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Kearney, Neb. – Wayne State transfer Alexis McAfee made a backdoor layup with three tenths of a second remaining in overtime to lift Washburn to a 62-60 win over Nebraska-Kearney Wednesday night in Topeka, Kan.

The Ichabods (11-4, 6-0) have won nine in a row to move into sole possession of first place in the MIAA while the Lopers fall to 10-6 (3-4) and to 2-3 in games decided by 10 points or less.

Both teams came in among the national leaders in scoring defense, allowing less than 59 points per game. Neither squad led by more than five points all night and there was an unprecedented 17 lead changes and 13 ties. UNK shot 50% (24 of 48) from the field against the stingy WU defense but also committed a season-high 26 turnovers and gave up 18 offensive rebounds. The 'Bods won despite shooting 35% (25 of 69) from the field but sunk eight threes and tallied 15 points off those 26 Loper miscues.

A three from the top of the key by freshman Maegan Holt (Council Bluffs, Ia.) tied things up at 60 with 32 seconds left in the extra session. The 'Bods tallied the first four points in overtime to grab a 60-56 lead but freshman reserve guard Aspen Jansa (Wahoo Bishop Neumann) went one of two at the free throw line with 2:03 left to start the comeback.

After Holt's second triple of the night, Washburn called a timeout to advance the ball past half court. Star guard Reagan Phelan drove the lane with seconds remaining and was surrounded by the UNK defense. However, McAfee went back door from the right wing to tally the winner. The 5-9 guard and Kansas native finished with nine points, four assists and three steals. Phelan had a team-high 13 points as well as six dimes and five thefts.

"I feel for our kids. They competed and played hard and did everything they could at the very end but Washburn made a play," said Loper assistant coach Devin Eighmey. "We do have some things to clean up. We didn't value basketball at times … we had 26 turnovers and lost by two."

The Lopers grabbed a 55-53 lead with 2:39 remaining in regulation after a layup by Crofton sophomore Kelsey Sanger. WU sunk about a minute later to regain the lead but Sanger went one of two at the line with 18 seconds left to knot things up once more. The 'Bods had two chances to win in the final five seconds but two shots didn't drop.

"Credit to them. They pressured us on the wing and got after us in the post in the second half," said Eighmey. "To give that much effort and to lose by two in overtime on a back cut with three tenths of a second left is tough. We'll learn from this and regroup."    

Four Loper starters reached double figures, led by Sanger and Elkhorn freshman post Brooke Carlson who had 16 apiece. They combined to go 12 of 22 from the field and also managed 13 rebounds, five assists and five steals. Next, Holt had 12 and four boards with South Dakota freshman guard Klaire Kirsch supplying 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Finally, Sanger, Holt and Kirsch each logged at least 40 minutes.

Besides Phelan and McAfee, Washburn got 12 points and three offensive caroms from Idaho State post transfer Nicole Murugarren and nine points in 17 minutes from Austin Peay State (Tenn.) transfer Shelbe Pggie.

UNK faces Emporia State on Sunday afternoon. The Hornets (12-4, 3-3) hit a three with 17 seconds left to hand No. 3 Fort Hays State its first loss of the year, 54-51.
 




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Kearney, Neb. – Freshman reserve post Sevon Witt tallied a game-high 23 points in 20 minutes and the Washburn Ichabods got off to a fast start to beat Nebraska-Kearney, 89-58, Wednesday night in Topeka, Kan.

The Ichabods (12-3, 5-1) improve to 8-0 in Lee Arena while the Lopers fall to 5-11 (0-7).

UNK got a free throw from Bellevue junior forward AJ Jackson two minutes into the game to lead 1-0 but Washburn scored the next 12 points. The Lopers misfired on 11 of its first 12 shots as the 'Bods opened up leads of 17-7 and 28-11. The teams combined to go just 1 of 17 from the three point line in the first half but WU tallied 28 points in the paint as well as 16 points off 11 Loper turnovers to lead 34-18 at the intermission. 

