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Coaches Rankings 2017-2018

Nebraska Girls High School Rankings Coaches Poll

These rankings are comprised of 16 high school girls head coaches across the state of Nebraska.  Each class has at least two head coaches who vote weekly on only their class. The coaches have combined for over 15 state championships between them.

Class A
Week #Preseason
Date 11/21/17

1) Lincoln Southwest- Returning champs with a ton of experience coming back. Hannah Kelle and Jaden Ferguson lead a talented front court. Lots of length gives them the unanimous #1 vote
2) Westside- Guard play is great with top player in class A Quinn Weidemann (Wyoming recruit) and her counter Ella Wedergren. They run their backdoor offense to perfection, and have good post play.
3) Lincoln Northeast – With one of the most athletic guards in the state in McKenna Minter with a year under her belt this team could be dangerous down the stretch. Many girls with significant playing time coming back
4) Millard South–Graduated 3 starters, but return 8 of top 11 from the state runner up team. Maddie Krull leads an athletic cast. More length this year than in the past
5) Millard West –A talented core returns, but questions remain surrounding the health of some key players. The return of Lauren Rongisch is key. This team could be a favorite if healthy down the stretch
6) Lincoln East – With their huge front court returning including South Dakota recruit Regan Sankey, East will make huge improvements throughout as Alli Roh gets her knee stronger. Coach Pritchard always has a good game plan
7) Lincoln Pius – Return a strong core from their state semifinal teams. Always very disciplined, they run their offense to perfection and their high low is tough to stop.
8) Millard North- Guard play is solid throughout their whole line up. They shoot the 3 very well and have a post presence that could hurt a lot of teams, a very talented team.
9) Omaha Benson –The talent is there lead by Quinesha Lockett.
10) Omaha North –Dariauna Lewis returns as they will be looking to take the next step after nearly upsetting eventual state champs LSW in district finals.

Top Players:
Quinn Weidemann (Westside)
Maddie Krull (Millard South)
McKenna Minter (Lincoln Northeast)
Hannah Kelle (Lincoln Southwest)
Regan Sankey (Lincoln East)
Jaden Ferguson (Lincoln Southwest)
Dariauna Lewis (Omaha North)
Quinesha Lockett (Benson)
Lauren Rongisch (Millard West)
Nyagoa Gony (Lincoln High)
Akili Felici (Bellevue West)
Maddie Allen (Papillion La-Vista South)* Injured

Class B
Week #Preseason
Date 11/21/17

1) South Sioux City
2) Elkhorn
3) Seward
4) York
5) Elkhorn South
6) Crete
7) Platteview
8) Gretna
9) Skutt
10) Norris

Comments, observations or reasons for major changes:
SSC is the defending champs, they were hit hard by graduation, but return an elite guard in McKenna Sims, and deserve to start out on top. Overall in class B it is very up in the air with no clear cut favorite. Could be a year when more teams take turns being #1 than any year in recent memory. More teams than ever before moving from top 5 to top ten to being ranked or not. Elkhorn has a very talented front court, Seward and York return a nice core. Elkhorn South will be playing Class A Metro teams most of the season, which should have them ready for a late season run. Platteview has Creighton recruit Brotzki who can keep them in any game. Gretna and Skutt are always tough.

Top Players:
Payton Brotzki (Platteview)
McKenna Sims (SSC)
Brooke Carlson (Elkhorn)
Michaela Jones (Beatrice)
Lauren Riley (York)
Morgan Maly (Crete)
Camryn Opfer (Seward)
Molly Sindelar (Elkhorn South)
Madison Meehan (Elkhorn)
Class C-1
Week #Preseason
Date 11/21/17

1) Lincoln Christian
2) Ord
3) Wahoo
4) Bishop Neumann
5) North Bend Central
6) Lincoln Lutheran
7) Kearney Catholic
8) Malcolm
9) Columbus Scotus
10) Mitchell

Comments, observations or reasons for major changes: Lincoln Christian starts out as #1 as the defending champions. The Crusaders return key players including Chloe Dworak, Emie Hollenbeck and her sister Olivia. Wahoo returns their entire starting lineup and adds 6’2” Minden transfer Kyla Swanson to their team. Ord returns most of their starters and had a great summer.

Top C-1 Players (in no particular order):
Chloe Dworak, Lincoln Christian – Don’t let her size fool you as her efficiency makes up for any lack of height/quickness. It is nearly impossible to guard her all the way from the deep 3-point range, to mid-range, to finishing in the lane.
Emie Hollenbeck, Lincoln Christian – Emie will be extremely important in the LCHS lineup this year on the boards and being a presence in the lane to keep the defense away from stretching too far to the outside shooters.
Hallie Reeves, Wahoo – Hallie is a hard-nosed, get to the basket, win at all costs type of player. She presents a challenge to any defender with the full court skills as well as ability to post up and finish at the basket.
Aspen Jansa, Bishop Neumann – Her speed and ability to finish at the basket with contact will only be added to her ability to shoot the ball outside this year. She is hard to guard and even harder to be guarded against.
Ali Smith, Ord – a great athlete who takes care of business. Makes things happen on both sides of the floor with a motor that doesn’t stop.
Delaney Fahey, Ord
Kylie Hammer, Wayne
Jessina Rada, Bishop Neumann

