- Boys State Basketball: Let the Battle Royale begin!!
By Jeff MotzLincoln Prep Sports.com It's going to be a little odd watching the 96th Boys State Basketball Tournament without any Lincoln teams to cover, but it's of interest to me because of the Omaha teams that will have to slug it out to bring home the hardware in Class for the fourth straight year. Well, let's not forget Norfolk or Kearney. Without a doubt, Class A, for the most part, is wide open even though Omaha Bryan has emerged as the team to beat. Creighton Prep, Omaha Westside and Norfolk are all teams that could potentially come out on top after this weekend. Here are my picks for the Class A tournament:First Round: Omaha Bryan over Creighton Prep, Omaha Central over Millard North, Omaha Westside over Kearney, Norfolk over Bellevue West.Semi-finals: Bryan over Central, Norfolk over Westside.Finals: Norfolk over Bryan (upset) Class B First Round: Omaha Skutt over Grand Island Northwest, Scottsbluff over Ralston, Beatrice over Omaha Roncalli, Elkhorn over Crete.Semi-Finals: Skutt over Scottsbluff, Beatrice over ElkhornFinals: Beatrice over Skutt Class C-1:First Round: Pierce over Boone Central, Ainsworth over Hastings St. Cecilia, Wahoo over Ashland-Greenwood, Grand Island Central Catholic over Chadron.Semi-finals: Ainsworth over Pierce, Wahoo over Grand Island Central CatholicFinals: Wahoo over Ainsworth Class C-2First Round: Ponca over Weeping Water, Fremont Bergan over Deshler, Louisville over Oakland-Craig, Loup City over Perkins County.Semi-finals: Fremont Bergan over Ponca, Louisville over Loup CityFinals: Fremont Bergan over Louisville. Class D-1First Round: Wauneta-Palisade over Elgin Pope John, Pleasanton over Scribner-Snyder, Leigh over Freeman, Loomis over Shelby.Semi-Finals: Wauneta-Palisade over Pleasanton, Leigh over Loomis. Finals: Wauneta-Palisade over Leigh.Class D-2First Round: Spencer-Naper over Stapleton, Ewing over Clay Center, St. Edward over SEM, Wallace over Dodge. Semi-finals: Spencer-Naper over Ewing, St. Ed over Wallace.Finals: Spencer-Naper over St. Edward.