A couple of threes from Iowa junior forward Kyle Juhl helped UNK hang around early in the second half but the 'Bods went on a 13-6 run to open up a 58-38 lead with 8:54 to play. Fittingly, Witt capped things with two free throws. A 6-7, 220 freshman from Raytown, Mo., he came in averaging 7.1 points per game (85 points on the season) but made 9 of 11 shots and 5 of 8 free throws to reach his season-high total. Witt also had five rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

All toll, Washburn tallied 59 of its points in the paint and had a 45-35 rebounding margin. Making just 6 of 21 three point shots, the 'Bods garnered 21 points off 15 UNK turnovers and had 51 bench points.

Besides Witt's unlikely heroics, WU got 10 points from freshman reserve guard Jalen Lewis and 16 points and eight boards from senior starting guard Tyas Martin. Senior guard Javion Blake, averaging just over 20 points per game, finished with a season-low five in 21 minutes of work.

Shooting 32% on the night, UNK saw Juhl and Texas junior guard Chase Winchester score 12 apiece. The duo combined to go 6 of 11 from behind the arc and also provided seven rebounds, four assists and four steals. Finally, Aurora freshman reserve Henry Penner got hot late and tallied eight points and six rebounds.

Kearney visits Emporia State (7-8, 2-4) Sunday afternoon. The Hornets led Fort Hays State 39-26 at the half tonight but fell by an 82-71 score.
  




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The MCC Indians Boosters, Inc. are sponsoring a youth volleyball tournament April 6 and 7 at the Peter and Dolores Graff Event’s Center on the McCook Community College campus.

There are four divisions or this tournament: 12-and under; 14-and under; 16-and under; and 18-and under. Cost is $120 per team.

The tournament schedule calls for the 12 and 14 year-olds to play April 6 and the 16 and 18-year olds to play on April 7.

To register, please send coach’s email address and phone number to: MCC Indians Boosters, P.O. Box 936; McCook NE. 69001. You can also find registration forms under “News and Events” on the MCC Boosters website at mccboosters.com

For more information, contact Bob Elder at (308) 345-4296 or (308) 340-4557.





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The McCook Community College volleyball team signed another player Wednesday when Eaton High School (Colo.) senior hitter Quinci Johnson signed her national letter of intent to play volleyball in the Fall at MCC.

“I came to open tryouts last summer and felt really welcome here by Coach Kobza and players and everybody I came in contact with,” Johnson said. “I liked the feel of it and how well MCC seemed to suits me that I came back for a second open tryout.”

“The players and were impressed with how well she did at her first tryout but when she came back for a second time, it was pretty obvious how much she wanted to be a part of our team,” MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said.

Johnson, a 5-8 hitter, is expected to play multiple positions for the Lady Indians.

“I think that is one of her strengths is her versatility and being able to go back and forth between the right side or outside,” Kobza said. “That’s a great option for a team when you have someone who can come in and help you out at either position and make that transition instantly.”

“I’m just happy to be part of this group that looks to build on what’s taken place the past several years,” Johnson said. “I’m looking forward to bonding with my teammates because they are going to be my family for the next two years and I plan to work hard to earn a spot on this team.”

Johnson, who played softball and ran track in middle school, decided to focus on volleyball her freshman year at Highland High School, then transferred to Eaton, where her team won state in 2017, and made it to the semifinals this past season.

“From a recruiting standpoint, we’ve had good luck with players who come from winning programs,” Kobza said.

Johnson plans to focus on nursing classes when she enrolls for classes in the Fall.





Quinci Johnson

Hayley Kobza

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The National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) and the Nebraska Coaches Association (NCA) announced the advancement of 14 coaches and an athletic director as finalists for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association national coach of the year. The nominations were based on each coach’s career accomplishments through the 2017-18 athletic seasons. Two former Nebraska prep coaches will be honored by being inducted into the national high school coaching hall of fame as well.

