Monica Arens

Monica Arens averages 18.2 points for Crofton, which takes a 22-3 record into the Class C-2 tourney.


World-Herald staff writer Mike Patterson takes a look at the Class C-1 and C-2 state tournament fields.

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CLASS C-1

CHADRON CARDINALS (18-4)

Coach: John McLain

World-Herald rank: 9

Scoring averages: 56.0-42.0

Conference: Western

Player, Ht., Yr., Pts., Reb.

Jadyn McCartney, 5-11, Jr., 17.0, 6.3

Chandler Hageman, 5-11, Sr., 16.0, 7.9

Jayden Garrett, 5-8, Sr., 8.7, 1.7

Teagan Westemeier, 5-10, Jr., 3.6, 2.5

Alexandria Nobiling, 5-10, Jr., 1.5, 2.1

Tournament history: Eleventh appearance, fifth in a row; runner-up in 2000.

KEARNEY CATHOLIC STARS (25-1)

Coach: Rick Petri

World-Herald rank: 2

Scoring averages: 61.0-29.0

Conference: LouPlatte

Player, Ht., Yr., Pts., Reb.

Kylie Thiele, 5-9, Jr., 13.0, 2.1

Madison Squiers, 5-9, Sr., 8.4, 4.4

Anna Squiers, 5-11, Jr., 7.2, 5.6

Michelle Messbarger, 5-5, Sr., 7.2, 2.6

Katelyn Long, 6-1, Jr., 6.2, 5.3

Tournament history: Fourteenth appearance, fourth in a row; three-time champion (1984, ’85, 2007).

LINCOLN CHRISTIAN CRUSADERS (23-1)

Coach: Nick Orduna

World-Herald rank: 1

Scoring averages: 68.0-37.0

Conference: Centennial

Player, Ht., Yr., Pts., Reb.

Chloe Dworak, 5-6, So., 17.0, 2.1

Taytem Coleman, 6-0, So., 13.0, 4.8

Emily Hollenbeck, 6-0, So., 13.0, 6.6

Ashlyn Power, 5-8, Jr., 10.0, 3.6

Mollie Shepard, 5-6, Jr., 8.8, 5.3

Tournament history: Nineteenth appearance, second in a row; state champion in 2002.

LOUISVILLE LIONS (23-3)

Coach: Wally Johnson

World-Herald rank: 4

Conference: East Central Nebraska

Player, Ht., Yr., Pts., Reb.

Maggie Hiatt, 6-2, Jr., 12.0, 9.0

Jamie Winkler, 5-4, Jr., 12.0, 4.0

Olivia Heard, 5-8, Jr., 9.3, 5.0

Kalli Mackling, 5-8, Jr., 8.0, 3.0

Jordan Winkler, 5-4, Fr., 7.0, 2.0

Tournament history: First state appearance.

MITCHELL TIGERS (20-6)

Coach: Brock Ehler

World-Herald rank: 8

Scoring averages: 52.0-36.0

Conference: Western Trails & Western

Player, Ht., Yr., Pts., Reb.

Celeste Cardona, 5-7, Jr., 12.0, 4.7

Keyana Wilfred, 6-3, Fr., 11.0, 6.0

Jori Peters, 5-4, So., 9.7, 4.0

Annabelle Gillen, 5-6, Fr., 7.3, 3.8

Kenzey Kanno, 5-3, Fr., 6.7, 2.3

Tournament history: Fourth appearance, first since 1995.

ORD CHANTICLEERS (24-2)

Coach: Kenton Tennal

World-Herald rank: 3

Conference: LouPlatte

Player, Ht., Yr., Pts., Reb.

Delani Fahey, 5-9, So., 13.0, 3.0

Kathryn Grint, 6-0, Sr., 13.0, 7.3

Alexandra Smith, 5-5, So., 12.0, 2.0

Morgan Alexander, 5-6, Sr., 6.3, 3.0

Madilyn Hagge, 5-9, So., 6.0, 5.8

Tournament history: Eighth appearance, first since 1989; state champion 1988.

PIERCE BLUEJAYS (21-4)

Coach: Darren Sindelar

World-Herald rank: 5

Conference: Mid-State

Player, Ht., Yr., Pts., Reb.

Jaci Brahmer, 6-1, Sr., 11.0, 8.4

Shelby Bretschneider, 5-10, Sr., 10.0, 8.1

Carly Sutherland, 5-8, So., 7.4, 3.6

Casey Sutherland, 5-5, Sr., 6.5, 2.9

Hailey Race, 5-6, Jr., 5.4, 2.0

Tournament history: Seventh appearance, fourth year in a row; three-time defending champion.

WAHOO NEUMANN CAVALIERS (19-5)

Coach: Jace Morgan

World-Herald rank: 6

Conference: Centennial

Player, Ht., Yr., Pts., Reb.

Hannah Thiele, 5-10, Jr., 12.0, 2.9

Aspen Jansa, 5-7, So., 12.0, 1.8

Madyson Maly, 5-5, Jr., 11.0, 1.8

Jessina Rada, 5-7, So., 8.5, 3.3

Caitlin Makovicka, 5-10, Jr., 5.2, 5.7

Tournament history: Fifteenth appearance, third in a row; state champion in 2009, 2010.

