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Gator Bowl: Scene of the Crime 30 Years Later

Posted on December 29, 2008. Filed under: College Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

What Really Caused OSU Football Coach Woody Hayes to Lose Control in ’78 Gator Bowl

 

By Will Cummings
my Hit News.com

 

  This year’s 2009 Gator Bowl between the Clemson Tigers and Nebraska Cornhuskers will mark 30 years since the bowl game experienced the most disturbing incident in college sports history:

 

The December 29th , 1978 Gator Bowl wherein legendary Ohio State University coach Wayne “Woody” Hayes violently assaulted Clemson cornerback Charlie Bauman in front of a national television audience.

 

Below see YouTube Video of  ’78 Gator Bowl incident:

 

    To the national television audience Woody Hayes’ physical attack upon the Clemson player was—seemingly–the result of Hayes’ frustration over Bauman having ended any hope of a Buckeye comeback victory with his late fourth quarter game-clinching interception of OSU quarterback Art Schlichter’s errant throw. After all, Woody Hayes had fashioned the outward persona of the cantankerous old coach with a flare for public displays of childlike verbal and physical temper tantrums.

 

   So to many who witnessed Hayes’ assault on Bauman it was simply the act of a fiery and bitter old ball coach who had finally lost all sense and sensibility.

 

   But not so fast my friends! There may be more than just the interception that led Coach Hayes to go after the Clemson player in such a vicious and relentless fashion. The following will shed light on what really prompted Hayes to cross the line of no return:  

 

   But before I go on, in fairness and to give some perspective and to set the stage, I must inform the reader that I was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and my father, Bill Cummings Jr., was a member of Woody’s first national championship team in 1954. In addition, there were many occasions during my childhood where I was around Woody in some shape form or fashion including my senior year in high school when I was recruited by Woody and members of his staff.

 

   Finally, the core of what I am about to divulge here is the result of my proximity and relationship to the OSU football program and its players during this incident.

 

   Approximately a week before the Buckeyes left town for the Gator Bowl, my father and I met with Coach Hayes at the Buckeye football training complex to discuss my transfer to OSU from Kansas State University.

 

   Sadly, about a couple of weeks later, my dad and I were both together at home watching the game on television when Woody hit the Clemson player–I will never forget the dismay and bewilderment in my father’s face and demeanor.

 

   To say the least, it took a very, very long time for the Buckeye faithful to fully dig out from underneath the funk of that incident.

 

  Yet despite the debacle and Hayes’ subsequent firing, I still finalized my transfer to OSU. Shortly afterwards, during a winter conditioning workout, it was revealed to me that the Gator Bowl fracas was the result of much more than met the eyes.

 

   Curious to know what Woody was thinking when he hit that kid, I brought up the subject with a group of guys gathered around a weight lifting bench. Several of the players present were also at the game and were actually along the sidelines where the incident occurred. These players alleged—emphatically–that the player who intercepted the ball yelled out:

 

“How do you like that you old f____er.”

 

And that is what provoked Hayes to cross the proverbial line in the sand.

 

   Now I am not condoning in any manner what coach Hayes did that day, but I understand it in a much better light. Moreover, the Coach Hayes I knew was not the caricature that he became know for by so many people.  

 

“Don’t Pay Attention to That Man You See On the Screen.”

   Woody Hayes’ 1978 Gator Bowl incident has caused many to spurn the man’s achievements and contributions to the sport. But to those of us who have had the privilege to know him know that he is deserving of many honorable accolades.

 

   The Woody I knew was highly admired and respected by his former players. That’s because Woody Hayes set the bar high and demanded excellence from his players and staff, but most importantly he and his wife, Anne, cared for each Buckeye football player like they were their own sons. Most admirably, Woody and Anne continued their care and support for former players and their families long after their playing days were over. There was nothing they wouldn’t do to help those in need or to support a cause of one of their former players.

 

Fittingly, the last time I saw Coach Hayes and his wife in person was at my father’s funeral in 1985 where Hayes gave a moving eulogy.

 

   The Woody I knew was highly admired and respected by his former players. That’s because Woody Hayes set the bar high and demanded excellence from his players and staff, but most impotantly he and his wife, Anne, cared for each Buckeye foofball player like they were their own sons. Most admirably, Woody and Anne continued their care and support for former players  and their families long after their playing days were over. There was nothing they wouldn’t do to help those in need or to support a cause of one of their former players.

