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Nebraska Boys State Basketball Tournament 2014

Now flooded with boys basketball fans from across the state, the Capital City is going to be a happening place for the next few days.  By now, one set of games is already in the record books.  But despite being a bit delayed today, I still wanted to give a shout out to all of the teams that have made it into the tournament this year.  So, just like last week, I will show which teams are from each of the regions of the state. Teams are mentioned in order from the site.  To know the official pairings, please visit the Nebraska School Activities Association website.

Frontier Trails

Grand Island Northwest


Kearney Catholic


Southern Valley (Oxford)

Elm Creek



Lewis and Clark



Scotus (Columbus)

Boone Central/Newman Grove (Albion)

Battle Creek






Spalding/Spalding Academy


Omaha Benson

Lincoln Northeast

Westside (Omaha)

Lincoln Southeast

Omaha South

Omaha Central

Bellevue West

Pius X

Roncali (Omaha)

Elkhorn South

Skutt Catholic (Omaha)


Neumann (Wahoo)

Archbishop Bergan (Fremont)




Leyton (Dalton)

Pioneer Country



Falls City

Freeman (Adams area)


Lourdes Central Catholic (Nebraska City)

Sacred Heart (Falls City)

High Plains (Polk)


Prairie Lakes

St. Patrick (North Platte)

Hitchcock County



Congrats to all of the participants!  Go, teams!

By the way, looking for information on parking while you visit Lincoln?  Or on other activities to do in town besides basketball?  Lincoln Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has all of the information to make your visit to Lincoln a pleasant one!

Tomorrow I will again be nostalgic about some of my favorite memories of the Nebraska boys state basketball tournament!


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Friday Flashback: Being a Part of the Nebraska Girls State Basketball Tournament

This blog post is definitely more personal and probably less relevant.  But I was enjoying reminiscing of a time many years ago now.  Thanks for indulging me.

Just to be clear right away … I never played in the basketball state tournament.  For those of you who know me, I am short and slow.  I play a mean game of H-O-R-S-E, but other than some jv ball, that is as far as my skills have ever taken me.  But because of years of watching, I do know the game of basketball and that started when I sat on the bench in high school.

You see, after helping take stats when I was a sophomore, I learned I enjoyed watching the game with a critical eye.  So, the next two years, I did not play but instead managed and become team statistician.  I can still do many percentages in my head because of that time.  Being a part of the Lincoln Christian team was a wonderful experience.  While I may not have been on the court, my friends were, and I definitely felt a part of the experience.

Thanks to the excellent online records over at Nebraska School Activities Association, I could verify that our girls team was at state every year that I was in high school.  Mainly we seemed to always get stopped at Pershing – that was always an odd place to have a game as the court felt like an island.  The closest we came to a championship during that season was an unexpected runner-up my freshman year.

State tournament time was filled with team togetherness, meals made by moms and school spirit.  One year when we lost first round, I recall going to watch other games as a team (after all, we had the passes!)  The camaraderie from that season of life will always be a special memory.

Fast forward to the game picture I featured on Wednesday.

Girls State Basketball

First of all, thanks to Jill and to Susie for getting the pictures/article for me.  A Columbus Scotus player’s shot is being blocked by Megan Wilson of Lincoln Christian, the team that went on to win the Class C-1 title game in 2002.  This is the one and only time that L.C.S. girls won the state championship so far.

I have to confess that I watched the game on tv, but I had been in attendance at the game the day before.  I had just finished teaching five years at Lincoln Christian and had moved into subbing mode.  We had just found that we were expecting our first baby. (In fact, my morning sickness began that week-end and stopped the day he was born 8 months later.  He’s 11 now and was worth it!)  Anyway, funny how all of that can be brought to mind with just one photograph.  I tried to find an actual link to the article, but that does not seem to be easily found – so thanks again to Susie for still having the article on hand!  🙂

I know that many more memories are being made this week-end.  I hope that the players and managers will also be able to look back with fondness at this time period.  While the losses sting at the moment, they definitely lessen over time.  Just the togetherness of being with your friends remain.  Of course maybe I would feel differently if I had been the one that missed shots …

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Nebraska Girls State Basketball Tournament 2014

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!

Event Picture


Frontier Trails


Northwest (G.I.)



Kearney Catholic

St. Celia (Hastings)


Lewis and Clark

South Sioux City




Humphrey/Holy Family

Guardian Angels Central Catholic (West Point)



St. Francis (Humphrey)



Lincoln Northeast

(Omaha) Benson

Bellevue West

Bellevue East

Millard West




Duchesne (Omaha)

Pius X

Lincoln Lutheran

Platteview (Springfield area)

Bishop Neumann (Wahoo)





Pioneer Country





Sacred Heart (Falls City)



Prairie Lakes

Dundy County-Stratton (Benkelman)


St. Patrick’s (North Platte)



St. Mary’s (O’Neill)

Boyd County


Here is a link to a printable page if  you want to keep up the bracket.

2014 Nebraska Girls State Basketball Tournament Schedule and Locations

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.

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