A look at the latest ratings for the week of Jan. 13 (records though Saturday).
|2||Lincoln Pius X||10-0||2|
Contenders: Lincoln Northeast, Millard West, Omaha Marian, Norfolk.
Comments: There was only one game last week pitting rated teams against each other (Lincoln East over Fremont, 65-59) and there were no big upsets, so all is quiet in top-10 changes. Fremont defeated Westside earlier in the season, so the Tigers stay ahead of the Warriors. Southwest's 6-6 record is quite deceiving. Four of those losses are to top-three teams and Southwest nearly upset Pius X on Friday, so the Hawks are back in the top 10.
Key games: Tuesday—Millard North at Omaha Marian; Friday—Lincoln High at Lincoln Pius X, Millard North at Papillion-La Vista, Lincoln Southwest at Fremont, Omaha Marian at Millard South; Saturday—Omaha Westside at Lincoln East.
Comments: Crete beat Class C-1 No. 1 Lincoln Christian on Thursday and then needed overtime to survive Wahoo on Saturday. The Cardinals have a couple of more tests this week (York and Norris). York's four-point win against Northwest and Beatrice's last-second loss at Fairbury shakes things up. Bennington has won seven straight games and Sidney has won eight straight.
Key games: Tuesday—Hastings SC at Northwest; Friday—Crete at York, Sidney at Ogallala; Saturday—Norris at Crete, Beatrice at South Sioux City, North Platte at Sidney.
|2||North Bend Central||11-0||2|
Contenders: Arlington, Fairbury, Malcolm, Norfolk Catholic, O'Neill, West Point-Beemer.
Comments: Quite a conundrum at the top after Lincoln Christian lost two games. North Bend Central is unbeaten and has looked strong all season. The two Christian defeats came last week against Class B No. 1 Crete and C-2 No. 1 Hastings St. Cecilia. The Crusaders were in both those games late. In fact, they were even with Crete over the final three quarters. St. Cecilia, meanwhile, is the best Class C team. Right now, it's tough to penalize Christian for losses to teams of that caliber.
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Key games: Tuesday—Syracuse at Milford, North Bend Central at Arlington, West Point-Beemer at Battle Creek; Thursday—Kearney Catholic at Broken Bow; Saturday—Hastings SC at Kearney Catholic, Arlington at Syracuse.
|5||Guardian Angels CC||9-2||7|
|6||Grand Island CC||8-4||8|
Contenders: Bridgeport, Centennial, Elm Creek, Lourdes CC, North Central, South Loup, Sutton, Thayer Central.
Comments: St. Cecilia solidified the No. 1 spot with Saturday's win against Lincoln Christian, and now the Hawkettes have big games against Class B Northwest and C-1 Kearney Catholic. Superior lost to Thayer Central on Friday, but rebounded with a win against Fillmore Central on Saturday. It's No. 2 vs. No. 3 on Friday.
Key games: Tuesday—Hastings SC at Northwest, Grand Island CC at York; Thursday—GACC at Archbishop Bergan; Friday—Oakland-Craig at BRLD, Clarkson/Leigh at Humphrey SF; Saturday—Hastings SC at Kearney Catholic.
Contenders: Fullerton, Maywood-Hayes Center, North Platte St. Pat's, Palmer, Pender, South Platte.
Comments: Pleasanton and CWC continue to win and win big. Archbishop Bergan lost at C-1 West Point-Beemer but is not punished too much. Of the Knights' 11 games, 10 have come against B, C-1 and C-2 teams. That said, Humphrey/LHF continues to roll and slips past Bergan at No. 3.
Key games: Monday-Friday—MUDECAS Tournament (Diller-Odell); Tuesday—Hitchcock County at Dundy County-Stratton; Thursday—GACC at Archbishop Bergan; Friday—Humphrey/LHF at Summerland, North Platte SP at Overton; Saturday—Archbishop Bergan at North Bend Central.
|3||Falls City SH||11-1||3|
Contenders: Arthur County, Cody-Kilgore, Leyton, Loomis, S-E-M.
Comments: Coupled with its holiday tournament win against Wynot, Humphrey St. Francis is not punished for last week's loss to C-1 Norfolk Catholic. Likewise, Silver Lake is not penalized for losing to C-2 Blue Hill. Silver Lake defeated Exeter-Milligan by 23 on Dec. 28. The MUDECAS Tournament will be a good barometer for several teams.
Key games: Monday-Friday—MUDECAS Tournament (Falls City SH, Sterling, Exeter-Milligan, BDS); Tuesday—North Platte SP at Mullen, Stuart at CWC; Friday—Clarkson/Leigh at Humphrey SF; Saturday—Loomis at Silver Lake.
Reach Clark Grell at 402-473-2639 or email@example.com. On Twitter at @LJSSportsGrell.