High School Football

myHitNews.com Prepares To Bring You More In ’09

Posted on February 20, 2009. Filed under: College Football, High School Basketball, High School Football, High School Track & Field | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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By Will Cummings
myHitNews.com

  

   As myHitNews.com (formerly Hit News.com) moves closer to celebrating its first anniversary in April, we are also preparing to move our site from WordPress.com back to WordPress.org, which is the non-free self-hosted version of WordPress that will be hosted by Hit Highlights.com.

   This move will allow us to have more control over content and appearance and the ability to generate revenue through advertisement. But don’t worry, we will continue to keep this site free to our visitors, whose numbers have steadily grown despite our not having any advertisement.  Inasmuch, last month (January), myHitnews.com peaked with an average daily number of 327–different–computers (used by human visitors) logging on to the site with a high of 1,120 in a single day. Not bad numbers for a blog site with no advertisement.

   I also would like to thank Thomas Liechti (Action Force) and Bobby Mills (1000ydguy) for their outstanding contributions of materials and articles that they provide to myHitNews.com. And especially thanks to all those who have e-mailed and thanked us for the work that we do here. Hopefully, it’s only going to get better.

Our plan moving forward is to:

  • Bring you more pictures, video, interviews and in depth looks into Nebraska high school athletics, and its participants
  • Continue to provide a storehouse of information on the top athletes in the state.
  • Make the site more interactive for visitors to share their views.

   The last point is because we know, at times, our opinions and picks will make some uncomfortable and others down right mad, but we are going to tell it like we see it. And we will allow you to freely fire back.

   Right now myHitNews.com only covers football, boys basketball and track and field. Yes!  We would definitely like to cover other sports. So if you would like to contribute or know someone who might, send us an e-mail to myhitnews@yahoo.com

Coming Soon:

  • Class of 2010 Football Prospects Board revamp and capsules of the players to watch for in 2009.
  • Breakdown of the Class A Nebraska high school District Basketball Tournament.
  • myHitNews.com’s first  Omaha All-Metro Basketball Team.
  • A look into the Nebraska Cornhuskers instate football recruiting.
  • Nebraska track and field athletes to watch for in 2009.

We apologize for interuptions you may have while attempting to reach our site or trying to navigate through it during the next week or so as we make our switch.

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Final Nebraska HS Football Class Of 2009 Top 25 Prospect Rankings

Posted on February 10, 2009. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

New Entries to Top 25 Prospects in Class of 2oo9 

By Will Cummings
my Hit News.com

   my Hit News.com releases its final Nebraska High School Football Class of 2009 Prospect Rankings, which are based on the following criteria:

  • Player’s overall ratings and rankings by various recruiting services.
  • Player’s demonstrated ability on the field.
  • College Division level at which player will be participating.

   Based on the above reasoning several new players made our Final Class of 2009 Top 25.  But before I go on, let me state this:

“Regardless of where the player is ranked on this list, to be on this list a player is an outstanding cream-of-the-crop Nebraska high school football prospect. And fortunately for all that are on this list, they will continue to play the game at the next level.”

   Heading the list of the new entrants into our Top 25  Prospects is Omaha Central’s 6-foot-4, 190 pound Daryle Hawkins.  Hawkins smashes in all the way to the No. 6 spot, after his last minute D-1A offer from the PAC-10 Oregon Ducks .

   Prior to his early season injury, Hawkins was one of Hit New’s top prospects. However, after missing several games–OK, I’ll admit it, Daryle, I forgot all about you–he vanished from our listings. But it’s good to see you get that huge offer. Not many Nebraska football players have ever received offers from the PAC-10 Conference.   Do yourself and us a favor by making a big splash on the West Coast.

   Next to make his debut at the No. 9 position is big 6-foot-4, 260 pound Josh Kage from Papillion. We have always kept an eye out on this talented athlete who will be attending South Dakota State University. We’ll soon see if Kage will be taking a Class A super-heavyweight wrestling title and shot put title along with him to SDSU.

   Entering the list at No. 16 is Garret Bruhn, a 6-foot-2, 215 pound LB/FB from Beatrice, after committing to an offer from North Dakota State.

   Following Bruhn at No.17 is University of South Dakota bound Steve Nelson, a huge 6-foot-5, 300 pound O-lineman out of Platteview High.

   At No. 18 is St Cecelia’s 6-foot-6, 275 pound O-lineman, Matt Sterup who will be attending Northwest Missouri State.

   Finally, last but certainly not least closing things out at No. 25 is Omaha Central’s 6-foot-1, 200 pound LB Marcus Hall-Oliver, who will be attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Hall will bring a lot of speed and athleticism with him to UNO– put some size on this kid and look out!

   Now except for the potential of a late offer here or there, the Nebraska high school football Class of 2009 prospects can be put to bed.

   Good luck to all!

   Our attention now shifts to The Class of 2010.

