About Stu Pospisil

Stu Pospisil has been The World-Herald's lead writer for high school sports since 1990 and for golf since 1988. He primarily covers football in the fall, basketball and wrestling in the winter and track and field in the spring. You can follow Stu on Twitter (@StuOWH) or email him at stu.pospisil@owh.com.

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Benson, Holdrege allowed to remain in A, B

LINCOLN — The Nebraska School Activities Association, on a pair of 7-1 votes Thursday, granted requests from Omaha Benson to remain in Class A and Holdrege to stay in Class B for all sports but football for the 2014-15 school year.

The NSAA at one point had told the schools that they would not be allowed to opt up into a larger class than enrollment dictates, then reversed course and allowed the opt-up request.

In March, OPS Board President Justin Wayne and Benson principal Anita Harkins-Baldwin stressed the importance of being able to stay in Class A. The March decision to keep Benson from remaining in Class A, Wayne said, would possibly alter the data OPS collects on how to best serve Benson because people …

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Stu Pospisil’s boys state tournament breakdown, March 15

Top performer: Malik Hluchoweckyj, Bellevue West: Had 14 of his team-high 18 points after halftime, including the go-ahead putback, to lead the Thunderbirds past Omaha Westside 56-50 in overtime for their first state title since 2005.

Game of the day: Fremont Bergan 71, Ainsworth 69, OT: In a Class C-2 final with 15 ties and six lead changes, Nathan Griffen’s basket with four  seconds left in OT fulfilled preseason predictions for the Knights.

Just like football: Omaha Skutt, by beating Beatrice 59-45 in Class B, has its first football-basketball championship double since 2005-06. It also won Class B wrestling.

They said it: “Obviously neither one of us was at our sharpest.” — Bellevue West coach Doug Woodard on the Class A final…

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Stu Pospisil’s boys state tournament breakdown, March 14

Top performer: Wills Wallrapp of Omaha Skutt: Had 10 of his 27 points in the final quarter of a 66-58 win over Elkhorn South in Class B. Honorable mention to Khyri Thomas of Omaha Benson and Grant Lahm of Columbus Scotus in losing causes.

Game of the day: Omaha Westside 67, Omaha Benson 63, OT: Sam Wilkinson was clutch at the line with 0.9 seconds left, making two free throws to tie the game, and the Warriors controlled the OT.

Nail-biter: Wahoo Neumann 67, Columbus Scotus 65, OT: Neumann survived two shots by Scotus in the final seconds to set up its C-1 final against Wahoo High.

They said it: “We’re a friendly community, but we have alumni who are older that will ruin it …

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Stu Pospisil’s boys state tournament breakdown, March 13

Top performer: Michael Herrmann, Omaha Westside: His 24 points and 10 rebounds paced a 63-56 win over Lincoln Southeast in Class A.

Game of the day: Norfolk 70, Omaha South 66, 3OT: First triple-OT game at state since 1924. The Panthers could have ended it earlier had it not been for 11-of-25 foul shooting.

Nail-biter: Wahoo 64, Falls City 58, OT: Jake Scheef had 10 of the Warriors’ 12 points in overtime. Wahoo needed a full-court play at the end of regulation to survive.

They said it: “I’m tired, and I was just watching the game.”— Omaha South coach Bruce Chubick…

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Nebraska boys state basketball tournament information

Thursday through Saturday

Pinnacle Bank Arena: Four Class A and two Class B games Thursday. Parking available (fee charged) in downtown garages and lots and at the Haymarket Park festival lot.
Devaney Center: Two Class B games and four C-1 games Thursday. Parking available ($4) at Innovation Campus, two entrances off Salt Creek Roadway between 14th and 27th streets in Lincoln.
Lincoln Southeast: Four Class C-2 games and two D-2 games Thursday. Van Dorn Street west of 40th Street. Free parking.
Lincoln East: Four Class D-1 games and two D-2 games Thursday. 70th and O Streets. Free parking.

Semifinals Friday: Classes A, B and C-1 at Pinnacle; Classes C-2, D-1, D-2 at Devaney
Finals Saturday: All at Pinnacle
Third-place games Saturday: …

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Stu Pospisil’s girls state tournament breakdown, March 8

Top performer
McKenzie Brown, Grand Island Northwest: The UNK recruit poured in 36 points, including a Class B tournament record-tying 15 free throws, to improve on her single-game school record and help the Vikings repeat as state champions.

