“Ball is life” is more than just a slogan on a T-shirt for Whitney Brown. “Starting as a baby, that’s about all I have grown up to know,” the Grand Island Northwest junior said after helping her team beat No. 5 Crete 49-43 in Saturday’s Class B final. The guard finished with 23 points, hitting 3 of 8 3-pointers to go with five steals while playing all 32 minutes.

GRAND ISLAND — For a game played well before the end of August, Grand Island Northwest had the look of a team that had just stepped out of the middle of last October.

Class B will undergoing much turnover this season, with many schools being realigned into different classes, including contenders Columbus, Elkhorn and Elkhorn South making the jump to Class A.