Class C2
Week # Preseason
Date 11-21-17
1. Ravenna
2. Hastings St Cecilia
3. Ponca
4. Crofton
5. Superior
6. Fremont Bergan
7. Howells-Dodge
8. Stanton
9. North Platte St. Patrick’s
10. Oakland-Craig

Top Players in the Class:
Kalynn Meyer – Superior
Dacey Nelson- Oakland-Craig (Injured)
Kaleigh Kummer—North Platte St Pats
Jordan Fiddelke—Ravenna
Kennedy Benne—Oakland-Craig
Danielle Neels—Elmwood Murdock
Lexi Vertin – HSC
Mackenzie Peitzmeier – Fremont Bergan

Comments: This class seems to be wide open to begin the season.  Graduation has hit this class hard with several of the top players exiting for college.  Ravenna returns several good players from last years state tournament team.  Howells-Dodge will have some graduation losses but the state champions should have a strong team again.  Ponca returns a good nucleus of their state tournament team. Superior is coming off a state championship volleyball season and will have confidence coming into the season.

Class: D1
Week: Preseason
Date: 11/21/17

1. North Central
2. Elm Creek
3. Heartland
5. Friend
6. Blue Hill
7. Meridian
8. Elgin/Pope John
9. Lourdes CC
10. BDS

North Central starts as #1 with the girls they have returning and beating Elm Creek (#2) who has some of the top talent in the state. Heartland lands at 3 with a solid VB season and strong returning nucleus. The returning state champion lands at #4 to start the year as they are always tough. Elgin/PJ should be another good team in NE Nebraska. Friend has the talent to beat anyone on any given night. The final five teams are very close and have talented players returning.

1) Raeleigh Menke- Friend
2) Claire Cornell- Elm Creek
3) Lexis Haase- Guardian Angels
4) Allyson Wemhoff- Elgin/Pope John
5) Allison Bauer- Elm Creek

Class D2
Week #Preseason
Date 11/21/17

1) Falls City Sacred Heart
2) Wynot
3) Exeter-Milligan
4) Red Cloud
5) Axtell
6) Humphrey St. Francis
7) Ewing
8) Sandhills/Thedford
9) Hyannis
10) Spalding Academy

Comments: This class looks to be wide open. It will be interesting to see how this class shapes up.

Key Players –
Marlee Taylor- Sandhills/Thedford
Maddie Gartner – Wynot
Mary Nibbe – Red Cloud
Katherine White – Exeter-Milligan
Sara Wertenberger – Falls City Sacred Heart

Class A
Week #1 12/4/18

#1) Millard South
#2) Millard North
#3) Papillion-LaVista
#4) Westside
#5) Lincoln Pius
#6) Lincoln High
#7) Lincoln Northeast
#8) Omaha Northwest
#9) Lincoln Southwest
#10) Marian
First two teams out: Fremont, Omaha Benson
Comments: The top 6 were unanimous among the coaches. Millard South survived a scare at Omaha Northwest, but remains #1. Millard North had a good week winning at LSW and vs Marian. Papio took care of business and moves up to #3. Westside had a good win Saturday vs #7 Lincoln Northeast. Pius had an impressive weekend beating Fremont and Millard West both by over 20. Lincoln High trailed Papio South by 10 late in the 3rd quarter, but took over down the stretch. LNE, ONW, LSW, Marian all went 1-1 to round out the top 10.

Class B
Week #1 12/4/18

#1) South Sioux City
#2) Seward
#3) Waverly
#4) Elkhorn
#5) Skutt Catholic
#6) Elkhorn South
#7) Crete
#8) Beatrice
#9) Norris
#10) Sidney
First two teams out: GINW, York
Comments: Neither South Sioux or Elkhorn had played a game when these rankings were due. Seward had a good road win at Hastings. Waverly makes a jump to #3 with a very impressive win over a very good GINW team Skutt moves to the #5 spot after a big win over class A Gretna. Elkhorn South remains in the top 10 despite two losses to class A Lincoln Northeast and Northstar- both losses by fewer than 10 points. Crete has been impressive in their two wins. Norris was very dominate in their win over Plattsmouth. Class B needs more time to get a real good feel for the top 10 as it will likely change quite a bit in the next few weeks.

Class C1
Week #1 12/4/18

#1) Wahoo
#2) Bishop Neumann
#3) Mitchell
#4) West Point-Beemer
#5) Lincoln Christian
#6) GICC
#7) Malcolm
#8) Pierce
#9) Auburn
#10) Hershey
First two teams out: Adams Central, Broken Bow
Comments: Wahoo survives an upset scare by unranked Bennington. Bishop Neumann handles Gretna convincingly to move into the second spot. Malcolm beats Auburn which dropped Auburn; some movement in the rankings based on week 1 results

Class C2
Week #1 12/4/18

#1) Superior
#2) Hastings St. Cecilia
#3) Oakland-Craig
#4) Crofton
#5) GACC
#6) Clarkson-Leigh
#7) BRLD
#8) Centennial
#9) Blue Hill
#10) Burwell
First two teams out: Stanton, Hartington CC
Comments: Lots of games lost because of weather. Stanton loses to D1 Howells-Dodge by 1 point. Hartington CC loses by 13 to Crofton. Clarkson-Leigh got a big win over top teams in D-1 Humphrey. Big games this week include Blue Hill vs. Superior, Blue Hill vs. HSC, Oakland-Craig vs. Clarkson-Leigh and OC vs. Howells-Dodge (D1), Crofton vs. GACC, Stanton vs. West Point-Beemer (C1), Clarkson-Leigh vs. BRLD, and Burwell vs. Ravenna (C1)