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Top 25 Nebraska High School Football Prospects:Class of 2009 Final Post Signing Day Rankings

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1.  Tyrone Sellers, DE, McCook
2.  Jon Lechner, OL, Creighton Prep
3.  C. J. Zimmerer, FB, Omaha Gross Catholic
4.  Cole Pensick, DT, Lincoln Northeast
5.  James Davis, OL, Omaha North
6.  Daryle Hawkins, Central
7.  Scott Criss, OL, Creighton Prep
8.   Eric Cummings, DT, Omaha Burke
9.   Josh Kage, OL, Papillion
10. Michael Burrus, RB, Papillion-La Vista South
11. Eric Koehlmoos, SF, Pierce
12. Greg Hardin, WR, Bellevue West
13. Jake Marousek, ATH, Omaha Burke
14. Ty Kildow, ATH, Millard South
15. Kohlman Adema-Schulte, RB, Millard West
16. Garrett Bruhn, LB/FB, Beatrice
17. Steve Nelson, OL, Platteview
18. Matt Sterup, OL, St Cecelia
19. Tyler Seals, QB, Bellevue West
20. Jordan Hale, ATH, Millard South
21. Brent Webb, DB, Bellevue West
22. Vondrae Tostenson, WR, Millard South 
23. Kelvin Johnson, RB, Omaha Burke 
24. Corey Serrano, ATH, North Platte
25. Marcus Hall-Oliver, LB, Omaha Central

 

Related Link: Class of 2009 Offers and Commitments

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Last Weekend of the Class of ’09 Recruiting: Where Nebraska Prospects Stand

Posted on January 29, 2009. Filed under: College Football, High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Will Cummings
my Hit News.com

   Going into the last weekend of the high school football class of 2009 recruiting cycle, my Hit News.com presents the latest on the known offers and commitments made to and by Nebraska high school student/athletes. 

   my Hit News.com’s listing only represents the member schools of the following sports governing bodies and/or particular divisions within them: NCAA Divisions I-A; I-AA and II; NAIA and Junior Colleges (JUCO).

   Thanks to all of the people that provide information to my Hit News.com.  And to all of you current and potential prospects know this:

There are plenty of college recruiters that monitor this site, as well as fans and participants of the various college message boards of schools from across this region–I know–you should see our site stats and read my e-mail.”

Important Note: Future updates to this board will be posted on the “Nebraska HS Class of 2009 Football Prospects’ Offers and Commitments”  link that is found at the top of this page.  In other words: updates to the listing will not be reflected if you link back to this post in the future.

 


Nebraska HS Class of 2009 Football Prospects’

Offers and Verbal Commitments

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“*”and bold represent verbal commitment


Division I-A

Jon Lechner, OL (6-5, 315), Creighton Prep

*Ohio University, Buffalo, Iowa State, Louisiana Tech.

Tyrone Sellers, DE, (6-4, 215), McCook

*Kansas University, Wyoming, Iowa, Kansas State

C. J. Zimmerer, FB (6-0, 213), Omaha Gross Catholic

*Nebraska

Vondrae Tostenson, WR (6-5, 225), Millard South

Iowa (unknown if offer is still on the table)

Cole Pensick DT, (6-2, 250), Lincoln Northeast

*Nebraska

James Davis, OL(6-3, 315), Omaha North

*Ohio University

Eric Koehlmoos, DB (6-1, 190), Pierce

Wyoming (unknown if offer is still on the table), South Dakota State

Scott Criss, OL (6-5, 250),Creighton Prep

*Wyoming, South Dakota State


Division I-AA

Ty Kildow, ATH (5-8, 165), Millard South

*Nebraska University—Walk-on; University of North Dakota

Eric Cummings, DT (6-2, 270), Omaha Burke

*University of South Dakota

Michael Burrus, RB (5-8, 165), Papillion-La Vista South

*University of South Dakota, University of North Dakota

Jake Marousek, ATH (6-2, 190), Omaha Burke

*University of South Dakota

Josh Kage, OL (6-4, 255), Papillion-La Vista

*South Dakota State University

Garrett Bruhn, FB/LB (6-2, 215), Beatrice
*North Dakota State

Greg Hardin, WR (5-11, 165), Bellevue West
*University of North Dakota

 

 

 

 


Division II

Tyler Seals, QB (6-1, 185), Bellevue West

*Northwest Missouri State

Jordan Hale, DB (6-0, 190), Millard South

*University of Nebraska at Omaha

Kohlman Adema-Schulte, RB (5-9, 180), Millard West

*Northwest Missouri State

Nick Bell, K (5-9, 185), Beatrice
*Wayne State

Kyle Stuchlik, LB (6-190), Pierce
*Chadron State

Jade Clevland, LB (6-2, 215), Ogallala
*Chadron State

Joe Knott, LB/RB (5-11, 185), Ogallala
Chadron State, *Doane College (NAIA)

Nate Anderson, DB (6-1, 185), Omaha Burke
Wayne State

Matt Berry, ATH (5-10, 160), McCook
*University of Nebraska at Kearney

Dillon Goltl, WR (6-1, 165), McCook 
*University of Nebraska at Kearney

Joe Vetrovsky, OL (6-3, 280), McCook
*University of Nebraska at Kearney 

Aaron Ruppert, TE (6-4, 215), McCook 
*University of Nebraska at Kearney

Garrett Schlichtemeier, WR (5-10, 160), Ogallala
*Chadron State

Kyle Bertelsen, LB (6-2, 220), Douglas County West
Wayne State

Dillon Breinig, LB (6-2, 220), Arapahoe

*University of Nebraska at Kearney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


NAIA

Joe Knott, LB/RB (5-11, 185), Ogallala
*Doane College

 

 

 

 

 

 


JUCO

Kelvin Johnson, RB (6-2, 225), Omaha Burke
Iowa Western Community College

Bo Adams, OL (6-2, 287), Omaha Burke

Iowa Western Community College

 

 

 

 

 

In The Wind

Justin Coleman, Beatrice’s  6 foot 175lb WR/DB, has taken official visits to several D-IAA and D-II schools but there is no word of any offers or commitment.