CLASS C-2

CROFTON WARRIORS (22-3)

Coach: Aaron Losing

World-Herald rank: 2

Conference: Mid-State

Player, Ht., Yr., Pts., Reb.

Monica Arens, 5-10, Jr., 18.2, 6.5

Kelsey Sanger, 5-7, Jr., 11.2, 4.2

Katie Petersen, 5-10, Sr., 11.0, 6.2

Breanna Allen, 5-5, Sr., 6.5, 2.5

Lauren Steffen, 5-6, Jr., 5.0, 2.5

Tournament history: Fifteenth appearance, sixth in a row; seven-time champion, four-time defending champion.

HASTINGS ST. CECILIA HAWKETTES (18-5)

Coach: Tim Farmer

World-Herald rank: 3

Scoring averages: 54.0-43.0

Conference: Centennial West

Player, Ht., Yr., Pts., Reb.

Shandra Farmer, 5-3, Sr., 20.8, 3.4

Kameron Kissinger, 5-7, So., 10.7, 2.8

Lil Sheehy, 5-8, Sr., 8.3, 2.7

Lucy Skoch, 6-2, Jr., 7.5, 9.7

Lexi Vertin, 5-9, Fr., 5.7, 5.0

Tournament history: Sixteenth appearance, fourth in a row; four-time champion (1977, ’78, ’79, 2011).

HEMINGFORD BOBCATS (21-2)

Coach: Steve Morava

World-Herald rank: 4

Scoring averages: 59.0-35.0

Conference: Panhandle/Western Trails

Player, Ht., Yr., Pts., Reb.

Faith Rohrbouck, 5-9, Jr., 15.4, 3.3

Brooke Turek, 5-6, Jr., 14.1, 7.3

Natalie Gasseling, 6-0, Jr., 13.1, 9.2

Emily Hansen, 5-10, Jr., 5.4, 4.0

Kaitlyn Kumpf, 5-7, Jr., 4.7, 2.9

Tournament history: Second appearance, first since 1986.

OAKLAND-CRAIG KNIGHTS (19-6)

Coach: Joe Anderson

World-Herald rank: 7

Conference: East Husker

Player, Ht., Yr., Pts., Reb.

Dacey Nelson, 5-7, Fr., 14.8, 2.2

Brynn Charling, 5-9, Sr., 13.0, 8.0

Emma Reinert, 5-10, Sr., 6.2, 5.8

Bailey Charling, 5-8, Sr., 5.9, 3.5

Olivia Bures, 5-9, Sr., 4.5, 4.4

Tournament history: First state appearance.

STANTON MUSTANGS (19-7)

Coach: Greg Wegner

World-Herald rank: 10

Scoring averages: 49.0-41.0

Conference: East Husker

Player, Ht., Yr., Pts., Reb.

Hiliary Huss, 5-7, Sr., 18.8, 3.0

MacKenzie Brandl, 5-5, Jr., 8.9, 4.6

Jessie Brandl, 5-6, Fr., 7.8, 5.8

Alison Wade, 5-9, Sr., 4.8, 3.2

Bree Burtwistle, 5-8, Fr., 3.7, 2.8

Tournament history: Third appearance, first since 1990; state runner-up in 1989.

SUPERIOR WILDCATS (24-2)

Coach: Jim Sullivan

World-Herald rank: 5

Scoring averages: 48.0-30.0

Conference: Southern Nebraska

Player, Ht., Yr., Pts., Reb.

Leah Meyer, 5-10, Sr., 14.6, 8.0

Taylor Jensby, 5-8, Sr., 8.4, 2.8

Riley Butler, 5-5, Sr., 6.6, 4.3

Evin Miller, 5-10, Jr., 5.2, 4.5

Michelle Unruh, 6-0, Jr., 4.2, 3.2

Tournament history: Sixth appearance, first since 2010.

WEST POINT GACC (25-1)

Coach: Jerry Stracke

World-Herald rank: 1

Scoring averages: 62.0-32.0

Conference: Mid-State

Player, Ht., Yr., Pts., Reb.

Katelyn Brown, 6-0, Sr., 9.7, 3.0

Katie Steuter, 5-8, Sr., 9.0, 3.1

Kate Knobbe, 5-7, Sr., 8.6, 2.8

Lexis Haase, 5-8, So., 7.7, 2.1

Breanne Kreikemeier, 5-8, Sr., 6.3, 3.6

Tournament history: Twentieth appearance, 19th in a row; five-time champion (2002, ’03, ’04, ’05, ’12).

YUTAN CHIEFTAINS (21-5)

Coach: Rod Henkel

World-Herald rank: 6

Scoring averages: 55.0-35.0

Conference: East Central Nebraska

Player, Ht., Yr., Pts., Reb.

Bailey Josoff, 5-8, Sr., 15.4, 7.6

Karly Zaugg, 5-5, Sr., 13.8, 3.1

Madison Davis, 5-7, Jr., 10.5, 5.0

Noelle Josoff, 5-3, So., 3.8, 1.5

Haleigh Wuster, 5-8, Jr., 3.2, 2.4

Tournament history: Third appearance, second in a row.

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