Class D1
Week #1 12/4/18

#1) North Platte St. Pat
#2) Bergan
#3) LHNE
#4) Humphrey Lindsay Holy Family
#5) Pleasanton
#6) Nebraska Christian
#7) Meridian
#8) EV
#9) Overton
#10) DCS

Class D2
Week #1 12/4/18

#1) Humphrey St. Francis
#2) BDS
#3) Ewing
#4) Falls City Sacred Heart
#5) Exeter-Milligan
#6) CWC
#7) Wynot
#8) Maywood-Hayes Center
#9) Hyannis
#10) Red Cloud

First two teams out: Bertrand, Sterling

Week # Pre-Season 11/19/18

Class A
Week # Pre-Season 11/19/18
#1) Millard South
#2) Millard North
#3) Lincoln SW
#4) Papillion-LaVista
#5) Westside
#6) Lincoln High
#7) Lincoln Northeast
#8) Pius
#9) Marian
#10) Benson
First two teams out: Fremont, Northwest
Comments: Top 5 was unanimous on all coaches rankings. Millard South returns all but 8ppg from last years state runner up team including two of the best in the state in Maddie Krull and Jayme Horan. Millard North returns every one from last years team and has the most talented team in state from top to bottom. Lincoln Southwest returns the majority of it’s team from last year and is lead by Hannah Kelle and Jaden Ferguson. Papillion returns the bulk of their scoring from a team that was seconds away from the state semis. Westside returns quite a bit from their state championship team, but did lose Gatorade POY Quinn Weidemann. They will look much stronger in February once they are 100% healthy. Lincoln High returns a strong core from last years state tourney team, lead by Nyayongah Gony and added transfer Kaysia Woods (Lincoln Northeast). Lincoln Northeast has a strong senior class and does get All State guard McKenna Minter back from a knee injury. Lincoln Pius is always tough and has strong post play. Marian looks to continue to make strides they have a good nucleus of sophomores and juniors. Benson is very talented lead by Quinesha Lockett. Fremont is lead by Emma Shepard and has a very strong Freshman class, but may be a year or two away. Northwest returns a vast majority of their team from last year and will pull some upsets.
Class B
Week # Pre-Season 11/19/18
#1) South Sioux City
#2) Elkhorn South
#3) Seward
#4) Elkhorn
#5) Waverly
#6) Crete
#7) Omaha Skutt
#8) GINW
#9) Beatrice
#10) Sidney
First two teams out: Hastings, York  Comments: The top three teams were all listed 1-3 on all ballots, a total of 15 schools received votes. Class B will be very competitive again this year SSC returns nearly everyone from last year’s state runner-up team including senior all-state PG McKenna Sims. Elkhorn South is once again playing a predominately Class A schedule- look for them to be tough and battle-tested late in the season. Seward lost a handful of seniors last year, but will be tough again led by Camryn Opfer, and has the best front court in B. Elkhorn lost Brooke Carlson, but returns plenty of experience lead by Maddy Meehan. Waverly was tough last year, and lost a heartbreaker to Beatrice for a trip to state. Crete has the second best player in Class B in Morgan Maly. Skutt brings in Kip Colony as head coach and will be a team you won’t want to play in February. GINW graduated very little, and should be even better than last year. Beatrice lost Michaela Jones, but look for them to be competitive again with Carley Leners and Addie Barnard leading the way. Sidney returns its top 5 scorers from last year’s state qualifying team, but strength of schedule could hold them back. Hastings returns a lot of players with experience but must replace three guards who started for three years. York was hit hard by graduation, but did add tranfer Maddie Portwine from Cross County.
Class C1
Week # Pre-Season 11/19/18
#1) Wahoo
#2) Mitchell
#3) Bishop Neumann
#4) Auburn
#5) West Point-Beemer
#6) Lincoln Christian
#7) GICC
#8) Broken Bow
#9) Pierce
#10) Malcolm
First two teams out: Hershey, Columbus Scotus
Class C2
Week # Pre-Season 11/19/18
#1) Superior
#2) Hastings St. Cecilia
#3) Oakland-Craig
#4) Stanton
#5) Hartington CC
#6) Crofton
#7) Burwell
#8) GACC
#9) BRLD
#10) Clarkson-Leigh
First teams out: Blue Hill, Centennial
Comments: Superior returns Kalynn Meyer and three other starters from State Championship team. HSC is lead by Lexi Vertin and only had one senior last year. OC should be solid with the return of Dacey Nelson and Kennedy Benne both 22 point per game scorers before injury.
Top 5 teams all return talented players from last years state tournament teams. Blue Hill and GACC make the jump up to C2 from D1 this season with some talented players.
Class D1
Week # Pre-Season 11/19/18
 #1) Pleasanton
#2) Humphrey Lindsay Holy Family
#3) Archbishop Bergan#4) Cambridge
#5) Lutheran High Northeast
#6) Nebraska Christian
#7) Overton
#8) Elkhorn Valley
#9) Meridian
#10) Central Valley
Class D2
Week # Pre-Season 11/19/18
#1) Humphrey St. Francis
#2) BDS#3) Ewing
#4) Falls City Sacred Heart
#5) Exeter-Milligan
#6) Mullen#7) Wynot#8) CWC#9) Hyannis#10) Red Cloud
First two teams out: Kenesaw, Bertrand

