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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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Powerful No. 1 Ralston Rams Headed to Grand Island To Face Hastings St Cecilia

Posted on January 27, 2009. Filed under: High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

But Before They Meet, Rams Face a Meat Grinder of a Schedule

Click the link “Nebraska HS Class of 2009…” at the top of this page for latest on ‘o9 football offers & commitments.

Courtesy of Ralston High School

Ralston Rams Team Picture: Courtesy of Ralston High School.

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

   The top boys basketball team in the state of Nebraska (according to the Omaha World-Herald) is going to be in Central Nebraska—my neck of the woods—at the Heartland Events Center for a February 14th Valentines Day showdown against 11-1 Hastings St Cecilia.

   You want to talk about a Class B team that is battle tested? Mother of Mercy, this Ralston Rams bunch has scheduled just about everybody except Duke and it still has only one loss in 14 tries this season. But before these two meet on Valentines Day, things are going to get even tougher for the state’s numero uno team starting with their January 27thshowdown with Class A No. 4 Omaha Bryan at the Byan High Cage Classic.  The winner of that contest will move on to face the winner of #5 Bellevue East and No. 7 Creighton Prep on Thursday the 29th.  To end the week, the Rams will have a rematch against Class B No.2 Beatrice!

   Right about now, Coach Bill Heard is probably saying “Pass the antacid tablets, please.” Man, do these guys ever mix it up with the the big boys, or what?

   Ralston is a Class B basketball team that is currently sitting atop the Omaha World-Herald’s All-Class Top Ten ranking–ahead of Omaha Central, Lincoln SW, Bryan, Bell East, Prep…..you name ’em, they are ahead of them. This is the same team that lost close to 38 points worth of scoring and 12 boards from last year’s Class A State Tournament Team, but Bill Heard was not overly concerned due to the fact the talented Smith brothers, Greg and Dwight, returned for this current squad.

 The Smith Brothers

   The 6-foot-6 Greg Smithis arguably the top high school basketball prospect in this state, and next season he will headed to Colorado State on a full ride scholarship, where he’ll join Ainsworth sharpshooter, Jesse Carr.

   The older Smith is averaging just over 20ppg this season afte18.5 his Junior season, and nearly 14 as a Sophomore. Junior brother Dwight is hitting at a clip of 15 per game, after averaging 16 last year and 12.5 as a Freshman. Dwight and Greg also are currently ranked No. 1 and No. 2 respectively in rebounding in Class B. Both have some serious hops my friends.

   This Ram team can flat out shoot the ball with deadly accuracy too. Dwight Smith will drain the ball about 6 out of every10 tries and 5-11 Junior Tony Grant is shooting treys at a 42% clip.

 Coach Heard Breaks It Down

   Coach Bill Heard explained that except for the Smith boys, the other current players really didn’t get much playing time a year ago.Heard stated “What they did get last year was to practice against really good players every day who played hard in practice, as well as in games.” “It rubs off on those guys and makes them learn to compete”.

   You could go into a long litany about the starting five for Ralston, but thus far Heard has used at least FIVE different starting combinations…….must be nice. They truly go TEN DEEP, with Tyler Pleiss, Romeo Agnew, and with Andy Smolinski always figuring into the mix somehow.

 Battle Tested Tough

   The offense is averaging about 77 points a game and that’s against some pretty salty opponents. They have faced five out-state teams and only Kansas City Sumner Academy has pinned a loss on the Rams– that loss coming in December at the tough Blue Valley Shoot-Out in Kansas City.

   Last week, Heard’s crew beat highly touted Harlan, Iowa., then swept South Sioux City and Beatrice to win the River Cities Conference Tournament–typical week for the Rams.

    Against Beatrice, they “took the air out of the ball,” a tactic that can really frustrate the best of teams around. I have seen them run this drill and you don’t want to get caught up in trying to chase them around when they employ it.

