High school basketball's post season is here and with it, there's a level of uncertainty as to whether South Sioux City's girls team can go undefeated or if Omaha South can live up to expectation and bring home gold.
Needless to say, I'm not going to say either way how the season will end for both teams.
Seems inevitable for the South Sioux City girls (20-0 entering districts) to run the table like during their heyday (1994 to 2010). The Cardinals, who have played mostly a Class B schedule, have faced three Class A teams from Nebraska this season and won by 11 points or more.
Certainly, that does factor into the equation if South Sioux City were to stumble in the A-1 district. After facing either Grand Island or Omaha Bryan in the semifinal, the Cardinals would have to face Lincoln Northeast or a red-hot Lincoln Southeast ball club for the District title. If SSC loses, they would get the lone wildcard entry into the Class A tournament.
Lincoln East seems to be the one capital city team that could be vying for a wildcard, if they were to lose in the finals of the A-7 district Thursday night. The Spartans would need to avoid a semifinal loss in order to get the at-large bid to state. Their semifinal opponent is 8-14 Bellevue East on Tuesday, which you can hear on LincolnPrepSports.com.
for the entire Class A district bracket.
Omaha South, like the South Sioux City girls, would automatically get a wildcard to the Class A boys tournament, if they fell in districts. Official boys district pairings won't be released until Tuesday morning. Regardless, South is a lock for state either way.
HATS OFF TO WRESTLERS
Congratulations to Wesley Dawkins of Lincoln High for winning the 120-pound title at the NSAA state wrestling meet this past weekend in Omaha. Dawkins won his second state title with a 12-1 major decision over Kobe-Paczosa Hall of Columbus.
At 138 pounds, Lincoln Southeast's Jonathan Killingsworth could not repeat as state champion, as he fell in a 4-0 decision to Isaac DeLoa of Millard South. Killingsworth finished the season with a 46-1 record.
Isaac Odell of Lincoln East lost a 10-5 decision to Braiden Ruffin of North Platte in the Class A 170-pound title match. Odell finished the season at 47-3.
At 195-pounds, Lincoln Pius X's Alex Kerr finished runner-up to Colton Wolfe of Columbus in a 5-3 decision. The loss ends Kerr's high school career, with a 37-3 season record.
In the Class B 285-pound championship, Nebraska football recruit Ben Stille went undefeated and captured a state title over Waverly's Justin Hennessy in a 9-5 decision. For Hennessy, it was his second-straight time trying to compete for a state title.
Millard South won the Class A team title, while Omaha Skutt took home the Class B crown. Regardless of outcome, all who made it to state have a lot to celebrate about. Again, my hats off to each competitor.
Be sure to check out LincolnPrepSports.com later this week for state swimming and diving results, in addition to district basketball coverage.