Class A
Week #3
Date 12/19/17

1) Millard South (5-0)
2) Millard North (6-0)
3) Westside (4-1)
4) Lincoln East (5-1)
5) Papillion La-Vista (6-0)
6) Omaha Benson (4-1)
7) Bellevue West (5-1)
8) Omaha Marian (4-1)
9) Lincoln High (3-2)
10) Lincoln Northeast (4-2)

Comments, observations or reasons for major changes: Millard South and Millard North remain undefeated. Westside jumps Lincoln East after beating them on the road by 14. Papio is 6-0, and will have their chance to move to the top with the Metro tourney over the next few weeks. Benson remains ahead of Bellevue West based on their head to head win earlier. Marian moves up a spot after a road win vs class B Elkhorn South. Lincoln High enters after beating LNE, but stays below Bellevue West based on head to head. LNE gets hit hard with the loss of Super State player McKenna Minter for the season, but responds less than 24 hours later with a 5 point win over Pius. Top games this week between ranked teams are: Bellevue West @ Millard South, Benson @ Marian.

Class B
Week #3
Date 12/19/17

1) SSC (5-1)
2) Elkhorn (5-0)
3) Platteview (6-0)
4) Gretna (4-1)
5) Seward (4-2)
6) Waverly (4-2)
7) Elkhorn South (1-5)
8) Northwest (4-2)
9) Omaha Gross (4-2)
10) Crete (4-2)

Comments, observations or reasons for major changes: SSC is not penalized for their 65-62 loss to Sioux Falls Lincoln (South Dakota). Elkhorn has looked dominant to start the year. Platteview is also undefeated, but will be tested over the next few weeks. Gretna has only one loss (Waverly), but remains ahead of them based on the entire body of work. Seward remains undefeated vs class B competitions. Waverly is on a roll after a slow start. Elkhorn South is 1-5, but all 5 losses are to teams ranked in the top 8 in class A. GINW drops after a road loss to Columbus. Crete drops after a tough loss to class C1 Scotus. Omaha Gross enters the rankings at #9. Top games this week Include Elkhorn @ Elkhorn South, Gross vs C1 Bishop Neumann, Waverly @ Crete, SSC @ Skutt.

Class C-1
Week #3
Date 12/19/17

1) Lincoln Christian (6-0)
2) Wahoo (6-0)
3) Ord (6-0)
4) Mitchell (6-0)
5) Malcolm (6-0)
6) Bishop Neumann (4-2)
7) Lincoln Lutheran (4-2)
8) Columbus Scotus (4-2)
9) Auburn (4-1)
10) Kearney Catholic (4-1)

Comments, observations or reasons for major changes: Top five remain undefeated; some changes in the bottom 5. Class C1 appears to have closed the gap with class B or surpassed them based on some head to head results this year. Top games this week include Wahoo @ Lincoln Lutheran, Neumann @ Class B Omaha Gross, and Auburn @ Omaha Concordia.

Class C2
Week #3
Date 12-19-17

1. Hastings St Cecilia (5-0)
2. Superior (8-0)
3. Crofton (6-1)
4. Stanton (6-0)
5. Hartington/Newcastle (6-0)
6. Hartington Cedar Catholic (5-1)
7. Ravenna (3-2)
8. North Platte St Pats (6-1)
9. Dundy County-Stratton (8-0)
10. Archbishop Bergan (6-1)

Comments: Superior get a big win over class B York. Crofton is not penalized after a loss to Sioux Falls Lincoln (South Dakota). Stanton gets a good win over C-1 North Bend Central. NPSP, Ravenna, and Archbishop Bergan all dropped games this week which causes them to drop. Dundy County-Stratton is 8-0, but hasn’t been tested. A key game this week features Ravenna at D1 Pleasanton.

Class: D1
Week: #3
Date: 12/19/17

1. Meridian (6-0)
2. BDS (6-0)
3. Ansley-Litchfield (7-0)
4. GACC (6-2)
5. Humphrey/Lindsay HF (7-0)
6. Friend (6-1)
7. Pleasanton (6-0)
8. North Central (5-1)
9. Elm Creek (6-1)
10. Elgin Public/Pope John (5-1)

Comments, observations or reasons for major changes: Meridian moves to #1 after Elgin/Pope John loses to Boyd County dropping them to #10. Pleasanton moves into the rankings after being undefeated to this point. A top game this week features Humphrey/LHF who hosts C2 4th ranked Stanton.

Class D2
Week #3
Date 12/19/17

1) Falls City Sacred Heart (6-0)
2) Humphrey St. Francis (6-0)
3) Exeter-Milligan (6-1)
4) Ewing (6-0)
5) Wynot (5-2)
6) Mullen (6-1)
7) Hyannis (6-1)
8) Red Cloud (4-1)
9) Maywood-Hayes Center (6-1)
10) Riverside (4-3)

Comments, observations or reasons for major changes: Exeter-Milligan moves down a spot after a 47-44 OT loss to D1 Friend. Humphrey St. Francis moves up to #2, staying undefeated. Hyannis moves back into the rankings with their only loss to #6 Mullen. Mead falls out of the rankings after a loss to East Butler. Maywood -Hayes Center also jumps back in after a 6-1 start. An interesting game this week has FCSH hosting class C2 Elmwood-Murdock.