Corey Serrano, RB/DB (6-1, 190), North Platte; Matt Berry, ATH (5-10, 160), McCook; Drew Wagner, RB (6-1, 205 ), Madison (1 0f  only 22 Nebraskans in history to rush for over 5,000 yards in a career) and Sandi Stanback, OL (6-2, 300), Boys Town have all committed to University of  Nebraska at Kearney?

Others that are rumored to attend the University of Nebraska at Kearney are: Jason Wilcox, Norfolk Catholic; Dillon Breinig, Arapahoe; Riley Larson, Adams Central; Stephan Rush, Anselmo Merna and Garrett Rockey, Norfolk Catholic and Matt Bicskei, DE/TE (6-2, 250), Omaha Burke.

Nebraska’s No. 1 class of 2009 prospect, as touted by Rivals, 6-foot-4, 225 lb WR Vondrae Tostenson –who has had an offer on the table from Iowa University since the beginning of his junior year–may be taking the JUCO route.  Stories are flying that he has visited Iowa Western?

Ron Kellogg ., QB (6-2, 210), Omaha Westside, committed to walk-on at Nebraska University.

 

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Nebraska HS Class of 2009 Football Prospects Offer & Commitment List

Posted on January 23, 2009. Filed under: College Football, High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

February 4th Signing Day: Twelve Days Away and Counting  

By Will Cummings
my Hit News.com

   Here we are with just over a week left before the Nebraska high school class of 2009 student/athletes get their first opportunity to sign a student athletic scholarship.”national letter of intent.”

   The young men who will sign these documents are fortunate indeed to have the physical attributes, skills, talent and good fortune to have a institution of higher learning pay for their, room board and tuition–while still being able to play the game of football.

   Hey guys, remember: all those 40, 50, and even 100 yard sprints that you ran–on a brutally hot summer day at the end of a three hour practice; or how about all those painful “get one more rep” days in the weight room that you endured through winter conditioning; or those times that the coach screamed at you and made you feel like an idiot or worthless because you blew an assignment or dogged a play or a workout?

    Yea, right about now it wasn’t so bad, huh?

   May you all realize the long hard road it took for you to reach this milestone in your life. And may each of you look deep into your heart and your memory to give thanks to all those around you: parents/guardians, relatives, coaches, teachers, priest and pastors and any others that influenced and shaped your life so that you may reach this point. Because–no one–gets here on their own!

    As for me, “Thanks for the memories and good luck in all your future endeavors.”

    And with that, let’s take a look at the list of known offers and commitments to Division I-A – Division II schools. We will try to keep this list updated every day between now through signing day..

   You can help us keep accurate by emailing us at myhitnews@yahoo.com with any corrections, updates and/or new information.

 Last Updated: January 26, 11:50 pm.

 
 


Nebraska HS Class of 2009 Football Prospects’

Offers and Verbal Commitments

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“*”and bold represent verbal commitment


Division I-A

Jon Lechner, OL (6-5, 315), Creighton Prep

*Ohio University, Buffalo, Iowa State, Louisiana Tech.

Tyrone Sellers, DE, (6-4, 215) McCook

*Kansas University, Wyoming, Iowa, Kansas State

C. J. Zimmerer, FB (6-0, 213), Omaha Gross Catholic

*Nebraska

Vondrae Tostenson, WR (6-5, 225), Millard South

Iowa (unknown if offer is still on the table)

Cole Pensick DT, (6-2, 250), Lincoln Northeast

*Nebraska

James Davis, OL(6-3, 315), Omaha North

*Ohio University

Eric Koehlmoos, DB (6-1, 190), Pierce

Wyoming (unknown if offer is still on the table), South Dakota State

Scott Criss, OL (6-5, 250),Creighton Prep

*Wyoming, South Dakota State


Division I-AA

Ty Kildow, ATH (5-8, 165), Millard South

*Nebraska University—Walk-on; University of North Dakota

Eric Cummings, DT (6-2, 270), Omaha Burke

*University of South Dakota

Michael Burrus, RB (5-8, 165), Papillion-La Vista South

*University of South Dakota, University of North Dakota

Jake Marousek, ATH (6-2, 190), Omaha Burke

*University of South Dakota

Josh Kage, OL (6-4, 255), Papillion-La Vista

*South Dakota State University

Garrett Bruhn, FB/LB (6-2, 215), Beatrice
*North Dakota State

Greg Hardin, WR (5-11, 165), Bellevue West
*University of North Dakota


Division II

Tyler Seals, QB (6-1, 185), Bellevue West

*Northwest Missouri State

Jordan Hale, DB (6-0, 190), Millard South

*University of Nebraska at Omaha

Kohlman Adema Schulte, RB (5-9, 180), Millard West

*Northwest Missouri State

Nick Bell, K (5-9, 185), Beatrice
Wayne State

Kyle Stuchlik, LB (6-190), Pierce
*Chadron State

Jade Clevland, LB (6-2, 215), Ogallala
Chadron State

Joe Knott, LB/RB (5-11, 185), Ogallala
Chadron State

Nate Anderson, DB (6-1, 185), Omaha Burke
Wayne State

 

In The Wind

Justin Coleman, Beatrice’s  6 foot 175lb WR/DB, has taken official visits to several D-IAA and D-II schools but there is no word of any offers or commitment.

