The relatively recent change that sends both Nebraska teams to the same American Legion regional gets no resistance from either head coach this season.
“I don't think it's a bad thing,” PI Midwest coach Pat Mooney said. “It saves the Legion some money and means we have one less scouting report to worry about.”
PI Midwest (Omaha Creighton Prep) has reached regional play three straight years. The Legion made the rule change at the start of that string in 2011, ending the practice of sending one Nebraska team to the Central Plains Regional and the other to the Mid-South Regional.
The two Nebraska teams shared a bus Wednesday to the Central Plains Regional, to be played in Fargo, N.D. KB Building Services (Omaha Westside) begins tourney play at 10 a.m. Thursday against the Iowa runner-up (Carroll County) while PI Midwest will play the North Dakota champion (West Fargo, N.D) at 5 p.m.
“I think having both teams going to the same place makes it fun,” KB coach Bob Greco said. “There's also going to be two teams there from Minnesota and two from North Dakota, so I don't have a problem with it.”
Website to broadcast games from Fargo
All of the games involving either of the Nebraska teams at the Central Plains regional will be webcast via CyaNet Sports at the following website address: http://www.cyanetsports.com/special.
Longtime local sportscasters Dick Janda and Thom Corritore will call the action.
Mount Michael ends successful summer
Perhaps lost in the shuffle of the bizarre ending to the Class B Legion tournament was the successful summer enjoyed by Elkhorn Mount Michael.
Coach Brent Suing's squad lost in the first round against Hickman-Norris and then staved off elimination twice before losing again to the eventual champion. Mount Michael almost got another shot to play for the title after Waverly forfeited before the title game, but Hickman-Norris was named the state champion.
“We had talked to the Legion about it all that morning (of the title game), and things changed about three times,” Suing said. “We couldn't argue with the final decision, and I still felt we had a great summer.”
It was the second offbeat end to the Mount Michael season in three years. In 2011, Suing's squad won its last game of the tourney season against Gretna by virtue of a coin flip — necessitated when the game was suspended because of heavy rain.
“I didn't think it could get any weirder than that coin flip game,” Suing said. “Maybe I was wrong.”
Sutton rallies to grab Class C championship
Sutton captured its second consecutive Class C state title in dramatic fashion, defeating Pender twice on the final day to grab the crown.
Coach Steve Spongberg's squad won the first game 3-2 and then won the title with a 4-0 victory. Steve's son Lance threw five no-hit innings in the championship game and Harrison Beihl threw the final two, surrendering just one hit.
Pender had defeated Sutton 7-4 earlier in the tourney, dropping Spongberg's team into the losers bracket.
It was the third Class C state title for Sutton, which also won in 1975 and 2012.
Final stats needed from Senior coaches
Coaches of Senior Legion teams are asked to submit their final statistics by Sunday.
They may be faxed to 402-444-1238 or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.