Class A is still waiting for clarity for whether the top outstate teams are on the same level with the best from the Metro Conference.
The remaining regular-season schedule may be of little help.
For the four non-Metro teams in the new Class A ratings, five of their last 22 total crossover games are against currently ranked Metro teams. Moreso, only No. 4 Norfolk, not No. 5 Fremont, No. 7 Lincoln East or No. 8 Kearney, will meet any of the four highest-ranked Metro teams — No. 1 Omaha South, No. 2 Creighton Prep, No. 3 Papillion-La Vista and No. 6 Omaha Central — in the weeks leading up to districts.
Norfolk has five games remaining against the Metro. Four are against teams with winning records, starting with unranked Omaha Westside (6-4) on the road Saturday night. After a game Jan. 22 at Omaha North (3-4), the Panthers host Omaha South on Jan. 30, visit new No. 9 Millard West on Feb. 6 and close the regular season with a home game Feb. 20 against Central.
Conversely, all six of Fremont’s remaining Metro opponents have records below .500. Five of Lincoln East’s seven are in that category and two of Kearney’s four.
Lincoln East visits No. 10 Millard South on Jan. 22 and Millard West on Jan. 30. Kearney hosts Millard North (5-4) on Saturday and Westside on Jan. 29.
Kearney is one of three teams with winning records — Lincoln Southeast and Fremont are the others — against the Metro. The Bearcats beat Prep (when it was shorthanded because of disciplinary moves) and new Class A No. 9 Millard West by a point to open the season, then prevailed in overtime over an Omaha Burke quintet (2-6) that has five losses to ranked teams.
Unranked Lincoln Southeast also is 3-0 in Metro games — two wins over unranked Omaha Westside and one over Omaha Northwest (3-7). Fremont has beaten Papillion-La Vista South.
Overall, the Metro is 15-11 against non-league Class A teams through Saturday.
Top 10/Class A: Millard South had a tough week coming off its four-point loss to Omaha South in the Metro holiday semifinals. The Patriots lost 70-57 at Millard West and 59-52 at home to Central, causing their fall from second in the Top 10 to 10th in Class A.
Prep moves into second in the Top 10, followed by Papio, Norfolk, Fremont, Class B leader Omaha Skutt, Central, Class B No. 2 Gretna, Lincoln East and Class C-1 leader Wahoo Neumann. In Class A, the order of the second five is Central, Lincoln East, Kearney, Millard West and Millard South.
Neumann (11-0) has an average victory margin of 31 points, which includes a two-point win over defending Class C-2 champion Hasting St. Cecilia. The Cavs on the weekend blistered then-Class C-1 No. 7 Boys Town 68-47 and Class B No. 8 Bennington 61-28.
Class B: Skutt went to overtime to gain a 65-63 win over Sioux City Heelan (7-3). Gretna fended off a late surge by Platteview to win 52-48. No. 3 Sidney is 13-0 and should remain undefeated heading into its Jan. 22 showdown with No. 4 Scottsbluff. Elkhorn South returns at No. 10, beating Class A Papillion-La Vista South after losing to Bennington.
Class C-1: Syracuse (9-3) at No. 9 replaces previous No. 7 Gothenburg, which lost 70-62 in overtime Saturday at Class C-2 unranked Centura (5-6). Boys Town remains ranked, despite its 3-6 record. Three of its losses are to unbeatens and the other three to Class B teams.
Class C-2: Elmwood-Murdock falls from fourth to eighth after losses to C-1 teams Syracuse and Johnson County.
Class D-1: Ratings newcomers Osmond at No. 9 and Cambridge at No. 10 replace Osceola and Lyons-Decatur. Kenesaw rises from fifth to third and Axtell from seventh to fourth after losses by then-No. 3 Randolph and No. 4 Nebraska City Lourdes.
Class D-2: Sterling (11-2) is new at No. 9 and Wauneta-Palisade (8-2) enters at No. 10 as replacements for Bancroft-Rosalie, which lost three times last week, and Minatare.
Double duty for coach
Morrill girls coach Josh Guerue is now also the coach of the boys team after last week’s resignation by third-year coach Bill Edwards. The Lions won their first game with Guerue, beating Guernsey-Sunrise, Wyoming, 43-32.
Mudecas starts Tuesday
Top seeds for the 87th Mudecas tournament, which starts for boys on Tuesday in Beatrice, are Class D-1 No. 1 Bruning-Davenport/Shickley in the A Division and Sterling in the B Division.
The boys semifinals are Thursday night with Beatrice City Auditorium hosting the finals Saturday starting at 5:45 p.m. with the B Division.
Top games this week
CLASS A — Tuesday: Omaha Westside at Millard North. Friday: Omaha Westside at Omaha Creighton Prep, Kearney at Lincoln Southeast, Lincoln Northeast at Lincoln East, Omaha South at Millard South, Papillion-La Vista at Millard West. Saturday: Millard North at Kearney, Omaha Central at Lincoln Northeast, Lincoln Southeast at Papillion-La Vista, Millard South at Elkhorn South, Norfolk at Westside.
CLASS B — Tuesday: Gretna at Boys Town. Friday: Crete at York, Norris at Elkhorn South. Saturday: Norris at Crete.
CLASS C-1 — Monday: Boone Central/Newman Grove at O’Neill. Tuesday: David City Aquinas at Twin River, North Bend at Arlington, Columbus Scotus at Norfolk Catholic, Lincoln Lutheran at Elmwood-Murdock. Thursday: Cozad at Gothenburg, O’Neill at Ainsworth. Friday: Stanton at Boone Central, Adams Central at Grand Island Northwest, Wilber-Clatonia at Lincoln Lutheran. Saturday: Boone Central at West Point Guardian Angels, Hastings St. Cecilia at Kearney Catholic, O’Neill at Creighton.
CLASS C-2 — Tuesday: Douglas County West at Yutan, Creighton at Clearwater/Orchard. Thursday: Elmwood-Murdock at Conestoga, Burwell at Ord, Battle Creek at Norfolk Lutheran, Twin River at Cross County, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family at Neligh-Oakdale. Friday: Clearwater/Orchard at Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, Creighton at Laurel-Concord-Coleridge. Saturday: Elmwood-Murdock at Falls City, Fort Calhoun at Yutan
CLASS D-1 — Tuesday: Boyd County at Ainsworth, Neligh-Oakdale at Osmond, Walthill at Omaha Nation. Friday: Hartington-Newcastle at Osmond, Bertrand at Bartley Southwest, Lawrence-Nelson at Kenesaw, South Loup at Maxwell. Saturday: Heartland at Fillmore Central, North Platte St. Patrick’s at Bartley Southwest, Axtell at Lawrence-Nelson, Maxwell at Cambridge.
CLASS D-2 — Tuesday: Burwell at Riverside, North Platte St. Patrick’s at Mullen, Stuart at Chambers/Wheeler Central. Friday: Perkins County at Wauneta-Palisade, Boys County at Chambers/Wheeler Central. Saturday: Amherst at Anselmo-Merna, Mead at Bancroft-Rosalie.
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