Corey Serrano, RB/DB (6-1, 190), North Platte; Matt Berry, ATH (5-10, 160), McCook; Drew Wagner, RB (6-1, 205 ), Madison (1 0f  only 22 Nebraskans in history to rush for over 5,000 yards in a career); Dillion Goltl, WR (6-1, 165), McCook ; Sandi Stanback, OL (6-2, 300), Boys Town; Joe Vetrovsky, OL (6-3, 280), McCook  and Aaron Ruppert, TE (6-4, 215), McCook  have all committed to University of  Nebraska at Kearney?

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Clint Belina: Nation’s Leading 8 Man Rusher Awaits Senior Season With Howells

Posted on January 22, 2009. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

 Nebraska Running Back Looks to Crack the 5, 000 Yard Career Total Mark In ’09

By Bobby Mills
(1000ydguy)
Contributing Writer
my Hit News.com

CLINT BELINA – “ONE OF A KIND” RUNNING BACK

 

   It’s not all that often that the leading returning rusher in the entire nation in the 8-Man Football ranks lives right in our own backyard. Just look to the Northwest part of Nebraska to that fabled “Magic Circle” of football excellence and you will find a 6-2, 200pound “football smart”

Clint Belina Nebraska All-Class Leading Rusher in 2008

Clint Belina: Nebraska All-Class Leading Rusher in 2008

running back named Clint Belina.

 

   Belina hails from a school so recently rich in football tradition, they have won the last SEVEN Class D-1, 8-Man football titles in Nebraska. Since 2000, the Howells Bobcats have been the best in the 8-Man ranks in this state except for a 2 year absence in the 11-Man wars in ’06 and ’07.

 

   Some that keep records are noting that Coach Mike Speirs and his Howells football machine still have a consecutive streak of state championships going. We shall consider that as fact, and it’s only right. Besides, when you see the size of these playersfrom the land of Orange and Black, who would dare to differ.

 

   Clint Belina had played 2 seasons of 11-Man football and jumped head first into the 8-Man games last fall and made a gigantic splash. The Junior won the state rushing title with his 2,478 yards. In addition to his great junior season, Howells also beat Axtell 46-21 for the D-1 title, on a bone chilling night on the frozen Husker turf at Memorial Stadium.

 

   In the state title game, Belina, with the help of his line, put on a clinic on Howells football by rambling for 310 yards in 37 carries and scoring 6 touchdowns, 5 of which came in the deciding first half. I shutter to think how many yards Belina could have had that frigid evening had he played the entire game, but that’s not Howells football.

 

How It All Started for the Howell’s RB

 

   Clint Belina rushed onto the scene as a starting RB his Sophomore> year. It’s not all that out of the norm to see a 10th grader start for Howells. The Coaching staff, led by the venerable Speirs, is thatadept at teaching and coaching Football 101 and developing it into State Titles. Belina had an excellent surrounding cast in 2007 that helped him run for 1,469 yards, putting him 12th among the state’s11-Man Backs, and 20th overall. He is a threat to crack the prestigious 5000 Yard Career Rushing C lub next fall, a lofty status not many have reached……..only 22 to be exact.

 

   Belina’s 3,960 career yards put him within 1,040 yards of that magical mark, and considering the type of football excellence the Bobcats have had in the past, he certainly seems within reasonable reach.

 

   The humble Belina is quick to point out that Coach Speirs and his assistants have been instrumental, if not mostly responsible for his successes on the gridiron. Speirs sets goals high for his teams, and although the 12 year coach at Howells likes long TD runs, they only strive to get 3 yards on every play they run. The “Three Yards and a Cloud of Dust” Woody Hayes philosophy sure doesn’t seem to describe Howells football, but that’s the way Belina and his Coach say it runs.

 

I reminded Belina of an interview I did recently with Zack Barket, the nations rushing leader in 2008, and relayed the fact Barket stated he was not concerned about the first defender he came in contact with.Clint explained that he really never “sees” defenders in that sense,but just looks for running lanes.. Makes sense. It’s clearly obvious that Belina, like so many great Backs, loves to cut back against the grain in many situations–keeps ‘em off balance, you see.

 

When I asked about his forty time, Belina did not know it, which means he probably is not overly concerned about pushing for a Division 1 scholarship in football.

 

   You see, at Howells they are not really into the year-round football thing many larger schools demand. J ust keep active by playing winter and spring sports and hit the weight room in the summer and maybe throw in a little baseball and help on Dad’s farm when necessary. Not a real complicated deal.

 

   Clint Belina did say his line would probably be just as good, if not a smidge better this coming season. The younger kids that gained valuable experience as Freshman are expected to be bigger and stronger in the fall and knowing Mike Speirs, Mr. Belina will be working on some speed drills a little and that could get a little scary for defenders in ’09.

 

   What I’ve gathered in all these years from Coach Speirs is that Howells does not make things real complicated for playing the game of football. it’s all, blocking, tackling and technique that are executed to a certain degree of perfection.

 

   No, they are not indoctrinated with football with “little kids” leagues from the time they’re in the 3rd grade, they just go the Howells games and dream of putting on the black paint and being a part of Bobcat football some day.

 

   Belina told me “Coach Speirs describes High School Football “as a one-time-shot”.

“After you take off the pads when you are a senior, it’s probably done forever most of you…This is your final chapter– make the most of it.”

