Syracuse, Elmwood-Murdock may deal with travel issues before Nebraska Prep Classic

The teams coming from farthest away have Nebraska Prep Classic director Tom Krehbiel worried the least about travel in possibly snowy conditions.

“Kansas City Central is coming in Friday and Denver East, we hope they can land a plane at Eppley at 1 o’clock Saturday afternoon,’’ he said. “I’m worried more about the morning two games. After that, I think we’re OK.”

The Prep Classic has eight games at Sokol Arena Saturday, starting at 10:30 a.m. and wrapping up with the marquee games of Omaha Westside against K.C. Central at 7:30 p.m. and Omaha Bryan against Denver East at 9.

Krehbiel said Kansas City Central (8-3) is “an up-and-coming program with a new coach.” Denver East has Division I prospect Kwane Marble.

“Bryan will have to deal with him,’’ Krehbiel said. “I’ll be interested to see how Bryan’s athleticism competes against them.”

Game previews:

Elmwood-Murdock girls (5-9 through Wednesday) vs. Syracuse (9-4), 10:30 a.m.: Elmwood-Murdock is six points away from being a .500 team. Syracuse started 8-0 before losing four in a row to teams that are a combined 53-7.

Elmwood-Murdock boys (7-5) vs. Syracuse (8-4), noon: Carter Bornemeier leads Elmwood-Murdock scorers at 14.6 ppg. Wil McCoy has the same average for Syracuse.

Gretna girls (4-8) vs. Oakland-Craig (14-0), 1:30 p.m.: New Class A team Gretna has struggled against mostly Class B competition. It faces one of the top scorers in the state in Oakland-Craig’s Dacey Nelson.

Gretna boys (9-1) vs. Treynor (13-0), 3 p.m.: An intriguing matchup that can help the Dragons in the Class A wild-card race. Tre Mikkelsen and Ely Doble are tied for their team lead in scoring at 15.7 ppg. Jerry Jorgensen and Jack Tiarks are among Treynor’s scoring threats. The Cardinals were state runners-up last season.

Council Bluffs St. Albert boys (4-9) vs. Winnebago (6-6), 4:30: St. Albert’s team is dealing with this week’s firing of coach Ben Holling. Winnebago is rebuilding after last year’s overtime loss to Wahoo for the Class C-1 title. Terrance Frenchman leads the Indians in scoring.

Boys Town boys (8-5) vs. Bellevue East (2-10), 6 p.m.: The last time Class C-1 No. 5 Boys Town took on a Class A foe, it was now-pro Khyri Thomas’ last team at Omaha Benson and the Bunnies won big.

Omaha Westside boys (9-4) vs. Kansas City Central (8-3), 7:30 p.m.: Last of a key three-game week for the hometowners. Class A No. 10 Westside beat No. 2 Omaha Creighton Prep 59-55 on Tuesday and is to play No. 6 Papillion-La Vista South on Friday.

Omaha Bryan (8-5) vs. Denver East (8-6), 9 p.m.: East is coming off a 103-point outing on Monday. The Blue Angels have been regulars at the Heartland Hoops Classic. Class A No. 9 Bryan, led by Javen Udofia’s 20-point average, was upset Tuesday by Millard West.

Gibson likely absent

Spokesman Larry Bornschlegl said the Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame is not expecting major league Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson to accept his induction in person at the group’s Feb. 10 dinner in Beatrice.

Gibson is one of this year’s seven inductees.

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