   On defense, they apply as much pressure as possible, and that may mean man, or that may mean zone-just depends on the situation.

 State Title On the Horizon

   Ralston has come a long ways in 50 years. According to a 1959 NSAA listing, the school had only 105 boys, and now has grown to a combined boy/girl total of 804. The Rams last won a State title in 1964 when they beat the now defunct Omaha Holy Name 58-52.

    The 2008/2009 season may be ripe for the Ralston Rams to collect a state championship trophy–it’s been far too long for this current group to let this one slip by!  And if the chance to win this title depends on how “battle tested” this Ralston unit is by the time Districts roll around…………they may be blasting “We Are The Champions” when it’s all said and done.

 

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Action Force’s Top Ten: Central Earns No. 1 Spot With Impressive Weekend Victories

Posted on January 26, 2009. Filed under: High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Get the Latest Information on Nebraska HS Class of ’09 Football Prospects’ Offers and Commitments Here

By Will Cummings
my Hit News.com

   This week Central, the three-time defending state champions, has– earned–the right to be considered the the best team in Nebraska. 

   It’s kind of odd that a program that has won the last three Class A`state titles would be in the position of having to wait so long to be recognized as the best team in the state. But that is exactly the circumstances that head coach Eric Behrens’ one-loss Eagles have found themselves in since the start of the season.  However, don’t blame us (media  types) for the slight.  I mean how can we gloss over the fact that those three titles came with Ronnell Grixby and Chris Griffin and Josh Jones on the team–all of whom are gone!  

   This was supposed to be a rebuilding year, wasn’t it?  Or is it that most of us overlooked or discounted the most important element of all in assessing the Eagles’ ability to contend for the title this year: Coaching. 

   Oh, the Eagles have had some great talent in the past, but Behrens and his staff are evidently overlooked when it comes to the reason for their past successes.  I would suggest that going forward to never discount an Eric Behrens coached team–it should be pretty obvious by now that the man is very much on top of the game and that he must have some pretty good staff around him too.

   Despite this weekend’s good-natured taunts and jeers directed against Action Force and my Hit News.com by Central fans–undoubtedly displeased with his lack of respect in his rankings–Central’s performances have earned them recognition from Action Force as being the best basketball team in the state of Nebraska.

   At least for this week.

Action Force’s Top 10top-ten-logo6Nebraska High School Basketball Teams
(week ending January 25 2009)

Rank, Team, (Record) Last Week’s Rank

1. Omaha Central (11-1) 2

The Eagles went 2-0 this weekend and the biggest win of the two came against Bell, a game that I was fortunate enough to attended. Central’s play, style, depth and manner of victory was convincing enough for me to move them past the Rams—after all, this team has won 3 state titles in a row. Right?

2. Ralston (12-1) 1

The Rams are a very, very good team! We’ll see at the Cage Classic this week, if they can maintain their high ranking. If you want to see good hoops come on out to Bryan High School this week Greg Smith and Dwight Smith are both D-1prospects and don’t forget Tony Grant, Tyler Pleiss and Karon Crawford.

3. Lincoln Southeast (11-2 ) 3

The Knights are a team that can beat you in a variety of ways, inside and out, or outside and in. You pick. UNO commit Matt Hagerbaumeris an impressive finesse big man and soph Derrius Vick is going to continue to make noise over time.

4. Omaha Bryan (12-3) 4

Coach Tim Cannon’s Bears had their time in the spotlight but their loss to current No.1 Central set them back some. But don’t worry Gullie, Agustine, Imig, Kuek, and Jiech are still fully capable of winning a state crown. Remember, it’s not what you do now it’s what you can do come state tournament time.

5. Lincoln Southwest (12-2) 5

The Silverhawks continue to linger. around and be counted among the top teams in the state. My basketball guru friend Dave Shillinglaw–host of Nebraska High School Hoops radio show which airs at 7:00 p.m. every Wednesday on AM station 1620 the Zone –is a huge fan of what the very athletic Silverhawks are capable of doing down the stretch, and I don’t blame him. The athletic duo of Jordan Tyrance and Drew Edmonds along with the rest of the Hawks may be enough of a force to get them a state title.