Class A
Week #5
Date 1/02/18

1) Millard South (8-0)
2) Millard North (8-0)
3) Westside (5-1)
4) Lincoln East (8-2)
5) Papillion La-Vista (8-0)
6) Bellevue West (6-2)
7) Omaha Marian (5-2)
8) Lincoln Southwest (5-5)
9) Fremont (4-3)
10) Papillion La-Vista South (4-4)

Comments, observations or reasons for major changes: More changes may be coming to Class A after the conclusion of the Metro conference tournament. All coaches had the same top 5 teams, but nine different teams received votes for #6-#10. No changes in the top 5 based on Lincoln East winning the Heartland conference tournament. Papio has a chance to move to #1 if they win the Metro tourney. LSW moves back in after finishing 2nd at HAC tourney, also allowing Fremont to enter after a 3rd place finish. Benson drops from the top 10 after losing to Papio South.

Class B
Week #5
Date 1/02/18

1) Elkhorn (9-0)
2) Platteview (8-1)
3) Seward (6-3)
4) Waverly (6-3)
5) Gretna (6-2)
6) Crete (5-3)
7) South Sioux City (6-3)
8) Elkhorn South (2-7)
9) York (5-4)
10) Sidney (7-2)

Comments, observations or reasons for major changes: Elkhorn has established themselves as the clear #1 with their consistent play. Platteview’s only loss is to Elkhorn. Seward gets a slight edge over Waverly comparing common opponents. Gretna falls in right behind them after a recent home loss to Aurora. Crete had a great holiday tournament easily beating GINW but preceded that with a one point win over Ralston. SSC struggled on back to back nights in the Waverly Holiday Tournament, but remains ahead of Norris based on overall work. Elkhorn South remains ranked based on all of their losses coming vs class A top 10 teams, and #1 Elkhorn. York has battled tough with a key starter out. Sidney is having a strong season and a recent impressive win over Beatrice

Class C-1
Week #5
Date 1/02/17

1) Lincoln Christian (8-0)
2) Ord (9-0)
3) Mitchell (10-0)
4) Bishop Neumann (7-2)
5) Wahoo (7-2)
6) Lincoln Lutheran (7-2)
7) Malcolm (7-2)
8) Columbus Scotus (7-2)
9) Auburn (5-3)
10) Omaha Concordia (6-3)

Comments, observations or reasons for major changes: Lincoln Christian solidifies the top spot after winning the Waverly Holiday Tournament. Bishop Neumann had a good week beating Auburn, and class B Seward. The coaches kept Wahoo ahead of Lincoln Lutheran even after LL defeated them at home 45-39. Omaha Concordia climbs back in after defeating North Bend, but stays behind Auburn based on head to head.

Class C2
Week #5
Date 1/02/18

1. Hastings St Cecilia (6-1)
2. Superior (10-0)
3. Stanton (10-0)
4. Hartington/Newcastle (7-1)
5. Crofton (7-2)
6. North Platte St Pats (9-1)
7. Hartington Cedar Catholic (7-2)
8. Oakland-Craig (9-2)
9. Archbishop Bergan (9-1)
10. Ravenna (6-3)

Comments, observations or reasons for major changes: HSC is not penalized for a close loss to class B #1 Elkhorn. Superior has rolled through their schedule, and could also be listed as #1. Stanton had a good win over Hartington/Newcastle. Top games this week include HSC vs C1#1 Lincoln Christian, Stanton vs Oakland-Craig, and Crofton vs Ponca.

Class: D1
Week: 5
Date: 1/02/18

1. Meridian (9-0)
2. Ansley-Litchfield (9-0)
3. BDS (8-1)
4. GACC (9-3)
5. Pleasanton (8-0)
6. Humphrey/Lindsay HF (9-2)
7. North Central (7-2)
8. Elm Creek (7-2)
9. Clarkson/Leigh (8-3)
10. Heartland (7-1)

Comments, observations or reasons for major changes: BDS drops a spot after falling to D2 #2 HSF. Clarkson/Leigh enters after defeating Friend.

Class D2
Week #5
Date 1/02/18

1) Falls City Sacred Heart (10-0)
2) Humphrey St. Francis (11-0)
3) Exeter-Milligan (10-1)
4) Ewing (7-1)
5) Wynot (6-3)
6) Mullen (7-1)
7) Hyannis (8-1)
8) Red Cloud (5-2)
9) Maywood-Hayes Center (8-2)
10) CWC (5-4)

Comments, observations or reasons for major changes: No major changes this week other than CWC joining the top 10 after a win over previously undefeated Ewing. Wynot doesn’t drop after losing to C2 #5 Crofton.

Class A
Week #6
Date 1/09/18

1) Westside (8-1)
2) Millard South (11-1)
3) Papillion La-Vista (10-1)
4) Millard North (10-1)
5) Lincoln East (8-3)
6) Lincoln Northeast (8-3)
7) Bellevue West (6-4)
8) Lincoln Southwest (7-5)
9) Fremont (5-3)
10) Lincoln Pius X (7-4)

Comments, observations or reasons for major changes: Metro tournament shook up the top of the poll. Westside avenged an earlier loss to Millard South with a statement victory in the finals. Papio receives the nod over Millard North for #3 based on their margin of victory over BW. Lincoln East and LNE could go either way with the LNE win over East, but East won the HAC conference tournament the week prior. Top Games this week: Millard North at Bellevue West, Fremont at Lincoln Southwest, Papillion-La Vista at Lincoln Northeast, Millard North at Millard South.

