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Millard North vs. Lincoln Northeast, 2.07

Millard North's Hunter Sallis dribbles down the court against Lincoln Northeast in February at Lincoln Northeast High School.

Records through Saturday

Class A

Team (Rec.) | Pvs.

1. Bellevue West (22-1) | 1

2. Omaha Central (17-5) | 2

3. Omaha Westside (15-4) | 3

4. Creighton Prep (18-4) | 4

5. Kearney (18-4) | 5

6. Omaha South (14-6) | 6

7. Lincoln North Star (12-8) | 7

8. Lincoln East (16-4) | 8

9. Millard North (13-7) | 9

10. Papillion-LV So. (11-10) | -

Contenders: Millard West, Omaha Bryan, Elkhorn South, Lincoln High, Norfolk.

Comments: The top nine remain unchanged. Papillion-La Vista South replaces Millard West at No. 10 after a win over the Wildcats. Chucky Hepburn’s late game heroics — a bank shot three and a slam dunk — helped Bellevue West turn back Creighton Prep on Friday night. The next day, Prep traveled to Kansas City and defeated Rockhurst (the No. 1 team In Missouri 5A) by 14 points, a definite sign of strength for Nebraska high school basketball. North Star, 9-3 since Christmas, is not affected by a loss to Kearney.

Key games: Tuesday--Lincoln Southeast at Omaha Bryan; Thursday--Lincoln North Star at Millard West, Lincoln Southeast at Omaha South; Friday--Omaha Westside at Lincoln High, Omaha Central at Lincoln Southwest, Norfolk at Lincoln Northeast; Saturday--Lincoln East at Norfolk, Lincoln Southwest at Omaha Westside, Omaha South at Elkhorn South, Lincoln Northeast at Omaha Bryan.

Class B

Team (Rec.) | Pvs.

1. Lincoln Pius X (19-2) | 1

2. Aurora (21-1) | 2

3. York (19-3) | 6

4. Omaha Roncalli (19-2) | 3

5. Mount Michael (16-5) | 4

6. Omaha Skutt (18-4) | 5

7. Hastings (13-5) | 7

8. Bennington (16-5) | 8

9. Seward (15-5) | 9

10. Norris (10-11) | 10

Contenders: Alliance, Lexington, Blair, North Platte, Elkhorn, Platteview, Waverly, Scottsbluff, Northwest.

Comments: Defending state champion York is hitting its stride at just the right time with wins of 16 and 20 points over Seward and Bennington, respectively, on back-to-back days. Omaha Roncalli has the longest current winning streak in Class B at 15 games. The ratings do not account for Monday’s game between Mount Michael and Bennington.

Key games: Tuesday--Omaha Skutt at Gretna; Thursday--Hastings at Northwest; Friday--Pius X at Grand Island, Waverly at Beatrice, Elkhorn at Omaha Roncalli, Northwest at Lexington.

Class C-1

Team (Rec.) | Pvs.

1. Wahoo (19-3) | 1

2. Ogallala (22-0) | 2

3. Adams Central (15-6) | 3

4. Bishop Neumann (15-6) | 4

5. Lincoln Christian (16-7) | 7

6. Kearney Catholic (16-4) | 6

7. Boys Town (16-6) | 8

8. GI Central Catholic (14-7) | 10

9. North Bend Central (19-3) | 5

10. Auburn (17-3) | 9

Contenders: Cozad, Chase County, Hershey, Lincoln Lutheran, Milford, Ashland-Greenwood.

Comments: Grand Island Central Catholic’s win over North Bend Central in the Heartland Hoops Classic and Christian’s road victory at Kearney Catholic account for this week’s changes.

Key games: Tuesday--Bishop Neumann at Ashland-Greenwood; Friday--Bishop Neumann at Lincoln Christian, Adams Central at Kearney Catholic, Lincoln Lutheran at Boys Town, St. Paul at Grand Island Central Catholic, North Bend Central at Fort Calhoun; Saturday--Wahoo at Elmwood-Murdock.

Class C-2

Team (Rec.) | Pvs.

1. BRLD (20-1) | 1

2. Sutton (20-2) | 2

3. Centennial (19-2) | 3

4. Freeman (17-4) | 4

5. Tri County (18-4) | 5

6. Wakefield (16-3) | 8

7. Laurel-C-C (20-3) | 6

8. Ponca (18-4) | 7

9. Yutan (17-5) | 9

10. Bridgeport (20-2) | 10

Contenders: Hartington Cedar Catholic, Howells-Dodge, South Loup, Doniphan-Trumbull, Centura, Lutheran High Northeast, Neligh-Oakdale.

Comments: Monday’s winter weather caused Tri County’s game against D-2 No. 1 Falls City Sacred Heart in the MUDECAS finals to be cancelled. Laurel-Concord-Coleridge takes a slight demotion for a 17-point loss to D-2 No. 3 Osmond in the finals of the Lewis & Clark Conference tournament. Wakefield, which beat L-C-C in overtime on Jan. 24, fell to Osmond by two in the conference tournament.

Key games: Friday--Wilber-Clatonia at Centennial, Sterling at Freeman, Yutan at Logan View-Scribner-Snyder.

Class D-1

Team (Rec.) | Pvs.

1. Paxton (19-1) | 1

2. Archbishop Bergan (13-8) | 2

3. Fullerton (15-5) 3

4. Anselmo-Merna (17-3) | 4

5. Ansley-Litchfield (18-4) | 5

6. Humphrey/LHF (17-5) | 6

7. Overton (17-3) | 7

8. Elm Creek (18-2) | 8

9. Kenesaw (15-3) | 9

10. Clearwater-Orchard (15-8) | 10

Contenders: Dundy County-Stratton, Wauneta-Palisade, West Holt, Boyd County.

Comments: Nothing happened last week to warrant a change in the top 10. Paxton became the last D-1 school to fall from the unbeaten ranks, losing to C-1 ratings contender Hershey. The ratings don’t account for Anselmo-Merna’s Monday game with North Central.

Key games: Friday--North Platte St. Patrick’s at Paxton, West Point-Beemer at Archbishop Bergan, Ansley-Litchfield at Pleasanton, Wood River at Kenesaw.

Class D-2

Team (Rec.) | Pvs.

1. Falls City SH (20-1) | 1

2. Riverside (19-0) | 3

3. Osmond (21-1) | 4

4. Johnson-Brock (18-3) | 2

5. Humphrey SF (18-4) | 5

6. Exeter-Milligan (17-4) | 8

7. Blue Hill (15-7) | 6

8. Loomis (15-6) | 7

9. Mullen (15-5) | 9

10. Giltner (13-8) |10

Contenders; Mead, Stuart, Wausa, Sterling.

Comments: Riverside’s solid victory over Loomis at the Heartland Hoops Classic and Osmond’s 17-point win against C-2 No. 7 Laurel-Concord-Coleridge in the Lewis & Clark tournament final allows those two teams to slip past Johnson-Brock, which lost by 17 to C-2 No. 4 Freeman last week. Exeter-Milligan rises two spots after losses by Blue Hill and Loomis. Mullen’s game at Hershey Monday is not accounted for in the ratings.

Key games: Friday--Riverside at Central Valley, Mead at Johnson-Brock, Twin River at Humphrey St. Francis.

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Sports reporter

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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