 

   The Woody I knew also explains why–as far as I know– he never mentioned that the reason for his actions were related to what Bauman allegedly said.

 

    Coach Hayes’ was a noted pioneer and innovator who always sought to improve the game. However,  in my opinion his most important but least mentioned legacy is the role that he played in advancing the acceptance and recognition of black players, trainers, coaches and administrators in college football. 

 

   Unfortunately, Hayes’ name is rarely mentioned as being one of the catalyst and stalwarts of progressive coaches and administrators who advanced the cause of black participation and recognition in all levels of college football. That’s because Hayes didn’t talk about it—he just did it!

 

   Hayes was among a handful of coaches in the country who recruited and played significant numbers of black players during the 1950’s. OSU’s great offensive and defensive lineman Jim Parker was the first black Outland Trophy winner in 1956 (he came close to winning the Heisman that year.) Cornelius Greene (’72-’75) was OSU’s first black starting quarterback and among the nations first black quarterbacks at a major university. The move was so controversial at the time that Greene, Hayes and the University received death threats and hate mail.  Archie Griffin–still the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner–became one of the first black athletic directors at major program. OSU, under Hayes, employed the first black head football athletic trainer, Billy Hill (1971-1995). And there were a countless number of things that Hayes did behind the scenes to advance the cause of racial equality in all walks of life.

 

   Coach Hayes was much more than a great coach–he was a great human being, perhaps one of the finest I have ever met.  There is so much more I could tell you about the man.  He was certainly one of a kind.

 

   In my book for all of Hayes’ football accomplishments and the way that he nurtured and supported his players and set an example of how to advance the cause of racial equality within the sport:

Coach Woody Hayes is the greatest college football coach the game has known. And it just partly explains why to this day Woody Hayes is so beloved by so many Buckeye fans in spite of that infamous moment at the ’78 Gator Bowl.”  

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Metro Holiday Basketball Tournament Breakdown & Predictions

Posted on December 25, 2008. Filed under: High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Action Force
my Hit News.com

 

2008/2009
Metro Conference

Holiday Basketball Tournament
 Breakdown & Predictions

(“#”  represents tournament seed)

 

 

 

#9 Papillion-La Vista South VS. #1 Creighton Prep

 

 

How They Got Here
Creighton Prep dispatched #16 seed–and winless–Northwest in the opening round led by Junior guard
Caleb Steffensmier and junior Cole Martin.

 

Papillion-La Vista South defeated #8 seed Millard North behind sophomore sensation Jalen Hueser, who connected on 6 treys and finished with 22 points.

 

Keys to Victory

Creighton Prep: Must get senior post up Bret Potter going early. He has the ability to wear the Titans down underneath. Caleb Steffensmier, who is no stranger to carrying the load for his team, must be smart with the basketball: limit turnovers and continue to do what he does best—set his teammates up with easy baskets. Finally, allow Taylor Stormber to get comfortable from downtown. If he finds his stroke from behind the 3 point line early that spells trouble for Papio south.


Papillon-La
Vista South: Must allow Jalen Hueser to do his thing. The super-soph. guard has impressed many with the numbers he’s been putting up and his dynamic presentation on the court.  Hueser can shoot very well and he has the ability to slash hard to the hoop and finish! The Titans will need to ride him to claim a victory. In addition, Titians role players Ryan Rolfzen and Chandler Thomas need to have good games to take some pressure off of Hueser.

It will be a big stage for the inexperienced Titans: They will need to come out of the gates fast and not let the bright lights and pressure of the Holiday Tournament spoil their game.

Prediction: Prep 51 Papillion South 38

 

 

 

#12 Millard South VS  #4 Bellevue East

 

How They Got Here

Millard South out rebounded Bellevue West and rode a strong 18 points performance by Vondrae Tostenson

to get the upset.

 

Bellevue East avenged an early season loss to Omaha South and had 2 other players besides Jarell Crayton

score in double figures.

Keys to Victory

Millard South must “make or break!” I’ve well documented my opinion on Millard South’s potential this season—it’s solely based on what Vondrae Tostenson does. 

 

Tostenson makes or breaks this team—end of story!  Vondrae must get going early whether it be shooting from the outside or slashing to the hoop. The Patriots must also contain the highly potent Jarell Crayton.

Stop Crayton?  No! That’s not going to happen; they just need to him keep him between 15-25 points. Millard South must not allow him to duplicate his 51 point outbreak in the season opener.