Class B
Week #6
Date 1/09/18

1) Elkhorn (11-1)
2) Seward (7-3)
3) Waverly (7-3)
4) Platteview (9-2)
5) Gretna (7-3)
6) York (7-4)
7) Aurora (7-3)
8) South Sioux City (8-4)
9) Elkhorn South (4-7)
10) Sidney (11-2)

Comments, observations or reasons for major changes: Class B had a wild week across the state. Elkhorn stays at #1 based on overall schedule, even after their OT loss @ Aurora. Seward gets a slight edge over Waverly comparing common opponents, and will be tested over the next week. Gretna defeated Platteview, but lost to York who Platteview defeated less than two weeks ago. Aurora jumps in at #7 with recent wins over Elkhorn and Gretna. SSC went 2-1 on the week, with the loss coming to class A Norfolk. Elkhorn South gets revenge on class A Omaha North defeating them by 20 points. Sidney has a good record, but strength of schedule remains a question.

Class C-1
Week #6
Date 1/09/18

1) Ord (12-0)
2) Lincoln Christian (9-2)
3) Mitchell (12-0)
4) Bishop Neumann (9-2)
5) Wahoo (9-2)
6) Lincoln Lutheran (9-2)
7) Malcolm (9-2)
8) Columbus Scotus (7-3)
9) Auburn (7-3)
10) Grand Island Central Catholic (7-3)

Comments, observations or reasons for major changes: Ord takes over the top spot after a Lincoln Christian loss in OT to class C2 Hastings St. Cecilia. Teams #4-#6 are tough to rank as they seem very similar. Wahoo picked up a nice victory over class B Crete. GICC enters at #10 this week. Top games this week: Grand Island CC at York, Lincoln Lutheran at Elmwood-Murdock, Lincoln Christian at Columbus Scotus, Platteview at Wahoo.

Class C2
Week #6
Date 1/09/18

1. Hastings St Cecilia (8-1)
2. Superior (12-0)
3. Stanton (11-1)
4. North Platte St Pats (11-1)
5. Hartington/Newcastle (9-1)
6. Crofton (9-3)
7. Ravenna (9-3)
8. Oakland-Craig (10-3)
9. Archbishop Bergan (11-1)
10. Hartington Cedar Catholic (8-2)

Comments, observations or reasons for major changes: HSC stakes it’s claim for #1 with a thrilling victory over class C1 Lincoln Christian. Superior continues to roll, Stanton isn’t penalized for losing to Oakland-Craig, who then lost to Elmwood-Murdock who is next in line to be ranked. Tough to drop Crofton far after losing to Class B South Sioux City. Ravenna has three losses, but has played a very tough schedule. Not much separation in this class after the top two teams. Archbishop Bergan may be one of the best teams In C2, and will have the opportunity to prove it as there strength of schedule picks up in January. Top games this week: HSC vs Kearney Catholic, O-C vs BRLD, NPSP vs Mullen, E-M vs Lincoln Lutheran

Class: D1
Week: 6
Date: 1/09/18

1. Meridian (12-0)
2. BDS (11-1)
3. GACC (9-3)
4. Pleasanton (10-0)
5. Ansley-Litchfield (10-1)
6. Humphrey/Lindsay HF (10-2)
7. North Central (9-2)
8. Elm Creek (9-2)
9. Clarkson/Leigh (9-3)
10. Heartland (8-1)

Comments, observations or reasons for major changes: Only move is Ansley-Litchfield drops to 5th from 2nd after a loss to Class C2 Ravenna. Everything else remains the same as the schools rated won games last week. Key games this week: GACC at Bishop Neumann, Superior at Heartland, West Holt at North Central, Clarkson/Leigh at Humphrey SF.

Class D2
Week #6
Date 1/09/18

1) Falls City Sacred Heart (11-0)
2) Humphrey St. Francis (11-1)
3) Exeter-Milligan (11-1)
4) Ewing (10-1)
5) Hyannis (9-1)
6) Wynot (7-4)
7) Mullen (9-1)
8) Red Cloud (8-2)
9) Maywood-Hayes Center (10-2)
10) CWC (6-5)

Comments, observations or reasons for major changes: No major changes this week. Humphrey St. Francis stays at #2 after their first loss coming to C-2 Burwell. Hyannis and Wynot flip spots after a Wynot loss. MUDECAS tournament starts this week in Beatrice. Teams involved – Falls City Sacred Heart, Exeter-Milligan (D-2), Meridian, BDS (D-1)

Class A
Week #10
Date 2/6/18

1) Lincoln East (16-3)
2) Millard South (17-2)
3) Westside (16-2)
4) Millard North (17-2)
5) Papillion La-Vista (15-5)
6) Fremont (11-5)
7) Lincoln Pius X (12-6)
8) Lincoln Southwest (12-7)
9) Omaha Benson (11-7)
10) Lincoln Northeast (13-6)

Comments, observations or reasons for major changes: Lincoln East moves to #1 after Westside falls to Northwest. East barely edges out Millard South based on head to head. Millard South had a good week with road wins over Fremont & Benson. Millard North has won six straight, but will be tested the final four games of the regular season. Papillion La-Vista is in at #5 based on overall body of work. Fremont has LNE, Pius and MN as three of their next four games. Pius had a good win at Marian, Southwest has East and Pius back to back this week giving them the chance to climb up the rankings. Omaha Benson enters after defeating LNE. LNE stays in at #10 based on full resume (3 wins over top 7 teams). Many big games this week, expect a shakeup in the top ten.

