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3/23/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Rebel junior Eli Kaczinski attempts one of his 80 three-pointers during Northeast’s game with Bellevue.
Northeast senior Bo Lingle skies in for a lay-up during the Rebels’ district final game with North Cedar.
Northeast boys keep up their winning ways this winter

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

There were plenty of new faces this winter for the Northeast boys basketball team.

That is what happens when you graduate six seniors who accounted for nearly 75 percent of the Rebels' scoring last season.

The players were new, but the results were not as Northeast actually increased its win total by two games from the year before to secure its 13th-straight winning campaign.

The Rebels opened their season with wins over Wilton and Calamus-Wheatland but were on the wrong side of a rout against Preston.

Northeast, though, regrouped and finished the 2012 portion of their season with five wins, four of which came on the road.

The Rebels continued their roll right into the new year with a big win over Marquette and then a wild one-point victory against Cal-Wheat.

Northeast added another victory, this one against Prince of Peace, to push its winning streak to eight before a huge fourth quarter (32 points) by Midland allowed the Eagles to drop the Rebels 68-56.

The disappointment from the loss did not last long as the Rebels avenged their defeat against Preston with a 46-44 win on the Trojans' home floor.

The Rebels added victories against fellow conference foes Lisbon, Camanche and Bellevue to stay within a game of Preston in the Big East standings.

Midland, though, continued its mastery of Northeast and ended the Rebels' title hopes with a 76-70 victory and Marquette made it a two-game skid with its own win.

Northeast bounced back with a strong 69-45 win over Monticello and then opened the postseason with another victory - a 51-36 triumph over Bellevue.

The Rebels, though, had its season come to an end at the hands of eventual state qualifier North Cedar in the district finals.

Northeast will again need to replace a strong group of seniors led by Bo Lingle, Ben Hildebrandt and Matt Lorenzen, who were fixtures of the Rebels' lineup each of the past two seasons.

Lingle led the team in nearly every category and was a first-team All-Big East selection, while Hildebrandt also earned all-conference honors for his play. Lorenzen, meanwhile, was second on the team in assists and steals.

The Rebels will also have to say goodbye to Shawn Banowetz and Kaylon Trenkamp, who both saw action this season off the bench.

Northeast, though, still has plenty of talent coming back. Brendon Butler, Damon Diedrich, Eli Kaczinski and Nick Wall all saw action in every game this season, while freshman Will Hasken played in 23 games and was an All-Big East selection.

The Rebels will also have Tyler Moothart and Ethan Krogmann returning in the paint, and Nick Anderson, Adam Cain and Matt Haferbier ready to take on bigger roles in the backcourt.

So it will be familiar faces, instead of new ones, who will look to continue the Rebels' winning legacy in 2013-14.

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