Arterburn: Seven teams still on the hardwood during Nebraska’s postseason

LINCOLN – Can we just sit back and marvel at the success of high school hoops in southeast Nebraska this season? Seven – SEVEN (two girls teams, five boys teams) – teams from across the News Channel Nebraska (KBIE / KNCY) coverage area will be competing at the Nebraska School Activities Association State Championships the next two weeks.

A tip of the cap to every team in the region. Even if you didn’t make the state tournament, you pushed the state qualifiers to the limits and helped them get to where they are today. Thank you for another entertaining year on the hardwood.

With that being said, congratulations to the Auburn girls, Falls City Sacred Heart girls and boys, Lourdes Central Catholic boys, Syracuse boys, Johnson-Brock boys and the Elmwood-Murdock boys basketball teams on qualifying to your respective state tournaments.

Let’s close the year with some hardware from Lincoln.

NOTE: Our News Channel Nebraska Sports Crew is once again going to be LIVE from the girls and boys state basketball tournaments. We will have highlights from more games than anyone else, along with interviews from coaches and players, and all the results you need to know from Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln each night at 10 p.m.. Watch the show live on News Channel Nebraska or The show will re-air each morning at 8 a.m.


The Lourdes Central Catholic boys basketball team will defend their back-to-back state titles as the #7-seed in next week’s Nebraska School Activities Association State Basketball Championships in Lincoln.

NSAA officials released official state pairings Wednesday morning. The tournament runs from March 8-10.

The Knights (18-8), ranked #8 in the latest NCN rankings, open the Class D1 bracket at 9 a.m. at Lincoln Northeast High School vs. #2 Paxton (22-1). The game will be carried live on KNCY 1600 AM, 105.5 FM and

Nebraska City Lourdes defeated Walthill, 65-54, Tuesday night in the Class D1-2 district final to advance to their third-straight state tournament.

If the Knights win their first round match-up, they could play Pioneer Conference rival Johnson-Brock for third time this season in the semi-finals at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

The Eagles (22-5), ranked #6 in both the tournament and the NCN rankings, play #3 West Holt (20-3) immediately following the Lourdes game at approximately 10:45 a.m. Fans will be able to listen to the game on B103 (103.1 FM and

Johnson-Brock advanced to the state tournament for the first time since 2013 with a 55-48 win over BDS in the Class D1-1 district final Tuesday night.

The Syracuse boys basketball team is making their first trip to Lincoln for the first time since 2009.

The Rockets (17-9) are the #7-seed in the Class C1 bracket and will square-off against #2 Winnebago (20-6) at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Tip-off is set for 3:45 p.m. and will air on B103 (103.1 FM,

Syracuse beat southeast Nebraska rival Auburn in the C1-1 district final on Monday, 64-60 in overtime.

Despite falling in their Class D2-1 district final at the buzzer on Tuesday, 40-39, Falls City Sacred Heart still gets the top seed thanks to the power points standings.

The Irish (22-3), also ranked at the top of the NCN standings, qualify via a wildcard and will play #8 Cody-Kilgore (12-8) at 9 a.m. at Lincoln Southeast High School. It’ll be the first time since 2015 Sacred Heart has played at the state tournament. News Channel Nebraska will have coverage of the game on B103 (103.1 FM,

Elmwood-Murdock also gets into the NSAA boys state basketball championships on a wildcard spot. The #4 Knights (19-4) , who finished fourth last year and runner-up in 2016, open with #5 BRLD (24-2) at 8:45 p.m. at Lincoln Southeast High School.

Elmwood-Murdock, currently ranked #5 according to NCN, lost to Yutan in the Class C2-2 sub-district championship, 48-44.

2018 NSAA Boys State Basketball Championship Brackets

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State Tournament Coverage Plan

C1: #2 Winnebago vs. #7 Syracuse

When: 3:45 p.m. March 8

Where: Bob Devaney Sports Center

Radio: 103.1 FM,

D1: #2 Paxton vs. #7 Lourdes Central Catholic

When: 9 a.m. March 8

Where: Lincoln Northeast High School

Radio: 1600 AM, 105.5 FM,

D1: #3 West Holt vs. #6 Johnson-Brock

When: 10:45 a.m. March 8

Where: Lincoln Northeast High School

Radio: 103.1 FM,

D2: #1 Falls City Sacred Heart vs. #8 Cody-Kilgore

When: 9 a.m. March 8

Where: Lincoln Southeast High School

Radio: 103.1 FM,

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