Coach: Nick Orduna. 2012-13 record: 17-10, C-1 state tournament quarterfinals, No. 8 final ranking.
Returning letterwinners: Morgan Dworak, 5-4, Sr.; Jenna Humphrey, 6-1, Sr.; Hannah Manley, 5-11, Sr.; Mariah Orduna, 5-3, Sr.; Hailey Canfield, 5-9, Jr.
Others to watch: Taylor Liesemeyer, 5-11, Sr.; Hannah Olsen, 5-7, Sr.; Anna Heusinger, 5-4, Sr.; Mikinna McGerr, 5-8, So.; Caitlan Carson, 5-4, So.; Abbey Powell, 5-9, So.; Ashlyn Power, 5-7, Fr.; Mollie Shepard, 5-3, Fr.
Outlook: Dworak and Humphrey provide a solid base as returning starters. Dworak, a three-year starting guard, averaged 10 points per game, while Humphrey averaged seven points and seven rebounds a contest inside. Two seniors off the volleyball team in the Crusader basketball program for the first time, Liesemeyer and Olsen, will add instant athleticism. Both freshmen, Power and Shepard, will likely see playing time and provide depth.
Coach: Felix Alicea Jr. 2012-13 record: 4-13.
Returning letterwinners: Laryssa Schnell, 5-9, Sr.; Ashton Lair, 5-7, Sr.; Stacy Adams, 5-9, Jr.; Suzie Abucayon, 5-5, Jr. Others to watch: Haleigh Klein, 5-9, Jr.; Jenna Griffith, 5-6, So.
Outlook: With three starters back in Adams, Schnell and Abucayon, the Eagles hope to improve on last year’s record.
Coach: Dennis Prichard. 2012-13 record: 8-16.
Returning letterwinners: Syd Svoboda, 5-4, Sr.; Imani Wilson, 5-3, Sr.; Grace Iaquinta, 5-7, Sr.; Brooke Carmack, 5-8, Sr. Others to watch: Shelby Brown, 5-11, Jr.; Danelle Snyder, 5-7, Jr.; KJ Roh, 5-11, So.; Caroline Spethman, 5-6, So.; Elyssa Jurgens, 5-11, So.; Grace Barry, 5-5, So.
Outlook: The Spartans will try to take advantage of their speed and experience at the guard spot as Svoboda, Wilson and Iaquinta all are returning starters. Expect East to apply full-court pressure and play up-tempo. A strong sophomore class will provide depth. Lack of size could cause matchup problems for East inside.
Coach: Jeff Pierce. 2012-13 record: 6-17.
Returning letterwinners: Alexis Graewe, 5-6, Sr.; Mara Hollamon, 5-8, Sr.; Emily Toman, 5-11, Jr.; Dasia Watson, 5-7, Jr.; Elisa Medina-Jordan, 5-9, Jr.; Khrizma Gress, 5-7, So.; Jazi Meyer-King, 5-4, So.
Others to watch: Presley Mittelstadt, 5-7, Sr.; D’Quandra Williams, 5-4, Jr.; Nakia Hymer, 5-7, So.; Halle Burton, 5-10, So.; Aailyah Evans 5-6, Fr.; Nyajuak Koang, 6-0, Fr.
Outlook: Meyer-King is the only starter back as the Links replace a strong senior class from a year ago. The other letterwinners saw meaningful playing time last season, so there’s some experience back. Finding ways to produce offense is the team’s biggest challenge moving forward.
Coach: Rich Olson. 2012-13 record: 12-11.
Returning letterwinners: Tara Ziegelbein, 6-0, Sr.; Mackenzie Oneth, 5-9, Sr.; Blayke Poppe, 5-8, Sr.; Leah Shohat, 5-6, Sr.; Maria Deeter, 5-8, Jr.; Raymi Marquardt, 5-6, Jr.; Hannah Sain, 5-5, Jr.; Paige Steinbauer, 5-11, So.; Julia Pomerenke, 5-11, So.
Outlook: Olson, a Nebraska High School Hall of Fame coach who has won Class A state titles at Millard South and Lincoln Northeast, is in his second season at Lutheran. His Warriors look ready to take a step up with three returning starters, nine letterwinners back and good overall quickness. Ziegelbein, an all-state volleyball player, averaged nine points and eight rebounds a game last year. Deeter, the point guard, added seven points per game a year ago, while Oneth is the third starter returning.
Coach: Allen Simpson. 2012-13 record: 0-24.
Returning letterwinners: Angelique Archie, 5-11, Jr.; Katie Horan, 5-7, Jr.; Justine Griess, 5-5, So.; Elaina Mayer, 5-6, So.; Leyton Bruegman, 5-9, So.; Sammy Miller, 5-7, So.