6. Omaha Creighton Prep (10-3) 7

The return of senior star Alex Hook has brought back major leadership. Add that to the fact he is just a great overall basketball player. Nick Davis and Cole Marten need to continue to play well for the Jays to make it to Lincoln.

7. Lincoln Northeast (10-3) 8

The fighting Dol Kuteycontinues to make noise. Message to Class A start paying attention to the Rockets and Dol Kutey–this is a good team and very capable of putting together a end-of-the-season run to the title.

8. Omaha Benson ( 9-4) 10

Tyler Cerveny’s Bunnies are somewhat quietly surfacing as a legit title contender with lots of guard firepower with senior Stevelle Burns and sophomore CJ Carter and the recent hot streak of sophomore Cal McCoy. All of which is making the Bunnies a very dangerous foe.

9. Omaha Burke (8-5) NR

The Bulldogs are back in the Top 10 after putting together 2 wins in a row for the first time since the Holiday Tournament with wins over last week’s Top 10 No. 6 Bellevue East and Papio South. Junior sharpshooter Ray McGaugh continues to light up the score board and sophomore point guard Adonis Hill continues to do an impressive job of being the Bulldogs’ floor general, while senior Devon Simonds is starting to find his groove.

10. Bellevue East (9-6) 6

Tough losses to Omaha Burke and Omaha Central this weekend for the Chieftains, but remember they still have Jarell Crayton. Don/t you all remember what he did down the stretch last year?

Contenders:

Norfolk, Lincoln High and Beatrice

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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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Kildow to Walk-On To Nebraska: Will Others Follow?

Posted on January 22, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

An Opinion On Nebraka’s Instate Recruiting Strategy

By Will Cummings
my Hit News.com

   Ty Kildow, Millard South’s dual sport All-State speedster, has decided to walk-on at Nebraska University. 

   The All-State first team football and baseball player missed his entire senior football season due to freak summer knee injury that required surgery.  Ironically, the incident occurred on the NU campus during a seven-on-seven high school summer league contest.

   There is no doubt that Kildow–who this past summer turned in a blazing 4.39 second 40 yard dash time at a Husker camp–is the most explosive player in Nebraska’s high school class of 2009.  Consequently, he is a huge pick-up for the Huskers.  Especially considering that Kildow has a full ride scholarship on the table from D-1AA North Dakota as well as from several other D-II schools.

Cotton Comes To Omaha For Walk-ons

   Husker coach Barney Cotton has been busy making the rounds this week to various Omaha Nebraska high schools attempting to persuade some high school prospects –who already have offers from other schools–to walk-on at Nebraska.  It looks like Cotton’s work paid off with Kildow.  However, the question is: “With  a little less than two weeks left until the February 4th signing day, will other Nebraska high school players follow Kildow’s lead? 

Questions

   My questions are why the Huskers have offered only two scholarships to the Nebraska high school class of  2009 football players? And why should Nebraska parents encourage their young men to walk-on to a program that seems to only be interested in pursuing our kids as–free–fodder for out-of-stat–paid–recruits? 

   If  last year’s thirty-some walk-ons and this homegrown recruiting class’ numbers (or lack thereof) are a blueprint for the future of how Bo Pelini and staff intend to do business in this state– how long  will Nebraskans keep buying it?

Just too many Class of 2009  Nebraska prospects offered D-1 scholarships from other programs that were never offered by the Huskers.

In my opinion, It’s just not a good look.

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Ralston Rams: No.1 HS Basketball Team In Nebraska

Posted on January 20, 2009. Filed under: High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Action Force Taps the Class B Ralston Rams as Best Hoops Team In State

Vote in our poll below to pick the winner between a Central vs. Ralston contest

By Will Cummings
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   My, Oh my! Say it ain’t so! A Class B team is the best basketball team in the state?

