Regularity at state doesn't lack for St. Cecilia excitement
The St. Cecilia boys program has made Lincoln a second home of sorts.
"It's the state tournament, new people coming up, everybody wants to be there every year," senior guard Ashton Valentine said.
They're set to make their 4th straight appearance at the state tournament and ninth in the last 18 years.
"I think every year the nerves are still there from year to year," said head coach Kevin Asher. "It's very rewarding for each group."
Even though STC has a lot of experience playing in the capital city, it doesn't mean they've lost any appreciation for playing in the tournament.
"We talk about every team being its own individual identity and setting their own goals and accomplish the things that they set out to do," said Asher. "Getting old would never ever be a part of this program."
"We've made it there quite a few times," added Valentine. "I think it's still a great time for everybody."
The Bluehawks enter the state tourney red hot as winners of 16 straight, 11 of which were against an opponent at least one class above C2.
No. 3 St. Cecilia (22–3) tips off Thursday, 2 p.m. against No. 6 South Loup (21–3) at Lincoln Southeast.