 

   Maybe that’s why players like Clint Belina make the National spotlight as the ealding returning rusher in the land in the 8-Man ranks–that’s just Howells football.

 

   Personally, I’ve watched running backs on the high school level for years, viewing countless films. Belina is a football player that has seemly improved with EVERY game he has played. His transition from the 11-Man to the 8-Man game is something to behold. No, he doesn’t possess 10.6 hundred speed, but there aren’t too many that will run him down once he gets past the line, and if there is a defender two in the path, he has mastered the game of 8-Man so nicely, he will find a way to the house.

 

   Clint Belina is following in the footsteps of some pretty nifty backs in Howells history: Brad Vering, Alan and Kurt Bohaboj and Matt Eikmeier, but I have a sneaking suspicion that this young man has the opportunity to place himself among the elite runners from that school’s history………and maybe in Nebraska 8-Man football history.

Later,

Bobby Mills

1000 Yard Guy

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Zach Barket’s Amazing Rush Totals lead Nation in ’08: A Story Hard To Believe!

Posted on January 7, 2009. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    Zack Barket's 4,197 rushing yards led the nation in 2008

    Zach Barket's 4,197 rushing yards led the nation in 2008

By Bobby Mills
(1000ydguy)
Contributing Writer
my Hit News.com

Hard to Believe
  
Some things in life just absolutely knock your socks off, open your eyes like you’ve seen a ghost, or are just plain and simple, difficult to grasp.

      
       OK, most everybody knows I’m a high school football lover beyond belief. Yes, that’s me, the 1000 Yard Guy…..the man that wants to have his final services on a football field at night under the lights. A man so into the sport, it seems like going to Heaven just to stand on a sidelines and witness a game………….that would be me, and I just talked to a high school running back that may be something just short of “Hard-To-Believe.”
      
       In this era of lightening fast events, sometimes people just don’t slow it down long enough to comprehend what a young man like Schuykill Haven running back, Zach Barket, has accomplished in his career, especially this past season.

    The Town & School That Produced Nation’s Top Rusher      
      
    Schuylkill Haven is a school in Eastern Pennsylvania with around 155 boys in high school, around the size of say, an Aurora (Nebr.), but they compete in Pennsylvania’s smallest class (A). Although the town is only 100 miles from Philadelphia and a mere 3 hour drive away from New York City, it has that “small town” feel like so many Nebraska towns have. That feeling of being safe, and raising a family without the fear of being swallowed up by the thought of what the “big city surroundings” can create. And from this setting in the Appalachian Mountain, coal mining area of Pennsylvania, lives a RB like none I have seen for a ton of Friday Nights!

    Zach Barket’s Unbelievable Stats   
       Let me lay some stats on you that the 5-11, 205 lb. Zack Barket has etched in the record books, and I’m not talking just Pennsylvania record books. Check out these stats and records all you football wizards:
      
    Zach Barket By the Numbers

     

          Season & Career Statistics………….National Ranking

                4,187 rushing yards in 2008.……………………….2008 national rushing leader
                4,187 rushing yards in a single season………..3rd best in high school history
                66 Touchdowns in 2008 ………………………..4th best in high school history
                Most TD’s per game per season –4.7.………..5th best in high school history
                299 rushing yards per game…………………..5th best in high school history
                 8,325 career rushing yard……………………..19th best in high school history

        Not even the legendary Ken Hall of Sugarland, Tx., who rushed for 11,232 yards in his career could match Barket’s single season output of ’08. Barketis rubbing elbows on the national record charts with legendary players like Emmitt Smith, Herschel Walker, Shaun Alexander, and is well ahead of Oklahoma’s Billy Sims in career yards and backs like Gale Sayers, Barry Sanders, and Adrian Peterson are not even on the radar near his totals from this past season or his career–no sir!  And to boot Zach Barket started on Schuylkill Haven’s varsity the 7th game of his freshman season and every game after that and NEVER missed finishing one of them.

       The kid is like the Energizer Bunny, just keeps going and going and going….. The pieces I have watched on Barket are nothing short of amazing. Long Touchdown runs in every game, runs that make him look like he is nearly impossible to stop one-on-one, far above the competition.    

       Barket’s Schuylkill Haven team played in 14 games this past fall, advancing to the State Semi-Final before falling to Steelton-Highspire 20-9.

    Barket’s Coach Sheds Light On the Phenom
      
    Zach Barket’s coach, Mike Farr, said he is one of the most durable, football smart, runners he has ever coached.   And when I asked Coach Farr about his running style, his answer was “Zach is never concerned about the first defender he encounters. “He is always looking ahead (downfield) for the next player and how to avoid him.”   I must admit–in astonishment–that when Coach Farr uttered “He’s [Zach] NOT concerned about the first tackler,” it brought me to full attention. I’m thinking WHAT?   When I questioned Barket he simply stated:

    I know I will get by the first tackler, I KNOW it. I average 10 yards a carry, and I WILL get past the initial contact.”       Zach Barket 

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   The rest of what makes Barket so special is very evident on film. This kid’s vision and football sense is uncanny! He is always cutting back against the grain after getting past the line of scrimmage, yet always running towards the goal posts. Barket is continually looking for ways to keep the “D” off balance, and looking at his 4,187 yards in ’08, he must about found a way – BIG TIME.
  “Cut to the post,” Coach Farr always teaches his Backs, and Zach illustrated that to a degree that very few backs have reached. Zach Barket is one One-Of-A-Kind to say the least.
   I asked Zach what it would take for a young guy to reach the heights he has attained. He said simply “Hard Work, dedication, and a coach that can point you in the right direction and show the way, skill-wise.”
Can You Believe This?
   Now the kicker to this whole story, and fasten your seat belts for this one…………………..Zach Barket–the leading rusher in the nation–has NO MAJOR COLLEGE OFFERS! You heard it right!
  
