Published Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 7:13 pm / Updated at 12:23 am
BASKETBALL
Saturday games on tap to complete Class A, B fields

All four Class A and Class B girls basketball districts in the Omaha and Fremont areas have been postponed from Friday night to Saturday afternoon.

In 2 p.m. games, Omaha Central hosts Omaha Benson in the A-7 final and Elkhorn plays South Sioux City in the B-3 final at Fremont.

At 3 p.m. will be Millard West’s home game against Kearney for the A-2 title. At 4:30 p.m., Omaha Gross and Gretna meet in the B-2 final at Omaha Northwest.

The four sites also have opening-round boys district games Saturday night. The gyms will be cleared and new tickets required for admission.

The two Class A girls games will complete the field for the state tournament that starts Thursday at the Devaney Center in Lincoln.

There are only two possible teams that could get the one Class A wild-card berth at state. The wild card would go to Millard West (21-4, 43.92 average points) if it loses to Kearney at home in its final at 7 p.m. Friday. A Wildcat win would give the wild card to the loser of the Omaha Benson-Omaha Central district final. That game is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Friday at Central.

Southwest (20-5, 43.00) can tie Central if the Eagles lose, but Central (18-5) wins the tiebreaker based on a stronger schedule. Benson (16-6) also finishes ahead of Southwest with a loss.

In Class B girls, which has two wild-card teams, Beatrice (18-2, 46.60) has one spot sewn up in advance of its B-1 district final Friday night against rival Norris. The pecking order continues with Gretna (21-3, 45.29), Grand Island Northwest (22-2, 45.17), Seward (21-3, 45.08) and Norris (17-5, 44.59).

Except for B-2 and B-3, Class B’s girls district finals will be played as scheduled Friday.

With one exception, all girls district finals in Classes C-1, C-2, D-1 and D-2 are to be played Friday. Kearney Catholic’s C1-5 final against Ainsworth at Ord has been postponed to Saturday.

Other wild-card projections:

Class C-1: Chadron (21-2, 46.04), Kearney Catholic (23-2, 44.76) and Fillmore Central (23-2, 44.72) control the fate of Minden (19-4, 44.22) and Pierce (20-4, 44.17). Minden needs two of the first three to win their district finals to be a wild card, and Pierce needs all three to win. Chadron is assured of a wild card if it loses to Gothenburg in the C1-6 district final at Sidney.

  Class C-2: Hershey (20-4, 45.96), which lost in two overtimes to North Platte St. Patrick’s in a subdistrict final, will go to state on a wild card. Crofton (23-0, 47.22) has a wild card clinched in advance of its C2-4 final against Homer at Wayne High School. If Crofton wins, Hastings St. Cecilia (20-4, 46.33) appears to be the other wild card if the Bluehawks lose to Wood River (12-15) in the C2-5 final at Kenesaw.

  Class D-1: The two wild cards are set, West Point GACC (22-3, 47.60) and Pender (22-3, 46.88), and they will be the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds, respectively, at state. Howells-Dodge (20-5), which defeated both of them in subdistricts, must beat Emerson-Hubbard in the D1-3 district final to qualify.

  Class D-2: Falls City Sacred Heart (23-3, 46.77) has clinched a wild card prior to its D2-1 district final against Deshler. Also projected to have a wild card clinched already is Wynot (22-3, 46.20), which plays Osmond (16-2) in the D2-3 final. Others in contention are the loser of the D2-2 final between Humphrey and Lindsay Holy Family, Osmond, Deshler and Mullen.

Boys subdistricts extend to Saturday

Many boys subdistrict finals have been moved to Friday or Saturday, causing a delay in setting up the district final matchups scheduled for Monday in Classes C-1 and C-2 and Tuesday for D-1 and D-2.

Only three district final pairings are completed. At 7 p.m. Monday, defending state champion Boys Town plays Wahoo in a rematch of the 2012 Class C-1 final at Midland University in Fremont in C1-2, and Fremont Bergan plays Malcolm in C2-2 at Waverly. Tuesday, Howells-Dodge plays Randolph in the D1-3 district final at Norfolk Catholic.

Norris High School, near Firth, is hosting three postseason games Friday night.

In the middle school gym, Falls City Sacred Heart’s game against Sterling in the D2-1 subdistrict final will be at 6 p.m. and the C2-2 subdistrict final between No. 1 Sutton and No. 2 Freeman at 8. At 8 in the high school gym will be Sacred Heart’s D2-1 girls district final against Deshler.

Contact the writer:

402-444-1041, stu.pospisil@owh.com, twitter.com/stuOWH

Contact the writer: Stu Pospisil

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Stu Pospisil has been The World-Herald's lead writer for high school sports since 1990 and for golf since 1988. He primarily covers football in the fall, basketball and wrestling in the winter and track and field in the spring.

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