 

Mix it up on defense–use a variety of defenses to slow down Crayton: Box and 1, front him and do the best to deny him the ball, and force other Chieftains to beat you. And if all this isn’t enough, it wouldn’t hurt to say a little prayer.

 

Bellevue East’s task is simple:Feed Jarell Crayton the ball! He is the most dominate big man in the state. East’s role players will need to do their part by getting Crayton the rock, but they must also look to score as well.

The Patriots’ Coach Throne will do his best to mix up his defenses and keep Crayton off balance. The Chieftains Tyson Reeves and  Brad McNab

must step up if things get dicey for Crayton.

Prediction: Millard South 55 Bellevue East 54

 

 

 

#3 Omaha Central VS #11 Omaha Burke

 

How They Got Here

Central used a balanced offensive attack to beat Westside as 4 Eagles scored in double digits.

Burke upset a very good Millard West team by dictating the tempo and style of play, while showing a balanced offensive attack and by providing solid ball pressure on defense.

 

Keys to Victory
Central must shoot well. Central shot unbelievably well in their earlier win over Omaha Burke.

 

Central also needs to get Biggs going early. Biggs, a junior, seems to feed off of adrenaline rushes. The Eagles would be smart to get him going early as he has demonstrated the ability to take over any game once he is in rhythm.  Ted Lampkin will also need to make good decisions with the ball. Central has plenty of depth with players like Denzell Cook, Clifton Cox and Paul Simms.  In order to keep the Eagles undefeated they all will need to make key contributions.

 

Burke must handle the relentless Central ball pressure, Adonis Hill–Burke’s best ball handler– should play point the majority of the game.

 

The Bulldogs will need to pound the ball inside: Burke did not get the ball to junior power forward Scottie Davis enough in their previous meeting with Central—and it showed! Davis has scored in double figures in 4 of Burke’s first 5 games– the Central game being the only exception where he did not reach the mark.

 

Davis is a smart and highly productive player who is shooting over 80 percent from the field and averaging 11 points and 12 rebounds per game. The Bulldogs will do well to keep him in the mix early and often. And Burke’s Ray McGaugh will also need to get his jumper going early, share the ball and not force shots.

 

Prediction: Burke 73 Central 68

 

 

#2 Bryan VS #7 Benson

 

 

How They Got Here
Bryan squeaked by winless Papio led by  22 point performance  by D. K. Augustine.

 

Benson beat Omaha North behind 3 players scoring in double figures with senior standout Stevelle Burns

leading the way.

Keys to Victory
Bryan must find some team chemistry!  Bryan is the best team –on paper–in the state. Galen Gullie, Augustine (both sophomores) Imig, Kuek and Martin

are all very good and dynamic players. They need to find each other and play hard together—together.

Augustine must work inside: Benson’s glaring weakness is no post player, Augustine is very good underneath; therefore, he must get lots of touches and go to work from start to finish.
Galen Gullie is a very good player who needs to look to hurt the Bunnies in two ways: scoring  points and effectively dishing the ball to Augustine and his other teammates.

Benson must stop DK Augustine. Well, at least limit his ability to score in bunches. And they will need to pressure Gullie on defense.  Benson is loaded with quick athletic guards, Stevelle Burns, Cal McCoy and C.J. Carter

have to play solid defense on Gullie

The Bunnies must run the floor, play fast but be smart.

Prediction: Bryan 77 Benson 72

 

 

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Metro Basketball Tournament Notes: Players to Watch in ’08/’09

Posted on December 23, 2008. Filed under: High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Action Force

my Hit News.com

 

Metro Holiday Basketball Tournament Notes

 

Omaha Bryan 53 Papillion-La Vista 50

Bryan continues to struggle despite all that talent at their disposal.  Sophomore post up D. K.  Augustine, coming off the shelf since missing the team’s last game, scored 22 points and Ben Imig added15.  Galen Gullie, a sophomore stud who has scored in double digits in every game but Saturday’s, is one for everyone to keep their eyes on.

 

Bryan is still waiting for transfers Reith Jeich (Omaha Benson) and Tarir Gatouch (Omaha Gross) to become eligible. However, regardless of all Bryan ’s troubles in putting together their best rotation, they still managed to squeak by a—winless–Paipio team.

 

Papillion-La Vista South vs. Millard North 

Papillion-La Vista South Sophomore Jalen Hueser, who is the son of the Titan’s head coach, scored 22 points in a win over Millard North. Hueser continues to keep the Titans in Action Forces’ Top 10 by leading a talented but inexperienced group of players. 

