NSAA officials did decide to honor all of its media credentials for working media only. Radio broadcast coverage on KTCH/KCTY will go on as planned.
LINCOLN – The 2020 NSAA boys state basketball tournament is just right around the corner and KTCH/KCTY as well as waynedailynews.com will be bringing area coverage for Laurel-Concord-Coleridge, Ponca and Wayne Thursday.
First round, opening session games will begin at 9 a.m. as our first area broadcast will feature a Class D1 quarterfinal between #4 Laurel-Concord-Coleridge (23-5) and #5 Paxton (21-3) at 10:45 a.m. from Lincoln East High School. Pregame coverage on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com is scheduled for 10:20 a.m.
LCC is making their first-ever state tournament appearance while Paxton is back at state for the 25th time (third straight). The Tigers finished third in 2019 and have a state tourney record of 23-22.
The LCC/Paxton winner will face the winner of either #1 North Platte St. Patrick’s (22-2) or #8 Pleasanton (20-6) who open at 9 a.m. Thursday. The semifinal game would be at 9 a.m. from the Bob Devaney Sports Center Friday.
Other Class D1 quarterfinal match-ups: #2 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family (24-3) vs. #7 Fullerton at 2 p.m. and #3 Osmond (24-1) vs. #6 Southern Valley (19-5) at 3:45 p.m. Both games will be at Lincoln East HS.
Moving into the afternoon session, both Wayne High and Ponca will be in action.
For the sixth-ranked Blue Devils (21-6), WHS will face #3 Lincoln Christian (21-4) at 3:45 p.m. from the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Pregame coverage with Joey Lenihan is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on The City ‘KCTY’ 98.9/1590 and waynedailynews.com.
Wayne High is back at state for the 29th time (first since 2014) and have a state tourney record of 20-26 while the Crusaders finished third place in 2018 (16th state tourney appearance, 23-11 record).
WHS has won 12 straight while Lincoln Christian is on an eight-game winning streak.
The WHS/LC winner will face either #2 Auburn (26-0) or #7 Ashland-Greenwood (17-8) who play at 2 p.m. Thursday. The semifinal game would be at 10:45 a.m. from the Pinnacle Bank Arena Friday.
Other Class C1 quarterfinal match-ups: #1 Adams Central (24-1) vs. #8 St. Paul (19-7) at 9 a.m. and #4 Ogallala (21-4) vs. #5 Kearney Catholic (18-7) at 10:45 a.m. Both games will be at the Bob Thursday.
#5 Ponca (23-4) will also be in action at 3:45 p.m. Thursday against #4 Yutan (22-3) from Lincoln Southeast High School. Pregame coverage on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com is set for 3:30 p.m.
This is a rematch from last year’s semifinal in which Yutan won 46-42 over Ponca. The Chieftains (14th tourney, third straight, 16-13 state record) eventually finished runner-up last year while Ponca (18th tourney, fourth straight, 17-15 state record) took third.
The Ponca/Yutan winner will take on either #1 Grand Island Central Catholic (23-3) or #8 Palmyra (19-6) who play at 2 p.m. from LSE Thursday. The semifinal game would be at 7 p.m. from the Bob on Friday.
Other Class C2 quarterfinal match-ups: #2 BRLD (26-0) vs. #7 Doniphan-Trumbull (20-5) at 7 p.m. and #3 Sutton (23-2) vs. #6 Centennial (21-4) at 8:45 p.m. Both games will be at LSE Thursday.
Another northeast Nebraska team in action will be in Class D2 as #8 Randolph (17-7) will face #1 Humphrey St. Francis at 9 a.m. from Lincoln Southeast HS. The Cardinals are back at state for the 25th time and first since 2017 when they placed fourth. St. Francis returns for a second straight year (26th overall) and lost in the first round in 2019.
The Randolph/HSF winner will face either #4 Mullen (21-5) or #5 St. Mary’s of O’Neill (19-5) who play at 10:45 a.m. from LSE. The semifinal game would be at 2 p.m. from the Bob Devaney Sports Center Friday.
Other Class D2 quarterfinal match-ups: #2 Falls City Sacred Heart (26-1) vs. #7 Johnson-Brock (18-8) at 7 p.m. and #3 Loomis (23-2) vs. #6 Parkview Christian (19-7) at 8:45 p.m. Both games will be played at Lincoln East HS.