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What to watch for in C-1, D-1, D-2 brackets

March 1, 2019

CLASS C-1No. 6 West Point-Beemer (23-2) vs. No. 5 Lincoln Christian (17-8)

Columbus Lakeview (18-7) vs. No. 3 Mitchell (24-1)About the Vikings: Lakeview is making its first state appearance since 1991; they’ve won five straight.About the Tigers: Five seniors start for Mitchell, which is making its fourth straight state appearance.

No. 2 Bishop Neumann (20-3) vs. No. 10 North Bend Central (19-7)

No. 1 Wahoo (23-1) vs. Adams Central (18-7)

Players to watch

Gracie Borer, Columbus Lakeview, sr.: The 5-foot-11 senior averages 17.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.

Olivia Hollenbeck, Lincoln Christian, jr.: The Division I prospect has taken a lead role this season, averaging 16.2 points per game.

Kyla Swanson, Wahoo, sr.: Illinois volleyball recruit is one of the most improved post players in C-1; averages 12.1 points per game.

Sidney Swanson, West Point-Beemer, so.: Two-year starter leads the Cadets in scoring at 14.5 points per game.

Keyana Wilfred, Mitchell, sr.: The UNLV recruit is one the top post players in the state; averages 18.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

By the numbers

10: Lincoln Christian has reached the state tournament 10 times over the past 11 seasons.

74: Number of blocked shots by Mitchell’s Keyana Wilfred this season.CLASS D-1No. 2 North Platte St. Pat’s (24-1) vs. No. 9 Elkhorn Valley (23-4) No. 6 Humphrey/LHF (21-4) vs. No. 3 Archbishop Bergan (16-8)About the Bulldogs: They have three players — Taya Beller, Allie Schneider and Brittney Veik — that can hurt you on both ends of the floor.About the Knights: They’re as battle-tested as anyone, playing in the Centennial Conference; looking to add hoops gold to their volleyball gold from the fall.No. 5 Weeping Water (18-8) vs. No. 1 Pleasanton (25-1)No. 7 Dundy Co.-Stratton (22-2) vs. No. 4 North Central (20-2)Players to watchPeyton Barrett, Weeping Water, jr.: The 5-foot-5 guard is the top scorer in the field, averaging 20.2 points per game. Taya Beller, Humphrey/LHF, sr.: The 6-2 post averages 14.1 points and 9.5 rebounds per game; also a standout volleyball player.Grace Cave, Weeping Water, so.: The 5-8 guard has Division I interest; she averages 18.3 points per game and has 108 steals.Haley Kempf, Archbishop Bergan, sr.: Averages 16.4 points and 6.7 rebounds for a team loaded with quick guards.Allie Schneider, Humphrey/LHF, jr.: The 5-9 guard averages 11.3 points, 4.4 steals and 4.2 assists per game.By the numbers0: First-round rematches of regular-season meetings.1: Of North Platte St. Pat’s 24 wins, only one was decided by single digits (Hershey, nine points).CLASS D-2No. 4 Sterling (21-5) vs. No. 3 CWC (21-4)No. 2 Falls City SH (23-3) vs. No. 7 Ewing (19-5)No. 1 Humphrey St. Francis (23-3) vs. No. 6 Wynot (19-6)About the Flyers: They’re looking to get back to the final for a second straight year and haven’t lost against D-2 competition.About the Blue Devils: The program knows how to win. Wynot has six state titles, its last coming in 2016.No. 5 BDS (21-4) vs. No. 8 Mullen (21-3)Players to watchRegan Alfs, BDS, jr.: The 5-foot-11 post averages 19.3 points and 11.4 rebounds per game and had a huge Crossroads Conference Tournament.Samantha Moore, Mullen, so.: The 6-foot forward averages 16 points per game and leads team in steals (65).Taylor Peter, CWC, jr: The 5-11 forward is a double-double machine (20.2 points and 13 rebounds per game); can also dish assists and get steals.Allison Weidner, Humphrey SF, so: She’s one of the state’s top point guards regardless of class; averages 19.8 points per game and has 169 assists and 155 steals. Fifteen blocks, too.McKenzie Witt, Falls City SH, jr.: Averages 6.2 points per game and is a great facilitator; had a great state final last season.By the numbers6: Number of schools in the field that also made state volleyball. Only Sterling and St. Francis missed in volleyball.18: Combined state titles for Sacred Heart, Ewing, Humphrey SF and Wynot.