Third-place games at state tournaments could be gone after this season.
The Nebraska School Activities Association board in April will consider their elimination. Based on how voting went recently in the NSAA’s six legislative districts, the board is apt to end a practice that began in 2008.
Districts I and II, which have two board members each, voted to scrap the consolation games in a pair of proposals — one for Class A and Class B only and the other for the other four classes. The necessary fifth votes should come from District V, which solidly backed both proposals.
Large schools have disliked the third-place games and often treated them like exhibitions. The most memorable moment from these games was in 2010, when current Husker women’s star Jordan Hooper of Alliance scored 47 points against Omaha Skutt.
If the consolations go away, girls rater Mike Patterson and I won’t shed tears. Those games have caused more ratings grief than clarification through the years.
New No. 1s: Losses last week by Columbus Scotus and Hartington Cedar Catholic result in new ratings leaders for Classes C-1 and C-2.
Wahoo (12-1), which has only a blowout loss to Class B leader Elkhorn South blemishing its record, heads Class C-1. The Warriors are the defending C-1 champions. Scotus drops to fourth.
Preseason favorite Fremont Bergan, which dropped from No. 1 in C-2 with a loss to Cedar, returns to the top after Cedar’s 71-57 loss to C-1 Pierce drops the Trojans to fourth.
Howells-Dodge, which increased its winning streak to 43 games, and High Plains continue to lead Classes D-1 and D-2, respectively.
Milford (12-1) and Pierce (6-6) enter the C-1 ratings this week as replacements for Kearney Catholic and Boone Central/Newman Grove.
Ainsworth (12-1) in C-2 and Lewiston (8-5) in D-2 hold down the No. 10 spots in those classes in their first mentions of the season. Wallace (10-1) returns to the D-2 list at No. 9 after a week’s absence.
Undefeateds: With York in Class B, Scotus in C-1, North Platte St. Patrick’s in D-1 and Spalding/Spalding Academy in D-2 incurring their first losses of the season, the state is down to five undefeated teams.
Those are Elkhorn South and Beatrice in Class B, Howells-Dodge in D-1 and High Plains and unranked Minatare (9-0) in D-2. Minatare has no wins against teams at .500 or better.
New board member: Nolan Beyer, the Millard School District’s director of activities, will join the NSAA board in the 2014-15 school year.
Beyer will replace Jerry Bartee, who is retiring this year from the Omaha Public Schools.
Top games this week:
Class C-1—Tuesday: Columbus Lakeview at Milford, Wayne at Crofton, Kearney Catholic at Doniphan-Trumbull, Wayne at Crofton. Thursday: Columbus Scotus at Boone Central/Newman Grove. Friday: Columbus Scotus at Fremont Bergan, Chadron at Gering, Lincoln Christian at Lincoln Pius X, Wahoo at Norfolk Catholic. Saturday: Adams Central at Grand Island Central Catholic, Norfolk Catholic at Bennington.
Class C-2—Tuesday: Yutan at Ashland-Greenwood, York at Centennial. Thursday: Freeman at Wilber-Clatonia. Friday: Bridgeport at Sidney, Boone Central/NG at Ord, Wayne at Hartington Cedar Catholic, West Point-Beemer at Twin River, Ravenna at Arcadia/Loup City. Saturday: Ord at Arcadia/LC
Class D-1—Tuesday: Heartland at High Plains. Thursday: BDS at Exeter-Milligan, Gibbon at Amherst. Friday: Wilcox-Hildreth at Amherst. Saturday: Nebraska City Lourdes at Sterling.
Class D-2—Tuesday: Paxton at Hitchcock County, Dundy County-Stratton at Wallace. Friday: Lewiston at Nebraska City Lourdes, Pawnee City at Falls City Sacred Heart.
Conference tournaments: South Platte Valley: Final Saturday at North Platte CC.
Goldenrod: Final Saturday at St. Paul
Panhandle: Final Saturday at Edgemont, S.D.
Minuteman: Final Saturday at Sidney