Can they do it again, but away from home?

Based on my projections for Class A’s districts (pairings are official Tuesday), Lincoln Southeast, Elkhorn South and Lincoln Southwest will be playing teams in Saturday’s first round that they’ve beaten this season. But all three rematches will be road games for them as lower seeds.

Southeast appears headed to Norfolk in the Nos. 14-vs.-15 game; it beat the Panthers 56-48. Elkhorn South goes to Lincoln High in the 10-vs.-19 game; it set a school scoring record in its 100-85 win over the Links. Southwest travels to Millard North in the 9-vs.-20 game; it beat the Mustangs 56-45 opening night.

The top seven seeds, which would host district finals, are Bellevue West, Gretna, Omaha Creighton Prep, Kearney, Omaha Central, Omaha Westside and Omaha South. All but Gretna are ranked in the top six in Class A.

Gretna hosts Lincoln Northeast, a 5-17 team that has wins over Southeast and Southwest in the same week. Should the Dragons win, they would play the winner of Millard West’s game at Papillion-La Vista South.

Here are the projected pairing for Saturday with point standings:

District 1: No. 28 Fremont at No. 1 Bellevue West; No. 15 Lincoln Southeast at No. 14 Norfolk

District 7: Lincoln Northeast at No. 2 Gretna; No. 16 Millard West at No. 13 Papio South

District 3: No. 26 Omaha Northwest at No. 3 Prep; No. 17 Grand Island at No. 12 Omaha Bryan

District 4: No. 25 Omaha Benson at No. 4 Kearney; No. 18 Omaha North at No. 11 Lincoln North Star

District 5: No. 24 Papillion-La Vista at No. 5 Central; No. 19 Elkhorn South at No. 10 Lincoln High

District 6: No. 23 Millard South at No. 6 Westside; No. 20 Lincoln Southwest at No. 9 Millard North

District 7: No. 22 Bellevue East at No. 7 South; No. 21 Omaha Burke at No. 8 Lincoln East

If all home teams — the higher seeds — win, next week’s finals would be Norfolk at Bellevue West, Papio South at Gretna, Bryan at Prep, North Star at Kearney, Lincoln High at Central, Millard North at Westside and Lincoln East at Omaha South.

Only three games would be rematches. Kearney beat North Star 57-51, South beat Lincoln East 62-55 and Central downed Lincoln High 77-68.

A note: Class B’s first-round district tournament games Monday will not affect Class A’s point standings, which had Saturday as a cutoff, for district seedings.

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Saturday scramble

The last thing needed Saturday will be snow, which is in the early forecast, because there will be 54 boys district games — Class A’s first round and district finals in the other five classes.

Upward of 20 schools from Class C-1 down also will have had their girls teams in district finals Friday night. Even with neutral sites, there’s going to be some six- to eight-hour round trips for some.

Consternation could break out like the flu, but let’s see how this new format that a majority of schools requested plays out for at least two years. Volleyball did fine but didn’t face the possibility of slick roads (this year). And only some in C-1 and C-2 were coming off a playoff football game the previous day.

My only suggestion would be to start Class A Friday, which is the best night for attendance in the large schools, and schedule all of its finals on the same night, either the following Monday or Tuesday. No other class has that latitude.

Class B outlook

Class B subdistricts are Monday and Tuesday night, and Elkhorn Mount Michael is in contention with Alliance and Hastings for the coveted eighth seed and the last home berth available for Saturday’s winner-take-all district finals.

Mount Michael can clinch with a win at 8 p.m. Monday against Elkhorn in the B-2 subdistrict at Omaha Skutt and a Lexington win over visiting North Platte in B-7 or a York win over Hastings in B-6 at Aurora.

Blair, which plays Omaha Roncalli in B-3, is 16th.

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