The year 1932 has a not so special ring to it for Lincoln area high school basketball history. Prior to last season, that was the last time that NO Lincoln teams made the State Boys Basketball Tournament in any class. At least one Lincoln team made the state tournament out of all classifications over that 75-year period, until the 2007 tourney. Could it be a repeat this year......we'll see.
I'll lay it out on the table for you....in my honest, humble opinion, there will be at least one, maybe two teams from around the capital city to make the boys tournament. My picks....well, it's too early to say for sure. But on paper, Southeast would be the team that could be playing at the Devaney Center in March.
The other team(s)......well, it could be Norris or Waverly. There...I've said it. I hope I've provided enough motivation for those said teams and the others around the city and county to go out and play the best basketball this season. Maybe halfway through the season, I can change my outlook and have a better synopsis on the situation when districts are put together.
That's the other thing new this year, we won't know the district pairings and who is in each one until the final couple weeks of the season. You and I know this was put together in the wake of the capital city debacle last year. Just think, if it wasn't for an errorant catch in the Northeast/Southwest district semi-final last year this concept wouldn't have come up in NSAA meetings. But....it might be for the good. We'll see.
Girls basketball......it's safe to say that Southeast will be the team to shine. K.K. Houser, Katie Birkel and Paige Hubl will be the the triple threat for the Knights this season. Unfortunately, they won't have the services of Class B super-stater Marissa Kastanek, who transferred to Class A Southeast last month, after leading Crete to a state title last year. Now, the North Carolina State recruit will either sit out a year or play on the JV.
Pius X could have another great season in Class B and watch out for Lincoln Lutheran in Class C-1. For the most part, Lincoln basketball should be okay, but over the top like the Omaha Metro. Omaha Central could make it three-in-a-row in boys basketball, the first time a Class A team has tried to do that since Lincoln Northeast in the mid-1990s.
Lets sit back and enjoy the wild and crazy ride all the way to the Devaney Center in early March.