If it's boys subdistrict week, a game between Wahoo and Wahoo Neumann is a near-certainty.
When they face each other for the first time this season, in the C1-4 final at 7 p.m. Thursday at Omaha Northwest, it will be their ninth postseason meeting in 11 years.
Neumann prevailed in 2006 and in 2008 began a string of four wins in a row — in a five-year span — over the Warriors. Wahoo ended that streak last year with a 51-45 win and went on to an undefeated Class C-1 state championship season.
In this week's C-1 rankings, Neumann (17-6) is second and Wahoo (20-4) is sixth.
But in the state points standings, which determine the two wild-card teams in each class for the state tournament, Wahoo is third and Neumann sixth.
Wahoo's top scorers are the sons of coach Kevin Scheef. Ben Scheef, a senior, is averaging 16.1 points a game and Jake, a junior, 14.8.
Neumann's Austin Woita has averaged 15.6 points in his past five games, in which the Cavaliers went 4-1.
Classes C-1, C-2, D-1 and D-2 have their subdistrict finals Thursday. Winners advance to district finals Monday for C-1 and C-2 and Tuesday for D-1 and D-2.
Other subdistrict finals of note:
C1-7 at Columbus High, No. 5 Columbus Scotus (19-4) vs. No. 9 Columbus Lakeview (16-7): Scotus has beaten the Vikings 65-52 and 72-66.
C2-8 at Minden, No. 2 Hastings St. Cecilia (18-5) vs. No. 5 Doniphan-Trumbull (21-3): St. Cecilia beat the Cardinals 52-43 in December. The teams are in the top five in the point standings, along with Southern Valley (which lost to St. Cecilia on Tuesday).
C2-12 at Sidney, Bridgeport (18-4) vs. No. 10 Kimball (20-3): Bridgeport is 1-1 this season against South Dakota State recruit Mike Daum, who's averaging 25.3 points, and the Longhorns.
D1-7 at West Holt (Atkinson), No. 3 O'Neill St. Mary's (19-3) vs. No. 8 Clearwater/Orchard (19-4): St. Mary's has Wayne State recruit Adam Moon averaging 24 points and 11 rebounds while Cyclone sophomore Andy Kerkman is the state's top rebounder (14.4 per game) while averaging 16.5 points.
D2-1 at Johnson, No. 2 Falls City Sacred Heart (22-3) vs. No. 9 Lincoln Parkview (14-7): The winner's work isn't done. Top-ranked Exeter-Milligan, in D2-2, probably is its district-final opponent.
D2-4 at Pender, No. 5 Bancroft-Rosalie (22-3) vs. Walthill (11-8): Although a win would be an upset, Walthill has its first winning season since 1995-96 and that's worth mentioning.
Bellevue West girls already projected to be state-bound
Bellevue West, last year's state runner-up, is projected to be in next week's Class A girls basketball state tournament even if it loses the District A-1 final Thursday night to defending state champion Lincoln Southeast.
The Thunderbirds (23-2), ranked second in the state, lead the Class A point standings and cannot be overtaken if they need to go to state on the only wild-card berth available in Class A.
They host Southeast (14-1) at 7 p.m.
The pecking order behind Bellevue West is Omaha Benson, Lincoln Northeast, Fremont and Millard West. If all five win, then the losers of Thursday's Omaha Westside-South Sioux City and Kearney-Bellevue East district final are in wild-card contention.
The only Class A district final not being played Thursday is District A-5, in which Millard West hosts Omaha Northwest at 7 p.m. Friday.
Thursday's other girls games are Class B semifinals. On Friday are the finals in Classes B, C-1, C-2, D-1, and D-2. In those classes, the state field consists of six district winners and two wild-card teams.
The Nebraska School Activities Association will release the state tournament brackets on Saturday.