 

Jack Tarr Malcolm Athletic Director
Jim Hansen Lincoln Pius X Boys Assistant Coach
Kevin Scheef Wahoo Boys Basketball
Shane Fruit Ogallala Boys Cross Country
Doug Goltz Falls City Sacred Heart Football
Kevin Hubbell Lincoln East Girls Assistant Coach
Trudy Samuelson Malcolm Girls Basketball
Jeremy Haselhorst Papillion-La Vista South Girls Cross Country
Nancy Lockmon Giltner Girls Track & Field
Scott Steinbrook Kearney Soccer
Terry Graver Elkhorn South Softball
Rich Hood III Omaha Burke Swimming & Diving
Matt Wiemers McCook Tennis
Darcy White Exeter-Milligan Volleyball
Dean Boyer Plainview Wrestling

Eight finalists from across the nation, in nineteen recognized sports categories will be honored during the National Coach of the Year Awards Banquet which will take place at the NHSACA’s national convention in Bismarck, North Dakota on the evening of June 26, 2019. The highlight of the banquet will be the naming of the NHSACA national coach of the year in each sports category.

All Nebraska coaches were nominated for this national honor by the Nebraska Coaches Association. The selection is based on career longevity, service to high school athletics, honors, championship years, and winning percentage. The nominees and finalists are evaluated by experts in the field of coaching using sport-specific rubrics to assign points in each category. NHSACA is the oldest coaches association in the nation formed by coaches, for coaches, and has been recognizing national coaches of the year since 1978.

 

NATIONAL HALL OF FAME: Coaches Gail Peterson, Crofton and Sharon Zavala, Grand Island Central Catholic will be inducted into the national high school coaching hall of fame at the same NHSACA Convention. Hall of Fame ceremonies will take place on June 25.

 

It is with great pleasure that the National High School Athletic Coaches Association announces the advancement of Matt Wiemers from McCook High School as a finalist for the 2019 National High School Athletic Coaches Association national coach of the year in the sport of tennis. Eight finalists from across the nation will be honored during The National Coach of the Year Awards Banquet which will take place at the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s national convention at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck, ND on the evening of June 26, 2019. The highlight of the banquet will be the naming of the NHSACA national coach of the year in nineteen recognized sports categories. Coach Wiemers was nominated for this national honor by their state’s high school coaches’ association. This selection was based on longevity, service to high school athletics, honors, championship years, and winning percentage. The nominees and finalists are evaluated by experts in the field of coaching using a sport-specific rubrics to assign points in each category. The National High School Athletic Coaches Association is the oldest coaches association in the nation formed by coaches, for coaches, and has been recognizing national coaches of the year since 1978.

 





Matt Wiemers

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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

Ainsworth 66, CWC 23

Allen 55, Wynot 47

Alliance 68, Gordon/Rushville 23

Amherst 44, Shelton 34

Anselmo-Merna 64, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 44

Ashland-Greenwood 50, Yutan 47

Axtell 55, Arapahoe 46

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 68, Wakefield 55

Battle Creek 54, Guardian Angels 52

Blair 59, Omaha Concordia 41

Blue Hill 60, Harvard 47

Conestoga 65, Palmyra 62

Crofton 57, Wayne 56

Cross County 64, Dorchester 18

David City 62, Shelby/Rising City 59

Douglas County West 59, Louisville 49

Dundy County-Stratton 71, Wallace 48

Elkhorn 62, Columbus 43

Emerson-Hubbard 47, Homer 42

Exeter/Milligan 50, Meridian 33

Falls City Sacred Heart 58, Jefferson (Conception), Mo. 51, OT

Fort Calhoun 58, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 44

Freeman 65, Malcolm 26

Giltner 54, East Butler 42

Grand Island Central Catholic 47, Grand Island Northwest 22

Hartington Cedar Catholic 67, Creighton 29

Hastings St. Cecilia 43, Superior 38

Heartland 78, High Plains Community 39

Johnson County Central 54, Weeping Water 14

Johnson-Brock 95, Lewiston 25

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 81, Hartington-Newcastle 57

