Another basketball season is in the book! Depressing as it sounds, there were great things that happened in 2014-15.
Lincoln Pius X girls captured their first Class B state title in 23 years and superstar Maddie Simon was named the girls Gatorade Player of the Year in Nebraska.
Lincoln Northeast boys made unbelievable progress, by going 21-6 and finishing in the semifinals of the Class A boys basketball tournament.
Lincoln High boys, who missed out on the State Tourney, finished at 19-5 with a Heartland Athletic Conference championship and a city title.
Lincoln Christian girls had a phenomenal run with a third place finish in the Class C1 tournament. The Crusaders return all of their starters next season and look to be the team to beat in C1.
The basketball talent was above exceptional. Ryan Garver, Khan Kailech, Tyson Shadegg at Northeast; KeShawn Wilson, Jason Towery, Jaden Jilg-Brown at Lincoln High; Sam Morris at Southeast; Triston Simpson and Logan Cale at North Star; Dalton McGerr, Phil Grothaus and Jared Bubak at Christian; Josh Wendland at Lutheran all made up a good group of players on the boys side.
The girls had just as good talent on the court. Tantashea Giger, Shaneequah Watkins, Jamie Holscher at Northeast; Maddie Simon, Kennedy Sander and Briathia Sebek at Pius X; Abby Meader at Southwest; Emma McKillip and Reanne May at Southeast; Regan Sankey, Caroline Spethman and Danielle Snyder at East were among the top players in the city.
It was a great basketball season in Lincoln. I expect nothing but the same next year and wish it was late November already (not for the weather, of course).
WINNEBAGO HAS GREAT STATE TOURNEY RUN
I'm flat out impressed with how the Winnebago boys basketball team displayed its talent in the State Tournament.
Arguably, the most talented team in Class C1 and would definitely rank up there with some of the top teams in Class A and Class B.
The stats they put up today were impressive.
The Indians were 49% from the field, 8-of-15 from three-point range, made 16-of-18 free throws, 20 points in the paint, 24 rebounds and only committed five turnovers. Again, flat out impressive, if you ask me.
Winnebago took Lincoln and the state of Nebraska by storm and mounted one of the greatest state tournament runs ever. Even 75 years after they won the Class B championship, the Winnebago Indians now have a place in state tournament lore that people will be talking about for years to come.
BASEBALL SEASON STARTS THIS WEEK
LincolnPrepSports.com will be covering high school baseball for the 11th straight year, bringing you exclusive play-by-play with yours truly and Dick Janda helping provide additional play-by-play on our little brother website, LincolnMetroSports.com.
First game is Friday, March 20 as Lincoln High hosts Beatrice at Sherman Field. Hopefully, the weather cooperates for the season opener.