   Well, despite the fact that Omaha Central has really impressed as of late and they only have suffered one loss this season–let alone being the reigning back to back to back state champs–Action Force says the Ralston Rams are just that much better than Central.

   Sounds like some folks just don’t have respect for the Eagles.

   May the debate begin.

Below is Action Force’s Top Ten for week ending January 19:

Note: This is the first week that Action Force decided to convert the poll to an all-class format.

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Nebraska High School Basketball Teams
(week ending January 18, 2009)

Rank, (Team, Record), Last Week’s Rank

1. Ralston (10-1) NR
The Smith brothers. That’s all you really need to know. Just kidding, but really, Greg and Dwight–both division one prospects–are leading this team with the help of senior point man Tyler Pleiss and slashing guard Karon Crawford.W e will all get to see how Coach Bill Hurd’s Rams stack up against the best of class A at the Bryan Cage Classic But let me tell ya “Ralston is the real deaal!”
2. Omaha Central (9-1) 4
After dismantling previously No.1 Omaha Bryan, the Eagles move into the top spot in Class A, despite all the questions about them not having a solid post game they continue to roll. Their only loss this season was a 1 point loss to Burke at the Metro Holiday Tournament Teddy Lampkin is emerging big time to become one of the top players in the state, Deverell Biggs continues to do his thing and junior Bryan transfer Sean McGary dropped 15 points against his former team–things are clicking for coach Eric Beherens’ Eagles
3. Lincoln Southeast (9-2) 2
The Knights, along with Omaha Bryan continue to be a team I like and would pick to play for the state Class A title come March. Lincoln Southeast is one of the most balanced teams in the state: because they feature great guard play to go along with strong inside post play. It makes for s a lethal combination with the sharpshooting of Price; the slashing, strong finisher play of sophomore Derrius Vickand the inside play of UNO commit Matt Hagerbaumer. The knights are as good a pick as anyone to take it all this year.
4. Omaha Bryan (9-3) 1
The previous number 1 Bears ran into a near impossible situation this weekend, playing Omaha Central at the Eagles’ Nest. Nevertheless, Bryan is still a top contender for the crown, as sophomore DK Augustine continues to play well after scoring 22 against Central. Coach Tim Cannon will regroup his Bears as its a tough road ahead with the Bryan Cage classic coming up
5. Lincoln Southwest (11-2) 3
The Silverhawks, who have split games against their rivals,the Knights of Lincoln southeast, are getting good play out Drew Edmonds and junior Jordan Tryance. However, they will need Tyrance to carry a much larger load down the road in order for their team to battle for a state title.
6. Bellevue East (9-4) 5
All Nebraska center Jarell Craytoncontinuer to put up all state numbers for coach Jason Ryan’s squad. Evan Williams had a good weekend for the Chieftains. But Williams, Tyson Reevesand Joel Butts will need to play their best down the stretch to take the load off Crayton. Bell East travels to Omaha Burke om Tuesday for a good Metro Conference match up
7.  Creighton Prep (9-3) 4
“Welcome back Alex Hook.” Over the weekend the Jays got a good win over the rising Benson Bunnies. Cole Martin continues to improve his game, but, Coach Luedtke will need great shooting out of Taylor Stormberg and good ball handling out of Caleb Steffensmeir to win some big games and battle for a title.
8. Lincoln Northeast (8-3) NR
The scary team towards the bottom of the top 10–they are lurking. I have said multiple times how dangerous they are when Dol Kutey is rolling. Down the stretch they will need solid performances from Johnson and Wade, in order to keep teams at bay and to help break up double and triple team coverage on Kutey.
9. Lincoln East (7-4) 10
The Spartans continue to hang around in the top !0, but they will have their work cut out for them down the stretch run with some more talented teams above them. Senior team leader Drew Sankey was, is, and will be key to their success– they go as he goes. 
10. Omaha Benson (7-4) 8
Despite a loss this week to Creighton Prep, Benson is a team I believe to be “growing more dangerous by the day” with outstanding defense and leadership from senior Stevelle Burns and other solid guard play out of CJ Carter and Cal McCoy. The Bunnies are emerging for Coach Tyler Cerveny, who said, a while back when the Bunnies were struggling, they would get there and that their best days were definitely ahead of them.

