This was supposed to publish yesterday right after I completed it. Not sure why it did not. So, half of the teams have lost by now, but I think the post is still relevant enough. In just a bit I will post my personal Flashback Friday. Sorry for the technical difficulties.
Moments ago, the first tip-off of the 2014 Nebraska Girls State Basketball Tournament just happened. I have so many memories of being involved with the state basketball tournament and plan on sharing a few with you tomorrow on a more personal Flashback Friday.
For today, I want to simply celebrate those teams who are about to be put into the record books. Whether they win the tournament or lose during the first round, being skilled enough to play at state basketball is a big deal. Congratulations to each one of the teams participating!
What is fun about this event is that the whole state is represented in the event. Here is a breakdown of all of the statewide regions and schools. Hopefully I did not miss any – it’s quite a list!
St. Celia (Hastings)
Lewis and Clark
South Sioux City
Guardian Angels Central Catholic (West Point)
St. Francis (Humphrey)
Platteview (Springfield area)
Bishop Neumann (Wahoo)
Sacred Heart (Falls City)
Dundy County-Stratton (Benkelman)
St. Patrick’s (North Platte)
St. Mary’s (O’Neill)
Here is a link to a printable page if you want to keep up the bracket.
Sorry that I did not think of posting anything like this for the fall sports or the previous winter ones. Of course, mapping every qualifying wrestler would take more time than I have. And I am pretty sure that most divers are from the Metro region since I would bet most smaller schools cannot exactly have their own school pools. But I have to admit that I notice this time of year more because I am a big basketball fan. I have been to many a tournament game as I will share tomorrow.
By the way, both the Nebraska School Activities Association and the Lincoln Convention Visitor’s Bureau have been working hard to make sure that the tournament participants’ visits to Lincoln are pleasant ones. You will find construction postings as well as parking information, so you can attend any and all of the games. Plus additional events are listed that are happening around Lincoln in case you want to paint the town (in your team’s colors of course!) Go, teams!
P.S. Did you guess when yesterday’s basketball picture was taken? 2002 is the correct year. Now can you guess the teams? More on that tomorrow.