Lincoln North Star 62, Grand Island 44

Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 47, Arlington 33

Loomis 68, Southwest 60

Lutheran High Northeast 77, Walthill 38

Madison 62, Stanton 44

Maxwell 66, Brady 42

McCook 41, Lexington 39

McCool Junction 25, Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 23

Mead 55, Parkview Christian 51

Milford 60, Columbus Lakeview 46

Millard West 57, Omaha Bryan 55

Mitchell 51, Pine Bluffs, Wyo. 36

Nebraska City Lourdes 69, Auburn 36

Neligh-Oakdale 63, Clearwater/Orchard 53

Norris 41, York 40

North Bend Central 69, Columbus Scotus 49

North Central 62, Niobrara/Verdigre 57

O'Neill 47, Wagner, S.D. 38

Oakland-Craig 72, Tekamah-Herman 20

Omaha Creighton Prep 59, Omaha Westside 55

Osmond 61, Bloomfield 31

Overton 76, Elwood 42

Pawnee City 42, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 38, OT

Paxton 52, Hitchcock County 40

Platteview 64, Nebraska City 48

Ponca 59, Winnebago 40

Randolph 58, Winside 17

Schuyler 38, Central City 36

Seward 70, Crete 29

Silver Lake 49, Franklin 28

South Loup 64, Arcadia-Loup City 52

Southern 42, Diller-Odell 37

St. Mary's 84, Santee 46

St. Paul 55, Minden 41

Sterling 61, Omaha Christian Academy 53

Sutton 91, Ravenna 44

Syracuse 46, Plattsmouth 44

Thayer Central 51, Friend 27

Tri County 80, College View Academy 25

Wahoo 83, Raymond Central 36

Wausa 39, Elkhorn Valley 38

West Holt 55, Plainview 43

Wisner-Pilger 51, Twin River 40

2019 SPVA Basketball Tournament=

Hershey 51, Sutherland 37

2019 Thunder Classic Basketball Tournament=

Falls City 49, Jackson Heights, Kan. 44

Minuteman Activities Conference Basketball Tournament=

Creek Valley 66, Minatare 63

Garden County 56, Potter-Dix 11

Leyton 45, South Platte 43

Panhandle Conference Basketball Tournament=

Hay Springs 55, Crawford 49

Sioux County 51, Edgemont, S.D. 45

River Cities Conference Basketball Tournament=

Elkhorn Mount Michael 64, Omaha Gross Catholic 52

Omaha Skutt Catholic 69, Ralston 63

South Sioux City 68, Beatrice 52

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Alliance 47, Gordon/Rushville 34

