Here is a brief peek at C-1 and how things are shaking out going into tonight's (Thursday) games. District 4's status should be filed under (crying shame) for the simple fact all five teams are ranked in the top 18 in the NSAA's most recent wild card standings. The worst record by any team is Wahoo Neumann at 8-4 and they are ranked above David City, who sports a 12-3 mark. What can the NSAA do about things like this.....nothing. Just the way the cards fall. Thank goodness for the 2 wild card slots that earn a trip to Lincoln and those two positions could very well come from this loaded district.
Here is a look at the District by District standings through Wednesday, January 16th:
Sub District 1
Falls City-15-1 (44.25), Syracuse-4-9 (39.69), Louisville-6-7 (38.54), Auburn-2-13 (37.40), Conestoga-1-13 (35.79)
Sub District 2
Lincoln Lutheran-10-5 (43.07), Lincoln Christian-8-4 (43.00), Raymond Central-7-6 (41.15), Ashland-Greenwood-6-5 (40.73).
Sub District 3
Ft. Calhoun-11-3 (43.79), Boys Town-7-5 (42.42), Omaha Concordia-4-6 (40.10), Arlington-3-7 (38.33), DC West- 1-13 (36.29).
Sub District 4
Wahoo-13-0 (46.85), Columbus Scotus-10-2 (44.33), Columbus Lakeview10-3 (44.15), Wahoo Neumann-8-4 (42.75), David City-12-3 (42.53).
Sub District 5
Milford-9-4 (42.69), Wilber-Clatonia-7-4 (42.18), Fairbury-6-9 (38.80), Centennial-4-8 (38.33), Fillmore Central-2-12 (36.57).
Sub District 6
Hastings Adams Central-12-2 (44.79), Grand Island Central Catholic-7-7 (40.64), Sandy Creek-8-5 (40.00), Central City-2-13 (36.07).
Sub District 7
Wayne-13-2 (45.07), Winnebago-9-4 (42.00), West Point-Beemer-10-6 (41.06), Ponca -8-6 (40.36), Logan View-8-5 (40.15.
Sub District 8
Boone Central/Newman Grove-11-4 (43.27), Norfolk Catholic-7-6 (41.15), Pierce-5-8 (41.15), Battle Creek-3-9 (38.00), Madison-3-11 (37.71).
Sub District 9
Kearney Catholic-14-0 (46.14), Gibbon-9-2 (43.37), Minden-6-8 (39.79), St. Paul-5-9 (39.15), Centura-4-9 (38.00)
Sub District 10
O'Neill-13-2 (44.53), Valentine-8-2 (44.70), Ainsworth -9-4 (42.47), Broken Bow-4-9 (37.69), Ord - 2-13 (36.71).
Sub District 11
Cozad-8-4 (41.75), Chase County-5-9 (39.50), Gothenburg -5-9 (38.86), Ogallala-2-9 (36.73).
Sub District 12
Kimball-8-1 (45.00), Chadron-5-6 (41.09), Mitchell-7-6 (40.23), Gordon-Rushville-0-9 (35.22).
So, now the guess work. Here is what the projected District finals might look like and by the way, it's really far too early for this but I'll go out on a limb (a long one).
#1. Falls City vs. Lincoln Christian
#2. Boys Town vs. Wahoo
#3. Wilber-Clatonia vs. Adams Central
#4. Boone Central/NG vs. Wayne
#5. Kearney Catholic vs. Wayne
#6. Cozad Vs. Chadron
.....................use your imagination and take it from here.
It's also one of my favorite times of the hoops season because Conference tournaments are beginning to get into full swing. The Centennial, Capitol, and Mid-States Conference tournaments all commence next Monday, January 21 and will impact C-1 teams the rest of the way. It could make or break an injury riddled team like Nofrolk Catholic. Who'd have dreamed the Knights would be only 7-6 at this point in time, but they sorely miss the services of Conner Ketter right now. Here's hoping Ketter can return before long.