BEATRICE – High school basketball teams from around southeast Nebraska will descend on Beatrice this week for the annual MUDECAS Tournament.
The girls begin play Monday with an A Division loaded with state tournament contenders. The top seed goes to last year’s winner and reigning Class D2 State Champion Falls City Sacred Heart (11-0). Undefeated Meridian (11-0) is the two seed and will look for a rematch with Sacred Heart after losing to them in overtime in the 2017 MUDECAS final.
Rounding out the top four seeds in the A Division are a pair of one-loss teams in #3 Exeter-Milligan (11-1) and #4 Bruning-Davenport/Shickley (10-1). All A Division games will be played at the Beatrice City Auditorium.
Sterling (5-7) is the top seed for the girls B Division, with Southern (6-5) as the second seed. HTRS (2-9) and Pawnee City (2-10) round out the top half of the B Division, which will play first and second round games at Southeast Community College. Last year’s B Division final saw Freeman edge Southern by one point. The Lady Falcons are the 8th seed in this year’s A Division and will face Sacred Heart in the first round.
The boys begin play Tuesday with Sacred Heart (9-1) atop the A Division with Johnson-Brock (9-2), Freeman (9-3) and BDS (9-2) rounding out the top four seeds. The 2017 A Division winner, Parkview Christian (6-5) is the five seed and will open against BDS.
Exeter-Milligan (9-2) claims the #1 seed in the B Division, followed by Southern (6-5), Pawnee City (5-6) and HTRS (4-7). Sterling (6-6) was the 2017 B Division winner, knocking off Tri County on a buzzer beater. They are the #6 seed this year and face Pawnee City in the first round.
Full girls and boys brackets can be found below.
As usual, Ol’ Red 99.5 FM and KWBE 1450 AM and 94.7 FM will have extensive radio coverage of the tournament with Friday and Saturday’s finals also televised by News Channel Nebraska.
Monday Broadcast Schedule (Girls):
3:30 Auditorium – Exeter-Milligan vs. Diller-Odell – Ol’ Red 99.5
5:00 Auditorium – Meridian vs. Tri County – KWBE
6:30 Auditorium – Falls City Sacred Heart vs. Freeman – KWBE
8:00 Auditorium – BDS vs. Johnson-Brock – Ol’ Red 99.5
Tuesday Broadcast Schedule (Boys):
3:30 SCC – Pawnee City vs. Sterling – Ol’ Red
5:00 SCC – Southern vs. Lewiston – Ol’ Red
6:30 Auditorium – Sacred Heart vs. Diller-Odell – KWBE
8:00 SCC – HTRS vs. JCC – Ol’ Red