   Is it his 4.7, 40 speed? Is it the fact he is from school that is in Pennsylvania’s smallest class?

   This 60 year old football guy has watched so many games and film I lost count 20 years ago; yet, I have no answer for this one.    Is it the fact most college teams are implementing the “spread” offense and need blinding 4.3 speed? It all has me baffled, friends.  

   Barket is a whiz academically though, so he’ll probably take a full ride to a Patriot League school like Lehigh, or some IVY League school.

   Is he disappointed? Zach says no, just wants to play a little more football and get a quality education. But I’ll tell you something:

  If some D-1 facility fails to give this young phenom an opportunity, it will be one of the most humongous oversights in many years of Friday Nights, remember where you heard that”

   Oh yes…………………just in case your curiosity is aroused, I just happen to have some footage of this super runner, the national rushing leader evidently not enough souls know about, and I can direct you to a coach who has a lot more! Just remember the name…. Zach Barket-Schuylkill Haven High School, Pa   

Now watch the kid do his record setting thing:

 
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Update Your 2010 Prospect Board Info.

Posted on December 10, 2008. Filed under: High School Football |

Update your Hit News 2010 Prospect Board information: height, weight, bench, 40 time, camps, offers etc…  and/or nominate a prospect by sending an e-mail to myhitnews@yahoo.com.

Hit News’Class Of 2010 Nebraska HS Football

Prospects Board

Last Updated 12/09/08 @ 4:00 p.m. 

OFFENSE

Name

High School

 

*College Offer

HT, WT

(Bench, Squat)

40,

Shuttle,

Vertical

ESPN

News

or

Rank

Rivals

News

or

Rank

Offensive Line

Andrew Rodriguez

Aurora

 

*Nebraska

Lincoln Journal Star Nebraksa Super-State Second Team OL

(Oral commit)

6-6, 300

(300, 420)

5.4

NR

NR

NA

 NA

Dan Faulkner

Creighton Prep

6-5, 289

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

NR

NA

 NA

Lincoln Hansen

Millard North

6-5, 260

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

NR

NA

 NA

Kyle Payne

Millard South

6-2, 285

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

NR

NA

 NA

 

Gary Hiatt

Lincoln Journal StarNebraksa Super-State First Team OL

Millard South 

6-4, 275

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

NR

 

NA

NA

 

 

 

 

Receivers

Lavant Moore

Burke

6-2, 180

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

NR

NA

 NA

Joe Trouba

Creighton Prep

6-5, 220

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

NR

NA

NA

Michael Gregory

Bellevue West

6-1, 160

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

NR

NA 

 NA

Chandler Thomas

Papillion

6-3, 240

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

NR

NA

NA

Radell Nared

Omaha North

5-10, 170

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

NR

NA

NA

Cody Calhoun

Maxwell

6-3, 180

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

NR

NA 

NA

Ben Renshaw

Millard North

6-4, 195

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

NR

NA

NA

Dillon Schrodt

Lincoln N. Star

 

 

 

 

First Team

Lincoln All-City

2008 

 

 

6-4, 180

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

NR

 

NA

NA

 

Glen Lewis

 
First Team

All-Metro

Papillion-LV

 

6-1, 180

 
 

 

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

NR

NA 

NA

Running Backs & Full Backs

Cody

Hobbs

Creighton Prep

 

5-11, 180

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

NR 

NA

NA

Nick

Mizaur

Creighton Prep

Second Team

All-Metro

6-0, 200

(315, 460)

4.55

NR

35″

NA

Attending U.S. Army Combine (Jan.)

 

 

 

 

Donte Beasley

Burke

5-10, 210

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

NR

NA

NA

Antaries Daniels

Omaha NW

First Team

 

All-District

5-11, 185

(290, NR)

4.4

NR

NR 

NA

NA

Ron Coleman

Omaha

North

Lincoln Journal Star Nebraksa Super-State First Team DL

5-11, 230

(330, 450)

4.7

NR

NR

NA

NA

Dion Jones

Millard North

5-11, 165

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

NR

NA

NA

Quarterbacks

Bronson Marsh

Millard South

Lincoln Journal Star Nebraksa Super-State Second Team QB

6-0, 185

(280, 380)

4.6

NR

30″

NA 

NA

Jordan Poehling

Elkhorn

5-10, 180

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

NR

NA 

NA

Rylan Cotton

Lincoln SW

 

 

 

 

First Team

Lincoln All-City

2008

 

 

 

6-1, 200

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

NR

NA

NA

Jeff Weander 

Papillion

 

First Team

All-District

6-0 170

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

NR

 

NA 

 NA

 

 

 

 

Athlete

 

Stephon Washington
Burke

First Team

 

 

2008 Video

All-District

 

5-10, 170

(NR, NR)

4.4

NR

NR 

NA 

 NA

Christian Dudzik

Skutt Cath.

