Tuesday night's District A-6 final between Omaha Bryan and Papillion-La Vista South will send a team with a losing record to the Class A state tournament.
But to the winner of the 7 p.m. game at Bellevue East, history would be made.
Papillion-La Vista South (8-15), in its 10th year, never has qualified for state. The Titans, coached by Joel Hueser, defeated the No. 1 seed in the district, North Platte, 60-57 on Saturday night.
Bryan (9-14) is trying to qualify for a school-record fifth consecutive season. The Bears, coached by Tim Cannon, upset Omaha North 72-71 in their semifinal at North Platte.
“I'm excited for Tim and Joel having their teams in a district final,” Millard North coach Chip Bahe said.
In the other Class A district final Tuesday, Lincoln Southeast (15-8) visits No. 7 Lincoln Southwest at 7 p.m. in A-7.
Class D district finals Tuesday:
D1-1, Johnson-Brock (11-14) vs. No. 5 BDS (21-3), 7 p.m. at Beatrice High: BDS has a 12-game winning streak. Johnson-Brock went to state the past two years.
D1-2, No. 3 Kenesaw (23-0) vs. No. 8 High Plains (20-4), 7 p.m. at Grand Island Central Catholic: Kenesaw, which hasn't been to state since 2008, is playing the preseason D-1 favorite.
D1-3, No. 2 Howells-Dodge (25-0) vs. Randolph (19-4), 7 p.m. at Norfolk Catholic: Howells-Dodge has clinched a state berth. Randolph is trying to get to Lincoln for the second time in three seasons.
D1-4, No. 4 O'Neill St. Mary's (22-1) vs. No. 9 Burwell (23-2), 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul: Defending champion St. Mary's has clinched a return trip to state. Burwell must slow down the Cardinals' Adam Moon, a 6-foot-8 junior averaging 25 points a game.
D1-5, Overton (18-6) vs. No. 7 Arapahoe (23-4), 7 p.m. at Cozad: Overton has qualified the past three years. Bob Braithwait of Arapahoe picked up his 400th career win in subdistricts. The Warriors defeated Overton 57-45 on opening night.
D1-6, No. 1 Paxton (24-0) vs. Potter-Dix (9-13), 7 p.m. MT at Chappell: Paxton beat the Coyotes 90-34 in December.
Wild-card projections: Howells-Dodge and St. Mary's have clinched wild cards. If one or both win, the pecking order is Paxton, Kenesaw, Burwell, BDS, Arapahoe, High Plains and Pawnee City.
D2-1, No. 9 Sterling (18-7) vs. Dorchester (9-14), 7 p.m. at Norris High School, Firth: The favored Jets would be going to state for the fifth straight year. Dorchester's last appearance was 1985.
D2-2, Humphrey (15-9) vs. No. 2 Spalding/Spalding Academy (22-2), 7 p.m. at Norfolk High: The combined Spalding program never has been to state. Humphrey went three years ago.
D2-3, No. 6 Wynot (21-3) vs. No. 5 Wausa (22-2), 7 p.m. at Hartington Cedar Catholic: Winner gets the No. 1 seed at state and the loser goes there as a wild card. Wausa beat Wynot 62-44 on Dec. 14.
D2-4, No. 4 Giltner (20-4) vs. Amherst (13-9), 7 p.m. at Gibbon: Giltner has won the past two D-2 state titles. Amherst last qualified in 1987.
D2-5, Anselmo-Merna (12-11) vs. Wauneta-Palisade (12-10), 7:30 p.m. at Hershey: The Broncos beat Anselmo-Merna 60-45 in the finals of Brady's holiday tournament.
D2-6, Sandhills/Thedford (21-4) vs. No. 7 Leyton (20-1), 7 p.m. at Sutherland: Both teams have 12-game winning streaks.
Wild-card projections: Falls City Sacred Heart and the Wausa-Wynot loser will be the wild cards.
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