Oakland-Craig’s girls and the North Bend Central boys have the top seeds when East Husker Conference tournament action tips off later this week.
The girls tournament starts Friday, Jan. 25, with games at Humphrey, North Bend and Clarkson/Leigh. The boys draw opens Saturday with games at Howells, Humphrey and West Point.
Tekamah-Herman’s girls are seeded 13th and open the tourney against fourth-seeded Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family. Tip time is approximately 7:30 p.m. at Humphrey.
The Bulldogs, the number-two team in Class D1, are among four state-ranked teams in the East Husker. There are two in each half of the bracket and all four could end up in semifinal play on Thursday, Jan. 31. Top-seeded O-C is the number-two team in C2 and could meet Humphrey/LHF in a semifinal contest. In the bottom half of the bracket, second-seeded West Point-Beemer is ranked fourth in C1 while third-seeded Clarkson/Leigh is seventh in C2.
BRLD has the five-seed and plays Logan View/Scribner-Snyder at 6 p.m. in Humphrey Saturday night. The winner gets the winner of the T-H-Humphrey/LHF game at Oakland-Craig Monday night, Jan. 28.
Losers of Friday’s game all play Thursday night, Jan. 31, The highest seed of the six teams involved will host all three games.
The T-H boys open their tournament stay at Humphrey Saturday night. The Tigers take on the third seeded Bulldogs at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Ranked fourth in Class D1, the Bulldog boys are among three ranked teams in the conference. Top-seeded North Bend Central is ranked fourth in C1 while second-seeded BRLD is the top-ranked team in C2.
The Wolverines start tournament play at home on Tuesday, Jan. 29, taking on the winner of Saturday’s West Point-Beemer-Madison tilt.
Oakland-Craig carries the eighth seed and plays Twin River at West Point at 6 p.m. Saturday. The winner gets top-seeded North Bend on Tuesday.
As in the girls draw, losers of first round games all play on Friday night with the highest remaining seed hosting all three games.
Championship play in both brackets is set for Saturday, Feb. 2, at Central Community College in Columbus.
The third-place boys game starts at 2:30 p.m., followed in order by the girls consolation game, the girls championship game and the boys final.