 

Lincoln Journal Star Class B First Team All-State DB

 

5-11, 175

(255, 350)

4.5

NR

32″

NA

 NA

 

Tyler Evans

Lincoln Journal Star Nebraksa Super-State Second Team ATH

Waverly

6-2, 180

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

NR

 

NA 

 NA

 

 

 

 

DEFENSE

 

Name

High School

 

College Offer

HT, WT

(Bench, Squat)

40,

Shuttle,

Vertical

ESPN

News

or

Rank

Rivals

News

or

Rank

Defensive Line

Jeff Uher

Creighton P.

Second Team

All-Metro

6-2, 271

(NR, NR)

4.95

NR

NR 

NA

Attending U.S. Army Combine (Jan.)

Andrew Gdowski

Grand Island

6-3, 215

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

NR

NA

NA

Loran Crouch

Grand Islansd

6-5, 235

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

NR

NA

NA

Casey Sayer

Grand Island

6-4, 255

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

NR

NA

NA

Jessie Straughter

Burke

6-1, 270

(NR. NR)

NR

NR

NR

NA

NA

Gary Hiatt

Millard South

 

Lincoln Journal Star Nebraksa Super-State First Team OL

6-3, 260

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

Nr

NA

NA

Jesse Hinz

Beatrice

Lincoln Journal Star Nebraksa Super-State Second Team OL

6-4, 275

(275, 465)

5.5

NR

24″ 

NA 

 NA

Matt Longacre

Millard West

6-3, 215

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

NR

NA

NA

Nate Westerby

Grand Island 

6-2, 225

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

NR

NA 

NA

 

 

 

 

Defensive Backs

Tyler Gunderson

Grand Island

5-10, 175

(NR,NR)

NR

NR

NR 

NA 

NA

Austin Williams

Burke

6-1, 185

(275, 405)

NR

NR

NR

NA

NA

Chris Lucido

Burke

6-0, 185

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

NR

NA

NA

Joey Felici

Millard South

5-9, 155

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

NR

NA

NA

Kendall

Anderson

Second Team

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

  
 

 

All- Metro

Omaha North

5-7, 165

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

NR

NA

NA

Thomas Hodges

Omaha, North

5-10, 165

(NR, NR0

NR

NR

NR

 

 

Mitch Johnson

Omaha North

6-1 170

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

NR

NA

NA

Louis Kaelen

Grand Island 

5-9, 155

NR, NR

NR

NR

NR

NA

NA

 

 

 

 

Linebackers

Kellen  Werner

Grand Island

6-1, 205

 

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

NA 

NA

Collyn Schlangenhauf

Burke

6-1. 210

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

NR

NA

NA

Jacob Harding

Burke

5-11, 210

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

NR

NA

 NA

Aaron Roberg 

Grand Island

5-11, 190

(NR, NR)

NR

NR

NR

NA

NA

Sam Pimper

Fremont 

6-1, 195

(NR, NR)

4.61

NR

NR

NA 

NA

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Burke’s Eric Cummings receives Offer From University of South Dakota

Posted on December 7, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Jake Marousek also gets nod from USD

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights

   Omaha Burke’s defensive lineman Eric Cummings concluded his visit this weekend to the campus of the University of South Dakota with a full ride offer from Coyotes’ head coach Ed Meierkort .

   Cummings, who is 6 foot two inches and currently tips the scales at 270 pounds, said the University of South Dakota coaching staff was impressed with his size, strength, speed and quickness.

  “Coach [Meirerkort] said that the thing that sealed the deal for him was the film clip of me running down the ball after a bad overhead snap to the punter. He said that not many kids my size can cover that much ground so fast with such good form.”

   The Omaha Burke standout defensive lineman concluded his senior 2008 season by being selected: Lincoln Journal Star First Team Class A  All-State DL;  Lincoln Journal Star Second Team Super State DL; and a Omaha World-Herald First Team All-Metro DL.  He is currently ranked the 69th best defensive tackle in the country by ESPN and the 10th best prospect in Nebraska by Rivals.com.

   Despite the fact that Cummings fell in love with the Coyotes’ coaching staff and campus, his plans right now are to sit tight for a couple of weeks. “I have some D-I schools that are still contacting me,” Cummings said. Among the D-1 schools that are still in touch with him, Cummings mentioned that Nebraska and Kansas are his favorites. “I just want to keep my options open a little while longer before I commit,” he said.

   Cummings states that his immediate goal is to keep working hard in the gym and in school to get ready for the next level. “I already got my bench up to 390 pounds and I just broke the school’s clean record.   I am also shooting  to break the heavyweight’s school bench record of 415 pounds, before I get out of here.   My GPA is about 3.4.

   I am just working towards being the best football player and student that I can be.”

   The University of South Dakota is a Division I-AA school and they play in the Great West Conference. The Coyotes finished the 2008 season with an overall record of 6-5 .

Late News:  Burke’s Jake Marousek, a 6 foot two inch, 190 pound ATH, also received  a full ride offer from the University of South Dakota.  Marousek was an Omaha World-Herald First Team All-District selection and Honorable Mention All-State.

   Marousek also shines on the track. He finished third in last year’s Nebraska State Track Meet Class A 200 meter and he is expected to be among the top contenders for this year’s  gold medals  in the 100 and 200 meter sprints.

   We were unable to contact Marousek  for more  information about this past weekend’s visit to the University of South Dakota. Click here to see 2008 highlights of Marousek.

Related Links:
Lincoln Journal Star All-State Teams.

Lincoln Journal Star All-City Team.