Game of the day
Omaha Benson’s first state title in girls basketball saw the Bunnies rally from seven points down in the fourth quarter to defeat Bellevue West 47-43.

Friend held off Humphrey St. Francis for the school’s first title and first championship in any sport in 30 years as Taylor Menke went 4 of 4 at the line in the final 36 seconds of a 44-43 win in Class D-1.

They said it
“We played with a chip on our shoulder for our school.” — …

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Stu Pospisil’s girls state tournament breakdown, March 7

Allison Arens, Crofton: The Warriors’ sharpshooter cashed six 3-pointers while scoring a day-high 28 points in a 68-45 win over Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family for the defending Class C-2 champions.

The most anticipated one was Bellevue West-Millard West in Class A, but Bellevue West’s 17-1 start ruined the suspense. The Thunderbirds are in the finals for the fifth time in six years after a 63-41 win.

Only one of the 12 semifinals was decided by fewer than nine points — Sterling’s 31-28 win in D-2 over Giltner. Bailey Kahler’s 3-pointer in the final two minutes held up as the clincher for the Jets.

“They’re battle-tested. They’ve put the work in for me as a coach and …

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Stu Pospisil’s girls state tournament breakdown, March 6

Top performer: Kenzie Kulm of Platteview, whose 40 points in a 77-66 win over Fairbury broke the Class C-1 tournament record by four points. The 143 points matched the highest-scoring game in a C-1 tournament.

Upset of the day: Emerson-Hubbard knocked off top-seeded O’Neill St. Mary’s in convincing fashion, beating the Cardinals 54-37 in Class D-1. Abby Dreiling led the Pirates with 18 points.

Nail-biter: Holdrege clawed back from a 12-point deficit to defeat York 54-53 in overtime. It was the second time in the past three weeks that the Dusters edged York.

They said it: “We did not want to go one-and-done again.” — Lincoln Northeast coach Steve Bartek, whose team exited in the first round the past two seasons.…

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Nebraska boys state tournament projected pairings

Class A
>> Thursday at Pinnacle Bank Arena
Omaha Benson (23-3) vs. Lincoln Northeast (12-13), 2 p.m.
Omaha Westside (19-5) vs. Lincoln Southeast (20-5), 3:45 p.m.
Omaha South (20-5) vs. Norfolk (20-5), 7 p.m.
Omaha Central (22-4) vs. Bellevue West (18-6), 8:45 p.m.

Class B
>> Thursday at Pinnacle Bank Arena
York (22-2) vs. Lincoln Pius X (15-7), 9 a.m.
Omaha Roncalli (14-11) vs. Beatrice (20-2), 10:45 a.m.
>> Thursday at Devaney Center
Elkhorn South (24-0) vs. Grand Island Northwest (11-16), 7 p.m.
Omaha Skutt (19-6) vs. Scottsbluff (16-8), 8:45 p.m.

Class C-1
>> Thursday at Devaney Center
Cozad (17-8) vs. Wayne (23-4), 9 a.m.
Wahoo (20-5) vs. Falls City (24-2), 10:45 a.m.
Columbus Scotus (21-4) vs. Kearney Catholic (15-11), 2 p.m.
Wahoo Neumann (19-6) …

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Nebraska girls state tournament projected pairings

Class A
Thursday at Pinnacle Bank Arena
2 p.m., Lincoln Northeast (21-4) vs. South Sioux City (18-7)
3:45, Omaha Benson (23-2) vs. Kearney (19-6)
7 p.m., Bellevue West (24-2) vs. Bellevue East (17-8)
8:45, Millard West (23-3) vs. Fremont (22-3)

Class B
Thursday at Pinnacle Bank Arena
9 a.m., Grand Island Northwest (22-2) vs. Sidney (17-7)
10:45, Gretna (19-5) vs. Norris (16-6)
Thursday at Devaney Center
7 p.m., Omaha Duchesne (18-6) vs. Lincoln Pius X (19-2)
8:45, Holdrege (20-4) vs. York (18-6)

Class C-1
Thursday at Devaney Center
9 a.m., Minden (25-0) vs. Lincoln Lutheran (18-7)
10:45, Platteview (22-2) vs. Fairbury (23-2)
2 p.m., Pierce (20-4) vs. Chadron (20-4)
3:45, Wahoo Neumann (20-5) vs. Kearney Catholic (24-1)

Class C-2
Thursday at Lincoln Southwest
2 p.m., …

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