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Top four boys state basketball seeds set, but order isn’t; plus Tuesday district previews

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Top four state seeds are set, but the order isn’t

The top four seeds have been claimed, but the order has yet to be determined for next week’s boys basketball state tournament after Monday night’s district finals.

Omaha South will be top-seeded at 25-1 after its 83-50 win over Omaha Burke in District A-1, and Omaha Creighton Prep will be the No. 2 seed following its 59-50 win over Lincoln Pius X in A-3.

Fremont, which plays its home final in A-2 against Lincoln Southeast on Tuesday night, is assured of the one wild-card berth in Class A if it loses. If the Tigers win, they are the No. 3 seed and Papillion-La Vista, which beat Lincoln North Star 67-55 in A-4, the No. 4 seed. A Fremont loss flips those seeds.

In Class B, the wild cards will be the losers of the B-6 final at Ogallala between Scottsbluff and Sidney and the B-2 final at Papillion-La Vista between Gretna and Omaha Skutt.

In Class C-1, Pierce and North Bend are projected to be the wild-card teams after Wahoo Neumann, Columbus Scotus, Adams Central, O’Neill, Gothenburg and Louisville won district finals Monday night.

In C-2, the projected wild cards are Ainsworth and Southern Valley. District champions are Winnebago, Hastings St. Cecilia, Amherst, Elmwood-Murdock, Battle Creek and West Holt.

A look at Tuesday’s district finals:

Class B

B-1 at Bellevue East, Platteview (15-8) vs. Norris (10-11), 7 p.m.: Platteview hasn’t been to state since 2000. The Trojans did not play Norris this season.

B-2 at Papillion-La Vista South, No. 1 Gretna (23-1) vs. No. 5 Omaha Skutt (21-3), 7 p.m.: The teams have split this season, with Gretna winning 57-50 on Feb. 16.

B-3 at Omaha Bryan, No. 6 Bennington (19-4) vs. Omaha Roncalli (15-9): Bennington beat the Crimson Pride 57-44 on Feb. 8. Roncalli is trying to reach state for the second time in three seasons.

B-4 at Lincoln High, No. 2 Beatrice (21-2) vs. York (16-7), 7 p.m.: Beatrice is 2-0 against the Dukes.

B-5 at Grand Island, No. 4 Aurora (23-1) vs. Hastings (10-12), 7 p.m.: The Tigers lost to Aurora only 49-47 on Jan. 12. They haven’t been to state since 2004.

B-6 at Ogallala (Prairie View), No. 3 Scottsbluff (21-3) vs. No. 7 Sidney (22-3), 6 p.m. MT: They have split their games, with Sidney winning 43-41 on Feb. 6.

Class D finals

D1-1 at Doane College, Crete, No. 3 Nebraska City Lourdes (22-4) vs. No. 1 Bruning-Davenport/Shickley (23-3), 7:30 p.m.: BDS beat Lourdes 44-39 in the Mudecas semifinals in January. The loser here should go to state on a wild card.

D1-2 at Central Community College-Columbus, Fremont Bergan (10-13) vs. No. 2 High Plains (21-2), 7 p.m.: Both teams are trying to return to state.

D1-3 at Wayne State, No. 6 Walthill (19-3) vs. No. 8 Osmond (17-5), 7 p.m.: Walthill hasn’t been to state since 1990. For Osmond, it’s been since 1999.

D1-4 at Gibbon, No. 10 Kenesaw (19-5) vs. Elm Creek (13-9), 7 p.m.: Elm Creek beat Kenesaw 48-44 on Jan. 16.

D1-5 at Lexington, No. 4 Axtell (21-4) vs. Bartley Southwest (14-10), 7 p.m.: The Wildcats beat Southwest 60-43 on Feb. 13.

D1-6 at McCook Community College, Medicine Valley (13-8) vs. No. 7 Dundy County-Stratton (19-3), 7 p.m.: DCS beat Medicine Valley 83-49 on Jan. 15.

D2-1 at Crete, No. 4 Lincoln Parkview (20-5) vs. Exeter-Milligan (11-12), 7 p.m.: The teams have not met this season. Parkview has never been to state.

D2-2 at Cross County, No. 3 Mead (22-2) vs. No. 2 Riverside (21-2), 7 p.m.: Loser is projected to be a wild-card team.

D2-3 at Battle Creek, No. 10 Wynot (15-9) vs. Chambers/Wheeler Central (14-10), 7 p.m.: The teams have not met this season.

D2-4 at Southern Valley, Giltner (14-8) vs. Wauneta-Palisade (15-8), 7 p.m.: This is the district final with the most distance between schools.

D2-5 at North Platte, No. 8 Anselmo-Merna (19-5) vs. No. 5 Mullen (21-3), 7 p.m.: Mullen has a 52-46 win over Anselmo-Merna from opening weekend.

D2-6 at Bridgeport, Garden County (13-9) vs. Crawford (17-6), 6:30 p.m. MT: Garden County hasn’t been to state since 1939. The previous year, they were in Class A and lost to Omaha Benson in the first round. Crawford last qualified in 1999.

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