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

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CLASS D-1

BDS EAGLES (19-6)

Coach: Shana Gerberding

World-Herald rank: 6

Scoring averages: 46.3-37.2

Conference: Crossroads

Ht., Yr., Pts., Reb.

Lexi Kadel, 5-5, So., 9.3, 2.8

Carley Elznic, 5-7, So., 8.7, 7.6

Catherine Mick, 5-8, Sr., 8.3, 4.1

Megan Grote, 5-5, So., 7.2, 2.5

McKenna Schardt, 5-9, Sr., 7.0, 4.1

Tournament history: First appearance as Bruning-Davenport/Shickley

CAMBRIDGE TROJANS (19-5)

Coach: Jarod Albers

WH rank: 7

Scoring averages: 49.8-37.1

Conference: Republican Plains

Alea Shaner, 5-10, Jr., 19.1, 4.2

Kayla Shaner, 5-10, Jr., 8.4, 4.4

Rhiley Fiene, 6-0, Sr., 8.0, 6.2

KateLynn Benson, 5-7, So., 5.1, 3.2

Marlana Kent, 5-10, Jr., 4.9, 6.2

Tournament history: Thirteenth appearance, first since 2009; three-time champion (1993, 94, 95)

DUNDY COUNTY-STRATTON TIGERS (22-1)

Coach: Nathan Behlke

WH rank: 4

Scoring averages: 62.2-31.8

Conference: Republican Plains Activities

Aubrey Frederick, 5-10, Jr., 15.7, 6.9

Nicole Kent, 5-9, Sr., 12.6, 5.4

FayeLee Sanford, 5-3, Sr., 6.9, 1.0

Kaylee Burke, 5-7, Sr., 6.9, 2.7

Emily Jones, 5-5, Jr., 6.6, 3.0

Tournament history: Third straight appearance; runner-up last year

EMERSON-HUBBARD PIRATES (25-1)

Coach: Troy Haberman

WH rank: 2

Scoring averages: 59.0-34.0

Conference: Lewis & Clark

Payton Blanke, 5-7, Sr., 17.9, 5.4

Abby Drieling, 5-7, Sr., 16.5, 4.1

Ashley Bokemper, 5-6, Sr., 9.8, 1.8

Morgan Hansen, 5-8, Sr., 6.2, 3.3

Kylie Belt, 6-0, Sr., 5.8, 7.6

Tournament history: Ninth appearance, fourth in a row; state champion in 1989.

FRIEND BULLDOGS (23-3)

Coach: Scott Kraus

WH rank: 1

Scoring averages: 49.8-35.1

Conference: Pioneer

Raeleigh Menke, 5-10, So., 16.9, 6.0

Lexi Ryan, 5-10, Sr., 11.4, 5.1

Brooke Baugh, 6-0, Jr., 7.2, 6.8

Sidney Due, 5-10, Sr., 6.2, 3.8

Claire Kubicek, 5-5, So., 4.8, 2.7

Tournament history: Tenth appearance, fifth in a row; 2014 state champion.

FULLERTON WARRIORS (24-1)

Coach: Stacy Kramer

WH rank: 3

Scoring averages: 57.0-33.0

Conference: Goldenrod

Halle Plumbtree, 6-3, Jr., 14.6, 11.2

Macy Peregrine, 5-6, Sr., 13.2, 8.0

Ashley Frenzen, 5-8, Sr., 12.1, 2.9

Cheyenne Ostrander, 5-4, Sr., 8.4, 2.7

Spencer Herman, 5-11, Sr., 3.7, 4.9

Tournament history: Third appearance, second year in a row.

HOWELLS-DODGE JAGUARS (19-6)

Coach: Scott Polacek

WH rank: 5

Scoring averages: 51.1-37.3

Conference: East Husker

Samantha Brester, 5-9, Jr., 16.2, 7.9

Chelsea Bayer, 5-7, Jr., 7.7, 3.0

Kalli Brester, 5-9, Jr., 5.8, 2.8

Kelly Cech, 5-10, Sr., 5.4, 4.9

Emily Ritzdorf, 5-4, Jr., 4.9, 1.4

Tournament history: Second appearance since co-op; finished third last year.

