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10/18/2015 - From The Press Box: Final Week of Football Regular Season Could Be Wild Finish, Lincoln Golf Teams and Individual Tennis Fare Well At State
 The final week of the high school football regular season may prove for sure who the overall No. 1 seed is in Class A.

Right now, Millard West tops the point standings, followed by Bellevue West, Omaha Central, Grand Island and Millard North to round out the top five.

Omaha Westside, Papillion-LaVista South, Norfolk, Kearney and Papillion-LaVista are next in the top ten.  After that, North Platte, Millard South, Lincoln North Star, Omaha Creighton Prep, Lincoln Northeast and Omaha North round out the next six that could qualify for the playoffs.

But everything is far from being set.   Bellevue West and Omaha Central play each other this Friday night, ultimately determining the A-3 district champion and a No. 2 seeding in the playoff bracket.

District champions that have already clinched are Millard North in A-1, Millard West in A-2 and Grand Island in A-4.  

The teams that are heavily reliant of other teams winning or losing include North Star, Northeast, Prep, Lincoln High, Fremont, Lincoln East, and Omaha Burke.

Northeast and Burke play Friday night and if the Rockets win, they will get the third spot open in the A-4 district to go to the playoffs.  That also depends, too, if Millard South loses to Columbus.  If both teams win, Northeast would get the tiebreaker since they beat the Patriots 27-20 on Oct. 1.

North Star would likely earn one of the four wildcard spots if they beat Lincoln Southwest.  Lincoln High would need to beat Omaha Northwest to earn a wildcard.  

East would be on the outside looking in with a win over Omaha Bryan Thursday night.  They would need to have Fremont lose at Omaha Westside, Omaha North fall to Bellevue East and Lincoln High lose to Northwest to clinch a playoff spot for the third straight time.

Essentially, nothing is guaranteed when it comes to the Lincoln teams going to the Class A playoffs.  There are at least two possible teams, maybe three, that could get in after all the games are done late Friday night.

Class B 

Aurora, Omaha Skutt, York, Elkhorn South and Plattsmouth are all undefeated and occupy the top five spots in the point standings.

McCook, Gretna, Grand Island Northwest, Scottsbluff and Omaha Roncalli are next; then comes 6-2 Beatrice and 5-3 Lincoln Pius X, followed by 4-4 teams Bennington, Sidney, Ralston and Elkhorn.

Ultimately, Alliance and Waverly would be left out and each would need wins this week to get one of the final spots.

For Waverly, they will host Plattsmouth this week for the B-4 District title.  Each are undefeated in district play, but based on the Vikings record, they would need to upset the Blue Devils to get in.  Set backs that will hurt Waverly include losses to Norris and Bennington.

Speaking of Norris, their 31-29 win over Beatrice took the Orangemen out of one of the top ten seedings.  Lincoln Pius X and Beatrice will play Friday night to determine the B-5 champion.  Both appear to be in the playoffs based on their point standings.

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Southwest and Lutheran Claim State Golf Titles

Lincoln Southwest won the Class A Girls State Golf Team Title, while Lincoln Lutheran captured the Class C crown this past week.

The Silver Hawks edged Omaha Marian with a two-day total of 731 to 737 at the Norfolk Country Club.  Southwest's Lidia Jons was the runner-up in the individual standings, behind Omaha Burke's Nia Station, who won the gold medal for the second-straight year.

Southwest's team of Jons and fellow juniors Alexis Thomas and Adrian Pilkington, sophomores Gillian Dean and Anne Wilfong will likely be in contention next season.  

Lutheran, meanwhile, shot a two-day team total of 706, ahead of runner-up Doniphan-Trumbull's total of 755 at Lake Maloney Golf Course in North Platte.  

Lutheran seniors Haley Wineman and Klaire Nuttelman each finished tied for eighth in the individual standings, while Lacie Fox of West Point-Beemer took the Class C individual title.

State Boys Tennis

Lincoln Southwest sophomore William Gleason edged top-seed and Omaha Creighton Prep sophomore Brett Slezak in the Class A No. 1 singles championship 6-2 and 7-5 last Friday in Omaha.  

Lincoln East junior Mason Williams claimed the Class A No. 2 singles title as the top-seed with a 6-2, 4-6 and 7-5 victory over second-seed and Omaha Creighton Prep junior Alex King.

In the Class A No. 1 Doubles, Lincoln Southwest's Lucas Dionisopoulos and Duncan Works lost to top-seeds Thomas Kennedy and Nathan Singh of Creighton Prep in straight sets, 6-2 and 6-3.  

In the Class A team standings, Prep won the team title 52-44 over Southwest, while Millard North placed third, followed by East, Lincoln Pius X and Lincoln Southeast.

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