Amherst 61, Shelton 21

Arlington 58, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 34

Auburn 34, Nebraska City Lourdes 32

Aurora 40, Holdrege 30

Axtell 34, Arapahoe 29

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 56, Wakefield-Allen 49

Blair 37, Omaha Concordia 26

Bloomfield 47, Osmond 35

Blue Hill 55, Harvard 18

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 34, McCool Junction 32

CWC 68, Ainsworth 40

Centennial 57, Wilber-Clatonia 12

Central City 50, Schuyler 24

Crete 39, Seward 31

Crofton 60, Wayne 36

Cross County 35, Dorchester 23

David City 36, Shelby/Rising City 27

Diller-Odell 48, Southern 37

Dundy County-Stratton 64, Wallace 14

Elkhorn 50, Columbus 39

Elkhorn Valley 67, Wausa 37

Exeter/Milligan 58, Meridian 37

Falls City 41, St. Joseph Le Blond, Mo. 29

Giltner 68, East Butler 26

Grand Island Central Catholic 52, Wood River 40

Guardian Angels 67, Battle Creek 66

Hampton 40, Nebraska Lutheran 37

Hartington Cedar Catholic 58, Creighton 42

Hartington-Newcastle 53, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 38

Hastings St. Cecilia 48, Superior 45, OT

Heartland 49, High Plains Community 20

Hitchcock County 61, Paxton 32

Homer 49, Emerson-Hubbard 25

Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 54, Pawnee City 38

Jefferson (Conception), Mo. 31, Falls City Sacred Heart 25

Johnson-Brock 59, Lewiston 25

Lawrence-Nelson 49, Deshler 40

Lincoln North Star 67, Grand Island 43

Loomis 58, Southwest 15

Lutheran High Northeast 68, Walthill 51

Malcolm 32, Freeman 24

Maxwell 50, Brady 31

McCook 41, Lexington 39

Mead 55, Parkview Christian 14

Medicine Valley 35, Eustis-Farnam 20

Milford 66, Columbus Lakeview 59

Millard West 60, Omaha Bryan 9

Mitchell 51, Pine Bluffs, Wyo. 36

Neligh-Oakdale 35, Clearwater/Orchard 26

Norfolk Catholic 55, Gretna 43

Norris 41, York 40

North Bend Central 38, Columbus Scotus 24

North Central 64, Niobrara/Verdigre 59

O'Neill 69, Wagner, S.D. 48

Oakland-Craig 62, Tekamah-Herman 38

Omaha Brownell-Talbot 59, Fort Calhoun 48

Omaha Marian 63, Omaha Central 49

Overton 48, Elwood 38

Palmyra 43, Conestoga 31

Platteview 52, Nebraska City 28

Pleasanton 55, Ansley-Litchfield 19

Ponca 59, Winnebago 42

Randolph 52, Winside 12

Silver Lake 47, Franklin 35

South Loup 53, Arcadia-Loup City 37

St. Mary's 66, Santee 52

St. Paul 46, Minden 40

Stanton 62, Madison 12

Sterling 49, Omaha Christian Academy 37

Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 34, Anselmo-Merna 33

Sutton 43, Ravenna 37

Syracuse 57, Plattsmouth 34

Thayer Central 54, Friend 28

Tri County 62, College View Academy 9

Twin River 33, Wisner-Pilger 29

Wahoo 64, Raymond Central 36

Weeping Water 51, Johnson County Central 34

West Holt 59, Plainview 24

Yutan 60, Ashland-Greenwood 30

2019 SPVA Basketball Tournament=

Bridgeport 59, Perkins County 22

Chase County 49, Kimball 25

Hershey 48, Sutherland 20

Goldenrod Conference Tournament=

Burwell 53, Nebraska Christian 38

Central Valley 60, Riverside 23

Fullerton 49, Spalding Academy 19

Humphrey St. Francis 68, Palmer 25





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BOYS PREP BASKETBALL=

College View Academy 65, Whiting, Iowa 36

O'Neill 46, Neligh-Oakdale 42

Omaha Benson 65, Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson, Iowa 52

Omaha Nation 74, Homer 53

2019 SPVA Basketball Tournament=

Bridgeport 47, Kimball 24

North Platte 50, Perkins County 37

Goldenrod Conference Tournament=

Burwell 64, Central Valley 55

Fullerton 76, Nebraska Christian 47

Humphrey St. Francis 73, Spalding Academy 29

Riverside 76, Heartland Lutheran 39

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL=

Cedar Bluffs 48, Boys Town 31

College View Academy 69, Whiting, Iowa 45

Ewing 55, West Holt 42

Flandreau Indian, S.D. 65, Walthill 45

Homer 83, Omaha Nation 43

O'Neill 69, Neligh-Oakdale 41

Omaha Benson 51, Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson, Iowa 46

Wynot 44, Viborg-Hurley, S.D. 27

Minuteman Activities Conference Basketball Tournament=

Bayard 57, Creek Valley 39

Leyton 68, Potter-Dix 26

Minatare 47, Garden County 24

River Cities Conference Basketball Tournament=

Omaha Gross Catholic 50, Beatrice 45, OT

Omaha Roncalli 57, Omaha Mercy 54

Omaha Skutt Catholic 69, Ralston 22

South Sioux City 78, Omaha Duchesne Academy 44




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The Air Force Prep Huskies banked in a 3-pointer off the boards as time expired to sink the McCook Community College Men Tuesday in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center 81-80.