 

 Contenders

Omaha Burke, Beatrice and North Platte

  
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Scottsbluff Bearcats: They Can Hoop Out West Too!

Posted on January 17, 2009. Filed under: High School Basketball |

Senior Tim McDavid Leads Scottsbluff On a Quest for Some Gold In Lincoln

By Bobby Mills
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Contributing Writer
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Tim McDavid, 6-2, Senior Guard

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A Place Far, Far Away

   In an age where cyberspace has linked even the most far away places, there are folks in the Eastern Sector of Nebraska that just don’t know much about Scottsbluff—let alone its  high school basketball team.  After all Scottsbluff is located 430 miles away from Omaha, 377 from Lincoln and some 280 or so miles away from Grand Island.

   Only a sprinkling of us may have known that Scottsbluff was founded in 1899 and named after a man named Hiram Scott, who was left to die near Laramie’s Fork by members of an expedition he was leading in 1829 (nice people). And an even more diminutive group may know that the average winter temperature in Scottsbluff is 24 degrees. However, if the red hot Scottsbluff Bearcats continue to perform the way they have thus far this season,  many people may be googling the town and the team to learn a little more about them.

   This past December, Scottbluff’s young head coach Tony Siske and his current forces began to open up some Nebraskan hoop fans’ eyes by nabbing 3rd place at the Nebraska Junior College Tournament in Sterling, Colorado.  Then on New Year’s Eve, the Class B team sent a clear message to all by capturing the championship title at the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament against predominantly Class A competition–beating Class A  Norfolk in the final 45-41. 

There Is Power In the West, People

   Currently, C-1 Chadron is rated the number 8 All-Class team in Nebraska and Siske’s Scottsbluff Bearcats are ranked #8 in Class B, right behind Sidney.

   Two years ago, the Bearcats advanced to the semifinals at the State Tournament before falling to Omaha Skutt. That season, 6-2 sophomore guard Tim McDavid , who just recently scored his 1,000th career point, wowed the state tourney crowd with his hops and athleticism and now he is one of the senior leaders of the current 12-3 team.

  This Scottsbluff crew appears poised to make a run at getting back to Lincoln.  One major road block will be facing Sidney back-to-back in less than a month and possibly a 4th time this season if the two meet up in the district final–a thought that doesn’t thrill Siske.  But I have a hunch that he an his players can handle it.

Coach’s Thoughts

   Tony Siske offered these thoughts to me on his team,

“Our strengths are in defense and versatility. We have a lot of guys who can play different positions and we can we can create match-up problems.”

   Coach Siske continued sharing his impression of his team by adding “Our players have done a great job of working hard in practice and playing as a team. Our seniors get a lot of credit for our success because of their leadership and their work ethic.”

   The Coach was quick to credit his seniors for setting an example by pushing each other to get better. “They play very well together and are very unselfish,” said Siske.

   The one Bearcat victory that  grabs your immediate attention is the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament final win over Class A Norfolk—IN the Panthers own  house. 

   Almost every game this Scottsbluff team plays, except for Gering requires a long road trip. Therefore, the trip to Norfolk was not something new–just part of the road gig.  So don’t expect  for long road trips to bother this team.
 
   Now, it is possible that both Siske’s Bearcats and Sidney could end up making the Class B field in Lincoln when March rolls around. That would certainly reinforce the fact that “The West” is a force to be reckoned with.