KENESAW BLUE DEVILS (18-7)

Coach: Jace Morgan

WH rank: 8

Scoring averages: 46.0-38.6

Conference: Twin Valley

Brielle Schneider, 5-6, Sr., 15.8, 4.8

Haley Schukei, 5-7, Fr., 10.5, 5.6

Kendra Nunn, 5-7, Jr., 5.6, 5.1

Kelsey Jaeschke, 5-8, Sr., 5.2, 4.7

Hannah Schnitzler, 5-6, Fr., 2.8, 2.5

Tournament history: Fourth appearance, first since 2010

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CLASS D-2

CWC RENEGADES (21-4)

Coach: Laurel O’Malley

WH rank: 4

Scoring averages: 59.0-43.0

Conference: Niobrara Valley

Dawn Klabenes, 6-0, Sr., 19.0, 16.0

Jacie Laetsch, 5-7, Jr., 18.0, 4.4

TamiJo Marcellus, 5-8, Sr., 14.0, 8.7

Regan Dierks, 6-0, Jr., 4.5, 8.1

Molly Lambert, 5-4, Sr., 3.2, 3.0

Tournament history: Second appearance, first since 2011

FALLS CITY SACRED HEART IRISH (24-1)

Coach: Luke Santo

WH rank: 1

Scoring averages: 48.6-27.7

Conference: Pioneer & Mudecas

Maggie Goltz, 6-1, Sr., 11.0, 5.6

Haylee Heits, 5-11, Jr., 10.0, 6.5

Lexi Barnes, 5-6, Jr., 9.5, 2.8

Jade Hill, 5-10, Jr., 5.8, 4.6

Sara Wertenberger, 6-0, So., 5.1, 3.5

Tournament history: Twentieth appearance, fifth in a row; four-time champion (1998, 1999, 2000, 2015)

HYANNIS LONGHORNS (18-5)

Coach: Scott Kuhn

WH rank: 10

Scoring averages: 53.5-29.7

Conference: Mid-Nebraska Activities

Brook Jamison, 5-7, Jr., 8.7, 3.4

Britney Brosius, 5-8, Fr., 6.8, 5.6

Sierra Rediger, 5-7, Sr., 6.7, 4.4

Sarah Monahan, 5-5, So., 6.6, 1.8

Madison Ramsay, 5-6, Jr., 5.6, 3.7

Tournament history: Third appearance, first since 1999

LYONS-DECATUR NE COUGARS (16-7)

Coach: Rex Haskell

WH rank: 9

Scoring averages: 55.0-43.8

Conference: East Husker

Lexie Bacon, 5-5, Jr., 14.0, 4.3

Brianne Haskell, 5-9, Sr., 14.0, 4.5

Kelly Wakeley, 5-8, Jr., 8.5, 4.3

Mariah Jessen, 6-2, Sr., 7.4, 5.7

Abigail Peterson, 5-7, Sr., 5.1, 6.3

Tournament history: First appearance

O’NEILL ST. MARY’S CARDINALS (21-4)

Coach: Traci Berg

WH rank: 3

Scoring averages: 59.0-37.1

Conference: Niobrara Valley

Sydney Hupp, 6-0, Sr., 19.0, 8.0

Riley Sibbel, 5-9, Sr., 12.0, 3.0

Hattie Blumenstock, 5-11, Jr., 8.5, 4.6

Tracy Chvala, 5-10, Sr., 6.1, 1.8

Breanna Hedstrom, 5-7, Jr., 4.3, 1.3

Tournament history: Sixth appearance, fifth in a row; defending D-1 champion

SANDHILLS/THEDFORD KNIGHTS (22-4)

Coach: Jordan Arensdorf

WH rank: 6

Scoring averages: 51.4-32.0

Conference: Mid-Nebraska Activities

Avery Taylor, 6-1, Sr., 16.0, 7.1

Madison Taylor, 6-1, Sr., 11.0, 7.2

Kyra Miles, 5-7, Jr., 9.2, 2.7

Rebecca Higgins, 5-10, Jr., 8.0, 5.3

Marlee Taylor, 6-1, Fr., 5.3, 4.7

Tournament history: Fifth appearance, second in a row

WAUNETA-PALISADES BRONCOS (16-9)

Coach: Matt Cox

WH rank: Unranked

Scoring averages: 52.4-50.3

Conference: Republican Plains

Faith Simpson, 5-11, So., 21.0, 10.0

Colby Cox, 5-5, Sr., 16.0, 5.3

Ellie Lee, 5-7, Sr., 5.5, 5.4

Reagan Skow, 5-7, So., 5.5, 5.4

Cameo Rector, 5-6, Sr., 4.8, 3.1

Tournament history: Twelfth appearance, first since 2014; state champion in 1997

WYNOT BLUE DEVILS (21-5)

Coach: Steve Wieseler

WH rank: 2

Scoring averages: 56.0-41.0

Conference: Lewis & Clark

Danielle Wieseler, 5-3, Sr., 18.0, 2.2

Cortney Arkfeld, 5-9, Jr., 14.0, 8.2

Carissa Kuchta, 5-6, Jr., 9.6, 2.5

Skylar Arkfeld, 5-9, Jr., 5.2, 4.3

Madelynn Gartner, 5-5, So., 3.8, 1.3

Tournament history: Ninth appearance, seventh in a row; five--time state champion (2005, 2011-14)

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