Ralston Rams: No.1 HS Basketball Team In Nebraska

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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
my Hit News.com

   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.

Action Force’s Top 10 top-ten-logo2

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.



Omaha Burke, Beatrice and North Platte


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Why is it that Central just can’t get no respect? They too have little size as Benson, but no one has mentioned that their defense is what wears down a team – do need a little help in the back court at times, but not a problem with some minor adjustments — I see a fourth state championship team in the making. Besides Coach Behrens knows how to get there and come out the winner!

Hey, Central gets much love and respect from me. But this Ralston team ain’t no joke either. The Rams have a tough test ahead this week starting tonight (1-27-09) with Bryan at he Bryan High Cage Classic. If they come out unblemished after this week–wow!

ya well hastings st. cecelia is gonna win…i can just feel it in my bones

Is Ralston truly the #1 team in Nebraska? Class B? Would like to know what folks are thinking now with Greg Smith being only 2 for 19 in last nights matchup against Bryan? What about tomorrow nights game against Creighton Prep? And next weeks rematch with Beatrice? Let the truth be known — some of the early predictions are slowly fading away!!

Trivia question? Did you know that the best point guard in the state plays 5 on the defending state class A championship team? You may ask yourself why? Is it because they (Central coaches) have an allegiance to a certain sophomore? Is this how to repeat a fourth State Championship — hummm????

What? Don’t make us think so hard and just tell us who you think Central’s best guard is–the best guard in the state–so you say.

Well it looks like we are entering the home stretch with much momentum and enthusiasm – it is getting pretty interesting to day the least. Will Central be able to pull off another State Championship victory? Seems as though they will really need to deal with the selfishness that tries to grip and erode a team. Team building 101 or is it “got to have a heart”. Or how about just “grow up” and “get the ball to the open man.” Now that is team cohesiveness. Again I say it is anybodies ring! Same goes for Ralston and taking state in Class B. No more “I” and how about “we”, that is what champions are made of — selflessness (if that is such a word?)

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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


    Nebraska High School

    Basketball Teams

    (Week ending 02-15-09)

    Team ,(Record) Last wk rank


    Lincoln SW (18-2) 1


    Creighton Prep (15-4) 3


    Lincoln East(13-5) 4


    Lincoln High (11-6) 5


    Omaha Central (13-3) 3


    Lincoln Southeast(14-5) 7


    Lincoln Northeast(12-5) 103


    Omaha Bryan (15-6) 8


    Chadron (19-0) NR


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

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