 

Mustang  junior Mike Dentlinger continues to put up impressive numbers as he poured in 25 points. It’s the second time this season that Dentilinger has scored over twenty points in a game.

 

Central 65 Westside 61

The Eagles blew a 20 point halftime lead but managed to hang on when it counted, in a fourth quarter thriller. Four Central starters scored in double digits: sophomore Teddy Lampkin (16) Junior Deverell Biggs (13); senior guard Sean McGary (12) and Senior Denzell Cook (10).

 

Omaha Westside entered the game coming off an upset win over Bryan. The Warriors almost managed to come up with another improbable win as Willie Metoyer, an All- Metro RB, scored 12 points and seemed to will his team to victory through his hard aggressive play.

 

Burke 56 Millard West 44

Burke dominated Millard West 56-44 by dictating the style and tempo of the game from start to finish.

 

Sophomore point man Adonis Hill finally got out of coach Kenyon Sharp’s doghouse.  In the process, Hill received his first start and responded by leading the Bulldogs in scoring with 14 points. Hill dazzled the crowd with his great passes and his ability to set up teammates for easy baskets. Junior power forward Scottie Davis added 12 points— Davis has scored in double digits in every game this season.

 

Future Bright for Davis

Scottie Davis, who is first cousin to former Burke great and Nebraska star Jason Dourisseau, still managed to perform well despite being unable to practice all week long due to illness—his showing left no doubt that he is among the best  post players in the state. In my opinion:

Scottie Davis is the most technically sound post player in the state of Nebraska.”  

 

Up and Coming Omaha Metro Basketball Players to Watch

 

Galen Gullie, Guard, Sophomore, Omaha  Bryan

DK Augustine, Post, Sophomore, Omaha Bryan

Adonis Hill, Guard Sophomore, Omaha Burke

Scottie Davis, Power Forward, Junior, Omaha Burke

Jalen Hueser, Guard Sophomore, Papillion-La Vista South

Mike Dentlinger, Forward, Junior, Millard North

A. J. Holmes, Guard, Sophomore, Omaha South

Duol Mayot,  Post, Sophomore, Omaha South

 

 

Action Force’s

Top Ten

Nebraska High School

Basketball Teams
(Week ending 12-21-08)

Team (record) last wk rank

1.

Lincoln  North Star (4-0)  4

2.

Creighton Prep. (5-1) 2

3.

Omaha Central (5-0) 3

4.

Lincoln  Southeast (3-1) 9

5.

Lincoln Southwest (3-1) 1

6.

Lincoln East (3-2) 7

7.

Papillion-LVS (4-2) 6

8.

Bellevue West (5-1) 8

9.

Omaha Burke (3-2) NR

10.

Omaha Bryan (3-2) 5

Contenders

Millard West 4-2   NR

Bellevue East 4-3 NR

Norfolk 3-2 NR

Omaha Benson 3-2 10

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my Hit News to provide HS Basketball Coverage

Posted on December 16, 2008. Filed under: High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , |

Omaha Burke student makes impression  

 my Hit News.com takes a shot at covering Nebraska’s top high school basketball prospects and teams as they dribble and shoot their way towards the state finals.

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By Will Cummings
my Hit News.com

 Thomas Liechti, an Omaha Burke high school student, will be my Hit News.com’s point person for providing basketball coverage for our web site.

   Liechti, better known on sports message boards by his username: Action Force, is also tentatively scheduled to make weekly appearances on Nebraska’s No.1 sports radio station 1620 am the Zone’s Nebraska High School Hoops Show.

   Wow! So how does a teenage high school kid garner so much attention? One word: Passion!

   I have read some of Action Force’s stuff on message boards, but last week I got the opportunity to hear him call into the Nebraska High School Hoops Show and he set the place on fire with his take on teams and players.

   The kid was so dynamic and on point in his presentation that  Shillinglaw apparently asked Liechti to be a weekly contributor to his radio show.  Unaware of Shillinglaw’s request–and very impressed by Action Force’s radio appearance–I wrote a post on the  Huskerland Preps.com  message board for Action Force to e-mail me so that I could ask him to do some stuff for my Hit News.com.

   There is no doubt when you read Action Force’s, err a Liechti’s message board posts or hear him breaking down basketball players and teams over the radio that he is passionate about sports. And when you combine his passion with his basketball knowledge  and his intimate acquaintances with numerous Nebraska high school basketball players and coaches—Liechti is as good a source as any to find out who’s hot and who’s not in Nebraska high school basketball.