Class B
Week #10
Date 2/6/18

1) Seward (16-3)
2) Elkhorn (19-2)
3) Platteview (18-3)
4) South Sioux City (16-4)
5) Waverly (13-7)
6) York (13-6)
7) Gretna (12-6)
8) Elkhorn South (8-12)
9) Sidney (18-3)
10) Crete (12-9)

Comments, observations or reasons for major changes: Seward, Elkhorn, Platteview, SSC and Waverly have emerged as the head of the pack but slightly for now. York also is right with the top group. Gretna has a couple close losses, but could just have easily won them and be at the top. Elkhorn South is dangerous and will want to be avoided come post season play. Sidney is #9 based on their 18-3 record. Crete and Hastings were tied for #10, so a different class B coach broke the tie giving the nod to Crete.

Class C-1
Week #10
Date 2/6/18

1) Ord (21-0)
2) Lincoln Christian (16-3)
3) Bishop Neumann (16-3)
4) Mitchell (22-0)
5) Wahoo (18-3)
6) Malcolm (18-2)
7) Scotus (15-5)
8) Lincoln Lutheran (14-6)
9) Auburn (16-4)
10) North Bend Central (15-4)

Comments, observations or reasons for major changes: Lincoln Christian jumps up to #2 based on their win over Bishop Neumann creating the only change in the rankings this week. Neumann stays ahead of Mitchell based on their Centennial Conference Tournament Championship; Contenders include Hershey, Louisville, Milford and Conestoga.

Class C2
Week #10
Date 2/6/18

1. Hastings St Cecilia (17-2)—close call with L-L and Adams Central but two wins
2. Superior (20-1)—won six in a row since Lincoln Christian loss
3. Ravenna (17-4)—lost to Ord by 12 in conference tourney
4. North Platte St Pats (19-2)—four wins in a row
5. BRLD (17-4)—EHC champs; good wins over Stanton and NBC
6. Stanton (17-3)—two losses including BRLD
7. Archbishop Bergan (15-4)—3-3 in last six games but losses are all to very good teams
8. South Loup (16-3)—their 3 losses are to Pleasanton (19-1) and A-L (18-2) (twice)
9. Hartington-Newcastle (17-3) lost to Ponca by 20
10. Crofton (12-8)—good win over GACC; loss to Pierce in conference final by 4
Comments, observations or reasons for changes: BRLD jumps in the rankings for their conference tournament championship. Ravenna not punished for losing to undefeated and C1 Ord. Stanton drops 2 games in their conference tournament to fall slightly. Hartington-Newcastle was upset in the semifinals of their conference tournament to fall slightly. The #10 spot is up for grabs. Crofton earns the nod based on strength of schedule. They avenged an earlier loss to ONeill (winning by 22) and then beat a good GACC team.

Class: D1
Week: 10
Date: 2/6/18

1. BDS (19-2)
2. Pleasanton (19-1)
3. Friend (18-3)
4. GACC (15-6)
5. Ansley-Litchfield (18-2)
6. West Holt (13-6)
7. North Central (17-3)
8. Meridian (18-3)
9. Humphrey/LHF (17-4)
10. Clarkson-Leigh (13-6)

Comments, observations or reasons for changes: The top 2 remain the same as they both continue to win. Pleasanton had a very nice victory over Elm Creek in the Conference Championship. BDS closes the season this week with a top 10 matchup against Meridian. Friend wins their conference and beats FCSH handily, causing their move up to #3 in the rankings as they are playing great basketball and are on a roll. GACC drops one spot after losing to Crofton in conference tournament. Ansley-Litchfield holds at 5 as they continue to win and had a nice conference tournament win the previous week over South Loup. West Holt jumps into the ratings after winning the NVC tourney with 4 solid wins including 3 over Elgin/PJ, Ewing and North Central. North Central falls after their loss to West Holt in the championship. Meridian falls to #8 but has a big week to prove to teams with games against Friend and BDS. Humphrey/LHF loses to champion BRLD in EHC conference tournament and Clarkson-Leigh re-enters after a 1-1 week, going 2-1 in conference tourney.

Class D2
Week #10
Date 2/6/18

1) Falls City Sacred Heart (20-1)
2) Humphrey St. Francis (19-2)
3) Exeter-Milligan (17-5)
4) Hyannis (16-2)
5) Ewing (17-3)
6) Red Cloud (15-4)
7) Maywood-Hayes Center (17-4)
8) Mullen (15-5)
9) Wauneta-Palisade (14-6)
10) Wynot (12-7)

Comments, observations or reasons for change: Hyannis moves up a spot after a loss by Ewing. Wynot drops after a couple of losses but stays in the ratings because of strength of schedule. CWC drops out and Wauneta-Palisade jumps up to 9. Sacred Heart does not drop after a loss to Friend in the Pioneer conference championship.

