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Bishop Neumann vs. Lincoln Christian, 2.15

The Lincoln Christian bench after a three-pointer on Friday at Lincoln Christian School. Ultimately, Bishop Neumann defeated Lincoln Christian 63-55.

Records through Saturday

Class A

Team (Rec.) | Pvs.

1. Bellevue West (23-1) | 1

2. Omaha Central (18-5) | 2

3. Creighton Prep (20-4) | 4

4. Kearney (19-4) | 5

5. Omaha Westside (17-5) | 3

6. Omaha South (16-6) | 6

7. Lincoln North Star (14-8) | 7

8. Millard North (15-7) | 9

9. Lincoln East (17-5) | 8

10. Omaha Bryan (13-9) | -

Contenders: Lincoln High, Papillion-La Vista South, Norfolk.

A look back: Westside’s loss to Lincoln High and Omaha North’s upset of Lincoln East explains the movement in the top nine. Omaha Bryan gets the nod over Lincoln High for the No. 10 spot based on Bryan’s 16-point win over the Links on Feb. 9.

A look ahead: Lincoln East’s loss to Omaha North dropped the Spartans to eighth in the wild-card standings, meaning the Spartans will have to travel (likely to Omaha South) for the district finals if East wins first round. All eyes will be on Gretna as the 15-3 Dragons encounter their first Class A competition of the season in districts. Gretna is currently second in the wild-card standings, meaning it could lose its first round district game and reach the state tournament with the lone wild card in Class A if Bellevue West and Creighton Prep (just .04 point behind Gretna in the wild card standings) win their respective districts.

Class B

Team (Rec.) | Pvs.

1. Lincoln Pius X (21-2) | 1

2. Aurora (22-1) | 2

3. York (19-3) | 3

4. Omaha Roncalli (20-2) | 4

5. Omaha Skutt (19-4) | 6

6. Bennington (18-5) | 8

7. Mount Michael (17-6) | 5

8. Hastings (14-5) | 7

9. Seward (16-5) | 9

10. Scottsbluff (11-10) | -

Contenders: Norris, Alliance, Lexington, Blair, North Platte, Elkhorn, Platteview.

A look back: Bennington is rewarded for its 16-point win over Mount Michael . Scottsbluff moves into the top 10 riding a five-game winning streak and a 9-1 record against Nebraska competition, a mark that includes two wins over Alliance.

A look ahead: The B-6 subdistrict at Aurora is loaded with No. 2 Aurora, No. 3 York and No. 8 Hastings. York and Hastings square off Monday, with the winner likely to face Aurora on Tuesday. All three teams should be among the 16 (eight district champions and top eight remaining in the wild-card standings) in the district finals on Saturday. Fifth-ranked Omaha Skutt and No. 7 Mount Michael are together in B-2, while No. 4 Omaha Roncalli and No. 6 Bennington could face off in the B-3 final.

Class C-1

Team (Rec.) | Pvs.

1. Wahoo (20-3) | 1

2. Ogallala (23-0) | 2

3. Adams Central (15-6) | 3

4. Boys Town (17-6) | 7

5. Bishop Neumann (16-7) | 4

6. Lincoln Christian (16-8) | 5

7. Kearney Catholic (16-4) | 6

8. Grand Island CC (15-7) | 8

9. North Bend Central (20-3) | 9

10. Ashland-Greenwood (16-6) | -

Contenders: Auburn, Cozad, Chase County, Hershey, Lincoln Lutheran, Milford.

A look back: Ashland-Greenwood enters after beating Neumann by 15 points last Tuesday, just three days after Wahoo handed A-G a 41-point thrashing. A win over Auburn earlier this season also strengthened A-G’s case for a top 10 spot.

A look ahead: Barring some major upsets, two of the four wild cards into the district finals will come from C1-11, which has Ogallala (No. 1 in wild-card standings), Cozad (No. 6 in WC standings) and Chase County (No. 7 in WC standings). No. 1 Wahoo and No. 5 Neumann are in the same subdistrict (C1-4), as are No. 3 Adams Central and No. 7 Kearney Catholic (C1-9).

Class C-2

Team (Rec.) | Pvs.

1. BRLD (21-1) | 1

2. Sutton (21-2) | 2

3. Centennial (20-2) | 3

4. Freeman (18-4) | 4

5. Tri County (18-4) | 5

6. Wakefield (17-3) | 6

7. Laurel-C-C (21-3) | 7

8. Ponca (19-4) | 8

9. Yutan (18-5) | 9

10. Bridgeport (20-2) | 10

Contenders: Hartington CC, Howells-Dodge, South Loup, Doniphan-Trumbull, Centura, Elmwood-Murdock, Ainsworth, Neligh-Oakdale.

A look back: The top 10 emerged unscathed last week so there are no changes heading into the postseason.

A look ahead: Former Southern Nebraska Conference rivals No. 2 Sutton and No. 5 Tri County could meet in the C2-2 final. No. 7 Laurel-Concord-Coleridge and No. 8 Ponca are together in C2-7 along with ratings contender Hartington Cedar Catholic (16-5), which has been in and out of the top 10 this season.

Class D-1

Team (Rec.) | Pvs.

1. Paxton (20-1) | 1

2. Archbishop Bergan (14-8) | 2

3. Fullerton (16-5) 3

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

5. Ansley-Litchfield (19-4) | 5

6. Humphrey/LHF (18-5) | 6

7. Overton (18-3) | 7

8. Elm Creek (19-2) | 8

9. Kenesaw (16-3) | 9

10. Boyd County (15-5) | -

Contenders: Clearwater-Orchard, Dundy County-Stratton, Wauneta-Palisade, West Holt, North Central.

A look back: The only change is Boyd County entering after beating last week’s No. 10 Clearwater-Orchard. The teams meet again in the first round of the D1-6 subdistrict on Tuesday where North Central is the No. 1 seed.

A look ahead: One of the top subdistrict matchups appears to be D1-3 where No. 2 Archbishop Bergan and No. 6 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family could collide in the finals. No. 4 Anselmo-Merna and No. 5 Ansley-Litchfield are together in D1-10, as are No. 3 Fullerton and No. 9 Kenesaw in D1-7 and No. 7 Overton and No. 8 Elm Creek in D1-9. Lots of wild-card possibilities from those subs.

Class D-2

Team (Rec.) | Pvs.

1. Falls City SH (21-1) | 1

2. Riverside (19-0) | 2

3. Osmond (22-1) | 3

4. Johnson-Brock (19-3) |4

5. Humphrey SF (19-4) | 5

6. Exeter-Milligan (18-4) | 6

7. Blue Hill (16-7) | 7

8. Loomis (16-6) | 8

9. Mullen (15-6) | 9

10. Giltner (14-8) |10

Contenders: Mead, Stuart, Wausa, Sterling.

A look back: Mullen lost to C-1 ratings contender Hershey, but it wasn’t enough to warrant a change.

A look ahead: A third meeting this season between No. 1 Sacred Heart and No. 4 Johnson-Brock appears likely in the D2-1 subdistrict final. The only other sub matching rated teams is D2-8 with No. 7 Blue Hill and No. 8 Loomis. Wild cards to the district final appear almost certain to the losers of both subs.

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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