Schools plan pep rallies, send-offs for state basketball teams

Schools plan pep rallies, send-offs for state basketball teams
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Area schools in southeast Nebraska are celebrating their state qualifying basketball teams this week by hosting pep rallies and send-offs for fans to show their support and spirit.

Lourdes Central Catholic High School, the three-time defending Class D1 champions, are inviting fans to a pep rally on Wednesday at 3 p.m. The rally will be held in the Fr. McCabe Activities Center at Lourdes. The No. 8 Knights (8-16) play No. 1 Elm Creek (21-3) in the quarterfinals at Lincoln East High School. Tip-off is set for 9 a.m. Thursday. The game will be carried live on Otoe County Country (KNCY 1600 AM, 105.5 FM and ncnsportsnow.com).

A pep rally will be held at 1:10 p.m. Wednesday for Auburn, who advanced to their first state tournament since 1985. A send-off will be at 3:30 p.m. The No. 3 Bulldogs (21-3) open Class C1 tournament play at 9 a.m. Thursday vs. No. 6 Grand Island Central Catholic (18-7) at Bob Devaney Sports Center. Fans will be able to watch the game live on News Channel Nebraska TV.

School officials also hosted a celebration for the Auburn boys basketball team on Tuesday night at the high school cafeteria. The night honored this year’s team and featured previous state qualifying teams from 1967, 1968 and 1985.

The top ranked Falls City Sacred Heart boys basketball team (24-1), the Class D2 defending state champions, will play No. 8 Blue Hill (18-8) at 10:45 a.m. Thursday on B103. The game will be held at Lincoln Northeast High School. School administrators announced there will be no school on Thursday at Sacred Heart, but classes will go on as scheduled on Friday.

No. 5 Johnson-Brock (21-4), who finished third in Class D1 a season ago, will aim for a football-basketball double championship when they begin their tournament run vs. No. 4 Humphrey St. Francis (22-4). Tip-off is scheduled for 9 a.m. at Lincoln Northeast High School and the game will air on B103.

C1: Auburn vs. Grand Island CC

When: 9 a.m. Thursday

Where: Bob Devaney Sports Center

TV: News Channel Nebraska

D1: Lourdes Central Catholic vs. Elm Creek

When: 9 a.m. Thursday

Where: Lincoln East High School

Radio: KNCY 1600 AM, 105.5 FM, ncnsportsnow.com

D2: Johnson-Brock vs. Humphrey St. Francis

When: 9 a.m. Thursday

Where: Lincoln Northeast High School

Radio: B103 (103.1 FM, b103.fm)

D2: Falls City Sacred Heart vs. Blue Hill

When: 10:45 a.m. Thursday

Where: Lincoln Northeast High School

Radio: B103 (103.1 FM, b103.fm)

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