Class A District Final Predictions 2/19/18
A-1 Millard South and Millard West— Millard South
A-2 Westside and Benson—Omaha Westside
A-3 Millard North and Norfolk— Millard North
A-4 Lincoln East and Marian— Lincoln East
A-5 Lincoln Pius and Lincoln High— Lincoln High
A-6 Papio and Fremont— Papillion-LaVista
A-7 Lincoln Northeast and Lincoln Southwest— Lincoln Southwest

A1 and A2 appear to be the toughest districts as they both have three teams who have the talent to win the district. It will be very difficult to beat Millard South or Westside on their home court, and both #1 seeds will advance. A3- Norfolk and Omaha North should be the best game in that district, with Norfolk getting the slight edge as they are a different team when they are at home, but Millard North ultimately wins their district. A4- Lincoln East is tough to beat anywhere, but it will be too much for a young Marian team to win in Lincoln. A5- Lincoln High, Pius and Kearney all received votes to win this district, but the coaches ultimately voted Lincoln High to win at Pius. A6- Voting was also split between Papio and Fremont, but the Monarchs received one more vote based on home court, this district will be tight. A7- They say it’s tough to beat a good team three times and for Southwest to advance to state they will have to finish the season sweep over Lincoln Northeast, and to do so on the Rockets home court. This should be a very entertaining game with LSW getting the slight nod based on prior results.

Class B District Final Predictions 2/17/18
B1: Sidney over Roncalli
B2: Seward over Crete
B3: Elkhorn over Norris
B4: Platteview over Aurora
B5: South Sioux City over Alliance
B6: York over Hastings
B7: Waverly over Beatrice
B8: Elkhorn South over Gretna

B6, B7, B8 are all very interesting matchups and should come down to the wire.

Coaches Subdistrict Predictions 2/12/18

Both teams listed are the teams predicted to meet in the finals with the champion listed on the right

Class B
B-1 Platteview and Gross—Platteview
B-2 Roncalli and Duchesne—Omaha Duchesne
B-3 Elkhorn and Elkhorn South—Elkhorn
B-4 South Sioux City and Bennington—South Sioux City
B-5 Waverly and Beatrice—Waverly
B-6 Seward and York—York
B-7 Hastings and McCook—Hastings
B-8 Sidney and Alliance—Sidney

Class C1
C1-1 Auburn and Fairbury— Auburn
C1-2 Louisville and Conestoga—Conestoga
C1-3 Bishop Neumann and Wahoo— Wahoo
C1-4 West Point and Arlington— West Point
C1-5 Wayne and Pierce— Wayne
C1-6 Ord and O’Neil— Ord
C1-7 North Bend Central and Columbus Scotus— Columbus Scotus
C1-8 Lincoln Christian and Malcolm— Lincoln Christian
C1-9 GICC and St. Paul— Grand Island Central Catholic
C1-10 Kearney Catholic and Wood River— Kearney Catholic
C1-11 Hershey and Gothenburg— Hershey
C1-12 Mitchell and Chadron— Mitchell

Class C2
C2-1 Superior/Fillmore Central —- Superior
C2-2 Bergan/Elmwood-Murdock— Archbishop Bergan
C2-3 BRLD/ Omaha Nation — BRLD
C2-4 Stanton/Howells-Dodge — Stanton
C2-5 Hartington-Newcastle/ Crofton — Crofton
C2-6 Creighton / Ainsworth — Creighton
C2-7Twin River/Centennial — Twin River
C2-8 HSC/ D-T— Hastings St. Cecilia
C2-9 Ravenna/ Burwell— Ravenna
C2-10 DCS/Cambridge— Dundy County-Stratton
C2-11 NPSP/Maxwell — North Platte St. Patrick’s
C2-12 Bridgeport/Bayard — Bridgeport

Class D1
D1-1 Johnson-Brock and Diller-Odell—Johnson Brock
D1-2 BDS and Meridian— BDS
D1-3 Weeping Water and Lourdes CC—Lourdes CC
D1-4 GACC and Clarkson/Leigh— GACC
D1-5 Randolph and Elkhorn Valley— Elkhorn Valley
D1-6 West Holt and North Central— North Central
D1-7 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family and Central Valley— HLHF
D1-8 Friend and Heartland— Friend
D1-9 Blue Hill and Franklin— Blue Hill
D1-10 Pleasanton and Ansley-Litchfield— Pleasanton
D1-11 Hitchcock County and Alma— Alma
D1-12 Morrill and Crawford— Morrill

Class D2
D2-1- FCSH and Sterling— Falls City Sacred Heart
D2-2- EM and Mead— Exeter-Milligan
D2-3- Emerson-Hubbard and HSF— Humphrey St. Francis
D2-4- Wynot and Santee— Wynot
D2-5- Ewing and CWC— Ewing
D2-6- Anselmo-Merna and Riverside— Riverside
D2-7- Giltner and Red Cloud— Red Cloud
D2-8- Elwood and Axtell— Elwood
D2-9- MHC and WP— Wauneta-Palisade
D2-10- Mullen and Sandhills/Thedford— Mullen
D2-11- Cody-Kilgore and Hyannis—Hyannis
D2-12- Potter-Dix and Creek Valley—Potter-Dix

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