Six Metro Conference schools will be participating in the 2013 Nebraska Prep Classic girls and boys basketball showcase in January at the new Ralston Arena.
The event will have four games on Friday, Jan. 11, and six on Saturday, Jan. 12. Bellevue West, Millard North, Omaha Benson and Papillion-La Vista South will send their girls and boys teams. Omaha Creighton Prep and Papillion-La Vista are boys-only participants.
“There are a lot of Class A schools involved, which we haven't had before,'' said tournament organizer Jim Huffman. “These matchups, to me, are like the first-round games in a state tournament.”
Papillion-La Vista will play defending Iowa 3-A boys champion Sioux City Heelan. Heelan's girls, a state semifinalist, will meet Bellevue West. The Thunderbird boys will play Kansas 5-A state qualifier Topeka Highland Park.
Boys Town's game with Benson will be the first against a Metro team for the defending C-1 champion Cowboys since the 1970s, Boys Town coach Tom Krehbiel said.
The Saturday games will be played after an 11:30 a.m. UNO home game against Western Illinois. Huffman said he'll set admission prices later this fall.
Friday, Jan. 11: 4 p.m., Papillion-La Vista South girls vs. Millard North. 5:30 p.m., Omaha Benson girls vs. Gretna. 7 p.m., Benson vs. Boys Town. 8:30 p.m., Papillion-La Vista South vs. Millard North
Saturday, Jan. 12: 1:45 p.m., Ralston vs. Lincoln Pius X. 3:15 p.m., Lincoln Northeast vs. Gretna. 4:45 p.m., Omaha Creighton Prep vs. Lincoln Southwest. 6:15 p.m., Bellevue West girls vs. Sioux City Heelan. 7:45 p.m., Papillion-La Vista vs. Heelan. 9:15 p.m., Bellevue West vs. Topeka Highland Park (Kan.)
High school hall opens its first phase
The Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame Foundation has opened the first phase of its exhibit hall at 500 Charleston St., in Lincoln.
The Wall of Honorees features plaques for the hall's silver and golden anniversary teams, Fischer Family Award winners, Gustafson Inspiration Award winners, Dominant Dynasties and Great Moments in High School Sports. The exhibit is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Nebraska School Activities Association building.
Financial support from the NSAA, the Nebraska Coaches Association and the Nebraska State Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association helped make the first phase possible.
The hall continues to work on the second phase of the project honoring athletes, coaches, officials and contributors. At Sunday's induction ceremony, President Dick Beechner of Kearney announced that $550,000 has been raised for the $1.5 million project.
Track ticket prices increase
Daily admission prices to next year's state track meet will increase from $7 to $9 for adults and from $5 to $6 for students.
The NSAA board approved the hike at its meeting last week.
— Stu Pospisil