MCC had taken the lead on sophomore Peanut Cunningham’s (Louisville, Kent.) drive down the lane that put the Indians up 80-78 with 9.4 seconds remaining. Air Force Prep got the ball up court for a 3-pointer that missed but Prep’s Marcus Hill ran down the rebound and put it up and in for the win.

“We box out and we’re happy with a great win over a quality team,” MCC Coach Brandon Lenhart said. “Instead we’re disappointed with a loss.”

The two teams battled back-and-forth in the first half. The Indians took an eight-point lead at the 12:56 mark but Air Force Prep fought back to lead by five points at the 7:12 mark. MCC took the lead back but the Huskies worked a last-second shot to end the first half and brought them to within four points of the Indians 40-36.

“We’re just having a hard tie guarding in half-court,” Lenhart said.

MCC stretched the lead to double-digits in the early part of the second half until the Huskies switched things up defensively.

“They went to a zone and it slowed us down for four or five possessions,” Lenhart said.

The Huskies cut the MCC lead to 62-59 at the 10:00 mark and the game remained tight down the stretch.

“Peanut really lifted us in the second half,” Lenhart said.

Cunningham scored 15 of his game-high 21 points in the second half to pace the Indians. Freshman Miles Black (Jonesboro, Ga.) hit three 3-pointers in the second half on the way to a 17-point night. Freshmen Tyrek Battle-Holley (Jersey City, N.J.) and Mardrez McBride (Augusta, Ga.) both chipped in nine points.

Air Force Prep canned 30 of 55 field goals for the game (56.7 percent) and 14 of 34 shots from beyond the 3-point line (41.2 percent) including 10 of 21 in the second half (47.6 percent).

“You just can’t allow a team to shoot 56 percent for the game, 42 percent from the 3-point line and let them take 34 of them,” Lenhart said.

MCC shot 49.3 percent from the field on 69 shots, and 32.1 percent from the 3-point line on 28 shots,

The Indians out-rebounded the Huskies 35-31 with Sophomore Ron White (New York, N.Y.) leading MCC on the boards with seven.

“I mean there was a lot of good that took place tonight, but in a loss you give up an inch here and an inch there and it adds up,” Lenhart said.

The Indians forced Air Force Prep into 17 turnovers, while committing nine.

The Indians fall to 7-8 on the year and begin Region IX South Division Play this weekend in Colorado, Friday at La Junta, Colo. against Otero Junior College and Saturday at Trinidad State. Then comes two more Region IX road games Jan. 22 at Scottsbluff against Western Nebraska and Jan. 25 at Sterling, Colo. against Northeastern Junior College.

MCC's only home game in the region comes Jan 29 when the Indians host North Platte.

For more photos from the game, please visit the MCC Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MPCCMcCook/

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including live-streaming games, news, photo galleries, schedules and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:

https://mccindians.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball&path=mbball





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Kearney, Neb. - The Nebraska-Kearney wrestling program hosts the seventh annual Midwest Duals this Friday and Saturday at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds.

Nineteen colleges (NCAA Division II, NAIA and JUCO), 16 high schools and several youth club teams from Nebraska and surrounding states will take part. Action begins at 9 a.m. on both days and runs until the early evening hours.

On Friday, NAIA, junior colleges and a UNK "reserve" team will compete along with smaller class high schools. On Saturday, the action will include Division II schools, kids clubs and larger class high schools. 

Cost of admission per day is $10 (adults) and $8 (seniors/youths). Those who have the UNK All-Sports pass or a Nebraska Coaches Association pass will also gain admittance; the passes must be shown to get in. All proceeds benefit Loper wrestling.





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View below the boys & girls Southwest Conference tournament brackets. Teams that fall in the first round will play another game at Gothenburg high school on Jan. 24th. The semi-finals & championship games will be played at Lexington high school on Jan. 25th & 26th. 



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