The Secret Is Out

   Unfortunately for them, the Scottsbluff boys basketball team won’t be able to sneak up on anybody east of Grand Island these days– the secret is out on this talented group led by the nifty senior Tim McDavid, who can almost jump to the moon.  And that just may be where the Scottsbluff Beacrats are headed–where the sky’s the limit!

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my Hit News.com Top Ten Nebraska HS Hoops Prospects

Posted on January 16, 2009. Filed under: High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Top Ten Prospects and Top 25 Recap w/Honorable Mention Players

By Will Cummings
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    Below are the rankings of my Hit News.com’s Top Ten Nebraska High School Hoop Prospects for the ’08/’09 season.

   The rankings were compiled through observations by and recommendations provided to my Hit News.com’s high school sports analyst Thomas Liechti–aka Action Force. 

   As with any polls and or rankings the collective effort reflected in the output is based on opinion and as such in no way does it constitute an absolute.  Nevertheless, we at my Hit News.com believe that Thomas’ prospect rankings are based on sound evidence that he has gathered through: live attendance of practices and games and consultation with various athletes, coaches and media personalities. In other words: “We know that Action Force has done his homework.”

 

  

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 Nebraska High Schoolhoops10 Top Ten Prospects ’08/’09

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

Offers from Colorado State and Nebraska, he is king of the boards and a man among boys in the paint. A very good offensive player with an underrated ability to drain the intermediate15 ft jump shot.

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

Committed to Colorado State– he is the most diverse player in the state. with the talent to play any position on the floor, Exhibits the ability to shoot lights out, and finishes extremely well when slashing to the hoop. His defensive style reminds me of Tracy McGrady.

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

Impressive hook shot, uses his size well, like Jarell Crayton and he has a pretty good 15 footer

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

Offer from Colorado State, he is a slasher and great finisher. He is an outstanding player around the basket and a very good athlete.

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

Fantastic jump shot with incredible range. He is very strong and can finish.

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

Offers from Nebraska, Creighton, Northern Iowa,.very smart ball player, and exceptional ball handler, with an underrated jump shot.

7. John Karhoff, 6-8, Senior, PF/C, Creighton Prep
Committed to UNO-, he has a good shot and a great touch for a big man, and has proved to be an extremely scrappy player.
8. Vondrae Tostenson, 6-5, Senior, PF, Millard South

Top Athlete, powerful and a great finisher.

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

Committed to UNO, he is a good shooter, scrappy–but more of a finesse-type big man.

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

A floor general, he runs and leads his team, Demonstrates GREAT defense, is a hard worker, and can score by shooting or by driving to the hoop.

 

 

 

Top 25 Recap and Honorable Mention Players

 

  
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Honorable Mention Players

Mike Partee, Senior, Lincoln High; Drew Sankey, Senior, Lincoln East; Ray McGaugh, Junior, Omaha Burke; Denver Klause, Bennington.

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Action Force Ranks the Best Hoop Prospects in Nebraska 

By Will Cummings
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   OK!  It’s midseason and we’ve got a look at or have heard of or have read about some of the top-notch basketball talent out there. So with that in mind, we decided to put together a list of the top 25 basketball prospects in the state.

   Let me emphasis again: “This is a ranking of the top prospects–players that have the most ability to play at the college level.” This is not a ranking of the best basketball players in Nebraska, although many in our ranking would also be at the top of such a list.

   To add more spice to the mix, we did not rank the players based on their graduation year–Action Force threw everyone (freshmen-seniors)into this pot to come up with a snapshot of  what we consider to be the best high school  prospects in the state of Nebraska! 

   Let’s start off by looking at top prospects numbers 25-11:

The Top 10 Nebraska high school prospects will be released on Friday, January 16th.

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(Rankings 25-11)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11. Deverell Biggs, 6-1, Junior, SG/SF, Omaha Central

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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