Omaha World-Herald All-Metro Team

Omaha World-Herald All-State Teams

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Damon Benning: Next Omaha Metro Head Coach?

Posted on December 4, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , |

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights

  

 

   The recent resignation of Omaha Northwest head football coach Jerry Shank has led many to speculate that Damon Benning may be the leading candidate to fill the post at his alma matter.

 

   Anonymous sources claim that Benning was first approached about the Northwest head coaching  job two years ago, but other commitments prevented him from seriously pursuing the position; subsequently, Shank was hired. However, two seasons have passed and conditions and experiences have moved Benning to another plateau in his life.

 

   The former standout Nebraska Cornhusker running back now has three solid and very productive years under his belt as an assistant coach for the Omaha Burke Bulldogs. As a parent of a Burke student/athlete:

“Let there be no doubt that Damon Benning played a—major role—in the successful rebirth of a Burke football program that went from 1-8 in his first year to  7-3 in his third year and two consecutive playoff appearances.” 

    Moreover, listening to Benning during the Husker football season giving one of his weekly Damon Benning Breakdown’s on 1620 The Zone radio station, you know that he knows the game of football.  But what makes Benning even more appealing as a coach is his ability to effectively communicate his knowledge and passion to teach and to motivate young high school players.

 

   Finally, when you add to all that Damon Benning brings to the table, his aptitude for successfully navigating his way through the myriad of off-the-field issues that inundate student/athletes and their parents and families’ lives—then you have a very special candidate to consider.

 

  Benning would be a huge loss for the Burke football program, but the young and energetic and well-connected former Northwest star may be the best hope to rejuvenate the Huskies program.

 

 

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Nebraska’s Top Two O-linemen Commit to Ohio U.

Posted on December 2, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , |

North’s Coach Martin Nominates Davis for Offensive Player Of the Year

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights 

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   Former Nebraska University head coach Frank Solich sweeps into Omaha, Nebraska to grab the state’s best two O-linemen prospects, in the class of 2009, for his Ohio University Bobcats’ team (click here to read Omaha World-Herald article.) 

“Reading this Omaha World-Herald  article ya gotta love Omaha North head coach Larry Martin for the way that he promotes his players–and deservedly so in Davis’ case. Martin was so impressed by Davis’ performance that he nominated the O-lineman as the Offensive Player of the Year.”

    It will be interesting indeed to see if Creighton Prep’s Jon Lechner and Omaha North’s James Davis keep their oral commitments to Ohio University–as the turn into the final stretch of the recruiting cycle has just begun–still two full months to go! Certainly both players will draw more attention before everything is signed and sealed.

   That’s why I am not ready to congratulate them just yet.

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    Nebraska High Schoolhoops7Top 25 Prospects '08/'09

    By Action Force

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    1. Jarell Crayton, 6-7, SR, C, Bellevue East

    2. Gregg Smith, 6-6, SR, SF/PF/SG, Ralston

    3. Elliot Elliason, 6-11, JR, C, Chadron

    4. Dwight Smith, 6-3, JR , PG/SG, Ralston

    5. Tyler Evans, 6-2, JR, SG/PG, Waverly

    6. Mike Gessell, 6-0, FR, PG, South Sioux City

    7.. John Karhoff, 6-8, SR, PF/C, Creighton Prep.

    8. Vondrae Tostenson, 6-5, SR, PF, Millard South

    9. Matt Hagerbaumen, 6-7, SR, SF, Lincoln Southeast

    10. Stevelle Burns, 6-0, SR, PG, Benson

    11. Deverell Biggs, 6-1, JR, SG/PF, Omaha Central

    12. Caleb Steffensmeir, 5-11, JR, PG, Creighton Prep

    13. Jordan Tyrance, 6-4, SF/PF, JR, Lincoln Southwest

    14. Trevor Meinke, 6-0, JR, PG, Beatrice

    15. Scottie Davis, 6-5, JR, SF/PF, Omaha Burke

    16. Derrius Vick, 6-0, SO, PG, Lincoln Southeast

    17. Ted Lampkin, 5-11, SO, PG, Omaha Central

    18. Jerad Warner, 6-6, JR, PF/C Omaha Gross

    19. Dol Kutey, 6-6, SR, C, Lincoln Northeast

    20. Ben Imig, 6-0, JR, SG/PG, Bryan

    21. Galen Gullie, 5-7, SR, PG, Bryan

    22 Pete Uhing, 6-5, SR, PF/C, Lincoln High

    23 Adonis Hill, 5-10, SO, PG, Omaha Burke

    24. Mike Dentlinger, 6-6, JR, PF/C, Millard North

    25. DK Augustine, 6-4, SO, C, Omaha Bryan

  • Action Force’s Top Ten

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    Nebraska High School

    Basketball Teams

    (Week ending 02-15-09)

    Team ,(Record) Last wk rank

    1.

    Lincoln SW (18-2) 1

    2.

    Creighton Prep (15-4) 3

    3.

    Lincoln East(13-5) 4

    4.

    Lincoln High (11-6) 5

    5.

    Omaha Central (13-3) 3

    6.

    Lincoln Southeast(14-5) 7

    7.

    Lincoln Northeast(12-5) 103

    8.

    Omaha Bryan (15-6) 8

    9.

    Chadron (19-0) NR

    10.

    Norfolk (13-5) NR Contenders: Bellevue East, Omaha Burke, Omaha Benson, Bellevue West

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