Others to watch: Kyla Julch, 5-8, Sr.; Daisha Scott, 5-6, Sr.; Jenna Tederman, 5-9, Fr.
Outlook: In Simpson’s first season as coach, the Navigators have a young squad with seven of the top 12 players being freshmen or sophomores. Four starters return: Archie, Horan, Griess and Mayer. The Gators should be vastly improved from a year ago. A lack of height could be an issue.
Coach: Steve Bartek. 2012-13 record: 17-7, Class A state tournament quarterfinals, No. 7 final ranking.
Returning letterwinners: Toni Tupper, 6-3, Sr.; Morgan Ewing, 5-9, Sr.; Jaci Edwards, 5-4, Sr.; Tantashea Giger, 5-7, Jr.; Jamie Holscher, 5-7, Jr.; Shaneequah Watkins, 5-8, Jr.; Tierra Beard, 5-7, Jr.; Dana Johnson, 5-9, Jr.
Others to watch: Erica Craig, 5-9, So.; Megan Sattler, 5-5, So.; Tasha Megrue, 5-8, So.; Nigeria Jones, 5-6, Fr.
Outlook: The Rockets have the experience and talent to be among the elite teams in Class A.
Coach: Malori Hagge. 2012-13 record: 1-20.
Returning letterwinners: Alyssa Gorski, 5-9, Sr. Others to watch: Sheldon Staman, Sr.; Katharine Kramer, Fr.; Bailee Laws, Fr.; Uyen Luu, So.
Outlook: Gorski is the lone starter back, averaging seven points and six rebounds per game. Low participant numbers are a concern for the Patriots.
Coach: Bill Rice. 2012-13 record: 15-7, No. 10 final ranking in Class A.
Returning letterwinners: Maddie Simon, 6-1, Jr.; Briahtia Sebek, 5-6, Jr.; Becky Brokaw, 6-1, Jr.; Tarin Van Slyke, 5-5, Sr.; Bailey Knobbe, 5-10, Sr. Others to watch: Katie Rice, 5-7, Sr.; Baily Topil, 5-7, Sr.; Elise Wordekemper, 5-9, Sr.; Kennedy Sander, 6-0, Jr.
Outlook: The Thunderbolts should challenge for the Class B state title after playing in A last season. Simon was an all-stater last season after averaging 15.8 points per game. Simon is dangerous driving to the basket, but showed off her three-point shooting skills in scrimmages against Lincoln Northeast and Lincoln Southwest on Saturday. Sebek and Brokaw also started last season, with Sebek able to break down defenses with her perimeter shooting and Brokaw a threat inside. Expect Sander to play a major role for the Bolts, who face No. 2 Norris next Tuesday.
Coach: Kara Graham. 2012-13 record: 24-3, Class A state champion.
Returning letterwinners: Maddy Everett, 5-7, Sr.; Brooke Lattimer, 5-11, Sr.; Reanne May, 5-8, Jr.; Erykah Houser, 5-7, Jr.; Natalie Dettmer, 5-7, Jr.; Emma McKillip, 5-10, Jr. Others to watch: Jensen Trauernicht, 5-9, Sr.; Tyra Douglas, 6-0, Jr.; Karsia Underwood, 5-2, Fr.
Outlook: The Knights changed dramatically when last year’s Super-State captain, 6-3 junior Jessica Shepard, transferred to Fremont after her father, Mark, became superintendent there. Throw that on top of former Super-Stater Alexa Kastanek graduating, and Southeast faces a major rebuilding job. It starts with Everett, a three-year starter, and May, another returning starter and an accurate three-point shooter who hit key baskets in the state tournament. Lattimer saw meaningful time down the stretch last season and will lead the Knights inside.
Coach: Lis Brenden. 2012-13 record: 20-5, No. 8 final ranking. Returning letterwinners: McKenna Dodd, 5-7, Sr.; Marysa Wilkinson, 6-0, Sr.; Shania Knapp, 5-8, Sr.; Saige Hammond, 5-8, Sr.; Abby Meader, 5-7, Jr.; Madison Kelle, 6-2, So.; Allie Davis, 6-1, So.
Others to watch: Brittany Gill, 5-6, Sr.; Jessica Rogers, 5-11, Jr.; Keeley Kroeker, 5-6, Jr.; Sami Beets, 5-7, So.; Taylor Els, 5-7, So.; Liz Nunnally, 5-6, Fr.
Outlook: Two starters are back to help ease the loss of former Super-Stater Lauren Works to graduation. Dodd, a three-year starter, averaged nine points a game last season and is a three-point threat. Meader saw significant time last season and will be a factor at guard. Wilkinson, a volleyball Super-Stater, has also started three years. Expect Davis and Kelle to join Wilkinson and give Southwest one of the tallest frontcourts in Class A. Hammond is currently out with an ACL injury.
— Ron Powell