should carry the Silver Hawks. Kelle and Ferguson form one of the top frontcourt duos in the state, and Barada gained a lot of starting experience at the point as a sophomore.

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Clark Grell is sports editor.

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