Where did it go?
"What?", you're asking.
The basketball season?
"Oh yeah. It went by in a hurry," your reply.
I know, I can't believe the high school basketball season is over with until next December. It's certainly a bittersweet time in Nebraska for prep basketball. Exciting to see who will come out as state champions, but a bummer to see the season end.
I go through this kind of "depression" each year and have since I was in grade school.
Lots of great things happened in 2013-14 on the Nebraska high school basketball scene. Class A saw a new boys state champion for the first time since 2009, as Bellevue West beat Omaha Westside 56-50 in overtime. Omaha Skutt wins Class B over Beatrice. The state's only undefeated team, Elkhorn South, gets upset in the Class B semifinals and takes 3rd place.
Class C1 saw an all-Wahoo final with Wahoo High and Bishop Neumann, with Neumann defeating the defending champs. Fremont Bergan wins C2 in an overtime thriller, 71-69 over Ainsworth. Randolph captures D1 over Overton and Bancroft-Rosalie wins in a 62-47 rout of High Plains to win D2.
In Lincoln, Northeast and Southeast make the Class A tournament. The Rockets made their first trip in eight years, while the Knights made it three-in-a-row. Pius X made it back to state in Class B. All three, though, had early exits.
On the girls side, Northeast girls finish fourth in Class A, Pius X is the Class B runner-up and should bring back a potent lineup next season to try to make a return to the championship game. Norris claims third place in Class B and Lincoln Lutheran qualified for the C1 tournament for the first time in school history.
Omaha Benson girls win their first state title in Class A. The Bunnies found out Thursday that both girls and boys basketball will stay in Class A, instead of moving to Class B like football will for the next two school years.
So what's so rough about ending the basketball season? This dreaded cold I picked up on Tuesday.
I've been surrounded by it everywhere. Home, radio station, state tournament, etc. You name the place, I was around the sniffles and it finally caught up with me......the week of the boys state tournament.
I hit the Vitamin C hard, drank plenty of water (like I always do each day), but the lack of sleep because of work and tourney preparation caught up and knocked me on my butt. Maybe, in some ways, it was a blessing that I didn't have to do anymore basketball Friday and Saturday. I wish I was doing games, but from a fatigue standpoint it was the best for me.
A co-worker of mine at the radio station was telling me the other day I'm not what I used to be. Able to fight through illness and still work basketball games at the best of my ability.
I'm told the older I get, the more you need to slow down. Really? Hell, I work out every day between 30 and 45 minutes on a stationary machine or out walking three to four miles.
I'll be 37 later this month and it's just another year before hitting 40, which I'm told is the new 21.
So my semifinal Friday of the Boys State Tournament was spent at home listening to ball games, sleeping a lot, watching College Basketball tournaments and, yes, "The Dukes of Hazzard."
Even 35 years later and battling gout, Boss Hogg is still funny and General Lee still is the hottest car in all of television.
Kudos to NSAA staff
It's been a busy four weeks for the staff at the Nebraska School Activities Association and they're ready for a break.
Jon Dolliver, who oversees the basketball tournaments among other things, did a great job of promoting the event the last two weeks. Sarah Sasse-Kildow, who is in charge of the media relations, did a terrific job of making sure myself and other media members were properly accommodated at our work spaces.
They'll get a break in the action for about two months, before spring sports wrap up in early to mid-May. Again, thanks for all that you have done.
This will mark year ten of high school baseball coverage on LincolnPrepSports.com, the only place you can find LIVE play-by-play of the action on the diamond.
Check the "Broadcast Schedule" page for a complete list of games we plan to cover this spring.
I'm sure there will be plenty of excitement on the field this year, like there has been the last two years.