   Liechti knows some X’s and O’s too, as he has spent the past couple of summers coaching YMCA and AAU teams. Of course, still being in high school, Liechti has some time to decide whether or not he wants to pursue a coaching or broadcasting career. Our bet is that as long as Liechti keeps his passion and desire to learn  he will be find success at the end of any path he chooses.

Hear Action Force live on  1620 am the Zone

   The Nebraska High School Hoops show is hosted by Dave Shillinglaw and it is scheduled to run every Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 7: 00 p.m. throughout the basketball season.

“If you are a high school basketball fan you don’t want to miss this show. A great host, knowledgeable guest and passionate callers make for a very entertaining program.”

Read Action Force @ my Hit News.com

   See Action Force’s Weekly Top Ten Basketball Teams, Top 25 Prospects and more here @ my Hit News.com

 


Action Force’s 

Top Ten

Nebraska High School

Basketball Teams
(Week ending 12-14-08)

 

1.

Lincoln Southwest (4-0)

2.

Omaha Creighton Prep. (3-1)

3.

Omaha Central (3-0)

4.

Lincoln North Star (3-0)

5.

Omaha Bryan (2-1)

6.

Papillion-La Vista South (3-1)

7.

Lincoln East (3-1)

8.

Bellevue West (4-1)

9.

Lincoln Southeast (2-1)

10.

Lincoln Northeast (3-1)  

Contenders 

Bellevue East 3-3 
Omaha Burke 2-1 
Millard West 2-1 
Omaha Benson 2-2
Stayed tuned for Action Force’s Nebraska Top 25 Basketball Prospects and much more.
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Michael Burrus Receives Offer From North Dakota

Posted on December 14, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Hihghlights
  
    Papillion-LaVista South’s Michael Burrus, a consensus Nebraska First Team Super State running back, has received a full ride offer from the University of North Dakota.
   Burrus’ parents confirmed the offer to Hit News via an email sent on Saturday December 13.

   Burrus was the Class A leading rusher this past season, gaining 1826 yards on the ground to go along with is 22 TDs.

   This is the first known offer for the explosive and elusive RB who garnered late attention from college recruiters as a result of his outstanding senior season.

   Burrus’ abilities, speed and toughness are indicative of a division I back. However, his size (5-8, 165) seems to be a deterrent for  prospective  colleges.  The afformentioned  along with his relatively late arrival onto the recruiting scene are the only reasons why this outstanding back–who is also very good at catching the ball out of the backfield– has not received more attention.

“Hit News believes that Michael Burrusis a legitimate D-1 caliber back! And we all know that in the pst  there have been similar sized high school running backs who have gone on to have stellar careers at the D-1 and professional levels.

   The University of North Dakota is a division I-AA school and is a member of the Great West Conference. The Fighting Sioux finished the 2008 season with a 6-4 record.

Click the 2009 D-1 Offer Holders link at the top of the page to see all the known Nebraska full ride offered prospects.

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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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Lincoln Journal Star Selects All- City Football Team

Posted on December 1, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Cole Pensick and Tyrone Lewis Selected Honorary Captains

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights
  

   On Suday November 30, 2008, the Nebraska  Lincoln Journal Star released its All City Team (click here to view).

   The Honorary Captains for the team are Nebraska DL recruit Cole Pensick (6-2, 250) from Lincoln Northeast selected as a First Team OL, and Lincoln North Star’s Tyrone Lewis selected as a First Team LB .  In an earlier game this past season,  Lewis (6 -4, 195) recorded two picks for touchdowns and four sacks against Lincoln East.  Lewis was also an outstanding RB for the Navigators.

   Other notable selections for the Lincoln All- City Team are the two big and tall senior WRs from Lincoln East: Drew Sankey (6-5, 200) and  Tyson Clark (6-4, 200).  Throw in a third skyscrapper wideout in  Junior Dillon Schrodt (6-4  180) from Lincoln North Star and this lineup would present a very imposing and intimidating rotation to would be defenders.

   Schrodt and QB Rylan Cotton from Lincoln Southwest are the only juniors to make First Team All-City. Hit News looks forward to reading, hearing and seeing  a lot about  these two over the next year or so.

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    Nebraska High Schoolhoops7Top 25 Prospects '08/'09

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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

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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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