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.
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
1) South Sioux City
5) Elkhorn South
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.
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)
1) Lincoln Christian
4) Bishop Neumann
5) North Bend Central
6) Lincoln Lutheran
7) Kearney Catholic
9) Columbus Scotus
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
Week # Preseason
2. Hastings St Cecilia
6. Fremont Bergan
9. North Platte St. Patrick’s
Top Players in the Class:
Kalynn Meyer – Superior
Dacey Nelson- Oakland-Craig (Injured)
Kaleigh Kummer—North Platte St Pats
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.
1. North Central
2. Elm Creek
6. Blue Hill
8. Elgin/Pope John
9. Lourdes CC
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
1) Falls City Sacred Heart
4) Red Cloud
6) Humphrey St. Francis
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